The New York police returned part of the treasure- two stolen jade buddhas-
to Mr. Wu, who was forced to give them to their rightful owner, a wise old
Chinese gentleman known simply as "The Ancient One." The Ancient One
intended to sell the Buddha's black pearls to raise enough money to buy a Port
Charles cannery for oppressed people. However, the pearls were missing!
Unbeknownst to the Ancient One, the secretly sinister Mr. Wu was actually the
oppressor of the Asian population of Port Charles. He had arranged for the
buddhas to be stolen, but at the time was unaware of the tremendous value of the
pearls. Realizing their worth, Wu assumed Scorpio and Anna must have taken the
pearls and he instructed his grandson Kim to get them back!
Newly reunited, Robert and Holly Scorpio decided to move to
Australia. That same day, Robert Scorpio returned home to his apartment only to
encounter an unexpected intruder. Low and behold, Robert's visitor was a
pint-sized little girl. Her name was Robin.
Meanwhile, Anna Devane arrived home
to her New York apartment, and found it ransacked and an elderly woman,
Filomena, tied up. Filomena was Robin's grandmother, and Anna was Robin's mother- although Robin knew her only as a family friend named "Luv."
Unbeknownst to anyone, Robin was in danger!
Sean Donely received a pardon from the Governor of New York and
went to work with Wu to find the pearls.
Frisco Jones joined with Scorpio and
went undercover to solve the mystery of the missing black pearls. A
suspicious Kim blames Frisco for the failed kidnapping attempt of Robin.
How did the Green Shirts know about it? Frisco suggests that one of Kim's men
leaked information to Wu's enemy. Frisco may be resourceful, but his explanation
does not satisfy Kim.
Felicia's search for her lover
brings her to the Bamboo Bar. Suki bops in, humming one of Frisco's songs, and
Felicia presses him to take her to her lover. Blindfolded, and wearing a large
hat, she is led to Olin's "crib." A groggy Frisco, responding to
Felicia's voice, wakes up and realizing how she has jeopardized herself, tells
her to get lost. "If you're trying to kill yourself, you might as well take
me with you," she sobs. Frisco never blows his cover, but exhorts Felicia
to stay out of the Asian Quarter.
Before leaving though,
Felicia's nabbed by Kim's men, Kim's unable to force her to reveal the
location of the black pearls and to admit that Frisco is a double agent.
Sean then gives her an ultimatum: Deliver the black pears in 24 hours or
it's curtains for Frisco. An anxous Robert Scorpio musters all of his
composure to fend off the demands of Tony Jones for a stepped-up pursuit
of his brother and, now, Felicia. Scorpio explains they're doing all
they can, and they can't begin to look for Felicia until she is gone for
24 hours. Felicia's collapses into Anna's arms at the Scorpio house gets
Tony off his back, but into his hair. Frisco's brother announces his own
crusade to find him. Aware of the imminent threat to Frisco's life and
the deadline for the pearl delivery, Scorpio warns Tony to stay out of
it: "You'll only make matters worse."
Tony finds his badgering
works much better on Felicia. She has enough sense to caution Tony to
trust Scorpio, but Jones works himself into such a froth that his
hysteria sways Felicia. In a matter of minutes, Felicia tells Tony that
Frisco has 24 hours to live and, finally, where she found him. With Jake
at his side, Tony makes a beeline to find Suki at the Bamboo Bar.
The Clock is Ticking
Tony and jake find Suki at the Bamboo Bar
jukebox. At great risk, he agrees to take only Tony to see Frisco,
leaving Jake behind. With rumors of Wu importing some New York muscle
for a second rumble with the Green Shirts, Frisco wants to warn Scorpio
via Suki. He is not in the mood for a reunion when Tony arrives at
Olin's. He received the same total rejection of violence as Felicia.
Tony returns, defeated, to Tania and Felicia. Frisco and Olin agree he
needs a new hideout and scan a map of the Quarter.
Felicia shows Yank a
note she's received. "Your friend lives until one more sunset
unless the goods are delivered." She asks him and Jade to help her
find the pearls. Yank is willing, but doesn't know if Wu's granddaughter
can be trusted. In grilling Jade about Wu and Kim's activities, Yank
finds out how blind she really is. Jade gags on the awful truth-
"Your grandfather has a slave market in the Asian Quater." She
sees brother Kim collecting extortion money in the Bamboo Bar and later
confronts her beloved grandfather about Kim's "protection
racket." When Wu tells her to "stay out of the family
business," her heart is broken, her bubble burst. She rolls up her
silk sleeve and tells Yank Wu's plan for the cannery.
With sand just pouring
through Frisco's hourglass, Scorpio and Anna rehearse their plans to
deliver the black pearls- fabulous fakes really- to Wu. They hope it
takes Wu so long to certify their value that Anna and the Green Shirts
have time to rescue Frisco. Scorpio, in an Asian tramp getup, is
admitted to Olin's by Suki to prepare Frisco for the rescue. Olin digs
the plan and Scorpio's far-out costume. "Keep jammin' on the job,
Jasper," she tells him.
Both sides jinx the rescue
effort. Yank discovers from Jade that Kim and Donely have moved up
Frisco's time of execution. When Scorpio finds out, he dashes a note to
Wu, promising to deliver the pearls, which only convinces Wu that Frisco
is an undercover agent. Why else would Scorpio try to save his life? Wu
decides that after the pearls are delivered they will kill Frisco
Anna Switches Places with
Mishap number two occurs courtesy of Anna's
nimble fingers. She tells Scorpio her terrible premonitions about his
mission. If their timing is the least bit off, he will be alone and
surrounded by Kim and his men. Scorpio reveals how worried he is by
handing Anna a copy of his will, which contains a new paragraph leaving
half of his possessions to Robin. He asks Anna to tell Robin he is her
father if he doesn't return home. Anna is sure they'll be very happy one
day in Australia- he, Holly and Robin- and decides to guarantee their
future together. She immobilizes Robert and renders him unconscious by
applying extreme pressure to the nerves in his neck as he tries to leave
the house to save Frisco. Anna ties his feet and handcuffs him to the
chair. When the Green Shirts arrive, Anna tells them of the change in
plans: Yank is now in charge of rescuing Frisco and she will deliver the
pearls to Wu: "I have to make certain one of Robin's parents stays
alive," she says, embracing possible martyrdom.
Fear has emptied the streets
of the Asian Quarter, and as Anna takes the long way to Wu's, she is
followed by Kim's men and Wu's New York reinforcement. Anna meets Buzz,
whose medical van has had one patient all day. Alert to the danger she
faces, he tries to stop her but she tells him plainly that she is on a
mission to save her and- yes- Robert's child, Robin. "Don't let
Robert follow me," she says. Buzz keeps Wu's hounds at bay with the
help of Yank and the Green Shirts.
In his apartment, Wu tries
to recall the old double agent days with Anna, but she demands to see
Frisco before turning over the pearls. Kim grabs them, takes them
downstairs to the expert jeweler. He returns and smashes them into dust.
"This is an insult which cannot be forgiven," says Kim. Wu
orders Frisco's execution, confident that with Anna as his hostage, he
will get the real pearls. He is feeling lucky, Derek Barrington has just
given him an option to buy the cannery if the Asians don't meet their
Rumble in the Quarter
The most unexpected
complication comes from Robin, who perhaps has played one game too many.
When the little girl sees Robbie cuffed and bound, that's precisely what
she thinks it is- another game. "Fair is fair," says the
little imp when she refuses to free Scorpio. "It's Luv's turn to win one
of our games." Robert finally convinces his daughter the game is
over. "I wonder if you'll ever know how truly speical you are to
me?" he asks her. "I love you too, Robbie," she responds.
"You're very, very precious to me," he reinterates before
leaving. Buzz cannot detain him when he races through the Asian Quarter to
save the mother of his child.
On the premise that she
needs her sewing equipment, Olin negotiates her way past Kim's guards
into her apartment, where Frisco is held captive. Upstairs, she dawdles
and knocks jars and jars of beads to the floor. When the one guard in
the apartment lunges at her, he loses his balance and Olin pushes him to
the floor. Frisco helps his heroine by giving the guard a good swift
kick and then a right hook to the jaw. The "old chick" sets
Frisco free, but says they should stay put until Scorpio comes for them.
Down the street, the rumble
kicks up between Yank and the Green Shirts and Kim's men. To bolster
their fists of fury, Kim shows up with some guns, and Sean Donely. Just
before he is knocked out by the butt of a gun, Yank hears gun shots and
sees Donely step in front of Frisco. Both me go down.
Robert puts Kim out with
same finger technique Anna used on him and rescues Anna. Seeing his
grandson in a heap, Wu offers no resistence to Scorpio as he escorts
brave Anna from the room. When they meet up with Yank, they learn that
Frisco is shot and probably dead.
When Olin and Suki tend to
the shot, badly bleeding Donely and the unconscious Frisco, Robert
Scorpio comes to terms with Tony Jones' wrath over his brother's death.
Robert and Anna tell Tony and Tania Frisco died to save the life of
Robin, their daughter. Before they have time to absorb this, Felicia
arrives to hear the grim news. Meanwhile, in an abandoned room in the
cannery, Suke and Olin witness a "miracle" as Frisco comes to.