ATWT Transcript Friday 12/28/01

 


As The World Turns Transcript Friday 12/28/01

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Hal: Well, you just sit tight because I'm gonna hand-deliver it to you myself. Prints, fibers, whatever you can get. Tonight! And nobody closes shop until I get something. Got it? Thanks.

Margo: Hey, Hal! What ya working' on, huh?

Hal: Uh -- personal.

Margo: Could we please try and open the lines of communication, at least at work, please?

Hal: As far as Emily is concerned? Why start now?

Jack: Do you mind if I take off early tonight, boss?

Hal: Fine by me.

Margo: Oh, you look happy. What's going on?

Jack: It's a red-letter day, my friend. I'm picking up Carly from the airport.

Margo: Is that right?

Jack: I just got her fax that her flight's on time. We sort of worked this out before she went to Paris.

Margo: Hey, Jack, do I smell the beginnings of a renewed commitment?

Jack: I am way too smart a man to be asking for that. Meeting her plane is just gonna have to hold me for now.

Margo: Jack, nobody likes a man with low expectations.

Jack: I'm a realist, Margo. Hal, can I take Parker? Would that be all right?

Hal: Of course. A trip to the airport to meet his mother? You'll be his friend for life.

Margo: Come on, come on. How was Paris? I didn't think Carly was coming back, really.

Jack: What? She was so busy, we hardly heard a word from her. So I guess that meant she had the time of her life. I kept telling her, though, that it was gonna be great for her, you know?

Hal: You see that? A man believes in the woman he loves, and he is rewarded.

Margo: That last comment was reserved for me.

Jack: Hey! Hey, buddy.

Holden: Can we talk?

Margo: You know what? The interrogation room's open.

Jack: Yeah, sure. Come on in.

Molly: It's about Nick Scudder again, Jack.

Jack: You know, from what Hal told me about the situation, there's not a lot we can do legally.

Jake: Well, the situation is changed.

Jack: What's going on?

Molly: He's blackmailing us.

Adam: So do you really think you were wrong about Nick?

Abigail: You can break into a smile at any time.

Adam: I'm not happy about you being upset, Abigail. It's just that somewhere down deep inside, I'm saying maybe I wasn't wrong about that guy, you know?

Abigail: I'm just so confused, Adam.

Adam: I know, I know.

Abigail: But there's one little light shining through the fog. You. And the fact that we can still be friends.

Adam: We always will be.

Abigail: And that's what I need tonight, if it's cool with you, that you could just keep being Adam, my friend. I need someone who cares enough to forget about their own agenda and just be honest about what they see with me and Nick.

Adam: And who better to be honest besides the guy that you dumped for Nick? I mean, can you smell the irony?

Abigail: Never mind.

Adam: Oh, come on, I'm not even allowed one little potshot in this whole situation?

Abigail: I guess you're entitled.

Adam: Well, what we really need to think about is why are you second-guessing this? I mean, you've been behind this guy the whole time. What's changed?

[Abigail sighs]

Abigail: There used to be an inconsistency here and there. But now it's like if I believe everything Nick's saying, then that makes Molly a complete liar.

Adam: Nick -- he's making you choose between him and Molly.

Abigail: It feels like that.

Adam: So I only have one thing to say. Any really good person -- or anybody who's good enough for you -- would never force you to make that choice.

Rose: All right. Vince, you heard I was looking for you. But you don't trust the phones. What, did you leave your hole in New Jersey to work with the CIA? That's not your M.O.

Waitress: More coffee, hon?

Rose: Yeah, please. It's too bad you don't have anything stronger.

Waitress: The only thing we have with any kick in it is the chili.

Rose: Oh, no, thanks. The idea of meeting Vince is giving me the heartburn.

Bonnie: Okay. Do you think they really like what we did to the place?

Isaac: Well, they said they did, didn't they? About 20 times or more.

Bonnie: I know. I just want everything to go off without a hitch tonight.

Isaac: Why wouldn't it?

Bonnie: Well, for one thing, the guest of honor has already disappeared.

Isaac: Barbara Ryan?

Bonnie: Yeah, didn't you see her go rushing out of here?

Kim: Well, there's no answer at the house.

Nancy: We can't force Barbara to be here if she doesn't want to be.

Bob: Well, maybe it's just too soon. You know, she really hasn't been out in public --

Kim: I know. Oh! Honey! Oh, I'm so glad! I was so hoping you'd change your mind.

Barbara: I'm sorry. I feel so silly, running out like that. Can you forgive me?

Nancy: There's nothing to forgive, Barbara.

Bob: You feeling better?

Barbara: Yeah. It was just a case of the nerves. I promise I won't let it happen again.

Isaac: There she is. Okay. Can you please stop panicking now?

Bonnie: She's a brave lady, though. I don't know if I could come to a party with my face looking like that.

Isaac: Well, you don't have to worry about that 'cause you have all that inner beauty.

Lisa: There you are. Both of you look fantastic!

Isaac: Thank you.

Bonnie: Are you sure?

Lisa: Oh, honey, of -- of course. Now, you just relax. Just remember those fat cat donors are -- oh, they're gonna be printing money by the time we're through with them. And they're gonna be spending big bucks just to see if I can still sing. Oh, look, look. There's a handsome foursome. I'm gonna go schmooze.

Bonnie: I hope she's right.

Isaac: It's your job tonight to prove her right.

Bob: Well, Lisa -- how're your pipes?

[Lisa laughs]

Lisa: Oh, Bob! Tebaldi -- Renata Tebaldi has nothing on me.

[Laughter] oh, Barbara, darling, you look so lovely.

Barbara: So do you. I'm so happy to see you.

Kim: I just was telling her how happy we all are to have her out in the world again.

Lisa: That is certainly the truth. I've missed you so much.

Barbara: I've missed you. I missed -- I missed everybody. I feel like I'm finally ready to get out in the world. I just didn't --

[phone ringing] excuse me just for a second. I can't imagine who that is. Maybe Paul. Hello?

James: Are we having fun?

Barbara: That depends. What are you up to?

James: Improving the quality of your life, as promised. We are on the verge of saying farewell to your last enemy in Oakdale, Barbara. I have her in my sights. I just thought you would like to know.

Barbara: Do what you will.

James: Oh, I'm good at that.

Barbara: Rose? How can that be?

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Jack: This Scudder's a real pig.

Jake: Don't say that. You'll give pigs a bad name.

Molly: What are we dealing with here, Jack? He's trying to extort a half million dollars from us, but he says if I go to the cops, he'll just deny it.

Jack: Well, he set you up pretty good, Molly.

Molly: That's not comforting.

Jack: I'm sorry. I'm just trying to figure out how he's gonna play this. Well, he'll state that, ever since he set foot in town, you went ballistic and had everybody lean on him. Meanwhile, he was working, keeping his nose clean, trying to make a fresh start.

Holden: Yeah, while he made a major play for an 18-year-old girl. Look, the guy's whole act is obviously bull here, Jack. So what are we gonna do?

Jack: Scudder's too cocky for his own good. And people like that, they always shoot themselves in the foot. You start by getting evidence that he's trying to shake you down. Maybe Molly could wear a wire, get Nick on tape. What did you say the deadline was?

Molly: Midnight tonight.

Jack: Can you come up with the money?

Jake: That's not a problem, but are you sure you want to handle it --

Holden: Lily and I can help you out with the money.

Jake: Great. Great. Scudder's gonna be running around with a briefcase full of small bills.

Jack: No, it won't get that far. Let me try to find a judge to get us a court order. That way, all the evidence we get off Molly's tape will be admissible. You sure you're ready for this?

Molly: I can't wait. I want that loser back in jail.

Jack: I'll see what I can do.

Abigail: I understand what you're saying but, you know, it was Molly who threw the first punch. Nick wanted to stay in Oakdale. He wanted to be friends with Molly and Jake. But they're the ones who turned the entire town against him.

Adam: And why is that? You think they've got nothing better to do than ruin somebody's life? No, I don't think so. I mean, your parents are cool people, you know?

Abigail: Usually, yeah. But Nick -- he's part of Molly's past, right? A past that she's ashamed of. She hates Nick because he reminds her of how she used to be. Is it fair to make that my problem?

Adam: Look, Molly -- she is willing to make you hate her for the rest of her life. Do you really think that she's doing that just to avoid some painful memories? No. What?

Abigail: Do I really know what Molly would or wouldn't do? I mean, we went through something like this before, you know, when I came to Oakdale.

Adam: Yeah, that was over Chris, right?

Abigail: Yeah.

Adam: You guys worked that out, though.

Abigail: We did. And she's been my best friend ever since.

Adam: Okay. All right. This has a little something to do with me, but it's mostly about you, so may I?

Abigail: Okay.

Adam: These past few weeks, I've been feeling myself getting pushed away from you. And I really don't know how that happened.

Abigail: You cheated on me, Adam.

Adam: I know. But we weren't even technically together at the time.

Abigail: That's such a guy's mentality! You cheated on our friendship. And -- after Jake and Molly's wedding, we were almost ready to be each other's firsts. And then before I know it, you've slept with a total stranger.

Adam: I know, I know. And I cannot apologize enough, and I can't even feel horrible enough. And I'm not gonna try to justify it right now, I swear. But I didn't sleep with Brandy because she was so hot and I couldn't resist her or whatever.

Abigail: Well, then why did you do it?!

Adam: Because I was -- I was tired of feeling like a loser. We lost Bryant. And then I lost you. And all of a sudden, I was sick of myself, me. You probably don't know what it's like to look at yourself and feel ridiculous. That was me, all of the time.

Abigail: I made you feel like that?

Adam: No, not you. It was your friend, Nick.

Nick: So, are you packed yet? Why not? Well, you better get busy because we are out of here tonight. Yeah, midnight. Oh, don't worry. Molly's gonna get the money. She's got no choice. I've got her daughter's heart in the palm of my hand. Uh-huh. And wear something sexy.

Barbara: Rose, how nice to see you.

Lily: Well -- isn't that the nice hello?

Barbara: Do you know what I'd like?

Lily: Ooh, what? Well, I can think of a couple of wishes that you would hope would come true.

Barbara: I'd like it very much if we can get past that unpleasant conversation that we had last night. What do you think?

Lily: Is that an apology?

Barbara: As close to one as you'll get.

Lily: Deal.

Barbara: I was hoping you'd say that. So good to see you here tonight. I'm sure you know everybody on the committee, and I'm sure we can count on a sizeable contribution from you and Worldwide. Look who I found!

Bob: Rose! Nice to see you.

Lily: Likewise, likewise. Anything for a good cause, right?

Lisa: Yeah! Why have you been such a stranger? We used to see you and Paul coming around here all the time.

Lily: Well --

Barbara: I was telling Bob and Kim tonight that Rose and Paul have made a decision to part their ways.

Paul: Where did you get that idea, Mom? As far as I'm concerned, Rose and I are very much together. That is, if it's okay with her.

Molly: Did you find a judge?

Jack: We'll have a court order by midnight. Then we'll get Molly all wired up, on the scene and ready to go.

Jake: Or not.

Molly: Don't start with this --

Jake: No, why does it have to be you? I mean, you have no idea what this guy's gonna try to do.

Holden: Why don't I wear the wire? I'm Abigail's father --

Molly: Look, I appreciate all the protective testosterone, but I'm gonna wear the wire. I'm -- it's my fault this jerk is in Abigail's life, so I should be the one to put him away.

Jack: If someone shows up with the cash, we run the risk of him clamming up.

Jake: Can we talk about this? Just --

Molly: No. I'm not changing my mind, Jake. What do we do now?

Jack: Jake and Holden will get the money together. I stay in contact with the D.A.. When the order comes through, we're ready to roll.

Jake: And she's gonna have plenty of backup, right?

Jack: There'll be a whole team in place in case anything goes wrong.

Molly: Good. Right now, I really want to go home and see Abigail.

Jack: Do me a favor -- keep her away from Scudder tonight. I don't want things to be complicated.

Jake: Well, I guess I've got to go find the world's biggest ATM machine, right?

Holden: Thanks, Jack.

Hal: What'd I miss?

Jack: We're doing a little sting on Nick Scudder. I'll -- I'll fill you in later. Look, is it okay if I go and pick up Parker now? I don't want to be late for Carly's flight.

Hal: Sure, he's at the sitter's.

[Jack sighs]

Jack: There are not enough hours in the day. The flight better be on time.

Margo: Forensics get you anything on Emily's note yet?

Hal: Nope.

Margo: I'm not out to get her, Hal. This is not personal.

Hal: It was personal, Margo, from the minute Emily said she would be moving in with me. From that point on, Tom has done nothing but make trouble about Daniel.

Margo: Well, that is not entirely fair.

Hal: "Fair" has nothing to do with it being true.

Margo: You're right. That's why I talked to Jack about taking over this case. I'm stepping aside. As of tomorrow, Jack is in charge of Emily's case.

Hal: We can shoot straight with each other, Margo. I know you hate Emily. And I even understand why. But in my gut, I know that she did not leave town of her own free will.

Margo: She left a good-bye note, Hal.

Hal: I don't care! I know she wouldn't do it. And hopefully Jack will see it the same way.

Lily: Wow! Is it my lucky night or what?

Paul: I have a confession to make. And I better not see this on tonight's news, aunt Kim. But I've been a jealous fool.

Lily: Isn't it great when a man says he's wrong?

Paul: No, no, no. I was -- I was more than wrong. Rose has an old boyfriend who's been showing renewed interest, and I started foaming at the mouth. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry I showed so little faith in you.

Lily: Oh, all is forgiven. Come on.

Kim: You raised him beautifully, Barbara.

Lily: Oh! Ha, ha, ha! Save some for later, big guy. Okay?

Bob: That's a tough act to follow, but I'll give it a whirl. I think they're playing our song.

Kim: Ooh! He's asking me to dance.

Paul: Sounds like a great idea.

Kim: They make a beautiful couple, honey.

Paul: The thought of losing you was making me a little crazy. Do me a favor -- next time I turn into the green-eyed monster, give me a swift kick in the pants, will ya?

Lily: Sounds like somebody already talked to you already.

Paul: Yeah, actually, it was a long chat with your sister. She's a good person.

Lily: Isn't she?

Paul: The best.

Lily: Well, whatever she said to you, I hope she made it crystal clear that I would never lie to you. Never, never. And never toss away a good thing.

Paul: Mm, am I your good thing?

Lily: Oh, you got to know that by now, don't ya?

[Lucinda laughing]

Lucinda: Look at the two of you now. All smiles.

Lily: The way we like it!

Lucinda: Well, did you find the Vinny person? How did that all work out?

Paul: You were looking for Vince? Yeah, how did that work out, Rose?

Waitress: Still waiting on your friend?

Rose: Aw, he should be here soon. Thank you. I need that. I had a little too much cheap bubbly with my friend tonight.

Waitress: Ah, I've been there. Just give me a call if you need anything else.

Rose: Thanks. Can I help you?

James: Rose D'Angelo?

Rose: Who are you?

James: Let's just say a friend of a friend.

Rose: I never liked that kind of introduction.

James: I didn't mean to startle you. I'm an acquaintance of Vince O'Malley's.

Rose: He sent you to meet me? Why didn't he come here himself?

James: You see, I'm afraid that's impossible. Vince is in enough trouble as it is. You may be in danger, as well. Ooh, ooh, look. We're on TV.

Adam: I have to admit, at first Nick seemed kind of cool, you know. I mean, that whole story about how he went to jail and then he turned his life around. But then, after that, everything that he did seemed to be a subtle attempt to just get rid of me.

Abigail: Well, I have to admit that, you know, I looked at that film the other day, and -- it's mostly Nick's. I don't know why I didn't see that before.

Adam: And that's what Molly's worried about, that Nick is gonna take over your life, just like he took over our film.

Abigail: But don't you think Molly's being a little hysterical here? I mean, this whole new thing about Nick blackmailing her? That's a little out there, Adam.

Adam: I was thinking about that. What, exactly, does Nick have on Molly, anyway?

Abigail: She says that it's me. That if she doesn't pay up, he'll corrupt me, or take me away, or something. I don't know.

Adam: I wasn't gonna tell you about this, but Billy had a little chat with Brandy.

Abigail: Brandy? About what?

Adam: Well, supposedly she was paid off by an older guy to come onto me.

Abigail: Okay, Adam, we have been here before. Nick says he never met Brandy.

Adam: He's lying! You think I want to tell you about this? I mean, haven't I been humiliated enough? The only reason why I got lucky was because somebody paid a girl to sleep with me.

Abigail: You know, maybe Brandy was just yanking Billy's chain when she said that.

Adam: She wasn't. When Billy asked her why this older guy would go and do something like that, she said because the older guy wanted to get with my girlfriend. Remember when I -- when I tried to tell you about how Nick set it up for you to find me and Brandy? Doesn't this prove that? Wasn't he the one that told you to go looking for me that night?

Abigail: I thought he was just giving us a chance to get back together. I mean, Bryant had died. Everything was so confusing.

Adam: The bottom line, Abigail is, if you're about to run away with this guy, before you do, don't you think you should know the whole truth about him before you do?

Lily: What?

Paul: I thought you were done with Vince.

Lily: I am.

Paul: Then what are you doing looking -- all right. When was this?

Lucinda: Wait a moment. Wait a moment, Paul, darling. I wasn't suggesting that she was hunting the man down. She's just nipping a difficult situation in the bud, okay? Finding him just so she can stop the nonsense.

Lily: I was trying to find Vince so that I could prove that everything was a lie, but I couldn't find him. I mean, think about it, you haven't seen him, right? I haven't found him.

Paul: I haven't -- no, I haven't seen him.

Lily: Because he's not here. He's not in Oakdale.

Paul: What about the message on your phone, huh?

Lily: That wasn't him. I told you that.

Paul: Then why would somebody go through so much trouble to frame you, Rose?

Lily: No, not frame me -- come between us.

Lucinda: Well, it doesn't matter now, does it? It's been obviated. 'Cause they didn't -- it didn't happen. Paul, darling? Could you get me a glass of champagne, please? I'm parched.

Paul: Sure.

Lucinda: What the hell is going on?

Lily: What do you mean?

Lucinda: Lily! Drop it. Drop that. Drop it immediately.

Lily: How did you know?

Lucinda: I know -- oh, stop it. I listened to that girl. I listened to her for hours. You're missing some of her quaintest quirks. What's the matter with you? What are you doing? Is she complicit in this? Do you two realize the kind of game you're playing?

Lily: I'm doing this for Rose, and it's not --

Lucinda: It's not --

Lily: Will you please just play along? Everything is under control.

Lucinda: Play along? Play along?

Lily: Please?

Lucinda: Play along. Okay, I'll play along. Oh!

Lisa: Nancy! There you are. Where have you been hiding? And what in the world happened to Kim and Bob, huh?

Nancy: We're not joined at the hip, you know. And I'm perfectly capable of socializing without their supervision.

Lisa: I'm so sorry. I didn't mean to insult you.

Nancy: You didn't, dear. I'm sorry. I'm just feeling a little oversensitive tonight, I guess.

Lisa: Why?

Nancy: It seems to me, I'm the only one around who is not taking part in this talent show, and I'm feeling a bit neglected. I know it was my fault, because I said I had no talent, but nobody even bothered to argue with me.

Lisa: Well, you just stick with me, sweetheart. The night is still young.

Barbara: James, I don't know what you meant by that last phone call, but Rose is definitely not out of the picture.

Kim: Excuse me. I don't mean to interrupt, but Bob is about to introduce you. Are you set?

Barbara: No, but I'll be brave.

Kim: All right, come on. Why don't you sit down over here?

Isaac: Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like to welcome you to Java underground for this very worthy cause.

[Applause] I'd like to thank you for coming out, personally. But I know everybody's having a good time. And if you are, that's because thanks goes to Bonnie McKechnie. She's my very talented assistant, and responsible for putting this whole night together.

[Applause] but before I get back to those tasty raw vegetables that are making their way around, I'd like to introduce you to Dr. Bob Hughes. He's chief of staff at Oakdale Memorial, as well as a member of its board of directors. Dr. Bob?

Bob: Yes?

[Applause] thank you. Thank you, Isaac. And thank you all for coming to this wonderful evening. You all realize, it's for the benefit of Oakdale Memorial's burn facility. We -- we have a good one here in this city, but I think through your generosity, by the end of the evening, we can start building probably the finest facility in the state of Illinois.

[Applause] so please be very generous when you start writing those checks. Now I'd like to introduce a very courageous young woman to you. She's the symbol of hope and perseverance. Everything that Oakdale Memorial stands for. Our guest of honor, Barbara Ryan.

[Applause] thank you, Barbara. Now we're getting to the entertainment portion of the evening. Now, some towns, they have to go outside and bring in some headliners from who knows where. But not Oakdale. We're going to surprise you with the talent, charm and style of your friends and neighbors. Now here's something I have to explain to you. This is very difficult, and I'm very simple. Anyway --

[laughter] when you see all of these acts, you pick the one you like the best, and you vote for it by putting a check in there. And at the end of the evening, the one who raises the most money will be the winner. And what do we have for the winner, Isaac?

Isaac: We can come up with something.

[Laughter]

Bob: We'll come up with something. Thank you, Isaac, for all your help. Anyway, get those pens ready. Now, the first act of the evening is the son of our own famous Dr. Ben Harris. Now enjoy the magic of Curtis the amazing. And I'll disappear so he won't make me disappear.

[Applause]

Curtis: Hello. Thank you. Before I astound you with my feats of magic, I have to give a shout out to my dad, who's been supporting me all along. He's not only a great doctor, but he's the best dad in the world.

[Applause] now, be prepared to be amazed!

[Crowd oohs]

Bonnie: Not a bad start, if I say so myself.

Lily: Did Lucinda get her champagne?

Paul: Yeah, she grabbed it from me on her way across the room. And I'm glad she did, because I need to tell you something in private.

Lily: Yeah?

Paul: You don't need to prove anything to me anymore. You know, the whole Vince thing was my fault, and I should have trusted you from the beginning.

Lily: I know it's hard for you to trust people. I know.

Paul: You're a rare person, Rose, and that's what I love about you.

Lily: Aw. Oh!

Paul: All right, Lily. Where's Rose?

James: I apologize for the deception.

Rose: Do you want to tell me who you are?

James: Shortly after you left Atlantic City, Vince got himself in -- well, a situation with the wrong people. He saw things he shouldn't have seen.

Rose: Hmm.

James: So he came to the government and asked for certain understandings, shall we say, in exchange for information that he would provide.

Rose: Oh. Government? Government. Well, that would explain why I haven't heard from Vince. But, to me, this sounds like Vince's problem. What does it have to do with me?

James: Well, Vince is afraid that his enemies might use you to smoke him out.

Rose: Hmm. Well, whoever's after Vince really messed up my love life. What's your angle?

James: My job is to protect our mutual friend. I have a car waiting.

Rose: Oh, wait a minute. I thought people in the witness protection program couldn't have visitors.

James: Did I say I was with the witness protection program?

Rose: No, you didn't.

James: Shall we go?

Rose: No. I have a little problem with your little plan. This whole explanation, this whole thing that you're talking about here, this whole story --

James: Yes?

Rose: It's baloney. That phony I.D, the whole explanation -- come on, level with me, Sparky. What do you want?

Jack: Yeah. This is where we wait for your mom. Here. Okay. Stand up -- you got to stand up. Here. Yeah. Just in time. Okay, keep an eye, right over there. We're gonna see that beautiful, smiling face any minute now.

Molly: Adam? Hey. Nobody called, did they?

Adam: No, not while I was here.

Molly: Where's Abigail? Is she in her room?

Adam: Actually, no.

Molly: Adam, what's going on? Where is she?

Nick: This is a surprise.

Abigail: It was kind of spur of the moment.

Nick: Yeah, come in. Come in. Are you hungry? I mean, do you want me to order a pizza or something?

Abigail: No, thanks. What I would really like is some answers.

Paul: All right, what the hell is going on? What? You getting a big laugh out of this?

Lily: No.

Paul: Making a joke out of me in front of the whole town?

Lily: No. No.

Paul: Where the hell is Rose?

Lily: Okay. Please don't jump to any conclusions. She went to see Vince.

Paul: Perfect. Why am I not surprised?

Lily: No. She went to see him so she could prove to you that everything -- the flowers, the lingerie, the messages -- it was all a scam.

Paul: Yeah, and what about this little sister act of yours? It's not a scam?

Lily: Look, you know what? If everything you said was true about how you were so disappointed that you doubted Rose, that you were so upset that you were gonna lose her -- yeah, go to Al's diner and see for yourself.

Paul: That's where she is?

Lily: Yes. Go on, go ahead. You think she's cheating on you, go ahead. Find out for yourself.

Paul: What am I -- what am I -- the bad guy here? For being tired of being in the dark? Well, I mean, I just wish for once Rose could spare me from whatever, and just be honest with me.

Barbara: John! Hello.

John: Hello.

Barbara: How are you?

John: It's good to see you again.

Barbara: You, too.

John: Bob's right. You're an inspiration for everyone here this evening.

Barbara: Thank you, very much. Would you excuse me for a second? My son's leaving, and I need to speak to him for a second.

John: Welcome back.

Bonnie: Apparently, you don't give your nurses enough time to raise money for the hospital. Their number was next, but now they just got called in for an extra shift.

Bob: Do you have a replacement? You've got to be kidding.

Bonnie: It's Lisa's idea.

Bob: Okay. Ah, ladies and gentlemen, I was prepared to introduce the lovely singing RNs from Memorial Hospital, but they got called back to duty. So now, I have the honor, I think, of introducing an act that I have no idea what she's going to do. But please welcome my mother, Nancy Hughes.

[Laughter and applause]

Lisa: Now, remember what I told you. Go out there, toots, and knock 'em dead.

Nancy: At times, it seems as if the middle-aged generation has much too much free advice to give. And, of course, the young people all know everything already. So I have chosen a few elderly words for them. They go like this. Hit it.

What you want baby, I got

what you need you know I got it

All I'm asking is a little respect from you when you come home baby

Just a little bit just a little bit

When you come home

Just a little bit just a little bit respect

I ain't gonna do you wrong when you're gone

I ain't gonna do you wrong 'cause I don't want to

All I'm asking' is you give me a little respect when you come home, baby

When you come home

Just a little bit just a little bit respect

Just a little bit just a little bit

I'm out to give you all my money

but in return, baby all I'm asking

is for you too give me my proper respect when you get home

Baby when you get home

Just a little bit just a little bit

Bonnie: I don't believe it.

Isaac: Bonnie, I think we can officially call this benefit a success.

Barbara: Paul, are you leaving without Rose?

Paul: I'm -- I'm -- it's not Rose. It's Lily. Don't ask. I'll -- I got to go.

Barbara: Lily? [Laughs] Oh, James, James, James. You've really done it, haven't you?

James: You have me at a loss.

Rose: Oh, you know, I know a lot of dumb guys. You're not dumb. Somebody was messing with my love life with Paul. I thought it was Ms. Ryan, Barbara Ryan. You know her, right? You know all about that, don't you, Mr. Steinbeck? Yeah. Yeah, that's the way Paul described you -- dark and dangerous.

James: You don't look frightened.

Rose: I'm not frightened. No. Because I'm gonna go to Paul, and he's gonna decide what to do with you.

James: Oh, I think you're too drunk to find Paul.

Rose: Oh, I'm not drunk.

James: Well, the waitress told me you'd been drinking earlier. I think you put a nip or two in your coffee. Yeah. You're loaded. You're not doing well at all, Rose.

Rose: You slipped me a Mickey?

James: Aw.

Rose: Why are you doing this to me?

James: We all have our burdens to bear. Come on, come on. Yours is a taste for the wrong man. That's it. Here we go. Time to say nighty-night, Rose. Say nighty-night.

Adam: Molly, I told Abigail some stuff she might not have wanted to hear, but I think it worked. She's at Scudder's house right now, probably saying good-bye.

Molly: Did she say that, Adam?

Adam: No.

Molly: Adam, I don't think you know the whole story here.

Adam: No, no, no. But see, she's just like her old self. She wasn't defensive, and she even told me about Scudder blackmailing you and Jake.

Molly: She believes me?

Adam: Well, she's open to the possibility. And I guarantee you, she's at the house right now, pinning him down for some answers.

Molly: No. No, that is not good.

Adam: What -- what's wrong?

Molly: You don't know this guy, Adam. If Abigail goes over there and she gets in his face, he could snap.

Adam: Well, I know -- I know Nick's a jerk, but he's not gonna get violent or anything, is he?

Molly: Well, he could. He could. And so help me, if he touches one hair on my baby's head, I'll put him in his coffin.

Nick: So, here we are. Finally.

Abigail: What do you mean?

Nick: Well, I was afraid that you'd eventually stop believing in me. When exactly did you start listening to everyone else?

Abigail: Nick, you're asking me to trust you enough to leave my family and my friends.

Nick: But don't you know me, Abigail?

Abigail: I'm not sure anymore.

Nick: Well, then that's that. What happened to us? We were about to get as close as two people can be.

Abigail: That was before I heard you blackmailed my mom for half a million dollars.

Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows

lies the seed that with the sun's warmth

in the spring becomes the rose

[Applause]

Barbara: Well, I was sad to see that Rose had to leave before she could do any of her Atlantic City routines.

John: Well, it would take something to top Nancy.

[Laughter]

Barbara: That's for sure. She was a hoot.

John: Yeah.

Barbara: Well, I wanted to thank you, John, for saying all those lovely things to me tonight.

John: Oh, it was my pleasure.

Lucinda: Oh, gosh, she's chipper tonight, hmm?

[Lucinda laughs] oh, yes. She emerges from the dark cocoon of the haunted house, and suddenly she's a new butterfly.

John: Oh, don't begrudge her a little happiness, now.

Lucinda: Happiness? John, she's beyond happy. She's positively perky. Hmm, you know. One can't help but wonder why.

Hal: Listen, I want you to thank everybody down there for me. You guys did a great job. All right. Well, there wasn't a single fingerprint on that note that Emily left behind, Margo. Not a single fingerprint other than mine.

Margo: Well, how could that be? Unless she wrote it with gloves on.

Hal: And not winter gloves, which would leave fibers, but rubber gloves, which would leave nothing. There wasn't even a hair.

Margo: Hey! Where are you going?

Hal: To the airport to find Jack. You said this was his case. I think he'll listen to me about all this.

[Margo sighs]

Jack: Hmm. Excuse me. Yeah. We -- we're waiting for a friend. She was supposed to be on the last flight from Paris tonight. Flight 729?

Flight attendant: Yeah. I worked that flight. But we deplaned awhile ago. If your friend didn't get off with the rest of the passengers, she must have missed the flight.

Jack: Okay, thanks. Thanks. I don't think so, buddy. I know your mom. No way would she miss that flight.

Waitress: I'm sorry. This mess will be cleaned up in no time.

Paul: You don't know how much I wish that were true.

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