All My Children Transcript Friday 1/4/02
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Erica: I want you to put me on the witness stand.
Chris: Absolutely not.
Anna: What have you taken? Is it a drug? What is it?
Mateo: It's been two hours since Proteus downloaded the information, you know, that I’ve been stealing from him. Two hours.
Simone: And you expected him to make a move already?
Liza: Regarding my divorce -- I need to postpone it.
Winifred: Oh, my --
Liza: Hi, darling.
Colby: Mommy, Daddy!
Winifred: Mr. and Mrs. Chandler -- back so soon?
Adam: Yes. J.R.'s testimony was delayed, so I decided to come home and see my best girl. Ooh! Oh. Are you ready to go to the zoo?
Adam: Okay. I wish I could go with you, but I want you to say hello to the panda for me. And when you get back, we'll have some hot chocolate and you can tell me all about your day. Is that a date?
Colby: A date.
Adam: A date, okay. And whatever you do, when you go in the reptile house, never smile at a crocodile.
Colby: Why not?
Adam: Because you'll look so beautiful, he'll want to munch you up.
Adam: You be good for Winifred, all right?
Adam: Okay. Bye-bye.
Colby: Bye, Mommy.
Liza: Bye, pumpkin.
Winifred: Come on.
Liza: Have fun.
Adam: Well, what is it?
Adam: What did I do?
Liza: Nothing. I mean, nothing wrong.
Liza: Adam, I --
Hayley: Hi. What are you doing here? I thought you were going to be in court with J.R.
Adam: Well, your brother's testimony was delayed.
Liza: Well, we're supposed to see -- why aren't you at the studio?
Hayley: Oh, I was. I was. I left.
Adam: Hayley --
Adam: Are you sick?
Adam: You look pale.
Mateo: Where the hell is she?
Adam: Hayley, sweetheart, what's wrong?
Hayley: Uh --
Hayley: Excuse me. Yes?
Mateo: Hey. I got your message. I'm waiting here in the tunnel for you. What's going on? Hey. Is something wrong?
Anna: David? David, wake up. Don't you dare check out on me. David?
Anna: Oh, thank you, God.
David: What? What happened?
Anna: You should be lucky you're alive after the stunt you pulled last night.
David: How much do you know?
Vanessa: Erica, how could you be so cold-hearted? How could you kill that precious child? I mean, Mary Frances had everything in the world to live for, and you took it all away from her! You killed my niece!
Vanessa: You killed that beautiful child!
Chris: Your Honor --
Judge: I'm one step ahead of you, Mr. Stamp. Order! Order!
Vanessa: No, she --
Judge: Now, I will say it again. I will clear this courtroom.
Vanessa: But, Your Honor, she did it! She killed my niece! She did!
Judge: Mrs. Cortlandt, you will cease this outburst or I'll fine you in contempt.
Vanessa: Yes, Your Honor. I beg the court's pardon, Your Honor.
Judge: Mr. Stamp?
Chris: No more questions, Your Honor.
Judge: Mr. Montgomery?
Jack: I have nothing further for this witness, but I do reserve the right to recall her.
Judge: The witness may step down.
Officer: Miss Montgomery, you're a witness. Courtroom's off-limits until they call you.
Judge: Call your next witness, Mr. Montgomery.
Jack: Your Honor, the prosecution would like to call Opal Cortlandt to the stand.
Bailiff: Raise your right hand, please, and place your left hand on the bible. Do you swear to tell truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you god?
Erica: Look, you know whatever happens to me, it is much better than Bianca spending even one day in prison.
Opal: I know. I know you're right and that I'd feel the same way if it were my child.
Erica: And as long as I can remember that, I can do this.
Opal: Yeah, but what about when Bianca remembers?
Erica: She doesn't and she won’t.
Opal: Honey, you can't know that. I mean, the mind is a strange and wondrous thing. Okay, she's blocked out the fact that she killed Frankie for now, but, you know, any day it could all come flooding back. Then what's going to happen?
Erica: It'll be too late because I will be convicted.
Opal: Yeah, and, what, she's going to let you sit in prison for something she did?
Erica: Opal, no one would believe her. If she comes forward and she were to confess, everyone would think that she is making it up. They'd think she's trying to protect me.
Bailiff: Ma'am, do you swear to tell the truth?
Opal: I -- I do.
Bailiff: Be seated.
Jack: Please state your name and address for the record.
Opal: Opal. Just Opal, like -- like Cher or Madonna. I live at 328 Crescent Avenue in Pine Valley, Pennsylvania.
Jack: Now, that's Erica Kane's residence.
Opal: Yeah, yeah. I moved there, you know, after Frankie -- well, you know, my house.
Jack: You and Erica -- you're good friends.
Opal: Yeah, we're best friends. What does that got to do --
Jack: Does she confide in you? Does she tell you things of a personal nature?
Opal: Well, that's what best friends do, isn't it?
Jack: Yes, indeed it is. Do you consider yourself a godly woman, Opal?
Opal: I -- I don't know -- yeah, I think so.
Jack: So we can be assured that everything you say in this courtroom today will be the truth, so help you God?
Adam: Who was that?
Hayley: Uh, wrong number.
Mateo: What the hell's going on?
Liza: Why aren't you at RCW?
Hayley: I just have -- oh -- a splitting headache. So I thought I would come here and work at home.
Adam: Liza, do you have any aspirin?
Liza: Yeah, yes, as a matter of fact, I do.
Adam: Thank you. Here, sit, sit, sit. No wonder you're hurting. With Mateo showing up at the Crystal Ball with that bar wench on his arm.
Hayley: Uh, Dad, it's okay.
Adam: It's insulting. How dare him humiliate you by shoving his girlfriend in your face?
Hayley: It's over.
Adam: You're far better off without him, Honey. He's hurt my girl for the last time.
Hayley: I'm okay. It's no big deal.
Adam: I want you to know I'm here for you. We're here for you. Whatever you need, don't hesitate to ask.
Liza: And that goes for me, too.
Hayley: Thank you both. Thank you. That's really nice, but I think I'm just going to hang out here and veg for a little while.
Winifred: Colby forgot her little pocketbook. Have you seen it?
Adam: It was in the study when I gave her her allowance.
Liza: No, no, no. It was in her room when she was brushing her teeth.
Adam: Well, I -- well, let's spread out and look.
Hayley: Sorry, sorry.
Mateo: Why'd you hang up on me? What's going on?
Hayley: I couldn't talk. Daddy and Liza were there. I'm sorry.
Mateo: Oh, I got your message. What's going on?
Hayley: Listen, I'm sorry. I know I took a big risk coming here, but I had to see you and feel you. Mateo, I don't know how much longer I can pull this off.
Anna: I know all about your research -- that you've been trying to find a cure for the disease that killed Dixie’s mother and that it's a disease that Dixie might eventually contract herself.
David: I told you all that?
Anna: Well, no. Dixie. You were delirious. You imagined that I was your former whatever. It was an out-of-body experience, I guess.
David: It was the drug.
Anna: Yeah, I realize that. You could have killed yourself experimenting. What is in this drug, anyway?
David: You don't need to know.
Anna: I found you on the floor half out of your mind.
David: Anna, drop it. And while you're at it, keep whatever you have about my research to yourself.
Anna: Why don't you just swear me to secrecy, then?
David: I have work to do.
Anna: No, no, no. Sit down. You don't like this, do you?
Anna: The fact that I know what you're up to. It's killed some of the mystery. There's been a shift in power in my favor, and it's killing you.
Vanessa: Oh, Leo, darling. Thank you. I knew you'd be here in my hour of need.
Leo: Mother, I came here for Bianca, all right? But I bet you just loved sticking it to Erica, didn't you?
Vanessa: Erica got what she deserved.
Palmer: That's -- that's enough. That's enough.
Vanessa: -- Now, Palmer, you don't doubt that I'm here to serve justice?
Palmer: You served what you always served, my dear. Yourself.
Vanessa: Erica killed my niece with malice and forethought.
Palmer: That's for the jury to decide.
Vanessa: Palmer –
Jack: We're all waiting for your answer, Opal.
Opal: Well, it isn't really a yes-or-no kind of thing --
Jack: Your Honor, this witness is being evasive. I would request the court's permission to treat her as a hostile witness.
Opal: There's no need for name-calling.
Judge: Permission granted.
Jack: Did you ever hear Erica Kane admit that she hated Mary Frances Stone?
Opal: Well, I think "hate" is a pretty strong word.
Jack: Did she confide in you that she was determined to get rid of her, that she was afraid of her influence on her daughter Bianca?
Opal: Well, you have to understand there was more --
Jack: Answer the question, Opal. Yes or no?
Opal: Yes, Erica wasn't happy about Bianca and Frankie's friendship.
Jack: And were you aware that Erica Kane was probing into the deceased's past, that Erica Kane believed that this teenager was somehow a veteran con artist who was targeting her daughter's trust fund? Yes or no?
Opal: Well, you know darn well that Erica was trying to check up on Frankie because she tried to hire you to do it.
Chris: Objection, Your Honor. The prosecution is badgering the witness.
Judge: Overruled. This witness has been declared hostile.
Jack: Opal, isn't it true that Erica swore that she would kill Frankie Stone if she hurt Bianca? Yes or no?
Opal: Now, you just wait a little red-hot minute there. Don't you dare try to railroad me into damning Erica! You know, if anybody around here should be called hostile, it's you, Jackson Montgomery, because you loved Erica and you lost her and you never forgave her!
Judge: Please, you must refrain from conjecture.
Jack: Answer the question, Opal.
Opal: The answer is, yes, Erica said she would do anything to protect her daughter.
Jack: I have no further questions.
Chris: No questions, Your Honor.
Judge: The witness is excused.
Judge: Mr. Montgomery?
Jack: Your Honor, the prosecution would like to call as our next witness the defendant's daughter Bianca Montgomery.
David: My research is at a crucial stage. You cannot divulge it to anyone.
Anna: Well, you don't see me making a national broadcast, do you? I mean, I haven't called any tabloids. Where's my phone?
David: That's not funny.
Anna: Well, neither was what I witnessed last night. I didn't go flying off down the mountain to tell everyone. I stayed right here holding your hand, listening to you raving on and on, hoping to God that you hadn't done something really stupid.
David: All right, so why did you stay?
Anna: Don't you know?
David: No. No, tell me. What kept you here? And while you're at it, why did you come back in the first place?
Anna: Because you inspire something in me. I don't know. Call it loyalty or something. I happen to believe in you.
David: Thank you. Thank you for helping me last night. And I'm sorry, all right? I'm sorry that I -- I'm sorry that I was so out of it that I called you Dixie.
Anna: I've been called worse. What were you doing experimenting like that, anyway?
David: I had no choice. Just --
Anna: Because Roger is a drunk and he's ruined your research?
David: Just leave it, Anna. Please?
Anna: Listen to me. One of these days you're going to be forced to trust someone, and I don't understand why that someone can't be me.
David: Because you're right. It would kill me.
Mateo: I know this is rough being apart, being away from Lorenzo, and --
Hayley: "Rough" doesn't begin to describe it.
Mateo: We can't turn back now. You know that, right? I mean, this Proteus thing is in motion. I lit the fuse on our whole plan. It's --
Hayley: I'm not asking you to turn back, Mateo. I'm just asking you to -- not to forget that we have a life. We have lives together, and that matters, too.
Mateo: Okay. We just have to put it on hold just for a little longer.
Hayley: How much longer?
Mateo: I don't know. Proteus hasn't sprung his trap on me yet, and I have no --
Hayley: And when he does?
Mateo: There's going to be some fallout, and I don't want you anywhere near it.
Hayley: I'm not afraid.
Mateo: You have to be af -- you should be. Do you know how much we have riding on this? You weren't followed, were you? You sure?
Hayley: Hey, give me some credit. I used to be a PI, remember? I know when I'm being tailed and when I'm not.
Mateo: Okay. Maybe it's getting risky -- you coming here, us meeting here. I don't know.
Hayley: You must really be freaked out. It would take a mountain of fear for you to forget.
Mateo: Forget what?
Hayley: What day today is.
Liza: I guess Hayley went upstairs.
Adam: Damn Mateo. I hate what he's done to her.
Liza: Yeah, so do I.
Adam: Hayley -- you've seen her, how down she is. She's always at the top of her game. He's got her so she can't even work. There's that look again.
Liza: What look?
Adam: That look. That "I have a secret and I'm not going to tell you what it is" look.
Liza: No, it's not a secret. You've -- you've changed. You've -- you've just changed. The way you are with Colby, with J.R., with Hayley.
Adam: Well, that's hardly a news flash. You've been commenting on it for weeks.
Liza: No, I know. I said the words. It doesn't mean that I meant them. Well, no, truthfully, I wasn't sure that you could be the kind of father you needed to be for your kids.
Adam: And now you're sure?
Liza: Well, yeah. I'm -- I'm just sorry that I gave you the impression that everything was fine when I wasn't so sure that it was fine.
Adam: Okay. Well, there's no need to apologize. Because the truth is, everything you were afraid of, I was. I broke your heart and your trust. I knew it was going to be a long road back before we could be where we were before.
Liza: Well, we're not back, but we're better. I know that I want to be your wife for the rest of my life. I want to watch Colby grow and thrive with you.
Adam: That's all I've ever wanted.
Liza: Well, we should make it happen.
Jack: Bianca, would you please tell the court what it was like when you first met Frankie Stone?
Bianca: Um -- I liked her. I trusted her.
Jack: And why was that?
Bianca: A feeling that I got. She's -- I could tell that she was a good person, even though my mother --
Jack: Even though your mother what, Bianca?
Jack: Your Honor, again, I request the court permission to treat this witness as hostile.
Bianca: Uncle Jack, please don't make me do this! Okay, okay. We were close. Frankie and I were close.
Jack: How close?
Bianca: I liked her and she liked me.
Jack: What did your mother think about that?
Bianca: I can't speak for her.
Jack: Well, could you tell the court, did your relationship with Frankie Stone make your mother angry? Was she suspicious of her motives? Did she feel that she was only trying to get close to you to gain access to your trust fund? Bianca, you were close to another young woman -- Sarah. But that didn't drive your mother to commit murder, now, did it?
Chris: Your Honor, I object.
Jack: Withdrawn. What was different this time, Bianca? What made your mother feel so angry, so threatened? What was it about your relationship with Frankie Stone that made your mom so afraid?
Bianca: I told my mother that I was going to -- I told my mother that I was going to leave home. I'll be 18 soon. I told her that I was going to leave her and I was going to go to Frankie, and I meant it.
Jack: And your mother -- she couldn't accept that, could she?
Bianca: No, my mother hated it. She -- she hated that I was in love with a woman. She hates that I'm gay, okay? She -- she's ashamed of me. Why, Mom? Why did you have to do it? Why did you have to kill her?
Erica: Bianca, I --
Judge: Mr. Stamp, is your client well enough to continue?
Chris: We're good, Your Honor. Thank you.
Judge: Mr. Montgomery?
Jack: I'm done, Your Honor. Your witness.
Erica: Chris, please. Please, she's been through enough. Let her go.
Chris: Say, what?
Erica: Let her go.
Chris: Are you crazy? Bianca just gave the jury your motive for offing Frankie. You have to let me bat cleanup.
Erica: No, no.
Judge: Mr. Stamp?
Chris: Right there, Your Honor. I've got to question Bianca. I have to shore up your case, establish the fact that Bianca caught Frankie in bed cheating on her with some guy. The jury needs to know that Frankie admitted to being a con artist. Come on.
Erica: I don't give a damn what the jury knows and doesn't know. I can face going to prison and I can even face Bianca hating me, but what I cannot face is to see her heart shredded up there on the stand.
Chris: This is crazy.
Erica: Please. Bianca loved Frankie and she lost her. Please don't make her lose her all over again. Chris, please. Please.
Judge: Mr. Stamp. Do you intend to cross-examine this witness in the next millennium?
Chris: I request a few minutes alone with my client if the court doesn't mind, Your Honor.
Judge: Very well. I'll call a five-minute recess. And I mean five minutes, Mr. Stamp.
Chris: I understand. Thank you, Your Honor.
Mateo: What's that?
Hayley: Let's see if we can't figure it out together. It's got wrapping paper and a bow. Could it be a present?
Mateo: Who is it for?
Hayley: Oh, honey, we're going to have to light a birthday candle for every brain cell you've lost.
Mateo: Oh, my -- I forgot my birthday.
Hayley: Yeah, well, we didn’t. Go ahead. Open it.
Mateo: There's no card, though --
Hayley: Don't push your luck.
Mateo: "Happy birthday, Daddy. Love, Enzo."
Hayley: Do you like it?
Mateo: Yeah. His handwriting is really good.
Hayley: His abuela helped.
Mateo: Look how small his hand is.
Hayley: One day that hand will be larger than yours.
Mateo: Thank you so much.
Hayley: Yeah, I figured you could keep it in your pocket if you wanted to.
Mateo: Thank you. Thank you.
Hayley: Just promise me something.
Mateo: Yeah, anything.
Hayley: Next year we won't be celebrating your birthday in some bat cave.
Mateo: But next year, I swear, Honey, Proteus is going to be in jail anis will all be over.
Hayley: Proteus' name is not allowed in here. No trespassers. This is our place. Now for my present.
Mateo: What do you mean? That kiss -- that wasn't -- that wasn't it?
Hayley: There's more.
Hayley: In case you needed a little inspiration.
Mateo: My mom didn't help you pick that out, did she?
Hayley: No, I came up with this present all on my own. I just wanted to remind you what's waiting for you at home when your little romp with Simone is over.
Mateo: You're not jealous, are you?
Anna: I'm onto you, David. You're trying to do something noble. Perhaps that embarrasses you -- the loss of the cynic. Actually, I -- I really think it's heroic, especially since you're risking your own life.
David: Yeah, well, my work may be heroic, but it's also unethical. And you have enough on me to have my medical license revoked.
Anna: And that would kill you?
David: Yes. Yes, it would kill me because -- because it would compromise my whole research. Anna, you have to understand this. I have the potential of saving thousands of lives.
Anna: But there's really only one life that concerns you, isn't there? Dixie. You’re still in love with her, aren't you?
Erica: Chris, there is no way that I'm going to allow you to interrogate Bianca.
Chris: Oh, I'd rethink that if I were you.
Erica: No, I don't have to rethink it! I have made up my mind. You are going to put me on the witness stand in my own defense.
Chris: No, I'm not. We've had this chat before. Putting you on the stand would be judicial hari-kari.
Chris: Because Montgomery will take your testimony, give it the old slice and dice. You will dissolve. Lying under oath while being grilled by the DA is not a piece of cake, believe me.
Erica: Well, I will take that chance because I am not ashamed of my daughter. I love my daughter, I am proud of my daughter, and I want Bianca to know that.
Chris: Fine, then you can send her a telegram, but you are not taking the stand, and I will cross-examine Bianca.
Chris: Erica. Erica, I love you. And in the name of love, I will use velvet gloves on Bianca. But I swore to you that I would save you from prison. Now, please, you stay out of my way and let me go do my job.
Erica: Chris --
Chris: This -- this conversation is over.
David: My feelings for Dixie are not the point.
Anna: Yes, I think they're very much the point. You've risked everything trying to find a cure for a disease that she doesn't even have yet.
David: All right, just tell me, Devane. What do you plan on doing with this information?
Anna: Not what you expect. I'm going to prove myself.
Anna: You say you have work to do.
David: Yeah, so?
Anna: Well, if you feel strong enough, go for it. And maybe I could help you. I don't know -- be an assistant or something?
David: What, kind of like my Igor?
Anna: Well, let's not go there.
David: Well, if you would do me a favor and just get my notes, I'd be happy.
Anna: I can do that.
David: My experiment did tell me something last night.
Anna: What's that?
David: That if Dixie were to become ill, I could save her life. I mean, of course, my drug isn't ready for approval from the FDA yet, but -- ah --
Anna: Oh, David!
Anna: I've got you.
Anna: Interesting role reversal, isn't it?
Adam: You know, isn't it great when life works out?
Liza: I love you. And life will take care of itself.
Adam: Yeah. I promise it will happen.
Liza: Never fails.
Adam: I'll get it.
Liza: Who was at the door? What's wrong?
Leo: Hey, Binks? It's almost over, all right? As soon as you're finished with your testimony, we'll get out of here and go get something to eat. Just chill. All right?
Bianca: Leo, I don't think I can. I think I have to stay here with my mom, no matter what.
Bailiff: Court is now in session.
Judge: Mr. Stamp, are you ready to cross-examine the witness?
Chris: Yes, we are, Your Honor. Thank you.
Erica: Wait, Your Honor.
Chris: Erica, sit down.
Judge: Is there some sort of problem, Ms. Kane?
Erica: Yes, Your Honor, there most certainly is.
Judge: Would you like to approach the bench?
Erica: No, thank you, Your Honor. I can say what I have to from here. Mr. Stamp is no longer my attorney. As of this moment, he is fired.
Liza: What's wrong? Who was it?
Adam: It was a messenger. He delivered this.
Liza: What is it?
Adam: It's from your lawyer. It seems you're divorcing me.
Anna: Whatever you think of me, David, I will earn your trust.
David: I guess we'll see, won't we? Shall we?
Anna: Yeah. Hey! What are you doing?
David: What was that you were just saying about trust?
Mateo: Ah. Happy Birthday to me.
Hayley: Did you enjoy your presents?
Mateo: Yes, all of them.
Mateo: No. I got to get that, baby.
Mateo: I got -- I got to get that. I'm sorry.
Vanessa: Hello, Mateo. [Altered voice] Hello, and Happy Birthday. Have you been a good boy?
[Judge pounds gavel]
Judge: Order! Order!
Chris: What the hell do you think you're doing?
Erica: Your Honor, I believe I have the right to hire and fire my own attorney.
Judge: Yes, you do, Ms. Kane.
Erica: In that case, Mr. Stamp is no longer representing me.
Judge: Well, who is, Ms. Kane?
Erica: I am. I will be representing myself, Your Honor. I excuse Ms. Montgomery from the witness stand. And as my first witness, I call myself.
>> On the next "All My Children" --
Anna: Before I tell you what I'm going to do, why don't you tell me how it works?
Adam: After everything we've been through, if you still want a divorce, then you show me where to sign.
Jack: Something has come to my attention, something which alters everything about this trial.
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