As the World Turns Update Wednesday 11/2/05
Written By Wanda
Pictures by Boo
Proofread by Angie
Iris is at home looking for a little drinkie-poo. Will knocks on the door and she mumbles that she needs a moment to wake up. Then she sees its Beaver Cleaver. She relays to Will that Gwen is with the baby. Then Gwen shows up and says she has been up for hours, so she can handle this early visit. Iris makes herself scarce so the two kids can be alone, but she eavesdrops close by. Will hands Gwen a wrapped present and shes delighted to see a cute little black jacket, complete with zippers all over. He mentions that since its her kid, hell probably have wild streak, so he might as well dress the part. She thinks its cool and figures this is as close as shell ever come to a baby shower. Then he pulls a bouquet of flowers out of the shopping bag. Shes wowed; no one has ever given her flowers before. He deserves a kiss for this--on the cheek. But when Will pulls out a pamphlet for an apartment, a lurking Iris gets all twitchy.
Lily and Holden follow the gurney with Luke on it into the hospital room.. Lily is telling him that they are both there; everything is okay, not to worry. Lily cant understand how this could be happening or why his kidneys would be shutting down after being at the best clinics in the country and after all the tests and treatments.
Holden answers that the E. coli created blood clots, and dialysis would have killed him. She laments that "Oh my God, hes so weak. What are they going to do?" Calmly, Holden tells her the transplant is going to be the only option here, so theyll have to wait for her tests results or for another donor to come along. Lily remarks that she just has to be a match. She cant stand not being able to help her son. Shed give her life for him, and Holden says he would too. He holds her as she continues to cry that she just has to be a match, she knows she will be.
At Katies, Mike lets Jack in and thanks him for coming by, although he would have met him at the station. Jack says not really, since he is officially on a leave of duty. Mike says he didnt know and he hopes all is okay. Jack relays that its complicated. He then asks about what Mike had told him on the phone--that Katie was being bugged by some creep. He thought it sounded like some stalker situation. Mike says its kind of weird, but he thought maybe hed had some experience in stuff like this. Jack is surprised when he hears its B.J. Green, the new boss at WOAK. Mike agrees; he came to town and promised Katie her own show and to make her a big star, but after what happened last night, he wants to be sure he cant get near her ever again.
At WOAK, in Kims office, Katie shows up and is apprehensive, as she has to tell Kim that she knows its late notice but she has to quit her show. Kim will never believe what B.J. did at the Halloween party last night. A smiling, happy B.J. shows up right on cue and tells Katie its okay; hes already explained it all to Kim, and she completely understands. When Katie asks for an explanation, Kim tells her that B.J. said theyd had a misunderstanding. Katie is aghast; no, she says, it was more than a misunderstanding. Hed lied about everything, including who he was and why he was there. He basically talks his way out of it by admitting hes awkward socially and hed made a grave error in judgment. But, that being said, he wasnt a monster; he was just himself and he was sorry. But Katie maintains this is not some social faux pas; he was a man passing himself off as someone he wasnt. Shes dumbfounded when B.J. doesnt see it that way and cant believe Katies take on things is so larger-than-life. He explains that she was just another investment, like many more he has in his life. Shes not quite believing this; more like the weird obsession that he had for her in high school. Again, he explains that he was piqued when he found out she was there, but he thought she would recognize him, and when she didnt he thought it would be fun to surprise her. He admits he got carried away, but he thought she would have a big laugh over it, ha ha, ha, and hes sorry if she was uncomfortable at all. Katie turns back to Kim and explains how he locked her in a room and made her put on a dress that looked exactly like the one she wore to her prom. It was sick; hes sick! She looks at B.J. and says, I want nothing to do with you. Ever the diplomat, Kim tells her to calm down. She explains that B.J. had come to her very early that morning and said perhaps he had gone a bit over the line, and he was very embarrassed, and after listening to his side of the story, it didnt sound like he meant any harm. B.J. chimes in and tells Katie that is true, and he hopes someday she can find it in her heart to accept his apology. Katie tells her one more time: B.J. is a stalker! Kim kindly reminds her that it wasnt too long ago that she was accusing her youngest son of stalking her, and then shed had to admit it wasnt true; was it possible that perhaps she had mistaken an error in judgment for something more sinister? Katie stands firm and says she knows who he was last night and who he's pretending to be this morning, and no, shes not making a mistake. Shes sorry, but she has to quit. She turns to leave, but B.J. blocks her way and says he cant let her do that.
Mike hands Jack a cup of coffee as Jack asks where Katie is. Mike admits she went to WOAK early this morning to give her notice to Kim, and he wasnt going to work for B.J. either. Hed told Katie this would be the end of it, but he wasnt sure. He wants it to be. He wants Katie to feel better, but hes not sure B.J. got the message. Theres something off about this guy. Mike wants to know if theres anything he can do legally to keep him away. Folding his arms, Jack listens as Mike explains what happened. Jack asks a few questions and says hell have to figure out if a crime has been committed, and he can hook him up with Hal so the police can issue a restraining order. Mike explains further that it happened during a Halloween party, where you are assigned random names and youre supposed to hunt those people down and murder them. Jack asks more questions: Did she go there willingly? Did he force himself on her? Did he tell her what he wanted? Was there a weapon involved? Mike replies no, but who knows what might have happened if he hadnt walked in. This is NOT a nice guy. He lied about why he came to town and about coming into town. Then Mike has to admit to Jack that he had not been defrauded or had money taken from him, and that yes, theyd both been offered contracts. That was to manipulate them and keep B.J. closer to Katie. Jack is sympathetic but offers that offering employment isnt illegal. Mike keeps repeating, "Hes a nut job!" Jack gives him the bottom line and says hes sorry he has to hear this; the guy may be a little imbalanced, creepy even, but having a crush on somebody is not a crime. Mike sighs.
Will and Gwen sit and discuss the apartment situation. She says hes dreaming if he thinks she can afford to pay for something like this. He explains that theyre not much more than shes paying at Burts right now, and after the 90 days are up, hes sure shes not going to go back with the baby to the garage. Iris is still listening as Gwen says she is sure theyll want a huge deposit. Will tells her no; since the project is not finished, this is a promotional thing, and shed get two months' free rent. She thinks this sounds doable, and Will seems happy that it's close to his Aunt Kim and Uncle Bob. Gwen questions whether hes happy living with his family. He replies that they arent that bad. They care about him and dont try to run his life. Gwen says in 90 days, she is so out of there. Iris isnt liking to hear that. Will thought they could go over and look at the place, but his cell phone rings. Its Hal, and he tells Will hes at Java, and if hes anywhere near there he'd like him to come meet him, because hed like to talk to him. Will doesnt want to leave since hes with Gwen, but she urges him to do so. She needs to get Billy up, feed him, bathe him and get him ready. By the time Will gets back, maybe theyll be ready to go for that ride. She says she is going to put the flowers in water, maybe itll cheer up her room a little. He gives her a quick kiss on the cheek and says he wont be long. Not missing a beat, Iris walks out as soon as Will leaves and tells her the flowers are pretty, and she offers her a vase thats under the cabinets. She also zeroes right in on the pamphlet and wants to know what it is. Gwen minimizes it until Iris continues, asking why she has it. Gwen explains shell need another place to live as soon as her time is up there. Iris chuckles--her time? She makes it sound like shes in jail, and she thought she wanted to finish school and go to college. Gwen replies that she does. Iris offers that its going to be very hard trying to make rent and living in a cramped apartment. Gwen maintains that she has done it before, and she can do it again. Iris spices it up by saying this time she doesnt have to do it alone. She can take advantage of her--a room for the baby, a built-in baby-sitter, a yard to run around in; shed give him the best. Gwen remarks, yeah, just like she did with her. Iris ignores that and even states that they can build on--another bedroom, a playroom, a gym--or better yet, maybe buy a new house, you know, in a different neighborhood, a nice part of town. ($$$$ signs showing in Iriss eyes) Gwen shoots her down by saying that then she couldnt put her old car up on blocks in the front yard. Iris chuckles; speaking of cars, they need a new one. Gwen repeats, We? Iris gushes, "Absolutely, one with the third row, with a television in the back. Wouldnt Billy just love that? Isnt that what you want?" Gwen has one question: How is Iris planning on paying for all of this?
Lily and Holden go in to see Luke. He looks and acts miserable. He just wants to go home. He says hed promised Faith hed teach her how to set up the Game Master. Lily explains that Faith will understand. Luke wants to know when hell get a new kidney. Lily explains that they dont know, but it might come from her. He wants to know what that will do to her. She tells him they will both be fine. Doctors do surgeries like this all the time. She tells him she doesnt know if he knows, but Margo and Katie had a procedure like this just a few years ago, right here in the same hospital, and theyre both doing fine. Luke says he is tired, and Lily says the trip was exhausting. Does he think he can sleep now? He looks like hes already drifting off. She kisses him on the forehead and tells him everything is going to be okay. Keith is standing just beyond the open door.
Mike tells Jack that Katie had told him from the get-go that this guy creeped her out, but hed told her he was harmless. Then when he finally started to see, it was too late. Jack states that he was playing the both of them. Mike answers that yeah, he cant describe it, but B.J. always had a way of explaining everything that made you end up feeling guilty for doubting him. He told Katie that he was okay, so now he has to do something to make it up to her. Jack assures him the only way to do that is to make sure he knows who hes dealing with and what he wants.. Even if he hasnt committed a crime, theres no harm in keeping an eye on the guy or doing a little background check. Jack admits hes having a little bit of a hard time wrapping his mind around the fact that heres this billionaire who'd buy a television station just to keep close to an old high school flame; seems sort of excessive. Mike says that must mean Jack sees why hes worried. What if this guy cant take no for an answer? Jack confides that in every profile he has read, these kinds of guys like to hide behind a curtain, and the second they are exposed, its humiliating. Now, his guess is that B.J. freaked when things turned out the way they did, and he probably doesnt want to see them any more than the two of them want to see him. Mike concedes to his logic, but this guy doesnt give up easily. Jack agrees, but now B.J. knows that he and Katie have their guard up. He advises Mike that the best thing he can do right now is to document everything B.J. does that could be considered harassment or stalking. Mike is wide-eyed. Thats it--keep a journal? Jack answers yes; unfortunately the police can do nothing until B.J. does. Mike is afraid Katie could be hurt in the meantime. Jack only offers that hell call some of his guys in the department to keep an eye on B.J., but in meantime, Mike can call Margo to keep an eye on her little sister. Mike says he thought of that, but he didnt want to upset Katie; he didnt want to fan the flames. But if Jack thinks that is the best route to take, hell do it. Mike thanks him and they shake hands. Mike is concerned and asks Jack what he is going to do. Jack replies that he has a few irons in the fire and tells him not to worry, even if hes not at the station. He says if he needs anything, dont hesitate to call him. Mike thanks him again and states that after today, there should be no need for him or Katie to see B.J. Green again.
But, back at the station, B.J. tells Katie she signed a binding agreement, and he hates to get litigious here, but if she refuses to fulfill it the station might be forced to sue her for breach. Katie listens, then backs away and turns back to Kim, asking if she is siding with B.J. Kim looks at B.J. and asks if she can have some time alone with Katie. He agrees, saying right, no problem. He leaves and they sit. Katie doesnt think Kim understands how upset she is. Kim tells her she knows B.J. is right that both parties signed the contract, and theres been an awful lot of money poured into this project--not just B.J.s, but Kims and the shareholders' money. Shed hired a new staff and crew, and those people were counting on these jobs. Now all that was on the line. Katie commiserates and says shes thinking of them too, and shes sorry, but Kim didnt see him last night. He was a completely different person, and she cant deal with that. Kim says what if she didnt have to. What if she could guarantee that she would put some distance between them? Katie shakes her head and wonders how Kim will get B.J.. to agree to that. Kim confides that he already has, and shes beginning to see now why he was so insistent on so much personal involvement on this project, but she will let him know that is not acceptable. Katie asks about the press tour. Kim divulges he cant go on the tour; it wouldnt be appropriate. Shes already hired a publicist to accompany Katie. Shes a woman Kim has dealt with for years, and she trusts her implicitly. She asks Katie to think about how exciting this will be, expanding her career; if she can guarantee that without B.J.s involvement, would she be willing to stay? Katie lets out a big sigh as she ponders.
Will meets Hal, who tells him he hopes he still likes mocha, because he ordered him a large one. Will asks whats up, because Hal isnt one to play catch-up over coffee. Hal mugs; a guy could change, couldnt he? Will agrees; he guesses so, but why would Hal? Hal says there is nothing wrong, but he thinks he owes him an apology. Will tells him no, hes the one who ran off to New York with Gwen; Hal doesnt owe him an apology. Hal offers that maybe if hed been paying a bit more attention, Will wouldnt have felt he needed to go that route. Will says it was his decision and he would have gone no matter what, regardless of how much attention Hal gave him. Besides, Hal was looking after Jen, and she needed him, and Will understands that. Hal reminds him that that doesnt mean hes not just as important. Will admits that Hal has always been there when it counts, and hes surprised that he hasnt come down on him harder. Hal confides, "What good would that do?" Besides, hes going to have to face the court judge. Will says yeah, but it looks like hes going pretty easy on him. Did Hal pull some strings? Hal remarks, Lets just say Im glad youre back in one piece. Will tells him that just so he knows, if he had to do it over again, hed probably do the same thing. Hal asks if he is pretty serious about this girl, Gwen. Will wants to know if his mom put him up to this, because shes not too happy with Gwen being in his life. Hal says no, Barbara had nothing to do with it, and then chides him that he only wants Will happy. Does Gwen make him happy? Will notes, Nobody can make anybody else happy--Psychology 101. But yeah, she means a lot to me. Hal remarks that if Gwen makes him happy, then hes the guy in his corner.. Will senses there is something Hal is not saying. Hal admits he might as well come out and say it: Hes had dealings with Gwens mother and he doesnt trust her. Will tells him neither does Gwen. They share some DNA, but thats about it. And for the first time in his life, hes with someone who doesnt judge him. She needs him and he needs her. Hal thinks that is fine but suggests he be careful. Her life is complicated, and with a child involved it's even more so. He needs to keep his eyes open--wide open.
Luke tells Lily he needs to tell her something; hes sorry he caused so much trouble. She assures him its not his fault that hes sick. Holden jokes that he just needs to concentrate on getting better. They are going to need his help to cut that Hubbard squash on Thanksgiving, and thats only a few weeks away.
Jack comes in and says he heard he was back; hows he feeling? Luke manages to say hes a little tired. Jack says he isnt going to stay. He just wanted to tell him he loved him and to get better. He pulls Holden aside and says hed talked to Emma, and she wanted to know if there was anything she could do. Holden says no, nothing right now; they just need to find a blood match. Jack asks if they have been in touch with Damian. Holden says they tried, and hed do anything to be Lukes biological father right now. He admits to being very, very scared. They step outside the room to be private. Jack asks about Lilys tests and Holden tells him he hopes she is going to match, but he doesn't know what will happen if she doesn't. Jack gives hope and says even if shes not the one, there WILL be someone. Hell get tested, and hell have Carly to test; hell ask everyone he knows. Holden tells him its kind of like a ticking time bomb right now. Jack says he knows, but hell talk to Margo and Hal about setting up a drive at the station, and they will find someone compatible. Holden thanks him, and Jack says to keep the faith and then rushes him off to go get some coffee.
As soon as they are gone, Keith, whos been close by, walks into the room and puts his hand on Lilys shoulder as she sits with Luke. A smile comes across her face until she turns around and sees its not Holden but Keith. Lily steers him away from the bed and asks him what is going on and why he is there. He replies he heard about Luke and wanted to help. She tells him there is nothing he can do and he shouldnt be there. He says he wants to be tested. She asks why he would do that; hes not part of their lives anymore. He vows he would do anything for Luke, as he cares for him--the same way he does for her. Holden picks that moment to return and grabs him and rushes him out, telling him to get away, and stay away, from his wife.
Katie tells Kim that the show does mean a lot to her, and after her last stint with the station she appreciates the second chance, so shell stay. Kim hugs her and calls her a good girl. She promises her nothing will happen that will make her frightened or uncomfortable. "Lets try to make this work for everybody." B.J. is not far behind, and he peeks out and asks if they are a team again. Kim tells him Katie has agreed, under certain conditions. He seems pleased with that and apologizes again for any misunderstanding. Katie tells him no, she understood everything perfectly; now, heres something for HIM to understand. The conditions are very simple. I have no contact with you. Got it? He plays his little victim bit, gulps, looks at his feet, then flashes a big smile and says he had hoped everything had worked out and they could be friends again. She sets him straight, saying that she is there to honor her contract and do the job she loves, not to be friends with him, so hes to stay away from her, and away from Mike as well. And any business dealings he has with her go through Kim--got it? He promises he will keep his distance. She tells him to make sure he does, and then she thanks Kim and departs. Kim gives a knowing look to B.J.
Iris tells Gwennie shes acting like shes thinking something shes not. Gwen asks her if shes not trying to dip into her kids money. Iris fakes it by saying no, she just wanted to help, like she did with getting her kid back. Gwen sees through that, calling it a guilt trip. Iris denies it. Gwen thanks her for helping her get her kid back, and even watching him last night so she could go to the party, but if Iris thought she could make up for the past, forget it. Iris pleads: How many times does she have to tell her? Shes just trying to make up for past mistakes. Gwen is afraid she is just looking for a meal ticket. Question of the century--Iris wonders why Gwen always thinks she is up to something. (Reality check, Iris. You aint that hard to figure out.) Gwen retorts that's because she is always up to something, and she reminds her she is only there because the judge said she had to be. Iris is hurt; isnt she going to give her another chance? Gwen says she is not saying they never will see each other again, but she needs to get it through her head (pointing there): they are not living together, there or any place else. She then tells Iris she has to go get Billy ready before Will comes back. Iris ponders this: hmmmm.
Will tells Hal there is nothing to worry about. He and Gwen are taking it slow. Hal tells him he has a lot of potential and he doesnt want him forgetting his own needs just because hes getting serious about this girl. Will promises him he will finish school. Gwen wont get in the way of that. They are just open and honest so they can talk to each other. Hal admits its been a long time since hes seen him smile this much. It looks good on you. They chit-chat about each other; is it quiet around the house now? Hows life at Bob and Kims? Will asks if Hal wants him to move back home. Hal does ask him to think about it. Its pretty empty without him or Daniel, and everybody else is gone. Will commiserates that it must be pretty lonely. Hal seems slightly embarrassed and doesnt look at Will when he says he tries to stay busy, but maybe that is why he wound up alone in the first place. Will tells him he misses him too, and hell think about it. Hal thanks him and admonishes him to come to him if he needs anything. Hes making more time for him now. Will mentions Paul. Sternly, Hal says he doesnt want him going to Paul. Hes to come to him, and hes not saying this because of Emily. He just doesnt want him to go to Paul about anything important. He doesnt think he has his best interests at heart. Will doesnt understand, since things have been good between Will and Paul. Hal interjects, asking why didnt he want Will to know he was paying for Gwens legal fees, then. Will hasnt a clue what hes talking about. Hal looks at him askance and says he would have thought he would have known by now, that Gwen would have told him. Will says she would; maybe Hal got his story wrong. Hal tells him it was Cass Winthrop, her attorney, who told him that Paul was paying him to represent Gwen. Suddenly Will remembers a past conversation he had in Gwens apartment where she pulled out an envelope full of money. He jumps up and tells his dad he has to go.
Holden grills Keith about how he knew about Luke, telling him if he really wants to help, he can stay away from his family. Keith says everyone should be tested because you never know who might be a donor. Holden confronts him and says that all of this is his fault. Him and his shady business deals--otherwise Luke wouldnt have ever been exposed. And now he wants to help? Forget it, its not gonna happen! Keith pleads to Lily--hes a part of her, etc. Holden tells him thats enough. Hes not going to use Lukes illness to worm his way back into Lilys life.
Kim slams some papers down on the desk, and B.J. follows her and thanks her for smoothing things with Katie. Rather curtly, she tells him she was protecting her business investment. He agrees, and if anybody could buy some time, it was her. He rationalizes that thats really all they need, some time. By the time she is back from this tour, things will have blown over. Kim sets him straight. I dont know what kind of dreamland you are living in, pal, but let me give you a few pertinent facts. She lets him know she doesnt take kindly to somebody manipulating her and her station to get close to some young woman. He offers that he thought he had explained that. She shakes her head and tells him he can explain until hes blue in the face, but what he did put her, her company and her reputation at risk, not to mention that he scared the hell out of Katie. He contends that even Kim said she was prone to blow things out of proportion. Kim admonishes him, saying he forgot the part about locking her in the room. What was he thinking? He was lucky she didnt sue him for sexual harassment. He repeatedly apologizes, saying he thinks Kim is great, and now Katie is staying, and thats amazing; now everything is going to be okay.
Katie tells Mike she was under contract and she couldnt walk away from her job, but Kim had assured her she wouldnt have to work with or even see B.J. Mike is NOT pleased; he warns her that the guy owns the show, but he doesnt want him within a square foot of Katie. He tells her if he had known B.J. was going to be down there today, he would not have let her go alone. They are not taking any chances. He wants her to call Kim and tell her shed changed her mind again. Katie tells him she cant because theyll sue for breach. Mike says to bring it!
Jack meets an FBI agent at the diner. They sit, and Jack says he was glad to get this guys call; does he have anything for him? The FBI guy says timing is everything; remember how he told him the bureau was tracking someone of interest and he was right here in Oakdale? The guy tells Jack he may need him to do some under-the-radar investigation and asks if he's interested. Jack asks for any background information and is told it seems its this dot-com billionaire, B.J. Green. Jack glances up at him with interest and tells him to keep talking.
Like a sweet little choir boy, B.J. swears to Kim that she has nothing to worry about; hes going to stay away from Katie. Kim takes a steely look at him and says hed better; shed given Katie HER word.. B.J. says he will give her HIS word. He gives a big nervous laugh and says he would never do anything to hurt Katie.
Mike informs Katie that if B.J. or Kim wants to sue, theyll deal with it. But Katie is adamant that she has already given her word to Kim, and shed promised her there would be no contact with B.J., and she trusts her to keep him away from her. Mike still insists it would be so much easier if shed just quit, but Katie says, "And do what?" Mike says just run the gym, but she points out that they are barely breaking even.. She could go back to the hospital and be a nurses aide; that would be fun. She says no, she likes this work. It pays really well, and shes sick of being broke. This is her one chance to do something that shes really good at and make a good living. Mike seems to think she can always find another job that pays as well. Katie continues to plead her case, saying that she wants it to be THIS job, with these people; can he understand that? Reluctantly he gives in but says he is still giving up his renovations over at Fairwinds. She understands; he needs to do whats right for him. He replies that whats right for him is protecting her, but he will call Kim and tell her hes finishing up at the studio, and that way he can keep an eye on B.J. and make sure he stays away from Katie. Katie feels better and tells him she knew they could work this out. She plants a couple of kisses on him and a big hug and tells him she loves him. He returns the I Love You and wishes she didnt have to leave on the press tour so soon. She remarks its that afternoon, and he thinks maybe they should start saying their good-byes right now. They lock in an even tighter embrace and passionate kiss.
Will shows back up at Gwens, and shes ready to get the car seat and Billy and go. But Will confronts her with determination and asks if it is true: Did his brother give her money to pay her attorney? Gwens face falls.
Keith gruffly tells Holden and Lily that no matter what they think, hed do anything for Luke, and hes going to be tested. Its the least he can do. When he walks off, Holden is livid. Whats with that guy? Lily sloughs it off and says dont worry about that; its not important right now. They return to Lukes room, and although he appears to be sleeping and may not hear, she bends over and tells him everything is going to be okay. Once they get the tests and have the surgeries, theyll take him home and everything will be all right.
A doctor comes to the door and Holden goes to talk to him privately. Within seconds he comes back to Lily and tells her the test results are in. She has a wistful look on her face as he tells her hes sorry, shes not a match. She tunes up to cry and hugs him.
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