All My Children Transcript Thursday 2/15/07
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Barbara: You poor man. You've been up all night working? You look so exhausted, you poor thing. But even with those circles under your eyes, you're still as handsome as ever. Hi.
Jack: My God, Barbara, what are you doing here?
Barbara: I am here to welcome you home, Jack. It's been such a long time. You don't know how much I've missed you.
[Erica walks in and finds her husband in a serious liplock with Barbara.]
Ryan: All right. You -- you sure you got everything?
Annie: Yep -- right down to a big, wet hug from Spike. Rachael was giving him a bath before they went to the park with the guard.
Ryan: All right. Ok. And you -- uh -- you don't want to forget Dr. Feelbetter.
Annie: Oh, no. Thanks.
Ryan: Don't forget him.
Annie: Yeah. I should go. Excuse me.
Ryan: Ok. Yeah --
Annie: Yep --
Ryan: You want to do one more tour through the house just to make sure that you got everything?
Annie: Uh, no, I'm good. I'm good. It's better this way -- me moving out.
Ryan: You're right.
Annie: For Emma.
[Annie drops everything and kisses Ryan]
Kendall: Yesterday was amazing. For a few hours, everything was perfect. Thank you.
Zach: It'll be perfect again.
[Knock on door]
Zach: And Spike will be home with us soon.
Tad: It's a new day, we got a new suspect -- one with more than enough reason to hate your guts.
Krystal: No -- no sad music. Ok, just Babe's favorites.
Krystal: Am I -- I don't know, am I being selfish? I mean, this is Dixie's funeral, too. What -- what kind of music did she like? Maybe we could do a combined program --
Adam: I -- I can take care of the music down to the last note. I just want you to rest until it's time for us to go. Ok?
Krystal: And I don't want an open casket, ok? I want to remember Babe the way she was -- full of life. What -- what about Dixie, though? I mean, I don't want to be messing up anybody's plans. I --
Adam: The service will be fine. Now, I want you to rest. Ok? That's an order. Leave everything to me. Hey -- I love you. Nap. Now. I'll go call the florist.
Krystal: Oh, J.R. Oh.
J.R.: Stop. You don't know what I did.
Krystal: I know what you did. You loved Babe. You gave her so much happiness.
J.R.: No, I didn't.
Krystal: Oh, you had hard times. Who doesn't? You got through it. You got past the anger and the hurt, because the love was there. Oh, look, you want to talk about it? It might help. J.R., we're family. Even though our Babe isn't here, we have each other. And we can get to the other side of this together.
Colby: Hey, J.R. You ok?
J.R.: What the hell do you think you're doing? That's Babe's dress. What's the matter with you? Her body's not even in the ground! Now you're ripping into her stuff?
Annie: What do we do about this?
Ryan: About the fact that I don't want to let you out of my arms? About that?
Annie: About me not wanting to leave. Yesterday -- it was amazing.
Annie: The best tour of a stable I've ever had.
Ryan: Well, I'm glad I could be of service.
Annie: Tour's over. What do we do now?
Ryan: Well, now's the most important part. I mean, now's the critical part. Because you need to understand that whether you're here or whether you're at Wildwind -- you know, what happened yesterday just wasn't something casual for me. I care about you. I care about you a lot.
Annie: I care about you, too.
Zach: Hannah Nichols was a sweet, innocent, 17-year-old girl. If she saw a bird with a broken wing, she'd put it in a shoebox and help it heal.
Tad: What if she broke the wing in the first place?
Kendall: Didn't you say you only knew her for one summer?
Zach: I knew her well enough to know what she's capable of, ok?
Tad: Far be it from me to impugn your acute judgment of character, but whoever you knew, that was a long time ago. I mean, a lot of years. That's more than enough time for that sweet, innocent girl to get angry -- and dangerous.
Erica: Oh -- Jack, if you're finished kissing old lovers, I really need to speak with you. It's important.
Barbara: Jack just walked in the door. He has been working all night. Can't this wait?
Erica: No, it can't.
Barbara: Center of the galaxy. You haven't changed at all.
Erica: Jack, if you're too busy --
Jack: I'm not busy, Erica. What I am is tired, and I'm certainly not in the mood for this.
Erica: I understand. Look, Jack, I need your help with Josh.
Barbara: You know, it must be so draining, always having to be there for people that can't help themselves. Jack, you need someone to help you for a change.
Erica: You might also need a rabies shot.
Jack: Erica, just tell me. What happened with Josh?
Erica: He's gone. He's so upset about Babe's death that he -- he left. I have no idea where he is. I can't reach him.
Krystal: Relax, J.R.
J.R.: She's wearing Babe's dress.
Colby: I didn't mean anything.
J.R.: Get out of here and get out of that dress!
Adam: What the devil is going on?
J.R.: My idiot sister's out of control!
Adam: Um -- sweetheart, why don't you come with me? Tell me what happened.
Krystal: I am right there with you. I want to yell, I want to slam someone, break something. Everywhere I look, I see Babe.
J.R.: No. You don't understand. It's so much more.
Adam: What happened in there?
Colby: Babe gave me this dress. And I wanted to wear it as a tribute. I thought J.R. would like it. And now, he hates me.
Adam: That's so very sweet of you, Colby. And I'm sure J.R., once he understands, will -- will think the same way.
Colby: I'm useless, Dad. I -- I don't know what to say or do.
Adam: Just -- just love them -- him. Be patient. That's all we can do for J.R., or for Krystal.
Colby: I have been nothing but a jerk to her. Krystal has tried to be my friend. And so did Babe. I jacked them around every chance I got. J.R., too. I should have never told him about Krystal's secret.
Adam: What secret?
Krystal: Babe loved you with all the strength in that big heart of hers, and you loved her just as much. Look, our Babe may be gone. She knew joy, because of you. Nobody made her happy like you did, and we should both find some comfort in that.
J.R.: Stop it, Krystal, I don't deserve this.
Krystal: Oh, no, that -- that's your -- that's your guilt talking, J.R. Adam told me. He told me about the hidden camera and the rest of it, and you were collecting evidence for a divorce, just in case.
J.R.: No. You don't understand.
Krystal: I do. I do understand, J.R., and Babe did, too. She knew how deep she cut you. You don't heal overnight. She knew that it was going to take a long time for you to trust her again, but you did. You did. Don't you understand? That's the important thing in the end. You trusted her again. You gave her the future that she always dreamed of.
J.R.: No, I wasn't. I was divorcing her.
Zach: So now Hannah is the Satin Slayer? What are you going to do, just keep pulling names out of the hats of my past?
Tad: No. I'm going to look at the killings from a different angle, because right now, all you and I've got is the method.
Kendall: Ok, so the killer leaves behind satin and flowers, so now he's a she?
Tad: Why not? All of the victims were drugged, right? Classically, poison is a woman's weapon.
Kendall: All right. Well, good research, but how did you get to Ethan's mother? I mean, Zach didn't send her away or reject her, his father did. Zach -- Zach didn't even know about Ethan.
Tad: Zach was with Ethan the minute he died. And what happens if, all of a sudden, for some reason, she decides to look for her long-lost son. She finds out about his death, finds out he was there, and blames you for it.
Kendall: That's crazy.
Tad: We're talking about a person that sticks poison darts in an innocent victim's throat and leaves them a corsage. You want to talk about rational?
Zach: A bit of a stretch.
Tad: Zach, it's the only stretch we've got, ok? That's it, there's nothing else. And unless you can come up with something better, as far as I'm concerned, Ethan's mother could be the killer.
Ryan: Are you sure that we can't do this? We can't make it work under one roof?
Annie: Aren't you?
Ryan: I'm willing to give it a shot. But I am with you on this. I -- I understand. I do. I mean, as much as I want you to stay, we have to -- we have to put Emma first.
Annie: I mean, imagine if we did stay, and whatever this is between us didn't work out. Mommy and Daddy go bust. As wonderful as it would be for Emma to wake up every morning to pancakes with her daddy, I -- I can't set her up for that kind of pain.
Ryan: Well, I really hope it would never happen, but the last thing I'd want to do is hurt Emma or you. I honestly do want this to work out best for everyone.
Annie: Me, too.
[Knock on door]
Guard: A messenger just delivered this. It's marked urgent.
Ryan: Thank you.
Annie: What is it?
Ryan: It's from the killer. Damn it!
Annie: What is it? What does it say?
Ryan: It says "You've let me down."
Annie: Oh, Ryan, you could be in danger. You have to go to the police.
Ryan: No, he's not after me. He's trying to tell me that I messed up. You see, I tried to get this psycho to believe that I was on his side so I could get at him, but obviously, he's on to me, and there is nothing that I can do about it. And the worst part is, Kendall is next.
Zach: All I know is what Ethan told me. My dad gave her money, sent her to England, and that's where she had the baby and gave it to the woman who ended up being Ethan's adoptive mother. And then she disappeared.
Tad: Right, ok. So what if your father makes you the bad guy? Hmm? All he's got to do is tell her that you don't want to have anything to do with her or her child. Now that child is dead. Maybe she wants a little payback. Come on, Zach, at least let me look for her.
Zach: We looked for her. Ethan looked for her, I looked for her. We couldn't find her.
Tad: That doesn't mean she's not out there. Look, maybe she's the killer, maybe she's not. Maybe she's still taking care of injured birds. Or maybe she's taking out our friends one by one. If it's the latter of the two, she's not done yet.
Kendall: Ok, don't guilt Zach.
Tad: I'm trying to save your life. Aidan and I are going to run with this thing, whether you like it or not. But whatever we find, we're going to find a hell of a lot faster if you decide to give me a hand here. So what do you say?
Zach: What do you want to know?
Tad: For starters, what did she look like?
Zach: What she looks like?
Tad: What did she look like?
Zach: It was a long time ago. She was -- she was small, dark hair.
[Zach remembers Hannah slipping a white satin ribbon from her hair]
Kendall: What is it?
Jack: So when was the last time you saw Josh?
Erica: The night before last.
Barbara: Just made a fresh pot. Black with two sugars, right?
Jack: Why are you here again?
Barbara: My son.
Jack: Why don't you go upstairs and see him?
Erica: Jack, I spoke with Josh. I told him how much his sisters and I love him, and how much we want to help him.
Barbara: Josh? The son that you didn't want, right?
Erica: Look, why don't you just concentrate on your own son? The one you abandoned to bed Europe?
Barbara: At least I wanted my son.
Erica: You wanted his bone marrow. You conceived your son to save your daughter.
Barbara: You know, I have every right to see my son.
Erica: Look, you gave Jack custody of your child. Don't expect us to believe that you care.
Barbara: I haven't -- I have never stopped caring.
Jack: Barbara --
Barbara: What are you talking about?
Jack: Shut up. Did Josh leave of his own accord?
Erica: Yes, he did. But he was very angry.
Jack: Erica, he's an adult. I mean, he can do what he wants, go where he pleases.
Erica: But I'm so afraid that he's going to do something irrational.
Jack: I'm sorry, I'm afraid I can't help you.
Erica: Jack, please. I mean, you're the only one who can help me make things right with Josh.
Jack: I can't just drop everything else that's going on and track him down for you.
Erica: You mean that? You're really not going to help me?
Jack: I have an idea for you, though. Why don't you talk to Josh's father? I'm sure Jeff has a lot of brilliant insight in this regard.
Erica: All right. I'll take your advice. And I'll let you two get back to doing whatever that was. And not particularly well.
Barbara: Well, I thought she'd never leave, Jack. How about some breakfast? We can catch up.
Jack: Barbara, I want you to look at something. You see this? This is an autopsy report. Babe Chandler, murdered. She leaves behind a 3-year-old son, a husband, and a mother. Dixie Martin, dead, as well as two other young women and a cop, and I'm in charge of catching this serial killer before he strikes again. So I have no time for you or your nonsense, so please, just do everybody a favor and leave now.
Barbara: Leave? I'm not allowed to see my son?
Jack: Oh --
Sean: Uncle Jack's right. You should go.
Adam: What secret of Krystal's?
Colby: There is no secret, Dad. I -- I just thought I heard something I didn't hear, so I had to stir it up and go to J.R. and tell him.
Adam: What did you think you heard?
Colby: Honestly? Nothing, really. I just blew it out of proportion so J.R. would be ticked at Babe and Krystal. How messed up is that? Because now, Babe is dead. And there -- it's too late for me to fix it or apologize.
Adam: It's all right, sweetheart.
Colby: No! Dad, no, it's not! Look at me! I'm not crying because of Babe and Dixie. I'm crying because of me. Look how stupid and selfish I've been. No wonder why everyone hates me. I deserve it.
Adam: Colby, do you have any idea how much I love you?
Krystal: You weren't divorcing Babe. You two were working things out. You knew it was over with Josh.
J.R.: I saw them kissing.
Krystal: At Kendall's party? That was a good-bye kiss. And -- and that tore it for you, huh? The next stop, divorce court? Did Babe know you were divorcing her? Did you tell her before she died?
J.R.: Straight out. But I didn't stop there. I wanted full custody of Little Adam. I wanted Babe out of his life for good.
Krystal: She never ever would have given you her son.
J.R.: She would have if the stakes were high enough. You see, blackmail can be a very powerful thing.
Krystal: You were blackmailing my baby doll?
J.R.: I gave her a clear choice. Either she give me custody of my son, or I would tell my father the truth about your baby. Tad's baby. My mother told me just before she died. She wanted me to do the right thing. She wanted me to give Tad his daughter. Instead, I used it to blow Babe out of the water, to get my son. She loved our son. But damn it, she loved her mama, too. And she saw how happy you and Adam were. She didn't want to ruin it.
Krystal: She loved you. She was excited about your future. How -- how could you do this?
J.R.: It wasn't -- it wasn't that hard.
Krystal: Huh. So the last days of Babe's life, you tortured her. You made -- you made her life a hell. You forced her to choose between her mother and her child?
J.R.: You still want to call me "son"?
Adam: J.R. loves you, too. There's nothing to fight about, or -- or prove anything over, but you made this family infinitely more interesting.
Colby: Charlotte is going to be so cute and tiny. And -- and perfect.
Colby: She won't lie, or take limos on joy rides.
Adam: Now --
Colby: She'll be so easy to love.
Adam: Charlotte -- Charlotte will be a whole new person. And we'll love her to pieces. And we'll love each other even more because of her. Colby, you are you. Exuberant, unpredictable, entirely irreplaceable.
Colby: Oh, Dad, how does "irreplaceable" me make up for all the stuff I've done to Krystal and J.R.? How can I help, Dad? And you? I want to help them and you.
Adam: We have plenty of time to do all that. We'll help them together. Ok?
Annie: Why the letters to you?
Ryan: All right. Ahem -- maybe it's not my connection to Zach. Maybe -- maybe it's my connection to somebody else.
Annie: Well, if you can figure that out, maybe you can get a -- a clue as to who he is.
Ryan: Or she. Tad is having Ethan Cambias' mother checked out.
Annie: He thinks that she's the killer?
Ryan: He thinks there's a chance.
Zach: Hannah used to tie her hair back with a white ribbon.
Kendall: What else do you remember?
Zach: She was -- um -- she was slender. She -- she had a great laugh, she loved to dance.
Tad: And that's it?
Zach: Long time ago, Tad.
Tad: Come on, Zach. You can do better than that. That's not a lot to go on.
Zach: Sorry, man. I -- but I have a file. All the stuff we found out -- I found out -- Ethan's men found out -- I'll send it over to you today, and maybe you and Aidan will have better luck.
Tad: Thank you.
Kendall: Did you ever tell Hannah what happened to your mother?
Barbara: Circumstances did force me to sign over guardianship. But I didn't give up all rights to my son. Sean, I have missed you. I would like to spend some time with you.
Sean: How about spring break?
Barbara: But I'm here now! And I'm staying! Ok, great, you don't want me in your home. That's fine. I will get a room at the Pine Cone. Or Myrtle -- she still takes boarders, I am assuming. Myrtle's is fine. I -- I just -- I don't need much. I just would like some time with my son, that's all. I'll pack.
Jack: All right all right -- Barbara, Barbara, you can -- you can stay here. Just please -- please try to keep out of everybody's way, ok?
Barbara: You won't even know I'm here.
Jack: Yeah -- somehow, I doubt that. Listen, I need to get changed and showered. I have a double funeral to attend.
Barbara: Yeah, I know. Ok. So, where is my good-morning hug? Oh, my sweet baby boy. I swear, you've grown, again. Hmm.
Sean: Rudolpho, the waiter, dumped you, didn't he?
Barbara: His name is Gino, and Gino happens to own some of the finest restaurants in Europe, Sean.
Sean: And the only reason you're here is to tag Uncle Jack.
Barbara: Sean, you have always misunderstood me.
Sean: You know, just so you know -- you and Uncle Jack -- it's not going to happen. He and Erica aren't divorced yet.
Erica: Yeah, I begged Josh to stay, to let us as his family try to help him through his grief. And for a moment, I really thought that I had gotten through to him. But then he just -- he just walked out.
Jeff: Well, everyone deals with their grief in their own way. It'll just take some time, that's all.
Erica: Josh accused me of being happy that Babe was dead.
Jeff: Well, I'm sure he didn't mean that.
Erica: You've always been so sympathetic to the way Josh felt about Babe, that maybe you could talk to him, maybe you could make him come home.
Jeff: I'll track him down.
Erica: Thank you. Thank you. Do you think I'm overreacting?
Jeff: No, you have every right to be concerned. I'm there for you, ok?
Erica: You are the only one who understands. I -- I just don't know what I would do without you.
[Erica gives Jeff a hug which leads to a kiss]
Jack: Montgomery. Hey, Josh. Is everything all right? Good, no. I'm -- I'm on my way to the funeral right now. Ok, keep in touch.
Erica: I don't want you to stop.
Jeff: You sure?
Erica: You understand me. You listen to me. You don't shut me down. And you do love me.
Jeff: I love you.
Erica: I've tried to do this on my own -- to take care of my family -- my son. But I don't want to be alone anymore. I don't want to do this without you.
[Music plays as Erica and Jeff strip off their clothes and fall into bed]
Annie: Some guy you met on a desert road gives you everything? That's crazy.
Ryan: Yeah, it's beyond crazy. I mean, I ended up giving it all to Miranda and to Ethan.
Annie: You -- you gave it back, all of it?
Ryan: Well, Alexander's will specified the terms, and I just honored them.
Annie: So is -- is that it? You think the killer knows you helped Ethan? You're his friend, so he -- or she is reaching out to you?
Ryan: I don't know. I don't know. But what I do know is, whoever's doing this, he's definitely going to strike again.
Annie: You'll protect Kendall. The same way you've protected me.
Kendall: Not a word?
Zach: Huh. Oh, no, no. I never told Hannah about my mom. Never told anybody about her, except you. But what if my dad did this? I mean, what if -- what if he turned Hannah against me? What if he turned her into a person that could do things like that?
Kendall: Ok, she was just an innocent girl. Why would he be so cruel?
Zach: Because my father was a very powerful man, and he --
Alexander's voice: Alex --
Zach: Whoever's doing this is -- he's --
Kendall: What? What, Zach? What is it?
Zach: I saw Jenkins at the police station. And I lost it with him. And I don't know why.
Krystal: You ripped Babe apart, and you didn't care. Anything to get what you want. Anything to get payback.
J.R.: I couldn't trust her --
Krystal: She couldn't trust you! And you betrayed her. You were all set to betray Tad and your father, the two men that loved you through all the miserable things you've ever done in your --
J.R.: I wanted my son!
Krystal: Yeah. And how long before you betray him? My God. I can understand it if you couldn't deal with the affair. If you had to walk off, if you had to divorce her. But no. No, you couldn't do that. You had to torture her. You had to force her to make a decision that you knew would rip a hole in her. Did that make it feel better, big man, grinding her down? Say something, you coward! Where's the big arrogant comeback now, J.R.? Where's the -- the flip smirk? I had hoped that Babe's last day was happy, that she spent it playing with her son and feeling loved by her husband, but no -- you made her struggle with your -- blackmail. She was miserable. She had to choose between -- between her mother and her son. I never, ever dreamed that there would be anything -- anything good about my baby dying. But at least she -- at least she died before she had to make that choice.
Kendall: What do you remember?
Zach: After my mom died, I -- I remember my father reassuring me. And telling me --
Alexander: It wasn't your fault. You didn't mean to do it.
Zach: I killed my mom.
Ryan: You listening? Yeah, I know about the bug, but you probably figured that out already, didn't you? I got your note. Why don't you tell me how I let you down? What did I do? Tell me, face to face. You and me, anytime, any place, anywhere, no tricks. I honored my friend Ethan. I gave him his legacy. I did the right thing, and I will do the right thing now. Just -- give me a chance to save Kendall, please.
Kendall: I don't understand. You -- you didn't kill your mother. You couldn't have.
Zach: It makes sense.
Kendall: No, it doesn't. None of this makes sense. Now, what's going on? I mean, what did you just remember?
Zach: Someone got by security. Get back.
Kendall: All right.
Zach: Stay back.
Tad: If it's ok, I'd like to see J.R. before it's time to go --
Krystal: You snake! You make me sick! Just get out of my sight! Get out!
Adam: What is it? What's happened?
Krystal: This monster that you call a son -- I want him out of this house right now!
Adam: Krystal, please try to settle down.
Krystal: No, not until he -- he leaves. Don't you even think about taking my daughter's son with you, because he stays with me.
Tad: What happened?
Adam: Would somebody please tell me what the devil is going on here?
Krystal: Tell him, J.R. Tell Tad and tell your father everything.
>> On the next "All My Children" --
Jack (to Ryan): I heard from Greenlee.
Bianca (to Erica): They say as you get older, you become more and more like your mother. I hope that's not true. I don't want to be anything like you.
Krystal (to J.R.): Babe had another will. She gave me custody of Little A.
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