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As The World Turns Transcript Thursday 5/20/10

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Carly: I was inquiring about Gabriel. Has there been any change in his condition?

Nurse: Hmm-mm. He's still on a respirator.

Carly: Oh. Oh, wait. Um, I was wondering, he was my employee when this tragedy happened, and I really thought that I'd be getting his medical bills, but I -- I haven't received anything yet.

Nurse: So you are Lily Walsh?

Carly: No. Why would you ask that?

Lily: Because I'm paying for his medical bills, Carly.

Carly: Why would you pay for his medical bills?

Lily: Guilt, responsibility, making amends. Take your pick.

Carly: How about just an explanation?

Lily: I kept a horrible secret for a number of years that I shouldn't have. I guess this is my way of trying to make up for it.

Carly: What are you talking about? What -- what secret?

Lily: Gabriel Caras is Craig's son.

[Jack remembering]

Parker: I didn't hit him with anything! That's not what happened! I hit him, okay, but I didn't knock him out. He just -- he fell, and it was an accident! It was an accident.

Jack: Margo, hi. Sorry.

Margo: Its okay, Jack. You're really concentrating on that file.

Jack: Any news from the hospital on Gabriel's condition?

Margo: He's still unconscious. I know that you're anxious to question him about who knocked him out before the fire, but I wouldn't count on him naming Craig.

Jack: Why is that?

Margo: It turns out that Gabriel is Craig's son.

Jack: Is that some kind of joke?

Margo: No. No, it's not. I didn't want to believe it at first either, but Lily confirmed it.

Jack: Lily?

Margo: Yeah. It's -- it's a long story, but yeah, she said that she told Craig that Gabriel is his son before the fire started, which would rule him out as the person responsible for trying to kill his own son. But listen, there are other theories I'd like to run by you.

Jack: Yeah, no, I -- I canít. I can't right now. I'll, uh, I'll be in touch later.

Craig: Ow! I'm sorry I'm so bad at this game.

Johnny: Danny Milligan has a brother, and he plays with him.

Craig: Really?

Johnny: His brother is big, and he knows a lot of stuff.

Craig: Hey, Johnny, sit down. Guess what? You have an older brother, too, and you already know him. It's Gabriel.

Johnny: He's way cool.

Craig: He is. He is, right. And you know what? I bet one day he's going to play this game with you, and he's going to tell you lots of cool stuff, too.

Johnny: When?

Craig: Soon, I hope. Soon.

Luke: I never thought I was the type, you know? I never even thought that I was going to fall in love ever until I met you.

Noah: That's sweet.

Luke: No, it's -- it's hard to explain. Um, I never thought that I was, like, one of those "Bolt of lightning, and then your life changes forever" type people.

Noah: Like with your parents?

Luke: Yeah, exactly. And then I met you, and I did have those feelings, and I felt them so strongly that I couldn't imagine you not in my life. And I -- I couldn't see myself with anybody but you. And then the accident happened, and you started pushing me away. And I -- I understand why, but it hurt me, and it changed me more than I think you know.

Noah: I know, but --

Luke: No, no, please. Just let me -- let me finish, okay? And it finally got to a point where I couldn't take it anymore, and I said that you had to either be all in or all out with me.

Noah: Luke, you had every right to do that. The truth is, I wasn't up for much of anything for a while there.

Luke: I know that, and I understood that, even though it crushed me. But when you decided that you couldn't be all in with me, I -- I forced myself to let you go.

Noah: I'm sorry.

Luke: But the thing is, I couldn't totally let you go. I always thought that -- that we'd find a way back to each other. I held on to that, even when I knew I shouldnít. But after a while, well, I -- you can't hold on to an idea forever.

Noah: Luke, donít. I -- I can hear how hard this is for you to admit. I already know what you're going to say.

Reid: [Sighs] What was I thinking? As if dinners for two and walks in the park are my thing. Bonehead. Focus.

Johnny: How come I didn't know Gabriel was my brother before?

Craig: Uh, well -- [Clears throat] [Sighs] Well actually, I -- I mean, I wanted to tell you. I didn't know myself until, uh -- you know what? It's kind of complicated, and I'll explain everything later.

[Knock on door]

Craig: You know what? I bet that's our lunch. Jack.

Jack: We need to talk, Craig, now.

Carly: How is Craig Gabriel's father?

Lily: When Sierra and Craig lived in Montega, he had an affair with Gabriel's mother, Lidia. She was the maid.

Carly: Oh. Typical. The louse. And all this time he had no idea he had a son?

Lily: No.

Carly: But -- but you did?

Lily: Yes. And the only reason I kept it a secret was because my mother and Sierra said that that's what Lidia wanted.

Carly: Does she know that -- that Gabriel's here, that he's been hurt?

Lily: She's -- she died recently -- cancer. But before she did, she told Gabriel all about his father.

Carly: Oh. So that's why he came to Oakdale. And Craig really had no idea?

Lily: No, not until I confirmed it for him.

Carly: That's terrible. No wonder Craig's been so upset. Gabriel's his son, and if he doesn't make it, he -- Liberty.

Liberty: Are you guys serious? Gabriel is Craig's son?

Lily: Yes. I'm sorry that you had to find out this way.

Liberty: I just want to know if it's true.

Lily: It is. You know, Faith would talk to me about a friend of hers named Gabriel, but I never made the connection that it was the same person. I mean, I would have stepped forward sooner, before he hired him, before this all came out in the worst possible way. Carly, I would have told you if I'd known that they were on such a collision course, Craig and Gabriel. I mean, spending all of Parker's trust, the blackmail, the fire, and now the poor boy has been hurt.

Liberty: And you didn't know anything about this?

Nurse: Ms. Walsh, can I speak to you about this billing, since you're here?

Lily: Oh, of course.

Liberty: I was so sure Craig tried to kill Gabriel because of the blackmail and everything, but now -- [Sighs]

Carly: I -- I'll see you later, Liberty. I'm going to get some air.

Craig: All right, Jack. What crime are you trying to pin on me now?

Jack: I know Gabriel Caras is your son.

Craig: Well, that makes sense since I already told my sister, your boss. Did Margo also tell you that Lily was very clear that I knew Gabriel was my son before the fire? That kind of precludes me from the attempted murder charge.

Jack: I also know that you talked to Carly about what happened the day of the fire.

Craig: That Parker knocked Gabriel out and then left him there. This is a new one for you, Jack, knowing the truth and sitting on it.

Jack: Truth about what, Craig?

Craig: You're trying to suck out what I think about all of this, and you're here because you haven't turned Parker in yet.

Jack: I don't plan on doing that either.

Craig: Really?

Jack: I'm going to make sure that Parker's name stays out of this whole mess.

Craig: Someone like you doing something like that? I don't buy it.

Jack: You will, when you're on the receiving end of the charges. You see, I'm going to do everything I can to make sure you go down for all of this. However, there's another way we can play this whole deal.

Margo: Oh, hi. How is he?

Liberty: You mean your nephew?

Margo: Yeah, yeah.

Liberty: About the same.

Margo: When did you find out?

Liberty: Just before.

Margo: Just before.

Liberty: I -- I know Craig is your brother and everything, but if he found out Gabriel was his son and he -- he was really upset, would he --

Margo: No, no. I don't believe that my brother would harm his son, Liberty, no.

Liberty: Then who did?

Margo: Well, maybe you can help me figure that out.

Liberty: Do you think Gabriel came to Oakdale knowing what he was going to do to Craig?

Margo: I think that Gabriel came to Oakdale looking for his father, and when he found him, he found Craig in a whole pile of trouble.

Liberty: I know it looks really bad, what Gabriel was doing to Craig, and -- and I don't really know him that well at all, but I do know he is not a bad person. [Sighs]

Margo: Liberty, there's something I wanted to ask you.

Liberty: What?

Margo: Um, before, when I came and you were reading to Gabriel --

Liberty: Yeah?

Margo: He had those, uh, pearls in his hand, and you said that you had brought them to him and that they were his motherís. How did you know where to find them? Liberty, I really need to know everything I can about the case, and I won't hold it against you. I promise.

Liberty: Parker found them.

Margo: Parker?

Liberty: When he broke in to Gabriel's room.

Margo: Parker broke in to Gabriel's room? Why in the world would he do that?

Lily: Dr. Oliver, hello.

Reid: Hello. Yes?

Lily: I was just wondering how things are looking for Noah moving forward.

Reid: Do I really have to explain the protocol of patient/doctor confidentiality with you, Ms. Walsh? You're not family.

Lily: Noah is as much my son as Luke is.

Reid: How nice for all of you. Excuse me.

Lily: Do you really mean that?

Reid: Is there something else you want to say to me?

Lily: Just this. Treat my son right.

Reid: You have nothing to worry about from me.

Noah: I completely understand why you're not sure about things, Luke. I mean, how can we possibly know if we'll be able to get back the way things were before?

Luke: So much has happened.

Noah: Yeah, you're not sure if you still love me.

Luke: Oh I never stopped, Noah.

Noah: But things are different now. How could they not be, right? I pushed you away. You started to resent it. I -- I get it.

Luke: No, you donít.

Noah: Okay.

Luke: Look -- it's not what you think. I mean, yeah, it started off that way, but it's changed --

Noah: Do that again.

Luke: What?

Noah: Throw another stone in the water.

Luke: What?

Noah: I could see the ripples.

Luke: You could?

Noah: Yeah, d -- do it again. That must have been further, right? It -- it wasn't as clear this time.

Luke: Well, don't push yourself. Dr. Oliver says that this is a process and that it takes time.

Noah: To come this close and not be able to --

[Ringing noise]

Noah: Oh, my God.

Luke: Noah, what's -- what's wrong?

Noah: Aah. My head. It hurts so bad.

Luke: All right, I'm taking you to the hospital right now.

[Noah groaning]

Lily: I know you don't know me very well, Dr. Oliver.

Reid: I don't know you at all, Ms. Walsh.

Lily: I'm not the type to interfere in my son's personal life. But his happiness is as much my business now as it was the day he was born.

Reid: He's a grown man. The choices he makes now are his own.

Lily: As they should be. But some choices come back to haunt you. Luke.

Luke: Noah was straining to see something, and he got a shooting pain.

Noah: It's already all better. I just need some aspirin. That's all.

Luke: Reid?

Reid: I'll examine you. We'll see what's what.

Lily: You did the right thing by bringing Noah back here, Sweetie.

Margo: Well, it sounds like Parker had a real beef with Gabriel.

Liberty: Not really, no.

Margo: No? He broke into his room.

Liberty: Well, that was just guy stuff. You know how they can be.

Margo: Oh, yeah, yeah. So, was this thing that they were fighting about, was it you, Liberty?

Liberty: Uh, Parker was jealous, but I didn't handle it well. And the worst part is, there was nothing to be jealous about.

Margo: Really? Nothing?

Liberty: Nothing. Gabriel was just a friend, and so was Parker.

Margo: Okay. Thank you for telling me what you could about him.

Liberty: You'll see what he's like when he wakes up. He will. He has to.

Margo: I'm glad he's got you as a friend.

Liberty: Well, I'm glad he's not alone here and he has a family now.

Margo: Yeah. Craig is his father. But I think when Gabriel wakes up, he's really going to need him.

Craig: [Scoffs] You're out of your mind.

Jack: You'd be a fool to turn me down.

Craig: To throw myself on the mercy of the court, given my record?

Jack: Yeah. That's kind of not my problem.

Craig: Well, it sure would make it mine.

Jack: Well, maybe you should have thought of that before you wiped out Parker's trust fund and then tried to burn down Monte Carlo for the insurance money to cover it up.

Craig: Not guilty on both counts.

Jack: So you keep saying. Listen, you confess to the arson charge, I'll make sure they don't tack on any of the other charges -- assault --

Craig: Yeah, yeah, yeah. You'll let Parker take a hit on the assault charge. But given your connections at the department, he'll either walk, or he won't have any real, long-term damage.

Jack: Like I said, I'll do anything for him.

Craig: You do realize what will happen to me if I do what you say?

Jack: You realize it will happen to both of you if you donít. So what are you going to do, Craig? Are you going to do what's right? Or are you going to drag Parker down with you?

Carly: So that's why Gabriel was here in the first place.

Parker: To find his father.

Carly: Craig. I know. I was shocked when I found out, too.

Parker: Well, how long has Craig known that Gabriel was his son?

Carly: I don't know.

Parker: Before the fire?

Carly: It seems like it. But, Parker, this doesn't change anything. You still can't say anything to anybody about the fight you had with Gabriel before that fire.

Parker: How long are we going to get away with this?

Carly: Telling your father may have been the smartest thing you could have done, because as long as he's running interference for you, you're safe.

Parker: You mean lying for me.

Carly: He's trying to protect you, just like I'm trying to do.

Parker: This has really gotten in the middle of you two.

Carly: Parker --

[Parker sighs]

Carly: Sweetheart, when it comes to you, your dad and I will always, always be on the same side, okay?

Parker: I hate this. It feels like it's just getting worse and worse every minute.

Carly: It's okay. We're going to get through it. We just have to stick to the plan and stay strong, and there's nothing to be afraid of.

[Doorbell rings]

Carly: Margo's at the door. Stay here.

Parker: Wait, Mom.

Carly: Stay here! [Sighs] Hey, Margo, what's up?

Margo: I was wondering if Parker was around.

Carly: No, I'm sorry. You just missed him.

Margo: Oh, all right. Then maybe I could talk to you privately.

Carly: Yeah. Oh, sure. Come on in.

Margo: All right. Thank you. It's about the fire at Monte Carlo.

Carly: Oh. Well, I -- I told you everything I know. And I thought that Jack was lead investigator on this case.

Margo: Yeah, yeah, he is. But as you know, I have a personal stake in this investigation.

Carly: Oh yes, of course, Craig being your brother and all that.

Margo: Yes. Um, did you know that Craig was Gabriel's father?

Carly: I did. I just found out. That's crazy. I mean, maybe -- maybe it's not crazy, knowing Craig the way we do.

Margo: Yeah. Well, can you tell me about him?

Carly: About your brother?

Margo: No, my nephew, Gabriel.

Carly: Oh. [Laughs] Um, I gave you my statement after the fire, remember?

Margo: Yes, yes. You said that you were a good boss. You were a friend.

Carly: Well, not a friend, really. I mean, Gabriel came to work. He did a good job. He seemed to get under Craig's skin. I thought it was just a personality conflict. I even defended Gabriel to Craig. I didn't know he was blackmailing him, of course.

Margo: Yeah, yeah. Well, about that, about that, you must have felt so betrayed when you found out he was cashing in on your son's trust fund.

Carly: Margo, if I came to town looking for my long-lost father and it turned out to be somebody like Craig, I think that Gabriel was the betrayed one here, right?

Margo: So you were in no position to judge.

Carly: Is anyone, really?

Margo: Well, what about Parker?

Carly: What about him?

Margo: It was his trust fund that Gabriel and Craig raided, and ultimately because of what they did left him with, well, nothing. So I can't help but wonder, was Parker as forgiving as you seem to be?

Craig: Just so I have this straight, I take the fall for the arson charge while you finagle a dropped assault charge for Parker? Why again would that appeal to me?

Jack: Clearly I've mistaken you for someone who once said he cared about Parker.

Craig: Let's be honest. This is less about saving Parker than it is about watching me fry.

Jack: Okay, all right, all right! I'll -- I'll sweeten the deal. I'll go to the D.A., and I'll tell him about your mental state at the time of the fire.

Craig: My mental state?

Jack: Yes.

Craig: Which was what?

Jack: That you were under huge financial strain, the realization that an employee who was blackmailing you was actually your son.

Craig: This just gets better and better. Not only do you want me to go down, you want me to throw my son under the bus so your son can make baseball practice?

Jack: My son is the innocent victim in all this, Craig!

Craig: Innocent when he assaulted -- yes, assaulted -- Gabriel and left him to die in a fire?!

Jack: A fire that you set! I am offering you a chance to minimize the damage in all of this.

Craig: For Parker.

Jack: Don't you want that for him, Craig?

Craig: I don't want my son to die without knowing who he really is.

Jack: I'm sure your sister will tell him all about you.

Craig: You're bluffing, Jack.

Jack: Try me. You think so?

Craig: I know how much you love your son. But there's no way that you could live with yourself if you bought his freedom by lying.

Jack: What makes you so sure?

Craig: I'm not you, Jack. You do what you have to do. I'll take my chances.

Luke: I could kick myself for this. I let him strain himself when he wasn't ready. I never should have taken him out.

Lily: You know better than anyone that Noah can't be told what to do. You can't blame yourself for this.

Luke: Yes, I can.

Lily: Why?

Luke: Because I took him out there to -- I don't know. To clear the air.

Lily: About Reid?

Luke: [Sighs] All that matters is that Noah gets better.

Lily: Other things matter, too, to you.

Luke: How did everything get so complicated?

Lily: [Sighs] It usually does when it comes to matters of the heart. Let me ask you something.

Luke: Okay.

Lily: If Noah walked out of that exam room right now and said that he knew he'd been pushing you away ever since he got hurt, that he was sorry and he didn't want to lose you and that he'd do anything for another chance at a future together, what would you say?

Luke: Well, I still love him, Mom. That hasn't changed.

Lily: That wasn't my question.

Reid: Well -- you have both your eyes. That's a good sign.

Noah: So I -- I don't need to be worried?

Reid: Headaches are to be expected at this point. Since it was so severe, you were right to come back right away and have it checked out.

Noah: Well, it wasn't my idea. Luke insisted.

Reid: Well, good.

Noah: So -- everything's normal?

Reid: Yeah. It's normal.

Noah: Funny. Nothing seems normal to me anymore.

Reid: It will.

Noah: What if this is it? I mean, really, what if this is as good as my vision gets?

Reid: We've talked about this, Noah. That's a possibility, as is you regaining your vision. Patients who have surgery expect miracles. They think that post-op, they get their lives back exactly the way they had them before. But it doesn't work that way.

Noah: So I should just accept the way things are and forget about the way they were?

Reid: Acceptance is cowardice, Mr. Mayer. I don't believe you're a coward. Figure out what it is you want and fight for it.

Noah: I don't know much of anything anymore, but I do know that I still love Luke as much as I ever have.

Reid: Well, there you have it then. You know what you want, so fight for it. Something tells me you didn't need me to tell you that.

Luke: Is Noah okay?

Noah: He is experiencing normal post-operative symptoms.

Luke: So you're not worried? This isn't a step backwards?

Reid: Like I just said, the headache is a normal part of recovery. As for a step backward, it's a matter of opinion.

Luke: [Sighs] I was so worried.

Lily: I know you were, Sweetheart. But I'll tell you something. We're worrying about different things right now.

Luke: [Sighs] So, I hear it was a false alarm?

Noah: Yeah, I guess so.

Luke: [Sighs] I'm so relieved. Uh, you must be starving. I'll -- I'll go to Al's and get your favorite sandwich.

Noah: No, Luke, please donít. That's not fair.

Luke: No, it's -- it's fine.

Noah: No, it's not.

Luke: It's just a sandwich.

Noah: Luke, please. You were really honest with me out there before by the pond, when my head was going to explode.

Luke: No, don't -- don't even joke about that.

Noah: You were. You always are. The last few months, I've been a wreck. I -- I've been taking it all out on you.

Luke: Well, I've been trying to convince myself that I would do the same thing if I were in your shoes.

Noah: But you wouldnít. You're better than me.

Luke: Noah --

Noah: No, Luke, please. I know how I've been. I've been selfish. I've been ungrateful.

Luke: Well, you were in pain.

Noah: And you were my boyfriend who was just trying to help, make me feel safe.

Luke: Well, yeah. I mean, all that's true. But --

Noah: But there's -- but you don't have to anymore. Luke, I blew it. We both know it. So just -- just go.

Luke: No, I -- I can stay.

Noah: No. I can't ask you to help me when I've been pushing you away for so long. This accident didn't just hurt me. You need time the same as I did. So please, just -- just go.

Carly: I don't think Parker gave much thought to Gabriel one way or the other.

Margo: I don't think that comes anywhere near answering my question, Carly.

Carly: He barely knows him.

Margo: [Scoffs] That's not what I hear on the street.

Carly: What do you mean?

Margo: Well, people say that Parker didn't like Gabriel very much, that he was jealous of Gabriel.

Carly: Oh, no, no, no. Well, that's not Parker. He isn't jealous.

Margo: Oh, come on. Everyone's jealous sometime. Thanks for your time.

Carly: Okay.

[Knock at door]

Carly: Oh. [Laughs] You forget something?

Margo: No. You will let me know when Parker's available for questioning?

Carly: Is that --

Margo: Or you could just bring him down to the station yourself.

Carly: I'll give you a ring.

Craig: Hello, Liberty.

Liberty: Hi.

Craig: Is, uh -- is there any change? I didn't think so.

Liberty: You're his father.

Craig: Yes, I am. I'm going to go find his nurse and see if I can get a status update on him.

Liberty: Can you wait just a minute? I need to ask you something, and I need you to tell me the truth.

Craig: Okay.

Liberty: Did you -- did you mean to hurt him because you were mad about what he was doing to you and because you found out he was your son?

Craig: No. I swear to you on my life, I would never do something like that to my own son. And that's the truth.

Liberty: I believe you.

Craig: Thank you. Can I ask you something about him?

Liberty: Ask me what?

Craig: You seem to know him better than anyone, and I'd like to learn everything I can about him.

Liberty: It's really sad, you know, that I'm the one that knows him best. Because I don't really know Gabriel that well at all.

Craig: That's a lot more than I do.

Liberty: You worked with him.

Craig: That was a misguided relationship. All I knew is that he liked to watch me squirm, and I didn't know why until later.

Liberty: From what I hear, you pretty much deserved that.

Craig: From what you hear, you're pretty much right.

Liberty: It's too bad he didn't just tell you who he was.

Craig: Yeah, I've thought about that. But you can't change the past. He's a very angry young man. He was directing so much anger at me, I really didn't see anything else about him.

Liberty: Well, I don't know if he was angry so much as lonely. His mom died of cancer. He was all alone. And then I guess he came to find you.

Craig: You know, I wouldn't blame his mother if she told him how badly I treated her. And I did. I used her, I left, and I never saw her again.

Liberty: And you didn't know about Gabriel?

Craig: No, no. He was kept from me, and not just by his mother either. But the truth is, if I'd been a better man, I may have known about it sooner. I could have been some kind of a father to him. But I'll never know now, and I'm sorry about that.

Liberty: He's the one that needs to hear this, Craig.

Craig: I hope I get the chance to tell him that. I really do.

Jack: Carly!

Carly: Margo was just here.

Jack: Did she question Parker?

Carly: No, but she wants to. She told me to tell her when he's available.

Jack: Where is he?

Carly: He's upstairs.

Jack: Well, what else did she say?

Carly: She was asking questions about Gabriel.

Jack: That's standard. Carly, Gabriel worked for you. The fire was in your off -- you already her gave your statement though.

Carly: Exactly.

Jack: What, uh -- what else did she ask?

Carly: Well, her questions had a funny way of leading to a discussion about Gabriel's relationship with Parker.

Jack: Oh, no.

Carly: It's not just a case to her anymore, Jack.

Jack: It's family.

Carly: Her brother could be accused of trying to kill his own son. And it seemed to me that Margo would do anything to protect him.

Jack: No, no, no. That's not how Margo works. But this whole thing could have been avoided if you had just come to me in the first place!

Carly: Oh, don't start in on me again about that!

Jack: Carly, it's the truth though, is it not?! You kept me in the dark. The only reason I found out about the situation between Parker and -- and Gabriel is because I pulled it out of him. There's no way you would have come to me yourself.

Carly: I did not have a choice, Jack. Would you like to know why?

Jack: Yes, please, enlighten me. Why? Why was lying to me your only option?

Carly: Because Parker's self-righteous father would have turned in his own son!

Jack: Oh, you have all the answers, don't you?

Carly: No, that's your department, isn't it? I'm trying to help Parker. What are you doing?!

Jack: I -- I am trying to figure out the way out of this mess!

Carly: How? By throwing your own son under the bus? Explain that to me.

Jack: Is that what you really think of me, Carly?

Carly: I don't even know who you are anymore.

Jack: Let me tell you something, Lady. The feeling's mutual.

Reid: I'm saving that for someone.

Luke: [Scoffs] No, you're not. You know how I know that's a lie? 'Cause no one in this town that you know would have a drink with you, except maybe Katie -- or me.

Reid: You don't drink.

Luke: No, I donít.

Reid: Then what are you doing here in the middle of the afternoon?

Luke: I came to play some pool.

Reid: You know what I despise?

Luke: [Chuckles] I think there's a list.

Reid: People who think they're better than you are because they're sober.

Luke: Oh, then you don't understand drunks at all. We don't think we're better than you. We just have to drink to feel as normal as you do without one.

Reid: What are you doing here, Luke?

Luke: I'm -- I'm not entirely sure.

Reid: You didn't want to stay with Noah?

Luke: He didn't want me to stay. I think he's confused about his feelings for me with everything that's happened.

Reid: I'm not. [Sighs] I can't do this.

Lily: Hey.

Noah: Hey, Lily.

Lily: Where's Luke? I -- I wanted to see how you were doing, but I thought that Luke was with you.

Noah: Um, I actually sent him home.

Lily: You did?

Noah: Yeah.

Lily: Did you have an argument?

Noah: No, no, no, not at all. I just, uh -- I feel bad about wanting him to stay with me, about -- about needing him right now.

Lily: Why?

Noah: I have been so hard on him these last few months. He's done nothing but try and help me, and I've basically been pushing him away the entire time.

Lily: Sweetie, he understands what you've been going through.

Noah: That is no excuse. And anyway -- I don't know. Nothing feels easy anymore. It just feels like a big obligation. That's a really lousy feeling.

Lily: I know for a fact that isn't true for Luke. He loves you very much.

Noah: I just -- I want him to feel like he wants to be with me, not that he has to be with me. Until that day comes, I -- I'm just going to let him off the hook.

Lily: Noah, if you let him off the hook, he may not come back.

Liberty: You should sit with him, Craig. It might make a difference.

Craig: Maybe turning around and leaving is the best difference I can make in this kid's life.

Liberty: I meant what I said before. Gabriel was all alone in this world. That's why he came to find you.

Craig: Yeah, and he hated what he found.

Liberty: Well, you can fix that.

Craig: Why are you pushing this?

Liberty: I just watched my mom bury a father who turned his back on her once. And the only reason she didn't completely fall apart when he died was because before he did, they made their peace.

Craig: Is that what you think I should do with Gabriel?

Liberty: It is what I think you should do, because you don't know.

Craig: How did you get so smart so young?

Liberty: Cancer.

Craig: What else can you tell me about him?

Liberty: Well, what do you want to know?

Craig: Everything.

Jack: Listen. I am doing everything, and I mean everything, to keep Parker's name out of this investigation. That's exactly what I told Craig today.

Carly: You saw Craig?

Jack: Yes, I saw Craig. And I told him that Parker is the innocent victim in this catastrophe, and he deserves to be left out of it.

Carly: What did he say?

Jack: Nothing that will help Parker.

Carly: Oh, God.

Jack: Carly, I am so sorry.

Carly: Oh, God, Jack. He's my boy. [Voice breaking] He's my beautiful boy. I hated lying to you. I know you think that it didn't matter to me, but it did. I just don't know how else to help him.

Jack: I know. I know, Baby.

Carly: I made a mistake. But he wasn't trying to hurt anybody. He wasn't trying to kill anybody.

Jack: I know he didnít.

Carly: He's been through so much. He's done so much right. We can't lose him. [Voice breaking] We can't let his future slip away, okay?

Jack: We won't, we won't, we won't, I promise.

[Carly sobs]

[Knock on door]

Margo: Parker.

Parker: Hi.

Margo: Hey. Your mother tell you that I wanted to see you, huh?

Parker: No. No, she didn't have to.

Margo: Uh, okay.

Parker: I'd like to make a confession. It was me. I'm the one who punched Gabriel. I hit him, and he fell, and he hit his head, so I left. I left him unconscious at Monte Carlo the day of the fire. It was me.

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Janet: Oh, sorry! Oh, sorry! [Laughs]

Parker: Just let me confess and get it over with!

Carly: You will confess over my dead body.

Margo: You are off the case.

Craig: Parker Snyder just confessed to knocking out Gabriel and leaving him there.

Lily: Are you serious?

Craig: Yes, which means I'm no longer a suspect.

Lucinda: Hi there. Hello. Welcome back.

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