AMC Transcript Thursday 1/3/08

All My Children Transcript Thursday 1/3/08


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Erica: Yet another amazing example of a fabulous new beginning. We'll be back with another guest right after this.

["New Beginnings" theme plays]

Man: And we're out.

[Cheers and applause]

Erica: Pam? Any word from the courthouse?

Pam: No. I'll let you know.

Erica: Is my car ready?

Pam: Ready to roll. But you better get back -- the whip lady's up.

Erica: Whip?

Pam: W-H-I-P? "We Help Women In Prison"? Remember?

Erica: Women in prison, Pam? With my daughter facing what she's facing? Cancel her.

Pam: The guest? She's already in the chair.

Erica: All right, all right, I will do that. But the minute I get word. I'm out of here. Thanks. Hello. Hi, nice to meet you.

Tad: Stop staring, Krystal.

Krystal: I'm not staring.

Tad: Yeah, you are -- you're staring. Why don't you watch your daughter drool strained peaches for a while?

Krystal: Oh. Hey. Hey there. Somebody needs to talk to you about your table manners, little one. Now you're staring.

Tad: No, I'm not. It's more of a subtle glance.

Krystal: "Subtle"?

Tad: Yeah.

Krystal: Subtle, my eye. Come on, do we have to go?

Tad: No, we are not going anywhere. See, over the years, at least I have developed special skills for dealing with just this type of situation. Observe -- other half of the room? Gone, invisible, from now on. Isn't that right, hmm?

Adam: Thank you for coming. I take that as a positive sign.

J.R.: Don't. Whatever you have to say, say it fast.

Richie: So how long do I have, doc, huh? Weeks, days, hours? Oh, come on, there's no need to soft-pedal. We both know how this ends. I'm feeling half-dead already.

Babe: "Of the fiscal quarter, during which several of the --" are you tracking me here? Annie?

Annie: What? Oh, I'm sorry. I'm -- I'm sorry. I promised myself I wouldn't do that -- let my mind wander off. It's -- ahem -- it's part of my New Year's resolution -- stop thinking about Richie.

Babe: Actually, that was one of mine, too. But as long as we're breaking them, how is he?

Annie: Not good.

Babe: Sorry. Ok, um, let's get back to the quarterly. So -- you know what? You know what? Forget it. It's impossible to concentrate. There's too much going on. Do you want to -- do you want to head over to the courthouse and see how Kendall's doing?

Annie: No, no. I think Kendall would want us to stay here and hold down the fort.

Babe: Do you think she's going to come out of this ok?

Annie: The truth? The way things have been going lately for Kendall, I'm really afraid.

Aidan: You ready to go home?

Greenlee: So ready. Just one stop I need to make first. Kendall's hearing.

Aidan: Kendall has enough backup, Greenlee. She has Zach, Ryan, and Jackson.

Greenlee: But she needs me.

Jack: Thanks, I owe you one.

Man: No problem. Just stick with the script -- you may be ok.

Jack: All right. Hey.

Zach: We have a plea deal or don't we?

Jack: Yeah. As a matter of fact, the D.A. just signed on. The judge, however, may be a slightly harder sell.

Ryan: Meaning what?

Jack: Meaning that as long as we stick with extreme emotional duress, you're going to be just fine.

Kendall: "Emotional duress"? As in what -- I was going crazy? No, Jack, I knew exactly what I was doing to Greenlee and I will admit that to the judge. I wasn't out of my mind when I set up Greenlee, and I'm not going to say that I was.

Jack: Kendall, nobody's asking you to. This is just a technicality. But let's be honest here, you were -- you were very close to your breaking point.

Kendall: I was -- no. I was clear and rational.

Zach: How were you rational? I found you in the park with Spike and a gun -- that's rational?

Kendall: That was part of my plan.

Zach: Your plan was insane.

Kendall: Well, no more than yours was.

Zach: Telling Greenlee that her embryos were still viable was a bad idea. And, yes, maybe I felt badly, maybe I felt guilty about it. It doesn't matter, it's in the past. We can't change that, but we're not going to throw away our future.

Kendall: Ok, Zach, how can I make you understand how I feel? How?

Ryan: Well, honestly, it's going to be a little bit difficult, because you're not making a whole lot of sense right now, Kendall.

Kendall: Ok -- see, you of all people -- I thought that you would understand.

Ryan: What do you want me to say? I -- I don't like what you did any more than you do.

Zach: You weren't yourself.

Kendall: Ok, well, then who was I?

Zach: You were a woman at your breaking point, that's --

Ryan: Who was terrified that Greenlee was going to harm our son -- that's who you were.

Kendall: You guys, listen, I'm tired of lying, ok? I'm tired of making excuses for myself. I'm not going to lie to the judge.

Zach: You're going to say whatever Jack tells you to say.

Kendall: No, Zach. I'm sorry, but I won't.

Ryan: You're going to go to prison, Kendall. All right, and what about Spike? Hasn't he been through enough? I mean, what do you want him to do -- say goodbye to his mother, Kendall? Is that what you want for our son?

Kendall: No, of course not, no.

Zach: Then what? "Of course not" -- what do you want to do? You going to raise our boys from a prison cell? Jack, a little help, please.

Jack: Kendall, I would suggest you listen to them because here's the fact -- without this plea, you're looking at 20 to 40 years.

Zach: Did you hear that? This is not a game.

Ryan: Just -- just think about what you're doing, Kendall, ok? Just think about it.

Kendall: If Greenlee were convicted, how many years? How many years would she get?

Jack: Kendall, that didn't happen, and it's not going to.

Kendall: Jack, you're her father. Remember what I did. Greenlee was a fugitive because of me. She nearly died because of me.

Zach: Let it go. It's over.

Kendall: No, it's not over. It will never be over for Greenlee or me until I stand up and own what I did.

Aidan: You can barely stand, let alone go to a courtroom.

Greenlee: So we'll take the wheelchair.

Aidan: Joe only let you out of the hospital today, because you promised that you would go straight home to bed, and that's exactly where you're going.

Greenlee: Aidan, I'll find someone else to take me where I need to go.

Aidan: Well, good luck with that.

Greenlee: Really? You're going to ditch me?

Aidan: Anybody that gives a damn about you is not going to drag you anywhere else, especially not a courtroom.

Joe: What's this about a courtroom?

Greenlee: Kendall's hearing is right now, and I need to go.

Joe: No, you don't need to go. It's out of the question. Your immune system has been badly compromised, and I want you on bed rest 24/7.

Greenlee: And that'll happen after the hearing is over.

Joe: No, it won't. You've been a whole month with hardly any food and water, locked away underground. Your heart has stopped on two separate occasions.

Greenlee: But it's fine now, Joe. I'm going.

Aidan: Going home is exactly where you're going. I'm not driving you anywhere else apart from home to bed. All right?

Krystal: You know what?

Tad: What?

Krystal: You might as well just turn right around and give them the eyeball, because you can't stop looking at them sideways.

Tad: I'm not looking, I don't have to look. I know what's happening. See, there's a seduction going over there, I can feel it --

Krystal: A seduction?

Tad: Yeah, a seduction.

Krystal: Hmm.

Tad: You, more than anybody, should know how Adam operates. He's sitting there all charm, all smile, offers you the moon and stars, says he'll make your wildest dreams come true, and all it's going to cost you is your soul.

Krystal: Are you talking about J.R. or me?

Tad: Both. I swear, in this town after all this time, everything he's done, the fact that anybody would spend five minutes with --

Krystal: Thank you very much for the vote of confidence. You know, did it ever occur to you that Adam and J.R. may be just having breakfast together?

[Tad laughs]

Tad: No.

Adam: I deeply regret manipulating you by withholding your alibi.

J.R.: I blacked out. You let me believe that I ran over Zach Slater, maybe even killed him. I still wouldn't even know that I was off the hook if Amanda hadn't cracked.

Adam: I was wrong, I admit that. I wanted you home.

J.R.: No, you wanted to punish me for my kidnapping scam.

Adam: No, no, that's not true. Well, maybe -- I don't know. I only know that when I heard you had been kidnapped, it literally shaved years off my life.

J.R.: Well, you're going to outlive us all, Dad. This has been fun, but --

Adam: You broke my heart, J.R.

J.R.: Don't you mean that I cost you a bundle?

Adam: Yes, I lost my company, I lost my home, and I lost millions in ransom.

J.R.: So this is the real reason why you tried to stick it to me?

Adam: No. I only know that I -- I didn't realize how little my possessions meant to me until I thought I'd lost you.

J.R.: So what now? Are you going to bring out the violins?

Adam: Do you remember what you told me? That if ever I wanted to ask you for anything -- just forget the manipulating -- just ask, all I had to do was ask? I'm asking right now -- can you and I be father and son again?

Babe: You know, J.R.'s been really protective lately when it comes to me and, well, of course, Little A.

Annie: He's become a really good father.

Babe: Yeah, you know, I think it has something to do with the bad relationship he has with Adam. Anyway, J.R. found out that I had a Christmas gift I was going to give to Richie.

Annie: Uh-oh.

Babe: Yeah. Yeah, he really went off on me.

Annie: I'm sorry.

Babe: No, you know, it's ok. I mean, it was a reality check for me and one that I needed in the worst kind of way.

Annie: What did J.R. say?

Babe: Basically that Richie's a complication my little boy doesn't need in his life.

Annie: Well, Richie's a complication none of us needs, including me, Ryan, Emma. I mean, he just wreaks havoc wherever he goes.

Babe: But there are times when he can be so sweet and gentle.

Annie: Well, especially with you. I mean, you -- you get to him like nobody else.

Babe: So you think that -- that the feelings he has for me are real, that -- that maybe I could even help?

Annie: No. No, Babe, I'm telling you -- I'm begging you -- to run for your life.

Richie: What are you testing for, doc, huh? I mean, I'm on my way out. At this point, what does my cholesterol matter?

Doctor: I'm going to have to get back to you on that one, Mr. Novak.

Richie: Yeah, you do that. Maybe I'll be here, but I wouldn't count on it. Moron.

Richie: Gather witnesses, get Annie here. Weapon.

[Richie daydreams]

Annie: Richie? Richie, it's Annie -- can you hear me?

Richie: It's over.

Annie: What?

Richie: It's over.

Annie: I can't hear you.

Richie: I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Annie: What -- what'd you do? What are you -- Richie! Oh!

Richie: No, Annie -- what'd you do?

Annie: Richie?

Richie: Oh, what'd you do?

Man: She stabbed him!

Annie: No --

Man: Call the police!

Annie: No, I didn't, I didn't! He did this to himself!

Richie: Goodbye, Annie.

Annie: No. No, no, no, no, no, no, you can't get away with this.

Richie: Looks like I just did.

Annie: Oh! Damn you, Richie -- this wasn't my fault! This wasn't my fault!

Richie: You'll never win, Annie. You never have -- not with me.

Kendall: I've got to clear Greenlee.

Jack: Kendall, you're not going to clear Greenlee by pleading guilty. What you need to do is say that you were in --

Kendall: Say that I'm crazy?

Bailiff: All rise. This is the criminal court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the people vs. Kendall Hart Slater, Judge Angela March presiding. This court is now in session. Be seated.

Judge: Will the people please state the charges?

D.A.: "False reporting to law enforcement, misdemeanor in the second degree, tampering with physical evidence, misdemeanor in the second degree, burglary, felony in the first degree, criminal trespass, felony in the third degree, forgery, misdemeanor in the first degree."

Judge: Kendall Hart Slater, do you understand the charges against you?

Kendall: Yes, I do, your honor.

Judge: And how do you plead?

Jack: Your honor, if I may --

Kendall: I plead guilty.

Jack: Your honor, again --

Kendall: No, guilty -- that's my plea.

Judge: Are you under the influence of drugs or alcohol?

Kendall: No, your honor.

Judge: Will the people please state the evidence against the defendant?

D.A.: On November 2, as the record states, a dispatcher received an emergency call that Kendall Slater reported that she'd been attacked and drugged, and that her minor child had been abducted again by Greenlee Smythe. And finally, the sworn affidavit of the defendant that her accusations were false.

Judge: These are very serious charges, Ms. Slater. Are you aware of the penalties involved?

D.A.: Your honor, the people and the counsel for the defense have entered into a plea agreement. The commonwealth recommends a prison term of 2 1/2 to 5 years, all to be served during a period of probation, along with substantial community service.

Judge: And who cooked up the community-service plan without informing the court?

D.A.: I'm sorry, your honor. This -- this hearing came up rather quickly, and I didn't --

Judge: It's ok. I get it. But why be so lenient?

D.A.: Extenuating circumstances.

Judge: And those would be?

Jack: Your honor, the defendant committed these acts while under extreme emotional duress and the defense can demonstrate that Kendall Hart Slater acted --

Kendall: No, I knew exactly what I was doing. I knew it was illegal. I wanted Greenlee Smythe to rot in hell.

J.R.: Be your son? I already have that distinction.

Adam: No, I mean -- I mean fully and truly.

J.R.: Right, right, with the corner office and the stock options?

Adam: That's not what I'm offering.

J.R.: Unless I decide to move back into the mansion, in which case the world is mine.

Adam: You can live anywhere you like -- just so you come home and have dinner with me now and then.

J.R.: Once again, I think I'm hearing violins.

Adam: And meet me for the occasional game of squash.

J.R.: Wait. It's an entire string orchestra.

Adam: No strings, J.R. -- just your father, on the up-and-up.

J.R.: Father, "up-and-up"? You're going to have to choose one or the other, because you can't have both.

Adam: I have no agenda. I'm not trying to -- to bribe you. Just tell me what I have to say to convince you. Tell me, J.R. what do you want me to do?

Krystal: You know, suddenly I'm not very hungry and I really would like to go home.

Tad: No, I'm -- excuse me, I'm sorry, but you know, the fact that you could sit there and entertain the idea that Adam is only interested in a father-son breakfast makes you --

Krystal: What? What? Stupid, naive?

Tad: Sorry, it makes you -- no.

Krystal: What?

Tad: I'm taking the fifth. Never mind. Eat your breakfast.

Krystal: You know what? This is going to get really nasty really, really quickly.

Tad: No, ok, no, no, no. It doesn't have to. It doesn't have to, ok? Look, if I was going to be honest, I would just admit that I'm more than a little worried, that's all.

Krystal: About what?

Tad: Well, this is the first time that Adam has seen us out on the town since we admitted that we tied the knot, right?

Krystal: And it's not going to be the last time, either, Tad. It's a very, very small town.

Tad: So what happens if the next time you see him, you get this look on your face? I'm going to want to jump in your lap, start bitching about how he's untrustworthy. That means you're going to get up -- want to get up and bolt out of the room all over again.

Krystal: Oh, got me all figured out, don't you?

Tad: All except the part about how I fix it.

Krystal: How many times do I have to tell you, Tad, that I am not running from Adam?

Tad: Since when?

Krystal: I'm not afraid of him.

Tad: Honey -- no, not yet. A little fear would be an improvement, because what you feel for Adam scares me half to death.

Babe: You know, you're not the first one who's told me to run for the hills when it comes to a man.

Annie: Your mom?

Babe: Yeah, yeah -- first with J.R., now more recently with Richie.

Annie: Well, it's harder to run from a brother.

Babe: I guess. You know, I had some pie-eyed notion that maybe you and Richie would make peace -- you know, before he died.

Annie: That's how it works in the movies, right?

Babe: He doesn't have much longer, Annie. Maybe -- maybe if you tried?

Annie: I could, but Richie doesn't want peace, Babe. What Richie's wanted, what Richie's wanted for years, is to take me down.

[Phone rings]

Babe: Fusion. Yes, hold on just one minute. Um -- the hospital, one of Richie's doctors.

Annie: Yes?

Doctor: Mrs. Annie Lavery?

Annie: Yeah?

Doctor: This is Dr. Westlake at Pine Valley Hospital. I'm sorry to disturb you at work, but your brother's condition is deteriorating rapidly. I thought a relative should be informed.

Annie: Have you called my father?

Dr. Westlake: I see on Richie's chart that your father lives in Chicago, several hours away?

Annie: That's right.

Dr. Westlake: Well, your brother may not have that long.

Annie: You mean he's going to -- ok. Um -- well, thank you for -- for calling.

Dr. Westlake: He's asking for you. What shall I tell him?

Annie: I'm not really sure. Um -- but thank you, anyway.

Richie: Well, is she coming? What'd she say?

Man: I couldn't tell.

Richie: You know, you'd think if she heard that her brother was dying, you know --

Man: Pretty cold.

Richie: You could say that, yeah.

Man: So, why do you want her to come?

Richie: Settle old scores.

Man: What do you think you could settle in here?

Richie: You'd be amazed, man. Hmm.

Erica: The women inmates your group assists -- I guess your job is to ease their transition back into civilian life.

Woman: Well, most of the women we deal with are serving long prison terms.

Erica: So you handle their appeals?

Woman: We're not lawyers. We try to improve the quality of prison life.

Erica: But some of the women do get out, don't they? I mean, with -- with good behavior, with -- I mean, they do get out?

Woman: Well, occasionally, but that's not our focus.

Erica: I see. Well, what about wrongful convictions?

Woman: Well, actually, we function primarily as counselors.

Erica: Well, what good is counseling if you don't help these wrongfully convicted women fight their way out of prison?

Woman: Excuse me?

Erica: I think that your entire approach actually sounds hopeless.

Woman: Acceptance, we call it.

Erica: I call it defeat.

Judge: Why implicate Greenlee Smythe in a fabricated crime and how exactly did you go about it? Your own words -- start with why.

Kendall: My son Spike was in a car accident. Greenlee Smythe was driving. My son sustained internal injuries, and they repaired his spleen. But when he was recovering in the hospital, they discovered something else.

Greenlee: Kendall --

Kendall: Get the hell away from my son. Don't you touch my son! Stay the hell away from him!

Greenlee: I -- oh!

[Pans clatter]

Greenlee: I'm sorry, I'm sorry!

Zach: Kendall -- there's something wrong with Spike.

Joe: Spike is deaf.

Kendall: I assumed that Greenlee's reckless driving had robbed my son of his ability to hear. He would be deaf for the rest of his life. I resolved to make Greenlee pay for what she did. So, I pretended to reach out to her. I told her that I wanted to rebuild our friendship, and she seemed very eager to reconnect. I had access to Greenlee's penthouse, and I planted evidence little by little. I -- I purchased two seats on a flight to the U.S. Virgin Islands, a forged birth certificate for her son, and packed a suitcase full of new clothes for Spike.

Zach: Your honor, may I say something?

Judge: You may not.

Zach: My wife is dealing with some misplaced guilt, and I think maybe --

Judge: Don't force me to have you removed from my courtroom. Please be seated. Mrs. Slater, on the night of the actual incident --

Kendall: I stole chloroform from the hospital. And I asked Greenlee to meet me at the boathouse. I pretended that I needed a friend to talk to about Spike's upcoming cochlear implant surgery. She was happy to meet me. She was kind and -- and supportive and unsuspecting. Then, I -- I pretended to get an emergency phone call. I told Greenlee that my husband, Zach, had been hurt, so I asked her to stay with Spike at the boathouse. I insisted she stay exactly where she was. When she was tending to my son, I hid close by. I reported that Greenlee drugged me and snatched my boy right out of my arms. Then, I chloroformed myself so that the police would find me. When they showed up, I swore that Greenlee had kidnapped my son.

Judge: You framed an innocent woman, subjected her to false arrest, squandered valuable police hours, resources of the justice system to satisfy your lust for revenge?

Jack: Your honor, if I may interject in my client's --

Judge: No, Mr. Montgomery, you may not. What prompted you to finally tell the truth?

Kendall: Because of my false accusations, Greenlee panicked and ran. And she almost died.

Judge: So you were ultimately motivated by pity?

Kendall: I also discovered my son had been losing his hearing gradually over a long period of time -- not from the accident. So Greenlee Smythe had nothing to do with my son going deaf. Greenlee Smythe isn't guilty of anything, and I'm here to clear her name.

[Greenlee enters the courtroom in a wheelchair]

Judge: I suppose that you should be commended for finally setting the record straight, but frankly, Mrs. Slater, I am unimpressed with your belated impulse to confess. You staged a reprehensible hoax on Ms. Smythe and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Kendall: I realize that now. Greenlee Smythe doesn't belong in prison.

Judge: And what prompted this so-called revelation, Mrs. Slater?

Greenlee: I can actually answer that, your honor.

Judge: And you are?

Greenlee: Greenlee Smythe.

Jack: Your honor, I'd like to move for a short recess.

Judge: Oh, please, just sit down, Mr. Montgomery.

Jack: Your honor, I need to confer with my clients.

Judge: I know, I know, but I need to get to the bottom of this. Ms. Smythe, will you please come forward?

Kendall: No. No, no, no, no. Greenlee, stop. Stop, stop.

Greenlee: No.

Kendall: Please, don't do this, Greenlee, come on.

Judge: Bailiff, will you swear in Ms. Smythe?

Bailiff: What is your name?

Greenlee: Greenlee Smythe.

Kendall: I object, your honor.

Judge: Be quiet and sit down.

Bailiff: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

Greenlee: I do.

Judge: Now, you obviously have, or you think you have, information bearing on this case.

Greenlee: Yes, your honor, I do.

Judge: Proceed.

Greenlee: Your honor -- um -- it happened two years ago. Kendall Slater is my best friend. I was desperate to have a child with the man I was married to at the time. My husband didn't want to have one, but I was determined to conceive.

Judge: Ms. Smythe, this story seems far afield from the issues we're weighing today.

Greenlee: I know, your honor, but the fact is, is we wouldn't be here if it wasn't for a series of events that happened in a fertility clinic a very long two years ago.

Erica: It just seems to me that the way to help women in prison who are wrongly accused is to work to get them out, and hope that the people in your organization can help them with their new beginning. After all, that's what this show is all about. So thank you, Dana. And thank you for watching.

["New Beginnings" theme plays]

Man: And we're out.

[Cheers and applause]

Pam: Kendall's hearing just started.

Erica: Ok. I'm out of here. Bye.

Woman: Bye.

Krystal: It's really great to know that you think I am a complete idiot.

Tad: I didn't say that.

Krystal: Hmm. You are afraid of my feelings for Adam. Like I'm just going to run over there and strip my clothes off?

Tad: Well, it wouldn't be the first time it's happened.

Krystal: All right, that's it.

Tad: No, no, no -- ok, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

[Jenny fusses]

Tad: I apologize -- yeah. Look, I -- that was a lousy thing to say. I admit it, ok? I was an idiot. But it's a fact -- I'm scared. You're doing everything you can for me and Jenny, but the truth is, he's still got a hold on you, right? And I know from firsthand experience how hard that is to break. It's a hell of a job. I was just -- I was just kind of hoping that, you know, our marriage would help with that.

Krystal: It did.

Tad: Not enough.

Krystal: Look, you know, and I know that I'm not where I need to be, ok? I admit that. Ok? But where do I go from here, huh?

Adam: You asked me to reach out to you. No games, no lies, no threats. I'm doing what you said you wanted. And you're still blowing me off. Why?

J.R.: Maybe because I've heard it all -- what you've done to me, what you've done to Krystal, all in the name of love.

Adam: I've apologized for my mistakes.

J.R.: Well, you know what you can do with your apologies.

Adam: You're right. I don't know why I keep trying. $50 million. Is that new enough? Does $50 million get your attention?


Annie: According to the doctor, Babe -- um -- this is it. Richie's -- about to die.

Babe: What are you going to do?

Annie: I don't know. What would you do in my place? No, don't answer that. I already know.

Babe: He's your brother, Annie. You'll hate yourself if you don't see him one last time.

Greenlee: My rage, my bitterness, my public threat to sue for custody for Ryan and Kendall's son, my obsession with wanting to have Ryan Lavery's child -- the fact that I virtually stalked Kendall and her children when I was told to stay away -- all of these things made Kendall believe that I was planning on kidnapping her baby. I mean, I wasn't, but even I could see why she would believe that.

[Hannah comes into the courtroom and sits down]

Jack: Your honor, if I may address the court --

Judge: Are you finished, Ms. Smythe?

Greenlee: Yes, I am.

Judge: All right, Mr. Montgomery, but keep it brief.

Jack: I will, your honor. Are you ok? Your honor, my client's fears for her son Spike were compounded by extreme physical and emotional stresses -- the accident, Spike's life-threatening injuries, his deafness, his subsequent surgeries, and of course, Kendall's own emergency C-section, her son Ian's premature birth, and the fact that he spent the first few weeks of his life at the brink of death. All of these factors combined to put my client in a vise-like grip of terror. She was literally traumatized, your honor. This counsel implores this court to consider these facts, the fact that she was under extreme emotional duress, and that she is here, despite the fact that she could lose her freedom, so that she can tell the truth.

Judge: You and counsel are in accord that Ms. Slater should get off with a slap on the wrist?

D.A.: Your honor, I wouldn't exactly describe it in those words. Long probation and community service.

Judge: Light penalties for egregious acts. I'm going to adjourn to review the case. Principals should remain on site. I'll be delivering my ruling very shortly.

[Judge pounds gavel]

Bailiff: All rise.

Judge: Court is now in recess.

Kendall: Thank you.

Greenlee: But all I did was tell the truth. I mean, you -- you left out something that -- that would send me to trial.

Kendall: No, Greenlee, don't bring it up, don't.

Greenlee: But, Kendall, I did take Spike that night, the night of the accident, I did, and you told everyone all the bad things you did, but you left out that I almost ran away with your son.

Richie: Alas, poor Richie. I knew him well. Hell of a guy. Handsome, smart, and that's how it goes. The brightest stars always burn out the fastest.

[Annie walks in]

J.R.: So, you'll give me $50 million to have dinner with you? A game of squash from time to time?

Adam: I have a plan.

J.R.: Hmm. But not the capital. Not the 50 million.

Adam: No. But I will very soon. And that, and a lot more, will fall into my coffers.

J.R.: You're telling me about this fortune that you're coming into because --

Adam: Because you're my son. And of course, I want you to be a part of it.

Tad: No, it's not where you go, it's where we go. We go take Jenny to the baby gym. You know, we eat dinner together every night as a family. We stock up on DVDs, we cuddle up on the sofa to watch movies. And every once in a while, we spring for a night out on the town. We act like a married couple with a baby, because that's exactly what we are.

Krystal: And the Adam thing?

Tad: Yeah, well, that's not going away too quickly, so -- you're doing what you can, so I will, too. I will try to keep my mouth shut. About Adam, anyway.

Krystal: Hmm. All right, and I'll do my best to remind myself that I'm very lucky to be part of a loving family.

Tad: A little bit of luck, some occasional loving?

Krystal: Oh --

Tad: No, I'm serious. I don't know -- I think we got a shot at something pretty wonderful.

Judge: Emotional duress is a catchall excuse for a staggering range of heinous acts. I am not inclined to indulge the self-pitying of whining criminals. However, in this case, the wronged individual has made a persuasive case for her tormentor. Ms. Smythe's plea on behalf of Mrs. Slater has impressed me a great deal. So, reluctantly, I am going to accept the plea agreement. Mrs. Slater, I am sentencing you to five years, to be served on probation, a $50,000 fine, and 500 hours of community service. Do not let me see you in my court again.

[Judge pounds gavel]

Bailiff: All rise.

Kendall: Thank you, your honor. Thank you.

Erica: Sweetheart --

Kendall: Oh, Mom --

Erica: Good.

Kendall: Oh, my gosh.

[Looking very unhappy, Hannah storms out while everyone else celebrates]

Annie: Richie, how do you feel?

Richie: It's almost over, Annie. I just wanted to give you something to remember me by.

[Richie begins to pull the knife out of his pocket until Babe arrives]

Babe: Sorry it took me so long. I couldn't find a place to park.

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

Richie: I want to confess everything. You were right about me.

[From the rooftop, Hannah fires a rifle at Kendall, while Ryan throws himself in front of her]

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