I'm Sorry You're Dying.Tuesday, September 08 2009
Henry's birthday party gets underway, Dinah runs into Mallet and Alan and Phillip finally agree about what to do.
Josh arrives at Cross Creek and calls Reva outside to see what he got Henry for his birthday. She's not thrilled to see that he got him exactly the same rocking horse that she did. She thinks he should take his back. They argue and she agrees to get another gift.
Mallet is assigned to a small outpost by the Austrian border.
Shayne drops by Marina's to help with the party preparations. As they tape up decorations, she stares at the badge Mallet left behind. Shayne shows Henry the decorations. Mallet calls. Shayne answers and passes the phone off to Marina. She tells the little boy that his 'friend' is calling him. After Mallet wishes Henry a happy birthday, he tries talking to her but she hangs up.
Buzz and Frank are at Company. Frank thinks it's still too early for them to be celebrating like this after Mallet left. Lillian arrives and Buzz mentions that Alan is a match for Phillip. She's shocked. Daisy is at the bar making food for takeout. Lillian asks her how James is taking the news about his father. Cyrus brings in a gift for Henry and hands it to Buzz. Buzz reminds him that he is a Cooper and that means he has to go to the party.
Josh arrives at Marina's and asks Shayne what Henry needs. Shayne thinks he needs a mitt. They chat and Shayne says that this is the first time he's felt complete. After Josh leaves, Frank arrives. He thanks him for stepping up and helping out. They shake hands. Marina comes in and says she's ready.
Alan tells his son that he can be his donor. He's not frightened anymore – he wants to save his life. Phillip tells him that this isn't about what he wants. Alan points out how great the odds of him being a match for him are against them. He's sure that this must mean something. "It's not going to happen!" Phillip repeats, walking away.
Bill and Lizzie are at home talking about paint and wondering if they should go to the party. Phillip arrives and tells her she should go. He wants to help out around the house but she thinks that's too risky. He wants them to have a good time and gets to work. When he goes outside and begins painting, Daisy comes by with food for the work crew. "I'm sorry you're dying," she says. "Me too. I'll miss everybody," he tells her. She lets him know that James is upset but he doesn't act the way he feels.
Josh and Reva go back to Cross Creek and continue arguing about gifts when he opens the back of her car, she screams as balloons fly out.
Lillian approaches Alan in the park. He tells her that Phillip has refused his help. She thinks he's brave for offering. He wanders alone, spotting the balloons as they drift through the sky. As he follows them, he runs into Lizzie and Bill. He tells them he has to keep moving and hurries away. He follows the balloons to the graveyard. Phillip is hidden behind his gravestone. Standing at his son's gave, Alan tells him, that he can't lose him. He's been afraid all his life and that has made him selfish. Kneeling down, he confesses that he's never been the father who he needed and they've never had the relationship that either of them have wanted. He now has the courage to pass by all of that but only Phillip can let him take the risk so that he can become the man he always wanted to be. "If I lose you, I lose myself," Alan says. Phillip comes out of hiding. He still refuses to let his father risk his life. Alan begs him to let him acquire the courage he has always lacked. Phillip relents. Alan throws his arms around him and thanks him. They begin arguing over who gets to keep the balloon.
Mallet is stunned when he runs into Dinah by the side of the road in Austria. He tells her that he's not with Marina anymore. They just weren't supposed to be. He thinks everybody is in the right place now thanks to Dinah putting them there. "I think I'm where I'm supposed to be too," he says. They chat about what's next for them. She doesn't know where she is going for now and hasn't felt settled anywhere. He's sure she'll figure it out and fixes her car.
Lillian tells Frank, Josh and Reva that Phillip only has a few days left. They thank her for telling them and go into the house for the party. As everyone celebrates, Buzz comes in as a clown. They pass around boxes and make wishes. Shayne wishes that everything could stay the way it is today. Marina didn't know things could be as good as they are. Cyrus and Frank agree to make peace. Josh and Reva make wishes, but recognize that they can't have what they don't have. Lizzie and Bill wish for a baby and for her father to get better. Lillian wishes for the same thing.
Next on Guiding Light:
Jonathan tells Josh he wants to move back.
Jeffrey goes after Edmund.
Alan promises not to abandon his son.
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