PC Update Tuesday 2/11/03


Port Charles Update Tuesday 2/11/03

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The morning after the averted massacre, Tess finds Jack reading the morning paper. She hopes he's not mad at her for changing her mind about leaving town. Jack assures her that he isn't mad. Port Charles is her home, and she doesn't have to leave if she doesn't want to. Tess knows he's worried about her connection to Caleb, especially after last night, but Jack thinks that the way she stopped his plan was amazing. Tess still thinks he looks worried, but he claims he's fine.

While Jack and Tess relax at home, Rafe and the others gather at Ian's loft to strategize. Ian announces that he's working on a formula to reverse the vampire "virus," but it's still a long shot. Lucy reminds them that when they got Caleb before, it was when he was very vulnerable, and they used Michael and Livvie to do it. Realizing that his cousin has a point, Rafe wants to use Tess to get to Caleb. Alison strongly objects. Jamal points out that Jack will never agree, but Rafe insists that they have to convince him that it's their only option. Alison doesn't see it that way. Tess is a healer, which is why they should just let her go on doing what she's doing. If she can reach the good in Caleb, maybe she can change his heart forever. Scowling, Rafe says that Caleb doesn't have a heart. Alison doesn't think he can be certain about that, but Rafe insists he knows Caleb better than anyone else does. Alison points out that Tess stopped him from setting the vampires loose on the whole town. Ian admits that Tess is a very special girl with very special powers. However, this could just be another game. Alison doesn't believe that. Caleb's love for Livvie made him vulnerable, and Tess is the purest, most innocent form of Livvie. Rafe isn't happy to hear that Lucy thinks Alison has a point. He won't stand around doing nothing. Lucy sees his point as well. When Alison brings up the subject of her mother, Rafe says that she bit Ian, which is proof that she can't be trusted. Lowering his voice, he reminds her that they also know she's capable of a lot more. Lucy seems to hear this, jerking her head around to look at him when he says it. Rafe gets to the point. The vampires are dangerous and have to be stopped now. Tess is the key, but they don't want to heal him. They want to make him vulnerable enough to be killed. Alison is very disappointed in her fiancÚ. "Rafe, you of all people should believe in miracles. Where is your faith?"

Now that she's standing in the same room with Joshua and holding a conversation with him, Elizabeth concludes that all the visions she saw of him were real. Joshua won't confirm or deny this. He takes her hand and hisses at it, which scares her. She worries at first that he's going to kill her, but then she changes her mind and tells him to go ahead; she has nothing to lose. When Joshua accuses her of being tedious and melodramatic, she asks what he does plan to do. He says it depends on her. Elizabeth concludes that her husband put him up to this to get back at her. Joshua thinks she's being ridiculous. She must realize that he's totally obsessed with Tess. Elizabeth wants to know what Joshua wants. She informs him that she will never go to bed with him. "How devastating," he retorts smugly. She starts talking about her husband again, which sets Joshua off. He wants her to let five minutes go by without saying his name. Elizabeth points out that she's never heard him talk that way before. She doesn't know why she was so afraid of him before. Joshua gets in her face and says it's simple. She's seen him dead; now he's alive. When Elizabeth says that maybe he's just another one of her nightmares, he smiles at her, revealing a new set of fangs. Joshua is actually grateful to Elizabeth for turning him. It's what he always wanted, but Caleb would never allow it. When Elizabeth asks what he wants, he states that he wants what every male of the species wants. Elizabeth's guess is power. She thinks he wants to be more powerful than Caleb, but if he wants her to do anything to help bring her husband down, she won't do it. She doesn't want to be on his bad side--or his worse side. So what if he's found someone he thinks he's in love with? Joshua plays on her insecurities by claiming that there have been several women, including Karen. Elizabeth doesn't believe him, but he offers to call Karen for confirmation. He tells her that she couldn't handle knowing exactly how many lovers her new husband has had; it would be like living her first marriage all over again. From the look on Elizabeth's face, it's clear that Joshua has succeeded. "Tell me what you need me to do," she tells him.

Tess giggles as she reads "Peanuts" in the morning paper. Jack joins her on the floor to see what's so funny. He's touched by the way Tess always manages to get to him.

As Reese stares longingly at Ricky, Caz says he can't believe Caleb called off the feast after making them wait for so long. Reese can't believe he let some stupid girl talk him out of it. Caz reminds her that Caleb still calls the shots. When Casey comes in, Ricky happily greets "Marissa," who tries to conceal her joy at seeing him. No one in the band knows why the boss wanted them there so early in the morning, but Caleb comes in and announces that they're recording "Newborn Heart" today. Reese doesn't like it; it's some sappy song about some girl. Caleb says it's not about just any girl; it's about one who's amazing. The band tunes up, and Reese approaches Caleb to say she's worried about him. He doesn't seem himself lately. They don't rehearse as much as they used to, and then he called off the feast last night. Now he wants to record a song that's not even their style. In her opinion, he seems unfocused. The look he gives Reese prompts her to back off. She says it may be because Joshua is gone. She knows how much he counted on Joshua, so if he needs someone to fill in for him, she doesn't mind. Caleb thanks her for the offer but states that everything's on track. He doesn't do anything without knowing exactly what he's going to get in return.

Seeing trouble brewing, Jamal wisely decides to leave, and Lucy takes Ian outside to let Alison and Rafe argue in private. As they walk by, Lucy gives Rafe a pointed look, which he ignores. Out in the hall, Lucy tells Ian that Caleb is getting exactly what he wants; he's turning them against each other. Ian says that won't happen, because they'll think of something. Lucy says she sort of already did. She's been thinking, and she has a idea. She wonders how sleeping with a slayer would affect Caleb. Ian interprets this to mean that she would have sex with Caleb, and Lucy is offended by his assumption. She wasn't saying that at all. She was just wondering what would happen. Ian doesn't want her to wonder.

Rafe informs Alison that this isn't about faith; it's about reality. It's about what he knows versus what she's hoping for. He certainly hopes that she's not concerned about that monster. Alison informs him that she's worried about Tess. If Caleb ever found out they were using her to get to him, she would be in real danger. Confident, Rafe says he won't let that happen. Alison says that doesn't make it right--not when there's another way that won't hurt anyone. Rafe tries to speak, but she wants him to listen to what she's saying just for one second. Rafe can't be quiet. He's a slayer, and it's his job to go after and destroy evil. This is the only way to deal with Caleb. Alison tells him that the world isn't as black and white as he sees it. She loves him and usually trusts his instincts, but this time she thinks he's wrong. She walks out just as Ian and Lucy come back inside. Rafe tells them that Alison doesn't believe he can keep Tess safe. He thought she trusted him. Lucy assures him that deep down, she does trust him.

Caleb announces that they're going to try a live recording first. As they prepare, Casey moons over Ricky, who doesn't understand why "Marissa" suddenly acts as if she's never heard him play before. Caleb is ready to play. He wants to blow some minds with this track--literally. They perform "Newborn Heart" in its entirety.

"I don't have the strength
To lie anymore
Spend my life
Taking all the wrong doors
Think I have the answers
Questions remain
Still here on the outside
Covered in pain

So magnify the light
That shines through my window
I can see so clearly in your eyes
Justify the night
Then, oh, baby, let it go
Need to feel you near me no more lies
Bring me to life
Bring me to life
Bring me to life with a newborn heart


Yeah
So magnify the light
That shines through my window
I can see so clearly in your eyes
Justify the night
Then, oh, baby, let it go
Need to feel you near me no more lies
Bring me to life
Bring me to life
Bring me to life with a newborn heart
With a newborn heart
With a newborn heart
Yeah
Bring me to life
Bring me to life"

As they play the song, Ricky winks at "Marissa."

Hearing something outside, Tess leaves Jack sleeping on the floor. She looks out the window, puts on her sweater, and opens the door. Alison has something to tell her. "I believe in you, and I think that you can save Stephen."

After recording the song, Caleb lies down to listen to it again. Closing his eyes, he see Livvie coming to him. "I can't resist you any longer. I'm back--for real this time," Livvie tells him. They kiss passionately. Caleb opens his eyes and smiles.