03/30/2006 David Wants Another Chance With Dixie

"At the Fusion offices, Kendall confesses that she is staying on with Dr. Madden during her pregnancy. This throws Ryan, as he believed Kendall was equally incensed at the adoption stunt that Madden pulled. Kendall tells him that her decisions are her own, and that she is tired of being pushed around. From now on, she declares, both Ryan and Madden will take their personal agendas and back off. She admits that she feels pushed from both sides, and that she is very clear where each of them stand. Ryan apologizes, saying that he has lost a lot of sleep while doing research, and has found that raising their son alone is not what is best. Kendall asks what he would think if she signed on as a co-parent, and Ryan tells her that he wouldn't hesitate to accept the agreement. She uses that to point out the kind of pressure he piles on, and Ryan denies that it was ever his intention. She tries to compare him to Madden, but he tells her the main difference: he is honest where Greg is not. She gives him as much, but says that even though she believes their son deserves a good mother, she doesn't think it has to be her. She goes on to say that there are hordes of women that would love to be with him and raise their son. Ryan tells her that he wouldn't just pick a random woman to step in and be Mom, especially when Kendall is one of the people he is closest to. She then asks a poignant question: if she doesn't do what he wants, will that make her the woman that denied Ryan his son? She reminds him that the decision is solely on her head and Ryan promises that he won't try to guilt her into any one decision. She tells him that giving him what he wants requires a lifetime commitment from her, and she isn't sure that it fits in her life. Ryan begins to see what he'd been doing, and tells her that from now on, he will provide a stress-free zone. Further, he reconfirms that he will back whatever decision she makes whenever she makes it.

David tells Greg that although a few of his tests are clear, one shows that he has an ongoing and unpredictable heart arrhythmia of an undetermined origin. Josh lashes out at David, saying that the best in his field should be able to figure out something more specific, and threatens to find someone else who can. David, dismissive of the younger Madden, tells his father, over objections, that he will be admitted for overnight monitoring. He then says that Madden shouldn't fight against the decision, as David notes that he may be bringing back someone else from Death's Door today. Greg admits that he knows he will be fine - as he has knowledge of David's professional reputation. He also notes that he has to survive because he has so much work left to be done. David agrees, saying that he knows Madden's work has changed lives.

As Josh exits the room and heads to the nurses' station, he passes Babe apologizing to Amanda for subjecting her to Simone's rage, and assuring her that she will find her the perfect job. Upon spotting Josh, Amanda flips out and tells him that not only did he ruin her life, but also that he will pay for every misdeed. In an attempt to subdue her, Josh takes hold of her arm, but this only enrages her.

Just as Zach asks Dixie how she knows Dr. Madden, they overhear JR running into a cart that Anita is pushing. Hearing his voice, Dixie quickly hides. Zach acts as a distraction so that JR will not suspect that anything is amiss. They exchange a few words over JR's rude behavior before he continues on his way to find Babe. Zach checks in to make sure that Anita is okay and then returns to Dixie, and tries to determine if this latest close call is enough to make her leave town. Dixie tells him that she can't go until she takes care of David. She then asks after Babe, having heard JR mention her. Zach tells her that he doesn't know why she's here, but that JR was headed to the emergency room. Dixie panics, knowing that David had been paged there, and that he was intent on revealing her existence to JR the first chance he got. She starts to take off, but Zach stops her, instead promising to take care of David for her. He takes off, takes in the scene in the ER waiting room, and reports back to Dixie. She is visibly less tense when she finds out that David was in with Dr. Madden and hadn't talked to JR, and that Babe is okay. A woman interrupts their conversation by announcing a page on the intercom, calling David to room 220. Belatedly, she realizes that she is standing in that exact room, and Zach informs her that he did what he thought was best. He starts to leave so that she would be afforded some privacy, but tells her before exiting that if she wants to talk about her connection to Greg, he will always be around.

JR shows up at the nurses' station just as Amanda insists that Josh needs to feel pain akin to that which he inflicted on her. Josh, unmotivated to change his ways, simply stokes the flames by insinuating that perhaps Amanda is as crazy as her mother. Amanda, no longer intimidated, decides to call him out in front of everyone on the floor. She starts yelling about how he shouldn't be allowed to treat patients, how he ruined her life, and Josh was responsible for poisoning Erica. Having had enough, Josh stalks off to call security, but Julia intervenes. She escorts Amanda into a cubicle so that she can give both her arm and her mouth a rest. At the same time, JR tries to convince Babe that because Julia is capable of taking care of Amanda on her own, they should leave, but Babe denies his request. JR thinks that his wife needs to be well rid of Amanda because all he sees is disaster. Babe reminds him of their talk about forgiveness - and knowing that he hadn't forgotten, she tells him that Amanda is in the hospital because she promised her a job at Fusion without thinking about the possible consequences. She also admits that she knows where Amanda is - they both made unforgivable choices because they loved someone.

Julia gets Amanda in a wheelchair and continues to calm her down. Amanda thanks her, saying that if the situation had continued to escalate, she fears that Josh really would have had her locked in a padded cell. Julia soothes her fears by telling her that Josh doesn't have the authority. Then, back in medicine mode, she notes aloud that Amanda will need an x-ray, and that the head person in that department owes her a favor. She goes off to see if she can get Amanda bumped to the head of their long waiting list.

Greg asks if his work can be sent up to his room since he needs to stay overnight. David agrees, says he needs to check some things out and exits the room. Upon doing so, he spots JR and the wheels in his head start to almost visibly turn. A short time later, Anita stops in to see Greg and confirms that as soon as he is assigned a room and gets situated, his patient files will be delivered. As she leaves the room, she props open the doors, allowing Greg to see Amanda clearly. He calls to her and she immediately thinks that Greg means to finish what his son started. On the contrary, Greg tells her that what Josh did was reprehensible, and that he would like to make it up to her - if she will let him. She asks why he's being so nice, and he tells her that until the Mardi Gras ball, he was unaware of how cruel Josh could be. Having seen how horribly he treated Amanda with no regard for her feelings or the impact it would have on her life, Greg's only answer is the try to repair the damage somehow. He offers her the receptionist job at his clinic, complete with benefits, as a way to ease her pain. She initially thinks that since Josh is too old to be effectively punished, Greg will use her to stick it to him by hiring her. Greg denies that as truth, instead saying that it's his responsibility to help where his child harmed - and that all she needs to do is accept it.

David sidles over to JR, intent on causing trouble but Babe tries to divert the storm. JR seems oblivious, as he fairly begs David to give up what he knows. Before he can do so, David hears his page and takes off. In his wake, JR continues to ask why Babe is so intent on helping Amanda. Babe reveals her encounter with Bianca over Christmas, and how even after the horrible things that were done to her, Bianca was still able to wrap her arms around Babe and tell her that everything would be all right. She only wants to do the same thing for Amanda. She reminds him that even when she was going through the worst times of her life, she was never alone - because her parents and Jamie stuck by her. Amanda, on the other hand, doesn't have the same luxuries. Babe tells him that forgiveness is more than mere words and cheap acts. She then says that she will make good on her promise to find Amanda a job, but JR doesn't think there is anyplace that would hire her. Just then, a light bulb goes off, and Babe suggests Chandler Enterprises. JR is slightly amused that his wife thinks he should hire Amanda, but Babe tells him that she's not joking. She thinks there must be some menial job that Amanda could take in a department that he never goes to. JR thinks he will still see her - anytime he hears her name, sees her time card or her paycheck. He can forgive Amanda for her role in the disappearance of their son (not once, but twice) but he can't ever forget.

A short time later, Babe apologizes for suggesting that Amanda work at Chandler, noting that it was a bit too much to ask. JR promises that he will make it up to her somehow. As Babe starts to say that she won't be bailing on her promise, Amanda comes through a swinging door, arm bandaged up. She tells them that she will be fine and - even better - that she found work. Babe starts to tell her that if the work isn't solid, she would be happy to continue helping her out. JR nudges her from behind to get her to stop, which does not go unnoticed by Amanda. She assures them it's the real deal, and that she is excited about this new turn in her life. She goes off to check herself out, and within moments, JR's cell phone rings. He asks Babe not to leave without him and then steps away to answer the call. When he does, a dark cloud passes over his face. He quickly ends his call, and mysteriously tells his wife that there is something he needs to take care of. They sweetly bid farewell before he takes his leave.

Julia rounds a corner and punches the call button for the elevator. While she waits, she turns slightly and realizes that Josh is sitting on the other side of a bank of chairs. She asks if what Amanda said was true - if he really used her as she said. Aggravated, Josh proceeds to try to demean her by telling her that his advice would be to stay out of his business and go back to hauling bedpans. She wastes no time in returning the venom, telling him that he ought not follow in his father's footsteps. Josh demands to know what she means by that, thinking that she is out for his father's blood as well. She backpedals and says that Greg has a brilliant career and that he didn't get there by drugging celebrities. Irate, Josh lets loose on her, telling her that she is still the topic of conversation in the lunchroom - and that people still think that she got away with murder. He goads her on by asking if it was really self-defense, or if she just had to see a man die. Julia, completely taken aback, manages to tell him that things didn't go down as he was envisioning them. He takes it one step further and asked if she and Jonathan Lavery compared notes, and if their relationship is the reason why Jonathan was invited to her class. Sealing the deal, he asks if one of the things she teaches in her class is how to load a shotgun.

Later, back at the nurses' station, Josh sarcastically tells Julia that he is glad that they had their chat - and notes that everything should be fine as long as she remembers her place. Anger flaring yet again, she verbally challenges him, and he implies that because he is a doctor and she is only a nurse, she must submit to his directives. Further, he strongly suggests that she watch what she says about his father. She tries to explain, but he is in no mood to hear it. He tells her that he will be watching her and making sure that she is doing what she needs to do to keep her job. She retorts that she will keeping an eye on him as well, and stalks off.

David arrives at the specified room and is pleasantly surprised to find Dixie there. He tells her that after the way she left the wedding, he was afraid that he had lost her forever. Now, seeing her, he believes that he still has a chance with her. Infuriated, she reminds him that the only reason she is still in Pine Valley is because he blackmailed her - because he threatened to hurt her son to get to her. She is at a loss as to who he is - and he tells her that he is a man in love. For the first time in years, he feels alive - and it is all because he found out that she is too. He tells her that he will do whatever it takes to keep her here. He further admits that he hired a private investigator in case she decided that she would take her chances and leave anyway. Startled, she insists that an investigator is a bad idea, and that he needs to get them off of her trail. She tells him that he needs to stop trying to control her and he says that he will, under one condition - that she stop running and give them another chance. She tells him in no uncertain terms that he can't win her back with his underhanded methods. She goes on to say that if he keeps up his threats, he will never see her again. David is unfazed, saying that he will have no choice to reveal that she alive to JR. Dixie comes back just as hard saying that he can tell whomever he wants, but that since everyone knows he's a liar, no one will take him seriously. Further, the only person that would back him is locked up in a psych ward, and she won't be around to help him prove his claim. Point taken, David then tells her that she'd have to go through him to leave - and that he wouldn't let that happen. The only way she would be successful is if she had some help. He makes mention of how he could have proved his claim before with the video footage from the hospital - but that he was kidnapped and tucked away in a hospital storage room, and that the footage disappeared. He also notes that the page that got them where they are couldn't have been her doing - the risk of getting found out was too great. Dixie's mind reels as she tries to come up with a logical answer. She turns her back to him and manages to convincingly utter that she is working alone. David doesn't completely believe it, but abandons that line of questioning in favor of begging her once again to stay. He tells her that if she spends real, quality time with him, she will remember what it was like to be with him - and how happy it made her. Knowing that giving in was the lesser of two evils, she promises David that she will stay. Overjoyed, he promises in return that he will keep her secret, hide her if need be - and stay away from JR.

A short time later, Josh goes into the cubicle where his father was and is incensed that the only person within is David. David tells him that there is no reason to be upset - Greg stabilized and was moved to a permanent room. He informs Josh that Greg's medication had been raised and that his symptoms should start to fade. True to form, Josh caustically questions David's decision. Avoiding the unnecessary confrontation, David tells Josh that his father is under observation and that all he needs to do is rest and avoid stress.

After Anita finishes getting Greg settled into his new room, she leaves and he closes his eyes in an attempt to relax. He soon feels another set of eyes on him, and when his eyelids once again slide apart, he sees Dixie.

As they wait for Ryan to return home, Jonathan laments over what he did wrong. Erin tries to console him, but to no avail. Ryan comes in the door moments later, and Jonathan immediately starts to apologize. Ryan tries to keep him calm, asking that his baby brother slowly explain what happened. Jonathan tells him about Kendall's visit, offering her a drink, and being excited about his nephew. He then relates that he tried to touch her stomach, and that he scared her. Ryan is slightly confused, as Kendall didn't mention having stopped by, but he leaves that point hidden, choosing to simply tell his brother that he really didn't do anything wrong. Erin then reminds Jonathan that he needs to leave for work so that he isn't late, and promises that she will talk to Ryan and that everything would work out. He goes, and Erin asks Ryan what is going on. Ryan tells her that he can't picture raising his son alone - and in fact, he can't picture raising his son without Kendall. He says that his son needs his mother to protect and take care of him. Erin doesn't understand why when Ryan suddenly reveals that he still believes his son will need to be protected from his father. As stunned as Erin by his admission, Ryan finally, consciously, realizes that this is the true reason he is so set on raising the baby with Kendall.

As Zach waits outside of the room where David and Dixie are talking, Kendall crosses his path. The urgency palpable between them, they barely manage to check in with each other - each assuring the other that they are fine - before parting ways once again.

On the other side of the hospital, Kendall stops in to visit Dr. Madden. She relays to him basically the same information she told Ryan: if he wants to continue to be involved in the pregnancy, he needs to let her lead the way instead of constantly pushing her to do what he thinks is best. He apologizes again for his faux pas and says that he will respect her decision as the right one for her. Satisfied, she asks about their next scheduled appointment. She soon leaves, and as she walks outside with a smile on her face, she suddenly realizes that Zach followed her. He notes that she looks as though everything went her way, and out of the blue - she thanks him."

- Soap Central