All My Children Best Lines Thursday 10/28/10
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J.R.: With you on my side, I will win full custody of A.J.
Tad: Wait a minute. Just a second. I'm thinking more along the lines of helping you now, before you go parading into a courtroom with half the people you know and turn it over to somebody in a black robe to make the decision for you.
J.R.: How you gonna do that?
Tad: Well, for starters, instead of filing papers and injunctions, why can't you just simply prove to Marissa that you're a responsible parent that's willing to do anything he has to for his son?
J.R.: I don't have to prove anything, especially to Marissa.
Tad: You see? There you go right there. That's exactly what I'm talking about. That look in your eye, that anger. It's your father's anger. The thing you were born with. It's in your blood. It tells you the minute anything goes wrong, the first thing you should do is go for somebody's throat.
J.R.: He's my son.
Tad: Yeah, he is. You're his father and as his father, you've made some serious mistakes. So you gotta prove to people that you won't make them again. Instead of pounding on your chest and screaming about being a good father, prove it. Demonstrate to Marissa that you'll do anything you have to to give A.J. the kind of home that he needs, that he wants.
J.R.: You know that I can do that.
Tad: Of course, I do, but I don't want you to tell me, I want you to show me. I want you to show Marissa. What about Annie? Is she still living here?
Tad: All right, good. That's my boy. That's what I'm talking about. That's a step forward. And I think another good step forward would be for you to just back off temporarily on this private war you've got brewing with Caleb Cortlandt.
J.R.: No. Not a chance.
Tad: J.R., I've loved you from the day I could hold you in the palms of my hands. And as such, I think I've got the right to ask you one question that you'd never ask your father. Don't you get sick and tired of fighting everybody for everything?
J.R.: If I back off, I lose Chandler, and that's not happening.
Tad: Son, you gotta get your priorities straight.
J.R.: My priorities? A.J. is my priority. I'm fighting because it's his legacy.
Tad: No. No, it's not. That's Adam talking.
J.R.: No, that's me talking.
Tad: J.R., think about it. Your entire life, your father did the same thing to you. He held Chandler Enterprises over your head as a stick, as a carrot, to get you to do what he wanted, when he wanted you to do it. What kind of legacy is that?
J.R.: I'm not my father. My father dangled Chandler over my head. And when the time was right, what did he do? He gave it to Scott just to screw me over. I would never do that to A.J. I will give him this company proudly, because I will know his abilities. What bigger gift could I give him?
Tad: Oh, son. You've got so much more to give that boy than a ridiculous company.
J.R.: No, I don't. I don't. But you're right. I have made mistakes. I've failed many, many times, but I will not fail again. I will save Chandler. I will save it for A.J.
Tad: I have an even better idea. For his sake, instead of trying to conquer the world, prove to him that no matter what happens in it, that you'll always be there for him, that you'll be happy, be grounded, that you'll always love him every bit as much as I've always loved you.
Liza: Excuse me. Can we get two more, please?
Pearson: You are a lot of fun for a stuffed-shirt D.A., and may I say, your shirt is stuffed very well.
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