AMC Transcript Thursday 5/18/06

All My Children Transcript Thursday 5/18/06


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J.R.: Hello? Will someone tell that DA to hurry up with my bail hearing? My taxes pay his salary! My taxes are more than his salary.

[Door closes]

J.R.: Well, it's about damn time.

Guard: Ten minutes.

J.R.: I don't need 10 minutes. This visitation's over now.

[Door closes]

J.R.: Hey, get out of here.

Tad: J.R., did Dixie say anything to you at all about your sister, Kate?

Dixie: Expecting someone else? Too bad.

Greg: I have nothing further to say to you.

Dixie: Well, I have plenty to say to you, you bastard. How could you bring Tad into this? You told him I was insane.

Greg: You're crazy. You need help.

Dixie: You told him that our baby is dead. Don't you dare. Why are you doing this to me?

Greg: What difference does it make? What are you going to do about it?

Jonathan: Officer, I just made a mistake. I -- I thought you were someone else.

Officer: Sure you did, pal.

Woman: He stalked me. He kept watching me with those creepy eyes of his, and then he just grabbed me.

Officer: He assaulted you?

Jonathan: No, no, no. I -- no, I didnít. It was just a mistake. You don't understand.

Officer: Enlighten me.

Jonathan: I -- I missed her, and I needed her.

Woman: See? He's nuts.

Jonathan: No, no, I -- I needed her to know that I'm -- I'm looking for someone like her. I mean, that looks like her, I mean. I'm looking for Lily.

Officer: That's it. I've heard enough. You're under arrest.

Man: Oh, good. You got the clothes I sent over.

Lily: I'm not finished getting dressed yet.

Man: Did everything fit? Try on everything?

Lily: People usually knock on the door, and then I let them in. And it takes me seven minutes to get dressed, not including shoes, so I still have two minutes left.

Man: It's ok, Lily. You don't have to be afraid. Would you be afraid of your brother, hmm?

Lily: No touching.

Kendall's voice: Hello? Anybody? Where is everyone? What's happening to me? What's happening to my child? Answer me, somebody?

Julia: Hey, Kendall. Everybody's still at the courthouse. We should know pretty soon.


Bailiff: Judge OíConnell is returning from chambers. All rise.

Judge: I am ready to give my ruling on the matter of the guardianship of Kendall Hart Slater and her unborn child. Is the petitioner here?

Livia: We are here, Your Honor.

Judge: And Mrs. Slater's husband?

Attorney: Yes, Your Honor.

Judge: At the center of this case are two innocents -- mother and child. Certainly in our society, nothing is more sacred. The only obvious thing about this case is that these two lives are loved very much. Our forefathers never intended the judiciary rule on matters best left to scientists and doctors. So in this instance, we must adhere strictly to who has the legal right to make a life-threatening decision. We are not here to judge which decision is more attractive or more compelling. They both are equally so. I doubt very much if anyone will feel like a true winner here.

Julia: It's funny how the little things about your husband just drive you crazy. Hmm. You'll see. A physical therapist will come and do this, but hopefully, you're not going to be out that long, so -- oh, yeah, all those things you think are just adorable about Zach right now -- they'll drive you nuts. Like maybe if he leaves his clothes on the floor or he doesn't hang his towel up. Noah always used to call scallions "little green onions." I thought it was so adorable at first. And I used to tell him --

Kendallís voice: Are you kidding me?

Julia: "They're scallions."

Kendall's voice: Onions? I'm in a coma, and this freak is talking about onions?

Julia: Drove me nuts.

Kendall's voice: Hey, you, let go of my leg. Oh, God --

Julia: I guess --

Kendallís voice: Now she's telling me about relationships. Please -- please, this is intolerable. Help me. I don't know what they're going to do to me or my baby, and this woman is trying to bore me to death.

Julia: I think it's a combination of all -- and don't even get me started about the snoring. Well, that should be a little better. Kendall, I know the solution to your situation. If you could just hear me -- wake up. Just tell everybody what you want.

Judge: We are in new territory. There is no legal precedent. In the absence of a living will, who is to say what the mother's wishes truly are? Each side has what appears to be a legitimate claim to best carry out the patient's wishes. If the patient were conscious, she could tell us what side to come down on. That luxury is not given us here. To delay the decision is to make the decision on behalf of Mr. Slater, the patient's husband. The longer we delay the decision, the more at risk Mrs. Slater will be, the better off the child will be. But there is an element of uncertainty at work here. The medical testimony from Dr. Martin was quite clear. The outcome of neither choice is predestined. All we can fall back on are odds. Odds are, if we take the child from the mother now, the child will be at risk. But, that is not a given. If we do not take the child soon, the mother will be at risk, but that is not a given. Thus again, I am urged to stick closely to who has the strictly legal right to make the decision, regardless of medical testimony.

Julia: Come on, Kendall, wake up. I know you can do it. Wake up and tell everyone what to do. Are you going to let those men decide for you? Or some judge, or your mother? Wake up. I know we don't get along. You never hide your feelings for anybody. And I'm probably the last person you want in this room right now. But, Kendall, you're one of the strongest women I know. And if you could just crank up that power just once, all of it, everything you have -- it's your life. Take control of it. Can you do that?

Kendall's voice: If I could do it, I would be doing it. And I would crown you with the nearest bedpan. Oh -- oh, God, please help me. Let me move.

Judge: Where conflict of interest is in question, where intention is not proved, we must look beyond simple common law. Spousal privilege is a long-held right. The husband is legally recognized as the next of kin in a situation such as this one. However, there is a court-ordered custody agreement. Another judge has looked at some of the parties involved and deemed Mr. Lavery the guardian of his yet unborn child. He is not able to carry out the court-ordered guardianship currently. That is why in this instance, I'm ruling that Mr. Lavery's custody order of the child supersedes Mr. Slater's spousal privilege. Ryan Lavery, you are hereby the court-appointed guardian of the above-mentioned principal, Kendall Hart Slater.

Attorney: We reserve the right to an immediate appeal.

Judge: Duly noted. Mr. Lavery, I do not envy your choice. Good luck.

[Judge pounds gavel]

Bailiff: All rise.

J.R.: Unbelievable. Here I am, rotting in a smelly cell that's not even good enough for my help, and who shows up? Tad Martin, PI.

Tad: J.R., please cut it out.

J.R.: Yeah, I was ready to sit back and wait to hear some tough-love tale or inspirational thing, but, you know -- why don't you save your funny questions for someone else?

Tad: I just want to know if Dixie mentioned any --

J.R.: I know what you asked!

Tad: So you don't remember hearing anything about Kate?

J.R.: Just when I think that you're done jerking me around, you really make my day. Do you actually sit back and go, "How can I make J.R.'s days worse? Mother, check. Dead sister, another check."

Tad: That's not what I'm trying to do. I'm trying to help.

J.R.: Why don't you save your caring for your own son? What are you doing here, anyway? What's going on? What, is it -- a dead Kateís better than a live J.R.?

Tad: You know that's not the case.

J.R.: Well, you see, old buddy, it doesn't really matter to me, because I don't really know jack about that. And when it comes to Dixie, I don't really care.

Tad: You know, whether you know it or not, we're in the same boat.

J.R.: Is that the boat that goes through Stupidville and turns around to Gullible Town?

Tad: J.R., we were both betrayed. You didn't corner the market.

J.R.: Yeah, I just bought it in bulk.

Tad: We both loved Dixie. We were both betrayed. Get it?

J.R.: Thanks for sharing. Boo-hoo. Are we finished here?

Tad: No. You know, there's a good chance I might be where you are right now -- exactly where you are, if I hadn't followed Stuartís advice.

J.R.: You know, you really shouldn't pay too much attention to Stuart. He's too nice for his own good.

Tad: You don't know the half of it. But it was damn good advice. He told me to stop feeling sorry for myself and try to find out about Dixieís story -- to try to find out what she lost.

J.R.: Well, she lost me. She probably should have stayed dead.

Tad: J.R., all I'm trying to do is figure out what happened. Where she was and why, for four years.

J.R.: Oh, you mean the four years she was in Europe without a phone? Well, I can tell you where she wasn't! My son's birthdays, his christening. With you.

Tad: I know that. What I don't know is why she stayed away so long. Who she was with. If we find out, it could help us.

J.R.: The only thing that would help is if you get your Inspector Gadget act out of here.

Tad: J.R., I'm begging you, please, help me. Stuart's right. We've got to find out what happened before we turn our backs on your mother for good.

Tad: For the last time, do you remember hearing her mention anything at all about Kateís birth or death? J.R., come on. The reason you're in here is because of what she did to you. Because you couldn't handle it. J.R., all I'm saying is that Kate was part of the reason that Dixie created the hell that she did. And we deserve to know why.

Dixie: You won't get away with this.

Greg: What? Are these more of your empty threats to what, destroy my career? You are delusional.

Dixie: Maybe I was crazy to listen to you, you miserable excuse for a human being.

Greg: Now, if I'm the terrible one, why didn't you tell Tad that your baby was still alive?

Aidan: Jonathan, what's going on?

Woman: This guy stalked me and then thought he could get all handsy.

Jonathan: No.

Aidan: No, I'm sorry if my -- my friend Jonathan scared you by mistake. Are you sure you're ok?

Woman: I'm better now.

Aidan: Officer, I promise you, this man -- he means no harm. To cut a long story short, we're -- we're just in search of a missing young woman named Lily Montgomery. And she has Autism Spectrum Disorder. And she could be in some serious danger. And -- well, you -- you really do look a lot like her. She's -- she's a beautiful young woman, just like yourself. I mean, obviously, this -- this is a case of mistaken identity. I mean, Jonathan just wants to find her, and -- and sometimes, he just -- he just gets so excited that he can't get his words out. That's all. Because, you know, he means no harm. My name's Aidan Devane, by the way. Are you sure you're ok?

Woman: I'm sorry. No worries. I'm -- I just got scared. I'm fine now.

Officer: All right.

Jonathan: Ah.

Officer: But a word of advice --

Jonathan: Yeah, ok. Any -- anything.

Officer: I hope you find your friend. I really do. But don't go accosting anyone else. Otherwise, you'll end up in a cell on Riker's. Miss, if I could have a word --

Jonathan: Thanks, Aidan.

Aidan: Where are you going? Jonathan, tell me the truth. Have you heard from Lily?

Jonathan: No. I haven't, Aidan. Nothing yet. But, Aidan, I told you, you have to leave New York right now. If Lily sees you again, she's going to run away again. She knows that you're going to take her back to Jack, Aidan. Lily's -- Lilyís never going back.

Lily: My Autism Spectrum Disorder means that I react in -- in other ways than -- than people. And my mind works differently. Most people like touching, but I don't like it.

Man: It's cool. I don't want to make you uncomfortable, you know? You're safe here. Oh, I called Jonathan like you asked. I gave him your coded message.

Lily: Perfect. Then I can meet him at --

Man: All your boyfriend said was to come home as soon as you can. Everyone's very worried about you.

Lily: He wants me to come home? That's a 180.

Man: That's what he said. Why?

Lily: We were -- we want to live together. We were going to leave Pine Valley and -- and move in together. That's not what he wanted. He didn't want me to come home. That's not in our plan. That's a complete 180. A change of -- of opinion.

Man: It doesn't make any sense to me, either. Here, you don't want these anymore. Let me get rid of them for you. Ok?

Lily: What would make Jonathan change his mind like that?

Man: Lily, let me explain something to you about younger men.

Lily: Jonathan's not younger. He's older than I am.

Man: Look, younger than, say, someone my age. Younger men are rarely in a relationship for the long haul.

Lily: "Long haul"? Well, what does that mean?

Man: The relationship becomes too much trouble -- the girl.

Lily: My dad was a lot of trouble for Jonathan. And my disorder made it even more difficult to be with me.

Man: Listen, there's no reason for you to rush back to any of that, ok? And you can stay here as long as you like. I can take care of you.

Attorney: The judge should not have ruled against us. It makes no sense. But we still have some moves we can make.

Zach: It's going to be too late.

Attorney: No, we'll see about that.

Erica: Livia, you were brilliant.

Livia: Thank you. But the judge was right -- there are no winners here.

Erica: Well, Kendall won. This is for my daughter. I thank you. And now, I know that Kendall will, too.

Ryan: Let's go. Let's go and do what we -- what we fought to do.

Lily: Maybe my father convinced Jonathan to agree with him. He can be very persuasive. I just wish I had more clarification.

Man: Sometimes a clean break is best. In the meantime, you're going to need some help.

Lily: It was very nice of you to offer to take care of me. But I'm an adult now. I'm 18. So I really must follow my own plan. I just need to make some changes to it.

Man: So what's next, then?

Lily: Would you lend me train money to go to Boston?

Man: Sure that's what you want?

Lily: Definitely. I'll pay you back once I get a job in Boston. I lost my budget book on the way here, but I worked up some numbers on the hotel stationery before you came.

Man: Really impressive, Lily.

Lily: I -- I can work, as long as it's in a place with lots of numbers and no red. And I've double-checked the train schedule. I'll need $85. Can you lend me that much?

Man: Oh. See what I got.

[In his wallet are multiple $100 bills.]

Man: Oh, wow, sorry, I'm a little short right now. But I can get some more from the ATM when I run back to work. I'll meet you back here later. Sound good? Say, 5:00 p.m. today?

Lily: Oh, that's after hotel checkout time.

Man: Relax. I'll get you another day.

Lily: That sounds good. I'll send Jonathan an e-mail saying good-bye, and I'll meet you back here later at 5:00.

Man: Just be careful. They can track you down.

Jonathan: Lily and I don't need you here, Aidan.

Aidan: I'm sorry, Jonathan, but you and Lily don't have the skills to make it alone, especially in a big city like this. I mean, look what just happened with that cop just now.

Jonathan: What are you trying to say? That I -- that I can't take care of Lily?

Aidan: Well, what if Lily gets sick? Isn't she on Jackís insurance? And how are you going to afford an apartment while Lilyís at school? I mean, Lily might not be able to work much. Have you got any money saved?

Jonathan: Lily has a plan, Aidan. And she's -- she made a budget. Because she's much better at all that stuff than I am.

Aidan: But Lily has never paid any of her own bills before. And back before your surgery, before Lily, did you find it easy to get a job? I mean, it's not going to be any easier to get a job now.

Jonathan: I love her, Aidan.

Aidan: I know you do. But love sometimes isn't enough. You and Lily don't have the skills that you need yet to make it on your own.

Jonathan: You don't know anything about Lily and me. Well, Lily and I are going to show you. We'll both show you. Because we're going to be just fine.

J.R.: I don't know what to tell you, Tad. Dixie started telling me about Kate, but I told her I didn't -- I didn't want to know anything about her. Look, I'm going to be out of this pigpen in about a half an hour, so why don't you get the hell out of my life.

Tad: I hope you don't mean that.

J.R.: Yeah, actually, I do mean that. I should never tried to make this screwed-up family work.

Tad: J.R., what happened to the young man that stood in that hospital room and thanked God that his wife and his son were still alive? The kid I was so proud of, that forgave everybody that hurt him? That asked for their forgiveness?

J.R.: Yeah, forgiveness. Yeah. That's comical.

Tad: It's not too late.

J.R.: No, that's exactly what it is -- it's too late. I should have never come back from that steamer. The sooner you and Babe and everybody else realizes that -- my son and I are done here -- the better off all of us will be.

Tad: You can't believe that.

J.R.: Yeah, I do. And there's nothing you or Babe or my father can do about it, so why don't you get the hell out of here?

Guard: All right, time's up.

J.R.: God.

Greg: Tad, Tad, Tad. You know, once upon a time, you and Tad were the prince and princess of this fair city. He was supposed to be the love of your life. A stellar detective, I'm told, trained to ferret out secrets and answers. What really baffles me is you didn't tell him anything.

Dixie: I don't have to explain myself to you.

Greg: To me? No, maybe not, but to Tad? You should have told him something. You had plenty of chances over the past four years. You could have said something about what had gone on. I mean, you could've, for example, said, "Oh, Tad, our baby girl is alive, and the terrible, evil Dr. Madden, he's the only one who knows her whereabouts," but you didn't tell him anything. Somebody had to tell him something. And boy, was he surprised.

Dixie: You understand nothing about my relationship with Tad.

Greg: You should've seen the look on his face. You think I'm the monster here? I see through that halo and that myth. I know you for what you really are, and that is what's killing you.

Dixie: What's killing me is not knowing where my daughter is.

Greg: No, what's eating away at you -- you replay it in your mind all the time, wondering if you did the right thing. You look at all the chaos you caused around here, and you wonder -- how could you screw up so badly? The evil is not in what I did. The evil's in what you did.

Kendallís voice: Zach, it's you. What happened? What did they decide please, please tell me they listened to you. They're not taking the baby, are they? Please tell me -- what did they decide?

Julia: Zach, I'm sorry. I have to finish getting Kendall prepped for surgery. I've alerted the neonatal team, and they're on standby.

Kendall's voice: Oh, no. No, they can't, Zach. They can't take Spike. Don't let them. Please, Zach, do something. Zach? Zach? Get away from me, Julia. Stop it. Just stop. I will do anything if you'd just stop this from happening, please.

Greg: Unlike all the geniuses here in Pine Valley, I've always seen you for what you really are -- a truly horrible mother.

Dixie: Oh, and you know what makes a good parent? You who had, what, thousands of children?

Greg: Now, you forget -- I've seen you at the brink of death. I've seen you at your most real, and in that all-important moment, what did you choose to do?

Dixie: You had something to do with that.

Greg: Now, Dixie, take credit where credit is due. This town has turned you into some patron saint of mothers. But at least now they're beginning to see the reality. If they want any evidence, they just have to look at your son J.R. You know, they say our children are the best and worst parts of all of us. What part of you would you say J.R. was?

Dixie: J.R. is a sensitive, complex young man who has every right to be a little confused right now. At least I can say that J.R. is mine, not some embryo I stole.

Greg: Oh, stop fighting. Just admit it. Agree with me, Dixie. Deep down, you believe you never deserved to have any child.

Dixie: How dare you. I've seen your files. Your laundry isn't exactly sparkling.

Greg: I give life. What is your contribution? Kendall Hartís baby is fighting for its life right now because of your wonderful mothering of J.R. You know I'm right. You never deserved to be a mother. You were never fit.

J.R.: You did this to me. Is this how love really looks to you? Oh, well, look who came to the show. You guys here to stack a few more lies on the list of charges?

Adam: How are you, son?

J.R.: Oh, I'm super. I'll be walking out of here in just a few minutes -- away from you.

Bailiff: Court is now in session, the Honorable Judge James Beeker presiding. All rise.

Judge: Look what we have here -- a Chandler. To what do I owe this pleasure? What are the charges here?

DA: Your Honor, the people would like to charge Adam Chandler, Jr., with two counts of attempted murder, also, Your Honor, one count each of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, and aggravated assault on an unborn child.

Judge: Well, that's quite a laundry list. Counselor, how does your client plead?

J.R.: Not guilty, Your Honor.

Erica: You're doing the right thing. We can safely give Kendall the drug that she needs to live. And she'll pull through and together, we are all going to fight to save your little boy's life.

[Ryan tearfully signs the form authorizing a C-section on Kendall immediately.]

Ryan: When -- when -- ahem. When will we know about my son and his chances? When?

Dr. Mayer: It's tough to tell. It could be a long battle ahead.

Ryan: Oh.

[When an alarm rings at the hospital, everyone rushes to investigate. Zach takes this opportunity to barricade himself inside Kendall's room.]

Ryan: Julia. What is that? What is that? What's going on?

Julia: Everyone has to be evacuated. All the patients who can be moved must be taken out ASAP.

Erica: What about my daughter? What about Kendall?

Julia: I will stay on the floor with her.

Erica: Well, I'm not going to leave my daughter.

Dr. Mayer: Let's move, folks.

Ryan: Ok, all right. It's all right. No, Erica, honestly. Julia's going to be here, I'm sure it's nothing. Don't -- don't worry.

Dr. Mayer: She'll be taken care of. Come on.

Ryan: Come on.

Erica: Oh.

Judge: Evidence seems sufficient to bind Mr. Chandler over for trial. Bail recommendations?

DA: Yes, Your Honor. The people request that the defendant be held on remand.

Attorney: Oh, that's ridiculous. We request Mr. Chandler be released on his own recognizance.

DA: Yeah. Your Honor, we consider Mr. Chandler here to be an extreme flight risk. He has significant wealth, a passport, private jet.

Attorney: Look, Your Honor, my client runs a local-based corporation. He has strong roots in this community -- a son, a family --

DA: Yeah, a son that your client has threatened to whisk away to some foreign country somewhere on more than one occasion.

Attorney: My client is perfectly willing to surrender his passport.

DA: Your Honor, if Kendall Hart Slater should die, the charge will be murder -- a capital crime.

Judge: Ok. Enough, I got it. Bail is set at $1.5 million, cash, and your client will surrender his passport.

[Judge pounds gavel]

Bailiff: All rise.

J.R.: I'm the criminal? You guys are thieves. Get the money from my company's assets.

Adam: I'm sorry, son. I'm afraid that's not possible.

J.R.: What are you talking about?

Adam: Your assets have been frozen.

J.R.: By whom?

Adam: By me.

J.R.: You think you're so smart? I'll get out of here. You're all going to regret it, every single one of you.

[After eating a soft pretzel on the steps of the public library, Lily spots Jonathan in the crowd.]

Lily: Jonathan?

Tad: Adam?

Adam: Just leave us alone. We don't need your concern or your pity.

Ryan: So -- so Kendallís ok?

Erica: Nothing happened to Kendall during the fire alarm?

Julia: Kendall is fine. We just had to follow procedures. Apparently, it was an electrical malfunction.

Erica: Oh.

Ryan: Ok. So, what now?

Julia: Well, I continue getting Kendall prepped for surgery and then she'll go into the OR

Erica: Can I see her before she goes upstairs?

Julia: Oh, of course. Oh, that's funny -- I don't remember those blinds being down.

Ryan: What's wrong?

Julia: Well, I don't know. I -- I can't open the door.

[Knock on door]

Kendall's voice: Is it ok, Zach? Did you take care of everything? Did you take care of Spike?

[Pounding on door]

Julia: Hello? Who's in there?

Zach: They'll take Spike over my dead body.

Julia: Who's in there?

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

Dixie (to J.R.): You tried to kill your wife. Be a man. Take responsibility for it.

Derek: Let's go, Zach, or I'll have to break the door down.

Zach: You try this door and someone's going to get hurt.

Kendall's voice: Zach, I don't want you to die for me. I donít want --


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