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Another World Transcript Tuesday 5/11/04

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Michael:  would you -- Donna, would you just listen to me, please?

Donna: Oh, I am listening to you. I'm just not buying.

Michael: Come on.

Donna: No. Michael, you made arrangements for that little boy to stay here with us without asking my approval.

Michael: What?

Donna: Oh, come on. You know what I mean.

Michael: Donna, I needed your cooperation, and I got it.

Donna: Oh, yes, right. 10 seconds before that social worker rang the bell and just dropped him here.

Michael: Donna, you are a caring, compassionate person.

Donna: No, no, this is not --

Michael: And I knew that you wouldn't let Mikey continue to be jerked around like that.

Donna: Michael --

Michael: I also knew that you wouldn't let Vicky be let down, and I was right. So, what are you really angry about? Are you angry about Mikey or are you angry about the fact that I know you so well?

Donna: You -- you are awful.

Michael: Yes.

Mikey: Mikey.

Michael: What's that?

Mikey: Mikey.

Donna: What? What?

Michael: Hey. Hey, look at this. What a guy! Oh. My, you're good-looking. Yes. Yes, you are.

Mary: Oh, I can't believe you. You are so great.

Vince: What?

Mary: You work all day so hard, and then you come home and make dinner. I think I ought to bottle and market you.

Vince: Oh, you better not, you better not. I'm way too expensive.

Mary: Oh, yeah? Even for me?

Vince: For you, we can talk price.

Mary: Good. Seriously, thank you for making dinner.

Vince: Oh, it's nothing. It's just grilled chicken with corn on the cob. Simple salad, which is getting simpler all the time. You know, you better stop eating that because there won't be enough for Jake and Marley when they get here.

[Knock on door]

Mary: Mmm.

Vince: Speak of the devils. Don't eat.

Mary: Oh, no more. Last piece.

Vince: Hey, Jake, come on in. Oops. I got to fix that.

Jake: Hello, Uncle Vince.

Mary: Hi.

Jake: Here you go.

Vince: Oh, hey, thank you.

Mary: Oh, pretty.

Jake: Just my way of saying thank you for dinner.

Vince: Oh, you didn't have to do that. We were going to have you over -- we were going to have you over as soon as you got in town. Where's your better half?

Mary: Where's Marley?

[Knock on door]

Cass: Nicole?

Cass: Hi.

Nicole: Cass, hi.

Cass: I thought I'd stop by. After all, it is on my way home.

Nicole: Yeah, just the other side of the bathroom.

Cass: Yeah. I didn't hear you get in yesterday after your date with Drewski.

Nicole: No, it was late in the day.

Cass: Ah -- so -- you two have fun?

Nicole: Well, yes. It was perfect. Picnic was just lovely.

Cass: Nice spot?

Nicole: Oh, charming.

Cass: Beautiful sunset.

Nicole: Beautiful.

Cass: The perfect wine.

Nicole: Perfect.

Cass: Strawberries?

Nicole: Hmm, Napoleons.

Cass: Ah, heaven on earth.

Nicole: That's one description.

Cass: Maybe it's time for a trip to the other side.

Nicole: What?

Cass: Come on, get dressed. Tonight's my turn to show you a good time.

Nicole: Oh, Cass, I'm just so tired.

Cass: Tough. We're going out -- my way.

Jake: Marley couldn't make it.

Mary: Oh, I'm sorry. I was looking forward to getting to know her better.

Jake: She did tell me to tell both of you that she was really sorry but that she just didn't feel well.

Mary: Ah --

Vince: Oh, well, some other time. How long you two going to stay in town?

Jake: Cheryl.

Cheryl: Hey, Jake, how are you?

Jake: I'm fine. How about yourself?

Cheryl: Good, good.

Jake: Ah, you having dinner with us tonight?

Cheryl: I live here, Jake, remember? So where's Marley?

Jake: She's sick. What can I do to help, guys?

Vince: Well, I guess you two can check up on the chicken. It should be done about now.

Jake: Great.

Vince: Actually, having you two have anything to do with food may not be such a good idea, you know?

Cheryl: Remember that Thanksgiving?

Mary: What Thanksgiving?

Jake: The grownups thought it'd be cute if I carved the turkey and Cheryl helped.

Mary: And what happened?

Vince: Well, Jake wolfed down 2/3 of the turkey before dinner.

Jake: Hey, not true.

Cheryl: No, it was 1/3.

Jake: Thank you.

Vince: Right. Hey, and Cheryl dropped the rest of the turkey on the way to the dining room.

Cheryl: It was not my fault. He tickled me.

Vince: So we had for dinner -- stuffing.

Jake: We promise we'll do much better with the chicken this time.

Mary: Yeah, well, I guess we have to, like, trust them, huh?

Cheryl: No. No, no, no, Mom. Rule number one -- never trust Jake. It gets you into trouble.

Jake: So cute. Get, get, get, get, get.

Vince: Ah, Jake.

Mary: You're glad to have him here, huh?

Vince: Oh, you bet, you bet, you bet.

Mary: So why are you odd?

Vince: Well, it's just that I don't know if everything's all right with him.

Mary: In what way?

Vince: Well, I don't know, exactly. Something's not right with him and Marley, too.

Mary: You think they're having trouble?

Vince: Well, they were so great together. I mean, they used to bring out the best in each other. I just hope they're not having problems, you know? Anyway, I don't know why Iím worried about it. It's not like there's, you know --

Mary: You're worried because you care. I like that in a guy.

Vince: Hmm.

Nicole: Your way? Where?

Cass: Trust me.

Nicole: That's usually what gets me into trouble.

Cass: Hey, you're not going to give me equal time with Drew? Is that what you're telling me?

Nicole: What should I wear?

Cass: The hottest thing you've got.

Nicole: Cass!

Cass: What?

Nicole: Come on. Where are we going?

Cass: Ok, all right. You've heard of the Pelican?

Nicole: It's a bird.

Cass: It's also a jazz club.

Nicole: Oh, I don't know anything about jazz.

Cass: You'll learn.

Nicole: I never knew that you were such a fan of the blues, either.

Cass: Ever since childhood.

Nicole: Cass, come on, the truth.

Cass: Well, maybe it's a taste I acquired somewhat more recently.

Nicole: Oh, I see. You have a deal going on down there?

Cass: Of course. Harry, the owner, needs a little legal advice.

Nicole: Mm-hmm. And he's going to give you a free table in exchange, right?

Cass: You can't beat the barter system, can you?

Nicole: Cass, you're not a lawyer anymore.

Cass: The bar hasn't revoked my license that I know of, anyway.

Nicole: Well, I just meant that you're more of an entrepreneur. I mean, you haven't practiced law in years.

Cass: Well, with this takeover, working with Mac, I'm inspired, you know what I mean?

Nicole: Well, why don't you throw the business to someone who's still in practice, like -- like Scott?

Cass: Harry needs to take a look at the lease tonight.

Nicole: Oh. So this isn't really a date, huh?

Cass: Oh, no, no, no, of course it's a date.

Nicole: Yeah, but we won't be alone.

Cass: Oh. Oh, yeah. You know, maybe I will give Scott a call and see if he can meet Harry tonight.

Nicole: Great.

Cass: Mm-hmm.

Nicole: Why don't you ask him to bring Cheryl along?

Cass: Good idea.

Nicole: I'll just go change.

Cass: Right. Is the number right here?

Nicole: Mm-hmm. On the desk.

Cass: Ahem. Scott. Yeah, it's Cass. How you doing? Good. What are you doing? Really? Really? Jeez, I don't think I've ever done that before. Listen, anyway, how would you like to join me tonight at the Pelican? Yeah, that's right. A friend of mine needs some legal advice, and I thought I'd put the two of you together, you know? Great. And why don't you bring Cheryl along? Ok. Good. We'll see you then. Bye. Mission accomplished!

Nicole: Great.

Cass: Ok, now, tell me, really, how boring was your picnic with Drew, baby?

Nicole: I never said it was boring.

Cass: Nicole, among other things, we are friends. You can level with me.

Nicole: I have.

Cass: Well, I got to tell you something --

Nicole: Yes?

Cass: You look so incredible.

Nicole: I hardly had any time to get ready. I'm sure I must look a mess.

Cass: Oh, yes, yes. You'll have to do your impersonation of the titanic much more often.

Nicole: I'm ready for that perfect evening that you promised me. Let's go.

Cass: Well, nobody ever said it was going to be perfect. Just fun.

Michael: Oh, Mr. Bunny. It's Mr. Bunny. It's Mr. Bunny. Oh, what a guy. Yes. Here we go.

Donna: Bridget!

Michael: Ok. You like this one?

Donna: Bridget!

Bridget: Yes, yes, I'm coming. Yes, Ms. Donna, yes?

Donna: Oh, Mikey's here.

Bridget: Oh, well, now, I didn't think it was Lionel Hampton that was doing all that playing.

Donna: Now, you know, I think maybe it's time for his bath.

Bridget: Oh, all right then. Come along now. We're going to get ourselves all cleaned up --

Michael: Oh.

Bridget: Before you put your pajamas on.

Michael: You're going to get all cleaned up, buddy. Ok, I'll tell you what, Bridget, when he gets done, before you put him to bed, would you -- would you give me a call, huh?

Bridget: Yes, of course I will. Come along, then.

Michael: Ok, here's Mr. Bunny.

Bridget: Oh, let's take him with us. Him, too. All right, we'll give him a bath, too, shall we?

Michael: Sorry. I got a little distracted there. Where were we? Oh, I remember --

Donna: Oh, you mean before the xylophone recital?

Michael: It's ok, it's ok. I remember.

Donna: Yeah.

Michael: Donna -- please.

Donna: No, look, I'm not angry with Mikey. I guess I'm just -- Michael, Iím just feeling guilty.

Michael: Guilty? Why?

Donna: Because I am keeping away from him, and I know Mikey senses that.

Michael: Give it time, Donna. Whenever you get a new person in your life, there's always a period of adjustment.

Donna: Well, Victoria didn't need it. I mean, did you see her this afternoon? She -- she was scooping him up and playing with him. It was like she'd been managing a daycare center her entire life.

Michael: Donna, come on. Victoria feels a special kinship to Mikey. She was raised without parents, too.

Donna: Well, then there's Bridget. I mean, Mikey and Bridget adore each other.

Michael: Bridget has been taking care of kids her entire life.

Donna: Well, then, what about you? Michael, you haven't been around children that much, and you just took to him so easily.

Michael: I don't know why I took to him so easily, Donna. I really don't. But give yourself some time. Maybe you will, too.

Donna: No. No, I told you that I am not going to allow myself to become emotionally attached to him.

Michael: Ok, ok, and you don't have to. You know, this isn't going to be very long. Scott and the police are doing their best to track down his natural parents.

Donna: Michael, what if they don't find them? Or what if they do find them and then they're unfit? I mean, what then?

Michael: Donna, a permanent home will be found for Mikey.

Donna: Well, Victoria is not going to like that.

Michael: Victoria has nothing to say in the matter.

[Phone rings]

Michael: She understood that this was not going to be a permanent situation when we started.

Bridget: Excuse me. Mr. Michael, that phone call is for you. It's London calling.

Michael: I'll take it in the library, Bridget.

Bridget: Yes.

Michael: Donna, I promise you this -- the child welfare board will find a permanent family for Mikey. Ok?

Donna: Oh, I hope so, and I hope it's soon.

Mary: And so the hospital is going to co-sponsor this party line, and the kids can call in and talk to each other.

Cheryl: Sounds pretty racy, mama.

Mary: Oh, yeah? Well, what Iím hoping it will be is a kind of provided support system. And, of course, it's going to be staffed by fully trained volunteers.

Jake: Sounds like a great idea. Something we should've had back in Lassiter. All we had was a pool hall.

Cheryl: Yeah, well, at least you had that. With the nuns, we just had the chapel.

Vince: Oh, you didn't suffer any for it, young lady.

Jake: Of course not. She had St. Sebastian's right down the street...

Vince: Hmm.

Mary: St. Sebastian's?

Jake: Boys' school.

Mary: Oh?

Vince: Mm-hmm.

Jake: Tell us about it, Cheryl.

Mary: Yes, tell us about it, Cheryl.

Vince: Yeah, whatever happened --?

[phone rings]

Mary: What is it --?

Vince: Oh --

Mary: Saved by the bell.

Cheryl: Hello. Oh, hi, Scott.

Mary: Does everybody have everything that they want?

Cheryl: The Pelican? Well, sure. Tonight? Um -- ok. Sure. I'll be ready. All right. Bye-bye.

Vince: What was that? What was that?

Cheryl: That was Scott. He wants me to go to a jazz club with him tonight.

Vince: A jazz club?

Cheryl: Yeah, the Pelican.

Vince: Oh, great.

Cheryl: What do I wear? What do I wear?

Jake: Always getting last-minute dates like this?

Cheryl: It's not a date, Jake. Scott and I are just friends.

Jake: Then why are you so nervous?

Cheryl: I'm not nervous. I got to go find something to wear.

Vince: Pelican club. I don't know.

Mary: Oh, she'll be all right, Vince. She's a convent-educated girl.

Vince: Oh, with St. Sebastian's right down the road.

Mary: Mm-hmm.

Jake: Whatever happened with the two of them? I thought they were pretty tight.

Mary: Mm-hmm. The timing was wrong. They were just in different places in their lives.

Vince: Hmm. I'm just glad they realized that they weren't cut out for each other before they got too serious, you know?

[Music plays]

Man: I'll be right with you people. Cass, baby.

Cass: Harry, how you doing?

Harry: Hey, Iím fine now that my lawyer is here. Hello.

Cass: Harry, back off. This is my baby.

Nicole: Harry, Iím Nicole love. Nobody's baby. I'm pleased to meet you.

Harry: Likewise. Except you're with a bum like this? Just kidding, just kidding. Actually, Cass, baby, is going to give me some legal advice tonight.

Cass: Actually, Harry, I'm not.

Harry: What?

Cass: Now, don't get excited, Harry. I've got a very good friend who's coming over, and he's an excellent lawyer.

Harry: Who?

Cass: His name is Scott LaSalle, and he's an associate of Zack Edwards. You know Zack.

Harry: Really? Well, I guess you can still have your table.

Cass: He's such a kidder.

Harry: Just kidding.

Nicole: Well, are you always so crowded?

Harry: Well, when you run a classy joint like I do, no. But Thursday has turned out to be talent night, and we're packing them in. It's a hit. You'll see.

Nicole: Oh, I can't wait.

Harry: And the talent is great. Now what can I get you two? On the house. At least until the lawyer shows.

Cass: Well, in that case, I'll have a blue lagoon. Make it a double. And come to think of it, make it two.

Harry: You got it.

Cass: Thanks, Harry.

Nicole: What's a blue lagoon?

Cass: What's the matter? You chicken? Or are your taste buds too refined after drinking all of that fancy, fancy champagne with what's-his-face?

Nicole: Drew. Of course not. A blue lagoon sounds lovely.

Cass: Good. Ah.

Nicole: Ah -- I think I will just have a glass of white wine.

Cass: Oh, no. Thank you very much. Tonight, we play by my rules. You got it?

Nicole: Got it.

Cass: Mm-mm. Whoa.

Michael: London gets talkier all the time.

Donna: Well, I certainly hope it wasn't bad news.

Michael: Nothing I can't handle.

Donna: Good. Good, good, good, good, good.

Michael: Want to tell me what happened while I was on that transatlantic phone call?

Donna: Well, you see, I decided that I liked what was happening before Mikey interrupted, so I thought maybe we might resume.

Michael: Really? Well, where were we?

Donna: Well, as I recall, I think you were about here.

Michael: Mm-hmm.

Donna: And I was about here.

Michael: I like this. I do.

Donna: Mm-hmm?

Michael: Yes, Bridget.

Bridget: Oh, I have Mikey all ready for bed.

Michael: Oh.

Donna: Well, that's fine. Why don't you go upstairs and tuck him in? I'm sure he's waiting for you. And we'll resume this later.

Michael: Later?

Donna: Right.

Michael: Don't go anywhere.

Donna: Ooh, I won't.

Mary: Well, I guess you're on thirds, is that right?

Vince: Oh --

Cheryl: So what do you think?

Vince: Whoa.

Mary: Oh, pretty.

Jake: Wait a minute. I thought this was just a friendly date.

Cheryl: Just relax, Jake, ok?

Jake: Well, what I meant was that it's a good thing Scott will be along so he can fight the other men off.

[Phone rings]

Jake: Unless that's him calling and canceling right now.

Mary: I'll get it, Iíll get it.

Cheryl: No, Jake, if you don't be quiet, I will hit you so hard, Marley won't be able to kiss you for a week.

Mary: Hello?

Donna: Mary. It's Donna Hudson.

Mary: Hi.

Donna: Listen, I'm sorry to be calling so late.

Mary: No, don't be silly. What's up?

Donna: Well, I was just wondering if you had any information on Mikey's parents.

Mary: Unfortunately, no.

Donna: Oh. Oh, I see. I just thought you might have some late-breaking news. I mean, I know Scottís working on the case.

Mary: Yes, he is. And as soon as we know anything, we'll certainly give you a call.

Donna: All right, all right, thank you. Listen, one more question -- what's the status on finding a permanent foster family for him?

Mary: Well, we're looking for suitable candidates. Why?

Donna: I -- I -- I was just curious.

Mary: Donna, is everything all right?

Donna: Oh, yes, yes, everything's fine.

Mary: Are you sure?

Donna: Yes, yes. Look, Mary, just forget that I called, really.

Mary: No, Donna --

Donna: Um, you know, I -- I hear Michael calling. We're just putting Mikey down for the night. Thanks. Bye-bye.

Scott: Hey, everybody.

Mary: Hi.

Jake: You guys look great.

Scott: Well, this Pelican jazz place is supposed to be pretty fun.

Cheryl: Well, let's go.

Vince: Whoa, whoa, what's the rush?

Cheryl: Well, we have to meet Cass and Nicole, pops. And, besides, this isn't the prom. You don't have to take pictures.

Vince: Why, I ought to -- listen, have a good time.

Cheryl: Ok.

Mary: Bye-bye. I have to go out for a little while, too.

Vince: Is there a problem?

Mary: I hope not. I hope you don't mind.

Vince: No, no, it'll give me and Jake a chance to talk.

Mary: Ok. I'll be back as soon as I can.

Vince: All right.

Mary: All right.

Harry: Hi. Thank you, thank you. All right, all right. Let's hear it for Harry, ok?


Harry: All right, now, listen, listen. Listen, ladies and gentlemen. You know, the Pelican club is delighted to bring you the very best in a local talent. And to continue in that tradition, ladies and gentlemen, Tiffany Simone.


Tiffany: This is for all you lovers out there.

Tiffany sings: If I were your woman and you were my man you'd have no other woman you'd be weak as a lamb if you had the strength to walk out that door my love would overrule my sense and I'd call you back for more if I were your woman if I were your woman and you were my man if I were your woman and you were my man you'd have no other woman you'd be weak as a lamb if you had the strength to walk out that door my love would overrule my sense and I'd call you back for more if I were your woman if I were your woman and you were my man oh she tears you down, darling says you're nothing at all but I'll pick you up, darling when she lets you fall you're like a diamond but she treats you like glass yet you beg her to love you but me you don't ask if I were your woman if I were your woman if I were your woman here's what I'd do yeah Iíd never no, never stop loving you if I were your woman if I were your woman here's what I'd do yeah Iíd never stop loving you mm-hmm mm-hmm stop loving you

Cass: So tell me, what do you think of this place?

Nicole: Hmm.

Cass: Huh?

Nicole: It has atmosphere.

Cass: Maybe now we could go someplace a little more private?

Nicole: Maybe we could.

Cass: Let's go.

Nicole: Ok.

Harry: You're not leaving?

Cass: I'm afraid so, Harry.

Harry: But my lawyer -- he never came.

Cass: Yeah, well, you know, he should be getting here any minute now. So I wouldn't worry about it. In fact, hey, here they are now.

Scott: Hey.

Harry: He's just a kid.

Nicole: Oh, but bright. Very bright.

Cass: Very, very bright.

Cheryl: Hi. Hi, you guys.

Nicole: Hi, Cheryl, Scott.

Cass: Scott, Cheryl, this is Harry Calhoun, the owner of the Pelican.

Scott: Harry --

Harry: What's a writ?

Scott: It's a court order. Why?

Harry: Oh, ok. Just wanted to make sure my friend Cass here wasn't pulling a fast one.

Cass: He's such a kidder. Now, would I do that?

Harry: Yes.

Cass: No.

Harry: You two can have their table.

Scott: Thank you very much.

Harry: I'll send a waitress over with some drinks.

Scott: Ok.

Cheryl: So, you guys are leaving already, huh?

Nicole: Um, yeah. Well, we have things to do.

Cheryl: Oh. Well, have fun.

Nicole: I certainly will try.

[Nicole and Cheryl laugh]

Nicole: Yo, Cass.

Cass: Yo.

Cheryl: Ok, we'll see you later.

Cass: We'll see you two later. Bye-bye.

Scott: Well, that was quick. I thought we were at least going to have a drink with them.

Cheryl: Are you disappointed?

Scott: No, I'm not.

Cheryl: You know what?

Scott: What?

Cheryl: I think that you should loosen your tie a little bit and relax.

Scott: You know what?

Cheryl: What?

Scott: I think you're right. Come on, let's sit down.

Vince: When you love somebody, you have to make allowances, I mean, because they're not perfect, you're not perfect. I mean, they're going to make mistakes. You're going to make mistakes.

Jake: You always make this stuff sound so simple.

Vince: Simple? Ha-ha. It was very, very hard. Forgiving Mary is probably the hardest thing I've ever done because all the time she was away, I idolized her. And then when I thought she was dead, I put her up on a pedestal.

Jake: Yeah, I remember.

Vince: You know, now I realize that people aren't always what you want them to be, all right? But if you love them and you want to be with them -- and that's what I wanted to be -- I wanted to be with Mary -- well, you have to accept them for what they are and, no matter how hard it is, for what they've done.

Jake: But you guys were able to do that, weren't you? I mean, and now -- now it seems like you guys are closer than ever.

Vince: Yeah, but it took a lot of time and an awful lot of work.

Jake: And patience.

Vince: That most of all. The thing you got to remember about people is even the best people -- they don't always do what you want them to.

Jake: Yeah. No, they don't.

Bridget: Mrs. McKinnonís here.

Donna: Thank you, Bridget.

Mary: Thank you, Bridget. Hi.

Donna: Mary, what are you doing here?

Mary: Well, I was a little bit concerned after our phone conversation.

Donna: Oh, no, no. It was really silly of me to call, and Iím sorry it was so late.

Mary: Please don't be. I'm glad you did. Are you having some kind of problems adjusting to Mikey being here?

Donna: No, everything's going wonderfully well.

Mary: Is it?

Donna: All right, well, I'm having some trouble adjusting, yeah.

Mary: Some?

Donna: All right, a lot.

Mary: Maybe his being here really isn't such a good idea.

Donna: No. No, Michael loves having him here, and of course Victoria and Bridget do, too.

Mary: That's all wonderful, but we're talking about how you feel. Oh, come on, Donna. I know that you're upset. I just wish you'd talk to me about it.

Donna: All right, look, I don't know how to act around him. I don't know what to say or what to do.

Mary: Do you feel that everybody else around him does?

Donna: Yes, yes. It's like I'm a --

Mary: Like you're a --

Donna: Like Iím an outsider, and I know that's very silly.

Mary: I don't think it is because I've felt that way. I felt that way when I came back here to a family I didn't know.

Donna: Yes, but, Mary, at least they were your children. Mikey is not mine.

Mary: And he will never take the place of the child you lost.

Donna: No, he won't.

Mary: Is that what you think is happening with Michael?

Donna: I don't know. I -- I mean, one minute I think he's using Mikey to block his own feelings about his son, and then the next minute I think the problem is me.

Mary: You?

Donna: Yes, that I can't accept my son's death, that I just can't put those feelings behind me, and I think that's why I have such trouble dealing with Mikey.

Mary: Have you talked about this with Michael?

Donna: No. No, not since Mikey moved in. I mean, I really -- I really just want to forget all those bad memories, and I don't think talking with Michael right now is going to do that.

Mary: Maybe having Mikey here isn't helping, either. Maybe what I should do is tomorrow I should have just a talk with Michael and see if I can arrange other temporary custody.

Donna: No! No, no, I don't want you to do that. I mean, he needs to stay here until you find a permanent home, that is, and then you can take him. I mean, I -- I have to get through this. I owe it to Michael and to Victoria.

Mary: What about what you owe to yourself, Donna?

Donna: Look, Mary, if Mikey leaves right now because of me, I am going to feel guiltier than I already do. I have to learn how to deal with my feelings about Mikey and my son.

Mary: I think you can do it.

Donna: Well, all I know is that if I plan on the life with Michael that I truly want, I have to really take a look at what's going on inside of me every time I look at that little boy, and I have to start now.

Scott: So by then this judge is so mad at her, right, I thought she was going to hit her with the gavel right on her head.

Cheryl: It sounds like Jake and me.

Scott: Why? Didn't you guys always get along?

Cheryl: No, no, we got along. It's just when I was little, he and M.J. used to always get me into trouble, you know.

Scott: Uh-huh.

Cheryl: They used to take advantage of me because I was so much younger than they were.

Scott: Oh, yeah, just so rough being the younger sister.

Cheryl: It is tough. You know, I spent my whole life trying to catch up to them. Sometimes, I still think Iím still trying.

Scott: Well, I think you finally caught up.

Harry: Everything all right?

Cheryl: Yeah.

Scott: Yes, it's great.

Cheryl: Thanks.

Harry: Yeah, I thought so. I've been watching you two.

Scott: Oh, yeah?

Harry: Yeah. You look so happy, so fresh, so young. You're in love, aren't you?

Scott: Well, actually --

Cheryl: No, I --

Harry: It's none of my business. As long as you're having a good time.

Cheryl: The best.

Scott: Listen, how about that talk we were going to have?

Harry: You don't want to hear about my problems with the landlord tonight. I'll stop by your office tomorrow the way normal people do.

Scott: That's really nice of you, Harry.

Harry: Yeah.

Scott: Thanks for everything.

Harry: Yeah. I must be feeling sick. I better go lay down.

[Cheryl laughs]

Scott: Ok.

Harry: Have a good time.

Scott: You, too.

Cheryl: Good night.

Scott: Good night.

Cheryl: So you're free.

Scott: Yeah. You know, it's getting kind of late. Maybe I ought to take you home.

Cheryl: Well, you know, pops doesn't wait up for me anymore, so -- unless you want to go home.

Scott: No, no, you kidding me? I don't want to go home yet. Want to go for a burger or something?

Cheryl: Ok.

Scott: Yeah?

Cheryl: Just as long as it's not Maryís place, ok?

Scott: You're on.

Cheryl: Ok.

Scott: Let's go. Let's get out of here.

Cheryl: Thanks, Scott.

Michael: "And then the very little engine came chug-chug-chugging along. And when she saw the toy clown's flag, she stopped very quickly." You're not getting very tired, are you?

Mikey: Yeah.

Michael: No, I think we're probably going to finish this story. Ok. "What's the matter, my friend?" She asked. "'Oh, little blue engine --'"

Mikey: Friend.

Michael: Yeah, friends. "'Little blue engine,' cried the dolls and toys, 'will you pull us over the mountain? Our engine is broken down, and unless you help us, the good boys and the little girls on the other side won't have any toys to play with or good food to eat. Oh, please, please help us, little blue engine.' 'Well, Iím not very big,' said the little blue engine. 'They only use me for switching trains in the yard, and I've never been over the mountain.' 'Oh, but we must get over the mountain before the children awake.'" And here's all the children and the dolls and the toys. "Well, the very little engine looked down and saw the tears in the dolls' eyes, and she thought of the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain who wouldn't have any toys or any good food unless she helped them. So she said, 'I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.'"

Mikey: Can.

Michael: Yes.

Michael and Mikey: Can.

Michael: That's right. "And she hitched herself to the little train." See? Right here.

Nicole: Cass?

Cass: Hmm?

Nicole: What is it?

Cass: That's it. The evening's over.

Nicole: No, it doesn't have to be.

Cass: Oh, yes, it does. Good night.

Nicole: Cass?

Cass: No. Not until I know where I stand with you. You see, Iím saving myself until you know what you want.

Mary: Hi, honey.

Vince: You're back, huh?

Mary: Yes. I'm sorry it took so long. Jake's gone?

Vince: Yeah, a few minutes ago.

Mary: Oh, I am sorry. I wanted to see him again.

Vince: That's ok. We did get a chance to talk.

Mary: Yeah?

Vince: Yeah.

Mary: So, is this the year for the cubs?

Vince: Hmm?

Mary: Didn't you talk guy talk?

Vince: No, no.

Mary: Is everything ok?

Vince: I don't know. I don't think so.

Mary: You sound confused.

Vince: Well, I am, I am. Jake keeps things pretty close to the vest, and he didn't really talk about himself too much.

Mary: But you think something is wrong?

Vince: I have this idea that he and Marley --

Mary: What?

Vince: Well, I don't know. I don't know for sure, but I think Marley cheated on Jake.

Mary: Uh-oh.

Vince: And I don't know for sure, but I just can't figure it.

Mary: Don't try.

Vince: Hmm?

Mary: I went over to Donnaís to try and help her with her problems. While I was there, I realized there comes a point when you just can't do that. You have to let people do it for themselves.

Vince: Yeah, but I want to be there for him.

Mary: And you were. I'm sure you were as much as you possibly could tonight. You can't do any more than that.

Vince: You're awful smart.

Mary: I was just thinking that.

Vince: And awful cute.

Mary: And?

Vince: And I'm awful lucky to have you, you know?

Mary: Yeah, I think so, too.

Drew: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.

Nicole: Biff, Beth, you go to sleep, and we'll all go riding in the morning.

Children: Thank you, Mommy.

Nicole: Sure. Good night. Oh. They're such dears.

Drew: Yes, quite.

Nicole: Will you be able to come with us?

Drew: Oh, I'm afraid this merger is going to be taking up all my time tomorrow.

Nicole: Oh, you poor darling.

Drew: Oh, Nicole, my security contracts.

Nicole: I'm sorry. Honey, do you think that we could spend some time alone?

Drew: But we are alone.

Nicole: No, I mean alone.

Drew: Oh. Yes. Of course. How about Thursday at 8:45 p.m.?

Nicole: Wonderful.

Singer: Don't be afraid I can meet you halfway

Child: Get your hands off my stuff!

Second child: It's not my fault --

First child: Give me my stuff! Give it!

Cass: Would you two brats knock it off for a while?

Singer: I know we can go

Cass: They listened. Hmm.

Nicole: Probably afraid you'd take away their wagon again.

Cass: Hey, I only borrowed that for one ride, and I don't need any of your lip.

Nicole: Oh, you scare me to death.

Singer: Why should we wait? Later on may be too late

Cass: Yo?

Nicole: Huh?

Cass: How about a nap?

Nicole: Another one?

Cass: Any objections?

Nicole: Oh, I guess I could spare another hour.

Cass: Or two?

Nicole: Maybe. Or three.

[Cass and Nicole laugh]

Michael: Donna?

Donna: I'll be up in a minute.

Michael: What are you doing, hon? That's "the little engine that could." Wait a minute. That couldn't be Vickyís copy. She bought it for --

Donna: No. I saw you reading from it upstairs. No, I bought this one.

Michael: For Mikey?

Donna: No. I bought it for our son, thinking that we would read it to him one day.

Michael: Oh, Donna.

Donna: You know, I -- Iíve always loved the ending. Haven't you? Would you -- would you read it to me?

Michael: Donna, please --

Donna: No, please? Just read it.

Michael: "'Hurray, hurray,' cried the funny little clown and all the dolls and toys. the good little boys and girls in this city will be happy because you helped us, little blue engine.'"

Michael and Donna: "And the little blue engine smiled --"

Donna: "And seemed to say, as she puffed steadily down the mountain, "'I thought I could, I thought I could.'" Oh, God.

Michael: Donna.

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