12/15/2005 Zach Gives Kendall A Gift

"On the islands, Kendall starts off dreaming of the tender moments she shared with her soon-to-be ex, but lands on the one where he tells her she would be better off free of him. Distressed, she tosses and turns, while someone slowly turns the handle to her suite. Zach soon reveals himself, and silently watches Kendall until she wakes. Kendall quips about the lack of security in what was supposed to be a five star hotel. Zach explains that he convinced a couple of chambermaids to let him in by telling them that he had a present for his wife. Kendall thinks he lied, which is more par for his course. Zach surprises her by pulling a small box out of his coat pocket and giving it to her. When she lifts the lid, she is rewarded with a jewel-encrusted dragonfly pin. Zach describes the dragonfly as nature's example of how things are not always as they seem. More than curious, Kendall asks why Zach would give her such a gift on the day of their divorce. Before he can answer her, there is a knock at the door. Zach announces that it is probably the attorney, and Kendall is alarmed because she hasn't showered or changed yet. Zach assures her that the attorney would just be providing them with some basics that they will need in the courtroom later. He lets the attorney in and, after some small talk, including a brief Q & A about the pin, he does just that. He then asks them to review some paperwork and initial them. Kendall moves in close to Zach so they can read over things at the same time, and the attorney picks up on their genuine affection for each other. He notes that there is something going on between them that they haven't admitted to each other or themselves, but Zach tells him simply that they don't hate each other and are reasonable people. The attorney feels it's more than that, and says that if they keep up behavior like this in the courtroom, the judge might throw them out for fraud. Kendall and Zach are floored that the judge would care that they don't mind being in the same room together. The attorney explains that this judge refuses to have his courtroom turned into a sideshow, and that the judge will make their lives a living hell if they don't act like they really hate each other. Zach threatens to get another judge, and is informed that they would have to go to another island for that. They try to act mean and hateful towards each other, but it is classified as pathetic at best by the attorney. He warns them to improve their act by the time he sees them in two hours. Zach walks the attorney to the door, closes it behind him, and turns to see a dejected Kendall. She starts to promise that she will do better when they have their time in court, but Zach interrupts her by saying that he doesn't want the divorce. Kendall tries to joke around, saying he just wants the pin back, but Zach quickly makes it serious again. He tells her that he loves her, and that's why he doesn't want to end the marriage. He admits that he isn't trying to change her mind; he just wants her to know where he stands. She admits her confusion, because he says these things but he doesn't fight for her. He tells her that he won't, because he doesn't want to join the ranks of people that have all decided that they know what's best for her. He tells her that he can't know her heart better than she does, and he follows by saying that he believes in her and trusts her to do what works best for her. Stunned, with tears brimming behind her eyes, she pronounces him the only person that thinks she knows exactly what she is doing and why.

Alone in the room, Zach stares out the window at the ocean, and thinks back to being with Kendall as they watch the fireworks. He snaps out of it after a few moments, and turns to see Kendall re-enter the room. He tells her how beautiful she looks, and how she is making it painfully obvious what he is losing today. She asks him to pin his gift on her lapel, and then tells him that he has been the best husband she could ask for. He tells her that she is only getting rid of his name today - that he will still be across the courtyard, and will still give her whatever she needs when she needs it. He starts to go, but Kendall stops him. She tells him that she doesn't want things to end this way. He turns around, and asks her how she wants it to end.

Lily attempts to complete her holiday shopping, but is distressed by the people and the loud noise in the mall. Jonathan spots her from afar, and is poised to save her once again. One of Aidan's friends tries to warn Jonathan to stay away, but to no avail. While Lily has her ears covered and her head down to control her discomfort, Jonathan tells her that he brought the mall directory over to help her find her way. He also offers to help her find what she needs. Lily manages to tell him what's bothering her, and then notices the guard and asks about him. He tells her that it's a friend of Aidan's, sent to watch him and make sure that he doesn't kill anybody. Jonathan then assures her that the patrons in the mall are all filled with the spirit of the holiday, and would never hurt her. Lily confesses that she doesn't do holiday spirit very well, and wishes that she wasn't weird. Jonathan reminds her that they learned in their life skills class not to call themselves names. He also tells her that being different isn't bad. Seeing that her discomfort isn't abating, he offers to do her shopping for her. They review the list, and Lily makes her way to the nearest exit, courtesy of the map Jonathan provided. Once gone, Jonathan talks to the guard, noting that Lily is a very nice person and how crazy it is that he was going to blow her up last April. Then, Santa makes a beeline by them, headed for the door. Jonathan stops him, asking how he can abandon the children. The Santa admits that he is sick to his stomach, and that the better alternative would be for him to leave.

JR stops over to see Jamie, and is horrified to find Amanda in residence again. She makes a small gesture to make sure he knows she's for real. She then goes to get ready for work and is less than happy to find JR still in the living room when she gets ready to head out. They trade barbs while Jamie quietly ignores them. Once she leaves, JR again tries to offer his brand of help, saying that he can't let his brother go through with providing a roof over Amanda's head. Jamie calls his brother an idiot and silences him by shoving part of his breakfast in JR's mouth. He then proceeds to get ready for his biology class. JR refuses to let him leave until he explains why Amanda is staying with him again. Jamie admits that he has Amanda under observation, but JR thinks Jamie is just playing detective like his father. Jamie notes that JR and his father are a better example of a mirrored duo, because neither one of them gets all of the facts before they arrive at a conclusion. He then assures his brother that if he finds out that there is something certifiable about Amanda, that she is doing anything dangerous, he will know and he will deal with it in a proper manner. JR wryly wishes him good luck and takes his leave.

Josh stares at a poster for New Beginnings, daydreaming of his face replacing Erica's. His reverie is interrupted by Babe's arrival, and she asks if he is too busy for visitors. He insists that he's swamped, but that he could make time if the hottest woman he knows decided she wants him. Slyly, Babe admits that she does indeed want him, and asks if he's up for the challenge. Babe fills Josh in on how she asked JR for help but was turned down. She admits that she is very green when it comes to being a partner in a company, and asks if he can tutor her. He is willing, but he wants to work out their payment arrangement first. He offers a "tutor with benefits" package, and she counters with a "tutor with gratitude" deal. He agrees, and the gratitude starts almost immediately. Just then, Amanda arrives, and rubs her job in Babe's face by greeting her boss and delivering his favorite coffee. Babe is completely taken aback that Josh would hire someone like Amanda. The claws come out, and Amanda demands better behavior out of Babe, stating that Babe will not come to her job and spread her hate around. Babe takes that as language leading up to a threat, and notes that it can be used as proof should she end up in the hospital again. Josh interrupts them before it becomes an all out war, and asks Amanda to check on whether a publicist for an upcoming guest had checked in. Happy to be rid of her arch nemesis, Amanda hastily grabs her things and heads off. Once gone, Babe admits that she is incredulous that Josh would offer someone as unstable as Amanda a job. Josh admits that he knows Amanda is crazy, just as he knows he doesn't want to spend the rest of his life making Erica look good. He tells Babe that the two go hand in hand, and she demands to know why. Josh tells her that he has been clued into how messed up Amanda is from the day they met, and he notes that he plans on using that to his advantage so that he doesn't remain a behind-the-scenes guy forever. Before he can delve into the details, Erica emerges from the elevator and rants about how she told Josh that Babe was not allowed in her studios again. Babe attempts to apologize, saying that she showed up unannounced. Amanda then reappears in a Santa's Helpers outfit, and explains to Erica that she tried to get Babe to leave earlier, but was only shown rudeness and disrespect. Knowing all too well this perceived side of Babe, Erica announces that she is in the know about Greenlee's gift to Babe, and makes it clear how disgusted she is by it. In a huff, she tells Babe to find her way out the same way she found her way in, and then demands that Josh come to her office immediately. She stalks off with Josh close behind. Babe quickly wipes off the smirk that Amanda had on her face by telling her that she should keep digging - because one day, she will fall in, and Babe will delight in burying her alive. She saunters off, leaving Amanda to stew in her words.

A short time later, Amanda finds Josh back at his desk, and asks him for a favor. She tells him that she wants his help in totally destroying Babe - just as Jamie approaches, having heard the request.

Ryan and Erica meet up at Fusion, both mystified by the fact that they can't find Kendall. Simone unknowingly walks into their crosshairs, and immediately tries to avoid them. Failing miserably, they ask her if she is aware of Kendall's whereabouts. Erica adds that there will be a price to pay if Simone says she doesn't know. Simone is wary of delivering any information, but Ryan breaks down her guard by confessing that he knows what Kendall did was completely for Greenlee. He tells Simone that he wants the chance to relay all of this to Kendall. Erica picks up on his line of reasoning, saying that if Ryan had the opportunity, he could change everything. Simone finally cracks, saying that Kendall went to Antigua, alone, to get her divorce. More than pleased at the answer, all traces of the ire Erica held only moments before are erased from her face. She heartily thanks Simone and The Fates for answering her prayer. Simone is forced to let some of the wind out of Erica's sails, however, when she fills them in about Greenlee's departing gift of her shares in Fusion to Babe. She notes that things have really gone downhill since Ryan drove off the cliff. Erica is beside herself thinking about the woman who stole Bianca's baby being an equal partner. She then tells Ryan that Greenlee deserves whatever happens to her. Ryan protests, saying he can't stand by silently while Erica bashes her stepdaughter. However, Erica refuses to be silent, noting that Greenlee should be kissing Kendall's feet for the gifts she was prepared to unselfishly give. Simone smartly decides to remove herself from the situation, and Ryan feels it would be best if he does the same. Simone makes her escape, but Erica stops Ryan. She apologizes for what she said because she knows that he still has feelings for Greenlee. She notes that what Greenlee did was cruel, and Ryan counters by saying that people can do those kinds of things when they are in pain. Erica tries to lighten the mood by saying that Kendall going through with her divorce buoys her spirits. She believes this means that Kendall can start fresh, and Ryan can't help but agree. Erica notes that she has an idea of what is going on in Ryan's head: perhaps he means to fly down to the islands to inform her of his latest revelation...maybe make a difference in Kendall's decision making process regarding their baby. Ryan opts not to answer, instead quickly taking his leave. Once the elevator doors close behind him, Erica prays for a push that will help propel Ryan and Kendall back together again.

JR shows up at the mall with his son, intent on taking him to see Santa Claus for the first time. Coincidentally, Babe shows up at the same time, and this doesn't sit well with JR. He thinks that Winifred ratted him out, but Babe quickly assures him that wasn't the case. JR warns her that he will call security and have her forcibly removed if she doesn't leave on her own. Babe wonders aloud if he would do all that and risk traumatizing their son just because she wouldn't sleep with him. Her dead-on commentary renders him speechless. They go through the line together, against JR's wishes. As the reach Santa, JR distractedly puts Little Adam in Santa's lap and asks him to say hi. Just as quickly, Babe snatches him back, saying that the man in the suit isn't Santa - but a murderer. She pulls down the beard to reveal that Jonathan had taken the sick Santa's place.

Kendall falters, admitting that she never believed she would be saying what is on the tip of her tongue to Zach. Before she can spit them out, never to be reclaimed, her eyes refocus on something over his shoulder. Zach turns around to find out what distracted her, and sees Ryan in the doorway."

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