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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 6/24/09

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Hunter: Alison -- Alison? Alison, hey.

Alison: Hunter.

Hunter: I've been texting you.

Alison: I haven't been checking.

Hunter: Uh, well, I decided to take you up on your offer.

Alison: What offer?

Hunter: To help me find my father. I think I'm actually ready to deal with it now.

Alison: Good.

Hunter: You know, I just -- I don't know where to start.

Alison: Uh, well, ask Emily. I mean, she's the expert at tracking people down.

Hunter: Emily, right. Uh, I guess I hadn't thought of that. Um, actually, I -- I guess I'm not too comfortable talking to anyone else about this. Alison?

Alison: Huh?

Hunter: You okay?

Alison: Uh, I'm fine.

Hunter: You look like someone killed your dog.

Alison: Don't worry about my feelings, Hunter. Just blurt out whatever you think.

Susan: Emily.

Emily: Hi.

Susan: I wasn't expecting to see you here.

Emily: Yeah, I know.

Susan: Are you all right?

Emily: I'm fine. Why?

Susan: Well, I -- I've been thinking about your fertility treatments.

Emily: And?

Susan: I hate the way we left it. Trust Larry to make trouble where there wasn't any.

Emily: Well, you weren't exactly ecstatic when I told you about it.

Susan: I -- I was surprised. That's all. But if you really want a baby, Dr. Gardner is seeing patients today. She is the best fertility specialist we have.

Emily: Right. Um, don't take this the wrong way, okay, but Larry already offered to help.

Susan: I -- I know he offered to, uh, recommend someone. But that is not his field.

Emily: Right. Well, actually, he didn't -- he's not offering to find a specialist. He's offering to help me find my missing eggs.

Susan: Didn't we already do that? That's how we found that -- that receipt that Larry signed to get the eggs transferred.

Emily: Maybe not.

Susan: I thought you got confirmation of his signature.

Emily: Right, but he -- he thinks he might have signed something that wasn't a transfer form -- a form that had nothing to do with the transfer.

Susan: Is he saying that somebody deliberately misled him? For what reason?

Emily: No. He's not sure. That's what I'm saying. He just knows that he had no intention of sending those eggs to Chicago. And he seems to think it's worth investigating.

Susan: Oh, now he's a private investigator. Whoof!

Emily: Mother, if he's willing to investigate it, then I'm willing to let him! What's the big deal?!

Susan: Emily, those eggs are gone, no matter what your new best friend Larry is telling you. This is a man who can remember what he had for lunch at a Cubs game 30 years ago. For him to be claiming that he doesn't remember what happened -- it's a crock!

Emily: I don't see what the big deal is. Just let him look.

Susan: Okay, then. Good luck.

[Emily groans]

Larry: Emily --

Emily: Huh?

Larry: -- We found them.

Emily: What?!

Larry: Your eggs.

Emily: You --

Larry: They were here the whole time.

Emily: You looked already?!

Larry: I got here early. I figured I would -- I would start looking. I knew I never signed a transfer order.

Emily: Tho -- those -- those are my eggs?

Larry: Well-preserved. And hopefully still viable.

[Emily laughs]

Emily: Oh, my God. Uh, I don't know how to -- to thank you. You --

[Emily laughs]

Emily: You're amazing.

Hunter: That came out so wrong. What I meant was that you looked terrible.

Alison: That's better?

Hunter: Well, not -- not bad terrible. Sad terrible.

Alison: Hunter, if you keep digging this hole, I'm going to throw you in it.

Hunter: All right, sorry. I -- I --

Alison: Just stop!

Hunter: Okay, I am done. So, is -- is anything wrong?

Alison: Casey and I broke up.

Hunter: Really? I'm sorry to hear that.

Alison: No, you're not.

Hunter: Okay, because he's an idiot. Now, I know you like him a lot, and -- and you wouldn't like an idiot. But if he broke up with you, that's definitely something an idiot would do. Not that he -- he is one.

Alison: Okay, I get it.

Hunter: What happened?

Alison: He did something really sucky to Riley.

Hunter: That army guy?

Alison: Yeah. I -- I don't want to talk about it.

Hunter: That's no problem.

Alison: Uh, let's talk about finding your dad.

Hunter: I -- I just don't know where to start.

Alison: Well, why don't we ask your mom?

Hunter: You saw her. She's totally out of it.

Alison: Last time. I mean, she might be more lucid today.

Hunter: Does it work like that?

Alison: Sometimes. And there may be a way we can help her remember.

Holden: You're alone.

[Meg laughs]

Meg: You sound surprised.

Holden: Well, with all your gentlemen callers, I figured I'd have to get in line.

[Meg laughs sarcastically]

Meg: Shut up and come in.

Holden: Where is everybody?

Meg: Well, Janet and Jack are working, and Mama's putting Eliza down for me.

Holden: No, I meant all the guys lining up with flowers, candy.

Meg: Not here. And there's not gonna be.

Holden: What happened?

Meg: Dusty and I broke up.

Holden: Oh, oh. Sorry to hear that.

[Meg laughs]

Meg: You are such a bad liar.

Holden: No, I -- I mean that. I do.

[Meg laughs]

Holden: Sort of. I do want you to be happy.

Meg: I am happy. I want to stand on my own feet and live my own life.

Holden: So does this mean that Damian's out of the picture?

Meg: That's right.

Holden: I see.

Meg: Okay, go ahead. Do your victory dance. I'll wait.

Dusty: How? How can you not know who's behind a hostile takeover of my company? What the hell do I pay you for?! I want to know who's doing this!

Bonnie: I heard you from the elevator.

Dusty: Listen, you have one hour to find out who it is, or you're fired.

Bonnie: What's going on?

Dusty: Someone bought up big blocks of Worldwide shares.

Bonnie: Who?

Dusty: I don't know. That's what I'm trying to figure out. My financial experts are clueless. Someone's trying to steal my company, and no one can tell me who it is.

[Damian whistles]

Damian: Lily. Wow, look at you. You look -- wonderful. Nice to see you.

Lily: You look very handsome yourself.

Damian: Thank you.

Lily: Why are you in such a good mood?

Damian: Uh, I'm just involved with a new business that's going very well -- an acquisition.

Lily: Glad to hear that somebody's making money.

Damian: No. The deal is what counts, Lily, making it happen. Money is just how we keep score.

Lily: I see. Anything I'd find interesting?

Damian: Very much so. In fact, it's possible that you and I might be partners again.

Dusty: I can't defend myself until I figure out who's behind this.

Bonnie: What's the name of the holding company?

Dusty: D.I. Madrigal and Associates.

Bonnie: Well, that's kind of musical.

Dusty: What if it was your company they were trying to steal?

Bonnie: Oh, come on. Lighten up, Dusty. This is -- there is an upside to this whole thing.

Dusty: Excuse me?!

Bonnie: You really didn't like it there. I mean, you're not even the corporate type.

Dusty: Does that mean I want someone taking what's mine?!

Bonnie: Why not?

Dusty: Are we speaking the same language?!

Bonnie: Look --

[Bonnie laughs]

Bonnie: You don't even like being tied to an office. You grab at any excuse to do something else. Why not just let it happen and just cash out?

Dusty: "Cash out"?

Bonnie: Yeah.

Dusty: Cave in, you mean.

Bonnie: No. It's like, uh, corporate jujitsu. You beat them by letting them beat you.

Dusty: I'm not that Zen.

Bonnie: You should try it.

Dusty: No. I don't need eastern philosophy 101. I need a lawyer who can track down D.I. Madrigal and associates.

Bonnie: Is that a challenge?

Dusty: Are you up for it?

Bonnie: Watch and learn, Donovan.

Dusty: Who are you calling?

Bonnie: A friend in high places. Hey, it's me. Um, how are things going at the S.E.C.?


Damian: I've been buying up shares in Worldwide through my holding company.

Lily: Why would you do that?

Damian: I told you. To make money. Worldwide Enterprises is undervalued right now, probably because of poor management.

Lily: You mean Dusty. Is that what this is about?

Damian: They say that their C.E.O. -- he tends to be unfocused. The company's missed out on some major opportunities because of him.

Lily: Don't tell me you care about Worldwide.

Damian: I'd like to get involved in a -- in a local business. And now that things are working out with Luciano, it will give me a chance to put down some roots.

Lily: By taking Dusty's company?

Damian: He has no real investments in Worldwide. He just bought it from your mother to help her take it away from Paul Ryan.

Lily: I know why he bought it.

Damian: So wouldn't it be nice if I could get it back?

Lily: This isn't about Worldwide. It's about Meg.

Damian: Hardly.

Lily: You're telling me you don't have feelings for her?

Damian: On the contrary. I'm very fond of her. We became close friends.

Lily: Just not as close as you'd like it to be.

Damian: I won't deny that.

Lily: Then let me give you some advice. The last thing Meg wants is to be the prize in some alpha dog slug fest, no matter who wins it.

Holden: I won't deny that I think you're better off without certain men in your life.

[Meg laughs]

Meg: Damian is still a friend.

Holden: And that's all?

Meg: That's all. I meant what I said. I want to stand on my own.

Holden: Then I will do whatever I can to help you out.

[Meg laughs]

Meg: That defeats the purpose.

Holden: No, I'm your brother. That's different. Besides, you know what? You're not gonna even need my help. You're one of the strongest people that I know.

Meg: This is me we're talking about, right?

Holden: You know what? You just haven't given yourself a chance to show what you can really do.

Meg: You know what I really want to do? I want to be a good mother and a good nurse.

Holden: Will Damian respect that?

Meg: If he wants to stay my friend.

Holden: Dusty won’t.

Meg: And that's why we're not together anymore.

Holden: What about Paul?

Meg: Paul is happy that I'm letting him see Eliza. Are we done with the roll call?

Holden: It's a pretty impressive list, you got to admit. And I do mean that in a good way.

Meg: All right.

Holden: It's good to see a smile on your face.

Meg: Yeah. It's been a while, hasn't it?

Holden: Well, let's not waste it. Why don't you let Mama watch Eliza. You can come out with Lily and me, and we'll have a drink.

Meg: You know, that sounds like fun.

Holden: All right. She's at the Lakeview. She's having a meeting. Let's track her down.


Hunter: Maybe you should give me a minute alone with her first, okay?

Alison: Sure.

Hunter: Hi, Mom.

Aurora: Son. Who's your friend?

Hunter: Oh, her name's Alison, remember? She came with me last time. Guess not. Alison's a nurse, Mom.

Aurora: The nurses here are wonderful.

Alison: Uh, how are you feeling today?

Aurora: Very tired.

Hunter: Mom, can I ask you a question? Last time I was here, we were talking about my father.

Alison: Don't push her, Hunter.

Hunter: I just wanted to talk.

Alison: That's why we brought the music.

Hunter: Oh, right! Mom, I brought you a music player. It's got all your favorites.

[“Tristan and Isolde" plays]

Hunter: Remember this? "Tristan and Isolde." Mom, I'm gonna ask you something. Did you ever know a real Tristan?

Emily: I can't believe it. I -- my eggs are actually in there.

Larry: Look, that's not the best-organized research facility I've ever seen. It's easy to see how your mother or Bob -- they could have missed these.

Emily: Well, thank God you didn’t.

Larry: Well, we were lucky. Listen, these things were buried in the back of one of the oldest freezers.

Emily: Yeah. Over, what, 20 years?

Larry: Yeah. It's a good thing, too, because if somebody had known these were in here, these could have been long gone.

Emily: So what now?

Larry: Well, these got to get back in the freezer, first thing.

Emily: Okay.

Larry: Here. Thank you. And the next thing, they have to be tested, of course, to make sure they're still viable. Now, everything checks out, we can go ahead with the in vitro.

Emily: God, I can't believe it. I -- I can't -- I can't believe this is actually gonna happen.

Larry: If you're sure it's what you want.

Emily: No, I'm absolutely sure. Are you kidding me? I just -- I'm -- I'm wondering if it's actually gonna work.

Larry: Stay positive!

Emily: Yeah. Easy for you to say. You, uh, don't live around here.

Larry: Your mother.

Emily: Yeah. She's not exactly on board. You know what? I'm beginning to wonder how hard she actually looked for those eggs.

Larry: Yeah. She's always had strong opinions.

[Emily laughs]

Emily: Oh! That's a very nice way of putting it.

[Larry laughs]

Emily: Wow. I, uh -- I owe you a -- actually a few apologies.

Larry: What? No.

Emily: Yeah, well, number one for not believing you. I'm sorry. And, um, well, the second apology is the way I treated you 20 years ago when Alison came into the world.

Larry: No. Well -- well, that was a -- that was a crazy situation.

Emily: Yeah. I don't know. It didn't seem crazy to you back then, I don't think.

Larry: Maybe not. But we're here now, so --

Emily: Yes. We are.

Larry: Yeah.

Emily: I'm sorry. I don't know how to thank you. I cannot thank you. How am I ever gonna repay you?

Larry: Well, I can think of a small way. I have tickets to a performance. My colleague canceled. Maybe you'd like to go with me.

Emily: Uh, what -- what kind of performance?

Larry: Say yes first.

Emily: Okay. Yes.

Larry: I don't want you backing out.

[Emily laughs]

Emily: Okay, yes. What is the performance?

Larry: The opera.

Emily: Oh. The opera.

Larry: Listen, don't worry. You're -- you're gonna love it.

Emily: I don't know.

Larry: Emily, a person who doesn't love opera doesn't love life.

["Tristan and Isolde" plays]

Alison: It's beautiful.

Hunter: It was always her favorite. Mom, the -- the reason I'm asking is that last time I was here, you called me Tristan. I was wondering if you remember why. Was Tristan someone you knew? Maybe a former student or something?

[Aurora sobs]

Alison: Are you okay?

Hunter: Mom?

[Voice breaking]

Aurora: I'm sorry. I'm just so tired.

Hunter: Mom, I --

Alison: Okay, let her rest, Hunter. We'll visit again.

Hunter: Yeah. This is hopeless. The whole Tristan business last week was probably a fluke. There is no Tristan in real life. It came from the opera.

Alison: Maybe you have it backwards. Maybe the opera is special to her because there was someone real named Tristan.

Hunter: How am I gonna find out? She's not gonna tell me.

Alison: What does it say on your birth certificate?

Hunter: I don't know. I've never seen it.

Alison: Didn't you need it when you had to get a passport?

Hunter: She got it for me.

Alison: Really? Doesn't that seem a little odd to you?

Hunter: She's always taken care of that stuff.

Alison: Maybe because she didn't want you to see it.

Hunter: Because it's got my father's name on it.

Alison: We need a copy.

Hunter: City hall?

Alison: City hall.

Hunter: Goodbye, Mom.

[Emily clears throat]

Larry: Oh, you came!

Emily: Of course I came! I'm not totally uncultured.

Larry: Well, I knew that. You're far too beautiful and elegant. You look right at home in this crowd.

Emily: Oh, well, thank you. I don't know. Something tells me these people know a lot more about the opera than I do.

Larry: Oh, listen, you're gonna love this. Nothing speaks to the heart like this music.

Emily: Hmm. That sounds good. I think my heart could use a good talking to. Shall we?

Larry: Yes.

[Emily sighs]

Emily: So, "The Barber of Seville." Is that -- so, what's this about? Some guy's eternal longing for a good haircut?

[Larry laughs]

Larry: Something like that. Actually, this is called opera buffa, which is a fancy word for "Comedy."

Emily: Oh. Oh, that's good. Now you're talking my language.

Larry: You're gonna be amazed at how much of this music you recognize.

Emily: I had no idea you were such an opera freak.

Larry: Most of my life.

Emily: Really?

Larry: Mm-hmm.

Emily: That's so funny. I don't remember my mother ever mentioning that.

Larry: She doesn't know.

Emily: Why not?

Larry: There were a lot of things your mother and I never found out about each other.

Emily: I don't get it. How can you be that passionate about something and not share it with your wife?

[Larry sighs]

[Operatic music plays]

Emily: Oh.

Hunter: Hey.

Alison: Hey? Did you get it? What -- what did it say?

Hunter: Well, let's start with what it doesn't say -- "Jeremiah Hunter."

Alison: Your father.

Hunter: The man she said was my father.

Alison: Well, whose name is on it? Tristan Wagner?

Hunter: I think its pronounced Vagner, as in the guy who wrote the stupid opera. Told you she made it up.

Alison: Well, you don't know that for sure.

Hunter: You think he's a real person?

Alison: I think it could be her name for a real person, yeah.

[Hunter chuckles]

Hunter: Yeah, like the hot freshman stud in her intern class. No wonder she told me he was dead.

Alison: Whoever he is, we have a name. I mean, how many Tristan Wagners could there be?

Emily: Well, you're definitely right. This isn't -- this isn't the heavy stuff.

Larry: Well, it's not Wagner, if that's what you mean.

Emily: No. It's more like "Opera for Dummies."

Larry: No, it's not that. But it is a great place to start.

Emily: How did you get so into this?

Larry: A friend took me a long time ago. Connoisseur.

Emily: Ooh. Connoisseur. She sounds very fancy.

Larry: Look, I'm not saying opera is easy. It does take a little bit of work. You have to find your way in.

Emily: Mm. And yours is it reminds you of her?

Larry: Who?

Emily: The connoisseur.

Larry: What makes you think it's a woman?

Emily: I don't know. I just can't imagine a guy inviting you to the opera.

Larry: Fair point. It does remind me of her.

Emily: Who was she?

Larry: Someone I knew a long time ago.

Emily: Knew and loved?

Larry: Mm-hmm. Didn't work out.

Emily: Oh. So now all you have is your memory of her and, of course, "The Barber of Seville."

Larry: Actually, it was "Tristan and Isolde."

Emily: Now, that's Wagner, isn't it?

Larry: Ah! I knew it. You're not the cultural lightweight you make yourself out to be.

Emily: Well, I'm no connoisseur.

[Emily laughs]

Hunter: Just don't believe anything my mother says is real.

Alison: Okay, she called you Tristan, said she would keep your secret forever, and then the same name shows up on your birth certificate? That's pretty real.

Hunter: That doesn't mean it's my father's name.

Alison: It doesn't mean it isn’t.

Hunter: What, so I have to search the world for a Tristan Wagner, Vagner.

Alison: You have a Smartphone. Look online. You know, check the listings.

Hunter: Where? He could be in any state in the union by now.

Alison: Start with Illinois, and we'll go from there.

Bonnie: So, D.I. Madrigal and associates --

Dusty: Who are they?

Bonnie: They're the investment arm of a European syndicate. Have holdings all over the world.

Dusty: Why would they come after Worldwide?

Bonnie: Maybe because their managing partner is Damian Grimaldi.

Dusty: You're kidding me?

Bonnie: Hmm-mm. Looks like he's globalizing your little spat over Meg.

Dusty: Okay. How do I win?

Bonnie: Well, you're gonna have to start a bidding war. Buy more outstanding shares than he does.

Dusty: By bankrupting the company? Who would risk that?

Bonnie: Come on. There's a downside to everything.

Dusty: I got a better idea.

Bonnie: Which is?

Dusty: Find him and stop him.

Bonnie: How?

Dusty: Any way I need to.

Bonnie: All right. Let's go then.

Dusty: You're not gonna talk me out of it?

Bonnie: Look, I'm not your mother or Meg, and if you get arrested over assault, my fees go up.

Dusty: Let's find out where this guy's hiding.

Bonnie: Shouldn't be too hard. Think he was down the lobby when I got here.

Lily: Trust me, the way to Meg's heart is not by winning some duel to the death.

Damian: This was not about Meg. It's between me and Dusty Donovan.

Lily: Believe me, it's going to backfire. Maybe sooner than you thought.

Holden: Are we interrupting?

Lily: No, not at all. Damian was just telling me about his latest business venture.

Meg: You're starting a business?

Lily: No. He's trying to buy one.

[Meg chuckles]

Meg: How many companies can you run?

Lily: Good question. Damian, why don't you tell Meg why you're adding to your workload?

Dusty: What do you think you're doing?

Damian: Excuse me?

Dusty: Don't play games.

Meg: Dusty, what's going on?

Dusty: Ask your boyfriend.

Damian: I have no idea what he's talking about.

Dusty: You really think I wouldn't find out?!

Damian: Honestly, I couldn't care less.

Meg: Find out about what?!

Dusty: You're not gonna get away with it.

Damian: Who is gonna stop me? You?

Meg: Okay, can you tell me what this is all about?

Dusty: Yeah, it's about you. He's trying to put me on the street so I won't be a threat.

Damian: The last thing you are to me is a threat.

Meg: O -- okay, Dusty. What do you think Damian is doing to you?

Damian: Don't listen to him.

Dusty: I warned you things would catch up to you.

Meg: Okay, stop! Someone needs to tell me what this is all about, right now.

Holden: I think Meg deserves an answer, if one of the two of you can manage to be more coherent.

Damian: It's just more of Dusty's childishness. He's just angry because he's coming out on the short end of a business deal.

Meg: I -- I'm still waiting for an explanation.

Bonnie: Why don't I do the honors? Damian's holding company is secretly buying up stock in Worldwide.

Damian: Obviously, it's not a secret.

Bonnie: Then why did you go through half a dozen offshore shell companies?

Damian: All my businesses are offshore. I'm not an American, remember?

Meg: Is this true?

Damian: I've made a few investments. That's all.

Bonnie: Enough to be close to controlling interest.

Meg: What are you trying to prove?

Damian: Prove? Nothing.

Meg: Did you really think this would impress me?

Damian: Impress you? No. Of course not.

Lily: What did I tell you?

Meg: You're all ridiculous!

Dusty: You're not hijacking my company.

Holden: That was fun.

Damian: Please, don't believe what he told you.

Meg: Are you buying up shares in Worldwide?

Damian: Yes.

Meg: Okay, stop. I don't want to be a part of this, or you.

Holden: She's in no shape to drive.

Lily: I have my car. I'll meet you at home.

Damian: Could you tell me what just happened?

Lily: Sure I can. You totally blew it.

Alison: "T" for "Tristan."

Hunter: Maybe.

Alison: Well, let's find out.

Hunter: We shouldn't be doing this!

Alison: Why not?

Hunter: 'Cause we're bugging some guy whose name happens to be on my birth certificate.

Alison: Who could possibly be your father!

Hunter: It's so unlikely.

Alison: Okay, knock, or I will.

Tristan: Uh, looking for someone.

Hunter: Uh, yeah. Uh, Tristan Wagner.

Tristan: You found him.

Hunter: Oh, you're definitely not him.

[Tristan laughs]

Tristan: I promise you, I am.

Hunter: Sorry, I mean the Tristan Wagner who might be my father.

Tristan: I didn't know there were two of us. But you're right. I'm clearly not him.

Hunter: Sorry to bother you.

Alison: Sorry.

[Tristan laughs]

Hunter: This is hopeless.

Alison: Finding your father?

Hunter: Thinking that anything my mother says is gonna lead anywhere.

Alison: Okay, let's not give up too soon.

Hunter: No. That's it. I'm done.

Larry: So you liked it.

Emily: Liked it? I loved it. The music was -- oh! It was amazing.

Larry: I'm so glad you feel that way.

Emily: Yeah. Oh, I can't wait to download it so I can listen to it again. Let's get out of here.

Larry: Why?

Emily: Just get out. Let's go.

Larry: Oh, hi, Susan.

Susan: Larry. Can I see you for a minute, in private?

Larry: Oh. I -- I tell you what? You stay here. I'll, uh, make a call.

[Susan scoffs]

Susan: What are you doing?

Emily: Having a drink.

Susan: With him? And why are you dressed like you've been to the prom?

Emily: It was the opera.

Susan: Since when do you like opera?

Emily: Since today.

Susan: You went on a date with your ex-stepfather?!

Emily: It wasn't a date, for God's sake! He had an extra ticket, so I went.

Susan: Oh, you're best friends now. Oh.

Emily: We're celebrating. He found my eggs.

Susan: Where?

Emily: In the lab.

Susan: At Memorial? That's impossible. Those eggs weren't there.

Emily: Really? Then how do you explain it?

Susan: Well, you tell me.

Emily: What the hell's that supposed to mean?

Susan: How can you ask me that? You know you can't trust him. Larry makes this miraculous discovery, you don't even question it?

Emily: You know what? Don't do that! Don't tell me how to feel about this! Because I'm fine with it!

[Emily groans]

[Emily sighs]

Larry: Are you all right?

Emily: I'm fine.

Larry: I should take you home.

Emily: Home? I live with her.

Larry: Oh. Um, then let's go upstairs. We'll finish our drink.

Emily: Uh, yeah. Uh, I -- I don't think that's such a great idea.

Larry: Why? It's just a drink. And I'm family.

Emily: Really? How, exactly?

Larry: I'm not exactly clear about that myself, but you know what? I'm sure it's fine that we're in the same room together. Come on. Let's just go listen to some music.

Emily: Okay. Um, one drink.

[Emily chuckles]

Larry: Here we go.

Dusty: That's what the company war chest is for. Buy as much as you can. Double! Whatever he offers! I don't want to lose a single share! Buy a one-week ticket back to Malta, Damian. You're not getting your hands on my company.

Damian: You know I can do a much better job at running Worldwide than he can.

Lily: Well, maybe you can. That is not the point here. Did you see Meg, how upset she was to see things escalate like that?

Damian: I didn't start it!

Lily: Maybe not technically.

Damian: Can you tell me why Meg has any interest in that man?

Lily: She doesn't anymore. Unless you rekindled it.

Damian: All right. So what do I do now?

Lily: You've got to make a choice. Either you want Worldwide, or you want Meg. You can't have both.

Damian: I don't want Meg to be angry with me.

Lily: Well, first thing you need to do is apologize.

Damian: You think that will be enough?

Lily: Not on its own, but without it, you don't have a chance.

Damian: You can talk to her for me.

Lily: I really don't think it's my place.

Damian: Well, it's not Holden's place, either, but I'm sure he's gonna let her know how he's feeling, his opinion. At least you could provide some balance here.

Lily: Well, the first thing, you've got to fix this.

Damian: It's me. Call it off. Yes, I'm serious. Sell it. Yes, I understand what I'll be losing. Just text me when you're done. Convinced?

Lily: You really do care about her, don't you?

Damian: I didn't realize she would react this way. I thought she was done with him.

Lily: Doesn't mean she wants you to steal his company out from under him.

Damian: I thought she would like to see the man who mistreated her on his knees.

[Lily scoffs]

Lily: You never learn, do you?

Damian: Learn what?

Lily: About women!

Damian: Well, that's why I need your help.

Lily: I don't think I'll make a difference. Meg seems to have sworn off men for a while.

Damian: Just talk to her. Convince her to give me another chance.

Lily: This is really important to you, isn't it?

Damian: Yes, it is.

Lily: Then how can I say no?

Dusty: Don't you have an ambulance to chase or something?

Bonnie: You asked me to help.

Dusty: You're not helping.

[Cell phone rings]

Dusty: What is it? You're kidding. What did it do to the share price? That low? Then buy every share on offer. Okay.

Bonnie: What is it?

Dusty: He's unloading.

Bonnie: How much?

Dusty: All of it.

Bonnie: Why?

Dusty: I don't know.

Bonnie: Well, it must be some type of ploy or something. Why else would he do it?

Dusty: Maybe he doesn't have the stomach for a fight.

Bonnie: I know it pleases your colossal ego to think so, but Damian Grimaldi is not the type to wuss out.

Dusty: How do you explain it, then?

Bonnie: I don't know! Maybe he's yanking your chain or something.

Dusty: Maybe. It's gonna cost him.

Bonnie: What's the difference? It's over, Dusty.

Dusty: No, it's not.

Hunter: Uh, you never told me what happened with Casey.

Alison: No, I didn’t. Um -- he did something to try to get rid of Riley, and, uh, it was just so totally off-the-wall. So I ended up telling his mom about it, and he dumped me.

[Hunter laughs]

Hunter: You told on him to his mother. Sorry, that's not funny.

Alison: No, you're right. It was pretty childish. But, I mean, what he did was really wrong.

Hunter: So why is he angry with you?

Alison: 'Cause he felt like I betrayed him when I told her.

Hunter: Well, to hell with him, then.

Alison: I wish I could feel that way.

Hunter: Well, if you felt like what he was doing was wrong, then you couldn't have kept it a secret.

Alison: He doesn't see it like that.

Hunter: Well, then he doesn't deserve a beautiful, generous, intelligent woman like you.

Alison: There you go again.

Hunter: What?

Alison: Just blurring out what you're thinking.

Hunter: Yeah. I'll try to keep a lid on that.

Alison: Just think about what the reaction would be.

Hunter: What if I don't know what the reaction will be?

Alison: Then think again.

Hunter: You once told me that I think too much.

Alison: I did?

Hunter: With Jade. You said I should stop always trying to analyze everything and just go for it.

Alison: Well, yeah, but there are sit -- are you out of your mind?

Larry: So, I don't want to make any promises, but I see no reason why you should not be able to get pregnant.

Emily: Mm.

Larry: Now, you know, of course, the eggs can't do it by themselves.

Emily: Yeah. I've been thinking about that.

Larry: Yeah. Should be somebody who's qualities you value.

Emily: Right. Someone smart, funny, handsome.

Larry: Willing.

Emily: Well, yeah. Well, there's that, of course.

Larry: There's that. Can I make a suggestion?

Emily: You know somebody?

Larry: Would it be way off-base to suggest myself?

Emily: Are you serious?

Larry: Well, we did match up well to make Alison, genetically speaking.

Emily: Yeah, well, it's just too -- too weird.

Larry: Because I was married to your mother.

Emily: Well, yeah, of course. I mean, there's that.

Larry: Yeah.

Emily: But then this baby would be my -- my sister -- my sister/daughter's I -- identical twin.

Larry: Not quite.

Emily: Yeah, but you know what? It's just enough to creep me out a little.

Larry: Well, I was just trying to be helpful.

Emily: Well, thank you. I appreciate that, really. But I think I'm gonna stick with an anonymous donor.

Larry: Okay. May be -- may be best.

[Emily chuckles]

Larry: Well, here's to your baby, whoever the father may be.

[Emily laughs]

Larry: Can I freshen that up for you?

Emily: Oh, no, no, no, no. I -- I don't think I should. I, uh -- I should go.

Larry: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

Emily: Ooh! Who spun the room? Hang on, hang on. Just need one minute here.

Larry: I think you should stay here tonight. - What if we all said no. - No.

Hunter: I'm sorry. I don't know what I was thinking.

Alison: Neither do I.

Hunter: Except that I'm totally into you. I can't help it.

Alison: Hunter, stop!

Hunter: Okay, I'm sorry. I -- I won't do it again. Please don't be mad at me.

Alison: I -- I'm not. And I -- it's not that I don't like you. I mean, we get along great. We have a lot in common. But -- and I think we can be really great friends.

Hunter: No, I want to be more than friends.

Alison: I can't do that, ever!

Larry: I'm not suggesting we share the bed.

Emily: Well, you'd better not be.

Larry: I'll sleep on the couch.

Emily: No! I'm not gonna take your bed.

Larry: Why? I don't mind, seriously.

Emily: It's not the point! It's -- it's just a really bad idea.

Larry: I just don't want you driving after you've been drinking. That's all.

Emily: That's all?

Larry: That's all.

Emily: Okay, well, you know what? I have got a lot of work to do at home, and I -- whoa, whoa. You know what? Would you mind terribly if I just laid here, rested my eyes for a minute? Okay.

Larry: Good idea.

Emily: Excuse me.

[Emily sighs]

Bonnie: He quit, Dusty. You won. The game's over.

Dusty: Not yet.

Bonnie: Nobody likes a sore winner. You're gonna have to learn how to take yes for an answer.

Dusty: I never knew you were such a fountain of useless clichés.

Bonnie: Well, Dusty, you asked me for my advice, so why don't you think about taking it?

Dusty: Not this time, but thanks for looking after me.

Bonnie: You know what? You can thank me after you get my bill.

Dusty: You're gonna charge me for advice I'm not even taking?

Bonnie: No, I'm going to charge you for my time for whatever you choose to do with it, Dusty. I'm in one of two professions that charges by the hour, remember?

[Dusty laughs]

Bonnie: So, I -- I was thinking, um, remember that date you asked me to go the other night?

Dusty: Mm-hmm. You turned me down.

Bonnie: Yeah. Uh, I might be available tonight.

Dusty: I'll help you find someone to go with.

Bonnie: You're kidding, right?

Dusty: What do you have in mind?

Bonnie: Dinner.

Dusty: Sounds good. I accept.

Bonnie: You're too much.

Dusty: I know.

Meg: Well, thank you so much for being so great to me.

Holden: You bet. What's he doing here?

Damian: Can we, uh, talk for a minute?

Holden: About?

Damian: In private.

Meg: Okay.

Holden: Why did you bring him here?

Lily: He called off the hostile takeover at Worldwide, and he sold all his shares back to Dusty.

Holden: So?

Lily: He did it for Meg. He's here to apologize to her.

Holden: And you want to help him, right?

Lily: Yes.

Holden: Look, Meg -- she was very upset about what happened today.

Lily: You're just annoyed that they're not at each others' throats anymore.

Holden: All right, I'll tell you what. Just do me one favor. Don't encourage them, okay? She got rid of Dusty. The last thing she needs is Damian in her life.

Damian: I thought it would help you if I put him in his place. I made a mistake.

Meg: Yes, you did. I don't want you fighting my battles for me.

Damian: I understand, and I've already done what I can to rectify the situation.

Meg: Oh, really? How?

Damian: I sold back all the shares.

Meg: How much money did that cost you?

Damian: It doesn't matter. Money's not an issue.

Meg: No, it's a weapon, like the $20,000 you gave to Luke for Noah's movie. You use money to manipulate people.

Damian: Not anymore.

Meg: Well, I hope not, 'cause there's no future for us if you ever do that again.

Damian: You mean there might be a future for us if I don't?

Meg: Let's take it a step at a time, okay?

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