(EXT: London, England)
---Edmund and Sophia lie in bed, listening to Augusta rant downstairs. Sophia is curious as to who this woman is and what she wants. Edmund tells her it's someone he knew long ago, from when they lived in Santa Barbara. Sophia asks if she knew her but Edmund insists she didn't, as he puts on his robe.
"Where are you going?" she asks him.
"Downstairs to get rid of that woman..."
"Ok, I'll come with you...."
"No,no,no that isn't necessary my sweet Loretta. I don't want her upsetting you and God only knows what she'll do in the state she sounds like she's in. I just got you back, my darling, I don't want anything to jeopardize that, especially her..."
He kisses her on the forehead and starts heading down the flights of stairs. He can hear Christine and Augusta arguing as he makes his descent. He finally makes it to the foyer.
"I'm sorry Dr. L- she shoved me! Right into the door! I had to pause a moment to get composed ya know and then she starts yelling, screamin like a banchie..."
"It's alright Christine, it's fine. Would you mind pouring Mrs. Lockridge and I two glasses of brandy?"
"It's going to take more than some expensive liquor to shut me up, Edmund."
"Charmed to see you as well Augusta. Come, join me in the study. I see we have much to discuss...."
She pauses and he motions for her to follow. She finally does and he shuts the door behind him. Augusta immediately goes to the door and checks the knob, opening & shutting it.
"What on earth are you doing?"
"Ensuring that I don't wake up thinking I'm your dead mother."
(EXT: Cruz & Eden's Beach House)
---Eden and Adriana arrive home from the funeral. Eden immediately walks to the picture of she & Cruz on the end table next to the couch. She picks it up and stares at it, gently stroking it with her thumb. She falls onto the couch, still clutching the photograph. Adriana takes a seat next to her.
"You guys look so happy there."
"Believe me, it took a while for us to get there. This was taken before you were born, right after our third or fourth engagement...."
"I know you're gonna miss him, mom. We all are. And I'm sorry if I haven't been the best daughter lately- it's just, it's hard you know. First grandma, now dad........Sometimes I forget that you just lost your mother and your husband."
"And vice versa, A. You've had to put up with a lot from me lately...."
Adriana smiles and takes her mother's hand. Her cell phone then rings and she sees Steve is calling. She gets up from the couch and walks toward the front door to take the call.
"Hey princess- how are things at the palace?"
"Depressing as all get-out. It's been a long day for both of us...."
"How'd you like to get your mind off it?"
"What do you have in mind?"
"A few of us are up at the Lair- your cuz Sammy and Uncie Rafe."
"I don't call him "Uncie" Rafe..."
"Yeah, well, they're here, and Brandon's here.....Thought you could use a little time away from home..."
Adriana hears noises in the background.
"What is that?" she asks him.
"Will YOU GIVE ME THE PHONE?" Samantha snarls.... "A.... Hi, it's me, seriously, you should come down here..."
"I shouldn't leave my mom...."
"Oh come on, you've been there with her all day through this, you deserve a break..."
"True....alright.....I'll figure it out..."
She turns around and sees Eden standing behind her. "Mom.....I....."
"It's alright. Go ahead and go- be with your friends. It's been a tough day on you and, frankly, I could use a little time alone...."
Adriana thanks her mother and kisses her good-bye.
(EXT: London, England)
---Christine brings the two glasses of brandy in to Augusta & Edmund and leaves the two of them alone. Augusta smells the glass carefully and puts it down.
"Now Augusta, don't be absurd. What do you think? That I had Christine drug you? Why would I ever do something like that to you?"
Augusta picks the brandy back up and takes a gulp of it.
"I don't begin to even attempt to understand how your mind works Edmund, especially now. Just what the hell have you done to Sophia?"
"Saved her life, for starters...."
"By making her family believe she's dead and turning her into your ex-wife's reincarnation?"
Edmund explains that he treated Sophia for her aneurism and had her complete consent for everything that he did, including faking her death. Augusta doesn't believe him, until he shows her the documents that Sophia signed when they began the treatment. He tells her that Sophia wanted her family to believe she was dead, in case the treatments were unsuccessful. Augusta still is disbelieving, saying that it all sounds awfully out of character for Sophia.
"Believe what you want, Augusta, it's right here in black and white...."
"That doesn't explain this- there's no way Sophia agreed to this, no way at all...."
"But she did....it was part of the treatment, her hypnosis. It sped up the progress we were making and eventually, she was actually begging me to hypnotize her. I didn't have a choice. I promised my patient that I'd help her and that I'd do whatever it took to save her life..."
"You can't be serious.........Dr. Lavery, you can't expect me to believe that Sophia allowed all of this.....That she's actually happy with the result....."
"She's quite happy Augusta, or didn't you get a close enough view of that at the theatre last night?"
Augusta looks at him, shocked that he knows. He tells her that Sophia told him all about their rendezvous in the ladies room, remarking that it was a foolish move on her part to introduce herself at all. Edmund questions what Augusta would even get out of it if she blew the whistle. Sophia then appears in the room, asking Edmund if everything is alright.
"Everything is fine, Loretta. Mrs. Lockridge was just leaving actually, weren't you Augusta...."
"My God! You're the woman from the play last night..."
"Yes that's right, I am. You ran off in such a hurry....."
"I'm sorry, but I don't know you and as I said, you obviously had me confused with someone else...."
"There was certainly confusion yes."
Sophia walks up and kisses Edmund, asking him to hurry back upstairs to bed to be with her.
"As I said So--Loretta, I'm just going so you & your little cumquat there can go back about your business........" Augusta says as she's walking through the foyer. "Oh, Good-Bye Christine. So lovely to have met you- I'm sure we'll see each other again..." Augusta finally gets outside alone....... "What do I get Edmund? The look on CC Capwell's face alone when he sees his wife cavorting around with you is entirely TOO delicious to pass up.."
(EXT: The Lair)
---Brandon orders a round of drinks for Steve, Rafe, Samantha, and Chip, who just arrived. Steve asks Brandon about his heritage, saying his last name is Capwell and asks if he's related to Samantha and Adriana.
"Actually, the Capwell in my name comes from my step-mom, who was Gina Capwell at the time."
"Lily's mom- I saw her in here with her last week- kind of a looker for an older lady......So you're Lily's brother..."
"Not really. My mother is Santana Andrade and my dad was Channing Capwell III...."
"Oh. So you are a Capwell then...."
"It's a little more complicated than that...." Samantha interrupts.
"Put it this way- there's no Capwell blood running through my veins, yet my father's blood is on their hands. Probably why they gave me his entire estate as a consolation prize. Not, of course, until I turned twenty five. I guess you could say, thanks to them, this place is back open and you guys are gettin a free round of drinks..."
Steve smiles, not about to argue with him. He looks up and sees Adriana approaching the group. He calls her over and she greets everyone. Rafe asks how Eden is doing and she tells him she's doing as well as can be expected. Samantha asks if she's chilled out any and she nods that she has. Brandon says that she was close with his dad and hopes that she feels better soon. He excuses himself from the group.
"That was strange..." Adriana says.
"What?" Steve asks
"Brandon bringing up Channing like that.....He's been dead for years, since before either of us were born."
"He died before Brandon was even born?"
"While Santana was pregnant," Samantha interrupts, "He was actually talking about him before you got here A. It was pretty weird- he said the Capwells have his father's blood on their hands, or something to that effect. I know we haven't seen him in years, but I don't ever remember him talking like that when we were kids."
"Honestly, I didn't think he knew about it. When I found out by accident, one of the first things my mom told me was not to say anything to Brandon about it...."
"So his dad wasn't really a Capwell but your grandfather left him Channing's chunk of the Capwell money?"
"He didn't find out that Channing wasn't his son until many years after his death. He still looks at him as such and wanted very much to be a part of Brandon's life and for Brandon to have everything that Channing was to have..."
"Interesting..." Steve says.
He looks at Brandon behind the bar as a waitress hands the group another round of shots. They all toast and Steve continues to watch Brandon, who raises his shot glass and takes his shot.
(EXT: Cruz & Eden's Beach House)
---Eden sits on the couch, looking through her wedding album. Her eyes well up with tears as she looks at all of the pictures of she and Cruz through the years leading up to their wedding. She remembers back to their many happy times together. First she thinks back to dancing with him at Joe & Kelly's wedding, then him finding her in the bath tub at the cabin. She remembers him rescuing her in Aqualand and finally reuniting with him on the beach. She fondly recalls returning home from being presumed dead and swimming to him in the cave. She finally remembers their wedding and the vows they took. The camera fades back in to Eden, looking at the photo album and crying.
"I don't know how I'm gonna do this Cruz......You were always the strong one...you could handle this or at least show me how to handle it, but I'm so lost without you.......Give me the strength please to go on, for our daughter and our son...."
She hears a knock at the door and a look of wonder comes over her face. She opens the door and sees Carm and Rafael standing on the other side.
"We're sorry to show up like this, dear" Carm says, looking at their suitcases, "I didn't want to be presumptuous, but I thought we could help out around the house for a little while, until you get on your feet again. With your mom gone and now Cruz..."
Eden puts her arms around Carm and sobs. "Thank you....thank you......Of course I want you here, both of you..."
Rafael puts his arm around Eden as well as she looks up into the air and lips the words "Thank You Cruz"
THE END...............for TODAY