Long Term Commitment.

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Noah's operation hits a snag, Jack's plan to leave Janet doesn't work out and Carly gets disappointed.

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At the hospital, Dusty is talking to Bob about Liberty's care. Bob offers to do what he can, but he wonders why Dusty is invested in this. Dusty says that Janet is a friend and employee.


Down the hall, Dr. Reid Oliver rants about how white bread and self-righteous Oakdale is. He decides it's time to get the operation over with fast so he can get out of there. Luke doubts that jumping into the operation is safe but the doctor is eager to take a crack at it. Luke doubts Noah is ready. "I'm ready," Noah claims. Reid walks out and finds Bob. He orders an operating room and a bunch of equipment. "Who are you? What are you doing in my hospital?" Bob asks. Luke comes out and explains. Reid returns to Noah and tells him to sign the consent form. Luke urges him to think this over some more. Bob calls Reid out and tells him that his procedure could actually make Noah worse. He won't sign off on this surgery unless he's sure that Noah is fully informed. Until they have the consent, nothing will happen. Reid returns to Noah and tells him that the operation could kill him but if he wants his eyesight back, he's the best man for the job. Noah repeats that he wants to do this and signs the forms. Reid takes the paperwork to Bob and orders an OR prepared. Reid runs off. "What an ego," Kim remarks. Bob knows he's unbearable but he's a genius.


Bob and Kim find Luke pacing in a waiting room. Dr. Oliver comes out and explains that he's not going to operate. After looking at the scans, he's realized that many operations will actually be necessary. "That's a long term commitment and I came here for a one night stand," he says. In spite of Luke's protests, he walks away. Bob and Kim tell him that they can plan the next step together. Luke is afraid that Noah will be devastated that he didn't get the surgery. As Reid walks by to the exit, Luke stops him and refuses to let him leave on the Grimaldi jet. Reid sneers, shrugs and walks away again.


Luke goes into Noah's room and breaks the news to him. He promises him that this isn't over. Noah turns away and asks to be left alone. When Luke walks out, he finds Dr. Oliver still there. No commercial flights are leaving because of the weather. Luke asks him again for his help but the doctor refuses and orders Luke to drive him to the airport.


Bob and Kim are walking. He worries that Dr. Oliver didn't give the boys much of an explanation. As she gets in her car, Dr. Oliver and Luke walk into the parking garage. The doctor climbs into Luke's car and tells him he can pick it up at the airport. As he pulls out, he drives into Kim's car.


Jack finds Janet crying at the farm house. She tells him that Liberty has leukemia. "I don't know how to handle this by myself," she admits. They sit down and she explains how they found out. He wonders why she took days to tell him this. She couldn't find him. "Tell me what I can," he says. She needs his help. Her daughter needs her but she's scared. Jack says she won't have to go through this alone; he will be there for her. Janet doesn't need pity, she needs her husband. "I'm your husband," he says, and they are family. He gets her to rest and tells her not to worry about Carly.


At home, Carly flashes back to Jack telling her that he was going to finish with Janet and return to her. Craig shows up at her door. He wants to talk business but she's not interested in money any more, just her heart. He wonders what's really going on. She explains that she is planning on going back into fashion. Her pizza and beer arrive. She tells Craig that the alcohol isn't for her. He worries and then figures out that she has things set up for Jack. "You've gotta be kidding me," he says. She reminds him that this is none of his business. Besides, nothing will happen until Jack finishes with Janet. He's sure she won't let that stand in her way. "What Carly wants, Carly gets," he says. Jack arrives as Craig leaves. From the look on Jack's face, Carly quickly guesses he didn't end things with his wife. She knows that they've been through all of this before but they've both changed. The only thing that is the same is that they love each other. He backs her off and explains that Liberty is sick. If Brad were around, he could look after her, but he's not. Jack reminds her he made a wedding vow. "I've heard those a time or two myself," she sobs. He wishes this wasn't happening but he has no choice. She understands, but she can't settle for anything less than all of him. He leans in to kiss her, but they can't do it. He walks out. She bursts into tears. Later, she tries to throw the beer away. She can't, so she takes her keys, the beer and leaves.


Dusty finds Craig taking a drink at the Metro. He's in a foul mood. "To CarJack!" Craig sarcastically toasts. Dusty doesn't want to be part of the pity party. He walks off and calls to have his plane readied so he can take Liberty and Janet to New York.


Janet wakes up alone in bed and hears a knock at the door. It's Dusty. He wants to help. She tells him that Jack has come home. "We're going to find a way to make our marriage work," she says. He tells her that he's booked tickets for her and Liberty to see a specialist. She thinks he's amazing and she's grateful that what happened between them hasn't turned into something uncomfortable, but made them friends. She hugs him. He looks uncomfortable.


Craig corners Jack in the street. He's sure that Jack is going to murder Carly's self-esteem again. He would kill for the kind of love that Carly gives him. "But you kick her teeth in. What is it that you do to her?" Craig asks him. Jack flips out and grabs him by the throat, yelling at him to shut up.


Next on As The World Turns:

After finding an old photo, Paul demands to know who Mick is.

Noah tells Luke that they have to spend some time apart.

Damian climbs into bed and finds Meg waiting for him.

Janet asks Carly if she and Jack are finished.

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