All My Children Transcript Friday 3/9/07
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Krystal: You want to be my son? What brought that on?
J.R.: Partly the AA meeting that I just went to. And since Babe died, it's been building up inside of me. It kills me to know I can't take back all the times that I hurt her. The closest that I can come is to promise that I'll never hurt you.
Krystal: We've talked about this, J.R. We're both on the same page.
J.R.: Yeah, but we're way beyond that. You're married to my father, and you're pregnant with Tad's baby. Now, you've kept this secret for a while, but now you've told me about it. But, see, what I'm saying, Krystal, is we're in on this together -- for life.
Krystal: And so you think it'll be easier to keep quiet in the long haul if you can call me "Mama"?
J.R.: Well, you offered to be my mother -- another mother to me -- after my mom died. Now, I couldn't think about it back then. But now that it's sunk in that my mom and Babe are gone, it just -- I don't know -- you and me, mother and son. It just feels right.
Babe: So your plan is -- is for me to disappear with my son before J.R. finds out I'm alive? And in order to do that, we stage a carjacking, so J.R. thinks random kidnappers took his son?
Josh: Well, it's a lot easier to hide when no one's looking for you, Babe.
Babe: Ok, and what happens when the people that know I'm alive -- they start talking about it? Will we -- we call J.R. from some secret location and tell him that Little A is actually safe with me? We do that and J.R. will hunt us for the rest of our lives, and we've just traded in one hell for another that's even worse.
[Erica eavesdrops from the other side of the door]
Zoe: Hi. I'm Zoe.
Man: Holy --
Woman: You're Zarf. Everyone knows you.
Zoe: Well, everyone knows the wrong me. But I'm here to be who I truly am.
Man: I thought you were just another celebrity looking for publicity, but you're here. Do you mean it?
[When the man extends his hand, Zoe shakes it]
Derek: So I see you signed your statement, Slater. You're -- you're free to go.
Alexander: You will never be free.
Kendall: How in the world in the middle of all of that craziness did your stepdad and I do this?
Bianca: Hello, hello.
Kendall: Oh, my -- oh, oh!
Kendall: Oh --
Bianca: Oh, my God!
Kendall: Oh, my God!
Bianca: Oh, my God!
Kendall: Oh, my God!
Bianca: What -- what?
Kendall: I'm pregnant. I'm pregnant.
Bianca: Oh, my God!
Kendall: A baby, Binks -- a baby. I'm having another baby.
Bianca: That's amazing. I didn't even know that you and Zach were even trying.
Kendall: Well, we weren't exactly. It just kind of happened.
Bianca: And when the stick turned blue or, I don't know, the plus sign appeared --
Kendall: Joy, pure and utter joy.
Bianca: Oh, great.
Kendall: And honestly, I know -- isn't it exciting? This is -- this is probably -- the timing couldn't be better, right? I mean, we've had so much death around us, and now we're -- we're finally getting a new life. It's like God's gift for all of us.
Bianca: Oh. I'm so happy you're happy.
Bianca: Is Zach happy?
Kendall: Oh. He doesn't know yet.
Zach: It's over. You're over. You have nothing left -- no money, no power, not even a name. You're the property of the state now. My condolences.
Derek: All right. Let's go.
Alexander: I never turned my back on my family, never ran from my duty. Play hero all you want, I know who you really are -- a weak, selfish coward so easily brought to his knees.
Zach: Keep talking, old man. No one's listening.
Alexander: You're a disgrace. You failed your father, your brother, your own son. You failed everyone who's ever loved you, and one day, you'll fail Kendall, too.
Zach: You know what, man? It's not going to work anymore. You can't guilt me into submission. I know the difference between control and love, because I have real love. And I know what guilty looks like.
Alexander: Hmm. Don't kid yourself.
Zach: I'm planning my future. I'm going to honor my mom, make sure everyone knows what a beautiful woman she was. And you? You're already gone. You can't do anything to me or to Kendall ever again.
Alexander: We'll see.
Krystal: You and me in cahoots to keep Adam quietly in the dark? That's a big commitment, J.R. Think you can stick to it?
J.R.: When Babe was attacked, I threatened to tell my father the truth, but I let it go. And then you pushed me to spill it in front of him and Tad, and I didn't say anything. Now, I swore to you that I wouldn't tell them the truth, and you still don't trust me.
Krystal: So far, so good, J.R., but I mean, forever is a mighty long time.
J.R.: Every day I keep this secret, it's a risk. If -- if my dad found out, he'd hate me. I still hear my mother's dying wish every day in my head. But I see the bigger picture.
Krystal: Well, you might mean that now, but what if things change?
J.R.: What things?
Krystal: The kind you don't see coming, J.R. You're just going along dandy, and then life lobs a big old curveball at you or maybe you lob a few back, like that one night that I spent with Tad.
J.R.: No, I can't predict the future, but I can promise you that I'm going to wake up every day and try to do right by Babe. And it'd be a lot easier if you were in my corner.
Krystal: Calling you "son"?
J.R.: Well, you were a wonderful mother to Babe. I'm sure you're going to be just as great to Charlotte. I want your help, so I can be a great father to Little Adam. I want him to be his own person with your help, the way that Babe would want him raised.
Krystal: I've heard this song before, J.R., and I mean, it's -- it's nice and it's sweet but, boy --
Krystal: You know, somebody ruffles your feathers, and it gets real ugly, real fast.
J.R.: Look, you lost a daughter, and I lost a wife. Now, why we work together? Why we trust each other for our family, or -- or what's left of our family?
Krystal: You're feeling guilty, J.R., and you're grieving. But what happens when all that goes away?
J.R.: It won't. I want you to be my son's guardian. Little A is going to need you to balance out my father, just like I needed my mother.
Krystal: Thank you, J.R.
J.R.: What are we going to do about Tad? I mean, we need to help him.
J.R.: We owe it to him to at least try.
Babe: If we run, J.R. will find us.
Josh: If we stay, J.R. will make your life a living hell, Babe. He will hold Krystal's blackmail threat over you for the rest of your life. You will never be safe or free. I'm not saying he won't come after us, because he will, but if we leave now, we'll have a head start.
Babe: Ok, and -- what about our -- our families and our friends? I -- what about Fusion? I mean, you just started getting to know Bianca and Kendall and Erica and Jeff, and I have -- I have Amanda and Zoe, so what -- we just never see any of them ever again? Not even Mama?
Josh: I could do it for you. Look, when you came in here, you were in really bad shape. I could tell everyone you took a turn for the worse and that we lost you.
Babe: No, your -- your father and your grandfather are doctors, Jackson is a lawyer. They're going to want evidence, especially if my son just disappears out of nowhere.
Josh: Yeah, they would be suspicious, but it wouldn't matter. We'd be long gone by then. They wouldn't have any proof, and we can make it more convincing. We -- we disappear, then we wait a month, and then we stage the kidnapping.
Babe: No, I am not going anywhere without my son.
Josh: All right, fine. We'll find another way, then, another way that works for you.
Babe: How, Josh -- how exactly? J.R. still has the power to ruin my mother's life.
Josh: Then we take the weapon away from J.R. Krystal could tell Adam about her secret.
Babe: Forget it.
Josh: Babe, if Krystal does it just right, then the blackmail threat would be over. I don't mean to pressure you, but the killer has been caught. And if we want to make a move, we have to do it quickly before someone slips or comes looking for you and then your options are over. This is it, Babe. This is your last chance to call your own shot.
Bianca: Do you think Zach's ready to be a father now?
Kendall: Well, a few days ago, I don't think it would've been good news. But, now, he has the chance to put his past behind him. Zach told me that his biggest regret was never having the chance to know his own child. So, this is his second chance.
Bianca: I hate to sound like Mom, but this really is a day for new beginnings.
Woman: Why don't we begin? Let's get started, everybody. Hi, I'm Jenny and I want to welcome you to the Transgender Support Group here at PVH. Why don't we go around just to start and say a little bit about ourselves, introduce ourselves.
Second Woman: Hi, I'm Bridget. I'm from beautiful Puerto Rico and my transition started in my late teens. And as the time went by, it progressed to this.
Third Woman: Hi, my name is June, and, um -- gosh, I've always been who I am -- y'all know that -- but my physical transition started about, I would say eight years ago, nine years ago --
Fourth Woman: I'm Betty, I'm new here. Um -- male to female. Uh -- I'm kind of in the middle of transition without a real clear goal towards where it will ultimately end up.
Fifth Woman: My name is Ellie, and I came out to my parents when I was a senior in high school, and, um, I'm also, like Betty, very, um -- very much stuck on -- in figuring out having my transition because there's so many confusing roads and --
Jenny: I already said I'm Jenny, but I should tell you that I began my transition seven years ago, had surgery five years ago.
Man: Hi, my name is Tommy. I started transitioning when I was 18, and I'm really glad you're here, Betty.
Second Man: Hi, I'm David. I started my transition 14 years ago, and it's lovely to be back and have some new people in the group.
Zoe: My name is Zoe and this is all very new to me. Uh -- I just recently came out as a woman, and I'm scared to death and have a million questions.
Jenny: Maybe we should begin by talking about newness, because we have a couple of new people here. Do you want to talk about how you found the courage to get started on this journey, and what it was like for you as you began to make the commitment, to transition?
Babe: You are putting everything on the line for me, and I am -- I am so incredibly grateful. But if we ran, I don't know if I could ever shake the feeling that I let down Mama and my son.
Josh: Krystal told you not to worry about her, that nothing's more important than your son.
Babe: So, what, I take away her grandbaby? I keep my son from knowing the one other person in this world that I love as much as him? I can't do that to them, I'm sorry. I -- I just can't. Mama, is everything ok with little Adam?
Krystal: Oh. He's -- he's wonderful. He's brilliant, he is quite the talker. He told J.R. that he saw his mommy. Well, it was a close call, but I'm quite the talker, too. J.R. grilled me pretty good, but in the end, he -- he actually apologized. He felt bad for accusing me of deceiving him.
Babe: Mama, there's something else. What aren't you telling us?
Krystal: J.R. asked me if he could be my son. Hmm. And he was sweet and -- and sincere. He sees my secret as some sort of lifelong bond between us. I mean, if all this comes out, he could lose Adam for good, too, but he's willing to risk it all to honor you.
Babe: I'm so sorry that I got you so deep into this.
Josh: Don't be. Actually, this is perfect.
Kendall: Should I -- should I change? What -- what should I wear? What is the appropriate attire to tell your husband that there's a bun in the oven?
Kendall: Um, what -- maybe sexy or -- or casual? Jeans or a dress? I -- I don't know.
Bianca: Pink or blue?
Kendall: I don't care what we're having, as long as it is wonderful for my Spikey, right? Oh, my goodness. You are going to be the best big brother in the whole world!
Kendall: It's going to be so much fun for you. You're going to have a little pal to conspire against us adults, yes, you are. Did you know that your Aunt Bianca is my sister? And you know what sisters do? Oh, they laugh for hours about the silliest things the whole wide world. And they sense each other's needs without ever saying a word. Yeah. You know, your little brother or sister -- or whatever -- will be there for you to watch over you and protect you, and will always, always love you.
Kendall: I know. And I'm so lucky to have someone so precious in my life. I can't wait for you to have that, too
Bianca: Now, I can'twait to tell Miranda she's going to have a new cousin.
Kendall: I know.
Bianca: I --
Kendall: Oh, yeah.
Bianca: I assume that --
Bianca: Oh, sweetheart. I assume Mom's still in the dark about this.
Kendall: Uh, yeah.
Bianca: And Josh -- does he know?
Kendall: Um -- here you go, honey -- not yet. But he's -- he's planning a trip, so remind me to tell him.
Bianca: Oh. Ok, I will, but you practically tackled me when I walked through the door. I don't think you're going to be able to keep this under wraps for very long. I have a feeling Zach will -- hi.
Kendall: "Hey," yourself.
Bianca: All right, um --
Bianca: You guys have --
Zach: What --
Bianca: A great night -- ok. Good-bye.
Zach: See you.
Zach: Ok. You look gorgeous -- and you're all smiley. What's going on here?
Kendall: Have a cigar.
[Tad plays pinball]
J.R.: Hey. You want to take a break from that? Join us for some spring training?
Tad: No, you're going to have to forgive me, J.R. I'm a little busy right now.
J.R.: Well, that sounds just like Daddy, doesn't it? "I can't go outside and play, because I'm busy" -- busy, busy, busy. You know, pinball was invented back in the olden days when Tad was growing up, all right, before they had video games. Let me show you. You see that little silver ball right there? You got to smack it with those flippers, but you got to be quick on those buttons. Otherwise, the ball will slip past the flippers, and you got to do everything you can to keep the ball alive, just the way that Tad did just now by cheating by bumping his hip into the table. You know, back when we said good-bye to them, you said that we would get through this thing together.
Tad: Fair enough. Ok, beautiful, come here. I'm going to learn you something really important. Any fool can play that game.
J.R.: All right!
Tad: This is a real skill.
Josh: Now that J.R. has bonded with Krystal, we have another option.
Babe: I ask Mama to take any more risks.
Josh: No, no, no. When we kidnap Little A, we leave Krystal out of it completely. You won't know when, where, or how this goes down.
Babe: So Mama will be just as surprised as J.R.?
Josh: Just as surprised, just as outraged and betrayed, and instead of turning on Krystal, J.R., her son, will give her a sympathetic hug.
Babe: Yeah, and when J.R.'s son disappears, all bets are off. He could still find another way to blame Mama.
Josh: Plan A has Krystal in the driver's seat when Little A is taken in a carjacking. Plan B has her as an innocent grandmother sideswiped in a senseless crime. If you're J.R., who are you more likely to blame? And we have an alibi so that when this goes down, she has someone to vouch for her.
Krystal: I'm -- I'm in if you want.
Babe: I don't know. I --
Krystal: Well, what? Honey, come on. You and Little Adam together and safe -- all that matters.
Babe: Yeah, you're about to have a baby, too, and Charlotte deserves to be born into a happy home.
Krystal: Any daughter of mine will have enough strength to come through anything. Could you give us a minute, please?
Josh: I'll be right outside.
Krystal: You don't really want this, do you?
[Kendall hides the pregnancy kit behind a vase.]
Zach: I'm going to enjoy this little cigar later.
Kendall: Yes, we have a lot to celebrate.
Zach: Oh, we do. I just saw my dad at the jail in an orange jumpsuit.
Kendall: Yeah, well, he's not a real father.
Zach: Mm-hmm. He tried the Cambias wrath thing on me, and it didn't work.
Zach: Felt nothing!
Kendall: Oh! Ok, ok, put me down. Wait, wait -- no, stop, stop I don't want you to strain your back.
Zach: Strain my back?
Kendall: Yes, yes. Do I feel heavier to you?
Zach: You don't.
Kendall: I don't think I should have that. I think I should stick with orange juice.
Zach: Where is it? I want to celebrate -- my family, my freedom.
Kendall: Yes. Yes, to your family and growth and expansion.
Zach: Hey, what's going on here? You were smiley, and now you're twinkly. What do you want?
Kendall: I want a bigger house.
Jenny: You know, Zoe, we have to ask you, you know, as -- as Zarf -- if you don't mind my using that name.
Jenny: You -- you know, people know you as this very kind of in-your-face person, and --
Woman: Which I love, by the way.
Jenny: Well, I think people do love that about you. But do you see yourself being a very different kind of person as a woman?
Zoe: To be honest, invented myself. The accent, the -- the clothing. The -- I mean, some of it's me. But I invented this person as a defense mechanism.
Woman: Just be yourselves. Like, explore, and be willing to explore, and love yourself. Because you'll -- you'll ultimately be the one --
Zoe: Easier said than done.
Woman: To have to live with yourself.
Jenny: Do you feel that you're not loveable?
Zoe: Oh, no. Are you kidding? That's what I've --
Jenny: No, I --
Bridget: I love you --
Jenny: Why -- well, you love everyone.
Zoe: We'll talk later.
Jenny: Why should you not be loveable?
Zoe: Oh, I -- oh, I don't -- you know, I think you have -- that certain events happen in your life that -- um -- if you feel unloved, why would you allow that -- um -- the risk of -- of that breaking ever again? You know, making it worse. Um -- my father and I did not have a good relationship. Um -- I was -- oh, I took something of my mother's that I loved and dressed up, and Daddy came home and had such an aggressive reaction to it -- where he basically ripped off my clothes, threw me in front of a mirror and said "You're a boy, damn it. " And I think that did something inside that made me not allowed to really return until this very moment. Or a few unsuccessful attempts in the recent past.
Jenny: Well, thank you for sharing that with us, but I -- I hope that through this process, among every -- all the other things that happened, you can realize that you are worth being loved, and that what you've been through is something that lots and lots of people go through. There are tens of thousands of transgender people in this country. And most of them -- the main thing that -- that we all want is to be -- to be loved, to be like other people, to get on with the business of life. And it's -- it's hard to be different. I think -- sometimes, though, I think part of the journey we go through is figuring out how to make this thing that's our curse into our greatest blessing.
J.R.: You know, when I was your age, Tad taught me how to play pinball.
Tad: No, actually, I wanted to teach you --
Tad: How to fix them, because I was afraid that if the tycoon thing didn't work out, you would need a trade, and it was either that or working the fat fryer at the Cluck-Cluck Chicken Shack.
Little Adam: What are those?
J.R.: Heh, heh, very funny.
J.R.: Look at that. Whoa! All right! Looks like we got a natural here.
Tad: We certainly do. Look at all the aliens you killed! Oh, you're a genius. You are the new master of the galaxy, huh? What do you say? That means you're a winner. That means you get anything you want. What do you say? What do you want?
Little Adam: Ice cream.
Tad: Ice cream? That's a great idea, ice cream. Let's forget all about Papa, and you and me are going to take the car and go get some ice cream.
J.R.: Yeah, you're going to wait for me.
Krystal: This is the rest of your life we're talking about. So stop being polite and tell me what you really want.
Babe: I want you to be happy with Adam and Charlotte. And I want to be happy with Little A.
Krystal: But you don't want to run.
Babe: J.R. and I are over.
Krystal: That's not what I asked. If you weren't so worried about my secret coming out and just ripping my life to confetti, then you would stay put. You would tell J.R. to go to hell. You would get the best divorce attorney you could buy, and you would fight for your son. I'm going to go home, and I'm going to tell Adam the truth about this baby, so that you can come back from the dead and deal with J.R. head-on.
Babe: Jamie had once said to me that J.R. and I would continue hurting each other for the rest of our lives. And he was right. If I stay, we are going to be at war until we're in wheelchairs. What kind of life is that for Little A? All I want is a fresh start for him so he can grow up in peace, and when will I ever have a better opportunity?
Krystal: Then why are you still here, and not on the road?
Babe: Because it all -- it happened so fast, my head is spinning. But the more I think about it, the more it makes sense. The only way that I will ever be free of J.R. is to disappear.
Krystal: And this is what you want?
Babe: I trust in Josh. I mean, look what he's done for me already. He can get us out of here, and he can keep us safe. So my mind is made up. This is good-bye.
[Krystal hugs Babe as she weeps then leaves]
Jenny: It's so wonderful when we have people that -- that understand us, and when people get us. Um -- that's very, very powerful. I guess there's a question I want to ask all of you. If -- if you have someone in your life who -- who gets you. Do you have someone in your life who understands?
Betty: My wife was just odd enough as a teenager, and hung out with the odd -- the odd kids -- um -- that when I told her, she kind of went off and did her research and did her reading and asked really good questions. And she may not be 100% comfortable, but she gets it. She knows it's real. She knows it's not something I'm making up. She knows I didn't choose to be trans. She knows that the choices -- that where the choice happens is what I choose to do about being trans.
Jenny: What about you, Zoe? Do you have someone who really understands you?
Zoe: I don't think I would be in this room if I didn't. Um -- because I was literally dragged down the hallway. No -- um -- and she's right outside those doors. She's been with me. She took me to the endocrinologist. She -- which is why I'm here. Um -- love is why I came out, and love is why I tried to run back in.
Jenny: It's funny, we were talking earlier about whether love can save us. Some of us wanted love to make us not who we were. But in the end, maybe it's love that can help us become who we are. I hope that's true for you. I hope it's true for all of us.
Zoe: Regardless, I hope it's true.
J.R.: All right.
Tad: All hail Pine Valley's new pinball king.
J.R.: The family Chandler champion.
Winifred: Oh, the champion has ice cream --
Winifred and Tad: All over his face.
Tad: Yeah, you earned it. Ok, you take it.
Winifred: Let's go get cleaned up -- yes, you may have that.
Tad: I'll tell you what. I got 20 bucks riding on this. Don't tell your grandfather.
Little Adam: You eat this part.
Tad: You do realize I know what you're doing.
J.R.: Trying to have a nice afternoon?
Tad: No, I think they call it "saving me from myself. " Actually, using Little Adam is a hell of a touch. I mean, whiffle ball, arcade games, ice cream. What do you have in store for tomorrow, huh? Knock hockey with Oprah?
J.R.: Hmm. Who took me on a friend trip to Oak Haven to make me realize how out of control my anger was? Who swore to me at my family meeting he wasn't going to let alcohol take me away from him? Who stood over my hospital bed and told me that forgiveness is possible? I learned from the best.
Tad: Maybe not. I appreciate what you're doing. It means a lot, but --
J.R.: We have been running on fumes trying to find this killer for weeks. Not enough time to eat, to sleep, think about anything.
Tad: Yeah. Now I feel like somebody's just slammed on the brakes. Come back home just in time for a lot of long hours and even longer days.
J.R.: Not much of anything matters anymore. But those of us who are left need to make it matter. With Babe gone, my son needs a dad who has his head screwed on straight. And that goes for you, too. So what do you say you help me out, I help you out?
Tad: Well, I -- I'm not sure I can promise sanity, but I think I could probably swing three tickets to the Phillies' opening day.
Erica: Tad? It's just as well. You need to hear this, too.
Woman: Well, I'll see everyone later. Take care.
Bianca: Hey. How'd it go?
Zoe: For the first time in my life, I know I'm not alone.
Zach: Come here. Ah, you tell me. I will buy you any house you want.
Kendall: So basically, what you're saying is, whatever I'm expecting, you'll deliver?
Zach: Yeah. You want a townhouse in the city, you can have that or a large spread in the country with no one around -- you can have that.
Kendall: Well, I may need a grocery store around me. What if I get cravings?
Zach: So much shopping? Come on, you don't have to worry about that. We're going to have tomato fields, and we're going to have lobster trees, and sandwiches --
Kendall: Do you --
Zach: And bushes and --
Kendall: No, hey. Don't you --
Kendall: Don't you want to know why I want a bigger place?
Kendall: Ok. I'll tell you.
[Knock on door]
Zach: Hold that thought.
[Kendall and Zach sigh]
Zach: How are you doing?
Delivery man: Sign, please.
Zach: There you go.
Deliver man: Thank you.
Zach: Thank you.
[Zach opens an envelope, takes out a piece of paper, looks at it, then throws it to the floor.]
Zach: Damn it!
Josh: What did you end up telling Krystal?
Babe: I told Mama good-bye. For good. It's time for us to get Little Adam and go.
Erica: J.R., you might like to sit down. What I'm about to say is astonishing, it's huge.
Tad: Erica, we've been through a lot. Maybe --
Erica: No, please, you're just wasting time. Please listen.
J.R.: Well, don't you think that this can wait?
Erica: No. Babe is alive.
>> On the next "All My Children" --
Alexander: You say you love Kendall, but if you reject my legacy, you'll wipe her out.
Erica: You're on your way to losing everything.
Josh: What have you done?
[J.R. is shocked when he walks into Babe's room and sees her.]
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