We're her parents - maybe you saw us in the paper? the Abbott's stammer introductions. Worried and missing her, they just want to LOOK at Lucy. No - we'd all be in big trouble, the foster mother sounds nervous.
At the ranch, Victor pays some attention to Segundo (who's lounging on his dog bed) - always there; always loyal. And what's this under his paw? Why it's half a piece of ripped up paper (the annulment document). No matter how great Victor does in business, he'll never, ever understand women *sigh*
At the Abbott mansion, Traci gushes about how happy Ashley was (that Abby showed up tonight). Jack can't shake the feeling that Tucker's 'trouble'. Let's hope Ashley has better luck with THIS ruthless business man - and finds her happily ever after - Jack and Traci clink glasses.
As Tucker lays motionless on the side of the road, Ashley (in the car wreckage) regains consciousness - Abby - are you alright? Tucker! Oh no - you hit him! Oh God - oh God! Abby! (who doesn't respond).
Back at G-worm, Kay's sorry she missed the chance to speak to Tucker - but will call him first thing tomorrow. It IS his wedding day - the first milestone in his life she'll share as him mother. She wishes him and Ashley a lifetime of happiness.
The cop tending to Tucker calls for an ambulance - code 10! Having 'seen the accident', Diane races over - that's Tucker McCall! she ID's him. And as Diane's left with Tucker, the cop goes to check on whomever's in the other car. Hello! Anyone hurt? he taps on the window - then shines a flashlight on Ashley and Abby (neither responding).
This isn't a case of abuse or neglect, Billy quickly assures. We love her so much, Vikki just wants to see the Lucy's OK. It's been so hard for the Abbott's (who babble about what their daughter likes). Caving in, the foster mother briefly allows Vikki and Billy to gush over Lucy - before quickly wheeling her away (leaving Billy to console an agonized Vikki).
Flares now spread out, the medics work on Tucker. Diane hovers as Ashley climbs out of the car - pleads with them to help Abby - then is held back from Tucker. I hit him - I was driving, she claims.
At the Abbott mansion, Billy tells Traci and Jack about their run in with Lucy (and her 'jumpy' foster mother). Vikki wanted to hold her sooo badly - but tried to 'act normal'. Billy had to fight the instinct to grab Lucy and run. Jack then gets a call from Diane (who reports the accident - it's bad, very bad).
All wonder where Diane was calling from (as the reception was bad). How long will it take to get Ashley and Abby to the hospital. Jack joins them - Kyle asleep, he's got a sitter on the way. Go to the hospital, he instructs - he'll call Kay - go, go, go! At G-worm, Kay gets Jack's call - she'll meet them at the hospital.
Heading up to bed, Victor ignores Diane's call - but hearing there's been a 'serious' accident, picks up - what happened?!
Abby on a gurney, Ashley doesn't have time to give the cops details - she's going with her daughter (but pauses over Tucker's gurney). Diane tells the cop that she was behind the car for several miles - it was speeding - weaving all over the road. Hoping there's a good neurosurgeon oncall tonight, a medic speaks to Tucker (who weakly murmurs; Ashley).
Yes - it's purely coincidence that Diane just so happened to be driving behind people she knows. That's everything. Diane's instructed not to speak to anyone about the accident (until she's talked to the police).
Kay and Murphy join Jack, Traci, Billy and Vikki (who only know the ambulance is on it's way). Let's hope it's not as bad as Diane thinks. When Tucker's wheeled in (with level one head trauma), the doctor gives orders (and will update Kay - announcing herself as his mother - when he knows more). The same goes for Abby as she's wheeled in unconscious (Ashley with her). Hugging Victor, Ashley's peppered with questions. A Detective then arrives - lead to believe Ashley was driving, she'll need a blood test to determine blood/alcohol levels).
No - the blood test CAN'T wait - the police found an empty bottle in the car. A witness claims the car was being driven irratically When Ashley denies having more than one glass of champagne, Jack vouches for her. She's sober, Victor agrees. No - the Detective can't just take Ashley's word for it. Refusing to take the test is an admission of guilt; probably cause for arrest etc. etc. OK - Ashley will take the test (leaving Kay and the rest to absorb the shock that Ashley 'ran down' Tucker). And what were they (and Diane) doing - going to the cabin?? It's strange - weird. Meanwhile, Vikki's slipped away to share a moment with Victor (both hoping Abby will be OK). There's nothing worse than seeing one's child in pain - and not being able to do anything about it, Victor says pointedly.
In Tucker's room, the Murphy's are told that his chances 'aren't good'- he's in extremely critical condition and needs surgery immediately to relieve pressure to his brain. And as the doctor goes for paperwork for Kay to sign, she talks of forgiveness - and how precious time is. She's so very proud to be his mother. Now fight - for me.
All watch (offering Kay support) as Tucker's wheeled off for surgery. Nina's calling Brock etc. Back with the Detective, it's been determined that Ashley's 'sober as a Judge'. There's no work on Abby - but Tucker's in surgery. And as all file into the lounge to wait, Diane arrives (to eavesdrop as the Detective questions Ashley on why the car was swerving). Ashley explains that she and Abby were arguing. Tucker came out of nowhere! The doctor then comes out with good news re: Abby (who's likely still unconscious because of the alcohol). Diane continues to sneak around - as Victor and Ashley go see Abby. Mommy and Daddy are here - you'll be alright - open your eyes. It'll be OK, Ashley's gonna make sure if it.
Kay and the Abbott's marvel at how well Ashley's holding up. They'll need to call the wedding planner and cancel the wedding. Traci and Jack will make some call from 'the cafe'. And as all leave the Murphy's to wait, Diane continues to slink about.
The Detective poking her head into Abby's room, Ashley's not trying to avoid her. When Abby opens her eyes, Victor asks for some time alone. The doctor summoned, Abby's told that she had an accident.
The doctor updates the Murphy's that Tucker's in a coma - not breathing on his own. Given the extent of his injuries, he may never wake up.
Introducing herself (to the detective) as the eye witness, Diane makes a point of saying the car was weaving. A blond woman was behind the wheel. Diane saw no brake lights - just the car swerving INTO Mr McCall - on purpose.
Next: I think you should consider the possibility that it wasn't an accident, Diane tells the detective ... The detective then accosts Ashley - You can answer my questions here or downtown. It's your choice Ms Abbott .. Victor tells Diane - This whole thing happened because YOU are nothing but a tramp.
My Thoughts: Vikki says Ashley's holding up better than if Billy and Lucy were in an accident? Has she forgotten all about her biological son? ... How does Ashley expect the police to believe SHE was driving - when the police report will state that ABBY was removed from the driver's seat. Shouldn't Ashley be receiving medical attention too? At the very least she could have a concussion, whiplash and she should be in considerable pain due to the seatbelt. Her hair isn't even mussed up ... Surely anything the foster mother may have read in the newspaper (about the Abbott's) wouldn't be good (or reason to allow them contact with Lucy). She likes to be carried around 'like a football'? Lucy looked perfectly content until Billy and Vikki started babbling at her (trying to 'act normal') ... She's crying - she needs me, Vikki whines (though SHE'S the one crying). How can Billy possibly 'promise' Vikki that they'll get Lucy back? ... Yeah - Segundo's loyal, always 'there' - Victor makes it sound like HE'S been cheated on (well - he has - but he doesn't know it yet) .... How on earth did that ripped up annulment paper end up under the dog's paw? ... What is it about women that Victor can't understand? ... Why doesn't Traci's husband EVER accompany her to GC? He couldn't get away for his sister in law's wedding? Traci doesn't even mention calling him re: the accident ... Knowing she's sober, why would Ashley even consider refusing a breathalyzer? ... Did Ashley really need to order everyone to 'stay here'? Where does she think they'd go? ... What a joke that PSA was yesterday (for MADD). Both Jack and Traci were drinking straight Scotch (on top of the champagne) before DRIVING over to Memorial ... I understand that Kay's feelings towards Tucker might change when he's clinging to life - but being 'proud' of him's a bit of a stretch ... Why would the cop calling in give his full name - instead of his badge number? ... Why's Diane having such bad reception anyway? Wasn't it mentioned months ago that two new towers were erected by the cabin? ... Dumped or not, why hasn't anyone thought to call Daniel? And won't Kent be pissed off (missing out on such dramatic footage for the Naked Heiress show) They must have enough material for a full (albeit very outdated) season ... There's no way Diane could sneak around the hospital (dressed for a night at the opera) without being spotted ... I always get a chuckle when the medics race a critically injured patient in - then conveniently pause in the lounge so the doctor can bark out instructions. Why even have to GO through the lounge to reach the emergency dept? And it doesn't even seem that Tucker's in ICU. If he's that close to death, why didn't the doctor suggest they summon a priest? ... Why is the detective asking Ashley why she and Abby were going to the cabin? How's that relevant. And how's Ashley supposed to know why Tucker got out of his car? .... If Diane was following 'the car' - for 'several miles' - and it was 'speeding', isn't she admitting that she was speeding too? And if it was weaving all over the road, as she claims, wouldn't pulling over (to call and alert the police) be the responsible thing to do?