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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 5/24/06

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Will: You hardly even know me, Jade. And suddenly it's your mission in life to get me through school. I just want to know why.

Jade: So I found a website. I pressed a button and helped you with a Biology paper. So what?

Will: So now, you're talking about scoring the answers for my final exam in Calculus. There's got to be a reason.

Jade: What, I can't do something out of the goodness of my heart?

Will: Let's be real. I know that you were scamming Luke's family.

Jade: You think I'm scamming you?

Will: You'd have to be stupid to do that, seeing as I have no money.

Jade: I'm just trying to be nice, okay? Even evil, hard-hearted scammers need friends. But if that's too much to ask --

Will: Okay, so the final exam is tomorrow. How are you going to get the answers by then?

Jade: I've got my ways. Like him, for example.

Nate: Hey, Will.

Will: Nate, hey.

Nate: How's it going?

Will: Do you know Jade? She works here.

Nate: I've seen you before.

Jade: Hi.

Nate: Nice to meet you. Hey, I hear that Calc test tomorrow, it's going to be a monster, man.

Will: Yeah, that's why I'm cracking the books.

Nate: Me, too.

Will: You never had any problem with Calc.

Nate: Yeah, but I have to ace this one. I'm trying to qualify for this summer program at M.I.T.

Will: Well, that's cool.

Nate: Well, I'll see you around. It was nice to meet you.

Jade: So, is he in your class?

Will: No, he's in the morning class. So he'll be out of his misery before I even put pen to paper.

Jade: Perfect.

Will: What are you going to do?

Jade: What I do best.

Will: Jade, I don't know about this.

Jade: What's to know, all right? If you flunk out, you're going to break your wife's heart. Are you going to be okay with that? I didn't think so.

Lily: Luke! Where are you going?

Luke: To study.

Lily: Third night this week. You have finals?

Luke: Yeah.

Lily: Are you meeting anyone? To study with, Luke.

Luke: Mom, what is this?

Lily: I'm just asking.

Luke: Yeah, but before I came out, you never asked me anything like that.

Lily: It's a simple question.

Luke: Yeah, right.

Holden: Hey, what's going on?

Luke: Let Mom explain it to you. I'm out of here.

Holden: Luke, I can count on you to take care of your mom while I'm away?

Luke: Yes, like always. Have a good trip, Dad.

Lily: Oh, he is so defensive. He sees everything I'm saying to him as an accusation.

Holden: Lily, this is a tough time for him.

Lily: I realize that. I'm just trying to help him. I think I know how to do that.

Dusty: Are you happy? Because this is the way it's going to be for the rest of our lives, every day.

Jennifer: With you kissing me good morning every day and feeding Johnny every day and not going to work every day?

Dusty: Yes.

Barbara: Hey, hey, what are you doing?

Dusty: Take a guess.

Barbara: Wait a second, I get an urgent message saying that I need to come over and get Johnny. What's happened?

Jennifer: We're engaged.

Barbara: Oh! Oh, honey!

Dusty: I can't tell. Is she happy?

Barbara: Oh, this is absolutely wonderful!

Dusty: I guess she is.

Jennifer: This could have gone both ways.

Barbara: I had been secretly hoping for this. What took you so long?

Dusty: Well, I got hung up when your son's wife kidnapped me.

Jennifer: Okay, let's not go there. Mom, there is one more thing. Dusty wants to adopt Johnny.

Barbara: Oh, that is -- that's just lovely. We have so many things to celebrate! I will throw you both a magnificent engagement party.

Lucinda: Too late, too late, too late. [Speaking foreign language] We've already got a party, fiesta, for tomorrow, here. You're welcome to come if you want to. Hi, honey.

Susan: Hey.

Emily: Hi, Mom.

Susan: Who were you expecting?

Emily: Nobody.

Susan: I got the rest of your things from Paul's place.

Emily: Thank you.

Susan: Aren't you going to ask me if he was there?

Emily: Was he?

Susan: No. Is that who you were expecting just now? Emily, when are you going to get over your obsession with this man?

Emily: Mother, I am over him. He's supposed to bring some very important papers giving up his rights to our child. And the later it gets, the more worried I am that he's not going to show.

Susan: Oh. You have nothing to worry about.

Emily: What are you talking about? You talked to Paul?

Susan: No. Meg. I ran into her at Paul's place. And if she has her way, he will never be in your baby's life.

Meg: If I agree to raise that baby, Emily will never be out of our lives, and I can't do that. I can't take responsibility for Emilyís baby.

Paul: Okay. You know what, forget I even brought it up.

Meg: How could I forget it when you're still holding on to the papers? Are you going to relinquish custody or not?

Paul: I just need some time to think about it.

Meg: If that's the way you feel, then Emilyís still coming between us.

Paul: No, this has got nothing to do with us.

Meg: You want the baby and I want you.

Paul: And you don't want the baby. I get that. I know.

Meg: Look, I'm not the bad guy here, Paul. I have nothing against the baby.

Paul: Well, then why won't you even consider raising --

Meg: The same reason you didn't considering it a few days ago! If the baby comes into our lives, not your life, our life, then Emily comes, too. And she's crazy!

Paul: She's going to be locked up.

Meg: When does Emily ever stay locked up? She's going to be right here with us, making daily phone calls from her padded cell and demanding that the baby come to visit her.

Paul: I don't know how to do this. I don't know what to do. I give up my child -- or I lose the woman that I love.

Meg: Well, you have two choices. Either you sign those papers and walk away. Or you can raise your child.

Paul: Yeah, I don't want to do it that way. Meg, please raise this kid with me.

Meg: I'm sorry. I can't promise you that.

Emily: If Meg's in love with Paul, and we all know she is, he will convince her to do whatever he wants. Trust me, take it from someone who knows.

Susan: No, I think he has finally met his match in that regard.

Emily: What do you mean?

Susan: Meg wants you and the baby out of Paul's life. And even if Paul gets sentimental someday, fat chance, but if he even thinks he wants to play Daddy, she'll put a stop to it. She made that absolutely clear to me. You relieved?

Emily: You have no idea how much.

Paul: So that's it? Either I sign away my flesh and blood, or I decide to be a good father. And no matter how much I love you, maybe you'll stick around, but maybe you wonít.

Meg: This isn't a small thing, Paul. It's the rest of my life, and it just changed overnight. I mean, how do you expect me to give you any guarantees?

Paul: I thought you loved me.

Meg: Emily broke into my house -- into my car. She planted evidence against me. She framed me for murder.

Paul: Okay, but outside of that, really, what's the big deal?

Meg: I warned you, this is not funny.

Paul: You know what's funny? The thought of me raising a kid by myself. Have you thought about that? Given who my father is, given who my mother is, Emilyís a head case. And let's face it, I'm no Dr. Phil. The only chance that this kid has at even waving at normal is if you're here.

Meg: Don't say things like that to me.

Paul: You've got to stick around. Meg, without you -- nothing works.

Meg: So here we are. I get weak in the knees, and I promise that I will be there for the baby's first steps and for kindergarten graduation --

Paul: No, and the terrible twos and teenage angst. I'm not asking you to stick around for just the good stuff.

Meg: So I fall in love, which I would probably do with this tiny little human who looks like you and laughs like you, and --

Paul: Yeah, this is great. This sounds very promising.

Meg: And then Emily comes and takes the baby away.

Paul: Not going to happen.

Meg: Emily specializes in making the impossible happen.

Paul: Listen to me very carefully. That will never happen.

Meg: Emily's going to fight us, and harass us, and she's even gonna try and turn the baby against us. It's gonna be a nightmare that will never end. If you sign those papers, can you change your mind later?

Paul: What, after Emilyís locked up? No. It's now or never. Either I sign away the rights to my child or not, but if I do it now it's very difficult to change later. I could lose him forever.

Meg: You know, you play a really good game of being a tough guy, but you're really a marshmallow.

Paul: Don't tell anybody.

Meg: Pinkie swear.

Paul: Please don't leave me.

Meg: Like I could.

Paul: What does that mean? What are you saying?

Meg: I love you. I know this is your child, and i know you must be tied up in knots about it, but I don't want either one of us to do something that we're gonna regret. So --

Paul: So, you'll consider raising the kid with me?

Meg: I'll think about it. I am not saying --

Paul: Look, I'll take what I can get. Why don't you go in the room right now. You can turn down the lights, you can start thinking about it.

Meg: You know, I can't think here. I need to be by myself for a while.

Paul: Okay. How long is a while? You don't have to answer that. You know, as long as you come back. No kidding, how long is a while? Minutes, days? Not weeks?

Meg: Just leave a candle burning for me, okay?

Lucinda: Are we putting together out guest lists?

Barbara: Yes, yes. Well, of course Hal --

Dusty: Bob and Kim.

Barbara: Yes, and Jennifer's brother Will.

Jennifer: And his wife, Gwen.

Barbara: Of course. And --

Jennifer: Yes, Mom.

Barbara: You do have another brother, Jen.

Jennifer: Mom, I'm not inviting Paul to the party. And I'm not inviting Paul to the wedding.

Barbara: I see.

Dusty: Do you?

Barbara: Yes, I do. Paul has hurt Jennifer very much, and I think -- I think you should do what you want.

Jennifer: Thank you, Mom.

Jade: Hey. Nate, I don't mean to bother you. But we just got this new into the library. It's a Calculus study guide. I thought maybe it would help with that Calculus test you have tomorrow. What am I talking about? You probably don't even need it.

Nate: No, no, thank you. I could use all the help I can get. I'm glad we met, officially.

Jade: Yeah, me, too. I've noticed you.

Nate: You have?

Jade: Yeah, like when you took out those two Stephen Hawking books the other day.

Nate: I didn't actually read them. I was just hoping to impress you.

Jade: Well, you did. So, let me think -- let me know what you think about that Calculus study guide, okay?

Nate: Maybe I could take you out coffee or something sometime?

Jade: Yeah, I'd like that.

Will: So you're coming on to Nate. How does that help me out with Calculus?

Jade: By tomorrow, he'll be more than happy to spoon-feed me the answers to your Calculus test. And then I can give them to you. It's that simple.

Will: Yeah, or I could just dot it the old-fashioned way.

Jade: Sure. If you want. But, Nate can be plan B.

Luke: So, what's up with you and Will?

Jade: Nothing.

Luke: He's my friend, Jade.

Jade: Yeah, like I was? He needed a study guide and I work here. That's it.

Holden: So, what's your idea?

Lily: I think Luke should start seeing a therapist again. He really liked the one he was seeing when he was having a problem with drinking.

Holden: And what is that supposed to accomplish?

Lily: He's obviously having a very difficult time with his feelings. He's so angry.

Holden: Well, there's a reason for that.

Lily: I know. He's confused. He needs to understand what's going on inside of him. Why he's getting pushed and pulled in all these different directions. First, he was drinking and he was lying about Jade and now this. Holden --

Holden: Okay, I agree that maybe he should talk to someone. But not because --

Lily: Good, good. Well, he's much more willing to listen to you these days than me. So, you could suggest it to him?

Holden: And what am I suggesting? That Luke see a therapist to try and get a handle on being gay? Or because you think that this therapist can do some kind of secret deprogramming? Because that's not going to happen. Lily, what?

Lily: Someone could've put this idea in his head. Luke needs to know what is what. He needs somebody to talk to. To confide in.

Holden: That's not what's going on here.

Lily: You don't know that, Holden.

Holden: Luke is sure.

Lily: Well, maybe you can accept it, but I canít. decided to stay in town, that's fine, it's your business. But why do you have to be in my face all the time?

Kevin: Hey.

Luke: Hey, Kevin. How's it going?

Kevin: It's going. So what, are you two lovebirds fighting? What's up with that?

Jade: Go ahead, tell him.

Holden: We can't change this.

Lily: You don't understand.

Holden: No, I do understand. I've been down this road and back. I watched while Jade pretended to be Luke's girlfriend so that I could fool myself into believing that my son was straight. You want to send Luke to a shrink? It's not going to change anything.

Lily: I just need to understand. I need to find out as much as I can before drawing any conclusions. That's all.

Holden: Okay, so you want him to see somebody. You want to get a professional opinion.

Lily: That's it, right.

Holden: Okay, that's a good idea. So if the therapist says that Luke is who he says he is -- then you'll be willing to except that? You'll be able to live with it?

[Doorbell rings]

Paul: Hey, Johnny! Did you bring your mom with you?

Barbara: No, he brought your mom with him.

Paul: What are you doing here?

Barbara: Now I know you like to be rude to me, but why don't you invite your nephew inside.

Paul: Fine, Johnny can come in. You stay out here in the hallway.

Barbara: Stop being so grumpy. I've got great news!

Paul: You're moving to Outer Mongolia?

Barbara: No! Jennifer and Dusty are getting married.

Paul: That's great.

Barbara: Yeah, it's really great. I think things are finally turning around for her. He's a wonderful guy and he's going to be so good to Johnny. I'm just really happy for them.

Paul: Hold on a second. You're pleased about this? You're not planning to try and stop the wedding and destroy your own daughter's chances of happiness?

Barbara: Now honey, its okay. It's all right. You have no reason to be scared of your uncle Paul. He's not nearly as mean as he sounds, is he?

Paul: Give him to me.

[Knock at the door]

Emily: Come in.

Meg: Hello, Emily.

Emily: What are you doing here? Visiting hours are over. How'd you get in?

Meg: I still have a few friends on staff. I promised I won't stay long.

Emily: So where are they? The papers. Did Paul send you to deliver them to me personally?

Meg: Paul hasn't signed the papers yet. And I don't think he's going to.

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Luke: I know Jade seems like she's really nice and everything, but don't get too friendly with her.

Will: She's just helping me find some stuff to help me study.

Dusty: Can you really do this? Can you cut your brother off?

Paul: Is there a party?

Barbara: No, I am not going to tell you when the party is.

Emily: Why are you here?

Meg: To congratulate you. You're getting exactly what you want.

Luke: Itís not like that. It was me. I wasn't into her.

Kevin: Dude, you'd have to be dead not to be into her. Or gay.

Luke: Well, actually -- I guess it just wasn't meant to be. You know how it goes. So, are you still seeing that girl --?

Kevin: Hey, I gotta go. Hey, good luck playing the field again.

Jade: So why didn't you tell him?

Luke: Why do you even care?

Jade: I'm just curious.

Luke: Look, coming here was a bad idea.

Jade: Yeah, and coming out wasn't such a hot one, either.

Luke: What do you even know about it?

Jade: Why bother telling your parents if you can't even work up the nerve to tell your friends?

Luke: Jade, why do you care?

Jade: I just don't understand what the point of coming out was if you're still in the closet.

Jennifer: Lucinda, thank you so much for throwing us this engagement party.

Lucinda: Darling, it is my pleasure. Here's the list so far.

Jennifer: Gosh, if my mom had been dealing with this, she would've given me such a hard time about Paul.

Lucinda: Uh-huh, yeah?

Jennifer: Why is his name still on the list?

Dusty: What are you up too, Lucinda?

Lucinda: Just doing what I do best. I'm butting in. Anybody else like a brandy?

Dusty: I'd like a straight answer.

Lucinda: Look, I think you should both reconsider and invite Paul.

Dusty: Why?

Lucinda: Because he's Jennifer's brother, and do you want her to start out her new married life having to choose between him and you?

Barbara: Dusty wants to adopt Johnny. He's a good dad to him. Who knew?

Paul: Jennifer knew.. and she lost all that time with Johnny because of me.

Barbara: No, no, you stop. You stop. Not because of you. Because of Craig Montgomery. You were right to shield Jennifer and Johnny from Craig. And now she's marrying a wonderful guy, and he's gonna be a good father. Things have worked out for Jen. They can work out for you, too.

Emily: Paul sent you here?

Meg: Paul doesn't know I'm here.

Emily: Well, then how do you know he changed his mind about signing the papers? Why would he? He doesn't want this baby.

Meg: Oh, please, Emily. Stop with the shock and awe. You know damn well why he didn't sign! You planned this whole thing!

Emily: What?

Meg: You knew he was coming here today to give up his parental rights, so you set up that sonogram so he could see it.

Emily: What are you talking about? I wasn't even in the room when he saw the picture!

Meg: You know, you're good. You're really good. I'm starting to think that there is nothing you can't do. You even set yourself up in this nice cushy room instead of a jail cell --

Emily: Meg, Meg, why are you here?

Meg: To congratulate you. You're getting exactly what you want.

Luke: Jade, what's up with you? Are you still upset because you got kicked out of my house? Because you know that's all on you.

Jade: I just think the whole thing is stupid. We had a good thing going pretending to be together. And you just had to come up with this whole huge confession to your family. For what?

Luke: This is better than living a lie.

Jade: Keep telling yourself that. I just -- I think it's a shame, because I thought things were going to be better for you, and you still don't seem happy.

Will: Hey, Luke. How's it going?

Luke: Not great.

Jade: I'm going to go check on Nate and see how he's doing with that study guide.

Luke: Yeah, I know Jade seems like she's really nice and everything, but don't get too friendly with her.

Will: She's just helping me find some stuff to help me study. How your folks doing?

Luke: My dad's okay. But my mom, she --

Will: You okay?

Luke: Yeah, it's Jade. I think she's watching me.

Will: Right. Let's get out of here. Let's go take a walk or something.

Jennifer: Lucinda, okay, I meant what I said to my mother. I have no intention of inviting Paul.

Lucinda: I think I do understand that he's done some rather unspeakable things to you.

Dusty: Criminal things.

Lucinda: At the same time, he has had a near-death experience. That changes one. Now, you know who Paul was before, but do you know who Paul is right now?

Dusty: Yeah, he's the guy who told Jennifer he'd murdered me to keep his bum girlfriend out of jail.

Jennifer: Paul does not change. He is selfish, he does selfish things. He tries to tell people how to live their life. And I can't just let him think that that's okay!

Lucinda: Fine, okay. What about forgiveness? You know, capital F, "forgiveness?" Okay, sorry. I'm just too philosophical for my own good these days. Forget about it. It's your party and I'll just leave you to it. Here's a pen, you can cross his name off the list if you so desire, and I'll put a lid on my unsolicited advice.

Dusty: Can you really do this? Can you cut your brother off?

Barbara: Jennifer misses you.

Paul: Yeah, I doubt that.

Barbara: How could she not miss someone who's been her best friend her whole life?

Paul: I hurt her.

Barbara: We have all hurt each other. Now, it's true, I don't think taking up with Meg Snyder is what the doctor ordered for her reconciliation, but none the less, Paul, you need to be a part of your nephew's life. And you and Jennifer and Will need to be in each other's lives. Always.

Paul: Jennifer's made it pretty clear that she doesn't want that.

Barbara: Okay, well maybe -- maybe this engagement is a way for you to start slowly. Call her up. Congratulate her.

Paul: Is there a party?

Barbara: Yes, there's a party.

Paul: When?

Barbara: I'm not suggesting that you come to the party. But you could send flowers.

Paul: That's a great idea. When and where?

Barbara: No. I am not going to tell when the party is because I know you. You will show up. I won't do that to Jennifer.

Emily: You've got this all wrong. I don't want Paul anywhere near my child.

Meg: Oh, you are so full of it.

Emily: Meg, why would I want him to bond with this baby? If he fights me for custody, do you really think he's gonna lose? Come on, I'll gonna be in a psych hospital or in prison cell.

Meg: And whose fault is that?

Emily: He's already done enough to destroy my life. Does he have to take away the one good thing that came out of all this insanity and grief? This is my baby. Not Paulís. And it sure as hell is not yours. The last thing I want is you tucking my child into bed at night.

Meg: Yeah, that would suit me just fine. Because if I get your child, I get you in the bargain. And that's the last thing I want.

Emily: Well, then talk to him. Please, just convince him. Tell him to stay away from me and my baby.

Meg: I canít.

Emily: You can't? I thought he would do anything for you.

Meg: He will.

Emily: But not this. You don't want the baby, but he does. Where does that leave you, Meg?

Holden: You know what? I don't feel comfortable leaving you. You're upset about Luke. You're pregnant.

Lily: I am both those things whether you go or you don't go. So just go. E people are counting on you. I'll be fine.

Holden: And what about us? Will we be fine?

Lily: Yes. Of course.

Holden: You don't sound too convincing.

Lily: I'm just playing catch-up. I know you want me to be okay with this, like, yesterday. But I still need some time.

Holden: Well, then let me help.

Lily: That's the problem. You're not helping right now. It's a lot of pressure from you, and my mom and Luke. Listen, by the time you come back, I'll be fine. We'll be fine. Okay?

Holden: Okay.

Luke: Do you remember when we used to go fishing off this bridge?

Will: Yeah, when we were kids and you were forced to be nice to me? I remember.

Luke: Well, it all turned out for the best. I mean, you're the only friend I've got. The only guy that knows that I'm gay. I thought that coming out to my parents would be the hard part.

Will: What's harder than that?

Luke: Coming out to everybody else. I mean, everybody I know has this view of me and I know that I'm something different and it's just --

Will: I'm sorry, man. I thought your folks would be more understanding.

Luke: I just wish they'd stop arguing, you know, I wish my mom would just accept me. Did you hear something?

Will: It's not Jade, she wouldn't follow us out here. It was probably just somebody passing by.

Luke: Yeah. Or else I'm imagining things.

Will: That would be my bet.

Luke: Hey Will, thanks for listening.

Will: I feel bad. Maybe I gave you the wrong advice by telling you to come out.

Luke: No. Nothing is worse than being dishonest with people you love.

Will: Yeah, nothing worse.

Jennifer: Sure, it's hard to envision my life without Paul in it. But then I think about what he's done. How he kept me from Johnny. How he kept me from you.

Dusty: You can get over it. I mean, if I cut him some slack.

Jennifer: I could, but I don't think that I should. Not because of you. Because of me. You know what I said to Lucinda. I meant it. I have to stand up for myself with Paul. I can't let him think that he can make decisions about other people's lives. And from now on, I'm only that's going to be doing that.

Dusty: You can take care of all this with a conversation. You don't have to cut him out of your life forever.

Jennifer: I'm through with Paul. I made that promise to you. And I won't break it.

Paul: Do you really think I would alienating Jennifer and Dusty even further by showing up to their engagement party, uninvited?

Barbara: Yes, I do.

Paul: All right I won't go.

Barbara: Good, it's for the best.

Paul: You know, I should send flowers though, you're right. She's my sister. I should congratulate her.

Barbara: Honey, I am not going to tell you where the party is.

Paul: Try not to make him cry anymore. You are so lucky. Jen's your mom and now Dusty's your dad. Tell Jennifer I think he's a good kid.

Barbara: The party's at Lucindaís. Tomorrow. Go slowly. Take my advice, for once.

Paul: Look how far it's gotten me so far. Thanks, Mom.

Barbara: You're welcome.

Meg: No matter what you do, I'll still end up in the same place with Paul.

Emily: Even if he takes custody of my child.

Meg: Paul and I have a strong relationship. We will get through this together. He loves me.

Emily: Okay, if you say so.

Meg: If you try to come between us, you will fail, Emily.

Susan: I just saw Meg leave. What did she want? Did she upset you?

[Meg imagining]

Meg: Paul? Let's go.

Paul: I need to be here with my child.

Meg: Paul --

Paul: Don't make me choose. If you can't understand why I need to be here, then we have nothing, Meg. Nothing at all.

Emily: Meg did upset me. But I'm fine now.

"On the next As the World Turns" --

Hal: To Dusty and Jennifer.

Lucinda: Dusty and Jennifer.

Paul: Well, I'll drink to that.

Nick: You think I went to your empty house? Grabbed some girl I never met? And killed her and buried her in your basement?

Katie: Carly --

Carly: Stop it!

Luke: Did you see that guy?

Jade: What guy?

Luke: What was he doing? Was he following me?

Lily: Luke!

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