Recap: Alison returns home from San Francisco and finds the apartment vacated by Billy, who still has his boxes strewn around the living room. She checks the answering machine, listens to a message from Jake to Billy about moving into his apartment, and marches over to Jake's place to stare incredulously at Billy while she tells him she can't believe he actually moved out. Billy reminds her about the stupid ultimatum he issued and that she had assured him Steve wouldn't be in San Francisco, and an exasperated Alison explains that Amanda and Steve had both assured her he wasn't going to be in San Francisco. Billy grumbles that Steve's only objective is to sweep her off her feet...and Alison gives up on trying to convince him that nothing happened between her and Steve and heads back to her apartment.
Michael calls Jane and begs her to come by his hospital room sometime 'cause he has something urgent to talk to her about...and she says she'll think about it, then goes back to canoodling with Robert. Robert urges her to go see what Michael wants, and Jane expresses surprise and admiration that he's such an unselfish guy, then gives him a grateful smooch.
Amanda drops by Sydney's place to warn her that her rent is due today, and that since the other tenants regard her with open disdain, they likely wouldn't give a rat's ass if she was abruptly evicted. Sydney promises to have the rent by the end of the day, then wanders over to the phone and calls Kristian Alfonso to tell her that she's officially so desperate for cash she's willing to start turning tricks to make ends meet.
Over at D&D, Amanda congratulates Alison on the great success that was the Black Friday press conference, and Alison snarkishly tells her that, as she's undoubtedly heard, Billy moved out of their apartment. Amanda's like, "Can you blame him?" and chides her for flirting with Steve so brazenly that apparently everyone at D&D couldn't help noticing. Alison angrily implies that she set her up with Steve 'cause she somehow knew they'd hit it off and behave all flirty towards each other, and Amanda rolls her eyes and tells her to "get a grip" 'cause she's not the center of the universe.
Sydney arrives at a swanky hotel and meets her first john, an average looking dude named Ken. He compliments her smokin' hot bod, escorts her to his room upstairs, and starts getting it on with her while she stares despondently into space.
Jane enters Michael's hospital room, and he immediately starts waxing poetic about life lessons, the need to start fresh after a near-death experience, and begs for her general forgiveness. Jane snarlingly tells him she saw Kimberly's engagement ring, calls him "a piece of work", then half-heartedly offers him forgiveness for every soul destroying thing he's ever done to her before beating a hasty retreat.
Sydney gleefully accepts a stack of cash from Ken for servicing him, gushingly says she can't believe a reasonably attractive guy such as himself has to pay for sex, and asks what he does for a living. Ken calls himself "a captain of industry", tells her he'd love to pay for her services again, then suddenly gets all sinister-like and warns her to never ever ask him questions about himself. Sydney contorts her face into a hurt expression...and after Ken leaves, she heads over to the shower where she sits and sobs.
Matt drops in on Michael to inform him that Kimberly reportedly died this morning, and Michael angrily attributes her death to Marion Shaw's decision to transport her to Cleveland [as opposed to his drunkenly erratic driving that resulted in the horrific car crash]. Matt reminds him that her chances of survival had been slim at best, then once again wrings his hands about the felony he committed, aka logging into the hospital's computer system and changing Michael's blood alcohol level to something under the legal limit. Michael chides him for being "a selfish bastard" who's concerned more about himself than he is a friend who just lost the woman he loved, and Matt's like, "Whatever, I'm working hard to find you a bed in a rehab facility." Michael sourly thanks him for fulfilling his basic job description and snaps at him to get out of his room.
Matt breaks the news about Kimberly's death to Jane, then tells her that since Michael is ready to be discharged, someone (e.g. her) needs to drive over to his beach house and pick up some clothes and bring them over to the Glenview rehab center. When Jane's all 'fuck that', Matt says he wouldn't ask her if he had the time to do it himself, and after some hemming and hawing, Jane grudgingly agrees.
Jake tells Billy he's seen documented evidence that Papa Woodward is involved in a fraudulent scheme of his own making and assumes that when his illegal activities come to light it'll destroy his relationship with Amanda, who he assumes will blame him for blowing the whistle on her father. He adds that he's been slowly distancing himself from Amanda and figures that'll make it easier on her when she inevitably kicks him to the curb.
Matt drops Michael off at Glenview, a crowded cesspool of injured patients all crammed into one large room. Michael's all, "Ack!" and implores Matt to find him more luxurious rehab accommodations, but Matt says he's going to have to suck it up for about a month until a bed in a less grungy facility opens up.
Sydney drives over to Kristian Alfonso's house to hand over her earnings, and Kristian Alfonso compliments her successful maiden voyage, gives her her cut of the cash, and hands her a beeper and says it's official: she's now one of her working hos. She then hands Sydney her credit card and tells her to treat herself to some fancy new clothes, and Sydney takes it and demurely thanks her.
Jane arrives at Glenview, looks icked out by the facility's cramped quarters, and finds Michael's bed and starts putting his clothes away. A few seconds later, Michael wheels over and thanks her for bringing his stuff, then bellyaches about how horrible it's going to be for him to endure a dump like Glenview for many, many months. When Jane just grunts sympathetically, he suggests moving back into their Melrose Place apartment - but she looks horrified by the prospect and snappishly calls that arrangement "out of the question". Michael changes tactics by laying it on thick about how desperately he needs his pain meds, and Jane takes the bait and rushes off in search of a nurse.
Outfitted in a new leather ensemble (courtesy of Kristian Alfonso's credit card), Sydney gives Amanda enough cash to cover two months of rent and haughtily orders her to have the leak in her bathroom fixed asap. Jane arrives home at that moment and tells the two that Kimberly is dead, then warns Sydney to stay far away from Michael, despite his newly single status.
That night, Jane has a nightmare about Michael's suffering at Glenview and wakes up in a cold sweat and stares concernedly into space. Oh dear.
The following morning, Amanda asks Jake why he's been avoiding her lately and invites him over to her place for dinner later. Jake says he's missed her and agrees to come by at 8pm.
Jane rushes over to Glenview, hovers over Michael, and tells him she's had a change of heart about him moving in with her until a better option becomes available. She reminds him that she has a new boyfriend and will therefore be setting plenty of ground rules for his temporary stay, and he pretends to be happy about her budding romance with Robert and assures her that she won't regret taking him in.
Jo encounters Sydney sunning herself by the Melrose Place pool and gets drawn into a conversation about the excitement that is Sydney's new "modelling" job that's earning her so much money she figures she can soon quit her job at Shooters. A skeptical Jo asks her which photographer did her portfolio, and Sydney breezily fibs that she got all of her modelling gigs through word of mouth...then rushes off when a furniture deliverer arrives with the new chairs she just purchased.
Katya tells Matt that her mother was just rushed to the hospital, which means she has to fly to Russia asap and leave Nikki in his care. Matt looks aghast at the imposition, then agrees to take care of the tot for as long as it's going to take for the mother and daughter to be written off the show.
Amanda orders pizza for her dinner with Jake, and Jake tells her that whatever may happen in the very near future, he wants her to remember that he really really cares about her. Amanda saucily orders him to prove it, and the two start getting it on atop the couch.
Jo drops by Sydney's place to tell her she knows how full of shit she is about her new "modelling" career, and that she should feel free to come to her if she's gotten in over her head with something nefarious. Sydney opens her mouth to speak just as her beeper goes off, then tells Jo she needs to be somewhere and assures her that everything in her life is hunky-dory.
Over dinner, Jane breaks the news to Robert that she invited Michael to move into her place until he can find a bed in a decent rehab facility, and an aghast Robert's like, "What in the name of all that is holy were you thinking??" and tells her it seems like a really self-destructive decision. Jane weakly explains that she can't seem to fight her caring nature...and Robert says that while he'll do his best to support her, he can't guarantee he's going to want to spend much time at her apartment now that Michael will be taking residence in her living room.
Billy drops by the apartment to get the rest of his things and bitterly remark on Alison's new MicroComp computer he correctly assumes she got from Steve. Alison's like, "Uh, speaking of Steve.." and tells him that if their shitty relationship is really truly absolutely over, she's thinking seriously of starting up with Steve, aka a dramatic boyfriend upgrade. Billy whines about how he can never even hope to compete with that guy (or any other man with a reasonably functioning brain), then picks up Alison's computer and smashes it against the wall while Alison shrieks, "Nooooooo!!"
Sydney arrives at a hotel for her second ho/john transaction and meets Roger, a dorky weirdo who tosses a wad of cash atop the bed he insists she doesn't need to count, and then orders her to get naked. Sydney slowly takes off her jacket as Roger opens a briefcase filled with cuffs and whips, aka his self-described "favorite toys" ... and when an alarmed Sydney says that Kristian Alfonso didn't mention anything about any S&M action, Roger smarmily retorts that Kristian Alfonso doesn't say much about a lot of things and he likes it that way. Sydney flatly tells him she doesn't like his toys...and when Roger starts to get physical and orders her to strip down and play sexy captive with him, she flees the room.
Before getting into a cab, Katya thanks Matt for taking of care of Nikki while she's in Russia, calls him the kindest man she knows, and promises Nikki she'll be back soon.
Kristian Alfonso storms over to Shooters to admonish Sydney for walking out on Roger 'cause of some measly sex toys, then gets all in her face and warns that if she ever does anything like that again, she won't hesitate to resort to violence. She hands Sydney a vial of drugs and tells her it might mellow her out next time she's required to service a freak with a fetish...and as she stalks off, Sydney stares after her looking extremely unnerved.
Jane is wheeling Michael through the Melrose Place courtyard when they run into Sydney, who babbles about how busy she is with her new modelling career. Michael tells her he's moving in with Jane - and Jane clarifies that it's only a temporary arrangement until something in an acceptable rehab facility opens up. Sydney says she'll try to stop by for a visit if she can squeeze one in between photo shoots, and Jane wryly tells her not to try too hard.
Jane helps Michael out of his wheelchair and into the living room bed, and he pretends that his back is acting up and needs a painkiller asap. Jane quickly fetches him his meds and a glass of water...and when she goes into another room, he lays back onto the pillow and spreads his lips in a wide, smug grin.
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