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Another World Transcript Wednesday 4/7/04

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Michael: So, Cass, since John has decided not to be my best man, I -- I really want to ask Jamie. I mean, he's responsible for saving Donna's life and giving me back my daughter.

Cass: Well, that's -- that's fine with me. Don't worry about it. That's fine.

Julie Ann: I'm sorry, Mac's still at the hospital.

Michael: And Sam -- any change?

Julie Ann: Well, Mac called early this morning, and Sam's still unconscious. They don't seem to know what's wrong with him.

Michael: That's rough.

Julie Ann: Listen, Mac wanted me to give you this if you happened to stop by.

Michael: Right, I think that -- this is what I asked for.

Julie Ann: Mr. Hudson, Mac's still at the hospital. I know how worried he is about the takeover. I was kind of hoping you had some good news?

Cass: Well, I don't know about good news, but this is very interesting.

Ada: You have a great sense of timing, kiddo.

Matthew: Yeah, I shouldn't have said anything. I --

Ada: Sam is in the hospital, and you decide to tell us that you want to move out of the house?

Matthew: I want to live with my Dad. Is that so terrible?

Ada: You did just tell us, right?

Matthew: Well, I thought that maybe you could help convince Mac -- well, I'm sorry. You're worried about Sam, and I know you're --

Loretta: You know what, I called the hospital this morning. They said Sam was just the same.

Ada: Well, I know it's not easy, but try not to worry, Loretta.

Loretta: I'm not. For some reason, when I woke up this morning -- heaven only knows why -- I just felt better, like it's going to be ok.

[Monitor beeps]

Amanda: His blood pressure -- it's ok?

Nurse: Oh, it's fine, dear.

Amanda: Thanks.

Nurse: You know, you've been here all night. You really should get some rest.

Amanda: No, I'm fine.

Nurse: Hmm. I'd rather not have to kick your tail out of here. Visiting hours are over.

Amanda: All right, in a minute.

Nurse: Ok.

[Door opens and closes]

Sam: Amanda?

Amanda: Sam? You're awake! Oh, thank God you're awake!

Sam: It's good to see you, too.

Amanda: Good, good! This is -- this is wonderful!

Sam: It's ok --

Amanda: Jamie! Nurse! Wait! Mom, Dad, he's awake! He's awake!

Amanda: Well?

Jamie: Your diagnosis is quite correct. He's awake!

Amanda: I can see that. Is he all right?

Sam: I'm fine.

Jamie: Hey, who's the doctor here?

Amanda: Is he fine?

Jamie: After a few more tests, I think he definitely just might live, yeah.

Sam: See? I told you I'm fine.

Jamie: I agree, he is fine.

Mac: I'll call Loretta and Mitch.

Sam: Thanks.

Mac: They'll be so glad to hear the good news.

Jamie: You gave us quite a scare, bud.

Sam: I'm sorry.

Jamie: Some of this machinery here went crazy.

Sam: Oh, what happened?

Jamie: You had a grand mal seizure, but that's history now.

Amanda: Yeah, thank God.

Jamie: So tell me, how are you really feeling?

Sam: Oh, great. Terrific.

Jamie: Headaches?

Sam: Yeah, just a little one. You know, the kind like you've been drinking for a week and played defense for the bears right afterwards?

Jamie: Yeah. Well, that headache may hang in there for a little while, but overall you check out just fine.

Sam: Great. How about 20 aspirins?

Jamie: We'll start you on two. Now, you, young lady -- I want you to get some rest.

Amanda: In a bit.

Rachel: Oh, she's been waiting so long for this, Jamie. Can't they spend a little time together?

Sam: She's been waiting -- wait a second. How long was I out?

Amanda: Too long.

Sam: The baby -- what about that little kid, the boy?

Amanda: He's fine, he's fine.

Jamie: Thanks to you.

Amanda: Just like they say in the movies -- "my hero."

Sam: [Western accent] Shucks, ma'am, 'tweren't nothin'. [Normal voice] Ow.

Jamie: I'll have the nurse get you some aspirin. You'll feel better after a couple of weeks.

Sam: Oh, that's funny, Jamie.

Jamie: No, no, no, I'm serious. You're not going to be doing anything for at least two weeks.

Sam: Wait a minute, I got to go back to work, man..

Jamie: Sam, you're not driving that cab for a long time.

Sam: Well, how am I supposed to take care of my family?

Jamie: Sam, you must take care of yourself first. I'm sorry.

Loretta: And he's all right? Oh, I knew it! I just had a feeling. Oh, thank you, thank you for calling. Mitch? Yes, that'll be fine. Oh! Sam woke up. He's all right. I told you I had a feeling!

Ada: Us mothers always know!

Loretta: Maybe I have some maternal instincts after all. Oh, Ada, I feel as though I have a weight just lifted off me. Mitch is coming down to take me to the hospital to see him.

Matthew: I am really happy for you.

Loretta: You know what?

Matthew: What?

Loretta: While I have these maternal feelings, I have a few words to say to you.

Matthew: About what?

Loretta: About moving in with your father.

Ada: Loretta --

Loretta: Now, I know this is going to make me sound like a real grandmother, but do you know how good you have it? I mean, do you know how hard Mac and Rachel work at giving you what you want? Do you know how much they love you?

Matthew: Yeah, I know --

Loretta: And a lot of kids don't have that. That's not something you throw away lightly.

Ada: Well, Matthew doesn't mean to throw anything away.

Matthew: You're on my side here?

Ada: Matthew, there is no side here. You've got a big problem.

Matthew: Look, it's just that I can talk to Dad. You know, Mom and Mac -- ugh --

Ada: Did you ever try talking to them? Or do you just avoid it?

Matthew: Look, they get upset about everything I--

Ada: Of course they get upset about it because you're not leveling with them. Try talking to them before you pack a bag, ok?

Matthew: I don't want to hurt Mom or Mac. It's just -- I don't know -- I can't talk to them. Now, Mitch I can talk to.

Loretta: You know something I never did? Face things squarely. I did a lot of running away. That doesn't solve anything..

Matthew: Yeah.

Ada: Your mother is not a cream puff, Matthew. Try talking to her. She won't blow away!

Matthew: Ok. Oh, gosh. Other kids have grandmothers who bake them cookies, tell them how wonderful they are. Why did I have to get these two?

[Knock on door]

Woman: Mrs. McKinnon?

Mary: Mm-hmm? Yes?

Woman: Looks like you have an admirer!

Mary: Oh, no.

Woman: Gee. I'd be happy if somebody liked me that much.

Mary: Jason Frame, if these are from you, I am going to take these flowers and -- "Mrs. McKinnon, happy one-week anniversary. I'm glad we've stood the test of time. Vince." Oh, you dear, dear man. Oh. Oh.

[Knock on door]

Mary: Yes? Come in. Oh, look at this. Here's my little sweetheart, just the person I'd rather see than anybody. Thank you. Oh, my baby. Come on, baby. What's been going on?

Nurse: We've been going around to all our friends. He's still not sure about this strange place.

Mary: Well, of course not. Of course not. Has it been fun? Has he been having a good time?

Nurse: He's not very chatty.

Mary: No. I know. I know, baby. Remember when we were talking about my little boy Ben earlier, and how he didn't like to talk? Oh -- I just remembered that.

Nurse: Pardon?

Mary: Nothing, nothing. I just -- I remembered something about one of my children. All those memories are just so very precious. Well, my little boy Ben didn't like to talk, either, but he used to like to be tickled right about here. Getcha, getcha, getcha! No, I guess not. Ok, I guess we just need to give it a little more time, huh, baby? Hmm?

Nurse: I'm not sure if we have the time. I just got a call from the secretary. He could be dismissed tomorrow.

Mary: Oh, no. Oh, no.

Nurse: We still haven't found his parents.

Mary: Oh, baby, no. No.

Vicky: Mom?

Donna: I -- I'm in here.

Vicky: Mom, I am so sorry.

Donna: No, there's nothing to be sorry about. There's nothing wrong.

Vicky: I know you were upset when you saw that little boy, and --

Donna: No -- no, I wasn't, Victoria. I just came back here to sit down and think for a while, that's all.

Vicky: It's all my fault. He was so adorable and so small, and I --

Donna: Victoria, just stop it, please! Look, I don't want to talk about it, all right?

Michael: Talk about what? What's going on?

Michael: Hey.

Donna: Welcome home.

Michael: Oh.

Donna: Oh, I am so glad you're back.

Michael: Well, I couldn't stay away from you for very long.

Donna: Oh, good.

Michael: So, how's things going?

Donna: Oh, well, they're great now that you're back.

Michael: Yeah?

Donna: I want to hear all about your trip to New York.

Vicky: Yeah, how's the Big Apple?

Michael: Well, the Big Apple is cold and clear, just like here.

Donna: Oh, yeah? Well, were you able to help Mac out?

Michael: I think so. These hostile takeovers are very complex, but I think everything's going to be ok. Now, how's Sam?

Vicky: Uh, we -- we really haven't seen any change or -- we were at the hospital today, but -- no change.

Michael: Well, I remember when we were waiting at the hospital for you to open your eyes.

Vicky: And I did, and so will Sam.

Michael: I think so.

Vicky: Yeah.

Michael: So, what else did you guys do while I was away? Hmm? Huh? Hmm?

Donna: Um -- oh, not much.

Vicky: Are you kidding? I mean, he was only changing the fate of major corporations. Now, we were doing the very important stuff.

Donna: Ah.

Michael: Like what? Like what?

Vicky: Like wedding plans.

Michael: Of course, of course, wedding plans.

Donna: Michael, you shouldn't laugh.

Vicky: No.

Donna: I mean, Victoria and I really had our nose to the grindstone here.

Vicky: Well, yes, we had -- we had to look at wedding dresses and we had to make the guest list, and of course the all-popular issue of who's going to be the best man.

Michael: Ah, yes. What are we going to do about that, hmm?

Donna: Why don't you ask Victoria?

Michael: Am I missing something here? Is something --

Donna: No! No, you're not missing anything. Listen, you know, I'm going to go tell Bridget that you're back. She'll be glad to know.

Michael: Victoria, what is wrong?

Vicky: Um, Dad, this is all my fault.

Loretta: Doesn't he look wonderful?

Mitch: For someone with a world-class headache, he's fine.

Loretta: Couldn't they do more for him?

Mitch: There's not a lot that they can do now, Mom. It's just going to take some time.

Loretta: I wish I was one of those mothers who knew a lot of home remedies. I'd make him a poultice or something.

Mitch: I think it's a little too late for that stuff.

Loretta: You'd be surprised, Mitchell Blake.

Mitch: Yes, ma'am.

Loretta: That's more like it. Amanda looked so tired. You suppose I could persuade her to let me sit with Sam for a while?

Mitch: Mom, she's been waiting on this for days.

Loretta: Oh, of course, you're right. Where did Matthew go?

Mitch: He's in the cafeteria. Since boarding school, he says he's been hooked on institutional food.

Loretta: Oh. That son of yours is quite a charmer.

Mitch: He's a good kid.

Loretta: Has he ever told you that he's unhappy at Mac and Rachel's?

Mitch: Mom --

Loretta: Well, he told me. I just don't understand it.

Mitch: What's to understand? He's a teenager.

Loretta: Mac and Rachel are in a position to give him anything he wants. I mean, he'd be a fool to throw all that out to --

Mitch: To what? To live with me?

Loretta: Well, don't you want him to stay at Mac and Rachel's?

Mitch: You know what I want? I want the kid to go through a normal, teenage rebellion without your jumping in and screwing things up.

Loretta: Well, I'd never do that.

Mitch: I mean it. I want you to stay out of it.

Rachel: Oh, I'm so relieved.

Matthew: Yeah, I know.. You've had a rough couple days, huh?

Rachel: Oh, I've been so worried about Amanda.

Matthew: And about Sam.

Rachel: And about Sam and about you.

Matthew: Mom --

Rachel: Where do kids learn to say "Mom" like that?

Matthew: Why? How did you say it?

Rachel: Me?

Matthew: Mm-hmm.

Rachel: Mom --

Matthew: We'll have to try that sometime, Mom.

Rachel: What did you want to talk to me about?

Matthew: Moving out.

Donna: Hello there. What do you want me to help you with?

Nicole: Hi, Donna. Well, right now I was just working on your wedding dress --

Donna: You know, I could make some hems, I can scrub floors, I'll do anything you want, huh?

Nicole: What is it? What's wrong?

Donna: Nothing.. Michael's just -- came back from New York.

Nicole: So that's the reason you decided to come over here and help me scrub floors?

Donna: Listen, Cass isn't upset about this best man thing, is he?

Nicole: Well, actually, you know, he would've liked to stand up with you and Michael, but he certainly -- he understands.

Donna: Yeah, you know, I really -- I really don't understand why Michael chose our wedding to bury the hatchet with John, you know, I mean, after everything that's happened.

Nicole: Well, I thought Michael talked to him again.

Donna: Oh, well, yes, he did. Actually, I talked to John first. I mean, because I was feeling uncomfortable about it, and to find out John was feeling uncomfortable about it, too, so here we are. We don't even have a best man now. Well, I guess of course we could use Jamie, but what's he a best man at anything for? I don't know, maybe he's a good doctor or something, I don't know. Well, at least Victoria seems to think that. Oh, and that -- I don't even want to think about that at all.

Nicole: Donna --

Donna: What?

Nicole: Why are you so angry at everyone?

Donna: Angry? I'm not angry.

Nicole: Well, you've been ranting since you walked in the door.

Donna: Oh, great. Oh, great. I get this from you, too. Thank you very --

Nicole: Donna Love Hudson, you come back here this minute and you tell me what's wrong. Oh, honey, I'm sorry. What is it?

Donna: It's the little boy.

Nicole: What little boy?

Donna: I -- I really thought that -- that I was getting over losing the baby.

Nicole: Well, what happened?

Donna: I was at the hospital with Victoria today, and there was this little boy there. He was about 2.

Nicole: Was he real sick or --

Donna: No. No, he was just kind of shaken up a bit, but, you see, they can't locate his parents.

Nicole: Oh, no. That's awful.

Donna: I know, and I was just standing there looking at him, and I -- I realized how alone he was. And it made me think about my baby -- how I'd never get to see him walk or smile or -- I'm sorry.

Nicole: Oh, no, no, no, don't be sorry.

Donna: You know, I -- I just couldn't even tell this to Michael. I didn't want to put him through it. In fact, I just kind of ran out of the suite. He doesn't even know that I'm gone. I really should get back.

Nicole: Oh, no, no, no, don't go.

Donna: Nicole, please, look --

Nicole: But I need you --

Donna: I didn't want to dump all this on you. No, you don't. You don't need me!

Nicole: Oh, yes, I do! I was just going to call you. Now come here, I want to show you something. Here, see?

Donna: Nicole --

Nicole: Please, no, look at this. Now, I was just working on the dresses, you know, for the wedding, and --

Donna: Nicole -- no, no, no, I can't. I don't want to even think about that.

Nicole: No, no, Donna, please, please, come here. Why don't you just look at the sketch and tell me if you have any ideas?

Donna: Nicole, please don't --

Nicole: Come on, please. Here, just take a look. Huh?

Mitch: I'm just saying you have a great sense of timing.

Matthew: Yeah, that's what everyone keeps telling me.

Mitch: I mean, didn't it ever occur to you that, you know, maybe you could just start easing into it without suddenly unloading the idea to her?

Matthew: Yeah, well, everyone was so happy about Sam, I just figured --

Mitch: What, you just thought that she would be thrilled to hear that you were moving out? What is this? Do you have my sense of tact?

Matthew: Yo, a sense of tact isn't all that great. I mean, I feel it's more important to be honest.

Mitch: Don't try and pull that with me.

Matthew: Look, everyone is getting on my case here.

Mitch: Well, then, that should clue you in to something..

Rachel: I guess we're going to have to deal with this.

Matthew: Yeah. You guys want me to wait somewhere else?

Mitch: No.

Rachel: Don't you think you ought to be in on this conversation?

Matthew: Yeah, but I just thought you two would like to talk alone.

Rachel: About you?

Matthew: Yeah.

Rachel: Matthew, Sam just regained consciousness. It's been a real trying couple of days, and on top of that, Mac is going through a really serious business problem. Now, if you were contemplating this really seriously, don't you think it would've been a good idea to wait a little while?

Mitch: Please.

Rachel: I mean, he's just thinking of himself, and I'm getting tired of it.

Mitch: Take it easy.

Rachel: And I'm not going to stand around here and get ganged up on by you two.

Matthew: Look, you haven't given me a break since I've been home here.

Rachel: You haven't told me why it is you had to come home.

Matthew: Because I'm not perfect, all right? Because --

Rachel: Shh!

Matthew: Because I'm not like you. I'm not like Mac or Jamie or Amanda --

Mitch: Will both of you just calm down? I don't believe this.

Matthew: I'm not giving up, Mom.

Rachel: Fine.

Matthew: And you can't make me live with you if I don't want to.

Rachel: Don't you tell me what I can and can't do.

Vicky: It's just that he's 2 years old and nobody has even called the hospital to find out how he's doing.

Michael: No one?

Vicky: No. I just couldn't believe it when I heard about it.

Michael: Kind of reminded you of yourself, huh?

Vicky: Little bit. And I thought I would maybe be able to relate to him, maybe he would open up. But he didn't, and I just didn't realize how it would affect Mom.

Michael: A little boy.

Vicky: Yeah. We were talking about it over here before -- actually, no, I was talking about it, and Mom won't.

Michael: Oh. That's what's going on with your Mom. Vicky, when I was in New York, it seemed like every time I'd step out on the street, I would see parents with little babies. One time I took a walk down Fifth Avenue, and I saw this guy walk by me. He had this little boy on his back, and his son had his arms around his neck, and they just looked like they were having the greatest time.

Vicky: I'm sorry, Dad.

Michael: No, no, it's really ok. See, there's nothing you can do about the way that Donna and I feel, all right? It's just that it's going to be hard on your Mom for a while, but she'll get over it. It's going to be hard on me for a while, but I'll get over it. But for the time being, it's just rough.

Vicky: Are you upset with me because I put Mom in that situation?

Michael: No, honey, I couldn't be upset at you. I am a little concerned, though, about your Mom's reticence to discuss it with me, though.

Vicky: Well, you know, you should call Mary. She was talking to Mary earlier today.

Michael: Well, I'm not going to go running to Mary every time something happens.

Vicky: I can't believe you're saying this.

Michael: I can't believe I said that, either. Ok.

Mac: Well, Sam is really ok now, I think.

Ada: Oh, what a relief.

Mac: But did you notice how tired Amanda looked?

Ada: Well, she can get some rest now.

Mac: As she went through this ordeal, a part of me kept thinking, "she's still such a baby."

Ada: Another part of you kept thinking how grown-up she is.

Mac: You, too, huh?

Ada: Yeah, well, she is a wife now. While I was watching her, I could really see it.

Mac: Me, too. But how -- how is she going to handle all this?

Ada: With our help, that's how.

Mac: But they're so proud, Sam and Amanda.

Ada: Nobody is too proud for a little chicken soup and an occasional visit.

Mac: Yes, but I don't want to do it piecemeal, Ada. I want Sam and Amanda to move in the house with us.

Ada: Mac --

Mac: At least until he recovers.

Ada: Mac, I know how much you would love that. We all would.

Mac: It would be so good for them.

Ada: Are you sure?

Mac: And so much easier. Amanda simply cannot handle all this alone.

Ada: Pregnant women have taken care of people before. And Sam is not helpless.

Mac: Well, all of it is just driving me crazy with worry.

Ada: Mac --

Mac: Hmm? What?

Ada: Be cool.

Mac: Well, I didn't expect you to be flip about it.

Ada: I'm not being flip about it. Amanda will be ok and Matthew will be ok, and you will always be there to bail them out if they need it, and if they need it they'll ask for it.

Mac: Well, I hope you're right.

Ada: So do I.

Mac: And now I'm late for my appointment with Cass.

Ada: Well, you go ahead. I'll stand watch for you.

Mac: Thank you, darling.

Ada: So long. Whew.

Matthew: Hey, grandma.

Ada: Where's your mother?

Matthew: She's -- she's taking a walk around the building.

Ada: Why?

Matthew: I took your advice, grandma. I really did. I --

Mitch: He told her that he wants to move in to live with me.

Ada: He told her here, at the hospital, now? There's that perfect timing again.

Matthew: Yeah. Maybe you could talk to her for me? You know --

Ada: Matthew, grow up!

Cass: So, with the articles of incorporation subject to a court interpretation --

Mac: I'm sorry. Would you say that again?

Cass: Mac, do you want to do this another time?

Mac: I don't have another time. I'm sorry, Cass. I'm just so on edge.

Cass: I understand. This is hard enough as it is without personal concerns.

Mac: Right. Well, I'll manage. Now, you were going to tell me about the timetable.

Cass: Well, even after the wait for the judge's ruling, this is a long, slow process, Mac. It's also very costly and the next couple of weeks are absolutely critical.

Mac: Grand, just grand.

Cass: Oh, the next two weeks aren't too good for you, huh?

Mac: No.

Cass: I'm sorry -- no levity. The one thing that I did stumble over that I thought was very interesting is the nature of the corporation that's trying to take you over.

Mac: Bennett Publishing. Yes, I know all about them.

Cass: Do you really? Are you sure? Because I'm coming across some things. There's something going on here, perhaps a cover-up.

Mac: Meaning?

Cass: Well, I'm not at all sure that we know who we're dealing with here.

Mac: Do you mean --

Cass: Let me just work on it. I like mysteries.

Mac: Work on it? Does that mean you're staying on the case?

Cass: Well, let me check with Nicole first and see if I can free up some time.

Mac: But you said yourself, it's going to be a long process.

Cass: I know. But I find this intriguing. Oh -- I also find it potentially very profitable.

Mary: Hi.

Michael: Hi, Mary. I want to thank you for seeing me.

Mary: Well, it sounded so important.

Michael: Mary, Donna is really upset and she won't talk to me about it.

Mary: Do you know why she's upset?

Michael: Well, I have an idea. She said she was here and she saw a little boy earlier?

Mary: Yeah, she did.

Michael: Well, look, I can understand her being upset. It's just I don't understand why she won't talk to me about it. I thought we were all past that.

Mary: Oh, Michael, these things sometimes don't clear up overnight.

Michael: But why won't she discuss it with me, Mary?

[Knock on door]

Mary: Wait a minute -- come in. I have someone here.

Nurse: I'm sorry. It's just he wouldn't eat. I thought you should --

Mary: Ok, all right. If you'll wait outside with him, I'll be out as soon as I can.

Michael: No, wait, wait, wait, hold on a second. That's -- that's ok. Looks like he got a little bruise on his chin there.

Mary: Yeah.

Michael: I wonder how the other guy made out. Seems to be a man of few words.

Mary: Oh, he's like that with everyone, Michael.

Michael: Oh.

Boy: Mikey.

Michael: Well.

Mary: Oh, my.

Michael: Well, Michael, would you like to -- come here for a second. Stand up here.

Mary: Oh, my.

Michael: Here we go. Well, what a big fellow here. Want a little milk?

Mikey: Yeah.

Michael: Yeah?

Mary: Oh.

Michael: Well, I think we should have a little, yeah? Drink that?

Mary: I'll bring him back to you later.

Michael: So, is this the -- is this the little guy that Donna saw?

Mary: Yes, and you seem to be the first one that he has taken to.

Michael: Well, that's because it seems we both have the same name here.

Mary: Well, you know, we'd love to know your last name, too. Could you tell us?

Michael: Oh, no, he seems to want the bottle.

Mary: Yes. Well, I guess we take it one step at a time.

Michael: Yeah. Well, I can see why Donna was so upset. I mean, we would've loved to have a little boy like this. Who wouldn't, huh?

Mikey: Boo-boo.

Michael: Oh, a boo-boo, yeah.

Mary: Evidently, not his parents.

Mikey: Boo-boo.

Michael: Yeah?

Mary: Mm-hmm.

Michael: What do you mean? Here you go.

Mary: Well, we have been looking for them. We -- the hospital, the Police, Scott, everybody. Nobody's called in, nobody's asked about him, nobody seems to care.

Michael: Well, I care. And I'll tell you this, Michael -- if I had a little kid that looked like you, I wouldn't let you out of my sight.

Felicia: Ok, now, chapter one -- for the 86th time.

[Doorbell rings]

Felicia: Rats. Why does this always happen to me? Rachel, hi.

Rachel: Hi. Am I interrupting?

Felicia: No, no, no, of course not. Come on in. It's good news about Sam, isn't it?

Rachel: Yes, we're all so relieved.

Felicia: Yes..

Rachel: Oh --

Felicia: Why do you look so unhappy?

Rachel: I am interrupting.

Felicia: No, no, no. Actually, that's a letter to my aunt Hattie. It's taken me weeks to write it. Come on, sit down. Let's talk.

Rachel: I'm sorry, I didn't even think. I just got in the car and came over here.

Felicia: What is it?

Rachel: Uh -- Matthew. He just sprung something on me at the hospital just now. He wants to move in with you and Mitch.

Felicia: What, he told you that? Did he?

Rachel: You knew about this?

Felicia: Well, not exactly.

Rachel: Well, but you did talk to him?

Felicia: Yes, but, you knew about that, remember? You were the one who drove him over here.

Rachel: He wants to move in with you and Mitch because he thinks he can't talk to me.

Felicia: Can he?

Rachel: Of course he can talk to me. The point is, is he won't. That's what's important.

Felicia: I'm afraid I don't understand.

Rachel: You sound just like Matthew. He doesn't think I understand him, either. I understand just fine. He doesn't want to talk to me, he doesn't want to talk to Mitch. He doesn't want to talk to anybody.

Felicia: Well, you think maybe he might open up a little more with Mitch? I mean, you know, sort of that man-to-man thing?

Rachel: Matthew will talk when he's good and ready to talk.

Felicia: You know, I get the sense that you want something from me. I'm just -- I'm sorry, I'm just not sure what it is.

Rachel: Ok. I know Mitch.

Felicia: Yes, I know.

Rachel: I could see his mind working. He thinks I think that he's going to have a chance now to make a breakthrough with Matthew and make up for all those years he wasn't with him.

Felicia: Well, I mean, that could happen, couldn't it?

Rachel: Felicia, I have brought up three children. I have gotten two of them through these teenage years -- I don't know how -- and with Jamie it practically killed me, but the experience with Jamie as well as Amanda has shown me one very important thing -- compassion isn't enough. Children need strong discipline and a strong sense of guidance.

Felicia: I'm sure that Mitch knows that.

Rachel: I'm not.

Felicia: Let me ask you something -- you think that maybe this anger that you're feeling at Matthew right now -- you think maybe you're taking it out on Mitch?

Rachel: What is that supposed to mean?

Felicia: Never mind. Hey, why don't I get us some coffee?

Rachel: No, no, no, wait a minute.

Felicia: Come on..

Rachel: Tell me what it is you meant by that.

Felicia: All right. It's just -- and I want you to know that I understand this. I mean, I really do understand it. I'm thinking maybe you might be feeling a little threatened.

Rachel: Of course I'm feeling threatened, Felicia. Who wouldn't feel threatened? But that's not the point here. The issue is Matthew. I want to help him. I want to help him the best way we can.

Felicia: Yes, but so does Mitch.

Rachel: All right, fine. Then Mitch has got to be realistic about this. I really don't care who helps Matthew as long as Matthew understands one very important thing -- he's got to be honest with people, whether or not he thinks that they will understand him. And there's no question -- I do think -- I do think that Mac and I are in a better position to handle Matthew right now.

Felicia: So what you'd like me to do is to help convince Mitch to make his decision in your favor, right?

Rachel: Ok, why does that sound so negative when it's coming from you?

Felicia: Rachel, come on. Honey, you've got me in the middle here and I, believe me, don't want to be here. Matthew is your child with Mitch. I really believe that the two of you are the ones that need to work this out, not me.

Michael: Ok, partner, there you go. Going to wave bye-bye, Mikey?

Mikey: Bye!

Michael: Bye!

Mary: Oh. Oh.

Michael: Oh.

Mary: It's hard to say goodbye, huh?

Michael: Mary, what kind of animal would abandon a child like that?

Mary: Well, we don't know that that's what happened.

Michael: Come on, Mary. I would've broken every speed record with two broken legs to make it to the hospital. I mean, what a great kid.

Mary: Yes, he is. And you had a pretty strong response to him, didn't you?

Michael: What -- what's the procedure? I mean, what happens now to him?

Mary: He becomes a ward of the state and he goes into foster care.

Michael: Ahem -- Mary, what if someone wants him?

Mary: Oh, Michael, wait a minute.

Michael: Why, Mary?

Mary: Because I know what you're thinking and I know that Donna doesn't necessarily feel the same way.

Michael: Mary, it upset her to see the child like it upsets her now to see all children. It reminds her that she can't have any.

Mary: A totally appropriate response.

Michael: Well, I understand that, but what if that child could be ours?

Mary: It would be wonderful if it were possible, but Donna would have to feel the same way that you do and she doesn't.

Michael: But, Mary, Donna has so much love she can give a child. I just can't sit here and watch it go to waste.

Mary: Accepting adopting a child, that whole idea, means accepting the fact that you can't have any more children. And it also means accepting the death of your baby.

Michael: I guess that's what we have to do, isn't it?

Mary: Yes, and I'm not sure that Donna is ready yet. You may just need to give her more time, Michael..

Michael: I know you're right, Mary. But what do we do in the meantime?

Felicia: I am sorry, Rachel.

Rachel: No, you're right. I do. I need to talk to Mitch. I just don't think I can face it right now. Thank you.

Felicia: You're welcome.

Rachel: Oh, hi.

Mitch: I -- I thought you were at --

Rachel: Yeah, well, right. I came over here. I'm on my way back to the hospital. Is Matthew still there?

Mitch: He was when I left.

Rachel: Great. Thank you.

Felicia: You're welcome.

Rachel: I'll talk to you.

Mitch: Did she tell you what Matthew wants?

Felicia: Yes, and she'd like me to back her up.

Mitch: You know, moving in with me would not be the worst thing in the world.

Felicia: Mitch --

Mitch: I mean, look, he's old enough to make decisions on his own, and if he wants to move in --

Felicia: Honey, I told her that I wouldn't get involved in any of this.

Mitch: You did?

Felicia: Yes. I thought it was between the two of you, although I did tell her that it was nice that Matthew wanted to spend more time with his father.

Mitch: It seems I've underestimated you again.

Felicia: Oh. Thanks. Well, you can certainly make it up to me.

[Doorbell rings]

Felicia: Later. Let go. Let go. Matthew.

Matthew: Uh, hi.

Felicia: Hi.

Matthew: I waited across the street until I saw Mom leave.

Mitch: Well, come on in.

Felicia: Come in.

Matthew: Oh, thanks.

Mitch: Does anybody know where you are?

Matthew: No. Look, I couldn't tell -- you have to take my side on this. You have to.

Ada: Hi, honey..

Rachel: Hi.

Ada: Where you been?

Rachel: Out to get some air. Hello, Loretta.

Loretta: Hi.

Ada: Well, Matthew has told us the big news.

Rachel: Yes. He told me, too, after he told everybody else.

Loretta: Well, I think it's just ridiculous. Well, I -- I really want to go in and see Sam. Take it easy, Rachel.

Rachel: See you, Loretta. At least she's on my side.

Ada: Where'd you go?

Rachel: Does Amanda need something? Does she need food or anything?

Ada: You're not talking, eh?

Rachel: I don't want to talk. I'm tired of talking. I sound like a -- I feel like a broken record.

Ada: You don't sound like one.

Rachel: Oh, yeah? You want to make a bet? Ask me what's wrong. I'll tell you that Mac is fighting off a takeover bid and Matthew won't tell me why he had to leave boarding school.

Ada: Come on, you're not that bad.

Rachel: But why did he have to leave? And why does he want to move out?

Ada: I don't know, honey.

Rachel: Is it something so bad he can't tell me? Is it drugs?

Ada: It must be something he can't tell you right now.

Rachel: Yeah, but I'd give him more time. If he moves out over to Mitch's, then he's running away from me.

Ada: I know how much that must hurt.

Rachel: It does hurt. Why shouldn't it hurt, because I'm an adult?

Ada: If there is such a thing. Listen, why don't you just take some time off from them and concentrate on Mac?

Rachel: And ignore the kids?

Ada: Well, now, you're going to drive yourself crazy, you know.

Rachel: I'm not driving me crazy. The kids are driving me crazy.

Ada: Rachel, Matthew will grow up to be a man no matter who he lives with. He and Amanda will be just fine.

Rachel: Well, that's all I could want.

Ada: It will happen. It will be a little bumpy once in a while, but it will happen. Look how good you turned out.

Rachel: I just feel like everything's coming down on me at once.

Ada: It's a wonderful life.

Rachel: Yeah, thanks.

Ada: Anytime, pal.

Felicia: So, listen, why don't I go first?

Mitch: Sure. That's a good idea.

Felicia: Ok. Matthew, we know that you're upset about something. But, honey, you're creating a little dissension among the people who love you.

Matthew: Yeah, I know. Ok, I know, I know.

Mitch: Look, I'm not even sure that I understand what's wrong.

Matthew: "What's wrong"? What's wrong is that everybody's yelling at me, that's what's wrong. I don't know what's wrong. I can't even explain why I want to move in here. It's just -- it's like an exam question -- "please be able to support your answer with quotes and examples." I don't -- I don't know.

Felicia: He's just like you. He's going over to the window when you ask him a question.

Mitch: Matthew, look, nobody's trying to grill you. I'm just not sure that I understand, and I'm not sure that you really are trying to tell us what's going on.

Matthew: But I am! That's why I want to move in here with you. Maybe -- maybe if I move in here, I can explain everything to you. Maybe if I get Mom and Mac off my back for just a minute, I could explain everything.

Mitch: Ok, maybe.

Matthew: Well, do you think I could move in, then?

Mitch: Well, wait a minute, wait a minute. I said maybe. That's the case. We both want to help you.

Matthew: Yeah.

Felicia: We just can't keep things from your mother. You know that.

Mitch: Look, this is not going to be, you know, a popularity contest. If you move in here, it's because everybody agrees that that's the best thing to do.

Michael: Donna, we can talk about this later if you want.

Donna: No. No, I want to hear everything Mary had to say.

Michael: Ok. Mary said that for a while we may experience fits and starts. You may experience something a little more intensely than I experience it and vice versa.

Donna: It does make sense.

Michael: A perfect example of that would be -- well, today, I saw that little boy.

Donna: Is that right?

Michael: Yeah. And I understand why it upset you so much.

Donna: But it didn't upset you?

Michael: Oh, yeah, it upset me. It upset me a lot, but it upset me to see him alone. He was such a friendly little guy.

Donna: He was -- he was quiet when I saw him.

Michael: Well, you know what opened the door for us?

Donna: What?

Michael: His name is Mikey. Mary said "Michael" and he said "Mikey." That's his name.

Donna: Did you see his eyes?

Michael: No, not -- not really.

Donna: They were like yours. I mean, all you had to do was just take one look in his face and you -- you could see his eyes. Oh, Michael.

Michael: Oh, Donna. It's ok, honey. It's all right.

Nicole: You know, that's the only reason I allow you to go away.

Cass: Is that right?

Nicole: Mm-hmm.

Cass: I missed you.

Nicole: I missed you, too. So, are you glad to be back from your boring old trip?

Cass: Well, actually, it wasn't so boring.

Nicole: No?

Cass: As a matter of fact, I have a feeling I'm on to something big.

Nicole: Well, that's nice for you.

Cass: Well, the place looks good. Looks like you did a great job on your own.

Nicole: Hey, of course I did. I mean, what'd you expect, to come back and find the place in ruins?

Cass: No, but I meant you must be proud of yourself. You must have gotten kind of a thrill out of it or --

Nicole: What are you saying?

Cass: Well, actually, I thought maybe you'd like to go it alone for a while. What do you think? I mean, it's an idea, isn't it?

Nicole: Yeah. Oh, yeah, yeah. It's an idea, all right.

Rachel: Honey, why don't you come home and get some sleep?

Amanda: Oh, I'm too excited to sleep.

Mac: Amanda, you're pushing too hard.

Amanda: You know, they showered Sam and they helped him shave and everything, and it gave me time to think.

Rachel: Amanda --

Amanda: I -- I think we're going to be ok. I mean, with Sam's disability payments -- and I'll do a little freelancing on the side -- I think we'll be all right for a while.

Mac: Amanda, I told you --

Amanda: I know, I know. I think it's really sweet of you guys to ask us to come and stay at the house, but Sam -- well, he's not going to go for it.

Rachel: But what about you?

Amanda: Mom, I am an adult.

Rachel: Mom says there isn't such a thing.

Amanda: What?

Rachel: Nothing.

Amanda: Anyway, I'm sure we're going to be fine. Besides, I get to see Sam full-time now.

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