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As The World Turns Transcript Monday 11/15/04

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Emily: Does somebody want to explain this cozy little picture to me?

Hal: Emily.

Barbara: Hal was generous enough to bring me some of my things. It's been ages since I wore anything that didn't have my name printed on it.

Hal: Oh, honey, it's so good to see you. I missed you. I frankly didn't think you were going to come back. Did you -- did you forget something?

Emily: Yeah, I did. I forgot, "or worse."

Hal: Huh?

Emily: When we took our vows. We made a promise that we would be together for better or worse. And if anything qualifies for "or worse," this is it. I'm sorry. I never should have walked out on you.

Hal: I should have never let you leave.

Emily: No, you shouldn't have. But it doesn't matter, because I'm coming back home. Back where I belong.

Lucinda: Hey, hold it -- right there. This. This is what you meant when you said that Dusty was going to get his comeuppance, isn't it? You knew. You knew what was going to happen to Aaron Snyder. You knew it, and you did nothing about it. And by the looks of you -- you look happy about it.

Craig: Lucinda, I'm in a rush.

Lucinda: Ah! Of course you are, because the police station is across the street. And you're going to go and rub Dustyís nose in all of this, aren't you?

Craig: I am a concerned citizen, and I am going to see if I can help shed any light on the situation.

Lucinda: You are a disgrace. Can you never think of anybody but yourself?

Craig: All the time, Lucinda, but never of you.

Lucinda: And I'm not talking about your unnatural, unhealthy relationship with your daughter. But, Craig, really -- to withhold, deliberately withhold, information that could prevent a tragedy.

Craig: I think everything worked out.

Lucinda: Not for Aaron Snyder.

Craig: He'll be fine.

Lucinda: And the daughter that you purport to think about day and night? She's at the hospital. She's at his bedside, keeping vigil. Do you think she would agree with you that things have worked out?

Craig: Don't worry about Lucy. I will take care of her.

Sierra: Thanks, but no thanks. From now on, I'll be taking care of Lucy.

Alison: You were so brave in that ring, Aaron. And there's no way we're gonna let you stop fighting now. Everybody's counting on you to pull through this, everybody who cares about you is praying for you.

Lucy: Alison's right. We've already seen you do so many amazing things. All you have to do is open your eyes and promise us that you're not gonna scare us like this again. Can he hear us?

Alison: I've been counting on it -- that's why I keep talking to him day and night. I keep hoping that I'll hit on something that'll make him wanna wake up.

Lucy: I thought you said he was already waking up.

Alison: That's what they told me. Holden went to find Dr. Harris, see if he knows why Aaronís still like this.

Lucy: Does he move or anything?

Alison: No, and it's making me crazy, and I -- you know, I try not to think like this, but what if they're wrong? What if that nurse just thought that she saw something? What if Aaron stays like this for weeks or months?

Lucy: They said that the operation was a success, didn't they?

Alison: Yeah, but if it was such a success, then why is he still like this?

Nurse #1: I'm sorry, I'm looking for the patient's father.

Alison: Holden will be right back.

Nurse #1: Could you tell him that Admitting has some questions about Aaronís insurance?

Alison: They're not going to like the answers.

Lucy: What do you mean?

Alison: Come on, Lucy, it's not like Aaron was some big executive. He waited tables at Metro, he worked mostly for tips.

Lucy: Are you saying that he doesn't have insurance?

Alison: What, you think that Dusty and your dad give their waiters big benefit packages? No way. I worked there, I know.

Lucy: But he worked so hard.

Alison: Yeah, like a zillion other people who can't afford to be in the hospital?

Lucy: I'm sorry, I guess I just never thought about it.

Alison: And that's why Aaron wanted to win this fight so bad. 'Cause it meant real stuff to him, you know? Like, he could pay his doctor bill if anything ever happened.

Lucy: But what about Holden and Lily?

Alison: Are you kidding? Holden didn't even want him to fight in the first place. Do you think that Aaron would stick him with the bill after that? And it's gonna be a really, really big bill. So you better wake up, Aaron. This is gonna be the most expensive nap you ever took.

Lucy: I have to run out for a little while, but you have my new cell number, right? Call me if anything changes.

[Dusty remembering]

Lucy: You promised me that nothing about this fight was illegal. You swore to me that nobody would get hurt. You lied. About everything. And now Aaron could die.

Dusty: Dammit!

Cop #1: Donovan, your visitor's here.

Dusty: I didn't know if you'd come down.

John: I wasn't sure whether I ought to. Margo's very persuasive.

Dusty: Thanks for coming.

John: Let's make this short, okay? I've got people waiting for me back in the hospital. They're there not for their own making.

Dusty: How is Aaron?

John: We're not exactly sure, he hasn't regained consciousness. He's in serious condition.

Dusty: He wasn't supposed to get hurt.

John: You recruit an amateur into a professional boxing match -- one that was rigged, to boot. What exactly did you expect would happen?

Dusty: Okay, John, I've been kicking myself already. So --

John: If you find me redundant, maybe I'm wasting my time.

Dusty: No, no, I donít. Come on. I do need your help.

John: That's what Margo said.

Dusty: She tell you what I need?

John: Mm-hmm.

Dusty: Then you understand how important this is for Aaron, for Lucy? For a lot of reasons, John. I messed up big time, there's not a lot I can do from in here. So, would you help me out? Please?

John: I'll see what I can do.

Craig: Sierra. What are you doing back in town?

Sierra: Mother, would you mind if I met you back up at the house later?

Lucinda: Oh, darling, no, no, wouldn't you like me to --

Sierra: No, no, I can handle it. And didn't you say that you wanted to get your new gardener acquainted with the rest of your staff?

Lucinda: Of course, I do. That's what I wanted to do. I'll have dinner waiting for you.

Sierra: Thank you.

Lucinda: Not you.

Craig: What are you doing here?

Sierra: Now, that's not very polite. When I was in town last time, you kept thrusting your shoulder at me, begging me to lean on it.

Craig: Well, your welcome. It's a surprise to see you.

Sierra: Well, my mother called me. She said that Lucyís life had been turned upside down again. And, that once again, you were responsible.

Craig: Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no, no, no. You cannot blame me for this. No, no. This particular turn of events has been brought to us by your sainted, close, personal friend, Dusty Donovan. Not me.

Dusty: You shouldn't have come down here.

Lucy: I was just at the hospital.

Dusty: How's Aaron? Any change?

Lucy: He's still in pretty bad shape. They think he's going to be there for awhile.

Dusty: Oh, God. Lucy, I never meant for things --

Lucy: No, please don't, okay? Regrets aren't -- regrets aren't gonna change what happened.

Dusty: I'm sorry.

Lucy: All I came down here to tell you is that when Aaron does wakes up, he's going to be facing a mountain of medical bills. And Alison tells me that he has practically no health insurance, and what little he has are not gonna cover his expenses. I just -- I don't think it's right to get him into this mess, and then not even lift a finger to --

John: All right, I spoke with Admitting. Arrangements for Aaronís hospital bill. Whatever is not covered -- whatever expenses are not covered will be billed to you personally. I want you to realize we could be talking well into six figures here.

Dusty: That's okay. As long as he gets the best -- the best care. Do they have all my information over there?

John: They need anything, they'll call you, they'll let you know.

Dusty: Thank you.

John: I gotta get back.

[Dusty sighs]

Lucy: I'm sorry I didn't -- were you not going to tell me?

Dusty: What difference would it make?

Lucy: This is going to be really expensive, Dusty. You can't afford to do this.

Dusty: Well, I'll put up my share of the club if I have to. I got him into this -- it's the least I can do.

Tom: I need to talk. Sorry, Lucy, this is going to be confidential.

Lucy: Well, I -- I guess I should get going anyway.

Dusty: I'm glad you came by.

Lucy: See you.

Tom: You're about to come up for your arraignment. You're facing some very serious charges.

Dusty: Tell me.

Tom: Conspiracy. Fraud. Illegal gaming. Hopefully, Aaron will recover, then that charge will be aggravated battery. Otherwise, it's going to be manslaughter. Even if it doesn't come to that, you're looking at time. 15 to 20 years. You're about to throw the best years of your life down the tube, unless --

Dusty: Unless what?

Tom: Unless you're willing to play ball with the D.A.'s office.

Holden: Any change?

Alison: I don't get it. They said that he's coming out of it, but how come that's not happening? And I've tried everything, Holden. I've even tried saying stuff to make him mad, but nothing's working.

Holden: The nurse who told you that probably just jumped the gun a little bit.

Alison: No, but she said that something started happening in his brain.

Holden: That's true. Ben said that there's been and increased in the EEG activity, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he's going to come out of it right away. It still may take a little while.

Alison: Bites.

Holden: It's a good sign. We just need to be patient. Ben's actually coming in here to do another examination on him.

Alison: Well, then, maybe it's a guy thing. You know, he hears a woman telling him to wake up, and he has to ignore me, right?

Holden: If he hears you, I'm sure that he's very glad that you're here.

Alison: Oh, my God, Holden.

Holden: Aaron.

Alison: You're back!

Hal: You're really going to come back? We can make this work, I know we can --

Emily: I believe that. I do.

Hal: Okay, so what's up? Talk to me.

Emily: It's Daniel. What am I supposed to do without my little boy? I'm going to miss him.

Hal: I will, too. But this arrangement's not forever. Tom's already working on an alternative for Barbara. He doesn't think it's a great idea to have Danny in the same house, either. In the meantime, Susan will just spoil him rotten.

Emily: Yeah. I told him you'd stop by and explain things to him.

Hal: Absolutely. Can I get your bags? Are you all packed?

Emily: Yes. They're at my mom's house -- the guest room.

Hal: All right. Oh. I don't know that this is a good idea --

Barbara: Maybe you're right. Maybe we all need to sit down and discuss this --

Emily: Oh, Barbara, give me a break. Go. Go see Daniel. I will be just fine.

Hal: Honey, are you sure about this?

Emily: Honey, if I'm gonna move home, then we're gonna have to deal with the fact that Barbara and I will be alone together sometimes.

Hal: I know, but --

Emily: That thing on her ankle -- it gives big fat shock if she goes off the deep end, right?

Hal: Well, not exactly, but it does signal the station in case she goes out of range.

Emily: Okay. There you go, that's all we need. What are you going to do, stay at home 24/7 and keep an eye on me?

[Hal sighs]

Hal: All right. Play nice.

Barbara: Hal, wait -- well, he certainly was happy to have you home.

Emily: And what about you, Barbara? Are you happy?

Barbara: Mostly I'm grateful. Hal's been very generous to me.

Emily: All right, you know what, we need to get something straight, right now. Number one -- you are not a guest in Halís house. In fact, you're not a guest anywhere. You are incarcerated. My only wish is that you had an orange jumpsuit to remind you of that fact. Number two -- this isn't just Halís home. It's mine, too. And there are a few house rules you need to understand.

Alison: Aaron? Aaron, I've missed you so much. We've been waiting for you to come out of this.

Lily: Aaron's awake?

Holden: Yeah. He just now opened his eyes.

Alison: You scared us so much. We've been waiting for you to wake up. Aaron? Can you hear me? Can -- Aaron? Aaron -- why isn't he answering.

Holden: Aaron? Aaron, its Dad. Can you hear me?

Lily: I'll get Ben.

Holden: Aaron? Aaron, do you know where you are? Can you feel me holding your hand?

Alison: Oh, my God. There's something wrong.

Ben: He's regained consciousness. That's good.

Alison: No, no, no, but it's like he can't hear us or say anything --

Ben: Okay, I need to do a complete Neuro exam. Give me a few minutes.

Alison: There's something wrong. Did you see his eyes?

Holden: Ben just needs to evaluate the situation. Okay? Aaron probably just needs a little time to get over it.

Lily: I'm sure he's on his way out of it.

Ben: Order a CT scan, stat.

Nurse #2: Here are the reports you asked for, Dr. Dixon, from Aaron Snyderís surgery?

John: Thank you very much.

Craig: Sierra, why do you have to drag me back here?

Sierra: Because this conversation can't wait, and I wasn't about to do it in public.

Craig: I don't have time to fight with you.

Sierra: Oh, that's right. You need to rush down to that police station to stir up a little trouble there.

Craig: Hey, hey, hey, I'm not the one who started this, Dusty Donovan did. I told you he was no good for Lucy, but would anybody listen? No. Now, our daughter is lucky to be alive, and a good family friend is hurt. And by the way, you should care as much about Rafael as I do, you know. His family worked for you for years.

Sierra: How dare question my loyalty to the Ortegaís.

Craig: Do you know his arraignment is tonight? He was set up, that kid, and I would like to be there for him.

Sierra: Well, as long as you've opened that door, I would like to talk about him being set up. I hear that you knew that those gloves were loaded. Why didn't you go to the police as soon as you discovered it?

Craig: I was on my way, I wanted to protect Lucy.

Sierra: Oh, please. Come on, you knew about the gloves long before the fight, but you deliberately held out saying anything. Now, why was that? Please. Don't bother searching for lies, because you and I both know the answer to that. You didn't tell anybody, because you desperately needed to say, "I told you so." And you needed to have a clear shot at Dusty Donovan.

Craig: You don't think Dusty Donovan is a huge problem?

Sierra; I think you're a huge problem. You and your obsession with our daughter.

Craig: So, sue me, I love our daughter!

Sierra: So much so that any time she shows the slightest tendency to rely on another person, you set out to destroy that person. That is unacceptable. I want you to stay away from her -- for good.

Dusty: What kind of ball am I supposed to be playing?

Tom: Well, I got a call from the FBI. They're very interested in Dominic Ramsey. They want to nail him.

Dusty: Tell 'em to get in line, I'd like a shot at him, too.

Tom: Well, perhaps I can get you that shot. How much do you know about his business, who he hangs with, who he bets with?

Dusty: Not a lot, that was his business.

Tom: Well, if I were you, I'd start making it my business.

Dusty: Why is that?

Tom: To polish up a statement for the feds.

Dusty: What do I get?

Tom: Free ride. You roll over on Dominic Ramsey, the federal prosecutor is willing give you an early Christmas present. He'll see to it that all the charges against you are dropped.

Lucy: Excuse me. Do you have any idea how long Mr. Hughes will be in with Dusty Donovan?

Cop #1: No, I don't, but Donovanís scheduled to be arraigned shortly.

Lucy: No. No. Walk away. Rafael.

Rafael: Lucy, what are you doing here? Oh. Well, it's good to see a familiar face.

Lucy: Are you about to be arraigned, too?

Rafael: It's so weird. I'm never scared going into the ring, but this, man, it's different.

Lucy: Hey.

Tom: Do you hear what I'm offering you? You give 'em the goods on Dominic, you walk.

Dusty: I canít.

Tom: Really? Why?

Dusty: Because you don't roll on a guy like Dominic and get away with it.

Tom: He will not be able to touch you. He'll do a life sentence in the federal penitentiary.

Dusty: Come on, Tom, one call and you'll find me in a dumpster. That the truth. I canít. I got too many people I care about who need me alive.

Tom: Well, you'll be talking to all those fine people from behind a big plated glass in Joliet. You'll have 20 years in lockup to regret this decision.

Rafael: Wait, you told him he never woke up?

Lucy: The operation didn't go as well as they had hoped. They thought he was coming out of it for awhile, but -- it's like he can't wake up.

Rafael: I did this.

Lucy: No, no. You didnít. Dominic Ramsey did this. By putting you in an impossible position, you did the only thing you could.

Cop #1: You can park it, Ortega, we're waiting for a call to take you up to the hearing room.

Lucy: Shouldn't your lawyer be here by now?

Rafael: What lawyer?

Lucy: You can't come into court without an attorney. It's okay, I'll find you somebody, and I'll pay for your bail --

Rafael: No. Don't, okay? I did this. I know what I did and I'm gonna have to deal with it.

Lucy: By paying for something you were blackmailed into doing? You don't deserve to be branded a cheater.

Rafael: Is that what they're calling me?

Lucy: The papers are acting like -- like you wanted to hurt Aaron, like you did it on purpose. And if you don't set the record straight, you're never gonna get your name cleared.

Rafael: I held back as long as I could, I didn't want to hit him, but they had you -- at the last minute, I even tried to tell Aaron about the gloves, but he wouldn't listen to me.

Lucy: I know. It's not your fault.

Emily: What is this?

Barbara: Well, Emily, I am here all day long with nothing to do. And I find baking very therapeutic, and then I remembered that apple pie is Halís favorite --

Emily: So you thought you'd rummage around my kitchen and use all of my pots and pans to whip up my husband a little dessert?

Barbara: As I told you, Hal has been very generous with me, and I just thought --

Emily: Well, you thought wrong! Not only have you imposed on my husband's kindness, you've separated me from my son. You are so lucky I'm not the same woman I was five years ago, because, I swear to God, if I was, I would cut you to ribbons and throw you in the trash.

Barbara: I am sorry that this is so awkward for you --

Emily: Try intolerable! But the fact is, I love my husband and I am crazy about Will and they are the only reason I'm putting up with any of this, so if you're staying, you're staying on my terms. Number one -- you are to go up to Jenniferís old room and stay up there for the duration. You're not to bother anyone in this house for any reason. That includes needing your dress zipped or your necklace fastened. From now on, lady, you dress alone. You're hungry, you eat a sandwich, make small-talk with yourself. You don't cook. You don't bake. You don't show your face unless you're invited. Are we clear?

Ben: I'm sending Aaron down for another CT scan and some other tests.

Alison: Why? He was opening up his eyes, he was waking up.

Ben: I won't know anything for sure until the test results come back --

Holden: But he was conscious, right? I mean, how else could he have opened his eyes?

Ben: Well, sometimes eye opening is related to brain activity, and sometimes it's just an involuntary muscle reflex.

John: Dr. Harris, can I have a word with you for a moment?

Ben: Uh, excuse me.

Alison: Aaron -- Aaron, please try and hear me, please? Please?

John: I understand there's been a change in your patient's condition.

Ben: Yeah. He was improving, but now he's unresponsive to pain, the pupils are unequal Ė

 Holden: That's what we're trying to understand -- Ben says we need more tests.

Ben: We're sending him down for another CT scan --

Alison: But, he's gonna be okay?

Ben: I'm going to do everything I can, Holden.

Holden: All right.

Ben: Come on. Let's get him going now.

Holden: Can I speak to you?

John: Yeah, sure.

Holden: Is there anything I need to worry about here? I want the truth.

John: Holden, I think we ought to wait until we get the tests results back, you know?

Holden: I can't help but feel like Ben is holding something back, though. If there's something that you or Ben aren't saying, I want the truth.

John: Well, so do I, Holden. And I'm going to find out for you, whatever it may be.

Craig: You can't tell me to stay away from our child. I'm only trying to do what is best for her.

Sierra: And what's that? To make a permanent place on your lap for her?

[Craig chuckles]

Craig: How about a safe, secure future? How about a chance to finish her schooling? How about a nice, honorable guy maybe less than twice her age? Okay? Now, tell me, if wanting all that is a sin, then spank me, I'm guilty.

Sierra: Oh, you are guilty -- of a lot of things. But let's not pretend that you want an honorable man for Lucy. You don't want any man for Lucy. In fact, you can't tolerate anyone in her life at all. And that just is not good. You are the worst thing that ever happened to her.

Craig: She is my child. I would give my life for her.

Sierra: But you're not the one who did, are you?

Craig: You want to blame me for Alan getting shot? For Aaronís cracked head? For the latest hurricane in Montega? Go ahead, I don't care. It doesn't matter. But I was right about Dusty Donovan. All right? And you should be grateful to me that I saved her from him. All right? But come on, we're on the same side.

Lucy: I am not going to let anything happen to you, I promise.

Rafael: You're not responsible for me.

Lucy: And you're not responsible for what happened to Aaron. Dominic used you, the same he used Aaron, and we just have to find a way to make the judge and the court and everybody else understand that you could not have done this on purpose.

Rafael: Why are you so sure about me?

Lucy: I know you, I grew up with you. You were always there to watch out for me and protect me, and that's what you were doing this time, you were protecting me, and -- if you want someone to blame, then blame me.

Rafael: Hey, Dominicís guys were holding you hostage, okay?

Lucy: Yeah, but if I hadn't gotten involved in the first place, none of this would have happened. I should've known from the beginning just to stay away from that fight, but I wouldn't listen and look what happened!

Rafael: Hey. Hey. Come on.

Lucy: I would give anything to fix this!

Rafael: Come on, come on.

Cop #2: Let's go, Donovan. They want you first.

Dusty: Hold on a sec. Get Tom Hughes back here. I wanna to make a deal.

Barbara: You have simply misinterpreted a simple gesture here. I am trying to establish a peaceful coexistence with Hal. He has put himself out for me.

Emily: You have put this entire family out, Barbara, literally!

Barbara: Hal and I share a son. And for the first time in years, I just don't want to fight, so if I bake him a pie, it's just a small way of saying "thank you." And surely, with your own family's messy history, you can understand wanting to move on --

Emily: My family is none of your business. You don't give a rat's tail about movin' on. All you care about is Barbara Ryan. You know what, after all these years, you still might be able to fool Will and everybody else, but you don't fool me. I know exactly who you are and what you do, and I'm telling you right now, you're not getting away with it under my roof.

Lily: You look tired.

Holden: It's been a long couple of days. Between what happened with Aaron and Julia being attacked, I feel like I've been livin' here.

Lily: Maybe you could find a place to lie down.

Holden: No. No, I need to wait for those test results.

Lily: Well, you don't know how long that's gonna take. Why don't you go into Aaronís room, have a seat, put your feet up and take a little nap. And if anything happens, I'll tell you right away.

Holden: No, I don't think I can sleep.

Lily: Come on, you've got to take care --

Holden: I'll be fine.

Lily: You know what, I know things are horrible between us right now, but I still care about you. You've been spending day and night here taking care of everybody else, can I at least just you take care of you for a little while?

Holden: Seems a little late for that.

Lily: Oh, come on, just -- right here. Right now. No strings. Promise. I just feel helpless. I don't know what to do, I can't help you, I can't help Aaron, I --

Holden: I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I -- I know you're as worried about Aaron as I am.

Lily: I'm worried about you, too. I mean, you're exhausted.

Holden: I am, but, you know, I am not going to be able to get any rest until I know that he's gonna pull through this.

Nurse #1: The test results on Aaron Snyder, Dr. Harris.

Ben: Thank you. Damn!

Lucy: You are not talking me out of it, Rafael. There's no way I'm gonna let you go to jail for protecting me. My grandmother, she has a ton of lawyers on hand. We could just find they best one and make a case, and -- [Rafael sighs] There has to be something else that I can do.

Rafael: Are you kidding? You're already doing so much.

Lucy: I could get your sister and your mother, and bring them up there to be with you.

Rafael: Hey, no! No, okay? I don't want 'em here. Okay? I couldn't stand for her to see me like this, it would break my mother's heart to hear the some of the things they're saying about me. Okay?

Tom: So, what's going on, Dusty? [Dusty sighs] Give us a minute, it's okay. All right, so we're alone -- talk.

Dusty: Tell the feds I wanna make a deal on one condition.

Barbara: I mean, I went through so much in that place, and then to have Hal and Will decide to put themselves out for me -- it's like an undeserved miracle. It's changed me. And I just want you to understand that I don't want you -- any of you for that matter -- to regret taking me in. I promise, I'm not going to intrude.

[Barbara thinking] You're the intruder here! In my house, with my family, you disgusting blonde slut! And I'm going to do everything I can to help around the house.

[Barbara thinking] My house! Which you've managed to turn into a complete nightmare with your appalling lack of taste! Where on earth did you get these rags, at a yard sale? And I promise you, that I will stay out of the way if that's what you want.

[Barbara thinking] Until I can find a way to get rid of you.

Hal: Oh. Everybody's in one piece? That's good. No broken plates, broken furniture -- it's all good.

Emily: We're fine. Fine, fine, fine. Aren't we, Barbara?

Barbara: Yes, we are. And I think I will go upstairs and give you two a chance to be alone together.

Hal: I -- I don't know what changed your mind, but I hope you can tell how happy I am that you did. You belong here.

Emily: I'm your wife. I belong wherever you are.

Hal: Come here.

Bob: John --

John: Bob, Bob. Thank you for meeting with me. Sit down, sit down, sit down.

Bob: I got your message when I landed, I came right from the airport. What's this about?

John: Well, I wanted to talk to you away from the hospital -- it's about Aaron Snyder.

Bob: Oh, that's a shame -- I talked Kim from the conference, she told me what happened. How's he doing?

John: Well, not as well as he should be. I don't mean to be jumping the gun here, but I think we may be looking at a liability case.

Lily: Black, two sugars.

Holden: Thank you.

Lily: It'll keep you awake, but I really think you should take a nap. You know, I was thinking, when Aaron gets out of the hospital, which should be, I'm sure, very soon, he can't go back to his apartment right away, so --

Holden: One thing at a time, Lil.

Lily: I know. But, I was thinking maybe I could fix up one of the rooms at our house. If you'll be there.

Alison: My mom sends her best. She said to tell you that she's thinking about you guys and when she comes back in, she's gonna check up on Aaron.

Lily: Oh, that's good.

Holden: Thanks, Ali, that means a lot.

Alison: Look, look! They're bringing Aaron back! Aaron! Aaron? He looks that same! Aaron!

Lily: Has he been like this the whole time?

Holden: Yeah. I don't understand, the EEG he showed increased activity, why hasn't he made any progress?

Ben: Look, I'm sorry, but these latest test results weren't what I hoped for.

Holden: What do you mean?

Ben: The MRI showed a subdural hematoma. That's a blood clot beneath the outer covering of the brain.

Alison: Oh, my God.

Holden: So, what do you have to do for that?

Ben: We can evacuate the clot. We're waiting for a room in the O.R. to become available. As soon as it does, I'm taking Aaron back into surgery.

Craig: Sierra, we are the parents of a bright and beautiful girl. Okay? We do disagree about a lot of things, but our love for Lucy is not one of them. That's what I mean about our being on the same side.

Sierra: Oh, it'll be a cold day in hell before I'm ever on your side again.

Craig: It'd be a lot colder if you ever tried to keep me from Lucy.

Sierra: Well, maybe you better bundle up, because I have a little surprise for you.

Tom: I'm listening. Name your condition and I'll see what I can do.

Dusty: I want all charges against Rafael Ortega dropped. And then I'll talk. I don't care what happens to me, but he walks.

Lucy: Okay, I won't call your mother. But I am staying for the arraignment. You shouldn't have to go through this alone.

[Rafael sighs]

Rafael: All right. I guess this is it.

Cop #1: You ready for this one, Mr. Hughes?

Tom: That won't be necessary, you can process this one out.

Rafael: What's going on?

Tom: Pick up your personal belongings at the front desk.

Rafael: Then what? I come back tomorrow, or --

Tom: No, you don't come back here. The charge has been dropped, you're being released.

Rafael: What!

Lucy: Oh, my God. But I don't get understand -- how?

Tom: Ask your friend. Rafael, you gotta sign some paperwork, then you're free to go. Come on.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Julia: Why are you here?

Carly: I need to see you and Jack.

Craig: Have a nice visit.

Sierra: Except it's not a visit, Craig. I'm back in Oakdale. For good.

Lucy: You can't testify against Dominic Ramsey. It's too dangerous. This --

Dusty: It's none of your business. I'm not your problem anymore.

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