AMC Transcript Wednesday 8/18/10

All My Children Transcript Wednesday 8/18/10

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Episode #10439

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Amanda: Hey, are we interrupting?

Jake: Hey! Are you kidding me? Hi. How are you?

Amanda: Oh, please sit. You've been working all night. You must be exhausted.

Jake: Seeing my family is the best energy booster ever.

Amanda: Uh-oh.

Jake: What?

Amanda: Bringing work home?

Jake: Ah, just a file I've been carrying around with me. Every time I go to read it, I -- just can't.

Amanda: What is it?

Jake: It's a request from Angie. A really, really big request.

Dr. Shepherd: Try to relax.

Brot: You'd think I'd be used to this by now.

Dr. Shepherd: You did great.

Brot: Oh, come on, Doc. Tell me it worked.

Dr. Shepherd: I'm very optimistic. We did a lift and constructed a new lid for your left eye. It's covered with a patch which we'll leave on for a couple of weeks.

Brot: A couple of weeks?

Dr. Shepherd: To protect it from infection. The other eye's been bandaged for a while, so the light will seem pretty bright at first. Nothing to worry about. You ready?

Brot: As ready as I'll ever be.

Dr. Shepherd: It's gonna take a moment for your eye to adjust. Let it focus naturally.

Brot: Oh, that's great.

Natalia: Hey. How's he feeling?

Randi: Why these test shots need to be done so early is beyond me. You know, in Italy, all our photo shoots were done at night. People were drinking wine, the music was going. Just --

[Knock on door]

Madison: Hi. Hope I'm not interrupting anything. I just came to pick up the rest of my things.

Frankie: How's your, uh, new apartment?

Madison: Uh, it's small but it's great. I'm sure you guys will be so glad to have me out of here.

Randi: Not at all. Your stuff's in the back closet.

Madison: Oh. Great. Got it.

Randi: All right, babe, I will probably end up staying late. Why don't you come with me?

Frankie: To watch you model?

Randi: It'll be fun. You can watch your wife become a superstar.

Frankie: Yeah, well, I have to stick around here today.

Randi: What, you can't handle me making love to the camera? Or is it something else?

Frankie: Oh, shoot. I completely forgot. Angie.

Angie: I have to get to work.

Jesse: Well, let me drive you.

Angie: No. I, uh, called a cab. I didn't want to impose on you.

Jesse: How's your vision today?

Angie: Sometimes good, sometimes not -- like life. [Sighs] I can't do this. I am not going to work. I have an appointment at the hospital -- for a sonogram.

Jesse: And you were just gonna do this alone?

Angie: Yeah. But now I don't even know how I thought I could. Jesse, I don't want to do this without you. 

Jesse: You actually thought that I wouldn't want to go with you?

Angie: I wasn't sure.

Jesse: That I wouldn't want to support my wife?

Angie: That you were ready for this pregnancy to be real. I wasn't going to push you. And I just knew that mentioning my appointment would raise all our issues again.

Jesse: So you just thought I would rather not be there at all?

Angie: Jesse, you know, the first sonogram can be such a joyous moment. I mean, the first time that you see your baby's heartbeat. I didn't want to have another debate. Our positions are clear. You want me back on the meds that could save my sight. I won't take drugs that could harm our child.

Jesse: Baby, it's your body, your life. I would never force you, but I care about you, Angela, more than anything. I'm not gonna apologize for that.

Angie: And I care about our baby. That's why I scheduled a sonogram at the earliest possible date. I mean, I-I'd been taking the meds for a while before I knew --

Jesse: Hey, hey, hey. We're a team, and we are meant to be side by side when we first see that heartbeat of our new little baby.

Angie: Are you sure?

Jesse: Cancel the cab. I'm driving you.

Jake: So Angie has it in her head that she wants me to take over the chief of staff.

Amanda: Wow. That's a pretty amazing vote of confidence.

Jake: The problem is, the person who's best suited for that job is actually doing that job.

Amanda: Except that she could go blind.

Jake: Look, she's done so much for the hospital, and she's done so much for me. At the end of the day, I'll do what she needs me to do.

Randi: I can't believe that I forgot Angie's getting that sonogram today.

Frankie: Any minute now.

Randi: How do you think it'll go?

Frankie: Well, I've been doing a lot of research. Mom didn't take the experimental medications for long, so chances are the fetus is fine, but we won't know that for sure until after her appointment.

Randi: Right.

Frankie: Hey. You should go to work. There's no need for both of us to sit here watching the phones.

Randi: How can I go pose for pictures, Frankie? I feel absolutely horrible.

Frankie: Don't. If there's any news, I'll call you first thing.

Randi: Promise?

Frankie: I promise.

Randi: [Sighs] Hey, when you, uh, when you talk to your mom, tell her that I love her and that she's in my prayers, ok?

Frankie: Yeah.

Randi: Bye.

Frankie: Bye.

Madison: What's going on with your mother?

Natalia: How'd everything go?

Brot: He's optimistic.

Natalia: Hi. I'm Natalia, Brot's -- Brot and I work together.

Dr. Shepherd: I'm Dr. Shepherd. It's nice to meet you.

Natalia: So everything went ok with the operation? I mean, he'll be able to get back to work without his eye bothering him? 'Cause that's why he did all this, so he could get back to work --

Brot: Natalia -- just chill.

Natalia: Oh, I think I can ask him how you're doing.

Dr. Shepherd: He'll be fine. He'll need time to recover, like all patients.

Brot: Yeah, but not every patient gets to rock a cool patch.

Natalia: Oh. Ha ha! Everyone at the station's been asking about you. I was hoping I could report back with some good news.

Brot: Don't, don't.

Natalia: They're your friends, Brot. They just want --

Brot: Don't worry -- don't worry about it, ok? [Sighs]

Natalia: Yeah, I wasn't trying to be insensitive. I'm just -- every time I go to work, the first question they ask me is, "How's Brot?" We're friends, so you know, they think I know everything.

Brot: Listen, I know how it is. And I appreciate the concern, I really do. It's just that you came at a bad time, that's all. I mean, Dr. Shepherd was getting ready to explain my post-op regimen, and it's pretty complicated. I just want to pay attention 'cause I don't want to mess this up at all.

Natalia: Ok. So, uh, I'll take off then.

Brot: If anyone at work doesn't back off, you throw 'em in the holding cell till I get back.

Natalia: You got it.

Dr. Shepherd: I didn't want to say anything in front of your fellow officer, but we don't really have a complicated regimen.

Brot: I know, Doc. I know.

Frankie: Man, I forgot how thin these walls are.

Madison: Well, all I heard Randi say was that she'd pray for your mom.

Frankie: I don't need you broadcasting that.

Madison: No. No. You don't have to tell me anything, Frankie, but just know that I care about Angie and you. Ok? If you need a friend, you've got one.

Frankie: Hmm -- this is, uh, gonna be a weird question, but, uh, do you ever talk to yourself?

Madison: Oh, every time I stick my foot in my mouth, which is about 10 times a day. Usually something along the lines of, "God, Madison, must you always be so awkward?"

Frankie: So no full-blown conversations?

Madison: Not yet. But I wouldn't rule it out. Why?

Frankie: Well, the other day I was sitting here polishing off some leftover pizza.

Madison: That's where that went. I had a massive pepperoni craving at 3 a.m. and got up to check the fridge -- nothing.

Frankie: Yeah, well, you snooze, you lose.

Madison: Yeah, I guess so 'cause I got stuck with some baby carrots. Ugh.

Frankie: Yeah, it's probably healthier, but I was sitting here eating, and I realized for a solid 10 minutes I'd been going back and forth with myself about what happened to my mother. I stopped, and I thought, "Why am I doing this?" Is it because I don't have anybody to talk to?

Madison: Well, what about that sweet, gorgeous woman that just walked out of here?

Frankie: Yeah, Randi's great, but she has a big modeling gig, her career's taking off, and she loves it. Being the face of Fusion is a huge dream for her. It wouldn't be fair for me to dump my problems on her now. All she'd want to do is scale back and stay home with me. Pssh --

Madison: So you're stuck talking to yourself over some cold pizza?

Frankie: Could be worse. Could be talking to little green men in outer space.

Madison: I changed my mind. I do want to stick my nose into your business. Tell me what's going on.

Frankie: My mom's going blind, and there's nothing I can do about it.

Amanda: Hi!

Angie: Oh, hi.

Jake: How are you? Where are you guys going?

Amanda: Hey!

Jesse: The whole family.

Amanda: He's asleep. We should go to the beach, because it's a beautiful day outside.

Angie: Uh, I'm having a sonogram.

Amanda: Oh.

Jake: Oh. Well, we won't keep you.

Amanda: Yeah. I was just going through my closet, and I found all this great stuff from when I was pregnant.

Jesse: Oh, man.

Angie: Oh, that is so sweet.

Jesse: Thanks, guys.

Angie: Amanda, thank you.

Amanda: No problem. I also did some online research, and I found all the best Lamaze classes. I mean, you're doctors, so you probably don't need that, but just in case, and we've got prenatal yoga, and there's a really great maternity store that opened downtown, and we could go shopping sometime.

Angie: I would love that.

Amanda: I'm really sorry.

Angie: Well, I don't want you to be, because I've never felt more blessed.

Jake: Well, why don't we let you guys get on out of here.

Angie: Well, wait, wait, wait, hang on. Uh, I was going to bring these to the hospital, but as long as you're here --

Jake: Oh, if this is about the chief of staff job, I don't want the job. You're taking the job. You're keeping the job. I'm not taking --

Jesse: Whoa, wait a minute. Ho, ho. You're stepping down?

Angie: [Sighs] Not immediately, but eventually I'm gonna have to.

Jake: Jesse, hold it. She's jumping the gun here.

Angie: Wait a minute. I cannot keep this disease or my pregnancy a secret forever. Now, David is going to find out.

Jake: We will deal with it then.

Angie: You know what? I need to lock in a replacement to keep David from handpicking some robot that will do anything that he says no matter how it compromises patient care. Now, it is going to be a real challenge to get around David, to get Jake's appointment approved by the board. The sooner I talk to members, the better.

Jake: You're gonna start doing that all right away?

Angie: You know what, Jake? I know that I have asked you a lot already, but this is because I know that you are the best for this. And there is just so much that I have to put in order, and if I knew all of this was set, it would take a huge load off my mind.

Jesse: Gonna be late.

Amanda: Oh. Oh, I've still got some stuff for Angie in the car.

Jesse: You guys know where the spare is. Just lock up when you're done, ok?

Amanda: Ok.

Angie: Thanks for coming.

Amanda: Bye. Ha!

[Door closes]

Amanda: You really don't want this job, do you?

Jake: I do not want the job.

Dr. Shepherd: Once we remove the stitches, you'll be able to open the eye. I'd like you to strengthen it by doing those exercises.

Brot: I remember, Doc. Open and close.

Dr. Shepherd: And the eye drops 3 times a day.

Brot: [Sighs] Are you gonna have to fix it again?

Dr. Shepherd: If the graft doesn't take -- you will have to come back. But the other 7 eye procedures were fine. I see no reason why this should be any different. I'll go get your meds.

Woman over P.A.: Paging Dr. Batalia, call extension 198. Dr. Batalia, extension 198.

Photographer: I'm gonna find you a doctor, ok?

Woman over P.A.: Dr. Forest, dial 182, please. Dr. Forest --

Brot: What happened to you?

Randi: I twisted my ankle during a photo shoot. You know these things? They should come with a warning label or at least an insurance plan. You just had that surgery, right? I'm sorry. I should go.

Brot: No, no, no. Stay, stay. I'm actually getting ready to leave in a few minutes.

Randi: I cannot believe that I did this. Why is the photographer telling me to strut like I was walking on the catwalk, and I do one tiny little turn, one tiny turn, and boom! I fell flat on my butt. I was so embarrassed. [Sighs] What?

Brot: Aren't you gonna ask me how my surgery went?

Randi: Yeah. I mean, I was gonna, but I didn't want to pry. I figured if you wanted to tell me, you just would. Was that wrong?

Brot: No, no, no, no. That's exactly right.

Frankie: That's the choice she has to make: Save her sight and possibly harm the baby, or risk going blind and protect the baby. You can't tell my mom I told you this.

Madison: I won't.

Frankie: You can't say a word to anyone.

Madison: I promise. And thank you, Frankie, for trusting me.

Frankie: [Sighs] You know, my dad was never around when I was growing up. My mom did it all. She taught me how to throw a curve ball, how to drive. She even gave me the talk.

Madison: Impressive. My mother was always too busy lunching to talk to me about anything.

Frankie: When I was in the ninth grade, I went out for the basketball team at school. I made starting point guard. Huh. No matter how busy she was, my mom made it to every single game. One time I hit a buzzer-beater to send us into the finals, I never heard a human being cheer so loud.

Madison: She must have been so proud.

Frankie: Yeah. She said that that was what being a parent was all about, witnessing those moments, being there to see your child shine, and now she's having another child, and all of those moments could be lost to her.

Amanda: We need to talk about this.

Jake: What, the job? I'm not feeling it. I just -- let's not talk or think about anything today, ok?

Amanda: But you are thinking about what you're going to tell Angie, and you're going to keep thinking about it until we discuss it.

Jake: No, I won't. I won't keep thinking about it.

Amanda: Yes, you will. That's what you do. When anything's unresolved, you churn.

Jake: I don't churn. I -- contemplate things, I ponder things. I'm not a churner. I don't churn.

Amanda: You obviously don't want the chief of staff position, but you don't know how to let Angie down.

Jake: Babe, I've been the chief of staff before. The paperwork and the personalities and the politics, I -- you know, I don't like being the boss. I just want to be a doctor.

Amanda: Well, tell her.

Jake: Tell a woman who's pregnant that might be losing her eyesight that I have a problem with paperwork?

Amanda: Well, if you feel like you're going to be letting her down, then --

Jake: And she's not the only one I'm worried about letting down. There's you.

Angie: My friend from Obstetrics, Bonnie, she agreed to perform the sonogram without putting it in the computer or telling anyone on staff.

Jesse: Does she know about your eyes?

Angie: My vision? No. Jesse, if you're not comfortable, you don't have to stay.

Jesse: Now, look, hey, I'm right here with you, baby. Ok?

Angie: You know, they can actually do sonograms now in 3D? Even 4D.

Jesse: Yeah. Well, that's a little too science fiction for me.

Angie: Yeah. Me, too. So we're just gonna keep it simple. A little jelly, a little pressure on my abdomen, and the image of our baby will come up right there.

Jesse: Cool.

Bonnie: Good morning.

Angie: Hi, Bonnie.

Jesse: Hey.

Angie: This is my husband -- Jesse.

Jesse: Nice to meet you.

Bonnie: Congratulations, Daddy to be.

Jesse: Thank you.

Bonnie: Hope you're getting ready to pamper your wife. Lots of foot rubs, late-night ice cream runs.

Jesse: Yep. Whatever she needs.

Bonnie: I'm sure you're both anxious to see this kid, so let's get started. Up on the table. Lie back and relax. Pull up your shirt for me. Perfect.

Jesse: Whew.

Bonnie: This might be a little cold.

Angie: Ooh! Ha ha.

Bonnie: Ok. Here we go.

[Heart beating]

Angie: Oh, my God, I can see the heart beat. Oh, God, Jesse, it's beating so strong. Can -- can you see it?

Jesse: Yeah. Yeah, I see it.

[Heart beating]

Angie: So the heartbeat really is strong?

Bonnie: Exactly what we'd hoped to see.

Angie: [Sighs] Isn't it wonderful, baby?

Jesse: Absolutely.

Bonnie: It's obviously way too early to know the sex. Have you decided whether you want to know?

Jesse: Uh, no. It doesn't matter. Just as long as everybody's healthy.

Bonnie: So far everything looks perfect.

[Angie sighs]

Bonnie: It's incredible, isn't it? How the love is instantaneous? You take one look at that tiny, beautiful heart, and a bond forms forever. I remember with my kids, I couldn't wait for them to get here, look into their eyes and welcome them to the world.

Jesse: Hey, you ok?

Angie: Yeah. Yeah, I'm ok. Wait. Is it ok if we look a little longer? I, uh, I just want to see as long as I can.

Bonnie: Sure. Would you like to try?

Jesse: Ok. Look out world. Here comes another Hubbard.

Bonnie: Place it on her abdomen, press down gently. You're a natural.

Jesse: Yeah, right.

Bonnie: Now move it around.

Jesse: Wow.

Bonnie: Don't look now, Daddy, but you just found the heartbeat again.

Jake: You know, even if I wanted this job, and I didn't mind my existence being obliterated by it, it doesn't just affect me. It affects both of you. I'd never be around.

Amanda: Oh, come on. Never?

Jake: Never. I -- a couple minutes here and there I'd steal away, but I'd miss all the good stuff. I'd miss you both so much. I'd miss you putting him to bed at night. I'd miss running away from work and making lunch for my beautiful wife. I mean, look at you. You're beautiful. Who gets this? Karma. Days like this, fish, son, my child, my gal -- that's what it's about. I, you know, I don't want to desert you.

Amanda: Well, is that what you thought I was doing when I signed up to do the big contract with Fusion for modeling?

Jake: No, no, no. That was -- that was a beautiful opportunity. You wanted to do that, and if it hadn't have gotten all crazy, I would have supported you to the end.

Amanda: Don't worry about us. We will be fine, right?

Jake: Don't get me wrong. I'm being selfish here as well. It's not just about me. I could tell Angie, yes, I want to do this job, but it's not the right job for me.

Amanda: Well, Angie thinks you'd be perfect.

Jake: Sure, because if you work at Pine Valley Hospital and your last name is Martin, there's certain expectations that people have. They want you to be a certain way even if you're not that thing.

Amanda: I don't understand.

Jake: Because from the day that I ever decided or mumbled that I wanted to be a doctor, there were certain standards that I had to live up to, and these standards were set up by my father. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my father. He's an amazing man, but I am nothing like my father, nothing.

Amanda: That is not true. You are a great father, a great parent, great friend, and you married a really great girl.

Jake: Yes, I did, but my father has this amazing tolerance for bureaucracy and paperwork and personnel and budgets and insurance, and I think that stuff would just drive me crazy. I'd blow my brains out if I had to -- I can't even think about doing that for a living again.

Amanda: Well, you also couldn't imagine settling down, and here you are, happier than ever.

Jake: I just -- I can't end up behind a desk. I belong out in the field with patients, help sick people. That's -- that's where I belong. That's why I like Doctors Without Borders. I like being a doctor. I don't like the borders. I mean, how do I tell Angie I don't want the borders?

Jesse: Want anything? Can I get you something?

Angie: No, thank you.

Jesse: Tired? Maybe you should lay down, huh?

Angie: No, Jesse, I'm ok. Are you ok?

Jesse: Why wouldn't I be?

Angie: You just seemed -- off at the hospital.

Jesse: Off?

Angie: Yeah. I mean, it was like you were just going through the motions. I mean, you know, you were saying all the right things, you know, you were participating -- even if it's not how you really feel.

Jesse: Oh, come on, Angie, I'm fine. Everything went great, right?

Angie: Yeah, and thank God for that, but I don't want you putting on an act for my benefit.

[Jesse scoffs]

Angie: Jesse, you know, a pregnancy is supposed to be a joyful experience. Maybe for you it's not. I mean, maybe because of what's happening to me, you can't fully participate, you can't have the happiness that I do.

Jesse: That's crazy. Well, when we thought you were pregnant a few weeks back, I didn't want to get too hopeful, because we weren't sure. Are you ok, baby? Can you see?

Angie: No, I can't.

Jesse: Here.

Angie: No. I don't need to sit.

Jesse: Angela --

Angie: Let's just finish our conversation.

Jesse: Angela, sit down --

Angie: I don't need to sit. Let's just finish this.

Madison: Last box. Anything?

Frankie: Nothing yet, but I'm taking that as a positive sign.

Madison: You know, I've met a lot of strong women in this town. I think Angie might just be the strongest. Whatever happens, she's going to be all right. Hey, I want you to make me a promise. Well, two, actually.

Frankie: That's asking a lot, but ok.

Madison: First, you will buy me a pie from Bruno's to make up for those carrots that I ate.

Frankie: Pepperoni and pineapple.

Madison: Ooh, adventurous. I like that.

Frankie: Mmm.

Madison: And second, just stop talking to yourself, ok? You have me.

Frankie: And you have an apartment to move into.

Madison: So exciting, right? My very own place. I mean, it's the size of a postage stamp, but it's my postage stamp.

Frankie: Yes, and I will be expecting an invitation soon.

Madison: Definitely. The first one has to go to Ryan, of course. He's getting out of the hospital tomorrow. I have a lot to do actually.

Frankie: Well, I'll let you get to it.

Madison: Not so fast. You get one of these first. Huh. Oh, hey, Natalia.

Frankie: What's up?

Natalia: Uh, ahem. Nothing. What's up with y'all?

Madison: I was just leaving.

Natalia: Moving out?

Madison: All good things must come to an end. I'm sure Frankie's gonna be psyched that I'm not crashing on the couch anymore. Hey, thank Randi for me again, ok? And I'll be waiting for that pizza.

Frankie: Yes. Ha.

Madison: Thank you.

Frankie: Bye.

Natalia: Any word from Angie?

Frankie: Not yet, but no news is good news.

Natalia: Where's Randi?

Frankie: At a photo shoot.

[Cell phone rings]

Natalia: Oh. Thanks for the update. I got to get out of here.

Frankie: But you just got here.

Natalia: Hey, I'm a very important person. I'm in high demand in case you haven't heard.

[Door closes]

Randi: You don't have to wait with me, you know.

Brot: I don't mind. Being alone in the hospital sucks.

Randi: Yeah, I guess you've spent a lot of time in places like this, right?

Brot: Way too much. When you have multiple surgeries, you kind of get into, I don't know, a groove. But it's been 5 years since my last surgery, and there's a lot of things I didn't remember, like the expectations.

Randi: From the doctors?

Brot: From everyone. Family, friends, coworkers. It's so invested on how things are gonna work out. Then on top of that, they ask a million questions and only want certain answers. Like if I don't ace my surgery, somehow they're disappointed.

Randi: Does that include Natalia?

Brot: Especially Natalia.

Randi: Well, she wouldn't ask if she didn't care, right?

Brot: Yeah, but sometimes I just wish she would just try to understand.

Randi: The pressure.

Brot: What, are you like some mind reader or something?

Randi: No, I just -- I get it. I get how hard it is when people have a stake in your success. Like today when I tripped at that photo shoot. Of course, everyone came up to me to ask if I was ok, but I know in the back of their minds all they were thinking was, "Thank God it was her foot and not her face."

Brot: Yeah, but that face makes a lot of cash. I mean, I don't know why. Don't ask me. Ha ha. Hey, Doc, this is my friend Randi. She's a supermodel. I take that back. A clumsy supermodel.

Randi: Brot, my friend, the comedian, not so funny.

Dr. Shepherd: You're all set.

Brot: Oh, cool. Thank you. Thank you very much, Doc, and here's to hopefully not seeing you again.

Randi: How you getting home?

Brot: I don't know. Cab, I guess.

Randi: Let me drive you.

Brot: What about your foot?

Randi: It's feeling better already.

Brot: Thanks.

Randi: I got to grab my shoes.

Jesse: Angela, come. Sit down and let it pass!

Angie: No, no! Stop it! I don't need to sit down to have a conversation with you, because I can't see! Jesse, do you know how crazy this morning was? I was going to keep my sonogram a secret from my own husband.

Jesse: I am not upset.

Angie: Well, I am because I came this close to being alone when I saw our child for the first time.

Jesse: You were not alone!

Angie: Technically no.

Jesse: What does that mean?

Angie: You're with me, but you're not. Present but only halfway.

Jesse: I'm here, baby. Here I am.

Angie: Yeah, you are here carrying around all this stuff and keeping it bottled up because you think that there are certain things that you don't have a right to say. Well, say them! Don't isolate yourself, especially not from me, especially not now.

Jesse: I'm not!

Angie: You know what? Jesse, I may not be able to see you, but I know when you are holding back, and that is not who you are. You know, we level with each other, we fight through things because it makes us stronger, and we say -- we say what we feel and whatever we think, so whatever it is that you think that you can't say, say it. I want you to tell me if you are going to resent this baby if I go blind.

Jesse: I want this baby with all my heart. But this sacrifice that you want to make is just -- it's killing me. Hey, I keep saying to myself that there's got to be a solution, there's got to be another way, but there isn't. And I wish I could take this burden and carry it for you, but I can't. There is nothing I can do to help you, and that -- that's just gonna eat at me a little bit every day of this beautiful little child's life.

Randi: That was fast.

Natalia: Hey, I was in the neighborhood.

Brot: Wait a minute. You called her?

Randi: Yes. And you can thank me for that later. It's ok to let someone care for you.

Natalia: I'll see you soon. You're happy to see me, just admit it.

Brot: All right, I will admit it. I'm happy to see you. Out of this eye.

Natalia: Real funny. Ha ha! So, uh, I've never really seen the inside of your place.

Brot: Oh, oh, you wouldn't want to. It's like a total bachelor pad. I mean, it's, uh, there's clothes all over the place. There's dishes piled up.

Natalia: I'm sure it's not that bad.

Brot: It is. It really is. But I got to tell you, thank you for coming. I mean, I probably didn't say it before, but it really does mean a lot to -- to have you care.

[Key jingle]

Jake: Did you see those kids playing basketball in their wheelchairs?

Amanda: Oh, yeah. They were great.

Jake: They were great. They're rolling up and down the court just like any other kid, making shots, blocking passes.

Amanda: Ok, but what does that have to do with whether you're taking over for Angie?

Jake: Because I keep thinking to myself, we're looking at this as a yes or no problem, when actually there is another choice.

Jesse: That better?

Angie: Anytime I can see your face, the world's a better place.

Jesse: Even when I'm making your world miserable?

Angie: None of this is your fault.

Jesse: Well, I'm not helping you at all here, baby.

Angie: Oh, Jesse, are you kidding me? You're helping me. You're helping me every minute of every day.

Jesse: How? What am I doing to help?

Angie: I'll tell you what you're not doing. You're not standing on the sidelines while I make some big sacrifice. Just the opposite.

[Jesse sighs]

Angie: You know, I know that this is gonna take some time for you to accept, but you are giving everything that you can until you can give more, and that's fine. The only thing that I ask is that you are honest with me along the way.

Jesse: I just hate not knowing what's ahead.

Angie: Well, I know a few things. I know that you're my rock, and there is no way that I could get through any of this without your strength.

Jesse: Strength?

Angie: Mm-hmm.

Jesse: I'm powerless to stop any of this, baby. No control. How am I supposed to make peace with that?

Angie: Faith. Listen to me, we have been given an honor to be mother and father to this little blob with that tiny, thumping heart. I know this is not how we imagined any of this would be, but the world is just like that sometimes. You know, this is -- this is gonna be a challenge, and it's gonna take us places that we don't want to go, but we will hang tough together, and in a few short months, we will be sitting right here on this very same sofa, holding our baby in our arms and pouring out all of our love into that strong heart that we just saw. And we'll know that it was all worth it.

Jesse: And you're sure we can get there?

Angie: Yes, yes. It's gonna take everything that we have, but we have a lot. I believe in us, Jesse, and I know that we can do anything as long as we do it together.

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