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Another World Transcript Tuesday 4/20/04

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Linda: Julie Ann will be back in an hour. She's taking some papers over to Mr. Landen.

Mac: Fine, fine.

Linda: Mr. Cory, we didn't know you were coming in this morning. We would have had a car at the airport.

Mac: Oh, that's perfectly all right. Look, I need this typed up, and would you get me the Bennett file, please?

Liz: Will you please keep quiet? I can hardly hear myself think.. Mac.

Mac: Good morning, Liz.

Liz: I didn't know you were back.

Mac: Obviously. Would you get started on that please, Linda?

Linda: Some coffee, Mr. Cory?

Mac: Oh, bless you.

Linda: Ok.

Mac: Tension getting to you, Liz?

Liz: No tension. It's this list.

Mac: List?

Liz: I know the secret is here somewhere, but I'm darned if I can find it.

Jason: We do the detail work ourselves, you and me, then we can save several thousand right there.

John: Maybe.

Jason: Now -- we're not going to make much the first time out, but that's not the point. The point is to underbid everybody else. Frame Construction does the new hospital wing, and we can practically turn jobs away at that point..

John: I'm not so sure about that.

Jason: Thanks for the vote of confidence, partner.

John: Skipping over the fact that you have absolutely no experience --

Jason: You don't know that, John.

John: Look, Jason, even if we were to underbid everyone else --

Jason: We will.

John: Even if we underbid everyone else, Mary McKinnon is still in charge of this project, and there's no way she's going to give you this job in a million years.

[Music plays]

Felicia: Hey, how about this one? I think a raspberry tuxedo and a ruffled shirt would be very nice on you.

Mitch: I'm supposed to be getting married. I'm not opening in Vegas.

Felicia: It's a joke. You know the thing I love most about you? I can always get you each and every time.

Mitch: Let me see that. Actually, that might look good on you.

Felicia: Oh, thanks..

Mitch: Of course, I don't know what you want.

Felicia: I want something that we both like.

Mitch: Well, I did have an idea.

Felicia: You're kidding. I sort of thought you'd mumble your way through all these wedding plans.

Mitch: Well, that is, if you want to hear it.

Felicia: I do want to hear it. Come on, tell me. Ok, come on.

Mitch: You know the Helen Bakers park?

Felicia: Right.

Mitch: Well, it's really nice out there at dawn. I thought we might just gather everyone and watch the sun come up, maybe have a guitarist. And you can make a lot of food, and we could just give it out to everyone. What do you think?

Felicia: Well, I -- I think -- I think -- I think it'd be very nice.

Mitch: We don't have to worry about all this stuff. We just wake up --

Felicia: Right.

Mitch: And we just wear whatever we put on, you know, just to kind of make a statement that it's just -- just another day, that it's nothing special.

Felicia: Nothing special?

Mitch: Yeah.

Felicia: Fine.

Mitch: But if you don't like that, we could go as far as maybe tie-dye some sheets. You could do that, and we could get some flowers to put in our hair --

Felicia: Well, it's just that I was thinking that --

Mitch: Or chicken suits.

Felicia: Chicken suits?

Mitch: Got you.

Felicia: All right, this wedding is off.

Mitch: It'd be very nice. It would be so nice.

Felicia: No, no. No, no. No, no. You're very sadistic, do you know that?

Mitch: Do you have something against tie-dyed sheets?

Felicia: I'm going to make you wear a raspberry tuxedo and a top hat.

[Doorbell rings]

Felicia: How would you like that?

Mitch: This is the dawning of the age of Aquarius

Loretta: Mitchell, you have to do something. I mean, you just have to before it's too late.

Loretta: Felicia, I'm sorry to barge in like this.

Felicia: No, no, no, Loretta, it's all right. What's wrong?

Loretta: I just realized I had to say something to warn you.

Mitch: Warn me about what, Mom?

Loretta: Matthew, of course. Oh, I like that one.

Mitch: What about Matthew?

Loretta: With your stature, you can really carry that off.

Mitch: Mom, what about Matthew?

Loretta: It is time you put your foot down. Mac and Rachel are at their wits' end.

Mitch: What has happened?

Loretta: He is not leveling with them. And this business of moving in with you --

Mitch: Mom, that was two weeks ago. Has something else happened?

Loretta: Well, how long can things go on like this?

Mitch: Mom -- ok, ok, I see. In other words, you just woke up with a bee in your bonnet this morning, and you decided to find someone to sting, is that it?

Felicia: Mitch!

Loretta: Well, I --

Mitch: Look, I understand you're being a concerned grandmother, but -- take another direction, Mom. Stay out of it.

Felicia: Mitch, your mother is worried about Matthew.

Mitch: No, she's not worried about Matthew. This is not even about Matthew. This is about her..

Loretta: That's not true.

Mitch: Yes, it is true. If you get a bit bored or restless with your life, you decide to come swooping into mine. And if it's not mine, it's Sam. And if it's not Sam, you're going to be worried about peace in the world.

Felicia: Mitch, please, you've got to calm down here, please.

Mitch: You don't understand. This is just a pretext. This is her way of being the center of attention.

Felicia: Mitch --

Loretta: I'm sorry. I -- I'll be going.

Felicia: No, Loretta, please, no, don't.

Mitch: Yes. Look, I am used -- I am accustomed to being used in your dramas and being a supporting player in your life, but I'm not going to have it with Matthew. You're not going to do it to him.

Loretta: I just hope Matthew never speaks to you like this.

Mitch: Well, I hope he does if I deserve it. I think you should call before you come here again.

Loretta: Obviously. Felicia, I'm sorry if I've disrupted your morning. I won't do it again.

Felicia: Loretta, please.

Loretta: No, I'm leaving.

Felicia: Are you proud of yourself?

Mitch: No.

Felicia: I can't believe that your mother comes in here and that's how you talk to her!

Mitch: Well, I can see that I've played right into her hands.

Felicia: What does that mean?

Mitch: Well, now that she's the unwanted mother -- unappreciated, misunderstood, unwanted -- I'm sure she will play it to the hilt.

Felicia: I don't understand how you can be so cold about her.

Mitch: I learned it at her knee. Don't be fooled by a good performance. She's not concerned about us.

Felicia: Maybe that's the way you choose to think about it.

Mitch: I don't want to talk about this. We were talking about a wedding.

Felicia: I think we have something a lot more important to talk about.

Liz: When Nicole gave me the list, I wasn't actually sure it was that important.

Mac: But now you are?

Liz: I was sure when Cass Winthrop came sniffing around. What that girl sees in him is more than I can fathom.

Mac: Cass wanted to see it?

Liz: I don't care what he wants. I gave him a piece of my mind!

Mac: Yes, I'm sure you did, Liz.

Liz: I've known you long enough to know when you're laughing at me.

Mac: No, I promise, I'm not laughing.

Liz: Your eyes are crinkling up. It's the same thing.

[Mac laughs]

Liz: Go ahead and laugh, but I am not going to let Cass Winthrop get one drop of information he can use against you.

Mac: You're absolutely right. I must do it myself.

Liz: Mackenzie Cory, that man is a cad!

Mac: He's also my lawyer, Liz.

Liz: What?

Mac: I'm sorry. I must have forgotten to tell you. Hello, Cass, I understand you wanted some information, a list of publishers?

Cass: I did. But old Cerberus there wouldn't give it to me.

Mac: Cerberus? Isn't that the dog who guards the gates of hell?

Liz: It won't work because Cass Winthrop will ooze under the door.

Mac: Cass, I'm going to turn you over to her.

Liz: What?

Mac: Here she is. Liz, you're unique. You're absolutely irreplaceable. Nobody but you could get me to laugh on a day like this.

Liz: I have the information you requested.

[Mac laughs]

[Country music plays]

John: Great technique.

Jason: What?

John: Someone says something that you don't want to hear, you just act like you didn't hear it.

Jason: John, I got work to do.

John: Did you hear what I said? Mary is never going to give you that job no matter what.

Jason: We are going to come in 15% under everybody else. I got every spec in this machine.

John: Have you forgotten what Mary feels about you?

Jason: But this is business. It's not personal. Mary understands the difference.

John: Good business deals are built on trust and respect.

Jason: Would you can it? Finally, I got something going right for me. Don't tear it apart.

John: Jason --

Jason: Hey, you want in, you're in. You want to jump ship, that's fine. I don't care which. This is going to happen, man.

Man: Thank you.

Scott: Ada, you seen Vince around?

Ada: He's late, but he'll be here.

Scott: Ok. I think I'll sit over here.

Ada: Ok, hon.

Cheryl: There you go, Ada.

Ada: Oh, thank you.

Cheryl: Hey, Scott.

Scott: Hey, Cheryl.

Cheryl: So what do you think? Do you think you'll do it?

Scott: Do what?

Cheryl: Help Kevin out.

Scott: Yeah, I might.

Cheryl: Don't you think you should, Scott? I mean, Matt seemed real worried, and you know that you could help him out.

Scott: I said I might, yeah.

Cheryl: I know you said you might.

Scott: Well, Cheryl, I don't even know what the problem is yet.

Cheryl: Does that really matter?

Scott: Yes. Would you bring somebody food without an order?

Cheryl: It's just they really need you, Scott.

Scott: Do you know what the problem is?

Cheryl: No.

Scott: Then why are you so interested in all this?

Cheryl: Look, I got to go. I can't leave Ada with all the work.

Scott: Answer my question. You didn't answer my question.

Vince: Ah, she never does. None of my daughters ever do.

Scott: Hey, Vince.

Vince: You mind if I join you?

Scott: Have a seat. Get this out of your way.

Vince: You know --

Scott: What's doing?

Vince: I wanted to ask you --

Ada: Nice of you to show up.

Vince: I'm sorry, I'm sorry. I just lost track of time.

Ada: Yeah, well, newlyweds have that problem. I told you he'd be here.

Vince: You waiting for me?

Scott: Ah, yeah. As a matter of fact, I wanted to tell you that Adam is researching Jason's past.

Vince: Ah -- good.

Scott: How about you? Anything on your end?

[Vince sighs]

Scott: Are you keeping something from me?

Vince: I overheard Mary telling Jason off.

Scott: What about?

Vince: I don't know. And I keep waiting for her to tell me.

Scott: And she hasn't yet?

Vince: Not a word.

Scott: This is hitting you pretty hard, isn't it?

Vince: Oh, yeah, it's hitting me pretty hard. And until I know what's going on, I don't want Jason anywhere near my family.

Cass: So I was right. All of these magazines have been taken over or have had a rumor of a takeover?

Mac: That's right. And most in the last few months.

Cass: Were any of them able to fight it off?

Mac: Well, in some cases. In some cases, the threat just never materialized.

Cass: Maybe they were searching for a magazine with just the right image?

Liz: "They"?

Mac: Are you getting all of this, Liz?

Liz: Shall I read it back to you?

Mac: Liz.

Cass: Mac, you know a lot of these companies, right?

Mac: That's right.

Cass: And their CEOs?

Mac: Yep.

Cass: Could you call them and ask them who's been approaching their stockholders and what they've been offering?

Mac: Well, yes, I could, but --

Cass: But you'd rather not?

Mac: No, I don't want the news to spread about how desperate we are about this takeover threat. I mean, if I start making panic phone calls --

Cass: Yes, I see what you mean.

Mac: There just must be some way I can get directly to the source of all this.

Cass: Drew Marsten.

Mac: I'm sure he must be the front man for a lot of these maneuvers. Liz, do you have that list of shareholders?

Liz: Oh, of course.

Mac: Thank you. Now, if there was someone here that I can trust, I could have them call Marsten.

Cass: And then Marsten could find out what these people are offering?

Mac: Well, there's always Paulina.

Cass: Who's Paulina?

Mac: The Countess Wajeska. She's a major shareholder. I've known her for years.

Cass: Would she help you out?

Mac: If I could find her.. The trouble is, she's always out on a yacht or on a safari someplace. She hasn't been to a board meeting in years.

Cass: Well, this is good, though, isn't it? Because that means Marsten wouldn't have been able to get in touch with her, either.

Mac: That's right. That's why I thought of her. I'll try to locate her.

Liz: Or someone else could do it.

Mac: Oh, yes. Would you do that? Would you try to reach her, Liz, please?

Liz: Oh, I meant try to be her. Well, it was just a thought.

Cass: I knew I shouldn't have given away my Krystal lake drag.

Liz: There are other people who might carry it off.

Mac: Who are you talking about, Liz?

Liz: Well, people who have known her, spoken to her over the years. People who can do her accent

[foreign accent] perfectly, darling.

Mac: Liz, don't be ridiculous.

Cass: Oh, wait a minute, Mac. These are desperate times, and I'm afraid they do require desperate measures.

Mitch: Don't we have a decision to make?

Felicia: What?

Mitch: Well, I mean, it's May, and I don't know whether I'm wearing raspberry or muslin.

Felicia: I don't feel much in the mood anymore.

Mitch: Because of Loretta?

Felicia: No. No. Actually, it's you. Did it ever occur to you that maybe you could try hearing her out first?

Mitch: I've spent my life hearing her out.

Felicia: You know, she told me herself that she didn't think she s a very good mother. She knows that much about herself.

Mitch: She also knows that you're a very smart woman, and she knows that her phony baloney would just fall flat unless she tried an honest approach with you.

Felicia: This wasn't an approach, Mitch.

Mitch: Are you angry?

Felicia: Yes. Yes, I am.

Mitch: Why?

Felicia: Because you think that -- you think that she's a complete fraud and that I'm nothing more than a total sap!

Mitch: Well, you're half right.

Felicia: Don't you think that I would know if she was pulling the wool over my eyes?

Mitch: All right, you know! Fine! She's a saint! I'm a jerk! Now, can we get back to this? Look, I don't want to talk about Loretta because it upsets me. I do want to talk about a wedding because that makes me happy. Wait a minute.

Felicia: What?

Mitch: Are you really angry, or is this just a way to avoid a wedding?

Singer: We're caught in a trap

Cheryl: Hi.

Kevin: Hi.

Cheryl: My Dad's here now if you want him to help you carry in the rest of your stuff.

Kevin: This is the rest of my stuff.

Ada: Lucky for you, the apartment's furnished.

Kevin: Yeah.

Ada: Listen, does your family know you're doing this?

Kevin: Yeah. I just called my Dad. Not that it makes a difference one way or the other.

Ada: Why not? Wait a minute.

Cheryl: Kevin, your keys. Here.

Kevin: Thanks.

Cheryl: Just give him a break, ok, Ada?

Vince: Mary, we need to talk.

Mary: About?

Vince: I think you know. Jason Frame.

Mary: I don't trust him.

Vince: Well, I'm beginning not to trust him, also, especially after what I heard.

Mary: You heard?

Vince: Yeah. At our dinner the other night, you and Jason were talking.

Mary: Wait. As a I recall, Jason and I really didn't have very much to say to one another.

Vince: Well, correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought you said to Jason, "not after what you did."

Mary: No, you're not wrong. I did say that.

Vince: Well, I would like to know what he did.

Mary: It -- it has to do with the past, when we were both working for the Loves.

Vince: And?

Mary: And that -- that mess with Reginald and Elizabeth. I didn't like Jason, and I don't like Jason now. End of story.

Vince: Obviously, it's not the end of the story, or else you wouldn't still be talking about it.

Mary: Don't you think it's important for us to put the past behind and get on with now?

Vince: I think you're shutting me out, Mary, and I don't know why. Hey, is this what you call communication?

Singer: Because I love you too much, baby why can't you see

Cass: So you called Drew, right?

Nicole: Right. He'll be here in about an hour.

Liz: That's not much time.

Nicole: You really think he's behind what's happening to Mac?

Cass: Yes, I really think so.

Nicole: I really think you're wrong.

Cass: Well, then you just don't have to get involved, do you?

Nicole: Are you kidding? This will prove he's not involved.

Liz: Either way, it'll prove something.

Cass: If you pull it off.

Liz: I can pull it off. Now, how do we get him? Honesty or flattery?

Nicole: Honesty.

Cass: Flattery.

Nicole: Cass, I know him better than you do. Now, he knows when someone's playing up to him. He told me that the thing he liked about me was my honesty.

Cass: Oh, that and your old man's 100 million bucks.

Nicole: Oh, don't be ridiculous.

Liz: Hold it!

Cass: Sorry.

Nicole: Me, too.

Liz: Drew has not been able to locate the countess, right?

Cass: We hope.

Liz: What am I doing in Bay City?

Cass: Oh, that is quite a coincidence, isn't it?

Nicole: No, you came to Bay City because you are a friend of the Baroness von Corbert, and she loved the dresses that I did for her.

Cass: This is good. This is very good. Baronesses and countesses all know each other. Just make sure that he knows who she is.

Nicole: One of Mac's biggest stockholders.

Cass: Right. And then excuse yourself, you know, leave them alone, and he should make his move.

Nicole: Ok.

Cass: So what do you think, champ? Can you handle it?

Liz: [Foreign accent] darlings, please. Will be -- how do you Americans say? -- Just fine.

Mitch: You keep saying that we need to be honest with each other.

Felicia: Yes, that's right.

Mitch: Well, if I say something, if you don't like it, if you don't want to hear it, you stop talking and walk away.

Felicia: No, no, no, you didn't say something I just didn't like. You said that I actually try to create a fight so I avoid talking about this wedding.

Mitch: I asked you if that's what you were doing. I didn't say that that's what you were doing. It's not the same.

Felicia: I don't believe that you actually can think that of me.

Mitch: Well, you happen to be one of the most direct people that I know, and it seems to me that you're hedging. And you're very aware of other people's feelings and you wouldn't want to hurt them, especially mine.

Felicia: So shoot me.

Mitch: Well, I just thought you might be having second thoughts about getting married. Maybe you don't want to tell me that directly. Maybe that you're coming up with something, like maybe a fight.

Felicia: You know, that's really a lousy thing for you to say. I'm not having second thoughts about this wedding.

Mitch: Why does it bother you that I can't get along with Loretta?

Felicia: "Get along with"? Johnny Carson and Joan Rivers get along better than you and your mother.

Mitch: Maybe, but what does that have to do with you?

Felicia: Honey, it's your mother, for heaven's sakes.

Mitch: And some people shouldn't have children. And just because there's a kid doesn't mean that that kid wakes up every morning and says, "gee, here's life. It's another mother's day card."

Felicia: No. No, I know that. I know that.

Mitch: Well, look, I'm glad you had a good relationship with your family. I'm glad that -- you know, that you and your mother loved each other and that you were helpful. But that's not the way that it is with Loretta Fowler.

Felicia: Mitch --

Mitch: You know, and it is not going to change. Look, I have spent my life -- I have learned how to fend her off, and that's not going to just change because it doesn't fit -- you know, it doesn't fit your rosy view of family life.

Felicia: Ok. Ok. What about our family?

Mitch: What about it?

Felicia: Well, it scares me. It scares me to see this cold side of you, even though I know why. I just don't understand why you can't forgive her.

Mitch: Forgive her? I don't like to talk to her.

Felicia: I know that. But she makes mistakes, Mitch. Everybody does. You know, she didn't set out to be a bad parent. Nobody's perfect. I'm certainly not perfect. What's going to happen if I make mistakes? Are you going to be so quick to be unforgiving to me?

Mitch: Just see that you don't.

Felicia: You don't mean that.

Mitch: Maybe I do..

Felicia: You're just angry now, and so you're taking it out on me. What I don't understand is why you get so angry.

Mitch: Would you like for me to explain?

Felicia: Yes, please.

Mitch: First, you don't know what you're talking about. I mean, I know you look at Loretta and you see a sad, pathetic person who is, well, basically harmless, but believe me, I know the damage that she can do. And after all the years of being exposed to that damage, you just simply presume that you know better than I do, that somehow I'm being callous and mean-spirited. But that's not the way it is. I would like to forgive and forget. But unlike you, I know what happens to me when I do that. I mean, this is not just a book that has a final chapter at the end that just fixes everything.

Felicia: Mitch -- Mitch -- look, I'm sorry. Really I am.

Mitch: Look, I know she might be very amusing and entertaining to you, but that's not the way it is to me.

Felicia: I'm on your side. You know that.

Mitch: I don't want to see any sides! I just don't like to be told how to deal with her.

Felicia: You know what I don't understand? After you've gone through all of this, how you can be so good with Matthew.

Mitch: How good I am with Matthew remains to be seen. The jury's still out.

Felicia: You are so angry at your mother, and yet you never pass it on to Matthew or to me.

Mitch: Look -- yes, I might be angry and I might be closed off, but I also know what the stakes are when promises are made and they aren't kept. Getting married -- that's a promise. Having a baby -- that's a big promise.. Being there, doing your best. Matthew -- Matthew -- maybe that's a promise that I didn't keep. I know it's a promise that I made. I know it's a promise he didn't make.

Felicia: Well, children don't always do that..

Mitch: There you go again.

Felicia: What?

Mitch: I'm talking about marriage, and you're walking away.

Felicia: No, I wasn't talking about marriage. I was talking about --

Mitch: Children.

Felicia: Children.

Mitch: You were thinking about them.

Felicia: Yeah. You know I have been.

Mitch: Well --

Felicia: Mitch, I -- I think maybe -- I think maybe what you said before -- maybe you were right.

Mitch: Right about what?

Felicia: Maybe -- maybe we -- I mean, couldn't -- couldn't just the two of us be enough?

Drew: So what was so urgent that we had to talk right away?

Nicole: Oh, Drew, I feel so stupid.

Drew: Why?

Nicole: Well, I panicked. I misread the books, and I thought I was in trouble, and I wanted you to straighten everything out.

Drew: So I'm a combination C.P.A. and Dudley do-right, huh?

Nicole: I'm sorry to have wasted your time.

Drew: Nicole, you are never a waste with my time.

Liz: [Foreign accent] darling, you are trying to give me a coronary, correct?

Nicole: Pardon, countess.

Liz: I order five outfits from you. Baroness von Corbert tells me your designs are exquisite but does not tell me they cost more than national deficit.

Nicole: I'm sorry you feel that way --

Liz: People see Countess Wajeska coming, they say, "here come big bucks. Price is up." They do not know about my taxes. They do not know about my portfolio turning bupkus.

Nicole: Countess Wajeska --

Liz: Stock market go

[raspberry] you charge five g for cocktail dress? What a countess to do?

Drew: Countess Wajeska --

Liz: Enough this tale of woe. Here -- I go now. Hock my tiaras.

Drew: Countess, I'm Drew Marsten.

Liz: I'm sure you are.

Drew: Excuse me. Just a minute, please. What an incredible coincidence. I've been trying to get in touch with you for a while.

Liz: No, no, no, no biographies. My life is my own.

Drew: No, no, I don't want to do a biography.

Liz: Why not? My life make Joan Collins look like housewife. How much money you make from biography?

Drew: Look, I have some very interesting news financially. I have some good news for you.

Liz: I do not want raffle ticket.

Drew: How would you like to clear 800 grand by the end of the month, maybe even more?

Liz: How much charge here for coffee?

Nicole: Ah, it's complementary, of course. I do have to get another service, though. I'll be back in just a minute.

Liz: Five minutes. Drone and I must talk.

Drew: Uh, Drew.

Liz: Whatever. How you make me this money?

Drew: Well, we'll have to go over your holdings, see what needs to be weeded out.

Liz:: No schmoozes. I want facts, figures.

Drew: I happen to know that you have a lot of holdings in the publishing world, and right now there's a lot of movement in that area.

Nicole: Drew, your office forwarded a call. You can take it over there.

Drew: Tell them I'll call them right back.

Nicole: But it's the overseas operator.

Liz: Take call.

Drew: But, countess --

Liz: You call back, you pay. Take call.

Drew: Don't you move a muscle. I'll be right back. This is Drew Marsten. Yeah. Pretty much. Yeah, what do you got? Really? All right. Listen, this is very important. I want you to get ahold of Miles Dentenden at Corstenbaum. That's right, Corstenbaum. You tell him what you just told me and tell him I'll be giving him a call, also. I got some very good news for him. Right.

Singer: You think it's right

Ada: Cheryl, I think I'll take a break now, ok?

Cheryl: Sure, Ada. Go ahead.

Singer: Time washes clean

Ada: Hi. Ok if I sit here?

Loretta: Oh, sure, go right ahead. My allergies are kicking up again. I must look a sight.

Ada: You look like you've got a lot more than allergies.

Loretta: Can I ask you a question?

Ada: Sure. Shoot.

Loretta: Well, when you think that there's something wrong with one of your grandchildren, what do you do?

Ada: Wait.

Loretta: Oh, I see.

Ada: I wait until I can't stand it another second, and then I butt in.

Loretta: How does Rachel take it?

Ada: We're not talking about Rachel and me, are we?

Loretta: I just had a scene with Mitch. Another one.

Ada: About Matthew?

Loretta: Well, it started out with Matthew, but it ended up the way it always does -- he made it quite clear that I'm persona non grata.

Ada: Loretta, when I said that I butt in, I mean that -- well, it's like this --

Loretta: Tell me, please. I --

Ada: Well, Rachel and I have worked it out, you know? We talk a lot about everything.

Loretta: Oh, I know.

Ada: I go very carefully when I talk to Rachel about her children. The most personal thing you can talk about to your daughter or your son is how they're raising their children.

Loretta: Mitch and I can't talk about anything, let alone Matthew. He wants me to go. I know he does.

Ada: Well, maybe that's -- that's just his way of -- of trying to get a little space between the two of you.

Loretta: Well, do you think that we need to have space between us?

Ada: Well, he's getting married, he's having problems with his son, and Mitch is a very private man.

Loretta: I see you and Rachel talking and laughing, and, oh, gosh, I envy you so.

Ada: Yeah, well, we've both worked very hard for a very long time to get to this place. You can't do it all at once..

Loretta: I'd like to have a talk with every young girl who's about to give birth and say, "now, think carefully. Make sure you know what you're doing. It's harder than you'll ever know."

Ada: Yeah, but it wouldn't make any difference. I don't know anybody in the whole world who's ever listened to that kind of advice. We all have to learn it the hard way.

Loretta: Yeah. The hard way.

Scott: So, you say that Jason hasn't been bothering you anymore.

Mary: I think that I have the situation under control.

Scott: You do? Well, Vince seems to be pretty upset.

Mary: He is. But Jason and I aren't seeing each other. We're not speaking to each other. I think the whole thing is just bound to, you know, blow over.

Scott: What about the hospice?

Mary: Well, even approaching it purely as a professional question, I don't see how I could possibly recommend Jason and his company for the job, which means he won't get it.

Scott: I'm glad to hear that, Mom.

Mary: So am I.

[Knock on door]


Jason: All righty. Yeah. Hi, Vinny, it's you.

Vince: Well, you don't look real happy to see me.

Jason: Well, I guess I've kind of been expecting you, anyway.

Vince: Well, I just dropped by the spur of the moment. What do you mean, "expecting me"?

Jason: I didn't think Mary could keep it from you. I wasn't really sure she should.

Vince: But -- but you wanted her to keep it from me?

Jason: What do you think, Vinny? I make a pass at your wife. She gets real upset. You think I'm going to be excited about you hearing about it?

Vince: Oh, no. I don't imagine you would.

Jason: She didn't give you the details?

Vince: Oh, yeah, yeah, but I want to hear you tell me.

Jason: Now, wait a minute, Vinny.

Vince: No, no! No "wait a minute." Just tell me what happened.

Jason: It's real simple. I got loaded. I made a pass at her. She wanted nothing to do with it.

Vince: She didn't?

Jason: No.

Vince: Now, how come when you wanted to make a pass, you picked my wife?

Jason: Hey, she was not your wife. It was before you were married.

Vince: Right before!

Jason: Vinny --

Vince: Now listen to me, listen to me. I don't care how it happened. She is now my wife, and nothing and nobody is going to change that.

Jason: I just wanted --

Vince: Shut up! And stay away from Mary, you hear me? If you don't, I'm going to tear you in half!

Mary: Thank you for talking to me about this.

Scott: Well, I know you were worried about it. Besides, I got a cheeseburger out of the deal.

Mary: My pleasure. Please don't be concerned about me. I am fine.

Scott: Well, I hope so.

Mary: It's the truth.

Scott: Ok, I believe you.

Scott: He's a good guy..

Mary: Uh-huh.

Scott: So how are you going to explain to him that he's not going to get the construction contract on the hospice?

Mary: I said I was fine. I didn't say it was perfect. I'd better do it now.

Scott: Ok. I'll call you later.

Mary: Yes, please do. Hi.

John: Mary.

Mary: I hope you're not going to be angry at me about this.

John: Hold it, hold it. Does this have anything to do with our conversation on the boat the other day?

Mary: No.

John: Well, good. Look, I know I'm not 100%. Probably never will be. But I'm all right. I'm getting better, starting over.

Mary: That's why I have to talk to you.

John: What, about starting over?

Mary: Mm-hmm. I know that -- that this is important to you, and I -- John, why are you going into partnership with Jason?

John: I don't know. Seemed like the right thing to do.

Mary: If you don't get the contract on the hospital hospice wing, will it still seem like a right thing to do?

John: I see where this is leading.

Mary: The hospital would be so foolish to give this contract to someone who has absolutely no construction experience. John, I'm so fond of you. If you were involved with anyone else who had some experience --

John: Mary, no one else asked me. No one else thought that a Vietnam vet who is, shall we say, absent for the last 20 years could ever be a partner -- partner in anything.

Mary: Oh, John, I'm so sorry.

John: So am I.

John: I've done a good job. I've done a very good job.

Cheryl: Hey, John, why are you leaving so soon? Are you ok?

John: Yeah, I'm fine. I just -- just stopped by to say hi. Thanks for asking.

Cheryl: What's the matter, Mom?

Mary: I can't talk about it, honey. Not right now.

Kevin: Cheryl, was that your boyfriend or something?

Cheryl: No.

Kevin: Well, but you like him, though, right?

Cheryl: Of course I like him.

Kevin: Well, isn't he a little old for you?

Cheryl: He's just my friend. Doesn't matter how old he is.

Kevin: Cheryl, I'm sorry. Look --

Cheryl: Look, I've got a lot of work to do.

Kevin: Cheryl, just --

Liz: [normal voice] it's no use!

Cass: How could you have forgotten?

Liz: It was such a strange name. I used mnemonic devices to remember, but this name was so strange, I couldn't relate it to anything.

Cass: It was the only thing you had to remember!

Liz: I have lapses, Cass.

Cass: I'll say you do!

Liz: I'm not as perfect as you!

Mac: Hold on, hold on. Just calm down, both of you. I'm sure that if we give Liz a moment to think, she's going to come up with the name of the man that's instructing Marsten to take away the company that I've worked so many years to build up. Right, Liz, darling?

Liz: If I could just remember the first name, all the others would follow.

Mac: Right. You take your time, sweetheart. Oh, for crying out loud, Liz, it's just one name!

Liz: Well, I'm so hungry, I can't think! I had to spend my whole lunch hour transforming myself into countess -- what is it?

Cass and Mac: Wajeska!

Mac: All right -- right, Liz, right. I'll get Julie Anne to order us something in. It's not going to help anything for us to all start doing without meals.

Liz: Meals?

Cass: Down, girl. The food will be here soon enough.

Liz: No, meals. That's it. That's the name. Miles. Meals. Miles Den--- Miles Dentenden.

Cass: Are you sure?

Mac: Corstenbaum!

Cass: What?

Liz: That's it! That's the name he used!

Mac: I don't believe it! Miles Dentenden!

Cass: You've heard of him?

Mac: Of course! He's Dutch. He owns an enormous conglomerate!

Liz: Corstenbaum!

Mac: Right, Liz!

Cass: Yeah? Liz!

Liz: What?

Cass: You did it!

Liz: Did I?

Cass: You solved the mystery!

Liz: I did it!

Cass: So we called Michael in Europe, and he's going to look into this guy Dentenden.

Nicole: Great.

Cass: Boy, would I love to be there when this billionaire finds out his big plans have been messed up by a widow from Bay City.

Liz: Never underestimate widows from Bay City.

Cass: I won't. Not ever. Not ever again.

Nicole: Wait, though. Liz won't be in any danger, will she? I mean, if she runs into Drew, and he realizes --

Cass: Oh, he will realize that he's been found out, but I don't think he'd ever do anything to Liz.

Liz: I can handle him.

Cass: You know, I'll bet you can. Hey, what do you say? You ready to celebrate?

Nicole: Oh, I'd love to, but I have so much work to do --

Cass: No, no, no, no buts. Tonight, we celebrate the triumphant return of the Countess Wajeska.

Liz: [Foreign accent] what you say, darling? My treat.

Nicole: I just can't.

Cass: Why not?

Nicole: Well, for one, I'm behind on my orders. I've got to stay here and help Sophie. I really hate to miss it, though.

Liz: [Normal voice] you're not going to.

Nicole: But I have to finish --

Liz: No, you're going to go with Cass. I am going to help Sophie. You are going to go out with Cass.

Cass: But wait a minute. This is your night, Liz.

Liz: Oh, the way I feel right now, nothing could spoil this night for me.

Cass: Are you sure?

Liz: Now, when you come back, you could bring a bottle of champagne. Sophie and I should be finished by then, and if not, tough luck.

Cass: It's a deal.

Nicole: Thank you. I'll just go change.

Cass: Ok.

Cass: Liz -- I can't believe I'm going to say this, but we really would like for you to be with us, you know.

Liz: No, you two should be alone together.

Cass: You really mean that, don't you?

Liz: Yes. Nicole needs to find out about you as I have. You do have a nice side when you get past all that phony charm.

Cass: "Phony charm"?

Liz: Only kidding, darling.

Cass: All right. Maybe I was wrong about you, too -- pal.

[Cass chuckles]

Felicia: You know, Mitch, I was just thinking -- Matthew's at a very difficult age right now. He really needs you. And if we had a child of our own, I know we would be nuts about it, and, well, maybe Matthew would feel very shut out.

Mitch: So you're ready to give up on the idea of having a family because, somehow, you feel that Matthew would be shut out?

Felicia: I know how important he is to you.

Mitch: Yeah. Yeah, he is important. But you're also important, and what I want to talk about is us. I want to talk about you.

Felicia: Me?

Mitch: Yeah. I want to know the real reason why you don't want to have kids.

Singer: Jealousy

Mary: Hi. I've been waiting for you.

Vince: Why?

Mary: Well, I thought maybe I might be able to seduce you into taking me out for a lovely romantic dinner.

Vince: Mary, why didn't you tell me that Jason made a pass at you?

Mary: You know?

Vince: Yeah, I know. Not from you, but I know.

Mary: Because it was not important to me and I didn't want to hurt you.

Vince: That wouldn't have hurt. This -- this hurts.

Mary: Why?

Vince: Because for all the world, it feels like you are protecting Jason.

Singer: Love don't mix with jealousy

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