Season 8

Episode 815: “Hello, I Love You”

Episode 815: “Hello, I Love You”
Original Air Date:April 6, 2002
Written by::R.J. Colleary
Directed by:Frank E. Johnson
Produced by:

Martha Williamson
Jon Andersen
R.J. Visciglia, Jr.

Guest Cast:


Nicole Laurel Holloman
Danni Holliston Coleman
Gail Jennifer Crystal Foley
Walter David Kriegel
Kim Leah Lail
Dan David Barry Gray
J.T. Kieran Mulroney


In the small town of Wells, Nevada, good news travels fast, almost as fast as gossip. Danni Blake has been plagued by the latter for all of her short life. The shame of not having a father has kept her down. What’s worse, is that her school is planning a father-daughter dance. After a few scornful comments from her classmates, Danni storms home, upset. Her mother, Nicole, tries to comfort her, but in the end, the only comfort that Danni will accept is in the form of information about her father. Nicole relents and gives Danni a card that he sent her on her first birthday. Danni cheers up considerably. Nicole goes to work, leaving her in the capable hands of Monica. That night, Danni wakes up to a roomful of people. There was an accident at the factory and her mother was hurt. The next day, after visiting her still unconscious mother in the hospital, Danni uses the address from the birthday card. She hops on a bus and heads to Silver Springs in search of her father.

With only the last name ‘Jackson’ to go on, Danni begins flipping through the phone book. Monica arrives and makes her call her aunt to tell her where she is. The two of them then go off to check the addresses. After several dead ends, they come upon the house of Walter Jackson, a young man with a pregnant wife. Monica thinks that he must be the father, because Andrew is in the driveway working on Walter’s car. When Danni introduces herself and asks if he is her father, Walter’s wife, Kim, has a fit. They had had trouble in the past with his infidelities, and despite their reconciliation, Kim has been bottling it up inside. Monica and Danni leave them to argue, and come upon a handyman named Dan Jackson, who Gloria is working with. Now Danni thinks that he is the father, and Gloria does too. Monica is unsure, but after a bit of questioning, they discover that Dan is unable to have children, though if he could, he’d want one like Danni. Returning to Walter’s house, Danni asks him about Nicole, and mentions her birthday. Walter realizes then, that he and Kim weren’t even in the country when Danni was conceived. Dejected, Danni and Monica return home.

During all of this, Tess has been driving, and she’s been driving fast. Soon she is pulled over by a motorcycle cop whose name happens to be J.T. Jackson. He is Danni’s father, but Nicole pushed him away, not wanting to get in the way of his life. After she was gone, he gave up on his other dreams to focus on finding her and Danni. Now he has a chance. Tess takes him to them.

When Nicole wakes up in the hospital, it’s to the possibility of family.

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