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As The World Turns Transcript Tuesday 12/18/07

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Emily: Hey! Give that back!

Dusty: Are you finished using the paper to prop up your boyfriend? Are you afraid he's going to dump you if you don't stroke his ego?

Emily: Every unbiased person agrees that he's doing great job running the hospital while his father's out of commission.

Dusty: That is touching. Except Chris is this one who put Bob out of commission in the first place.

Chris: I'm sorry. There's no change, Gram.

Nancy: I'm sure you're doing everything in your power to help him. But just remember, your father is a little stubborn. He knows he has too much to do to lie around in bed all day.

Tom: Hi.

Kim: Oh, thank you.

Tom: Do you think maybe I should take Gram home?

Kim: Oh Honey, forget it. She'll never let you do that.

Chris: I wish I had something positive to say.

Kim: Well, Sweetheart, maybe the tests Dr. Sherwood's running -- maybe they'll have some good news.

Chris: Wait -- Sherwood saw Dad? When was that?

Tom: When you were called away for the equipment problem in ICU.

Kim: Don't worry. Nobody expects you to be everywhere all the time. That's why the chief of staff has a staff.

Chris: Right. I'm gonna go check on those tests Sherwood ordered. And make sure we're not missing anything.

Kim: Okay, you do that. But just in case I haven't said it before, you are doing such a wonderful job taking care of your father. He'd be so grateful to you. We all are.

Emily: I'm not going to stand here and let you make a bunch of cheap accusations. I know Chris. He loves his father. And he would give anything for his father to get better!

Dusty: Would he give up being chief of staff? Let's face it. The only way your boyfriend can keep his position is if Bob never wakes up.

Chris: Can I see my father's chart, please?

Nurse: Of course, Dr. Hughes. We're all pulling for your dad.

Chris: Thank you. Can you page Dr. Sherwood for me, stat, please?

Nurse: Sure thing.

Tom: Hi. Is something wrong?

Chris: I'll handle it.

Brad: Did you get it? Did you get it?

Vienna: Yes! Yes! And it is exquisite. This is guaranteed to get you and Katie making beautiful babies in no time.

Brad: Thank you, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I need the card back, Vienna.

Vienna: Oh, I know. But it was just like old times. Going into the jewelry store and not having to check the price. Is there anything else you'd like me to buy for Katie? Does she need a new dress, or -- women always need shoes! I can go to the shoe --

Brad: No, no, no, no, no. No. Its okay, it's okay. I think jewelry will be fine for today. Thank you.

Vienna: Oh. Of course.

Brad: Let me just get this gift to Katie and we'll get the baby-making show back on the road.

Vienna: Ooh, don't you want to know what it is?

Brad: Vienna, if you picked it out, it's gotta be perfect. I'm sure she'll love it.

Katie: Jack, you can't just show up at my door with a tree.

Jack: That is a bah humbug expression if ever I saw one. You are clearly in dire need of the Christmas spirit, Katie. Katie, this tree is dying out here. It needs water, and tinsel -- and a little lovin'.

Katie: Oh the tree needs love?

Jack: Of course. That's what the holiday season's all about. Come on. Let me stay.

Friend #1: You left him smeared across the ice!

Parker: Yeah, well you set him up for me.

Friend #2: That last goal was so sweet.

Carly: Woah! Sorry!

Carly: No, that's okay. My fault for walking out onto the ice without the proper protection, huh?

Parker: Mom, what are you doing here?

Carly: Just a little Christmas shopping. But congratulations. Sounds like you guys did a very good job today.

Friend #1: We so kicked their butts!

Carly: Good! Well, why don't I treat you to some hot chocolate and you can tell me all about it, huh?

Friend #2: Cool!

Parker: That's okay. Gotta go.

Carly: Hey, Parker will catch up with you in a minute. Okay? If you don't mind.

Parker: What is it?

Carly: Well, if you don't want hot chocolate, that's okay. But you do need to tell me your schedule for Christmas Eve, so I know when to make dinner.

Parker: Oh, I thought I'd be spending Christmas Eve at the farm, with Dad.

Carly: No, I think you know that we talked about it and we decided that you and J.J. and Sage would spend some time with me on Christmas Eve.

Parker: Do I have to?

Carly: What are you saying? That you'd rather not see me at all this Christmas?

Parker: Yeah. That's what I'm saying.

Jack: Okay, youíre going to make me pull out the big guns. Look, huh? You think this is bad, phase two involves me singing Christmas carols. At the top of my lungs.

Katie: Okay, okay. And what's phase three then?

Jack: If phases one and two don't work, then I'm just gonna have to get the big guy in the red suit involved. You do not want to mess with him.

Katie: You would get me in bad with Santa?

Jack: Only if it came to the last resort.

Katie: All right. I can't fight with the big guy.

Jack: Step aside, my fair maiden. Me too.

[Laughing]

Katie: Jack, you're making a mess! Hold on. Hold on. Hold on.

Jack: Hey, if you're going to have a great time, you got to be willing to make a little mess.

[Groans]

[Laughs]

Jack: Is that straight?

Katie: A little to the left.

Jack: Left.

Katie: Not so much. Your other left. Little to the right. How can one of Santa's reindeer has such bad sense of direction?

Jack: Hey, I am only part reindeer. And I have a perfectly fine sense of direction. The tree's crooked.

Katie: Don't blame it on the tree! And you're getting this stuff all over you.

[Brad it opens the door up a crack and sees Jack and Katie close together and leaves. Brad calls Mia on his cell phone]

Brad: Hey, Mia. It's Brad Snyder. No, no, no, no. Don't -- don't hang up. Listen, that whole thing with Katie? You misunderstood. Let me take you out for a drink, another drink, and explain. So, the lounge at the Lakeview. In an hour? Perfect. All right. You and my brother aren't the only ones entitled to a little Christmas cheer, Katie.

Katie: I think it's good.

Jack: Are you sure? Because I thought we were pretty close to getting it just right. I'd hate to stop now.

Katie: Jack, what are you doing here? The last time we talked --

Jack: The last time we talked, you were having a baby with my brother. Things are different now.

Katie: Did Margo tell you that?

Jack: She encouraged me to come here. But, actually, it was Carly who told me.

Carly: Christmas is a time for family. And like it or not, that's what we are. So you're going to be spending part of Christmas Eve with your mother. Come on, remember the fun we had last year? Decorating the tree -- we made those little ornaments shaped like hockey sticks?

Parker: Yeah, and after all that fun, and all those great times, you ran away with Simon Frasier. And we never thought we'd see you again. And you know what? I'm starting to think that we'd be better off if we never had.

Katie: And why would Carly come running to you with that news?

Jack: I wondered that too. I think she's just trying to help.

Katie: No. She thinks acting all selfless will win points with you. She's trying to get you back. Even now!

Jack: That's never going to happen, Katie. I told her that time and time again.

Katie: And why should she believe you? I certainly donít.

Emily: Proof, Dusty. Where's proof? You don't have any, do you?

Dusty: Chris didn't tell you about the fight he had with his father?

Emily: Name a son who doesn't fight with his father every once in a while.

Dusty: Oh, it was a major blowout. Just before Bob collapsed.

[Emily remembering]

Chris: The last time I talked to my father he was so angry he fired me. That is why he had the stroke.

Dusty: What is it?

Emily: Nothing.

Dusty: No. You know something, don't you?

Chris: Dr. Sherwood, according to my father's chart, you ordered a CT scan and an MRI.

Dr. Sherwood: Is there a problem?

Chris: There's a certain amount of risk involved. I don't want to take any unnecessary risks.

Dr. Sherwood: We still don't know what caused his stroke. These tests will help us pin that down.

Chris: No, that won't be necessary.

Emily: The only thing I know, Dusty, is you're wrong. You're grasping at straws. You've got nothing.

Dusty: And Chris has everything. The question is, how'd he get it?

Emily: People on the board aren't idiots, okay? Do you think they would just let him fill in for his father if they didn't think he was capable?

Dusty: Pull the article on your boyfriend or I'll do for you.

Emily: Hello? Perfect timing. Thank you. This conversation's over.

Dusty: No, it's not.

Emily: Yes, it is. Unless, of course, you'd like to recall all the copies of tomorrow's edition because the paper went to bed. And my story's the front page.

Dr. Sherwood: Where did the clot come from, that's what I want to find out.

Chris: Finding that out won't help us treat my father. And I'm not going to put him through all these tests for the purpose of satisfying your own curiosity. I'm taking you off my father's case, Dr. Sherwood. From now on, I will be in charge.

Tom: You sure about this, Chris?

Dr. Sherwood: I would never question your medical judgment, but --

Chris: Then don't. And Tom, I'd appreciate it if you didn't either.

Dr. Sherwood: With all due respect, there is a reason doctors are urged never to treat a family member. I'm not sure you've thought this through --

Chris: Maybe you'd like to take that up with the board, Dr. Sherwood. I'm sure they would love to hear your reasons as to why you're refusing to let the chief of staff treat a patient the way he sees fit.

Dr. Sherwood: That won't be necessary. I wish your father a speedy recovery, Dr. Hughes.

Tom: I don't know about this, Chris.

Chris: I do. If you'll excuse me, Tom?

Emily: Hey!

Chris: You are the best thing that I've seen in days.

Emily: Things have been that rough around here, huh?

Chris: Some ups and downs, but I managed to straighten everything out.

Emily: Well, unfortunately, you're not going to be able to enjoy it. Because you have more problems headed your way.

Chris: From where?

Emily: From Dusty.

Dusty: Hey, Tom, you got a second?

Tom: Sure, what can I help you with?

Dusty: It's about Jennifer's foundation. The insurance company needs a letter from our attorney. Every year to make sure things are on the up and up.

Tom: It looks pretty standard. I'll write a letter soon as I get to the office.

Dusty: Thanks. How's your dad doing?

Tom: No change.

Dusty: Sorry to hear that. How's your family taking it?

Tom: Kim and Grandma are excellent. Chris, I don't know --

Dusty: Too much pressure on him?

Tom: I'm not sure about that. He seems to be handling the pressure a little too well. He dismissed the neurologist that was working Dad's case. He's taking that on himself.

Dusty: Can he do that?

Tom: There's no medical rule against it, but he's already appointed the interim chief of staff. If he overextends himself, I mean, that's not going to be good for anybody.

Dusty: You're right. Chris has really got to watch himself.

Emily: Dusty is out of control. He's suspicious of every move you make. So I'm just telling you, you better watch your back.

Chris: All right. All right, thanks for the heads-up. And look who walks in. Let's get out of here.

Emily: Yeah.

Brad: It's like I was trying to tell you on the phone, Katie is out of the picture.

Mia: So does that mean I'm in?

Brad: Do you want to be?

Mia: I don't know. I might need some convincing.

Brad: Okay, well, why don't you sit down? And I'll show you how convincing I can be. Do you have any plans for ringing in the New Year? Because I'm pretty much wide open this holiday season.

Mia: I'll have to check my schedule and get back to you. Meanwhile, I see you've been shopping. Who's the present for?

Brad: The most beautiful woman that I have ever known. Happy holidays.

Mia: Me? You got this for me?

Brad: Well, I think a beautiful woman should have beautiful jewelry. And I want you to know I know how to treat a beautiful woman.

Mia: You certainly do. Is this some kind of sick joke?

Jack: I'm the last one who will blame you for being suspicious. But I honestly believe that Carly accepts that she and I are over. And she's just pushing us together because she wants me to be happy.

Katie: Jack, the only way she thinks you'll be happy is if you're with her. I can't do this again.

[Jack picks up Katieís shirt that says K.Snyder]

Jack: You still have this. All right -- can you look me in the eye, look me in the eye, and tell me that you're ready to forget what we had together?

Katie: I don't know that I'll ever be ready to forget.

Brad: This is not your size?

Mia: What's up with you and babies?

Brad: The store must've given me the wrong box or something --

Mia: This is for your friend Katie, isn't it? You were re-gifting!

Brad: No, no, no. No, it's not like that. No, it's the store's fault. I'll call them and I'll get --

Mia: A word to the wise, Brad. Next time make sure you get some booty before you go out and buy the booties.

Katie: I did things right this time. I was honest, I didn't play the games I usually play. I did everything I was supposed to do.

Jack: You were wonderful. You are wonderful.

Katie: Then why did I end up losing you? I'm honest, I lose the guy. I cheat, I lose the guy. No matter what I do, I lose the guy.

Jack: You didn't lost me, Katie. I'm right here.

Katie: You gave me this, so I would feel like a part of your family.

Jack: You could be if you wanted to be.

Katie: No, I can't. No! It's not just your family. It's Carly's too. And there's no place for me in it. I can't keep this. It just hurts too much.

Brad: Because I changed my mind about the house. I don't want it anymore. Look -- I don't care if I lose the deposit. The deal is off.

Katie: Let me pay you back for the deposit.

Brad: You didn't ask me to buy the house.

Katie: Well, it's my fault that you can't keep it.

Brad: No, it is my fault for getting us into this mess. Let me get out of your way.

Katie: No, don't. There's no rush. Actually, I'm glad you're here.

Carly: Parker doesn't seem to want to spend Christmas Eve with me.

Jack: Your mother and I agreed --

Parker: Then you spend Christmas Eve with her!

Jack: Parker! We'll talk about this later. Go wait in the car.

Carly: Good bye.

Jack: Don't be rude.

Parker: Bye.

Carly: Thank you.

Jack: For what? Carly, there's not much I can do. I can force him to act civil. But I can't force him to respect the decisions you've made.

Carly: I know. But you got him to behave in public. I owe you.

Jack: No, you don't. I don't want you doing me any favors. Like telling me that Brad and Katie are on the outs.

Carly: Was I wrong?

Jack: No.

Carly: Well, then what's the problem?

Jack: My problem is, my personal life is no longer any of your business.

Carly: You know something? I don't understand you. I was just trying to help. No matter what I do, you just get angry.

Jack: I don't want you talking to me about Katie, all right? If I'm going to get her back, I'll do it without your assistance.

Katie: I saw Jack this afternoon.

Brad: And what happened?

Katie: Well, what happened was, I saw things more clearly than I ever have. I know that no matter what Jack thinks he wants, he's always going to go back to Carly. And also realized at no matter how much I want a baby, I cannot risk being hurt by another man again.

Brad: I would never hurt you.

Katie: I know you wouldn't mean to. But Jack was right. I don't know how much longer I can keep sleeping with you without starting to feel something.

Brad: And would that be so bad?

Katie: If it was one-sided. Yeah.

Brad: Katie, there's something you should know-

Katie: I do know, Brad. I know exactly what you're going to say.

Brad: You do?

Katie: Yeah, you're going to say that a relationship between us would be probably the worst thing that could ever happen. And you're right. I agree.

Brad: Right.

Katie: I mean, I'm still in love with Jack, and you have all your wild oats to sow. So, a serious relationship between us would just be absurd.

Brad: Totally. Totally. But that doesn't mean we could, you know, I mean we couldn't have something not so serious. Now that we found out -- how good we are in certain areas.

Katie: The sex was great. But --

Brad: No -- no, no pressure. You know, but if you change your mind, and you still want a baby after all, I'm up for it. I mean -- you know -- you know what I mean.

Katie: I do.

Brad: All right --

Katie: Wait! Please, don't leave me.

Dusty: Lucinda.

Lucinda: Hi.

Dusty: You here to check on Bob?

Lucinda: Yes. Any change?

Dusty: Well, Chris yanked a doctor who has ten times the experience he has, and put himself in charge.

Lucinda: I see. Well, um, Chris is perfectly capable after all. That's why the board made him interim chief of staff.

Dusty: Oh, that was a big mistake by the board. Listen, everybody's talking about the confidence that Bob had in Chris. But I'm telling you, it's not true.

Lucinda: Okay! You've been dancing around this long enough. What is it that you think you know about Chris?

Dusty: Chris and Bob had a big fight just before Bob collapsed. Bet you didn't know that, did you?

Lucinda: No, I didn't know that. But I'm not sure that I needed to know it.

Dusty: Chris never mentioned that to the board. And do I have a feeling that he's hiding a lot more.

Chris: You went a little overboard.

Emily: What are you talking about? I told the truth! You are doing an incredible job filling your father's shoes. Everybody's proud of you. Would you give yourself a little break?

Chris: I wish I could. But you and I both know when my father wakes up, he's probably going to fire me again.

Dusty: I mean, don't you think it's strange that Bob collapsed after he and Chris were fighting?

Lucinda: I never took you for a conspiracy theorist, Dusty. What's next? We got Chris Hughes on the grass knoll?

Dusty: It is a ugly fight believe me.

Lucinda: Well, parents and children argue. Ask Lily. It's normal.

Dusty: Why do you want to cut Chris so much slack?

Lucinda: Why do you cut him so little slack? Is it because he rested Emily away from you?

Dusty: I'm not happy she's with him, but it's her decision.

Lucinda: And I think Lily deserves better than to be your consolation prize.

Dusty: She's not. My problems with Chris have nothing to do with your daughter. Or Emily.

Lucinda: Yeah. If you had something. If you knew something egregious about Chris, you would've shouted it from the rooftops to the board. No, no. Bob did not lose confidence in his son. If he did, he never told the hospital board. So I suggest you mind your own affairs, and let hospital business be run by the people who are meant to. The hospital board has utmost confidence in Chris Hughes, okay?

Kim: Dusty, are you deliberately trying to cause trouble for my son?

Lucinda: What's the matter? The cat got your tongue? You didn't want to tell the mother the rumors that you've been spreading about her son?

Kim: Lucinda, I think I probably can handle this.

Lucinda: I'm sure you can. And I'll just let you do it.

Kim: When you were married Jennifer, I assumed that you became part of this family.

Dusty: I hope you still feel that way.

Kim: Well, then act like it. This family has been through hell in the last few days. And it looks to me as if you are working overtime to make it harder.

Dusty: You need to know that your son has not been honest with you. And if Bob were awake, he would not want Chris running things.

Kim: You don't know what you're talking about!

Dusty: I heard the two of them fighting before Bob collapsed. Everybody's been talking about how Bob had a lot of confidence in Chris, but that's not what I got from overhearing them fight.

Kim: Christopher would've told me if he'd had a fight with his father.

Dusty: Then I suggest you ask him. See if he tells you the truth.

Emily: By the time your father is back on his feet, Memorial will be in such great shape that firing you will be the last thing on his mind. In fact, he might even decide to retire early and leave everything in your very capable hands.

Chris: Yeah, no wonder you're such a good writer. That's an incredible imagination.

Emily: No imagination. Just faith in you, Babe.

Chris: More than anything I just want to prove myself to my father. To make him proud of me.

Emily: Yeah, well, this is your chance.

[Cell phone rings]

Chris: Mom, did something happen? I didn't get page.

Kim: No, no, no, no. It's not your father, but I need to talk to you. Right away.

Katie: I mean, if you have something to do -- or something -- plans -- whatever, just tell me. Because I don't have any right to monopolize your time. I'm just kind of -- don't want to be alone.

Brad: Then you won't be. Brad Snyder, friend to the rescue. You know, we'll rent a uber-corny chick flick, and we'll pig out on ice cream --

Katie: Woah, woah, wait a second, you just went from friend to girlfriend and that's so anti-Brad Snyder.

Brad: Oh, it is? Is that a smile? See, I knew all that time I spent being class clown was going to come in handy. We good?

Katie: We're good.

Brad: No, we're not. Come on, what's wrong?

Katie: I just still want a baby. More than anything.

Brad: Then I guess its good I meant what I said. I'm still willing to do my part. I'll be, you know, whatever friend you need. I'll be the supportive friend. I'll be the movie friend. I'll be the friend with benefits.

Katie: Okay.

Brad: Yeah?

Katie: But --

Brad: Okay. Okay, you said okay. You can't say but after you say okay.

Katie: No, I'm not changing my mind. I'm just setting some ground rules.

Jack: I know you haven't been getting along with your mom lately.

Parker: Who has?

Jack: Hey. I'm talking about you though, Parker, nobody else. I'll be the first person to admit that your mother has made a lot of big mistakes. But she's trying to turn things around for herself, okay? She even tried to get me and Katie back together today.

Parker: Seriously? So you two are back together?

Jack: Well, it backfired, but she meant well.

Parker: Why didn't it work? Doesn't Katie want to get back together with you?

Jack: She may not be ready today. But she will be if I don't give up on her. And I am definitely not giving up on her.

Katie: Okay, the rules are as follows. No sleeping together. Um --

Brad: Okay, wait, wait -- I'm lost. I thought the whole point was to make a baby.

Katie: Right. When I say no sleeping together, I mean no spending time in bed together sleeping. Right?

Brad: Okay.

Katie: Right. So, no sleeping, no pillow talk, nothing a regular couple does. So, no breakfast in bed, or watching silly cartoons or stupid movies. And no talking about our feelings.

Brad: Right. 'Cause all that stuff would just be awful.

Katie: We're just two friends making a baby together.

Brad: That's all.

Katie: Oh, and the biggest rule of all -- no feelings. So, if either of us starts to feel like things are getting dicey and we can't handle it, then we have to pull out of this immediately.

Cowboy Jack: Hold your horses! Well, Cowboy Jack better head on down to the range now. And remember, you tell your folks to make reservations for the grand re-opening of Metro on New Yearís Eve! It's going to be the fiesta to beat all fiestas! Yee-haw! [Applause] Thank you. Bye, now.

Carly: Well, thank you for the free advertising.

Sam: Well, I'm just trying to do what I can to, you know, to make sure that you and I have a full house on New Yearís.

Cowboy Jack: You? Who cares about you? I'm the attraction here. I'm the one with the looks. The personality. So, pretty lady, how you feeling? I can sing you an old cowboy song? Sure know how to fix what ails you.

Carly: Well, Sam, sadly I'm not the easy. A dummy isn't going to be able to cheer me up.

Cowboy Jack: Well, I'm no dummy! I'm smart. Ask Sam.

Sam: Actually, you know, Cowboy Jack likes to toot his own horn. But to be honest, he is a pretty good listener. If you ever feel like talking.

Cowboy Jack: She don't feel like talking. She feels like having a drink. So, let's go wet our whistles, shall we? But I got to warn you, I got a hollow leg!

[Laughter]

Chris: Mom, what is it?

Kim: Emily, could you give me a few moments alone with Chris, please?

Emily: Of course. I'll see ya. What the hell is going on? What is this about? What did you tell Kim?

Dusty: The truth. Which is more than your boyfriend did.

Kim: Why didn't you tell me that you had an argument with your father before he collapsed?

Chris: Because it didn't matter, Mom. Dad and I argue at least three times a day, you know that. What did Dusty tell you?

Kim: He said it was a heated argument between the two of you.

Chris: So -- so what, Dad turned his back and I hit him in the head with a brick? And caused his stroke?

Kim: I am not in the mood for jokes! Now, I don't give a damn what Dusty said. But I do care a great deal about what you said, and I want to know why you were afraid to tell that me you had argued with your father?

Chris: Mom, I wasn't afraid. It just wasn't necessary. You're starting to sound like you're blaming me for Dad's condition.

Kim: Oh, God, Chris, give me a break! I'm sorry. I am just trying to find out what happened with your father.

Chris: Dusty heard part of a conversation and twisted it into a story of his own, mom. Dad and I -- we talked about a lot of things that day. Some of it was very positive. And, yes, at one point, he asked me about my ambition, and he may have raised his voice. But, Mom, I swear to you, when I left that room, he was fine.

Kim: I just don't understand why Dusty wants me to think otherwise?

Chris: Because Emily had the good sense to pick me over him. So he's trying to make us both pay.

Kim: I mean, if what you say is true, I am really disappointed in him.

Chris: He's not worth it, Mom. Don't waste your time.

Kim: Okay. I'm sorry, I want you to go ahead and do what you think is right for your father, and for the hospital. And I'm behind you all the way.

Emily: Stay out of it, Dusty.

Dusty: Not until I figure out what Chris is hiding.

Emily: Chris isn't hiding anything.

Dusty: Yeah, he is. And you know what it is or you wouldn't look so worried.

Chris: Stay away from my mother. And Emily. In fact, unless you're rolling in here on a stretcher, I don't even want to see you in this hospital.

Dusty: It's a free country, pal.

Kim: Dusty. I want to have a little talk with you.

Sam: What happened?

Carly: It's my son Parker. He's so angry. His brother and sister are going to come and spend Christmas Eve with me, but I actually think he's not going to come.

Sam: He's got to. He's your son.

Cowboy Jack: He needs to learn a little respect.

Carly: Yeah, well, I lost his respect awhile ago. I have to earn it back. I just want to see him smile at me. Just once like he used to. That's really all I want for Christmas. I want my children to be happy.

Sam: What do you think, Cowboy Jack?

Cowboy Jack: I think any kid of yours has got to be happy.

Carly: Well, you're right. He is a good listener. Okay, you know what? I'll meet up with you, both, back at the house, okay?

Cowboy Jack: Back at the old homestead.

Carly: Yes.

Cowboy Jack: All right. See you there.

Jack: You're going to spend Christmas Eve with your brother, and your mother, and your sister. And you are going to behave yourself. And treat your mother with respect.

Parker: If that's what you really want.

Jack: It is what I want. More importantly, it's the right thing to do. It's Christmas.

Parker: Yeah, but what about what's right for you and Katie? How are you going to get her back, Dad? And how are you going to keep Brad from messing things up? He's almost as bad as Mom.

Jack: At this point, I really don't think Brad's that much of a problem.

Brad: Speaking for myself, I know I can handle it. You don't have to worry about breaking my heart.

Katie: Glad to hear it. So we'll be fine, if we just stick the rules and don't let this turn into a relationship.

Brad: No deep discussions.

Katie: No talking about our feelings.

Brad: Right.

Katie: We just need to keep things edgy and exciting.

Brad: What do you mean by edgy and exciting?

Katie: I want you to make love to me right here, right now.

Brad: Okay.

Katie: Oh.

Jack: Do you know, my boy? The holidays aren't just about spending time with your crazy relatives. They're also a very romantic time, too.

Parker: Oh, oh, should I be taking notes?

Jack: Here's a tip, if you got to write it down, it's probably not worth knowing. That doesn't apply to school, however.

Parker: So let's hear it. How are you going to get Katie back?

Jack: I don't know -- yet. But I know when. Before the New Year, Katie and I will be back together.

Kim: I had a talk with Chris. And he told me everything.

Dusty: I doubt that.

Kim: You know something? If you got something concrete to say then, Pal, spit it out! Otherwise, forget it because I am sick to death of these stupid innuendos. Now you let Christopher run this hospital. And you let him take care of his father. And if you've got some kind of a vendetta against him, keep it to yourself!

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Will: I don't want you to get too attached to the baby.

Nurse: Is Mommy ready to nurse?

Sofie: No, no, please take her away!

Paul: Did you really think I wasn't going to catch you?

Meg: Hey, what are you doing?

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