02/23/2006 Dixie Spies On David & Krystal

"Adam continues to try to convince JR that the right way to track Babe down is with the police. JR wants none of it, insisting that since his men were the ones that found her when she absconded to New Orleans, they can certainly find her again. Then, as Krystal approaches and listens in, JR reveals that his highest priority is his son, and that he doesn't care what happens to Babe. The doorbell rings, and before either of them can respond, Krystal dashes to the door and finds Tad on the other side. She closes the door behind her so that they can talk outside, and she begs him to find her daughter before the Chandlers have a chance. She then cautiously invites him in, and admits that she hopes Babe did kidnap her son again. Tad is appalled but Krystal offers a redefinition and says that if Babe kidnapped Little Adam, she is in control. Any other scenario is too horrible to picture. She then begs Tad to help her, in spite of Babe's history, because they would be more compassionate than the Chandlers ever would. Tad reluctantly agrees, and Krystal quickly snaps up his offer. She then asks Tad to take care of JR and Adam and takes off to follow up on a hunch she has. He turns and walks in on Adam ranting about how Babe could have already left the country with a fake passport. Tad diminishes Adam's stance as expert in the situation, and offers the help of a real private investigator. JR tries to blow him off, but Tad reminds him that Little Adam is a part of Dixie's family, and he wants him home just as soon as he can. They continue to throw around a few more theories, but in the end JR is convinced that Babe has done him wrong and that the winner will take all. With his eyes on the prize, he confirms that he will do whatever it takes to get his son back. Tad tells him that he had better hope that his son is solely with Babe – if not, she could be in the hands of a lunatic, along with their son. Just then, Jamie enters, and having heard his father's last statement, confirms this last theory.

After a night of fitful sleep, Babe rises and makes a promise to her son that they will be home by lunch. Janet bursts into the room, and announces that she hopes Babe got up on the right side of the bed. Babe apologizes and tells her that she was just worried about her family and wanted to get Little Adam home. Janet informs her that her empty stomach might have also been a problem – one that will be solved by the breakfast she is preparing. They move into the shared area of the cabin, and Babe asks when they will be headed out to enjoy the beautiful day that awaits them. Janet crushes her hopes by saying that they would be staying put because there are many things that still need to be done. Janet serves up some oatmeal, much to Babe's dismay. Babe questions why Janet won't be having any, and Janet tells her that she has a history with it, and now never eats it. Alarmed, Babe stops Janet as she tries to feed Little Adam, fearing that the food was somehow tainted. Janet tells her that she is being paranoid, and eats a mouthful herself to prove it. She chokes it down, saying that while it's disgusting, it's hardly poisonous. Babe tells her that they will wait until they get home to eat, but Janet refuses to let that fly. She offers up a box of cold cereal, unopened, and some milk as an alternative. Babe tries to accept it graciously, but she is too agitated to hold her composure for long. She continues to ask when they are going home, and this only irritates Janet. Janet tells her that she is coming across as ungrateful, and that if that is the true, they will start all over until she gets it right. Frustrated, Babe reminds Janet that she already looked at the scrapbooks, promised to talk to Jamie about giving Amanda another chance and will give her a job at Fusion. What else is there to do? A short time later, after they have taken a nap, Babe asks again if they can leave. Janet tells her that the only place she will be going is to her room with an attitude like that. She then asks if Babe thinks returning home will net her fanfare and showers of love. She assures Babe that it won't happen, as she has set it up to make Babe look like she kidnapped her son all over again. Babe realizes that Janet used her phone somehow to deceive the people back in Pine Valley and she demands details. Janet explains that she sent a text message to JR, casting the worst possible light on Babe. Babe is blown away at the lengths Janet will go to, and begs to know why. Janet tells her that had she been paying attention instead of throwing tantrums and trying to steal keys, she would already know Janet's motives: Amanda is hurting, and everything can be traced back to Babe. Therefore, if Amanda isn't happy, Babe won't be either. Janet insists that she will rub Babe's nose in her misdeeds until she learns her lesson, and Babe barely manages not to lash out. Then, in an epiphany, Babe starts to play Janet's game and tells her that she is absolutely brilliant. Caught off guard, Janet flushes with pride, even though she is unaware of what she is being praised for. Babe admits that she just realized that Janet set it up so that Babe is away from Pine Valley and Amanda can live the life she deserves, while at the same time providing Babe with the opportunity to be the best mom ever. She tells Janet they can both have exactly what they want – all Janet has to do is release her captives. Janet isn't so sure about this, but Babe tells her that she doesn't want to go back to Pine Valley – she wants to kidnap her son for real.

Del shows up in Di's room with a cup of coffee and finds her anxious and fidgety. He inquires as to what is bothering her and, out of the blue, she asks if he loved Dixie. He tells her that he did, and not just because of the whole kidney thing. Di then asks if he loves her too, especially since she also gave a kidney. Del starts to pull her chain, but then admits that of course, he loves her as well. He becomes more curious and wonders if she is suffering from some sort of post-traumatic stress ailment. Di vacillates, both physically and emotionally, between trusting Del enough to tell the truth, and keeping Dixie's secret. Del finally grabs her so that she will stop pacing, and then asks her to confess. She takes one direct look into his eyes and spills the beans. Stunned, Del takes a seat and ponders aloud why Dixie wouldn't come to him. Di tells him that she asked their sister all such pertinent questions but to no avail. She then fills him in on having Dixie in the house when Tad showed up to check on her. She tells him that when she went to get some coffee, she returned to find that instead of flinging herself into Tad's arms, Dixie stayed in hiding – and later disappeared. Di admits that she doesn't know what to do. Del advises her to tell, because a secret this big in a place like Pine Valley is bound to blow. Further, if it does and people find out that she knew about it, Del thinks the town will shred her – again. Del tells her that she is so concerned about the promise she made and doing the right thing, but she is forgetting that the people that love Dixie deserve to know the truth. Finally convinced, Di agrees to reveal the secret – but in her own way. She swears him to secrecy and then stalks out, prepared to follow through on her decision.

Jamie tells the room that he believes Janet Dillon is behind the disappearance of Babe and Little Adam. JR refuses to be taken in, especially because Babe did the same thing before. Jamie goes on to say that Amanda knew about the blast before it happened and tried to get everyone out. He says that it doesn't take much to connect Janet to the blast through her daughter. Adam demands proof and Jamie tells him that at this moment, Aidan is chasing them down. Unsatisfied, Adam says they have enough facts and leads. Tad thinks they are headed in the wrong direction, and that they need to consider all angles. JR flashes back to how angry Babe was at the party when he refused to agree to joint custody, and reiterates that he thinks Babe is indeed on the lam. Jamie is amazed that Babe and Little Adam could be in real danger, and all JR can focus on is bringing the pain to his ex-wife. Before they can go around again, Di shows up. Adam is less than thrilled at her presence, but she ignores him, saying that she is glad that everyone she was looking for had already gathered together – because she has something to tell them. She doesn't get the chance because her mere presence dredges up ire in her nephew, and reminds him that he now thinks that Babe is just as big of a con as Di. Neither Tad nor Jamie can believe that either Chandler hasn't learned from their mistakes yet. Jamie addresses his brother directly when he reminds JR that while both he and Babe are crazy about each other again – his current actions make it painfully obvious that JR doesn't deserve Babe. He takes off, and Tad follows close behind, although Di tries to stop them. Adam, outraged at such flagrant words from the Martins, stalks off to his study to call in a few favors. JR tells Di that she should take the hint and leave as well, but Di refuses – saying that she wants to help. JR reminds her that she didn't care the last time, so there is no reason for this time to be any different. Di tells him that she will stay there and find some way to help, whether he likes it or not. JR tells her that he doesn't want her – he only wants his son. He admits that he doesn't want to lose his son – and Di fills in the end of his sentiment: like he lost his mother. She reaches out to comfort him, but JR jerks away. He tells her to stop trying to be like his mother and follows by saying that she can't help him – no one can. Di thinks a moment, and then tells him that he's wrong.

As David emerges from his cabin to retrieve the morning paper, Dixie watches him from behind a large evergreen. He almost goes back inside, completely unaware, when Dixie unwittingly makes a noise. His attention alerted, David calls out to see who it is, mistakenly thinking it's his daughter. David starts to look around, but before he can uncover Dixie, Krystal shows up and asks if he had seen Babe. David admits that he hadn't, but that he would clue her in if the contrary were true – even though she is sleeping with the enemy. Dixie continues to watch them from her hiding place until they move the conversation inside. Di dares to move closer so that she can continue to listen in. David continues to be obstinate, saying that if Babe thinks enough of him to call, he might just send her the money she needs to stay way from Pine Valley, especially considering that life here isn't so great. Krystal rails at him, saying that the Chandlers will not stop until they hunt her down like a dog, and that life on the run is not what is right for their daughter. They continue to argue, and as Dixie listens, David angrily denounces JR for all of the horrible things he'd done – concluding that the last of his heart died with Dixie. He tells Krystal that she shouldn't want someone like that for their daughter, but Krystal tells him that she just wants to find Babe and Little Adam before the Chandlers do and bring them home. She then notes that David doesn't care about Babe, Krystal or Little Adam – his sole purpose is to rain misery on the Chandlers. Infuriated, she stalks out of the house, barely leaving Dixie time to hide herself again. David approaches the door, unaware that his once upon a time love was standing mere feet away.

Ryan stops by Wildwind and when Julia answers the door, he asks if Simone had woken up already. Julia informs him that she never went to sleep, and they go into the living room. Upon spotting Ryan, Simone unleashes a fresh batch of tears. Ryan hugs her in an attempt to offer comfort and, when they part, she looks to Ryan for validation that Ethan's love was real. Ryan tells her that, without a doubt, Ethan worshipped the ground that she walked on, and she made him feel a love unlike any he'd ever known before. Simone manages a brief smile at that, saying that Ethan always told her it was just the two of them – and now, it's just her with a funeral to plan. Ryan tells her that he stopped by the funeral home to take care of some of the basics, and that they are waiting for her to sign off on everything...whenever she is ready. She thanks him for being a wonderful best man and best friend, and then says that she is going to go and clean up. Before she does, she also thanks Julia for all that she had done for her, even though they didn't really know each other. Julia tells her that she has been where Simone is now, and therefore knew the kind of help she needed. With that, Simone heads upstairs, leaving Julia and Ryan alone. Julia tells him that he said all the things that Simone needed to hear, and asks if he suffered any collateral damage. Ryan takes her words to mean physical scars, but she clarifies that she wants to know about the outcome of Kendall finding out about Zach's betrayal. Ryan admits that Kendall is still reeling, and that he is unsure where she will land. Julia reminds him that Zach's decisions are not his fault. Perhaps not, but Ryan admits that the fallout – Kendall's breaking heart – was completely caused by him. Although Julia reminds him that Zach was the one who betrayed Kendall and that Ryan was just the messenger, Ryan tells her that he did it with the knowledge that it would go straight through her. He then reveals that he should know everything about Kendall by now, but he saw new things about her when they were trapped after the explosion. He tells Julia that although she was angry at Zach and gave him hell for what he did, she still surprised him by being able to laugh and tell a joke or two. He goes on to say that Kendall thought they needed to get back together, and although Julia thinks it's crazy, Ryan, knowing that it would be mostly about revenge, isn't so sure. Ryan admits that if he were with Kendall, he could protect her. Julia is amazed that Ryan would even consider Kendall's proposal, seeing as how it is completely obvious that Kendall is using him. Ryan knows as much, but as the mother of his child, he feels a sense of obligation. Julia thinks that Ryan is an amazing friend, and they agree that the whole situation is complicated. Ryan finally admits that he started the whole chain of events by faking his own death, and insists that he will not let his son or the mother of his child down ever again. He decides to let her get back to taking care of Simone, and takes his leave.

As Zach sits and stares blankly in his condo, someone knocks at his door. The rapping comes again and yet he continues to sit. Unwilling to be ignored, the door opens and Kendall comes in uninvited. She offers condolences about Ethan and asks what he plans to do. He has no answers, so she asks him if there is anything he needs or anything she can do. Zach thinks a moment, and simply tells her that following her instincts and leaving was the right thing to do, because he hurts the people he cares about. He tells her that Ethan figured it out early on, but he didn't deserve the fate he was dealt. On the other hand, Zach feels that he got what was coming to him – he deserved to lose his son. Kendall vehemently rejects that statement, if only because she knows that Zach truly loved his son. Zach reveals that Ethan died to get away from him. Zach recounts how he apologized to his son, told him that he loved him and how proud he was of him, and how he begged for forgiveness. He then tells Kendall that the last words Ethan said to him were, "I'll never forgive you." Kendall can tell that knowing his son died hating him was killing Zach piece by piece inside, and she moves in close to wrap him in a comforting embrace. He lets it linger but for a moment, and then he withdraws, ostensibly to add more ice to his glass. Kendall asks what he thinks about her – should she forgive him for his role in the blackout, or do they have to wait for another building to fall on their heads? Zach maintains that just as he was no good for Ethan, he would be no good for her. He places the decision in her hands by asking if his love for her made her life better or worse. She hesitates, and Zach tells her that she has her answer. She asks if they are just supposed to leave things like that, and he tells her that there is no other way around it. Hurt, she defiantly tells him that she is thinking of getting back together with Ryan. Zach chuckles and this infuriates Kendall. She tells him that there is nothing amusing about her idea – and that it's all his fault anyway. She tells him that Ryan was supposed to share his life with Greenlee and his child, and she was supposed to be with Zach. However, because of his stunt, Kendall blames Zach for blowing apart all of her hopes and dreams for the future. Zach considers this for a moment, and then tells her that she should do what she needs to do – and if it involves Ryan, so be it. Kendall attacks him for giving up on them so easily, and asks if Ethan's death meant nothing. Zach visibly flinches and says that it meant a great deal. Kendall says that if she were to believe that, she would not be wrong in expecting him to do or say something that would make a difference. Neither of them knows what that is, so Kendall asks if they were wrong to ever try being together. Zach tells her that he was only wrong about who he thought he could be to her. After a moment, Kendall tells him that he never answered her question – what is he going to do now? Zach, mired in grief, simply states that he will have another drink. At a loss for what else she can do, Kendall grabs her things and heads for home. She stops before opening the door and, with tears streaming down her face, she quietly admits that she still loves Zach. On the other side of the room, Zach admits that he still loves her too."

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