07/31/2009 Aidan Lies

"Taylor had a revelation about her feelings for Tad, and they shared a kiss. When the kiss ended, Taylor was anxious to know what it meant. Tad, ever the jokester, asked Taylor to marry him and bear his children, but she was not amused. Tad apologized and they commiserated over the similarities in their behavior in past relationships until they heard a knock at the door. Before they could find out the identity of their visitor, Amanda walked in. She apologized, but said she needed to see Trevor.

Tad shared some pointers about reading Trevor's body language, and ended with the one that meant the baby needed to be changed. Amanda realized that Tad was mimicking reality, and took her son into another room to attend to his needs. Once alone with Taylor, Tad decided to swoop in for another kiss. Amanda walked in to grab the diaper bag, and hesitated for a moment. She then retrieved the bag without making too much noise and darted back into the bedroom. The kiss paused, and Taylor admitted that she was confused. Tad told her to just live in the moment.

Tad left Taylor's place, which allowed Amanda to reveal that she'd seen the kiss. Taylor was momentarily aghast, but then took the opportunity to talk over how she felt about Tad and what it meant. Amanda told her that despite his quirks, Tad was ultimately a good guy and someone Taylor should hang on to. Taylor questioned whether it was the right time for her to pursue him, and then admitted that she wanted her life to be about more than herself. Amanda said that the arrival of Trevor in her life helped her to understand the sentiment fully.

Marissa talked about her confusion with regard to the way Kendall and Annie had behaved thus far in the investigation. Krystal and Opal agreed that the Chandler house had odd effects on people. Marissa thought that good things came out of that house, and Krystal knew immediately that the young woman was referring to JR. Marissa was somewhat embarrassed and that sentiment increased when JR walked in the door. Opal and Krystal awkwardly excused themselves to round up Little Adam.

Marissa and JR shared some small talk, which included the revelation that JR and his son would be moving back into the Chandler mansion. As Marissa praised JR for the excellent job he'd been doing as a parent and with staying sober, she noticed that JR had been rubbing a painful spot on his neck. She reminded him that she was a trained masseuse and, without a second thought, JR put himself into her capable hands.

A short time later, Krystal took Little Adam downstairs, and JR wasted no time in telling his son that they would be moving back in with Grandpa Adam. With the need to pack looming, JR and Little Adam made a quick exit. Krystal took a moment to warn her daughter about her growing infatuation with JR, but Marissa insisted that she couldn't help herself. She then revealed to Krystal that she felt similarly about Scott, and Krystal began to see more of herself in Marissa.

Security at the Chandler mansion found Natalia on the grounds and took her to the house to find out what Adam wanted. Although Natalia protested the treatment due to being a police officer, Adam was unfazed and demanded that she be thrown off the property. Natalia told Adam that she had information he would want to hear, but Adam was skeptical. Natalia blurted out that she thought someone tried to kill Annie.

Adam blew off Natalia's theories and, angry at his dismissive behavior, Natalia started to leave. Scott insisted that they listen to her, so Adam had a change of heart. Natalia revealed her belief that Annie was the target, and Adam asked for proof. She quickly gave him two reasons: evidence never lied, and bullets always traveled in a straight line.

At the police station, Kendall hesitated in her confession when she saw Jesse. Jesse asked Kendall to wait in the general area until he spoke with Annie. After Kendall left, Annie lamented that she wouldn't get to hear what Kendall had to say. She noted that if Jesse had let that happen, he would have had little recourse when he decided to conceal Kendall's truth. Annie then asserted that Zach had taken the shot at Adam to set her up.

Jack accused Zach of shooting Adam through the patio window, but Aidan showed up and disputed the claim. Aidan told Jack that he was with Zach at the casino at the time of the shooting, and said that he would recount his story on the stand. Frustrated, Jack indicated that he was far from done with Zach, and stalked off. Liza, who was taken aback by the exchange, excused herself.

Once the two men were alone, Zach asked Aidan why he would lie. Aidan confessed that Annie had gotten away with too much and Aidan would do anything to make sure she finally paid. Zach was skeptical of Aidan's motivation, but Aidan told Zach that his reasons weren't important. Zach decided that Aidan was too much of a risk, and walked away.

Jesse claimed that Annie was the culprit that shot at Adam because she was angry that Adam had rejected her marriage proposal and had stolen her last chance at freedom. Annie laughed off the assertion and said that she admired Kendall. Annie then noted that Kendall's confession was the right thing to do by Stuart, and would benefit Annie.

When Liza walked into the police station and found Kendall, she asked if Kendall had heard about the extension they got on her case. Liza said that they would have more time to prove Annie's guilt, but Kendall was irate that no one seemed to care that Annie was innocent. Liza questioned why Kendall seemed so sure of her own guilt, and Kendall admitted that she finally remembered the night of Stuart's murder clearly. Kendall suggested that Liza walk away, but Liza knew if she did, Zach would be hurt.

Liza laid out the worst-case scenario if Kendall were to confess -- both Kendall and Zach in jail, which would leave their sons without parents, and would leave Annie free to hurt people as she pleased, all from the comfort of the Chandler mansion. Kendall begged Liza to stop, but Liza refused. Liza believed in Kendall's strength, but Kendall insisted that she didn't have a choice. Liza hotly denied that claim just before Annie emerged from the interrogation room in handcuffs. Jesse indicated that he was free to talk to Kendall. Liza said that she would be there for Kendall, whatever Kendall decided.

Kendall paused and then decided not to talk to Jesse. She asked if he still believed that Annie killed Stuart, and Jesse pointed out that Annie's history with violence and lying to the authorities made the possibility realistic. Kendall apologized for wasting Jesse's time and made a hasty exit. Jesse warned Liza to help keep Kendall together. Liza promised to try, but said that at the end of the day, Zach had to shoulder that responsibility alone.

Zach returned home and was unhappy to see Ryan in his living room. Zach tried to hasten Ryan's exit, to no avail. Ryan insisted that the only way to keep Kendall safe was to get her and the boys out of town. He noted that since both he and Zach had made themselves disappear before, it was possible. Zach admitted that he'd considered the idea, but ultimately decided that it wouldn't work. Zach told Ryan that the option of Kendall being found guilty was not one that was up for consideration.

Zach refused to put Kendall in a position where she would lose everything and everyone that she loved. Ryan insisted that Kendall needed to be sent away, because without solid proof that she was not the shooter, Kendall would be found guilty. Ryan then related his talk with Adam, and how Adam no longer believed that Annie was guilty. Ryan went on to say that if they didn't take action, Kendall's sons would grow up without their mother. Kendall walked in the door and wanted to know the crux of the conversation.

Ryan told Kendall about the plan to get her and her sons out of the country. Kendall wanted to know if Zach was behind the plans. Zach told her that he didn't want her to leave, and Kendall chimed in that what they both wanted was to go back to the night when they thought Ian died, and they would choose to stay at the hospital. Ryan told them that they couldn't go back, so Kendall acquiesced and said she would pack. Liza entered and as she took in the look on all of their faces, she asked what she'd walked in on.

After Liza had been apprised of the details, she told Kendall that all she needed to get an acquittal was reasonable doubt. Kendall listened to Liza's spiel, and then said that there was still a chance she could get convicted -- which was a chance Kendall couldn't take. Liza felt defeated as she watched Kendall go off to pack her belongings.

Natalia set up the scene similarly to the night everyone presumed that Annie shot at Adam. She used Scott and Adam as markers, and with the use of her miniature flashlight, proved that there was no way Annie could have been the shooter. She took it one step further and said that if Annie hadn't ducked, the bullet would have killed her. Horrified, Adam regretted his decision to have Annie arrested. Just then, Jesse walked in and demanded to know what was going on.

Adam gleefully told Jesse what Natalia had uncovered, and suggested that Jesse had been in the wrong for jailing an innocent woman. Jesse reminded Adam that Adam had accused Annie of shooting at him, and that was what led to her arrest. Adam pointed out that his own reasoning had been flawed, and implied that there was a police cover-up. Natalia swore that she'd never intimated such a thing. Adam asked Jesse what the plans were to rectify the wrong that had been done against Annie.

Jesse refused to drop the charges, and instead went through Natalia's theory. He poked several holes in it, and said that while there was a possibility that Annie was innocent, there was an equal chance she was still complicit. Adam launched into his standard coercive mode until he persuaded Jesse into making a deal.

Tad tried to sneak back into his house, but Krystal heard the door and caught him mid-entrance. Tad started to lie about his whereabouts, but then stopped himself. He told her that he was seeing someone and asked her how she felt. Krystal thought a moment, and although she couldn't understand why, she admitted that she was upset about the knowledge. Tad told Krystal that her feelings stemmed from the fact that she still loved him, and then said that he felt the same in return.

Tad noted that all of the love they had shared during their marriage and as parents to Jenny was still there but had changed as their relationship had done the same. Then, as he read the look on her face, he announced that Krystal wanted to know who his new love interest was. Krystal denied it but Tad didn't buy it. Opal wandered in just then and plainly said that Tad had been with the Army girl.

Tad was horrified -- both at Opal's revelation but also that she knew of his interest in Taylor before he knew himself. After Opal left, Tad tried to apologize and said that he hadn't planned to get involved with Taylor. Krystal told him that he had nothing to be sorry about and then ran off before her tears spilled down her face.

Marissa caught up with JR in the foyer of the Chandler mansion, but was unable to deliver her news before it was foisted upon him. The front door opened, and JR was shocked to see Adam escort Annie back into the house. When he realized what had happened, JR grabbed his son and stalked out of the house.

Jesse stopped by the Slater residence and shared that the charges against Annie had been dropped due to a deal Jesse had to make with Adam. Because of that, the District Attorney's office stepped in, and Kendall's trial had been reactivated. Zach tried to get Jesse to leave, and said that he would pass the word along to Kendall. Jesse then told them that he had been charged with taking Kendall into protective custody, as she was viewed as a flight risk. Zach and Ryan tried to convince Jesse that Kendall wasn't home, but Kendall ended the lie when she walked into the entranceway and said that she was ready to cooperate with Jesse."

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