05/27/13 Zach & Lea Find Another Lead



"At Jane's Addiction, Miranda told Bianca that her return to school had gone better than she'd anticipated. Miranda mentioned that Hunter had apologized, but AJ had called him out on not meaning it. Bianca warned that AJ had to be careful not to get suspended from school again, but she was glad that Miranda had a friend who loved her. Bianca revealed that Zach was in town and that he wanted to have dinner with them that night, so the three of them could discuss some things. Bianca received an emergency call from the Miranda Center, and Miranda realized that Bianca was bailing on her.

Bianca apologetically explained that the Miranda Center was sponsoring a conference about violence against women in Washington, DC, and she had to fill in for a speaker who'd had an emergency. Bianca decided to take Gabby with her, but she didn't want Miranda to miss more school, and she suggested that Miranda stay with Opal. Miranda thought that it was more logical for her to stay at the spacious Chandler mansion, and the women argued about Bianca's hatred toward JR. Miranda asked Bianca to try to control her emotions, because she didn't want to be forced to choose between her mother and her best friend. Bianca agreed to try.

At the Chandler mansion, Cara put JR through some physical therapy exercises, and she determined that he'd hit the wall for the day. He pushed himself to do more, but she threw a towel at him and declared, "The mistress of pain has spoken." He wanted to start again in ten minutes, and she understood that he wanted to make up for lost time, but his body needed to rest. She implored him to trust her, and he replied that he barely knew her. She pointed out that she had trusted him with the biggest secret of her life.

Cara told JR that he'd done a good job and that she would see him the next day. She ran into Dixie on her way out, and she asked that Dixie ensure that JR didn't work out any more that day. Dixie offered to do her best, and JR called after Cara and said that he trusted her.

JR knocked on the door to AJ's room and called for his son, and AJ replied from the bathroom that he'd be right out. JR sat on the bed next to AJ's backpack, and he spotted the bag of steroids. AJ found JR holding the drugs, and he snatched them back. JR demanded to know if AJ had been shooting drugs, but AJ argued that they were steroids, not drugs. JR maintained that they were still drugs, and he demanded to know how long AJ had been taking them.

AJ growled that the drugs were none of JR's business, and he hadn't planned to take them. AJ continued that he didn't care whether JR believed him, but JR questioned what he supposed to think when he'd found vials and needles in AJ's bag. AJ repeated that he wasn't taking the steroids, and he accused JR of preferring to believe that AJ was a liar and an addict. AJ snapped that JR was the only person in the room who fit that description.

Downstairs, Dixie greeted Miranda, who explained that Bianca had gone out of town on an emergency for the Miranda Center. Dixie thought that Bianca was amazing for putting her heart and soul into the cause, and she volunteered to track down AJ. Miranda opted to just put her stuff in the guest room, and she'd catch up with AJ later.

Outside AJ's room, Miranda overheard AJ yelling that he wasn't like the other Chandlers, because he didn't lie, kill people, or take drugs. JR swore that he believed AJ, but he needed AJ to believe that JR wasn't "that man" anymore. AJ retorted that he didn't know JR, but Adam and Brooke thought that JR was faking his memory loss. JR asked what AJ believed, and AJ said that he'd tried to be straight with JR, but JR had called him a liar. JR apologized, and he asserted that as an addict, he knew the damage that drugs and booze could cause. AJ yelled that he wasn't JR, and since JR didn't trust him, JR could get rid of the drugs himself. AJ threw the bag of steroids at JR and stormed out.

AJ found Miranda downstairs, and she mentioned that she would be staying there while Bianca was out of town. She disclosed that she'd overheard him fighting with JR, and AJ grabbed her hand and suggested that they get out of there.

In the hospital corridor, Joe met with David, who politely asked to talk in Joe's office. Joe offered to give David five minutes before he called security. David pitched Joe an opportunity to make the hospital world-famous with a legacy the medical world would talk about for decades. Joe reviewed David's presentation on diagnostic biosensors, and Joe noted that hundreds of companies were already a decade into research on similar projects.

David revealed that during his five years in prison, he had developed a method to use the body's stem cells to fool the immune system into thinking a biosensor was the patient's heart tissue. Joe conceded that David's research could be groundbreaking, and David said that he needed the hospital to step in. David was confident that he could raise financing for the project, and he assured Joe that he had every intention of doing it all above board. David requested that the hospital provide the facilities and the patients to conduct trials, and he asked for the hospital's endorsement. Joe huffed that there was no way the hospital would assist David.

David contended that he'd done his time, and his research had the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives. David suspected that Joe wouldn't be satisfied until David was dead and gone, but Joe replied that he'd settle simply for gone. David vowed to succeed and to show the world what a "petty son of a bitch" Joe really was. David literally ran into Cara on his way out, and he asked if she felt even a twinge of hypocrisy, since she was trying to save a child after she'd killed theirs. He proclaimed that she was the murderer, not him, and he walked away.

In the locker room, Joe consoled Cara, who sobbed in his arms. Joe counseled Cara not to let David get to her, but she said that Joe didn't understand. Cara explained the situation, and she confided that her son was safe with her mother in Puerto Rico. Joe offered to do what he could to keep David from the hospital and from Cara, and he cautioned that she had no choice but to trust JR. Cara worried that not many people did.

From her office, Lea overheard Zach making a scene in the hall. Zach explained that he'd shaken off Agent Lockman, who Lea had assigned to tail him, but Zach had circled back and had bought the agent lunch. Zach advised an irritated Lea that he didn't have to run, since he was one of the good guys. She argued that she had evidence to the contrary, and Zach proposed a wager -- if she won, he would end up in prison, but if he won, she had to strip some more. She glared at him and demanded to know what he wanted. He said that he was there to be with her.

Lea asked if Zach's statement was a pickup line, and Zach found it interesting that she had read it that way, but he clarified that he wanted for them to be on the same team. She reminded him that he was still a suspect in the money-laundering investigation, and he called her stubborn, like his ex-wife, but he meant it as a compliment. Lea countered that Zach's arrogance reminded her of the thick-headed jocks at the academy, and she didn't intend that as a compliment. Zach suspected that Lea had a chip on her shoulder because she'd constantly had to prove herself to be stronger and better than her male counterparts.

Zach requested that he and Lea refer to one another by their first names, but Lea insisted that he call her Special Agent Marquez. He griped that she was making his own investigation difficult, and she questioned whether he was afraid he'd get caught. Zach countered that at least he kept his clothes on while he tended to business. Lea barked that he was a suspect, not her partner. He leaned in close behind her and wondered how he could change her mind.

Zach asked for access to Lea's computer, and she relented. She recognized the strip club's website, but she thought it was little more than a home page. Zach revealed that he'd kept digging, and he asked if she'd clicked on the pictures of the "naughty bits." She surmised that it had kept him busy for hours, but he informed her that it was a code set up as a game to simulate giving the woman in the photo an orgasm, and he dryly quipped that he'd explain what an orgasm was later.

Zach clicked on parts of the woman's anatomy on the screen, and each click was accompanied by audio of a woman moaning in pleasure. Another login screen appeared, and Lea realized that it was a link to a different site. Zach bragged that it had been easy to figure out what buttons to push, but he had been unable to crack the login password. Lea pulled out a flash drive, and as soon as she plugged it in, code popped up on the computer. She wondered what was on the site that warranted such extreme security.

After Lea and Zach reviewed the site's content, Lea remarked that she'd been to some gruesome homicide scenes, but nothing had made her lose her lunch like some of the things on the site. She and Zach watched a video of the porn actor slapping a sobbing Cassandra and forcing her to say, "I'm a dirty girl." Zach bellowed for Lea to turn it off, but Lea was glad that at least they'd found a lead. Zach advised Lea to follow it, because if he got to the guys responsible before she did, he'd kill every single one of them.

Lea learned the site's IP address, and she concluded that it was probably routed through zombie proxies, but she might be able to trace it. She asked if Zach intended to tell Cassandra's parents about the video, but Zach wanted to find Cassandra first. Lea pointed out that at least Cassandra had still been alive in the video, but Zach contended that it was no way to live. Lea planned to have her team run facial recognition software on the guy in the video, and she vowed to find Cassandra. Lea noticed something on a table in the video, and she tried to enhance the picture to help pinpoint Cassandra's location.

Uri threw Tia back into the room with Cassandra and some other girls. Uri confronted Cassandra about keeping the secret that her father was the Pine Valley chief of police, and he hissed that she was a very dangerous piece of merchandise to keep around. Cassandra begged Uri to let her go, and she swore that she wouldn't say anything. Uri menacingly inquired whether she was begging for her life, and he pushed her to her knees.

Cassandra pleaded with Uri not to kill her, and she offered to do whatever he wanted. "Anything?" he asked. She began to unbuckle his belt, but he growled that she was pretty but stupid. He grabbed her and jerked her to her feet. He snarled that she was too valuable to kill, so he would sell her, and she would disappear forever. Uri said that it was a shame, because he'd had plans for Cassandra, and he walked out. Outside, Uri placed a call and said that Cassandra was too dangerous to keep.

Eileen berated Tia for selling Cassandra out, but Tia haughtily defended that it had been an act of self-preservation. Cassandra worried that she'd never be found if the men took her out of the country, and she almost wished that they would just kill her. Eileen hugged Cassandra and told her not to give up hope. Vlad entered and roughly escorted Cassandra out."

- Jenny Smith
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