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As The World Turns Transcript Thursday 4/2/09

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Provided By Suzanne
Proofread By Emma

Casey: Is this really stupid?

Alison: You're asking me? This was your idea.

Casey: I know, but -- I just feel kind of weird.

Alison: You're just jealous 'cause mine's bigger than yours.

Casey: What? No, it is not!

[Alison laughs]

Alison: Made you look! Okay, now, can we please get these beats down for class? I don't want to get kicked out on the second day.

Casey: Ooh! The shame!

Alison: I know. Okay.

[Clears throat]

[Taps rhythm on drum]

Alison: How was that?

Casey: Excellent.

Alison: Really?

Casey: No, not at all. It's supposed to be like a tribal dance, not -- not a funeral march. You know, just, uh --

[Taps rhythm on drum]

Alison: I'm not getting it.

Casey: Well, you can't -- okay, you can't just smack the thing. There's -- there's different ways of stroking it, you know?

Alison: Don't be dirty!

Casey: I'm not being dirty. Let me just show you, okay? So hands together. Hit it on the side. Like that.

[Taps drum]  

Casey: Or you can have open hand in the center.

[Taps drum]

Alison: I see.

Casey: Yes. And see? You want to hit it with the palm of the hand, okay?

Alison: Somebody was paying attention.

[Chuckles]

Casey: Yes, yes. You can change it up, you know?

Alison: Well, how do you know when to do that?

Casey: Uh, do what?

Alison: Change it up?

Casey: Oh, um -- you know, it's like instinct. You just gotta find the rhythm.

Alison: Okay.

Casey: Yeah. Feel it now?

[Chuckles]

Luke: Hey.

Noah: Hey. What are you doing here?

Luke: Look, I know you're working, but I really want to show you something.

Noah: Oh! Couldn't you have just e-mailed me?

Luke: Yeah, if you ever check your e-mail.

Noah: I check my e-mail.

Luke: No, you donít.

[Chuckles]

Luke: Anyway, you know I put that ad on Gregís list, looking for volunteers for the foundation?

Noah: Oh, yeah. Did you get any responses?

Noah: Yeah, tons. People who saw me on TV. People who have been discriminated against themselves. They all want to help.

Noah: That's great.

Luke: Yeah, I know. Tell me about it. And I think the more people, the better. I want to launch a broad campaign against discrimination, prove to those bigots that we're not scared of them anymore.

Noah: "Anymore"? Talking about Damian, aren't you?

Noah: Among others, yeah.

Noah: Look, since you brought it up --

Luke: I didnít. You did.

Noah: Well, it's just -- something happened.

Luke: With Damian?

Noah: Yeah.

Luke: What?

Noah: The other day, after you left, he came by.

Luke: And?

Noah: And he asked me to talk to you about giving him one more chance. [Scoffs]

Luke: He doesn't stop, does he? Well, what did he say?

Noah: What do you think I said? I told him no way. [Laughs]

Luke: Of course you did. You're a good boyfriend. [Laughs]

Noah: But I know you don't want to hear this, but I think you're making a mistake about not giving him one more chance.

Holden: I want to know why Damian hasn't been arrested yet.

Margo: Because we require evidence that someone's actually committed a crime before we arrest them.

Holden: Come on. We both know he's the one who ransacked our house.

Margo: Well, no knowing ain't proving. It's not the same thing.

Holden: Margo, the maid saw Damian cutting through the yard. There were footprints -- muddy footprints -- inside and outside the house. Luke and Noah -- they saw Damian with muddy shoes later on. What do you need?

Margo: All right, well, here's the deal. We weren't able to lift a complete print from the mud inside the house to get a match. And Lily is on record stating that she let Damian into the house earlier in the day. [Sighs]

Holden: What am I supposed to do? Can you tell me that? I don't want that guy anywhere near my family.

Margo: I know, Holden, but Damian swears he's here to make amends with Luke.

Holden: I don't buy it. The way he treated Luke, prejudice like that -- it doesn't just go away.

Margo: So you don't think he can change?

Holden: No, I donít. I have this very strange feeling that Luke is in danger.

Margo: All right, well, what I can do is I can put Luke under police protection. But I don't think he's gonna cotton to having 24-hour surveillance.

Holden: I don't care. Do it.

Noah: Some of the things Damian's done in the past have been really awful. I understand that.

Luke: No, no, you donít. If you did, you couldn't sit there and ask me to give him another chance.

Noah: I really think he's being sincere this time.

Luke: Noah, it's just an act. Trust me, the last thing Damian Grimaldi is sincere.

Noah: He told me all he wants is the chance to make things up to you.

Luke: Yeah, well, last time he was here, all he wanted was the chance to make me straight. You know, he can't make up for that.

Noah: Yeah, well, if you won't let him.

Luke: Look, Noah, I know that you'd love for me to say, "Damian, I forgive you," but trust me, it's not that easy!

Noah: If my dad was still alive and he wanted a real relationship with me --

Luke: Oh, no, I have a real relationship with my dad! And so do you. He's the guy you call Holden Snyder. But as far as Damian goes, I have given him enough chances. I am done, okay?

Noah: Okay.

Luke: Okay. Look, so now I just -- I just want to find some volunteers -- [Chuckles]

Zac: You can put that away now.

Zoe: You won't be needing it anymore.

Luke: What are you doing?

Noah: Excuse me?

Zac: Your search is over, boys.

Zoe: Because we're exactly what you've been looking for.

Lily: You shouldn't have come here, Damian.

Damian: I need to talk to you.

Lily: I don't have anything to say to you.

Damian: Well, then, perhaps you can just listen to what I have to say. May I come in?

Lily: At least this time you asked.

Damian: Thank you. Lily, listen, I -- I understand your reservations, but I wish you could see that I don't mean you or our son any harm. On the contrary.

Lily: Well, unfortunately, you haven't given us much reason to trust you, Damian.

Damian: Come on. That's all in the past, Lily. How many times do I have to apologize?!

Lily: Your apologies aren't gonna change what happened for any of us.

Damian: Look at me, Lily. Do you honestly believe I was driving the car that hit our son, or that I could break into your home and tear it apart as a way to scare you?

Lily: I don't know what to think.

Damian: I was exonerated by the police! That should tell you something!

Holden: You were released because of lack of evidence. That's not the same as being exonerated.

Damian: There's no evidence because I'm innocent, Holden. I am not a danger to Luke! You are!

Lily: Excuse me?

Damian: You want so badly to believe I'm the bad guy here that you are blind to the truth!

Holden: And what's that?

Damian: That the real danger to our son is still out there.

Lily: Damian, stop. You don't need to scare us any more than we already are.

Damian: I think you should be scared.

Holden: All right. I've had it with this.

Lily: What are you doing?

Holden: I'm gonna call the cops.

Damian: Holden, all these things that are happening to Luke are connected. They're not a coincidence.

Holden: It's no coincidence that you suddenly show up here, and my son is almost killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Damian: You seem to forget that I'm the one who took him to the hospital.

Holden: I'm not entirely convinced that you weren't the one behind the wheel, either.

Damian: You know what? You're a child. You believe me, don't you?

Holden: Look, stop looking to my wife to back you up.

Lily: I just want this fighting to stop and for my family to be safe.

Damian: Then listen to what I'm telling you. You can waste your time pointing the finger on me, blaming me for everything, or you can do something to find the person truly responsible.

Holden: I want you out of my house, Damian, and I'm done asking nicely.

Damian: Fine. But this one's on you.

Lily: What is that supposed to mean?

Damian: It means until your husband can get past his anger towards me, Luke will never be safe.

Holden: Your scare tactics are not gonna work on us, okay?

Damian: And pointing the finger at me isn't gonna solve anything. I just hope you realize that before it's too late.

Zoe: The minute we saw your foundation was looking for volunteers --

Zac: We just knew that it was something that we were meant to be a part of.

Luke: Really?

[Zac laughs]

Zac: Would we lie to you?

Luke: I don't know. I only laid eyes on you a few minutes ago.

Zoe: Hope those eyes like what they see. What do you think? Does he like what he sees?

Zac: Mm, just tell them that when we commit to something --

Zoe: We give it everything we've got.

[Laughs]

Luke: Okay. That's -- that's -- that's good.

Zoe: So, just tell us what you need us to do, and we're on it.

Luke: Uh, how about we start with names?

Zoe: Of course! We're Zoe and Zac Finn.

Noah: And where are you guys from?

Zac: Where aren't we from? Right, Z?

Zoe: It's insane. Feels like we've been everywhere.

Noah: And now you guys want to join up with the foundation?

Zoe: You want to bring attention to what you're doing.

Zac: And we're very good at attracting attention.

Luke: Yeah, I can see that.

Zoe: It's a social skill that's often undervalued.

Zac: You probably get your fair share of attention all on your own.

Zoe: Z!

Zac: I'm simply pointing out the obvious.

Luke: Well, something that's not so obvious, Z, is that he's taken. [Laughs]

Zac: In some ways, we're all taken. And yet, there's a part of everyone that will always be free.

Noah: Yeah, that's -- deep.

Zoe: We want to be a part of this. We have all kinds of ideas and resources. All you have to do --

Zac: Is say yes.

Luke: Well, far be it for me to turn away volunteers.

Zac: No. You have to say it.

Luke: Yes.

[Zac laughs]

Zoe: Excellent!

Holden: Lily, I don't want Damian coming around here anymore, and I don't want him in this house, okay?

Lily: Look, what he said upset me, too.

Holden: He accused us of putting Luke in danger.

Lily: I know, but maybe he was lashing out because we accused him of having something to do with Luke's accident.

Holden: Don't tell me you're feeling sorry for him.

Lily: I'm not.

Holden: Good, because I don't trust him, and I never have.

Lily: But I have. And you're worried that I will again.

Holden: No.

Lily: I made a terrible mistake, and what I did, it almost cost us our son.

Holden: I never blamed you for that.

Lily: Thank you for saying that.

Holden: Look, you, the kids -- you guys are my whole life.

Lily: And you're mine.

Holden: And I'm gonna do everything I can to protect us.

[Tapping on drums]

Alison: Okay, I think I have it down now.

Casey: I still think you need help.

Alison: Go beat your own drum!

Casey: Whoa! Look who's talking dirty now?

Alison: Your drum is over there.

Casey: So?

Alison: So you're messing me up!

Casey: No, I'm not! I'm helping you out!

Alison: Yes, you are! See? I'm all over the place!

Casey: Whoa, what is wrong with you, woman?

Alison: I'm trying to play my drum!

Casey: Yeah, you're gonna bust a rib. [Laughs]

Alison: You're vibrating.

Casey: I know.

Alison: I'm talking about your phone.

Casey: I'm not.

[Alison chuckles]

Alison: You have serious problems. Answer it.

Casey: Come on! You're no fun! Hello. Yes, this is Casey Hughes, drum master. Oh, hey, hello. Yeah, no. It's, uh -- it's an, uh, extension course, so I just thought it -- yeah, okay. No, no. It's no problem.

Alison: Who was it? Casey?

Casey: It was dean burns.

Alison: From O.U.? What did he want?

Casey: Apparently, he wanted to call me and tell me that I was expelled from school, that I'm ineligible to enroll in any of the extension courses.

Alison: What? Oh, Casey, I'm so sorry.

Casey: Why? Why are you sorry? This is what happens. Every time, it's the same thing. Something good happens, and I screw it up! I don't -- I don't even know why I try!

Alison: Casey, I'm sorry.

Casey: Donít. Please.

Alison: Don't what?

Casey: Don't -- don't be all sweet and kind because you feel sorry for me.

Alison: I know, but this isn't your fault.

Casey: I -- I'm pretty sure it is. Who else is there to blame, huh?

Alison: Me, maybe.

Casey: You didn't get me expelled.

Alison: But it was my idea for us to take this extension course. I should have looked into it more.

Casey: Yeah, to see if there's a "no loser" policy. Yeah.

Alison: Okay, forget about O.U., all right? We'll just -- we'll go take a class someplace else.

Casey: Why? What is the point?

Alison: You can't just give up!

Casey: You don't get it, do you? No one's gonna take me, Ali. Once they see I was expelled, no school is gonna want me.

Alison: You don't know that.

Casey: Oh, but they -- they want an ex-con? A gambling addict? Unemployed janitor?

Alison: Oh, poor you.

Casey: What?

Alison: You heard me!

Casey: You are not funny.

Alison: I'm not being funny, Casey. I've been there. I know what it's like. And I was way worse off than you were, but I was able to come back and turn my life around.

Casey: Good for you. Mm-hmm.

Alison: Wow. That's an attractive attitude.

Casey: Well -- I think you should go, Ali.

Alison: For how long?

Casey: What?

Alison: Do you want me to just go for now, or do you want me to leave and like never come back?

Casey: What do you think, huh? You're obviously better off without me.

Alison: Maybe I don't want better.

Casey: So you're just gonna settle?

Alison: You know what I'm gonna do? This.

Zoe: The first idea we had was to get people talking --

Zac: About themselves and about their experiences --

Zoe: Their feelings. So we thought we should start a blog.

Luke: A blog?

Zoe: Yes, for both gay and straight people to come together in an open forum.

Zac: They probably have more in common than -- than they realize.

Luke: That's -- that's probably true.

Zoe: And we were thinking of something else, too.

Noah: What's that?

Zac: A dance.

Zoe: Who doesn't like to let the music take control, right?

Noah: And what would the point of this dance be?

Zac: To let people move their bodies and open their minds, experience something new.

Luke: Well, how would a dance be something new?

Zac: Because everyone would have to dance with someone of the same sex and someone of the opposite sex.

Zoe: Regardless of whether or not they were gay or straight.

Zac: Or bi.

Luke: Well, that -- sounds interesting.

Zoe: We thought so.

Luke: Wow. You guys are really in tune with each other.

Zoe: Yeah. Can kind of freak people out at first.

Luke: How long have you guys been together?

Zac: Our whole lives.

Zoe: We're --

Zac: Twins.

Zoe: We've just always been super affectionate.

Zac: Me and Z against the world.

Zoe: Mm.

Luke: Yeah. Yeah, I know the feeling.

[Cell phone rings]

Noah: Who's that?

Luke: It's my dad.

Noah: Which one?

Luke: The only one I have.

Zac: What does that mean?

Luke: It's complicated. Pardon me a minute. Hey, Dad. What's up?

Holden: Where are you?

Luke: I'm at Java with Noah.

Holden: You think you can swing by the house?

Luke: Yeah.

Luke: What's up?

Holden: I spoke to Margo earlier, and we both agreed that she should assign someone to keep tabs on you.

Luke: What are you saying, I'm gonna have a cop following me now? Don't I get a say?

Holden: It's for your own protection.

Luke: Well, I don't want it.

Holden: All right, fine.

Why don't you just come on home, and we can discuss it. You can meet Officer Cohen.

Luke: I'm on my way. I've got to go.

Noah: Is everything okay?

Luke: Yeah, well, if you consider me being put under police protection okay.

Noah: What?

Zac: That sounds exciting.

Luke: Trust me, it's not. I got to run.

Zac: Mm, we should go, too.

Zoe: Yeah, we've got work to do.

Zac: We've got to make ourselves indispensable to our new bosses. Later.

Noah: And then that happened.

Luke: What?

Noah: Okay, well, I got to lock up, but then I'll come right by the house soon as I can.

Luke: Okay. See you soon.

Noah: Love you.

Luke: Love you, too.

Casey: Okay, wait. Slow down.

Alison: Why?

Casey: I -- I don't know.

Alison: You're not making any sense.

Casey: I know, I know.

Alison: What's wrong?

Casey: Why are we doing this?

Alison: That's a rhetorical question, I hope.

Casey: No, no, it depends on the answer.

Alison: What if the answer is "Because"?

Casey: That's not really an answer.

Alison: What's wrong? Are you saying you don't want to do this?

Casey: No, I do. I do want to do this. I want to do this more than you can imagine.

Alison: Well, right now, it's kind of hard for me to imagine that, because you stopped.

Casey: I -- I don't want to stop. You know, I just -- I don't want you to do this because you feel sorry for me.

Alison: What?

Casey: I mean, you know, we've been avoiding this for so long, and now, all of the sudden, we're not avoiding it.

Alison: Yeah, uh, Casey, I hate to break it to you, but I'm not your personal pick-me-up.

Casey: I didn't mean it like that. I really like you, Alison, and I don't want to be -- our first time to be about you making me feel better.

Alison: I wouldn't be worried about me trying to make you feel better right now.

Casey: There's one thing in my life I don't want to mess up. I just want to make sure -- you're ready for this.

Alison: Okay, honestly? You know, I'm not sure that I am, Case. But I think the bigger question is, are you ready?

Casey: Yes.

Alison: No, I don't think you are. I should go.

Casey: Alison, please, don't go.

Alison: Why?

Casey: Because I might not know much right now, but I'm -- I'm damn sure I want you to stay.

Luke: Hi. You must be Officer Cohen.

Officer Cohen: And you must be Luke. Nice to meet you.

Luke: Yeah. Uh, no offense, but I really don't want you following me around.

Holden: Luke, it's for your own good.

Luke: Dad, I can take care of myself.

Holden: Luke, I'm not taking any chances, not with Damian around.

Luke: Do you really think that he would try and hurt me?

Lily: It's not just Damian we're worried about. Honey, someone tried to run you down with their car. You could have been killed.

Luke: Well, I guess we don't think that that's an accident anymore?

Holden: Maybe it was. Maybe it wasnít. Until we know --

Luke: Yeah, but what if we never know? Am I supposed to just go in hiding, hide who I am and what I stand for in case somebody doesn't like it and tries to retaliate?

Holden: Listen, will you just listen to me?

Luke: No! No, I don't want to live my life this way. It's like telling these people that they've won.

Lily: Luke, we don't want you to live your life in fear either. But --

Luke: But what? Are you having a cop following you around? You having a cop following you around?

Holden: No.

Luke: No. No, just me. Just the gay guy. I don't like the message that it sends. It says that if you're out and unapologetic about it, you have to be protected.

Lily: Your father and I are not going to risk your life on principle.

Holden: Sorry, Luke. This is the way it has to be.

Holden: How long?

Holden: Until Damian is gone.

Noah: Sorry, we're closed for the night. Mr. Grimaldi. Mr. Grimaldi! Oh, my -- Mr. Grimaldi. Damian! Damian, can you hear me? Mr. Grimaldi, hey! Oh, my God!

Damian: Noah --

Noah: You're bleeding. What happened?

Damian: Someone stabbed me. What are you doing?

Noah: You need an ambulance.

Damian: No, no, don't call the police. Just get me to the hospital.

Noah: Mr. Grimaldi? Mr. Grimaldi! No! Yeah, I need an ambulance at Java. Yes, in old town. Someone's been stabbed. He's losing a lot of -- what? No. Look, he's not conscious. Well, okay, hurry!

[Cell phone rings]

Luke: It's Noah. Can I answer it?

Holden: Luke, we're not putting restrictions on you.

Luke: No, just a shadow. Hey, are you on your way over?

Noah: No. It's Damian.

Luke: You sound freaked out. Did -- did he do something?

Noah: I'm at Java. He's been stabbed. There's a lot of blood, Luke.

Luke: Dad?

Noah: I called 911. Can you meet us at the hospital?

Luke: We're on our way. Noah?

Holden: Is Noah okay?

Luke: No, not really. Um, he says Damian's been stabbed.

Lily: What?

Luke: We have to get to the hospital right away.

Casey: Shouldn't we talk about this? Isn't that what we agreed we would do to make sure this works?

Alison: No, I'm not sure what else there is to say at this point, Casey. 'Cause no matter what I say, it doesn't seem to make a difference.

Casey: I just don't want a pep talk, okay? That's all.

Alison: You never give me a chance to give you one! You say you're a loser, I say you're not, and then you tell me I don't know what I'm talking about.

Casey: Well, I know what I am!

Alison: No, you donít. And I think that's why you don't know what to do with your life and why you act like nothing ever matters to you, because you don't know what really does.

Casey: I think you matter.

Alison: Casey, I can't be your life raft, okay? You have to save yourself.

Casey: From what?

Alison: From becoming what you say you are. You have to find something to be proud of. And I -- me liking you can't be that reason.

Casey: So what am I supposed to do? Let's hear it.

Alison: Stop being so afraid.

Casey: Afraid of what?

Alison: Of -- I don't know, trying, failing. You have been given all these chances, and you never do anything with them, because you're too afraid to put yourself out there.

Casey: What am I -- what am I supposed to put out there?

Alison: I don't know, anything, Casey! But you keep hiding behind these lame excuses! And I --

Casey: And what, what?

Alison: And I guess that does make you a loser, then.

Casey: Thanks.

Alison: So do something about it. I like you, Casey. I like you so much. But if you're determined to actually become this miserable person, then I might not feel that way anymore.

Noah: Is Mr. Grimaldi gonna be okay?

Dr. Reade: He stabilized once we stopped the bleeding.

Noah: How bad was the wound?

Dr. Reade: Deep, but the damage was fairly superficial.

Noah: Good. That's good. His son will be here soon.

Margo: Excuse me. Lieutenant Hughes, Oakdale P.D.

Dr. Reade: Dr. Reade.

Margo: Yes. Do you mind if I have ask Mr. Grimaldi here a few questions?

Noah: Well, I don't think he's --

Damian: It's all right, Noah. I don't mind.

Margo: Thank you.

Damian: Thanks.

Margo: Damian, you want to tell me what happened?

Damian: Someone jumped me.

Margo: Where?

Damian: Near Java.

Margo: Did you see who it was?

Damian: No.

Margo: Did they make any demands as for a watch or a wallet?

Damian: No.

Margo: Did you see anyone?

Noah: No, no. I was just closing up, and -- and he was just there.

Margo: Do you have any idea why you would be targeted, Damian?

Damian: I don't think they were after me. I think they were after my son.

Noah: Luke?

Margo: Why do you think that?

Damian: I saw Luke leaving Java, and I was following him.

Margo: Why?

Damian: I wanted to make sure he was all right.

Margo: Where is Luke now? Do you know?

Noah: He's fine. I spoke with him.

Margo: When?

Noah: After I called 911.

Damian: He's fine. Thank God.

Margo: All right, that's all for now. Let's let him rest.

Luke: Noah!

Holden: Margo, what happened?

Luke: Are you all right?

Noah: Yeah, I'm fine.

Luke: Oh, there's blood all over your shirt.

Noah: It's Damian's.

Luke: Are you sure? Oh, baby, baby, you're shaking.

Noah: I guess it's just everything catching up to me.

Luke: Well, do you want to -- do you want to go sit down?

Noah: No, no. Luke, Damian said -- he thinks the people who -- who did this to him, they weren't after him. They were after you.

Luke: What?

Noah: If this happened to you, if this was your blood on my shirt --

Luke: Hey, hey, hey, hey. Its okay, it's okay. I'm okay. Do you want to -- do you want to go somewhere? Let's get you out of here.

Damian: Uh --

Holden: You're alive.

Damian: Sorry to disappoint you, Holden.

Lily: How are you feeling?

Damian: My back hurts.

Lily: Is there anything I can do for you?

Damian: Thank Noah for me. He saved my life.

Lily: You were lucky he was there.

Damian: I'm only happy that Luke is all right.

Holden: Margo told us about your little theory. You think that Luke was the intended target?

Damian: Is that so hard to believe?

Holden: I just think it's rather convenient. You want to hear my theory?

Lily: Holden --

Holden: I think he set the whole thing up. Here's something else for you. It's not gonna work.

Damian: You think I set this up?

Holden: Your credibility is shot. You needed a way to garner some quick sympathy.

Damian: You know, you're something else, Holden. I was stabbed in the back! How could I have done this to myself?

Holden: I don't know, Damian. It wouldn't be the first time you had someone else do your dirty work.

Damian: You want to blame me for this? You go ahead.

Lily: Look, no one is blaming anyone. We're -- we're all just on edge. Damian, you were attacked, and on the heels of Luke's hit-and-run --

Damian: That's exactly my point. We have to find out what's really going on here. We have to protect our son.

Holden: The only one Luke needs protecting from is you.

Lily: Holden --

Holden: Everything started when he came back here again. He's responsible.

Damian: Believe what you want, but you're only putting Luke in more danger. You need my help, and so does my son.

Holden: No, he's my son, and I will protect him without your help.

Luke: Still don't know why you wanted to come here.

Noah: 'Cause I wanted you to see it.

Luke: See what? The blood stains on the ground outside java? Why?

Noah: 'Cause it was real.

Luke: Noah, I know it was, and I feel so awful that you had to go through that. I do.

Noah: This is not about me! Forget about me! This is about Damian! He -- he almost died! Does that mean anything to you?!

Luke: Noah --

Noah: No! You know the first thing he asked about when he got to the hospital was you?

Luke: Yeah, well, I also know that he was following me, and you know how I feel about that.

Noah: He was trying to make sure that you were safe.

Noah: Will you please stop defending him? Look, I don't know how to say this in a way that you're gonna understand.

Noah: No, I know. You don't trust him.

Luke: No, and I don't think I ever will.

Noah: Well, I know one thing.

Luke: What?

Noah: He loves you. He loves you like a real father.

Lily: Why do you keep going after Damian like this?

Holden: His lies, his diversionary tactics -- I'm not gonna fall for them again.

Lily: You really think he hired someone to have himself stabbed? Holden, none of this is helping Luke.

Holden: Fine. Then we'll figure out what will. Margo -- any leads on who might have done this to Damian?

Margo: Oh, we're still canvassing the area.

Holden: Fine. Here's what I want you to do. I want you to have Officer Cohen start following Luke immediately.

Margo: Well, we have to get Luke's consent.

Holden: It's fine with me.

Margo: No, no, it doesn't work that way. Sorry, Holden.

Holden: Well, then, we'll talk to him.

Lily: Where -- where is Luke? I haven't seen him in a while.

Holden: I just got a text from him. He's over at Al's with Noah.

Margo: All right. Well, then, I will send Officer Cohen over there to meet you.

Holden: Okay, fine. I'm gonna go talk to him. Want to come?

Lily: I'd like to stay here.

Holden: No, no. It's not a good idea. I don't want you here with him.

Lily: Holden, I need to do this. Damian's in a hospital bed. He can't hurt me. You need to focus on Luke right now.

Holden: Fine, if that's what you want.

Lily: It is. I'll see you at home?

Holden: Yeah. Love you.

Lily: I love you, too.

Casey: I bet you think I should have my head examined for coming to see you.

Dean Burns: Sit down.

Casey: It's -- you know, it's not like I'm your student anymore. You expelled me. And for the longest time, that's how I saw it -- you expelled me. You wronged me. But I realize it was my fault, and I messed up.

Dean Burns: What is it you want from me, Casey?

Casey: I don't know. To tell you the truth, I don't know what I want from myself. I'm 21, and --

[Sighs]

Casey: I'm 21, man, and my life is a mess. Everyone says I have so much potential, and I think I should start seeing myself that way -- the guy with the potential, the guy that can be somebody.

Dean Burns: It's not easy to change the way you see yourself. But why should I invest any more time on you?

Casey: Because there's some days I can't see myself getting off my mother's couch. Not too long ago, this place I thought was my second chance, and I blew it, and I don't want to blow it again. I'm not afraid to take a chance, though, to ask for help, to -- to expect something from myself. So, I guess what I'm basically saying is I -- I want back in on my life. Can you please help me?

Damian: You came back.

Lily: I wanted to make sure you were all right.

Damian: Do you believe him?

Lily: Who?

Damian: Holden keeps saying I did this to myself, as if I'm the one who's putting our son in danger.

Lily: I don't know what to believe. I've seen you take extreme measures to get what you want, Damian.

Damian: This is different, Lily. This is our son, my boy.

Lily: Let me ask you something. Why is it important to you that I believe you?

Damian: Lily, I was attacked for a reason.

Lily: Why would someone target you?

Damian: Because whether you choose to publicly acknowledge it or not, I am Luke's father. And whoever's after him knows that. And they also know as long as I'm alive, they can never get to him.

Lily: I don't understand you. I really donít.

Damian: Why do you say that?

Lily: The last time you were here --

Damian: Lily, please. You have to let that go.

Lily: I don't know if I can. You wanted to send Luke away, to deprogram him, to make him straight. Nothing was gonna stop you. And -- and now, you're his biggest champion?

Damian: I love my son. The love was misguided for a time, yeah. But I didn't know then what I know now.

Lily: And what is that?

Damian: I know he can be happy with his life, with the kind of life he's built for himself.

Lily: That's a big change.

Damian: Yeah, and it took a long time for me to get here.

Lily: I hope you're not looking for me to tell you it's not too late.

Damian: I know you can't make the decision for Luke. But no matter what you think, I have always loved him -- and you. That has never changed.

Lily: You can't come back here and act like nothing's happened.

Damian: I can understand why Luke doesn't trust me, why Holden hates me, but you? You know me, Lily.

Lily: No. I knew you, Damian -- once, a long time ago.

Damian: I'm still that man, Lily. And I'm begging you to see that now, for the sake of our son.

Luke: Dad, how many times do I have to tell you? I don't want police protection.

Holden: This isn't a choice anymore. I'm sorry.

Luke: You really think Damian was attacked because of me?

Noah: I know he believes he was.

Luke: Yeah, but couldn't he just be saying it to get a rise out of us?

Noah: So what? If it keeps you safe, does it matter?

Holden: Okay, regardless of what Damian said, I can't ignore the possibility that maybe you were the intended target.

[Sighs]

Luke: So now you believe him, too?

Holden: I believe that a lot has happened that we can't explain.

Noah: Please, Luke.

Luke: All right, fine. I still think this is a dumb idea.

Holden: All right. I'll tell Margo that Officer Cohen can stay on.

Luke: And so it begins.

Holden: I'll see you at home.

Luke: This is exactly what I didn't want.

Noah: Hey, if it keeps you from taking Damian's place in a hospital bed, I don't care.

Zoe: Well, look who it is.

Zac: Oh, we were struck with this overwhelming need --

Zoe: For food! And we heard that Alís was the best diner in town.

Zac: Man -- what happened to you?

Noah: Oh. Um, long story.

Zoe: Does it have anything to do with the cop outside?

Zac: Yeah. He was giving us the looks when we came in.

Luke: Yeah, that's my new bodyguard. He's not very subtle.

[Chuckles]

Zac: Still, it's -- it's kind of cool. We've never had friends who needed to be under police protection before.

Zoe: It's kind of hot.

Luke: You think so?

Zoe: Totally. You guys really know how to mix it up around here.

Luke: Yeah, that's us.

Zac: And that is exactly why we're sticking with you.

Casey: Hey. Come with me! Come with me!

Alison: No!

Casey: I need to talk to you!

Alison: Too bad! Some of us are trying to work.

Casey: Yes, and work is very important, and no one needs to stop you from doing that.

Alison: Well, you are.

Casey: I -- I'm sorry.

Alison: No, you're not.

Casey: No, I'm not.

Alison: Okay. What'd you do?

Casey: Okay, I did something a little out there.

Alison: Uh-oh.

Casey: You know all the stuff you said to me before?

Alison: Yeah. About that, I might have --

Casey: No, no, no. Do not take it back, because for once, it actually got through to me.

Alison: It did?

Casey: Yeah. I went and saw the dean. I talked to him, and we made a deal. He said if I could join some community project, show him that I could stick with it and not mess things up, he'll think about lifting my expulsion.

Alison: You can go back to school?

Casey: Yeah.

Alison: Seriously?

Casey: Yes.

Alison: Are you making this up?

Casey: No.

Alison: Casey, this is so fantastic! Oh! What are you gonna do?

Casey: I was thinking about helping Luke and Noah with their foundation.

Alison: Casey, that is such a good idea!

Casey: Yes.

Alison: I'm so proud of you!

Casey: Yeah? How proud?

Alison: Okay. Not that proud. At least, not here in the on-call room.

Casey: We can go somewhere else.

Alison: You don't give up, do you?

Casey: No, not with this new attitude. And I actually think it's gonna work in my favor.

Alison: Well, we'll see.

Lily: Did you find Luke?

Holden: Yeah.

Lily: Did he agree to Officer Cohen?

Holden: He still has major reservations, but Noah and I were able to convince him to accept it for now.

Lily: Good.

Holden: How did it go with Damian after I left?

Lily: We talked.

Holden: And? Come on, Lily. Don't make me drag it out of you.

Lily: I think there might be something to Damian's theory.

Holden: I knew it. I knew I shouldn't have left you there with him.

Lily: Look, I'm just trying to keep an open mind for Luke's sake. What if Damian isn't responsible for any of this?

Holden: He is.

Lily: What if we're wrong and something happens to Luke as a result? I couldn't live with myself if anything happened to him. Could you?

Holden: Lily, I promise you, nothing is gonna happen to Luke. I won't let it. 'Cause once we get rid of Damian, all this is gonna be over for good.

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Katie: Henry --

Henry: Gosh, it's too dark to see in here. Let me go outside where there's some better light.

Katie: Hey!

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Liberty: That's great.

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Parker: I know what you're trying to do, and it's not gonna work!

Craig: What is that, Parker?

Parker: You're setting me up!

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