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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 12/23/09

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Bob: So you can start this prescription tonight, and you should feel better by midday tomorrow.

Patient: Thank you, Dr. Hughes.

Bob: Merry Christmas.

Patient: You, too. Now why don't go home and enjoy your Christmas Eve?

Kim: Perhaps it's time the doctor listen to his patient.

Bob: What are you doing here?

Kim: I was gonna ask you the same thing, since you promised to be home an hour ago.

Bob: Oh, I lost track of the time.

Kim: I would say you did. And now we're due at Tom and Margoís.

Bob: I know, I know. But there were just a few things I wanted to get --

Kim: Well, you know, there are a number of doctors on call, here tonight, Darling. Experienced doctors who are actually supposed to be working tonight.

Bob: Yeah, but I thought I could just --

Kim: No. No. This hospital will get along without you for one night. Now, please, forward march.


Tom: Hey!

Margo: Hey.

Tom: What have you got there?

Margo: You remember this one?

Tom: Yeah. Let's see, Adam made that when he was about, hmm, seven?

Margo: Eh. Six-ish. Fell off the tree Christmas morning, and he cried and cried. He wouldn't do anything. He wouldn't open presents. And then you came, and you helped him fix it, and you glued it with all that glue.

[Both laugh]

Tom: Yeah, I remember.

Margo: Oh. He said, "Oh, Daddy, you saved Christmas." Isn't it amazing how little things are so big when you're young?

Tom: It matters when you're grown up, too. Hey.

Margo: Hmm?

Tom: It's okay to miss him.

Margo: I know. I miss them all. I miss Lien. I miss Adam. I miss Danny.

[Alison remembering]

Alison: Why are we here?

Mick: Come inside and find out.

Casey: Will you check out my mom? She's going through a box of stuff Adam made when he was a kid. You know, she's missing him like crazy. And I'm to blame.

Alison: You're right. You are. But it's Christmas. So, why don't you stop beating yourself up about it and go fix it.

Emily: You weren't talking to somebody? I swear I heard voices when I walked in the door.

Paul: Nobody here but me and Eliza. And she doesn't say much.

Emily: [Laughs] Then I'm definitely losing my mind, 'cause I swear I heard --

Paul: I was kind of muttering a little bit.

Emily: Muttering about what?

Paul: Well, I, uh, I went down to the wine cellar. I wanted to get a bottle for dinner, and I couldn't get the door unstuck, and I, you know, kind of -- I got my shoulder.

Emily: Aw! Oh, my baby bang his shoulder? Are you okay?

Paul: Yeah, I'll be all right.

Emily: Next time, you got to not use brute force. You know, a little finesse goes a long, long way.

Paul: Keep that in mind.

Emily: Yeah. Hey, you going back down there? I can go with you. We could make out by the petit sirah.

Paul: It's tempting. [Baby fussing] Think Eliza might have another idea.

Emily: Yeah.

[Footsteps approach]

Meg: Paul, I don't know how much longer I'm gonna last down here.

Paul: I know it's not ideal, but it's the best I can do for now.

Meg: What about Emily? What are you gonna tell her?

Paul: Nothing. I don't think she needs to know that I broke you out of psychiatric ward and that I'm hiding you in my wine cellar.

Meg: How could this be happening? I'm not mentally disturbed.

Paul: I know. And we'll figure out a way to convince the judge that you don't belong there at all and that Damian was messing with your head.

Meg: How?

Paul: I don't know -- yet.

Meg: How's Eliza?

Paul: She's fine. She's okay. She's upstairs with Emily.

Meg: Would you be able to bring her down later to see me?

Paul: Maybe. Is there anything else I can get you?

Meg: No, I'm all right for now.

Paul: You've earned it.

Mick: I've left you speechless.

Barbara: I have plenty to say. I'm just trying to decide if you're a liar or completely insane.

Mick: I'm neither, Barbara.

Barbara: You expect me to believe that you're James?

Mick: You see the scar on my chest.

Barbara: That means nothing.

Mick: How do you explain all the things that I know about you, the pull that you feel towards me? You've never felt that for another man.

Barbara: You get away from me.

Mick: I know it's a lot to process, but it's true. I've discovered the secret to youth, possibly eternal youth, and I'm offering it to you. The question is, are you willing to trust me enough to take it?

Barbara: I never trusted James before. Why should I trust him or you now?

Mick: Because of what it means. Because of what I can do for you. It's Christmas Eve, Barbara, a night for miracles. Believe in this one.

Barbara: I will give you a choice.

Mick: What kind of choice?

Barbara: You come with me. We go see Paul. You tell him everything. We'll see what he thinks.

Mick: And if I refuse?

Barbara: I call the police.

Margo: Hey!

Bob: Sorry we're late. It's my fault. I got held up.

Kim: Held up? I practically had to drag him out of the hospital.

Tom: What are you doing working on Christmas Eve? I thought you took the day off.

Kim: Yes, he was supposed to. Don't get me started.

Bob: Okay, okay. I'm here. Pager is off. See?

Kim: We'll see how long that lasts.

Bob: Alison, how nice to see you.

Alison: Hi, Dr. Hughes. Mrs. Hughes.

Bob: Oh, no, it's Bob and Kim tonight. And you, young man --

Casey: Hey.

Bob: Nice going.

Casey: What?

Margo: These two have been acting suspiciously all night. What's up, huh?

Bob: Oh, I think they're trying to figure out when they can get out of here, ditch the old folks, and have some real fun.

Casey: Oh, what are you talking about?

Alison: Well, actually, uh, Casey has something that he needs to say.

Casey: Alison, donít.

Tom: Hey, son, what is it?

Alison: It's just that, he knows how much you're missing Adam today, and --

Casey: No, I don't think it's the right time right now.

Tom: I think Alison's right. It might just be the perfect time. I think that everybody has things they would like to apologize for. And I know that it's been a very tough year for you, finding Adam and losing him again, and I would like to apologize for not being as supportive as I should've been since he left.

Margo: Oh, thank you, Tom. I love you.

Tom: I love you too, Baby.

Casey: And I'm sorry for basically driving him away, too.

Margo: Honey, that's okay. I understand. I mean, I'm sorry for making you feel uncomfortable here in your own home. Oh, Casey, you're not perfect, but you are my baby, and I love you no matter what.

Casey: I love you too.

Tom: So, anybody else have something to apologize for, anything they'd like to get off their chest? Dad?

Bob: Yes, yes, I -- I'd like to apologize for Kim's string-bean salad. Well, she uses real string. [Laughter] How about you?

Kim: Oh, I apologize for you and your sense of humor.

Margo: Okay, badum-ching! Hear, hear!

Tom: All right, let's get this party started. Who's drinking?

Margo: I am, I am.

Bob: Alison, you certainly have a knack of getting my grandson to stay in line.

Meg: What a way to spend Christmas Eve. [Sniffles] Thanks a lot, Damian. You won't get away with this.

Emily: Thank you.

Paul: To us. To our future. To Eliza having the kind of life I never had. And to us bringing another child into our home, our child. I love you.

Emily: I love you. I love you. And with any luck, that actually might come true. Mm! I almost forgot to ask. How'd Meg's trial go? What happened? Was she released from Deerbrook?

Paul: No. She wasnít.

[Baby crying]

Meg: We wish you a merry Christmas we wish you a merry Christmas we wish you a merry Christmas and a Ė

[Baby crying]

Meg: Eliza?

Casey: Granddad, listen, we're just friends. Don't read that much into it.

Bob: Just friends, huh?

Casey: Yes.

Bob: You invite her to come to spend Christmas Eve with the family, and she accepts. She gets you to reconcile with your mother. That's no easy task to accomplish.

Casey: Yeah, she did. Yes, and its great. It is. But I just -- we're taking things really slow.

Bob: Mm-hmm. You know, I wasted a lot of time before I realized I was in love with Kim. Now I would give anything to have that time back.

Casey: Well, maybe you waited because you wanted to make sure it was the right thing.

Bob: No, my heart knew it was right. It was my head that had to catch up. Look, what I'm trying to say is there's a time to be cautious, and there's also a time to just dive into the deep end. If you know what you want, go for it.

Casey: No guts, no glory.

Bob: I couldn't have said that better myself.

Barbara: What are you doing?

Mick: When I died, how did you feel?

Barbara: You mean when James died.

Mick: You must have felt some kind of emotion. Loss? Sadness? A tinge of regret?

Barbara: If you really were James, you would know that our relationship was not quite so simple.

Mick: That's not an answer.

Barbara: It's complicated. Sadness and relief can go hand in hand. Like love and hate. Fear and desire.

Mick: We had more good times than you let yourself remember.

Barbara: I am not denying that.

Mick: But you are still denying me.

Barbara: You have yet to give me any proof that you are who you claim to be.

Mick: I want you to believe because you feel it, not because I give you facts.

Barbara: A con man's line if I ever heard one.

Mick: I am a con man. I'm also James Stenbeck.

Barbara: This is insane.

Mick: When have things ever not been insane between us, Barbara? Conviction!

Barbara: Let me go.

Mick: Not until you tell me that you believe me.

Barbara: Fine, I believe!

Mick: Say it and mean it. 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.

Barbara: Why? Why? Even if I believed in you, it would be meaningless. If you are James, you can't really be him again.

Mick: I am James. I am also a man reinvented, with a clean slate and a fresh start. And I am offering you the same thing, Barbara. A chance to wipe out all the sins from the past, to reinvent yourself, to become someone new, someone better. But you have to believe.

Emily: We're gonna have to face the possibility that Meg, she could end up in Deerbrook for a very long time. And, I mean, I feel horrible about that, but we might end up raising her all by ourselves.

Paul: Would you be okay with that?

Emily: Of course I would. Are you kidding me? I love this little girl. I'll be a mother to her as long as she needs me to be.

Meg: Like hell you will.

Emily: What -- what are you doing here?

Meg: I'd like to hold my baby, if you don't mind. Come here, Sweetie. I've missed you so much.

Emily: How did you get out? I thought you said the judge remanded her back to Deerbrook.

Paul: Emily, its okay.

Emily: No, it is not okay.

Meg: Is this all she's eaten?

Emily: Excuse me, why don't you look surprised to see her?

Paul: I'm not surprised. I brought her here. I helped her to escape.

Emily: I'm sorry, did you just say "Escape"? You broke her out of Deerbrook?

Paul: She never went to Deerbrook.

Emily: And so now she's a fugitive, and you thought it would be okay to hide her out in our house?

Paul: I didn't see any other option.

Emily: How about keeping her with her doctor, where she belongs?

Meg: Because I donít.

Emily: Excuse me, but a judge and a team of doctors seem to disagree with you.

Meg: Yeah, and for all I know, they've been bought off by Damian.

Emily: Or maybe you're just paranoid, Meg.

Meg: He's trying to get me out of the way, Emily. And he's gonna do whatever it takes to accomplish it.

Paul: It's a temporary situation. It is, okay? Look, she needs a place to stay, and she -- she needs to be around people that are on her side.

Emily: Fine, how about her family?

Meg: They've all bought into Damian's lies.

Emily: And this -- this is not a red flag for you?

Paul: Emily, come on.

Emily: No! You promised that you were not gonna drag this woman's problems back into our lives.

Meg: You know what, Emily? My life is kind of on the line right now. And Paul is the only one willing to help me.

Paul: It's just for a few days.

Emily: No. No. I want her out of here right now.

Barbara: If you don't let me go and let me out of here, I will scream so loud that I raise the dead.

Mick: Somehow, I don't believe you will. You want to believe me. You know in your heart that once you do, the whole world changes and a new and better one begins.

Meg: I am not crazy. This is all Damian's fault.

Emily: Right, Damian's setting you up. He's setting you up to make it look like you snapped, and the judges and the doctors and all your family, they're all in the same conspiracy!

Paul: You need to calm down.

Emily: Don't tell me to calm down! How dare you? You drag her back into our lives, you do it without asking me, and you do it now, just when things are just starting to get good between the two of us!

Paul: It's just a temporary situation.

Emily: No, she's not your problem! And I sure as hell don't want her to become mine!

Meg: You know what, Emily? I am not gonna let your insecurity turn the one person who is helping me away from me.

Emily: My insecurity? You got to be kidding me. This is not my insecurity talking. Get the hell out of my house!

Barbara: Paul, we need to talk.

Paul: This is not a good time.

Barbara: Well, then make time. This is important.

Tom: Everything set?

Casey: Yes.

Kim: Pretty dishes.

Bob: I'd -- I'd like to make a toast, to the entire Hughes family. To those who are far away, Frannie, Sabrina, Christopher, and Andy. And those of us that are here. And to those of us who are here in spirit. I couldn't be more proud than I am of this family, and today especially my grandson Casey.

Casey: Me?

Bob: Yeah, you. Turned your life around. You're back in school. You're doing well. Working hard at the hospital.

Casey: Trying my best, Granddad.

Tom: No, trying and succeeding. We're -- we're all proud of you.

Bob: And I'd like to -- I'd like to welcome Alison to our family celebration. I know we haven't always made you feel welcome, but believe me, you really are today.

Alison: Thank you.

Tom: And I know that I was a tough sell, and I imagine I made it very hard on you, but you were instrumental in saving my dad's life and Kimís. Therefore, you will always be welcome here.

Alison: Thank you. No idea how much that means to me, really.

Margo: And you're a pretty good influence on this one. We like that.


Tom: Hey, Dad, would you like to say grace?

Bob: Oh, certainly.

Casey: Before we start, I would like to say something. You know, I know I've made a lot of mistakes, and not just lately. But, you know, I've been a handful, and I'm sorry.

Margo: How many times does a guy have to say he's off the hook?

Casey: But -- but the biggest mistake I've ever made was messing things up with you, Alison.

Alison: Oh, Casey, all is forgiven. Really. I wouldn't be here if it wasnít.

Casey: Yes. Yes, and I'm glad you're here. And, you know, in front of my family, the people I love more than anything in this world, I want to say sorry for everything I've put you through. See, the thing is, I'm not just sorry. I want you to be here all the time. Not just today, not just Christmas, but every day. Every moment. Alison, will you marry me?

Alison: Casey --

Casey: Yeah, I know that was a surprise.

Alison: Yeah, just a little.

Casey: I just had to put it out there.

Alison: I don't know what you want me to say.

Casey: "Yes" would be -- would be a good word.

Alison: Casey, I -- uh, would you all excuse me?

Casey: That didn't quite go as I planned.

Tom: Yeah, well, I mean, if we're all a little shocked, you can probably imagine what she must feel.

Casey: So what do I do now, huh?

Kim: Well, Honey, you're not gonna leave her out there by herself. Go, go!

Bob: Go after her.

Casey: Go?

Kim: Yes!

Casey: Okay.

Kim: Did you put him up to this?

Bob: Me?

Kim: Yes!

Bob: No.

Kim: Well, what were you two talking about earlier?

Bob: Well, I gave him a little pep talk about, you know, sometimes you have to just dive into the deep end.

Margo: Well, he sure did.

Tom: Yeah, headfirst.

Casey: I kinda jumped the gun.

Alison: The gun? More like the cannon.

Casey: Yes, I'm sorry. At least you know I'm unpredictable.

Alison: No, what you are is out of your mind.

Mick: I feel like we're interrupting something.

Paul: Kind of. What are you doing here?

Barbara: We need to talk, the three of us, Paul.

Emily: How many ways do we have to say this is not a good time?

Meg: Okay, stop shouting. Okay, you're gonna make her cry.

Emily: Well, you're not doing any better.

Mick: No. Hi. They say I have a way with babies.

Meg: Yeah, well, she's not very good with strangers.

Mick: You're good. Yeah, you're not sad. Tonight's a night to be happy. See?

[Baby laughing]

Mick: Aw. Hi.

[Baby laughing]

Alison: Casey, do you honestly want to marry me?

Casey: Yes.

Alison: Do you know how nuts that is? We haven't even really started dating again.

Casey: I love you, Alison. I don't think I've ever stopped loving you. In fact, I know I havenít.

Alison: Casey, how many times have we tried to make this work and just messed it up?

Casey: No, you didn't mess up. I did. You know, I know I can be an idiot.

Alison: It wasn't just you, Casey.

Casey: Listen, maybe I had to go through all this to figure out that I love you. I love everything about you. Your eyes. Your smile. Your brain. The way you look at me. You're the only one who gets me. There is nobody else I want to be with. Nobody.

Alison: Casey. I just can't deal with this, right now. I'm -- I'm sorry.

Casey: So am I.

Mick: Bet you're wondering, why are these really tall people screaming at each other? Especially on Christmas Eve. Tonight shouldn't be about selfishness or jealousy. Tonight should be about hope. And it's our job to make sure that on this night, you feel all the joy and the wonder there is in the world. Isn't that right, Paul?

Paul: Uh, yeah, something like that.

Mick: She's a beautiful child. Cherish her. One day you'll regret it. Wake up, she's all grown up, life of her own, too busy for you. You'll think, "Where the hell did all the time go?"

Paul: You're -- you're a young man. You've got your whole life ahead of you.

Mick: Age is subjective. Sorry to have barged in like this. We'll talk about everything later. Happy -- merry Christmas. Hope the holidays bring everyone what they want. And, uh, see you soon.

Paul: What was that?

[Door closes]

Alison: I've been here before.

Mick: What are you doing here?

Mick: Did you follow me?

Alison: No, of course not.

Mick: Then what are you doing here?

Alison: I just -- I -- I went for a walk, and somehow I ended up in this church, totally by accident and -- but, it's so strange.

Mick: What is?

Alison: This is the church that was in my dream.

Mick: Really?

Alison: Yeah, yeah. The one I told you about. Remember? I said that I-I followed you, I mean in the dream.

Mick: That is strange. I come here all the time. It's a good place to -- get away from things.

Alison: What kind of things?

Mick: You know, pressures.

Alison: Oh, of the job?

Mick: And life. Things that I'm supposed to do, the person I'm supposed to be.

Alison: Yes, I can definitely relate to that. And sometimes the people you care the most about expect more from you than you can give.

Mick: Just want to run away.

Alison: Exactly. To a place like this.

Margo: Are you okay?

Casey: Yes, I'm fine. It's not like she said no, you know. She just needed time to think about it. And speaking of time, I think it's time for you to open a present.

Margo: No! We can't do -- no, we have to eat here.

Tom: No, dinner can wait. Dinner can wait.

Margo: All right, what are you guys up to?

Casey: Just open the present and find out.

Margo: All right. It's a cell phone. It's a beautiful cell phone, yes, but you know I just got one, remember?

Casey: This is a special one. Pre-dialed. All you have to do is hit send.

Margo: What?

Tom: I think Casey's instructions were very clear.

Margo: Adam? Oh, Adam! I -- how are you? Where are you? Is everything okay? Oh, yeah, baby, I miss you, too. I'm sorry, too. Everybody's here. We're just -- we're just about to sit down to dinner. Oh, merry Christmas, Adam. I love you so much.

Tom: Well done.

Casey: Yeah. Yeah, yeah.

Bob: You okay?

Kim: Yeah. That was nice. Nice.

Bob: That's not what you were thinking about though, is it?

Kim: I was thinking about time and how fast it goes.

Bob: You're right about that. And you got to keep moving, or you get left behind.

Kim: But that's all right sometimes, isn't it? I mean, we don't always have to keep running to keep up.

Bob: What's this about?

Kim: Honestly, I think you're pushing yourself too hard. You don't have to prove anything to anybody. You need to slow down.

Bob: I couldn't agree more.

Kim: You do? What is that?

Bob: Open it up, find out.

Kim: Presents, presents. We're moving to Palm Beach?

Bob: Think bigger. Farther.

Kim: Bigger and farther. What's bigger and farther? [Gasps] Oh! Oh, you're kidding! The Greek Islands? We're going to the Greek Islands?

Bob: Two weeks on the Aegean, just you and me. No work. No phones. I think we deserve it. What do you think?

Kim: I think you're crazy, and I love you like mad. Oh, Honey, what a neat thing.

Bob: And I love you.

Kim: I love you, too. Merry Christmas.

Bob: Merry Christmas.

Meg: Eliza needs to be changed. I'm gonna take her to the nursery if that's okay.

Emily: That's fine.

Barbara: What exactly did I interrupt here?

Paul: Mother, this has got nothing to do with you. I'm gonna have to ask that you not mention to anybody that you saw Meg here.

Barbara: Why?

Paul: Because she's trying to avoid certain people.

Barbara: Is she in some kind of trouble?

Paul: No. Are you?

Barbara: What's that supposed to mean?

Paul: Well, you came in here, you were all upset, and what are you doing with Mick on Christmas Eve?

Barbara: We will discuss that when we're with Mick.

Paul: Okay, that's fine. And what was all that speech about getting old and having regrets?

Barbara: Did what he say upset you?

Paul: He's a young man. What's he doing talking about having regrets?

Barbara: Don't we all have regrets, Paul? He has a way of reaching people.

Paul: Yeah, with needles. Would you like to stay for dinner, Mom?

Barbara: No, I canít. Thank you, very much. I have some things I need to attend to, so I'll just say merry Christmas.

Paul: Merry Christmas.

Barbara: Emily.

Paul: Okay, is it bad that I'm kind of glad that she didn't stay?

Emily: Yeah, we sort of have a full house.

Paul: Yeah.

Emily: Yeah. About that --

Paul: About that, Em --

Emily: Barbara's interruption gave me a chance to rethink through this whole situation with Meg.

Paul: So what have you decided?

Alison: You know, I'm still trying to figure you out. I mean, you discover this amazing treatment that actually helps people. So I think that you must like to be around them. And yet you spend most of your time alone.

Mick: Well, you always seem to find me.

Alison: Don't you get lonely? I mean, it can't be fun spending Christmas Eve alone in some old church.

Mick: Well, like I told you, I'm not a big fan of the holiday. Anyway, you managed to end up here, so what's your excuse?

Alison: I got scared.

Mick: Of what?

Alison: Nothing.

Mick: Something happen with Casey?

Alison: You know, I really don't want to talk about it.

Mick: Okay.

Alison: I mean, there I was, spending Christmas Eve with the first family of Oakdale, the Hughes. A-and it was great. You know, and they -- they made me feel like I -- like I actually belong, like I could be one of them.

Mick: That sounds like a good thing. Who wouldn't want that?

Alison: I don't know. Maybe some guy who spends his nights alone in a creepy bell tower?

Mick: Well, like I told you, acceptance isn't really a big priority for me. I have a job to do. You know, a purpose. I can't let myself get distracted.

Alison: So family gatherings and basic human connections are distractions?

Mick: I'm saying -- I don't get to choose what I have in my life. You should probably go. I'm sure they're worrying, wondering what happened to you.

Alison: I'm not sure I'm ready to go back.

Mick: I think you are. Come on, I'll walk you out.

Paul: I'm sorry. I should've told you what was going on.

Emily: Yes, you should've.

Paul: Sometimes I mess things up.

Emily: Mm-hmm. Yep. You did, but, um, not completely.

Paul: It's okay with you if Meg stays?

Emily: Temporarily.

Paul: Okay. What changed your mind?

Emily: Eliza. And, surprisingly enough, Mick.

Paul: Go figure.

Emily: As long as we're clear about one thing.

Paul: Okay.

Emily: If any trouble arises out of all of this and it comes down to us or her --

Paul: I choose us.

Emily: You better.

Paul: Okay. Thank you.

Emily: You're not off the hook, yet, so don't thank me so quickly. You owe me big for this one.

Paul: What do I get to do to make amends?

Emily: I'll think of something.

Meg: I just want to get some food for her, and then I'll be out of here.

Paul: Meg, you don't have to go.

Meg: Yes, I do. It was a bad idea coming here in the first place. So I'm gonna go, but I'm taking Eliza with me.

Paul: Feel free to --

Emily: Yeah, um -- you don't have to go. You can stay here as long you need to to sort things out. It's better for Eliza and you this way.

Meg: Thank you.

Emily: You're welcome. I'll check on dinner.

Meg: Wait, Emily. There's this Snyder family tradition. The youngest puts an ornament on the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. And it's Eliza's turn this year. And since we won't be at the farm --

Paul: Hey, you want to do it here?

Meg: If that's okay.

Emily: Yeah. Sure.

Meg: Thanks. Okay, Honey, do you want to pick an ornament? We'll put it on the tree together. Okay? How about this one? Is this one nice? You want this one? Put that somewhere.

Paul: Hey, can I help? Yeah.

Meg: Go on, grab it. Put it on the tree.

Paul: Here we go.

Barbara: Where have you been?

Mick: What happened with Paul after I left?

Barbara: You mean, did I tell him that you're claiming to be James Stenbeck, back from the dead, minus 30-odd years? No. I thought it would best if you were there for that conversation.

Mick: You still won't let yourself believe me.

Barbara: Who in his right mind would?

Mick: You're so close, Barbara. Take the plunge.

Barbara: Even if I choose to believe you, why do you think I would want anything to do with you?

Mick: Because I can offer you a world without limitations. An unimaginable world.

Barbara: Or one of the greatest cons in history.

Mick: But what if everything I'm telling you is true? What if I can do for you what I've done for myself? Imagine the possibilities. Imagine what you could accomplish. Imagine what we could accomplish together.

Barbara: I have to hand it to you. You're very persuasive.

Mick: I don't want to hear that I'm persuasive. I want you to tell me that I've convinced you. Give me that gift. It's almost a new year. Another decade for us. Let's start this one together.

Margo: Casey, that was the greatest present, arranging for me to talk to Adam. You know that's what I wanted more than anything in the world.

Casey: Yes. But thanks to Dad.

Tom: No, I helped with some of the logistics. It was Casey's idea.

Margo: Well, it just proves to me that I have in my life two of the greatest men of all time.

Tom: Of all time? Oh, those are big shoes to fill.

Margo: You can handle it. Merry Christmas.

All: Merry Christmas!

Tom: How about some eggnog or something?

Kim: Sure.

Bob: I'll have a little eggnog.

Kim: I'm not letting go of these tickets for a minute.

Bob: Would you like some of this?

Kim: I don't know. Let's see, I guess I will.  

Margo: Do we -- can we put the cinnamon sticks in?

Kim: Oh, I guess I'll leave my glasses off. I can't see.

Casey: You came back.

Alison: I had to.

Casey: Listen, I'm sorry.

Alison: No, don't say anything. The answer is yes. I will marry you.

Casey: Yes?

Alison: Yes!

[Both laugh]

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Santa: Watch and learn.

Liberty: Is it really you?

Brad: Come on, pull yourself together. Go home to your family.

Sage: Dad, you made it!

Parker: I thought you weren't coming.

Jack: Oh, it's Christmas. Where else would I be?

Katie: I knew you'd come back to me. Oh, I knew if wanted it bad enough you would come back to me.

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