All My Children Transcript Thursday 4/9/09
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J.R.: Here are the reports on the cutbacks that I made at Chandler. Do you want to start with domestic or international? Dad? Dad?
J.R.: Are you ok?
Annie: You stayed all night?
Aidan: In case you needed me. How did you sleep?
Annie: Fantastic. No nightmares, no bad memories. I -- I feel good -- really, really good.
Aidan: Helps to have answers.
Annie: Helps to have you. If it weren't for you I would never know what my brother did. I mean, how could Richie have killed that little girl? We were just kids.
Aidan: Because he was sick and twisted, all right? He was the crazy one, not you.
Annie: The guilt, thinking that I killed Tori, it's -- it's gone. Thank you, Aidan.
[Annie and Aidan kiss, then she sees his laptop open to a site asking for information on the missing Tori Atherton]
Annie: What are you doing?
Aidan: You're not the only one that needs answers, Annie.
Annie: Tori's family. All this time they've been searching, and I knew she was dead.
Erica: Hi. Ready to go? Our meeting? In Philadelphia, Stauckas Department Stores?
Ryan: Well, I thought that was tomorrow.
Erica: Yeah, it is, but this is pretty much life and death for -- for Fusion, so I thought that we really need to have our strategy completely perfect. I really thought we could drive down this morning, settle in, and then focus on our pitch.
Ryan: This has got nothing to do with getting me to Philly. This has got everything to do with you getting me away from Kendall.
Kendall: How's my sweet boy? Hmm? How did he do last night?
Zach: Good. He's -- he did good. He's still sedated.
Kendall: Is he in pain?
Zach: In pain? No, no, no. He's -- he's all right, just -- he likes to move around a lot, you know, and to talk about the Red Wings and the goalie situation, and flirting with the nurses. You know, that kind of stuff.
Kendall: Yeah. He is a little flirt.
Zach: Yep, and they just want to make sure that he's healthy and well-rested before he went home.
Kendall: You know, you could use some rest, too. Why don't you go home and take a nap?
Zach: I'm good.
Kendall: No, you're not. You're exhausted. Really, you should go home and rest.
Zach: No. I'm -- you know, even sleeping in that chair is fine with me. I'm kind of used to it now. I'd spend a lot of time there when I was watching you. Anyway -- my son stays, I stay.
Erica: Ryan, I thought we were past all that.
Ryan: Yeah, so did I. You came by here, you told me to back off Kendall, I said no, and now you're trying to get me out of town.
Erica: Ryan, I'm trying to save our business. I mean, if we ace this meeting, then -- then Fusion could come back stronger than ever. That will make Kendall very happy. You want to help her, right? Well, I mean, this is the perfect way to do it. While she is focused on Ian, and while she should be, we will keep Fusion in the black. And you know what? If showing up your business position keeps your mind off this -- this love triangle that you're involved in, then so much the better, ok? So, shall we take my car or yours?
Ryan: Hey, guys. I -- I thought you were on a field trip.
Emma: I got in trouble.
Corrina: She hit another little girl on the bus.
Ryan: You did? Why? Why did you do that?
Corrina: I didn't see it. I was up front with the other chaperones, but the teacher tried to have her explain it, and she wouldn't, and she wouldn't apologize, so they sent her home.
Ryan: Ok. Well, thank you, Corrina. That -- that'll be all for today.
Corrina: Oh, no problem. Um, the teacher wants to meet up with you later, so you can talk about what happened.
Ryan: Ok. Ok, thanks. The, uh, meeting in Philly is going to have to go on without me. I have a much more important meeting here.
Annie: Tori was their only child. They have no idea what happened to her. This whole time I could have -- I could have given them closure.
Aidan: How could you? I mean, you didn't remember anything until now. You know, the memories are just too painful for you to think about. It was your mind's way of protecting you and helping you survive.
Annie: Do you think Emma's done that? Do you think she's -- she's pushed down all of her feelings, like locked them all inside?
Aidan: Look, Emma's a strong, resilient little girl. She's fine.
Annie: How can you say that? After everything I've put her through, my God. A fake kidnapping, a -- a fire. That poor little girl has had a front row seat to my breakdown.
Emma: Are you coming home?
Ryan: Um, Mommy has to go to another hospital.
Emma: But you said we'd take care of her. Please, Mommy, come home with us.
Annie: I remember you from before.
Emma: I prayed, and I prayed, and it worked. You came home.
Annie: Oh, my God. All Emma wanted was some attention, a little bit of acknowledgement, and I couldn't even give her that. Can you imagine what kind of an effect that must have had on her? I mean, Emma needed me and I was just gone. I should've been there for her, Aidan. Parents are supposed to be there for their children no matter what.
Adam: Of course, I'm ok, no thanks to you. I've spent a fortune on PIs trying to dig up dirt for your custody case while Chandler Enterprises is circling the drain.
J.R.: You're the one who held out on me. I had no idea it was this bad.
Adam: Big picture. How much damage?
J.R.: All told, I had to lay off 500 people.
Colby: Are you serious? Why?
J.R.: We didn't have a choice. Chandler's hemorrhaging money. I had to make cuts across the board. I reined in expense accounts, streamlined warehouse production. I had to automate the phone systems.
Adam: Sounds prudent.
Colby: Wait a sec. So when you call you get one of those annoying recordings instead of a real person?
J.R.: We can't afford real people.
Colby: What happens to them, their families?
J.R.: I had to think about this family. If I hadn't made those cutbacks, we'd be broke in just months which means for you "Goodbye sports car, hello bus pass."
Colby: It's not right.
Adam: Chandler Enterprises doesn't just shove people out the door. Some of those people have been with this company for decades. They will walk away with a very nice severance package. No?
J.R.: The point is to save money.
Colby: So they get nothing?
Adam: I'll see what I can do.
J.R.: No, you've done enough. One of the companies I shut down was a black hole. If you hadn't thrown so much cash at those idiots, we might have some left over to have actual people do the work.
Colby: Stop attacking him.
J.R.: No, you screwed up. You dumped millions into an operation with no chance of ever getting any turnaround on it.
Erica: You're wrong. Investing in me is the smartest thing Adam ever did.
J.R.: I wasn't talking about Fusion, not that we'll ever see a dime of that investment.
Erica: Oh, of course, you will. You'll see your money. You'll get it back and then some.
Adam: Wait, wait. Back up. I want to hear more about this black hole that's sucking us dry. Uh, who runs it?
Adam: You're not serious.
Colby: Scott who?
J.R.: Chandler. Your cousin.
Erica: The last I heard, he was at NYU Film School.
J.R.: He started a production company in Chicago specializing in medical videos, "Understanding Root Canal," "ABCs of Asthma." Not exactly blockbusters.
Adam: Yes, I made the investment as a favor to Stuart. Scott was out of college, he couldn't find a job, so I decided to bankroll him. You can't pull the plug on that.
J.R.: It's too late.
Adam: No, the reason I built this company was to provide security and opportunity to many generations of Chandlers. I won't let you undermine that.
J.R.: What is up with you? I mentioned this to you the other day. You were all for it.
Adam: You didn't say anything about Scott.
J.R.: He's costing us a small fortune.
Adam: My call, my company. Fix it.
Erica: J.R. -- J.R., your dad just got out of the hospital. There is no need to argue. Just do as he asks. Come on, come on, Adam. Let's get some air, ok?
J.R.: Our father is Adam Chandler, right?
J.R.: Then who the hell was that?
Kendall: When I woke up from the coma, it was like getting hit by a tornado all over again. Josh was gone, Gabrielle was here, I had a new heart. There were so many changes, but all I could think about was how much I missed, how everyone moved on without me. But the truth is, you didn't move on, not really. Everyone told me how incredible you were.
Zach: I just did what I had to do.
Kendall: No, I mean, you -- you flew back and forth to Canada, you made me tape recordings every day, you brought in specialists, all of this while taking care of our two small boys and rebuilding the casino. I mean, I -- I was so caught up in my own loss I didn't think about how much you sacrificed. I didn't even say thank you.
Zach: There's no need for that.
Kendall: Yes, there is.
Kendall: Thank you, Zach.
Zach: I -- I'm just glad you're back, glad you're here for the boys.
Kendall: I just need to focus on what really matters.
Zach: Well, you are focused on it. I mean, we've got to think about our kids and make sure that they're happy and healthy.
Kendall: Yeah. Well, there's nothing that we can do for Ian until the sedative wears off, so why don't you go home and take that nap?
Zach: I'm fine.
Kendall: No, Zach. Like I said, you're exhausted. You have been strong enough for all of us for so long. Let me carry the weight for a while.
Annie: I spent my whole life feeling like nobody could really love me. I guess I had all this buried guilt about Tori. I mean, why would anybody want to be with somebody capable of doing something so horrible?
Aidan: Just keep telling yourself that you didn't do it.
Annie: Well, now I can, but before I didn't even know where these feelings were coming from. My life was a mess, and then I met Ryan, and he was the first person who saw the good in me. Maybe that's why I had such a hard time letting Ryan go. It's like I needed that -- that validation and that reassurance. Ryan made me feel sane, and normal, and worthy of love.
Aidan: Annie, you are more than worthy.
Annie: But I didn't know that until last night, and now thanks to me Emma probably feels unworthy, too.
Aidan: Emma knows, all right, how much you love her.
Annie: How could she know that? She sees me, I don't even recognize her, and then I disappear. You know, Richie made me believe that I was responsible for something that he did. I'm scared that now I've done that to Emma. What if I've made her feel like all of this is her fault?
Ryan: Ok. Sweetheart, I need you to tell me what happened on the bus, all right? I don't want you to be afraid to tell me the truth, ok? Did you hit someone?
Emma: Ashley said Corrina had to come on the school trip because Mommy's crazy. Then all the other kids started calling me crazy Emma.
Ryan: Oh. Mommy's in -- in a special hospital, remember? She's -- she's sick, and that's why she's in a special hospital so that the doctors can help her get better.
Emma: I don't want her to get better.
Ryan: Why not?
Emma: If Mommy gets better, she'll go to jail.
Ryan: Sweetheart, did Ashley tell you that? Look, Ashley -- Ashley doesn't know what she's talking about, ok?
Emma: I saw the picture of Mommy in the wedding dress with blood. Did she hurt someone?
J.R.: I have been busting my ass trying to keep Chandler from imploding. Dad's just doing this to try to save face with uncle Stuart. You know, a month ago it would've been "Scott who?" I just don't get it.
Colby: Maybe being in the hospital changed Dad. He was vulnerable, needed help. Now someone needs him, and he doesn't want to turn his back.
J.R.: I don't think so. Something's off.
Erica: Adam, the way you stuck up for Scott in there, that was lovely. It was also very unlike you.
Adam: You heard my reasons.
Erica: Yes, but I'm also sure that you're well aware that J.R. was right in -- in cutting the company, and under the circumstances, I mean, Stuart would understand that you can't keep up that funding, so why are you fighting so hard?
Adam: I feel my life is spinning out of control. My company, my health. I found a battle I can win, so I fought it, and I still feel so damn useless.
Erica: Adam -- Adam, come on. Maybe I should take you back to the hospital.
Adam: No. If Hayward gets wind that I'm laid up, he'll use it against us.
Erica: But Adam, you -- you're just not feeling yourself.
Adam: I have to protect my grandson. I'm staying right here, and this is staying between us.
Erica: If you promise to take care of yourself, you take it easy, and promise not to be so proud, and so if you -- if you need anything, please just speak up.
Adam: Well, there is one thing that would make me feel much better.
Erica: What? What is it?
Adam: Come upstairs, and I'll show you.
Erica: Well, your imagination is still every bit as active as ever, and that's good. So you keep that up. You keep on dreaming, and take your medication, and get some rest, ok? And let J.R. take care of Chandler, and I'll take care of everything else.
Adam: All right.
Ryan: Sweetheart, sometimes when people are sick they -- they get a little confused, and -- and that's what happened with mommy. She got a little mixed up and she started doing some not so nice things, but that doesn't mean that she's a bad person.
Emma: Why can't I see her? Will she hurt me?
Ryan: No. No, sweetheart, she won't hurt you. She loves you more than anything in the world, and so do I. So if these kids continue to tease you, you need to tell me, ok? Ok? So I can talk to your teacher, and I can make sure that they stop.
Emma: I don't want to make you sad.
Ryan: Emma, you're my little girl. You -- you can talk to me about anything, ok? That's what I want. I want you to be able to talk to me about anything, because -- because sometimes if we keep that hurt inside it just makes everything worse.
Annie: I have to see Emma. I have to -- to talk to her and explain that none of this is her fault.
Aidan: You can't, not without Ryan's permission.
Annie: Ok. Well, will you ask him for me?
Aidan: Annie, I don't think --
Annie: No, Aidan, please. Ryan will understand. He'll understand how important this is.
Aidan: I'll go speak to him, ok? I'll -- I'll tell him what happened. He can speak to Emma.
Annie: No -- no, I need to talk to her. I need to look her in the eyes and make sure she knows that I am responsible and this is not her fault.
Aidan: The last time I went to see Ryan and asked him if you could see Emma, he said no.
Annie: Ok, but I was in a bad place then. He was trying to protect her, but he doesn't have to worry about that now, not after last night.
Aidan: Now you know the real reasons behind all this. You can work through it.
Annie: Ok. Aidan, Emma needs to work through it, too. Do you understand? You have to tell Ryan that. I need to explain this to her. That is part of protecting her as well.
Aidan: I don't think Ryan's going to see it this way.
Annie: Practically since the day that Emma was born, ok, her life has been chaos. Ok, first we go on the run from Terry, then we come to Pine Valley and she is yanked from one place to another. Listen to me. Do you know how many homes Emma has lived in since we got here? Do you know how many people have just vanished from her life without any warning or without any explanation? Me, Greenlee, Aunt Di, Uncle Richie, um, her grandfather who she knew for five seconds before Richie scared him off. I just -- I don't want my daughter to spend one more day thinking that any of this is her fault or that -- or that she's not worthy of love especially from her own mother.
Aidan: Look, your situation was different, all right? Emma has all the love and support.
Annie: Emma is seven years old. I was seven years old when this nightmare began, and look what happened to me. Aidan, I just need to make sure if Emma has any fear or any guilt, I have to free her of that, ok? Just like you freed me. No child should ever have to deal with that kind of pain.
Zach: I'll be back soon. Your mom's going to take care of you.
Kendall: Well, look who's up. Hi. I'm going to go get your daddy, ok? It's ok, honey. It's all right. I know, I know, I know. You want your daddy. Momma's here. Momma's here, ok? I know Daddy took care of everything when I was gone, but I'm back, so he doesn't have to do it by himself anymore. He shouldn't have to. When it comes to you and your brother, we're a team. Team Slater. You have given me so much, my sweetie -- in hope, strength, inspiration. You came into this world fighting and you haven't stopped since. I'm sorry it's been so hard for you. You have been so brave. I am so, so proud of you. A lot of what you've been through is my fault. I stopped fighting for my marriage, for our family. I was making it all about me when I should have been thinking about you and Spike. I know you need us. You need me and your dad. And we're here. We are, we're here. You don't have to worry about anything. All you have to do is get better so we can take you home. And when you do, we will all be there surrounding you with love.
Zach: Hey, hey, come here. I missed you. Hello.
Rachael: How's Ian?
Zach: He's good. He's getting stronger all the time.
Rachael: Oh, I'm happy to hear that. Someone else is, too. He won't let go of Ian's bear.
Zach: You miss your brother, don't you?
Rachael: He keeps asking when Ian can come home and play trains with him.
Zach: Hey, let me talk to you. I know it's not the same without your brother here.
Zach: I know. But you know what? They had to fix him up. He had a problem with his heart. But now it's all good. He's resting. And, hey, he says thank you for the card you sent him. It was very cool. And he wants to see you, too. So what do you think? Want to go see your bro?
Zach: Yeah? All right, let's do it. Come on.
Ryan: Now's not a good time.
Aidan: Hey, Emma. How are you doing, darling?
Ryan: Um, sweetheart? I've got to talk to Aidan for a few minutes. Do you mind running upstairs and playing for a little while? I'll be up there as soon as I can, ok? Thanks, love.
Aidan: Why is Emma home? Is she all right?
Ryan: No, she's not all right. She was sent home from a field trip, because she hit her best friend.
Aidan: Did she say why?
Ryan: Because of Annie. Because the other kids were teasing her, saying her mom was crazy and she's going to jail.
Aidan: It's not because of Annie, Ryan, it's because of Richie.
Ryan: Look, you've been a good friend to Annie, and you've been her advocate, and I appreciate that, Aidan. But I can't get into this right now.
Aidan: Ryan, I need to talk to you, ok? You need to hear me out.
Ryan: No, actually, I don't.
Aidan: When Annie was a little girl, Richie killed her best friend and made her think that she did it. That's why she killed Richie. And she didn't figure it out until last night.
Ryan: Annie told you this?
Aidan: It all happened when she turned seven. Annie's father stayed home to set up her birthday party instead of going to a baseball game, Richie's baseball game. And that ticked Richie off. And when he got home, he took Annie down to the basement to punish her.
Ryan: What do you mean, punish?
Aidan: He hit her over and over again. Annie's friend Tori went down to the basement and saw what was going on, and Richie didn't want to get into trouble, so he took a baseball bat and cracked Tori's skull.
Ryan: Oh, my -- and Annie saw all of this?
Aidan: Tori was laying there, bleeding, dead. Richie took the baseball bat and put it in Annie's hand and told her that she did it, that she killed her best friend. She was so scared, Ryan, that she believed it. And she's repressed this memory until last night.
Ryan: What -- you keep saying last night. What happened last night?
Aidan: Well, she keeps having these nightmares, ok? She keeps, like, having these flashes of memory from her birthday party, but they come in bits and pieces. So I took her down to the basement in Oak Haven to jog her memory. And we went over that day, like, bit by bit to see if we could piece it all together.
Ryan: Oh, my God. Look, if this really happened --
Aidan: It did.
Ryan: Well, it's horrible. And I'm really sorry that it happened. But I'm confused. Why -- why are you telling me this?
Aidan: Annie's not struggling to find answers anymore, all right? She finally realizes why she did what she did. She can finally get better.
Ryan: God, I hope she does.
Aidan: Do you not understand what I'm trying to tell you, Ryan? This is the breakthrough that we've been waiting for, all right? Annie's done hurting people. She's no longer a danger to anyone. She needs to see her little girl.
J.R.: What's going on with my dad? Is he in some kind of trouble?
Erica: I have no idea what you mean.
J.R.: Well, for starters, he wrapped his car around a tree. He's picked up sketching. If that's not weird enough, he wants to be a kinder, gentler chief executive?
Erica: Look, I thought you wanted Little Adam back?
J.R.: What does that have to do with anything?
Erica: Your father is doing everything he can to help you win custody. The way he conducts business goes to character. The compassion he treats his employees with -- your employees -- goes a long way with the judge. So instead of questioning him, you should be thanking him, because that man you saw in there is your best chance to keep your son.
Adam: I think I'm going to take a walk down by the lake. I bet Little Adam would like to feed the ducks.
Colby: Dad, Little Adam isn't here. He's living with a foster family, remember?
Adam: Of course, of course, I remember, yes.
Colby: Then why did you think he was with us?
Erica: Well, it's the medication he's on. My goodness, that's enough to make anybody confused.
Colby: Maybe I should walk with you.
Erica: No, I am. I'm going to go with Adam. We have a lot of really important Fusion business to discuss.
Aidan: Ryan, Annie's worried that all of this has taken a toll on Emma, and I think she's right.
Ryan: Says the guy who helped plan her kidnapping.
Aidan: I was only trying to help Emma.
Ryan: By making me think I was digging up my daughter's body in a grave? Look, it's not your job to protect my daughter. It's my job, and I don't need your advice on how to do it. So you can go now.
Aidan: But Emma's acting out. Maybe she feels responsible for the upheaval in her life. If she could just see Annie --
[Ryan opens the front door]
Aidan: And talk to her, then she could get the reassurance that this is -- this is not her fault.
Ryan: Or it could confuse her even more.
Aidan: Why are you so adamant to keep punishing Annie for something that was out of her control?
Ryan: I'm not trying to punish her, ok? I'm not trying to punish her. You've done a lot of good things for Annie. You have. You went undercover at Oak Haven, and you busted Sinclair, and I'm very grateful for that, but this is -- this is too far, Aidan.
Aidan: I will do whatever it takes to help her.
Ryan: Taking her down into a basement and reenacting a childhood trauma, it could have gone very wrong.
Aidan: Do you understand how much courage it took for Annie to do that, how brave she was? She's working so hard, Ryan, to try and get better, and it's all to see Emma.
Ryan: The last time Emma saw her mom is when Annie broke into this place and tried to kill Greenlee.
Aidan: Come on, that was a long time ago.
Ryan: That wasn't that long ago.
Aidan: The woman that attacked Greenlee, that's not who Annie is anymore.
Ryan: She didn't just change overnight, ok? She's obviously still sick.
Aidan: Just do me a favor, all right? Just go to Oak Haven, all right? See how much progress that she's made. She's found the answers now. All she needs is to see her child.
Kendall: Oh, what a surprise.
Zach: He wants to see his brother. He's still sleeping, huh?
Kendall: Yeah, he was up for a little bit, but he fell back asleep. Are you sure this is a good idea?
Zach: Yeah. When you were here, I never brought the boys because I thought they'd be scared. Turns out the only thing they were scared of was not seeing you. We're going to go check, all right?
Zach: All right, here we go. Let's do this. [Whispering] hey, without waking him, look at your brother. Check him out. Hey, look, there he is. Shh, very sleepy. He's very sleepy.
J.R.: These 500 jobs, and that's just the first round. Next quarter, we might have to take twice as many.
Barry: May I ask, why isn't Adam at this meeting?
J.R.: I'm handling the cutbacks.
Barry: And all of Chandler's other legal issues as well. I haven't done anything to upset your father, have I? He's not looking for a new attorney?
J.R.: Barry, you're a fantastic lawyer. You're a great family friend. My father would never fire you, no matter how many cuts we'd have to take to cover your retainer.
Scott: Cuts, like my company.
[Scott punches J.R. down with a smile]
Adam: J.R. has enough on his mind as it is, and Colby.
Erica: Colby is a strong young woman. She can handle it.
Adam: I will not burden my family.
Erica: Adam, being honest with your children, I think it will make it easier.
Adam: I said no. I can do this. But -- I do need your help.
Ryan: Can I come in?
Annie: Where is she? Where's Emma?
Ryan: She's at -- she's at home.
Annie: Why -- why didn't you bring her? Didn't Aidan tell you about last night?
Ryan: Yeah, he did. He said you're -- said you're getting better.
Annie: I am.
Ryan: Well, I had to come and see for myself, Annie. I had to make sure that it wasn't another act.
Annie: I don't expect you to trust me or forgive me for all the horrible things that I've done. But I'm still Emma's mother, and she needs me, and you know it. So hate me all that you want, Ryan, but please let our child feel loved.
Zach: Your brother's getting better. He just needs to rest.
Kendall: I think Daddy needs to rest, too.
Zach: Everything I need is right here in this room.
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