12/22/2005 Zach Gives Kendall Clarity

"Zach and Bianca happily greet each other, and he tells her that she has perfect timing, coming back to Pine Valley for the holidays. She agrees, only saying that he was the one with perfect timing. She then notes that she thought Kendall had something she wanted to say to Zach. Before she can get caught in the middle, Bianca retrieves her daughter and whisks her away to visit more Pine Valley residents. When Zach and Kendall are alone, he notes that she doesn't look as thrilled as she should with Bianca back home. Kendall admits that she is a mess, and that she never realizes how much she needs her sister until she comes back. Zach asks if what she needs help with is what Bianca alluded to, and Kendall confirms as much. She then tells him how she always assumes that the worst will happen in her life, and that she doesn't fully relax until things go wrong. However, she thinks she unwittingly let her guard down, and when everything blew up with Ryan and Greenlee, she got hit pretty hard. Zach tells her that things don't have to be as hard as she is making them out to be, and Kendall notes that Bianca said the same thing. Zach then offers to make things easier for her. She tries to tell him how he can make things easier, but he jumps the gun and hands her an envelope. She is confused at first, but he quickly tells her that their divorce is final and all the things he said about his feelings for her end because of it. He tells her that he took her at her word, and Kendall is stunned into silence. She tries to recover by saying that she was worried about the feelings he had for her – but no longer. She notes that while they served a purpose, whatever that was, it's obvious that they are better off alone. She thanks him, and Zach stoically accepts her words. He leaves, and she starts to break down in tears. After a moment, she forces herself to stop and she gathers her things so that she can leave. She does that, and fails to see Zach observing her departure from the shadows.

Kendall tearfully drives as a new snow falls on Pine Valley. Alarm suddenly floods her way as she tries to tell something in the road to move out of the way. At the last minute, she realizes that won't happen and she swerves to try to avoid a collision. She lands in a ditch, and although shaken, she is otherwise fine. She tries to back the vehicle on to the road but her wheels just spin. She then gets out of her car and yells futilely into the night at whatever caused her to be there. She starts to walk back to the driver's door when I bright light shines down on her. She makes a quip about not wanting to walk into The Light, but she does so anyway.

Babe tearfully tells Jamie that she believes Amanda stole her son. Jamie questions Amanda about it, and is rewarded with a denial of any knowledge of the kidnapping. JR arrives, saying that he wants to hear Amanda say it again, and that she'd better hope that he believes her. Jamie tries to get JR to back off, taking him aside and saying that the only chance of Amanda confessing is if Jamie does the talking. Babe is appalled that Jamie would try to protect someone who would have drugged him to get a ring on her finger. She then turns back to Amanda and promises to do anything she wants as long as she returns their son. Amanda sticks to her story, saying that she had no part in it. Babe continues to plead as Bianca walks out of the elevator with Miranda and overhears the conversation. After an uncertain greeting, out of habit, they sum up all that has been happening. JR says, while pointedly looking at Amanda, that they are searching for answers, wherever they may be. At that moment, Jamie excuses both himself and Amanda to try to find out more information. Babe initially protests, thinking that Amanda is the only link. JR convinces her to let them go. Bianca then asks if there is anything that she can do to help. Babe begs her to stop being so nice because after all she did, she doesn't deserve kindness from Bianca. Bianca, true to form, pronounces that what is done is in the past, and that she would never wish any harm on Little Adam. That said, she again offers her assistance. Babe tries to make small talk, but Bianca reminds her that she was in her position once and she knows what Babe is going through. Babe does the same, saying that she caused Bianca's pain, and she feels guilty turning to her now. Bianca dismisses her guilt, and continues to reassure them.

Off in another room, Jamie demands that Amanda come clean. Upset, she continues to say that she had nothing to do with the disappearance of the youngest Chandler. She admits that right now, he is her only friend and the only one that believes her. That comes into question when he tells her that she can confess and let him know where the baby is – and he won't tell anyone where he heard the news. Amanda refuses to believe that she had become the kind of person that could take an innocent baby from its parents. She still sounds unsure, and Jamie asks why she can't definitively say and prove that she was not involved. She is forced to admit that she had another blackout, and things start to make more sense. Jamie then asks where she was when she came out of it, and she tells him Eagle Heights Park.

Krystal tearfully looks for her grandson and then collapses to her knees. Adam approaches her and tries to help her up, but she demands that he get away from her. Adam swears that he wants to help her, but Krystal believes that any concern he shows is fake. Adam tries to convince her of his sincerity, but she reminds Adam of the words he spoke not long ago: that if something happened to Little Adam while he is missing, the fault will land squarely on the shoulders of the Carey women. Adam flinches at hearing his words thrown back at him, and has nothing to say in his defense. Flames of anger flashing in her eyes, Krystal also informs him that she knows exactly how he operates: he keeps a list of names of the people that have done him wrong so that when it is most opportune, he can whip it out and use it to his advantage. Adam breaks in and tells her that he wants the same thing as everything else – to have Little Adam home. Krystal counters by saying that what she wants is for her grandson to be safe and healthy, and as far away from him as possible. She notes that she doesn't want her grandson to grow up with models like his father and grandfather – thinking that pain and revenge is the only way to live. Fed up, she stalks away from him, leaving him to reconsider the heavy load dropped at his feet.

Ryan also continues the search on the grounds, and runs into Tad. Ryan assumes that Tad wants to talk to him about the possibility that Jonathan is responsible, but after a few exchanges, Tad reminds him that they used to make a pretty good team. He offers to work with Ryan so as to be more effective, and Ryan agrees. When they pause in their search, Tad does indeed start talking about Jonathan's guilt or innocence. Ryan is ready to bag the team effort if Tad continues with his line of questioning. Tad then notes that the road of redemption for Ryan is based on what happens with his brother. Ryan tries to run away and start the search again, but Tad follows him and reminds him that he knows what it's like to have a bastard for a father. Upon hearing that, Ryan lets his defenses down a little, acknowledging that there might be one other person in the world (outside of the Lavery family) who understands. Tad then asks about the baby that Kendall is carrying. Ryan says that Kendall has the final decision about that, but Tad can't let it go. He asks Ryan if he stays up at night worrying that he will turn into his father if Kendall has the baby and it does one thing "wrong." Ryan doesn't admit it, but he asks if Tad has had similar thoughts. Tad tells him that while Joe was the best dad you could ask for, Ray Gardner's blood flows in his veins, and it haunts him. However, Tad goes on to say, the father you had won't determine the father you will be. Ryan tries to take it all in, but it seems to be a bit too much to process. Instead, he says that he is going to check the highways, and any gas stations and mini-marts. Tad says he will walk the grounds and make his way back to the house.

A short time later, Krystal is alone again, trying to bribe Little Adam with promises of chicken noodle soup. She drops to her knees once again, asking God if it really is her fault that her grandson is missing. Tad finds her like that, and without words, he pulls her into a comforting embrace.

Aidan starts to drive past the church where Jonathan wants to go, in an attempt to ask God for help in finding Little Adam. After the protesting continues in the back seat for a few moments, Aidan finally pulls the car over to end the racket. He turns to ask Jonathan to explain exactly what he wants, and why. At that moment, Little Adam sits amid the nativity scene in front of the church. In the car, Jonathan explains exactly what happened at the mall and why both he and JR were so upset. He also explained how rough things were with his father growing up, and how his experiences made him wish that JR hadn't taken away the wishes of all the children there – the chance to sit on Santa's lap. Aidan takes it all in, and then asks Jonathan if he went to The Chandlers and took Little Adam. Jonathan becomes increasingly agitated, upset that Aidan still believes he is guilty. Erin interrupts, equally agitated, and says that she wants to speak to her brother outside of the car. Aidan reminds her that she can't protect her brother by keeping the truth a secret.

Once outside, Erin asks Jonathan if he is responsible for Little Adam's disappearance. Jonathan, who had been talking about what he would do if he were Santa, stops talking and asks Erin if she thinks he is guilty as well. She tells him that if he took Little Adam, she will understand, because he did it for all of the right reasons. Jonathan, slightly mortified that his sister doubts him, repeats that the only way they can find the baby is by going to the church and praying for him. He walks off, and Aidan takes that as a signal that he can get out of the car. He tells Erin that they should follow Jonathan, as he might lead them to some more clues.

Jonathan appears at the Eagle Heights Church, and sees Little Adam. He kneels by him in awe until Erin and Aidan show up behind him. He tells them that God must have heard his prayer and led him to the baby. Aidan picks Little Adam up and gives him a cursory once-over. He tells the siblings that they should get the baby to the ER, and hands him over to Erin while he calls in reinforcements. Jonathan blissfully announces that he knew coming to church was the answer, but Erin questions why Jonathan knew to come to this particular church. Jonathan tells her that he didn't, but that God led him here. He also tells her that when he was younger, he used to pray to Santa. Now that he is older and wiser, he knows where the real power lies.

Back at New Beginnings, the young parents are still fretting but moments later, JR's cell phone rings. Aidan is on the other end, telling him that their son is found and to meet them at PVH. Without much ado, JR and Babe rush off to be reunited with their son. When the elevator doors close, Josh appears on the scene and asks if he can be of assistance. Bianca quickly introduces herself, and Josh does likewise, animatedly informing her that as the light of Erica's life, he feels like he knows her already. They make some small talk, in which Bianca tells him that Little Adam had been found. She then starts to make her exit, noting that she still had a few more stops to make before they can call it a night. She asks if she'd see him again, and he tells her that he's always about two steps behind Erica. They say their final farewells and the elevator door closes between them.

On the grounds, Tad and Krystal only hug for a moment before Adam finds them and tells them the good news. Across town at New Beginnings, Jamie also delivers the news to Amanda. It's not as well received, because the church is near the park where Amanda remembers coming out of her blackout. Scared, she starts to assimilate the theory that maybe she was to blame. Jamie convinces her that she is innocent, and that he will support her through any further accusations. She thanks him profusely and, as they hug, Josh spies them from around the corner.

JR and Babe arrive at the hospital, and after hearing from Joe that their son is perfectly healthy, they heave a collective sigh of relief. JR then notices the snow suit and Aidan tells him that Little Adam was wearing it when they found him. JR angrily notes that it doesn't belong to his son – which means someone purposefully purchased it and took their son. Angered, Aidan looks out into the hall, immediately suspecting Jonathan. Krystal and Adam arrive moments later, joining the party. While they rejoice for a few moments, Jonathan stands with his sister and Aidan off to the side, glad that all is right again. He asks if they can go home, but both Erin and Aidan tell him it isn't time yet. Then, JR asks Little Adam who he left the house with, and his son tells him Santa Claus. At that moment, all eyes turn to Jonathan. Before he can go anywhere, Derek materializes and places Jonathan under arrest for kidnapping.

Ryan shows up at Kendall's abandoned car and frantically starts to look for her. At that same moment, Bianca returns to Kendall's condo. She calls out to her sister but when she gets no answer, she assumes that Kendall and Zach are otherwise occupied. She is surprised when she hears a door slam shut behind her, and she turns to see Zach emerge from his condo. She tries to find out what happened after she left, expecting only good news. He tells her that they talked, he delivered the final divorce papers and Kendall left. Shocked at the horrible turn of events, Bianca is practically speechless. Not understanding what Kendall actually said, she goes on a mini-rant, telling him that she made it clear to Kendall that she had nothing to fear by trusting in Zach's love. She goes on to say that he was stupid to respond to her by giving her divorce papers.

Kendall arrives at a church and meets up with Father Clarence once again. Once they ascertain that they both came out of the accident unscathed, Kendall recalls meeting the Father last year at a church in town. She asks why he is now at a church in the middle of nowhere, and he simply tells her that he goes where he is needed. He then mysteriously says, ‘He's here' – and Kendall thinks he is referring to God. Moments later, Ryan rushes in. The Father greets him warmly as Kendall tries not to freak out at the odd coincidence.

At a miniature Nativity scene, a pair of gloved hands takes out the baby that matches the set and replaces it with a small baby dressed in a blue snowsuit."

- Soap Central