Taking A Step Back.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Tad and Cara rethink their arrangement, Marissa confronts Bianca, and Kendall gets a surprise.

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At Fusion, Ryan tells Bianca and Kendall that Griffin never got on the plane to Chile. Kendall fears something went wrong. Bianca and Ryan try to assure her this isn't like Zach. Bianca asks why Ryan is even looking for Griffin. Ryan wants answers when it comes to David and is hoping Griffin can help. Kendall tells her sister "Erica" spent the night with David in his hotel room. Bianca gets upset and leaves. Kendall and Ryan talk about Griffin's connection to David. Kendall fiercely defends Griffin saying he would never fall prey to David's manipulations. Ryan suggests they find out why Griffin didn’t get on the plane and they leave.

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At the house, Tad tells Cara he doesn't necessarily want a divorce, but maybe just a step back. He wants more from her than gratitude and isn't comfortable with their in-name-only marriage anymore. Cara thinks they are more than friends, which can lead to other things. Tad assumes she's trying to talk herself in having feelings she doesn't have. He doesn't want her in his bed just because she's grateful. Tad points out they've both had magical relationships and he's too proud to settle for anything less. Kendall and Ryan show up and tell Cara Griffin never got on the plane. She worries the court will find him in violation of his community service. Tad agrees to look for him and a relieved Kendall and Ryan leave. Cara tells Tad he is important to her, but she doesn’t know how to fix this. Tad says the only way to make things work is to be strictly roommates. No more dates, kissing or holding hands. After three years they can part ways with no pain or guilt.

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Ryan brings Kendall to the hospital where she is supposed to meet with her new doctor. Ryan leaves her to break into David's office. Kendall recalls her moments with Griffin and is physically affected. She gets checked out by the nurse, but she insists she's fine. She runs out to the hallway and sees Griffin.

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JR tries to explain to Marissa the help he received when it comes to her, as Scott walks in. The cousins argue about the gatehouse and then Marissa asks Scott to give them a minute alone. Marissa demands to know who has been helping him. JR admits it's Bianca. Marissa is taken aback, but JR says Bianca just gave him a few pointers. It was nothing he wasn't going to eventually figure out himself. JR gets a call and Marissa leaves.

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Marissa heads to Krystal's where she sees Bianca. Marissa says she knows Bianca has been helping JR. Bianca elaborates and tells her about the music box and the orange soda and chips. Marissa is blown away, but calls it manipulation and demands to know why she would be part of that. Bianca declares she had to because she knew she would never be able to do it herself. Bianca doesn’t think they should see each other for a while and Marissa agrees.

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Mookie shows up at the mansion and finds Maya helping Asher down the stairs. Colby takes over and leads her man out of the house. Mookie tells Maya he is staying in town for her. Scott walks in, as he fires his contractor over the phone. Mookie asks if he needs a replacement and Scott hires him after Maya vouches for him. Once Scott leaves, Maya questions Mookie's newfound employment, pointing out he doesn’t need the money. Mookie says he took it so he could be close to her. He tries to kiss her as she works, but she pushes him away. He reminds her he told her he'd never hit her again.

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JR confronts Scott at the gatehouse for firing the contractor. Scott knows he was trying to sabotage the project with that guy. The cousins take shots at each other and Scott announces once he builds the house, he is moving in. JR accuses Scott of wanting to be near Marissa. Scott thinks she will need someone on her side and declares he won't let JR hurt her again. JR in turn throws Madison in his face. Scott won't say anything to Marissa because he knows JR will screw it up all on his own.

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After Colby takes Asher to the hospital and fill his pain meds, they return to the mansion. As Asher waits for Colby by the pool, he secretly pops a pill, despite just having taken one.

Tomorrow's Pine Valley spoilers for All My Children:

Griffin keeps things professional.

Erica starts her book.

Angie catches Ryan in David's office.

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