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SOAP OPERA DIGEST--
"Foreign Relations"
by: Jennifer Lenhart



"For Love Of Lily---And A Green Card!
Simon Marries Katie On ATWT"

"Nine months and a marriage already," laughs AS THE WORLD TURN's Paul Leyden (Simon) about his character's impending nups less than a year after arriving in Oakdale. While, this may be a marriage of (in)convenience for Simon, it's a different situation for Katie, who's been trying to get hitched ever since the morning after their one-night stand which coincided with the arrival of INS agents eager to send the Aussie back Down Under.

"It's crunch time between Simon and Lily," Leyden explains. "the INS have agents right on his tail. His visa's run out because he couldn't report while he was stuck on the island. So, they're banging on the door, basically, to deport him." He'd decided to head home, but Lily's recent declaration of love throws Simon. "That changes him straight away because this is the first time he's heard it from her."

Enter Katie, oddly enough, to his rescue. "She knows that he's in trouble with the INS, and the only way for him to stay in the country is to marry her. And she really wants him to stay because she doesn't have anyone. Once again, no Margo, no Tom, no Craig, no place to go and no one in the town likes her. So, here's this guy who doesn't really know that much about her, who's charming and sexy and beautiful and kind of an outcast, too," says Terri Conn (Katie).

"She's kind of his only friend in Oakdale," agrees Leyden. "And I think Simon really likes Katie. Not, obviously, in the same way he loves Lily, but she's good company, she's willing to help him out, which means a great deal, and she amuses him. She's helping him out as a friend, but she's obviously got her own personal reasons for doing it."

Yeah, about those personal reasons...Katie has quite a history of attaching herself to man. "She lost her virginity to Simon. And there's an element of infatuation, which she already has a problem with, as we know with Eddie and Holden," Conn points out. "I don't think it's ever really about the person; it's just needing to be doing something, needing to be focusing her energy on someone else. She has this deep-seated need for someone just to love her and she does the stupidest things. It's really sad."

But these are things that Simon will have to worry about on the honeymoon. With time running out on Wednesday, he lets Lily decide his fate. She's initially against the marriage---that is, until the INS agents show up and threaten to send her new love packing. Rather than say good-bye, Lily consents to the union between Simon and Katie---who Lily has just learned is the other woman he had sex with.

"Sleeping with somebody else is bad enough, but then to find out it's Katie, it's like, "Could it be a worse person?" "But there's nothing she can do about it now," observes Byrne, who claims that Lily is just getting her priorities straight. "Her problem is Simon staying in the country. Katie's minor compared to that. Lily gets desperate, as usual, and says 'You've got to marry her now or I know I'll never see you again.'" While she stalls the INS, Katie and Simon run to the judge for the hasty ceremony as a stunned Tom and Margo (who show up in a fruitless effort to talk some sense into Katie), and Bryant and Jennifer (corralled as witnesses by the bride) look on. "It's so fast, it's hilarious," chuckles Conn.

"It's probably the quickest ceremony in the history of weddings," agrees Leyden. "Then, just as the judge pronounces them man and wife, the INS bursts in and says, 'We'll be watching you like a hawk. Any slip-up and you're screwed, basically.'" The dubious agents also have a few surprising ground rules for the unlikely newlyweds.

"That's when Lily's heart sinks and Katie's soars," grins Conn