All My Children Transcript Friday 8/11/06
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Proofread by Gisele
Erin: You are much too gullible. You unravel when you hear loud noises or yelling. You can't stand to be touched. You rock in the corner and count to yourself. You need a guardian to manage your life for you. You're incompetent, Lily.
Lily: Are they going to say it just like that, while I'm on the stand?
Erin: All we can do is guess till we get into the courtroom. But your father wants your marriage to Jonathan annulled, and the first step is proving that you're incompetent today. My guess is he is going to do whatever it takes to win.
Jack: How long have you been standing there?
Erica: Long enough to see you destroy a piece of paper. Jack, I know you think that you're protecting Lily, but I don't think --
Jack: Erica, we've been over this and over this and over this. Now, Jonathan is keeping his miraculous recovery a secret. Why? And if he's hiding that, what else is he hiding? I am not going to put my daughter at risk waiting to find out.
Ryan: Jack, what do you think you're doing? This has to stop, Jack. This insanity stops now.
Babe: Door-to-door service. I could definitely get used to this.
J.R.: Well, come home, and I'll bring you back later.
Babe: I know all of your tricks by now. But it doesn't mean that I don't love them.
J.R.: I hate leaving you.
Josh: Hate leaving her or you hate leaving her with me?
Tad: How are you, old buddy, old pal.
David: Get your hands off me. What the hell was that for? Did you plant drugs on me? Call in the DEA?
Tad: Why don't you sit down. Shut up, chill. Come on. Imbibe. Go on.
David: It's 9:00 a.m., Tad.
Tad: Yeah, I know. It's a good thing. Gives you plenty of time to catch up. You're going to need it when you find out who's been nailing the woman of our collective dreams.
Zach: How's Spike?
Kendall: Ooh, a long night. He was crabby and snuggly and now, finally, snoozy. Ok, so, back to adult talk. You said that you have a way to get the charges against you and Dixie dropped.
Zach: Yeah. Won't be clean or easy.
Kendall: Ok, well, yes. Yes, whatever it is, yes, I'm in.
Zach: You got to hear me out.
Kendall: Honey, you not in prison, with me and Spike forever, that's it. What more do I need to hear?
Zach: Shh. We got to prove Tad right. Dixie and I are having an affair.
Babe: Nice mellow way to start the morning, Josh. Guess we won't be needing caffeine with you around.
J.R.: Oh, it's cool. I didn't notice him, anyway.
Josh: Oh, and here I thought I was the center of your universe. All that trouble you went through for me, the night of the opening. Did you hurt your finger pushing play on the CD?
J.R.: Actually, Babe’s the center of my universe. You're just the guy that crash-landed her in the ocean. Say, shouldn't you be in jail for that?
Josh: Well, you could show me how to weasel out of it. You're my hero.
Babe: Ok, ok, enough! I'm not saying that you guys need to order takeout and watch the wide screen, but enough of this gorilla chest-thumping stuff. Ok?
Josh: All right, Babe wants us to start over. Whatever she wants from me, she gets. You going to leave me hanging?
J.R.: Whatever Babe wants.
Babe: A couple more times and maybe it won't look like it's killing you both.
Josh: I'm fine. You?
J.R.: Never better. I'll see you at home.
Josh: You happy?
Babe: That was huge, what you just did. Thank you.
Josh: Well, like I said, whatever boss lady wants.
Babe: And if she said, "Get to work"?
Josh: I'm on it.
Ryan: What are you trying to do here, Jack? I mean, are you serious? You want to point Lily out to the court as being incompetent. That's what you want to do.
Erica: Can't we wait, Jack? Can't we wait? Find another way? I mean, if you take Lily to court like this --
Jack: Now, do you think I want to put her on that stand? Do you think I enjoyed looking at her face when she was served those court papers that I signed the petition for?
Ryan: Right, well, you know what? Get ready for the look on her face when you rip her away from the husband that she loves, Jack. I mean, come on. What they have -- what Lily and Jonathan have is pretty incredible, isn't it? I mean, it's like a miracle. Why would you want to mess with that?
Jack: All right, Ryan, get ready to be ripped out of your little fantasy world. Because your brother is not mentally challenged. No, he's recovered. He's well, fine, intact. Which means every time he lies to his wife, he knows exactly what he's doing.
Ryan: Wow. That's your excuse, Jack? I mean, you think that Jonathan all of a sudden has just got recov -- I mean, you have lost it.
Erica: Ryan, are you sure? There is no way -- no way -- that Jonathan is faking his condition?
Ryan: No. Jonathan has not recovered.
Jack: Or maybe he's just conning you again, Ryan. Or maybe you're lying for him again. Either way, here's what I know -- your brother's lying to an 18-year-old autistic girl to get what he wants from her.
Ryan: Ok, so this is why you want to go to court. This is insane.
Jack: Well, you don't have to believe me. Why don't you talk to your sister? I heard her in conversation with Jonathan. No stutter, no -- no simpleton act. Go ahead, talk to Erin. She knows the truth.
Ryan: It's a mistake, Jack.
Jack: I'll tell you what -- when someone lies to and manipulates and hurts your son, then you come back and talk to me, all right?
[Ryan leaves and slams the door.]
Erica: Jack, I am doing everything I can to win my son back. And you're doing your damnedest to chase your daughter away.
Lily: My dad said that this is for my own good. But it doesn't make me feel good at all. It makes me feel horrible.
Erin: And Livia is going to make this judge see who you are. You are a strong, smart, competent young woman.
[Knock on door]
Jonathan: Amanda, hey.
Jonathan: Thank you so much for coming with us.
Amanda: Of course. I brought some good luck for Lily.
Lily: That's just superstition. I need real help.
Amanda: This is real help, to keep you calm. My father used it when he argued a case in court.
[Amanda hands Lily a coin.]
Lily: Trevor needed help to stay in control?
Amanda: Worked for him, it'll work for you.
Lily: Thank you.
Jonathan: Lily, you and Amanda should -- should go down to the courthouse to meet Livia now. Yeah.
Jonathan: Erin and I are going to wait for Ryan.
Lily: Ok. That'll make me punctual, not incompetent. I love you.
Jonathan: I love you.
[As soon as Lily and Amanda leave, Jonathan begins to speak normally.]
Jonathan: How? How can he do it? I know that Jack hates me, but --
Erin: We are going to fight. We are going to fight, Jonathan, just like I told Lily, ok?
Jonathan: If Jack wins -- if the court or the world calls her incompetent -- Erin, it'd kill her.
Erin: And you.
Tad: You're no longer a suspect for Madden’s murder. The bad news is Dixie hasn't exactly been pining for you. Matter of fact, she's been wrinkling up the old sheets with Zach Slater. What a kick in the head, huh? Zach Slater. Do you get his appeal? Because I don't. It's got to be a chick thing. Something about the tall, dark, and secretive type. In any case, I called you down here, because I was thinking we'd go online and score ourselves a new beauty to kill each other over. God, I feel old. Anyway, I'm thinking about a brunette. That work for you?
David: You know something? Even half drunk and incoherent, you're still a bore. Let's back up, shall we? Why do you want me to think that Dixie’s with Slater? Do you expect me to storm off in a huff and give you a clear shot at the ex-missus? I got to tell you something, old buddy, old pal. I've never considered you an obstacle to Dixie.
Tad: And there it is. Step one in the grieving process -- denial. I like to call this step 2. Because it'll slide you right through to acceptance. Come on, D-dizzle, say it with me, "Dixie’s got herself a new love machine."
David: You're so pathetic. Go ahead, spew your gibberish, drink your breakfast. I'm still not buying your act.
Tad: It's amazing. All that intelligence. All those intricate, little, paranoid fantasies you dream up. And you refuse to see what's staring you flat in the face. Dixie's lost to us. She's with Slater now.
Zach: Say someone comes forward and is willing to testify that Dixie couldn't have found Madden and buried him that night, because Dixie was with me in a motel room.
Kendall: You two -- you and Dixie --
Zach: So it would seem.
Kendall: While I was in a coma? I mean, Zach, you had a gun with full ammunition ready to go on anyone who came near me. You think Derek’s just going to forget all of that and buy this story?
Zach: I thought I lost you. I was looking for comfort.
Kendall: From Dixie Martin?
Zach: Sure. I've been protecting her. I kept her away from her family already, and she was looking for comfort, too.
Kendall: Ok, so you two --
Zach: Yep. Nowhere near Madden or the park.
Kendall: Well, you'd have an alibi. You think anyone would believe it?
Zach: They'd believe it.
Kendall: You sound so calm. Why do I feel like this is so dangerous?
Zach: Because it is.
Kendall: The whole world would think you broke my heart.
Zach: Well, they wouldn't be surprised. They already think I'm a bastard.
Kendall: Well, I'd be surprised. Because I know you love me, and I love you. Zach, you and me and Spike, we need each other.
Zach: Sure, but if I had done the unthinkable --
Kendall: It would kill me to turn my back on you.
Zach: I don't want to be away from you, not for one minute. Not for 25 to life. But if the world believes this, it’s going to believe this affair, then you're going to have to push me away. Can you do that?
Tad: Dixie and Zach? Conjure up that video inside your head. The two of them in the sack, grinding away, making love. Her calling out a name that doesn't begin with D. They're the real thing, doc. It's amazing, isn't it? All these years, we thought that one of us would be the winner. It turns out we weren't even in the race. Zach's the winner. And his trophy is Dixie Cooney.
David: Got to be careful, Junior. Stepdad is walking on the wacky side. You might want to rein him in before he takes a header and splatters his brains. Or don't. Hey, works for me.
Tad: You better sit down. I got some things to discuss with you.
J.R.: You sure about Zach and my mom?
Tad: Sure enough.
J.R.: Is this your idea of a latte? Do you mind?
Tad: Buzz kill.
J.R.: I don't think you need a 12-step program yet. Talk.
Tad: Your mother has made her choice. It turns my stomach, but it is what it is.
J.R.: Well, stop her. Win her back.
Zach: It's your call.
Kendall: Ok, so if I can't handle all of this, then no one gets you off for murder? What the hell kind of choice is that?
Zach: It's a bad one.
Kendall: Yeah, it is. It's a really, really bad one. So, if they clear your name, then can you come running back to me and beg for my forgiveness?
Zach: Sure. Sure, I can. Because you are such a forgiving person.
Kendall: Well, you do have your charms.
Zach: That's true. But they're going to think you're a sucker.
Kendall: Like I care what anyone thinks.
Zach: I don't care what people think until prison's out of the picture.
Kendall: I'd have to hate you. All right, so -- so Tad is at the courthouse throwing around all these things about you and Dixie, and then we make that the truth? And then you're off the hook for murder?
Zach: Wouldn't have to thank him. What?
Kendall: If you didn't kill Madden, then why do you need an alibi?
Babe: Hey, she is so hot.
Josh: Yeah, she is.
Babe: What do you think of the copy?
Josh: It's solid, but the music sucks.
Babe: I know, it's horrible. It's killing me. Check this out, though. All right.
Josh: I love these guys.
Babe: I know, right? It's like neo-clash meets, like, the --
Josh: White stripes.
Babe: Exactly. But to get them to license the song for a national account, it's major money. It's not going to happen.
Josh: Hand me the phone.
Erica: I tried to protect Josh. I tried to do what I felt was best. And it cost me. It almost cost me my child.
Jack: I'm afraid I may have already lost Lily.
Erica: Jack, this isn't about you losing Lily. It's also about Lily losing herself. Do you understand that? If the court takes away her right to run her own life, you can break her, Jack. Please, listen to me. It could take years for me to get through to Josh. And that might never happen. I don't want that for you and Lily.
Jack: I appreciate your concern, I do. But this is my decision. And I will be there for my daughter like I always have.
Erica: Well, you have always been Lily’s champion. You have always been the one who told her that you thought that she was strong enough and smart enough to get past her condition. If you do this, Jack, today, what you're telling Lily is that you're the liar and that you never believed in her at all.
Jack: I have a hearing to get to.
Livia: And what if your dad's attorney asks you about your reaction to red?
Lily: I say that the color red overstimulates my brain, so I can get upset. But I always bring my sunglasses with me, so that I can put them on, and they can block out the red, and my brain can function normally.
Livia: And that's an example --
Lily: Of me finding a solution to my problems. When I encounter a problem, I develop a coping strategy. And I'm fully competent to handle my own financial affairs.
Livia: I'm sorry you have to go through this, Lily. I am so sorry that Jack doesn't see what I see -- the most competent young woman I know.
Ryan: Jack claims that he heard you two talking, all right? Could you have said anything at all that he could twist? You know, why would he think that Jonathan is fully recovered?
Erin: I'm not really sure. I don't -- maybe --
Ryan: Oh, my God. You're back.
Zach: Guilty of adultery but innocent of killing Madden.
Kendall: This is -- this is something that's down the line, right? This is not now. I mean, right now, right in this very second, you are with me, and we are blissfully in love, right?
Zach: Yeah, no happier couple. But if someone comes forward --
Kendall: It'll be like a knife to my heart.
Zach: Can you take it?
Kendall: I'm your wife. I am your wife. I can do it, I can handle it, and right now, you love me. You love me.
Zach: More than life.
Kendall: I want you right now. I want you to make love to me. Zach, make love to me. Make love to me. Make me forget this ever happened.
Ryan: Don't lie to me.
Jonathan: Yeah. Yes, yes, it's true. I'm -- I'm back.
Ryan: When? What? I mean, when did this --
Jonathan: Ok, hold on. New York, when I took the hit in the head. I had headaches, I had some dizziness. Then I had that seizure. When I woke up, I was out --
Ryan: What are you -- what are you talking about? Why didn't you tell me?
Jonathan: Because I love her, Ryan. And the thought was -- I wanted to keep Lily happy.
Ryan: All this time?
Jonathan: Listen, if you're angry --
Ryan: No, no, no, no. My brother is back, all right. He's back.
Erin: He's been amazing. Ryan, everything that he has done to stay with Lily, the show that he's had to put on --
Jonathan: Yeah, not good enough, evidently. I mean, listen, please. You're not angry?
Ryan: No! I'm just -- stop. I'm blown away here, all right? Everything that Jack has said to me --
Jonathan: Yeah, it's true. I lied, but it was not -- it was not to take advantage of Lily. It was just to make her happy. I mean, can you see that? Or do you guys think that I'm doing --
Ryan: Stop, stop, stop. What I see is I see two people that are in love, ok? That's what I've seen. And that deserve happiness no matter what. That's what I've seen. Wow. I mean, the only person that you hurt while you were lying is yourself.
Jonathan: I will not let Lily lose who she is, who she thinks I am. Because if she does, she's all alone again, Ryan, and I won't let her be alone again.
Ryan: So we fight. We fight, and we help Livia prove her case.
Josh: No, I didn't call to talk beer bongs and old frat parties. This is business, Hoover. Guess who the newest Fusion girl is. No, I didn't switch teams, but I do know a disturbing amount about body spray. You wish you were hanging with the hotties. Your boy could be if you play nice. That's right, my friend, we want to hook "Flash in the Pan" up with our latest multimedia campaign. Right, because national exposure sucks. I hate selling CDs and making lots of money. "Flash in the Pan" plateaued in the demographics a few weeks ago. We hook you up, the next single could go number one. No deal. We get your answer by lunch or the deal's off the table. That's what I thought. Later.
Babe: Interesting. Business by abuse.
Josh: That wasn't abuse. That was man love.
Babe: Ok, wait, time-out. You know Zarf's manager?
Josh: He'll come through.
Babe: And I thought I knew you.
Josh: Babe, I'm Mr. Surprise. That's what makes me so irresistible.
Babe: How about you stop flirting and get back to work?
Josh: Well, I'm also Mr. Multitask. I can do both. Watch me.
J.R.: This thing with Kate and Madden has got my mom going crazy. I mean, if there's anyone that can get through to her, it's you.
Tad: No. Ten years ago, maybe even five. But not now.
J.R.: What are you going to do? Are you going to let Slater suck her in?
Tad: Look, I understand you love your mother, you want to save her. But she has made her choice. And somewhere out there is a big neon sign on Slater’s chest that says it isn't me.
J.R.: Yeah, but the other night on the beach, when we were waiting for the news about Babe, it was with you and me and Mom.
Tad: J.R., together forever isn't what it used to be. Howdy, sheriff? Come by to buy a yacht? Maybe have an early morning dip or just a quick pickup game of fish?
Derek: Thought maybe you were ready to spill what you know about Dixie and the night Dr. Madden disappeared.
Tad: Dixie's ears have got to be burning. She is certainly the topic of the day.
Derek: That mean you're ready to talk?
J.R.: Did you come to talk to Tad or drag him down to the station?
Derek: How about if I drag you down? But enough about you. Let's talk about you and what you haven't shared with the rest of the class.
Tad: If I decide to, it's going to sound a lot like one hand clapping.
Derek: You'll talk eventually, Tad, because I won't stop until you do.
J.R.: Was that the booze talking or are you completely losing it?
Tad: It's me, old Tad, the same man you've known and loved for years. Sucker, always trying to protect your mother. It's a little hard these days, J.R., because I got a belly full of bitter. So it's up to you. You protect her now.
Attorney: My client is well-known in this courthouse, Your Honor. We have all heard the love in his voice when he talks about his daughter. We know from Jack personally or from Lily’s medical file, which you have before you, of Lily’s struggle with Autism Spectrum Disorder. While Lily has many talents and abilities, she's not your average 18-year-old. She lacks the capacity to make the cognitive choices necessary for a safe and healthy existence. The most frightening example is her recent marriage to Jonathan Lavery, a man with a violent past who has used Lily’s affliction in order to trap her into a marriage she can't fully comprehend. Jackson Montgomery has reluctantly brought the motion to court to have Lily declared incompetent, so he may resume guardianship of his daughter and have this marriage annulled.
Judge: Thank you, counselor. I've read the file and all the documents submitted into evidence, and I am ready to hear testimony in regard to Lily Montgomery Lavery’s mental competency.
Julia: Lily is an ideal Life-Skills student -- attentive, engaged.
Attorney: But still a person who needs assistance with basic life skills, interpersonal communication. Could Lily’s tendency to become overwrought prevent her from, say, making decisions in a medical situation, a life-threatening emergency?
Julia: I suppose -- yes.
Livia: You don't like to say Lily can't do anything.
Julia: Lily's bright and interesting, honest and kind, and I think that she has a lot of capabilities that people might overlook. She is rare, and I respect her.
Livia: Have you seen dramatic improvements in Lily’s life skills?
Julia: Yes, since she became involved with Jonathan, which I think began in my class. She has become more decisive, more open to change, and that's a big leap. She went from a girl to a young woman. And I'm very happy for her. Who wouldn't be?
Attorney: And you kept your brother hidden, even though he'd committed murder?
Livia: Objection, Your Honor. This is a competency hearing. This is not a revisitation of old news. Jonathan Lavery was cleared of any and all charges in this courtroom by reason of mental defect.
Attorney: Goes to show the strong emotional bond between Lily Lavery’s husband and his sister.
Judge: Keep it moving.
Attorney: Did you hide your brother?
Attorney: And then discovered his violent actions were caused by a brain tumor?
Erin: Yes, and antipsychotics a doctor had mistakenly prescribed. He went off the meds, he had the tumor removed.
Attorney: And was mentally impaired for a time as a result. Is he now, as Jack claims, healed?
Erin: He did have some dizziness, but the doctor said his CT scan was clear.
Attorney: Is he normal, no longer impaired?
Erin: Does he sometimes speak more clearly? Sure. But does he also get flustered and confused? Yes. I mean, is he well? He is healthy, and he's happy, and he's in love. He's as well as anyone I've ever met.
Attorney: In what way does your disorder affect you?
Lily: I have trouble understanding other people's emotions.
Attorney: If someone's angry --
Lily: I can tell. Their eyebrows are pushed in and their mouth is turned down.
Attorney: And your communication skills?
Lily: I always tell the truth, which is a good thing.
Attorney: And loud sounds? How do they make you feel?
Lily: Anxious. But my husband, Jonathan, taught me to understand thunder and to not be afraid. He told me to focus on the good noise when there's excess noise.
Attorney: The color red.
Lily: I have sunglasses.
Attorney: You have a lot of issues, don't you?
Lily: Yes, and a lot of strategies to deal with them. I'm very lucky in that way.
Livia: You work at ConFusion, which is a new bar in town. You work with Lily.
Amanda: She works in the backroom. She's not 21, so she does inventory, and she helps us with the books.
Livia: Ooh. That is a big job for an incompetent woman.
Amanda: Lily can work numbers like you wouldn't believe. Stuff that would take me a computer, a 100-page manual, and a date with a tech geek, Lily knocks out in five minutes. She is part of the team, and we count on her.
Livia: You hate your daughter's husband.
Jack: I hate what he's doing to her -- lying to her, manipulating her. He's got her trapped. I'm just hoping to give her a way out here.
Livia: Lily doesn't feel trapped.
Jack: Well, I think that's even more proof that she needs help.
Livia: Or proof that you can't let your daughter go?
Livia: Nothing further.
Judge: Anything else, counselor?
Attorney: Yes, Your Honor. We'd like to recall Lily Montgomery Lavery to the stand. Tell me about when you ran away a few months ago.
Lily: My father wanted me to go back to my old boarding school, but I didn't want to go.
Attorney: What did you do?
Lily: I hid from him and got off the train in New York City. And I had a plan for Jonathan to meet me in Boston.
Attorney: But it didn't work out that way, did it?
Lily: No. I left my purse and my phone.
Attorney: Well, how did you live without money?
Lily: I collected coins from strangers on the street. A lot of people do that, but they don't like the new people on their turf, so I tried to find quiet and safe places to sleep.
Attorney: Did anything scare you?
Lily: His name was Terry.
Attorney: You were in this man's hotel room.
Lily: That was mine, but he paid for it.
Attorney: And bought you clothes and food and alcohol, which you drank. Was it your idea to drink it or Terry's?
Lily: It was Terry's.
Attorney: How did he convince you?
Lily: He told me that all adults drink and that it wouldn't get me sick this time.
Attorney: Was that the truth?
Attorney: But you couldn't tell that at the time?
Attorney: Do you always do what strangers tell you to do?
Lily: No. He told me to do other things, but I didn't do them.
Attorney: What other things? In order, as you recall them.
Lily: To take off my shirt.
Attorney: And did you do it?
Lily: Yes, but I didn't like it.
Attorney: Why'd you do it?
Lily: Because he had asked me to. And he told me that he'd help me and --
Attorney: What else did he ask you to do?
Lily: Have sex. But I told him I didn't want to. He just said that I needed practice.
Attorney: Did you practice?
Attorney: How did you protect yourself?
Lily: I didn’t. Jonathan --
Attorney: You didn't protect yourself. You couldn't even try.
Lily: No, he wasn't bad. He wasn't mean. He wasn't mad at --
Attorney: So that meant he was a good man?
Lily: No, no. He was bad. He was very bad.
Jack: Your Honor, I believe that the witness could use a break.
Lily: No! No, I don't need a break, and I don't need help! I'm an adult, and I'm competent! I love Jonathan. I don't need a guardian! I can run my own life! You can't take it away from me. I'm competent! No, no, no, no.
[Lily drops the coin she’s been fingering which rolls across the courtroom floor and finally spins to a stop.]
Livia: Your Honor, we would like to request a short recess.
Judge: I think we could all use a break.
Bailiff: All rise.
Lily: Amanda, help me.
Ryan: You need backup?
Jonathan: No. I have to handle Jack myself.
[Someone carrying a duffel bag lets himself into Jack and Erica’s home with a key and stares at a photo of the happy couple.]
J.R.: There's more going on. You can tell me.
Tad: Look, I love your mother. I always have, I always will. I wish to God that this had never happened, but it has.
J.R.: Freak me out a little less?
David: Dixie, open up. I want answers.
Erica: So you'll talk to Josh, you'll make him know that we want him in our lives, we want him in our family.
Kendall: I'll try to work my Kane magic.
Josh: I am so good, I amaze myself. The song is yours, and it won't break the bank.
Babe: Oh-ho! You are so good. You amaze me, too. Oh, my gosh.
[Erica and Kendall look at each other as they see Babe and Josh hugging each other.]
Jonathan: It's over. You win, Jack.
>> On the next "All My Children" --
Babe (to Erica): Ooh, I'm shaking. What, you think that you're so powerful you can take me down? Bring it on.
Erica (to Babe): Ok.
Jonathan (to Lily): I'm so sorry.
[Holding her face in his hands, Zach passionately kisses Dixie.]
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