AMC Transcript Wednesday 1/19/05

All My Children Transcript Wednesday 1/19/05

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By Suzanne
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Ethan: Hey. Shower's ready.

Kendall: Hold on a second. Wait, wait, wait. Good morning to you, too. And what follows that? That's better.

Ethan: Good morning.

Kendall: It's getting there. You had the courage to find out, and that's half the battle.

Ethan: Kendall, I'm the guy who bollixed up a pyramid scheme. Now I'm supposed to run a global conglomerate?

Kendall: Yes. You'll be brilliant. You can do it, trust me. Just stop thinking about Zach and the past and the future.

Ethan: It's impossible.

Kendall: No, it's not. No, it's not. You can do it. All you have to do is just put everything else out of your mind and put all of your energy into this moment right now. Because right now can be a very remarkable place.

Maria: Thank you.

Joe: Maria. Just on my way to your office. Do you have Steve Riegert's file?

Maria: He's got his first follow-up today.

Joe: Ah. Well, would you get a timeline summary up to me? I mean, just so I can brag about you to the big shots at the board?

Maria: Oh, thank you. How about this afternoon? Is that pretty good?

Joe: That'll be fine, that'll be fine.

Maria: Ok. Thanks.

Joe: Oh, Maria, I know that life has been challenging for you these days.

Maria: That's -- ok, that's one way of putting it, yeah.

Joe: Well, I do want to say that through it all, you've been thoroughly professional, and you've stayed on top of things here, and I do appreciate that.

Maria: Thank you. Thanks. Things were looking pretty bleak for a while, but now -- now the sun's just starting to peek through.

Bobby: Thanks. That's all I need to know. Sweet. One snap of your fingers and a cool million just zips in through an account in the Caymans, huh?

Edmund: Just like that. Now it's time for you to hold up your end of the bargain.

Bobby: Bring on the cops. I feel a song coming on.

Edmund: Good. But before you talk to the police, there's a couple other people I want you to fill in.

Bobby: Right, right -- Maria. You think with Zach out of the way, she'll be all yours? Or are you just going to enjoy watching him go down?

Ryan: Yes, and I've also got this toy airplane that you're going to love watching buzz all over. Yes, you are! We can take it up high, way, way, way, way up, all the way up, all the way up to the clouds! All the way up.

Bianca: It looks like love to me.

Ryan: Yeah, I'm crazy about her.

Bianca: Oh, no, I was talking about Miranda. She's nuts about you.

Ryan: No.

Bianca: Ryan, are you sure about this?

Ryan: About what, the transfer of power? Miranda's alive. She's right here. Right? Here you go. Here's mommy.

Bianca: Come here. Come here, sweetness.

Ryan: Yeah. Best place in the whole world, isn't it?

Bianca: Mm-hmm.

Ryan: Back where you belong.

Bianca: You're telling me.

Ryan: And Uncle Ryan is going to make sure that you get everything that belongs to you.

Bianca: It's a lot of money.

Ryan: Yes, it is. But what is money compared to this, huh? What is it?

Bobby: A million. A cool million.

Zach: Now, don't tell me I should see the other guy. Surely, you took the worst of it. See, that's what happens when you tick off the wrong people. Isn't it funny, a smart guy like you, you never learned that?

Erica: Well. You look wide awake.

Ethan: Raring to go. Whatever you need, Erica, I'm all yours.

Maria: Oh, my God!

Edmund: Sorry.

Maria: Edmund, you scared me to death.

Edmund: Sorry.

Maria: Oh, my God. Is everything ok? Maddie and Sammy ok?

Edmund: Yeah, no, the kids are fine, they're fine.

Maria: Ok.

Edmund: Listen, there's something -- sorry. There's something you have to know, something you're not going to want to hear.

Maria: What? You -- you're not backing out of this? You said you wanted to work this out.

Edmund: I'm not backing out of anything.

Maria: Ok. Ok. Then what is it?

Edmund: Not from me. This has to come from the source.

Maria: Edmund, is it a really big deal? Because if it is, I'd rather you just tell me right now. At least tell me what it's about.

Edmund: It's about who shot Ryan and who tried to beat Bobby to death.

Zach: Wow. Thorough job. Must have been professional.

Bobby: Well, your guess is as good as mine -- better even.

Zach: Now, if somebody wanted to scare you, they did a fine job here. But if they wanted you dead, I'd want my money back. Which do you think it was?

Bobby: I don't know.

Zach: Never saw his face, no clue who he was?

Bobby: Nope.

Zach: Or why he did it?

Bobby: Yeah, maybe because of you.

Zach: Because of me?

Bobby: Yeah, you have a lot of enemies. I spend a lot of time defending you. Could be someone didn't like it.

Zach: You've got problems, Bobby.

Bobby: Hmm. You think so?

Zach: Yeah. You haven't pulled your weight for a long time. What, did you think I wouldn't notice, wouldn't care?

Bobby: What's the bottom line here, Zach?

Zach: You've already crossed it. You'll do anything for cold, hard cash.

Bobby: I thought that's what you and I had in common.

Zach: You're not thinking clearly. That's why you're in this bed. I tried to be patient with you, but I can't do that anymore. You've been asking for this.

Ethan: You sure you won't have one?

Erica: I've been up for hours.

Ethan: So have I.

Erica: I came to see Kendall, not your shortcomings.

Ethan: Well, they're a little tatty, I know, but then again, I wasn't expecting visitors. Kendall's just showering.

Erica: What are you doing here?

Ethan: I assume that's rhetorical. Unless, of course, you meant it in the bigger, cosmic sense of the word, in which case I can only say, what are any of us doing here, Erica?

Erica: I want you to leave my daughter alone.

Ethan: Well -- ahem -- I'm just hanging around for the free food. You sure you don't want some?

Erica: Obviously, your Cambias meal ticket didn't pan out, so here you are, just leeching off Kendall.

Ethan: She's very generous.

Erica: So you flunked your DNA test. That only proves what most of us already knew -- you're nothing but a fake.

Ethan: Well, luckily for me, Kendall doesn't have your insight.

Erica: You're obnoxious enough to be a Cambias.

Ethan: Thank you. Oh, no, hold on a second. That -- that wasn't a compliment, was it?

Erica: Oh, spare me. Will you please spare me your very lame attempts at humor?

Ethan: Ok, fine. I'll be direct with you. Kendall is an adult, and your opinion of me doesn't mean squat to her. She makes her own decisions.

Erica: Kendall is my daughter.

Ethan: Well, I am prepared to overlook that.

Erica: Well, I'm not. We Kane women look after each other.

Ethan: Making up for lost time?

Erica: Oh, that's hardly any of your business.

Ethan: Well, you can save me from parents who view their children as toys to be manipulated.

Erica: And you are manipulating her, using her, taking her for everything she's worth?

Ethan: Maybe I'm protecting her.

Erica: Well, now, that's a laugh, because the only one you're protecting is you. Ok, why don't you just really be straight with me now, Ethan. Tell me, what will it take? How much will it cost me to get you to stay away from both my daughters and out of this town for good? Name your price.

Ethan: You're too funny!

Bianca: I want the Miranda Montgomery Center to continue.

Ryan: Absolutely.

Bianca: We just have to drop the word "Memorial."

Ryan: And maybe we should think about providing other services, like locating lost children, maybe counseling their parents? Just, you know, blue-skying.

Bianca: So you're planning to stay on the board?

Ryan: As long as you'll have me.

Bianca: Oh, Ryan. That's such a relief. You know, we haven't really discussed the nuts and bolts of your resigning from Cambias yet.

Ryan: What would you like to know?

Bianca: Well, you have certainly made us a lot of money over this past year. I mean, just your work with Fusion alone, you deserve a great, big, fat severance package.

Ryan: Well, I don't need it.

Bianca: But you've done a great job.

Ryan: And I was happy to do it.

Bianca: No, Ryan, you're losing a fortune.

Ryan: No, you see, technically, I'm not losing anything. Turns out that it was only on loan. Bianca, you're looking at the happiest guy and the luckiest guy in the entire world. I got to see you reunited with this miracle. Yeah. And I've got a beautiful wife that I love more than anything. You hear that? Miranda, you and me -- we got it made!

Bianca: Well, don't forget me and Greenlee in that picture. I think all four of us have got it made.

Ryan: Yeah, might be five soon.

Bianca: Ryan?

Ryan: What?

Bianca: You and Greenlee are going to --

Ryan: Well, we're thinking about it, you know? We're thinking about it soon.

Bianca: Oh, my goodness!

Ryan: Yeah, I know. It's nice after such a crazy year.

Bianca: That's amazing.

Ryan: Crazy, crazy year to have your priorities straight.

Bianca: Well, I'm so happy for you, and Greenlee.

Ryan: Thank you. I've got it all. I feel like I have it all. Right? Yes, I do.

Bianca: Doesn't he?

Ryan: It feels so good to be in a place where I don't have to prove anything to anybody.

Bianca: I know what you mean.

[Ethan enjoys a hearty laugh]

Erica: Laugh while you can.

Ethan: That's what I say. That's what I say, live in the present -- Kendall, too. Enjoy what you can while you can.

Kendall: What's so funny out here? Oh. Mother. All right, uh, let me in on the joke.

Ethan: Ahem. Your mother -- your mother just offered me cash to leave -- to leave town.

[Kendall joins Ethan in his uncontrollable laughter]

Erica: It was a check, actually.

Ethan: Fill in the amount, this poor beggar would never darken your door or Bianca’s door ever again.

Erica: Ok, before you scream, I was only thinking of you.

Kendall: No, no. I'm sorry.

Erica: Well, I'm so delighted to be such a ray of sunshine in your lives.

Ethan: You -- you tell her.

Kendall: Ok.

Erica: Tell me what?

Kendall: The --

Ethan: Ahem.

Kendall: The DNA test conclusively proved that Ethan is Zach’s son.

Ethan: Miranda's cousin. So what does that make us?

Erica: Us? Nothing. Nothing! Let's be very clear about.

Kendall: Mother, Ethan and Miranda both own the entire Cambias fortune. He can buy or sell you, me, all of Pine Valley.

Erica: May we speak privately?

Ethan: Here's a good idea -- ahem -- I have to go and get changed. Thank you, Erica. You made my day.

Erica: Kendall, surely you cannot intend to continue this -- this relationship.

Kendall: Why not?

Erica: Why not? It's perfectly clear why not. I mean, for heaven's sakes, Kendall.

Kendall: Well, I don't understand. Mother, what am I doing that is so heinous?

Erica: You're having an affair with a Cambias.

Kendall: Miranda is a Cambias.

Erica: That is completely different.

Kendall: No, Mother, it's not different.

Erica: Michael was raised a Cambias.

Kendall: Yes, exactly. Michael was groomed to follow in Alexander's footsteps. Ethan wasn't. He was cut off from the truth, remember?

Erica: But Ethan is drawn to it. He has actively sought it out. He has this burning desire to claim his birthright.

Kendall: Well, actually, he wanted to forget about it, but I talked him out of it.

Erica: Oh, please, tell me that's not true.

Kendall: Ethan is no more like Michael Cambias than Jackson is like your father.

Erica: Jackson and my father are not related.

Kendall: Ok, well, shall we discuss how much I'm like my father?

Erica: If you would like, but you are not like him. You're your own person.

Kendall: Mother, I've learned a lot since I dated Michael. When I met him, I was taken by him. I didn't really know who he was.

Erica: And you think you really know Ethan?

Kendall: Yes, I do. He's kind and he's understanding and he's actually very courageous. Ethan is everything that Michael wasn't, and I want him around for a very, very long time.

Erica: You want him?

Kendall: Yeah, and even more important, Ethan wants me, for no other reason than he respects me and -- and he likes me for who I really am.

Erica: Oh, honey, I think you're making such a big mistake.

Kendall: Mother, it's not your life.

Erica: No, I know it's not my life, it's your life. But I love you and I don't want to see you hurt anymore. You deserve happiness.

Kendall: Well, I have it now. Ethan makes me happy. Can you just accept that?

Erica: I guess I'll have to try, won't I?

Kendall: This isn't really the reason you came over this morning, was it?

Erica: No, no. It's really not. I was just on my way to my new beginnings space and I was just hoping that you would come along with me and, you know, we could discuss how to best lay out my office space.

Kendall: You know, I would love to do that. You know I really would. Only --

Erica: Ethan?

Kendall: Yeah, we have to go over the papers with Bianca. Rain check?

Erica: Of course.

Bianca: You know, I'm sure that we can still find a way to keep you on at Cambias. I think I can convince the board --

Ryan: Hey, Bianca, we've been over this. You don't want to straight-arm the board right off the bat. It's not going to make you any friends, and with Ethan running half the company, you're going to need all the friends that you can get.

Bianca: Well, I'm sure that I can make Ethan agree with me. I'm sure that I can talk him into it.

Ryan: No, no, no. A, I don't want to, and, B, you don't want to start with Ethan thinking he's done you any favors, all right, you know, expecting payback.

Bianca: Oh, Ryan, but Ethan is not like that. It's --

Ryan: No "buts." You are the munificent, fair, and kind partner. I want you to carve out that niche, and I want you to stay in it.

Bianca: And Ethan?

Ryan: Ethan. Ethan, Ethan. Well, we're just going to have to stay tuned, and we're going to have to see how he turns out. But the point is you -- not you -- you need a right-hand man. You really do. You need someone -- you need someone who's going to get your back all the time, a hatchet man, if you need one.

Bianca: Gosh, it sounds like war.

Ryan: Well, you got to remember who you're doing it for. You're just safeguarding your future, that's all.

Bianca: But I don't have a lieutenant who will fight my battles for me and lay down his life for me.

[Doorbell rings]

Ryan: Punctuality is a plus, too. Will you excuse me for a minute, please?

Bianca: Who is that? Who is that at the door?

Ryan: Would I let you go into the Cambias craziness all by yourself? I wouldn't let you do that. Behind this door is your right-hand man -- unless you ordered a breakfast pizza?

Bianca: No, I did not. Who's there? What? Who's -- Uncle Jack?

Jack: Actually, that's Senior Vice President and General Counsel Uncle Jack. That is, if you like my resume.

Bianca: Oh, Uncle Jack, I love you so much!

Jack: So does that mean I have the job?

Ryan: I'd say it looks pretty good.

Bianca: I think Ryan's right.

[Phone rings]

Bianca: What do you think?

Ryan: Hello?

Edmund: Ryan. It's Edmund. I need you at the hospital.

Ryan: Why, was there an accident? Is it Maria?

Edmund: No, no. Listen, it's about the attempt on your life. Some new evidence has come to light.

Ryan: Well, I'll be right there.

Edmund: Meet me in room nine.

Maria: Why not just tell me what you want me to know?

Edmund: Maria, we're making an honest attempt at trying to put our marriage back on track, am I right?

Maria: Yes, it's what I want.

Edmund: So do I. For that to happen, this has to come from the outside. And then you draw your own conclusions after you've heard the facts.

Maria: Ok, this is about Zach, isn't it?

Edmund: Come on.

Zach: There are only so many screw-ups a man can get away with.

Bobby: If this is why I was spared, I wish they'd finish the job. Get to it.

Zach: This is the end of the line for you. You're one of my mistakes. Now, I hate mistakes. And on the rare occasion when I do make one, I make sure to get rid of all evidence that reminds me of it. And in this case, that means getting rid of you.

Edmund: Mind a witness or two?

Zach: We're busy.

Edmund: I can see that. Doing what?

Zach: Terminating an employee.

Edmund: Don't you have a human resource department for that, Zach?

Zach: I'm a hands-on kind of guy.

Bobby: You always have your minions do your dirty work.

Zach: You make this so easy for me. I try to help you, give you chances, even clean up your mess after you.

Bobby: Such a great boss.

Zach: And this is how you repay my generosity? By stealing from me?

Bobby: I never stole from you.

Zach: Two weeks' severance pay. Security's going to pack up your stuff for you.

Edmund: You ok?

Bobby: Yeah, glad you guys came when you did.

Maria: What is this all about?

Bobby: Him. Maria, don't you get it? Everybody's got questions. The answer to them all is Zach.

Bianca: And who is the valiant knight who's going to keep us from being gobbled up by big business? Uncle Jack!

Jack: At your service, milady.

Bianca: You know what that makes us? It makes us the luckiest princesses in the whole land.

Jack: And the most beautiful.

Bianca: Oh, that goes without saying.

Jack: I took the liberty of reviewing this agreement with Ethan that you have here, and it does acknowledge the 50/50 split of the Cambias estate.

Bianca: It looks ok, right?

Jack: Everything seems to be in order. Bianca, I must tell you, I will -- I'll never hide anything from you, and I will never pull any punches. Now, the contract's fine, but I don't trust Ethan any farther than I can throw him. It has nothing to do with his name. Really, it doesn't.

[Doorbell rings]

Jack: But I just want you to know that I will not let him out of my sight, and I will cut him no slack, ok?

Bianca: You don't have to do that. Ethan is a good guy, and once you get to know him like I do, I guarantee that you will trust him like I do, too. Oh! Hey.

Kendall: Hello.

Bianca: Speak of the devil. Come on in, you guys.

Ethan: Hey.

Bianca: Hello. Say hi.

Bobby: I thought he was going to lay me out.

Ryan: Who?

Bobby: The same guy that used you for target practice.

Maria: No, no, no. Wait a minute.

Bobby: Zach Slater. He put the hurt on both of us.

Maria: No, Zach did not shoot you.

Edmund: Just listen.

Bobby: There's a woman who works for him.

Edmund: Yeah. Bobby gave me her name and all the information.

Bobby: That night at the casino benefit? I saw her shoot you.

Ryan: And you just remembered this now?

Bobby: I, uh -- I used the information to shake down Zach.

Ryan: Who wouldn't?

Bobby: I told him I’d keep quiet if he came across with enough cash.

Ryan: That doesn't sound like a very smart move, Bobby.

Bobby: I disguised my voice. He wasn't supposed to know I was behind the deal.

Ryan: You mean blackmail?

Bobby: Right. But I didn't know he'd caught on, and when I went to collect my pay --

Ryan: Instead of money, he worked you over.

Bobby: You're quick, obviously.

Maria: I don't believe a word of it.

Zach: Your attorney couldn't have found anything wrong with the contract, so what's your problem?

Erica: You. You ought to be shot, and I may be just the one to do it.

Jack: I would like to see this transition go as smoothly and painlessly as possible.

Ethan: Same here. Look, before we do, you and I got off to a bit of a rough start, but we have something in common, which is that both of these ladies wish us onboard.

Bianca: And that's non-negotiable as far as I'm concerned.

Kendall: I feel the same.

Ethan: So I am going to back you all the way.

Jack: Well, you know me. I'm always up for a fresh start.

Ethan: Good. Then there is just one more thing I'd like to propose.

Jack: Well, do it now before we put pens to paper.

Ethan: Ok, I don't expect it's going to gum up the works too much, but the prospect of leaping to the head of Cambias Industries is -- is somewhat daunting, and I would feel much better if I had strong allies like Kendall beside me.

Bianca: Well, I don't think Kendall is going anywhere. Are you?

Kendall: Only where the two of you want me to go.

Ethan: Good. I'd like you to play a much broader role within the company. To be honest, I think I could use all the help I can get.

Bianca: Well, that's wonderful. Kendall, are you ready to take on a little more power?

Kendall: Just tell me when and where.

Jack: Here and now. Let's get to it.

Ethan: Ok.

Bianca: Ok, we're going to sign some contracts.

Kendall: That's it, come to Auntie Kendall.

Bianca: Yes.

Kendall: Come to Aunt Kendall.

Bianca: Look, I'm really sorry that this has been so difficult for you.

Ethan: Well, you know, it's -- it's all behind me.

Bianca: No, I mean everything with Zach.

Ethan: Zach is what he is, and I can deal with it.

Zach: I gave you the place at market price -- your requirement, not mine.

Erica: This is not about the contract. This -- I'll sign the contract. This is about you and that horrible son of yours. How could you allow this to happen? How could you? Don't you know how this affects me and my entire family? One daughter is sleeping with him and the other is handing over half her world to him! This is all because of you.

Maria: Why are you lying about Zach?

Bobby: I've got no reason to lie.

Maria: Yeah, well, because he didn't fall for your extortion scam.

Bobby: Zach is a very powerful, dangerous person. We're living proof. Maria, whether you want to believe it or not, Zach had Ryan shot and Ethan framed for it.

Maria: It doesn't make sense. He wouldn't do that because Ethan is his son.

Edmund: He's a son that he lied about.

Maria: Yeah, he lied about him because he wanted to protect him from the whole -- getting in the whole Cambias mess. He wanted to make sure he didn't get hurt.

Bobby: Zach’s a spin master.

Maria: No, he's not going to try to send his own son to prison.

Bobby: Back then at the benefit? Zach thought that Ethan was scamming everybody, looking to cash in as a fake Cambias heir, so he had the rifle planted in Ethan's locker. By the time he figured out that Ethan wasn't an imposter, it was too late. Rifle had to stay where it was.

Edmund: And the second attempt?

Bobby: I don't have any hard proof. But I'd bet my life on it that Zach was behind that one, too.

[Maria runs out of Bobby's hospital room]

Ryan: I'll go talk to her.

Edmund: Yeah, thanks.

Bobby: So, how'd I do? Earn my paycheck?

Edmund: You did fine. Just fine.

Zach: All because of me, huh?

Erica: You are beneath contempt.

Zach: Ok. All right. See, this is funny because I thought it was all because of you. Bianca and Kendall, I mean, they're perfectly content.

Erica: Because of me? What are you talking about? How about you? Who were you thinking about when you denied Ethan, you selfish idiot! Now he's playing victim. He's getting all sorts of sympathy from one and all, you thoughtless son of a --

Zach: I tried to do the right thing --

Erica: Oh, yeah.

Zach: And it would've worked if it hadn't been for Ryan and your daughters screwing it up.

Erica: Don't you dare blame Kendall or Bianca or Ryan.

Zach: I will blame whoever I want! Make a note of it.

Kendall: Yay!

Bianca: We're legal.

Ethan: Set to go.

Jack: All right, well, congratulations, Ethan. I'll get these to the board.

Ethan: Thank you, thank you.

Kendall: Go to Mama.

Ethan: Hey, come here, ladies.

Kendall: Ok, we're having a group hug now, yes.

Ethan: Thank God for you two. I mean it. Hold on a second, what am I talking about? I never was any good at math. Hello. Little baby makes three. Hi. I completely forgot about you. You're on my side, aren't you, cousin, eh?

Bianca: Of course she is.

Ethan: Hey. Hello. Look at you. I make you a solemn oath, my little cousin, my little partner -- your mother, your aunt, and I -- we are going to take good care of things for you until you are old enough to boss us all around. How about that, huh?

[Bianca laughs]

Ethan: No, you can laugh, seriously, but this little one, she has brilliance shining out of her eyes. When she takes hold of this company, I promise you she's going to change the world. There we go.

Bianca: Right now the only change she needs is a diaper change. Excuse me.

Kendall: I want to come. I'm going to come.

Bianca: Oh, yeah, come, come.

Jack: See you, pretty.

Ethan: Ahem. All that fresh start business -- that was just for their benefit, eh?

Jack: Everything I'm doing here is for their benefit.

Ethan: You don't trust me, do you?

Jack: The only reason I took this position was because I knew it would be a great vantage point to keep my eyes on you.

Ethan: On me, yeah.

Jack: Or anybody else who would try to take advantage of Bianca or Kendall or Miranda.

Ethan: Well, good, because I truly believe that with both of us looking out for them, they should be just fine. Now, why don't we work on having a little fresh start of our own, eh?

Jack: Just as long as you know if you try anything -- and I mean anything at all -- you will answer to me, and it won't be pretty. All right?

Ethan: I wouldn't dream of it.

Maria: This just doesn't make sense. Something's off.

Ryan: Well, it can't be easy to hear that Zach’s responsible.

Maria: Because he's not! The Zach that I know did not do those things that Bobby said.

Ryan: Well, maybe we all know different Zachs. I mean, the guy's pretty complicated.

Maria: He's not a killer. It doesn't fit.

Ryan: Certainly fits the Zach that I saw at the landfill. You just don't want to believe it, Maria.

Maria: When you -- when you look into the eyes of someone you loved and that loves you, can't you tell when they're lying?

Ryan: Sometimes.

Maria: He -- from the moment he came back here to Pine Valley, I have been on him to come clean.

Ryan: He should be honest without all that pressure. That's the point.

Maria: But he actually had good reason to keep some of those secrets, and what he did tell me was true, all of it. I know he didn't shoot you, Ryan. Seriously, not one doubt. I have not one doubt. I believed Zach then, I believe him now.

Zach: You want to lecture me on the art of parenting, Desirée Dubois?

Erica: I at least admit my mistakes. I've made a few. But at least I acknowledged the existence of my daughter.

Zach: Oh, yeah? Kendall, when she first came to Pine Valley, you were there for her?

Erica: Oh, I am not discussing this with you. Everything I did, I did for the good of my family.

Zach: So did I. Only regret is the outcome.

Erica: How else could you possibly have expected it to come out?

Zach: I was this close to getting Ethan off the hook with the law and out of here.

Erica: Yeah, well, you didn't. And so now he's taking half of Miranda’s inheritance. Oh, boo-hoo, poor Ethan.

Zach: You still don't get it, do you?

Erica: No.

Zach: Well, let me try to explain it to you. He's slipping into the Cambias mindset. And he hates me -- I'll deal with that -- but I would do it again exactly the same way if I could save him from what he's fighting now.

Erica: Oh, my God. "I would do it the same way again if I could save Ethan. I would risk anything, including Ethan's hatred and the lives of everybody else in this town, if I could just save him." What a crock of lies!

Zach: Shut up, woman! For once in your life, just shut the hell up!

Bobby: I just stuck my neck out and drew a line that Zach looked very ready to cross.

Edmund: He's not going to get that chance.

Bobby: What do we do next?

Edmund: Bring in the police. You tell them exactly what you told these guys. We'll make the charges stick on Slater. He won't be able to shake loose.

Bobby: And have me whacked?

Edmund: Listen, as soon as you're released, we'll get you relocated someplace safe.

Bobby: Yeah. You got what you wanted. You got your million dollars' worth, right?

Edmund: As long as it's true. And by the way, Bobby, that's the last time anybody mentions a fee.

Bobby: Whatever you say.

Edmund: Good. Then we both get what we want.

Maria: All right, well, you believe what you want. I have faith in Zach.

Ryan: Zach was a big part of your life for a little while, ok, but please don't let that cloud your judgment.

Maria: What if Bobby told you that it was Greenlee that was behind all this?

Ryan: Oh, come on, that's so far out of the realm, it's not even worth talking --

Maria: See? Exactly. That's exactly what I'm saying.

Ryan: You can't deny that people change. Bitterness, anger, that changes people. That can make them angry and bad, all right? Bobby's story actually makes sense.

Maria: Because you don't know Zach. That's why you think it makes sense. And who's Bobby, some shining beacon of truth? I mean, please, he probably knew that Zach was going to fire him and that's why he's trying to get back at him.

Ryan: You honestly believe everything that you're saying?

[Maria sighs]

Maria: Yes, Zach has had disappointments. Yes, he is probably bitter. But did he try to murder you? No, and I would bet my life on that.

Kendall: Does she always drift off like that without a whimper?

Bianca: Are you kidding? It must have been your kiss that did it. So you excited?

Kendall: Yes, of course. I'm thrilled. But I didn't know that Ethan was going to push me on you.

Bianca: Push you on me? Like he had to push. Look, we're off to a great start. I mean, Ethan, you, and Uncle Jack -- oh, God. When Mom finds out about Ethan, she's going to flip.

Kendall: She already has.

Erica: I think we're finished here.

Zach: And you would've done exactly the same thing. You have made choices for your daughters for their own good and they hated you for them. When Bianca was walking towards the edge of a cliff, you did everything in your power to stop her.

Erica: Yes, I did everything I know how to warn both my daughters off your son!

Zach: They don't listen, right?

Erica: No, they don't. I tried everything I knew how to get them to change their minds, but you know what, they made their own decisions for themselves as to what was right for them. And if you had allowed your son to make his own decision --

Zach: Then what? We'd be playing pool together, be at a vacation, just the two of us? What?

Erica: I don't care about your relationship! What I am saying is if you had allowed your son to become a card-carrying Cambias in the first place, then my daughters would not be wasting their sympathy on him and, most importantly, my daughters would be safe.

Zach: What I'm saying is that you have every reason to be concerned. Because at the end of the day, Ethan is just another Cambias. Now he's got the name, he's got the power, and it will change him. And, yes, you should be very, very afraid.

Ethan: Now that we know where we stand, I have one very important assignment that I can't trust to just anyone.

Jack: And what would that be?

Ethan: Zach Slater. I want him destroyed.

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

Maria: Take a hike.

Erica: Get your hormones in check, Maria. Zach and I are not through.

Greenlee: Sleep with Jonathan again. Get Jonathan to spill his guts.

J.R.: Babe and Jamie are this close to miserable, and they're not even aware of it.

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