AMC Transcript Monday 12/8/03

All My Children Transcript Monday 12/8/03

Provided By Suzanne
Proofread by Gisele

Juan Pablo: Esto no tiene sentido [This doesnít make sense.] Carlos was getting better. And now he's dead.

Greenlee: I know. It's almost impossible to accept.

Juan Pablo: I cannot accept it because it's wrong!

Maria: Joe, this Pathology report is wrong. It's wrong. It just -- it has to be.

Joe: Believe me, Maria, Iím as shocked as you are. Dr. Schwimmer did the autopsy on Carlos, and he discovered a bone fragment lodged in the autonomic nervous system.

Edmund: What does that mean, Joe?

Joe: That's the brainstem. It's the part of the brain that controls respiration, heartbeat. And it was shut down by this bone fragment. We must've missed it during the procedure.

Maria: No, but we didnít. I know we didn't. I got every last fragment. I know I did. I -- I can prove it.

[Phone rings]

Woman: If this is Manny, you can drop dead.

Babe: Mama? Is that any way to greet your little girl?

Woman: Baby doll, is that you?

Babe: Calling direct, not collect.

Woman: Well, la-di-da. What'd you do, win the lottery?

Babe: Even better. I made it, Mama.

Woman: Made what, sweetie?

Babe: My very own "Dynasty."

Jamie: Dad, it's mine. Babe's baby -- it's mine.

Tad: Oh -- for God�s sake, not again. We did the math, remember? It doesn't fit.

Jamie: She lied. I went down to the hospital and found out the truth from her doctor. It all adds up. I'm the father.

Tad: You -- oh. Lord, tell me this is some kind of posttraumatic flashback.

Jamie: But, Dad, it's ok, really. I know what I have to do to make this right.

Artie: Yeah, that's him -- the lucky son of a b who checked in with that va-va-voom blonde.

J.R.: You're dead sure?

Artie: Yeah, I get nooners who check in with no bags, but like I said, when they check in with a plastic cow, sticks up here. They were busting up, the two of them, asking for the honeymoon suite -- not that I got one.

J.R.: They said they were on their honeymoon?

Artie: They sure acted like newlyweds. Not my business if they was or they wasn't. But I'm telling you, they sure were in a hurry to kick the wedding night into high gear. Hey! What the hell is your problem? That lamp is going to cost you. Whoa. This is double what you popped for the skinny on your friends.

J.R.: "Friends"? What? Did I say anything about friends?

Artie: Well, most investigators file for expenses. They don't go trashing rooms when they hit the down-and-dirty, so I figure with you it's personal.

J.R.: Are you messing with me?

Artie: No way.

J.R.: Because I don't pay for your take on spit, just what you saw that night.

Artie: And I gave it up, man, all of it, just the way it happened. Your friends -- I mean, the blonde and the guy you showed me, they paid cash for that room to party or whatever.

J.R.: I wasn't here, all right? You got that?

Artie: This will more than cover your tracks.

J.R.: There's one more thing. How long did they stay?

Artie: They paid for the whole night.

J.R.: Yeah, but did they stay all night?

Artie: Yeah, man. They were still going at it when the sun came up.

Babe's voice: I looked him straight in the eye, and I said, "I love my husband." And I do, J.R. I love you so much, sometimes it hurts. Tell me you believe me.

Babe: Oh, Mama, I am still hearing wedding bells. I got myself hitched to the greatest guy. I love this guy so much, I mean, I don't even know compared to what, but nothing comes within a million miles of him.

Woman: Well, good for you, baby doll. Down, bad boy.

Babe: Mama, you still have that mangy mongrel we got out at Redbluff? I thought you were going to take him to the animal shelter.

Woman: Yeah, well, you know how your Mama's a sucker for strays.

Babe: Well, can you at least make him stop panting long enough so I can drop my other bombshell on you?

Woman: Oh, that's not the dog, sweetie. That's me. I just -- I just ran up the stairs.

Babe: Mama, your trailer doesn't even have any stairs.

Woman: Oh, yeah. I got -- I got rid of that old heap, found me a better model. One with muscle and an engine that will not quit.

Babe: That sounds just like my hubby. He's cute and he's sweet. He's richer than God. We're camping out at this great, big, old mansion. It even has servants. And you won't even believe this, Mama -- in the john, there's this rack that heats the towels. Oh, and -- and there's two swimming pools, one that's outside and the other one that's just for exercise. But that's not even the best part. The best part is that I�m pregnant. You're going to be a grandma.

Woman: Yeah. Yeah, that's -- that's nice, sweetie.

Babe: "Nice"? Did you hear what I said, Mama?

Woman: Yeah -- listen, baby doll, I got something on the stove and it's boiling over, so we'll talk again real soon, ok? Bye.

Babe: Love you, too, Mama.

Stuart: Babe?

Babe: What's that?

Stuart: A present.

Babe: Yeah, right. One pull of that ribbon and I'll be raining all over the tristate area.

Stuart: I would never hurt you, Babe.

Babe: Oh, my -- Uncle Stuart, I am so sorry that I was so nasty. I thought you were big, bad Adam.

Stuart: Oh, people always are nasty to me when they think I�m Adam. I wonder why. I wish he could be nicer to you.

Babe: Yeah, well, he's got no choice from here on out. So, what's in the box?

Stuart: It's a Christmas present.

Babe: A little early, huh?

Stuart: Yeah, well, I figure it's never too early for Christmas.

Babe: Uncle Stuart, you're like my secret Santa!

Stuart: Yeah, I -- I love to give early Christmas presents because if you find something that's right for somebody, I can't just -- can't wait to see the look on their face.

Babe: Oh, my -- Stuart, this is beyond precious.

Stuart: Oh.

Babe: Oh --

Stuart: You like it?

Babe: I love it.

Stuart: Oh.

Babe: But I'm thinking I�m probably going to need something a little bit bigger.

Stuart: But it's for the baby.

Babe: I know.

Stuart: Oh --

[Babe and Stuart laugh]

Stuart: Oh, you got me!

Babe: It's adorable, and so are you.

Stuart: You got me. I'm just so excited about you and J.R. I just can't hardly stand it.

Babe: Oh, you.

Stuart: Merry Christmas.

Babe: Thank you so much, Uncle Stuart. Oh, my goodness. I mean, I have been doing so much shopping for the baby that I haven't even began to make a list for everyone else. I mean, I just want to get just the right presents for all my new family.

Stuart: Babe, you already have. You're giving us a baby Chandler.

[Stuart laughs]

Jamie: Picture it, Dad -- another branch on the Martin family tree.

Tad: Slip me a saw.

Jamie: Don't be like that. I know I can make this work.

Tad: How? This is what they call a worst-case scenario. If you're right about what you think that doctor told you, that means that you're the father of your brother's wife's child.

Jamie: Well, it sounds rank when you spin it like that. But, yeah, I got Doc Parker to admit he fudged how far along Babe was.

Tad: Why -- why would he do that?

Jamie: Because Babe was in a jam.

Tad: You think?

Jamie: Ok, but here's my plan. First thing, I have to break it to J.R.

Tad: Wrong. Wrong, because if you do, the next thing you're going to hear is -- is his fist denting the bottom half of your face.

Jamie: Well, I know J.R.�s going to blow, but I can take it.

Tad: You can -- James, this is more than just about you.

Jamie: You're worried about Babe?

Tad: Not exactly.

Jamie: Well, I know J.R.�s probably going to dump her -- not that that's a problem because she can just move in here with us -- or with Mom, but you're way cooler than --

Tad: Whoa -- wait just a second, now, ok, before, you know, you start trying to convert my den into some kind of nursery here.

Jamie: Dad, don't stress. I got it all worked out. I'm going to quit school, get a job -- two if it takes that -- and just, you know, pay you room and board, keep the baby in diapers, and give Babe whatever she needs. And then when I save enough cash, I'll get a place of our own.

Tad: You're nuts. Stop it. You -- you really think after everything that would occur, after the seismic waves it would send through this entire family, that you could just scoop up the baby, buy yourself a baby carriage, and make Babe your wife?

Jamie: It might happen.

Tad: James Edward Martin, you have lost your mind.

Greenlee: I know what it's like to be with someone you love. One day everything's perfect -- you're talking, you're laughing, and you're making plans. And then all of a sudden they're gone and you're alone and there's no tomorrow -- not for you, anyway. People live. You know, we love them and then we lose them. We don't know where they go or if we'll ever see them again. All I can say is I�m sorry. But I know that doesn't make it easier on you, and that makes me sorrier still.

Greenlee: Carlos would say that that's a work in progress.

Juan Pablo: My brother was gifted.

Greenlee: He was blessed. He had people who loved him.

Juan Pablo: I want to see him, to say what needs to be said.

Greenlee: Juan Pablo -- I'll go with you if you want me to.

Jamie: Dad, I haven't lost it.

Tad: Yes, you have. As a matter of fact, this whole thing started when you lost it, so could you please -- no, wait, ok? Stop. Stop planning the baby shower for just five minutes and let's think about this. Let's figure this thing out.

Jamie: What's to figure out? Babe's pregnant. I'm the father.

Tad: No, not necessarily. How did the good doctor convince you beyond a shadow of a doubt that you're the -- I can't even say this --

Jamie: The father? I pulled a Thaddeus.

Tad: A what?

Jamie: I did what you do -- I cranked up the charm and I worked the guy.

Tad: Why doesn't that sound like a tribute?

Jamie: Parker was putty in my masterful hands. Admitted Babe got him to change the baby's conception date, which puts me at the scene of the deed and makes me the daddy.

Tad: No, it doesn't. Did Dr. Parker specify what the new date was?

Jamie: No, but I'm sure timing's on my side.

Tad: Not necessarily, because I'm assuming that your brother and his brand-new beautiful wife got around to making love once in a while, which means the baby could very easily be his.

Jamie: Dad, we -- the night that we spent at the Pine Cone, we totally connected. Babe and I both felt it.

Tad: Ok, ok, so after your one-night wonder, what happened? She moved into Chandler Mansion with her new husband, ok? You were there the night of that dinner party. Now, after all the guests went home, what do you think happened, huh? You think the newlyweds went upstairs and stayed up all night playing cards?

Jamie: Not really.

Tad: No. They probably slept together that night. Being young and in love, they probably did it a lot. And being married, they might not have used protection, which you did.

Jamie: That doesn't mean --

Tad: James, listen to me. If you stop and you think about the odds for a minute, you'll realize they are not in your favor -- thank God.

Jamie: Wait -- if the baby's not mine, why would she lie?

Tad: I -- I don't know.

Jamie: See, the reason is because it's my kid.

Tad: No -- you want it to be your kid, not your brother's, and apparently you don't care whether it tears him apart.

Jamie: After he tore me apart on Thanksgiving, I don't give a damn about J.R.

Tad: No, you're not -- no, you don't mean that. You're saying that because you're angry.

Jamie: Damn straight.

Tad: If you're looking for payback, this isn't the way to go about it.

Jamie: Love him, hate him -- how I feel about J.R. has nothing to do with this.

Tad: No, but it has everything to do with the way you feel about Babe.

Adam: You want to pour me one while you're at it? J.R., I see you're upset. I would like to help you. But you still don't trust me. Chances are you never will. So I�ll make myself scarce.

J.R.: Dad, I've run into some trouble.

Adam: What sort of trouble?

J.R.: I've been stabbed in the back.

Maria: This just does not make sense.

Joe: I just had a consult with Bert Schwimmer.

Edmund: The pathologist. What did he say?

Maria: He showed me the bone fragment that he removed during Carlos' autopsy.

Joe: I don't understand it.

Maria: I don't either.

Joe: I was right there beside you throughout the entire operation, and I know you didn't close until you were sure that you had retrieved every last fragment.

Maria: Well, I'm supposed to somehow believe that I did manage to overlook one.

Joe: You did everything humanly possible, and I thought your technique was flawless.

Maria: Well, that's great. Thanks, Joe. The procedure was perfect, but the patient is dead. I mean, overlooking this shard was like leaving a ticking time bomb in Carlos' brain, and it's just -- this is inconceivable to me that I could be that careless.

Rick: Dr. Grey, you paged me?

Maria: Yeah. Rick, do me a favor, please. Get me all of the film on Carlos Reyes, post- and pre-op.

Rick: Right away.

Maria: Great. Thanks.

Joe: I take it you're going to compare the X-rays.

Maria: Yeah. Wouldn't you?

Juan Pablo: I've come to say goodbye to my brother.

Joe: I'll take you to him.

Juan Pablo: Did you find out what killed Carlos?

Joe: I will talk you through the Pathology report --

Maria: No, Joe. Let me. I -- I think that you should hear this from me.

Stuart: Well, Babe, this is it. Welcome to my gallery.

Babe: Oh. Wow, Stuart. I think the closest place I've ever been to anywhere like this would have to be at the gift shop at the bus depot. See, I used to collect Bobbleheads before I got into the whole cow thing.

Stuart: Yeah, well, look around.

Babe: What do you think Adam would think of this in his Christmas stocking? Nah, I think Adam deserves something carved out of coal.

Stuart: Oh. Yeah, well, do you see anything that interests you?

Babe: Stuart, you got to help me. What would really impress my pops-in-law?

Stuart: Babe, you don't have to impress anybody.

Babe: That's real sweet, but let's get real, because the second I walked into that mansion, Adam looked at me like I was a pile of trash.

Stuart: Well, the first time I saw you, I thought somebody had turned on a thousand-watt light bulb, like we'd been sitting around in the dark and we didn't know it until you walked in. And now -- now that you're having J.R.�s baby, you -- well, you shine. You sparkle! You sparkle like a diamond.

Babe: Stuart, now I'm really blushing.

Stuart: Hey, baby, do you know how lucky you are to have Babe for a Mama? And, J.R., do you know how lucky you are to have Babe for a wife?

Babe: I don't think everybody's onboard with you on that.

Stuart: Well, I am. J.R.�s always been like another son to me. And he has been -- for such a long time, he was so unhappy, mostly after his mom died, after Dixie died. And it was so painful watching him go through that. But then he met you, and he wasn't sad anymore. It's like -- it's like loving you made up for the loss he had of losing his mother.

Babe: How was that? What was it?

Stuart: Well, he was -- I don't know what you call it. Joy -- he found joy again. He found his heart again. Whatever it was, it's loving you that did it.

Babe: You really think that's true?

Stuart: Yeah.

Babe: Because I feel the same way about J.R. I mean, I used to throw around the l word a lot. "I love Brad Pitt," "I love peanut brittle," "I love the color cherry red." Love, love, love. What was it? And then I met J.R., and I just knew. I mean, it didn't happen all at once. It was in pieces and -- waking up next to him, it's just like getting a present every day, until there was so much love that my heart couldn't even take any more. And then just one day that it was just going to burst, and all this love would just come pouring out.

Stuart: You feel like you're going to burst right now? Oh.

Jamie: What you said about Babe and me -- it wasn't only -- it wasn't a one-night thing. It was beyond amazing.

Tad: Yeah, well, the first time usually is.

Jamie: I'm not -- I don't just mean the skin-to-skin stuff. It was like we already knew each other, like meeting on the beach that night wasn't an accident, like she'd been waiting there for me and I�d been waiting for her.

Tad: And fate just threw you together?

Jamie: Sounds corny, but yeah.

Tad: Get out of the way. Your grandfather warned me there'd be days like this.

Jamie: Dad, why can't you just be happy for me?

Tad: Happy? Happy? How do you go from Babe cheating on your brother to happy?

Jamie: When I found out that my brother and Babe were married, I was totally down on her. It screamed like she used me and was after J.R.�s money.

Tad: And you managed to work out an alternative scenario?

Jamie: What if, instead of Babe playing J.R., J.R. played Babe?

Tad: What?

Jamie: Just hear me out. No, she hits town, hooks up with me, and she seems kind of -- I don't know -- afraid.

Tad: Yeah, well, cheating on your spouse will do that to you.

Jamie: Later she tells me that she's scared to meet J.R.�s family.

Tad: So she's got good instincts. You think it just means more than that?

Jamie: Well, yeah, seeing as how J.R. totally tore my head off at Thanksgiving, and he didn't even know about Babe and me.

Tad: Right -- imagine what'll happen when he does find out.

Jamie: Yeah, he'll really lose it. But that could be what really freaks her out.

Tad: Oh, Jamie, you know, you're really, really working hard to keep all those maybe or what-if plates going in the air.

Jamie: Well, just scope it out. They knew each other for, like, five seconds, and then they tied the knot. I mean, why rush through it?

Tad: I don't know. Maybe because they connected the same way that you and Babe did.

Jamie: Or J.R. pressured her into it.

Tad: Why would he do that?

Jamie: So he could come back and rub the marriage in Adam�s face. I mean, J.R. told us at the dinner party that Babe was some kind of test for his dad. So, she realizes the mistake she's made, and then the night we meet on the beach, she reaches out to me to save herself.

Tad: Think about what you're saying. You honestly think that Babe needs saving from your brother?

Jamie: He's changed, Dad, and not in a good way. The other night when he reamed me out, that was not J.R. That was pure Adam.

Adam: J.R., who betrayed you?

J.R.: Someone at Chandler.

Adam: Can you tell me how he set you up?

J.R.: It's the same old story. Trusted the wrong guy. Talked the right game, sold me on how he could support me while I learn the ropes around the corporate office.

Adam: Player in a sharkskin suit. What happened?

J.R.: He got into bed with the competition. That's what it looks like. I can't be sure.

Adam: It doesn't matter. Get rid of him.

J.R.: See, the thing is, when I�m around him, it's almost as if he knows he messed up, like he's sorry or something.

Adam: You might as well hear this now. There can be no questionable allegiance, not in business. Never forgive and never, ever forget.

J.R.: Even if there's a semi chance that I could be wrong?

Adam: Mm-hmm. In that case, you just confront him with your suspicions and don't let him lie his way out of it. If need be, cut his throat before he cuts yours.

Maria: And where the bone chip was lodged in Carlos' brain, if it's any consolation, he didn't suffer. And I -- Pablo, I just -- I have no idea how to tell you how sorry I am.

Juan Pablo: The day I sent Carlos into hiding, he was just a child. But I had no choice. His life was at risk. All those years on the run, he survived. And finally, danger caught up to him. It was brought here. There is no hired killer. There is only a doctor holding Carlos' life in her hands. You killed my brother.

Edmund: Hey, stop right there. Maria did not kill your brother.

Joe: We told you before the procedure, there was risk involved.

Juan Pablo: The risk was letting her operate.

Edmund: That's not your call.

Joe: Maria was ready. If she hadn't been, I would never have allowed her in the OR.

Juan Pablo: I heard her say it was too soon.

Joe: She'd been recertified, and she logged more than enough hours on surgical rotation. Believe me, she operated on Carlos with a clear head and a steady hand.

Juan Pablo: And he died.

Greenlee: Juan Pablo, you came here to see your brother, remember?

Joe: Please, come with me. I'll take you to him.

Juan Pablo: You are responsible for Carlos' death.

Jamie: J.R. is trying to treat Babe the same way Adam treated the women in his life.

Tad: How would you know how Adam treated the women in his life? You were a kid.

Jamie: I've figured out a lot since then. I mean, Adam has the rep of a classic control freak. I know he cheated on Mom with Dixie because he wanted a son to be just like him.

Tad: James, I sincerely doubt that your brother has done anything that would remotely qualify for Adam�s league.

Jamie: Have you heard him coo about the kid he's going to have? I mean, it sounds like Babe is a baby factory for Chandler clones.

Tad: Oh, sure, why would she want to do that when she could crank out the Martin family rejects with dimples and killer smiles, right? What the hell is going on here? You've known J.R. your whole life, and you've known Babe, what, a few weeks? What happened to the good old days when the worst thing you could call your brother was something you excavated out of your nose?

Jamie: So it's ok for him to diss me?

Tad: No, it wasn't, ok? It was wrong. But you got to be really careful here. You start thinking the worst of him, he's going to think the worst of you. And you don't want to go down that road, do you?

Jamie: I don't know. After Thanksgiving --

Tad: Thanksgiving was a mistake. But you two are brothers through thick and thin, and you love each other. I know you do.

Jamie: What about Babe?

Tad: What about Babe? Exactly, what about -- what do you really know about her?

Jamie: She's into cows.

Tad: Now there's a basis for a long-term relationship. What does any of us know about her? Nothing. Not her family, where she's from --

Jamie: Who cares?

Tad: You should. You should. Especially if you give a damn about J.R. I mean, you don't even know her real name. Doesn't that bother you?

Jamie: Not really.

Tad: Who am I kidding? When I was your age, it wouldn't bother me, either. Listen. Do me a favor, ok? Before you do anything, before all hell breaks loose, just allow me to dust off my PI's license and do just a tiniest background check on Babe. All right?

Jamie: Adam's already got a file yea thick --

Tad: Adam has been known to skew the results towards his agenda. I won�t. You let me put out my feelers, and I give you my word, I will report back to nobody but you.

Jamie: Then what?

Tad: Then, after we got some facts, then you and I will put our heads together and then we'll decide what to do about this baby thing, ok? Please?

Jamie: Ok.

Tad: Ok, sit down. You got to give me something to -- something to go on, something to get the ball going. Now, I know that J.R. and Babe met in San Diego, but I need something more, something personal. So the night you two spent together, did she let something slip?

Jamie: Not that night, but the next morning, we were laying there together watching the sunrise, and she said that it reminded her of the sunrises where she grew up.

Tad: Where was that?

Jamie: Someplace in California. Santa something.

Tad: Santa Cruz?

Jamie: No.

Tad: Santa Barbara?

Jamie: Uh, no. Santa -- Maria?

Tad: Santa Maria?

Jamie: Yeah, that's it.

Tad: All right, well, I'm going to go upstairs and book myself a round-trip ticket to sunny California. Jamie?

Jamie: Yeah?

Tad: I'm not crazy about any of this, but I�m very proud of you -- very -- for not running away.

[Phone rings]

Jamie: What?

Artie: This Jamie Martin?

Jamie: Yeah, who's this?

Artie: The manager down at the Pine Cone. Got a message for you from a Babe Chandler.

Jamie: Ok. Shoot.

Artie: She says to meet her at the room where you made the magic happen. She says to make it pronto.

Jamie: What else did she --

[Artie hangs up phone]

Babe: Hey, baby.

J.R.: Hey.

Babe: Guess what I�ve been up to.

J.R.: Let's see. Shopping bags and Santa wrapping paper --

Babe: I've been out Christmas shopping.

J.R.: By yourself?

Babe: With Uncle Stuart. Oh, you are going to flip when you see what I got you.

J.R.: Yeah, you should wait and see the present I got for you.

Babe: Oh, tell me. Am I just going to fall-down-and-die love it?

J.R.: You're just going to have to wait and see.

Babe: But, J.R., you know I hate that. I just got to have what I got to have right that second or bust.

J.R.: Well, how about a kiss? Will that tide you over?

Babe: Depends on the kiss. J.R., I love you so much. This is the happiest I�ve ever been in my whole entire life. Oh.

[Phone rings]

J.R.: That's for you.

Babe: If it's not jingle bells, I am not interested.

J.R.: You're not going to answer your phone?

Babe: I'm more interested in going upstairs.

[Ring]

J.R.: Well, whoever it is, they're not giving up.

Babe: Oh.

[Ring]

Babe: Yeah? What?

Artie: Babe Chandler?

Babe: Who wants to know?

Artie: This is Artie, the manager down at the Pine Cone. I got a message for you from Jamie Martin. He says to meet him at the Pine Cone as soon as possible.

Babe: Well, right now is really not the best time --

Artie: He says to meet him or the next call is to your husband.

Babe: All righty, then. I'll be right down.

J.R.: Who was that?

Babe: It was Lacey�s. They -- they were holding this thing that I wanted, and now there's this lady down there that wants to buy it, so I got to go down and get it right now.

J.R.: You want me to go with you?

Babe: No, no. It's -- you can�t. It's a Christmas present for you. A surprise.

J.R.: Mm-hmm.

Babe: I'll be back in a jiff. Love you.

J.R.: I love you. Liar.

Tad: All right, James, I'm booked on the next flight to -- James? Jamie? Jamie?

[Knock on door]

Tad: Hey, gorgeous. Come on in. You here for a little downtime, we better make it quick. I got to pack and get to the airport.

Simone: Oh, you haven't heard.

Tad: Heard what?

Simone: About Carlos. He's -- he's gone.

Tad: Oh. Well, he and Pablo always expected to take off. That was always the plan, wasn't it?

Simone: No. Actually, Tad, Carlos is dead.

Tad: What?

Simone: Yeah, I was with him in his room, and we were laughing, and then all of a sudden he stopped breathing right there. It was really awful.

Tad: Come here for a sec.

Rick: I'm sorry about Mr. Reyes. Making such great progress. I don't get it.

Maria: Neither do I.

Rick: Let me know if you need anything else.

Maria: Oh, thanks, Rick. See, here are the X-rays taken before the surgery, you can see the bone fragments. They're very clear. They're right there. And then right here in the post-op --

Edmund: There's no fragments.

Maria: X-ray, there's nothing. No sign of them. I don't know. I must have missed one.

Edmund: But the film is clear.

Maria: Yeah, I guess the film just didn't pick it up. I should have taken more pictures or I should have done another pass before I closed on him.

Edmund: Honey, you heard what Joe said. You did everything you could.

Maria: Edmund, I'm supposed to tell Pablo that? "Hey, I did my best. What the heck? Just wasn't enough to save your brother."

Edmund: Look, I'm not going to let you beat yourself up over this.

Maria: Edmund, a man is dead because I failed. And you know what? I had -- I had a gut feeling that I shouldn't go back in the OR, and I should have listened to that. I should have insisted that they find another doctor.

Edmund: There wasn't another doctor. I mean, you were it. Without you --

Maria: Without me, he would be dead? Great. Maria to the rescue. That's really great. Pablo was right. I shouldn't have operated on his brother. I had no business operating on his brother, and I am responsible for his death.

Edmund: Stop it. Stop it right here. Look at me. You're not to blame for this. You did not kill Carlos Reyes.

Greenlee: Just talk to him.

Juan Pablo: Carlos, I bought a house for us on the coast of Majorca. If you're going to start a new life, why not do it in Paradise? I hope you are in Paradise now.

Edmund: Carlos' death was tragic, it was unexpected, and it was unfair, but it wasn't your fault.

Maria: Look, you are not a doctor, Edmund.

Edmund: No, I'm not.

Maria: You're not going to know.

Edmund: You know what? You are. You're a gifted surgeon. I wouldn't hesitate to trust you with my life.

Maria: Well, maybe after five years, I --

Edmund: What?

Maria: Maybe I lost that gift.

Edmund: No way. No way. You knew exactly what you were doing in the OR, and if you're positive that you got all those bone fragments, you got all those bone fragments.

Maria: Then how do you explain this one that killed Carlos?

Edmund: I can�t. But there's got to be an explanation.

Maria: Look, Edmund, I know -- I appreciate what you're doing. I appreciate that you're trying to make me feel better.

Edmund: Maria, you know that I feeling I get when I --

Maria: What?

Edmund: When I feel that there's more to the story?

Maria: Yeah.

Edmund: I got that feeling. And the one thing I'm sure of is that the death of Carlos Reyes is not on your head.

Simone: I was with Carlos in his room, and we were just kind of goofing off, you know, not really talking about anything. Neither one of us wanted to say goodbye. And then all of a sudden, he couldn't breathe. He just kept gasping. So I went to go get Maria, and that's the last time that I saw Carlos alive.

Tad: I can't believe it. They were so close to making their getaway.

Simone: It's my fault. I tired Carlos out.

Tad: What are you talking about?

Simone: I did.

Tad: Don't be crazy. That's nuts. Look, I know you try, but you can't talk a person to death. I'm sure that your visits were exactly what Carlos needed.

Simone: You don't have to say that, Tad.

Tad: Yes, I do. It's the truth. Nobody knows your wacky bedside manner better than me. Fact is, discovering my inner Simone is the best thing that ever happened to me. You can cure what ails me anytime.

Simone: Oh, Tad, I love you.

Jamie: Babe, what's the deal? I got your message.

Babe: I got your message.

Jamie: What message?

Babe: The one that you sent with the manager of this dump.

Jamie: I didn't send anything. He called me and told me you wanted to see me, that it was urgent.

Babe: He told me the same thing. Jamie, we've been set up.

J.R.: Welcome back to the scene of the crime.

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

Simone: How could you treat me like this?

Adam: I'm here to make all your troubles disappear.

Ryan: The list of dead and injured stops here. You, come with me, now.

Jamie: We don't want anybody to get hurt, do we?

J.R.: Why? You afraid I�ll kill you?

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