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    Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, November 22 2006
    Alan's holiday plans go awry and he's left with the servants. He reflects on the state of his life and receives some advice from Reva.


    Alan walks around town depressed

    Alan is watching the snow fall as the servants set the table for Thanksgiving. He changes his clothes and carefully writes a letter to Lizzie to go with the gift he's gotten her. He sets photos of the family around the table and talks to them before Jeremy (the butler) is given instructions to pick up Lizzie and deliver her gift. Beth comes in and tells Alan that she doubts that Lizzie is actually coming. Alan tells her that he just wants them to feel like a family again; they've lost too much this year.

    Alone again, Alan flips through the book he kept of Beth's pregnancy. He imagines what it would be like if that baby had survived; the baby may have brought everyone together and guaranteed the family a future. Back in the dining room, he begins to rehearse his welcome speech before being interrupted by Alexandra. Alan-Michael arrives behind her. They have drinks and trade barbs before Beth's return interrupts their casual insults. Alan goes out to the garden to have a cigar and remember Lizzie and Philip before Beth follows him out. She lets him know that she wants Lizzie back just as much as he does. He asks her if she ever thinks about their baby and how different things would have been if he'd have survived. Beth doesn't want to talk about it.

    Alan's butler arrives at Cross Creek and gives Lizzie her gift. She opens it: It's her baby blanket, which she believed had been lost long ago. She touches it thoughtfully before putting it back.

    When he hears a car pull up, Alan rushes back inside to see if Lizzie's arrived. Instead, he finds that she's returned the gift and refused to come; she's spending the holiday with the Lewis'. Alan laughs. 'One night with those incestuous yokels and she'll come back here where she belongs.' While he's convinced of this, Alan-Michael isn't, and uses the opportunity to excuse himself, but not without pointing out to Alan that, the only time he wants something, is when he knows that he can't have it. Beth slips out into the snow and calls Rick. She doesn't want him to avoid her anymore, but he insists that he will spend the day at the hospital. Inside, Alan and Alexandra are giddy to see Lillian, but are let down when she informs them that she has been called to the hospital. Alexandra tells Alan that she'll be leaving with Lillian on her way to see Nick. They walk out on a disappointed Alan as Beth walks back in. He is still hoping Lizzie will come, but Beth assures him that it won't be happening. Having Lizzie and her baby in his life won't give him back what's been lost. Beth is leaving too; she's going to the clinic to help Rick. Alan is not amused and begins berating her, before breaking into begging her not to leave him alone. She leaves anyway, saying that she'll be back, 'I always am.' Alan sits down dejected.


    Lizzie's baby is kicking up and she has to lay down while Reva paces around and Jonathan lists all the awful things that might happen at the Thanksgiving dinner fiasco. Reva asks Lizzie if she'll be okay without seeing her family. 'I am seeing my family,' she says.

    After ringing the bell and announcing dinner, Alan invites the servants, Hilda and Jeremy, to sit down and eat with him. He starts to pour them wine and call them 'friends' while they avoid his eyes with baffled stares. After a failed attempt to tell them a joke, they remind him that they have family celebrations of their own to attend. He apologizes and tries to wish them a happy day, though he can't remember anything about their families. They leave and Alan throws the meal onto they floor before stopping and looking sadly at a photo of Philip. He wanders to the hospital and, depressed, watches Beth and Rick before walking back into the snow as people play with their families. Eventually, he arrives at Cross Creek and peers in the window at Lizzie before Reva finds him and asks him if he's there to kidnap her. He's surprised that she's shoveling the walkway after almost dying. Reva tries to be friendly and offers him some tea, telling him how happy she is to have Lizzie around. It's good for Lizzie to finally have the baby to focus on; it will be good for all of them. Alan wonders what Reva's secret is; everyone loves her, he can't even get people to his house for a meal. She says that it must be 'tough to be king…lonely.' She's felt alone too, but she never gave up on life. Alan says that she's also had a lot of support and he has nothing.

    Alan returns to the estate and sits down wondering what went wrong before Lizzie appears. He's ecstatic at first, until he realizes that she's brought Reva and Jonathan with her. Reva convinced them to come, 'we're all family' after all; besides, they were trying to avoid Cassie and Josh. Jonathan brought a pizza because he knows how often food ends up on the floor in the Spaulding house. They sit down with wine and Alan tries to make nice, telling Lizzie that she should name her baby Tatania. Jonathan bursts out laughing and Reva tells him that he shouldn't be picking out names. Then, he tries to get Lizzie to start making plans for the child's boarding school, but she's reluctant. Both she and Jonathan were the products of boarding school after all; she also burnt hers down. As Alan gets more frustrated, he begs them to promise to allow him to be part of the baby's life. Changing the subject, Reva gets everyone to toast to the things they're grateful for. Lizzie begins toasting to Reva giving her the home she always wanted and Alan becomes angry at her 'being taken in by them.' Everyone starts shouting and Reva and Jonathan start to leave when Lizzie's water breaks.

    Next on GL:Josh, Cassie and the family wonder what could have happened to Reva. Lizzie and Jonathan get trapped in a blizzard while she goes into labor.

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    Posted by Sere at Wednesday, November 22 2006 07:59 AM

    Is Alan going to learn the valuable art of compromise from Reva? Does he honestly expect to have his own way all of the time? If he loosens up maybe people will be more willing to spend time with him. Jonathan, Lizzie and Reva did the right thing by going to see him for thanksgiving. Alan should count his blessings that those three are not giving up on him. Lizzie and Jonathan, I did not like them at first but They are growing on me. I don't think Tammy and Jonathan would have worked out. If she really loved him she would not have given up on him. It was her plan in the first place to have all of them together and then she jumps ship when things get tough? I think Lizzie would be able to wait until Jonathan realizes Lizzie is the one for him.They seem to have much more in common than people think. Both had tough lives, went to boarding school, grew up with an abusive/controlling parent and never really knew what a family was until Reva. Lizzie see's Reva and Jon as her family. It would be such a shame to take that away when she is trying really hard to fit in and reform herself from a spoiled rich girl. She did give all that up willingly for her daughter and for Jon. I think he should be a bit more appreciative or at least recognize her efforts.

    Posted by Guidinglight512 at Wednesday, November 22 2006 09:51 AM

    I haven't seen yet since it comes on at 3 but I really wanted to know what happened!!! Wow, I can't Lizzies going to have her baby soon!! I can't wait until it comes on and to tell my friends to watch it!!!! I don't like the name Tatania and I think they should name it someone more girly. I think Jonathan should stop thinking about tammy and start caring for his wife!

    I LOVE GUIDING LIGHT!!!
    IT'S A MUCH WATCH!

    Posted by awall at Wednesday, November 22 2006 11:55 AM

    I hope Lizzie and Jonthan makes it. She is for the first time happy and if he gives her a chance he can be too. I really like the chemistry between these two. It's time for Reva and Josh to get their act together.

    Posted by dollarbill at Wednesday, November 22 2006 12:33 PM

    i DON'T UNDERSTAND SOAPS, YOU HAVE TO BE WITH THE PERSON YOU'RE HAVING A BABY WITH EVEN THOUGH YOU DON'T LOVE OR WANT THEM, BUT YOU CAN HAVE ALL THE UNPROTECTED SEX YOU WANT!!!!!!!!!!!!! JAMMY FAN FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by woolgal at Wednesday, November 22 2006 01:02 PM

    This was a great episode..Monday looks even better! Josh's dream of showing everyone that they can all still be a family is a JOKE! Never going to happen Bud! I can't believe we have to wait 5 days for the next episode! I feel like a child at Christmas time! Happy Thanksgiving to all! and thank you for posting the re-caps earlier this week. It's such a treat.

    Posted by naneluvs at Wednesday, November 22 2006 01:11 PM

    dollarbill I agree with you. Why should Jon have to give up someone he loves for Lizzy, she is not the person for him and she doesn't make him a better person. I don't understand why people think that because you have a baby you have to be with that mother or farther. The children are able to tell that there parent don't like each other and that they don't get along with one another. Jon is leaving anyway right?
    I want Josh and Reva together myself. Marah made a good point yesterday and Cassie.... I swear if she was my sister I don't condone violence, but I would have had to hit here right there. She make me so mad. How could the writers put him and Cassie nasty self together. I don't like Cassie anymore, she needs to get back with Jeffery or someone else and leave Josh alone. If she was a real woman and a decent sister which we see she is not, she would have left Josh a lone a long time ago.

    Posted by CBSoapKing at Wednesday, November 22 2006 01:12 PM

    Well unlike some of you, I do NOT love GL anymore but today's episode was a doozie; in my opinion, better than all CBS soaps' Thanksgiving episodes. It all boiled down to Alan. He's unquestionally the #1 villain on GL - but today he was brought down a few pegs. If you didn't see it, read the script and get 50% of the pleasure you missed.
    *Reva even broke out of herself and made me smile and appreciate her again. That's what you call a Thanksgiving miracle!
    *Alan learned one of his house workers was gay and the other just needs a life outside his mansion.
    *Jonathan's full attention was on Lizzie; even hearing Tammy's name didn't even phaze him and that's a big sign their relationship has changed.
    There was no Cassie, Billy or Josh to ruin things today. Alan, Reva, Jonathan and Lizzie carried the show today and did a fanastic job. At one point I thought even Philip's face would grace the screen again....but alas, it did not.
    Too bad for those of you who didn't see it. From the previews....it's back to the same ol, same ol on Monday.

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

    Posted by crafter125 at Wednesday, November 22 2006 01:48 PM

    I love GL and always have except the day we thought Reva died. Without Reva there would be no GL. This Thanksgiving episode was excellent as well as the cast. Alan, Reva, Jonathan, and Lizzie did a great job. Alan we are finding out is human and has feelings. Reva is exceptional, and Jonathan and Lizzie were so themselves that is was a pleasure to watch.

    Posted by delores1 at Wednesday, November 22 2006 02:06 PM

    I have a feeling that Philip is coming back soon. His name keeps coming up and usually when that happens the person returns. Does anyone agree ?

    Posted by JackieMar at Wednesday, November 22 2006 03:21 PM

    I'm confused - can someone please fill me in. I haven't seen GL since Reva supposedly died? Did she or did she not - I'm confused

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