|Natalie Buchanan Banks|
|Melissa Archer as Natalie Buchanan|
|One Life to Live|
|Portrayed by||Melissa Archer|
|First appearance||July 16, 2000|
|Last appearance||January 13, 2012|
|Created by||Lorraine Broderick and Christopher Whitesell|
|Aliases||Natalie Balsom (adoptive name)|
|Born||September 23, 1978|
|Residence||183 Beck Street|
Natalie Buchanan Banks (previously Balsom, Laurence and Vega) is a fictional character from the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live played by Melissa Archer. Natalie first appeared onscreen on July 16, 2000. Archer remained with the series until the finale episode on January 13, 2012. The character's original birth date is September 23, 1986, when fraternal twin Jessica is born in that day's episode on-screen; her birth year was later revised to 1978.
Casting and reception
Archer originally auditioned for the role of Jennifer Rappaport, which Jessica Morris went on to secure. Archer then auditioned for the role of Natalie. On the day of her audition, Archer over-slept and turned up late. The casting department failed to notice this due to the amount of people auditioning.
In April 2010, a reporter for Soapnet praised Archer's portrayal of Natalie. They said that she made a "brilliant scene" in which Natalie launches into a tirade of abuse aimed at Marty Saybrooke (Susan Haskell), following her interference with her romantic relationship with John McBain (Michael Easton). The reporter empathised with Natalie because people often say "awful" things they will regret; but in their opinion, "Melissa brought it home".
|“||As fiery as her red hair, Natalie honed her scrappy sensibility raising herself in Atlantic City. Vulnerable and loving deep down, Natalie's softened with the discovery of her biological family. But when fighting for herself or her family, she is relentless.||”|
—ABC on Natalie
On July 16, 2003, One Life to Live celebrated thirty-five years of broadcasting on ABC. Natalie's relationship with Cristian Vega (David Fumero) played a centric role in the anniversary celebrations. In the storyline the characters are shown deliberating over their wedding plans. While the characters "dream about what they want," a flashback sequence airs, consisting of weddings that previously featured in the series.
Natalie Balsom appears in Llanview on July 16, 2001, immediately befriending Jessica Buchanan and ingratiating herself to the Buchanan family. She later makes the startling claim that she is in fact the biological daughter of Jessica's parents Clint Buchanan and Victoria Lord Davidson, which is confirmed by a DNA test. At first it is believed that when Allison Perkins had kidnapped the Buchanan baby in 1986, another child had been returned and had grown up to be Jessica. Jessica begins a tenuous relationship with Natalie's wild adoptive mother Roxy Balsom, whom Jessica believed to be her own biological mother, and with Roxy's son who Roxy thinks is her biological son but is not Rex.
Natalie's accomplice and lover Seth Anderson — an old friend of Cristian Vega's from Angel Square who had crossed paths with Jessica in their youth — had arrived in Llanview before Natalie in May 2001 with the task of getting close to Jessica and thus facilitating Natalie's own insinuation into the family. But Seth falls for Jessica, and is conflicted as Natalie's scheme erupts. Just as the new-found sisters begin to call a truce, Natalie discovers that Seth and Jessica are seeing each other, and she and Jessica are at odds again.
When a DNA test on Jessica later proves that she is also Viki's daughter, the real story comes out. Viki's enemy Mitch Laurence had secretly raped a drugged Viki around the same time she had conceived a child with Clint. Viki had unknowingly become pregnant with fraternal twins, one fathered by Clint (Natalie) and the other fathered by Mitch (Jessica). Dr. Walter Balsom, who had been one of religious leader Mitch's disciples, had taken Mitch's daughter during delivery, and Viki had never known that she had more than one child. Mitch, however, had wanted his daughter to grow up loved by Viki in the lap of luxury, and had sent Allison to kidnap Clint's child. They had replaced her with Mitch's daughter (who would become Jessica), and had given Clint's daughter (who would become Natalie) to Dr. Balsom and his wife Roxy.
After settling in town, Natalie meets Jessica's ex-boyfriend Cristian Vega. Viki's alternate personality, Niki Smith, returns in 2002 and pushes Viki's husband, Ben Davidson, out of a window; he is left in a coma, and Niki makes sure Natalie takes the blame. Cristian is the only person to believe Natalie's protestations of innocence, and he takes it upon himself to find the real culprit. Cristian discovers that Niki has returned, and when Natalie is cleared they begin a relationship. She and Cristian marry in 2003.
Later that year, FBI agent John McBain arrives in Llanview; Cristian becomes involved in one of John's investigations and is soon kidnapped and later presumed dead. Despite his guilt over Cristian's death, John gets close to Natalie and they ultimately pursue a relationship. Cristian returns in 2004 with no memories, and is believed to be an impostor; he kills mobster Tico Santi and his memories return, but he makes John swear not to reveal his true identity to spare his family from watching him go to prison. In 2005, attorney Evangeline Williamson appeals his conviction — proving that he had been brainwashed into killing Tico — and Cristian is released. He reveals himself to his overjoyed mother, Carlotta; furious over the deception, Natalie ends her relationship with John and asks Cristian for a divorce. Over the course of 2006, however, Natalie reunites with John after working with him to prove her uncle Todd Manning innocent of the "murder" of Margaret Cochran, and helping him finger Spencer Truman as the man who killed John's father.
Template:Overly detailed Natalie takes a job as receptionist for the Llanview Police Department, and soon shows an interest in the forensics program. Working closely with John, her relationship with him deepens; Natalie begins to hope for marriage. But after a horrifying car accident in which John is badly burned and thought dead for weeks, Natalie's bond with John begins to fray. Thinking she is protecting John, Natalie tampers with evidence at the crime scene of Spencer Truman's murder; when the truth comes out, she is dismissed from the forensics program. Her relationship with John disintegrates as well, but they ultimately part friends, with John admitting he should have treated her better. Moving forward with her life, Natalie ventures into the family business Buchanan Enterprises.
The mysterious Jared Banks comes to town in 2007 with an interest in the Buchanan family. Natalie despied Jared, and it is soon revealed that he is seeking revenge against Jessica for her alter "Tess'" part in sending him to prison. Blackmailing Jessica and Natalie with the knowledge of Tess' crimes, Jared secures a job at BE alongside Natalie. Though Jared is a skilled executive who reveres the legacy of Natalie's late grandfather Asa Buchanan, his arrogant and abrasive personality causes him to butt heads with Natalie constantly. Jared's manipulation of her family fuels Natalie's animosity, but the two cannot fight their mutual attraction. Irritated when Jared takes her cousin Sarah out on a date and flaunts himself in front of her, Natalie retaliates by staging a tryst with longtime Buchanan ranch hand Chuck Wilson III in Texas while the family is there for the reading of Asa's will. Jared and Natalie's sparring comes to a head when they admit their feelings for each other by the campfire and fall into a passionate embrace. That same night, however, Jared stumbles upon the opportunity to pose as Asa's long-lost son.
Having idolized Asa since childhood, Jared cannot resist, choosing fortune and ambition over love. Now "related" as uncle and niece, Jared and Natalie struggle to distance themselves from each other, but as his feelings deepen, Jared is tempted to drop the ruse. At the Go Red Ball on Valentine's Day, Jared confesses to Natalie that he still has major feelings for her, but she tells him it can never happen because he is her uncle. Jared also saves Jessica's life at the Ball, and is almost shot and killed, but the bullet only grazes him. Jared almost confesses the truth to everyone at the Ball, but stops when Clint and Bo begin to really treat him like their brother and a Buchanan. Jared decides not to tell anyone yet. In March 2008 Jared reveals the truth to Natalie, who decides to keep his secret to protect the Buchanans from the real heir, greedy con artist David Vickers. Though at first disgusted with Jared for this plot against her family, Natalie still battles her attraction. When Nigel asks Jared why he decided to tell Natalie, he admits that he's fallen in love with her. Natalie and Jared begin flirting with each other again, although Natalie resists taking it any further.
In May 2008, Jared tricks Natalie into going to Texas with him, where he tells her he loves her. At first she runs away and denies her feelings, but she ends up telling him that she loves him too and they make love for the first time. Jared also tells Natalie the whole truth about his father and they try to figure out how to tell the family and be together in Llanview. Once back in Llanview, they dodge a blackmail attempt from David Vickers, who has found out that Jared is not a Buchanan. Jared and Natalie also manage to sneak around and steal moments together.
Dorian Lord publicly reveals Jared's true identity, portraying the Buchanan Enterprises board as complicit in the scheme and allowing her to take over the company. His new venture with BE now dissolved, Jessica's husband Nash Brennan blames Jared and Natalie for the loss of Nash's vineyard. The argument gets physical, and Jared accidentally shoves Nash over a railing; he falls through a skylight to the floor below, and dies soon after. The trauma causes Jessica's alternate personality "Tess" to reemerge. After some failed attempts to kill Natalie and Jared, Tess locks them in a secret room below Llanfair, ultimately trying to kill them with a bomb. They are rescued and Jessica seeks psychological treatment, while Jared and Natalie care for her daughters. Natalie is furious to learn that an angry Jessica had "let" Tess emerge to exact the revenge she could not, and gives Jessica an icy homecoming from the sanitarium.
After the sisters repair their relationship, Natalie's suspicions about the night of Chloe's birth arise. Natalie begins investigating, and along with Jared, learns that Jessica's baby was stillborn, leading to a second alter, Bess, to switch Jessica's dead baby with Starr Manning's healthy one, born the same night. After Kyle Lewis blackmails the couple about the baby switch, Natalie and Jared come clean with their family.
Natalie and Jared marry in a private ceremony on May 13, 2009.
In November an old inmate of Jared is killed and all fingers point to Jared. When Natalie begs John to look the other way, he refuses. Mitch Laurence returns from the dead, and kidnaps Jared. Natalie, Jessica and Rex go to Napa Valley to find Jared. Rex gets a call from his aunt telling him that she is dying and she only has a few days to live and she has something to tell him but he says he can't leave Natalie and hangs up. Natalie tells him to go and she will call the cops and they will help She pretends to call them so that he will leave. Jessica and Natalie soon realize that Mitch is alive, after Jessica finds Nash's body. John and Brody show up to get Jessica and Natalie and Mitch pulls out a gun and John orders him to put it down and when he is about to drop it he shoots Jared in the chest and Jared is rushed to Napa General Hospital, where he dies of an embolism in his heart. Natalie is devastated and demands revenge on Mitch. She also blames John for what happened because he made her doubt Jared and Jared knew it. During Jared's funeral Mitch pops out of Jared's coffin and plays mind games with Natalie and everyone else.
Bo and John arrested Mitch and brought him to LPD where John threatens that he will kill him. Natalie finds the present that Jared had been going to give her - a baby name book since they were going to start trying to have children - and a letter that tells her that he had also been planning a New Year's Eve wedding for them, since they never got to have one with their friends and family, and a honeymoon in Oahu. Natalie gets angry at the fact that they never got to have any of this because of Mitch. Natalie comes into John's office and Mitch tells her that John threaten him and John turns his back and Natalie tells him that John has a lot to lose but she has already lost everything and stabs him with a letter-opener. Natalie continues to see Jared sometimes as a ghost or hallucination. He is with her when she takes a pregnancy test right before Christmas in the hopes that maybe her birth control malfunctioned and she is pregnant with Jared's child. The test is negative. At this time, Natalie is still grieving and John is helping her cover the fact that she is the one who stabbed Mitch. In February 2010 Natalie's feelings for John deepen after they are trapped in a cabin together. Marty finds them and lashes out at John and Natalie. John denies having feelings for Natalie to Marty but later admits to Natalie that he still felt something for her. In March 2010, John and Natalie decide to keep their distance. John wakes from a dream where he finds Natalie in his bed and they kiss passionately. John tells Marty that he is going to work but instead arrives at Natalie's doorstep. John kisses Natalie. Natalie tells John that he needs to make a decision but before he can he learns from Natalie that Marty is pregnant. John is not thrilled with the news but tells Marty he wants to be there for her and the baby. John and Natalie share a drink on St. Patrick's Day and the star crossed lovers share stolen glances as John dances with Marty. In April 2010, Marty is pregnant with John's child and Natalie in jealous and is developing feelings for John again. Later Natalie has an argument with Marty at the coffee store and informs Marty that there was more than just that one kiss in the cabin. Marty humiliated, returns to her office at the hospital. Later on while leaving her office at the hospital Marty is then pushed down a flight of stairs and miscarries the baby. Marty believes that Natalie is the one who pushed Marty down the stairs along with her uncle Todd Manning who had raped Marty several years before. Natalie is devastated when John asks her if she pushed Marty. Natalie begins to lean on Brody as a friend. Marty is disappointed when John refuses to arrest Natalie without evidence.
On May 21, 2010, Natalie who is developing feelings for John again begins to drink again and becomes drunk and goes to Brody's apartment were the two have a one night stand due to both of them being drunk. She then decides to leave for London to visit her brother Cord. However as she arrives at the gates at the airport she runs into John who tells her he too is developing feelings for her again and she decides to stay in Llanview. Natalie and John begin dating again and John admitts that he was with Marty because she was pregnant. Jessica regains her memory back after Mitch kidnapped her and is unaware about Natalie and Brody's one night stand. Soon after Natalie rejoins the forensics program and agrees to Brody not to tell anyone especially Jessica about their one night stand.
Natalie is revealed to be pregnant with either Brody or John's child and is shocked by this. Jessica soon finds out she is pregnant as well with either Brody or Ford`s child after Jessica and Ford "almost" had sex as well while she still had memory loss. After the doctor confirms the pregnancy Natalie and Jessica avoid telling each other about their pregnancies and Natalie leaves the hospital and goes to Rodi's. She talks to Brody but doesn't tell him about the pregnancy and later she confides in Gigi Morasco. Gigi correctly guesses that Natalie is pregnant and tells Gigi that she is not sure who the father is. Natalie learns that Jessica is pregnant right before she was about to reveal the news to John. Natalie avoids saying anything while everyone celebrates. Natalie considers terminating her pregnancy. Natalie goes to the Llanview Family Planning Clinic to have an abortion, but in the end she decides against it. Natalie tells John of her pregnancy, but does not tell him he may not be the father.
Natalie gets an amniocentesis on the same day as Jessica to determine the paternity of her baby. On the day of the results Clint sends his assistant to make sure that Brody is the father of Jessica's baby. He instructs him to change the results if this is not the case. Unaware that Natalie had a test done as well, Clint only tells his assistant to change his "daughters" results, he never specifies which daughter. In the clip showing the assistant changing results the mouse on the computer is pointing to Natalie Banks not Jessica Buchanan. Therefore, it is assumed the assistant changed the wrong results which means that John McBain is the father of Natalie's baby. Natalie believes that Brody is the father of her baby but chooses not to tell him because Jessica is so elated that he is the father of her baby and she does not want to ruin their happiness.
It is revealed a day after the tests that Marty has obtained a copy of the changed results. Rex also obtained a copy after searching Marty's apartment.
On December 10, 2010 John gets down on one knee and proposes to Natalie. A shell shocked Natalie excuses herself and calls Rex to discuss on whether or not to accept considering the circumstances that Marty knows of the paternity results. Rex tells her to take a chance urging Natalie to say yes to John's proposal despite everything. A nervous Natalie tells John to keep the engagement quiet and not tell the family just yet because Natalie wants to go to Marty and make sure that she will keep her big fat psychotic mouth shut.
Later Marty vows to Natalie that she will not tell John of the paternity results shortly after hearing that John proposed to Natalie. Natalie thanks Marty and from then sees it safe to tell everyone of the engagement on Christmas. Yet little does Natalie know that Marty still plans to tell John of the paternity results just not directly, but by her sister Jessica at a private wedding ceremony between both Natalie and John. And eventually on the night of the wedding, Marty interrupts the ceremony. Jessica is rushed to the hospital. Marty and Natalie gets into a heated argument. Marty accidentally hits her head while arguing with Natalie. Natalie takes Marty to the Buchanan lodge holding her captive with a shotgun trying to save her relationship with John and stop Marty from telling Jessica her secret by keeping her at the lodge so she can finally go tell John of the results herself.
Natalie's water breaks before she can leave the lodge and Marty turns the tables on her, turning a deaf ear to Natalie's pleas and departing, leaving the laboring Natalie alone with no phone and no way to get help.
Fortunately, Marty has a pang of conscience and returns to help Natalie give birth. John tracks her and Marty to the lodge and walks in moments after Natalie has given birth to a baby boy. When Marty holds Natalie's baby, she thinks it is her and John's baby boy. John calls the paramedics to take Natalie and the baby to the hospital. Marty is committed and eventually sedated after bursting in on Natalie, John, and the baby demanding that the baby is her and John's and that Natalie is trying to steal it. When John asks Natalie what happened at the lodge, she lies to John saying that Marty took her to the lodge and held her captive. John leaves the room and Natalie wonders if she should tell John the truth or not. Natalie and John decide to name the child Asa McBain, but was later changed to Liam Asa McBain (due to Jessica and Brody wanting to name their baby Asa), and ask Rex and Gigi to be his Godparents. Jessica and Brody plan to get married and convince Natalie and John to have a double wedding with them. On their wedding day, Vimal reveals that he changed Jessica's paternity test and not Natalie's. Natalie later admits to John that he's not Liam's father, Brody is. Natalie and John have a run in with Jessica and Brody right after they both spill to their fiance's about their night together. Natalie reveals to a shocked Brody and Jessica that Liam's father is Brody. Jessica tears the room apart and Natalie tells Jess that she is her sister and she loves her. Jessica tells Natalie she will never be her sister, leaving Natalie emotionally scarred. Later that day, Tess returns. Natalie finds John in a compromising position with Kelly Cramer and he tells her he slept with Kelly. Natalie yells at Kelly tells John she'll never give up on him. After getting some advice from Echo DiSavoy, John goes to Llanfair. At first, Natalie thinks John is there for her, but he's just there to see Liam. The two bond over the baby boy, but John feels out of place holding him. He runs into Kelly at Llanfair, who is crying after a run in with Joey. Natalie sees John and Kelly hugging, and she and Joey lay into them, and Joey punches John. John goes to Rodi's and finds out that Gigi knew about Brody and Natalie, and fires her. Natalie finds out, and rushes to Rodi's to confront John. She walks in on John and Kelly making love, and she lashes out at them. She and Brody rush Liam to the hospital after he gets a rash. It turns out to be a minor thing, and John jealously walks in on Brody and Natalie hugging. She and Brody bond over Liam, and they wake up next to each other and extremely close to each other. Natalie then goes back to work as the forensics tech, and lashes out at John. She puts boundaries between the two and they agree on only being professional. Kelly conveniently comes to the station and Natalie is furious, but walks away. Cristian Vega tells her that Marty is still carrying around her paternity test results. On April 20, 2011, Natalie returns to Llanfair after going to see Ford and sees Tess with Viki, but quickly realizes that Viki's alternate personality, Niki Smith, has come out. Tess tells Natalie that it is not Niki Smith, but Viki pretending to be her to scare away Tess, and Natalie believes her. Soon after, Natalie finds out that Clint had a heart attack and rushes to be with him. While at the hospital, she runs into Marty and confronts her about still carrying her DNA results. She snatches them and rips them up without reading them while Marty laughs in her face. While at the hospital, Joey and Natalie realize that Nikki really has re-emerged and run over to the custody hearing to confront her. At the custody hearing, Viki tries to reemerge and another of her alternate personalities, Jean Randolph, comes out. She faints and Viki wakes up. The judge then makes her decision about Ryder's custody hearing and finds Viki an unfit parent and places the child in foster care. Natalie offers to take him, but the judge refuses because she lives with Viki. Aubrey and Joey step in and the judge grants them temporary custody. Natalie asks Rex and Gigi if they can watch Liam, and discovers that Gigi took Shane's therapy session recording so she and Rex could listen and see if there was anything they should know about Shane. Both Rex and Gigi feel they are violating Shane's privacy, so Natalie offers to listen to the tape so they wouldn't have to, and promises to tell them anything they absolutely need to know and nothing else. She starts the recording and realizes it's Marty's session and hears Marty talk about how she broke John and Natalie up. Rex and Gigi come in and take it from Natalie after realizing it's not right to listen to their son's private session. Natalie tells them it's really Marty's session, but they tell her not to listen to it and say they're going to take it back to the therapist's office. After the tape is returned, Natalie goes into Dr. Buhari's office while her assistant is on break. She hears Marty talking to the doctor and she takes the session tape, this time with the clear intent on listening to it. The tape reveals the Marty altered baby Liam's paternity results to make Brody the father, when in reality the biological father is John. Natalie decides to tell John the truth. She and Liam head to John's house where unbeknown to her a deranged Marty is waiting, who moments earlier brutally stabbed Kelly Cramer. Natalie sees a note that Marty left for John to meet on the roof, where she comes face to face with Marty. A fight ensues and Marty is left clinging to the side of the roof. After much hesitation, Natalie helps Marty, who thanks her by pushing her off the roof to the ground below, where she is found by John.
Jessica slams the door of Natalie's bedroom. She makes it clear she's not Tess and demands, "What the hell are you doing in bed with my fiancé?" Jessica lashes out. They betrayed her again! "How could you do this to me?" she asks and grabs her head. "Ford was right." Jessica vows not to hide anymore. She plans to stick around to make them pay. Natalie tries to explain why they gave up hope on her and John. Brody admits he couldn't take it anymore and moved on. "I was trapped," Jessica snaps. "The hell you were," Brody replies and reminds her that Tess is the mean, hateful part of her. Natalie gives them some time, as Brody continues to rant about all of the hell she's put him through. She used his dead, best friend to hurt him, and left her kids, when they all needed her. "You and Natalie can go straight to hell," Jessica replies and storms off.
Later, Jessica is passing Natalie in the hallway, and they lash out at each other. Natalie says Jessica hid behind Tess and it is her fault. Jessica says that she would never betray her sister, and she will pay her back on her own, not as Tess. Natalie asks if that is a threat, and Jessica simply smirks and says not to worry, and it will happen when she least expects it. Jessica walks away, saying coyly, "I wonder what John McBain is up to?", while Natalie ponders if there is possibly something between John and Jessica.
Later, Natalie talks to Jessica that she and Brody are going to have a life together. Outraged and hurt Jessica yells at Natalie which makes Natalie say that the thing she liked about Tess is that she took responsibility for her actions and had no problem showing her dislike for her. Still angry Jessica punches Natalie. Viki witnesses the altercation and says that Bree saw and heard the fight. Jessica then leaves to talk to Bree. Natalie tells Viki every single time she tries to talk to her she gets mad.
Jessica and Natalie have another fight and Jessica suggest that she and Brody live together because she doesn't want to see either of them. Brody then agree which leaves Jessica and Natalie shocked. Brody has to leave to go to work leaving Jessica and Natalie in the garden fighting. When the two walk angrily out the door Ford watches and causes to Jessica crying on his shoulder.
On July 28, 2011 Natalie and Jessica bumped into each other in Angel Square. Before Natalie was able to say anything, Jessica acknowledged that she'd heard the news about Natalie's engagement to Brody. Sarcastically, Jessica asked to see Natalie's ring, and she grabbed Natalie's hand. Jessica thought that the ring was a "pretty little diamond," and she suggested that because of Natalie's hand size, the ring should have been larger. Jessica also thought that it would have been a good idea for Natalie to just use Jessica's ring instead. Natalie was apologetic and stated that she just wanted to make things right between the two of them. Jessica wondered how things could be nice and okay after Natalie had stolen Jessica's fiancé. Natalie disagreed, and she began to explain how Brody had waited for Jessica for months. Jessica saw things differently. She believed that Natalie had accepted Brody as a consolation prize, after John had rejected her twice. Jessica figured that Natalie would leave Brody in a second, if John were to change his mind. Natalie didn't think that was a fair assessment, and she was angry. She, Brody and Liam were a family. Jessica wondered how it would be around holiday tables, and she stated that the family was not happy with Natalie's choice. Natalie insisted that Viki was happy, but Jessica felt that Viki hadn't had a choice. Jessica accused Natalie of successfully destroying the family just as she'd set out to do when she'd first arrived in Llanview. Natalie couldn't believe that Jessica had held onto that thought after so many years. Natalie accused Jessica of walking all over her, and Natalie would no longer stand for it. Jessica called her "trailer trash" who had slept with her sister's fiancé. Natalie pointed out that at least she hadn't hidden behind her mental illness, and she accused Jessica of enjoying being Tess in order to torture Brody. Jessica had been able to order him around and be a bitch, Natalie added. The argument continued to escalate. Jessica called Natalie trash again, and she shouted that she wished they'd never found out that Natalie had really been a Buchanan. They had all been happy before Natalie's arrival. Natalie reminded Jessica that she was actually more family than Jessica was. Natalie's real father was Clint, while Jessica's father was Mitch Laurence. Jessica was appalled, and she snapped that Clint was her father in every way. She had always been Clint's daughter. "Your father is a deranged psycho killer that killed my husband when you didn't finish the job yourself," Natalie accused. Jessica retorted that she hadn't been responsible for the fact that Mitch had killed lots of people. Natalie added that she had forgiven Jessica for her wrongs, but Jessica had been unable to return the favor. "Brody is lucky to be rid of you," Natalie growled. "You are Mitch Laurence's psycho daughter and always will be," she concluded. Jessica slugged Natalie in the face with all of the strength she could muster. Natalie grabbed her head and then slapped Jessica as hard as she could. The growing argument had turned physical, and the girls grabbed and pulled at each other until they fell to the ground. Brody left Clint and happened to find Jessica and Natalie fighting in Angel Square. He pulled the young women apart, and he picked Natalie up. He carried her away from the scene as Jessica screamed after them. "I hate you. I'm gonna hate you til the day that you die," she yelled.
On July 1, 2011 Natalie finds John and tells him that she has moved on with Brody. At the police station, Brody is shocked to find out that Liam is NOT his son and Marty switched baby Liam's paternity results. Meanwhile, due to Natalie's fall Marty caused, Natalie has short term memory loss, it leaves Natalie unaware that John is really Liam's father. However, Brody steals the note Vimal wrote to John revealing that the real father of Liam is John, not Brody. He also erased the tape inside recorder Natalie took from Dr. Burhari's office admitting that Marty altered the DNA test results. Brody doesn't want to ruin his relationship with Natalie, so Brody knows he's in trouble when everyone finds out the truth about Liam. It was revealed that as of July 26, 2011: Victor Jr., Marty, Jack, Vimal, Jessica and Brody are the only people who know the truth about Liam.
On the 23rd September 2011, Brody proposed to Natalie and she accepts. It is revealed that John is still in love with her but he hasn't told her yet.
On November 14, Natalie and Brody are set to be married when she gets proof that John is Liam's father and finds out that Brody knew for months and didn't tell her. Of course she's furious and leaves him at the altar to go tell John and stop him from leaving Llanview. She gets there in time and tells John that Liam is his son, he doesn't believe her at first but then after thinking about it has realizes that it's true. When the leave the airport to go see Liam they find a horrifying sight: Nigel on the floor unconscious and Liam not in his crib. When Nigel comes to he said that Brody knocked him out and kidnapped Liam. They finally catch up to Brody and Liam in Niles, Michigan (where Brody grew up). But when they get to the house Brody pulls a gun them but they get him to drop the weapon and give Liam to John. On January 3, 2012, Natalie is taken hostage by Mitch Laurence after he escapes from prison. When Mitch demands to see Jessica in exchange for Natalie,John reluctantly takes Jessica to rescue Natalie.On January 6, Ford attacks Mitch and Mitch's gun fires. It hits the chandelier and Ford is crushed. John says he's going to call an ambulance and Mitch says he can but Natalie stays. Afterwords When Jessica and Ford are taken to the hospital Mitch refuses to let Natalie go. John then shoots Mitch and kisses Natalie. Meanwhile, Allison reveals that both of the Buchanan twins are biologically Clint's. Allison altered the paternity results and lied to Mitch Laurence that Jessica was his. Clint refuses to believe this and says to Viki, "Do you really believe this lunatic?" In revenge, Allison shoots Viki and flees. Clint reaches for the phone, but collapses beside Viki. They are found by John and Natalie and taken to the hospittal. Viki and Clint both survives.
On the 11th January, 2012 John is surprised to find Liam and Natalie at his place. He picks Liam up, as Natalie explains how Jessica said they shouldn't wait to have their talk. "And she'd be right," John agrees. He instructs Natalie to turn their phones off then puts Liam down for a nap. When he returns, Natalie lashes out at John for not admitting he loved her. She needs to know John will fight for her. He wonders why Natalie never let on she knew. She had lied to him and didn't trust John enough to tell him the truth. Can he forgive her? John admits Natalie hurt him and knows he hurt her too. Can she forgive him? Natalie's more than happy to. "Then bring those lips here," John orders. They kiss. After they make love, John says, "Natalie, I love you." She returns the long awaited sentiment. Through a new DNA test conducted by Vimal ordered by Clint and Viki, Jessica is confirmed to be Clint's child not Mitch's.
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