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Thurs., Aug. 16, 2001 – At Millennium: Ross comes in and asks Rick where Danny is. He tells Rick that both Danny and Frank are missing; they never made it to court. Rick tells Ross the “Carmen is alive” theory and tells him that Danny and Frank went looking for Michelle. Ross wants to know everything Rick knows. Gus comes over and hears the conversation. Gus hands Rick, Ross and Blake one of his new business cards, he is now a private investigator in Springfield. He tells them he is going to focus on missing persons since that is his specialty. Gus goes over to the bar while Rick goes on to tell the rest of the theory. Ross is worried, he thinks if Danny doesn’t show up for court it will take the jury less than ten minutes to convict him. Ross tells Rick that the jury has a verdict. He and Rick are both worried as they leave for the courthouse. Gus follows them. At Laurel Falls: In the shack, Danny is looking around for clues while Frank tells Danny they wasted their time and they have to leave. Frank tells him he will get some cops on the place to look it over. Danny tells him that they can’t help since they don’t know Carmen like he does. He knows Carmen and Michelle were there. Danny looks down and sees where Michelle wrote “Robbie” in the sand. He points it out to Frank. Frank sees it but still says he needs to get Danny back to jail. Danny works it through and decides that Carmen took Michelle to the docks. Frank tells him that he will get some cops to look into it and Danny finally seems to give in. Frank turns and Danny knocks him out telling him he has to do it his way. At the Docks: Carmen is emotional about her memories of when she was shot there. Michelle asks Carmen how she faked her death and then lived all that time. Carmen tells her that she will tell her only because it will give her something to think about as she is dying. The fact that Carmen was able to survive and she will not. Carmen: “I was in Danny’s arms, but I couldn’t make out what he was saying….that’s when Danny dumped me into the water. The water snapped me awake. The chains dragged me down to the bottom. My lungs were about to burst…but I was alive….Danny was distracted. He was grieving and he didn’t tie the chains as tightly as he thought.” Basically Michelle has Carmen monologuing. She gives the TPTB cover story on how it is possible she is still alive. Short version Danny was too upset to figure out Carmen was still alive the cold water slapped her awake and she got out of the chains. Then one of her goons, Pedro, fished her out of the water and got a medical intern Jennifer Tarver to come take care of her with the promise of big bucks. They told her she would be very well compensated and Tarver was more then willing to help. Michelle asks where the intern is now. Carmen told her they needed a body to put in the water. Michelle tells Carmen she is sick and she hopes her torturous death on video is enough to satisfy Carmen because Danny will never come back to her. Carmen is sure it will take time but she will have her son back. Carmen tells Michelle that at least she will have the good memories of her death on video and Carmen thinks she can get Danny back too after Michelle is gone. Pedro wants to hurry but Carmen assures him that the only person that could save Michelle is Danny and he is in jail. Carmen gets the camera and is taping as Pedro wraps Michelle in chains. Michelle is screaming for him to stop as Danny shows up and greets his mother. Carmen looks surprised.
My Comments: Carmen’s description of what happened is very moving and almost sells this paper thin story. Danny sat on the dock for a long time. Way longer than she should have been able to live or that Pedro would willing to wait. It’s nice that they added they knew Tarvers already on questionable dealings rather than that they just lucked out finding her that night. It truly is a well written scene because Michelle is clearly getting the villian, Carmen, monologuing both to get the confession on tape and to stall. She trusts somehow Danny….or maybe Frank in a pinch will come. She set herself up as bait risking her own life to save Danny and she’s praying that it works.
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