All My Children Transcript Wednesday 2/27/02
>> Previously on "All My Children" --
Hayley: Who is that?
Simone: Look, Hayley --
Hayley: You were telling someone information about the investigation. We trusted you.
Vanessa: You are so clever, trying to ruin David. You've had your last chance, dear.
Erica: Is Chris out of surgery?
Joe: Things are not as simple as they originally expected. They've run into complications.
Edmund: I love you, Brooke. Will you marry me?
Anna: Don't move!
David: Anna, what the hell are you doing here?
Anna: Looking for Proteus, just like you.
Vanessa: What do you mean, Ryan Lavery doesn't have the disc? What did he do, give it away? Auction it off on-line?
Man: He turned it in.
Vanessa: To the police?
Man: To the Feds --
Vanessa: No, no --
Man: I'm telling you, he handed it over. They have it locked in some safe, God knows where.
Vanessa: You know what? If God only knows, you're going to have to find him, aren't you, Mr. Timmins. Am I understood?
Mr. Timmins: What do you want from me?
Vanessa: I want that disc.
Mr. Timmins: I told you, it's --
Vanessa: You know, if you don't find me that disc and get it back, I will hunt you down and shoot you myself. Am I clear? Huh.
Vanessa: Don't you look at me that way. I am not insane.
Edmund: Any word on Stamp's condition?
Brooke: Can you believe I'm totally being frozen out?
Edmund: You, frozen?
Brooke: Speaking of which -- I know a guy in the morgue, however, who's going to call me if they bring anybody in, even if it's a john doe. So I think that Stamp is still alive.
Edmund: I got to know how the hell this happened. I mean, the Pine Cone with Erica, Kendall, and Ryan? What was that about?
Brooke: Could have been a setup.
Simone: It was a setup.
Simone: It was a total setup. But they weren't aiming for Agent Stamp.
Edmund: What are you talking about?
Simone: They wanted to kill Ryan Lavery.
Brooke: How do you know that?
Simone: Because I made it happen.
Kendall: See, I thought I knew who my parents were, too, but --
Ryan: I really don't want to talk about this, Kendall.
Kendall: Okay. It's just that I know what you're going through, Ryan. It's really hard to find out what you thought was true -- what you thought was the only true thing you ever knew at all -- wasn't. Isn't. Whatever.
Bianca: Have you guys heard anything?
Kendall: No. She never came out. She's still in there with him.
Bianca: And you've been sitting here all night? Well, I guess if anything had changed, she would've come out and said something.
Kendall: Why don't you tell her you're here?
Kendall: Who else are we talking about?
Bianca: Well, I don't want to bother her.
Kendall: Well, she needs you.
Bianca: What do you mean?
Kendall: She asked for you.
Kendall: Last night. I wanted to help her, but she didn't want my help, so she asked for you. I'm a little rusty on my church history. Is there a Saint Erica, or is she vying for beatification all on her own?
Ryan: Kendall, do you ever give up?
Erica: I know why you did what you did. He's your son. You'd die for him.
Erica: Oh. Oh, Chris. Oh, Chris. Oh, thank God. Oh, thank God.
Erica: Look -- he opened his eyes.
Nurse: Can you hear me, Agent Stamp?
Erica: He's all right. I mean, he's going to be all right. Oh, Chris.
Nurse: Everything seems good. You rest. I'll page Sr. Martin.
Erica: Thank you. You gave me a terrible scare.
Chris: Ryan -- Ryan --
Erica: Ryan is fine. He's here. He stayed here all night. He's right outside.
Chris: Yeah? He's -- he's not hurt?
Erica: No. No, you took care of that for him. I'll go get him, okay? You wait right here. Oh, of course you're going to wait right here. He's awake!
Erica: He -- he asked for you, Ryan.
Bianca: The nurse just told us.
Erica: Oh, he just -- he just looked right at me, and I just almost fainted myself because -- Ryan, I said he asked for you.
Ryan: Yeah, I heard you.
Erica: Well, then, where are you going?
Ryan: As far away from this place as I can get.
Erica: Over my dead body.
Vanessa: Oh, my. You're afraid of me, aren't you? Answer me, Mary --
Maggie: Can you just let me go? Please?
Vanessa: How can I possibly do that, darling, after all you've heard? Shh.
Maggie: But you told me that you don't kill family. That's your rule.
Vanessa: Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, I know exactly what I said. But you are tempting me to break my own code here, so -- well, don't fret yet.
Maggie: What are you going to do with me?
Vanessa: Well, now, my dear, that one is entirely up to you.
David: I don't think Proteus is living here with my brother and his fiancťe.
Anna: Okay. So why are you here, then?
David: You first.
Anna: I was looking for your mother. I thought maybe she came back here.
David: All right, let's back up for a minute. Why are you looking for my mother? Or have you found something?
Anna: I had the syringe tested.
David: Okay. What did you find?
Anna: The drug in the syringe can induce a heart attack when given in a high dose.
David: There's something else. What? What is it?
Anna: Your mother's fingerprints -- they were the only ones on there, David. I'm sorry. Vanessa's Proteus.
David: You -- you need to get yourself a hobby.
Anna: David --
David: No, no, no, I mean it. Look -- I'm the last person in the world to defend my mother, but this --
Anna: David --
David: This -- this -- this is absurd, and you know it.
Anna: You already said that you thought she was responsible for the death of her chauffeur.
David: That doesn't make her a drug lord! Come on!
Anna: Well, Stamp thinks that she's Proteus, too.
David: Oh, oh. Then you know this?
Anna: Mateo was attacked in the state pen. Stamp knew that it was going to happen. I already told you that the jail guard that did it, he was -- he died conveniently right before he was to name names. Now, guess what caused him his heart attack?
David: All right, wait, wait -- just --
Anna: Traces of the drug that were in the syringe found in here. Now, if they weren't looking for it, they would never have seen it.
David: She's my mother, Anna!
Anna: I know!
David: Look, I know that Vanessaís a lot of things, but she's not some methodical, you know, sociopathic -- damn it, come on, Anna! She can't be!
Anna: David, I'm sorry. She is.
Maggie: I've been thinking a lot about what you said, about trying to help Frankie.
Vanessa: Mm-hmm. I did try. But she let her feelings get in the way, you know. Youthful, natural mistake, but it cost her everything.
Maggie: Have you ever been in love? I know that's a weird question to ask right now, but -- but I agree with you. I think that -- that Frankie fell so deeply in love with Bianca that -- that she made bad decisions, stupid mistakes. You know, I've -- I've never been in love. Not yet. So, what is it like?
Vanessa: I've only ever really loved my sons.
Maggie: No, I mean --
Vanessa: Oh, Mary Margaret, I know exactly what you mean. You're trying to humanize me, aren't you? Just get me to have some feelings, to show some feelings.
Maggie: Oh, do you even have feelings?
Vanessa: I feel more in a day than you have your entire life! Although no one seems to ever take my side.
Maggie: Oh, that's not true, because Mom said -- Mom said that -- that you never drove Uncle Charles to his grave. Was she wrong?
Vanessa: Well, Charles was weak. He was weak. He was destroying my family.
Vanessa: Oh. He was destroying Davidís life before it even got started! And that ungrateful son of mine -- he still blames me for Charles' weaknesses and inability to handle his own home.
Maggie: So did you make Uncle Charles kill himself?
Vanessa: If he hadn't pulled that trigger, I would have pulled it for him gladly. And that's something my ungrateful son will never let me forget.
Brooke: Tell us what happened.
Simone: Look, I have worked my butt off for you guys, and I'm not even on staff.
Edmund: I know how hard you've worked and I know what you've risked, Simone.
Simone: You don't even know what I've risked, Edmund.
Edmund: What is that supposed to mean?
Brooke: You got emotionally involved with a married man in a very volatile situation. Is that it?
Simone: I've handled this badly, and it's hard to talk about.
Brooke: Well, you've let us in this far.
Simone: I really fell for Mateo. I didn't see it coming. I thought I could handle it. I didn't. And then when I saw how hopeless that was -- and the only thing I had left to save face was the story that you guys hired me to do in the first place --
Brooke: That got pulled.
Edmund: Where does Ryan fit into all this?
Simone: I felt discarded, Edmund. And my phone rang. This big New York publisher got wind of what I was doing.
Edmund: Wait a minute. Wait a minute. Wait, wait -- how would this New York --
Brooke: Wait, wait, wait. Let her finish.
Simone: This woman calls me. Her creds check out, so I thought. Basically she offers me this book deal on the Proteus investigation.
Edmund: How the hell would she know anything --
Simone: All she wanted in return is to be part of the daily updates.
Brooke: Oh. And that didn't raise a red flag?
Simone: Well, sure it did. But I was -- I was hurt and -- and mad. I didn't look close enough at the signs. I started to double agent myself to get more and more dope on Proteus without letting anyone know anything -- except my New York editor, every night.
Edmund: Okay. I don't -- I'm not sure I want to hear any more where this is headed.
Brooke: I do.
Simone: I overheard Mateo and Hayley talking to Chris Stamp about some crucial info evidence that Ryan Lavery had. He had it stashed for them. And I told my editor about it.
Brooke: Who blew your cover for it?
Simone: My editor was Proteus.
Simone: Well, either that or high up on the food chain. I mean, all I know now is that once I did that, I might as well have painted a red bull's-eye on Ryan Lavery's chest. And then when they didn't hit him and they hit Chris Stamp -- I mean, I caused this whole thing.
Edmund: I trusted you more than I've trusted some of the best reporters I have.
Simone: I know.
Edmund: How did this happen?
Simone: I lost it. I know it. Okay? I know I did.
Edmund: What's this?
Simone: It's my resignation. I know better than to try to worm my way out of this. I hear they -- they need writers in Hollywood. You think I'm still young enough that maybe -- that was symbolic.
Edmund: What you did stinks, Simone.
Simone: I know.
Edmund: But if you can convince yourself that this is the worst mistake you'll ever make, maybe you can work your way past this.
Simone: You'd assign me again?
Edmund: I'd let you submit.
Simone: How do you feel about this?
Brooke: I think you're a good writer. And if Edmund thinks that we can trust you again, I believe him.
Simone: Why are you guys doing this for me?
Edmund: Oh, I don't know. But show me --
Edmund: Any good reporter who hasn't screwed up royally at least once. Not in this room, I promise you.
Simone: I was brought in for questioning by the police last night.
Edmund: Okay, they work fast. What about Derek? Is he pressing charges?
Simone: Oh, they're talking about it.
Brooke: So did you get a lawyer? I mean, a good one?
Simone: No. I guess I should, huh?
Amy: Excuse me, Edmund.
Edmund: Yeah. Hey, you guys.
Amy: Ted down in editorial -- he's screaming for you, and he didn't even need an intercom.
Man: Yeah, we had a meeting at 10:00. Everybody's down there waiting.
Edmund: Screaming, huh? Yeah, I'm coming. Are we cool on this?
Simone: Yeah. Thank you, Edmund.
Edmund: Okay. And -- listen to Brooke. Get a good lawyer. We'll talk.
Simone: Okay. Is he for real?
Brooke: Yeah, he is.
Erica: Don't make me get ugly with you, Ryan.
Ryan: Erica, this is none of your business.
Erica: That man in there is your father. I know this is all news to you, but do I have to remind you what he did for you last night?
Ryan: No, you donít. I'll see you.
Erica: He took a bullet for you, you ungrateful louse! Look, I can only imagine what you've been going through since you found out that Chris is your father.
Kendall: Can you, Erica? Really?
Erica: Chris -- Chris deserves to be thanked, if nothing else. Ryan, please do this. It would mean the world to him.
Ryan: I -- I just wanted to say thank you for what you did last night.
Chris: Years -- years of training.
Erica: Oh, please. You men are impossible. Chris didn't do what he did for you just because he was doing his job. Chris took that bullet for you, Ryan, because he's your father.
Ryan: We're strangers, Erica, so please save me the movie of the week crescendo, all right? The only thing I have in common with this guy is my gene pool. He's no more my father than you are Kendall Hart's mother.
Kendall: Look, Bianca, Erica really did ask for you last night. She was tired and upset and afraid, and I was right there with her, and she looked me in the eye and said she needed you.
Bianca: Kendall, why are you even telling me this?
Kendall: Because for one, brief second, I actually wanted to help her, and she didn't want my help. But if I could help her get you back in her life, then that's --
Bianca: I have to go.
Bianca: Just -- if you talk to Chris, please let him know that I'm glad he's better, okay?
Kendall: Bianca, you can't -- oh, God. She really is her mother's daughter.
Ryan: Well, this was obviously a mistake. I'm glad that you're -- I'm glad you're okay and I'm glad that I'm not dead. So I guess we're done.
Chris: Ryan --
Ryan: No, no, no, no, no. I'm done.
Chris: Ryan -- Ryan, wait. Ow! Oh.
Erica: What is it, Chris?
Chris: Oh, God.
Chris: No. I can't -- I --
Chris: I can't move -- I can't -- I can't move my legs.
Joe: How are you doing, Chris?
Erica: Oh, Joe, Joe -- Chris can't move his legs.
Joe: Well, let me see what's going on.
Nurse: Dr. Martin needs to examine the patient in private.
Joe: Erica, I will see you after I examine Chris. Please. Yeah.
Joe: Chris, after the surgery, we took a pretty close look around. There's a bullet fragment lodged right next to your spine.
Chris: And -- and you left it there?
Joe: We had to. Your life was at stake. Believe me, repairing your heart was one hell of a job. David Hayward showed incredible skill. Here's what we're going to do. Once you're stabilized, got your strength back, if there's no increase in mobility, we'll go back in there and remove the fragment and we'll take it from there.
Chris: Yeah. I don't -- I don't hear any guarantees, Doc. Do I? Do I?
David: This is a joke. Come on. I mean, there's no way that my mother's some drug kingpin --
Anna: Well, think about it.
David: I am. I'm the only one thinking here.
Anna: She has the means. She has the knowledge. She has an unbelievably foolproof cover.
Anna: Being a social-climbing poser keeps you exempt from suspicion.
David: This is so stupid. Come on, Anna. My mother's not smart enough to pull this off. I know it, believe me!
Anna: I think she is. I think she's brilliant. However, she's also vulnerable, which is why we've come so far now.
David: I don't believe this.
Anna: Well, she was here. What the hell was she doing here? You know? And you said yourself that you heard someone else in here, like maybe she was hiding --
David: Yes, yes. She was hiding someone. Of course she was. That's because the woman is the town slut. Everybody knows that -- what? What? What are you doing?
Anna: Well, I don't know who this belongs to.
David: You're kidding, right? This is Greenlee's apartment, isn't it?
Anna: Oh, no. That's not her style. It's not flashy enough. This is a cheap earring, like something a young person would wear.
David: Look -- look -- if -- if Vanessa killed Larry, it was a crime of passion, all right? Like -- like -- like Paolo, like --
Anna: Like your father? David, I'm sorry. It's Vanessa. You have to see it.
Maggie: So you wanted Uncle Charles dead?
Vanessa: Hmm. Charles was more than just useless. He would have ruined Davidís life had he lived.
Maggie: So this no-killing rule isn't really set in stone, is it?
Vanessa: Charles was my husband, not my family.
Maggie: You didn't love him?
Vanessa: I wanted a child, and Charles served that purpose perfectly well, and he gave me one.
Maggie: You said before that he -- that he ruined David. What did you mean by that?
Vanessa: Well, Charles knew very well that he couldn't compete with my love for David, so he took on being the most successful, wealthiest businessman in the world, and he almost pulled the whole thing off, too.
Maggie: What did he do?
Vanessa: Well, my dear, you can't make that kind of money totally legally. So we both understood that. But Charles suddenly decided to develop a conscience. He said that he couldn't look David in the eye because of the way he made his money. Weakling.
Maggie: Why is that weak?
Vanessa: Because Charles' inability to keep his promises in all the plans that I had for David, and then the -- and then the call came.
Maggie: What call?
Vanessa: Someone called and threatened my son because of the promises that Charles could not keep on the job. So I confronted him. Sniveling idiot sold out our family because he was scared! So I had to take it over. I had to take it over. I had to keep it all clean. I had to keep it all clean and to keep David safe. So --
Vanessa: Well, that's the day I made a deal with the devil.
Maggie: So that's -- that's when you started this whole -- whole thing, whatever it is.
Vanessa: You know, I never looked back.
Maggie: How did you do it?
Vanessa: I bargained. I bargained for my son's life. So I took over what Charles was too weak to handle. And he -- well, he couldn't live with his own failure -- or the fact that I had taken over and did a better job of what he abandoned. Oh.
Maggie: So he killed himself?
Vanessa: It was the best thing that ever happened to me.
David: I can't process any of this right now.
Anna: Wait. Oh, hi.
Anna: Hi, Bianca.
Bianca: I'm looking for Leo.
David: Yeah, so am I.
Bianca: Is something wrong?
Anna: Ah -- we're just trying to find that out, actually. Oh --
Bianca: Oh --
Anna: Oh, I'm sorry.
Bianca: Where did you get this?
Anna: We found it here. Why?
Bianca: It's -- it's Maggie's.
Anna: Are you sure about that?
Bianca: Yeah, I notice her jewelry a lot. I notice a lot about her. She just -- looks just like Frankie. She was wearing it the last time I saw her. Why? What is it doing here?
Vanessa: Well, you probably think you're winning some sort of deep psychological battle here, don't you? But, in fact, that's not what's happening at all. See, I'm telling you about my past in order to comfort you.
Maggie: Comfort me?
Maggie: Well, you're a force to be reckoned with.
Maggie: Not at all like my mother.
Vanessa: Hmm. Well, you should know that sisters are -- well, can be very different. I mean, Mary Frances -- she was very vulnerable, but she was brave.
Maggie: You don't think I'm brave?
Vanessa: Well, I think you think you are.
Maggie: Oh, don't underestimate me. Oh, no, because you don't know what I can do and who I am.
Vanessa: Oh, oh, oh. Well, who knew?
Maggie: Who knew what?
Vanessa: That you would remind me so much of myself. Hmm, hmm, hmm. Now, dear, you did understand my offer that I made to you before, didn't you? Hmm? Next move is your choice. Hmm. You know, there are great advantages, distinct advantages, making a deal with the devil. I mean, look at me. I have all the power in the world.
Maggie: Do you?
Vanessa: Well, I have all the power I need over you. And, so, what will it be, Mary Margaret? Are you going to take it?
Erica: Ryan, you shouldn't feel guilty.
Ryan: What? This guy has been trouble since the day he showed up here, and now he goes off and he does this -- this -- this stupid thing. He gets shot and I have to owe him forever?
Erica: How can you say such a thing? How can you talk like that? He's your father.
Ryan: Even if he is, he's no better than the one that's dead and buried.
Erica: What an awful thing to say! Chris is your real father, and he's such a good man and --
Kendall: You are the pot calling the kettle black this morning, aren't you?
Kendall: Back off him, okay? He's got enough to deal with without your righteous indignation bleeding all over the floor here.
Erica: This is none of your business.
Kendall: Isn't it?
Ryan: This -- this -- this is crazy.
Erica: Ryan! We have to go back in there when Joe comes out. Chris needs you.
Kendall: Man, you are such a piece of work.
Simone: Oh, I so knew better than this.
Brooke: Like falling in love with a married man? Like that never happens?
Simone: I admit it, Brooke. At first I thought, heck, you know? This guy's hot. I could pretend to be his girlfriend, you know? No problem. He's got a wife, a kid. He loves them. And I still let myself crash.
Brooke: You didn't let yourself, Simone. Love doesn't work that way.
Simone: Did you try and stop yourself from loving Edmund?
Brooke: How did you know about Edmund?
Simone: Well, the ring on your finger kind of confirms what this whole place has been talking about long before I got here.
Brooke: People knew? All right. Like I said, love makes the rules for you.
Simone: Well, at least you found someone that you can love back, that loves you.
Brooke: Are you still hung up on Mateo?
Simone: Not in my mind.
Brooke: In your heart?
Simone: It takes a little longer.
Brooke: Well, you don't want to hear this -- I know you don't -- but, you know, your heart will heal, and eventually there will be a place in it for somebody else. So --
Simone: Can I ask you how long you and Edmund have known?
Brooke: What, that we were in love with each other?
Brooke: A long time. It's just that the time wasn't right until now.
Simone: Helps that he's not married.
Brooke: Like I said, timing.
Simone: Yeah. Thank you, Brooke, for even dealing with me.
Brooke: Listen, just fix this and move on, okay?
Simone: I will.
Brooke: Talk to Amy. We'll schedule a lunch for next week.
Simone: Thank you.
Brooke: You were eavesdropping.
Edmund: Can I kiss you in your office?
Brooke: Why not? Seems like everybody knew long before we knew.
Edmund: Good reporters.
Brooke: I guess.
Brooke: Stop it. You know, it's -- it's -- it's one thing for everyone to know. However, it's another to rip each other's clothes off in my office at 11:00 in the morning.
Edmund: I could close the door if you want.
Brooke: Edmund Grey, stop it.
Edmund: Okay. Here's something slightly more romantic than morning sex on your desk.
Brooke: Oh. I'm holding my -- holding my breath.
Edmund: Can you get your act together to marry me by May?
Edmund: Good answer.
Bianca: Why are you guys looking at each other like that? Look, Maggie was trying to figure out who killed Frankie. If something happened --
Anna: Well, how was she doing that?
Bianca: Long story. There's a book of sonnets. We thought there might be a hidden message from Frankie --
Anna: What --
Bianca: Like a code --
Anna: Did she know that Vanessa was here?
Bianca: I don't know.
David: That noise that I heard yesterday -- that --
Anna: Maybe it wasn't her boyfriend.
Bianca: Whose boyfriend?
Anna: I mean, Maggie could have got too close. And if Vanessa knew something about Frankie's murder --
Bianca: Oh, my God.
Anna: I don't want to think it, but perhaps Maggie was here against her will.
David: Would Vanessa go after her own niece?
Maggie: Look, I'll work with you if it keeps me alive, and I'm not stupid. And I'll stick by you, and -- and you can trust me.
Vanessa: Good. Good. And you think I'm going to buy a turnaround like that just like that?
Maggie: What are you talking about? You've been trying to work me for the past hour --
Vanessa: You think I'm a joke, don't you? You think I'm a joke --
Maggie: No, I don't!
Vanessa: Just like David.
Vanessa: Well, I have other sons! I -- I have Leo, and he will stand by me.
Maggie: Vanessa, I'm telling you, I will work for you.
Vanessa: You think that I am going to stand still and let -- let you or that ungrateful son of mine -- that son who would have nothing if it weren't for me -- take everything away all the years I've worked for? You know something, darling? I may be Proteus. I may be. But I'm not going to take the fall for Proteus. Oh, no, no, no, no.
Maggie: I don't understand.
Vanessa: Because David -- Davidís going to pay for betraying me. Oh, yes. When they lock somebody away, it's going to be him, not me. And that ungrateful son of mine -- who would have nothing without me -- he'll be remembered but only as a -- not as a famous cardiologist, but only as Proteus, Proteus, the infamous Proteus, forever.
Joe: Chris asked me not to let you in.
Erica: What? Well, what's wrong with his legs?
Joe: There's a bullet fragment next to his spine. Once he gets his strength back, we'll go in and remove it. Then we'll see.
Erica: Has Chris been told this? I'm going in there.
Joe: Erica --
Erica: I am told that you don't want to see me. Chris, please -- please, let -- let me see you. Let me be in here with you.
Chris: Get out. Get out.
Erica: Don't talk to me that way.
Chris: Get out, you hear me? All of you. You stay away from me. You and Ryan. You -- you just get the hell out of my life, you hear me?
>> On the next "All My Children" --
Greenlee: You two want to impress me, figure out a way to get us off this sandbar.
Chris: Hayward is the reason why I'm in here. You let him leave a bullet fragment near my spine.
Ryan: Why are you still here?
Kendall: For you.
Marian: Are you here alone, Vanessa?