November 1976 Daily Recaps
Bob questions Maeve and Johnny on their conversation with the social worker and comes to Deliaís defense when they tell him that Delia should not get custody of Little John. When Delia and Roger arrive, he and Johnny get into a confrontation, ending with Bob escorting Roger out. As Delia sobs to Johnny about how unfairly he treats her, Pat arrives. Jill finds Seneca in his office and apologizes for the way she treated him in their last meeting. Seneca continues to ask her to explain to him whatís going on, but she refuses and tells him that she will give him the information when she is good and ready. When Delia gets upset with Johnny for treating her like a child, Maeve tells Delia that Johnny is the head of the family, and if Delia wants to stay with them, she has to respect that. When Delia threatens to leave, Johnny tells her that if she takes his grandson out of their apartment he will have her in family court and make sure she loses Little John. Johnny and Pat get into a heated conflict over Johnnyís treatment of Delia, and Maeve tells them that if they cannot talk sensibly then they should not talk at all. Jill tells Faith that her only hope of maintaining a relationship with Frank is to present him with the truth in her own way at her own time. She goes on to say that the last thing Frank needs during the custody hearing is for anyone to find out that sheís pregnant. Bobby tells Delia that while she was out with her drunken admirer, Bobby was defending her, and all Delia did was prove him wrong. Bobby tells her that she is damaging her custody case and becomes upset when he realizes that Delia is using Roger to make Pat jealous.
Maeve catches Mary making a phone call, but Mary avoids telling her what it was about. Mary is very nervous as she heads off to convince Jack to move into the Ryan apartment. Roger asks for Faithís opinion about Deliaís relationship with Pat. Faith tells Roger that Delia plays on Patís instincts to nurture because of her need for attention. Faith also tells him that Pat may very well be the person she (Faith) wants to spend her life with, and that sheís going to let their relationship develop carefully. A suspicious Jack eavesdrops on Mary and Alex. After he pretends to wake up, he is very short with Alex. Maeve tells Faith about her concern for Patís relationship with Delia. She candidly tells Faith that she thinks Pat is on the verge of settling down, and that she hopes itís with Faith. Jack is appalled at Maryís suggestion that he move into the Ryanís.
Jill decides that she will definitely not have an abortion, but tells Faith that she is going to wait for the outcome of the custody hearing before telling anyone that sheís pregnant. Pat accepts Faithís invitation to lunch at the Coleridge house. Meanwhile, Delia arrives at Rogerís apartment, and Roger is overjoyed that sheís joining him for lunch. She tells him that she is going to make him forget all of the time that they have been apart. Later, Delia panics when they hear footsteps overhead, and Roger tells her that itís Faith and Pat. He becomes frustrated when Delia makes a quick exit without spending the time with him that she promised. As Frank and Jill discuss the custody hearing, Frank senses that Jill is worried, but he is distracted by his assistantís news that he is double-parked. After he leaves to take care of his car, Jill finds herself alone with Little John. As she plays quietly with him, Delia arrives. Delia is furious at finding Jill with her baby, and viciously tells her that if she wants a baby, she should adopt one just like the Coleridgeís adopted her. As Jill tries to make her escape, Delia grabs her arm and makes her stay to hear her out.
Bucky runs into Mary outside of Jackís hospital room, and they have a brief conversation about Maryís troubles. She tells Bucky that the best solution to their troubles would be for Jack to go back with her to her familyís apartment, but that Jack is too independent to agree to that. After she enters Jackís room, Bucky walks away thoughtfully. Mary tries to talk to Jack again about the Ryan apartment, but he insists that he would rather move to a ward where he could make a quick recovery. Jill tells Seneca that she thinks that Seneca is making a conscious effort not to be controlling with her, because heís trying to make up for what he did to Nell. When Seneca admits that she might be right, Jill is touched by his honesty and openness. Mary confesses some of her problems to Maeve, who suggests that Johnny might be able to help. Bucky makes arrangements with his lawyer to pay Jackís hospital bills anonymously. Mary meets with Dr. Wolfe, who confirms Maryís suspicions.
Delia tells Pat that she needs him and tries to hurry him home from the hospital. Johnny tells Jack that his being at the Ryanís apartment is important to Mary and convinces Jack to recuperate at the Ryan apartment. Johnny tells Mary the good news as she goes in to see Jack. Before going in, Mary prays for the right words to say. Jill is about to confide in Maeve about her pregnancy, but is interrupted by Johnnyís arrival. Jill moves into the living room and rests on the couch, just as Delia comes in and confronts her. Mary talks with Jack, who informs her that he is already full of regrets for agreeing to recuperate at the Ryan apartment. Unable to deliver her news, Mary leaves Jack close to tears. Moments later, she arrives at Maeve and Johnnyís, and announces that sheís pregnant. As the confrontation between Delia and Jill builds, Delia shoves Jill, who falls unconscious over Little Johnís bike. As Maeve, Johnny and Pat are reacting to Maryís news, Delia comes running into the kitchen and says that she has killed Jill Coleridge.
Pat and his parents find Jill unconscious and call the hospital. Pat searches for and finds a pulse as Mary tells a weeping Delia that she has done it this time. As Pat supervises the medics, Delia tries to explain to Johnny what happened. Mary arrives and says that Frank is on the way, then confronts Delia when she finds out that Delia did it on purpose. Maeve questions her, and Delia explains the argument that they were having that led to Delia pushing Jill. Frank arrives and asks what is going on. Jack confides to Alex that he is not looking forward to recuperating at the Ryanís, especially in the company of a two year old. Jack tells Alex that he is looking forward to getting back to his own apartment and getting his marriage going, with about ten days in bed with Mary. Frank goes straight to the emergency room and gets the full details on Jillís condition. Later, Delia tells Frank, in front of his family, that she didnít mean to push Jill. He furiously tells her that of course she didnít mean to, just like when she didnít mean to push him down the stairs. There is stunned silence from the family as Delia tries to explain. When she finally turns to Pat he tells her that she better call her lawyer.
Delia calls her attorney and asks to see her right away. When Delia asks Maeve about Jillís condition, Maeve tells her that Pat will let them know soon. Mary tells Delia that she will never forgive Delia for what she did to Frank and for what she put the family through. As Delia protests, Johnny and Maeve put her in her place. Maeve tells her that the family has rallied around Delia and loved and supported her over the years, and in return she has undermined the family. Later, Mary and Johnny share a nice moment as she confides in him that she is worried about Jackís reaction to finding out that she is pregnant. Johnny reassures her, and says that when Jack learns the full story about his condition, the fact that Mary is pregnant will make all the difference to him. Pat questions Faith about Jillís enlarged abdomen and asks if she might be pregnant. Faith confirms that she is, and pleads with Pat to let Jill tell Frank herself. As she is telling Pat that Jill is three months pregnant, she turns to see Frank at the door. Mary finally tells Jack that she is pregnant, and his reaction is just as she feared. When Mary tells him she doesnít know how it happened, he tells her that she planned it. Anne advises Delia that barring a miracle, she can just about kiss any hope of gaining custody of Little John goodbye. Faith explains to Frank that Jill wanted to keep her pregnancy a secret because she didnít want to jeopardize his custody case. Frank immediately assumes that the child is his, and is ecstatic. Frank promises Faith that he will take good care of her sister before he leaves to go and inform the family of her progress. Faith leans over Jill and asks her how to tell Frank that he is not the father.
Mary denies getting pregnant intentionally and tells Jack that for him to think so hurts her more than she can say. When Mary asks if he means that he doesnít want the baby, he says thatís right -- he doesnít. Roger arrives at the hospital and is shaken when Faith tells him that Delia pushed Jill. He is stunned further when Faith reveals that Delia also pushed Frank down the stairs resulting in him nearly dying. When Frank arrives, Mary tells him that she is pregnant. Frank is excited for her and tells her that he wishes his news were as good. Roger reviews Jillís medical chart without permission and realizes that she is pregnant. Faith pleads with Roger to stand by Jill and not tell anyone about her condition. Roger tells her that he would like to do that but the problem is that he would also like Delia. Meanwhile, Frank tells his family that Maryís timing is remarkable -- Jill is pregnant, too. Maeve and Johnny are clearly distressed, but Frank assures them that he intends to get his divorce and marry Jill. He asks the family to keep Jillís pregnancy a secret until the custody hearing is over. Maeve tells the family that although she is not overjoyed, she does not feel bad at the thought of having Jill Coleridge as the mother to her grandchildren. At the hospital, Faith is at Jillís bedside, questioning whether or not she should tell Frank that the baby Jill is carrying is Senecaís.
Maeve testifies that to her belief, Little John would be better off with his father. Mary tells Alex that she's helped Jack as much as she can, and now it's time for Jack to make some effort of his own. Delia presents her case, telling the judge that she knows that she has to grow up or that she will lose everything, including her baby. Frank questions her, asking if he couldn't make her happy, how does she expect a two year old bear the weight of keeping her happy? Mary tells Jack that he's miserable and that he's trying to make her miserable too, but that he can't. She insists that she's glad she is pregnant, and that she is not going to leave him, and he is not going to leave her. She finally breaks through to him, and they share a kiss. Bob testifies and is very torn as he says how much he loves Frank, but that he believes that Little John should be with his mother. Later, Pat testifies, and is obviously sad about siding with Frank, which makes it even more effective. After Pat's testimony is complete, Delia's lawyer turns to her and tells her that the only thing that can get her custody now is a direct miracle.
Bucky runs into Delia at the bar, and she presses him about Jill's "condition." Bucky refuses to give her any further information, leaving Delia furious. Seneca shares his questions and concern about Jill with Faith, but Faith isn't able to help much. Seneca questions why Jill is so agonized. Faith insists that the source of her agony is the thought of her pregnancy becoming known before the custody hearing is over. When Seneca continues to question her, Faith advises him that she can't stay and give him answers that she doesn't have. Pat sees Bucky at the bar, and Bucky warns him about Delia's inquiries. Afterwards, Pat runs into Delia in the kitchen, and she tells him that she thinks everyone is keeping a secret about Jill's condition from her. Pat tells her to put Jill out of her mind, and leaves Delia alone and frustrated. Delia immediately calls Roger and tells him that she desperately needs to come over and see him. Faith visits Jack in his hospital room, and admits that she knows about Mary's pregnancy and his reaction to it. Jack confesses to Faith that the more honest he is about his feelings with Mary, the more he feels like a rat. Delia arrives at Roger's and explains to him exactly what happened when she pushed Jill. Delia tells him that she feels like everyone is hiding something from her about Jill, and she sees Roger hesitate. Delia insists that she will never forgive Roger if he keeps something from her that causes her to lose custody of Little John. As Delia presses him, Roger finally breaks down and tells Delia that Jill is pregnant.
Delia arrives at her lawyer's office first thing in the morning and informs her that Jill is pregnant with Frank's baby. Anne initially advises Delia that this news won't change anything; until she sees Delia launch into a highly emotional, chin quivering fit of indignation. Anne thinks for a moment, and says that if Delia can summon that sort of fit on demand, then they might just have something. Johnny visits Jill at the hospital to offer her some support. When he tells her how much it means to him that he and his late best friend Ed would share the same grandchild, Jill gets very emotional. Johnny apologizes for upsetting her, and leaves before he can upset her any further. Anne and Delia meet with the judge and Frank, and Delia announces that Jill Coleridge is pregnant with Frank's illegitimate baby. When Frank and Delia get into a heated argument, the judge stops them and says that he has an announcement. Jill is in hysterics as she tries desperately to get to a phone to call Frank. Clem finds her just as she is about to collapse, and helps her back to bed. He assures her that he will leave messages for both Frank and Faith, and that there is nothing for her to do but wait. The judge announces that he will need to recall two witnesses before he makes a final decision.
Frank tells Johnny that he thinks that he might not be awarded custody of Little John since Delia announced to the judge that Jill is pregnant. Meanwhile, Seneca visits Jill at the hospital. He tenderly gives her advice about managing her pregnancy. Jill is very serious as she begins to tell Seneca the truth about the baby, when Frank walks in. After Seneca leaves, Frank explains to Jill that Delia told the judge about Jill's pregnancy. Jill becomes very emotional, saying that she's going to go crazy if they don't unravel everything now. She prepares to tell Frank the truth, but Faith interrupts their conversation. Alex gives Jack the good news that he is ready to go home. Jack is very serious as he questions what Alex really thinks about Mary. When Alex tells Jack that he's damn lucky to have her, Jack replies that he's going to get well fast because he doesn't like the idea of Mary and Alex having daily medical consultations. Faith convinces Jill to concentrate on getting better, and to wait to tell Frank until she's back at home. Meanwhile, Seneca thinks back to the weekend he spent with Jill at the beach.
Delia tells Mary that she has a hunch that the Ryan's are going to treat her better when she has custody of Little John. Mary is infuriated, but manages to control her temper and leave. Later, Faith and Jill congratulate Mary on her pregnancy. When Mary tells Jill that she cannot wait for them to finally be sisters-in-law, Jill gets noticeably upset. After everyone arrives at the judge's chambers, the judge explains how he arrived at his decision. It is clear to him that the divorce is going to be complicated, and that things are further complicated by Jill's pregnancy and Delia's instability. He awards temporary custody to Johnny and Maeve. Faith is with Pat and Little John when Delia runs into the apartment and into Pat's arms. Delia is explaining to Pat that Maeve and Johnny got temporary custody as they arrive home. They assure Delia that she will always be Little John's mother, and that she is welcome to stay at the apartment. Later, Delia asks Pat to have dinner with her, and he says that he can't. Feeling rejected, Delia announces that she is going to see Roger Coleridge. After she leaves, Pat starts to follow her, but Maeve and Mary stop him.
Delia seeks comfort in Roger, but insists that she isn't in the mood to make love. Meanwhile, Faith questions Pat about his history with Delia, asking if they were ever lovers. Seneca is with Jill as she prepares to leave the hospital and return home. When he questions Jill's apprehension, she asks him to phone her later tonight. Frank arrives to take her home, and after Seneca leaves them alone, Jill indicates that there is something that they need to straighten out when they get to her apartment. Pat admits to Faith that he and Delia were lovers in high school, and that he's felt protective over her ever since he had to break it off. At Roger's apartment, Delia asks Roger to run away with her. Roger indicates that he would like to make their relationship permanent, but Delia tells him that she's not quite ready for that. Jill arrives at her apartment with Frank to see that Frank has fully prepared for her return home with flowers, champagne and a promise ring. As he professes his love to her, Jill finds that she can't tell him the truth about the baby. Seneca's call interrupts them, but Jill cuts the call short, saying that things didn't work out as planned, and asks him to call her tomorrow. Delia returns to the Ryan apartment and tells Pat that Roger asked her to go to Europe with him. She taunts Pat as she slips into a nightgown and asks him to massage her neck. Pat is having a hard time resisting her, and finally leaves the room.
In a wheelchair, Jack goes through another bout of therapy moments before he is taken to the Ryan's apartment. Clem tells him if he does not take it easy he will face back or heart problems for the rest of his life. Delia brings a cold Little John home from the park and is upset when Maeve questions her ability to take care of him. Later, Little John is miserable and Delia wants to call a doctor. Maeve tells her to call Faith and Delia quickly changes her mind. Jack arrives and is apprehensive about staying at the Ryan's; especially when he finds out that Little John is sick. Against Maeve's wishes, Delia convinces Clem to take a look at the baby and is told that he is definitely sick. Johnny arrives home with the news that Jack's hospital bills have been paid in full. The consensus is that it was either Bucky or Seneca but with no way to know for sure they decide to accept it. When Little John continues to cry Mary asks her parents to do something about it and quick, before Jack decides to go to a nursing home after all. Maeve has a talk with Jack who is able to relax and accept her help to get through the upcoming weeks. When Faith finds out that Jill has yet to tell Frank the truth, she warns her that if she waits too long it will only make matters worse. When she admits to being jealous of their relationship, Frank tells her that after all the time they wasted they are happy to be together and there is nothing that is going to change that. Later, when the baby awakens in tears, Jack takes pain pills in order to sleep. This is a sure sign that things are going to become worse in the days ahead.
Jack and Mary awake and are able to laugh about the night before with Little John. When Jack has severe chest pains Mary calls for Alex against Jack's wishes. He tells her that he does not want Alex to have to spend any more time with Mary than necessary. Jill makes plans to keep her secret from Frank so that they can have a week of bliss alone together. Mary asks Jack if she is beginning to show and is upset when Jack does not want to talk about any aspect of her pregnancy. When Jack questions Johnny about the paid hospital bill Johnny assures him that he will investigate it and let him know. Alex arrives, and when Jack notices the easy manner between Alex and Johnny, he becomes a tad jealous. Alex examines Jack, who is not too pleased to have him there and tells him that he is coming along nicely. Later, when he hears Alex and Mary laughing in the living room, Jack becomes angry and beckons Mary -- angrily. Johnny questions both Bucky and Seneca and accepts their denial of paying Jack's hospital bill. Later, Seneca tells Bucky that he thinks that paying the bill was a nice thing for him to do. Mary tells Jack that she and Alex were laughing about her pregnancy and that if he cannot handle hearing news about the baby then she will talk to someone who can.
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