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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 2/25/09

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Katie: I'm sorry.

Brad: You don't have to keep saying that. How are you feeling?

Katie: I lost our baby.

Brad: The doctor says that it happens that way sometimes. The baby grows in there instead of where it's supposed to. I mean, you couldn't have -- you couldn't have stopped it.

Katie: The fertility treatments. That was one of the possible side effects. I knew that.

Brad: You want me to get you some water? Something? You need an extra blanket?

Katie: No, I just want you to hold me.

Brad: I don't know, you just got out of surgery. You've got stitches and stuff. I don't want to break anything.

Katie: Please. Brad, please, don't be mad at me.

Meg: You've got the magic touch. She fell asleep almost as soon as I handed her to you.

Barbara: Oh, she's just all worn out.

Meg: Yeah, and took me along for the ride.

Barbara: Thank you.

Meg: For handing you my screaming child?

Barbara: For letting me be a grandmother.

Meg: I don't want anyone who loves Eliza to be cut out of her life. Okay, you think I'm being unfair to Paul.

Barbara: What matters is what you think.

Meg: I can't trust him, Barbara. He kidnapped her.

Barbara: And he brought her back. That has to count for something.

Meg: It does. That's why he's allowed supervised visits.

Barbara: But you won't be there, will you?

Meg: No, I canít. You know, I just canít.

[Knocking on door]

Meg: Hi.

Dusty: Hi. Barbara.

Barbara: Dusty. If you two want to talk --

Dusty: I'm not staying. I brought this over for you.

Meg: What is it?

Dusty: Stuff you left at my place. I thought you might need it.

Meg: Thank you. You know, if you want to come in for some coffee --

Dusty: I've got to go. I'll see you around.

Barbara: I take it that you two aren't together anymore?

Meg: We never were together. We were helping each other out as friends.

Barbara: He certainly didn't seem very friendly just now.

Meg: Well, he doesn't understand that I don't need his help anymore. I'm doing fine on my own.

Paul: Hello. What's your name?

Ashley: Whatever you want it to be.

Paul: You choose.

Ashley: Ashley.

Paul: Hello, Ashley. Why don't you come on over here?

Brad: It feels like you don't get that I would be completely messed up if anything happened to you. So how do I make you understand that, so you never, ever do anything like this again?

Katie: I'm sorry, I just -- ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a mom. And I knew the formula. I knew it -- fall in love, get married, have a baby. And I was doing the first two things over and over again. I got those right. I just couldn't seem to get the baby part right.

Brad: You knew that getting pregnant was dangerous. You didn't tell me you were still trying.

Katie: I know. I'm sorry. It's just that I wanted our baby so bad. And I was putting so much pressure on myself. I felt like I just had this little window of opportunity to get pregnant. And I had no idea that it could go so wrong. I didn't want to miss my chance.

Brad: We're going to have hundreds of chances. Thousands.

Katie: How do you know that?

Brad: Your formula. You know why it didn't work? Because you left something out.

Katie: What?

Brad: Well, you fall in love. You get married. Stay in love.

Katie: Oh, yeah.

Brad: That's what we're going to do. Stay together. Stay in love. And while we're at it, we're gonna make a family.

Katie: I want that so bad. I just want a family with you.

Brad: You've got to promise me.

Katie: I know, I'm sorry.

Brad: Right?

Katie: I will promise --

Brad: Okay?

Katie: I promise, no more pushing. No more pushing. I will be patient and wait until I get the official go-ahead that there are no risks to me or to our baby.

Brad: Okay, is that a solemn vow?

Katie: It is.

Brad: Great. Good. Okay, then now, I pronounce us future mommy and daddy.

Doctor: Well, I'm glad to see you're looking better.

Katie: Yes, I'm feeling so much stronger. I hope I can go home soon.

Doctor: I don't see why not.

Katie: I was just promising my husband here that I am not going to try to get pregnant again until you tell me that I'm ready. Any idea when that might be?

Doctor: Well, we're just waiting for some test results. And then we'll talk.

Katie: Okay. I'll be patient this time. Solemn vow.

Brad: Do you know when can Katie go home?

Doctor: I'll check the chart and I'll let you know.

Katie: Go after him. Don't let him out of your sight. I gotta get sprung from here.

Brad: I'm on it.

[Knock at the door]

Carly: What is it?

Craig: Can I just say that you are beautiful no matter what you wear?

Carly: Craig, honestly, I don't have time for you today. And if you ever called before coming over here, you would know that.

Craig: Well, I just had to be here to see it in person.

Carly: See what?

Craig: It is time for Cinderella to get out of her rags and get ready for the ball. Now, let's go see if you have something amazing in your closet.

Carly: But no, let's not. Where exactly am I supposed to be going?

Craig: The Midnight Sun vodka launch party.

Carly: Why are you bothering me about that now? We won't be ready to launch anything for weeks.

Craig: Well, ready or not, we are launching tonight.

Carly: Tonight?

Craig: Don't worry, we have plenty of time. At least three hours before we have to be at Metro to set up.

Carly: Three hours? Craig, what is the matter with you? How could you do this to me?

Craig: Not quite the reaction I was hoping for, but I'm sure you're smiling on the inside. Now, what will you be wearing?

Carly: Nothing. 'Cause I ain't going. See yourself out, just close the door. Plug that back in!

Craig: You have noticed that we're starting up a real business here, haven't you?

Carly: Yes, Craig, I've noticed.

Craig: Good. Have you also noticed that I've invested no small amount of cash and energy? And all I've asked of you is to appear at a couple of meetings and make some scribbles on a page.

Carly: I beg your pardon? My designs are not scribbles on a page.

Craig: The launch party is happening tonight. If you choose to show up wearing nothing but a smile, that can be arranged. But you will be there.

Carly: We are partners, Craig. You are not my boss.

Craig: I'll tell you who I am. I'm the guy who's going to stop you from sabotaging this enterprise before it even begins.

Carly: You set up this whole launch party without even checking with me. And you expect me to jump when you snap your fingers? My life is not like that.

Craig: Look, these buyers were already in Chicago at a trade show. That means we have tonight, and only tonight, to get them here on our turf, and make millions of dollars in sales. And you want me to pass that up because you prefer to clean, cook and sew?

Carly: Craig, we haven't even made a final vodka selection. We don't even have a product!

Craig: So we sell them on the concept. We make them want to be in business with us. And that's your forte.

Carly: Okay. Look, I will throw the party. You do the selling.

Craig: Oh, we can both do this pitch.

Carly: I can sell things. But I have to sell real things. Things that people can see and taste and touch, which we don't have, because you rushed into this!

Craig: No worries. You provide the beauty, I'll provide the bull. It's a match made in heaven.

Barbara: Oh! Oh, my God!

Paul: What are you doing here?

Ashley: That's your mother?

Barbara: The housekeeper said you weren't alone, but I had no idea. Really, Paul, in the living room?

Paul: Oh, come on, Mother. It's my living room. We had the reasonable expectation of privacy before you walked in.

Barbara: Who are you?

Ashley: Ashley. And you look way too good to be his mother.

Paul: Don't flirt with my mother, Ashley. There's no money in it.

Barbara: Money? Oh God, Paul!

Paul: Oh, come on, Mom. If you're so affronted, you can leave.

Barbara: Don't you have any clothes?

Paul: Good-bye, Mother.

Barbara: I just came from the farm and seeing Eliza.

Paul: Is she all right?

Barbara: She's fine, she's precious. But what's really interesting is what's going on with Meg. She and Dusty are definitely not together.

[Paul sighs]

Paul: Why would I care about that?

Barbara: Because then you can get her back, and you can be a family.

Paul: I don't want her back.

Barbara: You don't mean that.

Ashley: I really wish I knew who you guys were talking about. It sounds way interesting.

Barbara: Where did you find her?

Paul: You don't want to know.

Barbara: You don't know who she's been with. You don't know anything about her. You don't know what she's been doing.

Paul: I know what she's been doing today. She's terrific, yeah. But you really should leave.

Ashley: What's next, Lover?

Paul: Get dressed.

Ashley: But you hired me for the whole day.

Paul: Yeah, well, the day will continue -- over lunch.

Dusty: Hey. Did I forget something?

Meg: Sort of. Look, you have no life, I have no life. You know what else we don't have?

Dusty: A clue about what we're doing?

Meg: We don't have enough friends.

Dusty: You think I need friends?

Meg: I think you and I should be friends.

Dusty: You don't want me in your life. You made that clear.

Meg: I don't want you running my life. There's a difference. And then, when I was pushing you away, I kind of left some things out.

Dusty: Like?

Meg: Like, I need to be independent. But I still want to hang out with you. I want us to be real friends who help each other instead of this lopsided setup we have, with you doing all the giving and me doing all the taking.

Dusty: Sounds good.

Meg: Good. Let's do lunch.

Dusty: Lunch, now?

Meg: Yeah. Yeah.

Dusty: Don't you have to get back to the farm?

Meg: Nope. Mama is babysitting. I have all afternoon. And we are going to go out to lunch. Hey, who knows. You might even like it. It might be a regular thing.

Dusty: What are we going to talk about at these regular lunches?

Meg: Not Paul, not Craig and not Johnny.

Dusty: I think I'd rather go to a movie.

Meg: We can't talk in a movie.

Dusty: Exactly.

Meg: Okay.

Craig: A couple of these guys have clubs that are extremely high-end. A couple of them even have franchises in L.A., Miami, London.

Carly: Are you trying to make me even more nervous about this?

Craig: No, I am trying to stress the importance that you look like we don't need the money. In fact, it would be crackerjack if you look like you have a few million more of your own. Do you have anything like that in your closet?

Carly: I would, if you'd given me a chance to design something. I can't wear what I don't have.

Craig: Let me preface this by saying that you are our brand.

Carly: No.

Craig: And it's imperative that Midnight Sun vodka be seen as an elegant, refined liquor.

Carly: No.

Craig: And it is worth the price if you look the part. Consider it the cost of doing business.

Carly: No, Craig. I am not letting you buy me clothing.

Craig: Carly --

[Cell phone ringing]

Craig: Maggie? Is Johnny all right? Please don't tell me this. Are you sure? Okay. All right, I understand. I'll be right there.

Carly: What is it? What's wrong?

Craig: That was my babysitter. Her daughter's sick. She has to leave early.

Carly: Oh. Oh! Well, who's going to watch Johnny?

Craig: Me, I guess.

Carly: Well, who's going to do the launch thingy? No, I'm not!

Craig: Oh, you can handle it.

Carly: No, I can't, and I wonít. If you need to be with Johnny, then this whole thing is over. Cancel it.

Craig: Parker! Parker! Parker, have I told you that you are one of the most intelligent and responsible young men I have ever met?

Parker: Are you being sarcastic or something?

Craig: No. Why would you say that?

Parker: Because you just gave me a lecture about responsibility the other day.

Carly: Oh, would that be the day that you got really drunk on the vodka that Craig left in this fridge?

Parker: Yes.

Craig: But the important thing is, he listened when we spoke. And even more importantly, you learned from your mistake, didn't you?

Parker: Yeah.

Craig: There, you see? Not only responsible, but conscientious. Problem solved. Babysitter found.

Carly: Oh, no. This is not happening.

Katie: What's the bad news?

Brad: What do you mean?

Katie: I saw you talking to the doctor, and you looked really serious. Did he change his mind about letting me go home today?

Brad: No, no, no. He knows you want to get out of here. He's filling out the paperwork right now.

Katie: What else did he say?

Brad: We'll talk about that another time, okay? You know, Vienna went to the house last night and she got some of your clothes. You want me to help you get dressed?

Katie: What is it, Brad? What did the doctor say?

Brad: They updated your chart, whatever tests they did -- she said the tube that the baby was growing in -- well, it burst.

Katie: Yeah, that's why I had to have surgery.

Brad: And when they were operating, they couldn't repair the tube, so they had to remove it and take it out.

Katie: That's okay. I still have another one.

Brad: And the doctor warned us that there's a lot of scar tissue there.

Katie: What does that mean?

Brad: That, probably, there's almost no chance of you being able to get pregnant now.

Katie: Even with fertility treatments?

Brad: Even then. That even if you do get pregnant, he thinks it's very unlikely that you'd be able to carry the baby the whole nine months.

Katie: No babies? Not ever? What have I done?

Brad: You didn't know this was going to happen.

Katie: I should have listened to you. I should have listened to the doctors. This is my fault.

Brad: No, we're going to figure out something.

Katie: No, how? What are we going to figure out, Brad? It's done. It's over. No more chances. I'm never going to have your baby.

[Katie sobbing]

Brad: Okay, so you're not going to do the bowling ball-belly, swollen ankles thing. So what? I don't care about that. There are a lot of different ways to be a parent.

Katie: But I wanted to have your baby. Yours and mine.

Brad: Look, they don't have to look like us. I mean, that's not what's important. All right, okay -- right now, the only thing that we should care about is getting you well.

Katie: No, I think about all those times when you wondered what our babies would look like, and now I've -- you're never going to have that because of me. I'm sorry!

Brad: Listen to me! Listen -- listen to me. Listen to me. Listen to me -- listen. You're still here. You're loving me. That's everything to me. That's everything to me. Katie --

Katie: I'm tired.

Parker: Mom, why can't I babysit Johnny? I've done it before.

Carly: That was before your little vodka party.

Craig: The boy realizes he made an error in judgment. Besides, he'd never do anything wrong around my son. Because he knows I'd kill him. Don't you?

Parker: Yeah, you're pretty intense when it comes to Johnny.

Carly: Well just in case, have you put away any liquor you may have laying around?

Craig: Well, I'm pretty sure it's out of Johnny's reach. I really don't think we need to worry about Parker.

Parker: Johnny's my nephew, Mom. He's 5 years old. I wouldn't do anything stupid while I was supposed to be taking care of him. You know that.

Craig: You have raised a remarkable young man, Carly.

Parker: Please, Mom. Trust me.

Carly: Of course, I do.

Parker: Thank you!

Carly: You're welcome. But do realize that I'm only saying "Yes" because I need Craig's help tonight.

Parker: Okay, well, I'll drop off my books and I'll be right back.

Carly: No you wonít. Why are you dropping off your books? You have to take them with you. You know, you still have to do homework! Parker --

Craig: Here.

Carly: What is that for?

Craig: It's for your dress.

Carly: No, I already told you, I'm not letting you buy me a dress --

Craig: I'm not doing it for you. I'm doing it for the business. Besides, it is my fault I didn't give you enough time to create something spectacular.

Carly: Well, you're right about that. Okay, I'll take it. Now, get out of here. I've got stuff to do.

Craig: Parker, shake a leg!

Carly: Okay, just -- keep in mind a few things, okay? No guests. No headphones. And keep the volume on the stereo and the TV low so you can hear Johnny. And do every bit of that homework.

Parker: Got it.

Carly: And have fun!

Craig: Any instructions for me, Mom?

Carly: Don't be late.

Craig: Oh, I'll be early. I can't wait to see what you'll be wearing.

Carly: I can't wait to see what I'll be wearing either. Go on, go!

Vienna: I heard.

Katie: Please don't tell me everything's going to be okay.

Vienna: And what would you like me to tell you?

Katie: How's Brad?

Vienna: Worried about you.

Katie: This is all my fault. And it would be one thing if it was just me. But now Brad's not going to have kids, either. Unless he leaves me for somebody else.

Vienna: Somebody else? Don't be absurd. Brad loves you from now until eternity.

Katie: All I wanted was to have a baby. And now there's no way I can.

Vienna: But I can.

Katie: Are you trying to make me feel worse?

Vienna: No -- somebody else! Katie, I can be your somebody else. You and Brad -- I can have your baby!

Carly: I love it. I'll take it.

Salesgirl: You have a great eye.

Barbara: Well, Ms. Tenney is a fashion designer, Deidre. Though I'm quite surprised she's buying off the rack.

Carly: Well, you know how it is. I saw it in the window and just had to have it.

Barbara: Oh! What's the occasion?

Carly: A private function tonight at Metro.

Barbara: Wedding? Office party? Wake?

Carly: Does it matter?

Barbara: It must if you won't answer my question.

Carly: I'm launching a new business, actually.

Barbara: Really? Another stab at making a buck on your designs?

Carly: Why are you so interested?

Barbara: Well, because you're being so secretive. You know, one thing you need to know about business -- you gotta let everybody know what you're selling.

Carly: Vodka. I'm launching a designer vodka. How ya doing? I'm really sort of in a hurry.

Salesgirl: Cash or charge?  

Carly: Cash, please.

Barbara: Designer vodka. Now, I don't think you came up with that idea, did you?

Carly: I own a bar.

Barbara: Nevertheless. The dress, the cash, the vodka --

Carly: I do have a partner.

Salesgirl: I'm sorry, I'm out of change. Ms. Ryan, do you --

Barbara: Oh, quite all right. You go right ahead, Deidre. I will mind the store.

Carly: I really am in a bit of a hurry.

Barbara: So tell me, who's your partner?

Carly: Craig, okay? I'm doing this with Craig.

Barbara: Are you out of your mind?

Dusty: Do you remember the three subjects we weren't going to talk about?

Meg: Yes.

Dusty: Two of them just walked through the door.

Johnny: Daddy!

Dusty: Hey! How are you doing, Champ?

Johnny: Good.

Dusty: Good? Well, you look good.

Craig: What did you expect?

Meg: Stop being defensive, Craig. Dusty was paying you a compliment.

Dusty: Do you like kindergarten? What's your favorite part?

Johnny: Snack time!

Dusty: Mine too.

Parker: Hey, Paul.

Paul: Hey, Parker. How are you? Um, you're having lunch with Meg?

Parker: No, with Johnny and Craig. I'm kind of babysitting.

Paul: Oh, yeah, that's great.

Ashley: Aren't you going to introduce us?

Paul: No, I don't think so. I think our -- I think our business is concluded, Ashley.

Ashley: Well, the day isn't over yet. If you want me to meet you later --

Paul: You know what? I think we're done.

Ashley: Okay then. Bye-bye.

Paul: Bye-bye.

Parker: Who was that?

Paul: A business associate. How's it going?

Craig: Parker!

Parker: I gotta go.

Paul: Okay.

Parker: Nice seeing you.

Paul: Yeah, great to see you.

Craig: Listen, I just remembered I need to pick up some supplies for the party at Metro tonight.

Parker: So you've got to go?

Craig: No, we've got to go. We'll stop at Al's and get a burger for Johnny. Come on, son.

Dusty: Bye, Johnny.

Barbara: Haven't you learned from your mistakes? Now, you and I both have history with Craig -- business and otherwise. And it's always ended up in disaster.

Carly: That's why I'm keeping my eyes wide open. Craig knows if he tries anything funny, I'll walk.

Barbara: Carly, Carly, Carly, are you trying to wrack up as many failures as you possibly can? Because if so, you are succeeding. This venture will end in shambles, I promise you.

Carly: You don't know everything, Barbara.

Barbara: I know Craig. Get out while you can.

Salesgirl: Sorry to keep you waiting.

Barbara: That's quite all right, Deidre. I think you can void that sale. I believe that Ms. Tenney has had a change of heart.

Carly: Ring it up.

Katie: Are you saying you would be a surrogate for us?

Vienna: Surrogate. That's when you and Brad make a baby and the doctors put it inside me?

Katie: That's the general idea. The surrogate carries the baby to term, and then gives it back to the parents.

Vienna: Wonderful! Let's do it.

Katie: Wait, hold on. Whoa, Vienna. It's not that easy. You don't have children of your own. I think, usually a surrogate has to have had some successful pregnancies.

Vienna: But I'm strong and I'm healthy. And I want to do this for you.

Katie: Really? You want to have morning sickness and lower back pain and swollen everything?

Vienna: I want to do this for you. To make up for what I didn't do.

Katie: What didn't you do?

Vienna: If I had told Brad that you were still trying to get pregnant, he could have stopped you. And this wouldn't have happened.

Katie: Don't blame yourself. I did this. So if you're feeling guilty, and that's why you're offering to be a surrogate, don't worry about that, okay? I know you want to help me --

Vienna: But if -- you don't want me to help you, will you help me?

Katie: How?

Vienna: Let me be pregnant for you.

Katie: How does that help you?

Vienna: Because I love Henry with all my heart. And I want to have his baby, but he doesn't want to have children.

Katie: I still don't understand how that helps you.

Vienna: Because this way, I'd get to experience being pregnant, then giving birth. I would have a Godchild I could spoil to pieces. And I would still have Henry.

Katie: Oh, Vienna. I don't know think this is as simple as you're making it out to be.

Vienna: No, but you would have your baby. Half you, half Brad. Just like you always wanted.

Brad: Hey, you're sitting up.

Katie: Hey. Come here. I love you so much.

Brad: Thank God. I love you so much. Hey, what'd you do to make my wife smile?

Katie: Vienna was just reminding me to look on the bright side of things.

Vienna: Exactly. That's all I did.

Brad: That worked?

Katie: Mm-hmm.

Brad: I thought that's what I did?

Katie: It just took a while to sink in.

Vienna: And plus, sometimes it works better in Swedish.

Brad: You don't speak Swedish.

Katie: It doesn't matter. No, the most important thing is that between the two of you, I realize that I have a lot to live for. I want to go home.

Brad: Are you sure you're ready?

Katie: Yes. I want to be in our cozy little nest and far, far away from this gross hospital bed.

Brad: All right, I'll get it done. All right, I'll be right back. Thank you.

Katie: Thanks for not telling him.

Vienna: No, that is your job. But if you want to do this, you'll have to let him know. It's not as though you can make a baby without Brad.

Katie: No. I'm going to wait to tell him until I decide what I think about this myself.

Vienna: You know, you can always us someone else if you don't want to use me. It's still a good idea.

Katie: You know something? When you and Henry first got together, I thought it would never last.

Vienna: And now? What do you think now?

Katie: That there's no other woman in the world that I would rather have a baby with.

Vienna: Well, think about it. I'm ready if you are. Okay?

Katie: Thank you.

Paul: Meg.

Meg: Hey.

Paul: How's Eliza?

Meg: She's doing great. I could send you some new photos, if you like.

Paul: Yeah, that'd be great. I'd like that.

Meg: The social worker called me. She said that you're trying to set up some time to spend time with Eliza. It's nice that you're doing that. She's growing up so fast.

Paul: Yeah. It'll be great to see her.

Meg: So what happened to your lunch date?

Paul: She had another engagement, I guess.

Meg: Still finding ways, creative ways, to drown your sorrows.

Paul: Well, why do you care?

Meg: I donít. I just hate seeing you do this to yourself.

Paul: We're not married anymore. It's really none of your concern.

Meg: You right. It's not.

Dusty: You all right?

Meg: I will be.

Craig: Looks great from the back. How's the front?

Carly: You said you'd be here early. And you are not dressed.

Craig: Well you certainly are. You look spectacular. I'm on my way home to change right now. I'll be right back.

Carly: Craig, people are going to be here any second. You know that.

Craig: Which is why I paid attention to my very well-dressed and brilliant partner's observation that we have nothing to show. So I brought some vodka to pass around as samples.

Carly: This is the stuff we're going to use as Midnight Sun, then?

Craig: Who cares? It's vodka. Sell them on it.

Carly: No, no, no. We had a deal. I throw the party, you do the selling. If you strand me, I'm walking. I mean it.

Craig: And I believe you do. All right, all right, I'm going. I'll be right back. I'll be here before anyone arrives.

Carly: Craig? You think this is going to work, right? That it'll be a success?

Craig: Well, why wouldn't it?

Carly: Most things I try arenít.

Craig: Carly, we win together, or we fail together. And I never fail.

Carly: Hurry up.

Craig: Count on it.

Brad: Are you sure you're all right?

Katie: Yeah. Oh, it just feels so good to be home.

Brad: You can't stop smiling. How did that happen?

Katie: I just have a lot to be grateful for.

Brad: You know, back at the hospital, when you found out --

Katie: -- When I found out that I couldn't give birth. It's okay, you can say it.

Brad: Well, that's what I mean. I thought you were going to go into some deep depression.

Katie: I know, me too. But then something happened.

Brad: Vienna showed up.

Katie: And reminded me of what you said.

Brad: What'd I say?

Katie: That the most important is that we stay together. We stay in love. And if we can manage that, then there are lots of ways to have kids, right?

Brad: Well, what do you know? For once, I was right on the money.

Barbara: Hello, Honey. Coming to find your mother to apologize for being so rude to her?

Paul: Hello, Mom. Actually, I was going to have some lunch in the lounge.

Barbara: With that woman?

Paul: Sadly, Ashley's gone. But speak kindly of her, because she did prove your point.

Barbara: How was that?

Paul: Well, Meg saw me with her.

Barbara: Are you kidding me? If you had any chance with Meg at all, and she saw you with that woman, she'll be thrilled to get rid of you.

Paul: Not so much.

Barbara: How do you figure?

Paul: Well, Meg may have been with Dusty, but she was ignoring him. She was only paying attention to me. She even asked me about Ashley when I was getting ready to leave.

Barbara: Oh, so you made her curious.

Paul: No, I made Meg jealous. And if I can still do that, that's all I need to know.

Meg: Same time, same place, next week?

Dusty: What about going where no one knows us?

Meg: Well, I thought it's like playing the guitar. You know, it hurts when you're building up those calluses. But if you can get through that pain, then it's worth it.

Dusty: You play guitar?

Meg: Well, I quit after the first three lessons. But I'm not going to quit this. I'm going to get over Paul, and I'm going to raise my daughter on my own. And we are going to be friends. So, what are you going to do?

Dusty: I'll watch you succeed.

Meg: And?

Dusty: Maybe catch a ballgame.

Meg: Well, that's a start.

Dusty: I just can't forget about him. You know, no matter what the court decided, I'll always be his dad, you know? Now, I'm at a loss every day without him.

Meg: You're welcome to join Eliza and me, if that helps.

Dusty: Thanks, I'd like that.

Meg: Speaking of Eliza, I should get home.

Dusty: Bye, Sweetheart.

Meg: Bye.

Dusty: Johnny-boy.

[Cell phone rings]

Craig: Gosh, Carly, I'm dressed and out the door.

Carly: You haven't left the Lakeview yet?

Craig: Just ply them with alcohol and work your charm. You know what to do.

Carly: Yeah, yeah, I do. But you better get your butt in gear, okay? Now!

Craig: I'm on my way.

Carly: Here goes nothing. Hello, I'm Craig's partner, Carly Tenney.

Stan: Stan Winchell. Nice to meet you.

Carly: Pleasure.

Stan: So, tell me about Midnight Sun.

Carly: Well, why don't we taste first, talk later?

Stan: That'll work.

Carly: Gentlemen, come in. So glad you're here. How do you do? Come in. Let's taste some Midnight Sun, shall we?

[Knock at the door]

Craig: Well, you have a lot of nerve showing up back here.

[Lucy is standing at the door]

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Craig: What's keeping me from picking up the phone and turning you in to the police right now?

Janet: I wouldn't do that if I were you.

Carly: Nostrovia!

Janet: Are you drunk?

Carly: No, I'm not --

[Carly laughs]

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