03/09/2006 Janet Is Found

"As his passengers sit quietly, JR reflects on his mistaken impressions of why Babe disappeared with their son as he drives toward the cabin. He also mentally recalls the recent events that have made him fall in love with his ex-wife all over again. A short time later, after Aidan had taken over driving, Tad does some reflecting of his own, remembering when he once held Little A and told him that he would be safe because he had Dixie watching over him. On the other side of the car, David thinks back to when Babe first found out that she was his daughter - and how she effortlessly came to love him. Regret haunts his face as he thinks of the time they have lost so far. JR finally breaks the silence out of irritation, urging Aidan to drive faster. Both Tad and Jamie note that slower is better so they don't miss anything. David sides with JR, just as anxious to reach their destination. Tad tries to reassure JR that they would find Babe and Little A, but JR is far too jaded to automatically believe. They all try to settle down again just as Tad is able to pick out the bait shop that Amanda recalled. As they inch closer on the only road they can take, Jamie notices that David has a few vials with him. He asks if David takes his drugs wherever he goes, and David tells him that if they show up and find Janet alone, he would rather administer the truth serum instead of wasting time trying to convince her to tell them where she stashed his daughter and grandson. Amazingly, JR agrees with him. Jamie starts to ask what a second vial contains, but Tad's cell phone rings and interrupts. Di is on the other end, asking for updates about the situation. Tad gives her the scoop on where they are headed, and Di holds out hope that everything will be okay.

In the study at the Chandler mansion, Krystal tells Adam that JR doesn't know what he is doing, and might just get Babe and Little Adam killed. She suggests that they get the police involved, but Adam believes they will only botch the rescue attempt. They agree simultaneously that the only answer is to head up to the Dillon cabin as well.

At the casino, Dixie chastises Zach for even thinking that killing himself is a good idea. She expresses genuine regret that he lost his only son, but then reminds him that he has a woman who loves him and a thriving business - those alone should tell him that he has a life worth living. She tells him that he has no right to choose to die - because it's a coward's way out, and a very lonely choice. Zach tries to counter by alluding to the fact that although she is alive, none of her loved ones know it - and how that too is a cowardly thing to do. She tells him of the many surgeries that she has had over the past year, and how with each one, she had to fight to stay alive. She acknowledges that she knows how it feels to be him, but because he is not alone, he is obligated to make the choice to fight. He then asks her a hard question: does she think that he has a right to be alive when his son isn't? When he is met with silence, he knows that she doesn't have a better answer than that which he has already found. He tells her about how he didn't know that Ethan existed while he was growing up and how, when he found out that they were father and son, he still denied him. He admits that he feels like he is continuing to cheat his son with every breath he takes. He then demands to know how Dixie feels that she has the right to insist that he embrace life when she effectively killed Dixie Martin when she decided to stay away. She tells him that she had her reasons, and he starts to scoff, but she goes on to remind him that she did come back. In doing so, she was able to see the effect that her death has had on the people who love her. She admits that she is still undecided about whether she will reveal herself or not, because there is a chance that it could make things worse. She makes her point by saying that he shouldn't do what she did - because even though life is painful, the only true choice is to get through it and go on living. She then admits how scared she is that things won't work out with rescuing her grandson, and how awful it feels not to be able to be there for her son, especially if Little Adam is lost in the struggle. Zach quips that JR might want to kill himself, but Dixie's sharp look quickly cuts him down to size. She admits that she knows that losing a child is more pain than any parent should bear - because she lost her little girl in the accident overseas and, for a long time, she lost JR as well.

Up in the cabin, Janet drags Babe on a blanket until she is interrupted by Little Adam calling for his mommy. She immediately abandons Babe and runs to the crib. She picks the little boy up and immediately smothers him with loving attention, and calling him not only her little boy, but also her whole world. She then decides that she needs to rename him, and immediately thinks that Trevor would fit. Upon making that suggestion aloud, a memory of being soundly rejected by Trevor in favor of her sister comes flooding back to her. Although it had been years, Janet's pained expression silently notes that it would never be forgotten. She opts for a different name, thinking that her new son needed to share a name with one of the greats. She settles on Rembrandt Green, Remy for short, and tells him that once she cleans up the cabin (which includes getting rid of Babe), they can start their new life far away. She leaves him alone for just a few more minutes and moves out into the main area of the cabin. Addressing a still unconscious Babe, she expresses her disappointment that Babe didn't follow through with her promises to be a new daughter that would never betray her. Then, after coming to a decision, she goes over to the freezer and informs her very frozen husband that he will soon have company. She gets Babe situated in the freezer and proceeds to have a very odd conversation with Trevor about how understanding she has been: after he tried to have her sent away, she is now allowing a trashy blonde to mount him. She cuts herself off after hearing a twig snap outside. The rescue crew approach slowly, and although JR and David want to burst in and ambush Janet, they are held back with the warnings that Janet could have a weapon and a sudden attack could push her over the edge. Before they can make any further moves, she calls out to them, saying that they need to go away because there is no way that she will ever let anyone take her child away.

Aidan loads his gun, and after making some hand gestures as way of communicating with Tad, he heads off to investigate other openings to the house. The confrontation begins in earnest when Tad, as the spokesperson, calls out and identifies himself. He tries to convince Janet that he believes she has been misjudged, and that all she needs to do is come out of the house and tell her side of the story. In order to sound more genuine, he reminds her that she was the one that saved Jamie from downing in the lake - and says that he only wants to return the favor. As they exchange words, Aidan uses a handheld video feed to spy on her inside the house. She talks about how Tad can't be trusted because of how often he lied to Dixie - and how bad of a parent he was for forgetting his ex-wife and taking up with Di the Imposter (who joined the crew in time to hear the proclamation, along with Adam and Krystal). Just then, Aidan checks in via walkie talkie and tells them that he can see Janet holding the baby, and that he appears to be all right. JR urgently asks if Aidan can see Babe - and Aidan tells him that he hasn't spotted her. Enraged, Tad is unable to contain JR's sudden outburst, as he demands that Janet tell him what she did with his ex-wife. Startled, Janet replies that he needn't worry about Babe, and rushes back into the side room to put her new son back in his crib. When she returns to the main room, Mirror Janet taunts her, telling her that she ruined everything and that she will soon be headed back to the psych ward. Janet tries to block out the now echoing voices that call her a loser and rejoice in the fact that she botched things up again. When she can't take it anymore, she grabs a frying pan and starts to smash at the mirror until it falls into an infinite number of pieces on the floor. Unfortunately, the voices only get louder. Hysterical over the fact that she isn't able to silence Mirror Janet, she starts to destroy the place to mask the sound of the taunting. Outside, all of the concerned family members gear up again to burst into the cabin, not knowing how the baby is being affected by the chaos. Aidan is able to tell them that Janet put Little Adam in his crib before capsizing the large objects in the main room. They still want to rush in, but Tad urges them to hold back and let her burn off some of the energy she's been harboring. Further, he doesn't want to find all of them in a situation where Janet begins to use Little Adam for a shield. This is the only thing that quiets them again, and it does so just in time to hear Janet fall silent indoors.

At the PI office, Amanda paces nervously as she waits for news from the makeshift rescue team. Brooke comes in looking for Tad and tries to ascertain what's going on. Amanda tries to relay details to her at the same time that she calls Derek at the station, but leaves out a lot of pertinent information. Confused, Brooke is forced to eavesdrop on Amanda's conversation to fill in the gaps. Amanda tells Derek that she thought of new information and fills him in on the crew that went to track Janet down. She begs Derek to follow suit to ensure that Janet won't be killed once located. After she gets off the phone, she second-guesses herself, informing Brooke of the reasons why she was told to not get the police involved. She then starts to vent about how even though she knows everyone hates Janet, Janet is still her mom - and she may have just killed her. Brooke is taken aback, unable to process how Amanda could possibly be to blame, but Amanda tells her that she made a promise to protect her mom - and has failed at that. Brooke tries to assure her that everything will be all right, and that Janet still loves her and will understand why Amanda did what she did once she gets her head on straight again. Amanda can't believe her, saying that her mother stopped loving her when her own daughter tried to turn her in. Distraught, Amanda can't stay still anymore and says that she needs to go to the cabin and fix what she broke. Without hesitation, Brooke insists that she will make the trip as well.

The cops arrive at the cabin, letting out one blare of the siren. The group expresses their anger, thinking that any headway they may have made was lost with Derek's audible arrival. As they try to form a cohesive whole that can work together toward their common goal, Adam pulls Krystal off to the side and tries to guarantee that Babe would be okay. Krystal reminds him that Aidan hadn't seen any sign of her daughter, and then starts to fall apart at the thought that Babe could be hurt or dead. Adam pulls her into a comforting embrace and promises her that no matter what happens, he wouldn't leave her to deal with the outcome alone.

Derek calls out to Janet and, after identifying himself, insists that no one wants to hurt her and that the best thing that she could do would be to come out of the cabin with her hands up so that they can get her the help she needs. Janet reminds him that he is no longer a friend of hers, and further informs him that she isn't the one in need of help. Derek asks what she wants, and she tells him simply that they all need to go away so that they don't risk putting her or her son in harm's way. She then walks over to the freezer, tells both Trevor and Babe that she'd had fun with them, and drops the door down to seal them in. Derek calls out to her again but gets no response. He tells the group that he is giving her 10 minutes to emerge from the house. If she fails to show, he will have his troops throw tear gas into the house. JR freaks out at that, and at seeing the troops ready their firearms. He blasts Derek for putting his son in harm's way, but Derek insists that they are only trying to protect his son, and Babe. Not knowing if she will come out of the house willingly and alone, or with a gun to Babe or Little A's head, Derek insists that they need to proceed cautiously. He asks Tad to take JR away and keep him under control, but JR manages to do so all on his own.

Di approaches JR and tries to comfort him, and out of habit, he automatically rejects her. He tells her that he is fine and that she can't help him. She reminds him that she is still family and that she loves both him and his son. Noting that she just wants to help is what breaks JR's resolve. He turns to face her and grabs her in a fierce hug, his body wracked with sobs.

Janet finally emerges from the house, and quixotically notes that the crowd gathered came to say goodbye to them. Derek tells her that she knows they won't let her leave, and suggests that he put the boy down before anyone gets hurt. She views that as a threat and tells Derek that he doesn't want to take that road with her just as JR rejoins the group, openly frantic over his son. Janet tells everyone that they need to leave so that she may take her sweet angel to where he belongs. Just then, Amanda arrives and, having heard those last words, tells Janet that she thought she was her only sweet angel. She reminds her mother of all the good things that she'd done in the past, which Amanda carries with her. She tells Janet that one disagreement would never make her stop loving her mom, and begs her to not let the baby take her place. Janet sees her visit to see Amanda in the NICU years ago in her mind's eye, and the last of her resolve breaks down. Tears streaming down both faces, Janet releases her hold on Little Adam, and embraces her daughter again. JR heaves a huge sigh of relief and takes his son in his arms, vowing to never let anything happen to him again. Krystal comes up behind him, pleading with them to find out where Babe is. JR hands the baby over to Krystal and promises that he will find out. Simultaneously, Derek starts to extract Janet from Amanda's arms. Janet is confused by Derek putting her in handcuffs, as she did nothing wrong, but Amanda keeps her calm by telling her that she won't leave her under any circumstances.

Tad and the rest of the original team march through the cabin, calling out Babe's name, trying to determine her location. After Aidan announces that the bedroom is empty, JR stops in front of the freezer, hoping against hope that his hunch is wrong. He opens the lid and finds Babe lying there, unconscious. Alerting everyone, they quickly take her out and check to make sure she is still alive. Once David finds a pulse, they get blankets and call for medical assistance. Tad goes over to the freezer to close it again and spots an arm...as well as a trademark ugly tie. Jamie joins his father and takes in the same view. Tad, making the connection between the tie and Trevor, calls Derek over so that he could see the shocking truth with his own eyes. Moments later, Brooke asks Amanda to step off to the side with her so that Derek could finish with the formalities of arresting Janet. She obliges, and Derek informs Janet that she will not only be charged with kidnapping and the attempted murder of Babe, she will also be charged with Trevor's murder.

The medical team brings Babe out on a gurney, and Krystal's relief that Babe has been found quickly turns into alarm at finding out that she is unconscious. JR instructs her to take Little Adam to the hospital with Babe so that he can get checked out. He says that he will follow when he is done. After Krystal heads off to the ambulance, JR tells Janet that she will die for what she did. Derek tries to control him, but Janet is not intimidated. She retorts that JR is an evil man and that Dixie must be so ashamed. Speaking of his mother only seals Janet's proposed fate as far as JR is concerned. At that moment back in Pine Valley, Zach receives a call from his contact at the police station. When he wraps up the call, he tells Dixie that her grandson had been rescued - and that he is alive and well. He also tells her that Babe is on her way to the hospital, and that he will give her updates as he gets them. Overwhelmed with relief, Dixie collapses into his arms, all the pent up fear released through her tears.

Meanwhile, Janet rambles on about wishing that Dixie were with them at that moment because she would understand that what Janet did wasn't so bad. While everyone stares at her, thinking that she'd lost it for good, Tad has to hold a tearful JR back. Tad finally tells Janet that Dixie died over four years ago, and Janet, with a look of amazement, contradicts his statement. She tells him that she has seen Dixie recently - in Pine Valley."

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