Summary of Season 01: Part I of II
(Episodes 1.11 - 1.22)
was able to get Tristan
released on bail, though the grand jury’s indictment meant that
Tristan will be facing murder and assault charges. Tristan, Martina
learned from Jem
has disappeared from the hospital. Tristan went to confirm the news
and was attacked by a furious Frank,
who was convinced that Tristan arranged for Livvy’s kidnapping to
remove the chief witness against him. Tristan claimed innocence,
but Frank didn’t buy it. Martina demanded that Mike
keep the hotblooded sergeant away from her client. Their ensuing
conversation ended with a new sense of understanding--and a definite
spark of interest on both ends.
who had been staking out Jem’s
hangouts for the past week with no luck, decided to give the country
club one last shot. Meanwhile, Jem spoke with Elaine
about his expensive plans for the newspaper; Elaine was dubious,
considering Jem’s been complaining about money since arriving in
SkyFalls. As Jem left for the club, Elaine was discreet about her
own plans for the evening--volunteering at a place in which she’s
apparently been involved: Narcotics Anonymous.
learned that Olivia can’t be found, her panic led her straight to
the hospital, where she met up with Nurse Liscio.
He confirmed her fears, and told her that ‘he’ has taken Olivia.
Meanwhile, Tristan--trying to calm down after the confrontation
with Frank--read a press announcement and discovered that Bertramis
back in town. Two seconds later, he found himself looking into the
disguised eyes of a woman looking remarkably like his supposedly
shaken by the loss of their patient, work with renewed fervor to
find out what’s been causing Olivia’s illness--which requires almost
constant transfusions. After work, Rena was able to tell Greg about
another strange development: Oliva’s blood appears to derive nutrition
only from more transfusions. The medical professionals realized
that all the research in the world wouldn’t help Olivia, if she’s
missing...or already dead.
Martina received a surprising phone call--from Mike,
asking her out on a date tonight. She reluctantly refused because
of the case. But Clark
advised her to ‘go for it.’ When ADA Ross
Granger happened by their table at the coffee shop, Martina
took the opportunity to call Mike; she apparently didn't notice
that Ross seemed a little uncomfortable with Clark. Later, at dinner,
Mike and Martina couldn’t deny the friendship and feelings that
were already blooming. A gentle kiss capped the evening perfectly
for both of them.
At the country club, Jem instantly recognized Chelsea
as the rude blonde he’d found so attractive the night of Tristan’s
aborted fundraising gala. He flirted shamelessly with her, but Chelsea--still
under the impression that Jeremiah Van Doren is a sixty year old
man--didn’t realize that the self-styled ladykiller who introduced
himself as “Jem” was the man she’s been dying to meet. After giving
him the cold shoulder, she waited out the night in vain. The evening
ended on a sour note when she ran into her
father and his
wife, who were shocked by her scheme to seduce her way into
More failed parent-child bonding: Philippa came upon
Tristan looking at his old wedding photos, in an album that she
somehow neglected to throw out after the death of her second husband,
(Vanessa and Olivia’s father). They traded unpleasantries--Philippa’s
coldness and resentment towards her son, Tristan’s accusation that
Philippa ‘got rid’ of Olivia. Then Tristan found the picture he’d
been looking for: a shot of Vanessa on their honeymoon, wearing
a similar outfit to the one worn by the woman in the hospital that
very afternoon. He became convinced that he had, indeed, seen his
ex-wife. And she was somehow, inexplicably, alive...
A very lively Vanessa finished making love to Jonnie,
and later spoke about nearly running into Tristan. Her lover tried
to convince her that Tristan would never be able to find her, but
Vanessa remained doubtful. She also told Jonnie that she knows where
her sister is--and to find her, they will have to leave the country.
Finally, Olivia awoke and found herself on a private
plane. In disbelief she stared into a pair of eyes that shocked
her. And the silver-haired man told her that he was taking her back
home. And called her, “my daughter.”
A jury was selected for Tristan’s
trial, but neither he nor Marty
were happy with the selection process. Faced with the anger and
contempt of people who once looked up to him, Tristan told a saddened
Martina that his destiny might lie in death or in jail, but definitely
not in the state senate--so he was going to quit the senate race
once and for all.
Without his daughter’s knowledge, Charles
and asked if the newspaperman would give Chelsea
a shot at a job. Jem, thinking that the rich doctor might be a potential
investor in his paper, agreed reluctantly to interview the young
woman the next day at noon. However, he was less than thrilled about
the idea of having someone he assumes is a teenager scampering around
his offices. Meanwhile, Charles asked Cynthia
to give the good news to Chelsea--and, thinking that this might
heal the rift between the two women in his life, suggested his wife
act as if it were her generous idea. A cynical Cynthia agreed.
Cahill chewed Frank
out for attacking Tristan at the hospital, and told the over-involved
cop to go on vacation--starting now. Frank, determined to find Olivia,
was outraged, but had no choice but to sign out. This didn’t stop
him from snooping around the hospital some more, and he learned
that the silver-haired doctor he bumped into outside Livvy’s room
was apparently not a staff doctor at all.
Charles’s scheme backfired. A surly Chelsea received
the call from Cynthia and did nothing but snipe at the older woman.
Only when Cynthia mentioned the newspaper interview did Chelsea
get interested in what her stepmother had to say...but by this time,
Cynthia had had enough. As a result, she spitefully (or possibly
just stupidly) gave her husband’s daughter the wrong appointment
Around town: Against his better judgment, Clark
gave his sister Beth
another call, inviting her to Elaine’s
birthday party. He also ran into Ross
Granger, and found himself very interested in what the handsome
ADA had to say...Up in Albany, Beth got Clark’s message, and found
herself hearing voices, hating herself and feeling trapped...Philippa
admitted to Nora
that she could hardly stand the sight of her own son; later she
was forced to look at him when the news announced his dropping out
of the senate race...Alex
and his father were overjoyed at hearing this same news, although
Alex was more interested in how it would affect Martina...and Rena
spent an evening watching old films, suddenly finding a major clue
to Olivia’s illness while enrapt in the silent horror flick “Nosferatu.”
called Martina to see how she was reacting to Tristan’s decision.
Touched by his concern despite his obvious distrust of Tristan,
Martina was still reluctant to accept his proposal for a date the
next night. He understood her worries about how their relationship
might be perceived, and Mike told her that they could take things
one step at a time. Charmed, Martina agreed to go to dinner with
told Nora that their deal (his agreement to act as ‘sperm donor’
to Nora if she gave him an alibi for Camilla’s murder) was off,
since the real murderer has been caught already. Nora, knowing she
couldn’t keep the truth back, finally told Doug that she was already
pregnant. Doug couldn’t believe that she’d tricked him this way,
and told her to get an abortion. Nora refused to go through that
again--apparently she’d had one at some point earlier in their marriage,
at his request, and she hated herself for it. Doug said he’d be
better off without either her or their bratty daughter, whom he
hadn’t wanted in the first place. As a last resort, Nora told Doug
that if he didn’t stick by her, she’d tell the hospital board all
about his drug habit. Doug knew he couldn’t fight this kind of blackmail.
And worst of all, when he started to leave the room, both he and
Nora were horrified to discover that Daphne
had heard the entire ugly argument.
with her to the one place she knew she could find her sister Olivia--a
small island in Italy. Jonnie was curious about her contacts, who
apparently allowed her to charter a plane for the trip, but Vanessa
wasn’t forthcoming with the information. Never the less, the lovers
began the long journey with hope and excitement...but ended it in
terror when a violent storm sent the tiny plane slamming into the
side of a mountain.
Despite being on enforced vacation, Frank
continued to search for Olivia.
From a photograph he found in her office, he discovered that the
doctor he saw near her hospital room bears a striking resemblance
to her father Roald--who
died four years ago. Assuming this doctor was a relative, he made
plans to head to the Ortiz family house in Capraia, Italy, as depicted
in the picture. Later, Mike
voiced his concerns about Frank’s obsession with the case. He remarked
that Frank’s need to protect women might stem from Natalie--Frank’s
former wife. Taken aback by this theory, Frank did not tell his
friend that his trip to Italy was related to the search for Olivia.
woke in a strange--but somehow familiar--bed. Her memory of seeing
her father on the plane seemed shaky, but was proven accurate when
Ortiz answered her cry for help. The joyful reunion was interspersed
by her justifiable resentment over the tears she’s shed for a man
who pretended to be dead. But he explained that for reasons she
cannot yet understand, he had to leave his old life behind; his
health was declining, his business matters were suffering--he had
no choice. Confused, Olivia was none the less thrilled to be with
her beloved father again.
survived the plane crash, although the pilot was not as lucky. Jonnie
felt very strange, but the pair made their way to the island of
Capraia. Vanessa revealed that since her faked death, she has been
helped by a man she calls ‘the leader’ of a society based on the
island--her supposedly dead father Roald. Later Roald met Jonnie,
and was displeased by Jonnie’s remarks calling his society a ‘cult.’
waited for Chelsea
to arrive for the noon appointment set up by Charles
the other day, but was annoyed when she never arrived. When Chelsea
arrived at one--as Cynthia
instructed her--she was frustrated to find that Jem had gone to
lunch. Sneaking into his office, Martina
gave a speech that lambasted the prejudice of the police department
and the DA’s office. Tristan
had a terrible flashback of seeing himself stabbing Officer
Branscomb, a vision brought about by seeing Jim
standing next to the Branscomb family. Afterwards, Martina and Mike
had a date, where they continued to grow closer. But they were interrupted
Alex expressed surprise that Mike would be seen with Martina, but
didn’t elaborate. Martina admitted later that Alex is her ex-fiancé.
came to Greg,
hyped up with an idea that she thought up the previous night while
watching “Nosferatu” -- the similarities between Olivia’s blood
disorder and a certain gothic legend...
In Italy, Jonnie was horrified to learn from Roald
that the old man, his daughters, and his entire ‘society’ are the
Assetato di Sangue, or The Bloodthirsty--in short, a cult
of people who drink blood. Vanessa explained that they’re not supernatural
vampires, but simply people born with a condition that makes them
need and crave blood. The ‘di sangue’ live longer, are stronger,
and are far more resilient than ‘normal’ people. Jonnie was disgusted,
but Vanessa urged him to think it over: forgetting the religious
aspect of the cult, the truth is that Roald is the head of a rich
empire, and they could take part in it. Jonnie told her he’d never
become one of them, and started to run away. But Vanessa had the
last words: It was too late--Jonnie already was one of them.
learned more about the di sangue, the cult of which Roald
Ortiz is leader--and which he is now, unwillingly, a member.
explained that she had been slowly mixing her blood with his over
the past few months. Horrified and angry, he ran away into the woods.
But his new hunger for blood took hold of him, and as hard as he
tried to fight it, he grabbed a small animal and tried to satisfy
these unsettling urges. In the end, he was forced to return his
sick, weary body to the castle, and to Vanessa--the only person
who could help him.
Around town: After secretly considering Rena’s
physical attributes, Greg
considered Rena’s theory about the possible basis in reality of
the vampire myth. He was dubious, but agreed to research the legends
and look for further clues...Nora
realized that Daphne
had heard the entire argument with Doug
the other night, including the part where she revealed her pregnancy.
Daphne contemptuously told Nora that she felt sorry for any child
who was being used to keep together a pathetic marriage...Clark
ran into Ross
at the health club, and they played a rough game of squash together.
Clark was certain Ross was sending out signals, but the other man
seemed to make a point of avoiding contact with him. Later, his
disappointment over Ross’s brusque treatment turned into happiness
when his sister Beth
called and agreed to attend Elaine’s
met up with Mike
and told him about her job offer--Jem
apparently changed his mind and offered her a position with the
At the trial, Alex’s
expert witness told the court about Winston
Campbell’s past, and gave his opinion that Tristan
has spent his life trying to emulate his father in everything, even
to the point of copying his brutal crimes. He emphasized that this
was not an insane man’s fantasy, but a calculated, premeditated
course of action. Before Martina
could cross-examine him, the son of one of Winston’s victims leapt
up and flung a vial of red ink at Tristan, crying out “Like father,
like son!” Tristan was left covered in what looked like blood.
After the day in court was finished, Tristan told Marty
that he dreaded having to tell Philippa
about the obscene pictures of his brother--but he had no choice,
now that it was obvious Alex was delving into the Campbell family
skeletons. His subsequent discussion with Philippa did not go at
all well. She refused to believe that Philip
had any deviant tendencies, and accused Tristan of resenting her
relationship with his brother, and of purposely trying to spoil
her memories of her beloved son. Tristan left the house and decided
he’d better stay elsewhere until he felt able to return to his own
Alex cornered Marty in the courthouse parking lot.
She accused him of setting up the incident in the courtroom. When
Alex noticed that Mike was walking up to them, he pulled Marty into
a passionate kiss. Mike--who had been taken to task by Chief
Cahill for his relationship with Martina earlier that day--was
hurt and jealous, and asked if she was using him and Alex to help
her case. She denied such machinations, but he didn’t believe her.
A distressed Philippa showed up in Doug’s office, seeking
comfort from the doped-up doc, who seemed unusually bitter. But
he did what he could when she broke down in tears, revealing a surprising
vulnerability. Vulnerability turned into shock when Nora broke in,
interrupting their embrace, and basically announced her pregnancy.
Mike’s conversation with his father about Frank’s Italy
trip was overheard by Bertram,
who was at the restaurant trying to shmooze with Ronald
Granger and his wife, Frances.
Bertramimmediately went to find a phone...Later, Vanessa told her
father that a detective from Schuyler Falls was in Italy, most likely
searching for Olivia. Roald told her not to be concerned--if Frank
got to be troublesome, he would be taken care of.
From the Sam Adams Inn, Tristan called Marty and told
her that in order to stop the trial before the photographs were
made public, he wanted her to try to cut a deal with Alex. In low
spirits after her argument with Mike, Martina told him to wait,
and he reluctantly agreed--but also made her promise to do whatever
possible to prevent the photos from coming out.
the joys and horrors of his new life. After his first kill, Jonnie
was conflicted by feelings of disgust and a new sense of strength.
She consoled him and explained that normally, a first feeding occurs
at a special communal ceremony, where a sacrifice is made for the
sake of the new member of the cult. Olivia,
she told Jonnie, will experience this ceremony tomorrow night...despite
not even knowing what she is yet. That same day, Roald
Ortiz told Olivia that Vanessa is also still alive. The
sisters’ tense reunion was not what family albums are made of...
started his investigation in Italy by finding the house he’d heard
described as belonging to the Ortiz family. But after trekking up
Mount Castello, he spoke with a woman who denied knowing anyone
by the name Ortiz. Later, the woman was revealed to be Roald’s assistant
(and possibly lover), Catarina. Roald told her to have Frank followed...
Frank continued to snoop around, ending the very long day at a church.
But the priest regretfully told him that he did not recognize the
Ortizes either, although he did offer to pray for Olivia. After
the old man left him alone, Frank lit a candle for Camilla.
After the prosecution continued digging up dirt on
the Campbells, Tristan
was convinced that Alex
would turn next to Tristan’s
brother’s past. He told Martina
to seek out a deal, no matter what the cost. Martina reluctantly
agreed. But Alex refused to even consider a deal, telling Marty
he was determined to finish out the trial.
for dinner, and asked him about his love life. Clark told her that
though he was interested in Ross,
Ross appeared to be repulsed by Clark’s physical presence--not exactly
a good sign that a relationship is in the offing. Elaine mentioned
the possibility that Ross isn’t gay, but Clark wasn’t so sure...Later,
conversation turned to Elaine’s birthday party, but Clark--not wanting
to get his mom’s hopes up--didn’t mention the fact that Beth had
agreed to attend.
and Tristan re-bonded at the Adams Inn, where Tristan has been staying.
Rena apologized for staying away from him for so long, but Tristan
said he understood. Still trying to solve the puzzle of Olivia’s
disease, she started asking him questions about Vanessa’s health.
His responses indicated to Rena that Vanessa shared Olivia’s syndrome.
Tris told her the secret he’s been keeping: he thinks Vanessa might
be alive. Touched that he would confide in her, Rena told him that
she believed him.
tried to make up with Martina, but she remained adamant that their
relationship be put on hold until after the trial--this is the only
way to prove she’s not using him. Meanwhile, Chelsea
accepted the internship at the paper, despite Jem’s
attitude and the fact that the job has no salary. And the assignment
Jem gave her wasn’t particularly enthralling either: a children’s
ski contest. Later, she went to see Mike at the police station in
hopes that he’d join her for a celebration. Mike told her he wasn’t
in the mood, and intended to try one more time to see Martina. Telling
him that apologizing yet again would make him look weak and unattractive,
Chelsea expertly manipulated him into deciding against this idea,
and got him to go out with her instead. Mike still felt a twinge
Alone in her office, Martina was working late when
Alex dropped by. Gloating, he ‘warned’ her that he would indeed
be introducing the photos of Philip Campbell into evidence tomorrow.
Martina tried again to get him to consider a deal, but Alex just
laughed. She asked him why he was being so stubborn, since Tristan
was no longer a threat to his father’s re-election. Alex said that
on the contrary--he does consider Tristan a threat--a threat to
Alex’s relationship with Martina. She belongs to him, he told her.
Martina told him that he was wrong on all counts, but Alex refused
to believe this. All her pleas went unanswered, and Alex left her
alone. Martina broke down, miserable that she’d failed to save Tristan
from what he feared most--having the photos of his brother revealed
Vanessa told Jonnie that they were responsible for
getting Olivia’s sacrifice. She had already told him that the blood
for these communal feasts has to come from a virgin--a superstition,
but never the less, a tradition that her father wants her to follow.
With a somewhat mysterious smile, Vanessa told Jonnie that she knew
just the right place to go for her dear sister’s first meal...
Alex reappeared at Marty’s office, and--supposedly
having a sympathetic change of heart--told her he was willing to
give Tristan a plea bargain. But the deal had a price: Alex wanted
Martina to have sex with him, now, on her desk. She told him what
he could do with his suggestion, but Alex then described, in graphic
detail, exactly what would happen to Tristan should a deal not be
struck. If Tris’s fragile mental state doesn’t result in suicide,
Alex told her, prison life would destroy a man like Tristan--a cop
killer whose cries for help would go unheeded by prison guards.
Desperate to save her friend, Martina tearfully agreed to Alex’s
first ‘meal’ was Sister
Margaretta, a young nun imprisoned in a cruel mental institution.
Margaretta has not spoken or shown any emotion since drinking the
communion wine she poisoned herself in an attempt to kill the head
of a village church, Father
Christophoro. But Roald
refused the offering, since the woman’s poisoned blood would kill
the weakened Olivia. Jonnie
wanted to free the apparently catatonic young woman, but Roald decided
instead to use her for his own twisted pleasure...
After sleeping with Alex
in accordance with their agreement, a grim Martina
returned to court looking forward to telling Tristan
that she’d made a deal. But to her shock, Alex continued with the
trial, telling her privately that she had no recourse against his
renegging. He then began with the terrible testimony about Philip,
revealing the photographs and the young man’s deviant sexual and
violent behavior. Martina recovered her aplomb long enough to perform
a good cross examination--the jury heard that Philip was plainly
remorseful for his actions--but later found herself resentful and
bitter at Tristan.
first photo shoot went sour thanks to a bunch of rowdy children
and a fight with Cynthia.
She returned the film to the newspaper, where she listened to Jem’s
bragging. In particular, he was proud about having been responsible
for the courtroom incident in which Tristan had a vial of blood-red
liquid thrown at him.
continued to work together, and a joke by Greg--regarding vampires
and garlic--led Rena to think that this might actually be a clue
to a cure to Olivia’s condition... Elaine’s
birthday party was a success, although the person Elaine wanted
most to see--her daughter Beth--did
not appear. Clark
was also disappointed in his sister but tried not to let his mother
see this. But at the end of the night, when Elaine was alone in
her house, Beth appeared.
A fed-up Jonnie, revolted by Roald’s behavior, went
in to see Olivia. Olivia’s shock at seeing Jonnie in Italy turned
to horror when Jonnie revealed the secret that Roald has been keeping
from her: that she is doomed to drink blood, just like her father
and sister and Jonnie himself. Vanessa was furious at Jonnie, and
worried about how Roald would react...
After doing some more investigating, Frank returned
to the priest he’d spoken with the night before, wanting to know
why the man lied about not knowing who Roald Ortiz was. The priest
explained that he did not want to spread rumors about a man who
valued his privacy. After Frank left, however, Roald appeared with
the nun, Sister Margaretta. He called her a ‘gift’ for his friend,
Christoforo. And the Padre eyed the unconscious young woman with
a most unpriestly gaze.
family reunion was marred by her own inability to connect with her
mother and brother. Her coldness towards Elaine
troubled and angered Clark,
who tried to get his sister to explain her odd behavior. His words
triggered a defensive, bitter voice in her mind, telling her to
refuse to speak any more about Elaine.
efforts to explain their lifestyle to a shocked Olivia
failed, and she refused to take part in the ‘first blood’ ceremony.
Angered by her accusations, Roald told her she had no choice in
the matter. Later he ordered that his daughter be sedated. His fury
was then directed at Jonnie,
for telling Olivia about her heritage against Roald’s wishes. Vanessa
was torn between defending her lover and rationalizing Roald’s actions
The case against Tristan
hit a standstill when the prosecution
asked for a continuance due to missing witnesses Frank
and Jonnie. Martina
was relieved, but her pleasure dimmed when she saw that Mike
was next up on the witness list... Thanks to the continuance, Tristan
had the afternoon off from the trial. He returned to OmniCorp to
get caught up in its affairs, but found that Ronald
Granger had taken over his office “just in the interim.” Philippa
was behind closed doors with Ronald, but Tristan pulled her out
in order to clear the air between him and his mother. But she was
still livid over the revelations about Philip,
and lashed out at her son for allowing it to happen. The two parted,
bitterness and ugly accusations still hanging in the air.
Vanessa cruelly taunted her sister, telling her the
gory details about life as a member of the di sangue. As a drugged
Olivia grew more and more horrified, Vanessa also let slip the information
that she is now sleeping with Jonnie--Livvy’s former lover. Feeling
trapped by everyone plotting against her, Olivia tried to escape--egged
on by Vanessa. But Roald caught her and returned Olivia to her room.
Frank went to the Capraian police and asked for help.
The man who spoke with him, Antonio Rosetti, gave him the lowdown,
and Frank finally got confirmation that Roald is alive. But Rosetti
was unaware of the cult’s true nature, and so Frank did not realize
just how dangerous the di sangue are. On his way back to
his penzione, Frank was followed and attacked.
Christoforo gave his maid the night off and approached his ‘gift’
the nun who had wanted him dead, bound for security’s sake to his
bed. While telling her of his plans for her, the priest was interrupted
by her frustrated attempts at speech. He had just untied one hand,
preparing to take her innocence, when she at last was able to reveal
that Roald had already taken it from her. Aghast and enraged at
Roald’s treachery, Christoforo left to confront his friend--but
warned Margaretta that he would be back for her, virgin or no virgin.
Christoforo’s accusation fell upon deaf ears with Roald, who told
the powerless priest that he’d raped Margaretta to punish Christoforo
for speaking with Frank. Christoforo needed a lesson, Roald said,
in who was really in charge here on Capraia. Things got even worse
for the corrupt padre when he returned to his home and found that
Margaretta had escaped.
attempts to advise and console Martina backfired when she told Marty
that it was probably for the best that she’d broken up with Mike.
Marty blew up and accused Rena of being holier than thou, of being
judgmental, and of never taking risks or allowing herself to make
a mistake. Of course Rena wasn’t aware that Marty’s anger was really
directed at herself, for having made the wrong choice as far as
sleeping with Alex to get Tristan a deal. And Marty’s rash words
struck a chord with the hurt and confused Rena.
The 'first blood' ceremony began, and Jonnie was only
one of the two reluctant participants. When Roald led Olivia to
the dying sacrificial victim, she pleaded with her father not to
do this to her. He of course ignored the request, and grabbed her
throat to force the blood into her mouth. Jonnie tried to stop him,
but Vanessa held him back, and Olivia became a di sangue.
Sickened, Jonnie ran away from the castle.
Alone in his room, Frank bandaged himself up and started
to rest--but a knock on the door startled him. Thinking it was another
attacker, he took his gun and went to answer the door--and found
Jonnie Adair staring at him.
told a dubious Frank
about the di sangue and their murderous ways. Frank thought the
young man was bluffing his way out of a kidnapping charge, but when
he thought about his attack the night before, he realized that Jonnie’s
story seemed to make sense. His belief strengthened when he found
out that his contact at the Capraia Police had met with a deadly
‘accident.’ Meanwhile, Jonnie was worried about the cut on Frank’s
hand--had the attacker turned Frank into a di sangue? Frank
brushed the thought aside, and told Jonnie to get back on Vanessa’s
direct testimony strengthened the case against Tristan.
later subjected him to a grilling that implied the police force
was biased, Frank was a loose cannon, and no one had followed up
on the idea that Tristan had been framed. When she ran into him
away from the courthouse, they tried to reconnect--but her lack
of self-esteem and mistrust wouldn’t allow her to accept his offer
testified about the discovery of Branscomb’s
body, Tristan had a flashback that again depicted him standing
outside himself, watching as if someone else was prodding him to
kill the policeman. But he saw his own face beside him--not another
person. The realization frightened him, and once the day was over
he went for a long walk...
was on her own walk through the woods when something triggered a
breakdown. Her panic attack seemed to bring out a different personality--a
fearful young girl inside her, who resented Beth for bringing her
back to Schuyler Falls. She collapsed into tears, and huddled on
the ground, paralyzed. Tristan came upon her and--though he recognized
her from the Adams Inn (where they were both staying)--he was unable
to understand what was wrong with her. But her words, the fear of
being brought back to her childhood home, made him suddenly remember
childhood home: Monte Castello.
Once Tristan had calmed the little girl down, Beth
reappeared, and was shocked to find herself being confronted by
this strange man. She ran away and headed back to the Inn, filled
with shame at her behavior. At once she decided she had to leave
Schuyler Falls, and despite Elaine’s
pleas, the troubled young woman stuck to her decision.
On his way back to the castle, Jonnie was astonished
to run into another troubled young woman--Margaretta,
who was dazed and lost. He took her back to the sea cottage Vanessa
had told him about, and tried to understand what had happened to
her. She was able to communicate enough to tell him that Roald
had brought her back to Father
Christoforo, but before he could figure out what Christoforo
wanted with her, Vanessa appeared. Jonnie was able to leave the
cottage without Vanessa finding out about Margaretta.
A saddened Rena--who
took Martina’s insulting remarks of the other day to heart (although
Martina later went to her to apologize)--asked Clark
if he thought she was a prude. He advised her to loosen up, but
to do it at her own pace. She tried out a new attitude in front
who didn’t notice the effort she was making. Rena told him that
the tests of the potential cure for Olivia’s disease hadn’t been
returned from the lab. Greg told Rena to call him when the results
came back--even though he was going skiing with a date this weekend.
As Rena did her best to ignore the feelings of distaste, he blithely
went on about his dating dilemma--which of his two lovers should
he take to the upcoming Crystal Ball?
At the hospital, Nora
in a post-coital conversation. She watched Philippa disappear down
the firestairs in what was obviously a routine for her following
a lovemaking session with Doug. Her world collapsed when she realized
how she’d been betrayed. Later, Daphne
noticed her mom’s odd behavior, and told Nora to do whatever it
was she had to do to get over it. She cryptically mentioned that
Nora had acted exactly the same way two years ago...
An excited Tristan showed up at Rena’s door and told
her that he was rushing off to Italy to find Olivia. He gave her
a note to give Martina, and pleaded with her not to tell their mutual
friend that he was leaving--at least, not until he had a long head
start. Unable to refuse him, Rena agreed.
A frustrated Martina
learned from Rena
had fled the country to find Olivia.
Not surprisingly, his detailed note didn’t convince the police that
he wasn’t merely escaping the trial, and Cahill
to Italy to catch the fugitive. Martina insisted on coming along,
just as Tristan had predicted.
and Olivia connected over their mutual situation, although Olivia
was none too trusting of Jonnie’s motives. After recalling the beginnings
of their affair, Jonnie asked her if she was certain Tristan had
attacked her back in the parking lot. He started to talk to her
about his new suspicions about Vanessa,
but Vanessa herself interrupted them. She told Livvy that she would
be taking her hunting later, knowing full well how this would affect
her younger sister. When Vanessa and Jonnie were alone, Jonnie accused
her of wanting to hurt Olivia. Vanessa told him to mind his own
business. And, mindful of the necessity of staying on her good side,
Rena learned the results of the preliminary testing
on the cure to Olivia’s disease--which appeared to work! She called
who was on his way to his ski weekend with his girlfriend Cheryl.
He was cautiously happy, but said they were stymied by the fact
that there was no Olivia around on whom to test the serum. He agreed
to return to Schuyler Falls ASAP. But after hanging up with him,
Rena realized that there was a way to get the serum to Olivia. Throwing
caution to the wind, she headed to the airport to get Martina a
sample of the cure.
Vanessa and told her that--according to a spy in the police department--Tristan
was on his way. Instead of being upset by this news, Vanessa was
eerily pleased by the notion of her ex-husband’s arrival. Jonnie
left the castle and went straight to Frank,
telling him about Tristan and the spy. Frank was shocked at the
discovery of a dirty cop, and called Mike to warn him. But Mike
had already left for Italy...and besides, as Jonnie cautioned him--who’s
to say that Mike himself isn’t the spy? Frank shook off the idea,
and told his new partner that they’d better come up with a plan
to get into the castle...and soon.
Hanging out with Tyler
at his house, Daphne
played basketball and complained about her parents. She happened
to let slip in front of Tyler’s younger brother Jason
that her father
is hooked on drugs. Tyler expressed uneasiness at her lack of restraint,
but Daphne claimed she didn’t care who knows....Meanwhile, at the
hospital, when Greg found out what Rena had done with the serum,
he went ballistic. He warned her that her job could be in jeopardy.
Once again, Rena was taken to task for her stubborn certainty in
her own rightness.
After being questioned by the police about her son’s
reckless escape, Philippa
ran to her lover Doug
for comfort. He was surprised by her concern, considering her evident
lack of love for her surviving child. Philippa tried to explain
herself to him: how Winston
had taken Tristan as his heir apparent, leaving her with no role
in the boy’s development. Philip,
on the other hand, was hers and hers alone. Winston’s subsequent
descent into homicidal madness--Philip’s suicide--Roald’s
‘death’--all these tragedies left Philippa hardened. And as if that
weren’t enough, now she must face Tristan’s fate.
Tristan rode the ferry ride from Elba to Capraia filled
with memories of his relationship with Vanessa. Seeing her for the
first time when she auditioned at Boondoggles...their first passion-filled
date...and their whirlwind courtship, leading to a secret marriage.
Their brief joy ended when Tristan brought her home to meet his
family at last--and discovered that Vanessa was Roald’s daughter.
On the boat, Tristan’s reveries were interrupted by a supposed stranger--Catarina,
Roald's assistant. Of course, Tristan was unaware of her relationship
to Roald (just as he was with Vanessa)...
Unfortunately, Doug was in no mood to be sympathetic,
thanks to his increasing reliance on his drugs. His insensitivity
infuriated the unusually vulnerable Philippa. She warned him that
he was headed for a fall, and left him in a huff. As usual, she
entered the fire stairs to avoid being seen leaving Doug’s office...and
ran straight into Nora,
who was waiting for her. Nora told the astonished Philippa that
she knew about the affair, and that Nora would put an end to it--just
as she’d done before, with a female doctor, a nurse, and...Olivia.
Nora admitted that she was the one to poison Olivia with insulin.
And, almost apologetically, she attacked her best friend, pushing
the older woman down a flight of stairs.
Unaware of his mother’s plight, Tristan arrived at
the Ortiz castle, and was surprised by how easy it was for him to
enter the apparently deserted house. But when Tristan went looking
for Olivia, he came face to face with Vanessa instead. Her greeting
words to her former husband were ominous: “Welcome to my home. I
hope you like it. Because you won’t be leaving.”
Learning about Philippa’s
‘accidental’ death sent Doug
into a downward spiral of self-destructive behavior. Rena
was also shocked by the news, primarily for Tristan’s
sake. Afraid for her friend’s life and sanity, she broke down in
front of a surprised Greg,
who sought to comfort her--all the while trying to understand both
Rena’s feelings for Tristan, and his own strange feelings of jealousy.
But a drug-addled Doug interrupted them and misunderstood Greg’s
intentions. After a few nasty comments by the chief of staff, Rena
left in tears.
if she was really telling the truth about her father’s drug habit;
she confirmed that she was. But when she explained that Doug’s addiction
focuses on prescription medication, Jason didn’t think this was
likely. Daphne, with ulterior motives, told the naive teenager to
own father if he didn’t believe her. Tyler
warned Daphne that Jason was likely to get Doug in big trouble by
talking to Charles. But the chief of staff’s daughter didn’t seem
to mind this prospect.
After finding Vanessa
bedroom, Tristan had a less-than-stellar reunion with his ex-wife.
Demanding to know Olivia’s whereabouts, he learned that she was
‘out hunting’ -- a revelation that made no sense to him. Even less
understandable was Vanessa’s revelation that Roald
is still alive. But Tristan remained focused on Olivia. Vanessa
hinted that her plans for her sister were grim indeed...
Since Vanessa was otherwise occupied, Olivia’s first
‘hunting’ experience was undertaken with Vincenzo, one of Roald’s
acolytes. Vincenzo astounded her with the notion that there was,
in fact, a way out of being di sangue--one that involved
stabbing a major artery and nearly dying. Olivia, afraid, still
considered the idea. But when Vincenzo actually gave her a knife,
she came to her senses and refused. The huge man then decided to
take care of the job for her. Olivia realized that this whole thing
was Vanessa’s plan to kill her. She tried first to escape, and then
to seduce her way out of the dilemma, but Vincenzo was relentless.
He thrust the knife down at her heart--the only vulnerable spot
on a di sangue...
climbed Monte Castello to reach the castle, but first Jonnie stopped
off at the sea cottage to check on Margaretta.
The empty room made him think she’d run away, but his detective
friend was able to figure out that she’d been taken--presumably
by Roald or Father
Christoforo. The ensuing conversation, regarding Roald and Vanessa’s
superstitions about the church and its symbols, led Frank at last
to understand the true meaning behind one of the clues in Camilla’s
murder case--her torn crucifix.
Vanessa’s reminiscing about her love life with Tristan
also led to thoughts about Camilla. Tristan accused Vanessa of murdering
the young waitress, but Vanessa remained coy. He lost control and,
despite her gun, tried to shake the information out of her. Impressed
by his passion, Vanessa finally admitted what he wanted to know:
Yes, she killed Camilla.
arrived in Elba, still facing a long ferry ride to Capraia. Mike
offered a massage to a tired Martina, and the physical closeness
reminded both of them just how attracted to one another they are.
Mike’s gentle kiss brought Martina close to tears, for reasons he
Later, when they arrived on Capraia, the three waited
for the island’s only cab to return and pick them up. Martina went
off by herself, soon followed by Mike. His sweet, encouraging, complimentary
words meant a great deal to Martina, who still felt remorse and
anger at herself for agreeing to Alex’s sinful deal. At last she
gave in to her emotions, and the couple--who agreed to start over
again--embraced with a passionate kiss. But their happiness was
overshadowed by a puzzling discovery: Apparently the cab had arrived
while they were talking, and Jim--unaccountably--went off to Monte
Castello without them.
Back in Schuyler Falls, Jem
learned about his cousin Philippa’s death. His main concern was
finding space for the juicy story, and whether he could safely imply
that she had committed suicide...A miserable, grieving Nora
looked at her morbid collection of news articles, detailing the
deaths of Doug’s other mistresses. She wept and begged Philippa
to understand that all these crimes were really Doug’s fault, not
Jonnie and Frank finally arrived at the castle, and
were stopped by two of Roald’s burly assistants, who told them that
Roald had arrived just moments ago. One of the assistants recognized
Frank as the American policeman. Surprisingly, Jonnie agreed, and
told them that Frank thought he was here to save Olivia. He then
grabbed Frank’s gun and turned it on the cop. When Frank tried to
get his weapon back, Jonnie struck him in the head with it and kicked
him to the ground. Again leveling the gun at Frank, Jonnie told
him mockingly that he’d trusted the wrong man...
Though he’d guessed that Vanessa killed Camilla, Tristan
still couldn’t believe she was cold enough to murder her own sister.
Roald entered the room and asked where Olivia was. Vanessa claimed
ignorance, and also pretended that she’d caught Tristan skulking
about the house. Roald went ballistic when he recognized the face
of the man behind the attempted murder of his beloved Olivia back
in Schuyler Falls. He attacked Tristan and demanded to know if he
had done something to Olivia yet again. But Tristan was finally
putting the puzzle together. He accused Vanessa of masterminding
the whole plot--working with Jonnie to frame him, stealing the baseball
bat from his office...and attacking Olivia herself. Hoping to silence
his accusations, afraid that Roald would believe them, Vanessa raised
the gun once more.
betrayal of Frank
to the two cult members turned out to be staged; the ruse worked
and Jonnie and Frank raced to find Olivia.
advanced on Tristan
with murderous intent, but Tristan tried to stall for time by revealing
plan to have Olivia killed. Roald didn't believe him at first, but
the facts couldn't be denied. Attacking his older daughter, Roald
demanded to know what she'd done to Olivia. Vanessa tried to explain
that yes, she'd had Olivia killed by his servant,Vincenzo, but it
was out of jealousy for Roald's love. This hardly mattered to the
enraged Roald, who used a knife to pierce Vanessa's heart. He advanced
on Tristan but gunshots caught his attention, and he ran to investigate.
After having been stranded at the docks by Jim
Bonkovich, who took the island's sole taxicab in an apparently
impulsive desire to hunt for Tristan alone, Mike
tried to understand what was going on. Mike went to call the police
station back home, and also listened to his messages-including one
from Frank, telling him that there was a dirty cop on the force.
Marty put two and two together, and asked Mike if it was possible
for Jim to be the traitor. Mike found it hard to believe, but was
willing to listen
Concerned about Daphne's
tales about her
father, young Jason
wandered into his
own father's study to ask if it was true that one could be addicted
to prescription medicine. Charles was busy trying to write a statement
for the hospital regarding Philippa's
death, but he took a moment to grill Jason to see if the boy was
talking about himself. Jason pretended he was just settling a bet,
and Charles-who didn't believe him-never the less responded that
yes, prescription drugs can be addictive. Jason left, and Charles
overheard Daphne's voice in the background. He began to wonder if
Doug's daughter was involved in Jason's sudden interest
Despite everything she'd done to him, Tristan found
himself trying to comfort Vanessa as her life's blood drained from
her. She had no apologies for her actions, but gave Tristan the
satisfaction of knowing the truth: she had killed Camilla
out of revenge for the alleged car accident, and for her role in
breaking up their marriage; she'd used her knowledge of Tristan's
poor drinking habits to work with Jonnie to get him drunk and leave
him without an alibi for the night of Olivia's attack. She'd stolen
the Ty Cobb baseball bat from Tris's office and used it to beat
Her final revelations were even more shocking to Tristan,
since they came as an utter surprise. Philip
was not insane-he was, in fact, a di sangue. Much as she had infected
Jonnie with the disease, she'd done the same thing to Philip years
ago. His farm activities had nothing to do with sex-it was Philip's
pathetic attempt to avoid having to kill people for the blood he
found himself craving so desperately. The only reason the young
man was naked in those pictures, Vanessa explained, was that he
didn't want to get the animals' blood on his clothes. And he killed
himself because he couldn't stand the horrific life he was leading.
Like the vampires of myth, Philip thought he had to die by impaling
himself with a wooden stake, which is why he fell from the barn
roof to the picket fence.
Tristan was aghast and incensed when he heard what
his brother went through-but this news barely had time to register
when Vanessa added that Winston
wasn't what he thought he was, either. "Talk to Father," she whispered.
"That's where I got the idea for Philip
" In emotional agony,
Tristan tried to get Vanessa to explain herself, but he was too
The gunshots from earlier turned out to be Jonnie and
Frank shooting their way through a sea of cult members. Jonnie was
badly wounded in his leg, but otherwise the men were successful.
But before they could continue their search, Roald appeared, his
knife still dripping with Vanessa's blood. He attacked Frank, who
had no more bullets for his gun, and nearly decapitated him. Tristan
appeared and distracted the deranged cult leader, holding Vanessa's
gun on him and demanding to know what Roald had done to his father.
Roald, hysterical with grief over Olivia's apparent death, only
laughed and refused to answer. He attacked Tristan-but this time,
Olivia's voice stopped him. Roald took an instant to react to seeing
Olivia alive, and then turned back to Tristan. With no time to decide
on Roald's intent, Tristan shot the older man. Olivia barely reached
his side before her beloved father died in her arms.
Doug spent the evening in his office inhaling his drugs
one by one, trying to calm down after hearing about Philippa's death.
visited him, weeping, and tried to comfort him. Doug pushed her
away, telling her that he didn't need her or anyone. Nora angrily
refuted this and left the room. Seconds later, as Doug grabbed another
handful of Fiorinal, the door to his office opened-and Charles Stanford
As the heartbroken Olivia resisted Tristan's apologies,
Frank thanked Tristan for saving his life, and acknowledged that
Vanessa had killed Camilla and attacked Olivia
was still guilty of killing Officer
Branscomb. He sent the shaken Tristan out to the terrace to
get some air, and tried to comfort Olivia. Jonnie urged Frank of
the importance of fleeing the castle as soon as possible-once the
di sangue returned from their night's hunting, he reasoned, they
would find their leader and his daughter dead, and would be out
for revenge. At that moment, Jim arrived, racing up the stairs with
his gun raised. Frank was relieved at having backup, and Jim told
him to get Livvy and Jonnie downstairs before the 'bloodsuckers'
returned. Frank agreed, and Jim offered to take care of Tristan
Marty and Mike finally got into the cab and headed
to the castle, all the while trying to piece together how Jim was
involved in the whole plot. Jim had claimed that when he arrived
at Tristan's house the afternoon of Branscomb's murder, Branscomb
was already inside. But what if he had lied? What if for some reason,
Jim and Branscomb had gone into the house together? Martina realized
that Tristan had been telling her that all along, but she hadn't
understood his words. If all this was true, then Jim had murdered
his own partner in order to frame Tristan
and Tristan was in
Jim met up with Tristan on the terrace, his gun drawn.
Tristan was surprised to see the SkyFalls cop there. Then the other
man's face stirred a memory in him, and he realized that it was
a very, very familiar face. Jim began to threaten Tris, who suddenly
understood that Jim had no intention of merely taking him back to
SkyFalls. And at that moment, the afternoon of Branscomb's murder
finally became clear to him. He remembered Jim entering the house
with Branscomb, and following Tris into the kitchen alone. He punched
Tris in the face and then called for his partner. He'd ambushed
Branscomb, stabbing him with a butcher's knife. Finally the evil
policeman grabbed the drunken Tristan's hand and wrapped it around
the knife, continuing to stab at the already-dead Branscomb to get
blood and fingerprint evidence. Tristan accused Jim of all this,
and Jim agreed.
Christoforo arrived downstairs at the castle, apparently part
of some arrangement with Roald regarding Margaretta.
He left quickly when he saw Jonnie and Frank, but Jonnie decided
that the poor nun must be somewhere in the house, and that they
had to save her. Since his leg was wounded, Frank would have to
do the searching. Frank left and managed to find the young woman
in Roald's bedroom. He led her downstairs, expecting to find Jim
and Tristan waiting for him. But they were strangely absent. Jonnie
again stated his concern about waiting around for the cult members
and suddenly Frank realized that Jim had seemed to
know all about the "bloodsuckers." But how could he? Frank turned
around and again headed upstairs, this time to save Tristan.
Back in SkyFalls, Jem
trying to get a quote from the assistant district attorney about
the strange goings-on regarding the Campbell case. Alex had no comment,
except to say that he was sure Tristan would be caught and brought
to justice. And that if Martina Rosenoff had any foreknowledge of
her client's escape plans, she would be in trouble as well. Jem
liked this remark and commented on Martina's photogenic face. Alex
smiled and said that he'd been thinking the same thing just before
Jem arrived. With this puzzling comment, Alex shut the door and
returned to watching a tape on his VCR
To Tristan's surprise, Jim offered him a chance to
run away. But the younger man recognized that this was only a plan
to give Jim an excuse to shoot him in the back-to make it look as
if Jim killed Tristan while the latter was escaping. He refused
to play along, angering Jim. Jim launched himself at Tristan, who-after
months of being tormented by outside forces-finally fought back.
He landed a few strong punches on the attacking cop, but this was
actually what Jim wanted. Scarred with evidence of Tristan's attack,
Jim pulled the trigger of his gun, shooting Tristan at point-blank
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