All My Children Transcript Tuesday 9/5/06
Josh: It's pretty solid construction. Not bad for my first try. You don't see me as a carpenter? Good enough for Harrison Ford. You know, everyone needs a hobby, Babe.
Babe: Will you stop? Oh, my God, Josh.
J.R.: No way, Derek.
Derek: If you testify you saw Dixie and Slater with Greg Madden’s body the night he disappeared, we don't need the surveillance tape. J.R. and Jamie can walk. If you don't testify, you will be sending your sons to prison, instead.
J.R.: You don't have to choose. I can solve this for you.
Kendall: No more fronting for you. No more playing "Who buried Greg Madden."
Zach: You think you're being played?
Kendall: Am I, Zach? The truth.
Zach: You've had the truth.
Kendall: Not all of it. You had that disc that was made when Greg was buried. Why? Did you make it? Did you bury Greg because you wanted him to confess where he hid Dixie’s little girl? If you don't tell me the truth right now, we are over and done.
J.R.: Zach Slater should be here. Not any of us.
Dixie: J.R., don't.
J.R.: No, Zach Slater is the one who stole Tad’s tape from you. Because he's guilty. He's the one who buried Greg Madden.
Babe: Tell me why.
Josh: Why not?
Babe: Who's the coffin for?
Babe: For you?
Josh: It's mine. I built it.
Babe: Josh, you don't need a coffin.
Josh: Well, it should be a perfect fit. I measured very carefully.
Babe: Hey, ok, look, you can't stay here. I want you to come with me, ok?
Josh: I don't need you to save me.
Babe: Josh, please.
Josh: Look, I'm not going anywhere. Not with you, not to the grave, so just stop worrying.
Babe: Oh, worrying doesn't even begin to cover it. What are you planning?
Josh: I keep seeing him in that box. What did it feel like? What did he go through? What was he thinking? I know it was hell. But I need to know what that hell felt like.
Kendall: Don't wait for me to back down.
Ryan: I'm going to leave you two alone.
Kendall: No, Ryan, actually, stay, please. You're part of this whole act. You're part of helping cover him.
Ryan: No, this is between you two.
Annie: The specs for the new video systems and reports on viso-tele. But it can wait if --
Ryan: Why? No, no, no. No, it's fine. No, I've been waiting for this. Is this the -- the final? The, you know, finished?
Annie: Yeah. It's packed and ready to go to all offices for evaluation.
Kendall: Privacy doesn't help? Why is it so difficult for you, Zach? You know all the answers.
Zach: I've given them.
Kendall: Then give me some more. Did you bury --
Zach: Did I bury Madden? You know I didn’t.
Kendall: You say you didn’t. Make me believe it.
J.R.: Go after Slater.
Jamie: Bring him in. Question him.
Dixie: Guys, we can settle this ourselves.
J.R.: You don't know. You weren't here.
Derek: But you were. Both of you, in my office, alone.
Jamie: Except for Slater. He walked right in.
J.R.: Walked out with your precious tape.
Derek: Nobody saw Slater but you. Sounds like another trumped-up story. I got things to do. Made up your mind? Do I arrest them? Call the DA?
Tad: You're really going to push this?
Dixie: Why are you even hesitating? You hate me, you hate Zach. You've been dying to get us ever since Josh found his father's body in the park.
Josh: Think of it as an experiment. And no "son of the mad scientist" jokes.
Josh: When I was little, I would ask me dad -- Greg -- a million questions. Some, he would answer. Others -- "what's it like to free-fall from an airplane? What's it like to live in the woods?" He would say, "There's only one good way to figure out -- to do it." So I experienced a lot for myself.
Babe: But you already know that Greg suffered horribly.
Josh: Yeah. Well, he deserved some sort of punishment. Everything he did to those women -- the lies he told them -- he impregnated them with all his children. He took babies from mothers like Dixie. Gave them to families he felt were deserving. How many of his children are out there?
Babe: Well, that's not your problem to worry about, Josh. You didn't cause any of it.
Josh: No, but -- I was his prototype, in a way. I mean, maybe his greatest success. If anything, an interesting experiment.
Babe: No. No, Greg thought of you as a son, and he loved you.
Josh: Maybe. But I need to know how it felt in that coffin.
Josh: To see if his punishment fit his crimes. I felt this need to build this thing. I've come this far. I have to go through with this.
Babe: No, you don't. You don't have to.
Josh: Maybe if I feel what he felt, it'll help me feel again everything I'm supposed to. I don't know what that feels like anymore.
Babe: Let me help you think of another way.
Josh: Just go home to your son. All right? I'll be fine. I'll call you later.
Babe: I am not leaving.
J.R.: You're not going to get away with this, Derek.
Tad: Interesting tactic -- blackmail.
Derek: I call it incentive.
Tad: Well, if those are my choices, then I don't exactly --
J.R.: I'm the one that stole the damn evidence tape! I did it. Jamie was not even part of it.
Jamie: Hey, hey, hey, hey, don't even try it.
J.R.: No, don't do this.
Jamie: Stealing the tape was my idea. He wants the truth. I did it. Here.
J.R.: Fine, lock us both up.
Dixie: You guys, please, don't do this. Please.
J.R.: No. Come on, let's go, Derek.
Tad: I'll testify.
J.R.: Like hell you will.
Tad: I'll confirm that I saw Dixie and Slater with a body --
J.R. Shut up, Tad.
Tad: The night that Madden was buried alive.
J.R.: Oh, damn it! I could have pulled you out of this. You know what? The hell with you.
[Door opens and closes]
Derek: I'll get someone to take your statement.
Dixie: I'll see you in court.
Kendall: Ok, explain. I will try to understand you. But so far, it makes no sense.
Zach: A lot of things in life don't make sense.
Kendall: Come on, Zach. If you didn't really do it -- if you didn't bury Madden --
Zach: I gave you my word. Take it.
Kendall: I have accepted your decisions -- to help Dixie, to run after clues about her daughter. That -- that whole fake alibi for the night of Madden’s disappearance. I'm tired, Zach, ok? I'm tired of this. I'm all out of blind faith. It's your turn. Show me something. Do something for me. Show that you want to save what we have.
Zach: You know I do.
Kendall: Ok, well, then let's make a bargain. I promise I will never ask you another question about Madden’s burial, his death, or that stupid recording if you stop helping Dixie. Walk away from her without ever looking back.
Zach: I won't do that.
Kendall: You won't walk away from Dixie? I'm sorry for Dixie. I'm sorry Greg manipulated her. I'm sorry that -- that she gave up her child. But this goes way beyond you being a decent person or Good Samaritan or whatever. Greg is dead. He's dead, Zach. And whether it was intentional or not, the police consider whoever stuffed him in that casket to be a murderer. And they have evidence against you and Dixie. Now, she couldn't have done all of that heavy lifting herself. She couldn't have done the dirty work. Everyone believes that you did it.
Zach: Everyone including you?
Kendall: Yeah. Why shouldn't I think you're guilty?
Zach: That's right, why shouldn't you? Let Ryan do your thinking for you.
Kendall: Ryan? Well, wait -- wait, what does Ryan have to do with this?
Zach: Well, you didn't come here to see me. So what is it? You want to call this quits so you can be with him?
Kendall: No, this has got nothing to do with Ryan.
Zach: Let me know. I'll bring him here right now.
Ryan: So you're sure about these projections and everything?
Annie: You know what? Maybe -- maybe I should take another look. I'll bring it back.
Ryan: No, no. Why wait? I mean, come on, now. I don't want to wait anymore. I want to this right now. So -- what was I asking you about?
Annie: The -- the projections of cost, amortization, and actual hours of product utilization.
Ryan: Right, right, right.
Annie: Actually, the graphs are on the first three pages.
Ryan: Oh. Ok, cool. Perfect. I just -- ah, I don't know where my head's at right now, you know?
Annie: Maybe on more important things.
Ryan: No. No, no, no. I got to focus on this right now. I do, ok? So -- look, do me a favor. Beat it into me, if you need to, all right?
Annie: I'm thinking maybe there's something I can do to help.
Ryan: Thank you, but you -- you can't help me with this one.
Kendall: Ryan hasn't tried to influence me in any way.
Zach: Didn't have to try.
Kendall: What is that supposed to mean? I'm -- I'm helpless to resist his animal magnetism? Don't be an idiot, Zach. Ryan is maybe the best friend I've ever had. I can't expect you to understand that. You think Dixie’s your friend, when all she does is manipulate and use you.
Zach: No one uses me. No one, including Dixie.
Kendall: Ooh, ok. Mr. Strong and in-control. No one -- no one puts one over on Mr. Zach Slater. He does what he wants when he wants. Is this what you want? Us, like this? You facing a murder charge? How'd you control your way into that one? Oh, you didn't, Dixie did. And because of that, you could be locked up for life, Zach. Life.
Zach: It's the situation I'm in.
Kendall: Yes. Because of Dixie. You gave your word to Dixie. And Zach Slater’s a man of his word -- to her, anyway.
Zach: I kept my word to you.
Kendall: You know, wasn't there something in our -- in our marriage vows about forsaking all others? Did -- did they leave that out? Something is going on between you and Dixie.
Kendall: Well, you're willing to sacrifice our life together and our marriage for her.
Zach: No, Kendall, you're willing to do that. You're willing to sacrifice our marriage. You, not her, not Dixie. You.
Kendall: No, no. No, Zach, will you just open your eyes? Please, open your eyes! Dixie wants you. She wants you. She told me herself, if I couldn't hang on to you, watch out. She's swooping in.
Zach: Dixie's not the threat here. You doubting me -- that's the threat.
Kendall: Yeah, with good reason. I am not the enemy here, Zach. I've been protecting you. I've played the angry wife who's -- who's angry at her betraying husband.
Zach: Did a good job, too.
Kendall: Yeah, I -- it was an act.
Zach: So is this with me and Dixie.
Kendall: No, Zach, she's not acting.
Zach: I don't know how to explain this to you. It's a matter of trust.
Kendall: "Trust" -- ok, so I should never ask questions? Never doubt you? I should just skip along singing songs, accepting what you tell me, being grateful that you let me into your life as much as you do? Everything's just fabulous? Who the hell does that?
Zach: Not you, obviously.
Kendall: Yeah, you're damn right. I need to know more.
Zach: I've got nothing more to tell you.
Kendall: You have lied to me before, Zach. And you justified it because you were protecting me. It's easier for you to lie, isn't it? You don't have to be honest. You don't have to deal with the fallout. You skip all the messy emotional stuff. Not again. Uh-uh. I will not let you do whatever you want and keep me watching from the sidelines. How can you do that to me? How can you do that when you supposedly love me?
Zach: I love you more than life.
Kendall: That's it? That's it? No explanation for the recording or anything else? You love me -- silence. You promised me. You promised me that you would -- you would not put our future and our life together at risk. That was a lie. A lie. A big, big lie, Zach. You are wrecking us for Dixie! For that stupid little bitch, Dixie. I don't want to see you. Get out. Go to her. Just go to your stupid little slut. You obviously care much more about her than -- than you care about me. Go to her. Go! Go to her! Get out! Go.
Ryan: So, Gibson’s got all the -- the systems all ready, right? All those systems?
Annie: Ahem -- Gibson is waiting for us to take the lead.
[Loud rock music plays as Jamie maniacally lifts weights in his apartment.]
Julia: Hey! I knocked, but you couldn't hear me.
[Julia lowers volume]
Julia: Bad time?
Jamie: It doesn't matter.
Julia: Ok. You might want to slow down there. Unless, of course, you're trying to have a stroke.
Julia: Hey. Hey, what happened?
Jamie: Everything's going straight to hell.
Josh: The ultimate in multifunctional furniture, wouldn't you say? Banana pancakes and peanut butter. Join me for a hearty last meal?
Babe: This isn't funny.
Josh: Well, at least you could say it's interesting, right? There's enough for two.
Babe: You don't have to do this. It's -- it's --
Josh: What, it's crazy?
Josh: Well, look who raised me, Babe. You know, I thought about every question you're thinking about right now while I was building this thing. And now, it's up to you. You can stay or you can go. But I have to go through with this.
Singer: ¯Far away¯
Amanda: You don't look so good.
J.R.: Yeah, well, getting arrested doesn't agree with me.
Amanda: Arrested? What about Jamie? Is Jamie ok?
J.R.: We got out of it.
Amanda: Well, I helped distract Derek. I'm an accessory. What did I accessorize? J.R., what was on that tape? How many laws did I help you guys break?
J.R.: You stupid moron.
Del: What the hell's your problem?
J.R.: You just sent my mother to prison.
Singer: ¯All slide or fly sink or swim time to climb¯
[Knock on door]
Singer: ¯Or time to give it in take a breath suck it in¯
Singer: ¯Down in the depths of our despair is where I'm falling¯
Zach: I'm not here.
Dixie: Right. Where are you?
Singer: ¯And I am falling¯
Zach: Oh. Kendall has decided that I'm a killer.
Del: Why don't you relax, Junior? Have some water, take it easy.
[J.R. picks up the glass of water and splashes it on Del’s face.]
Singer: ¯Slide or fly sink or swim time to climb or time to give it in take a breath suck it in¯
Kendall: Did he do it, Tad? I need the truth. Did Zach kill Greg Madden?
Singer: ¯Now you're falling now you're falling hey lead on there¯
Singer: ¯Slide or fly sink or swim time to climb or time to give it in take a bath suck it in down in the depths of our despair is where I'm falling now you're falling now you're falling yeah bring it on destiny¯
Josh: I need you, Babe. Put the lid on. Nail me in here.
Josh: I can't do this myself.
Babe: Ok. Are you -- are you sure that you want to do this?
Josh: No. Babe, I don't want to do this. I would love not to have to do this, but I don't have a choice. Haven't you ever been driven to go through with something even though you might -- you know, it might turn out to be the wrong thing? Yes, this is crazy. And I'm asking you to help me. But I can't learn what he went through if I can stand up at any moment, walk away, and get a beer. I need -- I need to come to terms with who he was, what he did, and how he died.
[Music plays at Confusion]
J.R.: You ignorant son of a --
Del: So Dixie’s been arrested?
J.R.: Worse -- she's going to be convicted now because of you.
Del: How? What did I do?
J.R.: Oh, you had to do it, didn't you? You had to smack Tad in the head. You had to stop him from getting on that plane. Now Tad’s going to testify against Dixie. You know, I should kill you.
Amanda: We don't need another murder.
J.R.: Why, is it bad for business?
Del: You know what? Take over for a few, ok?
Amanda: Where are you going?
Del: I'm going to go call Dixie.
Amanda: Oh --
Singer: ¯All the flowers we can sit on the veranda shut up¯
J.R.: Babe Chandler. Well, then let me talk to Josh Madden. Of course, he is. No, no message.
Jamie: I've been watching people, people that I care about, going down in flames. And I can't do a damn thing about it.
Kendall: No, I will not let you ignore me -- I have had enough of that. Now, answer me. I'll find out when y testify, but I would really appreciate a preview. Come on, Tad. Tad, come on. Your ex-wife and my husband are charged with murder, and you are the star witness against them. Now, please, please have the decency to fill me in. Did you really see Zach and Dixie with Greg’s body the night that he disappeared?
Tad: Yes. I did.
Dixie: You want to -- do you want to talk?
Zach: Talk -- all right, do I want to talk?
Zach: Talk, talk, talk. "The Earl of Fife had a wife" -- talk, talk, talk, talk, talk.
Zach: Doesn't change anything -- you still got to do what you got to do. Kendall, she talks. She just --
Dixie: You know, there's -- people like us, we've been forced to make decisions, life-altering decisions. We've had to change ourselves, we've had to change the way that we get through life. People on the outside, like Kendall -- they may never understand. Kendall may never understand.
[Approaching him slowly, Dixie gently touches Zach’s hand.]
Ryan: Ok. That ready to go. What? I mean, aren't -- aren't you going to take that to, you know, Simpkins to check out the graphics or whatever?
Annie: It -- it's done. It's included in this copy.
[Annie admires the photo of Kendall holding Spike on Ryan’s desk.]
Annie: "Worth a thousand words." Beautiful.
Ryan: Yes, she is.
Annie: I meant your son.
Ryan: Yeah -- no -- I mean, yeah. I mean -- he takes after her.
Annie: Hmm, some. I see you there, too. Things aren't very good between Kendall and her husband.
Ryan: I'm not going to take advantage of their trouble.
Annie: Maybe you won't have to.
Ryan: If Kendall and I end up together, it's going to be because she wants it, she wants me -- not because she got hurt by somebody else.
Kendall: Oh, no, no, no. No, no. No.
Kendall: No. No, no, no. No, Zach. No, Zach! Zach. No, Zach, no.
Josh: I'm ready.
[With him inside it, Babe pounds nails in Josh’s coffins.]
Josh: One more, Babe. One more. Come on.
Singer: ¯Go out and the white street right turn fry the real black and white the blueprints just might say you were right I won't go home till I found way here I won't leave me with old fate fears what's gone and what was never here don't call me tonight I can't make it right just say anything you want to you don't need all the things they promised to you sell the night and give away the truth give away the truth¯
Singer: ¯I had seen among the oldest of things the beginning the start of the scene that holds together and keeps it from losing me don't call me tonight I can't make it right just say anything you want to you don't need all the things they promised to you sell the night and give away the truth just say anything you want to you don't need all the things they promised to you sell the night and give away the truth give away the truth¯
Tad: Kendall, maybe you shouldn't be alone. You know, you don't have to go.
Kendall: Yes, I do.
Ryan: I'm going to be at home if you need me.
[Ryan stares at the photo of Kendall and Spike on his desk.]
Ryan: Ah. Home.
Julia: I'm still here.
Jamie: I know.
Julia: Is there anything I can do for you?
[Laying on the floor with her, Jamie answers Julia with a passionate kiss.]
[Josh gasps as a rapid heartbeat pounds in his head.]
Josh: Babe, I can't breathe. Get the -- get it off! Open it up!
Babe: It's ok. I'm here, I'm right here. I'm going to get you out, ok? Hold on.
Josh: I'm suffocating! Babe, I can't breathe! Open it up! I can't breathe! There's no air -- there's no air in here!
Babe: I'm sorry, I'm sorry --
[Josh pounds on the coffin’s lid as Babe scrambles to remove all the nails.]
Josh: Babe, open it up! Get it off! Open it up! Babe!
Babe: Ok, breathe. Josh, I'm coming. Just breathe. Ok. Ok. It's ok, you're ok. I'm right here, ok? Come here. Come here. Oh.
Josh: He didn't deserve that, Babe. No one – no one deserved that. I did love him. I loved -- I loved him.
>> On the next "All My Children" --
Colby (to J.R.): Your wife is out messing around with Josh.
Krystal: That's a lie.
Colby: Where's Babe tonight?
Josh (to Babe): What do you say we go upstairs and do a little brainstorming?
Annie (to Ryan): Do you know how to handle a gun? Terry's taken enough from me. I'm taking it back.
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