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As The World Turns Transcript Thursday 1/22/09

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Casey: God, run me over next time --

Jade: Sorry.

Casey: Last time you were in the rush like that, you were on your way to meet some guy with a gun.

Jade: Yeah, I'm on my way to meet Derek with the results of the paternity test and I'm kind of --

Casey: Derek, the guy who was shot by your boyfriend?

Jade: Ex-boyfriend. But yeah, that's the guy.

Casey: I didn't realize he was taking a bullet for his kid.

Jade: Well, I'm not his kid yet.

Casey: But yeah, you must be nervous.

Jade: Why would I be nervous? It's not going to make a difference in my life --

Casey: Well, you just practically ran me down on your way to find out the news.

Jade: I just want to get it over with.

Casey: Well, good luck! Nah, she's not nervous.

Bonnie: Come on, pick up, Derek.

Derek: It's Derek. Leave a message and I'll get back to you.

Bonnie: Okay, I tried calling three times and I'm starting to get a little worried here. Now, the last time I did not hear from you, you were being held at gunpoint by an escaped felon. So if that is not the case, you need to come down to the hospital right now like you said you would. Jade will be here any minute and you need to be here with her when we get the paternity results. Hopefully, you're on your way. Right on time.

Jade: Oh, I was up early anyway. Where's Derek?

Bonnie: Good question.

Jade: Well, you haven't talked to him?

Bonnie: No, I haven't seen him since last night.

Jade: Did you call his cell?

Bonnie: I called his cell, his hotel room -- I even last a note at the front desk.

Jade: Maybe he's too scared to get the results. I mean, who wouldn't be? I'm not exactly every guy's idea of daddy's little girl.

Bonnie: He's the one who volunteered to have the paternity test, remember? Don't worry. He will be here.

Casey: Derek? Casey. Casey Hughes. I was there at Metro when you got hurt.

Derek: Right. Right.

Casey: What are you doing here?

Derek: Excuse me?

Casey: Aren't you supposed to be at the hospital with Jade right now finding out if you're her dad? So why aren't you there?

Bonnie: Maybe he's just stuck in traffic or maybe he had some sort of last-minute job interview. You know, he's trying really hard to find a job and he will be here.

Jade: Whatever.

Alison: Finally. I've been looking for you. For some reason I thought they'd put you on another floor.

Bonnie: Well, Dr. Leigh's office told us to wait out here.

Alison: Well, Dr. Leigh actually had an emergency so --

Jade: I'm glad I broke my neck getting here. I'm waiting for paternity results.

Alison: I know. Dr. Leigh wanted me to go over the findings with you.

Jade: You mean you have them?

Alison: Right here. Are you ready for the verdict?

Jade: Oh wait.

Alison: Well, you'd rather wait for the doctor?

Jade: No, for Derek. I mean, it was his idea to get this test. I think we should see the results together.

Alison: But Derek already knows what the results are.

Jade: Oh, how could he?

Alison: Uh, he was here earlier.

Jade: He left?

Bonnie: Why would he do that?

Jade: Well, I guess we'll know when we get the results. What are you waiting for?

Dusty: Tom, listen to me. I shouldn't have punched him, but it doesn't change the facts. I have custody because that's what my wife wanted. I don't want Craig anywhere my son, end of story. No, no, no, I don't want to hear that, Tom. Find a way.

Emily: Sounds like bad news.

Dusty: Good guess.

Emily: Well, sorry, I didn't mean to eavesdrop. But you are in my office, at my desk --

Dusty: Sorry. I needed a quiet place to make the call.

Emily: Can't seem to catch a break, can you?

Dusty: Not lately, no.

Emily: If you ask me, it seems to be a lot longer than that. Pretty much ever since you came back to Oakdale. Maybe that was your first mistake.

Meg: Are you sure I can't do anything to help?

Emma: No, you just take care of that little angel. A little angel just like your mama was.

Meg: I thought you always said I cried non-stop for the entire first year of my life.

Emma: Well, you did. But that doesn't mean you weren't my little angel. I think she's getting hungry. Should I heat up a little bottle for her?

Meg: I don't know. She looks pretty content.

Emma: Yes, that's because she knows she's loved. Right, little creature --

Meg: She has plenty of that.

[Knock on the door]

Paul: Hi.

Emma: What -- what do you want?

Paul: May I come in?

Emma: No.

Paul: I just want to see my little girl.

Emma: Well, you are not welcomed here.

Meg: Mama, its okay. Let him in.

Emma: Just why -- why would you want him near you or your baby?

Paul: Eliza's my baby, too.

Meg: Paul's right. He has the right to see his daughter. Please, Mama, let him in.

Emma: You're making a big mistake.

Meg: What did you do?

Paul: I bought a couple of things for my beautiful girl. Where is she --

Emma: Doesn't need things. She needs peace and quiet.

Paul: Hi, Sweetie. Hey. She's bigger than last time I saw her.

Meg: Do you hear that? Daddy thinks you've grown. What?

Paul: Nothing.

Emma: It's almost her nap time. Let me put her down.

Meg: I'll put her down later.

Paul: I think it's going to snow tomorrow, so I was hoping I could, you know, bring her on her first sleigh ride, if that's okay with your mom.

Emma: In this cold?

Meg: We'll see.

Paul: See, and I thought of that, so I got this for her to wear --

Meg: That's gorgeous --

Paul: If you say it's okay and this goes with them. You should see these.

Meg: Oh, Mama, you have to see this.

Emma: The closet's already overstuffed.

Paul: I hope you don't mind. How cute is this?

Meg: That's perfect.

Paul: All right. And since every little girl should have a puppy --

Meg: That's bigger than she is.

Paul: Yeah, and probably easier to take care of than a real one.

Emma: Listen, real or not, it doesn't belong on my table. Neither do all those bags.

Meg: Here, I'll clear the table. I'll bring those bags upstairs. You take care of her.

Paul: Okay, all right, I'll take care of her.

Emma: Yes, I will, too.

Paul: Oh, its okay, it's okay. It's okay. Look at you. You look like your mama. Oh, little angel --

Emma: Just give me that child. Give me that child now.

[Baby crying]

Dusty: I don't blame you for wishing I never came back. And I never meant to hurt you.

Emily: Yeah, I know.

Dusty: Do you?

Emily: You know what? Don't worry about me. Sounds like you got enough of your own problems battling Craig Montgomery.

Dusty: How do you know that?

Emily: I run a newspaper, Dusty. I got a source down at Oakdale P.D. they let me know whenever a person of interest is brought in.

Dusty: Am I someone of interest?

Emily: I'm really surprised that Craig didn't press charges against you.

Dusty: I'm not. He got what he wanted.

Emily: Really? My sources tell me he got a left to the jaw.

Dusty: That's right. But he actually got the better of me. Which means he's closer in taking away my son.

Emily: What? There's not a court in this country that's going to grant Craig Montgomery custody of your son.

Dusty: I don't know. Craig's come up with some pretty interesting strategies.

Emily: Like what? Like what? Tell me. Maybe I can help.

Dusty: I'll handle it.

Emily: All right. Okay, I know -- I know I wasn't much help to you when you were in trouble for shooting Paul --

Dusty: That's okay. Its better you not get involved.

Emily: Will you just listen to me? No matter what has happened between us, I know how much your son means to you. I also know what it feels like when someone is threatening to take away your son.

Dusty: I guess you do.

Emily: So please, if there's something I can do to keep that from happening, just let me give it a shot.

Alison: Well, the test provides a 100% certainty of exclusion. It also gives a 99.9% probability of inclusion --

Jade: Can you just cut to the chase? Is Derek my father or isn't he?

Alison: Yes. He is.

Bonnie: Wow.

Jade: I can't believe it.

Bonnie: I knew there was a possibility, but I still can't believe that Derek's a father.

Jade: I can't believe he's mine. Well, I guess since he's nowhere to be seen, I don't have to ask what his reaction was.

Alison: I think it was just -- I think it was a lot to take in.

Jade: Yeah, that's a nice way of saying he wasn't happy.

Bonnie: Jade, please, don't go assuming things.

Jade: It doesn't matter to me.

Bonnie: No, I'm pretty sure that the reason he left had nothing to do with you.

Jade: Look, I don't care. He's the one that wanted to take the stupid test. If he's not happy with the results, that's his problem.

Bonnie: You don't know how he feels. Look, look stay here, please. I will be back, hopefully, with Derek.

Alison: He should've stayed.

Jade: It doesn't matter.

Alison: He's your father.

Jade: And clearly doesn't want to be. Look, I didn't have a father before, I don't need one now.

Casey: You can't sit here. Jade's waiting for you.

Derek: Thanks for the update.

Casey: You don't want to find out if you're a dad?

Derek: I already know.

Casey: You do? Well, what --

Derek: What's it to you?

Casey: I just feel kind of responsible after saving her life.

Derek: That you feel responsible.

Casey: Yeah, you should too, especially now.

Derek: Just like that, huh? A test turns out positive and suddenly I'm supposed to just fall in line.

Casey: Whoa, you are her dad?

Derek: Whatever that means.

Casey: Well, that means you should be there for her.

Derek: Believe me, I'm the last thing she needs right now.

Casey: Jade might want you to think that, but I just ran into her at the hospital. And as much as she's trying to hide it, she's a wreck. The least you can do after all these years is be there for her now.

Emma: I'm warning you, Paul. Give me the child. Give me the child.

Paul: Do you really think I'm going -- what exactly do you think I'm going to do?

Emma: I don't know what you're going to do. You say one thing and then you do another, and then you claim you forget doing it.

Paul: I'm better now.

Emma: So you say.

Paul: I would never hurt her. I love her.

Emma: You loved Meg, too. Now, hand her over. Give her to me --

Meg: Mama, stop. Paul can hold Eliza. I don't have a problem with that.

Emma: Fine. Fine, do as you like.

Paul: Thank you. Thanks a lot.

Meg: You're welcome. Hey --

Paul: I know we agreed to supervised visits, but this is a bit much, don't you think?

Meg: Well, you can't blame her for being cautious.

Paul: It's okay. Cautious is one thing. She's kind of like a swat team. So you don't think I would never hurt her, do you?

Meg: No.

Paul: Oh, oh --

Emma: She can't drink out of that bottle now. Give her to me.

Meg: It's okay.

Paul: Four --

Meg: Do you know how many bottles I've dropped --

Paul: Um, look, this is kind of hard. Maybe we can just do this at my house.

Emma: If that child leaves this house, over my dead body!

Emily: I cannot believe Craig thinks marrying Carly Tenney is going to help him get custody. Carly Tenney?

Dusty: How do I compete with that?

Emily: Well, come on -- it's not like you're some swinging single, you know, bachelor, hitting the bar scene --

Dusty: I live in a hotel. I order room service every night. I don't know if that's what a judge wants to hear.

Emily: Yeah, well, maybe not. But why can't two play at Craig's game?

Dusty: What do you mean?

Emily: Well, if getting married could work for Craig, why couldn't it work for you?

Dusty: Yeah, it's great, but who do I marry?

Emily: How about me?

Dusty: You're kidding, right?

Emily: No, actually, I wasnít.

Dusty: Why would I let you turn your life upside down for a silly cause like nailing Craig?

Emily: Well, it's not like I got a lot going on at the moment, at least not on the personal front. And you know how much I love kids. It would be fun to help raise a little boy again. What? Daniel's so big. I barely get to hug him anymore.

Dusty: This is too crazy.

Emily: Why? I got a lot of regrets in my life, you already know that. But my biggest one was not stopping Paul and keeping Johnny away from Jennifer.

Dusty: That's history.

Emily: Now, well, you know what? Not a day goes by that I don't think how different everyone's lives would have been if I had tried to stop him. Please. Honestly, I had always wished that I could make it up to Jennifer somehow. But if you let me help you hold on to Johnny, that could be as close as I could get.

Meg: Mama, look, I know you think you're trying to help.

Emma: Meg, he just got out of a psychiatric ward. And he has proven unstable more than one occasion --

Paul: I'm right here and I can hear you. And the doctors wouldn't let me out of the hospital if I was a danger to anybody. I'm just trying to get to know my little girl. And it's really hard if you're shooting daggers at me.

Emma: Have you forgotten what he's put you through? How he has lied to you time and time again?

Meg: No! But dwelling on it isn't doing anyone any good, least of all Eliza. Look, can you please just let me handle this my way, please?

Paul: Thank you.

Meg: You're not taking her out alone.

Paul: Okay, so come with me. Your mama will be fine. She can go upstairs and stick needles in her Paul Ryan voodoo doll.

Meg: Don't you think you deserve it?

Paul: Yeah, maybe. But it's like you said, no reason for Eliza to be punished for my mistakes.

Meg: I'll put her coat on. I will need some help putting the car seat in the car.

Paul: Okay, I'll go warm up the car --

Meg: Oh, come here, Sweetie. Oh, there you go. Come here, Angel.

Paul: Thank you.

Emma: I'm sorry. I'm sorry, Meg, if I overreacted. I'm glad he's gone. What are you doing?

Meg: Eliza and I are going to Fairwinds.

Emma: Are you out of your mind?

Meg: He is a father who would like a relationship with his daughter. And I promised him that I wouldn't get in the way.

Emma: That is not all he wants and you know it.

Meg: Will you give me a little bit more credit? I know what you think, but Paul can't get to me anymore.

Emma: Oh, Meggie, he already has.

Casey: Whoa, are you okay?

Bonnie: Yes, no -- no, I'm not actually because I told Jade to wait here for me and I have been looking for her everywhere.

Casey: Oh, did she get the test results? I ran into her earlier. She said she was coming here.

Bonnie: Yeah, she got the results.

Casey: Yeah, so how did she react to finding out that Derek was her dad?

Bonnie: Well, she pretended like she didn't care, but that probably because Derek never even -- wait a minute. Wait a minute. How do you know that Derek's her dad?

Casey: He told me.

Bonnie: You saw him?

Casey: Yeah, in the park.

Bonnie: Well, how was he?

Casey: Not great, especially after I asked him why he wasn't here with Jade.

Bonnie: Well, what did he say?

Casey: Just that he's the last thing she needed.

Alison: Jade? Are you okay?

Jade: I hate this time of year. It's like one bad cold after the other. Do you have a tissue?

Alison: Yeah, uh, one left.

Jade: Thanks.

Alison: You know, it's okay to be upset.

Jade: I told you already I'm fine.

Alison: Is that why you're hiding in the stairwell crying? You know, Derek is the one with the problem, not you.

Jade: Yeah, and what would that problem be?

Alison: The fact that he didn't stick around?

Jade: You think I care about that?

Alison: Yeah, I do.

Jade: You don't know anything about it.

Alison: Actually, I do. And after hundreds of hours of therapy and about a year and a half worth of AA meetings, I'm finally starting to get a handle on what you're facing right now.

Jade: And what's that?

Alison: Your father's rejection.

Jade: I don't even know him.

Alison: I didn't even know my dad either, but that didn't make it hurt any less when I realized he didn't even want to know me. Luckily, I found a way to turn it all around. So can you.

Bonnie: I took you for a lot of things but never a coward.

Derek: I really don't want to do this.

Bonnie: Why didn't you stay at the hospital?

Derek: I couldn't deal with it.

Bonnie: So you left Jade to deal with it alone? I mean, haven't you been absent enough from her life?

Derek: I didn't even know she existed until a month ago.

Bonnie: Now what? You wish you didn't know?

Derek: No, no, I didn't say that.

Bonnie: Yeah, didn't have to.

Derek: Can I please just deal with this in my own way?

Bonnie: Well, you see, the problem is, this isn't all about you. Jade may act like she's an adult, but she's just a kid. Your kid.

Derek: Yeah, I know that.

Bonnie: Then why did you want to take the test if you didn't care enough about her to want to face the truth together?

Derek: I'd just been shot. My life was on the line.

Bonnie: Oh, bull! You wanted it because you realized that you could really care for Jade. And now you're just running scared because you do not think that you are enough for her.

Derek: I know that I'm not enough! And now she'll know it and realize that she was better off not having a father at all.

Meg: Not bad.

Paul: Hey, you didn't think I had it in me, did you? Being in love can change a guy.

Meg: Changing a diaper is one thing. Getting her to take a nap, now that's the real challenge.

Paul: Piece of cake.

Meg: Yeah, says the guy who hasn't been pulling his hair out, trying to get her to sleep for more than 20 minutes at a time.

Paul: It would have been my pleasure to be there for that. Since I wasn't, maybe I can make it up to you.

Meg: Okay, be my guest.

Paul: Yeah.

Meg: Yeah.

Paul: Okay.

Meg: So, come here, Sweetie. Come here, Angel. Don't tell me that was sitting in the attic.

Paul: No, no, this -- I built this. I bought it cause I wanted to have something of hers in my home. I hope you don't mind.

Meg: Not at all.

Paul: Okay. Come here. All right.

Meg: I don't believe it. Her eyes are actually starting to close.

Paul: That's good, right?

Meg: That's great. You don't understand. Oh, my God, she's asleep.

Paul: Daddy's got the magic touch.

Meg: I'll say. Well, now the trick is getting her in the car without waking her up.

Paul: She's so peaceful here. Why don't you stay for a little while?

Meg: I guess it wouldn't hurt.

Paul: I waited a long time to be a dad.

Meg: I know you have.

Paul: I'm going to be the best father I can be. Our daughter deserves that. She's so beautiful. It's like it hurts to look at her.

Meg: I know what you mean. Sometimes I can't believe that she's ours. She's perfect.

Meg: What are you doing?

Paul: I thought we were kissing.

Meg: Why?

Paul: Why? I don't know. You're here and -- and all of you are here and it just felt right. And I feel so close to you. I know that you feel it too --

Meg: I came here so you could visit our daughter. Not so you could ambush me.

Paul: Okay, I'm sorry. I didn't --

Meg: You and I are over, Paul.

Paul: We don't have to be. Look, think of the joy that we can have together. Think of what we could do, all of us, a family --

Meg: Okay, this was a mistake.

Paul: No, the mistake is for us to be apart --

Meg: No, I never should have come here.

Paul: Look, I know you're scared. And I know why. I know what I've done to you. But -- but please, I'm better. And if you would just give me one more chance --

Meg: No, no, no, no, no --

Paul: I love you.

Meg: I can't do this again.

Paul: I know that you care about me more than ever.

Meg: Let me by. Let me by, Paul.

Paul: Meg, please don't leave like this, please.

Meg: Let me go --

Paul: Don't --

Dusty: I appreciate you wanting to help, but getting married?

Emily: Would solve everything.

Dusty: No, it's not that simple. You and I --

Emily: Why? Why? We're friends, aren't we?

Dusty: We haven't spoken in weeks.

Emily: Well, you've been busy taking care of your son.

Dusty: You've been mad at me because we're not, you know, we're just friends.

Emily: Okay, I will admit that was not easy to accept, but I am past it.

Dusty: You sure?

Emily: I'm positive. And I promise if we get married, I will have no expectations.

Dusty: I don't want to hurt you again.

Emily: You wonít. Because we're agreeing to a marriage of convenience, no emotional strings.

Dusty: Emily?

Emily: What? You don't think it's possible?

Dusty: I know it's not. And so do you.

Bonnie: You've decided it's over before either of you can give it a chance.

Derek: Jade already had doubts about me. After today, she's probably written me off for good.

Bonnie: Don't be so sure.

Derek: Why would she want to know a man who's never been there for her?

Bonnie: Well, how could you be there? You didn't even know she existed.

Derek: Now so what, now that I do, we're instantly some kind of family?

Bonnie: Well, it will take time.

Derek: We don't even have anything in common, Bonnie.

Bonnie: You have her mother. Jade has never met Rose and you can tell her things that no one else could.

Derek: I was young. I barely remember anything about myself, let alone Rose.

Bonnie: Yeah, bull! I was there when you met Lily and you thought she was your long-lost love. You remember. Memory is the best gift you can give a girl who doesn't have one.

Derek: Yeah, well, Lily started this. If Jade wants to know about Rose, she can go to her.

Bonnie: Don't you care about her at all?

Derek: Of course I care! Why else would I run when I got the news? I've got nothing to offer her. And I sure as hell don't want any part of me rubbing off on her.

Bonnie: That's what you're afraid of.

Derek: I did time, Bonnie. I worked for the likes of James Stenbeck. I'm not worth knowing.

Bonnie: Well, I want to know you. So what does that say about me?

Derek: That you're probably still expecting more than I can deliver.

Bonnie: You're not giving yourself enough credit. You are a good man, Derek. I have seen it.

Derek: I could never live up to a kid's expectations.

Bonnie: You don't even know what they are and you won't know unless you talk to her. So why don't you stop feeling sorry for yourself and go find her before it is too late?

Jade: Look, I don't need a pep talk from you telling me how I can win my daddy's love.

Alison: Like I'd know how to do that?

Jade: Well, you just said --

Alison: No, I never got anything from my own dad. But what I'm trying to say is, that it doesn't have to matter. Even if all you get are those test results, you'll be okay, as long as you don't take his rejection personally. Because it's not about you.

Jade: So you're perfectly fine knowing your dad's out there and what's nothing to do with you?

Alison: Well, I got through the first 20 years of my life without the guy. I'll get through the next 20 just fine.

[Cell phone rings]

Jade: Bonnie, hi, I'm sorry I didn't wait for you.

Bonnie: No, it's okay. But I do think we need to talk.

Jade: If it's about Derek, I don't want to see him.

Bonnie: Just meet me at Metro, okay?

Jade: Fine. I got to go. I have to go meet Bonnie. She's probably make up a bunch of excuses for Derek.

Alison: You don't need excuses. You don't need anything. Remember, you're fine just on your own.

Casey: You guys taking another rooftop break? Bonnie's looking for you.

Jade: Yeah, I'm about to go meet her.

Casey: You okay?

Jade: I will be. Thanks.

Casey: Was that about Derek?

Alison: You know?

Casey: That he's her dad? Yeah. I saw him in the park. I just can't believe he cut out on her like that.

Alison: Yeah, I -- I tried to talk to her but -- you know the more I talked, the worse I felt. I mean, what kind of man doesn't want to know his own daughter? I'm sorry.

Casey: You okay?

Alison: No, I'm not.

Casey: Come on.

Alison: No, my shift's not over yet.

Casey: You're no good to anyone like this. Come on, let's go.

Emily: I'm not saying it's going to be easy. The two of us, living together, but I'm certainly willing to try, for Johnny's sake.

Dusty: I appreciate that.

Emily: And if you want, as soon as the custody settled, we can separate. I won't even hold you to alimony.

Dusty: Emily?

Emily: What?

Dusty: Marrying you wouldn't help me get custody of my son. In fact, it might have the opposite effect.

Emily: What are you talking about? How could it hurt?

Dusty: It just would, that's all.

Emily: Why?

Dusty: Because while Carly may be unstable, she was never --

Emily: Never what? Oh, God. Oh, God, how could I be so stupid?

Dusty: I'm sorry.

Emily: Why are you sorry? You weren't the prostitute. I was.

Dusty: It's the past. It's behind us.

Emily: Yeah, right. Right.

Dusty: My son's future is at stake. I got to think of everything that can go wrong.

Emily: And you -- you just think the worst. Always. You will never let me forget about my past.

Dusty: The past is the past. It's a fact.

Emily: Right. So you think some judge is going to think that a guy who faked his own death is perfect daddy material, right, Dusty?

Dusty: Again, I appreciate the offer.

[Glass breaks]

Alison: Thanks.

Casey: Feel better?

Alison: I guess.

Casey: I'm sorry, did I miss something? I mean, I get how Jade's story is sad and all, and I feel for her. But I just didn't realize you two --

Alison: It's not just her story.

Casey: Your dad, yeah. I knew your mom and him divorced, but I didn't realize --

Alison: That he pretty much forgot he had a daughter? Well, he did.

Casey: I'm sorry.

Alison: You know, a few years ago, I went to Chicago with a bunch of friends and I decided I wanted to see him. They all waited in the car while want to intrude on our happy father-daughter reunion. Only there wasn't anything happy about it. He actually seemed ticked off that I interrupted his new life with his new family. It was like I was selling something and he just wasn't interested.

Casey: Yeah, that sucks, Ali. I'm sorry.

Alison: When I got back to the car, you know, everyone was so excited to hear what had happened, but I was too embarrassed to tell them. So I just said he wasn't home.

Casey: I'm sorry.

Alison: I think I've been pretending all these years that it didn't matter. And then Jade told me about Derek and I realized that it did matter. It mattered a lot.

Jade: Bonnie? Bonnie, are you here?

Bonnie: Hey, Jade.

Jade: I didn't know he was going to be here.

Bonnie: Yeah, I'm sorry. But I --

Jade: No, I told you I didn't want to see him.

Derek: Jade, wait. I'm sorry for not being at the hospital. I guess I'm -- I'm a little overwhelmed now. I've never been anyone's father before.

Jade: And you're thrilled to be mine.

Derek: I just told you --

Jade: Overwhelmed? Why would you be? You're my father. Who cares? It's not like I expect you to do anything about it. So why don't we just forget it, okay?

Derek: Yeah, if that's the way you feel about --

Jade: Oh, like you donít.

Bonnie: Hey, look, look, both of you guys just found out that you're related. But you know nothing about each other. So why don't you just give it some time to get used to the idea?

Derek: Bonnie's right. You know, I know nothing about you or your life and I'd really like to.

Jade: Is that why you left?

Bonnie: Jade, come on, give him a chance.

Jade: Fine. What do you want to know?

Derek: Well, for starters, how did you end up with a guy like Robby? I mean, how did you think that that the guy was going to be someone you want to be with --

Jade: So what? You're judging me now?

Derek: No, I'm not judging --

Jade: Because I've heard a few things about you and I don't need an ex-con giving me a lecture on how I messed up my life.

Paul: Meg?

Emma: What are you doing back out here?

Paul: I need to talk Meg.

Emma: I thought she was with you.

Paul: She's not here?

Emma: No. No, she's not. Did something happen? Is the baby all right? What did you do?

Paul: What kind of monster do you think I am? Eliza's fine. Eliza was asleep when she left with Meg. If you can tell me where they might --

Emma: Did you try her on her cell phone?

Paul: Of course I've tried her cell phone. She's not picking up.

Emma: She's probably isn't interested in what you have to say.

Paul: Please just tell me where she is?

Emma: Why don't you just leave her alone?

Paul: I canít. I love her.

Emma: Well, if that's true, for her sake, why don't you just let her go for good?

Clerk: Ms. Ryan isn't picking up. Would you like to leave her a message?

Meg: Yes, please. Would you be able to tell -- never mind, thank you.

Dusty: Meg? What's wrong?

Meg: What do you think?

Dusty: What did Paul do now?

Meg: The same thing he always does. That's why I'm here to see Barbara, to see if she could get through to him.

Dusty: Did he hurt you?

Meg: No, no, quite the opposite. He was so gentle and he was trying so hard to do the right thing. But as usual, he went too far.

Dusty: Tell me what happened.

Meg: He kissed me. And for a moment there, I let him. And maybe that's why I'm so angry. I shouldn't have let that happen.

Dusty: Why did you?

Meg: I don't know. I don't know. But when the three of us are together, it's hard not to get sucked into that fantasy of being a family again.

Dusty: Getting back together with Paul would be the worst thing for you and your daughter.

Meg: I know. I know that. But he's really determined to make us a family again.

Dusty: Then you should be just as determined to make sure that never happens.

Alison: I never told anyone that story. I guess I just never felt safe enough. But somehow, with you, I don't know, I feel like I can tell you anything.

Casey: That's a big mistake.

Alison: Really?

Casey: Yeah, I'm not above using blackmail to get what I want.

Alison: Seriously, Case, sometimes I don't know what I'd do without you.

Emily: Casey.

Casey: Emily.

Alison: Since when do you get your own coffee?

Casey: Since she couldn't find an assistant who would get it for her. Am I right?

Emily: I need to talk to you, Ali, in private.

Casey: Don't worry. I got to go back to work.

Alison: Thanks again, Case.

Casey: Yeah, any time.

Derek: You're not making this easy.

Jade: Oh, I'm sorry. I forgot this was about making you feel good.

Bonnie: Okay, look, this is awkward for everybody. But can you both just take a step back and start over?

Derek: Fine.

Jade: Whatever.

Derek: You know, you talk about stepping up --

Bonnie: Okay, Derek, no --

Derek: And that's what I'm going to do.

Jade: What is this?

Derek: Isn't that what fathers do? Give money to their kids? I wasn't around when you were growing up, and I figure I owe you.

Jade: This is what you think I want from you?

Derek: What did I do?

Jade: You know, I don't need your money and I sure as hell don't need you.

Emily: I think we need to get something straight.

Alison: Sorry -- I'm sorry, Casey is such --

Emily: Yeah, I know what Casey is, okay? A lot better than you do.

Alison: What's wrong, Em?

Emily: I'm having a really rough time lately and you're not helping things.

Alison: Me? What did I --

Emily: I don't think I can stomach watching you take another man I loved, Ali.

Alison: What? Who are -- what, Casey? Are you kidding me?

Emily: I'm not blind. I can see what's going on.

Alison: Nothing's going on.

Emily: You know what? Maybe you don't even realize you're doing it, I mean, at least I hope not. But I don't know, every time I feel like I get close to a guy, you somehow manage to get right in between.

Alison: I do not.

Emily: You do. You do. You did it with Dusty. Dusty and I were in love and you came between us and things were never the same since.

Alison: Okay, you know I still feel horrible about that. I never meant to hurt you.

Emily: Well, then donít.

Alison: What are you saying?

Emily: Ali, if you care about me at all, stay away from Casey.

Paul: I'm never going to just walk away from Meg.

Emma: You have got to get over this obsession about getting Meg back. Otherwise, you're going to have a relapse. You know what? For your sake, and for everyone else's sake, you have just got to back off.

Paul: I can't do that.

Emma: Why can't you get it through your mind? Meg does not want you anymore.

Paul: Yes she does. And you know it. That's why you're so worried. I'm going to get my family back. You wait and see.

Meg: I really don't know how to convince him it's over. Either he doesn't hear me or he doesn't believe I really want it.

Dusty: Do you?

Meg: Ever since Liza was born, I knew I couldn't give in to Paul anymore. Or he would end up hurting her in the long run. And that's why I had to get out of there today. Because I knew eventually he'd wear me down.

Dusty: I can keep Paul from ever getting that close again.

Meg: Don't you have enough on your plate with Craig?

Dusty: I have something in mind that will take care of both of them. But the word can't get out --

Meg: Okay, okay, just tell me. What are you suggesting?

Dusty: Would you marry me?

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Craig: One more note about the wedding date.

Carly: Right, a couple of weeks from now --

Craig: More like a couple of days.

Sage: Isn't there something you could do to make it not happen?

Jack: Honey, my hands are tied here --

Sage: Then I'll do something myself.

Dusty: I was going to tell you this later. I proposed to Meg.

Meg: You just don't want to admit that I'm with Dusty --

Paul: You don't belong with Dusty. You belong with me. You and Eliza belong with me!

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