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Another World Transcript Thursday 3/25/04

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Rachel: Mom, I don't want to hear another word about it. I'm going off to Matthew's school with Mitch to find out what's going on. I'm not going to sit around here any longer waiting for Matthew to get in more trouble.

Ada: Fine, but Mac should know what's going on.

Man: Hey, is it the right wing or the left wing? Ooh.

Rachel: Thanks a lot.

Man: We're looking for the nursery.

Rachel: Great timing.

Man: Hi.

Rachel: The nursery isn't here. I will take you to my housekeeper, and she will show you where the nursery is. Come on.

Man: All right.

Rachel: Please watch the pails, all right?

Mitch: More remodeling?

Ada: Mac and Rachel are having one of the guest rooms done over and making it into a nursery for Amanda's baby when she comes to visit.

Mitch: Amanda and Sam's baby. You know, Ada, I get the feeling sometimes that you don't like me.

Ada: No kidding.

Rachel: Well, I'm ready. Shall we go?

Mitch: Yeah, yeah, I think that's a good idea.

Ada: I don't.

Rachel: Mom, I don't want to go through this again. Matthew is my son. He's in trouble. I belong up at school trying to help him.

Ada: Why can't you wait until you can talk it over with Mac?

Mitch: Ada, he's my son, as well.

Ada: We all know that, don't we?

Mitch: I just think at a time like this that he needs both of his parents behind him.

Ada: Matthew is also a very important part of Mac's life.

Rachel: Mom, I have tried to get ahold of Mac.. I can't seem to do it. I will call him when I get up to school, ok? Can we please go now?

Mitch: Yes, I think that's a good --

Ada: Mac isn't going to like this.

[Phone rings]

Ada: Hello. Oh, Mac.

[Drilling]

Ada: Mac, am I glad you called.

[Noise]

Ada what? I can't hear you.

[Hammering]

Ada: What? No, it's the workmen. They've come to do the nursery. Yeah. Rachel, no, she isn't here. You just missed her. Mac, listen, I think there's something you should know.

Nicole: All of our suppliers are lined up, and the seamstresses are in place, just waiting for the word, and the trucks are all set to go.

Drew: So, what are you waiting for?

Nicole: You.

Drew: Me?

Nicole: Yes. Or someone like you. Your phone call came at the perfect time. We need an investor to help us carry the business through, just until after the orders start coming in, you know?

Drew: Mm-hmm, I see.

Nicole: Everything is in place and all ready to go, but we can't get paid for the orders until after the dresses are delivered..

Drew: And you can't pay for your dresses until you've paid your suppliers.

Nicole: Yes. That's it exactly. You know, it's really a wonderful opportunity.

Drew: So far you haven't shown me anything to prove it.

Nicole: Oh, no? Well, do you like what you see?

Drew: Of course. Who wouldn't?

Nicole: Well, it's one of my own designs.

Drew: I -- ahem -- I wasn't talking about the dress.

Nicole: Drew.

Drew: No, it's lovely, really. It's just that on you anything would look lovely. No, I need to see the dresses in a more neutral setting. Every woman who wears them won't look like Nicole Love.

Nicole: Yeah? All right, well, you just wait right there. I'll be right back.

Nicole: Here you go. Now what do you have to say, huh?

Drew: Nice. Very nice. You do very good work.

Nicole: Do you really think so?

Drew: I wouldn't say it if it weren't true. And you really think I'm the one to get involved in this?

Nicole: Well, you do have quite an eye for fashion yourself.

Drew: Hmm. I know what I like when I see it.

Nicole: I bet you do.

Lisa: No, Adam, this -- this isn't right.

Adam: I'm sorry. I shouldn't have done that.

Lisa: Oh, don't, don't please

Adam: I don't know what I was thinking about. Really, I shouldn't have.

Lisa: No, don't, ok?

Adam: Oh -- you know, you're right. I shouldn't have talked to Jamie like that. I'm sorry. It's just that I have feelings for you.

Lisa: Adam, ok. Let's just forget this, all right? We've both got a lot of work to do. I've got this paperwork. I have to get it done, and --

Adam: This is not about paperwork. We got to talk, because that was no accident.

Lisa: Yes, it was. I can't do this now.

[Drilling]

Ada: Hang on a second, Mac. Look out! No. No, no, Mac, not you. It was the workmen.

Oh, they almost knocked over that expensive Chinese vase of yours. What? Uh -- oh. What was I going to tell you? Well, it was about the workmen. Yeah, they're really making a mess of this place, you know? Yeah, ok, I'll keep an eye on them for you. I'm sorry you missed Rachel. She really wanted to talk to you. Yeah, ok, I'll tell her to call you when she gets back. "From where?" Uh -- she's just out. Ok. Ok, Mac, I'll talk to you later. Bye-bye.

[Hammering]

[Thud]

Ada: Oh, now what? Hey, guys?

[Knock on door]

Man: Yeah?

Ada: Yeah? Come on in.

Zack: Hello. Anybody home?

Ada: Oh, Zack. Hi.

Zack: Hey. How you doing? What's going on here?

Ada: Ok, well, Mac and Rachel are turning one of the guest rooms into a guest nursery for guess who.

Zack: Oh, that's good. Great.

Ada: Yeah. Oh --

[Thud]

Ada: Stick around, would you, Zack? I mean, I think we're going to sue these guys before this whole thing is over.

Zack: Well, actually, that's why I sort of came over here. I need to talk to Mac.

Ada: Um --

[Thud]

Ada: Just one second. Hey, guys?

Man: Yeah?

Ada: Whatever you're doing, stop it, ok? I'll be up there in a minute.

[Work stops]

Ada: You were saying?

Zack: I need to talk to Mac. Is he around?

Ada: No, he isn't. He had to go to New York all of a sudden.

Zack: Oh, boy, that's too bad.

Ada: Can I help?

Zack: No, no, thanks, Ada. Well, it's just that I got this call from a headhunter and I need to find out --

Ada: A headhunter?

Zack: Yeah, and I needed to talk about it.

Ada: A headhunter?

Zack: Yeah. Oh, oh. No, no. It's a headhunter who finds jobs for people.

Ada: Oh! Oh! There is such a thing?

Zack: Yeah. The company calls this guy when they have an opening, and he tries to find the right people for the right job.

Ada: Oh, I get it.

Zack: Yeah..

Ada: Oh, I get it -- you.

Zack: Yeah, me.

Ada: Zack, you can't.

Zack: That's why I need to talk to Mac. It's a real hard offer to turn down, corporate consultant for a major, major company in Chicago.

Ada: You can't leave Bay City!

Zack: I don't want to necessarily, but I have to keep all my options open.

[Thud]

Ada: Enough with the banging! Stay right here for a minute, will you? Now, listen, fellows, I thought I told you to wait until I came up there. Do you have to just keep throwing things around up here or what?

Nicole: Aw.

Cass: Uh -- knock, knock.

Nicole: Oh. Cass.

Cass: In the flesh. So, what's going on here?

Nicole: Uh -- Cass, I'd like you to meet someone. Cass Winthrop, this is Drew Marsten III.

Cass: Oh, the third, huh?

Drew: Afraid my family wasn't terribly creative when it came to naming their progeny.

Cass: Oh, that's cute.. That's very cute.

Drew: Winthrop was it?

Cass: Yeah, the first.

Drew: Ah. You wouldn't happen to be one of the Philadelphia Winthrops, would you?

Cass: No, I wouldn't.

Drew: Oh. Well, it's just as well. I find them a bit stuffy for my taste anyway.

Cass: I see. Nicole?

Nicole: Oh. Drew, Cass is my partner.

Drew: Ah. I see.

Nicole: And Drew is going to help us save the company.

Cass: Oh, an investor.

Drew: Well, well, no, no, no, we haven't exactly signed anything on the dotted line yet.

Cass: Well, why not? I mean, you'd be nuts to miss an opportunity like this. Come here, I want to show you some of Nicole's designs. They're brilliant. They are absolutely brilliant.

Drew: Yes, yes, yes, I agree. Nicole already showed them to me.

Cass: Oh, she did?

Drew: Yes.

Cass: Well, did she tell you that all our suppliers and all of our seamstresses and drivers are all lined up and ready to go, all they have to do is --

Nicole: Yes, Cass, I already told him that.

Drew: Yes.

Cass: Oh, I see.

Drew: Nic already told me --

Cass: I see.

Drew: Quite convincingly.

Cass: Uh-huh.

Drew: And quite beautifully, too, I might add.

Cass: Well, then, what could there possibly be left to say?

Nicole: Well, I can only think of one thing.

Drew: And what's that?

Nicole: Let's have lunch. I'm starving.

Cass: Now, that's a great idea. Why don't I go call --

Drew: I've already taken the liberty of making a reservation for the two of us. And if we leave right now, we can make it just on time. And I've arranged for a private room -- well, so we can go over all the details undisturbed.

Nicole: Oh. Well, if you think that's necessary.

Drew: Mm-hmm.

Nicole: Cass, you can hold down the fort for a while, can't you?

Cass: Oh, of course. There's no problem, yeah, no problem.

Drew: Good man. It was nice meeting you. I'm sure we'll run into each other again soon.

Cass: Of course, especially now that you might become a part of the family, so to speak.

Nicole: Thanks, Cass.

[Knock on door]

Mitch: Matthew?

Kevin: Oh, hi, Mrs. Cory, Mitch. I was just --

Mitch: Getting ready for Bon Jovi? How are you, Kevin?

Kevin: Oh, fine. Oh, excuse me. Uh -- well, it's not much, but it's home.

Rachel: Kevin, you wouldn't happen to know where Matthew is?

Kevin: No. I don't. He could be just about anywhere now. Maybe he's in the library studying.

Mitch: That's a nice try.

Rachel: I would really like to know what's going on around here, Kevin.

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

Rachel: We're meeting with the dean, Kevin. I don't suppose you would like to --

Kevin: No, I -- everything is cool here.

Rachel: Are you sure?

Mitch: Well, you know, it's possible he doesn't know anything.

Rachel: He's Matthew's roommate.

Mitch: Yes, he's Matthew's roommate. He's not Matthew.

Rachel: Right. All right, Kevin, I'm sorry. I'm upset about whatever it is that's going on around here. I'm sorry if I took it out on you.

Kevin: That's ok.

Rachel: But we are meeting with the dean, and we're meeting with the dean about Matthew. I would sort of like to meet with Matthew before --

Kevin: Well, sure, you're welcome to stay here, if you like. I don't know when he'll be back, but --

Rachel: Ok. We're going to have to meet with the dean now. Do you have a phone?

Kevin: Oh, yeah. Oh. Here it is. There you go.

Rachel: Thank you.

Kevin: Sure. Just dial 5454. That's the main administration number.

Rachel: Thank you.

Mitch: Know it by heart, huh?

Rachel: Hello. I'd like to speak to Dean Ludlow, please. Rachel Cory. Thank you. Oh, hello, Dean Ludlow. Yes, I made it up a lot quicker than I thought. Actually, Matthew's father and I are here. Yes, well, we would like to meet with you as soon as possible, if that's all right.

Matthew: Mom, Mom, Mom, no, no, wait. It's not all right.

[Knock on door]

Felicia: No, no, not now.

[Knock]

Felicia: Ugh!

[Knock]

Felicia: I'm coming, I'm coming. All right! Got to remember that thing in my head that --

Cass: Hi.

Felicia: Hi! Hi. What are you doing here?

Cass: Well, I was just in the neighborhood, so I thought I'd drop in and see how you were doing. So, how are you doing?

Felicia: I'm -- I'm fine, I guess.

Cass: Good, good.

Felicia: Compared to you, I'm great.

Cass: What?

Felicia: You know, it's been a long time since I've seen you like this.

Cass: Like what?

Felicia: This. Honey, really, please, you've got to stop pacing, ok?

Cass: Oh, ok.

Felicia: Yeah, good.

Cass: You weren't doing anything important, were you?

Felicia: Oh, no, no, just working on my novel.

Cass: Oh, good. How's it going?

Felicia: It's not going. That's the problem. Anyway, I'm glad you're here. It gives me an excuse not to work on it.

Cass: Oh. Glad to see that I'm good for something.

Felicia: Oh. Oh, what does that mean exactly?

Cass: Nothing.

Felicia: Come on, what does that mean?

Cass: No, no, no, it's just a little joke, that's all.

Felicia: Yeah, yeah, right.

Cass: Tell me about your book.

Felicia: Cass, you cannot come in here, march around, pace, act like you're in a cage, and tell me nothing is going on. Sit down. For heaven's sake. Now, stay here and tell me, what's happened?

Cass: I'm nervous about a little business deal, that's all.

Felicia: A business deal?

Cass: Yes.

Felicia: Well? You're going to make me crazy. Tell me, what is the business deal?

Cass: Well, Nicole is trying to land this big fish -- I mean, a really big fish -- some guy named Drew Marsten III. He's -- it looks like he's absolutely loaded.

Felicia: And?

Cass: And she's out to lunch with him right now to try to get him to invest in our company.

Felicia: Well, that's great, isn't it?

Cass: Yeah, that's great.

Felicia: So what's the problem? You know, this is so unlike you. You're usually so good under pressure.

Cass: I just don't want her to blow it, that's all.

Felicia: That's all?

Cass: That's all.

Felicia: Let me guess. You wouldn't happen to be jealous, would you?

Cass: Oh, get out -- will you -- me, jealous? Get -- Felicia, get out of here.

Felicia: Oh, Cass.

Cass: Jeez.

Felicia: This Drew Marsten, III -- he wouldn't happen to be, what, around your age, maybe even a little younger?

Cass: Maybe.

Felicia: Is he good-looking?

Cass: He's all right.

Felicia: Oh, you are jealous, aren't you?

Cass: Let's just say I'm curious.

Felicia: Curious?

Cass: Yes.

Felicia: Uh-huh, curious. Well, why don't you tell me about him.

Cass: What's to tell? I mean, the guy is good-looking, he's rich, he's debonair, and he's right now having lunch with the woman that I live with in some private dining room.

Felicia: Uh-uh.

Cass: Yeah, that's what I say -- uh-uh.

Felicia: You know, this is a usual thing.

Cass: What is?

Felicia: Well, you can't expect someone as adorable as Nicole to just wait around forever.

Cass: Wait around forever for what?

Felicia: For you to marry her, stupid. Now, I think you should do this very fast before someone comes along and sweeps her off her feet, like this guy with the third.

Cass: What if I can't?

Felicia: Honey, I don't understand you. Why can't you? If you love Nicole, why can't you ask her to marry you?

Cass: What if I don't love her?

Felicia: What?

Cass: What if I don't love her? What if I'm just using her as a crutch to help me get over Kathleen?

Felicia: Oh, honey. I don't think you're doing that.

Cass: You know, when I lost Kathleen, it just -- it took so much out of me.

Felicia: That's very natural.

Cass: I'm just not sure that I'm back to being my old self again.

Felicia: Can I tell you something, as your best friend?

Cass: Mm-hmm.

Felicia: After Kathleen died, you were a little different. There -- I don't know, there was something missing. And then you met Nicole. And little by little, especially after that time you spent together on the island, I saw the old Cass come back.

Cass: Yeah?

Felicia: Yes. Honey, you're perfect together.

Cass: You really think so?

Felicia: Yes, I think so. So come on, tell me, what are you really afraid of?

Cass: What if I lose her? What if I lose her the way I lost Kathleen?

Felicia: Honey, you just can't think like that.

Cass: I mean, there was a time there when I thought that just maybe Kathleen was still alive. But when I realized that wasn't true -- well, I know I couldn't have made it without you and Wally.

Felicia: We both knew how difficult of a time that was for you.

Cass: And now Wally is gone, too.

Felicia: I know, I know.

Cass: I'm afraid.

Felicia: I know you are. But you have to know something. You could really lose Nicole, you could, if you don't tell her how you really feel. You know, you should really be talking to her about this, not me.

Cass: Yeah?

Felicia: Yes. Otherwise, you're going to tear yourself up inside. I know that.

Cass: Oh, it's too late. I've already done that.

Felicia: Oh, yes..

Cass: Oh, yeah, shredded inside. Thank you. This is a big help..

Felicia: Is it?

Cass: And you're right, too. Ok.

Felicia: Where are you going?

Cass: There's a little business that needs taking care of. Bye.

Felicia: Bye.

Dean Ludlow: Mrs. Cory, I know that you requested this meeting, but the school would prefer to handle this matter privately.

Rachel: Yes, well, you're not able to do that, and we would feel a lot better if you were to tell us what was going on with our son. He doesn't want us to talk to you. He doesn't --

Mitch: We've tried to get him to tell us what is going on. He won't talk to us.

Dean Ludlow: Ah, I'm afraid that's precisely the point.

Rachel: What point?

Dean Ludlow: Well, there was a small incident on the campus a little while ago, and --

Rachel: What kind of an incident?

Dean Ludlow: Well, I'm afraid I really can't go into any details on that right at the moment. You see, we're still trying to ascertain what exactly happened, and, well, I don't want to give out any wrong information.. It's a very delicate matter.

Mitch: Can you give us some idea? I mean, what does this have to do with our son?

Dean Ludlow: Well, when I say it's a delicate matter, I mean precisely that. I mean, there are reputations at stake. I mean, there are possible lawsuits. No, I really don't want to take a chance and, you know, misrepresent the facts as they pertain to this case.

Mitch: But how does this pertain to Matthew? Certainly you can tell us that.

Rachel: It seems very odd. We've come all this way to meet with you and we're still not getting any answers.

Dean Ludlow: Yes, look, I understand your frustration, and believe me, I'm frustrated, too. But if I had all the facts in this case right at my disposal, believe me, I would share them with you. But I do not. On the other hand, Matthew does. But what he won't share with me I'm sure he won't share it with you.

Rachel: What are you saying?

Dean Ludlow: Well, I don't believe that Matthew was a direct participant in this incident, but he does have certain information that would allow us to resolve the problem.

Mitch: But he won't talk to you.

Dean Ludlow: Precisely.

Rachel: Does he give you any reason why he won't cooperate?

Dean Ludlow: No, no, he doesn't. But I'm tempted to believe that he fears retribution if he should talk.

Mitch: Look, I can understand -- I can understand him being in a situation in which he doesn't want to feel as though he's squealing on friends.

Dean Ludlow: Oh, I'm afraid this is much more serious than simply squealing on friends. I'm equally afraid that Matthew fears that the individuals involved here feel likewise.

Rachel: You mean they might try to hurt him?

Dean Ludlow: It's entirely possible.

Rachel: Well, then, how on earth do you expect us to get him to cooperate?

Mitch: You won't give us any idea of what is going on, and yet you're saying our son is in a situation in which he could be hurt if he cooperates with you.

Dean Ludlow: Well, it certainly is a messy business, but my first priority is to resolve this matter quickly and cleanly.

Mitch: And what if he continues to refuse?

Dean Ludlow: Well, then, Mr. Blake, I'm afraid I'll be forced to expel Matthew.

Rachel: Well, then, I think in that case we will be removing him from school before that happens.

Man: Hey, ok if we go out the front door?

Ada: Ok. Just be careful. Be careful! Oh, Zack, I'm sorry.

Zack: Well, so you can see it's a real hard offer to turn down.

Ada: Well, just promise me one thing, will you, that you'll talk to Mac before you decide anything?

Zack: Ok. But I have to talk to him by tomorrow.

Ada: You will. I'll get through to him.

Zack: Ok, well, thanks, Ada. Listen, I have to be going. I have another meeting I have to be to in half an hour, ok?

Ada: You promised, remember.

Zack: Scout's honor.

Ada: All right, scout's honor. Duck! Zack! Oh!

Zack: Listen, I'm going to get out of here while I still can. As your attorney, I advise you to do the same thing.

Ada: I have to go to Mary's Place anyway. So long.

Zack: Ok.

Ada: Hey, you guys, do you know what you just almost did?

[Phone rings]

Ada: You almost killed Mr. Cory's lawyer.

[Ring]

Ada: Boy, I'm telling you. Hello! Mac. Oh, you're looking for Zack?

[Hammering]

Ada: Yeah, he was just here. No, he just left. Yeah, I'll try. I'll get a message to him, sure. Wait a minute. Let me get a pen.

[Drilling]

Ada: Ok, shoot.

[Thud]

Ada: Ugh. Tell him you need him in New York in a takeover bid in progress on Cory Publishing. Yeah, ok, ok. I'll see that he gets it. So long, Mac.

Adam: Hello! Anybody home?

Ada: Adam. Welcome to pandemonium city.

Adam: What's going on around here?

Ada: Don't ask. What can I do for you?

Adam: I was looking for Mac.

Ada: So is everybody.

Adam: He's not here?

Ada: Well, no. He's in New York. I just got off the phone with him.

Adam: Oh, that's too bad.

Ada: What do you need Mac for?

[Thud]

Adam: What was that?

Ada: Workmen are papering the nursery. What do you need Mac for?

Adam: I need to talk to him about something.

Ada: What kind of something?

Adam: It's about a mistake I might have made.

[Thud]

Ada: Ugh.

Matthew: Look, Kevin, you have got to promise me you won't say anything to my parents about what happened.

Kevin: Hey, I haven't told anybody yet, have I?

Matthew: Hey, would you come on? This is important to me. If they find out anything, they could get hurt.

Kevin: Nobody's going to hurt your parents.

Matthew: Kevin, would you come on, man?

Kevin: Ok, ok. I promise I won't tell your parents.

[Knock on door]

Matthew: Thanks.

Kevin: Uh-oh.

Matthew: Hey, Mom, dad.

Rachel: Matthew, your father and I want to talk to you.

Mitch: I think it's time you tell us what is going on.

Lisa: I don't know, Felicia. Everything's getting very confusing.

Felicia: What?

Lisa: Wait. What's going on? What did you do?

Felicia: Oh, oh, I've changed the furniture. I'm a little manic today. Come on, sit down. Honey, nobody ever said love was easy. Remember that.

Lisa: Yes, but this is getting ridiculous. I know I love Jamie. I do. Well, he's the only man I've been able to love.

Felicia: But?

Lisa: But he doesn't understand me. He doesn't even try.

Felicia: Honey, that doesn't even sound like Jamie.

Lisa: Then there's Adam.

Felicia: Tell me about Adam.

Lisa: What?

Felicia: Adam. Are you having feelings for Adam?

Lisa: No! No. I -- he's just -- well, he's -- you know, he's -- well -- he's Adam.

Felicia: I see.

Lisa: He's nice to me. He pays attention to what I say.. He cares about how I feel. I don't know. Maybe I should love Adam. But then why am I so hung up on Jamie? Oh, no! Felicia, what am I going to do?

Felicia: Oh --

Lisa: I'm going crazy!

Felicia: I know. I know you are. Now, look, you know I'm not somebody who says run away from your problems, but I think in your case that maybe a little break from these two would do you a lot of good. You could go somewhere, sort out all your feelings.

Lisa: I can't go on like this.

Felicia: Right. I'll tell you what. I have an idea. Now, you know that I'm having my own set of problems with this novel, so I was thinking maybe I would go and do a little research on location.

Lisa: Oh, yeah?

Felicia: How about going with me? You know, it would be just the two of us. We could spend some time together. We'd be away from all these men in our lives who keep bothering us.

Lisa: That sounds great. Where are you going?

Felicia: Well, I thought maybe New York first, you know, a little shopping.

Lisa: Yeah, uh-huh.

Felicia: And, you know, because I like romantic places for my books, how does Paris sound?

Lisa: Paris. Oh!

Felicia: So what do you say? Want to go with me?

Lisa: Yeah.

Kevin: Maybe I'll go take a walk or something.

Rachel: Thank you, Kevin.

Kevin: Sure. See you later, Matt.

Matthew: Yeah, see you later.

Kevin: Yeah.

Rachel: So what do you have to say to us?

Matthew: Look, Mom, I can't tell you anything.

Mitch: You do know what the dean is talking about?

Matthew: Look, maybe the dean doesn't know --

Rachel: Matthew, don't you lie to us.

Matthew: Ok, I do. But I can't tell you anything. It would get a friend in trouble.

Rachel: You are going to get yourself in a lot more trouble if you don't start talking and start talking now.

Matthew: Oh --

Mitch: Wait a minute, wait a minute. If he doesn't feel like telling --

Rachel: If he doesn't tell us, he's going to be expelled.

Mitch: Look, he doesn't want to tell on a friend. That's an honorable position.

Rachel: No, that's not honorable. It's not honorable to protect somebody if they've done something wrong.

Mitch: Is it Kevin?

Matthew: No, no, it's not Kevin. Kevin's been great. He helps me out with a lot of stuff.

Rachel: Well, I'm glad you like Kevin. But, Matthew, if you're in trouble or if any of your friends are in trouble, it's not right. It's not right to protect each other just because you're friends. Mitch, you're supposed to be helping me.

Mitch: I am trying to help. We're both trying to help him. He's trying to do the right thing. I mean, I respect that.

Rachel: He's going to be expelled.

Matthew: Wait, wait, they can't do that. I have to stay here. He needs my help.

Mitch: Who need

Matthew: Don't you see? I can't tell you!

Mitch: Ok. Ok, whether you like it or not, fair or not, you know what the consequences are. It's your decision, you make it, you're going to live with it.

Rachel: Matthew, this is really important. This isn't just about being expelled. This is about us. You don't trust us, apparently.

Matthew: No, but I trust you.

Rachel: Well, you're making it impossible for us to trust you.

Matthew: Mom, see, you don't even know the situation here.

Mitch: This is not getting anywhere.

Rachel: Yeah, you're right. Honey, we're your parents. If you can't tell us, who can you tell?

Matthew: No one. See, that is the whole point. Please, Mom, why can't you understand that? Dad does.

Rachel: All right, why don't you pack up a few things. You're coming home with me. I will send somebody from the house tomorrow to pack up the rest of your things. You're not giving me any choice.

Matthew: See, you never try to understand my side of it. You never have. Dad is the only one who has ever understood me. You just try to make me do things your way all the time.

Ada: Charlie, will you get on table three? They've been waiting so long they're going to eat their napkins.

Zack: Hi, Ada.

Ada: Oh, good. You got my message.

Zack: Yeah, I got tied up at one of those all-afternoon meetings. Well, are you ready to file suit against those paper hangers?

Ada: Later for that. This is more important. Mac called after you left, and he told me to give you this message. "Tell Zack I need him in New York. Takeover bid in progress on Cory Publishers."

Zack: What? Are you serious?

Ada: Takeover bid -- that's what he says.

Zack: Who could be buying up all the stock in order to take control?

Ada: That could be big trouble for Mac, right?

Zack: Well, obviously, Mac found out someone was buying up enough stock in order to take it away from him. I mean, but it could be too late.

Ada: Well, how can they do that? Cory Publishing is Mac's company. He built it from scratch.

Zack: That's true, but it's a publicly held company now.

Ada: I don't get it.

Zack: The stockholders all own a part of the company. Anybody with enough money is free to try and buy a large enough chunk of stock to take the whole company over if that's what they want.

Ada: Well, what if Mac doesn't want to sell it?

Zack: Well, he may not want to, but if the stockholders do --

Ada: That's not fair.

Zack: Well, that depends on how they try and do it. What else did he say?

Ada: Well, he said he wants you in New York tomorrow morning, and there's the phone number right there.

Zack: I'm on the first plane out of here.

Ada: Does that mean you're not going to take that other job?

Zack: Let's wait until after this takeover bid is settled, ok?

Ada: Good, Zack. Very good. Good, Zack.

Cass: Ugh.

Nicole: Oh, Cass, I'm so glad you're still here. You won't believe what a wonderful lunch I had.

Cass: Yeah, it must have been some lunch. Are you sure you didn't have dinner, too? Do you realize what time it is?

Nicole: Oh, Cass, who cares? Who cares? Who cares? You would have been proud of how well I handled myself. I had him hanging on my every word.

Cass: Well, he certainly was hanging all over something.

Nicole: You know, I think he's just about ready to do it.

Cass: Just about ready to do what?

Nicole: He's just about ready to give us the money! Cass, isn't that wonderful?

Cass: Oh, yeah, that's great.

Nicole: And we're really going to be able --

Cass: But there's something I need to talk to you about.

Nicole: We're really going to be able to do it. I mean, this time we're really going to pull it off!

Cass: Listen, Nicole, I wanted talk to you about something.

Nicole: "Nicole Love Creations -- every woman looks lovely in a Nicole Love gown. Only from the design house of Nicole Love."

[Cass whistles]

Cass: Yoo-hoo, earth to Nicole! I'm trying to talk to you here.

Nicole: Oh, boy. I can't believe it, though. I mean, I was wiped out. I've been working on that guy all day.

Cass: Yeah, I can just imagine.

Nicole: What? Did you say something?

Cass: Who? Me? What could I possibly have to say? I'm just the silent partner here, right, these days?

Nicole: Whoa, what's gotten into you?

Cass: What's gotten into me? What's gotten into you?

Nicole: Nothing!

Cass: Oh, yeah, right.

Nicole: Why are you acting like this?

Cass: Well, if you really must know, I've been waiting here for hours just to get an opportunity to talk about --

Nicole: Oh, Cass, Cass, Cass, I mean, isn't this wonderful? I mean --

Cass: To talk about --

Nicole: All my dreams finally coming true!

Cass: I just wanted to talk about us, Nicole.

Nicole: I can't believe it, you know? Oh, and when I told him about, you know, how we got that good deal on the plant and how we had everything streamlined -- well, boy, then he was just putty in my hands.

Cass: Are you sure it wasn't the other way around?

Nicole: And just what is that supposed to mean?

Charlene: Something to eat, Sergeant Cory?

Adam: Huh?

Charlene: Sergeant? Food?

Adam: No.

Charlene: Coffee refill?

Adam: No, no. I'm fine. Thanks.

Charlene: Ok.

Lisa: Hi, Charlie.

Charlene: Hi! Hi.

Adam: Lisa.

Lisa: Adam, hi. I was just --

Adam: We can't avoid this. We got to talk.

Lisa: No, we don't have to talk. I don't want to talk. I just want to be alone right now.

Adam: Look, this is important. Now, look, you may -- you may feel uncomfortable with me right now because of what happened --

Lisa: I don't.

Adam: I feel terrible about this, I do, really. Really. Jamie's like a -- he's my cousin. He's like a brother to me. I would never do anything to hurt him, and I would certainly never do anything to hurt you. Now, look, I know this has been a hard time for you lately --

Lisa: No, Adam, please, come on --

Adam: What I'm trying to tell you is I was not trying to push you into anything.

Lisa: I know. I didn't think you were. I -- listen, we just don't have to make such a big deal about this, ok? It's not important.

Adam: Yes -- yes, it is. I think it is important.. I think we need to talk about it.

Lisa: No, we don't!

Adam: Lisa -- Lisa -- Lisa -- look, if it's not so important, why do you keep running away? We work together every -- we work together every day. We share the same office. You don't think this is going to have some kind of impact on our professional relationship?

Lisa: Well, it can't.

Adam: What do you mean, it can't?

Lisa: Just forget it happened, Adam. Ok? Just forget it. I really have to go now, ok? Bye.

Matthew: Mom, you're not being fair.

Rachel: Right. You're not being fair with me, either. Life isn't fair. You might as well get over that notion. Look, Matthew, you have involved yourself in something you shouldn't have, and you don't trust me enough to tell me what it is..

Matthew: Dad understands the situation. Why can't you?

Rachel: Because I'm not your father. I'm your mother. You have been lying to me and keeping things from me. Matthew, I love you, but I can't help you if you don't let me.

Matthew: If you want to help me, stop asking all these questions.

Rachel: No. If I'm going to help you, you're going to tell me what's going on.

Matthew: Look, I don't want anyone to get hurt, especially you.

Rachel: I'm not going to get hurt. But I can't keep you from getting hurt if you don't tell me what's going on!

Matthew: You -- you don't understand! Why can't you be more like dad?

Rachel: I understand, sweetie. I just don't agree with you. Problems don't get better if you ignore them or don't talk about them, Matthew. They just get worse and worse. Ok, this isn't doing us any good. You might as well go upstairs and unpack, and we'll try again in the morning. Won't that be fun?

[Phone rings]

Rachel: Hello.

Ada: Boy, am I glad you're home.

Rachel: Mom, don't start, ok? It's been a really long day. Matthew's come home with me.

Ada: Why?

Rachel: Because the dean says that Matthew has some information about an incident that happened on campus.

Ada: What's that supposed to mean?

Rachel: That's just it. We don't know what it means. Matthew isn't talking. He's not talking to me, he's not talking to Mitch, he's not talking to the dean, and so I had to take him out of school.

Ada: Why?

Rachel: Because the dean says if he doesn't talk, he's going to have him expelled. I didn't see I had much choice.

Ada: Well, what is this all about?

Rachel: I don't know, but it must be serious if Matthew doesn't think he can talk to anybody about it.

Ada: Well, he's never done anything like this before.

Rachel: I know. That's what worries me. I wish Mac were here. I would really use his help right now.

Ada: Well, I have something to tell you that's not going to make things any easier.

Rachel: What?

Ada: Mac called. He was looking for Zack. Somebody's trying to take over Cory Publishing, and Zack's flying to New York in the morning to help Mac fight them off.

Rachel: Wait a minute. What? Mac said that this takeover bid wasn't serious. Oh, no. Why does everything happen at once?

Cass: It means I saw the way you were looking at him when I came in this afternoon.

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

Cass: You were practically throwing yourself at him!

Nicole: I was not throwing myself at him!

Cass: And I saw the way he was looking at you, too. He knew exactly what you were doing.

Nicole: Oh? And just what was I doing?

Cass: You were using your feminine wiles to try to get him to give you the money.

Nicole: Cass Winthrop, how dare you!

Cass: No, how dare you. You shouldn't behave like that because it isn't becoming.

Nicole: Hey, I will behave any way that I want to.

Cass: And to a stranger, too. For all you know, he could have been some crazed sex murderer!

Nicole: Oh, come on, get serious. He's not some crazed sex murderer. Everything was just fine, and I was safe the whole time, I promise.

Cass: You don't even know him!

Nicole: Oh, yes, I do. I know him a lot better than I know you.

Cass: Now, what the hell is that supposed to mean?

Nicole: It means that Drew Marsten and I once lived together. That's what it means.

Felicia: There's only one seat in first class? Oh, no, Vincent, that's not going to work. No, uh-uh. Well -- right. Well, see what you can do, darling. Oh, no, call me back. Right. Thanks. Ok.

Mitch: Who was that?

Felicia: Oh, my travel agent.

Mitch: What's up?

Felicia: Mitch, darling, I need to do a little research on my book, and, I don't know, I'm not feeling the right inspiration here.

Mitch: Are you trying to tell me that I'm not inspiring enough?

Felicia: Oh, no, no, no. You are always inspiring, believe me. It's just that, you know, when I get an idea, I need to really live it. You understand, don't you? And I won't be gone long, I promise.

Mitch: You wouldn't want to consider delaying this, I mean, at least for a while? I think I need your help with Matthew.

Felicia: Matthew?

Mitch: Yeah, I mean, the situation at boarding school. I mean, I think it's going to get out of hand, and I just feel that I need to be there for Matthew and I need to be there to help him. And I thought you would be there to help.

Felicia: Oh, I'm sure this is really nothing. You know how these things usually are. They blow over in a couple of days and everything is back to normal.

Mitch: No, I don't think this is going to be that way this time. For one thing, Rachel and I are not seeing eye to eye.

Rachel: Well, I know, but that's not really unusual.

Mitch: Well, I mean, but if Matthew is going to play sides against -- one against the other, I don't want to make a decision and have her think that I'm taking his side just to spite her.

Felicia: Well, I don't think that she would really do that. She would understand.

Mitch: Well, we need to be working together on this. We need to be helping Matthew. We don't need to be complicating his life.

Felicia: You know what? You don't give yourself enough credit. You are a fabulous father. You're going to do just fine.

Mitch: Something doesn't feel right.

[Knock on door]

Felicia: Oh. Don't go away. Mitch?

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