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5.15.08, 2:30 AM
Wednesday's Wishful SHUIS Summary and Pics of the Day...

Luis stops himself before he can open the kitchen door. He asks what he is doing. Theresa tells him that he is going to ask the woman that he loves to spend the rest of her life with you. Then she asks him if he is afraid…..not Pilar’s son, the bravest cop on the Harmony police force? Luis tells her that it is not fear, even if his knees do get weak every time that Sheridan is in the room. Theresa wants to know what it is then. Luis says that it is about timing. “Yes, Sheridan and I do love each other very much. Yes, I do want to have children with her and spend the rest of my life with her. I just don’t want to start out on the wrong foot.” Theresa wants to know what would be wrong with getting married with Ethan and her. Luis tells her that it is her wedding. He and Sheridan will get married if they make up their minds to do so but not because Theresa’s fortune said there was going to be two brides and two grooms. Theresa tells Luis that the main reason she wanted them to get married right away is that they are perfect for each other. They always have been. She knew it from the start! Luis says, “Oh, did you now?” Theresa is grinning as she replies, “Yes, it was crystal clear to everybody but you. I can’t believe how long it took you two to figure it out.” Luis is looking rather frustrated as he says, “Then I guess we are meant to be together seeing s how we are both so dense.” Theresa excitedly replies, “Exactly, which is why you should get married sooner rather than later.” Luis tells her that is not a reason to get married. I’ve made up my mind. Sheridan and I will get married on our own timetable, not yours, not anyone else’s. Theresa says he sounds so serious. Luis says, “I am. I’ve made up my decision. There will be no wedding for me and Sheridan in the near future. That’s my decision. That’s final and you can take it to the bank.” Theresa just keeps smiling!

In the kitchen Sheridan tells Ethan that she believes with all her heart that she and Luis will get married, find a sweet little home, and start a family……just not right now. Ethan says that if she knows that she and Luis will end up together, why wait? Sheridan says because that’s what would make Luis feel more comfortable. Ethan suggests that she talk with Luis but Sheridan says that Luis is a very proud and stubborn man. Those are two of the things that she loves most about him. Even if she were to convince him to marry her now, she would always feel like she had pressured him into making a decision before he was ready to make one. Ethan asks if she is just going to push her feelings down and sacrifice what she wants for Luis. Is she just going to sit around and wait for this proud and stubborn man to propose? Sheridan says that Ethan knows her better than that. Ethan apologizes and says that he knows that she is a strong and independent woman.

Sheridan says that is why she is willing to wait for Luis. She has waited an entire lifetime to find a man like Luis. Surely, she can wait a little longer. Ethan tells her that is not what this is all about. It’s about finding the right person and taking a giant leap of faith together. He knows what it is like to take something for granted and have it snatched away from you in the blink of an eye. Ethan doesn’t want that to happen to Shuis, not if she really loves Luis.

In the living room, Luis tells Theresa that he has nothing against the head over heels our of your mind crazy kind of love. Theresa thinks that he does. She says that it sounds like he thinks marriage is some kind of adult obligation that you put off for as long as you can, like waiting until April 15th to file your taxes. Luis tells her that love is more than the last page of a fairytale that says they lived happily ever after. Luis walks to the other side of the room and turns around to face Theresa again as he says, “Love is something that just happens. It gets you in that love clutch and you can’t do anything about it. It’s out of your control.” Theresa says that is great. Luis says, “Yeah, it is. Marriage is a serious commitment you’ve got to take your time with. It’s one major decision in your life that you have a say in. It’s one thing to stand in a church and look down the aisle at the person you love. It’s another thing to know that you can keep those promises you make at the end of the aisle. When I put that ring on Sheridan’s finger, I want to mean every word I say about loving, honoring and respecting her. I don’t want to mess it up. I just want it to be right.” As Sheridan opens the door to enter the living room, she overhears Luis say this to Theresa, “Now, do you understand why I don’t think that I can ask her to marry me?” Sheridan looks like she has been slapped as she closes the door without being seen.

Once again Sheridan opens the swinging door, only to hear Luis say, “I think the worst thing I can do would be to marry Sheridan.” Ethan come up behind Sheridan and hears what Luis said. He pulls Sheridan back into the kitchen and closes the door. Ethan says that every time he gives Luis the benefit of the doubt, he does something to make him want to deck Luis. Luis knows that you want to get married now so why can’t he just step up to the plate and do it? He thinks that he should just go out there and talk to Luis. Sheridan says not to. She feels that she has already put enough pressure on Luis about marriage. When the time is right she believes that Luis will ask. Ethan asks what she is going to do until that happens. Sheridan says that she will enjoy what she and Luis have together right now. Ethan urges her to at least tell Luis how she feels.

Luis smiles down at Theresa and tells her to go ahead and make her wedding plans. He is sure that it will be perfect no matter what the budget is. He decides to go talk to Sheridan. As he enters the kitchen, Sheridan is telling Ethan not to worry about her because she is happy just being with Luis. Theresa jumps in and tells Sheridan and Ethan that she and Luis had the best talk about marriage. Luis says that it took a while but he finally got Theresa to understand. Theresa finishes, “That my brother is way too conservative and too careful for his own good. In love, like in life you sometimes have to take a deep breath and step off the end of the pier. More than ever, I am convinced that the four of us will have the most perfect double wedding.” Luis looks exasperated with Theresa while Sheridan smiles shyly and looks hopeful. Ethan just smiles.

Luis says that he thought that she understood where he was coming from. Theresa says that he made her realize what a big deal a wedding is and taking on an enormous responsibility. Luis thinks that he has gotten through to her after all when she continues, “Which is why I am going to do all of the organizing and planning. Sheridan can pitch in on the music and flowers and everything if she wants to, but you, you just have to show up on the big day. You’ll see. This is going to be the most perfect double wedding that has ever happened in Harmony. Luis laughs and tells Ethan that he hopes he sees what he will be getting into if he marries Theresa. Ethan tells Luis that Theresa has made him a believer. When Theresa says something will happen, it usually happens. Luis looks at Sheridan and says that ET are two of a kind. So it seems. Luis replies, “Thank God that you and I are sensible enough not to base our future on a piece of paper in a fortune cookie.” Sheridan replies that she wouldn’t want to do that after what her fortune said. Luis goes to the refrigerator but turns to look at Sheridan, “Exactly! The important thing is not that my sister doesn’t understand why we are not ready to get married but that you and I do.” Ethan again advises Sheridan to tell Luis how she feels, really feels. He tells her that she should tell Luis that she wants to get married now but she says that she can’t. Luis has to want it on his own.

Having found what he was looking for in the refrigerator, Luis rejoins the others. He doesn’t know what to say to Theresa anymore. She tells him to just say YES. She tells the group that she dreamed of a double wedding and she is positive that it will happen. Ethan says that the best way to deal with Theresa is to just say “yes”. He turns to Luis and asks, “What’s it going to be, Luis, are you going to be wearing a tux or a cut a way?” Sheridan raises her eyebrows as she looks toward Luis for his answer.

Sheridan and Luis are dressed in their coats walking out the front door of the Lo-Fitz house. Luis asks Sheridan if she can believe those two and she replies that they certainly belong together. Luis looks rather awkwardly toward Sheridan as he announces that he will go get the car. As Sheridan stands in the front yard waiting for Luis, she says, “I wish Theresa could make a believer of Luis. I would give anything to have a double wedding.” She looks dreamily towards the heavens as she pulls her coat and scarf closer around her neck.

To be continued……….

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5.16.08, 2:03 AM
Shuis arrive at the cottage. As they take off their coats, Luis is commenting about Theresa not giving up when she gets something in her head…..like a bulldog. Sheridan says that she is persistent. Luis says that it the word! It doesn’t matter what we said, she’s still convinced that we’re going to have a double wedding with her and Ethan. Sheridan says that she knows. Luis says that it is a crazy idea. Theresa is always talking about fate. She got that fortune that said two brides and two grooms so she is just convinced that is the way it’s going to be. Sheridan says that it is crazy. She could never get married because of something a fortune cookie said. Luis says that he couldn’t either, of course. He looks a little uncomfortable now so he asks Sheridan if she would like some wine. She quickly says that she’d love some. Luis goes to get the wine while Sheridan goes to her desk to check the mail. She spots the Magic 8 ball on top of her desk, picks it up, and asks, “Will Luis propose?” She shakes the ball and reads the answer, “Signs are good.” She smiles. Luis walks into the living room with the wine bottle and a couple of glasses. Sheridan tries to hide the ball behind her back but Luis sees it and asks what she has there. Sheridan just smiles.

Luis asks again what she has. She says that it is just something that she has had since college. It’s dumb. Luis asks her to let him see it. Then asks what it is. Sheridan tells him that it answers questions usually about what the future holds. Luis says that it is just a toy, right? No one is going to base their future on the answers it gives. Sheridan says of course not. She said that it was dumb. Luis teases a little by saying that it must have been some fun since she kept it since college. Luis decides to prove how silly it is. He thinks up a question and asks, “When will I get the car that I’m giving Ethan and Theresa for their wedding present?” Luis gives the ball a shake and waits for the answer. He reads it out loud, “It will happen today.” See, that proves it! Sheridan asks what it proves. Luis replies, “This thing is a joke. The car’s not going to be delivered till next week so there is no way I can get it tonight. Sheridan smiles at Luis and says that she didn’t know he was getting ET a car. Luis tells her how his friend is getting a new car and Luis is going to buy the old one when the new one is delivered next week. He is going to have it painted before he gives it to them. Sheridan thinks that is so sweet of Luis and she is sure that ET will be thrilled. Luis says that it has a lot of miles but the engine still runs good. Luis’ cell phone rings and he answers only to find that it is his friend that is getting the new car. The new car was delivered early so the one that Luis is buying is ready to be picked up today. Sheridan has her mouth open in a shocked look as she looks down at the Magic 8 ball in her hands.

Sheridan says that was weird. Luis agrees. Then he says, “No, Sheridan, it was just a coincidence. Sheridan says, “Yes, I’m sure you’re right. Just the same, you were so sure that the car wouldn’t be ready until next week and the 8 ball said it would be ready today.” Luis responds, “Sheridan, it was a coincidence. You’re scaring me.” Sheridan is surprised but asks if she really is. Luis says that she is starting to sound like his sister. Sheridan agrees that she is. She believes that Theresa’s belief in fate must be contagious. Luis laughs and says that he forgot the corkscrew so he goes back to the kitchen to get it. While he is gone, Sheridan says that she thinks it is more than a coincidence about the car. Maybe the ball can give her the answers that she needs. She asks a question, “Does Luis love me?” The 8 ball answers, “Absolutely!” Sheridan smiles. She asks another question, “Will there be a double wedding?” Once again the 8 ball gives her a great answer, “You’re right.” Sheridan now has a big smile on her face. Luis comes back with the corkscrew, halts, and asks why she is still playing with that thing. Sheridan tells Luis that it gave her a very interesting answer. Luis asks what the question was. Sheridan says that she will keep that a surprise for both of them. She then tells Luis that she has been thinking about a wedding gift for Ethan and Theresa. Now that Ethan is no longer a Crane and he doesn’t have much money……. Luis interrupts, “Which is why I thought that they should wait to get married. But I was out voted.” Sheridan says that nothing is going to stop them. She did figure out the perfect gift for them though, a honeymoon. Luis smiles and says, “Oh.”

Sheridan tells Luis that she has the perfect honeymoon for Ethan and Theresa. As she drops a bunch of books onto the coffee table, she tells Luis that it is a trip to Spain. She sits on the couch and looks at the books. Luis joins her with their wine. “Spain?” he asks. Sheridan says, “The most romantic country in the world. If I were getting married, I would want to go there.” Luis says, “Yeah, I know. I remember you showed me the slides of Spain. I always wanted to go there someday.” Shuis look at each other with such longing. Sheridan hopes that Ethan and Theresa feel the same way. Luis says that he doesn’t see how they can not. Sheridan decides to call them to find out. Sheridan tells Theresa that she is giving them their honeymoon and that they will be going to Spain. As she describes the places they will see and the things they will do, Luis dreams of being on his honeymoon with Sheridan.

As she hangs up the phone, Sheridan asks Luis if he could hear how excited ET were. Luis says that he could. Sheridan says that Theresa said that it was her dream honeymoon come true. Luis says that it is so romantic. That is where he would like to go on a honeymoon. He says that this all puts him in the mood for some music. As Luis gets up to put the music on, Sheridan looks at the Magic 8 ball and says, “I think you could be right.” As she puts the 8 ball down on the arm of the couch, the first strings of the music begin to play. Sheridan stands and comments, “A tango!” Luis says that he thought that they should brush up on the tango so they can teach ET before they go to Spain. Their tango begins as Sheridan moves into Luis’ arms. What a beautiful couple they make, sexy and sensual!
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Sheridan and Luis continue their tango, so in love and so happy together.
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As the tango ends, Luis picks Sheridan up in his arms. Sheridan asks if this is a new move. Luis says that this is the way all tangos should end. They kiss. Luis twirls Sheridan around playfully in his arms. Their happy laughter can be heard as Luis carries Sheridan off to the bedroom.

To be continued……….

5.16.08, 11:38 PM
Thanks, Ann. What a beautiful couple!

5.17.08, 1:37 AM
After dancing another steamy hot tango, Luis carries Sheridan into the bedroom.
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He continues to twirl her around even adding a dip here and there. They are happy and laughing all the way to the bedroom. Sheridan tells Luis to be careful of those bends. She doesn’t want him to throw his back out. Luis doesn’t think that would be good either. Sheridan says that Luis is going to need a strong back for tonight. Luis says that he likes the sound of that. Sheridan smiles and tells him that he is going to love more than the sound. Luis says “Ooohh…” and with Sheridan still in his arms, he twirls her around and does another bend. They laugh again until the finally fall on the bed. Sheridan says, “Now, THAT’s a new move. Luis says there are plenty more where that came from. Sheridan smiles at the thought of more moves as Luis tells her that he has moves that she hasn’t even imagined.

Sheridan and Luis are still laying on the bed kissing. Luis has taken his shirt off and he is kissing Sheridan’s neck. They are such sensual kisses and Sheridan loves it. Luis holds Sheridan’s hand on the bed as he does so often when he makes love with Sheridan (so far I haven’t seen this with the other couple, thank goodness.)

Sheridan and Luis’ song “Imagine” plays as Shuis lay in bed holding each other after making love. Sheridan says, “The way you make me feel. I’ve never felt anything like this. It’s…..” Luis completes her sentence, “It’s incredible.” The phone interrupts what Luis was about to say. Sheridan reaches for the phone but Luis says to let it ring. The answering machine picks up. It is the travel agent notifying Sheridan that the arrangements have been made for Ethan and Theresa’s honeymoon trip to Spain. Sheridan says that this is great, a honeymoon in Spain. Luis says that it is and that it is so generous of Sheridan to give ET a honeymoon. Sheridan says that she wants them to have a trip that they will always remember. She wants them to start their marriage off right. Sheridan props herself up on her elbow and looks at Luis. She doesn’t think that he sounds very enthusiastic. Luis says that it is just the way Theresa has been pressuring them about a double wedding. Sheridan says that she is certainly not pressuring him. He says that he knows that and he didn’t say she was. Sheridan answers, “You’ll know when the time is right, we both will. I love you and you love me and right now, that’s enough. It is more than enough. You know all this talk of honeymoons reminded me of what a friend of mine once told me. She said that honeymoon sex is much more intense than any other sex. Luis disbelievingly comments, “More than what we just experienced? Come on!” Sheridan says, “I know. I find that hard to believe, but just in case we weren’t imagining things, maybe we should…..” Luis says that yes, maybe they should try that out.

As Sheridan sleeps on Luis’ chest, he dreams about them returning from their honeymoon. In the dream, Luis says that his only regret is that he didn’t ask Sheridan to marry him sooner. Luis awakens from the dream and wonders if his dream is trying to tell him something. As he rubs his hand down Sheridan’s arm while she sleeps with her head and arm on Luis’ chest, he asks himself this question, “Will I regret not asking Sheridan to marry me right away?”

Luis gets up and moves to the living room in his forest green terrycloth robe. The song “Imagine” plays again. He looks at himself in the mirror and asks, “What’s the problem, Luis? What’s holding you back? You afraid…..or what? You love Sheridan, right? More than anything? More than anyone? So why? Five little words stuck in your throat. Simple to say. Why don’t you just say them? Sheridan, will you marry me? Nothing to it, right? Not so hard. Sheridan, will you marry me? Come on, Ok?” Sheridan has also gotten out of bed and is standing in the doorway of the living room in her red robe watching Luis as he practices proposing. Luis continues talking to himself, “Not so hard. Try again. Once more. Sheridan, will you marry me? It’s getting easier.” Luis gets down on one knee and asks in a more serious tone, “Sheridan, will you marry me?” Sheridan smiles the biggest and most radiant smile on face as she whispers to herself, “Yes, Luis, I will marry you.”

To be continued……….

5.17.08, 11:13 PM
Thanks, Ann. They'll always be Passions Supercouple!

5.17.08, 11:40 PM
Sheridan stands in the living room doorway watching Luis who is down on one knee practicing his proposal to Sheridan.
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Luis gets up and asks himself what is holding him back. “She’s the only woman for you, you know that. Why can’t I just ask her to marry me? It’s a simple question. Sheridan, will you marry me?” Luis turns toward the doorway and sees Sheridan. She smiles.

Luis says that he didn’t see her standing there. She says that she knows. He asks her when she came in. She responds, “Oh, just now. I saw you pacing. It looks like something was troubling you.” Luis smiles and rubs his neck and says, “Yes, there is something on my mind.” Sheridan asks, “Anything I can help you with?” He replies, “No, it’s nothing bad.” Sheridan quickly replies, “Oh, well, that’s good. I’m glad.” Luis asks, “You didn’t hear?” Sheridan asks, “What?” Luis says that he just thought that she might have overheard him. Sheridan tells him that she is a good listener if he has anything that he wants to get off his chest. She walks over to stand very close to Luis. He tells her that he knows that she is a good listener and, “It’s important to me that you know exactly how I feel.” Sheridan says that is important to her, too. Luis says, “Right” and takes Sheridan’s hand and leads her to the couch where they have a seat. Luis begins to explaining, “You know that we’ve had a lot of discussions about our future. We’ve pretty much talked it to death.” Sheridan laughs before Luis continues, “You know how we know what we have is special and that we will both know when the time is right.” Sheridan says, “I believe that.” Luis continues, “Yes, I think that maybe there is something more we should talk about. I think there is something I want to ask you. No, I know there is something that I want to ask you.” Sheridan responds so hopefully, “All right.” Luis says, “And the answer to this question will change both of our lives forever.” Luis looks so cute and nervous while Sheridan can’t keep from smiling that radiant smile.

Sheridan asks, “What is it, Luis? What do you want to ask me?” Luis looks at her and says, “All right. It’s uhhh……It’s just that I know we love each other.” Sheridan quickly and unhesitatingly replies, “Yes!” Luis continues, “And I know that you’re the only one for me. That’s it. You are the only one. You are my one and only love.” Sheridan replies, “I feel the same way about you.” Luis is almost giddy as he says, “See. You feel the same way. This is great.” He sighs and says, “I’m not making any sense here.” But Sheridan thinks that he is making perfect sense. Luis carries on, “What I am trying to say is what we have is so very special.” Sheridan replies, “To find a love like ours if very rare.” Luis responds, “We are very lucky.” “Yes, very lucky.” Luis says, “We should take advantage of that luck. We should not waste a day.” Sheridan interjects, “Carpe diem.” Luis says, “That’s right. Which is why I know this is what I have to do now. I know it. Take advantage of it. I know now what I have to ask you.” Luis looks at Sheridan who looks so radiant and so happy, then says that he has to do this right as he kneels on one knee and takes both of Sheridan’s hands into his. She sighs and says, “Oh, Luis,” so softly that you can hardly hear her. They smile as they look into each other’s eyes.
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Just as Luis opens his mouth again to ask Sheridan that important question, the phone rings. Luis says that is his cell phone. Sheridan suggests that he ignore it. Luis says that it could be about Charity who is still missing. Sheridan tells him that he better answer it. Luis gets up, crosses the room to retrieve the phone from his coat pocket. It is a hysterical Pilar telling him to come to the Bennett house. He tries to question her but she just tells him to hurry. As Luis hangs up, Sheridan asks what is wrong. Luis tells her that something has happened at the Bennett house. He has to go over there. He heads toward the bedroom. Sheridan says that she will go with him. Luis stops and turns to face Sheridan. He takes her hands in his and says, “Sheridan, what we were just talking about……” Sheridan says, “It’s all right. You’re needed. Let’s go.” Luis smiles, caresses her neck, says that he loves her and kisses her before they head to the bedroom to get dressed.

Sheridan and Luis arrive at the Bennett house. They enter Charity’s bedroom. As Luis hugs his mother, Sheridan looks toward the closet. With wide eyes she squeezes Luis’ arm to get him to look there, too. Luis utters, “What the he!!” under his breath. The demon answers Luis, “Right you are, Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald. You are looking in to he!! Perhaps sooner than you think, you will join us. Sheridan asks, “Who is that?” Luis says that he has no idea. Sheridan says that he knew Luis’ name and Sam corrects her that it is not a he but it. Luis asks Sam what is going on there. Sam tells Luis to look into he11 and shows him where Miguel, Charity and Kay are being held. Luis doesn’t like what he sees. Reese explains that everything that they told Luis was true. The demon has Charity and Kay and is taking Miguel away. The demon spews fire so the men rush to protect the women, Luis rushes to Sheridan, of course. Sam yells for everyone to cover their eyes.

Sam and Luis are going to find out what is going on as they approach the closet again. Gargoyles fly out of the closet and make everyone fall to the floor. Luis again rushes over to Sheridan. As they all lay on the floor, the ceiling begins to cave in. Sam thinks that the whole house is falling apart around them. They need to get out now.

To be continued……….

5.19.08, 12:06 AM
In Charity’s bedroom, Sheridan asks Luis what is happening. He doesn’t have any idea. Sam tells Luis that they need to get everybody out of there. The house is falling down around them. As they escape Charity’s room, the demon says that they are all going to hell. Sam tells them all that they must leave the house. Luis and Sam are going to stay and try to save the teens. Sheridan refuses to leave Luis when he tells her to leave. The house starts shaking again so Sam tells the guys to get the women out now.

Pilar hugs Luis and begs him to be careful. She doesn’t want to lose two sons. Sheridan wants Luis to go outside with her. He says that he has to save his brother. He asks her to please understand. She does but she is so afraid. This is so dangerous. Luis says, “I’m a highly trained professional. Danger is my middle name.” Sheridan who is in tears replies, “Don’t joke. If anything happened to you….” Luis says that it won’t and tells he to go and to hurry. Sheridan begs him to please be careful as she leaves. Luis joins Sam at the door to Charity’s room.

As Reese and the women run out into the backyard, he spots Tabitha in her lounge chair eating pop corn. Eve, TC and Chad have arrived followed by Ethan and Theresa. Grace and Pilar take turns trying to explain to the new arrivals what is happening in the house. Luis and Sam discuss what they can do to save their loved ones. Sam says the only way is to go into the fires of hell.

Outside, Pilar and Sheridan try to convince Ethan that hell is in the house and demons have Miguel, Charity and Kay. TC asks about Sam. As soon as he asks, fire shoots out of the house. Sheridan screams Luis’ name as some of the others just scream. TC, Chad and Ethan go into the house to find Sam and Luis. Sam wants to go into hell by himself but the others won’t let him. They all want to help.

Theresa calls Whitney to tell her what is happening. Sheridan hears Theresa talking about whether to wait until her wedding night to make love to Ethan. She offers advice and tells Theresa that she should wait. Sheridan says, “Wait. I wish that I had. Now that I’ve met Luis, I wish that I had never been with another man. I wish that I had waited for him because nothing can compare to the feeling you get when you know you’re with the love of your life. It’s so special.”

Sam ties a rope around his waist to go into hell. Luis tells Ethan what a good man his father is. He would risk his life for anyone.

Outside, the women begin to pray. Sam asks TC to tell Grace and his family that he loves them. He opens the door and enters. Ethan stands too close to the door and is knocked into the room when the house shakes. As he stands up, demons grab him from behind and try to pull him into hell. Luis tries to hold Sam back.

Outside, Reese notices that Tabitha is not praying with the others so he demands that she pray to prove that she is not a witch. Tabby looks like she is going to faint so she asks Sheridan and Theresa to take her home. Whitney arrives as they reach Tabby’s front porch. Tabby invites the three of them in for tea. None of the girls want to join Tabby but she insists. Upstairs, as the other men hold the rope, Sam tries to reach Ethan to pull him to safety. Luis has an idea so he and Chad rut to the church and ask Fr. Lonigan for help. They tell Fr. L. what has been going on at the Bennett house. Chad is amazed that Fr. L. believes them. LOL! Luis explains that he shot at one of the demons and it went right through him. Fr. Lonigan says that weapons of this world will not work but he gives them a bottle of holy water to use to fight the evil.

At Tabby’s house, Sheridan wants to go back to Luis but Tabby, Theresa and Whitney convince her to stay. They don’t want to be in the way over there. Tabby tells Timmy that she is going to have fun shattering her guests’ dreams. Tabby also tells Timmy, “Sheridan and Theresa think they are going to have a double wedding. Not in this lifetime.” She turns around and tells the girls that she has a trick to take their minds off things. She is going to read their tea leaves.

Sam loses his grip on Ethan when the demon spits fire. Luis and Chad arrive with the holy water. Luis opens the bottle and douses the demons holding Ethan. They release Ethan and everyone rushes to safety in the hallway. Ethan is grateful to Sam for saving his life.

At Tabby’s house, Sheridan says that she doesn’t know about reading tea leaves to tell the future. She doesn’t think she wants to do that. Theresa says that it will be fun and will take their minds off what is happening at the Bennett’s house. Sheridan thinks about being with Luis. She remembers him giving her the rose during the hypnosis session and the sleigh ride when they couldn’t have any strenuous activity. Whitney remembers what the fortune teller told her at the carnival so she doesn’t want to have anything to do with this. Theresa tells her that the fortune teller told her that she would marry a man with the last name C and that was true. Sheridan says but Ethan is no longer a Crane. Whitney said that she had already told Theresa that but she says that he was a Crane at the time. As Sheridan and Whitney stand behind her, Theresa sits at the table with Tabby waiting to have her tea leaves read.

To be continued……….

I didn't find any caps to go along with these episodes so here is a picture of Galen and McKenzie at a celebration when Passions taped their 1000 episode. They certainly look happy. What beautiful smiles on both of them!
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5.20.08, 12:36 AM
Tabby looks at Theresa’s tea leaves and tells her that the fortune teller was right. There will be a wedding soon and she will be Mrs. Crane. Wedding bells will ring for Theresa. Whitney is skeptical but Tabby says, “Theresa will be married and what a wedding it will be!” Theresa can’t wait. Tabby thinks to herself, “I can’t either. The day you get married will be the most miserable day of your life. And after that, things will only get worse.”
Theresa talking to Sheridan and Whitney says, “Can you believe it. I’m getting married and soon.” Whitney replies, “Theresa, you don’t need Tabitha to tell you that you’re getting married to Ethan. Everyone knows that.” Theresa says, “It’s nice to have it confirmed. You never know what could happen between now and the wedding day.” Tabby says under her breath, “Could and would, Theresa.” She laughs.

Luis and Chad tell Eve that Ethan is safe thanks to Sam and TC.

Theresa asks Tabitha to look at her tea leaves again. She wants to know when she will marry Ethan. Tabby tells her that her wedding day is just around the corner. When Theresa excitedly says, “All my dreams are going to come true”, Tabby whispers to herself, “Or your worst nightmare.” Whitney and Sheridan want to go back to the Bennett’s but Tabby fakes another fainting spell to keep them there. Tabby says that she sees something else in the cup. Theresa wants to know what it is. Tabby says that it is about all three of the girls. She says that it is something about a double wedding. Theresa is all excited because it is exactly what the fortune cookie predicted. Theresa knows that she is one of the brides but it the other one Sheridan or Whitney? Whitney knows that it is not her. She and Chad haven’t been going out that long. Despite what Whitney says, Theresa asks Tabby to read Whitney’s tea leaves to see if she is the other bride at Theresa’s wedding.
Tabitha dumps out the tea leaves but Whitney stops her before she can read them. She doesn’t want any fortunes read and goes off to check on the others at the Bennett house. Sheridan tries to follow Whitney but Theresa stops her. She wants Sheridan to stay to find out if she will be the other bride. Sheridan wants to find out but she says, “I can’t believe I’m putting any faith in this after every experience I’ve had with predictions have been negative.” Theresa tells her to forget about the fortune cookie from earlier. Sheridan says, “Actually, I wasn’t even thinking about that. The first time I had my fortune told I was just a little girl. I was playing in the park with my nanny. There was an old woman sitting on a bench. She was just staring at me and it scared me because I thought she was a witch.” Sheridan remembers her experience with the old woman who was Tabitha, of course. The old woman told Sheridan, “I regret to tell you that one day your heart is going to be broken in love.” With the flashback over, Sheridan says that she hadn’t thought of that in so long. She looks over at Tabby and says that the woman looked just like Tabitha. Sheridan then says, “Whoever the old woman was, she was right. I’ve had my heart broken so many times, I’ve lost count.” Theresa tells Sheridan that is because she was never truly in love before Luis. She thinks that Sheridan could be the other bride at the double wedding. Theresa picks up Sheridan’s cup and asks Tabby what do Sheridan’s tea leaves say?

Tabby takes the cup from Theresa and dumps the leaves in the saucer. Theresa asks her what she sees. She wants to know if Sheridan and Luis will be the other couple at the double wedding. Tabby tells her to give her some time to make sense of this. Theresa again asks Tabby if Sheridan is the other bride. Tabby replies, “I see Sheridan on a sunny beach. It’s a foreign country, I think.” Sheridan asks if it is Spain. Theresa says that it must be which means that Sheridan and Luis are going to be on their honeymoon in the same place that Sheridan is sending her and Ethan. Tabby says that she can’t say for sure that the place is Spain but you are with a man, Sheridan. Theresa asks if the man is tall, dark and handsome. That’s her brother Luis. Sheridan says that it better be Luis. Tabby replies that the man is Luis. Theresa is so excited and says, “I knew it! Sheridan and Luis are in Spain on their honeymoon. Is that what you’re seeing, Tabitha?”

Whitney walks into the Bennett back yard and gives Chad a hug. Luis is with him. Whitney tells them that she just came from Tabby’s house and that Theresa and Sheridan are still there. Tabby is reading everyone’s tea leaves. Luis says, “Oh great! That’s just what Theresa needs. She’s gonna believe it if its what she wants to hear.” Whitney sighs, “Yeah, how did you guess. Tabitha is predicting a double wedding in Theresa’s future.” Luis smiles, “That’s funny. It is the second time I’ve heard that tonight. Chad puts his arm around Whitney and says, “Don’t look at us. We still got a couple of dates to go on. Looks like it’s gonna be you and Sheridan, Dude.” Luis smiles, “I’ll let you know.” Chad says, “Check it out, Whitney. He’s not denying it.” Luis says, “Like I said, I’ll let you know if there’s anything to know.”

Back at Tabitha’s house, she says, “Yes, yes, now I see it. Sheridan and Luis are on their honeymoon. Theresa practically jumps up and down, “Now, do you believe me that you are going to be the other bride and groom?” Sheridan says that she doesn’t know. Theresa asks, “What more proof do you need, Sheridan?” Sheridan answers, “More than a tea leaf reading. No offense, Tabitha. If I’m not going to believe in my fortune cookie then I’m not going to put stock in this either. No one can predict the future.” Theresa tells her not to think of it as a fortune telling but destiny. These tea leaves are telling you that you and Luis are meant to end up together just like she and Ethan. Sheridan says, “Tabitha said that she saw me and Luis on our honeymoon but she didn’t say when.” Tabby tells Sheridan to listen carefully. “I’ll see if I can narrow it down for you. It looks as if it’s going to take place in a matter of weeks.” Sheridan looks shocked and can only say, “WOW!” Theresa says, “You see! That’s when Ethan and I are going to get married and it looks like you are, too. I can’t wait to tell them.” Sheridan answers, “I just hope they are all right.” Sheridan and Theresa are already walking out of the room when Theresa turns back and thanks Tabitha for everything. Tabby smiles and says to herself, “You wouldn’t thank me if you knew what else was in store for you, Theresa.” She laughs.

Outside, everyone exits the Bennett house. Luis wants to know about the kids. Sam says they are still trapped. They have to come up with a more realistic plan. Luis asks, “Realistic? Demons are holding my little brother and your girls I hell. If I hadn’t seen this with my own eyes, I wouldn’t believe it.” Ethan comes into the yard and asks about Theresa. Chad tells him that Whitney left Theresa and Sheridan over at the "nut job’s house looking at tea leaves". (I just died laughing when Chad said that. I had forgotten that he had ever said such a thing and had to rewind to hear it and laugh again!)

Tabby is laughing as she says, “Little does Theresa know that her wedding day will be the most miserable 24 hours of her life. True, Sheridan and Luis will be honeymooning on a sunny beach. Trouble is she’ll be dead.”

Sheridan and Theresa are happy to see Luis and Ethan. As they hold hands, Sheridan tells Luis that she is sorry he wasn’t able to get Miguel and the girls out. Luis says they are not giving up yet. They are going to do everything they can. Sheridan says, “Promise me that you’ll be careful. (She caresses his cheek.) I don’t know what I would do if anything were to happen to you. Luis smiles, “Don’t worry. Nothing can ever keep us apart.” They kiss.

To be continued……….

No clips from these episodes so here is one of the SOW covers that featured some of the cast during the mine shaft and ball of fire incident. Sheridan is in the dress for the "most romantic night". McKenzie looks gorgeous as does Galen.
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5.20.08, 7:43 PM
Thanks, Ann. Great summary and beautiful pictures!

5.20.08, 11:55 PM
Hank arrives home after being away helping the FBI with more drug dealers. Luis, Sheridan, Ethan and Theresa try to catch him up on the happenings in Harmony while he has been away. He finds their tales unbelievable but offers to help. Father Lonigan says the only one who can help save the teens is one sent by God. Enter Timmy with the demon claw to save the day. He is walking toward Charity’s bedroom.

Hank looks over at Luis with his arm around Sheridan and ET in each other’s arms and says that it looks like a lot has happened while he was gone. He says that Sheridan and Luis look closer than ever and that not only does it look like Luis knows about ET being in love but he has accepted it. Theresa tells Hank that not only has Luis given them his blessing to get married but they are going to get married with her brother and Sheridan.

Hank congratulates the four of them. Luis tells Hank, “Theresa is jumping the gun, as usual. We haven’t decided on a double wedding. We haven’t even decided if we’re going to get married yet. Sheridan turns to look at Luis as he stands behind her and says, “No, not yet.” Theresa leans toward Hank and quietly says, “Luis has a hard time facing facts some times.” Luis asks, “Fact? What facts?” Theresa answers, “Everything points to us having a double wedding.” Luis tells Theresa, “You need to ease off here. Sheridan and I have a lot to discuss before our wedding, double or otherwise. Once we find out that Miguel and the girls are all right, we can finish our conversation that we started at the cottage.” Sheridan flashes back to Luis trying to propose to her before they were interrupted. She says, “I can’t wait to pick up where we left off.” Sheridan’s eyes are sparkling as she looks up at Luis. Luis looks like he wants to kiss her but only says…ummmmm.

As Luis looks over blueprints of the house spread out on the table, Sheridan tells Hank that Luis is so frustrated. You can tell how badly he wants to go back inside to rescue Miguel and the girls. Hank tells her that have to wait to see what Fr. Lonigan says. Sheridan can’t believe what is happening. Hank can’t believe a lot of things that have happened since he left. He can see how Sheridan and Luis feel about each other and he is happy for them. He asks Sheridan what Luis meant when he said there was a conversation they had to finish. Sheridan tells him that Luis was at her place down on one knee. Hank asks if Luis was going to propose. Sheridan smiles wistfully as she tells Hank that she thinks so. Luis looks up toward Charity’s bedroom and says to himself that the wait is killing him. He wants to get his brother and those girls out of there.

Sheridan and Hank join Luis at the table as he looks over the blueprints again. Sheridan asks if there is any word yet. Luis says they are waiting on word from Fr. Lonigan before they can go back in. Hank comments to Luis that Sheridan is waiting, too. Sheridan looks horrified and says, “Hank!” But Hank continues telling Luis that he heard that he was down on one knee at the cottage. Luis looks at Sheridan then answers Hank, “Yes, I was about to ask a certain lady something but then I got a call to come here. Hank says that he hopes that Luis hasn’t forgotten the question he was going to ask Sheridan. Luis smiles and tells him, “No, Hank, it’s not the kind of question a guy forgets.” Sheridan says, “That’s a relief!” Luis looks at the house again and says that he can’t take it anymore. He’s going to find Sam and see if he will go back in with Luis. Sheridan grabs Luis’ arm and tells him that he can’t go back in there. She won’t let him go. Luis looks puzzled while Sheridan looks scared to death. Luis has to pry Sheridan’s hands off his arm. He tells her that it is going to be all right. Luis says, “Well, I guess that you know that I was going to propose.” Sheridan replies, “I was hoping.” Luis smiles and continues, “Yeah, but before I ask you that, there’s something we need to talk about…..something serious.” Sheridan asks what. Luis answers, “I’ve been putting it off but we can’t put if off any longer. If we’re going to get married, then we need to come to terms with something or we’re never going to stand a chance.”

Sheridan looks frightened as she comments, “Luis, you sound so ominous. What do you want to talk to me about?” Luis replies, “The way you reacted a minute ago. The way you grabbed my arm to keep me from going into the house.” Sheridan says, “I was afraid for you. I saw what went on in there. It was horrible. I didn’t want you to get hurt.” Luis says, “I understand but if you are going to be a cop’s wife, you have to learn how to reign in your emotions. You got to be in control.” “But you could have been in so much danger.” “I’m always in dangerous situations. Look, before we can even think about getting married, you got to ask yourself and be honest with yourself. Can you deal with being a cop’s wife?” Sheridan knows that she can handle being the wife of a cop but she will still be worried about him putting his life on the line every day. Luis says, “That is part of being a cop. You remember when I was your body guard?” Sheridan smiles that secret little smile and says, “I remember”. Luis goes on, “You remember all the crazy stuff I did to keep you healthy? (Now Luis smiles) Swinging from a cable wire outside the top floor of a hotel, running through the forest dodging bullets, jumping out of helicopters, stuff like that?” Sheridan replies, “But we were together then. We were a team. I felt like I had some control over the situation.” “As much as I would like to take you on patrol with me every day, I can’t.” Sheridan pouts and says, “I know, but I wish you could.” Luis smiles and acts like he is scolding her, “See, it’s stuff like that. I can’t have you out there worrying about me when I go to work every day. I’m a cop. I’m always in dangerous situations.” Sheridan looks like she gets a great idea and says, “But you don’t have to be a cop any more. I have money and once we are married it will be our money.” Luis quickly replies, “No, we’ve already talked about this. I will not live off your money. If I did that……..If I didn’t take responsibility for our lives, I wouldn’t be happy. I don’t think you’d be happy either. That’s not the kind of man you want to be with.” Sheridan gives Luis a sultry look as he replies, “Well, at least I would know you were safe.” Luis sees Fr. Lonigan and excuses himself.

Fr. Lonigan tells the gathered group that they can’t go into the house now. An Angel has sent someone who is trying a rescue on his own right now. Luis asks, “An angel sent someone?” just as Timmy enters Charity’s room.

As demons fly through the walls, a police officer from the SWAT team arrives to tell Sam that the shields he asked for are here. Sam pulls Luis away from kissing Sheridan to tell him about the new bullet proof and fire proof shields. They are going to use those to go back into the house against Fr. Longman’s advice. Sheridan once again tells Luis not to go. Luis tells her that if she can’t let him do his job, there is no future between them. Sheridan hugs Luis close and tells him she loves him. He says that he loves her, too, but he has to go. Sheridan lets him go.

As the men try to enter the house with the shields, the women and Fr. Lonigan pray. Upstairs, standing in front of the closet, Timmy puts his hand back to throw the claw into the portal to hell when Tabby appears and grabs his arm to stop him.

The women all run to the front of the house. When Sheridan sees Luis, she runs to hold him close. Sam wants to try again. He goes to the door by himself. Luis holds a tearful Sheridan as he tells her, “Sheridan, I know how scared you are but I can’t let Sam do this alone. I have to go with him. Miguel is in there.” With tears in her eyes, Sheridan tells Luis that she understands. Luis kisses Sheridan and tells her that he loves her before he goes to stand beside Sam. All the other men say they are going with Sam, too. Sam tells them to stick together. As they enter the house using their shields, they are greeted by more demons that are ready to kill them.
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The demons spew fire at the men and melt their “impenetrable” shields. Upstairs, Timmy has his hand cocked once again preparing to throw the demon claw into the portal to hell as Tabby begs him not to do it because he will be destroying them, too.

Sheridan and Theresa stand looking at the flames inside the house. Sheridan says that it seems like Luis, Ethan and the others have been gone forever. Theresa says she hopes they are saving Miguel, Charity and Kay. Chief Bennett is a good leader. The girls are both teary-eyed. Sheridan says that she feels sorry for Grace for all that she has been through lately. “It’s strange that even with everything bad that is going on, I actually feel optimistic. I’m sure the men will rescue Miguel and the girls. Theresa says she feels the same way. It must be because they are in such wonderful relationships. She just knows that they are going to have a double wedding just like her fortune cookie said. Sheridan hopes that Theresa is right.

In the Bennett living room, Sam doesn’t care that he no longer has a shield. He is still going upstairs. Everyone turns toward the stairs but the demons send fireballs shooting at them causing them to retreat outside. Fr. Lonigan tells everyone that they must pray for the creature who was sent to save the children. He is their only hope. Upstairs, Timmy throws the claw as hard as he can into the closet. Tabby says that he has destroyed everything including them. She tells Timmy that he doesn’t know what he has done.

To be continued……….

5.21.08, 4:17 PM
Thanks, Ann!

5.22.08, 12:19 AM
Shuis and ET sit together in the Bennett’s backyard talking about what just happened in the house. Luis says that he can’t believe how strong those demons were. They melted their shields in seconds. Sheridan tells him that she is just glad that he made it out alive. Theresa chimes in with “Me, too!” Eve brings the first aid kits around and the women all clean and bandage the wounds of their men.

The men all want to go back to attempt another rescue. Fr. Lonigan again tells them that the creature sent by the angel is the only one who can save the children.

On the docks, Julian and Rebecca meet with the Luis imposter in order to work out a plan to split up Sheridan and Luis again. Julian is sure that this plan will work so he won’t have to kill Sheridan. Rebecca takes a liking to the Luis look a like and volunteers to be the woman with Luis when Sheridan catches them in bed together. LOL! Of course, Julian says they need a younger woman.

As Sheridan hugs Luis, she tells him to be careful and to please come back to her. Luis smiles down at her, “Don’t you ever worry about that. I’ll always come back.” Sheridan touches his face as she tells him, “I love you, Luis.” Luis tells her that he loves her. They tenderly kiss. As Sheridan watches Luis walk toward the house, she thinks about some of the special moments she has spent with Luis. We get a beautiful Shuis montage to Van Morrison’s “Someone Like You” ( I remember we were busy buzzing on the boards hoping that something was not going to happen to Sheridan or Luis because it was JER’s custom to throw us a bone like a nice montage before something bad happened. LOL! ) We got to see clips from the Paris adventure, the first time Shuis made love, the most romantic night (dinner and undressing and in bed as well as the scenes of them kissing before Luis left with Agent Freeman), the sleigh ride, Luis picking Sheridan up for the ET engagement party, the Boston jail cell kiss, the romantic bubble bath, and the kiss in the vault when the door opened. As the montage ends, Sheridan prays, “Please God, keep him safe.”

There are still so many flames that are preventing the men from going into the house so Luis suggests they call for the fire department. The women decide that they should do whatever they can to support their men. They join the men at the side of the house.

As Sheridan helps Luis into his fireman uniform, Luis says that should do it. Sheridan says, “I know I’ve already said this but I’m going to keep saying it till this is over.” Luis stops her with “Don’t worry, I’ll be careful.” Sheridan says further, “Promise me.” Luis assures her, “Nothing’s gonna happen to me. Nothing’s gonna take me away from you. I love you too much.” Luis puts his gloved hand out to touch her mouth and chin as he leans in for another kiss.

The adults see Miguel, Charity, and Kay in the kitchen window but he flames surround the house preventing them from getting out and the men from getting in. The house begins to sink into the ground with the teens trapped inside.

Ethan spots Julian near the Bennett house. He leaves Theresa to talk with Julian. Theresa sees Sheridan standing alone watching the men near the house. As she joins Sheridan the two hug each other. Sheridan tells Theresa that she is so glad that Sam stopped Ethan from going into the house. She asks Theresa if Ethan is all right. Theresa says no, he is going out of his mind not being able to do anything. Sheridan says that Luis is, too. Theresa says that she doesn’t know what their mother will do if she loses Miguel. Sheridan tells Theresa that they can’t think like that. They have to just keep praying. Behind the women, the ground cracks open and Sheridan and Theresa scream as they fall backwards into the hole.

Chad interrupts Ethan to tell him about Sheridan and Theresa falling into the crack. As they run back to where Luis and Hank are laying on the ground talking to Sheridan and Theresa, Sheridan says that she is so afraid. It is dark down there. Luis says that he knows but they are going to get them out of there. Luis asks if either of them was hurt in the fall. Theresa says they are fine. Luis says, “Good. I’m going to reach my hand down as far as I can and I want you to reach up as far as you can and try to grab it.” Sheridan’s voice, “I can’t see anything.” Luis says, “It’s ok. Just reach up as far as you can.” Sheridan, “I’m trying.” Theresa, “You’re too far away.” Hank chimes in, “No, we are close. We’ll have you out in a minute.” Luis yells, “Sheridan, listen to me. Are you reaching up as far as you can?” “Yes, but we’re too far down, Luis.” Pilar rushes over to Luis, Ethan and Hank. She is hysterical and begs Luis not to let Theresa die, too. Luis says that he won’t but she has to get back so they can do their job. When Chad comes back with the rope they need, Luis asks Whitney to take Pilar away from the edge. Luis ties the rope around himself so the others can lower him into the hole. As Luis jumps into the hole, Ethan says that they need to hurry before the earth moves again. If it shifts they would be squeezed to death in that hole. Ethan yells to Sheridan and Theresa that they are coming for them.

As Luis dangles just above them, Sheridan and Theresa reach out to try to reach him to pull them to safety. The ground shakes again and they are knocked down. Sheridan helps Theresa up, the men lower Luis a little more and Luis able to grab Theresa. He yells for the others to pull him up as he has Theresa. Sheridan looks so frightened as she watches them leave her behind in the dark. She is claustrophobic. On the surface, Sam says that Luis looks beat so he offers to go down to get Sheridan but Luis says that he is fine and he is going to get Sheridan. The men lower Luis into the hole again. When Sheridan sees him she begins to laugh and cry with relief. Luis and Sheridan latch onto each other and Luis yells, “Beam us up, Scotty.” When they reach the surface, Luis holds Sheridan close and asks if she is all right. She looks up at Luis and says, “You did it again. You saved my life again.” They kiss and hold each other for dear life.
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To be continued……….

5.22.08, 10:37 AM
Thanks, Ann!

5.23.08, 12:40 AM
Inside the Bennett house, even as it sinks further into the ground, Charity pays. The family and friends gathered outside each mourn for the teens and each blame themselves for not being able to do more to rescue their loved ones. As the house disappears from view they each call out/cry out the name of their loved ones trapped in the house. Everyone tries to comfort each other.

Luis releases Sheridan’s hand as he, Fr. Lonigan, and Reese walk to the edge of the huge hole, followed closely by Sheridan, Ethan, and Theresa. Luis says, “The house just swallowed them up…..Miguel, Charity, and Kay….gone.” He reaches behind him to find Sheridan’s hand which he grips for comfort. He turns to look at her as she says, “We’ve seen so many strange things tonight. Maybe this is not the end. Maybe Miguel and Charity’s love will save them yet.” Theresa says that she believes in love but how can it overcome this? Fr. Lonigan tells them not to give up hope. They must have faith, hope and pray. Everyone falls to their knees and begins praying with Fr. Lonigan asking God to bring their loved ones home.

Luis has an idea so is calling for construction equipment to dig into the hole in an effort to free the teens. Sheridan hears someone moaning and tells Luis. He hangs up to investigate. They find Miguel walking out of the bushes. Everyone rejoices that Miguel made it out but they soon what to know where the girls are. Miguel tells them what happened. The Angel appeared to them and told them the prayers of their family and friends have saved them. She told them to follow the light.

Miguel tells Luis that he has to find Charity and Kay. He promised that he would save them. He told Charity that their love was strong enough to overcome anything. Luis tells Miguel to rest and he will get everyone there to split up and search for Charity and Kay. Suddenly, Kay walks into the backyard. Her family and friends run to hug her.

While looking for Charity, Sheridan says that maybe Charity will just appear out of nowhere like Miguel did. Luis hopes so. He tells her that Miguel and Charity are connected by an invisible thread and are meant to be together and since Miguel made it, Charity must, too. Sheridan says, “I’m sure love keeps people together for all time.” Luis says that he can’t argue with that. Whitney comments that Charity and Miguel’s love survived Hell, she can’t die now. Luis says that he sees something. They all run to the spot and find Charity on the ground looking quite dead. Luis leans over Charity’s still body and feels for a pulse. He thinks she may be dead. Miguel rushes over, takes Charity in his arms, and begs her not to leave him.

Miguel carries Charity back to the others. Eve examines Charity but says that she is not responding. Luis tells Sheridan that he hopes that Miguel’s love can bring Charity back. Miguel says to Charity, “We’ve made it this far, Charity. You can’t leave me now. I love you. We belong together forever.” Charity stirs, opens her eyes, and says, “I love you, too, Miguel. I’ll never leave you.” (Just another of the many things that have since been rewritten to accommodate having the wrong people together when it is totally impossible for them to be together and to love each other more than their soul mate, one true love.)

Hidden behind the bushes, Tabby is so mad that Charity survived. She says that she will destroy Charity and Miguel’s love if it is the last thing she does. While she is at it, she will destroy all the love in Harmony. “I’ll bring pain and death to Sheridan. I’ll torpedo Ethan and Theresa’s love. I’ll throw Chad and Whitney into utter confusion. I’ll make TC’s love for Eve drive him to murder. I’ll make Officer Sam prove his love but not to his wife. Speaking of Gracie, have I got a surprise for her!

Everyone is happy that Miguel, Charity and Kay are home and safe. Luis cuddles Sheridan from behind as she tells him, “We’ve won, Luis. Love triumphed over evil and Miguel and the girls are safe.” Luis replies, “Maybe you’re right. Maybe it is love that did it.” They both smile as Sheridan says, “I know it was.”
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After Eve examines the teens she announces that she sees no reason for them to go to the hospital. They are miracles. The Bennett family has a huge family hug and thank God that they have each other even though they lost their house.

Fr. Lonigan asks everyone to pray and thank God for saving the lives of their children. He also wants to pray for the small creature who gave his life to save them. Luis says that he always thought that Hell was just made up to keep children in line but now that he has seen it with his own eyes, he knows that it is real. Fr. Lonigan says they won the battle but there will be more to come. Hank and Luis tell Fr. L. not to scare everyone after all they have been through tonight. Luis says that they visited Hell with our own eyes and some of us went there. Pilar tells Luis that what Fr. Lonigan is trying to tell them is that there evil and not just in hell. Fr. Lonigan says that is right. There are people who do things that never think of the consequences and how much something might hurt others. They want something and just don’t care who they hurt in the process of getting what they want. TC comments to Eve that Fr. Lonigan must be taking about Ivy as Simone thinks that he is talking about Kay. LOL!

To be continued……….

5.24.08, 12:16 AM
As they walk around the Bennett yard talking about the events of the night, Hank knows that Luis has something on his mind that has nothing to do with the demons they fought that night. Luis asks Hank what his first clue was. Hank says that it was the fact that Luis can’t take his eyes off Sheridan for more than a minute at a time. Luis tells Hank that he wants to ask Sheridan to marry him and he is scared to death. Hank mocks, “You, Officer “I’m not afraid of anything that moves” Lopez-Fitzgerald is scared of a girl?” Luis answers, “But she’s not just any girl. Hank, I’m crazy about her.” Hank says to tell him something that he doesn’t already know. Luis obliges, “It’s taken a while to get to this point. I mean, I’ve always been crazy about her but, you know, it’s just that kind of commitment.” Hank says that it is heavy duty but Luis doesn’t have to explain anything to him. Luis continues, “Right. Then it hit me. What am I waiting for? I know that she’s the woman for me. If I sit on the dime too long, I may lose the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I don’t want to even think about what my life would be like right now without Sheridan in it.” Hank thinks that Luis’ nerves have gone the way of the demons tonight. They flew right out the window. Luis says that Hank is right but he is going to do it. When they get back to Sheridan’s place tonight he is going to ask the woman he loves to marry him. Luis’ has the biggest smile on his face.

Resuming their walk, Hank comments on remembering that Luis was going to marry Beth right out of high school. Luis says, “Yes, but this is different. I really cared for Beth but I love Sheridan.” Hank says that he was pretty wild about Sheridan himself. Luis hopes there are no hard feelings. Hank says there are no hard feelings and that he always wanted the best man to win. Sheridan walks toward the men looking for Luis but when she hears them talking about her, she stops behind the bush to listen. She hears Luis say, “It’s funny, you know. I always thought that love and marriage were two things that most people go through in life like getting your first paycheck or losing your virginity. Then wham! One day I run into Sheridan. She got under my skin from the first time I saw her. She drove me nuts.” Hank comments that he remembers that. Luis continues, “It was like one day I’d be screaming at her and the next I’m thinking about whether or not I want to make love to her. (Sheridan, peaking out from behind the bush, smiles a sweet smile. Her heart just melts as she hears Luis describing how he feels about her.) I didn’t even see it. It was right there in front of my face. She’s stubborn, strong and beautiful and fragile. There’s one reason, one important reason that I have to ask her to marry me, because I can’t live without her. (Sheridan is bursting with happiness which shows in her radiant smile.) I can’t imagine what it would be like to spend one day on this earth without her in my life. I love her.” Sheridan comes from behind the bush and tells Luis, “I love you, too, Luis.” Luis turns in her direction as she walks toward him. Sheridan smiles and Luis bends down to plant one amazing kiss on her.

Hank clears his throat as Shuis are still kissing. Luis says, “Sorry, Hank. I forgot you were there.” Then to Sheridan he asks, “How long were you standing back there listening to me spill my guts to Hank?” Sheridan thinks back to overhearing some of the things Luis said but she grins from ear to ear as she tells him, “I didn’t hear all that much…. Just that you kind of like me.” Luis grins and says, “You could say that.” He kisses her again and as they hold each other close, Luis looks over at Hank with a smile.

Again Hank clears his throat. Luis says that he is sorry….again. Hank tells him not to mind him since he is starting to get used to it. Shuis are holding hands, both hands. Then he asks Sheridan if he can take Luis away for a minute if he promises to give him back so they can pick up where they left off. When they have walked a few feet away, Hank says that he thought that Luis was going to ask the lady a certain question. Luis says that he is but this isn’t exactly the right place. Hank tells him to take her to the right place then when Luis remembers that he doesn’t have a ring. “Oh my God. Hank, I don’t have a ring. I’ve gotta have a ring to ask her to marry me.” Hank tells Luis that Sheridan isn’t interested in jewelry. She just wants Luis. (Hank was so right about that!) Luis says, “No, no, no….. if I want to spend the rest of my life with this woman, I’ve gotta do the right thing. Wait a second! My grandma….she gave me a ring years ago and I always said maybe one day I would give it to the woman I was gonna marry.” Hank says, “problem solved. But first, tell me exactly what it was that made you a romantic sap.” Luis points toward Sheridan and says, “You’re looking at her.” Luis smiles at Sheridan who is dreamily smiling up at the stars. Then Luis says, “Well what am I doing standing here talking to you? I gotta get this show on the road.” Luis starts to walk off when Hank says there is one more thing. He tells Luis that he needs to clean himself up. He is a mess! Luis laughs knowing that he is right. Then he says, “Look man, I gotta go. I gotta get ready to ask Sheridan to marry me. Thanks for everything.” Hank tells him not to mention it and that he is really happy that this finally happened for Luis. He hopes that someday he will find a girl who will turn him inside out the same way. Luis bets that he will. Luis looks over at Sheridan for about the tenth time now and says, “I almost feel guilty being so happy with everything else that went down here tonight.” Hank warns, “Get a ring on that woman’s finger before I decide to try to steal her again. “ Luis laughs and says that he is going. When Luis reaches Sheridan she asks what that was all about. Luis tells her that Hank just wanted to pick his brain. Then he asks Sheridan to get out of there. Sheridan replies that she thought he would never ask. The two of them walk off hand in hand.

At the Lopez-Fitzgerald house, Luis tells Sheridan that he needs to get something from his room and asks if she will be all right there in the living room. She replies that she will be fine and for him to take his time. As Luis leaves the room, Sheridan steps over to stand in front of the fireplace. She looks at the pictures on the mantle, picking up one of Luis and her. She calls out, “It looks like your mother has put out some new pictures.” Luis’ voice says, “Yeah, I don’t know where she finds the time.”
In Luis’ room, he sits on his bed and opens the drawer of his night stand to find the ring. He holds up a small dark red velvet jewelry bag. Luis picks up the ring and smiles to himself as he looks at it. He says, “Grandma’s ring. I hope Sheridan likes it.” Sheridan calls out to Luis, “Can I help you in there?” Luis says, “No, it’s all right. I’ll be right out.” He stuffs the ring into the pocket of his jeans, picks up his duffle bag, and smiles at the picture of Sheridan on his night stand before leaving his bedroom.
In the living room, Sheridan is looking at a picture of Luis and her from the mantle with the other family pictures.
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Sheridan says to herself, “Pilar has already accepted me as family.” She is still smiling as Luis walks into the room. She asks Luis if he got what he needed. He says he did. Luis sees the picture in Sheridan’s hand and comments, “Good looking couple, aren’t they?” Sheridan replies, “I don’t know about that but woman sure looks happy.” Luis says that the guy does, too. Sheridan then tells Luis that she loves this house as she walks around the room. Luis tells her that she doesn’t have to say that. Sheridan says, “No, I mean it. It’s so warm and cozy and it’s the exact kind of house that I want when we’re……….someday.” Luis says, “You grew up in a beautiful mansion with priceless art and furniture.” Sheridan replies passionately, “I would trade every last stick of it for the personal touches your mother has added to this house. I never felt as loved in the mansion as I do right here right now.” Luis puts his duffle bag down and asks, “You really think you could get by in a place like this?” Sheridan replies enthusiastically, “Get by? I would love it! As long as I am with you, it would be my dream come true.” Luis and Sheridan smile as they pull each other into a loving kiss.

(Such beautiful scenes and I just don’t understand why JER rewrote all of this and now has Luis with someone who is not his soul mate or true love. It makes me so sad that this beautiful couple, who was given such a beautiful story, will not end the show together as a couple and their love story took so many blatant, destructive, and unbelievable rewrites.)

To be continued……….

5.24.08, 9:49 AM
Thanks, Ann. Beautiful picture!

5.25.08, 1:15 AM
Sheridan and Luis arrive at the cottage. Luis puts his bag down and Sheridan asks if he is tired. He says that he is exhausted. It’s been a long day. Sheridan supposes that he wants to go to bed then. Luis says no, he thought they could stay up for a while. Sheridan asks if he wants to watch television. They sit down on the couch as Luis answers, “No, no. Tonight I want to tell you how …..no, that’s not right. Tonight I want to show you how much I love you.” Sheridan tells him that he doesn’t have to prove anything to her. Luis says, “Oh, I do. Tonight could be one of the most important nights of our lives and I want it to be perfect.” Luis pulls Sheridan to him for a kiss.

As their kiss ends, Sheridan asks Luis if he remembers what he wanted to ask her before they were called to the Bennett’s. Luis says that he remembers and he wants to pick up exactly where they left off. As Luis stands up, he tells Sheridan that he is going to get cleaned up and when he comes back they will pick up where they left off. Sheridan jumps up and grabs his arm and says, “No, no, you don’t have to get cleaned up. I like you when you’re dirty. (She manages to pull Luis back to the couch.) I mean, you’re fine just the way you are. We can talk now. You go first.” Luis smiles, takes her hands and says, “Sheridan, I want this to be perfect.” Sheridan has a big smile on her face as she releases his hands. He touches her nose before he goes off to the bathroom. Sheridan picks up the pillow, buries her head in it, and lets out a soft scream of frustration. She is still smiling as she bites the pillow and pulls it from between her teeth. LOL! (This was so cute! She played that to perfection. I loved her frustration at having to keep waiting for her proposal!)

As Luis showers, Sheridan steps in and caresses his back, surprising him. Luis turns around with a big grin on his face to ask what she is doing there. Sheridan smiles that radiant smile of hers and tells Luis, “It just occurred to me that we both need a shower.” Luis asks, “Oh, yeah?” Sheridan replies, “Oh, yeah!”
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Luis utters another “oh, yeah” as he puts his arms around Sheridan to pull her close for another passionate kiss.

Back in the living room, Sheridan and Luis are once again sitting on the couch, now dressed in their bathrobes and wet hair. Sheridan asks Luis not to keep her in suspense any longer. She asks him to ask whatever it was that he wanted to ask her. Luis begins, “You know that I love you with all my heart.” Sheridan replies, “I love you, too.” Luis continues, “But I also admire you and respect you for the person you are, the pain you’ve endured, the obstacles you’ve overcome. You’re everything I could ask for in a partner in life and more.” Sheridan smiles and says, “I feel the same way about you.” Luis says, “Then I’m definitely the luckiest man in the world. I guess Theresa was right after all. It looks like there’s going to be a double wedding. Sheridan smiles the brightest smile and her eyes sparkle as Luis looks so lovingly in her eyes. They are so in love and so happy!
Sheridan and Luis are relaxing on the couch. Luis has his arm around Sheridan as she snuggles into his chest. There are candles lit all around the room and their song “Imagine’ is playing. Luis pours his heart out to Sheridan as he says, “Sheridan, I love you more than I thought I was capable of loving anyone. (He chuckles softly.) I can’t believe I am telling you these things. I guess I never thought I’d feel this way. (Sheridan smiles and bites her lip as she lays on his chest.) But, I can’t live without you. When I look into your beautiful eyes, I feel like I can do anything. You give me strength I never knew I had. If I had someone like you to come home to, someone like you to love, I could do anything. Sheridan, you make it all possible. You give me a reason to get up in the morning. You give me a reason to live. I was going to get down on one knee again but this feels so good. It’s not very traditional, but hey, we haven’t exactly been a traditional couple, now have we? (Luis takes a deep breath, exhales, pulls the ring from his pocket and holds it out.) Sheridan, will you marry me?”

Luis continues, “Sheridan, will you spend the rest of your life with me? Have a family with me? Grow old with me? I know it’s a big step for both of us but I can’t imagine my life without you. (Sheridan smiles.) Sheridan, I want to commit to you in front of God and in front of our family and friends. With all my heart, I’m asking you to be my wife. Sheridan, will you marry me?

“I know with absolute certainty that you are my soul mate. You’re the person that I want to spend the rest of my life with. Sheridan, I love you more than I’ve ever loved anyone. We’ve shared so much in such a short amount of time. Our lives are just going to be getting better and better because our love is just going to keep growing stronger and stronger. Sheridan, will you? Will you, Sheridan, will you make me the happiest man in the world? Will you be my wife? Sheridan, will you marry me?”

“I love you and I will always love you for the rest of my life. I hope that’s what you wanted. I thought that’s what you wanted. Do you? Do you want to be my wife?” Luis moves on the couch a little so he can see Sheridan’s face. She has fallen asleep in his arms! Now, Luis is the one who is frustrated!

Luis smiles and tells the sleeping Sheridan that he has just laid his heart out on the table and she didn’t hear a word of it. He gently stands up and makes Sheridan comfortable on the couch. He puts a blanket over her, tucks her in, sits beside her, leans over and says, “Poor baby! Tonight must have been really exhausting for you.” He rubs her back as he says, “Get a good night’s sleep. Sweet dreams, Mi Amor.” He leans over and kisses her on the cheek, blows out the candles, and walks toward the bedroom door.

(More evidence of blatant rewrites. Luis would never love anyone as much as he loves Sheridan, not after centuries of loving her.)

To be continued……….

5.25.08, 10:11 PM
Thanks, Ann!

5.26.08, 1:28 AM
As soon as Luis leaves the living room, there is a knock on the door. Luis comes from the bedroom putting his clothes on to answer the door. Hank is standing on the front steps chilling some champagne he has brought for Shuis to celebrate their engagement. Luis joins him outside to talk. Hank asks Luis if he managed to propose and Luis says that he did, of course. Hank congratulates him but Luis says not to because she didn’t accept. Hank can’t believe it so Luis tells him that Sheridan didn’t hear his proposal because she fell asleep in the middle of his great speech. Luis just hopes that he can remember what he said for next time. Hank laughs and Luis to make sure he keeps her awake next time. He is sure things will be fine next time. Luis just wants everything to be perfect so they can remember it for the rest of their lives.

Inside, Sheridan, sleeping on the couch, is dreaming. “Imagine” begins to play in her dream. She picks up roses as she follows their trail to the gazebo. It is so beautifully decorated flowers and candles for as far as you can see. As Sheridan walks into the gazebo, amazed and in awe of the beauty of her surroundings, she sees Luis standing at the other end of the gazebo with his back to Sheridan. They are both dressed all in white. Luis turns around and walks to the middle of the garden with a box in his hands to meet Sheridan. He goes down on one knee and says, “I’ve never met anyone as wonderful as you. I’ve never met anyone who makes me feel the way you do. I can’t live without you. Will you make me the happiest man in the world? Say you’ll be my wife. Say you’ll marry me.” Sheridan smiles and enthusiastically replies, “Yes, Luis, yes!” Luis stands and puts the ring on her finger. They smile at each other before they kiss. As the dream ends, Sheridan is saying yes and smiling in her sleep.
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Luis shows Hank his grandma’s ring. He was going to give it to Sheridan tonight. Luis says, “It’s probably not the kind of ring she is used to wearing. She probably expected to be wearing some big old rock when she got engaged.” Hank answers, “Yeah, probably, but Sheridan has had money all her life. She can buy the biggest diamond in the world if she wants but I’ll bet it wouldn’t mean nearly as much as that ring right there.” Luis sighs, “Yeah. I just hope she won’t be disappointed. It’s a simple ring. Kind of like the lifestyle I’ll be able to give her.”
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Hank tells Luis that Sheridan loves him and that she just wants to be with him however and wherever they live. Luis replies, “I know. She told me that she wants a simple life but how does she know. She’s been rich all her life. That’s all she knows.” Luis walks over to the window to look in at Sheridan. Hank asks Luis if he has ever heard that money can’t buy happiness. Luis says that he has but he is not sure that it is true. Luis looks in at Sheridan again and continues, “What if we get married and she hates it? What if she hates pinching pennies and not being able to spend money? Hank, what if she just hates it?” Hank replies, “Will you stop panicking. Give the girl some credit. She’s smart. She can figure out how to manage on a budget. And don’t forget, she really, really loves you. That’s the most important thing. When she sees that ring, she’ll realize how much you love her, too.” Luis turns back to Hank after looking at Sheridan and says, “This ring was my grandma’s. She wore this ring from the day she got married till the day she died. She never took it off, not for any reason. When she died, she told me to give it to the woman I want to marry.” Hank tells Luis that his grandma would have definitely approved of Sheridan. She would have been proud of Luis. Luis says, “Yeah. Look, Hank, I know that you had feelings for her. In fact, I know that you loved her.” Hank looks away and says, “Yeah, I did. She’s an amazing girl. But she chose you and I accept that. Luis, you are my best friend and I wouldn’t want you to marry anyone less perfect than Sheridan. I am happy for you both.” Luis thanks Hank before he turns back to the window to look in at Sheridan again. With love in his eyes, Luis says, “Look at her over there…..sleeping so peacefully, so beautiful, so perfect.” Hank laughs, “Man, you are so in love. I’ve seen you in love before but never like this. This is definitely different.” Luis tears his eyes away from Sheridan to look at Hank. “Yeah, you know what? It is different. I almost gave up hope of getting that feeling when you meet the right woman and you think wow this is it. Then I met Sheridan. I love her so much.” Hank sighs, “I know. I know. I’d wish you all the luck in the world but I know you don’t need it. She loves you. When you get around to asking her again she’s going to say yes.” Luis says softly, “I hope so. If she does, she will make me the happiest man in the world.”

(More evidence of the many blatant rewrites of this storyline as well as others is found in every episode now. I love everything that Luis has said to and about Sheridan and how much he loves her and he will never love anyone else like that again. Are we Shuis fans to pretend that none of this ever happened? Luis would never love anyone as much as he loves Sheridan, not after centuries of loving her.)

To be continued……….

5.26.08, 7:58 PM
Thanks, Ann!

5.27.08, 2:13 AM
Hank leaves and Luis returns to the cottage living room. He carries the champagne in its iced bucket that Hank brought in to the house and places it on the post for the stair railing in the entry. As Luis walks past the couch and looks down at Sheridan, she opens her eyes and calls his name. She asks what happened. He tells her that she was wiped out and fell asleep. Sheridan asks, “I what? How could I fall asleep?” Luis answers that with everything that happened tonight she just needed sleep. Luis sits next to Sheridan on the couch. She looks horrified as reaches out to put her hand on his leg in a caress and says, “But you were go…..I am so sorry. I feel so terrible.” Luis takes her hand in his and says, “No, don’t. Don’t. We should probably just go right to bed.” Sheridan, “No, I’m fine. I’m wide awake. I’m rested. How long was I sleeping?” Luis says not long.
Sheridan, “Before I fell asleep, I remember that you wanted to ask me something.” Luis replies, “Yeah, you're right. The question I’m about to ask you will change both of our lives forever.” Sheridan, “Well, how do you know what my answer will be?” Sheridan smiles up at Luis. Luis, “Well, no matter what your answer is, it'll change my life forever.” Sheridan says, “Well, the sooner you ask me the question, the sooner I can give you an answer and the sooner we can start the life I’ve always dreamed of having. But we could just save some time and I could give you an answer before you even ask the question.” Luis smiles and replies, “No. Not so fast. Seeing as though I only plan on asking this question once in my life, I want to do it the old-fashioned way. Sheridan smiles sweetly, reaches out and caresses Luis’ face and says, “Ask any way you want.” Luis, “Ok. But not here. Come on.” Luis stands and helps Sheridan to her feet as they move into the bedroom.

In the bedroom Luis, “The living room gets too much traffic. Besides, I don't want anyone barging in on us.” Sheridan says, “Good thinking.” Luis grins before he says, “And if you get bored with the question, you could just jump under the covers and nod off again.” Sheridan smiles and quickly says, “Oh, no. There will be no nodding off this time. You have my undivided attention, no matter what.” She leans toward Luis for a kiss, but Luis says, “Uh -- question first, then the kiss.” (They are just adorable!)

Luis has both of Sheridan’s hands in his. He has her sit at the foot of the bed and he kneels in front of her still holding both of her hands. Luis begins, “Sheridan, I love you.” Sheridan replies, “I love you, too.” Luis continues, “You know, you've shown me what love is. I never knew what it could be like till I met you.” Sheridan replies, “I feel the same way.” Luis, “You're the morning sun. You're the evening stars. You fill up my life. In case you think this is all corny, you can stop me at any time.” Luis grins up at Sheridan who replies, “Corny? I've waited my entire life to hear this.” Luis, “Oh, well, in that case………Sheridan………” Sheridan turns her head as she remembers something, “Oh -- oh.” Luis asks what? Sheridan informs him, “I just remembered the dream I had when I was sleeping out there.” Luis asks, “Well, was it a good dream?” Sheridan replies, “Yes, it was a very good dream. It was about what it would be like when the man I love proposes to me.” Luis asks, “And did he propose to you in your bedroom?” Sheridan says, “No, not in bed. It was actually quite different.” Luis then asks, “What about the man? Was he different?” Sheridan looks rather shocked that Luis would even need to ask that while Luis looks a little worried.

Rebecca and Julian are outside playing cat burglar Rebecca makes a mewing noise. Luis turns toward the window and asks what that was. Sheridan says that it was a cat. Luis wonders, “A cat? I thought you said there weren't any cats on the estate.” Sheridan answers, “Well, there aren't. We don't have any. But one could have gotten in from the outside. Now, where were we? Come on. You were wondering if the man in my dreams looked like you. And, yes, he did.” Sheridan pulls Luis back to where they were before the noise. LOL! Just adorable!

Julian hears Sheridan and Luis in the bedroom so he and Rebecca watch them through the window. Luis smiles again, “So I looked like the man from your dream?” Sheridan assures him, “Yes. But he wasn't proposing to me on a bed. It was in this beautiful garden next to a lovely fountain with exquisite flowers just everywhere.”
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Luis says, “Wow. Sounds romantic.” Sheridan nods, “But you know what? (She caresses his face again.) We're getting off track because you were going to ask me -- or, should I say, pop the question. So, pop away.” Luis takes a deep breath.

Luis stands and puts the ring back in the pouch. Sheridan stands, too, and asks,” Where are you going?” Luis tells her, “Just hold the answer to my question, will you?” Sheridan, “But you haven't asked it yet.” Luis says, “I know, but before I do, there's something I need to do.” Sheridan, “Luis…?” Luis as he is walking out the bedroom door, “Just -- I'll be right back.” Sheridan follows him to the door saying, “Whatever you have to do can wait until you -- ask me the question. (She hears Luis close the front door and sighs) Brilliant, Sheridan. Just brilliant. Here you have the love of your life about to ask you to marry him, and you have to blab about your stupid dream of him proposing to you in a garden.” Sheridan walks back to the bed, picks up a pillow, and plops down on the bed in frustration. (Cute scenes!)

To be continued……….

5.27.08, 11:33 PM
Shuis are in their all white clothing again. Luis is walking behind Sheridan with his hand covering her eyes. He is leading her into the flower filled gazebo. As they enter the gazebo, Luis removes his hand from Sheridan’s eyes. She is in awe, gasps, and says, “Luis, it’s so beautiful! (She walks further into the gazebo and looks around happily) So, this is where you ran off to earlier.” Luis replies, “You told me about your dream. I’m going to spend the rest of my life making your dreams come true.” Sheridan, “It’s perfect.” Luis, “You’re perfect. Now, everything is perfect. Now’s the time to ask that question, the question I’ve been waiting so long to ask.” Luis holds both of Sheridan’s hands and kneels on one knee.

Luis begins, “Sheridan, I never thought I could feel this way about a woman, but I can’t imagine my life without you. When I look at your face and see it shining with such love, I just want to hold you and protect you against anything that could hurt you. I never want to live without you and I will never love another woman. So will you give me the greatest gift and say that you’ll be my wife? Will you marry me?” Sheridan is just bursting with happiness and can hardly contain herself as she answers, “Yes, Luis, I want nothing more than to be your wife.” Luis stands and they kiss while still holding hands.

In Sheridan’s bedroom, Sheridan is in her bed dreaming as she smiles and says, “Luis, I love so much.” Luis walks through the door carrying a breakfast tray. He smiles as he sees and hears Sheridan and says, “I love you, too.” Sheridan stirs, stretches, and says, “Luis, I thought we were…….oh, I must have been dreaming.” Luis puts the tray down on the bed near the foot and climbs into bed next to Sheridan. He says, “Whatever it was, it sure put a big smile on your face.” Sheridan laughs and agrees. Luis takes her hand in his and asks what she was dreaming about. She gives Luis a bright smile and says, “I was dreaming about something I want very, very much.”
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Luis gestures toward the tray and says with an accent, “Breakfast in bed?” Sheridan says as long as it is not eggs Benedict. She laughs as he grins and says, “NO! I learned my lesson with the eggs Benedict the last time when you spit it out behind my back.” Sheridan responds, “Well, whatever it is, it smells delicious.” Luis reaches for the lid but does a little teasing before he lifts the lid to reveal the contents, in that wonderfully cute accent again, “Voile! The flapjacks!” Sheridan says they look great. Luis looks at Sheridan and says, “Not as great as you look. You sure you’re all that hungry?”
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Sheridan looks into his eyes and suggestively says, “I think breakfast can wait.” Luis pulls her to him for a kiss.
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Shuis are under the covers now kissing. “Imagine” is playing. Luis takes Sheridan’s hand and asks her to tell him about her dream. Sheridan tells him that it is silly. Luis says, “Whatever it was, it put a big smile on your face. Come on, just tell me.” Sheridan says, “All right. Remember that dream I was having earlier about you and the garden proposing?” Luis moves Sheridan’s hand to lay on his bare chest as he rubs the palm of her hand, then looks down at her hand before he says, “I’m going to make that dream come true …..With a little added surprise.” Sheridan excitedly exclaims, “A surprise!” Luis says, “Yes, it’s a surprise. You see, when I ask you that question, that all important question, I want it to be everything you ever dreamed of…..and more.” Sheridan moves her hand now to caress Luis’ chest as she pleads her case, “Luis, you don’t have to go to the trouble of decorating the gazebo or the garden. All you have to do is ask. When you do no matter how or where it will be my dream come true. Just ask me now and it will be perfect.” Luis responds, “Nope! I want to make your dream come true. I want it to be everything you ever dream of. (He runs his finger down her arm as if to punctuate that sentence. An endearing gesture!) I love you so much.” Sheridan caresses his cheek as he pulls her to him for another kiss.

Sheridan stands behind Luis and puts her arms around him as he prepares to pick up the breakfast tray. She asks where he is going. He tells her that he was going to the kitchen to heat up her breakfast so she can have breakfast in bed. She tells him not to bother. She will go with him to the kitchen because she wants them to have breakfast together. As Luis leaves the room, Sheridan reaches for Luis’ shirt lying on the chair. As she puts the shirt on, the ring falls on the floor. Sheridan picks it up and says, “It’s beautiful. This must be the surprise Luis was talking about.” Luis comes back to ask Sheridan if she wants some bacon. He sees her with the ring and asks, “What are you doing with my grandmother’s ring?” Sheridan quickly replies, “I’m sorry. It fell off your shirt.” Luis says in a disappointed tone of voice, “So much for the surprise.” Sheridan again says, “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to spoil it. It’s just such a beautiful ring.” Luis smiles, “At least you like it.” Sheridan says, “It’s absolutely perfect.” Luis takes the ring from Sheridan, walks to the chair to pick up the pouch, drops the ring, and pulls the drawstring closed with emphasis as he says to Sheridan, “You don’t get to see it again till I propose.” Sheridan pleads again, “Please, Luis, don’t make a big deal out of this proposal. I’ve already seen the ring. I know that you want to marry me. So just do it. Just ask me now.” Luis looks like he is considering it. LOL!

To be continued……….

5.29.08, 1:23 PM
In Sheridan’s bedroom, Sheridan looks so sad that she believes that she has messed things up for them. She says to Luis, “I ruined everything by finding the ring, didn't I?” As he puts the ring in his pocket Luis answers, “Of course not.” Sheridan, “You wanted it to be a surprise.” Luis takes both of Sheridan’s hands in his and says, “I just wanted my proposal to live up to your dreams.”
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Sheridan quickly says, “I don't care about all that.” Luis smiles and says, “What about me? It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I just want to do it right.” Sheridan says, “But if we wait too long –“ Luis questions, “What, you think I'm going to change my mind?” Sheridan sounds more worried now, “I -- I don't know. I just -- I can't shake this feeling that there's someone out there trying to come between us. Don't wait to ask me to marry you. If you do, it may never happen.” Luis looks concerned that Sheridan is so worried.

Sheridan pleads, “Let's not wait, Luis. Propose to me now before something goes wrong.” Luis, “Sheridan, please. You got to stop thinking like that. Nothing is going to go wrong.” Sheridan says, “I want to believe you, but I'm scared. I can't help but feel that there's something out there just lying in wait to break us up.” Luis asks, “What are you afraid of, your family?” Sheridan looks worried, “They hate us being together.” Luis admits, “Look, I'm the first to admit that your brother and father are bad news, but they are a piece of cake compared to what we were up against last night. Sheridan, I love you. Nothing is going to ever get in the way of that.” Sheridan gives a sexy pout as Luis smiles down at her.

Sheridan tries again, “You already have the ring. Why wait?” Luis says, “Well, because I meant what I said. Look, I want everything about our lives together to be perfect, starting with the way I ask you the big question. You forget, I already know what your fantasy marriage proposal looks like.” Luis takes her hands again. Sheridan tells Luis, “But I told you none of that matters.” Luis says, “It does to me. Look, just give me a break, huh? Let your future husband do it his way.” Luis gives her a big grin and Sheridan can’t help but smile at him.

From the living room, Hank asks if anybody is home. Sheridan immediately moves to the chair to get her robe. Luis immediately yells back, “Yeah, you know we are, Hank. You ever try calling first?” Hank says that he can take a hint and he will see them later but Luis says that he is just kidding. As Sheridan hands Luis his shirt and puts her robe on, he asks Hank to give them a second to get decent. Luis straightens the bedspread a bit, looks to see if Sheridan is covered, and shouts for Hank to come in as he finishes buttoning his shirt.

Hank enters the bedroom and says, “Sorry, guys. I -- I'm ready to help you out with that -- that thing?” Sheridan and Luis look at each other and laugh. Luis turns back to Hank and says, “You can knock off the undercover routine. She already knows what I'm up to.” Luis puts his arm around Sheridan.
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Gwen’s voice comes from the living room, “Sheridan? Are you here?” Sheridan calls out, “Oh, in the bedroom, Gwen. Come on in.” Luis comments, “What is this, Grand central station?” Gwen enters the room and says, “Oh, sorry. I didn't realize you had company.” Sheridan replies, “No, it's fine. I've been dying to talk to you.”

Luis turns to Sheridan and says, “Yeah, well, Hank and I got a lot to do, anyway, to plan for the surprise that's not such a surprise. All right.” Sheridan giggles and Luis kisses her before he leaves with Hank.
Sheridan is so excited that she can hardly contain herself, “You are just in time. Luis was just about to propose to me, but he wants it to be exactly how I've always dreamed.” Gwen answers, “I see.” Sheridan gets a funny look on her face and asks, “What's the matter, Gwen? I mean, I thought you'd be happy for me.” Gwen nastily replies, “Well, I would be -- if you weren't about to marry the brother of the witch who stole Ethan away from me.” Sheridan stares at her in shock and says, “Gwen!” Gwen apologizes, “I'm sorry. I'm sorry. That was so terribly selfish of me. I have no right to take my out my frustrations about Theresa when you're so happy. Congrats, ok? I mean it.” Gwen hugs Sheridan. Sheridan says, “Thank you. And don't apologize. The last thing you need to hear is me prattle on about getting married.” Gwen comments, “I'm sure Luis is wonderful…. Nothing like his sister.” Sheridan answers, “You know, I haven't spent that much time with Theresa, but she does seem nice.” Gwen: "Nice"? I caught her trying to seduce Ethan last night.” Sheridan tries to stay calm and says, “Gwen, they are going to be married.” Gwen says, “But that's no excuse for her using sex to try and keep Ethan when he finds out what her big secret is.” Sheridan looks surprised and asks, “What are you talking about? What -- what secret?” Gwen, “Well, it's -- I have this feeling that maybe Theresa isn't as much of an innocent as everyone thinks she is. That's all.”

Sheridan is concerned and tells Gwen, “Look, you have to stop thinking about Ethan and Theresa and start concentrating on your own life. You need to find someone who realizes how beautiful and wonderful you are.” Gwen replies, “Ethan used to think that about me.” Sheridan quietly tells her, “Ethan's gone. It's time to find someone new. (Sheridan smiles so brightly as she remembers why she is so happy) Look, please don't hate me for cutting things short, but I really have to get a shower and get dressed so that I can be ready for my proposal.” Gwen says, “Of course not. I'm sorry for being such a bummer. I really am happy for you.” Sheridan says, “Thanks. And please do me a favor and think about what I said? You know, a couple of dates with a nice guy and you'll forget all about Ethan.” They hug and Sheridan goes to the bathroom to get ready.

In the gazebo Luis and Hank finish placing all the flowers around in just the right places. It looks beautiful! Hank asks Luis what he thinks about it. Luis takes it all in and replies, “I think I'm in love!”
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Hank laughs and says, “No kidding. I thought you did this for all your girlfriends.” Luis looks around again, “Seriously, man, you think Sheridan's going to like all this?” Hank asks, “Is the pope catholic? One look at all this and that girl's yours forever.” Luis smiles and says, “Yeah? I was hoping you'd say that.”

Sheridan, still in her pink robe, looks at herself in her cheval mirror. She is also wearing the biggest, most beautiful smile as she says, “I can't wait for you to ask me to marry you, Luis, because I can't wait to say yes!”

To be continued……….

5.30.08, 12:25 AM
Luis waves good bye to Hank and thanks him for helping to decorate the garden. Luis walks back into the gazebo, looks at the ring, and says, “Now everything will be perfect when I propose to Sheridan.”
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In her bedroom, Sheridan is looking at a picture of Luis holding her in his arms. She says to the picture, “Will you marry me, Sheridan?” She hugs the picture to herself and continues, “I can’t wait to hear Luis say those magic words.”
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She places the picture back in its place on her dressing table and goes to the mirror to check that she looks perfect for her Luis. “I just hope that nothing stops Luis from proposing to me today.”
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In the living room, Sheridan opens the door for Luis. They are both dressed in their white proposal clothes again.
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He looks at her, grins, and says, “Wow! You look incredible!” Sheridan touches his arm, “Thank you. I’m ready to go.” She walks down the entry steps to get her little white purse. Luis follows her down the steps and takes the purse from her hands as he says, “Yeah, who says we are going anywhere?” He puts her purse down on the table and grabs her hands. Sheridan smiles and replies, “Because for starters, I can read you like a book and you said we were going somewhere.” Luis smiles and adds, “Oh yeah, something about making your dreams come true.” Sheridan asks, “Should I bring anything?” Luis answers, “Nope. Everything we need will be there waiting for us. (Luis exhales.) I hope I can make this one of the most memorable days of your life.” Sheridan looks into his eyes, caresses his cheek, and says so sweetly, “Every day with you is memorable.” Luis grins, “Let’s go.” Sheridan flashes her beautiful smile, “Let’s go.” Hand in hand they walk up the few steps to the front door.

Luis guides a blindfolded Sheridan into the flower-filled gazebo. She is laughing as they enter.
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They stop close to the middle. Luis turns Sheridan to face him and asks if she is ready before he removes the blindfold. Sheridan is surprised and says, “Luis, it’s just like in my dream.” She walks all over the gazebo taking in everything, stopping to smell the flowers, before Luis asks, “Do you like it?” Sheridan’s enthusiastic reply, “I love it! You shouldn’t have done this. It must have cost a fortune.” Luis takes her hands again. “Yeah, but I wanted this to be a special occasion and it is a once in a lifetime thing.” Sheridan puts her hand up to caress his face then lets her hand drop to his chest as she looks around, “Where is that music coming from?” Luis points toward the back of one of the rose covered trellises, “See for yourself.” Musicians (two guitar players) dressed as gypsies, reminiscent of the “most romantic night”, walk into the gazebo. Luis asks, “Care to dance?” Luis tosses the blindfold to the side and pulls Sheridan into his arms. They dance.
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Shuis clap and dismiss the musicians as soon as the dance ends. Luis looks at Sheridan and says that the present is due to be delivered any minute now. Sheridan looks surprised, “Present? What present?” Shuis walk back toward the middle of the gazebo while Luis keeps one arm around Sheridan’s shoulder and holds her hand with his other hand. They are just adorable and look like they can’t bear not to be touching each other. A tuxedo clad man walks into the clearing with a silver tray holding a beautifully wrapped box. Luis picks up the box, thanks the man, and hands the box to Sheridan who exclaims, “It’s just like the box in my dream!” Luis grins, “Well, open it!” As Sheridan opens the box to reveal the ring, she exclaims, “Your grandmother’s ring.”
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Luis says, “I know it’s no surprise. You’ve already seen it.” Sheridan smiles and sincerely says, “It doesn’t matter. It’s still beautiful.” Luis continues, “And it’s no secret why we’re here. We both know I’m going to ask you a question and we both know what it is. But before I do pop the question, I want to tell you why I think you’re the most wonderful woman in the world.” They look deeply into each other’s eyes.

As he holds both of her hands tight, Luis continues, “I know the life we’ll build together will make all of our hopes and dreams come true. I’ve never met anyone like you. I’ve never wanted to be with a woman as much as I want to be with you. You’re everything I could ever dream for and more…..infinitely more. For that reason I want to be with you every day, even every minute, every second. And to make sure that happens, to make sure that we are joined together forever, I’m going to ask you a question, a question that I hope will be the first step down the road of our happiness.” Sheridan has been smiling this whole time and looking at Luis with such love in her eyes for him. Luis has not let her hands go for even a second. He drops down on one knee. He still holds Sheridan’s hands. She is smiling down on him and as he looks up into her face again, he has the biggest smile as they are just beaming at each other.
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As Luis releases Sheridan’s hands, “Imagine” begins to play.
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“My grandmother told me when I met the perfect woman, it would be like a phonograph in my head, playing my favorite song over and over and it would be so beautiful, so perfect that I would never want it to end.” Smiling down at him, Sheridan asks, “And do you her that music now?” With a big smile, Luis answers, “I guess it was always there but I had a hard time hearing it because of all the times you crashed into my car and all the arguments we had, (Sheridan laughs!) But I hear it loud and clear now.
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(Luis gets serious here.) My grandmother was right. I never want the music to end. There’s only one way to make sure that the music will never end. (Luis smiles) Sheridan Crane, will you do me the honor of becoming my wife? Will you marry me?” Sheridan immediately cries, “Yes, Luis, I will marry you!” Luis slips the ring on her finger and stands up.
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Sheridan throws her arms around Luis’ neck and says, “Yes, yes, yes….” Until her words are swallowed up by Luis’ passionate kiss.
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**sigh** They are so happy, so radiant, and just bursting with joy!
Luis looks down at Sheridan’s hand with the ring then lifts it to his lips to tenderly kiss. He holds her hand as they continue to stare into each other’s eyes. (This was one of the most beautiful scenes ever on Passions. Galen and McKenzie expressed in that look just how much Shuis love each other and the sweetness and passion of their love all at once. They are simply beautiful and the scene was beautiful in its simplicity.) Sheridan and Luis lean in to kiss again as rose petals fall from above. Sheridan looks up and marvels, “Luis, this is so beautiful!” Luis laughs and says, “Not as beautiful as you. I love you with all of my heart.” Sheridan removes petals from Luis’ hair, looks into his eyes, and says, “I love you so much.” She places both hands so gently on his face before he pulls her close for another passionate kiss.
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To be continued……….

5.31.08, 3:17 AM
Sheridan giggles while looking up at the falling flower petals and says, “This is so amazing! I still can't believe we're engaged.” They twirl around in the falling petals before Luis replies, “I hope you know how happy you made me.” Sheridan responds, “I do. And you've made me so happy. I love you so much.” Luis replies again, “I love you, too. And I promise I will always love you and that we will always be together.” They kiss again and again!
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Sheridan exclaims, “Oh, Luis, you have made my dreams come true. Everything is perfect, just as you promised it would be. Thank you for giving me these wonderful memories.” Luis, “Oh well, the memories aren't over yet. (Luis goes to a little table to get champagne. He hands one glass to Sheridan and holds the other up in a toast.) A toast. To my beautiful fiancée, the future Mrs. Luis Lopez Fitzgerald.”
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Back at the cottage, Sheridan and Luis walk through the front door and Sheridan sees the room all decorated with flowers and candles. A table has been set up for a romantic meal for two. Sheridan exclaims, “I don't believe it. How did you do all this?” Luis tells her that she has Hank to thank for this. Sheridan asks in surprise, “Hank did this?” Luis tells her, “Yeah, he came here after we left and -- well, now …” Luis pulls a chair out for Sheridan to sit at the table. Sheridan thanks him. Sheridan tells Luis, “I feel like a princess.” Luis sits down opposite Sheridan and responds, “Come on, you grew up a Crane. Didn't you always feel like a princess?” Sheridan softly explains, “Not like this. I never felt this loved. You make me feel truly, truly special, truly loved.” Luis reaches across the table to hold Sheridan’s hand as he replies, “Oh well, good. Because I'm going to make sure you always feel that way.”

In the solarium of the Crane mansion, Julian and Rebecca are talking to Alistair who has called them to go immediately to Sheridan’s cottage. He tells them that if this FauxLuis plan doesn’t work they will have to kill Sheridan.

At the cottage, Sheridan says, “I still can't believe all this. I'm engaged.” Luis replies that she is and so is he. Sheridan gets serious, “You know, I hope you'll forgive me for being so paranoid earlier, worrying that something would happen to keep up from getting engaged.” Luis says, “Oh, don't worry about it. We're engaged. There's nothing anyone can do to tear us apart.” There is a knock on door. Both look toward the door and Luis asks, “Who can that be?” Sheridan has no idea. Luis goes to the door as Sheridan stands next to the table waiting to see who it is. Luis opens the door to Julian and Rebecca who practically run into the room with champagne, shouting “Surprise!” Rebecca adds, “We wanted to be the first to congratulate you! “ Julian adds, “Yes, on your engagement!” Sheridan and Luis both look like they are going to be sick. LOL!

Sheridan looks rather worried when she asks what they are doing there and how they even knew. Julian replies, “Well, father called. He alerted us that you were officially engaged, so we came by to help you celebrate.” Luis walks back to Sheridan’s side and puts his arm protectively around her. Sheridan asks skeptically, “Father called? He wasn't furious?” Julian lies, “Absolutely not.” The cork pops and Julian laughs. Julian adds, “No, he was very happy that his only daughter had finally found true love.” Luis couldn’t resist commenting, “Yeah, I'll bet that's what he said.” Julian says, “Those were his exact words, Luis. So I'm here to welcome you to the family. Here, everyone. Darling.” Sheridan and Rebecca thank him for the champagne. Julian ties to hand one to Luis but he doesn’t take the glass from Julian. Julian toasts to true love and Rebecca says, “Yes, to true and perfect love.” Sheridan thanks them but Luis says, “Why don't you cut the bull, Julian. What's going on?” Julian tells Luis, “Well, we and father are simply welcoming you to the family, Luis, and we're here to tell you that we're planning a party in celebration.” Luis looks at Sheridan who asks in surprise, “A party?” Julian answers, “Yes, we have something very special in store for both of you.” It is Sheridan’s turn to look at Luis.

Julian says, “Let's drink up. It's not every day such a beautiful young couple gets engaged. It's a cause for celebration.” Rebecca adds, “Not to mention the fact that Alistair and Julian are going to throw you a party that will be filled with excitement.”

Luis takes Sheridan aside to tell her, “I don't know what's going on here, but I'm not trusting Rebecca or Julian. And how the hell did Alistair know that we'd gotten engaged? It's not like I called him to ask for your hand in marriage.” Sheridan replies, “I don't know. I do think it's kind of nice, though, that, you know, my father and brother want to throw us a party. Maybe they finally accepted us as being a couple.” Luis asks in surprise, “Alistair and Julian? Sheridan, there's no way. They're up to something.” Sheridan looks a bit disappointed but she says, “I'm afraid you're probably right.”
On the other side of the room, Rebecca doesn’t think they're buying it one bit. Julian says they better buy it. Father ordered them to make sure Shuis come to the party.
Rebecca says, “Yes, but the plan is perfectly in place. I mean, at the party, Sheridan is going to get her little heart broken when she sees Luis in bed with another woman. And she won't have a clue that it's actually an imposter wearing a Luis look-alike mask. But we can't make it happen if they don't go to the party.” Julian confidently responds, “Trust me, Becks; I can play my sister like a fiddle. Luis and Sheridan will be at the soiree this evening. This is child's play for a master manipulator such as myself. My sister and her low-rent lover will be at this party. It will be a night they shall remember forever.”

Sheridan and Luis walk back to stand in front of Julian and Rebecca. Luis offers, “We want to thank you for offering to throw us a party.” Julian quickly replies, “Well, well, no. There's no thanks necessary. There's nothing I wouldn't do for –“Luis continues, “But we won't be coming. I know you're up to something, and Sheridan and I want no part of it.” Sheridan and Luis stand side by side in front of Julian and Rebecca. Luis has his arm protectively around Sheridan.

Julian thinks he must have heard wrong because no one would miss a party in their honor. Luis is adamant, “No, you heard me. You heard me loud and clear. We're not coming.” Julian tries, “Let's not be hasty here. Let's talk this through like rational adults.” Luis counters, “There's nothing rational about you or your father. And speaking of Alistair, how did he even know that Sheridan and I were engaged?” Julian, “Well, there's really nothing to be suspicious about. Father merely likes to keep an eye on his family. But frankly, that's not the point. The point is father was thrilled with the news of your engagement. He wants to welcome Sheridan's future husband to the family. And he wanted his daughter to know that he supports her.” Sheridan asks in disbelief, “He really wanted that?” Julian replies with exactly what he thinks Sheridan wants to hear, “Yes, sister dear. He wanted you to know that we all support you and that he loves you.” Sheridan asks, “Father said he loves me?” Sheridan looks like she really wants this to be true. Julian. “Yes. You are his pride and joy. We all support you, and we all love you.” Luis takes Sheridan aside again to say, “Sheridan, please. Please don't start buying this.” Sheridan thinks, “Maybe Julian's being sincere. Maybe father really wants to show us his support.” Luis doesn’t believe it, “Sheridan, you were never able to trust Alistair and Julian. Why start now?” Sheridan replies, “You're probably right. I guess I just wanted to believe that they'd changed their minds about us.” They walk back to stand in front of Julian and Rebecca again. This time it is Sheridan who declines their party offer, “Thank you for coming down here, but we can't accept your offer. We won't be coming to the party.” Julian sputters, “But you can't –“Rebecca asks Julian to step outside so she can have a word with the couple. When Julian leaves, Luis says, “You're not going to change our minds. There's no way we're going to that party.”
Outside Alistair calls Julian to ask what is going on now. They wait to see if Rebecca can get Shuis to change their minds.

Inside the cottage, Rebecca asks Shuis to hear her out. Luis, “Oh, I haven't forgotten the last time I heard you out. You got a hell of a lot of joy telling me about Ethan and Theresa's relationship.” Rebecca replies, “You have to admit I was telling you the truth. And I'm trying to tell you the truth here. Sheridan, this party comes from Julian's and Alistair's hearts.” Luis counters, “Well, where's the truth in that? Julian and Alistair have no hearts.” (LOL!!!) Rebecca tries again, “Look, you may not know this, but when Ethan's true paternity was revealed, the two of them were devastated.” Sheridan tells her, “I saw how they treated Ethan. The cast him out as if he were a total stranger.” Rebecca, “You know that the crane men are raised never to show their emotions in public. What, they were torn apart and they know that if they don't accept Luis, well, they could lose you, too.” Sheridan up at Luis and you can see that she wants so much to believe what Rebecca is telling her but she says, “I just don't know.” Rebecca pleads, “Look, just accept this olive branch from your brother and your father. I mean, after all, is an extravagant party such a hardship to get your family's love?” Sheridan again looks questioningly at Luis.

Sheridan and Luis now stand facing each other while holding hands. Rebecca states, “Sheridan, I'm sure that Luis is not your family's first choice for your future husband.” Luis sarcastically replies, “Well, now, that's the first truthful thing you've said all night.” Rebecca goes on, “But they don't want to lose you. So they are willing to accept Luis for your sake, so please -- please, just let them throw you this party.” Luis replies, “Sheridan and I will throw our own engagement party. And we'll invite Julian and Alistair because they're Sheridan's relatives. There's no way I'm letting the two of them do a thing for us.” Rebecca knows when to quit, “Well, ok. If that's the way you want it. But, Sheridan, please, if you change your mind, just -- just call me.” She leaves to join Julian outside.

To be continued……….

5.31.08, 11:49 PM
Inside the cottage, Sheridan sits in the chair by the fireplace as Luis paces the floor. He says, “It’s a good thing that Julian and Rebecca left. I was this close to bouncing them out of here.” Sheridan looks up and says, “I don’t know why you’re being so upset.” Luis replies, “You don’t! After the way your family has treated you all your life, Julian walks in here and talks about how he and Alistair are going to throw you this engagement party. Talk about hypocrisy! If that’s not it, I don’t know what is!” Sheridan stands and walks over to Luis as she says, “The party wasn’t just for me. It was for you, too. It was to celebrate our engagement.” Luis responds, “Like you’d actually believe they had a change of heart and were afraid of losing you because Ethan is not a Crane anymore.” Sheridan asks, “You really don’t think there’s any chance that they are being sincere?” Luis quickly answers, “No, I don’t trust either of them and I don’t think that you should either. There’s no way either of us are going to any party they throw. That’s it.” Luis walks away and stands with his back to Sheridan. She looks surprised that Luis is so unbending.

Sheridan follows Luis to the other side of the room before she asks, “You’re not even going to consider it?” Luis turns around and says, “There’s nothing to consider.” Sheridan says, “I just don’t think that we should be hasty giving them a flat out no.” Luis, who has resumed pacing, turns toward Sheridan again as he says, “Hasty?” Sheridan continues, “We could think about it for a while.” Luis again is adamant, “What’s there to think about? After the things your family has done to you.” Sheridan says, “I know.” Luis continues, “Do you want me to go down the list of rotten things they have done to you?” Sheridan quickly says, “No!” Luis goes on, “It’s a long list.” Sheridan looks hurt as she says, “I know what they’ve done. I’ve lived it.” She turns away, goes to the couch, sits, picks up a pillow and hugs it to herself as a form of comfort. Luis looks at her a minute before he sits next to her on the couch. He asks, “Sheridan, have you ever felt loved by your family? Was there ever even one time when they reached out to you?” Sheridan looks up and says, “What if they’ve changed?” Luis replies, “They haven’t.” Sheridan tries again, “What if this is the start? What if losing Ethan has made Julian and Alistair change?” Luis says, “I’m sorry. I just can’t believe that. Alistair Crane a different man?” Sheridan replies, “Well, maybe not completely but maybe this whole thing with Ethan has made him want to keep his own children close.” Luis says, “Sheridan, listen, when your father thought you were dead, did he even come to your funeral?” Sheridan says, “No, but maybe what Rebecca said earlier was true, maybe my father knew I was alive.” Luis begs, “Come on, Sheridan, you’re grasping at straws here.” Sheridan counters, “He has a lot of connections.” Luis quips, “What? Gravediggers Union?” Sheridan replies, “Seriously, Luis, he knows about things way before everyone else does.” Luis says, “Well, that’s what he wants you to think.” Sheridan, “One thing I’ve learned about my father is not to underestimate him. Alistair Crane is one of the most powerful men in the world.” Luis answers, “I don’t care who he is or what he does. We’re not going to that party. Now, I love you and part of loving you means protecting you.” Sheridan says that she knows. Luis continues, “And I know that you want to believe that them throwing this party for us is a good and loving thing. I understand that. But I have to go with my gut here. My instinct tells me that something is off. We are not going to that party. There is no way in hell.” Sheridan looks so sad and dejected.

Luis caresses Sheridan’s arm as he sits next to her. Sheridan softly tells him, “I know that you are trying to protect me from Alistair but he is my father.” Luis says, “And he is ruthless. He always was and always will be.” Sheridan says, “I know that you might not understand this because you come from such a loving home. After my mother died all I wanted was for my father to hold me and tell me that it would be all right. He never did. Alistair never held me. I can’t remember him giving me one hug or kiss. That’s all I wanted. I so badly wanted him to be close to me. He was never there.” Luis smiles, “He was off making more billions.” Sheridan agrees, “I guess that was all he thought about, all he cared about.” Luis reminds her, “That hasn’t changed. Sheridan, don’t let this party deal fool you.” Sheridan replies, “I’m not going to be silly about it but I do think that there is a chance he has changed. (Luis shakes his head no.) No, really, I think that he wants to take part in my life. He wants to be a part of my happiness with you.” Sheridan wants this to be true so badly. Luis replies, “No, Sheridan.” Sheridan looks sad and says to Luis, “You’ve always had love so you don’t understand.” She stands again and crosses the room to pour some water. Getting up, too, Luis says, “Sheridan, I do understand. My father disappeared when I was very young.” Sheridan turns to him and says, “Oh, Luis.” Luis takes her hands in his as he says, “As much as we had love in our house, something was missing.” Sheridan apologizes, “I’m sorry. I know that you blame Julian and Alistair for your father’s disappearance.” Luis replies, “Yes, and one day I’m going to prove it. This isn’t about me or my family. This is about you. As much as I distrust your brother and father, I do understand how you feel.” Sheridan asks with hope in her voice, “What are you saying?” Luis replies, “If it means that much to you for them to throw this engagement party, it’s all right with me.” Sheridan’s face lights up with a big smile. She throws her arms around Luis’ neck and says, “Thank you!”

Julian and Rebecca have been outside the cottage the whole time watching to see if Sheridan could convince Luis to attend the party so they would not have to kill Sheridan. When they see Sheridan and Luis heading to the door, they scramble away from the window and make it appear that they are outside talking about a trip on the yacht. LOL! Sheridan and Luis step out the front door. Sheridan cautiously approaches Julian and Beccs from behind. When Julian turns around, Sheridan tells them that she is glad that they are still there because they have something they want to tell Julian and Rebecca. Sheridan says, “Luis and I reconsidered your offer.” Julian asks, “The party?” Sheridan replies, “We would love for you to throw us one.” Rebecca squeals and Julian says, “Splendid! Ah, to see my darling sister engaged!” Julian hugs Sheridan and tells Luis that he is a lucky man. Luis says that he is but Sheridan says that she is the lucky one. Julian even congratulates Luis and they shake hands. When Rebecca asks if they have set a date, Sheridan replies that they are going to have a double wedding with Ethan and Theresa. Julian and Rebecca are both surprised but Rebecca says, “Oh my! Well, that is going to be one hell of a day!” Luis puts his arms around Sheridan as she smiles up at him.

Shuis picture of the day is one of srhrobin's beautiful banners...this one is of the gazebo proposal.
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To be continued……….

6.1.08, 11:07 PM
Thanks, Ann!

6.2.08, 2:02 AM
At the cottage, Shuis are seated on the couch celebrating their engagement with some champagne when there is a knock on the door. Sheridan turns toward the door and yells, “Come in.” Luis exclaims, “Mama.” They both stand as Sheridan says, “Pilar, I’m so glad you're here.” Luis adds, “Yeah, we’ve got something to tell you.” Pilar comes further into the room and stands at the end of the couch as she says, “Well, from those smiles and all these beautiful decorations, it must be good news, huh?” Luis smiles and says, “I asked Sheridan to marry me, and she said yes.” Both Sheridan and Luis are smiling so brightly. Sheridan holds up her hand to show Pilar her ring as she excitedly tells Pilar, “We're engaged. And not only that, but Julian and Alistair and Rebecca are going to throw us an engagement party to welcome Luis into the family.” Seeing that Pilar looks stunned, Luis prompts, “Come on, mama, say something.” Pilar quickly says, “Luis, please, do not do this.” Luis has his arm around Sheridan but they both look at each other and their smiles are now gone.

Looking worried, Luis asks, “Well, what do you mean, "no, don't do this"? You talking about us getting engaged, or are you talking about us going to the party that Alistair and Julian are going to throw for us?” Pilar gives a small smile and says, “Oh, no. I am happy that you're engaged. Very happy. (Sheridan and Luis look relieved.) But this party, it concerns me. Alistair and Julian cannot be happy that you plan to marry, nor can they be sincere about this party. I’m just afraid that if you go to it, the Cranes will destroy you.” Luis explains, “Mama, I was concerned, too. But Sheridan was so touched by her family wanting to do this, I couldn't say no.” Pilar steps away and Sheridan follows, then Luis. Sheridan adds, “Alistair even sent Julian and Rebecca here to the cottage to invite us themselves. Look, I know you're worried about me getting hurt, just like Luis is. But I really think everything is going to be all right. Rebecca said that Julian and Alistair are sincere about this, that after losing Ethan, they wanted to reach out to me, keep me close to the family.” Pilar smiles at Sheridan’s hopefulness and says, “I understand what you're saying. And I can see why you'd want to go to the party.” Sheridan walks to the couch and picks up her dry cleaning that Pilar brought with her and cheerfully says, “I’m glad. Well, I’m going to put this away. Luis, would you please pour Pilar some champagne?” Luis, “Yeah.” As Sheridan leaves the room, Luis pours Pilar a glass of champagne. Pilar looks at Luis like he has lost his mind and says, “Mijo, are you crazy? Why on earth would you want to go to a party thrown by Alistair and Julian, two men who hate you with every fiber of their being?”

Standing facing each other in Sheridan’s living room Pilar asks Luis, “Why are the Cranes suddenly being so nice, so supportive of Sheridan? They cannot be happy that she's engaged to you.” Luis replies, “I know. And I understand your concern. I had misgivings about the party, too. Sheridan wanted to go so badly, I couldn't refuse her.” Pilar says, “I know that having her father throw her this party means the world to Sheridan. She craves his love and approval since he didn't give it to her as a child. Alistair knows this, and that's why he's playing on her neediness.” Luis replies, “Yeah, but there's nothing Alistair or Julian can do to tear us apart, especially at a party. There will be lots of people around.” Pilar looks at Luis, “Oh, do not kid yourself, Mijo. Alistair Crane can do anything he wants, and if he wants to tear you and Sheridan apart…..” Luis, “Mama….” Pilar looks away but continues, “He can and he will. Now, I know that you love Sheridan and that Theresa loves Ethan, but I cannot believe my luck.” Luis doesn’t understand, “What are you talking about?” Pilar explains, “The one thing that I feared the most was that my children would somehow get mixed up with the Cranes, and now it has come to pass. Thank heaven that Miguel is in love with Charity. I cannot imagine that he will ever cause me such worry.”

Pilar pleads, “Por favor, Luis, do not go to this party. You will be courting disaster.” Luis takes Pilar back to sit on the couch before he responds, “Mama, look, Sheridan and I, we love each other, all right? The Cranes, they can't take that away from us.” Sheridan comes back from the bedroom but stops before entering the living room. Pilar reminds Luis, “Well, you were once against Theresa marrying Ethan because he was a Crane. You thought that Ethan's family would hurt Theresa. So why do you think they wouldn't hurt you and Sheridan?” Luis states, “It's different.” Pilar questions, “How, Luis? Because you're a man?” Luis shrugs, “Well, yeah.” Pilar counters with, “So was your father, Mijo. My Martin. And you think they're responsible for his disappearance.” Sheridan returns to the living room and says, “Pilar, I’m sorry. I couldn't help but hear how concerned you are. You know Luis is only going to the party for my sake.” Sheridan sits on the couch next to Luis and places her hand on his leg. He caresses her back. Pilar says, “Oh, it's true, I do fear for my son. But I’m afraid for you, too, Sheridan. Ever since Ivy married Julian, I have worked in the Crane mansion. For several years, I even lived in this cottage with my family, before we were thrown out like trash. The Cranes can be as cruel as they can be kind.” Sheridan looks so sad at the thought and she says, “I can understand you being concerned. Maybe I should be, too. I mean, if the people I trust are in such a state over this, then maybe I should rethink going to the party.” Luis turns to Sheridan and asks, “What are you planning to do?” Sheridan stands and announces, “I’m going to go up to the main house and talk to Julian and Rebecca again, just to see what's really going on.” Pilar says, “I think that's a good idea.” Luis suggests, “Why don't we all go up to the mansion?” Pilar stops Sheridan, “And, Sheridan, promise me that if -- if you sense that your brother and Mrs. Hotchkiss are insincere, please, just refuse to attend.” Before Luis and Sheridan head to the door, Sheridan says, “I promise.” Pilar clasps her hands and says, “Gracias a dios” before she follows them out the door.

Sitting on the couch at the mansion with Tabitha, Ivy asks, “Oh. So, Tabitha, could I have one of the drivers take you home, perhaps?” Sheridan, Luis and Pilar arrive at the mansion and walk into the living room looking for Julian. When Ivy sees them she jumps up and hugs Sheridan, saying, “Oh, Luis and Sheridan, Julian told me about your engagement. Congratulations.” Sheridan responds, “Thank you, Ivy.” Looking around with much curiosity, Luis says, “Yeah, thanks. What happened here?” Tabitha supplies, “Let's just say I barged in. Leave it at that. Congratulations on your engagement, you two. You make a lovely couple.” Luis thanks Tabby. Tabitha thinks to herself, “I'd wish you all the happiness in the world, but I've seen your futures, dears, and this summer will bring you all the pain in the world -- both of you.” Sheridan turns back to Ivy and asks, “We came to talk to Julian. Is he around?” Ivy tells her that he and Rebecca just stepped out but she is sure they'll be back soon.”

Standing in the living room waiting for Julian, Sheridan tells Luis, “Well, if Julian doesn't show up soon, then we'll just go look for him.” As soon as they walk toward the door, Julian enters and Sheridan asks him, “Are you and father really throwing us a party to celebrate our engagement?” Julian says that of course they are. He is distracted by the MarTimmy that Tabby has but Sheridan tries to bring him back to pay attention to her by asking who is invited to the party. Luis chimes in, “Yes. Is it just our families or what?” Still distracted, Julian answers, “You're welcome to invite whomever you like. Ask the whole town for all I care.” Tabitha is thrilled to hear that and quickly RSVP’s. LOL! Upon hearing this, Luis puts his arm around Sheridan’s shoulder and squeezes. They look at each other and grin. LOL!

Tabitha picks up Timmy and walks over to stand in front of Sheridan and Luis before she says, “I know it will be a lovely party because you're such a lovely pair.” Sheridan graciously thanks Tabitha. Luis asks Tabby to excuse them. Tabby nods yes as Luis takes Sheridan’s hand and walks her to the other side of the room to talk, “I don't think that Julian and Rebecca expected batty old Tabitha to come to our engagement party.” Sheridan smiles and says, “Well, it'll add character. I mean, not every engagement party has a dotty woman walking around with her doll.” Luis says, “Yeah, but I’m not sure that's a bad thing.” He, too, is grinning. Sheridan tells Luis, “I feel so silly for being worried before you proposed. Everything is turning out perfectly, just like in my dream. I mean, not only are we engaged, but my family is finally accepting you, which is why they're throwing the party. I mean, now I’m sure that nothing will go wrong.” Sheridan is so happy, so radiant!

To be continued……….

No screen caps to go with this episode but I do have another of the beautiful SHUIS banners made by srhrobin. This is another one of her gazebo proposal banners.
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6.3.08, 12:55 AM
As Sheridan and Luis sit on the couch in the living room of the Crane mansion, Sheridan lays her hand on Luis’ arm as he takes her hand in his while Sheridan asks if they are all right. Luis says, “Do you even have to ask that?” She means about this engagement party that her family is throwing for them. Luis wants to know how she wants him to answer that. Sheridan says that he doesn’t have to say that it is a great idea but to at least tell her that he doesn’t think it’s dangerous. Sheridan adds, “I really want to believe that my father and brother’s intentions are good. Anyone can change, right?” Sheridan looks so hopeful but all Luis can say is, “So they say.” Sheridan continues, “And really, I have to believe that are coming around. You know, they finally realized that they can’t fight us so they have to accept us as a couple because we’re going to get married no matter what anyone else says.” She looks up at Luis who is looking away and not saying anything and says, “Say something.” Luis says, “I hope you’re right.” Sheridan replies brightly, “I must be. Why else would they be throwing us a party?” Luis shrugs and hugs Sheridan.

Luis reminds Sheridan that they have an engagement party to get ready for. Sheridan realizes, “You’re right! How are we going to do everything in time? People don’t know that we are engaged, let alone invite them. I have to find Ethan and let him know.” Sheridan gets up to leave followed by Luis who says, “I’ll call Sam and Grace.” Luis stops in his tracks, “Oh God. Their whole world has been turned upside down. I don’t think they are going to want to go to a party tonight, much less here.” Sheridan turns back to face Luis, “Right. All their problems started last time they were here at the mansion.” Yeah. Look, I don’t mean to rain on your parade but even as happy as people are for us, they might not want to come to a party being hosted by the Cranes.” Sheridan replies, “You’re right. So many people resent my family.” Luis adds, “And for good reason.” Undaunted, Sheridan replies with her gorgeous smile, “You know what, this is about you and me. This isn’t about my father or brother. This is about something so good that no one could have a problem with it and it’ll make our engagement official to announce it to our closest friends.” Luis smiles and takes Sheridan’s hands in his, “This party means a lot to you, doesn’t it?” Sheridan gives him a sweet smile as she nods her head and says, “Yes.” Luis tells her, “I’m going to do my best to make it everything you’ve ever wished for.” Sheridan smiles and thanks Luis as she hugs him, “Thank you for understanding. The more people show us their support, the more Julian and Alistair will see that they didn’t make a mistake in accepting our relationship. They will finally realize that our love is so strong that nothing can pull us apart.” Sheridan reaches up and caresses Luis’ cheek as he smiles down at her.

Luis arrives at Grace’s Treasures (Grace’s gift shop) along with TC and Eve. He tells both couples that he is getting married. He proposed to Sheridan and she accepted. They are all happy for Luis and congratulate him. Luis invites them to his engagement party tonight. They all say they will come until he tells them that Julian is throwing the party and it is at the Crane mansion. They look at Luis in disbelief.

Luis doesn’t blame them for not wanting to go to the mansion, but it would really mean a lot to him and Sheridan if some of their real friends were there. TC and Eve say they will come since Luis is a good friend and Eve is so fond of Sheridan. Luis turns to Grace and tells her that he doesn’t expect her to come after what happened at the mansion the last time she was there. She thanks Luis for understanding and tells him to give her best to Sheridan. Luis heads off to invite more of his friends to the party.

Arriving at the Book Café, Sheridan finds Ethan and Theresa with Chad and Whitney. Sheridan is all excited and looks radiant when she asks Theresa to remember the fortune cookie that Theresa got at the Chinese restaurant. Theresa gets all excited, too, and asks if Luis finally proposed. Sheridan says yes, he did and she accepted. Ethan, Theresa, Chad, and Whitney all congratulate her and give her hugs and kisses! As Theresa hugs Ethan, she says that now they can have a double wedding.

Sheridan shows them her ring saying, “Isn’t it the most beautiful ring you’ve ever seen?” Theresa says that it was her grandmother’s. Sheridan quickly asks, “Oh, you don’t mind, do you?” Theresa says that she does not. Their grandmother gave it to Luis to give to the woman he fell in love with, and that would be Sheridan. Theresa wants to hear all about the proposal. Sheridan tells Theresa that it was the most beautiful marriage proposal in the world. “I told Luis exactly how I dreamed it would be and he recreated it down to the last detail. It was so romantic!” Then she tells them, “Well, I didn’t track you down just to show you my ring. I wanted to invite you all to a celebration party tonight.” They all say they will come. Gwen joins the group unexpectedly. Sheridan invites her to the party, too, and then Sheridan tells everyone that Julian and Rebecca are hosting it. The room becomes rather quiet. Ethan can’t believe the party will be at the Crane mansion. He doesn’t believe that Julian and Alistair have changed their minds but Sheridan says that she has to take them at their word.

After leaving Sheridan with the others, Gwen calls Rebecca to see why her mother would be throwing a party for Theresa’s brother. She says they are all (the Lo-Fitz) trying to move in on the Cranes. LOL! Rebecca guarantees that Luis will not be marrying Sheridan any more than Ethan will marry Theresa.

Having made his rounds to invite his friends to the party, Luis arrives at the Book Café and is congratulated by Ethan and Chad. He joins Sheridan at her table. Sheridan asks, “So?” Luis replies, “I invited everyone I can think of.” Sheridan asks, “They’re coming, right?” Luis says, “Yeah, everyone except Grace Bennett. She sent her congratulations. Everyone else is coming in spite of Julian.” Sheridan tells Luis that Ethan was just as suspicious of Julian and Alistair’s motives as Luis was. She told him that she was going to take them at their word and hope that everything would be all right.

To be continued……….

I didn't find screen caps to go along with tonight's episode so I am going to repost one of the TV Guide covers. They are beautiful and are a reminder of what NBC and Passions thought of Shuis. They are the signature couple of Passions.
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6.3.08, 11:13 PM
Thanks, Ann!

6.4.08, 12:00 AM
As Luis dresses in his bedroom, he talks with Miguel and Pilar. Miguel asks if Luis is excited about the party tonight and Luis tells him that he would be more excited if it were thrown by anyone but Julian. Luis is fixing the tie of his tux and he looks so handsome! Miguel then asks, “Yeah. I mean, I know how you feel about the Cranes, but he is Sheridan's brother. And isn't Mrs. Hotchkiss co-hosting?” Luis smiles and says, “Yeah, exactly. Another reason I don't want to go. I don't trust either of them. But Sheridan wants to go, even if she is uneasy about it.” Pilar asks if he thinks that Julian is up to something and Luis responds by asking when Julian is even not up to something.

Dressed in a black robe with a faux fur collar, Sheridan walks into her living room to talk to Ethan who is fixing his tie at the mirror. Sheridan asks Ethan how her hair looks. He tells her that she looks like a million bucks, as usual. Sheridan thanks him and says that he does, too. Ethan replies, “Well, looks can be deceiving. You know, growing up with all the money in the world, you always take it for granted -- well, at least I did. I never really worried about it. It was always just there. You know, just being a Crane, everything's taken care of. I never really thought about where I was going to work or live, but now, suddenly, I have to invent a whole new life for myself.” Sheridan asks if he is scared. He says that he is a bit but it feels good to be on his own so that whatever he achieves, it will be all his doing. She knows he will be fine and he hopes so because it won’t be easy without money.

Sheridan helps Ethan fix his tie and says that she would help if he would let her. Ethan replies, “Thank you, but I need to do this on my own. The hard part is I have to find it quick. I mean, we're going to be walking down the aisle soon. I need a place to put my bride.” Sheridan smiles and says, “She'll be happy in a one-room shack so long as she's with you.” Ethan responds, “Well, I hope so. So, what about you? You're going to have to find a new place, too, once you and Luis get married. He sure is not going to live on Crane property.” Sheridan looks pensive as she replies, “You're right. And he's definitely not going to want to live in a place that he can't afford. I guess there are a lot of things that I'm going to deal with that I never thought about before. I just love Luis so much. I'm sure there's nothing I can't handle.” Sheridan gives Ethan such a dazzling smile as she talks about what she can accomplish because she loves Luis so much.

In Luis’ bedroom, Miguel asks, “Luis, why did you accept Julian's invitation if you think he's up to something?” Luis answers, “Well, like I said, Sheridan wants to go to the party, so I'm going.” Pilar says that Sheridan was uneasy, too. Luis turns to look in the mirror as he says, “Well, she knows her brother. She'd be crazy if she wasn't uneasy.” Miguel then asks, “But Julian must be happy for Sheridan or why would he be throwing this party?” Luis turns back to face his mother and brother before he answers, “Yeah. That's a good question since the guy doesn't like me at all. But there's nothing he can do. Sheridan and I love each other and we have a great relationship.” Pilar warns, “Just be careful, son. Julian is a very clever man, and there's no telling what he might try to do.” Luis says, “I know, mama. I've been suspicious of Julian Crane from the day papa disappeared. I'll never trust that guy.” Miguel thinks of another question for Luis, “Do you think Julian would try to break you and Sheridan up?” Miguel sits at the foot of Luis’ bed with a football listening to Luis’ response, “Well, I'm sure he's working his pea brain overtime trying to figure something out. There's no way they can break me and Sheridan up. We love each other, we trust each other, and we have no secrets. So Julian and Alistair can huff and puff all they want. It's not going to do any good.” Miguel says, “Well, I'm glad to see you're so sure of your love.” Luis thanks Miguel as Pilar again warns, “I don't know. It's just not like Julian to be so generous. There must be a reason he's throwing this party. He's up to something.”

Sheridan looks at a bouquet of flowers in front of her as she tells Ethan, “You know, I don't mind moving out of this place, but after tonight, I might not have to.” Ethan wants to know why she thinks that. Sheridan says, “Well, because I'm hoping that Julian wants to get to know Luis, you know, so that they can get along. Wouldn't it be nice if Luis stopped being suspicious of my family, they stopped disliking him?” Ethan brings her back to reality, “That would be great, but don't hold your breath. I don't trust Julian's motives for throwing this party.” Sheridan is ever hopeful, “Julian and Alistair have always been against me being with Luis. But maybe now they just want to see me happy.” Ethan tries again, “I mean, that would be nice, but I know how they think. And Luis -- he still suspects them of having something to do with his father's disappearance. I mean, why would Julian and Alistair suddenly drop their objections to Luis?”

In Luis’ bedroom he tells his mother, “Don't worry about it, ok? There's nothing Julian can do that Sheridan and I can't handle.” Pilar replies, “Isn't that what mothers are supposed to do -- worry?” Miguel stands and chimes in, “I'm sure Luis knows what he's doing, mama. I mean, the Lopez Fitzgeralds are on a roll. You know, first Ethan and Theresa and now Luis and Sheridan. Charity and I wanted to make it a triple wedding, but the chief and Mrs. Bennett made us promise to wait till we were 18.” Pilar and Luis look at Miguel in shock. Luis asks, “You and Charity?” Pilar finds her voice, “Mijo, you're getting married? I can't believe this.” Miguel says that they love each other and everyone knows that. Luis says, “Well, that's great that you're in love, Miguel, but Sam and Grace are right. You're way too young to be thinking about marriage right now.” Miguel replies, “Well, I told you -- we're going to wait.” Pilar stands between her two sons but remains silent as she watches and listens to Luis quizzing Miguel. Luis continues, “Until when? You're 18? Miguel, that's still too young. Come on, you haven't even really, really lived life yet or dated a lot of girls. Come on; just enjoy life while you're young.” Miguel tells him, “I can enjoy life while I'm young with Charity.” Luis asks a few questions, “Well, how do you know that she's the right one for you, the one that you're going to spend the rest of your life with?” Miguel says, “I know. That's all. You know, I never stop thinking about her. And all I ever want to do is be with her.” Luis has more to say, “Well, I'm not saying anything against Charity, but what about all those weird premonitions? I mean, she got dragged into hell, and you and Kay and Charity -- you guys almost died. Doesn't that worry you?” Miguel has a great answer for Luis, “Look, that just tells me that Charity is a very special girl, all right? And that there's never going to be another girl like her. I love her.” Luis says, “Well, that's great. But love at 17 looks a hell of a lot different than it does at 20 or 25. Miguel, your feelings could change.” Miguel replies, “Not mine. I know she's the girl for me.” Luis says, “Ok. I just hope you're right. I hope you're ready to make a commitment to her for life.”

Miguel asks, “Luis, you know how sure you are that Sheridan's the right woman for you?” Luis says, “I know you liked Kay a lot. What about her?” Miguel replies, “Yeah. You know, I still do. I mean, Kay's a wonderful girl, Luis. You know, she means a lot to me.” Luis asks, “So, is there a chance that someday you and Kay could be together?” Miguel responds, “There was a time when I thought we might end up together. You know, but then Charity came to town and -- I mean, she's changed my life, Luis. And the way I feel about Charity, I've never felt about any other girl.” Luis gives up and says, “Ok. Ok, I'm convinced. Well, I think it's time for me to go pick up the woman who changed my life.” They all say good bye as Pilar gives Luis a kiss.

At the cottage sitting on the couch and having a glass of wine, Sheridan and Ethan have a discussion about who sent the information about his paternity to the tabloid. Ethan wants to make the person pay but Sheridan advises him to forget about that and move on with his life. Then she says, “I was thinking about what you said with Julian and Alistair. And this is totally unlike them to do an about-face and throw this party for me and Luis.” Ethan agrees, “Yes. It makes you wonder what they're up to.” Sheridan debates, “I don't know. But like Luis said, what can they do? I mean, only we can destroy what we have together. We're not about to do that because we love each other too much.” Ethan says, “Right. You know, maybe they're just being nice to Luis so he'll forget about investigating into his father's disappearance. I mean, you know how Julian and Alistair are about people looking into their private affairs.” Sheridan thinks of something else, “Or maybe having lost you, they don't want to lose me, too. Because they know that if I had to choose between them, I would choose Luis.” Ethan agrees, “I'm sure they know that.” Sheridan says, “I mean, they must love me to go through all this trouble to throw a party.” Ethan again agrees, “I'm sure they love you in their own way.” Sheridan tells Ethan, “You know, they are my family. In my heart, I can't believe they would do anything to hurt me or to ruin my happiness with Luis. Because if they did and I lost Luis, I would absolutely die.” Sheridan looks so sad that I wanted to cry.

Ready to be on his way to pick up his fiancée, Ethan gives Sheridan a kiss on the cheek and says, “I'll see you at the party.” Sheridan says Ok. As Ethan opens the door, Luis is arriving. Ethan, “Luis. I was just leaving. Congratulations to you.” They shake hands as Luis thanks Ethan. Ethan looks at Luis and says, “So, it looks like Theresa was right. We're going to have a double wedding.” Luis smiles and says, “Yes, we are.” Ethan nods, “Great. I'll see you at the party.”

With a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eyes, Luis walks toward Sheridan who is standing in front of the couch in her robe and says, “How do you do it? How do you manage to look more beautiful every time I see you? Huh? How do you do it?” Sheridan smiles shyly at Luis and says, “Well, haven't you heard? Women in love have a special glow. You look pretty wonderful yourself.” Luis blurts out, “I am the luckiest guy alive.” To which Sheridan responds, “I'm the lucky one.” They kiss and as Luis straightens from the kiss he shrugs and says, “Ok, it's a tie.” Sheridan is suddenly serious, “Tell me everything is going to be all right tonight. If you tell me, then I'll believe it.” Luis pulls her close to hold her.

When the hug is over Luis claps his hands together and says, “I think that everything is going to be perfect tonight. If Julian tries to ruin it, I’ll take care of him. Nothing to worry about.” He smiles which prompts Sheridan to smile and say, “That’s all I needed to hear. Your word means everything to me. I will never doubt you.” Luis leans close and says, “And I’ll never give you any reason to doubt me. I love you ……now and forever. (Luis lowers his voice to almost a whisper as he says the “now and forever”……so very sexy! He looks so handsome in his tux, too!) They kiss again! These were short but such beautiful exchanges between the lovers.

To be continued………

I didn’t find screen caps to go along with this episode so I am posting the second TV Guide cover that featured Shuis.
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6.4.08, 7:30 PM
Thanks, Ann. Such a beautiful couple!

6.4.08, 11:22 PM
At the cottage, Luis and Sheridan stand face to face after breaking apart from a very romantic kiss. Luis smiles and exclaims, “I can't believe that you're going to be my wife.” Sheridan is so happy and smiling so sweetly, “You better get used to it because you're stuck with me.” Luis replies, “Ooh, I like the sound of that. I love you, Mrs. Soon-to-be Lopez Fitzgerald.” Looking at Luis with such love in her eyes Sheridan declares, “I love you, Mr. Lopez Fitzgerald.” Luis looks down at Sheridan’s clothes (her robe) before he says, “Hmm. You know, I think you ought to get changed for the party, huh?” Sheridan says, “I will. But before I do, there's something I want to give you.” Luis, “Really?” He looks surprised. Sheridan smiles, “Mm-hmm. Something straight from my heart.” Sheridan raises her hands to place them on Luis’ face so she can pull him to her for a delicious kiss.
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In Julian’s study, Alistair is talking to him about destroying Sheridan and Luis’ relationship with the Luis impostor when Rebecca walks in thinking, “Ooh -- oh, I just get goose bumps thinking about our plan to break up Luis and Sheridan.” Alistair warns Julian that he better not screw this up. Rebecca tells him that everything is going according to plan. She tells Julian that their special guests have arrived to which Julian replies, “Luis and Sheridan are on a one-way trip to splitsville.” Al chimes in, “They'd better be, or you two will have to kill them.” Rebecca looks like she will be ill. LOL!

Luis pulls apart from their steamy kissing and tells Sheridan, “If we keep this up, we're not going to make it to the party.” Sheridan replies suggestively, “You know, we could be fashionably late. Why don't you come help me get dressed?” Luis raises his eyebrows, smiles and teases, “You are one naughty girl, Sheridan Crane.” Sheridan, “You haven't seen anything yet.” With her finger, she signals Luis to follow her then takes his hand and leads him to her bedroom.

A trail of discarded clothes and shoes lead to Sheridan’s bed where Shuis are in bed making love.

Romantic candle light reveals Sheridan and Luis basking in the afterglow of making love. Sheridan is lying on her side with her back to Luis while he is busy kissing up and down her shoulders and arm. Sheridan coos as Luis says, “I bet that party's in full swing by now.” He chuckles. Sheridan says, “I bet it is. You know, if this party means that my family is finally going to accept our relationship, this is the happiest night of my life.” Sheridan shows Luis her beautiful smile as she turns to look up at him. Luis kisses Sheridan’s shoulders again, “I know how much that means to you.” Sheridan admits, “It does. My family's never supported me.” Luis, “I know that Julian and Alistair have treated you badly your whole life. And I promise I will never let your family hurt you again.” He continues his trail of kisses along her back and shoulders. (So sexy and so romantic! This is one of the touches that Galen and McKenzie bring to their scenes to make us believe that they are a real couple, not just acting.)

Walking into the living room of the Crane mansion, Ethan tells Theresa, “I hope Luis and Sheridan's engagement party goes better than ours did.” Theresa says, “I know it will. And there are more good times ahead. We're going to have a double wedding.” She is so excited about that!

As Sheridan and Luis approach the main entrance of the mansion holding hands, Sheridan tugs on Luis’ arm to stop him, “Wait. Just one more kiss before we face the crowd.” Luis smiles and obliges with one heart-stopping kiss for Sheridan! Luis finally says, “I could just stay here and kiss you all night. But I guess we should go in. All right?” He smiles down at Sheridan and she returns the smile as she says, “Ok!” Luis takes her hand again as they walk to the door. Luis opens the door and they walk in to the sound of applause. They stand smiling in the entry hall for their friends and family to great.

Arriving on the front path right behind Shuis are FauxLuis and DeeDee. He says that they should be getting the signal soon. DeeDee tells him that she can't believe how much he looks like Luis. He reminds her, “That is the plan. Sheridan's going to see me in bed with you. She's going to think her fiancé betrayed her.”

As Sheridan, Luis and their guests head into the living room, Julian tells Rebecca, “The games will begin very soon. Luis and Sheridan should celebrate now because this is going to be one very short engagement.”

Now in the Crane mansion living room with champagne in hand and Sheridan by his side, Luis says, “Thank you. I would just like to say, on behalf of Sheridan and myself, thank you all for coming to our engagement party. And I hope that you all have a wonderful time.”
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As he finishes speaking, everyone claps and Luis bends down to kiss Sheridan.
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Ethan and Theresa cross the room to find Sheridan and Luis in the entrance hall with some of their guests, Ethan asks, “So, how does it feel?” Luis smiles and gestures with his arms open wide, “It doesn't get any better than this, does it?” Theresa enthusiastically says, “I'm so happy for you guys!” She and Sheridan hug as Sheridan thanks her.

Stepping to one side of the foyer, Ethan tells Luis, “You know, I've -- I've never seen Sheridan this happy. This means so much to her. And Julian and Alistair throwing a party for her, accepting you into the family -- she finally feels like she has their love.” Luis responds with a nod of his head, “Mm-hmm.” Ethan, “She's always wanted that.” Luis, “I know. We've already had a long discussion about that.” Ethan says, “Well, there's just one thing, though.” Luis replies, “And I've already been warned. Everyone's told me not to trust that Julian and Alistair are throwing this party out of the goodness of their hearts -- like I need to be told that.” Ethan continues, “Right. Right, but it is possible that …” Luis asks, “That this a set up? That they're doing something to try and screw Sheridan and me up? It's not going to work. I love Sheridan, and she loves me. There's nothing they can come up with to separate us. Hey.” Luis steps back to Sheridan’s side to give her another kiss.

Outside the mansion, Julian asks if the fake Luis and DeeDee are ready. They are. FauxLuis says, “Hey, don't worry. We're going to put on a show when Sheridan walks in on us that's going to blow her feeble little mind.” Julian replies, “Well, well -- blow her mind or no, just as long as our little drama plays out according to plan and the final curtain rings down on Luis and Sheridan's relationship.”
Still in the foyer Luis and Ethan stand with their arms around their fiancées. Theresa says, “My brother has always called me a silly romantic, but I told him that there was this perfect woman out there just waiting for him.” Sheridan says emphatically, “That would be me!” Luis turns to Sheridan, takes her hand and says, “Yes, it would.” He leans in for another kiss.

Julian and Rebecca come in the front door, and Julian says, “Oh. Well -- ahem -- here's a happy group.” Rebecca chimes in, “Yes. You light up the room.” Sheridan, “Well, we're having a wonderful time. I can't thank you enough for giving us this party.” Julian, “Well, I wish I could take full credit, but father's every bit as responsible as I am.” Sheridan adds, “And I'm going to thank him the next time I speak to him.” Julian, “Yeah, that time is at hand.” Alistair’s voice is heard over the speaker system, “Ladies and gentlemen, your attention, please. Alistair Crane speaking. I want to thank you all for coming and to apologize for my absence. Unfortunately, I have some pressing business concerns, but I wanted to call and wish my daughter and her fiancé all the happiness in the world. Sheridan, dear, I love you so very, very much. And your happiness means everything to me.” Luis keeps his arm around Sheridan. Sheridan smiles as we see how very touched she is by her father’s words. Luis smiles as he watches Sheridan’s reaction. Sheridan smiles and comments to Luis, “Isn't it sweet of father to call?” Luis just smiles at her as Julian says to Rebecca, “Won't be long now. That toothpaste grin on Sheridan's face will be gone. Her life will never be the same.”

Sheridan, Luis and their guests move into the living room before Alistair continues, “Tonight is one of great pride and joy for the Crane family -- pride in my beautiful daughter and Julian's beloved sister, and joy because I can feel even from here that our house is filled with happiness.” Sheridan looks up at Luis and says, “Yes. Oh, yes.” Sheridan is just beaming and Luis smiles as he watches her beautiful face and he smiles at her when she looks into his face.

Alistair’s voice comes through the speakers again, “Now, I don't mean to paint an overly rosy picture. It's no secret Luis has had his differences with the Cranes. But I hope that tonight is the first step toward making him feel like part of our family. So, a most heartfelt welcome to Luis. (Luis raises his eyebrows at that point!) And now I'm afraid I must leave you. The pressing concerns await -- a merger that must be attended to immediately. But I leave you with a smile on my face, knowing that my daughter's engagement party will be a night she'll never forget.” Julian make an announcement, “And now, ladies and gentlemen, we would like to move the party into the solarium where dancing and other festivities are set to begin, so ...” As they pass him, Sheridan offers, “Julian, this is all so wonderful. Thank you so much.” Julian, “Enjoy, dear. It's your night.” Julian kisses her hand.

To be continued………..

6.6.08, 1:51 AM
In the solarium of the Crane mansion at Sheridan and Luis’ engagement party, everyone is dancing, eating, and talking while the guests of honor, Shuis, are dancing oblivious to the others in the room. They dance to “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Sweet Embraceable You” among other tunes. Pilar watches them dance, smiles, and tells TC and Eve, “Luis looks truly happy tonight and in a house that he hated to even enter.”

In the solarium, Shuis are talking with Pilar when Julian enters, “I hate to interrupt, but I need to ask Luis a favor. Security just notified me -- there's a rumor that my gun collection could be the target of thieves while the party's going on. And I was wondering if you would give me a hand -- ugh -- you know, moving it. It's one of the perks of having a cop in the family. Luis shrugs and says, “Yeah, let's go.” Julian quickly says, “Uh, leave your jacket here. You'll be doing some heavy lifting.” He smirks while Luis shrugs and removes his jacket and hands it to Sheridan. Sheridan accepts the jacket, draping it over her arm and says, “Here. Just don't be long.” She smiles as he leans over to kiss her before he follows Julian who comments, “I’ll have him back in a flash. Promise you.”

Outside the mansion, Rebecca tells DeeDee to get ready to make that call.
Inside with Sheridan Pilar excuses herself, “Oh, I see a caterer who's an old friend. I’ll be right back.” Sheridan smiles her OK. As soon as Pilar walks off, a cell phone ringing is heard. Sheridan looks around, “Oh. Must be Luis' phone. (She takes it out of the pocket of his jacket.) Caller I.D. must be turned off. Should I answer it? No. The ringing continues. Sheridan thinks, “What if it's the police station?” The phone rings again. Sheridan then thinks, “Or the F.B.I? Hello?” On the other end of Luis’ cell phone, Deedee replies, “Where the hell are you? Are you never going to make some time for me at this damn party? And when are you going to dump that little spoiled rotten debutante bitch to spend some time with me? You promised you would make love to me tonight.” The more the woman talks, the more stunned Sheridan is.

In Julian's library, he closes a gun case and tells Luis, "If you could take the guns down the hall to the first room on the right -- the door's open, there's a safe inside. Put the guns in there. I'd be forever in your debt. Oh.” Luis, “Yeah, sure.” As soon as Luis leaves the room, the phone rings and Julian answers, “Yes?” Alistair booms, "And how is our plan to split Luis and Sheridan developing? And I want good news. Julian replies, "Everything is running perfectly, father. Luis suspects nothing." Alistair asks, "And Sheridan?" Julian replies, "Well, she's receiving a very unsettling phone call as we speak."

Sheridan appears quite stunned as she listens to Deedee on Luis' phone, "Damn it, you promised you would make love to me tonight, that you would make some time for me. I hate this party, and I hate being alone. Now, come make love to me like you promised. Come on, baby. You told me that spoiled little debutante had nothing compared to me, remember? So prove it to me, big boy. Come to me. Forget little Miss Moneybag because I've got everything you've ever needed." Deedee pauses for effect, then continues, "Fine. If you won't come to me, then I’m going to come to you. I don't care what your rich little fiancée has to say. I’m going to find you, lover. Now, meet me where you said you would. I'll be waiting. Come to me now, baby." Sheridan finds her voice and asks, "What is going on? Who is this?"

In the library, Alistair continues, "Let's hope the phone call does the trick, then." Julian, "How could it miss?" Alistair asks. "And the modifications that I made to your plan -- they're being followed to the letter, yes?" Julian, "Yes. I assure you, I've taken care of everything. The plan is for Sheridan to ultimately discover the Luis imposter in bed with another woman. Every thing's going according to plan. I’m sure Sheridan's still on her phone call to Deedee, staggered by what she's hearing. And Luis -- he hasn't a clue as to what we're up to." Luis returns and as he walks through the door he says, "You're wrong. I know exactly what you're up to."

Outside Deedee to Rebecca, "Sheridan wants to know who it is." Rebecca, "So, just -- just ask her who she is." Deedee, "Who is this?" Sheridan answers, "Sheridan Crane." DeeDee hangs up on Sheridan. Rebecca cheers, "Brava! Deedee, brava. Oh, I can't wait to tell Julian that the first part of our plan went off without a hitch."

In the library, Luis says, "You don't think I have any idea what you're up to?" Alistair, "Whatever could you mean, Luis?" Luis replies, "Everyone warned me about this party, that you had an ulterior motive. And I believed them. Don't have to warn me that the Cranes are up to something. The Cranes are always up to something." Julian, "Really, Luis. After all we've done -- throwing this engagement party for you and Sheridan -- is this how you respond?" Luis replies, "Oh, no, it's worked, Julian. You've made Sheridan a very happy woman. She actually started to believe that you and Alistair actually care about her. Well, I even started to believe it myself. But I know your motive. I see the reason that you're throwing this party. You're trying to make nice with me, trying to soften me up so I'll forget about my father's disappearance." Alistair, "Luis, please, that's ridiculous." Luis, "I’m not here to cause a scene. I’m just putting the both of you on notice. I’m never going to forget about what happened to my father. And I'll follow any lead. If it leads to you, Alistair, or if that leads to you, Julian, heaven help you." Luis walks out and slams the door. Julian looks at the phone, takes a sip of his drink before he says, "Fantastic speech, wouldn't you say, father?" Alistair, "We always did know the Lopez Fitzgeralds were a passionate bunch. Keep me informed, Julian. Luis thinks he can threaten, but he's utterly in the dark. He'll never find a lead concerning his father's disappearance because, after tonight, he'll never be this close to the Crane family again. Get to work."

In the solarium Pilar spots Luis as he returns from his mission, "Luis? Did you help Julian move his guns?" Luis answers, "Yeah, part of it. I had a little heart to heart with Julian and Alistair before we could finish." Pilar asks, "About what?" Luis, "I just wanted to let them know that I’m not giving up trying to find out what happened to papa." Pilar is worried, 'You didn't anger them, did you?" Luis, "So what if I did?" Pilar, "Well, if they weren't planning on destroying your relationship with Sheridan before, they will now." Luis replies, "Mama, look. Sheridan and I love each other, ok? Now, there's nothing they can do to separate us." Sheridan walks up behind Pilar and, "Luis?" Luis,"Yeah?" Sheridan asks, "Did you ask some woman to meet you here at the party?" Sheridan doesn't look happy and Luis looks perplexed.

Sheridan asks, "Who was calling you, Luis?" Luis, "Calling me?" Sheridan, "I don't understand who would do this." Luis, "Well, the only people who have my cell phone number besides you are -- Police Department and my family -- Theresa, Miguel -- Mama, did you just call me?" Pilar says no. Sheridan states, "No, I would've recognized your mother's voice. This voice -- I had never heard it before." Luis questions, "It was a woman?" Sheridan, "Asking you to meet her somewhere." Luis asks, "What, she asked for me specifically, Luis Lopez Fitzgerald?" Sheridan thinks about it, "You know what? I don't remember her saying your name." Luis, "Yeah. Must've been a wrong number." Pilar asks, "What else did she say?" Sheridan., "Well, she mentioned a party and meeting you -- not specifically you, but whoever she was calling. Did you ask anyone to meet you here tonight?" Luis, "No." Pilar wisely says, "Sounds suspicious, doesn't it? I warned you about the Cranes trying to do something at the party." Sheridan, "No, if my family was going to try to do something to us, they wouldn't do it with a phone call. Luis,"Oh, hold on. You know what? Could be the guys at the station playing a joke. They know the party's tonight. I'll get to the bottom of this right now." Luis pulls out his cell phone and dials.

Looking on with DeeDee, Rebecca smiles, "Looks like trouble in paradise. Look at him, squirming, desperately trying to explain the phone call. Deedee, you were magnificent." Deedee, "Yes, I was, wasn't I?"

Luis talks on his cell phone, "All right. Sorry to bother you. Guys at the station house swear up and down that it wasn't them." Sheridan says, "It's so strange. I don't know what to think now. " She looks puzzled. Luis says, "I guess it's just a hell of a wrong number." Sheridan smiles and says, " If only you had heard it." Luis looks at Pilar and asks, "Mama, you ok?" Pilar: I’m fine. I’m going to go mingle a little bit, enjoy the party. I'll see you two later, hmm?" Luis and Sheridan, "OK." Luis, "Guess some guy out there is in a hell of a lot of trouble, huh?" Sheridan agrees, "Big time." Luis, "Yeah." Sheridan looks at Luis, "I’m just happy to know I can trust you no matter what." Luis agrees, "No matter what." They kiss again.

Rebecca is so disappointed as she says, "What is going on? This was supposed to cause a big fight!" Julian, "What? Dear Lord, don't tell me it brought them closer together. Rebecca whines, "Julian, our plan is not working. It is not working at all."

As they end another kiss, Luis asks if Sheridan is hungry.
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Sheridan asks, "For food?" Luis, "Why don't I go rustle us up something to eat." Sheridan thinks that sounds great. They kiss again. Sheridan reminds Luis, " I love you." Luis responds, "I love you, too." Sheridan tells Luis not to take too long. Luis promises that he won't.

Watching from the garden, Rebecca rants, "Oh, I thought at the very least that phone call would provoked a screaming match." Julian tells her to be patient. "We have been planting the seeds of doubt in Sheridan's mind. Once she sees the impostor with Deedee, she'll have to buy it. Fake Luis arrives, "You ready for me now?" Rebecca, "Where's the mask?" Fake Luis, "It was getting too hot. I can put it on quick. Don't worry." Julian tells him to do it! Julian marvels, "It's just uncanny. Luis and Sheridan will never know what hit them."

Standing near the window, Sheridan smiles as she sips her drink and thinks about what happened, "I wonder who that crazy woman was who called Luis. Some poor guy's going to get an earful when he gets home tonight." Her smile fades as she looks up and sees "Luis" with a strange woman and they appear to be arguing.

To be continued………..

6.7.08, 12:42 AM
At the bar at the Shuis engagement party, Luis asks, “Can I get two champagnes, please? Ah. Thank you, sir.” Luis picks up the two glasses and turns to walk off when he runs into Hank who greats him, “There he is, the man of the hour himself.” Luis shakes his hand, “Hank. I'm so glad you could make it, man.” Hank says, “Oh, like I’d miss my best buddy's engagement party. Just help me understand one thing, though.” Luis asks, “Yeah?” Hank asks, “Since when did Sheridan's brother and father become such big fans of yours to throw you a bash like this to welcome you to the family? No offence, amigo, but isn't something a little rotten here in Harmony?” Luis replies, “Yeah. You got that right. That's exactly what I want to know.”

Sheridan walks outside to get a closer look at “Luis” and that woman. She sees them arguing in the gazebo. Sheridan whispers, “I wonder who Luis is talking to. Never seen that woman before.” FauxLuis and DeeDee walk off and Sheridan follows at a distance.

Coming up from behind Sheridan, Julian comments, “But you will be seeing her again, sister dear. I wonder what's keeping Rebecca.” His cell phone rings and Julian answers Alistair’s call. Alistair commands, “Well? I'm waiting.” Julian tells him, “Everything's going according to plan. It won't be long now before Sheridan discovers the man she intends to marry in flagrante with another.” Alistair says sarcastically, “The night of her engagement party, no less.” Julian replies, “Should put a bit of a damper on their wedding plans, don't you think?” Alistair says, “I most certainly do, Julian. (Alistair laughs) I most certainly do.”

In the solarium Hank asks again, “So how do you explain big brother and big daddy's sudden turnaround? Before tonight, I got the distinct impression that they'd rather die than let you marry Sheridan.” Luis informs, “Yeah, well, get this -- they claim it's because they discovered family values after they lost their precious Ethan.” Hank asks, “And you buy that?” Luis says, “Not at all. But Sheridan does. Hank, you should've seen her face when she heard her father say that he loved her. Ever since her mother died when she was a little girl, she's been desperate for his attention.” Hank guesses, “That's why you've gone along with this whole charade.” Luis agrees, “It's the least I can do for the woman I love.”
Sheridan stands just outside the gazebo with her hands on her hips watching FauxLuis and DeeDee arguing. They walk off again and Sheridan thinks about the call that she took on Luis’ phone. She says to herself, “I thought that was a wrong number. Is it possible that Luis -- no. I'm sure Luis can explain.” She walks off in the direction that she thought would lead to FauxLuis and DeeDee.

Out in the garden, Julian comments, “I wish you could be here, father. Sheridan's about to confront Luis about his other woman. It's all synchronized like a fine Swiss timepiece.” Alistair is skeptical, “With your track record, I'd hardly be so smug. You better hope this succeeds in permanently parting Sheridan from Luis. If not, it's back to plan A.” Julian replies, “It's not going to come to that. I'm not going to have to murder my own sister.”

In the gazebo, Sheridan thinks, “I could've sworn Luis and that woman were right out here.” Sheridan cannot see them but soon the voices come through the fog. FauxLuis says, “Let me explain –“ DeeDee replies in a raised voice, “I don't want to hear it. I'm tired of you ignoring me.” FauxLuis replies that he is not. DeeDee cries, “You don't even answer your own cell phone anymore. I thought that was our private number!” Sheridan thinks, “That voice -- it sounds just like the woman on Luis' phone. But he said he had no idea who she was or what the call was about. Why would he lie to me?”

Walking out to the garden, Luis and Hank stop to talk. Hank says, “Maybe we're being too cynical. Maybe Sheridan's brother and father have had a change of heart.” Luis replies, “Not a chance. Just a little while ago, I caught them in the middle of a phone conversation. Julian and Alistair were congratulating each other about how I had no idea about what was going on.” Hank says, “Talk about being caught in the act.” Luis replies, “Right. So my hunch is they're just being nice to me so they can get on my good side and I'll forget about investigating my father's disappearance.” Hank suggests, “They obviously don't know you very well, do they?” Luis continues, “No. They don't know me very well at all. Because I am going to marry Sheridan, I am going to find out what those bastards did to my old man. If I find out that Julian and Alistair did have something to do with my father's disappearance, I’m going to make them pay -- in-laws or not.” Hank assures, “I believe you. Hey, listen. I'm going to go mingle. Tell Sheridan that I’m sorry for, you know, stealing you away for so long.” Luis shrugs, “Yeah, well, I got to find her first. You have a good time tonight. Maybe there's a woman here for you.” Hank smiles, “From your lips, man.”

Rebecca returns to Julian and apologizes, “I'm sorry, Julian. Gwen really needed me. What did I miss?” Julian replies, “Only Sheridan catching sight of her lover outside with our hired floozy. She's gone to investigate.” Rebecca grins, “Hmm. Such a short engagement. I hope she enjoyed it while it lasted. Julian starts talking crazy talk about Tabby and her doll (well, we know that he was telling the truth but Rebecca doesn’t. She just thinks he’s nuts. Funny scenes!) So Rebecca decides to take him to lie down in the library but before she can get him out of the solarium, Luis comes in looking for Sheridan. Luis tells them, “I'm looking for Sheridan. Have either of you seen her?” Julian says no. Rebecca suggests, “Maybe she went upstairs to powder her nose.” Luis says, “Maybe.” He doesn’t look like he believes anything Rebecca might have to say so he quickly walks outside.

Outside as Luis is walking to the gazebo in search of Sheridan, he is stopped by a dark-haired woman who says, “Oh -- oh, oh, oh. Luis. Congratulations.” She gives him a kiss. Luis smiles and says, “Hey, Sharon. Wow. You look great in that purple dress.” Sharon thanks him. Luis asks, “So, where's the big guy tonight?” Sharon replies, “Oh, Harry's on duty at the station, so I’m here for the both of us. Where's your beautiful bride-to-be?” Luis answers, “That's a good question. I'm actually looking for her right now.” Sharon comments, “She's a lucky woman. And, Luis, I’ve got to tell you, I've never seen you look happier.” Luis gives her that gorgeous smile and says, “Well, there's a reason for that. I found the love of my life. For some strange reason, she loves me, too.”

Standing behind the gazebo with fog all around her, Sheridan calls out, “Luis? What's going on? I need to talk to you. Maybe he and that woman went back inside. I've got to find out why he lied to me.”
Julian and Rebecca are in the solarium with FauxLuis and DeeDee, “Take the mask off. Someone sees you and the real Luis in the same room, it'll ruin everything.” He takes the mask off. Julian says, “Yes, that's good. Can't afford to blow it when we're doing so well thus far.” DeeDee asks, “Well, then you're pleased with my acting job, Mr. Crane?” Julian enthusiastically replies, “Oh, extremely, my dear. I'm sure my sister thought that she was witnessing a lovers' spat between Luis and some girlfriend he neglected to tell her about.” Rebecca hopes so. Julian says to Rebecca, “We'll know for sure when Sheridan catches up with Luis. Come, my dear. Let's go find a good spot for which to view the fireworks.”

Sheridan and Luis finally find each other at one end of the gazebo. Luis walks by as Sheridan is standing watching him. He turns and sees her and says, “Sheridan, there you are. I have been looking all over for you.” Sheridan looks very confused but she demands to know, “Luis, why are you lying to me? I saw you talking to that woman.” Luis looks puzzled.

To be continued...

No screen caps for this episode but these were from the summary yesterday that I forgot to post and they were when Shuis were dancing and here is the passage that they go with from yesterday's summary...
In the solarium of the Crane mansion at Sheridan and Luis’ engagement party, everyone is dancing, eating, and talking while the guests of honor, Shuis, are dancing oblivious to the others in the room. Pilar watches them dance, smiles, and tells TC and Eve, “Luis looks truly happy tonight and in a house that he hated to even enter.”
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6.8.08, 12:41 AM
As Julian and Rebecca spy on Sheridan and Luis, Julian comments, “Sheridan is definitely not happy with Luis.” Rebecca replies, “Well, I should hope not. I mean, didn't she just see him having an intimate lovers' spat with a strange but beautiful woman?” Julian answers, “Yes, indeed she did. And as for Luis, he hasn't the foggiest notion about what's going on. “ Rebecca says, “Well, how could he? The man you hired to impersonate him is the one who actually had the lovers' spat.” Julian, “It won't be long, Rebecca, my pet, until Sheridan gets an even bigger shock, and then it's good-bye, Luis Lopez Fitzgerald, forever.” Julian says, “It looks as if Luis and Sheridan are about to get into it.” Rebecca is happy, “Well, I should hope so, after all we've done to try to make that happen.” DeeDee comes to talk to Julian, but he tells her to stay back. They don't want Sheridan to see her with them. DeeDee says, “Don't worry, nobody will see me. So, how's it going with our little lovebirds over there?” Rebecca gleefully comments, “They have got trouble with a capital T. I mean, first there was a call on Luis' cell phone from a supposedly irate girlfriend -- you -- that Sheridan answered. And then Sheridan saw you arguing with Luis.” Julian adds, “Yes, only it wasn't Luis but our impostor friend.” DeeDee replies, “Well, I'd say you hit the nail right on the head. He is in big trouble.” Julian smiles, “Yes, indeed. Our plan is moving along swimmingly.”

At the gazebo, Sheridan stands facing Luis with her arms crossed and asks, “So, who was that woman you were talking to?” Luis looks very confused as he asks, “What?” Sheridan tries again, “The woman you were talking to. Who is she?” Hiding and watching Shuis, Julian comments, “This is it. Luis and Sheridan are finis.”
Rebecca tells Julian, “I can tell by Sheridan's body language that she is just livid.” Julian says, “Yes, the end is near.”

Sheridan faces Luis and asks, “So why won't you tell me who she was?” Luis, beyond confused, asks, “Who who was?” Sheridan answers, “The woman I saw you arguing with just a few minutes ago.” Luis can't figure out what she is talking about so he asks, “You saw me arguing with some woman?” Sheridan says, “Well, that's what it looked like. I don't know. You tell me.” Luis looks concerned, “Well, I wish I could tell you because you're obviously very upset.” Sheridan replies, “I'm not upset. I'm just -- I'm confused. First I answer your cell phone and it's some woman saying that she wants to meet you here at the party, and then I see you talking to the Same woman. I recognized her voice.” Luis says, “I wasn't talking to anyone. I was inside. I was talking to Hank in the solarium.” Sheridan asks skeptically, “You were? You didn't talk to a woman just a few minutes ago?” Luis says, “No. No, I didn't.” Sheridan reaches up and pulls on the collar of his white shirt and says, “Well, then where did you get the lipstick smear from? Huh?“

Looking surprised, Rebecca asks, “Well, that's a curious turn of events. Where did the lipstick come from?” DeeDee says it is not from her. Julian says, “Well, wherever it came from, it couldn't have come at a better time. There's no way Luis can weasel his way out of this one. Luis and Sheridan are through.”

Sheridan repeats, “So how did you get lipstick on your collar?” Luis asks, “It's not yours?” Sheridan looks quite angry as she responds, “No, it's not my shade.” Luis simply says, “I don't know. You know, it's probably Sharon's.” Sheridan asks, “Sharon? Who's she?” Luis tells her, “She's married to one of the cops I work with.” Luis smiles. Sheridan asks, “Why was she so angry with you?” Luis looks confused again, “Angry? She wasn't angry. She came up to me, said hello. She gave me a kiss. And I said she looked nice in this purple dress, and she said, "congratulations on your engagement." Sheridan stops him, “Wait, purple? No, she was wearing gold.” Luis says, “No, she was wearing purple. Come on -- what, are you trying to make me think I’m crazy here?” Sheridan replies, “No, no, of course not. It's just that the woman I saw you arguing with was wearing gold. She was about 5'7", thin, blond hair.” Luis quickly assures her, “Well, that's not Sharon. Sheridan, I wasn't talking to any woman like that, ok?” Sheridan says in frustration, “This is crazy. I saw you out here just a few minutes ago talking to a woman in gold.” Luis has an idea, “Hold on a minute, all right? I know why you thought you saw me talking to some woman.”

Rebecca wonders if Luis has really figured out what is happening. Julian doesn't think that is possible and he hopes not because that means they would have to kill Sheridan.

Luis puts his arm around Sheridan's waist and touches her chin as he walks her back to the solarium. As soon as they are back inside, Sheridan turns to Luis and says, “Look, Luis, if you've got an explanation for what's going on, then I would really like to hear it.” Luis says, “Well, I think the fog made your mind play tricks on you. Sheridan, you saw someone out there that looked like me with someone in gold and you thought it was me.” Sheridan looks quizzically at Luis and asks, “You really think that's it?” Luis points outside and confidently says, “Yeah, sure. Look at the fog. It's so thick out there, you can barely see your hand in front of your face.” Sheridan says, “And I guess the phone call was just a wrong number.” Luis takes Sheridan's hand in his and replies, “Yeah, it had to be. Sheridan, look, there is no one else that I'd rather be at this party with -- or anywhere else, for that matter -- but you, ok?” He raises her hand to his lips and presses a kiss on the back of her hand. Sheridan gives him a small smile.

Luis continues, “There's no other explanation. It has to be the fog.” Sheridan replies, “I guess that could be it.” Luis says, “Or it could be something else.” Sheridan asks, “Like what?” Luis suggests, “Like maybe you don't trust me 100% yet.” Sheridan begins, “Luis, why would --” Luis explains, “Maybe you still haven't gotten over what happened down at the wharf when you thought you heard me say that I was using you.” Sheridan says, “I don't know what that was all about, but I believe you if you say that wasn't you.” Luis goes on, “Maybe you believe me on the surface, but maybe your subconscious doesn't. Maybe it's telling you not to go through with the wedding.” Sheridan looks shocked.

Rebecca, too, looks shocked, “I don't know what happened. Sheridan and Luis should be having a knockdown-dragout by now.” Julian says, “Don't worry. The most important part of the plan is yet to come. By the time this night is over, Luis and Sheridan will be over, as well.”

Luis tells Sheridan, “If you have any doubts or if you don't trust me completely --” Sheridan quickly says, “I do trust you, Luis.” Luis continues, “On the surface. But after what happened down at the wharf, after what you heard, maybe subconsciously --” Sheridan replies, “No, Luis, you're wrong. My heart and my head consciously and subconsciously believe in you. I trust you completely.” Rebecca looks at Julian and shakes her head in disbelief. Luis asks, “Are you sure?” Sheridan replies, “Yes, I’m sure. Look, I'm sorry if I got a little confused. There's just been a weird string of events tonight. I mean, first that phone call with the woman demanding to meet you --” Luis adds, “Yeah, but she didn't ask for me specifically.” Sheridan agrees, “No, you're right, she didn't say your name.” Luis continues, “So obviously it was a wrong number. And as for me arguing with some woman out there, I swear -- “ Sheridan agrees, “You're right. It must have just been the fog.” Luis replies, “I hope you believe me. I love you, and I would never, ever lie to you about anything.” Sheridan puts her arms around Luis' waist and says, “I do believe you because you're the love of my life.” Luis asks, “And you trust me?” Sheridan replies, “With my life. You're the most wonderful man in the world, and I've never been so sure of anything as I am of my love for you.” Luis says, “I feel the same way about you.” They lean in to kiss when his cell phone rings. They separate and Luis pulls the phone out of his pocket. Sheridan jokes, “If it's that woman again, tell her you're busy.” Luis answers, “Yeah. Lopez Fitzgerald. Now? You're kidding me. I'm right in the middle of my engagement party. Yeah, all right. I'll be down right away. (Luis turns to Sheridan) That was the station house. They need me down there right away.” Sheridan says, “No.” Sheridan can't believe this. Luis says, “Sorry.” Sheridan agrees, “Me, too.”

Rebecca is shocked again as she asks, “What, he has to go now? What about the rest of our plan? How are we ever going to make Sheridan believe that she's seeing Luis in bed with DeeDee if she knows he's really at the police station?”

Sheridan and Luis are kissing.
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As the kiss ends, Luis says, “I'm so sorry I have to leave. I feel terrible.” Sheridan asks, “Can't someone else cover for you?” Luis says, “No, I'm afraid not. It's an emergency. I'm really sorry.” Sheridan says, “Me, too. I hate when you have to leave me for any reason.” Luis replies, “Well, I'll be back as soon as I can. I'm really, really sorry.” Sheridan reluctantly says, “It's all right. If I’m going to be a cop's wife, I guess I'm going to have to get used to this, right?” Luis replies, “Right. You're the most wonderful woman in the world. You know that?” They kiss again.

Rebecca asks, “Well, what are we going to do now? Our plan is ruined. How are we going to get our impostor here to convince Sheridan that Luis is in bed with DeeDee when she knows that he's really at the station house?” FauxLuis asks, “Yeah, what happens now?” DeeDee says, “I guess you'd better come up with another plan.” Julian tells them, “Will you all just calm down? Every thing's going according to plan.” Rebecca asks, “How can you say that?” Julian assures her, “Because I arranged for Luis to be called away.” DeeDee, “You did?” Rebecca asks, “But why?” Julian says, “As I said, it's all part of the plan. It doesn't matter whether Luis goes to the station house or to the moon. By the time we're finished tonight, Luis and Sheridan will be torn apart permanently. Just wait and see.”

To be continued...

6.8.08, 11:48 PM
Outside on the front driveway, Rebecca tells Julian, “Except for a few minor glitches, our plan to break up Luis and Sheridan is going perfectly.” Julian replies, “Yes, it is, my pet. By the time this night is over, their fairy-tale romance will have a not-so-happy ending. Sheridan will never forgive Luis when she catches him in bed with another woman.” Rebecca says, “Of course, it will be our impostor here wearing the Luis look-alike mask. Sheridan won't have a clue.”

Upstairs on the landing with his arm around Sheridan, Luis asks, “So are you enjoying our engagement party?” Sheridan replies, “Oh, Luis, this is the happiest night of my life. I feel as if nothing could go wrong.” They stop walking and Luis pulls Sheridan in for a kiss.

Julian is on the phone, “Luis should be leaving for the station house soon. Now, you know what you have to do.” Officer Packer answers, “Yes, your instructions were very clear. When do I get my money?” Julian replies, “You've done well so far. Keep up the good work, and in the morning, you'll be properly rewarded.” Rebecca gleefully says, “Oh, this is so much fun! I just wish I could see the look on Sheridan's face when she finds her beloved in the throes of passion with another woman.” FauxLuis says, “We could always film the moment. Although I do charge extra for that.” Rebecca says, “Hmm. Well, unfortunately, Julian won't go for that. We could make so much money, I mean, just selling the tapes. Every network would want to broadcast how Sheridan Crane found her lover in bed with DeeDee. Oh! It is just utterly delicious.” She claps her hands together.

Walking down the grand staircase to the front foyer, Sheridan tells Luis, “I wish you didn't have to go to the station. I'll miss you every second you're gone.” Luis replies, “Oh, baby. I don't want to leave you, either. But the sooner I go, the sooner I’ll get back.” Sheridan coos and purrs her pleasure at the thought, “Hmm.” Luis continues, “Then we can spend the rest of the night in each other's arms.” Sheridan smiles, “Hmm, I like the sound of that.” They kiss and kiss and kiss! So cute!

Walking hand in hand to the front door, Sheridan pouts, “Well, I hope you won't be gone too long.” Luis says, “Well, I promise to hurry back, all right?” Sheridan says, “Good, because I can't bear to be at our engagement party without my future husband.” Luis smiles, “"Husband." Huh. That has a nice ring to it.” Sheridan smiles and sighs, “Mm-hmm.” Luis kisses Sheridan. Luis says so sincerely, “You're the only woman I’ll ever love.” Sheridan replies, “I am so incredibly lucky to have you.” Luis counters, “No, no, no. I'm the lucky one.” They kiss again.
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Julian tells the group, “Well, this is turning out to be a piece of cake. Our friendly cop Packer will do his job, and the rest is up to our happy couple.” Rebecca to the actors, “Oh, now you two know exactly what to do, right?” Julian comments, “Yes, something tells me that their jobs will come pretty naturally.” DeeDee takes FauxLuis by the arm as they walk off, “This is what I call mixing business and pleasure.” Julian nods his agreement.

Sheridan and Luis are still at the front door kissing when Sheridan suddenly hears DeeDee's voice and breaks the kiss. Sheridan asks, “Did you hear that?” Luis smiles, “No. I was too focused on you to hear anything.” Luis tries to go back to kissing but Sheridan stops him with a hand on his chest as she remembers the call that she heard on Luis' cell phone. She tells him that she heard a voice. Sheridan recognizes the voice, “That's it. That's the voice of the woman I heard on your cell phone earlier -- the one that I thought you were arguing with.” Luis say, “Well, I didn't hear it, but I thought we worked that out anyway. The caller was a wrong number, and I wasn't arguing with any woman, so -- “ Luis is still trying to kiss Sheridan but she is focused on the voice she heard as she says, “I know, but I have to see who she is.” She walks passed a confused Luis to open the front door and run outside where she sees Julian. She asks him if he was just talking to a woman and of course, he says he was talking to Rebecca. Julian asks her if anything if wrong.

Tabitha and Timmy have been watching Shuis and others from the reflecting pool down in the lair. Tabby tells Timmy, “Ooh! The fake Luis and that little harlot ducked out of sight just in time. Oh. Can you imagine the fireworks if Luis saw his look-alike holding the mask of his own face?” Timmy says, “Timmy guesses Luis wouldn't be very happy.” Tabitha cackles, “Oh, that's an understatement, and Julian would have been blown out of the water, and Sheridan would have turned on her own family. Then she would have done everything possible to find out what happened to Luis' father, Martin.” Timmy asks, “What did happen to Luis' father?” Tabitha replies, “Oh, you are a nosy little fellow, aren't you? Suffice it to say that this all would have meant the end of the Crane dynasty.” Timmy says, “Yikes. Timmy bets Julian would not like that.” Tabitha replies, “Julian better hope his plan works tonight. But whatever the outcome, it's all going to be great entertainment for us, isn't it, Timmy?” Tabitha chuckles.

As Luis holds Sheridan's hand she tells Julian, “I heard a woman's voice just now. It was the same one that I heard on Luis' cell phone earlier, and then I thought I saw him arguing with her.” Julian says, “I have no idea what you're talking about” Rebecca adds, “Oh, it's probably just your imagination. You know, the fog has a way of playing tricks on people.” Julian says, “In any case, why worry about such silly things on such a wonderful night?” Rebecca says, “Oh, Julian is right. I mean, this party is so that you can celebrate your love.” Julian adds, “Absolutely, and you should be inside with your guests. I do hope you weren't planning on going anywhere.”

Watching from the reflecting pool in the lair, Timmy comments, “That Julian is one sneaky one.” Tabitha says, “You don't know the half of it. I can't wait to see how Julian's devilish plot works out tonight.”

Outside as Luis stands with his arm around Sheridan's waist, Julian continues, “The party is in full swing. I do hope the guests of honor aren't going anywhere.” Rebecca's voice, “Oh, Julian, you are playing them perfectly. They'll never know you're dying for Luis to leave.” Sheridan looks so sad as Luis replies, “Actually, I got a call from the police station. Evidently, they have something for me to do.” Julian acts surprised, “What, during your own engagement party? Surely it can wait till tomorrow.” Rebecca's voice, “Ooh, you're good. A little reverse psychology never hurts.” Sheridan answers, “Unfortunately, it has to be done right away.” Julian says, “Oh.” Sheridan adds. “Luis promised that he won't be long.” Luis turns to Sheridan and says, “That's right. Then I’m going to be back in my baby's arms.” Luis kisses Sheridan. Luis and Sheridan are still standing on the steps on the front landing, front porch, to the mansion while Julian and Rebecca stand across from them in the driveway. Julian says, “Well, before you go, I would like to say something to you.” Luis asks, “What's that?” Julian says, “I know you've had your doubts about Alistair and me throwing this engagement party, and frankly, I don't blame you, considering our rocky history, but we're going to be family soon, and I do hope we can all start over.” Sheridan has such a big smile but Luis looks skeptical as Sheridan says, “Nothing would make me happier. It means so much to me that you and father have thrown us this party, that you're finally accepting our relationship. I hope that this can be a start of something new for all of us.” Rebecca says, “Oh, I can guarantee you that after tonight nothing will ever be the same again.” Luis replies, “Yeah. Look, I'll be honest with you, Julian. I didn't want you to throw us this party. I was sure you were up to something. But heck, I guess I was wrong since nothing bad has happened tonight, so --” Julian says, “Well, just so much water under the bridge. In fact, when you get back, I'm going to toast your engagement.” Sheridan is so happy as she says, “This night is turning out to be perfect.” Rebecca adds, “Oh, and I just have a feeling it is only going to get better.” Luis turns to Sheridan, “Well, I'll see you soon, sweetheart.” As Luis kisses Sheridan he caresses her neck and hair, she says, “OK.” Sheridan watches Luis walk off and says, “Hurry back, Luis. Hurry back.”

As Julian walks FauxLuis and DeeDee down the driveway, he asks, “Now, you know what you have to do? Before you go in the house, you make sure you park the car under the lamppost because our whole plan depends upon Sheridan seeing that car.” FauxLuis, “Got it.” Julian says, “All right, and don't forget to put your tuxedo jacket on the front seat. Once Sheridan sees that, she'll be sure it's Luis' car.” FauxLuis, “I didn't let you down last time we split up Luis and Sheridan, and I won't this time.” Julian smiles, “That's exactly what I wanted to hear. Now you two kids run along and have fun.” DeeDee says, “Oh, we certainly will.” Julian comments, “By the time this night is over, Luis and Sheridan's love story will have reached its final chapter.”

Back inside the solarium, Julian says, “I must say, Sheridan, I'm getting to like that fiancé of yours. I can understand why you fell in love with him.” Sheridan says, “Julian, it means so much to hear you say that.” Julian adds, “Well, I just want what's best for my sister. I was skeptical at first, but now I'm sure Luis is the one for you.” Rebecca's voice, “You practically have me fooled, Julian.” Sheridan is so happy as she tells him, “I'm so glad you feel that way. Luis is a wonderful man.” Julian says, “Yes -- oh, I hope he's also a wonderful driver. I noticed the fog was getting rather thick out there. I'm sure an experienced police officer like Luis will have no problems.” Sheridan answers, “Well, yes. Luis is an excellent driver. You know, I think I'm going to call the station, though, just to make sure.” Sheridan picks up the phone a dials the police station. Packer answers, “Harmony P.D., Officer Packer speaking.” Sheridan, “Hello. This is Sheridan Crane. Is Luis Lopez Fitzgerald there?” Packer looks out the window of the police station and sees Luis getting out of his car but he tells Sheridan, “I'm sorry, but Luis isn't here.” Sheridan asks, “Are you sure? Someone called him down to the station. He should have arrived by now.” Packer adds, “He's definitely not here, and I have no idea who called him.” Sheridan replies, “Ok, well, please just tell him I called.” As she hangs up she says to Julian, “That's strange. Luis isn't there yet.” Julian says, “Yes, well, that is odd. Are you sure he received a call from the station?” Sheridan replies, “Yes. But the officer that I spoke to said that he doesn't know who called him.” Julian says, “Well, there must be some logical explanation.” Sheridan begins to think, “Maybe he had an accident.” Julian suggests, “Oh, darling, don't get upset. I'm sure he's just driving slowly because of the fog.” Rebecca agrees, “Oh, Julian's right. I'm sure there is no need to worry.” Sheridan replies, “Well, I can't help it.” She walks out of the room.

Arriving at the set up house, FauxLuis, “All set. The car is parked under the street lamp just like Mr. Crane instructed. Sheridan will see the jacket on the seat and she'll be convinced it's Luis' car. So far we've followed Mr. Crane's directions perfectly.” DeeDee agrees, “And now for the fun part. You are going to use a Luis voice in the bedroom, aren't you?” FauxLuis, “Of course.” DeeDee says, “Good, because I can just imagine doing all kind of naughty things with Officer Lopez Fitzgerald.” FauxLuis replies, “Not a bad way to make a living. Too bad after tonight Mr. Crane won't be needing us again.” They walk into the house.
Sheridan walks out the front door, stops at the entry to think, “Maybe I shouldn't drive to the police station. It'll make Luis crazy if I worry about him every time he's late. But something is just not right. Why isn't he there yet? And what was that strange phone call all about?” Then she remembers the strange call on Luis' cell phone and thinks, “Something is definitely off. I'll just go to the station this one time. I have to make sure Luis is ok.”

Julian congratulates himself, “Yes, I was brilliant tonight, even if I do say so myself.” Rebecca agrees, “Yes, you did give a wonderful performance. You know, you could give lessons on how to break up a happy couple in 10 easy steps.” Julian says, “I just hope father saw my stupendous work. Oh, wait. There's one more thing I have to do.” Rebecca asks what it is. Julian tells her that it is just a little icing on the cake. He asks her to follow him.

In the bedroom of the set up house, FauxLuis says, “Guess it's time to put this on.” He puts the mask on which causes DeeDee to comment, “You're a dead ringer for Luis. Well, I guess we'd better start earning our money, huh?” FauxLuis says, “You got that right. If all goes according to plan, Sheridan should be here any minute now.” DeeDee says, “And when she gets here, she's going to be in for the shock of her life.”

To be continued...

6.10.08, 12:59 AM
Outside in the front driveway of the mansion, Julian calls, “Sheridan? Now, please, don't drive in this fog. It's too dangerous.” Sheridan replies, “I have to find out why Luis isn't at police headquarters. I mean, he's had plenty of time to drive into town, but when I called the station, they said that he wasn't there and that no one had called him in.” Rebecca is quick to comment, “Well, that is odd. I mean, especially after that strange phone call Luis got earlier. Where could Luis be?” Sheridan gets into her car as she says, “Well, I have to find him no matter where he is.”

In the bedroom of the set up house, FauxLuis is reading in bed with DeeDee lying next to him waiting for Sheridan to arrive when he says, “Hey, was that a car door slamming?” DeeDee opens her eyes and says that she didn’t hear anything. FauxLuis hopes that Sheridan gets there soon because he can hardly breathe in the mask. DeeDee tells him to deal with it for the amount of money he is getting paid. He tells her that she better now mess things up. “Sheridan’s supposed to believe that her true-blue fiancé, Luis, is rolling around the sheets with you.” DeeDee looks at him and says, “Don't you worry. I will make Sheridan a true believer, ok? Now, did you park the Luis look-alike car where you were supposed to, where Sheridan will see it?” FauxLuis answers, “Yeah, it's outside under the streetlight. Sheridan's got to pass this way on her way into town. There's no way she can miss it.”

Luis parks his car at the police station and enters to see Packer so he asks, “Ok, packer, what's the big emergency?” Officer Packer answers, “The mayor's office wants a report on that case you worked on.” Luis asks, “That couldn't have waited till tomorrow?” Officer Packer answers, “I know you were at your engagement party.” Luis goes to his desk and removes his tux jacket as he says, “That's ok. His honor will have it in no time. Anyone else call?” Packer tells Luis that nobody called. Luis sits at his desk and says, “I thought Sheridan would've called to see if I made it through the fog. You know, up by the Cranes, the fog was so thick. As soon as I got into town, it just cleared right up. It's funny.” Packer reminds, “The report, Luis.” Luis says, “Oh, yeah. Yeah, I'm going to have this thing knocked out in no time, and then I’ll be right back at that party.”

In her car, Sheridan tells Julian, “Don't worry. I'll drive carefully.” Julian pleads, “Sheridan, please, don't go.” Sheridan says, “But I have to make sure Luis is all right.” Julian tells her, “Well, if you won't reconsider, at least turn back if the fog gets any thicker.” Sheridan assures, “I'll be fine.” Rebecca comments, “That's what she thinks. Why were you trying to keep Sheridan from leaving? Our whole plan depends on her seeing Luis' car outside Deedee's house.” Julian says, “Well, I know, Becks. But I also know my sister. She never listens to a word I say. Now I'm on record pleading with her not to go.” Rebecca exclaims, “Oh. You were acting.” She claps her hands in glee. Julian concurs, “A most convincing performance, if I do say so myself. Now no one can possibly think that I had anything to do with what happens next. You see, Sheridan can't miss seeing what appears to be Luis' car parked in front of DeeDee's house because DeeDee lives on the coast road, which is the only way into town from here. She'll stop, see if Luis is all right, and in doing so will catch Luis in bed with la DeeDee.” Rebecca thinks, “Hmm, what I would have given to be in the sack with that hunk.” Julian continues, “I know my sister. She'll feel so betrayed she'll never want to see Luis again. You know, the mayor himself called for that report from Luis, and I paid Packer quite handsomely to keep my would-be brother-in-law at the station long enough for Sheridan to catch her dreamboat docking with another woman. Just think -- in a short while, Luis and Sheridan will be torn asunder, and we won't have their blood on our hands.”

At the reflecting pool in the lair, Timmy says, “Julian is so mean to his sister.” Tabitha tells him, “Well, that's hardly news, lad. Everyone knows that Alistair and Julian Crane are snakes. Oh, how I hate those two. The Cranes always destroy lives and seem to get away with it, but when I destroy lives, I wind up getting burned at the stake. It's not fair, Timmy. It's really not fair. Well, anyway, tonight Julian is finally going to pay for all the dastardly things he's done.”

Telephone rings at the police station. Luis knowingly says, “That's going to be Sheridan right there.” He leans back in his chair as he answers the phone, “Hello, beautiful. Ahem -- no, no, I'm sorry, Mr. Mayor. Yeah, you know, I'm actually working on it right now. Yeah. I'll fax it over to you real soon. Ok.” Packer asks, “Are you really that close to finishing?” Luis replies, “Oh, yeah. I just got to -- just got to add this perp's last arrest.” Packer leans over Luis' desk and deliberately pours his coffee on Luis' paperwork and computer keyboard. Packer exclaims, “Oh, man, I’m sorry. Here you are. I can't believe how clumsy I am, man.” Luis calms him, “It's ok. It was an accident. Look, just call the mayor and tell him this report's not going to be ready for a while longer, all right? I'll call Sheridan and tell her I'm not going to be at the party right away.”

In the bedroom of the set up house FauxLuis answers the phone. Julian asks, “Is everything set?” FauxLuis, “Yes, sir, Mr. Crane. The car is outside, parked under the streetlight just like you wanted it.” Julian smiles, “Excellent. Sheridan should be there any minute. Now, make sure this tryst looks real.” FauxLuis assures, “Oh, yeah, it will. When Sheridan walks in and sees me and Deedee going at it, it's going to blow her mind.”

Driving down the coast highway to town, Sheridan thinks, “That's odd. The fog was so thick when I left the mansion. Now it's almost gone even though I’m right on the coast. That looks like Luis' car.”

In the solarium Julian comments, “Oh. I'd say that our Luis impostor and DeeDee are being paid a small fortune to carry off this ruse. They'd better come through because if we fail in separating Luis and Sheridan, I’m going to have to kill my sister, and I really don't want to have to kill my own sister.” Rebecca make a face, “And nor do I.” Julian says, “But you heard father -- if all else fails, and we don't kill Sheridan, father will have someone kill us.” Rebecca is confident, “Don't worry. Everything is going according to plan. We are not going to kill anyone, and no one is going to kill us.”

Pulling up to the set up house, Sheridan thinks, “That looks like Luis' car. What would it be doing here?” Inside the house, FauxLuis says, “Sheridan. She's here.” DeeDee says, “That's our cue. Let's get out of here.” Sheridan looks around and says, “This is the only house around here. And if that's Luis' car, then he must be inside. Only one way to find out.” She gets out of her car.

At the police station, Luis says, “Well, the keyboard's working again. Now all I got to do is dry these files enough so I can read what I wrote.” Packer apologizes again, “I'm really sorry, Luis. I know you're in a hurry to get back to your engagement party. Your fiancée must be going nuts.” Luis says, “It's ok. She knows I had to leave to go on police business. It's not going to be easy for her being married to a cop. I mean, a lot of nights apart. It's a good thing our love's so strong. It's going to carry us through the toughest of times.”

FauxLuis says, “Ok, show time.” DeeDee laughs as they drop clothes all over the living room and hallway in a trail to the bedroom. Sheridan looks around and into the red car that she thinks must be Luis'. Sheridan thinks, “This is the same model and make of Luis' car. I don't know his license plate number. Why would he stop here? Tuxedo jacket. This has to be Luis' car. What's he doing here? Luis? Luis? She hears music playing and DeeDee laughing as she says to stop. Sheridan says, “Voices.” DeeDee shouts, “Come here, big boy.” Sheridan thinks, “Music.” FauxLuis growls, “Yeah.” Sheridan thinks, “Luis must have stopped here on police business before going to the station.” DeeDee is heard again, “You're such a tiger.”

Sheridan looks through the window. FauxLuis says, “Deedee, get over here.” Sheridan thinks, “Wine, lit cigarette. And I hear voices -- a man and woman’s. But it can't be Luis. Maybe he has the house under surveillance.” DeeDee laughs. Sheridan calls out, “Luis?” DeeDee says, “You're having --” FauxLuis says, “I'm going to get you.” DeeDee comments, “You're having way too much fun, aren't you?” Sheridan thinks, “I wonder if he's in some kind of danger inside.” She opens the front door and looks in.

Packer looks at the picture of Sheridan on Luis' desk and comments, “Sheridan's really beautiful.” As he looks over the papers he just printed, Luis replies, “Yeah, I'm the luckiest guy in the world.” Packer continues, “It's really something, you being engaged to a Crane.” Luis says, “Yeah. Sheridan's family did try to break us up, but they threw in the towel once they realized there was nothing they can do. Well, that should do it. I've just got to finish sending this fax over to the mayor, and I'm heading back to the party. You know, Packer, tonight's going to be one night Sheridan and I are never going to forget.”

Sheridan walks in the front door and calls out, “Luis? What if Luis stopped to investigate a crime and was taken hostage?” Standing in the living room Sheridan sees the clothes. FauxLuis whispers, “She's in the hall. This is it.” He leans over to start kissing DeeDee beginning their performance. DeeDee moans, “Oh. Oh, Luis. Oh.” Sheridan quietly calls, “Luis? Are you in there?” DeeDee continues, “More. Don't stop. Oh, yes. Don't stop.” Sheridan opens the bedroom door and is devastated to see Luis in bed with the strange woman. She backs out of the room and flattens herself against the wall in the hallway and says, “It can't be. Luis would never do this to me.”

To be continued...

This is a picture that was taken from a magazine article with Sheridan modeling her engagemant party dress. She looks beautiful in it. Thanks to Jen's Passions Page for this picture.
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6.10.08, 9:10 PM
Thanks, Ann.

6.11.08, 1:52 AM
In Julian’s library, Rebecca soothes Julian, “Look, Julian, don't you think you should slow down a little bit here? At least until we find out whether we've succeeded in breaking up Luis and Sheridan.” Julian replies, “Of course we'll succeed. Plan is foolproof, thanks to my last-minute decision to bribe one of Harmony's finest and call in a favor from the mayor. While Luis is answering a false alarm at the police station, my sister's going to see his masked doppelganger in the act with our hired bimbette. So, no, Rebecca, I am not about to slow down after what I've endured this evening.” Rebecca pouts, “Well, I hope you're right. Because if any part of our plan backfires, then your father is going to force us to kill your sister.”

At the police station, Luis looks over his report and says, “Well, it's not the most thorough report I've ever written, but ought to satisfy the mayor for tonight.” As you look over Luis’ shoulder you can see the pictures he keeps on a shelf behind him. The one of him is the picture of him standing with his arms around Sheridan when she is wearing a red blouse.
(This is the picture that Luis had on the shelf behind his desk.)
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Packer asks, “Don't tell me you're finished already, Luis.” Luis replies, “Just about. Just got to give it a final once-over.” Packer apologizes again, “Listen, I'm really sorry about spilling my coffee on your computer before.” Luis brushes it off, “Don't worry about it. It was an accident, right?” Packer says, “Yeah, but of all nights. I mean, it's bad enough you were called in to do this thing in the middle of your engagement party –“ Luis says, “Yeah, so what's the big surprise? You know, it's not like we didn't know what we were signing up for.” Packer picks up one of the pictures of Sheridan from Luis’ desk and asks, “So -- tell me -- your fiancée, Sheridan Crane, she's from a whole other world. You think she's going to be able to handle being a cop's wife?” Luis replies, “Yeah. She says she can handle it as long as we're together. How about that, huh?” Packer comments, “Yeah, you're one lucky guy.” Luis agrees, “Yeah. Yeah, I'm surprised she didn't call, though, just to check up on me. Well, she must've got tied up with the guests at the party.” Packer thinks about answering the phone when Sheridan called and lying to her. Luis says, “You know, life's funny, Packer. Just when you think you got it all figured out, you learn something new. I wasted a lot of time worrying about the bad things that could go wrong between me and Sheridan -- like her family's bad attitude about her and I being together.” Packer asks, “Oh, yeah?” Luis answers, “Yeah. And I finally realized that I was just wasting my time. You see, as long as Sheridan and I were straight with each other, there was nothing her family can do to split us up.”

In the library, Julian answers the phone to find it is Officer Packer. Julian asks, “Officer. Is Luis still there?” Looking over at Luis, Packer replies, “Yes, but he's about to leave. He's almost finished with those phony reports for the mayor.” Julian spits out, “Stall him! It's too early for him to come back to the party.” Packer asks how he is supposed to do that. Julian tells him, “You figure it out. That's what I'm paying you for. You just keep him there.” Julian hangs up and turns to Rebecca who asks, “What? Is Luis on his way back to the mansion?” Julian replies, “Yes, it's far too early. We don't even know if Sheridan has seen his double in bed with the other woman yet. If he comes back now, it could ruin everything.”

At the station Luis says, “Well, that's a wrap. All I got to do is fax this to the mayor, and I'm going back to the party. Hey, man, I hate to leave you here all alone, but my fiancée’s a lot prettier than you are. No offence.” Packer tells him that he can’t go which makes Luis suspicious. Packer tries to cover, “The mayor may have a couple questions once he reads this. I mean, you'd better stick around just in case.” Luis tells him, “Well, tell him to call me on my cell phone.” Packer shrugs, “It's up to you.” Luis looks at him and asks, “What is it with you tonight, packer? You're all jumpy and edgy. You know, I saw you on the phone before in that intense conversation. Then you spill coffee all over my computer, you freeze my keyboard. Now, hold on a minute. Now I know why you don't want me to leave.”

In the bedroom of the set up house, DeeDee calls out, “Oh. Don't stop. Please don't stop. Mmm. Oh.” Sheridan is still standing in the doorway as she thinks, “Luis lied to me about the woman on his cell phone. He was with her in the fog outside the house. And he left our engagement party to make love to her.” Sheridan is just devastated by this turn of events.

At the police station Luis comments, “It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out. You forget, Packer, I'm a trained cop, just like you are. I know all the tricks.” Packer tries, “Let me explain, Luis –“ Luis cuts him off, “That's what I'm trying to tell you. There's no need to explain. You see, I got the whole picture here. So let's not play games anymore. I know exactly what you're covering up.” Packer reaches for his gun as he says, “Sometimes you're too smart for your own good, Luis.”

Sheridan thinks, “I've got to get out of here.” She leaves the hallway and walks back to the living room. DeeDee says, “You can drop the act now. She's gone.” FauxLuis asks, “Man. Are you sure she saw enough?” DeeDee replies, “Oh, yes, more than enough.” FauxLuis says, “Man. Ok. It's a nice job if I do say so myself. Once again Julian Crane gets his money's worth.”
As Sheridan holds onto the couch in the living room for support, she cries, “How could you, Luis? How could you do this to us?”

Luis says, “You're going to have to work on your technique, Packer. You're as transparent as glass.” Luis walks to Packer’s desk and picks up a picture. “Why didn't you just tell me that you and Miranda are having a tough time?” Packer asks in surprise, “What?” Luis adds, “She's giving you a hard time about pulling the night shift, isn't she? You know what? You can't blame her, right? You know, most women, they don't know what they're getting themselves into when they start going out with a cop. I'd love to talk with you about this any time, just not tonight, huh?” Packer replies, “Yeah, I'd appreciate that.” Luis adds, “Look, you know what? Maybe Miranda’s just freaked out because you got to level with her, you know? Tell her where you stand, what kind of future you'll have together. I'll bet you 10-1 once you level with her you're not going to be having any more of those hushed arguments I heard when I walked in, huh?” Packer says, “You may be right.” Luis says, “Yeah. Look, speaking of women we love, I'm way overdue getting back to mine. Take it easy, huh?” He gets his jacket and leaves.

In the library Rebecca thinks, “Well, surely Sheridan has come across our little lovemaking scene by now. Why hasn't the Luis imposter called?” Julian asks, “You don't think anything went wrong, do you?” Rebecca looks uneasy, “I certainly hope not. Because I, for one, want nothing to do with killing your sister or Luis.” Julian says, “Nor do I. But father won't rest until he's certain they've broken up for good.” The phone rings. FauxLuis says, “It's me, Mr. Crane. You said to call in.” Julian asks, “What happened?” FauxLuis replies, “Worked like a charm. I didn't get to see your sister's face because I was otherwise occupied, if you know what I mean.” Julian, “Spare me the prurient details. Just tell me where's Sheridan right now?” FauxLuis tells him, “Well, according to DeeDee, she ran out of here like a bat out of hell. She's probably halfway back to the Crane mansion by now with her heart in a million pieces.” Julian says, “Well done. Thank you for calling.” FauxLuis replies, “Ahem. Mr. Crane? You still owe Deedee and me some money.” Julian tells him, “You'll get the balance when you contact me with your new address. Or have you forgotten that part of our agreement was that you both leave town. I can't afford the off chance of someone recognizing either one of you.” Julian hangs up and turns to Rebecca, “We did it. Sheridan's worst nightmare came true right before her eyes. Adios, Luis.” Rebecca is overjoyed.

At the door of the set up house, Sheridan stops, “What am I doing, running out of here like a heartbroken schoolgirl who got what she deserved? Luis betrayed my trust. He betrayed us. I'm going to go tell him what I think of him.” FauxLuis says, “Crane says we got to get out of town if we want to get paid.” Deedee comments, “Darn, I was hoping he wouldn't hold us to that part of the deal. I was really beginning to like it here in Harmony.” FauxLuis, “Yeah? Well, get over it if you want your money.” He takes off the mask. DeeDee is packing up, “Well, we better make tracks.” FauxLuis, “What's the rush?” DeeDee comments, “You said we wouldn't get our money unless we get out of here.” FauxLuis coaxes, “15 minutes isn't going to make a difference one way or another. Let's finish what we started.” Deedee stops him, “Whoa, whoa, whoa, big boy. In your dreams. I was being paid to kiss you before.” FauxLuis replies, “I'm still the same sexy guy.” Deedee says, “If only. That Luis -- he's a real hunk. I mean, you're ok and all. It's just that, well, you're not in his league.” FauxLuis reaches for DeeDee as he says, “Give a guy a chance, will you? I was only acting before. Let me show you what the real me can do.” He throws the mask on the floor and it goes all the way to the hallway. Lying on the bed, DeeDee says, “Oh. Mmm. Oh. Oh.”

Sheridan stands in the hallway to the bedroom door, the mask at her feet but she doesn’t look down. When she hears the noises coming from the bedroom again she thinks, “I can’t. I can't let him see me like this.” She runs off.

Coming down the stairs at the Crane mansion, Pilar prays, “Please, God, let Sheridan and Luis be all right.” Luis walks through the front door as she says, “Mijo, is everything ok?” Luis answers, “Yeah, everything's fine. What happened to the party?” Pilar replies, “Well, it ended early. I think everyone wanted to go home before the fog got too thick to drive.” Luis says, “Yeah, it is weird weather. You know, the coast road is completely clear now.” Pilar thinks, “Hmm, how strange. Where were you?” Luis replies, “Believe it or not, I was at the police station. The mayor freaked out about some report he claimed he needed. How much you want to bet he doesn't look at it till next week? Well, so where's the love of my life?” Pilar says, “I haven't seen Sheridan. I just came from upstairs.” Luis says, “Well, I'll find her. You know, it's too bad everyone left. I wanted to propose a special toast to my bride-to-be. I guess I'll just have to do it in private. Are you ok?” Pilar replies, “I'm fine. It's just been a long, difficult night, but it's over now. As long as you and Sheridan are ok.” Luis says, “Yeah, why wouldn't we be? Mama, you worry too much, you know?”

Walking outside on the front driveway of the mansion, Rebecca asks Julian, “You don't suppose she'll go right to the main house, do you?” Julian replies, “After seeing the man she believes is her lover in bed with another woman? Absolutely not. She'll want to be alone to lick her wounds.” Rebecca says, “And we'll just happen to be here to help console her. Let's pretend like we're out for a post party stroll, ok?” Julian says, “Ahem. Sheridan, is that you?” Sheridan replies, “Yes. I'm kind of tired. If you'll excuse me.” Julian replies, “Oh, yes, of course. But, tell me, did you ever find Luis?” Rebecca asks, “Why, Sheridan, what's wrong? You're crying.” Sheridan says, “I really don't want to talk about it.” Julian, “Well, nothing happened? Luis wasn't in an accident?” Sheridan, “No, Luis is fine, but we're not. It's over. I don't ever want to see him again.” Julian, “Oh, you poor baby. Oh.” Julian holds out his arms to comfort Sheridan. He pats her back as she cries on his shoulder.

Walking into the cottage, Rebecca coos, “Here, why don't you just come on right in here and just sit here on the couch, ok?” Julian, “Perhaps I'll get you a nice glass of water -- or a stronger drink might help.” Sheridan sits on the couch. She says, “No, thank you. I don't want anything.” Rebecca, “You know, everyone has lovers' spats. I'm sure you'll make up by morning.” Sheridan, “This wasn't a spat, and we're not going to make up. It is over. It is really, truly over.” Julian acts confused, “Excuse me. I don't understand. The two of you were so happy earlier in the evening.” Sheridan replies, “I don't mean to be rude, but I really don't want to talk about this tonight.” They all stand up. “I just want to be alone.” Julian, “Of course, I -- but I want you to know I’m here for you, no matter what. I know I have not been much of a brother in the past, but I want that all to change. You know, our dear mother always hoped that I would look after you.” Rebecca prods, “Sheridan, your brother loves you. He just has a hard time showing it. I'm sure it's because your -- your father is so uncomfortable with his emotions.” Sheridan says, “Maybe it would help to talk.” She sits on the couch again. Julian tells her, “I would be honored if you -- if you confided in me.” Sheridan tells all, “I saw Luis making love to another woman tonight.” Sheridan picks up a pillow from her couch and hugs it to her chest for comfort. Rebecca acts surprised, “What?” Julian, “God, that's impossible. If there's one thing we know about Officer Lopez Fitzgerald, it's that he's in love with you.” Sheridan replies, “No, I know what I saw. There were warning signs all night, but I tried to ignore them. First there was a strange phone call on his cell phone that I heard, and then I saw him talking to a woman in the fog. When I confronted him about it, he just -- he just denied everything.” Rebecca, “Well, how did you come across Luis with this person?” Sheridan explains, “After I left to go look for Luis, I saw his car parked outside a house on old coast road.” Julian, “I'm confused. I thought Luis was going to the police station.” Sheridan, “That's what he told me. But when I called the station, they said that he wasn't there and that no one had called him in. Anyway, when I saw his car outside the house, I went inside to see why he was there, and that's when I saw them in her bed.” Julian lays it on thick, “That dirty scoundrel.” And so does Rebecca, “Oh, you poor dear.” Sheridan cries, “I can't believe my stupidity. I mean, a long time ago I heard Luis on the phone telling someone that he was just using me.” Julian, “Yes, I think I remember.” Sheridan continues, “And when I finally confronted him about it, he said that it was just a mistake. Well, some mistake. I mean, it's bad enough to trust the wrong person once, but to do it again -- I'm just -- I'm a fool. I'm nothing but a pathetic, gullible fool.” Julian moves closer to Sheridan on the couch and hugs her as she cries.

Still hugging the pillow to herself, Sheridan cries softly as Julian promises, “I'm so sorry, darling. But if it's any consolation, I'm not going to let Luis get away with this.” Rebecca adds, “No punishment is too great after what he's done. On the night of his engagement party, no less. Of course, I don't know why I'm surprised when I think about what his sister Theresa did to my Gwen the night before her wedding. But don't you worry. You'll realize you're better off without him, Sheridan, just like Ethan will realize that he's better off without Theresa.” They hear footsteps approaching Sheridan’s door. Julian wonders, “Now, who the devil's that?” Sheridan looks up and says, “Oh, my God.” A smiling Luis opens the door and says, “Honey, I’m home.” When he sees the look of shock on everyone’s faces he asks, “What's going on?” Sheridan stands and says, “I can't believe your nerve, coming back here after where you've been.” Luis is confused, “You lost me. I'm sorry it took so long at the station.” Sheridan yells, “I don't want to hear another word of it. Just get out!” Luis asks in astonishment, “What?” Sheridan walks toward Luis at the front door and yells, “Get out of my house and get out of my life now!”

To be continued………

6.11.08, 7:47 PM
Thanks, Ann!

6.12.08, 2:02 AM
As Luis descends the entry stairs at Sheridan's cottage, she yells, “Get out of here, Luis. Get off the estate and out of my life.” Julian and Rebecca stand next to the couch, and whisper, “Our plan to disengage Luis and Sheridan worked better than I could've imagined.” Rebecca recaps, “Sheridan believes she saw Luis in bed with another woman when actually it was the impostor wearing the Luis look-alike mask and that little strumpet that Alistair paid to sleep with him.” Julian adds, “Sheridan's clueless that she was set up. And Luis? Well, it's back to the barrio for our low-rent Lothario.” Luis is totally confused and asks, “Sheridan, why are you acting like this?” Sheridan answers, “How dare you play me for a fool. Just get out of here! I never want to see you again!”

A very emotional Sheridan asks in a raised voice, “What are you still doing here? I told you to get out!” Luis asks, “Sheridan, what happened? Why are you so angry with me? Is it because I was gone so long from the party?” Sheridan replies, “Oh, come off it, Luis. I saw you! I saw everything!” Luis asks, “"Everything"? What are you talking about?” Sheridan rants, “I can't believe your nerve, traipsing in here, pretending like you actually love me, like I'm your whole world?” Luis says sincerely, “I'm not acting. I love you. You mean everything to me.” Sheridan spits out, “You are such a liar.” Luis asks, “Sheridan, please tell me what set you off.” Julian walks closer to where Luis is standing, “Uh, I'm sorry, Luis, but I must ask you to leave not only Sheridan's cottage but the entire Crane estate. Your conduct is reprehensible and unacceptable.” Luis asks, “What the hell are you talking about?” Julian, “As if you didn't know.” Luis, “Damn it, I don't.” Julian, “Please, just leave. Don't add insult to injury.” Luis, “Sheridan, tell me what's going on. Why are you treating me like this?” Sheridan, “Me? How could you treat me this way -- and on the night of our engagement party? It's despicable! You're despicable!” Sheridan is so angry and so hurt! Luis, “Well, would someone please tell me what is going on?” Julian replies, “My sister wants you to leave. Now, don't make me call Crane security and have you thrown off the estate.” Luis replies emphatically, “Julian, I love Sheridan. I am not going anywhere until someone tells me what I did that is so horrible.” Julian says he is doing his innocent act. Luis, “What are you talking about? What act?” Julian, “Don't insult my sister's intelligence any longer. Leave now or I will call security.” Luis, “Julian, get it through your head, ok -- I am not leaving till you tell me what I did that's so horrible.” Impatient with the banter and Luis still in her house, Sheridan yells, “Fine! You want to know what you did that was so horrible? I'll tell you. I'll tell you what I saw firsthand not more than an hour ago! It was you making love to another woman!” Sheridan hits Luis' chest. A stunned Luis asks, “What? Are you kidding me?” Sheridan looks at Luis, “Do I look like I’m kidding?” Luis, “No, but that ..” Sheridan, “I saw you! I saw you in her bed making love to her!” Luis says, “Sheridan, that is crazy.” Sheridan, “The secret is out! You are never going to use me again.” Luis, “Sheridan, I ..” With tears filling her eyes and her lips trembling, Sheridan cries, “I hate you and I will hate you forever.”

A shocked Luis says, “You saw me with another woman? No way.” Sheridan, “I was at her house. She lives on old coast road, just a stone's throw from here.” Luis, “Sheridan, I don't know who you think you saw, but it wasn't me. I was at the police station doing a report for the mayor.” Sheridan and Luis are both using raised voices as they try to figure things out. Sheridan, “No, you weren’t. I called the station. They said that you weren't there and that no one had called you in.” Luis, “Well, then you must've talked to someone who just came on duty and didn't know that I was on my way.” Sheridan, “Oh, stop the lies, Luis! I know that I was you I saw in bed with your playmate!” Luis, “No, it wasn't!” Sheridan. “I saw your car outside the house!” Luis, “My car?” Sheridan explains, “Yes, Luis, your car! You know, I was worried about you driving in the fog because I was afraid that and when you weren't at the station, I thought maybe you had. So I left the party to go looking for you.” Julian chimes in, “I begged her not to go.” Sheridan sarcastically says, “Pretty ironic, huh? Here I was worried about you, but you were just fine. You were having a grand old time with your little piece on the side!” Luis, “Sheridan, all right, look, this is crazy, ok? My car was at the police station, where I was doing a report for the mayor. Now, I don't know whose car you think you saw, but it wasn't mine.” Sheridan, “It was your car, Luis. Your tuxedo jacket was in it!” Luis, “I went to the police station! I didn't even stop, not once! And if I was cheating on you, I wouldn't stop my car and park out in front of some floozy's house!” Looking up at Julian, Rebecca says, “Uh-oh.” Julian, “Shh. Sheridan's so angry, she won't give credence to a word Luis says.” Sheridan, “Well, maybe you were just so anxious to get with your honey that you weren't thinking straight and got careless!” Luis repeats, “Sheridan, it was not me.” Sheridan taps her hand on Luis' chest as she yells, “I saw you, Luis! I saw you in bed with her! She said your name!” Luis pleads, “Sheridan, it wasn't my car and I wasn't in bed with some other woman.” Sheridan, “Well, then you must have a twin running around town because I saw you in bed with that (overused derogatory adjective) . It was you!” Sheridan runs out of the room. Luis follows, “Sher-- Sheridan ...” Julian calls out, “Luis, leave her alone!”

Julian's cell phone rings. Julian to Rebecca, “One guess who this is. Hello, father.” Alistair, “Hello, son.” Julian leans over to Rebecca and proudly whispers, “He called me "son."” Alistair, “Things seem to be going quite well there.” Julian, “Yes, they are. I think we've finally succeeded in breaking up Luis and Sheridan for good this time.” Julian, “I told you, father. I told you the plan would work.” Alistair. “Don't get too full of yourself, Julian. Remember, I made modifications to your plan to ensure its success. Just make sure you follow through, Julian. See to it that this plan reaches its inevitable and incontrovertible end. Because if Sheridan and Luis aren't torn apart forever by doing things your way, we'll have to do things my way. You and Rebecca will have to kill your sister.” Julian tells Rebecca. “But just to make sure nothing goes wrong, I think we should stay here till we're certain that there's no hope of Luis and Sheridan resurrecting their relationship.”

In the kitchen, Luis pleads his case, “Sheridan, I'm telling you, I was nowhere near that house. And as far as that woman you described, I’ve never even seen her before.” Sheridan, “Oh, well, there's another lie!” Luis, “What?” Sheridan, “I saw you talking to her at the party, remember?” Luis, “But I told you, it wasn't me! Sheridan, damn it, (Luis stomps his foot here) that fog was so thick, you couldn't even tell who was who!” Sheridan, “There was no fog in her bedroom! Steam, yes, but no fog! I saw you with her as clear as day!” Luis yells, “It wasn't me!” Sheridan, “You're a cop, Luis! Look at the evidence! This woman called you on your cell phone, saying she wanted to make love to you!” Luis, “Sheridan, I told you, that was either a joke or the wrong number.” Sheridan, “And then I saw you talking to some strange woman at the party!” In frustration Luis yells, “Sheridan, for the last time, it wasn't me!” Sheridan screams, “It was you! Stop saying that it wasn't!” Coming into the kitchen, Julian commands, “Luis, please leave before you force me to call security. There's no need to prolong the inevitable.” Luis thinks, “Wait a minute. I know what happened.” Julian, “Yes. You're a hound dog who got caught.” Luis turns his attention back to Sheridan, “Sheridan, Sheridan? All right, listen to me, all right? Now, first there was the phone call, right, and then there was the woman that you saw me with. Now, that was the same woman that you found me at her house because you saw my car parked in front of her house. It was on the street, the only street that you had to go to get into town! You set me up. Alistair and Julian set me up.” Luis raises his voice which gives a very dramatic effect to the scene. Julian feigns surprise, “What?”

Luis, “You and Alistair set me up. That's why this all played out so neatly.” Sheridan has her mouth open not believing this, “Oh, stop trying to blame my brother and father. I know what I saw!” To Julian, Luis says, “You had some woman call my cell phone, knowing that Sheridan would answer.” Julian protests. Sheridan. “Yeah, how do you explain me seeing you with the woman on the grounds?” Luis again, “It wasn't me.” Sheridan, “Just stop it, Luis! You know, what do you think Julian did, clone you? Please! I saw you. You know, you had me convinced that the fog was playing tricks on my eyes, but I now know that it was you. And the clothes that that woman was wearing at the party were the same clothes that I saw on the floor leading to the bedroom where you were making love to her!” Luis, “Sheridan, it wasn't me. It was a set-up.” Sheridan, “The only set-up is the one that you have had against me for over a year now! You know, I tried to get past that phone call and I did because you were just so sincere that it wasn't you. But there is no just getting past what I saw tonight. When I saw you in bed with that woman, it broke my heart. Now, why can't you just be a man and admit what you did?” Her voice breaks as she speaks. Luis, “Because I didn't do anything.” Julian, “Sheridan's right. Why don't you own up to what you did like a man instead of trying to put the blame on Alistair and me?” Rebecca, “Well, especially after everything they've done for you.” Julian, “Throwing you this engagement party, working to show Sheridan we were willing to let bygones be bygones and support her marriage to you.” Luis, “Now there's a sudden change of heart. The one who's usually tossing around threats and bribes, saying that you were going to cut Sheridan off if she stayed with me.” Julian, “Oh, why don't you stop trying to shift blame just because you can't little Luis under wraps?” Luis looks disdainfully at Julian, “Yeah, you're one to talk about fidelity. Everyone knows what a pig you are, Julian.” Rebecca, “Ivy drove Julian to find comfort with other women, but now that he has me -- “ Luis. “Oh, yeah, then there's you. You tried to get me to stir up trouble with Ethan and Theresa. I'll bet you're all working together -- you, Julian, and Alistair. All trying to break up me and Sheridan.” Sheridan, “No, Luis. Julian and Rebecca were shocked when I told them what happened. They couldn't even believe it. In fact, they even defended you.” Luis, “Sheridan, that is part of their plan.” Sheridan, “No, it's not part of their plan! And stop trying to make this anything other than what it really is. You cheated on me. You played me for the fool a second time -- the last time! Now, I want to be alone.” She picks up her bottle of wine and leaves the kitchen. Luis, “Sheridan -- sher-- Sheridan, we always wondered what lengths they would go to to break us up! And now we know.” Julian whispers, “Luis has no idea how close to the truth he is.” Rebecca, Hmm, we got to keep him from getting any closer.”
Sheridan and Luis are in the living room. Julian and Rebecca stand nearby to watch and listen. Luis picks up a picture from a table next to the couch and takes it to Sheridan, “Sheridan, look at this. Look how happy and in love we are. Come on. Think about all we've been through and how hard we fought for our love. You know, you can ask Eve or Sam or Ethan. You can ask them how messed up I was when I thought you'd been killed. And how I wouldn't let Julian keep me from going to the funeral. And how hard I fought to save you when I thought you were buried alive. And how even after when the doctors gave up hope -- Sheridan, I went to the church and I prayed for a miracle. (Luis smiles.) And I got it. You came back from death to be with me, the same way I came back from death in the archives to be with you. Come on, Sheridan. You know I wouldn't squander what we have in a million years. Sheridan, come on. Something is wrong here. We just need to talk about it, just you and me. Sheridan, we love each other. We can work this out. Please, we can work this out together. We can figure out what really happened. Come on.” Sheridan agrees, “All right. I will talk to you alone.” She walks over to Julian and Rebecca to ask, “Would you please give us a few minutes in private?” Julian, “Um -- um, I really don't think that's such a good idea.” Luis, “No, of course you don’t.” Rebecca, “We'll be right outside. If you need us, you -- you just let us know.” Julian, “Remember, sister, you can always count on family, even when everyone else fails you.” (Funny, she never could before!) Julian and Beccs leave the cottage.

Luis says, “Well, I'm glad they're gone. Now we can finally get to the truth.” Sheridan, “I already know the truth. You betrayed me. You betrayed us. You've destroyed any chance that we had any of a future together.” Luis, “Sheridan, no.” Sheridan yells, “I want you to get your things out of my bedroom and get out of my house.”

Outside as they watch Shuis, Julian and Rebecca are so happy, “Sheridan is giving Luis the boot!” Julian, We did it Beccs. My sister and her lawman lover are finished.” Julian, “What bliss. Such rapture. Our plan worked! Luis and Sheridan have been ripped apart. Luis is no longer a threat to the family.” Julian chuckles. Rebecca adds, “And we didn't have to kill any one, either.” Julian, “Father can't ridicule and belittle me, call me incompetent anymore. He and the rest of the world will have to start taking me seriously again, hmm?”

Sheridan begs, “Just leave, Luis. I have nothing more to say to you.” Luis, “I'm not leaving until we work this out.” Sheridan, “Fine, I'll call security, then!” She walks toward the phone. Luis, “Sheridan, please don't. All right, something is not right here. Either there's been a terrible mistake or ...” Sheridan, “I know what I saw!” Luis adds, “Or your family is trying to split us apart! Come on, either way, we have to hold on to what we have. We have to fight for what we have -- our love. Love is all we have.” Sheridan, “ “Our love is all we have"? Please, Luis, you had more than our love tonight. You had another woman!” Luis, “I told you that it wasn't me, Sher..” Sheridan, “I am so sick of your denials! That's it, I’m calling Crane security and having them haul your two-timing butt out of here!” She picks up the phone. Luis, “That's not going to do any good. I'm not leaving.” Sheridan, “Would you just give it up already? I know what I saw.” Luis walks up behind Sheridan and asks, “ Ok. Then how do you feel?” Sheridan replies, “Foolish, betrayed, stupid.” Luis, “Yeah. It's beyond belief that I would do this to you, right? Especially on the night of our engagement party.” Sheridan, “You've got that right.” Luis, “Yeah. Only a cold-blooded bastard would do something like that, right?” Sheridan says, “Exactly.” Luis, “And is that what you think I am, a cold-blooded bastard? That you have been so stupid and so naive this whole time to have not noticed? (Sheridan lowers her head and looks down while Luis speaks.) Like all the times that I risked my life to save yours? Or how I decorated the garden to match your dream of the perfect marriage proposal? Or how about when I slipped my grandmother's ring on to your finger, knowing how important family and tradition are to me? “ Sheridan looks up and replies through her pain, “What can I say, Luis? You're a damn good actor.” Luis' voice is lowered to almost a whisper as he responds, “No. You have doubts. And you can't throw away what we have even if you have the slightest doubts. I can see it in your eyes. You have doubts, Sheridan. Sheridan, look, we need to get to the truth, all right? We need to find out what happened. If we don't do that tonight, we're never going to get married, and then both of our lives are going to be ruined.”

To be continued...

This Shuis picture is one of the Shuis pictures on the inside of the TV Guide issue that featured Shuis and Tabby on the 2 covers. In this one, Sheridan is wearing the dress she wore to thier engagement party.
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6.12.08, 9:00 PM
At her cottage, Sheridan hangs up the phone. Luis pleads, “Sheridan, please don’t kick me out, all right. We have to talk. We have to talk through this and figure out what happened. If we don’t, the walls are going to go up between us and we’ll never get married.” Sheridan can’t believe what Luis just said, “Get married? After what you’ve done, how can you even think I would be crazy enough to marry you?” Luis replies, “I haven’t done anything.” Sheridan states, “You betrayed me with another woman. Get out of my sight.”

Standing with her hands on her hips, Sheridan asks, “Do I have to call security to have you thrown out?” Luis replies, “I’m not leaving. I love you way too much to walk out on what we have.” Sheridan asks, “Then why did I see you making love to another woman?” Luis yells, “It wasn’t me! Sheridan, I swear on my mother’s life that it wasn’t me.” Sheridan thinks back to seeing FauxLuis and DeeDee then says, “I saw you with my own eyes. I wasn’t hallucinating.” Luis, “Well, I don’t know how you could have seen me because I wasn’t there.” Sheridan reminds him, “We’ve been through this before. Remember when I saw you on the wharf and you were telling someone that you were using me. You said that wasn’t you, too.” Luis replies, “It wasn’t. I swear that I never said those things and I never slept with another woman.” Sheridan, very upset, “How can you stand there and actually lie to me? I can’t believe you are just like all the others who used me and betrayed me. I really thought you were different.” Luis, “Sheridan, I don’t know what happened and I can’t explain what you saw. All I can do is swear to you that it wasn’t me.” Sheridan cries, “I know what I saw. Is there no man on earth that can be trusted?” With his hand on his chest Luis yells, “You can trust me!” Sheridan walks away from Luis toward the couch and says, “No, this isn’t the kind of marriage I want. (Luis turns toward Sheridan to listen to her.) When I was a little girl, before my mother died, I could sense how unhappy she was in her marriage. My father was so cold. There was never any love or affection between them. Then I grew up to see Ivy and Julian together and it was the same thing, no love between them. Then I got engaged to JeanLuc and found out he was only using me. It was then that I vowed that I would never have a loveless marriage. I would only have true love and I would be with someone that I could trust and that I know loved me.” Luis uncrosses his arms and walks across the room to stand in front of Sheridan. “I understand. I saw the way my mother and father were together before Papa disappeared. (He smiles.) And I saw how close they were and how much they loved each other. I always told myself that I would never accept anything less and that I would wait until I could find the woman who could give me those things. You’re that woman, Sheridan.” In a very small, low voice Sheridan sighs, “I wish that were true.” Luis says, “It is. Sheridan, I would never hurt you or betray you. There is no other woman for me. You are the only woman I want.” Sheridan’s voice is almost a whisper when she looks up and hesitates before she replies, “I saw you.” Luis says again, “I don’t know what you saw but it couldn’t have been me because I wasn’t there. It’s a terrible mistake. It’s your family trying to come between us.” Luis suddenly stops and looks around, “Wait! I have an idea! I know how to prove that the man you saw wasn’t me.” Luis goes to the phone as Sheridan looks on with some hope for the first time that night.

As Luis dials the phone, Sheridan asks, “Who are you calling?” Luis replies, “The station house. I was there doing a report for the mayor and Officer Packer was there with me. He’ll tell you that I was there the whole time. As someone answers, Luis says, “Hey, it’s Luis. Let me speak to Packer.” His smile disappears. He continues, “No, I don’t want to leave a message.” As Luis hangs up the phone, he turns back to Sheridan as she asks him what is wrong. Luis replies, “He’s gone off duty.” Sheridan says that they can just call him tomorrow but Luis says they can’t. “He was leaving on a vacation tonight and won’t be back for a couple of weeks. Sheridan says, “Well, that’s convenient.” Luis says, “Sheridan, I’ll track him down on vacation if I have to, all right. There’s got to be another way to prove that I was there tonight. There’s got to be another explanation for what you saw tonight.” Sheridan replies, “No, Luis, there is no other explanation and there’s no way I can ever get past what I saw with my own eyes.” Sheridan walks up the entry stairs, picks up her scarf, and walks out the front door, slamming it shut. Luis watches her walk away.

In Julian’s library, Officer Packer arrives to collect his bribe money. Julian tells him to forget that Luis was at the station that night when he gets back from his vacation.

Sheridan walks through the garden and stops when she comes to the gazebo. She remembers the romantic dream proposal that Luis arranged for her. With tears running down her cheeks, she thinks, “How could this happen? He seemed so sincere. I really thought that he loved me. I really thought that I could trust him.” Luis comes from behind a bush to tell her, “You can still trust me. Sheridan, you have to trust me. If we don’t have trust, we don’t have anything.” Luis tries to touch her hands but she pulls back. She says, “I did trust you with all my heart and you broke it.” Luis says, “No, I would never do that.” Sheridan cries, “I don’t understand. Do you have any idea what it felt like to walk into that room and see the man that I loved, the man that I was going to marry and spend the rest of my life with, making love to another woman? Do you have any idea how that felt?” Luis sympathizes, “It must have terrible.” Sheridan continues, “It was worse than terrible. I just need you to be honest. I need you to tell me the truth.” Luis replies, “Sheridan, I am telling you the truth. Now, whoever you saw with that woman, it wasn’t me. I would never cheat on you. I would never betray you.” Sheridan looks at Luis with tears in her eyes, “I don’t know what to believe. How can I even think of marrying you if I have all these doubts?” Luis says, “You can’t. You can’t marry me.” Sheridan looks surprised.

In the library, Julian calls FauxLuis and DeeDee to thank them for their fine work. He tells them their payment will be sent to them when they send new addresses. He tells FauxLuis that he wants the mask destroyed. Julian hangs up and tells Rebecca that it is time to celebrate. Sheridan and Luis are finished. Rebecca claps her hands in glee.

In the garden, Luis says, “Sheridan, I know about the men in your past and I know that you’ve lied to and betrayed. I know you could never trust your father and brother and the men you’ve loved could never be trusted either. That’s why I have to know that you completely trust me before we get married. You have to know that I haven’t betrayed you and I never will.” In a very quiet voice Sheridan asks, “How can I ever know that?”
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Luis replies, “I am going to find a way to prove it. But we can’t even think of getting married until I can. It wouldn’t be fair to us and it wouldn’t be fair to our children if they knew that you didn’t trust me completely.” Sheridan sighs, “Our children?” Sheridan turns to put a little distance between her and Luis. She sniffs back the tears. Luis continues, “That’s right, our children. It wouldn’t be fair to them to feel the tension and distance between us if we didn’t trust each other completely. I want them to be secure in the knowledge that their parents love and trust each other. With tears running down her cheeks, Sheridan sniffs and turns back to face Luis, “When you talk about our children and our future together, I want that so much. I want that more than anything but I can’t get that image out of my mind, that image of you making love to another woman. How am I supposed to trust you if I can’t get that image out of my mind?” Out taking a walk, Ethan and Theresa come upon Sheridan and Luis at the gazebo. Having heard what Sheridan just said, Ethan shouts, “What?” Ethan calls Luis a bastard and charges him.

Sheridan stops Ethan from punching Luis. Ethan calls him a bastard again. He heard what Sheridan said. Theresa asks Luis to tell them that it’s not true. Ethan asks Sheridan to tell him what happened and she does. When Sheridan finishes telling the events of the evening, Ethan asks how Luis could have done this. Luis repeats, “It wasn’t me.” Theresa says that it must be the fog. She tells Sheridan and Luis that strange things had happened to them and to Chad and Whitney due to the fog. Neither Sheridan nor Luis thinks it was the fog. Luis says, “There’s another explanation and I am going to find out what it is or Sheridan and I don’t have a future. Sheridan turns back to Luis, “I don’t know how you’re going to explain it, Luis.” Luis says, “I’m a cop. I’m going to pursue it like any other investigation. I’m going to return to the scene of the crime. (He pauses.) Sheridan, I want you to take me to the house where you think you saw me.” Sheridan looks shocked, “I don’t think I could stand to go back there.” Luis pleads, “Sheridan, if you have any hope for us, at all.” Sheridan replies, “All right.” Ethan and Theresa want to go, too. The four of them head off to the set up house.

At the set up house, FauxLuis holds scissors to the Luis mask but DeeDee stops him. She wants to have some fun with him in the mask. He puts the mask on and they fall into bed again.

Sheridan, Luis, Ethan and Theresa arrive at the set up house, park, and walk across the street to stand in front of the white picket fence. Sheridan says, “This is the house. Your car was parked right here under the street light.” Ethan chimes in with, “There’s no car there now.” Sheridan looks back at him and says, “Well, there wouldn’t be if it was Luis’ car. He’s with us now.” Luis replies, “My car’s not here because I was never here. Come on. Let’s go see what’s inside.” He takes Sheridan’s hand and they all walk up to the front door. FauxLuis and DeeDee are in the bedroom having sex. Luis turns from the door to face the group on the front porch and says, “I just hope that whatever we find is going to clear up they mystery once and for all.” Luis looks at the living room through the glass in the front door, then back at Sheridan. She looks scared. She wants so badly to find the proof so she can believe Luis instead of her own eyes and ears. Their future depends on it. (This was one of the better conceived and written storylines on Passions. It was great storytelling and great drama! I loved it!)

To be continued………..

6.13.08, 10:06 AM
Thanks, Ann!

6.13.08, 11:23 PM
In Julian's library, Rebecca praises him, “You deserve a medal after what you achieved. Luis and Sheridan's relationship is destroyed forever. Oh, and it's all because of you.” Julian grins, “Even father won't be able to ignore my brilliance any longer. He'll have to reinstate me as his heir.” Rebecca, “Hmm, nobody deserves it more.” Julian beams, “Yes, thanks to me, Luis Lopez Fitzgerald will never snoop into Crane affairs again. That nosy cop is no longer a threat to the family.”

Standing on the porch of the set up house, Luis asks, “So this is it? This is the house where you think you saw me with another woman?” Sheridan answers, “I'm not positive. Your car isn't parked in front like it was before, but, yeah, it looks like it.” Luis says, “All right, let's do this, then.” He turns to Sheridan and puts his hands on both of her arms to be sure he has her attention and says, “Sheridan, I'm going to prove to you that I was never with another woman. I love you and only you.”

Standing a few feet away, Theresa whispers to Ethan, “My brother loves Sheridan with all of his heart. No, he would never, ever be unfaithful to her.” Ethan agrees, “I admit it -- I'm surprised myself, but Sheridan wouldn't make this up. There has to be some kind of explanation.” Luis looks at ET and says, “There is an explanation. It's right here in this house.”

In the bedroom of the set up house, FauxLuis sits in bed after having sex with DeeDee, “Man. I can get used to this. Getting paid to make love to a beautiful woman? That's a sweet deal.” DeeDee, “I'm just glad the plan went so smoothly. There is no way we're going to get caught now.” FauxLuis answers, “Yeah. Well, Julian Crane is a man of his word. He said he was going to break up Sheridan and Luis. He did it.” They hear a knock on door. DeeDee sits up and asks, “Who could that be?” As he gets out of bed, FauxLuis says, “That's probably just Crane. Wants to check up on us before we get out of town. I'll go check it out.” Luis tries pushing on the front door in an effort to get an answer to his knocking. Getting dressed, FauxLuis looks to DeeDee and says, “That has to be Mr. Crane. Who else is going to be here at this hour?” DeeDee, “I hope you're right. If you're not, there's no way we can get out of here without being seen.” FauxLuis, “Don't worry. Crane said he had everything under control.”

On the porch Ethan says, “Hey, look, maybe no one's home, they left the lights on to keep the burglar's away.” Luis turns to Ethan and corrects him, “No, someone's in there. When you want to fake that someone's home, you leave a small light on, and there's a big light on in there. Someone's definitely in there.” Theresa asks, “What are we going to do if they don't answer?” Luis replies, “I'll make them answer. Open up! Open up! I know someone's in there!” He shakes the door and knocks again.

FauxLuis says, “I heard a voice.” Deedee, “Does it sound like Mr. Crane?” FauxLuis, “I couldn't make it out. But it has to be. I'll go let him in.” He opens the bedroom door to see who is at the front door.

In the library Julian answers the phone, “Evening, father. So nice of you to call and congratulate me.” Alistair comments, “You'll get your congratulations when Sheridan tells us she's broken up with Luis, and not a moment before. We can't have Lopez Fitzgerald nosing into our affairs.” Julian asks Al if he is ever satisfied. Alistair replies, “Unlike you, I'm not satisfied until the job is done. You still haven't learned to focus on the objective, Julian. The objective is breaking up Luis and Sheridan.” Julian, “Well, call me crazy, but I thought that's what I did this evening.” Alistair, “We still don't know if it's a done deal. But all you care about is carrying on with that buxom bimbo.” Julian, “Well, you know what they say -- all work and no play makes Julian a dull boy.” Alistair, “Fine, Julian, fine, have fun with your floozy. Rebecca might actually be useful. But why do you waste your time on Tabitha and her doll? I've told you that woman is dangerous.” Julian, “Is it my fault that dubious doll is stalking me? I was minding my own business when he fell from the sky and landed on my head.” Alistair, “Oh, God, how did I wind up with a drunken idiot for a son? Get some sleep, call me in the morning -- after Sheridan confirms that she's dumped Dudley do-right.” Al hangs up and as Julian pushes the button to disconnect the dial tone he says, “I swear, that man needs a good shrink.”

Still on the front porch Luis grows impatient, “That's it, I'm going in, all right? Damn it. I'm telling you there's something funny going on in there.” Luis tries to open the door. Theresa says, “You know, maybe we should come back, like, first thing in the morning. This could be dangerous, Luis.” Luis overrules, “No, I'm going to prove right now that I was never in this house, with or without a woman.” Sheridan observes, “Well, that's impossible if we can't get inside.” Facing Sheridan, Luis says, “Look, I'll break this door down if I have to. Our life is on the line here.” They hear the lock turn. Opening the front door and stepping out onto the front porch, an old woman asks, “Can I help you?” Luis responds, “Ma'am, I’m Officer Lopez Fitzgerald, Harmony P.D.” The Woman asks, “Goodness. Is something wrong?” Luis replies, “Well, we just want to ask you a few questions. You live in this house?” Woman answers, “Oh, yes, of course. I've been here for over 50 years.” Luis says, “Ok. Well, we're just looking for a young couple who may have been here earlier.” Sheridan adds, “The woman was tall, blond hair, blue eyes, and the man looked like him. They were playing loud music.” Woman asks, “You said the man looked like the police officer?” Sheridan asks, “Yes. Did you see him here tonight?”

Sheridan pleads, “Would you please tell me, was there someone here earlier who looked like this man?” Woman, “No. I didn't see anyone who looked like him. Well, in fact, there was no young couple here at all. And there was certainly no loud music.” Sheridan asks again, “Are you sure?” Woman, “Well, I'm the only one here. I was napping.” Sheridan comments, “I didn't see you when I came in earlier.” Luis asks the woman, “You mind if we go inside, just have look around?” Woman, “Oh, yes, of course, officer.” They all follow her into the living room. Looking around, Sheridan says, “The lights were low earlier. I wasn't paying much attention, but it -- it looks like the same furniture.” In the bedroom, FauxLuis panics, “Damn it, this mask is stuck!” DeeDee, “Oh, God. If Luis finds us here, he'll arrest us!” FauxLuis, “That's the least of our worries. Julian's going to have our heads. Wait.”

Luis suggests, “Well, is it possible that someone could've come in while you were sleeping?” Woman, “Well, I suppose so, but -- but I don't know why anyone would.” Sheridan replies, “I saw two people making love inside the bedroom.” Woman, “Heaven's sake, in my bedroom?” Ethan suggests, “They could still be in there.” Theresa asks, “Do you really think so?” Sheridan says, “There's only one way to find out.” She turns and walks down the hallway to the bedroom door.
Sheridan opens the door and looks in. She says, “Nobody's here. But I was sure this was where I saw Luis in bed with that woman.” The bed is made and it looks like no one has been there at all. Woman suddenly says, “Oh!” Luis asks, “Are you ok?” He sits the woman on the couch. At the gasp from the old lady, Sheridan turns and runs down the hall to see what the noise was all about. Woman replies, “I'm just feeling a little faint from all the excitement.” Luis apologizes, “I'm so sorry we barged in on you like this.” Ethan also apologizes, “Yeah, I'm sorry.” Luis turns to Sheridan and asks, “Is anyone in there?” Sheridan replies, “No. The room was empty, the bed was made. Guess I have the wrong house.” Theresa suggests, “You know, the fog played tricks on everyone tonight, Sheridan. I mean, you must've gotten confused.” Sheridan replies, “I guess so. Please forgive us for barging in on you like this.” Woman, “Oh, that's all right, dear. I'm so sorry I couldn't be more help.” Ethan says, “Hey, I think Theresa and I are going to go. You two guys sort through this, all right?” Sheridan, “Thank you, Ethan.” Theresa, “I hope you can figure out what happened. You two belong together.” Woman, “I -- I’m going to excuse myself to my bedroom. You -- you can take your time, you kids. You can let yourselves out.” As the woman leaves the room, Sheridan says, “Thank you.” Facing each other across the room, Luis assures, “Sheridan:, I'm not going to let our relationship fall apart. There's got to be some sort of explanation for this.” Sheridan, “What? I saw you with my own two eyes.” Luis, “I don't know. Maybe you were sleepwalking.” Sheridan, “I was not sleepwalking. I know I saw you making love to another woman, and I can't get that out of my mind.” Sheridan walks to the front door.
In the bedroom, the woman lets FauxLuis and DeeDee out of the closet. DeeDee, “Whoa. That was a close call.” FauxLuis, “You can say that again. I thought Sheridan was going to find us. Crane would've killed us.” DeeDee, “Oh, God.” Woman, “I don't know what the Cranes are up to, and I don't care. The money will definitely come in handy.” She gulps down her drink.

In the library Julian is having doubts, “Our plan to break up Luis and Sheridan is going to work, isn't it?” Rebecca assures him, “Well, of course it will. It's a wonderful plan.” Julian says, “Yes. Yes, you're right, my pet. I've come to think of this scheme as a crème de la crème, my piece de resistance.” Rebecca, “Hmm, you are so right. It's inspired.” Julian, “Yes, it is ingenious. But still, I won't rest until our mission is accomplished. If anything would go wrong, no matter what the reason, father would rake me over the coals and never reinstate me as his heir or let me take over Crane industries.”

Walking along the wharf outside the Book Cafe, Theresa says, “I wish we could just erase this terrible night.” Ethan agrees, “I don't know what to make of all this, especially the fact that Sheridan says she saw Luis in bed with another woman.” Theresa says, “Yeah, but I know that Luis would never do anything like that.” Ethan agrees, “Well, I mean, this is just bizarre. You know, Sheridan wouldn't make this up. If she wanted to break up with Luis, she'd just do it. She's not that devious.” Theresa replies, “Well, neither is my brother. I mean, Luis is as honest and straightforward as they come.” Ethan says, “Something strange is going on. I just wish I knew what it was.” Theresa says, “This has been a terrible night. I just get the chills thinking about it.”

Back at Sheridan's cottage, Sheridan walks through the door as Luis stands in the door way and says, “Sheridan, I can't go home -- not till I know what your decision is.” Sheridan pleads, “Please, Luis, I need some time to think.” Luis asks, “How much time?” Sheridan, “I don't know. I don't know anything right now.” Luis says, “I can't live like this. Sheridan, I've got to end this nightmare tonight, one way or the other.” Sheridan asks, “What do you mean?” Luis replies, “Well, either we got to get back together or we got to break up forever. I can't stand to see you tortured like this and I’d be lying if I said it wasn't tearing me up.” Sheridan finally says, “I can't talk about this anymore tonight. I just -- I can’t.” She closes the door on Luis and wearily sits down in the chair next to the door.

Outside on Sheridan's front porch, Luis laments, “Sher... Sheridan, I can't lose you. You mean everything to me.” Inside sitting in the chair, Sheridan cries in pain and says, “Luis. I love you so much, but how can we go on after what happened tonight?”

On Sheridan's front porch, Luis decides, “We have to make it through this.” He knocks on the door. Sheridan opens the door and with tears on her cheeks, “I thought you were going home.” A very worried Luis asks, “I can't leave without knowing what your decision is. Do -- do we have a future?” Sheridan answers in a small voice, “I'm sorry. It's over. Luis, it's over.” Both Sheridan and Luis stand looking at each other with tears in their eyes.

To be continued...

The Shuis picture of the Day is a banner made by srhrobin. She has so many wonderful ones but this one was of the Shuis engagement party.
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6.14.08, 10:18 PM
At Sheridan's cottage, she stands just inside the doorway while Luis stands just outside the door on the front porch. With tears in her eyes, Sheridan stresses, “More than anything, I have to be able to trust the man I marry.” Luis asks, “And you can't trust me? Is that what you're saying?” Sheridan cries, “What am I supposed to think when you leave in the middle of our engagement party to make love to another woman?” Luis swears, “Damn it, Sheridan, I told you that I was at the police station the whole time. I wasn't with another woman. I swear I wasn't. But you know what? I'll do better than that. I'll prove it to you.” He pushes past Sheridan and goes inside to pick up the phone. Sheridan follows him and asks, “How?” Luis tells her, “I'll find this woman that I was supposed to be with. I'll track her down, and we'll get to the bottom of this.” Sheridan says, “No, Luis.” She takes the phone from his hands and holds it. Luis asks, “What do you mean, no?” Sheridan says, “I mean that my mind is made up. It's over.”

On the leather couch in Julian's library, Rebecca comments that their plan is really working. Julian says, “Brilliantly conceived and brilliantly executed. And I say that in all modesty.” Rebecca muses, “I just wish I had a picture of the look on Sheridan's face when she saw her beloved fiancé in the arms of another woman.” Julian says, “She had no idea it was an impostor we hired to don a Luis look-alike mask. No, no ..” Rebecca adds, “And nothing else.” They laugh. Julian reiterates, “The point is she bought the whole thing.” Rebecca, “Yes. I'm sure she has told Luis in no uncertain terms that it is over between them.” Julian quickly says, “Oh, yes. It's time to savor our success. Wellington whipped Napoleon, Eisenhower crushed Hitler, Schwartzkopf made Saddam cry uncle, and I, Julian Crane, destroyed Luis and Sheridan. Oh.” Rebecca salutes him before they kiss. Rebecca goes to put on music while Julian pours them some drinks. Rebecca puts on Eve's tape and Julian is lost in thought. Rebecca comments, “Well, this song -- it's really getting to you. Why? Or is it the singer?”

At the cottage Luis want clarification, “You're saying our relationship's over?” Sheridan walks to the desk and puts down the phone before she says, “No. I'm saying I want this night to be over, this incident with this woman to be over. And as far as I'm concerned, it is over.” Luis protests, “But I told you...” Sheridan smiles and walks to stand in front of Luis as she speaks, “I don't want to talk about it anymore. I love you. I want to marry you. I can't live without you, Luis Lopez Fitzgerald.” Luis smiles as he cups Sheridan's face with his hands, “Oh, Sheridan. You don't know how glad you've just made me. I love you so much.” They kiss. Luis says, “I knew you'd never believe I was with another woman.” Sheridan smiles faintly, “Yes. I do believe you.” She walks over to pour water from the blue bottles that are always on her cabinet. Luis says that he can see that she doesn't totally believe him.

Sheridan says, "I just got through telling you ...” Luis cuts her short, “I know what you said. But I can see what you feel in your eyes. You still think that I was with another woman and you don't believe that I was at the police station the whole time.” Sheridan walks toward the couch as she says, “It's pointless talking about it.” Luis follows as he says, “Well, it isn't to me.” Sheridan asks, “Why can't we just forget the whole thing?” Standing face to face in front of the couch Luis answers, “Because I'm telling you the truth and I want you to believe me.” Sheridan looks so confused as she says, “Look, it's just all so weird. You know, first this woman calls on your cell phone, and then, you know, I see her at the party. Who was she?” Sheridan walks to stand in front of the fireplace as Luis stresses, “I told you I have no idea.” Sheridan states, “I saw you two talking.” Luis says again, “It wasn't me.” Sheridan continues, “The old woman -- she swore that there had never been a couple in her house when I had seen you in bed with this woman not an hour before!” Luis, “Sheridan, that never happened.” Sheridan looks thoughtful, “It had to have been the wrong house. There is no other house around that looks like it.” Luis replies, “Well, I wasn't at any house with any woman. I was at the station house.” As Sheridan sits in the chair by the fireplace, “Could I be losing my mind? What other explanation is there?” Luis sits on the end of the coffee table and takes her hand in his, “Sheridan, you're not losing your mind. All right? You remember what you saw, but it had nothing to do with me. Look, somebody is playing games with us. Now, I’m going to find out who and why.” Luis stands and Sheridan follows as she pleads, “No, please, just let it go.” Luis, "Let it go"? Sheridan is worried and says, “Let's just move on with our lives. All I want is to be with you.” Luis pulls Sheridan into his arms to hold her. He gives a small smile but looks quizzical.

In his library, Julian announces, “I'd better call our Luis impostor and make sure he and DeeDee are leaving town.” The phone rings at the set up house. FauxLuis answers, “Yeah?” Julian lets him know who it is. DeeDee is trying to get the mask unstuck using tweezers and pinches him. She tells him to be still. Julian asks, “You two aren't still at that house, are you, after I told you to leave town?” FauxLuis lies, “Uh -- no, no. We're on our way to the airport right now.” Julian says, “Oh. Well, excellent.” FauxLuis says, “Yeah. I wasn't expecting to be hearing from you.” Julian assures, “I wanted to make doubly sure that you destroyed the mask.” FauxLuis says, “Don't worry about it. I'll burn the damn thing.” Julian, “Yeah. You make sure that you do. Without that mask, Luis and Sheridan will never know what happened, hmm?”

Before he and Rebecca play a new game, Julian goes to his desk to get the book on murder, “Oh! There's something I must do first. You see -- ahem -- I no longer need to find a way to kill Sheridan now that she and Luis have broken up for good.” Rebecca says, “You know, I must say I’m impressed with the lengths you and Alistair went to to break up Luis and Sheridan.” Julian assures, “There are things in the Crane past that can never see the light of day.” Rebecca says that there must be. Julian and Rebecca decide to play their new game in the library instead of going upstairs.
Walking down the hallway to Julian's library, Sheridan tells Luis, “I'm glad you agreed to come and tell my brother that you and I are back together.” Luis takes his arm from around Sheridan's shoulders as he says, “I just want to put this whole thing behind us. So I’ll thank Julian for the party, apologize for the mix-up, then move on from there.” Sheridan opens the door and they walk in to see Julian leaning over Rebecca who is sitting on the desk with Julian's tuxedo jacket on. They are playing their new game! Rebecca and Julian laugh. Sheridan takes one look and puts her hand over her mouth like she is going to be sick. Julian laughs, “Oh, yes. Whoopee. (He sees Luis and Sheridan in the doorway.) Oh – Sheridan!” Rebecca hops off the desk. Julian sputters, “I -- I -- I was just showing Rebecca an origami move.” Julian looks like he is doing a karate move. Leaning against the door jamb, Luis grins, “Yeah. Yeah, I heard you were a black belt in origami, Julian.” (This is one of my favorite funny lines ever on Passions and Galen delivered it perfectly! Ben, Rebecca, Galen and McKenzie were wonderful and the scene was so terribly funny. I still laugh every time I see or read it.) With her hand on the doorknob, Sheridan smiles, “Origami is the art of paper folding, Julian.” Julian tries to zip his pants while he asks, “What is he -- eeh! He doing here?” Sheridan replies, “We came to tell you something about Luis and me.”

As Julian tries to dress, he asks Sheridan, “What is it that you want to tell me? Is it something bad? Has Lopez-Fitzgerald hurt you again?” Sheridan replies, “That's part of the reason we're here. Frankly, I don't know what was going on when I looked inside that woman's bedroom.” Julian booms, “What, you -- you saw Luis in bed with some woman who was here. That's what you told me.” Sheridan replies, “I know, but ...” Julian adds, “On the night of your engagement party, your fiancé was unfaithful to you, and you witnessed it.” Luis speaks up, “It wasn't me. The man in that bed wasn't me, Julian.” Rebecca looks at Sheridan and asks, “And you believe that?” Sheridan replies, “It couldn't have been Luis. He would never hurt me like that.” Rebecca is surprised, “Well, you saw it with your own eyes. How do you explain that?” Sheridan quickly responds, “I made a mistake.” Julian snorts, “Oh! A mistake?” Sheridan replies, “Look, I'm not going to throw away my future with the man I love because of something I might not have seen. The house was dark and I couldn't see very well. And, besides, Luis and I went back to investigate.” Luis adds, “Yeah, we went to the old lady's house. She said there hadn't been any young couple in the bedroom.” Sheridan says, “We must've had the wrong house.” Luis states, “I wanted to do some more investigating, but Sheridan convinced me not to.” Sheridan announces, “I've decided that the best thing is for me to just move on with my life. That's why I’m here. I want you and Rebecca to know that I’ve forgiven Luis.” Julian angrily says, “No. You can't forgive him!”

Julian asks, “How can you, a Crane, let him blatantly deceive you and then simply forgive him?” Luis puts his arm around Sheridan and rubs her arm. Rebecca asks, “Have you no self-respect?” Sheridan snaps at her, “Stay out of this, Rebecca.” Julian replies, “Well, she asked a good question, Sheridan.” Sheridan answers, “And my answer is that I love Luis.” Rebecca smirks, “Well, he obviously doesn't love you.” Sheridan looks at her again, “I said stay out!” Rebecca asks, “What, betraying you with some bimbo?” Luis jumps in, “All right, that's it! Now, look, we came here to give the good news. We are sure as hell not going to stand around and let you insult us. Now, the truth is is that I was at the police station all night, on duty. And if you ...” Luis' pager beeps. Retrieving his beeper from his jacket pocket, Luis says, “It's the desk sergeant. I have to take this.” Luis walks to Julian's desk and calls the station. While Luis is behind him at the desk, Julian whispers, “What can you possibly be thinking? The man is obviously lying through his teeth, and you're letting him get away with it -- again. Look what happened on the wharf. You heard him say he was just using you.” Rebecca chimes in, “And you forgave him.” Sheridan gives her an hateful look and says, “I am not going to tell you again.” Julian continues, “Luis is like every other man in your life -- they lie and they cheat on you and you accept their explanations. But not this time. I'm not letting a Lopez- Fitzgerald humiliate my little sister.”

At the set up house, the mask comes off and DeeDee says, “Ugh! Finally we can get out of here.” FauxLuis replies, “Not until we get rid of the damn thing. Julian wants me to burn it.”

In the library Sheridan says, “I appreciate your wanting to protect me, Julian, but I can't walk away from feelings. I love Luis.” Julian asks, “Is there nothing I can do to change your mind?” Sheridan replies, “Nothing. You said it yourself -- I have a history of letting men lie to me. So if Luis is lying to me, then it's going to take more than words for me to give him up. It's going to take a slap in the face.” Luis returns from his phone call and announces, “Well, that shoots me down for the night. I'm needed on a stakeout. Sorry.” He takes Sheridan's hand as she says sweetly, “It's ok. I guess I'll just have to get used to it, like all cops' wives. I'll call you later.” Luis corrects her, “Oh, no. I can't be reached. Come on, I’ll walk you back to the cottage.” They walk to the door and stop. They turn back to face Julian and Rebecca as Sheridan says, “I hope you'll be able to accept that I believe Luis and that we're back together, stronger than ever.”
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Sheridan and Luis kiss. Julian replies, “Well, it's your decision. What else can I do but accept it? I just want you to be happy, dear.” Sheridan assures him, “I am. So let's move on.” Shuis walk out of the room closing the door behind them.

Rebecca picks up the book on murders laying on Julian's desk and says, “Well, I guess we're going to be needing this.” Julian says, “Sheridan needs a slap in the face. That's what she's going to get.” He goes to the phone on his desk again to call FauxLuis. Julian asks, “You aren't on the plane yet, I trust.” FauxLuis replies no. Julian sighs, “Thank God for small mercies. I have one more job for you.” FauxLuis answers, “You got the check book, I got the time.” Julian orders, “Don't worry about that. You just concern yourself with getting this done. I want you to utterly and completely crush my sister's belief in the man she loves.”

To be continued...

Thanks to Jen's Passions Page for the Shuis screencap.

6.15.08, 8:48 PM
Thanks, Ann!

6.15.08, 11:22 PM
In the living room of her cottage, Sheridan answers her phone, “Hello?” In his red car, Luis replies in a voice just above a whisper, “Hey. I'm on the stakeout.” Sheridan excitedly replies, “I thought you said I wouldn't be able to get in touch with you.” Luis says, “Well, that doesn't mean I can't get in touch with you.” Sheridan smiles, “Great. We can talk all night, then.” Luis smiles and shakes his head slightly, “I wish. It's not going to happen. Look, I just sneaked this call because there's no action yet, and -- well, I didn't want to make it a long apology.” Sheridan asks, “What are you talking about, "apology"?” She moves to sit on the blue stuffed chair with her cup of coffee. Luis smiles again, “Yeah, well, after everything you've been through -- you know, thinking I betrayed you for another woman, even for a second. That must've hurt.” Sheridan replies, “Look, Luis, I'm just glad we've been able to get past this. No apology necessary.” Luis looks serious, “Well, I am going to make it up to you. I'm going to fix things so -- so nothing like this ever happens again.”

In the library, Julian says, “You're not saying anything.” FauxLuis, “Who, me? What's to say? You got the bucks, I’ll make the time. Anything you want, Mr. Crane. Name it.” Julian asks in a hopeful voice, “I hope to God you haven't burned that mask yet.” FauxLuis looks toward DeeDee at the fireplace and grabs the mask from her, “Uh-uh. Not yet. I'm holding the mask here, so we're all a go. What do you want me to do?” Julian says, “I want Sheridan to believe that Luis Lopez Fitzgerald is the scum of the earth. And she's to believe that starting tonight.”

As she places her coffee cup on the coffee table in front of her, Sheridan asks, “You're going to fix it so I never what?” Luis replies, “Have any doubts about me.” Sheridan asks, “And how do you intend to do that?” Luis smiles, “By never letting you out of my sight. See, I’m going to handcuff you to me.” He holds up his handcuffs. Sheridan says in a sexy voice, “Ooh. You'll have to read me my rights first.” Luis grins, “I think I'd rather show you your rights.” Sheridan stands as she says, “Oh, I like the sound of that. You know, we could do it now. I could come down there and help you with your stakeout.” Luis, “Oh, I'm tempted. I hate being apart from you. But then I never really am. You're always in my heart and my mind, my soul.” In such a sweet soft voice Sheridan replies, “I love you so much. You're the most wonderful, loving man in the world.” Luis replies, “I'm just getting warmed up. Wait till you catch my act in 50 years.” Sheridan sighs, “And I will. I intend to be by your side for the rest of our lives.” There is a knock on the door. Sheridan tells Luis, “Oh, someone's at the door. Hold on just a sec.” Sheridan opens the door to see a deliveryman from the florist shop. He asks, “Ms. Sheridan Crane?” Sheridan responds, “Yes?” The man hands her a dozen red roses and says, “From Luis Lopez Fitzgerald.” Sheridan says into the phone, “Oh. Luis, they're beautiful.”

Julian commands, “You are to use the mask one last time. And I say "last" because it's imperative that it works this time.” FauxLuis says, “That what works, Mr. C? You want me and DeeDee to have another little roll in the hay? Have Sheridan walk in on us again?” As he talks with Julian he rubs DeeDee's arm. Julian informs, “No. Nothing that fun. Sheridan is going to see a side of Luis she's never seen before, and it's going to blow her away. But it must be done quickly.” FauxLuis, “All you have to do is tell me what and when.” Julian commands, “Don't move from DeeDee’s place. I'll be over there shortly.” Julian hangs the phone up and turns to Rebecca, “After tonight, my sister will positively despise that cop.” Rebecca whines, “I'd like to believe you, Julian. But I'm starting to have this terrible feeling that we are never going to be able to break up Luis and Sheridan.” Julian replies, “We must. Father will skin me alive if we don’t.” Rebecca comments, “Oh, perhaps the only way to keep Luis from digging into the Crane past is for you to go back to Alistair’s plan and -- ugh -- kill Sheridan.” Julian shivers, “I hope to God that never happens. But you are right in thinking that Sheridan has a high level of tolerance when it comes to men deceiving her. She has a very forgiving heart. Tonight, that heart is going to shrivel up and die.”

With her beautiful roses now in a vase on the cabinet where the blue water bottles reside, Sheridan exclaims, “Luis, they're absolutely gorgeous.” Luis smiles as he plays with the steering wheel and says, “I know a bunch of roses can't make up for everything you've been through when you thought that I betrayed you. But the roses -- the roses are a symbol of my undying love for you. Now, they're the same kind of roses that my father planted for my mother years ago. When we get married, I’m going to plant roses, too -- a mark of my love for you. And then every year when they bloom, you and I will declare it a holiday, and we'll go out in the garden with the kids.” (So many sweet Luis speeches in these episodes.) Sheridan looks like she is going to cry and tells Luis, “You're going to make me cry.” Luis smiles, “No, the flowers are supposed to make you happy.” Sheridan has the biggest smile as she says, “I am. I'm the happiest woman in the world.” Luis, “You deserve to be. Well, I better get back to work now.” Sheridan asks, “Well, when will we speak again?” Luis replies, “I'll call you the first chance I get.” Sheridan tells him, “I'll be waiting.” Luis uses his sexiest voice to tell her, “I love you, Sheridan. Never forget that.” Sheridan smiles, “Never.” Sheridan hangs up the phone, smells the roses, and takes one of them with her as she crosses the room.

Sitting at his desk as he waits for Rebecca, when he sees her Julian asks, “Ready, lover? All set for the final act?” Rebecca prompts, “Want to give me a synopsis?” Julian replies, “Well, you recall how our impostor can make his voice sound exactly like Luis?” Rebecca thinks, “The similarity is uncanny.” Julian continues, “We're going to set it up so that Sheridan hears her fiancé arguing with DeeDee. And what she will hear will give her no choice but to hate Luis forever. The gloves are coming off, Rebecca. It's time we play rough. Sheridan said it would take a slap in the face for her to stop loving Luis. Well, tonight, the Crane players offer a brilliant new production of "she who gets slapped”.
Arriving at the set up house, DeeDee greets Julian and Rebecca, inviting them to come in, then tells them, “Yes. The fake Luis is putting on his mask in the other room.” Julian says, “Excellent.” FauxLuis comes from the bedroom, “Hey. Well, what do you think? It's a nice touch, huh?” He is wearing an undershirt (the kind they call a wife-beater). Julian comments, “ Yes, perfect. Well, we don't have much time. Ahem -- Luis is on a stakeout, and Sheridan is alone at the cottage. Now, this is what I want you to do.” After Julian explains what he wants them to do, Deedee says, “You want him to slap me?” Julian says, “Hard. I want you and the fake Luis to have a no-holds-barred knockdown-drag out. It absolutely is essential that when Sheridan walks into this room, she sees our Luis slapping Deedee. Is that clear?” Deedee looks skeptical, “Wait a minute. This is not what I signed on for here.” With his ever present toothpick between his teeth, FauxLuis says, “Yeah, Mr. C. I have never hit a woman in my life.” Julian insists, “If I pay you to act rough, you will act rough. It's the only thing that will turn Sheridan off to Luis forever. The only thing she truly despises is a man brutalizing a woman.” Rebecca adds, “Well, every woman hates that. I mean, no matter how angry, no matter how bad the fight, no man should ever strike a woman. I mean, that is just a line you do not cross.” Julian says, “Well, tonight we're going to cross that fateful line one time in order to make Sheridan think that Luis is a monster.”

Julian picks up the phone and turns to DeeDee, “I want you to call my sister and get her over here.” DeeDee looks at Julian and asks, “And how in the hell do you expect me to do that?” Julian quips, “Simple. Beg her not to.”

The phone rings at Sheridan's cottage. She picks up the phone, “Hello?” DeeDee yells, “It's all your fault! Why did you have to do it?” Sheridan asks, “Who is this?” DeeDee asks Julian, “What am I supposed to say?” Julian replies, “Tell her you are the woman that Luis loves, and tell her you're afraid of what he'll do to you now that she knows about you.” DeeDee says into the phone, “You want to know who? I'll tell you who. This is the woman that Luis really loves.” Sheridan asks, “Where are you? Where are you calling from?” DeeDee answers, “I'm at home. The house that Luis set up for me -- the one that you had to come check out earlier.” Sheridan asks, “What's your name?” DeeDee asks instead, “Why did you tell Luis you saw us? You like snooping around? Well, let me tell you something. You made Luis very mad at me. Oh, my God. He's coming back. Please don't tell Luis that I called you. He'll kill me. I swear to God he'll kill me! Ow! Oh, no, Luis, don't! Oh, you're hurting me! Oh, Luis -- no, you're going to kill me! Stop!” DeeDee hangs up the phone. Rebecca pulls Julian off DeeDee as he is pretending to strangle her, “Julian! Not -- naughty, naughty, Julian!” Julian, “Oh, uh, yes. Back to the business at hand. When Sheridan walks through that door, she's going to see Luis treat a woman like an animal.” FauxLuis is grinning in the background.

Standing with the phone still in her hand, Sheridan sadly says, “It's true. It's all true.” She looks so worried and afraid.

Picking up her keys and purse to leave, Sheridan stops in front of the beautiful red roses and says, “Oh, Luis. This is worse than anything I could have ever imagined.”

Back at the set up house, FauxLuis is amazed, “Man, you people take no prisoners.” Julian says, “Extreme situations call for extreme measures.” He and Rebecca take turns taking swigs from the silver flask. DeeDee moves to stand next to FauxLuis before she asks, “Are you totally sure you want to go through with this, Mr. Crane? I could hear the fear in your sister's voice. It's going to be a terrible shock to see her fiancé beating me up.” Julian says, “My dear, dear DeeDee. That is the point. I want my sister shocked so thoroughly that it shatters her love for Luis.” Rebecca chimes in with, “Oh, there is no way she can forgive Luis after tonight.”

To be continued...

I didn't find any screen caps to go along with this episode so I am posting one of the pictures from the TV Guide with Shuis on the cover. This is one of the pictures from inside the magazine in the article. Shuis look like they are on the cover of a romance novel!
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6.16.08, 8:26 PM
Thanks, Ann. Great picture!

6.16.08, 11:23 PM
From his car, Luis calls the station, “This is Lopez Fitzgerald. Look, I'm starting a stakeout and this could be an all-nighter, so I’ll be cutting off communication. Don't want these perps to know I’m out here. Over and out.” Sipping his coffee for the long wait he says to himself, “This could be a long one. Just hope it pays off.”

In her car on the way to DeeDee's house, Sheridan talks to herself, “I still can't believe it. Not only did Luis cheat on me, but he's got a violent streak. How could I have been so wrong about the man I love? It's like Luis is two different people.” She looks very upset.

At DeeDee's house, FauxLuis asks, “Huh? Is this damn mask on straight?” Julian replies, “Oh. Not only are you the mirror image of Luis, but you can alter your voice to sound exactly like his. Well, if you and Deedee are as convincing in combat as you are in the sack, round two of our plan should play out perfectly.” Rebecca says, “Yes, Sheridan should be here any minute to confront Luis.” She picks up her bag as she and DeeDee move across the room to apply make-up to make it look like DeeDee has bruises on her face from Luis beating her. Julian agrees that Sheridan should be there shortly. Rebecca nods, “What a show that promises to be.” Julian agrees, “An ugly, unthinkable scene that Sheridan will not soon forget. By the time my sister leaves here tonight, she must have no doubts that Luis' love for her was a ruse to trick her into marriage so that, once part of the crane family, he could avenge his father's disappearance from the inside. She must be convinced that you, Luis, are a lying, two-timing pig with a violent streak, and you, DeeDee, are the (overused derogatory adjective) yet abused victim of his heinousness.” FauxLuis looks at Julian and says, “Yeah, well, you know, Mr. Crane, we've been rehearsing what we're going to go and what we're going to say.” DeeDee agrees, “Yeah, we've got it all down pat.” Julian is pleased, “This is just excellent. Ah, now for a few last-minute touches. Julian laughs and starts throwing things around the room to make it look like there had been a fight. FauxLuis watches with that toothpick between his lips and decides to join in. He throws one bottle on the floor and grins. Julian sees him and says, “Give me five.” They do a high five before Julian gets back to work. When he finishes, he turns to look at Rebecca's handiwork and says, “Oh, yes. Well -- oh, yes, bruises. Very nice touch. I still want Luis to slap Deedee in front of Sheridan.”

Rebecca scolds, “Oh, Julian, is that really necessary?” Julian: Oh, absolutely. It's one thing for Sheridan to see Deedee's battered face, but to actually witness Luis strike a woman will leave an indelible impression on my sister. She'll have no way of denying that it was her loving Luis who let his trollop have it. And since the real Luis is conveniently alone on a stakeout, he won't be able to give Sheridan an alibi.” Rebecca asks, “Well, what if Luis radios the station house, huh, and gets some cop that isn't on the take like Packer was?” As FauxLuis hangs on Julian's every word and grins as he listens to him say, “Well, having been on the police review board, I know that cops turn their radios off during a stakeout so as not to alert those under surveillance. You see, this time there will be no loose ends for Luis to use to raise doubts with Sheridan. When she leaves here tonight, her image of Luis will be shattered for good, her relationship with him destroyed, and there's not a snowball's chance in hell of them Ever getting back together again.” FauxLuis grins.

Coming back into the living room with a bottle, Julian orders, “All right, here, take a swig of this cactus juice. Your rage will be more convincing if Sheridan smells booze on your breath.” FauxLuis takes a swig and grins, “For what you're paying us, we'll do whatever you want.” Julian, “That's good to hear. I cannot stress how important this is. Luis and Sheridan's relationship poses enormous danger to my family -- a danger that must be eliminated. Rebecca's voice, “I wonder what Julian means.” She stands from where she has been seated on the couch with DeeDee and asks, “Uh, Julian? Could I have a word with you?” Julian, “Well -- oh, God, Sheridan! I know that the Luis mask is a perfect likeness, but I'm loathe to take any chance. All right, now, now, make this look real. When Sheridan leaves here, she must be devastated. This is it. Places, Everyone.”

Sheridan walks up to the front door and stands on the porch of the set up house, “Hello?” Inside Julian says, “Show time.” He and Rebecca hide in the closet. Sheridan calls out, “Is anyone home? This is Sheridan Crane.” She hears DeeDee crying. Sheridan thinks, “I have to help them.” Sheridan opens the door and enters the darkened room. DeeDee cries, “You -- you shouldn't have come. Just leave while you can.” Sheridan walks toward DeeDee, “Oh, God. This place. Your face.” DeeDee gulps in air, “I told you Luis was out of his mind. He went totally ballistic when he caught me on the phone earlier.” In the closet, Rebecca says, “So far so good.” Deedee: Luis said it's all my fault, that I’ve ruined everything. First he came after my place. And then he came after me.” Sheridan walks up behind her, “This is your house?” DeeDee shrugs, “Yeah, what's left of it.” Sheridan looks skeptical, “No, when Luis and I came by earlier, an old lady answered the door and she said that this was her house.” DeeDee, “Yeah. Yeah, Luis caught her the other day jaywalking. He threatened to throw her in jail if she wouldn't stay here and act like this was her house so you'd doubt the truth. This is all just part of his big plan to get back at the cranes. He hates your family, Sheridan, and he's using you to get to them.” Sheridan says quietly, “You're not the first person to say that. But this -- I mean, for Luis to do this to you, to your home -- I can't believe it. It's like he's two different people.” In the closet Julian quips, “You got that right.” DeeDee lies, “Oh, yeah, that Luis, yeah, he's a world-class liar. He will say or do anything to get what he wants. And you? Oh, yes, you, you're the biggest prize of all. And to get so close without scoring. It just threw him over big time.” Sheridan is outraged, “That's it. Where is he now?” DeeDee, “No! No, you can't! You can't confront Luis. If he sees you here, he'll kill me! He will kill me.” FauxLuis puts his head out the bedroom door as Julian looks out the closet down the hall, “Get ready. That's your cue.”

DeeDee pleads, “Please don't confront Luis! I would hate to see you end up like me.” Sheridan assures her, “Oh, trust me, that is not going to happen.” A door slams as DeeDee fearfully tells Sheridan, “Oh! He's back. Look, if you're not going to leave, you got to hide. Please hide. Shh, shh, shh, shh.” Sheridan hides in a little corner next to the fireplace near a door. FauxLuis walks into the living room, “What the hell is going on in here, huh?” DeeDee quickly says, “Luis, you're back.” FauxLuis takes a swig from his bottle, “Hmm?” DeeDee, “No! Oh, don't!” FauxLuis, “I asked you a question!” DeeDee, “Oh, I'm sorry! Luis, don't! Please, please don't do that, Luis! Don't do that. No, please.”

FauxLuis asks again, “What's all the damn noise? I thought I heard voices out here!” DeeDee, “I was just talking to myself, that's all.” FauxLuis, “You useless (overused derogatory adjective) . You know, you and your big mouth, you caused me enough trouble already.” DeeDee, “I'm sorry! I'm sorry.” FauxLuis, “Sorry? Why don't you just save the apologies, all right, because Everything that happened is your damn fault. It's all your fault! You know, you've ruined everything for me. You've ruined everything for me. I spent almost one year getting Sheridan on board with my plan to marry me, and you messed it all up.” DeeDee says, “I didn't mean to, Luis. I really didn't mean to.” They argue back and forth until FauxLuis finally slaps DeeDee. Sheridan has had enough and steps out from her hiding place, “Stop it, Luis! Stop it right now!”

FauxLuis looks at her and asks, “Sheridan, what the hell are you doing here?” Sheridan returns his question, “No, Luis, the question is, what are you doing here?” Inside the closet, Julian says, “The main event is starting. We can't miss it.” FauxLuis, “Sheridan, honey, come on.” Sheridan, “Don't "honey" me!” FauxLuis, “This isn't what you think.” Sheridan angrily says, “I overheard everything, you lying bastard! You have been using me for over a year. I was just your ticket into the Crane family, nothing more!” FauxLuis, “Yeah, you're right. You caught me. There's no way I can lie my way out of this, is there?” Sheridan, “No, there isn't!” FauxLuis, “Oh, well. First time for everything. Man. You know, up until now, I could sweet-talk my way out of anything. You were so gullible. So desperate to be loved by a man, you'd believe anything I’d say. Well, now you know the truth. I was only using you. I never loved you. I was just using you to get to your family. And you fell for it. You fell for it hook, line, and sinker.” He takes a swig from his bottle. Sheridan looks so hurt and angry, “: I can't believe it. I can't believe what I’m seeing. I see you with my own two eyes and it's you. It's really you.” Inside the closet, Rebecca says, “I hope Sheridan doesn't get close enough to see that he's wearing a mask.” Julian informs her, “She won’t. I told the impostor to slap Sheridan if she gets within range. Better to be slapped than to end up dead, which is precisely what will happen if we don't break Sheridan and Luis apart.” FauxLuis, “Yeah. Yeah, it's me, Sheridan. I'm the real Luis. I'm the man that you love with your heart and soul, hmm?” He takes another swig from his bottle.

FauxLuis taunts, “So, Sheridan, you must feel pretty stupid. A high-class, well-educated deb like you, suckered -- not just once but twice for a regular joe like me. Of course, now you're on to me, thanks to big mouth over here. I'm not going to get the revenge that I wanted on your family. But at least I don't have to pretend like I'm in love with you anymore.” Sheridan raises her voice, “You make me sick.” Rebecca whispers, “This is it. There is no way Sheridan will ever take Luis back now.” Julian smiles, “We did it. We broke them up for good.” FauxLuis taunts, “Ooh. I make you sick? Let me tell you something, babe -- it just about made me sick to have to make love with you. "Oh, Luis!" What a joke. The best sex I ever had. What a fool you were for buying it. Now, come to think of it, Sheridan, that's all you are. You're a stupid, gullible fool.” Sheridan yells in his face, “No more. Not when it comes to you. I never want to see your filthy, disgusting face ever again!” Sheridan walks to the front door. She opens it to see the real Luis. Sheridan and Luis touch each other's hands as Luis walks past her into the room. DeeDee and FauxLuis look quite shocked. FauxLuis puts his hands to his neck.

To be continued......................

No screen caps for this episode but here is a picture of Galen as he looked playing FauxLuis in his "wife-beater". This pic is of Galen in People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People his first year on the show.
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This is one of the first times McKenzie appeared in SOW's FYI. She looks so beautiful in this picture.
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6.17.08, 11:15 PM
Thanks, Ann. Great pictures and summary!

6.18.08, 12:16 AM
Standing at the door of DeeDee's house and looking back and forth from Luis to FauxLuis, Sheridan exclaims, “I can't believe it. There are two Luises.” As Luis stares at his double he says, “Not for long.” In the closet, Julian is shocked, “What is the real Luis doing here? He was supposed to be on a stakeout!” Rebecca, “Oh, forget why he's here. What matters is that our whole plan is ruined. Look, Sheridan was supposed to see the fake Luis hit DeeDee and she was going to be so disgusted that she would never want to see Luis again. Now our last, best chance to split them up is a bust.” Julian whispers, “But forget about our plan being a bust. If Luis finds us here, he'll tear us apart for setting him up.” Rebecca says, “Well, I'm not worried. The real Luis would never hit a lady.” Julian, “Hmm, yes, yet. He sounds angry enough to murder both of us, instead.”

Standing behind Luis, Sheridan exclaims, “I did see Luis making love to another woman, only it wasn't Luis.” Luis agrees, “No, it was my double here. All right, I want some answers and I want them now! How did you get my face? Why are you doing this? What are you after?” DeeDee moves to stand behind the impostor who says, “No comment.” Luis yells, “What the hell kind of people are you? Why would you do this? Why would you hurt Sheridan, hurt me, my reputation?” FauxLuis jokes, “Not a lot to do in Harmony, you know? Pass the time.” Luis points toward the impostor, “Yeah. Wait, that's right. Oh, this has been going on for over a year now. Sheridan heard you down at the wharf! You were impersonating me on a phone. You said you were just using her, using her to get to her family.” FauxLuis places his bottle on the mantle and says, “ Hey, man, I don't know what you're talking about.” Luis yells, “The hell you don't! Sheridan saw you on the wharf that night, the same way that she saw you in bed with her. The thing is -- thing is you weren't in charge of this. No, there's no way. See, this whole set-up, this was way too complicated. There's no way that you had the money or the backup. There's no way that you could've set this up all by yourself.” FauxLuis says, “Like I said, no comment.” Luis tries again, “What about motive? What reason could you possibly have for wrecking our lives or ruining our happiness? You don't even know us. No, see -- it wasn't you. Wasn't you at all. I know who it is. Yeah. We both do. You came close to costing me the most important thing in my life -- Sheridan. You see, I love her more than I love my life. For that you're going to pay. I'm going to make you pay.” Luis shoves the impostor. Hiding in the closet, Rebecca says, “Oh. Luis is out for blood.” Julian whines, “And I bleed so easily.” Sheridan yells, “Luis, wait! Don't do something you'll regret.” Luis turns to Sheridan and says, “Sheridan, look, don't worry, all right? I'm completely under control. Just something I need to do.” Luis turns around and punches the impostor knocking him out. He falls to the floor next to the fireplace. Luis says, “Now watch me disappear.” As Sheridan watches, Luis pulls the mask off the impostor” Sheridan is amazed, “My God. It's like "mission: Impossible," only this is real.” Luis walks toward Sheridan with the mask in his hand, “Would you look at this. Look, this thing. It must've cost a fortune. This is only a small detail in an incredibly elaborate scheme that Julian and Alistair cooked up. Sheridan, I'm going to prove that Julian and Alistair did this to come between us. When I do, I'm going to make them pay. As God as my witness, I'm going to make them pay.”

Luis says, “Look at this. Look at the detail. It's no wonder you swore it was me you saw with her.” Sheridan. “Still, I’m sorry for ever doubting you, for even thinking that you could do such a thing.” Luis, “No, come on, don't blame yourself. I mean, between this and that scum imitating my voice, how could you not believe what your eyes and ears were telling you.” Sheridan, “I didn't believe it. I knew in my heart that you loved me. At the core of my being, I knew that it couldn't have been you.” Luis turns back to Sheridan, “So glad you trust me enough to set this trap.” In the closet, Rebecca says, “Why that sneak! Your own sister, plotting and scheming behind our backs. You just can't trust anyone these days.” (LOL! Some nerve of anyone plotting behind Rebecca's back, even if she was doing the same thing first!) Sheridan smiles and hits Luis on the arm with her purse, “So why'd you wait so long to come in?” Luis replies, “Just wanted to make sure I gave those creeps enough rope to hang themselves.” From his hiding place, Julian rants, “Bloody hell! We thought we were setting Luis and Sheridan up, when they were setting us up. Damn that cop! He knew we'd do something to erase any doubt that Sheridan had about what she'd seen here. He led us into a trap.” Rebecca, “Well, what do we do now?” Julian, “We have to find a way to get out of here and then flee the country before Luis catches us. If we don't and he finds out we're behind this charade, we'll spend the rest of our lives in traction, our bodies beaten and broken like two living piñatas.” Luis turns back to FauxLuis and DeeDee and says, “All right, you two. I want the whole story, start to finish. Then I’m going to decide whether I let you live or die.” DeeDee stands.

Luis to FauxLuis and DeeDee, “I know you were hired to break us up, ok? And I know who hired you. Just want to hear you say their names out loud. Come on, fess up. Alistair and Julian Crane!” In his hiding place in the closet, Julian says, “We're doomed.” Rebecca suggests, “Maybe we should make a run for it while Sheridan and Luis grill DeeDee and what's-his-name.” Julian disagrees, “No, it's too risky to slink out now. Our best hope is to wait for any diversion that comes along. Hopefully, things will heat up if our players stonewall Luis.” Luis yells, “Come on, out with it! Admit who hired you!” Getting to his feet, FauxLuis says, “You can think the Cranes were behind this set-up. But if you think I’m going to confirm it, think again. The Cranes are the most powerful family in the whole world. Your threat to kill me is nothing compared to what the Cranes would do if I fingered them.” Julian, “Huh. No fool, our impostor. He knows the power of la familia Crane.” Rebecca, “Yeah, well, I wish you had power enough to get us out of this closet before they find us.” Luis yells again, “Damn it, just admit it! Just admit who hired you!” Sheridan says, “Forget it, Luis. We proved that it wasn't you who betrayed me. Not that we had to. I knew it wasn't in you to do that to me.” Luis goes to stand by her, “Sheridan, I just want to prove to you that your father and Julian are behind this because they're never going to change. They're never going to change who they are. There's a reason that I protect you from your own damn family.” DeeDee admits, “I didn't mean to hurt anyone. I just needed the money.” FauxLuis tells her to shut up, then slaps her! Luis grabs the impostor's arms and holds him back, “Hey! You listen to me. Hey, you listen to me -- a man never hits a woman. You got that? Huh?” DeeDee goes to stand next to Sheridan and says, “Yeah, going off on me is not going to shut me up! What we did to these two people -- it was horrible. They really love each other and they deserve to be together and happy forever! FauxLuis, “If you rat on who was behind this, they'll make you wish you'd never been born. Like your life isn't miserable enough already.” DeeDee thinks it over, “You're right. If they could do this to them, then God only knows what they'll do to me.” Still holding the impostor's arm behind his back, Luis tells her, “No, you just go ahead, all right? Sheridan and I will protect you. You just -- you just tell us what we already know -- that this whole scheme was an attempt by Julian and Alistair to break up me and Sheridan, huh?” Julian whispers, “If that (overused derogatory adjective) -for-hire fingers us, we're doomed.” Luis demands, “You were hired to do a job. Now tell me who hired you. Come on!” Sheridan begs, “Please! Do the right thing.”

As she walks away from Sheridan, DeeDee says, “I'm sorry. I have a family -- my mom and my sister. And if I say who hired us and they come after them to get to me, I can't live with myself. I can't take a chance.” Luis swears, “Damn it.” Sheridan assures, “Luis, it's ok. We both know my father and brother are behind this.” Luis walks back to Sheridan's side, “Yeah, but I just wanted to prove it. If Julian was here, I'd rip the truth out of him. Not even he's stupid enough to be here while his little scam plays out.” FauxLuis, “You people got nothing on us and you know it. Yeah, we tried to break you up this time, but what you said about me being you on the wharf before? Never happened.” Luis, “What?” FauxLuis,”You heard me. I never wore that mask on any wharf.” Luis accuses, “You're still trying to break us up. Boy, Julian and Alistair, they must be paying you a fortune.” FauxLuis. “Nah. I just don't like being blamed for something I had no part in, that's all.” Luis, “All right, that's it. You're under arrest, buddy.” Luis pulls his arms behind his back and pulls his hair forcing his head back. FauxLuis, “On what charges? Impersonating a cop? No can do without a uniform.” Luis says, “Well, let's see -- how about stealing my identity?” In the closet, Rebecca whispers to Julian, “Let's go.” A box falls off the shelf causing Sheridan to turn to question the noise but she is distracted by Luis and the impostor. Luis continues, “Criminal mischief? A little assault and battery, huh? Yeah, that's right. You know I’ve got plenty of charges to arrest you on, and I will if you don't start answering my questions. Now!” FauxLuis, “No way will we ever say who bankrolled us. As for those trumped-up charges you threatened me with? Dream on, man. I'm out of here.” He tries to pass Luis but he says, “The hell you are.” Luis punches FauxLuis.

As Luis and FauxLuis fight, DeeDee tries to run out the front door. Sheridan grabs her and says, “Hey, you're not going anywhere!” DeeDee, “Get your hands off of me!” Sheridan informs her, “Oh, don't take me on, Missy! You'll regret it. I have a black belt in karate.” DeeDee begs, “Please don't hurt me, ok? I can't take anymore.” Sheridan says, “That's more like it. Just to make sure that you don't go anywhere --” She handcuffs DeeDee to the doorknob. FauxLuis pulls out a knife while Luis has his back turned toward him. Sheridan sees the knife and warns him, “Luis!” Luis whirls around to see the knife in the impostor's hands. FauxLuis, “I'm walking out of here now, man. You try and stop me, I'll kill you!” In the closet, Julian cheers him on, “Oh, yes, Luis, take a stab at stopping him. Do us all a favor.”

Luis uses some strategy, “Why don't you just put that knife down. Just put it down nice and easy, huh?” FauxLuis says, “No way, man! Let me leave now and no one gets hurt. You try and stop me and I swear I’ll kill you!” Luis steps back with his hands up, “Ok. Whatever you say.” Julian whispers, “That punk. Luis isn't so brave. A thug pulls a small piece of cutlery on him and he backs down as if he's been threatened by a machete-wielding maniac.” Rebecca says, “I could be wrong, but I think Luis has a plan.” DeeDee, “Please take me with you. We make a great team.” FauxLuis, “Sorry, baby. It's every man for himself from here on in.” DeeDee grabs his shirt as he passes her in the doorway, “No, please take me with you.” FauxLuis, “Get off of me!” Luis grabs him from behind and forces the knife out of his hand. DeeDee, “No!” Rebecca says, “I told you Luis had a plan.” Julian whispers, “Well, I hope you have a plan to get us out of this mess because I certainly don't. And with Luis ready to pummel our impostor into telling the truth, our role in this charade could be exposed at any moment.” Luis punches the impostor and knocks him into the closet doors. The doors break revealing Julian and Rebecca in their hiding place. Sheridan screams in astonishment, “Oh! Julian! Rebecca!” Luis stands in front of the closet door looking down at Julian, “Julian. I knew you were in on this. Now I have all the proof that I’ll need. I'm going to have your head on a stick.”

To be continued...

Again, no screen caps for this episode but I am posting one of the first NBC promo pics of Galen and McKenzie as Shuis. These were the photos they signed when they were sent out to meet their fans in NYC!
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6.18.08, 3:49 PM
Thanks, Ann. Lovely picture of them!

6.18.08, 11:13 PM
Luis knocks the closet doors out of the way before he looks in its occupants and says, “ So help me God, Julian, I'm going to kill you.” Holding Julian as if protecting him, Rebecca pleads, “Don't hurt him, please. Please don't hurt him.” Luis booms, “All right, the two of you, out of there! We're going to have ourselves a little chat.” Julian and Rebecca get to their feet and step over FauxLuis on the way out of the closet. Sheridan takes Luis' arm, “What are you going to do to them?” Luis replies, “I don't know.” Standing across the room, Julian says, “I would like to set a few ground rules. First, I want your word this won't become physical!” Luis yells, “Shut up! All right. From here on in, I'm running the show. Rebecca, sit down. And not in front of Julian, all right? He's hid behind your skirts long enough.” Rebecca quickly sits on the couch and pats the cushion next to her indicating Julian should sit there. He quickly crosses in front of Luis and takes the seat next to Rebecca who holds onto his arm. Holding up the Luis mask, Luis says, “I'll say. Well, this is incredible. Well, this must have cost a pretty penny, Julian. It's no wonder you bought it, Sheridan. Julian pulled out all the stops to make you think that I was cheating on you.” Standing behind Luis, Sheridan says, “I could not believe my eyes when I saw you -- that impostor wearing that mask, making love to her. I mean, he looked just like you, but I knew in my heart that you could never do anything like that to me.” She hugs Luis' arm. Luis continues, “Yeah. That's why all the money in the world couldn't pull off your filthy rotten scheme to break us up. When you saw that Sheridan and I were still together after your lovemaking charade, you had to stoop even lower into the gutter. You know, Julian, only someone as twisted as you could come up with a plan to make it look like I was beating up a woman. But you blew it. The scene that was supposed to make your sister hate me forever didn't work. It backfired. And now you're going to pay.” Sheridan places her hand on Luis' shoulder in a show of support.

Mask in hand, Luis continues, “See, I always knew that you and your father were the scum of the earth. You know, there are not enough designed suits in the world to cover up what you're made of. But I never knew that you'd sink this low -- making a mask, hiring an actor to impersonate me.” Sheridan adds, “He even sounded exactly like you.” Luis admits, “Yeah, the creep is a good actor. My own mother wouldn't be able to tell the difference.” Taking Luis' hand, Sheridan apologizes again, “I'm sorry I ever doubted you.” Luis moves to stand behind the couch that Rebecca and Julian are sitting on as he continues, “Don't you dare ever be sorry. This is your brother and your father's fault, and they're the ones who owe us a hell of a lot more than an apology. So, what'd you do, Julian? Huh? Huh? Did you call in a favor from the mayor, get me down to the station tonight to write that report? I hope to God Officer Packer's not in your pocket, but I'll find out if he was.” Luis hits Julian on top of the head with the mask. Sheridan stands in front of Julian with her arms crossed, “At the party when I told you how worried I was about Luis, you didn't say a word. You just let me drive off into that thick fog, terrified that something had happened to him.” Luis, “That was all part of the plan. They had my double here with his little friend getting all hot and heavy at the time that you drove by and recognized my car on the street.” Sheridan mentions, “I still don't understand. If you had your car parked at the police station ...” Luis replies, “That was the easy part. Sheridan, if they can manufacture a twin for me, how hard could it have been to do it for my car? I got to hand it to you, Julian. You don't miss a trick, do you?” Sheridan supplies, “Except one. You underestimated Luis. He suspected that you and father would try something to split us up the minute you said you wanted to throw us a party. I tried to convince him that he was just being paranoid, but unfortunately, he knows my family better than I do.” Rebecca asks, “So when you came to the library to tell us you were back together, you ...” Luis walks from behind the couch to stand behind Sheridan as she replies, “That was all part of our plan. It was Luis' idea. He set the trap and said all we had to do was sit back and watch the two of you hang yourselves.” Turning to look at DeeDee, Luis asks, “You wouldn't happen to have any rope lying around, would you?” At the door, DeeDee lowers her head.

As Luis pulls Julian up by his collar, Julian cries, “Oh! My God, he's going to kill me! Just remember, cupcake, I did care for you! I was truly looking forward to living out the second half of my life with you!” Rebecca says, “Oh, I love you, too, Pookie. Good-bye!” Luis shoves Julian and says, “Get out of here!” Rebecca moves next to Sheridan, “You know, I hope you know that this was all Julian and Alistair's idea. I mean, I had no idea what they were up to.” Sheridan looks at her in disbelief, “You two deserve each other.” Rebecca, “I don't understand.” Sheridan gives it to Beccs, “Well, let me spell it out for you. I don't believe a single word out of your overly lipsticked mouth. You knew exactly what was going on. You must have ice water running through your veins. Poor Gwen. I never realized what a sick and twisted mother she had.” Luis yells, “Get up!” as he pulls Julian to his feet again. Julian, “Luis, I'm begging you. We're both grown men here. Need I remind that you are an officer of the law and your duty is to uphold it, not to commit the heinous crime of murder?” Luis holds Julian's head between his hands as he very passionately says, “Oh, that's funny, you know, because that oath that I took as a cop? Well, that's the farthest thing from my mind right now. You know, in fact -- in fact, I don't feel like I have a conscience at all, which is very convenient. That way I can give you the punishment that you deserve!” Julian, “Oh. Oh, God ...”

Julian begs, “Oh, please don't hurt me. I'm sorry. I realize now what I did was wrong, but my motives were pure. I wanted to protect my sister. Surely you would have done the same thing if you thought Theresa were going to marry the wrong man.” Sheridan puts her head back and rolls her eyes at the nonsense that Julian is spouting. Luis holds Julian by his lapel and says, “The hell I would! Julian, I am nothing like you. I'm nothing like you at all!” He shoves Julian against the closet door causing him to yell, “Oh.” He rubs his arm and shoulder. Luis says, “You see, I know that you think that Sheridan is marrying someone who's way beneath her. For goodness sake, my mother's your family's housekeeper. Not to mention that I'm going to have to support Sheridan on a lowly civil servant's pay check. It must be killing you. Oh, it must be killing you! I'm just a regular blue-collar guy who's never Even played a golf game on the country club course in his life.” Julian shields himself with his arms as he says, “You make me sound so snobbish.” Luis continues, “Yeah? Well, if that's all it were, I'd feel sorry for you. You see, Julian, I know the real reason why you don't want Sheridan to marry me. You know that I'm on to you. You know that once I marry Sheridan I’m going to have access to your estate, to your home, and to all your affairs. I'm finally going to have a damn good shot at finding out what you and your old man did to make my father disappear. You see, Julian, in the not-too-distant future, I'm going to have answers to a lot of questions. And who knows? Maybe I'll run into someone else -- someone else who's got some answers, someone else who wants to knock you and Alistair off your high horse as bad as I do. So you're right to be afraid. And, no, Julian, I'm not going to kill you. But after tonight, you're going to wish I had.”

As Sheridan, Rebecca, and DeeDee look on, Luis shoves Julian against the door and tells him, “Now, don't get me wrong. Don't think that I wouldn't just love to finish you off just to get it over with once and for all.” As Julian whimpers, Luis releases him and says, “But I won’t. That is not a reprieve. The only reason that I’m going to spare you is because of Sheridan, because it would hurt her. So don't think that I'm sparing you for your sake. I'm sparing you for hers.” Julian says, “Oh, thank you. Thank you, Luis.” Luis has Julian sit in a chair a few steps away. Luis sits on the coffee table right next to Julian. Luis continues, “So, here's what's going to happen. Since you seem to love acting so much, we're just going to play. We're just going to play like tonight never happened at all. Except for one thing -- when Sheridan and I get married -- and we are going to get married -- I'm going to be on you. I'm going to be on you like white on rice. Oh, yeah, brother-in-law. I'm going to be so close to you. I'm going to be so close to you you're going to feel me breathing down your neck at all times. So don't think that just because I'm letting you walk out of this house tonight that I am not going to find out what you and Alistair did to my father. And when I do find out and when I get the evidence, I'm going to come down on you hard. I'm going to come down on you so hard!” Coming to, FauxLuis groans, “Where the hell ...” Luis pulls FauxLuis to his feet and says, “Oh, look who's finally waking up. Get out!” FauxLuis, “What?” Luis yells, “I said get out! Now, get up and get the hell out of Harmony! If I see you in Harmony one more time, I'm going to run you up on every charge possible.” The impostor runs out the front door. Seeing that, DeeDee asks, “So, what are you going to do with me?” Luis signals to Sheridan to uncuff DeeDee. As Sheridan unlocks the handcuffs, DeeDee says, “I -- I’m so sorry in my part in what happened here. I wish I would have never gotten involved with those people.” Sheridan says, “Yeah, I'll bet you do. Get out of here, ok?” She walks out the front door. Julian and Rebecca begin to walk toward the door, too, when Luis sees them and asks, “Where do you think you're going?” Julian says, “Uh -- I -- I thought that ...” Luis slams the door shut as Sheridan approaches Julian, “One last thing, Julian.” Julian smiles, “Oh, anything, sister dear.” Sheridan slaps him with all her might as Luis smiles behind her. Julian yelps, “Ow. Oh.”

As Luis stands behind Sheridan for support, she says, “How dare you. How dare you and father use my need for family against me! How dare you use my wish for love to almost cost me the only real love I’ve ever had! (She reaches out and touches Luis.) What is wrong with you? What did father do to you growing up to make you like this? Do you even ever look in the mirror and wonder who you've become? Do you ever think of mother when you're doing these horrible, awful things? You wouldn't. You couldn't stomach your own actions. I just want you to know that it didn't work. So you can go back and tell father that your little plan to destroy what Luis and I have together had the opposite effect. I love him with all of my heart. (Luis moves closer to Sheridan and puts his arm around her.) And I am even more determined now to spend the rest of my life with him. There's nothing that you can do to stop me, nothing at all.” Sheridan goes to the door, opens it, let's Julian and Rebecca out, slams the door, then walks back to Luis' waiting arms and cries. Luis holds Sheridan as she cries her heart out. (I loved Sheridan's wonderful speech about how much she loves Luis.)

Arriving home at Sheridan's cottage, she says, “You were amazing.” Luis replies, “Hmm. Not when you think about what was at stake. Sheridan, I'm not about to let anyone or anything tear us apart. I love you, you know.” Luis has been holding the mask of his face but now throws it onto the chair so he can hold Sheridan in his arms. Sheridan smiles, “I love you, too. I can't imagine living my life without you.” Luis assures, “You won't have to.” They both smile so brightly before their lips meet in a passionate kiss.
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In a hallway outside Julian's library, Rebecca says, “The important thing is that you're all right.” Julian sadly answers, “Not really, not when father finds out what happened.” Rebecca gasps, “Oh, my God.” Julian reminds her, “He said if our plan failed, he would make me kill Sheridan. Now I'm going to have to kill my own sister.”

To be continued...

6.19.08, 11:44 PM
As Luis lights candles, Sheridan puts her arms around him from behind saying, “I love you so much. Sorry I ever doubted you, even for a minute. How could I even think that I saw you making love to another woman?” Luis brings her hands from his chest to his lips to kiss them. He turns around to face her, “Hey, don't feel bad. All right? I mean, the mask that guy was wearing to impersonate me was, well, so good, even I had to look twice. He even sounded like me.” Sheridan admits, “That was amazing.” Luis continues, “So it is completely understandable that you thought you saw me with that woman. I don't even think my mother would have been able to tell the difference.” As Sheridan hugs Luis, “I'm just so glad that it's over. Our love was stronger than any of Julian's schemes.” Luis marvels, “It took a big leap of faith for you to believe me.” Sheridan smiles up into Luis’ eyes, “My heart told me that I had to believe you. And you were able to expose Julian and all the horrible things he was doing to try and break us up.” Luis says, “No, we did it. We did it together. Our love got us through. From now on, it's just going to be us.” Sheridan, “Just you and me.” They smile at each other. Luis, “That's right. There's nothing your family can do to tear us apart. We're going to be together forever.” They kiss……and kiss!
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Alistair walks through the grounds of the Crane estate. Still in the hallway leading to the library, Julian thinks, “I wonder if father knows what happened.” Rebecca sighs, “Probably. Alistair always seems to know everything that happens everywhere.” They hear the telephone ringing in the library. Julian says, “That's him on the phone. He knows.” Rebecca agrees, “Yeah. He probably had DeeDee’s house bugged.” Julian sadly says, “I don't even want to think about how angry he's going to be with me. He'll rip me to pieces.” Rebecca, “Oh. Oh, Julian. It wasn't all your fault.” Julian, “I'll get all the blame. You watch.” Rebecca rubs his back, “How could you know that Luis and Sheridan knew you were up to something and that they'd turned the tables on you? I think you just used the imposter once too often.” Julian, “What was I supposed to do? The alternative was to kill Sheridan.” Rebecca, “I know. And now that the plan has failed, Alistair will insist on doing things his way.” Julian, “That's exactly what I’m afraid of. When father finds out my plan failed, I'll be forced to murder my own sister.” Al is now looking through the glass doors leading to the library.

Luis walks into the living room with a bottle of champagne and two glasses. Standing in front of the fireplace, Sheridan exclaims, “Are we celebrating?” Luis pops the cork and they sit on the couch, “Well, don't you think that we should? We have proved that our love is stronger than any dirty trick that your brother or father can throw at us. We deserve a celebration.” Luis hands her a glass as Sheridan says, “Thank you. Yes, we do. I still can't believe my father and brother would do something so diabolical to try and break us up.” “IMAGINE” begins to play as Luis says, “Yeah, well, I know that must have hurt you. But you got to keep going on with your life. Sheridan, you're a beautiful, wonderful, loving human being. They're the losers, all right? They're the ones who are stupid enough not to have you in their lives.” Sheridan looks lovingly at Luis and says, “Thank God I have you.” Luis tells her, “But more importantly, you have you. And you've got to realize your self-worth, or you're going to keep on being vulnerable to people like your brother and father.” Sheridan smiles, “I love you so much.” Luis, “I love you, too. Nothing or no one is ever going to tear us apart.” Sheridan agrees, “Never.” They kiss. Luis agrees with her, “Never.” They kiss again and again, then giggle as they pick up their glasses and bottle of champagne and head to the bedroom hand in hand. So cute!

In the hallway outside the library the ringing stops and Julian says, “Good, he hung up.” Rebecca reminds him, “I am sure he'll be calling back.” Julian replies, “I'm sure you're right. I don't want to talk to him till I have a drink in my hand.” Rebecca knows how to make him feel better. They quickly head into the library for a romp on the leather sofa when the phone begins ringing again. Julian says, “Oh. Just let it ring. I don't want to talk to father now. I'll call him tomorrow.” They hear someone clapping. They ask who is there. Sitting at the desk, Alistair says, “As you can see, there's no need for you to call me back tomorrow.” Julian asks, “Uh -- what are you doing here?” Alistair replies, “I'm here because, once again, you've failed to put an end to Sheridan's affair with Luis Lopez Fitzgerald. I'm here to clean up the mess you've made.”

In the bedroom Luis and Sheridan continue kissing as they put down their glasses and the bottle of champagne. Sheridan giggles. They kiss. Sheridan sits on the bed and scoots up to the pillows while Luis crawls on the bed above her. Luis smiles as he says, “I still can't believe it.” Sheridan places her hand on the back of his neck to pull him to her and asks, “Can't believe what?” Luis replies, “That you and I are here, like this. I never thought I'd find a woman like you.” They grin at each other. Sheridan looks into Luis’ eyes, “I never thought I'd find a man like you.” She caresses his cheek with her right hand. Luis turns his head to the side and kisses the hand that was caressing his cheek before he turns back to Sheridan to say, “I've been waiting my whole life for this.” In s soft sexy voice Sheridan says, “So have I.” Luis says emphatically, “I'm never going to let anyone take you away from me.” He leans down to Sheridan and kisses her as he rolls them both over to lie side by side kissing on the bed. Sheridan begins to unbutton his shirt between kisses.

In the library Rebecca and Julian stand and greet Alistair. Julian quickly says, “Father, I can't explain what happened. It was a perfect plan. The masked imposter would have fooled Luis' own mother.” Alistair says, “Sit down. (They sit while Al stands.) I know exactly what happened, Julian. I can't believe you let Luis outsmart you.” Julian admits, “I still don't know how he figured it out. The plan should have worked perfectly.” Alistair smirks, “Well, it didn't, did it?” Rebecca wants to leave them alone but Al tells her to stay. He has a new plan to rip Sheridan and Luis apart. Julian asks, “Oh, a new plan? So soon?” Alistair, “Yes, Julian. Since I knew you would once again fail, I've been working on this plan for weeks. This time, we will do things my way. We will do what I've known all along had to be done. Sheridan must be killed.” Julian tries, “Father, let's not be hasty about this. Perhaps we should ….” Alistair, “Perhaps we should do what? Sit around and wait for Luis to investigate his father's disappearance? Do you want to go to prison?” Julian looks dejected as he replies, “No, of course not.” Al tells Julian and Rebecca to be ready when he needs them. Rebecca again tries to bow out but Al will have none of it. Julian wants to know the plan now but Alistair says, “You'll know what you need to know when you need to know it and not a moment before. And try not to do any more damage to the Crane empire in the next few days. I'll be in touch.” Al walks out into the garden.

As soon as Al leaves the room, Rebecca asks, “Julian, why are you so concerned about Luis wanting to investigate the disappearance of his father? I mean, what exactly did happen to Martin Fitzgerald?” Julian, “I don't want you to concern yourself with that, Rebecca.” Rebecca, “Listen, I am being told that I am up to my elbows in Sheridan's blood. Don't you think I deserve to know why we are supposed to kill her?” Julian, “You know why -- to keep Luis from being able to snoop into his father's disappearance.” Rebecca, “I know that you would go to incredible lengths to keep Luis from snooping. All I want to know is what you did to his father.” Julian, “I can't tell you.” Rebecca, “Julian, we are going to be married. You can tell me anything.” Julian, “No, I can’t. Because if you knew what happened to Martin Fitzgerald, then father and I would have to kill you, as well.”
As Luis sleeps, Sheridan gets out of bed and walks to the window. She looks up to the heavens and prays, “Thank you. Thank you for all the wonderful things in my life. Thank you for letting me find Luis, a wonderful man who truly loves me. (Sheridan looks back at Luis in bed and smiles.) Thank you for giving me the joy and happiness I never thought I’d have.”

Walking across the estate grounds, Alistair stops at Sheridan’s cottage where he sees her in the window and he watches her for a few minutes before he says, “My poor, pitiful, beautiful daughter. I'll never see you alive again.”
In the library, Rebecca is shocked, “Julian, you can't really be serious about considering this. I mean, killing your own sister?” Julian replies, “I have no choice. If I don't do it, father will cut me off completely -- or worse.” Rebecca asks, “Worse? What could possibly be worse than -- oh, no. You -- you mean you and me?” Julian says, “It's a fait accompli. As far as father's concerned, Sheridan's already dead.”

As Alistair watches her, Sheridan feels a chill and gasps, “Oh!” Luis sits up at the sound of her distressed voice. He gets out of bed and walks over to her at the window and asks, “Sheridan. Sheridan? Hey. You all right?” Sheridan sighs, “I don't know. I -- I just got this chill, like someone's watching me, knowing that harm's going to come to me.” Luis assures her, “Hey. You're just freaked out by everything that's happened tonight, that's all.” He holds her arm. Sheridan replies, “Yeah. I guess so.” Luis stands behind her and puts his arms comfortingly around her and says, “Don't let it get to you. Come on. We've weathered everything your brother and father could throw at us. We're still here, right?” Sheridan says, “Yes. We are. I love you so much.” Luis replies, “And I love you, too. Nothing's ever going to tear us apart.” They kiss and hold each other as Alistair watches them from his place in the trees.

To be continued………..

6.20.08, 11:54 PM
Walking into the living room from the bedroom, Luis sees Sheridan sitting in the chair with her back to him. He is in navy blue pajama pants while Sheridan is wearing a beautiful white nightgown and negligee and she looks absolutely gorgeous. Luis picks up the newspaper and says, “Sheridan, there you are. I reached over and I grabbed nothing but a handful of sheet. But that's ok since I know what you're up to. You wanted to cook breakfast so I didn't try making that eggs Benedict again, right? That's right. You can't cook. (Luis laughs until he notices that Sheridan is crying.) Sheridan? What's wrong? What happened?”

Julian enters the library, “Father, I thought you'd left.” Sitting behind the desk, Alistair replies, “As usual, you thought wrong, Julian.” They talk about what Al has already accomplished that morning and how Julian didn't sleep well with the thought of murdering Sheridan. Al thinks they should be planning her death. Alistair says, “I don't want this to drag out any more than it already has. I want your sister dead, Julian. You're to kill her as soon as possible.” Sitting on the couch, Julian protests, “But it's such a drastic solution to our problem.” Alistair says, “It's the only solution. This, Julian, this has to be done. If Sheridan lives and marries Luis, he'll gain access to the family. He already suspects we were behind his father's disappearance. He'll probe further, no doubt of that. The man is relentless. He won't stop until he discovers exactly what happened to his father. He'll have the power to bring down the house of Crane, and I have no intention of going to prison.” Julian says, “No.” Alistair states, “You'll be the one who takes the fall. And trust me, with your delicate ways, you'll be some muscle man's boy toy before your cell door is clanked shut.” Julian, “Look, father, there has to be some other way.” Alistair booms, “There isn’t.” Julian says, “I don't want the family destroyed, believe me, and I certainly don't want to go to jail, but there must be something we haven't done, some -- some way to pry Sheridan away from Luis without her having to die.”

Luis quickly goes to Sheridan. He takes a seat on the arm of the couch and takes Sheridan's hands in his, “Sheridan? Sheridan, what's wrong?” He leads Sheridan to the couch so he can comfort her. Sheridan sniffs, “I couldn't sleep. I've been up all night. I just -- I'm miserable.” Luis comforts, “It's ok. I'm here now.” Sheridan asks, “How could they? My own father and brother -- how could they be so cruel?” Luis replies, “It's who they are.” Sheridan asks, “Yeah, but to hire someone to pretend that they're you so they can break us up?” Luis smiles as he responds, “You got to admit he did a really good job imitating my voice, and that mask was phenomenal.” Sheridan says, “I've just been trying to put it all together. Why? How? Why do they hate me so much, and how could they deliberately set out to hurt me? I finally found love in my life, I'm finally happy, and they want to destroy it. I mean, it's unconscionable.” Luis answers, “Because you thought your father had a conscience? He's a monster, Sheridan.” Sheridan admits, “You're right. That's all he is, is a monster.” Luis adds, “Alistair and Julian were behind whatever happened to my father. I've always believed that.” Sheridan sadly admits, “And I didn't. But now ...” Luis continues, “Those two -- they love tearing people's lives apart. They get off on it. They'll -- they'll do anything. They're not going to let anyone stand in their way. What they've done to you, their own blood, it's -- it's unforgivable.” Sheridan sniffles, “It's just so hard, you know, realizing that your family cares nothing for you. But sitting here going through the diaries and the photo albums, it hit me that Julian and Alistair have never cared about me. And now I know that they never will.” Luis takes her in his arms and holds her as she cries.

In the library Julian insists, “I just need a little more time to come up with something. There has to be a way to do this without killing her.” Alistair tells him that he has tried everything and failed. He is a busy man and doesn't have time to deal with other schemes. He wonders what's going on over at the cottage, how are Sheridan and Luis dealing. Julian points at the device in Alistair's hand, “So that's how you always know what's going on. Do you also listen in on -- on what Rebecca and I say?” Alistair says, “Now, let me listen in on my daughter and Luis. They must be feeling pretty confident this morning -- triumphant after exposing our plan to break them up. Little do they know that their actions will now cost Sheridan her life.”

Sheridan shares her feelings with Luis, “Sitting here looking through all these albums just brought it all back -- how lonely I was as a child, how I longed to be accepted, to be loved by my family. What I wouldn't have given to have my father hug me, just once.” Listening in on Shuis with the device that looks like a walkie-talkie, Julian asks, “And you want to kill her?” Sheridan cries, “I would have given anything to have had Alistair tell me he was proud of me.” Luis comforts, “Hey. And what?” Luis holds her against his chest and comforts her as she continues, “You know, when I went to boarding school in Europe, my father never visited me, not once. He didn't respond to any of my letters. He didn't take an interest in anything that I did, not until you and I got engaged. And how could I be such a fool? And everyone warned me that Julian and Alistair were up to something, that they had their own motives for throwing this engagement party, but I was so desperate to believe that they really cared for me, that they were really happy for me.” Sheridan sits up. Luis says, “I wanted that for you, too.” Sheridan smiles and looks lovingly at Luis, “I know you did. And even knowing who they are, what they are, that's why you're who you are -- the most giving and generous man I’ve ever known.” Sheridan kisses Luis. She begins to cry again. Luis soothes, “Hey. Hey, come on, don't cry. It's going to be all right.” Sheridan sniffles, “The last thing I want is to sit her like a sorry little rich girl. You know, I -- I would give up all the money, all the possessions in a heartbeat. I would trade it all in just to have a father who loved me.” As they listen in on Shuis, Julian comments, “She still wants your love. She still wants your acceptance.” Alistair says, “Yes. She does.”

Luis sits back against the arm of the couch and holds Sheridan as she rests her head on his chest. Luis says, “You know what? I want to do something for you. I want to do something for you right now, something special. I want to give you the best wedding present you've ever hoped or dreamed of. Now, what would it be? What would totally blow you away and make you happier than you could ever have dreamed of?” They both sit up as Sheridan replies, “I don't know.” Luis smiles, “Of course you do. Come on, think of something.” Sheridan smiles and Luis asks, “What?” Sheridan tells him, “No. It's foolish.” Luis smiles again and coaxes, “The more foolish, the better.” Sheridan shakes her head, “No, you'll think I’m crazy.” Luis assures, “Never. Come on, you can tell me. Come on, you can tell me anything.” Sheridan says, “The first thing that came to my mind ...” Luis coaxes, “Yeah?” Sheridan finishes, “Was to have my father walk through that door and tell me that he loves me.” Luis looks a little disappointed, “Well, that's the one thing I can't give you. I'm sorry.” Still eavesdropping with his “walkie-talkie”, Alistair states, “No, Luis, you cannot give Sheridan that. I'm the only one who can. You're right, Julian. There is one thing we haven't tried. We haven't played on Sheridan's feelings, her need for love and acceptance. And we can use that need for my love as a lever to pry her and Lopez Fitzgerald apart, to destroy their relationship.”

As they sit on the couch holding hands, Luis says, “Look, I know how badly you're hurting. I wish there was some way I could make up for your father not loving you.” Sheridan says sadly, “He never did love me.” Luis smiles, “The best I can offer you is my love.” Sheridan looks into Luis' eyes and says, “That's the most precious thing in the world to me.” She touches his face. Luis adds, “And a future. You know, like I said before, when we have children, you're going to be swimming in love.” Sheridan's face is radiant with the biggest smile, “Children. How many children are we going to have?” Luis grins, “Well, I don't know. We'll just keep going until you tell me enough.” Sheridan thinks, “Our own family.” Luis smiles, “It sounds good, doesn't it?” Sheridan gets an idea, “Oh.” Luis, “What?” Sheridan looks so hopeful again as she says, “I was just thinking that if we have a baby and I give Alistair a grandchild, a grandson, perhaps maybe he'll come around.” Luis looks away, “Alistair.” Sheridan, “He'll see what he's missing out on.” Luis doesn't agree. “Sheridan, come on.” Sheridan stands and is sad again, “What am I saying? Father's never going to feel any differently towards me if I do give him a grandson.” Luis stands beside her, “Look, I don't want to keep you away from your family.” Sheridan replies, “I know.” Luis continues, “But I hate to see you like this and to see you in so much pain.” Sheridan sadly says, “My father and brother cause me nothing but pain. You'd think I'd learned by now. Thank God I have you in my life.” She smiles as Luis promises, “You will always have me, no matter what.” Sheridan, “I love you so much.” Luis kisses Sheridan then asks, “You're going to be ok alone for a while, aren't you?” As they hold hands, Sheridan asks, “Where are you going?” Luis answers, “To work. I got to go put some bread on the table for our future family.” They smile into each other's eyes as Sheridan giggles, “Tote that barge.” Luis says, “You know, toting that barge is going to have to wait. Actually, I'm heading up the investigation into Simony Russell’s hit-and-run accident.” Sheridan, 'That poor girl.” Luis agrees, “Yeah. I'm going by the hospital this morning.” Sheridan reminds him, “Well, give her family my best.” Luis says, “I will. I'll be back as soon as I can.” He gives her one more kiss and caresses her face before he heads off to get dressed. Sheridan sits in the chair where Luis found her earlier and looks sad as she looks down at the albums and diaries.
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In the library, Alistair comments, “We have Sheridan herself to thank for this.” Julian asks, “For what, father? I don't follow.” Alistair responds, “When have you ever? It's all there for anyone to see, Julian. Your sister has just given us the perfect way to split up her and Luis.”

Dressed in a pretty coral pink skirt and blouse, Sheridan stands by the fireplace looking at one of her mother's diaries. She scolds herself, “ Stop it, Sheridan. Stop being a baby. Your father never loved you. It happens. Just get over it. As far as you're concerned, Alistair might as well be dead. He's never going to be a part of your life. What is it going to take for you to realize that? How many times does he have to hurt you and let you down? Your wish is never going to come true. Alistair is never going to love you.” Her lip quivers as she tries holding back the tears.

Julian chides, “This is cruel, father. There's no other word for it.” Alistair chuckles, “There are all kinds of words for you, Julian, none of them complimentary.” Julian says, “Well, laugh at me, if you will, but what you're contemplating now ...” Alistair replies, “I'm not contemplating anything. It's on. Now toughen up.”

At the hospital Luis tells Pilar about FauxLuis and what happened the night before. Pilar asks, “A man in a mask?” Luis tells her, “An incredibly lifelike mask. And the guy who was wearing it, his voice sounded so much like me, it was uncanny.” Pilar says, “Julian and Alistair have done some terrible things in the past, but ...” Luis agrees, “No, no, this is a new low.” Pilar sighs, “Oh, my God. Poor Sheridan. No wonder she's so hurt.” Luis confides, “I'm worried about her. In spite of the way her family has treated her, part of her still wants their love.” Pilar agrees, “Yeah, I've known Sheridan her entire life, and she's always wanted her father's love and acceptance, but she never got it.” Luis says, “She's the strongest woman I've ever known. I think her only weakness is Alistair.” Pilar, “And you know all too well that you cannot trust Alistair. There's no telling what he might do next.”

In her living room, as Sheridan puts away the diaries and albums in a cabinet next to the fireplace, she hears the door close. Thinking it is Luis, she happily calls out, “Luis, you're back so soon.” Then she comes to a halt as she sees who has entered her living room. She is in total shock, “ Father.” As he walks down the stairs toward Sheridan, Alistair says, “Sheridan, dear. I've come back to see you.” In the library listening on device, Julian offers Sheridan his sympathy, “My poor sister. Either way her life is going to be destroyed.” Alistair holds his arms out to her, “Come to me, Sheridan. Let your father give you a hug. It's been so long. Too long.” Sheridan stands riveted to the spot she was in when her father entered the cottage. She is in total shock!

To be continued...

6.22.08, 12:38 AM
While at the hospital to conduct the investigation into Simone's hit and run accident, Luis tells his mother, “Just glad that Alistair's nowhere near Sheridan. Despite everything that he has done to her, a part of her still wishes that she'd been wrong about him all this time, that he really cares about her love and happiness.” Pilar says, “I wish that you were getting married today. Alistair Crane -- he scares me, Luis. He has this great power over Sheridan, power that he could use to hurt her -- even more than he has in the past.” Luis nods his head in agreement.

Julian is in the library listening on the “walkie-talkie” to what Alistair is saying, “I've come back to see you, Sheridan Now, come to me, my dear Let your father give you a hug It's been far too long since I've held you in my arms.” Julian thinks, “What a shameless manipulator you are, Father. You'll say or do anything to get what you want. Given your power over my sister, I dare say you'll get what you want from Sheridan -- a future free of Luis.” Sheridan walks a little toward her father as she says, “You didn't come back to see me, Father. You must have some business deal. That's the only reason you ever set foot in Harmony.” Alistair replies, “You're right. Business is usually the only reason i go anywhere. Not this time. No, Sheridan, when i learned of the heinous plot Julian and Rebecca carried out against you and Luis, I was shocked -- shocked and angry.” Julian says to himself, “Oh, that's right, Father. Make me out to be the villain in the piece. Never mind that you wanted your own daughter murdered.” Alistair continues, “I flew halfway around the world to be with you, dear. I know you're hurting, feeling betrayed by your own family. I came to comfort you, make things right.” Sheridan looks so confused and very skeptical, “Really?” Alistair assures, “Well, of course. You're my daughter, Sheridan, and I love you so very much.”
Sheridan is truly shocked, “Father, I can't believe you came all this way just for me.” Alistair says, “But it's true, my dear. Words can't convey my deep and abiding love for you.” Rebecca walks into the library and hears Alistair's voice and asks, “Julian, what -- what's going on?” Julian replies, “Shh Listen to his master's voice. Father is without a doubt the most wicked, manipulative man I've ever had the displeasure to know. He's about to do to Sheridan and Luis what we failed to do -- use her love to split them up.” Rebecca is skeptical and asks, “But how? I mean, Luis and Sheridan are like the poster couple for true love.” Julian replies, “Well, posters, like people, can be ripped apart, and my father's just the man to do it. Listen to how devious he can be.” Sheridan faces Al, “I'm surprised you're here, father. Surprised that you say you care. Bad things have happened to me before and you never came. You never even called.” Alistair, “You're right I failed you time and time again.” Sheridan, “It's always been the same excuse -- some pressing business matter that was more important than your own family.” Alistair, “I admit it -- I was wrong to always put business ahead of my loved ones, wrong to worry about the future instead of focusing on the present. Lately, however, I've come to realize the error of my ways. Julian's unspeakable treachery against you and Luis was the clincher. I came back hoping to make it up to you. Not that I can, really, but I wanted to try.” Sheridan's voice is now raised, “No! It's too late. I mean, how can you just walk in here and say that you love me and try to erase a lifetime of hurt? (She walks over to the chair to pick up the mask) I mean, after you and Julian and Rebecca tried to destroy the most important thing in the world to me -- my love for Luis -- with this! (She holds up the Luis mask) And the elaborate scheme that went with it.” Alistair tries again, “Sheridan, dear ...” Sheridan counters, “No, you know what? It's over! I will never forgive you! You know, and please don't try to insult my intelligence by saying you knew nothing about it, because you have never approved of Luis.”

Sitting in the hospital waiting room, Luis says, “I agree with you, Mama. The only person who can get to Sheridan is Alistair. Thank God he's not around. You know, even in her head, she knows she'll never get the love that she wants from her father, but in her heart she still craves it.” Pilar agrees, “Yeah, but Alistair -- oh, that man, he's like a merciless general in wartime. He will sacrifice anything and anyone, Luis, in order to win. In all my years with the Crane family, I've never known that man to lose.” Luis says, “Yeah, well, there's a first time for everything. And my marrying Sheridan's going to put an end to Alistair's winning streak.” Pilar happily says, “You and Sheridan! Oh, you're going to make such a great couple. You're both so loving and so caring, willing to do anything to make each other happy.” Luis agrees, “Yeah What gets me is after everything Alistair and Julian have done to Sheridan, she still craves their love and approval, especially Alistair's.” Pilar shakes her head, “I know she's always wanted his love and she never got it. And you know what? I doubt she ever will.”

Luis is sitting at his desk at the police station when Hank arrives. They greet each other and chat about Simone's accident and about Hank wanting to become a cop until the conversation turns to Sheridan. Luis smiles, “I'm going to be marrying Sheridan in a few days. In fact, i wish I was with her right now. (Luis picks up one of the pictures of Sheridan on his desk and looks at it as he talks to Hank.) Yeah. She's -- she's in a fragile state. She's very vulnerable.” Hank asks, “Why? What happened here? What's going on?” Luis tells him, “It's a long story. Bottom line is her family did something that really shook her up.” Hank exclaims, “Julian and Alistair at it again? Gads!” Luis replies, “Yeah. Sheridan still can't seem to shut them out of her life for good. Well, at least Alistair's not around. I can handle Julian.” Luis sits back in his chair and smiles.

In the library with the listening device, Julian marvels, “Listen how father turns Sheridan around. He'll play her like a violin, plucking each emotional string until what she says is music to his ears.” At the cottage, Alistair pleads, “I'm sorry, Sheridan, but I knew nothing about this mask or the heinous charade built around it.” Sheridan questions, “You're telling me that you knew nothing about Julian using that mask to break up Luis and me?” Holding the mask in his hand, Alistair lies again, “On your mother's grave, I knew nothing about it.” Rebecca comments, “The man has no shame.” Julian's voice, “Something tells me he's not alone.” LOL! Alistair says, “I see now what happened. Your brother wanted to get you out of the country. He thought that if he ended your relationship with Luis, you'd go running back to Paris.” Sheridan asks, “Why would Julian want to get rid of me?” Alistair continues, “Elementary, my dear. He knew I was considering making you my heir.” Sheridan is clearly stunned, “You're thinking of making me your heir, Father?” Alistair replies, “Why not? Times have changed. Women occupy positions of great power in our society. You're intelligent, you're personable, and you're my daughter. Why not pick you? Unlike Julian, I know I can count on you. I won't lie to you, Sheridan. As you well know from past conversations, Luis Lopez- Fitzgerald is not a man I would have picked to be your husband.” He puts the mask down. Sheridan comments, “That's putting it mildly.” Alistair continues, “Luis may have a number of admirable qualities, but his family and ours have never gotten along. Having said that, I nonetheless want you to be happy. And if Luis is the one man best able to make that happen, then I want you to have him.” Sheridan asks again, “Really?” Alistair replies, “Yes, my dear. Everything I've ever done is because I love you, Sheridan. You do believe me, don't you?”

At the police station sitting across from Luis, Hank says, “So Sheridan found a masked impostor in bed with another woman and thought it was you.” Luis marvels, “The setup was perfect. It was too perfect, and once I convinced Sheridan of that, we set our own trap to catch the impostor. And, Hank, you should've seen the look on his face when we busted that guy. It was the same creep that Sheridan overheard months ago on the wharf. You know the time she thought she overheard me say that I was just using her to get to her family?” Hank asks, “Was the same guy wearing the mask?” Luis says, “Yeah, that's right.” Hank says, “I remember Sheridan was so upset, she ran off to Paris.” Luis adds, “Yeah, well, I finally wised up. You know, the worst part about this whole thing is now Sheridan has to face the fact that her family will do anything to break us up.” Hank surmises, “So that you won't be around to dig into your father's disappearance.” Luis leans across the desk, “Hank, Julian destroyed a file on my father that they kept sealed in the Crane family's archives. That definitely means that they're hiding something. You see, what I think, I think that Julian and Alistair are afraid. They're afraid once I marry Sheridan, I'm going to be on the estate. It's too late. Yeah, well, it hurts Sheridan and she hates it, but, well, she's finally seeing her brother and father for the real cold-blooded creeps that they are.” Hank sighs, “Man. Poor Sheridan. Must be hard not to break off from your family like that.” Luis says, “That's not what happened. Like i said, she's on to them, but part of her still wants the love that she's never gotten from them.” Hank says, “Well, I hope you told her not to hold her breath.” Luis tells him, “Yeah. That and then some, but Sheridan -- Sheridan thinks that when she has a baby that Alistair's finally going to show her the love that she was denied since she was a baby herself.” Hank nods, “We both know that's not going to happen.” Luis agrees, “Yeah. But Sheridan's having a hard time buying it. Once we're married, I can give her the love and support she never got from her so-called family. Then she won't be vulnerable to the lies of Julian and Alistair anymore.”

Sheridan stands her ground, “I want to believe that you love me, Father, but I can't. Not after all this time, after all that's happened.” Alistair tells her, “If I've been stern with you about certain things, it's only because I feared for your happiness.” Sheridan says, “It's more than that. Take Julian, for example.” Alistair asks, “What about my idiot of a son?” Sheridan replies, “I know my brother and I know some of the things that he's done, like hiring someone to impersonate Luis. Julian wouldn't do that on his own. You not only had to have known about it, but you must have given him your blessing.” Alistair says, “I can see why you'd think that and why you doubt my proclamation of innocence. I can only conclude that your brother became desperate after I passed him over to make Ethan my heir. And then, of course, when Ethan's true paternity came out, your brother must have feared I'd turn to you to take my place. Julian obviously became a loose cannon, taking advantage of my absence to destroy you and your happiness. But once I learned of his unspeakable treachery, I came to put a stop to it. Only I was too late. Julian had already launched that sordid plan against you and Luis. Prior to coming to see you, I told Julian his actions were both depraved and despicable. Under no circumstances do we Cranes turn on each other the way Julian turned on you. One can have all the money and power in the world, but what good does that do if you don't have your family?” A skeptical Sheridan swallows and her lip quivers as she asks, “Do you really mean that?” She wants more than anything to be able to believe her father and have his love. Picking up the Luis mask again, Alistair assures, “Absolutely. I may be far away from you most of the time, but you are as near and dear to me as any daughter could be. You and Julian are the reason for everything I do. Although after the way your brother has acted recently, I must wonder if I made a mistake trusting him to look after things here in my absence. The thought of you being unhappy the rest of your life without the man you love, even if I don't totally approve of him, is a dagger in my heart, Sheridan. A dagger in my heart.” Sheridan asks, “Would it really upset you to see me unhappy?” Alistair says, “Of course it would, my dear. You, Sheridan, are the most important person in the world to me.”

Alistair insists, “Julian may be my son, but a daughter always holds a special place in her father's heart, and you, Sheridan, are no exception.” In the library Julian comments, “Listen to the pabulum father's feeding Sheridan.” Alistair continues, “A son should be able to fend for himself, make it on his own. The sad fact that Julian is the incompetent dilettante he is has forced me to devote considerable time and energy to micromanaging his life.” Julian, “No need to overdo it, Father.” Alistair continues, “For that reason alone, you probably thought Julian was more important to me than you, my dear -- only you couldn't be more wrong. (Al throws the Luis mask in the trash.) The fact that you don't believe me confirms my deepest fear -- that I'm too late in coming to you. Had I only realized years ago how much you needed me, if I'd come to you then, perhaps you'd believe me now.” Sheridan begins, “Father, I want ...” Alistair anticipates, “You don't want anything to do with me at this late date, and I can't blame you. There's no making up for past mistakes.” Sheridan walks a little closer to Alistair, “Father, when you thought I was dead, murdered, why didn't you come to my funeral? It would've meant the world to me to have known you were there.” Alistair answers, “Yes Your funeral I wanted to come. But believe it or not, I have my weaknesses. The truth be told, I was afraid I'd break down in front of the others. Think me proud or vain, I simply couldn't risk it. So I grieved alone.” Sheridan asks once again, “Really?” Alistair walks a little closer to her, “If I hadn't grieved, I'd be some kind of heartless monster, wouldn't I?” Sheridan asks, “Do you mean it?” Alistair replies, “You're my daughter, Sheridan. When I heard you were dead, I thought I'd go out of my mind.” Sheridan takes another step toward her father, “Oh, Father.”

Still listening on the device in the library, Julian applauds, “Bravo, father. You've got her now.” Alistair continues the assault, “To think I'd never see your beautiful, smiling face again was almost more than I could bear.” In the hallway, Pilar hears Alistair's voice, “Dios mio! Alistair! He cannot be here. (She opens the door to the library.) I'm sorry to interrupt, Mr Crane, but I thought I heard Mr. Alistair's voice Is he back in Harmony?” Julian snaps, “Uh -- Pilar, that's none of your business.” Rebecca adds, “Yes, Pilar, just go back to pretending you're working.” As Pilar closes the door, she sees a maid coming out of another room and asks, “Alina, excuse me. I'm sorry to bother you, but is Mr. Alistair back in Harmony?” Alina replies, “Yes. He arrived last night. He and Julian were huddled in the library until early this morning.” Pilar thanks her and says to herself, “Oh, God. I knew the Cranes would not give up. Poor Luis and Sheridan. Oh, dear God.”

Pouring a cup of coffee at the police station, Luis says, “So once Sheridan and I are married, Alistair will lose any control that he has over her. But for now, she's still vulnerable. See, Alistair knows that Sheridan has wounds from her childhood that have never healed. Now, if he opens those wounds, he can use them. He can use them to get to what he wants.” Hank says, “Maybe, but, like you said, Alistair's nowhere near Harmony, so there's nothing like that you have to worry about.” When the phone on Luis' desk rings, he answers. Pilar calls to inform him about Al, “Brace yourself, Mijo. Alistair Crane is here in Harmony.”

Alistair works on her again, “Sheridan, when your mother died, I withdrew more than ever from my family, plunged myself deeper into my work. I suppose it was my way of mourning. And only now, decades later, thanks to you, do I feel as though I'm coming out of it.” Sheridan asks, “Thanks to me?” Alistair continues, “Yes. Yes, when I heard my little girl was going to marry the man she loved, even though it's no secret I wouldn't have wanted Luis to be my son-in-law, I actually got excited thinking that someday, God willing, you'll have children. And they'll sit on my knee, and won't I be proud. I'll have a chance to give them the love and affection I failed to give you, my dear.” Sheridan smiles, “Do you really mean that?” Alistair says, “Of course I mean it. I'm not the monster people think I am. I admit I've made wrong choices in the past, like leaving your brother to oversee things here in my absence. I should've realized Julian was a loose cannon a long time ago.” Julian impatiently says, “Oh, enough of this "loose cannon" business. Why does father always blame everything on me?” Alistair says, “I came home to save you, Sheridan, but I'm proud to see you've made it on your own. You don't need me. Not now -- not after all the times I've failed you. And I don't blame you for not forgiving me. I don't deserve it. Just know that i wish you all the happiness in the world.” He begins to walk up the stairs to the door. Julian says, “This is it. This is the moment father's been building to. Will he hook Sheridan or will she get away?”

Luis slams some papers down on his desk, “If Alistair's back in town, you can be damn sure that he's not here to give Sheridan away at our wedding.” Hank asks, “How can Alistair possibly stop Sheridan from wanting to marry you?” Luis stands and looks out the window behind him before he replies, “I don't know. I don't know, you know, but Alistair is so damn devious, you never can tell. But I'm not going to give him the chance. Sheridan's my fiancée, we're getting married in a few days, and there is no way I'm letting anyone hurt the woman that I love. And if Alistair thinks he is going to open up some of Sheridan's emotional wounds, I swear I'll kill him.”

Julian waits, “What happened? Did father win or did Sheridan let him walk out?” Alistair opens the door as Sheridan calls out, “Don't go, Father. Please don't leave me again. Oh, Daddy.” She runs to Al and hugs him. Alistair says, “Dearest Sheridan. Everything is going to be all right now.” Sheridan cries in his arms. Julian sighs, “Sheridan took the bait. Now he'll reel her in and gut her relationship with Luis. They don't know it yet, but my sister and her fiancé are finished.”

To be continued...

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6.22.08, 11:40 PM
As Hank and Luis leave the police station, Hank says, “Stop with the crazy talk. You're not going to kill Alistair Crane.” Outside the station, an irritated Luis stops, “Probably right. But I'd like to.” Hank reminds him, “You even said yourself that you don't have any proof that he was involved with Julian in that wild scheme to break up you and Sheridan.” Luis says, “Hank, I don't need proof. I'm sure that he was behind it as sure as i know my name.” Hank asks, “What about Sheridan?” Luis replies, “Well, she knows it in her head. Probably not in her heart. She's been trying to get her father to love her ever since she was a little girl, and she's never gotten it. I'm afraid that's why Alistair came back to Harmony.” Hank says, “I don't get it.” Luis, “That's just because your mind is not as diabolical as his. See, Alistair would do anything to keep me and Sheridan from getting married, including using her need for his approval to control what she does.” Hank shrugs, “Talk about dirty pool, man.” Luis sighs, “Yeah, you can say that again. I'm going to call her to warn her what's going on.” Luis pulls out his cell phone to make the call.

In the library sitting in front of Julian at the desk, Rebecca asks, “Why can't we hear Alistair and Sheridan at the cottage? You don't think that thing's broken, do you?” Julian replies, “No, I think it's working just fine. The reason we can't hear what they're saying is that Sheridan's too overcome with emotions to speak. Father's convinced her that he genuinely loves her.” Rebecca asks, “How can any man be so cruel to his own daughter?” Julian, “Father thinks that love is a waste of time better spent. The only thing he cares about is the Crane empire.” Rebecca, “Yeah, but your sister's so bright. I mean, why isn't she more suspicious?” Julian, “Because he's telling her what she's always wanted to hear. You should know that by now. The brain has very little in common with the heart. Now, here -- here's the tricky part. Will father be able to manipulate Sheridan out of her marriage to Luis?”

At the cottage, as Sheridan hugs her father, “You do love me. You really do.” Alistair, “Of course, darling. You're my flesh and blood, my pride and joy, my very own beautiful daughter. I can't tell you how horrified I was when I got wind of Julian's insane scheme to break up you and Luis.” Sheridan exclaims, “Really?” Alistair, “I was livid. I can't imagine how you felt at your brother's betrayal.” As Sheridan walks down the stairs into her living room, “I'm so confused. I even thought the two of you had planned it together.” Alistair follows her down the stairs, “You wound me deeply, darling.” Sheridan apologizes, “I know. And I'm sorry. But now I know better. It's just that when it was happening, it brought back all those feelings I had after mother died when I felt so alone, like no one would ever love me again.” Alistair takes her hand, “You poor dear. Will you ever be able to forgive your father for being so neglectful? It's a pitiable excuse, I know, but I was -- I was too busy nursing my own grief over your mother's death to realize how much you needed me. But that's water under the bridge. I know better now, and I'm home. You'll never be alone again.” Sheridan smiles, “Once I marry Luis, I'll have both of you.” Alistair clinches his fists. When the telephone rings, Sheridan smiles at it, “That's probably Luis.” In the library, Julian says, “Oh, rats. If Sheridan tells Luis she's with father, it could ruin everything.” As Sheridan is about to pick up the phone, Alistair demands, “Don't answer. Not now when we've just found one another again. There's so much I want to tell you.” Sheridan stops and turns to Al smiling.

Outside the police station, Luis listens as the answering machine picks up and he hears Sheridan's voice, “Hi. This is Sheridan. I can't come to the phone right now, but if you'll leave a message, I'll get back to you as soon as I can.” Luis speaks into his phone, “Hey, babe, it's me. Pick up.”

At the cottage as Sheridan looks at the phone, Alistair says, “You can talk to him later, darling. There's so much I still want to tell you.” Luis' voice comes over the machine, “Maybe you're out in the garden.” Sheridan smiles, “Just let me tell him that you're back. I mean, wait till he hears that you've given us your blessing.” Julian comments, “His blessing? More like his curse. Father's going to destroy Luis and Sheridan before they ever get close to saying their I dos.” Luis' voice, “OK, well, I'll see you soon. I love you.” Sheridan puts her hand on the phone to pick it up but Al stops her by placing his hand over hers, “What's the rush, dear? Give your poor, old father some long-overdue one-on-one time with his precious little girl.” Julian says, “Thank God father's baited the hook. Now all he has to do is reel her in before Luis gets to her.”

Standing outside the police station, Hank asks, “She wasn't home?” Luis says, “She's probably taking a walk out in the garden. You know, maybe I should go over there. I don't trust Alistair as far as i can throw him.” Hank says, “The guy sounds like a real monster.” Luis agrees, “Hank, even my mother says that he's got a stone where his heart's supposed to be, and she doesn't say anything bad about anyone.” Hank attests to that, “Oh, I'll vouch for that. What's the old man going to do? I mean, you and Sheridan have pretty much proven that there's nothing that's going to tear you two apart.” Luis shrugs, “You would think they would have gotten it by now, right? I guess that's why I'm on guard. See, the way I see it, it's the perfect time for Alistair to strike. Sheridan's vulnerable, her guard's down. Hank, come on, everyone's told me that whatever Alistair wants -- I mean, he won't stop until he wins. Now, come on. Let's go over there.” They head off to the cottage.

At the cottage, a very emotional Sheridan says, “I have waited my whole life to hear you say you love me.” Alistair hugs Sheridan and takes her hands in his, “I'm sorry it took so long, darling. It wasn't that i didn't feel it. I simply didn't realize how important it was to say it or show it. Thank God I learned otherwise before I lost you for good.” Sheridan says, “Father, there's something I want to ask you. It's about my marriage to Luis.” Alistair clenches his hands in disgust as he does every time she mentions Luis' name, “What is it, dear?” Sheridan asks, “All my life, I dreamed of having my father walk me down the aisle when i get married. Now that you're home, would you consider it?” Alistair, “Nothing would make me prouder. I'm only sorry i don't know your Luis very well. I'd love to be able to convince him we Cranes had nothing to do with his father's disappearance.” Sheridan sighs, “If only you could. And that would be the most incredible wedding gift to me if you two could just shake hands and put the past behind you.” Alistair takes her hands in his again, “All in good time, my dear.” Julian, “All right, here it comes. This is where father gets Sheridan to agree not to marry Luis.” Sheridan says, “Unfortunately, time is one thing we don't have. Luis and I are getting married right away.” Alistair, “Oh, dear. Well, there goes my surprise.” Curious Sheridan asks, “What surprise?” Alistair, “I might as well tell you now. It was silly, I suppose, just an old man's fantasy about making up for lost time. I had my heart set on the two of us taking a little jaunt to Europe, just you and me together for a long-deserved time alone.”

Arriving at the cottage, Luis announces, “Sheridan's home.” Alistair says, “My dear, I can't tell you how disappointed I am.” Walking up the steps to the front door, Luis exclaims, “Oh, my God!” Alistair, “It was too much to ask.” Luis turns to Hank, “It's Alistair. I recognize his voice.” Alistair, “If only I'd asked before you set the date. I had such dreams of the two of us touring Provence together. There's so many places I'd love to show you.” Standing across the room, Sheridan says, “Sounds wonderful, father, but Luis and I are getting married in a few days.” Luis walks down the steps to look through the window instead, “I knew it. Her father came home to finish off with his twisted plan what Julian didn't accomplish. Hank, they'll do anything to break us up.” Hank asks, “What are you going to do?” Luis heads to the door but stops suddenly, “What am I going to do? I'm going to make him sorry. Or maybe not. You know, as much as I'd like to go in there and break his neck, maybe Sheridan needs to figure out what her father is doing on her own. Otherwise, she's never going to realize 100% that her father doesn't love her.” As Sheridan sits on the couch, Alistair says, “l have no right to ask you to postpone your wedding. It just that I'm not getting any younger, and who knows when or if we'll ever have an opportunity like this again. Sheridan, dear, there's a small church outside Paris I wanted to show you in particular. It's where your mother first let me kiss her when we started courting.” Sheridan asks, “Really?” Alistair says, “I think of her every day. I try not to, but it seems the longer she's gone, the more i miss her. You remind me so much of her. We'd only be gone a week or two. Oh, what am I saying? Your wedding is far more important than keeping an old man company.”

In the library Julian marvels, “Listen to the master at work. There's no way Sheridan will ever be able to resist his pitch.” Rebecca replies, “Ingenious. I mean, Sheridan will tell Luis that she wants to postpone the wedding for a couple of weeks so she can go to Europe with her father.” Julian agrees, “Only it'll be the longest two weeks in history. Once father gets Sheridan out of town, he'll make sure she never comes back to Luis.”

Outside the cottage, Hank remarks, “This is killing you. Go in there and tell Sheridan that her father doesn't mean a word that he's saying, that he's just trying to keep her from marrying you.” Luis walks away from the window and replies, “So just because I can see through that slime ball's act, that doesn't mean that Sheridan's going to believe me. As hard as it is for me to stand here and listen to those lies, Sheridan's got to be the one that's going to see right through them. She's got to be the one to face the cold, hard facts that her father's never loved her and never will.” Luis walks back to watch through the window.

Inside the cottage, Alistair continues, “I was just hoping this little prewedding trip might help make up for all the time we've lost. We could fly to Paris tonight.” Sheridan walks to stand near the fireplace, “I want to marry Luis right away. I hate to just spend one night away from him, and so many people would be disappointed if I postpone the wedding.” Alistair says, “Of course.” Sheridan says sincerely, “What you're offering me -- I mean, this is something that I have dreamed of my entire life -- you and me spending time together like other fathers and daughters, getting to know one another.” Alistair sighs, “Too little too late, I'm afraid.” Sheridan continues, “It means so much to me that you even want to do that. I've been hearing what you said about how much mother meant to you and how you would have spent more time with me as a child but I reminded you so much of her. And now you're flying home after Julian pulled this awful stunt.”

Outside Luis leaves the window to talk to Hank, “This is un-damn-believable. He's passed off this whole impostor scheme on Julian, and there's no doubt in my mind that Alistair was involved, if not more than Julian. (Luis walks back to look through the window and to coach Sheridan. ) Come on, Sheridan. Come on. Don't buy that. As much as you want to believe him, don't. It ain't true. Come on, Sheridan. Just think. He's just trying to break us up. You can see right through him. I know you can.” In the library as Julian listens in he comments, “All over but the bon voyage party. My sister's buying every line out of father's mouth. She doesn't know it yet, but she and Luis are finished.”
Outside the cottage at the window with Hank, Luis says, “If Sheridan agrees to go to Europe with her father, we can forget about getting married. Alistair will make sure of that.” Hank says, “Well, you can't blame her if she says yes. You told me yourself how much her father's love means to her.” In a quiet voice Luis agrees, “Yes but I hope she's strong enough to see through him. But I know that's asking a lot.” Inside, Alistair grabs Sheridan's hand as he commands, “Come to Europe with me, sweetheart. Postpone your marriage to Luis for a couple of weeks or maybe just a little longer.” Sheridan replies, “No, father. I'm not going away with you.” Alistair pleads, “But I wanted it to be my pre wedding gift.” Sheridan walks away from her father as she says, “That's not necessary. You've just given me the best wedding present I could ever have. Now I finally know who you are and what you think of me and what a fool I've been to want your love. I was so desperate for it that I almost fell for your pack of lies.” Across the room Alistair acts astonished, “Lies? What on earth are you talking about?” Sheridan yells, “Don't deny it! You must have this cottage wired. You must have heard me tell Luis that I would give anything to have you walk through that door and tell me that you love me. And, gee, what a coincidence -- that's exactly what you did. You walked in here and you took me in your arms and you told me that you loved me. You're disgusting.”
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Alistair tries again, “Sweetheart, you couldn't be more wrong. I do love you with all my heart. I thought this trip would be the answer to both our prayers.” Sheridan takes a step closer to Alistair, “Only yours. Only the one that you have of destroying Luis and me. I didn't think anyone could stoop lower than Julian with his impostor scheme, but you, Father -- you just took the prize for playing dirty. And by the way, I know Julian didn't come up with that on his own because he doesn't do anything without your permission. So once again, you've failed. So you can just go back to Europe or wherever it is you spend your time making money and just...” Alistair grabs Sheridan's hand again, “Now listen to me, young lady, and you listen well. You will never marry that snooping, lowlife policeman from the wrong side of the tracks!” Luis pushes the door open and shouts, “Sheridan!” Sheridan turns toward Luis and walks into his arms.

In the library, Julian says, “Horrors. Sheridan saw through father's game.” Rebecca exclaims, “Oh, my God, Pookie. What are we going to do?” Julian replies grimly, “I don't want to think. We'd better go to the cottage and try to calm father down.” Rebecca follows Julian out the door.

Walking through the cottage door, Hank asks, “Everything ok in here?” Hank takes his place on the other side of Sheridan. Luis replies, “Sheridan and I are fine. I can't answer for him.” Sheridan steps out of Luis' embrace and asks, “You have never met my father, have you?” Luis replies, “Only on the phone.” Putting her arm through Luis' and her other hand on his chest, Sheridan continues, “Father, I would like you to meet the man I'm going to marry and our good friend Hank.” Hank comments, “That was some performance, Mr.. Crane. I've met a few sleazy people in my life, but you definitely take the cake.” Alistair balls up his fists, as usual, “I don't have to stand here and take this.” As he starts to move to the door, Luis shoves his back, “No. You're not going anywhere until I'm through with you. You're a loser.” Alistair huffs, “I hardly think so, officer. I'm one of the wealthiest, most powerful ...” Luis finishes for him, “Losers in the world.” Luis continues as Sheridan looks on with such love for Luis, “I wish I would have had the opportunity to have met Sheridan's mother. She must have been a very special person. Your daughter bears no resemblance to you whatsoever. Furthermore, you don't know the first thing about her. She's a special, generous, and beautiful person, and she's got more courage in her little finger than will ever know. And that's why I'm the luckiest man in the world -- because I'll be marrying her in a few days. And that's why you're the sorriest -- because you got nothing to say about it from here on in.” Peeking in the window, Julian tells Rebecca, “It's worse than I thought. Luis just signed Sheridan's death warrant.”

Sheridan steps forward, “I can't keep you away if you insist on coming to the wedding but I'm sure you will understand why I would rather walk down the aisle by myself. It is painfully obvious that you don't approve of this marriage but I am not going to start my life with Luis with lies.” Luis stands with his arm around Sheridan's waist. Alistair says, “You think you know everything about me, Sheridan, but do you honestly believe that you know everything about yourself?” Sheridan asks, “What's that supposed to mean?” Luis replies, “Don't listen to him. He's just a sore loser trying to get in the last word.” Sheridan walks to the door, opens it, and says, “Good bye, Father.” She slams it shut as soon as Alistair walks out to be greeted by Julian and Rebecca offering their sympathies. Alistair is angry and insists that they must kill Sheridan now.

Inside the cottage, Hank says that he will make coffee to give Shuis some alone time. As they hold hands, Luis asks, “Are you all right?” He touches her chin and cheek. Sheridan replies, “It hurts to know now that my father never loved me, but at the same time I was able to get passed some old ghosts.” Sheridan smiles brightly, “Now I know that nothing will ever come between us...nothing!” They kiss!

To be continued...

6.24.08, 12:35 AM
At the cottage Sheridan opens the door to Ethan and Theresa. After hugs all around, Ethan tells Shuis how proud he is of them for standing up to Julian, Alistair, and Rebecca. Sheridan says, "It was Luis who figured out they were paying an impostor to impersonate him. Sheridan stands beside Luis and takes his arm as he looks at her and says, "That was only the half of it. What your father did to you today..." Ethan asks if he really tried to get Sheridan to go away with him just by telling her that he loved her. Sheridan replies, "I'm afraid so. He doesn't give a damn about me. He just wanted me to postpone my wedding to Luis." Luis smiles at Sheridan, "But you should have seen Sheridan today. She was so strong!" Sheridan smiles shyly, "He's a little prejudiced." Luis responds, "Not at all. Alistair pulls off more power plays by breakfast than most people do in a lifetime and she stood up to his cold calculating scheme and was totally awesome!" Theresa chimes in, "It's like I said, when two people are meant to be together, nobody can come between them." Luis exclaims, "I'm starting to believe you. Julian and Alistair did everything they could to break us up today but they couldn't. Looks like you're stuck with me." Sheridan smiles, "For the rest of my life." They hug!

In the library, Alistair is furious that his plan didn't work. He tells Julian that he will have to kill Sheridan. Julian looks Heavenward as Rebecca's eyes are as big as saucers!

At the cottage, Ethan and Theresa are seated on the couch, as Sheridan sits on the arm of the chair closest to the door while Luis sits on the end table next to Theresa. Holding the Luis mask, Theresa marvels at the amazing likeness to her brother. She says that it is Luis down to the last detail. Sheridan adds, "He even had Luis' voice down to a T." Luis takes the mask from Theresa, "Not even Mama would have been able to tell the difference." He stands and puts the mask on the fireplace mantle as Theresa comments, "I have never heard anything so cold." Sheridan praises, "Thank God Luis figured out what Julian and Rebecca were up to. You should have seen their faces when we turned the tables on them." Standing in front of the fireplace, Luis says, "Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to stop Alistair from using his own particular brand of cruelty today. I'm telling you, I never would have believed that a father would manipulate his own daughter's love if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes. Sheridan looks across at Luis and says, "Thank goodness it's over and we're okay. That's all that matters." Luis smiles as he looks lovingly at Sheridan across the room, "Except now I know that I am marrying the most incredible woman in the world. Thanks to Julian and Alistair, I know that there is no obstacle that anyone can put in our way that our love cannot overcome. When it comes to our love, we are invincible." Sheridan nods in agreement. Shuis continue smiling at each other across the room. (Such a sweet scene and love what Luis said!)

In the library, Alistair demands that Julian kill Sheridan. Julian suggests that Alistair do the deed himself since he says that Julian is such a failure. Alistair snaps back that Julian knows that he never gets his hands dirty! If she marries Luis, he will continue to investigate his father's disappearance and they cannot have that. Al also wants Rebecca to help Julian kill Sheridan.

Luis opens the door at the cottage to a fellow police officer who has brought a package that Luis ordered. Sheridan asks what it is. Luis sits on the couch and opens the package, "Well, something that you said earlier when talking to your father made me realize that I ought to have this place debugged." Sheridan looks shocked, "I do not have bugs!" Opening the device, Luis smiles up at Sheridan, "Not the insect kind." Sheridan exclaims, "Oh!" Ethan asks, "You think the place is wired?" Luis answers, "Could be. Alistair knew exactly what Sheridan wanted to hear. I figure that's because he heard her talking to me." Luis stands, "This little baby will find any bugs planted here." He walks around the living room with the bug detector.

In the library, Alistair removes the listening device from the desk drawer and hears Luis looking for bugs. Luis moves the device over the lamp as it makes a progressively louder beeping noise indicating a bug on the lamp. Luis removes it from its hiding place. Alistair yells, "Rats! Officer Luis is on to us!" Sheridan exclaims, "Oh my God! They've been eavesdropping on me!" Luis asks, "Are you really surprised?" Sheridan replies, "I know I shouldn't be by now but how dare they invade my privacy!" Luis takes the bug outside followed by the others. He talks right into the bug, "Hey Alistair. I hope you're listening because there's something I want to make crystal clear, if it isn't already. There's nothing you or your pathetic excuse for a son can do to break up me and Sheridan. What we have is stronger than anything you miserable sleezeballs could ever dream up. It's called love, something you two wouldn't know about if it was staring you in the face." While Luis was talking, Sheridan placed her hand on his shoulder in a show of solidarity. Luis drops the bug on the porch floor and stomps on it, causing an ear-shattering screech in the library. Alistair is furious so not only will they kill Sheridan but they will make Luis so miserable that he will wish he were dead.

Luis and Ethan walk into the cottage to join Sheridan and Theresa who asks, "Did you find any more bugs?" Ethan replies, "Yeah, we found another one right outside the front door." Sheridan exclaims, "Unbelievable! What kind of family do I come from?" Ethan replies, "The same family who raised me, I'm afraid." Luis says, "Don't worry, I found the last one." Sheridan sits on the couch again, "I can't believe the depths my father and brother would sink to to manipulate my life. They've wired my cottage as if I'm a common criminal." Ethan joins her on the couch, "I know how betrayed you must feel but there is more to life than being a Crane. I never would have thought it possible but I'm happier than I ever was when I was one of them. I'm just glad I don't have any of their genes. (Sheridan hangs her head looking so sad.) Sorry, Sheridan, I didn't mean..." Sheridan looks up at Ethan and says, "No, it's all right. Turns out you're the lucky one not being a blood Crane. Unfortunately, I am. I just hope and pray I don't treat my children the way Alistair has always treated me." Sheridan bows her head and looks so sad. She looks up to see Luis looking at her.

In the library, Alistair tells Julian about his plan to kill Sheridan at her wedding with poison so deadly it will kill her before they finish the "I dos". Al laughs. Julian will put poison on her wedding ring. She will die instantly. Mr. Bradbury from the jewelry arrives and Al tells him to bring him Sheridan and Luis' rings before he give them to Shuis. As the jeweler leaves, Al says, "Luis thinks nothing can touch the great love that he and Sheridan share. Has he forgotten what happened to his own father?"

At the cottage, Luis sits on the couch with Sheridan, holds her hands and smiles lovingly at her as he tells her, "You are going to be the best mother any child could hope to have." Ethan agrees. Luis continues, "You would never treat your children like Alistair treated you. You have a clear conscience and a wonderful heart. Those are two things your father never had. I didn't have to meet your mother to know that you would be exactly like her." Sheridan smiles shyly and thanks Luis. Luis says, "Now, enough of this kind of talk. Folks, don't we have a wedding to get ready for?" They all cheer before Ethan suggests they break out the bubbly and celebrate. Luis and Theresa get up to get the champagne while Ethan joins Sheridan on the couch, "Nobody knows better than me the scars that this family can leave on you but I am living proof that you can have a life free of them, if that's what you choose to do." Sheridan replies, "It is." Ethan assures her, "It's going to be okay. I promise." Ethan gives Sheridan a kiss on the cheek.
Theresa tells Luis that she is glad that Ethan is not a Crane now. Luis warns her to watch her back with Rebecca and Gwen.

As Sheridan and Luis, Ethan and Theresa toast, Sheridan exclaims, "I can't believe by tomorrow night we are all going to be married people starting our new lives together." Theresa says, "I can!" Luis yells, "Yes!" Ethan makes a toast, "To believing in miracles!" They all clink their glasses together. "Cheers!" Both couples kiss. Luis and Ethan put their arms around Sheridan and Theresa.

In the library, Julian compliments Alistair, "That's a brilliant plan, Father, but diabolical even by your standards." Alistair replies, "Sheridan's death prevents her marriage to Luis which stops him from gaining access to the family estate and therefore our secrets. With Sheridan dead, Luis' life is essentially over." Julian comments, "But he truly loves her." Alistair doesn't care about that but can use it because "Sheridan's death will eat away at him for the rest of his life. It will be the death that keeps on giving. It will keep on giving Luis pain." Alistair laughs.

To be continued...

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6.24.08, 11:45 PM
Thanks, Ann. What a beautiful couple!

6.24.08, 11:56 PM
At Sheridan's cottage with the girls on the couch together, Ethan suggests another toast, “Here's to tomorrow's double wedding. May we all be as calm, cool, and collected as we are now.” Sheridan, “Cheers.” Theresa, “Yeah.” Sheridan suddenly remembers, “Oh. I can't believe I almost forgot. We have the final fitting for our gown today.” Theresa says, “You're right!” Ethan says, “Luis and I still have to get fitted for our tux, so we'll drop you off.” Theresa, “Ok, well, let's go!” Sheridan smiles, “Great, I'll be right back. Let me get my purse.” She heads off to the bedroom. Ethan gathers the glasses and takes them to the kitchen leaving Luis and Theresa alone to talk. Luis begins, “ Sis? You know, I love seeing you so happy and excited, yeah. Just don't forget what I said about watching your back with Rebecca and Gwen, ok?” Theresa says, “I won't. They have said things before to try to spook me, but there is nothing that they can do to come between Ethan and me.” Luis, “Ok. Just don't let your guard down. You know, I'd hate to see Rebecca and Gwen with a little secret or white lie that you've been keeping and have it ruin your wedding.”

Ethan returns from the kitchen and tells Luis that he is going to work hard to make sure that Theresa is the happiest woman alive. Entering the room behind him, Sheridan smiles, “Sorry, Ethan, but that could be a problem because Luis has already made me the happiest woman.” She stands next to Luis and puts her arm around his waist. Luis, “Hey.” They all laugh as Theresa says, “Oh, ok, ok. Luis and Ethan can share the title.” Sheridan smiles, “Perfect, to be together and blissfully happy for the rest of our lives.” Theresa says, “We better get out of here if we are going to make our appointment.” They all head out the door.

Luis and Ethan give Sheridan and Theresa a kiss before they leave them at the bridal shop where they are greeted by Abigail. Abigail goes to get the gowns ready for their fitting while Theresa asks Sheridan for advice about birth control. Sheridan tells her to talk to Father Lonigan and her doctor. Abigail comes back to tell them that she is ready for them to try on the dresses. Theresa goes to the back room while Sheridan stays back to make a phone call to Gwen. She tells Gwen where she is and that she wants her to meet her at the bridal shop. Sheridan hangs up and goes to the dressing room.

At the tuxedo rental shop, Luis stands in front of the mirror trying on his tux when Hank arrives. He jokes, “Bennett, table for one. Hey, car's outside. Try not to scratch it.” He throws his keys at Luis. Luis turns toward Hank, catches the keys, throws them back and says, “Yeah.” Ethan comes forward and looks at Luis, “You telling me this is the best you could do for a best man?” Hank scoffs, “Hey, this is your new Uncle Hank you're talking about here.” Luis grins, looks at Ethan and asks, “Are you telling me this is the best you can do for an uncle?” Hank smiles, “Laugh while you can, boys. You're a day away from trading those tuxes in for ye old ball and chain.” Luis asks, “Yeah?” Hank asks, “Yes. And all this is worth it?” Luis and Ethan, “Yeah.” Ethan adds, “We'd do anything we had to to marry Theresa and Sheridan.” Luis nods, “You're damn straight.” Hank says, “Hey, don't get me wrong -- I'm happy you two found the women of your dreams. And I'm sure the wedding's going to be incredible. Almost as incredible as I look in a tux. Who knows -- maybe I'll even meet the woman of my dreams at this marital marathon, huh?” Luis and Ethan look at each other and grin. Luis says, “Hey, you go for it, buddy. We just want to get married and get the ceremony over with. Yeah?” Ethan agrees, “Yeah. We can't wait to be husbands to the two most beautiful women alive. And maybe someday fathers, huh?” Luis smiles, “Yeah.”

At the bridal shop, walking out to the mirrors with their dresses on Sheridan exclaims, “Oh, it's beautiful!” Theresa exclaims, “It's perfect. It was so nice of Ethan's mother to let me have her wedding dress.” Sheridan looks at Theresa and says, “You did a great job altering it, Abigail.” Abigail replies, “Oh, thank you, Sheridan. I still need to make a few finishing touches, though. Will you excuse me while I get some pins?” As soon as Abigail leaves the room, Theresa faces Sheridan and tells her, “Ok. Sheridan? Thank you again for the advice that you gave me. But I think I will go to confession when I start taking birth control and then I will stop it when Ethan and I can afford children.” Sheridan takes Theresa's hands and says, “I'm sure that things will work out perfectly for you and Ethan.” She sees Gwen arrive through the mirror. “Oh, Gwen. I'm glad you're here.” Then to Theresa, “Would you excuse me for a moment?” Theresa, “Sure.” Sheridan smiles, “Thank you.” Sheridan goes to greet Gwen in the waiting room. Sheridan says, “There's something we need to clear up.” Gwen speaks up before Sheridan can continue, “Yeah, listen, I know what you're going to say and I don't blame you. You're angry at the fact that my mother for the part that she played in Alistair and Julian's plan to break up you and Luis.” Sheridan begins, “No, Gwen...” Gwen interrupts, “It's okay. I understand.”

Whitney has arrived at the bridal shop. As she stands with Theresa in front of the big mirror, she exclaims, “Oh, that dress is so beautiful, Theresa. You look fantastic.” They both scream and giggle. Across the room, Sheridan stands with Gwen who suggests, “Maybe Pilar can be your matron of honor.” Sheridan turns her attention back to Gwen, “Oh, Gwen, stop. I don't blame you for what your mother did. That's what I wanted to talk to you about. I still want you to be my maid of honor.”
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Gwen hugs Sheridan and says, “Oh, thank you, Sheridan. I was so afraid I had lost my best friend.” Sheridan chides, “Don't be silly. I know you could never do anything as cold and calculated as Rebecca did. Like when Ethan broke your engagement to marry Theresa, I know you were hurt and angry, yet you have done nothing to get revenge on her.” Crossing the room to stand in front of Sheridan, Theresa says, “I think we should practice tossing our bouquets.”

Whitney hands Sheridan her bouquet, “Oh, gosh. Don't question it, Sheridan. I think we should just do it or there won't be a minute's peace around here.” Theresa grins, “Uh-huh.” Sheridan agrees as she and Theresa walk to one side of the room and Whitney and Gwen go to the other. When they are all in place, Whitney says, “Go for it.” Theresa, “Thank you. All right. Are you ready?” Whitney replies, “We are ready.” Sheridan and Theresa in unison begin, “One, two...” Sheridan and Theresa scream and toss the bouquets for Gwen and Whitney to catch.

As Abigail checks Sheridan's dress as she stands in front of the mirror, Theresa and Whitney talk about Chad. As they talk, they hear some familiar voices call out to them, Ethan calls out, “Hey, we're here to see our brides!” Luis adds, “And we brought champagne!” The brides panic, Sheridan exclaims, “No, you can't see us in our gowns!” Then Theresa adds, “It's bad luck!” They run off to the dressing rooms before Luis and Ethan can see them. Entering the bridal showroom, Luis says, “Awwww.” Ethan says, “Of course they went inside.”

Chad makes a toast to the two couples. Then Hank toasts them, too, saying, “I am Luis' best friend. I recently found out that I am Ethan's uncle. And since I grew up with Luis, I feel like Theresa's my little sister, so this is definitely a family affair for me.” He raises his glass toward the 4 happy people and says, “May all of you know only joy and happiness the rest of your lives. Cheers.” Luis, “Cheers!” Everyone clinks their glasses together. Throughout the toasts, Luis keeps his arms possessively around Sheridan, rubbing her shoulders, back and arm, and giving her kisses at every opportunity. When he can tear himself away from Sheridan, Luis asks, “Hank, Hank, Hank, Hank? Hank, when you going to find a woman of your own, man? Come on.” Hank replies, “You never know, buddy.” Luis looks toward Gwen, “Huh?” Hank says, “You never know.” Luis mumbles, “Oh.” Gwen steps forward and offers a toast, “So here's to a wedding that Harmony will never forget.”
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Luis yells, “Yeah!” Theresa exclaims, “This is a dream come true.” As he looks at his beautiful bride-to=be, Luis agrees, “Definitely.”

To be continued...

6.25.08, 11:26 PM
At the bridal shop, Sheridan smiles, “I just don't know how I'm going to get any sleep tonight.” Luis agrees, “You know, I don't think I will, either. But if I do, I'm going be dreaming about the most beautiful bride in the whole wide world, the future Mrs. Sheridan Lopez Fitzgerald.” An absolutely radiant Sheridan marvels, “I love the sound of my new name.” Luis whispers in that husky voice, “So do I.” They lean in for a kiss. Behind them Theresa asks, “Do you believe it, Whit? I'm having a double wedding with my brother. I am marrying the man of my dreams. I told you fate would make it happen.” Ethan joins them, “I think I'm going to make a toast. (He turns to the rest of the room.) Everyone, I want to make a toast to all my friends. To all of you who have stood by me through everything that has happened lately. I honestly believe without you, I'm sure that I wouldn't be feeling as happy and as lucky as I feel right now. To my friends.” Ethan turns back to Theresa and says, “And to the most beautiful woman in the world, my bride-to-be, Theresa. And to the two most wonderful words in the English language -- "I do." Gwen walks off to look in a mirror where she says to herself, “I'm sorry, Ethan, but you won't ever say those words to Theresa. You will say them to me, though.”

At the church as they look over the decorating that has been done for the wedding, Ivy asks, “Can you imagine this day ever coming, Pilar? I mean, my son marrying your daughter?” Pilar shakes her head, “No. Never. Not in my wildest dreams. And to have my son marrying into the Crane family -- well, that's something I certainly never dreamed of.” Ivy smiles, “Or wished for, I'm sure.” Pilar smiles, “It's not Sheridan. I love that girl like she was my daughter. And I couldn't be happier that she and Luis are getting married.” Ivy says, “No, no, no. It's Julian and Alistair you're not thrilled with. Well, believe me, I understand. I feel exactly the same.” Pilar sighs, “They are so against this marriage, and they've tried everything to try to keep Luis and Sheridan apart.” Ivy adds, “And they failed.” Pilar says, “But still, I worry.” Ivy, “Well, you shouldn't. This is a happy time. Our children are marrying for love. What more could a mother want?” Pilar agrees, “You're right. Love is all that matters. But still, you know, as a mother, it's going to be difficult to lose my son and my daughter all at once.” Ivy explains, “You're not losing Theresa and Luis, Pilar. You're gaining a wonderful son- and daughter-in-law.” Pilar chuckles, “I know. You're right. And I still have Miguel at home. But the house -- it's going to seem strange and empty. I just pray to God that he guides them and protects them.”

Everyone begins arriving at the church for the wedding rehearsal. When they see each other on the pathway to the church, Miguel comments, “Perfect timing.” Luis agrees, “Excellent. All right. It looks like we got everyone here, huh? Let's get this thing started.” Luis and Sheridan head to the church door.

Inside the church, Sheridan hooks her arm through Luis' as they walk down the aisle toward the front of the church.
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She stops and looks into Luis' eyes, “In less than 24 hours, we'll be walking out of this church as Mr. And Mrs. Luis Lopez-Fitzgerald.” Luis smiles and says, “Wow!” He pulls Sheridan to him for a hug. She has the biggest, most beautiful smile on her face and her eyes are sparkling with joy and happiness.

In the library at the Crane mansion, Julian and Alistair sit at the desk with rubber gloves on. They have gotten the wedding rings from the jeweler and are ready to go to work. Alistair booms, “Now, be very careful, Julian. You must spread the poison on the inside of the ring, not so thick as to be noticeable but thick enough to seep into Sheridan's body and take effect immediately.” Julian asks, “But you sure about this poison? What if it just makes her sick?” Alistair chides, “Oh, really, Julian. You know I research things very thoroughly. When this liquid comes in contact with the chemicals in the human body, it is instantly lethal.” As Julian holds up the ring he reads the inscription, “Oh. "Till death do us part." How apropos.” Alistair says, “Yes. Before the night is over, my dear Sheridan, Luis will have his wish.”

Father Lonigan arrives, “All right. If everyone is here, we should start.” Chad rushes to the back of the church to greet a band that has arrived, “Hola, mi amigos. Como esta?” Man, “Muy bien.” Chad, “Muy bien. How you doing, guys? Hey, what's up? Actually, just in time, too, because we can't have a wedding without music. You guys ready?” Ethan comes up to the band, “Chad? A mariachi band?” Chad says, “Yeah, why not? I mean, I could have gotten, like, Scottish bagpipes, but I figured these guys could rock the church, you know? As a matter of fact, why don't you show them a little something right now.” Man, “Right now?” Chad, “Yeah, right now.” The band begins to play. Luis rushes to the back of the church to stop the music, “Hey, hey, hey! Hold it, hold it, hold it! Hold it. Sorry. I love the music, ok? But -- you guys, come on. I just want to get this ceremony down. I want everyone to know exactly where they're supposed to be tomorrow, ok? Sorry.”
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Luis turns and walks back to the front of the church to direct the show. LOL! Ethan comments, “I had no idea your brother was such a stickler for details.” Theresa replies, “He's like a general in the army sometimes. But once you get to know him, you will see what a lovely and wonderful general he is. He would lay down his life for Sheridan.” Ethan, “I hope that's not necessary.” Ethan and Theresa make it to the front of the church in time to hear Luis asking Hank, “Hey, hey. Will you just, you know, get everyone seated, please?”

In the library Alistair taps his fingers impatiently. Julian says, “Please, father, you're making me nervous.” Alistair, “Well, hurry up. I think we should go to the church to watch it happen.” Julian looks surprised, “What, you think that's wise? What if someone sees us?” Alistair, “Well, we're her father and brother. What could be more normal than wanting to secretly watch our beloved Sheridan on the eve of her big day?” Julian asks again, “Are you sure no one's going to know how she died?” Alistair, “The beauty if this poison, Julian, is that it's untraceable. Not even the great chief of police, Sam Bennett, will be able to discover that we were behind it.” Julian picks up the eyedropper and paints the poison on the inside of Sheridan's ring.

Off to one side of the church, Sheridan and Luis stand alone. Sheridan is so excited but confides, “I'm starting to get nervous, Luis. Are you?” Luis grins, “Nervous about what? Nothing's going to stand in our way. There's nothing to be nervous about. We're going to have the best double wedding that Harmony has ever seen. People are going to be talking about it for years to come.” Sheridan's smile is radiant as she stands looking at the man she loves talk while they hold hands.

Alistair answers the phone, “Yes? Fine. Show him in. The jeweler's here to pick up the rings.” Julian, “Good. Happy to be rid of it.” The maid shows the jeweler into the library. As they pull off their gloves and hid them, Alistair invites him in. Mr. Bradbury greets them, “Messieurs Crane. Such a pleasure to see you both again.” Julian, “Oh, yes, of course. Good to see you.” Alistair, “The rings are here. I know I'm a sentimental fool, but I'm glad I had the opportunity to see the inscription inside my daughter's ring, however, please don't mention it to Sheridan. She's superstitious about that sort of thing.” Mr. Bradbury, “Oh, no, absolutely not. My lips are sealed.” Julian, “I would just like to make sure of something. There's no chance of the rings getting mixed up, is there? The inscription is the one that is Sheridan's correct?” Mr. Bradbury answers, “Oh, not to worry, Mr. Crane, the bride's ring is quite a bit smaller than the groom's.” Julian, “Oh, good. Fine.” Alistair, “That will be all.” Mr. Bradbury, “Yes, sir. Good-bye. I hope I may be of service to you again in the future.” Alistair, “Yes, thank you. Thank you. It's over, Julian. You can relax now.” As Julian gets up to pour himself a drink, “Forgive me if I am a bit shaken, having just given my sister a death sentence.” Alistair says, “It was us or them. There's no turning back now. Once Sheridan tries on that ring at the rehearsal, she's dead.”

Sheridan goes to the vestibule of the church to pray in front of the statue of Mary. Sheridan kneels and begins to pray, “Holy mother, thank you for answering my prayers. When I prayed to you in Paris to bring love and happiness into my life, you heard me. It's been a long and difficult journey, but now it's finally over. I'm finally going to marry a man I know will love and protect me for the rest of my life. (Sheridan smiles at the thought of Luis.) I guess I'm going to have to lose my family, though, to be with Luis since they can't accept him. But that's something I'm willing to do, though. If I have to lose my father and brother, so be it. I guess I was just asking too much to wish that my father could actually wish me happiness.” Sheridan's lip quivers at the thought.

In the library at the bar, Julian asks, “Would you care for a drink, father?” Alistair replies, “No. It's vitally important we keep our wits about us. We wouldn't want people smelling liquor on our breath as we shed tears over our dearly deceased. And by golly, I'm not going to miss Sheridan's funeral this time.” Julian, “You talk about your daughter's funeral as if you were talking about a Broadway play.” Alistair, “Well, you have to pay to see a play. This show's for free. Of course, the star won't be able to make a curtain call.” Julian, “Father, how can you be so cold?” Alistair, “Haven't you learned anything, Julian? It's survival of the fittest. There's no room for soft underbellies.” Julian asks, “You're really going to the church to watch her die?” Alistair belittles, “I can't depend on you to go alone, can I? No, I want to see it with my own eyes. Come on, we don't want to miss the main event. There's no saving your sister this time.” Alistair walks out the door as Julian watches, then reluctantly follows.

Luis orders, “All right, everyone, let's gather around for the lineup, huh?” Hank quips, “Ok, coach, who's on first?” Luis, “All right, very funny, Hank. Why don't you come over here. And Chad and Whitney, why don't you guys stand right there. Yes.” Luis smiles as he makes sure everyone is in the correct place in the front of the altar. Luis looks around and asks, “Ok, where's my bride?” Sheridan walks in from the back of the church where she had been praying.

As soon as Sheridan assumes her position next to her groom, Luis says, “Father, you can begin.” Father Lonigan begins, “I assume the grooms have the rings.” Chad says, “Yeah, I have Ethan and Theresa's.” Hank panics, “Wait a minute. Luis, you didn't tell me to pick up the rings.” Luis replies, “I know, Hank. I'm having the jeweler drop it off.” Entering the church, Mr. Bradbury calls out, “Mr. Lopez-Fitzgerald, I have the rings.” Hank comments, “Good save.” Mr. Bradbury, “Here you are. Now, you know which ring is which?” Luis replies, “Yeah, of course. Thanks so much for bringing them by.” The jeweler leaves. Luis says, “You may proceed, Father.” He pulls out Sheridan's ring and holds it between his fingers. Father Lonigan, “Remember, my children, that God alone can bring a marriage into being.” Luis reads the inscription in Sheridan's ring, “ "Till death do us part." Father Lonigan, “God alone can lay down the conditions in which it will cease to be.”
As they listen to Father Lonigan, Sheridan rests her head on Luis' shoulder.
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Father Lonigan begins, “Almighty God, hear our prayers today for Luis and Sheridan, for Ethan and Theresa, who have come here today to be united in the sacrament of marriage. Increase their faith in you and in each other. Through them, bless your church with Christian children. We ask this in the name of our father. My children, know that marriage is a contract resulting not only in a status but in a relationship. A man and a woman are free either to make or not to make the agreement to marry. But if they make it ...”
In the back of the church, Alistair and Julian watch and wait for Sheridan to put the ring on and die. Julian, “This is hard, Father. It is harder than I thought it would be. I don't want to stand here and watch Sheridan die.” Alistair chides, “Be a man, Julian. Have a last look at Sheridan.”

Father Lonigan continues, “I will ask you now to present your rings.” Luis says, “You better try it on for size.” Sheridan smiles as Luis holds the ring in his fingers waiting for her to try it on.

To be continued...

6.26.08, 9:38 PM
Thanks, Ann. Great screencaps!

6.26.08, 10:49 PM
At the church in front of Father Lonigan, Luis gets the ring ready for Sheridan to try on, “Just want to make sure the ring fits. Everything will be perfect tomorrow.” As Sheridan and Luis face each other, Father Lonigan says, “Luis, repeat after me -- "with this ring, I thee wed." Luis begins, “With this ring, I thee wed.”

Watching the happenings from the back of the church, Alistair laughs, “They really should change the vows. "With this ring, you shall be dead," is much more appropriate.” Julian frowns, “I just don't see how, you can be so cavalier about watching your own daughter die. I can't bear to look.” Alistair belittles, “You know what's worse than watching my daughter die? Watching my son behave like the miserable wimp he is. Now, suck it up, Julian. It'll all be over soon.” Julian looks off in the distance and says, “She will die an excruciatingly painful death.”

Luis' hands are a wee bit shaky and he fumbles the ring so it doesn't make it onto Sheridan's finger this time. Sheridan laughs and says, “If I didn't know better, I'd think you were having pre-wedding jitters.” Luis denies that, “Not a chance! Nothing is going to stop me from putting this ring on that pretty little finger of yours. Well ...” Sheridan and Luis both laugh. Luis says, “Whoa ...” He drops the ring and picks it up. Hank jokes, “What'd you say about not having jitters?” Luis replies, “Me? I am calm, cool, and collected, all right?” Chad jokes, “Oh, yeah, right. We'll believe that when we see you actually PUT the ring on Sheridan's finger.” Undeterred, Luis announces to all, “That's exactly what I'm going to do right now.” He hands the ring box to Hank to hold while he takes care of the ring. LOL!

Still standing in the back of the church, Julian pleads, “I still think murdering Sheridan is a bit extreme, father.” Alistair, “Once again, you fail to see the big picture. If Sheridan marries Luis, then he'll have access to information about his father's disappearance, and that means disaster for the Crane family.” Julian tries again, “But why does she have to die in such a cruel way?” Alistair snaps back, “Watch out, Julian, or you'll be next.” Julian comments, “It's positively barbaric. To poison her and watch as she'll writhe in pain as the poison burns through her organs.” Alistair remarks, “And the best part is the poison is totally untraceable. Besides, the coroner's in our pocket, so there won't be a hint of foul play on the autopsy report. It's a win-win situation all the way around.”

Sitting with Ivy in the front pew, Pilar calls out before Luis can slip the ring on Sheridan's finger, “Oh, Luis -- mijo, wait.” She goes to Luis' side. Luis asks, “Mama, what's wrong?” Pilar informs him, “You can't put that ring on Sheridan's finger and then take it off. Ethan, in my family there's a tradition -- as well as in my country, actually -- that you can't take the wedding ring off because it could break the bonds of your marriage.” Theresa agrees, “Mama, I remember you telling us that when we were kids. Sheridan, we can't put the rings on our finger. It's bad luck.” Sheridan assures them, “Oh, well, I wouldn't think of breaking such a special tradition.” Luis says, “I just want to make sure the ring fits. I want everything to be perfect tomorrow, ok?” Sheridan assures Luis with her sweet smile, “Hey, as long as I'm with you, everything will be perfect. Besides, the jeweler sized my finger. I'm sure it's fine.” Luis grins, “Ok. I'm not going to argue with my soon-to-be wife. I just want things to run smoothly. You know, you can never be too careful.”

Alistair angrily says, “Damn that housekeeper and her third-world superstitions. Now we'll have to wait until tomorrow for Sheridan to meet her maker.” Julian, “I certainly don't want to see my sister die, but since I obviously have no choice, I just want to get it over with. I can't bear waiting.” Alistair chides, “Poor Julian. Would you like some cheese and crackers to go along with your whine?” Julian replies, “Actually, I would like to get out of here.” Before they can leave, Father Lonigan comes to the back of the church, “Cuban cigars. Hello, Alistair. It's been a long time. It's been many years, Alistair. How long since you set foot in a church?” Alistair replies, “If my memory serves me correctly, which it always does, the last time was when you married me.” Father Lonigan, “As I recall, you did not attend your wife's funeral.” Alistair crushes his cigar in his fists, “I do not choose to socialize with those who take away what's mine.” Father Lonigan, “You mean God. God has a plan for each of us, Alistair. We cannot always figure out why.” Alistair, “I didn't come here for a sermon.” Father Lonigan asks, “Why did you come here?” Alistair replies, “To see my daughter marry the man she loves.” Father Lonigan, “I hope that is your only motive. Sheridan has told me you are trying to break her and Luis up.” Alistair, “Let me make something perfectly clear to you, father. God may rule heaven, but Alistair Crane rules on earth.” He puts his cigar out in the holy water.

The rehearsal is over. Some of the wedding participants are helping to decorate the church while others are leaving. Standing in the aisle facing Luis, Sheridan smiles, “I can't wait to be your wife.” Luis smiles and raises his eyebrows, “I promise to make all your dreams come true tomorrow. As for tonight, I thought we could just spend a little quiet, romantic evening back at the cottage.” Sheridan looks serious, “I'm sorry, Luis, but we can't be together tonight. In fact, I want you to move out of the cottage.” Luis looks shocked.

Miguel standing near the candles on one side of the church asks, “Are you sure you're ok now, Charity? And are you still feeling this sensation of being in somebody else's body?” Charity replies, “No, not anymore, Miguel. But I can't shake the feeling that something really terrible is going to happen.” Charity has a vision of Sheridan dressed in her wedding gown, writhing in pain on the floor of the church. Miguel worriedly asks, “Charity, what is it? Are you having another premonition?” Charity tells him about her premonition but he assures her that nothing can happen to Sheridan and Luis now.

Luis drops his hands from Sheridan's and asks, “You want me to move out of the cottage?” Sheridan replies, “Well, yeah, just for tonight.” Luis smiles again, “Oh, ok.” As they begin walking up the aisle to the back of the church to leave, Sheridan explains, “I mean, it's tradition that the bride and groom are apart the night before the wedding.” Luis takes her hands in his, “Look, you know I want this to be the wedding of your dreams, right?” Sheridan smiles, “Mm-hmm.” Luis pouts, “The Idea of spending one night without you, it's -- well, it's sheer torture. So, come on, what do you say we just buck tradition, huh?” Not giving in, Sheridan also pouts, “It's going to be just as hard for me. But we're going to do this right. And besides, after tomorrow, we are never going to be apart.”
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Luis grins, “Well, ok. We're going to spend the rest of our lives together.” Sheridan murmurs, “Mm-hmm.” Sheridan and Luis kiss as they walk out of the church.

Watching Sheridan and Luis leave the church, Alistair says, “The next time Sheridan leaves this church, it'll be in a body bag.” Julian, “That's enough, Father. I must go. I feel like every statue in this place is looking into my soul. It's unnerving.” Alistair chides again, “If you want to be my heir and the head of Crane industries someday, you'd better get rid of your conscience.” Julian replies, “Business is one thing, but to stand in church before God and plan a murder is quite another.”

Spotting Julian and Alistair in back of the church, Ivy asks, “What are Julian and Alistair doing here? They certainly don't condone Luis and Sheridan's marriage.” Pilar replies, “I still can't believe the level that Julian stooped to try and break them up, and I am sure it was all with Alistair's blessings!” Pilar stops them as they leave the church “What are you two doing here? I demand to know what you're up to?” Ivy follows. Pilar again poses her question, “What are you doing here?” Alistair, “Why, Pilar, you should know that all of God's children are welcome here.” Pilar, “You'd better not be trying to hurt my children. If you do anything to them, I swear I will destroy you.” Julian comments, “Oh, such talk from the hired help.” Pilar replies, “I may have to answer to you in your home, but this is God's house. We are equals. I am warning you -- back off. I know you already tried to break up Luis and Sheridan with your sick impostor scheme.” Julian defends himself, “I was simply trying to protect my sister.” Behind Pilar, Ivy responds, “Oh, please. Why don't you try telling the truth for once.” Julian, “Oh, don't make me laugh. This from the woman who tried to pass her bastard son off as my own flesh and blood.” Alistair, “Julian, I think it's time for us to admit defeat. It's true, Pilar. We did try to split up Luis and Sheridan.” Pilar replies, “And I know exactly why. You are afraid that Luis will find out what happened to my husband once he marries Sheridan.” Alistair, “My only concern is for my dear daughter. Sheridan has a history of being unstable, and I wasn't sure she was ready for marriage. But it's clear we have lost.” Pilar says, “You'd be wise to remember that. And as for the wedding, don't bother to come. You are not welcome.” Clenching his fists, Alistair says, “As you wish, Pilar.” Julian and Alistair walk away.

Just inside the front door at the cottage, as Luis puts his arms around Sheridan from behind, he smiles. “You know, I think I'm going to need a few kisses to get me through this long night alone.” Sheridan grins and turns around to face Luis, “ Oh, I can definitely handle that request.” She kisses him. As he comes up for air from the kiss, Luis says in that low husky voice, “Come to think of it, you know -- well, the night is still young. We have plenty of time before I have to move out.” Sheridan smiles, “Really?” Luis grins, “Yes.” Sheridan asks in such a sexy, suggestive way, “What did you have in mind?” Luis playfully pulls on the chain around Sheridan's neck leading her to bedroom, laughing and kissing as they make their way out of the living room.

In bed after making love, Sheridan lays her head on Luis' chest, “I can't think of anything more perfect than falling asleep in your arms every night and waking up in them every morning.” Picking up Sheridan's ring from the night table, Luis agrees, “Yeah. When I put this ring on your finger tomorrow, we're going to be together forever. Just like the ring says, "till death do us part." Sheridan reaches up and pulls Luis into a passionate kiss. He places the ring back on the table next to his ring and returns to kissing Sheridan.

Still wanting to get out of killing Sheridan, Julian says, “We can -- we can stop this right now. I'll just call the jeweler, have him get the rings back, and we can exchange them for the lovely poison-free variety.” Alistair, “You will do no such thing.” Julian pleads, “But I'm sure there are other ways to keep Luis from snooping into the Crane family secrets.” Alistair chides, “Oh, stop sniveling like a baby, Julian. As long as Sheridan lives, Luis is a threat to this family. Once Sheridan dies, her low-rent lover will be consumed with grief, and I'll finally be rid of them both.”

Dressed again and heading to the front door, Luis pouts, “This is going to be the longest night of my life.” Also pouting, Sheridan replies, “Mine, too. But I will be dreaming of you, and tomorrow all of our dreams will come true.”
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Luis smiles and grabs Sheridan's hands to hold, “Yippee. And after tonight, we'll never have to be apart again.” Sheridan smiles, “Uh-uh.” They lean in and continue kissing until Hank arrives to take Luis to the bachelor party.

To be continued...

6.27.08, 11:54 PM
At Sheridan's cottage as they walk through the living room to the front door, Luis sighs, "OK. I guess this is it. Hey, but you know what?" Sheridan looks up into his handsome face, "Hmm?" Luis smiles, "The next time I see you, you're going to be walking down the aisle on the way to becoming my wife." Sheridan smiles and wrinkles her nose, "And it can't come soon enough for me." Luis perks up a bit and grins, "Hey, you know what, though? The thought just hit me -- you know, I could come here after the bachelor party, you know?" Sheridan laughs, "No, you couldn't. Much as I would love it, there is no way you are staying here tonight. It's bad luck to break tradition." Luis holds Sheridan's hands, "OK. But you got to make me a promise, then. After tonight, we'll never spend a night without each other." Sheridan tips her head to look into Luis' eyes and says so sincerely and so sweetly, "I promise. I never want to be away from you." Luis smiles, puts his hands on both sides of Sheridan's face and pulls her to him for a heart-stopping kiss.

In the library of the Crane mansion, as Julian paces the floor, Alistair orders, "Calm down, Julian." Julian scoffs, "How calm do you expect me to be when we're about to kill my own sister?" Alistair, "I'm through discussing this. We are implementing the plan. Sheridan's wedding ring has been painted with poison, and when Luis slides it onto her finger, she will die. Luis will never get over it, and I'll be rid of them both once and for all."

Luis again says, "Well, I guess I should go." He bends down to pick up his duffel bag. As Sheridan puts her hands at Luis' waist, she says, "Yes, you really should."
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Then she reaches up to kiss him. While they are kissing there is a knock on door. Appearing upset with the interruption, Sheridan asks, "Who is it?" Hank calls out, "It's Hank." Luis raises his eyebrows and again picks up his bag to walk to the door. Luis, "Whoo. Hello." Hank says, "Sorry to take your man away from you, Sheridan, but it's party time." Standing beside Luis in the doorway, Sheridan says, "Well, he was just leaving. Weren't you, Luis?" Sheridan places her hand on his chest. Looking at Sheridan like he can't bear to tear himself away from her, Luis asks, "Was I?" Hank comments, "It's not like you two aren't going to see each other soon. By my clock, it's only a few hours." Sheridan leans closer to Luis and pouts, "Even that seems like forever." Luis agrees, "Yeah." Hank frowns good-naturedly, "Ugh. You know, I'm going to go wait in the car. But seriously, we got to get going. The guys are waiting at the youth center." Luis replies, "All right." Standing in the doorway he turns to Sheridan, "Wow. I guess this is it till tomorrow." Sheridan sighs, "I guess so." Luis smiles, "Have fun at your shower." Sheridan smiles back, "Hey." Luis, "What?" Sheridan asks, "It just hit me -- are you guys going to have a stripper at your party tonight?" Luis laughs, "I don't know what those guys got planned, but -- I don't know. You know what? I don't even think they do that anymore." Sheridan grins, "I don't know. Those bachelor parties get pretty wild." Luis replies, "No, trust me. This one will be tame." They laugh! Sheridan continues, "But, still, why don't you let me hold on to the rings tonight. I'll make sure Miguel gets them before the ceremony." Luis pulls the ring boxes out of his duffel bag and hands them to Sheridan. Sheridan looks at her ring and smiles, "I can't wait for you to put this on my finger." Sheridan and Luis kiss several more times as they say good-bye for the night.

In the library, Alistair says, "As soon as Sheridan is dead, our problems will be over. Never again will we have to worry about Luis trying to dig up Crane family secrets and finding out what really happened to his father." Julian deadpans, "God forbid he ever discovers that." (We all know that this story was rewritten so it turned out to be a big dud. What a shame!)

Coming down from the attic into her living room, Tabitha asks, "What on earth is going on here?" Grace replies, "Oh, Tabitha, I'm so sorry. I meant to ask you, but we were so busy getting ready." Tabitha asks, "For what?" Grace replies, "Well, I'm throwing a bridal shower for Theresa and Sheridan. I'd have it at my own house if i had a house. I hope you don't mind." Even though Tabitha is shocked, she says, "Mind? Oh, no. Why should I mind? I'm sure it'll all be frightfully festive." Grace smiles, "Good, then I hope you'll be there." Tabitha does a double take, "Who me?" Grace says kindly, "Yeah, it'll be fun." Sam kisses Grace and tells her, "Hey, listen, Miguel and I are going to head over to Luis and Ethan's party." Grace says, "OK, well, Give them my love."

At the Youth Center the guys are playing basketball and drinking beer, when a shirtless Hank says, "All right, all right. I think I'll take it easy on you, seeing you're going to have to save your energy for your wedding night." Chad says, "That's a challenge, man. That's a challenge." Taking his shirt off, Luis boasts, "I'm not even going to break a sweat shutting you down!" Chad grins, "Oh, that's fighting words." Luis picks up the ball, "Yeah. Oh, there it goes! See what happens." Sam says, "You got it. Come on." Chad yells, "Clash of the titans."

In Tabby's living room at her bridal shower, Sheridan and Theresa are standing on one side holding hands and talking, when Sheridan notices that Grace looks worried. Sheridan walks over to Grace and asks, "Grace, you all right?" Grace replies, "I don't know. I keep having this strange feeling like -- like something's going to happen. I just don't know what." Sheridan takes Grace's hands in hers and says, "I'm sure you're just tired. I mean, you've worked so hard putting this party together." Grace smiles, "You're right. I'm probably just tired." Grace walks off and Sheridan rejoins Theresa saying, "I am so glad that your fortune was right -- two brides for two grooms." They hold hands and giggle as Theresa says, "Oh, it's going to be the most wonderful day ever. And then the wedding night -- it'll be the first time that Ethan and I make love. It'll be the first time that I've ever made love. I want everything to be perfect, Sheridan." Sheridan assures her, "Oh, it will be, honey. I was nervous the first time i made love to Luis." Theresa is surprised, "You were?" Sheridan smiles, "Yeah. I mean, you know, the first time you make love to the man you love, it -- it's so special that you just want everything to be perfect. Sometimes I kind of wish Luis and I had waited -- you know, so our wedding night was our first time together." Theresa says, "Well, I'm glad that we waited, and even more glad that I don't have to wait much longer. I love Ethan so much." She giggles. Jessica and Charity enter the room with trays of food for the party.

At the Youth Center, Sam tells the guys, "Well, I hate to cut this evening short, gentlemen, but I've got to take some more sodas over to the girls' shower. I promised Grace I'd be over there before it got too late." Sitting on one of the benches, Luis follows Sam's lead, "Yeah? Well, I guess I'm going to pack it in, too." Hank jokes, "You packed it in a long time ago, Ace." Sam laughs, "Ooh." Luis throws over his shoulder as he walks out of the room, "Bro, how are you even going to say that? I stuffed you like, what, a hundred times?" Hank shouts back, "In your dreams, man!"

Sitting on the couch with Theresa opening their gifts, Sheridan says, "Uh-oh, this looks dangerous!" She holds up a sexy nightie. Charity and Jessica say, " Owww and Whoo!" Grace agrees, "Definitely dangerous."

Standing with Sheridan and looking at Sheridan's ring, Pilar exclaims, "Perfect. Simple and perfect." As she gives it aback to Sheridan, Sheridan says, "I told Luis, you know, since he'll be at his bachelor party, that I would hold on to it. I didn't want to take any chances on anything happening to it. Oh, it's just so beautiful. I can't wait to wear it." Sheridan smiles. She is so happy. Pilar says, "I don't mean to sound superstitious, but in the old country it's considered bad luck to put the ring on your finger before you're married. And then you can never take it off." Sheridan smiles, "And I won't." Pilar smiles at Sheridan and says, "It won't be long now, Sheridan."

Walking out into a hallway at the Youth Center, Hank sees Luis seated at a desk writing and asks, "What are you doing?" Luis replies, "Whew. Working on my vows. This is like the 50th version, but I just can't seem to get it right. How do you tell the woman you love everything you're feeling in your heart?" Hank suggests, "Why don't you just try picturing Sheridan's face? You know, think about what she means to you and just put it down on paper." Luis smiles and begins to write again.

Alistair laughs. Julian asks, "Something funny, Father?" Alistair replies, ": I was just thinking about how brilliant our plan is -- putting poison on Sheridan's wedding ring. Her death will appear to be by natural causes. No one will suspect foul play, and even if someone did, it could never be traced back to us." Julian, "I'm still uneasy about this." Alistair, "It will all be over soon, Julian. In fact, things could happen even more quickly than we'd planned." Julian asks, "How do you mean?" Alistair explains, "Assuming Sheridan still has the ring with her, she may be tempted to try it on, wear it for a while. And if she does, that will be it. She'll be dead tonight."

Walking into the kitchen by herself, Sheridan looks at her ring and says to herself, "I know everyone says it's bad luck to try the ring on before the wedding. But wouldn't it be worse if it didn't fit when Luis put it on my finger? I should at least make sure. " She takes the ring out of the box and holds it over her finger imagining how it will look on her finger.
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In the attic looking for a gift for the two brides to be, Tabby pulls out some wind chimes that have magical powers. She and Timmy are listening to the wind chimes and trying to figure out what they are telling them. Tabby says that the chimes are telling her that someone will be in terrible pain. Timmy asks who it is. Who is crying? Tabby finally says that it is Sheridan Crane. She then says that Sheridan is going to die.

Alistair says, "Once the ring is on Sheridan's finger and the poison seeps into her bloodstream, she'll be dead, and this will finally be over." Looking at his father, Julian cringes.
Sitting at the kitchen table, Sheridan says, "Oh. Well, it can't hurt to see if it fits." She holds the ring poised to place on her finger.

At the Youth Center, Luis recites his vows, "You're my life. You're my whole reason for being. And from this moment on, you will never be alone. You will never be unhappy or afraid. You will always know how deeply I love you, how deeply you are loved, and no matter what, I'll always be here for you. We've both suffered painful losses. You lost your mother, and I lost my father. But together we'll build a family of our own, a family of love and support. We will be together, Sheridan, till death do us part. (Sheridan puts the ring on her finger. She smiles as she admires the look of her ring on her finger.) Now, if you were to die, then I would die, too. I couldn't live my life without you. I wouldn't be able to go on."

To be continued...

6.28.08, 11:30 PM
Thanks, Ann!

6.29.08, 12:02 AM
Sheridan is in Tabby's kitchen while at the bridal shower that Grace is throwing for her and Theresa. Sheridan tries on her ring and smiles, “Soon Luis will put this on my finger for good. I can't wait.”
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As she sits at the table, her cell phone rings. Luis replies, “Hey! It's me.” Sheridan smiles and enthusiastically says, “Luis! I didn't think I would hear from you tonight.” Sitting on the desk in the hallway of the Youth Center, Luis says, “Well, we just finished shooting some hoops and I was working on my vows for tomorrow. Thinking about my love for you made me miss you.” Sheridan sighs, “That's so sweet.” Coming out of the gym, Hank sits next to Luis on the desk, “He's got it bad, Sheridan.” Luis looks at him and signals that it is a private conversation. Hank leaves. Sheridan says, “I recognize the voice.” Getting up from the desk, Luis says, “Look, you know I was just thinking. Why don't I just come over there and we can elope?” A surprised Sheridan exclaims, “Elope? NO. I mean, what about the wedding? Ethan and Theresa?” Luis says, “I know but I just miss you so much, even if it's just one day.” In the sweetest, softest voice Sheridan says, “I miss you, too. I have a confession to make. I know it's bad luck to do before the wedding, but I couldn't resist. My ring, I tried it on. I just wanted to see if it fits. I just couldn't resist. I have it on right now.” Luis asks, “Does it fit?” Looking at the ring on her finger, Sheridan smiles, “Perfectly! It's so beautiful! I never want to take it off.” Luis smiles, “I don't believe in superstitions anyway. I think it's fine if you keep the ring on. I mean, what could possibly happen? What could go wrong?”

Theresa, Whitney, and Eve walk into the kitchen to find Sheridan sitting by herself at the table while she is talking to Luis on the phone. Theresa calls out to Sheridan. Sheridan tells Theresa that she is on the phone with Luis. Theresa looks worried as she walks over to where Sheridan is sitting, “You're wearing your wedding ring.” Sheridan smiles, “I know I'm not supposed to but I couldn't resist.” Luis asks, “Who's that? Theresa?” Sheridan replies, “Yes.” Theresa concerned, “Sheridan, you know it's bad luck to put the ring on before the wedding. Mama says that once you put it on, it has to be on forever.” Whitney stands behind Theresa as she says, “Theresa, lighten up. It's probably okay.” Theresa turns to Whitney, “But this is serious.” Sheridan says, “Look, I appreciate your concern but I'm not superstitious any more.” Hiding right outside the kitchen door, Tabby and Timmy look in to see what is happening. Tabby points to Sheridan and says, “She's wearing it...the wedding ring.” Theresa stoops down next to Sheridan and pleads, “Let's not tempt fate. It's just not a good idea.” Luis says, “Don't listen to her. She's as superstitious as they come.” Sheridan gives in, “All right. If it'll make you feel better, I'll take it off.” She takes the ring off and places it on the table. Then says, “Maybe you're right. I should wait until tomorrow.” Theresa laughs, “You can hold off one more day.” Theresa stands up and walks off with Whitney. Sheridan tells Luis, “Your sister's sweet.” Luis smiles, “Yeah, but nuts. I can't believe how seriously she takes all these wedding superstitions and when it comes to tempting fate, she over does it.” Sheridan looks a little woozy as she says, “Ohhhh!” Luis asks, “Sheridan, you still with me?” Sheridan stands and takes her time to answer, “Yes, I just feel a little sick.” Luis stands and asks, “Sick? What kind of sick?” Walking up behind Luis, Hank asks, “What's wrong? What is up?” Luis ignores him and talks to Sheridan, “Sheridan?” Speaking slowly, “It's...I'm just dizzy.” Luis asks again, “You all right?” Sheridan responds, “I don't know. It just hit me. My...my head.” Luis, “Sheridan?” Sheridan doesn't answer because she has fallen to the floor in a heap. Timmy exclaims, “She's dead! Sheridan Crane is dead! The ring killed her!” Tabby looks stunned.

Eve, Theresa and Whitney rush to Sheridan's side as she lies on the kitchen floor. Eve calls her name. Theresa asks what happened. As Eve picks up Sheridan's hand to feel her pulse, she tells Theresa that she thinks she just fainted. Timmy says, “She didn't faint. Sheridan Crane is dead, Princess.” Luis panics, “Sheridan? Sheridan, are you there? Sheridan, are you ok? Sheridan, answer me.” Luis turns to Hank and says, “Something's wrong.” Theresa picks up Sheridan's phone, “Luis, Luis?” Luis asks, “Theresa, what's going on?” Theresa tells him, “Sheridan fainted.” Luis replies, “I'm on my way!” He begins to walk off but is stopped by Theresa, “No, wait! It's ok. Dr. Russell is checking her out right now. It's gonna be ok.” Sheridan moans as she begins to come around. As Whitney and Eve help her up and to the table, Sheridan asks, “what happened?” Eve tells her that she fainted then asks if she remembers anything. Sheridan says, “I just remember feeling dizzy and a little nauseous.” Eve then asks when was the last time she ate. Sheridan replies that she doesn't know. She has been so excited about the wedding. Eve takes her pulse again and says that everything seems normal now. Sheridan says she does feel better. Eve says, “Between pre-wedding jitters and not enough nourishment, I'm not surprised that you fainted. I'm going to get you some juice to get your blood sugar up.” Sheridan thanks her. From her vantage point in the doorway, Tabby says, “It's more than pre-wedding jitters, Timmy. The chimes predicted that her wedding ring will kill her. I have to get my hands on that ring.”

With her head supported on her hands and rather groggy, Sheridan looks up, “Oh wait, I just remembered that I was on the phone with Luis. He must be so worried.” Eve hands her the glass of juice. Theresa says, “He's here.” She hands Sheridan her phone. Sheridan asks, “Luis?” Luis replies, “Sheridan, I'm coming over.” Sheridan replies, “No, it's ok. I feel fine. Dr. Russell checked me out. I hadn't eaten.” Luis says to Hank, “She's ok.” Hank pats him on the back before he walks off. Luis tells Sheridan to eat something. She says she will. Luis says, “You had me worried.” Sheridan replies, “I'm much better now...good as new.” She stands and walks to the counter which she uses for support. Luis says, “I still want to come over and check you out.” Sheridan grins, “I'll bet you do.” Luis laughs, “What's that supposed to mean?” Sheridan smiles, “You sure this isn't your way of trying to see me before the wedding?” Luis smiles, “You're right. That does have something to do with it.” Sheridan laughs, “You're bad!” Luis continues, “But I am genuinely concerned.” Sheridan tries appeasing him, “Look, I feel much better and I promise if I start to feel worse, I'll let you know. But I won't, not before the most important, most wonderful day of my life.” Tabby makes it over to the table and picks up Sheridan's ring. Eve, Theresa, and Whitney look at her rather oddly so she tells them that she wouldn't want the ring to get lost in the commotion so she will put it somewhere safe. Tabby and Timmy take the ring. They sit on the stairs and Tabby examines it. She figures out that it is lined with poison. “The chimes were right, Timmy. Sheridan's wedding ring is going to kill her.”

Alone in the kitchen, Sheridan, walks back to sit at the table as she says to Luis, “I'm much better.” Luis sits back on top of the desk, “Thank God.” Sheridan replies, “Good as new.” Luis says, “You had me worried.” Sheridan responds, “Look, enough about me.” Luis replies, “Never enough.” Sheridan asks, “How's the bachelor party going? Are you enjoying your last hours as a few man?” Luis replies, “It was great, a lot of fun but you know what?” Sheridan asks, “What?” Luis continues, “Well, no matter how much fun it is with the guys, when you're not around, it's like something is missing.” Sheridan smiles, “I feel the same way. With the bridal shower, I love being with my friends but I miss you.” Kay walks into the kitchen and asks if Sheridan has seen the phone book. She finds it, then sits at the table with Sheridan. Kay says, “I have to call that agency. The strippers I ordered should be here by now.” Luis asks in disbelief, “The what?” Kay continues, “I wonder what is taking them so long.” Luis asks, “Sheridan?” Sheridan replies, “Yes.” Luis asks, “Did I just hear strippers?” Sheridan replies, “I believe you did.” Luis again asks, “And they're coming over there right now?” Sheridan says, “I think so.” Not as happy as he was, Luis asks, “You think so?” Sheridan smiles, “Look, I know it's silly but the girls thought it would be fun.” Luis, pouting, “Fun? Yeah, that'll be great.” Sheridan says, “Listen, I better get off now and see what's going on. I can't wait to see you tomorrow. I love you, Darling.” As Sheridan hangs up, she and Kay laugh. Kay says that she is sorry but Sheridan tells her that it is ok. Sheridan leaves the kitchen while Kay calls about the strippers.

At the Youth Center, as Luis hangs up he says to himself, “Strippers! I don't believe it.” Hank, Ethan and Chad walk out to the gym and seeing Luis in the hall, Hank asks, “What was that about strippers?” Ethan hopes that they didn't arrange for some exotic house call for them. Luis says, “Not for us, for the girls. They're having strippers over at their shower.” The group all laughs. Ethan asks, “Are you serious?” Luis replies, “I'm totally serious!” Ethan asks, “Strippers?” Luis, getting louder with each question, answers, “Yeah, strippers!” Hank laughs, “What's wrong? Don't tell me you guys are upset because a couple of dudes with great baby lotioned bodies are going to be taking off their clothes, flexing their muscles, and doing a sexy dance in front of your women? Are you?” Luis and Ethan look so serious and don't say a word, just look. Chad then adds, “Right! It's not like Theresa and Sheridan are gonna be turned on by these two naked, good looking guys, dancing up against them, giving them the eye.” Hank adds, “Gyrating, yeah.” The look on Luis' face is priceless. He looks more and more worried as Hank and Chad talk. Luis finally turns to Ethan and asks, “Are you thinking what I'm thinking?” Ethan looks serious, too, “Yeah.” Hank asks what they are thinking. Luis ignore him and turns to Ethan again, “Ok, here's what we're going to do.”

At Tabby's Kay tells the group that the agency said that the strippers should be there any minute. The girls all giggle and clap, including Sheridan and Theresa.

To be continued...

6.29.08, 10:24 PM
As Sheridan's and Theresa's bridal shower is going on inside Tabitha's house, Luis and Ethan arrive outside to intercept the strippers that are scheduled to entertain at the bridal shower. Ethan asks, “Are you sure they were serious?” Entering the yard, Luis throws up his hands and replies, “Nobody said, “Hey, just joking!” Ethan turns to Luis, “I can't believe they'd do that.” Luis replies, “They are!” Ethan stops, “But if we were to have strippers at our party, they'd go nuts.” Luis adds, “But they think it's cool for them!” Ethan deadpans, “It's a double standard!” Luis is so serious as he replies, “Yeah!” Then he smiles as he says, “Well, we'll show them.” The real strippers arrive. Luis and Ethan stop them as they enter the yard. Luis says, “Excuse us.” Ethan adds, “Yeah, we'd like to have a word with you guys.” Luis continues, “There's been a change of plans.” They look at each other and Luis laughs.

Luis and Ethan have changed into the strippers' Zorro costumes. The real strippers say that they hope our guys know what they are doing. It's not easy taking your clothes off for these women and the parties can get wild. Luis confidently replies, “You don't know our fiancées. They're not like that at all.” Ethan adds, “No way! Theresa will be completely embarrassed by the whole thing.” Luis corrects, “Both of them will be uncomfortable.” Ethan says, “They won't be able to turn on the music before they ask us to stop.” Luis laughs, “Yeah, we're not even going to get any of our clothes off.” The real strippers warn them, “Believe what you like, it's our experience that these women go crazy.” Luis assures them, “Not our women!” The real strippers wish them the best of luck; Luis thanks them as they leave the yard. Luis and Ethan turn to walk to the front porch. Ethan grabs Luis and turns him around, “Are you ready to do this?” Luis replies confidently, “It's going to be over before it even gets started. Come on.” Not yet moving, Ethan says, “Right.” Luis turns back to him, “Look, they're not even going to be able to handle it. You know what I'm saying, huh?” Luis does a little dance move on the way to the door where he pushes the doorbell.

Inside, Sheridan and Theresa run hand in hand to answer the door. Sheridan opens the door to see Luis leaning on the door frame in a sexy pose and in a sexy voice he says, “Ah huh?” (or something that sounded like that...LOL!), before Sheridan grabs him by his shirt and pulls him into the house saying, “It's about time you boys got here!” Theresa adds, “We're ready to get wild!” Sheridan pouts, “Oh, you look mighty hot in those clothes. Why don't you make yourselves a bit more comfortable?” Sheridan pulls Luis into the living room, followed by Ethan being led into the room by Theresa as she says, “Let's see what you're made of.” The girls all cheer when they see the “strippers”. Ethan bumps into Luis who turns around. The guys sort of cling together stunned in the middle of the room as Ethan says, “This isn't exactly what I thought it would be.” Luis looks around but is without words!

As the music plays and the girls cheer and clap, Luis and Ethan begin to dance. Some of the girls are yelling “Take it off!” and “Work it!” along with the whistles and cheering. Luis removes his gloves and throws them into the crowd, as the girls scream, followed by his cape. Then Ethan twirls around getting caught up in his cape before he manages to give it to Theresa. Sheridan turns to Theresa, “What do you say, Theresa? Should we go wild?” Theresa answers, “Well, this is our last night as single women!” Sheridan adds, “What Luis and Ethan don't know...” Theresa finishes, “They don't know!” Walking over to Luis, Sheridan says, “Come on, Boys, show us what you've got!” She begins unbuttoning Luis' shirt so she can rub her hands over his chest. Theresa does the same thing with Ethan as the guys continue to dance and look worried.
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As Sheridan and Theresa dance and undress the “strippers” Luis whispers, “Hey, Ethan, what the hell is going on? I thought they were supposed to be all kind of embarrassed by the strippers.” Ethan gives us some of his wisdom, “Well, hey, look at it this way -- at least they're behaving this way with us and not with the guys that were hired.” Luis shoots back, “Well, I hate to burst your bubble, Ace, but they don't know that.”

Luis and Ethan stand back to back in the middle of the room as the girls continue to undress them. Sheridan dances erotically in front of Luis using a sash to dance up and down pulling the sash against him. Whitney yells, “Go get him, girl!” Theresa smiles, “Oh, if Luis and Ethan could see us now!” Sheridan grins, “They would never believe it. I'm not even sure I do, but I've never had so much fun in my life.” Theresa lays it on thick, “What the heck. After tomorrow, we'll be old married women, anyway.” Sheridan agrees, “Exactly. And like I said, what our men don't know won't hurt them.” She turns to the others in the room and announces, “None of you are leaving without signing a confidentiality agreement.” Whitney yells, “You got it, girlfriend!” Theresa asks, “So, Sheridan, what do we do once we get their shirts off?” Putting her finger on her lips, Sheridan thinks a second before she replies, “Let me think. Maybe their pants?” That elicits more whooping and hollering form the girls. Jessica calls out, “Show us some skin, baby, show us some skin!” Whitney shouts, “Work it, work it, work it!” The guys move to one side to get away from Sheridan and Theresa which prompts Sheridan to comment, “If I didn't know better, I would think they were shy.” Theresa says, “Well, I don't think so. Any guys who do this for a living have to be prepared for any and all requests. So get over here, you two.” Sheridan says, “Oh, no, no, no. We'll go get them.” Theresa says, “Yow!” They walk over to dance in front of the guys while rubbing their hands all over their chests, waists and legs.

Theresa asks, “Are you ready?” Sheridan pulls Luis out into the middle of the room. Theresa follows with Ethan who asks, “For what?” As she shoves him into Luis' back, Theresa answers, “You'll see.” Sheridan calls out, “All set.” As Luis looks around to figure out what is going to happen, Sheridan shouts out, “One, two, three!” Sheridan and Theresa pull the shirts off the guys backs ripping off the rest of the buttons.
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The ladies all go wild cheering! Luis tries to tighten up the catch on the strings that hold his Zorro hat on. Theresa shouts, “That's what I'm talking about!” Sheridan ogles, “Very nice!” as Theresa comments, “Mine's hot!” The girls continue running their hands all over the guys now shirtless chests. Ethan turns his head to Luis and says, “I don't know how much more of this I can take.” Sounding rather angry, Luis asks, “How about we put an end to this right now.” The guys stop dancing. Sheridan comments, “You know, I am so glad you guys stopped dancing.” Theresa agrees, “Me, too. Gives me a chance to do what I want to do since you walked through that door.” Sheridan and Theresa pull their guys to them and give them some hot kisses!

The guys suddenly push the girls away so Theresa asks, “Why are you pulling away? I mean, this is a party. You're being paid to entertain us.” Sam and Grace come downstairs and enter the room. Smiling Sam asks, “What's going on down here?” Grace also asks, “I heard all the whooping and hollering. What did you guys stop for?” Theresa replies, “Mrs. Bennett, that is a very, very good question. I mean, Sheridan and I were having such a great time with these dancers, and then all of a sudden they got all shy and embarrassed.” Sheridan adds, “And the party's not over yet, is it, Theresa?” Theresa shouts, “Not by a long shot.” Sheridan and Theresa quickly make their way over to where Luis and Ethan are standing together and begin kissing them again to more whooping and hollering from the girls. Not knowing what is going on Grace is shocked at their behavior and calls out, “Theresa! Sheridan!” Luis and Ethan push Sheridan and Theresa away as Luis yells, “All right, that's it! The fun's over!” Sheridan asks, “What are you talking about?” Luis and Ethan take off their hats and masks. Luis looks so angry! Sheridan, Theresa and the others in the room look shocked!

Looking shocked, Sheridan exclaims, “Oh, my God!” Theresa says, “Ethan ...” Ethan says, “That's right. Disappointed?” Theresa walks off a few steps. Putting his shirt back on Luis says, “I cannot believe the way you were acting.” Looking guilty, Sheridan quickly asks, “What are you doing here? I thought that you were...” Luis finishes, “It is obvious what you thought. Ethan and I figured it would be funny to replace the strippers who were paid to come here tonight.” Ethan continues, “Yeah, we thought it would be funny. I mean, you and Theresa -- we thought you'd be completely embarrassed at the idea of two strange guys dancing and taking off their clothes in front of you. But I guess neither one of us knew you as well as we thought we did.” Looking disappointed Luis says, “Yeah. You can say that again.” Sheridan looks embarrassed before Hank, Chad and Miguel walk through the front door laughing. Luis reprimands, “Look, Hank, I know you have no idea what's going on here, ok, but let me just clue you in -- it's not funny.” Chad laughs, “Oh, I wouldn't exactly say that, man. It looks kind of hilarious to me.” Everyone in the room is laughing. Ethan asks, “Hey, whose side are you on, anyway?” Sam comments to Grace, “I get the feeling that we're missing something here.” As he watches Sheridan giggle, Luis asks, “How much have you had to drink?” Sheridan tries to contain her laughing, “Not a drop. That's not why we're laughing.” She places her hand on his chest. Theresa adds, “And it's not why we were falling all over you. Sheridan, should we tell them?” As Luis stands with his arms folded across his chest, Sheridan replies, “I think we'd better or we may not be getting married tomorrow. Look, Hank and Chad called us after you two had the crazy idea of replacing the professional strippers.” The truth slowly sinks in and Ethan asks, “Wait -- you knew it was us the whole time?” Luis smiles as Sheridan says, “Yep.” Theresa verifies, “We knew before you walked through the door. And you guys were so dead serious about your jobs. I mean, it was all we could do to keep ourselves from busting up.” Luis runs his hands through his hair before he holds Sheridan's hands as she says, “But, oh, what moves you two came up with.” Sheridan claps. Luis grabs some napkins on the table and throws them into the air before he walks over to Sam for a pat on the back, as he says, “You've been had, buddy.”

Walking up to Ethan and Luis, Charity says, “Excuse me, boys.” Luis says, “Yes?” Charity says, “We didn't even get to give you our tips.” Kay adds, “Yeah. Here's a dollar.” Luis pulls the Zorro hat down on her head and the girls laugh. Ethan then asks, “Hey, where are our clothes?” Luis jokingly replies, “They're in the car, Fool.” Ethan says, “Let's go.” Standing with Theresa, Sheridan shouts, “Hurry back.” Theresa adds, “The show's not over yet!”

Sheridan and Theresa stand in the middle of the room facing each other holding hands. Luis stands behind Sheridan with his arms around her as she says, “Theresa and I would like to thank all of you for the most wonderful shower we could've ever imagined.” Theresa adds, “We will never forget it.”
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Sam grins, “Oh, yeah.” Grace agrees, “Well, me, neither. But don't you think it's time you two brides-to-be started getting some beauty sleep?” Luis kisses Sheridan as Theresa says, “Oh, you're right. It is getting late.” Ethan says, “I'll drive you home.” Theresa says, “Ok. As long as you're gone before midnight. I mean, it is bad luck for the groom to see the bride before the wedding.” Ethan promises, “I'll be long gone by midnight. Wait, I can't stay at Sheridan's tonight. I'll just get in the way of all the wedding preparations.” Hank steps up and offers, “Don't worry, man. You can crash at my place.” Ethan smiles, “Oh, great. I'll take you up on that.” Holding hands as they walk away from the group Sheridan informs Luis, “You don't need to see me home. I'll be fine.” Luis pouts, “Well, we got things to talk about, you know?” Sheridan smiles, “I think I have a pretty good idea what you want to TALK about and we can TALK tomorrow night.” Luis sighs, “Awww...”

At the door as she leaves, Sheridan tells Grace, “Thanks again for such a wonderful shower.” Grace smiles, “You are very welcome. I'm glad you enjoyed yourself. See you tomorrow.” Sheridan replies, “See you tomorrow.”

Video clips to go with this episode......
Part ONE.....

Part TWO.......

To be continued...

6.30.08, 8:10 PM
Thanks, Ann!

7.1.08, 1:15 AM
At her cottage, Sheridan comes out of the bathroom dressed in her beautiful nightgown. She walks to her vanity table and picks up a picture of her and Luis hugging it to her chest as she walks to the bed. Leaning over to place the picture on her bed table, she picks up the clock. As she slides into bed with a big smile on her face she says, “It's my wedding day. From now on my life is going to be so perfect, no one can do anything to spoil it.” Sheridan gazes at her wedding dress on display on the other side of her bed.

In the living room, an intruder opens the window and slips inside. Once inside he walks toward the bedroom. Watching the scene in the reflecting pool below the Crane mansion, Timmy yells, “Sheridan, watch out!” Tabitha says, “Quiet, Timmy. Sheridan can't hear you, anyway. Let's just watch and see what happens.”

In her bedroom, Sheridan is so excited that she is beaming as she gazes upon her wedding dress, “It's really happening. I'm really going to marry Luis tomorrow. No, today.” Her dress is displayed next to the mirror which enables Sheridan to see her door opening in the mirror. She calls out, “Who's there?” When no one answers, she says, “Oh, my God! 9-1 ...” As the phone is pulled out of her hands she screams!

In the library, Julian is watching a slide show of Sheridan when she was a toddler and little girl, he says, “Oh. Look at you, Sheridan. So young and innocent. So naive. You haven't changed. Damn it! Why did you force me to do it? You think I wanted to kill my own sister? If you had just done what you were told and stayed away from Luis -- now it's too late. Tomorrow you will die.”

As the phone is pulled from her hands Sheridan screams for help, “No! Help!” She jumps off her bed and runs to the window. Luis turns on the light and yells, “Sheridan -- Sheridan, it's me. It's just me.” He is standing next to her bed with a single long stemmed red rose. Sheridan stops as she is about to climb out the window. She turns back to Luis, “Oh, my God. You scared me half to death! I thought you were like a burglar or rapist or something.” She grabs her robe and puts it on as she walks to the living room. Luis asks, “What?” As he follows Sheridan with that puppy dog look on his face, he pleads, “Sheridan, I'm sorry. I thought you'd be asleep. I just wanted to leave you this.” Sheridan turns around to face him and sees the red rose he brought which is their flower, the symbol he always uses for their love. She can't help but melt and give him her beautiful smile.
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Luis continues, “So i was going to put it on the pillow next to yours where I usually sleep, and that way, when you woke up, you'd remember how much I love you. Don't be mad.” Sheridan smiles, “You are so sweet. How can I be mad when you're this romantic? I love you.” She throws her arms around his neck and hugs him close. Luis replies, “I love you, too, Mrs. Almost-Lopez Fitzgerald.” Sheridan melts, “Oh, that sounds wonderful. Wait, you have to go. I don't want anything to jinx this wedding. It's bad luck for us to see each other before the ceremony.” She walks to the other side of the room but Luis follows. Luis reminds her, “There's no such thing as bad luck with us, ok? Our relationship is going to be blessed. Everything is going to be perfect.” As he stands behind her, he kisses her neck and shoulders and enfolds her in his arms.

Lying on the couch in the library Julian says, “Huh? Must've dozed off.” He looks at the slide of Sheridan that is still on the screen. “Poor Sheridan. Would it have been so difficult to fall in love with someone else? That's all you had to do. There are so many men out there -- better men than Lopez Fitzgerald. Why couldn't you just forget about Luis so you could live? You're forcing me to kill you, you know. Hiding behind the liquor cabinet, Timmy says, “What kind of brother are you to kill your own sister?” Julian sits up and laughs, “This is interesting. I haven't heard my conscience in years. Where have you been?” Timmy asks, “How could you do such a thing?” Julian replies, “Go away. I don't need you to tell me I'm a wretch. I feel wretched enough. Doesn't matter what you say. Nothing's going to change. I can't -- I can't do anything to stop father's plan. In a few hours, Sheridan will die.”

Standing face to face in the living room, Luis is trying to kiss Sheridan while rubbing his hands up and down her arms. Finding it harder and harder to resist his advances, Sheridan says, “You know where this will lead if we don't stop right now.” A confident Luis replies, “Yeah, I know.” Sheridan sighs, “Look, it's bad enough that we're already breaking tradition by you being here. We don't need to break another one by making love before our wedding.” Luis responds, “Hey, hey, hey. You know I'm all about tradition. But I think this is one that could use some change.” Sheridan sighs, “Oh, Luis ...” Luis reluctantly says, “Ok. I guess I should be going.” Sheridan replies, “Yes. You should.” She leans in to kiss him. Sheridan places her hand on his chest, “You're not leaving.” Luis says, “Well, can't make my feet move.” Sheridan gives a little laugh, “This is not good.” Luis kisses her again. “I got an idea. Why don't we dance? Huh?” He goes to put on some much while Sheridan asks, “Dance?” Luis replies, “Yeah. I figure if we dance, then maybe I can work off some of this nervous energy and ...” Luis moves one of the chairs. Sitting on the arm of the blue chair, Sheridan hears the tango music begin to play and questions, “A tango? This is definitely not a good idea.” Luis moves across the room and pulls Sheridan out onto the floor, “Oh, come on. It's just a dance.” Sheridan, “Not the way you dance. We are playing with fire here.” Luis whispers, “I know.” They begin dancing the most sensual tango to date. WOW!
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Shuis continue to tango. After one sensual move, Luis lets go of Sheridan's hand and takes his shirt off which makes Sheridan ask, “Oh, what are you doing?”
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Luis replies, “Nothing. Just a little warm in here.” Sheridan give her little laugh, “Oh, that's all?” Luis moves to stand in front of Sheridan again. In a sexy deep voice he says, “Well, there's warm, and then there's warm.” He unties her robe, takes it off and tosses it behind his back and over the chair. As the dance resumes, Sheridan sighs, “Oh, Luis. We said we would not make love until our wedding night.” Luis disagrees, “Oh, you said that, not me.” Sheridan accuses, “You are doing this on purpose. You know how you make me feel.” Luis whispers, “I know how to make you feel better.” They tango out of the living room.

As they tango into the bedroom, Luis continues to kiss Sheridan's cheek and shoulders every chance he gets. Sheridan sighs, “Luis, this is a mistake. You shouldn't have snuck in here before our wedding. We shouldn't be dancing like this...and we shouldn't even think of making love right now.” Luis whispers, “Yeah. It's a mistake I'm willing to make.” He kisses her shoulders again.
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Sheridan sighs as they dance next to the bed where Luis gives her a little push and she falls on the bed as he crawls up the bed on top of her to give her one of those heart-stopping kisses.
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(The way they danced and the way they were kissing in these scenes was undoubtedly the most sensual scenes on Passions! They were so HOT!)

Lying in bed, Luis continues to kiss Sheridan in an effort to convince her to make love now. Sheridan giggles and pushes Luis away, “No, Luis, I'm not sure we should do this. I didn't want to make love the night before our wedding.” She sits up and moves back toward the headboard. Kneeling on the bed, Luis looks at the clock that Sheridan dropped on the bed earlier and announces, “It's after midnight so technically it's the day of our wedding. So...” He leans forward to kiss her again.
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She laughs but says, “No, Luis. I wanted our wedding night to be extra special.” Luis replies, “It will be. It's just a taste of things to come, you know.” He crawls forward to spread kisses along her cheek and neck. She is having such a hard time resisting his advances, “Still...” He continues the assault on her neck until she says, “No, no, the groom is not supposed to see the bride on the wedding day until the actual ceremony.” Luis replies, “Yeah, well, I know another tradition. If a couple is together on their wedding day for a few hours and they don't make love, then they might go through their whole marriage without being together once.” Sheridan look thoughtful then smiles as she taps Luis on his chest, “You're just making that up.” Luis grins, “Maybe. I don't know.” They both laugh. Luis continues, “I don't want to take any chances.” Sheridan smiles, “Oh, there's a surprise!” Luis replies, “No, seriously, I'm going to be married to you for a long, long, long time and I don't think I could stand going night after night after night without making love to you.” Sheridan looks into his eyes and so seriously says, “You're right. For the sake of our marriage, we should make love right this red hot second!” She smiles as does Luis who agrees, “Oh, red hot!” They kiss!

To be continued...

7.1.08, 11:39 PM
Thanks, Ann. Sensual couple!

7.2.08, 12:26 AM
Sheridan and Luis are in bed basking in the afterglow of their pre-wedding love making. Luis is facing the table that holds their rings and Sheridan is snuggled up behind him with her head resting on his head and her arms around him with her hands on his chest. Luis softly says, “That was incredible! (Sheridan murmurs her agreement.) I’m so glad you talked me into not waiting till after the wedding.” Luis grins as Sheridan raises her head, “Me!” They both laugh.
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Sheridan rests her head against Luis again as he says, “Seriously, making love to you just keeps getting better and better. That time was ………um…….amazing.” In such a sweet voice Sheridan tells Luis, “I felt it, too. (She kisses his head.) So different…..such intensity to it.” Luis turns over to lie on his back, “You know, it was like……” Searching for the right words to describe it and with such a soft but sexy voice he continues, “It was just like we couldn’t get enough of each other.” Luis moves his arm to hold Sheridan against his chest while she runs her hand over his chest as she says so dreamily, “It was almost as if we felt we were making love for the last time.” Luis picks up her hand from his chest, brings it to his chest, and kisses it before he says, “Well, we were making love for the last time.” Sheridan gives him a questioning look.

Looking into Luis’ eyes, Sheridan asks, “What do you mean this is the last time we’re going to make love?” Luis runs his hands down her arms and plays with her hand on his chest while he answers, “I mean the last time we make love as single people. The next time after we’re married we are going to be making love as husband and wife for the rest of our lives.” Sheridan moans, “Ummmmm………..husband and wife! I love the sound of that! Everything about being married to you sounds wonderful!” Luis runs his hand down her arm, “Ditto that.” Sheridan enthusiastically squeals, “I can’t believe we’re getting married today! I can’t wait!” She is so excited. Luis looks across the room as he says, “I can’t wait to see you in your wedding gown. You are going to be the most beautiful bride ever!” Sheridan turns to look at her dress on its stand and cries, “Oh, Luis, no! It is bad luck for the groom to see the bride’s gown before the ceremony.” Luis smiles, “It’s too late now! We’ve already broken tradition.” He kisses her hand again before he continues, “We saw each other on the day of our wedding before our wedding.” Sheridan interjects, “We did more than see each other! We made love!” Luis laughs, “I know. Yeah!” Sheridan pouts and tries to hush him, “We don’t want to give the fates any more ammo than they already have. They could turn on us with a vengeance.” They kiss.

Watching Shuis from her vantage point under the Crane mansion in the reflecting pool, Tabby says that the fates are the least of Sheridan’s worries. It is her fiendish father and spineless brother that turned on her with a vengeance.

Now dressed in his boxers, Luis walks into the bedroom carrying a tray of food. Now wearing her celery green robe, Sheridan stands looking out the window at the night sky. Luis comments, “Sun should be coming up soon. I thought we could watch dawn break together.” Sheridan turns from the window, “The dawn of our wedding day!” Luis places the tray on the bed and looks up to see Sheridan’s upset face, “Are you ok?"
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Sheridan stands with her arms folder over her chest as she rubs her arms, “I just got this chill like someone was just walking over my grave.”

Luis walks past Sheridan and closes the window as he says, “There’s a cool breeze outside. That’s the chill you felt pass through you.” He stands behind her as he rubs his hands down her arms. Sheridan turns her head toward him and gives him a small smile as she replies, “Yeah, I guess.” Turning Sheridan around to face him, Luis smiles, “Hey, Sheridan! Today is a wonderful day!” Sheridan’s smile is so bright, “Our wedding day!” Luis grins as he continues, “We’re getting married in a few hours. Everything’s going to be perfect. No bad luck is going to come to us.” Sheridan nods yes before Luis kisses her. She smiles so sweetly and nods again. Sheridan has the most beautiful smile!

In her bedroom, looking a little uneasy and unsettled, Sheridan looks at the wedding dress, then at her finger with her engagement ring before Luis comes from the bathroom behind her buttoning his shirt. He puts his hands on Sheridan's arms, “Hey. You still feeling uneasy?” Sheridan replies, “A little. I can't explain it. I just -- I had this chill go through me, like something bad was going to happen.” Turning her around so he can see her beautiful face, Luis says, “Well, I know exactly what's wrong with you.” Sheridan smiles up into his face, “Is that so, Dr. Lopez-Fitzgerald?” Luis holds her hands and smiles, “Absolutely. It's our wedding day. It's normal to get a case of the jitters.” Sheridan wants to believe this, “Do you really think that's it?” Luis smiles, “Definitely. Sheridan, today is the beginning of the rest of our lives. Once I slip that ring on your finger, you're going to be my wife. (He touches her finger.) From that moment on, every breath I take will be for you.” Sheridan answers, “Still, I'm just afraid to be this happy. Whenever I've been this happy in the past, something always took it away.” Luis smiles, “Yeah? Well, those days are over. We're going to be happy for the rest of our lives. There is nothing that Julian or Alistair can do to change that.” Sheridan smiles at Luis, too.

Standing at the open door looking outside, Sheridan smiles and sighs, “You're going to think I'm crazy for saying this, but part of me is still hoping that my father and brother would come to the church and give us their blessing.”
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Luis walks up behind her and puts his arms around her. As he enfolds her in his arms and hugs tightly, Luis replies, “I don't think you're crazy. I know how much you always wanted your family's love and approval. But from this day on, I'm going to be your family, and I will always be there for you.” Sheridan lays her head back against his chest, “Oh, I'm sure of that, just as I'm sure Julian and Alistair can't do anything to hurt us again.” Luis smiles, “Good. Does that mean you're feeling better?” Sheridan smiles, “Mm-hmm. You always know how to make me feel better.” Luis sighs, “Well, I hate to leave you, but I got to get ready for the big day.” He walks over to the bedside table that holds the wedding rings and picks them up, “I'm going to take the rings, give them to Hank. It's his job as best man to hold them till the ceremony.” Sheridan quickly reaches his side, “Oh, no, no, no. I am not letting those out of my sight. Those rings signify our destiny. Come on, hand them over.” As Sheridan reaches for the rings, Luis hold them just out of her reach as he teases, “Uh-uh.” Sheridan reaches for them again, “Oh, come on, give them -- give them to me.” Luis teases, “Yes, dear. I better get used to saying that, seeing as I'm going to be married soon.”
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As she pulls her ring from its box, Sheridan says, “Very funny. "Till death do us part." Do you really mean those words?” She smile and looks up into Luis' eyes, He smiles and replies, “From the bottom of my heart.” He bends down and kisses Sheridan.

As Sheridan holds onto the wedding ring boxes, she smooths the skirt on her wedding dress. She looks up as Luis receives a phone call. Sam calls Luis, “Hey, Luis. Yeah, this is Sam. Look, I need your help. I need you to come over to the B&B right away.” Luis, “Sure, Sam. I'm on my way.” As Sheridan walks toward Luis, she asks, “What was that all about?” Luis replies, “That was Sam. He wants me to come down to the B&B, and it sounds important, so ...” Sheridan smiles, “Oh. Careful. I don't want you missing your own wedding.” Luis replies, “Come on. I wouldn't miss it for the world. In fact, the next time I see you, it'll be when you walk down that aisle.” A smiling Sheridan can't contain her excitement, “I can't wait to see you waiting for me at the altar.” Luis bends down and kisses Sheridan again before he leaves.
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Luis arrives at the B&B as quickly as he can. Sam explains what is going on and asks Luis to take David to the station and book him. Luis says he has just enough time to take him to the station. Sam realizes that it is Luis' wedding day and apologizes for calling him in when he must have so much to do to get ready for the wedding. Luis answers, “Look, actually, all I have to do is go home and put on my tux, go down to the church, wait for Sheridan to arrive at the altar, and then slip a ring on the finger of the woman I love. Bang.” After some well wishes from both Sam and Grace, Luis cuffs David, reads him his rights and heads to the police station.

As “Imagine” plays, Sheridan holds her wedding dress in front of her and looks in the mirror. She smiles, “I have been dreaming of this day since I was a little girl. Now it's finally here. I've been so afraid that Julian and Alistair would try and stop me from marrying Luis. Well, they tried, but there's nothing that they can do now because this is going to be the most beautiful double wedding ever.”

Sheridan picks up her wedding ring and holds it between her fingers as she dreamily says, “Oh, Luis. I can't wait until you place this on my finger. I will love you until death do us part.”

To be continued...

7.2.08, 10:06 PM
Thanks, Ann. Chemistry galore!

7.2.08, 10:26 PM
As Sheridan looks at her wedding dress laying across her bed, she muses, “You know, they say it's bad luck for a bride and groom to see each other before the wedding, but -- oh, Luis is right. (She sits on the bed and runs her hand over her dress.) That's just a silly superstition. In a few hours, Luis and I will be standing before God, saying our vows. And nothing can possibly bring us bad luck.” She looks up and smiles at the thought of marrying Luis.

At the Lopez-Fitzgerald house there is a knock on the front door which brings Pilar hurrying into the living room while tying the belt on her robe. “Who could that be so early?” As she catches a glimpse of the visitors from the glass in the door, she squeals, “Oh! Cristina!” Her brother and sister-in-law excitedly enter the house and rush to hug Pilar, “¿Como estas? ¿Como estas, como estas? (How are you?) Pilar greets her brother, “Ay, Francisco, mi hermano. Oh, what a surprise. I didn't expect you till later this morning.” He tells her that they took an earlier flight because they didn’t want to miss a moment of this day. His nephew and niece in a double wedding is fantastic!

In the living room looking at a picture of Ethan and Theresa on the shelf, Cristina shows it to her husband, “How beautiful they are. Papi. And how handsome is Ethan.” Pilar comes from the kitchen with coffee. Cristina asks Pilar, “Tell me, you know, about this Ethan.” Pilar says, “Ethan? Well, Ethan is a gentleman. He's well educated. Simpatico. He and I have always been very close.” Cristina then asks, “¿Y la Sheridan? ¿Que tal la Sheridan?” Pilar replies, “Oh, Sheridan. She's a true lady.” Francisco looks skeptical, “Luis is marrying a Crane. Es imposible.” Pilar replies, “I know, hermano, but it is true.” She smiles. Cristina continues, “Ven aca -- and his father -- does Luis still think that he has something to do with his ….?” Pilar quickly replies, “Sheridan is nothing like the rest of the Cranes. She's a wonderful young woman, and I love her so much.” Francisco replies with a smile, “Entonces, we also will love her.” Cristina adds, “And Ethan.” Francisco welcomes them to the family, “Bienvenidos a la familia Lopez.” Cristina says, “Si, senor.” Pilar adds, “And they will love you, too.”

Tio Francisco asks where Theresa is. Pilar says that she isn’t up yet so Tio goes to get her up because he wants to have a special talk with her. I must see her, have a special talk with her before the wedding. Theresa and Ethan are kissing on her bed when she hears her uncle’s voice. She sits up and tells Ethan that he must leave before Tio sees him. Before Ethan can climb out the window, Tio Fransisco opens the door, but not before Ethan hides in the closet.

A brightly smiling Sheridan opens the door to Gwen, “There she is, my maid of honor. Just in time.” Gwen comes in with her dress and make up case in hand, “Hello.” Sheridan informs her, “Well, I've got a whole regiment on their way -- manicurists, hairstylists, makeup artists. I'm so glad that we agreed to get ready together. You know, it'll give us a couple of minutes to be by ourselves and talk.” As Gwen puts her things down she asks, “Talk?” Sheridan replies, “Yeah, there's something that's bothering me about the wedding. I think you might be able to put my mind at ease.” Gwen turns to Sheridan, “Of course. I'll do anything you need me to do. You know that. What's the problem?” Sheridan confides, “It's Theresa. I want you to give me an honest answer.”

Arriving home Luis calls out, “Mama? Mama?” Cristina stands as she sees him and exclaims, “Luis!” Luis greets his aunt and she asks how he is. Luis replies, “Bien, gracias.” Cristina smiles, “As if I didn't know how things are going over here.” Luis says, “Yeah, well, you'll see when you meet Sheridan later. But look at you. Look at you. You're more gorgeous than ever.” Cristina laughs, “Que mentiroso eres. (You are lying!) Luis replies, “Me? Lie to you? Come on.” Cristina smiles, “But I love it when you lie to me. I want you to tell me something. How did that girl ever get your heart? I bet you there were a billion other girls knocking at your door, huh?” Luis grins and looks embarrassed, “I wouldn't say that.” Cristina, “Please, you're such a handsome sobrino (nephew). You are the handsomest of all my sobrinos.” Luis smiles, “Well, wait till you meet Sheridan. I'm the luckiest guy in the world.” Cristina shrugs, “Well, for you to marry a Crane ….” Pilar comes from the kitchen, “Mijo? Where were you? I was beginning to get concerned.” Luis tells her about what happened with Grace. Then he asks, “Where's Tio Francisco? Huh?”

Tio Francisco is in Theresa’s room giving her marital advice. He tells her never to go to bed angry.

In Sheridan's living room, Gwen looks through the jewelry in Sheridan's jewelry box now sitting on the coffee table, “Wow, such exquisite pieces.” Holding her ring up to admire it, Sheridan smiles, “None of them compare with this. I am going to wear this ring night and day for the rest of my life, and I'm never taking it off.” Gwen reminds her, “You said earlier that you wanted to talk about Theresa.” Sheridan smiles, “Oh, yes. I was thinking about wearing a family heirloom today, but, you know, I didn't want to outshine Theresa. What do you think? Do you think she would feel upstaged if I were to wear this?” She picks up a large velvet box and opens it to reveal a beautiful necklace. Gwen exclaims, “Oh, what a beautiful necklace.” Sheridan warmly says, “It's my mother's. Her father gave it to her the day she married Alistair.” Gwen observes, “Well, it obviously means a lot to you.” Sheridan admits, “It does.” Gwen advises, “Well, then you have to wear it.” Sheridan asks, “But Theresa ...” Gwen says, “Oh, she won't have a problem with it. How could she?” Sheridan asks, “You don't think she'd be upset with me?” Gwen shakes her head, “No, Theresa's a romantic at heart. She won't be upset.” Sheridan sighs, “You know, I don't know how you do it.” Gwen asks, “Do what?” Sheridan replies, “How you can sit there so calmly. I know what you're doing today.” Gwen looks surprised.

In Theresa's room a noise comes from the closet where Ethan is hiding. Tio Fransisco opens the closet and boxes come tumbling out so he closes the door and leaves the room to let her get dressed. As he leaves her room, Theresa says, “Tell Tia Cristina I'll come say hello in a minute.” Once again she attempts to get Ethan out of her room.
In the living room, Tio Francisco announces, “Teresita will be out soon to say hello. But while we wait -- mami -- I have a special gift for Luis on the occasion of his wedding.” Luis looks up from his seat and Tio hands him something as he says, “Be happy, sobrino.” Luis smiles, “Muchas gracias. Pocket watch.” Pilar tells him, “It was your grandfather's. He gave it to Francisco.” Francisco says, “You're the first of his grandsons to get married, so I want you to have it.” Luis stands and says, “I don't know what to say.” Cristina says, “Felicidades, mijo. Felicidades. Felicidades.” Pilar stands next to Luis and asks, “May I see the watch, Luis?” Luis hands it to her, “Yeah.” Pilar becomes sentimental, “Oh my, I wish your grandfather was here to see you get married.” Francisco hugs her, “He looks down on us and has joy in his heart.”

There is a knock on the door. Francisco gets it. Tabitha and Timmy are at the door saying that they have come to see Theresa. Cristina asks, “Ven aca, Pilar, ¿y esta mujer? ¿Quien es? (Who is that woman?” Pilar answers, “Una loca del barrio. (The town crazy/eccentric lady.)” Tabitha says, “We've brought some pretty flowers for sweet Theresa.” Pilar says they are so fresh as Luis take them to the kitchen after he says they look just like the flowers they planted last week. Timmy smiles at Tio Francisco who gets excited about it but is upstaged by the arrival of Ivy who wanted to see Theresa before the ceremony. Pilar tells her that Theresa is still in her room but should be out soon. Tio Francisco tries again to tell them about Timmy, “I could swear that doll smiled at me.” Tabitha replies, “I'm afraid you've got a touch of jet lag, Senor Lopez.” Pilar introduces Ivy to her brother and his wife. Cristina wants to know if the things she has read about Ivy loving Sam and her father forcing her to marry Julian are true. Ivy tells her that it's all true.

In Sheridan's living room Gwen asks, “You know what I'm doing today?” Sheridan says, “And I really admire you. I think you are so brave. I mean, you thought that Theresa had stolen Ethan away from you, and here you are getting ready to see them get married. How did you manage to put your anger aside?” Gwen replies, “Well, I'll always love Ethan, and I just -- I just want him to be happy.” Sheridan nods, “He will be. And so will you. You know, someday you'll meet a man that you're meant to be with forever, the same way I have. I'm going to go make us a fresh pot of coffee.” Sheridan goes to the kitchen. Gwen makes a phone call.

Luis goes to see what happened to Theresa so he knocks on her door as he says, “Theresa, I -- well, well, well. I was wondering what was keeping you.” Theresa panics, “It's not...” Luis, “Now I know.” Theresa says again, “It's not what it looks like. It's ...” Luis grins, “It's ok. I couldn't stay away from Sheridan today, either, but I don't think that it's bad luck for the groom to see the bride on the wedding day. However, if the groom was caught sneaking out of her window, well, that's definitely bad luck.” Luis, “Tia Cristina is waiting out there to see you.” Theresa replies, “Yes, Luis. I -- I better go.” Luis adds, “As is Ethan's mother and Tabitha and her doll. And, well, Tio Francisco thought he saw the doll smile at him.” Theresa giggles, “Tio Francisco is always making jokes.” Luis says, “Yeah.” Ethan, “Hey, I'll see you at the church?” After Theresa leaves the room, Ethan starts to leave through the window but is stopped by Luis, “Hey, hey, hold on. Come on. I'll take you out the back way.”

Finally coming into the living room, Theresa greets her aunt. Cristina says, “Honey, I wouldn't have missed your wedding for the world. I know that you've had some problems, but let me tell you, there is nothing that can obstruct that wedding now.” Theresa says that there isn't. Theresa then greets Ivy, “Oh. Oh, Mrs.. Crane. Thank you so much for being here, too.” Ivy smiles, “Oh, thank you, Theresa, for making my son so happy. You know, you're just -- you're like a daughter to me now.” Whispering to Timmy, Tabitha says, “Just wait till Ivy sees that tabloid headline. She'll want to kill Theresa.” Theresa asks, “Tabitha, did you say something?” Tabitha smiles, “Oh, just that we're both so happy for you, dear.”

At Sheridan's cottage, she returns from the kitchen and hears Gwen on the phone. As Gwen hangs up from talking to the tabloid editor, Sheridan asks, “Who were you talking to?”

To be continued...

I didn't find any screen caps to go along with today's recap but I did find a beautiful banner made by srhrobin of Shuis before Luis left her the morning of their wedding. "You are my destiny" How true!
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7.3.08, 10:26 PM
In the Lopez-Fitzgerald back yard, Ethan says, “Hey, thanks for taking me out the back way. If my mother and your family were to know that I was with Theresa before the wedding, huh, they'd be very upset.” Luis replies, “Well, a lot of people think it's bad luck. Not me. I saw Sheridan earlier. It was pretty much all I can do not to go see her again, you know?” Ethan agrees, “Yeah, I know the feeling. I don't know how I'd get through the next few hours without knowing that I'm going to be with Theresa for the rest of my life. See you, man.” Luis waves, “I'll see you, Ethan.”

Inside the house, Theresa smiles at everyone gathered in the living room, “Thank you all so much for helping to make this the happiest day of my life. And you, too, Tabitha.” Miguel comes into the living room in his boxers and greats his aunt and uncle. Christina comments, “Iay, mi nino! Pero, que grande. You're so big! Look at this guy.” Kay follows Miguel into the room in her nightgown and robe. Miguel introduces her to his aunt and uncle. Tio Francisco raises his eyebrow, “Your mother's become very open-minded, huh?” Pilar explains, “No, no, Francisco. No. Kay is one of the Bennett's daughters, and she's staying with us until their house is rebuilt.” Francisco says, “Hmm. So convenient, huh?” Charity arrives. Miguel immediately goes to her and gives her a kiss which causes Tia Cristina to comment, “And who is that? Two for the price of one? What is this? Two girlfriends?” Pilar explains, “No, no, no. That's Miguel's girlfriend, Charity -- Kay's cousin.” Cristina is amazed, “Oh, I see. Ooh, even the Spanish telenovelas are not so wild, my dear.” Pilar tries again, “No, por favor. Cristina, no. Kay and Miguel are just best friends, and they sleep in separate rooms.” Cristina says, “Ok. That's a relief.” Everyone laughs. Ivy turns to Theresa, “Well, we should all be getting ready for the wedding, I'm sure. I just wanted to come by and give you these. You know, you've just been like a daughter to me.” Ivy hands Theresa a jewelry box that contains her mother's earrings. She wants Theresa to have them to wear on her wedding day. Tabitha whispers to Timmy, “Ivy won't love Theresa once she reads that tabloid headline.”

Sheridan comes back into her living room after being in the kitchen making coffee, “Hey, I heard you just say you made my day on the phone right now. Was it something to do with the wedding?” Gwen, who has been talking to the editor of the tabloid, lies, “Yeah. I was checking on the flowers -- you know, to make sure they're delivered on time.” Sheridan smiles her gratitude, “You -- you are just so wonderful to put aside your disappointment of not marrying Ethan, to make this and Theresa, Luis and me. Just think, in a couple of hours, Luis will be saying, "with this ring, I thee wed." And he'll slip it on my finger, and my life will never be the same.” Sheridan holds her wedding ring above her finger and smiles. Before she puts the ring all the way on her finger she remembers, “Oh. Pilar said it's bad luck to try the ring on before the ceremony. You know what? You're calm and collected. I think it's better if you hold on to these until the wedding. I'm afraid I might lose them.” She hands the wedding rings to Gwen. Gwen promises, “Ok, I promise that they'll get to the church.” Sheridan thanks her as the phone rings and there is a knock on the door. As she picks up the phone, Sheridan laughs, “Oh. Would you get that please?” Sheridan answers the phone as Gwen answers the door. Luis sits in the Lo-Fitz kitchen and calls the love of his life, “Hey. Is it just me, or are you counting the hours till we're man and wife?” A smiling Sheridan replies, “It's not just you, Luis. I can't wait to marry you.” The man at the door hands Gwen a bouquet of beautiful red roses. She carries them over to Sheridan, “Hey. They're from Luis.” Sheridan exclaims, “Oh. Luis, the roses you sent -- they're beautiful.” Luis smiles, “They're the same kind that papa planted for mama at the gazebo.” Sheridan smiles, “That is so romantic! It's no wonder I love you so much.” Luis grins, “I love you, too. Once I slip that ring on your finger today in church, nothing will ever part us again.” Sheridan's smile is radiant as she says, “Well, I am just dying to be your wife.”

In the Lo-Fitz living room, Theresa opens a big box, a present from Tia and Tio, “Tia? Tio? Muchas gracias. Look, Mama.” Pilar replies, “Yes. This is why I didn't want you to get a veil because I knew my brother wanted you to have the mantilla.” Francisco tells Theresa, “Ah, it's a family heirloom.” Theresa exclaims, “Oh, I love it. I love it. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Cristina and Francisco, “You're welcome.” Standing behind Theresa, Luis says, “I'm sure Sheridan will love hers, too.” Theresa comments, “Oh. Oh, I can't wait to show it to Whitney. You know, I wonder why she's not here yet.” Pilar replies, “Oh, she'll be here soon. Whitney is Theresa's best friend and the maid of honor.” When Theresa begins to explain about Whitney and Chad, Pilar tells her, “Teresita? Teresita? Why don't you show Kay and how the mantilla looks, hmm?” Theresa giggles, “Ok. All right. Bye.” She giggles and runs off. Miguel excuses himself to get breakfast. Pilar turns to Tabby, “Tabitha, I would offer you breakfast, but after I change, I'm planning to take my brother and Cristina to meet Sheridan.” Tabitha, not wanting to miss any pain and suffering, replies, “Oh, don't worry about me, dear. Timmy and I are perfectly content to just sit here and watch all the excitement. Isn't that right, Timmy?” Pilar leaves the room to get dressed. Left alone (except for Tabby, that is.) Francisco puts his arm around Luis, “Oh, I'm told Sheridan's a wonderful woman, Luis.” Luis smiles, “Oh, she's the best.” Francisco gets serious, “The Cranes did terrible things to our family. You must find out what happened to your father.” Luis promises, “I will. Look, you know what? I don't even want to think about that right now. I'm about to marry the woman I love, and I don't want anything that her family did to interfere with my happiness today. Come on.” Now alone in the living room, Tabitha says, “Sorry, Luis. Sheridan is going to die because her family poisoned her wedding ring. And if that isn't drama enough, Ethan will think Theresa sold him out to the tabloid. Ah, this double wedding is going to be one double disaster.” She cackles!

At the cottage, Sheridan smiles, “Well, it's so nice meeting you, Francisco, Cristina.” Gwen smiles, too, “Absolutely.” Sheridan introduces Gwen, “Gwen is my maid of honor.” A shocked Francisco asks, “But the woman who was to marry Ethan is your maid of honor?” Cristina laughs, “That's so funny, isn't it? If this were a Spanish telenovela, the maid of honor would be trying to steal back the man she loves, huh?” Sheridan assures, “Oh, well, this isn't a telenovela because Gwen wouldn't do anything to separate Ethan and Theresa.” Cristina says, “Oh, I'm very happy to hear that.” Pilar walking over to smell the roses “Oh, my God. Sheridan, what beautiful roses.” Sheridan follows Pilar to the roses, “Luis sent them. They're the same kind of roses that Martin planted at the gazebo for you when your family lived here at the cottage.” Pilar sighs, “Oh. They bring back so many wonderful memories.” Sheridan hugs Pilar. Francisco chides Pilar, “Oh, por favor, hermana. Today's the day for love and happiness, hmm?” He turns to Sheridan and says, “You're even more beautiful than the pictures Luis sent us.” Sheridan blushes and smiles. Tio and Tia give Sheridan the present that they have brought for her. As she opens her package, Sheridan excitedly exclaims, “Oh, my. Oh. A mantilla. It is beautiful. No wonder you didn't want me to buy a veil. Muchas gracias.” Sheridan kisses both Tio and Tia. Cristina asks, “Do you like it?” Sheridan exclaims, “I love it!” Cristina says, “Enjoy it.” Sheridan thanks them again as the phone rings. She excuses herself and tells them to have a seat. She picks up the phone and answers. Luis' voice comes over the line, “So, things going ok with Tio Francisco and Tia Cristina?” A beaming Sheridan smiles to Luis, “They gave me the most beautiful mantilla.” Luis grins, “Well, I'm glad you like it. Just don't get too excited you forget to bring our rings to the church, huh?” Sheridan informs him, “Oh, I gave them to Gwen for safekeeping. She'll make sure they get there.” Luis adds, “You remember what mama said -- it's bad luck to try on that wedding ring before the ceremony.” Sheridan replies, “Well, that ring is not going to go on my finger again until you slip it on me in church. And then it will stay there for the rest of my life.” Her smile is so radiant!

As Pilar, Francisco and Cristina are at the door leaving, Sheridan hugs Pilar, “Oh, see you at the church.” Sheridan says good bye to Tia and Tio again and kisses each of them as they leave, “Thank you again for the beautiful mantilla.”

In Sheridan's living room, she and Gwen sit as the hair dressers fix their hair. Sheridan beams, “I have dreamed of getting married for so long. I can't believe it's actually going to happen. Oh, in just a few short hours, I am going to be Mrs.. Luis Lopez Fitzgerald. "Till death do us part." Holding Sheridan's wedding ring in her hand, Gwen comments, “That's what Luis has inscribed on your ring.” Sheridan says dreamily, “It's so romantic.” Gwen smiles, “Your rings are so beautiful. I hope I get one just like this when I get married. I wonder if it fits me.” Sheridan answers, “See for yourself. Certainly won't be bad luck for you to try it on.” Trying on her veil (the mantilla) Sheridan smiles at her reflection in the mirror, “It's perfect.”
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Gwen says, “You make such a beautiful bride.” Sheridan is ecstatic, “I'm so happy I -- I could cry. I just hope that someday you marry the man of your dreams, too.” Gwen replies “I will. I'm sure.”

To be continued...

7.4.08, 11:46 PM
Sitting at the table in the Lo-Fitz kitchen, Tabitha asks if anyone would like to have their tea leaves read. No one accepts. Pilar answers, “Tabitha, it's not necessary. I already know what the future holds for my beautiful children being married today -- everything blessed and wonderful. If you'll excuse me, I'm going to get a vase.” Tabitha tells Timmy, “I think even Pilar knows it will be a miracle if her children live.” Luis comes through the back door wearing his tux. Tio Francisco yells, “Hey! There you are, Luis. Are you nervous yet?” Walking up behind Tio, Tia Cristina says, “Are you kidding? Mi sobrino -- he's not scared of anything, right?” Luis lets out a breath, “Well, I wouldn't say that, but I'm definitely not nervous about marrying Sheridan. We've worked through all our problems before today, and I think the wedding's going to go off without a hitch.” Tabitha whispers to Timmy, “As long as you don't count his bride keeling over at the altar once he puts that poisoned ring on her finger.”

At her cottage Sheridan asks, “Well, what do you think?” Looking at Sheridan's wedding ring now on her (Gwen's) finger, she says, “It's perfect. It's simple and elegant, and I hope I get one exactly like it when I get married.” Sheridan turns around and smiles, “I was talking about my hair.” Gwen laughs, “Oh! Your hair is -- oh, your hair is beautiful. You are going to make the most stunning bride.” Sheridan smiles, “Thank you, Gwen. (She turns to face Gwen.) You know, I meant what I said earlier. You're a real trouper for walking down the aisle with me when Luis and I are having a double wedding with Ethan and Theresa.” Gwen says, “Well, what choice do I have, you know? I could either kick up a fuss and refuse to accept the inevitable, or I can take the high road.” Sheridan stresses, “Still, I'm really proud of you. You know, not every woman would be able to pick the latter.” Gwen's voice, “Sorry, Sheridan. I hope the tabloid bombshell doesn't ruin your wedding. I only want to wreck Ethan and Theresa's.” As Gwen makes a face, Sheridan asks, “Whoa. What's the matter?” Gwen replies, “I don't know. I -- I just feel awful all of a sudden. I don't -- I don't know what it could be.” Sheridan takes Gwen to the couch, “You know what? Come here and sit. I'll go get you some water.”

Looking out the window toward Sheridan's cottage, Julian accepts a drink from Rebecca, “Thank God for you, Rebecca. I wouldn't make it through this day without you.” Rebecca tries to soothe him, “Well, you don't have to worry about that. From now on, it's you and me against the world.” Speaking very softly, Julian says, “It's just beginning to truly sink in that in a few hours my sister will be dead. When she puts that ring on her finger, the poison will seep into her bloodstream and she won't stand a chance.” Rebecca sighs, “Well, it's not like you had a choice. You couldn't defy Alistair. It's the only way to keep Luis from marrying into the family because once he does, he will not stop digging until he finds out what happened to his father.” Julian sadly says, “You're right. There is no alternative. Sheridan must die. I'm just happy that I won't have to be at the church to watch Luis slip that ring on her finger.”

At the cottage, Sheridan comes back to the living room to find Gwen holding her head and lying down, “Here. How are you doing?” Gwen replies, “Not too well, I'm afraid.” Sheridan says, “You know what? I think I better call a doctor.” Gwen replies, “No, no, no. You know what? It came on so suddenly, it can't be anything serious. I probably just -- oh! Oh!” Gwen grabs her stomach and moans in pain.

In the Lo-Fitz kitchen, Francisco says, “I'm proud of you, Luis. Not every groom is as cool and calm as you on the morning of his wedding.” Luis grins, “Well ...” He holds his hand out to show that it isn't shaking. Hank and Miguel come in through the back door. Hank says, “Well, that's Luis for you. Nothing rattles this guy. He's like a rock!” Miguel agrees. Hank offers his hand, “I'm Hank.” Luis speaks up, “This is my mother's brother, Francisco. And this is my oldest and best friend, the Hank, the Hank!” Luis continues, “I was just telling Francisco how Sheridan and I had planned every last detail of our wedding so there's really no reason for me to have last-minute jitters.” Francisco says, “Oh, that's what i said on the morning of my wedding to la luz de mi vida (the love of my life), Cristina.” Luis chuckles! Francisco continues, “I believed I'd thought of everything. But on the day of the ceremony, it suddenly hit me. I thought of everything to do with the wedding and nothing to do with our lives afterwards. But I'm sure Luis hasn't made the same mistake, huh?” A confident Luis replies, “Well, Sheridan and I don't really have to worry about that. We're pretty much going to stick with the way things are, so I don't really see any transition. Besides, our love is so strong, I know we can deal with any changes.” Francisco teases, “Of course, no. Love is the most important thing. And surely, you two have talked about how Sheridan will now be living on your salary instead of the Crane fortune she's used to.” Luis looks down at his feet, “Yeah. Yeah, well, we've talked about it.” Francisco continues, “Oh! Hey, no doubt you worked out a sensible budget that after you pay the rent, utilities, and gas for your car, there would be enough money left over for at least one or two meals a day -- cooked by your beautiful bride and ...” Luis laughs, “Sheridan cook? Look, everything's going to be fine, ok? I am used to feeding a lot of mouths on the paycheck that I bring home.” Francisco lays it on thick as Hank and Miguel laugh in the background, “Of course, yeah. But you've always had the benefit of your mother's income as well, no? Ah! Not to worry, huh? I'm sure you and Sheridan will have no trouble getting by in a small one-bedroom apartment, hmm? Of course, but when the babies come, you will need a house, hmm? But I'm certain you've already started a special savings account for that. Huh? And ninos -- whoo! The things they need -- clothes and schoolbooks and braces for their little teeth and -- ah, but no matter, huh? Whatever life dishes out, I'm sure my big brave nephew can handle it!” Luis looks more and more worried with each word out of Tio Francisco's mouth, “Yeah.” He plops down at the kitchen table and tries to smile. Miguel pats him on the back as he laughs.

At the cottage, Sheridan sits on the couch next to the reclining Gwen, “You know, Gwen, I really think I should call a doctor.” Gwen says, “No, you know what? I'm going to be fine, Sheridan. I'm just going to go -- I'm going to splash some cold water on my face. I'm sure that'll do the trick.” Gwen stands and Sheridan watches her leave the room. Rebecca is so antsy at the mansion and decides to call Gwen. Sheridan answers Gwen's phone as Rebecca says, “Well! If it isn't the bride-to-be herself.” Sheridan replies, “Oh, don't try and act happy for me, Rebecca, after what you and Julian did to try and stop my wedding.” Rebecca says, “Oh. Let's not rehash the past, shall we? Is Gwen around?” Sheridan replies, “Actually, she's in the bathroom. She's not feeling well.” Rebecca asks, “Well, what's wrong?” Sheridan informs her, “I don't know. It was the strangest thing. We were standing here talking, and then she tried my wedding ring on and all of a sudden she ...” Rebecca drops her phone, “Uh ...” Sheridan asks, “Rebecca, you there?” Rebecca tells Julian that Gwen tried on Sheridan's wedding ring.

The coffee pot gets stuck as Luis tries to pour another cup of coffee, “Damn it. I don't know what's wrong with me.” Pilar scolds, “There's no need for profanity, Luis.” Cristina says, “Don't be angry with my nephew, Pilar. It's not his fault. It's my husband's fault, my grown husband, playing tricks on him. Yes, you!” Luis turns around to look at Tio, “What?” Cristina tells Francisco, “Like if you were a schoolboy – naughty.” Hank laughs, “Man, you should have seen your face when your uncle said the word "budget." Miguel adds, “No, no, no. Hank, the best part was when he was talking about the kids' braces. Miguel laughs. Luis grabs Tio's lapels and smiles, “Oh, you dirty rotten ...” Francisco quickly says, “No, no. Wait, wait. You heard your mother, huh? No swearing in la casa.” Miguel and Hank laugh. Francisco continues, “Besides, hey, there was some truth to what I said.” Luis replies, “I know. That's the problem.” He takes a sip of his coffee. Pilar asks, “What is, mijo?” Luis replies, “I'm getting married today! I'm about to make the most important step in my life and I have no idea how to manage. I'm going to have a wife, kids, rent.” Miguel laughs, “Oh, don't forget the braces.” Cristina says, “Oh, shut up. Don't worry about it. I'll make you some more coffee, nephew.” Francisco jokes, “Better make it decaffeinated.” Luis looks worried! Tabitha smirks, “Luis doesn't need to worry about his children's braces. There won't be any children. Sheridan's going to be dead before the ceremony's over. Hmm.”

On the phone with Rebecca, Sheridan asks, “Are you still there?” At the mansion Rebecca tells Julian that they have to get over to the cottage and get that ring off Gwen's finger before it kills her! Julian warns, “We can't alert Sheridan. She can't realize the ring is poisoned.” Rebecca replies, “I don't care! I got to save my daughter!” She picks up the phone and tells Sheridan she will be right there then runs out followed by Julian. As Sheridan hangs up Gwen comes back from the bathroom. Sheridan asks, “Hey. You feeling any better?” Gwen replies as she approaches the couch, “I'm not sure. I think -- I think maybe all I need to ...” Gwen passes out and fall onto the couch. Sheridan stands over her and cries out, “Oh, my God! Gwen!”

Chad arrives at the Lo-Fitz house, “Hey. So how's everybody doing?” Miguel smiles, “Everybody's great except Luis.” Luis yells, “I heard that.” Miguel says, “He's kind of stressing.” Everyone laughs!Luis replies, “I am -- no, I'm not stressing. I'm cool as a cat, cucumber, whatever -- fine. Chad, I would love for you to meet my aunt and uncle.” They greet each other. Whitney walks into the living room and announces, “Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention, please? Now presenting one of today's beautiful brides -- Theresa Lopez Fitzgerald.” Theresa walks into the room in her wedding dress. There is applause all around.

At the cottage Sheridan cries, “Gwen! Gwen, wake up! Please, wake up! Oh, my God. Water. I'll get some more water!” Sheridan leaves the room as Rebecca runs in followed by Julian. Rebecca panics, “Oh, my God! Gwen? Gwen?” She gets the ring off Gwen's finger then grabs the glass of water from Sheridan's hand, “Oh, give me that. Oh, my God. No, she's still not waking up?” Sheridan says, “I don't know what happened! She was fine a few minutes ago!” Rebecca, “Gwen?” Standing at the stair railing, Julian says, “I hope we're not too late.” Rebecca pleads, “Gwen, please wake up.” Sheridan calls her name, too. Rebecca tries shaking her, “Oh, sweetheart, wake up! Gwen?” Sheridan asks, “What's wrong?”

Pilar sits in front of the candles that she lights for Martin and Antonio looking sad. Luis reaches down and pulls her up to her feet, “Mama? Hey. Don't be upset because papa's not here. Did I tell you that Paloma called today? We had a great conversation. She said she's going to come as soon as she can.” Pilar says, “Oh. I just wish that she and Antonio and your father could be here today.” Theresa joins them, “Mama, it's going to be perfect anyway. I mean, look, we have each other.” Miguel joins them. Luis agrees, “Yeah. And I promise as soon as Sheridan and I get married, I'm going to pick up where I left off and find out what happened to papa.” Miguel adds, “Hey, I mean, whatever you find out we'll still always have each other.” Luis agrees, “That's right.” Pilar smiles, “I have no reason to complain. I am the richest woman in the world.” They have a group hug until Tio Francisco interrupts, “Well, hey, we hate to break such a nice family moment, but we don't know how to get to the church.” Luis smiles, “Uh-huh. The church.” Chad says, “You see, I'm on my way over there right now, so if you want, you can just follow me, ok?” Cristina and Francisco say, “Oh, great. OK!” Luis asks Theresa, “You almost ready? We got to go before too long.” Theresa replies, “Oh. Yeah, Whit, will you help me get everything together?” Tabitha says, “Hmm. Little do any of them know that their lives will never be the same.”

Rebecca continues to shake Gwen, “Gwen, sweetheart, wake up, please!” Looking on Sheridan says, “You're acting like she's going to die.” Julian replies, “Oh -- not at all. Rebecca's just a very devoted mother.” As Gwen begins to open her eyes and come to, Rebecca exclaims, “Oh. Oh. Oh, thank God you're all right.” Sheridan explains, “We were getting ready for the wedding, and then all of a sudden you felt terrible.” Rebecca runs to get water, “Oh, here. Here, Gwen. Here, have some water.” Gwen says, “Maybe -- ahem -- maybe I was just dehydrated.” Julian agrees, “Yes. Yes. That must be it.” Gwen says, “Well, whatever it is, I feel much better now.” Sheridan looking concerned, “Good. But, you know, I really think you should forget about the ceremony and go see a doctor.” Gwen quickly stops her, “Oh, no, no. There's no way I'm going to miss this wedding.” Standing next to the couch, Sheridan says, “All right. It's sweet that it means so much to you to see me get married.” Sheridan notices Julian and gives him the evil eye! Julian says, “Well, Rebecca, perhaps we should go back to the main house.” Sheridan sternly says, “Please do, Julian. And I would appreciate it if you and Rebecca never came back here again.” Gwen shouts, “Sheridan.” Sheridan looks at Gwen, “I'm sorry, Gwen. You and I are friends and we always will be, but your mother and my brother went way out of their way to try and break up Luis and me. I never want them in my house again. So if you will excuse us, please.” Rebecca looks at Gwen and asks, “Are you sure you're all right?” Gwen replies, “Yeah, you should go.” Rebecca asks, “You sure?” Gwen replies that she is. After Julian and Rebecca leave, Gwen says, “You know what? Forget about them and concentrate on marrying Luis today.” Sheridan smiles, “You're right. My future with him is all that matters now.”

Outside Rebecca exclaims, “Oh, thank God I got that ring off Gwen's finger before it poisoned her to death.” Julian sighs, “I know there's still enough poison on that ring for Sheridan. Poor girl. She thinks when Luis puts that ring on her finger it's going to be the start of a brand-new happy life for her.” Rebecca replies, “It will be. But it's a life that will only last a few minutes.”

Outside the Lo-Fitz front door Miguel asks, “Hey, Tabitha, what's with the rice?” With her whole big box of rice in hand, Tabitha replies, “Oh, I'm going to give your brother and sister a proper send off when they come out.” Miguel begins, “Yeah, but ...” Kay continues, “Tabitha, you're not supposed to throw anything at them until after the wedding.” Miguel says, “Exactly.” Tabitha says, “But I'm not going to the wedding, so I want to do it now.” Hank asks, “Wait, aren't you coming to the church with us?” Tabitha replies, “Oh, I wouldn't trust myself to attend. I blubber like a baby at weddings and funerals.” Charity walks up to Tabby, “Oh, well, Tabitha, I hate to put a damper on things, but nowadays, we don't throw rice anymore. We throw confetti.” Tabitha looks confused, “Why do we do that?” Charity explains, “Well, actually, it's because of the birds. They eat the rice and then it pops up in their stomach and they die.” Tabitha remarks to Timmy, “What do I care about stupid birds?” Whitney announces, “They're coming!” Theresa giggles as she and Luis come to the front yard, Luis says, “Come on, folks.” As Tabby pelts them with rice, he says, “Tabitha, Tabitha, that's for after the wedding, huh?” Tabitha says, “Oh, well, it's for good luck. Not that you need it.” Luis says, “Right. Come on!” Tabitha watches them go off to the church and comments, “Oh, what I wouldn't give to see today's pain and suffering in person. Ethan and Theresa are going to be torn asunder forever. And Sheridan's going to drop dead at the altar. Has there ever been a more perfect wedding, Timmy? I don't think so.”

In her living room dressed in her wedding gown, Sheridan turns to face Gwen, “Ok. What am I missing?” Gwen says, “Absolutely nothing. You are the most beautiful bride I've ever seen, and Luis is not going to believe his eyes.” Sheridan exclaims, “Oh, the rings.” Gwen replies, “I have them right here. Don't worry about a thing.” Sheridan smiles, “Ok, ok.” Gwen says, “Let's go.” Sheridan picks up her skirt, looks around, and smiles as she walks to the door, “Let's go.” They walk out the door and down the path that takes them away from Sheridan's cottage and to the church.

Coming out from behind the bushes, Julian watches Sheridan leave for the church on the happiest day of her life. “You realize this is the last time I'm going to see my sister alive?” Rebecca tries to console him, “I'm sorry it had to be this way, Julian.” Julian sounding very depressed, “So am I. But as you reminded me, there's nothing to be done. What father wants, father gets. I'll see you back at the main house. I want to be alone for a few moments.” As she watches him walk away, Rebecca says to herself, “It's not just Sheridan that's going to have a bad day. By the time today is over, Theresa is going to wish she were dead.”

To be continued...

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7.5.08, 10:07 PM
Walking into the vestibule of the church, Cristina explains, “The beautiful lasso of flowers is a tradition in our culture.” Francisco adds, “Cristina and I will bring the lasso up to you and Theresa after you kneel in front of the priest. We'll put one end around you and Theresa, then tighten the lasso until you're pulled close together.” Chad says, “Hey, that sounds pretty cool.” Whitney comes into the church, “Hey, both you guys have to shoo. Come on, come on.” Luis is reluctant to move, “Whoa, whoa, whoa.” Whitney explains, “Theresa and Sheridan are on their way to the bridal room, ok? You guys can't see them before the ceremony. It's bad luck. Go on. Go.” Luis smiles, “Well, it's a little too late.” Ethan adds, “We already saw our brides today.” Whitney quietly says, “Yeah, well, no one else knows that, so just pretend like you're honoring some noble tradition, ok? We don't want bad luck. Let's go. Come on.” Francisco tries to help her, “We'll all go inside then.” Cristina coaxes a still hesitant Luis, “Come on, Luis. Pretty soon you and your beautiful bride are going to be together for the rest of your lives.” As the group leaves the vestibule, Jessica sticks her head in the door, “Psst. Is the coast clear?” Whitney watches the men to make sure, “Yep.” Jessica opens the big double doors for the brides, “Ok, it's safe to come in.” Dressed in their beautiful wedding gowns, Sheridan and Theresa enter the church vestibule. Standing in the back of the church with Hank, Reese says, “Wow. You two look beautiful. Like angels.” They smile and Theresa says, “Oh, thank you, Reese.”
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When Charity enters the vestibule, she runs to kiss Miguel, “I can't wait for our own wedding someday.” Seeing that she looks distressed, Miguel asks, “You ok?” Charity has her vision again of Sheridan screaming and writhing in pain in her wedding gown. Miguel again asks, “Charity, what's wrong?” Charity replies, “It's nothing.” But as she turns to look at Sheridan, Charity's voice, “At least I hope it's nothing.” Sheridan smiles, “I'm sure that everything will be perfect for us today.” Holding Sheridan's hand, Theresa says, “Nothing will ruin our wedding.” Gwen's voice, “Nothing except a tabloid headline naming you as the person who revealed Ethan isn't a Crane. Enjoy your bliss, Theresa, because this is as close as you're going to get to being Ethan's wife.”

In the front of the church, Ethan says, “We've come a long way, haven't we, Luis?” Luis looks at him, “ Yeah. Yeah, we sure have. You're going to be my brother after today. You'll be part of our family, and, well, as my brother-in-law, I just want you to know that I'll fight for you just like I would fight for anyone else in my family.” Ethan agrees, “I feel the same way.” They shake hands, then they hug.

Sheridan walks over to Theresa, “Hey. I had no idea we were so close to starting the wedding. We've got to get back to the brides' room and finish getting ready.” Theresa says, “Ok, ok.” They giggle and go off to the brides' room.

In the front of the church near the altar, Francisco explains, “Another part of the ceremony are the arras, where 13 gold coins in a miniature white coffer will symbolize prosperity in the homes that Ethan, Theresa, Luis, and Sheridan will share.” Father Lonigan states, “I'm familiar with the cultural significance of the arras. I've performed a number of Hispanic marriages.” Pilar smiles next to him. Ethan jokes, “I hope they come in bigger denominations because I don't have a job yet.” Standing next to Ethan, Luis looks at Ethan but doesn't smile or laugh like the others. Cristina says, “Don't worry. Don't worry, Ethan. You know what? You'll eventually get one, and meanwhile, you and Theresa can live on love.” Ethan jokes, “You know, she's starting to sound like Theresa now.” Luis is still not smiling.

In the brides' room, Jessica asks, “Charity, what's wrong?” Charity sighs, “It's nothing.” Jessica says, “I'm your cousin. We live together? I think I can tell when something's bothering you. What is it?” Charity tells her, “I had a premonition about Sheridan during the wedding rehearsal -- that she was in terrible pain during the actual ceremony.” Jessica replies, “Nervous, maybe, but Sheridan looks fine to me.” They both look back at Sheridan who is smiling as she talks with the others. Charity replies, “Look, I know. It doesn't make sense to me, either, but I can't get over the feeling that there's evil close by, that terrible violence is coming to the church.” Jessica dismisses that, “But what kind of evil could come to a church?”

Suddenly Sheridan stands and panics, “Oh, my goodness. The rings. I have got to get the rings to Luis.” Gwen says, “Relax, Sheridan. I have them right here.” Sheridan lets out a breath, “Ok.” Charity walks over to Sheridan and Gwen, “I'll take them to Luis.” Gwen hands Sheridan's ring to Charity and as she holds it she has that premonition of Sheridan screaming and writhing on the floor of the church, “Oh, ok.” She drops Sheridan's wedding ring. Gwen asks, “Charity, what's wrong? You dropped the ring as though it hurt you to touch it.”

In the living room of the Crane mansion, Julian wants to know why Rebecca keeps asking about hearing Ivy screaming. She tells him about the tabloid and Theresa being revealed as the person who leaked the information on Ethan's paternity. Julian is shocked, “Theresa sent the damning e-mail? That doesn't make sense.” Telephone rings. Julian answers. Alistair booms, “How nice of you to stop drinking long enough to answer the phone.” Alistair has the wedding on a bunch of monitors in his office. Julian replies, “Father. To what do I owe the displeasure of this call?” Alistair says, “After I hang up, I want you and Rebecca to go into the library.” Julian jokes, “Are you starting a book club like Oprah?” Alistair answers, “I've arranged a video feed from the wedding to be sent directly to your television in the library. You and Rebecca will have a front-row seat watching Sheridan die.” Julian whines, “I do not want to watch my sister die.” Julian asks, “Father, do you know who sent the e-mail to the tabloid revealing that Ethan was Sam's son?” Alistair replies, “That's old news, Julian. My sources told me days ago it was Theresa.” Julian comments, “Odd, isn't it? I thought she truly loved Ethan.” Alistair says, “I don't give a whit about love or about Ethan, since Ivy's bastard is no longer a Crane. What happens to him has nothing to do with us.” Julian begins, “Did you know that ...” Alistair impatiently replies, “Yes, yes, yes. Gwen put on the poisoned ring and almost died. That's why I called.” Rebecca responds, “Oh, thank you for your concern, Alistair.” Alistair replies, “I'm not concerned. But you two should be. If you do anything to bollix Sheridan putting on that wedding ring, not only will she have to die some other horrible death, but I'll make certain you two suffer an equally painful demise. So for your sakes, Sheridan had better die today.” Rebecca's eyes are as big as saucers!

Walking up to Luis who is standing in front of church talking to Miguel and Reese, Hank calls, “Yo, Luis. Your best man needs the rings.” Luis reaches in his pockets and finds no rings and panics, “Yeah, the rings. Hank, I forgot the rings.” Miguel says “Oh, my God.” He and Reese laugh. Hank says, “I told you he'd freak out, didn't I?” Luis remembers, “Oh, you know, that's right. Sheridan has the rings. Yeah. No, she said she was going to give them to Gwen. Gwen's got them. Gwen.” Hank asks, “Gwen's got them?” Luis replies, “Yeah.” Hank replies, “I'll go get them then, ok?” Luis says, “All right, thanks. Yeah, I'm telling you, it's a good thing nothing happened to those rings, or Sheridan would die.” The guys all have a laugh at Luis' expense.

In the bride's room, Gwen asks, “Charity? What is it?” Jessica goes to stand next to Charity, “Did you have another premonition?” There is a knock on door. Hank opens the door and says, “It's Hank. I've come for the -- is something wrong?” He stops. Charity replies, “No. Everything is fine.” Hank says, “Well, Luis sent me for the rings.” Gwen says, “Oh. Here.” She hands him the rings. Hank heads off then stops, “Thanks. Theresa, does Ethan have your rings?” Theresa smiles, “Chad has them.” Hank asks, “You sure? Now, we don't want you and Sheridan to get in front of Father Lonigan and having anything go wrong.” Theresa replies, “I think everything is under control, Hank. Our wedding is going to go off without a hitch.” She takes Sheridan's arm and they both grin.

Near the altar, Father Lonigan calls out, “All the gentlemen participating in today's ceremony, will they please gather round?” Coming down the aisle again, Francisco informs, “Father Lonigan, almost everything is ready for the ceremony to begin.” Father Lonigan replies, “All right, young men. It is time to take your places.” The group of men take their places in front of Fr Lonigan and smile.

Walking into the bride's room, Francisco announces, “We have all four wedding bouquets for Theresa and Sheridan.” Jessica asks, “Why four?” Cristina explains, “Well, four because during the ceremony, two of these are going to be given as gifts to the virgin Mary. And then afterwards, the other two will be tossed by our brides at the steps of the church.” Jessica exclaims, “That is so cool. I just -- I love all these special traditions.” She turns to Charity and asks, “Are you still upset by your premonition?” Charity says, “Yes.” Jessica assures, “I'm sure it was nothing.” Charity replies, “Ok. But it seemed so real. She was in such agony, Jessica.” Jessica reminds her, “Charity, not all your premonitions come true, ok? Everything's fine, and it's going to be a beautiful wedding. Just try to relax and enjoy it.” Charity, “Ok. I'll try. I wish I could shake the feeling that something's wrong, but I can't. Something terrible is going to happen.”

Ethan leaves his place with the other men at the altar to ask, “Tio Francisco. Hey, what's holding up the ceremony?” Francisco replies, “It's your mother, Ethan. She hasn't arrived yet.” Ethan is shocked, “You're kidding. What could possibly be keeping her?”

Watching the happenings at the church on the monitor in the library, Julian says, “Ivy -- I don't see her, do you?” Rebecca does not see her either. They wonder what's taking her so long to get to church. Rebecca comments, “Maybe she stopped to get ammo.”

Stuck in her bedroom Ivy bangs on the door to get help, “Oh! Damn! The phone's still dead, thank you to Julian's juvenile antics. Oh. Somebody let me out of here! I have a bride to bludgeon to death!” Not only is the phone in Ivy's room dead but her cell phone is out on the hall table. Ivy can't answer either phone when the girls try to call her to find out why she isn't there yet. In the bride's room, Whitney offers, “You know, why don't I go talk to Ethan and see if he knows where Ivy is, ok?” Sheridan suggests, “You know, I'm sure Ivy's on her way and she just forgot to turn her cell phone on.” Theresa says, “Yeah, I'm sure she'll be here soon. And I'm sure of something else, mama. She is going to be the best mother-in-law a girl could have.” In her bedroom, Ivy is trying to get the lock open with a letter opener, “I have to get to the church and warn Ethan. He can't marry Theresa because I am going to kill her. You are dead, Theresa. You're dead, dead, dead.”

To be continued...

7.6.08, 4:51 PM
As Tia Cristina and Tio Francisco walk into the church again and head up the aisle, Tia stops Tio and says, “Look at Luis. Doesn't he look happy? He can't wait to put that ring on Sheridan's finger.” In front of the altar, Luis seems to be pacing which causes Hank to ask, “Are you OK? Miguel asks, “Are you nervous?” Luis turns to them and smiles, “No, I feel great. I'm finally going to marry Sheridan. Hank, you got the ring?” Hank pulls the ring box out of his pocket, “Right here.” Luis takes the ring, “When I finally put this ring on Sheridan's finger, it'll be the beginning of thousands of happy days for us.

In the Crane library watching the feed from the wedding, Rebecca feels sorry for Luis. Julian thinks she should be feeling sorry for him. Elsewhere, Alistair watches from his monitors to make sure Sheridan dies today.

Ethan can't believe that his mother is late. Overhearing them, Gwen calls Rebecca to find out what happened to Ivy since she is afraid that Ivy won't make it to the church in time to stop the wedding. Rebecca and Julian don't know where Ivy could be either. Upstairs, Ivy is still locked in her bedroom. She bangs on the door to be let out before she remembers that she gave the servants the day off to attend the wedding.

Luis asks Father Lonigan if they are going to start soon, Father Lonigan advises Luis that he will go to the bride's room to see if the ladies are ready to begin. Whitney offers to go with him. Reese tells the other guys that they should go to the back of the church to be ready when the bridesmaids are ready to walk down the aisle. As the guys walk off, Miguel tells Ethan that he is sure his mother will be there soon. Overhearing that Luis asks Ethan if that is the hold up. Ethan says it is. Luis reminds him that it is tourist season and traffic is fierce this time of year.

As Whitney guides Father Lonigan into the bride's room, he asks Sheridan and Theresa if they are ready to begin. Theresa quickly replies, “We are, Father.” Sheridan asks, “Is it time?” Fr. Lonigan informs them, “We're just waiting for Ethan's mother to arrive.” Everyone discusses why Ivy could be running late and why she isn't there yet. Fr. Lonigan suggests, “To speed us along, why don't you all gather in the vestibule so that the moment Ivy arrives, we can start the processional.” Sheridan replies, “All right, Father.” Jessica, Kay and Charity are all excited to be taking part in a double wedding. Theresa turns to Sheridan, “I'm sure Mrs. Crane will be here soon. She wouldn't miss Ethan's wedding for the world.” Sheridan replies, “I know, Theresa, but whether Ivy shows up or not, nothing is going to stop me from marrying Luis today!” Pilar walks up to Theresa's side, take her arm and says, “Don't worry. Ivy will be here.”

Sitting in the pew in front of TC and Eve, Sam smiles, “Well, I better get to the back of church to walk Sheridan down the aisle.” TC grimaces, “Sam, this is really bizarre, you acting like father of the bride to a Crane.” Sam shakes his head, “Yeah, but Sheridan didn't want Alistair here, so Luis asked. What could I say?” Eve replies, “I think it's really sweet of you, Sam.”

The brides enter the vestibule amidst many oohs and aahs. Time is ticking by and Fr. Lonigan realizes if they don't begin soon, there will be a problem with the next wedding. He asks Pilar to take him to speak with Sheridan and Theresa. Fr. Lonigan explains, “There is another wedding after this one, so if this one is late, the other one is late and it is not fair to the other couple.” Theresa replies, “I understand what you're saying, Father, but I can't make this kind of decision without Ethan.” Sheridan agrees, “No, of course you can't and Luis and I have to decide whether to go ahead without you.” Standing next to Fr. Lonigan, Pilar speaks up, “Girls, Luis and Ethan can't see you in your gowns before you walk down the aisle. Whitney speaks up, “Well, I know. Why don't we just take Theresa and Sheridan back to the bride's room. I can get Luis and Ethan and they can stand outside the door and they can talk to each other without seeing each other. Theresa giggle and all up jumps up and down, “Yes, that's perfect. Will you go and get them and we'll meet you in the bride's room.” Sheridan and Theresa go to one side while Whitney goes to the front of the church.

Still locked in her bedroom, Ivy decides to climb out the window but it is painted shut. She runs to pick up a log from the fireplace and uses it to break a pane of glass in the window. When Julian and Rebecca hear that noise in the library, Rebecca figures out just where Ivy must be. LOL!

Luis and Ethan walk to the door of the bride's room to talk with Sheridan and Theresa. As the brides stand just inside the door with Sheridan right next to it and Theresa on the other side of Sheridan, Charity takes Sheridan's hand and tells her, not to let Luis see her. Sheridan laughs, “I won't. I don't want any bad luck today.” As Charity walks away, she again has that premonition of Sheridan in her wedding gown screaming and writhing on the floor of the church. Theresa speaks first, “Ethan, I know how important it is for your mother to be here but Fr. Lonigan wants to go ahead. So I will do whatever you want.” Luis turns to Ethan outside in the hall, “Ethan, this is your mother, so this is your call.”
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Ethan replies, “Thanks. I want to wait for her but this is an important day for all of us. (He turns back to the door, to Sheridan) I don't want to spoil your wedding, Sheridan, just because my mother's not here.” On the other side of the door, Sheridan asks, “What do you think could have happened to her?” Ethan replies, “I don't know. She could be on her way. I guess we could start. She wouldn't miss that much of the ceremony.” Theresa asks, “Are you sure?” Ethan replies, “Yes, I'm sure. I've waited long enough to marry you.” Luis asks, “You sure?” Ethan nods. Luis smiles, “Let's go for it, huh?” Theresa grins, “OK. We'll see you in a few minutes.” Sheridan smiles, “In a very few minutes!” Sheridan closes the door. In the hallway, Luis turns to Ethan, “Don't worry. I bet your mother will be there when we get back to the altar.”

In the vestibule, the wedding party is all lined up ready to begin the ceremony. Standing in front of the altar, Luis takes a deep breath as Pilar is escorted to her seat at the front of the church. The procession begins. Charity, acting as a flower girl, hands out flowers to the guests. She is followed by Miguel and Jessica, then Reese, who trips, and Kay, Hank and Gwen, then Chad and Whitney. At the altar Luis smiles and turns to Ethan, “This is it.”

Sheridan is next in line. She stands waiting for the bridal march to begin. (At the mansion, Julian sees Sheridan smiling on his monitor and lamely and unenthusiastically waves good bye to her.) At the church everyone stands. As Sheridan walks down the aisle on Sam's arm, she smiles the most brilliant smile. Sheridan and Luis make eye contact and never take their eyes from the other. They smile and only have eyes for each other. As they reach Luis at the altar, Sam gives Sheridan's hand to Luis after he kisses her cheek. Sheridan and Luis stand at the altar looking into each other's eyes and holding hands before Luis whispers in that sexy low voice of his, “You are the most beautiful woman I have ever seen.” Sheridan blushes but smiles so brightly. Luis can't take his eyes off her but they finally turn to see Theresa walk down the aisle on the arm of Tio Francisco. Ethan tells Theresa that she looks amazing. Fr. Lonigan gets everyone's attention before he announces that Chad Harris has chosen a special song for them that will be played by the mariachi band. The band plays as everybody looks on.

Rebecca makes it to Ivy's room and is finally able to help release her so she can be on her way to stop the wedding. Ivy thanks Rebecca and runs off.

As Luis and Sheridan continue to look into each other's eyes, Luis asks Hank, “Hank, you got the rings, right?” Hank replies, “It's not time yet, Buddy.” Luis grins, “I know. Just let me see them.” Hank hands him the rings. Luis looks at Sheridan's ring, “This ring means everything to me. Once I slip this ring on Sheridan's finger, it's going to be the bond to hold us together forever.” He turns back to look into Sheridan's beautiful smiling face.

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7.6.08, 8:02 PM
Thanks, Ann!

7.7.08, 11:59 PM
In the library at the Crane mansion, Julian comments, “Setting up this live feed so I could watch my sister die was a rather morbid touch, even for you, Father.” Alistair responds, “Unlike you, I like to make sure all of my bases are covered. I want to see Luis put that poisoned ring on Sheridan's finger. Then the poison will enter her bloodstream and kill her. And the best part is the poison is totally untraceable.” Julian groans, “I've heard all about the plan, father. You don't need to remind me.” Alistair chides, “Oh, for God's sake, get a hold of yourself, Julian. Once Sheridan's dead, all of our problems will be over.” Julian somberly replies, “Unless you count being haunted by your dead sister.” Alistair reminds, “Killing Sheridan is the only way to keep Luis from finding out what we did to his father. If he did, it would be the end of the Crane empire. Sheridan must die today.”

In front of the church as the band plays, Hank asks, “You sure you don't want me to hold on to the ring?” Holding Sheridan's hand, Luis turns to Hank, “No, Hank. This ring means everything to me. I just want to keep it close, all right?” Smiling at the man she loves, Sheridan whispers, “I can't wait for you to slip it on my finger.” Luis smiles down on her, “Yeah. And once we do, we'll be man and wife, and it'll be the beginning of our long and happy lives together.” In her church pew, Charity has another vision of Sheridan on the floor writhing in pain as she looks at her in front of the altar.

On the road to the church, Ivy is stopped by the police taking care of an accident so she has to wait until they have the road cleared again.

Father Lonigan begins, “Welcome, everyone, to this joyous occasion. We have gathered here today to join Luis and Sheridan and Ethan and Theresa in the bonds of holy matrimony. The couples have prepared a beautiful ceremony, including traditional customs as well as their own unique touches. And since this is a double ceremony, the service will have a special order so that some of the traditional Hispanic customs may not occur in the Same place as usual. Let us begin by having Theresa and Luis' Godparents bring forward the lasso. Thank you. This rope of flowers, known as the lasso, is a symbol that these separate individuals have chosen to become one in marriage. If the two couples will please kneel. Luis and Ethan help Sheridan and Theresa to kneel in their gowns. Tia and Tio place the lassos around Sheridan and Luis, Ethan and Theresa. Sheridan looks over at Luis and smiles, “This is more than anything I could have ever dreamed of.” Luis looks down at her and smiles, too. Theresa smiles up at Ethan, “I love you so much. I've never been so happy in my entire life.” In her pew Pilar prays, “May my children's lives always be filled with as much joy as they are right now.” Both couples are leaning into each other with arms around their soon to be spouses and the lassos binding them together. From his seat, Sam smiles, “This is a beautiful ceremony. I wish Grace was here to see it.” Father Lonigan says, “Now that the lasso has bound these two couples together, let us contemplate for a few moments the sacred bonds of marriage we celebrate today.”
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As Sheridan and Luis, Ethan and Theresa remove the lassos, Father Lonigan continues, “Let us now move on to the next part of our ceremony. As these two couples recognize, marriage carries great responsibilities. Not just emotional and spiritual responsibilities but financial responsibilities, as well. I now ask that the arras be brought forward. The arras are 13 gold coins. They represent the prosperity these couples will share between themselves as well as those around them.” Tio Francisco holds the coffer with the arras for Sheridan and Luis while Tia Cristina holds the coffer for Ethan and Theresa. They stand on either side of Fr. Lonigan waiting to give the arras to their godchildren, Luis and Theresa.

In the library Alistair's voice is heard over the speaker phone, “If this wedding goes on much longer, I'm going to die -- of boredom. When the hell will Luis put the poisoned ring on Sheridan's finger?” Alistair is in his lair, wherever that might be, playing catch with a baseball and glove. Watching the feed on the monitor, Julian groans, “I'm murdering my own sister. My God. It's a modern-day Shakespearean tragedy.” He falls back in his chair. Alistair recites, “"My hands are of your color, but I shame to wear a heart so white." That's "MacBeth," Julian, but I'm sure you need a translation. It means you're a bloody coward.” Julian replies, “Thank you, father. I understand the reference.” Alistair reiterates, “Then understand this -- if we don't kill Sheridan, Luis will discover what happened to his father and you'll spend the rest of your life in jail. And stop pacing, Rebecca. Ivy will get to the church soon enough.” (What a major rewrite! As it ended up, Julian and Alistair needed to kill Sheridan because Martin ran off with Katherine? And that would bring down the Crane empire and send Julian to prison? HUH? None of that makes any sense, but what is new with Passions and JER's rewrites!)

Father Lonigan continues the ceremony, “Now that the arras have been blessed, Ethan and Theresa, Luis and Sheridan will give each other part of the coins. This gesture represents the shared responsibility of finances in their marriage.” Tio and Tia hand the arras to the two couples. Giving some of the coins to Sheridan, Luis sincerely says, “I promise you'll always have everything you need.” Sheridan smiles, “I already have everything I need – you.” Luis smiles. Father Lonigan continues, “May you remember the symbolism of the arras. For as long as you follow God's will, you shall not want.”

Father Lonigan states, “At this time, the brides have some special words they would like to share with their grooms.” The two couples stand. Ethan grins, “I didn't know about this.” Theresa says, “It's a surprise.” Luis asks, “What's going on?” Sheridan smiles, “Just wait and see, my love.” Father Lonigan, “Sheridan, if you would like to begin.” Sheridan and Luis are looking into each others eyes as Sheridan takes his hands in hers, absolutely glowing she begins, “I have waited my entire life for you. I didn't know who you were or when you would arrive. All I knew is that someday a man would come into my life who would love me unconditionally, who would always make me feel safe and protected. You are that person, Luis. Today you are giving me the greatest gift. Today you are saying that you will never leave. I love you. I want you to know that I, too, will never leave. Like my ring says, till death do us part.” Luis smiles into her eyes.
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Watching on his monitor, Alistair laughs, “Your death is sooner than you think, daughter dear.”

Theresa turns to Ethan and says, “My heart has never been so full of love as it is at this very moment. We are standing before God and our loved ones about to become husband and wife. I hope you know what this means to me. It means that my dream is coming true. Because you are my dream, Ethan. As I look into your eyes, I know that every day of our life together will be another dream come true. And I can't wait to begin that dream as your wife. I love you with all of my heart. Always and forever.” Gwen looks around and Gwen's voice, “Come on, Ivy. It's time to turn Theresa's dream into a nightmare. Where are you?” Father Lonigan says, “Now it is time to begin the traditional exchange of vows. As these couples both realize, the exchange of vows is a momentous undertaking.” Sheridan looks over at Luis.
Ivy has gotten back on the road after being stopped by the accident and she is almost at the church as she changes the radio station to “Going To The Chapel”, “Oh, yes. We're going to the chapel, all right. Only, we are going to kill the bride. Oh. Oh, God. Finally, the church.”

In the church, Father Lonigan continues, “I now ask Luis and Ethan to take their brides' hands.” They do. Luis looks around, “A car sounds like it's getting awfully close.” Chad agrees, “Man, you ain't kidding. It sounds like it's headed straight for the church.” Ivy crashes right into the church amidst screaming and shocked looks. As Ivy's car comes to a stop, radio blaring, she says, “Well, I made it.” Alistair yells, “That's Ivy.” Watching on the feed in the library, Julian comments, “She always did know how to make an entrance.” Theresa looks up at him and asks, “Ethan, what's happening?” Ethan exclaims, “ Oh, my God, that's my mother's car.” Ethan runs to the back of the church to his mother. Standing with Pilar and Francisco, Cristina asks, “Did he say his mother's car?” Francisco holding his wife, “I think so.” Cristina exclaims, “Not even in our telenovelas do things get so weird.” Ethan helps Ivy out of her car, “Mother, are you all right?” Ivy says, “Yes.” Ethan asks, “What happened? I mean, did the brakes fail? What ...” Ivy deadpans, “No, the brakes didn't fail. I just couldn't take time to park.” Ethan looks confused, “What?” Ivy commands, “Ethan, you have to stop this wedding, and you have to stop it now.”

Ivy again commands, “Ethan, I want this wedding stopped immediately.” Ethan says, “Mother, the wedding is already stopped. I think when you crashed into the church, you took care of that. I don't think you have to tell anyone to stop it.” Ivy looks around, “Oh. Well, I'll -- I'll pay for all that damage, but I will not allow any more damage to be done to my son.” Ethan says, “Mother -- mother, I'm ok. I'm fine.” Theresa adds, “Yes, Ethan's all right. I mean, everything is perfect now that you're here.” Ethan says, “Ok, so, as you can all see, my mother's here, and thank God she's all right and, you know, no one got hurt.” Ethan and Ivy hug. Father Lonigan suggests, “Let's continue with the ceremony. We can deal with the car later.” Ethan says, “Mother, I'm so happy that you're here. I was really afraid that you were going to miss the whole ceremony. This is the happiest day of my life. I wouldn't want you to not see me marry the woman that I love.”

Ethan states, “Mother, now Theresa and I will escort you to your seat, and then we'll finish the ceremony.” Theresa adds, “Yes, and you've come just in time for the vows.” Ethan takes Ivy's arm and walks her to the front of the church.

Charity again sits in her pew, “Something is wrong.” Jessica turns to her and asks, “What is it, Charity?” Charity leans forward to talk to Jessica, “Mrs. Crane is furious. Something terrible is going to happen. I just know it.”

Ivy exclaims, “No, Ethan, wait. There's something I have to tell you.” Standing in their places near the altar, Luis proclaims, “Don't worry, once Ivy sits down, we can continue the ceremony.” Sheridan smiles up at him, “Then we'll finally be married.” Next to Luis, Hank asks, “You still have the rings, buddy?” Luis replies, “Yeah, of course. Nothing, not even a car crash, is going to keep me from slipping this ring on the finger of the woman I love.” As Hank pats him on the back, Luis looks at Sheridan and smiles. She is looking at him so adoringly.

From the library phone, Alistair says, “Get on with it. The sooner Luis puts the poisoned ring on Sheridan's finger, the sooner she'll be dead.” Julian, “I hate to rain on your parade, Father, but what if Ivy stops the wedding? And what happens then?” Alistair booms over the phone, “I'll tell you exactly what happens. That gun in your desk drawer better be loaded because Sheridan is going to die today, no matter what.” Julian looks grim.

Theresa tries to sooth Ivy, “I know you're going to love the rest of the ceremony, Mrs. Crane. Or I guess I should say "mother" because once Ethan and I say "I do," you're going to be my mother-in-law.”

From her seat, Charity remarks, “Miguel, my feeling's worse than ever. I feel danger.” Miguel replies, “Look, maybe you're just reacting to Mrs. Crane crashing through the church. But everybody's fine.” Charity says, “No, Miguel, that's not it. I have a sense of pain and suffering.” Miguel replies, “Charity, you don't have to worry. Ethan's mother's here now, so everything's great. I'm sure the rest of the wedding is going to be perfect.” She nods her head but continues to look worried.

Ethan says, “Ok, Mother, now have a seat so Theresa and I can finally get married.” Ivy walks up to stand in front of the altar. Theresa asks, “Ethan, what is going on?” Ethan replies, “I don't know.” Cristina asks, “And why is this woman going up to the altar? Is this part of the ceremony?” Francisco replies, “Perhaps it's an American custom.” Ethan tries again, “Mother? You're supposed to be seated.” Ivy replies, “No. No, baby, I will not be seated. I have to protect you.” Ethan asks, “ What are you talking about?” Ivy says, “You'll know soon enough, Ethan. You'll know very soon.” Theresa says, “Maybe you're a bit disoriented from the crash. I mean, do you feel ok, Mrs. Crane?” Theresa puts her hand on Ivy's arm but Ivy pulls her arm away. Ivy announces, “Excuse me, everyone, but before this wedding can go any further, I have an announcement to make.” Everyone looks at each other and they are all startled.

To be continued...

7.8.08, 5:41 PM
Thanks, Ann!