Someone Erased My Hard Drive
Patch goes back into the sleazy bar. Della wants to know what's up. He says he couldn't find her.
Della sneers, "You and Blondie..."
Patch shouts, "Her name is Kayla!"
"OK," says Della, "You and Kayla come from different worlds. She's probably never been around a barfly before."
"Yeah," says Patch, "I'm a barfly just like you."
Della says, "You figure Miss Priss will want to spend the rest of her life cleaning your dirty clothes like I do? She'll drive you crazy. She won't give in until she gets her way. I guess she didn't fight too hard for the love of her life. If she knew you like I do she wouldn't have walked out of here."
"I don't know what I want," says Patch, "I don't remember anything. But I do know she turned me into a husband and father."
"And as soon as she left you went back to being you," says Della, "She doesn't know you. I do. She may have been your legal wife. But I probably spent more years with you than she did. Forget about her. It wouldn't have worked anyway."
Kayla has transported herself back to Salem. She is with Stephanie in the pub. She tells her about her whirlwind trip to Cincinnati. Stephanie is distant. Kayla wonders if something is wrong with her. Stephanie tells her she saw "the guy" tonight. She has realized they can never be together.
Austin tells Lucas and Carrie he knows this is terrible for them – finding out Carrie isn't pregnant. Sami overhears, "What do you mean? Carrie has to be pregnant!"
Lexie tells Jennifer Jack regained consciousness, but wanted Jennifer to have some time alone with Frankie, "But he has spiked a high fever. He's not responding to any medication." Lexie assures her they will keep trying to save him, "The fever is an indication he has reached the final stage of his illness." Jennifer insists it isn't over and runs in to see Jack.
Jack tells her he thought he was going to get another chance to do things right. Jennifer tosses reality aside and insists he does everything right. Jack tells her she has made him the happiest man alive. He got another chance to see her. That's more than he could have ever expected.
"No, Jack," says Jennifer, "You have a right to expect a full life. It's not over yet. Do you hear me?"
Jack struggles, "Jennifer... it's time. I can feel it. I think you can feel it too. I have tried. I really have. I think it's time for you to let me go."
Sami tells Carrie she is sorry for saying that and sorry she lost the baby. She asks when Carrie had the miscarriage. Carrie tells her about the hysterical pregnancy. Sami says to look on the bright side. After the honeymoon, she will probably come home pregnant. Sad looks all around. "What aren't you telling me," asks Sami.
Patch plays pool. Della brings him a beer and kisses him. Patch tells her he missed her when he was gone. "So," says Della, "Now you are back home where you belong."
"Am I," he wonders.
"What are you talking about," says Della, "Are you starting to remember the life you had? You have your woman and your friends here. What more could a man want?"
"A different woman and different friends," says Patch.
Kayla wants to know why Stephanie thinks it is over with this guy. She wants to help. Stephanie lashes back at her – they usually don't do mother-daughter heart-to-heart talks. She thinks Kayla hasn't noticed she has grown up. She doesn't open up because she learned it from Kayla. She wonders why Kayla didn't come to visit Salem and show her where she was born and where her dad lived.
Kayla says, "I was a wreck when your dad died. I didn't want to bring you to Salem and frighten you. And Salem is a very frightening town. I wanted you to have the sense you wouldn't lose me, too. I was trying to protect you, but you're right. You're not a little girl any more and you deserve to know the truth. You asked how my day was. Awful. Your dad stayed because he's not coming back. He told me to just forget him."
Jennifer says she will not let Jack go. She wants him to keep fighting. He says he can't. This is why he tried to stay away – to spare her the pain of having to go through this. He tells her he is glad PatchNickSteve convinced him to come home. This time with her has meant a lot to him. She begs him to stop.
Abby comes in as Jack rambles on. She begs him to stop too.
Austin tells Sami if Lucas and Carrie wanted to "share" they would. Sami goes to get drinks. EJ thinks he should leave. Carrie tells him he doesn't have to. She says Lexie told her she can't have children. Never. "OMG," whispers the ever-compassionate Sami, "This can't be happening to me!"
Patch twirls his longneck. Della asks what's on his mind. Patch says when he first turned up in Cincinnati he was desperate to find out who he was. She tells him to stop thinking about it, "It's ancient history."
Patch talks about his family in Salem. A mother, a dying brother, a daughter who is pretty and smart and races. He missed her whole life.
"Well," says Della, "We know one thing. She must've learned to drive from you. Her mother probably never even went over the speed limit. I'll bet that rich bitch..."
Patch explodes, "Hey! Don't go there."
Della detours, "You probably left because you were scared. You thought she would reject you so you rejected her instead. She's gotten to you. That's why you went after her. You want her."
Stephanie wants to know how this could happen. Kayla and Patch seemed so happy. Kayla agrees but everything changed when he got back there, "I never stopped loving him all these years. It's like I froze him in time, but he has had a whole other life without me. I don't know how you let go of someone you desperately love."
"You've got me, Mom," says Stephanie, "You'll have me for all the Days Of Our Lives. All the years I dreamed of us talking like this... I'm sorry it had to be because of this." Kayla changes the subject. She asks about the guy Stephanie is interested in.
Jack tells Abby things are out of their hands. Apparently the new medicine didn't work for him. Abby bawls, "Dad you've been dead so many times, you can do it again. I know you can."
Jack says, "Nobody can beat death or bad writing. But I tried. I hung on as long as I could."
Jennifer says he has fought harder than anyone could imagine. Jack tells them if they are going to mourn, don't make a career out of it. He wants them to live their lives and move on and remember the good stuff. He will be looking after them, "Give JJ a hug and kiss for me."
Maggie shows up at the door with JJ. She says, "Why don't you kiss him yourself?"
Jack tells JJ he won't understand any of this, but there are a couple things he wants to tell him. JJ eats his cheerios.
Sami feels terrible for Carrie. EJ suggests they go get some wine. As they leave, EJ asks when Sami is going to tell Austin the truth.
EJ says she should do it. Sami says he can't tell him now. Carrie made her decision to marry Lucas based on a child she will never have. She has to find some other way to stop the creep who is writing the notes.
Lucas asks Sami for a heating pad. He twisted his knee chasing down what looked like a disembodied hand scurrying down the hallway.
Sami asks him what that's all about. Austin holds up the note, "He probably was here to drop this off."
Patch insists he doesn't want Kayla. He just went out to see if she was OK. He tells Della he used to be a cop. Della laughs. Then he tells her he was an undercover government agent.
"Oh," chuckles Della, "My own Ethan Hunt."
He tells her he thinks one of them staged his death.
"Why wouldn't they just kill you," asks Della.
"That would have made too much sense," says Ethan Hunt, "But writing a sensible story line for this show is Mission Impossible. I do know I don't have amnesia. Someone erased my hard drive."
"Maybe it was the government."
"You've been watching too many conspiracy movies," says Patch, "What I want to know is what happens if they find out I know I'm Steve Johnson. I don't know who they are but if they still have it in for me I have to find out what really happened to me."
Stephanie says she saw "the guy" earlier tonight. They were having a great time until his girlfriend showed up, "What does she have that I don't have?"
Kayla thinks for a minute, "Anorexia? People see different things in different people."
"I have a successful career," says Stephanie, "And she doesn't even have a job. I am fairly good looking. Why would he choose her over me?"
"Does he know you even like him," asks Kayla.
"I haven't told him," says Stephanie, "I've been down this road too many times before. I'm afraid if I do tell him, I will totally lose him. I like him more than I've ever liked anyone. What is wrong with me?" Hugs.
Sami asks what the note is. Austin says it's addressed to her, "The person who left it is probably the one Lucas chased."
Looselips senses another opportunity to put his mouth in high gear. "It's addressed to you. It's way past time we opened it," says Lucas.
Kayla says, "Maybe he is the one with the problem, not you." Stephanie says he chooses to see the best in people. Kayla thinks maybe he is afraid to express his feelings, "When you really like somebody you have to tell him and risk the consequences."
Stephanie thinks this is all trivial given everything else that is going on, "What if I tell him and it turns out like the other times?"
Kayla asks, "Wouldn't it be better to tell the truth and know instead of live a fantasy?"
"Are you willing to do the same thing with Dad?"
Della tells Patch he has a new life, "Why drag up all this old stuff?"
Because he doesn't know what he's up against. He could be putting her in danger too, "If somebody can stage my death and erase my memory, that somebody's got a lot of power, so I have to assume they're coming after me again. They won't be too happy to find out what has been wasted. I have to assume they are coming after me again. I have to be ready." The Hand stalks. Oh, I get it... the right hand is in Salem and the left hand is in Cincinnati.
Jack's room is becoming all too crowded. He tells JJ adventure is a good thing. Jennifer thinks he is getting weaker. Maggie goes for Lexie.
Jack is delirious, "Hey Frankie... don't try to be one of those boring people who always have to be on time." He drifts. Jennifer begs him to stay with them.
"It's hard," slurs Jack, "We have a deadline... Jennifer? There you are... Frankie is..." Jack is silent. Jennifer begs him to keep talking. FF.
Lucas says, "Nobody in this room knows you better than I do, so why don't you tell me what is going on."
Mimi says, "If Shawn found out the truth he will leave me for Belle in a second." Patrick says, "You gotta tell him the truth – tonight."
Belle tells Shawn, "You felt a bond with Claire before the transplant. I think I know why you feel so close to her."
Austin says, "You care." Carrie says, "It sounds like you wanted me to." Kiss.