Silver Stars and Dusty Bars
a WTR Soap Opera
Alex Cahill, (intrepid and dauntless but blonde bombshell ADA of Dallas,
Texas) finally landed her dream man, Cordell Walker, (fearless and fearsome
mighty Texas Ranger) after more than six years of courtship followed by a
lengthy engagement (the nuptuals having been frequently delayed unavoidably by
her intended's tendency to get himself admitted to ICU on the day immediately
preceeding the planned date).
Once she'd finally gotten him to the alter (or more correctly brought the
alter to him, having shown up at his hospital bedside with the minister and
entire wedding party demanding the ceremony go as scheduled), Alex thought her
troubles were over. This hope had been rapidly dashed as she discovered that
Walker, while pleased enough to be married at last, became no more likely to
share his feelings with her than he had been before formalizing their
relationship. He also didn't cut back on his undercover operations and was no
less inclined to take off for weeks at a time chasing down whatever criminal
had caught his attention, or simply disappearing into the badlands for a
All in all, while she loved finally being 'Mrs. Cordell Walker', it was
almost as frustrating at times as it had been before the wedding.
Lonely, she turns to her dear friend, (not to mention her husband's partner)
Jimmy Trivette (computer master and rising Texas Ranger star) for consolation.
Before they realize what is happening, the two find themselves involved in a
torrid affair, unsuspected by the trusting Walker. Aside from pangs of guilt
on both their parts at the betrayal of the straight shooting Walker, things go
along smoothly enough until Alex discovers she's three weeks
pregnant. Unfortunately, her husband has been on an undercover mission for the
DEA for the last six weeks. Not much chance the child is his.
Though she dearly loves her husband, his dedication to duty has kept him away
too long, and since she has come to believe that he no longer loves or desires
her, Alex meets with Jimmy and tells him about the baby. Determined to do the
right thing, they go together to Walker to tell him of their affair and the
impending birth. While shocked almost beyond words, (though it was difficult
to tell if that was shock or merely his normal less than
talkative self) Walker takes the entire blame on himself, admitting that he
paid too little attention to his bride; thus forcing her to look elsewhere for
Jimmy, who was sure he was a dead man for messing with his friend and
partner's wife, offers to put in for a transfer to another Ranger unit. Walker
assures him this isn't necessary, all he wants is for Alex and Trivette to be
happy together. Jimmy next offers to resign as Walker's partner, but is told
sternly that that is absolutely unacceptable. As Walker wants Alex to be
happy, he would never trust anyone else to see to the protection of the
father of her child. Walker insists that they remain partners, as they have
done so well together for so long it wouldn't do to break up a winning team
That night, Alex moves off the ranch and in with Jimmy--filing for divorce
the next day from Walker. They live together happily enough, buying a small
house to share. They take in an old dog, which they name Gordy, after he
follows Alex home one day with a 'Please Love Me' look in his eyes. Later they
also adopt a scruffy kitten which is given the name of Bob. Bob is very young,
but already a precocious mouser and Jimmy, not much into the mousetrap
thing, figures Bob'll come in handy around the place.
Due to the amicable nature of the split between Walker and Alex, the three
friends continue to socialize together, and, as would happen with any good
team, Walker finds himself frequently invited to the cozy house Alex and Jimmy
share for dinner or simply to visit.
Bob the cat, who in general is rather independant, takes one look at Walker
at the ranger's first visit since the cat's arrival and meows questioningly.
Walker simply looks back as the kitten meows again. Perplexed at the behavior
of the kitten, Walker looks askance at Jimmy, who merely shrugs in confusion
then picks Bob up and puts him outside.
A few minutes later Bob's cry can be heard at the door, demanding entrance.
After ignoring the yowling for as long as they can, Alex finally opens the
door and Bob rushes inside with a mouse clamped in his mouth. He heads
straight for the visitor to his house and generously lays the prize at
Walker's feet. Chuckling, Walker scoops up the 'gift' and dumps it in the
trash, telling the cat, "Thanks, but no thanks, it's not to my taste."
The kitten merely stares as the offering is rejected, but as soon as Walker's
back is turned he releases a small angry hiss in the man's direction before
retrieving the mouse from the trash and scooting outside with it. Unnoticed by
Alex, Jimmy, or Walker, Bob hops into the open window of the ram, leaving the
rodent hidden under the driver's seat before nimbly jumping out again.
During dinner, Gordy, who normally has to be pried from Alex's side, parks
himself at the guest's feet. The the only time he leaves Walker is when, as
they all step outside to say goodnight, Gordy goes and gets his favorite new
toy, dropping it in front of Walker with a hopeful look. The ranger merely
shakes his head, replying, "Not this time, boy."
As Walker turns away, Gordy releases a low growl, which disappears and is
exchanged for a quick tail thump when Walker glances back for a moment.
Waiting until Walker is not looking, the old dog ambles over to the ram,
lifting his leg on the driver's side front wheel hub before going back to the
porch, retrieving his new toy and wandering over to a warm sheltered spot to
Though she often longs for Walker, the true holder of her heart, Alex is
determined to try, for the sake of the coming baby, to make a good life with
Seven months later, when the divorce is at last finalized, she and Jimmy
marry, and none too soon as Alex goes into premature labor that same evening.
The baby, a girl, is tiny but very strong and thrives. They name her Kimber.
While Alex and Jimmy are very proud of their tiny bundle of love, they soon
notice that she's a little--unusual.
Kimber grows fast, faster than the average baby, and has nearly a full set of
sharp little teeth by the time she's four months old. Temper tantrums seem to
cause the baby to burst into flames, forcing them to call their new neighbor,
Scott the friendly fireman, to extinguish little Kimber frequently. Kimber
also has a nasty habit of spitting up worms and spiders when her stomach is
upset. Talking by six months, little Kimber's vocabulary is
extensive but somewhat limited as it is nearly exclusively words that would
make a construction worker blush. This causes nothing less than amazement to
her bemused parents, as Kimber has never heard most of the words they find her
Kimber's one true friend is Gordy. With utter devotion he stays at her side
constantly. By day they sit together on the floor, Kimber picking fleas from
Gordy's matted fur and crushing them between her teeth. At night, Gordy sleeps
at the foot of Kimber's crib, defending her with a ferocious growl (which is
all bark and no bite) from her nightmare encounters with a beautiful angel
named Dee, who appears in the child's room each night singing songs
of love, offering Big Ol' Hugs, and otherwise tormenting poor Kimber.
As Kimber's behaviors grow more and more strange with each passing day, Alex
and Jimmy begin taking her to specialists, looking for a cause (or at least
something that will stop the worm spitting, which is really quite unattractive
and difficult to explain to strangers).
Finding no answers from traditional doctors, they eventually begin calling in
practitioners of more arcane arts in an attempt to solve the problem. After
spending thousands of dollars, the final diagnosis comes from CD (curmudgeonly
and crusty but kindhearted Barkeep and semi-retired Ranger), who spends an
afternoon looking after little Kimber, only to meet Alex and Jimmy at the door
with the words, "That Gol-danged girl is POSSESSED!"
Meanwhile -- back on the ranch -- Walker has discovered that he actually
misses Alex. After six years of dancing around the courtship issue, followed
by several years of extended engagement, he'd come to rely on her rather
heavily in the 'loving support' department. He's also realized just what a
prize he had in Alex. The dating scene, which he was never much good at in the
first place, has changed a LOT while he's been 'off the market'.
He has rapidly learned that finding a woman willing to put up with his 'crazy
cowboy Ranger' behavior isn't all that easy. Not to mention that the women he
asks out seem to have no inclination to spend any time learning what his needs
might be, but at the same time expecting him to know exactly what they need,
and provide it. The Ranger finds the whole situation extremely confusing and
decides to lay off the dating game for a while until he can
figure it out a little better.
At loose ends, and not enjoying the solitude of his home as much as he once
did, Walker tries to throw himself into his work, but soon exhausts the
majority of the criminal element of Dallas and three quarters of the rest of
the state of Texas. Fearing that at the rate he's going Texas will soon be
crime free and the Rangers deemed unnecessary, his superiors force him to
spend less time working. With little recourse, the mighty, but bored, Texas
Ranger retreats to CD's Bar and Grill where he spends much of his time in the
booth that he and Alex habitually shared trying to maintain his 'strong,
silent type' image.
Having confirmed CD's diagnosis of baby Kimber, Alex and Jimmy realize their
precious little one's only hope lies in an exorcism, otherwise she's probably
going to grow up to spit snakes, so they set out to find someone to perform
The stress of having a demon possessed child, however, proves too much for
their already fragile marriage (What? You don't think Jimmy KNOWS she's still
in love with Walker? of COURSE he does!). After a long talk the couple decides
to split amicably. Alex takes Kimber and Gordy, who won't suffer to be
separated from either of them, and Jimmy takes Bob the cat (who is more
attached to the Ranger anyway, seeming to take great delight in leaving large
clumps of his scruffy fur on Jimmy's sharp looking suits). They place the
house up for sale, hoping the asbestos lined nursery will help bring a better
price in spite of the scorch marks.
Alex, still planning to work full time as Dallas' most gorgeous (not to
mention effective) ADA, realizes that she's not going to be able to do that
with just her and baby Kimber. Hoping to solve her dilemma, she approaches CD
asking if the the two of them (along with devoted Gordy) can stay with him
while they figure out what to do next.
CD, wanting to help but a very old-fashioned sort of guy, agrees but asks
Alex to marry him 'in name only', to make sharing his home with her
'respectable'. Alex accepts, and since she's been down the long divorce road
once before she opts to get a quickie Mexican divorce this time. This clears
the way for the three of them to move right in after the simple civil marriage
ceremony, held during Happy Hour at CD's. Intent on trying to keep Kimber's
little 'spit-up' thing under control during the joyous event, Alex fails to
see that Walker is still inhabiting the booth in the back and watching
longingly as his mentor and former partner takes the plunge with the one woman
who ever understood him.
He takes up drinking, often downing as many as THREE beers in a twenty four
hour period, causing his colleagues to begin to whisper the word 'drunk' when
he passes by.
Determined not to be any sort of burden on CD, who has given up the quiet
existance he has enjoyed for so long in order to offer refuge in her time of
need, Alex uses the child support money Jimmy provides to hire a full time
Nanny for the baby so that she can continue her work as highly respected
Tarrant County ADA. In the evenings she helps out at CD's as a barmaid,
putting her tips into a special jar she keeps marked 'Exorcism Fund'.
Jimmy joins Walker in the booth at the back of the bar where they share the
long evenings. During breaks and slow spells Alex frequently visits with both
her ex-husbands there, often accompanied by CD, who's looking much more trim
lately (caused by Alex's insistance that she do the cooking at home - not
exactly her strong point - since he does all the cooking at the bar.)
In fact, except for the confused marital history between the four, it often
seems like old times. Sharing both work and down time, Alex finds herself
often wishing that she and Walker could be together. Walker, oblivious to what
is written all over Alex's face and not realizing how much she wants him,
waits until her attention is focused elsewhere before giving long, longing
glances at the ADA.
Jimmy watches these interchanges and realizes that the connection between the
pair is as strong as ever. In fact, the only two people in Dallas who don't
seem to realize that Alex and Walker are in love are Alex and Walker. He
decides that something is going to have to be done to force the pair to
somehow resolve the feelings between them. To that end he begins plotting ways
to get Walker talking about Alex, to get Alex talking about Walker, and to
get the two of them to spend time alone. This, he knows, will have to take
place in the booth at CD's, since it's the only place outside of work where
they are ever together. Determined to see them a couple once more, Jimmy
approaches 'Big Dog' to enlist his aid in the plan.
CD is also beginning to have serious regrets about the 'respectably married'
thing. His old flame Mabel has returned to Dallas and is showing interest in
his new, leaner build. She's looking pretty good herself, and the old Barkeep
would like nothing better than to invite her over to his place, but the
presence of a 'wife and child' puts a damper on that plan. Recognizing Jimmy's
scheming might not only reunite Walker and Alex, (setting to rights a
split that everyone knows shouldn't have happened) but would also allow him to
gracefully exit his own sham marriage and free him to take up with Mabel
again, he eagerly joins in.
Gradually the continued efforts of the pair are rewarded as Alex and Walker
begin to recognize the electricity building between them again. The ADA,
however, is determined not to reconnect with Walker unless he learns to
express at least some of his feelings to her, particularly his feelings about
her. The stoic ranger at first doesn't realize what it is she's looking for,
but a long stern talk from CD finally sets him straight and Walker realizes
if he wishes to win Alex back, he's going to have to tell her what he's
At last Walker decides to take action, and waits one evening for Alex to join
himself, CD, and Jimmy in the booth, knowing that in their less than subtle
fashion his partner and the older ranger will find excuses to disappear as
soon as she arrives.
Things happen as Walker knew they would, and left alone together the two
star-crossed lovers sit in a tension packed silence, staring across the table
at one another. Finally Walker begins to speak. After much hemming and hawing
and waffling back and forth, he at last looks Alex straight in the eye and
tells her he 'really likes her alot'. This admission of his affection is, of
course, all Alex was waiting to hear and she flies into Walker's arms as
she tells him how she has longed for him to tell her he cared.
Emboldened by the success of his words, Walker speaks again, telling her that
he 'missed her' and then, slipping her original engagement ring on her finger,
he asks, "Would you marry me, Alex? Again?" She agrees enthusiastically, much
to the delight of Jimmy and CD, who have been evesdropping from nearby and
proceep to whoop and holler with delight while dancing a little jig around the
Alex gathers Kimber and their personal possessions, (not to mention the ever
faithful Gordy) and moves back to the ranch with Walker that very night. The
next day she and CD, with Walker and Jimmy as witnesses, head across the
border to arrange for another quickie divorce.
When they are free to marry once more, Walker gallantly offers to supply the
full church wedding Alex has never had. The bride turns him down, (well
recalling the rangers proneness to mortal injury just before life changing
events such as a wedding) preferring instead to slip away with him to be re-
wed at a quaint little chapel outside of Dallas before leaving little Kimber
with Jimmy and CD for five days while they take a honeymoon trip into the
badlands. (Walker having promised to include Alex more in his favorite
After they return home, Jimmy arrives with Kimber and a special wedding
present for the happy couple, Bob, explaining that he's an excellant mouser
and that Jimmy figured they could use a cat around the ranch. Besides, he
continues, Bob has missed Gordy. (He neglects to mention that Bob has given up
leaving clumps of fur on Jimmy's suits, preferring instead the delight of
Finally a couple again, things settle down to as normal as can be expected
for the ranger and his bride (late night ER visits remain a staple of course,
as do bombings, kidnappings, death threats, high speed car chases and shoot-
outs with desperate criminals). Walker does ask Alex not to take Kimber inside
the barn until the exorcism is performed, reducing the risk of it burning.
The couple sits down with Jimmy, discussing Kimber's future, and Walker
decides to pitch in on the exorcism thing so it can be done sooner. They find
someone to perform the ceremony and everything is progressing as planned.
Then, the day before the event is scheduled, Walker answers the door and is
surprised to discover himself facing an extremely embarrassed young Tarrant
County Deputy. Stammering, he asks for Mrs. Walker to come to the door as
well, and then serves them both with notification of intent to file for an
injuction prohibiting Kimber's exorcism. As the pair reel in shock over this
turn of events, wondering who on earth would want to prevent it, the
officer haltingly hands them a second set of legal documents and leaves.
The second sheaf of pages, which Alex quickly skims through, cause her to
blanch alarmingly. Walker, confused, helps her quickly to a chair and then
questions her on the contents of the documents. Disbelieving, the stunned
woman explains that Dalton Reed and Merilee Summers are behind both the
injunction and the papers she now holds, which require them to go immediately
to the courthouse with Kimber for a preliminary hearing on the matter.
Unable to fathom why their former flames would band together in an attempt to
prevent Kimber's demons from being exorcised and thus allowing her to live a
normal life, (well, as normal as will be possible as the daughter of two
famous Texas rangers and one of Dallas' most prominent ADAs) the couple
gathers their things and climb into the ram for the drive to town.
On the way, Walker calls Jimmy, giving a brief rundown of what's happened.
Jimmy informs them that he, too, was served with the legal documents and is
already on his way to the courthouse. He's already spoken to CD, who is going
to meet them there as well.
The foursome, and Kimber, meet on the courthouse steps, hurrying quickly
inside where they are directed to a hearing room. There they find Dalton and
Merilee waiting, but before they can begin to ask what is going on the judge
enters and asks them all to sit and come to order so they can get the hearing
Since they brought about the hearing, the judge asks Dalton and Merilee to
explain why they feel that the exorcism shouldn't go as planned, given that
Kimber's parents agree to it. Dalton rises and says he will speak for the two
Dalton explains that he and Merilee met some time after they had each been
left behind by their former love; in his case, Alex; and in Merilee's, Walker.
Discovering this common ground, they talked longer, and found they enjoyed
many of the same things. They fell in love and were married within a year.
Shortly after that, Merilee discovered she was pregnant and nine months later
she gave birth to a little girl, whom they named Gina.
At this point Alex interrupts, asking the judge what this has to do with her
daughter, Kimber, and the much needed exorcism. (Alex is a little annoyed at
this point; the ride into town, combined with the excitement of the courthouse
has conspired to upset Kimber's stomach, causing the worm and spider spitting
to begin in earnest.)
Dalton tells the judge that the relationship between the two will be
explained soon, and is allowed to continue. Little Gina was the light of their
lives until a freak accident stole her from them at the tender age of only
two. (Mommy and Daddy took Gina to the rodeo, she was toddling around outside
a practice area when a stack of hay bales collapsed on top of her.)
The parents were completely devastated until a local psychic contacted them
several months later to tell them that due to the sudden and unexpected
accident, Gina's spirit had been reborn almost immediately. Further follow-up
with the psychic indicated that the couple that now held the child which held
Gina's spirit was none other than Alex and Cordell Walker.
The Reeds came to Dallas immediately, where they learned about the planned
exorcism, and then filed for the injunction because they don't feel that Alex
and Walker should be allowed to make that sort of decision. Since the child
the Walker's and Jimmy call Kimber is ACTUALLY Dalton and Merilee's daughter
Gina, the Reed's believe they should be given custody of the child, with all
the rights and priviledges due them as her true parents -- Including
the decision of whether or not an exorcism is called for.
As Alex, Walker, Jimmy, and CD sit in stunned silence (and Kimber plays with
a worm that she found in her lap) the judge rules that while the issue of
custody is certainly one that is too complicated to be resolved at this time,
he believes the Reeds have enough grounds to proceed with their plans. And
since they seem opposed to the exorcism, he feels that it is a reasonable
request on their part that the ceremony not be performed until it is
determined to which parents the child actually belongs.
"Temporary injunction granted! Court is adjourned!"
end of Season One