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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 12/24/08

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Janet: Merry Christmas!

Jack: Yeah, hey, what's with the bells?

Janet: They're festive. Listen, finish your call, and go knock on the door. But close your eyes, okay?

Jack: Sure. Uh, save some room for dessert, then, Sage. Okay, yeah, I'll pick you up in a couple of hours. Bye.

[Knock at the door]

Janet: Come here, open wide. Huh? Is that delicious or what?

Jack: That's very good. Almost as good as --

Janet: Mmm!

Liberty: Hi, oh, hi, I'm here.

Jack: Liberty! Yes, you are. There you are.

Liberty: Yes!

Jack: You have a lot of food. Is this all for tomorrow?

Janet: No. This is for tonight. Welcome to your very first Italian Christmas Eve dinner.

Jack: Hmm.

Janet: I've made my famous lobster pasta. I've made a very cold seafood salad. Some stuffed artichokes. All kinds of good stuff. What? You're not hungry?

Jack: No, it's not that. It's just the kids and I usually -- Liberty, what are you making over there?

Liberty: Um, it's buccellati. It's like an Italian cookie that has figs in it.

Janet: The kids and you -- the kids and you usually do what?

Jack: We -- we do something small, Janet. We usually grab a pizza and then head to bed early. The night before Christmas, and all that.

Janet: And you and Carly put together the cribs and the baby --

Jack: Don't worry about. It doesn't even matter. Because Sage is staying -- is eating over at Lily and Holdenís. And Parker wouldn't be caught dead going to bed before 10:00 anyway. And I love your spaghetti. We'll start -- we'll start a new tradition.

Janet: Oh. Mmm, speaking of tradition, Liberty and I always open up one present on Christmas Eve.

Jack: Cool, all right, we'll wait for the kids to get here --

Janet: No, no, I want you to open yours now. Don't tell him what it is.

Liberty: I wonít. Okay, all right, okay. Jack, this is huge for her. So, like, she'll remember this for every Christmas until the end of time. So, whatever you do, do not say something vague like "Wow," okay?

Jack: Well, what --

Janet: Merry Christmas.

Carly: Are you sure you're having a good time? Because if you're not, you know, I can get you a ticket and I can get you home before Santa parks his reindeer. All right. Well, you know, I'm happy that you like your new school. I'm happy that you like your new friends and I'm happy that you like going skiing. But you have to promise me something, J.J. you promise me right now, that next year you'll be home for Christmas, okay? Merry Christmas to you, too. I love you.

Parker: More presents?

Carly: Yes, but you have to wait until Christmas. Oh, hey, these presents, you need to take out to the farm, okay, for your family out there.

Parker: Aren't we going to do that tomorrow?

Carly: Well, you're going there tonight. You can save me a trip.

Parker: Are you sure you don't want to come have pizza with us?

Carly: I'm sure that I want you to have a nice time with your father.

Parker: Yeah, but you'll be here all alone.

Carly: Well, I'll enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts. Now, come on, Sweetheart, get your stuff together so you don't make your father wait when he gets here, okay? Thanks.

Jack: Wow. Wow! This -- is the ridiculous sweater I've ever seen and I love it, I love it! I love it! Did you make this -- did you buy this?

Janet: No, I made it.

Jack: You made it?

Janet: Yes.

Jack: With your two hands?

Janet: Yes.

Jack: When did you find the time?

Janet: Here and there. I make one for Liberty every year, don't I?

Jack: Yeah, where is yours?

Liberty: Oh, I'm wearing it tomorrow.

Jack: You are? Well, guess what?

Janet: Are you sure you like it?

Liberty: Yeah, no, really. You don't need to wear it. Why are you putting that on right now?

Jack: Because it's tradition in this family that when you get something new, and its clothes, you put them -- you put it right on.

Liberty: Oh, awesome.

Jack: Check it out.

Janet: Oh, you look adorable. I'm going to go get the camera.

Jack: Okay.

Janet: There you go.

Jack: Thanks.

Janet: It fits you perfectly --

Jack: It looks great.

Liberty: It's so great, Mom.

Jack: Happy -- happy day.

Liberty: Oh, happy day.

Jack: How do I look really?

Liberty: Like you really love my mom.

Jack: Does reindeer make me look fat?

Meg: I love you so much, Eliza Ryan. Yeah, and I'm so sorry your daddy couldn't be here. But you know what, I am going to make this Christmas perfect for you. Hey.

Dusty: How are my two favorite girls?

Meg: Well, one has already eaten and the other one needs to ask for a favor.

Dusty: Well, I already checked on Paul. There's no change.

Meg: I didn't expect any. After the kind of breakdown he went through, it's going to take months of treatment. Actually, I was hoping you can track down Dr. Schiller for me.

Dusty: What's wrong?

Meg: Nothing. Eliza and I would like to go home for Christmas.

Carly: Parker? Hey, I thought you were going to get your stuff together.

Parker: Yeah, I forgot. I'll do it.

Carly: Okay.

[Door bell rings]

Craig: Ho, ho, ho.

Carly: Whoa.

Craig: Merry --

 [Knock at the door]

Carly: Now you cut that out before I call the police.

Craig: But I've come bearing gifts.

Carly: Oh, trying to buy your way in. I'm not surprised. And it's not going to work.

Craig: Is that your version of Christmas spirit? I come here with the best of intentions, to spread a little cheer.

Carly: Oh, I'll be cheerful -- when you leave.

Craig: Parker, hello! Merry Christmas!

Parker: Craig? What are you doing here?

Carly: Yeah, he was just leaving, Honey.

Craig: But the gifts --

Carly: You can take them with you.

Parker: Mom, wait. I want him to stay.

[Craig hums "We wish you a merry ChristmasĒ]

Janet: Hold on, whoa. As adorable as you look in the fabulous sweater I made you, you don't have to wear it to Carly's.

Jack: Why not? You made it, it's great.

Janet: I'm starting to feel guilty about the kids. I mean, do you think it's going to be okay? With Carly not being here tonight?

Jack: With visions of computer games dancing in the kids' heads? They're going to be fine.

Janet: We should have at least -- well, I should have at least invited her over for dinner.

Jack: This is our Christmas, not Carly's. Don't worry about it. I'll be right back.

[Bells ring]

Jack: They are -- very, very festive.

[Janet laughs]

[Liberty whistles]

Liberty: Hey, why did you not go with Jack?

Janet: Oh, I thought about it, but you know.

Liberty: Mom, you really don't think Carly's going to try anything?

Janet: Look, even if she did, he wouldn't fall for it. I had a long talk with her the other day.

Liberty: Oh, yeah, you mean fight, right?

Janet: No, Liberty.

Liberty: Sorry.

Janet: I had a talk with her. And I made it clear that Jack doesn't belong to her anymore.

Liberty: And you really think that got through to her?

Janet: I didn't give her a choice.

[Meg laughs]

Meg: Any luck?

Dusty: Schiller's off. But I found the doctor on call. Dr. Smith.

Meg: Dr. Smith? That's great. I know him. He will definitely spring me.

Alison: Are visitors allowed?

Meg: Hey.

Alison: Dusty. I didn't expect to see you.

Meg: Alison, come and meet Eliza.

[Baby coos]

[Everyone laughs]

Alison: Oh, she is absolutely beautiful.

Meg: Yeah.

Alison: I brought her a little present.

Meg: Oh, thank you so much.

Dusty: I'll take her.

Meg: Yeah thank you. Got her?

Dusty: Yeah, I got her.

Meg: Oh, there you go, Honey.

Alison: Here you go.

Meg: Oh. You know, she came so quickly, I didn't know anybody knew -- this is adorable. You didn't have to do this.

Alison: Well, I know we're not family anymore. But you helped me with nursing school, you've just always been so nice to me.

Meg: Alison, no matter what happened with you and Aaron, you'll always be family to me. And hopefully, you'll always be available for babysitting.

Alison: Absolutely.

Doctor: Hi, Meg. I heard you want out of here.

Dusty: Only if she's a 100%, Doc.

Doctor: Well, let's check you out.

Dusty: Eliza and I will wait in the hall.

Alison: You know, I'm going to head out, too. I got a lot of Christmas shopping to do and everything. But congratulations, Meg.

Meg: Thank you. Thank you for this.

Alison: I forgot what a natural you are with kids.

Dusty: Who knew?

Alison: You must miss Johnny a lot. Especially this time of year.

Dusty: Every day.

Alison: Has Lucy contacted you?

Dusty: Not since she left town with Johnny two years ago this month.

Alison: And your investigators?

Dusty: Trail's come up cold. Lucy's a smart girl, but I never thought she and Johnny could just disappear into thin air. Everything okay?

Alison: Yeah, my mom just needs to see me to talk about tomorrow. Merry Christmas, Dusty.

Dusty: Same to you, Alley Cat.

Craig: Parker, would you like to open yours now?

Parker: I'll wait until tomorrow.

Craig: Something on your mind?

Parker: People say you blew up Paulís car.

Craig: I understand why you'd be upset. You and Paul are friends.

Parker: You didn't answer my question. Did you do it or not?

Craig: The truth is, I'm not responsible for what happened to Paul. The police have cleared me. I'm innocent.

Parker: Is that true?

Carly: Craig has been cleared by the police.

Craig: And I hope that means I have been cleared by you. You and I used to be buddies. I hope we can be again.

[Doorbell rings]

Jack: Hello, Parker ready?

Carly: Yeah, just about.

Jack: What is he doing here? What are you doing here?

Craig: I'm just dropping off some presents. Nice sweater, by the way.

Jack: Thank you. My wife made it.

Craig: Handy little lady you married.

Carly: Parker, get your stuff, okay? Jack, Sage wanted to go and spend some time with Faith and Natalie, so --

Jack: Yeah, I know. Sage is at Holden and Lilyís. I know. Yeah, I heard.

Carly: Hey, Craig, would you care for some eggnog?

Craig: I would love some, Carly. Thank you.

Carly: My pleasure.

Jack: What are you doing?

Carly: I'm getting some eggnog. You want some?

Jack: How could you let Craig Montgomery in this house around the kids?

Carly: I didnít. He came down the chimney.

[Jack laughs]

Jack: Okay, what's going on with you two?

Carly: Oh, why do you care, Jack? You have a new wife that's keeping you warm. You're spending Christmas with the children. What do you care what's going on between me and Craig, huh?

Jack: Because Craig gets you in trouble.

Carly: Well, you've made it clear time and time again that I am trouble -- no assistance needed. Plus, you don't have to worry about me anymore.

Jack: Yeah, you got that right. You ready? Parker?

Parker: Yeah.

Carly: Bye, Sweetheart. I'll miss you. Merry Christmas.

Parker: See you tomorrow.

Craig: Well, looks like it's just you and me.

Parker: Hey, how long before we eat?

Janet: About an hour or so.

Parker: Well, some of our friends from the Thanksgiving food drive are going to go caroling. And we were wondering if it was okay if we went --

Jack: Since when do you carol?

Janet: Caroling! Oh, that sounds like fun! I haven't done that in forever. And you have a gorgeous voice. Maybe we should go.

Liberty: No, Mom. Mom, no. It's a kid thing. It's like an us thing. It's like a group thing.

Janet: Okay, all right. Have a good time.

Liberty: Okay, cool. Thanks.

Parker: Take the whole bag.

Liberty: Thanks.

Jack: They're not going caroling.

Janet: Yeah, I figured. But that's okay. I wanted to talk to you alone. What's wrong?

Jack: Nothing.

Janet: What do you mean nothing?

Jack: Nothing.

Janet: You were in a really good mood when you left here. Now you've come back from Carly's, and you're in a horrible mood. I want to know what happened at Carly's. Talk or no beer.

Jack: Craig Montgomery was there. And I don't like him hanging out with her, because he's a bad influence on everybody. I tried to tell her that, she blew me off.

Janet: She's a big girl. She can take care of herself.

Jack: She can. Yeah, but not my kids.

Janet: I will not let you go crazy thinking about something that hasn't happened yet. I'm not going to let you do that.

Jack: Oh? What are you going to do about it?

Janet: I'm going to do a little bit of this. And a little bit of that.

Jack: I like this and that. I do, I like that more than this actually. And I love you.

Janet: I love you.

Carly: You've done enough. Go ahead.

Craig: Well, there's no need to rush me off. I really don't need to be anywhere tonight.

Carly: Imagine that. Oh. Oh, Parker forgot to bring these presents to the farm.

Craig: Heaven forbid. Whatever shall you do?

Carly: Eh, I'll call Jack, I'll tell him that they're here.

Craig: No, bad idea. Jack and his bride will take that as a veiled attempt for you to spend one more precious moment with Jack.

Carly: Okay, then, I'll call Parker.

Craig: Even worse. Jack will think that you're using your son in a veiled attempt to spend more time --

Carly: Okay, well, then I'll just wait for Parker to call me then, okay?

Craig: They'll accuse you of being a bad sport. Withholding presents in a jealous fit of pique.

Carly: Well then, Craig, what do you suggest I do?

Craig: I will drive you out to the farm and you can drop them off.

Carly: That is the worst idea of all of them.

Craig: Why? Don't you want to crash Jack and Chrissy's Christmas?

Carly: It's Janet.

Craig: I've always been partial to blondes.

Carly: Well, you can forget it. It's not going to happen.

Craig: Come on Carly -- you know you want to.

Janet: Ah, ah, ah!

Jack: What? Hey!

Janet: I don't want you to ruin your appetite.

Jack: Okay, they're appetizers!

Janet: I don't want you to ruin your appetite.

Jack: There's nobody else here!

Janet: Well, it doesn't matter.

Jack: Well, if you're not going to feed me --

[Bells jingling]

Janet: Ooh, wait, wait! The kids, the kids.

Jack: What?

Janet: They're here.

Craig: Good tidings to all -- two of you. Where's the rest of your clan?

Jack: What are you doing here? You've got a lot of nerve, Montgomery.

Carly: Hi, he gave me a ride.

Jack: Why?

Craig: Relax. We're not going to crash your party. And you must be the newest -- sorry, the new Mrs. Snyder.

Janet: I am. And you are?

Jack: Craig Montgomery.

Janet: Oh, I've heard of you.

Craig: Well, if you let me know who from, I'll tell you if it's true or not.

[Carly laughs]

Carly: Oh, Parker forgot to bring these gifts for you all. So, I thought I would just pop over and drop them off.

Jack: Thank you, very much.

Carly: Where is he by the way?

Janet: He went caroling with Liberty.

Carly: Parker's caroling?

[Carly laughs]

Carly: Great.

Jack: Well, thanks for stopping by.

Janet: Oh, no, no, no. You don't need to rush off.

Jack: Yes, they do.

Janet: No, they donít. It's Christmas, stop it. Listen, I made some great cookies, Craig. Would you like a buccellati? They're Italian.

Craig: Why, thank you, Janet.

Janet: Mm -hmm. Here you are.

Craig: Mmm! Delizioso!

Janet: Grazie! Would you like something to drink? I think we have some of Emmaís elderberry wine.

Craig: If it's not too much trouble.

Janet: No, no not at all. Carly, you want some?

Carly: I'd love some.

Janet: Great, have a seat.

Jack: What are you doing?

Janet: I'm trying to show some kindness to my fellow man.

Jack: Yeah? I'd rather show him the bottom of my foot.

Janet: Jack! It's Christmas.

Craig: Janet, these buccellati are dazzling. I can see why Jack married you.

[Bells jingling]

Jack: What now?

Meg: Guess who's home for Christmas!

Dusty: Montgomery. What are you doing here?

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

Man: Is this seat taken?

Alison: No, you can have the table.

Man: I was hoping you'd join us.

Alison: Lucy. Hey...

Lucy: Does anyone know you're here?

Alison: Hi.

Lucy: He's shy around new people. I wasn't sure you'd come.

Alison: You didn't think I'd help you?

Lucy: We weren't exactly the best of friends.

Alison: I'm betting we've both have grown up a lot since then. You know Dusty has been looking for you and Johnny all over the world. Your father, too.

Lucy: I know. It's been very difficult avoiding them.

Alison: Are you going to tell Dusty that you're back?

Lucy: No. No one can know.

Alison: Then why come back at all?

Lucy: I'll explain everything. But Johnny and I are both really exhausted. Can you get us a room at the Lakeview?

Alison: Well, are you sure --

Lucy: I can pay for it, I just need someone else to sign in.

Alison: But Dusty lives at the Lakeview. And your father's probably staying there, too.

Lucy: It's the last place either of them would look for us -- for me or Johnny. And if I need to leave quickly, I can. Please, Alison?

Alison: Tell me why you've come back here.

Lucy: It's Johnny. He's sick.

Craig: Carly and I simply came by to drop off a few gifts. We had no idea that Meg and the baby would be coming home.

Janet: And that is what is most important here -- Meg and the baby. Why don't we have a seat?

Meg: Thank you.

Janet: Oh, she's just precious.

Meg: Mm-hmm.

Craig: How are you feeling?

Dusty: Stay away from her.

Janet: Hey, hey. Can we tone it down a little bit please?

Craig: Why don't I go down and bring up a few more bottles of Emmaís elderberry wine from the cellar? I remember where she keeps it.

Jack: May I talk to you for a minute outside, please? Now. What are you thinking?

Carly: You know, I don't think anybody knew that Meg was coming home. If I had known, I certainly would not have had Craig bring me here.

Jack: Right, right. Because it wasn't Meg's skin you were trying to get under, now was it?

Carly: If you've have a problem with Craig, I think you should --

Jack: My problem is with you, Darling.

Carly: Oh, of course it is, Dear. Because you have a problem with something I've done. As usual. Will you ever, ever, ever back off?

Jack: I will never, ever back off when it comes to my children.

Carly: Even Janet wants you to put it to rest, just for one night. So, don't bring me out here when clearly you're the one who needs the time-out.

Jack: You brought Sage over to Holden and Lilyís. You knew I had dinner plans, Carly. You didn't even check with me.

Carly: Now, wait a second. Sage went over there to play today. She asked me if she could stay for supper. I told her that she had to call you and ask you.

Jack: She said that you said that she could stay for dinner!

Carly: Do you hear yourself? She's 11! What's your excuse?

Jack: I had plans.

Carly: I didn't know you had plans, Jack. You didn't tell me. I'm not psychic.

Jack: We get pizza.

Carly: I had no idea about this family dinner --

Jack: Every single Christmas Eve, we get pizza. The kids know that.

Carly: There's no pizza in there.

Jack: That's because Janet didn't know -- it doesn't matter. You knew, Carly.

Carly: I did -- I thought it was just me. The way I expect everything to be the same. But it's not. It's Christmas, J.J.'s not even here. Sage wants to be at her cousin's where a mother and a father actually live together in the same home. Parker -- I don't even know what he's thinking anymore. Things are definitely not the same. You and I both need to face that.

[Bells ring]

Dusty: If you want Craig out of here, I'll throw him out.

Meg: Thank you for the offer, but I just want to enjoy being home.

Janet: Of course you do. Are you hungry?

Meg: A little.

Janet: Okay, let me fix you a plate.

Meg: Thank you.

Janet: Dusty, can you do me a favor and go upstairs to Meg's room and get the baby carrier, please?

Meg: Please, Dusty?

Dusty: I'll be right back.

Craig: I really had no idea you would be here.

Meg: I wanted to surprise everyone.

Craig: I think it worked. May I see your daughter?

Meg: Sure. There you go. Craig, what is it?

Craig: She looks like -- she looks like you. She's beautiful -- just like her mother.

Parker: I have something for you first.

Liberty: Really?

Parker: Yeah, Merry Christmas.

Liberty: Parker, this is a really pretty box. Did you wrap this?

Parker: No, actually they did that at the store. Come on, open it.

Liberty: Hey, why didn't you give this to me at the farm?

Parker: I didn't want to give it to you in front of everybody. They'd be expecting me to give you some lame gift like soap or a book or something. What's wrong?

Liberty: I got you a book -- I know that's lame. I just didn't know what to get. I never had to get a guy a present for Christmas and oh, it's dorky.

Parker: That's all right. A book's fine. Come on. Open your present.

Liberty: Okay. Oh. Oh, my.

Parker: Look at the charm.

Liberty: It's a skateboard.

Parker: Yeah, remember the first time we saw each other? You ran right by me, and knocked me right on my butt? Do you like it?

Liberty: Yeah. I like it a lot.

Parker: What's going on? This is the quietest you've ever been, Liberty. And you're just staring at the skateboard? Are you making a wish or something?

Liberty: I wish I could keep this. But I canít.

Alison: The reservation should be under the name "Alison Stewart."

Clerk: Do you wish to leave a credit card on file?

Alison: The cash I gave you should cover everything for at least a week or so.

Clerk: Do you need help with your luggage?

Alison: No. Thank you.

Clerk: The room number should be on the card. And if you need anything, Ms. Stewart --

Alison: I'll be sure to call. Thank you. Has Johnny changed a lot since he was a baby? I mean, do you think that --

Lucy: Do I think Dusty or my father would recognize him if they caught a glimpse? I'm not going to take that chance. Thank you for doing this, Alison.

Alison: You don't need to thank me. But I would like to know more about Johnny. I mean, he looks healthy. A little pale, but --

Lucy: He needs a bone marrow transplant.

Alison: Oh, so you didn't just contact me because we used to be pals.

Lucy: You work at the hospital.

Alison: I'm only a nursing student.

Lucy: And I'm a doctor. I have the medical expertise. And you have access to Memorial. You could help us, Alison.

Alison: You need to find a bone marrow match?

Lucy: Mm-hmm. As quickly as possible.

Alison: How long has he been sick?

Lucy: Not long. But if he doesn't get a transplant soon, then it's only going to get worse. And I can't have that happen.

Alison: Well, you might be a match. I mean, you're Johnny's sister.

Lucy: No, I had myself tested -- I'm not. I made a list. Kim, Barbara, Paul -- Margo, and Katie, and Casey, my dad. All of Johnny's relatives who live here in Oakdale.

Alison: What do you want me to do with this?

Lucy: Find a way to test these people. One of them has to be a match. Or Johnny could die.

Carly: Hey, what do you say we split, huh?

Craig: Thought you'd never ask. Janet, thank you for your hospitality. And Meg -- enjoy your little one. They grow up so fast.

Jack: Craig, why don't you make it a happier new year by staying away from me and my family?

Craig: And miss fun times like this? Never. Merry Christmas one and all. I'll be seeing you. Did he upset you?

Carly: Are you going to punch him out for me?

Craig: The man is armed. But I could let the air out of his tires.

[Carly laughs]

Carly: Let's go.

Craig: You go ahead. I'll be right there.

Carly: Yeah. Excuse me.

Craig: I couldn't help but notice how you were fawning over Meg and her new daughter. I suppose the fact that she's married is not a deterrent to you?

Dusty: Meg's my friend, and she's in love with her husband.

Craig: And what about her daughter? Does this mean you've given up on Johnny?

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

Craig: You can try.

Dusty: Your own daughter doesn't even want you near her. Face it. You're a lousy father.

Craig: I never had a chance to be a father to Johnny. But I will. I will find him and I will raise him.

Dusty: That's funny. You never say anything about loving him.

Carly: You all right?

Craig: Fine.

Carly: Liar.

Craig: And proud of it.

Carly: Was that hard for you? To see Meg with her baby? I guess it reminded you of Johnny.

Craig: She's his cousin. I didn't even think of that until I asked Meg if I could see her. And when I did -- I'll drop you off.

Carly: No, you know what? I can call a cab.

Craig: Don't worry, I'm not going to try and come in. I've bought my way into one too many doorways tonight.

Parker: Okay, why can't you keep the bracelet? It's just a Christmas present.

Liberty: Yeah, but it's not the kind of gift that a brother gives a sister.

Parker: But you're my stepsister. Just barely. And one day --

Liberty: One day, what?

Parker: I don't know. Maybe we can be more than step-somethings.

Liberty: Parker, you're putting pressure on me again.

Parker: By giving you a bracelet?

Liberty: Yes.

Parker: How is that pressure?

Liberty: Because in a way, you're trying to get me to tell you how I feel about you, and I don't know!

Jack: And I wrecked your festive bells. Sorry.

Janet: At least you didn't go off with Carly.

Jack: She went her way, I went mine. There's nothing to worry about, Janet.

Janet: I know that, Jack. And I believe you. But do you?

Jack: What do you mean?

Janet: The reason I was nice to Carly and Craig -- there's a point. There's a method to my madness.

Jack: Oh, yeah? That if you feed them, they will stay?

Janet: No. That no matter what Carly is doing or who she's doing it with, they can't touch us. They were here, and now they're gone. And this is still our very first Christmas Eve together. You want to go for a walk?

Jack: Maybe later.

Meg: You know, Craig asked me if he could take a look at Eliza. And every part of me wanted to say no.

Dusty: Well, why didn't you?

Meg: Because I lost a baby, too. And now I have a wonderful little girl. And seeing his pain -- I just couldn't say no to him.

Dusty: Are you kicking me out right now?

Meg: Dusty, you're an amazing friend. But Eliza is my daughter -- my responsibility. And even though her father isn't here -- I cannot let you take the place --

Dusty: I'm not trying to tak6e her father's place.

Meg: I know that. And as wonderful as you've been to Eliza, she can't take Johnny's place either. Look, I don't want to hurt you. I just --

Dusty: No, I got you. I got you. Merry Christmas.

Alison: So, how would this work? If you want me to check medical files and report back to you --

Lucy: No, checking the files isn't enough. It's the testing that's crucial. Out of everyone here who lives in Oakdale that related to Johnny, we have to find one who's compatible.

Alison: What about Will? He and Gwen just moved to Arizona. I could call him --

Lucy: I already tracked Will down.

Alison: And you talked to him?

Lucy: No, he had a blood drive at his college. And I managed to get a copy of the files. He's not a match.

Alison: So, you want me to organize a blood drive here?

Lucy: I want you to use your connections at the hospital to get the supplies we need, and to draw the samples yourself.

Alison: That's -- it's stealing, Lucy.

Lucy: All you'd have to do is tell people is that you're trying to help a friend who has a very sick child.

Alison: But there are privacy laws. I can't give out information about any patient to anyone.

Johnny: Lulu? Is it Christmas?

Lucy: Hey, how can it be Christmas yet? Santa hasn't even been here. Come here, come here, baby. We've been on the move a lot lately. It's even hard for me to tell day from night these days. And he gets tired more easily than before.

Alison: How long do you think you can keep running?

Lucy: I'll do whatever I have to do to keep Johnny safe.

Alison: Dusty loves him, too. I'm sure if you just talk to him and --

Lucy: But my father would find out. And he would kill Dusty if he had to in order to get Johnny back. And then Dusty would be gone and Johnny -- what would happen to him? I know this isn't the best way to raise a child, but at least he's been happy.

Alison: It's like you're his mother.

Lucy: He's my life. And I'll do whatever I have to do to keep him from being torn apart. Help us, Alison.

Alison: I have worked so hard to be a nurse. To be proud of myself, of my work. I can't risk all that, Lucy. Not even for him.

Craig: Meg was supposed to be my last chance to be a father after I lost Johnny.

Carly: I know how hard it is for you.

Craig: You don't have a clue. Excuse me, I know you're trying to be kind, but you can't possibly relate to the sheer hell that it is when you lose every single one of your children? I mean, look at your mantel, Carly. They're all here.

Carly: I'm sorry that your children are gone. I really am.

Craig: Johnny's still out there somewhere. But if I passed him on the street, would I even know him?

Parker: I didn't get you the bracelet so that you'd have to admit you have feelings for me. I already know that you do.

Liberty: Oh, really?

Parker: Yeah, I can prove it.

Liberty: Okay, how?

Parker: Look up.

[Liberty laughs]

Parker: I dare you to kiss me -- really kiss me. And then tell me that you don't feel something.

Liberty: Bring it on, tough guy.

Parker: Well?

Liberty: Sorry. I didn't feel anything.

Alison: If you want to get him into his jammies --

Lucy: Oh, no. We always sleep in our clothes the first night in a new place. In case we have to run. I kept thinking things would get better. He'd be able to go on play dates, and go to school, play soccer and basketball. You know, grow up.

[Johnny moans]

Lucy: Oh Sweetie, go to sleep, baby. Tomorrow it'll be Christmas.

[Lucy sings]

Lucy: Silent night, holy night all is calm, all is bright round yon virgin mother and child, holy infant so tender and mild sleep in heavenly peace sleep in heavenly peace silent night, holy night shepherds quake at the sight.

Lucy: If you can just continue to help us with this place, until I can think of something else.

Alison: I'll do what you want with the bone marrow thing. I'll do whatever it takes to help.

Lucy: Thank you. Thank you.

Lucy sings: Christ the savior is born.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Alison: Who is she?

Lucy: The little girl you're supposedly trying to find a donor for.

Johnny: Mommy!

Paul: I wouldn't lie. Not about something like this. He needs your help!

Johnny: Bye.

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