01/06/2000 Trevor Worries About Janet

"The New Year meant that most people were thinking about what lied ahead. Janet was unable to shake loose the memories of the year just passed. As she removed the Christmas decorations from the tree, he mind flashed back to the walloping she'd given Sophie. Trevor entered the room still wondering how someone could have gotten into the house to litter it with candy canes. Amanda scurried down the steps with a pair of binoculars, boasting that she'd just caught the neighbor in his backyard wearing his pajamas. Trevor scolded his daughter for being nosy. Amanda and Trevor headed off to meet Jamie and Brooke. Janet opted to remain behind and finish putting away the decorations. As Trevor was leaving, she pleaded with him not to take his eyes off of Amanda. Later, Janet looked over at the mantel and once again noticed that the silver necklace had somehow found its way out of her jewelry box. Janet took a deep breath and looked into the mirror. She saw only her reflection; Mirror Janet was nowhere in sight. Sophie's ghost, though, was another problem. "You're dead," Janet said defiantly. "So live with it." Janet angrily threw the necklace into the trash and headed upstairs to soak her troubles away.

Erica awoke and found David sitting on the edge of her bed. She told him that she'd had the most wonderful dream, a dream in which a "tall, dark, and handsome" man serenaded her before taking her into his arms and making love to her. Of course, it was no dream --- it was reality. As the cuddled and kissed, Erica inadvertently pushed up against David's injured shoulder. David, who hadn't been wearing his sling, was still sore over how his injury had occurred. He told Erica that he did not believed that Alex had intended to hurt him. In fact, he wasn't even sure if Alex knew that she was pushing him down the steps. Erica insisted that Alex was a dangerous woman and asked David to promise that he'd limit the time he spent with her. David told Erica that he had to go to Wildwind to retrieve the watch he'd lost during his fall. Erica allowed him to leave, but she wasn't about to forget what Alex had done. She told herself that she would "not give Alex a second chance to kill" David. She picked up the phone and placed a call to a business contact in Europe, a Miss Chadwick. She told the woman that she needed a dossier on Alex sent to her immediately.

At BJ's, Alex joined Rae at a table for a cup of coffee. Rae had mistakenly assumed that Alex wanted to speak to her about what had transpired the night before. Alex icily told the counselor that she did not want "some kind of session" with her. Instead, she wanted to assure her that she was feeling fine. "You don't believe that any more than I do," Rae replied with a slight smile. Alex apologized for sounding frigid. She explained that she'd like to get to know Rae better --- just not on a professional basis. Rae talked of a woman who was too proud to turn to others for help. Alex thought that Rae was talking about her. In actuality, Rae was talking about herself. If her statement did apply to Alex, Rae said that it just goes to prove that they have much in common. Something about the comparison unnerved Alex. Or perhaps she thought that Rae was trying to trick her into talking about her troubles. Whatever the reason --- and in spite of Rae's reminder that everything said to her would be kept in the strictest confidence --- Alex rose from her chair and bid farewell to Rae.

Amanda, Trevor, Brooke and Jamie arrived at the restaurant for a quick bite to eat before they headed off to the skating show. The kids were still fascinated with the pair of binoculars. As they headed to okay with their new toy, Trevor and Brooke sat down at a nearby table to discuss Janet's recent peculiar behavior. Trevor explained that he was worried that Janet might be afraid to open up to him about something that might be bothering her. He informed Brooke that Janet's quirkiness started at about the same time Derek had dropped by to ask her about the escape of her former cellmate. Brooke wondered if it was possible that Janet had been in contact with Sophie. Trevor stated that Janet had said that she hadn't seen or heard from Sophie. "She fought her demons and won," said Trevor when Brooke hinted that Janet might be hiding something from him. Just to be on the safe side, Trevor asked Brooke if she'd watch after Amanda while he went home to check on Janet.

It seems that Tad's morning rituals get more and more bizarre as the months go by. Dixie scolded her husband for breaking up a chocolate bar and placing it atop his bowl of cereal. Junior scurried into the house toting a puppy. He asked his mother and Tad if they could have the dog. "Now you guys can have something little to look after," he said innocently. His intentions were good, but it brought back many painful memories for Tad and Dixie. While Junior was in the backyard playing with the dog, Tad mentioned that they'd seemed to be avoiding talking about Bess. Dixie told Tad not to dwell on the sorrow, but rather to look at what they already had. Rae dropped by to find out if Tad had been avoiding her. She told him that she'd been trying to contact him about her show idea for days --- but that he has yet to reach out to her. Tad explained that the idea of doing a show on black-market babies, while a good one, was a bit "too dark" an issue for his new program. Rae was very attached to the idea and took Tad's rejection personally. Angrily, she demanded that Tad reconsider. Tad also lost his cool and told Rae that the idea hit "a little too close to home." Dixie entered the room and told Tad that she thought he should do the show. The talk then turned to how they'd do such a program. Rae suggested that a disguised Tad set up an appointment with a lawyer who deals with illegal adoptions. Dixie knew that a wife would be needed for the undercover sting. She offered her services, but Rae and Tad were both a bit apprehensive about involving Dixie. "I can do it Tad," Dixie pleaded. "Please let me."

Alex returned to the main house at Wildwind and stopped cold upon seeing the main staircase. A split-second later, David walked through the front door. "Returning to the scene of the crime?" he asked Alex with a sneer firmly planted on his face. Alex accused David of following her, but David assured her that he'd only dropped by to pick up his watch. When David referred to his tumble down the steps as "an accident," Alex lashed out at him. They both knew that the fall was hardly an accident. Alex, though, insisted that she had not meant to hurt him. It was little consolation for the doctor, who noted that he would not be able to perform any surgery for at least a few weeks. When asked why he'd covered for her, David said that he wanted to do what was best for the foundation. Saying that his partner had tried to kill him was hardly the best publicity move. Alex requested that David resign his post at the foundation, but David refused. He wanted to start anew with Alex and asked only that she promise not to push him out a window. "As much as I despise you, I never meant to hurt you," Alex said softly. David looked directly into her eyes and asked her about the events leading up to his fall. He got Alex to admit that she had seen "someone else" before she's pushed him down the staircase. "What happened last night is just between us," David said with a smile. Suddenly, Alex's face turned white. She and David had reached a certain level of civility, but now all of that was gone. She once again saw the older man that she'd see just before pushing David down the steps. "Geoffrey," she gasped. "You just called be Geoffrey," David muttered. "Who is he?" Alex said nothing. She dashed past David and ran out of the house.

Janet had been taking a hot bath when the sounds of Christmas music sounded out from downstairs. She put on her bathrobe and raced down to see if Trevor and Amanda had come home. Not only had someone turned on the stereo, but that same person had also put all of the decorations back on the Christmas tree. Janet turned away in fright. It was then that she saw yet another surprise. Someone had placed a crowbar on the mirror along with a little red bow. Suddenly, Sophie appeared from out of nowhere. "I'm back," she snarled seconds before punching Janet on the side of her head. When Janet came around, she found herself tied to a chair. "Sophie," Janet gasped. "You're alive." Sophie nodded her head and flashed a frown. "I wake up and a rat is eating pizza crust off my face," she groaned. Janet explained that she'd never intended to hurt Sophie, but that her demands for money were just too much. "I needed more," Sophie replied coldly. "But it's not about money any more. It's about my satisfaction." Janet looked on as Sophie paced back and forth in front of her. "I'm going to get mine as soon as that hubby and kid walk through that door," Sophie added. She brandished the crowbar that she'd hung on the mirror. Janet screamed out in horror. She begged Sophie to reconsider. She told the woman to take anything she could find in the house and leave. Sophie had no qualms with murdering Trevor and Amanda. After all, she'd already killed a prison guard during her breakout. Her plan, though, was to frame Janet for the murders. Janet insisted that no one would believe that she'd kill her husband and daughter. Sophie pointed out that Janet had tried to kill her own sister. Janet turned to pleading for her daughter's safety. Sophie agreed that Amanda was an "okay kid," but that didn't mean that she wouldn't kill the girl if she had the chance. Janet tried to appeal to Sophie's softer side. She told Sophie that she'd been her "lifeline" while they were holed up in jail. "You said that we were sister," Janet said softly. After Natalie's funeral, Sophie had given Janet a necklace to show their new bond as sisters. Janet claimed that that necklace meant a great deal to her. For just a moment, it looked as though a tear had formed in Sophie's eye. She said that she was going to give that necklace to Amanda one day. As for the clobbering she given Sophie, Janet once again said that Sophie's demands were too much. "You want too much," she said. She explained that since she's been on the outside longer, she knows that an ex-con needs to take things slowly at first. Sophie was definitely moved by Janet's remarks. Then she saw the necklace that Janet had tossed in the trashcan. "You lying hussy," Sophie erupted. Sophie placed duct tape over Janet's mouth so that she wouldn't be able to talk any more. "You played me for the last time," Sophie growled. Janet and Sophie both heard a car pull up in the driveway. "Whoever comes through that door first gets it right between the eyes," Sophie said coldly. She raised the crowbar above her head and waited behind the door. Outside on the porch, Trevor fumbled around for his key."

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