AMC Transcript Thursday 8/16/07

All My Children Transcript Thursday 8/16/07

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Erica's voice: My daughter might lose both her sons because of you and your selfishness!

Jack's voice: All right, that's it -- that's enough.

Dr. Norton: Your son has suffered profound hearing loss in both ears. I'm sorry. He is deaf.

[Knock on door]

Erica: Just a minute. Ahem. Jack. Look, if you -- if you've come for a fight --

Jack: No, I've come looking for you.

Erica: What is this?

Jack: It's our divorce decree. It's final. Our marriage is over.

Annie: Ryan? Where's Spike?

Zach: Good morning. Something I got to tell you.

Kendall: Where's Spike? What happened to him? Where is Spike?

Zach: He was released from the ICU this morning and I had him transfer us here.

Kendall: "Us"?

Zach: Come on.

Kendall: Ok.

Kendall: Hey, baby.

Zach: You ok?

Kendall: Yeah, I just -- I don't remember. When did this happen?

Zach: This morning. You were still sleeping -- I just thought you needed your rest.

Kendall: What'd you do? What, did you carry me in here?

Zach: Yeah.

Kendall: Oh.

Zach: Ahem -- I haven't been to the gym much, but I'm still a very strong individual.

Kendall: Yeah.

Zach: Hey -- I didn't mean to upset you. It's the last thing I wanted.

Kendall: I'm fine. It's just I'm not used to good news. And so when I didn't see Spike, I thought something happened.

Zach: He's fine. He's better.

Kendall: But he can't hear us. How's -- how's my other little guy, Ian?

Zach: He's good. His jaundice is getting better, and he's -- he's gained some weight.

Kendall: Good. How many times have you gone to see him?

Zach: Oh, I don't know -- in and out through the night. But he is getting bigger. In no time, we're going to have a -- a first-line center on our hands.

Kendall: I would be a heap on the floor if it wasn't for you.

Zach: You've been through more than most people can bear.

Kendall: So have you. Come here. Hmm. Oh.

Annie: It's great that Spike's doing better. When I saw the empty crib, I -- so where is he now?

Ryan: Zach had them moved to adjoining rooms.

Annie: Kendall must be relieved.

Ryan: Actually, I think Kendall was asleep when Zach had them moved, so I'm not sure that she knows.

Annie: She'll be really surprised when she wakes up, huh?

Ryan: Yeah -- kind of like I was yesterday when I found out that you were gone. Where were you, Annie? Do you have any idea how freaked out I was?

Annie: I'm sorry I didn't get the chance to talk to you before I left.

Ryan: Yeah, I am, too.

Annie: It was -- it was just kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing.

Ryan: Really? This trip for research?

Annie: I should've told you.

Ryan: And how'd it go?

Annie: Not as well as I had hoped.

Ryan: So you didn't find what you were looking for? How come you needed to travel to do this research? You couldn't just get on the Internet or make some phone calls or something?

Annie: No, not for this.

Ryan: Must've been pretty damn important, huh, just to pack up in the middle of all this and just split with nothing -- no warning, nothing?

Annie: It was.

Ryan: "It." What is "it"? What is this? What were you searching for?

Annie: Something that I thought could help Spike. I didn't want to say anything to you because I wasn't sure if it would pan out.

Ryan: Look, just be straight with me, ok, because I do not have the energy to dig for answers right now.

Annie: Yeah, and that is exactly why I didn't want to bother you.

Ryan: Bother me? My son -- our son -- can't hear us, and if you're out doing research for something even remotely that has to do with his condition, I mean, it's not an option to tell me. It's your obligation -- you just do it.

Annie: Ok. I'm sorry I didn't handle this the way you would've liked me to. I was trying to do what was best for everyone.

Ryan: Well, you know what's not best for me? Not knowing where my wife is when my son's in the hospital. That's not good.

Annie: Ok -- Ryan, please, please just let this go.

Ryan: Not being able to reach you in case something happens. In case you haven't noticed, things have been happening around here.

Annie: Oh, you think I don't know that? Why do you think I went there, Ryan? I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Ryan: This trip wasn't just about Spike, was it?

[Music plays at the Yacht Club]

Greenlee: God, they're so loud. Oh! Ow.

Josh: Hi.

Greenlee: Shh! Volume control, please.

Josh: Did you have a rough night last night?

Greenlee: Hmm. Try rough life.

Josh: Well, I highly recommend a little hair of the dog. You want a beer, Bloody Mary?

Greenlee: No -- try barf bag. Actually, I complain, but it feels strangely right to be suffering.

Singer: To survive, yeah I know you're

Greenlee: Thank you, by the way.

Josh: For?

Greenlee: Sticking up for me at the hospital with Jonathan.

Josh: Well, he was out of line, but you still shouldn't have been there.

Greenlee: Yeah -- not then and definitely not later.

Josh: Greenlee, you didn't go back, did you?

Greenlee: I had to tell Kendall how sorry I was about what happened to Spike, how I never meant to hurt him.

Josh: He was released from the ICU this morning, transferred to a regular room -- and, no, I'm not giving you the room number.

Greenlee: Yeah, but that's great. That -- that means he's better. He has to be, right?

Josh: Well, besides his hearing, yeah.

Greenlee: Well, have Ryan and Kendall decided to look into a second opinion?

Josh: There's no better opinion than Dr. Norton. He's pretty much the best audiologist in the country.

Greenlee: Yes, but he must not -- there's got to be something else, I mean --

Josh: Greenlee, Spike is never going to hear on his own again. I'm not saying that to make you feel bad. It's just -- it's just the way it is.

Singer: Leap of faith because it's just what you've been yearning for

Greenlee: Ok. Well, then, let's talk about something else, anything else.

Josh: Ok. Like?

Greenlee: I don't know, your choice -- just not cocktail recipes.

Josh: Ok, fine. Why don't we talk about what you were working on that you don't want me to see?

Greenlee: Uh, uh, uh!

Jack: After our last conversation, I figured there wasn't any reason to drag this divorce out.

Erica: Right. That -- that's good. Of course, there's -- there's no reason to -- to drag this out. No, not after what Greenlee did to Kendall. Well, I mean, Jack, if you can't see that Greenlee is a danger to everyone around here, then --

Jack: I don't think we have to get back into that. Do you?

Erica: No. No, I suppose we don't. Well, now we can move on, once and for all.

Jack: Yep. So I guess there's no -- no going back, right?

Erica: Right. No going back.

[Jack gets up to leave]

Erica: Jack, wait. What if we could? We can go back -- at least I hope we can.

Jack: I'm not sure I'm following.

Erica: Well, it wasn't all that long ago that we were the face of the amicable divorce. Remember?

Jack: Seems like a long, long time ago.

Erica: Well, I -- I think that we ought to be able to follow through on that, and remain friends.

Jack: Friends, like dinner dates and phone calls?

Erica: We could be whatever we want to be to each other.

Jack: And?

Erica: We've been connected so long, married or not. I would hate for us to lose that now. Well, so, what do you think?

Jack: Well, I'll tell you what -- if you can promise me there are no cameras involved, you can count me in.

Erica: It's a deal.

Jack: Deal. Hmm.

Erica: Hmm.

[Knock on door]

Waiter: Room service.

Erica: Excuse me.

Jack: Mm-hmm.

Erica: Ahem. Hi. Thank you.

Jack: Here you go.

Waiter: Ah -- thank you very much.

Jack: Sure.

Erica: Jack, you didn't have to do that.

Jack: Oh, it's ok. Uh -- old habits, I guess.

[Jack chuckles]

Jack: Are you hungry?

[Jack chuckles]

Erica: No. I just -- I'm not really hungry. I just thought that I would order a lot of things, because hopefully something would appeal to me when it came here.

Jack: Well, you certainly covered all the bases.

Erica: Yeah. Would you care to join me -- friend?

Jack: Who am I to waste all this food?

[Erica chuckles]

Erica: Oh.

Jack: Oh, what are we toasting?

Erica: To us -- to our always connected but very separate new beginnings. Hmm.

[Music plays]

Greenlee: What's on my computer is none of your business.

Josh: That's true, as long as it doesn't involve my family.

Greenlee: Your family?

Josh: That's right.

Greenlee: Relax, Josh. I'm not planning the demise of Pine Valley on my laptop. Actually, now, that would be Zach's department.

Josh: I'm serious.

Greenlee: Ok, fine. If you must know, I'm planning Fusion's new campaign.

Josh: Are you?

Greenlee: Mm-hmm.

Josh: So why the big secret?

Greenlee: The word "new" -- it means "hasn't been done before." See, I don't want anyone to see it and then snag my ideas.

Josh: Well, I'm not just anyone, Greenlee. I'm an ex-employee.

Greenlee: "Ex" -- operative word.

Josh: What do you think -- I'm going to pitch the idea to Zach, he's going to use it against his wife and Fusion? Come on, Greenlee. Let me help you. You know, in my Fusion days, I was known to be pretty good --

Greenlee: At what? Getting into Bbabe's pants?

Josh: Marketing strategies, smart-ass.

Greenlee: Oh, right. Well, my hands are tied. It's -- it's confidential.

Josh: Yeah, well, that seems reasonable. Wouldn't want that new line of lip-gloss to get into the wrong hands, right? Better guard that with your life.

Greenlee: Don't you have somewhere to be?

Josh: That's very subtle.

Greenlee: Yeah, well, and sticky.

Josh: All right, well, you know what? Good luck with that top-secret campaign.

Greenlee: Thank you.

Singer: Round and round in my head I wish I could just run off to be with you instead our time apart goes so slow after my daydreams of you

Josh: Search all you want. There are no miracles for Spike.

Singers: In my mind over and over

Kendall: You are always taking care of me.

Zach: So what? I'm -- I'm going to be fine. It's my job.

Kendall: No, that's -- who's taking care of you? You?

Zach: Nobody has to take care of me -- I'm good. Look at this -- it's all me. All right, you just take care of yourself, because these boys are going to get big real quick, and they're going to run around the house and -- and be in charge of it.

Kendall: Yeah, that's the thing. I -- I just want to bring them home. I want to get them out of this place with all the -- the machines and the monitors and all of these horrible lights.

Zach: You will.

Kendall: I want to wake up to Spike babbling away in his nursery, and then I'll call out, "Mommy and Daddy are coming." And he'll smile, because he'll be able to hear us. He will hear us, Zach. I know it -- we're going to make it happen.

Zach: Ok -- ahem. All right. So Spike's making all that noise, you're going to pick him up, bring him to bed with us, and we're going to cuddle for a while, and what about Ian? I guess it depends how hungry he is, huh?

Kendall: Or if he went to the bathroom.

Zach: What?

Kendall: Yeah, you know what? You can do the diaper stuff.

Zach: I'm not doing any diapers. I didn't sign up for diapers. Where does it say "diapers"?

Kendall: Yes, you did. No, you signed up for the stinky stuff -- I'm quite sure of it. That's -- that's part of it.

Zach: Stinky stuff, huh?

Kendall: Mm-hmm.

Zach: Hey, we'll get our lives back. We'll have mornings like that. Come here.

Kendall: Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Zach: What?

Kendall: Oh, oh.

Zach: What? Oh!

Kendall: Oh! Um --

Zach: How'd you do that?

Kendall: I -- can you get the nurse? Call the nurse.

Zach: Yeah. I'll get the nurse. You get Rachael.

Kendall: Wait -- Rachael? Rachael -- why?

Zach: I'm going to feed Ian. Rachael has to watch Spike.

Kendall: Oh.

Zach: Hey. He's going to be fine. I'll just be gone a second. All right.

Kendall: Hmm.

Erica: No, no, no, this isn't the way it's supposed to be. I'm supposed to protect my children.

Jack: Erica, we do the best we can.

Erica: Oh. Well, if this is my best, then this is really sad. I mean, this is not good enough.

Jack: Stop beating yourself up.

Erica: You know what the worst part is? I'm completely helpless. I can't help my daughter, I can't help her babies. Does everybody hear this? The almighty Erica Kane is a complete farce.

Jack: Honey, stop being so hard on yourself.

Erica: No, really, please -- let's just be perfectly honest. I am supposed to be fixing this.

Jack: Really? How?

Erica: With a snap of my fingers to make everything happen the way I always do.

Jack: Not everything can be fixed with a snap of your fingers, Erica. Listen to me, please. Listen. This is not your fault.

Erica: My daughter is drowning, Jack. And it's as if I've forgotten how to swim, and all I can do is watch her go under. And it's killing me, Jack. It's really killing me.

Jack: Come here. Come here. It's going to be all right. It is -- everything's going to be all right.

Ryan: According to you, this trip was all about Spike, so why can't you tell me about it?

Annie: There's just -- there's so much that you don't know, Ryan.

Ryan: About what?

Annie: About -- about my past, about my family.

Ryan: Well, then tell me. Please, you -- you know that I know from rough childhoods. You -- you can talk to me.

Annie: I just, I don't -- I just don't want to unload all this on you right now. You've been through enough.

Ryan: And you haven't? I mean, come on. Annie, I'd rather you just kind of come out with all of this, put it all out in the open, and then we could wade through it together. Wouldn't you?

Annie: Remember when you asked me how I knew so much about hearing loss, and I told you it was because I knew someone who was deaf?

Ryan: Yes.

Annie: That someone was my father.

Ryan: I had no idea.

Annie: I know -- how would you have known? Um -- that's who I went to see. I -- I thought maybe he could help us with Spike.

Ryan: Oh, but he didn't?

Annie: No. All I wanted was the name of this incredible teacher that we all had when my dad lost his hearing, but he -- he wouldn't give me her name. He -- he wanted nothing to do with me.

Ryan: Why?

Annie: It doesn't matter now.

Ryan: Oh --

[Toy duck squeaks]

Ryan: I'm pretty sure that it does, Annie. Hey -- Annie? Why doesn't your dad want to see you?

Annie: Because of what happened to my mother.

Zach: What do you think, kid? Your mama's feeding you. Good it is to have her here -- wait till you open your eyes. She's gorgeous -- goes with her cute little voice. I'll finish it.

Kendall: Ok.

Zach: Come on, say something to him.

Kendall: No, no, you know what? I think you're -- you're much better at that than I am. I just -- I just want to watch.

Zach: Ok. Where were we? That's right -- the Stanley Cup. Shiniest thing I've ever seen. So when you're center ice and you lift that thing over your head at "the Joe," think of me. Make sure I get to hold it, too, huh?

[Kendall has a vision of Greenlee taking Spike out of his crib]

Kendall: I have to go.

Zach: What?

Kendall: I -- I have to go and -- and see Spike.

Zach: Rachael's got Spike, he's fine.

Kendall: No, no. I think he -- he needs me right now. I don't want to leave him alone, so -- ok, and, bye, sweet boy. I -- I am so glad Mommy got to feed you. Ok, I love you. Ok, bye.

Ryan: What happened to your mother?

Annie: Her -- her death was really sudden. It hit my father the hardest. He just kind of shut down.

Ryan: For good?

Annie: Yeah.

Ryan: And you couldn't get through to him?

Annie: Um -- I tried a few times over the years, but it never changed anything. And then after Spike's accident, I thought I should try again, so I called him.

Ryan: And -- and what happened? Did he hang up on you?

Annie: No, I left messages. He didn't call me back.

Ryan: So you went to visit him?

Annie: More like ambushed him, in his mind. The look on his face --

Ryan: I'm really sorry, Annie. I had no idea.

Annie: How would you have known, Ryan? Any time you asked me about my family or my childhood, I just changed the subject.

Ryan: I shouldn't have let it go.

Annie: No, I loved -- I loved that you let it go. It was one of the reasons I -- one of the many reasons I fell in love with you. You didn't have to know about that stuff, that past. I -- I could start my life over.

Ryan: That doesn't always erase the one that you used to have.

Annie: Yeah, I'm starting to get that.

Ryan: So how much does your dad know about the life that you have now?

Annie: Well, until yesterday, nothing. But now he knows about you, he knows about Emma, he knows about Spike. I'm really sorry he couldn't help us, Ryan.

Ryan: Don't. Don't apologize. It's not your fault that your father turned his back on you. I'm just sorry that you had to go through that.

Annie: My father wasn't -- he wasn't the only one I visited yesterday. I visited my mom. Well, I mean, her -- her gravestone, anyway. I just -- I just wanted to tell her that I love her, and that I miss her. Because I do, a lot. I don't know -- I just wanted to tell her that. I would have given anything to be able to hear her voice talking back to me.

Greenlee: "The Hilliard Cure. Dr. Donovan Hilliard, a licensed physician/surgeon, became frustrated early in his medical career with the limitations of standard medical practice, drugs, and surgery. He started investigating alternative paths to good health, and to cures for conditions thus far deemed incurable. He's developed his own diagnostic and treatment methods for a myriad of conditions. Neurological trauma."

[Zach sighs]

Kendall: I'm sorry. I shouldn't have left. Rachael even said that Spike's been laying here quietly. He didn't even notice I was gone. I should have stayed with you and Ian. It's just that whenever I'm with one, I feel like I need to be with the other.

Zach: It's ok.

Kendall: I had this flash of Greenlee taking Spike.

Zach: Greenlee's never going to get near this little kid again, you hear me?

Kendall: Yeah, I hear you. It's the believing part that's hard.

Zach: Tough to have faith in things these days, isn't it?

Kendall: I have faith in you. I know it's hard to tell because I'm melting down all the time, but I do.

Zach: We're going to survive this.

Kendall: How do you know?

Zach: Because we survived everything else. This family's going to be together, happy and whole.

Kendall: When?

Zach: I don't know that. I can't give you that answer, but I can give you something else. Come on.

Kendall: No, I -- I can't leave Spike again. Not -- not yet.

Zach: You don't have to leave him. Now, you said you have faith in me, right?

Kendall: Always.

Zach: Trust me now.

[Music plays as Zach gives Kendall a relaxing massage then kisses her]

Kendall: Mmm. Mmm. Wow. That was awesome. Come and lay down with me.

Zach: I got to check on Ian.

Kendall: I -- I will do that soon, I promise. Come on.

Zach: All right, two minutes.

Kendall: Two minutes, ok.

Zach: Ah. Two minutes.

Kendall: Yeah.

Zach: Hmm.

Kendall: Let me take care of you. Ok?

Zach: Mm-hmm.

Annie: I'm fine, really.

Ryan: It's ok if you're not. You know that. You know you don't have to be strong all the time, right?

Annie: Right now, I do. That's how it works. One of us has too much on our plate, the other one picks up the slack. That's what you did for me when Emma was taken away from me. We weren't even together then.

Ryan: And who helped me get through losing Erin? Look, this is not my pain versus your pain. I know that you love Spike just as much as I do.

Annie: Yes, I do. Which made what happened with my dad that much harder. I really wanted to help Spike, Ryan. I'm sorry I came back with absolutely nothing.

Ryan: You kidding me? You came back with a lot. You did. Look, I know that I haven't wanted to talk about it until now, but I have been doing a lot of thinking, you know, about life, after we leave this hospital.

Annie: And?

Ryan: And, until we get the whole deal on this cochlear implant, I'm going to need a way to communicate with my boy. So, how did you communicate with your dad when you saw him?

Annie: Well, he's really good at reading lips, but we did some signing, too.

Ryan: You're fluent in sign language?

Annie: No. No, no, no. Fluent? I wouldn't say fluent, but I'm a little bit rusty. But I know some.

Ryan: You know a little bit?

Annie: A little bit.

Ryan: Yeah? Will you teach me?

Annie: Of course.

Ryan: I want my son to hear my voice one way or the other.

[Erica and Jack lie naked on the floor]

Erica: So what now?

Jack: Anything we want. That -- that is just a bunch of pieces of paper sticking together.

[Jack chuckles as he holds up their divorce decree]

[Erica turns up the volume on the TV]

Erica's voice: Jack, you can't be that naive.

Jack's voice: Greenlee's my daughter. She has no one else. I will stand by her.

Erica: No matter what?

Jack: That's the way it is with parents and children. I would think you, better than anyone else, would know that.

Erica: Well, then you tell me, Jack. How could I possibly stay married to a man who is so insistent on protecting the woman who's trying to destroy my daughter?

Jack: What the hell is this? Wow, I wouldn't have believed that if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes.

Erica: I don't understand.

Jack: You don't understand?

Erica: How did they get that footage?

Jack: All right, come off it, Erica.

Erica: "Come off it"? What are you talking about? You don't -- you don't think that I had something to do with that?

Jack: Oh, yes, I do. I think you had everything to do with that. It's your show. Man, you know, family be damned. Absolutely. Let's -- let's just do whatever we have to do to make sure our ratings stay high.

Erica: How can you say that to me, Jack, after everything that just happened here?

Jack: Yeah, what was it that just happened here, Erica? What the hell was it? Was that part of the plan?

Erica: Plan?

Jack: I mean, am I going to walk onto a sea of cameras? Do you have the hospital staked out now?

Erica: I would not dream of putting a -- a camera near Kendall. I would lay down my life for my daughter, and her children. And for you to insinuate otherwise -- that just shows that you don't know me at all.

Jack: Or maybe I know you too well.

Erica: Get out. Get out!

Jack: Boy, you don't have to tell me twice. I'm out of here. Listen, tell you what. Enjoy your high ratings and your new freedom.

Annie: Ahem -- first of all, it's not all about your hands.

Ryan: It's not?

Annie: No.

Ryan: Hmm.

Annie: You can communicate with your posture or your facial expressions, too. You know, kind of like how you -- you furrow your brow when you're confused.

Ryan: But I don't get confused.

Annie: Oh, yeah, I forgot. Ok. Um --

[Ryan chuckles]

Annie: An important thing about sign language is, it's always important to remember, even though it feels kind of uncomfortable at first, essentially, you're always just having a conversation. You know?

Ryan: Ok, got it. So, how do we get started?

Annie: Ok -- um -- we should probably start with finger spelling. Every letter has a certain hand gesture. A, B, C, D. Once you know those, you can kind of spell something if you don't know how to use the sign for it. Do you know what I mean?

Ryan: Mm-hmm.

Annie: Ok.

Ryan: And great. That sounds -- that sounds great. But before we get to that, can you just show me how to sign something really quick?

Annie: Sure. What do you want to say?

Ryan: "I love you." I do.

Annie: Ok. I love you.

Ryan: Can you do it again a little slower for me?

[Ryan chuckles]

Annie: "I love you." Try it.

Ryan: "I love you."

[Phone rings]

Kendall: Hello?

Man: Hello? Kendall Slater?

Kendall: Yes, who's this?

Man: This is Dr. Hilliard. I'm calling about your son Spike.

Kendall: I'm sorry, who did you say this was?

Dr. Hilliard: Dr. Donovan Hilliard. I'm a specialist in neurological trauma. I believe I can help your son, Mrs. Slater.

Kendall: How do you know about Spike or his condition?

Donovan: I was referred to the case.

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

Erica (to Jesse): It's all over, both my marriage and the show.

Ryan (to Annie): I want to know you. I want to know everything about you.

Greenlee (to Donovan): If anyone connects my name with Spike, he's not going to get the help he needs.

Kendall (to Zach): I'm not waiting. We're doing this right now.

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