ATWT Transcript Thursday 12/27/01


As the World Turns Transcript Thursday 12/27/01

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Holden: Lily! I forgot my shaving --

Lily: -- Shaving kit?

Holden: You are just wonderful.

Lily: Why? 'Cause I can read your mind after all these years?

Holden: That, and because you haven't said a word about me leaving you and the kids in the middle of the holidays.

Lily: Well, Abigail is just as much a part of this family as Luke and Faith. If you weren't doing everything you could to protect her, then we'd have problems.

Holden: I love you.

Lily: I love you, too.

Holden: I'd better go up there and make sure that she's ready to go, okay?

Lily: Okay.

[Phone rings] ah, you know what? You get the phone. I'll check on Abigail.

[Phone rings]

Holden: Hello?

Molly: Holden, hey, it's me. How's Abigail?

Holden: Lily's upstairs with her right now, getting her ready. So we should be in Rotterdam by sometime tomorrow morning.

Molly: How'd she take the news?

Holden: Kind of the way I expected. But there was no debating the issue.

Molly: I am really glad to hear that. Getting her away from this insanity is more important now than ever, Holden.

Holden: Something else going on, Mol?

Molly: Yeah. When I talked to Nick last night, his true colors made an appearance. Holden, he wants a half million dollars, or he says he's taking Abigail away for good.

Holden: What?!

Molly: He's demanding the money by midnight tonight. He says, money or our daughter. That's why she has to be out of town as soon as possible.

Because I don't know what he'll do next.

Lily: Holden? Have you seen her?

Holden: Seen who?

Lily: Abigail! She's gone!

Molly: Holden, what is it?

Holden: Molly, Abigail's gone.

Molly: She's gone? What do you -- what do you mean she's gone? Call me, Holden. Call me as soon as you hear anything, okay?

Jake: Tell me it's not Abigail.

Molly: She took off. She left Holden and Lily's sometime last night or early this morning. Oh, my God, Jake. What if she left with -- what if she left town with Nick already?

Jake: Listen, you think -- you think Nick took off without the money? No.

Molly: Oh, she's in his bed.

Jake: Trust me. Scudder -- no.

Molly: If she's been in his bed, I swear --

Jake: I'll be right back. I'll be right --

Molly: Where are you going?

Jake: You know where I'm gonna -- going. I'm gonna take care of this once and for all.

Molly: You can't. Jake, you can't do that. Because you'll -- that's what he wants. He wants to prove to Abigail that he's a martyr, okay? And if you lay one finger on him, he'll have Abigail sobbing by his hospital bed by midnight tonight, and we'll be posting bail.

Jake: Well, that doesn't leave us with many options.

Molly: One. Pay him. Give Nick what he wants to make him go away.

Bonnie: Isaac? I've been thinking more and more about the gift.

Isaac: What gift?

Bonnie: The gift you had Santa Claus bring to me. I know it was from you. And I know I don't deserve it, but I -- I was expecting something a little more on the lines of a lump of coal. But it was really nice of you.

Isaac: Is that why you treated it like something you scraped off your bathroom floor?

Bonnie: I told you -- I thought it was from my mother!

Isaac: Oh, so -- so if it's from your mother, it's trash on fire. If it's from me, it's -- what?

Bonnie: A lovely, lovely gift, Isaac.

Isaac: "Lovely." What -- what is that? Code for "cheap, but thoughtful"?

Bonnie: I told you, I thought my mother was trying to give me a helpful hint on how to try to get my life back together. I overreacted. I'm sorry. I apologize. What do you want me to say?

Isaac: So, I give you a gift, and you give me an apology? Merry Christmas.

[Bonnie sighs]

Kim: Oh, oh, oh, how beautiful!

Bob: Wow! I almost --

Kim: Oh, this looks terrific!

Bob: I tell you, I almost didn't recognize the place!

Kim: It's so great!

Nancy: This is impressive.

Bonnie: Oh, I'm glad you like it.

Bob: Like it? I love it! And I'm sure that the rest of the benefit committee and the board will find it duly impressive.

Bonnie: I hope so.

Nancy: Impressive enough to pitch into their wallets and give till it hurts!


Bonnie: Well, thank you. I want to show you the casino. It's the best little auction house this side of Sotheby's.

[Laughter] come on.

Kim: Now let's just hope our guest of honor shows up.

Bob: You think Barbara will get cold feet?

Kim: Oh, I have no idea. All I know is we have to make sure she gets out and stays active. Otherwise, I think we're gonna lose her -- forever.

Barbara: Any news in today's paper?

James: Well, as they say, "no news is good news." No suspicions on Emily's flight from prosecution. No hints that -- from the police that's it a missing person's case. I'd say we are home free. Ah, a smile.

Barbara: What a wonderful world. I haven't felt this alive since before my accident.

James: So I see.

Barbara: Why don't we go for a drive tonight? Just the two of us, out in the country?

James: No, no, wait. You have to get ready for the benefit at Java underground.

Barbara: Oh, no, I am sending my regrets. I'm not giving those people a chance to shower me with pity.

James: But, Barbara, tonight is a very important night, and you have a very important part to play.

Barbara: Oh, I see. Is that what you meant when you said that I was going to be "involved" when you disposed of Rose?

James: Right. You'll be celebrating at Java ungrounded, and Rose D'Angelo will simply disappear from the face of the earth.

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Rose: Bonnie! Just the girl I wanted to see.

Bonnie: Oh, I never knew how frightening that phrase was until I took charge of this benefit.

Rose: You know what they say -- it's never too early or too late to start panicking. Just when you think you got your hands full, there's something else.

Bonnie: Oh.

Rose: A little bit more, there.

Bonnie: Thanks. What are these?

Rose: Donation cards. You give 'em to the fat cats to make sure they cough up some fur.

Bonnie: Oh.

Rose: You know what I mean? Yeah. All right. Good luck.

Bonnie: Thanks. Are you sure I can't add your name to the lineup?

Rose: Nah. I can't make it.

Bonnie: Oh, but Paul Ryan has already reserved two -- two tickets.

Rose: Well, that was before. And, in the meantime, we've had a little failure to communicate.

Bonnie: Well, you know what the best remedy for that is? A long, long, heart-to-heart. Go get what's yours.

Bonnie: Paul Ryan! What a surprise!

Paul: Well, I called Isaac, told him I was on my way. He didn't tell you?

Bonnie: Of course you did. What I meant was, what a surprise. It took absolutely no time at all.

Paul: Well, here are the dresses from the spring line for the silent auction.

Bonnie: You're kidding! You're incredible! Isn't he the best, Rose?

Rose: That's what they say.

Bonnie: Well, what would this benefit be without guys who are just as wonderful as you?

Paul: No, actually, they're a gift from B.R.O. -- me and my mother.

Bonnie: Oh. Let me make a mental note of that. Don't move a muscle.

Rose: So -- how's it going?

Paul: Well -- you know --

Rose: A lot of that going around, I guess.

Paul: Well, it looks like it's gonna be a blast here tonight.

Rose: Yeah, not too shabby.

Paul: You coming?

Rose: No. I got plans. Big plans.

Paul: Anything interesting?

Rose: I got to wash my hair.

Paul: Why? It looks terrific.

Rose: You're not close enough to see the split ends. Hours and hours of conditioning, you know?

Paul: You expect me to believe that shampooing your hair is now a life and death proposition?

Rose: You know what, Paul? It beats sitting around with my broken heart in my hands. Have fun.

Paul: Why'd you let her leave? What -- what? Oh, Jeez.

Isaac: Hey, Paul -- I've got a question for you.

Paul: Wait. Just -- wait. Just -- I don't have time. I got to run.

Isaac: No, no, it'll take just a minute.

Paul: Tonight. I'll talk to you tonight.

Barbara: Tonight? You promise me that Rose D'Angelo is out of my life starting tonight?

James: It's the perfect alibi. You'll be at Java underground among family and friends, basking in their good wishes, and somewhere across town, Rose D'Angelo will simply fade from view. That's why it's imperative that you're at the benefit.

Barbara: To keep me above suspicion.

James: It's the perfect alibi.

Barbara: If your strategy works. But what if something goes wrong?

James: It won't.

Barbara: What if she doesn't take the bait?

James: I will not miss. I do not miss. You've had proof enough of that for now. Now, tonight, I want you to find something marvelous to wear. Tonight's something unforgettable.

Barbara: Tonight.

Jake: You know, I thought I'd made my position very clear. You can't give a jackass like -- like Scudder a half million dollars. It's not the money. It's the power. I mean, you -- you give a guy like that that kind of power, and you can't stop him.

Molly: She's with him, Jake.

Jake: Molly --

Molly: She's with him right now! We can't just sit here and let him take her, which is what he'll do if we don't give the guy what he wants. I swore to myself and I swore to the Williams that I would take care of her, that I would keep her safe and that it was not a mistake to be with me.

Jake: It wasn't a mistake --

Molly: I'm her mother, Jake, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna jeopardize everything I've done for her, everything I've dreamed for her over a lousy pile of money!

Jake: Then how long, Molly? How long until you think he comes back here, huh? How long? A month? A year? Till he comes back and starts making more demands, wants -- wants more money, starts disrupting our lives? That's not gonna work!

Molly: What are we gonna do?

Jake: Let me go see him. Let me go see him.

Molly: No.

Jake: I know how to handle a guy like that.

Molly: I know you know how to handle him, Jake. But it's my problem.

Jake: It's -- we're -- we are married now. It's our problem.

Molly: You're not listening to me!

Jake: No, no, Molly. You're not listening to me. I understand! I understand that you must be going through hell. But we have to come up with a better solution.

Molly: All right, you know what? If you can't pay him, I'll find somebody who will.

Jake: Molly -- Molly.

Molly: Holden will do it. I'll talk to Holden. 'Cause Holden loves his daughter. He would protect --

Jake: What are you talking about! I love Abigail as much as anyone! If it was just a matter of coming up with the money and coughing up the money to have her back in our lives, I'd do it like that! I'd do it for you. I'd do it for -- I'd do it for Abigail. I'd do it for myself. That's right, I'm a selfish -- a selfish guy. She keeps me honest. I love her. She makes me laugh. One of us has got to look at the big picture here. This guy is making us look like fools. Now, we cannot let him do that.

Molly: I can. I can do that. I don't care. I can do whatever it takes to save my daughter's life.

[Door closes]

[Molly gasps]

Molly: Honey, you had me scared to death.

Abigail: There's something that I wanted to say.

Jake: Well, you can start by maybe telling us where you've been all night.

Abigail: I wasn't with him, if that's what you're afraid of. I went to the Old mill, alone, to think.

Molly: Think about what?

Abigail: I'm not going to Rotterdam. You can't force me. If you push me, I'll push back.

Jake: So you've made some other plans?

Abigail: I'm leaving. It's quite clear that I can't live under your rules anymore.

Molly: So where are you going? You leaving with Nick?

Abigail: I haven't decided yet. But what I have decided is that you and Jake and Holden cannot make decisions on my life anymore. If I am making a mistake, it's my mistake to make, and I'll only have myself to blame.

Jake: You know what -- why don't you listen -- sit down and listen to what Molly has to say?

Abigail: It's not gonna change anything, Jake.

Jake: Just sit down! It might.

Molly: Abigail, honey, when you were at Holden's last night, I talked to Nick, and he admitted it all -- that he's been using you from the beginning.

Abigail: You think that I'm gonna believe that? Why do you keep saying these things?

Molly: Abigail, he wants us to give him a half million dollars, or he says he's gonna take you away and I'll never see you again.

Abigail: That is disgusting!

Molly: That is the truth.

Abigail: I knew you could stoop low, Molly, but this -- this --

Molly: All right, you don't believe me? Call him. Ask him what we talked about last night.

Abigail: You are lying!

Molly: Abigail, he says that we have to give him $500,000 or we're not gonna see you again. He's willing to ruin your life just for the sake of ruining mine, honey. He takes what you really want, and he uses it against you to destroy you. And that's what he's doing to all of us.

Abigail: You have tried this before, and it didn't work. Why are you trying to say these things --

Molly: I want you to hear the truth!

Abigail: From you? You haven't told me the truth in weeks!

Jake: Okay, listen. Now, listen, if you -- if you don't try to understand this, he could hurt you in ways that you couldn't even --

Abigail: You know what? Both of you, just leave me alone!

Molly: Abigail, wait!

Abigail: From now on, stay out of my life!

[Molly sighs]

Jake: You know what? Just give her a couple hours. She'll calm down.

Molly: Jake, just get the money, please.

Jake: Molly --

Molly: I'll talk to her. I'll try to talk to her. And maybe she'll change her mind, and we can put the money right back in the bank. But I'll only use it if I absolutely have to.

Jake: What do I have to do to make you understand?

Molly: Jake, I do understand. I do. Do you understand that if I lose Abigail, that nothing else matters? Do you?

Isaac: We've got a silent auction going in the casino, more than enough donation cards to go around. If we don't raise some big bucks tonight, it's time to find a new line of work.


Kim: Ah! Oh.

Nancy: If I hadn't seen it myself, I wouldn't believe it.

Kim: Honey! Oh, I'm so glad. You have no idea how happy I am.

Nancy: You look so beautiful, darling.

Barbara: Oh, thank you. It's so good to see all of you.

Bob: Barbara, this is great! It just wouldn't be the same event if you hadn't come.

Barbara: Well, thank you so much. I have to admit, I almost chickened out. But at the last moment, I said, "well, I better get up and out of this big old, empty house and come down here and do my part."

[Nancy laughs] have you see my handsome son?

Bonnie: He's already dropped by with the dresses for the silent auction.

Barbara: Oh, has he?

Isaac: Yeah. We were expecting only one. He showed up with five. We were blown away. Thank you. That was more than generous.

Barbara: Well, when it comes to a charitable cause, my partner and I try to lend a hand -- or a dress.


Kim: We saw him with his other partner, too. I have to say, they make a pretty sweet couple.

Barbara: Paul and Rose? They were here together?

Nancy: Just a little while ago.

Kim: Yeah, you just missed them. But I assume they're gonna come to the benefit. I mean, they're coming together, right?

Barbara: I have no idea.

[Door opens]

Lily: Rose? What's happening?

Rose: It's over. It's finally really over.

Lily: What is?

Rose: He's standing there, looking better than anybody has the right to. I give him every chance in the world to apologize to me -- you know what he says?

Lily: What?

Rose: He tells me that my hair looks good. And he stares at me like I'm talking Chinese algebra or something. You know what? If that's what he thinks of me, he thinks I'm just some girl from the boardwalk who has great hair and can't be trusted, then you know what? I'm glad. I'm glad that it's over.

Lily: Is this your "glad" look?

Rose: No, this is the look of a girl who spent a month's salary on a dress that's gonna end up in the back of a closet.

Lily: So you're not going?

Rose: No. Why, so I can stand there, look at him, want to be with him and wish him dead?

Lily: Ah, so we'll go together.

Rose: I love you. No, thanks.

Lily: Come on, Rose. Give Paul another chance.

Rose: Why? So he can compliment me on how shiny my shoes are? He's got nothing to say to me. And you have enough problems to deal with right now, so --

Lily: You know I'll always have a shoulder for you.

Rose: You're my sister. Where you been all my life?

Lily: So what are you gonna do with the rest of your night?

Rose: Probably call up Mitzi, you know, see what kind of trouble we can stir up. But I'll call. Thanks. You're the best.

[Door closes]

Lily: Good night. So much for Christmas cheer.

[Doorbell rings]

Lily: Paul?

Paul: Bad time?

Lily: Yes! No. You just missed her -- Rose was just --

Paul: Good. Good. 'Cause I need to talk to you alone.

Lily: Well, you know, actually, I think you should talk to her.

Paul: I know -- I know I've been a total idiot where your sister's concerned. But I need you. I need you to help me get her back.

Rose: That is not the point, Mitz.

Mitzi: The point is?

Rose: The point is -- is that Vince O'Malley does not exist. I mean, not here in Oakdale anyway.

Mitzi: Well, then who's the guy that's sending you flowers and sleeping at the Lakeview?

Rose: I got a theory. I got a theory it's Ms. Walsh.

Mitzi: Oh, right. Have another drink, why don't you?

Rose: I'm serious.

Mitzi: Well, what makes you think that she would do something as crazy as that?

Rose: I talked to Barbara Ryan --

Mitzi: Barbara Ryan?

Rose: Hey, serious.

Mitzi: Barbara Ryan, the queen of the blood-sucking night-flying vampires?

Rose: Yeah, that one.

Mitzi: Well, since when do you listen to a word she screeches?

Rose: I'll tell you right now, I went over to castle Dracula, and I confronted her about bringing Vince back into my life. And she swears she's got one clean hand.

Mitzi: And you believe her?

Rose: No, I don't. But I was listening to the theory that it could be Ms. Walsh. And it makes total sense. Sneaky, underhanded -- and she swore -- she wanted Paul to be out of my life.

Mitzi: So you gonna call her on it?

Rose: Since when do you know me to back down from a conflict?

Mitzi: Never.

Rose: Here's to me.

[Knock at the door]

Mitzi: If that's Santa Claus getting a head start on next year's "naughty and nice" list, you and me are going in column "a."

Rose: What if it's Paul?

Mitzi: What's the matter? Are you scared he's gonna catch you on the tipsy side of the street?

Rose: Make him think that he is the reason I'm drowning my sorrows? No way. Let's go. Hurry up. Take this bottle, and, I don't know, go out back with it. Go away.

Mitzi: The things I do for you.

Rose: That's why I love you.

Mitzi: I want details.

[Knock at the door]

Rose: Go! Scram!

Rose: Oh, it's you.

Lucinda: Thrilled to see you, too, dear. Rose, just checking -- did you leave off those company donation cards at Java underground -- the benefit?

Rose: You came all the way over here to do that -- confront me about that? Of course I did. I said I would, right?

Lucinda: Well, thanks. I was wondering -- these last-minute pledges -- I can't take it. Could you drop those off for me? No, forget it. I'm going. I'll take them myself.

Rose: Thank you. Thank you.

Lucinda: Will I see you and Paul there?

Rose: No, no. You won't, because Paul and I aren't together anymore, but that shouldn't come as a shock to you, should it, Ms. Walsh?

Kim: So are you really surprised that Rose and Paul were together? I mean, they've been seeing one another for quite awhile.

Barbara: Well, you never can tell with kids that age. One day they love one person, the next day it's someone else.

Nancy: Tonight I'd say he only had eyes for her.

Barbara: I just find that surprising. The last time I spoke to my son, I got the distinct impression that they'd gone their separate ways.

Bob: I might say that the prognosis has taken a turn for the better.

Barbara: I really couldn't say.

Bonnie: I think we should settle this whole gift issue, okay? I like the journal you gave me, because I know you gave it to me with no strings attached.

You gave it to me because you wanted to be nice. You didn't have any ulterior motives. You didn't want to give me some sort of message about my life.

Isaac: Bonnie, can you please just say "thank you" and let us get on with our lives? Does everything have to be inspected or rejected or talked to death with you? Of course it does. Look who I'm talking to. You know, that's because you're an ungrateful, spoiled, insulting snob who thinks that you're the center of everybody's universe. I mean, the smallest gesture has to be rated on your personal scale of acceptability. That's not just neurotic. That's just plain nuts, baby. You're welcome for the gift.

Holden: Hey, Jake. I was halfway to Scudder's boarding house when I got the call. Abigail's here?

Jake: She showed up a little while ago.

Molly: Not much in the mood to talk.

Jake: We told her about Scudder's demand for the money.

Molly: She refused to hear any of it. She also refused to leave the country.

Holden: So what do we do now?

Jake: We're going to give Scudder what he wants. We've made up our minds. We're giving him the money.

Holden: Okay. Okay, fine. But I think that we should talk to Jack first.

Molly: I already spoke to Jack about it.

Holden: Yeah, well, I think he needs to hear it from me again. That will help. And then if there's nothing that we can do legally to stop Scudder, then we give him the money. Okay? You with me on that?

Jake: Mm-hmm.

Holden: All right, I'll drive us over to the police station.

Molly: I can't go. What about Abigail?

Jake: Jack's gonna want to know everything that happened verbatim. We're not gonna be that long.

Molly: All right. I'll meet you at the car. I just need to check on something first.

Jake: She's gonna be fine for half an hour.

Molly: I know, Jake. I just hate to leave her. Okay. I got it. I'll be down in a minute. I just need my purse.

Jake: Okay. I'll see you in two shakes.

Molly: Hey, it's me, Molly. I need your help. Yeah, it's huge. I need you to help me save my little girl's life.

Abigail: All right, this is it. Moment of truth -- stay or go?

Adam: Hey. How's it going?

Abigail: Oh, great. What are you doing here? Stalking me?

Adam: This is a bad time, right?

Abigail: It's perpetually a bad time, Adam.

Adam: So I hear. At least the condensed version, anyway. Molly just called me.

Abigail: The condensed version from Molly? You must mean the hysterically blown out of proportion version. Spare me, okay, Adam?

Adam: Don't -- don't get all bent out of shape, all right? I'm not here on a mission or anything.

Abigail: What are you doing?

Adam: I'm just trying to set things straight between us, you know? And I have a few things to get off of my chest. And if it doesn't make a difference to you, it does to me, so --

Abigail: I don't have that much time.

Adam: This won't take very long.

Adam: Guys do stupid stuff. And I know "I'm sorry" is so not gonna cut it, but you just -- you've got to know how unbelievably pathetic I feel about this whole Brandy thing.

Abigail: Can we not talk about her?

Adam: Okay, all right. Then let's talk about us -- not "us" us, but -- how we used to be friends, you know? How we'd stay up for hours just listening to music, go see a movie as soon as it was released, me teaching you to dance, you teaching me how not to get thrown and run over by a speeding horse. You were my best friend. The first person I'd run to with a problem --

Abigail: Or a bad joke.

Adam: Or advice. You know, you give the best advice in town.

Abigail: Look, if you came here to apologize, Adam, I accept, okay? But if you're here to change my mind about Nick --

Adam: I know -- I know you've got a million people telling you what to do and how to run your life. But I know you're gonna make the right decision, just because that's who you are.

Abigail: You've always had more faith in me than I do in myself.

Adam: Having a little trouble deciding what the right thing to do is right now, huh? Come on, talk to me. Let me be your friend again.

Lucinda: Why would I know anything about you and Paul breaking up?

Rose: News travels, Ms. Walsh.

Lucinda: Yeah. Well, actually, I'm very sorry. I know how fond you are of him. So what happened? Hmm?

Rose: Oh, it was only a matter of time. This Vince O'Malley character showing up in town, making me look like a two-timing slut to all of Oakdale -- a matter of time, the relationship springs a couple of leaks.

Lucinda: Mm-hmm. Well, darling, but if you have this great affection for each other, surely you'll be able to find -- reach some grounds for understanding.

Rose: No, I don't think that's possible for understanding when I don't understand myself. Like, for instance, how did my frilly little slip end up at the Lakeview suite of Vince's with some champagne? Also a picture of me and Vince that I never owned showed up here in town. Somebody's out to get me. And I want it to stop now. Got it?

Lucinda: Well, um, let me tell you that all my resources are at your disposal to find out who's behind all this.

Rose: Really? You'd let me use your spies and your PIs?

Lucinda: Sure, sure, my PIS and my spies. Come on, you just say the word and you got it, okay? In fact, I'll tell you what -- I'm gonna get on the phone on the way to the benefit, and I'll get in touch with one of my best men -- the best man. And we'll find whoever is behind this, okay, honey? And we'll squash him like a bedbug.

Rose: Oh! You mean that.

Lucinda: I do.

Rose: Well, I got to tell you something then --

Lucinda: What?

Rose: -- If you mean that. I thought for a minute maybe you were behind all this -- all the shenanigans.

Lucinda: Oh, really? You think I don't know when I'm being baited, darling? We'll get to the bottom -- the bottom of all this. And we'll do it together.

Rose: Oh, all right, I believe her. So if it wasn't Ms. Walsh, and it wasn't Barbara Ryan, then who was it?

[Knock at door]

Messenger: Delivery for Ms. D'Angelo?

Rose: That's me.

Messenger: I just need your signature right here.

Rose: Okay.

Rose: "Rosie, someone in Oakdale is fooling us both. I would have called, but your phone might be tapped. Meet me at a place called Al's diner. I'll explain everything. Vince." Vince. Oh, Vince, sure. Well, you know what? Whoever you are, it'll give me a chance to kick your keister into next week.

Lily: I don't know what you want me to do, Paul.

Paul: You know Rose better than -- better than anyone I know.

Lily: I know, but I can't fix this because she thinks that you don't trust her.

Paul: I know, I know. I know, and I've been kicking myself ever since I opened my mouth about it. It's this Vince guy. Every time she mentions him I just -- I don't know, I go a little crazy.

Lily: Jealousy I understand, believe me, but I --

Paul: All right, I know I was out of line -- maybe. But I mean, when it's thrown in my face what am I supposed to think? I'm a guy. I'm sorry. It got to me.

Lily: Don't apologize. It's great that you care. Don't care so much that it tears you and Rose apart.

Paul: I don't want that, not at all. And I would tell Rose that to her face what I wanted. I saw at Java underground, and I wanted to tell her. Nothing came out.

Lily: Well, if you had another chance, what would you say?

Paul: That every time I close my eyes, I see her face. And that I'm sorry for being such a fool and not trusting her. And that she's the best thing that's ever happened to me. And if I lost her now, I don't know what I'd do. And then I'll tell her that I'm mad about her. And I don't want to be with anyone else -- ever. Yeah, that's what I'd say. So what do you think?

Lily: I think that's exactly what you should say to Rose. And if you promise me you'll say that, she will be there tonight.

Paul: Really?

Lily: Yes, I promise. I guarantee you she will be there. But you have to do your part, too.

Paul: I don't know how to thank you.

Lily: Just make my sister happy, please.

Paul: You know, I used to be pretty good at that.

Lily: Well, get good at it again. Go! Go on. Hurry up. That's great. Good. Yes. Come on, Rose, pick up. All right, I guess I'm gonna have to come to you.

Lucinda: Absolutely gorgeous. It's beautiful!

Kim: Did a good job, didn't they?

Lucinda: Yes, well, Kim, the hospital pledges are gonna just be pouring in. I feel it in my bones. Hello, Barbara. Oh, what a pleasure!

Barbara: Good to see you, Lucinda.

Lucinda: I wasn't sure that we'd be seeing you this evening. You don't get around so much anymore.

Barbara: I'm starting to feel more like my old self. Besides, I knew that old, good friends were going to be here.

Kim: Honey, I have to go and see Bob for a minute. I'll be right back.

Barbara: All right.

Kim: Excuse me.

Lucinda: I was really disappointed when I heard that Paul and Rose are not going to be attending together this evening.

Barbara: I hadn't heard.

Lucinda: Oh. Well, they've broken it off. But I feel that it's all -- it's all gonna get patched up soon enough -- soon enough.

Barbara: Do you know what happened?

Lucinda: Apparently, somebody, some man claiming to be an old flame of Rose's, has been harassing her.

Barbara: Really?

Lucinda: Yeah, and she's not at all interested in the guy, not a bit, but somehow, he's managed to make her suspect in Paul's eyes. We're using all our resources. We're gonna smoke him out. We're gonna track him down. We're gonna find out who's behind this, whoever it may be. And I just thought perhaps you'd like to know that.

Barbara: Absolutely. Anything concerning my son is my first priority.

Lucinda: Well, I'm gonna solve the riddle. This is gonna be fun!

Kim: Honey? Honey, is everything all right? What's the matter?

Barbara: I have to go home.

Kim: Oh, honey, no. Everything's gonna be just --

Barbara: I can't -- I can't stay.

Kim: Barbara --

Lily: Rose? Rose?! I'm here to save your love life, Rose. Rose? "Rosie, someone in Oakdale is fooling us both. I would have called, but your phone might be tapped. Meet me at a place called Al's diner. I'll explain everything. Vince." Sorry. Not tonight, Vince. Oh, I'm sorry, Rose. I made a promise to Paul, and it's a promise you're gonna keep.

Adam: Let's hear it. What's going on? I've never seen you like this.

Abigail: I have never felt like this before. Like my entire life is collapsing in on itself. I mean, if I walk through that door, my entire life changes forever.

Adam: You've got a major decision to make.

Abigail: I can't make this one alone, Adam. What do you think? Do you think I'm being a complete idiot? I mean, do I really have feelings for this guy? Or am I letting him make a fool out of me? What do you think?

Adam: Honestly?

Bonnie: I am sick of the "spoiled brat," "little duchess" comments you keep making.

Isaac: You are a royal pain in the --

Bonnie: And you're what? What, a prize?

Isaac: Compared to you? You're darned Skippy.

Bonnie: Okay. Okay, I'll tell you what -- when this benefit is over, let's just go our separate ways.

Isaac: Best idea that's ever come out of that petty little brain of yours.

Bonnie: Fine!

Isaac: I can hardly wait.

Lucinda: Oh, Paul, darling, you look particularly handsome this evening.

Paul: Well, thank you, Lucinda. And if I get half that reaction from Rose, it'll all be worth it.

Lucinda: You're meeting Rose tonight?

Paul: Yes, that's the plan.

Lucinda: Darling, are you sure?

Paul: Yeah, Lily told me -- gave me her word she'd be here. I know -- I know we've had our fair share of misunderstandings, but tonight, it's all gonna change.

James: What are you doing back? I thought you would have left for the benefit by now.

Barbara: I've been, and now I'm back.

James: Why?

Barbara: Because I think that Rose D'Angelo may be more trouble than you anticipated.

James: Barbara, I told you I have prepared for every eventuality.

Barbara: Did you prepare for Lucinda Walsh? Because Rose has Lucinda's radar up about Vince O'Malley. If she catches on --

James: She won't! She won't.

Barbara: I think we need to cancel the entire thing.

James: Barbara, we're far past that point.

Barbara: But if she starts digging, James --

James: Let her dig all she wants. By the time she finds out the truth, it will be too late.

Barbara: How can you be so sure?

James: Because we are past the point of no return. And so is Rose D'Angelo. Now this is thrilling, isn't it?

Barbara: I can't go back there.

James: Yes, you can. You'll go back to the benefit, and you will celebrate the fact that tonight is the first night of the best part of your life.

Barbara: But what if Lucinda --

James: I have seen to every detail. Now it's time for you to do your part. I want you to flash that dazzling smile. I want you to look around the room and decide on what you want next. Anything your heart desires can be yours now, Barbara. Anything in the world.

Waitress: There you are. One hot coffee with milk.

Rose: Thanks. Keep 'em coming.

Lily: Thank goodness you're still here.

Rose: What is this? My twin has this psychic all of a sudden?

Lily: No, I'm a criminal. Breaking and entering.

Rose: Why?

Lily: Paul came by after you left.

Rose: What did he say?

Lily: You're gonna have to find out for yourself at the benefit. Here is your dress. You can change at my place. And I will drive you.

Rose: No, I can't. I can't -- I can't go. I got to stay here and rip O'Malley a new -- a new smile.

Lily: You have to show up. I told Paul you would be there. I gave him my solemn promise.

Rose: I got an idea. All right? You take my dress and you put on a little D'Angelo pizzazz --

Lily: Rose, I cannot pass myself off as you anymore.

Rose: I know, you packed on a couple of pounds over the holidays. And I know, Paul would never, never notice. Just don't get too friendly, got it?

Lily: Rose?

Rose: Just stall him for me. Please? Please? Pretty please?

Lily: I must be losing my mind.

Rose: I knew I could count on you! Now, go! I don't like to keep Paul waiting. And be nice. O'Malley, you'd better show up, because tonight is the night we settle this once and for all.

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