AMC Transcript Friday 6/27/03

All My Children Transcript Friday 6/27/03

Provided By Suzanne
Proofread by Gisele

>> Previously on "All My Children" --

Lena: What's that?

Bianca: Proof of what a fool I was to ever believe you, to ever believe one word out of your lying mouth.

Mia: Carlos and Mrs. Lacey?

Simone: Had an affair?

Greenlee: Well, she has some secret that she wants to keep secret.

Kendall: And you can leverage Enchantment out of the front counter space into the back room.

Erica: Jack is Greenleeís father.

Kendall: So, how's the wallowing in self-pity working out?

Bianca: Oh -- go away, Kendall.

Kendall: Bianca, I just want to talk to you.

Bianca: Please, Kendall, just go away.

Kendall: All right. But can I first say the one word that will change everything?

Bianca: What?

Kendall: Revenge.

Erica: Well, Val, you call maintenance. You tell them if they don't get the air conditioning right back on immediately, well, then, they are just all fired.

Val: Erica, you're not listening. Our A/C is off because the entire town is having these rolling brownouts. Maybe it'll come back on. I don't know.

Erica: Well, then, call Mayor Tutwiller.

Val: Oh, all right. I'll patch you right in to our direct hookup.

Erica: Ok, I'm sorry. I guess my brain is melt-- who's on the line?

Val: Oh -- um -- Diane Lacey is holding. Um -- I'm sorry. I guess my brain is melting.

Erica: Diane?

Diane: Erica.

Erica: Hi.

Diane: I wanted you to hear this directly from me. You have nothing to worry about.

Erica: Oh. That sounds very encouraging.

Diane: We haven't had any air conditioning on in the store since this morning. It's sweltering here. And I'm afraid we have had a minor catastrophe in the cosmetics department.

Erica: Has the Enchantment supply melted? Is the entire line ruined?

Diane: No, no, no. I had the entire Enchantment line moved to our warehouse. There's a generator there, so everything is nice and cool and safe.

Erica: Oh, great, Diane. I knew I could count on you.

Diane: Everything'll be redisplayed this afternoon once the air conditioning comes back on. So drop by later and make sure everything is just the way you want it.

Erica: Ok, great. I'll be glad to. Diane, you did mention, though, that there was some kind of -- of a catastrophe?

Diane: Oh, yes. I'm sorry to say that the entire Fusion line was completely ruined.

Erica: It was? Oh, no. Oh, my goodness. That's so -- so unfortunate. I -- I wonder if Greenlee and Kendall can absorb that loss. Oh, well. Ok. I -- I will be down to see you later today. Huh. Val? Val?

Mary: Is that the nice young man that lives out there? He stepped out.

Erica: What are you doing here? I'm very busy.

Mary: That's what he said. Oh. It's like an oven in here. I don't know how you're standing it.

Erica: What are you doing here, Mary?

Mary: Well, I had a heart-to-heart talk with Jack, and now I want to have one with you.

Opal: How about this?

Jack: No, thanks, Opal. No magazines for me. After going through all this, all I want to see is my release papers.

Opal: Well, you do look like a man who's ready to walk out that door, pajamas and all. Just don't forget to slip on your tux when you march down the aisle.

Jack: Well, I won't, I promise. It's really something, isn't it? After all these years, an Erica Kane wedding with me in it.

[Opal laughs]

Jack: And all I had to do was almost die -- twice.

Opal: Oh, now, don't you say that. You know Erica has always loved you. She just needed a little wake-up call.

Jack: That's what I love about you -- always lemonade from lemons.

Opal: Hmm.

Jack: Hey, what's up?

Tad: Hey, there you are.

Opal: Hey. What, is it lunch time already? We're going to try out that new Mexican place across the street.

Jack: Oh.

Tad: Yeah. I'll be in the next room by 5:00. How are you?

Jack: Ready to go with you, have a margarita and a quesadilla. I just got to --

Opal: Well, there. The proof is in the pudding. He is good as new, thank the Lord. I'm just going to finish my rounds. Only take me a minute.

Tad: No problem.

Jack: Tad, actually, Iím glad you're here. I was about to give you a call.

Tad: Really?

Jack: Yeah.

Tad: What's up?

Jack: Well, as you know, my life was saved by a blood transfusion. And evidently I have some kind of rare phenotype in my blood. Now, if some Good Samaritan hadn't shown up out of the blue and donated blood, we wouldn't be having this conversation.

Tad: Ok, so what do you got in mind?

Jack: Well, you're a skilled private investigator. In other words, you probably know blood donations are anonymous. But I'd like you to find my blood donor.

Opal: No! You --

Greenlee: Yes, I totally understand, Diane. It's not your fault that there's a blackout. I will personally deliver a fresh shipment to you today. No -- no, no, thank you. And thank you for letting us know. Yes. Goodbye. Ugh! Ugh! It's Diane Lacey, and once again, Erica.

Mia: Well, why blame Erica? I mean, it's not her fault our product melted. In fact, Iím sure her product --

Greenlee: Her product is safe and stored in some refrigerated vault. We get stabbed in the back, and Erica lives to spit into our grave.

Mia: What can you say? We're not Enchantment yet.

Greenlee: Yeah, but we could become a genuine competitor instead of just saying that we are.

Mia: Oh, really? How?

Greenlee: We could do what I talked about. We could carry out my plan to put the squeeze on Diane Lacey.

Mia: Oh, right, that brilliant plan to blackmail her without even knowing the nasty thing that she did.

Greenlee: She doesn't know that I don't know. Besides, a woman like her has secrets to spare, which we could leverage into some primo shelf space and a little respect.

Mia: That information, or non-information, came from Carlos. How can you even think about betraying his confidence?

Greenlee: Let me worry about that.

Mia: You know what? I say we scrap the plan. Shelf space, no matter how primo, is not worth it if you risk losing Carlos.

Carlos: Risk losing me? Who would do that?

Greenlee: Not me.

Mia: Um -- no, I was just -- I was talking about how you've been putting in so many hours here, and I thought maybe I would speak to building services about getting you a raise.

Greenlee: No. No, no, no, this isn't about paying you more money.

Carlos: Actually, I'm glad you brought it up. There's no easy way to say this, so -- I can't work here anymore.

Erica: What did you say to Jack?

Mary: I reminded him of our special summer together. And for a few moments, it was as though time stood still and we were as close as ever.

Erica: Mary, you are free to indulge yourself in whatever pathetic fantasies you choose, but I don't have to listen to you.

Mary: You might want to keep that closed.

Erica: I have said all I have to say on the subject.

Mary: Last time you lectured me about how Jack would hate me forever if I told him the truth, but now I know that's not the case.

Erica: What are you saying? Don't tell me that you --

Mary: Erica, I looked into his eyes, and I know he will understand what I did unless you turn him against me. And I really hope you won't do that.

Erica: Then you've decided?

Mary: Jack needs to know Greenleeís his daughter. I'm going to tell him today.

Tad: What do you mean, no? Why shouldn't he want to find out about his donor?

Opal: Well, it's against the law. Confidentiality -- I mean, that is pretty serious, isn't it, Jack?

Jack: Well, technically, yes. But I'd very much like to thank the person who saved my life.

Opal: Well, yeah, but -- I mean, well, you said so yourself that that person is a Good Samaritan, and Good Samaritans -- I mean, they don't want to be thanked. I mean, that goes against the whole principle of -- of --

Tad: Good Samaritanship.

Opal: Yeah.

Tad: You know something -- you are like a cat on a wet kitchen floor. Do you happen to know who the donor is, mama?

Opal: I most certainly do not.

Tad: It's not you, is it?

Opal: Me? Me?

Tad: Is it Palmer?

Opal: Pal-- oh, now, that -- that is really funny. I mean, that old baboon -- he don't even have human blood in his veins. No, I think you should just let it go, Jack. Just -- just let it go.

Tad: I'll find out what I can. Hey.

Opal: What?

Tad: What's the big mystery about Jack's donor?

Opal: I told you, it's confidential.

Tad: Who are you kidding? You're the nosiest person in town.

Opal: I beg your pardon.

Tad: Ma, if it was you, you'd find out who it was, show up at their door, and give them free pedicures for the rest of their life.

Opal: Well, so, that's me. You're right. But this isn't me. This involves somebody else's feelings. And besides which, it is hospital policy. And on top of that, if this was Joe Martin telling you this, you would buy it, but just because it's me --

Tad: Ok, I -- no, I understand.

Opal: You say I'm nosy.

Tad: You don't have to go there. I'm sorry.

Opal: Yeah. Well, you should be.

Tad: I had no right to doubt you.

Opal: No.

Tad: I just got one small question.

Opal: What?

Tad: What's the big deal about Jack's donor?

Erica: You will say nothing to Jack about this paternity thing.

Mary: And how are you going to stop me?

Erica: Don't underestimate me, Mary.

Mary: I don't, but I have the advantage in this matchup.

Erica: Oh, what, the truth?

Mary: No, we both know the truth will only get us so far. Now, my advantage is that you don't want to risk losing Jack.

Erica: Which is why --

Mary: Which is why you don't want to be the person that kept him from his daughter. I am that person now, and I would be very happy to give that title over to you. I mean, how's your marriage going to work if Jack knows that you've tried to convince me, even threaten me, into keeping the truth from him?

Erica: What about Greenlee? You think that she's going to thank you for this?

Mary: Eventually.

Erica: You're unbelievable.

Mary: I couldn't reveal this while Roger was alive. But now that he's gone --

Erica: Oh, what? Now it suits your purposes to tell all? What kind of a mother are you? I mean, Greenlee is going to feel that she's lost her father all over again.

Mary: No, on the contrary. You just have to imagine all the daughter's love stored up in Greenleeís heart, and then think of Jack, who's basically a lonely man, thanks to you, with so much love to give. I can see them finding each other after all these years and truly bonding as father and daughter.

Erica: It's a fantasy.

Mary: It's nature, Erica, and you can't control it. That's why you're so scared. You're afraid that he's going to choose her over you.

Erica: I tell you, I feel sorry for you, Mary. You spent half your life with a man you despise, and now you think you're just going to take over mine? Are you kidding?

Mary: Sadly, it won't be up to you.

Erica: You have this all worked out in your mind, don't you? Some sort of a fantasy, like some beautiful family Christmas photo in front of the fireplace. Well, look closely, Mary, because I'm in that picture. And if Jack would like to have Greenlee in his life, I will graciously make room for her. And if they want to bond with each other, I will open my arms to her like nobody's business. I will be the mother she never had. I will do that -- as distasteful as that may be to me, I will do that for Jack. And as for Greenlee, I will win Greenlee over because as long as I have known her, the only thing she wants is to be another me.

Mary: Well, good, then. We agree that Jack should be told that he's Greenleeís father. That's what I wanted to hear, Erica. Thank you very much.

Erica: Wait.

Mary: What?

Erica: You say you love Jack. You know he almost died.

Mary: Erica, don't start. We know the truth isn't going to kill him.

Erica: No, we don't know that. Perhaps it won't. But the shock will certainly delay his recovery. You don't need to tell him today.

Mary: No, I donít. I'll wait a week.

Erica: A week? All right, fine. I can live with that.

Mary: Good. I'm so glad.

Erica: Val? Val. Get me Tad Martin on the phone.

Opal: Mystery? There is no mystery.

Tad: Are we going to lunch or not?

Opal: Lunch? Yeah. Lunch, yeah. Yeah.

Tad: You ready?

Opal: You bet.

[Phone rings]

Tad: Yeah. Hello --

Opal: Tad -- Tad, you can't use that in here.

Tad: I'll just be a second. Take it easy. Hello?

Erica: Tad. Tad, it's Erica. Tad, can you come to my office? I really need to see you right away.

Tad: Well -- is it an emergency, Erica? I was just about to take my mother out for lunch.

Erica: Well, which one? Oh, no, never mind. Cancel it. Give her a rain check.

Tad: Is that an order?

Erica: No, Tad. Of course not, no. What this is is a very, very serious situation, and I just need your help desperately. I don't have a minute to spare.

Tad: Ok, fine. I'll be right there.

Erica: Thank you.

Tad: Rain check?

Opal: Rain check? Sure.

Tad: She said it was an emergency. She doesn't have a minute to spare.

Opal: Hmm.

Tad: You're Ericaís best friend. You have any idea what could be bothering her?

Opal: Bothering Erica? Uh --

Tad: Oh, for God's sake, Mama, stop it. I'll find out on my own.

Carlos: Come here. See, this is what I think of doing all day long.

Greenlee: Well, why don't you do it?

Carlos: It's just so impossible, you know.

Greenlee: Well, you know, of course it is. I have a business to run.

Carlos: So Iím going to ask Sydney to reassign me to another building.

Greenlee: Are you sure?

Carlos: Yeah. Maybe I can pick up some extra work with Stuart Chandler. But, anyway, has it been hot all day or just now?

Greenlee: I don't remember.

Carlos: How about if we go cool off? Allow me to take you to Willow Lake for a little swim.

Greenlee: Yeah, yeah. That would be great, actually, but I'll have to meet you there. I have this radio interview to do for the sexiest man contest first.

Carlos: I will see you there.

Greenlee: Ok. Willow Lake.

Carlos: Willow Lake it is. I'll be waiting in my swimming trunks.

Mia: Great. You're going to play hooky at Willow Lake. How nice.

Greenlee: Hey, will you do that radio interview for me? Here's the information.

Mia: Oh. "Power 96. Bring your sexy man to the Cafe Iguana." Yeah, no problem.

Greenlee: Oh, great.

Mia: Go on. Don't keep Carlos waiting.

Greenlee: Well, he's going to have to wait because I'm going to go see Diane Lacey first.

[Mia gasps]

Mia: Greenlee --

Greenlee: Listen -- I can't keep putting in 80-hour weeks to see my work melt away. I have to make this company into something, so I can have a life.

Mia: Oy. But if the price you pay --

Greenlee: Let me worry about it, ok? Thank you.

[Knock on door]

Woman: This is for you, Miss Montgomery.

Bianca: Thank you. I don't want to take revenge on Lena, ok? I just don't want to think about her anymore.

Kendall: Well, there's not much chance of that when you're all over the tabloids. "Erica Kaneís daughter loses gay lover to insider trader scam." Hmm.

Bianca: Well, first of all, she's not my lover anymore.

Kendall: Well, she could be again if she weren't behind bars for a crime she was accused of and didn't commit.

Bianca: Why do you care? I thought you said that you wanted to take revenge.

Kendall: Against Michael, not Lena. Lena's just as much a victim of Michael as Erica and I were.

Bianca: Oh, of course. The photo is doctored. She was set up. That's her story, and she's sticking to it.

Kendall: Why can't you just admit the possibility that she could be telling you the truth?

Bianca: Because I just can't, ok? Because if there is 1 chance in 10 -- if there is 1 chance in 100 that she's a liar and a cheat, then you can pretty much count on it because that is my life. So I can't just think positive, ok, because that's when I get slapped in the face.

Kendall: When I came in here, you weren't sitting and thinking about what a liar and a cheat she was.

Bianca: It doesn't matter.

Kendall: No, you were thinking that you still want to believe in her. Am I right? I'm right. Bianca, tell me.

Bianca: I was thinking that if she really was framed, she's sitting all alone in her jail cell knowing that I turned my back on her.

Kendall: Bianca -- Bianca, you still love her.

Bianca: Yeah, well, of course I do. I just have to stop.

Kendall: No, listen to me. Listen to me. If there is 1 chance in 10, 1 chance in 100 that she's innocent, then you've got to fight for her, or you deserve every bit of misery that you're feeling.

Bianca: Don't you understand that Iíve done this before? I mean, I've already had this battle with myself, and I decided to give her another chance, a second chance.

Kendall: Yes, but --

Bianca: Look where it got me.

Kendall: That second chance is not over yet. Lena had to scramble just to stay in this country. If that's Michaelís fault, then --

Bianca: Ok, Kendall, that's what you care about, all right? You care about Michael Cambias. Just forget about Lena for now.

Kendall: No, no, I don't want to do that. I want to prove -- I want to prove that Michael is guilty and Lena isn't.

Bianca: Why?

Kendall: Because I want you to be happy.

Bianca: I actually believe you mean that.

Kendall: I do. When you and me and Erica were working together to bring Michael down, I felt like that's how it should always be. And I know that things won't work out between me and Erica, but it doesn't mean that you and I can't be sisters. You know what? Don't worry about Lena. I'll -- don't worry about doing anything about Lena right now. I'm going to handle this all on my own.

Bianca: Handle what on your own?

Greenlee: Of course, a heat wave is an act of God.

Diane: It couldn't be helped. But I'll have the clerks put out the fresh batch you brought us in its usual spot.

Greenlee: Under the escalators, yes.

Diane: Greenlee, it may be a long, hot summer. If these rolling blackouts continue, I can't promise this won't happen again.

Greenlee: Well, maybe next time you could scurry Fusion's products into the freezer and -- I don't know -- let another company bear the loss?

Diane: Which company, for instance?

Greenlee: Enchantment.

Diane: I love that. I love having Fusion in my store. But Enchantment is my number one seller. I can't risk my relationship with Erica.

Greenlee: Well, I tried. You know, we love being at Laceyís, and you are a straight-up person to do business with, Diane. I was just telling Carlos that, and he agreed.

Diane: How long have you known Carlos?

Greenlee: Long enough. You know, you would never know it to look at him, but he has quite a history in this town. He can tell the most scandalous stories. But he's sworn me to secrecy, so you have nothing to fear from me.

Tad: You know it's hotter than hell in here? She's expecting me.

Woman: Are you sure?

Tad: Are you trying to save money? Why doesn't somebody turn on the air conditioner in here?

Erica: Oh, we can't. There's a brownout, Tad. But there's some ice there.

Tad: Oh, that's ok. What is it? What's so urgent?

Erica: Tad, I need you to do a job. You still have your license as a private investigator, don't you?

Tad: That's really weird. Jackson just asked me the same thing.

Erica: He did? Why? What did he ask you to do?

Tad: Well, he just had this blood transfusion, saved his life. He wants me to find the donor.

Erica: No, Tad, you can't do that.

Tad: And that's the exact same reaction Mama had when she found out about it. What in the hell's going on? Why would you and Opal have the exact same reaction when you find out about Jack?

Erica: I have no idea. You'll have to ask her.

Tad: I did. She started sputtering, just like you're doing now.

Erica: Tad, look, I really don't have time for this. I only have a week.

Tad: For what?

Erica: Well, that is, it all needs to be finished in a week, so you have to start now.

Tad: On this P.I. job you want me to do?

Erica: Yes, that's right. Now.

Tad: Now? Well, Erica, you're going to have to forgive me. I know you're not up on my resume, but, you know, it's been a lot of years since I was a private investigator.

Erica: I know. I know that, Tad. But the thing is I need somebody that I can trust. This is concerning someone that I care about very, very much.

Tad: Who?

Erica: I can't say. But believe me, I meant it when I said that I am desperate.

Tad: Ok. Then, what do you need?

Erica: A background check.

Tad: That's it? Background check -- that's a piece of cake. Do it on the internet. Look, I'll show you how to do it.

Erica: Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no, no. I don't mean that I'm looking for parking tickets or unpaid phone bills. No. What I need is something much more specific.

Tad: Specific?

Erica: Yeah, look, I need information that could destroy a person's life -- I mean, if it were revealed.

Tad: Who are we thinking of blackmailing?

Erica: Oh, no, I'm not suggesting --

Tad: Is it Michael Cambias? Well, Erica, look, if I'm going to do anything for you, I got to have a name.

Erica: All right, fine. Mary Smythe.

Opal: He's sleeping.

Mary: Aren't you taking your volunteer duties a little to the extreme?

Opal: Jackson doesn't need people popping in and out while he's recuperating.

Mary: Right. Erica's very lucky to have a friend like you, and it's admirable how faithfully you serve her.

Opal: "Serve her"?

Mary: Very admirable. But regardless of what Erica does, she can't stop the inevitable. I need to talk to Jack.

Opal: Not on my watch you won't, no.

Mary: Ok. But I meant what I said before -- Ericaís very lucky to have you. Just as you're lucky to have Adrian, the child you gave up so many years ago, with whom you were reunited. Mm-hmm. Very blessed.

Opal: You want to tell me where you're going with this?

Mary: I'd be happy to.

Diane: Please check back this afternoon. Thanks. I don't know Carlos very well.

Greenlee: I understood he'd been your very loyal employee.

Diane: What are you suggesting?

Greenlee: That he would remember a lot more than you would. A loyal employee is always there, working, watching.

Woman: Mrs. Lacey?

Diane: Not now.

Greenlee: You know, my grandmother always drummed it into me -- "not in front of the servants." But it's no use. You always end up doing something in front of the servants.

Diane: I thought I could trust Carlos.

Greenlee: Oh, discretion is his middle name. But, of course, he's much more decent than the likes of us, don't you think?

Diane: You know, Greenlee, Fusionbody is getting a great response. As a matter of fact, just the other day, I mentioned it to my husband.

Greenlee: Uh-huh?

Diane: So I thought Iíd try displaying Fusion a bit more prominently.

Greenlee: Really? Like over here in the Enchantment spot?

Diane: Why not?

Greenlee: And Fusion's line goes into the fridge if there's another blackout?

Diane: Of course.

Greenlee: Diane, that's so decent of you. Thank you.

Kendall: Ridiculous in here.

Mia: Well, it's about time.

Kendall: Hey, girl, sorry Iím late. Oh, Aidan, Aidan. Oh, thank you so much for coming. Thank you so much.

Aidan: Why am I here?

Kendall: Well, it's time that Michael Cambias got what's coming to him.

Aidan: I take it you don't mean going on trial for insider trading?

Kendall: The prosecution's star witness is in jail. You think that's a coincidence?

Aidan: Well, you don't, obviously.

Kendall: No, Lena Kundera was set up.

Aidan: But she's done this kind of thing before, Kendall.

Kendall: Yeah, well, this time Michael framed her. This is his exact M.O. And he just -- he keeps hurting me and everyone I care about. He's not going to stop, Aidan, unless we stop him.

Aidan: I'm sorry. Sorry. We?

Kendall: Well, yeah, you're -- you're fearless, I mean, and you know how to get the truth out of people. Come on, Aidan, please. I really need your help on this. Will you help me, please?

Aidan: Ok, I'll help you.

Kendall: Oh, thank you. Thank you so much. You're the best. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.

Aidan: I'll help you by convincing you to let this whole thing go. `

Kendall: What, so you want me to walk away from this and let Michael Cambias win?

Aidan: No. But what you're talking about, Kendall, is revenge, and this is the worst possible time for it. If you take the law into your own hands --

Kendall: Wait a minute. That's exactly what you do every time you have to.

Aidan: Maybe it is. But what you need to do now is to lay low. Michael Cambias' trial is just around the corner, and you don't want to do anything to mess that up.

Kendall: Are you that clueless? Maybe in England the Queen chops off the head of the bad guys, but in this country wealthy criminals walk, especially someone like Michael who's ruthless and immoral and will do anything for himself.

Aidan: So what do you want me to do, shoot him?

Kendall: Yeah, that would be lovely for starters, but what I really want you to do is to help me prove that Michael framed Lena.

Aidan: Did Bianca put you up to this?

Kendall: No, Bianca has no idea. She has nothing to do with this. But if we act all noble and law-abiding and reasonable, then Michaelís scam will work. Lena will be discredited, and her testimony against him will be useless.

Aidan: So what you're saying is, is that -- is that Michael basically framed Lena?

Kendall: Mm-hmm.

Aidan: But what about that picture in the paper?

Kendall: Ah, that picture was doctored.

Aidan: It was what?

Kendall: It was doctored. Look. Look at that. Lena totally wants Bianca back. Why would she risk it by sleeping with some Chandler executive?

Aidan: Maybe she's just greedy.

Kendall: Well, if that were the case, then she'd be better off here with Erica Kaneís trust fund kid. I mean, why risk being booted back to Poland?

Aidan: You're right. I see what you mean. It doesn't make sense. So, who's this guy here, then?

Kendall: His name is Bob Barrett. If you can just locate him at Chandler Enterprises, get them to find him for you. Tell them that you work for Interpol and you're investigating Lena Kundera from -- from before. I don't know -- whatever, Aidan. But just talk to him. Ask him questions. You'll know. With your training, you'll know if he's lying, and get him to tell the truth.

Aidan: So what do you want me to use, thumbscrews?

Kendall: I don't know, Aidan. Whatever. Whatever it takes. Please, I cannot do this alone.

Aidan: Ok. I'll help you. I'm in.

Kendall: Ok, good. Thank you. I'm going to call Chandler Enterprises right now. We have to do this while Michael thinks he's winning.

Kendall: [Disguised voice] Hello, there. May I please speak to Bob Barrett? Oh, well, do you know where I can locate him? He's missing? All right. Thank you. [Normal voice] They think he's hiding. He's hiding. I told you. I told you Michael is behind this. Aidan, we have to find this Bob Barrett. We have to. The only way that we can find him is to go through Michael.

Aidan: And who's going to talk to Michael?

Kendall: Well, I'll have to, I guess.

Aidan: He's not going to tell you anything, Kendall.

Mia: He'll -- he'll talk to me. I think I can get close to him. He likes me.

Kendall: Yeah, a little too much, if you ask me.

Mia: No, listen to me. I want to help you.

Aidan: No, I'm sorry. That's out of the question. This guy is a danger to women.

Kendall: Yeah, Mia, I can't ask you to do this.

Mia: I want to. Please.

Opal: What makes you think you can just --

Mary: Talk about the son that came back into your life as an adult? You know why, Opal. You had a very full, rich life before you even saw him again. And now that he's so much a part of you, you can't imagine being without him, can you?

Opal: That's true.

Mary: He sends you books to read that you love. You send him shirts and ties and little presents that he loves. You worry about him now that he's gone back into the spy business. Under different circumstances, you might never have met him again. He would never have known your love. Can you even imagine that? Can you bear to imagine that?

Opal: You know the answer.

Mary: Yes, I do. But does Erica?

Tad: Why on earth would you want to blackmail Mary Smythe?

Erica: I didn't say that.

Tad: Erica, you just told me you want me to dig up the dirt on her, right?

Erica: Well, Tad, Iím sure that you've done background checks on other people before.

Tad: Whoa, whoa, wait a minute. You just told me you wanted me to come up with something that would ruin somebody's life. That's not a background check. That's ammunition.

Erica: Look, Tad, Iím not asking you to do anything illegal. Besides, you hardly know her.

Tad: Yeah, well, have you ever heard of the expression "What goes around comes around"? I mean, how would you like it if I started digging around in your background?

Erica: Oh, come on, dig away. I mean, my life's just an open book. Mary Smythe has her own karma to worry about.

Tad: Why?

Erica: Well -- I -- I can't tell you all the details.

Tad: You have to. If Iím going to work for you, I got to know.

Erica: Ok, all right. It's a fight between justice and injustice.

Tad: Oh, well, why didn't you just say so in the first place? Look, just tell me one thing, all right? Mama's not messed up in this in some crazy way, is she?

Erica: Look, Tad, I don't have time for this. I can't tell you anything else.

Tad: You haven't told me anything yet.

Erica: Sure, I have. I told you plenty, but I can't tell you anything else right now. Please, please, Tad, just get me the information I asked you to get for me, please. It won't take you long. I mean, you're very good at this. And you know I wouldn't have asked you unless you were very, very, very important to me.

Tad: Stop it. I'll see what I can do.

Erica: Oh, thank you. Ok, ok. There's my desk. There's the phone. There's the computer. You make yourself at home.

Tad: You mean right now?

Erica: Now. Thank you so much, Tad. Look, I've got people to see, but we will talk later in the day, ok? And I'm going to have Val bring you a nice, fresh pitcher of water.

Greenlee: Were you waiting long?

Carlos: Not very. I stopped by to see Stuart about the job.

Greenlee: So, you're really leaving?

Carlos: No, I'm not.

Greenlee: You're not?

Carlos: I'm going to do both.

Greenlee: But I thought you said it was too hard to work at Fusion.

Carlos: It doesn't have to be. Stuart made me see that.

Greenlee: So you're really staying?

Carlos: Mm-hmm. I'm glad it makes you happy.

Greenlee: It does. I'm going to make Fusion into something great, something I can be proud of.

Carlos: I'm already proud of you.

Greenlee: You are?

Carlos: Of course. You work day and night, pretend to be so tough, but I know the real you. You're sweet, loving, loyal to your friends. Ok. What'd you do now?

Mia: Listen to me. I know I can get close to him.

Kendall: Yeah, but he'll be furious if he finds out that you tricked him.

Mia: Yes, but it's the only way to find out everything that he's done, correct?

Kendall: Ok, but, Mia, why should you be the one?

Mia: I want to do it. This guy has been nothing but trouble for everyone. I want to help you stop him.

Kendall: Aidan, did you get it? Do you have it?

Aidan: Yep, and you're going to like this. This is the wire Miaís going to wear. It's in a hair clip. I must be out of my friggin mind.

Tad: Are you sure you're talking about Mary Greenlee Smythe? And you've got proof? That's -- that's amazing. No, no, I don't want you to do anything. I'll get back to you. You just sit tight. Thanks. Whoa. Well, ok, Erica. You want something that could ruin somebody's life, this is it.

Erica: There you go. You're welcome. Ok.

Woman: Thank you so much.

Erica: You're so welcome. Nice meeting you.

Woman: Oh, Ms. Kane, may I help you?

Erica: Yes, yes, actually Diane Lacey asked me come by and check on the Enchantment counter -- well, what is this? What is Fusion doing where Enchantment always is?

Woman: I'm really not sure. Mrs. Lacey told me to move everything.

Erica: Well, Mrs. Lacey better move herself. Get her down here now.

Greenlee: What did I do now? So much for your pride in me.

Carlos: Easy. I was just kidding.

Greenlee: Well, the question isn't what did I do. It's what I'm about to do.

Carlos: Oh, yeah?

>> On the next "All My Children" --

Kendall: This is it, guys.

Aidan: Let's put this plan into action.

Mary: To us, Jackson, and the daughter that will bring us back together.

Jack: I want to know what you've been keeping from me.

Greenlee: I want to make love to you.

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