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As The World Turns Transcript Friday 10/17/08

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Janet: Hello? Anybody home? Great, "Fight Club 2."

[Phone rings]

Henry: Al's Diner, we heat them, you eat them.

Janet: Hi, Henry, it's Janet.

Henry: Hey. Hey, how you doing?

Janet: Well, I've been better. Did they catch him?

Henry: No, I wish.

Janet: I can't believe I lost all your money.

Henry: You did not lose the money.

Janet: Well, I should've fought harder.

Henry: Will you stop it? It's not your fault, and if you say it is again, you're fired.

Janet: Thanks.

Henry: Are you sure you're okay?

Janet: Yeah, I feel better than I look.

Henry: Yeah, I figured you'd wake up with a heavyweight shiner. Listen, take the rest of the day off, pamper yourself.

Janet: Oh, thanks, Henry. You're the best.

Henry: Take care of yourself. Give me a call if you need anything, all right?

Janet: I will. Thanks.

[Doorbell rings]

Janet: Who is it?

Jack: It's Jack. Janet? Come on, open the door, please.

Janet: What are you doing here?

Jack: I want to talk to you.

Janet: Well, I don't want to talk to you.

Jack: Come on. Just for a minute?

Janet: I don't want to see you. Go away!

Meg: Thank you, Doctor.

Lucinda: Hi, Meg? Is everything all right?

Meg: Well, it is now. My blood pressure is back down to normal.

Lucinda: Oh, well, good. If you want to keep that blood pressure normal, you better have a heart-to-heart talk with that husband of yours.

Meg: Is there a specific reason why you're insulting Paul, or am I just lucky?

Lucinda: I'm worried about you. And stress can cause high blood pressure, and I'm afraid a lot of stress is coming your way.

Emily: Okay, why am I here?

Paul: What, you mean like in the grand scheme of things? I'm not sure, really. Come on, sit down, relax. I'll get you something to drink. Wow, okay, something that's not coffee.

Emily: Okay, you might be enjoying this little arrangement, but I'm not.

Paul: Okay, we'll do it your way, we'll cut to the chase. So what's Dusty up to?

Emily: I don't think Dusty's up to anything.

Paul: Then you're just not working hard enough.

Emily: Look, I'm having major second thoughts about this. This is a really bad idea.

Paul: Yesterday, you thought it was a really good idea.

Emily: Yeah, that's before I told Dusty I went to see Meg. I don't get it. Why am I lying to somebody I like and helping someone I don't?

Paul: 'Cause life is funny.

Emily: No, no. This is not funny. This isn't funny. This is going to backfire.

Paul: No, not if we're careful.

Emily: Okay, what happens when Dusty eventually talks to Meg and realizes I never went there?

Paul: The whole point of all of this is to make sure that Dusty never talks to Meg ever again.

Emily: No, but unfortunately for us, that's not going to happen.

Paul: It'll happen. Because that's exactly what we want to have happen.

Emily: What I want is for this whole thing to end and for Dusty never to find out.

[Paul sees Dusty and Meg at the door]

Paul: Well, I'm afraid that ship might have just sailed.

Jack: I'm not going anywhere until you open this door.

Janet: Well, then you can stand out there all day.

Jack: I understand. I understand that you're upset. And if it's any constellation, I didn't get any sleep last night. Please, please, just let me try to explain.

Janet: Write me a letter.

Jack: Janet, come on, open the door.

Janet: Please, just leave me alone.

Jack: Fine, fine. I'm going. I promise I won't bother you again.

Janet: Wait!

Jack: Thank you.

Janet: I don't have a lot of time to talk right now, can we do this in a couple days?

Jack: What happened?

Janet: Nothing. I'm just really busy.

Jack: Janet.

Meg: Lucinda, why don't you stop playing games and just say what you have to say.

Lucinda: Fine, fine. Paul is in trouble.

Meg: Paul paid off his debts.

Lucinda: Darling, both of us know that they were paid for him by who knows what. That's not the only thing. That's not the only problem. The board was not happy when he took the Snyder farm project. Your mother's development project away from Worldwide.

Meg: Are you kidding me? They should be kissing his feet for keeping them out of that disaster.

Lucinda: It's the principle, Darling, it's the principle. Corporate officers are not meant to use their position for personal gain.

Meg: Oh, really? Well, then every CEO in America should be in jail.

Lucinda: That project is not his only problem. The board is very concerned that Paul’s -- whatever you want to call them -- personal difficulties, are affecting his performance.

Meg: Oh, really? So are they willing to give him back the money that he made from them?

Lucinda: That's not how it works.

Meg: Of course not. You know, Lucinda, why are you here wasting you time, when I would think you would be around a conference table trying to figure out a way to get rid of Paul.

Lucinda: I'm trying to be kind because he's the guy that jumped down the pit and saved my grandson.

Meg: Well, you can tell the board that Paul is having a strong recovery from his difficulties.

Lucinda: Fine, good. Because he can not afford to make another mistake.

Meg: He won’t.

Lucinda: Are you sure? Because I believe he may already have done so.

Emily: I got to get out of here before he sees me.

Paul: Why? We're just here having like a business meeting or something.

Emily: He's not stupid.

Paul: Really? Come on. You work for the company that I own. If you stop acting so guilty maybe he won't have a reason to be suspicious.

Emily: He doesn't need a reason! You're like a walking conspiracy theory.

Paul: Okay, fine. Then we'll use that to our advantage.

Emily: How?

Paul: Listen to me, you stay away from my wife. You have to no right to talk to her!

Emily: What the hell are you doing?

Paul: If you so much as go near her again, you will lose your job so quickly your head will spin!

Dusty: Hey! What's your problem?

Paul: You want to know what my problem is? You! I told you to stay the hell away from my wife!

Dusty: I didn't go near your wife.

Paul: No, you just sent your messenger to do your dirty work!

Emily: All I did was ask how she was feeling. What's wrong with that?

Paul: What's wrong with that is it's none of your business or yours, either.

Dusty: You should get a hold of yourself.

Paul: Why?!

Dusty: If you keep acting this paranoid, Meg's going to leave you for good.

Paul: What are you, like a marriage counselor now?

Dusty: Well, Meg's a friend of mine. Why she married you, I don't know. As long as she's happy.

Paul: You know what would make her really happy is if you go back underneath the rock you seemed to have crawled out from under.

Emily: Get a grip, Paul.

Paul: You stay out of this. If you go within two miles of my wife again, and you will be so, so very sorry.

Dusty: Emily was doing me a favor. If you got a problem, take it up with me.

Paul: That is exactly what I'm doing.

Janet: It looks worse than it is.

Jack: It's all my fault.

Janet: Why? You had nothing to do with it.

Jack: Come on, Janet, once is unfortunate. Twice -- it's a bit of a pattern.

Janet: You think this happened because --

Jack: Listen, I am not judging you for wanting to get out and meet somebody new. I'm just sorry it had to be the kind of scum that would do something like this.

Janet: Don't worry, Jack. It's not your fault. You know me, I just love me them bad boys.

Jack: Wait a second, what --

Janet: You know, as a matter of fact, after I think about it, you're not really my type after all. You're too good and self-righteous. No wonder carly had such a problem with you. She was always drowning in rules and regulations.

Jack: Wait a second here. What --

Janet: You're just too good for the world, Jack. None of us can handle the pressure.

Jack: Janet --

Janet: Apology accepted. Now, go.

Jack: This is how you want it?

Janet: This is just how it is.

Lucinda: Look, I don't mean to scare you. I don't mean to raise your blood pressure. It's just that -- Paul has got to stop letting his resentments override common sense.

Meg: You mean, stop being Paul Ryan.

Lucinda: Well, maybe it all boils down to that.

Meg: Look, there's nothing I can do about that.

Lucinda: He listens to you.

Meg: No, not always. He's not the best at taking advice.

Lucinda: Well, you can try -- try and make him see that he's walking a tightrope, okay? There's fear in the air these days. Companies are failing, businesses are going under. People are scared. They're looking for a scapegoat.

Meg: And who better than Paul.

Lucinda: Yeah, unfortunately, yes. Yes.

Meg: Well, I appreciate the heads up.

Lucinda: Frankly, you know, I don't -- I don't see why he wants all this pressure.

Meg: Well, what choice does he have? His father left him nothing, and he's not going to live off his mother.

Lucinda: Well, he could -- he could sell his shares.

Meg: Give up Worldwide?

Lucinda: Does he really care about Worldwide? I don't think so. I mean, he's not driven CEO, type-A guys. This is just a means to an end. Why doesn't he just cash out? And you two could live in Italy in a villa. That's what I would do.

Nurse: The doctor's ready.

Lucinda: For me? Okay. Thank you. Take care of yourself.

Meg: I will. Thank you.

Dusty: I'm Meg's friend and she's mine. That wouldn't be a problem if you were normal.

Paul: Oh, and sending your girlfriend to spy on my wife, that's normal to you? Because to me, that -- that seems a little twisted.

Dusty: I was trying to avoid the scene you're creating right now.

Paul: You want to avoid a scene? Do what I'm telling you right now. You stay the hell away from my wife.

Emily: He has a point.

Dusty: Yeah, I know. Isn't that something?

Henry: Hey, oh, you look as good as I feel.

Jack: You flying solo this morning?

Henry: Yeah, Janet has the day off and my other waitress is sick. So, it's just me until Vienna gets here after her seaweed wrap.

Jack: Oh.

Henry: What do you mean, "Oh?" You never tried it?

Jack: I spoke with Janet. I know why she's not here.

Henry: Yeah, there's a poor kid.

Jack: She's got to stop finding herself in these situations, Henry.

Henry: Well, it's not her fault.

Jack: I know I upset her, I wish I hadn’t. But I mean, come on, it's not all on me, you know.

Henry: No. What would I think that?

Jack: She's got to take some kind of responsibility herself.

Henry: I think you're being a little harsh on her, don't you? I mean, it's my fault she had the money.

Jack: What money?

Henry: The day's receipts. I should've taken to the bank like I normally do. And that way she wouldn't been the sitting duck for the first mugger that came down the pike.

Jack: She was mugged?

Henry: Yes -- I thought you said you talked to her.

Jack: She didn't say she was mugged!

Henry: Well, what did she say?

Jack: She -- nothing. Nothing. She just let me put my big stupid foot in my big stupid mouth. Did they catch the perp?

Henry: Uh, they're working on it. Although they said that most of these cases go unsolved.

Jack: Not this one.

Jack: Brian, I need your help.

Bartender: I thought you quit the force.

Jack: No, this is for a friend of mine. Listen, do you remember of anybody in here last night spending money like it wasn't his? Okay, you know what, I've got a lot of time on my hands. I can see myself spending some nights in here, busting kids who were drinking with fake ids.

Bartender: There was one guy, flashing cash, buying rounds.

Jack: Yeah, do you got a name?

Bartender: Lester.

Jack: Any last name? Do you remember who he was with? Come on, this isn't for the cops.

Bartender: He left with a working girl, name of Crystal.

Jack: Crystal. Right, thanks. I owe you one.

Meg: Hey.

Paul: What did the doctor say?

Meg: Everything's fine.

Paul: Oh, great.

Meg: Yeah.

Paul: I'm really sorry I couldn't be there.

Meg: It's okay. It was just routine.

Paul: Yeah, I know. But you know I like that ultrasound thing.

Meg: Yeah, I know. Me, too.

Paul: This makes me know that everything is real.

Meg: Well, you can't be at every appointment. You have to stay on top of the business, right?

Paul: Yeah.

Meg: You do like it, though, right?

Paul: What, my business?

Meg: Yeah.

Paul: Well, it was a lot more fun before your mom's development deal went south.

Meg: You know, if it doesn't make you happy, you can do something else.

Paul: Right. You know, I've always wanted to be a nuclear physicist. But I heard that's pretty hard to get into.

Meg: I'm being serious.

Paul: Yeah, I can tell. Why?

Meg: Well, um, the doctor mentioned again today that I should avoid stress. And you know, whenever you're tense, I get tense.

Paul: I'm sorry, I'll try harder -- I'll keep it all at the office, I will --

Meg: I know, it's kind of hard to do when you're there all day.

Paul: Well, unfortunately, they don't pay me to just be me.

Meg: Well, you do have options.

Paul: Yeah, I do. Why do I get the feeling that you already know what they are?

Meg: I do. I want you to quit.

Dusty: Sorry I put you in the middle of that.

Emily: It's okay.

Dusty: You don't need Paul on your case.

Emily: It's all right, he doesn't worry me.

Dusty: He should. He worries me.

Emily: Well, then maybe you should back off. I mean, I know you're concerned about Meg, but honestly, the more Paul sees that, the crazier he gets.

Dusty: Yeah, you're probably right.

Emily: I am right. Look, I know that you want to help Meg. I get that, but as long as she's with Paul, there's really nothing anyone can do.

Dusty: Except make things worse. No, you're right. We'll back off.

Emily: Yeah, I think it's just better for everyone.

Dusty: Let's hope so.

Paul: You want me to quit Worldwide?

Meg: Okay, I know it sounds a little selfish, but this pregnancy has been so difficult already. And it's not going to get easier once the baby comes.

Paul: You're worried I'm not going to change my share of the diapers?

Meg: Yes, but not for my sake.

Paul: Oh, no, no, of course not.

Meg: No, no, look, look, we've waited so long for this baby. I really don't want you to miss a minute of it.

Paul: Meg, I won’t. If you need me, I'll be there.

Meg: No, it's not just the emergencies, Paul. It's the day-to-day, minute-to-minute -- you know, the very first word, the very first steps, the very first date.

Paul: Wow, well, that went fast.

Meg: Yeah, everybody says it does. You blink and it's over. And I don't want you to look back in 20 years from now, you wonder what happened.

Paul: No, I don't want that. Maybe you're right.

Meg: Really?

Paul: Yeah, I don't really like what I have to do at Worldwide anyway. I'd much rather be here with you.

Meg: Well, is it a good time to sell?

Paul: I don't know. I mean, well, you know, the company's in pretty good shape. I should probably get a fair market value for the shares. And then we can live however we want to live.

Meg: Are you sure?

Paul: Yeah. I think, yeah. I don't know. I feel relieved already.

Meg: Really?

Paul: Yes. I don't know why I didn't think of this before.

Meg: Are you sure?

Paul: Yeah. I wouldn't mind doing something I actually enjoy. And okay, don't laugh at me, but I've always kind of wanted to learn how to paint.

Meg: That's a great idea. You know, the house could use a fresh coat -- look, are you really sure this is what you wanted to do?

Paul: You know what, I am. This is the smartest decision I've made in a long time.

Jack: I'm looking for Crystal.

Desk clerk: Do you know the lady's last name?

Jack: I think we both know which Crystal I'm talking about.

Desk clerk: I'm sorry, Sir, you're going to have to be a little more specific.

Jack: Aiding and abetting prostitution specific enough for you? I'm not a cop, okay, and I don't want to get them involved. I'm just looking for a friend and I have a feeling that he was with Crystal last night. And I just want to ask her where he is.

Desk clerk: Look, I'm sorry, Sir, but we don't give out the names --

Jack: Listen to me, we can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way. It's your choice.

Desk clerk: Room 1019.

Jack: Thank you very much. Do you have a key for me?

Desk clerk: Yeah.

Jack: That was easy, wasn't it?

Henry: Hey, hey, hey, I thought I gave you the day off?

Janet: Oh, I know, but I was tired of being my own guest at my pity party.

Henry: Yeah -- I hear that. It's good that you're here, though, because Jack was here.

Janet: I came here so I didn't have to think about him.

Henry: Okay, but you should know --

Janet: No, I shouldn’t. Do you ever go in on a hand that you thought was your ticket to heaven just to have somebody else take the pot?

Henry: What, are you kidding me? There was this one time in Monte Carlo --

Janet: Okay, see, so you get my point, right?

Henry: Yeah, I get your point, but -- I really think you should hear this out.

Janet: No, I shouldn't, young Henry. Don't let this cheerful exterior fool you. If I hear even the mention of Jack's name, there will be plates flying all around this restaurant.

Henry: Okay. Okay.

Janet: Okay, in fact, hey, I've got an idea. Okay, new customers that come in, if any of them are named Jack, they're going to have to change their name.

Henry: You've got it. Al's is now a J -- hey, you-know-whom free zone.

Janet: Thank you.

Crystal: I don't do freebies.

Thug: Oh, come on, Baby. All that cash I laid on you last night?

Crystal: Was for last night -- what --

Jack: You Lester?

Thug: Who the hell are you?

Jack: Is that his name?

Crystal: Yeah.

Thug: Hey, what is this?

Jack: It's kind of like what you did to that woman in Old Town last night --

Thug: I don't know what you're talking about. This guy is crazy!

Jack: Shut up, Lester -- that's much better. Thank you. Does this guy have any pants?

Crystal: Yeah.

Jack: Thank you. Put these on. Now. Did he give you that ring?

Crystal: Yeah, take it.

Jack: It's evidence of the crime.

Crystal: I have no idea where he got it.

Jack: It's okay. I want nothing to do with you. Relax.

Thug: Hey, let go!

Jack: Next time, I break it. Thanks, Crystal.

Crystal: Yeah.

Thug: This is police brutality!

Jack: Yeah, yeah, that would be the case, except I'm not a cop.

Desk Clerk: That's him -- that's the man that attacked me.

Thug: Yeah, me, too. He's practically breaking my arm.

Jack: This is the guy who mugged Janet Ciccone in old town last night.

Dallas: Yeah, and what the hell does that have to do with you?

Lucinda: I'll call you back.

Paul: My ears are burning.

Lucinda: All the directors have questions for you.

Paul: Yeah, well, that's the only thing they seem to be good at.

Lucinda: You really have to come to the next board meeting.

Paul: You're right, I probably should, but I'm not coming. It's boring.

Lucinda: Paul --

Paul: Have you ever noticed that 90% of the business that people do around here is really just sitting around talking about business that they would like to do around here? Nobody actually does anything.

Lucinda: Well, there's more for improvement, I'm sure.

Paul: No, it's not just that. I mean, it's -- it's really not interesting.

Lucinda: Do you have some point that you're trying to get across to me?

Paul: Yeah, I've been giving a lot thought to what it is that I do here, and I don't like it.

Lucinda: That is a problem.

Paul: Well, here's a solution. I want me to buy me out. Hello, dirty, dingy construction workers.

Thug: He's lying! I was at Yo’s the whole night! I got witnesses!

Jack: No, he was there, all right. He was buying drinks for the house, and picking up a hooker, all on Henry’s tab. He gave her Janet’s ring.

Thug: That's her word against mine, mine is, I never saw it before.

Dallas: Why didn't you bring this to us, Jack?

Jack: Because I knew if I didn't act fast, he'd be out of here.

Dallas: So you manhandled the desk clerk, broke into a room, and abducted a guest?

Thug: Right? I'm pressing charges.

Dallas: You know, somebody get this guy out of here before I hit him myself.

Thug: Hey, what charges?

Dallas: And make sure you read him his rights.

Thug: I'm suing this city! I got witnesses!

Dallas: What am I supposed to do with you, Jack?

Jack: He mugged Janet, okay, and he took off with a day's take from Al's Diner. Here -- here's her ring.

Dallas: You got a name on the woman he gave it to?

Jack: That doesn't matter.

Dallas: She's a witness --

Jack: It has nothing to do with this, Dallas!

Dallas: You're the D.A., too.? Well, I hope you can find a shred of a case after you stomped all over it, because I can’t. The D.A. will probably want to indict you too.

Jack: For doing --

Dallas: What -- your job? It's not your job, Jack. It's mine.

Jack: Give me an hour.

Dallas: What?

Jack: You sit on him and I'll bring you a case, Dallas.

Dallas: Don't do this --

Jack: One hour. One hour, Man.

Dallas: So, are we going to open a P.I. firm after I lose my job, too?

Jack: Sounds like a plan.

Dallas: I'll give you an hour. But then I release him and I get a warrant out for you.

Lucinda: You want to sell Worldwide?

Paul: Yeah. You interested?

Lucinda: I believe I told you last time I wasn’t.

Paul: Yeah, but that was before I turned everything around. We've shown six straight quarters of growth.

Lucinda: We're in the middle of a recession.

Paul: Yeah, we'll ride it out.

Lucinda: We don't know how long that is going to last.

Paul: But it doesn't matter. When it's over, we'll be poised for serious growth.

Lucinda: That's one scenario.

Paul: So, you are interested.

Lucinda: No, I didn't say that.

Paul: But you're negotiating?

Lucinda: No, I'm not negotiating. We're chatting -- we're discussing.

Paul: Okay, well, I guess that's better than a no. Lucinda, Worldwide is really your company. You built it from the ground up. We both know you've always wanted it back.

Lucinda: It's a lot to think about.

Paul: You're right. You have an hour.

Lucinda: Oh, really, an hour?

Paul: You have 60 minutes, and then I call the market and let them know that I'm taking bids.

Lucinda: All right, Darling, are you pressuring me?

Paul: No, no, I'm giving you the right of first refusal because we're such good friends.

Lucinda: We're not good friends.

Paul: Okay, but with the dollar in the tank, the foreign money is going to be all over this. So, you have an hour before I call Shanghai. And then you can teach all of your board members how to speak Chinese.

Lucinda: Hi.

Brian: Are you okay?

Lucinda: Paul wants me to buy back his shares in Worldwide.

Brian: Really?

Lucinda: Yeah, he's given me an hour -- 60 minutes to make my mind.

Brian: Do you want my advice?

Lucinda: Oh, sure.

Brian: Don't do it.

Janet: Uh, I'm sorry, my station is full. Uh, Henry, will you take this new customer, please?

Jack: I didn't come here for the food. I came for you. I need you, Janet.

Janet: We have nothing to talk about.

Jack: Henry told me what happened.

Henry: I tried to tell you when you came in.

Janet: It doesn't matter.

Jack: It doesn't matter. It does -- it does matter. I was wrong.

Janet: Gee, for an ex-cop, you sure don't let the facts get in the way of your opinions.

Jack: Hey, listen, I'm trying to apologize here.

Janet: Apology accepted. I've got to get back to work.

Jack: If you don't go with me right now, I'm going to jail.

Janet: Why?

Jack: I'll tell you on the way. Please? Oh, come on, Janet, this is something you'd do for a total stranger.

Henry: Go. Go, but I want all the dirty details when you get back.

Lucinda: I've got a chance -- the whole kitten caboodle -- to get my company back. Why would you tell me to turn the offer down?

Brian: Do you need it? Or you just want it?

Lucinda: I made it. I made it from its inception.

Brian: That's not an answer.

Lucinda: Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

Brian: Why is he selling?

Lucinda: I don't know. He says it's too much of a burden for him.

Brian: And it wouldn't be for you?

Lucinda: Anyway, I could give it -- I could give it to Lily.

Brian: What if she doesn't want it?

Lucinda: It would be good for her. It would be good for her.

Brian: There you go again making decisions for other people and not for yourself.

Lucinda: I don't care so much about myself right now. I'm thinking of my legacy. I'm thinking about my family.

Brian: That's why you lost them. Thinking you could decide what's best for them. Isn't that why Lily's so angry with you?

Lucinda: Oh, she just thinks she's mad at me now.

Brian: Not only do you interfere, but you don't believe her reasons for being angry about it.

Lucinda: Okay, point well-taken.

Brian: I'm not so sure.

Lucinda: No?

Brian: You need to stop living other people's lives and learn how to live your own. Before it's gone.

Janet: I don't understand what I'm doing here -- that's the guy! That's the idiot that mugged me and stole Henry’s money.

Thug: I never saw this babe in my life.

Janet: Oh, you are full of --

Jack: Whoa! Whoa! Hey! You wanted a positive id?

Dallas: Yeah, that works. Good job. You ever think about getting into police work?

Jack: I thought we were going to be private eyes together.

Dallas: Look, I'm serious, Jack. Come back to work.

Emily: Hey, I think you made the right decision. You have enough to worry about without having to live Meg's life for her.

Dusty: Maybe I have too much time on my hands, you know? I kind of feel like I'm in a holding pattern until I get a lead on my son.

Emily: You're going to get one. I can feel it.

Dusty: Yeah. In the meantime, maybe I need a job or something.

Emily: A job? You don't need a job.

Dusty: No? I'm feeling kind of bored right now.

Emily: Yeah. Want to go upstairs and work on being bored?

Lucinda: Ah, I need to speak to you. Privately.

Emily: Sure.

Dusty: I'll see you upstairs.

Lucinda: Okay.

Dusty: What's so urgent?

Lucinda: Paul has offered to sell me his shares in Worldwide.

Dusty: Really? When did this happen?

Lucinda: Well, he said he wants to spend more time with his family.

Dusty: Classic.

Lucinda: I think he means it. This has happened before, by the way, and I passed on it. But this time he says if I don't buy them, he's going to put them up to foreign bids. I've got one hour to make up my mind.

Dusty: One hour? How generous of him.

Lucinda: I want your opinion. Why? Because you know me. And because I feel that maybe I don't want to run a big company full-time anymore.

Dusty: I understand. Did he offer you a fair price?

Lucinda: We didn't get that far.

Dusty: Maybe I have a solution to your problem.

Lucinda: Tell me!

Dusty: What if I buy the company instead?

Janet: That's what I said.

Dallas: Cool. All right, then all you need to do is sign it and testify if it ever gets to court.

Janet: You don't think it will?

Dallas: Honestly, I think any lawyer he gets will advise him to plead out.

Janet: But Henry’s going to get his money back, right?

Dallas: Yeah, whatever is left of it, yeah, once we don't need it for evidence.

Janet: Good.

Dallas: Now, as for you going all vigilante on us --

Jack: I know. I know -- I saw what he did to Janet, and I lost it.

Dallas: Yeah, I get that. But the right move was to come to me.

Jack: Well, maybe someday I'll learn what the right move is before it's explained to me.

Dallas: No, you won’t.

Jack: Probably not.

Dallas: But seriously, Jack, you need to figure out if you're a cop or not, okay? Thank you for coming forward.

Janet: You’re welcome. Well, I better get back to Al's. And tell Henry he's going to get his money back.

Jack: Why don't you call him? I'll give you a ride home.

Janet: You don't have to do that.

Jack: I know.

Lucinda: You want to buy into Worldwide?

Dusty: Absolutely.

Lucinda: Why?

Dusty: I have money.

[Both laughing]

Lucinda: That's not the best reason to take on all the problem of a big company, Darling. Anyway, forget about it. Paul wouldn't sell you anything.

Dusty: I know. That's why he can't know. Now, you said that he would take foreign bids if you passed?

Lucinda: Yeah, that's right.

Dusty: Well, tell him you've got one.

Lucinda: He'd find you out. He's got an animal instinct that way.

Dusty: It's your company. Do you want to pick the new owner? Or you want leave it up to Paul Ryan?

Emily: Well, believe it or not, that scene you made seems to have paid off. Dusty agrees he should stay clear of Meg.

Paul: That's why I did it. And it worked. For both of us. Now I can get things back on track with Meg, and you can waste the rest of your life with Dusty.

Emily: He's coming. I gotta go.

Dusty: Nice.

Emily: Yeah, you're lucky I'm still here.

Dusty: Sorry to keep you waiting.

Emily: So what was that all about?

Dusty: Lucinda had a little proposition for me.

Emily: Makes two of us.

Dusty: Now you're thinking.

Emily: You already have way more than you can handle.

Dusty: Yes. Yes I do.

Emily: I'm so glad you're home, Dusty.

Dusty: Me too. But I think you better start calling me boss.

Emily: You want to play that game again?

Dusty: Well, not exactly.

Emily: I don't get it. Lucinda give you a job? At Worldwide?

Dusty: No. I'm going to buy it.

Janet: Can I get you something? Food, drink?

Jack: No, I'm good.

Janet: Well, thanks for bringing me home. And thanks for catching the bad guy.

Jack: Why didn't you tell me you were mugged?

Janet: You didn't give me a chance.

Jack: No, I mean last night, when it happened. I should've been the first person you called.

Janet: I don't know, I had a meltdown with Carly, and then I had this big wad of cash in my hand, and I just wasn't paying attention.

Jack: You didn't do anything wrong. If anybody screwed up, it was me, jumping to stupid conclusions.

Janet: Why shouldn't you? When do I ever get anything right?

Jack: You did with me. I'm the one that got it wrong. And when Henry told me you were mugged, I realized what I had done. And I just went off. And I almost did some really stupid, stupid things that I couldn't undo.

Janet: But you caught him.

Jack: Yeah, the wrong way. Trying to make him pay for my mistake.

Janet: Hey, as far as I'm concerned, that guy deserved whatever it is that you did to him.

Jack: Does it hurt?

Janet: Yeah.

Jack: Yeah. Is that better?

Janet: A little.

Jack: How's that?

Janet: Well, the truth is, it hurts all over.

Emily: Explain to me how Paul’s going to let you anywhere near his company?

Dusty: It won't be his company. I'm buying him out.

Emily: He's selling his shares?

Dusty: Well, he offered them to Lucinda.

Emily: And she didn't want them?

Dusty: No, she doesn't want to run a big company anymore.

Emily: And so you think he's going to sell his shares to you?

Dusty: He's not even going to know about it. We're doing it through an offshore corporation that happens to be mine.

Emily: He's going to find out, Dusty.

Dusty: Not this time.

Emily: Yeah, that's what you said the last time.

Dusty: No, I learned from my mistakes.

Emily: Dusty, why in the hell are you doing this?

Dusty: You know, the way Paul’s been losing it, I'm actually doing him a favor if he cashes out.

Emily: Why would you do that? Let me think, why would you do that? Oh, that's right. Meg.

Dusty: It's what she wants.

Emily: How do you know what she wants? Have you talked to her?

Dusty: No, but he wouldn't be selling anything if she wasn't behind it.

Emily: And this is what you call staying out of their lives?

Dusty: Totally.

Emily: Oh, Man, I'm starting to worry about you.

Dusty: Well, you don't have to. All you have to do is keep it to yourself until the deal is done.

Paul: We've got a buyer.

Meg: Lucinda?

Paul: No, no, no, Lucinda passed. But she brought in a multinational. And that was the lawyer on the phone, and the first offer was a lot higher than I thought it would be.

Meg: You took it? Oh, that's so wonderful.

Paul: Yeah.

Meg: Wait, wait. No second thoughts, I hope.

Paul: No, none at all,. I feel like I just started the rest of my life. The rest of our life.

Meg: You know what, we need to go out and celebrate.

Paul: Okay, but you gotta buy. I'm unemployed.

Meg: I'll go change.

[Cell phone rings]

Paul: Hello?

Emily: It's me. I can't talk long. Dusty's showering. I hear you're selling your shares in Worldwide.

Paul: I just did.

Emily: To an offshore company?

Paul: That's right. Who told you?

Emily: Dusty. It's his company.

Paul: What?

Emily: Yeah, you heard me. He's the one buying you out. I gotta go.

Dusty: Who was that?

Emily: The paper. They can't go five minutes without me.

Dusty: I'll remember that during your job evaluation.

Emily: Why do I get the feeling you're going to have way too much fun with this?

Dusty: Because I am. Now get over here and give your new boss a kiss. Now, all kidding aside.

Emily: Very serious.

Dusty: I'm going to need someone at the company to get up to speed. Someone I can trust.

Emily: Well, if you're gonna add that to my job description, I'm going to ask for a big, fat raise.

Dusty: Done.

Emily: Now stop talking and take me to bed, Boss.

Next week on "As the World Turns" --

Emily: I don't want him to retaliate.

Dusty: Paul Ryan can't touch me.

Paul: I want you to set somebody up.

Derek: Who?

Paul: Dusty Donovan.

Meg: The only choice I have is to leave.

Vienna: He will be grateful when we prove that we were right about Spencer.

Katie: And really angry if we turn out to be wrong.

Carly: What am I supposed to do?

Holden: Whatever it is you're going to do, you'd better do it.

Jack: Janet Ciccone, will you marry me?

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