ATWT Update Wednesday 9/28/05

As the World Turns Update Wednesday 9/28/05


Written By Wanda
Pictures by Boo

Proofread by Angie

Same day continuation from Tuesday’s episode:

At WOAK, Kim, Katie, Mike and B.J. go over plans for the new exercise show. B.J. tells them that shows have been done from beaches, gyms, even mountain tops, but he wants to do something different, something homier that the audience can relate to. He asks Mike if he can come up with any set ideas. Mike affirms anything he needs. Katie still finds it hard to believe he’s willing to spend so much money based on one little video. But Kim steps in and reminds her that the business trades don’t call him the marketing maestro for nothing. Mr. Charm smiles and says that advertising is everything, so they will be spending a lot. And he clues Mike in that when it comes to a final decision about the set, he’s not worried about the cost. Katie didn’t fail the video; the video failed Katie. So, this time they do it right; this time they spend money and make her shine. She’s part of a winning team. Katie beams.

At the Lakeview, Maddie tries to bamboozle the bartender by advising him on how to mix his drinks. He wants to see an ID because he thinks she’s too young. She outtalks him and says that she doesn’t want a drink; she wants a job. Casey has slithered in and watches from a distance. He can’t wait to add his two cents--that she should have asked him. His grandmother probably could get her a job there. She chides, "Grandmother?" "Yeah, Lisa Grimaldi," says Casey, "she owns a piece of the place." Maddie snorts, "What doesn’t his family own?" She then brushes him off by saying she doesn’t want to work there anyway; never know who you might run into. Ouch! She sits, paper in hand, and starts looking at more want-ads. She spies one for WOAK that says they need an intern. She asks Casey who needs his family’s crummy old hotel anyway. Casey delights in telling her when she gets to crummy WOAK, be sure and look up his other grandmother, Kim Hughes--she runs the place. Double ouch!

At the Oakdale Police Station, Gwen rushes in, and Iris catches her by the arm and asks what she's doing there; she told her she would handle this. Gwen wants to know where that guy is who sold Carly the water. Iris tells her she got the vendor there all right, but Gwen needs to make herself scarce and let Iris handle the rest of it. Gwen still wants to ask questions, but Iris keeps looking around and reminds her they don’t need to be seen together. Gwen says she doesn’t care, she just wants him to prove that she was telling the truth. Iris says she will let her know.

Hal marches through with another cop and he tells him he wants that paperwork over to the D.A. now--no more delays. He spies Gwen, who has tried to get as much out of the way as possible. Hal asks, "You're Will’s friend--Gwen, isn’t it?" She says yes and he says he has a hunch about why she’s there. She stammers that she’s sorry, she didn’t want to be in the way. Hal smiles--his eyes even twinkle--and he says she’s not in the way, but why doesn’t she come on in his office and they can talk in private. She gives one backward turn of her head to Iris, who just shakes her head in amazement.

In Rosarito Beach, Mexico, Holden is on the phone and tells the person on the other end he is going to keep calling until he finds his son. He can tell ‘El Jefe’ he’s got one hour, and if he doesn’t call him back, Holden will kick this up to the governor.

Lily knocks on the door and Holden thinks it’s someone else and almost bites her head off. He tells her he’s just frustrated. He asks how her mother is. Lily replies she’s the same; Sierra is covering. She asks about Luke. Holden says there’s not much to tell. He’s covered every inch of this town and talked to dozens of people, and either they know nothing or are too afraid to tell. She wonders about her mother’s connections. He says he’s still waiting to hear, and he’s sorry; he really thought he would have found him by now. With a look of sheer dread on her face, she tells him she wants him to talk to her now. She wants to hear everything, so they can find Luke together.

Holden shows Lily a map and says her mother didn’t know the half of it. This place is worse than they thought, worse than selling organ parts--how about live donors? Lily almost chokes; what about Luke? Holden tells her not to even go there. Whoever has him knows he’s worth too much. They speak of ransom and the local authorities and that her mother mentioned a woman named Blanca, and he’s trying to get in touch with her. Holden gets a phone call and is pleased when it’s someone who knows where the woman is; she’s running a cantina on the outskirts of town. Lily is anxious to go, but Holden says no, she can’t. She informs him she didn’t come all the way down here to sit in a hotel room, and she doesn’t care about the dangers; if that lady has her son, then she’s hers!

Maddie makes up her mind; she wants WOAK, so she’ll just have to take her chances. Casey quips that she'd better find another last name; Coleman, as in Henry, used to work there, and he got canned. She asks why. Casey states that it's a long story, with a bad ending. She deadpans and says fine, she won’t go to the station. She won’t get a job. She’ll just go to his place after school and maybe clean his room. It’s a pig sty; maybe his mom would toss her a few bucks to clean out his drawers. No telling what she might find in there! He tells her she’s not going to get within a hundred yards of his room--EVER! She teases, asking what she's going to find--his diary or something? He says she’s obviously got way too much time on her hands, so he’ll go to the station with her. She shoots him a look and declines. He asks if she wants the job or not. She says she’s had enough of his help for one day. He brags okay, but when it comes to getting jobs it's who you know, so she should be sure to tell grandma Kim hi for him; he was always her favorite.

Kim’s group finishes and they all stand, with B.J. suggesting they go to the Lakeview to celebrate with drinks. Kim agrees but has to make a few phone calls, so she says she will meet them there. Mike wants a minute with her too, leaving B.J. and Katie to be alone. Mike tells Kim it’s about Jen. She tells him no offense intended, but she’s not sure she feels comfortable discussing Jen with him. Mike says he gets that; she’s family and Kim is very protective. Kim says she is, but in no way does she blame him for the marriage not lasting. He says he’d been calling the Lakeview and they hadn’t seen her, so he was getting worried. Kim tells him he’s right to be worried. Jen was going through some rough times losing the baby, but she's in treatment now, and Barbara tells her she is beginning to respond. He says he cares about her and always will. Kim understands that.

B.J. quips that Mike and Kim seem to be so serious; is Mike always business? Katie says no. B.J. says that he thinks all work and no play is a bad thing. So how about them going to pop some champagne, okay? She agrees and starts to leave, and he grabs her by the elbow. She’s surprised at the touch as he holds on, telling her that while she's working for him, he’ll always find time for fun. She doesn’t have any objections to fun, does she? She replies, "No, not at all, do it!"

Gwen asks Hal if she should call Mr. Winthrop; does he know more about the case? Hal is sympathetic and tells her not to bother. It’s all been resolved. He’s sorry that Jen took her baby from Carly’s place. She’s had problems and this was a huge cry for help. When asked if he is okay, Hal says he’s back at the Snyders' and he’s safe and sound. Hal just wanted her to know that Jen would never hurt her baby. She’s just very troubled and Hal hopes Gwen can forgive her. Gwen nervously smiles and asks why he should care what she thinks. He states that he knows she loves her baby, just like Jen loved hers. She’d never really recovered from losing him. Gwen tells him she was at the funeral, so he knows she understands. Hal tries to explain why she’d want Gwen’s baby. They were both premature and were born on the same night; she thought it was her baby. Gwen is concerned that she will try to do it again, but Hal states that she won’t. Carly and Jack didn’t press charges, but Jen is in a psychiatric hospital. Gwen says she’s sorry and asks how Will is. Hal mentions that he’s upset and he’s sure he’d want to tell her himself, but he just didn’t know how. Hal thought she should know. She asks if that's it and thanks him. On her way out, Iris stops her and wants to be filled in. Gwen states this had nothing to do with Carly, and all her promises about helping her get the baby back--well, she blew it again. “So, I guess we can forget about all those plans about us being one big happy family, can’t we, Mom?”

Iris is irate and charges into Hal when he exits his office. She handed him a hot lead and he did nothing. What kind of cop is he? She’d handed him the vendor on a silver platter. She’s aghast to hear that Jack was the one who took the statement and released the vendor. Hal asks if she has a problem with that, "Mrs. DUMBrowski?" She laments as she grits her teeth that they are all alike and cops stick together. He comes back that if she has a problem with the way Jack or anybody else around there is doing his job, then she’d better have more than her mouth to back it up!

Gwen shows up at the hospital with flowers in hand for Jennifer. She tries to get an orderly to deliver them but he’s busy, so Gwen starts to go in herself. Will stops her, telling her to leave his sister alone!

Casey saunters into the station and addresses the pretty receptionist, Helen, asking if his grandma is around. She responds that she just stepped out but will be right back. He has a hard time calling Maddie his friend, but he says she’s there for the internship. Helen hands her an application to fill out and then excuses herself to run some tapes down to production. Casey’s eyes follow her every move, up and down, and he states he knows his way around. He’s especially all ears when she offers that she hopes he’s still around when she returns. Maddie throws him a big look this time and rolls her eyes, and he replies, “What? She’s got great taste, you can’t blame her for wanting a piece of this.” She states that he is so vain. He retorts, does she want the V.I.P. tour or not? She knows he really wants her out of his house. He offers, how about out of his life? Sarcastically, she says it can’t happen too soon for her. He snatches the newspaper out of her hand and says maybe she can find a job before school or a night shift somewhere. Here’s one for a mall security guard: nasty attitude required, no experience needed.

Kim’s group sits and discusses the project. All are enthusiastic and Katie wonders when they can start production. B.J. tells her as soon as they can without sacrificing quality for speed. He tells Kim he wants to hire an outside ad agency from New York, top shelf from concept to execution. A name comes up and Mike says anything but Butt-busting, and they all laugh and say amen to that. B.J. says they are going to rely heavily on Katie for promotion--put some of that old cheerleading to use. She wonders how he knew about the cheerleading. He slips by saying he’d seen her video and some of the moves had "cheerleader" written all over them. The waiter brings Mr. Greene his chocolate milk, and he asks to keep them coming.

He then proposes a toast to the future: “May this be the beginning of a long and successful relationship.” They all clink glasses, while B.J. steals a sideward long glance toward Katie.

Holden inquires about Blanca, and she walks out wondering who is asking for her. He shows her the photo of Luke and asks if she has seen him. She replies no, saying he would certainly stand out. She acknowledges that she did work at the clinic, but now she works here. She only knows what she reads in the papers; the director is protecting himself by trying to blame others. Lily chimes in that they really don’t care about the clinic. Blanca says she does care, very deeply. She was hoping to become a nurse and was saving her money to go to school. Lily tells her maybe that can still happen; they could help send her to any school in the world. Holden says no questions asked, they just want their son back. She warns him to be careful whom he offers money to. These people are very poor, and they will take his money and tell him lies. Lily thinks she is lying and that she knows more than she is saying, but Blanca says they were all victims at la Clinica. Lily flashes a picture of Keith and says her son was last seen with him; does she know him? She looks sort of quickly but replies no before walking off. Lily is plenty mad and grabs her, gets in her face and says, “Okay, that’s it. You’re lying, and I want the truth, damn it. What have you done to our son?”

They scuffle until Holden separates them. Blanca wants to know who sent them there. Holden says it doesn’t matter; he’s sorry for what Lily said or did, they're just desperate to find their son. Lily is not wanting him to apologize to her; she knows something! She says she understands but asks him to leave. He agrees, even over Lily’s protestations. Blanca says she will keep them in her prayers. As they leave, she turns to Rico and tells him to keep an eye on those two; they can’t let them get in their way.

Kim and Mike head back to the station, leaving B.J. and Katie to get to know each other better. They both are so toothy and have big smiles they can’t slap off their faces. He brings up Mike first, commenting on how he must love his work. Then he oozes that Katie is an investment, especially her smile; she draws people in. He adds that he bets she always has. People like her and they want to be around her; he bets it was that way even back in high school. She was always the girl every other girl wanted to be and every guy dreamt about. She says not really. He assigns that to modesty. They discuss prom dates. How many did each turn down? He admits he didn’t go to his prom; he bets their stories are nothing alike. He was the typical high school geek. She guess straight As and the chess club, and he adds the computer club; he tried to fit in, but he kept moving around too much. She says she did too. Her mom was a singer so they went where the jobs were. Their stories weren’t that different after all. He remarks he was pretty forgettable back then. She returns that she bets they wouldn’t recognize him now. He ends by saying that is the one thing he may know is true! He pours her more champagne and sips on his chocolate milk.

Iris continues to hound Hal; no matter that Jack is the golden boy and his best cop, he doesn’t put him on the case when his wife is smack in the middle of it. Hal flips back that he trusts Jack; he doesn’t bend the truth. So, she should either have more to back up her theory or take a walk! Better yet, go see the commissioner, he’s on the fourth floor. He tells her she needs to bring more than her bad attitude if she wants to get things done. Now get out, he tells her, he has things to do, as he brusquely whisks her out the door. She watches through the glass as he calls for an immediate conference on security debriefing. As soon as the coast is clear, Iris slips back in, goes to the desk and rifles through some papers and files.

Will apologizes to Gwen for jumping all over her; he hadn’t expected to see her there. How did she find out? He guesses she must have seen his dad. She replies it’s a long story. He wonders why she’s bringing flowers to Jen. She replies for the same reason she went to the funeral--she figures she’s having a rough time. He thanks her and says he will give them to her. They both agree they don’t want to fight. With Jen’s baby, it’s forever, and she is sorry and she hopes Jen will feel better soon. He confides he doesn’t know what to talk about with Jennifer, there's just stupid stuff like weather, mindless junk. He hopes just being there will help. Gwen says that’s him, saving the world one at a time. He knows what Jen did was wrong, but it doesn’t make her a bad person. Gwen asks if this hospital is where he was. He replies no, he was in a state hospital that makes this place look like a country club. Then he changes subjects and asks if she wants to go back to pretending he’s the father. It’s hard giving up fun and games. She gives him a big smile and tells him not to joke. He retorts, “Joke or go crazy, or, in my family, both!” He says they can open their own nuthouse, franchise it. She replies that everybody’s family is screwed up, but he offers his is a gold standard and asks if she has met his mom. She fires back, has he met hers? She doesn’t think she has any right to judge anybody, least of all him. He asks her not to apologize, but she says it takes a while for her brain to catch up to her mouth, and she is sorry, for a lot of things.

Kim walks around, glancing at Maddie’s application as they follow her. She tells Maddie she should realize there is absolutely no glamour in this internship. Maddie says no problem, she’ll do anything. Kim is about to offer her the position when she realizes her last name is Coleman, as in Henry Coleman. Maddie feels the bullet but tries to talk her way out of it. She will work really, really hard; she needs this job, and it isn’t fair to punish people just because they are related. Casey tells her to quit while she’s ahead. Maddie blathers on, suggesting they give it a test run. She’ll work one week, no pay. Kim says that’s not necessary. She’s right, it isn’t fair to judge her without giving her a chance. “If my grandson says you’re up for this job, that’s good enough for me.” Maddie gushes that Mrs. Hughes will not be sorry; she will work so hard for her. When can she start? Kim asks if tomorrow sounds good. Maddie affirms she will be there. Kim turns to Casey and points her finger, saying that he shouldn’t be a stranger, and she tells Maddie there are a lot of exciting things going on around the studio. It is a good time to join the team. After Kim leaves, Maddie claps her hands and beams that she got the job. Casey remarks that yeah, she did; looks like she owes him one.

Katie is a bit skeptical. Businessmen usually rely on market research, proposals and competitive bids. He tells her he’s not the typical businessman and brags that he relies on instinct, and he will bet on instinct over numbers any day. Mike comes back and tells them he told his subs what to expect--impossible deadlines. B.J. hops up and says perfect, he has to go back to the station and do a few things before he calls it a day. They are to stay and order anything they want, and he’ll tell them to put it on his tab. Mike says that’s not necessary, but B.J. insists it is. Please, he insists, whatever they want, and they’ll talk tomorrow. He shakes hands with Mike. Then he shakes hands with Katie, holding it a little too long as he says he thinks this is going to be the beginning of a very rewarding relationship. When he leaves, she asks Mike if he saw that. Clueless, Mike asks what she's talking about. Maybe she’s imagining it, she replies, but he looked at her funny, like he was coming on to her. Maybe it was the smile or his holding her hand a little too long. Mike chides that the guy is a workaholic with a nasty chocolate milk habit. He’s harmless; besides, she’s taken.

Back in the hotel room, Holden and Lily go at it. She is adamant that that woman was lying; why did he drag her out of there? She wasn’t afraid of that guy. Holden asks, what was she gonna do, out-muscle them? Yes, she replies, hire their own guards and fight them for Luke, and if he’s not willing to fight for their son, she will! The voice of reason, he says he is fighting, but what will happen to Luke’s chances if something happens to them? She just knows they have to do something. They bicker. He says they will do something; they will go back to that place and figure out where they are hiding them. She panics and puts her hand over her mouth. What if it’s too late? He tells her to look at him; it is NOT too late. They are going to find Luke and bring him home. He swears to her he won’t fail. She hugs him.

Maddie walks in with an arm full of video tapes--her homework. Casey ever hear of that? He says all she has to do is show up, but she says she doesn’t do things the way he does. She wants to be prepared, and, oh, by the way, she doesn’t owe him anything. He grumbles that she sure knows how to hold a grudge. She does thank him, seriously, for talking to his grandmother. He replies he'd do anything to keep her busy. He asks how long before she’ll have enough cash to move out. She dumps the tapes in his arms and tells him to make himself useful, and then she waltzes off. He grins after her.

Katie still thinks there is something weird about this guy, but Mike just thinks it’s the nerd factor. This guy started his first computer company in college (Mike had made some phone calls while he was gone). He made his first million before most guys rush a fraternity. She’s still skeptical. If he’s so incredibly rich, why come to Oakdale? Why pick her, “us?” Mike doesn’t know except that it’s like Kim said: guys like that like building an empire, starting small. And if he wants to take them along, Mike says, they should do it. He convinces her they should have fun. Guys like B.J. start things up and then pass the ball. Chances are they won’t have to deal with him very long.

Meanwhile, B.J., sitting at a desk surrounded with mountains of Katie’s video tapes, asks Kim if they should issue this on DVD or start a whole new line. She reminds him a DVD would triple their start-up cost.. But, he remarks, also their profits, if they play it right. She hands him back the tape and says you know what they say--if you want it done right, do it yourself! He remarks that’s exactly what he was thinking. He’s going to be on every aspect of this project. She calls him Mr. Hands-On.

Hal catches Iris and grabs her by the arm and hollers for a guard to come get her and take her down to lock-up. She asks for what, and he says for interfering with an ongoing investigation, tampering with evidence, trespassing, and resisting arrest. She denies it all; she was just waiting for Jack Snyder, and he has nothing on her to hold her. With her mouth agape, he tells her now she can wait for Jack all night--in jail.

Will tells Gwen they can forget the fight; they both said things they didn’t mean. She agrees; she was so used to his being on her side, she didn’t know how much she would miss it. He says he’s sorry about the baby. She says him living with Carly doesn’t change the truth, and Gwen says she’s fine; her mom has resurfaced and she’s going to help her out. Will wonders if that is a good thing. He does hope she gets the baby back. He asks about school and she says that is covered. She’s talked to the teachers and they are going to let her make up the work she missed. He tells her he will make sure Jen gets the flowers, and she thanks him. They say bye and part.

Lily says she should go back to her room, but Holden doesn’t want her to be alone and asks her to stay. She gazes into his eyes with a long look. She says they will flip for the bed. Holden says he doesn’t remember the last time he slept. He takes a pillow from the bed and plops down on the floor, saying it is looking pretty comfortable right now. Not shy, Lily says there is no reason they can’t share a bed. She holds out her arm to pull him up. Slowly, he asks if she is sure, and she says she is sure.

They each sit on their respective sides of the bed, so close yet a million miles apart. They take off their shoes and make their little nests right on top of the covers, clothes and all. Holden is watching her intently, her back turned away from him. Lily sobs. Holden inches closer, his face next to hers, and she grabs for his hand.

Behind a locked steel door, Luke sits, his hands tied behind him in ropes with a gag in his mouth. Blanca enters and gloats that his parents are so heartbroken, so worried, even desperate; did he hear them? Too bad they will never find him. She locks the room up again and Rico asks if she wants him to take care of him. She declines, saying he is too valuable to waste, at least for now. Luke is struggling against the ropes, emitting muffled groans, trying to free himself.

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