Guiding Light Update Monday 12/29/03

By Megan
Proofread by Lisa

Marina gets Shayne ready for New Year's Eve at the museum. She has DVD's of his favorite mindless action movies, and party favors. Shayne says she needs to get ready for the winter dance with Nico. He did have a dress made for just this occasion and won't let it go to waste. He orders her to "Go get ready!" Later, she returns in a bathrobe, hair in a towel, obviously in no hurry to impress Nico and leave Shayne. He wants her to have fun, like at their prom. She reminds Shayne that the one you're with at midnight is the one you're meant to spend the next year. Shayne urges her to get ready faster but compromises and says he'll see her at midnight. And next year, he promises, he will be the one who takes her to the dance. When she leaves the room, Shayne calls Sandy - he's all set for the dance tonight. After hanging up, Shayne drops the phone and holds onto his left wrist, studying it.

At the gym, Michelle and Danny interrupt Nico's workout to get him for the big dance. Danny even offers the keys to his car. Michelle beams seeing Nico in the tux they brought him (he planned on wearing something much less formal). When he sees the tie, he breaks away, saying it's gone too far. He hates the idea of not fitting in with Marina and her friends. Prepared, Michelle whips out paper and begins a list of conversation topics - music, movies, new year's resolutions, and other similar topics. Nico finally holds still as Danny ties his tie and suggests doing what he does in politics - "ask the right questions" and listen while other people talk about themselves.

When Nico arrives at the museum to pick up Marina, Shayne is impressed at how well Nico cleans up, and Shayne's nurse agrees. Nico is floored when a gorgeous Marina appears. But Shayne is quick to remind him that she's coming home to him. They leave as the nurse hands Shayne her keys - he drops them twice and can't make a fist. The nurse suggests they go to the hospital to check it out.

Nico and Marina get to the Beacon and realize they're the only ones there. Marina quickly remembers the pre-dance parties - everyone must be there drinking she says. Nico spots Michelle and Danny hiding behind the Christmas tree and accuses them of spying. Marina thinks it's sweet that they care about Nico. He looks embarrassed. They then partake of appetizers in the lobby as Nico suggests she call Shayne. She resists because he wanted her to have fun tonight.

Michelle and Danny enter Olivia's and sit at the bar as Michelle praises her husband for caring about Nico. He claims he is only practicing for when Robbie is a teenager. They shudder at the thought of Robbie being in college. They discuss the mayoral race. Danny is worried about running against Ross Marler. He promises, however, that 2004 will be a great year. Michelle hopes so. Danny senses something is up and promises he will always be there.

Josh wanders outside the Beacon, hearing Marah's voice in his head and then Ed's and Reva's all talking about Marianne Caruthers. Reva arrives, and they reminisce about New Year's as kids. She thanks him for being there Christmas morning, having her family together again. "The calm before the storm," Josh says. Reva is confused, asks why he left so suddenly on Christmas. He doesn't know. She wants to be together tonight, "forget the past and all the hurt." Josh can't forget. Reva promises not to ask any more questions. She gives him a gift - framed tickets to "The Way We Were" and a napkin from the OK Corral where they spent New Year's Eve on their first "big date." She reminds him that they are always connected. She doesn't understand why he is holding back. It's not just Shayne's accident. Josh wishes he could trust Reva with what's inside him. She begs him to let her in, "You're my life!" He returns the sentiment as his cell rings. Ed informs him that Shayne is in the hospital.

At the hospital, Ed notices a bruise on Shayne's back. His patient explains that he fell while working out alone on Christmas Eve. Ed becomes angry and accuses all young people of being thick-headed and not listening to the people who know what's best for them - just like Michelle. Josh and Reva overhear the end of Ed's rampage and calm him. He says Shayne has lost some of the strength in his arms and they are awaiting test results. Shayne tells his mom that he wanted to walk for Marina for Christmas, and it was worth trying for. Josh follows Ed into the hall and suggests he is too overwhelmed with the Marianne situation to continue being Shayne's doctor. The neurologist, Dr. Scully, greets them then goes in to examine Shayne. The Lewis's watch from the window.

Dr. Scully explains that fluid has built up around Shayne's spinal cord from his initial injury - a seroma. They can either "wait and see," or remove it, however, with surgery, there are risks of damage to the spinal column, such as permanent paralysis. Shayne wants to go ahead with the surgery - tonight if possible - after the doctor says he could get all feeling back in his limbs if the seroma is removed. Ed volunteers to perform the surgery. Shayne sees his parents' unsure faces, "Hey, it's New Year's, what better day to take a chance?"

In the Beacon lobby, Lizzie is bummed that she and her mom don't have New Year's dates. She is not looking forward to spending the evening at home with Grandpa. Beth promises next year will be different saying Lizzie will have college guys chasing after her - a thought that makes Beth cringe. Beth's cell phone rings. It's her friend Connie proposing a tennis date. Beth hands the phone to Lizzie, saying it's Connie's son, Jack, a freshman at Springfield U. After speaking to him, Lizzie excitedly asks her mother if she can go to the dance with him. Beth agrees as long as she chaperons. Lizzie says yes and hangs up, in disbelief that Jack Ansel actually asked her out. Beth sends her home to get ready as Lizzie hopes her mom will get a date too. When she leaves, Beth calls Connie and thanks her, saying their plan worked.

At Olivia's bar, Marah sits next to Jeffrey who admits he likes New Year's - going around kissing beautiful girls without having to talk to them first. Marah suggests a "liplock at midnight," but Jeffrey isn't interested. He suggests she hang out with boys her own age. Marah accuses him of being afraid of her, which of course he denies. When Beth enters, he gets up, saying he already has plans, goes to her and kisses her on the cheek. An unsuspecting Beth eyes him curiously. He leads her to a table, and suggests a toast "to the new year and friendship." He watches as Marah leaves. Beth doesn't want any part of this "game you're playing with Marah Lewis." He explains that he has tried to shake Marah and her advances, but to no avail. Beth even warned Marah but was accused of being jealous. The former couple admit there is still chemistry between them, but Beth turns him down regardless.

Marah sits alone in front of her TV when Sandy knocks. She tells him to go away but he starts singing Auld Lang Syne outside the door. Frustrated, she opens the door. Sandy is DJ-ing the dance and insists Marah come too. However, she's not crazy about spending New Year's Eve with her brother. He says she owes him after making him go caroling on Christmas Eve. She wonders what's in it for him. He hates that he is part of the reason she has had bad luck with men in the past year; he wants to help the next year to be better. She caves and goes to get dressed as thunder shakes the museum. Marah remembers when Jeffrey' confided in her about his deepest fear.

Jeffrey goes outside, but upon hearing the thunder, returns back inside the Beacon and goes upstairs.


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