Ethan and Brooke frantically searched
for Michael. The police located Emmett's truck
at Griffith Park and Ethan raced to the scene, where
he found Emmett forcing Michael up to the top of the
Hollywood sign. Brooke told Kyle that their relationship
was over. Nathan, Victor and Vaughan found a picture
of Alex at Deacon's house, and wondered what the connection
was between the two. Jordan blasted James for
him taking Rydell Productions from him. Alex cautioned
Heather not to push Jordan for fear that he was alienate
her. Heather still worried that her father might be
the Hollywood Slayer. Alex recalled telling Marcus
Blackthorne about Deacon Edgewater seducing her into
bed. Denise told Nathan that Keaton wasn't his
son, and that Keaton had located his mother. The
killer summoned Nathan to Sunset Studios. Heather
decided to follow Jordan after he left the house under
mysterious circumstances. Alex returned home to
find Keaton waiting for her brandishing a pistol in
his hand and calling her mother.
Finale - Part 1
A beam of light slashed through
the darkness, lighting his path as he made his way down the long corridor. Cobwebs lined the sides of the unfinished
walls and low-hanging ceiling. He could
hear voices in the distance. Loud,
jubilant voices that guided him through the darkened tunnel. He could always tell that his parties were a
success even before he crossed the threshold into the room in one of his grand entrances. Glasses clinking together, an excess of
laughter, and plenty of conversation.
These sounds told him he’d directed yet another masterful gathering of
outside the room, he opened the door to the secret passageway that emptied into
the living room. When he appeared to his
guests, they all fell into a few moments of silence before erupting into raucous
greetings and delighted applause.
evening, my dear guests,” Jonas Lamont announced as he emerged from the hidden
passage in a dapper Valentino tuxedo. “I
hope I haven’t kept you waiting.”
expect nothing less,” Nathan Blackthorne said from nearby.
wouldn’t be one of your parties unless you made one of your unexpected
entrances,” clamored Elana Hendricks who was dressed in a flowing ball gown, a
glass of champagne clutched in each hand.
does have a flair for the dramatic,”
Lola Lamont announced as she approached him and kissed him tenderly on the
cheek. “But we wouldn’t have it any
my dear,” Jonas said and took a glass of champagne from a passing waiter. “I’d like to make a toast.”
of your famous toasts,” Victor Distefano chuckled, then made a snoring noise
which brought the entire room into fits of laughter.
room had settled, Jonas lifted his glass.
“In his Life of Johnson, James
Boswell said, ‘we cannot predict the precise moment when friendships are
formed. As in sealing a vessel, drop by
drop, there is at last one that makes the heart run over’. So in this series of kindnesses, may our
hearts run over and may our friendships be formed.”
He took a
drink and then his guests followed suit.
Applause erupted and Jonas made his way through the crowd. Past James and Alex; past Jordan and Suzanne;
the youth of Hollywood; the generation to come. It was a wonderful feeling having so many
admirers flocking around you at all times.
Hanging on your every word. So
many of them indebted to you. Some would say he had a God complex. Others claimed he was nothing but the
inspiration for Jeremiah Norton in his biggest blockbuster to date, The Benefactor; a man who challenged
fate, who controlled the lives of everyone he came across. A man whose life was dedicated to making the
ultimate film, to casting it himself and manipulating the plot lines like the
most cleverly executed script.
at his guests, he realized he’d done just that. “One day they’ll make a movie about us,” he
Standing at attention, as one often does when
facing the barrel of a gun, Alex Reynolds swallowed hard and searched for
something to defend herself with. If
only she hadn’t given Veronique strict orders to de-clutter her penthouse
apartment, there might actually be a makeshift weapon within reach. Instead, she bought herself time.
“What did you
call me that?” she asked. “Mother.”
“You are my mother,” Keaton Hartley told her.
her head and backed up, nearly toppling over the coffee table. “No, you’re mistaken. I have two children. Stormy and Miranda. Can I call someone for you? Do you need help?”
“What I need is for you to admit it,” Keaton
said, his brow sweating profusely. “I
need you to acknowledge me as your son.”
said. “I don’t have any other
children. Keaton, why are you doing
this?” Even as she said it, the
realization came at her slowly and with pulsating clarity. She felt flushed. The room was spinning out of control.
“So you do remember me,” he said.
I do. I met you weeks ago when you were
having lunch with Stormy and Nathan. You
directed The Benefactor.”
the day you gave birth to me?” Keaton asked.
“Do you remember that? You were
on location filming Serendipity Express
with Nathan. You started to show and
Jonas Lamont whisked you off for the last few months of your pregnancy. You had signed a contract with Lamont 3. He couldn’t have his newest sensation
pregnant with a bastard child.”
formed in Alex’s eyes as she moved around the perimeter of the room. Fear was replaced with bitter memories of Jonas’s
insistence that she give the baby up.
Once she’d signed on with Lamont 3, he
called the shots. She was indebted to
“How did you find me?” she whispered. “Jonas never told me what happened to you.”
adopted by a lovely family in upstate New York,” Keaton said sarcastically,
following her with the gun drawn. “The
Hartleys. Tudor house, white picket fence, a dog, a cat, a barbecue grill. You know the drill. When they saw how interested I was in
filmmaking, they sent me here to attend film school. For years I had no idea where my desire to
fit into Hollywood came from. Then years
later my parents told me I was adopted.
They didn’t know who my real parents were. I went to Reconnections. They listed someone as a possible match. Marilee Wells.
The woman was desperate. I almost
believed that she was my mother for a minute.
She’d known Jonas, had starred in films that he produced, and she’d spent
time on Broadway in New York. But then
at the photograph of Keaton as an infant.
She couldn’t believe he had found her.
replied to an ad that I placed in a national newspaper for adopted children. She claimed she had information on who my
parents were. I went to meet her and
discovered that she worked at Sunset Studios.”
“She said she
knew about what Jonas did to keep your childbirth a secret. She had some one night tryst with him and he
confided in her about me. She told me I
came from someone deeply rooted in Sunset Studios, but she wouldn’t tell me
who. She was toying with me. She seemed to get some kind of sick pleasure out
of it. She was bitter and angry after the way she’d been treated by the studio
system. So I started doing my own
investigation. I learned everything I
could about the stars of Sunset Studios.
Then I began to put the pieces together.
Nathan Blackthorne had been a womanizer, a child molester, a force
dumped on this town. I was convinced
that he was my father. I got a job as director
of his new film, The Benefactor. I had to get close to him. I had to find out if it was true. But then Denise saw that I was on the wrong
track so she told me the truth. She told
me that you were my mother and that
my father could be one of three men. She
hated you. She hated that you had made it and she was stuck in the basement of the studio.”
all made sense to Alex. Why Denise had come to
her apartment that night. The strange comments
she made about the night at Deacon Edgewater's house.
you come to me sooner?” Alex asked. “Why
play these games?”
Rydell followed her father from their house to an office building in Beverly
Hills. She remained several cars behind
him so as not to draw attention to herself.
As she weaved through traffic, she nearly lost him on two occasions. Running a few red lights and cutting off a
Land Rover seemed inconsequential compared to finding out where he was
had left the house, he’d made it sound like an urgent situation. The look in his eyes had terrified her. She hated herself for thinking the worst of
him, but how could she not? His behavior
had been erratic. With the murders going on, he seemed like a painfully
logically culprit. Could he really be
trying to destroy Sunset Studios by killing off those associated with it? It seemed much of his rage stemmed from his
failure to keep promises to Benji. This
could be his way of rectifying that.
Jordan pulled up to an office building in Beverly Hills. She didn’t recognize it as anywhere she’d
been before. She waited for him to go up
to the door and tried to Google the address on her phone. It appeared to be a building full of various
offices. Lawyers, dentists, private
investigators, and the like.
After a few
minutes, she saw him emerge carrying a large manila envelope. Quickly, she sunk back down in her seat so he
didn’t see her. Once he had pulled away
from the building, she sat up and maneuvered the car after him.
On his way
to Sunset Studios, Nathan Blackthorne went over every possible scenario in his
mind. Denise had mentioned something
about Keaton’s mother. Meanwhile, Keaton
had been placed at the scene of Deacon Edgewater’s alleged suicide. The only question was why? What did the two things
have to do with each other?
Then it hit
the car up to the back lot behind sound stage 4, the stage where they’d filmed
the majority of The Benefactor. The original and the remake. The perfect
place for the killer to reveal himself, he decided. He climbed out of his car and made his way to
the stairs that led to the secure entrance.
Using his key card emblazed with the Sunset Studios logo, he gained
entry. Once inside, he found the
production offices dark and deserted. At
first glance he appeared to be alone.
Was it just a trap to get him out of the way while the killer went after
reached into his pocket and retrieved his cell phone. He called Alex but it rang repeatedly with no
answer. Frustrated, he disconnected and
called Jordan. Voicemail. He left a message in hopes that he would
retrieve it before it was too late.
it’s Nathan,” he began. “Look, I think
you should check on Alex. Keaton Hartley
was released from jail a little while ago.
I can’t explain now. I’ll try to
make it there myself. But just in case I
can’t, please hurry.”
he turned and started to leave. When his
hand went to the knob, however, he found the door locked. Swallowing hard, he backed up a step and
began to feel the presence of someone lurking behind.
said you didn’t care about me,” Keaton went on as he held the gun at Alex with
his trembling hand. “She said you had a
family of your own.”
might have been different if I’d known-“ Alex stammered.
those men put their hands all over you!” Keaton exclaimed loudly. “For what? A part in a straight-to-video horror
movie? Then when you got your part,
you let Jonas Lamont take me from your womb and give me away to strangers!”
“I was only
seventeen,” Alex said. “I had
dreams. I wanted to be a star. Having a baby then would have just-“
everything?” he finished for her. “Well,
sorry to hamper your plans, mother. Did
you ever even make an attempt to look for me?
After you had Stormy and Miranda, did you stop and think: gee, I’m an established actress, why don’t I
look up that son that I let them give away?”
how it was.”
“I can only
imagine how it was,” Keaton said
angrily, then grew silent for a few moments.
“I did a DNA test to find which one of those son-of-a-bitches was my
father, by the way. Since Robert Wylan
and George Dunning are both dead, I only had Deacon Edgewater to test myself
against. Luckily he turned out to be the
proud father of a thirty-three year old man.”
like she would be sick. All these years
of wondering had finally been put to rest.
She had been fairly certain Robert Wylan couldn’t have been the father,
but Deacon and George equally could have been.
Jack Childers was murdered,” he explained.
“At Questicon. I met a girl. She was dressed as a Vulcan. It
turned out she worked at a hospital. She helped me get the
test. I took his glass from the bar when
he was finished. The next night I went
to confront him at his house. He was
drunk out of his mind when I got there.”
him?” Alex gasped, backing up and making her way to the door. She could see the lengths he had gone to to
find out where he’d come from. She could
see the fury in his eyes over the despicable way his life had begun.
Keaton said. “I brought a picture of you
and confronted him until he admitted the truth about what he had done to
you. He begged me to stay, to give him a
chance to explain, but I told him I hated him.
Then I left. The next day I heard
reports that he’d killed himself. I
guess having to face your demons like that has a tendency to drive a man to
me?” Alex asked. “What are you going to do with me?”
“What am I going to do with you?” he
in here with a gun,” she clarified. “Are
you going to kill me?”
simply looked at her with a malevolent stare.
think that you and Brooke were meant to be together?”
question struck James Blackthorne as particularly odd, especially being that
his best friend Kenny Dewitt had never been particularly philosophical in nature. He turned to him and swirled the contents of
his half empty glass of scotch.
“Why do you
shrugged and sat forward. They were in
James’s study waiting for word from Ethan.
“Just being nostalgic, I guess. I
always thought Renee and I were meant to be.
I guess her marrying T.T. blows that theory out of the water. But you and Brooke; you’ve remained close
after all these years. You lean on one
another. You respect each other. Do you think fate dealt you a hand that
wasn’t meant to be when your marriage ended?”
warily. Before he could answer, he was
distracted by the sound of his fax machine emptying pages into the paper
tray. He picked them up and noticed they
were for Kenny. He couldn’t help but
spot a few tell-tale hints as to their contents.
this?” he asked.
them from him and perused them briefly.
“I had them faxed here since I planned on waiting it out with you,” he
said. “They’re from Marilee. She’s asked me to step in as CEO of Wells,
Inc. This is my two-year contract.”
James asked in surprise. “What brought
that on? Marilee didn’t mention anything
to me about stepping down from Wells, Inc.”
shrugged. “She’s been very distracted
since she started the search for the son she gave up. I guess she feels like she can’t give the
company a hundred percent right now.”
a while since you took the helm of a major conglomerate,” James said. “Not since you ran Merteuil Industries,
anyway. Are you sure you can handle
smiled. “I’m actually excited about
it. It may be just the thing I need to
get me over this hump with my failed relationship with Renee.”
“I hope it
is,” James said. He got up when he heard
the front door open. Quickly, they both
walked out into the foyer to see if it was Ethan returning with news about
Michael. It turned out to be
heard anything about Michael?” she asked.
his head sorrowfully and gave her a quick squeeze.
Eddie, Stormy and Jane emerged from the family room. “Dad,
there you are,” Stormy said. “Nathan was
looking for you.”
shrugged but Eddie gave him a knowing look.
“He got a message from the killer.
He went to meet him.”
panicked. “What is he thinking? I’m calling the police.”
minute,” Miranda interrupted while looking around the foyer. “Sorry to switch crises on everyone, but where is Brooke?”
dropped his hands in resignation. “She
didn’t leave to follow Ethan and the police up to Griffith Park, did she?”
looked at one another in a panic.
Blackthorne could hear his son crying from the steps that led up to the
Hollywood sign forty feet above them.
The detective had retrieved a pair of binoculars from his car and
surveyed the scene with a keen eye. When
he was through, Ethan quickly grabbed them from him so he could see for
insane,” he exclaimed “He’s actually
going to push Michael off to get back at me for killing his daughter.”
a hostage negotiator on the way,” the detective told him. “We’ll get Emmett Lawson talked down, Mr.
wasn’t so sure. “We don’t have that kind
of time,” he said and darted toward the steps that lead up to the sign. Peering above him, he could see that Emmett
was forcing Michael up one step at a time.
The boy, crying hysterically, was obviously paralyzed with fear. The height to which they were climbing made Ethan’s
heart stop momentarily.
Ethan called up to him. “Bring him back
down! This is between you and me!”
between you and God!” Lawson shouted down.
“This is an eye for an eye!”
“It was an
accident!” Ethan yelled up to them. “You
have no idea how badly I’ve beaten myself up over it! Please bring Michael back down. Take me
if you want. I’m the one you want to punish for Sophie’s death! Not an innocent child!”
be too easy!” he shouted. “I want you to
suffer like I have this past year!”
decided it was no use. He wasn’t going
to be able to reason with the man. He
had to do something, and fast. Quickly
he started climbing the ladder.
he shouted. “I’m coming up for you! Just hold on!”
the little boy cried out. “Daddy! I’m scared!”
“I know you
are, son and I’m going to come get you!
Just hold on tight!”
As fast as
he could, Ethan climbed the stairs. From
his vantage point, he could see Brooke pulling up in her car. He saw her frantically climb out and race to
the scene, two officers unsuccessfully trying to restrain her.
God!” she screamed when she saw Michael nearing the top of the sign. “No! You can’t do this!”
to climb the stairs herself. Ethan
panicked, convinced that she was going to get herself hurt in her erratic state
of mind. He breathed a sigh of relief
when the detective arrived and pulled her down.
She thrashed about in his grasp, her hair whipping against her face as
she struggled to get back to the stairs.
followed Jordan across town to the Playhouse Theatre in Beverly Hills. She sat behind the wheel of her yellow
Corvette and watched him enter through the main doors. Why was he going back to the place where Lola
had been attacked? It didn’t make any
sense to her.
she got out of her car and walked up to the door. Creeping inside, she jumped when the door
closed loudly behind her. When she
entered the theatre, she saw Jordan standing on the stage. She decided to confront him. It was time she got to the bottom of whatever
he was up to.
are you doing here?”
away from the spotlight, he shielded his eyes from the glare. “Heather,” he began. “How did you know I was
you,” she said matter-of-factly.
beside the stage and shrugged, tears forming in her eyes. “I’m worried about you,” she said.
you talking about, princess?” Jordan asked, just as the manilla envelope slipped
from his fingers and landed on the stage.
this?” Heather asked as she picked up the envelope.
nothing,” Jordan said and quickly took it from her. His phone rang inside his pocket but he
ignored it when he saw that it was Nathan calling. Nothing could be that important. “Look, I’ll take you home.”
away. “No, I want you to tell me what’s
in the envelope. Why did you rush out of
the house so quickly? Dad, you’re
scaring me. Ever since I came back I
feel like I don’t know you anymore. I’m
afraid that you’ve done something that you won’t be able to take back.”
what?" he asked.
her head in a fit of tears.
he opened the envelope and showed her the contents. They were legal documents for the sale of the
frowned and took the papers from him.
“You bought the theatre?” she asked.
A million questions ran through her mind, but all were answered as she
noted the legal name of the establishment.
“The Benjamin Rydell Theatre for the Youth.”
starting a charity,” Jordan explained.
“Sort of an after-school program for kids who need something to do. It could keep some of them out of trouble,
anyway. I hope. Like I said, it’s not
enough, but it’s a start. I only wish
something like this existed for Benji before he-“
pulled him into an embrace and kissed him tenderly on the cheek. “I think you are the best father in the
world,” she said, tears in her eyes.
“This is such a wonderful idea, dad.
I mean it.” She paused as
realization slowly dawned. “Wait a
minute. The other day when Lola was
attacked, you were at the theatre?”
“Earlier in the day,” he replied. “I met the owner here. I almost reconsidered the whole thing after
what happened to your grandmother.”
why you had glitter on your shoes,” Heather said with a smile.
her head and latched her arm through his.
“Nothing,” she said. “Listen,
Daddy, we really need to start talking more.”
has never been my strong suit.”
have to work on that,” she said and stepped up onto the stage with him.
hugged her again before pulling his cell phone from his pocket. He checked the message from Nathan and
immediately grew concerned.
it?” Heather asked, detecting that something was wrong.
drive yourself home?” he asked and ran down off the stage. “I have to get to Alex.”
not in her room,” Miranda said as she retreated down the stairs at the
mansion. “Did anyone see her
isn’t in the driveway,” Stormy said when he came back inside.
probably followed Ethan and the police,” James surmised. He looked at Kenny. “We should get up there
and make sure she’s okay.”
nodded. “I’ll get my jacket.” As he turned back to the study, the fax he’d
received from Marilee slipped from his hand and scattered across the
floor. Eddie bent down to help retrieve
Kenny said and hastily bent down to assist.
looked at the faxes and frowned, a thoughtful expression crossing his
face. “Where did you get this?”
faxed them to me,” he explained.
wrong, Eddie?” Stormy asked as he and Jane approached and peered over his
He ran a
hand over his face and looked at James.
“Do you remember the picture the killer faxed to the studio after
Nathan’s attack?” he asked. “There was a
flaw in the corner, remember?”
same flaw in the same spot on the note Keaton faxed to Marilee telling her to
stay away from him,” Eddie continued.
are you talking about?” Miranda
asked, sensing that he was disturbed by something.
the flaw came from whatever fax machine Keaton was using,” he explained and
then gestured to Kenny’s fax. “Look. The
same flaw in the same spot. Again.”
understand,” Jane remarked.
didn’t come from Keaton,” he said. “They
came from Marilee. She faxed the photo of Bianca Burnett, she received
the fax from Keaton, and she faxed Kenny these documents.
All from the same machine."
looked at each other in surprise. Quickly,
Eddie grabbed his cell phone to call his father. It went straight to voicemail.
Kenny asked. “You think she’s the killer?”
is in the fax,” Eddie confirmed. “And
Nathan got a note from the killer telling him to meet her at the studio. Now my father isn’t answering his phone. He could be in trouble. We need to get to the studio.”
Stormy said and headed for the door.
Brooke?” James asked.
take care of Brooke,” Eddie said. “We’ll
find Nathan and my father.”
Jane followed them out the front door.
James stood behind, alarmed that things seemed to be spiraling out of
control so quickly.
backed up from the door and slowly turned around. To his relief, it wasn’t the killer standing
he said, his heart beating wildly inside his chest. “You startled me.”
Nathan,” she replied, a thin smile on her lips.
you doing here?” he asked. “Are you
looking for James?”
toward him slowly. “No, silly. I’m looking for you. I asked you to meet me here, remember?”
frowned, confused as to what she was talking about. The killer
told him to come there. What was she
saying? Sounds coming from the back of
the production offices alerted Nathan to the fact that they were not
alone. He heard tapping, knocking,
muffled sounds coming from one of the offices.
he asked. “Is someone else here?”
give you that idea?” she asked.
didn’t sit right with him. There was
something about Marilee that struck him as peculiar. He didn’t know her that well, but she didn’t
seem to be herself. When the sounds
from the office continued, he decided to get to the bottom of whatever was
lightning speed, he darted to the door and pushed it open. Across the room seated behind the desk was
Victor, tied and gagged to a chair.
Fixed around his neck was a contraption that appeared to contract when
the door opened. Immediately, Victor
began wheezing, his air flow cut off and his face turning blue. Veins popped in his neck and face until
Nathan quickly closed the door again. He
heard Victor coughing inside the office, which told him that the pressure from
the choker had been released. If the
door were to open again, however, Victor was as good as dead.
quick thinking,” Marilee said and pointed a gun at him. “I’ll deal with Victor myself later. For now, it’s your turn to die.”
hand trembled as he pointed the gun at Alex.
He used his free hand to wipe the sweat from his forehead. Pounding in his head added to his confused
“Kill you?” he asked and then shook his
head. “I just wanted you to listen to
the gun down,” Alex said and bravely took a step toward him. “I’m here.
I’m listening to everything you have to say. Just put the gun down, Keaton.”
to lower the gun but raised it quickly when she made a move to the door. “See?
You’re trying to get away. Just
like she did.”
frowned and studied his face carefully.
“Who?” she asked. “Just like who
tried getting away, Keaton?”
distant, a faraway look in his eyes as he stared off at the wall behind
her. “Why does everyone desert me?” he
desert you, Keaton. Jonas gave you to a
family who would love you and protect you.”
yourself that I would have gotten in the way of your dreams,” he insisted
angrily. “I was a burden so you tossed
of children are adopted into families and lead very happy lives,” Alex
snapped. “Forgive me if I don’t take
pity on your for your miserable life.
You told me you had a house with a white picket fence. You went to one of the best film schools in the
country. You had more than most people
have. Now why don’t you grow up and stop
She knew it
was risky pushing his buttons, but she felt that she had to do something. She had to get through to him enough to help
him rationalize what he was doing.
her outburst, Keaton darted forward with the gun gripped tightly in his
hand. His finger rested firmly on the
trigger. Alex screamed, backing up and
shielding her eyes as she waited for the inevitable.
you talk to me like that?” he screamed, aiming the gun at her head.
the door burst open and Jordan raced inside.
He took immediate action, darting toward Keaton and knocking the gun out
of his hand while paralyzing him in a choke hold.
out in terror, her hands covering her mouth as she watched Jordan immobilize
Keaton on the floor of the apartment.
watched Marilee closely. He backed up
away from her, moving down the hallway toward the entrance to the sound
stage. The door creaked open behind
him. She moved toward him with
unrelenting determination, the gun poised firmly in her hand and her eyes fixed
wildly on his.
“You?” Nathan asked.
she replied. “You should be. I planned it perfectly so no one would suspect
onto the stage, the life-size replica of the shuttle still positioned in the
center, Nathan studied her carefully.
“Who else is here?” he asked.
alone,” she said. “Except for Victor,
and he’s not going anywhere. You’ll be
dead, and someone will open the door to that office and strangle the life out
of him. Appropriate for someone as
despicable as he is, don’t you think?”
alone?” Nathan asked and looked around.
“Are you saying you've
done all this by yourself?”
She nodded with a self gratifying smile.
Nathan asked her. “Jack, Elana,
Lola? Why did you do it?”
asked with a scoff. “Why?”
The question came louder the second time. “I’ll give you one hint. Cheri Montessori.”
“Who?” Nathan asked in
confusion. The name didn’t immediately
“One of Elana Hendricks’
hit-and-run victims,” she clarified.
“She was a young woman with her whole life ahead of her. Until Jonas
Lamont came in and dumped her body in the ocean to protect his precious star
from public scrutiny."
was the porn actress,” Nathan recalled.
“She was addicted to drugs. Did
you know her? Is that why you’re doing
shook her head. “So because she had a
drug problem she deserved to die at the hands of an alcoholic? She deserved to be treated like a piece of
garbage and thrown off the pier?”
didn’t say that,” Nathan insisted.
you know she had a son?” Marilee continued.
“He was three years old. Her
husband died and she fell on hard times.
That’s why she resorted to
doing porn for Joel Armitage. That’s
why she got hooked on drugs.”
didn’t know,” Nathan said, shaking his head.
days went by before they figured out she was missing, and then they went
knocking on her door,” she explained.
“They got the landlord to open it and that’s when they found him. Her son had died because he spent three days
alone with no food and no water. He died
because that pig Jonas Lamont was too worried about his precious studio to stop
and think of how covering up for these people might affect others.”
my God,” Nathan gasped. “She left him
probably didn’t know she’d be killed by a drunk driver and thrown into the
Pacific,” Marilee answered bitterly.
“The sad thing was, it took three days for people to realize she was
missing. That’s how important she was in
this town. She died alone because above
anything else, a movie deal is all that matters to anyone in Hollywood.”
know it might seem like that, but-“
the truth!” she screamed, waiving the gun through the air, tears in her eyes.
“Why do you think I got out of the business when I did? People don’t matter here, and that’s the only
reason why my son is dead!”
eyes widened. “What?”
looked at him with a crazed expression.
“When I learned that Kyle Fenwick wasn’t my son, I began searching for
the real baby that I’ve given up for adoption.
It took a long time and a lot of money, but eventually I learned the
truth. The son that I bore from Will
Thomerson was adopted by Cheri Montessori,
before her life went down hill.
How do you think it felt after all this time of not knowing to find out
that he only lived three fucking years?
A senseless, tragic death that could have been prevented.”
didn’t know that she had a son at home or else he wouldn’t have-“
you think it would have made a difference?” Marilee asked with a snarl. “Do you think the life of a drugged out porn
star or an insignificant child mattered to him when it came to the tens of
millions of dollars he raked in over the years?”
why kill them? Elana and Jack? Why go through the trouble of torturing us?”
have to ask? Why should any of you get
to get away with your crimes? What right
did Jonas have to cover up for your stupid mistakes? And even if he did feel justified in doing
so, look what it cost Cheri Montessori?
Look what it cost me.”
you decided to get revenge,” Nathan surmised.
spent a lot of time with Jonas when I starred in a few Sunset Studios films
after I moved here from New York,” she explained. “At parties at his house, on the sets, out and
about town. He loved to talk when he
drank too much. I must have heard a
hundred stories just like the one about Elana, and the one about you, and
Victor, and Jack and Lola. I kept the
secrets to myself because I owed
Jonas. He saved me at a time when I felt
when you found out about your son, you decided to start telling our
didn’t just want you all dead, I wanted you to know why you were being
killed. I wanted you to know that you
can’t play with lives like this. You
Keaton? You framed him, didn’t
Reconnections implied that he might
be my son, I met him. He was cold. Hateful even.
He told me he’d already found his mother and that I didn’t compare to
you decided to get back at him too?”
planted the knife in his car after I stabbed Lola.”
Deacon?” Nathan asked.
shrugged. “Not my doing. Keaton could
have killed him. I tend to believe
the initial story that he killed himself.”
had suspected as much. “Marilee, you
don’t have to do this. Put the gun down
and I’ll see to it that you get help.”
laughed. “I’m perfectly sane,
Nathan. This is just a case of good old
fashioned revenge. Take it as you and
everyone else finally getting the punishment you deserve for what you did to
those poor people.”
those people we hurt,” Nathan began.
“What happened to them were accidents.”
that to Bianca Burnett,” Marilee said.
“Was it an accident that you and Victor drugged her into a coma? I wonder if she had anyone she left behind. Well, at least Jonas and his fixer, Vaughan
Novak didn’t just decide to pitch her off the pier.”
will find out what you’ve done,” Nathan said.
“You won’t get away with it.”
already have,” she said with a laugh.
“After I do you and Victor in, I’ll head over to the hospital where I’ll
finish off Lola. I’ve already got
someone in line to take over Wells, Inc, which will leave me to enjoy myself on
some tropical island for the next twenty years or so.” She brought the gun directly to his face and
removed a photograph of Bianca Burnett from her bag. “Now close your eyes and say goodnight,
behind her, Nathan could see the door to the sound stage slowly open. To his relief, Stormy and Eddie were making
their way from the hall. He swallowed
hard, praying that they would stop her in time.
on the top step of the Hollywood sign, Michael cried out for his father. He tried to sit down but Emmett pulled him
back up, lifting him into his arms and holding him as he struggled in his
me down!” he cried. “Put me down!”
was nearing the top of the H. He could
still hear Brooke screaming frantically from below. Suddenly, a helicopter appeared from above
and Ethan realized it was the police forces rallying to the scene. Not that it would do any good. All Emmett had to do was move a few mere
inches and it would all be over.
Michael would plummet down hundreds of feet to his death.
he called from below. “Emmett, think
about what you’re doing! This is the
life of a child we’re talking about!”
about the life of my child?” the man
asked, his arms wrapped around Michael who still thrashed about in his
clutches. “She was so young. So beautiful.
And you took her away from
another life won’t bring her back!” Ethan shouted. He reached the top step and positioned
himself on the ledge beside the man. “It
won’t bring her back, Emmett. Nothing
will. I know it hurts but you have to
feel a lot better knowing you’ve lost something just as precious to you,”
Emmett said, desperately trying to hold Michael still.
we were friends once,” Ethan called to him.
“I owed you my life. I still
do. You rescued me and took care of me. You know I would never have hurt your
daughter on purpose.”
was such an angel,” Emmett said, grief stricken tears rolling down his
face. “She was so much like her
mother. Now they’re both gone.”
could tell he was beginning to waver in his determination. The look on Emmett’s face turned from
vengeful to one of utter despair. He
made an attempt at maneuvering forward, reaching out to take Michael from
him. In a moment of weakness, Emmett
allowed his arms to slip from around the boy.
Before Ethan could catch him, Michael fell, screaming as he rolled off
the ledge and began sailing over the sign.
screamed out in horror from below as she watched the events unfold. She covered her eyes, unable to watch the
inevitable tragedy that was about to take her son from her. At that moment, James arrived. He quickly went to her and held on to her to
comfort her. Hysterically, she clung to
going to fall!” she cried.
the top of the sign, Ethan reacted quickly, lunging to the surface of the ledge
and reaching his hand out to Michael. He
missed grabbing his arm by inches, but managed to cling onto the thin fabric of
Michael wailed as he dangled over the side.
got you, buddy,” Ethan said, praying that the fabric would hold out. He clamped his fingers around the stretched
collar, attempting to reach his other hand down to take his son’s arm. Then his worst fears were realized. The fabric started to rip.
below, Brooke watched through her hands.
She prayed that Ethan would be able to bring Michael to safety. Each moment that passed was excruciating. She squeezed James’s hand with all her
Ethan managed to reach his other hand down and take Michael by the hand. At that moment, a piece of the boy’s t-shirt
ripped off in his fist. He gathered his
strength and lifted him back to the ledge, panting with exhaustion and
collapsing once he was safe.
let out a cry of relief, sobbing happily as she watched. Instinctively, she turned and wrapped her
arms around James.
did you get so heavy?” Ethan asked with a laugh in spite of the dire
circumstances. He climbed to his feet,
checking Michael over to ensure he wasn’t hurt. Once he was sure that he was in one piece,
he turned and saw Emmett standing silently on the edge of the sign.
time to go, Emmett,” he said and reached a hand out to him. “It’s time to say goodbye to Sophie.”
staining his cheeks, Emmett shook his head in agony. “I can’t,” he said. “I can’t do it. She was all I had left.”
need to go on,” Ethan told him. “Find a
way to keep living. It’s not easy but
it’s what we have to do.”
angel,” Emmett said and looked down at the steep mountain that emptied onto the
road a hundred feet below. “I’ll be
with you again soon.”
Ethan said, suddenly realization dawning.
it was too late. In one swift movement,
the man stepped off the sign and plummeted to the ground below. With Michael held tightly in his arms, Ethan
turned his son’s face away from the horrific scene so that he wouldn’t be
witness to the senseless act. He gazed
down the mountain and saw the man’s body splattered all over the road. A sick feeling of finality overcame him.
he’d brought Michael back down the steps, Brooke came rushing over and scooped
the little boy up in her arms, sobbing happily as she squeezed him
tightly. When she was sure that he was
real and not a dream, she turned to Ethan and drew him close. They kissed tenderly, huddling together on
the hill. A few yards away, James
watched them and smiled.
knew he had to keep Marilee talking long enough for Stormy and Eddie to make
their move, so he did his best to distract her.
going to let an innocent man take the fall for your crimes?” he asked. “It won’t work, Marilee. He already has an alibi for the night of
won’t matter,” Marilee told him as she cocked the gun. “Especially once they find out about his past
before he came here.”
do you mean?”
Reconnections listed him as a
potential match for my son, I decided to do some checking into his
background. It seems your director has a
few mental incapacities. That’s the
polite way to put it, of course. His
high school girlfriend, on the other hand, might have a different story. It seems when she tried breaking up with him
he tried to kill himself. Multiple times. The last time he threatened her with a gun
and then turned it on himself. I believe
he spent the summer after his senior year in a padded cell, but I’ll have to
check my facts again.”
grew more concerned for Alex’s safety.
He hoped that Jordan had got to her in time. While Keaton had always been a little nervous
and out there, he never imagined he’d have been that troubled. He looked behind her again. Stormy was approaching slowly, a fire
extinguisher clutched between each hand.
He raised it over his head.
That’s when Nathan’s eyes gave him away.
spun around quickly, pointing the gun at Stormy and firing a shot. The bullet richocheted off of the fire
extinguisher and hit Nathan in the arm.
He still managed to go at Marilee from behind, finally succeeding in knocking the gun from
a desperate attempt at escape, she dashed across the sound stage and bolted through
the door. Just on the other side,
Miranda and Jane were knelt down with their hands outstretched clasped together
in a makeshift wire trap. In Marilee’s
haste to escape, she tripped over their arms and went sailing to the
she could regain her footing, Nathan appeared and aimed the gun at her.
over, Marilee,” he said.
behind, Stormy looked at Jane and grinned.
“Nice going. But also
dangerous. Who do you two think you are? Charlie’s Angels?”
original,” Miranda answered, out of breath. “Not that
this, Stormy,” Nathan said and handed the gun to his great nephew. He made his way down the hall to the first
office and paused outside the door.
what are you doing?” Eddie asked.
and in one swift movement, Nathan kicked the door in, hoping that the force
would undo the contraption Marilee had secured Victor in. It seemed to do the trick. Once the door went toppling over, the rope
securing the choker came loose.
Eddie exclaimed and raced into the room.
He untied him and removed the gag from his mouth. “Oh my God, Dad. Are you okay?”
better,” Victor said, instinctively rubbing his neck where the choker had
been. “I’m just grateful you all got
here when you did.”
anything had happened to you-“ Eddie said and pulled him into an embrace. “I’m just really glad you’re alive.”
take more than a crazed killer to keep me down,” Victor said. “I rose from the brink of death once
before. After that, anything’s
should have died on that yacht that night two years ago,” Marilee said,
defeated. She then looked at
Nathan. “And you. If what you both did you Bianca Burnett
wasn’t bad enough, the things you did to those poor girls was despicable. I can only imagine how Jonas would have
protected you from that if he were still alive.”
don’t have the right to play God,” Nathan hissed. “A young man is lying in a coma in the
hospital and if he wakes up, he’s going to find out that his father is gone
thanks to you. Jonas is gone, Marilee. Who’s going to protect you?”
glared menacingly at him as the police arrived and cuffed her hands behind her
back. Detective Rodriguez turned to
Nathan and addressed him.
someone mind telling me what went on here today?” he demanded.
fill you in on everything, detective,” Nathan said, standing by Victor and the
others as Marilee was led out of the studio.
tended to Alex on the sofa as the police restrained Keaton in handcuffs. The director obeyed their commands, his head
hung low as he was frisked for additional weapons.
you sure you’re okay?” Jordan asked Alex.
my son,” she whispered in shock. “After
all this time-“
“What?” Jordan asked in astonishment as
he turned toward the young man.
would have never hurt you,” Keaton said.
“I just wanted you to listen to me.
broke in here with a gun,” Jordan
filled Keaton’s eyes. “I’m sorry. I just wanted to know who I was and where I
came from. I never meant to hurt
turned away, unable to look him in the eyes.
After the police had escorted him outside the penthouse, she stood up
and padded across the room.
can’t be happening,” she said, wrapping her arms around herself.
didn’t you ever tell me?” Jordan asked and placed a hand on her arm.
was ashamed,” she admonished.
the crazy look in Keaton’s eyes, she believed him when he told her he would
have never hurt her. Now she had to face
the consequences of her secrets. The
truth she tried for so many years to cover up was out. Nothing would ever be the same.
evening at the Blackthorne mansion, word had begun to spread about the days’
events. They gathered in the family room
while Leilani served coffee and sandwiches.
had quite an adventure today, didn’t you?” Miranda said to Michael as she knelt
down before him.
nodded distantly, a finger hooked over his lower lip and his head hung
think he’s more tired than he’s letting on,” Brooke announced and placed a hand
on her son’s shoulder. “How about mommy
takes you upstairs and gets a bath ready for you?”
nodded and clung to her hand. Brooke
glanced at Ethan before they left and he nodded as if to indicate he’d be up
soon. After they’d gone, he ran his
fingers through his hair and poured himself a cup of strong black coffee.
can’t tell you how scared I was that we were going to lose him,” he
you didn’t,” James said. “Michael’s been
through a lot, but he’ll survive this.
He’s stronger than you think. You
kind of sad when you think about it,” Stormy added, his arm snaking around Jane
who fell in line beside him. “He was so
grief stricken over his daughter’s death that ending his own life was the only
thing that would end his pain.”
and Sophie were all each other had,” Ethan said somberly. He shook his head and started for the
door. “I’m going to go up and see if
he’s okay. I’ll see you all in a
bit. I want to hear more about Marilee
when I get back.”
still can’t believe Marilee was behind the murders all along,” James said in
deep concentration. “I've
known her for thirty years. I mean, I knew she
regretted giving her son away, but to take revenge on everyone Jonas helped
cover mistakes up for was…”
Eddie remarked with a scoff.
shook his head. “I don’t know. Nathan said she seemed very cognoscente of
what she was doing. When she found out
that her biological son had died, the grief took over.”
think we would have noticed something,” Kenny said from across the room. “Erratic behavior or something. But to me she
seemed like the same Marilee she always was.
I guess this makes sense as to why she asked me to step in at Wells,
thank God for Eddie for putting the pieces together,” James said and turned to
his future son-in-law. “That was
brilliant work with recognizing the similarities with those faxes.”
can’t take all the credit,” Eddie swooned and pulled Miranda close. “My bride-to-be and Jane took the psycho – I
mean Marilee - down all by themselves.
They didn’t need our
Stormy exclaimed. “I was the one who was brave enough to go after her with the
of,” Jane said. “What happened to
Nathan? That bullet ricocheted and hit
him pretty good.”
wasn’t serious,” Eddie said. “My dad
went to the hospital with him but I think he’ll be good as new.”
Miranda plopped down in a chair and
exhaled. “Well, I’m exhausted,” she
said. “This day has been a bit too much even by Blackthornes
laughed. “Are you kidding? We should be used to one of these every few
things will be quiet long enough to get this wedding under way,” James
said. “We’ve got two days to pull off
remind me,” Miranda said and covered her face with her hands. “Jane, tell me you remembered to order the
didn’t order them,” Jane said.
“You did, remember?” she said. “Relax, Miranda. The wedding is going to be perfect. Nothing is going to ruin this day for you.”
cleared his throat and let out a muffled laugh.
“That’s because you’re new around here, Jane. Something
will go wrong. It always does.”
threw a pillow at him and folded her arms tightly across her chest. “Not at my
wedding,” she said.
hearing the news about Marilee, Jordan left Alex and made his way to the
hospital to check on Lola. To his relief,
Dr. Farraday had positive news. While
still unconscious, her vitals were improving.
fact that Marilee had been behind the murders and attacks made him wonder if
anyone were ever truly who they claimed to be.
In Hollywood, particularly, people wore masks on a daily basis. He, himself, was guilty of it from time to
time. But more than a means of deceit,
it was a means of hiding from his feelings.
It always had been.
Rydell?” a voice came from behind. He
turned to see a nurse enter the room.
“Ashton Childers has been asking for you. Another nurse said you were here visiting
your mother so I took a chance and-“
is awake?” Jordan asked with surprise and rose from his chair. “When?”
a few hours ago. I can show you the way
if you’d like.”
nodded, said a brief goodbye to Lola, and followed the nurse up two floors and down
a corridor. When he arrived, Blake
Distefano was pacing outside the room.
They embraced warmly. Moments
later, Jordan was inside the room sitting next to Ashton.
me about my dad,” Ashton said to Jordan, his face drawn and pale, dark circles
around his eyes. He’d been in a coma for
eight months following the car accident on Mulholland.
Ashton,” Jordan said. “I want you to
know that you’re not alone. There are
people who care about you. You have my
can my dad be gone?"
shook his head sorrowfully.
Rydell?" Ashton continued. "How come
Blake got upset when I asked him about Benji? We
were on our way up Mulholland to see him and Sierra
when that drunk driver hit us. Did we get there
in time? Is Sierra okay? Is Benji?"
exploded from Jordan's eyes. It was like reliving
that night all over again. "No, they're not
okay," he told him, and then proceeded to tell
him what happened. The only difference was this
time it hurt a tiny bit less. It wasn't much,
but it was progress.
walked into Michael’s room and found him asleep on the bed, Brooke standing
over him watching him. When she saw him
enter, she turned and folded her arms.
“He was out
the minute his head hit the pillow,” she said.
through a lot. But he’ll get through
it. We’ll talk to Dr. Podany in the
nodded hopefully. “How are you?” she asked. “Emmett’s death has to bring a lot of
feelings up for you. About Sophie and
about the time you spent with them.”
but I can’t beat myself up over what happened.
I spent enough time doing that in prison. Emmett was a lonely man. I think he would have taken his life even if
he hadn’t tried taking Michael.”
at him warily. “I know you have more
feelings about it than that.”
his head and changed the subject. “What
happened with you and Kyle?”
“Kyle and I
are over,” she said. “I mean it. He’s lied to me for the last time.” As she thought about David and the
experimental surgery he’d undergone, she suddenly realized something that
hadn’t occurred to her. With Michael’s
kidnapping, it had escaped her momentarily.
“Oh my God. Miranda.”
covered her face with her hands.
“There’s something I have to tell her.”
She knew she’d want to know about David.
But with the wedding in two days, how could she spring it on her? Maybe waiting until afterwards was the best
thing for everyone.
need to go out for a while,” Ethan said.
“We’ll talk when I get back, okay?”
you going?” She seemed upset that he was
just something I need to take care of.”
him back and looked into his eyes.
“Ethan, there’s a lot we have to figure out,” she said. “I think this thing with Michael really made
me realize what’s important. I hope it
did the same for you.”
nodded. “It did. I’ll see you in a bit.”
left, Brooke turned back to Michael and took a deep breath. “Everything’s going to be okay, Michael,”
she whispered. “We’re going to be a
family again. You, me and your
When Ethan got
to Mackenzie’s house, she opened the door and looked at him with a dull
stare. Slowly, she moved from the
doorway and allowed him to pass.
home safe,” he told her.
into the living room and poured herself a glass of chardonnay. “I’m relieved,” she said. “Really, Ethan. I’m very happy for you and Brooke.”
that something was off with her, he moved toward her. “Look, I realize I’ve been distracted, but I
haven’t stopped thinking about you. How
are you feeling?”
pretend that you care,” she said with a roll of her eyes. “I know why you’re here, Ethan.”
see,” she began, walking across the room with her glass. “First you’re going to tell me that you had a
really great time with me and then you’ll say that you hope we can still be
friends, and you wish me all the best in whatever the future holds. Then you’ll cap it off with the astonishing news that you and Brooke
have grown closer during these last forty-eight hours and that you realized you
belong together after all.”
she quipped and downed half the glass.
“It’s word for word what I’ve been expecting you to come here and say to
me. Well good news, Ethan. I saved you the trouble. So let’s just leave it at that and go about
our own lives.”
getting back with Brooke,” Ethan said.
“Mackenzie, I came here to tell you that I love
you. Almost losing my son made me realize that.”
her head and slammed her glass on the bar.
The force caused it to shatter into pieces, one of the sharp edges
slicing through her thumb.
she hissed and quickly went to lick the blood away.
hurt,” Ethan said and raced toward her.
she insisted and backed away from him.
“Ethan, go home. Go home to
Brooke and Michael and forget about me.”
not what I want,” Ethan said.
to the door and opened it. “It’s
inevitable,” she told him and looked away.
the fact that there was no getting through to her, Ethan slunk out of the house
and turned just as the door was being slammed in his face.
coming out of the shower in her bedroom when Ethan returned some time
later. Surprised that he’d already made
it home, she padded across the room toward him but he cut her off, removing the
towel from her body and throwing her down onto the bed.
she said, surprised by his sudden change in moods. “What’s gotten into you?”
me make love to you,” he said, ripping his shirt off and bending down to cover
her naked body in wet kisses.
him on top of her and ran her fingers through his hair. Minutes later, they were making urgent,
hurried love, her body still wet and glistening with water.
to be home,” Nathan said when he, Victor and Vaughan entered his bungalow on
Alvarado Court. “I never thought I’d be
so happy to see this old place.”
was quite a day,” Victor said and went to the bar to pour them drinks.
you were so lucky,” Vaughan said and shed his topcoat. “How did Marilee get you?”
cleared his throat while standing before them. “There I was, gentlemen. Reaching for the door handle of my car when
from behind I hear the devil’s footsteps.
He’s upon me, reaching from behind to snuff the breath from my
body. The last thing I remember was
seeing the word Cadillac emblazoned ever so faintly on the bottom of my car
window. I started to wonder if I would
be able to convey my feelings of that moment with one single word. I’m an actor, so when I see a word I act
it! I live it! I embody that word with every fiber of my
removed his jacket and tended to the bandage from where he’d been stitched up
at the hospital.
next thing I know, I wake up strapped to a chair at the studio. I say to myself Victor, you will get through this.
You’ve overcome so much. This is
just another test.”
Vaughan said and crossed the room. “To
think, Cheri Montessori adopted Marilee’s son.”
hated to ask the question that had been plaguing him, but he had to for his own
peace of mind. “Vaughan, when Elana
called Jonas that night to tell him what had happened – that she’d struck
someone with her car – did you really not know that Cheri Montessori had a three-year old son at
knew what he was getting at. “Nathan, we
didn’t even know who she was,” he insisted.
“For all we knew she was a prostitute.
All Jonas wanted to do was cover up the hit-and-run so we pitched the
body off the pier and got rid of Elana’s car.
We never thought that she could have a child at home, much less a
is sad,” Nathan said. “Marilee looked
for her son for years. How painful it
must have been after all that time to learn he died at the age of three. And all because Jonas wanted to protect the
a tough business,” Vaughan said with a somber shake of his head. “And a lonely business. No one ever said it wasn’t.”
looked into his glass and grew reflective of his own experiences with
Jonas. He raised his glass and offered a
toast. “I propose we drink to Cheri
Montessori,” he said. “And Bianca
Natalie Davidson,” Victor added.
Lana,” Nathan finished, clinking his glass against theirs.
about Jonas?” Victor asked.
considered the sentiment before nodding in approval. “Of course.
He’s the only reason we’re here.
the party had died down and most of the guests had left the mansion, Jonas
retreated to his private screening room in the basement. It was there that he went when he needed time
to reflect. He didn’t immediately
realize it, but he wasn’t alone.
Jonas said, staggering toward his seat.
“I thought I was alone.”
just needed to get away from the crowd for a few minutes,” she replied. “Oh, and it’s Marilee now, remember?”
smiled. “Oh yes, Marilee. I’m sorry, my dear. Good work in that scene yesterday, by the
way. You, my little star, have chemistry
with positively everyone.”
blushed. “Thank you. You were gone for some time this evening,
weren’t you? I
saw you leave with Vaughan. Where did you go? It’s not like the host to abandon the
looked down at his tuxedo shirt and noted that there was a small blood stain
near his belt. “If I told you, you
wouldn’t believe me.”
face lit up. “Sounds exciting.” She rushed to the chair beside him and sat
down. “Come on, tell. I promise I won’t repeat it. Not to anyone.”
would have protested, but he was already slightly inebriated. That’s what downing three drinks in half an
hour did to a man. “It’s no fun being
Jonas Lamont sometimes.”
bet it’s something good,” Marilee said with innocent excitement. “If it’s anything like what you told me about
your wife and her twin sister, I know it will be. And I never told anyone about that, did I?”
was too drunk to argue. “You saw Elana
Hendricks at the party earlier, didn’t you?” he began. “A drink in each hand all night.”
know!” Marilee squealed. “Did she leave
left alone,” he replied. “And
unfortunately, managed to get into a little bit of a situation with a woman
crossing the street. Let’s just say that
Jonas had to come to the rescue again.
It’s all for the good of the studio, you know, darling. I’d do it for you.”
grew quiet. “That’s terrible,” she
said. “That poor woman.”
shrugged. “Like I’ve always said,
darling, in Hollywood there are two kinds of people. Those who matter and those who matter. The rest are just hookers, waitresses, and
remark put a smile back on her face. “I
think I’m going to like it here,” she said.
you wait,” he said. “Hollywood is a
playground of delights. I should
know. I helped build it.”
In the conclusion
of the finale, friends and family gather for Miranda's
wedding. Alex battles her demons. Brooke
makes a decision that affects many lives. Renee
wants Jackie to pay dearly.
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