02/01/2007 Zach Invites Ryan

"Bianca visited her brother's apartment to find out that Zoe was staying there. She seems flabbergasted that the singer would be staying in a building she owned without her knowledge, and thought that Zoe might be stalking her. Zoe seemed to think that having Bianca close was the best part about it. Josh appeared just then and Bianca yanked him out into the hallway, demanding to know why Josh would let Zoe stay there, only an elevator ride away from her apartment.

Josh flippantly referred to her by their mother's name, and noted that not everything was about her. The door to the apartment flew open again, and Zoe told Bianca that it should be clear to her - Josh moved her in so that he could keep an eye on her, because he still believed she was the Satin Slayer. Zoe told them both that it was understandable, since she showed up at the mansion and, soon after, Dixie was dead.

She realized the raven-haired duo needed to have a brother-sister chat so she excused herself by saying that she planned to ask the officer down the hall if he was interested in a walk. Before leaving, Zoe asked if either of them had heard from Babe. Finding that neither had, she slipped out of the apartment quietly. Josh admitted to his sister that not hearing from Babe had been driving him crazy. He noted that he didn't think that Zoe was guilty, which meant the killer was out there running free,-and planning his next hit. Seeing the anguish in Josh's eyes, Bianca covered his hand with hers in a gesture of comfort.

In taking care of his newly discovered daughter, Ryan deftly made Emma feel better by allowing a bear in a doctor's outfit to attend to her ailments. After consulting with the doctor, he informed the girl that the best remedy for her tummy ache was ice cream. As she enjoyed it, he asked after the cause of her pains, and found out that a mean boy laughed at her.

He went back into consult mode, found that the doctor thought the best medicine was to laugh right back at the boy - and that she needed to practice. He put a dab of ice cream on his nose to help the process along. Emma made a total recovery, and Ryan suggested that they go back to daycare. He assured the little girl that they would practice laughing all the way there.

Annie barged into Fusion and demanded to know if Kendall thought she could run Ryan's life. Kendall asked Zach to leave them alone so they could talk, but Zach refused. Kendall told him it was all right - as the confrontation might not be pretty. After informing the guards of his game plan for the day, he ordered his wife not go anywhere without them. She promised that she had way too much to do to leave, asked that she email him his guest list, and get to work.

The blow-off infuriated Annie, who insisted that Kendall explain why she didn't divulge the information about Emma's paternity. Kendall simply stated that it wasn't her secret to tell, and started to make a phone call. Annie stalked over to her side of the desk and grabbed the phone from Kendall, slamming it back into the cradle.

Annoyed, Kendall reminds Annie that she didn't want to know who the donor was, and Ryan donated anonymously - making it clear that Kendall should keep what she knew to herself. Annie countered by saying that what Kendall really wanted was for Ryan to have and love only one child - Spike - and to love only one woman - Kendall. Kendall swore that she would be fine with whatever Ryan decided to do with his own life and noted that Annie sounded selfish, wanting all of Ryan's time and attention when there was a killer running around.

Annie replied that she and Ryan were just friends, and Kendall fired back that Annie would be happier if Ryan had one less friend in her way. Annie thought that Kendall had gone way too far, but Kendall seemed to be unfazed. Annie told her that it was one thing to try to keep something from her, but keeping something from her child was a completely different story. Kendall continued to let Annie rant, angering Annie even more.

Annie announced that talking to Kendall was pointless and started to leave. Kendall called out to her, and asked what she and Ryan planned to do about Emma. Annie told her that it was none of her "damn business" and stalked out.

Adam was furious that someone had bugged their home, and impulsively snatched the device from Tad, tossed it on the floor, and stomps on it. As Krystal lamented being the cause of Dixie's death because the killer heard her order the pancakes for Babe, Tad reported to whoever would listen that, once again, Adam had willingly shown his stupidity by destroying the only evidence they had. Adam fired back that Dixie's death was on Tad's head because he didn't find the listening device sooner.

Appalled, Krystal demanded that Adam apologize for saying such a horrible thing. He did so, grudgingly, and then took off on his favorite rant - which involved blaming everything that happened on Zoe. Krystal told him that they should wait until the police completed their investigation, but Adam's mind was made up.

Both Tad and Krystal tried to get him to end his rant prematurely, but Adam made it clear that he has to focus on that or nothing at all. Enraged, he flung his scotch glass toward the fireplace and asked the powers that be who was going after his family. Quietly, Tad told him that a better question might be who was going after Zach Slater. He explained the clues that Zach had been able to unearth and, when Adam questioned aloud why all the other women had to die, Tad explained that the killer wanted Zach to suffer.

JR told Babe that with her dying breath, Dixie told him that the baby Krystal was carrying was Tad's. Babe appeared distressed as JR wrestled with whether to tell the truth and ruin his father's marriage, giving Tad a daughter...or if he should continue to let everyone live a lie. Babe begged him not to say anything and, with startling clarity, JR realized that his wife was in the know. Babe swore that David was the liar in the situation, and that he preyed on Dixie's vulnerabilities and her desire to give Tad a child.

Distraught, Babe related that Dixie went to Krystal with the accusation, and Krystal denied it. JR mildly raged about the fact that Babe had known since Thanksgiving that his mother was struggling with the demon but chose not to tell him. Babe told him that she chose to do so because David had already been wreaking too much havoc. JR then revealed that Colby also knew that something was going on between Babe and Josh, as well as a secret between Krystal and Tad. He demanded to know if she thought Colby was lying, and further, what it was that Dixie knew that would lead her to believe what David said.

Slowly, Babe admitted that Dixie saw Tad and Krystal making love. Babe explained to him that it was a one-time thing, born out of an attempt to comfort Tad after the earthquake, the discovery of Greg Madden's body, and the realization that his tenuous connection to Kate was gone forever. She swore that it wasn't a big thing, but JR's rage started to show, as he drew parallels between that affair, and the one his own wife had. Babe tried to tell him it didn't matter, but JR pointed out some simple arithmetic proving, in his mind at least, that the baby was Tad's. Babe tried to call him off the trail, citing that he was in emotional overload because of his mom, but JR had had enough and asked her to tell him the truth for once in their marriage.

Unwilling to deny him that one request, Babe admitted that Krystal's baby was Tad's. Just then, the father in question entered the room. He crossed the room silently and picked up a framed picture of Dixie and her son. He then informed them about the bug that they found downstairs and proceeded to sweep the room. In the process, he stopped to admire a blanket that Dixie had crocheted, and noted that she had planned to make one for Kate someday. He pronounced the room clean, and left as quickly as he arrived.

Babe thanked her husband for not telling Tad about the baby, but JR admitted that he only did it because Tad was having hard time being in that room around Dixie's things. He asked her again how he could make a decision - rip away the child his father loved, or give Tad the child he needed? JR demanded to know how she could ask him not to do the one thing that Dixie asked him to do before she died, and Babe told him that she was trying to protect Adam, believing that he and her mother had a real shot at a happy family. JR seemed hell-bent on telling, but Babe reminded him of how he felt when Miranda was ripped out of his arms when it was revealed she wasn't his.

She asked if he really wants Adam to go through that. Further, she noted that if he told, there would be an all-out war between Adam and Tad - and asked if he really wanted that when Tad was still grieving. JR kept coming back to the point that Dixie thought it best to be honest, but Babe begged him to think about the consequences before making a final decision. She implored him to give them a chance, and then left him alone to think. He heard his mother's voice in his head again, making the decision that much harder.

Back downstairs, Adam considered aloud the possibility of life without Krystal, had she tasted the pancakes. Krystal told him not to drive himself crazy with all of the possibilities, but Adam told her he couldn't help it.

Zach arrived at the funeral home and, after being shown where Dixie was resting in a coffin, he asked for a few minutes alone. His wish granted, he leaned on the casket and began to apologize. He told her that she died because of him, and begged her to find a way to forgive him. Ryan showed up, and he apologized to Zach for accusing him of not caring. Zach said that Dixie would be the last woman to die because of him, and Ryan was curious to find out his plan.

Zach told him that they were throwing a party and that the guest of honor would be the killer. Ryan was wary of dangling Kendall like bait in front of the killer, but Zach assured him that they had enough security to protect her when the killer was unable to resist the urge to attend. Zach then reiterated that no more women would die because of him and he took his leave. Ryan stared at the coffin for a moment, and then heard someone behind him. He turned and saw Di in the doorway, and barely made it to her side to catch her as she collapsed.

As she clung to him, she tearfully uttered that she wanted her sister back. A few moments later, the undertaker returned and Di handed over Dixie's mother's Bible, so that it would be buried with her. After he took the book and left, she thanked Ryan...and then whispered to her sister that they would get whoever was responsible. She walked out, and the undertaker returned - giving Ryan an envelope that had just been delivered. He opened it and found a note warning him to stay away from Slater - noting that Zach was responsible for killing Erin, and he would be responsible for Kendall's death, as well.

Maggie ran into Zoe in the park and immediately began to harass her, believing, as many others did, that she was guilty of the murders. Zoe asked a series of questions, quickly figuring out who her most recent opponent was. She asked Maggie how she could love Bianca, only to betray her. Taken aback, Maggie attempted to declare her relationship with Bianca off-limits, but Zoe failed to see why she should let the topic go. She extolled Bianca's virtues and asked how a passing fancy or a cheap thrill could trump someone who offered what Bianca did.

Flustered, Maggie told her that the problems she had with Bianca would stay between her and Bianca, and that they would work it out. She then asked Zoe how she knew Bianca and how she knew about their broken relationship. Zoe told her that she was a friend of Bianca, but beyond that was more complicated. She then admitted that she was in love with the youngest Kane. Maggie refused to believe the words coming out of the singer's mouth, saying that the media and her medical books were very clear about Zoe's disorder.

Zoe said that she did not have a disorder, and that Maggie didn't know the first thing about her. Maggie said that she knew Bianca, and how big Bianca's heart was. She demanded that the singer stop trying to take advantage of Bianca's unending kindness. Zoe swore that she would never hurt Bianca, and Maggie warned her to stay away from their shared love interest, as Zoe wasn't Bianca's type and never would be. With a sly grin, Maggie walked away, perceiving herself as the victor.

A short time later, Kendall arrived at Josh's apartment and, without waiting for him to invite her in or tell her he wasn't alone, Kendall launched an attack at him, berating him for revealing the truth about Emma's paternity. Bianca vaulted to her feet, hoping that either one of her siblings could confirm the words that had just left her sister's mouth. Kendall couldn't, so Josh explained how Kendall stumbled upon the knowledge. Bianca was flabbergasted at the lengths they would go to so that they got what they wanted. Josh told her that he and Kendall fought for the people they loved, saying sometimes it was dirty - and sometimes it worked out.

Kendall belatedly chimed in that sometimes it didn't. Bianca noted that fighting dirty was not necessarily something to be proud of. Kendall insisted that she had very good reasons for keeping Emma's paternity to herself, but Josh thought that she needed to give up the ruse, since the truth was out. He restated the obvious - that the Satin Slayer was still at large - and that she should be more concerned about that. Still irritated with him, Kendall pointed out that he was probably more concerned about Babe than his own family. Irate, Josh stormed out, unwilling to say something he would regret.

Once Josh was gone, Bianca challenged Kendall's "right reasons" for keeping Emma from Ryan, saying that the situation was very similar to when Babe kept Miranda from her biological mother. Kendall said that she would never forget holding Bianca while she cried over the child she lost, but moved on to something even more important. She told her baby sister that they had a plan to catch the killer, and that if something should go wrong, she wanted Bianca to promise to take care of and fight for Kendall's son. Bianca didn't even want to entertain the possibility, but Kendall made her sister promise. Bianca asked whom she would have to fight for Spike, and Kendall quietly admitted that Bianca would have to battle Ryan.

Bianca refused to be a party to Kendall's plan and her big sister accepted that, but asked that she please do whatever she could to get custody of Spike, because the thought of Annie raising her son was too painful to bear. Bianca put all of Kendall's wishes aside, and asked why Kendall felt the need to put herself in harm's way. Kendall noted that the whole ordeal had just about destroyed Zach, and since he put his life on the line for her when she was in a coma, she thought it was time to pay him back. Bianca asked if Kendall had considered what losing her would do to Zach, but Kendall told her that it was time to put an end to the killing.

Bianca begged for a way to talk Kendall out of the plan, but Kendall told her the plans were set. She tried one more time to get Bianca to promise to keep Annie away from her son, but Bianca blew it off again because she refused to allow Kendall to leave either one of them. She then begged Kendall to be safe and the sisters hugged.

Zach arrived at the Chandler mansion and said that he came to offer his condolences. Adam, who had answered the door with Krystal by his side, told him that what they needed was to find the person responsible. Before they could delve into that conversation, Tad descended the stairs and joined them. After Tad assured him that the place was clean of bugs, Zach told Tad that there was a plan in place to flush out the killer, and he wanted Tad to be on board.

After hearing him out, Tad agreed with the plan and they both said that Babe needed to be there. Neither Krystal nor Adam agreed, noting that JR just lost his mother and should not risk his wife. Zach and Tad told them that the killer would try again, and it would be better if it happened in a controlled environment, but the elder Chandlers wanted nothing of it, and invited them to leave the house. Once outside, Tad told Zach that he had better hope that the plan worked, because Zach didn't want to go through what Tad was going through."

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