AMC Transcript Wednesday 4/5/06

All My Children Transcript Wednesday 4/5/06

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Aidan: Mmm. Oh, wow. Dear God, that's --

Erin: It's not that bad. It's not that bad.

Aidan: That is not right.

Erin: Hmm.

Aidan: Mmm.

Erin: Ooh, it might be a tiny, tiny bit tart, bit --

Aidan: Yeah, a tiny bit?

Erin: But it's just -- it's early in the season. It's ok. And you look all studly feeding it to me like that, and I didn't want to steal all your thunder by going cross-eyed on you, you know?

Aidan: Cross-eyed, huh?

Erin: Yeah.

Aidan: Let's have a look.

Erin: Oh, no. Ew.

Aidan: Why, you can't do it?

Erin: I so can.

Aidan: Hey, it's ok. Don't worry. You know, it's not the easiest thing in the world.

Erin: Aidan, I can totally cross my eyes.

Aidan: Prove it, then.

Erin: Fine. Look -- there, ok? See?

Aidan: I thought as much.

Erin: They are crossed! Look.

Aidan: I know.

Erin: Look at my eyes.

Aidan: You're the most beautiful girl I've ever seen.

[Erin gasps]

Erin: Hmm.

Amanda: Daddy.

Erica: Do you mind?

Zach: Madden isn't alone in there. Kendall is with him.

Erica: If you think that I'm going to stay out here --

Zach: Please don't.

Kendall: Oh, my God. Could I be more selfish or inconsiderate? I mean, here you are, you're laid up in a hospital bed, and I come running in here and pouring all my problems on you, and I make it all about me. I'm sorry. I take back everything I said. Well, I don't take it back, take it back, because I still want to put my son up for adoption, but I just meant we don't have to talk about this here and now, so -- ok. Thank you.

Greg: Kendall. Don't go.

Ryan: How could you have been wrong about Madden? Where did that come from? I mean, last time I saw you, you wanted to -- you wanted to kill the guy for blatantly lying to your face.

Julia: And then I talked to him. I'm not excusing him, but he did say some things that hit home.

Ryan: But he manipulates people, Julia, and he's very good at that. We -- we established that. He told you that you couldn't have children, which was an outright lie. I mean, what -- what could he have possibly said to you to make you question yourself?

Julia: The truth.

Greg: Kendall, from day one, I've been nothing but honest with you. I feel a great responsibility for you and this child. I've only wanted what's best for both of you. If you have made the decision to give the child up for adoption, I want you to know without a shadow of a doubt it is the right decision. You can safely hand your baby over to me.

Kendall: I want my baby to have the best life possible, and you're the person who can make that happen.

Greg: I'm honored you have so much confidence in me, and I will do all that I can to meet your expectations. I'm a little confused, though, Kendall, however, because the last time we spoke, you were a long way away from making a decision about your baby's future.

Kendall: Well, I told you what I want to do. I don't see why the reasons matter.

Greg: This has been a very agonizing decision for you, not an easy decision to make, and I know you felt I put pressure on you to put the baby up for adoption. I don't want you to make this choice against your better judgment.

Kendall: It wasn't you.

Greg: I need to be certain that this is your choice and your choice alone.

Kendall: "Choice." You make it sound so positive. You have a choice between chocolate and vanilla, paper and plastic, Chanel and Dior. The only choice I have when it comes to the future of my son is bad and worse. This isn't a choice, Dr. Madden. This is my only option.

Ryan: Greg Madden wants to take my son right from the delivery room and hand it over to complete strangers like it's his choice. He ran tests on you knowing the entire time that he was going to lie about the results and crush your dreams of being a mother. This is not a man who grasps truth, never mind speaks it.

Julia: I'm not defending him. The lies that he told me and the way he's manipulated Kendall is unforgivable.

Ryan: Well, ok. But when I first walked in here, you just said that you were wrong about him. I mean, what happened? What -- what did he say?

Julia: All he did was he held a mirror up to me. And for the first time in a long time, I've really gotten a good look at myself. And I see clearly that he's right. I don't deserve to be a mother.

Amanda: Ok. Jamie, you earned your brownie points with the big man upstairs. You can stop being nice to me. I'll be fine.

Jamie: Hey, do you remember when you asked J.R. to teach you how to do an Ollie on his skateboard? I told you you would eat it, but would you listen to me? No. You had to try it for yourself. And of course, I was right. You ended up flat on your back. But what I didn't predict was the skateboard flying through your dad's car windshield. J.R. and I were convinced that you would be grounded for the rest of your life, but you swore to us that Trevor would take it easy on you. And sure enough, when he came outside, he looked at you, then the windshield, and back at you. And the only thing he said was --

Both: "Hurt yourself, mandible?"

Jamie: Trevor was a cool guy. And he loved you like crazy, Amanda. I'm sorry he's gone.

Amanda: Thanks. Me, too.

Jamie: I'm also sorry that I let you believe that we could really hook up.

Amanda: I should've been upfront with you about my mother. Maybe if I hadn't protected her for so long, then maybe --

Jamie: So, I hear you're going to stay with my mom for a while. Now, just so you know, she makes the best lasagna, and I should warn you, her tolerance for wet towels on the bathroom floor is -- just try not to do it.

Amanda: Ok, I'll remember that. You know, I don't -- I don't know what I would've done without Brooke these last few weeks. She has really been so cool, and I actually think she's looking forward to having me stay with her -- probably to make sure I don't try and corrupt her innocent son again.

Jamie: Well, somebody's got to look out for me.

Amanda: I know how bad I blew it with you, Jamie. It was stupid and selfish. And I was obsessed with forcing the fantasy, the hot, rich doctor/husband. There's no excuse for what I did.

Jamie: I'm not letting you off the hook. I'm just saying you've had it really rough, Amanda. And you deserve a happy ending. I honestly hope you get it.

Amanda: Me, too. You know anyone? I don't require much, just -- they have to be, you know, fun and smart, nice, sweet, all-around perfect as you.

Erin: Or you could gaze into my eyes all seductively and then reach into the picnic basket and feed me a moldy piece of cheese.

Aidan: Ha-ha. Yeah. So funny.

Erin: Yes.

Aidan: Incredibly funny, hilarious.

Erin: I know, I know.

Aidan: And sarcastic.

Erin: Hmm.

Aidan: And cheeky.

Erin: No! I -- no!

Aidan: Cheeky like you!

Erin: No, no.

Aidan: Yes, you are.

Erin: Oh, no, it's not. Oh.

Aidan: I have to tell you something.

Man: I said no. Do you hear me? When I say it's time to go, it doesn't mean tomorrow. It means this instant. You pull this again, and you're asking for real trouble -- you got that?

Aidan: Hey, are you all right?

Erin: Oh, yep. Yeah, I'm sorry. Um -- that man, he just kind of --

Aidan: He's a horrible father.

Erin: You have got to be so sick of my daddy baggage. I'm sorry.

Aidan: Actually, I'm falling in love with you, baggage and all.

Ryan: This doesn't make any sense. I mean, you're a smart woman, you're a strong woman, you're determined. I never thought there would be anybody that could get inside your head and make you doubt yourself, not even Madden.

Julia: Madden didn't get inside my head. I got inside my head. He just pointed out what was already there.

Ryan: No. He's -- he's just messing with you.

Julia: Madden isn't even a factor in this. He is a jerk, yeah. He had no right to play God with my life. But he just woke me up to what I didn't want to face.

Ryan: Look, Julia, he's playing you, ok, and you don't have to play along. If you want a child, have a child.

Julia: Do you want to know why I'm in this chapel crying my eyes out? It's not because I can't have a child. It's because I shouldn't have a child. And as weird as it seems, I have that creep Dr. Madden to thank for it. He's the one who opened my eyes.

Greg: How does Ryan feel about you giving up the child?

Kendall: He doesn't know yet. He wants to raise the baby by himself.

Greg: And you don't think that's a good idea?

Kendall: No. Ryan is the last person I would ever choose to be a single father. He's -- he's impulsive, he's unreliable. He proved that when he played dead all those months. I just -- I don't think he's fully equipped to give my kid what he needs, and I'm certainly in no position to fill in the blanks, so here I am.

Greg: What has you so convinced you cannot raise this child on your own?

Kendall: This -- this girl I work with. She brought her baby into the office, and then her mother came in. It was three generations of giddy baby love shoved smack in my face, and I totally could not relate at all. You should've seen these three together -- they weren't lacking for anything, and I don't mean material things. I mean love, the way the mother was with her son, the way the grandmother was with her daughter. It's -- ugh. It made me sick. I wanted to vomit. It gave me a toothache. And then it hit me -- that's how it's supposed to be. Moms are supposed to be crazy in love with their kids, and I'm just not. I mean, yeah, of course, I love my son but only enough to want the best for him. Why do you think that is? Why was the maternal chip left out of me?

Erica: Look, you can't keep me out here forever. I have every right to go in there and see my daughter.

Zach: Mm-hmm, you're going to go in, then she's going to do what she always does -- the exact opposite of what you're asking her. It's how she's wired. Push her into a corner, and she's going to strike out at someone.

Erica: Look, Zach, I don't think that you really understand. I have got to go in there. I've got to get Kendall away from Greg Madden. I don't think you know exactly how vile that man is.

Zach: Try me.

Erica: You do know how dangerous Greg Madden is.

Zach: I know he's not the sweet, caring man that everyone thinks he is.

Erica: Well, you know something about him, then why don't you just tell me what it is?

Zach: Details.

Erica: Tell me any dirt.

Zach: The important thing is that we're all agreed that he shouldn't be near Kendall.

Erica: "We all"?

Zach: We -- you, me, your dear friend St. Ryan Lavery. We had a similar discussion.

Erica: Well, Ryan and I can handle this. And if you think that Kendall shouldn't be anywhere near Greg Madden, then you will please get out of my way. What?

Zach: What do you know?

Erica: I don't have time to tell you now.

Zach: Don't shut me out. I have resources. I can make sure that Madden doesn't get close to Kendall or any other expectant mother ever again. Tell me what you know.

Josh: Well, well, well. Here's a pair you don't see every day. Hey, Slater, you want me to call security? Have Erica frisked for knives?

Kendall: It's not that I don't think Ryan means well -- I do. I believe that he believes he can be a good father, but I -- it's all a little too knee-jerk for me.

Greg: My dear girl, you've been getting it from all sides. Why don't you take a little more time to think about this? The magnitude of this decision is --

Kendall: No. I've made up my mind. I'm putting my baby up for adoption.

Greg: Very well. It's settled. I believe you have made the right decision. I don't want you to have to worry about anything. I'll make it as easy for you as possible. I will take care of everything.

Ryan: Madden doesn't get to decide who has children and who doesn't, Julia, and -- and honestly, you're giving him that power by agreeing with whatever he said to you, and whatever that was that gave you doubt about how incredible a mom you'd be, just -- just don't do it. Don't sell yourself short.

Julia: I've been telling myself a lie. It's way worse than anything that Madden ever said to me. And I've tried to hide from it by partying and drinking and one-night stands. Those were all just temporary fixes, and they just made me feel worse, not better. Then I threw myself into wanting to be a mom -- first by trying to adopt your baby and then the idea of having one of my own. But I see now -- partying and drinking and men and the dream of motherhood can't ever make it go away. And I can't use an innocent child to cover up what a horrible person I am.

Ryan: I'm -- I'm sorry. "Horrible person," Julia? How could you possibly say that about yourself?

Julia: I killed a man, Ryan. I robbed him of his life.

Ryan: Oh.

Julia: And I tricked myself into believing that a child could somehow erase that. Well, I was wrong. Bringing a new life into this world can never replace the one that I took. And a child should never have to bear that responsibility. I have to face the truth -- I murdered a man. And that will never go away.

Ryan: So that's what this is about -- about the New York crime boss that held you and Di captive?

Julia: He wasn't just some headline in the paper, Ryan. He had a name -- Garret Williams -- and he was a human being. And no matter how bad a person he was, he didn't deserve to die.

Ryan: Wow. I mean, he killed your husband, and he would've killed you and Di if you hadn't have got him first.

Julia: It wasn't self-defense. He was on the ground. He had no weapon. He couldn't have overpowered me. He was defenseless at that moment. And I -- I could've had Di tie him up, and I could've called the cops and I -- I could've made a million other choices than what I did. But I chose to pull the trigger, to watch him suffer, to watch him die.

Ryan: Ok, I -- I understand why you have guilt over the decision that you made. I understand that. But -- but don't you see how sadistic it is for -- for Madden to take that guilt and to slam you with it?

Julia: But he was right.

Ryan: But that's what he does. He finds a woman's weak spot, and he turns it around, and he uses it against them.

Greg: You have proven yourself to be a good mother, Kendall. You know you're not capable of raising this child, but you're prepared to give the child to someone who can. That is being the best mother possible.

Kendall: Yeah, but what about Ryan? He's going to flip when he finds out what I'm doing.

Greg: Well, this is your decision to make.

Kendall: No, it's not. I gave Ryan parental rights, remember? How do we keep Ryan from interfering with what's best for my son?

Ryan: Madden is not God. He doesn't get to decide what's right and what's wrong, who gets punished, who gets rewarded, who has children and who doesn't.

Julia: But the things he told me, they're all true.

Ryan: Well, the God that I know -- look, the God that I've prayed to -- forgives. He doesn't say, "You don't get to have a future with a child because of a horrible mistake that you made in your past." You deserve to have children, Julia. You deserve to be happy. Don't let Greg Madden take that away from you. You don't have to keep running. You don't. You're home.

Erin: Now, I think it's cool that you want to be with me even though I'm a head case.

Aidan: When you put it like that --

Erin: No! You can't take it back. You already said you were falling in love with me -- I heard you.

Aidan: I know, I did, and I mean every word.

Erin: Good. Because check this out -- I'm through hanging on to all the garbage from my past. I'm done. I'm letting it go, Aidan. I'm letting it go! From here on out, you are going to see a freer and happier Erin! Yes! You think you can handle having a normal girlfriend?

Aidan: "Normal"? You? Please.

Erin: Oh, you -- you know? You know what I mean, like less bogged-down.

Aidan: Yeah, I think I can handle it, but I kind of like you as a head case.

Erin: Aw.

Aidan: So what brought all this on anyway?

Erin: Well, I was talking to Ryan, and I realized that I -- I can't erase my childhood, you know? I can't pretend that I didn't grow up in a miserable home, but I can let it go. I can start looking forward and -- and being with you, it helps me so much. A happy future actually seems possible. And I've also decided to start volunteering at the Miranda Center.

Aidan: Well, I'd say congratulations, but you don't seem that happy about it.

Erin: No, I'm happy, I am, but I'm also scared to death.

Jamie: We never really had a chance at a real relationship.

Amanda: That's because I had so many tricks up my sleeve back then, I wouldn't be surprised if a rabbit crawled out of my bra.

Jamie: Well, for what it's worth, I really liked being around you. And before all the lies and the drama, we were just hanging out, having fun.

Amanda: I can't even believe that you're talking to me right now, let alone being nice to me. I really don't deserve it.

Jamie: Yeah, you do. But does that mean I think we should be lovers? No. Does that mean we should be friends? Definitely.

Amanda: You'd still be my friend after everything I did? That really means a lot to me, Jamie.

Brooke: Ahem -- ahem. Hi, guys.

Amanda: Ooh --

Jamie: Huh.

Josh: I told you to stay away from my father.

Erica: I'll go wherever I please.

Josh: Not if I can help it. I don't know what kind of game you're playing, Erica, acting like my father is your new best friend, but it's going to stop. You get me?

Zach: Back off, kid.

Josh: You're sticking up for her? The woman who put a knife in your gut?

Erica: Zach? I can fight my own battles -- I thank you, though. Look, Josh, you don't tell me where I go or how I act. After the stunts you pulled, you're lucky all you lost was your job on my show.

Josh: Yeah, well, you can see I'm -- I'm really broken up about it.

Erica: Yeah, all right. All right, Josh.

Josh: I'll be watching you. You stay away from my father. I mean it.

Zach: Why are you playing nice? That's not like you. And what's with the son?

Greg: I'm sure Ryan won't be a problem. It may take some time, but eventually he'll come around to your way of thinking.

Kendall: No. There is no way Ryan's just going to sign off on adoption.

Greg: Well, then you'll have to sue him to revoke his parental rights. I mean, you can prove he'd be an unfit father. From what you've told me, it shouldn't be too difficult. Of course, that would take many months embattled in court. It would be emotionally draining.

Kendall: No. I don't want to do that.

Greg: Then you'll have to prove that you signed the document under duress. That way, Ryan would have no rights to the child. I mean, he signed those away when he became a donor at the clinic.

Kendall: No. That -- that would still mean going to court, and I don't want this to get ugly. Isn't there any other way?

Greg: How would you feel if I handled Ryan myself?

Kendall: You really think you can convince Ryan to give up his parental rights without an ugly court battle?

Greg: I would certainly like to try.

Kendall: Great. Well, have at it. You're the expert.

Greg: When Ryan sees how unselfish you've been -- when he realizes the sacrifice you're prepared to make to give your child the best life possible, I -- are you having second thoughts?

Kendall: No. No, I know that this is the best thing for my son. But my own adoption was not that good. I -- I felt alienated. I felt different, like I didn't belong. What if my son feels the same way?

Greg: The reason you didn't belong is you were constantly trying to fit in with a family that was not biologically yours. Your adoption was kept hidden from you. That won't happen with your son. I promise you that the family I bring to the table will be open to the process in the very beginning. Kendall, your son will grow up believing that it is a wonderful, precious gift to be adopted. He will be a gift from God.

Ryan: There's no denying that Madden is very good at getting in somebody's head without them ever knowing that he was there.

Julia: But he read my soul, Ryan. How did he know what skeleton in my closet to rattle? How did he know where to find that, what to say?

Ryan: I think the man has had a lot of practice, Julia. But we don't have to let him get away with it. We can stop him.

Julia: I have to go.

Ryan: Whoa, whoa, whoa, hold on, hold on. Julia, are you sure you're going to be all right?

Julia: I'll be fine.

Aidan: These women that you'll be working with at the Miranda Center -- you've been where they are. I mean, maybe not in the exact same situation, but you know what abuse feels like. You're going to have a lot to offer them.

Erin: You know, I would like to think so. But I -- it's not like I'm someone they can look to and admire. I didn't set a great example. I didn't take any great stance. I didn't stop my father. You know, I couldn't spare my brothers anything. The best I could do was distract my dad for a few minutes, and other than that, I stood there, and I watched.

Aidan: Yeah, but you had no choice, Erin. I mean, you were way too young to take on your old man.

Erin: And it took me years to realize that. I want to help abused women, Aidan. I really -- I do. I just -- I don't know if I'm the best one for this job.

Aidan: Hey, it's not about being the best. You know, the fact that you're even trying to help them out -- that's the biggest obstacle right there.

Erin: Hmm.

Aidan: And the rest, you'll learn along the way.

Erin: You know what? Maybe you're right.

Aidan: Ok.

Aidan: And these women -- having you in their lives, they're going to be much better off. I mean, how could they not be? I am.

Jamie: Wow, Mom. I think you turned three shades of white.

Brooke: What? I did not.

Amanda: Your son is amazing, but that was strictly a platonic hug that you walked in on.

Brooke: I wasn't worried.

Jamie: Oh, no, not at all.

Amanda: Oh, yeah.

Jamie: Hey, you think it'd be ok if I go to work now? I mean, I might have to lift a sexy woman out of her bed into a gurney.

Amanda: Ooh.

Brooke: Get out!

Jamie: Bye, Mom. I'll see you later, Amanda.

Amanda: Bye. Thank you so much for letting me stay with you. I promise, as soon as I start earning some money, I'm going to get a place of my own.

Brooke: Amanda, it's not a bother. And you know, if -- if you need a job, I've got a spot for you at "Tempo."

Amanda: That is really so sweet of you, but you have done enough for me already. And besides, I actually just got a job working as a receptionist for Dr. Madden.

Brooke: Oh, that's great.

Amanda: Yeah.

Brooke: You know, Greg Madden has an excellent reputation.

Amanda: He's really nice, too. Part of the reason he's giving me the job is to make up for what his jerk of a son did -- setting me up to look like I drugged Erica, getting me arrested --

Brooke: You know, I already like this guy.

Amanda: Yeah. And I think he's going to make a really good boss. The work he does is so important, and, you know, maybe I might learn something.

Brooke: Well, you know what? It's nice to see some optimism on that face.

Amanda: Well, it is because of Dr. Madden. It was so funny, you know, talking to him -- it was like he really understood me. And he actually kind of reminded me a little bit of my dad.

Greg: Please don't tell anyone that you've made this decision. If anyone else finds out you've decided to put the baby up for adoption, my hands would be tied. It will make it very difficult for me to try to get Ryan to see things your way.

Kendall: Don't worry. I won't brag about it.

Greg: And don't be troubled. You've done everything right. This is the most enormous act of love. It will be the most unselfish thing you ever do.

Erica: Look, Kendallís been in there far too long. God knows what Greg Madden has said to her.

Ryan: Erica? Hi.

Erica: Hi.

Zach: I need to talk to you.

Kendall: No. I told them to back off, now I'm telling you. Leave me alone. I don't have anything to say to you, and there's nothing you can say that I want to hear.

Ryan: What was going on in there with Madden?

Kendall: He's my doctor, Ryan. You can't stop me from seeing him.

Erica: Kendall, sweetheart, we -- we are all just concerned.

Kendall: Don't be. I'm fine, Mother. It's none of your business. None of you has the answers. None of you knows what's right for me. This is my life and my baby's life. Now, accept it and leave me alone.

Josh: Get up to 517. A patient just puked up there. They need help with the cleanup.

Jamie: Thanks, but I get my orders from this.

Josh: You get your orders from me. As a premed flunkie, you're seriously outranked. Now go clean up that puke.

Jamie: If this came from a real doctor, I would do it. But considering what a lowlife you are, I --

Josh: I could have you fired so fast, Martin --

Jamie: You drugged Erica --

Josh: Oh, and you can prove that, huh?

Jamie: And set up Amanda. You were trying to pull rank on me?

Josh: Amanda -- you want to bring Amanda into this?

Joe: Enough! Quiet. Now, both of you -- listen to me, you two are to get along, do you hear me?

Josh: Dr. Martin, I know he's your grandson, but he blatantly disobeyed my orders.

Joe: All right, all right, that's enough. That's enough. Now, it's very important that we all pull together here. It's important for the hospital, it's important for me. So you two will get along. You understand me?

Josh: Yeah.

Erin: What have you done to me?

Aidan: Nothing yet.

Erin: No, I meant -- I meant to my life. I mean, think about where I was a few months ago. And now? You have opened up a whole new world to me, Mr. Devane. So, what do you say we take this back to your place?

Aidan: Sounds like a plan, Stan. Let's go.

Amanda: All right. All set.

Brooke: You need some help with that? Everything's in place for your father's funeral. I made the final arrangements this morning. Are you going to be ok?

Amanda: Yeah. Burying my dad and saying good-bye -- at least with you and Jamie and Dr. Madden, I think I'll be ok.

Brooke: Oh. Yeah.

Amanda: Thank you.

Brooke: Ok.

Julia: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.

Ryan: Well, I suppose that we could go in there and beat the living hell out of the good doctor.

Zach: I like the way you think. But that's not going to help Kendall any.

Ryan: No, it's not. And since you're not going to tell me what you do know about Greg Madden, I'm going to have to handle this my own way.

[Zach sighs]

Zach: And I'll handle it mine.

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

Erica (to Tad): Are you telling me now that you want me to tell Josh, too?

Tad (to Erica): I'm beginning to think that maybe we should.

Greg (to Kendall): Are you ready to sign? You have to trust me.

Dixie (to Di): You and Tad are engaged?

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