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As The World Turns Transcript Tuesday 12/22/09

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Alison: What?

Casey: You look like you're sleepwalking.

Alison: Oh, I wish. I was up all night. I feel like I have giant bags under my eyes.

Casey: Your eyes look good. And so does the rest of you.

Alison: Okay. Flirt-free zone. What is in the bag?

Casey: An ax.

Alison: Why?

Casey: Don't worry. I'm not -- I'm not mad at anyone. I'm just, uh, gonna take down a tree for Christmas.

Alison: You mean chop one down yourself?

Casey: Yeah. Hughes family tradition.

Alison: Since when?

Casey: This year. I was in charge of getting a tree, and I kind of forgot. You know, I went to the -- the mall parking lot with those guys, and all they have is the scrawny ones left.

Alison: Well, big surprise, right before Christmas and all the good trees are gone.

Casey: Yeah, not really. So, I'm going to the woods to find one.

[Laughing ]

Alison: Wait. You, in the woods with an ax? You're gonna be lucky if you come back with all your fingers.

Casey: Yeah, that's right. I was thinking I should have a professional medical qualified personnel on site. Bingo.

Alison: The last time we did something like this, we would have died if Hunter hadn't tracked us down. And anyway, I can't.

Casey: Why not?

Alison: Uh, I have an appointment with Emily right now.

Casey: I'll wait for you.

Alison: It could be a while.

Casey: You're worth it.

Barbara: I'm sorry. I'm just rather uncomfortable in funeral homes.

Funeral director: Most people are, at least until their final visit.

Barbara: Mm. You handled the remains of my -- my late husband, James Stenbeck, and I need the paperwork -- death certificate, any kind of documentation of the embalmment -- any paperwork you might have.

[Funeral director sighs]

Barbara: Is something wrong?

Funeral director: Well, it's a rather unusual request.

Barbara: I understand that it's usually handled by an attorney, but I am his ex-wife. We have a son together, and I just need -- I need closure.

Funeral director: I understand.

Barbara: Is there a problem?

Funeral director: This is very embarrassing, but it seems that we've lost the file.

Paul: So, the babysitter's dropping Eliza at the play group, and then they're all gonna go to the park.

Emily: Oh, good! That's great. Uh, Ali finally called me back. She thinks she might get us in to see Dr. Prentice today at the fertility clinic.

Paul: Maybe you should wait.

Emily: What are you talking about? Last night, you couldn't get me there fast enough.

Paul: Well, it's the holidays. What if it's not such great news?

Emily: But what if it is good -- what if it's great news? It's gonna make for a great Christmas.

[Cell phone rings]

Paul: Hang on. It's Ali. Hey.

Alison: Hey. Uh, my friend from Dr. Prentice's office called, and they can squeeze us in, but we have to go right now.

Emily: Oh, that's great. Oh, that's great. Thank you so much. She did it.

Paul: Great.

Emily: You're gonna come with us, right?

Alison: Yeah, of course.

Emily: Oh, Ali, thank you so much.

Alison: All right. I'll meet you there.

Emily: I got a really good feeling about this. I'll see you soon. Bye. You ready to go?

Paul: I can't go.

Emily: What -- what are you talking about?

Paul: I'm going to Meg's hearing. I told you that. You know that.

Emily: Paul, this was not an easy appointment to get!

Paul: Well, Alison will be there.

Emily: I don't want -- I want you there.

Paul: I'll be at the next one, I promise. I'll be at the next one, okay? But right now, I need to make sure that Eliza is with her mother on Christmas. I'll call you as soon as itís over.

Lily: Are you all right?

Damian: Oh, yeah. I'm glad we took that nap, though. I'm not sure I'd have the strength for this otherwise.

Lily: You said you need time to rest from the poison.

Damian: It's not just that. It's -- I'm worried they won't recognize Meg's condition. She needs to be committed to Deerbrook, the sooner the better.

Meg: What are you doing here?

Lily: We're here because we're concerned about you, Meg.

Meg: You should be worried about your marriage and having your husband tell you the truth.

Holden: Meg, lets not do this now.

Meg: You know, uh, did you tell her how you came to see me today?

Damian: You know I wouldn't do that.

Meg: When are you gonna stop lying?

Damian: I've been with Lily all day.

Meg: That's another lie!

Holden: Meg, for your own good, just stop.

Meg: Holden, he was there! He is just trying to make me look bad.

Holden: Let's just -- let's go sit down.

Damian: Well, she's definitely more upset than she was before. And it's clear her delusions have only gotten worse.

Paul: What are you doing here?

Molly: I could ask you the same thing.

Paul: I'm on Meg's side.

Molly: We all are.

Paul: Well, then, we're both here to make sure she isn't railroaded.

Molly: She needs help, Paul.

Paul: She needs to be home with her daughter. And anybody who doesn't think that isn't really on her side.

Meg: Thank you both for being here.

Paul: Don't worry about a thing.

Lily: Holden, can we talk?

Meg: He is lying to you about everything.

Holden: Of course.

Lily: She's getting worse.

Holden: All she's saying is that your husband's a liar. That doesn't make her crazy.

Lily: She tried to poison him.

Holden: You don't know that for sure.

Lily: All right, I do know for sure she threatened to cut me with a piece of broken glass.

Holden: All right, Lily, can we not turn this into a criminal case?

Lily: Well, we'd better get her the help she needs, because one way or another, she needs to be off the streets.

Meg: Did you speak to Officer Grady? Did he admit that he did give Damian evidence proving that Holden was alive?

Molly: No, he didn't, Meg. I'm really sorry.

Meg: So I'm sure he didn't admit that Damian bribed him to lie.

Molly: I couldn't ask him if that's what happened without any proof.

Meg: Why do you think Grady changed his story all of the sudden?

Molly: I don't know.

Meg: What he told me was the truth. You don't believe me, do you?

[Meg scoffs]

Paul: I don't think Molly would be checking it out if she doesn't believe you.

Molly: Paul's right. Meg, if it's true --

Meg: "If," "If," "If"?

Paul: Molly will find whatever evidence is out there. She's gonna need a little time. That's all.

Meg: Meanwhile, they want to keep me locked up in here.

Paul: Meg, they're not gonna do that to you, okay? They're not. I won't let them, I promise. Come here.

Molly: Hey -- you shouldn't make promises you can't keep.

Paul: Who said I did?

Meg: What did she want?

Holden: She wanted to know how you were.

[Meg scoffs]

Meg: Don't lie to me, Holden.

Holden: Meg, Lily is not the enemy.

Meg: Maybe not, but she is married to him.

Alison: Loading up for the big hunt?

Casey: Yes. Those trees can be hard to track.

Alison: Hmm. Well, I've got to get back to the hospital, but I'll call you as soon as my appointment with Emily is over.

Casey: Okay. I'll just -- I'll meet you there when I get back.

Alison: Oh, where are you going?

Casey: Where?

Alison: Yeah.

Casey: I'm going into the woods to scout it out.

Alison: Ah, good idea, so we can sneak up and bag one without it knowing what's happening.

Casey: This is serious business. The blue spruce can be an elusive capture.

[Casey growls]

[Alison laughs]

[Alison sighs]

Mick: Hey. Emily told me you'd be here.

Alison: You spoke to her?

Mick: Yeah, she called. She said you got her another appointment at the fertility doctor.

Alison: Yeah. I'm on my way right now.

Mick: I'd like to go with you, if that's okay, in case the doctor has any questions.

Alison: Really?

Mick: Alison, this isn't some sort of scam. It's my research, my life's work. I care about what's happening with Emily as much as you do.

Alison: Then let's find out.

Funeral director: I wish I could explain to you what happened to the file.

Barbara: It's quite all right. There's nothing you could have done that would have prevented this.

Funeral director: We will turn this place upside down until we find out.

Barbara: No, no, no. You don't have to do that. You don't have to look for it at all. Please, please understand, don't look for it. I don't want you or your people getting hurt. We're dealing with something very dangerous here, and -- while you're at it, just forget I was here. Thank you.

Judge: I'll hear from anyone within sight on this case.

Holden: Your honor, my name is Holden Snyder. Meg is my sister, and this whole thing is my fault.

Meg: No, it's not.

Holden: Up until a few months ago, Meg was a dedicated nurse. She was a wonderful mother. She was devoted to our family. And she was involved with Damian Grimaldi. She was expecting to marry him. At that point, things happened in my life that caused my family to believe that I was dead. It was then that Mr. Grimaldi broke things off with Meg and married my now ex-wife. So you can imagine the effect that this had on my sister. Whatever difficulty she's having right now are a direct result of that -- that very cruel act of betrayal. She has no deep-rooted psychological problems. Now, I'm not saying that she doesn't need counseling.

Meg: Holden --

Holden: But I think that she would do much better if she were home with her family, as opposed to being in a facility like Deerbrook.

Judge: Well, that's the real question, isn't it?

Meg: No! My sanity is not the issue here!

Holden: Meg --

Meg: It's his lies!

Holden: Meg, would you please sit down?

Meg: No, I want to be able to speak for myself. Am I allowed to do that, your honor? Thank you. First, what Holden said is true. That man dumped me and went straight to my sister-in-law when he found out that my brother might have been killed. After he broke up with me, the police told him that Holden might still be alive. But he didn't tell Lily, because he wanted to still have a shot with her. But when I found out, he didn't want to be exposed, so he made me look like I was crazy so I could be locked up and he could keep his marriage intact.

Damian: That's -- that's not true, your honor.

Meg: You know it is, you lying bastard.

Holden: Meg --

[Gavel bangs]

Meg: I'm sorry. But this is what he does. He pushes me. And I'm not saying that everything I did was okay. I know it wasn't. But it was because of him.

Damian: That's insane, your honor. You can't possibly believe her.

Judge: Just wait, Mr. Grimaldi. You'll get your turn.

Meg: That's right. And then he can tell you how he kept sleeping with me after he got married and how he kept saying he was gonna leave his wife for me.

Damian: Why in the world would I do that, Meg?

Meg: To shut me up! And when that didn't work, you made me look like I made this whole thing up.

Damian: You are crazy.

Lily: Damian, please.

Meg: That's what he does. He just lies. You know, he came to see me at Deerbrook today, and he told me the same thing -- that he would leave Lily, that he loves me and wants me.

Damian: That's a lie.

Meg: He's just trying to destroy me. He wants me locked up for good -- so Lily won't find out that her marriage has been built on nothing but lies.

Emily: Well, I -- I'm glad you're both here. Um, you know, I'm really excited about the treatments, and everything's going really well. But I'm -- I'm sure you know that Dr. Prentice is one of the, you know, really great fertility specialists in the country.

Mick: Emily, that's all right. I'm glad that you're seeing a specialist, especially if it will put your mind at ease.

Emily: Oh, no, no. It's -- it's not me. It's -- it's Paul's mind, really. But thank you.

Mick: Either way, we're all here for the same thing.

Alison: Oh, Shannon, thank you for getting us in today.

Shannon: I'm glad to do it.

Emily: Okay, uh, you ready for me?

Shannon: If you and your husband will follow me.

Emily: Oh, uh -- sorry, my husband's not -- not here.

Mick: Something wrong?

Alison: No, not -- not at all.

Mick: What?

Alison: I had a dream about you last night.

Mick: Me?

Alison: Yeah, I know. Creepy, huh?

Mick: What kind of dream?

Alison: Oh, I -- I barely remember. It was, um -- we were together in, um, some church.

Mick: What were we doing there? Do you remember?

Alison: Uh, no. No, I just, uh -- I remember being scared, and, uh -- and you were inside, uh, waving me in.

Mick: Inside the church?

Alison: Yeah. So, and then I woke up.

Mick: Pbht! Doesn't mean anything. Dreams are just neurons firing in the brain.

Alison: Yeah, thanks. I mean, I -- I learned that in nurses' school. Knowing where they come from doesn't exactly stop you from having them, though. So -- Shannon, hey. Uh, hold on a minute. I just want to talk to her. Thank you, again, for getting us in today.

Barbara: We need to talk.

Mick: I can't now.

Barbara: If you want to see one more dime of my son's money, you will come with me now.

Alison: Mick? Mick, where'd you go?

[Mick clears throat]

Mick: Would you tell me what's so important so I can go back to Emily?

Barbara: There was a glass in here, with James Stenbeck's fingerprints on it. Why?

Mick: You broke into my room again.

Barbara: Answer me.

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

Barbara: There was a glass. I had it tested.

Mick: By whom?

Barbara: James Stenbeck's fingerprints were all over it, which is a little odd, since the man is dead.

Mick: Must have been a mistake.

Barbara: No mistake. I had them run it twice, and then I went to the funeral parlor to check on his death certificate. And guess what? The file was gone.

Mick: What does that have to do with me?

Barbara: You tell me.

Mick: I swear, I don't know.

Barbara: Where is he?

Mick: Where did you bury him?

Barbara: Don't get smart with me.

Mick: I don't know where he is.

Barbara: He's alive.

Mick: I didn't say that.

Barbara: Is he?

Mick: I don't know. Who are you calling?

Barbara: The police.

Mick: I wouldn't do that if I were you.

Emily: Hey. Where's Mick?

Alison: Uh, I have no idea. I -- I went in to talk to Shannon for a minute, and then he just left. What did the doctor say?

Emily: Uh -- took some blood. We have to wait for the results. But everything looks good.

Alison: Really?

Emily: Yeah.

Alison: He thinks you can get pregnant?

Emily: Well, he didn't say that, but he didn't say anything that could prevent it.

Alison: Emily, how is this possible?

Emily: I'll tell you how. Mick's on to something here -- something real, Ali.

Alison: Yeah. It would seem so.

Emily: Oh, I can't wait to tell Paul. Thank you, thank you, thank you for getting me in to see this doctor. Oh!

Alison: Glad to help.

Emily: I'll see you. Bye.

Alison: Okay.

Casey: You busy?

Alison: Uh, very.

Casey: I found the perfect tree.

Alison: Are you sure you can find it again?

Casey: Yes, of course. Why?

Alison: Well, you are known for getting lost in the woods.

Casey: Oh -- just once, and not this time.

Alison: Really? And why is that?

Casey: 'Cause I thought ahead. I left a trail of breadcrumbs.

[Alison laughs]

Casey: Come on. Our Christmas tree awaits. Dun, dun, dun, dun, dun!

Meg: Sorry, your honor. I don't mean to get so upset. It's just my life is at stake here, and Damian's life is at stake, or at least his marriage is. But that doesn't give him a right to come to see me at Deerbrook and lie and then deny that he was even there!

Damian: I'm sorry, your honor. I have to say something. I wasn't there.

[Meg scoffs]

Damian: I was with my wife all day.

Lily: He was, your honor. My husband has been weak since -- he was recently in the hospital, and he had to take a nap in order to have the strength to come here. There's no way he could have been at Deerbrook.

Meg: He's lying! He was there!

Holden: Would you please sit down.

Meg: Please, will you just let go of me! I know you want him, but you have to tell the truth.

Lily: I am.

Meg: Why are you doing this? Why are you ruining my life?

Holden: Meg --

Meg: Why are you doing this? Why are you doing this?

Holden: Meg --

[Gavel banging]

Holden: Meg, Meg, you need to stop this. Enough already.

Meg: Okay!

Holden: Sit down.

Lily: This is how she's been acting, your honor. Now you can see why my husband and I believe she belongs at Deerbrook. You know, it isn't bad enough that she's been making up stories that they're having a relationship, but now she's been making threatening calls to our home.

Meg: What? I didn't do that.

Lily: And if she's released, I'm afraid she'd be a danger to all of us.

[Meg scoffs]

Meg: That's not true, any of it!

Holden: Meg, enough.

Meg: They're lying. Why can't you see that?

Judge: Ms. Snyder, I'm ordering you be held for further observation.

[Gavel bangs]

Meg: You can't do that. Please! Please, you can't do that! Please, please!

Holden: Meg, Meg, Meg.

Barbara: Are you threatening me?

Mick: I wouldn't hurt you, Barbara. You mean too much to me.

Barbara: And why is that? Why do you seem to care about me so much?

Mick: Why wouldn't I? You're the first person here who ever believed in me.

[Barbara scoffs]

Barbara: You and your research -- you give me one good reason why I shouldn't call the police.

Mick: Because I wouldn't want to see you get in trouble with them.

Barbara: And why would I get in trouble?

Mick: You broke into my place twice, and you took items that didn't belong to you.

Barbara: I took a hotel water glass.

Mick: I guess I should consider myself lucky that you didn't take my signet ring.

Barbara: The one with the initials "J.S."? You tell me what the hell's going on here.

Mick: I'm trying to continue my research, of which you are a very important part, Barbara.

Barbara: I am not talking about your research. I am talking about James Stenbeck's fingerprints on a glass. I am talking about a ring with the initials "J.S." I -- I bet if I looked around here, I would find the file that's missing from the funeral parlor, probably with my letters!

Mick: What letters?

Barbara: One was a letter I wrote James before Paul was born.

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

Barbara: Oh, please. Of course you do. You walk around here, dropping these little hints like -- my life with James, as if you were there.

Mick: I find it very disturbing that you feel the need to come in here and rifle through my things.

Barbara: Your things? Those are my things -- my personal things. My letters are in a shoe box in your armoire! How the hell did you get them?

Mick: I can't tell you.

Barbara: He's at it again, isn't he? He's faked his own death.

Mick: No.

Barbara: And you're working for him, aren't you?

Mick: I am not working for him.

Barbara: So just tell me -- tell me what he wants.

Meg: You have to prove that Damian lied, Molly, and then they'll realize that I'm really not crazy, and they'll let me go.

Molly: I'll try, Sweetie. I will.

Holden: Everything's gonna be okay, Meg, I promise.

Meg: You really don't believe me, do you? [Voice breaking] Nobody does.

Holden: Do you believe her?

Molly: I really don't know. Do you?

Holden: I believe that Damian's a liar. But to do all this?

Molly: Everything Meg claims he did he did to hold on to Lily.

Holden: What's your point?

Molly: I guess it's just worth asking. How far would you go to hold on to her?

Casey: Yes! This is it!

Alison: They all look the same.

Casey: What are you talking about? Look at this. The branches -- they're full. They're symmetrical. It's perfect. You're not gonna find a better tree in a parking lot.

Alison: Okay, okay. It's the best Christmas tree of all time.

Casey: Yes!

Alison: So what now?

Casey: We kill it.

Alison: Are you sure you know what you're doing?

Casey: Absolutely.

Alison: Have you done this before?

Casey: Not exactly.

Alison: Well, what does that mean?

Casey: You know, I've chopped firewood for the fireplace before.

Alison: That was already lying on the ground.

Casey: Yeah! It's practically the same thing.

Alison: No, no, because this -- this could fall on us.

Casey: Oh, my God. Not if you know if you're doing the right thing, which I know.

Alison: Oh. Oh, okay. Where did you learn?

Casey: On the internet.

Alison: Okay, wait a minute.

Casey: Okay, just calm down. It's not redwood. If you don't trust me, just back away.

Alison: Fine.

Casey: Okay.

Alison: Good luck.

Casey: Okay.

Alison: All right.

Casey: Oh!

[Casey screams]

Alison: Casey, oh, my God! Casey, are you okay? Show me your hand! Show me your --

Casey: You mean this hand?

Alison: You are such a jerk!

Casey: Who's the gullible one? I'm sorry. [Casey whimpers] Back up, seriously. And shut up.

Barbara: You tell me where James is.

Mick: I can't.

Barbara: Damn it, I want some answers. Why did he send you?

Mick: You want answers, my dear? You'd better start asking the right questions.

Barbara: What the hell is that supposed to mean? Who are you?

Mick: You'd better go.

Barbara: Not until I find out what you're doing here.

Mick: I have to get changed for a meeting.

Barbara: If you think you can dismiss me that easily, you don't know who you're dealing with.

Mick: That's where you're wrong. I do.

Barbara: I'll give you one more chance. Where is James? Oh, my God. That scar -- that's the same scar that James had after Paul shot him. How is that possible?

Mick: Now you're asking the right questions.

Meg: Someone's following us.

Attendant: I know you had a rough day. I'll have the doctor change your meds.

Meg: No, I'm telling you, we're being followed.

Attendant: Come on.

[Tires screech]

Meg: What happened? Did you hit someone?

Attendant: I don't know. He came out of nowhere.

Meg: Well, I'm a nurse. I'm gonna see if he's hurt. Oh, my God! Paul? Hey, hey. Uh, he's -- he's breathing, but call 911. Hurry. Hurry!

Paul: Car's on the other side of the ramp. It's in the second row. Get out of here.

Barbara: I know that scar. I've seen it a thousand times.

Mick: And you've touched it as many.

Barbara: No. What are you trying to tell me?

Mick: I am giving you treatments to look and feel younger, but what if the treatments did more? What if they actually made you younger, medically, biologically.

Barbara: Impossible.

Mick: How do you know that? Do you think you and Emily are my first subjects?

Barbara: What?

Mick: Someone had to go first.

Barbara: No. No, no, no, no, no. I don't believe this.

Mick: The first time I looked in the mirror, I didn't believe it either.

Barbara: No. This is impossible.

Mick: Nothing is impossible, Barbara.

Barbara: That's what James always said.

Mick: I know. And you know this is possible. You do remember our good friend Dr. Weston, don't you?

Barbara: How would you know about that?

Mick: How do you think? Because I was there. We both saw it for ourselves for our own eyes -- Carly Tenney, Rose D'Angelo -- both of them aged well into their 70s, medically, biologically.

Barbara: This is insane!

Mick: No, this is magnificent. I have never felt better, never felt more alive, like the way that you feel.

Barbara: Oh, my God!

Mick: But I'm not exactly the same. That's one of the great things about this, Barbara. You can be different. You can do things differently. You can be a better person. I can be a better father to Paul. I can be a better husband to you.

Barbara: Mm! Why are you saying this? Why are you -- why do you know so much about us?

Mick: Because I was there. I was with you.

Barbara: Why are you telling me that you're James Stenbeck? He has no money left. All he has left are enemies. And if they think that he's alive and that you are him, they will come after you, starting with Paul. Why would you want to do that to yourself?

Mick: Barbara, itís me. I know it's hard to believe. I had a hard time believing it myself. But something amazing has happened to me, and it can happen to you.

Casey: There.

Alison: Wow. Congratulations. You chopped down a tree without killing us. [Casey sighs] What now?

Casey: We take it back to my house.

Alison: And how do we do that?

Casey: Well, it's not that heavy. We can carry it.

Alison: Who -- who's this "We" we're talking about?

Casey: Come on. You lift patients from one bed to the other that are heavier than this tree.

Alison: That's after I've got a full night's rest. Come on. Why don't we just call somebody, get Luke or, uh -- or Hunter?

Casey: Hunter?

[Both laughing]

Alison: Oh, no, definitely not Hunter.

Casey: Come on, come on. You're here.

Alison: I know, but I'm tired.

Casey: I'll buy you dinner. Your choice, pizza or, uh, Chinese.

Alison: Wow. Big spender.

Casey: Come on.

Alison: Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Ow! Are you trying to kill us?

Casey: No.

Alison: All right. Uh, let's get this over with.

Casey: Right. Yep.

Alison: And if we're lucky, we'll get home by Christmas.

Casey: Yeah. 1, 2, 3.

Alison: Okay.

Casey: You got it?

Alison: Yep.

Casey: Yes. Onward ho!

Alison: Watch out for the hole.

Holden: I can't believe the judge sent Meg back to Deerbrook.

Molly: She didn't give him a choice. With the way she was acting at the hearing, what was the judge supposed to do?

Holden: She was frustrated. She was upset. It doesn't make her crazy.

Molly: Yeah, but the judge doesn't know her like you do.

Holden: Meg was right about one thing. I don't trust Damian. And you were right when you said that he would do anything to hold on to Lily.

Molly: So then we just have to prove that Meg's telling the truth.

Holden: Where do we start?

Molly: You in?

Holden: I'm in.

Molly: Okay. Well, then, I think the first thing we need to do is check out what Meg was saying today about Damian coming to see her at Deerbrook.

Holden: Yeah, but she said that he was with her all day.

[Molly sighs]

Molly: Yeah, well, Lily and Damian were taking a nap. He could have slipped out.

Holden: Uh, I don't think she'd lie about something like that.

Molly: Maybe she didn't know. Did you notice all the security cameras they have at Deerbrook?

Holden: Yeah. They're all over the place.

Molly: Right. So why don't we check and see if Mr. Grimaldi made an appearance?

Damian: I really thought Holden had convinced the judge to release Meg from Deerbrook.

Lily: Holden can be very persuasive.

Damian: Yeah, well, thank God she showed everyone what her state of mind really is.

Lily: I didn't think you'd be so happy about it. You used to care about Meg, a lot.

Damian: I -- I still do, Lily. Believe me, it doesn't make me happy to see her like this. Until she recovers, she's still a threat to our family. I just want us to be able to go on without worrying what Meg might do next.

Lily: Not now.

Damian: What's wrong? We're alone.

Lily: I -- I know. I can't.

Meg: Hey.

Paul: Hey.

Meg: What happened?

Paul: It took forever.

Meg: Here.

Paul: Thanks. I had to convince the paramedics that I didn't need to go to the hospital. And those guys are so thorough.

Meg: Yeah, I know. I trained a few of them.

Paul: That poor attendant's just going nuts, so to speak. She had to call the loony bin and say that she lost you.

Meg: They're gonna be looking all over for me.

Paul: Well, they're not gonna find you.

Meg: Well, I have nowhere to go. I mean, they're gonna be watching.

Paul: My house.

Meg: Emily's there, and the staff.

Paul: Emily's not gonna know that you're there.

Meg: Why are you doing this?

Paul: Well there's no way I'm gonna let Eliza spend her first Christmas without her mom.

Meg: Thank you.

Paul: Besides, how many crazy parents does one kid need?

Meg: I'll never forget this.

Paul: It's up to you. Right now, you need to scooch down so that no one can see you. Stay that way. No one can see you till we get out of here.

Alison: Oh, it looks really great.

Casey: Just wait until we decorate it.

Alison: Oh, your parents are gonna be really thrilled.

Casey: I hope so. You want to help?

Alison: Yeah, sure.

Casey: You know, thanks for helping me bring the tree home.

Alison: Someone had to make sure that you didn't get hurt.

Casey: Yes, and I am glad that was you.

Alison: It has to be real.

Casey: This is real. It's real -- it's real plastic. I just --

Alison: Sorry, Pal.

Casey: Well, what if it was?

Alison: Well, it's not.

[Alison dreaming]

Alison: Why are we here?

Mick: Come inside and find out.

Barbara: I don't believe this. You are not James Stenbeck!

Mick: You need to get past your denial if we're gonna accomplish anything.

Barbara: Accomplish what?

Mick: I told you, I'm here to make things better for Paul and for yourself. I'm here to be the man I never was.

Barbara: The more you talk like that, the more I know that you're not James, 'cause he was never concerned about being a better man or a better father. He was too busy ripping our lives apart piece by piece for his own amusement!

Mick: I know this is gonna be hard for everyone to accept. But I'm telling you the truth. I'm James Stenbeck.

Barbara: If you're James, why did you come here pretending to be someone else?

James: Because I thought there'd be more of a chance that you would believe me if I laid the groundwork first, if I showed you that the treatments work.

Barbara: I'm not denying that I feel better. It's a long way from there to believing that you can reverse the entire aging process.

James: It is a long way, but it's possible. The more you continue to receive treatments, the more you'll see for yourself.

Barbara: And what about Emily? Is she gonna believe you?

Mick: You can't tell her, or anyone else.

Barbara: I see. Our little secret.

Mick: For now.

Barbara: What about Paul? How are you gonna help him if you don't tell him who you are?

Mick: It's not time yet.

Barbara: So why tell me?

Mick: I have to share the miracle with someone.

Barbara: You're crazy.

Mick: I always was. Isn't that what you loved about me? You were the love of my first life, and you will be the love of this one.

Paul: Come on.

[Meg sighs]

Meg: I don't know how I'll ever repay you.

Paul: I don't think you ever have to.

Meg: If they had taken me back to that place, I don't know if I would have been able to hold it together.

Paul: I know what that feels like.

Meg: I'm sorry if I was ever part of putting you through that.

Paul: It doesn't matter. The only important thing is making sure that they understand that you don't belong there.

Meg: It was Damian's fault.

Paul: Let's get you to the wine cellar.

Meg: Okay.

Paul: I'll check on you later, okay?

Meg: Thank you, Paul.

Emily: Hey.

Paul: Hi.

Emily: Who were you talking to?

Molly: How long does it take to get here from the courthouse anyway?

Holden: They should have been here. We stopped at the farm and still beat them.

Molly: Hi. Are you Mr. Sharkey?

Sharkey: Who are you?

Holden: I'm Meg Snyder's brother. This is my friend, Molly Conlan. I understand that you're in charge of cameras and security. We need to see if anybody showed up here earlier today.

Sharkey: We don't usually show people the tapes.

Holden: We just need to see if anyone visited my sister before she left for the hearing.

Sharkey: I've been around all day. I didn't see anyone.

Holden: Can we just make sure that nothing is on those tapes?

Attendant: There was an accident, and I lost the patient.

Holden: Are you talking about my sister, Meg?

Sharkey: The director's in his office.

Molly: What? She lost your sister? How could that happen?

Holden: I don't know, but that's not good.

Molly: It's like Meg keeps making their case for them.

Holden: I need to call Lily and warn them.

Molly: Oh, God.

Damian: What's wrong?

Lily: I've known Meg almost my whole life. To see her like this, it's so --

Damian: Frightening.

Lily: And sad.

Damian: Yeah. Well, I just hope she can find her way back. Makes you think, doesn't it? Life is so fragile, it can all change in a minute. You have to appreciate what you have right now, because it can all disappear. I love you. I always have. I never thought I'd be able to hold you like this again. I'd do anything to protect you.

Lily: I know you will.

[Cell phone ringing]

Lily: You should answer that in case it's important.

Damian: It's blocked.

Lily: Damian, answer it.

[Damian sighs]

Damian: Hello.

Meg: So, did you really think you could get rid of me so easily?

Damian: Who's this?

Meg: You know damn well who this is. What? Is Lily there, watching you sweat? Well, tell her that your plan didn't work. Tell her that I'm gonna prove you're a fraud and that that marriage and the lies you told are all gonna come tumbling down around you.

Lily: Is something wrong?

Damian: Nothing I can't handle.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Emily: I'll be a mother to her as -- as long as she needs me to be.

Meg: Like hell you will.

Mick: I need you to believe me, because I have to make amends to you and Paul for all the horrible things I've done. But I can't do that unless you believe in me.

Casey: Alison, will you marry me?

Mick: What are you doing here?

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