Episode Theme song: "Tapes"
Scene One - Dominick's Townhouse
"When do you expect Felicia will be moved back into a mental hospital?" Eva asks Dominick as she takes a sip of the white wine that he has poured her. While she has forgiven her lover for keeping the fact that his wife has been alive all these years a secret, Eva is still unsure about what it means for her relationship with Dominick. After all, he is still a married man technically. She doesn't really know where their relationship is headed now that Felicia is back in town or if they even have a relationship.
Dominick sighs and takes a drink of his glass of wine. "I'm not sure entirely," he admits to her, growing concerned. "I have been asking Leah but it is up to her I suppose. As long as Felicia is on her medication, she should be fine. I just worry that she isn't on her medication all the time. That's the point of being in a hospital. They can monitor that better than Leah can."
"I couldn't agree with you more," Eva replies to him. "I hope Leah knows what she is doing."
"Leah is stubborn; once she gets an idea in her head, it's hard to change her mind."
"I wonder who she gets that from," Eva winks back over to him.
Dominick chuckles back at her. He realizes that he can be just as stubborn when he wants to be. "I always thought it was one of my better qualities."
Eva laughs with him as well and raises her glass. "Can I ask you something more serious?"
"You can ask me anything you want too," he replies to her.
"Your wife being alive," she begins to tell him. "Where does that leave us exactly?"
Dominick looks at her and smiles back to her. "You know that I enjoy spending time with you Eva. That hasn't changed. I would like that to continue very much. Yes, my wife is alive but we haven't been married in that sense in many, many years."
"But how does Felicia feel?" Eva asks him, knowing that there is a third party involved now. "Does she still want to be married to you?"
Dominick shrugs his shoulders. "I haven't really asked her about that," he confesses. "For so long my main focus was making sure she was healthy. She's been in the mental hospital for so long, I just lived my life as though she had died."
"But she's alive Dominick," Eva tells him. "And that changes everything."
Scene Two - The Calimo Mansion
"Rosario told me I would find you in here," Natasha announces to her father as she enters his personal study. She sees Bob sitting in an arm chair reading a book while sipping on some brandy. The fireplace is blazing with a hot fire. "I can't believe you're reading for leisure and not looking at some Roboto file," she grins at him as she closes the door behind her, surprised by what she sees.
"Oh my darling," he says as he stands up and kisses her on both checks. "I just finished working and thought it would be nice to read by the fire. It's not often I get to do this, you know."
"Trust me, I know Daddy," she winks back at him.
"Can I get you a drink?" he offers her as he walks over to the bar and pours her a vodka.
"Thank you," she replies as he passes it to her. "I was hoping to talk to you about Cassie Nova and the on-going search for her."
Bob sits back down and takes a drink of his brandy. "I, actually, just got an email update from my team that is looking for her."
Natasha's eye's open wider hoping that her father has been able to track down Cassie. She hates that her rival has seemingly escaped and will get away with everything that she has done to her and Shane. She needs Cassie to be found and brought to justice.
"Please tell me that you have good news for me," Natasha says back to her father.
Bob sighs. "I'm afraid not," he informs her. "They are going to keep looking, but they are in the similar situation as the police are in Natasha. The longer Cassie is missing, the further away she could be. We have no clues as to where she went or how she got there."
"There has to be a way to find her!" Natasha says frantically. "She can't get away with everything she has done! She just can't."
"I know darling," Bob replies to her. "Trust me when I tell you that I am doing everything in my power to find her. But we may have to accept the fact that Cassie may never be found."
Natasha sighs and takes a drink of her vodka. "I can't accept that Daddy, I just can't."
Kim opens a bottle of red wine and pours two glasses. She moves over to one of the lush sofas in the parlour and passes a glass to Andy before she sits next to him. She smiles at her brother happy to catch up with him. She knows that he is going through a rough time right now as he has broken up with Craig. She thought it would be a good time for them to reconnect so he can vent if he has too.
"Thanks," he says as he takes the glass from her. "Should we toast?"
Kim chuckles. "What would you like to toast too?" she asks him, wondering if he wants to celebrate. "Being free of the jerk?"
Andy laughs back at her. "Sure, why not?" he says as they toast their glasses together. "In all fairness though, I don't think Craig is a jerk. I think he made a mistake. It happens. Look at me when I was with JC. We've all made mistakes."
Kim nods back to her. "That's true. It can be easy for people to make mistakes," she replies as she bites her lip knowing that she is sleeping with Johnny behind Bob's back. She still longs for the young man that she has had numerous times already; there's something undeniably appealing about him to her. She has found it hard to resist him despite that she knows it's wrong. She shudders to think what Bob would ever do if he found out that she was cheating on him with the younger man.
Andy arches his eyebrow as he notices his sister daydreaming. "Earth to Kim," he says as he waves his hand in front of her eyes. She shakes her head and looks back at him. "Where did you go just now?"
Kim takes a drink of her wine before she looks into her brother's eyes. Her affair is eating her up inside. "If I tell you something Andy, do you promise not to tell anyone?"
"Of course," he replies quickly, not liking the tone in his sister's voice.
"I I've been cheating on Bob," she says in a whisper. While she doesn't think that Bob is around listening to her, she doesn't any of the staff members to hear her confession either.
Andy's eyes open wider in shock. "What? Why would you do that? I thought you loved Bob," he says back to her, needing more answers now.
"Everything changed after I was shot last year," she reveals to him, recalling her relationship with her husband. "When I was released from the hospital, Bob barely paid any attention to me in the bedroom. There was this other guy and it just happened," Kim informs him, recalling how she got to the point of sleeping with Johnny. "I don't want to hurt Bob. I love my husband but I have needs still, you know?"
"I get it Kim," Andy says back to her. "But trust me, as someone that has gone through this, you have to tell Bob the truth. You have to come clean with your husband."
"I can't tell him. He wouldn't understand," Kim says fearfully.
Andy leans in and grabs his sister's hand. "If Bob hears the truth from you, he'll be more understanding than if he hears it from someone else. And trust me Kim, the truth always has a way of coming out."
Scene Three - The Robertson House; Jeff, Leah & Paige's Home
"Please tell me you're not going to be like Dad and Cory and say you're worried about me too," Robin says as she puts some sugar into her tea as Jeff and Leah sit in the living room with her. "Because I am fine."
Leah nods her head back to her sister, even though she knows that Robin is far from fine. Leah recalls how Robin seemingly thought that she was back at the Calimo cabin with Liam the day of the wedding rehearsal. Since then, Cory has told her about Robin holding a blanket and thinking that it was her baby; her baby that was stillborn. She doesn't know exactly how to help Robin, but she knows that she will do anything she can to make sure her sister gets through this difficult time.
"I just thought it would be nice to have you over for tea," Leah finally says to Robin. "It has been far too long since we had sister time."
"Is that my cue to leave?" Jeff laughs at the comment, not wanting to intrude on sister time.
"Not at all," Robin smiles back at him. "I haven't seen much of you lately either. I think this is a good thing for. Since I've been out of the hospital, I seem to spend most of my time at the penthouse. It's good for me to get out sometimes."
"I agree," Leah says to her. "Paige is sorry she missed you. She had a play date."
"That's fine," Robin replies to her. "I'm sure she's getting so big. I can't wait to see her again."
"She would love to see you too," Jeff says back to her. "Maybe I can drop by the penthouse one day this week."
"That sounds great," Robin smiles. "What else is going on with you? How is it having Felicia stay here? I still can't believe she's alive. And that Daddy kept it a secret for so long."
Leah sighs. "I know. I haven't forgiven Dad for that yet. I don't know how to. But it's been really nice with Felicia here," she informs Robin, as Jeff stirs in his seat. He isn't as convinced as Leah that having Felicia stay in the house is a good thing. He isn't sure how mentally stable Felicia is and he doesn't want Paige to get caught in the cross fire.
"How is she with Paige?" Robin asks them, not realizing that she is poking into tense territory for the couple.
Leah and Jeff look at each other and then back at Robin. "I think it's still an adjustment," Jeff reveals to her. "We are taking it one day at a time."
"And what about the wedding plans? When will you guys finally get married?" Robin asks next, hoping that the wedding will be soon. The family could use some good news for a change.
"We are waiting for a while," Leah says, knowing that Jeff doesn't like that she's postponed the wedding. "I want Felicia to be settled before we do anything."
"That makes sense," Robin nods her head back.
"But it will happen soon," Jeff quickly says. "I want to marry Leah so we can be a real family together; Her, Paige and I."
The words from Jeff's mouth suddenly make Robin freeze; she was supposed to have her own family right now with Cory and their daughter. She feels the blood drain from her face and she feels like she is going to cry. Stop it, she tells herself. She can't let anyone see her fall apart; not if she's trying to convince everyone that she's okay.
"Excuse me for a moment," she quickly announces and then scurries off to the restroom. She closes the door and locks it before she falls to her knees, almost gasping for air as the tears fall from her eyes, desperate to hold her child again. Only, she can never hold her again.
Scene Four - The Park
Dominick feels the cold air move into his lungs as he takes a deep breath of the fresh, crisp, cool air. After Eva left his townhouse, he decided to go for a walk to clear his head before he turned in for the evening. He keeps replaying what Eva said to him in his mind; that he still being married to Felicia changes everything. In his mind, he hasn't been married to Felicia in years, but legally they are. He sighs at the thought of divorcing her now; would she even agree to such things? Would she even know what is happening? How would Leah react to learning her mother is alive and then he quickly files for divorce? He is already on thin ice with his daughter, this could be another final straw.
"Maybe Eva is right," he whispers to himself, trying to decide what he should do. "I should find out exactly what Felicia's plans are."
"Talking to yourself?" a voice calls from behind Dominick. He turns around and sees Felicia standing in the park. "I didn't realize it got so cold here in the winter."
"What are you doing out here?" Dominick asks her quickly, wondering if she is alright.
"It's a park, I'm out for a walk," Felicia snaps back at him. She's quickly growing tired of everyone assuming that she's not stable enough to be on her own.
"Shouldn't you be at home? It's late."
"I am fine Dominick," she tells him. "Leah was having Robin over for tea. I thought I would come for a walk to give them space and get some fresh air. You don't need to check up on me, I am fine."
"You've been in a mental hospital for years Felicia," Dominick replies to her, telling her something she already knows. "I do worry about you."
"Well don't," she says back to him. "As long as I have my medication, I am fine. And I have been taking my pills regularly. Now that I am out of that hospital, I don't want to go back. I have missed far too much of my life. I know I will be perfectly fine as long as I have my medication."
Dominick nods his head back to her. "I'd still like a doctor to check you out."
"Fine," Felicia waves her hand in the air. "As long as you realize that I don't need to be in the hospital full time anymore. I want my life back."
"What does that mean, exactly?" Dominick asks her.
"I want to be in my daughter's life. And I'd like to track down Tyler and see if we can patch things up. Our relationship with our son seems so broken," Felicia tells him, thinking of their son together. She hasn't seen or heard from her son in a very long time and she doesn't like that. She's missed enough of her children's lives.
"So you want to be with your children anything else?"
Felicia arches her eyebrow. "Are you talking about us Dominick?"
"We are still married," he replies to her as he licks his lips a little.
"We are," she smiles back to him. "If you can believe me when I tell you that I am fine again, maybe we could put our marriage back together. I suppose that depends on you."
Dominick nods his head and looks at the woman he married so many years ago. Is it possible that she is mentally stable now? He shakes his head quickly wondering how this happened. A few months ago, he was at the hospital in Switzerland and she could barely put sentences together; now she's fine or seemingly so.
"It's been so long Felicia, so much has changed," he whispers back to her, not wanting to hurt her.
She grabs his hand and squeezes it. "All it takes is time, and the rest can play out as it will. Think about it," she tells him. "I should get back to the house."
"Walk safe," Dominick tells her as she turns around starts to walk away. Dominick sighs wondering how Eva will feel about this conversation he just had with his wife. Moreover, Dominick wonders what he should do next. Suddenly he feels like his life is more complicated than ever before.
Scene Five - The Sugarbowl
Donovan takes a drink of his hot chocolate before he puts the lid on the cup. He decided since he was home alone on a cold night to walk to the coffee house to get a warm drink. He turns away from the bar and sees Craig enter the Sugarbowl. He sighs and wonders if he should approach the doctor. Donovan recalls how a few nights earlier, Andy came to his house and confessed that he dumped Craig because Craig had cheated on Andy with Reese. Donovan feels bad for his friend and would like nothing else than to see what Craig has to say about it.
"Craig," Donovan finds himself saying as he approaches the doctor, who has made his way into the lineup.
Craig looks at Donovan and rolls his eyes. He is sure that Donovan has heard from Andy what has happened between the two of them and the last thing that Craig wants is some kind of lecture from Donovan. He always suspected that Donovan and Andy were more than just friends; while Andy always claimed nothing happened, Craig still suspects that Donovan has feelings for Andy.
"I don't have a lot of time Donovan," Craig tells him quickly, not wanting to get into anything with Donovan. "I'm on the night shift at the hospital."
"I won't take much of your time," Donovan replies to him. "I just wanted to let you know that I Andy told me what happened between the two of you."
Craig sighs heavily. "And? I don't think it's any of your business Donovan, so you should stay out of it."
"It is my business because Andy is my good friend."
"I made a mistake Donovan," Craig tells him. "Have you ever made a mistake in your life?"
"Of course I have."
"Good, because I would hate for someone to rub that in your face. I made a mistake and I will be the one suffering the consequences from it because I lost Andy. He is a great guy," Craig continues to tell him.
"Yea he is. Andy is the best," Donovan replies to him, as Craig nods his head realizing that Donovan does have feelings for Andy.
"Well good. Now that we got that out of the way, I really do have to get to the hospital," Craig tells him, hoping that Donovan will now leave him alone. Moreover, Craig wonders if he has lost Andy forever to Donovan. He could see it all over Donovan's face that he has feelings for Andy. Deep down, Craig hopes that somehow he and Andy can repair things.
Scene Six - The Wilkins Estate; Reese & Madeline's Home
Reese slowly makes his way to the front door as he is still suffering from this on-going flu bug that he has had. He opens the door and sees Andy standing on the other side of the door. He sighs wondering what Andy wants at this hour of the night, especially since he isn't feeling well. Reese wishes he was in bed resting to get better.
"Andy," Reese says surprised to see his ex-boyfriend. "This is a surprise."
"I know it's late, but can I come in?" Andy asks him, as Reese lets him come into the house. "I had to see you tonight."
"What's going on?" Reese asks him as they make their way into the living room.
"I just saw Kim and it made me realize that I had to see you," Andy explains to Reese as Reese sits down on the sofa. "Are you okay? You don't look so great."
Reese shrugs his shoulders. "It's just a flu bug. I'll be fine. What's happening? You have my interest peaked."
Andy moves closer to him. "Craig told me everything," he says slowly as Reese feels his cheeks blush in embarrassment.
"Andy " Reese begins to say. He still hates that he cheated with Craig; he never meant to hurt anyone.
"Wait, let me finish please," Andy interrupts him. "I'm not upset anymore. I understand that mistakes like this happen."
"You have to know how sorry I am," Reese tells him, feeling the need to express his apologies to Andy. "I never meant to hurt you or cause you any pain."
"I dumped Craig. We are over."
"God, this is my entire fault," Reese says scolding himself.
Andy moves and sits next to Reese. "Don't you think it's odd that we keep coming back to each other?"
"What do you mean?" Reese asks.
"When I was with JC, I couldn't stay away from you," Andy recalls to him. "We slept together. Then we had the falling out. Now, when I was dating Craig and again you enter my circle."
"We've been through a lot together Andy."
"We keep ending up in a similar situation."
"I don't know what you're saying Andy," Reese tells him confused by what Andy is saying.
"I don't know what I'm saying," Andy admits to him. "I just know that we keep ending up hurting each other or being really good to each other. I don't know what that means, but I think we should find out."
Reese nods his head back to Andy. "How?"
Andy grabs his hand and squeezes it. "I guess that's what we have to figure out."
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