All My Children Transcript Monday 1/18/10
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Ryan: I like the one on the right.
Val: Absolutely. I think it really captures what you were talking about in the brainstorming session.
Ryan: Mm-hmm. Erica?
Ryan: I'm just looking for that famous Erica Kane sure and definitive decision.
Erica: Oh. I'm sorry. My mind was wandering.
Ryan: So which marketing campaign do you want to go with?
Erica: Oh. None of them.
Amanda: You have never stopped fighting for him. It's almost like he knows that, the way that he looks at you when you talk to him, the way you are together.
Jake: Yeah. That's just something I like to call "man love." Right, buddy?
Amanda: What if it's more? What if there's another connection, a blood connection? What if you're Trevor's father?
Jake: We've discussed that, remember? When you first got pregnant, we figured it out. It timed out to be David's.
Amanda: We were so focused on keeping Trevor away from David that we never stopped to rethink it.
Jake: What is there to rethink? Calendars don't change, do they? Do they?
Amanda: No. But my delivery date did. I mean, we just assumed that I went into premature labor, Jake. But, you know, what if Trevor wasn't born prematurely? What if he came right when he was supposed to?
Jake: Well, that would mean that you conceived earlier.
Marissa: It's possible that Trevor is your son.
J.R.: Trevor? My son?
Marissa: Well, think about it. I mean, Amanda said she figured that David was the father because of the conception date, but no doctor can ever be 100% sure about that. DNA, on the other hand, doesn't lie. That's why you have to take a paternity test, J.R. I mean, we have to figure out if Trevor is really your son.
J.R.: My God. Another son?
Greenlee: Oh, my God, David. What did you do? Huh. You haven't changed a bit in the last year, have you? Keeping everything inside, not letting anyone in, especially someone that actually cares about you. What's dragging you down? I can feel it every time that you walk into the room. I know you want to stay in your son's life and the strain that's put on Jake and Amanda, but there's more to it than that, more to it than just your devotion to your son.
David: He's not my son. That's the problem. Trevor is not my son.
Ryan: Ok. Well, something is on your mind, and it's not business. So what's going on?
Erica: My heart's just not in it anymore, I guess.
Ryan: Into what? Into the marketing campaign? Into the development? What?
Erica: Everything. I mean, I am looking at lip-gloss and blush, but my mind is focusing on those beautiful little children, their faces, those beautiful little children who are starving to death. And giving them food and holding them because there is nobody left to hold them. It just -- it felt so good. It felt so right. And this? I mean, this just feels so trivial and even selfish.
Ryan: Well, there is definitely no comparing the two. I'll give you that. But you always have been a woman of multiple talents. And so there is no reason, that I see anyway, that you can't continue to pursue the philanthropy that you started in Africa and just keep one hand on the tiller here. I mean, I personally remember how much you loved running Enchantment, and this place needs the same creative spark that you had down there.
Erica: I'm just not sure I can do that. I mean, what good is this? I mean, how is any of this making the world a better place for anyone?
Madison: I know you're scared. So was I. I went through years of what you've been going through. And not just the pain, but the humiliation, the sense of betrayal from being hurt by someone that you loved. That feeling that it's somehow your fault, or that you failed in your marriage, in your life. But they've been teaching me here every day that none of that is true. I was suffering just like you are, but not because of anything that I had done. We all deserve to live a life free from this, and we can have it. You're in a safe place, Emily, with friends, surrounded by women who all share the same feelings that you've been going through. That's why this place exists. It's a place that you can get help. And I'm not any sort of professional, so you will need to speak with a doctor, get examined. Oh, Dr. Hubbard here is very experienced with this. In fact, he really helped me. He's very good.
Greenlee: I don't understand. Trevor's not yours?
David: I didn't always know Trevor wasn't my son. For months I had no doubt that he was mine. After everything they did to keep me from knowing about him -- pretending that he died at birth, sending him off to live with a nanny in hiding. Jake and Amanda were convinced that he was my son. Therefore, he had to be my son. But when I finally held him in my arms, I felt so connected to him. I was his father in every way possible. It wasn't until recently that I found out the truth.
Greenlee: Oh, my God, David. I'm so sorry. So that's what you were talking about when you talked about the bond you have with a child that's not yours biologically. You weren't even thinking about me and Emma. You were talking about what you have with Trevor.
Greenlee: But how could you keep it a secret? How could you let everyone think he's your son when he isn't?
David: Because he still feels like my boy. I don't love him any less. I don't want to protect him any less! In my mind, in my heart, nothing has changed!
Greenlee: It has. Especially if Jake is Trevor's real father. Is he? Do you even know? Tell the truth, David. Who's the father of that baby?
J.R.: It wasn't a good time in my life. I was angry with Amanda. I thought that she was my friend. It turns out that she was working for David, trying to seduce me, trying to get me drunk, all so David could lay claim to Little Adam.
Marissa: She regretted what she did. I mean, you both told me so.
J.R.: Yeah, she said that she felt guilty. But she also tried to terminate the child when she thought he was still mine.
Marissa: And you helped to talk her out of it?
J.R.: The idea of having a baby at that time -- it's what helped me get my act together, get sober again. Everybody thought I'd be relieved when I found out the dates didn't match. The kid wasn't mine, but inside I was disappointed. I have a son that brought me back, and suddenly he was gone? I'm sorry. I shouldn't be laying this on you.
Marissa: No. No, no, no, it's ok. I mean, you're supposed to be able to tell your wife how you feel, right?
J.R.: Yeah. But I know how bad you want children. And now I might have another child with another woman.
Marissa: You know how much I adore Little Adam. And just because he isn't mine, it doesn't make me love him any less. And if Trevor turns out to be your son, then I'll love him just as much.
J.R.: Everything that Jake and Amanda have been through with David, and now I'm in the mix. I don't like it. And I don't like how this might turn out.
Marissa: We have to stop worrying about all the possibilities. We can't figure out anything until we know for sure who is Trevor's father. They're testing David's DNA right now. You have to go get tested right away.
Amanda: We were pretty crazy back then.
Jake: Yeah. Like a couple of crazy teenagers.
Amanda: Not that I complained.
Jake: I was so unsure about my relationship with Tad, I remember.
Amanda: That is right. I was sure I'd never have another real relationship again.
Jake: Well, there's something to be said for those crazy and wild days. You want something to eat? You want a bottle?
Amanda: We both should've been more careful.
Jake: Yeah, well, I'm glad we weren't.
Trevor: Dada. Dada.
Jake: Did he just say "Dada"?
Amanda: I think so.
Jake: You know, I feel like I had a connection with him from the minute I saw him in the sweltering Barbados clinic. And I think I would've had that connection even if he wasn't your son. No matter what, I would've -- I think. Then my feelings for him just kept growing month after month. And I had a lot of feelings. You know, I felt really bad about all the deception and the lies to David, about him dying and everything. I mean, all of it. All of it.
Amanda: I remember when you showed me that house, showed me what you did to protect him, to hide him away. And when I saw Trevor again for the first time since I'd seen him when he was born, I just -- I fell in love with him all over again.
Jake: Well, I brought you there earlier than planned. As much as I wanted to do it for you, I did it for myself, you know? I think that we have both really dreamt about him being ours. I mean, ours, "yours and mine really" ours. But that had to be just too good to be true, don't you think? That kind of thing only happens in movies and fairy tales. I mean, um, it's just me hoping. We don't know anything for sure yet.
Amanda: No. No, we don't.
Frankie: No fractures, physically should be ok, and she wants to stay. So thanks.
Madison: That's why I'm here.
Frankie: You know, it's not easy for women when they come here to agree to see a male doctor, especially a brother. We still need a lot more women MDs volunteering. But thanks for helping Emily accept me like that and helping her to understand what it is we do here. That's important, so you did a great job.
Madison: Well, this is a great place. There needs to be a lot more places like it out there.
Frankie: And people like you helping out.
Madison: No, this place has done a lot more for me than I've done for it. In fact, everyone seems to be doing that lately -- you, your family, Erica. Even though I just started working for her, I feel like I'm already starting to realize this potential in myself that I never knew was there, something beyond just being a rich girl controlled by her father and her husband.
Frankie: Well, we make our own opportunities in life, Madison, just like you're doing here and over at Fusion. I hope this doesn't come out condescending or anything, but I'm really proud of you.
Madison: Doesn't sound condescending at all. That sounds nice. Thank you. That means a lot. You know, I started out doing all of this -- helping here and working at Fusion -- in part because I wanted to prove to you and your family that I am not the same person who did all of those horrible things. But I feel like it's becoming even more than that. I don't know, like maybe I could even help change lives.
Frankie: Feels good, doesn't it?
Madison: Very good.
Ryan: Think of it this way. No, you're definitely not feeding the hungry or saving children. I see that, and I hear you. But in a way, I think you're still helping people. The women that buy the products here at Fusion -- I mean, you're giving them a sense of glamour. You're giving them that Erica Kane fantasy. You are. You are, and that's always been your philosophy -- to inspire. Whether it be here or on your television show or at Enchantment.
Erica: That was a really valiant effort. Thank you very much. But, Ryan, the problem is at night women just wipe their makeup off. They just wash it right down the sink. I mean, what we do here -- this is just like cotton candy. It just dissolves into nothing. And I want to do more than that. I want to leave a footprint behind me, something positive and something permanent, more than just a smear of lipstick.
Randi: Sorry to interrupt. Erica, you have a phone call on line 3. She wouldn't leave a name, but she said you'd be expecting her call.
Erica: Ok. Thank you.
Ryan: Mm-hmm. Hmm.
Randi: She hasn't been the same since Africa, huh?
Ryan: No. No. But you saw the show. I don't think many people would be able to come out of that unaffected.
Randi: But before, she was --
Ryan: No, that's ok. "Before, she was -- "
Randi: No, she just -- she ran the company differently. It was all about Erica.
Val: You were going to say "diva," and you would not be wrong.
Erica: No, Ryan, has no idea. So just keep it simple, and keep it a surprise.
Ryan: Life has been very good to Erica, and I think she's just looking for a way to give back. And I think Africa was the catalyst for that.
Erica: Ok. I want you to get these all back down to Marketing. And since Marketing is not impressing me at all, I want you two to put your heads together. I want you to come up with something. Think about it. I mean, I can't put my finger on it, but it just -- it needs to be more contemporary. You know, just with it. Try to get in touch with that zeitgeist. I know, that sounds ridiculous, but do it. Just work with it, ok? And, Ryan, we have that conference call with the L.A. distributor.
Randi: Ok. So is this gonna be a little job or a big one?
Val: Try impossible.
Amanda: We found out that David's probably not Trevor's father. I thought I would never be rid of that man, but now it actually looks like we might be. Yes. Yeah. I'm sorry. I know he's your dad. I just --
Marissa: No. No need to apologize. I know what he's put you through.
Marissa: Wow. Funny. I came here today thinking that you were my little brother. We're either not related at all or --
Amanda: Or you're his stepmother.
Marissa: Well, I'd definitely have to learn how to wrap my head around that.
J.R.: I guess we'll find out soon enough -- about David or the two of us. Find out one way or another.
Angie: All right, guys, let's get you to a room and get you swabbed.
Amanda: You don't think much of me, do you?
Marissa: What do you mean?
Amanda: A woman who sleeps with three men in that short period of time -- I mean, "slut" is the word that comes to mind.
Marissa: I don't pass judgments like that, Amanda. And besides, whatever happened led to that beautiful little boy in your arms.
Amanda: If Trevor does turn out to be J.R.'s, how do you think he's gonna react? How will you react?
David: I don't know who the father is.
Greenlee: But it's probably Jake?
David: It's possible, yes. But in the beginning, Amanda thought that it was J.R.'s baby. She was pretty "active" back then.
Greenlee: What changed her mind about J.R.?
David: The dates. After her first checkup, she said that the conception date didn't match up for J.R. That's when she was convinced that the baby was mine. And that's when all their manipulation started. For months Amanda did everything she could to keep me from knowing the truth. The idea that I could be her baby's father was terrifying to her.
Greenlee: But the baby wasn't yours. So the date that they figured it from must've been wrong, as well. The father could still be J.R.
David: And after I had my own DNA test and I realized Trevor wasn't mine, I assumed it was Jake. But honestly, all I really cared about was that Trevor was not mine.
Greenlee: What now?
David: I wasn't gonna tell anyone. Ever.
Greenlee: You weren't -- you really weren't going to tell Amanda, the boy's mother? Or Jake, who loves Trevor just as much as you do? You weren't even gonna say a word?
David: No, I wasn't.
Greenlee: David, you have to. Before another day goes by, you have to let them know --
David: No! I'm not gonna tell them a damn thing!
Randi: I wish I could be more specific, but neither could Erica. It just wasn't enough. Marketing is not a happy group right now. They are scrambling to put something together more hip.
Madison: Wish I could help, but I've never quite considered myself hip. Shallow sometimes, yes, but never hip.
Randi: I overheard Erica talking to Ryan. She said her heart just wasn't in the business anymore. She wanted to find a way to give back, not just run a company.
Madison: That makes sense. I mean, look at what she did with the dance marathon. And I understand. If there is such a thing as karma, I have a lot of catching up to do.
Randi: Well, you've made a good start giving back time at the Miranda Center.
Madison: Yeah, but will that make up for everything that I did to your family? I don't think so.
Randi: Well, you've taken the first step. Keep walking the good walk.
Madison: Didn't Fusion do a green line of products?
Randi: Yeah. It did pretty well.
Madison: Yeah, because Fusion products are always the best. It's a classy boutique operation.
Randi: Right. So what are you thinking?
Madison: What if Fusion did a whole line of cosmetics where the profits went to a charitable cause? Profits turns into nonprofit.
Randi: Hmm. That's actually a great idea. You should pitch that.
Madison: Oh, I don't know. I'm new around here. And anyway, business is about making money, right? I wouldn't want to sound like I was poking my nose in where it didn't belong.
Randi: Yeah, well, you're not gonna know unless you try.
Madison: You've been here longer. Why don't you? I'll stand behind you.
Erica: "Stand behind you" over what?
Marissa: Well, I'm sorry that I did this.
Marissa: I opened up the whole can of worms about Trevor's paternity. I just wanted so badly to believe David, that he wouldn't lie about something as horrible as having this disease, and now look what's happened.
Amanda: What's happened is Jake and I finally have some hope of being rid of David, that this baby could really truly be ours without him making claims on him. And the last thing you need to do is apologize for that. I should be thanking you. Now we finally have a chance. We've been living a nightmare for so long. Now we can really truly give Trevor a real father, one that can only make his life better.
Marissa: "Trevor's real father"? David may be my biological father, but my real father died in a car accident with my real mother. They are the ones who raised me and loved me. And for me to consider David a more real parent, because he just happened to sleep with Krystal back then just wouldn't be right. Any more than it would be right for Trevor to consider J.R. or David more real than Jake. Jake has been Trevor's father from the beginning, and he always will be. No DNA test can change that.
J.R.: We're not gonna talk about this?
Jake: Well, I don't know what there is to talk about. I mean, I suppose when we find out the truth -- and it depends what that is -- you know, we'll discuss it.
J.R.: Well, when Marissa first gave me the news, after the shock wore off I was like, "Wow. Is this some kind of gift?" Do you remember when Amanda first got pregnant? Babe had just died. And somehow it felt right -- that I have a child in my life.
Jake: All I know is you treated Amanda like crap.
J.R.: Yeah, I did. I was mean to her. You, on the other hand -- you were her salvation.
Jake: Well, we love each other no matter what.
J.R.: And that's all that matters.
David: It's possible neither Jake nor J.R. is the father. Who knows how many other men Amanda slept with back then? And why should Jake get to be Trevor's father after what he did? He used that boy to tear my heart out! He deliberately made me think my own son was dead. You, of all people, know what that means to me, Greenlee. To lose another child?
Greenlee: What they did to you was horrible, yes. But can't you be not as horrible just for once? Why is that so hard for you?
David: What is the point? You don't have a clue as to what I've been through all these months.
Greenlee: Yeah, you've proven what a good man you can be. Look at what you've done for me, sacrificed for me, saved my life. Shouldn't you put as much into saving your own life? Why can't you do that? Why can't you save yourself?
David: Why don't you get it?! I am saving myself with my son! Trevor is saving me! And he may be my last chance.
Erica: That's an amazing idea.
Randi: Well, actually --
Madison: Actually, that's not the whole idea. Randi thought Fusion could do a whole nonprofit line.
Erica: Oh, I like this. And we could make sure that the profits go to the Miranda Center, and I could even open up more Miranda Centers around the country. I love this. I'm gonna kick this around with Ryan. I'm gonna talk to Legal and Marketing and -- great.
Randi: I don't get it. Why didn't you tell her that it was your idea?
Madison: I owe you a lot, including this job. So throwing a little credit your way is the least that I could do.
J.R.: I was watching you out in the corridor, watching you hold that baby, the way you looked at him. It was exactly the way that I used to look at Little Adam. Well, it's exactly the way I still look at him. You love that boy unequivocally and, my man, that is lightning in a bottle. I want you to know I hope that this test proves that you're the father. I want to make a promise to you. Trevor's always gonna be your son. That's never gonna change.
Jake: Wow. I just must be a really lousy judge of character, because I would've thought you would've had a completely different reaction. I was -- I was wrong.
J.R.: Maybe. Or maybe I've changed a bit.
Jake: Well, you're a good man, J.R., you are. So thank you.
Marissa: I've been defending David for months. And now if he isn't even sick -- everyone told me that I was crazy to believe him, but I did. Damn it, I did.
Amanda: You weren't alone. I believed him, too. It almost cost me my relationship with Jake. He knew from the very beginning that David was lying about his disease.
Marissa: Why do you think he did it?
Amanda: He felt backed into a corner. He felt everyone ganging up on him, I guess. Maybe this was his way of clearing the playing field.
Marissa: Do you think he knew that Trevor wasn't his?
Amanda: I don't know. If he did -- you know, it's insane to think that he would fight for a child that way that wasn't his own.
Marissa: Maybe it isn't so crazy. Isn't that what Jake has been doing -- fighting for a child that wasn't his own?
Amanda: You're right. My God, David loves Trevor. No matter the results, it may never be over. David may never give up.
David: I have worked so hard to get where I am. All my life I've been driven to succeed, and I did. My walls are covered with plaques, awards, certificates. I have saved countless lives. I have basked in all the praise and adulation. I really am the best at what I do. But what do I have ultimately in the end? Nothing. In the end, I leave nothing. Here lies a once great doctor, one of many. Please. There's no pride in what I do anymore, Greenlee. I just go through the motions out of selfishness and ego. Because the truth is all my life all I've ever wanted was one thing -- a family. My own family -- a wife, children. [Sighs] The promise that comes with growing old and watching your kids grow and flourish. The only thing greater than pride in oneself is the pride you have in your children, to stand there at the back of the room and watch your son's first piano recital or your daughter kicking in the winning goal, their first of many diplomas. Children -- what so many people take for granted, and what I just can't seem to stop losing.
Greenlee: What price to you pay if you lie to your child? How many lives would be ruined? How many hearts broken?
David: That's what it is, isn't it? Hmm. Yep. That's what it always comes back down to. Say it, Greenlee. You feel the same way as everyone else -- that I'm evil, that I'm some kind of monster. Go ahead, say it. You'd happen to be right. That is the sickening truth.
Ryan: I'm just going over the quarterly report here, and the numbers aren't nearly as bad as we thought. There might be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Erica: Oh, that's so good!
Erica: Then let's shine it on something meaningful.
Ryan: What do you mean?
Erica: I just heard the most wonderful idea. It reminds me of exactly what we were talking about, and it's gonna feed itself publicity wise, especially once I throw my weight behind it.
Ryan: What are you talking about?
Erica: Ok. What do you think about a whole network of Miranda Centers all over the country?
Ryan: Wow. Uh, I think that sounds like a great idea. But, um, you know, maybe we should focus on Fusion first.
Erica: Oh, I am. That's exactly what I'm talking about -- creating a line of Fusion cosmetics that is completely nonprofit. All of the net earnings go to building Miranda Centers all across the country. What do you think?
Ryan: I think that you have never, ever been this happy. That's what I think.
Frankie: All right, buddy, you know what to do.
Jake: Sorry I have coffee breath.
Frankie: All righty. I'll be back. And here you go.
Angie: All right. Thanks. The tests on David are almost done. Listen, I want you to tell me exactly what happened with Amanda when she first got pregnant.
Frankie: Well, you know she asked me to make it look like it was J.R.'s because she was certain it was David's. But then David got involved, realizing that Amanda set him up. And because Amanda was convinced that David was the father, everybody else's mind was set.
Angie: And then the baby was born early, or so they thought. He was probably born right on time, meaning that the scenario that Amanda cooked up to deceive David about J.R. being the father was probably the real story.
Frankie: That or either Jake is actually the father. It's complicated.
Angie: And ironic. Maybe the truth was the truth was all along.
J.R.: So how long do we have to wait?
Frankie: Not too long for David, a little longer for you two.
Jake: Well, if David turns out to be the father, the rest of this is moot, right? We'll be right back where we started.
Greenlee: Do I have to say anything, David? You've already said it all.
David: Well, then I guess I should go.
Greenlee: Look, I'm truly sorry for your pain. I know it's for real. I know it hurts because I know what children mean to you. I was there when you lost Leora. At least, now I understand what's been haunting you.
David: But that still doesn't change how you feel about me.
Greenlee: I do feel for you, David. Whatever you've done, however misguided, you and I will always share a special bond. But do I think that you're gonna find forgiveness out there from the rest of them? Honestly, no. Do I hope you find what you're looking for? The family? The children? God, yes. But that's not Trevor. Trevor is a lie, and until you tell everyone the truth, until Jake and Amanda know who Trevor's real father really is, you'll never find that happiness. Don't you see? You're trying to hold on to something that was never real in the first place, and eventually that's going to tear you apart.
David: Call them. Call them. Go ahead, tell them exactly how I've destroyed their lives. If you can do it, go ahead, Greenlee. I deserve it. But it's up to you.
Erica: And we can link the advertising, too. I mean, sell Fusion cosmetics, of course, but also at the same time raise awareness for all the Miranda Centers across the country. This really can work, don't you think?
Ryan: Absolutely. We will make it work.
Erica: Oh, I love it when you talk like that. Yore so supportive.
Ryan: Well, you give me something to be supportive about. I mean, this is a very easy idea to get behind.
Erica: And you make me feel so alive. It's what I love about you.
Greenlee: I can't. You saved my life. I can't blow yours apart.
Angie: I've got the results of David's DNA test. Comparing it against Trevor's DNA, it is virtually impossible that David is Trevor's father.
Amanda: Oh, my God. Ohh --
Jake: So, well, that -- that means it comes down to you and me. So one of us is Trevor's real dad.
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