ATWT Update Wednesday 10/12/05

As the World Turns Update Wednesday 10/12/05

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At Java, Henry, all spiffed up in new threads, is flirting with the waitress as he peels off a wad of money to pay the bill. He tells her it’s his caffeine mecca and returns to his table with B.J. Did I happen to mention he is drinking his usual chocolate milk? It’s the money, Henry knows, but he’s tired of cruising along on his brain and good looks, and he’s enjoying swimming in Byron’s revenue stream. Byron corrects him that it is now B.J., and he’s going to make him earn every penny; they have a very full day. Mike comes in and is surprised to see that Henry is now working for B.J. as his executive assistant, and Henry throws in that he's “doing a phenomenal job.” Also, Maddie comes in, and she is impressed at his new threads but definitely doesn’t like the idea of Henry working for Byron Glass.

B.J. is very disappointed, and this is not wasted on Mike when he tells him that Katie is in L.A. today taking some master classes to get ready for the show. B.J. covers by saying she didn’t tell him, and he could have used her input working on the studio today. Mike asks if that is all that is bothering him and lays it on the line that Katie thinks he might have more than a personal interest in her, adding that he’s beginning to wonder himself.

In Tampa, Florida, Emily spies Jennifer and Dusty walking toward them and quickly ducks herself and Nurse Thompson out of sight. Dusty assures Jennifer they’ll still have the meeting; it’ll just be an hour late. Jennifer is suspicious that Nurse Thompson is just stalling. But, Dusty says, she has no reason to; she doesn’t even know about her baby. Still, Jennifer is nervous and says she wants this lady to look her in the eye and tell her how she could help steal her baby. Dusty says it will happen and he’ll call Brinks to see what’s going on. He says it will put his mind at rest, but then he realizes his cell battery is dead, so he’s going to have to use the pay phone. That’s where Emily and N.T. are, and as they overhear this Thompson looks awfully scared.

On the plane, Jack holds Carly’s hand and tells her to take a nap if she can. She tells him she can’t, she’s too anxious. She just wants to get there and catch Gwen red-handed with Rory. Then Iris pops in her mind and she wonders why she would go all the way to New York to find Gwen and the baby. Jack laments that it must be the money. She figures she can make a buck off of Gwen, and she isn’t gonna let that go. But Carly figures that Iris must know that Gwen is going to lose Rory now, so any sane person would let it go. There’s got to be something else; she knows they say they just met, but she still thinks there is something going on between them, some connection. He looks sort of doubtfully at her and says she knows what it is--it’s obvious, and staring her right in the face.

In Riverside Park, New York City, Iris accosts Ms. Clemens and tells her that she’s wasting her time. Her daughter is hiding, and she knows where she is. Ms. C. wants to know how she can be so sure. Iris tells her she is the only reason Gwen came to NY. She kept Ms. C’s postcards, and she is the only one she could go to now. Ms. C. says then she hopes she will, but she’s jumpy when Iris mentions she may get mixed up in a kidnapping. Her Gwennie has done a bad thing, and she just wants to make it right.

In a crummy motel room, Will and Gwen are lying on the bed face to face. With a song playing on the radio in background, he leans in to kiss her, but she pulls away. He sits up, as does she, and she asks him not to go away. She laments that with all that is happening around them and things being a total mess, she is totally happy. He says he is too. She perks up and remarks that he’s looking at her like he’s glad she’s there. Nobody’s ever done that before. He tells her to get used to it, as he takes his thumb and tilts her head up closer to his and gazes into her eyes.

Iris fills in Ms. C. that Gwen had a baby, gave it up, and then realized she’d made a big mistake. She took this one; she kidnapped someone else’s baby. And now the couple were going to press charges, and Iris is only trying to help. Ms. C. says that would be a first. Iris says she remembers; she had no use for her, but she used to pretend she cared for Gwen, and if she still did then she’d tell her where she was. Ms. C. says if she sees her, she’ll tell her what Iris said. She tries to shake Iris, but Iris is like a pit bull and is determined to get her to answer her. She tells Ms. C. she knows she can’t lie; it’s like a Quaker thing. She knows where Gwen is but she can’t admit it; it’d be like some sin or something. Ms. C. tells her point-blank that she watched her treat her daughter worse than a stray dog for years, and she has no trouble telling her this, but if she knew where her daughter was, she’d never tell her. Iris yells at her that hey, she’s going straight to hell 'cause she lied to her face. Gwen is here, all right, and she’s going to find her.

The baby is fussing, and Will tells Gwen to get him while he checks the door. He says no one was down there; he heard the recess bell a few minutes ago so he thinks they are all in class. Gwen comments that the baby is teething; how do people magically look at their kids and know why they are crying? Will tells her it will be a year yet, and then he’ll probably say something helpful like "mama" or "dada," although his first word was "scissors," as his mom was designing when he was little. They discuss feeding and changing diapers and she teases him about getting out of that. He tells her he’s going to go find some goo just in case, for the baby’s gums. She asks him not to be long; she’s happier when he’s around, and he replies that so is he. She cuddles the baby to comfort him; if he’s quiet, they can stay together.

Jack tells Carly that Iris and Gwen bonded so quickly because they had a mutual enemy--one that came at them with both barrels. Carly hates and has it in for both of them. Carly denies that she hates Gwen. In the beginning, she felt really badly for her, because she thought she was just some messed up kid. But then she showed up and wanted Rory back, and she couldn’t take care of a kitten, much less a baby. And, Jack adds, that’s when feeling sorry for her turned out to be not so pretty. Carly confides she just wants her to go away. She wants to get Rory back and take him home where he’s safe. And is Gwen going to jail? He says no, she shouldn’t have to if they don’t press charges and if they ask for leniency. Does she really want her to go to jail? She replies she certainly earned it. They don’t want to worry every day that she’s going to show up and kidnap him again. Maybe some time in lock-up is just what she needs so she can think about what she’s done.

Jennifer tells Dusty she doesn’t want to bug the investigator. They have an hour, less now; maybe she just needs the time. She realizes they only have one shot at this nurse, but she can’t imagine what kind of monster she must be, and she is sure Craig paid her a lot of money, but that’s not a reason. He convinces her to go upstairs and they will wait; he won’t let her miss this opportunity.

Emily frantically tries to convince Nurse Thompson that Craig sent her because he knew they were on to her. She needs to go to Miami and not stop at her house, as the P.I. would have it staked out; just drive to Miami and get the next flight out of the country. Nurse T. is upset because Jennifer called her a monster--and she’s right. Emily informs her they have to move fast, but Nurse T. says she’s staying; she needs to tell that poor woman the truth.

B.J. basically talks himself out of the situation by being a computer geek and saying he needs to learn to interface with humans. He’s sorry if he said anything to Katie that came out the wrong way. She’s a beautiful woman and he’s sure she gets hit on day and night. Mike says not if he can help it. B.J. asks if he still wants to work for him. Mike says sure. B.J. thinks that’s great. He has another project for him--a huge one--and it’s going to be a lot more exciting than putting up drywall in the studio. Come on, he says, he’ll show him. They bump into Henry and Maddie. Henry re-introduces B.J. to his little sister. B.J. charms her (not) by saying that he remembers her, only he doesn’t think of her as Henry’s little sister but as an amazing new intern who’s an incredible addition to their staff. B.J. excuses himself and tells Henry he’s going to take Mike over to the new project. Henry says okay, just let him know when he’s done. He’ll get the rest of the day wired. Maddie, being cute, quizzes Henry on some lingo and tells him he is in no way qualified to be Mr. Dot-com’s assistant. Ah, but Henry disagrees; it’s a perfect fit. B.J. needs help getting organized and Henry needs an outrageous salary. She points out that he only needs Henry to keep things quiet for him. He doesn’t want the world knowing that B.J. Green used to be some poor schlub named Byron Glass. Henry says, So what? She thinks it’s creepy. For all they know he has some shrine locked away--poster-sized pictures of Katie, prom pictures where he glued his head over Katie’s date's, and candles and a tissue from when she wiped her lipstick off ten years ago and he took out the trash when she walked away. And he has a list of all the times he’s talked to Katie and what she said, and what he said back. Henry tells her to take a deep breath; she’s been watching too many "victim of the week" movies. But, she chides him, doesn’t he see that B.J. has “stalker” written all over him? Henry offers that no, all he sees is a successful businessman who’s gonna make a big change in both of their lives. He explains to her she skipped over the part about the outrageous salary. He pulls out a wad of bills and shakes it in front of her face, and she comments that it’s like two months of donut-slinging right there. He comments that’s two days' salary, and he pays him each day. She retorts that he does that so he doesn’t leave a trail behind and he can leave at any time, with Katie as his unwilling love slave. He scoffs for her to give it up. This is their ticket out, the way for them to get a place of their own and for her to leave Tom and Margo’s. He knows that appeals to her, he says, so she should lay off his new boss.

Emily tells Nurse T. nobody wants to see Jennifer in pain, but she will get better. Nurse T. wants to know how; she needs her baby. But, Emily confides, she doesn’t need to be connected to Craig Montgomery.. Her marriage ended because of the baby, and she needs a fresh start. Nurse T. seems convinced; sounds like Emily knows her well, but how can she look her in the eye? Emily confides it’s not easy, and some days it’s very hard. She can’t tell her, though; it’s not that black and white. Nurse T. wants to know how Emily can work for Craig, and she replies the same way she can. Nurse T. says she can’t anymore and walks off. Emily catches up to her and makes her stop, telling her she’ll go to jail. What she did was a crime. She’ll get convicted of kidnapping at the very least. She says one word, and she’ll be throwing away the rest of her life. Emily sees Dusty and Jen returning and jerks Nurse T. aside again. Nurse Thompson asks what her life will be worth if she doesn’t tell that poor woman the truth; she owes her that.

Carly fantasizes that Rory is in her arms, and she wonders if he’s been there all along. The flight attendant says yes, she has a beautiful baby boy. Then she turns into Iris, who blames her for killing her son. She says she doesn’t deserve another chance. She awakes as Jack asks if she had a bad dream. He tells her to go back to sleep; they have a little while. Carly is afraid; she’s afraid they aren’t going to get Rory back.

There is a knock at Gwen’s door as she is attending the baby. She opens it to find Iris smiling at her. She slams the door, but Iris pushes her way in. Gwen asks how she got there. Iris smugly tells her she knows her, "baby doll"; a mother always knows without being told. Gwen tells her to get the hell out, but Iris tries to convince her that she needs her. She’s her only hope. Gwen asks, "How, why?" If she wants a normal life with her son, she’s figured out a way she’ll be able to keep that sweet baby, and nobody will ever be able to take him away.

Gwen tells her to make up her mind. She was the one who said if she took the baby now, she’d lose him. Iris says normally she would; it was a dumb idea. Gwen tells her thanks, there’s the door. She knows she’s in trouble, but she couldn’t leave him with that baby killer either. Iris says she jumped the gun; they’d gone to court and the judge was shocked and issued an order right then to have the baby taken away from Carly immediately. Gwen asks if she is serious. Iris says it’s a done deal. The judge had said a baby should be with its natural mother. Gwen thinks that means he’s hers legally. Iris hesitates and says that WAS the plan. But, Gwen figures out, she ran away, so she blew it. Iris says they fixed it, her lawyer and her. Gwen wants to know how. She tells her they went back to court and explained she was scared for the baby’s safety, so she could now come back home and not be charged with a crime. Gwen doesn’t believe her; there’s no way the judge would give her custody now. Iris says yes, he understands her motherly instinct kicked in. It’ll be like a trial period, but she should see how she and Cass worked that judge over, and he agreed that if Gwen and the baby would come live with her he’d give her a provisional custody. Gwen balks at living with her, but Iris asks if she wants most to insult her or have the baby. Gwen says she has her baby, but Iris counters again, "But on the run; what kind of life is that?" But if she lived with her, she’d be home free and clear. Gwen wants to know where the papers are, meaning the court order. Slickly, she tells her that Mr. Winthrop has them. He’s on his way to NY right now, and if she doesn’t believe her, she can talk to him and he’ll explain it. Gwen picks up the baby and walks with him, holding him on her shoulder. Iris coos at him, calling him Pumpkin and saying they are so cute, when sleeping…. Gwen goes over the details again, to get this straight. Iris tells her she’s not there to hound her. She made her an offer; if she wants it, she does, and if she don’t, she don’t. Gwen asks, "Then what?" Iris says she can just keep going the way she is and she’ll cover for her, and she’ll wish her luck. She says she just wants her to be happy with her beautiful baby boy, and she hopes Gwen can give him the life she didn’t get--they both deserve it. She reminds her that she has her number.

As she prepares to leave, Will comes in, but backwards, so he doesn’t see her, and he says he found the carriage Ms. Clemens talked about. He turns around and is surprised. Gwen introduces her mother to him. He says, “This is your mother?” She says she is there to help Gwen. He replies the last time he saw her, she was helping someone else.. Iris says she’s never seen him before in her life when Gwen asks what he's talking about, but Will tells her he’s met her mother before--she’s Carly’s spy.

Jack tells Carly that when they get home and this is all over, she has to promise him to talk to somebody about this. Carly asks, A shrink? Does he think she’s crazy? He tries to convince her no, he just thinks the guilt is eating her alive. No one should have to live like that. “I want you back, Carly. Promise me you’re gonna get help, honey.” He says he will be right there with her when she says she will. First, they have to find Gwen and get Rory back. The flight attendant announces they will be on the ground in 15 minutes. Carly leans and looks out the window and says, “Finally.”

Maddie tells Henry that getting away from Casey Hughes so totally appeals to her that she’s losing her judgment. He says no, just her wild imagination. She still thinks Byron is creepy. He says he knows some real creeps, and this guy is at best just an amateur, and he reminds her that she was the one who opened the door to Byron. She says yes, but he knows now that Katie isn’t the one sending the e-mails. And why is he here? He uses a fake name and then makes a beeline right to Katie. And he’s involved in Mike and Katie’s life, and he’s not owning up to who he really is. It’s bizarre, mega-creepy. Henry agrees it’s a little creepy, but he’s not worried that he has some secret agenda.

B.J. walks Mike into a house with the furniture all covered in sheets. Mike says he has always liked this house. The woman who used to live there, they were old friends, very close. B.J. seems to get the drift: pre-Katie. Mike says yeah, it feels weird to be in there. B.J. says he understands; he wants to scare the ghosts out. Mike offers him good luck, because a lot of people have tried. B.J. says he will succeed with Mike’s help; he needs a new electrical system to handle all the equipment he has. He comments on the old gazebo out back and the paneling in the hallway. It’s a little messed up, but he could probably restore it.. B.J. says it’s not your average job, but he wants it renovated, inside and out. "Bring back the original, let some light in, think big, make it a real showplace." Mike says it can be done, but it will be a lot of work. B.J. senses some hesitation and asks if it is the work or the time away from Katie. He says it has nothing to do with Katie; he just thought he was coming to town to start up a business and then move on, but this is a major investment. B.J. asks if he wants to know if he’s staying in Oakdale for good.

Emily tells Nurse T. if she says one word, her life as she knows it is over. Nurse T. asks how she can live with this. Emily replies that some days are harder than others; this is a hard one. Nurse T. agrees. Emily repeats again for her to get in her car, go to Miami, get on a plane and get away as far as she possibly can. Nurse T. mentions her brother. Emily asks if he is the one who needs the money and then assures her not to worry; they will take care of both of them. She digs in her purse and hands her a card and tells her this is where she can reach her, and when she gets to where she’s going, forget Oakdale. As she pushes her forward, she says to forget all of us and “please God, let me forget you.”

Will tells Gwen that he saw her mother at the custody hearing with Carly.. She tries to duck out of this by saying yeah, she remembers him now, but she wasn’t working with Carly. She was just trying to help Gwen with information she had on Carly. She tells Will she has nothing to say to him when he asks what information; he’d helped her Gwennie make a big mistake, one that she and the lawyer could barely fix, and if he cares about Gwen and the baby then he'll make sure she is smart this time. They should sit tight and wait and talk to Cass. Iris leaves. He wants details, and Gwen fills him in but wonders why she even listened to her in the first place.. Will says because there is a one-in-a-million chance it’s true. Gwen adds that if it’s not, she’s setting her up. Is she really Carly’s spy? Will says he can’t swear to it; they didn’t look like best buddies. Gwen doesn’t think she can trust her again. He tells her if it is a set-up, then she knows they aren’t safe there.

Outside, Iris uses her cell phone and talks to someone whom she tells is to listen. She has information; they don’t have a lot of time, so listen carefully.

B.J. tells Mike he doesn’t know if he will stay in Oakdale, and Mike questions why he would take on this house. B.J. asks if he reads architectural magazines; the Travers house in Big Sur? That’s his. Mike is impressed as he continues that it’s one of his proudest moments. As a matter of fact, it was his first magazine cover that had nothing to do with computer chips. He loves doing this, finding a great old house and just completely renovating it. And, he tells him, this will be his sixth major project, and even if he leaves here in a month, he wants the house finished. They chuckle as he says he might flip it or he might keep it. Mike says it must be nice, all that cash. B.J. flashes his pearly whites and agrees it buys a lot of toys and a lot of freedom, and he enjoys it. B.J. asks if he will take the job; Mike says he’d love to. B.J. is elated; the hardest thing is coming to a new town and finding a contractor you can trust. Mike assures him he has him. They shake. B.J. says he has to go, but Mike is to stick around to take a walk around and get a feel for the place, and they’ll talk specifics later. Before he leaves, he tells Mike the realtor said there was something about the ceiling--something strange going on. Mike tells him he’ll check it out. B.J. says if he needs him, call Henry, and he’ll be in touch. Mike says Henry will be a good assistant. B.J. is interested in what he thinks of him and asks his opinion. Mike only says he wouldn’t let him choose his investments. B.J. opines that he knows, he likes to play the ponies and five-card draw. But Mike says he’s smart, and at the end of the day, he’s a good guy, very loyal. That’s good enough for B.J., who says that’s what he was thinking too.

Henry and Maddie sit, and he says so what if B.J. is still interested in Katie; even if he makes a play for her, it's not going to hurt Katie or Mike. But Maddie wonders if he could mess things up; he’s a smart guy. Henry says Katie is a grown woman; she’ll be fine. Maddie wishes Henry had just taken this job to keep an eye on him and to protect Katie if she needed it. Henry asks how she knows that’s not what he’s doing. It doesn’t matter, as Katie won’t ask for his help. Maddie offers, "Unless there really is a shrine in this guy’s basement." Henry chides her because she was the one who wanted to break them up, and now she is a Mike Kasnoff fan. She tells him to bite his tongue. She only wanted to break them up so he’d get back with Katie. He knows and says it was a sweet gesture, though misguided. And, she adds, now it’s all backfired. He says it hasn’t backfired, and besides, it’s the thought that counts. Then he slowly picks up a Fashions bag and hands it to her: "Only the newest designer--so cool that only the hippest people know the name and whisper it in awe." She says he’s the greatest, and he agrees and tells her they must keep B.J.’s secret to themselves. His identity stays just between the two of them.

Dusty and Jen are looking out over the balcony from their room, and he asks if she wants to go over what she’s going to say to the nurse. They end up discussing her first vacation with her mom to the beach, and he tells her about his real father, the one who raised him. He knew he was wild, so he gave him something wilder to tame--unbroken horses. He says he loved it, and he did so much for him. Then when he died, John Dixon took him in and tried to make him what his son would be. But his father, Burke Donovan, never crowded him; he always let him breathe. And he never let him know what it cost him. That was love. Jennifer says he had a real father who truly loved him. She says that explains a lot about why he is the way he is. “You just take care of things, of people. And that’s the kind of person I want to be, that kind of mom.” He tells her she’ll be a great mom--she’s already an amazing person.

The phone rings and Gaston wants to know how it went with the nurse. Dusty tells him his secretary set it back an hour. Gaston says he has no secretary, and Dusty knows he’s been had. Gaston doesn’t know of anyone else who knew, but he’ll get right on it. He turns to Jen and says it was a sham; the meeting wasn’t supposed to be postponed. She wants to know if Nurse T. has been sitting down in the bar the whole time. He says he hopes so, and they had better go.

Emily is leaving a message for Paul and says he’d better check his messages the minute he lands. She fills him in on the nurse and that Jen and Dusty are still convinced the baby is alive--he’s even hired a P.I.--but she’s on her way back to Oakdale. She tells him to get on the next plane back to Oakdale, because this is about to blow sky-high.

Maddie beams that she doesn’t care if anyone talks to her or not if she’s walking around in that outfit. He says everyone will talk to her, she’s a STAR. But she tells him not to do it again; she doesn’t need clothes, but they do need a place to live, so she can keep an eye on him and that geek. Henry schmoozes that they’ll both keep an eye on him, but he’s harmless.

Mike gets out a ladder and climbs and punches a hole in the ceiling to investigate. Sawdust falls into his eyes and a huge piece of the ceiling falls on his head, which makes him lose his balance; he tumbles to the floor, not moving.

Gwen and Will make plans to leave. They wish Iris were there to help them, but Gwen figures she’s there to help herself.

Meanwhile, Iris is sitting on a park bench. A police car roars up, sirens wailing, and Carly and Jack jump out and run to her. They want to know where Rory is and if she has any information that she didn’t tell the police. She asks if they want to arrest her or find the kid. Jack smarts off that he can do both. She fires back that no he can’t; they are running out of time, and they might run again. Carly implores her: Does she know where Gwen and the baby are? Iris shakes her finger and says not until they make a deal.

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