09/24/1999 Dimitri Is Presumed Dead

"Seated at a table in the middle of Pine Valley's newest eatery, BJ's, Scott and Becca enjoyed breakfast together. Scott watched Becca as she nibbled on some scrambled eggs. Becca's eyebrows raised and she asked Scott why he was watching her. She then followed it up with another question, asking Scott if he used to watch Greenlee eat. "Greenlee's cute, but you're unique," replied Scott. Under her breath, Becca muttered some unflattering remarks about Miss Smythe. Scott was taken aback because he'd never heard Becca say anything bad about Greenlee before---or anyone for that matter. After some gentle nudging, Becca admitted that she dislikes Greenlee. She went on the say that one of the reasons for her feelings was that Greenlee wanted to resume her relationship with Scott. Scott confessed that he was pleased to hear that Becca's angst had something to do with him. He told Becca that he'd turned down Greenlee's invitation to her grandparents' anniversary party. In short, he said that he wanted nothing to do with Greenlee or at least nothing physical.

It's not all that often that you go into a restaurant and find one of the patrons preparing their own food. At The Valley Inn, though, Vanessa was doing just that. Unhappy with the hotel's version of "freshly squeezed orange juice," Vanessa was pressing oranges to make her own juice. As she made the juice, she also belittled a waiter for having brought the wrong order to the table. Vanessa beamed as she passed the small cup of juice to her husband. Palmer smiled, but didn't get involved in the conversation. Vanessa then re-placed their orders. For Palmer, she ordered eggs benedict and for herself a fruit cup and dry toast. Palmer worried that the breakfast might be "too rich." Vanessa promptly shushed him and assured him that a little indulgence would not compromise his health. A little while later, Vanessa told Palmer that she'd been toying with the idea of throwing a party to celebrate his reelection as head of Cortlandt Electronics. "Do you think that I don't see straight through you?" Palmer replied. Vanessa fidgeted nervously, unsure what her husband was going to say. Palmer insinuated that Vanessa only wanted to have a party because she wanted to be shown off as the new Mrs. Palmer Cortlandt. Rather than lie and profess her innocence, Vanessa proudly admitted that Palmer was absolutely right. Palmer wasn't upset in the least. In fact, he told Vanessa that he would through her a coming out party. As he took his wife's hand, Palmer noticed that her hand lacked the sparkle created only by diamonds. He excused himself to head upstairs to his room and retrieve his cellular phone. That way he could quickly remedy the problem. After Palmer left, the waiter returned with Vanessa and Palmer's order. The waiter offered to keep the food warm until Palmer returned. Vanessa shook her head and angrily informed the waiter that he would trash the meal and have a new one prepared once Mr. Cortlandt returned. "Honestly," she groaned. "This place is more like a diner every day!" Vanessa also took time to request a Bloody Mary---extra spicy. The waiter nodded his head and returned a little while late with the drink. Vanessa took one sip and her eyes nearly popped out of their sockets. She quickly raced out of the room as the waiter looked on with a smile.

A few floors skyward, Erica lay fast asleep in David's bed. David gently rubbed her face and eventually Erica woke up. She rolled over in bed with a wide grin---but her happiness would be short-lived. Erica soon realized that David was fully dressed. He reminded her that he had to travel to New York to check on some new equipment for the hospital. Erica was furious. She grumbled that she'd had her entire schedule cleared so that she could spend the day with him. David seemed unimpressed. After all, he had shifted his schedule more than once to facilitate Erica---only to find out that she was flying off on a business trip. Erica hurried into the bathroom and got dressed. David continued to enjoy watching Erica stew. Erica left the room to tend to business. In the hallway---and just outside David's door---Erica opened her compact and began adjusting her makeup. She carried on unaware that Palmer was traveling down the hallway towards her. Palmer called out to Erica and asked her what she was doing. Erica was quick on her feet and claimed that she was going to be meeting some business associates. However, she said that she was very early and had decided to go back downstairs. Palmer nodded his head and offered to accompany her back downstairs.

Marian sat alone at another table in The Valley Inn. Suddenly, Greenlee appeared by her side and asked if she could join her. Marian's ears perked up and she hurriedly invited the young woman to sit with her. With barely a second having passed, Marian asked Greenlee if she'd gotten Millicent to invite her to her anniversary party. Greenlee shrugged and said that her grandmother was a very busy woman and that she had not yet been able to ask her. Greenlee then turned the tables and asked Marian of she'd gotten Scott to agree to accompany her to the party. Marian shook her head and said that she hadn't seen Scott since they last talked. Greenlee expressed her concern that Scott and Becca were growing closer. "I've always heard that they start real young down there," Greenlee quipped. Both women continued to talk unaware that Stuart was eavesdropping from around the corner. When he'd decided that he'd heard enough, Stuart barged over to the table and asked to speak to his wife in private. In the hallway, Stuart scolded his wife for scheming. He told her to forget about trying to pair up Scott and Greenlee. Marian returned to the table and sadly told Greenlee that she would not be able to put in a good word for her with Scott. Greenlee rose to her feet and walked out on Marian. In the lobby of the hotel, she placed a frantic call to her grandmother to enlist her help in convincing Marian to help her. Millicent showed up and ceremoniously appeared at Marian's table. Millicent told Marian that she would not be staying long. "I'll get to the point," she said curtly. "I have a soft spot for that spoiled child lurking in the lobby." Millicent told Marian that she would mention Stuart's name for membership in PHAT if Marian could somehow persuade Scott to accompany her granddaughter to her anniversary fete.

Erica and Palmer appeared in the room and sat down at a table. Palmer wondered where Vanessa had run of to, but Erica was secretly pleased that Vanessa was not there. Palmer asked Erica to put aside her feelings for Vanessa and try to get along. Erica shook her head and said that it would not be easy because Vanessa had tried to trash her. Palmer felt that Erica's friendship could open doors for Vanessa. Befriending Millicent Greenlee, he grumbled, would not do his wife any good. The millionaire admitted that Vanessa was mostly interested in his money, be he hinted that "she makes up for it in other ways." Erica cringed and looked away. Before the conversation picked back up, a young man appeared by Erica's side and informed her that she had a phone called from a "Victorio." Erica's face lit up as she realized that the call was from David. Palmer left the room briefly, but when he returned Vanessa was once again seated at their table. He stood back and listened as she spoke to someone on her cellular phone. "It is so good to hear your voice," she purred. "I started to think that you'd forgotten me."

Back upstairs, David told a still-miffed Erica that he'd lied about having to go to New York on business. He handed her an envelope that contained a ticket to the Big Apple as well as a ticket to the opera. Erica smiled and mused that she'd have to see if she could re-re-reschedule her appointments for the day.

At the beach, Derek and Jack discussed the progress of the search for Dimitri. A member of the Coast Guard appeared beside the two men and informed them that they wanted to reclassify their search from a rescue to a recovery. Edmund overheard the discussion and unleashed his fury on the man. By changing the nature of the mission to a recovery, the intimation was that they would not find Dimitri alive.

Inside the hospital, Jake tried his best to comfort Gillian. Jake had dropped by the hospital after having called to see how Dimitri was recovering. In Dimitri's hospital room, Alexandra sat on the edge of her husband's bed. She held his robe to her face and inhaled the aroma of her husband's being. Gillian and Jake entered the room followed closely behind by Jack and Edmund. Alex gave her consent to rescue as a recovery. Gillian burst into tears and begged Alex not to give up hope. Alex looked warmly at Gillian and tried her best not to sound cruel. "He was very ill," she said softly. She concluded that Dimitri's weak state would not have allowed him to swim for more than a few minutes. "You say you love my brother, but I know him," Edmund snarled. He said that the disappearance was typical behavior for his brother. He turned even more angry as he accused Alex of being the reason that Dimitri might now be dead. He had stopped Alex from taking Dimitri to Seaview in the first place, Edmund felt that his brother would still be alive and possibly back to normal. Alex sniffled audibly and raced out of the room. Jack looked coldly at Edmund and scolded him for speaking to Dimitri's widow that way.

Back on the beach, Alex sat alone in the sand sobbing. A hand suddenly rested upon her shoulder, taking her by surprise. Alexandra jumped slightly before raising to her feet. With sad eyes, Edmund asked Alexandra not to give up hope. Alexandra was infuriated. "You're so naive," Alexandra sighed. "He's dead, Edmund! The Coast Guard isn't going to miraculously find your brother sitting on some deserted island---because he's dead!." Alexandra's face turned a shade of red as she raced forward and pushed Edmund away. Her hand slowly raised into the air. "And it's all your fault!""

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