02/24/2005 Bianca Leaves For Paris

"Greenlee takes Ryan back to the place where they found shelter during the storm. She's had it refurbished, so that they could remember how they felt when they first got married. It doesn't take long for the feeling to sink in for Ryan. He pulls her to the other side of the door frame and carries her over the threshold as if they were truly newlyweds and they start to make love. Some time later, Ryan tells his bride that he never wants her to think that he doesn't love her. In fact, he loves her more each day that he spends with her. He finds out something new about her and it's exactly what he needs, and it's exactly what she gives him. Greenlee tells him that she feels the same way. They enjoy each other for a few more moments, and then Ryan says he has to go. Greenlee realizes that he is going to head back to his brother's side, and he admits that he wants to keep the promise he made of returning soon. She tells him that he's leaving over her naked, dead body. Although she pleads with him to stay, Ryan gets dressed and prepares to leave. She thinks that this is her fault - she has always been independent, and now Ryan believes that she doesn't need him. She tries to correct that erroneous line of thinking, and tells him that she just wants tonight with him - as they haven't had a clear shot to perfection since they were married. Ryan insists that he needs to go - that she will survive but his brother is having a meltdown. He asks her to get dressed so that they can leave, but she refuses. Upset at the rift between them, but resolved to keep his promises, he asks her to call a cab when she's ready and tries to kiss her before leaving. She rebuffs his advance, and hurt, he grabs his helmet and leaves.

Later, Greenlee is on the phone, asking how long it would take to get a cab to the cottage. Suddenly, she hears the sounds of a returning motorcycle and quickly hangs up. She goes to look out the window, wanting to make sure that she wasn't hearing things when Ryan bursts back into the room. Thrilled, she hears Ryan say that he got halfway back to the Valley Inn when he realized that he was crazy to leave. They profess their love again and reunite joyfully.

To Bianca's surprise, Maggie shows up on the plane and says that she wants to go with Bianca to Paris. Caught off guard, she asks if Maggie is sure. Maggie tells her that although she is confused by a lot of things, she knows that she doesn't want to be in Pine Valley if Bianca isn't there. Maggie thinks that she is getting a negative response from Bianca, but it is revealed as confusion. Bianca tells her that a few hours ago, she had to accept that Maggie needed to stay in Pine Valley and get her life together and her GPA back to an acceptable status. Maggie tells her that she has just been pushing her away for months. When she said goodbye to her earlier in the evening, it hit her that if she pushed her away for good, she would never know who she was or what she was doing...and that would have been the biggest mistake of her life. Bianca assures Maggie that she doesn't need to turn her life upside down just to keep their friendship. Unconvinced, Maggie responds that no matter how hard the participants try - long distance relationships never work. Maggie is certain that she needs to get to a place where she can figure herself out again. She confesses to being unsure how long the process will take - but she does know one thing: her relationship with Jonathan messed up enough in her life and she wants to put a stop to it. Too inspired to stop, she further confesses that unlike before, when she would say 'I love you' and then forever take it back, she wants to be truthful from here on out. Then, as Bianca holds her breath, Maggie tells her once and for all that she loves her, but she doesn't know how. Ever understanding, Bianca knows that Maggie has been through a lot this year and may not be ready for the next big thing. Maggie then tells her that she is unsure if she ever will be. She knows that she feels love for Bianca, but she doesn't know if it's this incredible romantic love, or the most incredible friendship. She doesn't want to hurt Bianca, but Bianca tells her that there is no pressure. Frustrated that she seems to be going back to her old ways already, Maggie starts to suggest that maybe she should stay in Pine Valley after all - but Bianca wants none of it.

With the plane about to take off, Bianca tells Maggie that she only has one more chance to leave if she wants. Maggie tells her that what she actually wants is to know what's going on in Bianca's head. Admitting that she is confused as well, Bianca responds that while she has a lot of things to figure out, her first priority has to be Miranda. She goes on to say that they have both been through a lot and they need to get their balance back. There's no one else in the world that she would rather do that with than her best friend - and that's all she is expecting. However, if somewhere down the road something happens - that would be great. If it doesn't, she's fine with that as well. It's all about just being in each other's lives. That said, the mood lightens as they realize the first thing they have to do when they hit Paris - shop!

Jack comes home and finds Lily full of questions regarding Bianca and why she had to leave. Jack tells her that even though people will miss her, Bianca needed to be in a place where she could focus on herself and her daughter. Lily ponders this for a moment, and then asks if sometimes people need to do things just because it feels good. When Jack confirms her line of thinking, Lily announces that she has to do something too. With a wry grin, Jack tells his daughter that he hopes it doesn't involve her getting on a plane and moving to Paris. Lily assuages that fear just as she creates another one: she has decided that she needs to kiss Aidan. She explains that when Aidan touched her arm and she touched his hand, it didn't hurt. This led her to believe that because he is her boyfriend, this is a sign for them to take the next step in their relationship. Trying to remain calm, Jack tries to find out why the relationship they have now (which is more than acceptable) needs to change. Lily says that when Aidan agreed to be her boyfriend, what he expected at the time (spending time with her and talking to her) was good enough because she wasn't ready to touch him. This sets Jack off and in elevated, agitated tones, he tells Lily that she doesn't truly understand what would happen if she started moving down this more mature path. She falls silent for a moment, and then observes aloud that her father never spoke to her in that way before. Not understanding what she means, he asks her to explain. She tells him that he sounds like all of the other people who think that she can't do normal things because of her disorder. Apologetically, Jack explains that he has every faith in her to do what "normal" people do and more. The problem is that when Aidan agreed to be her boyfriend, it was because he didn't want to hurt her feelings. He tells her that Aidan likes her and likes spending time with her, but that's the limit. Lily says that she understands, and then says she has homework to do. Jack tells her that he needs to check on Erica, but that he is going to leave his cell phone on in case she needs to talk to him some more. When she is alone, Lily grabs the jacket that Aidan gave her and flashes back to when he said he was her boyfriend. Smiling at the memory, she dons the coat and runs out the door.

Edmund has asked Maria, Anita and Aidan to join him at Wildwind. They ask him why they needed to gather there, and he tells them that they finally have all of the information they need to nail Slater to the wall. He explains that he got a hold of Bobby's cell phone and was able to access the call history. He got lucky with the last few numbers because he was able to get in touch with the person he believes is the shooter. Maria, not believing that the truth could be determined so easily, asks for more information. Edmund tells them that when he talked to the hit man, he said that he knew about the attempted murder, and they didn't deny it. In addition, the voice sounded exactly like the voice on the call Edmund intercepted on his cell phone last summer. Because Zach was on the list of people making calls at that time, Edmund thinks that cinches the deal. He then tells his wife that he was telling her to stay away from Zach for a reason. This proves not only that Zach is dangerous, but that he's capable of anything. Maria questions the validity of what this hit man has told Edmund, but he won't budge. Maria points out that for months, people have been attempting to pin the shooting on various people - and believes that Edmund's investigation won't pan out if he doesn't have solid proof. She suggests that perhaps Bobby paid off the person Edmund spoke with, in attempt to set someone up. Her ranting makes Edmund's mind wander to a conversation he overheard between Maria and Zach sometime in the past. He quickly snaps himself back to the present and informs everyone that all questions will be answered when he meets with the hit man the following day. This catches everyone off guard, and it is almost unanimous that Edmund has come up with a dangerous idea. Maria thinks that Derek needs to be called, but Edmund insists that it is his investigation and he will do things his own way - and it will land Slater in jail by the following day. Aidan offers to go with him as backup but Edmund insists he can handle it himself. Infuriated, Maria stalks out of the room and her sister quickly follows. Once alone, Aidan asks Edmund to tell him the real story - how much was paid to the hit man to nail Slater.

Out in the barn, the Santos sisters face off. Maria tells Anita that although she wants to trust Edmund, she's not sure if she can. Anita is confused because she thought her thing with Zach was over and that she had committed herself to her marriage. Agreeing that she has, the point that has been missed is that Edmund will not let them live in peace. He has to have Maria, and take down Zach. Maria is worried about the lengths that Edmund will go to so that he can have everything that he wants. Anita tells her that she shouldn't worry because there is no way that Aidan will let him meet a hit man alone. Anita, still flabbergasted that she doesn't trust her husband, then hears her sister say that Zach swore he had nothing to do with the shooting, and that he never lied to her. Maria knows that she chose Edmund, but she's just not certain that she made the right choice. She tells Anita about being trapped in the shed with Zach, and how he kissed her. She relays that stopped before things got too far, but she didn't really want to. Anita insists that the reason she stopped was because she loves Edmund and she knows in her heart that he is the right choice.

With Maria gone, Aidan joins Anita in the barn. She catches him up to speed on what she found out - and tells him how worried she is that everything is deteriorating so quickly. Aidan promises her that he will keep his eyes open and take care of everything. Grateful, she embraces him and then they kiss. Lily walks in and is shocked at what she sees.

Kendall can't believe that Zach would be able to take Cambias Industries away from Ethan as easily as he is making it seem. She feels that he lost the right to stake a claim when he blew up his car and faked his death. Zach says that all things Cambias are rightfully his, garnering a challenging glare from his son. Unflinching, Zach tells Ethan to grab his gun and take his best shot. Taking him up on the offer in a less dangerous way, Ethan announces that he knew this to be Zach's plan all along: he didn't want to deal with his father, so he faked his own death - only to come back and stake his claim after his father was dead and gone. Kendall wonders aloud why Zach didn't move in for the kill while Ryan was on top. Ethan believes that he wanted to make sure the board was fed up - to the point that they would be happy with whoever took over. He goes on to say that all the talk about the Cambias curse was nonsense, and that it was quite a sad attempt on his father's part to make a play for everything. Kendall asks about Bianca and Miranda and how they played into the plan. Ethan jumps in and says that he believed for a short while that Zach had real feelings for them, but now knows that his father doesn't possess any real emotion. Kendall wants to know if Zach planned on stealing their future - at which point Zach finds a moment to break in. He tells her that Ethan is actually the one that's stealing, but Kendall dismisses such talk, as Ethan loves Bianca and her daughter. Zach, surprised that he hasn't told her, announces that Ethan has stopped construction on the Miranda Center. Ethan tries to justify the move by saying that he needed the crew to work on another project, Lakeside, because it had a deadline. He insists that he has an obligation to his stockholders, but Zach reminds him (and informs Kendall) that while the Lakeside project has a profit margin - the Miranda Center doesn't. Zach takes an odd pleasure in the fact that his son has learned the corporate language so well, but insists he knows the future. He believes that soon, all the things that are important - family, friends, charity, even Kendall - will become simply a thing of the past. Infuriated, Ethan tries to kick Zach out of his office. Almost amused, Zach stands his ground. Kendall accuses him of still trying to destroy the relationship she has with his son, but Zach assures her that Ethan will do it all on his own. He then says that by taking back the companies, Ethan will have a chance to save his soul. Ethan is incensed that Zach dares to pretend he really cares about his son or his niece. He is sure that everything is about Zach, to hell with everyone else. He is equally sure that Zach won't win. Taking it all in stride, Zach simply tells his son that his lawyers will be in touch, and leaves. Once gone, Ethan tries to embrace Kendall but she takes a step back. She wants the honest truth: has he really lost his soul?

Ethan tries to tell her that everything Zach says is a lie but she reminds him that Zach was the one that brought out the truth about the construction at the Miranda Center. Ethan swears that the crew will be back on that project within a month, and that he would die before he would turn his back on Bianca, Miranda or her. She tells him that she's worried because he sounded so cold when Zach was accusing him. Hurt, Ethan asked when she stopped believing in him. He tells her that this is classic Slater style - he undermines people, and he's very good at it. He knows Slater's motive isn't love and that Slater is the one poisoned by the so-called curse. Kendall tells him that she doesn't want to believe that Zach is right - so Ethan asks her to believe in him again. He goes on to tell her that he has to fight dirty with Zach if he wants to win. As soon as he does, things will change. Kendall isn't satisfied and tells him she wants things to change now. She asks him to get on the phone and have the crew sent back to work on the center. Knowing this is a change he can't (or won't) affect, he tries to placate Kendall by telling her it will only be a few more weeks - and he asks her to just trust him.

Back in the main house, Edmund wants to know why Aidan is giving him such a hard time, now that the evidence is there for the taking. Aidan can't believe that it was so easily found, but Edmund assures him he didn't pay off the hit man. Aidan reminds him that he DID pay off Bobby, but Edmund insists that the money was incentive to testify against Slater. It didn't work out, but he feels that the cell phone will make the case against Slater tighter than Bobby's testimony could. Aidan, not willing to cave on all points, tells Edmund that he is going on the meeting the following day. Edmund allows it, and then tells Aidan to leave so that he can call Derek. Once gone, he places a call to Ethan and asks if he is still interested in taking Slater down. With Kendall still in the office, Ethan has to make it appear as though it's a standard business call. He does so with ease, and agrees to meet Edmund at Wildwind as soon as possible, with lots of cash - as the informant has a high price tag.

Once he's done on the phone, Ethan returns to trying to convince Kendall that he is doing the right thing by fighting Zach. He promises her that once he is done with the war, he will take her someplace nice...like Paris so they can visit Bianca and Miranda. He swears that all he wants is for her to be happy...with him. They kiss and makeup and then he has to leave for his meeting, leaving her alone in his office.

Maria returns to the house and Edmund asks where she's been. After she tells him that she had been talking to her sister, she sits down so they can now talk. He tells her that he knows that everything that is going on is hard on her - but he also knows that Zach ordered the hit on Ryan. He wants to know that she is 100% behind him.

At his office, an employee brings a DVD in to Zach. He asks what it is, and is told that it is video footage of Edmund in the casino, as requested. The employee leaves, and Zach immediately watches the disc, and sees the footage of Edmund pushing the dumpster - on his own two feet - in front of the shed where he and Maria were trapped. Announcing that the game is over, he takes the DVD and heads out of the office.

On the plane, as Maggie cradles a sleeping Miranda, she and Bianca make small talk about all of the things they will do while in Paris. Then, the pilot announces on the overhead that they have been cleared for takeoff. As Maggie straps the baby in, Bianca heads to her seat and takes one long last look. She places a kiss on the window and says, "Goodbye, Pine Valley.""

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