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As The World Turns Transcript Tuesday 3/3/09

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Lucy: Could you do me a favor and check the O.R. schedule? Find out who's doing Mr. Jackson's double bypass.

Meg: Actually, I'm in the middle of patient rounds. But the schedule's posted on the nurses' station desk. Look, I know you haven't been here for a while, so you wouldn't know that. But doctors check it out themselves now.

Lucy: Oh, thanks for the update.

Meg: Any time. Hey, aren't you something?

Dusty: I am?

Meg: Yeah, by coming here on my first day back at work. How'd you know?

Dusty: Actually, I didn't know.

Meg: Oh, oops. So, why are you here?

Dusty: I came to see Lucy.

Emily: Does she ever not give in to you?

Paul: Who?

Emily: Who? Meg. I can't believe she's letting you to spend time with Eliza.

Paul: It's called visitation, Emily. And luckily, Meg shares my belief that it is equally beneficial to Eliza and myself.

Emily: Yes, even if the father is certifiable?

Paul: Emily Stewart, please meet Beverly Foncillas, the court-appointed social worker who's supervising my little father-daughter visit.

Emily: Oh, oh. Well, you want some advice? Don't let him out of your sight.

Beverly: I'll be waiting over there.

Paul: You really think that's funny?

Emily: No, actually, I donít. And I do think Meg's smart to have someone on your tail. Because, I mean, I know you can't like someone looking over your shoulder every day.

Paul: I don't like it at all. It's just the first step.

Emily: Towards what?

Paul: Winning Meg back so the three of us can be a family again.

Lucy: This is my first day back, Dusty. I can't be seen talking about personal business.

Dusty: Have you made any progress convincing your father to let me see my son?

Lucy: Not yet.

Dusty: Have you brought it up?

Lucy: The timing hasn't been right.

Dusty: It's been a few days.

Lucy: We can't rush this. At this stage in the game, my father doesn't even want me seeing Johnny yet. I can't very well start leaning on him about you. At least not until he starts to trust me.

Dusty: We had a deal, remember? Your freedom in exchange for some regular time with my son.

Lucy: Yeah, I haven't forgot about that. But you have to let me do this my way, okay? If we start to hit this too hard too fast, then he's just going to dig in his heels and we'll never get him to change his mind.

Dusty: How long do you think it'll take?

Lucy: I have no idea. I have to get to work.

Dusty: That's not good enough.

Carly: I knew it was too good to be true.

Craig: What was?

Carly: Getting through an entire day without laying eyes on you.

Craig: And I was so excited to see you.

Carly: I suppose you want something.

Craig: Well, I realized I never had a chance to explain how I managed to get our friend Stan to give us a second chance.

Carly: Well, I only care about how big an order he placed.

Craig: Ah, well, he actually hasn't made an order yet.

Carly: Oh, sure he has, 'cause you said --

Craig: No, he requested another private party before he'll actually sign on the dotted line.

Carly: Oh. Well, I hope the two of you have fun. 'Cause I have a date with Clark Gable.

Craig: Well, I'm sorry, but Clark is going to have to take a rain check, because Stan specifically requested you.

Carly: Even after I almost puked on his shoes?

Craig: Oh, he's willing to overlook that little indiscretion. As long as you show him to be the reliable and creative genius that I promised him you are.

Carly: I have to prove myself to a man who called me "Sweetheart" all night? Condescending.

Craig: I know, it's ridiculous. But if Stan comes on board, other buyers will follow. So, will you do it?

Carly: I was really looking forward to this and that. And a nice, quiet evening.

Craig: And you'll have it, as soon as we have Stan's signature on a contract.

Carly: Okay. But I'm not taking him on alone.

Craig: Oh, no, you won't have to. I've already made arrangements with the hotel to send someone to sit with Johnny. But I only have him for a couple of hours, so we really should get going.

Carly: Oh, no. No. 'Cause in a couple of hours, Stan is going to be three sheets to the wind and I'm going to be left there alone to cajole him into signing something because you will have left to relieve the babysitter. No.

Craig: That's the best I could do.

Carly: No. The best you can do is getting someone who would love to stay with Johnny for as long as you need.

Craig: Like who?

Carly: Like your daughter.

Craig: No, no. Absolutely, out of the question.

Carly: Come on, you'd leave your son with a complete stranger and not with his own sister?

Craig: A stranger didn't kidnap my son and disappear on me.

Carly: Lucy is not going to do anything like that ever again. Obviously, she's trying to make peace.

Craig: Oh, she's changed. But I can't help but wonder how much of that change has to do with Dusty.

Carly: Are they really that close?

Craig: Well, they're close enough. I wouldn't put it past her to start lobbying on Dusty's behalf to try to convince me to let him spend more time with Johnny.

Carly: Would that really be so horrible?

Craig: Spending time with Dusty confuses Johnny.

Carly: And threatens you.

Craig: What?

Carly: Rivalry. You can't stand the thought that Johnny might like some other man more than he likes you.

Craig: Oh, that's absurd.

Carly: Yes, it is. Doesn't mean it's not true.

Craig: You really think I'm that insecure?

Carly: Obviously. Otherwise, you wouldn't be so unwilling to let Johnny spend time with people he loves. People who love him back.

Craig: Fine. I'll call her.

Carly: Good for you.

Craig: Yeah, but as for not wanting Dusty to spend time with Johnny, it's not a popularity contest. It's about my son's emotional well being.

Carly: Whatever you say.

Lucy: I wish I could give you more. I canít.

Dusty: Can't or won't? Now that you're free and clear, you're not blowing me off, are you?

Lucy: You know me. I wouldn't do that to you. At least I thought you knew me.

Dusty: This isn't a game. I need so see my son.

Lucy: I understand that.

Dusty: I don't think you do.

Lucy: Do you know how many times I've gotten up in the middle of the night to go check on him, only to remember that he's not there? Or how many mornings I've gotten out his toothbrush and his toothpaste, only to remember that he's not there, I have to stop myself? Johnny was my whole life. My reason for being. And now, there is a gigantic, gaping hole where he used to be. So yeah, I get it. More than you know.

[Pager beeping]

Lucy: I have to take this.

Meg: Hey, hey, hey. You leaving?

Dusty: Yeah, I guess.

Meg: Hey, what's wrong?

Dusty: I want to see my son.

Meg: Well, did Lucy say she would intervene with Craig on your behalf?

Dusty: She says it won't happen overnight. But, you don't need to hear this. I'll let you finish work.

Meg: No, no, no. I am almost done with my shift.

Dusty: Congratulations on going back to work, by the way.

Meg: Thank you, but you can toast me at the Lakeview. You know, I feel like I should go out and celebrate my first day back at work. And I think you should come with me.

Dusty: I'm not very good company.

Meg: I'll be the judge of that. Come on. I need a night out and you need a distraction. It won't be a big deal. Just a drink with a friend.

Dusty: What time do you want to meet?

Meg: I have to go home and put Eliza to bed. About a half an hour from now?

Dusty: I'll see you then.

Meg: Okay.

Emily: Hi. So when was the last time you saw your therapist?

Paul: Where'd that come from?

Emily: Well, I was just thinking. I'm not sure, do you have weekly appointments? Because if you don't, you really should do that. These delusions are getting out of control.

Paul: I am not delusional.

Emily: You're talking about getting back together with Meg. It's wacko.

Paul: 'Cause Meg still loves me. And as long as that's the case, there's still hope.

Emily: Has she actually said that to you? I mean, has she told you that she would consider taking you back?

Paul: Not in so many words. But she made it clear.

Emily: How?

Paul: How? Well, the other night, I was out with someone and she saw me. And her reaction was very dramatic.

Emily: Whoa, wait, who were you out with?

Paul: Not someone -- well, actually, it may be someone that you know. But that's not important. The important thing is that Meg was not happy about it.

Emily: Well, that doesn't mean she wants you back, sorry.

Paul: No, but as long as she feels something, that proves that she cares. And as long as she cares, there's still the possibility that we could get back together.

Beverly: It's time to get the baby back. Ms. Snyder will be home from work soon.

Paul: Okay, thanks. Wish me luck.

Emily: Good luck. Here, can I get this for you? You're going to need it.

Meg: Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Hey. Hey, what are you doing?

Paul: I'm sorry. I didn't know you'd be back here.

Meg: Where is Beverly?

Paul: I told her she should go when we got here, if it's okay. I can still catch her, there's probably --

Meg: No, no, no, never mind. Never mind. Hi, Honey, how are you? Do you know how much Mommy missed you? Hey.

Paul: You're a great mom.

Meg: Has she eaten?

Paul: Yeah, I gave her a bottle a few minutes ago. And I changed her. You know, I thought about not changing her and letting you do it, but I figured I owe you.

Meg: Yeah, you do.

Paul: So how was your first day?

Meg: What?

Paul: Back at the hospital?

Meg: How did you know?

Paul: Beverly told me.

Meg: Oh, well, it was great being back to work, even though I was a little rusty.

Paul: Come on, you? You're a terrific nurse. You're really good at what you do.

Meg: Well, thank you for bringing her back on time.

Paul: You wear earrings to work?

Meg: No, I donít. I'm going out.

Paul: On a date? I mean, you have every right. I shouldn't say anything. It'd probably be really good for you to get out, you know?

Meg: It's not a date. I am going to the Lakeview for drinks to celebrate my being back at work. And don't worry, Mama's watching Eliza.

Paul: I'm not worried. It's nice, you know, of your fellow nurses to throw you a little party like that. It's really nice.

Meg: It's not my fellow nurses. It's just a friend.

Paul: Girl friend?

Meg: Okay, you know what, stop fishing. It's Dusty, all right? And it's not a date. And it's also none of your business.

Paul: No, I suppose not. Thank you for letting me spend some time with our little girl. Have fun. Hey you, who is the new guy?

Paul: You're not busy, right?

Emily: No, no. No, not me. Not at all.

Paul: Well, whatever you're doing, I need you more.

Emily: What now?

Paul: Dinner at the Lakeview.

Emily: What, now?

Paul: No, some other night. Yeah, now. I would appreciate an answer.

Emily: Sure. Why not?

Paul: Really? That's it? No arguing? No third degree?

Emily: Let me see, I already know that Meg is having dinner at the Lakeview tonight.

Paul: You know, she might be, yes.

Emily: And if she sees you with me?

Paul: It hopefully will push some buttons.

Emily: You are aware of how childish this is, right?

Paul: It's all I've got.

Emily: You buying?

Paul: Yeah. Of course.

Emily: Okay. Let's go. Is there a problem?

Paul: No, but I mean, you don't have something else to wear kind of lying around here, do you?

Emily: No, I don't usually pack a change of clothes in my bag. What are you doing?

Paul: It's fine, perfectly.

Emily: Thanks.

Paul: You don't have some other way to kind of, you know, I don't know, make yourself hotter?

[Emily laughs]

Emily: Don't push it, Ryan.

Lucy: Hey, Baby! What's up? It's good to see you! Hey, let me see that tooth of yours. Did it come out yet? Okay, well when it does, let me know, because I got an inside track with the tooth fairy. To what do I owe this surprise?

Craig: We just wanted to see how your first day back at work went.

Lucy: Well, that was nice of you.

Craig: It seems that you survived all right. Let your sister sit down.

Lucy: Thank you. Come here. Yeah, I survived. I mean, after a few hours, it was almost like I'd never even left.

Craig: Yeah, this town has a way of doing that to you.

Lucy: Yeah. I'm surprised Bob had me reinstated me at all.

Craig: It's to the hospital's benefit that he did.

Lucy: Thank you.

Craig: Well, if you're not too tired after your first day back in the frying pan, do you think you have enough energy left over to babysit your brother?

Lucy: You mean it?

Craig: Carly and I have to meet with a buyer. It should only take a couple of hours, but it might take longer.

Lucy: No, take all the time you want! Are you hearing it? We're going to get to hang out again, just like old times. Thank you.

Craig: Well, don't thank me. Thank Carly. It was her idea. I just hope I don't regret listening to her.

Lucy: I love Johnny. And what could be harm in that?

Craig: Well, the problem is, your idea and my idea of harm are two different things.

Lucy: Well, we both want Johnny to be happy. And he looks pretty psyched right now.

Craig: All right, I'll allow it on one condition, that you don't leave the hotel with him for any reason.

Lucy: I promise. You can even call and check up on us if you want.

Craig: I will. All right, big guy. Come here, give your daddy a hug. You have a good time with your sister, all right? Here you go.

Lucy: Thank you. Come on, Baby. We are going to order room service and get some ice cream. I bet I know what you want to do first. All right, go pick out some games and I will order -- hmm. Two hot fudge sundaes and a large order of cheese fries, yeah? Hey, come here. I missed you. It's so good to see you. Go, scoot.

[Lucy remembering]

Dusty: This isn't a game. I need to see my son.

[Cell phone rings]

Lucy, I'm glad you called. I know I came down a little hard on you.

Lucy: Yeah, you did. But just to prove I'm not playing games, what are you doing tonight?

Dusty: Nothing special. Why?

Lucy: Well, I just got back from work to find my father and Johnny waiting for me in the hotel lobby.

Dusty: Is Johnny all right?

Lucy: Yeah, he's picking out a video game as we speak.

Dusty: He's with you?

Lucy: Yeah, my father had some business meeting that he had to go to, so he asked me to watch him. I was going to ask you if you wanted to join us, but if you have other plans.

Dusty: Are you kidding me? I'll be right over.

Lucy: Oh, well, in that case, I'm ordering room service. Are you hungry?

Dusty: Wait a minute. Lucy, is Craig was okay with this or no? Lucy?

Lucy: He doesn't know.

Dusty: 'Cause sneaking around is not what I want.

Lucy: Would you rather I hadn't called at all?

Dusty: No. I just hate seeing my son this way, that's all.

Lucy: It's the best that I can do for now. Like I said, we have to take things slowly with my father. One day, he'll realize that I'm not a threat, and neither are you. But right now, he's still really suspicious. So he can't know that I'm trying to help you reconnect with Johnny. It would undo all the progress that we've made.

Dusty: Okay. I won't say anything.

Lucy: So should I make it three hot fudge sundaes?

Carly: Here we are. I think the real test will be vodkas on the market in flavors that haven't been on the market before. But I do believe that once people see our bottle and our label, they won't be able to help at least giving it a try.

Stan: Well, how could anybody resist what you're selling, Sweetheart?

Carly: You know, it's funny you should say that. I happen to have a contract right over here.

Stan: Has anyone ever told you what a beautiful mouth you have?

Carly: A big. I've heard that I have a very big mouth. In fact, my partner says it all the time. I'm going to give him a call, because I think that he should probably be here by now.

Stan: We don't need him, do we?

Craig: Excuse me. Thank you, Carly.

Craig: What the hell do you think you're doing?

Stan: Trying to get to know my new business partner.

Craig: She's not your partner.

Carly: Craig --

Craig: And neither am I.

Carly: Craig, I don't think that we want to make a mistake here.

Craig: He's the one that made the mistake. Get out. Are you all right?

Carly: Yeah. I'm fine. And now, we've just lost our chance to give our product the best showcase in the country.

Craig: We don't need him.

Carly: That's not what you said earlier.

Craig: Since when are you in the habit of listening to me?

Carly: Stop trying to make me feel better.

Craig: Carly, that creep came in here to take something from you. And nothing that you would have done would have stopped him from trying. The mistake was mine for sending you here to meet him alone.

Carly: I should've been able to handle it fine.

Craig: You shouldn't have had to. We run an equal opportunity, nonsexist company here. And if every Neanderthal and his uncle thinks he has to seal the deal with a kiss from you, well then, they're just going to have to kiss me, too.

[Carly laughs]

Craig: What, you think they won't want to?

Carly: No, I -- thank you.

Paul: Hi. This is a surprise.

Meg: Not really. I did tell you I was coming here.

Paul: Yeah, you said you were going out, I wasn't sure where. And when Emily suggested this place, it just didn't register.

Meg: I'll bet it didnít.

Emily: So are you dining alone?

Meg: I'm meeting Dusty.

Emily: Oh. It's not like him to be late.

Meg: He'll be here.

Emily: Hmm. We should get a drink.

Paul: Why don't you go on ahead? I want to talk to Meg for a second.

Emily: Okay, yeah, sure.

Meg: Okay, look, if you're here to grill me about meeting Dusty --

Paul: I want to thank you again for letting me spend so much time with Eliza.

Meg: And?

Paul: And nothing. It was really great.

Meg: I thought you would have some complaints.

Paul: About what?

Meg: Well, I know you don't like having supervised watchdog scoping out your every move.

Paul: Well, it's not exactly how I wanted to spend my time with Eliza, but --

Meg: They're supervised visits, brought on by the court --

Paul: You know, it's really nice, actually, to have another set of eyes in case something goes wrong. And if that's the arrangement that you want, then it's fine with me. If that's the price I have to pay to spend a little time with our little girl, its well worth it. Enjoy your meal.

Emily: You know, if you wanted her to think you've moved on, standing there having a heart-to-heart really wasn't a good idea.

Paul: I should've known.

Emily: What now?

Paul: She said it wasn't a date. She sure as hell wasn't wearing that the last time I saw her. Can I have, like, 11 drinks?

Emily: Okay, are you going to sit here stewing, or are you going to do something about it?

Paul: Are you kidding? Look how great she looks! My only hope is that Dusty doesn't even show up.

Emily: Okay, well, aren't you supposed to make her jealous?

Paul: Okay, that plan doesn't seem to be working.

Emily: That's because you're not doing anything to make her jealous.

Paul: Like what? Thank you.

Lucy: Your daddy's coming over to see you tonight.

Johnny: No, Daddy had to go out.

Lucy: Oh, no. Not that daddy. Your other daddy, Dusty. I know, it's exciting, huh? But we can't let anyone know that he's coming over. We have to keep it our little secret, okay? Just like when we used to play that game "Don't tell". You were really good at that game, huh? So I want you to be good at it again, okay? Okay, good.

[Knock on door]

Dusty: I got here as fast as I could. Hey! It's always good to see you. You're even taller than the last time I saw you. Hey, you remember that train in the catalog you wanted so much? Guess what just came in the mail today.

Johnny: Can I go put it with my other trains?

Dusty: You bet, go ahead.

Lucy: He's so thrilled to see you.

Dusty: The feeling's mutual.

Lucy: I was starting to think maybe you couldn't rearrange your plans after all.

Dusty: That's right, I forgot. I gotta make a phone call.

Lucy: Oh. Okay, go ahead. I'll go help Johnny set up.

[Cell phone ringing]

Meg: Dusty?

Dusty: I hope you haven't left yet.

Meg: Why? What's going on?

Dusty: Something came up, and I'm not going to be able to make it.

Meg: Oh.

Dusty: You left, didn't you? You're probably sitting alone in the lounge right now.

Meg: No, not at all. As a matter of fact, I was just going to tell you that I was running late.

Dusty: Good. Again, I'm sorry, but this thing came up.

Meg: No worries. Look, it was a last minute thing. And besides, I am feeling kind of tired.

Dusty: You sure you're not mad?

Meg: Of course not. Go do what you have to do. I'll talk to you later.

Lucy: Everything okay?

Dusty: Everything's great. Excuse me, I have a train to catch.

Paul: Oh, hi. How are you, Meg?

Meg: Okay, I know what you're doing.

Paul: What are you talking about?

Meg: You can't actually expect me to be jealous of her.

Emily: "Her" is standing right here.

Meg: I wasn't jealous when I saw you with that hooker. And since Emily's reputation isn't a whole heck of a lot better, I'm not jealous now.

Emily: Excuse me?

Meg: He's using you, again. And what's worse, it's not working.

Paul: It's totally working!

Emily: Yeah, I think her words were "Not working".

Paul: No, it is working. If she wasn't jealous, she wouldn't come all the way over here just to tell me that she wasn't jealous. It's only a matter of time before I win her back.

[Dusty and Lucy singing]

Head, shoulders knees and toes knees and toes

head, shoulders knees and toes knees and toes

Eyes and ear and mouth and nose

head, shoulders knees and toes knees and toes

Lucy: No, it was you! Oh!

Dusty: That's right, you're an airplane! We're gonna make a crash landing on the bed. Because it is --

Both: Bedtime!

Dusty: Hey, go get your PJs on, I'll read you a story, okay? Thank you, Pal.

Lucy: You okay?

Dusty: I don't care what the court says. I'm his father, you know?

Lucy: Yeah, I know how you feel. I feel like his mother. I mean, I'm sorry. I know I could never replace Jennifer.

Dusty: Well, he doesn't have Jennifer as a mother, so he's lucky to have you. What?

Lucy: Oh, I was just thinking about how, you know, when we used to be together, we'd talk about our dreams. I was so sure that we'd end up having a family together and living happily ever after.

Dusty: That was a long time ago.

Lucy: And yet here we are, playing parents to a child that doesn't really belong to either one of us.

Dusty: You were pretty young back when we were together. A lot's gone down since then.

Lucy: Yeah, you're right. But I have to admit, there were times when I was with Johnny that I couldn't help thinking about those old dreams. I couldn't help wondering if you hadn't been at war with my father, and if I'd stayed in Oakdale, maybe the two of us --

Dusty: There's no going back.

Lucy: No. Especially not after I kidnapped your son.

Dusty: I didn't mean that.

[Cell phone ringing]

Lucy: Oh. Oh, it's him.

Dusty: What are you waiting for? Answer it.

Lucy: It's been such a nice night. I don't want to ruin it.

[Cell phone ringing]

Dusty: He'll get suspicious if you don't answer.

Lucy: Yeah, I guess. Oh, except now he's probably on his way home, thinking I took Johnny on a slow boat to China. Which means that you should probably leave.

Dusty: Maybe if he found me here, it would be best for everyone.

Lucy: Even if it meant never seeing your son again?

Carly: Where are you going?

Craig: If she's taken him, she couldn't have gotten far.

Carly: Craig, why don't you try calling one more time? You'd be surprised how many ways a kid can keep you from answering the phone.

[Cell phone ringing]

Craig: Lucy?

Lucy: Hey, Dad.

Craig: Is everything okay?

Lucy: What do you mean?

Craig: Well, I called and you didn't pick up.

Lucy: Oh, well I was helping Johnny brush his teeth. I'm calling back so you didn't worry.

Craig: Oh.

Carly: Why didn't she answer the phone?

Craig: She was helping him brush his teeth. So everything's okay there?

Lucy: Yeah, everything's great. We're having a great time.

Craig: I'm glad.

Lucy: So is your business meeting over? Are you on your way home?

Craig: Oh, the meeting's over, all right. I was wondering if you could stay a little longer, though.

Lucy: Oh. Oh, sure. Yeah, as long as you don't mind me crashing on your couch.

Craig: Still not quite used to those resident hours, huh?

Lucy: No, not really.

Craig: Of course it's all right. I'll wake you when I come in.

Lucy: Okay.

Dusty: He doesn't know?

Lucy: Well, I doubt he'd ask me to stay longer if he did.

Dusty: Johnny might say something.

Lucy: No. I already asked him to keep it between us, not to let anyone know. Especially not our father.

Dusty: Great. My kid's already sworn to secrecy.

Lucy: I'll tell him when the time is right. But in the meantime, you just have to be patient.

Carly: Why are you still here? Our business is done, in more ways than one. You don't have to worry. Stan is definitely not coming back.

Craig: I can't leave without making a toast.

Carly: No, Craig, please. No more vodka. I canít.

Craig: Too late. It's already in the glass. Didn't your mother teach you not to waste?

Carly: All right. Well, what shall we toast to? Our business going bust before it got off the ground?

Craig: I was thinking we could toast to me.

Carly: You?

Craig: Yeah. Aside from the fact that I just tuned up Stan, I actually am a hero tonight.

Carly: If you do say so yourself.

Craig: Well, considering I'm usually the one getting punched out, a definitive 180 like this is worth celebrating, don't you think?

Carly: I might, if your little hero routine didn't mean Midnight Sun was going belly-up.

Craig: Just let me enjoy the moment.

[Knock at the door]

Meg: Paul, if that's you, I really am in no mood to -- Dusty? What are you doing here?

Dusty: I wanted to apologize to you for canceling earlier.

Meg: I told you it was no big deal.

Dusty: Yeah, but it was your first day back at work, and you deserved a celebration.

Meg: You know what, it's okay, I wasn't really in the mood of going out. I was tired. As a matter of fact, I'm going up to bed right now. So we can talk about this tomorrow or something?

Dusty: You always get dressed up for bed?

Meg: I didn't have a chance to change after you called.

Dusty: Right.

Meg: Are you saying you don't believe me?

Dusty: Let me in, will you?

Meg: First you stand me up, then you call me a liar?

Dusty: So you are mad.

Meg: Well, I don't appreciate being jerked around.

Dusty: Now I really need to come in. Please?

Meg: It's late.

Dusty: You're not going to sleep. Not yet, anyway.

Paul: Dusty didn't even show up.

Emily: Yeah. You know what, maybe that's why she was so mad.

Paul: No, no, no. There's nothing going on with her and Dusty. I mean, she's just using him to try to get to me.

Emily: Are you trying to get me drunk or kill me?

Paul: Water it down.

Emily: You know what, that's your problem. You're so focused on Meg, you can't even make a simple drink, for God's sake.

[Paul laughs]

Emily: You know what, I'm glad. I'm glad I make you laugh. That's just great.

Paul: What? It's funny.

Emily: So funny. God.

Paul: Wow. You're hot. Hey.

Emily: Don't get any ideas, okay? You just back off, big guy. Been there, done that. Now that's funny. Get me something to wear, please. I think I've had enough fun for one night.

Paul: Are you leaving?

Emily: Yes, I'm leaving. I've had all the laughs I can take.

Paul: Thank you.

Emily: You know what, next time I'm going to lay down the law that you owe me a dinner when we go out, okay?

Paul: "Next time"? What, you want to go out with me again?

Emily: Yeah, sure, why not? I mean, now that I'm over you, I've got nothing to lose, right? I just hope, for your sake, all this running around actually accomplishes something.

Meg: I really am tired.

Dusty: You look beautiful. I'm sorry I let you down.

Meg: Look, I told you, I'm fine.

Dusty: I'd never break a date with you unless it was for a very good reason.

Meg: You don't have to explain. And it wasn't a date.

Dusty: Wasn't it?

Meg: I was the one that said we had to keep our distance. I shouldn't have asked you.

Dusty: Well, I'm glad you did. Nothing would make me cancel except Johnny.

Meg: Is he okay?

Dusty: Yeah, he's fine. I just hate sneaking around to see him.

Meg: What do you mean?

Dusty: Craig asked Lucy to babysit. She thought it was a good time for me to see him. So, I went over there.

Meg: Well that was nice of her.

Dusty: Yeah, she knows it's been rough on me without him.

Meg: So she was there the whole time, I assume?

Dusty: Yeah, she had to be, in case Craig called.

Meg: Is that the only reason?

Dusty: Yeah. She thinks it's only a matter of time before Craig will let me see him in public.

Meg: So every time you want to see Johnny, you have to go through her?

Dusty: Until Craig comes around. Lucy thinks that'll take a while.

Meg: Of course she does.

Dusty: What does that mean?

Meg: Nothing.

Dusty: You think she's lying?

Meg: I think as long as Craig doesn't know, that you and Lucy will always be connected. And that's fine, if that's what you want. What?

Dusty: You're jealous.

Meg: No, I'm not.

Dusty: You don't need to be.

Meg: Well, thank you.

Dusty: You know why?

Meg: Why?

Carly: All righty, that does it for me. I'm heading home.

Craig: Not quite so fast.

Carly: Oh, come on, Craig. If I have another drink, I won't be able to drive.

Craig: I'll make sure you get home all right.

Carly: That's what I'm afraid of.

Craig: We have to finalize the label design for the printers tomorrow.

Carly: Are you serious?

Craig: I'm afraid I am.

Carly: You ply me with liquor and then you expect me to work?

Craig: Well, I was hoping that a little relaxation might make you more amenable to the thought of pulling an all-nighter.

Carly: Well, it won't work. I'm not doing it. And neither are you. You have a son waiting for you.

Craig: But Lucy already said she'd sit with him longer.

Carly: So now you trust her?

Craig: Not completely. But I could also bring Johnny to sleep over at your house while we work.

Carly: No, I will go home and I'll work on the label myself.

Craig: You sure you don't want me to hang around and help?

Carly: Just go.

Craig: Okay, I'm going.

Carly: Hey, Craig. I didn't say it before. Thank you for stopping Stan.

Craig: So I really am a hero?

Carly: Don't let it go to your head.

On the next "As the World Turns."

Vienna: What do you think?

Jack: Take a look around, Honey. Everything in the immediate vicinity belongs to us.

Liberty: Oh, my God!

Parker: Oh, my God, the kitchen's on fire!

Liberty: Oh, my God!

Carly: You want me to go to a hotel with you?

Craig: We'll get separate rooms, Carly. And you can have the just reward of all your efforts -- a nap.

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