05/12/2005 Phoebe's Funeral






"Flashes of stellar moments in Phoebe Wallingford's life are shown as people begin to gather for the memorial service honoring the Grand Dame of Pine Valley.

Brooke is lost in memories as she looks upon a casket covered with flowers. Suddenly, a man comes up from behind her, turns her around quickly, and plants a kiss on her. Stunned, she lets it happen for a moment, and then she pushes him away and finds that it's her old friend Benny. After they wrap up their initial greeting, Benny tells Brooke that Phoebe has been orchestrating her final farewell for months, using him to do her bidding. Not surprised, Brooke guesses that Phoebe was ready to let go in the end. Benny counters, saying that giving up was never one of her strong suits. They are remembering her fight over Chuck Tyler with Mona Kane when Erica walks into the courtyard. Benny leaves them to talk alone and Erica offers her condolences. She admits that she wishes Phoebe and Mona hadn't always been fighting over a man. Brooke takes this as an opportunity to bring up Jack, and asks Erica if he will be coming to the service. Noncommittally, Erica assures Brooke that he should be along momentarily. Brooke mentions that she heard that their wedding was off again, and notes that Erica never seems to learn. Trying to hide her hurt and disappointment in the situation, Erica simply tells Brooke that she doesn't think Phoebe would think of the here and now as an appropriate place to gloat. Brooke flashes back to a time when Phoebe told her almost those same words, and she apologizes to Erica. Brooke sees that Linc and Kelly arrived, and she excuses herself to go talk to them.

Jamie and Babe are getting ready for the service at their apartment. While Babe acknowledges how great of a woman Phoebe was, Jamie seems fixated on the fact that Adam wants Brooke again. Initially, Babe doesn't think it's possible but one look from Jamie changes her mind. They plan to leave momentarily, but before they can make a move, there is a knock at the door. Jamie opens the door and finds his brother on the other side. JR immediately accuses Jamie of using Phoebe to screw him over from beyond the grave, and shoves a piece of paper at him. On the paper is a personal note from Phoebe, inviting JR to the service and the reading of her will. JR believes that when Phoebe started to get sick, Jamie took the opportunity to bad mouth JR so that she would leave him nothing. Babe is appalled at JR's behavior. JR points out that Babe never knew Phoebe and Babe replies that she at least is respectful of her memory, on today of all days. Then, Jamie invites his brother to go to the funeral with them - if only to see that JR really did get what was coming to him.

A short time later, Babe, Jamie and JR arrive at the memorial service. After determining that JR is sure he won't be the victim of another one of their "schemes", he goes to check on his mother. Tad immediately approaches them, noting how strange it was to see them come in as a group. JR notes that death makes you realize what's really important, but that there would be no group hugs or sing-a-longs.

In his apartment, Reggie fights with Jack over his decision to let the engagement be called off with so little resistance. Jack tries to assure his son that he can handle Erica, but Reggie isn't willing to give up that easily. Before he can launch into more protests, Lily returns home. Jack tells Reggie that he has to talk to Lily and abruptly cuts their conversation short. As she carefully pours herself a glass of juice, Jack pleads with Lily to reveal where Sam is hiding out. Lily is shocked (but pleased) that Jack has no leads and announces that he should be proud of her for doing her job so well. Moments later, there is a knock at the door and Jack goes to answer it. He finds Aidan on the other side and welcomes him graciously. Jack informs Aidan that Lily knows where Sam is, and asks him to convince his youngest daughter to relinquish the information about Sam. Lily, who overhears this as she reads a book in the living room, reminds them that client information is confidential. At a loss, Jack closes the door to the apartment so that he can speak with Aidan privately in the hall. Jack tells Aidan how seriously Lily is taking confidentiality, and Aidan replies by saying he will do everything he can to track down Sam. Jack leaves for the service, leaving Aidan to strategize. Back inside, Reggie breaks the news to Lily that Jack and Erica may not be getting married. He tells his sister that Jack needs to fix whatever is wrong, because he refuses to say goodbye to one more person that is a part of his life.

Kendall arrives at Ryan and Greenlee's apartment to find Ryan barely awake enough to deal with her. Kendall proceeds to flounce inside without invitation and announces that she waited until Greenlee was buried in business at Fusion before she made her house call. She then tells Ryan that he doesn't have to talk - she just wants him to take her to bed. She lets Ryan flounder for a minute for shock value, and then confesses that she simply wanted to get his attention. She explains that her real motive is ensuring that Ryan and Greenlee stay together, happily, because that will spell happiness for everyone else (Bianca, Miranda, Reggie, Lily, Greenlee and Kendall herself). Ryan doesn't think it's his problem to deal with but Kendall isn't willing to accept that as an answer. She tells Ryan that she won't give up badgering him until he does what she wants him to do. Ryan then asks her about the act that Kendall and Greenlee have been carrying on all week. Kendall admits that it's a bit trumped up, but she and Greenlee are really friends. She feels that as her friend, she has to go to bat with Ryan for her Greenlee. She urges Ryan to not give up on his wife - because she loves him in a way that Kendall only dreams of loving someone...completely. Kendall believes that a love this amazing, even after she was completely crushed by Leo's death, is worth fighting for. Ryan tells Kendall that there will be no divorce and that his relationship with Greenlee is fine. Kendall points out that things aren't fine because he is still denying Greenlee the baby that she wants to give him. Angered, Ryan tells Kendall that the subject of a baby is off-limits because it won't happen. Kendall takes offense, and blasts him for disrespecting her and Miranda. Confused, Ryan asks for clarification. Kendall tells him that by refusing to have a baby because of his family lineage is like saying that she and Miranda are bound to eventually turn into their fathers. Ryan says that his current situation is completely different than hers and Miranda's. He admits that he doesn't want children - now or ever, and that if Greenlee has kids, they won't be biologically related to him. He then asks Kendall if she will help him make Greenlee understand that. Kendall tells him that if he goes through with his line of thinking, he may end up regretting it because he could lose Greenlee. Ryan promises that will never happen because he is currently seeing a doctor so that he can fix things. Kendall, delighted, tells him that he should have said that from the beginning so that she didn't have to be so honest. The phone rings, interrupting Kendall's gleeful exclamations. Ryan answers it, confirms an appointment, and then thanks a Dr. Copper. When he hangs up the phone, Kendall gathers her things in preparation for taking her leave. Once out in the hall, she pauses, takes her phone out of her purse, and makes a phone call. Moments later, she knocks on his door, armed with full knowledge of who Dr. Cooper is. She is furious at Ryan's solution and she marches back in, proclaiming that she won't let him go through with it.

Back at the service, as Brooke greets new arrivals with a hug, Erica looks at a portrait of Phoebe on an easel. She turns to walk away and runs into Jack. After a few moments of uncomfortable silence, Erica assures Jack that Aidan will do everything he can to help find Sam. Before they have the opportunity to delve in any deeper, Opal comes over, Palmer in tow, plowing through their silence. She exclaims how happy she is that Erica and Jack are back together, and that the previous night was a mistake. Palmer notes that he sees a very different picture, and drags Opal away. Erica tells Jack that they should talk about their issues at another time. Jack agrees and excuses himself.

After more people arrive, mingle, and reflect on how Phoebe had influenced their life, Benny gets everyone's attention. He informs the crowd that The Grand Dame herself had left him with a list of orders (which he was to follow to the letter) with regard to how the service would go. As he speaks, Adam makes his entrance. When Benny takes a break, Adam takes that moment to sidle up to Brooke and give her a hug in full view of everyone. Brooke is grateful, but not fooled. Adam attempts to insult Benny, and Brooke sides against Adam, sending him away with his tail between his legs. Having witnessed the entire thing, Tad decides to rub Adam's face in it a little. He tells Adam that he can't expect Brooke to fall for his grand gestures so easily - and that in fact, she appears to take more of a liking to a simpler style. Adam, disgruntled, simply demands that Tad leave him alone.

Everyone takes their seats as the service begins. The minister starts to eulogize, but Benny interrupts after only a few words. He announces that he was instructed to jump in and distribute the letters he holds in his hands. The reason? Phoebe felt that everyone needed to hear the truth, and she was afraid they wouldn't get it if she didn't set it in motion. Linc and Chuck have their letters and start the ball rolling. The letters are all written as her alter ego, Dear Aggie (the column she wrote for Tempo magazine). A number of attendees take turns reading their letters aloud, all of them having specific significance to their lives. Flashbacks accompany each of the letters. When Brooke's turn comes up, she gets too choked up and Tad comes up to read her letter for her.

After all the letters are read, people line up to place flowers on Phoebe's casket. After all are done, they make one final toast to a legend.

Back at Jack's apartment, Lily starts to walk out into the hall with a bag of groceries, and she runs into Dani. They exchange a few words and then Dani goes inside to see Reggie. Lily briefly glances around before heading off, unaware that Aidan had been in the shadows waiting, ready to follow her. She goes upstairs and does the secret knock on the door to Greenlee's apartment. Sam opens the door quickly and lets her in. When he closes the door, Aidan appears from around the corner. He places a call to Maria and tells her that he found Sam, and that he will stop him from trying to leave Pine Valley.

Inside the apartment, Lily shows Sam a map and reviews the plan for his escape with Maddie. Sam asks questions in all of the right places, but Lily is prepared with an answer for each. Then, Sam tells her that he wishes he could stay, but Lily insists that he stick to the plan. He looks at her longingly, and she points out that she's unable to determine what his face means. He deciphers it for her by telling her he wants to kiss her. She asks him why, and he lists his reasons, the last of which is that he thinks she's hot. She looks distressed, and Sam explains that being hot is a good thing. Lily explains that Erica told her what guys expect out of hot girls, and how she isn't ready for that. Sam tells her that having sex is a long way from kissing, and he is fine with that. Lily then tells him that 'kissing' implies an ongoing activity - more than one. Sam assures her that they could just start with one, if she wants. Lily decides that she does and they kiss once. She likes it, and tells him that she would do it again if he didn't have to leave town.

A short time later, Lily and Sam prepare to leave the apartment so that they can put the plan into motion. They go out into the hallway, and encounter Aidan. Lily is upset that Aidan was able to track her moves and ruin her plan. Aidan apologizes, but admits that he had to do it. He tells Sam that he needs to go home, and initially, Sam resists. Aidan tells him that he can throw some punches or resist, but eventually, Aidan will be the victor and will take him home by force if needed. Defeated, Sam follows Aidan over to the elevator without a fight. Realizing that he doesn't have to leave town, and trying to prove something in an offhand way, Lily asks Sam to kiss her again. He does, and she happily proclaims that this time, feelings are mutual.

Downstairs, Dani watches as Reggie plays a video game. She tries to ask him about what happened between Jack and Erica, never expecting what she received. Reggie launches into how adults make stupid decisions and throw what's important away without a care. Dani assures him that they will never be like that, and her statement gives Reggie pause. He puts down the controller to the video game, and starts to kiss her. The ulterior motive quickly comes to light, and Dani pushes him away, insisting that she's still not ready. Reggie, upset, says that he is. He tells her that it's fine if she is cool with things being that way, but things are different for him. She tries to get him to be more specific, but Reggie walks out of the apartment, leaving her alone."

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