02/17/2005 Bianca Asks Maggie To Come To Paris

"Greenlee confirms that the reason Ryan is leaving her is because she still believes that Jonathan drugged her. Ryan clarifies his point: he's not leaving their marriage - he's just moving to the Valley Inn to see that his brother gets the help he needs. He doesn't think it would be fair to ask Greenlee to share a space with Jonathan again. He believes that Jonathan is on the edge, looking into a very dark place - but that as his brother, he can provide the hope needed to pull him back to safety. Taking it all in, Greenlee then tells Ryan that his brother isn't the only one in danger of such a drastic change. Ryan tells her that the reason he needs to help is because Jonathan is not as strong as she is. He adds that he would feel horrible if he left his brother to deal with everything on his own, and he hurt himself or someone else again. Reaching somewhat of a breaking point, Greenlee pleads with Ryan to explain how it is that he can think that Jonathan still has it in him to hurt someone else - but couldn't be the person responsible for poisoning her. Ryan tells her that Jonathan lashed out at Maggie, his previous girlfriend and Bianca in the heat of the moment - he lost himself. The person who drugged her, on the other hand, planned out the attack. Greenlee tells Ryan that his brother needs professional help, and Ryan insists that he will get him in therapy. He also insists that Jonathan doesn't need to be smothered by doctors - he needs his family. He knows that if he had been there the night Maggie ended things with Jonathan, or when he was with Bianca, he could have made a difference. Greenlee asks if this is akin to when Ryan saved his brother when they were younger. Before he can respond, she tells him that Jonathan knows Ryan hasn't forgiven himself for leaving his brother behind in the Lavery household. She fills in that Jonathan may be using that information as payback. Ryan feels that his brother is justified because Ryan is guilty of leaving him behind to suffer the abuse alone. Ryan admits he is surprised that Greenlee isn't more understanding, given that her childhood with Mary and Roger wasn't the best. He reminds her that she still has trust issues that stem from her younger years...and then realizes that perhaps it is more difficult for her to understand because she didn't have to deal with physical abuse. He admits that he is not just doing this for Jonathan - Ryan tells her that he has his own scars to deal with. He says that he needs Jonathan as much as the reverse is true.

Greenlee tells Ryan that he is nothing like Jonathan - he doesn't hurt the ones he loves; he protects them. Ryan tells her that he didn't protect Jonathan. He goes on to say that he needs to be with his brother right now, and they need to deal with all of their issues together. Greenlee asks how long he will be gone, but Ryan doesn't have an answer. She asks about their plans with regard to the baby, but it goes unanswered as well. Instead, Ryan says that if there was something wrong with her family, he would give her all of the time in the world to help heal them. All he asks is that she grant him the same. He then goes to pack his things.

Jonathan returns to his hotel room at the Valley Inn, initially unaware that Jack is sitting on his window seat, waiting for him. As he turns around, Jonathan notices his visitor and asks what he wants. Jack replies that Jonathan has had a one-on-one with almost all of the women in his life - Bianca and Kendall, Greenlee and Lily. He figures that it's time he had a shot. He half-heartedly apologizes for coming down so hard on him at the station - it's just that given Bianca's history, he feels that he needs to personally deal with anyone who threatens her. Jonathan says that, believe it or not, he knows what that feels like. He admits that he felt the same way when Ryan was shot. He blamed everyone in town for that. Jackson reminds him that he blamed Kendall, and Jonathan apologizes for that. He explains that having all of his suspicions proven wrong just tells him that Ryan's shooter is still out there - and that's scary. Jackson feels similarly with regard to the person that poisoned Greenlee. Jonathan notes that Jack still suspects him of the crime - and Jack wants a reason why he shouldn't. Jonathan tells him that he is happy to answer any of his questions, but first he wants to know why it is that everyone believes he is guilty of poisoning Greenlee. Jack posits that perhaps people believe he is jealous that Ryan started of a family of his own, which may leave him feeling like he is on the back burner. Jonathan counters and says that all he ever wanted is for his brother to be happy - and he knows that Ryan feels the same way about him. He knows that Ryan stuck his neck out for him time and again - and it makes no sense that he would want to hurt him. Jack then reminds Jonathan that Ryan stuck his neck out for a different brother before - but Braden was a lost cause. This enrages Jonathan and he demands that Jack never again compare the two. Moments later, after realizing what he had done, Jonathan apologizes for his outburst. He tells Jack that he's not like Braden and he hates him for what he did. Jack tells Jonathan that what Braden did was rape his sister. Shocked, Jonathan looks at Jack sharply and then admits that he didn't know. Nodding, Jack then says that Jonathan must understand - all he saw was another Lavery brother going after another woman in his life. Jonathan says that he is nothing like that brother, and that he will stay far enough away from Bianca that she will forget what he looks like. Jack tells him that while he is at it, he can stay away from Kendall, Greenlee and Lily too. Jack picks up his coat and walks out. Alone again, Jonathan faces himself in the mirror, quietly repeating that he is not like Braden.

Jack shows up at Greenlee and Ryan's place and announces that he just came from seeing Jonathan, Angered, Ryan asked what his brother had to say. Jack admits that Jonathan sounded as an innocent man should sound, but that as a prosecutor, he'd heard many liars - and Jonathan sounded just like them. Ryan accused Jack of cornering him, and Jack admits that he did - just as Jonathan cornered Bianca and Maggie. He then reminds Ryan that he still thinks his brother poisoned Greenlee. At that point, Ryan tells them he's had enough. He grabs his jacket and a suitcase he packed. Jack asks where he's going, but Ryan wholly ignores him. Ryan walks to the door, says his goodbyes to his wife and leaves. Jack then asks again where Ryan is off to. Greenlee finally tells him that Ryan was headed to the Valley Inn to stay with his brother. Jack is alarmed that Greenlee would be alone - but she assures her father that she will be all right. Ryan will be with Jonathan all the time and will watch over him. Not having any of it, Jack demands that she pack up her things so that she can come and stay with him. She assures Jack that even though she will miss Ryan, she will be fine staying home alone.

Back at the Valley Inn, Jonathan is sitting on his bed, drinking cheap wine and staring at a picture of the 4 Lavery siblings from when they were young. Just then, the door opens and he hears Ryan's voice. He quickly shoves the bottle under the bed before Ryan comes into the room. When he does, Jonathan asks why he's there. Ryan informs him that he is now in the formerly empty room next door. Jonathan asks if he left Greenlee, but Ryan simply tells him that he isn't going to abandon him this time. He is where he needs to be and they will work through therapy together. Ryan goes in for a hug, and then smells the alcohol. He tells his little brother that it's too early to drink, and Jonathan protests, saying he had a hard day. Ryan calls him on that excuse, saying that they dealt with enough of that while they were growing up. Knowing he is right, Jonathan retrieves the bottle and hands it over. He says that he is willing to do whatever Ryan wants - as long as he stays with him.

Zach enters a storeroom and looks through some papers and at some random items. All of them cause him to have brief flashbacks of a happier time with "Maureen." He is interrupted from the midst of a reverie when an employee enters. Zach asks him why the things were in storage and not destroyed. The employee tells him that he had just followed Bobby Warner's instructions. In a threatening tone, Zach tells the employee that unless he wants to end up where Bobby is, he needs to destroy the mementos. The employee starts to clear things out immediately, but in a split second, Zach changes his demeanor. He tells the employee it can be taken care of the following day, and dismisses him.

Edmund shows up in Maria's office and they have an awkward conversation about his therapy. He tells her that he doesn't want to keep her from her rounds and starts to leave. Before he can go, she asks if he paid Bobby off. Taken aback, Edmund asks why she thinks he would pay Bobby to leave town. She clarifies and tells him that her curiosity was peaked because she couldn't understand how someone who was in as much debt as Bobby could disappear so completely. She also says that she thought he may have paid him to point the finger at Zach. Avoiding the question momentarily, Edmund asks where she got the idea. She confesses that Zach fueled the fire - and Edmund, dismayed, muses aloud that he thought they were done with Zach. Maria insists that they are, and that she only told him about what was said because she didn't want there to be any more secrets. Edmund proceeds to deny that he paid Bobby a single dime. Satisfied, Maria kneels down and confirms that Edmund is the only man she wants or needs. He tells her that is his hope, because her love is the only thing keeping him sane.

A short time later, Zach wraps up what he was doing and starts to leave. Just then, the door flies open and Maria walks in. Zach thought they were done, but Maria said that was only true until she found out that he set her up. Maria starts to ask about the bruises on his face, but Zach is uninterested in explaining. He just wants to know why she tracked him down. She tells him that he must have known she would go to Edmund once she heard that he paid off Bobby before he left town. The funny thing is, Edmund denied doing any such thing. Zach tells her that he didn't lie to her, and he also didn't tell her to go talk to Edmund. Maria is intent on believing that Edmund was nothing but truthful, and Zach is okay with that. What he wants to know is why she is with him and not home with her honest husband. Maria tells him that she's not done with him, but Zach has had enough and says he's done with her. He tells her that Bobby would say whatever he was paid to say, and if she wants to believe that, fine. He also tells her that Edmund has decided the only way to hold on to her is to destroy him. Zach admits that he has been dealing with that for a while but the truth is that if Edmund keeps coming after him - he's going to start fighting back, and it won't be pretty. She admonishes him for attacking a man in the wheelchair - but Zach confesses he thinks Edmund is just using the chair for his own gain. Maria tells Zach that she has nothing but contempt for him now - and he offers her the door yet again. She goes to leave and finds that the door won't open. She looks at Zach as if he has done something to trap her there, but on the other side, a dumpster has been rolled in front of the door. Edmund shows himself as the guilty party, as he leans against the dumpster on his own two feet.

In the DA's office, Babe tries to stop Tad from interfering with Krystal's deal. David supports her, but Krystal thinks otherwise. Tad convinces Bianca to talk with him privately. As they stand by the door, he tries to explain the merits of accepting the deal. Bianca is hesitant because she doesn't feel that Babe should get away with no jail time. Tad tells her that their thinking is that Babe needs to be free to fight for her baby. Kendall shows up and overhears what is being said. She bursts in and urges Bianca not to accept. Tad and Krystal are upset because Kendall doesn't want to hear the details, but this is of little consequence. Kendall takes the opportunity to remind her sister (and the room) about the amount of pain Babe caused - letting Bianca believe for months that her daughter was dead...standing by with Miranda in her arms as Bianca dedicated the center to her "dead daughter." She informs the group that, in her opinion, they all need to pay for what they did, and they can rot in hell while they do so. Bianca, who had been letting it all soak in, finally tells them there is no deal. She walks out, with Kendall and Maggie right behind her. The DA says that without Bianca, there is no deal, and shortly follows suit.

Krystal, upset that the deal is dead, feels like the walls are closing in on her. Tad whisks her away to console her, and David starts to follow. Babe urges him to leave them alone and stay with her. Acquiescing, David tells his daughter that he doesn't give up the fight easily. Mistakenly believing he is still talking about Krystal and Tad, she once again urges him to keep his distance. He corrects her and says that he was referring to her and her son. With that, they decide to have a father/daughter moment complete with a pep talk over lattes. They walk out of the room and run into Kendall in the hall, who says that she has a pep talk for Babe. David instinctively steps in to disallow it, but Babe assures him she will be fine. She sends him off to get the drinks and faces down the latest assault. Kendall informs her that she is going to testify on JR's behalf at the custody trial. Babe assumed as much, and then says that Kendall has every right to hate her. Kendall responds by saying that she's not that selfish - she hates what Babe did, but she hates it more that Babe has no idea how far her poison spread. After everyone believed that Miranda was dead, it became Kendall's only goal to destroy anyone and anything in her way. It didn't matter if it was someone she loved or hated. She decided that the more pain she dealt out, the less pain she had to deal with. However, she now wants to fix all of that and take out all of her hatred on the one person that deserves it - Babe.

Kendall goes on to tell Babe that she is going to rip her apart on the stand. Babe understands that she is JR's friend but she can't believe that Kendall actually thinks he will make a good parent - especially since she saw him almost kill Jamie in Florida. Laughing, Kendall asks if Babe thinks she would be a better parent - and Babe admits that she does. Kendall tells Babe that she has lost her touch - simply because when she spoon-fed her lies to Bianca, she was actually convincing. Scoffing, she tells Babe that she should take her advice and stay away from her sister at all costs. If she doesn't - Kendall promises that she will come at her so hard, Babe will wish she had been thrown in jail. Babe promises to leave Bianca alone, but that she will never give up the fight for her son. Kendall tells her that if she wants to do something good for her son, she should set an example. Show him how to be responsible by taking responsibility for her actions. Kendall holds out her cell phone and tells Babe to call her lawyer and plead guilty. David comes to the rescue and takes the phone away. He says that Babe will fight the charges against her, and Babe adds that she will be fighting for her son. Kendall suggests that maybe Babe wants to plead guilty, but David cuts her off. He tells her that Babe wants custody of her son so that in 20 years, he won't come back all screwed up because his mother turned her back on him. He goes on to say that his daughter is smart enough to avoid the drama that Kendall lived out with Erica. He feels that Babe is doing everything so that her son doesn't end up neurotic like Kendall. Point driven home, and taken well, Kendall retrieves her phone from his grip and walks off. David then turns to Babe and embraces her.

Tad and Krystal sit in the courtroom where the hearing will be held. Krystal thinks they will lose the case, and Tad apologizes for not being able to do more. Krystal tells him that he has nothing to be sorry for. She then tells him that she used to watch old movies with hero-type leading men. She used to think that was all fiction until she met him. Tad says that he didn't feel like the hero type when he found out about Miranda. Krystal responds by telling him that there isn't a person in the world that could question what he did. She is sure that wherever Dixie is, she had to be looking down...proud of him. She then tells him how grateful she is for all he has done for her and Babe, and that she could cry. Tad reminds her that she doesn't cry - and offers a dance instead. They head to the middle of the courtroom where he takes her for a spin around the floor.

Bianca and Maggie get back to Maggie's apartment, and while Bianca walks in, Maggie lingers at the door. Bianca asks her old friend if there is a problem, and after a moment, Maggie admits that she now hates where she lives. There are too many memories of things she would rather forget - the kitchen where she cooked Jonathan breakfast...the couch where he told her that he would never, ever hit her again. It's too much and Maggie doesn't want to deal with it anymore. Rather, she wants to just pick up all of her stuff and move out of the apartment, move away from Pine Valley. Bianca tells her that she can - she suggests that Maggie leave town with her. Slightly stunned, Maggie wants to know where Bianca is planning on going. Bianca tells her that she wants to move to Paris - Cambias Industries has its headquarters there, and they want either Bianca or Ethan to have a presence there. Maggie wonders aloud if that automatically means Bianca has to go - and Bianca reminds her that Ethan would have the small matter of jumping bail to deal with. Bianca continues by saying that she had been thinking about going to Europe since she was pregnant - and that she needs a change, room to breathe. As Maggie is thinking it over, Bianca assures her that they wouldn't have to live together. Bianca is planning to have an apartment of her own, and she invites Maggie to stay at the Cambias suite at the hotel as long as she would like. She also suggests that Maggie would have a choice - she could take classes at the University, or she could just hang out with her and Miranda. Seeing that Maggie is still reeling from the suggestion, Bianca tells her to just think about it - and let her know. Maggie tells Bianca that the invitation to Paris is the nicest thing that has happened to her in a long time. However, she doesn't think that it's the right move for her now. She has school...and basically her whole life in Pine Valley, even though it sucks. Bianca tells her that she is fine with any decision she makes - she is just really glad that they can have this discussion, as friends."

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