(EXT: The Capwell Hotel)
----CC & Elizabeth come apart from their kiss. Elizabeth asks him what it was for. Tradition, he claims, and his appreciation for everything she's done for the company. Elizabeth smiles, though she wonders how he feels about her treatment of Sophia. Though CC doesn't agree with it, he says he understands her resentment toward her sister. CC tells her that he'd wish she'd lighten up on Sophia, that she's grown into a very different woman than she was back then. CC also reminds her that it was their father who pitted them against one another, not Sophia.
----Warren and Kelly come up for air from their kiss. Kelly looks at him and Warren grins back at her.
"Was that out of line? Not that I'd take it back......"
"It's New Year's Warren. Any other time, you might have been out of line"
"Really? So if I did it again, say now, that would be out of line?"
Kelly smiles at him. "Guess you won't get to find out," she says, walking away from him. Warren lets out a painful chuckle, grinning at her backhanded rejection.
----The elevator door opens and Mary & Mason come apart from their New Year's Kiss.
"Alright, Mason, I held up my end of the deal. Your turn. It's time you talk to your wife."
Mary spots her across the room and suggests he start now. Mason looks at her, telling her how much he has missed her. She smiles and says she missed him back.
"Go to her Mason. Please."
Mason gives her a look and heads toward his wife. Ted approaches Mary and wishes her a Happy New Year, giving her a kiss on the cheek. She hugs him and smiles.
"Gee, you disappear for 20 years and the whole town has a new face! You look good Ted."
"So do you. How's Christie? Mason tells me you went to see her...."
"She's doing very well for herself, thanks for asking. Living in Colorado..."
"Nope. If you'll excuse me, I need to go freshen up. Good to see you, Ted."
Lily walks up behind Ted and wishes her ex a Happy New Year. He does the same and she asks him if that was Mary Duvall. He tells her that it was and she's completely dumbfounded by her return. Ted tells Lily that he's been meaning to talk to her- Angela told him about their confrontations and it needs to stop. Lily admits to her behavior but tries to warn Ted about the kind of woman he's married. Ted claims he's well aware and doesn't need her interfering in his love life. Lily says she won't, though he shouldn't expect as much where Angela is concerned. Ted again warns Lily to stay away from Angela.
"I would have been perfectly happy to never have heard the name Angela Cassidy. But the fact is she is the one who struck first, and strike she did. Don't expect me to just roll over and play dead for that woman because I'm not gonna do that Ted. Whether you like it or not."
Lily walks away, leaving Ted annoyed. Rafe is shown watching him from across the room. He approaches Ted and asks what he's done to Lily.
"What goes on between myself and Lily is none of your business Rafe."
"Just stay away from her Ted. You've hurt her enough already, don't you think?"
"Funny. I could say the same about you," Ted shoots back and walks away.
---Mason approaches Julia and tells her that he'd like to talk. Julia remarks that men always seem to air their grievances in public places and asks why that is.
"Because inherently, we're cowards, so rather than risk an honest argument in private, we go for the controlled discussion in public."
"Well, I've got news for you- I'm married to the owner of this hotel, so I have no qualms about making quite a scene here. But go ahead. If this is where you feel we should have this discussion, then by all means........have at it. The floor is all yours, Mason."
----Mary enters the ladies room and is horrified to find Sophia lying unconcious on the floor. She immediately bursts through the doors and yells for someone to call an ambulance. Seeing the commotion, Mason runs to Mary from what he's doing, with Julia following not far behind. Mary tells Mason to go upstairs and get her medical bag while she does CPR on Sophia. Kelly hears what's going on and shrieks.
"Mother! It's MOTHER we need an ambulance for? Oh my God, Mary, what's wrong with her?"
"I don't know, but she's unconcious and unresponsive."
Julia, Kelly, and Mary head to the bathroom while Mason races off to the elevators. Cruz and Eden spot him running and ask what the commotion is all about. He tells them it's Sophia- she's unconcious.
"Mama! Oh my God, Mama...." Eden heads off to the ladies room, with Cruz following her. Elizabeth is shown, having listened in to everything that transpired. She sees Pamela walking toward the Hotel front door and follows her. Elizabeth catches up with her just outside of the door, grabs her by the arm and turns her around.
"What do you want?" Pamela asks, agitated. "Let go of me for Heaven's Sake."
"What have you done to my sister?" Elizabeth asks, not letting go.
"I have no idea what you're talking about...."
"I'm talking about the fact that I saw you follow her to the ladies room and not 5 minutes later, she's lying unconcious on the floor!"
"Don't be ridiculous! I saw her in there & she said she wasn't feeling well. I assumed she'd had too much to drink. She's unconcious?"
"Don't play dumb with me, Pamela. I saw the look you gave me. What are you up to?"
"Honestly, I don't know what you're talking about- I looked at you because I was giving you an opportunity to be alone with your precious CC at midnight, that's all. And don't act so concerned about your sister- you hate Sophia more than I do...."
"That doesn't mean I want her dead."
"Anymore than it means I do. Your sister has been sick for a while, Elizabeth. Ask her doctor. She's been hiding it from her family for some time now. Now if there's nothing else, I have a phone call I'd like to make, excuse me."
----CC races toward the ladies room and flings the door open, seeing Mary performing CPR on his unconcious wife. He falls to his knees and grabs his wifes hand, as Mary kneels on the other side of her, continuing with CPR. Finally, the EMTs arrive and Mary tells them the situation. They immediately load her onto a stretcher and put her on oxygen. They rush her through the Hotel Lobby, with CC running with them, and Mary as well. They pass by Eden, Kelly, Julia, Cruz, Mason, and Ted in the ladies room. Outside they run her past Rosa & Santana, then by Keith, Gina, Lily, Warren, Laken, Lionel, and Augusta, followed by Rafe, Samantha, and Adriana, and finally, Angela and Joann. They run her through the front doors, as Elizabeth watches them approaching.
"CC. CC! Is she going to be alright?"
"I don't know, Elizabeth, I don't know....."
He walks away from her and hops into the ambulance, taking Sophia's hand back into his.
"Hold on, Sophia. You've got to fight. Please fight- I can't lose you....."
Pamela is shown on her phone watching the scene, as the back doors to the ambulance close.
"She's on her way there now....." she says into the receiver.
(EXT: Santa Barbara Medical Center)
----The EMTs, Mary, and CC rush Sophia into the hospital, where Dr. Ben Normandy is waiting for them. CC is told he cannot go back with them and begs Ben to please take care of his wife. Ben promises that they'll do everything they can for her. Mary then promises CC that she's going to stay with her as well and he's appreciative. Ted, Angela, and Kelly arrive first to the hospital and Kelly walks straight up to her father and gives him a huge hug. Kelly begins to sob and CC kisses the top of her head.
"It's going to be alright. She's going to pull through this- I know she will."
"What happened? Has she been sick? I mean....where did this come from?" Kelly asks.
"No....she's had some headaches lately, but nothing serious. Really, I don't know what this could be....."
Mason, Julia, Cruz and Eden arrive at the hospital and ask CC what's going on with Sophia. He says that he doesn't know, but it doesn't seem to be a heart attack. He tells them they thought at first it was a stroke, but she doesn't seem to be exhibiting the normal behavior of a stroke victim. Eden sees a nurse come out of the ER and asks her if there's any word on her mother. The nurse tells them that they're working on her now. Eden asks when they'll be able to see her and the nurse says they'll have to wait to hear from Dr. Normandy for that.
Rosa, Santana, Lionel, Augusta, Laken, and Warren arrive from the party. CC immediately walks up to Rosa and gives her a hug. Rosa hugs him tightly as he begins to break down.
"Aye, quiete, quiete. She's strong, your wife. She'll fight- and you'll be there, fighting right with her....."
Laken offers Ted her support as he walks up to her and hugs her, beginning to sob. He thanks her for coming, and thanks Lionel & Augusta as well. Angela looks on at her husband, in such agony. Mason breaks away from the family and friends, taking a seat in the lobby, looking at each of them worry. Julia walks up and sits next to him. He sits there, not looking at her, still on the outside looking in at his family. Julia takes his hand in hers and rubs it gently. He looks down at her hand on his and looks up at Julia, staring in her eyes. Julia looks back at him, her eyes offering him the comfort he so needs. He looks back at her and hugs her, embracing her tightly. Julia begins to cry.
Suddenly, everyone's attention is diverted when Ben & Mary emerge from the Emergency Room. They look at everyone in the room, with solemn looks on both of their faces.
"Ben? Is she going to be okay?" an upset CC asks. Ben cannot bring himself to even look at CC at first. "My God, Ben, what is it? Mary?"
"Sophia has a brain aneurism in an advanced stage......I had been treating it with medication but...."
"Wait a minute! What do you mean you had been treating it? How long has this been going on?"
"She hadn't told you? A couple of months now. I had given her medication to keep it from rupturing but ....... it was so far advanced.........either the meds were ineffective or she stopped taking them.....but the aneurism.....I don't know how to say this.... It burst..."
"I don't understand. What does that mean? What can you do for her? What are you going to do for my wife.....She....Mary....What...."
"I'm sorry to tell you this, but the rupture.......It's left her.....Brain dead....."
Kelly shrieks "noooooo" that it cannot be and collapses in her father's arms. Eden hugs Cruz and everyone else reacts to the situation with great pain and tears. The camera zooms in on CC, in shock, total devastation and confusion........
THE END............For Today