After Cullen was arrested on murder charges, Rachel realized that she was in great danger; millions in drug revenues were missing, and the police assumed that she knew where the money was and, in fact, that she was complicit in his drug-dealing activities (of course, she was not). She took Dominic and fled to Astoria, Oregon. She again changed her name, this time to Joyce Palmieri. While she still dreamed of one day being a dancer, she realized that the most important thing in her life was Dominic. She took a job teaching at a small elementary school, where she could keep a close eye on Dominic, who she had enrolled in the kindergarten.
Then she met a new teacher, named John Kimble, and some part of her began to fall in love all over again.
Now you can go watch Carlito's Way and Kindergarten Cop back-to-back, with Penelope Ann Miller starring as Gail/Rachel/Joyce.