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As The World Turns Transcript Tuesday 12/2/08

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Meg: Paul. Paul. Hey, hey, look at me, okay? Stay with me. Stay with me. Call 911!

Dusty: We need an ambulance. Someone's been shot. 100 Stone Ridge Road. You got it.

Meg: Its okay, Baby. It's okay. I'm right here. I'm right here. Throw me that pillow. It's okay.

Paul: Meg. Meg. Get him out of here. Meg, get him out of here.

Meg: I'm right here. No, don't talk, okay? Don't talk.

Paul: Donovan --

Meg: Don't try to talk, okay? You need to stay with me. Stay with me, okay? You can't leave me. I need you, Paul. Our little girl needs you, okay? You need to fight to stay with me, please. How could you do this?

Dusty: Sorry.

Meg: Sorry? Sorry?

Dusty: He was going to shoot me.

Meg: You're the one with the gun.

Dusty: Paul's gun. That I had to take away from him. Then he came after me with an axe.

Paul: Meg --

Meg: Its okay, I'm with you.

Paul: No.

Meg: I'm right here, Baby. You have to hold on until the ambulance comes.

Paul: You need to listen. No, listen. Donovan's lying.

Meg: Shh.

Carly: Hello.

Jack: Hi.

Carly I didn't expect to see you.

Jack: Yeah, I know it's not my day or anything. But I need to talk to Sage in person. It's kind of important.

Carly: Okay. Well, she's having dinner at the Lebos'. But I expect her back any minute.

Jack: Would you mind if I waited?

Carly: It's fine. Come in.

Jack: Thanks.

Carly: You know, it's funny. I'm actually glad you're here, because I have something I need to speak with you about, as well.

Jack: What's wrong?

Carly: No, nothing. It's a good thing. It's a surprising thing, perhaps. Our J.J. was accepted into Eastlake Academy.

Jack: Isn't that a boarding school?

Carly: Yeah, a boarding school. One of the best in the state.

Jack: You applied to a private school without telling me?

Carly: No, no, of course not. No, I didn't even know anything about it myself until the registrar called this morning and said that he had a place for J.J. for the spring semester. J.J.'s application, he said, was a knockout. And that's a direct quote.

Jack: You didn't help him with it?

Carly: No. I would have if he asked, but he didnít. So I'm just -- I'm so proud of him, I can't stand it. You don't seem equally proud.

Jack: No, I'm proud. I'm proud. But he can't go. I mean, we can't afford a boarding school on a cop's salary.

Carly: They gave him a scholarship.

Jack: You're kidding! Why didn't you say something? That's awesome!

Carly: It is. It really is. We only have to come up with $10,000.

Janet: Oh, my gosh! Wow. Okay. Lib, are you sure -- is it weird, shopping for a wedding dress with your mom?

Liberty: No way. It's awesome. And please, stop worrying about me.

Janet: Honey, I just don't want things to change between us.

Liberty: Oh, I do.

Janet: Oh, ha-ha!

Liberty: No, but totally serious, I really like seeing you this happy. It makes things a lot easier. And I just hope you stay like this for the rest of your life.

Janet: I love you, Libby Lou. Oh. Okay, let's get a dress.

Liberty: Okay.

Janet: Shall we? Okay.

Liberty: Yes.

Janet: Hi. We're looking for a wedding dress.

Salesgirl: Teen weddings are certainly coming back.

Liberty: Ew. No.

Janet: Over my dead body. No, no, no, no. The wedding dress is for me.

Liberty: Yeah, and she has to look fabulous.

Janet: Fabulous.

Salesgirl: Something simple. Perhaps tea-length, with a coordinating jacket?

Janet: That would be lovely.

Liberty: What about this one?

Janet: Oh. That is lovely. Don't you think its a little geriatric? I mean, no offense. But you know, this is a wedding, not a funeral.

Liberty: Oh, my God, Mom. This looks exactly like the picture in your scrapbook!

Janet: Oh, my God, it does.

Liberty: It's settled. This is the dress that you're going to wear when you marry Jack.

Janet: Liberty, it's beautiful, but --

Liberty: But? No buts!

Janet: Honey, I -- it's --

Liberty: Okay, okay. Try it on for me. I know you want to.

Carly: I know it's an awful lot of money to come up with on such short notice here.

Jack: $10,000?

Carly: Yeah.

Jack: I just don't have that lying around, Carly.

Carly: We don't have to send it all at once. The registrar said we could send $5,000 now, and the other $5,000 later on in the spring.

Jack: How much later?

Carly: We'll figure it out. They want J.J.

Jack: If they want him so bad, why don't they give him a full ride?

Carly: He's enrolling in the middle of the school year. He's lucky he got as much as he did.

Jack: What if I don't want my son away months at a time? I hardly see him as it is. It doesn't seem right. He needs us.

Carly: Not in the state we've been in lately.

Jack: Okay, fair enough. We'll be better though, right? J.J., he doesn't seem like the boarding school kid.

Carly: I don't know. He did really well at camp.

Jack: That's not the same thing.

Carly: We're talking about a fabulous education. Don't you want that for him?

Jack: It's not that. It's not that at all. It's just, Carly, he's got to know that money just doesn't appear when you want it.

Carly: Why are you being so defensive about this?

Jack: Because, Carly, we've been so caught up in our own business, that our son feels like he can't even discuss this with us. That's not exactly good parenting. I kind of feel a little ashamed about that. And how am I going to make it up to him when he's 100 miles away?

Carly: This is obviously really important to him. And I think that we should try to make it happen for him.

Jack: And what if we can't?

Carly: I think we should try. He earned this opportunity. Let's try to give him the chance. It's great. Thank you.

Jack: That just about taps me out.

Meg: Shh, just focus, all right? Baby, okay?

Paul: You gotta call the -- call the cops. Dusty shot me.

Dusty: It was self defense, and you know it.

Paul: He'll say anything to get you to hate me. Don't listen to him.

Meg: I don't care. I don't care what he says, okay? I just you to stay alive, Paul, please!

Paul: Meg, please. I need to know you believe me.

Meg: I believe you, Baby, I do.

Paul: Okay, okay.

Dusty: He's lying to you, Meg.

Meg: Not another word from you! My husband is dying because you shot him! Paul! He's losing too much blood.

Dusty: I'll call 911.

Meg: No, no, no, no. Grab me that blanket.

[Sirens]

Dusty: You okay?

Meg: No, I'm not okay, Dusty. Paul is dying. Let me just hold the blood down. Oh, thank goodness. My husband needs help. He's been shot.

EMT #2: I'll take it from here, Ma'am.

Meg: I'm a nurse. I tried to slow the blood down. And he was conscious before, but that was a few minutes ago. I think he needs oxygen. Please, don't let my husband die.

EMT #1: Give us room to work, Ma'am.

Carly: J.J.'s going to be so happy.

Jack: I hope so. The thought of him so far away --

Carly: I know. Our kids are growing up. We just have to face it.

Sage: Dad! Did you and Mom switch days or something?

Jack: No. There's something really important I want to talk you about. And it can't wait until tomorrow.

Sage: Hey, Mom.

Carly: Hi. I hope you remembered to thank Mrs. Lebo for supper.

Sage: I did. And I didn't even tell her that I hate cauliflower. I just hid it in my napkin. And we didn't have dessert.

Carly: Ah. Well, why don't I get you something while you talk to your father.

Sage: No peanut butter crackers, please.

Carly: No danger of that. Since you ate all the peanut butter with a spoon last night.

Sage: How does she know everything?

Jack: I have no idea, Sweetheart. I've been trying to figure that out since the day I met her.

Sage: So what did you want to talk to me about? Is it something wrong with Janet?

Jack: No, no. It's nothing bad or anything. But we are planning our wedding. And I know you're having a tough time accepting it.

Sage: I think I'm okay now.

Jack: You are? Well, that's good to hear, because there's something I want to ask you. It's a favor, actually. Janet wants you to be a flower girl.

Sage: Even though I lied to everybody about her?

Jack: Mm-hmm. She understands why you did it.

Sage: Why didn't she tell me herself?

Jack: Because she wanted to make it easy for you to say no, in case you're not comfortable being in the wedding. If you just didn't want to be a part of it --

Sage: I do.

Jack: You do? Well, that's great. Janet is going to be so happy.

Sage: As long as it's okay with Mom.

Carly: As long as what's okay with Mom?

Sage: Janet wants me to be a flower girl.

Carly: Oh, that's wonderful. She made an excellent choice.

Sage: Do I get to have a new dress?

Jack: Yes, absolutely. Oh, I'm so proud of you. Thank you. And thank you.

Carly: No biggie. We can make this blended family thing work.

Sage: Where's my dessert?

Carly: Oh, why don't we go to Al's? I suddenly have an uncontrollable craving for an ice cream sundae.

Liberty: You look gorgeous.

Janet: Oh, I do, kind of, don't I?

Liberty: Yes!

Janet: Oh, my gosh. Oh, I don't know, Liberty. I don't know. I'm not in my 20s anymore. Don't you think a dress like this kind of just --?

Liberty: It's your first wedding.

Janet: Hey. And my last, hopefully. Although Jack has been married a few times before. But --

Liberty: Yeah, that's true. So he actually can't wear a big ginormous beautiful white dress. But you can. Hey!

Janet: Honey, I don't know. You know, I mean -- I'd buy it, if it felt right. But it -- I don't know. It's kind of embarrassing.

Liberty: No.

Janet: Yeah.

Liberty: You look great. You look so great.

Jack: Hey, Liberty.

Liberty: Hey. Hey, we found the perfect, perfect, perfect dress. I mean, my mom looks like, ridiculously amazing. You're probably going to pass out at the altar when you see her.

Jack: Ooh, that may be bad luck.

Liberty: I know. But seriously, like, she has her dream dress, her dream guy -- it's going to be a dream wedding. Total no-brainer.

Jack: No pressure.

Janet: Hi.

Jack: Hey! Oh, yeah, my spy here tells me you've found the perfect, perfect, perfect wedding dress.

Janet: Liberty --

Liberty: Hey, you know it's true, Mom.

Janet: Just stop it!

Liberty: This dress, like, she's been dreaming about since she was my age.

Jack: Really?

Janet: Well, yeah. But you know, I'm a little older now. It wouldn't really -- it'd be silly.

Jack: No, that's nonsense. Absolutely not. Why? You've never been married before, Darling.

Liberty: That is exactly what I said.

Janet: That's just a technicality.

Jack: No, it's not.

Janet: Yes, it is.

Jack: No, it isnít.

Liberty: No, he's right. You held out for the ideal guy, and now you've got him.

Jack: Wow, I like the way you think.

Liberty: Yeah.

Jack: Seriously, Honey, you deserved a perfect wedding. The gown, the cake, the flowers, the whole nine. And I want to give it to you.

Janet: Oh, but Jack, wouldn't you feel silly?

Jack: No, just the opposite. I want to make you happy.

Janet: You already do.

Jack: Well, let me buy you the gown and make you ecstatic.

Liberty: Oh, say yes, Mom. Please.

Janet: Okay. Yes.

Jack: Good. Good.

Janet: Are you sure?

Jack: I'm positive.

Janet: Okay.

Liberty: I want a hug! I want a hug! You so deserve this. But now, we have something really, really important to discuss.

Janet: What?

Liberty: My maid of honor dress. Please, step into my office.

Jack: Can I pay for this with a check?

Salesgirl: Yep.

Jack: Thanks. Is that $500, then?

Salesgirl: Actually, Sir, its $5,000.

Jack: $5,000?

Janet: Oh! You make me the happiest girl in the whole world. And the amazing thing is, you just keep on doing it.

Dusty: Where is she?

Emily: Where is who?

Dusty: I shot Paul.

Emily: You what? Oh, my God. Is he dead?

Dusty: Not yet.

Emily: What happened?

Dusty: He tried to shoot me. Then he came after me with an axe.

Emily: Oh, no. No, no, no, no, no. I didn't think --

Dusty: No, no, you don't think. You just want what you want, as long as Emily's happy.

Emily: No, I'm not happy that you tried to kill Paul.

Dusty: He tried to kill me. Let's get it straight. Where's Josie?

Emily: I don't know. I don't know!

Dusty: If you keep playing both sides, you're going to get caught in the crossfire.

Emily: I don't know where Josie is, okay? I didn't care to ask.

Dusty: You know. You know more than that.

Emily: I heard that she got in her car, okay? She got in her car and she wanted to drive away.

Dusty: Away where?

Emily: Away from here. Good luck finding her.

Dusty: You'd better hope I do.

Paul: I have something to say.

Meg: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. I don't want to hear it, okay? You are not going to say anything. You are going to make it through this. I am not giving you a choice.

Paul: Just listen.

Meg: I don't want to hear it, okay? You're going to be fine.

Paul: Meg, no matter what Dusty says -- I always tried to be a good husband to you.

Meg: I know. And you -- and you are. And we are going to be together for a long time, okay? Promise me that.

Doctor: Meg, before we take your husband into surgery --

Meg: Yeah, I know, I need to sign the release forms. Yeah, yeah. I'll be right back, okay?

Paul: Okay.

Emily: Paul? Paul?

Paul: Hmm?

Emily: I saw Dusty. He told me what happened.

Paul: You've got to back me up.

Emily: I'm sorry. I can't help you. I can't be part of this anymore. I just --

Paul: Just don't tell Meg.

Meg: What are you doing in here? You know what? Nevermind. I really need you to go.

Emily: Meg --

Meg: I need to talk to my husband before he goes into surgery. So please, can you go?

Emily: Of course, I'm leaving.

Janet: Hey, did you get a chance to talk to --

Jack: Yeah, yeah.

Janet: Hey, Sage. Hi.

Sage: Hi.

Janet: I just wanted to let you know that I am honored that you are going to be a flower girl in our wedding.

Sage: Are you going to be a bridesmaid?

Liberty: No, actually, I'm the maid of honor. I'm really excited.

Carly: I'll be happy to make the girls' dresses, if you like.

Janet: Oh, that's okay, Carly. Actually, I just found a fabulous dress at Fashions, and Liberty has her eye on one there, too. So I thought that maybe Sage and Liberty and I, we could all go over there and pick out something special together. Not that a dress made by you wouldn't be special.

Carly: Forget it.

Janet: I'm sorry. Open mouth, insert foot.

Carly: No, it's no big deal. Look, it's your wedding. You should have whatever dresses you want.

Sage: What does your dress look like?

Janet: Do want to see it? We'll show it to you.

Sage: Yeah.

Janet: If it's okay with your mom.

Carly: Sure, Honey, go ahead.

Janet: All right. Come on, beautiful girls. Let's go.

Jack: About that check I gave you earlier, I was thinking -- well, I wanted to ask if maybe you could hold on to it for a few days before you send it in.

Carly: Why?

Jack: Because if you don't, it's going to bounce sky high.

Carly: What are you talking about? You told me you had the money.

Jack: I did, I did. But I just had to write another check, unexpectedly, for the same amount.

Carly: Well, what on earth for?

Jack: Janet's wedding dress.

Dusty: There's nothing on her reservation information? Are you sure?

Clerk: I'd help you if I could, Mr. Donovan. But Ms. Driver was adamant about not leaving a forwarding address. I checked her out myself.

[Cell phone ringing]

Josie: Hello.

Dusty: Hey, I didn't expect you to pick up.

Josie: I wasn't going to. But I wanted to hear your voice one last time. I'm so sorry, Dusty.

Dusty: Yeah, me, too.

Josie: You didn't go to Norway.

Dusty: No, there was no point. My son's not there.

Josie: I don't know what to say. I just -- I apologize.

Dusty: Your apology's not accepted.

Josie: Wow. Okay.

Dusty: I need to see you.

Josie: No. I'm on my way out of town. For good.

Dusty: You can leave after I see you.

Josie: I canít. It would be too hard.

Dusty: You used the one thing that would get to me.

Josie: I know.

Dusty: The least you can do is tell me to my face why you did it.

Josie: Dusty --

Dusty: Not on the phone. In person. You owe me that much. I'll wait for you at Yo's.

Carly: You used our son's tuition money to buy Janet a dress?

Jack: Hey, I didn't know anything about Eastlake Academy when I woke up this morning. You sprung it on me.

Carly: Where are your priorities?

Jack: I'm not your personal ATM, Carly.

Carly: But you're Janet's?

Jack: Whoa, hey, wait a second. We're getting married. There are certain expenses that go along with that.

Carly: Pizza and beer were just fine for the two of us.

Jack: This isn't a competition.

Carly: The kids come first. There are plenty of other dresses.

Jack: She found a dress she likes, okay? I think she deserves to have it. With any luck, this is going to be her first and only wedding. And I want to get it for her.

Carly: And what about J.J.'s school?

Jack: A week. All I need is a week, and I'll be able to cover it.

Carly: No, that's too late. Registration closes in two days. If I don't overnight that check, then J.J.'s going to lose his place at that school.

Jack: All right, maybe if I call the school --

Carly: Or maybe you could walk over to Fashions and tell Janet that you made a mistake, that it's completely insane to spend money you don't have on a dress you don't need.

Jack: Hey, I work damn hard for this money. And if I want to spend it that way, then fine. You have nothing to say about it. It's none of your business.

Carly: It is my business, if it means you can't provide for your kids. J.J. deserves this. And if it means that Janet has to walk down the aisle in some kind of potato sack, then that's what she's going to have to do, if it's going to happen.

Jack: Would you?

Carly: Yes, I would. Of course I would, for my children. So would you. This is a dress. I can't even believe we're having this discussion.

Jack: I'm not saying that J.J. can't go to the school, okay? I'm just trying to figure out a way to make everybody happy. Can you stop busting my chops and just let me do that, please?

Janet: What's going on here?

Meg: What were you doing in Paul's room before? And how did you even know he was here?

Emily: Dusty -- he showed up at my office and he told me what happened. I was worried about Paul. I wanted to make sure he was all right.

Meg: Well, he's not. He might die.

Emily: Don't say that.

Meg: I know how serious this surgery is. If anything goes wrong in that operating room, he might never see his little girl.

Emily: Oh, my God. You're having a girl? Meg, control yourself. All right, listen. Listen to me. You need to stay strong. You can't be upset. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay.

Meg: How do you suggest I do that? What did Dusty tell you?

Emily: Just that he shot Paul.

Meg: Did he say why?

Emily: No, I mean, not really.

Meg: I don't believe you.

Emily: Meg, this is between Dusty and Paul.

Meg: But Paul might not make it.

Emily: I'm sorry.

Meg: Look, just tell me what I need to know. Why was Paul almost killed when he has everything to live for?

Dusty: You came.

Josie: Well, like I said Donovan, I owe you.

Dusty: Is that the only reason you're here?

Josie: No, I wanted -- I wanted to see you one last time.

Dusty: Why? So you can see what an easy mark looks like?

Josie: That's not what you are to me. I am so, so sorry.

Dusty: I'm going to need a little more than that.

Josie: I'll tell you anything that you want to know. The truth.

Dusty: Why should I trust you?

Josie: Because I showed up.

Dusty: What's your real name?

Josie: It's really Josie. Josie Anderson. Short for Josephine, if you want to check my birth certificate.

Dusty: So you didn't know anything about me or my wife until Paul started feeding you information?

Josie: No, I'd never heard of either one of you.

Dusty: So why did you do it?

Josie: I needed the money. I was graduating from art school in Ohio. Looking at years of waitressing or temping, squeezing my painting in whenever. And then Paul showed up, said I reminded him of someone. Asked if I wanted to make some easy money.

Dusty: Hmm. The magic words.

Josie: I don't have any family. And my student loans are massive. And the way Paul described it, made it sound like performance art. Like creating this persona. It was easy at first.

Dusty: Forget about painting. You should be an actress.

Josie: No. I couldn't see it through to the end.

Dusty: Oh. You got me in the sack. You almost got me to Norway.

Josie: I was supposed to go with you. That was part of the deal. But I bailed and I gave the money back.

Dusty: Why?

Josie: Because I fell in love with you.

Jack: We were just setting up the kids' timetables.

Janet: Oh, it looked pretty intense for a discussion about carpooling.

Carly: Where's Sage?

Janet: She's at Fashions with Liberty. She just found the cutest dress. She looks adorable in it. However, it's the last one left. So if we want to get it, we have to get it today.

Jack: I'm not the best judge of fashion, Janet.

Janet: But you have the checkbook.

Carly: Apparently.

Jack: Are you coming?

Janet: No. Why don't you guys do a father-daughter thing? I'll get us some coffee.

Jack: I'll be right back.

Janet: Okay. So what were you guys really fighting about?

Carly: You. And how selfish you are.

Jack: Oh, Darling, you look just like a princess.

Liberty: Hey, I knew he'd love it.

Sage: Can I get it?

Jack: Sure. Yes. Go change and I'll talk to the salesperson.

Liberty: Yeah, high-five, girl.

Jack: Hi. Listen, I know it's the last one. But since I've already spent about $5,000 today, you think maybe I could put that dress on hold for a week or so?

Salesgirl: Certainly.

Jack: Thank you.

Salesgirl: I'll just need an address and phone number.

Jack: Okay.

Carly: Who is it you think you're marrying, Bill Gates?

Janet: He's not my type.

Carly: Really? Jack's a cop. And he has three kids to support on a cop's salary.

Janet: I'm aware of that.

Carly: Are you? Then why would you ask him to take money from his child's education to buy you some stupid dress?

Janet: Is that what he did?

Carly: $5,000 for a dress you wear once.

Janet: I had no idea. Carly, I didn't even look at the price tag.

Carly: That's even worse.

Janet: Oh, come on. I didn't ask him to buy me that dress. He wanted to buy it for me.

Carly: I'm sure.

Janet: You know what? I have worked my whole life to support myself and Liberty. And I have not ever once asked for a handout. So don't treat me like I am some money-grubbing wench. All I have ever done was love Jack. So stop blaming me for your problems. Just leave me alone and get out of my life!

Meg: Why did Dusty shoot Paul?

Emily: Dusty found out that Josie was a fraud. Just like we've all been telling him, and he couldn't take it. He couldn't handle the truth. He needed a scapegoat. So who better than Paul? They already hate each other.

Meg: Okay, so Paul had nothing to do with this?

Emily: Not this time.

Meg: Yeah, but Dusty said --

Emily: Forget about what Dusty said. Would you think about it for a minute? He's out of his mind right now. I mean, Dusty thinks that this Josie is the reincarnation of Jennifer. Or some messenger from beyond, or something crazy like that. He's grief-stricken. It's like losing Jennifer all over again. Your husband tried to warn him.

Meg: Out of the goodness of his heart?

Emily: Yeah, I know it's hard to believe.

Meg: I wish it werenít.

Emily: It's the truth. Will you listen to me? Paul's telling you the truth. He had nothing to do with this. If anyone is to blame, it's that Josie.

Meg: Thank you for telling me the truth.

Dusty: You love me? Isn't that part of the con?

Josie: I think you know the answer to that.

Dusty: No, no, I donít. My judgment's impaired when it comes to you.

Josie: When we made love, that was me, Josie Anderson. What happened between us was real.

Dusty: You should have told me the truth then.

Josie: You would have left me.

Dusty: You don't know that.

Josie: I do. I was honest with you. In bed, at least. But when you made love to me, you were just trying to connect with your dead wife.

Dusty: No, wrong.

Josie: You wanted me, sure. But not nearly as much as you wanted her.

Dusty: I could have loved you, if you were honest with me and I knew who you were.

Josie: I didn't want you to hate me.

Dusty: Why would I hate you?

Josie: You may not know me, but I know you. I knew that if you found out that I took money from Paul to mess with your head, you would turn on me. It's not a hypothetical. It happened. You found out. And now you despise me.

Dusty: You don't know how I feel.

Josie: Then tell me. Is there still a chance for us? Speak now, Donovan, or I am out the door. Could we maybe start over? See what happens?

Dusty: It's too late for that.

Dusty: Because of you, your employer, Paul Ryan, might end up dead.

Josie: Why?

Dusty: Because I shot him.

Josie: What?

Dusty: He pulled a gun on me. Luckily, I ended up on the right side of the trigger.

Josie: Oh, my God.

Dusty: I hate him. I hate him with a passion. But he's got a wife and a kid on the way. And they don't deserve what I did.

Josie: Is he going to make it?

Dusty: Doesn't look good.

Josie: Poor Meg.

Dusty: She deserves better.

Josie: Better than Paul, or better than ending up a widow with a new baby?

Dusty: The cops are going to be looking for me. So I'll be answering questions, I guess.

Josie: It was self-defense.

Dusty: My word against Paul Ryanís.

Josie: Wait, I can fix this. I can go to the police and tell them what I did, how Paul put me up to it. I have evidence -- phone records, stuff like that. I can prove what Paul tried to do to you. They will have to believe that it wasn't your fault.

Dusty: You don't want to do that.

Josie: What's going to happen to you if I don't?

Dusty: I'll manage. You don't want to do time for what you did.

Josie: I will do what I have to do. Like I said, Donovan, I owe you.

Carly: Where's Sage?

Jack: Liberty took her over to Java for some hot chocolate. They're bonding. It's kind of cute, actually.

Carly: Good.

Janet: Jack, why didn't you tell me you couldn't afford that dress? Come on, I didn't ask you to buy it for me. In fact, I wasn't even going to get it.

Jack: Thanks a lot.

Carly: I didn't know she didn't know.

Jack: Oh, come on.

Janet: That's not the point, Jack. I would never take money away from your kids.

Jack: No, I know that. This is just Carly making trouble.

Carly: This is about J.J.'s boarding school.

Janet: What? J.J.'s going to boarding school? Since when?

Jack: Yeah, well, I didn't know about it, either. Until she decided she needed tuition paid.

Janet: Oh, that's rich.

Carly: This is none of your business.

Janet: Oh, excuse me. It is my business!

Carly: Actually, you're right. I think it is. After all, it's because of you, J.J. is going to have to turn down a spot at a very good school.

Jack: Oh, stop it. This is not about the school. I told you that I would pay for J.J.'s tuition. But that's all I'm required to do. I am not required to get your permission on how or where I spend my money or anything else I choose to do with my life, Carly.

Carly: One of us has to put the children first.

Janet: Hey. Jack would lay down and die for those kids. What's the matter with you?

Carly: Would you like me to spell it out?

Jack: Okay, that's enough. Come on, let's go home. Come on, come on. I told Liberty to bring Sage by when they were finished.

Meg: How is he?

Doctor: The bullet missed your husband's vital organs. He'll need watching, but I think he'll recover fine.

Meg: Thank you so much, Patrick.

Doctor: Anything for you, Meg.

Meg: Can I see him? Paul?

Paul: You're still here.

Meg: Yeah, of course I am. I'm not going anywhere.

Paul: I was worried.

Meg: It's all right. Everything's all right. Emily told me everything.

Josie: You need me to help get you out of this.

Dusty: No thanks. I don't want to see you again.

Josie: I came clean with you. Do you know how hard that was for me to do?

Dusty: The Josie I liked never existed. She was a phony who preyed on my wife's memory. I shot a man because of you. Now go back where you came from.

Josie: No, not until I help get you out of this mess.

Dusty: No. I don't want to see you again.

Janet: I'm telling you, the nerve of that woman. Accusing me of trading J.J.'s future for a wedding dress. I am so not like that, Jack.

Jack: Janet, of course you're not. Everybody knows that. Everybody in Oakdale knows Carly's song, especially when it comes to me. She's jealous, that's all.

Janet: Really?

Jack: Isn't it obvious?

Janet: Still, man, she went for the jugular. And it's a good thing you showed up when you did. Because otherwise, I was about to kick her butt. And I could have done it, too.

Jack: Ooh, I'm sure you were. Yes, I'm sure.

Janet: I could have!

Jack: Listen. Our wedding is none of Carly's business.

Janet: Yeah, but you know, she does have a point. You know, I'm just -- that fantasy wedding thing. It's not my thing anymore.

Jack: Whoa, hold on a second. You're not giving up your perfect wedding because I have other obligations.

Janet: But Jack, if we don't have any money --

Jack: I don't remember saying that. Did I say that? I don't recall.

Janet: No, you didnít. But listen, your kids come first. Just like Liberty comes first with me. I am totally cool with that.

Jack: This isn't just about the kids, though. I love you, too, Darling. And if I have a chance to make one of your dreams come true, I'm going to do it.

Janet: You already have, just by loving me. And that's all I need.

Jack: Good. Well, you got that already. And you're gonna get your wedding, too. And there's nothing that Carly can say about it.

Sage: The dress is gorgeous, Mom. I can't wait for you to see me in it.

Carly: Well, I'd like to, Sweetheart. But I don't think I'm going to be invited to this wedding.

Sage: You never know. Janet's cool about stuff like that.

Carly: She's cool all right.

Sage: And Liberty's the best. I love having a big sister. And even though we're not related yet, we will be. And she's going to teach me how to rollerblade.

Carly: That's terrific.

Sage: With her friends.

Carly: That's even better.

Sage: You know, I didn't think I would, but I like having a big family. Does that make you upset?

Carly: No.

Sage: Good. Because you know, I was upset at first, when I found out that Dad was marrying Janet. I wanted him to stay here with us. But you were right. Even without Janet, he wouldn't be living here. And now, I've got two houses, and I'm not the only girl in the family anymore.

Carly: That's wonderful. It really is. But you have a social studies test tomorrow, Miss.

Sage: I'm ready for it.

Carly: Just humor me, okay? Go up and study your notes, and it'll keep fresh in your mind.

Sage: The only thing fresh in my mind is the awesome new dress that Dad got for me.

Meg: I feel sorry for Dusty. He hasn't gotten over losing Jennifer, and I don't think he ever will. But I can't forgive him for trying to killing you. I need you. Our little girl needs her daddy. Speaking of which, she's kicking up a storm.

Paul: Yeah?

Meg: Yeah.

Paul: May I?

Meg: Yeah.

Paul: She's strong.

Meg: Just like her daddy. Don't you ever do anything like this again.

Paul: I'm a lucky guy. I'll never do anything this stupid again. I swear it on our little girl.

Josie: Is there anything else I can say?

Dusty: Just good-bye.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Alison: Are you drunk? Is that why you're being such a jerk?

Luke: Oh, oh, I'm so sorry. Are we still pretending that you didn't try to kiss me?

Katie: Oh, my God!

Brad: Spencer.

Margo: I have no choice but to place you under arrest for the murder of Spencer --

Katie: No, no, you can't do that. There must be some mistake. I didn't order --

Craig: It's good to see you, Katie.

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