As the World Turns Update Monday 11/17/08
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At the police station, Margo is on the phone with the Commissioner assuring
him she will cooperate even if it is a member of her own family. They have no
more leads on the Spencer McKay case. Brad and Katie drop by and Brad tells
Margo that he saw that dead body in Chicago walking around. He called her name
and she turned and saw him and took off like a bat out of hell. He figures with
all the businesses around there must be some security cameras somewhere that
might have captured her. Margo announces that she has no jurisdiction there and
the medical examiner has already pronounced Spencer dead, so they better scoot
before she arrests them for annoying her.
Dani stops by Metro and persuades Henry to bring out a bottle of wine, something special, his finest. When he returns, he finds her bending over behind the bar. He assures her that she is not going to find the dead body back there. She starts to make an excuse of dropping something, but he tells her not to bother. She’s a horrible investigator. She blurts out that she was looking for a name or a number, something to lead her to that dead body. He tells her she better get more savvy what she says and who she says it to. Now get out of the bar. She pleads that she was given this open and shut case and now the evidence is gone. If he knows anything, he needs to tell her. Her career could be over before it even gets started. He says she can stop wasting her time investigating him and he really didn’t do it.
Josie drops in on Dusty who has been working out and is hot and sweaty and needs a shower. She says she woke up with a brainstorm and wonders if she can use his computer? She’s tired of waiting around for answers so she is going to look herself up on the internet. If she has a family or committed a crime or has a chateau in France, she wants to know. She reminds him that he kissed her once and she’d like for him to do that again, but she doesn’t know if she is married or not. He informs her he’d checked already and there is nothing out there on her. There’s no marriage license, not even a driver’s license, no high school yearbook, past addresses, nothing.
Emily gets back to her office only to find Paul there on the phone. He sneers
that next time she summons him, don’t keep him waiting. Better yet, don’t summon
him anymore. Quickly she says she has a proposition for him – two words – Josie
Driver. She’s got a plan to get rid of her. He says great, let him know how that
turns out. He’s going home to his wife, that is if she still is when she finds
out he lied to her to come to see Emily. She scoffs that this isn’t like the
first time he has lied. He remarks that he is trying to change. She quips well
change later. Right now she needs the old Paul Ryan. He questions – what’s
wrong? Dusty likes Josie now more than he does Emily. She should be telling her
diary that, leave him out of it. She lays out her plan, trying to prove that
Josie is a gold digger. All Paul has to do is offer her a million dollars to
leave town. Not actually give it to her, just make the offer. And he is sure
that she wants Dusty to hear this. Emily agrees. All he has to do is meet Josie
in some public place and make the offer as she is upsetting his mother. Emily
will make sure that Dusty hears it all. He guesses, so then Dusty will find out
about Josie and Emily can have Dusty all to herself. She confirms that is what
she is hoping for. He tells her to count him out. He’s not jumping through any
more of her hoops to help her get Dusty back. She gets a phone call relaying the
message that Josie is now in Dusty’s suite. He’s still skeptical that even if
Josie is out of the picture that it will mean that Dusty will want her again.
But she is sure he will. She reminds him that he too has a stake in this. His
own mother likes this Josie. Next thing you know she will be riding out of town
with Dusty and his mother’s money. He asks how does she know Josie will take the
bait? She replies because she is a fake and fakes are greedy. There’s only one
reason that she is pretending to be the personification of Dusty’s dead wife. So
she can be Dusty’s new wife and can have half of everything he owns.
Josie is surprised that Dusty had her checked and did not tell her. He says he just found out a few days ago. It was Emily who did it. Again Josie is surprised, and now Emily is suspicious of her connection to Jennifer like everyone else. She asks if he is involved with Emily and he replies he was, but it didn’t work out. He wasn’t in love with her, but just trying to get back what he had with his wife. She offers that would hurt, falling for a guy when his heart is somewhere else. He says that Emily recovered. She asks if he has? He shares that his wife wanted him to move on without her. Maybe that is why Josie is here, to help him do that. Josie wishes that she had a direct line to Jennifer. There are some things she’d like to ask her. She’d ask where his son is, and how she did it – how she made everyone worship the ground she walked on. Dusty tells her there must be plenty of people out there that love her too. She wonders why they aren’t looking for her then. She tells him to go ahead and take his shower. She will just hide out here for a while.
Emily wants to know why Paul can’t do this. He relays that it’s not a good time
to rock the boat. He’s finally got his life back, a shot at a family….a shot at
lasting happiness. He’s not going to jeopardize that for one of her crazy
schemes. He is also sure his mother can take care of herself. But if they do
this, it has to be today. Find out where Dusty and Josie are right now.
Not giving up, Brad and Katie want to talk to Margo again. Margo tells Brad that he needs to drop this. He is still the prime suspect and anything he says can be held against him. He insists, and he doesn’t need a lawyer. When she finds out they went to Chicago and were turned down for new positions at stations there, she surmises that maybe he was just depressed and seeing things. Even Katie has to admit that Brad told her, but she didn’t actually see Spencer either. Brad wonders if Katie is doubting his story also. He announces that he is not imagining this. He is going to find Spencer and prove it. Katie stays and conveys to Margo that Brad did not steal the evidence. Margo thinks it is all well and good that Katie believes in and is supporting her husband, but if she wants to save Brad then she needs to tell Margo everything she knows.
Brad tells Henry that he knows there is no body, as he saw Spencer in Chicago.
He knows Henry knows people there and he needs his help. Anybody pretending to
be dead and still walking around would need a fake ID, and they know she has a
suitcase of money. Henry says he can do this, but these people might want to
call in a favor too. He comes back and tells Brad that he put the word out, but
not even a big city mobster can find a ghost. Brad still can’t figure out the
angle of why Spencer would try to mess up his life like this.
Dusty tells Josie they are not going to stop trying to find out who she is. On some level, she is bound to remember. She agrees to be hypnotized at the hospital if it will help, and Dusty be there with her. Dusty gets a phone call from Emily who insists on seeing him now; perhaps the lounge as soon as he can. Josie tells him to go ahead, she will catch him later. As she leaves, Paul catches her and says he’d like to have a little chat with her. They sit and he gets right to the point. Everybody except Dusty knows why she is in town – for money. The man may be in mourning, but he’s not stupid. Sooner or later he will figure her scam, so Paul is offering her a way out. She thinks it’s unbelievable that he will offer her a million dollars to leave town right now. She slaps him just as Emily and Dusty walk up to their table. Looking frightened, she tells Dusty that he doesn’t have to hit Paul, but she would like to get out of here. Paul argues that Dusty can play the fool if he wants to, but he’s not going to let Josie hurt his mother by pretending to be his dead sister. Dusty says Josie is not hurting anyone. Josie lashes out that she is not pretending to be Jennifer. Why can’t they leave her alone? It’s them, they are in this together. Dusty demands an explanation. If she knows something, how they are together in this…..then she must tell him. She doesn’t know. It’s just a feeling she has. She blurts out that Paul tried to keep a mother away from her child. Again Dusty is incredulous how she could know that. She doesn’t know. It just came out. None of this is making any sense. Paul accuses her of feeding Josie all of this. He hopes Josie takes him for everything he has. Emily states that she can’t believe Dusty is taking a complete stranger’s side over her own. She doesn’t think Josie is as innocent as all think.
Dani comes to the diner for a burger and fries and comments to Henry that he’s good. With that bumbling thing that he does, he’s really smart. He doesn’t let a lot of people see that, and that is very smart. He says the same to her, she’s good at that “I’m pretty so please underestimate me” thing. He says her secret is safe with him. He walks her through that before Spencer’s body disappeared, she did see it. She says yeah, she was standing right next to the medical examiner when he was doing the report. She’s dead so no one could have seen her in Chicago today. Poor Brad, he’s going off the deep end.
Brad returns home. He comments to Katie that she might find a job better without him. She assures him that she loves him, and won’t consider that. He says he loves her too and Henry just reminded him that Spencer was trying to break them up and in some ways maybe she is doing that. He feels there is only a small window of opportunity so he needs to find her now before she disappears again. She says they will do this together.
Dusty doesn’t find Josie at home but finds her standing at Jennifer’s graveside. She says she was not led here by some premonition. Jennifer was sort of famous so her funeral announcement wasn’t hard to find. She has to tell him why she is here. She needs to find out why she knows more about Jennifer’s life than she does her own. She states that she is not helping Dusty and she is upsetting Jennifer’s family so maybe she should just disappear. Yet she knows Paul and Emily are in this together and she wants to hurt Josie. She doesn’t know how she knows all of this, these feelings come and she can’t stop them. And somehow they all lead back to Jennifer. He confesses half the time he thinks she is scamming him. But he likes her, so much that he doesn’t want to think that she is lying to him. She admits she is. She is not telling him the entire truth. She is not leaving because of him. She doesn’t know what Jennifer felt when she first met Dusty, but what she felt, she can not walk away from.
Paul and Emily don’t know how this happened. It backfired. Instead of pushing Josie away and getting rid of her, now Dusty believes Josie more than ever. Dusty thinks she has some second sight, and suddenly they are the bad guys. How could she know what they had planned? Whatever happens to Josie Driver, he wants to wipe his hands clean right now. He storms out.
Brad sits with a pad and pencil and wants to write down everything they know about Spencer….places she talked about, people she knew, figuring she could not have done this alone. Henry calls and gives them some good news. He got a call about the thug that delivered Spencer the music box and when his associates locate him, then he will let them know. Spencer tells someone on her cell that it wasn’t her fault. She could not possibly know that Brad and Katie would be in Chicago. But it’s okay, he only saw her for a second. The mysterious caller is Dani. She tells Spencer that she better make sure Brad never sees her again or else Spencer might end up as a real dead body next time. Katie gets another instant message. It says to tell Brad to back off. As long as the body is missing, Brad is off the hook. Keep asking questions and it might just reappear.
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