In The Blue Whale, Burke asks Joe how Maggie is. He says they seem to be spending a lot of time together. Joe implies that marriage might be on their horizon, and as he toasts them, Carolyn walks in. Burke asks her how she's been, and she turns her back on him. Joe and Burke talk about her, and Joe suggests that Burke apologize to her for hurting her. He offers to buy her a drink, and says he'd like to talk to her. She tells him she's upset about something and doesn't really feel like talking. He leaves her alone and rejoins Joe at the bar.
Joe heads over and joins her. She tells him she's upset about things going on up at Collinwood. He asks if there's anything he can do to help out, as a friend. She points out that he's awfully friendly with Burke. He tells her she's acting like a spoiled brat. She says she's afraid to talk to him because she was in love with him. He asks if she still is, and she says she can't help it. She's afraid he doesn't feel the same way. She says she knows he was using her, but hopes that he couldn't only be pretending. Joe tells her that it would be best for her to find out for herself. She tells him to say hello to Maggie for her, and he leaves. She turns to look at Burke sitting at the bar, and he's looking at her. She turns away, and he turns back to his drink. She then gets up and goes to him, asking if the offer for a drink still stands.
He takes her to a table, and Carolyn suggests that they drink to old times. She asks what he wanted to say, and he apologizes for how he treated her. She asks if it's because he led her on. She asks if underneath, he really likes her. He says he wants them to be friends, and she tells him she doesn't want to hear his smug speech about how she'll someday make someone happy. He tells her that he never meant to hurt her, and he's sorry that he did. She says her mother and uncle warned her to stay away from him, but she ignored them. He offers to drive her home, but she turns him down. She thanks him for saying what he did, and he says he wishes things could be different. She agrees, and leaves.
Liz tells Jason that she won't give him any more money. She asks how much he wants to leave. Carolyn comes home and hears them arguing. She hears Jason refer to helping her 18 years ago. She walks in as her mother telling him that he's brought her nothing but grief. She demands to know what's going on. Jason tells Liz to tell her. Liz says they were arguing about her, and the night Willie tried to bother her. She says she was very upset and let her temper get the best of her. She excuses herself to go upstairs, leaving Carolyn with Jason. She asks what happened 18 years ago. He passes it off as nothing, and Carolyn says she intends to find out what's going on. He tells her that she'd be wise to stop asking questions. He says she could get her mother into serious trouble.
John: So, our first Barnabas-free post Barnabas arrival episode. A bit of a disappointment, with expectations running high, particularly in that we spend a bunch of time dealing with Carolyn's downer mood.
Christine: Well, you can't expect Barnabas to be hanging around during the daytime, after all. The fact that Willie's belongings have disappeared without any sign of him demanding money, molesting women, imbibing booze and making a general nuisance of himself beforehand is quite the mystery.
John: Nice to see Burke and Joe having buried the hatchet. Burke seems to be getting along with everyone these days (well, everyone except Willie). Maybe someone will invite him up to Collinwood for dinner!
Christine: Remember back in Episode 117 when they were punching each other out? Good times...
John: I think it's safe to say that Carolyn's definitely not going to fall for Jason. Of course his telling her that she could get her mother into trouble is unlikely to keep her quiet.
Christine: There is a charming new man in town she has not yet met.