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As The World Turns Transcript Monday 4/6/09

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[Telephone rings]

Paul: Is he there?

Lucy: Not yet. And if you call before he gets here, you're gonna screw the whole thing up.

Paul: You sound excited.

Lucy: I'm just worried that I'm not gonna be able to pull this off.

Paul: Oh, come on. You forget who you're dealing with. Dusty's easy. He always has been.

Lucy: Oh, that's really helpful, Paul. Thank you so much. You want to give me a few pointers on what moves I should make?

Paul: I'm sure you remember. You've been there before.

Lucy: Well, he loved me then. Now he loves your ex. So, maybe I should call Meg to get some advice.

Paul: You do what I'm telling you to do, or your father finds out everything you don't want him to know.

[Knock on door]

Lucy: He's here.

Paul: Early.  Told you he was easy.

Lucy: I'm hanging up now.

Paul: Okay, have fun. Hey, wait, wait, wait. Make sure he has fun, too.

Lucy: You're disgusting.

[Knock on door]

Dusty: Lucy, you there? Is everything okay?

[Knock on door]

Carly: These earrings don't work.

Sage: I like them.

Carly: I like them, too. They're just too much for this outfit.

Sage: It looked beautiful. And Daddy thought so, too.

Carly: Sage, I'm not going out with Daddy.

Sage: I know. I'm just saying they look nice.

Carly: Mm-hmm. Hey, I want to ask you. Um, now that you've gotten to know Craig a little bit, um, what do you think? You think he's okay?

Sage: You can go out with whoever you want.

Carly: That's not an answer to my question.

Sage: He's okay.

Carly: And does it bother you that he's around so much?

Sage: Why should it?

Carly: Well, this is new and different, and I want to be sure that you're all right.

Sage: Why does it matter?

Carly: Because this is your house. It's more important for you to be comfortable here than for me to go out on some date.

Sage: I'm fine. You can do whatever you want. If you're not gonna be with Daddy, then I don't really care.

Janet: Oh, I'm glad we got out of the house.

Jack: Mm-hmm.

Janet: I think Liberty is glad we got out of the house.

Jack: They got no one to blame but themselves.

Janet: I know. I know. I'm glad she's out with her girlfriends. She needs a break from all this intensity. Ugh.

Jack: Then why are we talking about it?

Janet: I don't know. You're right. You know what? You got a good point. Listen, today I was looking through some magazines, trying to decide on the style of the house we should build.

Jack: Anything you like?

Janet: Yes, I like the ranch-style house. So, that way we don't have to climb steps when we're old.

Jack: You trying to depress me or does that just come naturally?

Janet: And then maybe we could put a pool in so that Liberty and Parker can have their friends over.

Jack: Yeah, the friends that like to hang with the married couple!

Janet: We weren't talking about that.

Jack: I'm sorry.

Janet: Come on! I can only do my best to be so happy! I need some help from you.

Jack: I'm trying. I am. I'm trying.

Janet: Well, try a little harder to have fun, will you? I can't do it all by myself.

Carly: Sage, you know that your father and I are not gonna be together, right?

Sage: You don't have to keep telling me.

Carly: I just want to be sure that you understand.

Sage: Mom, I'm on the honor roll, remember?

Carly: Well, it wasn't too very long ago that you were doing anything you could to get us back together.

Sage: I was a kid back then. What did I know?

Carly: Oh, yes, and you've grown up so much in the last few months.

Sage: Janet's okay. I'm sorry I was so mean to her. And Liberty's cool.

Carly: You like having a stepsister?

Sage: Don't you mean, sister-in-law?

Carly: Oh! Oh, no. I haven't gotten used to that.

Sage: Me, either. It's totally weird. Parker and Liberty used to be fun to hang out with. Now they sit around and argue like grown-ups.

Carly: Well, they have to grow up very quickly now that they're married.

Sage: Mom, do you think she's coming back?

Carly: Well, she and your brother have some things to work out. That's for sure. Just you please don't grow up too fast, okay?

Sage: I won’t.

Carly: Okay. You know, this whole outfit just is -- it's not right, is it?

Sage: You look beautiful.

Carly: I'm gonna change.

Paul: Hey, it's me.

Meg: What do you want?

Paul: I just called to say hey.

Meg: Paul.

Paul: Uh, Dusty there?

Meg: No.

Paul: Do you know where he is?

Meg: I don't see how that's any of your concern.

Paul: Okay. You remember when I said that I don't care about you anymore? It's not true.

Meg: Is that supposed to make me feel better?

Paul: It just -- it bothers me, you know, and I hate to see you humiliated.

Meg: The only one who does that to me is you.

Paul: Not this time.

Meg: What are you talking about?

Paul: I know where Dusty is.

Meg: Oh, well, good for you.

Paul: And I know who he's with. And it's not you, is it, Meg?

Meg: Why should I even believe a word you say?

Paul: You shouldn’t. You should go to the Lakeview, see for yourself. Try Lucy Montgomery’s cozy little bedroom suite.

Lucy: Do you want a drink?

Dusty: No, thanks.

Lucy: You can sit sown. I mean, we have to be here long enough for Paul to --

Dusty: Yeah, forget it, you know? It won't work.

Lucy: No, wait. It will.

Dusty: Not for me.

Lucy: You don't have to do anything. Just let Paul believe that we did.

Dusty: I thought I could help you out, but now that I'm here, I can't do it.

Lucy: What are you talking about?

Dusty: I'm sorry. It's too big a lie.

Paul: You think I'm lying?

Meg: Give me one good reason why I should believe that you're not.

Paul: Well, there's an easy way to find out. You know where he is. The sooner you get there, the sooner you can pull the rug out from under him.

Meg: You know, it sounds like fun, but I'm sorry. I have plans.

Paul: You're going out with someone else?

Meg: A couple of friends to the movies.

Paul: And what about Eliza?

Meg: I have a babysitter for her.

Paul: Who?

Meg: Sally, her regular sitter.

Paul: Okay, look, if you have a sitter, then you have time to stop by the Lakeview, drop in on Lucy, and find out if I'm lying or not for yourself.

Meg: Good-bye, Paul.

Paul: Meg? Oh, Meg? You're worried, aren't you? I can tell.

Lucy: Dusty, I thought you understood.

Dusty: I understand you want to use your father's company to send shipments.

Lucy: I have commitments overseas. People are depending on me. Lives are depending on me.

Dusty: I'm sorry.

Lucy: If Paul tells my father what I've been doing, people will die.

Dusty: Well, that'll be on Paul, not me.

Lucy: What difference does it make who gets the blame?

Dusty: I'm not doing it, Lucy.

Lucy: Why not? Is it such a crime for Paul to think that we're sleeping together?

Dusty: Yeah, it matters to me.

Lucy: Well, then you might as well call my father yourself and tell him yourself. You know, maybe you'll just score enough points that he'll let you see Johnny.

Dusty: Your father's not gonna find out.

Lucy: Once Paul knows that we're not sleeping together --

Dusty: He not gonna do anything!

Lucy: How are you gonna stop him?

Dusty: By letting him know what'll happen if he opens his mouth.

Lucy: What are you doing?

Dusty: Making an appointment.

[Cell phone rings]

Dusty: Where are you?

Paul: What do you want?

Dusty: I asked you a question.

Paul: I'm home. Where are you?

Dusty: None of your business. Stay there, I'm on my way.

Paul: Why?

Dusty: You'll find out.

Lucy: What are you gonna do?

Dusty: Whatever it takes to shut this guy down.

Lucy: That's not the way to stop him.

Dusty: I've tried everything else.

Lucy: If you just go along with this for a little while --

Dusty: Oh, you don't want to be blackmailed, do you?

Lucy: That's my decision, not yours!

Dusty: Well, I won't be part of it.

Lucy: Do you realize what you're doing, how dangerous this is? If he goes to my father --

Dusty: Well, of course he will! If he's been able to hustle you like this so far, what do you think he's gonna do? Anything he wants!

Lucy: He gave me his word.

Dusty: And his word's garbage.

Lucy: Dusty, please don't do this.

Dusty: I promise you, after today, he won't ever bother you again.

Jack: I'm sorry I'm not better company, Honey. It's been a long day.

Janet: I know, but we're out, and we're alone. How often do we get to be alone?

Jack: There's nothing I'd rather do than be here with you. Believe me.

Janet: Ooh, nothing?

Jack: Nothing. Well, we get to do that alone.

Janet: We can do that later.

Jack: That sounds good.

Janet: Do you want another drink?

Jack: The problem is how are we -- how are we supposed to forget where we are when we're sitting in Carly's nightclub? Let's go somewhere else.

Janet: Where?

Jack: You'll see. Come on.

Janet: Wait. But not home, though.

Jack: No, not at all. Please.

Janet: Okay.

Craig: Hello, Sage.

Sage: Are those for me?

Craig: Would you like them?

Sage: Not really.

[Horn honks]

Sage: That's my ride.

Craig: Where are you going?

Sage: On a date.

Craig: You Snyder kids grow up fast.

Sage: Mom, I'm leaving!

Carly: All right! Call me in the morning!

Sage: I will.

Carly: And don't stay up too late!

Sage: I won't if you won’t.

Carly: Oh, hi. I didn't know you were here.

Craig: Sage let me in. Isn't she a little young to go on a date?

Carly: She's going on a sleepover at her friend’s.

Craig: You raise interesting kids in this house.

Carly: You don't know the half of it.

Craig: Well, these are for you.

Carly: Thank you very much. They're lovely.

Craig: Is it me, or are we not on the same page about tonight?

Carly: Craig, I cannot go on a date with you tonight.

Craig: I guess that explains your sensational outfit.

Carly: I'm sorry. It's just the kids aren't ready for this.

Craig: Kids aren't ready. Well, J.J.'s away, and Parker doesn't have a problem with me, so I guess it's daddy's little princess.

Carly: Yeah. She's still holding out hope that Jack and I will end up together.

Craig: Yeah. Someone did tell her that Jack has married someone else, right?

Carly: She's had to accept lot of change in a short amount of time.

Craig: Well, some change is good, Carly. I mean, isn't it better for her to see that you're moving on with your life rather than catering to her fantasies?

Carly: I just want to give her a little breathing room.

Craig: For her or yourself?

Carly: Ah. For me, too, I guess. I'm not sure that I'm ready either.

Craig: Ready for dating in general, or me in particular?

Carly: Both.

Craig: Can I ask what changed your mind?

Carly: These things are very complicated, you know? We work together. You're Parker's trustee. I just don't want to add anything else to the mix.

Craig: I might be mistaken, but didn't we already add something else?

Carly: Yeah. But it just happened once. You know, if it happens again, then it becomes a thing.

Craig: Oh, well, of course not. I would never want to be a thing.

Carly: The way my life's going right now, no you wouldn’t.

Craig: Okay, then. Date cancelled.

Carly: Oh, no. God, you don't have to do that.

Craig: Oh, well --

Carly: I'll put these in some water.

Craig: I'm not sure you want to do that. They might become a thing.

Carly: Oh, you're funny.

Craig: Can I ask you something?

Carly: Shoot.

Craig: Well, if you're okay with the roses, then would it be okay if I were to buy you a drink? I mean, not as a thing. Just as something that happens.

Carly: That'd be okay.

Dusty: Paul? Where are you? Paul Ryan!

Maid: Mr. Ryan isn't in, Sir. Are you Mr. Donovan?

Dusty: Yes, I am. Where'd he go? I told him I was on my way.

Maid: He had to leave. He said it was urgent.

Dusty: Did he say where he went?

Maid: The Snyder farm, Sir.

Dusty: Thank you.

Meg: Hey, I'm looking for Dusty.

Lucy: He's not here.

Meg: He left?

Lucy: I didn't say that. I just said he's not here. You could come in and search the place if you want.

Meg: I just had something to tell him.

Lucy: Your phone doesn't work?

Meg: Okay, you're right. Yeah, I shouldn't be here. I just got a strange phone call from Paul, and I overreacted. I'm sorry to bother you.

Lucy: Uh, what did he say?

Meg: It doesn't matter.

Lucy: Obviously it does, or you wouldn't be here.

Meg: Well, you know what? It shouldn’t. I should know by now not to listen to him. I'm sorry. I just can't stop letting him get to me.

Lucy: It's really hard being caught between two pigheaded men who hate each other. You should get out of the crossfire and let them work it out on their own.

Meg: Yeah, I wish I could. I have tried. Paul doesn't make that easy.

Lucy: Dusty thinks he can handle him.

Meg: I know. Which is why I get worried. I'm sorry. I shouldn't lay all this on you.

Lucy: Dusty was here.

Meg: He was?

Lucy: Yeah, just for a minute. I mean, nothing happened.

Meg: Do you know where he is now?

Lucy: He went after Paul.

Meg: Why?

Lucy: I can't tell you that. But he was really angry, and he was looking for a fight.

Meg: What's going on, Lucy?

Lucy: I can't answer that, either.

Meg: Paul told me that you and Dusty were --

Lucy: We weren’t. We're not. It's nothing like that.

Meg: Well, then what the hell is going on? What set him off?

Lucy: I can't tell you.

Meg: Why not? You said it yourself, I'm in the middle of this. You owe it to me to tell me what is going on here.

Lucy: I'm sorry. I just can’t.

Paul: You're Sally, aren't you? Hi, I'm Eliza's dad.

Sally: I know who you are.

Paul: Yeah, I had some plans, and they fell through, so I figured I would just come on over and hang out with my little girl until Meg gets back from the movies.

Sally: Well, she didn't go to the movies.

Paul: She didn't? Where'd she go?

Sally: Well, she said she'd be at the Lakeview.

Paul: Oh, okay. Well, I'll -- I'll just hang out here, you know, until she gets back.

Sally: I don't know.

Paul: Don't worry about it. I'll tell Meg that it was my idea to give you way too much money and send you on your way. Wow, you really do have pretty eyes.

Sally: Thanks, Mr. Ryan.

Paul: No problem. Just you and me, Kid. What a pleasant surprise.

Dusty: You think you can blackmail Lucy, get between me and my son?

Paul: I don't know what you're talking about.

Dusty: It's got to stop.

Paul: I really don't know --

Dusty: Shut up and listen! Stay away from Lucy and stay away from her father.

Paul: Wow. How many damsels in distress can you ride to rescue?

Dusty: Are you listening to me?

Paul: Hard not to. I don't know what you're talking about.

Dusty: I'm warning you.

Paul: Well, let's just see what Craig has to say about this.

Dusty: You're not talking to Craig.

Paul: Really? How you going to stop me? That all you got?

[Dusty hits Paul]

Jack: Oh, all right.

Janet: Damn.

Jack: All right, that's it. Rack them up.

Janet: No! You still have to sink the eight ball.

Jack: Darling, look at that leave. It's a no-brainer.

Janet: Oh, really?

Jack: Really.

Janet: Would you care to make a small wager?

Jack: I'd care to make a large wager. What are you willing to lose?

Janet: I'm not talking about money.

Jack: Well, what are you talking about, then?

Janet: If you -- if you miss this shot --

Jack: Uh-huh.

Janet: -- Then you have to go shopping with me.

Jack: Shopping?

Janet: Yeah.

Jack: And what if I make it?

Janet: Um, if you make it, well, then, I have to go shopping with you.

Jack: Win or lose, I go shopping. That is highway robbery.

Janet: Oh, come on! It's great. Come on. It's totally fair.

Jack: It's not fair.

Janet: Yes. Okay, fine. Fine. What do you want if you win?

Jack: I want you to do laundry detail for the week.

Janet: Ow, that's it?

Jack: That's it.

Janet: Dude, I've been doing laundry by myself for 17 years. That's easy.

Jack: It's not gonna kill you, then.

Janet: Okay, fine, mister.

Jack: Yeah.

Janet: Go ahead.

Jack: You're gonna regret this, Darling. You are gonna regret this one.

Jack: No way! You can not do that!

Janet: What?

Jack: Bending over the table!

Janet: What did I do? Oh, come on. Did I distract you just a little bit, Jackie boy? Huh? Ooh, I can't wait to get you into the lingerie store.

Jack: The game is not over.

Janet: It's over. It's totally over. And I won.

Carly: Let's go someplace else, shall we?

Craig: Oh, no. I like this place.

Carly: There are so many bars in this town.

Craig: Come on. Be civilized.

Jack: Oh, great. So much for forgetting our troubles.

Janet: Oh, come on. Let's not let them ruin our evening.

Jack: What are you doing?

Janet: We're gonna say hi.

Jack: Why?

Janet: 'Cause we're grownups. Hi, guys!

Craig: What a nice surprise.

Jack: You two out on a date?

Carly: No.

Craig: Yes. Beers all around? I'm buying.

Janet: No, wait. Let us buy. No, it's the least we can do for all the trouble you went through with Parker and Liberty. Come on.

Jack: I'll help. What the hell are you doing?

Janet: Four beers, please. Listen, he is going to be in our lives, whether we like it or not. Parker made sure of that. Let's not be stupid about this, okay? Trust me. Thank you very, very much.

Jack: Thanks a lot.

Janet: Here you go.

Carly: Thank you.

Janet: You're welcome.

Craig: Well, thank you very much.

Janet: Here is to peace in the family.

Craig: And to new beginnings.

Carly: We'll get the next round, okay?

Jack: Already?

Carly: I'm so thirsty. Another round.

Meg: Lucy, please, tell me what's going on with Paul and Dusty.

Lucy: I can’t.

Meg: Dusty's told me not to believe anything that Paul says about him. As if he knew Paul would be saying something. And sure enough, Paul calls me to warn me that Dusty was here with you. What is that all about?

Lucy: If Dusty told you not to believe Paul, then what are you doing here? I guess after Paul, it's hard to trust anyone.

Meg: I trust Dusty. Completely.

Lucy: If you say so.

Meg: Look, I know you and Dusty aren't having an affair. Neither of you is that crazy. But something is going on, and I have a right to know what that is.

Lucy: I'm sorry. You'll have to ask him. It was nice seeing you, Meg.

Dusty: You want more? 'Cause that's what you'll get if you say one word to Craig about Lucy. Next time, I won't go easy on you. Are we clear? I said are we clear?

Paul: Yeah. We're clear.

[Groans]

Paul: Hey, Sweet Pea. How do I look? Pay no attention. I've never felt better. Come here. Oh, yeah. Come on.

Lucy: Dusty, are you all right?

Dusty: I'm fine.

Lucy: What happened? Is this from --?

Dusty: He looks worse. Believe me.

Lucy: My God, Dusty. Did you kill him?

Dusty: I sent him a message. That's all.

Lucy: What did he say?

Dusty: He got it.

Lucy: So, he's not going to say anything to my father?

Dusty: He won't cause any more trouble. For you or for Meg.

Social worker: Mr. Ryan, what happened?

Paul: No, no, no. I'm all right. I'm all right. I'm okay. I can get up. It was Meg's new lunatic boyfriend, Dusty Donovan. I showed up. I wanted to drop something off for Eliza, and there was nobody here. Meg's not here. No babysitter. And Dusty, out of nowhere, he shows up, attacks me. Do you smell something?

Social worker: Oh, my God. Get her out of here. Get her safe. It's okay! It's all right! Everything's all right! Fire's out!

Jack: So where's Sage tonight?

Carly: Brittany’s.

Jack: The new girl?

Carly: Yes. And apparently she's so totally awesome that it's quite a coup that Sage has been invited for a sleepover.

Jack: Good for her.

Janet: How's Johnny?

Craig: Johnny's great. He's with his favorite babysitter. What about Liberty? Is she out with Parker?

Janet: Nope. She is out with the girls.

Craig: Oh, right, their first newlywed spat.

Jack: Where is Parker?

Carly: Sulking. He said he was gonna go to a movie by himself.

Janet: You know, I think this fight is really good for them. Makes them realize that being married isn't a ticket to teenage heaven.

Carly: Oh, I hope so.

Janet: You know that talk you had with Liberty about college? Really made an impact on her. Thank you very much.

Craig: She seemed to hear me.

Jack: Let's see if it lasts.

Carly: So who was winning? You guys were playing pool when we came in, right?

Janet: Oh, oh, oh! Well, I think we were both winning, right? Yeah, you guys want to play? Want to play some pool?

Craig: Play pool?

Janet: Yeah!

Jack: What's the matter, Craig? You don't know what to do with your cue?

Craig: Well, it's been a while, but I'm game. What are the stakes?

Janet: I think you're being hustled, Honey.

Craig: Only one way to find out.

Carly: Know what? No way. I'd much prefer to dance.

Craig: Oh, that's a much better idea.

Jack: What, you think he could take me?

Janet: I think Carly's got a good idea. Let's dance.

Jack: Whoa!

Craig: Carly!

Jack: Whoa, whoa, whoa.

Carly: I guess I have two left feet.

Jack: No, you don’t.

Craig: Actually, I think you tripped over my two left feet. It's been so long since I danced, I guess I'm pretty rusty.

Jack: Really?

Craig: Yeah, and I'm getting pretty tired. I don't suppose you would mind if we called it a night?

Carly: Oh, I don't mind.

Jack: Oh, good. Good. Hey, thank you both for the beers.

Janet: Our pleasure.

Jack: Who's driving?

Craig: Oh, we're in my car. Let's do it again soon sometime, all right?

Janet: Okay, let's do it again.

Craig: Okay.

Janet: Bye, guys.

Craig: Come on.

Janet: See you later.

Craig: Good night.

Janet: Have fun.

Craig: Thank you.

Jack: Did you see that? She could barely stand up.

Paul: I'm fine, really. I don't need to go to the hospital.

Social worker: You look pretty banged up.

Paul: Courtesy of Meg's new boyfriend. I never should have told her that he was cheating on her. I just -- I know it's none of my business, but I still feel obligated to protect her. I mean, she is the mother of my little girl. And I -- I didn't think that she would leave Eliza alone like that, no matter how upset she was.

Social worker: Your daughter could've been badly hurt in that fire.

Paul: I know. I know, it's not like Meg to react out of anger. Look, everybody's fine, okay? The fire's out. There's really no need to report this, is there?

Social worker: I can't ignore a clear case of child neglect.

Paul: Okay. Well, I'd never ask you to break the rules.

Meg: What is going on? What happened?

Paul: I just saved our daughter's life, that's what happened.

Paul: Eliza was alone in the house, and there was a fire. It's a good thing I showed up when I did.

Meg: Where's Sally?

Paul: Who's Sally?

Meg: The babysitter!

Paul: There was no babysitter.

Meg: He's lying! I left her with her regular sitter! And why are you here?

Paul: I asked her to be here. I wanted to drop something off for Eliza, and I didn't want you to think that I was doing anything out of line. And I was waiting out here for her to show up when I noticed that Eliza was in there all alone!

Meg: She wasn't alone!

Paul: And then your lunatic boyfriend showed up, beat the crap out of me before I could even ask him why.

Meg: This is so wrong. You have to believe me. None of this is true.

Paul: You see these bruises? It's all true. You don't believe me, ask Dusty.

Meg: Oh, don't worry. I will.

Paul: I told you I didn't want that lunatic anywhere near my little girl. You just don't listen, do you?

Meg: He wouldn't do anything to hurt her.

Paul: Where were you? Confronting him about sleeping with Lucy?

Meg: I told you the babysitter was here.

Paul: The only thing that was here was a fire, Meg.

Meg: You can't believe this. It's not what happened!

Paul: She saw what happened. She saw what happened to me, and she saw the fire, and she saw what could've happened to our little girl.

Meg: Give her to me.

Paul: No. I'm sorry, Meg, but that's not gonna happen.

Jack: Haven't you noticed how often she has been inebriated?

Janet: She has been stressed. I've noticed that. She is stressed out. Come on, she's starting a new business. She's got Parker and Liberty to worry about.

Jack: Carly's always stressed out. She seems to thrive on it. But she's never tried to cover that with alcohol. She's never been that much of a drinker.

Janet: Listen to me. She's now getting into this whole vodka thing, right? She's learned a lot about it. She decided she likes it. It's not illegal!

Jack: It's very different. When someone's behavior changes that suddenly you've got to start thinking about substance abuse.

Janet: Do you think she's an alcoholic?

Jack: I'm telling you what I saw.

Janet: No, I think you're telling what you wanted to see.

Jack: It's nice of you to cover for her, but you're not doing her any good.

Janet: Maybe we should have an intervention.

Jack: Do you think so? Well, if she admitted that she had a problem, I'm sure she'd have a lot of support.

Janet: No. I meant, for you.

Carly: Parker? Are you home?

Craig: You want to go check?

Carly: No. If he's up there and he doesn't answer, we better just leave him alone.

Craig: So, uh, what about us?

Carly: Um, what about us?

Craig: Well, if this were a serious date, I'd be working my tail off with my irrepressible charm to sweep you off your feet. But since this was just a casual drink, I'm thinking a handshake at the door is probably more appropriate.

Carly: And what if it's something in between?

Craig: Well, then you'd have to give me some kind of a signal.

Carly: Well, forgive me. I haven't done this in a long time, so you'll have to let me know what kind of signal might that be.

Craig: Oh, well, that depends. In the case of a casual drink, you might invite me in for coffee, make sure I can drive, that sort of thing.

Carly: Uh-huh. And what if it were a serious date?

Craig: We'd be in your bedroom by now.

Carly: Oh, Craig. You really are sure of yourself, aren't you?

Craig: I'm just working from experience.

Carly: And what if I were to offer you a nightcap?

Craig: Then all bets are off.

Carly: Those beers at Yo's went straight to my head.

Craig: Well, it was probably adrenaline more than anything else. There's a lot of tension.

Carly: What else is new? Last thing I need is Jack Snyder giving me a hard time about drinking. Or anything else, for that matter.

Craig: To anything else.

Lucy: Meg was here.

Dusty: When?

Lucy: After you left. She was looking for you. Paul called her and told her she'd find you in bed with me.

Dusty: She was checking up on me.

Lucy: She said she had something to tell you. But when I asked why she didn't just call, she had no answer. Maybe I shouldn't be telling you that.

Dusty: What did you tell her?

Lucy: Well, I let her see that you weren't here, and she got embarrassed and left.

Dusty: She's got to know she can trust me. It's the only way we're gonna make it.

Lucy: That's why you don't want to pretend that we're together, huh?

Dusty: That's right.

Lucy: You must really care about her a lot.

Dusty: I do.

Lucy: I just hope it doesn't come back to bite you.

Meg: Give me my daughter.

Paul: You know I can't do that.

Meg: Who were you talking to?

Social worker: I'm sorry, but I think Eliza's safer with her father.

Meg: Are you out of your mind?

Paul: Stop. You're just not helping yourself.

Meg: Don't you tell me what to do! I have a court order!

Paul: Which I'm assuming can be rescinded.

Meg: You can't do this!

Paul: If you don't like it, you should have thought of that before you put your child in danger.

Meg: I'm the one keeping her safe from you!

Paul: Not anymore.

Janet: Well, I don't care what you say. I think we all kept our cool pretty well tonight.

Jack: That's 'cause you're one of those glass-is-half-full people.

Janet: You make that sound like it's a bad thing.

Jack: I suppose it's got its uses.

Janet: Oh, my gosh. My husband, Mr. Happy.

Jack: Hey, I got enough to worry about without imagining Carly falling around, drunk, in front of the kids.

Janet: It was an accident.

Jack: Yes, but why did it happen, Janet?

Janet: Craig! He tripped her.

Jack: Craig. And he wouldn't bend the truth, would he? Pillar of the community that he is.

Janet: I have a suggestion for you. Why don't you stop talking about your ex-wife and pay attention to me?

Jack: Oh, yeah. You got a point.

Janet: Mm-hmm. Want to dance?

Janet: I would love to dance.

Jack: Is that better?

Janet: Oh, so much better.

Carly: Jack's very sensitive about drinking.

Craig: What isn't Jack sensitive about?

Carly: He thinks anybody who takes a second drink is on the road to perdition.

Craig: Well, you know what that makes him? A buzz kill.

Carly: To put it mildly.

Craig: As far as I'm concerned, anything in this world that makes people feel better is a good thing.

Carly: I'm starting to think you're right.

Craig: Well, I never thought I'd hear you say that.

Carly: Miracles happen.

Craig: This is starting to feel like a serious date.

Carly: I agree. Don't forget the bottle.

Dusty: What's wrong?

Meg: Could you please leave? This is personal.

Lucy: Sure. I'll talk to you.

Dusty: Thanks.

Meg: What the hell is wrong with you? How could you beat him up like that?

Dusty: It was easy.

Meg: It was stupid! You walked right into his trap!

Dusty: Oh, what trap?

Meg: He had the social worker there at my house to find him, and now they've taken Eliza away from me!

Dusty: Why?

Meg: Because you resorted to violence! And that makes you someone the court does not want around an infant! How could you even fall for that? Don't you know him by now?

Dusty: Try to calm down.

Meg: Are you even listening to me? I lost my baby! He took her!

Dusty: My problem with Paul had nothing to do with Eliza. He was blackmailing Lucy.

Meg: That's why you did it. To protect her. That was more important to you than me and my daughter?

Dusty: Lucy's my only connection to my son! You know that's why I did it.

Meg: Of course.

Dusty: We'll get Eliza back. We'll get her back.

Meg: There is no more "We." You take care of your child, and I'll take care of mine. Stay away from me.

Dusty: We'll sort it out.

Meg: No, we won't do anything! Ever! Just stay the hell away from me.

Paul: Hey. I can't believe you're here. I wish I'd planned it that way. The only thing that matters is that you're here. Nobody's ever gonna take you away from me.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Luke: Mom? What the hell are you doing?

Dusty: You got to talk to Meg, children's services, and the social worker. You got to come clean. Tell them Paul was blackmailing you.

Paul: What is it that you're willing to change?

Meg: I can come back. The three of us could be a family, just like you always wanted.

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