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As The World Turns Transcript Friday 2/6/09

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Casey: Hey, let me help you --

Alison: Damn it! Don't -- I mean, I got it.

Casey: Yeah, sure, okay.

Alison: Hey!

Casey: I'm sorry. I didn't see you there.

Alison: You didn't see me?

Casey: Who's talking?

Alison: You just spoke to me.

Casey: I'm sorry. I blocked it out after you cut me to ribbons.

Alison: You know, you really need to grow up.

Casey: Yeah? Why don't you try it?

Matt: You know what? You're both right.

Paul: I think we're out of formula.

Josie: And how are we going to get more?

Paul: I don't know. We could go to the store.

Josie: Uh, don't you think that might be a little dangerous?

Paul: You think they've put our wanted posters up in the supermarket aisles?

Josie: Paul, we're fugitives on the run with an infant child. Who knows what they're going to do?

Paul: Right. They're going to turn us into a TV movie.

Josie: How can you be joking about this?

Paul: Oh, come on, I'm having the time of my life.

Josie: Really?

Paul: Yeah.

Josie: Hiding with your daughter in a TV studio --

Paul: With my daughter. That's the truth. You have no idea how long I waited to be a father.

Josie: Well, I know that you and Meg lost a baby.

Paul: Yeah, it wasn't the first time I lost a baby, either. No one should have to live through that.

Josie: Well, I'm glad you have this time with her now.

Paul: Thanks to you.

Josie: I just wish that you and Meg could've figured out a way to do this together.

Paul: Your boyfriend made sure that's never going to happen.

Josie: I wish you would stop calling him that. Dusty is not my boyfriend. If he were, I wouldn't be here and neither would you.

Paul: He would have figured out another way to screw up my life, though. He always does.

Josie: Yeah, well -- anyway, if we're going to get that formula, we should probably go before --

Paul: Shh, shh, shh.

[Baby cries]

Paul: Hey, hey.

Security guard: Is somebody in there? Who the hell are you?

Casey: Look, Dude, I don't need your advice, but maybe your girlfriend here does.

Alison: You know what? Don't bother trying to explain, Matt. Just do yourself a favor and don't get in the middle of this.

Matt: Because you two are dealing with this so well by yourselves?

Casey: There's nothing to deal with.

Alison: That's right.

Matt: It's obvious you need help.

Casey: Well, not from you.

Matt: I'm the reason you're not talking to each other.

Alison: No, you're not.

Casey: Yeah, it's not your fault that you can only score on girls that are desperate.

Alison: Go to hell!

Casey: Oh, the truth hurts, Babe.

Matt: I was not trying to score with anybody.

Casey: Oh, did I get this backwards?

Alison: Okay, this conversation is over.

Matt: Wait -- wait a minute.

Alison: I have to get to work and so does he.

Matt: Then why don't you save yourself some time by cutting the crap? If you don't tell him, I will.

Casey: Tell me what?

Matt: Come on, Ali.

Alison: Leave it alone, Matt.

Matt: I can't do that. That kiss that you saw in the park? Is totally fake.

Dusty: Josie's call came in hours ago. You guys still don't know where she is?

Cop #1: We didn't have time to set up a trace.

Dusty: Well, what about the car? Have you located the car?

Cop #2: We put the VIN out on the national bolo. And the Amber Alert on the baby, but no hits yet.

Dusty: Is that all you do? Wait around for a hit?

Meg: Okay, Dusty --

Cop #2: We'll keep you posted, Ma'am.

Dusty: You're walking away from the lady you're supposed to help.

Meg: Hey --

Holden: Hey, do you want to tell me what you're doing?

Dusty: I'm motivating these guys.

Holden: They're not in charge of the investigation. Jack is.

Dusty: And where's Jack?

Holden: He's working on a lead.

Meg: How do you know that?

Holden: Because he told me.

Dusty: He didn't tell us.

Holden: Oh, you expected him to keep you posted?

Dusty: He should tell Meg --

Holden: He told me because I'm family. You're not.

Dusty: So what?

Holden: So? This, none of this, is any of your business.

Paul: Uh, we are extras. And we were here the other day and they asked us to come back to shoot some more scenes.

Security guard: Your scenes are later this afternoon.

Paul: Well, the baby kind of freaked out the first time because of all the noise and the lights and stuff. And the producer thought it would be a really good idea to come in early, you know, to get acclimated. You know how movie actors can be --

Security guard: Anyone authorize some extras to come in early?

Paul: It was the producer, the old guy -- do you remember his name?

Josie: No.

Security guard: Explain why the desk never checked you in.

Matt: Ali saw you coming. She asked me to kiss her. That's all it was.

Casey: Is that true? Why -- why would you do that?

Alison: What's the difference?

Casey: It makes no freaking sense. That's the difference.

Alison: Okay, well, I don't have time to explain it to you.

Matt: Make time.

Alison: Leave me alone.

Matt: Don't do this, Ali. Just tell him what you told me.

Alison: There's nothing to tell.

Matt: I think that there is.

Alison: I don't care what you think.

Matt: Just tell him.

Alison: Haven't you done enough damage?

Casey: Come on, Ali, just -- let's go up to the roof and talk about this.

Alison: Yeah, 'cause that worked out so well last time.

Casey: I didn't know you were up there. Jade never told me.

Alison: It doesn't matter.

Casey: Can you just please level with me?

Alison: I know Jade never told you. I don't care.

Matt: It won't hurt you to talk, Ali.

Casey: Five minutes. Please?

Alison: I'll deal with you later. Let's go.

Casey: Thanks, man.

Matt: This is your shot. Don't blow it.

Casey: I wonít.

Matt: Nice morning, isn't it?

Nurse: It is now.

Jade: Excuse me, I'm looking for Casey Hughes. They said he was working on this floor.

Nurse: Oh, he just went up the stairs.

Jade: Thanks.

Matt: Why are you looking for Casey?

Jade: Excuse me?

Matt: He's busy right now.

Jade: Doing what?

Matt: It's personal business. You probably shouldn't wait around.

Jade: Oh, if it's so personal, why do you know so much about it? And who are you to tell me what to do?

Casey: Listen, listen, if you are straight with me right now, I will never, ever ask you again.

Alison: What do you want to know?

Casey: Why did you kiss Matt when I got to the park?

Alison: I told you. I was angry at you for blowing me off when I was up here.

Casey: But you're not angry now.

Alison: No.

Casey: And the whole thing between you and Matt --

Alison: He just did me a favor.

Casey: Well, remind me to thank him.

Alison: Well, he got us up here, didn't he? So, let's cut him some slack.

Casey: Okay. I will, if you promise you're not angry at me anymore.

Alison: I'm not. So -- let's get to why you're angry at me.

Casey: Because of the park. Seeing you all over Matt when you keep saying "No" to me all the time.

Alison: It wasn't real.

Casey: Yeah, I know that now. And yes, I am cool with that.

Alison: You know, I'm surprised you weren't suspicious of it in the first place.

Casey: How was I supposed to know?

Alison: How about the fact that I hardly know Matt?

Casey: You went out with him before.

Alison: Once. And he's been in prison since then. You think I'd just jump on him the minute I saw him?

Casey: No, no. I guess you're right. I should've thought that through a little more.

Alison: You should've.

Casey: I guess that's what I'm not really good at.

Alison: Okay, I thought we came up here because we were going to be straight with each other.

Casey: I am.

Alison: Then you need to drop the whole cute, "Gosh, I'm such a doofus" thing.

Casey: I didn't know that's what it was.

Alison: There it is again.

Casey: Okay, I'm sorry, it's subconscious. Sorry.

Alison: Well, save it for someone who actually needs it. 'Cause you don't need it with me.

Casey: Okay. Can I ask you a question?

Alison: Sure.

Casey: Why'd you let Luke convince you to come up here in the first place?

Alison: Why do you think?

Dusty: Nobody knows what Meg is going through better than me.

Holden: You know what -- we appreciate your sympathy. But we do not need your help.

Meg: Okay, that's enough.

Holden: Meg --

Meg: If anyone, anyone at all, wants to help me get Eliza back, then I'm not going to push them away. She is the only thing that matters to me right now. And as long as she comes home, I don't care who gets the credit.

Josie: Okay, what's the plan?

Paul: We need to get out of New York City. 'Cause if those security guards call the cops, and those cops have spoken to Oakdale Pd, they could put it all together -- figure out we're here.

Josie: Where do we go?

Paul: Well, I'm thinking Florida.

Josie: Florida?

Paul: Yeah, at least it's warm.

Josie: We could be more noticeable?

Paul: No, no, come on, we'll be a family on vacation. What's the big deal?

Josie: Okay, okay, but one week, including driving time.

Paul: Fine, play in the sand until my time is up.

Josie: Okay. What, what --

Paul: Where's the car?

Josie: It was right here.

Paul: So, where the hell is it?

Matt: I'm an old friend of Caseyís. Who are you?

Jade: I'm a friend of Casey's, too.

Matt: I don't remember you from the last time I was here.

Jade: Yeah, I don't remember you, either. So why don't you just bug off and leave me alone.

Matt: You can't see him right now. He's busy.

Jade: With what?

Matt: His girlfriend.

Jade: And what girlfriend is that?

Matt: If you don't know, you must not be as close to Casey as you thought.

Jade: Oh, I'm close enough.

Matt: Then I'm sure he'll tell you all about it, later.

Jade: They're on the roof, aren't they?

Matt: You're not going up there.

Jade: What are you going to do, stop me?

Matt: Seriously? I'm not kidding about this.

Jade: What are you, Alison's big brother or something?

Matt: So then, you do know.

Jade: Yeah, I told you we were friends.

Matt: Just friends? You're not hot for him?

Jade: No. Why, are you?

Matt: It's funny. Casey's a good man, we've been through a lot together. And I owe him.

Jade: For what?

Matt: It's a long story.

Jade: Yeah, you'll have to tell me all about it next time we chat.

Matt: I think I'll tell you about it right now. Someplace else.

Jade: What the hell are you doing?

Matt: You look like you could use some coffee. On me.

Jade: Let go of me!

Matt: I'm sorry, I'm just not going to take "No" for an answer.

Casey: You still didn't answer the question.

Alison: Do I have to spell it out for you?

Casey: Well, that would make it easier, yeah.

Alison: I was up here because I thought, you know -- you and I could work things out.

Casey: Because you're into me.

Alison: 'Cause we see each other all the time and I thought we should try to find a way to get along.

Casey: Because you're into me.

Alison: Do you really need me to say it?

Casey: It would help.

Alison: I thought I might be.

Casey: Into me?

Alison: Yes, okay! What is wrong with you?

Casey: No, what -- what is wrong with us? Look, look, I mean. You want it to happen, I want it to happen. So why isn't it happening?

Alison: Well, I'm not going to just like rip off my clothes and throw myself at you, Casey.

Casey: That -- that is not what I meant.

Alison: But that's what you're used to?

Casey: No.

Alison: Well, guess what. You know, sometimes you have to work for it.

Casey: I've been working my butt off. It's not like you've been easy.

Alison: Well, excuse me for not being easy.

Casey: No, listen, why do you keep turning around everything I'm saying?

Alison: I'm not.

Casey: I just don't understand why this keeps happening.

Alison: Isn't it obvious?

Casey: No, not to me.

Alison: We don't work together.

Casey: How can you say that? We've been having so much fun these past few months.

Alison: As friends. Which is probably all we should be.

Casey: But, I think we could be more than friends.

Alison: I don't know, Case. You know -- you want simple and easy. And I am not that.

Casey: You don't think I could do complicated? I dated your sister, remember?

Alison: Thank you for reminding me.

Casey: Yes, yeah, that probably wasn't the best thing to say right now. I'm sorry.

Alison: Considering how that ended for you, do you really want to jump back into the same gene pool?

Casey: Okay, listen, can we just skip the whole "Curse of the Stewart women" here? It's just hard enough as it is.

Alison: Which is exactly my point. I am not what you need.

Casey: Let me decide that for myself.

Alison: I just -- I don't think you're being objective here.

Casey: You know what this is beginning to sound like?

Alison: What?

Casey: Like you're trying not to say what you feel. Like maybe I'm not what you need.

Alison: Maybe that's true. Maybe you're not. Maybe it's true for both of us.

Casey: But, instead of being afraid, how about we take a chance and find out?

Alison: I don't know if I could be the girlfriend you want me to be.

Casey: You can be the girlfriend you want to be. The real question is, do you want to?

Alison: What do you want?

Casey: Right now?

Alison: Yeah. And be honest.

Casey: I want to jump your bones.

Alison: Which just proves why this is never going to happen.

Noah: Hey.

Luke: Hey, just one second, let me bookmark this.

Noah: What is it?

Luke: Oh, no, no, no you donít.

Noah: Oh, come on, it's only a week away.

Luke: What is?

Noah: Please. You order me a Valentineís Day gift? Obviously.

Luke: You think you're so smart, don't you?

Noah: I do. I bet I know what it is. It's the film noir collection that just came out on DVD --

Luke: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. No, not even close.

Noah: You didn't buy me that gray Jacket, did you?

Luke: What gray Jacket?

Noah: You know, the one we saw on that guy in the restaurant. Do you listen to anything I say?

Luke: Well, when you're looking at some other guy, no, I donít.

Noah: Not the guy, the Jacket.

Luke: Don't worry, I did not get you a Jacket.

Noah: So, what is it?

Luke: It is -- a listing.

Noah: A listing?

Luke: Feast your ears on this. Unique one bedroom, one bath, with views of the park. Exposed brick, working fireplace, walk-in closet, eat-in kitchen. I mean, is that an apartment, or is that an apartment?

Noah: Uh -- that depends.

Luke: On money? Noah, you wouldn't guess how cheap it is.

Noah: Luke, who is this apartment supposed to be for?

Luke: Well, us of course.

Noah: Then, no, I'm not ready. Neither are you.

Dusty: I'm not trying to cause problems. I feel responsible.

Holden: You should.

Meg: Holden, please. This is not helping anyone.

Holden: Hey, it's the truth. Paul kidnapped your child because this guy is in your life.

Dusty: No, it's 'cause Paul's insane!

Holden: Yeah, he is. So why would you ever do anything else to provoke him?

Meg: This was not Dusty's fault!

Holden: Everything he touches blows up in someone else's face. Is that what you want, for you?

Dusty: It wonít. It won't happen to her.

Holden: You know what? Why don't you just take your track record and go help someone else? We'll let you know when it's all over.

Dusty: It's whatever Meg wants.

Holden: Stay out of it! I'm warning you.

Dusty: And I'm warning you -- you can't stop me.

Meg: I wish you hadn't done that. Dusty has resources. Resources that could pay off for us right now!

Holden: He couldn't find Johnny, what makes you think he's going to find your daughter?

Meg: I don't know. But why shouldn't we let him try?

Holden: Because he sets off Paul every time! And that is the very last thing we need right now.

Paul: I looked everywhere, I can't find it. It must've been stolen.

Josie: I don't think so.

Paul: Why not?

Josie: It's an alternate side of the street parking. It was probably towed, not stolen.

Paul: Well, that's great, that means we can get the car back.

Josie: Okay, what do we do?

Paul: We find out where the car is, we pay the fine, we get the car back.

Josie: They're going to pick us up as soon as we walk in there.

Paul: Really, and whose fault is that?

Holden: Right, this is not about me. It's not about you, it's not about Dusty. It's about your daughter, and what you owe her.

Meg: I know what I owe her!

Holden: Do you? You won't tell Dusty to stay out of it, even when your daughter's life is at stake.

Meg: You're the one making this about Dusty.

Holden: No, you're the one who went to Reno and married him. And then sent him to tell Paul all about it.

Meg: Are you blaming me for all of this?

Holden: Meg, your decisions have consequences. Not just for you. But for your daughter.

Meg: I know that.

Holden: You built a powder keg here. You had a baby with Paul. And when you married, Dusty you lit that fuse.

Meg: Are you done?

Holden: Not until you give me one more answer.

Meg: Which is?

Holden: Dusty, or us.

Josie: Can we take a rest please?

Paul: What, right now?

Josie: Just for a minute, okay?

Paul: Yeah. I don't think anybody followed us.

Josie: Well, it won't be long before they figure out where we are.

Paul: We'll just keep moving, that's all.

Josie: But, we can't walk all the way to Florida.

Paul: Well, you should've thought about that before you called Donovan.

Josie: I wanted Meg to know that her baby is okay. If that makes this my fault, then fine.

Paul: You're right, I'm not mad at you.

Josie: Really, you could've fooled me.

Paul: No, look, if a mental patient forced his way into my car and made me drive him and a stolen baby halfway across the country, I'd probably try and get help too.

Josie: You're not a mental patient.

Paul: Yeah, well, try convincing anyone in Oakdale of that.

Josie: It would help if you didn't get yourself into so many crazy situations.

Paul: Meg wasn't letting me see my little girl. What other choice did I have?

Josie: You had a few options besides kidnapping.

Paul: Yeah, well, I couldn't think of any. So here we are.

Josie: Yeah, here we are. With nowhere to go, no car, half of the police in the country are looking for us, and no plan.

Paul: Well, I'm open to suggestions?

Josie: You know what I'm going to say.

Paul: No, I donít.

Josie: You need to turn yourself in.

Jade: So why are you trying to keep me away from Casey anyway?

Matt: Why is this so hard for you to understand? I want to give him a chance to work things out with Alison.

Jade: What does that have to do with me?

[Matt laughs]

Jade: You think I want him?

Matt: Is there any reason that I shouldn't?

Jade: Well, why is it your problem either way?

Matt: I already told you. I owe the guy. He's really into Alison, and I want to make sure they get a chance. What?

Jade: You met him in jail.

Matt: What makes you say that?

Jade: Your face when you said that you owe him. It had "Prison debt" written all over it. So what were you in for? DUI? Jaywalking?

Matt: What if I said man one?

Jade: Then you wouldn't be sitting here worrying about your friend's girl problems. Thanks for the coffee.

Matt: Where you going?

Jade: I have business.

Matt: Not with Casey.

Jade: What, are you going to stop me?

Matt: Do I really have to prove that I can?

Jade: Yeah, go ahead. Lay your hands on me. I will scream "Assault," and you'll be back in the cell by dinner.

Casey: Now what just happened?

Alison: You just proved how different we are.

Casey: How did I do that?

Alison: 'Cause your mind went straight to sex.

Casey: Didn't yours?

Alison: Why? Because we were standing so close to each other?

Casey: Well, yeah. Ugh!

Alison: I need time with that, Casey. You should know that by now.

Casey: Yes, I do know that. I just -- I thought we were there.

Alison: It takes me more than five seconds.

Casey: I'm sorry it's a bad thing that I think you're so hot, it drives me crazy.

Alison: I don't want to be just hot!

Casey: I did not mean that in a bad way.

Alison: I know you didnít. That's just who you are. Which is why this canít work? I mean, how many times do we have to keep proving that?

Casey: You got to stop doing these 180s on me. You were just about to kiss me. And now you want to break up?

Alison: There's nothing to break. I'm sorry. I just -- I can't be your girlfriend.

Casey: So that's it? You give me a five-second chance and it's over?

Alison: I have given it more time than that. I mean, what have we been doing the past couple of weeks I just -- I just think we work better as friends.

Casey: So that's it?

Alison: That's it. Are you mad at me?

Casey: No, not you. But as long as we're being honest right now? I don't need any more friends.

Noah: All right, what are you doing?

Luke: I'm putting this away, because it's pretty obvious that you don't want to live with me, so --

Noah: It came out of nowhere. We never talked about this.

Luke: We never talked about moving in together? No, we've talked about it like 8 million times. We've talked about where the apartment will be, what it'll look like, whether we'll get a dog --

Noah: Someday. That was a "Someday" conversation. Call me crazy, I always figured that would be, you know, when I finish school. You know -- found a job, bought a car.

Luke: But why? Why do we have to wait? I mean, if we want to spend the rest of our lives with each other --

Noah: Because living together is not something you just do on the spur of the moment, okay? Especially not before discussing it with the person you plan on living with.

Luke: What is your problem, Noah?

Noah: Oh, my problem.

Luke: Yeah. You're constantly on me about -- about doing something with my life. And then when I get off my butt and get some initiative, you freak out.

Noah: I am not freaking out, okay? I am doing quite the opposite. I'm just trying to be logical here.

Luke: Well, do you ever think that maybe you are a little too logical?

Noah: Oh, here we go.

Luke: No, I'm serious, Noah. Why can't we ever be spontaneous? Why do we have to think every thing to death? I'm just sick and tired of --

Holden: Is your mother upstairs?

Luke: No, she had to go food shopping. But -- but she wanted you to call if there was any news on Eliza.

Holden: There's nothing new.

Luke: How's Aunt Meg?

Holden: Not good.

Luke: She must be so terrified.

Holden: She is, and I think I've made things worse.

Luke: What did you do?

Holden: I accused her of setting this whole thing in motion by marrying Dusty, and -- you know what? You guys don't need to hear about it.

Noah: Well, is there anything we can do to help?

Holden: No, I think the only person who can do anything is me.

Luke: Where are you going?

Holden: I need to show my sister that I'm still on her side. Hopefully, she's still speaking to me.

Luke: Okay, if he's strong enough to admit that he's wrong, so am I.

Meg: Hey, is this a bad time?

Dusty: No, of course not. I thought Holden didn't want you coming over anymore.

Meg: Well, I don't do everything Holden wants me to do.

Dusty: Thanks for sticking up for me.

Meg: I know you're just trying to help bring Eliza home.

Dusty: I have a lead.

Meg: How?

Dusty: My P.I. picked up Josie's car. It's in Brooklyn.

Meg: New York? What are they doing there?

Dusty: No idea.

Meg: I don't think Paul knows anybody in Brooklyn.

Dusty: Maybe Josie does. Or maybe not knowing anyone is the whole idea.

Meg: Well, does your P.I. know where the car is now?

Dusty: It's been impounded. It was parked illegally.

Meg: So, is this going to help them find Eliza?

Dusty: Well, if anyone comes for the car, cops are ready.

Meg: No, Paul's too smart. He knows he's going to be arrested on the spot.

Dusty: Well, he's either going to give up, or he's going to go back to the car. I'm betting he goes for the car.

Meg: Well, have you told Jack?

Dusty: No, I just found out, I'm telling you. You can tell Jack. I'm going to the airport.

Meg: Why?

Dusty: I'm going to New York.

Meg: You're not going after them by yourself.

Dusty: Meg, we don't have time to argue. If we wait for the cops, they'll be gone.

Meg: No, no. I want you to stop, Dusty. Now.

Paul: You said I could have a week.

Josie: This isn't about me. This is about your daughter, and what you're putting her through.

Paul: She's fine.

Josie: Are you sure about that?

Paul: Yeah -- yes I am.

Josie: Paul, it's the middle of winter. We're out here in the freezing cold with -- no car, nowhere to go, we can't fly, we can't use a credit card. They probably know where we are by now. What are we going to do?

Paul: We'll take a bus?

Josie: The minute we walk into that terminal with a baby, we're going to get picked up. And the same goes for airports and train stations.

Paul: What do we do?

Josie: You know.

Paul: You're right.

Josie: Really?

Paul: Yeah, really. What kind of father would I be to turn my kid into a fugitive?

Josie: I know that you'd never hurt her. I wouldn't be here if I thought that.

Paul: I know that. And I'll always be grateful to you for providing me with these few precious days. But, you're right. They're over.

Josie: You should call Meg. You know, she's going through hell.

Paul: Okay, I will.

Josie: Promise?

Paul: Yes, I promise. And then you and I are going to say "Good-bye." For good.

Dusty: You want me to stop looking for your daughter.

Meg: Yes, Dusty, I do.

Dusty: It's a solid lead, Meg.

Meg: Well then, let Jack and the New York police follow up on that.

Dusty: By the time they get it together, Paul might be gone.

Meg: If he feels the cops closing in on him, then he might give up. But if it's you who's coming after him, he's going to keep running.

Dusty: That's Holden talking.

Meg: Yeah, and it's the one time where he's right!

Dusty: Now come on, don't let Holden put himself ahead of finding your daughter.

Meg: I would never let him do that.

Dusty: That's good.

Meg: And I can't let you do that, either.

Dusty: I'm doing this because I care about you and your baby.

Meg: I know. But you have nothing to prove to me or to yourself. I already told Holden that this isn't about him. And I'm telling you the same thing.

Dusty: I know it's not about me.

Meg: Then please stop interfering! Tell your P.I. to stop, tell Jack the information you know, and just stay out of it, Dusty!

Dusty: If that's really what you want.

Meg: It's what I want. I will let you know if I hear something.

Dusty: Okay.

Meg: Look, I'm sorry, Dusty. I know you're really trying to help. But it's better if you don't this time.

Dusty: I understand.

Meg: Thank you.

Dusty: It's me. Get the jet ready. We're going to New York.

Matt: You're wasting your time. Casey and Alison want to be together. That's not going to leave a lot of room for you.

Jade: Were you Dr. Love for the entire cellblock, or just for Casey?

Matt: Go for it, then. You've been warned.

Jade: Thanks for the coffee. You know, this was fun. We should do it again.

Casey: I didn't know you guys knew each other.

Jade: We actually donít. I was looking for you and this guy told me where you were.

Matt: The name is Matt.

Jade: Whatever. Are you okay? You seem kind of bummed.

Casey: Same as always.

Matt: What happened with Alison?

Casey: Nothing. Which is exactly what's going to always happen.

Matt: I thought you guys were going to work it out.

Casey: Yeah, so did I. But she just keeps throwing up walls, and she made it clear that she doesn't want me knocking them down.

Matt: That doesn't mean that she's not into you.

Jade: Are you kidding me?

Matt: You don't even know her.

Jade: Yeah, but I know what a girl sounds like when she's blowing a guy off. Sorry, Casey.

Casey: No, it's okay. You're right. Look, I'm going to split.

Jade: Where you going?

Casey: Home.

Matt: Let me come with you.

Casey: No, man, I just don't want any company right now, okay? I'll see you guys later.

Matt: Well-played.

Jade: I am not playing him.

Matt: Well, I guess there's nothing stopping you now.

Jade: Except you?

Matt: I just thought they should give it a chance. I still do.

Jade: Yeah. Keep up the good work, Dr. Love.

Josie: I have to go back to Oakdale with you. I'll explain it to the police.

Paul: You've done enough.

Josie: You need me there to back you up.

Paul: I'll tell them that I forced my way into your car at gunpoint.

Josie: You didnít.

Paul: And then I held you hostage and brought you here, and kept you prisoner until you finally got away.

Josie: None of this is true!

Paul: It doesn't really matter. They'll eat it up with a spoon. It'll save them a lot of trouble. And they'll never have any reason to go after you.

Josie: No, I'm not going to let you lie like that.

Paul: It's not really a lie, right? It's not. I mean, it's not like you volunteered for this. There's no reason for you to take the hit.

Josie: Well, there's no reason for you to add a weapons charge?

Paul: Josie, you need to stay out of it, okay? This no longer concerns you. You've already done more than enough for me.

Josie: Like what, exactly? Channeling Jennifer didn't help either one of us.

Paul: Yeah, well was kind of my really insane idea. And in spite of it, you helped me through my breakdown, and through my recovery. You helped provide me with these last few beautiful days with my little girl. And you convinced me to do the right thing and bring her home.

Josie: Okay, well, I'm going to come with you.

Paul: You really don't believe that I'm going to really bring her home?

Josie: No, I do. That's why I want to come. You are doing the right thing here. You shouldn't be punished.

Paul: Well, either should you. And you are going to stand there and listen while I call Meg. And then, you are going to go.

Josie: I don't want to go.

Paul: You don't have a choice.

Meg: My poor little girl. Don't be scared. He won't hurt you.

[Cell phone ringing]

Meg: Hello?

Paul: It's me.

Meg: Where are you?

Paul: Look, I'm not going to stay long on the phone 'cause I know it's being traced.

Meg: Is Eliza all right?

Paul: She's fine. I -- I'm so sorry.

Meg: Is that supposed to make it better?

Paul: No. I just -- look, I want you to know that she's safe, and I'm going to bring her back to you.

Meg: You are? When?

Paul: Tomorrow.

Meg: Really? This isn't some game, right? You're not just trying to buy more time, are you, Paul?

Paul: No. Look, this whole thing has just been crazy. It's completely out of control. And I just -- I want to bring her back to you.

Meg: Then promise you're bringing her home.

Paul: Yeah, I wouldn't lie to you about something like this.

Meg: Okay. Well, call me, okay? When you stop somewhere, let me know you're all right.

Paul: Of course. Every few hours. I'll see you tomorrow.

Meg: Thank you.

Paul: Yeah, I'm really sorry.

Josie: You're doing the right thing.

Paul: Yeah, you keep saying that, you know? Shouldn't it feel better?

Josie: Sometimes it doesnít.

Paul: Look, this should be enough to cover the fine on the car, and put enough gas in it to get you where ever it is that you're going. I want you to get in the car and keep going. And don't contact anyone from Oakdale.

Josie: You mean Dusty?

Paul: I mean anyone. Forget about all of us. Find yourself a home. Start painting again. Get a studio. Do things that make yourself happy.

Josie: And the "Starving to death" part, where does that fit in?

Paul: Set up an offshore account and send me the number. Just the number. I'll transfer enough funds in it, to keep you afloat until your career gets going.

Josie: That could be a while.

Paul: I don't really care.

Josie: Why are you doing this?

Paul: Because I owe you more than money.

Josie: Bye, little girl. You have got a great daddy, you know that?

Paul: Thanks. And thanks again, for everything.

Josie: Be careful.

Paul: Yeah, you too. Go.

Casey: What are you doing here?

Jade: I came to apologize.

Casey: For what?

Jade: For messing stuff up with your girl.

Casey: She -- she is not my girl.

Jade: Yeah, well, I still should've told you the other day when she was up on the roof.

Casey: Yeah, you should've. Why didn't you?

Jade: Because I didn't think you should go. But it's not my call.

Casey: What do you care either way?

Jade: You saved my life. You know, I saw a train wreck waiting to happen and thought I owed it to you to keep you away.

Casey: Yeah, it was a train wreck.

Jade: Yeah, well maybe it would've turned out different if I let you go the first time.

Casey: No chance.

Jade: I'm still really sorry.

Casey: Don't sweat it. Come on in.

Jade: Well, thanks for not being ticked off at me.

Casey: Why did you think Ali and I were going to be a train wreck?

Jade: I don't know. You guys just come from two different worlds.

Casey: Like -- like how?

Jade: Like, she has her stuff together.

Casey: Oh, and I don't?

Jade: Do you?

Casey: No, I guess you're right. You're pretty sharp.

Jade: Yeah, well, I've been in my share of bad situations.

Casey: Yeah, like the guy from Metro?

Jade: Yeah, he's just the latest.

Casey: Well, you've seen two of mine. And you can see, I'm not great at picking them, either.

Jade: Yeah, Emily. What was that?

Casey: A long, ugly story.

Jade: Yeah, well, if you ever want to talk about it, I'm here.

Casey: No. No point.

Jade: Cool. Is -- is that "Rock Star"?

Casey: Um -- why yes.

Jade: I haven't played since I moved here.

Casey: Really? I expected Luke and his parents to be real metal heads.

Jade: Yeah, that's a picture. So are you any good?

Casey: I'm okay.

Jade: You want to go?

Casey: You want to play against me?

Jade: Well, I have to warn you, I'm really good.

Casey: Well, I have to warn you that I will destroy you.

Jade: Oh, prepare to be humiliated.

Casey: Oh, prepare to have you face melted off.

Matt: You okay? I just saw Casey. He told me it didn't work out.

Alison: I told you it wouldnít.

Matt: So what's the problem?

Alison: You actually said it before. We both need to grow up.

Matt: But that's why I think you guys are right for each other.

Alison: Well, somebody has to be the grown-up. And neither of us knows how.

Matt: There's a lot more to it than that.

Alison: And you know this how?

Matt: Well, prison gives you a lot of time to think. What you did wrong, how you screwed up your life, how you wrecked your relationships. You can really get to understand why you do what you do. And then you realize a lot of that works the same way for other people.

Alison: Well, I guess it's cheaper than a psych degree.

Matt: I've actually been thinking about doing that. Going back to school.

Alison: You should. It helped me get over some big mistakes I made.

Matt: You're not over the yet.

Alison: What do you know about it?

Matt: I don't mean to insult you. It's just, I think that's what keeps getting between you guys. The past. Everybody's got one. But, the trick is to keep it from screwing up the future.

Alison: Well, that is a trick I haven't mastered yet.

Matt: Yeah, me neither. That's why I'm thinking school might help.

Alison: Well, it might if you're serious. By the way, if I don't want to flunk out myself, I have to get back to work.

Matt: What are you going to do about Casey?

Alison: Nothing. It's over.

Matt: Is that what you want?

Alison: That's just how it is.

Luke: I didn't mean to spring it on you. I just saw the apartment, it looked so awesome that --

Noah: You got excited. There's nothing wrong with that.

Luke: Yeah, but I should have thought it through first.

Noah: Yeah, especially of the how we pay the rent part.

Luke: Well, if that's the issue, I'm pretty sure my parents will help us --

Noah: No, no, Luke. When we get our own place, I want it to be truly ours. You know, I want us to split the rent. You know, equal share, 50/50.

Luke: That sounds so good.

Noah: Which part?

Luke: You said when we get our own apartment. You didn't say if, you said when.

Noah: That's 'cause it's going to happen.

Luke: Do you promise?

Noah: Yeah, I promise. Especially if you get me an awesome Valentineís Day present.

[Dusty grabs hold of Josie]

Dusty: Where's Paul?

Dusty: Where's Paul? And where's the baby?

Holden: Meg, what's wrong? Did something happen?

Meg: Paul called. He's bringing her home.

Holden: He said that? Is she all right?

Meg: Yeah, he said she was.

Holden: Did he say where he is?

Meg: No. No, but, he's driving and he'll be here tomorrow.

Holden: Did he tell you why?

Meg: No, I was too afraid to ask him. I didn't want him to change his mind.

Holden: Probably smart.

Meg: He's bringing her home, Holden.

Holden: That's wonderful, Meg. I just hope it's not a trick.

Meg: No, no, I believe him. He sounded strange, like he was scared.

Holden: Well, he should be. He's in a lot of trouble. Let's hope he doesn't change his mind.

Meg: I don't think he will. You know, whatever else he may be, he adores Eliza. He would never let anything happen to her.

Paul: Okay, baby girl. You just sit tight. Dad will be right back. Just gotta go to the ATM. Okay, let's get you home.

[A guy hits Paul in the head and steals his money and drives off in his car]

[Paul groans]

Paul: Okay, let's get you home.

[Paul groans]

Paul: No, no, no! Come back! Eliza! Eliza!

Next week on "As the World Turns" --

Barbara: We all want the same thing. We just want to get our little girl back. So let's just put our heads together and figure out how we can make that happen!

Woman: Somebody's going to keep that little baby!

Reg: Casey!

Casey: Reg!

Luke: You sold Reg those drugs. And now he's dead, Elwood! He's dead!

Casey: Yes.

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