AMC Transcript Tuesday 10/16/07

All My Children Transcript Tuesday 10/16/07


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J.R.: This is starting to become fun. It's kind of like having a new best friend. Did you bring breakfast?

Zach: Shh. Just listen.

J.R.: Look, I know what it is. It's like a broken record. Get Greenlee out of the way so Kendall's happy, blah, blah -- oh, and look, here's my fake embryos. Did I miss anything?

Zach: How's it feel, knowing you're going to be remembered for taking the "smart" out of "smart ass"?

J.R.: Look, I'm working on it, but I'm going to need a few more rumors and innuendos so I can get Greenlee to bite.

Zach: She'll bite on this.

[Phone rings]

Greenlee: Excuse me. Huh -- hey, you.

Aidan: Hey. Do you know I had the most amazing dream last night?

Greenlee: Really?

Aidan: Yep. I dreamt about this really gorgeous woman.

Greenlee: Hmm. Anyone I know?

Aidan: Maybe.

Greenlee: I bet she was doing real naughty things to you, huh?

Aidan: Yeah, well, they were so naughty, just thinking about them makes me blush.

[Greenlee chuckles]

Greenlee: You blush? Now, I'd pay to see that.

Aidan: Well, you don't have to. Why don't you just get on the next flight to Chicago?

Greenlee: How is Chicago?

Aidan: It's cold, but the case is -- the case is warming up. So, get out here.

Greenlee: I can't.

Aidan: Why not?

Greenlee: It's just, you know --

Aidan: Kendall.

Greenlee: I mean, you're not going to believe this, Aidan. I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see it with my own eyes.

Aidan: What's that?

Greenlee: It was great, Aidan. It was so great. Kendall let me spend time with Spike.

Aidan: Wow -- really? And that didn't seem strange to you?

Kendall: Yes, Mom, I know. I -- I saw the picture. Miranda is -- she's huge, she's humongous, she's beautiful. Yes. Yeah, things -- things are fine here. I -- I just -- I brought Spike to get a little checkup at the hospital. No, he's fine. He just -- he has a little fever. I'm not up to anything, Mom. I told you there is no Greenlee situation, ok? Can we just drop it? Put Bianca on the phone, please. Sorry, Mom, there is no way I can forgive and forget.

Greenlee: Excuse me. Could I get some more juice?

Waiter: Yeah.

Greenlee: Thank you. Um -- no, I --

Ryan: Hey.

Annie: I know, I know. I should be thrilled that we finally got Richie back for once.

Ryan: I was actually really proud of you that you actually went through with it. Must've been hard seeing me with the gun and --

Annie: Yeah. Yeah, I hated it, and blood and pretending I was dead, even though it was fake, I hated it.

Ryan: Hey, Richie said "The game is on." He needed to know that we weren't just going to sit back and take it. Now -- now he does.

Annie: I guess.

Ryan: Where is this coming from, Annie?

Annie: It's just, I don't -- it's all sinking in now, Ryan. I -- I hadn't seen my brother in so long, and it's brought so much back.

Ryan: Mostly bad, though, from what you've told me.

Annie: Mostly, but not all of it. I just don't want to spend the rest of our lives tormenting each other.

Ryan: That's really not up to us. It's up to him.

Singer: And I hope it's not too late for my heart to find exactly what it needs 'cause in my mind I need to find peace and love before I

Richie: Hi.

Babe: What are you doing here?

Richie: I was looking for Krystal.

Babe: Why?

Singer: You deserve a second chance

Richie: Thought I might be able to get my bar job back.

Babe: Huh. Seriously?

Richie: Look, this is the last place I wanted to come, but I've gone everywhere else and I guess the word is out not to hire me.

Babe: Maybe you should take the hint.

Singer: Over you

Richie: Babe, I know you're pissed off and you have every right to be, but --

Babe: No, you're damn right I do.

Richie: That thing last night with Annie and Ryan,

Babe: You mean the cold-blooded murder that wasn't? Annie lying dead on the floor with -- with crazy Ryan holding the gun, that thing?

Richie: I'm sorry. I shouldn't have involved you.

Babe: I felt like an idiot. Last time, Richie -- no more. What do you want anyway? Why are you still here? Annie doesn't want you here. And don't flatter yourself that one or two nice little kisses means I'm coming back for any more.

Richie: I just want a job.

Babe: Then why don't you go to one of the thousands of other cities that aren't Pine Valley? I'm sure they'll welcome you with open arms.

Singer: Over you over you over you over you

Richie: You'll learn.

Singer: Over you

Richie: I'm not that easy to get rid of when there's something I want -- really want.

Kendall: I miss you, Binks. Ok. Tell Miranda I said I love her. All right, bye. Ok, big boy. Come on, let's go up and have Mr. -- Mr. Joe. Hi, Joe. Um -- I was wondering, could you please take a look at Spike, he was up all night with a fever.

Joe: Good morning, Spike. Hmm -- yeah, I'll be happy to take a look at him.

Kendall: Great.

Joe: I was going to call you anyway.

Kendall: Is it Ian? Is -- is something wrong?

Joe: No, no, no, no, no. Ian's fine, he's just fine. I just wanted to let you know that there's going to be an opening for a cochlear implant procedure coming up in a couple of weeks.

Kendall: Weeks?

Joe: Yeah, yeah, so I want to schedule a meeting with the Slater and Lavery clan, fill you in on the details.

Kendall: Oh, I -- I just didn't expect for it to happen so quickly.

Joe: My goodness, I -- I thought you'd be jumping at the chance.

Kendall: No, no, it's not that. It just -- it just took me by surprise, that's all.

Joe: You're not rethinking the procedure, are you?

Kendall: No. No, no, no, definitely not.

Joe: Mm-hmm. So what's the problem?

Kendall: Nothing. Nothing at all.

[Music plays]

Greenlee: How could things with Kendall not be strange these days? Of course, we're not like we used to be, not yet.

Aidan: And really things could get back to the way they used to be?

Greenlee: Maybe not. Maybe we'll never make it all the way back to best friends, but we're trying. I mean, that's what matters.

Aidan: I guess so.

Greenlee: It's important to me, Aidan. I know most people wouldn't understand, but before everything happened, Kendall and I -- we were like sisters.

Aidan: You know, I know Kendall very well.

Greenlee: Is this the part where we kiss and tell?

Aidan: Oh. Don't be ridiculous.

Greenlee: Well, I know you guys had a thing once upon a time.

Aidan: Look, Greenlee, this is not about Kendall and my relationship, all right? This is about who she is.

Greenlee: Like I wouldn't know?

Aidan: So how was Kendall when you were with her?

Greenlee: Kendall and I, we -- we were both crying. It was hard.

Aidan: So then why would Kendall do it -- let you see Spike?

Greenlee: Because she misses us, too.

Aidan: So, what, with the accident, you turning up at a hospital, Spike's deafness -- I mean, after knowing Kendall for all these years, you really think that Kendall is willing to forgive and forget? Hang on -- let's talk about this later. I have to go -- I'll call you. Hi -- Mr. and Mrs. Banachek?

Mr. Banachek: Yes? Can we help you?

Aidan: Yes. Um -- well, I hope so. I'm a reporter. I'd like to speak to you about someone that you used to know. What can you tell me about Richie Novak?

Singer: I've been looking

Richie: Sorry.

Babe: For what?

Singer: I've been calling

Richie: All of it. But mostly how you're looking at me right now.

Babe: How's that?

Richie: Like you're stuck in a room with crazy Richie. I see that Lavery's been spreading the word.

Babe: You think this is just about Ryan and Annie?

Richie: Actually, I don't give a damn about Ryan or Annie. I'm asking you - do you think I'm crazy? Do you think I'm some sort of a serial killer? Because those are the real lies. I can't prove it, because Ryan's this great guy and, well, Annie, she's so sweet. And I'm an ex-con whose sister sent him to prison for something he didn't do, so you tell me -- who's the real monster here?

Singer: No, I can't find you

[Music plays at the Yacht Club]

Annie: What was it like when Jonathan -- you know, did all those terrible things?

Ryan: Are you comparing Jonathan and Richie?

Annie: No, no, of course not, but how did you feel about him? Did you still love him after he killed?

Ryan: Jonathan was physically sick. He actually had a brain tumor, so --

Annie: I know, I know, but before you knew that?

Ryan: Well, I -- I hated all the things that he'd done, all the people that he hurt, you know? I -- it was as if that I -- I knew someday it would all come down between him and me and what would I do, but in the end, yeah, I still loved him.

Annie: Then why can't I love Richie? I'm serious, Ryan. Why can't I love my own brother? I just -- I want him to be sane.

Ryan: Yeah, but he doesn't want to get help -- that's the difference. To him, this is all just a sick, twisted game.

Annie: I know, I know, and it's a game that I wish we didn't have to play.

Ryan: Well, then let's not. I mean, we have tons to be thankful for, right? Spike's got a great prognosis, Emma's at school, she's doing great. I have a sexy, beautiful wife who, by the way, I owe a honeymoon to.

Annie: Hmm, on the beach, any beach.

Ryan: Just you and me and all the sand you could ask for.

Annie: I just feel like there's not enough sand in the world to wipe this away.

Ryan: But do you believe it could happen?

Singer: I give it to you

Annie: I do.

Ryan: That's all I need.

Singer: To you tonight

Annie: At least some good has come of all this craziness with Richie. I feel like it's brought us closer. I feel like I'm part of a team, I feel like I have a real partner. And I never want to let that go.

Ryan: Ok, partner -- teammate. Together no matter what.

Annie: Hmm.

Singer: I feel so happy make me feel like I could

J.R.: Where the hell did you get this?

Zach: Not relevant.

J.R.: What, you don't trust me?

Zach: Go to Greenlee and let her pull it out of you, every despicable detail.

J.R.: Well, this backs it up. The big thaw at the fertility clinic -- that was a cover-up.

Zach: Mm-hmm, for the real crime.

J.R.: You didn't destroy Ryan and Greenlee's embryos. You just put her eggs in another basket.

Zach: They're being kept safe at a private facility -- my private facility. Oh -- and you got your hands on some confidential paperwork. Well done -- what's in there?

J.R.: Well, they look pretty real -- invoices, canceled checks, everything to make your own embryo bank, except there's no address.

Zach: Because I don't trust you, Junior.

J.R.: Oh, gee, thanks.

Zach: Get Greenlee on the hook, and I'll tell you where it is.

J.R.: So you can watch everything?

Zach: Just do it.

J.R.: Look, I got no problem with that. Making women beg -- that's my specialty. One question, though, boss -- what happens if Greenlee or myself decides to take this evidence and go to the cops and ruin you?

Zach: Really?

J.R.: Yeah, well, you are putting a lot of faith in me here. Who's to say I'm not going to wake up one morning and realize that you screwed over my family and took everything from us?

Zach: Well, you're not going to do that, because you're a sleazy little weasel, and you need my money to get what you want. Plus, you want to tell your daddy that you're not the loser that everyone thinks you are.

J.R.: Ouch. Cuts like a knife.

Zach: I'll tell you what -- if you get the bright idea to turn me over to the police, I'll make everything disappear. You will have nothing and Greenlee's going to look like a maniac.

[Phone rings]

Zach: Excuse me. Hey.

Kendall: Hi. Um -- can you come to the hospital, now?

Zach: Uh -- what, is it Ian?

Kendall: No, no, Ian's ok. But the doctors have news about Spike's surgery.

Zach: Is everything all right?

Kendall: Yeah, yeah, everything's fine. Just get here as soon as you can.

Zach: I'm on my way.

J.R.: When are you going to come clean with me?

Zach: About what?

J.R.: Well, these embryos. I mean, is this whole story bogus or is there a possibility that there could be Ryan and Greenlee babies running around?

Zach: You tell Greenlee that it's possible -- that's your job. Everything else -- none of your business.

Babe: What do you want me to say, Richie -- you're a great guy?

Richie: I am. And you used to think so, too.

Babe: Do we have to go through this again? We had a couple of dates. You were nice to my kid. Emma, who was really your niece, but you forgot to tell me --

Richie: Babe --

Babe: What do you want from me? Forgiveness? Ok, ok -- I forgive you for lying, but it still doesn't change anything.

Richie: For us.

Babe: There is no "us."

Richie: Ok. I'm an ex-con and a liar, all right? But what about your almighty friends, the Laverys? What about the stunt they just pulled?

Babe: So you say.

Richie: When I left that apartment, Annie looked like she was dead. There was a pool of blood, I saw the gun, it went off. Ryan shot her.

Babe: So they played a sick game on you.

Richie: And I'm the crazy one?

Babe: Richie, just go, ok? Ok, there's nothing for you here -- no job, no sympathy, and -- and I'm not your girlfriend, all right, so stop acting like it. Just leave -- now.

Zach: Joe -- why don't you explain to Ryan and Annie what you explained to us.

Ryan: So there's an opening for the implant surgery?

Joe: We want to set it up, but, yeah.

Kendall: Ok, now tell me again exactly -- how does this work? I've heard it before, but it didn't sink in.

Joe: All right. Now, this is how it goes. First, Spike is going to get a general anesthesia. Now, the whole procedure takes between two and five hours. The device itself consists of an external part, which sits behind the ear, another part, which is surgically placed underneath the skin, and then a small incision is made behind the ear through the mastoid bone into the inner ear. And through this opening, an electrode array is introduced into the cochlear, yep.

Kendall: This sounds like an awful lot for a little boy to go through.

Joe: I know -- you would think. But, actually, the younger he is, the better the results. Yeah, we'll keep this little fellow in the hospital a day or two.

[Spike babbles]

Joe: Yeah.

Ryan: So, um, what are the risks again, Joe?

Joe: Well, as in any surgery, infection, and there's a slight risk of damage to the facial nerves.

Annie: But implants are becoming more and more common, right?

Joe: Yes, yes, but still, about 2% of the devices fail and do have to be removed.

Kendall: So then there's a chance that it could -- that it won't even work.

Zach: It's 2%, Kendall.

Kendall: Yes, but it could happen.

Joe: Well, statistically, yes, but the odds are very, very much in your favor.

Ryan: So Spike has the surgery, then what?

Joe: And after a month of healing, the device is turned on. Now, typically, you know, you don't get the results immediately, because it takes the brain a while to adapt. And, of course, Spike will be receiving ongoing therapy so he can learn to interpret the sounds. And the feeling now is only do one ear, and we'll save the other in case there's some new biological treatment that's devised in the future. So, we all agree?

Kendall: Yes.

Joe: Yes -- well, good, good. And now, Dr. Norton and I would like to do some pre-op tests, ok?

Ryan: Yeah, of course.

Joe: So, you all ready, Kendall, hmm?

Kendall: Yeah, I'm as ready as I'm ever going to be.

Joe: Good. Ok, come on.

Kendall: All right, let's get kisses.

Annie: Bye, baby, boy. Ooh.

Kendall: Ok, ok.

Ryan: Hey, love you. I love you.

Kendall: Ok.

Ryan: We'll be right outside. I love you.

Zach: Hang in there, little guy.

Kendall: Ok. Let's do this. Come on, sweetie.

Ryan: We'll be right here.

Kendall: Let's go do this.

Zach: You did what?

Ryan: Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Zach: Yeah, and what did your brother do? Did he pop a cork when he saw you in a bloody mess on the floor?

Ryan: Annie thinks all we did is just rile him up.

Zach: Huh. Well, sometimes you got to do what you got to do to keep your family safe.

Ryan: Yeah. Right? So what do you think about Kendall? She seemed a little caught off-guard with the surgery. You sure she's still on board with the cochlear implant?

Zach: She's still on board.

Ryan: Yeah?

Zach: Hey.

Annie: Hey.

Kendall: Hey, hey.

Zach: How's he doing?

Kendall: He's good, he's good. Just -- I don't know, this whole thing of him going through another surgery again --

Ryan: Kendall, Spike is a fighter. He's been through a lot worse than this.

Kendall: Yes, I know that. I know that we need to have the surgery done sooner rather than later, and that it's in Spike's best interest -- I know all of that. But I'm his mom. What if this doesn't work? Or what if -- what if we make a decision and -- and it hurts him in the long run?

Ryan: Can't think like that. None of us can. I mean, none of us want our beautiful little boy to be going through this. None of us want to spend another second in this place. But we have to thank God that the surgery even exists -- I mean, Spike could hear again. We could give him that. Nothing matters more than Spike right now -- nothing.

[Music plays at The Comeback]

Babe: Well, you are stubborn. That wasn't a lie.

Richie: Yeah, well, your bartender wouldn't know a margarita from a mojito if --

Babe: Ok, at least he has references -- and his own name.

Richie: I don't want it to end like this. I don't know what was going on. We had something, and it was just getting started, and I don't know where it was going, but I swear on my life it was real.

Babe: Look, you were great to my little boy. But then, you come out with another name, a prison record, and some messed-up drama with your sister? I am so not going down that road again. Only nice guys, normal guys. No, no, no, I don't care. Ok, I don't care why it started, whose fault it is, or how you and Annie are going to fix it. I have been through more hurt and lying with J.R. than any mother needs for her child. Been there, done that -- keep the T-shirt.

Richie: Annie's problems aren't going to affect your son.

Babe: They already have, by affecting his mother.

Richie: I've apologized. Just -- just give me a shot. I can make it right -- just give me a shot.

Babe: But I keep saying this isn't about you, Richie. Ok, I -- I finally have a responsible job, a decent relationship with my ex-husband, and a beautiful little sister.

Richie: And that's all still great.

Babe: I liked you. No, correction, correction -- I liked Wes, the nice, uncomplicated guy. Wes was -- he was fun, he was great with kids. He was a good kisser. He played baseball -- Wes was incredible. But Wes is gone.

Richie: Uh-uh. No, he's right here -- I am -- I'm right here.

Babe: You may be man of the year, but now I don't care.

Singer: If you know what I mean

Richie: I still don't believe you.

Babe: Look, you have complications I just don't need right now. Can you understand that? I'm sorry, I don't want to be mean, but nothing will happen with us, ok? Don't come back here, don't call me, don't contact me again.

Mr. Banachek: So you're a reporter.

Aidan: Thank you. Yes, that's right. Um -- I work freelance for one of the big magazines. So, um, when was the last time you heard from Richie Novak?

Mr. Banachek: Oh, it's a name we haven't heard in a long time.

Aidan: So you haven't been in touch recently, then?

Mrs. Banachek: Oh, not since his family left town.

Mr. Banachek: Why do you ask?

Aidan: Well, I'm doing a sidebar on Richie for one of the London outlets -- his connection to Ryan Lavery, his new brother-in-law?

Mrs. Banachek: Yeah I -- I -- I don't recognize that name.

Aidan: All right. Ryan Lavery is a big corporate executive on the east coast.

Mr. Banachek: Hmm.

Aidan: So, anyway, I interviewed Richie, and he mentioned you and he also said that you were close?

Mrs. Banachek: Oh, he mentioned us? Isn't that sweet?

Mr. Banachek: He's a good kid.

Mrs. Banachek: Very polite and caring. He was so generous to us during a very sad time.

Mr. Banachek: Came by to visit, helped around the house.

Mrs. Banachek: Hmm.

Aidan: A sad time?

Mrs. Banachek: Uh -- our son, Jay?

Mr. Banachek: He drowned.

Aidan: I'm sorry -- I had no idea. I mean, I didn't mean to bring up --

Mr. Banachek: It's ok. Uh -- they were camping on a scouting trip.

Mrs. Banachek: It was so quiet here after -- "after." Richie brought some life back to an empty house.

Mr. Banachek: He was like another son to us.

Mrs. Banachek: Mm-hmm.

Aidan: It sounds like Richie came into your life just at the right time.

Mrs. Banachek: The other children -- they didn't know how to respond to our son's death and one even went so far as to blame Richie for it. Do you remember that?

Mr. Banachek: How could I forget something like that?

Aidan: Well, I'm so -- I'm so sorry to hear that. You know kids. Um -- so, what exactly did -- did the boy say?

J.R.: Greenlee. It's good to see you. Can I buy you some breakfast?

Greenlee: Oh -- too late.

J.R.: How about another glass of orange juice?

Greenlee: Oh, don't go crazy, J.R.

J.R.: Your treat, then.

Greenlee: Huh -- no one told me I won the "date with J.R." lottery.

J.R.: I wanted to apologize.

Greenlee: Oh. This ought to be good.

J.R.: The other night when Little A went missing, with Annie Lavery's brother, I shot off my mouth.

Greenlee: And this is different how?

J.R.: I forgot about the whole kid thing with you.

Greenlee: What "whole kid thing?"

J.R.: You know, I was going on and on about how they complete your life, yada, yada. It was completely insensitive. And I forgot that you had the problem in that area, and I just wanted to say that I was sorry.

Greenlee: Well, no offense taken.

J.R.: Thanks.

Greenlee: So, we done now?

J.R.: Not exactly -- there's still something I haven't told you.

Greenlee: Oh -- right. Is this the wish you said you could grant?

J.R.: Turning back the clock -- great memory.

Greenlee: Well, am I finally going to hear all about it, or are you going to keep pretending you enjoy my company?

J.R.: I've been digging into Slater's business ever since he took Chandler from us.

Greenlee: Find anything fun?

J.R.: Well, I wouldn't call it that, but I did stumble upon something that might interest you.

Greenlee: Well, then spill it.

J.R.: I know why you don't have a kid of your own, and it's not because of the blackout.

Zach: Come here. You're right -- Spike is our only concern right now.

Ryan: We've all been waiting for this day, right? And dreading it at the same time.

Kendall: Yeah, well, I'm glad that we're all here together.

Annie: We wouldn't be anywhere else.

Ryan: So, time to get it done, then.

Zach: Yes?

Kendall: I'm always the one, aren't I? I'm always the one -- I'm the one who just never can make up her mind, and you guys always have your doubts about me, don't you?

Annie: No one's judging you, Kendall.

Kendall: Well, you should. I mean, I'm -- I'm the one who resisted Spike's surgery in the first place. I'm the one who took him to see Dr. Hilliard behind everyone's back.

Ryan: That is in the past, Kendall. That doesn't matter anymore.

Kendall: Well, then let's talk about what does matter, the reason that we are all here right now -- the day that I gave my baby over to Greenlee.

Greenlee: What kind of load of crap is this, J.R.? What are you selling?

J.R.: Just the truth. The blackout is not the reason you don't have a house full of babies running around in it.

Greenlee: Of course, the blackout is the reason I don't have Ryan's baby. It thawed all my fertilized embryos -- all hope lost.

J.R.: Not exactly.

Greenlee: Kendall used her own egg, I left town. Do you need me to write this out for you?

J.R.: As it turns out, none of that had to happen at all.

Greenlee: Which part? Me losing my last chance at having Ryan's baby, me losing my best friend, or me losing my husband?

J.R.: Or D, all of the above. You know what? Maybe I shouldn't be getting --

Greenlee: No, no, no, no. Stay at this table, tell me what this is about.

J.R.: Look, Annie is with Ryan, your best friend's with Slater. Everybody's moved on.

Greenlee: Sort of.

J.R.: And you're saying you're moving on, too.

Greenlee: Yes, moving on -- completely over it? I'm trying.

J.R.: Right, and you said you didn't want any revenge on Slater and trying to set things right would be all sorts of complicated.

Greenlee: Yeah, but since when do you ever care about setting things right, or me?

J.R.: I care about you, I care about what's happened to you. You're not the only one who's trying to make a change.

Greenlee: Right, ok. Well, I don't believe that, but how could things possibly be set right now?

J.R.: Maybe they can't be. All things happen for a reason, right?

Greenlee: Yeah, and I want to know the reason for this conversation.

J.R.: Look, if my hunch is right, it's probably Ryan's problem anyway.

Greenlee: Why? What did you find?

J.R.: Nothing, nothing really at all. I mean, it's just suspicion, but, you know, I'm not even sure I can confirm it.

Greenlee: Confirm what?

J.R.: If I did you a favor, would you pay me back?

Greenlee: Are you freakin' kidding me? You show up here, you ruin my breakfast spouting all kinds of BS about my reproductive history -- like that's any of your business -- and now, you want some favor? What is going on? What are you talking about?

J.R.: After the blackout, what happened to your eggs? Where did they go?

Aidan: What exactly did this boy accuse Richie of?

Mr. Banachek: The boy wasn't credible. He never came forward at the time. We started getting these cards every year.

Mrs. Banachek: On our -- the anniversary of our son's death. Sympathy cards. It was very disturbing.

Aidan: And what did these -- what did these cards say?

Mr. Banachek: Always the same thing -- "I saw him die. I didn't happen the way you think."

Aidan: Well, that couldn't have been easy. And the boy's name?

Mrs. Banachek: It's been now.

Mr. Banachek: Tommy something.

Mrs. Banachek: What difference does it make? Our boy's still gone, we can't bring him back.

Mr. Banachek: Richie Novak was a great kid, wouldn't hurt a soul.

Mrs. Banachek: He was so sweet, we gave him our son's baseball card collection.

Mr. Banachek: With an original Mickey Mantle rookie card.

Aidan: Wow, that sounds pretty valuable.

Mr. Banachek: Oh, it wasn't about money. Richie just loved that collection.

Mrs. Banachek: Yeah.

Richie: Fine -- message received loud and clear. I won't come back.

Babe: Thank you. And --

Richie: What? What?

Babe: Nothing. Good luck -- with finding a job, I mean.

Richie: Yeah, well, with Annie and Ryan scorching the earth, I'm going to need all the luck I can get. Ahem. When I got out of prison, um, I was going through my stuff. I found this. It's a Mickey Mantle rookie card. Take it. Give it to Little A. You don't even have to tell him that his buddy Richie -- Wes -- wanted him to have it.

Mrs. Banachek: This is a baseball that Jay's team signed for him.

Aidan: A lot of the same kids as the -- the scout troop, then?

Mrs. Banachek: Oh, yeah.

Aidan: All right.

Mrs. Banachek: Whole neighborhood.

Aidan: Bunch of good kids, huh?

Mrs. Banachek: Yeah.

Mr. Banachek: They mostly were.

Aidan: Well, I don't want to keep you. Thanks very much for your time.

Mr. Banachek: Oh, sorry we couldn't help you more about that article.

Aidan: Oh, no, really. You know, you were more help than you know.

Annie: Kind of makes it all real now, huh?

Ryan: Hmm -- about Spike? Yeah, it does.

Annie: I'm sorry, Ryan, for bringing Richie into our lives. It's the last thing that you need right now.

Ryan: Hey, hey, hey. What happened to "partners" and "teammates"? I'm with you to the end.

Annie: Spike is such a lucky kid. You're such a great dad.

Ryan: Hmm.

[Phone rings]

Ryan: Hey, you got something?

Aidan: I got a hit.

Ryan: About the boy who drowned?

Aidan: Richie did it, Ryan. There might be an eyewitness.

Greenlee: What part of this don't you understand? My embryos were destroyed, thawed -- no longer viable, thrown out.

J.R.: Are you sure that's what happened?

Greenlee: Yes. Greg Madden told Kendall they were disposed of.

J.R.: Oh, well, there's a trustworthy source.

Greenlee: What are you getting at, J.R.?

J.R.: Zach Slater's a bastard, but he's no fool. He thinks of everything, he overlooks nothing just in case he might need to use it one day. And, remember, Zach knew Ryan was alive at the time -- Ryan, the guy Zach's father hired to run the family business. Maybe Zach thought he might have needed a little bit of insurance one day, maybe a little leverage.

Greenlee: Like?

[Phone rings]

J.R.: A second. Chandler.

Zach: There's been a development.

J.R.: I'm in the middle of something right now.

Zach: Spike's having surgery in two weeks. Close the deal before then.

Greenlee: What do you think Zach has?

J.R.: Are you sure that those fertilized eggs got destroyed? Or are they still out there?

[Music plays]

Richie: Take the card -- rookie card, Hall of Famer.

Babe: I'm sorry, I can't.

Richie: Please, I want Little A to have this.

Babe: I'm sure it's valuable.

Richie: Doesn't matter.

Babe: Yeah, it does to me. It obviously means a lot to you. Just -- I don't want to be responsible.

Richie: Baseball cards are for kids, little boys looking for heroes.

Babe: And what about you?

Richie: That day at the batting cages was the greatest day I've had in seven years -- probably ever. So whatever does happen, I want to remember giving this to you.

Singer: A journey far across the desert of you I thought I'd always find you anyway

Singers: Oh I know we were the innocent

Ryan: You got to find that other scout, that Tommy Brennan, fast.

Aidan: I'm on it.

Ryan: Listen, Spike's going in for implant surgery in two weeks. I want Richie behind bars before then.

Zach: What's going on? What are you thinking?

Kendall: Oh, my mind is a very scary place to be these days.

Zach: Well, it's my job to make it less scary. I love you.

Kendall: Me, too.

Joe: Here we are.

Ryan: Hey! Hi, babe.

Annie: Hi, baby boy!

Joe: I'm sorry to have to tell you this -- uh --

Kendall: What? What's wrong?

Ryan: Is something wrong? What happened?

Joe: It may not be possible for Spike to have the implant surgery after all.

Greenlee: You're so full of it, J.R. You're just stirring up drama, as usual.

J.R.: Why would I care about this?

Greenlee: Yeah, I don't know. Why would you?

J.R.: Courtesy of Cambias. Looky here -- I have a receipt, invoices for liquid nitrogen, sub-zero storage, cryogenic monitoring. Look, this check was written last week. Now, I asked myself, "Why would Slater need to keep one of these babies running?" Then I asked myself again, "Whose little snowflake is so important they need to keep him on ice?" All I'm saying are those embryos -- they're still viable. You can still have Ryan's baby. But like you keep saying, who cares? We can't go back in the past. Or can we?

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

Ava: Eat my dust, Britney -- yeah.

Greenlee (to Aidan): These frozen embryos belong to me, and I'm going to be the one to get them back.

Kendall (to Joe): This is Spike's only chance to hear again. You can't take that away from him.

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