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Another World Transcript Wednesday 5/5/04

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(Missed beginning)

Michael: Hmm.

Donna: Wait -- Mmm, you smell so good. Did you shave just for me?

Michael: No, that's how I smell naturally.

Donna: Oh.

Michael: Mm-hmm.

Donna: Mm-hmm.

Michael: Uh-uh, uh-uh, no, I can't do this. I'll be late for work.

Donna: Oh.

Michael: Wait a minute. Where are you going?

Donna: Well, I certainly don't want you to be late.

Michael: Make me. Make me late for work.

Donna: Make you late?

Michael: Make me.

Donna: I can make you late?

[Phone rings]

Michael: What? What?

Donna: No.

Michael: No, I have to get this. I can't believe --

Donna: Oh, I know, I know.

Michael: Hello, Michael Hudson. What? No, no, no -- no, that's because you don't have the numbers right. Yes, don't worry. Look, can we talk about this when I get into the office? I'll bring all the right papers with me. Thanks. Bye. I don't believe these guys. What?

Donna: Michael, look! "Frame Construction wins hospice bid."

Michael: Wow. "John Hudson, a local Vietnam veteran, won over the Bay City hospital board of directors with an impassioned speech for the plight of all veterans of the war. Hudson and his all-veteran crew have been awarded the single-largest construction contract ever granted in Bay City --"

Donna: All right!

Michael: "Through a previously untested firm." Isn't that amazing?

Donna: Ooh.

Michael: Where were we?

[Donna screams and laughs]

[knock on door]

[door opens]

Mary: Yes?

Vicky: Hi, Mary. Here we are.

Mary: Hi.

Vicky: Say hi!

Mikey: Hi!

Mary: Hi, baby. How you doing?

Vicky: Oh, we're ok, aren't we?

Mary: Well, why don't we sit down?

Vicky: Sounds serious.

Mary: Mm-hmm. It is.

Mikey: Bunny!

Mary: Yes, you have a bunny.

Vicky: We had such a sweet time today, didn't we? We were making breakfast, and you know how little boys can be, especially because we're making breakfast, and --

Mikey: Bunny --

Vicky: It ends up going all over him rather than in his mouth.

Mary: Vicky -- this is very, very serious.

Mac: But, darling, we want to be here for both of you.

Amanda: Daddy, I understand that, but Sam is going to be fine. And, anyway, I think that "Brava" could really use the both of you there. Besides, when they take the bandages off Sam, I think that I should be there --

Rachel: Alone, with him. We understand. Darling, why don't you go to "Brava," and I'll stay here with Amanda until the bandages are taken off, and then I'll come over and join you.

Amanda: Mom, really, I can handle it here. And I think "Brava" can use the both of you.

Mac: Amanda, we want to be here whether you need us or not.

Rachel: So we'll be here in the waiting room. So if you do need us, you know where to find us.

Amanda: Ok. Thanks.

Rachel: Go see Sam.

Amanda: Ok.

Mac: I'm going to call Zack to get over here with the papers I need for the meeting I have to have with Drew Marsten today.

Rachel: Good.

Drew: Good morning.

[Nicole screams]

Nicole: Oh. You scared me.

Drew: Well, I sure hope so. That was quite a scream.

Nicole: I'm sorry. Let me start over. How are you?

Drew: I'm fine, thank you.

Nicole: Did you get home ok?

Drew: Hmm, yeah, I got home ok. I would have rather been with you.

Nicole: Yeah? What's that?

Drew: Oh, this.. This is for you.

Nicole: Oh, Drew -- you don't have to give me any more things.

Drew: Oh, really?

Nicole: Yes, really.

Drew: Oh, well.

Nicole: No! What are you doing? What is this?

Drew: That is my insurance policy.

Nicole: What?

Drew: That is my guarantee that you will go out with me and give me one more evening of your time.

Nicole: What's in here?

Drew: Go ahead. No, go ahead and open it. Watch the glass.

[Nicole gasps]

Nicole: I don't believe it. How did you get these?

Drew: Will you go?

Nicole: "The Phantom of the Opera" is the hottest show on Broadway. I -- I would be crazy not to.

Drew: Oh. Is that the only reason?

Nicole: Oh, no. No, of course not.

Drew: I mean, after last night, I thought --

Nicole: I think there were extenuating circumstances.

Drew: Oh, I see.

Nicole: Drew --

Drew: Yes?

Nicole: I want to go with you, and not just because of these.

Drew: That's what I wanted to hear.

Vicky: Mary, you're beginning to scare me.

Mary: Is Ronnie out there? Would you ask her to come in, please?

Ronnie: Yes?

Mary: Ronnie, would you take the baby inside and just read to him for a few minutes?

Ronnie: Sure. Come on, Mikey.

Mary: Go with Ronnie. There you go.

Ronnie: Got your bunny? Yeah. Oh.

Vicky: It's ok, sweetie.

[Door opens and closes]

Mary: I wish there were a better way to say this to you.

Vicky: Say -- say what to me?

Mary: The child welfare authorities --

Vicky: No, I already took care of that.

Mary: No, Vicky --

Vicky: This is a misunderstanding, Mary, because yesterday I was over there, and -- I must've been there for at least -- I don't know -- maybe two hours or more. They just probably didn't get the final accident reports to you yet.

Mary: The final report is in. They have decided that you are probably not the best person to have Mikey.

Vicky: Why? Mary, I only left him alone for a few minutes. I went over to Amanda's, and -- she needed my help. I had no choice!

Mary: I know. I understand --

Vicky: It was only for a few minutes! Now, I understand that what I did might not have been the correct decision in leaving Mikey alone, and I accept the responsibility for that mistake. But Amanda needed me. It wasn't as if I was sacked out in front of the television set with a beer and Mikey just happened to wander out the door!

Mary: I do understand. But please realize that this is a very complex decision, much more so than you know. You understood, Vicky, that at the very best you only had temporary custody. What's needed is a permanent home.

Vicky: What's needed is stability. I can give that to Mikey. If you move him right now, he's going to become an emotional wreck! He was just beginning --

Mary: The transition will be very --

Vicky: To trust me, Mary! You're a mother! You can understand --

Mary: Vicky, don't.

Vicky: That I need him! I know some people think that I might be a little wild or unfit. But I am a responsible guardian. I deserve a second chance, please!

Mary: The decision is not up to me. Would you have Ronnie and the baby come back in here, please?

Vicky: Right now?

Mary: There's never going to be a good time.

Vicky: Oh. I'm sorry I failed you, sweetie. It's going to be ok. It's going to be ok.

Mikey: Vicky -- Vicky --

Vicky: Ok. Oh, baby. Oh.

Ronnie: All right.

Mikey: Vicky.

Mary: Sorry.

Vicky: No.

Mary: I'm sorry.

Vicky: This fight is not over, Mary! I have not lost Mikey yet.

[Door slams]

Mary: Oh.

[Doorbell rings]

Michael: Oh --

Donna: No.

Michael: No?

Donna: No, no. You're mine. I'm not going to let you go, ever.

Michael: Ah! Ok, good.. This is actually great. We'll be the first couple to die from permanent hugging.

[Rings

Donna: Oh -- all right.

Michael: Oh, now you want to go?

Donna: You better get -- yeah, yeah, yeah, I better get it. I'll get it.

Michael: All right.

Donna: John!

John: Hello, Donna.

Donna: Hi. Come in.

Michael: Hey! A star is born, eh?

John: Ah, you heard.

Donna: Well, it's a little hard to keep a secret when it's already in the paper, you know.

John: I just stopped by to welcome you guys home.

Michael: Well, congratulations..

Donna: Yes, it is. It's wonderful news.

John: Thanks.

Michael: When do you start?

John: Well, I tell you, I've got --

Donna: Listen, if you guys could excuse me, I have an appointment with Nicole. So I'll see you a little later?

Michael: Sure.

Donna: Ok?

Michael: See you later, baby.

Donna: Bye.

Michael: Bye.

Donna: And congratulations again.

John: Thanks, Donna.

Donna: Bye.

Michael: Hey, you. I want you to know I'm really proud of you.

John: Well, just following in your footsteps.

Michael: Get out of here, man. You're making your own.

John: I guess it runs in the family.

Michael: Well, you've always been your own man, John. I was really proud when I heard about how you stood up there and -- and then spoke for yourself and those vets.

John: Well, thanks. Well, like I said, I just stopped by for a minute, just wanted to welcome you home. I got to get going. Big meeting at the hospital.

Michael: Wait, wait -- you got a big -- you're going right like that?

John: Yeah, why?

Michael: Well, this is a -- this is a -- a big meeting, right?

John: Yeah, sure it is.

Michael: Well, you want to borrow a suit?

John: A suit? Why?

Michael: Well, I mean, this is -- this is an important contract, right? I mean, you want to make a -- the right impression.

John: Well, are they going to be impressed with the clothes, or are they going to be impressed with me?

Michael: Ok.. Touché. Want to borrow a tie?

John: No. What have I gotten myself into?

Michael: Nothing. Welcome to the big leagues.

John: No tie.

Jamie: Ok. Well, all my rounds are done. It's back to my garden.

Nurse: Ok.

Jamie: Thanks a lot.

Adam: Jamie?

Jamie: Adam.

Adam: Can I talk to you for a minute?

Jamie: Yeah. About what?

Adam: Personal business.

Jamie: You seem to be doing a lot of that lately, Adam.

Adam: Look -- maybe meddling in your business wasn't right. I'm sorry. I was paying so much attention to your business, I forgot to pay attention to mine.

Jamie: Adam, do me a favor and don't ruin the rest of my day off, all right?

Adam: Look, just hear me out, will you?

Jamie: You know, you're right, Adam. You've been meddling too much in my life, not to mention Lisa's.

Adam: I came to say goodbye. I'm going out of town for a couple of days.

Jamie: Send me a post card.

Vicky: Dad --

Michael: Vicky?

Vicky: Do you have a minute?

Michael: Sure. Honey, what's wrong?

Vicky: They took Mikey away from me.

Michael: Who did? What happened? Victoria? Vicky, calm down, ok? Breathe. I want you to inhale. Take a breath. Ok, let it out. Calm?

Vicky: Mm-hmm.

Michael: Tell me, what happened?

Vicky: The other day, there was an accident, and Amanda needed my help. So I went over to her apartment because Sam was really sick, and Mikey ran out of the apartment and fell into a hole.

Michael: Oh, no.

Vicky: He's ok. Jason saved him. He went -- he climbed down the hole and brought him out and Mikey's ok. But the child welfare board called me, and yesterday I went through all these hours and hours of meetings with them. And they decided that I can't have Mikey. And Mary called me this morning to tell me that they're going to give him to strangers. I know how that feels. I need you to help me, Dad. If you and Mom could please just help me.

Michael: Vicky -- Vicky, we can't. I am so sorry, but there's just nothing that we can do. I'm sorry.

Vicky: No! I knew you wouldn't help!

Mac: Why did she say that?

Rachel: I don't know. I wasn't there --

Mac: Oh, hello, Adam.

Rachel: Hi.

Adam: I was just on my way over to "Brava" to find you.

Rachel: What for?

Adam: I'm -- I'm going away for a short while.

Rachel: On a vacation?

Adam: Of sorts. Rachel, could I talk to Mac alone for a second?

Rachel: Sure you can. Have a good trip.

Mac: Thanks, honey.

Adam: I'm going to go find M.J.

Mac: Well, when those suppressed feelings get stirred up, we have to deal with them.

Adam: Lisa -- she -- she got me feeling again, and -- well, M.J. --

Mac: You're at a crossroads, Adam. You've got decisions to make. You're doing the right thing.

Adam: Mac, I wish I could be sure.

Mac: Well, what do your instincts tell you?

Adam: My instincts tell me to go.

Mac: Well, go with them.

Adam: It's just that I feel bad about leaving you now. I mean, this takeover bid and Mikey's case is still open.

Mac: Adam, that's all going to be ok. You have to go your own road.

Adam: I'll be back.

Mac: Take care. And take your time. You're doing the right thing.

Adam: Thanks, Mac.

Nicole: So, let's see what you bought.

Donna: Oh, I want to show you what I bought you.

Nicole: Oh, well, you didn't have to get me anything.

Donna: Are you kidding? All we did was shop.

Nicole: Oh, really?

Donna: Well, that's not all we did.

Nicole: Oh, yeah? What else did you do?

Donna: Never mind. Never mind. I will be right back. I'm going to go get everything.

Nicole: Ok.

Nicole's voice: I want to go with you, and not just because of these.

Drew's voice: That's what I wanted to hear.

Donna: Hmm, ok.

Nicole: Oh!

Donna: What? What?

Nicole: Oh, I'm sorry. Everyone is frightening me today.

Donna: Well, I'm sorry.

Nicole: Oh, what is this --?

Donna: Oh, you got to see everything. Come on over here.

Nicole: Ok. You know what this reminds me of?

Donna: What?

Nicole: How impressed I used to be with your book bag always being so full and so heavy. I was always so jealous.

Donna: Uh-huh, uh-huh. Well, I remember you used to put rocks in yours.

Nicole: I did. I wanted to be just like you.

Donna: Yeah. You know, kids are sometimes so stupid.

Nicole: Stupid? Donna, I thought I was being so clever. Oh, what is this?

Donna: Go on, go on, open it.

Nicole: You know, between you and Drew, I am really getting spoiled.

Donna: Well, good. I'm glad somebody's spoiling you. Oh, I hope you like it.

Nicole: Oh, Donna, it's beautiful. You really are spoiling me.

Donna: Good, good. You deserve it.

Nicole: Look.

Donna: Good!

Nicole: Perfect. Oh. Donna --

Donna: What?

Nicole: I'm just so confused about Cass lately. I -- my feelings for Drew are very strong, you know.

Donna: Well, honey, I mean, I can understand that. I mean, Drew was your first love. And I know those feelings can be very, very strong. Well, I mean, look at Michael and me. Hmm?

Nicole: Yeah. I'm so happy for you. Two of you back together again.

Donna: Hmm.

Nicole: You know, it must be like a -- a dream.

Donna: No, no. No, it's better than a dream.

Nicole: Oh, yeah?

Donna: Yeah.

[Donna laughs]

Michael: Mary.

Mary: Hi.

Michael: Hi. You got a minute?

Mary: Sure, sure. Vince, Michael is here. Yeah, I will. I'll tell you later. Me, too. Bye.

Michael: I -- sorry.

Mary: No, no, don't be silly. How was your honeymoon?

Michael: My honeymoon was absolutely wonderful.

Mary: Oh, I'm glad.

Michael: Look, I saw Victoria earlier.

Mary: Uh-huh.

Michael: She was very upset, Mary, and I thought -- I don't know -- I thought maybe I'd just stop by and see you and see if --

Mary: There's anything you can do?

Michael: Yeah. Is there?

Mary: Oh, Michael, this board is so strict. They -- they were very hesitant about giving her custody in the first place. She's so young. And in their eyes, she really is an abandoned child herself who comes from a broken home.

Michael: Wait a minute, Mary. I'd hardly call what she has now a broken home.

Mary: I know. I know that. But they do see her as an abandoned child. And they feel that she didn't have the kind of upbringing that would lead her to understand how to nurture.

Michael: Ok, ok. I -- I understand. I just wish there was something I could do.

Mary: You.

Michael: I mean Vicky.

Mary: You sure you don't mean you?

Mac: Julie Ann, see if you can put me through to him. All right? Hello? Hello? Ah! We were cut off.

Zack: They'll call back.

Mac: Yeah, I know.

Rachel: Darling, come with me. Come take a walk.

Mac: Well, Rachel, I can't go very far --

Rachel: I know, I know.

Mac: If the phone rings, I --

Rachel: Darling, there's nothing for you to do here. You might as well go to the office.

Mac: No, it would make me feel too bad. At a time like this to leave you all here? No.

Ronnie: What's going on here?

Zack: Oh, hi.

Ronnie: Don't "Oh, hi" me. Look, I told you -- you can't use the hospital lounge for your private office.

Zack: Well, actually -- I don't know how this happened.

Ronnie: What?

Zack: Well, I went into my briefcase for one thing, and then before I knew it, I had papers all over me.

Ronnie: Look, I'll help you clean this up.

Zack: No! Don't touch anything. I won't be able to find stuff for a week.

Ronnie: Look, you really, really have to put this stuff away.

Zack: Do you have to do everything by the book?

Ronnie: Not everything. But this is a hospital. I wouldn't bring my patients to your office for treatment.

Zack: No, of course not.

[Phone rings]

Ronnie: Third floor. It's your office.

Zack: Thank you -- ahem.

Rachel: You're not really here anyway, are you?

Mac: I'm sorry. I guess I'm not.

Rachel: It's all right. Why don't you go to the office and hold down the fort there and I'll hold down the fort here?

Mac: You're a wise and wonderful woman, Rachel Cory -- wise and beautiful. Did I tell you I love you today?

Rachel: No.

Mac: I do.

Rachel: Thank you. Now take your lawyer and get away, go back to the office. Mac!

Mac: Well, all right, but you call me the minute there's word.

Rachel: I will.

Mac: Let's get out of here, Zack.

Zack: Uh -- yeah, right.

Donna: All right. Now, the lady at the boutique said that you had to be very, very careful with that. Only one whiff and your man will be reduced to a prisoner of passion.

[Donna and Nicole laugh]

Nicole: I'd better not wear it out in public.

Donna: Oh, absolutely not.

Nicole: Mmm, mmm.

Donna: Oh, yes.

Nicole: Which man shall I imprison?

Donna: Oh, I am sure you will choose the right one.

Nicole: Hmm. I'll tell you what -- you choose.

Donna: Oh, no. No, no, no. I am through choosing men. I have chosen my last man.

[Nicole chuckles]

Nicole: Are you happy, Donna? I mean, really?

Donna: You know, for the first time in my life, I am really, truly at peace with everything.

Nicole: Oh. I'm so glad to hear that. Donna, you know I think the world of you and I just want you to be happy.

Donna: Well, I am.

Nicole: With everything that happened?

Donna: You're -- you're talking about losing the baby, aren't you?

Nicole: Yeah.

Donna: Nicole, that is over. Michael and I have put that behind us, and I don't want you to feel like you have to go around walking on cracked eggs around me, ok?

Nicole: Ok. Hey, you're beginning to sound like the old Donna. It's really wonderful.

Donna: Yeah. I feel wonderful, and Michael and I have decided that we're not even going to try to have any more children. I mean, I have two absolutely wonderful, gorgeous, beautiful daughters, and what else do I need, right?

Nicole: Right.

Donna: I am so glad to see you.

Nicole: Oh, you, too.

Michael: Mary, Victoria has become very attached to Mikey, and as her father, that's -- well, I thought I could help, that's all.

Mary: Help her keep him in the family?

Michael: No. Well, yes. I mean, maybe that -- maybe that's part of it, all right? It's just that ever since Donna and I decided that we weren't going to try to have any more children --

Mary: How do you feel about that?

Michael: It would endanger Donna's health. That's the fact.

Mary: But how do you feel about it?

Michael: What do you mean, how do I feel about it? What -- you trying to run a number on me?

Mary: Maybe I am, yeah. But it seems to me there's a lot at stake for you here.

Michael: And for Donna and for Victoria.

Mary: And for you! Why can't you admit -- why do you have to be so stubborn? It is ok to have feelings in a situation like this. It's natural. I'm sure you have them.

Michael: Yes, yes! I have feelings, all right? I don't like them, but I have them.

Mary: Well, then talk about them. Don't deny them.

[Michael sighs]

Michael: All right, I'm upset, ok?

Mary: And?

Michael: And I guess I'm sad. I'm sad that I can't help Victoria because it would hurt Donna.

Mary: Have you talked to Donna?

Michael: Look, Donna is resolved to the fact that we can't have any more children. Just that when she saw Mikey, I saw what it did to her.

Mary: What did it do?

Michael: Am I supposed to go through all this with you again? Come on, Mary. Donna is very fragile right now, all right? I mean, the thing is resolved, but the pain doesn't go away. It doesn't go away quickly, and it won't go away for a long time, I don't think.

Mary: Are you sure we're talking about Donna here?

Michael: Yes. Yes! And it's not going to go away overnight, all right? That's the end of it.

[Knock on door]

Mary: Come in..

Michael: Hey.

Ronnie: We just came in to say goodbye.

Michael: Hey, buddy. How you doing? Oh, how nice to see you.

Mary: Well, I thought you came to say goodbye to me.

Michael: Look at --

Mikey: Bunny!

Michael: Yeah, it's a bunny! Uh -- where are you going to take him?

Ronnie: Well, the welfare board is sending someone over to get him.

Michael: Really, huh? You know, Vicky told me that Bridget gave her a bunny just like this.

Mikey: Vicky!

Michael: Vicky, yeah.

Mikey: Vicky.

Michael: Aw.

Mary: They have to go now, Michael.

Ronnie: Come on, Mikey.

Michael: Really?

Ronnie: Yeah. Come on.

Michael: Ok. Well, bye.

[Mikey babbles]

Ronnie: Say "Bye."

Michael: Bye, Mikey.

Mary: I'll come out with you.

Mikey: Bye!

Michael: Bye.

Mary: I'll be right back.

[Michael sighs]

Michael: Mary, wait!

Vicky: Jamie? Jamie! Is anybody here?

Vicky: You know what? You are so beautiful. Ooh. And I am so happy to have you here. So happy to have you here.

[Mikey babbles]

Vicky: You know what? We're going to be good friends, Mikey. We're going to go out and we're going to play. We're going to have a good time. Because I know what it's like to be alone. But you're not going to be alone anymore.

[Vicky cries]

Jamie: Hi. Hey, what's wrong?

Vicky: Oh, Jamie.

Drew: I'm not one to mince words, Mac, so let me say from the start, I personally would prefer a straightforward sell as to a hostile takeover.

Mac: What makes you think you can get my company?

Drew: Well, I'm not here to argue that point with you. Obviously, my client wants to buy Cory Publishing, and I think it's evident that both parties are willing to fight for it.

Mac: For you, this is just another deal. For me, it's my life's work, means a great deal to me. I handpick most of the people that work here at headquarters and abroad. I know them by name. My door is always open to my employees. I'm an old-fashioned man and --

Drew: And Cory Publishing is one of the most respected names in the business because of that. And when my client buys you out, nothing would change.

Mac: Nothing?

Drew: I'd see to it that you remained as a consultant so everything would run as it always has. The only exception would be Cass Winthrop.

Mac: Cass?

Drew: Well, he's a very good man, and I have a company in Chicago that could really use him.

Mac: What makes you think he'd go there?

Drew: Every man has his price.

Mac: Not I.

Drew: Even you, Mac. Maybe not financially. I mean, if this was a war over dollars and cents, you would fight me to the bitter end. But you have a different price.

Mac: What might that be?

Drew: Time.

Mac: I beg your pardon?

Drew: You're not getting any younger, Mr. Cory. You've been very successful. This business is very successful. It's time for your family to enjoy that success. I understand you're about to become a grandfather.

Mac: Yes.

Drew: Wouldn't it be a great opportunity for you to watch your grandchild grow as you have helped this company grow?

Sam: Any kicks today?

Amanda: No. No. Pretty quiet today.

Sam: Yeah?

Dr. Abbott: Hello, Sam.

Sam: Hi, doc.

Dr. Abbott: Today is the day we take the bandages off.

Ronnie: Mrs. Fowler, I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to wait outside.

Sam: No, I want her here.

Dr. Abbott: Afraid not, Sam. It's procedure.

Ronnie: I'll come get you.

Sam: Hey, Amanda?

Amanda: It's ok. I'll be outside.

Sam: Everything's going to be fine, hon. I promise.

Jamie: You ok?

Vicky: Oh, I wish I were dead.

Jamie: I never want to hear you say that. Do you hear me? Nothing is worth dying over. Nothing.

Vicky: Oh, Jamie --

Jamie: No, it's ok. It's ok. Just tell me what happened.

Vicky: They took Mikey away from me.

Jamie: What? Why?

Vicky: After what happened, they thought I was neglecting him, but I wasn't! I --

Jamie: Oh, that's ridiculous! Of course you weren't. I know you weren't. Do you need me to vouch for you? I mean, it's --

Vicky: No, it's too late, Jamie! All my life, I've been waiting for someone or something that would fill my life with love and that I could love. And Mikey did that for me. And now he's gone, and nothing's worth it anymore.

Jamie: You are so wonderful with that little boy.

Vicky: Thanks. Thanks.

Rachel: Well, I know that pace.

Mac: Oh, I didn't hear you come in.

Rachel: No, you wouldn't have heard Big Ben if he had been installed outside in the reception area.

Mac: I -- I was thinking.

Rachel: Yes, I know.

Mac: Any change in Sam's --

Rachel: Amanda's going to call us. I'm glad I'm here. You probably wouldn't have heard the phone ring.

Mac: You're right. I probably wouldn't because of what I've been thinking. What a day.

Rachel: What's happening, Mac?

Mac: Well, that young man Marsten -- he made a very convincing argument that I should sell the publishing business.

Rachel: You're not considering it?

Mac: Two months ago, I wouldn't have given it a second thought. But I'm just beginning to wonder, Rachel, if business isn't at the bottom of some problems I've been having lately.

Rachel: Oh, Mac, I know. The family has needed us and so has the business. I feel guilty just being here instead of being with Amanda right now.

Mac: And I certainly haven't been there for Matthew all the time, and I still wonder if I shouldn't have insisted that Sam and Amanda let us help them.

Rachel: Oh, darling. The family has had a rough time. I know that. But we'll pull through. We always have in the past.

Mac: But perhaps this offer Mr. Marsten proposed -- perhaps that would ease things for us, you know, make the situation more comfortable for all of us.

Rachel: Mac, this doesn't even sound like you. Where is the Cory spirit? What was that? "If it's comfort you seek, then life may not be the best place for you."

[Mac chuckles]

Mac: Where on earth did you hear that?

Rachel: It was in one of Felicia's novels that you published.

Mac: No, I didn't. Did I?

Rachel: Yes, you did.

Mac: Oh. Look, you know, I have accomplished a lot with Cory Publishing -- hopefully some better things than the one you just quoted.

Rachel: Many.

Mac: I'm just beginning to think it may be time --

Rachel: For what?

Mac: Time for me to concentrate on other areas of my life. If I sell Cory Publishing, I'll have the time to do a lot more for you and the children.

Rachel: But, Mac, you've never neglected us.

Mac: Yes, I have, Rachel. Not intentionally, of course. But if I sell, I can devote much more time to you all, and you so deserve that..

Rachel: Mac!

Mac: Darling, I love you and I love the children. I think it's time I let you know just how much.

Dr. Abbott: Nurse, would you close the blinds please?

Ronnie: Sure.

Dr. Abbott: Ok. Now, Sam, we're going to be darkening the room and I'll be taking off the bandage very gradually because your eyes will be sensitive to the light. Ok?

Sam: Yeah. Thanks, Doc.

Dr. Abbott: Scissors, please.

Dr. Abbott I have several layers to cut, so it'll be a little.

Sam: What happens if I can't see?

Dr. Abbott: Well, we'll speculate on that a little later.

[Sam groans]

Dr. Abbott: It'll be just another minute, ok, Sam, all right? Just another couple of layers. There we go.

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