Cutter Wentworth

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Cutter Wentworth
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Josh Kelly as Cutter Wentworth
One Life to Live character
Portrayed by Josh Kelly
Duration 2010–11, 2013
First appearance December 29, 2010 (December 29, 2010)
Last appearance August 19, 2013 (August 19, 2013)
Created by Ron Carlivati
Introduced by
Classification Final, regular
Profile
Occupation
  • Manager and Club Promoter at Shelter nightclub (2013)
  • Dishwasher at the Bonjour Café in Paris, Texas (2011)
  • Front Desk Clerk at the Minute Man Motel (2011)
  • Con artist (pre-2011)
Residence Llanview, Pennsylvania

Cutter Wentworth is a fictional character on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live. He was portrayed by Josh Kelly from December 29, 2010 to December 29, 2011. Kelly reprised the role when new daily episodes of OLTL began airing on Hulu via The Online Network from April 29, 2013 to August 19, 2013, until the show (along with All My Children) were both put on indefinite hiatus due to Prospect Park's lawsuit against ABC.[1][2]

Casting[edit]

Kelly was cast in the long-time role of Joey Buchanan,[3] a character that was returning to the show as a permanent contract role after six years. However, producers later decided that Kelly was a better fit for the newly created character Cutter, who, like Joey, would also serve as a love interest for both Terri Conn's Aubrey Wentworth and Gina Tognoni's Kelly Cramer. The role of Joey would be taken by Tom Degnan.[4]

Background[edit]

Cutter's father Billy Joe Wentworth grew up poor and worked three jobs while putting himself through school. When Billy Joe successfully invested his money in the stock market after getting a job as a stock trader, he became very wealthy, changing his name to William J. Wentworth Jr. He married Alex Olanov with whom he had two children: Cutter and Aubrey (who later changed her name to Kimberly Andrews). Eventually, Alex abandoned her family and took off with a piece of her husband's fortune, and a depressed, heartbroken William alienated his friends and family, and lost his entire fortune that he spent trying to track down his missing wife. A young Cutter found William dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and he and his sister were separated from each other and placed into the foster care system, because they couldn't get any money from their father's insurance because of his suicide. Cutter ran away from every foster home he was put into so that he could search for his sister. Cutter eventually found his sister and both became con artists in an attempt to regain the wealth and happiness from their childhoods.

2010–2011[edit]

Cutter is first seen on Aubrey Wentworth's doorstep on New Year's Eve 2010. Cutter and Aubrey quickly connect where they then begin to kiss until Aubrey demands Cutter to leave Llanview immediately, and return to Europe.[5] Cutter responds by saying that he's going to decide to stay in Llanview for a while. Aubrey then tells Cutter that if they get caught together then their entire plan could be jeopardized. By now it is clear, both Aubrey and Cutter are lovers as well as con-artists. From the beginning, Aubrey was meant to win Joey Buchanan's love so she could marry him, and go after his money as well as the entire Buchanan family fortune. Although Joey's father Clint Buchanan quickly suspected something off about Aubrey, as well did Joey's ex-wife Kelly Cramer. As Aubrey became more and more cautious about Cutter's stay in Llanview, he began to sense that Aubrey was in fact falling in love with Joey. Cutter warned Aubrey that it's nothing more, and couldn't be more. Aubrey denied any feelings leaving Cutter still suspicious that Aubrey was having mixed feelings about conning Joey and his family. Once provocative photos of Aubrey and Cutter reached French magazines in Llanview, Aubrey quickly worked to dispose them all, until one had already been bought by Kelly Cramer. Kelly revealed to Joey that Aubrey was cheating on him with Cutter, and a furious Joey then confronted Aubrey about the photos; where a then semi-nude Cutter walked out of Aubrey's bedroom. Cutter told Joey he was Aubrey's brother, and that the photos were taken out of context. Joey believed Cutter and Aubrey and apologized. After finding out it was Kelly who showed Joey the last remaining magazine, Cutter decided he would "take care" of Kelly, for she was already beginning to be trouble for them both. After Kelly found out about Aubrey and Cutter's gold-digging schemes, they break up with each other, and Cutter goes on to try to woo Kelly's aunt Dorian Lord for her money instead, but that plan soon fails when Dorian's ex-fiancé David Vickers returns to Llanview after being rescued by Bo Buchanan and Rex Balsom after he was kidnapped by Clint and sent to a Morraccan prison, and later held hostage by Alex Olanov at St. Blaze's island. Dorian and David soon reunited with each other, and both of them kick Cutter to the curb. After Dorian dumps him, Cutter then befriends Tess/Jessica Ford at the parking lot of the Capricorn nightclub when she sneaks into his car, and the two decide to get to know each other a little better at Cutter's motel room at the Minute Man Motel after Cutter decides to go after Tess/Jessica's money as a Plan B.

Weeks later, Cutter sees that Aubrey is starting to care for Joey, and calls her out on it. Aubrey denies it, though several moments make it clear that she is in love with Joey. Fed up, Cutter starts an affair with Jessica Buchanan, who is currently Tess, which angers Aubrey. Tess finds out about their scheme and wants in, and Cutter agrees, much to the dismay of Aubrey. In April 2011, Tess and her husband Robert Ford lose custody of Ryder, putting Cutter and Aubrey's scheme in jeopardy when Aubrey volunteers to get temporary custody of Ryder with Joey, which causes Cutter to break up with Aubrey for good. However, Tess meets Cutter and reveals that she attacked Ford and has a new plan: They could get married as another way of not committing her into St. Anne's. On May 5, 2011, Tess and Cutter marry, and Ford punches Cutter when he finds out. After they got married, Cutter later experiences Jessica morphing into another alter named Wes (named after Jessica's ex-fiancé Brody Lovett's friend Wes Granger from his days as part of the Navy SEALS team during their war days) after having an argument with Brody over Tess/Jessica. Cutter also meets Jessica's other alter Bess after Wes was arrested for aiding and abetting Marty Saybrooke's kidnapping of Natalie Buchanan and John McBain's son Liam. Jessica eventually morphs back to being Tess again, and she is released on bail. After having to deal with Jessica's other alters Wes and Bess, Cutter gets fed up with Jessica's DID, and decides to double cross his wife by going to see her parents to discuss a deal to get Jessica serious professional help by using blackmail and extortion to get his way as payback for having to put up with their daughter's mental issues on May 25, 2011. In exchange for getting Tess committed to St. Anne's, Cutter makes an extortion deal with Clint and his ex-wife Victoria Lord to get his piece of the family fortune and the Buchanan Mansion where he kicks out Joey, Aubrey, Ryder, and Aubrey's best friend Rama Patel on June 1, 2011. Rama convinces Cutter to let her still stay in the mansion by lying to him about not wanting Aubrey to break up with him to stay with Joey, and blackmailing him about a "dirty little secret" that he's been keeping from Aubrey. Cutter also welcomes in Rama's husband Vimal Patel to move into the mansion after he is exonerated from prison after he took the fall for Clint for switching the DNA paternity results for his boss' daughters. On June 17, 2011, Rama blackmails Cutter to agree to Ford's request to end his marriage to Tess by signing divorce papers.

On June 28, 2011, the mansion's butler Nigel Bartholomew-Smythe told Cutter that the deed Clint signed over to him had a loophole in it in which Clint could take back the mansion from him, and Cutter lost ownership of the mansion to Rex when he took the deed of the mansion from his father Clint (in exchange for allowing his recently deceased fiancée Gigi Morasco's heart to be donated to Clint after his heart was destroyed after he had a double heart attack). Cutter, Rama, and Vimal are all evicted from the Buchanan Mansion. Cutter later moves into Aubrey and Rama's motel room at the Minute Man Motel after Renee Divine Buchanan not only got him banned from the Palace Hotel, but also banned him from all the other hotels in Llanview. Cutter also admits that the Buchanans also took back all of the money that they paid him, since he didn't stash most of the cash in the bank, leaving Cutter broke and almost out of money. On July 21, 2011, Cutter gives Aubrey the divorce papers delivered from Joey that he found under the door at their motel room.

On August 16, 2011, Cutter convinces Aubrey to make the newly wealthy Rex her next mark while they are both hanging out at the Capricorn. Aubrey tries to seduce Rex but he doesn't pay any attention to her because he is obsessed with a clue he got from psychic Madame Delphina about a "spotted pony" (which could be related to Rex being haunted by Gigi's ghost). When Aubrey tells Cutter about the cryptic clue before she leaves the club, Cutter then figures out secretly by himself that the clue refers to The Spotted Pony strip club in Anchorage, Kentucky, which is related to Cutter's secret. Cutter then calls Rama to get her to come talk to him about Rex. Cutter accuses Rama of telling his secret to Rex. Rama reassures Cutter that she doesn't know Rex and that their secret with what happened to Cutter at The Spotted Pony is still safe between them.

On August 19, 2011, Aubrey packs her bags at her motel room in preparation of leaving town when Cutter returns and asks her not leave him. Aubrey tells Cutter that she doesn't want to be part of his scams anymore and heads out the door but stops dead in her tracks when Cutter calls her by her real name, Christine Karr. The two discuss their past and Cutter tries to assure Aubrey that Joey was their last mark. Cutter blames himself for Aubrey falling for Joey. Aubrey then decides to stay with Cutter until she can get back on her feet. Cutter points out the irony that after all the scams they've pulled, they ended up in the exact opposite type of room that he always envisioned them in their lives.

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On September 2, 2011, Cutter gets a job as a front desk clerk at The Minute Man Motel so that he could impress Aubrey by turning over a new leaf. Cutter and Aubrey then rekindle their romantic relationship by making love to each other before Cutter goes to work. When Cutter opens the door to leave for work though, he is surprised to see former stripper Kimberly Andrews, a woman that he calls "Aubrey", revealing that Kim's real name is Aubrey Wentworth, his real sister. It was soon revealed that his sister stole money from her classmate Rama when they both attended boarding school in France, and Aubrey used the money to have plastic surgery to change her looks from an "ugly duckling" to a sexy looking woman, but Kim promised that she would later pay back Rama for her stolen money. Cutter and Kim then talked about what happened in their lives after they separated, and Cutter told Kim that he learned about the Buchanans after he read about Kim marrying Clint in the newspaper, which inspired him to make Joey his next target with Aubrey. Cutter also learns from Kim that she's been keeping her best friend Stacy Morasco in a hospital in Kentucky, after she was presumed dead after drowning in a frozen lake a year and a half ago on Llantano Mountain. On September 9, 2011, Cutter bought Roxy Balsom's stuffed beaver Morris at a flea market outside in Angel Square for Aubrey as a gift. Cutter told Aubrey that he and his sister were once scamming partners with Kim when Cutter worked with her to seduce rich men for their money after she got her plastic surgery, but they later parted ways when they were both exposed as con artists after the incident at the Spotted Pony. Cutter would also confess to Aubrey that Kim had a sick friend she was taking care of in the hospital in Kentucky. Cutter and Aubrey discovered that a gun was hidden in Morris after they knocked it over and the gun fell out of the bottom of the beaver. Aubrey and Cutter soon figured out that the gun belonged to Rex, who was one of the suspects for the murder of Victor Lord Jr.. Cutter is tempted to use Rex's gun to blackmail him for the Buchanan fortune. Aubrey convinces him to turn the gun over to the police. Cutter decides to still keep the gun inside the beaver against Aubrey's wishes. Kim discovers that Rex's gun is inside Morris. Kim tries to convince Cutter to blackmail Rex for the Buchanan fortune so that she could pay for Stacy's medical bills at the hospital in Kentucky and give back the family fortune to Clint, but Cutter refuses to revert to his scamming ways because of his promise to Aubrey to go straight. Kim is visited by Rex's biological mother Echo DiSavoy, who also wants the beaver and the gun back from Cutter. Kim goes through her plan to blackmail Echo and try to convince her son to hand over the entire Buchanan fortune back to Clint and to help pay her friend Stacy's medical bills. Cutter later comes home from work to discover that the gun is missing from inside Morris after Aubrey looks inside to see if Cutter turned in the gun to the police yet. Cutter then starts to panic, and finds out that his sister Kim was the one to steal the gun from the beaver. On September 21, 2011, Cutter goes to the hospital in Kentucky to confront her sister about stealing Rex's gun from him, and Kim tells Cutter to let her still keep Rex's gun to continue to blackmail Echo to convince Rex to sign over the entire Buchanan fortune to Clint and to help pay for Stacy's medical bills. Cutter then sees Stacy in her room and is surprised to find out what happened to Stacy. Kim tells Cutter not to tell anyone about Stacy's mysterious circumstances. Cutter agrees to keep her secret since he feels no one will believe him when he tells someone about Stacy's secret.

On October 11, 2011, Aubrey finds out from police commissioner Bo Buchanan that Cutter lied about turning over Rex's gun to the police and breaks up with Cutter after coming to the conclusion that he will never change his grifting ways. Cutter then heads back to the hospital in Kentucky and tells Kim that Aubrey broke up with him because he lied about what he did with Rex's gun, and blamed Kim for the break-up. Cutter also wanted to revert to being a grifter by blackmailing Kim to give him the forged documents that Echo signed Rex's signature on that will give Clint back his fortune, or he will tell everyone in Llanview that Stacy is still alive with her sister Gigi Morasco's face! Cutter then asks Kim if she was sure if the woman in the hospital room is really Stacy. Kim confessed to Cutter that Stacy survived drowning in that frozen lake a year and a half ago, and that she got plastic surgery in South America to look like Gigi so that she could take over her life! Kim also said that she tried to stop Stacy by following her to Llanview to stop her scheme against her sister. Kim then discovered that Stacy was trapped in the basement of a rental house that was leaking carbon monoxide along with her dead sister Gigi. Cutter then told Kim that he believed her about what she told him about Stacy. Kim also let her brother have the forged documents on the condition that he could give her some of the money that he'll extort to pay for Stacy's hospital bills. On October 14, 2011, Cutter met up with Rama at an arranged meeting at the Spotted Pony where Rama revealed what happened that night several years ago at the strip club. When Rama try to track down Kim at the club to get try to get the money she stole from her to pay for her plastic surgery, she saw her brother Cutter kneeling over a dead body named Mr. Berger, who was a rich guy that was a patron at the club who was Cutter and Kim's mark. Cutter enlisted Kim to seduce Mr. Berger for his money by working as a stripper at the club. Cutter then sneaked in too much "mickey" in Mr. Berger's drink, which caused him to pass out and die. Rama said she had proof of the incident with a picture she took on her cell phone of Cutter and the dead guy, and she still wanted to blackmail Cutter for the crime. Cutter then convinced Rama to conspire with him to let Kim take the fall for the crime, or they will both lose everything they want in their respective scams. Cutter and Rama then set up Kim to have her arrested for the murder of Mr. Berger. Before Kim was sent to jail, she tells Cutter to help take care of Stacy for her while she's gone. Cutter then goes to the hospital and finds out that she woke up from her coma.

On October 20, 2011, Cutter blackmails Clint to give back the entire Buchanan fortune from Rex's forged signature on the documents back to him for a price. When Clint turns down his offer, Cutter decides to use Stacy as leverage to get the Buchanan fortune by blackmailing Clint's son Rex. On October 24, Cutter meets Rex at his office at Buchanan Enterprises to blackmail him for the Buchanan fortune in exchange to bring a still alive Gigi back to him. Cutter shows him a photo of Gigi on his cell phone that he took of her in the Kentucky hospital. Rex thinks that the picture he has of Gigi is a fake, and he then gets into a fight with Cutter out of total anger towards him for his extortion scheme. Bo then enters the office and breaks up the fight between them, and Cutter leaves the building saying Rex will regret his decision to not take up on his offer to reunite with Gigi. Cutter then goes back to the Kentucky hospital and finds out from the nurse that Stacy checked herself out of her room. Cutter immediately finds Stacy at the cemetery at Gigi's gravesite. Stacy asks Cutter how can she be Gigi if she is dead. Cutter explains to her that she is not Gigi. Cutter is then confronted by Aubrey the next morning, and she says that she knows already that he's scamming Rex by using Rex's deceased fiancée Gigi. Cutter decides to crash the engagement party with Stacy so that when she sees Rex and Shane, she could get her memories back without anyone seeing her at the party. On October 28, Cutter and Stacy arrives at the Buchanan Mansion with Cutter dressed as a mummy, and Stacy dressed as Little Red Riding Hood and a mask hiding her face while they're greeted at the door by Rex. Cutter and Stacy are then invited in to the party. Stacy then tells Cutter that she felt strong feelings towards Rex when she first saw him at the front door. Cutter also keeps an eye out on Stacy as she tries to get her memories back by talking to Rex's son Shane. Cutter and Stacy then leave the party, but not before Cutter finds Kim's letter to Clint that she wrote from prison that he finds on the mansion's front doorsteps. Stacy confronts Cutter about why he's using her to get to Rex. Cutter tells Stacy that he's using her to help her reunite with Rex, and to get the Buchanan fortune from him so they could both benefit what they both want from Rex. Cutter sent a letter he forged from Kim to send to Clint. Cutter also forged a letter from Clint to send to Kim. Cutter made both letters look like that both of them were breaking up with each other, and to not let anyone know about Stacy's identity, and the truth about Cutter framing Kim for the murder he committed at the Spotted Pony. Rex then confronts Cutter for trying to fool him into thinking that the masked woman he brought to the engagement party was Gigi. After Rex left the room, Stacy came out of the bathroom she was hiding in after Rex broke into the room, and told Cutter she wanted out of their deal so that she could get plastic surgery to look like her old self again.

On November 14, Cutter goes to the airport to stop Stacy from boarding the plane to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to reverse her plastic surgery. Stacy tells Cutter that she doesn't want to be part of his scam anymore, and that she doesn't want to hurt Rex and Shane's feelings by pretending to be Gigi anymore. Cutter becomes touched by Stacy's change of heart and decides to drop his scam against Rex, and lets Stacy travel to Brazil on the condition that he can come along with her on the trip. At the airport before he and Stacy board their flight, Rex confronts Cutter about passing off Gigi's impostor as his dead fiancée. Cutter tells Rex to leave him alone so that he could leave town with Stacy. Rex then tells Cutter to go away before he sees Stacy with Gigi's face for the first time before she boards the plane to Brazil with Cutter. When both Cutter and Stacy arrived at plastic surgeon Dr. Fascinella's office's waiting room of in Rio, Stacy discovered she did have plastic surgery there when she asked a nurse if she had surgery there after the nurse saw the before and after picture of Stacy's surgery in her file. Cutter then saw his estranged mother Alex Olanov for the first time since he was abandoned by her as a child after he saw her leave the plastic surgeon's office complaining about a botched surgery on her cheek. Cutter then confronted Alex and told her that he is her son. Alex then denies she is his mother, but when he tells her that her husband committed suicide by shooting himself in the mouth with a gun after she abandoned the family and taking off with some of his money, Alex broke down in tears and admitted that she is his mother. Cutter then told his mom that he and his sister ended up in the foster care system after their father killed himself because his insurance didn't cover them because of their father's suicide. Alex then told Cutter the reason why she left her family is because she wasn't cut out to be a mother. Alex then told Cutter to speak with her privately to explain her side of the story. After Cutter and Alex stepped into a private room to talk, Cutter then went to his mother to strangle her to avenge her for abandoning her family. Stacy then came into the room to stop Cutter from choking Alex. When Rex and Aubrey arrived at Rio in the waiting room outside, Cutter decided to involve Alex in his scheme to hide Stacy from Rex and Aubrey, so that Alex could make up it to Cutter for abandoning her family. Cutter tied Alex with a bunch of bandages on her face and put her in a wheelchair to fool Aubrey and Rex into thinking it was Gigi behind the bandages when he wheeled her out of the room. Aubrey then untied the bandages to reveal Alex's face. Rex was surprised to see Alex, and Alex lied to Rex, telling him she teamed up with Cutter to pretend she was Gigi in order to get her share of the Buchanan fortune with Cutter, but didn't tell him that she was Cutter and Kim's mother. Rex then believed Cutter and Alex's story (even though he later revealed to Aubrey after they left the doctor's office he didn't really buy their story) and told them he didn't want to be like them, and that he accepted Gigi's death. After Rex and Aubrey left, Alex gave Cutter her business card to him so that he could be in touch with her when he needed her help, and also wished Cutter and Stacy good luck to the both of them before she left to go back to her home in St. Blaze's Island. Cutter then vowed to Stacy that she would get her surgery the next day.

On December 1, Cutter comforted Stacy after she woke up from a nightmare about Gigi's death and her being trapped in that rental house basement with the leaking carbon monoxide. He also confided in Stacy about being afraid that he was a lot like his mother because he became a con artist like her, but Stacy reassured Cutter that by going with her to Rio to reverse her plastic surgery and dropping his scam against Rex, that he was on the path to redemption. Cutter then planted a kiss on Stacy! Stacy then pulled away from Cutter after she was surprised that he kissed her off guard. Cutter told Stacy that the reason why he kissed her was because that he's developing feelings for her, and that she's helping him reform his grifting ways by helping her to get surgery to look like her old self again. Cutter and Stacy then got the call from Stacy's plastic surgeon Dr. Fascinella to attend their scheduled appointment. Cutter and Stacy both arrived in Dr. Fascinella's office when he started examining Stacy and noticed something different about her. The doctor then asked Cutter to step outside his office to have a word with him. Dr. Fascinella told Cutter that the woman that was in his office wasn't Stacy, but was the woman that she based her altered looks on which was Gigi! Cutter then realized that Stacy was really Gigi, who turned out to be still alive, and was the one who survived being trapped in that poisoned and contaminated basement, and that Stacy was the one that really died and had her heart donated to Clint. Cutter then went to Gigi, and lied to her saying that the doctor couldn't perform surgery on her because of the carbon monoxide fumes she was exposed to when she was trapped in that basement, and letting her still believe that she was still her deceased sister Stacy, because he was still in love with her as Stacy, but not Gigi. Cutter and Stacy then decided to go to Paris, Texas after they randomly picked out the place on the globe to pick out their next destination to start their new lives together as a couple. When they arrive in Paris, TX, they stop by The Bon Jour Cafe, where Gigi gets a feeling of deja vu, not remembering yet that she once worked there as a waitress a few years ago, and also reunited with Rex there where he met their son Shane for the first time. Cutter agrees with Gigi that she's getting her memories back. Gigi and Cutter then get jobs working at The Bon Jour Cafe as a waitress and a dishwasher respectively. Cutter contemplates telling the truth about her true identity when some of the townsfolk started to recognize Gigi, but decides not to, and suggests that they both leave town together to go live in Paris, France instead, but Gigi decides that she still wants to stay in Paris, TX, and to not leave town with Cutter. Cutter changes his mind after Gigi convinces him to stay in town with her because of the familiarity of her workplace environment. Gigi also kisses Cutter and tells him that she cares about him and their budding romance between them in their relationship. After Cutter leaves The Bon Jour to reserve a motel room for them at The Bon Sweets Motel, Gigi sees that Rex and Viki have just both arrived together at The Bon Jour! Gigi then hides in the back room, and calls Cutter on her cell phone to tell him that Rex and Viki are now in Paris, Texas, at The Bon Jour, and enlists his help to get her out of there before they see her and Cutter. Cutter then hires a preacher he sees at The Bon Jour to distract Viki and Rex while Cutter sneaks Gigi out of The Bon Jour. Cutter and Gigi then check out of their motel room to leave Paris, TX to go their next destination. When Gigi steps out of the room though, she sees that Rex and Shane are also staying at the same motel. Gigi rushes back inside, and tells Cutter that they can't leave yet because Rex and Shane are staying at the motel. Gigi then passes out and remembers that Kim was talking to her after she rescued her from the trapped basement that was leaking carbon monoxide. Gigi also learns from Cutter that Stacy's friend Kim is in prison for murdering a rich guy at The Spotted Pony strip club in Kentucky (unaware that Cutter really committed the murder, and framed Kim for the crime). Cutter agrees to still stay in Paris, Texas, until Viki, Rex, and Shane all leave town.

On December 20, Cutter and Gigi prepare to leave town until Cutter was interrupted by the motel clerk to tell him that his payment through his credit card didn't come through, and Gigi sneaked out of the room to go outside. Gigi then arrived back at The Bon Jour Cafe to return her waitress uniform when she saw Rex, Shane, Viki, Moe, and Noelle inside The Bon Jour from standing outside the window. Cutter then found Gigi after he worked out his payment problem to the motel clerk to take Gigi to the airport to board a flight to Las Vegas, Nevada. After Cutter gets the tickets for him and Gigi for the flight to Vegas at the airport, he sees that Gigi has disappeared! Cutter then encounters Professor Delbert Fina Jr., who he asks about Gigi's whereabouts. The professor says he's seen her, but doesn't know where she went after he talked to her a while ago. The professor also tells Cutter to do the right thing and let Gigi go instead of trying to pursue her again. Cutter then arrives back at The Bon Jour Cafe where he breaks up a fight between Rex and Gigi, and finally confesses the truth about "Stacy" really being Gigi. Rex doesn't believe Cutter, and tells Gigi that Cutter murdered a guy back in Kentucky, and framed his sister Kim for the crime. Rex then ties up Cutter until the police shows up to have him arrested and taken away to a prison in Kentucky. Cutter then calls Aubrey from prison to ask for her help on Christmas Eve (Aubrey later told Rex that she hung up on him after he asked for her help). The next day, Cutter called his sister Kim to help him get out of prison. Cutter also told Kim that it was Gigi, not Stacy, that she rescued from the basement, and that Stacy was the one that died that night in the basement. Cutter also told Kim that he found their mother Alex while he was in Rio, and wanted him and Kim to scam money from her if she helps him break out of prison. Despite his pleas, Kim refused to help Cutter break out of prison after he framed her for his crime, and hung up on her brother. Cutter then calls his mother Alex from the number he got from the business card she gave him back in Rio.

2013[edit]

On April 29, 2013, Cutter is now out of prison and back in Llanview and is the manager and club promoter of Blair Cramer's new nightclub Shelter. Cutter meets VIP Hostess Rama (who has recently separated from her husband Vimal) inside the club and they flirt with each other before they wish each other luck on the club's opening night. He also meets Natalie at the club, where she isn't happy to see him because of his past as a con artist. Cutter tells Natalie to let "bygones be bygones", and that he's a changed man now working for Blair at the club. Cutter then shares a seductive dance with Natalie before they're both interrupted by Rama because of an emergency. Cutter tells Natalie that they'll pick up where they left off later. After Danielle Manning overdoses on OxyContin pills, Cutter tries to do damage control by convincing Rama to poor free shots for the patrons. He also asks one of his employees Dean Trayger if he sold Dani any drugs, and he says no. Cutter then tells Rama that he's worried that he'll get in trouble with his boss Blair if she finds out that Dani took drugs in her club. Rama asks Cutter if he gave drugs to Dani, and he says he didn't give her any drugs. Rama believes him and tells him not to worry about it. After the patrons all get too drunk and rowdy, Cutter then tells everyone to go home.

On May 2, Dean brings police officer Bruce Hunter to Cutter. Cutter thinks the cop is arresting him for Dani's overdose at the club, but Dean reassures him that he's on their side and will work as a security guard at the club. Cutter then agrees to hire Bruce and tells Dean to not tell him any details. On May 7, Cutter meets his old friend Jamie Franko, a shady art dealer from Miami, Florida in the VIP room at Shelter, saying that he owes him money. Cutter tries to make Jamie happy by making him comfortable in the VIP room by providing him with expensive wine, but Jamie is still not satisfied and wants his money from Cutter. After Jamie offers Cutter the services of Rama to pay off his debt, Cutter tells Jamie that Rama isn't for sale, and he eventually pays Jamie the money he owed him, and he also kicks him out of the club.

On May 14, Cutter buys Natalie a drink from a bartender that he hired at Shelter named Nikki (Jenni "JWoww" Farley), who made the drink and named it after her boss Cutter (who she occasionally sleeps with). Cutter and Natalie takes a sip of the drink, but both doesn't like the taste of the drink that Nikki made. Cutter then tells his boss Blair that he's auditioning a singer named Dusky (Jessie Malakouti) to perform at Shelter. Despite making an initial bad impression by asking Rama for a drink even though she's underage, Dusky impresses Blair, Natalie, Rama, and the patrons at the club with her performance, and Blair hires her on the spot. Cutter also finds out that Nikki didn't serve his singer a drink despite being underage. Nikki then tells Cutter that even though she sometimes has casual sex with him, she doesn't appreciate him bringing other girls with him right in front of her because it makes her feel jealous.

The next day, Blair argued with Cutter that he was going to put Shelter out of business because of pricing and money issues that she's been having with him. Blair also told Cutter that while she liked Nikki the bartender, she thinks that she could be trouble for the club. Cutter reassured Blair that Nikki is a good bartender with a great following that will attract customers to the club, and that the club will make them lots of money if they keep attracting more satisfied customers to the club. Blair told Cutter that although she is skeptical of his promises, she hopes that he was right about the club being very successful for the both of them.

On May 16, Cutter visits The Coffee Shop and is surprised to hear from David and Vimal there that Vimal and Rama are having an open marriage. Vimal tells Cutter not to get any ideas about sleeping with Rama. Vimal tells Cutter and David that he is unsure about his open marriage with Rama, because she was the only woman that he's been with for most of his life. Cutter and David then tell Vimal to date other women to make his open marriage with Rama work since she'll be dating other men as well.

On May 21, Cutter offers Natalie and her friend Destiny Evans free drinks from behind the bar at the club. After Natalie dances with Destiny on the dance floor and Destiny leaves for work, Cutter asks Natalie out on a date which she accepts before she leaves the club to tend to her son Liam McBain. On May 23, Cutter runs into Natalie at The Coffee Shop to tell her that he forgot about her date because he would be working on the day of their scheduled date, and they both agrees to postpone their date to another day when both of them weren't busy with work.

On May 28, Cutter had a meeting with his employees telling them that he hired a singer named Dusky at the club, and to respect her and not make a pass at her because she's only 20 years old. Cutter then meets up with Dusky when she arrives at the club to give her the tour of the place and introduce her to his employees before she signs her contract with Blair. Cutter later sees Natalie at the front door of the club waiting in line and invites her in through the velvet ropes.

On May 30, Cutter offers Natalie to serve her favorite drink at the bar, and orders Nikki to make her a stiff cosmo because she's amazing. Nikki tells Natalie that he says that to every sexy lady that comes to the club, which makes Natalie thinks that Cutter hasn't changed his grifting ways. Cutter tells her that he can prove to her that he's a changed man, but Natalie asks if he's running any illegal activities in the club. Cutter responds by saying that everything he's doing at the club is legit. Cutter then dances with Natalie before he leaves her for a few minutes, but Natalie doesn't want to be alone, and Cutter gets the club's security guard Bruce Hunter to dance with her who she knows by working with him at the police station since he works as a cop during the day. Natalie then asks Bruce if Cutter hired him to provide security for the place, or to help him cover up shady dealings in the club. Bruce tells Natalie he doesn't know what she's talking about before she glances at Dean giving a stash of drugs to one of the club's DJs before the lights went out. Cutter and Bruce then scramble to get flashlights for the patrons and to calm everyone down. Cutter later runs up to Natalie to surprise her with a passionate kiss.

On June 4, Cutter tells Blair that the blackout at Shelter was no accident, which her ex-husband agrees with him because he told both of them that someone cut the power cord that caused the blackout. Cutter thinks that the mob might be responsible for the blackout and that it might be connected to Dani's OD on the night of the club's opening. On June 11, Cutter asks Blair if he could use her office in the club, but Blair thinks he wants to use it for his pleasure as his personal playground, but he reassures her saying that he's interviewing a couple of ladies for cocktail waitressing jobs for the club. Cutter later sees a depressed Natalie at the bar and tells the bartender to give her a free drink. Cutter asks Natalie what's wrong and Natalie tells him she feels distracted. Cutter tells Natalie to call him anytime when she wants to get "undistracted". Cutter then leaves the bar to interview the two ladies for the waitressing jobs, but keeps looking over at Natalie from a distance.

On June 13, Blair comes up to Cutter and tells her to shut down the club which Cutter refuses to do until she tells him that she and Todd were almost shot at outside the club by a mysterious gunman and that she wants to call the police. Cutter and Todd doesn't want the police to get involved, but Blair convinces them to let her do it because she's scared for her and the lives of Todd and their children. Cutter then cave in to Blair's demands and has the club closed, and a police officer arrives at the club to question Cutter about the shooting.

On June 18, Bo questions Cutter about the night of the shooting at the crime scene outside of the club while investigating with Bruce and the other cops on the scene. Cutter tells him that he only knows what Blair told him about the night of the shooting, and he hopes that the club can survive the horrible incident which Bo also hopes for too for Blair's sake. One of the police officers investigating the crime scene thinks that the club was the intended target, and Bo thinks that it wouldn't be the first time that the mob would send out a message to a new club owner. Bo then asks Cutter if the blackout was intentional or caused by faulty wiring before he was interrupted by a phone call. Bo then hangs up a minute later and relays the message to Cutter that the crime lab tested the Oxycontin pill that Dani took on the club's opening night, and that it was a normal dose that was four times the strength of a normal dose, and that Dani would've died if she wasn't taken to the hospital so quickly.

On June 20, Bo informs Cutter that the Briana Marland, a college student and a prostitute that was one of Shelter's patrons, was found dead from a drug overdose in her hotel room at The Palace Hotel. Bo asks if there are any drugs being sold at the club, and Cutter just gives him a nervous laugh. Bo then tells Cutter that he'll have narcotics officers investigate the club before he leaves. Bruce reassures Cutter that he'll take care of the narcs himself. Cutter then talks to Dean to ask him if he knew of any tainted drugs being sold on the streets, and Dean tells him he doesn't know of any tainted drugs that are being sold on the market. Rama then comes up to him an asks him why he care so much about Brianna's death, and Cutter tells her that he's concerned about the club, and that people don't just drop dead from taking drugs, and that people that attend the club using and being killed by tainted drugs can cause the club to lose money. Later, Cutter asks Nikki to give Dusky a drink before her performance at the club, even though she's underage and much to a jealous Nikki's chagrin, who notices that Dusky is flirting with Cutter.

On June 27, Cutter attends Briana's memorial service at Shelter and instructs Rama to give the guests whatever they want because Arturo Bandini, who was Briana's boyfriend (and who was also older than her) at the time of her death and had rented the club for her memorial service, is a wealthy man that will pay for everything. Cutter then also instructs his employees Dean and Diego that since Bruce was busy at his day job as a cop, to make sure that no drugs were present at the club during the service. Cutter later told Dean to show some respect during the service after he made some sarcastic remarks about Briana and Dani overdosing on drugs while Dani was paying her respects in her eulogy during her former college classmate and late friend's memorial service.

On July 1, Cutter cooperates with Bo in his investigation of Briana's death at Shelter by giving him a copy of the receipt that was given to Jason Murray, another older man who was Briana's date (and the man that she was cheating on Arturo with to score drugs from him) at the time of her death. Later, Nikki confronts Cutter and accuses him of sleeping with Briana after he helped Bo with his investigation of her death (and when Cutter also got a bit emotional during Briana's memorial service), and Cutter denies having ever slept with Briana when she was alive, and Nikki tells him to stay out of whatever trouble he's involved in with the police, and that Natalie wouldn't be pleased with the fact that he once slept with Briana. Cutter tells Nikki that his relationship with Natalie isn't exclusive, and Nikki replies back saying that their relationship isn't exclusive either.

On July 8, Cutter arrives at Natalie's apartment with flowers and a bottle of patron tequila for her, but is surprised to find out that Natalie's friend Destiny is there with her date and co-worker from The Banner Jeffrey Wright, and he figures out that he's on a double date with the three of them. Cutter is soon called away from his double date from Rama, who needs him to tend to an emergency at Shelter. Cutter arrives at Shelter, but is disappointed to find out from Rama that it was only a minor problem when she told him that the ice maker broke. Cutter later calls Natalie to apologize to her for walking out of their double date, and he'll make it up to her by going on another date alone with each other, which Natalie happily accepts.

On July 15, Cutter arrives unannounced at Natalie's apartment, but she closes the door on him because her place is a mess and she hasn't prepared herself for him. Natalie then opens the door and lets Cutter in her apartment after she's more prepared for him and has her place cleaned up. They both share a pizza together and have wine Cutter brought over before they make love to each other for the first time on the floor in her apartment.

On July 22, Cutter is approached by Rama at Shelter to tell Dorian to not fire her from her job at Shelter after her brief tryst with her husband David. Cutter then meets with Dorian and tells her that he can't fire Rama because if he does fire her, that she could sue him for wrongful termination, and that he could sue Dorian as well! Cutter and Dorian then both agree to make a compromise that Rama should always stay away from her every time she attends Shelter. Cutter later has drinks with Natalie at Shelter, where he learns of her childhood growing up in a trailer park in Atlantic City, NJ with her adoptive mom Roxy before discovering that she had a rich biological family in Llanview. Cutter told Natalie that he could relate to her about the both of them growing up on the wrong side of the tracks. Natalie then told Cutter that she doesn't want him to mess around with her by cheating on her with other women if they're both going to be in a relationship with each other.

On July 29, Rama asked Cutter about where Natalie was, and he said that she went home after their date together, and that Natalie wanted to take things slow with "no strings attached". Rama told Cutter that "strings" are good thing. Cutter also confided in Rama that he felt lonely without Natalie. Later, Cutter found Natalie's father Clint intoxicated outside of Shelter after he got into an altercation with the club's doorman Diego Padilla when he wouldn't let him in the club. Cutter told Diego to not press charges against Clint after their fight, and Clint's brother Bo soon arrived at the scene to take Clint to his apartment. Cutter then went inside Shelter to call Natalie to tell her that he found his father drunk outside the club, and he'll come over to her apartment to tell her about all the details. After he called Natalie, Cutter told Niki that he was leaving the club for a little while to go to Natalie's apartment after he found her father intoxicated outside the club. Nikki then accuses Cutter of using this incident to get close to Natalie. Cutter told Nikki that he wanted to tell Natalie this news to her at her place rather than over the phone. Nikki then asked Cutter why he was being so caring all of the sudden, and Cutter told her that he had learned to be caring thanks to past mistakes in his life. Nikki asked Cutter if she was one of her "past mistakes". Cutter then told her to "chill out" and that he'll come back to the club before it closes. Cutter then arrived at Natalie's apartment to tell her about her drunken father's altercation with Diego outside the club and that he also convinced Diego to not press any charges against Clint, and Natalie wanted to leave to go see her father, but he reassured her that he was alright and was at his brother's apartment. Natalie told Cutter that she felt bad about her father Clint because he had gotten drunk after Viki called off her engagement to him. Cutter told Natalie that he knew how her father felt because he had done crazy things over a woman before he comforted her by kissing her after saying that "he got her back". Cutter later confided in Natalie that he doesn't like working at Shelter because it doesn't make him happy with how unglamorous it can be at times, even though Natalie was envious of his job at the club, but Cutter told her that he had to pretend to be having a good time at the club to please the patrons and his employees and that he rather have her quiet and stable life instead.

On August 5, After Cutter spends the night at Natalie's apartment, she gets a call from her Uncle Bo at the police station the next morning to go pick up her father after he was arrested and spent the night in jail. Natalie then kicks Cutter out of her apartment after thinking that her father was arrested because Diego sued Clint for punching him out outside of Shelter. Cutter later went to The Coffee Shop and was approached by Bruce to tell him that Bo would be investigating the club again after Bo suspected that there was a call girl ring at the club.

On August 12, Cutter told Blair about Diego getting punched out by an unruly patron outside of Shelter, and Blair wanted to press charges on the patron until Cutter told her that the culprit was Clint, and that he wanted her to reconsider suing Clint before he receives his Man of the Year award at the gala at Shelter. Cutter soon paid a visit to Clint's office at Buchanan Enterprises to tell him that he convinced Diego to not press charges against him and to pay Diego his medical bills instead so that the club wouldn't get anymore negative publicity. Clint refused to pay Diego, and Cutter then threatened to get a lawyer of his own after he failed to make a compromise with Clint. Cutter later went back to Shelter to tell Diego that Clint refused to pay his medical bills, and Diego blamed him for not trying hard enough to convince Clint to pay him because he was dating his daughter. Natalie then came in the club to accuse Cutter of extorting money from Clint after she paid a visit to her father's office right after he did, but Cutter said that he just wanted to convince her father to pay Diego's medical bills since he didn't have any insurance. Natalie then told Cutter and Diego that she'll talk to a lawyer herself so that she'll convince Clint to pay Diego's medical bills. Cutter then thanked Natalie for during a huge favor for him and Diego before Natalie apologized for falsely accusing Cutter of extorting money from her father. Natalie also told Cutter that she recently learned by listening to the radio in her car before coming to the club that Clint was no longer being awarded the Man of the Year award because of the video that leaked of Clint's drunken altercation with Diego that was taken by a patron outside of Shelter, and that someone else in his place would receive the award instead. Cutter and Natalie then made plans to meet at Shelter again that night to attend the Man of the Year gala together.

On August 19 (the first-season finale of OLTL 2.0), Cutter and Natalie arrive at the gala at Shelter to see her Uncle Bo be awarded The Man of the Year in place of her father Clint. When Natalie comes over to the bar to order Martinis for her and Cutter from Nikki during the auction portion of the gala, she confesses to Natalie that she and Cutter have been sleeping together for months and that he has no plans of stopping their sexual relationship before she goes back to her seat at her table with Cutter. Cutter then asks Natalie when their drinks will arrive at their table, and Natalie responds that she doesn't know, and that since the auction is almost over, that he could give a "blow job" to Nikki at the bar. Cutter then told Natalie that it's not what it looks like between her and Nikki, and that she's full of herself, but Natalie told him that she knew how she felt about him cheating on her and is making it worse by lying to her about his relationship with Nikki. Cutter tried to tell Natalie that he wasn't cheating on her before Nikki spilled the drinks that she was serving to them on Natalie's dress on purpose. Natalie then bolted to the bathroom with Rama to clean up her dress. Cutter then tried to restrain Clint with Dean after a drunk and drugged Clint crashed the award presentation before Clint is taken to the hospital. Cutter then asked Natalie if he could offer her a ride to the hospital to see her father, but she declined his offer. Cutter then went after Natalie outside of the club to try to apologize to her before she told him that her father's health was more important than him and Nikki, and Natalie then left him to go to the hospital with her cousin Matthew Buchanan and his girlfriend Michelle McCall. Cutter then went to tell Diego why he would let Clint inside the club. Diego then told him that he let Clint inside Shelter after he paid him $100,000 to pay for his medical bills. Cutter then went inside the club to tell Nikki why she would tell Natalie about their sexual relationship. Nikki told him that she felt like she needed to tell Natalie about her sexual relationship with him. Cutter then told Nikki that he was the non-commitment type, but Nikki believed that Natalie didn't know that about him before she told him to start helping the staff to clean up the club. After the gala was over and everyone else left the club, Cutter confronted Nikki about why she wanted to ruin his date with Natalie at the gala before Nikki left the club to go home. Nikki told him that he used her to have sex with her, but Cutter then told her that even though he liked her a lot, his relationship with her was never really a serious commitment with her in the first place, and if she didn't like him moving on to Natalie, that she should just quit her job at the club. Nikki then tells him that she refuses to quit her job because she loves her bartending job at the club, and that they still have "business" to take care of in the club. Cutter also told Nikki that their personal connection together shouldn't come between their "business" with each other, and that he wanted to go in a different direction in his life with Natalie. Nikki then kissed Cutter and told him that his relationship with Natalie wouldn't work out because she wouldn't be enough for him to satisfy his sexual needs before she left the club to go home.

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