04/03/2009 Ian Needs Surgery

"Aidan went to Oak Haven and visited a visibly distraught Annie, who told him that she hadn't slept because it only brought her visions of bad things that had happened. He encouraged her to face those demons, which prompted her to confess that she had murdered someone. Annie indicated that she wanted to move forward with her life so that she could make new and better memories with Aidan, but felt held back from that when she remembered all of the bad things that she'd done. Aidan told her that she survived a lot of bad things in her life and protected herself the only way she knew how.

Annie asked him what would happen if more horrible things were uncovered. Aidan assured her that he loved her, told her that they would work through her issues together, and then said he would try to find out as much information as he could so that he could help her get better. Before he left to do as he promised, he urged her to eat her breakfast. Once gone, Annie quietly reassured herself that she wasn't a bad person just before Tori made her presence known and agreed with Annie's assessment.

Tori apologized to Annie, as she had run out of the room when their previous conversation became upsetting. Annie forgave her, and then told her that Aidan wanted Annie to face her fears, as that would help her on the road to recovery. Tori agreed with Aidan and said that perhaps what Annie had in her head really was just a nightmare. Annie told her that nightmares went away when you woke up, but with the images she'd had in her head, she woke up and felt guilty.

Tad was summoned to the Chandler mansion and, when he arrived, he found both JR and Colby in search of Stuart. When he inquired about Stuart's whereabouts, they told him that Adam had been in a hospital under Stuart's name, but had disappeared, and they didn't know where he had gone. Colby voiced her concern that something had happened to Adam and that they were too late to save him.

JR took a few brief moments to update his stepfather on what had happened with Adam before the doorbell interrupted their conversation. Colby thought that it might be information about Adam, and rushed to the door. Barry was on the other side and, unconcerned with Adam's whereabouts, he told JR that JR needed to make some decisions regarding Chandler Enterprises, as the company was in severe trouble.

Barry revealed that Chandler Enterprises was almost out of cash and that it needed to unload some subsidiaries to even out the books. JR made one call for Barry to work on, but said that the other decisions needed to wait on Adam's return. Barry said the decisions couldn't wait, so JR asked for a 24-hour window in which to look for his father before he made any further decisions. Barry agreed and left to take care of the business that he could attend to.

Once Barry was gone, the Chandler children asked Tad if he would help them locate Adam. After he noted the irony that looking for Adam would offer, given that he'd wanted to get rid of the mogul for years, Tad agreed. JR told Colby that she needed to stay at the house in case Adam called or came home. Colby insisted they call her as soon as they had any news, and, once they agreed, the two men took off for Philadelphia.

Erica showed up at Ryan's penthouse full of explanations as to why she was early. Ryan stopped her and said that he was well aware that Erica wanted to keep him away from Kendall. Ryan cited his desire to not only make sure that Kendall was happy, but to also be certain that Zach wouldn't use the situation to manipulate Kendall. Erica begged Ryan to keep his distance and respect Zach and Kendall's privacy, but Ryan refused to see her point of view. Erica pointed out that Ryan seemed invested in a fight with Zach, but was really just upset that Kendall had decided to stay in the house with Zach. Ryan thought for a moment, and then agreed.

Ryan justified his actions by pointing out that Zach had always been about doing whatever was necessary to get what he wanted, but Erica said that she had never seen Zach use his children in that regard. Ryan said that he wouldn't be surprised if that aspect of Zach suddenly changed, and said that his own moves were out of love for Kendall. Erica questioned that love, as it had self-destructed before Ryan and Kendall ever made it down the aisle. With the life that Zach and Kendall built in place, Erica insisted that Ryan needed to respect the sanctity of the Slater family.

Erica said that she didn't want to fight with Ryan, and he told her that she needed to respect his decision. She said she'd always done so, but he pointed at her disapproval regarding his engagement to Greenlee as proof that she wasn't being completely honest. Erica retracted her statement and tried to itemize Ryan's actions. He told her not to psychoanalyze him. She told him that she simply recognized the bonds that he and Kendall would always share, and that she wanted him to make wise choices with those in mind.

At the hospital, David told Kendall and Zach that Ian's condition had improved enough to move forward with a surgery. When Zach insisted that the doctor do what was best for their son, David said that both Zach and Kendall needed to be fully aware of the risks. After David delivered a laundry list of items to consider, the Slaters realized that, with or without the surgery, Ian could die. David left them alone to weigh out their decision.

Down the hall, Krystal found her husband and asked for an update on Ian, and was pleased when he told her that the baby's heart rate had improved. She then asked when David would take the child into surgery, and David admitted that he didn't want to perform the procedure. Krystal insisted that because he was the best doctor for the job, he needed to do the surgery. David reminder Krystal that he hadn't performed pediatric heart surgery since his daughter, Leora, had died on the operating table. He relived the horror of that event briefly, and Krystal comforted him as he battled against his fear of a repeat occurrence.

Krystal noted that it was unimaginable how David continued to function after the loss of two children, but tried to absolve him of some of the guilt he carried about Leora's death. She then pointed out that although he wasn't able to save his own children, he could work his magic on Ian, a little boy who had already sailed over multiple hurdles in his short life, and put him back in his parents' arms.

Kendall tearfully considered the choice she and Zach had to make, but noted that it wasn't much of a choice at all. Zach took her back to when Ian was first born and said that although Ian wasn't supposed to survive, he showed everyone what a fighter he was. Zach assured her that the same was true with this crisis, and that everything would be all right. Kendall voiced her fears about the surgery, and then talked about the different visions she had for their son's future as a way to feel better. Zach listened quietly and, when she was done, Zach told her that he would go and find David.

Tori tried to hypnotize Annie again, and, after an initial resistance, Annie gave in. Meanwhile, Aidan searched at his computer for information that he hoped would help Annie get better. As memories flooded Annie's brain, Aidan happened upon an article about a missing girl named Tori Atherton.

Kendall called and interrupted Erica's conversation with Ryan to tell her that Ian would have the surgery. Erica said that she would be at the hospital shortly and hung up. She filled Ryan in and then, as she walked out the door, Ryan thanked her for her friendship, but said that he wouldn't let go of Kendall. She tried to reign in her disapproving look before she walked out the door.

Zach and Kendall found David and told him that they wanted to proceed with the surgery. After a brief pause that started to alarm the Slaters, David accepted the task they laid before him and said that he would take excellent care of Ian. He walked off to get the little boy prepped, while Zach and Kendall followed and watched without words.

Tad and JR arrived in Philadelphia and found a man that had information on the man he knew as Stuart. He refused to talk until he was paid in cash, and Tad and JR caved in out of desperation. Once he pocketed the money, the man told them that "Stuart" had drawn most of the time he was there, and that it was always the same woman. He pulled out one of the pictures, and Tad and JR immediately identified the drawing as one of Erica.

The man thought they were daft, as "Stuart" had indicated that the woman was Lottie, his sister who had passed away. The conversation was truncated when JR picked up a call from Colby. In tears, she told JR that someone had gotten on to the property and had stolen Adam's car.

Erica arrived at the hospital and, after a brief exchange with Krystal, she went in search of her oldest daughter. She located Kendall and Zach as they leaned over their son's hospital bed and assured him that all would be fine. Kendall sensed eyes on them and when she saw it was her mother, she tore herself away from Ian's bedside so she and her mother could talk.

Erica said that she believed that Ian would make it, and that so would Kendall and Zach. Kendall asked what she meant and, when Erica revealed she had been at Ryan's, Kendall ascertained that Erica had told Ryan to keep his distance. Conflicted, Kendall declined to respond, and instead returned to Ian's side. Erica's phone rang, and when she answered it, she was lost as to who was on the other end.

Emma and Spike got to the penthouse, and Emma showed Ryan the card that Spike drew for Ian. After he looked at it, Ryan gave his son a hug and assured him that Ian would be back to play with in no time at all. Emma, slightly distressed, told her father that Ian needed the card right away so that he could get better.

Aidan returned to the hospital and interrupted the talk between Annie and Tori. Annie hugged Aidan and told him that she had remembered a lot of things while he was gone, due in part to Tori's help. Aidan asked where Tori had gone, and was slightly alarmed with Annie indicated that Tori hadn't left the room. Annie gestured toward a chair as she said that she was glad that Tori and Aidan could finally meet, and Aidan realized that Tori had been nothing more than a figment of Annie's imagination.

JR and Tad returned to Pine Valley and, when they walked back into the Chandler house, Colby asked if they'd found out any information about Adam. They indicated that they had, but that the information hadn't made any sense. They asked about an update on the stolen car, but Colby had little additional information for them.

JR tried to take Tad aside to ask about the possibility that Adam had stolen his own car. Tad thought it was a stretch, but JR pointed out that after the Erica/Lottie confusion, not much would seem odd. Colby overheard and wanted more information, but the doorbell rang and staunched the conversation. JR opened the door and security reported that Adam's car had been found empty - and wrapped around a tree.

Erica returned to her suite at the casino and found Adam waiting for her. She asked why he wasn't in the hospital, but instead of an answer, he simply laid a kiss on her.

David came to whisk Ian away to surgery and Zach held Kendall as she cried while they watched their little boy being rolled down the hall. Once her son was out of sight, Kendall turned and saw that Ryan had arrived at the hospital."

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