Meg and Paul track down Mike to ask him about Sofie’s other friends. He doesn’t want to tell them anything but when Paul tells him that they think that Meg killed Sofie he tells them that Sofie didn’t have any friends, not even her ex.  Mike says he only talked to the guy on the phone and he believes that Sofie hadn’t heard from him in months.

Barbara gets back to her hotel room and finds her jewelry missing but when she turns around Cole walks out the bathroom. He says the jewelry is interest on the money she is supposed to give him. He tells her that he saw her kill Sofie. She tries to leave but he tells her she isn’t going anywhere and they have to go to plan B, as he holds a gun to her head. They get on the elevator and when the doors open on the first floor, Cole sees Paul and Meg and pulls Barbara back in telling her not to make a sound.

When Paul and Meg walk passed them they get off the elevator and Lisa sees them. She wants to know what is going on but Barbara tells her that she is so glad to see her. Cole tells Lisa that the two of them can chat later but he and Ms. Ryan have some business to take care of and they leave.

Allie and Susan are at Java’s and Susan gives her a package from her father. Alison isn’t sure what she should do with it. Susan tells her it is up to her. When Susan leaves Aaron walks up and asks about the package. She says it is from her father and her mom thinks she should just throw it away. He asks her if she would do that without at least opening it first. Alison opens the note first. Her father says he is very proud of her and then she opens the box and finds a bracelet inside. She asks what she is supposed to do with this. He asks her if she likes it. She says she thinks it is pretty but she isn’t sure.

Meg walks up and asks Aaron if she can talk to him. When Alison leaves Meg asks him about Sofie and then she tells him that the police think she is a suspect in killing Sofie. Aaron tells her he doesn’t know much about Sofie’s personal life. He says he wasn’t surprised that she was killed because she was a weak person who couldn’t make good choices that didn’t read people very well. He thinks that was because of Cole Norbeck. He says the guy was a real jerk.

Susan and Bob talk about how both Chris and Alison are trying to move on with their lives. Susan tells Bob about Larry’s gift to Alison. She is worried about how it will effect Alison. She gets angrier the more she talks about Larry. She blames Larry on all of Alison’s problems. She says she also blames Chris. She says Alison isn’t ready for the games. Bob tells her to give Chris a break. She just pays her bill and walks out.

Meanwhile Paul talks to Chris about Sofie. He asks Chris if he ever slept with Sofie, but Chris gets offended and says that is all he has to say. Paul tells him he wasn’t the father. Chris admits that Sofie had no clue how to deal with people who were being nice to her.

Alison is out running at the high school track when Chris sees her while he is running too. Chris tells her he sees she is having a hard time and apparently she doesn’t like to run. He offers to show her some tips and then shows her some ways to stretch. When she feels loosened up he asks if they can run together. Alison runs much slower than he does. Aaron shows up and she stops to talk to him. He wants to know if Chris is bothering her but she tells him no, in fact he has been helping her. She gets real weak and almost falls over. Aaron catches her and they walk over to sit down. She says she is ok and thinks she was just over doing it. Her bracelet gets snagged on her shorts. She and Aaron leave as Chris stands there.

Cole takes Barbara to a place in the basement where he has been living. He ties Barbara up and then tells her he wants his $100,000 from her. She tells him she has cancer and she could die really quick down there and then he will never get the money. He finds a pen and tells her to write a note to her son demanding the money. When she refuses to do it he gets mad and tells grabs her neck and tells her to do it now or she won’t die from the cancer.

He shoots up with a needle in his arm making Barbara realize he must have killed Sofie. She still refuses to write the letter. He tries writing it himself but has trouble writing because of the drugs. Barbara tries to keep him awake by telling him that they should just call Paul. He gets mad and says he isn’t going to fall for her tricks. He tells her he will make her pay just like he made Sofie pay. He tells Barbara the details of how he killed Sofie that night. Barbara tells him she will go anything he wants but he has to untie her first. She writes the letter and then he ties her up again and then he leaves.

Barbara tries to loosen the ropes and manages to get loose but the doors are locked and she can’t get out. She goes through Cole’s thinks and his drugs. She goes back to her chair and pretends to be tied still.

Paul and Meg are at the Lakeview and both decide that Cole must have been the father of the baby. Meg thinks that Cole was just as obsessed about Sofie as Sofie was about Paul. They go to Barbara’s room but find that she is gone. They run into Lisa and she tells them that she saw Barbara leave with Cole. She takes them to Barbara’s room and they look around. Lisa talks about how Cole was hanging around a lot lately and making a nuisance of himself. They can see in the room that Barbara’s things are all messed up.

Cole goes to Worldwide and tells Mike to give Paul a message for him. After Cole leaves Mike calls Paul and when he gets there Mike thinks that they should call the cops but Paul is worried that the cops will send Cole over the edge.

When Cole comes back she coughs and says she can’t breathe but he doesn’t care. She asks for a swallow of water. She tells him if she dies he can’t get the money. When he turns away she takes the syringe she found and stabs him in the back. He grabs her and then he falls back.

Barbara calls Paul and begs him to help her but she can’t tell him where she is. She tells him she thinks she is underground somewhere but isn’t sure where. Suddenly the phone goes dead. Mike thinks she could be at the Old Mill. Paul leaves with Meg following him.

Barbara goes back to Cole who is waking up. He asks her how she got free and she says it doesn’t matter because she is only trying to help him. They start struggling and Cole runs out. Paul and Meg come running in and find Barbara hiding behind the door. She collapses in Paul’s arms. They rush her to the hospital. Susan tells them she will be fine. Barbara apologizes for putting Meg under suspicion to the police. Mg tells her everything is ok. Paul calls Mike and tells him that Cole got away.

Meg goes to get some medication for Barbara, Cole shows up and grabs Meg and pulls a gun on her. He wants her to open the medicine cabinet and gets mad when she can’t. He shoots Meg and then runs out. Meg makes it to the door but collapses before she can open it.

Mike and two policemen see Cole leaving the hospital so Mike chases him down and stops him. Mike calls Paul and tells him that Cole is in custody. Paul thanks Mike for helping. Barbara says maybe now she can finally sleep. She says thank God this nightmare is finally over.

Jan Barrett

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