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Episode 132: Undo It
August 17, 2010
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“And I realize that now,” he admitted. “I loved April I did. I wanted to marry her but there was always something
keeping her at a distance,” he explained. “Amber broke down those barriers and through her I got to know apart of
April that I loved even more. I’m not naïve here Jodi, I know that April is not Amber.”
made her blond hair shine. She was tired of fighting and arguing with not just Smoke but with everyone about
blindsided me the way she did.”
my best to given you a heads up.”
of the day, that is what you did. I shouldn’t have to explain to you the damage that done to her. You should’ve
known how that would affect her.”
look at the present and think of how it’s going to affect our future,” she smiled.
“I’m tired of fighting and not just with you. I have spent the last six years fighting with everyone it seems like. With
myself, with my parents and even at times April,” she sighed. “I’m tired.”
they only weigh you down even more.”
much it hurts to carry that around with me every single day. You knew…of all the people who stood by and
watched from the sidelines how I nearly self destructed after finding out about Amber.”
were losing her as well.”
and though she knew the hate she had for him would weigh her down, in that moment she felt a weight lifted from
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were barley able to keep up with them.”
remember that? People aren’t worried about decorating their houses Angela they’re worried about keeping them.”
around, what then?”
opportunity pass us by like this in hopes that one day things are going to turn around. Now I’m done with this back
and forth bull shit…”
after I realized what I had done and apart of me wanted to contact her…”
taught you something about love, but you’re never to contact April. Do you understand?”
bench as the sun disappeared behind a bank of clouds. “If you don’t mind I’d like to walk alone.”
and I know that I would appreciate it.”
Bradshaw. How many keys would you like?”
Savannah and Lewis,” she explained.
“Justin called to let me know that he was going to see Brandi and your father is spending the day with Natasha…”
partook in one night here.”
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Jodi looked in the mirror and she did not like what looked back at her. She had spent a majority of the night before
pacing her hotel suite and she wondered still this morning what she should do, if anything.
time future sister-in-law. “Will you at least give me a chance to explain?”
anything,” Jodi seethed. “You nearly destroyed April for your own personal satisfaction and as far as
I’m concerned…” she shook her head in frustration, onlookers still staring. “Go to hell,” she
whispered and left the restaurant.
She wondered if she should tell April about her run in with Smoke and Amy. The mere thought…she shook her
head and pushed the notion of Amber reemerging out of her head and listened to April tell her about the PTA
meeting. Before she could ask her to repeat the last thing she had just, someone knocked on the door.
“Oh there’s the bellman,” she told her as she opened the door and saw that it was not the bellman.
“Listen I’m going to call you back from the cab,” she said. “No everything is fine...” Jodi told her sister as she
locked eyes with Smoke.
New York City
“May I come in please?”
She held the door open for him, “You haven’t answered my question.”
“I’m here hoping that we can talk about what happened last night. I told Amy the truth about what happened,” he
Jodi crossed the room to the window overlooking Central Park.
“Is that supposed to impress me? Did honestly think Smoke that if you came over here and told me that Amy
knew a version of the truth that I was going to just throw my hands up in the air and tell you all is forgiven?”
“It wasn’t a version of anything. It was the complete and honest truth Jodi.”
“Yes well you’ll understand if I don’t completely believe you. How did you know where I was staying did Amy tell
“She did,” he admitted. “Amy has a great deal of admiration for you and considers you to be a very good friend.
She just wants the two of us to get along, that’s all.”
“Amy had no business disclosing that information and I’ll make sure she knows that the next time I talk to her.”
“Please don’t do that, I’m asking you…”
“You honestly think that you’re in a position to ask me anything? Amy Malone may be a friend, but she’s first and
foremost my editor. And if even if I were to entertain the idea of talking about anything that’s happened I have a
plane to catch.”
“Amy had her assistant rearrange your travel.”
Jodi shook her head, “Well you’ve just thought of everything haven’t you?”
“I just want to talk. Thirty minutes,” he suggested. “Jodi, please.”
“All right, but not here,” she told him. “I will meet you down in the lobby in ten minutes I need to finish getting
“Ten minutes,” Smoke repeated. “Thank you.”
with Ryan O’Keefe.
moment, “I haven an appointment with Gregory Holloway on Monday afternoon.”
recommend you not throw away your career here in River’s Edge and our partnership for the chance at a quick
project? Is it because it’s in Las Vegas?”
been distracted and having a project halfway across the country wouldn’t help.”
years Angela, we’re friends. Something is going on with you and I’m not sure what it is but you’re acting different
again,” Ryan told her. “And I just thought that whatever was bothering you it had been dealt with.”
have to do with work.”
arrived at Justin’s apartment.
questioned. “What I don’t share with you about my private life is clearly none of your business. It has nothing to do
with my work here or this damn Las Vegas project, absolutely nothing.”
client, because I really can only see the benefits from this.”
“Please tell me that you didn’t sleep here last night?” Andrew asked as he entered Sabrina’s office. In his hand
were two steaming hot cups of coffee that he had picked up in the cafeteria just minutes earlier.
smiled. “Either you’re looking for a major caffeine rush or you knew I would be here…”
“Just like you like it.”
had to make myself leave last night.”
location of the wedding.”
cross the county jail off your list.”
“Understandable. Jacquelyn has only loyalties to herself though. She is one of the brightest financial minds in the
country and never mind the fact she done business with my father over thirty years ago…” he paused, “Sabrina
week. In my meeting Caress made some suggests…”
businesses in the region. We need to project a better image to the public and if we’re able to save some jobs that's
all the better. Wouldn’t you agree?”
have a father-daughter talk with her.”
agree with me…it will go along way I promise you.”
Sabrina laughed, “Yes something like that. Although all things considered,” she thought for a moment, “I have been
a bride twice over and that little stunt that we pulled resulted in my only actual wedding ceremony.”
They smiled at one another, “Then again you would have done pretty much anything to have gotten out of that jail
“Hell to get out of that town,” he told her and then silence fell over the room. “I know that I haven’t told you this but
I'm very happy for you. I hope that you and Russell…”
“Thank you Andrew,” she stopped it and felt goose bumps on her arm. “I should really get back to work,” Sabrina
told him. “Did you need something?”
Andrew shook his head. “I have the list of candidates,” he pulled out his BlackBerry, “let me forward you the email
“You’re nothing if not efficient.”
She opened the email and took a look at the list. There were five names listed: four men and one woman.
“Jacquelyn Vanderbilt of the Vanderbilt family?”
“She’s a cousin, but yes. Jacquelyn and my father did business together in the seventies and early eighties…”
defend myself and my actions day after day. If I wanted to do that I would hire your mother.”
The mid-morning sun was shining down on Smoke and Jodi as they walked through Central Park near Fifth
Avenue. It was a mildly cool morning and Jodi was thankful for that.
interesting to see. No matter how many times I come here I always manage to spend at least one afternoon just
walking around the park.”
morning darkness filled the sky.
“What you did was unforgivable,” Jodi finally said.
Smoke leaned forward and cupped his hands together, “We can’t control who we fall in love with Jodi. There was
just something different about Amber…”
“Of course there was. That was the problem. You know how hard April fought against Amber and you undermined
the progress she made every single day. Amber wanted the attention. She wanted the love because it made her
feel safe, it gave her security and those were all things that April needed. That’s why Amber was there.”
Ryan took the seat across from her and smiled. “I ordered you a tuna on wheat,” he said. “You okay?”
Ryan and it was about his daughter.”
“It was bound to happen sooner or later,” he reasoned.
“Mom,” Kendra called out as she entered the suite. “Mother…” her voice lingered throughout the room.
me yesterday and made arrangements for me to come into day,” Kendra explained. “Surprise!”
don’t really who did what or how come…you’re here and that is all that matters.”
seriously. “Why have you been living in this hotel room since February?”
and Andrew have been separated for nearly six months,” she reminded her. “What is going on?”
her head. “I see Andrew at least three times a week,” she informed her. “We’re going to counseling with Charlene
“And how’s that going?”
“Slow. Listen to me Kendra I want to make things work with Andrew I really do.”
“Then what is stopping you? And so help you God if you say Gregory Holloway.”
“No.” Sharon had replied her voice certain and exact. “Gregory may have been the root cause of my separation but
I really hope that Andrew’s moved past that.”
jealousy was out of control. A part of me actually thought for a moment, albeit a brief moment that I should be
flattered. Her I was two men in love with me and my husband was jealous.”
mother's hand and lightly stroked it. “He loves you and for better or worse,” she smiled, “and give or take a year
here or there…”
crass Kendra but it’s been almost six years.”
subject will not make me suddenly forget, we were talking about your love life.”
called out to her. “Kendra?”
her separated parents?”
Andrew, as her father and if was then everything just changed.
with me or not I don’t really care at this point.”
doubt it. We both know why you want this job. You want to be in Las Vegas because that’s were Sam is at.”
works?” He shook his head. “You know what Angela,” he grabbed his bag from beside his desk, “go screw
Megan Shirley Holloway wrapped her hands around the black mug. The warmth of the mug calmed her nerves. It
didn't bother her that it was the middle of August the coffee was definitely doing what she wanted it to do. She
glanced at her watch for no reason at all and her mind drifted back to the previous day...
Megan made her way into the kitchen where she quickly retrieved a bottle of water from the
months behind on her rent and the landlord is ready to evict her. It’s a big mess apparently…”
over. It would end just as the previous conversations about Courtney had always ended. Familiar
words lingered in the back of her mind, pick your battles.
that and Gregory pushed back.
tuition myself this semester and transferred a thousand dollars to her checking account. Has Monica
stopped paying her rent?"
the hell is all this money going? She does realize that it's not growing on trees, yes?"
her and Monica had an argument about something."
"Money no doubt," Megan reasoned. "Perhaps Monica finally wised up and realized what a fool
she's been played for. She's twenty-three years old Gregory it's time she learn to stand on her own
two feet without you bailing her out every time she makes a mistake."
your voice at me.”
she going to realize that you can’t swoop in every time she cries crocodile in tears and gets herself
into trouble? And at what point are you going to realize that you need to let her grow up? If that
means suffering the consequences for her actions then so be it.”
“I don’t know,” he responded. “All I know is that she’s in some sort of trouble and I can’t sit back
and watch without doing something. If she gets kicked out of her apartment she’ll have nowhere else
“I’m sure she has friends who she can stay with until she found another apartment,” Megan
“And if not then you bring her here or she goes to stay with Monica. Don’t stand there making
excuses for acting as though she doesn’t have options. That’s what she wants you to do and see you’
re already doing it.”
“I couldn’t ask her to impose on her friends,” he reasoned. “And please Courtney and her mother in
the same house, well that’s about as bad as suggesting she come here…”
“Because God forbid she set foot in my house! No, no, no…we couldn’t ask little Miss Perfect to
come here and squander…”
“Megan I’m warning you…” his voice was firm and unyielding.
“You started this…but I’m going to be the one who finishes it,” she told him. “Because you are
correct suggesting that your daughter come here and live with us was as asinine idea. Why would
she come into my home and live when in the last year since we’ve been together she hasn’t even
lifted so much as lifted her finger to try and get to know me. I haven’t even met your daughter!”
“It’s a two-way street,” he fired at her.
“How dare you!” she seethed with mounting rage. “Get out! Get out of my house. Go get your
suitcase and you get the hell out!”
“Megan…I’m sorry…” he apologized quickly. “I didn’t mean that…but she’s my daughter.”
“I don’t give a damn. I have tried countless times to meet your children, countless,” she reiterated,
“and every time they either come up with an excuse or you do. There’s only so much I’m going to
do…but at least I’ve tried and for you to throw that back in my face…” she shook her head, “after I
offered my home to your daughter…”
“Then come with me tonight,” he asked her. “You can meet her then.”
“I can’t,” she answered. “I can’t and it’s not because I don’t want to or because of what you said…it’s
“What is it?”
“Evelyn Roberts announced her retirement today. They presented me with an exclusive contract to
take over the evening news spots with Chris Green starting next week.”
she leaves at the end of the week. I’m sorry I would love to go meet Courtney and help her through
whatever issues she’s having, but for the first time since we’ve been together I’m saying no.”
“I know,” she headed for the door. “Have a safe flight and I hope that you’re able to deal with
whatever problems your daughter’s having. Just know that after this little conversation that I rescind
my offer, she’s not welcome in my home.”
Megan flagged the waiter down. As he refilled her cup with fresh coffee she reached for her cell phone and thought
of calling Gregory but decided against it.
Instead she sent a text to Ryan, "Meet me at the coffeehouse ASAP," she read to herself and then settled back
into her chair with nothing but her coffee and her thoughts.
driving me absolutely crazy.”
hotel. I don’t want to fight with him Ryan...” she sighed. “I don’t know what to do.”
earlier the thought of actually getting her on the phone hadn’t crossed his mind.
wanting to take this job than she’s saying. Have you noticed anything different about her lately?”
that has something to do with it?”
me after she went to the conference in Denver in October or November of 2008. Do you remember which one I’m
answered her own question. “I remember now because he never called her.”
with our company. I’m telling you Megan something is going on with Angela and it’s directed towards me…”
around him, it was a sweet tangerine scent and he smiled.
we are. He would never do anything that wasn’t in my best interest.”
to see me and you have to go to New York.”
thought for a moment of how to put his words.
position to begin with.
important part of my life,” her tone was short and at the point of irritation. “So how about your let me worry about
who goes with me and who doesn’t.”
me tomorrow,” she declared. “And you know what Ethan my issues with Bradley are mine. He’s not done anything
to you Ethan but prove time and time again just how sorry he is about what happened to me.”
front desk and get a bigger suite.”
to San Francisco in 2005, she had missed seeing her everyday practically. Sharon thought to herself that there
was nothing she wouldn't do for her daughter, nothing.
Ryan settled into the corner of the elevator. University Courtyards had been one of his favorite apartment buildings
and he hated the fact that he couldn’t afford to live there. The irony of the situation was that he could afford to live
there if Angela would only agree to working with him on this project.
heard Angela’s voice and then a man’s voice…he stopped to listen.
wrapped around Justin’s neck.
To his astonishment, his sudden suspicions confirmed.
“Angela and…” his mind thought of how this impacted him. “Brittany!” he whispered under his breath. “Of course,”
Ryan shook his head.
Unnoticed by either Justin or Angela he boarded the elevator. From her apartment entrance, they heard the ding of
the elevator and quickly went inside. As she locked, the door behind her Justin spun her into his arms and assured
her no one had seen them. Only someone had.
words to trail off.
that it was something you wanted to hear.”
known Andrew since Jodi and I was in junior high. He surpassed any expectations that I ever had of him.”