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VARIOUS OLD EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS

Written by Stacey Lopez and edited by Dawn Lasky

Part One

May 10 - May 22, 1995  - shoot out at Luke's club, Brenda shot at in her shower at Sonny's penthouse, shooting at the Spencer's.

May 22 - June 2, 1995 - N&L's Brooklyn wedding

4/1/98 Luke takes a call from Audrey, and fishes for news of Lucky. The only thing she can tell Luke is that his son is being a wonderful help to Lizzie. Before hanging up, she compliments him on what a fine boy he and Laura have raised. The boy in question was hiding upstairs in Elizabeth's room, where he told her about his new gig, working for Helena, "the homicidal branch" of the Cassadine family. Liz has some news of her own, that she's going to attend a group therapy session for rape counseling. When she leaves through the door, Lucky starts to head out through the window, when he gets caught by Sarah. She grills him; he begs her to say nothing as Audrey knocks on the door. She complies. While Audrey was babbling old history, Lucky hid behind the door.

As the Webber women were exiting, Audrey mentioned the new thriller she was reading, "General Homicide. Lizzie stands outside the conference room, watching several other women enter. After getting some encouragement from another patron, she enters. Inside, Liz becomes increasingly uncomfortable with each person's shared experience, tales of how their rapes are still affecting them. She starts to flash back to her own, and squirms at the anxieties the other women confess to having. As Gail tries a little pep talk, Liz looks doubtful. When Gail calls a break, Liz tells her that this form of counseling probably isn't for her.

Tony's busy brooding behind bars when Bobbie makes a visit to beat him over the head with his sins and how they're affecting Lucas. Tony is still convinced that he was totally in the right in his kidnapping actions, swearing up and down that Carly and Jason are the ones who should be described in several ways that all have "path" as a root word. Bobbie listens to him spout and then declares that she will *never* let him anywhere near Lucas. Still not sure why, but Justus made a jailhouse visit, probably to make sure that none of Tony's civil rights have been violated. The good Doctor uses the visit to insult Justus' boss.

In the precinct, Dara was trying to get a file off Taggert's desk, and he used the occasion to flirt with her. Just after she congratulates him on a job well done, Justus reappears, swinging from the gallery, saying Tony must go (must go must go) free.

Bobbie continued her jaunt around town by visiting her bro to tell him how whacked out her ex-husband is. Luke was stunned at how far gone Tony appears and suggested she get a lawyer to sever Tony's rights, but Bobbie wanted Luke's help instead, and asked him to try to talk turkey to Tony.

At the jailhouse, Luke presents a document to ex-doc-bro-in-law stating a release of all rights to Lucas. Tony says 'no deal,' and launches into the most eloquent self-defense of his parental skills that any "villain" could ever hope to spew. For seven months, he devoted himself to Carly's unborn child and he was the best possible father that baby could have. That he was willing to go as far as he did to protect the child was his proof that he was a good pop .

Luke tried to both explain the reasoning behind Bobbie's concerns *and* empathize with the man behind the bars, and when Tony turns it around and asks Luke if he would sign those papers were he in similar shoes. We don't see Luke's face, but Tony does and it reaffirms his position.

Luke returns to his home and a waiting Bobbie and tells her that Tony's agreed not to see Lucas without first clearing it with Bobbie, but that he wouldn't sign away his legal rights, and Luke wasn't about to lean on him to do so.

Katherine returns from shopping all full with news of her new decorative purchase, but Nikolas only wants news of Robin. After a bit of tease, Kathy complies Stefan  picking up a sheer scarf that Kat dropped, and presenting a Greek Island Flashback to Stefan in white and khaki presents a similar scarf to "Lasha" that he found; she says Nik must've pulled it out of her hair.

Katy drags him back to the present and wants to know what he's thinking. A little clipped, he accuses her of already knowing, and demands she tell him what she thinks is on his mind. She points to the scarf and tells him it represents the problem they're having - she's not who he wants her to be. She doesn't have a pedigree, and she's not wrapped up in things that do. She's a modern gal and doesn't have to surround herself with objects that have a history, using the vase she bought as an example. She says it's stunning, and points to some objects in the room with a long history and calls them "pig ugly." She seems to be making headway, because he picks up the objects in question  and says he hates them too, and should they throw them off the cliff? They settle for hiding the objects de-whatever behind a seat cushion and smooch. Stefan decides he likes the vase.

In the hospital corridor, Nik and Lucky had a quick run in, albeit a not unfriendly one. Liz exits her session and gets a little paranoid that Nik would guess of her rape by where she was coming from, but Lucky reassured her otherwise. When he asked her about the group, she told him she didn't belong there with people who aren't getting well.

GETTING READY FOR THE BALL: UPDATE THURSDAY APRIL 2

The Signing of the Docks Contract is coming up, and our friends are getting ready:

Mike comes up to Luke at the jetty (I guess away from where the festivities will be.)  Luke has no intention of going there.  He tells Mike that Lucky is living elsewhere, and he wants Mike to keep Helena away from her yacht while Luke does his thing on it. Luke plants bugs under tables and things, but then he has to duck down behind a table while Helena's "Man Friday" sets up the table. 

Helena is walking back toward the yacht and Mike steps out: "ROXY!" He pulls out all the con-man stops, telling her how he's missed her, and how sorry he is, but surely she will forgive him, and on and on. "Roxy, it's me, MIKEY!"  "Do I LOOK like the sort of woman who would know a 'Mikey??'"  Helena is intrigued in spite of herself.  Your Fearless Updater, too.  "Let me make you happy." "There are many definitions of happiness." "You define it, I'll do it."  Lucky comes on the scene and Helena realizes they know each other.  Mike beats a hasty exit, and Helena asks Lucky who that was.  Lucky tells her Mike is Sonny's dad, and Luke's friend, and when Helena wonders what he wanted, Lucky says Mike likes money--- and beautiful women.

Helena takes Lucky to the yacht, Luke makes his escape, and Helena tells Lucky he's passed the test.  However, she impales a loaf of bread with a knife to indicate what happens to people who DON't pass the tests. Luke has hastened to his listening devices and learns that Lucky told about Mike.

Jax and V are reviewing the ceremony.  He tells her: "As usual, your attention to detail has been pleasantly compulsive."  She warns him about security, but at least he's safe for tonight.  She is going to leave so he can get ready, as Brenda will distract him. He asserts that he and Brenda are strictly friends.  He sits V down to convince her that he doesn't trust Brenda, and nothing is going on. He is not stringing Brenda along.  As V leaves, she says "Ashley called: why haven't you called her back?"

Meanwhile, Ned comes to see Brenda and tells her it's foolish to play the stock market.  She says it's OK because she's doing it for Jax. "Jax loves me, he told me he loved me, he came to me and told me he loved me...." Ned tries to tell Brenda that there are more than two men in the world. Brenda assures Ned, that "there's only one for me."  She shows off different dresses.   Ned reminds Brenda that Jax is all about closing the deal. Brenda replies "Jax and I were made to be together."

Tess has a "surprise date" planned for Mac and Felicia.  She's even organized backup babysitters in case Ever-Ready Betty can't sit. She's picked out a white tux for Mac and the ugliest gaudiest dress one can imagine for Felicia.  Felicia will wear the dress but is dubious about the corsage. She goes off to change.

Mac (as Jimmy) asks "What's up, Tess?"  She tells him he has to do what he is told.  She calls Mitch telling him it's all set.  "Hey, she gets shot, she gets shot.  Maybe next life she'll know better."

V tells Felicia this it really suspicious and cancel it.  They talk about Jimmy, who has been regaling V with tales of his lost loves, including the one who ditched him while he was getting a tattoo with her name on it.  HE'S HAD THE TATTOO REMOVED.

Tess, who seems to be the only person in Port Charles who knows where the clue shop is, sees Mac, unscarred, getting ready for the "date."

Felicia "accidentally" steps on the corsage.  Tess says "You'll never have another night like this" as she bundles them off.  Then she calls Mitch and tells him "we have a problem."  She tells him that it's Mac.

At Wyndham's, Carly is trying on makeup and Edward comes up and gives her advice.  He asks about Michael and suggests that someday Jason might leave her in the lurch and she'd do well to feather her nest in case. He's hoping she will avert the strike.

After he's left, Carly decides to buy all the makeup, even though it's pricey.  Edward tells Ned the strike won't happen.

Subject: GH: Update Friday 4/3/98

At Wyndemere, the episode begins with Katherine trying to convince Stefan and Nik to go to the Waterfront Gala.  They decline. On her way out, she runs into Helena (who has Lucky in tow) and Stefan half-heartedly offers them tea.

At the penthouse, Jason is making arrangements with Benny.  He tells him not to serve the strike notice until he says so.  Jason says he'll speak to ELQ tonight.  Carly walks in, asks Jason about her hair, and complains that she has no appropriate jewelry for the occasion.

At Pier 52, we see that action from a reporter's point of view.  She announces the incoming local celebrities and interviews Edward. When asked about the strike, Edward is about to launch into an anti-union speech when Ned intercepts the microphone and says something more diplomatic.  Brenda and Jax arrive and the reporters flock around them asking about their relationship.  Thankfully, they have no comment.

Stuck in the limousine, Mac and Felicia realize Tess duped them and it finally dawns on Felicia that the hit on Jax will be tonight. Back at the penthouse, Benny arrives with a new diamond necklace and earrings for Carly.  She gushes over them as Jason approves.

At the Gala, Alan and AJ chat about the possibility of a strike and Alan asks about the added costs if the union walks out.  AJ makes some learned talk about injunctions and such, and Alan beams with pride over his son's newfound brainpower.  Amy approaches and Alan leads her away to talk about his little 'problem'.  Alan says he doesn't need help anymore because he's now drug-free. Amy doesn't quite buy it, and urges him to seek professional help if he has any withdrawal problems.  She leaves.  Monica wanders over and asks what Amy wanted.

V approaches Jax and says the situation is too easy for a sniper. Jax brushes her off, saying there's no need to worry...

Tess enters the limo brandishing a gun.  She says she knows that Mac is Mac because James has a red patch on his shoulder where a tattoo had been removed and Mac has no such patch.  But... one Mac is as good as another for her purposes.

At the Gala, Carly and Jason arrive amid reporters' questions about the possible union strike.  Jason replies:  "Why are you asking me?" and offers no comment.  Carly congratulates Jason for 'handling' the press. Brenda sees the couple and says she hopes Robin isn't watching this on TV.  "It hurts to get your heart broken,"  she says.  "So I've heard," Jax replies.  "Of course, it could be exactly what you need to point you in a better direction,"  backpedals Brenda.

Back at the limo, Tess asks about James.  Mac mentions that if James is still alive, he can tell the police who's really behind the shooting. Tess threatens to kill Felicia if they don't tell her where James is.

At the Cassadine Tea Party:  Helena compliments Mrs. Lanbury on her scones but then adds that she's grateful they weren’t poisoned.  Stefan points out that poisoning is her MO. She asks about Nik's studies.  Nik says they're going well enough and he will need no help from her when he inherits the empire.  He then asks to speak to Lucky alone and they leave.

"He despises you"  Stefan says to Helena and goes on to say that, despite the innocuous scones, she's not welcome here.  Helena says that she has important information...

At Luke's Club, KatyBell walks in to squeal to Luke about Helena and Lucky's visit to Wyndemere.  After sparring briefly about Nik's role in Luke and Lucky's estrangement, she says that Luke should act in Lucky's best interest and stop all this revenge nonsense.  "Nothing I've done so far comes close to revenge,"  Luke replies.

At Wyndemere, Helena tells Stefan that Luke and Lucky are at odds and that Lucky could be valuable to them.  Stefan is dubious of the boy's intent.  He may be another Spencer spy.  Helena gathers that Stefan's talking about Bobbie as the other spy, and taunts him for marrying her.  Stefan says that if anything happens to Lucky, that Luke would exact revenge by hurting Nikolas.  Helena says that Stefan is afraid of Luke... or perhaps it's Luke's wife he fears.  Laura might hate Stefan for causing a rift between Luke and Lucky.

Outside, Nik tells Lucky that Helena's a murderer.  Lucky asks why Nik's even concerned about what he does.  Nik says it's for Lulu's sake.  Lucky says that what he does is his own business...  his life is his own. Nik says that if Lucky works for Helena, that she will control his life.

At the Gala, AJ and Keesha exchange gooey sweet pleasantries and comment on Carly's diamonds.  "Jason gives her anything she wants," AJ says.  "Because she gave him Michael,"  Keesha adds.  AJ says that at least they look happy....

Ned discusses a compromise with Jason regarding the unions.  Jason says that Edward and Jax won't do it.

Carly leaves and talks to Brenda.  Carly:  Nice dress  Brenda:  Nice jewelry.   Brenda goes on to say that it's sad that Michael has to grow up in that penthouse surrounded by guards.  And Carly replies,  "Feel sorry for yourself Brenda, I'm sure that won't be much of a stretch...." and walks away.

Jax walks over and says he needs to talk to Jason and that Brenda can skip that part of the date.  Brenda says she can handle it.  "He's nothing to me,"  she says.  "Can't wait 'til the day when he's nothing to any of us..."  Jax replies.

Back in the limo, Mac says he doesn't know where Jimmy is... Felicia does.  Tess doesn't believe him.  "Then call our bluff,"  Mac says.  If the coroner puts their deaths as happening before the hit, Tess' whole plan'll be shot.  Tess says they have 15 minutes before being blown away and leaves.  They hear a car pull up... it's a cop.  They pound on the window, but he doesn't respond.  They decide that he must be the sniper.

Tess returns and says the killer is in place so she'll leave and he'll take care of them after the hit (and she leaves).  Mac and Filly argue over their fight/flight plan, and Filly tries to pry the door open.

At the Gala, Ned gives a welcoming speech.  Dara runs into Justus and they discuss the possibility of Jason starting a strike.

Carly whispers to Jason and leaves.  Carly runs into Monica in the crowd and they rehash the argument about whether or not Monica can be with her grandson.

Ned stops speaking and turns over the podium to Edward and Jax to sign the documents.  Edward hands the pen to Jax.  Jax is now alone at the podium....

Back at the tea party, Helena wonders what's keeping Nik.  Stefan says he's avoiding her and suggests that she leave.  Nik returns and says Lucky's waiting by the launch.  When pressed by Helena, Nik says it's his (Nik's) choice to stay away from her.  He adds that if anything happens to Lucky, he'll ask Stefan to see to it that she suffers.  He dismisses her.  Helena starts to leave, but then adds "would he have as much faith in you if he knew you'd been to No. Carolina?" 

"He knows,"  Stefan replies.  "And if you harm Laura in any way, he'll know about that too..."  Helena leaves... momentarily defeated.

Luke walks into his office and Katy's *still* there.  She claims they weren't done talking.  Luke points out that she wasn't saying anything worth listening to, and advises her not to tell Stefan about their chat.  Katy says to give peace a chance.  Luke says that she can play 'informer' about Lucky, because, the safer Lucky is, the better off Nik will be.

At the Big Cliffhanger, Mac decides to kick the door open, but he'll wait 'til the sniper is ready to fire because it might distract him. We see the world through the sniper's sights:  first Jax, then Jason, then back to Jax.  Brenda spots the gun and pushes Jax out of the way as the gun goes off...

Tuesday, April 7, 1998

ON THE DOCKS - Katherine and Nicholas are waiting for Stefan so they can return to the island.  He's late.  Katherine's nerves are frayed because of the Spencer/Cassadine feud.  Nick is cool - the feud is just business as usual for him.  Their conversation moves to Helena and what she could possibly want with Lucky. Nick laughs off Helena and her latest bit of news...that Stefan has a secret passion for Laura. Katherine doesn't find it funny.

By the time Stefan arrives,  Katherine has already left which gives the Cassadine men time to talk about  relationships.  Nick doesn't know how to break off his relationship with Sarah - a relationship he thought was so right.  Stefan has some words of wisdom. "The thing to remember is that when something ends, that doesn't mean it never should have been." Even Stefan's  marriage to Barbara had some value. What seems like a great match  could turn out to be a prison.  And now clearly talking about his  relationship with Laura, Stefan tells Nick that "the most important attachment of your life could well be one that ends, even in anger  but the one without which you cannot imagine your life at all."

LUKE'S CLUB Luke, in a booze induced sleep, is asleep at his desk at the Club.  Bobbie wakes him and he wants to know what's on fire.  "Only your life Luke," she tells him.  Home to Luke these days is only the place he hangs his neuroses.  Laura couldn't get anyone at the house so she called Bobbie.

Bobbie didn't give her any of the details of what's going on in Port Charles but she thinks it's time Laura came home. Evidently Laura thinks Luke is avoiding her  but Bobbie thinks that perhaps Laura is the one that doesn't want to come home.   Luke wants to know if Bobby has a purpose for coming around and bugging him. Actually she does.  She's pissed that Luke didn't handle the Tony matter for her.  But Luke (after losing Lucky) knows that a man isn't going to just sign away his rights as father.... or that if he does it actually means he just stop being a father.   But in true Spencer bonding fashion, as mad as Bobbie is at Luke, she can't quite figure out how to stop caring about him. Katherine interrupts their visit. Bobby exits.

Katherine acts like she's calming the waters in the Cassadine/Spencer feud but she's really on a fishing expedition - trying to ascertain where Laura fits in the scheme of things.  Luke suspects Count Vlad sent her over to fish out Laura's zip code. Katherine replies that Stefan would never harm Laura because Laura is the only (other) woman that Stefan has ever loved.

Luke did not know this little tidbit of info and he doesn't seem to  believe it until Katherine tells him that Stefan admitted it to her.

Luke gets rid of Katherine, no longer having fun with the game,  and he looks like someone who has just realized a big truth or that a whole bunch of stuff suddenly makes sense.

AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS Jason is being questioned by Garcia and Taggart when Carly comes in protecting her territory (Jason), loudly.  Garcia and Taggart picked Jason up from the airport after he tried to skip town or so they think.  Carly informs them that it was she who was leaving town to settle her mom's things, if they had only bothered to follow them inside the airport.

Carly, as Jason's "mouthpiece" demands he be released and she's not leaving without him. Well she does leave but with the warning..."I'll be back!"

Dara comes in the room, offering Jason tea or coffee...Taggart wonders what's up.  He's trying to get Jason to talk and she's offering him almost everything but a wet towelette.  But Dara knows he had no call to haul Jason down there and she wants to makes things a bit more comfortable before Justus gets there.  Taggart just wants to get Jason talking since he's not "right" in the brain. Taggart believes that once he starts talking he'll incriminate himself.

Justus (to Taggart and Garcia): You made good time from the airport but I guess you can do that when you take a shortcut through the constitution.

Jason pulls Carly aside and asks her to go the hospital to see Robin (evidently Robin had called earlier but he'd gotten hauled in to the station).  Carly isn't thrilled but she puts on a happy face -- for him she'll do anything.

Justus wants his client released -- Dara stands behind Taggart.  Justus wants to know what the charges are -  driving while under investigation?

Taggart and Justus have a spitting contest over who respects Lady Justus most.  Jason is a punk to  Taggart...but Justus doesn't think Jason should be hauled in off the street every time something happens in Port Charles.

Bottom line  - the police can't tie Jason to the strike or the shooting.
But somebody on the Q board meeting has informed Taggart that Jason cast
the only vote against the docks project so his suspicions continue.  (Jax?
Edward? AJ?) Other proof, Jason has been seen with local union bosses.
Justus is sick of the weekly roundups and the harassment. Time for them to
stop.  The tension escalates.  Justus slaps a restraining order on Taggart. Taggart isn't impressed, and continues "harassing" Jason.
Brenda arrives at Jax's penthouse in time to witness the mop up of the assassination plot. Jimmy, Mac, Felicia, V, along with Mitch (Jax's  "former"  partner), Mitch's lawyer,   and a tied up Tess are all in ‘let's make a deal"  mode. The scene is kinda surreal for Brenda, especially taking in the double Macs. V slaps a ‘Hello I'M MAC'  sticker on the real Mac and an "I'm NOT MAC" sticker on Jimmy.   In an airy breezy way Jax tells Brenda since she almost got killed it was time to let her in on the happenings and what he's going to do next- let them all go.  Brenda's reaction to almost getting killed, everybody keeping secrets from her while she was put in the direct line of fire is to just smile. 
Jax asks Jimmy if he's willing to take immunity for his testimony against Tess and Mitch. A resounding YES from Jimmy. There's only one problem. He doesn't know Mitch, and only slightly more about Tess. He only  did it for the money and assassination never came up.  Mac is not feeling so charitable towards Jimmy - he wants him to put away for a long time.  But Jax has other ideas and Felicia wants to hear him out.  Jax wants to turn the tables on his enemies to get what he wants.  To Mitch, his partner in the shipping lines  who wanted to kill Jax for his half of that line now must willingly hand over his half to Jax. According to Solomon, uh Jax, the punishment for Mitch is that he will be poor - and that's hell on earth.
Felicia doesn't want to hand James over to the police.  Jimmy is happy about that!  And Felicia thinks that if Jimmy is turned over to the police then V will be in trouble for keeping him under wraps against his will for the past two months (only two months - it has felt like an eternity). Mac doesn't like it...but Jax promises to grant him a wish as well.
Jax decides that  Tess will  get two years for embezzling and Jimmy gets a two year sentence in a Jacks oil fields -- Mac isn't happy about this.  Jimmy is ecstatic..he even gets a new face - the one he has hasn't helped in show business.    So everybody jumps to Jax's ridiculous beat.  Tess gets taken away.  Jimmy apologizes to Felicia but he asks her to remember what it was like at the beginning.  He's the man Mac could never be - the Mac of her dreams.
(Felicia has to separate Mac's fist from Jimmy's face at this point).  But then she speaks her mind.  Yes, for a while she thought Mac had all his rough spots smoothed out but she's not a goddess - she's a woman.  She doesn't want a dream Mac - she wants one who will be with her when she's wide awake. She missed that Mac when he was gone and thought he was lost from her forever.  Jimmy tells Felicia very sincerely (and sweetly) he loves her, but she's not buying it. "Nah, I don't think so. I just think you loved yourself for loving me."  She says goodbye.  And one last shot from Jimmy, "does this mean you won't write?"
And now it's Mac's turn.  Jax will arrange for him to get his old job back as Police Commissioner.  The city fathers will be so eager to smooth things over to keep Jax and his docks project that they'll do anything he wants. Felicia doesn't think Mac wants to be PC but she's wrong.. Felicia can't believe it.
Felicia: This job was, and I quote, the most frustrating experience of my life. Give me a beer, end of quote. But as frustrating as the job was, especially the way he got canned, it's who he is - he realized that when Robin was missing.  But he will go back only under his own terms -- and the main one is that he can't be fired!
Mac is not satisfied with this ending.  He doesn't trust Jax.  He could have set the whole thing up ...considering he did walk away with a whole shipping fleet.  Felicia gives him her blessing.
Felicia: Mac if you really want this horrible awful job back, you have my vote.  I think you're a just a wonderful man and I think anybody would be lucky to have you -- have you work for them, I mean. Now comes the hard part - how to let folks know they aren't getting married.  Mac will handle it. He'll take out an ad in the paper if he has too.  Felicia can't believe him - that he can't stand the indignity of being engaged to her.  She gives him a nice friendly choke! 

IN ROBIN'S HOSPITAL ROOM Carly arrives at Robin's hospital room and tells her that Jason sent her. Does she need anything? Robin was just making sure Jason was ok (after the shooting).  Carly is snippety - and jumps on Robin really quick assuming that Robin believed Jason had something to do with the shooting.  Looks like she's "trying" to restrain herself, but after inquiring about Robin's health, Carly wants to know why Robin didn't call the police or Jason once she realized Tony had Michael.   She says somewhat sarcastically (but softly) if she thought she was just going to waltz in there and ask Tony nicely to give Michael back and he would just do it?  She instantly apologizes, knowing she should be thanking her and then tries to make a graceful exit.  Robin stops her -- she has a message for Jason -- everything Carly said about her was true.  She has come to realize that she could have spared everyone hours of hell if she had only called Jason.  She  didn't call Jason because she was afraid of what he might do to get Michael back.  Carly hopes she now knows that she is NOT Jason's mother, or his guardian angel.  Finally showing a bit of spunk, Robin lets Carly know that she won't sit by and let Jason get hurt. That's just a lesson she will never learn.  As Carly exits Robin's room she runs into Bobbie.  It's the first time they've seen each other since the "mama" episode and it's a little awkward.  Carly explains that she was very emotional and she doesn't want Bobbie to take things she said the wrong way. They agree to forget about it..but they both clearly have mixed emotions.

Jason and Taggart are now in the same cell.  Taggart finally gets Jason one on one -- and he wants to deal.  He wants the name of a dirty union official or else he'll be hassling every body until he finds something, then he changes tact.  Taggart wants to know what Jason will give him to go work for him. It's a little game of cat and mouse  -  who'll blink first?  Taggart suggest he could be a dirty cop - he'd go on Jason's payroll and give him advance warning when stuff is going down and of course it would mean that Jason had something on him.  Jason ain't buying it, besides trust is a whole lot cheaper. They're speaking softly but these are high stakes. Taggart knows Jason wants everything to run smoothly now that he's a father -- and as for himself, well, his needs are simple.
Jason: What do you call simple?
Taggart: What are you offering?
Jason: I'm not offering.
Taggart: I heard an offer.
Jason: You heard wrong.
Taggart: You don't trust me.
Jason: You're lying.
I loved that exchange - and neither gave an inch. Garcia arrives and breaks it up just as it's getting good. Jason wonders aloud why Taggart's pockets weren't emptied like all the other prisoners.  Taggart pulls out a tape recorder as Jason looks on knowingly (not quite as stupid as Taggart thinks).  Explaining the recorder:
Taggart: I like music?
Jason: I don't sing.
Jason is free to go, NOT Taggart.  Jason walks out of the cells, turns slowly and winks at Taggart. He has just a hint of a smile on his face.

Carly is back at the station.  She passes on Robin's apology.  Carly still wants to go to Florida..and when Jason realizes that he needs to put distance between himself and the strike...he tells Justus that he's going to Florida with Carly. Justus thanks Dara for expediting Jason's release and for sitting on a rouge cop who is out of control..  Dara says (about Taggert), "there's still a decent man in there some where (and she's talking about Justus too as -  she caresses his expensive suit coat) - he just can't find him. It's really sad isn't it."
In his cell Taggart is doing sit ups.  Dara comes in, she wants to "witness a moment in local history - something she can tell her kids about.  He hopes they look like her because he was really ugly as a kid. She smiles. Sexy banter time... He asks her for lunch  - brown bag it with him in his cell....  Then he asks her if she liked what she saw - he saw her checking him out when she walked in. He thought it might be worth a couple of hours off his sentence.

WRAP UP:
Brenda was quite impressed with Jax the operator.  Small talk that just means she wants Jax to marry her and she'll get her way sooner or later. Katherine arrives at the docks...she has accomplished all she wanted to ...and more. At the club, Luke listens to a ringing phone as he continues to drown himself in booze and sneaking suspicions.

Subject: GH: Update Wednesday 4/8
The show started with Stefan and Katherine in bed; Kat made Stefan's day by telling him that Nikolas was in such a downer mood because he was about to officially break it off with Sarah. Sarah interrupted Liz from vacuuming and was trying to get her out of the house when Nikolas called, saying he wanted to see her, not at Ruby's, not at the churchyard ruins, but at the docks. When she left, Lucky charged in through the window and wanted to know why Liz was still not attending classes. She showed him the rape counseling lit she had that gave statistics and was weirded out by the idea that she might know her assaulter. At the Q's, everyone was irate about the strike and how it was affecting them - their house was being picketed by hotel workers. Ned, fresh back in town from a meeting w/Alexis, was informed that the strike was triggered by Edward's verbal attack on Jason. As they discussed probable procedures, Reginald came in with two grocery bags full of frozen dinners and announced the family was going to have to fend for themselves - the household staff was striking out of solidarity and respect to their factory-working ancestors. The Q's offer, by turns, to double Reggie's salary or fire him, but he was firm. Lila wishes him well, while the others grumble.

Next up, the Q's tried to figure out how to use a coffee maker. AJ led the way, but Lila had Edward take her to the kitchen to find some instant. Ned took off to the hotel.

Exchange of the Day:
Emily: "Wave to Reginald for me."
Ned: "I'll be sure to gesture."

When things quieted down, Alan took a moment to apologize to Emily for his previous temper flare up. When she began to question his mood swings, it set him off again, worse than before, and scaring her. When Monica came back and wanted to know what was going on, he apologized again, and said maybe
his wife was right the other day when she said that stress was getting the better of him. Alan's solution: he was getting out of town for a few days to chill out where there were no phones. He said he was going to a nameless retreat to get in touch with his spirituality. After he was gone, Monica told Emily about Alan's plan, but she was still very worried, saying she felt there was something broken inside Alan that can't be fixed. Monica assured her that he was on his way to recovery. Alan was next shown in a cheap hotel room, complete with flashing neon sign through the window. He flushed three bottles of pills down the toilet and laid down. It was pick-on-Marcus day at the PCPD, and he got majorly ragged on over having to share a cell with Jason. At the ribbing that he and Jason are getting romantic, and speculation on his upcoming chat with Internal Affairs, Taggert was his gloriously cocky self, noting that Al Capone's final bust came from tax evasion. At that point, Dara busted in and pointed out that Elliot Ness never brought his nemesis in for jaywalking every five minutes.

Garcia and Officer Ricky made themselves scarce while Dara further chewed Taggert out for his practices; he tried to blow her off - told her he was majorly p.o.'d that she allowed Jason to go free while he was stuck behind bars, and accused her of doing that to win brownie points with Justus. Taggert's next visit was from Liz and Lucky, hoping for some progress on her case. He informed them that there was none, but if anyone was brought in on an MO match, Liz would have the chance to make an audio identification (they made mention again of Liz smelling "spicy soap" on her rapist) of the guy. Even though they had nothing at present, he encouraged Liz to keep her chin and hopes up and handed her his card. Dara overheard and saw the last part and was impressed at Taggert's sensitivity. Back in her room, Liz and Lucky went for a round of mutual appreciation; she for his support and he for allowing him to crash at her house.

Katherine had a confession to make - she told Stefan about her previous confrontation with Luke, and admitted to him that she told Luke about Stefan on Luke's paranoia. Stefan did not look happy. He put his clothes on and informed security to A) double up but still B) allow him on Spoon Island. Down in the cellar, Stefan whipped the cover off of Lasha's portrait, and loosed his switch blade. After raising it to the painting, he thought better and resheathed it. At the docks, Nikolas was broke the news to Sarah that they were breaking up. She asked him if their never having done the nasty played a part in his decision, and he said 'no' and that he was glad they didn't have sex. When Nikolas tried to explain that there was no real reason, that he simply wasn't attracted to her anymore, she didn't quite buy it, and bitched about the fact that when he was muted, she was the one person who he refused to allow to see him as imperfect. She also called him on his relationship with Robin, but he assured her Ms. Scorpio had nothing to do with his decision. Nikolas was lastly shown alone on the docks, gazing at the water.

UPDATE THURSDAY APRIL 9:  Lucas is with Bobbie at the jetty and says "We've been waiting for a hundred million years." They are waiting for Ever-Ready Betty an Georgie and Maxie for a day out.  Lucas doesn't want to go to the zoo because Dad always takes him.  Will Tony come home soon?  Is Daddy a bad man?

Bobbie goes to see Tony after his bail request is denied (he's a "flight risk").  Tony doesn't see the justice of him being in jail while Jason is free to be with his son.  Bobbie tells Tony to stay away from Lucas. Tony thinks he will be getting out.  "I'm a responsible citizen ... a ton of character witnesses."  Bobbie tells him to name one.  Alan?  Tony gets a puzzled look. After a talk with Luke, described below, Bobbie meets up with Lucas again.  He wants to know about the kidnapping and declares he's afraid of Tony, then changes his mind in two seconds.  Bobbie, having forgotten her sort-of fling with Alan when she missed Lucas's first sixth birthday party, or was that his only seventh birthday party before he had his sixth birthday again and again the last couple of years, but I digress, Bobbie says "I'll be with you as much as you need me."

 

In Florida, Jason and Carly talk about Virginia.  Carly comments, originally: "You don't know what you've got until it's gone."  Carly talks about her father leaving, and about how much her mother loved her and how awful Carly was to her.  "I killed my mother."  Jason says it's not true, it's like thinking she was responsible for Michael being sick. Carly worries that she'll fight with Michael.  Jason has the answer: "Don't." She will lose patience, she says, but Michael will look up to Jason. Jason gets a peculiar look on his face and verbalizes the fear of all parents: he doesn't want to tell Michael what to do, but he doesn't want Michael to be hurt, either.

Felicia and Mac meet a member of the assassin's guild.  Felicia flirts with him, Mac is jealous, the guy tells them that the assassin was hired with gold bullion.  Mac knows that means Jerry.

Jax goes to the door, and SURPRISE! It's his parents.  Ashley materializes at the stairs, and pretends she owns the place and the man, but V asked last week why Jax hadn't called Ashley, so A. seems to have been out of town.  Pity she couldn't stay gone, at least till "this dreadful strike" was over.  Of course, compared to the vapid proprietariness, even Brenda looks like a good deal.  Jane doesn't like that Ashley left Jerry in Palau.  They actually came because their son got shot at and dear Brenda was hurt.  Just then Brenda comes in.  They fuss over her with Ashley struggling to get the spotlight back.  John and Lady Jane make a fuss over Brenda till she displays the tiny bandage.  Ashley leaves, getting Jax to escort her.  Jane carries on about Ashley.  Brenda apologizes about leaving Jax, but J&J are having none of it.  Brenda is perfect for him, etc., etc.  Jax bursts in with a "proposal" --- that John and Lady Jane stay over.  They had already reserved their suite. John and Jane leave to get a present for Brenda and Jax tells Brenda she can cash in on the wish.  She wants to know why he dumped her on the bed and left, and he tells her she's not going to win.  Brenda is, again, cocooned in her "I love Jax, Jax is the only man for me" mantra. John and Jane come back with slippers for Brenda.  Brenda and Jane go off to the kitchen and talk about Jax, and John tells Jax off.

Luke and Lucky - Luke comes into the police station looking for Taggart.  Garcia gives him a seat.  Taggart asks about Jason.  He asks why Luke gets garbage moved from his club.  Luke answers: "Because I'm nice to people?" After Bobbie talks to Tony, Luke walks her out.  They talk about Lucas. Bobbie wants to protect him, but she can't.  Luke tells her he'll know more about how he's doing with Lucky later (after he tunes into the bugs on Helena's yacht.)

Alan didn't check into a clinic, as Your Fearless Updater was hoping, but into a seedy hotel in Port Charles.  Maybe he'll be nicer about AJ's reluctance to go away in future?  He has the cold sweats.  He's thrown out all the pills. He dreams about Emily, popping into the room just in time with a fine array of pharmaceuticals.  "This way, we'll always have something in common."  She suggests he do uppers and she do downers so together they'll be one normal person.  Alan wakes up, shivering.

Friday Update (4/10/98)   Stefan is in the wine cellar.  He removes the quilt that covers Lasha's portrait and gazes at his Lasha with an inscrutable expression on his face.  We cut from this shot of Stefan thinking of Laura to Luke, sitting on the bench in the park, the spot associated with both Laura's and Liz's rapes.   Lucky and Liz appear, talking about Liz's rape.  When they come upon Luke, Lucky pretends not to see him, telling Lizzie "There's nothing here to show it happened.  I checked, remember?"  He looks at Dad in a challenging way, almost daring Luke to speak to him, and Luke looks, as he often does these days, sadly resigned.

Carly and Jason are at a Florida cemetery, before a headstone that reads simply "Virginia Benson."  Jason asks if he should have added something more, like a date or a prayer.  Carly has a hilariously sad comeback, saying her momma said ladies never tell their age, hence no dates please, and that she didn't recall her having a favorite prayer, "Unless you count 'My God, Caroline, what have you done?'"  Carly decides she'd like to add something about Virginia being her mom and Michael's grandma, and Jason says "so let it be written, so let it be done."  [well, words to that effect]  Carly is touched by the way he always does that-- takes care of everything for her, damn the cost or inconvenience.         She's glad her mom is near the ocean.  "Did I ever tell you my mom used to say that a day at the beach took all her troubles away?" "That's why I chose it," Jason answers simply.  This pleases Carly.  He offers to take a walk with Michael so she can have time alone with her momma, and they talk about death and the possibility of an afterlife. Jason feels that "the part of you that loves, the soul, I guess," never ends,    She suggests he tell Michael that some day, and he says, "That's why I take him to church."

The Jacks family and Brenda are in Jax's apartment, making dinner plans.  Mr. and Mrs. Jack continue their revisionist history, gushing over Brenda and tisk-tisking about Jerry as the hopeless black sheep. [Updater wonders why we have conveniently ignored the part where Jax was so disillusioned by his father after the return of Miranda, when it appeared that everyone in the family felt it was okay to lie to him because he was the weak one who couldn't handle hard truths, unlike Jerry, the one always on the inside]  The foursome leave for dinner, thus missing the call from Mac that comes in on the answering machine, in which Mac warns Jax that Mitchell had a partner and Jax is still in danger.

        Luke asks Lucky how things are going.  The conversation is awkward. Luke tells Lucky Laura has been calling, Lucky guesses correctly that she doesn't know he's left home.  Luke expresses concern about Lucky's ties to Helena, and points out correctly that if Lucky really were finished with the family, as he claims, he wouldn't go out of his way to ally himself with his dad's enemy that way.  A nerve having been struck, Lucky taunts Luke about telling Laura what's going on with the Spencer men.  He suggests that Luke tell Laura that Lucky is through with his dad: "Tell the truth for the first time in family history."  [of course lucky doesn't see the irony of this remark, although Luke surely does.  It would not be the truth, and Luke and Laura have dealt with hard truths in their many years together, but Lucky isn't' ready to see that].  Lucky continues to misunderstand the Luke/Laura bond, accusing his father of hiding from his mom and his mom of avoiding the truth about his dad.  Luke refuses to attempt to correct Lucky's ideas.  Instead, he sighs deeply and tells the cowboy to take care of himself, before leaving.         After Luke is gone, Lucky apologizes to Liz, who is concerned about him.  He admits it's hard to see his dad, as he's reminded that "I saw him wrong all those years."  Liz thinks they should postpone their attempt to retrace her footsteps until after dark.

Carly talks to Virginia's headstone, making the updater weep.  She apologizes for not thanking her momma for all that Virginia did.  She apologizes for thinking that Bobbie could love her better than Virginia did. "Why couldn't I see that the mother I always dreamed of was the mother I already had?"  She tells her mother that she loves her, and should have said so more often.  She claims to have grown up, and promises not to chase fantasies any more.  Her life is good now, not picture-perfect, but a life that works for her and for Michael; she's learned to hang on to the good stuff and to be grateful for it.  She tells her mother she is finally happy and hopes her mom is happy for her, too. Jason returns at this point, and tells her it's time to go.  "You're a good father, Jason.  When I found out that I was adopted, all I could think about was the fact that I had this real mother out there somewhere. But Virginia Benson WAS my real mother, just like you're Michael's real father.  Biology doesn't make a family; love does.  Remember that, okay?" He tells her they can stay in Florida for the night, if she wants to come back the next morning.  She says no, and he puts his arm around her [yeah!] as she looks sadly back at her mother's grave and they walk away.

Alan, shaking and pacing the grungy hotel room, is still trying to quit drugs cold turkey. Alan licks the powder out of an empty pill bottle and crawls to the phone to call the front desk.

It's evening now, and Liz and Lucky are back in the park, revisiting the night of her rape.  She's telling him what she saw, what she felt, hoping they will uncover some new details she didn't remember earlier.  She sits on the bench, as before, and remembers thinking how peaceful and quiet that spot was, just before she was grabbed.  Her description is interspersed with brief flashbacks to the rape episode. She gets increasingly agitated as she gets closer to the actual rape in her description, and Lucky tries to keep her calm so that she can continue to recall details.  He stops her when she gets to the part about being thrown to the ground, and his eyes are filled with tears.  "We're not doing this right," he says as he hugs her; they cling to one another.

Jax et al. are back from dinner, and Mac and Felicia show up. [It's a cute touch, I thought, that Mac is wearing pink and Felicia is wearing blue.]  They want to tie up a few loose ends, so the Jacks take Brenda down to their suite for another present so Jax can talk to the investigators alone. Jax is peeved at them for pursuing things further, but Mac wants Jax to know that Jerry is the one behind the attempted hit.

Jax demands to know how Mac came to that conclusion.  Mac lays out the evidence-- the hitman was paid in gold bullion, Jerry's trademark. Jax tells them that if they are right, although he doesn't think they are (or so he says), it must stay between the three of them.  They mustn't tell Brenda, V, or his parents.  They tell him to watch his back, and then leave.

Lucky says they should have a trained professional helping Liz relive the experience, someone who will know what to ask without hurting her so much.  She says she wants to work through it with hi, instead, and that he was there when she spoke to the police, so he'll notice if she adds details.  He points out that she is, like the part about seeing the sky, and about the man taking her coat off her.  They agree to keep trying.  She remembers the rapist whispering something, with his face close to hers, and his heavy breathing.  She doesn't remember anything after that, beyond "that's when he hurt me."  She's blocked everything until he was gone, and she can't remember his words.         She's busy berating herself for not screaming when he took his hand from her mouth. Lucky says she mustn't do that.  He goes on the say the man is responsible, and that when he's caught, he'll make all kinds of excuses.  Then he reels off a list of "excuses" that were drawn from Luke's comments about the Disco Rape (without labeling them as such, so Liz is unaware of where his head has gone)--- "He'll say he was drunk, or it was because of what you were wearing, or 'cause you didn't leave, or because he thought he was gonna die."  (Of course, Luke didn't label them as excuses, or try to excuse his own behavior, but Lucky isn't getting that part.)  "If you buy into that, he's gonna make you responsible.  And you're not.  He...violated...you."         Liz begins to believe that herself, it seems.  "You're right," she tells Lucky, "This isn't my fault."

Alan tries to pull himself together, goes to the trouble of putting on a tie-- a wonderful touch on someone's part to emphasize how pathetic he is at the moment.  He opens the door to the hotel manager, and asks for help, says he's relying on the manager's discretion and will pay for it.  Another pathetic gesture-- he pulls some bills from his pocket with shaky fingers.  He claims he's lost his medication and needs to have it replaced.  He's sure the manager knows someone who can do that.

That super-fast jet has scooted Carly and Jason back from Florida already, and they are in the penthouse with Michael.  Talking about how well the strike is going, Carly concludes, "Then I did the right thing." [calling the giving the strike order in his name].  He says that isn't true, that she just got lucky.  He apologizes for being so rough on her about it initially, and says he's sorry he yelled.  But he tells her that in his business, things can't happen by accident, and that she and Michael are safe because they stay out of his business.  They get ready to put Michael to bed, and he says it's his night to have the baby monitor, reminding us that they sleep apart.

Jax is playing pinball in the penthouse, and Brenda comes in carrying a huge potted orchid.  They reminisce about the first time they met, when she returned a ring to him from Lois.  Lady Jane has given Brenda the orchid, a sure sign of favor, according to Jax.  Brenda is sure that Robin can take care of it for her. Jax admits he's enjoying Brenda's games, but says it isn't leading anywhere, and he doesn't want to hurt her by pretending otherwise.  She assures him she can wait forever, and that she is having fun, too.  Jax says he'll walk her to her car.  She assures him, "You're falling, you know."  "Not on your life," he counters.

Luke is snooping around at Wyndermere, wearing black gloves and shining a flashlight in the wine cellar.  He sees the covered painting, rips off the quilt, and studies the picture.  I should point out that we can see Luke's face, but not the portrait, at this angle.         Luke is still looking at the painting, and Stefan appears behind him.  "Interesting likeness, don't you think?"  Luke turns to face him, but we have to wait until Monday for their exchange. Liz thanks Lucky for being there to find her in the park. "That's when I knew I wasn't going to die."  Mr. Murty is walking by, exchanges a few words with them, and mentions that he lives nearby and often cuts through the park on his way home.          A drug dealer shows up in Alan's room. Carly in a black gown and robe slips purposely down the stairs and into Jason's room.  Once she sees a sleeping Jason, she hesitates, then slips off her gown and slides into bed beside him. Kisses his chest, then begins to kiss him on the lips.  He groggily responds a bit, but the scene ends before we can see what develops. Jax reenters his apartment.  There's a man playing pinball. "Hello, Jerry," says Jax.  The dark-haired, decent-enough-looking guy turns with a smirk to face his brother. 

Brenda, especially taking in the double Macs. V slaps a ‘Hello I'M MAC'  sticker on the real Mac and an "I'm NOT MAC"

sticker on Jimmy.  In an airy breezy way Jax tells Brenda since she almost got killed it was time to let her in on the happenings and what he's going to do next- let them all go.  Brenda's reaction to almost getting killed, everybody keeping secrets from her while she was put in the direct line of fire is to just smile. 

Jax asks Jimmy if he's willing to take immunity for his testimony against Tess and Mitch. A resounding YES from Jimmy. There's only one problem. He doesn't know Mitch, and only slightly more about Tess. He only did it for the money and assassination never came up.  Mac is not feeling so charitable towards Jimmy - he wants him to put away for a long time.  But Jax has other ideas and Felicia wants to hear him out.  Jax wants to turn the tables on his enemies to get what he wants.  To Mitch, his partner in the shipping lines  who wanted to kill Jax for his half of that line now must willingly hand over his half to Jax. According to Solomon, uh Jax, the punishment for Mitch is that he will be poor - and that's hell on earth.

Felicia doesn't want to hand James over to the police.  Jimmy is happy about that!  And Felicia thinks that if Jimmy is turned over to the police then V will be in trouble for keeping him under wraps against his will for

the past two months (only two months - it has felt like an eternity). Mac doesn't like it...but Jax promises to grant him a wish as well. Jax decides that  Tess will  get two years for embezzling and Jimmy gets a two year sentence in a Jacks oil fields -- Mac isn't happy about this.  Jimmy is ecstatic..he even

gets a new face - the one he has hasn't helped in show business. So everybody jumps to Jax's beat.  Tess gets taken away.  Jimmy apologizes to Felicia but he asks her to remember what it was like at the beginning.  He's the man Mac could never be - the Mac of her dreams.

(Felicia has to separate Mac's fist from Jimmy's face at this point).  But then she speaks her mind.  Yes, for awhile she thought Mac had all his rough spots smoothed out but she's not a goddess - she's a woman.  She doesn't want a dream Mac - she wants one who will be with her when she's

wide awake. She missed that Mac when he was gone and thought he was lost from her forever.  Jimmy tells Felicia very sincerely(and sweetly) he loves her, but she's not buying it. "Nah, I don't think so. I just think you loved yourself for loving me."  She says goodbye.  And one last shot from Jimmy, "does this mean you won't write?"

And now it's Mac's turn.  Jax will arrange for him to get his old job back as Police Commissioner.  The city fathers  will be so eager to smooth things over to keep Jax and his docks project that they'll do anything he wants. Felicia doesn't think Mac wants to be PC but she's wrong.. Felicia

can't believe it.

Felicia: This job was, and I quote, the most frustrating experience of  my life. Give me a beer, end of quote.

But as frustrating as the job was, especially the way he got canned, it's who he is - he realized that when Robin was missing.  But he will go back only under his own terms -- and the main one is that he can't be fired!

Mac is not satisfied with this ending.  He doesn't trust Jax.  He could have set the whole thing up ...considering he did walked away with a whole shipping fleet.  Felicia gives him her blessing.

Felicia: Mac if you really want this horrible awful job back, you have my vote.  I think you're a just a wonderful man and I think anybody would be lucky to have you -- have you work for them, I mean.

Now comes the hard part - how to let folks know they aren't getting married.  Mac will handle it. He'll take out an ad in the paper if he has too.  Felicia can't believe him - that he can't stand the indignity of being engaged to her.  She gives him a nice friendly choke! 

 

IN ROBIN'S HOSPITAL ROOM Carly arrives at Robin's hospital room and tells her that Jason sent her. Does she need anything? Robin was just making sure Jason was ok (after the shooting).  Carly is snippety - and jumps on Robin really quick assuming that Robin believed Jason had something to do with the shooting.  Looks like she's "trying" to restrain herself, but after inquiring about Robin's health, Carly wants to know why Robin didn't call the police or Jason once she realized Tony had Michael.   She says somewhat sarcastically (but softly) if she thought she was just going to waltz in there and ask Tony nicely to give Michael back and he would just do it?  She instantly

apologizes, knowing she should be thanking her and then tries to make a graceful exit.  Robin stops her -- she has a message for Jason -- everything Carly said about her was true.  She has come to realize that she could have spared everyone hours of hell if she had only called Jason.  She didn't  call Jason because she was afraid of what he might do to get Michael back.  Carly hopes she now knows that she is NOT Jason's mother, or his guardian angel.  Finally showing a bit of spunk, Robin lets Carly know that she won't sit by and let Jason get hurt. That's just a lesson she will never learn.  As Carly exits Robin's room she runs into Bobbie.  It's the first time they've seen each other since the "mama" episode and it's a little awkward.  Carly explains that she was very emotional and she doesn't

want Bobbie to take things she said the wrong way. They agree to forget about it..but they both clearly have mixed emotions.

 

Jason and Taggart are now in the same cell.  Taggart finally gets Jason one on one -- and he wants to deal.  He wants the name of a dirty union official or else he'll be hassling every body until he finds something, then he changes tact.  Taggart wants to know what Jason will give him to go work for him.

It's a little game of cat and mouse  -  who'll blink first?  Taggart suggest he could be a dirty cop - he'd go on Jason's payroll and give him advance warning when stuff is going down and of course it would mean that Jason had something on him.  Jason ain't buying it, besides trust is a whole lot cheaper. They're speaking softly but these are high stakes.

Taggart knows Jason wants everything to run smoothly now that he's a father -- and as for himself, well, his needs are simple.

Jason: What do you call simple?

Taggart: What are you offering?

Jason: I'm not offering.

Taggart: I heard an offer.

Jason: You heard wrong.

Taggart: You don't trust me.

Jason: You're lying.

Garcia arrives and breaks it up just as it's getting good. Jason wonders aloud why Taggart's pockets weren't emptied like all the other prisoners.  Taggart pulls out a tape

recorder as Jason looks on knowingly (not quite as stupid as Taggart thinks).  Explaining the recorder:

Taggart: I like music?

Jason: I don't sing.

 Jason is free to go, NOT Taggart.  Jason walks out of the cells, turns slowly and winks at Taggart. He has just a hint of a smile on his face.

This round goes to Jason but Taggart gets an A for effort!

 

Carly is back at the station.  She passes on Robin's apology.  Carly still wants to go to Florida..and when Jason realizes that he needs to put distance between himself and the strike...he tells Justus that he's going

to Florida with Carly. Justus thanks Dara for expediting Jason's release and for sitting on a rouge cop who is out of control..  Dara says (about Taggert), "there's still a decent man in there some where (and she's talking about Justus too as -  she caresses his expensive suit coat) - he

just can't find him. It's really sad isn't it."

In his cell Taggart is doing sit ups.  Dara comes in, she

wants to "witness a moment in local history - something she can tell her kids about.  He hopes they look like her because he was really ugly as a kid. She smiles. Sexy banter time... He asks her for lunch  - brown bag it

with him in his cell....  Then he asks her if she liked what she saw – he saw her checking him out when she walked in. He thought it might be worth a couple of hours off his sentence.

WRAP UP:

Brenda was quite impressed with Jax the operator.  Small talk that just means she wants Jax to marry her and she'll get her way sooner or later.

Katherine arrives at the docks...she has accomplished all she wanted to ...and more.

At the club, Luke listens to a ringing phone as he continues to drown himself in booze and sneaking suspicions.

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