All My Children Transcript Wednesday 12/6/06
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Kendall: It's not fair.
Bianca: I know. The one thing that we want most for our kids -- long, happy, healthy lives -- is the one thing we can't promise them.
Kendall: We brought these babies into a life that ends way too soon, Binks.
Zach: Simone Torres.
Rachael: Always pushing Spike to get a faux hawk.
Rachael: She's awesome.
Zach: Yeah, she passed away tonight. And Bianca’s probably going to sleep here, so if you could look after the kids, I'd appreciate that.
Rachael: Absolutely, whatever you need. I am so sorry. Simone was one of the coolest people I'd ever met.
Kendall: She would love hearing that. Thank you, Rachael.
Zach: Everyone sleeping soundly?
Bianca: Oh, yeah, like two little angels.
Zach: I'll get us a cocktail.
Kendall: This is so wrong -- someone that you love so much suddenly just gone.
Julia: Hey! To my -- to my new housemates!
Jamie: To our new landlady.
Amanda: All right!
Julia: Well, here's to -- to laughs and love and --
Amanda: Yes, yes, yes!
Julia: Everyone pitching in on the chores.
Amanda: No! No!
Julia: Ok! Here's to Del doing all the chores!
Jonathan: Hey. Hey, what's wrong?
Erin: Something happened --
Annie: Oh, oh, oh, oh! Great, you guys are here!
Annie: You are going to die! Hi! You're never going to believe this.
Ryan: Hey! Are you -- I was in New York. Unbelievable. It was unbelievable. I love that place.
Annie: I know.
Ryan: It was a -- go tell him. Go tell him about your --
Di: How was it?
Annie: Well, it was great.
Ryan: It was incredible. I have this incredible helicopter. We all -- we got on, I'm -- do you know how much money I have?
Josh: There's no way I'm leaving you here alone.
Babe: You promised you would stay away, out of my life.
Josh: I promised I'd try, but then you found Simone. Now, that -- that promise is at the bottom of my to-do list. I'm taking you home, Babe.
Babe: I can get myself home, thank you.
Josh: Babe? Let me take care of you. Let me just do this one last thing for you.
Babe: How is that fair to you? I let you comfort me and be my rock, and then I go home to J.R. to try to make a fresh start?
Josh: I don't care what's fair. I -- I care that you're ok.
Babe: It's not right. I've made my choice, so I need to let you go, and you need to let me go, too.
Josh: God, we have done this so many times, Babe, my brain is hurting. All right, fine. You want to bag the offer to lean on my shoulder, it's off the table, all right? But I'm not going to leave you up here alone, not tonight.
Babe: It's not your call.
Josh: Why are you fighting me so hard?
Babe: Because how am I supposed to close the book on this if I always keep you around?
Josh: Babe, Simone died tonight.
Babe: Yes, and I hate everything about it. But I need to start to learn how to handle life on my own, and I shouldn't be turning to you of all people.
Josh: All right. Great, fine. Handle it. As soon as you get home, you can do all the dealing that you want, but I doubt Simone would want you making your way back to the mansion all by yourself with no one there waiting for you.
Singer: What is it gonna take to find you? Ooh
Babe: Walk me to my car. I can take it from there.
Singer: Take to find you? What is it gonna take to find you?
Babe: I think I'm going to take your word for it.
Singer: What is it gonna take to find you? What is it gonna take to find you now? What is it gonna take
Annie: We're backstage --
Annie: At the Garden.
Amanda: Oh, no.
Annie: Yeah. No, I am serious, and the stage is literally right here.
Ryan: Yeah. And -- and the bass player's eyes are like right here.
Amanda: No, no, no --
Ryan: That guy's --
Amanda: Nick Swimley? I love him!
Annie: No, he's kind of smarmy in person.
Ryan: Oh, are you kidding me?
Jamie: Is he -- is he a friend of yours, too?
Ryan: Well, you know what? The funny thing is I thought you were kind of into him considering you talked to him for, like, an hour and a half after the show.
Annie: Right, right, like you even noticed that. I thought you were too busy fighting off all the groupies trying to "ride your hog."
Aidan: I'm sorry --
Annie: Ride your hog!
Ryan: They weren't all --
Aidan: How many groupies were there? How many were there and whose car can we take to the Garden?
Di: How many groupies? No, no, no, no! You guys are not chasing groupies unless we --
Aidan: Oh, come on.
Di: Can chase the musicians. You got his phone number, right? Nick's? Yeah. I mean, there's five of us --
Annie: All joking aside, tonight was one of the best nights ever. You know, I feel like I'm finally coming back to life, you know?
Ryan: Oh, really?
Di: Oh, good.
Ryan: Well, I mean, that's why we're put on this earth, right? To have fun, to have a good time, and to make the most out of the time that we have. Isn't that why we're here?
Jonathan: Hear, hear.
Aidan: Hear, hear!
Jonathan: Well, I would toast to that sentiment, but we obviously need another pitcher of margaritas.
Aidan: Better make that two pitchers in my view.
Ryan: Two! Did you get that?
Di: Can you make --
Ryan: All right. I'm buying.
Annie: Um, all right.
Jonathan: Hi. Hey. What were you going to tell me? What's going on?
Erin: Oh, nothing you can do about it. Let's go.
Kendall: I'm going to walk in that office tomorrow and find some note that she left or some e-mail that she sent or some new project that she's working on, and I'm just going to lose it, Binks. How can Simone not be here anymore?
Bianca: Well, you know, I -- I wasn't half as close to her as you are -- were, but she would pop into my head every so often, you know? Just some joke she told or that laugh of hers or that intense energy.
Kendall: I just -- I need her to be here. I need her to be here and make me laugh again. Did Simone know how important she was to me? Please, God, let her have known.
Zach: She knew.
Bianca: Do you think it could've made a difference if she had come downstairs with us to celebrate?
Kendall: Zach, do you think that -- do you think that Simone would still be alive if -- if we'd made her go?
Zach: That's hard to say.
Kendall: This is so wrong. This is wrong. Simone -- she can't be dead. This is wrong. She still had a million things that she wanted to do with her life. I mean, she -- she wanted to have babies. She wanted to find love again. How can she just be taken away from us like this? There should be a law against -- against people dying young. Zach, are you all right?
[Zach flashes back to a beautiful young woman smiling while holding a white gardenia.]
Zach: Why did Simone have that ribbon in her hand?
Bianca: Well, they had white ribbons at the bar. They tie them around the drink specials.
Kendall: They were also part of our Christmas gift packaging. Maybe Simone was brainstorming some new idea for the ribbon when she died.
Bianca: She was incredibly innovative.
Kendall: Yeah, she always came up with multiple uses for our products and packaging. She made our company tons of money because of it.
Zach: What about the gardenia she had in her hair?
Kendall: I have no idea. Why?
Bianca: Do you think that means something?
Zach: Just one of millions of questions.
Kendall: Well, right now, I have only one question -- why?
Zach: And you deserve an answer. Are you ladies going to be ok if I go to the hospital to find out something?
Kendall: Well, listen, you've been so busy making sure we're not falling to pieces. How are you doing with all of this?
Zach: Good. Good, good. We'll all be better when we find some answers.
Josh: I thought you were going home with your dad.
Danielle: He dropped me off there, but then had to go back and deal with Simone, which makes me feel a little better, I guess, knowing that he'll look out for her, treat her with respect. In a weird sort of way, it's like my last gift to my favorite girl. I needed to get out of the house, so I came here.
Josh: Yeah, well, something tells me he wouldn't be too happy about that.
Danielle: Oh, he'd trip, no question about it, but, hey, I'm not a kid anymore, so --
Danielle: Oh, because of Simone, I have -- I have so much. I have this amazing career at Fusion. She taught me so much about life and the business and friendship. I want to be just like her, Josh.
Josh: She was a total original.
Danielle: She was a total star. I -- you know, she knew she was good, but I don't think she really knew how much we looked up to her. If I even come close to being as creative and funny and beautiful and giving as she was, I'll be one lucky gal. So, I'm surprised you're not with Babe.
Josh: Yeah. She wasn't in the mood for company tonight.
Danielle: Mm-hmm. That girl is crazy.
Josh: Yeah, she doesn't always make the world's most popular decisions, but she's got a lot in common with Simone. She's an original, too.
Danielle: Oh. Huge, huge difference between Babe and Simone. For one, Simone would never stay married to a nut case. What are you going to do about that mess anyway?
Josh: Between Babe and J.R.? I don't have a clue.
J.R.: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 –
[While lying in his hospital bed counting ceiling tiles, J.R. sees Babe entering his room.]
Jonathan: Hey. Hi. Hi.
Erin: Hey. Hi.
Jonathan: When I made that second pitcher of margaritas, I -- I really didn't think that you were going to drink the whole thing.
Erin: You are -- you are an exaggerator and you are exaggerating, right?
Jonathan: Are you ok?
Erin: I'm fine. For the millionth time, I'm fine. I'm fine.
Del: All I know, all I know is that life at the big W is going to be one 24/7 party.
Del: See you there.
Ryan: Heck, yeah.
Julia: I hate to disappoint you, Del, but some of us have real jobs.
Annie and Ryan: Oh.
Aidan: Yeah, Del. Yeah, Del. It's only going to be a 21/7 party, Del. Get it straight, yeah?
Amanda: All I know is I'm looking forward to coming home at 3:00 in the morning and not feeling guilty -- no offense, Jamie.
Jamie: What? You don't like my mom running to meet you at the door with the -- what is it? -- The "Oh, I'm sorry, I thought you were a burglar"?
Amanda: A burglar! That is all.
Ryan: Fine. I would like to propose a toast to the new roomies.
Del: To putting the "wild" back in Wildwind.
Ryan: Thank you.
Jamie: To putting Del in his place.
Amanda: To friends.
Di: To family.
Julia: To life.
[Erin suddenly drops her glass and begins to cry.]
Babe: I'm sorry. Did I -- did I make you lose count?
J.R.: It's not like I don't have time to start over. Look, if you're here to keep me company, you might as well leave.
Babe: No, it's -- something happened. Something terrible. I -- I still can't even really believe it.
J.R.: What, it's -- Little A?
Babe: He's fine. It's just that I can't really believe things. Things don't seem real until I've -- until I've said them to you. So it's -- it's Simone. She --
J.R.: Oh, what about her? I mean, she call you out? She quit Fusion? Let me guess -- she finally found another guy to put up with that mouth of hers.
Babe: She died.
Danielle: Babe is treating you like yesterday's news. Why you put up with it, I'll never know.
Josh: Ok, the Babe-trashing ends right now.
Danielle: When are you going to stop making excuses for her and tell her to kiss it?
Josh: When are you going to stop hiding behind my love life and deal with what happened tonight?
Danielle: It's not what happened tonight I can't deal with. It's -- it's what happens tomorrow and the next day.
Josh: The world's not going to stop. Fusion won't stop.
Danielle: Fusion is my home. And I love my dad and my family, but that job, those women -- those are my sisters. Even Babe sometimes. Yeah, we rag on each other, we pick sides, change sides, but all in all, going to work is the best part of my entire day.
Josh: Yeah, well, you're lucky. Not too many people can say that about their jobs.
Danielle: Well, you worked there for a little while. You know what it's like. We have fun at Fusion.
Danielle: That whole place is a total crackup, and Simone was the biggest reason why.
Josh: Yeah, she was definitely entertaining.
Danielle: Even when she wasn't trying to be. I remember she had to design this campaign for the Yukon, and it was supposed to be the Yucatan. I tell you, we would have kicked her butt if we weren't laughing so hard. How do you lose a member of your family and still go on?
Josh: Well, I guess you look to the other members of the family to get you through it -- Babe and Erin, Kendall and Bianca. You know, if -- if you're missing a sister, I'll share one of mine. Actually, you can have both of my sisters.
Kendall: Simone couldn't have been that sick. I mean, she wasn't in the best mood, granted, but she still had energy. Dani even told me that this morning, she woofed down an entire order of curly fries for breakfast. And she never once complained of -- of a stomachache or a headache or anything like that.
Bianca: Did she call in sick a lot?
Kendall: Occasionally, but never because she was actually ill. I mean, if there was a great sale going on at Lacey’s, or if she had to get ready for some hot date, she would call in with a fake cough.
Bianca: What does a -- a vigorous, healthy young woman die from?
Kendall: Maybe her heart got going too fast and just gave out.
Bianca: Well, it's possible -- I mean, if she was on some kind of medication?
Kendall: After her brother overdosed himself into a coma, Simone wouldn't even touch an aspirin.
Bianca: Well, it could be something we'd never even heard of. I mean, the human body is so complex. I've heard that something like 10% of deaths go unexplained.
Kendall: What if it was an -- an aneurysm? How scary is that to literally just drop dead?
Bianca: Kendall? When's the last time Simone mentioned Ethan?
Kendall: No, Binks. I won't even consider that Simone did this to herself.
Derek: What brings you down here so late at night, Slater?
Zach: I want to see Simone’s autopsy report. I want to see why she died.
Derek: And what's it to you?
Kendall: Where Derek got suicide, I will never know. Simone -- Simone was not depressed. She was -- she was a total extrovert.
Bianca: She never got moody or felt sad?
Kendall: Even -- I mean, even when she was moody, she was upbeat. And she was never alone -- she was always around friends. She had plans every single night of the week.
Bianca: But even people who are extremely outgoing can still be unhappy. And think about it. Less than a year after the death of her fiancé, she's dressed up almost like a bride.
Kendall: I told you, she liked to incorporate our packaging into everyday life. Simone didn't kill herself, Bianca. She couldn't have, not without saying good-bye. I was one of her best friends. If she were suicidal, I would have known.
Zach: Simone and Kendall were pretty good friends, you know? They were business partners. And Kendall didn't see this coming in a million years, so I don't know. I just want to find some answers.
Derek: Dani tells me there's a lot of fighting at Fusion.
Zach: The girls are passionate about their work.
Derek: Who gets Simone’s shares of Fusion now?
Zach: Oh, man, I know where you're going with this -- you got a problem with me, because you think I got away with something. Why don't we keep that between us, keep my wife out of it and don't make this something it's not because of me?
Derek: It's just a casual observation. Don't get touchy.
Zach: I'm trying to find out how Simone died.
Derek: You'll find out when everyone else does.
Zach: She was engaged to my son, Derek. Come on, man. Simone and Ethan, they were supposed to have a life together. I was with them underneath the rubble at the Mardi Gras, and I heard what ended up being their last words to each other. So I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that they're buried together. It's -- I owe that to my son. You would do the same thing. So, yeah, I'm asking you a favor. I'm asking you to -- to just let go of whatever we have here. Whatever this is, just let it go for the sake of my son, for the sake of that beautiful girl in there. Come on, man. Just tell me what happened.
Ryan: Erin, are you going to tell us? You going to tell us what happened? We -- we want to help you.
Jonathan: Erin? Come on, come on, come on, talk to us. Are you ok? I mean, did -- did someone hurt you? I -- hey. Erin? I'm sorry, but you're -- you're really freaking us out right now, so I --
Ryan: Erin, you got to tell us what's got you so upset, please. It's ok. You can tell us.
Erin: She's dead.
Babe: Dead. Simone, dead. Does that -- does that sound weird to you? I mean, it's just -- it just it doesn't fit. It -- some words, they fit. They -- they make sense, you can feel them. They -- "love" and "life" and "Mommy" and "Daddy." I used to think that "Babe and J.R." Sounded perfect. It seems kind of silly, though -- me having the time to sit around and think of things like that when they don't even change how things end up. "Babe and J.R." sounds perfect, sounds great. But we're nowhere near great, are we? And Simone, I -- she's dead and as hard as that is for me to say, it -- she's gone. So much has happened in such a short amount of time, J.R., and I don't want to lose you. Somebody that we're both close with told me that I was unrealistic in feeling that way, that -- that I should just let you go, that loving you wasn't enough, because we didn't know how to love each other without fighting each other or hurting each other, and for a second, I thought that they were right, but then I got to thinking that everyone fights. Mama fights with Adam, I fight with Colby, you -- you fight with Jamie and -- and Tad, Tad fights with Dixie. I mean, heck, Simone would've wrestled me over a pencil with a good eraser if she felt like she could. But in the end, what does all that fighting get all of us? Nothing but a bunch of headaches and -- and heartache and hurt feelings. If your fall would've killed you, would anything that we fought about matter anymore? Not to me. All I would've been left with would be this intense, insane love for you, only you wouldn't be here to feel it. J.R., no amount of the fights that we've had have taken our love away and no fight ever will. Simone and I -- we didn't see eye to eye, we almost never did, but now -- oh -- now that she's gone, it's like I have this -- this empty, lonely feeling knowing that -- that I'm never going to work with her again, and I'm never going to see her again, and if I have a hole this big in my heart right now for Simone, imagine what it would be like if I didn't have you in my life, J.R. If you would have died then, my world would've been over. Hate me. Despise me all you want if you have to. Yell at me. Call me names, anything -- just don't die. I couldn't live if you weren't here, J.R., living and breathing. It -- I have -- I have made you my only world, and I know that you didn't ask me, and maybe you didn't even want me to, but I did it because I wanted to, because I love you. And I'm just hoping that some day -- some day you can let me back in your world again.
J.R.: Look, I'm sorry about your friend Simone. But I really need to get some sleep now.
[Babe picks up her coat and bag and quietly leaves.]
Danielle: At least Simone made a mark while she was here. I know the cosmetics industry isn't saving any lives, but you'd be surprised how many women think it's pretty important.
Josh: Yeah, well, I'm sure she left an amazing legacy behind her. And it's up to you guys at Fusion to keep it alive.
Danielle: And I'll remember what you said about Kendall and Bianca. I'll be asking them for help to get through this, that's for sure.
Josh: Well, don't forget about Babe.
Danielle: Now you're pushing it.
Josh: You know, if you give her a chance, she can be a good friend. She's got a big heart.
Danielle: Oh. Do you think there's any room left for anyone else?
Josh: Come on. I'm taking you home.
Danielle: No. No, I really don't want to go home.
Josh: Then I'll take you anywhere you want to go.
Danielle: Hmm. All right.
Derek: I'm giving it to you straight, Slater. I don't know how Miss Torres died. They just brought her in. We won't have anything concrete until morning.
Zach: You're a good cop, Derek. You've been doing this a long time. You must have some idea of what we're dealing with.
Derek: We just -- we have so little to go on. Like I told you at the scene, there's no signs of a struggle, no evidence that she was the victim of a violent act.
Zach: What does that mean -- her body just gave out?
Derek: I'm sticking with my first theory -- suicide.
Kendall: You can cross suicide off the list. Simone and I were almost as close as you and I are, Binks. I mean, if I were feeling that hopeless, wouldn't you know?
Bianca: God, I hope so.
Kendall: No, you would! I know you would. I mean, Simone knew -- she knew how horrible I was feeling when Zach and I were having problems, and she was there for me. She helped me get through it. And then when Ethan died, I was there for her. I helped her. We were in tune with each other, we were.
Bianca: Look, I'm not saying that -- that she did take her own life, but it -- it's possible, and even if you didn't see the signs, it doesn't mean that they weren't there.
Kendall: No. Bianca, I would know.
Bianca: Kendall, do you think maybe you're afraid to consider the possibility that Simone did kill herself, because that would mean that you let her down?
Kendall: What if I did? What if -- what if Simone really needed me, and I was so caught up in my own problems and my own world that I didn't see it? What if I took her for granted, Binks? Simone, the funny girl, the joke? She -- she has to be happy. She doesn't have any real problems.
Bianca: If that's the only thing that she showed you, how could you be expected to think otherwise?
Kendall: Yeah, but she was always there for me. She -- she was always there for me, because we were friends. I mean, I never even had to ask. She knew exactly when I needed her and -- and she -- she would make sure, she would drop everything until she knew that I was ok. What if -- what if the one time that she needed me, I completely failed her? What if -- what if this was my turn to be a friend to her, and I just completely missed the signs? What if I just let down my best friend and now she's dead because of it?
Bianca: No. No, don't even say that. Look, we -- we don't even know for sure how Simone died.
Kendall: Ok, we need to know, ok? I -- I need to know for sure.
Bianca: Ok, she didn't leave a note. So do you think maybe there's something in her things that could tell us what she was feeling, where she was emotionally?
Kendall: I don't know, I don't know, but I can't just sit around here and do nothing, ok? We need to do something now. Rachael's with the kids, so let's just go. Let's go, please.
Zach: Kendall doesn't buy suicide, and she and Simone knew each other pretty well.
Derek: No one wants to believe that someone they love is in that much pain. Couple that with the guilt she might have felt for not being able to do anything. I can see why Kendall wouldn't want to accept it.
Zach: Should have been some signs, no?
Derek: You're right. Like you said before, I've been doing this a long time. And when somebody gets that pretty and dolled up so that it looks staged, it's usually intentional. Heart attack or an aneurysm -- that's a messy death. People fall over, drive cars off the road, but they don't have time to brush their hair and get a fancy flower.
Zach: So you think she went through all that and there was no note? There was no note? You didn't find one, right?
Derek: Not yet.
Zach: Well, that doesn't add up, Derek.
Derek: It's too soon to make any calls. So we'll wait and see what the tox screen says.
Zach: You'll have that first thing in the morning, right?
Derek: First thing. You coming?
Erin: You wouldn't believe this day. We come into the office and -- and there's Zarf. And he's moved all the furniture. He stripped the place completely bare, and he's sitting there naked.
Jamie: Zarf? The rock star?
Erin: I know, right? I know. It sounds ridiculous. So he makes this pitch somehow that we should all take our clothes off. And Simone just gives me this look -- this -- this just feels like a dream. It all just sounds really stupid coming out of my mouth.
Julia: Erin, you're doing just fine.
Erin: And so we're all kind of embarrassed. Then, you know, Simone just is, you know -- you know her. She's -- she's got guts. And she's -- she's so uninhibited, so free. She can't be gone.
Ryan: I'm assuming that -- that Kendall knows?
Erin: Yeah. Yeah, she's with Bianca and Zach.
Annie: Is she ok?
Erin: I think so.
Aidan: What happened, Erin? Are they looking into how Simone died?
Di: Aidan, not every death is a big mystery to solve.
Jonathan: Erin, do you know what happened?
Erin: Not yet. Oh, guys, I'm really sorry. I'm just like a big mess. This has just -- it has really, really blown me away.
Ryan: Of course -- of course, it has.
Erin: Well --
Jamie: I -- ahem -- I'd better go call my dad.
Erin: I just thought that the bad times were finally over, you know? I guess they never really are.
Ryan: To Simone.
[While music plays, Josh sits at ConFusion’s bar thinking of Simone. Danielle walks into Fusion’s office. When Erin walks in, the two hug and cry together. Soon, Babe joins the group hug, followed by Bianca and Kendall. At the hospital, J.R. lies in his bed alone. Zach makes himself comfortable on two chairs in front of the morgue’s door.]
Singer: Where do I go when it's all blown over? Where do I start when it's all gone to the dogs? I am not bitter. I'm just trying to recover from my island all the loneliness. Where do I hide from the careless words you speak? I'm not immune. I just want to see you belong. Be on my island of loneliness so what should I say? I hear the cannons fire in the distance. It's their place for the time to change my heart. Stop wasting time collecting lines. Oh, girl think about it, it only helps out of your island of loneliness.
>> On the next "All My Children" --
Tad (to Zach): If you think that somebody murdered Simone Torres, tell me.
Zarf (to Bianca): Simone's destiny has been fulfilled. It's all predestined.
Kendall (to Bianca): Get this yahoo out of here before I predestine him myself.
Erica (to Jack): I never said that I want a divorce.
Jack: What is it that you want?
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