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As The World Turns Transcript Tuesday 12/23/08

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Margo: Hey, you're not wearing your video-game clothes.

Casey: Yep, I'm ditching "Rock Star" tonight.

Margo: Is your grandpa making you pull an extra shift at the hospital?

Casey: No. No, actually he's keeping his distance. I get to show off my mopping skills all by myself.

Margo: Oh, you look like you're wearing your date clothes.

Casey: Because I am going on a date.

Margo: Well, that's good. I suppose.

Casey: You suppose?

Margo: Ah, well, yeah. It depends on who you're going out with.

Casey: Oh, do you mean, is it one of those wacky, crazy Stewart women?

Margo: Well, you know, you and Alison have been getting pretty close lately.

Casey: We're just friends, don't worry. Christmas dinners are already complicated enough around here.

Margo: Well yeah, that's true. So who's the lucky girl, huh?

Casey: Maddie.

Margo: Maddie, really? She's back?

Casey: Just for the holidays.

Margo: Oh, Casey, that's great!

Casey: It's just a date.

Margo: I know. But I mean, after the way you dumped her, I didn't think she'd ever give you a second chance.

Casey: Yes. What does a brilliant college student want with an ex-con mop jockey?

Margo: Oh, come on, Casey. She was crazy about you. Well, too crazy, but I think she's probably got her act together now.

Casey: So Casey, don't screw this up like everything else, right? Huh?

Margo: I didn't say that. You said that. I didn't say that.

Casey: No, you didn't have to. But I -- I will do my best.

Margo: Oh, I hope so. I think Maddie is just what you need right now.

Noah: Hey, you look happy.

Maddie: Casey apologized.

Noah: Yeah?

Maddie: He even asked me out.

Noah: Oh, great. How'd you turn him around?

Maddie: I didnít. It kind came out of nowhere.

Noah: Sounds like he's not such an idiot after all.

Maddie: Is this weird?

Noah: What, you talking to me about your love life?

Maddie: Potential love life. But yeah.

Noah: I don't know. I mean, does it make you uncomfortable?

Maddie: Surprisingly not. I miss hanging out with you, Noah. You were always someone I felt like I could talk to. About anything.

Noah: Yeah, I always felt the same way. Well, you know, almost anything.

Maddie: I don't blame you for not telling me you were gay. I understand what a rough time you must have been going through.

Noah: So, we can still be friends?

Maddie: Maybe that's what we were supposed to be in the first place.

Noah: Well, works for me.

Maddie: Well, I have to go meet Casey. How do I look?

Noah: Gorgeous.

Maddie: Yeah? You think?

Noah: Absolutely. Go have fun.

Maddie: I hope so.

Noah: Hey, if he's not totally blown away, he's a bigger dork than I thought.

Casey: You weren't always Maddie's biggest fan. You kicked her out of the house, remember?

Margo: Well I know. That's when I came in, and I found you having -- you know, having --

Casey: Yeah, it seems pretty tame compared to what I've done since, right?

Margo: Hey, have you been completely honest with her about all that?

Casey: Of course. I mean, I guess she thinks I can be saved.

Margo: She's a smart girl.

Casey: Yeah, I just don't want to be her personal renovation project.

Margo: Case, maybe she just likes you.

Casey: You think that's possible?

Margo: Yes, that is possible. And you could do worse.

Casey: And I have, haven't I?

[Margo laughs]

[Doorbell rings]

Casey: That'll be her. Hey.

Maddie: Hey.

Margo: Oh, hi Maddie! Oh it is so good to see you!

Maddie: It's good to see you.

Margo: You know, I am late for work right now. So you know, you gotta come by sometime, and tell me everything that's been going on, okay?

Maddie: Okay.

Margo: Okay. Oh -- have fun.

Casey: Yes. Yay! Well, that's my mom being subtle.

Maddie: I like it.

Casey: So, where you wanna go?

Maddie: Any reason we can't stay here?

Luke: I just want to talk to Jade.

Margo: She's about to be transported.

Luke: Already?

Margo: Soon. Officially, I can't let you see her. But if you stick around, who knows who might be brought in?

Luke: Thank you! Jade! Oh. Thank God! Can I talk to her?

Cop #3: Until the Florida marshal gets here. Don't go nowhere.

Jade: What do you want, Luke?

Luke: I want to explain to you why I did what I did.

Jade: No, I understand. No, it was my fault.

Luke: No, it wasnít. You didn't do anything wrong, and we're going to prove it!

Jade: No. It was my fault that I was stupid enough to trust you!

Holden: Okay, thanks Jack. She's about to be extradited. They're just waiting for the Florida marshals.

Lily: They're sending her back today? Isn't there anything we can do to stop them?

Holden: It doesn't seem like it.

Lily: At least here we have Margo, who's willing to listen. Once they send her to Miami, we'll never get her out of there.

[Doorbell rings]

Holden: Hey, Bonnie. Have you heard anything?

Bonnie: Yeah, Derek just called. With any luck, your niece could be home for the holidays.

Lily: What did Derek say?

Bonnie: He found Robby Sanchez.

Holden: The boyfriend?

Bonnie: The career felon who committed the robbery.

Lily: Where is he?

Bonnie: He is taking him to the police station right now.

Lily: In Miami?

Bonnie: No, actually. Here.

Holden: He dragged that kid all the way up from Florida?

Bonnie: He said he came willingly.

Holden: And you believe him?

Bonnie: Look, I have no idea what kind of favors he called in or promised. So --

Lily: What difference does it make? He came through for us. Maybe that means he's changed his mind about Jade.

Holden: Yeah, maybe. But we need to take this one step at a time.

Lily: Can we go get Jade, can we bring her home now?

Bonnie: No. First, this kid needs to give his statement, uncoerced. And then, the Miami D.A.'s office needs to drop their demand for the extradition. And then, Margo needs to agree to her release.

Lily: Well, how long is that going to take?

Bonnie: I don't know.

Lily: You said we'd have her home for the holidays.

Bonnie: I did not mean tomorrow.

Lily: We can't let that kid spend Christmas in jail!

Holden: Lily, let's just let Bonnie do her job, and we'll see what happens.

Lily: Okay, but I'm going with you.

Holden: That's probably not such a good idea. Lily, there are still so many things that could go wrong.

Lily: I know, Holden. But we have to do whatever it takes to make sure that Jade doesn't spend another minute paying for somebody else's crime.

Luke: You know I would never do anything to hurt you.

Jade: Really? Is that what I know?

Luke: I was trying to do what was best for you.

Jade: Look, I told you not to tell anyone I was here. You agreed, and went straight to that lawyer.

Luke: Yeah, because I thought if you ran, you'd get in even more trouble.

Jade: Exactly how much worse can it get?

Luke: If you were a fugitive? Jade, they would come after you, with guns.

Jade: Yeah, but you saved them the trouble. You should get a medal.

Luke: I thought I was doing the right thing.

Jade: The right thing for you! Okay, proved to everyone you're still the golden boy, make up for getting kicked out of school!

Luke: That's simply not true! I was trying to protect someone that I love.

Jade: You have a bad way of doing it. I thought I could count on you! I hitched here all the way from Florida, getting hit on by every truck driver that went by, the whole time thinking, if I can just get to Luke, everything would be fine. You're the best friend I've ever had!

Luke: I still am!

Jade: Oh, get real. A friend would never do what you did to me.

Henry: Whoa! Whoa! Uh, did I miss something here? Are we invited to a wedding?

Vienna: No, but I thought since this is our one night off this week, we should go and have dinner.

Henry: What do you mean, our one night off? Tomorrow's our night off.

Vienna: Well, it was until Bonnie called and begged us to work at Metro.

Henry: Oh, it's Christmas Eve! She promised she would work Christmas Eve!

Vienna: I know, but she called a little while ago and said she would be tied up with some legal emergency. So you and I have to fill in again.

Henry: What is with this woman? I mean, one day she wants to quit lawyering. And then the next -- it's like she's bucking from some nomination to the Supreme Court.

Vienna: Well don't complain to me. I warned you about her. But -- it can't be helped. So, why don't you just change into something less comfortable so we can have dinner?

Henry: All right. Mwah. Oh, hey, we should invite Maddie along to dinner. We haven't had a chance to celebrate her being back for the holidays.

Vienna: I don't think Maddie would mind if you and I have dinner alone tonight.

Henry: Of course she wouldn't mind, she's homesick. Why do you think she changed her plans all of a sudden and just showed up out of the blue?

Vienna: Well, there can be a lot of reasons.

Henry: What was it, like a month ago, we got an e-mail from her talking about some guy that she was dating for Christmas. Dave, that was it.

Vienna: Yes, yes, Dave. But he didn't work out.

Henry: I know, of course. And she's nursing a broken heart. And the least I can do is treat her to a nice meal and be the big brother that she can count on.

Vienna: Oh you're such a wonderful big brother. But I don't think her heart is that broken.

Henry: You don't know her like I do. I mean, I practically raised that child.

Vienna: I know, I know. But she's -- she's not a kid anymore, your little sister. And I would not be surprised if she is making her very own grown-up plans as we're speaking.

Henry: Wait, whoa, whoa, whoa. What? What do you know that I don't know?

Casey: You sure you want to stay here?

Maddie: No one's home, right?

Casey: Not at the moment.

Maddie: Sometimes I really miss living here.

Casey: Yeah?

Maddie: I was happy here, Casey.

Casey: I was happy too, when you were here. But since I've been back, not so much.

Maddie: You're older.

Casey: It's not just that. I think I'm -- I'm a little too old to be living at home with mommy and daddy.

Maddie: Why don't you move out?

Casey: Oh, on an assistant janitor's salary?

Maddie: You could find a better job.

Casey: Yes, with my impressive resume.

Maddie: You could go back to school. Besides O.U., I mean.

Casey: Did my mom pay you to say that?

Maddie: She just wants you to have all the advantages.

Casey: You know, she thought school was going to keep me out of trouble. But it didnít. Her and my dad wake up every morning wondering how I'm going to screw up my life next.

Maddie: They'll always love you.

Casey: Yes, that's the one thing I haven't been able to crack. Going to jail didn't work. Getting expelled from Oakdale U barely registered. Maybe I'll get my tongue pierced.

Maddie: I like it.

Casey: What about you? Dean's list, homecoming queen?

Maddie: Hardly.

Casey: But you're doing good, right? I mean, big plans for the future?

Maddie: I'm thinking about going to law school.

Casey: Wow.

Maddie: Yeah, I gotta see how I do on my LSATs, and what kind of aid I can get. Maybe I'll talk to your dad about it.

Casey: Oh, he would love that. What about outside the library? Boyfriend?

Maddie: Not anymore.

Casey: Sorry to hear that.

Maddie: Don't be.

Casey: I'm sure he wasn't good enough for you.

Maddie: No, Dave was a nice guy. Treated me like a princess.

Casey: And yes, you didn't want any part of that.

Maddie: I don't know. After a while we just -- kind of ran out of steam. And when I stopped hearing from him, I wasn't even upset. And you want to know why?

Casey: If you want to tell me.

Maddie: Because the whole time I was with Dave, I couldn't stop thinking about you.

Luke: Is there anything I can do to get you to forgive me?

Jade: You can tell your family I'm sorry for ruining their holiday.

Luke: You didn't!

Jade: Yeah, I'm sure they wanted to spend the few days before Christmas in a police station.

Luke: Jade, you are family. We are going to do anything we can to get you out of this.

Jade: Luke, stop. Okay? That's the last thing I want to hear right now. It's not going to happen.

Luke: Well what about that guy, Derek? He knows all kinds of people in Florida.

Jade: He didn't seem too optimistic.

Luke: Well, would you give him a chance?

Margo: Sorry guys, the marshal is here.

Luke: Already?

Jade: Its fine, we already said our goodbyes.

Margo: Would you cuff her, please?

Luke: All right. You don't have to treat her like she's a criminal!

Margo: I'm sorry, would you stand back, Luke?

Luke: Jade, I am so sorry --

Jade: Can you please leave? I don't need an audience for this.

Lily: What's going on?

Margo: She's about to be extradited to Florida.

Lily: You don't have to do that!

Margo: Lily, please!

Jade: Robby!

Robby: Bitch! I knew you were behind this!

Derek: Shut up!

Margo: Who is this?

Bonnie: Her alibi.

Robby: First you split on me in the middle of the night, and now you rat me out?

Jade: You lied to me!

Robby: I would of looked out for you!

Jade: Go to hell!

Derek: You touch her I'll break both your arms!

Margo: Somebody tell me what the hell is going on here.

Derek: This little creep is Robby Sanchez. He did the crime the girl's being blamed for. And he's going to tell you all about it, so that you can let her go.  

Margo: How are you involved?

Bonnie: The Snyderís retained Derek Coburn as a private investigator to find this guy, Robby Sanchez.

Margo: So what, you abducted him?

Robby: That's right, this is kidnapping! Somebody arrest this dude!

Derek: I did what the Miami cops couldn't do. I found him, in an illegal card game, gambling the money he stole.

Robby: That's not true, man!

Derek: Hey! What'd we talk about, huh? Take his statement, he'll tell you what really happened.

Margo: Under what kind of coercion from you?

Derek: All I did was explain the facts of life.

Margo: Somehow I doubt that.

Derek: This lowlife got Jade to drive him to this store, didn't tell her that he was pulling a job, then he threatened her life if she talked. So she ran. Which he'll tell you, if you want to listen. If not, let him go. Now what?

Margo: You don't just waltz in here, dump an alleged perp in my lap, and tell me how to do my job.

Casey: You know, it's not your fault this Dave dude couldn't measure up. Me being your first, that's a tough act to follow.

Maddie: I know what we were. And so do you. And I don't like hearing you trivialize it.

Casey: I'm sorry, if you're going to use big college words like that, I'm going to ask you to leave.

Maddie: I'm serious. You meant a lot to me. I was devastated when you dumped me.

Casey: I was in jail. I didn't know how long I was going to be there. I thought it would be better if you didn't have to wait.

Maddie: You should've let me make that decision for myself.

Casey: I thought -- I thought I was doing the right thing.

Maddie: The right thing would be for us to make that decision together.

Casey: You would've realized eventually that I was just weighing you down, and then you'd probably feel guilty about it.

Maddie: Oh, so you were being the big strong guy, taking care of his poor frail girlfriend.

Casey: I never thought of you like that.

Maddie: It doesn't matter what you thought, it's what you did. It's fine, it was what it was. And now here we are, and you're blowing me off again.

Casey: I'm not blowing you off.

Maddie: What's the deal? Are you seeing someone?

Casey: Not anymore.

Maddie: Was it serious?

Casey: If you call being married serious.

Maddie: You were married?

Casey: Yeah, but now -- now, it's over.

Maddie: Are you over her?

Casey: Most of the time. When I see her around, it still kind of hurts.

Maddie: Who is it?

Casey: Emily.

Maddie: Daniel's mother?

Casey: Yeah.

Maddie: The human train wreck? That Emily?

Casey: Yes. Yes, that one.

Maddie: How did this happen?

Casey: She offered me a job when I needed one.

Maddie: As what? A trophy husband?

Casey: A personal assistant.

Maddie: How long did it last?

Casey: 15 minutes.

Maddie: Who ended it?

Casey: You'll be happy to know it was her.

Maddie: Why would that make me happy?

Casey: Well, what goes around comes around.

Maddie: I'd never wish that for you.

Casey: I know you wouldnít. And that's what makes me feel even worse.

Maddie: Can I ask an inappropriate question?

Casey: Just one, all right?

Maddie: What did you even have in common?

Casey: Why would you ask that?

Maddie: Because we've been in this house alone for over five minutes, and you still haven't kissed me.

Casey: Look, Maddie.

Maddie: What is it? You don't want me?

Casey: No, I didn't say that. It's not that.

Maddie: Then why are you making me do all the work?

Vienna: Don't get testy with me! You should be happy that Madeline and I are getting along so well. I think it's kind of nice that she confides in me.

Henry: It's not nice at all! I hate female solidarity! I hate -- I hate secrets even more.

Vienna: Oh, well, what if I told you that I have a secret for just you and me?

Henry: Oh, yeah?

Vienna: Do you feel like going on a treasure hunt?

Henry: A treasure hunt?

Vienna: What if I told you that there is something hidden in this dress, and if I asked you to be so kind to find it, would that interest you?

Henry: Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Vienna: Yeah?

Henry: Yeah, yeah.

Vienna: Cold. Ooh, hot!

[Both laughing]

Henry: What is that, right there?

[Vienna laughing]

Vienna: Finders keepers, losers weepers!

Henry: "The Inn at Brookside Valley."

Vienna: Which is where you and I are going to ring in the New Year. You, me, and a heart-shaped tub.

Henry: Well now, that is a secret that I have no problems with whatsoever.

Holden: Margo, Derek is doing what we asked him to do. We take full responsibility for his actions. Come on, he brought you the lead suspect.

Margo: That's not the point. I don't need some freelancer coming in here and appointing himself vigilante.

Lily: We wanted to help our niece.

Margo: You should've come to the police.

Lily: He's a friend of the family, he was concerned.

Jade: I thought you hired him.

Luke: Let them work it out, Jade.

Jade: Don't tell me what to do!

Margo: All right, all of you -- could you just clear out of here, and I can start working through this?

Lily: What about Jade?

Margo: She stays.

Lily: Why?

Bonnie: Its okay, I'll stay with her.

Jade: Let me go!

Derek: Let her go, man!

Robby: Shut up! All of you! Anyone moves and I stick her!

Jade: Robby!

Robby: We're getting out of here.

Derek: She's not going anywhere with you.

Robby: You rather have her bleed all over this place?

Derek: No, no. You're making a big mistake.

Robby: Back off!

Margo: All right, all right, everybody. We're going to work this out, Robby. So nobody gets hurt, right?

Robby: Sure thing. As long as you do what I say! Drop the guns, pigs.

Margo: We're not getting out of here.

Robby: Then she dies.

Margo: That's your choice.

Lily: No, Margo!

Margo: Lily, stay out of this. All right, you've got one chance here, Robby. Don't blow it.

Robby: You think you scare me?

Margo: I'm just trying to reason with you. Right now, you're looking at going to jail for armed robbery. There's a chance you'll get out of jail one day. You hurt her, that chance is gone.

Robby: Why the hell should I believe you?

Margo: Because right now, I'm the best friend you've got.

Robby: You think you're the first cop to give me that bull? Let me out that door or I'll cut her, I swear!

Lily: No! Please! Don't do it!

Holden: Lily, Lily!

Jade: Look, Robby, I will go with you. Just please don't hurt me!

Luke: Jade!

Jade: Shut up, Luke!

Robby: Just everybody, shut up!

Derek: Okay, man.

Margo: Would you just stay out of this?

Derek: Listen up -- hey, why, because you're doing such a good job? Hey!

[Derek claps]

Derek: We both know the deal here.

Robby: The deal is, I'm leaving.

Derek: Yeah, that's not going to happen. Now look, you're stuck in a bad situation. And you think you've got no way out.

Robby: You don't know what I'm thinking, man!

Derek: Wrong. I've been there before. With my life on the line. You do not want to throw yours away.

Robby: You don't know. You don't know nothing about my life!

Derek: Yeah? Let me guess. No father, huh? Too many stepdaddies around, so the streets basically raised you? Maybe you're right. Maybe it isn't worth anything. So go ahead, take Jade and run. Just know that you're going to have to keep running for the rest of your life, until somebody finds you and takes you and you know that they will.

Robby: Not me, man! Once I'm out that door, no one's going to find me.

Jade: Robby, please!

Robby: Drop the guns!

[Screaming]

Margo: Cuff him! Take him into interrogation!

Officer: Let's go.

Margo: I really don't appreciate what you just pulled.

Derek: Yeah, but it worked.

Margo: Yeah, well someone could've been hurt, or worse.

Derek: Yeah, but no one was. And now that you have him in custody, he'll get Jade off the hook.

Jade: Now, how do you know that?

Derek: Don't ask so many questions.

Jade: I'll ask whatever the hell I want, okay? Who are you, anyway?

Derek: Go see what he has to say.

Bonnie: I'd like to be there.

Jade: I would, too.

Margo: All right, normally, I wouldn't allow that. But maybe with you in the room, he'll stick to the truth.

Derek: And tell him I'm out here. He won't lie.

Jade: I still want to know who the hell you are!

Derek: Somebody who just saved your life, little girl. So why don't you be grateful and shut up?

Vienna: No, no. We canít.

Henry: Sure, we can. We own the place.

Vienna: Yes, but -- I made a reservation. We can't be late!

Henry: Then call and change the reservation.

Vienna: No, no, we canít. Because it's the holidays. And everything is booked!

Henry: Oh! You're no fun!

Vienna: Oh, what if I promised to be fun after dinner, when we get home to our cozy room? Huh? Oh, I have a new costume.

Henry: That'll work.

Vienna: Don't you want to know what it is?

Henry: No, no, no, no, no. Turn around. I want to be surprised. Just please tell me that you didn't pick out this costume while you and Maddie were shopping together.

Vienna: Of course not.

Henry: Good. Because I don't want her to start asking questions. There's some things she's not quite ready for, just yet.

Vienna: Right. I think Madeline knows more than you think she does.

Henry: Well then, I hope she learned it from watching movies and not from personal experience!

Vienna: I mean, why not? She's in college now. She's supposed to be expanding her horizons.

Henry: Ahh! Ahh! What, are you trying to scare me and freak me out here? Because it's not Halloween, it's the yuletide, and seasons of joy, and fa la la la la la.

Vienna: What is so scary about a woman coming into her own? You know, learning to enjoy being a woman?

Henry: Please, Honey, please. Stop calling my sister a woman.

Vienna: Okay, fine. Have it your way. But don't say I didn't warn you, okay?

Casey: Okay. Okay. We need to cool it.

Maddie: Why?

Casey: My parents could walk in.

Maddie: That never stopped us before.

Casey: Yes, that was before.

Maddie: Your mom said she had to work.

Casey: Well, you never know with her. Or my dad.

Maddie: I'll take my chances.

Casey: Please.

Maddie: Okay, what's the problem here?

Casey: I think you're great. I think --

Maddie: Uh oh.

Casey: No, seriously. I would love to just jump your bones right now.

Maddie: They're right here.

Casey: I just -- I think we should take it slow. Yeah, and please don't tell anyone I ever said that.

Maddie: Don't worry. Throwing myself at a guy who blows me off is not a story I plan to share with my roommates.

Casey: I'm not blowing you off.

Maddie: That's pretty much all you've done since I got here.

Casey: Don't take it like that.

Maddie: How do you want me to take it?

Casey: Like I'm talking to you seriously.

Maddie: Well, I appreciate that. But the problem with taking it slow is that I'm only in town for the holidays.

Casey: Yes, I know. I know.

Maddie: I know it's weird, us just jumping right back in after going so long without seeing each other.

Casey: It isn't weird.

Maddie: You're right. What's weird is me being with a guy that turned him gay, and you marrying your stepbrother's mom.

Casey: You never turned Noah gay.

Maddie: My point is, is that when we've tried to be with other people, it kind of just gone up in smoke. Which suggests that maybe, the only time we were truly happy was when we were together.

Casey: Well, maybe -- I'm not that guy anymore when we were happy together.

Maddie: Oh, don't give me the ex-con-drop-out-mop-jockey line.

Casey: It's not a line.

Maddie: It's not you, either. You never used to have a confidence problem.

Casey: Well, screwing up everything you do doesn't really help the old self-esteem.

Maddie: You're really starting to tick me off.

Casey: Well, I'm not trying to.

Maddie: Then drop all the "Poor me" stuff. It's not you. And let's get down to why you don't want to have sex with me.

Casey: I do.

Maddie: Casey.

Casey: It's just, seeing you is freaking me out.

Maddie: Nice.

Casey: No, not in a bad way. I just -- I just need time to wrap my head around you being here.

Maddie: Are we talking hours? Days? If it's a week, I'll be gone.

Casey: I'm sorry, I can't give you a schedule. Would you just see?

Maddie: Sure. I guess.

Casey: Cool. Come on, you want to get out of here?

Maddie: I don't see any reason to stay.

Margo: Well, you were right. He corroborated Jade's story.

Lily: Does that mean you don't have to send her to Florida?

Bonnie: We called the Miami D.A.'s office. And they said she could stay, as long as she agreed to come back and testify if they needed her to. And, they granted her immunity.

Lily: Can we take her home?

Margo: Well, there's no reason to keep her here.

Jade: What's going to happen to Robby?

Margo: Oh, he's going to take your place in the van to Miami. And listen -- next time you guys decide to hire a vigilante -- donít.

Lily: Okay. Let's get you out of here.

Jade: I have nowhere to go.

Lily: Of course you do. You're coming home with us. The girls and Ethan are going to be so excited to have you.

Jade: I don't know.

Lily: Well, I do. It's settled. Derek, thank you so much for everything you did. Would you like to come to our house tomorrow for dinner?

Derek: Thanks, but Christmas is for family.

Lily: That's right.

Derek: I'll send you my bill.

Bonnie: Nice try.

Jade: What was that about?

Lily: Nothing. Come on, let's get out of here.

Jade: No. Not until you tell me who that really is.

Bonnie: Hey. Nice work.

Derek: Yeah, except for the part where he almost killed Jade. I should've seen that coming.

Bonnie: Why? The cops didnít. So tell me how you got this guy to step up?

Derek: I got him to see the error of his ways.

Bonnie: Oh, come on, Derek. Really. If Jade is going to go down and testify, I need to know why this guy flipped.

Derek: He used to be an errand boy for a mob captain in Del Ray, also named Jackie White Shoes. Until the little genius decided to rip off a drug collection and brag about it. Word got back to Jackie, who put a contract out on Robby. He stuck up the convenience store to pay him back.

Bonnie: And you told him if he didn't step up for Jade, you'd let Jackie White Shoes knows where to find him.

Derek: Jade's right. I am a thug.

Bonnie: Well at least this time, it was for a good cause.

Derek: Yeah, whatever.

Bonnie: Derek, you saved her life. She'll realize how much she owes you --

Derek: Oh, she doesn't owe me. I did this for you, as a favor. That's the end of it.

Bonnie: Derek.

Derek: Bonnie, that's the end of it.

Bonne: Derek.

Lily: Derek is Bonnie's boyfriend. And we hired him to help us out.

Jade: Why?

Lily: He's done this kind of work before.

Jade: So, he's a criminal.

Holden: People make mistakes.

Jade: Yeah, tell me about it. But why would a hired gun risk his life like that? I mean, he doesn't know me from Adam.

Lily: Well, he knows us. And he was doing the job we asked him to do.

Jade: Sorry, I'm not buying it. There's something you're not telling me, and I want to know what it is. There's just something weird about him. I mean, the way he looks at me.

Lily: Okay. The truth is, he knew your mother.

Holden: You know what, we really need to get going. The kids are waiting.

Lily: All right. Come on, Sweetie, don't you want to take a long, hot shower, and put a clean set of clothes on? Then we can talk.

Jade: Okay. I'm not done with this.

Holden: You coming home?

Luke: Not yet.

Holden: Give her a chance.

Luke: I'm trying.

Noah: Hey. Hey! I was hoping you guys would come by.

Casey: Hey, Noah. Um, can I get you something?

Maddie: A mocha latte.

Casey: Okay, I'll be right back.

Noah: So, how's it going?

Maddie: I don't know. It's just weird.

Noah: It's probably just Casey being Casey.

Maddie: I thought I knew him. I guess he's changed more than I thought.

Noah: He's been through a lot.

Maddie: So he keeps telling me.

Noah: Why? What's he -- what's he saying?

Maddie: He wants to go slow.

Noah: Ooh. That's not good.

Maddie: You would think. And then the next minute he's telling me how hot I am. But he's not doing anything about it. And believe me, I'm not putting up any stop signs. I just can't figure him out.

Noah: People have a tendency to make things more complicated than they really are.

Casey: Listen, I'm sorry, I have to get going. I have to do some Christmas shopping --

Maddie: Now?

Casey: Well, Christmas is tomorrow.

Maddie: Well, I'll go with you if you want and pick stuff out for you.

Casey: I don't want to put you through that. I'm just going to blitz the mall anyway.

Maddie: Okay.

Casey: I'll see you guys later.

Noah: Hey, you know, we're going to Metro for New Yearís Eve. You should come.

Casey: Oh, Metro's a little steep for a janitor's salary.

Maddie: My brother's letting us all in for free.

Casey: Well, you can't beat free.

Noah: So, you'll come party with us?

Casey: Yeah -- yeah, okay. Maybe. I had fun. I'll see you, Noah.

Maddie: See what I mean?

Holden: Feeling better?

Jade: Yeah. I just want to thank you guys for all that you did for me.

Lily: Oh, we're just so glad that your legal problems are over.

Jade: For now, anyway.

Holden: Well, nothing is going to happen until after the holidays, so just try and enjoy yourself.

Jade: So you guys sure it's cool if I stay here?

Lily: Jade, you're family. I'd be insulted if you wanted to stay somewhere else.

Holden: Plus the girls would be very excited. What did Faith say? She'd be happy to have her as a temporary grown-up sister.

Jade: Sounds good.

Holden: You might want to find out what your responsibilities are first though.

Jade: Oh, I think I can handle it.

Lily: And "Temporary" doesn't mean we want you to leave any time soon...you're welcome to stay as long as you'd like.

Holden: We're going to make some cider. Do you want some?

Jade: You know what I think we really need is to go out and get some fresh air.

Holden: That's a good idea. If you want, I can give Luke a call --

Jade: No, no, I think I -- I should just be by myself right now.

Lily: That's fine. Go ahead.

Jade: Okay, I won't be long.

Holden: I tried.

Lily: They'll work it out.

Holden: I hope so.

Lily: So, you sure you're okay with her staying here?

Holden: Yeah, she's your sister's daughter. She needs all the support she can get right now.

Lily: You're right.

Holden: And what better place to do it than Aunt Lily's halfway house?

Lily: Thanks.

Holden: So tell me --let me in on your plan.

Lily: What plan?

Holden: Your plan to get Jade and Derek together.

Lily: I don't have a plan.

Holden: Not yet, you donít.

Lily: All right, I think they both need to know whether or not Derek is her father.

Holden: I don't think it's your place to tell them.

Lily: Jade would want to know.

Holden: Yeah, but she shouldn't hear it from you.

Lily: Derek says that she has to be the one that asks. How is she supposed to know what to ask if somebody doesn't lead her in the right direction?

Holden: Lily --

Lily: What, don't you think she's already suspicious?

Holden: No, it doesn't matter. Let them work it out. If you try and pull off some Christmas miracle here, I promise you it will blow up in your face.

Lily: All right, I won't push it. I promise. But if she asks, she deserves to know.

Derek: Oh, that's good.

Bonnie: Well, you've had a rough week.

Derek: Yeah, I feel like I'm ready to drop. I think I might just head home.

Bonnie: Look, I know that you turned Lily down, but if you'd like to have Christmas with me and my mom and Dallas, we would love to have you.

Derek: I don't want to muscle in on your family time.

Bonnie: No, come on, you wouldn't be. Nobody should spend Christmas alone.

Derek: Yeah well, maybe if it was just you.

Bonnie: Well, it could be, later on.

Derek: Then I'll think about it.

Bonnie: I want you to think about this.

Jade: I need to talk to you.

Derek: No, you donít.

Jade: I want to know why you went through all that trouble for me.

Derek: I was paid.

Jade: Not good enough.

Derek: Well, that's your problem, not mine.

Jade: Well, you knew my mother. Did you guys work together or --

Derek: No.

Jade: But you were friends.

Derek: What difference does it make?

Jade: It matters to me.

Derek: Well, it shouldnít.

Jade: Look, why won't he answer me?

Bonnie: You should ask him.

Jade: I just did.

Bonnie: I'm sorry.

Jade: What the hell is it that everyone knows that I don't?

Noah: You should really just give Casey a chance.

Maddie: I'm trying.

Noah: Well, you guys will be spending New Yearís together. I mean, that can't hurt.

Maddie: Thanks for making that happen.

Noah: Hey, that works for me, too. That way Luke can see you guys together.

Maddie: Why? He can't be jealous.

Noah: Well, let's just say he was a little bit less than thrilled when I invited you to come to the party with us.

Maddie: Well, I wasn't thrilled about being the third wheel myself.

Noah: Well, now you won't be.

Maddie: And now you can work on making things uncomplicated with Luke.

Noah: Yeah, I doubt that will ever happen.

Maddie: Looks like complicated is what we both really like.

Noah: Maybe.

Maddie: Well, it could be why we got together in the first place.

Noah: Yeah, it doesn't get much more complicated than that.

Maddie: I really like being your friend.

Noah: I like it, too. Hey. Oh, damn. I've got to run.

Noah: Luke! What are you doing? You didn't come inside.

Luke: Well, I could see you that you were busy.

Noah: Oh, come on, don't be like that. I wasn't expecting you.

Luke: Obviously.

Noah: Okay, what's wrong?

Luke: Jade.

Noah: Why? What happened?

Luke: You know what, it doesn't matter.

Noah: Luke, you have no reason to be jealous of me and Maddie. Okay, none. She and Casey are getting back together.

Luke: Really?

Noah: Yeah, he's coming with us to Metro on New Yearís.

Luke: You're okay with that?

Noah: I don't have a problem with that. She's my friend. Besides, it makes it easier for me to concentrate on you.

Luke: Okay. But promise we're going to find some time to be alone together. And I mean really alone.

Noah: I promise.

Luke: Are you sure?

Noah: I have never been more sure of anything in my whole life.

Maddie: It has to be a fabulous dress. It's for New Yearís Eve and it's with a really special guy, and it has to totally blow him away.

Margo: What's wrong?

Casey: Nothing.

Margo: Are you in trouble?

Casey: Mom.

Margo: What are you doing here?

Casey: A guy can't just drop by to see his mom without getting the third degree?

Margo: It's a police station.

Casey: Yeah, fair point.

[Both laugh]

Margo: So, where's Maddie?

Casey: Um, back at Henryís, I guess.

Margo: Oh, really? What happened with the date?

Casey: It's over.

Margo: Oh, Casey, come on. You said you weren't going to mess up.

Casey: I didnít. Okay, maybe a little. She just wanted to pick up right where we left off.

Margo: And you don't?

Casey: I'm not sure.

Margo: And why did you come to me with this?

Casey: Yeah, I know. Strange, right?

Margo: No, no, this is great. I'm glad you did

Casey: Okay, the thing is, why wasn't I ready to dive back in like she was?

Margo: Well, I don't know, baby. I mean, Maddie is adorable. She's smart, she's fun to be with -- of course, she's not old enough to be your mother, so there's a point right there --

Casey: That is perfect. I come to you for advice and you taunt me --

Margo: No, I'm sorry --

Casey: That's why I'm warped.

Margo: That just popped right out. I'm sorry. You know that I think that Maddie is terrific.

Casey: Yes, you made that clear. I think so too. So why am I not at home having sex with her right now?

Margo: Whoa, all right, too much information for Mommy! Mommy. Mommy.

Casey: Sorry. I'm sorry.

Margo: Did you ever think, Casey, that maybe you're mature?

Casey: That's -- that's not meme

Margo: Oh. Well, where did you two leave it?

Casey: We have a date for New Yearís Eve.

Margo: Good. That's good. That's good. Now take it slow, don't go too fast, too far --

Casey: Yeah, I guess, okay.

Margo: Just one thing, please. If you decide that you're not interested, would you tell her? Don't leave her hanging.

Casey: You mean, don't break her heart again, right?

Margo: Yeah. She doesn't deserve that.

Casey: Yeah, I wonít. That's the last thing I want to do.

Derek: If you're here to tell me I wasn't fair to Jade, don't bother. I don't really care.

Bonnie: I was thinking about you. Derek, that was your chance. That was the perfect opening to talk to her.

Derek: And I let it go. How about you do the same?

Bonnie: If I did not think that you cared about her, I would not even be here.

Derek: I did a job. I found the guy who messed her up and end the story.

Bonnie: That's not the end of it at all. You risked your life for her.

Derek: Okay, don't make me into some kind of hero.

Bonnie: Come on, what are you so scared of?

Derek: I'm not scared of anything.

Bonnie: Well, it doesn't seem that way to me.

Derek: I know you're a bartender, but save the analysis for paying customers. Merry Christmas, baby.

Lily: Hey, the cider's still hot. You want some?

Jade: No, thanks.

Holden: You don't know what you're missing.

Jade: Are the girls still up?

Lily: No, no, they went to sleep. I told them that you needed some time to yourself. They said you can start your big sister duties tomorrow.

Jade: I hope they weren't too disappointed.

Lily: They'll live. Jade, are you all right?

Jade: I went to see Derek. I asked him about my mom. He wouldn't answer. What the hell is he hiding?

Lily: Maybe he's not hiding anything, Sweetie. Maybe that's just who he is.

Jade: No, we know who he is. He's my father.

Holden: Lily --

Jade: No, I have a right to know. Everyone else seems to.

Lily: We don't know for sure.

Jade: But you think so.

Lily: Yes. I do.

On the next "As the World Turns"--

Liberty: I wish I could keep this, but I canít.

Dusty: What are you doing here?

Craig: I guess I'm welcoming a new baby home.

Carly: Things are definitely not the same. You and I both need to face that.

Craig: Does this mean you've given up to Johnny?

Dusty: Never. And when I find him, I'll do whatever it takes to keep you away from you.

Alison: Lucy.

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