All My Children Transcript Wednesday 5/17/06
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Proofread by Gisele
Erica: It's not as if I'm being selfish, Myrtle. This is killing Ryan, too. But he knows what needs to be done. Yes, taking the baby this early from Kendall is a huge risk, but not doing this is even a bigger risk. Every doctor we have spoken to has said that this is Kendallís best chance for survival. So how can you agree with him? How can you defend Zach Slater?
Myrtle: Darling, I did not defend him. I stated a fact. Now, I know you don't like Zach, but he loves your daughter with all his heart. He loves her as much as we all do.
Zach: I'm going to have to leave for a little while, but I'll be back soon. I know. You hate to see me go, but I got to fight for you and for Spike. I won't let you down -- you or your son. But you're going to have to fight, too, ok?
Kendall's voice: I'm trying. I can hear you, but I can't touch you. I can't hold you.
Zach: Don't give up on me. You stay safe for me, and I'll make sure your son stays safe for you.
[Julia wheels a baby girl in a bassinet down the hospital hallway.]
Ryan: She's cute.
Julia: Mm-hmm. Her name is Hope.
Ryan: Hope? Well. You look like a Hope. Yeah.
Julia: Um -- Ryan, Joe told me about the trial.
Ryan: Yeah, I'm on my way to the courthouse right now. I just wanted to stop by the chapel, you know, take a minute -- I want Kendall to live. There's no question. Even if by saving her life, I'm sacrificing my sonís.
Zach: I'll protect your son. I promise. He'll stay right here with you.
Kendall's voice: Thank you, Zach. God, thank you so much. I really, really love you.
Erica: I was just so sure that Jack would've called to check in again by now.
Myrtle: You haven't heard from him?
Erica: Oh, no, he called. He called early this morning. He's still in New York with Reggie and the search team, and no word on Lily. No leads at all, and I really thought that by now he would've called with some more good news.
Myrtle: Darling, Lily, I know, is different from most people, but underneath all that she is a very tough kid. And don't you ever forget it.
Erica: I've just never been so worried in my life, Myrtle.
Myrtle: I know, I know.
Erica: I mean, this innocent child lost in one of the biggest cities in the world. Jack -- I mean, Jack is just suffering more than I even ever thought possible. And now my beautiful Kendall -- well, where is Ryan? I mean, we really need to get to the courthouse.
Myrtle: Honey, you have had such a week. I -- I don't believe some of it is really possible, but what you've got to do is keep the faith. Now, everything is going to work out and be exactly as it's supposed to be in Godís good time.
Erica: But Kendall doesn't have any time, Myrtle. Why are you doing this? Why are you dragging this out? We've all been given a way to save Kendallís life. Now, you say you love her. If you love her so much, why are you hellbent on -- on letting her die?
Kendall's voice: Zach? Is that you?
Kendall's voice: Who is it?
Babe: It's Babe.
Kendall's voice: Babe? I don't want you, I want Zach.
Babe: You're probably wondering what I'm doing here right now, and I'm kind of wondering myself. All I know is that I need to help you, and somehow I'm in the unique position to do it. But you're going to have to tell me how. This is so wrong. You shouldn't be here. I promise you if I knew that J.R. was going to plan something so harsh, I never would've let you walk through that door instead of me. I'm so sorry, Kendall. I'm sorry that this happened to you. It should be me in this stupid bed, not you.
Kendall's voice: Want to trade places? You lie here, and I'll be awake, healthy, decorating Spike's nursery, and spending actual honeymoon moments with my husband. Can you help me do that?
Babe: Those building supplies were supposed to fall on me. He wanted to kill me -- my own husband.
Kendall's voice: Zach will take care of J.R. No way he's getting away with this.
Babe: And now with the court hearing today -- I don't know.
Kendall's voice: "Court hearing"?
Babe: Maybe I should just mind my own business and let Zach and Ryan fight it out. Just let the judge decide whether to take your baby right away or wait.
Kendall's voice: Oh, my God, no. Zach, don't let them take my son.
Zach: I won't let anyone take Kendallís rights away.
Erica: Is that what you think I'm doing, taking away Kendallís rights? I've done nothing but try to protect Kendallís number one right -- the right to live. If you force Kendall to carry this baby longer than is medically advised, you're the one who's robbing her of her rights, Zach. You'll be killing her.
Zach: I'm honoring what she told me she wanted.
Erica: She couldn't possibly have done that. She had no idea she'd be lying in that hospital bed with this -- this most unimaginable choice. Zach, please don't do this. Kendall needs those drugs. Please -- please let the doctors help her. Please. I -- I can't lose my daughter.
Zach: I don't want to lose her, either.
Erica: Then stop this. Please stop this before it's too late.
Zach: It's not up to me, Erica.
Erica: Don't do this. Don't pretend that this is Kendall. My daughter would choose life. This is all you.
Myrtle: Erica -- Erica, that's enough, now. Now, listen, go and find Ryan, take him to the courthouse. This argument is meant to be there, not here.
Erica: You're right, Myrtle. The judge will see things our way.
Myrtle: Don't let Erica get to you. She's terrified of losing Kendall.
Zach: I know the feeling.
Myrtle: This is killing you.
Zach: Yeah. But, Myrtle, she wants this baby more than her own life.
Myrtle: Yeah. Well, you know what's in her heart.
Zach: So what am I doing? Fighting for a signature on her death certificate? Am I doing the right thing?
Ryan: I just don't know if I'm doing the right thing.
Julia: I don't know if there's a "right thing." You love Kendall. Of course, you don't want anything happening to her. But over the last few months I've also had the pleasure of watching you fall in love with your son.
Ryan: I have. It's pretty amazing, you know, because I haven't even laid eyes on the little guy, and I already love him more than I've ever loved anything.
Julia: I'm really sorry you have to make this choice.
Ryan: But there's still a chance, right? I mean, there's a chance that if the
judge rules for us to take the baby out now, that he's going to be ok, right?
Julia: Of course, there's a chance. I've seen babies as premature as yours make it just fine. And I will swear to you that I will fight for him as if he were my own son.
Zach: I'm about to stand up in a court of law and demand that they withhold the one thing that could save Kendallís life. And if I lose her -- if --
Myrtle: You're honoring her wishes, darling. I -- I don't know if your ears were burning before you got here, but I said to Erica that you loved Kendall as much as any of us do, as much as all of us do. And that was a little lie I told for Ericaís sake, because I don't know anyone who loves Kendall as completely as you do.
Kendall's voice: Zach, I had no idea when you said you were going to fight for my baby you meant in court. Please make them understand. Don't let them take my son. It's too soon.
Babe: I keep hearing your voice in my head at Fusion right before you got hurt. You said that you changed your mind about your baby. You couldn't wait to be his mom. So maybe I should go down to the courthouse and tell the judge. It could make a big difference.
Kendall's voice: Yes, it would. Please go, go now. Zach could use your help. Tell them how much I want my son.
Babe: But Erica and Ryan -- they think that saving you is the most important thing, but Zach -- he's ready to swear that you'd rather die than risk your child's life, and I can relate to that.
Kendall's voice: Good. So beat it, already. Go save my son.
Babe: No, I'm -- I'm just not sure it's my place to interfere.
Kendall's voice: Are you kidding me? You are the queen of interfering. For once, butt in for the right reason, Babe -- save my son.
Babe: I just wish maybe I knew you better, and then maybe I could guess what you'd want, but I kind of have a knack for getting things wrong with you. I don't know. I just don't want to mess up on something this big.
Kendall's voice: Oh, she's killing me. You're killing me.
Babe: What am I even doing here? It's not like you can hear me, and if you could, you definitely wouldn't want me here. You're in this mess because of me. I'm sorry, Kendall.
Kendall's voice: Babe? Babe? Babe, don't go, please! Please, I need you. Oh, my God. No.
Bailiff: All rise! Court is now in session, the Honorable William G. OíConnell presiding.
Judge: You may be seated. "Lavery vs. Slater." I've briefed myself on the basics of the case. Counselor, if you're ready to proceed, I will hear your opening statement.
Babe: Julia, hey. I -- um -- I just came from seeing Kendall and -- that's not --
Julia: It's Kendallís son, the latest ultrasound.
[Seeing the ultrasound of Kendall's baby, Babe recalls their last conversation at Fusion.]
Babe's voice: You have got it bad, don't you?
Kendall: Yeah, I -- and I can feel all the big things. I really can, I can feel it all over. If something ever happened to this kid, I would breathe fire. I would do anything for him. I would give my life for him. I'm a mom!
Joe: Fluid is building up inside Kendallís brain because of the bleed. And as this goes on, pressure builds, and the brain could be forced into the brain stem. If nothing is done to treat the condition, the brain will herniate.
Attorney: And she'll die?
Attorney: Is there any way you can treat this condition, Dr. Martin?
Joe: Yes, with a high dose of a specific diuretic which will decrease the pressure on the brain.
Attorney: And why haven't you given Kendall this drug already?
Joe: Because of the risk to the baby. Because of the high dose that Kendall needs, it could severely reduce her blood pressure, which would in turn decrease the flow of blood into the placenta, and that would compromise the life of the baby.
Attorney: So the baby would have to be taken from Kendallís womb in order to safely administer the drug?
Joe: That's correct.
Attorney: But isn't it too soon to take the child from his mother?
Joe: It's been successfully done before. Ideally, yes, we would like to see Kendall further along before taking the baby.
Attorney: Have you ever, in your experience, seen a baby delivered this early and survive without complications?
Joe: I have.
Attorney: Is it common?
Joe: No. In fact, it's quite rare.
Attorney: And what are the odds that Kendallís baby will survive such a procedure, Dr. Martin?
Joe: I can't give you an exact figure, but the -- the odds are not good.
Attorney: You're a newlywed, isn't that right, Mr. Slater?
Zach: Yeah. Kendall and I were married May 4.
Attorney: Did you have a church wedding?
Zach: No, we were married on a boat.
Attorney: Romantic. Was it planned?
Attorney: And what was Kendallís mood when she agreed to marry you?
Zach: She seemed pretty happy.
Attorney: A dream come true?
Zach: I don't know about that. It -- um -- it caught both of us a little off-guard.
Attorney: And why was that?
Zach: Kendall was conflicted about some things in her life, and her -- her feelings for me was one of those things.
Attorney: And what else was she conflicted about?
Zach: Her baby. She thought about giving him up for adoption, because she didn't think she could be a good mother to him. She didn't think that she had what it took -- uh -- didn't have the love that he deserved. But when we were on the boat, she realized that no one could love that baby more than she does.
Attorney: Did she talk about your role in her son's future?
Zach: Yeah, well, we talked about it. I told her I'd take care of her and Spike -- that's what she calls the kid, Spike. Um -- and I told her I'd make all her wishes come true, and her biggest wish was for a healthy child.
Attorney: She said that?
Zach: Her exact words were that she wants this baby "more than her own life."
Attorney: Do you love your wife, Mr. Slater?
Zach: I do.
Attorney: Do you want her to live?
Zach: More than anything.
Attorney: Do you realize that what you're asking this court to agree to -- letting Kendall continue to carry her child in spite of her medical condition -- could bring about her death?
Zach: I do.
Attorney: Well, then why on earth would you make such a request?
Zach: This is not about what I want. This is Kendallís choice. It's -- it's what matters. And if she had a voice, she would be here today to tell you that the baby should stay exactly where it is. But -- ahem -- but she can't, so I'm going to speak for her, because I promised.
Babe: Kendall? I'm back.
Kendall's voice: Babe? Is that Babe?
Babe: I was all set to leave, but I couldn't stop thinking about what I would want if it were me in this bed. And I would want the doctors to do whatever it took to save my son, even if that meant I had to die. But do you feel the same way? Just give me a sign -- something, anything -- so I'd know this is what you want.
Kendall's voice: "A sign"? My life is in Babe Careyís hands, and she wants a
freaking sign? You know what sign I'd like to give you, Babe? I'd like to wrap
my hands around that scrawny neck and squeeze until you squawk like a chicken!
Babe: Kendall? Kendall, you -- you did it, you moved your finger.
Livia: An impromptu wedding on a yacht -- very romantic. You and Kendall must be crazy about each other.
Zach: That sums it up.
Livia: Were you this much in love the first time you were married?
Zach: No, the first time we were married it was a -- a business relationship. Kendall agreed to marry me so I could sign over the casino licenses into her name.
Livia: And why was that necessary?
Zach: I had a bit of a problem with the gambling commission.
Livia: So you married Kendall the first time in order to save your business?
Livia: And did she? Did she save your casinos?
Zach: She did.
Livia: Mr. Lavery, you applied for emergency custody of your unborn child, did you not?
Ryan: Yes, I did.
Livia: And you were granted it immediately, despite the fact that the child was still in his mother's womb. Is that correct?
Ryan: Yes, that's true. At the time I had every reason to believe that Kendall was going to put our son up for adoption against my wishes.
Livia: Your Honor, evidence that my client's concerns are valid -- adoption papers signed by Kendall, giving Dr. Greg Madden permission to shop their unborn child to prospective parents. Mr. Lavery, was Kendall aware of how important it was for you to raise your son?
Ryan: Yep. I -- uh -- I told her many times, yes. Ahem.
Livia: And why did she refuse you that right?
Ryan: Whew. Um -- Madden -- Dr. Madden -- played on Kendallís reservations, convinced her that I was unfit to raise my son alone, and it got to the point where she wouldn't even listen to me, so the only way I could stop her was legally, legally stop her from giving my son to -- to strangers.
Livia: But Mr. Slater testified that Kendall had a change of heart just before her accident.
Ryan: Mm-hmm. I never had a chance to talk to Kendall about that. Every conversation that I had with her, she made it very clear that she had -- she had no interest in raising our son.
Livia: Did Kendall honor the court order?
Ryan: She never saw it. When I went to her to show it, she was already gone. Apparently, Dr. Madden had taken her to a -- a private facility that he had on an island where she could rest and give birth and put our son up for adoption without any interference from me.
Attorney: Objection. Your Honor, the witness' theory is speculative and assumes facts not in evidence.
Livia: Mr. Lavery, do you love Kendall?
Ryan: Yes, I do. I love her as one of my closest friends and -- um -- as my son's mother.
Livia: Do you want Kendall to live?
Ryan: More than anything.
Livia: Do you want her to live more than you want your son to live?
Ryan: I don't know how to answer that.
Livia: I understand that this is very difficult for you, Mr. Lavery, but try.
Ryan: Ahem. Excuse me. I want my son very much, but not at the expense of Kendallís life.
Attorney: You say Kendall is one of your best friends, yet it doesn't sound as if you agreed on much regarding this pregnancy. Is that fair to say?
Ryan: Actually, I said that Kendall was one of my closest friends. I don't think you have to be best friends to be close. But either way, we -- uh -- we had our differences.
Attorney: If you and Kendall haven't been able to see eye to eye on what's best for your child throughout her entire pregnancy, what makes you think you can speak for her now?
Ryan: I love Kendall, and I don't want her to die.
Livia: Excuse me, Your Honor. I've just received some compelling new evidence, and with the court's permission, I would like to submit it into these proceedings. I would also like to request permission to redirect Mr. Lavery.
Attorney: Your Honor, this is highly unusual.
Judge: I'll look at the evidence.
Attorney: Your Honor, this is completely irrelevant. This is nothing more than a weak attempt by the plaintiff to smear my client's character.
Judge: I disagree. I'm going to allow the new evidence to be admitted. You may redirect your witness.
Livia: Thank you, Your Honor. Mr. Lavery, do you know what this is?
Ryan: No. I have no idea.
Livia: It's a report prepared by a team of private investigators hired by Erica Kane. Would you please read what that says.
Ryan: It says that "Zach Slater has a lot to gain if Kendall dies." Livia: Mr.
Slater, you own eight casinos, including the Seasons East -- is that correct?
Zach: That's correct.
Livia: And your casinos, are they lucrative?
Zach: They can be.
Livia: Hmm. Well, according to this report, they've been bleeding money for six months, and you have dipped heavily into a substantial line of credit.
Zach: Well, that's the gambling business for you -- sometimes people get lucky, and they win.
Livia: If they keep getting lucky, you might end up bankrupt.
Zach: It's not going to come to that. In the end, the odds are always with the house. We'll be just fine.
Livia: Would you mind telling the court what this is, sir?
Zach: This is part of the paperwork that Kendall and I signed when we decided to share the casinos.
Livia: Please be more specific.
Zach: It's a business partner's life insurance policy.
Livia: So if one of you were to die, the business is insured against that loss?
Zach: Yes, it is.
Livia: And how much is the policy for?
Zach: $10 million.
Livia: So if Kendall were to die tomorrow, your financial difficulties would be a thing of the past?
Zach: I'm not sure what to say to that, Livia.
Livia: Well, you better say something, because you're asking this court to take a big risk with the life that you claim to value so much.
Zach: Kendall told me that she wants this baby's life more than her own. This is what she wants.
Livia: No further questions.
Babe: He's right. Kendall wants to save her baby. She told me so.
Simone: Hi, sweetie. It's Simone. Dani and Erin are here, too.
Erin: Hi, Kendall.
Danielle: Hey, Kendall.
Simone: You look like hell.
Kendall's voice: How does such a tiny foot fill such a big mouth? I'm in hell, Simone.
Simone: But you are in luck. I kind of thought that these peeps in here would care more about your blood levels than facial rehydration, so we are taking it upon ourselves to tend to your pores and your nails and your super-pale, pasty skin.
Danielle: What she's trying to say is we're here to pretty you up, boss lady.
Simone: Thank God she's out of it. Thank God. She would absolutely freak if she saw how gnarly her nails are.
Danielle: How do you think Kendall would look in glossy brick?
Erin: Um -- I think Kendall will look really good if we painted her up like one of the dudes from Kiss.
Kendall's voice: Oh, don't you even think about it.
Kendall's voice: Oh, God. I love you guys.
Babe: I'm not trying to hurt anyone, Erica. I'm just doing what I think is right.
Erica: Oh, I have heard those words from you so many times. The problem is what you think is right serves one person and one person only -- you.
Ryan: Somebody has to fight for her, Zach.
Zach: Someone is.
Judge: After hearing arguments from both sides, I've decided to allow Mrs. Chandler's testimony.
Babe: Kendall and I, we -- um Ė we have a pretty chilly history, to say the least. That's why I was completely blown away the day of the accident. She was in such a good mood, she even hugged me. She was so excited.
Attorney: What about? Did she say?
Babe: Yes. She said that she was looking forward to having her son. She went from having completely no connection with him to telling me that she would die for her child.
Attorney: She used those words.
Babe: Kendall said that she would give up her life to save her son. That's how much she loves him.
Attorney: Thank you, Mrs. Chandler. No more questions --
Babe: Actually, I visited Kendall this morning, and she wanted me to tell all of you how much she loves her son.
Livia: How could she possibly have done that, Mrs. Chandler? Kendall is in a coma.
Babe: I asked her to give me a sign, and she did. She moved her finger.
Danielle: So he steps off the elevator, and I'm like jaw all on the floor.
Erin: Oh, he -- Justin is cute.
Danielle: Oh, no, I don't do cute. Brother is fine.
Erin: Oh, I'm sorry.
Danielle: Simone, how come you didn't tell me you hired such a gorgeous -- oh, no. Come on, you promised no tears.
Simone: I'm not crying, it's just dust or something. And I told you about Justin, ok?
Simone: You just weren't listening because you were so into -- what was his name?
Erin: Ben --
Erin: Was his name.
Danielle: Oh --
Danielle: Ben? Catch up, ladies, Ben was last month.
Erin: Oh, I'm sorry.
Danielle: Well, I can't even believe --
Kendallís voice: This is just what I needed. Thank you.
Danielle: Will you pass me the hand cream?
Kendall's voice: Thank you for my friends, my family, for Zach. Please, God, I don't want to die.
Erin: Does Justin wear a wedding ring?
Kendall's voice: I want more gossip and giggles with Dani and Simone and even Erin. I want to make new memories with them, with my husband. But even more than all of that, I want a future with my son. Am I asking too much? Can I have it all?
Danielle: How do you feel about Zach?
Livia: Mrs. Chandler, your husband was arrested for the attempted murder of Kendall Hart, is that correct?
Babe: Yes, he was.
Livia: And if he is found guilty, he will be put away for a very long time.
Babe: I guess.
Livia: If that happens, who will get custody of your son?
Babe: I would.
Joe: It's possible that the movement detected by Mrs. Chandler in Kendall was nothing more than a spontaneous muscle twitch. Unfortunately, this kind of movement is often interpreted by loved ones as proof that the patient is somehow aware of her surroundings.
Livia: But in your professional opinion, that is not the case with Kendall Hart?
Joe: Highly unlikely.
Erica: I find it highly unlikely that my daughter Kendall would confide in Babe Chandler of all people. I mean, this is the woman who stole my daughter Biancaís baby. Kendall despises Babe Chandler. She would never confide in her, and she certainly would never embrace her.
Livia: What would Mrs. Chandler stand to gain by coming here and lying?
Erica: Only control of an entire cosmetics company. Babe Chandler has no experience working anything but a beer tap. She lucked her way into the position at Fusion, and since day one my daughter Kendall has been her biggest opponent. So by Babe Chandler coming here and urging the court to allow Kendall to continue to carry her baby, she is pushing for my daughter's death, so that she can have more control over the company.
Babe: That is ridiculous.
Attorney: Objection, Your Honor!
Livia: Mrs. Chandler says she is here today on behalf of your daughter.
Erica: Mrs. Chandler is a lying bitch.
Erica: The woman they describe is -- is not my daughter, is not the Kendall I've known all these years. I mean, my daughter has adamantly told me on more than one occasion that she doesn't want to be a mother at all. And she has told me repeatedly that she could never forgive Zach Slater for betraying her the way he did.
Livia: Yet they were married. Are you saying that Kendall was somehow forced into this arrangement?
Erica: My daughter couldn't possibly have been in her right mind if she agreed to become this manipulator's wife again.
Attorney: Your Honor, please.
Judge: Ms. Kane, I'll ask you to stick to the facts of the case.
Erica: I'm sorry, Your Honor. It's just that it is very difficult to sit here and listen to Zach Slater say that he is speaking on my daughter's behalf, when I know very well that the only thing he is after is this life insurance policy. And I'm quite sure that he coerced Babe Chandlerís testimony in exchange for promising to keep her husband locked up behind bars.
Attorney: Your Honor --
Erica: Please, this is my daughter's life we are talking about! And I am so sorry that there is any risk to the baby, but I certainly will not sit idly by and -- and lose my daughter!
Erin: Kendall looks beautiful.
Simone: Yeah, she does.
Danielle: You think we went a little heavy on the blush?
Simone: No. No, she was just so pale. I wanted to bring some life --
Danielle: Oh, Simone, don't. You promised.
Simone: You know what? I -- I can't do this again.
Danielle: I'm going to go make sure she's ok.
Erin: Ok. You look great, Kendall. Don't worry, it's -- it's the perfect amount of blush. Would it -- it be ok if I -- if I said hello to my nephew now? Hey, little one. It's your Auntie Erin. It's nice to -- oh, my God. Oh, my God, Kendall, he moved! He moved, that's good. That's good. Ryan's in a million little pieces about this. He loves you, and he loves his baby so much. And I'm sorry, I don't know what this must be like for you. But if you got any awareness at all -- no matter what happens, Kendall, I'm always going to be grateful to you, because you -- you saved my big brother. You and this baby brought him back from one of the darkest points in his life, and I'm never going to forget that. Thank you.
Judge: I would like to thank you all for your testimony today. I know it's been an emotional morning. We'll take a short recess while I retire to my chambers to make my decision.
Bailiff: All rise.
Kendall's voice: Hello? You guys still there? Erin? Oh, no. What if you are there, and I just can't hear you? What if I'm dying? Spike? Spike, can you hear me? Your mom doesn't want to die! I'm not ready to say good-bye. I want to see my friends again, my family. I have to see Zach one more time. But if this is it, God, if dying is the only way I can save my son, I'm ready to die.
On the next "All My Children" --
Ryan: Julia, what is that? What's going on?
Julia: Everyone has to be evacuated.
Erica: What about Kendall? Well, I'm not going to leave my daughter.
Dixie (to Greg): How could you bring Tad into this? Why are you doing this to me?
Greg (to Dixie): What difference does it make? What are you going to do about it?
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