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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 9/30/09

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Janet: Is she down here?

Jack: Who?

Janet: Liberty. I just checked her room, and she's not there.

Jack: Maybe she got up early.

Janet: Yeah, and made her bed without me yelling at her?

Jack: Okay, check your phone. Maybe she left you a message where she -- she spent the night.

Janet: I did. She didn't call. There were no messages. And the last thing we told her was that Paul and Emily couldn't have her baby.

Jack: Right.

Janet: And you told me to let her have some space and cool down. And that's what I did, and she didn't come home last night!

Jack: Okay, you know what? Calm -- you need to calm down.

Janet: You need to put out an APB for my daughter!

Emily: Liberty, hi.

Paul: Hey.

Liberty: Hi.

Paul: Croissant?

Emily: Oh, no. Do you have morning sickness? You okay?

Liberty: No. I'm -- I'm actually really hungry.

Emily: Oh, here.

Paul: Great.

Liberty: Thank you.

Paul: How did you sleep?

Liberty: It was actually one of the best night's sleep I've had in a while.

Emily: Oh, wow. That's great. Sleep -- sleep is really good for you right now.

Liberty: You guys, that bed you have in your guest room is amazing.

Paul: Glad you like it.

Liberty: Don't get me wrong. I'm not dissing the farm or anything, but it has been so tense around there lately. And me not coming home last night is only gonna make it worse.

Paul: Emily was talking to you yesterday about how stress is really bad for the baby, right?

Liberty: Oh, I know. I'm sure she's right. I just have no idea how to change that.

Paul: Well, the best way to avoid stress is to avoid stressful situations.

Emily: That -- that's right. That's right. And listen, if -- if there's tension at home, the best thing you can do is move in with us until you have that baby.

Jack: I can't put out an APB on Liberty.

Janet: Yes, you can! Yes, you can. Do you want me to help you? Here, give me the phone. I'll do it for you, okay?

Jack: Honey, why don't you -- why don't you grab the phone and call her? Have you called her? Have you left a message saying you're worried?

Janet: I tried to.

Jack: What?

Janet: I'm afraid that if she doesn't answer, that means that she's mad at me, or she's having a -- and I -- and I can't even go there, Jack.

Jack: Okay, all right, listen. But not knowing -- that's making it so much better, isn't it? Call her, at least. If she answers the phone, then you'll know you're worrying for nothing.

[Cell phone rings]

Liberty: Uh-oh. Hi, Mom.

Janet: Sweetie, where are you?

Liberty: I'm having breakfast.

Janet: You didn't come home last night. Are you okay?

Liberty: I'm still pregnant, if that's what you're asking.

Janet: Where did you spend the night? Why didn't you call me?

Liberty: Yeah, I, uh -- I stayed at a friend's and crashed before I got around to calling you. I'm sorry.

Janet: Yeah, you better be. Do you know how worried I was?

Liberty: Yeah, I do. It's all you seem to be doing these days.

Janet: Sweetie, that's because you're going through a lot right now. And I just want to make sure you're taking care of yourself.

Liberty: I will be home soon, Mom.

Paul: How's your mother?

Liberty: Oh, she's hysterical, as usual. And it's my fault, as usual.

Emily: Well, hang on. You have to at least finish your breakfast before you go.

Liberty: Thank you, but I -- I can't. I can already feel my stomach tying into knots.

Emily: Okay, you know what? That settles it. For the sake of this baby, you are moving in with us.

Liberty: Oh, I -- I wish, but there's no way my mom would ever let that happen.

Emily: Well, then, Paul and I will go with you and convince her. Let's go.

Paul: Wait. I -- I can't. Eliza's mine this morning. I have to go pick her up.

Emily: No! This has to be done this minute. We cannot wait. She cannot be in this state for another minute. We're gonna go down to the farm and pack your things, okay?

Liberty: Hey, are -- are you sure? You don't know what you're getting into it with my mom.

Emily: Okay, your mother has no idea what she's getting into with me. Let's go.

Margo: What is it? What's wrong?

Tom: Nothing.

Margo: What are you doing here?

Tom: I thought I'd stop down, and we'd go to the hearing together.

Margo: Oh, oh! Right, yes, okay. Sorry.

Tom: And could you do us both a favor and breathe?

Margo: What about Adam?

Tom: I'm pretty sure he's breathing all by himself.

Margo: No, I mean how is he?

Tom: He's okay. Said he needed a little time to himself, so I told him we'd meet him at the courthouse.

Margo: Good, okay. It's gonna happen, isn't it?

Tom: Thanks to Maddie.

Margo: Yeah, yeah. Thank God she came back to town, huh?

Tom: Well, we're pretty lucky that she's willing to come through for Adam.

Margo: Yeah. It's gonna be okay, 'cause once she gets up on the stand, she tells the truth, then the charges will be dropped, and everything will be back to normal.

Tom: Not everything.

Margo: I know, I know. Casey. But Casey -- he'll be fine. He'll have to deal with it, right? Right? Because once the case is settled, then we can work on getting our family back to where it's supposed to be.

Adam: Whoa. Hey, no, no, no. Uh-uh, no, no. Her money is no good here.

Alison: No, I can't let you do that.

Adam: Are you kidding me? 'Cause it's the least I can do. I owe you so much after -- after you got Maddie to come back here and testify for me.

Alison: Okay, it didn't take much convincing. It seemed to me like she had been wanting to set the record straight for a long time. Oh, so when is the hearing?

Adam: Today, actually.

Alison: Today?

Adam: Yeah.

Alison: Shouldn't you be preparing or meditating or whatever?

Adam: I came to -- to try some herbal tea, actually. I hate it, but they say it's supposed to calm your nerves. And then I -- I saw you, and I figured I'd talk to you instead.

Alison: Wow.

Adam: Mm-hmm.

Alison: I rank higher than herbal tea? Good to know.

Adam: Yeah, see, you put a smile on my face already. It's not easy, having hope for the first time in a long time. I don't trust it.

Alison: You deserve a chance to restart your life, Adam. Everyone does.

Adam: I just wish it didn't come at your expense.

Alison: 'Cause of Casey?

Adam: Look, Alison, he didn't want you to help me.

Alison: You know, I know that's what he says, but, I mean, you're his brother. I have to believe that deep down, he loves you.

Adam: Well, it must be really deep down.

Alison: You know, it may take some time, but he'll come around.

Adam: I hope so, for both of our sakes.

Maddie: Good morning. I'm still here.

Casey: Yeah, I can see that. The question is, why?

Maddie: I saw your parents leave, and I thought I'd slip in and pay you a little visit.

Casey: But, um -- yeah, you used the --

Maddie: Yeah. I remembered some of our old tricks when I used to live here.

Casey: We did sneak in here a lot, didn't we?

Maddie: We used to do a lot of things. But that is not what I am here to talk about.

Casey: Did you think about what I said?

Maddie: About not testifying for Adam? Yeah, I couldn't think about anything else last night.

Casey: Well, uh, what did -- what did you decide?

Maddie: That there's a name for what you're doing -- emotional blackmail -- and I don't like it.

Janet: Mm! Oh, thank God! Thank God! Don't ever do that to me again!

Liberty: I'm sorry, Mom. I'm sorry.

Jack: Liberty, no matter how mad you are at your mom, can you just text her to let her know where you are so she doesn't worry herself half to death?

Janet: Yeah!

Liberty: Okay.

Janet: Do you want something to eat. Do you want some eggs or something? Can I fix you a plate?

Emily: Oh, you know what? She had croissants and a big glass of O.J.

Janet: What are you doing here?

Liberty: I, uh -- I had breakfast at Fairwinds with Paul and Emily.

Janet: What?

Liberty: That's where I spent the night last night.

Janet: Why?

Emily: I thought she needed to get away.

Janet: I'm not talking to you. Liberty, what is going on here?

Liberty: I really needed a break, Mom.

Janet: A break?

Emily: Yeah, from all the stress you're putting on here. She's here two minutes, and you're already giving her the third degree?

Janet: My relationship with my daughter is none of your business.

Emily: Actually, actually, it is my business. She made it my business when she chose us to adopt her child. And together, we've decided that Liberty's gonna live with us until she gives birth.

Janet: Over my dead body! There is no way my daughter is moving in with you. You have no claim over her or her baby.

Emily: I'm not sure Liberty feels that way.

Janet: Oh, please. Do not tell me how my daughter feels.

Liberty: Stop, okay? I -- I can't handle this yelling again.

Janet: Yeah, you're right. You're absolutely right, which is why Emily is leaving.

Liberty: No, Mom. That -- that's why I'm leaving.

Janet: Sweetheart, do you really think moving in with a couple of strangers is gonna help anything? It's not. You need stability. Paul and Emily are the opposite of that.

Emily: Excuse me!

Janet: Hey, if you don't like it, you can leave.

Liberty: And so can I.

Janet: No. Sweetie, please, let's talk about this. Let's work it out.

Liberty: Mom, we have not worked anything out since I got pregnant. You keep telling me that what I want is wrong.

Janet: That's because I want you to make the right decision.

Emily: And who decides what that right decision is, Liberty or you?

Janet: Okay, that's it. For the last time, stop it, all right?! That's enough!

Jack: You know what? No, I'm dragging us out right now. Let's go.

Janet: No! If you think that I'm gonna let her take my daughter and baby-snatch her, you're wrong!

Jack: Okay, you know what? I think you're going about this all wrong.

Janet: What?! You think I'm supposed to just let my daughter leave?

Jack: Yeah, let her leave, just for now.

Janet: Never.

Jack: You can't lock her up. Brad tried that. Didn't work.

Janet: I know everything out of my mouth is just driving her further away. I get that. I just don't know what to do, Jack. You got to help me get out of this mess!

Jack: Honey, I will. If you'll let me, I will. But you need to calm down and let me try and help you, okay?

Janet: Okay. Okay, okay. Just hurry. Please, go.

Liberty: Hey.

Liberty: Hey. I'm gonna go pack my stuff.

Janet: Sweetie, wait. Don't forget to take a jacket. It's getting pretty chilly out there.

Liberty: Okay, I will.

Janet: Where the hell do you get off turning my daughter against me?

Emily: Well, look in the mirror, lady. You did that all by yourself.

Maddie: You know, I really hate the way that you put me in the middle of you and your brother.

Casey: You kind of put yourself there, Maddie.

Maddie: Me testifying for Adam has nothing to do with the way that I feel about you. You know that I care, that I've always cared. You were the one that broke up with me, remember, not the other way around.

Casey: Don't you see? That was Adam's fault, too.

Maddie: You can't be serious.

Casey: Everything in my life went wrong when Adam turned on me and the family.

Maddie: He didn't make you a gambling addict, Casey.

Casey: No, no, but he knew I had a problem, and instead of helping me, he used it against me, just like he's using you.

Adam: Oh, no. Oh. Hey, it's my hearing.

Alison: Well, good luck, though I really don't think you'll need it.

Adam: Thanks.

Alison: Look, you know, I have the whole day off, so I'm probably just gonna be nursing my coffee for a while. Come back and, let me know how it goes, okay?

Adam: Okay. You know, Casey has no idea how -- how lucky he really is to have you.

Alison: Actually, I really hope he does, and that once all this is over, we can get things back on track.

Casey: He's still a liar and a cheat. He hasn't changed.

Maddie: He seems different to me.

Casey: How? Would an honest guy put his mom through hell because he's afraid to pay for what he did? Would an honest guy turn Alison against me?

Maddie: Is that what this is about -- you and Alison?

Casey: No, no. It's not just that. He -- he's turned my parents against each other.

Maddie: I thought that they were pretty tight.

Casey: Dad didn't want to defend Adam, but Mom put the pressure on him. You know, she didn't give him any other choice.

Maddie: Still, your dad wouldn't have taken the case if he thought Adam wasn't worth defending. Whether you like it or not, I think so, too.

Casey: And who's gonna defend you, Maddie, huh? When your testimony gets you in trouble? I can't stand by and let Adam hurt you, not again.

Adam: Hey.

Margo: Hey! Adam, hey. Oh! We're in the home stretch. Everything is gonna be okay.

Adam: I'm actually -- I'm actually starting to believe that myself.

Margo: Well, do believe it. It's gonna be a great day.

Adam: What about you, Dad? Any -- any predictions?

Tom: No guarantees, but with Maddie's testimony, I think the odds are pretty good that you'll be spending the night with us at home tonight.

Adam: You think?

Margo: He thinks. I know. We're gonna close this chapter of your life.

Maddie: I overreacted when I saw Adam trying to kiss Gwen. I was wrong.

Casey: No, you weren't. He -- he tried to force himself on her.

Maddie: But it wasn't rape, Casey. I know that now. He would have let her go if I would have given him the chance, but I didn't. I almost killed him. He didn't deserve that, and he didn't deserve what happened afterwards.

Casey: But if you testify, he's going to walk.

Maddie: If a judge decides that he's not guilty, then that's how it goes.

Casey: Okay, what if the same judge decides you should be punished for trying to bury him alive?

Maddie: It will be all right, Casey. I will be all right.

Casey: The only way to know for sure is for you not to testify.

Maddie: Does it really mean that much to you?

Casey: You mean that much to me. You know, I've been to prison, and I can't stand the thought of you having to deal with that.

Maddie: Thank you. Thank you for caring.

Casey: I'll always care for you. Listen, you -- you have to do what you have to do.

Emily: You know, it's really not that bad. Fairwinds isn't that far away.

Janet: I don't care if it's right next door. Liberty needs to be with family. You and Paul are not family.

Emily: Liberty doesn't want to raise this child, and we do. It's a win-win for everyone. Why can't you see that?

Janet: Oh, I'm sorry. I just can't see how you being the parents of my grandchild is a win-win.

Emily: Well, you know what? You can pass judgment all you like, but Paul and I have the ability and the resources to take care of this child. And I swear to you, we will -- we will love this baby with all our hearts.

Liberty: I'm ready to go now.

Janet: Sweetie, can we please just talk about this?

Liberty: You mean stay and listen to you tell me what I'm doing is wrong? No more, Mom. I'll be outside.

Paul: What's that, Mr. Bunny? You want to hang out with Miss Eliza? Well, it's a good thing, 'cause here she is. Say hi to Mr. Bunny.

[Jack clears throat]

Paul: Mr. Bunny's running from the law.

Jack: The housekeeper let me in. I hope I'm not disturbing you.

Paul: I don't know. Do you think he's disturbing us? Thank you.

Jack: Look, I'm not gonna beat around the bush. I -- I would like it if you and Emily backed off the baby situation.

Paul: The "Situation"? Liberty is asking us to adopt her baby. She's fine with it. I -- I didn't realize it was a situation.

Jack: Listen, you already have a gorgeous baby of your own. Why do you need to rush into getting another one?

Paul: Didn't realize there was a limit.

Jack: There isn't.

Paul: Emily would like it if we had a child of our own.

Jack: Listen, there are thousands of babies out there. Choose one of them.

Paul: What's the problem here, Jack? I mean, we didn't twist Liberty's arm into giving up her baby for adoption, and we didn't ask her to choose us.

Jack: Then -- then you un-choose her. Because right now, all you're doing is upsetting Liberty and her mother.

Paul: Oh! Okay, now I get it. This isn't about Liberty at all. You're worried that Janet's gonna go over the deep end.

Jack: No. Liberty is my stepdaughter, and I have every right to look out for her best interests.

Paul: You got to look out for her, Jack. If you'd like, I can write down what the warning signs are.

Jack: There's got to be something we can do here, Paul.

Paul: There's something you can do. You can get Janet to back off her prejudicial attitude towards me and Emily. Because Liberty wants us to be the parents of this child, and there's nothing you can do to stop that from happening.

Margo: Maddie, Maddie, Maddie, Maddie, Maddie, where are you? Are you -- you sure you told her the right time and place?

Tom: No. Of course I did. I even sent her a text confirmation.

Adam: Mom, I'm sure she'll be here.

Clerk: People vs. Munson. The judge is ready for you.

Tom: You coming?

Margo: Yep, yep. Right behind you.

Alison: Maddie.

Maddie: Alison.

Alison: Is the hearing over already? How did it go?

Maddie: I don't know.

Alison: Oh, did you leave before it was over?

Maddie: No.

Alison: What's going on? Why aren't you there?

Tom: Your honor, we'd like to request a brief recess.

Judge: For what purpose?

Tom: We're waiting on a key witness. I'm sure she'll be here soon. Must have been unavoidably detained.

Judge: You have one hour, Counselor.

Tom: Thank you, your honor.

Margo: What happened with Maddie?

Tom: I don't know, but there's still no message.

Margo: This is not like her, Tom.

Adam: No, it's not, but I think I know what happened.

Margo: What? What's going on?

Adam: I'll take care of it, okay? I'll be back in an hour.

Maddie: I thought about it, and I decided I couldn't testify.

Alison: What are you talking about? I mean, that's the whole reason that you came back to Oakdale.

Maddie: I thought I could do it, but when it came down to it, I couldn't.

Alison: Couldn't what? Tell the truth?

Maddie: I can't go through with this, Alison. Let it go, okay?

Alison: You're not testifying because Casey doesn't want you to. You think if you jump when he says "Jump," that maybe you'll get him back?

Maddie: You couldn't be more wrong.

Alison: Look, I know Casey, Maddie, and I know how easily he can get people to do what he wants.

Maddie: You may have slept with him, Alison, but you don't know him at all.

Adam: You did it, didn't you? You talked Maddie out of testifying!

Casey: Maddie makes her own decisions.

Adam: Don't give me that! You worked on her, got her to do what you wanted!

Casey: Forcing women is your thing, not mine.

Adam: What did you promise her?

Casey: Nothing. I don't make promises I can't keep. Can you say the same thing?

Adam: What is that supposed to mean?

Casey: Okay, when we were all in Canada, you swore if we let you go, you would leave and never come back to Oakdale.

Adam: Without her testimony, Casey, I am looking at serious jail time.

Casey: And I'm sure Mom will come visit you all you want.

Adam: Okay, fine. What do you want me to do to get Maddie to testify for me? What do you want from me, Casey?!

Casey: You out of my life, once and for all!

Adam: Okay, fine. You win. I'll leave and never come back.

Casey: You've said that before.

Adam: And I meant it, all right? I thought if I came back as Riley Morgan, I could check in and check out without anyone ever knowing. Casey, I just wanted to see my family one last time.

Casey: Oh, because you love us so much?

Adam: Believe it or not, I do. I love Mom and Dad. I love you.

Casey: R -- really? Was it love that made you use my gambling addiction to set up Will? That my big brother that I looked up to used me to get to someone else's wife?

Adam: It wasn't like that!

Casey: That's exactly what it is! And this past week, Mom turning herself inside out, trying to get you out of jail when she never --

Adam: When she never would do the same thing for you.

Casey: So the offer's on the table. Are you gonna take it or no?

Adam: I never knew I hurt you so much, Casey.

Casey: Because you didn't want to know.

Adam: I am so sorry. If I could go back in time and take it all back --

Casey: And you can't. I'm sorry, but you can leave now.

Adam: If you get Maddie to drop the charges against me, I'll leave town, and you'll never have to see me again.

Casey: Maddie, I am so glad I found you.

Maddie: Hey. Um, I -- you should know that I've decided not to testify.

Casey: No, you didn't go to hearing. I know.

Maddie: Not because you pressured me or anything like that.

Casey: No, I know.

Maddie: Just that I was thinking about what you said to me, and it really made sense.

Casey: And what I'm about to say to you is not gonna make any sense at all.

Maddie: What are you talking about?

Casey: I need you to testify after all.

Maddie: Excuse me?

Casey: Yes. I know it's a complete 180, but it's for a good reason. All you have to do is exactly what you were planning on doing before.

Maddie: I would feel so much better if I could tell the truth.

Casey: And that's why you should do that.

Maddie: And if I go to jail, at least I won't have all this guilt weighing down on me.

Casey: You are not gonna end up in jail. My dad won't let that happen.

Maddie: Thank you.

Casey: So, um --

Maddie: Listen, I got to get going, 'cause I'm gonna be late.

Casey: You'll -- you'll tell me how it turns out?

Maddie: Yeah, yeah, sure. But just to warn you, Alison's in there, and she's on the warpath, so look out.

Alison: Casey, what the hell were you thinking?

Casey: You're gonna have to be a little more specific than that.

Alison: Talking Maddie out of testifying just to get back at your brother?! I didn't think you could sink that low!

Casey: Ali, Ali, listen.

Alison: No, it's not okay! This is totally beneath you!

Casey: Can I get a word in here? I fixed it.

Alison: What do you mean?

Casey: I talked to Maddie. She's on her way to testify right now.

Alison: She is?

Casey: She is, yes.

Alison: Oh. Oh -- I guess -- I guess I owe you an apology then.

Casey: Don't worry about it.

Alison: No, no, I'm sorry. I should have known that you would come to your senses and do the right thing.

Casey: This is the right thing for everyone.

Adam: Everything is gonna all right.

Tom: Uh, uh, define "All right."

Clerk: People vs. Munson, you're up again.

Tom: Well, I hope for your sake you're right about Maddie being on her way, 'cause I don't think the judge is gonna cut us any more slack on this one. Your honor, if we may beg the court's indulgence just for a few more moments. We're ready, your honor.

[Baby fusses]

Emily: Oh!

Liberty: Hi!

Emily: Hi! Oh, hi! Did you -- did you find room for everything?

Liberty: Are you kidding? My stuff barely filled half of one of those dresser drawers.

Emily: Oh. Well, then, we need to take you shopping.

Liberty: No, you don't have to do that, really. It's fine.

Paul: No, that -- that sounds fun.

Emily: No, we -- we want to make you happy.

Liberty: Aw.

Emily: We want to make you happy, don't we? Don't we want to make Aunt Libby happy? We want to make her feel right at home. Yes. Sorry. Sorry about that. Sorry.

Liberty: It's fine. Don't -- don't worry. I just -- I'm gonna need a little while to get my bearings. Is the kitchen that way or --

Emily: Uh, yeah. Are -- are you hungry? I can fix you something to eat.

Liberty: I'm just thirsty.

Emily: Okay. I can have them make you some herbal tea or -- or a glass of milk -- a big glass of milk. Good for the baby, good for the bones.

Liberty: Gross. I was thinking more along the lines of a diet soda.

Emily: Oh, no, no, no. No, no, no liquid chemicals. You know what? We need to come up with a meal plan for you, just to keep you on track.

Liberty: We don't have to do that, really. I don't think so.

Paul: You know, um, I've got to drop Eliza off at Memorial. That's where I'm meeting Meg. So maybe while we're there, we can pick up some literature on prenatal nutrition.

Liberty: No. I have -- my mom gave that to me.

Emily: It's a great idea! It's a great idea. Our first road trip! Ah, I'm so excited!

Jack: I saw Paul with Eliza this morning. He seems to know what he's doing. He was good with her.

Janet: Playing peek-a-boo twice a week does not a good father make.

Jack: The bottom line, Darling -- this isn't up to you. It's up to Liberty.

Janet: I know that. I know that. I just feel like I need to stop her from doing something I know is flat-out wrong.

Jack: And all you can do is tell her how you feel. And you have done that. What more can you do?

Janet: Well, instead of backing off, what if we make her a better offer?

Jack: We tried that. She hated that couple from Nebraska.

Janet: No, no, no, no, no. I mean a better "Better" offer.

Jack: Such as?

Janet: We keep the baby and raise it ourselves.

Janet: We raise the baby and keep it in the family. And that way, Liberty can go off to college, and she'll know that the baby has a very safe place at home here. And then when she's ready to be a mom, it will be here for her.

Jack: I thought you didn't want to have any more children, because you had spent so many of your glory years raising Liberty by herself.

Janet: I know, I know, I said that. But my mind has been changed, okay? Things change. We have to change with them. Come on. It won't be like me and Liberty. This time, I'll have you. And you know -- admit it -- this would be the best thing for everybody.

Maddie: I thought Adam was attacking Gwen.

Tom: But he wasn't, right?

Maddie: No. But by the time I figured that out, it was too late.

Tom: Because you'd knocked him out. Is that correct?

Maddie: I thought I was protecting my friend.

Tom: So what happened then?

Maddie: He wasn't moving. And we thought -- I thought I had killed him.

Tom: So you buried him.

Maddie: We were so sure. I mean, I was sure. He wasn't breathing. He had no pulse. So yes, I dug a hole. God, to think about how he must have felt when he woke up and realized that --

Tom: Ms. Coleman, the court is aware that this was unintentional. You and the defendant were both victims of a terrible tragedy.

Maddie: That's exactly it. And Adam, I am so sorry.

Tom: So can we assume that if the same thing had happened to you, that you had woken up and found yourself mistakenly buried alive, would it have provoked a radical change in your mental state?

Maddie: Definitely.

Tom: In fact, anyone in that situation would understandably be traumatized.

Maddie: Yes, they would. And that's why I understand why Adam came after me and Gwen -- because of what we did to him.

Tom: Thank you, Miss Coleman. No further questions.

Judge: Is there anything else, Counselor, you'd like to add?

Tom: I would, your honor. I'd like the court to consider the extreme circumstances here. My client was suffering from a kind of post-traumatic stress that we couldn't even conceive of. Given what he was subjected to, I wonder if we can hold him accountable for his response to any of those things. But beyond that one of the two young women that he allegedly assaulted has come here to testify in his favor, and I think that urges the court toward leniency in this matter. I also have a signed affidavit from Gwen Munson stating that she would not object if the court were not to pursue this case. I respectfully request that all the charges be dropped.

Judge: I see no justification for wasting the taxpayers' money. Case dismissed.

Margo: Oh, my God! I can't believe it! I can't believe it! You're finally home for good! Oh!

Adam: Mom, just to know that you've always accepted me, loved me no matter what -- meant so much to me. And it always will.

Margo: Oh, come on, baby. It's all behind you now.

Adam: Dad, you have no idea how good it feels just to call you dad again.

Tom: Well, I am your dad. I always have been. I always will be.

Margo: Okay, okay. Enough hugging. Let's go. Let's go celebrate. Come on.

Casey: What happened?

Maddie: I did it. I did what you wanted.

Alison: Good. I mean, testifying was the right thing to do.

[Cell phone rings]

Casey: Sorry. Dad, hi.

Tom: Hey, Case. I thought you'd like to know, Maddie really came through for us.

Casey: She did?

Tom: Yeah. All the charges have been dropped against your brother. He's a free man. Case, did you hear me?

Casey: Um, yeah. Con -- congratulations.

Tom: Look, I know this is hard for you.

Casey: Uh, you have no idea.

Tom: Listen, your mom would like to celebrate down at the Lakeview, and I know she would love it if you and Maddie and Alison would show up, because Adam owes you all a huge debt.

Casey: I -- I'm with Ali and Maddie right now. I'll ask them. Is, um -- is Adam with you right now?

Tom: He's gonna meet us at the Lakeview.

Casey: Okay. I'll see you there. My parents want us to join them for a celebration.

Alison: Sounds great.

Maddie: Tell them I said thanks, but you guys go without me.

Casey: No, wait. Adam owes you his freedom more than anyone else.

Alison: Please come, Maddie. We both said things that we didn't really mean. So let's just let bygones be bygones, okay?

Maddie: Okay.

Casey: Okay. I -- I have to do something first, though. I'll meet you guys at the Lakeview, okay?

Casey: You're still here.

Adam: Not for long. My stuff's all packed. Just wrote a quick note for Mom.

Casey: Saying what?

Adam: Nothing about you telling me to get the hell out, so don't worry. Just -- just wanted to say good-bye. Can't say it in person, or else she'd break me down and make it impossible for me to leave.

Casey: Yeah, she would do that.

Adam: Casey, I know I can't convince you to forget about the past. I just -- I just hope that some day, you will realize that I really do --

Casey: No.

Adam: I hope that someday -- I don't know, maybe you'll -- you'll want me in your life again.

Tom: Well, I don't know what's taking Adam so long. He's not picking up his cell. So maybe I should call Casey?

Margo: Well, without the guest of honor, there's no reason to rush Casey. You know, Adam's been under a lot of stress lately, and maybe, you know, it's pushing it to try to have a party. So, would you girls mind if we just did this another time?

Maddie: Sure, sure.

Alison: No, of course not.

Margo: Okay. Okay. Tom --

Tom: Yeah.

Margo: Let's go home. Maybe Adam's waiting there for us.

Janet: Listen, if my parents had made this offer to me when I was pregnant with Liberty, I would have jumped at the chance.

Jack: Liberty's not you.

Janet: I know. She is so much better than I could ever have been. She's got a real future ahead of her, and I want to make sure that she gets that chance for that future. Oh, come on, Jack. This could be good. This could be really good. Please.

Jack: Okay. If this is what you want.

Janet: Yes.

Jack: But Liberty has to agree.

Janet: Yes, she will! I know she will. Oh, God, thank you, Jack. Thank you so much! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Paul: Well, the good news is, we got all the brochures.

Emily: Well, just wait 'til I turn my computer on and I start ordering books.

Liberty: Oh, great.

Paul: Come on. You don't remember any of this stuff?

Emily: No, I don't. It's been a long time since I had Daniel, and you forget a lot between babies -- a lot. I mean, especially the labor pains.

Liberty: You forget the labor pains? Because that is the thing --

Emily: No, you have to. Trust me, no woman on this planet would have another baby if she remembered -- oh, God, no. Sorry.

Liberty: I'm tired. If it's okay with you guys, I'm gonna go lay down.

Emily: Uh, yeah. Of course.

Paul: Look, if you want anything, anything at all --

Emily: Just, uh, nothing diet.

Paul: Call the kitchen, and they'll bring you whatever you'd like.

Emily: Nothing diet.

Alison: What are you doing here? Why weren't you at the Lakeview?

Casey: I just kind of didn't see the point.

Alison: Don't be like that. Your parents wanted you there. Like it really mattered. I mean, Adam didn't show up. Do you know what happened to him?

Casey: He's gone.

Alison: What do you mean he's gone? What? Oh, no. Is this what you meant by "Fixing things"?

Casey: It works out for the best, yes.

Alison: The best for who, Casey? Oh, my God, your mother. Do you have any idea what this is gonna do to her?

Casey: It was necessary. And if you loved me, you would be on my side.

Alison: I do love you, Casey, but I'm not gonna let you use my love for you as a weapon against me, not anymore.

Margo: I don't understand. I mean, the charges were dropped. There was -- there was no need to run. He was a free -- free man. Tom?

Tom: Maybe, uh -- maybe that's what he wanted all along, to just be free to leave.

Margo: No. No, I don't believe that for a minute. He loved being home, here with us. Something -- something drove him away.

[Voice breaking]

Margo: Oh, my God. We just got him back.

Casey: Why are you so mad, Alison? He's not going to jail. Isn't that what you wanted?

Alison: You turned what should have been a wonderful thing into something so dirty. I mean, you accused Adam of pulling strings, but you have done that and more. I mean, you hurt your parents, you plotted with Maddie, and you lied to me.

Casey: I am sorry I hurt you.

Alison: But you're not sorry for anything you've done. Okay, I can't -- I can't do this anymore. I never know what you mean or where you stand.

Casey: You've known exactly where I stand about Adam.

Alison: You mean after you decided to stop lying to me about who he was? Or when you told me that you were gonna help him, while the whole time, you were trying to find a way to just get him out of town! I am -- I'm sick of you and your hidden agendas!

Casey: Maybe you're just sick of me, okay? Is that what you're trying to say?

Alison: We can't play this game anymore, Casey.

Maddie: Hey. You okay?

Casey: I'm fine.

Announcer: On the next "As the World Turns."

Alison: Let me go!

Casey: Let's talk about this.

Alison: I can't!

Hunter: Hey, take your hands off my sister.

Casey: You're the only one in my corner.

Maddie: I'll always be in your corner.

Tom: You've got another son here, and he needs you.

Audrey: Check, please.

Maddie: Whoa, whoa, no. Vienna --

Audrey: Maddie --

Maddie: What kind of scam are you trying to pull now?

Barbara: Mm!

Vienna: Henry? Henry?

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