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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 12/20/06

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Casey: All right, hey, Maddie’s parking the car, so you've got, like, two minutes to tell me what that text was about.

Elwood: Well, they figured it out.

Casey: What the hell are you talking -- what are you doing?

Elwood: I'm packing, so when the big scary guy from comes back, he won't find me.

Casey: Wait, what scary guy?

Elwood: The man with the gun from the poker site where we've been cleaning up, all right? He was here, like an hour ago, looking for you and me.

Casey: Why? Are they cracking down? Because I've been hearing all these rumors about the new regulations and stuff like -- if you're in the states, they won't even let you play unless you've got a foreign account.

Elwood: Well, that's not the situation here.

Casey: So what's the situation?

Elwood: The situation is, they've caught us, okay? They know we've been cheating, all right? Now, if we don't get out of here, they're going to fill these shoes with cement and throw them and you and me into the river.

Casey: So this guy had a gun?

Elwood: Well, it's not like he showed it to me, okay? But he would've, if he'd known who I was, okay? I told him, you know, Casey and Elwood flunked out, and he went away.

Casey: Oh. So, what are you worried about then?

Elwood: Playpoker.Com sends a big guy to Oakdale U. To find two freshmen who got a little too lucky, and you don't think he's gonna come back?

Maddie: Testing.

Will: Hey. You're in a good mood.

Maddie: Christmas came early.

Will: Wow, very pretty.

Maddie: Thank you. Casey got them for me.

Will: So, things must be good between you two.

Maddie: They're good. Better, best. And you?

Will: I'm actually really good.

Maddie: Good.

Will: I have good news for a change. I got in here next semester, so --

Maddie: That's great. Gwen must be over the moon.

Will: I haven't told her yet, she's in L.A. but I was looking for you and Casey.

Maddie: Well, we have to celebrate. This is the best news!

Will: I know.

Poker rep: Excuse me, can either one of you tell me where I might find Casey Hughes?

Adam: Gwen?

Gwen: Yeah?

Adam: You did it!

Gwen: Oh, God!

Adam: You were amazing!

Iris: And, I want you to pick up a bottle of champagne. I want you to give it to my daughter, where I will be telling her all the nasty things that you've said to her Mama. [Iris goes by the window and sees Gwen and Adam kissing] Well, well, well.

Jack: Thank you.

Carly: Hey.

Jack: Hey.

Carly: Nothing like Java coffee, huh?

Jack: It's the best.

Carly: I should order.

Jack: Yeah, let me get out of your way. Sage ever find her sun?

Carly: Her what?

Jack: From her science project. The missing crystal. The one that looked like the diamond Simon gave you.

Carly: Right. Right. No, you know, she never did find that. I'm sure it'll turn up.

Jack: Somehow I doubt that. Something tells me that crystal's gone for good. Take care.

Vienna: But Dolly, the coffee's much better at Lakeview.

Prince Adolpho: I'm not here for the coffee. Ah, Detective Snyder. Just the man I was looking for.

Jack: Prince Adolpho. What brings you here?

Paul: Don't shoot.

Emma: You're trespassing.

Paul: I -- the door was open.

Emma: Paul, even you should know better than to argue with someone who has a gun in their hand.

Paul: I'm not arguing, I'm just -- what I'm trying --

Emma: You're just trying to get your own way again. Well, that time -- that time has come and gone.

Paul: May I? Meg! Is she here? Because I need to talk to her, just for a minute. It's important.

Emma: Meg is no longer your concern. You should know that after the other day.

Paul: Yeah, I know, at the wedding. She just needs a little time, that's all.

Emma: No, no, no, Paul. You've got it wrong. It's over. Meg no longer wants to marry you.

Paul: Well, she can't marry me now with the way things are, but -- she didn't confide in you as to why she called the wedding off, did she?

Emma: No, I didn't need to ask her.

Paul: No, you've always been really good about giving her space and time to, you know, figure things out. That's why I'm here.

Emma: Okay, now, I am only going to say this once. Meg does not want to marry you any longer.

Paul: Well, for the -- [Gun cocks] I'm sorry, what were you saying?

Emma: You have hurt my daughter very badly.

Paul: Yes. And?

Emma: And I don't want you on this property any longer. Now, I am going to count to ten, and if you are not in the car and driving away -- one!

Paul: Emma -- okay, okay. You've made your point, all right?

Emma: Two!

Paul: Could you tell her that I stopped by?

Emma: Three!

Paul: I'm going.

Meg: Mama!

Paul: I'm glad you're here. Could you please tell your mama to not shoot me?

Emma: I gave him fair warning. Five!

Meg: Mama, put the gun down, please. Thank you.

Paul: Can I talk to you?

Meg: Could we have a minute?

Emma: Are you sure about this?

Meg: Yeah.

Meg: What do you want?

Paul: You know what I want. But maybe right now we could just talk a little?

Meg: About what?

Paul: So, what's your hurry? Why do you want me out of here, huh? Craig outside?

Assistant: Is this what you were looking for?

Iris: Shh! How quickly can you get me to the airport?

Assistant: The airport?

Iris: I need a plane, like, now. Let's go.

Adam: Congratulations. I knew you had it in you.

Gwen: Thank you. I mean, for the opportunity. But -- but we should go. I need to pack.

Adam: You know, our flight doesn't leave until later. You ever been to Griffith Park?

Gwen: No.

Adam: You know, they do this amazing Christmas show. I mean, there's no snow, of course, but the lights are incredible. I was thinking maybe we could grab some dinner, check it out.

Gwen: You know, I'm not hungry. I don't really want anything. I just kind of want to go home.

Adam: You want to talk about it?

Gwen: You think you could call the airlines, see if there's an earlier flight out tonight?

Adam: Yeah, there's a flight in about an hour. You think you could be packed and ready to go?

Gwen: Yeah, if we leave for the hotel now.

Adam: Okay. So let's go. We'll call the airline from the car.

Poker rep: I was told Casey Hughes lives on this floor.

Maddie: Across the hall.

Poker rep: Thank you.

Maddie: Sure. So anyway, what does it feel like to matriculate?

Will: It felt pretty good until you had to go and scare me with that big word. [Maddie giggles] Maybe you should enroll.

Maddie: Next year. Fingers crossed.

Will: Yeah. So, are you and Gwen gonna live in the dorms or --

Will: It depends. You know, it'd be cool to live in the dorms with everybody, but Gwen and I like our privacy.

Maddie: Right.

Will: I don't know, it just feels good to be normal for a change. You know, it gets old having to tell everybody why I'm not in school, because I failed out -- and I'm gonna be in school, but I got my ged and I'm not a bum.

Maddie: Nobody thinks you're a bum.

Will: Well, I feel like a loser watching everybody start school.

Maddie: You're going to start.

Will: Yeah, and come January, Gwen and I will both be students and life will get back on track.

Casey: Five will get you ten that the guy never comes back.

[Knocking the door]

Elwood: You lose.

Casey: It's not him.

Elwood: Double or nothing?

Poker rep: Casey Hughes?

Prince Adolpho: I had my driver take me straight from the airport to your police station, where they told me that you were not at your desk but on your way to a coffee bar.

Jack: How can I help you, your highness?

Prince Adolpho: As you suggested, I had the crown jewels of Leonia removed from the vault and examined. And I'm horrified to report that your suspicions were correct. The collection contains a facsimile.

Vienna: The necklace I wore to the gala is a fake?

Prince Adolpho: Now it's a fake. When I fastened it around your neck, it was a priceless treasure.

Jack: Just so we're clear, you're accusing Miss Hyatt of stealing?

Vienna: He most certainly is not. I didn't steal your necklace, Dolly. I didn't even want to wear it, remember? But you insisted.

Prince Adolpho: And then you went running off to who knows where.

Vienna: You're the one who left the party and drove off with that horrible Carly person. I just left to powder my nose.

Prince Adolpho: The point is, the jewels are missing and must be returned. If you can't find my property, I'll be forced to report the theft to my embassy. And I can guarantee you, heads will roll.

Jack: How about we start with you filing an official complaint?

Prince Adolpho: You were in charge of security that night, Detective.

Jack: I still am, your highness.

Prince Adolpho: Then I trust you'll take whatever steps necessary.

Vienna: I wouldn't worry, Dolly. I'm sure that the Detective, he has all sorts of leads.

Carly: Jack? Why do you look so glum?

Jack: I'll do what I can, your highness. But if your jewels were stolen by a pro -- which is what I suspect -- they're long gone.

Prince Adolpho: Well, then, you'll have to track down this pro. Or I'll be forced to take this story to the newspapers. And then you can kiss your reputation good-bye, Detective.

Vienna: Can we go back to the hotel? I'm freezing, Dolly.

Prince Adolpho: We'll be at the Lakeview until further notice.

Vienna: I thought we were leaving for St. Tropez?

Prince Adolpho: Not until my property has been returned and the thieves are locked up.

Vienna: But all my good things are at the yacht.

[Jack clears his throat]

Carly: Oh, I thought you'd gone.

Jack: This little situation that you and Simon have created?

Carly: What situation?

Jack: Don't even try to play me, Carly. You know what I'm talking about. There's a problem. Things have changed.

Carly: What things?

Jack: Everything.

Elwood: Look, Mac, Casey Hughes flunked out, honest.

Poker rep: Not according to the dean. You got a b-minus average. Little better in Statistics, little worse in American Lit. Of course, if you laid off the cards, you might even make the Dean's list.

Casey: Look, I don't know who you think you are, but you've got five minutes to leave this room or I'm going to call campus security.

Poker rep: You going somewhere, Mr. Hoffman?

Elwood: I got a sick uncle.

Poker rep: And I have a hunch you two boys enjoyed yourselves the last couple of weeks. And that's good, because at, we want our guests to have a good time. 'Cause cards are fun. But we're always on the lookout for player collusion. And how do we do that? We check to see if any two players consistently wind up at the same poker table. And you two boys are regular tablemates.

[Elwood sighing]

Elwood: Okay, so what? I mean, lots of guys in the dorm play poker.

Poker rep: They do, and we're happy to have them on the site. But we've been monitoring you two boys. We've tracked the rate at which you raise your bets. Our I.T. division's even clocked the time it takes you to do that. Bottom line, we can prove you've broken the rules. You haven't been playing to win, you've been playing to beat the system. You've been comparing cards, collaborating on your bets.

Casey: So even if you can prove this, so what?

Poker rep: Well, boys, you don't want to go there.

Casey: My dad used to be the district attorney, you know?

Poker rep: Which means he's well versed in interstate commerce, and no doubt eager to take a hold of a federal prosecution. Or we could just call him and see if he wants to pay back that money you owe.

[Knocking at door]

Maddie: Casey?

Poker rep: Oh, that would be the pretty girl with the brown hair. Friend of yours?

Will: Hey, Casey, open the door.

Casey: Hey.

Maddie: Hey. What's going on?

Casey: This guy -- Elwood’s in trouble.

Maddie: Elwood?

Casey: Yeah, he's tanking Physics, so I'm trying to help him out and I got him a tutor.

Maddie: I thought he was some kind of physics genius.

Casey: Well, I guess you never really know people. Anyways, I got to get back in.

Maddie: Oh, yeah, okay. I have to go. I have an exam tomorrow anyway. So, call me, okay?

Will: Okay.

Maddie: Congratulations.

Will: Thanks.

Casey: Woah, congratulations?

Will: I'm registering here next semester.

Casey: You're gonna be -- you're gonna be here?

Will: I'm in.

Casey: Well, as soon as I get finished with this, we'll celebrate, all right?

Will: All right, good. I'm there. Have you -- have you heard from L.A.?

Casey: L.A.?

Will: Well, yeah, Adam and Gwen.

Casey: Oh, the shoot. Yeah, yeah.

Will: I thought you were all over that.

Casey: No, I am. But this roommate thing and -- I don't know. So what's the word?

Will: Nothing. I called them and I haven't heard back.

Casey: Oh, well, that's probably because they shut their phones off when they're working.

Will: Yeah, I know.

Casey: Well, no news is good news, right?

Will: Right.

Adam: I knew it. They just signed a deal with a major label. They were a bar band, used to play in roller rinks. I caught them one night in the valley. Nobody ever heard of them. Now they're guesting on Letterman.

Gwen: So, it can happen.

Adam: Yeah. And it's going to happen, for you.

[Gwen remembering]

Gwen: I'm Gwen.

Owner: Right. Adam's new girlfriend.

Gwen: No, I'm Adam’s new singer.

Owner: Yeah, well, sometimes it's not easy to catch the distinction.

Gwen: About that kiss --

Adam: Yeah?

Gwen: Adam, I'm married.

Adam: To my brother, I got that.

Gwen: I'm happily married.

Adam: I hope so, for his sake.

Gwen: So, what was that?

Adam: The kiss? It was just a kiss. You were happy, I was happy. Gordon Richards just offered you a first look deal. Do you have any idea what that means? That's huge.

Gwen: I know. And I appreciate everything that you've done for me. But I just want be really clear about you and me.

Adam: You're the one with talent, not me. Look, we just got a little caught up. That was a kiss at a club. You stick around this business long enough, everybody's going to want to kiss you.

Gwen: Is that rule number two? After rule number one? That I have to put up with people that I don't trust or don't like? Now I have to kiss anybody that comes backstage?

Adam: Hey, we just got some really good news.

Gwen: Yeah. Yeah, we did, and we crossed the line.

Adam: No, no, no, I crossed a line.

Gwen: Look, we -- the point is, is that it shouldn't have happened.

Adam: Okay.

Gwen: So, I want to know why it did.

Adam: Like I said, we just got a little carried away.

Gwen: Because?

Adam: Look, what do you want me to say? All right? You'd just come off stage, I just talked to Gordon. We were flying. Yeah, I wanted to kiss you. It wasn't something I thought about, it was something we just -- celebrated, all right? And for what? Like two seconds. Do you honestly think people are going to hold a few seconds of celebrating against us? 'Cause, Gwen, what we're trying to do -- it ain't easy. And after all you've accomplished, I could kiss you again. But I won’t. Because I know you just want to break it down. And I'd just rather read. Relax. We're cool.

Gwen: Good. Fine.

Paul: Did you get your mama to put away her shotgun?

Meg: Keep it up, and I might use it on you myself. What was that crack about Craig?

Paul: I heard him make a date with you.

Meg: A date? When?

Paul: I don't know. No, well, on the phone. Earlier.

Meg: I wasn't on the phone with Craig. He just got you, again.

Paul: I thought maybe you agreed to go out with him to try and get back at me.

Meg: Is that an apology?

Paul: He tried to kill me.

Meg: How?

Paul: How? He was on my balcony, and then I went out there after, and the railing gave way.

Meg: I told you to get that railing reinforced.

Paul: So, what? Now this is my fault?

Meg: You know what? I don't care whose fault it is. I don't want to do this anymore, Paul, okay? If you want to play bad guys with Craig, go ahead, just leave me out of it --

Paul: He's not playing at anything. This isn't a game. Now that Lucy and Johnny are gone, Craig is more lethal than ever. And I'm not going -- I can't let him hurt you, Meg!

Meg: And I don't want you protecting me. You and I -- well, there is no you and I, remember? We're over.

Jack: I just ran into the prince. You remember the prince, don't you? Rich guy, fast car? You were driving around with him the night of the costume ball?

Carly: Yes, of course, I remember him. How's he doing?

Jack: He's angry, Carly. It seems that somebody stole his family jewels.

Carly: Oh, no, not that again.

Jack: He's filing an official complaint. Which means that if I don't come across that necklace within a week, we've got an international incident on our hands.

Carly: I'm sorry if he's pressuring you, Jack --

Jack: It's not me I'm worried about here.

Carly: I don't have the necklace. And you've already tested the one that Katie stole from my house. She's the criminal here. But you know, she can keep it. Now that we all know it's a fake.

Jack: Do you hear yourself, Carly?

Carly: Well, Jack, I'm just trying to reassure you that I'm fine. Or I will be, when things get back to normal.

Jack: Carly, you said good-bye to normal when you opened the door to Simon Frasier.

Adam: I need to talk to you about something.

Gwen: Okay.

Adam: Gordon Richards came to see you tonight as a favor to me. And because he knows I have a reputation of backing people with talent. But I don't think he was expecting to like you as much as he did, or to offer you a first look deal. My point is -- this business is all about catching that wave. You caught it, Babe. Now, the trick is to ride it all the way to the beach.

Gwen: Look, I mean, to be honest with you, I was winging it out there tonight. And if Gordon liked what he heard then, he is going to flip out when he hears the rest of our stuff.

Adam: Yeah, if he's still willing to listen.

Gwen: Well, I thought that's what a first look deal was all about.

Adam: Yes and no. I'm not saying he's not still going like you, and your music. But the thing that really got his attention tonight was his own idea of how to sell you. Because Gordon Richards knows better than anything that timing is key in this business. You know, for instance, he knows that if Elvis Presley came out in '68, nobody would've cared. If Sinatra came out today, he'd never make it out of Hoboken.

Gwen: So, what are you saying?

Adam: I'm saying I think we need to make the most of this while we still have his attention.

Gwen: I'm fine with that.

Adam: Are you fine with making a full-time commitment?

Gwen: You have it.

Adam: You're cool with leaving school, devoting every minute of every day to this project?

Gwen: You want me to leave school?

Adam: Until we finish this, yeah. I think it's a good idea.

Gwen: You don't really know me or what it took for me to get all the way to Oakdale U. I mean, I've been on scholarship my entire life. School, it's really important to me.

Adam: More important than your music career? I mean, I'm not putting it down. School is great. I'm just asking that, maybe put it on hold for a while. Take a semester off. You can always go back. I just really think we need to jump on this train while it's still moving.

Gwen: Okay, so let's say I take a semester off school, finish up the demo. What happens if Gordon really likes what he hears?

Adam: Well, then we're talking about going back into the studio, going on tour.

Gwen: Oh, my God.

Adam: Is that a bad thing?

Gwen: No, it's just, I -- I never thought it all the way through.

Adam: Well, you've got to ask yourself, how far are you willing to go to make this work?

Flight attendant: We're about to begin our decent into Oakdale International Airport. The captain has asked that you take your seats and faster your seatbelts.

Carly: Listen, Jack, I know you're in a tough spot with the prince. Really, it's his own fault for letting that girlfriend of his wear such an expensive piece of jewelry. What did he expect?

Jack: So, it's his fault that somebody robbed him?

Carly: What -- no, I'm just saying --

Jack: Carly, it's over. Don't you understand?

Carly: Well, whatever you suspect, you have zero proof.

Jack: The diamond that Simon gave you --

Carly: Is a fake. You said so yourself. The report said so.

Jack: What the report also said was, it was an exact replica of one of the diamonds missing.

Carly: Well, that jewelry is very famous. I'm sure there have been lots of copies made.

Jack: But to make a copy, you have to have an original.

Carly: Right. So, you're saying there's a jeweler somewhere --

Jack: That had access to an original, yeah.

Carly: It's a theory.

Jack: No, Carly, it's a fact.

Carly: Well, what do you want me to say? Arrest the jeweler then.

Jack: Is that what you -- is that what you want me to do? You want me to arrest a jeweler, Carly? There's going to be an investigation. I can't stop it. And we're going to be looking at Simon. Now, you may be innocent. But as long as you're associating yourself with him, you're going to be implicated, Carly. And with your record, you're going to jail.

Paul: All right, you're angry. Not a good time, I guess, to talk about our relationship.

Meg: We have no relationship.

Paul: Well, will you think about Craig?

Meg: No, that's your job. And you love it.

Paul: So running Rosanna off the road, and taking Johnny away from Jennifer, and goading Dusty into shooting him, that was me? I did that?

Meg: You know, now that you mention it, you were front and center at every one of those disasters. And not that I'm letting Craig off the hook, but I wasn't about to marry him!

Paul: I'll do whatever you want me to do. You want me to cross the street every time I see him? Fine, I'll do that. I'll go back now to the apartment and I'll find a phone book. And if his name's in the phone book, I'll tear it out.

Meg: That'll last a day.

Paul: No, it will last forever. It has to last forever. Meg, I love you forever.

Meg: Well, then, you have a problem. Because I gave you a choice, Paul. Go after Craig or marry me.

Paul: It was a moment of weakness.

Meg: No, it's who you are. It's who you are, Paul. And you know what? I bent over backwards. And it was probably too far. And I can't -- I can't anymore. I cannot marry a man who thinks its okay to use violence to solve his problems --

Paul: Stop. You know that's not who I am.

Meg: Get out of here. Get out of here. Get out!

Emma: Too bad that gun wasn't loaded. He's gone, hmm?

Meg: For good.

Emma: Oh, Baby. Oh, Sweetheart.

 Carly: Well, Jack, you have me sufficiently scared. Now what?

Jack: Now what?

Carly: What do you want from me? You want a confession? You want me to trade what I know for a shorter sentence? Well, I don't know anything! And neither do you. So you can take your tactics and go back to the police station.

Jack: That's what you think this is, Carly? I'm working you? That's sad. That's really, really very sad, if that's what you think of me.

Carly: How about what you think of me?

Jack: How about we don't even talk about that. Can you give me at least this much? In all the years you've known me, have I ever lied to you?

Carly: No.

Jack: No. Then why would I now? What would I gain? Who's going nothing else to lose here, Carly? We're divorced, you moved on. That doesn't mean I still don't -- you're the mother of my kids. I don't want you to go to jail.

Carly: Do you really think that I want to go to jail?

Jack: Okay, then listen to me, Carly. And do what I say. 'Cause you still have one more chance. But only if you stay away from Simon Frasier.

Paul: So you think you can deal with me the way you deal with Dusty? You can't play me anymore, Craig. Not now. Because I know that you're trying to play me. So watch your own back. Because from now on, it's got a target on it.

[Tires screeching]

Poker rep: Boys, we're not a bank. And this isn't nursery school. You want to play? You pay. So show me your wallets or I'm gonna call your lawyer father.

Casey: No, that's not necessary. All right? We just need a little more time, okay?

Adam: Hey, time for what?

Casey: Hey, I'm kind of busy right now. Can I talk to you downstairs?

Adam: What's going on?

Poker rep: You know these clowns?

Adam: Yeah, I'm Adam Munson, Casey’s older brother.

Poker rep: Oh, good to meet you. Maybe you can talk some sense into your brother and his friend.

Adam: What seems to be the problem?

Poker rep: There's no problem. They just owe a little money. It seems they came up with a system. Only we caught them, so now it's time to pay. Right, boys?

Adam: How much do they owe?

Poker rep: $2,800.

Adam: Some kind of system.

Poker rep: Well, they had a nice little run. But we need to keep the game clean. We owe it to the honest players. You understand.

Adam: Yeah, I'm sure that's why you're here. $2,800?

Poker rep: That'll do it. Pleasure doing business with you, Mr. Munson.

Adam: Yeah, I'll need a receipt.

Poker rep: Of course.

Elwood: Your brother is really, really cool.

Will: I missed you so much.

Gwen: Yeah, me, too.

Will: So why are you back early? I thought you were catching the late flight tonight.

Gwen: You know, we just -- we finished up earlier than we thought, and I wanted to get home to see you.

Will: Oh, all right, good. So how was it? How was L.A.? I mean, I tried calling you a couple times to, you know, find out how things were going. I guess your phone was off. You must have been working hard.

Gwen: Yeah, it was -- it was crazy. I mean, they had me trying on all these clothes and, you know, this makeup -- and at one point, my hair was out to here. And then -- you know, until I said no. And my mom showed up, which is a completely different story. But the good news is that I got this chance to sing at this open mic night. And there was this record executive there, and he really -- he liked me.

Will: Well, of course he did.

Gwen: No, I mean he really liked me. Like he wants to give us a first look deal, which means that he gets first dibs at optioning the demo.

Will: So you, like, already have a deal?

Gwen: No. I mean, it could become that. But at first he's got to like the demo, and then he'll probably want to take it back into the studio and change a bunch of stuff -- which is fine, but -- it's a big step.

Will: That's great!

Gwen: Yeah. I just -- you know, wanted to tell you. I wish you'd been there. It was really lonely, getting, you know, this great news and not being able to share it. It's why I didn't call you. I wanted to see your face.

Will: I felt the same way. I got into O.U.

Gwen: You did?

Will: Yeah.

Gwen: Really? That's awesome! I'm so proud of you.

Will: I was thinking about it. And we should probably keep the room, here, you know, because it's a good place to study and to crash. And obviously we'll be spending most of our time at home, but it'll be the best of both worlds. It's gonna be great. We're gonna be finally on the same schedule.

Gwen: Yeah, it's gonna be, like, really great.

Will: That's it? What's wrong?

Gwen: Nothing, it's just -- well, I was thinking of leaving school.

Will: You want to leave school?

Gwen: No, I mean, it's not that I want to. I love school, you know that.

Will: Yeah, and you've worked really hard to get here.

Gwen: And I'd come back. It's just for a semester, so I can finish up the demo. And I guess I just didn't get it, you know, until I went out there.

Will: Didn't get what?

Gwen: Well, back here, I'm pretty good. I mean, I'm even, like, very good -- compared to the musicians in Oakdale. But when I was in L.A., I heard a couple of people sing. And they were nobody, and they were incredible. And they had their whole look together, and they had management and they had serious interest coming from the industry --

Will: Well, I thought this guy was gonna give you a shot?

Gwen: Well, he is. But Adam thinks that, you know, if they're going to give us an opportunity --

Will: Adam? Adam thinks --? What? So, what does Adam have to do with this?

Gwen: Well, he brought it up. But, I mean, he's right. I have to be committed to this 100%. I can't split my time and my focus. I need to get this demo done so I can get it over to the record exec before he forgets about me. You only get one shot with these guys. And if he thinks that the market is ready for me now, then I've got to be ready for him.

Will: And you can't do that and go to school, too?

Gwen: I honestly don't see how.

Will: Okay. Well, if that's what you need, then I'm with you.

Gwen: You sure? I mean, because I can't do this without you. And I won't do this if you don't want me to or I don't have your support.

Will: No, you've got it. So just relax. Hang out here. I'm gonna go get us a couple sodas. Okay?

Gwen: Yeah.

Elwood: That was amazing, Adam. He had us -- that guy had us against the wall, man! The wall! And then he comes in walking like James bond --

Adam: Don't you have some place you need to be, Elwood?

Elwood: Me? No. Yes, I have this thing -- at this place. Listen, Adam, thanks a lot. I'm gonna pay you back right after Christmas.

Adam: Yeah, you will.

Elwood: Yeah -- maybe.

Casey: Thanks a lot, man. You've been so great about lending me money. And, look, I know that I said I'd quit, but we had this system, and it was working -- anyways, I'm sorry, and I'm gonna pay you back.

Adam: No, this is my fault.

Casey: What do you mean?

Adam: A few weeks ago, it was a couple guys down the hall. Now you've got a major enforcer from a gambling site here in your dorm room?

Casey: Whatever, that wasn't so bad, though. All the guy was gonna make me do was tell Mom and Dad, which is why I really appreciate you helping me out.

Adam: I didn't help you out.

Casey: You're going to tell them?

Adam: No. No, you're going to tell them.

Iris: Well, looky here. It's the little superstar's hubby.

Will: Does your parole officer know you went to L.A.?

Iris: I'm back, aren't I? Besides, I didn't have anywhere to go since you kicked me out.

Will: So L.A. seemed like a good idea?

Iris: Yeah, well, my baby needed me. At least, I thought she did. Until I saw -- well, never mind. Gwen here?

Will: Until you saw what?

Iris: I saw -- how beautifully she sang. I tell you, that girl's got great talent, just as good as her mama. But you see -- well, I didn't have any management. Certainly not like she does. I tell you, that brother of yours -- ooh, he knows how to handle a woman.

Will: And what's that supposed to mean?

Iris: Nothing. It's just, you know, when your that good-looking and ambitious -- the way he could wheel and deal. And he treated Gwen like a queen. And she just lapped it up. I mean, who wouldn't? You know, you really can't blame her, she -- she here?

Will: She doesn't want to see you, Iris.

Iris: No, no, I guess she really doesn't want to. She doesn't need to, now that she has Adam.

Carly: So what are you saying? Are you saying that if I stay away from Simon, you'll guarantee that I won't go to jail?

Jack: I can't guarantee you anything.

Carly: But you'd like me to stay away from him?

Jack: Simon's a known jewel thief, Carly. That's not your M.O. The police won't have any reason to link you to this crime, except for your relationship.

Carly: You know, I don't know how to say this without making you mad or maybe hurting your feelings --

Jack: Would you just say it?

Carly: All this advice -- are you sure, Jack, that you're not just jealous?

Jack: Well, that's the thing about divorce. I've forgotten just how stubborn you are.

Carly: You're asking me to trust you?

Jack: I'm telling you to stay away from him for your own good. Asking you to trust me, Carly -- you've always trusted me. That's never been our problem. Look, you do what you want.

Carly: Jack, wait --

Jack: Why? Why? You're not listening to me.

Carly: No, I am. I am, I heard you. And I'll think about it. And I appreciate you caring what happens to me. I still care about you, I always will.

Jack: Right. Well, that's very comforting. Thank you.

Carly: Jack --

Jack: No, Carly. It's done. I'm over it. You do what you want.

Carly: Wait, Jack! You know, you're right. I don't want to give anybody any reason to look at me. So I will tell Simon that we should cool it for awhile, you know, at least while the prince is in town.

Jack: Carly, if you want to keep what you have left -- your career, your kids, your freedom -- you have to say good-bye to Simon Frasier, for good.

Meg: Mama, I know I owe you an explanation.

Emma: No, no, no, Sweetheart. You don't owe me anything. Anything. You want to help me with the ornaments?

Meg: That used to help, didn't it?

Emma: You still love him? Are you ever going to be happy without him?

Meg: I can't marry him, Mama. But that doesn't make it hurt any less.

Emma: I'll go get the tinsel.

[Glass breaking]

Meg: Damn it!

Emma: What happened?

Meg: I don't know.

Paul: Ice? Ice? A patch of ice? That's not bad. Better than that, Craig. You take away Rosanna! You take away Johnny! You take away Meg! You leave me with nothing. Nothing!

[Horn blaring]

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Carly: I can't be with you -- ever again.

Meg: All three of us are alone.

Craig: True. It doesn't have to stay that way.

Katie: Merry Christmas, Snyder family.

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