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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 12/10/08

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Janet: Hi. Remember me? I need to return this dress for a refund.

Saleswoman: Have you worn it already?

Janet: No. God, no. No, I -- I wanted to wear it. It's just that things didn't work out the way I planned.

Saleswoman: I'm sorry.

Janet: Oh, no, no, no. It's not that. No, it's a long story -- with a happy ending, it's just not a happy ending for the dress. I just need my money back.

Saleswoman: Well, I'll call Lisa and see what we can do.

Janet: Thank you.

Carly: Looks like you're fixing a $5,000 mistake, huh?

Janet: It wouldn't seem right to wear for a wedding at city hall.

Carly: Well, so you won't wearing your dream dress. Just look on the upside -- that's one more thing you can hold against me.

Lily: You just missed Holden. He had to fly to Kentucky to check out a new colt.

Jack: Really?

Lily: Is there something I can help you with?

Jack: Well, yeah, you know I asked Holden for a loan. I just wanted to pay him back.

Lily: Really? I -- I thought you needed the money for the wedding. Lisa called me and told me that you guys booked the ballroom at the Lakeview for your New Yearís Eve wedding.

Jack: Yeah, we did. Unfortunately, that party's not happening.

Lily: Oh, Jack, I'm so sorry. Does that mean that you and Janet aren't --?

Jack: No, weíre still getting married. We're still getting married. But it's going to be a lowey thing at city hall. Yeah, we decided that we didn't need the big production. It's not a very good time to go into debt. So please, please, tell Holden that we said "Thank you." It was very sweet of him to try to help.

Lily: Oh. Wait, what about Janet?

Jack: What about her?

Lily: Well, I mean -- no offense, Jack. But a room with plastic chairs and a bored bureaucrat? I mean, not exactly every woman's dream.

Jack: Yeah, I know, it's a letdown. But what can we do?

Lily: Well, I have an idea. Why don't you have the wedding here?

Janet: I'm not blaming you for anything, Carly. I'm marrying Jack. That's all that matters.

Carly: You know, you don't have to be so noble. I know you're only giving up your Cinderella gown because I told Jack he couldn't afford it.

Janet: Well, you were right, okay? You were right. I was wrong. And I thank you for letting me see that I don't need all the bells and whistles. I love Jack. And I'm gonna spend the rest of my life with him. That's all that matters.

Saleswoman: You're all set. Lisa approved a full refund.

Janet: Oh, thank you very much. Thank you. Oh, before I forget, Parker left some of his books at Brad and Katieís house yesterday.

Carly: Okay, why don't I come by and pick them up later, then?

Janet: Great.

Carly: Hey Janet -- I'm glad that you're not letting this wedding dress thing change how you feel about the wedding itself.

Janet: What am I gonna do with a big, old, expensive wedding dress that I'll only wear once?

Carly: Exactly.

Janet: Yes. I'm a bride no matter what I wear. I mean, this is my first and only wedding a it's definite Jack's last!

[Paul dreaming]

Paul: Meg? Meg?

Dusty: I felt a kick!

Craig: Me too! I think this kid's trying out for the Rockettes!

Paul: What are you doing? Get away your hands off of her! Get your hands off! That's not your baby!

Meg: Actually, she could belong to either one of them. We both know how much I loved you once. And not long ago, I was your wife. You see? They still care. They could both love my little girl.

Paul: Are you crazy? These two couldn't even look after Johnny. That poor kid is -- is gonna be on the run for the rest of his life!

Craig: Meg, as soon as the baby is born, we can leave town!

Dusty: You're not taking her anywhere.

Paul: No, you're not! Eliza -- Eliza is my little girl!

Meg: No, Paul. That's one thing I didn't know for sure.

Paul: What are you talking about?

Meg: This is not your baby.

Paul: Of course, she is.

Meg: But, look, I'm sorry. But, James was right. You're not man enough to father a child.

Dusty: That's why the old man left you no money. He knew you could never produce an heir.

Paul: You don't even know what you're talking about.

Dusty: I know I've got all the money. And now I have Meg's baby, too. What's that leave you with?

Paul: Meg, hey, say something! Say something! Meg!

Meg: Hey, hey, hey. Hey.

Paul: Hi.

Meg: Hey.

Paul: What's going on?

Meg: I think you were having a nightmare.

Paul: I hope so.

Meg: What was it about?

Paul: I don't remember. You let me sleep for a long time.

Meg: You were so exhausted. And it takes a long time to recover from a gunshot wound. You need to rest.

Paul: How long have you been here?

Meg: A couple of hours. Why?

Paul: Were you talking to somebody? I thought you were talking to somebody. Did I hear you?

Meg: No, it's just me and the housekeeper you must have dreamt it.

Paul: I guess so.

Meg: Look, nightmares are a side effect from the anti-anxiety meds. Maybe I should call your doctor.

Paul: No, no, no, no! Please! Please don't go, please.

Meg: Okay. Okay. All right, here, look. Okay, is that better?

Paul: Yeah.

Meg: Okay.

Paul: You're all I need. I need you. All I need is you and our little girl.

Craig: Can we have five minutes?

[Dusty sighs]

Craig: Can't you at least pretend to be glad to see me?

Dusty: I'd rather spend the next five years in solitary confinement than listen to your nonsense.

Craig: Well, forget about me. I brought someone else to see you. I was hoping you two could mend some fences. Well, it looks as if you two have some catching up to do. Have fun.

Dusty: You shouldn't have come back.

Josie: That's not what I was hoping you'd say.

Dusty: Okay, then I'll change the subject. How'd you hook up with Craig Montgomery?

Josie: I barely even know him. But he tracked me down. And he told me that you're in jail. I had to come.

Dusty: What for? It doesn't concern you.

Josie: Yes, it does.

Dusty: No, you got to leave.

Josie: You made me walk away once before. I'm not doing that again.

Dusty: There's no way you can help me out.

Josie: I'm not letting you sit in prison for something that I did.

Dusty: You didn't shoot Paul. I did.

Josie: I feel responsible.

Dusty: You weren't even there. It was self-defense. Paul says it was attempted murder. How are you going to help me out?

Josie: I can tell the police the truth, at least. That Paul hired me to remind you of Jennifer, because he wanted you out of the picture.

Dusty: If you confess to a conspiracy with Paul, you'll go to jail.

Josie: So what? I'm guilty and I get to go free, and you're innocent and you're punished? That's not fair.

Dusty: Life's not fair. Stay out of it.

Josie: I still care about you, Dusty. Isn't there anything I can do to help?

Dusty: Yeah, actually, there is.

Jack: It's sweet of you to offer, but I can't ask you to go to all that trouble.

Lily: Come on! It's no trouble it'll be fun!

Jack: Are you sure you don't want to talk to Holden about this first?

Lily: Holden will be all for it. You're family. Let us do this for you.

Jack: I don't know what to say.

Lily: Say "Yes"! Repeat after me -- "Yes, Lily, I would love to have my wedding here."

Jack: Okay, all right. Thank you, thank you! It's very generous of you.

Lily: You don't have to thank me. We're happy to do it for you.

Jack: You want to see happy, you just wait -- wait till I tell Janet. She's going to be over the moon!

Janet: How would it look with a veil?

[Knocking]

Janet: Oh Carly! Twice in one day. How'd I get so lucky?

Carly: Well, I told you that I was going to come by and get Parker's books.

Janet: Oh, yes, yes. Come on in, come on in.

Carly: Thanks.

Janet: I'll go get them real quick, okay? Just give me a second. Here you go. I hope he wasn't lost without them.

Carly: I'm sure he'll appreciate your concern. Thanks.

Janet: Welcome.

Carly: Ah, I have to ask -- is all of this you trying to pick something to wear to your wedding? You should wear that one.

Janet: Are you kidding? I mean, this is my first and only wedding. I want to look like a bride. I want to look like a bride!

Carly: Well, you could -- in something like that. I mean, it's a great dress. It looks really nice on you. It's just the wrong color. It's nothing that can't be fixed.

Meg: Look, I know you're upset about Craig coming back, and I was afraid that you're going to start thinking about how I miscarried last time.

Paul: No. Donít. Nothing like that's going to happen again.

Meg: I hope not. But you shouldn't let Craig get to you. You need to focus on your recovery.

Paul: I'm gonna be fine. I've got the best nurse in the world. And when I think about you, and I think about our girl -- I've got a lot to live for, don't I?

Meg: I feel exactly the same way. Okay, we will just focus on the good stuff, like Christmas. Which reminds me, I have shopping to do?

Paul: Oh. That sounds fun.

Meg: No, no, no, no. Whoa, what are you doing? I am going shopping, I need to buy some gifts -- for you. And I don't want you getting any clues, okay?

Paul: Hey, you don't need to get anything for me. You donít. Really. We're sharing the best present anyone could ever have.

Meg: We have a lot to celebrate. You've turned your life around.

Paul: Well, I couldn't have done it without you.

Meg: No, this is something you take sole credit for. You made me believe in you. I'm proud of you.

Paul: All right. You be careful out there, okay? You promise me, no shop till you drop, or anything like that.

Meg: Ok. If you promise me in return that you will have a healthy breakfast and then kick back and relax. And forget about Craig.

Margo: Oh, Craig, it is much too early for you to be ruining my day.

Craig: I'm here doing a good deed, believe it or not.

Margo: I choose not. You can leave.

Craig: Don't you even want to know who's about to receive my goodwill? Okay, I'll tell you. Dusty Donovan.

Margo: You hate Dusty Donovan! You can't get past the fact that he never let you raise your own son.

Craig: I'm sure he misses Johnny every bit as much as I do.

Margo: Who are you channeling?

Craig: Can we be serious?

Margo: What, you want to help Donovan?

Craig: Scoff all you like, Margo, but I just brought in a witness who may be able to prove that Dusty shot Paul Ryan in self-defense.

Margo: Is that your witness? All right, I'll take the bait. Excuse me, excuse me. I understand that you'd like to talk to me about the case about Donovan.

Josie: I can't right now. I'll be back later.

Margo: Great work, Detective. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some real bad boys I need to put away, and wish that you were one of them.

Craig: Oh, be nice. Our little sister believes I'm an innocent man.

Margo: Yeah, that's another thing. How did you trick Katie into doing that?

Craig: There's no trickery about it.

Margo: Right.

Craig: So, how did your reunion with Josie go?

Dusty: Not the way you planned.

Craig: Show some appreciation. I brought the woman here to exonerate you.

Dusty: This is all about what's in it for you.

Craig: No, I'm just trying to help.

Dusty: Why? What do you gain by helping me go free?

Craig: All right, I admit it. There is something I want from you, Dusty. I want peace in the family.

Dusty: Since when are we family?

Craig: Well, maybe not in the traditional sense. But we are both fathers to Johnny. And not that long ago, I wouldn't even have been able to admit that. But things change.

Dusty: Not for me. Johnny has only one daddy -- that's me.

Craig: I realize Jennifer chose you to raise her son. That caused me a great deal of pain at the time. But I've come to accept what she wanted. But we can't keep fighting, Dusty. We'll never find Johnny unless we work together.

Dusty: Not in a million years.

Craig: Well, take some time to think of it, just not that long. One good thing I learned in prison, it gives you lots of time to think.

Dusty: Oh, I won't be in prison that long.

Craig: Well, first, you have to prove your innocence. That's why I brought Josie back here. I couldn't think of a better way to convince you that I'm on your side.

Dusty: Somehow, I'm not convinced.

Craig: Well, not yet. But I think once you've really thought about it, considered your options, you'll realize I'm right.

Janet: You can fix it? How?

Carly: Well, it's not even that hard, really. You just -- you take that dress, you make a pattern from it and you do one up in the right color, in white.

Janet: Are you volunteering?

Carly: Oh -- okay. I guess so.

Janet: Really? Oh, that would be great.

Carly: Okay.

Janet: Oh, great, thank you.

Carly: Well, go take it off and give it to me, and I'll --

Janet: Right, right, right. Okay, yes, I'll go take it off right now. Boy, Carly, you showed up in the right place at the right time. I will give you that.

Carly: Yeah. Yeah, stupid saint Carly.

[Knock on door]

Janet: Hey, can you get it please?

Carly: Got it!

Jack: Carly, what are you doing here?

Carly: It's a very long story, Jack.

Jack: Yeah? Fill me in.

Janet: Hey, Jack.

Jack: Hey.

Janet: Hi.

Jack: Hey, so what -- what is going on?

Craig: Lucy took Johnny away because you and I were always at war. Now if we could at least learn to cooperate, we might be able to convince her to bring Johnny back.

Dusty: Well, that's a long shot if I ever heard one.

Craig: But if it works, everybody wins. I'm asking you to do the right thing for the sake of our boy. I really don't want to be enemies with you anymore. Neither one of us has anything to gain from it. But think of what we could accomplish -- think of the good we could do by joining forces. We could start with bringing back our boy. Isn't that what you want, Dusty?

Josie: Paul.

Paul: How did you get in here?

Josie: I told the housekeeper that I was a friend of your motherís.

Paul: And what are you even doing here? You're supposed to be gone. You're supposed to be gone for good.

Josie: Well, I know that's what you wanted to happen, but when I found out that Dusty was in jail --

Paul: You can't help Dusty. And Dusty is in jail because he tried to kill me.

Josie: And I'm the reason that that happened. If I hadn't gone along with your scheme --

Paul: Yeah, but you did. Look, it a little late for you to be crying over milk you spilled like two weeks ago.

Josie: I had no idea it would come to this. I have to make it right.

Paul: Okay. You know what I offered you good money to do this job, if you want more --

Josie: I refused to your money the last time. And I don't want it now.

Paul: Okay. Great. Time for you to get out and this time don't come back!

Josie: I'm sorry, Paul. I'm not going anywhere until I talk to your wife.

Paul: She's not here, she's out.

Josie: Then I'll wait.

Paul: Why would you do that?

Josie: Because I told Dusty I'd talk to her.

Paul: That's not going to happen.

Paul: You know, you seemed like such a smart girl when we met. You did a really dumb thing coming back here.

Meg: I don't mean to toot my own horn, but I think I am a champion Christmas shopper. I have bought you the per -- what's going on? Why is Josie here?

Paul: She was just leaving.

Josie: Meg, I need to talk to you.

Paul: No, you donít. It's not necessary.

Josie: First of all, I want to apologize for all of the trouble --

Paul: Okay, fine, apology accepted. You can leave now.

Josie: I'm not leaving until I tell Meg the truth.

Paul: Dusty sent her to spread more lies about me. But we're not interested.

Josie: Meg will be when she finds out what --

Paul: You know what, Meg has had a very difficult pregnancy. The last thing she needs right now is more stress. And I won't let you put her or our baby at risk. Let's go.

Meg: Let her go, Paul. I want to hear what she has to say.

Jack: I want to know what's going on between the two of you.

Janet: Well, Carly volunteered to help me with my wedding dress.

Jack: Really? That -- that was nice. Thank you.

Carly: Sure. You know, just 'cause its city hall, doesn't mean the bride can't look good.

Jack: Actually, we're not getting married at city hall. That's why I came by -- I wanted to give you the good news. Lily is offering to let us have the wedding at her place.

Janet: What?

Jack: Yeah! I know.

Janet: Are you kidding me? That's awesome!

Jack: I know. I knew you'd be happy. All we have to do is tell her when and how many guests are going to be there, and she's going to take care of the rest.

Janet: Oh, that is so great! Yay!

Carly: Well, you guys have a lot of planning to do and all that, so -- I'll take this dress and I'll get to work. Okay?

Janet: Wait. Carly, hold on -- you've really gone above and beyond the call of duty here. So I would like to officially invite you to the wedding.

Carly: Thank you. But no -- that would not be appropriate, Janet. I'm Jack's ex-wife, you know? Remember?

Janet: I know. But, so is Katie, remember? And we are inviting Brad and Katie, and Sage is going to be our flower girl. Don't you want to see her in her dress?

Carly: Of course, I would see her in her dress --

Jack: Obviously this is making Carly uncomfortable, so --

Carly: It's not making me feel that way at all, Jack. As a matter of fact, if Janet wants me there, it would be my pleasure to be there.

Janet: Great. See? This is all working out just the way I wanted it to. We're going to have an awesome wedding!

Carly: I certainly hope so. Okay, well I'm going to go get to work and I'll bring you your dress after I put a hex on it. I'm just kidding!

Josie: Your husband hired me to pretend I had a psychic connection to Jennifer.

Meg: Why would he do that?

Josie: Because he thought it would help to get Dusty out of town for good. But then Dusty found out about it and confronted him, and Paul tried to kill him.

Meg: That's what Dusty said. And I didn't believe him. So, why should I believe you?

Josie: Because I'm telling you the truth.

Paul: No, that's not the truth. Dusty's just trying to get himself out of jail. Dusty sent you, am I right?

Josie: Yeah, he did. But not to clear his name. Because he thought it was time for Meg to finally know the truth. Dusty doesn't care what happens to him. I offered to go to the police and tell them my story. But he wouldn't let me, because he doesn't want me to go to jail, too. This whole thing is messed up -- Dusty doesn't deserve to be punished!

Paul: He -- he's guilty of attempted murder.

Josie: You're the one who attempted murder. He was just trying to defend himself.

Meg: Okay, you know what? I would like you to leave now. I'd like to speak to my husband in private, please.

Josie: Look, I know that you don't have any reason to believe me. I've told a lot of lies. But today? Every word I'm saying is the truth.

Paul: She's lying.

Meg: Why?

Paul: To save Dusty.

Meg: She just said that he wouldn't let her do that. He wouldn't let her incriminate herself.

Paul: He's desperate. He's still trying to come between us.

Meg: Think you're the one who's desperate, Paul. You hate Dusty so much, you would do anything to get rid of him.

Paul: Yeah, I hate Dusty, I have every reason to hate Dusty. But I didn't --

Meg: I mean, you sent him across the country to try and find Johnny -- is that what you're doing again?

Paul: No.

Meg: You know, if you're lying, I will find out. And then it will be worse.

Paul: She's a con artist, okay? She's admitted she's a con artist! You're going to take her word over mine? Okay, this is Dusty trying to get revenge. He tried to kill me, that didn't work -- and now, this is some last-ditch effort on his part to try and split us up! Don't let him do that.

Meg: I don't believe you. You really need to tell me the truth.

Paul: I am telling you the truth. Please, you have to trust me.

Meg: You know, I really wish I could. I really wish I could --

Paul: Okay, stop, stop. See, okay, hold on a second. This is no good. Right, okay? You need to calm down. We need to sit down. You need to think about our baby.

Meg: No, Paul. You need to think about our baby. You need to look me in the eye and tell me what you did to Dusty.

Margo: Craig, I though I made it very clear -- you're not welcome here.

Dusty: That's what I've been trying to tell him.

Craig: You know, I'm sure you find it odd, but I actually feel for Dusty. You see, I was unjustly accused of trying to kill Paul Ryan. I beat those ridiculous charges. And now I'm just trying to do the same for Dusty.

Dusty: I don't need your help, pal.

Margo: All right, you heard the man. Let's go. Now. Come here, we're all alone now. Tell me what you're trying to do.

Craig: I understand why people, including my own sister, might find it hard to believe that I am trying to redeem myself. But, I am actually trying to do the right thing.

Margo: Well, you can think that you've morphed into one of Santaís little helpers, but that doesn't make it true.

Craig: Can we at least try to be civil to each other? Why don't we have dinner tonight?

Margo: Because Tom's out of town, and I have a mountain of work to do. And quite honestly, the thought of dining with you kind of kills my appetite. Does that answer all your questions?

Josie: I need to see Dusty Donovan again.

Margo: Well, of course you do.

Dusty: Did you do what I said?

Josie: I went to Meg, I told her the truth. I don't know how much good it did, though. I don't know if she believed me.

Dusty: Well, Meg's smart. Once she figures out what Paul's been up to, she'll know what to do.

Josie: I still think I should give a statement to the police. Once they hear that Paul tried to set you up, they will know that he's been lying from the beginning.

Dusty: No, no, no, no. It's not worth going to jail.

Josie: After everything I did to you, why do you still want to protect me?

Dusty: Because even though you're a liar, you have one thing in common with my wife.

Josie: What's that?

Dusty: You were both victims of Paul Ryan.

Josie: I have something else in common with Jennifer -- we both loved you.

Paul: I did. I did. I hired Josie to mess with Dusty's head, to get him to leave town. But I did it for a good reason. I did it because I love you, and I'm protecting our family. And I'm not going to let Dusty come between you and me again. I'm not going to let him come after you. I'm not going to let him come after our baby.

Meg: He wasn't doing that.

Paul: He stood right and he said that that was exactly what he was going to do.

Meg: Only after you set him up! You know, all this time you told me that you had changed. And again, I was foolish enough to believe you!

Paul: You know what? I was wrong in this. You know what? I thought I was okay. I thought I could leave therapy. But I guess it was too early. And I was out of control. I don't know, Dusty came back to town, and -- and I saw him as a threat.

Meg: Paul, I told you, over and over and over again, that you had nothing to worry about, that Dusty would not be a threat to us or to our family. But you ignored me. Instead, you engineered some -- some unforgivable scheme with Josie.

Paul: Nothing is unforgivable. Nothing is unforgivable. I did what I did.

Meg: Look, look. There is no excuse! All right? You played Dusty's grief with Jennifer. How did you even think you could get away with that?

Paul: I don't know. I guess I -- I lost my mind.

Meg: No, you chose to lose your mind. You could've trusted your doctors, you could've trusted me.

Paul: I trust you. Of course, I trust you.

Meg: But you didn't want to get better.

Paul: You're -- you're everything.

Meg: You cared more about fighting the same old battles, knowing that you would lose me.

Paul: I can't lose you. I just, I -- I -- I canít. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Please forgive me.

Meg: No, sorry is not enough. Dusty is in jail because you lied. He shot you because he had no choice. You would have killed him if he hadn't done that. Isn't that what happened? Isn't it? You were ready to let an innocent man go to prison.

Paul: I can fix that. I can, I'll go down to the police station, and I'll tell them it was self-defense. I'll get them to drop the charges.

Meg: Do it. Now!

Paul: You got it. I'll do anything. I'll do anything. Anything. Things are going to be different.

Jack: I can't help but feel a little bit strange about my ex-wife volunteering to outfit the bride.

Janet: Oh, come on. We're all grownups, right?

Jack: But still -- Honey, I don't think it was a good idea to invite Carly to the wedding.

Janet: Jack, she offered to help me with my dress. She was standing right there. It felt rude for me not to ask.

Jack: Honestly, she didn't look too happy about it.

Janet: Trust me, my dear -- I have an ulterior motive. I did it for us.

Lily: Oh, you're working. I don't want to interrupt.

Carly: No, please. I need a distraction, anyway. I offered to help Janet with her wedding dress. Don't ask. I donít have an answer.

Lily: Actually, that's why I'm here. I wanted to give you the heads-up.

Carly: No, I know. I heard that you're having the wedding at your place.

Lily: I'm not taking sides, Carly. It's nothing against you. It's just that Jack and Holden are like brothers. And --

Carly: I know. I know it's -- I'm not hurt by it. I'm not.

Lily: Good.

Carly: You know, as a matter of fact, I may end up there myself.

Lily: Really? Do you really think that's a good idea, Carly?

Craig: Paul Ryan, alive and well. It's good to see you.

Paul: He's here because he's under arrest, right?

Margo: No such luck.

Craig: Is this official business for you, Paul?

Paul: Okay. He may have ducked the charges, but I know he tried to kill me. Now get him out of my face, please.

Margo: Love to. You can go now. Oh, and keep up the good work. Clearly, you have a long way to go before anybody in this town believes you're innocent.

Craig: I love you too, Sis.

Margo: All right, Paul. I'm really busy. What can I do for you?

Paul: I'm here to correct an injustice.

Margo: Really? How so?

Paul: Well, my memory's kind of messed up, what with being shot and all. But Dusty's telling the truth. He shot me in self-defense.

Margo: All right. I'm going to need details.

Paul: Yeah, well it's all kind of hazy. But you know, Dusty and I were having an argument. Probably about Meg, but I'm not sure. And, well -- you know, things got kind of out of hand. There was a gun. And we struggled over the gun. And he -- he got it away from me. And so I reached for the heaviest thing that I could find, and I swung it at him, and he fired. And that's all I remember.

Margo: All right, you realize that this means the charges against Donovan will be dropped.

Paul: Yeah. As it should be.

Margo: All right, you'll need to sign a statement. You can go find Dallas Griffin. Donovan, good news. You're free to go.

Dusty: Are you serious?

Margo: I very rarely joke about these things. Paul Ryan recanted. I don't know why he changed his story, but he now concurs that you shot him in self-defense. Trust me, there will be a very rigorous follow-up investigation. But for now, charges are dropped. Don't leave town. You lucked out again, Sunshine.

Josie: Well, I guess it really worked, talking to Meg.

Dusty: I guess so.

Josie: Well, this calls for a celebration. Can I -- can I buy you a cup of coffee?

Dusty: Sure. Why not?

Janet: I want her to see what we have together, Jack. That our marriage is real. And true. And it's meant to last.

Jack: And that would be a good thing. But you may have noticed that trouble follows Carly around. Look, she's the mother of my kids, and I'll always care about her. But she's a repeat offender. Are you sure you want to open yourself up to that?

Janet: I don't think that Carly has been causing troubles for us on purpose. All right, all right, okay. All right, if she has, I want her to be there at the wedding and hear us say our vows, and promise to love each other forever and ever and ever. That will nip it in the bud.

Jack: I like the way you think, you know that?

Janet: Good. Because I love everything about you! And once Carly sees that, hopefully, she'll be able to let you go.

Jack: One can only hope.

Lily: I'm just saying -- watching the ceremony, do you really think that you can put yourself through that without having a meltdown?

Carly: I'm not sure. But I think if I see it, if I watch it happen, then maybe I can accept that what I had with Jack is over.

Lily: Do you really think you can do that, Carly?

Carly: I don't really have a choice, do I?

Lily: That's never stopped you before.

[Phone ringing]

Lily: I should get that.

Carly: Yeah.

Lily: It's Jack. I should take it. Hi, Jack, what's up?

Jack: Hey, yeah. Well, Janet and I were just sitting here, planning our wedding. And we were wondering if the day after tomorrow is too soon? I know the holidays are coming up.

Lily: You want to get married the day after tomorrow?

Jack: Is it too fast? Because I was thinking we could make it a holiday party, you know? Just our closest family and friends. I'll bring a case of champagne. And Janet can help with the food.

Lily: Jack, I already told you, the bride and groom shouldn't worry about that. I can handle it.

Jack: You sure it's not too soon, that we're not rushing you?

Lily: You're family, Jack. We want you to be happy.

Jack: We are.

Lily: Well, I'd -- I'd better get to work.

Jack: Thanks again. It's a go.

Janet: Yay! That's fantastic!

Carly: It's really happening. Oh, God! It's really happening!

Lily: Sweetie!

Carly: Oh, God!

Josie: You would have sacrificed yourself to keep me from going to prison.

Dusty: So?

Josie: So, on some level, you still care about me.

Dusty: I never said I didnít.

Josie: You once said that you could maybe love the real me, the part that didn't just remind you of Jennifer. Now that you know who I really am, is that still true?

Dusty: Things aren't going to work for us, Josie.

Josie: Are you sure?

Dusty: I'm not sure of anything. Thanks for the coffee.

Paul: Okay, I spoke with Margo. And told her that it was self-defense, and all the charges against Dusty have been dropped. It's all over.

Meg: No, it's not.

Paul: Of course it is. We just need to go back to the way things were before any of this happened.

Meg: No, we canít.

Paul: Yes, we can. We need to remember --

Meg: How many times have you lied to me, Paul?

Paul: -- What's important.

Meg: You keep telling that you've changed, and you never have. You never will.

Paul: Well, I think things are going to be different this time.

Meg: How many times have you said that? Even you don't believe it. Youíre key.

Paul: No. Please. I'm begging you --

Meg: I will have somebody come for the rest of my stuff.

Paul: Please, no. Please. If nothing, will you think about our daughter? She needs both of us.

Meg: Our daughter needs a mother who is strong enough to know when to be on her own. Because her father, unfortunately, can't be trusted.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Brad: Come on, did you really think we were going to let you tie the knot without throwing you a bachelor party?

Carly: What the hell is she doing here?

Lily: What's going on?

Jack: What's -- what's going on? Why are you --

Carly: Dance with me. One last dance before you marry someone else. For old time's sake.

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