08/07/2009 Marian's Vengeance

"At the courthouse, the judge announced that although Kendall's motivation to kill Adam was tragic, it held no weight with regard to his final decision. Her attempt to flee, however, was considered. He sentenced her to the state penitentiary for the rest of her life, without the possibility of parole before a minimum of fifteen years had been served. After the judge banged his gavel and dismissed the court, Kendall simply stood motionless, her face blank.

Liza promised that there would be an appeal, but Kendall didn't react to Liza's words. She asked Jesse if she could be taken away immediately, and when the police chief took her aside to have her put into handcuffs, Liza asked why Zach hadn't said goodbye. Zach told her that his actions were in line with Kendall's request.

Adam exited the courtroom to a throng of reporters and photographers, who alternately yelled questions at Adam and took his picture. Although he tried to avoid answering, Adam finally gave in and told them that he had no sense of vindication, as his brother was dead, and a family had lost their mother. He thanked the authorities for all of their hard work and then quickly exited the building.

Kendall was the next to be taken out of the courtroom and the reporters and photographers offered her equal treatment. Kendall remained silent, while Liza assuredly announced that they would appeal. Marian watched the exchange and then, much to everyone's horror, pulled out a gun, aimed it at Kendall, and fired. Marian was restrained and an ambulance was called before Jesse attempted to get a handle on the melee. Marian turned to see the results and was aghast when she realized she'd hit Marissa.

The ambulance arrived and, as they prepared Marissa for transport, the weight of what she'd done fell on Marian. Liza explained her relationship to the guards around her mother and was granted access. Marian apologized profusely, and Liza promised her that everything would work out. Their conversation was brief, as Jesse indicated that Marian was to be escorted downtown immediately. On the way out, Marian laid blame at Adam's feet as she told him that he should have sought vengeance sooner. After she was escorted out, Liza ripped into Adam for being ever-present in situations where lives were destroyed.

In an attempt to get Annie to come clean about her real motivations, JR kissed her deeply. Annie struggled against his grasp and berated JR for his tactics. She swore that the love she and Adam shared was real. Annie went on to extol Adam's virtues, and then said that she would never cheat with someone like JR. JR copped to all of the things that Annie accused him of, and then said that those things were better than what Annie was -- a whore. She slapped him across the face and, after recovering for a moment, JR chuckled.

JR continued to press Annie's buttons, and edged closer to calling her crazy. His sister's hasty entrance stopped him. Colby demanded that they stop their feud to see the news broadcast. JR and Annie found out about the incidents at the courthouse, and JR took off for the hospital. Annie tried to act instinctually and indicated that she wanted to comfort Colby. Colby backed away, and Annie asked the young woman if she was scared. Colby plainly told her that being alone in a house with an insane person was a scary situation, but Annie denied being anything but stable.

Taylor showed up unexpectedly at the Martin household and begged for Tad's help with baby Trevor. Tad pointed out that it had been a bad idea to take the baby over, but secretly enjoyed the surprise. Moments later, they heard a knock at the door and Taylor hid with the baby. Tad opened the door to a frantic Amanda, who had gone to Taylor's place but found that no one was home. Taylor made her presence known, much to Amanda's relief, and Amanda attempted to reconnect with her baby.

Just as Amanda alit on the thought that her baby didn't recognize her anymore, Krystal called from upstairs to find out what was happening. Tad stashed the baby behind the couch just as Krystal came downstairs. Before Krystal could question why everyone had stopped by, Tad saw live footage from the courthouse on the TV and turned up the volume in time for the room to find out that Marissa had been shot.

Krystal took off for the hospital while Tad, Amanda, and Taylor discussed their shock over the day's events. Then, Taylor apologized for taking the baby out of her house and said that she would take him back right away. Amanda thanked Taylor for all she'd done and promised to soon find a way to allow everyone to get back to a more normal life. Tad announced how glad he was that they'd been able to keep the baby under wraps, but moments later, Kathy bounced into the room, delighted at the sight of Trevor.

Tad tried to come up a way to explain the baby's presence so that Taylor could make her getaway, but was stymied when Opal showed up. Opal claimed to know that the baby was Taylor's niece and then sent Kathy on her way. Amanda tried to hasten Taylor's exit, but Opal stopped everyone in their tracks when she announced her theory that the baby was actually Amanda's son.

After an uncomfortable silence, Amanda admitted that the baby was indeed the one she'd given birth to. Opal was delighted at the news but was concerned at how things would work out. Opal asked if they'd reached a decision on how to handle the situation so that David would remain in the dark. They told Opal what they had in mind, and Opal said that they needed a better plan. Tad asked if Opal had any other ideas, and Opal surprised them when she answered in the affirmative.

As Jesse briefed Natalia on where he needed her to be, Zach sat with Kendall in the courtroom and cherished a few extra moments with his wife. The moments flew, and soon Jesse announced that it was time for Kendall to leave. Zach hugged her tightly once more, and then Kendall told him that she would close her eyes, and asked that he be gone when she opened them. Zach stole a few lingering touches, and then did as she asked.

Zach ran into Adam in the courtroom hall. As they watched a custodian mop up Marissa's blood from the floor, Adam noted that Zach probably blamed Adam, as well. Unexpectedly, Zach pointed out all the people that had been lost that day, said he was out of blame, and walked away.

At the hospital, Jake jumped into action at Marissa's arrival, but was soon pushed out of the way by David. David swore to his daughter that he would take care of her and then commanded everyone to get Marissa to an operating room. Jake and Krystal watched him go, while Scott asked about the rules that disallowed David to operate on a family member. Jake said that as chief of staff, David usually did whatever he wanted. Krystal urged Jake to scrub in anyway, and after Jake granted her request, Krystal explained to Scott that David had lost another daughter on the operating table and blamed himself.

Zach went back to his house and broke the news to Rachel that he would no longer need her services. Rachel wondered if she'd done something wrong, but Zach told her that Kendall would want him to stay at home with the boys full-time. He told her that he would pay her for the year, and make sure she got another job. As tears brimmed behind her eyes, Rachel told him that he could call her if he changed his mind, and then left. Zach closed the door behind her and then answered a call from Jesse.

At the police station, Liza had a few moments to talk to Natalia while a psychiatrist talked to her mother. She wondered after her mother's fate and was relieved when the district attorney, who'd overheard part of their conversation, said that Marian would be transported to the hospital. Liza asked to see her mother again, and the D.A. agreed to allow that, once the psychiatrist had wrapped up his session.

Liza went in to see her mother and barely held it together when she realized that Marian didn't remember what she'd done at the courthouse. Liza promised her mother that while Marian recuperated in the hospital, Liza would take care of all of the legal business. Marian seemed pleased and was ready when Natalia indicated that they needed to leave. Marian hugged her daughter and then expressed a desire for them to have lunch at the Yacht Club so that they could catch up. Liza started to unravel, so she quickly bid her mother farewell and only let the tears fall once her mother's back was turned.

JR ran in the hospital and found Krystal and Scott in the waiting room. They were unable to give him many details other than what happened at the courthouse and that Marissa had been taken into surgery. David arrived in the waiting room moments later and admitted that he had frozen in the operating room. The trio held their breath until JR found the courage to ask if Marissa was dead.

David denied that and said that he'd been unable to complete the operation. JR blasted David for his presence in the operating room in the first place, and, unable to object, David walked away. Krystal followed him, and David admitted that when Marissa's pressure started to drop, all he could see was Leora. Krystal felt David's pain, and comforted him with a hug.

Annie tried to act as though, with effort, a relationship could be possible between herself and Colby. Colby squashed that dream when she said that Annie's history of trashing relationships, as well as her history of violence, made that impossible. Just then, they heard the front door close and Adam entered the living room. Annie quickly ran to him and proclaimed her relief that Adam had survived the incident at the courthouse.

Colby tried to touch base briefly with her father, but when Annie decided to inject herself into the conversation, Colby stopped her in short order. Adam tried to defuse the situation and asked if Colby had heard about his engagement, but that only made things worse. Colby told him that it would have been nicer to hear about it directly from her father, but Adam noted that he didn't think Colby cared. Colby pointed out that her father's latest decision had made it clear that he didn't want his daughter back in the house, and she stalked out.

Adam tearfully recalled the look of revenge he saw in Marian's eyes and noted that it was much better to forgive. He then told Annie that when the shot rang out, he was taken back to the night of Stuart's murder. Annie quickly quieted him, and said that they needed to look toward their new life together, and never think of that horrible night again.

Jake emerged from the operating room and delivered the news that Marissa had pulled through surgery. JR and Scott took off to see the patient in recovery, while Krystal stuck by David's side. David lamented his incessant pursuit of Amanda's baby, which seemed to take precedence over spending time with Marissa. At that moment, Liza showed up and was relieved to hear that Marissa had survived.

Her relief was short-lived, as David wasted no time lambasting her for the role she played in Marissa's injury. Liza had just enough time to tell Krystal of Marian's fate before David demanded that she leave. Once Liza was gone, David told Krystal that he was through with allowing the people of Pine Valley to hurt his daughters.

Liza made a beeline to the Slater house to check on Zach. He appeared to be holding up for the most part, but stopped Liza when she indicated a desire to talk about appeal strategies. She then asked if he would need extra help taking care of the boys, but Zach insisted that he would be fine on his own. At that moment, Spike's small voice pierced the silence as he asked after his mother's whereabouts.

Zach retrieved his other son and, while Liza listened in, he tried to explain why Kendall wouldn't be around as much. He told the boys that they would visit Kendall every week and that he would be around a lot more to take care of them. Zach assured them that things would work out fine in the end. He put the boys to bed, and Liza checked to see if there was anything she could do. Zach told her that he wanted to be alone with his sons, so Liza saw herself out. Zach poured himself a drink and sipped it slowly as he listened to the floors creak above his head."

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