08/08/2008 Two Proposals

"Angie and Cassandra showed up at the Martins' for a cookout, moments before a late arrival, when Jesse crossed the threshold as well. Cassandra was immediately upset that he planned to join them, as she had yet to understand how Dre remained locked up even after they'd told him the truth. Jesse pointed out that he had kept his word because the case was still open, and the whole truth had yet to be found. Cassandra caustically announced that she did not trust the system -- or her stepfather. She completely lost her cool when Jesse told her that Dre was out on bail but hadn't contacted them because it could compromise the case that the D.A. planned to file against Cassandra and Colby.

Cassandra started to storm out, but Angie begged her to stay. Jesse offered to leave, but Tad roped him into some help he needed in the basement. As the men left, Krystal said she would get the rest of the food together and told Colby to help her. Colby opted to change her clothes first and headed upstairs, so Krystal went to the kitchen alone. Once they were alone, Angie again tried to explain to her daughter that Jesse had only done his job when he'd arrested Dre. Cassandra insisted that they not talk about it again, so Angie changed tacks and hugged her daughter instead. Angie said that though she wished she could take all of Cassie's pain away, she couldn't.

Downstairs, although Jesse admitted that he'd considered handing in his resignation from the job, he agreed that he couldn't until he saw the case through. Tad said that Jessie would never give up his job, regardless of how hard it got, and pointed out that Jesse just needed to focus, because he was cut out to solve the case. Tad offered an unorthodox solution when he cajoled Jesse into a video game competition while they talked about possible scenarios. They alighted on the confession that Dre gave and that he hadn't seen Richie before or after he had been hit. That fact lent credence to the idea that Richie had already been dead. If that were the case, it could be murder, and Tad asked a wide-eyed Jesse if he had any suspects in mind.

Tad and Jesse switched games but still continued to theorize along the same path. Jesse named possible suspects who had motives to kill Richie and then just as quickly ticked them off his mental list. When he reached the bottom, he realized that perhaps Richie had had help getting out of the restraints that Kendall, Greenlee, and Babe had used to tie him up in the cabin. Jesse thought that if someone had helped Richie get out, that same someone could have inflicted the fatal blow.

Tad and Jesse ruled out Ryan, and then Tad suggested Annie. Jesse's hesitation as he answered Tad's queries made it obvious that he had some doubts about the young mother. Jesse shared that he'd talked to Zach and felt that Zach had something on Annie that he wasn't ready to share. Tad thought he should question her again, but Jesse said that he couldn't continue to question people without direct evidence. He then admitted his wish that Annie had waited to cremate Richie's body, and they agreed that perhaps Annie had attempted to incinerate evidence.

Krystal went upstairs after Colby didn't return to help her with the food. The teen admitted that she had initially begged off from the task and cited her worry over Dre's future as the cause. Krystal tried to assuage Colby's fears but was of little help. Colby decided to get changed, and Krystal took the opportunity to check for alcohol in the water bottle on Colby's bedside table. Colby returned to the room before Krystal expected and was outraged at Krystal's perceived betrayal. She then told Krystal that despite the fact that JR had dragged her to an A.A. meeting, she did not have a drinking problem.

Krystal insisted that she, as well as other people who loved Colby, had just attempted to help her. Instead of being grateful, Colby's response had been to drink more, keep secrets, and get into more trouble. Krystal said that being an adult was about more than turning 18 and that the wisdom and maturity she saw in the person that had delivered Jenny was closer to adult behavior than recent stunts. Krystal then drove the point home when she said that she had second thoughts about Colby being Jenny's godmother. Colby's eyes welled up with tears as she begged Krystal not to take Jenny away from her, so Krystal acquiesced. She again offered her help, but Colby insisted she didn't need it and went to change.

In the foyer, Cassandra told her mother that she had wanted to confess once they'd realized what had happened, but she had stayed quiet out of the fear of punishment. She then extolled Dre's virtues and insisted that he had gotten a raw deal. Angie realized that Cassie's feelings for Dre were stronger than she realized and tried to find out just how far their relationship had gone. Cassandra bypassed the obvious and started to berate her mother for her assumption that Dre wasn't good enough.

Angie insisted that her hesitation was only because of her daughter's young age and Angie's need to protect her. Cassandra assured her mother that Dre was really a good guy, and Angie took her daughter's word as the truth. Cassandra questioned her mother's take on Frankie's new love interest, and Angie addressed both when she said that though she wanted both of her children to find love someday, if they ended up with a person she didn't think was right for them, she would make her feelings known.

Greenlee and Aidan showed up at the chapel, prepared to witness the wedding of Foster and Babs. Greenlee noticed a bouquet on a chair and picked it up as she marveled that a bride could have left it behind. The happy couple then joined them, and Babs reminded Greenlee that when a single girl got the bouquet, she'd be the next down the aisle. They then ran off to get changed for the ceremony, and when the man who was to officiate entered, he mistook Greenlee and Aidan for the bride and groom to be. He explained all of the wedding packages to them before he realized that they had no intention of getting married. Greenlee took it upon herself to order the package she thought their new friends would like, and the officiator went off to get everything arranged.

Babs and Foster returned to the chapel, dressed in garb reminiscent of the era when they'd first met -- the sixties. They instructed Greenlee and Aidan to go barefoot and adorned Greenlee's head with a crown of flowers before they danced down the aisle to get hitched. After the officiator pronounced them husband and wife, Babs told Greenlee and Aidan that their honeymoon would be to hitchhike back to Woodstock. She then told them to cherish each other and not lose 40 years, like she and Foster had done. They danced their way out of the room, leaving a smiling Aidan and Greenlee in their wake. After a few moments, Greenlee told her man that she, too, didn't want them to have any more wasted time.

Zach, Kendall, Ryan, and Annie arrived at a casino that teemed with business. Annie was ready to hit the tables, but when Ryan took off to get her chips, Richie appeared to her and posited whether she would finally lose at the games she'd played. When Ryan returned and snapped her out of her haze, Annie blew her behavior off as nervousness about the table games, as it had been a while since she'd last been to a casino. Across the room, Kendall reneged on her promise to go easy on Annie and bond with her on the trip because she felt that all Annie would do was continue to use Ryan. Zach interrupted her tirade and told her that he would take care of Annie.

Kendall tentatively agreed to back off but told her husband that he needed to keep her in the loop. She then offered to distract Ryan, so Zach snagged Annie from the game table and sent Ryan to talk to Kendall. Kendall fumbled with something to talk about, and Ryan immediately picked up on her continued irate feelings toward Annie. He warned her that if she didn't stop, he would no longer be able to consider her a friend.

Across the room, Zach and Annie sat at a side table with a drink, and Zach told her that it was his brother's birthday, and although he was long gone, the day still got to him. He likened his story to hers with Richie and asked if she'd been able to shake her baby brother yet. As he asked, Richie appeared behind Zach and stared his sister down. Zach took his turn to get Annie back to the present, at which point she told him that she had just pondered his question and realized that she had survived everything her brother had thrown at her. She then prattled on about some of the things that he brother had done but realized too late that part of her rambling included information that she could have only gotten had she seen her brother after he'd kidnapped Babe. Zach picked up on that, but Annie was frozen by her brother's words that she had blown her cover.

Kendall told Ryan that she loved him and that because she knew his heart always told him to do the right thing, she also knew that he sometimes paid the price. She pointed out that the price tag that went with his decision to stay with Annie was high. Ryan tried to defend Annie's actions as he pointed out that she'd continued to love him despite everything he had put her through. Kendall insisted that his noble attitude had made him blind to the truth. Ryan denied her claim and said that he was committed to giving his children what he himself had grown up without -- a father who loved and supported them without question. Kendall asked about his feelings for Greenlee, but Ryan simply pushed them aside and reconfirmed his allegiance to his family with his wife.

After an extended moment of silence, Zach asked Annie again if she'd spoken with her brother after he'd kidnapped Babe. Annie quickly said that Richie hadn't contacted her then tried to change the subject. Zach allowed it, but his suspicions grew visibly. They went back to the table, and when Ryan and Kendall joined them shortly thereafter, they found that Annie's winning streak had prematurely ended. Ryan thought that perhaps he could change that with his crazy Vegas idea: that they get remarried. Annie gleefully accepted, and after a celebratory kiss, they turned and asked if the Slaters would be their witnesses.

Although Kendall balked at the idea, the tone of Ryan's reminder that they were all friends convinced her otherwise. The duo ran off to find a chapel, and while they were gone, Zach admitted to his wife that Annie seemed to know more than she had let on. Ryan and Annie returned and said that they would all be headed to Cherub Chapel.

At that same moment, Greenlee asked Aidan to marry her on the spot.

Tad and Jesse went through a few more items that they could possibly get evidence from, but none panned out. Angie then joined them, told them that she'd had a long talk with her daughter, and then apologized to Jesse for the way Cassandra had acted. Jesse brushed it off, and with that, Angie told them that the food was ready. Tad remembered at that moment that he hadn't gotten supplies from the store to make dessert, so he headed for the store. Jesse attempted to accompany him, but Tad told him to stay and be the man of the house. After he bolted upstairs, Jesse made his own excuse to escape the premises and exited, hot on Tad's heels.

As Krystal and Angie caught up with each other in the living room, Colby and Cassandra met out on the front stoop, and Cassandra admitted that the only thing that she wanted to do was see Dre and find out how he'd been. Colby excitedly said that her friend would owe her and then took her back into the house. She told Krystal and Angie about a pool party they'd been invited to, and when the women reluctantly agreed to let them go, the teens dashed off before the decision could be revoked. When the teens left, Angie explained that her conversation with Cassandra had gone well until she had told her daughter what would happen if she started to date someone that didn't meet expectations. Angie said that she realized that she'd sounded just like her own father, and that reality had scared her.

A short time later, Tad arrived in a parking garage and attempted to break into Annie's car. His attempt was thwarted when Jesse arrived on the scene and asked if Tad had something particular that he wanted to find."

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