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As The World Turns Transcript Tuesday 8/26/08

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Brian: You know, I don't think I can remember a time when a foundation strategy session went that smoothly.

Lucinda: I think we're an extremely efficient team.

Brian: I do, too. You know, it was Luke who pulled it all together. You have some very strong, coherent ideas.

Noah: Uh, Lukeís been thinking about this 24-7 since he came up with the idea, so --

Lucinda: Well, now that we have such a strong mission statement, there won't be any problems at all getting big business to contribute.

Luke: Well, unless I do anything inadvertently super gay. Got to keep an eye on that.

Brian: I already apologized for offending you, Luke.

Luke: And yet somehow I'm still offended.

Brian: Then let me take another stab at this. I was just trying to give you a heads up on what you might expect from the corporate world.

Luke: Well, Brian, my grandmother's had a lot more experience than you in the corporate world. She's never had a problem with me being gay.

Lucinda: Luke --

Brian: Proving Lucinda is more savvy than I, you'll get no argument from me on that score.

Noah: I'm all for getting past this.

Lucinda: I -- I couldn't agree more. Well, I'm starving. I'm absolutely starving. Come on. I'll treat us all to a bite. Okay, come on. Come, Gentlemen.

Alison: It uh -- it looked like Aaronís wound was healing okay, but I just wanted to make sure.

Aaron: She doesn't want to marry a guy who's going to fall apart on her.

Susan: You're fine, which is a good thing because I've already put in calls for your engagement party tonight.

Alison: What would you have done if he wasn't okay?

Susan: Panicked. But now I don't have to. I don't have to. So you and I have to go home and get changed. We'll meet you later at he party.

Alison: Okay, I just have to talk to my Biology teacher first.

Susan: Honey, you don't want to be late for your own party.

Alison: I will not be late, Mom. Do not stress.

Peggy: Alison, I was just about to page you.

Alison: Oh, hey, Peggy. What's up?

Peggy: These came while you were in the examining room.

Alison: For me?

Peggy: Yeah.

Alison: Wow. Oh, wow, they're beautiful. Oh, I love freesias. They always smell so great. How did you remember?

Susan: Uh, Honey, thank him later, okay? I'll take these for you.

Alison: Okay.

Susan: Go, go, go.

Alison: All right. Thank you. Love you.

Aaron: Okay.

Susan: You're getting started off on the right foot. These are beautiful.

Aaron: Yeah, they are.

Susan: Mmm.

Aaron: But I didn't send them.

Chris: Thank you. Oh.

Dani: Thank you! Thank you for my afternoon at the morgue!

Chris: Glad you survived it.

Dani: Yeah, you gave me access to all the statistics I needed for that part of the report, so I owe you big time.

Chris: Yeah, don't worry about it.

Dani: And since I believe in paying my debts promptly, I'm going to take you out to dinner tonight.

Chris: Yeah, thank you for the offer, but I don't think so.

Dani: Tonight's not good? We can do it tomorrow.

Chris: Look, Dani, I like you. You're interesting, funny, and very pretty, and, I mean --

Dani: Yeah, you're not dumping me, Chris. I mean, I'm just talking about dinner, you know? Salad, entree, a couple glasses of wine.

Chris: And after the wine?

Dani: First date, first kiss, first, second, third, fourth, fifth -- okay, maybe after the sixth, we have sex, then you'll be allowed to break up with me. But you won't want to.

Chris: Okay.

Dani: I'm that good.

Chris: Dani, I'm just trying to be up front with you here. And the truth is, I have feelings for someone else.

Dani: Someone new?

Chris: Not quite.

Dani: Oh. You're still carrying a torch for Alison.

Emily: Oh, I love the way you say hello.

Casey: I can say more than that. But, um, first can we get something to eat? I'm starving.

Emily: Um.

Casey: Burger at Al's?

Emily: No, no. I, uh, have to go to Lakeview.

Casey: Okay, that's fine. Let's go.

Emily: No, uh, I have to get changed first. It's a party.

Casey: Oh, a business thing?

Emily: No, no, it's for Ali, actually. She -- you know, she got engaged to Aaron and my mother wanted to get the family together and celebrate.

Casey: Oh, okay, okay. I'll change. We'll meet you at your place.

Emily: No, I, uh --

Casey: We'll just go together.

Emily: I have to -- I got to go alone. It's just family, Case.

Casey: But, I'm -- I'm your husband, Emily.

Emily: Well, only until the annulment's finalized.

Casey: Did -- did I miss something? Did we just go back into hiding our relationship?

Emily: No, I don't want to fight about this.

Casey: No, just answer the question. What am I to you, Emily?

Susan: Maybe Emily sent the flowers.

Aaron: Well, there's only one way to find out.

Susan: Oh, you shouldn't you do that.

Aaron: I'm sure my fiancťe won't mind. They're from Chris!

Susan: What for?

Aaron: It just says "Congratulations."

Susan: Oh, this is my fault.

Aaron: You told Chris we got engaged?

Susan: No, no. I -- I just was so excited about Alison getting that B-plus that I told Chris. I was just bragging. I didn't expect him to send her flowers.

Aaron: That guy will use any excuse to come on to her.

[Beeper]

Susan: Oh, here, hold these. Oh, this is an emergency. Listen, put this out of your mind. I'll take care of Chris. Don't be late for that party.

Aaron: I can hardly wait. Oh, Peggy? Peggy. Hi.

Peggy: Hi.

Aaron: I need to send a message to Dr. Hughes. Chris Hughes. Um, do you have his cell phone number by any chance?

Peggy: Oh, you're Alisonís friend.

Aaron: Right, Aaron.

Peggy: Nice to meet you.

Aaron: Nice to meet you, too.

Peggy: Uh, well, we don't usually give out a doctor's number, unless a patient has a question, so --

Aaron: Actually, I got shot. And Chris was nice enough to make a house call and check me out. So I wanted to thank him personally.

Holden: Hi.

Lily: You look nice. You going on a date?

Holden: I'm sorry I didn't call. It was quicker to swing by 'cause I need to pick up the kids anyway.

Lily: Pick up the kids? You canít. Not tonight.

Natalie: Dad, we're going to the races with Mike! Isn't that cool?

Holden: When is this happening?

Lily: Right now. Sweetie, go get your sweater.

Natalie: Okay.

Lily: The sitter's already here.

Holden: You know what, you go and have fun with Mike. The kids, they're coming with me.

Lily: You know what? It is not fair for you to just show up here at the last minute and expect to take the kids!

Holden: I shouldn't have to compete with Mike to spend time with my kids.

Lily: Nobody is making this a competition except you, Holden. And you know what? It doesn't have to be an either-or situation. If you want to take the kids tomorrow, fine.

Holden: That's not gonna work. Tonight is important.

Lily: Well, then, you should have checked with me sooner.

Holden: And you should have told me before you committed to this racetrack thing with Mike.

Lily: You know what? The girls were so happy the last time Mike took them out. Are you so threatened by him that you don't want our kids to have fun?

Holden: I am not threatened by that guy.

Lily: Then why are you acting like this?

Holden: Because you're so set on having your fun, you refuse to see how Mike can hurt our kids.

[Lily scoffs]

Lily: What?

Luke: Actually, uh, you know what? Noah and I can't have dinner with you tonight.

Noah: We can't?

Lucinda: Why can't you?

Luke: Well, I forgot to tell you before the meeting, but Aaron got engaged to Alison Stewart.

Lucinda: Oh. Aaron is Lukeís half brother.

Luke: Yeah, and Alisonís mom is throwing a party at the Lakeview, and we're invited, so --

Brian: Well, I'm sorry you two can't join us.

Lucinda: We'll just have to manage on our own.

Brian: Have fun at the party.

Noah: How did you come up with that party story so fast?

Luke: It's not a story. And I honestly forgot. I guess dealing with Brian just makes me lose my mind.

Noah: Okay, you are gonna have to figure out how to work with him.

Luke: Yeah. But not right now. Come on. Let's go get changed.

Chris: I'm not going to spill my guts about my love life, or lack thereof, to you.

Dani: Well, that is just not acceptable. If you won't go out with me, I at least have a right to know who's got your heart.

Chris: No, you donít.

Dani: So, I was wrong? It isn't Alison?

Chris: If I explain things to you, will you drop it?

Dani: You can give it try.

Chris: I am still interested in Alison.

Dani: Mm-hmm. And does she know that?

Chris: It's complicated.

Dani: Obviously, because I was under the impression she was all tied up with Aaron.

[Cell phone beeps]

Chris: Uh, excuse me. I don't think Alisonís as tied up as you think.

Dani: Was that text from her?

Chris: You know, Dani, I'm not trying to lead you on here. I'm not available. But if you ever need to get into the morgue again --

Dani: I'll give you a call.

Emily: Casey, I'm going to the party alone.

Casey: You really don't want to be with me?

Emily: Yes, I do. Of course I do. It's just that Aaronís entire family's gonna be there.

Casey: Yeah, and why would they care if we were together or not?

Emily: Because they are not part of my fan club, okay? And I just wrote that story on their toxic land, and they're gonna be all over me, which means they're gonna be all over Alison.

Casey: Okay, stop making excuses, please.

Emily: I'm not! I'm just trying to explain to you why --

Casey: Yes, you're trying to break up with me, and I don't --

Emily: I am not try -- I am not!

Casey: Good! You look as down as I feel.

Dani: Just got blown off by Chris Hughes.

Casey: Oh, good. What's his problem?

Dani: He's got a thing for Alison Stewart.

Casey: And why are you worrying about it?

Dani: I happen to like him.

Casey: Oh, well, Alisonís out of the picture. She's engaged to Aaron.

Dani: What? Engaged? When? Where did you hear this?

Casey: Emily told me. They're having a party for her tonight. Well, aren't you family? Aren't you gonna go?

Dani: My cell phone has been off since I was in the morgue last night. I haven't talked to anyone.

Casey: The morgue? Uh, no offense, Dani, but this criminologist thing is kind of creepy.

Dani: You are right. There is a party, and I'm expected. Are you going with Emily?

Casey: Uh, no, it's supposed to be a family thing, I thought.

Dani: You can come with me. You can be my date.

Casey: Okay.

Emily: Hi, Mom.

Susan: Hey!

Emily: Anything I can do to help?

Susan: Uh, get me a club soda. It makes that champagne look so much less tempting.

Emily: Okay, you got it. Hi, Emma.

Emma: Emily, hello.

Emily: So, it looks like we're gonna be family.

Emma: Yes, it does. We're very, very fond of Alison.

Emily: Right. [Emily clears throat] Uh, ex-excuse me. I'll just -- yeah.

Susan: Hey!

Emma: Susan, hello.

Susan: Ohh.

Emma: Ohh. My goodness, thank you for all this. It looks so beautiful.

Susan: Oh, it was all so last-minute. I just hope I remembered everybody and everything.

Emily: Mom?

Susan: Thank you. Uh, are Paul and Meg coming?

Emma: No, Paul sends his regrets. Meg's not well.

Susan: Ohh.

Aaron: Wow! This place looks amazing!

Susan: Oh, thank you. I just hope all the people I called will be here!

Aaron: Well, as far as I'm concerned, the most important person has arrived.

Lily: Mike would never hurt our children! How can you even make an accusation like that?

Holden: Is Mike gonna be in their lives forever?

Lily: It's way too soon to even think about that.

Holden: That's what I'm talking about here. Because this was a last-minute thing. Aaron and Alison are having their engagement party tonight, and I want the girls there. He's their brother.

Lily: I didn't know Aaron was engaged. I -- I -- nobody told me.

Holden: So, you know why this is important, then?

Lily: Of course. I'll get the girls changed. I'll drop them at the Lakeview.

Holden: Look, I don't want to interfere with your date. If you want --

Lily: I said I'll drop them.

Holden: You've made my son very happy.

Alison: Well, let's just hope he stays that way.

Aaron: Oh, I will.

Emma: Guess what -- I have Julie and Caleb on the phone. They want to talk to you.

Alison: Oh, hey, thank you. Hi! Yeah, can you believe it? We're finally going to be related.

Holden: It was a good idea calling them. I know Aaron wishes his mom could be here.

Emma: Yeah, it's too -- too long a trip for her as of yet. Uh, where are the kids?

Holden: Lily's bringing them.

Emma: Oh, that's wonderful!

Holden: Uh, she's just dropping them off. She's not staying. Emily.

Emily: Holden. Champagne?

Holden: Sure.

Emily: There you go.

Holden: Can you make it a double?

[Emily chuckles]

Emily: Sure. Finish this, and I'll give you another.

Holden: Hey, hey.

Emily: Sorry.

Luke: Remember the first time I did this for you?

Noah: Of course. It was historic for me. That was the first time I ever wore a Windsor. [Both chuckle] You know, back then, I -- I couldn't imagine a life with you, and now I can't imagine a life without you.

Luke: Well, lucky for you, Bubby, it's just beginning.

Noah: Hurry up and get dressed.

Casey: Maybe I shouldn't stay.

Dani: It is just a small family gathering. What is the big deal?

Emily: The big deal is Caseyís my --

Casey: Husband? I'm sorry.

Emily: Casey is my lover.

Casey: Oh, that'll work.

Emily: I thought I asked you not to come, Case.

Dani: Looks like he disobeyed.

Casey: Can't help it. I'm a bad, bad boy.

Emily: Dani, since you're gonna be in town for a while, I have a little tip for you. Don't mess with my life.

Dani: Lighten up, Em. Sometimes it's just about having fun.

Emily: Right. Well, if Caseyís having any fun, he's having it with me.

Dani: Okay.

Lily: All right, I will pick you guys up later. Go ahead in and have a good time, all right?

Aaron: Lily, hi.

Lily: Oh, hi. Congratulations. I can't believe you're gonna be a married man.

Aaron: Yeah. Hey, I saw the girls go inside. Where's Ethan?

Lily: Oh, he fell asleep, so he's home with the sitter, but the girls are on cloud nine. They love a wedding. When's the big day?

Aaron: Next year. Yeah, we're gonna do it up right, so --

Lily: Oh, good. Be happy.

Aaron: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Aren't -- aren't you gonna stay?

Lily: It's just family.

Aaron: But you are family. Susan would have called you, but I just assumed that you'd show up with Dad and the kids.

Lily: Well, uh, Holden and I aren't communicating very well these days.

Aaron: I didn't -- I'm -- I didn't even think about that. I'm so used to you guys being together.

Lily: It's okay.

Aaron: Well, stay. Stay. This is a big day for me, and you belong here.

Lily: Okay, I will. I'll just -- I'll just make a quick phone call, and then I'll come inside.

Aaron: Okay.

[Lily clears throat]

Lily: Mike, hi. It's Lily. Listen, I'm sorry. I'm gonna have to cancel our date.

Lucinda: Go on. This is the best hamburger in town.

Brian: Mm-hmm.

Lucinda: I don't like hamburgers, but I like the mushrooms! Have some more. Have some more.

Brian: They're good.

Lucinda: I love them! They're fresh, and I love them. Every time I come, I gorge.

Brian: They're good. They're good, but not -- but not as good as what you'll find growing wild.

Lucinda: Well, growing in the wild -- forget about it. I'm not a mycologist. I don't pick my own mushrooms.

Brian: Lucinda! I am horrified. You have never been on a mushroom hunt?

Lucinda: You're kidding me, right?

Brian: It's a fantastic sport and a culinary delight.

[Lucinda laughs]

Lucinda: You -- okay, I'll take your word for it.

Brian: No, you don't have to do that. I'll prove it to you. Come camping with me, and we'll go mushroom hunting.

Lucinda: You want to take me camping?

Brian: We'll pitch a tent and do some stargazing while we're mushroom hunting. What do you say?

Lucinda: Stargazing after mushrooming -- I mean, when was the last time I've had an invitation like that?

Brian: I'll make all the arrangements, pick out the site, get all the provisions. All you have to do is say yes.

Lucinda: Yes!

Brian: One mushroom hunt and you will be hooked for life. You'll love it.

[Both laugh]

Lucinda: I'm beginning to believe you.

Brian: Yeah. Now if I can just get your -- get Luke to believe in me again.

Lucinda: Oh, come on. Look, he had such a hard time accepting the fact that he's gay, all right? It's understandable --

Brian: Mm-hmm.

Lucinda: -- That he would be sensitive if someone finds him unacceptable.

Brian: I donít.

Lucinda: Well, I know you donít. I mean, I have absolutely no doubt about that. And I'm certain Luke will come around.

Holden: Here you go, Girls.

Faith: Shirley Temples. I love these. Thanks.

Holden: What can I get you, Mama?

Emma: Uh, nothing, Sweetheart. I'm good. Come on. Um, hi, Lily.

Lily: Hi, Emma.

Emma: Some hors d'oeuvres over here.

Holden: The girls are fine. You don't need to stay.

Lily: I was invited by Aaron. You know, he's just as much my son as Luke is yours.

Emily: Champagne?

Lily: No, thanks.

Holden: No, thank you.

Emily: Okay.

Lily: How would you feel if something huge happened in Lukeís life and I never mentioned it to you?

Holden: I didn't want you to feel obligated.

Lily: Oh, don't be ridiculous. I'd do anything for Aaron.

Holden: You know what? It just -- it kind of caught me off guard, hearing Natalie so happy about going to the races with Mike. It just threw me.

Lily: That's all the apology I get?

Susan: Chris, Chris, this is a private party. You're not on the guest list.

Chris: No, I'm looking for Alison.

Susan: No, that would be entirely inappropriate.

Chris: Well, I don't think Alison would agree with you, Susan, so --

Aaron: I'd like to make a toast to my beautiful bride-to-be. It's taken us a long time to get to this point, and not because I haven't tried to marry Alison before. But we've been through a lot. We've seen each other through a lot of tough times. We've drifted apart. We've come back together again, and drifted apart and come back together again. But here we are, engaged. And, suddenly, it feels like we were headed this direction all along. Our hearts knew it, even when we didnít.

All: Awww.

Noah: There he is. Ready to go?

Lucinda: Well, hi. You guys really are going to a party. That just wasn't an excuse not to have a meal with Brian.

Luke: No, it wasn't, and, Grandma, we're running late, so we really got to go.

Lucinda: No, no, Darling. I -- much as I would like to, I'm not going to demand that you like Brian. But I will ask that you give him a chance.

Luke: I did. And he blew it.

Lucinda: Well, he made a mistake. He's a good man, and I enjoy him. He's taking me camping.

Noah: Camping?

Lucinda: Ostensibly, we're hunting mushrooms. Would you believe?

Luke: Well, what I believe is that this guy will do anything to get what he wants.

Faith: Congratulations. You're gonna be my sister.

Alison: I am very excited about that. I'm going to go freshen up. I'll be right back, okay? Bye. Chris?

Chris: I got the message. I don't need to hear anymore.

Alison: I don't understand. I saw you coming in to talk to me, and then you turned around and left. What is going on? Why are you even at the party?

Chris: Because you invited me.

Alison: Invited you?

Chris: Yeah, it worked. You couldn't have been any more clearer. I can send all the flowers I want, but I'll never be the guy you want.

Alison: All I want right now is for you to tell me what the hell you're talking about.

Lucinda: Poppycock! Brian is -- is not playing up to me in order to get back in your good graces. He just wants to give me a little adventure.

Luke: Now he just wants to take you out alone into the deep, dark wood --

Lucinda: To hunt for mushrooms. Now, it's very sweet of you to be so protective, darling. But Brian really has nothing sinister planned. He just wants to give me a little whimsy. And I'm grabbing it. So, have fun at your party.

Luke: Mushroom hunting? Is he kidding?

Noah: Well, you've seen the two of them together. He likes her. And she definitely likes him.

Luke: No. Something's not right about this, Noah. If he's using her --

Noah: There's no way to be sure about that.

Luke: Well, we're already late for the party. Might as well be a little later.

Noah: What do you want to do? You want to talk to Brian?

Luke: No, I want to check him out, "Hardy Boys" style. Let's do some research.

Chris: Why are you pretending with me? What's the point?

Alison: You think I sent you a text?

Chris: "Lakeview. Need to see U. 7:00. Alison."

Alison: Let me see that.

Chris: I assumed since I sent you the flowers to congratulate you on getting your grades up --

Alison: Wait --

Chris: -- You wanted --

Alison: -- You sent me the flowers?

Chris: Didn't you read the card?

Alison: No, I -- I must have missed it.

Chris: Then why did you text me?

Alison: I didn't text you.

Chris: Your fiancť must have figured humiliating me was the perfect way to announce your engagement.

Alison: I don't know who did it or why.

Chris: Right. Is this what you want, to marry Aaron?

Alison: It's what I need.

Chris: That's not exactly an answer. Well -- congratulations.

Aaron: I missed you.

Alison: Um, I'm thirsty. I'm gonna go get a soda.

Aaron: Ali, what's wrong?

Alison: I don't want to get into a fight at our engagement party.

Aaron: Well, then let's fight over here. What did Chris say to you?

Alison: You let me think you sent those flowers.

Aaron: You assumed. You didn't let me have a chance to tell you.

Alison: And what about sending that text to Chris in my name? Why would you do something like that, Aaron?

Aaron: The guy's dense, okay? He doesn't take no for an answer.

Alison: So you use our engagement party to get back at him? That toast was one of the sweetest things I have ever heard. But now I'll always be wondering if you were saying those words for me or for Chris.

Aaron: I love you, okay? You never have to wonder about that.

Alison: You used me to hurt Chris.

Aaron: Okay, that was wrong. That was wrong, okay? I should have just looked for Chris myself and beat him up myself.

Alison: You're not even sorry.

Aaron: I'm sorry I upset you.

Alison: Not good enough. Not even close.

Aaron: You want to me to say that I'm sorry that Chris showed up to see firsthand that he has no chance with you?

Alison: Yeah, that would be nice.

Aaron: Explain something to me, Alison, okay? You're always talking about how you wish this guy would just leave you alone. Okay, and now he will. So what's the problem with this?

Dani: Your money's no good here, at least not for tonight.

Chris: Didn't I just see you at Alisonís engagement party?

Dani: Yeah, I was there. Saw you leave, followed you here.

Chris: So you can watch me get drunk?

Dani: I still haven't had dinner yet.

Chris: Mmm. You wouldn't want to eat what they call food here.

Dani: So we'll go someplace else. Ooh, I can see those wheels spinning. You still have a thing for Alison, but she's engaged, so that's a wash. But, uh, sitting across from you is this woman who you find very funny and interesting and very pretty.

Chris: You have a good memory.

Dani: That's why I graduated at the top of my class. I've got great analytical skills, too. Would you like me to continue in my demonstration?

Chris: I don't know. You're doing pretty good with the here and now.

Dani: Mm-hmm.

Chris: So, tell me -- can you -- can you read my future?

Dani: Hmm. All evidence leads me to believe that you are a very bright guy.

Chris: And given that?

Dani: You'll realize that Alison has moved on.

Chris: Leaving me to wallow in my misery.

Dani: Mnh-mnh. Inspiring you to reassess your dating options. I'll get you another.

Luke: I've called every single number on his resume, and nobody's answered and nobody's called me back. Don't you think that's a little fishy?

Noah: Well, they're businesspeople, Luke. I mean, it is after business hours.

Luke: Or maybe he just made up all these numbers on his resume. I have got to find out what Brianís deal is.

Noah: Why do I get the feeling we're not going to the party?

Luke: Aaron will understand. I want to find out everything I can about Brian.

Brian: If you want to know something about me, it's easier to just ask.

Emily: Uh, excuse me. Can I steal Casey from you guys?

Casey: Oh, we were just talking about your article you wrote about Emmaís land.

Emily: Why would you talk to them about that, Casey?

Emma: Oh, uh, Casey seems to think that I'm angry with you about it.

Casey: But you're not, are you?

Emma: No, no, no. I mean, you wrote the truth as you saw it. That's your job.

Casey: I am so glad you said that. She works so hard, and that's why I'm crazy about her.

Susan: Yes, we can all see that.

Casey: Mm-hmm.

Emily: Excuse us.

Casey: No, don't run off, Sweetie.

Emily: I -- I need a drink. Come on.

[Casey imitates whip cracking]

Emma: Well, you can tell me to mind my business, but, uh, are they --

Susan: They're married.

Emma: Oh, my.

Susan: But they've filed for an annulment.

Emma: Well, they still seem to be very enamored of each other. I mean, he seems as if he's --

Susan: He's young. He's very young. And he's a Hughes. I don't know what Emily was thinking.

Emma: Yes, I know. I'll tell you, I don't understand why the wrong people are together and the right people are apart. Well, anyway, Alison and Aaron seem to be relatively healthy couple.

Susan: Amen to that.

Emma: Amen.

Noah: Brian, can I, uh, get you something to drink?

Brian: Oh, no, thanks, Noah. I won't take advantage of your hospitality. You have questions about me, Luke?

Luke: How do you know I was checking up on you?

Brian: One of the references you tried to reach called and told me. What are you looking for?

Luke: I want to find out what your game is.

Brian: Game? Uh, I don't have a game. I -- I like you, I like Noah, I like your grandmother, I like doing good works, which is why I agreed to become the director of your foundation.

Luke: So, that's it?

Brian: Well, since I quit my other position to sign on with you, I -- I do need a job.

Luke: So, you need the money, huh?

Brian: Working nonprofits doesn't make you rich.

Luke: Yeah. Sucking up to older wealthy women is so much easier.

Brian: You should give your grandmother more credit, Luke. She's a brilliant businesswoman, and she's fun and fascinating. Why wouldn't I want to spend time in her company?

Luke: Mushroom hunting? Give me a break.

Brian: If you don't trust me, why don't you and Noah come with us?

Luke: Great. We will.

Brian: Good, good. I'll look forward to it. Give us a chance to know each other better.

Alison: We can't keep going around and around about this, Aaron. It's our party. We need to get back in there.

Aaron: As soon as you tell me why you're so upset that Chris knows we're engaged.

Alison: I'm not upset about that. You're not acting like you, Aaron. You're acting like me.

Aaron: Run that by me again.

Alison: The old me. Whenever I -- I wanted something or someone, I would do something sneaky and -- and even illegal to get it. But you would never do something like that. You're too good, or at least you used to be.

Aaron: Ali, all I did was treat Chris the way he treated you. The guy lies all the time.

Alison: And that is why I am marrying you, not him. And now it's like we're just --

Holden: Hey, Guys. We're heading out.

Alison: Oh, already? I -- I feel like I didn't even get to talk to you guys at all.

Lily: Oh, well, you should come over to the house sometime. You're always welcome.

Alison: Thank you.

Aaron: Hey, thanks for coming, Guys. All right.

Lily: Yeah, see you.

Holden: Bye.

Aaron: Thank you so much.

Alison: Thank you for everything.

Natalie: We took some cake to take home.

Aaron: Oh, that's a good idea. I think I'm gonna do the same thing.

Faith: Are you really happy?

Alison: Yes. Yes, I am.

Aaron: Lily, thank you so much for changing your plans.

Lily: The family comes first.

Luke: Hey, Aaron, it's Luke. You must still be out partying. Um, look, I'm so sorry that Noah and I couldn't make it to the party, but I promise we'll do tons of, uh -- bachelory stuff between now and the wedding. Okay, uh, congratulations.

Noah: Don't feel so guilty.

Luke: Today was such a waste. I know that Brian guy is up to something. I got to figure out what it is.

Noah: If you say so.

Luke: You like him?

Noah: Yeah. I mean, he seems like a straight forward guy. Look, it's not like he's some gay basher. I mean, he's been fine around us.

Luke: Noah, he wanted me to go back in the closet. He wanted me to sell out my morals just so that we'd get some money. The fact that he's even willing to bring that up makes me think that he's done it before in the past.

Noah: Maybe.

Luke: Look, Noah, I've got to find out the truth.

Noah: You think all will be revealed on some mushroom hunt?

Luke: Well, it'll be a challenge, right? I mean, those things, they can grow to be, like, what, six inches?

Noah: Oh, yeah.

Luke: What do you think we'll need to bag one of those suckers?

Noah: I think we'll need some grenades, some tanks, some mortars. You know, but think how proud we'll be when we have a giant stuffed mushroom head on our wall.

Luke: Ahh, well, you must really love me a lot to put up with all of this.

Noah: Um, more than a lot. More than anything.

Lucinda: Oh.

Brian: Hey.

Lucinda: Hello.

Brian: Hi.

Lucinda: You're -- you're working late.

Brian: So are you. Or did you just come by to drop off a few things?

Lucinda: Um, well, I, um -- it was such a glorious out. It was just lovely. I walked here.

Brian: And now?

Lucinda: Um -- I think I'll stay. I think I'll stay, and do a little work. It's how I relax. What about you? Why are you here?

Brian: Oh, I'm -- I'm trying to impress my boss.

Lucinda: Oh, you must not worry so much about Luke.

Brian: Um, so what did you buy?

Lucinda: Okay. You caught me!

Brian: Mushrooms! [Both laugh] That's great.

Lucinda: I'm really looking forward to our Sylvan adventure.

Brian: I'm glad. I'm glad. It's turning out to be a, um, a much bigger party than I expected. Luke and Noah are gonna be joining us.

Lucinda: They are? Oh. Oh, how wonderful.

Casey: So, since you got rid of my date, do you mind taking me home with you?

Emily: Come on. Ohh.

Alison: Bye.

Emily: Bye.

Aaron: Good night.

Alison: Mom, thank you so much for everything.

Susan: Ohh.

Aaron: It meant a lot to us, Susan. Thank you.

Susan: It's so good to have something to celebrate.

Emma: Are you listening? You make sure to make up with that girl before leave here tonight.

Aaron: How did you know we got in a fight?

Emma: Oh, never you mind. Let me tell you something. One of the secrets to a happy marriage is to be able to make a very sincere apology. Hmm? Now you get to it. Hear me?

Aaron: Mm-hmm.

Emma: Okay.

Aaron: Susan, thank you so much for putting this all together so quickly.

Susan: At least we'll have more time to plan the wedding.

Emma: Whooo!

Aaron: That's right.

Alison: Bye-bye.

Susan: See you later, Baby.

Alison: Are you ready to go?

Aaron: Thanks for telling my family that you were happy when I know you really just wanted to punch me in the face.

Alison: I'll get over it. Eventually.

Aaron: I'm sorry, Ali. To play that trick on Chris was just stupid. To use your name was low.

Alison: Stupid and low. It's a good start. You know what else it was?

Aaron: Inconsiderate?

Alison: Unnecessary. Totally unnecessary. I love you. I am marrying you. Anyone who sees us together knows that.

Dani: Oh, God, you beat me again!

Chris: Ha!

Dani: You obviously have not had enough to drink. Sticking with scotch?

Chris: You know, I'm gonna call it a night. I have early rounds in the morning, so --

Dani: Okay. But we're having a rematch.

Chris: Dani, I don't think that's such a good idea.

Dani: You are not going to be honorable again, are you? 'Cause that is really getting to be annoying.

Chris: Well, even if the circumstances with Alison have changed, my feelings for her havenít. I still care about her. Good night, Dani.

Dani: See you around, Chris.

Lily: The sitter's gone?

Holden: Yeah, I paid her.

Lily: You didn't have to do that.

Holden: You were busy. Is Ethan settled?

Lily: Yeah, he's sleeping like a log. The girls are putting their PJs on. They said something about you playing a video game with them.

Holden: Yeah, they want me to play a couple of rounds with them. I'll make it quick.

Lily: Take your time.

Holden: You know, I miss the whole nighttime-ritual thing.

Lily: You can come any night you want.

Holden: That's okay. You need your privacy.

Lily: And our kids need you. I mean, no matter what, Holden, I don't want that to change. They adore you. And for good reason.

Holden: Thanks for that. Um, I'm sorry I didn't let you know about the engagement party. I shouldn't have done that to you. And it was even worse to do it to Aaron.

Lily: It's okay.

Holden: Did you see him tonight? When he first came to us, he was so angry.

Lily: Sullen. Sometimes he wouldn't talk. He'd just grunt.

Holden: But then tonight, when he made that toast --

Lily: To see how far he's come, how much he's grown -- I love him so much. I am so proud of him.

Holden: We did good.

Lily: We could have done better at being married. But our kids are great, and I think we both deserve credit for that. Let's not ruin it. Deal?

Holden: Deal.

On the next -- "As the World Turns."

Carly: I sort of thought it was time for a parent conference.

Brad: This isn't a conference. This is an ambush.

Liberty: Hey, I didn't think you'd show up.

Parker: I never bail on my friends.

Brad: You want me to stop being her dad?

Katie: No. But I want you to give me my husband back.

Paul: Mom, I did something stupid. And if I don't get Meg out of town, she could wind up paying for it.

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