01/27/2005 Bianca Goes To Ryan For Help

"Derek and Bo Buchanan are in the interrogation room when Jamie is brought in. Derek introduces them and says that the detective has a few questions about an ongoing investigation. Jamie says that he isn't talking to anyone without a lawyer, and certainly not to anyone named Buchanan. Bo steps in and tells Jamie that his questions are not about the kidnapping case - they are about the murder of Paul Cramer. Bo starts to question Jamie - but prefaces it by saying that Paul had a way about him and it wasn't always good. Bo said that he could understand if Paul got on Jamie's bad side. He starts to run down the two altercations that were on record, both of which ended with Jamie knocking Paul out. The first was in Pine Valley at the hospital and the second was in a Llanview nightclub called Ultra Violet. He asks Jamie to explain what happened, and Jamie tells him that Paul had been harassing Babe and he took it upon himself to defend her and put Paul in his place. Bo looks back through his notes and realizes that one of the incidents happened in January when Babe was still happily married to JR. Derek breaks in and asks if Jamie thought JR couldn't defend his own wife. Bo asks if he had been carrying on an affair with his brother's wife. Jamie assures them that he was just being a friend. Bo muses aloud that Babe is lucky to have a friend like him - defending her without question, putting his life on the line. He supposes that Jamie would do anything for her. Jamie interjects that he could ask Chief Frye for an answer to that question. Already in the know, Bo tells Jamie that he must be referring to when he got thrown in jail and ended up getting stabbed. Knowing that was for Babe as well, Buchanan wants to know if Jamie would kill Paul for Babe.

David visits Babe in her jail cell, and Babe tells him that the police took Jamie away and she couldn't find out what was going on. She begs David to find some answerrs but David wants to concentrate on his daughter. He tells her that Jamie has his own friends and family, and she needs to be concerned about herself. He goes on to say that he will do whatever he can to get her out of jail, but Babe says that she and Jamie are in love and are in this mess together. David continues to try to convince Babe that the cops will be pulling a "divide and conquer" strategy and that she needs to work on getting herself cleared and out of jail. Babe tells him that she can't think of herself as separate from Jamie, and she won't because he would never turn on her. This garners a look of dismay from her father and she asks what he knows. He balks and then informs her that Jamie is probably being questioned by Llanview police. Babe asks if it's regarding the kidnapping but David corrects her and says he's talking to homicide, most likely about the Cramer murder. She reminds him that David lied to Tad to keep him from tracking the kids down while they were on the run. David tells her that she needs to do whatever it takes to get out of jail, even if it includes abandoning Jamie. He reminds her that there is a war between the Buchanans and the Chandlers over her son, and that she's caught in the middle. Babe insists that because she is the mother, she will be able to get James back. David points out the implausibility of that statement, simply because there is no way that she could raise a child in jail. He tells her that she needs to make the police think that she was a confused young woman who would do anything for her child, and convince them that she was under Jamie's influence and control. Babe refuses to desert Jamie like that because of the love they share. She says that anyone who truly thinks that Jamie could commit murder is a fool. David finally admits that he saw Jamie at the cemetery that night standing over Paul Cramer's dead body. Instead of reacting as he thought she would, she realizes that her father is the one that told the police to question Jamie.

In the interrogation room, Jamie stays silent and unwilling to answer the last question. Buchanan tells him that they have a witness that places him at the scene of the crime and understanding slowly washes over Jamie's face. He asks Jamie to fill in the blanks, but before responding, Jamie asks Derek if he thinks he's capable of murder. Derek feels that everyone is capable, if the situation is right. Returning his attention to Bo, Jamie admits that he was at the cemetery that night. He had every intention of making Paul admit how he screwed everything up with Bianca, Babe and the babies. He had tracked Paul to the cemetery but before he could get near him, he heard a gun shot. By the time Jamie found him, Paul was already dead. He goes on to admit that while he wasn't sorry that Paul was dead, he was sorry that he didn't get there in time to make Paul fess up. He then says that he wasn't the murderer, but if their witness says otherwise...they can just tell Hayward that he's as big of a liar as Cramer was.

Back downstairs, David tries to convince Babe that everything he did was for her own good. Babe doesn't want to hear excuses. She demands that he find the detectives and do whatever it takes - lie, cheat, steal, tell them he was the one that killed Paul - to get Jamie out of the suspect's chair. David doesn't think it will be that easy - and it certainly won't help to keep her safe. Babe tells him that she doesn't care about her own welfare. She finally admits to her father that Jamie and James are her new family, and they mean as much to her as he and her mother do. She says that no one will take that away from her. David tells her that he just wants to get her out of jail, but she says that she will find a way on her own - and she won't abandon Jamie in the process.

A short time later, David shows up in the interrogation room. The police officer escorting him initially tries to stop him from entering the room, but Derek and Bo verbally grant him admission. David tells them that he wants to retract his statement because it was all lies. They detectives find that odd, as Jamie just verified that he was indeed at the cemetery. Jamie confronts David and asks if he's going to add some more lies to his statement - and when he doesn't receive a response he adds that for all he knows, David is the guilty one. He then asks to go back to his cell so that he can get away from David.

Once gone, David tries to leave but Bo stops him and notes that Jamie made an interesting accusation, but didn't hear a denial. Annoyed, David says he wants to get the questioning over. Bo tells him that if he has anything useful to add to the investigation, he should feel free to do so. Ever snarky, he tells them Paul made fun of Opal's accent once, so she shot him. Buchanan grins wryly and then dismisses Hayward. Once he is out of the room, Derek asks Buchanan's thoughts. Bo says that while Hayward is a huge pain - he doesn't think that he murdered Paul. Derek echoes the sentiment, only about Jamie. Bo thinks that perhaps the real killer is waiting for him back in Llanview.

By the jail cells, Babe sees Jamie being brought back. She tries to talk to him but initially the guard starts to lead Jamie away. They plead with him to give them a minute, and after promising they won't rat him out, he allows it. Jamie is able to reassure her that David did what she asked and he will not be charged with murder. They kiss, exchange loving words and then the guard cuts them off.

Slater enters his living room with a bag and his jacket in hand. He starts to gather up some random pieces of paper from the coffee table, and glances at a letter laying on an end table. Before he could pick it up to read it again, there is a knock at the door. When he opens it, Erica strides in. She tells him that she was concerned about punishing Babe for what she did but now that Bo Buchanan is on the case, she is certain that everything is taken care of. However, that's where she feels Slater can help out. She starts to explain what she means but then she looks down and sees the packed bag. She asks where he's going and he tells her that he's moving back to Vegas. She tells him that he can't but he counters that he can and will, because of business. Shocked by this planned move, Erica calls him a spineless coward. Erica asks Zach to save her the time of trying to figure out his reasons for leaving by just telling her the truth up front. Still not giving in, Erica decides to just start talking until she hits a nerve. First she mentions Dr. Maria "Boom Boom" Grey, and says that even though she chose to go back to Edmund, that's no reason to leave town. Zach doesn't flinch and so she moves on and mentions Ethan. Immediately, Zach tells her to lay off his son. Impressed that she figured out the answer so quickly, she waits for him to expound. He tells her that Ethan has made it perfectly clear, by pointing a gun at him, that he doesn't want Zach in his life, so he's leaving. Erica thinks that his reasoning is just a cop out and that he doesn't know the first thing about parenting. Barely keeping his temper under control, he tells Erica to take her challenges and her advice and leave before he picks her up and tosses her out himself. Not willing to give up that easily, Erica asks again why it's so easy for him to just run away. Finally he shows her the letter he looked at before her arrival. It's a letter from Bianca, and Erica reads part of it aloud. In the letter, Bianca says that she can't imagine why Zach did the things he did to his own son, and that she doesn't want that kind of person near her daughter. She suggests that he do everyone a favor and leave Pine Valley for good. Impressed by her daughter's words, she asked if this is the real reason for his hasty departure. Never one to give up much, he just says that Bianca's letter just gave him more proof that life in Pine Valley would be much easier with him gone. Ready to take his leave, Erica stops him once again. She asks him to sit down because she isn't done with him. Agreeing to a quick conversation, he takes a seat. Erica admits that she wants him to stay because she's selfish. She knows that he fights dirty and that will help her protect her daughters. Seeing right through her smoke screen, Zach says out loud what Erica had been dancing around: if Zach and Ethan make up, they can leave town together and move to Vegas. While that would be helpful, Erica knows that will never happen and Zach knows it too. He still wants to leave but she tells him that the one thing with children is that you can never predict their future. She tells him to sit tight because she's got more notes for him on the subject. Admitting that Kendall pulled some of the same stunts with her that Ethan is pulling with Zach now, Erica tells him that children will constantly throw varying levels of punishment at their parents. They want to see how far they can push and still be loved. Zach asks where she got all of her advice and Erica tells him that she had a kind and benevolent mother, and she learned a thing or two. Zach reiterates that Ethan already showed that he didn't want Zach around and Erica calls his bluff. She reminds him that Ethan jumped through flaming hoops to prove he was a Cambias - and she wants to know why, when Ethan throws a few hoops back his way, all he can do is run. Zach still wants to leave and catch his flight but Erica stops him one more time. She realizes that what he is doing in the here and now is truly the Cambias curse: he couldn't handle the pressure from his father, so he disappeared. Now, he can't handle the pressure from his son, so he's going to do it again. The only difference this time is that he doesn't need to fake his death - he can just hop on a plane. She walks out and leaves him to mull over what she has said.

Charles, a member of the Board (at Cambias) is wrapping up some business with Ethan while Ryan packs up some papers in the background. Charles tells Ethan that he is glad that there is a family member back at the helm, and that he speaks for the Board when he says they have every confidence that Ethan will do well in his new position. Ethan thanks him for the vote of support, and with a nod to Ryan, Charles takes his leave. Ethan turns to face Ryan and says that he has one more thing to ask of him before he goes. Ryan thinks he is mistaken, as the transfer is complete and there is nothing else tying him to the corporation. Ethan clarifies by saying that what he wants to know is what Ryan plans on doing about his brother. Ryan thinks that Kendall's paranoia is running rampant and anything that she has told Ethan about Jonathan is a lie. Ethan tells Ryan that she had some good points and that he should consider them instead of ignoring her completely, considering that she has no reason to lie. Ethan asks if he has any other reason to not to believe her, and Ryan says that Kendall just wants what she always wants - revenge. Ethan doesn't buy it because if that's what she truly wanted - to get back at Ryan through Greenlee - she could have stood back and watched her fall off the roof of the Fusion building. When he gets no answer from Ryan, he goes on to ask why everyone in Pine Valley is intent on believing the worst about Kendall. Ryan says it's because they know who she really is. Ethan counters and says that Bianca is one of the people that knows Kendall, and yet she's always willing to cut her some slack. Ryan agrees and says that it's just because Bianca is one of the most forgiving people he knows. Ryan goes off on a tirade about how Kendall must have really sucked Ethan in - but then assures him that she has no proof. He tells Ethan that he pities him and offers some words of advice - watch your back. Ethan, finding the latest offerings of no use to him, asks that they just get back to the question at hand - what is Ryan planning to do about his brother? Ryan, still believing that Jonathan didn't do anything, tells Ethan that he should be worrying about the real culprit - his father. Ethan admits that Zach is a liar, but also states that they are off-track. He tells Ryan that there is no proof that Jonathan didn't poison Greenlee. Ryan repeats that his brother is innocent - and that if Ethan chooses to believe what Kendall is telling him while she is crying on his shoulder, then he is also choosing to play right into his father's hands. Ryan believes that Zach's M.O. is to make sure that all of the attention is focused on Kendall. In that way, he can do whatever he wants without anyone noticing. Not losing his train of thought, Ethan once again tells Ryan that he needs to consider that perhaps Jonathan isn't innocent. He also says that if he is innocent, he would like to see proof of that. Ryan counters and tells Ethan that if he wants proof, it should be something that clears his father's name. Ryan then breaks it down for Ethan: Ethan is about to go on trial for attempted murder, and Ryan can either testify that Slater did it...or not. Ethan admits that jail would be one way to shut him up, but it wouldn't protect his wife. Ryan says Ethan needn't worry because Greenlee will be protected. However, what he does need to do is stay away from Jonathan...because if he doesn't, Ryan won't need a high-powered gun to exact his revenge. Ethan says that he refuses to let the people of Pine Valley tear Kendall down anymore. He will give her everything that she deserves and more. Ryan, feigning indifference, just quips that Ethan signed on for the hardest job in the world - and he wasn't referring to the one at Cambias Industries. Ryan goes to leave, but then turns back to remind him to stay away from Jonathan and to keep Kendall away from him as well. Now alone in his office, Ethan wraps up a phone call with someone Cambias previously did business with. He hangs up and then stands and straightens some papers on his desk. Sensing a presence, he looks up and sees Zach walking into his office.

Back at his loft, Ryan flashes back to the conversations between him and his brother, his wife and his ex, both at the apartment and at Fusion. Both times, he defended his brother's innocence, not even entertaining the thought that the ladies could be right. He then hears Greenlee saying that Jonathan wants her out of the way, and that Ryan can't see that because they are brothers.

Bianca is standing outside of Maggie and Jonathan's apartment and she can hear them arguing. Jonathan is brow beating and berating Maggie and Bianca can't take any more of it. She bangs on the door and demands to be let in. There is a moment of silence, and she bangs on the door again. Jonathan yanks the door open and proclaims that her presence is exactly what they needed. Ignoring him, Bianca walks past him and approaches her old friend. She tells Maggie that she heard the argument from in the hall and heard him using her to make Maggie feel bad. Over his protests, Bianca insists that she knows what she heard. Instead of admitting defeat, Maggie goes on the defense and asks why Bianca was listening in on their private conversation. Flabbergasted, Bianca tells her that it couldn't have been private because she could hear it from the hall. She continues to ask Maggie if she can see what Jonathan is doing to her. Unwilling to give up, Maggie simply says that Bianca doesn't know or understand what she has with Jonathan. Bianca tells her that she knows exactly what Maggie has and it isn't pretty. She goes on to say that love is not about control, and yet that's what he was doing by belittling her to get her to do whatever he wanted in bed. Maggie asks why she cares, and Jonathan successfully breaks in and says that he'd like to know too. Jonathan asks Bianca what's going on with her, why she is so involved and what her real feelings are. Bianca bluntly tells him that she hates what he does to her. The Maggie she knew would never let anyone roll over her, nor would she ever beg anyone for anything. She turns back to Maggie and says that she wants her to be with someone and she wants her to be happy - but Jonathan can't provide that for her. She tells Maggie that Jonathan is beneath her and that she needs to be with someone who will love and respect her. Jonathan breaks in again and asks if Bianca hates him and if it's because of who he is. Before she can answer he continues the barrage by asking if the real truth is that she wants to be him, beneath Maggie. He wants to know how she really feels: is she in love with Maggie? Ignoring him once again, she tells Maggie that she sounds like the textbook version of an abuser's partner. She points out telltale signs - like him getting angry with her all the time and making her feel like everything is her fault. She tells Maggie that she needs to leave him before things get worse. This sets Maggie off and she finally lets Bianca have it. She tells her that people get angry in relationships and people fight. Perhaps that wasn't how her relationship was with Lena but that's not the standard for all relationships. Maggie points out that Bianca doesn't know how she is in a loving relationship, so she has no right to speak on it. Bianca, refusing to back down, insists that Jonathan has abused her mentally, emotionally and physically. She tells her that all of the times Jonathan says that he loves her, he would never hurt her, he can't live without her, or makes her believe that he is hurting over something that she supposedly did - that's control. She asks what kind of relationship that is, and Maggie tells her that it's the relationship that she is in. She tells Bianca that she loves Jonathan and he loves her, and he gives her all that she wants and needs. She goes on to say that even though Bianca hates men and had a bad experience with one, that doesn't mean that all men are evil, like Michael Cambias. Bianca tries to correct her but Maggie keeps the floor. She says that she loves Jonathan and wants to marry him. Spent, she turns her back on Bianca and hugs Jonathan. He in turn declares an end to the war and says that Maggie has chosen who she wants to be with, and now Bianca needs to let go. He kisses his fiancée while Bianca looks on in horror. Frustrated, Maggie breaks off the kiss and asks if Bianca is going to stand there and watch, or leave. A moment passes and then Bianca grabs her things and runs out the door. After she slams the door shut, she stops so that she can hold back her tears.

Back in the apartment, as soon as the door closes, Maggie asks Jonathan if he's mad. Back in nice guy mode again, he soothes her fears and tells her that she was wonderful and that he loves her so much. They sit on the couch, and Jonathan placates her by telling her he would understand if she wants to delay the wedding. Overcompensating yet again, Maggie insists that she wants to marry him as soon as possible. Jonathan declares that he just wants to be the man that she deserves.

Ryan's reverie is broken when there is banging at his door. He rushes over and opens it to find a panicking Bianca. She is upset and rambling on about how she had just been "over there" and it was terrible because he was so mean and hurtful. Ryan asks who hurt her, and Bianca clarifies that she meant Maggie, not herself. She starts to launch into her hysterical chatter again but Ryan wants to know who is hurting Maggie. Bianca stares at him with pleading eyes, and tells him that she means his brother - and she insists that Ryan has to stop him."

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