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As The World Turns Transcript Monday 5/10/10

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Jack: You can't be serious. You can't be really asking me to move out.

Carly: I am.

Jack: I just moved back in. I got a divorce from Janet so I could come home to you.

Carly: I know that. I wanted it more than anything.

Jack: Then why are you doing this? Why are you, undoing everything we've worked so hard to patch up?

Carly: Because Janet is having your baby, and y -- you need to be near them until that baby is born. You made that perfectly clear when you freaked out over her moving across town.

Jack: Okay, yes, I -- I overreacted a little. It's just because I want her to be closer in case she needs me. It has nothing to do with us.

Carly: Jack, it has everything to do with us. We're not going to last if you start resenting me because I'm keeping you away from your child.

Jack: That's never going to happen.

Carly: I'm not going to take that chance. This is too important.

Jack: So -- so what, you're just going to -- you're just going to push me away in order to keep us together?

Carly: Yeah. Go take care of Janet. Look after her until the baby is born.

Jack: And who's going to take care of you?

Carly: Me. I'm bulletproof. Don't you know that by now? Oh come on, Jack. Don't make this harder than it already is. We both know it's -- it's the only thing that makes sense.

Jack: Please. It doesn't make any sense at all. And what's more, I'm not buying it. What's really going on here, Carly? What's the real reason you don't want me around anymore?

Craig: This is nuts. I can't get a straight answer out of anyone.

Parker: Gabriel was supposed to be getting better. Why would they have taken him in to an emergency surgery?

Craig: That's what I'm trying to find out.

Parker: It's not fair. He doesn't deserve this. If anybody deserves to be suffering --

Craig: What? Go ahead, say it. If anyone deserves to be suffering instead of Gabriel, it's me, right? Well, I'll have you know I'm suffering plenty, thank you. Excuse me. Excuse me, can you tell us anything about Gabriel Caras? Why was he taken into surgery?

Nurse: It's my understanding he had a collapsed lung.

Parker: So it had nothing to do with the head injury?

Nurse: No, the head injury was not life-threatening. But you really need to be discussing this with a doctor. Sorry.

Craig: Where is his -- his doctor anyway?

Parker: Why are you so worried about him? You couldn't stand Gabriel.

Craig: It doesn't mean I wanted something bad to happen to him. I mean, he works for me, and he -- he's a kid, all right? I'd be a monster if I wasn't concerned about him. What's your excuse? Why are you here?

Margo: Hi. Oh, no, no, no, no, no. Don't work your magic hands on me. Honey, I've got to stay tense to stay, uh, focused. Please.

Tom: Well then, you're in luck, 'cause you're nothing but a knot of tension back there.

Margo: All right.

Tom: How are you doing? Working on your brother's case?

Margo: Yeah. It is really bad this time. Craig is facing some serious charges.

Tom: Did he really drain Parker's entire trust fund?

Margo: Every last dime, although he swears it was just a loan.

Tom: I don't care what he swears, Honey. Gone is gone.

Margo: Well, that's not the worst of his charges here. He's also facing arson, attempted murder.

Tom: Who's he got to represent him? Better be good. He's going to need it.

Margo: Well, two minds skating as one. I was just about to bring that up.

Tom: No, no, no, no, no, no, no. You don't think that I'm going to represent --

Margo: You just said he'd better be the best, and you are the best.

Tom: Flattering. Love you. Not going to represent Craig Montgomery.

[Margo sighs]

Liberty: Okay. Gabriel Caras. Zero search results. Uh -- oh. Friendbook. Gabriel Caras. Now we're talking. Let's look at your profile. No personal info. "Gabriel is new to Friendbook. Please help him connect with friends." [Sighs] Come on, Gabriel. Who are you? Where do you come from?

Dusty: I know what you're thinking.

Janet: That you're stalking me?

Dusty: Not stalking you. Checking up on you.

Janet: That's almost worse.

Dusty: I want to see where you're living. I want to make sure it's a safe neighborhood.

Janet: Does it meet with your approval?

Dusty: Yeah. So far so good.

Janet: Good. Me too.

Dusty: Does Liberty like it?

Janet: She loves it.

Dusty: Well, there you go. That's half the battle. Do you need anything, any supplies?

Janet: A little breathing room, like you promised.

Dusty: Okay. Well, my offer comes with no strings attached.

Janet: Dusty, you don't have to worry about me, all right? You don't have to keep checking up on me, making sure there's something I need. I'm fine.

Delivery man: You ordered a washing machine and a dryer for 3F? Need you to sign.

Carly: There's nothing going on, Jack. I'm trying to do the right thing.

Jack: Asking me to move out is the right thing to do?

Carly: Yeah, in the situation that we're in, with Janet and -- and the baby. Yeah, it is. What? I -- I can't be selfless without you suspecting some kind of ulterior motive?

Jack: I'm sorry. I just -- I'm just not believing it. I know you, Carly, and we both know why you're really doing this.

Carly: You do?

Jack: Absolutely. Look at me. Look at me. Say it. Just admit it. Fine. You don't want to say it, then I will. You're pushing me away because you're mad as hell.

Carly: Don't you think I have a right to be? When am I going to be the only woman in your life again? What do I have to do? Do -- do I have to get pregnant or find out that one of our children is sick to get your undivided attention?

Jack: What are you talking -- Carly, that is not fair!

Carly: Isn't it? What Janet has gone through is horrible. It's horrific. I know that. But life has been a little unfair to me, too, you know.

Jack: I know it has.

Carly: Parker was just robbed blind. Craig pretty much destroyed what was probably my last chance at a career. And what are you freaking out about? The fact that Janet moved to a less than desirable --

Jack: Okay, I get it, I get it! You -- you've been feeling neglected.

Carly: Don't you dare condescend to me.

Jack: That's not my intention at all, Carly. Please, can we just talk this through as adults, as a couple?

Carly: You're not hearing me. We're not going to be a couple until I am the only woman in your life.

Jack: You are.

Carly: I'm not. Janet is always hovering around, and I can't stand it anymore.

Jack: Janet's having my baby, and I want to make sure that she has a safe and stress-free pregnancy. That's why I'm concerned and I'm worried about her -- her living arrangements. But, Carly, you are the only woman I love. This is my home. I don't want to be anywhere but here.

Carly: Well, I don't want you to be here if you're going to be worrying about her. I'm sorry, Jack. I can't compete with that, and I shouldn't have to.

Jack: So what -- what are you saying -- that we're done, that it's over? You're throwing me out of the house and out of your life?

Parker: I'm going to go and see if I can find some more information about Gabriel.

Craig: Hold on. You didn't answer my question. Why are you so concerned about Gabriel? I mean, he works for me, but he's nothing to you. And the last time I looked, you couldn't stand him either.

Parker: Well, I canít. I can't trust him. But Liberty seems to care about him, and she's my friend, and -- and I hate to see her this upset. He also didn't deserve any of this.

Craig: Yeah. No one deserves it.

Parker: You're the one who started the fire. But the reason you're here isn't out of concern. It's out of guilt.

Craig: Let's not make this about me.

Parker: Why not? It is. You wanted him dead.

Craig: That's not true! I'd never want that.

Parker: Keep telling yourself that, because nobody's going to believe you -- not me, and especially not my dad.

Margo: Just talk to him. Just get his side of the story.

Tom: It's not going to matter, Sweetie. I can hardly believe a word the guy says. I have to trust him to represent him.

Margo: Are you going to force me to point out to you how many questionable clients you have represented?

Tom: That's my job.

Margo: Exactly. It's your job. So why is Craig any different than any of them?

Tom: Aside from the fact that he tends to stoop lower than any of them?

[Margo sighs]

Margo: Look, you've always said that every man deserves a fair defense, right? Why should Craig adhere to a higher standard just because he's my brother?

Tom: Let me ask you a question. Does Craig want me to represent him, or is this your idea?

Margo: He would love it if you represented him.

Tom: Then why hasn't he asked me?

Margo: He hasn't asked for an attorney at all.

Tom: Sounds like he knows he doesn't stand a chance.

Margo: It's almost as if he doesn't care if he's convicted or not. Please, just -- just talk to him. Hear what he has to say.

Tom: I don't know.

Margo: Well, you have to, for Johnnyís sake, because that little boy deserves his father to get the best, most sensitive, most brilliant counsel he can.

Tom: Flattery -- you think that's going to make me change my mind?

Margo: Yeah, I'm hoping so.

Tom: You know what?

Margo: What?

Tom: I hate when you make it really difficult for me to say no.

Margo: Does that mean you're going to say yes?

Tom: It means I'll say maybe, maybe, maybe.

Delivery man: Come on, Pal. I don't have all day.

Janet: Uh, you also don't have the right guy. You're looking for the landlord. He's in 1F.

Dusty: I guess I got one of those faces.

Janet: Yes, you do look like a man who's in charge. But you're not. I am. [Laughs] I have a landlord, a lease, and now apparently I've got a new washer and dryer.

Dusty: Make sure they don't charge you extra for it.

Janet: Oh, I'll raise hell if they do.

Dusty: Good. I like your style.

Janet: So, what do you think, really? I mean, Jack's a little worried because he said there was some break-ins in the neighborhood.

Dusty: Well, sounds like he's got a reason to be concerned.

Janet: I know, but there's break-ins in every neighborhood, right? I've got -- I've got a security system. I've got a good lock. And maybe I'll go down to the shelter and get a dog.

[Dusty chuckles]

Dusty: How about a friend? Stop by now and then, check up on you?

Janet: That would be lovely. Well, even if he's more than just a friend.

Dusty: I'm happy to hear you say that.

Janet: Well, don't get too excited, 'cause I'm still not quite ready for the engagement thing yet, not after all I've been through. Thank God Pop's inheritance came when it did, right?

Dusty: So, when do I get to see this apartment?

Janet: As soon as I get settled, I will let you know.

Dusty: Can I bring a housewarming gift?

Janet: Well, I'd be hurt if you didnít. Nice little plant would be good. [Sighs] Okay. I've got work to do, so I should go. But I'll see you later.

Dusty: I hope so. Where are you going with that?

Delivery man: Can't find him, and I can't install it without a signature.

Dusty: It's okay. I ordered it. Now, listen, I want you to do me a favor. Do a top-notch job installing that thing, and don't say a word to the lady in the apartment.

Delivery man: My lips are sealed.

Dusty: Good. You got it.

Carly: I'm not trying to break us up, Jack. I'm trying to save us.

Jack: Well, you got a funny way of doing that.

Carly: I'm trying to give what we have a fighting chance. If you feel torn between being here with me and taking care of Janet before the baby is born, we're as good as dead.

Jack: Well, it doesn't seem like you've got a lot of faith in us, Lady.

Carly: I love you so much, and I know you love me. But I also know how the world works. I've been kicked in the teeth too many times, even when I've played fair.

Jack: So -- so what's your plan? I leave, and then what?

Carly: Once Janet is settled into a new place and once the baby is born and once everything else is settled, you can come back, move back in.

Jack: "Everything else"? What the hell are you talking about? What else is there?

Carly: It's -- it's a figure of speech.

Jack: I think this is a monumentally bad idea.

Carly: It's not up for discussion.

Jack: So that's that?

Carly: Yeah.

Jack: Well, then, I -- I'll go pack my things. You know, Carly, even if you've given up on us, I will never give up on you. Because that's how much faith I have in us, even if you donít.

Carly: Oh, good, you're home. There's something I need to tell you. What's wrong?

Parker: Gabriel was just rushed into emergency surgery. His lung collapsed.

Carly: Oh, my God. Oh, God, that's terrible. Is he going to be okay?

Parker: I don't know. We couldn't get any answers.

Carly: Who's "We"?

Parker: Craig was at the hospital. That's why I didn't want to stick around.

Carly: What was he doing at the hospital?

Parker: I don't know. I don't know, but he was acting all weird and in charge like he actually cares about what happens to Gabriel.

Carly: I still can't believe he was even let out on bail.

Parker: Well, none of this is fair, not for anybody. Craig's out on bail. I'm walking around like no --

Jack: Parker, great, you're here. Your mother and I have something we'd like to talk to you about.

Parker: Where are you going?

Carly: D -- Dad and I decided that it would be best for him to move out for a while, while -- while Janet is pregnant.

Parker: Whose idea was this?

Jack: We both decided that this would be best for everyone.

Carly: Janet is moving to an apartment way across town.

Parker: I know that. Liberty told me that they were going to move out. But I don't see why you have to leave, too.

Jack: It's just a temporary situation till the baby's born.

Parker: This isn't because you guys are breaking up, right?

Carly: No.

Jack: Absolutely not.

Parker: Neither of you are being very convincing right now.

Jack: Well, I guess it's just because we're getting used to the idea.

Carly: It's -- it's the practical thing. Right, Jack?

Jack: Yeah.

Parker: Where are you going to go?

Jack: I, uh -- [Laughs] I don't know. Probably the station. I'll give you a call as soon as I sort everything out. And you'll figure out a way to explain this to Sage?

Carly: Yes, of course. Yeah.

Parker: You guys aren't going to tell her together? She's not going to understand this.

Carly: Parker, it'll be fine. We're not breaking up. That's what I'll tell her.

Jack: Sure you don't want me to stick around till she gets back from school?

Carly: No. I can handle it.

Jack: Okay, then.

Carly: Jack --

Jack: Yeah.

Carly: Call me when you get settled.

Jack: I will.

Craig: I'm okay. Would you keep me posted if there's any change in his condition?

Nurse: Yeah.

Craig: Thank you.

Margo: So, are you worried that Gabriel is going to die or that he's going to pull through?

Craig: Will you stop it. I want him to pull through. Why is it so hard for you to believe that?

Margo: Well, you should have been more concerned about Gabriel before you trapped him in that burning building.

Craig: I didn't trap him in the building.

Margo: So, when he wakes up, is he going to tell the same story, Craig?

Craig: Of course he will, because it's the truth. You know what? You can think whatever you want. You can think that I was desperate, that I wanted the insurance money to pay back Parker's trust, but there is no way --

Margo: Is that a confession?

Craig: There is no way that I would murder my --

Margo: What? Your own what?

Craig: My own employee. No, I didn't particularly like him. He's a kid. He's in a bad situation. He was just trying to do the best that he could with what he had.

Margo: Yeah, yeah. Well, lucky for him that he caught on to what you were doing with Parker's trust fund. He certainly picked up on every cue there, didn't he? Didn't he? What a fine, upstanding role model, Craig.

Craig: What are you doing here?

Tom: At the moment, trying to get you as far away from Gabriel Caras as I can.

Craig: Wait. You're taking my case?

Tom: I am thinking about it. You're going to need a good lawyer.

Craig: As long as you don't suggest I plead guilty to everything.

Tom: I'm not going to suggest anything until I've looked at all the facts. Starting with this, I have Gabriel Caras' medical report.

Margo: Oh, good. I've been expecting that.

Tom: No, no, Lieutenant. You need to get your own. This is for the defense.

Margo: Craig, as your sister not as a cop, I'm telling you to be smart. You tell Tom everything, 'cause he can help you. You need all the help you can get right now.

Craig: So, what do you think?

Tom: I think I have my work cut out for me. Based on this, I'm not sure I can get you off.

Liberty: Dusty, wait.

Dusty: Hey, Liberty, what's up?

Liberty: I need your help.

Dusty: You okay?

Liberty: Yeah -- I mean sort of.

Dusty: You feeling all right?

Liberty: Oh, I'm -- I'm fine. It's not about me. Uh, you know my friend Gabriel Caras?

Dusty: The guy who gave you a ride home from Rocco's funeral?

Liberty: Yeah. He's in the hospital.

Dusty: Yeah, I heard about the fire. How's he doing?

Liberty: I don't know. Since I'm not a family member, the hospital won't give me any information about him.

Dusty: Does he have family in town?

Liberty: No. I don't know if he has family anywhere.

Dusty: You're trying to find out?

Liberty: I thought I could, you know, maybe try to track someone down. Gabriel shouldn't be all alone. I mean, everybody deserves to have somebody, right?

Dusty: How can I help?

Liberty: I was thinking that maybe there might be some information about his family or at least where he comes from in his room.

Dusty: You're asking me to help you break into his room?

Liberty: Did I say that? I was just thinking that maybe his hotel-room door might have been accidentally left open.

Dusty: We just happened to walk by.

[Bell dings]

Dusty: Let's do it.

Janet: Hi, Jack.

Jack: Hey. Janet, how's everything going?

Janet: Everything's good. I just wanted to let you know I moved into my new apartment without getting mugged.

Jack: I wish you'd let me help you find a safer place.

Janet: It is safe, and it's really an adorable apartment, and the landlord had a brand-new washer and dryer installed just for me.

Jack: Well, that's -- that's nice of him.

Janet: It is nice. It's a nice place. I'm going to like it there.

Jack: I hope it all works out.

Janet: You going somewhere?

Jack: Uh -- no.

Janet: What's with the suitcase?

Jack: It's -- it's just some stuff.

Janet: Jack --

Jack: I'm going to be bedding down here for a few weeks.

Janet: Why?

Jack: The arson investigation's going to get my full focus. Trust me -- trust me, you don't want to be around me when I'm working on a case, and I don't want to put Carly and the kids through that.

Janet: She threw you out, didn't she? Because of me, because of the baby?

Jack: No. Janet, it's -- it's not your fault.

Janet: Jack, I moved out of your house so I wouldn't cause any more problems between the two of you, and here I am, still causing problems.

Jack: No. No, it's not -- it's not on you at all. Carly and I -- we've been through stuff like this before, and we always come out on the right side. Please, just worry about yourself and -- and your new place and the baby and making sure Liberty's healthy.

Janet: And so in the meantime, you're going to bunk here, at the police station? Are you nuts?

Jack: It's not that bad. Free cable.

Janet: Come on, Jack. Living here is going to be like one step above a jail cell. Come on. I've got an extra room at the apartment. Come stay with us.

Jack: [Laughs] Janet, I appreciate the offer, but I don't think that's going to work. I -- I've stayed at the station before. And besides, moving in with you is just going to throw you right back in the middle of all of this.

Janet: True. Yeah, you're right, it's probably not the best solution.

Jack: Don't worry about me. Worry about yourself, and the baby, and Liberty. I'm fine.

[Telephone rings]

Jack: I'm busy.

Janet: All right. You win. I'll see you later.

Jack: Okay. Snyder. Eddie, are you kidding me? You just missed your sister by seconds. Yeah, she was pretty excited and very, very happy to hear about the inheritance from your father. That was very generous of Rocco. What do you mean you don't know anything about it? I know for a fact she cashed the check. You know what, Eddie? Why don't you give me a minute to look into this? I'll call you back.

Liberty: You know what I've decided?

Dusty: What's that?

Liberty: My mom is crazy if she lets you slip away.

Dusty: Come on. We don't have much time. Not much here. This guy lives light.

Liberty: I know, it's strange, right? He doesn't have any pictures of friends or family or anyone. Not even his mom, and I know he was close to her.

Dusty: Where is he from?

Liberty: I don't know.

Dusty: What brought him to town?

Liberty: I don't know that either. The guy's a mystery.

Dusty: What are those?

Liberty: He said they belonged to his mother. He said he takes them with him wherever he goes. I guess it's his only link to his family.

Dusty: His mother is dead?

Liberty: Yeah.

Dusty: Then that's not what we're looking for.

Liberty: What if we brought these to the hospital? Do you think if, you know, we just put them in his hand, it might help him wake up?

Dusty: I don't know.

Liberty: Stupid idea, huh?

Dusty: Not really. It might be worth a shot, if we don't get busted stealing them.

Liberty: We're not stealing them. We're borrowing them.

Dusty: Liberty, I like the way you think. Let's go.

Tom: We can bring in our own medical expert, but he's not going to contradict anything that's in that report. Gabriel Caras obviously suffered a severe head wound, rendering him unconscious. There's -- there's no question about that.

Craig: I didn't hurt that kid. I would never do that.

Tom: Well, the fact that he was blackmailing you doesn't make you sound too credible.

Craig: I don't care. That's the truth.

Tom: Well, I'll tell you what I care about. The D.A. can make a case by linking the arson to the blackmail, the blackmail to your embezzlement of Parker's entire trust fund. Now that is a pretty sound motive for murder. Are you listening to me? Worst-case scenario, you're up for murder 1. That's a lifetime in prison. Craig?

Craig: Let's talk some more about this head injury.

Carly: I have an idea. Why don't we go to the movies? You know we're going to drive ourselves crazy sitting around here, waiting for news about Gabriel or Craig. Maybe we can get something to eat.

Parker: How could you do it, Mom?

Carly: Do what?

Parker: Make Dad leave.

Carly: I -- I didnít. It's just what we said. Dad wants to be near Janet until the baby's born. He's worried about her. And I don't want to nag him or demand equal time. That wouldn't be right. I'm -- I'm trying to do the right thing.

Parker: Come on, Mom. You don't actually expect me to believe that. This was about me.

Carly: What do you mean?

Parker: I mean that you're clearly as scared as I am that I'm going to blow it in front of Dad.

Carly: N -- no!

Parker: Mom, admit it, you are afraid that Dad's going to figure out that I'm the one that put Gabriel in the hospital.

Carly: You didnít. Craig put Gabriel in the hospital.

Parker: I knocked him out when I hit him. That's the reason he couldn't get out of that building when the fire started. So therefore I am just as guilty as Craig is.

Carly: Stop it. I don't ever want to hear you say that again.

Parker: Why not? It's the truth. And I don't want you to break up with Dad because of me!

Carly: Where are you going?

Parker: To go find Dad! I can't do this anymore, Mom. I'm going to tell him everything.

Carly: No, you're not. Parker -- you're not going anywhere. All right, I admit it. I asked your father to move out so I wouldn't have to worry about either one of us slipping up.

Parker: And I'm worried about that, too.

Carly: Well, you see? So it's a good thing that he won't be around for a while. And still -- it's still just a matter of time before one of us says something that's going to make him suspicious, no matter how hard we try.

Parker: Yeah. Yeah, mostly me. I'm about ready to explode as is. But if it means keeping you two together, then I'll do whatever I have to stay quiet, even if it means moving out.

Carly: Oh, Parker, and that's not going to make him suspicious? Please. Honey, you're not going anywhere. I'm not happy about Dad being gone, but it's what has to happen right now.

Parker: Why?

Carly: Because this isn't just about protecting you, although that is at the top of my list, of course.

Parker: Well then what?

Carly: We don't want to put Dad in a position where he has to choose between his badge and his family. That wouldn't be fair. I am scared for you, but I'm scared for him, too.

Parker: So he's just gone forever?

Carly: No, no. J -- just till this is all cleared up, you know? And --

Parker: And what? Craig is locked up forever?

Carly: He deserves to be locked up. You don't feel guilty, do you, after what he did to you, to us?

Parker: No, but I think he deserves to be punished for the crimes that he's guilty of.

Carly: He's guilty of starting the fire that put Gabriel in the hospital.

Parker: You know, the nurse did say that the surgery was because of the smoke inhalation, not because of the head injury.

Carly: Well, you see that? That's good news.

Parker: No! No, there's nothing good about any of this, Mom!

Carly: No, of course not. I don't mean that it's -- that it's good. I just mean --

Parker: No, I get it. I get what you mean. But I also know what reality is. And if something happens to Gabriel, Craig is going to be charged with murder when it's just as much my fault as it is his.

Carly: Well, what would you prefer? Because the alternative, Parker, is that you could be charged with murder. And if you're convicted, you could spend the rest of your life behind bars. Is that what you want? Is it?

Tom: So, according to the forensics report, Gabriel was in some type of fight before he was knocked unconscious.

Craig: He was roughed up?

Tom: Yeah. Contusions on his cheek, a cut on his lip. Maybe he was punched, causing the fall, hit his head.

Craig: I didn't have a fight with him.

Tom: So you claim.

Craig: Tom, if I'd punched Gabriel in the face, wouldn't I have bruising on my knuckles?

Tom: Not necessarily.

Craig: But it's likely.

Tom: And what if you hit him with something other than your fist?

Craig: Or someone else hit him, knocked him out, and left him there.

Tom: Conveniently placing him in a building that you were about to burn down?

Craig: Why would I do that? If I wanted to kill Gabriel, which I absolutely did not, why would I be so foolish? If I wanted to get rid of Gabriel, there's a dozen ways that I could have done it without his body ever being found.

Tom: That's a decent argument.

Craig: I didn't do this, Tom. You want me to take a lie-detector test, I will. I will do whatever you need to prove I'm telling the truth.

Tom: Well, at least Margo was right about something.

Craig: What?

Tom: Well, you're convincing as hell. So guilty or not, that's going to do nothing but help you on the stand.

Liberty: The nurse said he's been in surgery for a while. Think something went wrong?

Dusty: There's no point in speculating.

Liberty: If I had thought to bring this sooner, it could have been like a good-luck charm or something.

Dusty: Don't lose hope. He's in surgery, which means he's being taken care of. You never gave up when you were sick, and we never gave up on you.

Liberty: I was a lot luckier than Gabriel is. I had a family and a bunch of friends around me the whole time. Gabriel's got nobody.

Dusty: He's got you. You're the best friend anybody could wish for. That's a lot. It's a lot stronger than those pearls you got there.

Liberty: You're a good guy, Dusty. My mom is so lucky that you care so much about her.

Dusty: Well, hopefully someday she'll feel the same way you do.

Liberty: She'll come around. Just give her time.

Dusty: Well, there's nothing we can do till he gets out of surgery. You want to -- grab a bite, get some coffee?

Liberty: I'd rather stay here and wait, but you should go. I mean, I don't want to keep you if you've got stuff to do.

Dusty: Iíll come back and I'll check on you, okay?

Liberty: Thanks for everything.

Dusty: Gabriel's going to pull through. He's got you, and he's got your prayers to help him. I'll see you later.

[Liberty sighs]

Jack: Dusty. Glad I ran in to you. Yeah, I -- I stopped by Metro. Teri said she didn't know where you were.

Dusty: I was at the hospital with Liberty.

Jack: Really? Is everything okay?

Dusty: She's fine. She's a little shaken up. She's worried about her friend Gabriel.

Jack: Oh, really, really? Well, I'm sure you were there to calm her down. You're getting this hand-holding thing down to a science, aren't you?

Dusty: Is there a point to this conversation, Jack?

Jack: Yeah, there is, as a matter of fact. I just got an interesting phone call from Janet's brother, Eddie.

Dusty: What did he want?

Jack: Well, he just got off the phone with his lawyer. It seems that Janet called him, asking about this -- this money that she got from her father, his inheritance, yeah. Eddie had a lot of questions about this -- this money that supposedly Janet received.

Dusty: What's his problem? His share's not big enough?

Jack: He didn't get a share. Nobody did.

Dusty: Really?

Jack: See, it turns out there was no inheritance for him or Janet or anybody else. Rocco Ciccone died $15,000 in debt.

Dusty: It's a fascinating story, Jack. What does that have to do with me?

Jack: Well, come on. The money that supposedly came from Rocco had to come from someplace.

Dusty: Somebody's looking after her.

Jack: She made it clear she doesn't want help from anybody.

Dusty: She might not want it, but she needs it.

Jack: What she needs is to prove her independence.

Dusty: Well, now she's got the money to do that.

Jack: Because you tricked her into thinking that Rocco came through for her.

Dusty: Well, she wouldn't have taken the money otherwise. Now she has a nice apartment for Liberty, herself, and the baby. What's wrong with making her life easier?

Jack: I think she has been through a lot.

Dusty: She doesn't have you anymore.

Jack: She can count on me whenever she needs me.

Dusty: I bet Carly's thrilled about that.

Jack: Oh, please. We're not discussing my relationship with Carly. We're discussing Janet.

Dusty: I did what I had to do. Unless you have a better idea, leave it alone.

Jack: I donít. I wish I did.

Dusty: What are you going to do?

Jack: Keep quiet, for now.

Dusty: I was hoping you'd say that.

Jack: Janet doesn't need to know where the money came from.

Dusty: Thanks.

Janet: How's Gabriel?

Liberty: All I know is he's in surgery. His lung collapsed.

Janet: Oh, Sweetheart, I'm so sorry.

Liberty: Nobody will tell me anything.

Janet: Do you want me to go see what I can find out?

Liberty: They probably won't tell you either. We're not family members.

Janet: You look a little pale. When's the last time you ate?

Liberty: I don't know. This morning sometime. I'm too worried to eat.

Janet: Honey, you got to take care of yourself first. Otherwise you're not going to be any good to anybody else.

Liberty: Mom, he's all alone. He's got no friends, no family.

Janet: Hey, he has you, and therefore he has me. Now, what are these in your hand?

Liberty: They belonged to his mother. I thought maybe if I brought them to him and he could hold them in his hands, he might --

Janet: That is so sweet. Listen to me. He's getting the best care possible. And waiting around is not doing you any good. So I'm pulling rank, and I'm going to get you to go get something to eat.

Liberty: I don't want to leave.

Janet: Don't argue with your mother.

[Liberty sighs]

[Jack sighs]

Margo: Oh, I can see why you were so protective of Craig at the hospital. This doesn't look good for him.

Tom: Actually, I'm a little more optimistic than I was before.

Margo: Why? What do you know that I don't know?

Tom: Well, I think your team's looking in the wrong direction. Gabriel was in a fight before he was knocked unconscious. That person left him in that fire. I don't think it was Craig.

Carly: Hey. You know, you and your dad are the most decent people I know. Your instinct is always to tell the truth.

Parker: And suddenly that's supposed to be a bad thing?

Carly: No. It's not. It's just -- sometimes you have to do something that in the moment might feel like a bad thing in order to achieve a good thing.

Parker: I'm not a kid anymore, Mom. I know how the world works, and what we're doing stinks, but I don't have a choice. I -- I get that.

Carly: You have to make a decision, but you do have a choice.

Parker: Yeah, well, I wish Gabriel had a choice. I wish he could just walk out of the hospital and punch me in the face, and that would be his payback. I wish I could tell Craig to give me the money back for my trust fund, but I canít. None of that's going to happen.

Carly: I hate that you're going through this.

Parker: I hate that everyone's going through this -- you, Dad, Liberty, Gabriel, even though I hate the guy, all because of me!

Carly: No. Not because of you, because of Craig, because he's a thief. He set all of this in motion.

Parker: Craig couldn't change if he wanted to, but I can.

Carly: Where are you going?

Parker: I don't know. For a walk. I just -- I need to think.

Carly: Can I come with you?

Parker: No, I need to be alone.

Carly: Parker, just promise me that you're not going to try to find your dad and tell him what happened.

Parker: I'm not. You talked me out of it.

Carly: Good.

Parker: I'll stick to the plan, even though I hate it. [Sighs]

Carly: H -- hello. Can you tell me when your next A.A. meeting is, please? Oh, good. Thank you. Thanks so much.

Craig: If I were in your position, I'd want a drink, too.

Carly: Get out of here, Craig, before I do something I'll really regret.

Craig: You'll regret it if I do go.

Carly: Somehow I doubt that.

Craig: You and I need to have a long talk.

Carly: About what?

Craig: About Parker.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Craig: I've done a lot of despicable things, Carly.

Carly: You certainly have.

Craig: But beating up kids and leaving them to die in a fire isn't one of them. But I think I know who did.

Jack: We're trying to figure out how Gabriel Caras ended up in that building unconscious before the fire started, and I was hoping maybe you could help me out with that.

Paul: I know that you love Eliza, but you are just not ready to be responsible for her.

Meg: Oh, and Emily is?

Paul: Yes, she is.

Emily: We're going to go make money. Yes, we are.

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