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Thursday April 28, 2011 *Lukes Intervention*
Luke wakes up to find himself tied to a chair surrounded by Lucky, Lulu, Ethan, Tracy, Sonny, Carly, Nikolas and Calvin Blaine, the interventionist. He looks around, groaning, as Sonny explains they are in one of his warehouses and this is an intervention. Family and friends grab chairs and sit in a circle around Luke as Lucky stands in front of his dad. Luke has a few choice words for them; did they really have to resort to this?! Why can't they accept that he killed a four-year-old boy?! He doesn't have a drinking problem!
Calvin announces that the family has written letters to Luke and will read them aloud, which Luke thinks is cowardly. Whatever happened to talking to him? Calvin urges Lulu to go first. As Lulu begins to read, we see memories of her and Luke projected onto the wall. Lulu talks about the time Luke supported her during her abortion. She has always idolized her father, but his alcoholism has taken over his life and it's not okay. She needs her dad in her life! Luke apologizes. He is sorry, but she is wrong.
Ethan's turn is next. He speaks tenderly of meeting Luke and of learning that Luke is his father. Ethan never thought drinking was a problem for Luke, but recently he has seen how drinking has started to control Luke instead of the other way around. Luke shakes his head, disappointed that Ethan would buy into the party line like this and offers to buy Ethan a drink when this is over. Upset Sonny interrupts. He doesn't want to be here any more than Luke does, but he is because he respects Luke. The room shifts and Luke is sitting across a table from Sonny drinking tea. Sonny cites what a great father Luke is and we see a flashback of the time Sonny went camping with Lucky and Luke -- and Lucky convinces Luke to pierce his ear. Sonny admits that watching Luke with Lucky made him want to be a dad.
Nikolas reminds Luke of the time he rode with him in the ambulance after Nikolas was shot. That gave Nikolas the first glimpse into the man Luke is. Nikolas appreciates Luke's wisdom, but the drinking is taking that away from him!
Carly sits in front of Luke and gives it to him straight because she knows that is his style. She says his alcoholism stops him from being who he is and asks him to fight back. Fix himself and get treatment! Luke replies by asking Carly how she would react if her family asked her to give up who she is. Carly says that they are asking him to give up the booze, not himself.
Finally it's Tracy's turn. She tells him that Luke is sick and needs help. Tracy puts her letter away and admits she has loved loving Luke. He is her unexpected miracle. However, Tracy does not accept his disease. Tracy knows Luke loves her, even when he isn't drunk. We see the moment Luke professed his love to her when they were locked in Helena's dungeon in Europe. She thinks alcohol is stealing Luke's soul. If Luke had cancer, she would expect him to seek treatment. So get help, Luke! She can't carry this marriage by herself. Bitter Luke says he won't change, not even for her. He turns in his chair to face Lucky. Your turn, Cowboy!
Lucky swallows as Luke snarls that he is thirsty. Let's get this over with! Lucky begins with the day he was born. That was the day, Luke became his hero. He learned so much from Luke: loyalty, resourcefulness, etc. He is the best dad which is why this is so hard. Lucky doesn't want to make Luke feel judged; he only wants his dad back. We see a moment of forgiveness between Luke and Lucky on the wall which happened sometime when Lucky was a teenager. Lucky knows how Luke feels, having to deal with his own addiction. He is asking Luke to fight; would he rather drink alone in an empty casino than spend Christmas with his family? Losing Jake was devastating and he needs his dad to help him through it. Luke looks into Lucky's eyes and says that they have to live with the fact that Luke ran down Jake; that Luke was not drunk; he does not have a disease; and he does not want to stay here another minute.
Calvin tells Luke that his kids are ready to drive him to Shadybrook for treatment. If he refuses, then there are consequences. Naturally Luke refuses and everyone cuts Luke out of their life. Luke asks to be released so Ethan cuts the duct tape off. Luke stands, adjust his clothes and hopes everyone enjoyed their creative writing assignment. He says they can all write him off as the unrepentant bastard who killed four-year-old Jake. Luke heads out to find a drink as his family and friends sit there in stunned silence. However he pauses in the hallway to hug himself, visibly shaken.
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