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On 4/13/2021 at 12:48 PM, BoldRestless said:

Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but this Brooks sister triangle sounds so tedious! The one recurring theme in all the recaps I've read is no one is ever direct about their feelings and just says what they want. I know it's a soap but it drags on this way for years. There doesn't seem to be much action, just endless talking. And Chris is awfully dopey to just trust Nancy's word that it's not Ron making the calls considering all the other times she gave him the benefit of the doubt and was wrong. 

 

It's in stark contrast to the excitement of the Chancellor/Foster story, but maybe that's just my bias because those are the characters I grew up with.

 

JMHO, as someone who watched it all live, but I found the Brooks sisters' rivalries to be riveting when Janice Lynde played Leslie. Not so much when Victoria Mallory took over the role, because then the competition became unbalanced: Lorie was still fascinating but Leslie was colorless.

 

I also felt Trish Stewart was exceptionally gifted as Chris, and thanks to her talent, she could make anything work.

 

To me, 1973-78 were the most engrossing years of this show.

On 4/13/2021 at 9:56 PM, yrfan1983 said:

This time frame seems slightly more compelling, picturing Janice Lynde in the role of Leslie instead of Victoria Mallory. Though I think I’ve read comments from Janice that these types of stories are what motivated her to quit the show...

 

Loved this sentence! “Lorie realized Vanessa is in love with her son” whaaaa

 

Lynde said she quit the show? That's interesting. Y&R issued a statement at the time saying that "for reasons too complicated to go into," they did not renew her contract. Later, when asked about it in an interview, Lynde declined to discuss the specifics of her departure.

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2 hours ago, vetsoapfan said:

 

JMHO, as someone who watched it all live, but I found the Brooks sisters' rivalries to be riveting when Janice Lynde played Leslie. Not so much when Victoria Mallory took over the role, because then the competition became unbalanced: Lorie was still fascinating but Leslie was colorless.

 

I also felt Trish Stewart was exceptionally gifted as Chris, and thanks to her talent, she could make anything work.

 

To me, 1973-78 were the most engrossing years of this show.

 

Lynde said she quit the show? That's interesting. Y&R issued a statement at the time saying that "for reasons too complicated to go into," they did not renew her contract. Later, when asked about it in an interview, Lynde declined to discuss the specifics of her departure.

I had heard Conboy was convinced Lynde was grand standing during contract negotiation time by faking a back problem. Then because she had publicly talked about being unhappy with the show, Conboy was like if you don't want to be here go and she did. So I guess maybe it was more mutual but Conboy was ready to give her the pink slip anyway. 

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If it was Conboy's decision to show Lynde the door, I wonder how Bill Bell felt about that ? They said Bell would call Conboy in the control booth when he saw something he did not like and blast him. I wonder if they had an argument over this ? Conboy later tried to get CBS executives to remove Bell from his own show in the early 80's. 

 

Bell was pretty much over the Leslie character when Mallory took over. He focused more on Lorie. He also seemed to do the same with the Chris character when Trish Stewart departed. He never really knew what to do with Peggy. 

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12 hours ago, SoapDope said:

If it was Conboy's decision to show Lynde the door, I wonder how Bill Bell felt about that ? They said Bell would call Conboy in the control booth when he saw something he did not like and blast him. I wonder if they had an argument over this ? Conboy later tried to get CBS executives to remove Bell from his own show in the early 80's. 

 

Bell was pretty much over the Leslie character when Mallory took over. He focused more on Lorie. He also seemed to do the same with the Chris character when Trish Stewart departed. He never really knew what to do with Peggy. 

It's hard to know. Bell must have had some agency here, but maybe he stayed out of hiring and firing. I honestly feel like Lynde would have left anyway. She did not seem happy and was even less happy that her schedule was so full that she could no longer be let out to do other things as often as she used to. Possibly Conboy talked it over with Bell, but made it seem more Janice's idea than his? 

 

I agree he had a lot less interest in Leslie when Janice left and she became almost a plot device to keep Lorie in the throws of drama. 

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In hindsight, Bill could have given Leslie and Brad a happy ending and written them both off (considering Tom Hallick departed a little later also) 

Then have Lorie go full steam with Lance.Vanessa and later Lucas.

If he wanted, a recast Leslie could have returned (divorced/widowed) and been tossed into that story.Or maybe, Janice might have agreed to return.

If it was a recast it might have been more palatable to have some distance between Lynde's portrayal and the new Leslie.

Considering that they were dealing with a new Snapper and a new Greg, just dropping Les for a while could have been a good move.

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And finally a 2nd year is complete ! 1975 and 1976 ! Should I get into 1977 ?

 

DECEMBER 1976

 

All My Children

 

Written by: Agnes Nixon

Produced by: Bud Kloss

 

As Ruth Martin was packing to move back home from the apartment she had shared with her son Philip during her separation from her husband Joe and the rest of the Martin family, she admired the uniform Philip was wearing in preparation for his graduation from the Police Academy later that day. Philip's happiness at having found a career which he loved and his plans to marry Tara in the holiday season was tempered by having to tell Ruth that little Philip wasn't too excited about having Phil live with him and his mother. He told Ruth that he felt his own son was turning against him. - Philip Brent had always been "Uncle Phil" to little Philip. When Phil was missing and presumed dead in Vietnam, Tara Martin, pregnant with Philip's child, married Chuck Tyler, Phil's best friend, who offered to raise the child as his own and had done so for all the years of the boy's life. After Phil's marriage to Erica Kane Brent broke up, Chuck learned that Tara and Phil had resumed their love affair. He obtained a divorce, but because little Philip's acute asthmatic attacks were judged to be psychosomatic in origin, obtained Tara and Philip's promise that he not be told the full story of his parentage as he was having difficulty adjusting to the breakup and should not be subjected to further stress. - In the days that followed, little Philip walked out of the house to stay at the home of a friend when he saw his mother kissing Phil: spent Christmas Eve with Kate Martin; insisted to his mother that he wanted to stay, during her honeymoon trip, with his "daddy" Chuck; and refused to consider buying a Christmas present for his uncle Phil.

 

Chuck Tyler’s ward, Donna Beck, was enjoying her first Christmas with a sense of family. When she was turned down for a job at the local five and ten cent store because the manager recognized her, Donna despaired to the extent of considering returning to Center City with her friend Estelle to take up where she'd left off as a hustler with the man who replaced Ty – jailed, after his attack on Chuck - as her pimp. Time, and the concern of her new friends brought her out of it, and Donna impulsively invited Dr. Frank Grant to dinner and tree decorating on Christmas Eve.

 

Caroline Murry, Donna’s roommate had just turned thumbs down on Frank's proposal to share a holiday meal, but she told Donna afterwards that she was glad that Frank accepted Donna's invitation. - At the urging of Chuck Tyler and Caroline, Frank flew to Chicago to see his estranged wife. Arriving without notice he was answered at Nancy's apartment by a man who told him that he was a co-worker and friend of his wife's and as Nancy had to work overtime she had given him her keys to await her arrival as they planned to have dinner together. Frank refused to wait to see Nancy and returned to Pine Valley. He told Chuck and Caroline that he was convinced that the man he saw was Nancy's lover and even if that was not true he considered his marriage over. Frank told Caroline that he did not even really feel jealous. He said he was relieved not to have to worry about his feelings toward Caroline and tried to convince her this meant they could feel free to enjoy as much time together as they could. - When Frank arrived with presents for Donna and Caroline, he told Caroline that the bottom line was that he and Nancy were through; that he had had a letter from Nancy in which she admitted dating that guy.

 

Jeff Martin arrived home for Christmas and, at Kate and Joe's urging, agreed to spend the holidays at the Martin home rather than returning to the apartment he shared with his wife before her death.

 

David Thornton had overheard Dr. Christina Karras talking aloud in her office, though she was obviously alone. He would not be put off by her and insisted that she was troubled and if she would not share her distress with him as an old friend that she should seek some kind of help and counseling. Christina replied that she kept his secret that he was an accomplished surgeon though working as a hospital aide and insisted that he return the favor by not mentioning the episode to anyone. When once more David urged Christina to speak with a psychiatrist or a minister about what was troubling her she told him: “David, for the last time, if you value my friendship let's leave this alone.” David's answer was a definite no. He added that he was sorry but that he cared too much about her to promise. David told Dr. Charles Tyler that he was having trouble adjusting to his new career as a surgeon at Pine Valley hospital and asked for a six week leave of absence, telling Charles that he planned to go to San Francisco - where he knew Christina and her late father, a reknowned surgeon.-

 

Dr. Karras had sent for Paul Martin and told him that she was considering removing herself as pediatrician to his beautiful brain-damaged infant daughter because she believed that his wife Anne would eventually seek another doctor as she disagreed with Christina's evaluation and advice. Paul urged her to stay on the case as Anne had great respect for her. After hearing that Anne had refused Kate's offer to baby-sit with her granddaughter and did not plan to attend Tara and Phil's wedding because she refused even to trust Beth to a trained nurse, Christina offered to sit with the child herself for the occasion and Anne gratefully accepted.

 

Meantime, Beth’s maternal grand-mother Phoebe Tyler was thrown into a panic on hearing from Erica that Kitty was showing the picture of her mother to all and sundry and Kate Martin seemed to be next. - The photograph was of Myrtle Lum, a woman hired by Phoebe to impersonate Mrs. Carpenter, the mother who abandoned Kitty as a child. As she was about to be exposed as a fraud by Mona Kane, Mrs. Lum professed a genuine love for Kitty and promised to disappear from Kitty's life if allowed to without causing her further heartache. As Kitty believed her mother to have a weak heart she was easily led to believe that her mother died of natural causes, happy at having spent her last days with Kitty. Threatened with exposure as the originator of the plot to separate Kitty and her son Lincoln, Phoebe Tyler had to allow the "death" of her creation. - In desperation Phoebe went to Kitty's and took the picture away with her frame and all, only to find the following day when confronted with an accusing and angry Mona who threatened to call the police, that the picture was missing from the frame.

 

This las tcomplication was too much for Mona who confessed her part in the deception to Charles. Dr. Tyler was stunned by Phoebe's deviousness but insisted that he did not blame Mona as she did what she could to spare Kitty further pain. All were unaware that Phoebe's niece Brooke English, having taken the picture out of its frame for a closer look, inadvertantly closed it into an English book which she subsequently returned to Dan Kennicott, a guest in Kate Martin's house.

 

Nick Davis fired Erica as hostess of the Chateau when she left for the day without notice to look for a modelling job in New York, forcing him to miss the ceremonies of his son Philip's graduation. When Erica learned that she was the subject of gossip and resentment in modelling circles and couldn’t count on steady employment she returned to Pine Valley. Erica offered to run the Boutique for Anne, but Kitty, her marriage plans to Linc shelved for the time being, had just been given the position and Anne made it clear to Erica that she had no intention of making any other arrangements. Mona finally prevailed upon Nick for the sake of their friendship and out of consideration of Erica's competence for the job to rehire her.

 

Nick was annoyed and, in turn, amused by Erica's pretense to Philip that she had taken back her job as a favor to Nick but when Erica sobbed in rage and frustration that she hated the holidays, Nick held her and told her he understood that she was a child crying out for the Christmases she never had.

 

Phoebe Tyler ranted at Chuck when she heard he intended to wish Phil well on his wedding day, that Phil stole her grandson's wife and drove his son into a terrible illness. She predicted that any marriage founded on a broken home was doomed to fail. After seeing Philip, Chuck got a call from a frantic Tara who told him that she and Joe found little Philip's skateboard deliberately smashed - with a hatchet - and the boy was missing.

 

Chuck rushed over to Tara's where Philip had called the police and while Chuck and Phil searched, Tara got a call from Brooke English, the boy turned up at the Tyler mansion. Once again Phil had to take a back seat as Chuck and Tara went over together to pick up the boy.

 

Little Philip insisted that he didn't run away, just came to see his daddy. Tara told him that he had no right to be out in the cold and it heavy traffic. The boy admitted deliberately smashing the skateboard, saying he asked for one for Christmas but not that one. When he was told to get dressed for the wedding, he said he was not going. Tara, upset, said, "If you don't go to the wedding, there can't be any wedding.' The boy's answer to that was, "Then don't have wedding."

 

Tara agreed with Philip and her father that it was unwise to consider postponing the wedding and allowing little Philip to exert this kind of pressure on her. She and Phil went ahead with the ceremony as planned. As Philip an Tara took their vows, Anne was conscious ofcon ceiling cries from Beth in her head and left the chapel. Paul followed her. She told him she had to leave … she felt strongly that the baby was in danger and asked if he was coming or if she had drive herself. She rushed out of the church followed by Paul.

 

Another World

 

Written by: Harding Lemay

Produced by: Paul Rauch

 

Complications were collecting fast in the infinite divorce proceedings between John and Pat Randolph. The latest restraint was Olive Gordon. This unscrupulous, money-hungry woman stopped at nothing when she had got greed on her mind. - She arrived in Bay City paid by Willis Frame to break up the romance between her estranged husband Ray and Alice Frame. The plot fell through, Willis was fired and had subsequently turned over a new leaf on life, but Olive remained a menace to all who came in contact with her. She was hired by John and he was blindly falling into her trap. - Pat's aunt, Liz Matthews had promoted a Randolph reconciliation and read Olive for what she was. Olive hid nothing when Liz suggested Olive was in pursuit of John, promising to fight harder for a brighter future in Bay City. Although her intentions were for the betterment of the family, Liz's unthoughtful and tactless interference kept her relatives in a constant turmoil. Since Jim Matthews ordered her from his house, Liz moved in on Pat. Cherishing her privacy, Pat finally insisted on Liz's departure. Stalling to stay, Liz sidetracked Pat, mentioning John's growing relationship with Olive. Liz claimed the divorce action was throwing Olive right into John's arms.

 

Pat’s romance with Dave Gilchrist was on rocky ground also, as Pat couldn’t wholly free herself from John's clutches. With Liz's prompting, Pat had warned John of Olive's intentions and had even gone so far as to delay the divorce, her stand being she was protecting her children from Olive's influence. Dave found it unbelievable that Pat could allow herself to be so overprotective of two grown children. Michael Randolph had forewarned his father also, sensing Olive was taking John for a ride. John was defensive to his family's accusations but sensitive to Olive's phoney pleas for pity because of everyone's incriminations. Olive was delighted with John's support of her.

 

Having agreed on a divorce settlement with Ray, Olive had to honor the terms and depart to California to raise their two sons before the $50,000 payment was hers. Before she went, she saw Pat and left her shaken by her allusions to win John's affections. Willis prepared Pat for what Olive was capable of, revealing his connections with her and her attempt to blackmail him.

 

Alice, her adopted daughter Sally - who was also Ray's natural niece - and Ray celebrated the divorce with Jim and Beatrice - Sally's natural grandmother -. Their celebration was premature, however, as Olive arrived bearing gifts. - With plans of marriage to Ray, Alice had $50,000 of Frame Enterprise's money assigned to Ray to aid his divorce settlement. Her father advised her against it hoping she wouldn’t regret her action later on. –

 

While Pat and John had continued with their bitter separation, Michael had turned to Molly Ordway for affection. Molly's reputation in Bay City had been marred by her frequent flirtations with the boys she knew. She was the niece of Alice's late husband, hailing from a small town environment in Chadwell, and had been allowed to remain in Bay City living with Alice to receive a college education while babysitting Sally for Alice. Beatrice had intervened and called Molly's parents informing them of her lustful nature, mentioning the incident when Iris Carrington discovered Mike and Molly had spent the night together while Alice was out of town. - Iris' motives were to spread this damaging gossip around town to halt Molly's associa-ion with her son, Dennis. - Beatrice's phone call had upset all the Matthewses. Molly's father Bert had notified Alice and Molly that he wanted his daughter to return to Chadwell immediately. Before Alice could arrange this, Mike and Molly ran away. Pat was distressed from worry; John was furious that Pat hadn't told him - Liz did -; Marianne was disgusted that her brother was dominated by the likes of Molly: Alice was concerned over Molly and Mike's whereabouts; Sharlene and Willis wanted Molly safe and would take over their niece's custody; and Jim had admonished Beatrice for using Liz's rationale to interfere in people's lives. He relayed that her obsessive concern for Sally led her to do stupid things!

 

Since Mike and Molly's love jaunt, Sharlene arranged a meeting between Molly and Alice. To curb Alice's disappointment in her, Molly promised to behave herself. Shortly after, she and Mike were caught in the same situation in Marianne's apartment. Trapped by her father's orders, Molly wanted to leave Bay City, Mike wouldn’t let her go alone. They got as far as Ogden and stayed in a motel while Mike got a temporary construction job. They were both surprised by Willis' arrival, he had come to take them home, promising Molly he had convinced her father to let her remain in Bay City, under his and Sharlene's watchful eye.

 

Mike realized his mother was worried and took Willis' suggestion to call her. Pat, remorseful, couldn’t be happy unless her children were, and regretted putting herself first, causing Michael to do this with Molly.

 

While Willis gave Mike and Molly time to discuss their return to Bay City, they convinced each other that marriage was the only way to keep Molly in Bay City. Willis at first was reluctant, but then agreed to witness the ceremony. Angie Perrini joined them, catching the bridal bouquet from the happy bride.

 

Back in Bay City, Pat acceptsed the marriage with mixed emotions. She was upset at the abruptness of their decision but respected Mike's maturity and accepted Molly as his wife. John was not as calm. He reacted with violent anger, he would neither accept nor condone the marriage. Olive saw this as a perfect opportunity to tighten her reigns on John. She persuaded him to give his approval to Mike. He instantly agreed, offering to pay for Mike's education as a wedding gift and opening his home to Mike and Molly to live with him. Mike was hesitant at first, but accepted, agreeing to turn over a new leaf with his dad.

 

During a cozy celebration dinner between John, Olive and the newlyweds, Pat arrived and was stunned to see Olive quite a part of her family. Pat had surprised everyone concerned with her final decision to drop the divorce, especially Olive. Olive went to work from another angle then. She had told Ray, Jeff and even Alice, she would set Ray free if they coumd give her John's freedom from Pat in return! Their reaction: Ray was disgusted, Alice threatened to expose Olive if she got away with it, and Jeff might help only because his fee was in Olive's possession and she wouldn’t relinquish his share until she got what she wanted.

 

Dave tried once again to penetrate Pat's protective barrier of John, but failed. His thoughts on the subject he sumed up to Rachel "Pat is sacrificing herself to save St. John from the dragon lady." Marianne, with her aunt Liz's support, took her complaints about Mike and Molly to Pat. Pat warned Marianne she'd better give them a chance or she would lose her brother’s affections. Stubborn, Marianne wouldn’t do it, ignoring Molly every chance she got. Mike and Molly remained happy, planning to set out on their own with Mike working part-time for Alice, continuing his education and Molly taking care of Sally for Alice while living in her home.

 

Pat had confused everyone, not ever John could comprehend her motives for dropping the divorce suit. He questioned her reasons, and was furious that Olive was the underlying holdup to Pat. He replied that the children would give Olive fair shake even with Pat's disapproval of her Olive was fast moving in, overindulging John, Mike and Marianne and fooling all but Pat.

 

A new car as a wedding gift was accepted enthusiastically by Molly, who had always been impressed by material effects, but rejected by Mike. John finally convinced him to accept it as a joint gift from Olive and himself. Jeff Stone saw through Olive, warning her even John would become suspicious of her motives to snag him if she continued to be so blatant about how she did it.

 

Molly told Marianne as it was — she was a snob, wanted to run everyone's life and she was making herself miserable because of it.

 

Clarice Hobson had adjusted to motherhood well, combining a part-time job typing for John Randolph's law firm and being home to take care of her infant son Cory. Since Mac and Rachel's separation, she had had to postpone Cory's christening, as Mac, Cory's namesake, was out of town. Both attorneys, Jeff Stone and Scott Bradley had frequented the McGowan home where Clarice resided, befriending Clarice, although her only interest then seemed to be in raising her son.  Jeff had made his feelings for Clarice readily apparent by giving her his mother's necklace. Clarice was caught completely off guard by this gesture of affection.

 

Forced to choose, Rachel Cory had elected to forfeit her career in order to save he marriage. Put to the ultimate test, Mac followed through on his threat to leave Rachel if she accepted a college teaching job. Unable to exist without Rachel, Mac returned to hear Rachel's promise that she had relinquished her sculpting career so that she could devote her time fully to Mac. Mac, in a moment of haste, made love to Gwen Parish, the woman he recently hired as architect for the Cory complex. Before he would allow himself a homecoming, Mac confessed his affair to Rachel. He describes his adventure as a blind, destructive impulse that meant nothing to Gwen or himself. Mac felt he had betrayed himself as well as Rachel, and was sick at the thought of his deed. Rachel received this news with great anguish releasing her pain by hurling books furiously and smashing Mac's picture. Mac would wait at his suite at the Bayview Towers until Rachel could forgive him and accept him back.

 

Ken Palmer, Rachel’s tutor who had already confessed his love to her, convinced Rachel to return to her sculpture to rid her sorrow for the unresolved problems in her marriage.

 

Rachel confided in her mother, Ada McGowan. Ada was not shocked by Mac's infidelity. Rachel felt that her separation from her husband Mac was permanent. She was beginning to arrange her day and her budget around her own income. She had decided to let Beatrice go, and perhaps Brooks. She had been doing her own cooking and cleaning. Rocky would stay on as the stable-master. Beatrice was stunned at being dismissed. The effect it was having on her seemed rather eerie. She had been making noises about having all her grandchildren together. With Ray's children in California and Sally in Bay City, there seemed to be only one way to get them together—take Sally to California to see them. Beatrice booked a flight to California for one adult and one child under the name of Maxine Gardner. She was kidnapping Sally!

 

When Ray and Alice returned home and saw that Sally was missing, Alice was overwrought. It soon became apparent that Beatrice had abducted Sally. Against their better wishes, Ray and Alice realized that the police had to be called in. Ray hated to have the police and the FBI searching for his mother, but kidnapping was a crime, and all his efforts to locate Bea and Sally had resulted in dismal failure. The family tried to rally 'around Alice, but all the comforting in the world could only do minimal good. Sally too, missed her mother Alice, and didn’t understand why Beatrice didn’t want her to get in touch with either Ray or Alice. Sally wisely feigned illness to get Beatrice out of their motel room. She then called Alice and told her where she was. Ray and Alice were overjoyed to hear her voice again, and they all agreed that Beatrice should not be told that her whereabouts were no longer secret. Ray and Alice made plans to leave at once to get Sally and bring her back home where she belonged.

 

Willis went to Alice as soon as he heard what had happened and offered his help. Alice agreed to let him run the firm while she and Ray were so concerned about Sally. Everyone at Frame Enterprises found Willis' sudden attack of niceness extremely suspect, thus making it very hard for him to function.

 

By the time Ray and Alice arrived at Beatrice and Sally's motel room, Beatrice had already made the decision to return Sally to Alice. Beatrice realized that she was trying to use Sally as a replacement for her dead daughter Jenny. Too late, Beatrice realized her error. When Ray and Alice talked, they both agreed to forgive Beatrice. Beatrice, however, was reluctant to forgive herself. She didn’t want to return to Bay City. She was convinced that everyone would be against her.

 

Keith Morrison was furious when he learned from Mac that Iris had suggested that perhaps he shouldn't continue to live in the Cory house, as Mac had moved out. Iris had suggested that perhaps some not-so-nice things were going on between Keith and Rachel that could cause people to talk. Keith had really begun to care for Iris, but her latest maliciousness had turned him against her. He left Bay City to join his mother. He was uncertain as to whether or not he would return.

 

Rachel continued to say that she loves Mac, but is still unable to accept his adulterous acts with Gwen Parish. Every time Mac went to talk to Rachel and she rebuffed him, he went back to Gwen for another hop into the bed. He didn’t seem to be doing such a great job of proving to Rachel that he loved her. Ken Palmer was pleased that Rachel and Mac had split up, and wasted little time in vowing his love for her. Rachel, however, was not interested. As angry and as hurt as she had been by Mac, she maintained that she could love no other man. Little Cory was christened but Mac and Rachel spent the day apart.

 

Alice told her father Jim about Beatrice's return and about Olive linking her divorce from Ray, to John's divorce from Pat. Jim thought that John should be warned about Olive's plans and promised to talk to him. Before doing anything though, Jim wanted to talk to Beatrice. Since she wanted to leave Bay City, Ray had suggested that he get her a small house in California so that she could look after Ray and Olive’s sons.

 

Rachel's son, Jamie, had misconstrued her mother’s friendship with Dave Gilchrist. Jamie thought that Dave's visits to Rachel meant more than they did. He didn’t realize that Dave only saw Rachel because they were both apart from the people they loved. There was only friendship between Rachel and Dave, but Jamie had voiced his suspicions to Marianne. She was unaware of the rift between Pat and Dave, and was convinced that he was cheating on her mother. In one sense Marianne was pleased about the news because she didn’t want her mother with Dave anyway; but on the other hand, she didn’t want her mother hurt.

 

Molly went to see her sister-in-law Marianne in an effort to mend their fences, but Marianne refused to have any part of Molly. Marianne insisted that Molly had trapped Michael into a marriage that he would soon regret.

 

Iris was so upset about Keith leaving Bay City, that she took an unexpected trip out of town. Iris' son Dennis asked Mac to move into their house while Iris was gone and Mac agreed. Rachel's mother Ada went to Mac to plead with him to save his marriage. Ada suggested that while Mac was waiting for Rachel to make all the conces-sions, she might just find someone eke. Mac decided to try again with his wife in the hopes that she would take him back.

 

Many of the people who loved Mike and cared about his happiness with Molly were up in arms against Olive. News of her expensive gifts had reached those who knew her best, and everyone tried to warn Molly against Olive, but Molly would listen to no criticism of her new friend.

 

Beatrice had made her final break with Jim. She and Ray had gone to California. Ray was setling her in a house so she could take care of his sons. Alice was ansious for Ray to return home. She missed him very much.

 

Sharlene was over the moon when Russ was finally able to make love to his wife again. After trying to reconcile again with her brother Willis, Sharlene was hoping she would become pregnant.

 

As The World Turns

 

Written by: Robert Soderberg & Edith Sommer

Produced by: Joe Willmore

 

Donald Hughes and Grant Colman both realized that the animosity they felt for each other was ridiculous, but neither could put the past behind him. The Hughes family was upset that Donald had become involved with Joyce Colman, but Nancy was making a special effort to be nice to Joyce for Donald's sake. Lisa Colman, Grant’s wife, was also concerned about the relationship and decided to take things into her own hands by inviting Donald and Mary Ellison to dinner. Donald and Grant agreed to make a conscious effort to settle their problems at the office, and Donald thought that this prompted Lisa's dinner invitation. Nancy warned Lisa that she had better tell Donald that Mary was to be his dinner partner, but Lisa kept making excuses to herself not to. That evening Donald made it very dear to Grant that he would get his own dates without any help from them. Grant told Lisa that she might have endangered his new relationship with Donald because of her scheme.

 

Joyce asked Bob if they could have dinner after the hospital Christmas party. Bob said he thought she only asked these things to cause trouble between him and his brother Donald. Joyce explained that she would hope that Donald could join them.

 

Tom Hughes was very concerned about Carol Stallings as she had found out that her husband Jay had been unfaithful with Tom's ex-wife, Natalie, and asked him to move out. Tom was afraid that Carol would be able to see that he still loved her very much. Natalie didn’t make it easy for Carol or Jay. Carol went to see Dick Martin about filing for her divorce from Jay. Dick recommended a try at reconciliation, but Carol said this was not the first time he was unfaithful. Both times she was out of town he had an affair with Natalie. She said if Jay had been in love she could have understood, but he swore it meant nothing. Carol agreed to think it over, but said it wouldn't change her mind. Carol had gone back to work at the bookstore part-time and thought that she might make it a full-time job later.

 

Natalie inventie all sorts of reasons to see Jay just so she could be near him. Jay told her that he didn’t love her and asked her to resign her job at Kramer Real Estate and leave town. Natalie refused. Jay called Gar Kramer and asked him to fire her. He reminded Gar that he could take business from him if he refused. Natalie stomped into Jay's office, furious that he had tried to have her fired. She said that Gar couldn’t do without her then, but felt she should know what Jay had asked. Jay said that he had asked her to leave town himself, but had to take matters into his own hands when she refused because while she was in town, she ruined his chances of getting Carol back. Natalie said even if she lost her job she wouldn't leave town and he was just afraid he might succumb to her wiles, having to work with her so closely. Jay vowed that Gar Kramer would be sorry he didn't fire her. Natalie was shaking when she left Jay's office and ran into Joyce, who insisted she needed a cup of coffee and a friend. Joyce had figured out that Natalie was the other woman in Jay's life. Natalie admitted that she loved him desperately.

 

Jay visited Carol at the bookstore after he heard she had been to see Dick Martin. Carol said Dick made her wait and Jay said this would give them time to work things out. Carol said Jay should make no mistake about the fact that she was going to divorce him. Jay knew that his secretary, Laurie, was a good friend of Carol's and asked her to help him find an expensive Christmas gift for Carol. He was not sure what he wanted except that it should mean something special.

 

Tom Hughes and Annie Stewart had decided to let Dee Stewart and Beau Spencer think they were interested in each other so that Beau would not push himself on Annie. Dee had come to care very much for Beau, and Annie was afraid of her reaction should Beau jilt her. This worked very well until Tom became so concerned with Carol that Dee noticed Annie and Tom weren’t seeing each other very much. Annie had to tell her that they weren't serious and this got relayed to Beau. He confronted Annie with this, telling her that he realized that this was all a sham to keep him away. Annie admitted this and the fact that she was attracted to him, but it ended there because she would do nothing to hurt her sister. Beau agreed but said he didn’t have the same feeling for Dee that she had for him and he woumd start letting her down easily by only seeing her once a week. Annie became concerned when Beau seemed to disappear, causing Dee to mope around, not taking an interest in anything. Beau showed up and they had several dates in a row. Dee was full of plans for the holidays. She had three term papers to do, but she and Beau planned to see some movies, attend some parties and go skiing. She invited Annie along instead of spending the holidays with her nose stuck in a book.

 

When Beau’s family arranged for him to fly to Boston to spend the holidays with them, his only regret was that he wouldn’t be seeing Annie. She was mad because he broke his promise to stop seeing Dee, especially when she found that it was only an excuse to see her.

 

Dan Stewart and Valerie Conway had agreed to have a small wedding at Valerie's farmhouse on December 10th. Valerie had ordered simple flowers and food. She had taken Betsy and Emmy shopping for new dresses, but they ran into Susan Stewart, Emmy's mother and Dan's ex-wife, who became furious at the sight of Valerie with Emmy. Susan couldn’t stand the idea of Dan marrying Valerie. She had hopes of getting Dan back herself, but rather than see him marry Valerie, she threw him and Kim Dixon together again. Susan told Kim several weeks ago that she arranged for Dan not to receive Kim's message that she had her memory back and still loved him the night he left for South America the year before. Kim thought this all over and decided not to hurt Valerie, since Dan was no longer interested in her. Susan waited for Kim to tell Dan, but finally told him herself, just days before the wedding. When questioned, Kim admitted she left the message for him. Dan told Valerie what Susan had told him and how confused he was. Valerie agreed to give Dan some time to get everything straight in his mind. She would take care of everything else, but asked if Ellen, Dan's mother, would tell the guests that the wedding had been postponed. There was much speculation in Oakdale as to why the wedding had been postponed.

 

David suggested that his son talk to Kim again to better understand the situation. This time Kim said that she didn't tell him because she didn't want to hurt Valerie and wouldn't change anything even though she loved him and always had. Dan told Kim that he loved her and only tried to deny it because he thought she was lost to him. They agreed that in spite of everything they belonged together.

 

Then came the hard part. Valerie had been waiting on pins and needles to hear from Dan. Sandy Garrison and Kevin Thompson had been seeing a lot of one another and seemed to be happier as Kevin was no longer haunted by Susan Stewart. But several times Kevin had to break dates with Sandy to comfort his friend Valerie. Kevin suggested that they spend Christmas at his cabin, but Sandy was flying to California to see her son and father. Dan had a hard time telling Valerie and she didn’t make it easy for him. She wanted to blame Susan, but Dan said he could have chosen not to believe Susan.

 

Valerie was so hurt that she had to let Susan know how she felt. David told her that it wouldn’t help anything and could only hurt her, but Valerie insisted. Susan was glad to hear that she succeeded in stopping the wedding. Unable to bear the thought of Christmas in Oakdale, Valerie left town, asking Kevin to deliver her presents to Betsy and Emmy.

 

John Dixon was still hoping to win Kim back as they had the baby in common. He was tense when he heard that the wedding had been postponed. Hearing from Pat Holland that the wedding had been called off, John was sure that Susan had told Dan what happened months ago and that his chances were lost. He visited Kim to see what he could find out, hoping she didn’t find out that he knew all along. He paled at the thought that Dan might be raising his son.

 

Carol didn’t feel comfortable enough to attend Frannie's birthday party on Christmas Eve, but did enjoy a late evening walk with Tom to view all the holiday lights. They remembered holidays in the past when they were married.

 

Jay brought Carol a gift and asked her not to open it until Christmas morning. When Carol returned to work she asked Jay to see her. He hoped that she had reconsidered getting a divorce and wanted to ask him to come back to the apartment. Carol returned Jay's gift, saying she couldn’t accept such expensive jewelry. He asked her to put it away if she couldn’t wear it just at the moment, but Carol refused.

 

Joyce Colman was looking for someone she could take her anger out on after she heard that Mary was Don's dinner partner at Lisa's. She accused Mary of helping to arrange it. Grant apologized again and was glad to hear that Don didn’t hold him responsible. Lisa tried to explain things to Don, but he said he would pick his own dates and they could still be friends if she accepted things as they were and not try to change them.

 

Valerie had returned to Oakdale and wais trying to sort things out. She couldn’t get it out of her mind that Susan said Kim knew Susan was in bad enough shape to tell Dan. She asked Dick Martin if he still had a client interested in buying the farm. Kim told Dan that she was not mad or sad and acted as if nothing had happened. She loved the farm, but was selling it.

 

Days Of Our Lives

 

Written by: Pat Falken Smith

Produced by: Betty Corday

 

Phyllis Anderson Curtis, while trying to lift a drunk Neil into bed, started into early labor and delivered a 26 week infant son. Everyone tried to boost Phyl's spirits about the baby's chances, noting medicine had come a long way in treating and understanding the needs of premature babies. Aware of his part in the premature birth of his son, Neil tried to help Phyl by giving her a stuffed lamb for the baby. Neil had recently discovered that his mother, whom he thought was dead, deserted his father Nathan and him. Nathan explained that he didn't want a child and demanded his wife abort or lose him. Neil's mother tried to abort herself, resulting in Neil's premature birth. His mother was in pain from then on. In those days Nathan was a boozer and a gambler. Finally, Nathan's neglect sent her away. She left Neil because she felt Nathan could take better care of him than she could. Neil asked why Nathan didn't place him in an orphanage? Nathan replied simply that he loved Neil.

 

The night of Neil's binge, he had made a pass at his step-daughter, Mary Anderson. Since that time, Mary had been having dreams of Neil and her. Mary took her problem to Dr. Laura Horton, who reassured her by telling Mary that sexual abstinence released frustration in dreams. Mary said the dreams were always about a man she despised. Laura reminded Mary that hate was akin to love.

 

Julie Williams, having lost a baby last winter, told Mary that it was important to let Phyl believe the baby had a chance. Neil tried to relieve some of Phyl's anxiety by describing plans for a play-yard, claiming to have already ordered the equipment. - Neil didn't want this child, feeling a child would prevent the swinging lifestyle he'd imagined having with Phyl, who was older. - Mary was also fighting to overcome her resentment at no longer being Phyl's only child, although the potential pain to Phyl if the baby died would be great, since she had already lost a son while married to Bob Anderson. Mary found Neil in front of the nursery. He told her, "I'm standing here willing the baby to live." Phyl suggested they name the baby after Nathan. Neil agreed and Nathan was ecstatic.

 

Amanda and Greg Peters dropped by after returning from their honeymoon. Amanda told Phyl, 'We each followed our own hearts and it turned out right for everyone." - Neil married Phyl on the rebound when his wedding to Amanda fell through. Later, Neil wanted to resume their affair, but Amanda would have none of it, especially after learning of Phyl's pregnancy. - Neil spent much time at the nursery window. Phyl told Amanda that if her son died, she would lose a son and a husband. She could accept Neil's love for Amanda, if their son could make them a family. Amanda swore she loved and was happy with Greg. She realized then that Neil was only an obsession.

 

Baby Nathan went into respiratory failure. The doctors began to work. Neil realized how much he needed his son. He then reassured Phyl. Baby Nathan died. Phyl took the news hard, refusing to believe the baby she only saw twice and never held was dead. Her ex-husband, Bob, sought out by Mary, told Phyl she had to accept the baby's death or go through the same kind of torture as Julie. Finally, Bob got through, then reminded her Neil needed her to deal with his grief. Phyl appeared to accept her son's death, and upon her release from the hospital, entered into preparations for Christmas with enthusiasm. Neil, however, found it difficult to accept; Mary was devastated, having no faith that Neil would be able to give Phyl support. Amanda got to Neil by reminding him that he should follow Phyl's lead so that Mary, at least, would have a Christmas.

 

Mary’s present confusion was compounded the night baby Nathan died. Mary found Bob having dinner with Brooke Hamilton. Mary had always been hostile to Brooke, whose lies helped destroy Bob's marriage to Julie. Brooke asked Mary when she was going to stop running her parents' lives. Mary confessed confusion at Bob's treatment of Brooke, considering Brooke embezzled $10,000 from him. Brooke taunted Mary with her job at Bob's plant, then asked if Mary had ever considered that she – Mary - might not be the only Anderson child. - Brooke was Bob's illegitimate daughter by the late Adele Hamilton. Bob and Brooke knew, but neither knew the other knew. - Brooke told Mary Bob and her mother knew each other years ago. Mary asked if it was true that Bob was really her father. Brooke replied, ''My sugar daddy." Horrified, Mary left. Later that night, Mary asked Brooke again if it was true. Brooke, touched by Nathan's death and trouble her friend Trish was having, too it back, reminding Mary everyone knew she was a notorious liar. Brooke explained that when she was hurt, she lashed out. She denied Bob was her father. Bob avoided enlightening Mary, who questioned him obliquely, aware of the antagonism between the two girls.

 

Mary observed Brooke thanking Bob enthusiastically for her Christmas present, a gorgeous coat. Mary reminded Bob he never gave her such a coat, then demanded to know why Bob gave Brooke such an expensive present. Bob replied that Brooke needed a coat. Again Mary obliquely asked if Brooke was her half-sister and Bob evaded.

 

David Banning was upset because his girlfriend Valerie Grant wouldn’t accept his engagement ring. She believed some lies Brooke told her about a night David spent with Brooke recently. Trish Clayton, upon whose shoulder he was crying, called Val, telling her, "When you lose the man you love, a handful of pride isn't much consolation." Valerie accepted David's ring. Later, Valerie asked David's grandmother, Alice Horton, how she felt about having a black grand-daughter-in-law. Alice replied that she had searched her heart and had to admit doubts. Alice felt Valerie and David hadn't faced the problems an interracial marriage would bring. Alice asked if David and Val were planning to have children. Valerie replied affirmatively, adding, "Our kids will be born into a new world." Alice agreed that the world changed, but added that change came slowly. Valerie asked if she and David should let others' fears stand in their way? Alice replied, "Other people's fear can become your pain."

 

Valerie told David she didn’t know if she had enough trust. She didn’t want to be a tease who would drive a man to another woman. She suggested they make love. David refused, saying he could wait, and he didn’t want to upset her mother any more than they had. Helen Grant had decided on an ultimatum for her daughter — stop seeing David or face ostricism trom the family. Helen told husband Paul about finding David in the shower at Brooke's apartment early in the morning. Paul replied that, if David had gone back to his old ways, he would step in, but he felt Helen's real objection was David's white skin.

 

Helen delivered her ultimatum to Val. David, who was there, explained that he was stopped by to check on Brooke. Brooke was still broken up about her mother's death and needed someone, so he spent the night, but nothing happened. Helen refused to believe him, so David started to leave, asking Val to go with him. Val refused to choose. Val finally admitted she didn’t believe the night with Brooke was innocent. David left, telling Helen, "Mrs. Grant, you won."

 

Val was inconsolable. David went to Doug's Place where he arrived in time to rescue Trish from the drunken advances of a customer. David told Trish it was all over with Val. He walked Trish home. Val, meanwhile, decided to get the truth from Brooke. She warned her mother not to make her choose again.

 

David made love to Trish. Trish felt cheap, saying, "I'm no better than my mother." David was surprised Trish was a virgin. He assured her it would be better the next time. As he began to make love to her again, the phone rang. Brooke asked to spend the night with Trish, unable to face the memories of her mother in her own apartment. - Brooke and Trish had already agreed to share an apartment.- David left hastily. After Brooke arrived, Trish found a note under her door. The note called her a "slut."

 

David was surprised to find Val at his apartment. She told him she would never marry him, when she realized he had been with someone. Their ensuing talk was interrupted by Paul. Val told Paul that she and David would be married as soon as they could afford it. Paul told David he hadn't given enough thought to the future. Paul withdrew his approval, saying he couldn't go against Helen any longer.

 

Trish took the note to David. David felt the writer was sick and asked to show the note to Don Craig in the morning.

 

Helen went to see Alice, asking if Alice approved. Alice replied that she wouldn't have chosen interracial marriage for herself, but she didn’t live in David's world. Alice observed that Val and David didn’t see color, "a thing to thank God for."

 

After David took Trish home, she received another note, plunging her into an identity crisis. If she could make love to David, then be called a slut - and worse -, she was probably a tramp, especially considering her mother was once a prostitute and had her out of wedlock. - After Trish was born, Jeri lost her job. When Trish became ill, the only way Jeri could get money for the doctors was to take to the streets. - Trish felt the writer was one of two people — her step-father Jack or the man who had been making passes at the club. Trish found Jack had been out of town. Don took Trish and the notes to Dr. Marlena Evans. Marlena felt the writer was really sick. She elicited Trish's background from Don, then talked to Trish, trying to bolster her. Since Trish felt Jack was out of the picture, Don and Marlena met her at Doug's Place and Don put "the fear" into Richard Wells, the rowdy customer. He swore he had nothing to do with it.

 

Later that night, Trish got another note and had to be sedated by Marlena. Trish called her mother to encourage Jeri's divorce from Jack. She asked Jeri to visit. Jack, meanwhile, encouraged by the call Trish had placed to him to find out if he sent the notes, told Jeri Trish had changed her mind about them. When they arrived at Trish's together, Trish demanded her mother take Jack and leave, calling Jeri a "hooker" for good measure. Feeling badly the following day, Trish went to visit Jeri to apologize. Finding Jack there - he conned Jeri into letting him sleep on the couch -, Trish accused Jeri of loving Jack more than her. She told Jeri since Jack was her obvious choice, she would get out of her life for good.

 

Marlena persuaded Mike Horton to resume his friendship with Trish, feeling Trish needed someone to lean on. Don hired a man to watch Trish. Trish and Jeri had a small reconciliation on Christmas day. Mike hoped to warn Jack off by telling him of the notes. - Nobody really knew who the man was. - Mike and Trish spent Christmas with Laura and Bill and the Hortons. Mike decided to reconcile with Laura after Bill talked to him, making it clear that Laura's stability was at stake.

 

Jack visited Trish, asking her to change her mind about the divorce. Trish was non-commital. As Jack left, he was stopped by Don's man. Trish "vouched" for Jack, but she had to then tell him about the notes. Jeri, meanwhile, met with Laura, who asked if Jack could be sending the notes. Jeri didn’t think so — he loved and was protective of Trish. Jeri was stunned when Laura asked if Trish would be capable of sending the notes to herself. Jack went to Doug's Place and pumped Doug about the man who made passes at Trish. Accidentally, Doug revealed Richard Wells' name. Jack found Wells and threatened him, saying that if Wells didn’t stop with the notes, he would kill him.

 

Laura wondered loud to Bill if Jeri could be reacting out of guilt or resentment of Trish. Jeri could resent Trish because her pregnancy meant giving up a singing career and later Trish's illness drove her to prostitution. Thus, Jeri could be reacting out of guilt for her resentment. Jeri asked Jack if he was sending the notes, He said not. Jeri told Jack she would kill him if he hurt her "baby."

 

Little Doug’s christening day brought many of Rebecca's suppressed feelings to the surface. Doug and Julie were godparents. Seeing Doug's pride, Rebecca was then convinced she and husband Robert had to move from Doug's house. - Little Doug was Doug's child through artificial insemination. Doug wanted a sibling for daughter Hope, and Rebecca needed a child to replace the one she lost and used the $5000 fee to send her lover to Paris to study art. Johnny Collins, learning of Rebecca's pregnancy from Robert LeClair, rushed home to marry Rebecca, but backed out when he learned the truth about how the baby was conceived. Rebecca married Robert, who has loved her for a long time. Robert adopted the baby, after also learning how the baby was conceived. Only Rebecca and Neil Curtis knew the true identity of the baby's father. - Learning Johnny was leaving Salem complicated Rebecca's feelings. Neil warned she couldn't abandon her husband and baby, especially after all Robert had done for her. Feeling Neil might not be objective, Rebecca explained the whole thing to Don Craig, asking his advice. He concurred with Neil. Rebecca met Johnny. She told him she couldn’t leave her husband and baby, but she wouldn't be a real wife to Robert. Johnny begged her to leave with him. She couldn't, even when he pleaded with her from the airport.

 

Realizing Rebecca was disturbed about Johnny's leaving, Doug asked if she was wondering about getting over Johnny. Rebecca reminded him of what happened to David because Julie wouldn't leave her late husband Scott to be with Doug. Doug replied that he was more a father to her baby than Johnny. Rebecca said, “That's the trouble. I have too many fathers for my baby, when all I want is the man I love." Johnny's calls from Chicago disrupted the uneasy peace Rebecca had found. She was stunned when Robert gave her a diamond ring for Christmas, saying it was a symbol of his eternal love for her.

 

After discovering he was impotent following the news his former mistress Linda Phillips took his "son" Mike to bed, Mickey called his psychiatrist, Marlena Evans. Marlena explained that men who felt they had been sexually betrayed sometimes had the problem. She assured him his condition was temporary. Mickey and Maggie were at the farm, trying to learn if there was anything left of their love and marriage, following Mickey's breakdown and confinement to a sanitarium. Mickey's confusion led Maggie to flirt with old friend Jay Livingston. Jay dropêd by the house following a barn dance. Maggie invited him to dinner. She and Jay were raised as brother and sister. Mickey was jealous. Farmhand Hank Fields tried to send Jay away, leading to Jay's confessing his love for Maggie to him. Mickey later told Jay to stay away or he would kill him. Jay wasn't threatened. Maggie confronted Mickey. She said Mickey didn't want her as a woman or a wife, but he didn’t want anyone else to, either. She continued that she'd wait forever, if she thought there was a chance, but she wanted him to let her go.

 

Maggie called Marlena. They discussed Linda and Mike. Marlena asked if Maggie thought Linda raped Mike? Marlena couldn’t condemn Linda because she overcame Mike's fear he was a homosexual. Marlena advised Maggie to practice being a woman on her own husband.

Some days later, Mickey asked Maggie if he could move back into their room because he found it hard to sleep in the guest room. She permited him, saying she was cold. As they cuddled, Mickey warming her feet and arms, Mickey found he was no longer impotent. His recovery accelerated to the point where Marlena asked him to help with a patient in the sanitarium who was reluctant to leave for the holidays. Mickey told her how hard it was, but assured her she could make it, if she tried. Janice, Maggie and Mickey's adopted daughter, joined them at the farm in time for Christmas, and it was a happy time.

 

Mickey told Linda on Christmas Eve that he was then able to handle knowing about Mike and her. He then told her that he and Maggie were man and wife then. Linda sought out Mike. She told him she needed to talk, "And I don't have anyone but you." She was very lonely. Mike reminded her that it was her idea for him to get lost. Taking advantage of her vulnerability, Mike told her he would see her when he wanted, no matter what anyone said. Linda accepted that and they agreed to take things one day at a time. But after another visit from Mickey, Linda turned Mike aside. She told him that every time she had gone to bed with a man — her husband Jim Phillips or Mike — she had pretended the man was Mickey. She told Mike she would always love Mickey. and if she would be lonely enough to go to bed with him, she would shut her eyes tight and pretend it was Mickey. She told Mike to get out of her life forever. Reluctantly, he left.

 

Val didn’t go home for Christmas. She told her brother Danny that she didn’t intend to get caught between two worlds. She would live in David's world. Danny asked if anyone in David's world had acknowledged their engagement with a party? Danny wasn't sure David's and her love was right. Julie, meanwhile, asked David if Val would like a shower. He was pleased.

 

Julie, knowing Trish needed a friend in Mike, asked David to encourage Mike to keep up his friendship with Trish, pointing out Trish's vulnerability. David was haunted by memories of making love to Trish, as Julie said it would be a shame to have someone take advantage of Trish.

 

Confused about Linda, Mike visited the family minister, who knew the whole story. The minister asked who would reach out first —Mike or Mickey.

 

Jokingly, Robert told Rebecca that he stayed on his son's good side so that they would become so attached that Rebecca wouldn't leave them because little Doug would choose to stay with him. Rebecca confessed to Doug that she couldn’t be a real wife to Robert and wondered how long she could keep up living a lie.

 

Karl and Sharon Duval, another patient of Marlena's, planned an elaborate Christmas cocktail party, over Karl's objections. Sharon was not faithful to Karl, claiming to Marlena that Karl had his women. Karl told Marlena he loved his wife, that there were no other women. But he refused to explain his frequent business trips. Karl hinted to Sharon that he would like children. Sharon mocked the idea, really afraid to be vulnerable to him. Both flirted with others at the party, carefully watching each other's reaction.

 

Don and Marlena went to a little ski lodge — separate rooms. They were flabbergasted to find Karl and Sharon there when they returned from a run. Carl was also surprised to see them, but it became clear Sharon discovered their whereabouts and followed them, having her eye on Don.

 

The Doctors

 

Written by: Douglas Marland

Produced by: Jeff Young

 

Dr. Matt Powers, under indictment for the murder of junkie Joan Dancy, had disappeared. His wife Maggie was very concerned because Matt had left the house without telling anyone. Considering Matt had been drinking too much under the humiliation and degradation of his current situation, Maggie felt obliged to call Matt's son Mike. Mike, then a police officer, told Maggie that if Matt had run away, he would ruin his chances. Mike, with Matt's lawyer, Jason Aldrich, searched for Matt. Mike was stunned when they found Matt at the train station. Matt explained he was there to inquire about train schedules to an amusement park outside Boston, where he wanted to take grandson Michael Paul. Matt was furious that Mike and Jason could even think he would try to run away. Jason observed that he had watched clients in less dire cir-cumstances fold under pressure.

 

Meanwhile, Althea David, calleed by Maggie, requesting coverage for her for the clinic, was alarmed by Maggie's voice and abruptness. Althea visited and Maggie told her her fears. Althea urged Maggie to take a leave, observing Maggie was on the verge of exhaustion. Maggie reminded Althea that Matt was adamant she remain at her job as a gesture of his innocence. Matt, Mike, and Jason returned. Althea, to break the tension, consulted Matt about a labor problem at the hospital. which Matt solved for her. - The hospital Board had panicked when Matt was under investigation before and during the Grand Jury hearings. They had requested Matt take a temporary leave of absence. Shocked at their lack of faith after his years of service, Matt resigned. The Board rejected his resignation, but Matt's pride would not allow him to accept their belated vote of confidence. The Board had appointed Drs. Althea Davis and Paul Summers as Matt's temporary replacements. - Matt then sent Maggie back to work, saying he wouldn't have her sitting with him, watching every move. Matt was still hurt that Mike could think he had run away. He still wondered who could be out there framing him. He feels felt if he knew why, maybe he could figure out who.

 

Paul congratulated Althea on her plan to handle the labor problem. When Althea told him it was Matt's plan, Paul took advantage of her absence to pocket the letter. - Paul Summers used drugs and promised of love to convince Stacy Wells to pull the plug on Joan's respirator, after arranging that Matt touch the plug. Paul was seeking revenge because Matt allowed his institutionalized son to survive at birth. Paul's wife couldn't stand having a brain damaged child and committed suicide. Paul had to marry Stacy to insure her silence. - Paul's next move in taking over was to suggest to Althea that they divide the work - so she couldn’t check up on him -. Althea would handle personnel; he would handle operations.

 

Jason went to see Mike. He told Mike that he was one of the potentially most damning witnesses against his father. Mike replied that he would never do anything to hurt his father, admitting he'd even lie under oath to protect Matt. To demonstrate the folly of Mike's thinking, Jason played DA Carlson. Mike found the fact Matt was so compassionate and dedicated to people could be twisted to show Matt capable of pulling the plug. Mike was floored when Jason then asked how long Mike has suspected his father's guilt? Jason urged Mike not to let Matt find out his real feelings. Mike's wife Toni was in California, where her mother was involved in a serious auto accident. Mike wanted to be with Toni for her mother's impending operation. Jason encouraged him to go.

 

Greta Powers asked Matt to accompany her to the Father's Night banquet at school. Reluctantly, Matt agreed, after Greta told him she wanted people to know how proud she was of him. The night of the banquet, Matt refrained from drinking. Mike arrived to tell him his decision to go to California. Matt asked Mike if Mike thought he was guilty. Mike's evasions and abrupt departure gave Matt the answer. Matt began to drink. He was inebriated at the banquet and caused a scene that drove Greta to flee in tears. They made up the following day. Matt then went to see Mike. Matt demanded to know if Mike ever thought he was guilty. Mike replied that all people, except Matt, always had doubts. Mike didn’t know, but given Matt's convictions, he could believe Matt would pull the plug. Matt expected more blind faith from his son. Mike retorted that Matt taught him to question everything, that Matt was off his pedestal and down with mortal men. Matt left, saying he had no son.

 

Following his confrontation with Mike, Matt wandered into a bar and helped an old man named Barney. Matt refused to confide in Maggie about his problem with Mike, so Maggie went to Mike, who explained. Maggie urged Matt to forgive Mike, but Matt was too hurt. Matt found Barney in the bar again. He forced Barney to take his coat. As Barney stood, he knelt over. Matt tended him and called an ambulance. He later told Maggie it felt very good to act like a doctor again.

 

Stacy had been having morning sickness and fainting spells. She told Paul she thought she was pregnant. He did tests which confirmed Stacy's suspicions. Stacy wanted to reveal their marriage, but Paul reminded her that could be their undoing. They had to wait until after Matt was convicted. Jason, Stacy's step-father, was bewildered by her shifting attitude towards him. They had begun to become friends, then she changed. Jason was unaware that Paul has convinced Stacey Jason was just using her. Ann Larimer, possessor of a letter Stacy started to write to Jason confessing her part in Joan's death, had suggested Jason find out who Stacy's friends were. Jason wasn't having much success. Seeing Stacy and Paul together having a drink caused him to remember other times. Jason went to see Paul and found Stacy with him early in the morning. Paul covered by saying Stacy dropped by to consult him about resuming her volunteer duties at the hospital. Stacy was thus forced to serve on Eleanor Conrad's fund-raising committee. Ann fed Jason's suspicions about Paul and Stacey.

 

Paul knew Stacey’s pregnancy could expose them, so he broached abortion to Stacy, saying he had already fathered one defective child. Stacey refused.

 

Jason began to really suspect there was something between Stacey and Paul. He was pleased when Stacy again accepted his overtures of affection. He asked her to be hostess at the formal reception to open his office. There she met one of Jason's partners, Wayne Spaulding, whom she had known for years. Paul was upset because he hadn't seen Stacy lately and found her laughing with Wayne. She told Paul they had nothing to discuss since he asked her to have an abortion. - She told him she had already taken one life for him; she wouldn't take another. - Stacy told Paul she was going to tell her family about her pregnancy and depend on their love and support.

 

Dr. Brandt called Hope Memorial speak to old friend Kevin McIntyre. Paul intecepted the call since Kevin was gone. He assured Brandt he would help to locate “Mary Ellen Smithfield's" family. Paul knew Brandt was calling about Carolee and had no intention of helping. - Ann Larimer blackmailed him into giving her his late first wife's I.D., which Ann used to move Carolee to a private sanitarium.

 

Steve Aldrich told his mother, Mona Croft, to stop trying to move Ann into Carolee's place. "Carolee was the best an finest thing that ever happened to me." - Steve's wife Carolee ran away after finding Steve with Ann in Ann's apartment. Carolee retreated into catatonia. Ann found her in New York hospital, and using stolen identit papers, had Carolee moved to a private hospital. When Dr. Brandt, who specialized in case like Carolee's, found she was making brief forays into reality, he pleaded with Ann to let him treat her. Ann, who had been posing a Carolee's sister, then disappeared and withdrew all support. Dr. Brandt had taken Carolee to his hospital anyway. - Unable to promise their children Carolee's return for Christmas, Steve enlisted the help of MJ Match, Carolee's distant cousin, and took them to see Carolee's mother, Emma. Emma urged Steve to make new life with some other woman, saying the children needed a mother. Steve had been increasingly attracted to MJ, who felt Steve just saw her as another Carolee. Ann, aware she could lose Steve to MJ, had used just this fact to discourage MJ. MJ loved Steve, but unable to be a substitute, made plans to move away. Steve proposed to MJ, saying he loved her. MJ refused. She drove Steve away, saying she wouldn't discuss marriage with another woman's husband, especially when he still loved her. Ann again told MJ that Steve was interested only because of her clear resemblance to Carolee. MJ replied that she was aware of that, and that was why she turned down his proposal.

 

Jerry Dancy, assured of a good part time job with Jason Aldrich while he finished law school, proposed to Penny Davis, who accepted. Lew Dancy, a purported gigolo, had been getting closer to rich widow Eleanor Conrac. However, for the time being, he refused all offers of money from her. Recognizing Lew's artistic talents, Eleanor had him design poster and brochures for the fund drive. His work earned him a job with the printer. Eleanor was also helping Lew work through his mixed feelings about his father, who deserted the family years ago. Jason was attracted to singer Nola Dancy. He told his brother Steve that Nola’s delight in expensive restaurants was refreshing. However, Jason had no plans to terminate his marriage to Stacy's mother.

 

Paul used the pictures sent by Dr. Brandt to get Stacy's letter from Ann Larimer. Althea was puzzled to hear rumors of strike.

 

The Edge Of Night

 

Written by: Henry Slesar

Produced by: Erwin Nicholson

 

For untold reasons, Nancy Karr had moved to her own apartment to be separated from her husband Mike. She had been cooperating with Beau Richardson, the right-hand man to corrupt political leader Tony Saxon. Her last mission for Beau before she left home was to steal a list of witnesses' names from Mike's briefcase. This list was vital information to the pending indictment of Tony Saxon, Mike being the head man leading the task force investigation. Beau, at Nancy's apartment thanked her for the list but was adamant that she resume living with Mike as this was the only way she could help him - and Tony -. When Nancy flatly refused, Beau stroke her across the face, a hint that her life might be at stake. Nancy asserted she was living apart from Mike because HE wanted it that way — HE asked for the separation. Beau was not fooled easily, imparting Nancy was where she was because she didn(t want to be near the incriminating evidence against Saxon and in a position to hand it over. His threat was if she was lying, she would "have to pay the piper ."

 

Nancy and Mike met for dinner, an evening that turned out disasterously. Beau nonchalantally sat at a table facing Nancy, within ear's range of her conversation. She panicked and abruptly left. Mike was bewildered by Nancy's irrational behavior. Later she called to apologize, assuring Mike she loved him despite her actions lately. The call was interrupted by Beau. Nancy remained firm, she couldn’t return to her home, her marital problems wouldn’t allow it. True to Nancy's description of Beau, this despicable and contemptible man forced Nancy to listen to a tape. On it was the fearful voice of little Timmy Faraday. Nancy, aghast, had to listen to Timmy's pleas, "Somebody, please, please help me!" - When his mother was institutionalized for insanity for the murder of Tim's father, Nancy and Mike had planned to adopt Tim. Before the adoption was granted, a woman by the name of Josephine Travis Harper arrived in Monticello with credentials proving she was Tim's aunt. Helpless, Mike and Nancy let Tim go to San Francisco to live with Josephine, losing custody of the boy they grew to love very much. Nancy missed Tim greatly and was saddened that he wrote to her only once since his departure. - Beau unveiled the dire truth — Timmy's safety was weighed by Nancy's cooperation. If she talked - to the authorities -, Timmy died. He emphasized the importance of Nancy's participation in his statement “if Mike know, you will hear a tape that would bounce around in your head for the rest of your life!" He gave her seven days for a reconciliation with Mike.

 

While Tony Saxon vetoed the seven days given to Nancy, Laurie Dallas was informing her stepmother that Mike had moved to the lawyer's club. Because Tony had a lead that there was a change brewing in the indictment tactics, Beau had to report to Nancy immediately that her time was up. He returned to Nancy's where she used Laurie's news to verify her story, extending it that Mike had not only moved out, but had asked for a divorce. Laurie was benumbed. Beau left and Laurie started in on Nancy bombarding her with questions. Nancy, unable to cope with Laurie's persistence, locked herself in her bedroom. Mike responded to Laurie's call for help. Nancy assured them both she wanted to answer their questions, but couldn’t just yet. Mike was furious that she talked of her personal prob!ems with Beau - who Nancy claimed was an informant to her job -, and even went so far as to mention a divorce to him. He left, not knowing the hurt he felt was as intense to Nancy as it was to him.

 

While Laurie tautly tried to make her Christmas dinner for her parents perfect, her husband Johnny reminded her the reunion might not end as she wished, with Mike and Nancy in each other's loving arms. Nancy frantically tried to convince Beau that her marriage was over but her lies lost their effectiveness when Mike arrived verifying he sent a dozen roses to Nancy and was there to take her to Laurie's for dinner together. Not able to understand why Beau was with Nancy at all, he left in pique.

 

Mike then convinced that Beau was the other man in Nancy's life and unable to function socially, canceled his Christmas dinner at Laurie's. Nancy was so distraught over what Beau caused her to do, she stayed home also. Laurie was upset because her chance to reconcile her parents was over, making her more determined than ever to go to San Francisco and bring Timmy to Nancy again, hoping this last attempt would bring her parents back together again. Nancy was forced to listen to another, more harmful tape of Timmy's mistreatment because she was not cooperating with Beau and Saxon.

 

Nicole Drake was understandably nervous after another unsuccessful attempt was made on her life. The man undercover policewoman Molly O'Connor shot confessed to Adam Drake he was hired to kill Nicole. If he didn't finish the job in three weeks, there would be a backup man. Nicole accompanied by the Drake's friend, Abby Walcott, became hysterical as they began to walk outdoors. Nicole's hypertension had caught up with her causing her fear of enjoying life's simplest pleasure, wide open countryside. To add to her progressive unstableness, at the New Moon Cafe where she worked, she screamed in terror when a customer simply nudged her to get her attention. At the recommendation of Dr. Chris Neely, Nicole underwent hypnosis to reach the core of what Nicole's mind had access to that was worth her life to someone else. - After an explosion on their honeymoon yacht, Nicole was presumed dead. She came in contact with Gilbert Darcy who was living incognito, hiding from Tony Saxon, the syndicate leader from whom he embezzled millions. Darcy believed Nicole knew of his "secret island" where he planned to live untouched by Saxon's goons. When a raid on his limbo island forced Darcy to flee, Nicole escaped but then entered into a state of amnesia. She had since recovered and returned to Adam - Under hypnosis, Nicole revealed she never did see the location of his secret island which he proudly displayed on a wall map marked by a red ruby. Instead, Nicole's mind was preoccupied by her concern for Adam. Darcy, however, did not realize this, thus his attempt to silence Nicole by assassination.

 

Adam and Police Chief Bill Marceau were about to embark on a plan they hoped would lead them directly to Darcy. Unknown to anyone, a mysterious man was about town, and held a newspaper snapshot of Nicole.

 

Assistant District Attorney, Brandy Henderson, engaged to Adam Drake until Nicole's reappearance abruptly halted the romance, still carried a hot torch for Adam. She cornered Adam in the courtroom unburdening to him the hurt she still felt. Adam replied he would feel the pain all of his life but an awakening happened. She still loved Adam desperately, he hoped time would heal her wounds. Brandy staged a court hearing, swearing on a bible, ''l love you as much as I ever did Adam Drake. Admit you're still in love with me!" Adam condemned the absurdity of Brandy's little game, making it explicit he loved his wife. Defeated, Brandy called Adam to apologize for her ridiculous actions that day. She was truly sorry yet glad because it cleared the air. She announced her head was clear then and Adam was the first to know of her good news, she would marry Draper Scott. Draper, however, had let his pursuit of Brandy subside, as his repeated proposals to his co-worker had been slighted. His interests in his future stepsister Raven Alexander had taken an interesting turn. Raven's mother Nadine had made no secret of her desire to see Draper and Raven as a twosome. In the beginning, they were polite enemies. Lately, their relationship had warmed up. Faced with the possibility of a permanent tie to Brandy, Draper couldn’t commit himself to it. He was honest in his confession that something snapped the last time Brandy said no. She sensed his doubts, surmising Draper "doesn't know what he wants (Raven), he knows what he doesn't want (Brandy)." Twice struck out, Brandy elected to leave her lonely life in Monticello behind her. She bid her final farewell to Adam and even to Nicole personally. As Brandy walked away, Nicole commented she had seen the end of an era. With Brandy went the job of prosecuting attorney in the Tony Saxon indictment. Draper had to then stand in court alone and against his father, Ansel Scott, defense attorney for the mighty Tony Saxon.

 

Headway was being made on the Saxon indictment, Mike and Police Chief Bill Marceau were working on offering a prime witness, Mr. Nivens, immunity as a corrupt accountant, in return for evidence that might close the book on Saxon in court.

 

Nadine could wait no longer, she would marry Ansel before the New Year - they had originally postponed the wedding until after the Saxon trial -. Suspicions had been aroused by the servants of Geraldine Whitney, about a relationship other than platonic between Ansel and Raven. While wealthy Geraldine was in a whirlwind of wedding preparations with Nadine, Raven and Ansel had been seen in warm embraces. Nadine herself had doubts about the fidelity of her fiance blurting out in a tense moment, perhaps Ansel would prefer to marry her daughter!

 

The wedding went on as planned, and an elegant lady, Nadine, had become Mrs. Ansel Scott. This was only because when Ansel cornered Raven before the wedding offering her one word to cancel the wedding, she didn't give it. The honeymoon was not as Nadine expected, Ansel studied the Saxon case when Nadine thought he should be the attentive groom. While Nadine was taking a shower, her new husband was on the phone giving his attentions to Raven.

 

General Hospital

 

Written by: Eileen & Robert Mason Pollock

Produced by: Tom Donovan

 

Dr. Jeff Webber kept his date with hospital aide Heather Grant, following the wedding of Steve Hardy and Audrey Hobart. However, having just had a nasty scene with his wife Monica, in which he refused to give her a divorce, Jeff was unable to live up to Heather's expectations for the evening, which was to culminate in more lovemaking. Jeff apologized the following day, suggesting he and Heather cool it because he still loved Monica, even though she had moved out and had asked for the divorce. Jeff told Heather that he would be there to pick up the pieces when Monica realized his brother Rick didn't love her any more. That day, Monica told Jeff that, if he didn’t agree to a civilized divorce, she would name his girlfriend as co-respondent. Jeff told Heather they would have to stop seeing each other. Monica questioned Jeff's friends and family about who the girl could be. Nobody knew. - Rick and Monica were involved while Rick was interning and she was in med school. Monica, insecure and unstable, made such a roller-coaster ride of their relationship that Rick went to Africa to work to get away. While there, he was captured by insurgent forces and held prisoner for nine months. He was reported killed, so Monica married his brother Jeff. Rick's return fanned her never-quite-quenched love for him, and Monica had been plotting and manipulating her way out of her marriage to Jeff. After moving out, Monica persuaded Rick a divorce was imminent, and he gave her a key to his apartment, where they then met. Jeff was unaware of their love affair. –

 

Heather, aware of Monica and Rick's affair, found a way to expose them. Seeing an ad for a night doorman for Rick's apartment building, she called her ex-husband Larry Joe. - Heather had been poor all her life. She forged credentials to obtain a mother's helper position with Peter and Diana Taylor, in order to be closer to the life she craved. Learning of Jeff's rocky marriage, Heather conned her way into his affections by being a willing bed-partner. She had told her mother that she intended to get pregnant, feeling Jeff would give up Monica to have his own baby. - Heather told Larry Joe that Jeff used her and tossed her aside, so then she wanted to hurt him back by exposing his wife's affair with his brother. Larry Joe agreed to take the job when Heather promised to give their marriage another try.

 

Meanwhile, Dr. Lesley Faulkner, long a colleague and friend of Rick's, and then in love with him, had discovered the affair. She found Monica in Rick's apartment with his robe on early in the morning. Terri Arnett, aware of Lesley's love for her brother Rick, pressed Lesley about why she had backed off. Finally, Lesley told Terri about the affair, stating her relationship with Rick had naturally been very cool lately. Ironically, the night Lesley and Rick agreed to let by-gones be by-gones was the night the whole situation began to lead to tragedy.

 

As Lesley and Rick went to the aid of a patient, while Monica waited in Rick's apartment, Terri confronted Monica. Terri agreed to persuade Jeff to accept a no-fault divorce, if Monica stayed away from Rick, starting immediately. Monica replied that she would stop seeing Rick after Jeff agreed. Larry Joe reported to Heather that Rick and Monica were togeher. Heather directed Larry Joe to call Jeff and tell him he would find his wife in 18C of the Towers. Jeff couldn't get off duty, so he waited. Monica and Rick were awakened by the doorbell shortly after mid-night. They ignored it. Jeff decided to wait out-side all night. He observed Monica leaving, excited because Rick had chosen her to assist in heart surgery, on his and Lesley's emergency patient. Jeff confronted Rick. Rick replied that Jeff didn’t deserve Monica, considering how he had roughed her up recently. - During an argument, Jeff had grabbed Monica's arms to hold her to talk to her. She wrenched away, hence the bruises and her claims of physical abuse. - Jeff finally got through to Rick that they had both been manipulated by Monica. Jeff told Rick that he had always admired him and would never have believed that Rick could betray him. Jeff knocked Rick down. He recalled a childhood incident in which Rick saved his life, then said he wished Rick had let him drown. Jeff went on, that despite all Monica had done to betray his love, he still loved her. He left the apartment.

 

Neurosurgeon Mark Dante was upset when Jeff missed surgery. He quickly had another surgeon fill in, then went to see Rick, a friend from Africa, to inquire about Jeff. Rick confided the confrontation to Mark. Rick was afraid Jeff might try suicide. They began to search, to no avail. Before surgery that morning, Monica gloated to Lesley about her affair with Rick. Monica was thus unpleasantly surprised when Rick treated her sharply, abruptly when he arrived. Later Monica asked Rick about his behavior. Rick told her about the confrontation and his fears. Monica glossed over them, saying Jeff was probably just off somewhere getting drunk.

 

Chief of Staff Steve Hardy, noting the substitution on the surgical roster, called Mark about it. Mark was as evasive as possible. Steve then talked to Terri. She knew nothing, so he talked to Rick, who told him about the morning's events. Terri, alarmed by Steve's visit, went to see Mark, who finally told her.

 

Ironically, Monica was right about Jeff. He was on a binge with alcohol and drugs. He ended up at a familiar bar, just before closing. The bartender refused to let him leave, fearful he would get in trouble himself. He fixed up a bed for Jeff behind the bar. While the bartender was gone, Jeff stole his gun. He counted the bullets —"three for Monica, three for Rick." The following morning, the bartender was alarmed when Jeff didn’t seem to be coming out of it, unaware Jeff was still popping pills. The bartender knew Jeff was a doctor and finally wheedled Mark's name out of him. He called Mark. Jeff, hallucinating, saw Rick and Monica in bed in the room with him. "They" taunted him. Mark arrived. Jeff talked to "Rick" and "Monica," pointing the gun at them. As Mark called to him, the gun went off. Mark and the bartender broke in and find Jeff on the floor, a bullet in his head. Mark rushed him to the hospital.

 

That morning, distraught to know how her stage-managing worked out, Heather fainted in front of Dr. Adam Streeter, who put her through a check-up. She was pregnant. Later, Larry Joe dropped by with a gift and she told him to buzz-off. Heather rushed to Jeff's side as soon as she learned of his condition. Steve noted her concern, and guessed she was Jeff's enigmatic girlfriend.

 

X-rays showed the bullet lodged in a precarious spot in Jeff's brain. If it should shift at all, it would mean sure death for Jeff. Monica went to see Rick. He told her that considering what Jeff did, they couldn’t go on. Such a termination hadn't occurred to her. Rick viewed Jeff's situation as "God's personal punishment to me." Monica passed it off as just alcohol and pills, saying it wasn't their fault. Rick, however, took the responsibility. He told Monica he didn’t want her, and turned a deaf ear to her "reasoning."

 

Monica wouldn’t believe it was all over with Rick "just because Jeff shot himself." She talked to the bartender and found Jeff was threatening to kill Rick and her. She took the information to Rick, who refused to believe her, especially since Lesley told him Monica revealed her presence in his apartment deliberately. Monica tried to blame Jeff's condition on Lesley because Les told Terri about Rick and her. Lesley was talked out of any responsibility by Rick. Lesley found it hard to believe that Monica's concern was in absolving herself of responsibility for Jeff's condition rather than for Jeff's recovery. Following an angiogram, Mark found he had to operate if Jeff was to have any chance of surviving.

 

Terri told Steve her mother left a letter she was to open with Steve, if Jeff's life should be in danger. She found it was time.

 

Mark Dante’s wife, Mary Ellen – Mellie - had been confined to sanitariums since losing their baby and suffering a hysterectomy following a car accident Mark caused two years ago. However, since coming to Port Charles several months ago, Mellie had been making progress. In fact, Peter Taylor felt Mellie was ready for brief outside visits. Mark and Terri, meanwhile, had fallen in love. But unable to risk a setback that would doom Mellie forever, they were holding their love in check until such time as Mellie was well enough that Mark could divorce her. Mellie had intuited Terri's threat to her marriage. Mellie questioned her father about Mark's women while she had been confined. Ben Lowell told Mellie that whether or who Mark was involved with was not germain to her recovery. Mellie backed off, settling for weekends for the time being. Mellie next manipulated Mark by telling him she had made plans to spend the holidays with Ben in Boston. Mark promised they would be with Ben, but not in Boston. Mellie used her disappointment to con Mark into having their first weekend include an evening at Terri's supper club. Mark was still mistrustful of Mellie, though.

 

Mark had Mary Ellen come to the apartment over Christmas with her nurse. He insisted on the nurse because of Jeff's condition, and only had dinner with Mary Ellen. To make up, he arranged for Mellie to go to Boston to visit her father — nurse in tow.

 

Finding out that Terri picked out her homecoming gift from Mark, Mary Ellen canceled her trip to Boston, telling one of her doctors that she wanted to be near to help Mark through this crisis with Jeff.

 

Tom Baldwin arrived in Port Charles the day after his wife Audrey and Steve Hardy left on their Hawaiian honeymoon. - Years ago, Tom kidnapped his and Audrey's son and took him to Mexico, along with Florence Andrews, little Tommy's nurse. Tom was subsequently framed for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment. He had Florence buy a phony death certificate, then take Tommy back, never wanting his son to know of his predicament. Florence didn't take Tommy back, letting her hatred of Audrey convince her she could be a better mother. Only a serious illness on Tommy's part led to his being found by Audrey. - Tom tracked Tommy down at the Taylors'. Diana allowed him to see Tommy as "Dr. Thomas," a friend of Tommy's father. The Taylors, of course, called Steve and Audrey, who returned immediately.

 

Diana and Peter invited Mike, an 8-year old orphan, to spend the holidays. Mike, bounced around among foster homes, used hostility as a defense mechanism, but melted a bit as the Taylors "roll with the punches."

 

Tommy told Mike about Steve's becoming his new father. Mike, wise beyond years, burst Tommy's balloon by pointing out that if Steve's clothes weren't at the apartment, he wasn't really living there. Diana told Mike later that they were going to keep him.

 

Unable to pull Tommy out of his depression any other way, Audrey asked Tom for permission to tell Tommy what was going on. Tom refused.

 

Guiding Light

 

Written by: Bridget & Jerome Dobson

Produced by: Allen Potter

 

Ben McFarren and Hope Bauer's engagement was off. Ben wouldn't open up to her about the burglary his brother committed but he was accused of. He asksed Hope to "trust him" but with all the evidence pointing to Ben, and he giving no defense, yet proclaiming his innocence, Hope couldn’t permit herself to enter into a marriage with dishonesty staring her in the face.

 

She confided to her father's secretary Ann Jeffers, that she had made a mistake because she wanted to be with Ben, no matter what had happened, and was miserable because she was not. Ann wanted Hope to give Ben time. Ben, in the meantime, returned the money he withdrew from his and Hope's joint bank account - to repay his brother's theft -. Ben went to Mike Bauer, letting him know he was as upset as Hope, not sleeping nights from worry about the police investigation. - Ben thought he could protect his brother by returning the stolen money and therefore, the police would drop the investigation. Not so, Mike had informed Ben the charge was a felony and Ben remained the chief suspect. - Mike wanted to help Ben as his attorney but, like his daughter, he couldn't break through the barrier Ben had built in sheltering his kid brother.

 

Dr. Sara McIntyre had returned home to Springfield a very sad widow. Since Joe Werner's fatal heart attack in India, Sara had to face her lonely existence without the man with whom she shared a memorable and joyous life. She received heartfelt condolences from her dear friends, but only the prospect of raising her adopted son and her career seemed to help ease the burden, and only slightly.

 

Dr. Justin Marler also showed a side few people knew of him, compassion and concern for Sara in her time of grief. He and Sara were engaged in medical school, he dropped Sara to marry a girl whose father was beneficial to his own career. He was then divorced but as history repeated itself, Justin, Sara and Jackie Marler were together again. Jackie had requested that Justin treat her father, a diabetic victim of a heart attack, and brought him to Cedars upon Justin's approval. Requesting Sara consult on Dr. Emmet Scott's case as internist, Jackie and Sara met again.

 

Holly Bauer - recently divorced from Ed - was zealously trying to live a good life without Ed. She worked for Dr. Steve Jackson at Cedars so she was seeing Ed daily. These instances reminded her how much she loved Ed during their marriage. She accepted a date with the assistant administrator at the hospital. After her date, her mother Barbara sensed Holly's melancholy mood and counseled Holly not to make comparisons. She agreed with her mother, though she clutched Ed's picture fondly when alone.

 

Evie Stapleton had practically disowned her older sister. When Dr. Tim Ryan left Springfield for the betterment of his career, she was heartbroken. During the short span that they dated, Evie let her emotions run away with her fantasizing Tim's genuine interest for more than it was to Tim. Unbeknownst to Evie, Tim and Rita were past lovers and Tim was the torch carrier after they broke up. Rita never encouraged anything more than a romantic friendship, so she stopped dating Tim altogether when he proposed to her. Tim wrote a letter a Rita after he left, admitting she was right about Evie's vulnerability towards him. He apologized for any strife he caused in the past, but at the same time, rebuking Rita for the misery she put him through. The letter fell into Evie's hands, its contents filling her with repulsion against her sister. No matter what Rita told Evie, in truth, that she did not ask Tim to leave town, Evie would not believe her. She vowed she would not burden Rita any longer seeking a job to repay her debts to Rita. She wanted to sever all ties from her sister unable to accept that Rita and Tim were once intimate. Mrs. Stapleton understood both her daughters' sides and tried in her loving way to rid Evie's hostility so they could once again be a close family.

 

Since the death of Cedars' mystery patient, Malcolm Granger, Rita Stapleton's life was back on an even keel. Her romance with Cedars' Chief-of-Staff, Dr. Ed Bauer, had blossomed and Rita was once again her confident self. Her serenity was curtailed when Roger Thorpe warned her about Raymond Schaefer's presence in Springfield. - Rita and Roger were employed by a wealthy Texan years ago in Abilene, Texas. They both prefered to conceal their former relationship and the lives they led there from mutual acquaintances in Springfield. Malcolm Granger Jr. arrived, however, tracking down Rita and threatening to expose her for her part in his father's death. Before he could pursue her, he suffered a stroke and later died at Cedars. He had scribbled “RITA’S” on paper beforehand; since Rita was the last person to see Malcolm alive, a medical board hearing was held. Their verdict - Rita and other nurses on his case not charged negligent for Malcolm's death. Schaefer was Malcolm's criminal lawyer, and had been hired by Mrs. Granger to investigate the reason for his death. - He interviewed Ed Bauer, who protected Rita, then talked to Rita's neighbors. With the information relayed to him that Malcolm was seen entering Rita's apartment and arguing voices were heard, Schaefer confirmed to Mrs. Granger their suspicions of Rita had a secure base. He took his suspicions to the District Attorney, Eric Van Gelder. He reinvestigated this "mysterious incident" which resulted in his decision that Rita Stapleton had to be arrested. Schaefer cautiously advised the D.A. to use circumspect when he prosecuted, as Rita had a known history of running.

 

Rita and Ed had fallen in love, talking during romantic evenings in front of a warm fire, of their futures with one another. Reminiscing about the dawn of their courtship, Ed confessed he was at first afraid, and intentionally avoided Rita. Rita admitted she had never married because she knew her marriage had to last forever. She was fearful to let herself rely on anyone else. She found Ed a challenge, impressed by him and felt a deep need to help him. She couldn't bear to see him unhappy. - An unsuccessful neuroma surgery ended Ed's career in neurosurgery. He became recluse in self-pity until Rita's guidance brought him back and gave him confidence to enter neurology. –

 

Rita, in a state of confusion pending the investigation, tearfully described to her mother her needs for Ed. He was strong yet gentle. She would accept if Ed proposed, but didn't know why she was lucky enough to have him. When she relayed to her mother her feelings to be the best person she could be for Ed, her mother knew that was what love was all about.

 

The moment arrived, and it was a beautiful one. Ed proposed, allowing Rita time to accept. When he left, Rita cried, realizing her happy future with Ed might never be.

 

The following day, in his office, Rita turned down Ed's offer of marriage. Her explanation only that she didn't deserve him and "can't do it to him." He was perplexed by her reply. She was sincere with her emotions that she respected him. This was the happiest year of her life and Ed was the person responsible for making her the happiest she had ever been. She wanted to spend the rest of her life with him. She told Ed she loved him. Outside Ed's office were the D.A. and police officer awaiting Rita's appearance. She faced them as they put her under arrest with Ed at her side. He immediately called his brother Mike, to defend Rita, claiming this was a gross mistake. Rita, humiliated and stunned, left the hospital corridors accompanied by the police - in view of Roger - with Ed promising to help her all the way.

 

Rita underwent the process of finger-printing and mug shots at the police station. She remained quiet and cooperative. Ed was frantic and anxious for Mike to get her released on bail. He did so after a brief delay, and Rita was once again with her family and Ed who all vowed to stand by her while this mistake was corrected. She was finally released but had to confide everything to Mike if he was to help her at all. Mike demanded complete honesty from Rita as the D.A. had given him reason to doubt Rita's innocence, giving him a portfolio of evidence to read. In the meantime, Adam Thorpe suggested Rita take a leave of absence from the hospital, for publicity purposes, though Ed disagreed. Rita prefered to leave. Ed presented her with an engagement ring but she couldn’t accept it, under the circumstances. He would wait until she was ready to accept it.

 

Rita gave Mike the details of her past involvement with the Grangers. Malcolm resented her friendship with his ailing father, the final straw coming when Rita received an inheritance from him, and nothing was left to Malcolm because his father knew of the mistreatment Malcolm gave Rita. Malcolm Jr. assumed Rita told his father of her bodily injuries so he would turn against his son and she wanted him dead so she would get his money. Mike understood Rita then and commended her for her honesty in telling him EVERYTHING. Rita had to be hiding some truth however, as she dreamt of everyone who cared for her not believing she had told everything, her guilt coming out in her subconscious mind. The headlines were out and Rita was the main subject spread across the front page. At the arraignment, Mike's request for dismissal of charges was de-nied. Realizing the evidence that would come out in court, Rita had decided to tell Ed of her previous association with Malcolm, Mike agreed, he deserved that much from her.

 

Peggy Thorpe visited Rita and told her all the staff at Cedars were behind her. She offered her friendship. Rita was sickened by all the lies she was living and was firm in telling Roger she was revealing the truth. He was determined to stop her and asked that she had to meet with him. He had something to say that he hoped he had never had to let Rita know — theh she had to.

 

Love Of Life

 

Written by: Paul & Margaret Schneider

Produced by: Darryl Hickman

 

Betsy Crawford Harper dated lawyer Jamie Rollins in the hope of discouraging her ex-husband, Ben Harper, who would be home on parole soon. They found that it just didn’t work because Jamie had deep feelings for Betsy, but she couldn't erase Ben from her mind. Jamie decided to take the offer of a job with the prominent law firm that he had turned down earlier. - Ben was convicted of bigamy as he intentionally married Betsy while already married to Arlene Lovett. His marriage to Arlene had since been ended by divorce. –

 

Meg Hart was upset that Betsy would choose to move to her new apartment rather than accompany her to the prison to bring Ben home. Meg started mothering Ben immediately, but he let her know that he wouldn’t be living with her and wanted no help in getting a job. He lived with Van and Bruce Sterling while he looked for a job. Being on parole didn’t make it easy, but Ben landed a job as a salesman at the sporting goods store when he showed how well he could handle people.

 

Betsy engaged Carrie Johnson Lovett to be her daughter Suzanne's babysitter on the days Ben visited as Carrie had recovered from heart surgery. Jamie answered Betsy's phone when Ben called, leading Ben to believe that Betsy really had forgotten him. He told Betsy that he thought he still had a chance, even though their marriage was annulled and he disliked her being gone when he came to visit. Betsy admitted that she was really not dating and agreed to be there with Suzanne.

 

Diana Lamont visited Jamie Rollins' law office to ask advice on how to go about obtaining a passport and to bid him good wishes on his new job. She had signed up to go wherever they needed her as a missionary trainee. She had a friend in Peru and hoped to be sent there. Jamie felt that this was his fault because of the baby she wanted so badly, but lost when they were living together while waiting for his divorce. Diana said she had finally found peace. The only thing she regretted was that she couldn't take Johnny Prentiss, her step-grandson, with her. She tried to break the news to him gently, but he said that anyone he had ever loved had left him.

 

Beaver Ridge had gone downhill since Rick Latimer turned it over to Meg Hart and she had ignored it. Ray Slater suggested that he had a buyer who would take over Meg's share. Jamie explained the business to Ian Russell and was afraid he might back down when he considered everything. Jamie reminded Rick that since he owned fifty-one percent of the business he would be expected to come up with fifty-one percent of the capital needed to pull Beaver Ridge out of debt. Rick had asked the bank to mortgage his home.

 

Rick’s new bride, Cal - Meg's daughter - felt intimidated by Rick's housekeeper, Mrs. Miller, and wished they could move into a smaller house where she could do all the cooking and cleaning herself. Rick put the house up for sale without telling Cal, and when she learned of it, she thought he was paying attention to her wish for a cottage. Unable to deny Cal anything, even though she offered to share his problems, Rick agreed to buy the mill house. When Cal suggested that they could use her trust fund, Rick said he would never take money from a woman again.

 

Ray Slater asked Ian Russell about his cut of Beaver Ridge, since he was able to convince Meg to sell and was told that he would get it when Mr. Russell owned the controlling interest. Ian said Rick had to come up with one hundred thousand dollars by the end of the year and if he couldn't, they might come to some agreement.

 

Ian asked Arlene Lovett if she would like to be the hostess at Beaver Ridge. Arlene said that Meg had always held this position and would violently oppose her having it. Ian asked Arlene not to let other people put her down because someday she would get the recognition she deserved.

 

Arlene had told Ian that she thought of him as a friend, but had strong feelings for a young doctor. Ian was sure that this was just a phase she would outgrow. Dr. Tom Crawford checked at the hospital business office to find out the status of the bill he co-signed so that Carrie, Arlene's mother, could have heart surgery. Tom was angry when he found that Ian Russell paid it in full, but believed Arlene, who explained that Ian was a friend.

 

Ian put all the things together that Arlene had told him about her doctor and phoned the hospital to make an appointment with Dr. Crawford, under the pretext of needing a cardiac check up. Tom saw through this and ordered tests, but refused an inflated fee, if he would handle Mr. Russell personally. Ian was disappointed and Tom was angry. Tom and Arlene ran into Ian at the hospital as they left to attend a football game, making Arlene curious.

 

Meg Hart asked Carrie to alter a Paris original that she planned to wear at the New Year's Eve party she was planning. She told Carrie and Arlene that she was seeing a wealthy gentleman, without mentioning Ian's name, Meg was hoping that Betsy and Ben would attend together, but Betsy was not going and suggested that Tom not embarrass Arlene by taking her. Meg insisted that Cal talk Rick into coming since she was doing this to show Rick that she could find a wealthy, sophisticated escort. Arlene wished that she had a dress to show up Meg and that she and Tom were going instead of staying home.

 

Ian Russell called Arlene, asking her to go to Puerto Valarta for New Year's Eve, but she told him she already had a date. Feeling sorry for Arlene, Tom ignored Betsy's advice and told Arlene that they were going to Meg's party.

 

Felicia Lamont returned to Rosehill with Edouard Aleata, planning to ask her husband, Charles, for a divorce. She had finally come to the conclusion that her marriage to Charles was not a marriage at all and she shouldn't deny her love for Edouard. Neighbor Van Sterling explained to Felicia why she had returned to an empty house. Felicia was shocked to hear that Charles fell from his wheelchair, hitting his head, the very night she left Rosehill so that she and Charles could both consider what they expected of their marriage.

 

Johnny continued to stay with the Sterlings so that Felicia could spend most of her time at the hospital. Felicia heard from a friend that a promise to God had produced the desired result, so Felicia vowed that if God would only pull Charles through, she would devote her life to him, denying her love for Edouard. Eddie tried to convince Felicia that she had already made her decision and should stick to it, but she told him that she had made a vow to God that she would stay with Charles, if he would only recover. Felicia was with Van when the hospital called asking her to return. Charles had regained consciousness. Felicia told him that she had been praying that he would be all right.

 

Bruce had told Lynn Henderson that he had to contact her parents so that he and Van didn’t get in trouble for keeping a minor in their home without parental consent. Lynn said her parents had no interest in where she was or what she did because she only interfereed with their lives. Lynn answered the phone when her mother returned Bruce's call and hurt Lynn's feelings by accusing her of being in trouble. Bruce had always thought that Lynn exaggerated about her mother, but he found that it was all true. He told her that it was no wonder Lynn felt unloved. Bruce was so furious that he told Lynn that he was going to have the court make him her legal guardian. Lynn had asked God to have Bruce be her friend, if she stayed sober.

 

Lynn had become infatuated with Ben as he was living there, too. Sarah Caldwell, Ben's grandmother, cautioned Lynn about this. Ben was older and he was still in love with Betsy.

 

Ian Russell had found out that Arlene was looking for a dress that was both inexpensive and suitable for Meg Hart's party. He arranged with the clerk to send her an original in place of the one she had picked out.

 

Rick had sold his house and was going to make an offer on the mill house for Cal. Rick asked Slater for help and he sent him to Mr. Russell. Rick told him that he was a little short and asked if he couldn’t delay his part of the money. Ian said the bills had to be paid or Beaver Ridge could go under. Rick asked for a loan, but Ian made it a rule never to loan money. He suggested that he pay Rick's one hundred thousand dollars for two percent, giving him the majority of the stock. Rick said he would think it over.

 

Cal was concerned about Rick and told her mother that she would live in an apartment as long as she was with Rick, but Meg suggested that she knew little about men. Meg said it would hurt Rick's pride if he couldn't buy her the house she wanted. Cal was silent.

 

Betsy and Ben had called a truce for the new year. Keeping this in mind, Betsy accepted his offer to attend Meg's party.

 

Felicia asked Van to tell Eddie that she told Charles she had gone to Danvers alone to be with her aunt. Van didn't approve of having to get their stories straight, but agreed to talk to Eddie so that Charles wouldn't be hurt. Charles agreed with Van that he and Felicia needed to go to Meg's party after spending all this time in the house. Felicia told Van that she hadn't accepted the invitation because she was afraid that Eddie might be there.

 

The dress Ian had sent arrived in place of the one Arlene had ordered. At first Arlene and Carrie made plans to return the dress, but then decided that it wouldn't hurt if she wore it just once.

 

Rick had decided that he had no alternative, but had to take Ian's offer to put up the full two hundred thousand dollars for an extra two percent. He told Meg that he hated giving up control of Beaver Ridge, but she had to not tell Cal about any of this.

 

One Life To Live

 

Written by: Gordon Russell

Produced by: Doris Quinlan

 

Viki Lord Riley told Will Vernon when he dropped by with a plant, a present from his wife Naomi, that she was worried about her husband Joe, particularly after the latest incident relating to the kidnapping of their son Kevin from Llanfair hospital on the day the infant was to go home. She said Joe had a history of an aneurism and was supposed to be avoiding all strain and that, for the first time in her life, she felt that she couldn't help him. She said that Joe was drinking and beginning to push her away. She was worried that Joe had feelings of guilt about his past relationship with Cathy Craig Lord, who kidnapped the baby when grief-stricken afresh over the birth of Viki's baby. - Joe and Cathy had an illegitimate child, Megan, who was killed in an automobile accident when she was rushed to the hospital by Viki. Cathy and Joe learned just before the birth of Viki's own son that the baby had a congenital heart disorder which would have proven fatal with the onset of adolescence. Cathy would not accept the fact that Megan's condition was irreversible, particularly because the truth was kept from her by her father, Dr. Jim Craig, and Dr. Larry Wolek, and that Viki knew about it though Joe and she didn't. - Will Vernon, a psychiatrist who had seen Cathy for a time when she couldn't be reconciled to the fact that after her marriage to Viki's half-brother, Tony Lord, the pregnancy she hoped for was a false one, told Viki that he was convinced that eventually Cathy’s unconscious would take over and she would put herself in a position where she would have to be found though she wouldn’t know she was doing it. Will told Viki that Joe had been to see him and he had tried to comfort Joe with that conviction. He did not tell her, though Viki had herself sensed it, that Joe believed that the baby was dead or would be if Cathy should realize what she had done. Viki pleaded with Will to talk with Joe even though she knew that Joe would not consult Will as a patient.

 

When Viki told her husband she was comforted by talking with Will and would like to continue seeing him, she asked him if he would like to have Will as someone to let off steam to as he was looking at the dark side of everything. Just then the phone rang. Dorian Cramer Lord, called to ask Joe to come to Llanfair, saying she had called Lt. Ed Hall, in charge of the Riley kidnapping case, because she had found something she thought would help find Cathy.

 

When Viki and Joe Joe arrived at Llanfair, Dorian explained that Matt McAllister told her of an incident the day before as he was interviewing a local Rock star. As he looked up he saw a woman leaving the Carousel Club who looked very much like Cathy. He called out her name but she didn't turn around and when he got to the door she was gone. When he asked the bartender about her he was told she was applying for the job as a waitress and, in the absence of the manager, was told to leave her number and she would get a call. When Matt asked the name she gave, he learned it was Kitty Mainwaring, a name that meant nothing to Matt except that it was unusual. Dorian, too, thought the name extraordinary and thought that she recognized it but could not put it into context. She agreed that it was unlikely that Cathy would be in Llanfair because she had successfully evaded a nationwide search. Finally Dorian, unable to dismiss the name from her mind, had taken down Cathy's novel and found that Kitty Mainwaring was a character in Cathy's novel, “Forever Never Comes”.

 

Leaving Viki in the manager's office, Ed positioned his men around the motel and allowed Joe to seek admittance to Cathy's room posing as the manager. They found Cathy alone in the room with no evidence of the presence of the baby. She insisted - and evidently believed - that she was Kitty Mainwaring, an out of work waitress who had never been in Llanview and couldn't seem to remember how she came to be there.

 

Viki at first refused to believe that Cathy was not faking. She couldn't bear to accept Joe's statement that Cathy did not know anything, but when Vinnie walked in stunned she knew it was so. When Joe, himself unconvinced, insisted that Cathy would never harm a child, Viki gave way and asked "Where do you leave a baby you don't want anymore?" She was afraid that Cathy just panicked and her sick brain told her to do things as foreign to her nature as kidnapping a baby. Viki eventually recovered hope and Joe told Dorian that somehow Viki had found a strength no one ever believed she had, but for himself he found no comfort. He offered to take a leave of absence as he was not able to function with relation to his job at the paper but Dorian refused and convinced him that he had to throw himself into his work till he was too tired to think and in that way endure. When Joe left, Dorian admitted to herself that she was in love with Joe and giggled to herself that maybe the thing to do was to see Will Vernon about it. After a time, she quizzed Felicia who had been a part-time companion to Viki about how Viki was holding up and became convinced despite what she was told that sooner or later the marriage would be strained beyond repair.

 

Dr. Vernon’s own marriage was again suffering due to his neglect of his wife and her jealousy. At his nurse Jenny Wolek's urging he had begun work anew on a book he put aside ten years before. Jenny worked overtime to complete typing on the book. Will fell asleep on the couch in his office, neglecting to call home, and when he learned from Jenny that the book was completed, suggested champagne for breakfast to celebrate as Naomi walked in. Will proposed that they all celebrate but Naomi suggested they wait till the book was published. Jenny assured her that the book will be published, "It's a good book." When Jenny left the room, Naomi told her husband that their daughter Samantha was in trouble at school and had been cutting classes. She told Will that she was sure the book was excellent, after all "Jenny says it is." Later Naomi accused Will of undermining her authority with Samantha when he gave his daughter special permission to attend a Rock concert disregarding a curfew without speaking with Naomi. Will told his son Brad and Naomi he had had a very hard day with Cathy and wanted only a little peace of mind. When Naomi left to warm some dinner for her son, Will thought of Jenny.

 

Jenny and Brad came very near to making love till Brad, after trying for so long to seduce Jenny, turned her off saying he loved her and did not believe he should take advantage of her. The following day when he stopped by, Jenny turned on Brad and told him she knew he was sleeping with Lana. He told her again he loved her but she asked how she could believe him when he lied and told the truth with equal ease.

 

Brad told Lana that they were through but Lana refused to believe him and made a scene. Some days later, Lana begged Karen to help her get Brad back and when Brad came into the restaurant without his crutches, an Lana insisted to a reluctant Brad that they celebrate, Karen left in despair that Lana couldn’t back off even for a time. Brad told Lana the she was a wonderful person and would have a wonderful life, "but it's not going to be with me."

 

Pat Kendall’s son was ill and depressed that Pat planned to leave town. When the boy was feeling worse, Pat called Larry who had him admiffed to Llanview hospital. Brian's fever began to climb and Peter Janssen ordered him quarantined. After ordering tests and awaiting confirmation of a spinal tap, Peter and Larry' fears were confirmed and they told Pat that her son had Bacterial Meningitis. As Pat was talking to her son, he suddenly failed to respond an became completely comatose. Tony stayed by Pat's side in the hospital leaving only when he learned that Cathy had been found. He returned to tell Pat that there was no trace of the baby. When Pat told him he should leave, he said his place was with her and always would be, but Pat said no as long as Cathy was in the condition she was.

 

At Will Vernon’s request and over Tony's protest, a haggared Pat went to the prison hospital to see Cathy when Vernon's attempt a hypnosis of Cathy failed. Cathy momentarily responded when Pat told her she had a son who was very ill, but then accused Pat of lying to her and trying to trap her. When Pat returned to the hospital, Brian was having trouble breathing and his vital signs were slowing down. Larry and Peter hoped that he would respond to new medication. Tony finally convinced Pat that she had to rest and Jim obtained a room for her.

 

Karen Wolek had let Larry down wher she failed to pick up his son Danny for a visit to the dentist after school as she had promisecdand Jim had to get the boy when he called home after having waited to be picked up. Karen was busy looking at the realtor's listings of houses considerably out of Larry's price range. When she apologized to Danny, Larry remarked that she had come on a little too strong with the boy in a rather obvious effort to win him over. Karen told her sister Jenny that Danny was just a little bit spoiled because he had been without a mother so long, everyone catered to him. She lunched with Dorian at Llanfair twice: the second time pretending to Larry that the luncheon just slipped her mind in an otherwise uneventful day. Larry asked if her lunch was some kind of state secret, saying that Dorian mentioned it to him and was only trying to flatter Karen's ego. Karen told Larry that if he continued to think of Dorian only in terms of the past, that was his problem, not hers.

 

Later that day, after witnessing a scene between Joe Riley and Matt McAlister with Joe threatening Matt, Dorian sent Matt out of the room and let slip that Viki had been to see Cathy again pretending that it never occurred to her that he wouldn't know. Later, Matt was bitter over his treatment at Joe's hands and accused Dorian of forgetting her responsibility to keep the paper functioning in favor of giving Joe something to do. He told her he wouldn't be pushed by either her or "lover boy" and reminded her that he could prove she knew Tony was Victor Lord's son and tried to keep the knowledge from Victor.

 

Larry lit into Karen's behavior of the last few weeks, telling her he was beginning to wonder if they had a different set of values. He told her she had been callous and indifferent to Danny and she countered that the boy was extremely spoiled and uncooperative. She said she thought she was helping Larry break out of the rut he was in but he twisted and turned all her efforts into something else. She gave him back his ring saying he wanted her to be something she was not.

 

Ryan’s Hope

 

Written by: Claire Labine & Paul Avila Mayer

Produced by: Claire Labine, Paul Avila Mayer & Robert Costello

 

When Bob Reid learned from Delia that she was planning to use Pat Ryan's concern for her estrangement from her husband Frank and the rest of the Ryan family to rekindle the past - Delia and Pat, Frank's brother, were lovers before her marriage -, he went to Frank's office to plead with him to realize that Delia was desperate. He was unable to bring himself to betray Delia's confidence but insisted that Frank owed Delia some sign of sympathy and support. He asked Frank to pitch in and give Delia a place of her own and return custody of little John to her for at least two or three days a week. He said that if Frank talked to Maeve and Johnny, who had temporary custody of the child they would agree. Frank maintained the baby was not safe with Delia but Bob rejected that answer, insisting that Delia was still Frank's wife and he had to take some responsibility toward her. Frank said that Delia just wanted her own way prompting Bob to reply that some people said the same of him: that he became Jill's lover, had moved in with her and they were then expecting a baby. - Only Jillan and her sister Dr. Faith Coleridge knew that the baby Jill was carrying was the child of Dr. Seneca Beaulac. - Bob repeated that he owed some consideration to Dee but Frank countered that his obligation was to Jill. Jill walked in as Bob warned that Delia was about to go over the deep end without elaborating. He told Jillian that he agreed that Frank had a responsibility to her, but not till Dee was taken care of. He shouted that it used to be his sister's feelings that Frank worried about. When Frank's answer was that things had changed, Bob cried out that they needed some kind of a healthy answer. At that Jillian doubled over in pain.

 

When Jillian’s doctor had examined her, Faith broke the news to her that the chances were ten to one that Jillian was about to miscarry. Jillian told her sister that she had gotten used to the idea of a baby and resented having it taken away from her but agreed that it might be the best thing as she had not told either Frank or Seneca that Frank was not the father. - During the time Jillian was re-covering from a fall over little John's tricycle (Delia pushed her), she could not bring herself to risk Frank's disappointment and sense of betrayal by telling him. She wanted Frank to herself for a time, but was touched when she heard from Seneca how much he had wanted a child, which his late wife, Nell, was unable to bear him.) Jill accepted Faith's advice to let the course of events determine what she would do and try to reject the sense of guilt she felt over having lied to Frank in fact, for months and to the Ryans and Seneca by omission.

 

Seneca, in his concern for Jillian, inquired about her condition of her doctor and was puzzled at the apparent discrepancy in time. When the doctor left, he told Bucky that Jill's attitude didn’t make sense and he sought out Pat Ryan to confirm the date of the rally which spelled the death of Frank's political hopes because Jill had told him that was the night she resumed her love affair with Frank after four years.

 

After Pat, unknowing, confirmed Seneca's growing suspicions, Seneca confronted Jillian. She admitted to Seneca that the child was his, but that she felt Frank should be the first to know and wanted to wait till Frank's custody hearing was over. As she asked Seneca to keep her secret if she should miscarry, promising him that she would do her part to see that the child survived and, in turn, promising that if the child lived, she would acknowledge Seneca as the father. Seneca was content with this for the time being but when he found that Jillian had been up to answer the door in the absence of her nurse, to admit Maeve, he ordered her back to bed and threatened to hospitalize her. Maeve, knowing that Seneca was not Jillian's doctor, asked why Jill accepted his high-handed attitude. When Maeve left, Jillian warned Seneca that she would not tolerate having Maeve's suspicions aroused. Seneca apologized but went on to say that he intended to give her advice and she would act on it or he would tell Frank himself. Jillian remarked that she took some comfort in the fact that she and Seneca were not married to each other and Seneca, grinning, said: "Not yet, anyway."

 

Delia began to work on Pat, telling him that she was a much better person when they were lovers. Pat admitted that he wanted her but there were a couple of things that wouldn’t change, one of them that she was his brother's wife. He told her that there was no way that they could pick up again. When little John was up and Pat was playing with him with his toy tow-truck, Delia said she wished little John were “theirs." She told him that after they broke up she wished that she had gotten pregnant. Pat admitted, naively, that probably would have changed things, saying again that he didn’t understand Frank, that they had been taught that they owed the most loyalty to another Ryan; especially those they fathered. As Pat put little John back to bed, Delia smiled and mused to herself: "a baby."

 

Delia devised kept to a timetable ostensibly planning to go to Europe with Roger Coleridge but at every step carefully engineering that at the last minute, Pat, who had always fancied himself a "rescuer," would save her. Her scheme very nearly didn’t work when, because of the arrival of Kathleen Ryan and her young children, Jack found Delia's note late. Suspicious of Dee's motives - he had witnessed Delia in the hallway the night before, evesdropping as Pat, Frank and Maeve talked about her -, Jack turned the letter over to Mary who momentarily considered destroying it or at least delaying further. However, Mary did deliver the letter to Pat who canceled a date with Faith for the opera; rushed to the airport and took the only flight available that would get him into Boston to the pier Roger and Dee were sailing from.

 

The last minute nature of Pat's arrival with the gangplanks about to be taken away worked in Delia's favor and she "allowed" herself to admit that she made a mistake and was persuaded that there was no time for even a note to Roger who was not in the stateroom at that moment. Pretending that she was upset about her leavetaking and tired and apprehensive about making the trip back and facing the Ryans, Delia got Pat to promise to check her into a hotel so she could rest. He called home and assured Johnny Ryan that Delia was safe and sorry and will be home as soon as she can face the ordeal of the trip the following day. Then Dee and Pat spent the night together. In the morning, Pat told Dee that it would never happen again. Delia pretended to be sad but accepting.

 

Jack, at the Ryan's, looked up in shock, unable to move as little John knocked over an assortment of pain-killers from his bedside table and sat playing happily in the midst of them. Jack pulled himself off the bed but was unable to get further, and called out for Mary. Thinking it was another of his incessant demands, Mary and Johnny delayed getting to him. When they found the boy and promised he wouldn’t get into the room again, Jack insisted that they couldn't say any such thing unless they put the baby in a cage. Johnny came close to telling Jack what it was he had to "thank God for, every single day." - Jack had no idea that because of a sexual dysfunction, a complication arising from his condition after a near fatal automobile crash, the child Mary carried and he so bitterly resented might be the only one he would ever be able to have. –

 

Jumbo Marino, the closest thing to a father figure Jack had ever had, arrived with Lou and Angie at the Gennaro Social Club, to set up in Jack's room the manger scene that meant so much to them as a tradition on Christmas Eve. Jack was touched, but after a time Jumbo asked him why he wasn’t exactly thrilled at being congratulated on the baby. When he learnt that Jack didn’t want the child and had told Mary so, he told Jack he had better feel better about the baby for Mary's sake and had better shape up, fast! When Johnny joined hem in Jack's room to serve drinks to accompany the traditional Italian patries, Jack asked him to stay.

 

After Jumbo left, Jack joined the family at the tree decoration in the living room, and when he saw a hat for Maeve, a present from Art – Kathleen’s husband - opened early so they could see Maeve's face before Art and Kathleen left to spend some time with Art's parents, Jack told Mary he had a sense of the Ryans' family closeness and envied Art the look of pleasure on Maeve's face. When Jack returned to his room in his wheelchair, he saw the scattered remains of the Manger after little John and baby Deirdre – Kathleen and Art’s daughter - were through with it. Although assured that nothing was broken, Jack blurted out that nevertheless he couldn’t live with "that" - indicating the children's mischief - and wanted no part of "that" - obviously meaning children themselves -. Mary said there was nothing she could do about it - her pregnancy -, and Jack screamed out at her: "That's your problem." Johnny Ryan, who had witnessed many humiliating scenes his daughter hds suffered, exploded: "Dammit man, you ought to get down on your knees and thank God Mary's carrying this child! Because it's the only one you'll ever have!"

 

After Jack warned Mary he would go after Johnny and make him explain his remark if he had to crawl, Mary explained his condition to him. Jack insisted on seeing Dr. Alex McLean. When he was told by Alex that the by-pass operation that might hold out some hope was impossible at this time, Jack speculated that maybe Alex had no intention of hurrying him to a cure.

 

Pat Ryan had gone to Father McShane and told him what took place in Boston and at the priest's suggestion was determined to move to the resident quarters at Riverside hospital. He apologized to Faith for walking out on their date without calling her himself and they made a date to attend a party on New Year's Eve together, promising not to mention Delia or her problems.

 

Search For Tomorrow

 

Written by: Irving & Tex Elman

Produced by: Mary-Ellis Bunim

 

After things had been settled down at the Phillips' household following Eunice Wyatt's death, Eric prepared to move to Spring Valley with his new-found father, Ralph Heywood, and his wife Betty. He would come back to Henderson on some weekends, but he wanted Scott and Kathy to visit him in his new home. Kathy explained to Scott that she was sure Eric loved them and wanted them to be a part of his new life.

 

Things seemed to be going very well until Ralph sold "Araby,” the colt he gave Eric when he was actively trying to win Eric away from Scott. - Scott was Eric's guardian and felt it wasn't in Eric's best interest to live with Heywood because Ralph had tried to blackmail Scott over Eric years ago. Eric wanted to live with his real father so much that he ran away, so Scott gave in, rather than tell him about his father's past. - Spring Valley was running into financial problems, so when Ralph was offered a good price for the colt, he couldn’t refuse the sale. Eric came home as Araby was being loaded and couldn’t understand why his father would sell his pony. Ralph would only say that Spring Valley was a horse ranch that raised horses to sell. He told Eric that Araby had probably forgotten him and so he should pick out another pony. Eric remarked that his father would probably sell it too. Ralph admitted that if the price were right he would.

 

Ralph was telling Betty that they hadn’t made any money since last spring when he received a call from Mr. Jennings, a horse rancher in Arizona, who explained that he wants to semi-retire and needed someone to manage the ranch. He wanted Ralph to take a look at the ranch before he made a decision. Ralph didn’t want to leave his family during the holidays, so Mr. Jennings told him to bring them along and spend Christmas in a warm, sunny climate. Ralph agreed without asking Betty or Eric.

 

Eric and the Phillipses were disappointed that Eric couldn't attend the Christmas Eve party at Hartford House, so Kathy suggested that they ask Ralph if they could keep Eric for Christmas Eve and put him on a plane for Arizona early in the morning. Eric liked the idea, but Ralph refused to consider it because he wanted Eric with them for the whole holiday.

 

Eric called Scott from Arizona to tell him that his father had accepted Mr. Jennings' offer to manage the ranch. They would be staying a few more days and then would be returning to pack up. He got teary when he talked about having to get used to a new school and moving so far away.

 

Liza Kaslo had been chosen as one of four girls to do a magazine layout in Paris and would like her husband, Steve, to go with her. He had refused and things hadn't gone well in their marriage since she had become a popular model. Even Liza's mother, Janet Collins, suggested that Liza weigh her marriage against her career since she couldn’t seem to manage both. Liza thought it was unfair for people to think she should give up her career for her marriage when they wouldn't think of asking Steve to give up his music. Steve came home to tell Liza he had been laid off. She asked him to come with her to Paris and look for a new job when he got back, but Steve remained firm. The tension was thick when Woody Reed, Liza's manager, picked her up. Liza was kept busy from dawn to the wee hours of the morning, but tried to call Steve. When she was unable to reach him after several days, Liza became worried. She called Amy Carson, Steve's sister, asking for her help. Amy and news reporter Bruce Carson, tried locating Steve, but were unsuccessful. Liza became so worried that she planned on returning to Henderson even though Woody warned her that it would mean the end of her career. Steve finally came out of hiding. He had returned to their old one room apartment where he had been inspired to write "Daisies" in the hopes of writing a new song. He found the inspiration, but had been oblivious to the fact that anyone might worry about him.

 

Woody was thankful that Liza had remained in Paris to finish the layout. He asked her to stay for a few days of relaxation and sightseeing. Liza would like to return some day, but then all she wanted was to get home to Steve. When Woody kissed Liza goodnight, he blamed it on too much champagne.

 

Steve suggested that he had the solution to their problem. They would remain in their new apartment, but he would rent the old place as a studio since it was only there that he could find the inspiration to compose. He insisted on paying for it with the money he made as the new bartender at Hartford House.

 

Steve was surprised when Melissa Manchester paid him a visit at Hartford House to tell him that she had heard his demonstration tape and liked his music. She invited him and Liza to watch her rehearse. They planned on celebrating, but the film of a modeling session was destroyed and had to be redone immediately. Liza and Steve were both disappointed. Steve was impressed with his personal concert by Melissa and flattered by her offer to take him on as her guitarist for her tour. Steve promised to think it over.

 

Bruce and his fellow reporter, Gail Caldwell, continued writing their secret article. Amy invited Gail to dinner to meet Dr. Gary Walton. She was delighted when they seemed to hit it off and Gary started dating Gail.

 

Bruce arranged to work one evening so that he and Gail could spend the whole even-ing together. They were about to order dinner from room service when Amy called to say they were swamped at the clinic and the babysitter had to leave. She asked Bruce and Gail to work at the house, but Gail refused to go home with Bruce because she could no longer be a hypocrite. She would not be put in a situation which made her uneasy. She couldn’t bear spending the evening with Bruce and his daughter.

 

The bank in Washington that held Walter Pace's loan called to say that Stephanie had to sign the stock or they couldn’t use it to cover his loans. Walter told Stephanie that he had a line on a good business deal and he recommended that she put her Collins stock up to buy it. Stephanie asked Scott Phillips to take care of this for her. He suggested that quick schemes didn’t always make money. Walter was becoming impatient because the banks wouldn’t accept the power of attorney that Stephanie had unwittingly given him. Scott became suspicious and asked his investigator to check into Walter Pace's business holdings in Washington.

 

Jennifer Pace Phillips had given Stephanie the bowl she took from the Wyatt apartment when she killed Eunice and was unable to retrieve it. When all else failed, she knocked it off the table breaking it. Stephanie told Walter that she knew a man who could do wonders repairing glass and would surprise Jennifer after it had been repaired.

 

John Wyatt had hired David Sutton to find his wife's killer. After questioning Jennifer, she followed him to see what he found out. He visited pawn shops looking for the articles that were taken. Jennifer and her fantasy of John decided that David was getting too close for comfort. Jennifer was deterred from killing David, though, when she ran into Bruce and Gail near David's room. Her fantasy warned her that it was too risky for the moment.

 

Jennifer arranged for her "wedding" and was told by her fantasy that she could see him then, but when she visited John at the Inn he told her that he didn't love her. He had no intentions of getting married and even if he did, he wouldn't marry her. Jennifer palmed John's room key as she left. Hurt, later she returned, using the key to admit herself to John's room where she hid the gun she killed Eunice with in his closet because she held him responsible for everything she had done.

 

David and Lieutenant Frank went over all the evidence. They decided that the ski mask had never been worn and the file was not the kind used to jimmy locks. They received the ballistics report on the weapon used and David remembered a stolen gun of that description. He had a hunch and visited the Pace apartment, obtaining an old photo of Jennifer. The pawn broker said it could be the girl who stole the gun while he was on the phone. David asked John to call Jennifer and arrange to meet her at the Inn. John was reluctant, unable to believe that Jennifer was capable of murder, but he made the call, apologizing for his earlier behavior. They became worried when she called to say her father was ill, but after she learned he only had flu and Stephanie returned, she hurried to meet John. The shop keeper identified her and Lieutenant Frank arrested her.

 

David finally reached show owned Yang Lee when he returned from his holiday in San Francisco. Mr. Lee told David that the bowl he found in the shop was left to be repaired by Mrs. Pace. David returned with Lieutenant Frank and Jo Vincente. Jo was able to identify the bowl easily because she had it inscribed "EJW" for Eunice and John Wyatt.

 

John told Jo that he had been offered a judgeship in Wellington and had decided that it would be good for both him and Suzi to leave Henderson because everything here reminded them of Eunice. He took Suzi out of town for a few days.

 

Jennifer was out on bail, but was very nervous. Lieutenant Frank and David arrived at the Pace apartment with the jade bowl to find out how Stephanie acquired it. Walter instructed Jennifer not to tell them anything. They insisted on searching the apartment for evidence of a murder. They found a letter from Jennifer to John explaining the murder and accusing John of planning it. They arrested Jennifer and although Lieutenant Frank insisted on issuing a warrant for John, David found it hard to believe that John had anything to do with it.

 

Somerset

 

Written by: Russell Kubeck

Produced by: Lyle B. Hill

 

The organization that had its talons into Somerset appeared to have accepted Steve Slade as a member. He was making regular money runs with Denise – Denny - Saunders. Steve, under cover for the Register, wondered at Denny's edginess around him, unaware Joe Castor, his contact man, had told Denny, “Steve Slade is a walking dead man." - The late Greg Mercer, formerly a reporter for the Register, uncovered the Organization's grip on Somerset and was killed for his trouble. Greg uncovered the name Harry Rose. Steve had come up with a “music box" that played the "Blue Danube" and the fact that the head man had "iron" in him. They were all unaware that Fred Harrington, prominent Somerset citizen, was the head man. Since the trial of Greg's killers, Julian Cannell, Register editor, and Carrie Wheeler, another reporter, had kept the heat on with articles and editorials based on Greg's notebooks and Steve's information. Harrington's business had been damaged, and he was determined to get Julian. –

 

Denny accidentally met Julian and Carrie in a flower shop one day. Later she told Castor Julian wasn't anything like he said. Castor replied that Julian was a dangerous man. Denny asked Joe what he meant about the State's taking care of Steve, not the Organization. He didn’t answer. - He and Harrington planned to have Steve framed for Julian's murder, thus keeping themselves out of it. - To that end, Castor had been busily enlisting the aid of ambitious police Sgt. Chip Williams. Castor met with Williams to discuss Williams' role. Williams told Castor they had't come to terms yet —Lt. Price's job. Castor replied that they couldn’t deliver. Trying to ease Price out caused too much speculation. Castor promised, however, that Williams would make a sure, steady rise in the department and would have a nice bonus every month. Williams speculated about what would happen if he turned Castor in for bribery. Castor replied Williams would never make it. Castor gave Williams 24 hours to decide.

 

Julian and Price were onto Williams. Steve reported in again, this time with three phone numbers. One number was the Register's! The other two numbers were for the country club and an expensive tailor. Julian asked Vickie Paisley's help in obtaining lists from both places to cross check. She agreed, but asked to know more about what was going on. Julian refused to tell her, afraid it would put her in too much danger. Ironically, it was Vickie who could connect Harrington to all their clues. Vickie urged Julian to accept publisher Dan Brisken's offer of a bodyguard. Julian refused, saying it would restrict his movements too much. In cross-checking the lists, Julian automatically crossed off Harrington's name.

 

Carrie was released from the hospital, but was forced to stay home to work for awhile, to regain her strength. - Carrie suffered a nervous collapse. She was engaged to Greg Mercer, hunted down by the Organization in an attempt to keep her from testifying, and was then in love with Steve, agonizing over his danger. - Lawyer Tom Conway visited and suggested that they become more than just good friends. Carrie turned him down, unwittingly increasing Steve's danger. - Tom was being blackmailed into service by the Organization. They wanted Greg's notebooks. Tom helped them get all but the important one, but he knew Steve and Julian were also interested.- Tom was being pressured to reveal what he knew about "the" notebook. Revealing Steve knew about the notebook would remove Steve as a rival, but Tom loved Carrie too much to hurt her that way.

 

Castor and Williams came to terms. With Denny along, Castor told Williams to use whatever means he had to get Julian to Chimney Corners in a few hours. Denny was sickened. The hit man was already in town. He would use a gun Castor had with Steve's fingerprints on it. Steve arrived at Denny's apartment early. He noticed that Denny was wearing a friendship ring he gave her. - Denny was "saved" from a life on the streets by the Organization. Her gratitude had allowed her to harden herself to the true nature of the people she was involved with. Steve had carefully cultivated Denny's friendship, finally penetrating her hard, protective facade. Interestingly, however, when Castor interrupted them, Denny immediately slammed the door on her more human side. - Castor arrived and told Steve the routine was changed. Steve was to go alone to Chimney Corners and pick up the money, then meet Denny. Castor left. Denny told Steve about the trap. He rushed out when he couldn’t reach Julian at the Register. Meanwhile, Williams had arranged for Castor to call him in Vickie's office. Williams faked a call about a tip that Steve would be killed at Chimney Corners. When Williams left, Vickie naturally called Julian, who also rushed off to the appointed spot, leaving Carrie to contact Price, who was an hour away.

 

Steve arrived. Tht hit man was in place. Julian arrived. Steve demanded to know why "Cannell" was following him. Steve "attacked" Julian, intercepting the bullet. The hit man ran. Julian got help. The ambulance drivers felt Steve would be DOA, but Steve made it to the hospital. While he was in the emergency room, Carrie visited him and they pledged their love. Drs. Stan Kurtz and Terri Martin were puzzled by this. Julian asked them not to discuss what they had seen, to trust him.

 

Steve was rushed into surgery. Dr. Jerry Kane removed the bullet from Steve's heart and managed to restimulate his heart. Unaware Denny was nearby, Julian told Stan and Terri that things weren't always what they seemed, and he would explain about Steve later. When Julian saw Denny, she claimed to be there just to give blood. He couldn’t reach her, so Carrie tried, as a reporter. Julian had called to the phone. Tom Conway, on his way into the hospital to keep vigil, was accosted by his contact. Tom learned his contact and another man were waiting to kill Julian. Disguising his voice, Tom called and warned Julian, who called Price. Price had been questioning Williams about why he didn't act on his "tip." Williams said his "source" wasn't always reliable.

 

Denny told Carrie she wasn't fooled by the act Carrie and Steve put on. Denny also warned Julian not to go anywhere alone. Price ordered a dragnet to sweep the hospital environs.

 

Castor wondered to Denny how the plan could have gone wrong. Exasperated, he told her it was to him to get rid of Steve. Denny suggested he turn it over to someone else, ask for a transfer. Castor told her it was not up to him or their boss: "It goes higher up."

 

Price couldn’t find anybody outside the hospital who didn’t have legitimate business. In the throes of worry over Steve, Julian finally confided what they had to Vickie. The following morning, they went to Price. Vickie knew a man with a music box — Fred Harrington. They put the pieces together — Fred Harrington always wore a rose - Harry Rose -; Harrington had “iron" in him - a steel plate inserted after a skiing accident -; Harrington patronized all three places they had phone numbers for. Price decided to get a warrant.

 

Steve, Carrie at his side, finally was reported out of danger by Stan. Tom Conway confessed his part to Carrie, then Lt. Price. Denny called Carrie and warned her to keep a guard on Steve.

 

Harrington tried to explain to his boss what went wrong. Castor called with the news that Julian had been in contact with the Justice Department. Harrington cut him short. Following more inept explanations, Harrington faced a gun. Harrington was murdered — by Dan Brisken! The following day, Dan spoke out vociferously against Steve's joining the Organization. Vickie, to whom Dan was speaking, kept quiet, with some difficulty.

 

Julian, Price, Carrie, and Steve decided Dan needed to know about Harrington since they were such close friends. Julian filled Dan in, saying Harrington was murdered by someone he knew. Julian asked if Dan ever witnessed Harrington receiving a call in his office. Dan feigned ignorance, then "remembered" Harrington once received a call from a Mr. Smith. Julian told Dan that Harrington wasn't the top man, that they still had work to do. Dan pledged they would get him. His secretary called him to a meeting. Dan asked Julian to wait for him. The phone rang. Julian decided to pick it up. He heard, "Mr. Brisken, this is Mr. Smith" – Castor -. Julian was stunned.

 

Dan returned to the office, having cut a meeting short to continue his conversation with Julian. Julian handed him the phone. Julian told Carrie to have Lt. Price meet them. Dan admitted to Julian that he was the top man, that he was the one who killed Harrington! Dan explained simply that Harrington had made too many mistakes. He wasn’t worried about being arrested, telling Julian there wasn't enough evidence to connect him with Harrington or convict him. However, when Price arrived, Dan confessed. Lt. Price arrested him.

 

Heather Kane, one of the victims of the Organization, told her surgeon husband that she thought Carrie was in love with Steve. - Heather was mistaken for Carrie and pushed down a flight of stairs. Heather subsequently lost her baby and had to have brain surgery to save her own life. - Jerry didn't quite believe Heather, but trusted her instincts. After they discussed it further, Heather gave Jerry her own good news – she was pregnant! The Kanes had been hoping for this since the loss of their first baby.

 

In Steve’s hospital room, Carrie told Steve that Dan was the top man. Dan's arrest ended an ugly epoch in their lives, and they could then begin planning a future, impossible while the Organization had its hold on Somerset. Stan and Terri, Jerry and Heather, and Vickie and Julian all shared in the good news. As they stood by, Steve officially asked Carrie to marry him.

 

The show last aired on Friday, December 31st, 1976.

 

The Young And The Restless

 

Written by: William J. Bell

Produced by: John Conboy

 

Brock Reynolds had tried to help his mother, Kay Chancellor, and Joann Curtenyski by having Joann move into the huge house his mother occupied by herself. He told his mother that Joann needed to save money to go back to school as she and her husband were divorced. Joann had a pretty good grip on herself then and hadn't fallen into eating out of self-pity. One evening Mrs. Chancellor tried to break Joann's diet by tempting her with delicious sandwiches. Joann was depressed and Kay suggested that a drink would help her forget her troubles. Kay then confessed that all her drinking didn’t help because the loneliness returned when she sobered up. Joann told Brock, who thought that Joanne might be able to help Kay with her drinking problem.

 

Even though Joann knew she would be able to eat little of it, she bought the groceries to prepare the kind of Christmas meal she always had. Kay didn’t want to be reminded of the holidays because they were a time for families and she always felt so lonely, but Joann was determined to make Christmas happy this year.

 

Peggy Brooks was determined to go through with her marriage with Jack Curtis, even though her father had suggested to both Jack and Peggy that she might be rushing into this to prove she was not afraid, after having been raped last summer. Stuart discussed his fears with Peggy's sister, Lorie, who said that the only way to know if Peggy had any hangups was for her to sleep with Jack before the wedding. Stuart agreed, but said he couldn't and wouldn't suggest it. All the Brooks girls decided to see if they could help in any way. Jack confessed that he had forgotten one important fact. Although he went as Jack Curtis at the university, his real name was Johnny Curtenyski and it would take forty-five days to change it, so Peggy became Mrs. Johnny Curtenyski.

 

Bill Foster had become so critical that he couldn't be taken home as his son Greg wanted, but was placed on a respirator. Liz Foster asked her son, Doctor Snapper Foster, if Bill would stay in pain. Snapper couldn’t give his mother much hope. Liz left the hospital, but returned unseen to Bill's bedside. He pleaded with her to help him. She remembered that he wanted to die with dignity, and after saying good-bye to him, she unplugged the respirator. Snapper entered the room to see his father draw his last few breaths and understood what had happened when he saw the plug. He took Liz home and told her not to tell Greg and Jill what she had done because they might not understand that it was what he wanted. Snapper remembered the plug and returned to the hospital, but he was too late. The nurse, Miss Warner, had been looking for him and mentioned the respirator. He suggested someone found his father and unplugged it before rushing to the emergency they had.

 

Snapper brooke the news to Jill and Greg, but couldn’t calm Greg down. He realized that Greg's raving about not being called when their father was dying was hard on his mother. Greg was unable to forgive Snapper.

 

The funeral was simple, the way Bill had requested, and Brock spoke the words Bill wanted his family to hear. Although Kay detested death and funerals, she ùade the effort because Bill had cared so much for her.

 

Miss Warner told the administration, and then Snapper, that she had been bothered by the unplugged machine because the switch was still on. Doctor Atwater set an investiga-ion in motion. If warranted, the police would be called in.

 

Chris Foster was becoming more attached to Karen Becker every day that she had her. - Chris helped Nancy Becker through legal aid and then became involved in Nancy and Karen's safety when she became convinced that Ron Becker had raped her sister Peggy. Ron had Nancy taken to the hospital when she broke down, and he ran off when Karen asked why he was hurting Chris. They had been unable to locate Nancy. - Determined to do what was best for Karen, Chris had a police artist do a sketch of Nancy from her description so her father could publish it in his paper, hoping someone would recognize it. Chris took Karen shopping to avoid getting the news too quickly, but Stuart came by to tell her that they hde had no word and usually they heard within the first few hours or not at all. Chris called Greg, asking him to file for the permanent custody of Karen so that Ron couldn’t come back and try to claim her. Greg said that adoption was the only thing that could do that and she and Snapper were a long way from that. Greg could file, but Chris' wish of having it settled before Christmas was impossible. A peace and contentment filled Chris when Karen asked if she might call her "Mommy." Snapper admired the fact that Chris had made a real effort to find Nancy when she wanted to keep Karen so badly.

 

The nurse in the mental ward saw a resemblence in the sketch to Fran Jackson, but felt she was mistaken when no one else did and Fran wouldn’t respond to the name Nancy Becker.

 

Lance Prentiss told Lorie Brooks that it was time they set their wedding day and he felt Valentine's Day, would be perfect. Lorie said it was corny, because no one was ever married on the lover's holiday, but agreed. She felt that a much earlier date would be better since Vanessa Prentiss was trying to arrange for Lance to fall in love with her sister, Leslie Elliot.

 

Vanessa made a rare journey from the house to tell Brad Elliot that he had to not let Leslie reach out to him because it would only be out of a sense of duty. Leslie finally told her parents that Brad was blind and this was why he wanted a divorce. Stuart told Brad that he had tried to protect Leslie, and he was sure Brad had done it out of love. It could be that there was no other man for Leslie but himself. Brad was totally confused.

 

Returning home from his search for Luke, Lance told his mother that they should let the detective agency go, since Luke had requested that he be left unfound.

 

Lorie wasn’t sure why, but she made a real effort to be nice to Vanessa. She explained that she wanted to be friends and was sure that a plastic surgeon somewhere would be able to help Vanessa. She was going to do everything she could to help her. Lorie was rewarded by Vanessa's reluctant approval, though she admitted Leslie had been her choice for Lance.

 

Lance showed Lorie two diamond necklaces and asked her which one she liked best. When she made a choice, he told her this was Vanessa's Christmas present. Lance remarked that he liked Lorie "natural" so that her sparkle was in her eyes. He promised to buy her enough diamonds to keep her satisfied when she was old.

 

When Leslie decided to see Brad again, Lorie called Brad warning of her visit and cautioning him not to mention the child Leslie was carrying because she wouldn’t come back for the child's sake, but only if he really wanted her. Brad was a mess. He needed a shave, a haircut and some pressed clothing. Leslie said she couldn’t respect him when he let his appearance go. She cleaned the apartment and sent him an electric razor. When Lorie visited him, Brad remarked that he offered Leslie the use of the piano in the apartment since there were many distractions in the Brooks' household, while preparing for Peggy's wedding. He asked Lorie to cut his hair, but she retorted that he should ask his wife, if he could admit he needed the help.

 

Since neither Leslie nor Brad would break down and make the first move, Lorie untuned the family piano, forcing Leslie to do her practicing at the apartment. Lorie told Lance of her brainstorm and he came up with one of his own when he heard that Leslie was at Brad's then. Leslie answered the doorbell to find that someone had had a Christmas tree and ornaments delivered to "Mr. and Mrs. Brad Eliot." Leslie inadvertantly said, "You'll see how beautiful it will look" making Brad withdraw. Leslie refused to let Brad sulk, saying she didn’t pity him even if he refused to try leading a normal life. She described a crystal madonna and child ornament and Brad asked if he might hang it.

 

As Peggy’s wedding drew near, Stuart accepted Jack into the family, making Peggy very happy. Only a few nights before the wedding, Peggy had a dream about her wedding night, but it turned into a nightmare when Ron Becker appeared in it. Stuart broke the news to Jack that the wedding had been called off. At first Jack blamed Stuart, but when he heard the reason he told Peggy that he would wait as long as necessary.

 

Peggy had been crying ever since she called off the wedding. Chris told her that she and Snapper didn't consumate their marriage that first night. Snapper waited until Chris came to him of her own initiative. Peggy wasn’t sure that she would ever be ready.

 

Lance had taken Lorie on a business trip promising they would be back by New Year's Eve. Lance said Lorie had called him "Mr. All Talk and No Action" for the last time. Lorie put him off, saying that their relationship had been above reproach and that he could just wait until they were married on Valentine's Day. Hearing that they were over Nevada, Lance ordered his pilot to set the plane down as there were no blood tests or waiting periods required here.

 

Kay took a birthday present to Phillip and was overheard telling him that she remembered the night he was conceived. Kay admitted to Jill that she saw Jill and Phillip in the bunkhouse that night. Jill was furious to hear that Kay had known all along that Phillip was the father of her baby and that she had put her through hell by having her marriage annulled and depriving her son of a father.

 

Leslie had a message translated into braille for Brad's gift and remained while he read it. He seemed moved by her message that she needed him and wanted him. She told him that she was not leaving the apartment.

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1 hour ago, FrenchFan said:

And finally a 2nd year is complete ! 1975 and 1976 ! Should I get into 1977 ?

 

Kay took a birthday present to Phillip and was overheard telling him that she remembered the night he was conceived. Kay admitted to Jill that she saw Jill and Phillip in the bunkhouse that night. Jill was furious to hear that Kay had known all along that Phillip was the father of her baby and that she had put her through hell by having her marriage annulled and depriving her son of a father.

 

 

 

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It is fun to read these and come across some of the scenes I have watched during the years. It gives it more context. Here is a very short clip of this confrontation:

 

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@FrenchFan Please continue to 1977. Thanks for all your the work you do for these recaps

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It's a lot of fun reading these summaries!  It's interesting how sporadic Ansel Scott, Mrs. Nadine Alexander, and Raven Alexander are on "The Edge of Night".   They pretty much dominated the October recap, were missing entirely in November, and they're dominating again in December.  Were these actors on contract, or did they just appear whenever Henry Slesar wanted to give the Karrs and the Drakes a break?  

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@FrenchFan All these synopsis are so great, I would love it if you could go on to 1977. I would post more, but so busy with only a few more weeks of school left. The effort is appreciated though. 

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