Dusty’s not feeling well and comes to the hospital, where Alison sees him for the first time. She tells him she’s putting the money he left her to good use, going to nursing school, but she messed up her marriage to Aaron. A doctor enters and tells Dusty his symptoms are due to his gunshot wound being infected. While he waits for Alison to fill the doctor’s prescriptions, Dusty sees Susan, who warns him to stay away from Emily. When Alison returns, Dusty is gone. Emily is at the hospital getting a post-surgery checkup herself and they realize Susan scared Dusty off. Emily takes the meds to bring to Dusty, over Susan’s objections.
Lucinda tells Paul that an anonymous benefactor paid off his debts to Worldwide. Paul wants to know who it was but Lucinda has no idea and Barbara tells him it wasn’t her. Meg doesn’t reveal that she knows it was Dusty and suggests he just accept his good fortune but Paul’s determined to find out the truth. He runs into Emily who also knows Dusty paid the bills and taunts Paul, saying if he really wants to know the truth, ask his wife. Later, Emily arrives to bring Dusty his medicine. After a close moment, Emily and Dusty make love but agree afterwards that they are just friends. Meanwhile, Paul returns to Meg to question her about the money and she ultimately reveals it was Dusty. Paul surprises her by taking it calmly and she gives him his medication and puts him to bed. Later, the ghost of James taunts Paul into searching Meg’s bag, and he finds the card Dusty gave her with his PI’s information. Paul lies to Meg about a business trip and sets off.
Aaron tells Holden his marriage is over, but Holden tells him that if he still loves Alison, he shouldn’t give up so easily. Aaron asks Holden if he’s sure Lily’s over Dusty. Holden says he trusts her. Aaron thinks he’s right, that Lily really loves him. Aaron asks Alison to meet him at Java, and tells her he wants to make their marriage work. But she doesn’t want to keep hurting him, thinks he deserves better. He realizes she’s saying it’s over. He goes, and Casey sees her pain, says he has the cure, and takes her back to his house to play video games until the pain goes away. Meanwhile, Aaron tells Holden it’s over, but he’s going to keep looking for someone to love.
Lucinda goes to Holden to ask him to intercede on her behalf with Lily, but he refuses. They end up in a fight that Margo sees. She has come to ask Holden about Dusty’s fake death, trying to get evidence to charge him with a crime. Holden says he doesn’t know anything and has no idea who helped him. Margo goes to Lucinda, suggests Holden revealed something, but Lucinda doesn’t admit to knowing anything.
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