AMC Transcript Friday 10/27/06

All My Children Transcript Friday 10/27/06

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Zach: A little too fast, huh? Those bad memories give me a run for my money.

Kendall: No, coming here really was a good idea

Zach: Yeah.

Kendall: It was. I mean, all -- all of those times that we spent here together, they're some of the best memories. I want to make a million more memories with you, here and everywhere.

Zach: But?

Dixie: Oh, please tell me that we're going to win this.

Tad: It's going to be a fight, no mistake.

Dixie: The judge has got to understand that this could be our child. At the very least, it'll keep Annie from running away with Emma.

Tad: Dixie, I don't like playing hardball any more than you do. But we have to make that judge understand -- that's why we're here. He's got to know that we need a DNA test that doesn't have Hayward’s --

Annie: How can anyone force a mother to consent to a DNA test? No, we didn't bring Emma to sit through your torture.

Ryan: Call it off, Tad.

Tad: I can't do that.

Ryan: The law is on Annie’s side. You're not going to win this.

Tad: We asked nicely. You refused, so here we are. Didn't give us a choice.

David: J.R. changed --

[David chuckles]

David: That's what everybody keeps telling me. I just laughed -- well, maybe too soon. I mean, here you are breaking bread with the man who's doing your wife, no falling debris?

[David chuckles]

David: Junior, I am impressed, really.

J.R.: You say one more word about Babe, and bread won't be the only thing I break.

Babe: What are you trying to do?

J.R.: Spreading lies, hurting people -- what your father does best.

Babe: Leave, David.

David: Closing your eyes to it will not make it go away.

Babe: Now.

David: I'm doing this for you, Babe. The truth is out. Everybody knows. Get the weight off your chest. Tell your husband the truth. Tell him about your affair.

Jack: Thank you, your honor, for agreeing to oversee this hearing on such short notice.

Judge: "Short" being the key word, counselor. You promised this wouldn't take long, I intend to hold you to your word.

Livia: Your honor, my colleague was a bit presumptuous. There are two sides to this issue.

Judge: I am aware of that, Ms. Cudahy. However, my wife is holding dinner, and her casserole does not stand the test of time.

[Jack chuckles]

Judge: Therefore, I suggest that both parties make your arguments as succinct as possible.

Jack: Your honor, I've asked you here on behalf of my clients, Tad and Dixie Martin.

Judge: Yes, well, I have read the brief, counselor. You are petitioning the court to order a DNA test to determine who produced this bundle of joy, Emma McDermott. Let's hear from the parents.

Jack: They're right here, your honor.

Livia: Your honor? Emma's mother is right here.

Kendall: I want things to be the same like they were before. I want to feel safe around you, no questions, no doubts.

Zach: I've given you a lot of reasons to doubt me. Can't expect things to go back the way they were overnight.

Kendall: But then you go and you do something like this, so romantic and thoughtful. And then I realize how much you love me, and I think to myself, "What the hell is wrong with me?" I love you, Zach. That'll never change.

Zach: It doesn't make you forget, either.

Kendall: It'd be a lot easier if it did.

Zach: What do we do now?

Kendall: I have no clue. I just know I don't want you to go anywhere.

Zach: Not a chance.

[Phone rings]

Kendall: Ugh. Ahem -- let's see. Hmm. It's Rachael. Hey, is everything ok? On, no -- it's Spike. Come on. Spike.

Jack: Your honor, my client was in such distress, in and out of consciousness, she found it very difficult to argue when her doctor vehemently, passionately urged her to sign over her parental rights for the good of her child -- a daughter that she named Kate.

Livia: Your honor, I have a great deal of compassion for Dixie’s decision. But I fail to see how my colleague's detailed account has any bearing on the matters before the court. And I also don't see how it's getting you any closer to your casserole.

Judge: She has a point, Jack. Let's get down to the nitty-gritty.

Jack: We believe, your honor, that after Ms. Martin was coerced into signing over her daughter to Dr. Madden that he took this child on his private jet to New York City, and four days later placed this child with Annie McDermott.

[Livia sighs]

Livia: Now, that is a far-fetched fantasy.

Annie: He didn't place Emma with me -- I gave birth to her. She's mine, 100%.

Livia: Your honor, just because Dixie Martin and Annie McDermott shared the same Ob-Gyn does not mean that Annie ended up with Dixie’s child. Dr. Greg Madden had hundreds of clients all over the world.

Jack: You're right, Livia. Indeed, he did. So why are we keeping the good judge here from his dinner? What is the basis of this hearing? It is, in fact, a rather marvelous discovery made by a doctor at Pine Valley Hospital. It is, in fact, a DNA test, the results of which show that Tad Martin and Emma McDermott are in fact father and daughter.

Erin: Hearing must've started by now.

Jonathan: Probably.

Erin: Wonder how it’s going.

Jonathan: Does it really matter?

Erin: Um -- Annie’s rights to her child are at stake -- yeah. Yeah, I'd say it's pretty crucial.

Jonathan: I've dealt with the law around here long enough to know that it's really just a game that's refereed by some random judge.

Erin: Um -- what does that mean, exactly?

Jonathan: It means I would bet for the worst. If the judge orders another DNA test, I'm getting Annie and Emma out of here before the test results come back.

Erin: But -- but Emma could actually turn out to be Tad and Dixie’s child, so what then?

Jonathan: I don't care if she's Tad or Dixie’s child.

Dixie: I realize that I made a grave mistake when I gave away my daughter. I realized that when I started recovering from my car accident, an accident that my doctor knew that I would survive. I was conned into giving up my child, the most precious thing in the world to me. I don't know if you're a parent, your honor, but can you imagine what that must have felt like? To have given away your child to strangers, because you were lied to? I can't tell you how full of self-loathing and emptiness I've been. I've looked all over the world for her. I have followed lead after lead. I have met other women who were victims of this maniac. I have found fake birth certificates. I have found hundreds of photographs of children that he has brought into the world, children that he has given away. And I have never been so close to finding Kate as I am now. I have to know the truth. Please, I have to know if this is my child. Please, your honor -- it's my only option left.

Judge: I am very sorry for your loss, Ms. Martin. It's obvious you regret your choice.

Annie: What happened to you is terrible, Dixie. But you can't make up for losing your child by taking mine.

Tad: Nobody wants to take anything that doesn't belong to them. All we want is answers -- I'm sorry, your honor, but forgive me. If you had spent the last four years of your life looking for your daughter, and you thought you might have found her, you'd insist on the same answers. You'd have to know.

Annie: I do know -- Emma is not your daughter, end of discussion.

Jack: Ms. McDermott, if you're so sure about that, then I don't understand you having any qualms about taking another DNA test.

Livia: The only thing this is about is that there is no legal basis for ordering a mother to prove that she is the mother of her own child, and there is no legal basis for ordering a child to be subject to this test.

Ryan: I’m sorry, if I may, your honor. Why do we -- why do we need a test at all? I'm just -- I'm just trying to figure it out because if -- if the one that you gave the judge is 99.99%, right, which is the supposed accuracy, then I don't understand what we're even doing here, because Tad and Dixie would be suing for custody of Emma right now. But the man responsible for that test is a convicted felon, and he is a liar, and he has got a grudge against half the people in this town.

David: Tell J.R. the truth. Please, Babe. The longer you stay married to this lunatic, the greater the chances of something terrible happening to you.

Babe: Terrible, huh? You are the worst thing that's ever happened to me. You're standing here accusing me, your very own daughter, of cheating on her husband. What kind of father does that?

David: A father who loves his daughter very much. You can't see that?

Babe: And can't you see that I love J.R.? I'm happy being with his wife?

David: Except when you're with Josh. You don't have to put on this act anymore. I'm here, Josh is here. We'll protect you. This is the perfect setting, Babe. It's time. Just tell the truth.

Babe: J.R. already knows the truth -- that I'm 100% committed to this marriage.

David: All right. You know, maybe I misread things. Maybe you don't want to have a life with Josh. But you know something? I don't care. All I care about is that you get away from this thug. He already signed over custody to you for Little Adam, right, when he thought he was going to jail? Well, all you have to do now is take this chance, take your son, and go, start a fresh, new life.

Babe: When are you going to get it through your thick skull? I am not going anywhere. I am happy.

David: You can see she's hedging, can't you? You got to see that I'm right.

Babe: Shut up. You have no idea what you're talking about.

David: How are you going to stay married to this woman when you know that she's been had by another man?

Babe: Get out of here.

David: Every time Josh and Babe are in bed together, he is laughing at you behind your back. You cannot pretend that that's not happening, Junior. What, turn the other cheek? Come on. That's not the Chandler way, is it?

J.R.: You seem so sure of yourself, Hayward. Who's your source?

David: Oh, I promise -- it's solid.

Babe: I'd hardly call Colby solid.

David: When your sister was in the tunnels, she overheard Babe confessing that she had sex with Josh -- to Krystal.

[J.R. turns and stares at his wife.]

David: You know I'm right, don't you? You can see it in her eyes. This marriage is over.

J.R.: What I know is that you are a lying, manipulative, twisted freak. You almost make me appear normal.

Livia: Your honor, while I'd like to admit for the record that my client did not consent to this test, I'm also very curious why Mr. Montgomery is requesting that another test be conducted. Is he admitting that these test results are questionable? Are you just going for the best two out of three?

Judge: I'd like to hear that answer myself, Counselor.

Jack: I concede the court may have some problems with the authenticity of the first test.

Livia: And you must have some problems with it, as well, or we wouldn't be here.

Jack: Because the source of that test is somewhat tainted. This is why we request another test.

Livia: Your honor, clearly Mr. and Ms. Martin have no legal grounds to stand on. A questionable DNA test is the only connection they have to Emma McDermott. And now we know that that DNA test could possibly be Mr. Martin and his son.

Judge: You admit this test is unreliable, yet you claim it as grounds for another. If you're playing games with me, Jack --

Jack: I assure you, your honor, I am not.

Dixie: Show him the test from New York.

Judge: Well, who produced that one -- Santa Claus?

Livia: Your honor, how many random tests are we going to be subjected to?

Jack: In fact, Livia, this test isn't random at all. This is a test that Annie McDermott had done at a licensed clinic in New York City.

Livia: Your honor, that is a private medical record clearly obtain illegally, and it is inadmissible.

Judge: I will keep that in mind, thank you. Ms. McDermott, this test states that you are no blood relationship to the child that you claim you delivered.

Ryan: Your honor, whether Annie matches Emma makes no difference. It still proves nothing, nothing for Tad and Dixie.

[Spike fusses]

Zach: Hey.

Kendall: Zach, feel him. Feel him. He's so hot.

Zach: All right.

Kendall: Ok, ok, I got -- I got you, I got you. Where did you take him?

Rachael: Just the park. I'm sorry. We didn't stay --

Zach: It's not your fault. Kendall knows that.

Kendall: Oh. This -- this isn't good, Zach. He's never even been sick before. What did you say, it was 103? We -- we have to take him to the hospital. This -- this is not right.

Zach: Why don't you call his pediatrician?

Kendall: Ok.

Zach: Ok? Start there.

Kendall: Ok. You're going to be ok, baby. You're going to be ok.

Zach: Hmm. You'll be all right. Why don't you go home, take the rest of the night off? We'll be fine.

Rachael: You sure?

Zach: Yeah. Thanks. What are you doing?

Kendall: Hey, Doc-- Doc-- Dr. Tanzer, it's Kendall Slater. Listen, Spike is really sick. He has a really high fever, and I think that we need to bring him in to see you.

Zach: Can we see? Look this way.

Kendall: No, but he's so listless. But, Doctor --

Zach: It's ok.

Kendall: Zach, talk to him, please? Just tell him how sick Spike is.

Zach: Doc? Hey, it's Zach. How you doing? He -- ok. No, I think so. Sure. All right.

Kendall: Why didn't you tell him?

Zach: Because he's right. The emergency room has a lot more germs in it than this house does. So what we'll do, we'll take this little guy --

Kendall: I know what to do. I know -- we have to check his temperature, and we have to go back and forth with the acetaminophen and the ibuprofen, the fluids, the lukewarm bath -- I know all of that.

Zach: Ok, good. So we agree -- he's better off right here at home.

Kendall: Ok, I'll get the thermometer and the medicine.

Zach: You want to sit down for a sec? Yeah, let's do that. Oh, let me look at you.

Kendall: Ok, I think it's not –

[In her rush, Kendall nervously drops the thermometer.]

Zach: Mm-hmm.

Kendall: Hope it's not broken.

Zach: It's going to be fine.

Kendall: Oh.

Zach: Mm-hmm.

Kendall: God, look at him. Zach, he looks miserable.

Zach: He's fine -- sit down.

Kendall: Who are you calling?

Zach: Ryan.

Ryan: Your honor, why should Annie have to explain those tests if they have no bearing at all whether Dixie and Tad --

Judge: Are you Mrs. McDermott’s husband?

Ryan: No, I'm not, your honor.

Judge: Father of the child?

Ryan: I'm a friend, and I'm --

Livia: Your honor, Mr. Lavery is very knowledgeable about this case and has a great deal to add.

Judge: Well, when I want Mr. Lavery's advice, I'll ask for it. Now, Mrs. McDermott, would you please explain to me the DNA test you ordered.

Annie: Um -- I had that test done when I was fighting my ex-husband for custody of our daughter. You see, I -- I got pregnant by using an anonymous sperm donor, so I knew that my husband's DNA wouldn’t show up on that test. I -- intended to use it against him in court. The fact that my DNA doesn’t match Emma’s, either, it -- it has to be the result of a lab error. I swear to you that test is wrong. I was pregnant. I -- I delivered a healthy baby girl, the -- the same baby girl that I have raised for the past four years.

Tad: Your honor? Dr. Madden wasn't known for his honesty or his reliability. While I don't doubt Ms. McDermott’s sincerity, it's quite possible a switch was made that she wasn't aware of.

Livia: Your honor, we expected them to say that. Excuse me. You can come in now, Cynthia. My apologies for the casserole, but there is nothing like a good eyewitness to get a hearing rolling.

Jonathan: Tad and Dixie may be Emma’s birth parents by DNA, but DNA does not mean that they're qualified to raise a child.

Erin: True -- our parents definitely weren’t.

Jonathan: No. Not even close. But Annie is a great mom. She's willing to fight for her child to the end. Could you imagine how different our lives would've been if our mom would've cared the way that Annie does? If she would've pick up and actually ran when she had the chance?

Erin: Would I trade our mom for Annie? Of course. Yes. But you cannot compare Tad and Dixie to Mom and Dad.

Jonathan: Emma loves Annie. She belongs with her. And if Emma were old enough herself, she would vote for Annie hands down. Now, I'm just going to make sure that no --

Emma: Where's my mommy?

Livia: Ms. White, do you recall where you were on June 6, 2002?

Cynthia: Working, at the St. Cearan Hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I'm a labor and delivery nurse. I attended the birth of Emma McDermott that day.

Jack: Ms. White, I'm sure you see a lot of patients. You would have us believe you remember this one from four-plus years ago?

Cynthia: You'd be surprised how many patients I remember. Even though I only spend a short time with these women, it's a pretty intense encounter. Hard to forget.

Livia: And what is it you remember about Annie?

Cynthia: How excited she was to see her baby. There was something special about her smile. She wanted to hold Emma the second she was born. It's a little girl, Annie.

Annie's voice: Can I see her? I want to hold her. Let me hold my baby.

Dixie's voice: These people you want to give my baby to -- they're good people, aren't they? Promise me, Dr. Madden.

Tad: So you helped Annie give birth and you let her hold the child the minute she was born? How can you be so certain that the child you handed her was the same child she's been raising all these years?

Cynthia: I can't say for sure, but I brought a copy of the baby's footprints. These were taken immediately after Emma was delivered.

Livia: And, your honor, I have here a recent set of Emma McDermott’s footprints. As you can see, they are an exact match.

Annie: Look at -- look at the toes. The -- the middle ones are longer than the big ones on both.

Livia: Now, my clients are willing to consider doing another set of footprints.

Judge: Thank you, Mrs. White. That'll be all.

Jack: Your honor, we did not come here looking for footprints. We came here because we are trying to determine if Tad and Dixie Martin are the biological parents of this child. A DNA test is the only way to conclusively do that.

Judge: Well, this is not just about science, counselor. I mean, say the Martins are proven to be the child's birth parents. I am not crazy about the idea of reversing an adoption more than four years later.

Tad: No, but, your honor, Dixie didn't make a conscious decision. She didn't give up our daughter, because she didn't want to be a mother. She did it because she thought she was dying, because she thought it was best for the child.

J.R.: Babe having a fling? Emma McDermott’s actually Kate? It's all fiction, isn't it? So you can watch my family sweat, or worse?

Babe: You really do live to make people suffer.

J.R.: But it almost seems different this time. You're unusually intense, Davy -- what gives? Something fresh tick you off? Or are you just still trying to get back at us for my mother choosing Tad over you?

David: So you refuse to believe me, huh? Tad refuses? Why should I be surprised? Well, when you finally realize I'm telling the truth --

J.R.: Oh, you don't have a clue, Hayward. You know, you're so far out of the loop of your daughter's life, it's a joke.

David: Wow, you're pretty quiet there, Josh. You want to wipe that smug smirk off his face just as much as I do. Well, be a man and do it. Tell this dirty sack of garbage the truth, Josh. Tell him that you made love to his wife.

Josh: It's true. I'm in love with your wife. And I've been waiting for the opportunity to blow your marriage to shreds. And I would love nothing more than to be able to tell you that I did sleep with Babe just so that I could watch your sorry life come crashing around you. But I can't.

Babe: Are you satisfied?

David: Unbelievable.

Babe: You know, J.R. was right. You don't have a clue what it takes to be a good parent. All you've done is hurt me.

David: That is not my intention, Babe.

Babe: You go after the people that I care about. You try to wreck their lives and their happiness. And I told you before, when you hurt them, you hurt me.

David: I do love you, Babe, more than you will ever know. I just want you to be happy. I'm trying --

Babe: I am happy, David. J.R. makes me happy. I wish you'd just leave. I wish you would just disappear forever.

[J.R. follows Babe out the door.]

David: You could have done it. You could have saved Babe from that maniac. I thought you loved her.

Josh: I do.

David: Then how could you let her stay with J.R.? You should be doing everything within your power to break that marriage up. You're pathetic.

Josh: I'll never top you. That's for damned sure.

Kendall: He's so lethargic. He can't even cry. Scares me.

Zach: I know it does. Here. What do you think of this, huh? It's some kind of a milk product. You want that? Do you want that? Here. Yeah. I know what I forgot.

Kendall: Wait, wait -- where are you going?

Zach: A lukewarm bath. That's what you told me, right? So that's what I'm going to do. Hey -- keep him away from the booze. No booze for you.

Jonathan: You are without a doubt the prettiest Princess Ariel I've ever seen.

Emma: My mommy's a real princess. When is she coming home?

Jonathan: Your mommy's on an appointment, but she's going to be back real soon, ok?

Erin: Hey.

Emma: Ok.

Erin: Huh? Did I happen to see a fresh batch of marshmallow crispies on the kitchen table?

Emma: Yeah.

[Erin gasps]

Erin: Did you and your mommy make those?

Emma: Yeah.

Erin: Oh, my goodness. Well, go. Run, run, run! Get me one. Get Jonathan one.

Jonathan: Come here. Whoa!

Erin: Whoa.

Jonathan: Off you go. Go get one.

Erin: Only one, Emma.

Emma: Ok.

Jonathan: If Tad and Dixie really loved her, they wouldn't rip her away from the only security she's ever had. Where's the love in that?

Tad: Your honor, Dixie is a damn good mother. And I know that firsthand, because I raised two boys with her. I can't begin to tell you what a wonderful job she's done. If they were here right now, they would tell you what a loving, caring woman she is. She would never, ever have signed away her daughter, unless she firmly believed it was right for the child. Now, maybe she regrets that decision. Maybe she wishes she could go back and do it all over again. But I swear to you, this isn't a case of somebody signing a set of adoption papers and deciding four years later, "Oops, I want my child." She always wanted Kate. She's been looking for her for four years, wandering all over the world, searching for a daughter that was stolen from her. Now, maybe she didn't make the best decision four years ago, but I know she did what she thought she had to do. Because in her heart, she knew it was right. And I would defy you or anybody else to do it differently or better.

Dixie: When I gave up my child, I also denied Tad his parental rights. I didn't even give him a vote. But he's right -- I really did think that I was doing the right thing. I didn't think he wanted our child. But I couldn't have been more wrong. And I have to rectify my mistake.

Judge: I was under the impression that you two were married. Is that not the case?

Jack: Your honor, the Martins are divorced, but they remain close friends.

Annie: I don't mean to be disrespectful, but we have listened to your story. We get that you regret giving up your daughter, that you feel guilty for keeping her from her father. I still don't understand why Emma and I have to pay the price.

Dixie: Because if you are raising our child, we have a right to know.

Livia: Your honor, this hearing could go on for hours and hours, when the bottom line is that New York State recognizes Annie McDermott as Emma McDermott’s legal parent. For you to set a precedent now by ordering a DNA test, because of desperate speculation on the part of the Martins would just set up a Pandora’s box of legal court battles that would be untwirled for hundreds of innocent families and children across the country.

Ryan: Your honor, Emma’s already lost her father. Knowing that her mother will always be there, that her mother will never leave, is really the only security that she's got left.

Annie: Please don't make her wonder who she is, or where she belongs. She loves me. She -- she doesn't even know the Martins. She's my little girl. She belongs with me.

Zach: But before all that, Tony ain't got no avocados. He took little baby buns to the casino and said, "Listen, guys, I know I can't pay all the money I owe you." Give me one of these guys. "So what I will do --" oh, there you go. Is that better? "So what I will do is give you my baby." And guess what the baby did.

Kendall: Uh -- called Social Services and had them arrest Tony for back child support?

Zach: No, Kendall, the baby's 2 years old. Didn't have a telephone. No, the baby hiccupped. Hiccupped.

Kendall: Shouldn't we just take his temperature one more time?

Zach: Yeah.

Kendall: Ok.

Zach: Sit down for a moment, would you? He hiccupped, and what happened was -- oh, let me just do this for a minute -- and what happened was, all the dice rolled 7s and 11s every time he hiccupped. So, Tony made millions of dollars.

[Thermometer beeps]

Kendall: What does it say?

Zach: Come here.

Judge: It is very clear to me that you all care a great deal about this little girl. Whether Emma McDermott or Kate Martin, a great deal of love has been displayed here this afternoon. And I for one have been quite moved by it. I cannot say definitively whether these children are one and the same. A DNA test would, no doubt, give us that answer. But do I have the legal grounds to order such a test? That is the question before me. And while I have been presented with some very compelling evidence arguing in favor of the test, its questionable provenance makes it fruit of the poisonous tree, which cannot stand up to a persuasive eyewitness. Therefore, despite my personal curiosities and concerns, I find no legal basis for granting this petition. Nor do I, as Ms. Cudahy so eloquently pointed out, want to set a precedent that thousands might regret.

Dixie: No, please -- please, no.

Judge: I know this is not the ruling you had hoped for, Mrs. Martin.

Dixie: This is an endless nightmare. What can we do now?

Tad: We're going to do what we have to do.

Zach: 102.

Kendall: Oh. Good. Good. It's down. Yeah.

Zach: Chin up, Spike. Come on.

Kendall: Yay, it's getting better. Getting better, honey.

Zach: He'd give you a high-5, but he can only count to 3. What are you doing?

Kendall: I love you.

Zach: Yeah?

Kendall: Yeah, I do. Thank you so much. A kiss? Oh, oh --

[Knock on door]

Kendall: Ok, ok. Good, your medicine's here, honey. That's a good thing. Good thing.

Zach: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Del: Hey. Zach busy?

Kendall: Yeah. Actually, we're both busy.

Del: Well, this is mucho importante. I want to ask him how it feels to get away with murder.

Zach: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Do it.

Livia: Your honor, thank you for setting aside your personal feelings and delivering an unbiased ruling.

Judge: The law was on your client's side, Mrs. Cudahy. I cannot say the same for logic, however.

Jack: Well spoke, Judge. Well spoke, which is exactly why I'm not letting this go. Annie McDermott’s story just doesn't add up. And Tad and Dixie -- they deserve a concrete answer, Livia.

Livia: Do you really want to waste more time and money on this, Jack? Because there is no court in the land that is going to rule in your favor. Enjoy your casserole, Judge Walsh.

Jack: Don't get too cocky, Livia. This isn't over yet.

[Door closes]

Judge: Alice, would you put me through to Child and Family Services? Yes, this is Judge Leonard Walsh. There's a woman living here in Pine Valley with a child who may not belong to her. I'd like you to investigate.

Annie: Where's Emma?

Erin: She's in the kitchen. But you don't get to just run off without telling us what happened.

Jonathan: That looks like a smile.

Erin: Yes!

Ryan: Oh, it's a smile.

Jonathan: A smile?

Ryan: Yeah, a smile.

Annie: The judge ruled against Tad and Dixie. No DNA test. No one is taking Emma from me.

Erin: Oh, good news.

Jonathan: This is fantastic.

Erin: Good news.

Annie: Well, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go give Emma a big kiss.

Erin: Yes, ok. I let her have one marshmallow crispy, but don't kill me if she had a few more!

Ryan: What? What can I say? It wasn't my favorite way to spend an afternoon, but it all ended up incredibly well, which is all that matters, I guess, right?

Jonathan: Wait, wait, wait -- do you really think that Tad and Dixie are going to back off of the whole --

Annie: Um -- did Emma go upstairs?

Erin: No.

Jonathan: No, we would have seen her.

Annie: She's not in the kitchen. She's gone.

J.R.: I'm so glad that you told David Hayward to get lost. You don't need him in your life. You have a family right here that loves you. I love you, and I'm not going anywhere. There's no reason to cry. David Hayward’s not worth it. Look. He didn't win. He only brought us closer together. Babe, look at me. I trust you. It doesn't matter what Colby said. It doesn't matter what your father said. I believe in you. Isn't that what we've always wanted? I trust you with everything that's in me.

Babe: I don't deserve you. I --

J.R.: No, don't say that. Don't ever say that. It is the other way around. I love you.

[When J.R. kisses her, Babe sees Josh instead.]

Babe: I can’t.

J.R.: What's wrong?

[Back at his cabin, David takes a nice, long swig of his drink then is shocked to see Josh sitting in his chair.]

Josh: Babe just got her wish -- you gone, forever. That drink was your last. You just killed yourself.

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

Tad: We tried to play by the rules.

Dixie: We went through legal channels.

Tad: But you still won't cooperate.

Ryan: Return her, and we won't press charges.

Tad: That's mighty big of you, but we can’t oblige.

J.R.: As long as we love each other, that's all that matters. Josh is not a threat.

[Hiding in the Chandler Mansion tunnel, Josh eavesdrops on J.R. and Babe.]

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