Decisions are contemplated in Springfield...
Clarissa sits on the floor with Baby Adam.
She keeps looking at the time on her phone.
She has knots in her stomach.
She hears footsteps coming towards her door.
Clarissa sits still.
The door opens and Rafe walks in.
She looks up, "Hey."
He nods, "Hey."
Rafe looks around.
Clarissa's stuff is packed up on one side with Adam's boxes by the door.
Rafe nods, "So today's the day?"
She nods, "Yep."
He walks over and looks around the room.
She sighs, "I know you're upset."
Rafe doesn't respond.
She sighs, "Rafe please say something."
He nods, "I guess I"ll have this place back for partying or whatever. I don't know. I don't even know what to do with it."
Clarissa stares, "Please talk about it."
He stares, "What am I supposed to say?"
She shakes her head, "I don't know. Maybe you could just look at things from my perspective and try to understand what I'm going through."
He sighs, "You don't think I have?"
She looks down.
He shakes his head, "No. I know what you want. You want me to come in and smile and tell you that you're doing the right thing and I am okay. I can't do that. Because I don't think that you are doing the right thing."
Clarissa stares at Rafe.
The Lewis family sits in the living room.
Josh sits on the couch.
He has been coughing so Reva brings him a glass of water.
Ava and Shayne sit across from him.
Marah stares out the window.
Ava sighs, "I cannot believe that this whole time it was Annie. Annie was the one who had me kidnapped and made our lives a complete hell."
Shayne looks down, "I know she used to be really messed up. But she worked so hard to bounce back and redeem herself. I really thought she had changed."
Josh sighs, "We all had. Most of us."
Reva looks away.
Josh nods, "It was my mistake. I let Annie back into my life and in that sense I let her into all of our lives. I should have listened to your mother. I'm sorry."
Reva shakes her head, "Don't Joshua. Don't let Annie ruin your trust in people. It's one of your greatest qualities it's what... we all love about you."
Josh looks over at Marah, "Are you okay?"
Marah looks over at him, "Yes. Why wouldn't I be?"
Josh sighs, "Darlin' it was no secret that you and Annie had become close. To find out she was keeping this from you must be upsetting. To know now what she is capable of. She hurt your brother and Ava very much."
Marah nods, "I know."
Reva looks at her, "I don't want you feeling like you are responsible."
Marah shakes her head.
Shayne looks over, "No one blames you Marah."
Ava stands up, "I know we had our problems before... but I know you wouldn't do that to me. You're not Annie. You're Marah. You're not a kidnapper."
Marah turns away, "I need to use the bathroom."
Marah walks away.
Harley and Gus sit next to each other.
Harley shakes her head, "Annie Dutton. It makes no sense and yet it make perfect sense all at the same time. She should have been the number one suspect in the first place."
Gus looks at her, "Well given the history I've read on the woman it's not surprising. But the Annie I met here seemed to be a decent person. She was working at Lewis, becoming a regular member of their family. Now she's back to being a drunken crazy... whatever you want to call it. I don't know."
Harley sighs, "I've known that woman for a long time. It's crazy how much history repeats itself sometimes. But then again who am I to talk?"
He looks at her, "What you mean?"
She nods, "I just broke up with Phillip for the second time."
He nods, "Well yeah. But it was more of a closure thing. If you hadn't got back together with him then you two wouldn't be able to be friends now. And let me tell you, with all of Zach's drama right now he could certainly use that."
She sighs, "I guess you're right. But don't expect me to be calling up Alan Michael anytime soon."
Gus nods, "I'm gonna hold you to that."
She stares, "How about you? You need any closure with Natalia?"
He shakes his head, "Natalia will always be one of my best friends. But she is in love with my Dad. Which still makes no sense to me. But he's a better person when he's with her."
Harley shakes her head, "I guess it took Alan that long to find his soul mate."
Gus looks at her, "You still believe in soul mates?"
Harley nods, "Well I don't know. I mean while it's nice to think there is someone out there for everyone... I believe in making a relationship work and putting effort into it."
He nods, "That make sense."
She stares, "But marriage... I'm out of that none sense."
He looks at her, "What you do mean?"
She sighs, "I don't know. I've done it four times. I feel like most of my relationships were only complicated by marriage. Besides you can still have a long lasting love filled relationship with someone without having to go through the legal stuff. It's just paper right?"
Gus laughs, "We certainly deal with enough paperwork."
She laughs, "Right. Besides who would want to marry me anyway?"
He stares, "I'm sure there is someone."
Gus and Harley stare at each other.
J is reading over files.
Colin walks up to him, "Hello Dr. Chamberlain."
He looks up, "Dr. McCabe. How are you?"
He sighs, "Just getting filled in on all the new Cedars gossip from the interns."
J laughs, "I swear if it wasn't for Grey's Anatomy half of those people wouldn't even be in the medical field right now. Who is sleeping with whom this week?"
Colin looks at him, "You and Dr. Bauer."
J pauses, "Well Rick seems like a nice guy. But I'm not coming between him and his wife. Mel puts up a nice front but I bet she could beat some ass."
Colin nods, "The word is that you've been spending your lunch breaks with Michelle."
J shakes his head, "One lunch break. We went to Company."
Colin nods, "Who am I to judge? I fell for a patient a few years ago."
J nods, "That's more controversial."
Colin nods, "I agree. But less juicy for the interns to talk about. They want a couple to root for in this hospital. And you two are perfect for it."
J laughs, "People are ridiculous."
Colin nods, "I agree. But then again I just spent the last 15 minutes being updated on the "Jichelle" front. So I'm a little bias I suppose."
J stares at Colin.
Outside in the hallways.
Michelle is walking by the interns.
They all stare at her.
One of them walks up to her.
She smiles, "Hi, Dr. Bauer."
Michelle looks at her, "Hey."
The intern nods, "I'm Heather. I just wanted to say that your hair looks awesome lately."
Michelle stares, "Uh... thank you. Heather."
Heather nods, "I mean it's really difficult being a doctor and trying to look presentable. But I guess if I had a hot boyfriend like Dr. Chamberlain then I would be dressing up too."
Michelle stares, "What?"
Heather nods, "You two are like the cutest couple in the hospital."
A very confused Michelle stares.
Bauer Garage Apartment:
Johnny sits with Ashlee in her room.
Ashlee looks at him, "It's amazing the work you'll be doing over there."
Johnny nods, "It's really fulfilling."
There is a knock at the door.
Ashlee looks over, "Come in."
Roxie walks in, "Hey. Sorry I'm late."
Johnny nods, "It's okay, I was just filling Ashlee in on the work I would be doing. She is being very supportive of it."
Roxie stares, "Really?"
Ashlee nods, "How could I not be? I mean he is really saving people over there."
Roxie sighs, "I suppose."
Ashlee looks at her, "Don't be such a wet blanket."
Roxie scoffs, "I'm not."
Johnny nods, "There are so many people around the world who need help. And if I'm able to do that the I feel selfish not going over to do something."
Roxie walks over, "I guess you're right."
He nods, "There are so many places where they are dying of thirst. Here you can't even imagine that happening. If you're that thirsty just walk to the nearest water fountain."
Ashlee stares, "We have water parks! We have so much water that we can play in it. And there are children who are dying of thirst out there."
Roxie stares, "Well you don't need to be a doctor to give people water. I could give people water, I do that all day at work. It's just people around here usually want a little alcohol."
Johnny nods, "There are a lot of people there who are not doctors. But they do need them there. And I really have fallen in love with the work."
Roxie stares, "That's amazing."
Johnny hugs Ashlee.
Roxie stares at them.
RJ sits on the couch.
Belinda is next to him.
He sighs, "So what did you want to talk about?"
She sighs, "Well I thought maybe you would want this."
She hands him a notebook.
He looks at it, "What is it?"
She nods, "If you open it, you'll see a list. A list of guys."
RJ shakes his head, "So?"
She nods, "After our argument I realized that you wanted to know this. So I wrote down every guy that I have ever done anything with."
RJ scoffs, "You think I want this? You think I give a crap about your past?"
She sighs, "You kept a secret about your past!"
He shakes his head, "No. I thought we were not talking about our past because it has nothing to do with us now. Are you that insecure about my first time being with Marti Lewis?"
Belinda looks down, "No."
RJ holds the notebook, "I'm not looking at this."
He sits it next to Belinda's bag.
Belinda nods, "Okay."
RJ holds her hand, "I love you. I don't care about your past and I wish you wouldn't care about mine."
She sighs, "That's fair."
He kisses her.
The two stare at each other.
Zach and Marti walk up.
Zach nods, "It must be girlfriends week for us pledges huh?"
Marti and Zach hold hands behind her.
Marti grins, "What's up?"
Belinda leers at her.
Gus and Harley are still doing work.
He looks over at her, "So you put much thought into where you were spending Thanksgiving? You have Angela this year."
Harley sighs, "Uh... that's a tough one right now actually. Most of my family is MIA. Rocky and Coop have made other plans. Susan wants to spend the holidays with Dylan and Bridget now that they are back in town which I am fine with. And Jude will be over at his Dad's house and I cannot go there because Zach is most likely not welcome in the house. So I'm low on options."
Gus stares, "Oh. Well I might be totally out of my mind for suggesting this. But have you considered a big over the top Thanksgiving dinner at the Spaulding Mansion?"
Harley laughs, "Believe it or not I have considered it."
Gus nods, "And?"
She looks at him, "Will you be there?"
He nods, "Yep. Rafe and Natalia are going to be there. I don't get to see a lot of my son so I will be doing that."
Harley nods, "I'm assuming we'll be waited on."
Gus nods, "Unfortunately the Spauldings wouldn't have it any other way."
She sighs, "I get so uncomfortable with that. Especially now that Zach has grown accustom to people treating him like he is Springfield royalty."
Gus looks at her, "Sounds like our boy needs to be taken down a peg."
Harley sighs, "But he is a Spaulding. And so is Angela. So I will suck it up and drag myself right up to the gates of the Spaulding Mansion."
Gus grins, "Good. It'll be good to see a friend there."
Harley nods, "Well Natalia will be there so at least I know we'll be saying grace."
Gus laughs, "She would raise a stink if we didn't."
Harley sits back, "Plus I don't have to worry about people judging Zach. If anything the Spauldings will fill his head with crap about how he is innocent in everything he does. It's hard to feel bad for him but I hate that Jude and Zach aren't talking."
Gus sighs, "I know. But believe me, brothers will eventually get a long. Alan Michael left on good terms with Phillip and I. Heck I'm not even annoyed by Phillip anymore."
She laughs, "Good. Neither am I."
Gus smiles, "See you at Thanksgiving?"
She nods, "See you there."
The two smile at each other.
Marah stands in the bathroom.
She looks in the mirror.
Sometimes she doesn't know who she sees anymore.
Marah walks out of the bathroom.
She looks at the hallways where she used to play with her brother.
Marah remembers a time when she was innocent.
Out in the living room.
Josh keeps coughing.
Reva rubs his back, "You okay?"
Josh nods, "I'm fine."
Shayne sighs, "I hate seeing you like this."
Josh nods, "I know Son."
Ava sighs, "I am so sorry. I know this stupid case is probably adding stress on everyone's lives. I never wanted that to happen to you guys."
Reva shakes her head, "No, Ava."
Ava nods, "You guys didn't have to forgive me just because I was kidnapped. I broke Shayne's heart. And I know it'll be a while before anyone trusts me again. But I do care about this family. I know there was bad feelings after what happened with Bill and my son. But I know now that I wasn't ready to be a mother then. And I'm glad I have Shayne in my life now."
Josh nods, "You are the mother of HB4. You are the love of my son's life. You are a part of this family Ava. We are all going to get through this together."
Reva smiles, "Trust me there is no way out at this point Ava."
Ava smiles, "I hope not."
Josh grins, "I hope you all are here for Thanksgiving. Because we all are Lewises and this Thanksgiving will be important. It's been a big year."
Ava holds Shayne's hand, "We'll be here."
Marah walks in, "So will I. I was... hoping in light of recent events that Edmund would be welcome to join us."
Reva stares at Marah.
Josh nods, "Of course. Edmund is Ava's father and he is special to you. If you both agree then you can invite him to our family's holiday."
Marah looks at Ava.
Michelle stares at the intern Heather.
Michelle shakes her head, "I'm really confused right now."
Heather nods, "You and Dr. Sexy are like the talk of the hospital. I'm surprised people aren't stalking you on your little lunch dates."
She laughs, "We've been on one lunch date."
Heather smiles, "Okay one date."
Michelle shakes her head, "No. No. It wasn't a date. You're confusing me."
She shakes her head, "How?"
Michelle sighs, "I'm not in a relationship with anyone. I'm not dating. And if I were it wouldn't be with someone like J. He's not my type."
Heather shakes her head, "Are you a lesbian?"
Michelle scoffs, "Are you kidding me?"
Heather nods, "He is sexy, charming, funny, smart. He even has a hot name, Dr. J Chamberlain. What is not to like about the man? Please tell me."
Michelle is trying to think of something to say.
Across the hospital J is with Colin.
J looks at him, "People have crazy imaginations around here.
Colin nods, "Come on, people just want something to talk about."
J sighs, "Imagine what they would say if they new about our past."
Colin laughs, "Whoa. Wait, there is a past? Fill me in."
J nods, "When we were young, like really young, we had a little romance. The whole 'falling in love' crap that kids fall for. But our parents wouldn't have that."
Colin nods, "Ah. Romeo and Juliet?"
J shakes his head, "Not quite. Michelle's mother was Maureen Reardon Bauer. My mother is Nola Reardon Chamberlain. They are sisters."
Colin stares, "Doesn't that make you two cousins?"
J shakes his head, "Maureen was Michelle's adopted mother. So technically we are adopted cousins."
Colin looks at him, "Huh, weird."
J laughs, "It's not weird. This is Springfield anyway, stranger pairing have happened."
Colin looks at him, "But it doesn't matter because you don't have feelings for her. Right?"
J stares, "Shut up."
The two doctors walk down the hall.
Bauer Garage Apartment:
Ashlee, Johnny and Roxie all sit together.
Ashlee looks at him, "So when do you leave?"
He nods, "I got it postponed to Thanksgiving, at the end of the day. I wanted to spend one more holiday with everyone before I leave."
Ashlee smiles, "Perfect."
Johnny sighs, "There are so many people who are going to benefit."
Ashlee is looking through some of the information.
Roxie is as well.
Johnny sighs, "Needless to say I'm anxious to get there and help people. I mean there are people there who could easily be saved if people would just give the time."
Roxie looks at him, "Wow."
Johnny and Ashlee look at her.
Roxie shakes her head, "You're unbelievable."
Ashlee stares, "What?"
Roxie sighs, "You ripped me away from my child all those years ago. And I spent all that time hating you and wishing your life hell. All of the love I felt for you was turned into hate. And this is what you were doing the whole time. Turning your pain into something amazing."
Johnny nods, "I didn't know what else to do."
Roxie nods, "You're a better person than I am."
Johnny shakes his head, "I don't know about that."
Roxie sighs, "I want to be someone Ashlee can be proud of. Heck, I want to be someone I can be proud of."
Ashlee stares, "What are you talking about?"
Roxie looks at Johnny, "Take me with you."
Johnny shakes his head, "What?"
Roxie nods, "You heard me. Take me with you. I want to help too."
Johnny and Ashlee stare at Roxie.
Marti and Zach look at RJ and Belinda.
Belinda turns away, "I'm not even in the mood right now."
Marti nods, "We just said 'hi'."
RJ looks at them, "Hey."
Zach nods, "You going to the party this weekend? Supposed to be our little break before our very first hell week begins."
RJ sighs, "Uh... I don't know."
Marti looks at Belinda, "You two busy?"
Belinda turns to her, "Are you trying to start something little girl?"
Zach looks at them, "What am I missing?"
RJ looks over at him, "Apparently our two girlfriends are enemies now."
Zach nods, "Oh. Just like with my last girlfriend."
Marti grins, "I guess you better be careful then Zach. It's hard to find a girl that can get a long with Belinda Marler. I wonder why."
Belinda stands up, "I warned you. Didn't I? I told you that if you messed with me, that you would be sorry. Don't test me on that one."
Marti looks at her, "I'm not afraid of you Belinda."
Belinda nods, "Oh you should be."
Marti grins, "The only thing I'm worried about is that if I stand to close to you I'll get herpes. It's like sitting on a dirty toilet seat."
Belinda shoves Marti.
Marti falls back into Zach.
RJ gets up, "Okay let's go."
He grabs Belinda's purse.
He walks her out of the room.
Zach helps Marti up.
Marti shakes her head, "I hate her!"
Zach sighs, "I'll get your stuff, okay."
Zach walks out of the room.
Marti looks down.
She sees the notebook that Belinda left behind.
Marti picks it up.
Clarissa is still on the floor with Adam.
She still keeps looking at the time.
Rafe is across the room looking at her.
He sighs, "When are they supposed to get here?"
Clarissa nods, "Soon."
Rafe stares, "Where are your parents?"
Clarissa shakes her head, "I asked them to let me do this on my own. They are reluctantly respecting my wishes. This is what I wanted."
He stares, "You wanted to do this alone?"
Clarissa nods, "I need to do this on my own."
Rafe looks at her, "If you could accept help from anyone, maybe you wouldn't be doing this right now."
She looks at him, "I've accepted too much help from you Rafe. I've been living in your suite. Letting you pay for everything. I've had it too easy and I still couldn't handle being a mother."
Rafe looks at her, "You don't think you're ever going to regret this? One day when you are older and you know Adam is starting school."
Clarissa sighs, "Maybe. But it's not about me."
He shakes his head, "My Mom had me young. Younger than you. But she kept me. She raised me and sacrificed for me. And that made me the man I am today."
Clarissa nods, "I know that. I wish I was like your Mom. But I'm not. If everyone was able to do that then it wouldn't be so special would it?"
Rafe turns away.
She looks down at Adam, "I love you little guy."
Adam looks up at her.
She sighs, "After today you won't be seeing as much of me. You'll be seeing more of Bridget and Dylan. You love them. You always smile when you're with them. I always tried to get you to smile."
Rafe can't turn around and look at them.
Clarissa has tears in her eyes, "You're going to be really happy. You know that? You're going to be so happy. At least one of us deserves to be happy."
Clarissa looks at her baby boy.
Clarissa says goodbye to Adam!
Marah visits Annie in jail
Ava misses her son
Michelle has a proposal for J
Marti gets upsetting news
Roxie is sure of her decision