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As The World Turns Transcript Wednesday 8/4/10

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Paul: Good morning.

Gwen: Hi.

Paul: Where are the girls?

Gwen: They're playing dress up with the babysitter.

Paul: Oh. Nice. I get to spend a little time alone with you. It turns out it's a good thing Emilyís away on assignment. Oh, and Mom's still playing hide and go seek. And best of all, Iris climbed back on her broom and left town.

Gwen: Actually, she's still in town. She's staying at the Wagon Wheel though.

Paul: Oh. Well, it was almost perfect.

Will: I wish I was as convinced as you are that Mom's all right.

Paul: We have a note, Will, that says as much.

Will: Yeah, but Henryís right. I mean, it doesn't sound like her, and I don't buy the disappearing act.

Paul: Mom was just upset because Henry married Vienna. She was humiliated.

Will: But for her to worry all of us like this over nothing? If it's true, it's so --

Paul: That would be insensitive and selfish, which would be totally out of character for Mom. You know what? We need to stop worrying about this and get on with our lives. The note proves it. Mom is absolutely fine.

Barbara: Oh. Okay, Chuckles, I'm just gonna keep on talking into this thing until someone hears us -- someone hears us. 'Cause you know what? Today is the day I get out of here. And to hell with Iris Dumbrowski!

Iris: Yeah, look, I know I owe you rent for last week, and I'm gonna pay it by the end of today, 'cause I got a windfall coming in, Honey. I don't think so. I know so. Fine. I'll make other sleeping arrangements. Geez.

Margo: No, no. You cannot have the report.

Tom: Why?

Margo: Because I'm the cop and you are the lawyer who's representing the perp, and we don't share information.

Tom: Huh? Since when?

Margo: No, since -- since forever we donít.

Tom: Okay, fine. It was worth a shot.

Chris: Oh, excellent. I was here to talk to Margo, but now I get to kill two birds with one stone. Between the two of you, you know a lot of people on the hospital board, right?

Tom: Mm, no.

Chris: What are you talking about?

Margo: Well, I do.

Tom: Yeah.

Chris: Okay, good, good, good. Because I put my hat in the ring to take over for Dad when he retires.

Tom: So you decided to follow up on that?

Chris: Yeah, yeah, yeah. And I'm gonna need every vote I can get.

Tom: So you want us to pull strings for you on top of nepotism?

Chris: Hell yes.

Tom: That's my little brother. Okay. Uh, count me in. I'm due in court. Um, you see, people in this family actually help each other out.

Margo: Hmm-mm. Wow. So, uh, you decided to go for chief of staff? That's really what you want, huh?

Chris: Well, yeah. Why would I go after it if I didn't want it?

Margo: Well, maybe to prove yourself to my sister?

Katie: Oh, look, Jacob. Henry spent the night! And he really likes your monkey. Good morning.

Henry: Good morning.

Katie: How long do you think you're gonna be camped out there?

Henry: As long as it takes.

Katie: Right. Yes, Jacob. Uncle Henry thinks he hears voices. He's a little --

Henry: Jacob, tell your mother not to mock me, please. And I don't think I heard a voice. I did hear a voice.

Katie: Barbara's?

Henry: Yes, Barbaraís, right here in this house. I don't know how. I don't know where it came from. But I am not imagining it.

Katie: Okay, so you're sticking around at the scene of the, um, hearing, 'cause when you see it again, you'll what, talk back to it?

Henry: She's doing it again, Jacob. She's doing it again.

Katie: I'm just glad he's not old enough to know what's going on, because he would be scared diaper-less. I'll be right back, Baby doll. Okay. I'm gonna go grab a latte. You want one? Right. You need a double espresso and some food. I will make you something when I get back.

Henry: I am not nuts. I don't think I'm nuts. No. I heard Barbaraís voice, clear as day. [Sighs]

Barbara: Can anyone hear me? Henry? Henry, if you're out there, please find me. Henry, Henry, somebody, anyone, please, help me. Get me out of here, I'm begging you! Help!

Henry: Barbara?

Barbara: Please say you can hear me?

Henry: Yes, yes, I hear you! I hear you!

Barbara: I need you, Henry.

Henry: I'm here! Where are you?!

Barbara: I can't hold out much longer.

Henry: I'll save you! Just tell me where you are. Barbara -- oh, my God. Barbara? Barbara? Talk to me, talk to me, talk to me!

Katie: What the hell is going on?

Henry: I found Barbara! She's in here!

Chris: Was that a serious question?

Margo: Uh, well, Chris, you know that I love you. And -- and I don't mean this as a judgment in any way, but you -- you never really stuck to anything, you know, a job or a relationship, long enough to put down roots. And now, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, you want to be chief of staff of Memorial in your own hometown? That's -- that's quite a responsibility. That's a commitment. That's an all-encompassing job.

Chris: Yes, and I am up for the challenge. Look, I thought long and hard about this. This is a career and -- and life decision I'm making. It's not just some whim to impress some girl.

Margo: Well, that's not just some girl. That's my sister. And I need to know that your motives are honest, because Katie is so vulnerable still. I mean, the loss of brad is -- it wasn't that long ago.

Chris: I'm aware of that, too, Margo.

Margo: And for her to get into a relationship with you and then have you skip town --

Chris: Okay, listen -- listen to me! I am not gonna skip town, okay? I am not. And if I am lucky enough to have your sister return my feelings, then I give you my word, Margo, I'm not going anywhere.

Henry: Barbara? Barbara, can you hear me? Answer me.

Katie: Stop this, Henry.

Henry: Barbara, please say something. Say anything.

Barbara: What is wrong with you? What is wrong with you? Why won't you work anymore?! Oh. Expiration, 2007? Oh!

Henry: Barbara?!

Katie: Get a grip, Henry! This is not a walkie-talkie. It only transmits signals one way.

Henry: Okay, it transmitted her voice right into there, all right? She was asking for help. She was calling my name!

Katie: Your name?

Henry: Yes.

Katie: This voice actually said, "Henry, help me"?

Henry: It said "Henry" over and over and over again.

Katie: Oh, Honey --

Henry: No! I'm telling you the truth. She was pleading for me to save her.

Katie: You are sleep-deprived. Come over here. I don't know what you thought you heard, but just sit down.

Henry: No, no, no! Don't do that! Don't humor me like that! She is in trouble, and I'm positive of that now. She has been kidnapped, and she was trying to send out an S.O.S.

Katie: And so this monitor, out of all the monitors in all the homes in Oakdale, just happened to pick up her cry for help?

Henry: Yes. I don't know how it did it. I don't know where it came from. But I'm gonna find her. And after everything that you did to me and that you did to Barbara, you at least owe me the possibility of believing me.

Katie: Wait. Where are you going? Henry!

Gwen: Hey, Sweetie. What do you think -- what do you think you want? You think you want pancakes, or do you think you -- you know what? Mommy's changed her mind. Let's -- let's go someplace else, okay?

Waitress: My voice is so bad. You don't want me to sing. So I'll just say it. Happy birthday.

Iris: Oh, you are so sweet. Thank you.

Hallie: Mommy, it's Grandma's birthday.

Iris: Oh! Well, look who it is! Come on over here, my sweetheart! Come here! Come help Grandma blow out the candle. Can you blow it out yourself, or do you need some help?

Hallie: Can I make a wish, too?

Iris: Oh, yes, you can. And make it a really good one, Pumpkin, because your poor Grandma -- she needs all the help that she can get. Oh.

Paul: That is definitely Mom's handwriting.

Will: If she's really okay, why would she write this instead of just calling us?

Paul: Because if she called, that would be two-way communication, and then she would have to hear how angry we are.

Will: I'm not angry. I'm worried.

Henry: Hey. I heard Barbaraís voice.

Paul: Hello, Henry.

Will: Where? When?

Henry: Just now on Jacobís baby monitor. She -- she begged me for help. She called my name.

Paul: Mother spoke to you over a baby monitor?

Henry: Yeah.

Paul: Did she say, "We're here," or reveal the location of the Holy Grail?

Henry: Look, look, it happened, I swear. I don't know where she is. I just know she's in trouble.

Paul: Okay, she's fine. Do you not remember this? She's fine. She says so herself.

Henry: I do remember that. If she did indeed write that note, she did it so under duress.

Will: I thought that all along.

Henry: Okay, well, now I'm positive. She is being held against her will. The question is, where and by whom? Actually, that's two questions.

Paul: Just stop. Okay, please, this is the most ridiculous --

Will: Wait. Hold on. What -- what did she say? What exactly did you hear?

Henry: She said, uh, "Help me," and, "I need you," uh, "Find me," and, um, "I don't know how much longer I can hold on." Wait, wait. Does that sound -- yeah, she said all of that on a baby monitor. Does that sound like something -- somebody sipping margaritas on a beach and getting the last laugh on us?

Will: That can happen. I get stray signals on our monitor at home all the time. Maybe this is worth checking out!

Paul: It's not. Look, we have a note. Not only that, we have video surveillance footage from the Lakeview that clearly shows Mother walking down a hallway.

Henry: That is not Barbara.

Paul: It is. It's Barbara.

Henry: No. Those aren't those calves. Her calves are, uh -- are more shapely than that, and she's got this swish when she walks! Her gait is much different.

Paul: I -- I'm not gonna listen to any more of this.

Henry: Fine! Then don't listen to this anymore! Listen, I am telling you that she has been kidnapped, okay? And -- and they have been trying to throw us off her scent by literally using her scent and by using someone to go in and out of her suite that looks like Barbara.

Paul: No, that -- that someone is Mom.

Henry: No, it's not! Come on! The bogus postcard from Bermuda, now this letter? Fine. You two want to play right into the kidnapper's hands, just be my guest. I don't need your help. I will find Barbara, and I will save her by myself.

Margo: Chris, I know that, um, you sound really sincere and everything. And -- and you do care about my sister, Katie. But I think that it's probably --

Chris: Yes, okay, listen. Margo, please, please, I just -- I just want you to give me a chance, all right? Let me prove to you that I am in this for the long haul.

Margo: Hi. Hi, Katie. Hi.

Katie: Hey. What are you doing here? Never mind. I'm sorry. I need your advice. It's really important.

Margo: Um, sure. Of course. What's up?

Katie: Henry was just at the house just a little while ago, and he thought he heard Barbara.

Margo: Oh, my God! He's hearing voices again?

Katie: No, this was through the baby monitor. He was actually positive that he heard her voice.

Margo: Did you hear it, as well?

Katie: No. I was out getting coffee. But I came home. He was freaking out. He was saying, "I heard her, I heard her, I heard her." And I just wanted to know if that's possible, because I have heard before that baby monitors can pick up other transmissions of, like, police stations or whatever. But then again, he is so stressed out right now, and I don't know if he's just hallucinating.

Chris: You just cannot help yourself, can you?

Katie: Help myself what?

Chris: Meddling. Didn't you just get yourself in the middle of the Henry/Vienna relationship? What happened to that, hmm? And now here he is, Henry, another crisis, and what are you doing?

Katie: I'm just trying to help.

Chris: Are you? W -- what, indulging him in some crazy fantasy that he's hearing Barbaraís voice over the airwaves? Come on.

Katie: I just want to know if it's possible.

Chris: Why?

Katie: Because he's my friend.

Chris: So what, now you're gonna play conductor on the Henry express? Next stop, crazy town.

Katie: Excuse me. If my best friend in the world is hearing voices, I want to know about it. And if the voices that he's hearing are really truly the woman that he loves, who is missing right now, by the way, and my sister can help find her and reunite them together, then yeah, I'm gonna get smack-dab in the middle of it.

Margo: Will you please tell me what you --

Chris: Yes, but you are enabling. I mean, look, stop. Listen to this story. It is insane.

Katie: To you maybe.

Chris: Look, look, Henry has been under a lot of stress lately, right, and he's a little flaky to begin with, so the slightest little thing could push him over the edge. Look, my people -- we see this in the E.R. all the time.

Katie: "Your people"? You have people in the E.R.? Since when?

Chris: No, I mean, I jumped the gun a little bit. Um, they're not exactly my people yet, but they will be soon. But look, anyway, what was I just saying?

Katie: No, no, no, no, no. Whoa, whoa, rewind. Explain that statement, 'cause it made no sense.

Chris: All right, well, I didn't get time to tell you earlier, but I put my hat in the ring to take over for my dad when he retires.

Katie: You want to be chief of staff at Memorial? Why?

Chris: Isn't it obvious? Amazing opportunities.

Katie: But you said you would never, ever, ever even remotely consider. You said that it was -- it would tie you down and -- and that it was too much responsibility. What -- why would you suddenly change your mind?

Chris: Do you really have to ask me that question?

[Henry sighs]

Henry: "Henry, the sitter took Jacob to the park. Hope you're okay. Katie." No, Katie, I'm not okay.

Will: Henry, you're a hard guy to catch up to.

Henry: What are you doing here? Oh, wait. Let me guess. Paul sent you here to second his opinion that I'm crazy.

Will: No, Henry. I want you to tell me everything that you heard on that baby monitor this morning so we can find my mom.

Henry: We? The two of us, together?

Barbara: [Sighs] I can't take it anymore. I just can't take it anymore. I really can't! And this time, I'm really serious, because I want out of here! Do you understand? Somebody, get me out of here! I want out of here right now! Get them to...

Katie: Okay, this is a little better. I didn't want everyone in the entire Oakdale police station listening to our conversation. So explain yourself.

Chris: Explain what?

Katie: Why all of a sudden you want to be chief of staff of Memorial. It's to make Reidís life miserable, isn't it?

Chris: Katie, look --

Katie: No, listen. I know you guys don't get along, but he's really a nice guy.

Chris: All right, look, this has nothing to do with Reid Oliver.

Katie: Oh, it's your dad then. You want to make your dad proud, show him respect for all of the years that he put into Memorial. Okay.

Chris: Okay, yes, I would love to make my dad proud. But no, that's not what this is about.

Katie: What is it? The economy? The economy. Of course. 'Cause that's -- that's smart. I mean, I'm sure it's a very lucrative position. That is so smart. You're thinking of your future. That's great.

Chris: Yes, yes, I am. I am. But look, Katie, this has nothing to do with money or security, okay? This is -- I just want to show that I can be counted on, all right? I'm not some wild and crazy guy who can't settle down. I can make a commitment when I want to, Katie, and I want to.

Katie: A commitment to the job?

Chris: A commitment to you. I'm doing this for you, Katie.

Barbara: Okay, fine, fine. Just abandon me like everybody else. That's including you, Chuckles. You know that? And you, too, Henry! What's the matter? Too busy playing whoopee with little wifey to even talk to me anymore? Well, I have had it with you. I have had it. I've got bigger fish to fry. I do! And that means -- that means getting out of here! Because I'll tell you something, hell will freeze over before I turn over my life savings to Iris Dumbrowski!

Iris: So, did you like Grandma's cake? I am so thrilled that the two of you came here. It would have been an awfully lonely birthday without you.

Gwen: That's funny, Mom. I could have sworn that your birthday was in October.

Iris: So, what is the latest on Babs? Uh, has she come home yet?

Gwen: No, not yet.

Iris: Have you heard anything more since she sent the note to Paul?

Gwen: Not a peep.

Iris: That is just so mean of her, I mean, to keep those boys worried like that. But then again, at the same time, at least you know she's not dead in a ditch somewhere.

Gwen: No. When did you start caring about Barbara anyway?

Iris: Well, she's Will's mom, and, you know, he's like a son to me.

Gwen: I wouldn't tell him that if I were you.

Iris: Well, either way, I mean, I'm sure that he's very happy to hear that she's doing all right.

Gwen: Honestly, I don't think he's gonna stop worrying until he knows that she's home safe and he sees her with his own eyes.

Iris: Oh, well, would you give him my love, Honey? Will you promise me?

Gwen: Sure.

Iris: He's just such a sweet young man, and he's such a wonderful father and a wonderful husband. I just -- I just feel so horrible that he has to go through this.

Gwen: Mom -- what's going on? Why the tears?

Iris: I just -- I just feel so badly for him. That's all. And I guess maybe a little bit badly for myself, too. I am just having the roughest time, Gwennie.

Gwen: Did you fall off the wagon?

Iris: Oh, Lord, no, no. I mean, not that I haven't been tempted. But, you know, I keep reading my book, the truth in higher power, and it just helps me.

Gwen: Well, that's great. Then -- then what's the problem?

Iris: You don't want to hear it, Honey.

Gwen: Then -- then you shouldn't have brought it up.

Iris: I didnít. You asked.

Gwen: Just tell me then.

Iris: It's the manager at the Wagon Wheel. He's just so mean to me. I owe him last week's rent, and he told me that if I didn't pay him by the end of today, he's gonna kick me out of there.

Gwen: Well, then, it sounds like you should pay him, Mom.

Iris: I can't, Honey. I don't have the money. I gave it all to you and Will so you could give it to Barbara as a down payment, remember? So now there's no Barbara, no money, and it looks like I'm not gonna have a roof over my head tonight either. But at least the weather is good and, you know, the park is safe here at night.

Gwen: Mom, you can't stay in the park.

Iris: I don't have a choice, Gwennie. [Voice breaking] I don't have anywhere to go. [Sobs] I'm sorry. Don't -- don't mind me. [Sobs]

Henry: And that's when I walked over to this spot, and I called her name again, but she wasn't there anymore. And that's when I saw this, and I realized that her voice had been coming out of the baby monitor.

Will: You're sure that it was Mom that you heard?

Henry: Yeah, well, I know the sound of your mother's voice. Absolutely, positively was her voice coming out of this speaker.

Will: For -- for real or in your head? Because you've been pretty wigged out lately, Henry.

Henry: I -- I know for real, I swear.

Will: Paul thinks Mom's playing us.

Henry: I can understand her wanting to hurt me because I married Vienna. But to make her sons worry like that -- no, no way.

Will: Well, I think Paulís opinion's based a lot on Emilyís opinion right now.

Henry: And we both know how Emily feels about Barbara.

Will: It's like he's fixated with this idea of having a normal family, and Mom being in trouble doesn't fit into his idea of normal, so he won't even consider the possibility.

Henry: Yeah, but you believe me, right? You don't think your mom left of her own volition, that wherever she is, she's in trouble.

Will: Unfortunately, I think you might be right.

Gwen: Hey.

Paul: Hey. How was breakfast at Al's?

Gwen: It -- it was okay. Um, I got to ask you a favor.

Paul: Yeah, sure. What do you need?

Gwen: Okay, um, your house is really big, and it's beautiful, by the way. It's like five times the size of our place in Carbondale. Um --

Paul: Say no more. I think it's a great idea. I think that you and Will and Hallie should spend the whole summer here.

Gwen: Oh, that's --

Paul: Don't argue with me. The girls are getting along great. We've got a -- a pool. We've got tennis courts. It will be like summer camp.

Gwen: Yeah, that's really, really generous, but actually, Will and I both have to be back in Carbondale. We both have commitments to get back to.

Paul: Oh. Um, I guess I misunderstood. What's your favor then?

Gwen: Um --

Paul: Iris. You -- you want your mother to stay with me?

Chris: Katie, did you -- did you hear what I said?

Katie: I heard, yeah. Um, you want to be chief of staff at Memorial to prove something to me.

Chris: Yes, yes, yes, but not in a posturing kind of way, like Margo thinks.

Katie: Margo thinks that?

Chris: Well, she knows my track record.

Katie: So do I.

Chris: All right, look, I admit this is new to me, these feelings that I have for you, but I -- Katie, I want to give it a shot, us a shot -- I mean, if -- if you do.

Katie: It's just a lot for me.

Chris: I -- I know.

Katie: It's a lot to think about. It's a lot to talk about.

Chris: Yeah. I -- I don't want to rush you.

Katie: No, you're not. You've been so patient.

Chris: And I will be patient as -- as long as it takes, really, 'cause I think all good things are worth the wait. But, Katie, you deserve good things. You do. And I don't think henrysí the only one hearing voices.

Katie: What does that mean?

Chris: I think you've had a voice in your head since Brad died that tells you that nothing works out the way you want it to. Don't trust happiness because it won't last. Katie, please. Please let me prove those voices wrong. Please.

Katie: I think maybe I can try.

Henry: I can't tell you what a relief it is to have an ally in this battle. Okay, now that we agree that Barbaraís been kidnapped --

Will: I didn't say I'm in total agreement, just that I see it's a possibility.

Henry: It's the same thing. All right. I've been racking my brain, trying to figure out how we can find this kidnapper, and I've got an idea. I think we should stake out Barbaraís suite at the Lakeview.

Will: What do you mean, stake out?

Henry: Stake it out 24/7. If someone is going in or out of there, we'll find out who. We can take shifts.

Will: Why would we do that? The -- the hotel has surveillance cameras. Why can't you just tell Margo what you heard and have the police handle it?

Henry: Well, don't you get it? They're not -- the police aren't gonna help us! They're gonna respond the same way that Paul did. Barbara sent a note saying she's fine. I'm hearing voices. That's the end of the story.

Will: Henry, itís worth a shot.

Henry: Fine. You want to go to Margo, go ahead. But I don't think that we can count on her for any help.

Will: So you're gonna go stake out Mom's room?

Henry: I'm gonna do whatever it takes to bring her back to us, Will.

Will: Don't do anything illegal.

Henry: I'll do what it takes.

Will: All right. If you learn anything, then keep me posted, and I'll do likewise.

Henry: Yeah. [Sighs]

Barbara: So, if I turn over my passwords to my financial accounts, Iris will take all my money. But that's okay, 'cause it's just -- it's just money -- money I worked damn hard for. But if I get out of here, then I can -- I can see my sons, and I can see Henry. And then I can strangle him, if I can resist the urge to kiss him first. But -- but if I turn over all my passwords, then Iris -- what if she just leaves me here? She could just leave me here. She could abandon me here. And then once I don't have candy, I'll just die. And that's just so ironic, because you know what? All along -- all along, I thought it was -- I thought it was Vienna or I thought it was Katie or Emily. And the most obvious suspect never even crossed my mind.

Paul: You want Iris to stay with me? Is this a joke? This is some kind of a joke?

Gwen: No. Can -- look, can't you just stay in the kitchen for like a few minutes while we talk?

Iris: Would you mind if I had something to eat when I was back there? Because Hallie had my breakfast.

Paul: Oh, no, I wouldn't mind at all. Knock yourself out.

Iris: You know, Emily really did a good job with this place. Who knew she had taste?

Paul: You keep your hands off my silver. Iris Dumbrowski. Are you serious? You can't be serious.

Gwen: It's just gonna be for a couple of days. The second that Will and I leave, we'll make sure that she leaves, too.

Paul: No, no. She should leave now. I thought she was staying at the Wagon Wheel.

Gwen: She was, but she -- she can't afford the room anymore.

Paul: Well, then, you should pay for it? You want her here, you pay for it.

Gwen: Look, Will and I don't have that kind of money.

Paul: Fine. I'll pay for it. But -- better yet, I'll pay for a one-way bus ticket out of Oakdale.

Gwen: Okay, I -- I love how we're all so concerned over your mom but no one gives a damn about mine.

Paul: Yeah, that's because on a scale of -- of one to ten of people who do really bad things to other people, my mother is above average, but your mother's off the charts.

Gwen: Come on. It's gonna be for a couple of days.

Paul: No, it's not. I have -- I have my daughter to think about, not to mention my wife.

Gwen: Well, Emily isn't even here right now.

Paul: Yeah, but she's gonna come back. And if she sees Iris here when she gets back, talk about an explosion.

Gwen: Paul, come on. You -- honestly, you owe me.

Paul: And -- and I'm -- I'm paying you. I'm helping you. I'm keeping a very disturbed person away from you and your child and your marriage. You should thank me.

Will: Hey, Guys. How was breakfast with Hallie?

Gwen: It was okay.

Will: Just okay? Why? This looks like your motherís.

Gwen: Because it is.

Will: She's here? Why?

Paul: I don't know. Ask your wife.

Tom: Hey!

Margo: Hi.

Tom: Judge Joyce is considering my arguments, so we fought over that report for nothing.

Margo: Oh, we weren't fighting. I was just making my point. So, talk about fighting, you should have heard what went on here after you went to court.

Tom: What happened?

Margo: Well, you know how you're always saying that what's between, uh, Chris and Katie is real and solid and I'm always poo-pooing it?

Tom: Yeah.

Margo: And it's not just on Chris' side, that Katie feels the same way?

Tom: And you said Katie was not ready to be involved with anybody else yet.

Margo: Mm-hmm. Well, you were right and I was wrong.

Tom: Could you repeat that?

Margo: No, you heard me.

Tom: No, you say the words so seldom, I would like you to repeat it.

Margo: [Groans] Katie blew in here, and they went at each other, and it was all about, uh, something that Henry said about Barbara.

Tom: They had an argument?

Margo: Oh, big, big, big.

Tom: And this proves that I was right about them how? Look, am I missing something?

Margo: No, it wasn't just the argument. There was so much electricity in the air. I haven't felt something like that, well, honestly, since you and I first met. It's that love/hate thing.

Tom: Yeah, well, I knew that.

Margo: It's just they're crazy about each other. I mean, go figure, your little brother, my little sister. What could be more perfect?

Tom: Uh, not much.

Margo: Uh, what are you thinking? Hmm?

Katie: Okay, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Chris: Yeah. You're right, you're right.

Katie: I didn't ask you to go after that job.

Chris: I know. I know you didnít. And if you did, I probably wouldn't have. But now that I did, I hope you don't mind.

Katie: I am so nervous, I think my palms are sweating.

Chris: Even the most beautiful palms you have. But don't worry, okay? We're just gonna take this slow.

[Cell phone ringing]

Chris: Sorry, I'm just -- I'm waiting on some labs.

Katie: No, go ahead.

Chris: Oh, it's Tom. Hey, Tom. What's up?

Tom: Margo and I just had an idea. I mean, we're going up to the cabin this weekend, and we were thinking maybe you and Katie would like to join us. I mean, Jacob, too, of course.

Chris: Uh, this weekend?

Tom: The weather is gonna be spectacular. All we're gonna do is hang out, relax, drink a little bit, eat. You think that's something Katie would like to do?

Chris: Uh, I don't know. Um, she's right here. I'll ask her.

Tom: She's there with him. He's gonna ask her.

Chris: It's, um -- it's Tom and Margo. They want to know if we want to join them up at the cabin this weekend, of course, with Jacob. What do you think?

Katie: Uh, I -- I think we should talk about it.

Chris: Right. Yeah. Um, hey, uh, Tom. Thank you so much. It's a great offer. But, um, I'm gonna have to get back to you, okay?

Tom: Sure.

Margo: What? Yes, no?

Tom: They're gonna get back to us.

Chris: Yeah, it's probably not a good idea, going away this weekend. Too much, too soon.

Katie: There is an awful lot of assuming going on between my sister and your brother about us, don't you think?

Chris: Well, I think they're just trying to be supportive.

Katie: And all of a sudden, now they're asking us to go away with them for the weekend as a couple with Jacob?

Chris: Oh, we got to take Jacob. I mean, we leave him here, he's gonna throw some wild parties, get looped on formula. Be a mess.

Katie: Would you stop being so cute? Since when are we a couple?

Chris: Well, isn't that what we just talked about we were gonna try being?

Katie: Yeah, I know. But now we're going off for a family weekend with Tom and Margo?

Chris: See, actually, we've been family for a, uh, few years now, if you think about it.

Katie: Would you stop being so logical?

Chris: Katie, it's not a big deal, okay? There's nothing to panic about.

Katie: Who says I'm panicking?

Chris: You're not panicking?

Katie: Okay, I'm panicking a little. This is just a lot to digest.

Chris: I know, I know. But considering everything that's been going on the last few days with -- with Henry over at your house --

Katie: Oh, no, Henry. Of course. I can't leave.

Chris: Yes. Henry is a grown man. He can take care of himself, all right? Just -- look, I think he is driving you crazy, and this will be good for you. Think about it. We'll just grab our stuff, drive up to the lake, do a little swimming, get a little rested. We'll just live a life of slackers. I mean, what is so awful about that?

Katie: All the while, Tom and Margo watching us, seeing if we have what it takes to make it, seeing if I pass Tom's inspection.

Chris: Oh, please. You passed Tom's inspection when you were born.

Katie: What about yours?

Chris: What?

Katie: That's what this is. You want to test me, right, see if I'm good enough, see if I'm really right for you and worth you making all these sacrifices and changes to your life?

Chris: Are you kidding me? Are you kidding? I'm -- I'm the one who's gonna be under the microscope, okay? You're the one who's vulnerable and everyone wants to protect. Me -- I'm just some globetrotting bachelor who sweet-talks women into bed and breaks their heart when I leave. So they're gonna be looking out.

Katie: Oh, in your dreams.

Chris: Okay. Thought hey, give it a shot. But that's what this is all about, isn't it?

Katie: What?

Chris: Sex.

Katie: Excuse me?

Chris: You think I'm pressuring you. You're not sure if you're ready to have sex with me.

Barbara: So, what do you think, Chuckles? Give Iris my passwords and hope for the best? Do I not give her the passwords and hope for the best? I mean, either way, it comes down to hope, and I'm just kind of fresh out of that. Oh, Henry, how could you have married Vienna and given up on me? How could you do that? You're not even looking for me. Clearly you're not. If only I could just feel your arms around me. Maybe I could get through this. Maybe it'd make me feel brave again and beautiful. Chuckles, would you put your arms around me? Would you dance with me the way Henry did? Please. I've got a crush on you Sweetie pie all the day and nighttime hear me sigh Henry, I miss you.

Henry: I miss you, too, Barbara.

Henry: I know what I heard. I know it was Barbara. I swore never again. But for you, Barbara, I'll do anything.

Gwen: Look, Will, she couldn't afford the Wagon Wheel anymore, and she doesn't have anywhere else to stay.

Will: Gwen, tell her to go home.

Gwen: It's only for a few days. I'm not asking her to stay here forever. It's just while you and Hallie and I are here.

Will: Well, it's Paulís house, so it's his decision.

Gwen: Yeah, but you know that he would agree with it if you told him how much it meant to you.

Will: Yeah, he'd probably agree, you're right, if we manipulated him into it out of guilt. But, Hon, your mom is a troubled person. She is a user. And you can bet that if she asks you to stay here, she's got ulterior motives.

Gwen: Okay, she didn't ask. I offered.

Will: You think you offered. I think she probably tricked you into it.

Gwen: Okay, so what, I'm some naive person now?

Will: Yeah. When it comes to your mother, you are sometimes.

Gwen: Okay, and you're gonna tell me that you've never had blinders on when it comes to dealing with your mom?

Will: Look --

Paul: Okay, hold on a second. I don't want to hear you guys argue for another moment about this. The madwoman can stay. It's just we need to lock up all the valuables and sleep with the bedroom doors locked.

Gwen: Thank you.

Paul: You're welcome.

Will: No, Paul, you shouldn't be pressured into doing this.

Gwen: Yes, he should, and he agreed to it, so what's the problem?

Iris: Stop. Enough. Look, I never would have come here if I thought this was gonna cause a fight between you all. I just wanted to reconnect with my family. That's all. You boys understand how difficult it is to ask for some forgiveness. So I just thought, you know -- never mind. It just -- you don't need the drama here, okay? Look, I'll be fine, Gwennie. Don't worry about me.

Gwen: Mom, no. Where -- where are you going? Where are you gonna stay?

Iris: Uh, I told you. I'm going to the park. It's a full moon tonight. It will be nice.

Gwen: No, Mom, you canít.

Will: No. Iris, its okay. If Paulís okay with you staying here, I'm okay with you staying here.

Paul: Your staying here is finite. And I meant what I said. You keep your hands off of my silver.

Iris: Oh, this is so sweet of all of you. I feel so welcomed. I feel so loved. You know what? Let's mark this moment with a photo. Please, everybody, here. Everyone get together. Okay, ready? Smile.

Katie: This is so typical. You're a guy, so of course everything has to be about sex.

Chris: Not everything, always. But that's why you were flustered.

Katie: Unbelievable. You and I kiss a few times, you merely consider taking a job that would make you look stable for more than five minutes, and you're accusing me of looking for reasons to not get close to you?

Chris: I didn't say --

Katie: Let me set something straight, okay? I have good reason to be cautious, not just about getting close to you, but about having a relationship in general.

Chris: I know that.

Katie: And I am not a prude. I just know myself. I know my boundaries, and I know what I'm comfortable with. And let me tell you something. When I do sleep with you for the first time, it's not gonna be with my sister and your brother in the other room listening.

Chris: Mm-hmm.

Katie: What?

Chris: Oh, nothing. Go on. I'm -- I'm listening to you.

Katie: No, what is this grinning? What is the grinning all about?

Chris: It's the phrase you used. You didn't say if you sleep with me. You said when you sleep with me.

Katie: I did not.

Chris: Oh, yes, you did.

Gwen: Are you mad at me?

Will: Because you love your mother despite all the hell she's put us through?

Gwen: She really didn't have anywhere else to go, Will, and I promised I -- I won't let her be a burden.

Will: I promise, too. Neither of our mixed-up mothers are ever gonna get in the way of our happiness again. Deal?

Gwen: Deal.

Iris: Whatever floats your boat. What's the matter, Babs? You look a little down. Is it the prospect of living here for the rest of your life with Bozo not appeal to you?

Barbara: If you came here for my passwords, Iris, you can go to hell.

Iris: Oh, come on, Babs. It's my birthday. Don't you want to give me a gift? Because I got something for you.

Barbara: Like you would have anything that I would want.

Iris: Isn't that the sweetest family picture, huh? I wish the babies were in there, but they were taking a nap. They are such angels. And that Eliza -- she treats me like I'm her grandma.

Barbara: You witch. This is my family, not yours!

Iris: Look. Look at the faces. They don't even miss you a bit. Not even your precious Henry. In fact, all you got is me. So why don't you be smart, give me the passwords, and do it now. Or you can wither away and die here, clutching this clown doll.

Henry: I swore I would never do this again. But if I have to wear a bra and girdle for the rest of my life, I will do it. I will do it, Barbara, if it brings you back to me.

On the next "As the World Turns" --

Barbara: Let's say I tell you where my checkbook is and you go get it, and I write you a big, fat check?

Henry: This pen doesn't belong to your mom.

Will: It wasn't here when Gwen and I were here the last time.

Henry: It says "The Party Warehouse."

Alison: Are you asking me out on a date?

Casey: Yeah, I am.

Chris: I'm gonna head over to Al's. I'm gonna pick up some food, and then I'm going to the cabin. You can meet me at Al's and we can go to the cabin together, or -- now you have the power.

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