AMC Transcript Tuesday 10/3/06

All My Children Transcript Tuesday 10/3/06

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Dixie: Truth? You want to talk about the truth? The truth is, is you've become a liar -- bitter, vindictive, cruel.

Tad: Loathsome, inhuman, vile?

Dixie: There is nothing you can say. You don't have a shot in hell of fixing the damage that you caused, so why even try?

Kendall: Why did you even come here?

Zach: To see you. See if there's anything left of us.

Babe: I'm sure you have a million questions.

Josh: No, no. Just one. What happens next?

Zach: Do we try to find our way back? Or is this it? Too much has happened and we can't get past it? Is it over for us?

Kendall: You tell me.

Tad: Everything I did, I did for you.

Dixie: Oh.

[Dixie chuckles]

Tad: It's the truth. All the lies, snide comments, the finger pointing -- I did it, because I was trying to protect you --

Dixie: You know --

Tad: Not hurt you.

Dixie: It's official -- you lost your damn mind.

Tad: Maybe, unless everything worked out the way it was supposed to -- thank God. And the only reason you weren't convicted, the only reason you walked out of that courtroom, was because I got you acquitted.

Dixie: You know, I -- I think I'm just going to get out of here, because I think you're crazy.

Tad: Madden's blood was in the trunk of your car. Zach's fingerprint was on the lid of his coffin. They even had a deathbed accusation. I don't care how innocent you were. I don't care how brilliant Livia is. I don't care how scandalous your alibi with Zach was. You stood a better-than-even chance of being convicted for premeditated murder, and that was too big a risk. I couldn't stand by and let the odds --

Dixie: You expect me to believe that your screaming to anybody that would listen that I did it was your way of achieving my salvation? I don't -- what, you want me to thank you? Is that what you want? My life would be over if my lawyer hadn't proved that you were lying on the stand.

Tad: Exactly. Derek and Summerhill were convinced they had a solid-gold witness, somebody who was reliable albeit reluctant, somebody the jury could believe in no matter how much it killed me to testify, maybe because it did kill me to testify. The best lie is always the one that's wrapped in the truth. I didn't have to manufacture my anger at you for what you had done. I didn't have to come up with any resentment. It was all right there. All I had to do was use it to sell a lie -- that I saw you and Zach with Maddenís body the night he disappeared. And I knew that Derek was going to eat it up. I knew the state was going to jump on it. I mean, it was -- it was so easy. They had a murder, a guy that was buried alive. They weren't going to go for a win on Forensics. They needed a slam-dunk conviction, and they were going to get it -- unless their star witness turned out to be a vindictive liar on the stand. After that, you can't exactly argue against reasonable doubt.

Dixie: So this was all some sort of strategy? To keep me and Zach out of prison?

Tad: And it worked. Thank God it worked. I knew that if I could keep the jury's eyes on me, we stood a chance. I just had to be more compelling than all that dry forensic evidence.

Dixie: So everything that you have been doing, saying --

Tad: I did for you. I did it, because I wanted to keep you out of prison. I'm sorry, Dixie. I know it hurt, but it was the best I could come up with. I knew I didn't have any guarantees. All I could do was run around town ranting and raving and pray that everything fell into place, that Derek would go for it, that he wouldn't see the truth of what I was doing, that -- that Livia would run for it --

Dixie: Livia was in on it?

Tad: No, no, no, no, no, no. God, no. She never had a clue, but she's a damn good attorney. I knew that if I showed up in court with the possibility of a lie, that she would run with it. She would destroy any credibility that I had with the jury. You got to admit, she did a great job, better than I even hoped for.

Dixie: Zach brought me here. He told me to listen to you. Did he know about this? What are you saying? Are you saying that he was in on this?

Tad: Yep, and the fight that we staged in here to keep Derek fooled. Somehow, I don't think Zach was too put out by it.

Dixie: I don't -- just, no -- that doesn't make any sense, you and Zach working together.

Tad: Working together -- I know. I wouldn't go fitting us for friendship rings just yet. You don't have to like somebody to respect them. God knows I can't stand that man.

Dixie: Because you think we're having an affair?

Tad: No. I've known your alibi was a sham from the get-go. As much as you wish it were true, Zach would never cheat on Kendall.

Zach: I'm not perfect. No surprise there -- I knew that. There is something that you need to know. I still love you like crazy, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you and Spike.

Kendall: But if you're capable of killing a man --

Zach: Tad didn't see Dixie and me with Maddenís body. He's making it up.

Kendall: Just because Tad lied doesn't mean that you're innocent. You could still be a murderer.

Josh: Zach and Dixie killed Greg -- that's what the cops told me. And the DA promised me justice, so I sat through that trial as a final favor to the man who gave me life and raised me and now, it's all just shot to hell.

Babe: So that's it? They just give up?

Josh: Hey, I'm stuck with this nightmare. You know, I was so ready to move on, put this mess behind me. And now, I don't know what I'm going to do. I have no idea what comes next.

Babe: I wish I had an answer for you.

Josh: You're not talking about the investigation. You're talking about us.

Dixie: But did you have to keep me in the dark? Did you have to let our boys think that I'm a murdering home-wrecker and that you're some sort of bitter, vindictive son of a bitch?

Tad: Yes. Absolutely. If the alternative was letting you in on the plan, it was a stone-cold necessity, because God knows you couldn't fool anybody.

Dixie: Oh.

Tad: Not Zach, not Livia, not Derek, not Kendall, not a judge, not a jury. You're good at a lot of things, Dixie -- very good -- but lying isn't one of them unless you're lying to me.

Kendall: This whole silent, stoic thing -- I am so sick of it. I am so over it. No more piercing stares or raised eyebrows. I want you to open your mouth and talk.

Zach: I offered you that information. You didn't want it.

Kendall: Yeah, well, I changed my mind. I'm -- I'm ready now, ok? So -- talk.

Zach: Why can't you just believe that I didn't kill the guy and let it go?

Kendall: Because I am your wife, and I deserve an answer, a real answer -- none of this "Trust me, Kendall."

Zach: What if I tell you everything, and you're sorry that I did?

Kendall: I can't do this. I can't -- I cannot live in riddles and secrets, Zach. If you do not love me enough to give me a straight answer, then let's just forget the whole thing, ok? We have nothing.

Zach: We have everything, Kendall -- everything. You know that.

Kendall: I -- I -- I can't get past it. Dixie flails her arms, and you run off, scoop her up, and save the day for her. Do you have any idea how crazy that makes me, how much I hate it? She is not your responsibility, Zach -- I am. Spike is, not Dixie -- not unless you're in love with her.

Zach: I'm not.

Kendall: You abandoned me when I was on the verge of death to help her. Now I'm just supposed to get past that? I can't.

Zach: I don't expect you to get past it. How could you? I would give everything to be back there and go back in time, be there for the time when you opened your eyes. You know that.

Kendall: Yes. See, on that, I do know. I know that -- that's why this is so hard to take in. I know how hard you fought to save Spike's life, because it was what I wanted. I know that you were willing to die in that hospital room to protect us. But it's like there's two Zachs. There's the one who loves me, who would die for me, and then there's the one who is so devoted to Dixie that he would risk losing me to save her. And I -- I can't reconcile the two. It scares the hell out of me to think about what you might have done to help her.

Zach: I love you, not Dixie -- you.

Kendall: There was a time where I believed that completely -- no questions. But the disc, Zach -- how did you get the disc? I want an answer, and I need to know it now. Why are you fighting me so hard on this? Why do you refuse to tell me the truth?

Zach: Because I don't want you to know who I really am.

Dixie: Hang on a second. Just wait a minute. There is no way that you have done this all on your own. In order to be exposed as a liar in court, you had to have had help.

Tad: Yep. You think it was a coincidence that Jamie showed up with that videotape?

Dixie: Jamie?

Tad: Dixie, it killed me to include him. I didn't see any other way. I needed somebody. I needed somebody that didn't have an ax to grind, somebody the jury wouldn't think would turn on me. Who better than my own son? And you know something? In a perverse way, I'm proud of him. He really pulled it off. It sure as hell couldn't have been easy for him to stand in front of all those people and call his father a liar.

Dixie: Yeah, I was pretty convinced he'd turned against you.

Tad: Yeah, he played it just right. We owe him a lot. If it weren't for Jamie and Aidan, you wouldn't be standing right here.

Dixie: Aidan?

Tad: Mm-hmm. I don't know how he did it, I don't think I'm supposed to ask, but somehow he was able to call in a marker with this guy Kagan at the airport.

Dixie: The security guy's testimony was all lies?

Tad: Uh-uh, not all of it. I was locked in that office overnight, but it didn't happen by accident. It sure as hell wasn't June 5. It was last week. All Kagan did was alter the time stamp -- that's what everybody looked at, or at least the jury.

Dixie: Oh.

Tad: You're angry.

Dixie: No, I -- I don't know how -- I feel like -- I feel like a fool!

Tad: I can relate. How do you think I felt when I found out you let me believe you were dead all those years?

Babe: I'm married, and I love my husband, and what happened between us was -- it was a one-time deal, and we can't take this any further.

Josh: And that's what I would expect you to say. That's the speech a dedicated wife and mother should give, but I'm not convinced that's how you really feel, Babe. You know how much I want you. You know I want this to be more than just a fling, and if I had my say, what we started up here on this rooftop would be far from over, but I need -- I need you to tell me how you feel, how you really feel, in here. Even if you don't think I should hear it, you have to tell me what you want to come next.

Babe: So much has changed since we were together here that night, Josh.

Josh: I haven't changed. You haven't changed, Babe.

Babe: No, but J.R. has. If you even had a clue as to how hard he is working to try to keep our family together and show Little A and me how much he loves us -- if I were to walk away, what kind of message would that be sending? That all of his hard work at being a good father and trying to make up for his past mistakes means nothing?

Josh: So what are you saying -- you're staying with J.R. out of guilt?

Babe: I never said that. You are hearing what you want to hear.

Josh: Babe, you just said you won't leave the guy as long as he's playing nice.

Babe: You are talking like he is some type of charity case, and I know that you probably don't want to hear this, but J.R. is not that different from you. You're both the apple of your daddy's eyes, you're spoiled, used to getting anything you want, expected to follow in your father's footsteps. And you both had a lot of heartache to deal with where your parents are concerned.

Josh: Well, I'd say salvaged embryo trumps mommy back from the dead any day.

Babe: What you two have been through and what you are still going through now -- I don't -- I don't want my son talking to someone 20 years from now about how jacked-up his upbringing was. I'm going to do everything in my power to give him a great home with a mommy and daddy who love him.

Josh: Babe, he can have that whether you're with J.R. or not.

Babe: Why won't you listen to me, Josh? Please, I don't want to walk away from my husband. I -- I love him, I really do.

Josh: If that's the truth, Babe, if that's how you really feel, you should have no trouble at all telling me it's over. You tell me once, and I swear to God, I am out that door, gone forever. But I need to hear it from you.

Kendall: How can we have a marriage if you don't want me to see the real you?

Zach: I told you the day that I suggested the alibi that things would get difficult.

Kendall: Ok, so I'm not allowed to ask questions? You told me that it would get ugly, so I'm not allowed to demand the truth?

Zach: Why wouldn't you just take my word? Why not?

Kendall: Zach, look at me -- this is me we're talking about here -- me. You know me. You know I have a hard time with trust, and now I have lost my trust in you!

Zach: You didn't lose it. You threw it away, Kendall -- very different.

Kendall: That is because of all of the lies and the secrets, Zach. The trial is over, ok? It's over. I did my job, I played the part as the cheated-on wife. Now, I want answers.

Zach: How much of this is you and how much of it is your savior, Ryan Lavery?

Dixie: So, you didn't keep me in the dark about this because you were afraid I would blow your cover? You did this to get even? Get back at me, for what I did to you?

Tad: Oh. Don't you think you deserve a little payback? For everything you put this family through?

Dixie: Maybe I don't deserve a cake and a party, but, God, I didn't set out to deliberately torment anyone. God, Tad, it's -- it's like you really hate me.

Tad: I hate a lot of things, namely every single thing you've done since your accident. I hate the fact that you let your children mourn for you. I hate the fact that you didn't tell me that my daughter survived. The whole world knows how I feel about you giving Kate away, but it goes beyond that. I can't stand the idea of all the years that were wasted when I could've been out there looking for her. But most of all, most of all, I hate the fact that when you chose to open up, it was to Zach Slater. When you needed help with Madden, you didn't come to me. You went to him. No matter how I feel about you or what you've done, it doesn't really compare to how I feel about myself.

Dixie: Why? What did you do?

Kendall: I have given you the Godís honest truth about how I feel and what's going on in my head, and right now, I need the same from you, or we are through.

Zach: Do you think I want to keep secrets from you? You think this is how I want to live?

Kendall: The truth, Zach.

Zach: Why can't you just accept that there are some things about me that are better left unknown?

Kendall: I want everything now.

[Zach sighs]

Zach: Listen to me. I don't have any happy explanations. I'm not your white knight. I can go to places so dark you can't even begin to imagine. You're not going to like what I have to say.

Kendall: Well, it wouldn't be the first time. But if it's as bad as you're making it sound, it could damn well be the last.

Dixie: God, Tad. If you hate me so much, why not just let me go to prison?

Tad: I couldn't let you take the fall.

Dixie: Why? What is going on?

Tad: I couldn't let you be convicted for a crime that you didn't commit. I knew you were innocent. I knew it from the start. You didn't do it. I did. I killed Greg Madden.

Dixie: You killed Madden? Tad, it's impossible.

Tad: Why? The whole town was looking for him. I just happened to be the lucky person who found him.

Dixie: No -- no.

Tad: I found him on his jet. He was prepping for takeoff. He had Erica with him. She was unconscious. He must have drugged her somehow. He had her strapped to a sofa. He was this close to taking off to God only knows where.

Dixie: Tad --

Tad: I knew --

Dixie: You're not a killer.

Tad: I had to act fast. Because as soon as that plane lifted off, he was going to disappear all over again with Erica and every hope we would ever have of seeing Kate. I didn't have time to think about it. I just grabbed the nearest thing I could and smashed him in the head with it. He dropped like a ton of bricks. And then for a minute, I stood there, just looking down at him, thinking about all the things that he'd done, all the things he'd gotten away with. People he'd hurt. People I care about. And something came over me that was so ugly. So -- evil. Scares the hell out of me just to think about it, even now. I was going to get an answer. If it hadn't been for his connection to Kate, I'd have finished it right then. I'd have happily torn him to shreds with my bare hands.

Josh: You know, when J.R. came up here -- found you standing there naked in that pool, you know why I didn't show myself? Do you know why I didn't flaunt what we had done in that smug face of his?

Babe: You were trying to protect me.

Josh: I was trying to protect me. Because I knew if I blew your cover to him that night, I would have lost you forever.

Babe: Good call.

Josh: You still haven't said it.

Babe: I love my husband. And I really want to make it work with him.

Josh: And I love you. I want a life with you, Babe. But until you tell me that definitely it's over --

Babe: You need to move on with your life, Josh.

Josh: I'm not going to be the one to walk away, Babe. If you really want this to end, you're going to have to be the one to do it.

Tad: I had to make a decision quickly. I knew I couldn't kill Madden, and I knew I couldn't let him go. I just had to come up with a way to make him tell us where our daughter was. The only thing that made sense in that moment was to get him off that plane, so I carried him to the cargo storage area and went back for Erica. You must have been there that night.

Dixie: Yeah. Well, we were. We were all over the airport.

Tad: That's how Zachís fingerprint got on the lid of the crate. The same crate I put Madden into, with Erica. Put it on a dolly and wheeled them out of the airport. After all, I couldn't exactly leave the building with a couple of bodies, so I took them to the parking lot that was furthest away from the terminal. Couldn't use my own car, so I had to steal one. Decided that the first unlocked car I found was the lucky winner. Put Erica in the front seat and Madden in the trunk and tried to hot-wire the damn thing. Been a long time since I had to hot-wire a car. Things have obviously gotten more sophisticated since --

Dixie: Tad, by any chance, was that car the one that I had been renting?

Tad: Ain't that a kick in the head?

Dixie: So that's how Maddenís blood got in the trunk of my car.

Tad: Oh -- Dixie, I swear, I -- I swear to you, I had no idea. I was just so determined to get the hell out of there, I was so scared, you know? To this day, I don't even think I could tell you what the car looked like. And I kept thinking about Kate, where she was, if she was lost -- imagining her in all these awful, awful situations. I knew whatever I was going to do with Madden, it had to be in a place that was quiet, someplace empty. That's why I thought of the park. It's a hell of a thing. It wasn't until I was there that I realized -- the exact same park Ray Gardner dropped me off at when I was 6 years old. Hell of a thing. Exact same spot my father left me with a broken arm. And here I was, all over again. Hadn't thought about it for years. And yet, there I was with another monster. A complete psychopath determined to take away everything I had, everything I was going to have. Only this time -- you know, this time was different. This time, I could fight back. So I decided my friend the doctor was -- wouldn't go anywhere. The city was digging trenches all over the park. I guess they were putting in some kind of new drainage system, and -- all I had to do was choose one, you know? So I just drove to a convenience store, picked up some food, some water, and I stripped a stereo out of the dashboard, rewired the receiver, tore a speaker out of the door. Stopped by a construction site. You know, I had to get a length of pipe. Something I could use as an air hose. And then after that, it was -- it was so easy. I just went back to the park, and one, two, three. And I set up the box. Put him in it. And I buried the bastard. After that, it was just a question of rearranging a few flowers. Leaving Erica on a park bench covered with some newspapers. I knew she was going to wake up eventually on her own. So I drove home. Parked the van a few blocks away, and walked in. Set myself up a voice filter right over there. Recorded a few choice messages for the good doctor, encouraging him to spill his guts, and then waited. Waited for that pile of crap to wake up.

Zach: Madden was gone. Dixie and I searched for him all night, but no luck. I had a feeling he was still in Pine Valley. So I sent my men after him, to listen for him. They had scanning devices. Maybe they could find his cell phone. Then I would know when he was ready to leave. All night, couldn't find anything. Then one of my men struck gold. Found a frequency, but it wasn't a cell phone, it was something else. I listened in. And it turned out Madden had been kidnapped by somebody who needed information about Kate. So now, I had a pipeline to everything. And I recorded it.

Kendall: Did you know that Greg was buried alive?

Zach: Yeah, I figured it out.

Kendall: And you didn't do anything about it?

Zach: We needed to find information about Kate. Unfortunately, the good doctor died before he could give it up. Anyway, you asked me how I made a recording. That's it. That's how.

Kendall: You knew that he was being tortured. And you didn't try to -- to help him, or find him? Dig him up, save him?

Zach: No.

Kendall: Why?

Zach: Because I didn't care. Madden stole children from their mothers. He denied fathers the right to raise their son or their daughter, and no one has the right to do that, no one.

Kendall: Including your father.

Zach: Huh.

Kendall: This is about Ethan.

Zach: Yeah, you're damn right it is. My father was no better than that lunatic. My father robbed my son from me. I didn't know Ethan existed until it was too late. He took my son from me the same way that Madden took hundreds and hundreds of children from their parents!

Kendall: So you just sat back and did nothing while he died?

Zach: Yeah. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry it wasn't me that buried him. I'm sorry it wasn't me that tortured him until he squealed for mercy, begging to tell me where Kate is. And I'm so sorry that it wasn't me that put him in that box and left him there to die.

Tad: I swear to you, I never meant to kill anybody. All I wanted to do was break him. And I was so close. God, I was so close. He was going to talk, I know he was. Well, you know the rest. For a while, I thought about confessing or running away. And then I decided that the jerk had already taken so much away from me, I didn't want him to take anything else, so I just decided not to do anything. You know. Didn't do a thing. Until you got arrested. Then things started to get interesting.

[Tad sighs]

Tad: I panicked. I didn't know what to do, except maybe let you take the rap. I would never do that to you. I'd never ask you to pay for something that I had done. So I decided that nobody was going to pay. All I had to do is move a few pieces around. You'd be amazed how -- how resourceful you can get after you commit murder. But the fact is, we're still paying for it, and we're always going to pay for it. Because Kateís gone. Sorry, Dix. Madden's dead. We're never going to find her. How's that for ironic? After everything you've done, I'm the one that lost our little girl.

Josh: Just tell me, Babe. Tell me it's over.

Babe: I just -- I need some time to sort things out and make sense of everything. I --

Josh: Babe, tell me it's over!

Babe: I can't, ok? I don't want it to be. I don't.

Kendall: Don't touch me. I don't. Don't touch me.

[Dixie gasps]

Tad: Oh, God --

Dixie: It's ok.

Tad: No, no, no, I got it. Just a minute.

Dixie: It's ok.

Tad: I got it. Here. I got it, I got it. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Oh.

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

Josh (to Babe): Do you love me?

Babe (to Josh): Yes. Yes, I do.

Zach (to Kendall): If you want Ryan, you should go get him.

Derek (to Tad): I know what you did -- not a chance you're going to get away with it. You're under arrest.

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