Aaron O'Connell

At rehab, Wyatt Cryer's counselor, Jeffery Harrington, finds his patient engrossed in something on his computer screen. "What are you up to?" Jeffery asks.

"Watching porn," Wyatt replies.

Jeffery tells him to turn it off. "Fine," Wyatt says. "I will search for an escort then."

Jeffery informs Wyatt he's not allowed visitors anyway, so he might as well stop looking online. "Look, I've been locked in here with you for months," Wyatt says. "I've got to do something."

Jeffery says he's got a plan to get them out for the afternoon. Wyatt's sister, Amanda, has called and asked for Wyatt and Jeffery's help moving into a new apartment. However, that's not the only news Jeffery has for Wyatt: Amanda is moving in with her friend Candace, the woman Wyatt suspects his father is having an affair with. "No way," Wyatt says.

Jeffery urges Wyatt to get going. "You deserve to get out of here. You've been doing so well," he says.

Jeffery puts his hand on Wyatt's shoulder, but Wyatt quickly shakes it off. "Get off me," he says. "You don't have to touch me to congratulate me."

Jeffery apologizes and says he wants to go because he wants to ask Candace out. "What? No way," Wyatt says. "This I've got to see."
John Schneider and Eva Tamargo

Back at the Cryer house, Judge Jim Cryer is on the phone in his study when his housekeeper Celine enters with a glass of brandy to celebrate. "Don't you remember?" she says. "It was this day three years ago that we—"

Jim cuts her off. "That's a memory," he says.

Celine apologizes for breaking it off. "I was going through some very tough times," she says.

Jim says what they had was a mistake. "I'm glad you ended it," he says. "It saved me the trouble."

"I know you still love me," she says.

"Well, then you don't know much," he replies.

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Celine points out that she was always there for Jim. "Do you remember how you used to talk to me all night when she was away?" she says. "How you laid it all on my lap? I miss that."

Jim tells her to go home and see her husband. "If you are looking to rekindle that fire, forget it; it's not going to happen," he says. "It's long dead. And if you're keeping this job thinking that will ever happen again, you should quit."

Celine says she never will. "And you can never fire me, because you love me as much as I love you," she says.

Celine leans over and kisses Jim passionately. He pushes her away. "Get out of this office," he says.
Renee Lawless and Angela Robinson

In the dining room, Katheryn Cryer is having lunch with her friend Veronica Harrington. "We haven't done this in a while," Veronica says. "Why have you been so distant?"

Katheryn, who has been hiding her breast cancer diagnosis from everyone but her housekeeper Hanna, says she hasn't been. "I miss our girl talks," Veronica says.

"We are sitting here like two old women talking about everybody in this town," Katheryn says.

Katheryn turns the conversation to Hanna. "Do you know Hanna's a grandmother?"

Veronica says she hopes to have grandchildren one day. "That son of mine would have to get busy," she says.

Katheryn grows quiet, and Veronica notices. She asks Katheryn what she thinks of her son, Jeffery. "He's a good boy. Smart," Katheryn says. "He's handsome, and he's quiet."

Veronica says he's too quiet. "You ever wonder what other people say in this town when we're not in the room? When they are sitting and chatting about us over lunch," Veronica says. "I wonder what they say about my son."

Veronica can sense Katheryn knows, but Katheryn won't say a word. "What bee is in your bonnet?" Katheryn says.

"I was just wondering, that's all," Veronica says, excusing herself to meet with the campaign stylist for her husband and Jim's gubernatorial run.

When Veronica leaves, Hanna enters to clear the plates. "If she thinks I'm going to be the one to tell her that her son is gay, she had better think again," Katheryn says.

"You ain't even getting me in that," Hanna says, walking back into the kitchen.
Eva Tamargo

Hanna is still chuckling when she encounters Celine in the kitchen. "What's so funny?" Celine asks.

"That woman," Hanna says.

"You don't know her like that," Celine says.

Katheryn enters the kitchen looking for her shoes. "I feel like taking a walk in the garden. Have you seen my shoes?" she says.

Hanna has just cleaned the mud from them and bends to help Katheryn put them on as they chat about the gardener. Celine looks on, furious.

Katheryn leaves, and Hanna promises to have lemonade waiting for her on the sunporch. Hanna then turns to Celine, who is making the lemonade, and asks that she not put too much sugar in it.

"I got you this job," Celine snaps back. "I know how she likes her lemonade."

Hanna fires back. "First of all, you didn't get me this job. You got me this interview," she says. "And I know you know how to make lemonade. I was just asking a question. She's trying to lose some weight."

Celine continues to press Hanna on why she's so attentive to Katheryn. An argument ensues, and Hanna leaves the room. "I'm done with this," she says.
Jaclyn Betham and Aaron O'Connell

Across town, Jeffery and Wyatt are hauling boxes into Candace and Amanda's new apartment. Wyatt asks Amanda how she convinced their parents to let her move off campus. "I haven't told them yet," she says.

Candace walks in with Chinese food for everyone. She goes into the kitchen to look for spoons, with Jeffery close on her heels.

Wyatt shakes his head, and Amanda asks him what's going on. "He's trying to ask her out," he says.

"Well, you know she thinks he's gay?" Amanda says. "Is he?"

"I don't know. Maybe," Wyatt says. "Who cares?"

"Why is he asking her out?" Amanda asks.

"I have no idea," Wyatt says.
Tika Sumpter and Gavin Houston

In the kitchen, Jeffery tries to compliment Candace. "You look nice," he says.

"I don't," she says. "I'm moving.

After she finds the spoons, she heads back out to the living room, and Wyatt picks up where Jeffery left off. "So Candace, are you seeing somebody?"

Candace says no. "Not even an old man?" Wyatt asks.

Amanda says Wyatt is wrong. "She likes age-appropriate guys, like Jeffery," she says.

"Really now?" Wyatt says. "That's nice because Jeffery is really into her."

Jeffery asks them to stop, but Wyatt continues. "Didn't you tell me you wanted to ask her out?"

"You do?" Candace says.

"Yeah," Jeffery says. "I was hoping you would go out with me."

Candace starts to laugh. "I'm sorry, Jeffery," she says. "You seem like a really nice guy, but something tells me I'm really not your type, and you're not mine."

The longer Candace laughs, the angrier Wyatt gets. "Yeah," he says. "Her type is an old man. Candace knows what I'm talking about."

Candace says she doesn't know what Wyatt is talking about. "If you don't want to go out with him, you don't have to be rude to him," Wyatt continues.

"I wasn't being rude," Candace says.

"No, it's okay," Jeffery says. "You're just not that into me. I get it."

Wyatt won't let it go. "I want to know why you found it funny," he says.

Jeffery urges him to stop, but Wyatt won't. "You're too nice," he says. "Never let someone humiliate you, especially someone like her."

"Someone like me?" Candace asks.

"I have been doing my research on you," Wyatt says. "Your father is not a doctor. And until a year ago, the school had no record of you. Who in the hell are you?"
Tika Sumpter

Candace looks at Wyatt. Finally, she admits he's right. "My father isn't a doctor," she says. "I don't know him."

She continues: "I grew up with nothing. I worked hard in school and got a scholarship, and then I witnessed a murder. My father murdered my mother. He had some really bad connections, so I was put into witness protection, okay. So I'm trying to do the best that I can. But it's people like you that won't let me be..."

Candace begins to cry and runs into the bathroom.

"Wyatt, that's not cool," Jeffery says.

Wyatt says he didn't know. "Did you know that, Amanda?" he asks.

"Some of it. That's why I was trying to get you to let it go," she says. "You have no idea how many nights she has been up crying about it."

Wyatt is upset. "Man, I always put my foot in my mouth," he says. "What is wrong with me?"

Wyatt says he wants to go, but Jeffery says he needs to apologize first. "Wyatt, you can't run out on things when they make you uncomfortable," he says. "You have to stay and deal with them."

"I'm sorry," Wyatt says. "I've made enough bad choices tonight."

"I'm so proud of you for recognizing that," Jeffery says.

Meanwhile, Candace is in the bathroom, laughing.
Tyler Lepley

At Hanna's house, her son, Benny, is cleaning when he calls his mother at work. He wants to know what time she's getting off work—and if she's coming straight home.

She says she is, but she wants to know why he asks. Ever since she orchestrated a surprise setup between Benny and a woman from church, Benny has promised to get her back. "Lord have mercy," she says. "You up to something."

"Come on, Mama," Benny says. "You know me."

"I do," Hanna says. "That's what scares me."
Crystal Fox, Tyler Lepley and Patrick Faucette

Later that night, Hanna comes home to find Benny at the door—and another man cooking in her kitchen. It's Tony Watson, a man from church. "Your son told me that you have been a little bit under the weather, and asked that I come by and cook a nice dinner for you," Tony says.

"I'm fine," Hanna says, wearily. "You didn't have to do that."

"It's no problem," Tony says. "I've been having a problem cooking for one since my wife died."

"I'm sorry to hear that," Hanna says.

Hanna says she needs to wash up, and drags Benny with her into the other room. "Get that man out of here," she says. "I don't want him here."

"It's getting-even time," Benny says, pretending to take a phone call.

Benny goes back into the kitchen and tells Tony he's been called away on a towing emergency. "I'll see you later, Mama," Benny says. "You enjoy the dinner."

When the door closes, Hanna turns to Tony. "Does he know who you are?" she asks.

"Not a clue," Tony says.
Gavin Houston and Tika Sumpter

Back at Candace and Amanda's apartment, Candace has finally decided to come out of the bathroom. Wyatt apologizes. "I'm sorry. I really am. I didn't know," he says.

"It's fine," Candace says. "But can you please not say anything to anybody?"

Candace then asks to talk to Jeffery in private. Once they're in her bedroom, she grabs him and kisses him. She pushes him on the bed and grabs his crotch.

"What are you doing?" he asks.

"Just what I thought," she says. "No reaction at all."

"I'm tired from moving," he says.

"No," Candace says. "You're tired from being in the closet."

Candace tells Jeffery he's gay, but Jeffery denies it. "If you're still trying to humiliate me, it worked," he says. "You don't have to do this."

"I'm not trying to humiliate you," she says. "I'm trying to get you to free yourself."

"I have nothing to be free from," he says.

"You get one life," she tells him. "You have to live it for yourself."

Jeffery says she's wrong about him. "No, I'm not," she says. "And when you're ready to be yourself, I'm sure we could probably hang out and have a good time."

Jeffery walks out of Candace's room. "Come on," he says to Wyatt. "Let's go."
Patrick Faucette and Crystal Fox

Back at Hanna's house, she and Tony have sat down for dinner. Eventually, they cut to the chase of their relationship.

"I have been trying to talk to you every Sunday at church," Tony says. "You won't even look at me."

"I have been down this road a time or two," she says. "A few times with you. And ain't nothing down here that I want."

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Tony says he'd like to at least take Hanna to the movies. She declines. "What are you afraid of?" he asks.

"I'm not afraid of anything. I'm finally happy," she says. "I don't want anything to interrupt that."

"So you isolate yourself to keep from feeling hurt or pain?" he says. "The problem with that is if you try to shield yourself from those feelings, you shield yourself from love and passion."

"This was really nice, but my son thought he was being cute by setting this up," she says. "I'm really tired."

"Our son," Tony says.

"Yeah, our son," Hanna says. "The one you haven't seen for over 20-something years. The one you were nowhere around to help raise into a man."

Tony apologizes. "I forgive you, but you're about a day late and $80,000 in back child support short," Hanna says.

Tony says he wants to get to know Benny, and asks what Hanna has told Benny about him. "I didn't tell him anything about you other than you were MIA: missing in association," she says. "You went off and got married to someone I didn't know anything about."

Tony says his wife wouldn't let him be a part of Benny's life. Hanna tells him to take responsibility for his actions. Tony says it was a different time then.

"Oh, it was a different time. That's why you asked me to have an abortion then," she says. "You know what? This little dinner is all nice and good. And when I see you in church, we're going to be all nice and cordial, and you won't ever have to say anything or show up or do anything else again. But right now, I wish you would just get your ass out of this house."
Gavin Houston and Aaron O'Connell

Back at the rehab center, Wyatt has missed dinner. When Jeffery checks on him, he finds Wyatt again at his computer.

Jeffery urges Wyatt not to beat himself up for what happened with Candace earlier. "You've always told me everybody's got a secret," Wyatt says. "I should've just let it go."

Wyatt says he still feels bad, but Jeffery advises him to let it go.

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Then, Wyatt asks Jeffery a question. "What do you think of me?" he says.

"Well, I think that you are smart and thoughtful and loving and kind, but you hide it from the world," Jeffery says. "You're trying to protect yourself from something."

Wyatt asks if Jeffery is disappointed in his earlier behavior. He says he isn't. "I just didn't like her laughing at you," Wyatt says. "I don't like people making fun of my friends."

Jeffery pauses. "Wait, are we friends?" he asks.

"Yeah," Wyatt says. Closing up again, Wyatt jokes, "Go to hell."

Jeffery tells Wyatt he's the one going to hell. After all, he's looking at porn again. "I'm not watching porn. I'm searching for an escort," Wyatt says. "Leave me alone."

Just as Jeffery is about to close the door, Wyatt makes a shocking discovery. Jeffery runs to see what Wyatt's looking at. The image on the screen is of a woman named Candy.

"Is that her?" Wyatt asks.

"It sure looks like her," Jeffery says.

"No way!" Wyatt exclaims.


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