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As The World Turns Transcript Thursday 8/21/08

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Meg: Paul?

Paul: Hey. I was just -- I was going to come up and check on you.

Meg: I thought you left. Why are you here?

Paul: I live here. What, you all right?

Meg: Yeah, I'm great. So, can you please leave?

Paul: Well, why are you trying to get rid of me?

Meg: Well, if you must know, I did hire a harem of men to come and feed me grapes --

Paul: You did? See, I knew it. It was just a matter of time.

Meg: Look, I'm trying to coordinate a surprise for you --

Paul: A surprise for me?

Meg: -- So can you please leave? Yes.

Paul: It's my birthday?

Meg: Will you just go away? My mother's going to be here any second.

Paul: You mother has something to do with my surprise?

Meg: Okay, you know what? No more clues.

Paul: You're not going to cook for me again, are you?

Meg: You know you're going to get it for that one.

Paul: Yeah?

Meg: Yeah. Look, just be home early.

Paul: I don't know. It's starting to look like I might have a long day. But I'll try. 'Cause it's a good idea.

Meg: Yeah.

Paul: 'Cause that'll give us time to throw out whatever it is that you cook and go out and get a real meal.

Meg: Ahh.

Paul: Love you.

Meg: [Chuckles] Surprise.

Emily: You're here!

Casey: Yes.

Emily: I was just thinking about you. Did you see my story?

Casey: First thing this morning.

Emily: And you didn't call to tell me how brilliant I am? Why not?

Casey: Because I wanted to tell you in person maybe. That you are the smartest, coolest, wildest, sexiest editor/reporter on the planet.

Emily: That is so much better in person.

Casey: You know who else liked your story?

Emily: Who?

Casey: My mom.

Emily: Okay, you just killed the moment, Case.

Casey: What? Okay, I was picking up lunch, and I ran into her, and she said how impressed that you're doing real news now.

Emily: Okay, really?

Casey: Yes, she was so impressed, that she actually wanted me to ask if you want to come over for dinner.

[Telephone rings]

Margo: Dani Andropoulos?

Dani: Oh, hi, Margo. How are you? It's nice to see you again.

Margo: Yeah, yeah. Hi, hi. Fine. How's the family? My, you've grown. What the hell are you doing with all my files?

Paul: Mike, did you see this?

Mike: Yeah, me and the entire crew. I've spent the morning trying to convince them that we weren't about to shut down.

Paul: We're still on schedule?

Mike: I was -- I was going to call you about that. The cleanup is moving faster than the specialists can get new soil samples. It's costing us time.

Paul: Can we get new specialists? How much would that cost?

Mike: About three times what we've budgeted so far.

Paul: How does something like that happen?

Mike: Look, I crunched the numbers. I sent you an e-mail.

Paul: Is there any way we can work around this?

Mike: And meet the deadline? No. We need the specialists, and we need the money to pay them. Look, I -- I have a lunch thing, but I can stick around if you need me.

Paul: No, no, no. Go on. I'll see you later this afternoon. Hello, Derek.

Derek: Paul. You know, I'm beginning to feel like you didn't properly present the deal I was getting myself into.

Paul: Construction. Setbacks happen.

Derek: Yeah, well, not to me. I want my money back.

Lily: I was just about to call check up on you guys. Did you have fun at the farm?

Faith: That's your new dress. Where are you going?

Lily: I am having lunch at the Lakeview.

Faith: With Grandmother?

Holden: I don't think so.

Lily: With a friend. But the babysitter just called and canceled.

Natalie: So you can stay with us tonight?

Lily: Oh, Sweetie, I would love to, but was hoping that your daddy would stay a few extra hours with you guys.

Holden: No. I canít.

Lily: I can't believe you're refusing to take care of your own children.

Holden: I'm not going to change my plans so you can go out on some date.

Lily: Girls, why don't you take Ethan into the playroom for Mommy? You told me this morning that you didn't have any plans today, that you wanted to spend the whole day with the kids.

Holden: And I would have, but you insisted that I bring them back before lunch.

Lily: Why are you being so petty?

Holden: I don't have a problem spending time with my kids, but I'm not going to be the fill-in babysitter for your afternoon whatever with Mike.

Lily: It's lunch, okay? And they're your children, too! Would it kill you to spend a few extra --?

Natalie: Dad, don't you want to be with us?

Holden: Of course I do, Honey, but that's not the point here.

Lily: What's the point, Holden? I sure would love to hear it.

Faith: Come on, Nat.

Lily: Look, if you want to go, go! I need to tend to my children.

Holden: No, not until we work this out.

Dani: This is -- this is part of my new job for the city. I'm compiling crime statistics.

Margo: Uh-huh. On whose authority?

Dani: Oh, uh, I have the authorization in here somewhere. I showed it to Officer Delaney when I came in. He was nice enough to set me up in here. Here we go. Everything should be in order. I mean, if -- if you prefer I didn't work in here, that I work somewhere else, that --

Margo: You know what, Dani? This paper means nothing to me. I have a department to run. And if some city agency wants to interfere with that with some mindless number crunching, they're going to have to pass it by me first. So would you take all these files back to the sergeant? And you can vacate this room as soon as possible. Oh, and welcome back to Oakdale.

[Dani scoffs]

Casey: I just don't get why you think having dinner with my parents is such a bad thing.

Emily: I have three reasons. They hate me. They despise me. They detest me. I have nothing to say to Tom and Margo. And anything they have to say to me, I don't want to hear.

Casey: Okay, they can be polite now. You've seen them. You can be polite, too.

Emily: Please, Casey, the four of us, sitting at a dinner table with our "Pleases" and "Thank yous" and the big, phony grins on our faces. I don't think so.

Casey: Okay, this is a big win for us. Now let's enjoy it. And besides, at some point in the dinner, my mom's going to have to say how good of a reporter you are. Hmm? Hmm?

Emily: Okay, well, that's a little incentive. And it is a good story, if I may say so myself. Oh, god, I am so happy. Finally, finally, people are going to take the "Intruder" seriously.

Casey: Yeah, the only one that's not going to be happy is Paul Ryan, you know. And he happens to be your boss.

Emily: Maybe. Maybe, but I have all editorial control. And every word in this paper is the truth.

Casey: Yes. He's going to lose a lot of money.

Emily: Will you stop feeling sorry for Paul, okay? The guy always manages to come out on top -- no matter who he has to shove aside.

Emma: Oh, Meg! Meg Snyder, you just get down from there this instant!

Meg: Yes, Ma'am.

Emma: Honey, you're recuperating, you're pregnant, you having fainting -- what in the earth are you doing on a ladder?

Meg: I'm just so excited. And decorating this place is part of Paul's surprise.

Emma: Well, Paul doesn't need streamers. I mean, if you can't think of yourself, think about me. You just took two years off my life. Sit down.

Meg: Maybe you should sit down.

Emma: Don't you sass me, young lady. You remember, the sass that goes around comes around. And there's a little baby in there taking notes.

Meg: Oh, I love hearing that. Mama, when you were pregnant, didn't it seem so amazing to you?

Emma: It is amazing. Everything -- childbirth, first word, first tooth. But you know what's the most amazing thing?

Meg: What?

Emma: When your baby is about to have a baby of her own. What is it? What, morning sickness? You want a cracker, Sweetheart?

Meg: I'm okay now.

Emma: I don't know. You still look a little green. You sure you want to do this baking?

Meg: Yes, I want to do this for Paul myself. I just need you to give me instructions, okay? Promise.

Emma: Just the way you'd like. Yes, yes, yes.

Meg: I can't wait to see the look on his face. He's going to be so excited.

Emma: You know, I have tried so hard to dislike that young man. But all the efforts he's done for the farm and me and just how happy he's made you -- I don't know. I guess a leopard can change his spots.

Meg: Love will do that. Come on, let's go bake. Better start without me.

Paul: I can't pay you back the money I owe you now. I've already put it into this project.

Derek: That's not my problem.

Paul: I got thirty days to pay you back. We had a deal.

Derek: A deal that I made after you led me to believe there were no problems here. But now a number of facts have come to light that cast doubt on your credibility. So we're done, Mr. Ryan. I'm not in the gambling business.

Paul: It's not a gamble. Once I finish the cleanup, I start -- I start selling units. There's enough income to pay you back.

Derek: Not with publicity like this.

Paul: Aw, come on.

Derek: Who's going to want to buy into a toxic-waste dump?

Paul: You going to let one little article bother you? When the cleanup is finished, there'll be another article about how I'm an environmental superhero. I just need a little bit of time to get there.

Derek: Well, that's too bad. 'Cause the deal is off.

Paul: I can't pay you back the full amount. Who comes up with that kind of money on a moment's notice?

Derek: You, if you know what's good for you.

Holden: No, you're the one who kept pushing the argument, and in front of the kids! Now Nat thinks I don't want to be with her.

Faith: She'll forget all about it. You'll read her a story or take her riding, and she'll forget about it.

Holden: Honey, you do know that when your mother and I argue, it's about our problems. It's not about you kids. You know that, right?

Faith: It was about us today, who would stay with us. You think we don't know, that we can't hear?

Lily: We love you. We both do. More than anything.

Faith: I am so sick of hearing that. You know what? Both of you go, and I'll babysit Natalie and Ethan.

Holden: I'm sorry. You're right. I was being petty. I spent morning with the kids. I had a great time with them. I hated that I had to bring them back. Then I had the chance to be with them again, and --

Lily: I could have called. I should have. I'll cancel lunch.

Holden: No, no, no. Don't do that. I'll feel like I bullied you into it. Besides, I feel like I need to be with the kids now, if that's okay with you.

Lily: I won't be long. I promise. But I have some hugs and kisses to deliver first.

Emily: Hey, Dani.

Dani: Let me tell you something, Hughes. I am a certified criminologist. I have studied criminal psychology, prisons, juvenile delinquency, forensic anthropology, and deviant behavior, which means that I have the right to do my job without being treated like some kid playing cops and robbers!

Casey: I didn't say anything.

Dani: I -- okay, I -- I know. I'm sorry. It's not you. It's me. And what I should have said to your mother when she kicked me out of the police station today. But no! No, I just stood there, and I took it, you know, and -- I mean, your mom is a real hardass.

Casey: Yeah, tell me about it.

Emily: What happened?

Dani: My first assignment is to go to police headquarters and collect data for crime reports. So I go in, I show my authorization, and I get set up, everything is fine -- until Margo gets there.

Casey: Oh, what'd she do?

Dani: She got totally bent out of shape because she didn't know about it, and next thing I know, she's ordering me out of there.

Emily: Okay, so go back to your boss and complain.

Dani: No. And admit I completely wiped out on my first day? No, I need to get back in there and get Margo to let me do my job.

Casey: Good luck with that.

Dani: I was -- I was kind of hoping you guys could help me.

Emily: Uh, don't look at me.

Casey: Well, okay. She might listen to my dad. I can talk to him if you want.

Dani: Would you really?

Casey: Sure. I'll go right now.

Emily: Oh, wait. Hang on, hang on. The authorization that you gave Margo -- why don't you give it to me? I'll give it to Casey. Casey can give it to Tom.

Casey: Wonderful.

Dani: Uh, do you think your dad could do something about this today?

Casey: I could see what I can do.

Emily: Oh, you're the best. Thank you for helping my niece.

Casey: Oh, any niece of yours is a niece of mine -- at least until the annulment is finalized, right?

Tom: Case, come on. Let's go down to the range, hit some balls.

Casey: Yeah, and have Mom skin us alive because you exert yourself? No, no, thank you. Um, I was wondering if I could run something by you.

Tom: Something that actually requires a brain cell? Sure, bring it on.

Casey: Okay, I have this friend, and she's kind of running into a hassle at her new job. Do you mind just looking at these papers?

Tom: They seem to be in order. Danielle Andropoulos. When did she get back in town?

Casey: Just got back.

Tom: So, what kind of hassle is she having?

Casey: She went down to the station, showed Mom the papers, and Mom kicked her out.

Tom: Why?

Casey: Um, you know how Mom feels about Stewart women, and Dani happens to be one.

Tom: I don't think your mom would let her personal feelings influence her work.

Casey: Yeah, but -- but what -- what should Dani do?

Tom: You know what? Why don't you let me handle it?

Casey: Thanks.

Lily: Hi. Sorry I'm late.

Mike: No. You look fantastic.

Lily: Thanks. Were you waiting long?

Mike: No.

Lily: I know it's hard for you to get out of work. I just -- look, if you know what you want to eat, we can just order right away.

Mike: Lily, slow down.

Lily: I'm sorry. It's been kind of a hectic morning.

Mike: It looks like it was more than that.

Lily: I had a fight with Holden.

Mike: Oh. About?

Lily: Well, it kind of started when he found out I was having lunch with you.

Mike: You told Holden that we were having lunch together? Why -- why would that even come up?

[Lily chuckles]

Lily: I don't usually dress like this when I'm having lunch with my mother.

Mike: What, and Holden just happened to show up as you were heading out the door?

Lily: It wasn't exactly a coincidence, but we worked it out, and now I'm here with you.

Mike: Really? Or are you just hoping that someone will see us together and run back to Holden with a report?

Lily: I wouldn't do that.

Mike: You already have, Lily. And I understand. I do. Holden cheated on you, and you want to get some of your own back -- rub his face in it a little bit.

Lily: You think I'm using you?

Mike: Until just now, I thought we might be building something here.

Lily: We are.

Mike: Well, we can't do that when you're still emotionally wrapped up in someone else.

Faith: What are you doing?

Holden: Uh, I was just about ready to fire up the grill. We could have hamburgers, hot dogs, whatever you kids want.

Faith: We're not really hungry right now. Natalie's kind of sad, and so is Ethan.

Holden: Oh. Well, that's not good.

Faith: I was going to go start a movie for them.

Holden: Hold on, Honey.

Faith: Why are you hugging me?

Holden: Because I was upset earlier, and it makes me feel better when I'm with you kids. What do you say we, uh -- what do you say we all watch that movie together?

Faith: That'd be cool.

[Knock on door]

Holden: All right. Go put the DVD in, and I'll be right out.

Faith: Okay.

Paul: Hi, Holden.

Holden: Hey. Uh, Meg okay? Everything all right?

Paul: Yeah, Megís fine. You're here.

Holden: Yeah, I'm here looking out for the kids. What can I do for you?

Paul: Is Lily here?

Holden: No, she's not. Can I take a message?

Paul: No, I need to speak to her. It's kind of pressing.

Holden: Well, she's at the Lakeview. She's having lunch --

Paul: She's at the Lakeview?

Holden: Yeah.

Paul: Thank you.

Holden: But, Paul, I-I don't --

Lily: Holden and I are not emotionally attached to each other. We will never be together again. We're both clear on that.

Mike: Then wouldn't you be divorced instead of separated?

Lily: That's -- that's more for the kids.

[Mike sighs]

Mike: Look, Lily, you're leaving a door open for yourself, which maybe makes sense for you, but I am starting to get involved here, and if you end up back together with Holden, where does that leave me?

Lily: We wonít. We wonít.

Mike: Are you positive?

[Mike sighs]

Mike: "Yes" was the answer that I was looking for.

Lily: Whatever leftover feelings I have for Holden, that's just habit. What I have with you now -- that's what I want.

Mike: Me too, which is why I want to make sure our timing is right. I don't want to end up falling for you, Lily, and watch you walk back to Holden.

Paul: Hi. Sorry to interrupt, but, Lily, I need to speak with you.

Lily: Paul, we're kind of in the middle of something right now. Can -- can I talk to you later?

Paul: I'm afraid it can't wait.

Mike: I'll give you two some privacy.

Paul: No, Mike, actually, it'd be great if you could just stay.

Lily: What -- what is this about?

Paul: Lily, I was hoping that your offer to lend me some money was still open. Hey, Steve!

Lily: You still need money for the development at the farm? I thought that you had another source.

Paul: Well, I did, but it fell through, and there have been some added expenses.

Lily: And if I lend you this money --

Paul: Well, then I can finish the cleanup and then move on with the process and hopefully get you a nice, healthy return on your investment.

Lily: I'm not concerned about that. Emma -- I mean, is this going to protect her property?

Paul: I hope so. Mike will fill you in on all the details.

Mike: No. Um, no. I don't feel comfortable doing that.

Lily: Why? You're the manager on this. I mean, who would know better than you?

Mike: Yeah, but I'm -- I'm Paul's employee and I'm your friend, and I just -- I'm too close to both sides of the situation to give you an objective opinion.

Paul: Lily, will you lend me the money?

Lily: I need to think about it, Paul.

Paul: Of course. Let me know what you decide. Enjoy your lunch.

[Lily sighs]

Lily: Tell me why you no longer believe in this project.

[Mike sighs]

Emily: Well? What do you think?

Dani: I wish I was as brave as you are.

Emily: Well, all I did was write an article.

Dani: Yeah, an article that's bound to make a whole lot of people angry, but you wrote it anyway.

Emily: Oh, please. Dani, you have no idea the rage I face from the people in this town. It's given me quite a thick skin.

Dani: Emily, you are like this gold standard for working women. I mean, you're aggressive and you're beautiful, and you are sexy enough to snag yourself a hot, young stud.

Emily: No, I just happened to be the first woman to see Casey for a man and -- and not as a boy. If he happens to find that sexy, then so -- hey.

Casey: Hey. I, uh, talked to my dad.

Dani: And?

Casey: And he agrees that you should finish your assignment. You know, he went over to the police station to talk to my mom.

Dani: Oh, Casey, you are such a doll!

Casey: Oh, I know I am!

Dani: Thank you!

Casey: No problem.

Margo: Well, that got my heart all warm and fuzzy. How 'bout yours?

Tom: I'm not sure. Let's try it again.

Margo: No, no, no, no, no, no, no -- not until you tell me what's so important that you can't call me on the phone and wait till I get home.

Tom: I understand that Dani Andropoulos showed you this to you earlier.

Margo: Where'd you get this?

Tom: You know you have no right to impede that work order. You're obliged to open your records for any government-appointed investigator.

Margo: Dani came to you?

Tom: No, actually, it was Casey.

Margo: What?!

Tom: Oh, come on. It's nothing to get angry about.

Margo: Yes, it is. Dani is Emilyís niece, so once again, Emily is using Casey for her purposes.

Tom: Well, I didn't come down here to talk about Emily or Dani or Casey, for that matter. I came down because I'm concerned about you.

Margo: Why?

Tom: Because this review that Dani is conducting is a nonissue -- that is, unless, of course, you decide to make it one, so be careful.

Margo: Okay. Thanks for the warning.

Tom: Sure. Just had to have one for the road.

Margo: Okay.

[Margo sighs]

Faith: Sorry I was so nasty before.

Holden: Why were you?

Faith: 'Cause I don't want Mom going out with Mike anymore.

Holden: Well, your mom and I -- we're not really together anymore, so it kind of makes sense that she would want a new relationship.

Faith: I think it's because you slept with Carly.

Holden: Yeah, that would, uh -- that would definitely have something to do with it.

Faith: And now you're yelling and trying to hurt each other.

Holden: We have made a mess of things, but I promise you, Honey, we're going to try to fix it.

Faith: But you can't fix anything with fighting. Isn't that what you always tell Natalie and me? And it makes Natalie and Ethan so sad.

Holden: What about you? Does it make you sad?

Faith: When you think you're going to lose, you pretend like you're not. Grandmother calls it bluffing.

Holden: Honey, you know that you never have to bluff with me.

Faith: Try not to fight anymore, okay?

Holden: Okay.

Mike: Lily, I believe in this project. Otherwise, I wouldn't be here. I would have walked away when the other investor pulled out.

Lily: Well, why didn't you say that in front of Paul?

Mike: Because I don't feel comfortable weighing in on what you do with your money.

Lily: Paul seemed pretty desperate.

Mike: Yeah, and if you have some more questions, maybe you should talk to him again.

Lily: You're right. I do need more answers, but not from Paul.

Mike: Are you ready to order?

Lily: Mike, do you mind if we take a rain check on lunch? I love being here with you. It's just that today has been --

Mike: Bad timing, yeah, all the way around. I should probably get back to the site anyway.

Lily: Please don't take this the wrong way.

Mike: Lily, I -- I am open to anything you want. But you need to decide what that is.

Emily: Will you stop? Don't be intimidated. You go in there and you do your job.

Dani: Okay.

Casey: Yes, what's the worst my mom can do?

Dani: Um, get me fired.

Casey: Yeah, that's pretty bad.

Emily: That's not going to happen. Will you just -- Tom smoothed things over. You're going to be fine.

Dani: I am. You're right. Uh, no matter what Margo throws at me, I am ready.

Margo: I cannot believe that you three thought that you were going to play some sort of endgame around me. You are so dead wrong. Casey, your father is just barely recovered from heart surgery. You want to talk to about one of my decisions, you go to him to discuss it? What are you thinking?

Casey: I was --

Margo: And you, you know, you're just freshly back in town, so I'm going to chalk up your actions to being too green to know the difference.

Dani: I kind of --

Margo: But you.

Emily: Oh God, me, it's my fault. Go ahead.

Margo: Casey never would have taken these steps if you hadn't encouraged him.

Casey: No, I make my own decisions, Mom. And so lay off Emily. And, as a matter of fact, lay off Dani, too. You were wrong.

Margo: Dani had no right to set up shop in my station without clearing it with me.

Casey: Oh, don't pretend like this is about procedure. Bottom line is you don't like Emily and anyone related to her.

Holden: That was a short date.

Lily: I wasn't really in the mood, especially after Paul showed up.

Holden: Yeah, he came by here. I told him you were having lunch. I hope I didn't ruin anything for you.

Lily: Did he tell you what he wanted?

Holden: No. He said that it was important.

Lily: He wants me to give him a loan to help with the project at your mother's farm.

Holden: Are you going to give it to him?

Lily: I don't know. I mean, did you read that article in the "Intruder" today?

Holden: I did. It didn't make the project sound very promising.

Lily: It makes Paul sound like he's on some mission impossible -- decontaminating countless acres of land. But on the other hand, it's your mother's farm. I mean, we grew up there. Our lives are in that land. Don't you feel that way?

Holden: Of course I do.

Lily: Well, shouldn't we do everything we can? I mean, what about your mother? She could lose her home.

Holden: Lily, after everything we've been through, I wouldn't think that you would even care.

Lily: All my children are all Snyderís. That land is their legacy. And it's my past. Most of which I don't ever want to forget.

Holden: Okay, so, you want me to tell you what I think you should do? What concerns you most?

Lily: Emma.

Holden: Well, she could lose the farm, but, you know, she'll always have a place to live. I'll help her out with that.

Lily: And the land?

Holden: It'll heal over time.

Lily: But not in time to save the development.

Holden: Lily, I think we need to be realistic here. You can't throw good money into a project that will, in all likelihood, fail.

Lily: So I shouldn't help.

Holden: I don't think so. I think it's is a lost cause.

Paul: I'm not so worried about Lily. I think she's going to come through.

Barbara: Well, Lily does have disposable income, and she loves Emma and that farm. How's Meg?

Paul: She's all right. She's planning some kind of a surprise.

Barbara: Really?

Paul: Yeah.

Barbara: Any idea what?

Paul: No, but I think it might have something to do with her cooking.

Barbara: Meg can cook?

Paul: No, not at all. In fact, she keeps this up, we're both going to starve to death before our first anniversary.

Barbara: And yet, you still smile.

Paul: Yeah. She does make me smile.

Barbara: Is that so surprising, Paul?

Paul: A little bit. I mean, I've seen happy lives in catalogs, but I didn't think I could order one for myself.

[Cell phone rings]

Paul: There's Lily. Hello?

Lily: Hi, Paul. Listen, I -- I've given this a lot of thought, but I'm very sorry. I can't give you that loan.

Paul: Okay. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

Barbara: She turned you down?

Paul: Yeah. I don't know, maybe the -- the thing in the newspaper made it seem like this was a lose-lose situation.

Barbara: Anyone else you can turn to? Well, then there's only one thing left to do. Pull out of the deal and tell Meg why.

Emma: He we are.

Meg: Ahh.

Emma: Aren't they pretty? I know the smell will make you a little sick there.

[Both laugh]

Meg: Can I put them down here?

Meg: Yeah, right there.

Emma: All right.

Meg: Thank you so much, Mama.

Emma: You're so welcome.

Meg: I'm so sorry I wasn't more help.

Emma: Well, you're growing a baby. I mean, that's hard work. You have to concentrate on that. What? What is it?

Meg: It's still so early. Is it too soon to tell Paul?

Emma: Why would you even think such a thing?

Meg: I had all those toxins in my body. It -- maybe it affected the baby.

Emma: You had tests with the obstetrician, didn't you?

Meg: Yeah, I did. But maybe I should wait for the results before I tell Paul. I mean, I don't want him to get disappointed.

Emma: Listen, what, God forbid, if something happens to the baby? I mean, were you going to grieve all alone? Now Meg, Darling, that's not what marriage is about.

Meg: Well we already lost one baby. If it happened again --

Emma: All the more reason to tell him. You should be experiencing this pregnancy as soon as you can together. Paul is your husband, and no matter what the future brings, you have to share it with him, good or bad.

Meg: I just love him so much. I don't want to cause him any pain.

Emma: You are not going to cause him any pain. No, you're not. Just think. Think -- think how happy you're going to be tonight when you go to bed as a family.


Paul: How am I going to tell Meg? I made a promise to Emma.

Barbara: You didn't let anybody down. You did everything humanly possible to try to make this deal work.

Paul: Yeah, I'm not so sure Megís going to see it that way when her mom loses her home.

Barbara: You did everything you could, Honey, and it didn't work out. She's not going to love you any less for that.

Paul: No, I suppose not. It sure was nice to have her believe in me, even if it did only last for a little while.

Margo: Police headquarters is not my living room, nor is it the bedroom, Casey. The decisions that I make are based on what is right for my jurisdiction, not based on some sentimental whim, which is more than I can say about you.

Emily: Why can't you just admit that you messed up?

Margo: And why couldn't you stay out of it?

Emily: Because you messed with my niece.

[Margo laughs]

Margo: You used my son and my husband to gain influence with people --

Emily: Excuse me, I have plenty of influence in this town. I'm the editor of this newspaper, in case you haven't noticed.

Margo: Oh, that's just your latest profession, though, isn't it?

Emily: Get out of my office, now.

Margo: Here's your paperwork. But, Dani, I decide who works in my station and who doesnít. And I've decided that you're out.

Dani: Okay, but my boss is --

Margo: Well, your boss -- I don't answer to your boss. I answer to my boss, who's the mayor. You have a problem, you take it up with him.

Emily: You asked for it, Margo.

Margo: Well, Mr. Mayor, very nice to see you.

Mayor: And a pleasure, as always, Margo. I was just passing by, and I wanted to come in and discuss a new project the city is compiling on crime statistics.

Margo: Yes.

Mayor: Do you know -- I'm sorry. Do you know Ms. Andropoulos and Ms. Stewart?

Margo: We've met.

Mayor: Well, as I was saying, I was conducting an interview with my friend Emily here for her paper, and I heard about Ms. Andropoulos's project. Can you imagine how much her statistics will aid in fighting crime in our town?

Margo: Boggles the mind, Sir.

Mayor: Well, it's great to know I can count on my chief of detectives to give the project her full cooperation.

Margo: Absolutely. I'll do whatever I can to comply.

Mayor: Excellent. Well, then, uh, let's put Ms. Andropoulos to work. Is there anything you need?

Dani: No, I think the chief has a full list of files I'll be reviewing.

Mayor: Well, it looks like we're all up to speed.

Margo: Oh, faster than the mind can imagine.

Mayor: Great. My best to Tom.

Margo: Yes.

Mayor: Uh, Emily, are you staying?

Emily: Uh, you know what? I'll walk you out. I believe my work here is done.

Emily: You should have seen the look on your mother's face when she walked out and saw me and Dani standing with the mayor. I'm telling you, I don't know how she kept it all together. It was priceless. What else was she going to do? I was standing with the mayor.

[Emily laughs]

Casey: Yeah, how -- how did you do that, by the way? The mayor's a busy guy. How do you even know him?

Emily: He's the mayor, Casey. Everybody knows the mayor.

Casey: Not well enough to have their personal number and call them by their first name. I -- was he one of your-- he was. He was one of your --

Emily: The past is the past, Case. Let's not go there.

Margo: Hi!

Tom: Oh, what are you doing home so early? You checking up on me?

Margo: Oh, no. I couldn't stand being at the station one more minute watching Dani do her little victory dance.

Tom: Her victory dance? I thought you were going to give her the green light yourself.

Margo: Oh, yeah-- no, I didn't do it.

Tom: What did you do?

Margo: It doesn't really matter. Emily somehow got the mayor involved.

Tom: The mayor called you?

Margo: No, he didn't call me. He showed up, flanked by Dani and Emily, and made it very clear that I was to completely cooperate with Dani.

Tom: Really?

Margo: Mm-hmm.

Tom: Sounds like pretty heavy artillery.

Margo: Yeah, doesn't it? Doesn't it? So, it makes you kind of wonder, what did Emily do to get so close to the mayor and how?

Holden: Now for the really tough part.

Lily: Thanks.

Holden: You cannot feel guilty about this.

Lily: I'll try not to. Emma --

Holden: No, my mother -- she can hold her own, even in the worst of circumstances. You know that.

Lily: Yes, I do. Thanks, Holden. Thanks for helping me sort this out.

Holden: Sure. Anytime.

Lily: I used to think that -- which I could talk to you about anything, anytime.

Holden: Well, you know, I think we should get back to treating each other with respect. I think it would be good for us. It'd be good for the kids, too.

Lily: Then let's do it. I mean, there's no reason that we can't treat each other like human beings -- maybe even are friends.

Natalie: You're back!

Lily: Hey!

Holden: Hey, Buddy.

Lily: Hi.

Holden: Aah!

Faith: Can you fix something to eat? We haven't had lunch yet.

Lily: Well, actually, I haven't eaten either. I'm starving. Would you like to stay for lunch?

Holden: Yeah, sure. How 'bout I fire up the grill and we'll cook some hamburgers and hot dogs? How does that sound?

Natalie: Yeah!

Holden: Is that good?

Lily: Yay!

Holden: Yah! Ahhh!

[Lily laughs]

Meg: Oh, finally! Okay. Are you ready for your surprise?

Paul: Is it edible?

[Meg laughs]

Meg: Partly. Close your eyes.

Paul: No, listen, I got to talk to you.

Meg: Uh, okay, no. No. After the surprise, we can talk all you want. Close your eyes. Close your eyes! Close -- okay. Okay, no peeking.

Paul: No peeking.

[Meg laughs]

Meg: Okay, watch your step. Okay. Hold on, hold on. Right there. Okay. Hold on.

[Paul sighs]

Meg: Open. Okay, open. Are you as happy as I am?

Paul: Really?

[Meg giggles]

[Meg laughs]

Meg: What did you want to talk to me about?

Paul: I love you.

On the next -- "As the World Turns"

Jack: Everybody ready?

Parker: For what?

Jack: The car wash.

Liberty: You never told me what Dad said about me seeing Parker.

Janet: Oh, don't worry about it.

Liberty: Mom, you didn't tell him.

Brad: Okay, don't you think we should at least try to keep them from having sex instead of encouraging them?

Janet: I am not encouraging them!

Paul: What's going on?

Derek: Your wife ran into some distress at the hospital.

Paul: Distress? What kind of distress?

Meg: It was nothing. Really, I'm fine.

Derek: Yeah, well, I'd still keep an eye on her, though. You wouldn't want anything bad to happen to her.

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