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Another World Transcript Friday 8/13/04

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[Music plays]

Felicia: Hi, everybody. Welcome. I'm Felicia Gallant, and I'm talking live to you from the famous boardwalk in Atlantic City.

Cass: No, no, no. More feeling, honey. More feeling.

Mitch: Felicia, we're talking about 18 million television sets being clicked off.

Felicia: 18 million -- I wish.

Cass: This is an historic event in a very famous place. Now, I know this is a rehearsal, but we're close to taping. I want to hear it in your voice!

Mitch: Do you think it would be too much to ask maybe if you could just sell it a little?

Felicia: You know, I'd like to sell both of you if I thought you were worth anything.

Cass: Oh, she's turning on us, Mitch.

Nicole: Felicia, should I give him a couple of my quarters and let him play the slot machine?

Felicia: Good idea.

Man: That was ok for sound, Felicia.

Felicia: Oh, good. Listen, how do I look, Eddie? All right?

Eddie: Good.

Felicia: Fine? Ok.

Cass: What is the matter with you people? Where's your enthusiasm? Eddie, she doesn't look "good." We're talking major knockout here. Come on!

Mitch: We're talking gorgeous, Eddie. We're talking beautiful, we're talking alluring.

Cass: We're talking bewitching, beguiling, bewildering!

Felicia: Nicole, Nicole?

Nicole: Yeah?

Felicia: Let them have the quarters, please.

Sharlene: How is it?

John: Delicious.

Sharlene: Not too sweet, I hope.

John: No, no, it's perfect. Oh -- I'd forgotten what it was like putting up snow fences.

Sharlene: Isn't it a little early in the year for that?

John: You got an awful lot of land here. We probably won't finish until sometime around Thanksgiving at the rate we're going.

Sharlene: I'd forgotten how much it takes to run a farm. You can never get ahead.

John: Hmm.

Sharlene: Summer's almost gone.

John: I say good riddance to this summer. I've never seen one hotter.

Sharlene: So much has happened in the past few months. Almost nothing I'd planned on.

John: It's been a summer full of surprises, that's for sure.

Sharlene: For me, too.

John: Listen, yesterday you were about to tell me something.

Sharlene: Was I? I -- I don't think it was too important.

John: It was about Chris. What were you going to say?

Mac: Zack!

Zack: I don't believe it.

Mac: What's going on?

Zack: What are you doing here today, Mac?

Mac: Have they started yet?

Zack: Look, I told you there's no reason for you to be here today.

Mac: You actually think I'm going to stay home?

Zack: Yes!

Mac: With a grand jury convened to decide whether or not to indict me for the murder of Drew Marsten?

Zack: The D.A. is fighting your reputation. The name Mac Cory is tough to beat up on in these parts.

Mac: So what's your best guess, then?

Zack: That they won't return an indictment.

Gordon: I wouldn't take it to the bank, counselor.

Mac: Typical of you to intrude on a private conversation.

Gordon: I'm only here to serve the people, Mr. Cory.

Mac: You're here to serve one person -- yourself. And believe me, the people are going to find it out.

Gordon: Be careful what you say, Mac. It's not a good idea to threaten the district attorney.

Mac: I know who you are and I know what you're up to, and it isn't going to work.

Gordon: We'll see. If you gentlemen will excuse me --

Mac: There is no excuse for you.

Zack: Mac, come on. Ease off now.

Mac: I'm warning you!

Zack: Please, Mac.

Gordon: You know, what I wonder is, did you warn Drew Marsten?

Zack: Mac, you can't do this. It's only going to work against you.

Mac: Ok, ok, you're right. Ok, I'm sorry.

Zack: It's ok.

Mac: And this man is now going to present my case to the grand jury?

Zack: Right. But, look, I'm going to stick here until the decision. And you better get it together, man. Let's just hope nobody sees you like this.

Mac: I'm calm, I'm calm.

Zack: Well, it's a damn good thing the press wasn't here to get wind of this. Uh-oh.

Rachel: Mac. It isn't true, is it?

Felicia: All right, Elizabeth. Come on; let me show you where you sit. Why don't you take the chair right over there?

Elizabeth: Ok.

Felicia: All right, if you need water it's right here, and just drop that thing on the ground. All right. Ok.

Eddie: Ok, 10 seconds to showtime, gang.

Woman: Here we go. Are you all right?

Felicia: Yes.

Nicole: Down, Cass.

Cass: What? Down?

Nicole: Yes.

Cass: Oh. I'm just letching -- I mean, looking.

Nicole: I know.

Eddie: Five, four, three, two --

[Music plays]

Felicia: Hello, everyone. I'm Felicia Gallant, and this is "breakfast with Felicia."

[Cheers]

Felicia: Thank you. Welcome. How nice. Thank you. Well, have you noticed anything different about today? You should. We are on the boardwalk in Atlantic City! Isn't that exciting? Yes. It is one of the most exciting places in all the world. It is the home of the biggest casinos ever. It's also the home of championship fights that happen throughout the year. And of course, it is the proud host of the famous Miss America beauty pageant.

[Cheers and applause]

Felicia: Today I am thrilled because that's our subject. And I have a very special guest, a former Miss America, Miss Elizabeth Gracen.

[Cheers and applause]

Felicia: Isn't she pretty? Elizabeth, tell all of us how or what you and other contestants need to portray when they have to compete for the Miss America crown.

Elizabeth: Well, Felicia, it's actually a very complicated and thoughtful system that I think has improved over the years. There are several categories to judge, but I must say if I were a judge, I would look for a young woman who could best represent our country as Miss America -- someone with charm, manners, intelligence, a good sense of humor --

Felicia: Right.

Elizabeth: Someone like you, miss Gallant.

Felicia: Oh, come on!

Elizabeth: I'm serious.

Felicia: No! How very sweet you are.

[Applause]

Felicia: I'm getting to like you more and more.

[Laughter]

Felicia: Elizabeth, how was it to be a contestant for the most famous crown of all?

Elizabeth: Very exciting.

Felicia: I bet.

Elizabeth: It was a wonderful time for me, but it was also a lot of hard work, and any young woman who is seriously considering entering a regional competition in hope of competing on the national level here in Atlantic City should be prepared for a very unglamorous and difficult road.

Felicia: I bet, yeah. Ok, listen, we're going to take a break for a commercial. When we come back, Elizabeth has promised to talk about all the, well, behind-the-scenes dramas that go on. And we're going to open up the phones to take a few calls and some of your questions, all right? So don't go away. We'll be right back.

[Applause]

Woman: That was great, Felicia.

Felicia: Thanks, Patty. You all right?

Elizabeth: Yeah.

Felicia: Good. Thank you.

Elizabeth: And I see that you're spoken for, Felicia.

Felicia: Yes, I am.

Elizabeth: He's cute.

Felicia: Thank you.

Cass: So, how come you were never a Miss America?

Nicole: Oh, well, you know -- well, I have often asked myself that question.

Cass: Oh, you have, huh?

Nicole: Oh, yeah.

Cass: Well, this is it.

Nicole: This is what?

Cass: Well, this is your last chance. I mean, after you walk down that aisle with me -- I mean, forget it. Are you willing to make that sacrifice?

Nicole: Hmm. Miss America or Mrs. Winthrop?

Cass: Hmm.

Felicia: Hi, everybody, we're back. Ok, because I know you're all so anxious to ask Elizabeth whatever you want to ask her, all those wonderful questions, let's open up our phones, shall we? All right, Elizabeth?

Elizabeth: Ok.

Felicia: Good. Ok, here we go.

Nicole: Can I be Mrs. America?

John: What were you going to tell me?

Sharlene: It's no big deal.

John: Well, why don't you let me be the judge of that?

Sharlene: I'm glad you settled some things with Chris yesterday.

John: Why would you think we did?

Sharlene: Just a guess.

John: Sharlene, yesterday I told you that I was unsure of my relationship with Chris. That's hardly having things settled. Why do you think they're better?

Sharlene: I have my reasons, John.

John: Look, will you please tell me what you're talking about?

Sharlene: It was something she told me.

John: What?

Sharlene: I'm not sure if I should repeat this.

John: Sharlene.

Sharlene: She mentioned a wedding.

John: Fine. Whose?

Sharlene: Yours and hers.

John: What?

Sharlene: She said the two of you were getting married.

Rachel: Is it really that bad?

Zack: No, not at all, Rachel. The only thing that's not right now is Macís attitude. He's looking for a fight.

Rachel: Well, what would you prefer, that he was just giving up?

Zack: No, I would prefer he went home. I mean, this is no place to lose his temper. Can't you see if you can get him out of here, Rachel?

Rachel: Ok.

Courtney: Mac, Mrs. Cory.

Rick: What are you doing here, Mr. Cory?

Mac: A grand jury is in there waiting to hear evidence against me, most of which I'm sure you're going to give them.

Courtney: I wish this wasn't happening, but we have an obligation to present our evidence.

Rick: We're following procedures.

Amanda: My father is innocent.

Courtney: I'm sorry. Let's go, Rick.

Zack: Courtney. Is there something going on that I don't know about? I don't want any surprises.

Courtney: I'm a cop, Zack. You know I can't give out information.

Zack: Ok, just tell me one thing. Aside from you and Rick, is anybody else going to testify?

Courtney: As far as we know, it's just us, ok? No more questions.

Zack: Thanks. I appreciate it.

Mac: What did she say, Zack?

Zack: It's just the way I figured it. The D.A. is going to present his evidence and then is going to have the investigating officers testify.

Rachel: And that's it?

Zack: As far as I know.

Amanda: Could there be more?

Mac: Look, this is all just speculation and I'm going to stop it. I'm going to testify.

Zack: Oh, no, you're not, Mac.

Mac: It's my right. I insist on it.

Zack: Look, if you get up there, you're going to waive your right of self-incrimination.

Mac: I don't care about that!

Zack: Then they can have you testify at any point.

Mac: I have nothing to hide!

Zack: Look, I don't like this move, Mac. I can't let you do it.

Mac: You can't stop me! I'm going in!

Felicia: Elizabeth, thank you so much.

Elizabeth: Thank you, Felicia.

Felicia: We'll see you at the pageant later?

Elizabeth: Yes, definitely.

Felicia: All right. We'll see her later. Thanks, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth: Bye-bye.

Felicia: Well, I found it so interesting what she said about what goes on behind the scenes -- the intrigue, the politics, the ambitions. We found out that it's a very, well, tough business. You know what I'd like to do right now? I'd like to talk to one of you in the audience if that's all right. You want to do that? All right, let's find out how you guys feel about Miss America. I see someone over here I'd like to talk to.

Cass: Yes! All right, yes! Whoo!

[Cass whistles]

Nicole: Cass.

Woman: Hi.

Felicia: Would you come up and talk to us, please? Come on, come on. It'll be great.

[Applause]

Cass: Woo-woo!

Felicia: Let me help you with this. Ok. While I'm doing this, why don't you tell everybody your name?

Girl: Louise.

Felicia: Louise. That's a very pretty name for a pretty girl.

Louise: Thank you.

Felicia: So, how old are you, Louise?

Louise: I'm 16.

Felicia: Oh.

Cass: Whoops.

Nicole: Yes.

Felicia: So what do you think about all of this?

Louise: About what?

Felicia: About Miss America? Would you like to walk down that runway, wear the crown, hear all the people cheering?

Louise: Sure, it would be fun, but it's never going to happen.

Felicia: Why?

Louise: Oh, come on.

Felicia: Honey, you have the looks for it, really.

Louise: Uh-huh.

Felicia: Oh, would you stop! You're a very beautiful girl -- isn't she? Tell her how pretty she is!

[Applause]

Louise: Well, I'm ok, I guess, but it was like what you were talking about -- there's a lot of other stuff.

Felicia: You mean, like politics?

Louise: Yeah, and money.

Felicia: What do you think money has to do with it?

Louise: Well, you need clothes, right? And makeup and photographs, and you have to travel to places. My family doesn't have that kind of money.

Felicia: You know, I understand, though, that a lot of the girls have sponsors.

Louise: Like I said, it would be fun, but I'm too busy for all that stuff.

Felicia: Tell us what you're busy doing.

Louise: Working.

Felicia: Working at what?

Louise: Well, anything, really. I work part-time after school at the Jolly Roger fish and chips, and I do some sewing at home for this boutique and I usually baby-sit on the weekends.

Felicia: Boy, that's some schedule you're keeping. What about boys?

Louise: I'm too busy saving for college.

Felicia: College -- wonderful.

Louise: That's my dream. I get pretty good grades, but I'd be the first one in my family to get a degree. But it really costs these days.

Felicia: Yeah, I'm sure it does.

Louise: But I'll make it.

Felicia: Yes, I think you will. Right? Yes.

[Applause]

Louise: Can I say hello to my mom and dad?

Felicia: Of course you may. Go right in that camera, right over there. Say hi.

Louise: Hi, mom. Hi, dad. Hi, Bruce.

[Laughter]

Felicia: You know, I bet your parents are very proud of you. You know, I think -- and I'm sure I speak for all of our audience -- that you are Miss America. Isn't she?

[Applause]

Felicia: It's so wonderful to see you and hear you talk about your dreams and your hopes for the future. Thank you for sharing that, and also to know that kids today have realistic goals and productive ideas that they want to do in their lives. That's wonderful. Thank you for talking to us.

Louise: Thank you.

Felicia: Great. All right, say goodbye to Louise.

[Applause]

Felicia: We'll be right back, please.

[Music plays]

Felicia: See? That wasn't bad, was it?

John: Married?

Sharlene: Well, I didn't believe it at first, but --

John: Wait a minute. She said that she and I were getting married?

Sharlene: But then she described her wedding dress -- a high collar with lots of lace. I mean --

John: No, no, she -- she had to have been joking about it.

Sharlene: She was dead serious. I knew something was wrong after everything that we had talked about.

John: No, wait a minute -- how could she possibly think that the -- what is wrong with her?

Sharlene: She's lonely, she --

John: So, a lot of people are lonely!

Sharlene: Look, John, Chris doesn't have a whole lot going on in her life.

John: What, are you going to tell me that that's a reason why she lies?

Sharlene: I just don't think that she meant any harm.

[Phone rings]

John: Listen, something is very, very wrong here.

Sharlene: I'm sorry I upset you, John, but I know you care about her.

John: Not enough to tolerate her lies.

[Ring]

Sharlene: What are you going to do?

John: Hi. Oh, yeah? Oh, that's -- that's too bad. Uh -- right, right. Well, why don't I stop by? Ok. I'll see you then.

John: It was Chris. She's sick.

Sharlene: So that's why she wasn't at work today.

John: And I'm going to go over there and find out what the hell is going on.

Rachel: Mac, if there's any risk to your testifying --

Mac: I'm the only one who can refute the D.A.'s evidence! I'm the only one that knows exactly what happened!

Zack: There's a time and a place for that, Mac.

Mac: After I'm indicted and charged with murder?

Zack: But when you're protected under the provisions that apply in a court of law --

Mac: I told you I don't need protection, and I don't trust that D.A. And the way he's going to present that evidence. Frankly, I'm not sure I trust this system anymore.

Zack: Well, it's the only one we've got, and I'll stand by it.

Rachel: So will I. Come on, darling, let's go.

Mac: Where?

Rachel: Home. Let's go home.

Mac: I'm not leaving. I'm not leaving.

Amanda: Well, there's no reason to stay, is there, Zack?

Zack: I'll call you the minute anything happens, Mac.

Mac: I just want to wait here. I won't get upset again, I promise you.

Rachel: All right. Well, then, we'll all wait and we'll go when you do.

Amanda: Well, I could go for some tea. Anybody else want any?

Rachel: Yeah, I'd like some. Mac?

Mac: No, nothing.

Amanda: Zack?

Zack: Coffee, milk, please.

Amanda: Coffee.

Reporter: Here! They're in here!

Second reporter: Get photos of them! I don't care!

[All yelling at once]

Reporter: Come on, answer the question!

Zack: Please --

Reporter: Does anyone have anything to say?

Zack: No comments.

[Knock on door]

John: Chris? It's me, John.

Chris: The door's open.

John: How you feeling?

Chris: Oh, better now that you're here.

John: Have you called a doctor?

Chris: I thought I'd wait a couple of days and see if I got better.

John: I don't think you should wait that long.

Chris: Well, it's sweet of you to be so concerned.

John: A lot of flu going around.

Chris: Yeah, that might be what it is. Does it feel a little cold in here to you?

John: No, no, not to me. Uh -- the window's open. I'll close it for you.

Chris: Oh, no, don't bother. I really like the fresh air. However, would you get me my robe, please? It's in the closet over there.

John: Sure.

John: Oh, my God.

Felicia: That's definite? She got picked up for shoplifting again? You're kidding. Well, how much time have I got?

Eddie: Five seconds.

Felicia: Five seconds?

[Music plays]

Felicia: Eddie!

Eddie: Four, three --

Felicia: Oh, great.

Eddie: Two --

Cass: Something is wrong.

Nicole: Yeah.

Felicia: Hi, folks. Welcome back to Atlantic City. You know, sometimes television can be a little unpredictable, and unfortunately this seems to be one of those times. Our guest for the next segment is what we call a no-show. I won't mention her name since it's mud anyway --

[Laughter]

Felicia: And I guess that means that I get to vamp for the next 10 minutes. Fortunately, I -- I keep a few vampers on ice for special occasions like this. So, without further ado, let me call them up here. Mitch? Cass, Nicole?

Cass: Oh, honey --

Felicia: Hello! Come on, come on. Let's come on up, please.

Cass: Mitch!

Nicole: Mitch!

Cass: Mitch!

Nicole: Whoo!

[Cass whistles]

Felicia: This is Mitch Blake. I'm sure you all know his work in "Brava" magazine. He's a very well-known photographer, and I think he has an absolute great eye for beauty since he is engaged to me.

[Laughter and applause]

Felicia: All right, Cass, Nicole. Please, come on. Don't be shy.

Cass: If you insist, if you insist.

Felicia: All righty. Pull up a chair.

Cass: What, should we do a duet from "Carmen" maybe?

Nicole: Uh -- well, I don't know. We could show them how to cook veal orlav.

Cass: I left my veal back at the hotel. Do you have your veal?

Nicole: Oh.

Cass: We need veal for that.

Nicole: Oh, that's a good point. I guess it'll have to be "Carmen."

Cass: Ok.

[Cass and Nicole sing]

Felicia: Thank you! Thank you, Abbott & Costello. Please, sit down. Sit down.

[Laughter]

Cass: I can't believe you did that!

Nicole: I can't believe you did it!

Felicia: Ok.

Mitch: You cook veal on the show?

Felicia: No, no, Mitch.

[Laughter]

Felicia: We are actually going to talk about Miss America, all right, and how we feel about it.

Cass: Oh, ok.

Felicia: Cass, why don't you introduce Nicole and yourself.

Cass: Yes, of course. This is Nicole -- um -- what's your last name?

Nicole: Stop.

Cass: Love -- Nicole Love, and I'm Cass Winthrop.

Felicia: They actually are engaged also --

[Applause]

Felicia: But they happen to be professional people besides that. In fact, Nicole Love is a very hot new designer with her own line coming out this fall.

Cass: Yes.

Felicia: And that's why I think she has a lot to say about beauty and fashion and beauty pageants. And Cass --

Nicole: Cass is an ex-professional womanizer.

Felicia: This is true, yes. So, ok, guys. Where do you want to start? How do you feel about beauty pageants? Do you think they're sexist? Do you think they're a waste of time? Do you think they're exploitive? What?

Mitch: Sure they are.

Felicia: Really?

Nicole: Do you really think so, Mitch?

Mitch: Well, yeah, but then again, the same can be said for a lot of entertainment.

Cass: Well, that's true. Movies, television, magazines, fashion.

Nicole: Fashion?

Felicia: Oh!

Cass: What?

Nicole: That's a waste of time?

Cass: Did I say fashion was a waste of time?

Nicole: I'm sorry.

Cass: Perish the thought. No, fashion, you know, is part of the sex dance. It's there to attract, to allure, right?

Nicole: Well, I hope so.

Felicia: Are you saying that it's exploitive, Cass?

Cass: I'm saying I love it, exploitive or not. I'm saying I love to see an attractive woman wearing an alluring outfit.

Felicia: What about the bathing suit competition? How do you feel about that?

Nicole: Oh, that's his favorite, yes.

Felicia: I thought so.

Nicole: Cass is an aficionado when it comes to bathing suits. I've found that he especially loves the Brazilian variety.

Cass: Ah, Brazil.

Mitch: Nice variety.

[Laughter]

Felicia: You speak only about that professionally, of course.

Mitch: Oh, yes, of course.

Felicia: Of course.

Mitch: I mean, what else?

Felicia: Very well-trained.

Cass: Brazil

Nicole: Oh, please.

Cass: No, to get serious for just a moment here --

Felicia: Ok.

Nicole: Well, why not? You sure haven't gotten any laughs so far.

[Laughter]

Cass: This is true, this is true.

Mitch: Get serious, guys.

Cass: Thank you, Mitch. Thank you. I just wanted to say that --

Felicia: Oh, Cass?

Cass: What?

Felicia: Forgive us. We have to take a little break for a commercial.

[Music plays]

Felicia: Hold your thought, please. We'll be right back, so please don't go away.

Nicole: What were you going to say?

Cass: I'm holding my thought, Nicole.

Nicole: Oh.

Felicia: Listen, don't make you know, this isn't "face the nation" we're doing here.

Cass: I noticed, darling.

Felicia: I want to thank you. Believe it or not, you are saving my neck here. Honestly, you are.

Nicole: You know, I don't think that beauty pageants or bathing suit competitions are anything but fun. It's only the people who can turn them into something distasteful.

Felicia: Hmm.

Nicole: You know, I mean, who can exploit them.

Cass: That's exactly what I was going to say.

Felicia: You're kidding.

Nicole: It is?

Felicia: You mean, Nicole stole your thought?

Cass: Yeah. First my heart, and now my thought.

Felicia: Aw.

Nicole: Oh, Cass. What a sweet thing to say.

Felicia: I just wish it was on camera. Well --

Cass: Well, maybe we could --

[Music plays]

Felicia: Ready? Oh, we're back. We're back! Hi!

Eddie: Uh --

Felicia: What do you mean? We're not back? What happened? What?

Patty: Yeah, it's a wrap. Preemption -- a presidential appointment.

Cass: Ugh.

Felicia: What? He only has two months left in office! Why does he need to make his appointments on my time?

Cass: I'm holding my thought.

Felicia: Oh, honey. Well, thanks anyway. Come on.

Cass: What, that's --

Felicia: That's it.

Cass: "Thanks"? That's all?

Felicia: All right -- thanks a lot.

Nicole: Felicia, we were pretty good, you know.

Mitch: What do you mean, "Pretty good"?

Felicia: Yes!

Mitch: We were better than good.

Felicia: Yeah!

Cass: We could do a regular segment here, huh? Don't you think so?

Felicia: Don't encourage him!

Cass: Sure!

Felicia: Please, who could?

Cass: We could!

Nicole: We could, us!

Cass: Pretty good.

Felicia: What?

Nicole: Yeah!

Felicia: Oh, come on.

Mitch: We could be a panel. We could, like, discuss a topic of the week every day.

Cass: Kind of kick it around, sure.

Felicia: Yeah, you'd kick my ratings right into the you-know-what. No, never mind. I tell you what I will do, though.

Cass: What?

Felicia: I will take you to a wonderful little show. A booking agent wants me to see a comic magician, so come on.

Cass: Great, ok.

Felicia: All right, let me go over here.

Cass: That's a great idea.

Felicia: Thank you, audience! You were wonderful.

Cass: Bye-bye!

[Applause]

Reporter: Is this the kind of publicity you want?

Zack: That's enough. That's all.

Rachel: Thank you, Zack.

Zack: Yeah, well, they'll be back. They don't give up that easy.

Amanda: Maybe we should go home, daddy.

Zack: That sure sounds like the best idea I've heard.

Mac: You've made that abundantly clear, Zack.

Zack: Ok, Mac. I don't want to fight. Look, I better be getting back inside. They'll be getting started soon, ok?

Rachel: You'll let us know if anything happens?

Zack: I'll report if anything comes up, ok?

Mac: Thank you.

Rachel: Darling, why don't we go home? Don't you think that would be a good idea?

Amanda: No.

Reporter: Five minutes --

Second reporter: What are the chances of an indictment, Mr. Cory?

Third reporter: Come on, Mr. Cory! Answer the question!

Amanda: Take the microphones away!

Rachel: No comments!

[All yelling at once]

Mac: Out of the way!

Chris: John? Did you find my robe?

John: Yeah. I did.

Chris: Oh.

John: It's right here.

Chris: Thank you.

John: Aren't you going to put it on?

Chris: In a while.

John: You said you were cold.

Chris: I'm warming up.

Chris: I'm so glad you came to see me, John.

John: Get -- get dressed. Chris, get dressed. Don't do this.

Chris: Oh, you don't understand. It finally feels right, John.

John: No, stop! Just stop it.

Chris: You don't want me?

John: You said that you weren't feeling well.

Chris: You're pushing me away.

John: Chris, you lied to me!

Chris: Of course. I wanted to see you. I need you, John. I really --

John: No, no! Not -- not like this! Not like this.

John: Chris, I don't know what you're after.

Chris: Only you.

John: Look, I think it would be best if maybe we just didn't see each other for a while.

Chris: Here it comes.

John: I need time to think.

Chris: Yep. The old "I need time to figure out who I am so I'm dumping you" bit. I felt it coming.

John: And so do you.

Chris: So do I what?

John: You need to figure out what you want.

Chris: I know what I want.

John: Take a few days off.

Chris: You -- you've hurt my heart. Oh, John.

Chris: Oh, no, no.

Cass: Listen, we'll give you a cut rate the first season.

Felicia: Oh. Would you stop it?

Cass: When the ratings are skyrocketing, then we'll renegotiate.

Felicia: Oh, thank you very much. Ok.

Cass: Oh, Nicole --

Felicia: Thank you.

Cass: Thank you very much. Would you like a tip? Actually, I need it more than you do. Thanks.

Mitch: Do you believe these seats? At least one of us has some clout around here.

Cass: Well, she could have even more clout if she had higher ratings.

Nicole: Yeah, and you know, she could probably get those higher ratings with a slightly different format.

Cass: Yeah, and get us into a nicer joint than this, too.

Felicia: Yeah, right. The three stooges, huh?

Man: May I have your attention, please? Good afternoon and welcome to the beachcomber room. We have a very special guest with us today and we'd like to give a nice, warm welcome to Miss Felicia Gallant.

Cass: Oh!

Felicia: Oh!

[Cass whistles]

Felicia: Thank you. Cass!

Man: Thank you. Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy the magic of Oliver Twist.

[Applause]

Oliver: Thank you, thank you, and welcome to our matinee performance and I would especially like to add my own greetings to Felicia Gallant, eh?

Felicia: Thank you.

Oliver: And the lovely lady and her friends, of course.

Nicole: Oh, thank you.

Oliver: Hope I can amuse and amaze you.

Mitch: It's incredible.

Cass: It's magic.

Felicia: Shh!

Oliver: Oh, I see, even from here, that you have done very well in the casino.

Felicia: I have?

Oliver: The slot machine?

Felicia: Oh.

Oliver: You have money coming out of your ears.

Felicia: Do I?

Oliver: I was not referring to your lovely boucle d'oreilles earrings, but there!

Felicia: Oh!

Cass: Oh! You have money coming out his sleeve.

Felicia: Don't you pay any mind to him. You just do your stuff, Oliver.

Oliver: Oh, I am used to his type.

Felicia: I bet.

[Laughter]

Oliver: Now, perhaps you would like to see the ancient mystery for which I am famous. The rope from Tibet, 2,000-year-old ancient mystery. The priest would bring his hand down the rope like this.

[Oliver hums]

Oliver: And the knot will appear in the middle.

Aya.

[Laughter]

Oliver: Perhaps if you come back this evening, I will --

[Laughter]

Oliver: You know, some people often accuse me of actually switching the rope, but, no. Let's see, I bring my -- ah!

[Music plays]

Oliver: Who set this up? Now, perhaps the gentleman would like to -- the skeptical gentleman -- see if the rope is in one piece and --

Cass: Oh, I really couldnít.

Oliver: I was about to ask you to volunteer.

Cass: Oh, really? He's psychic, too.

Oliver: You are very shy, yes.

[Laughter]

Oliver: For you, then, and for Miss Gallant and a special appearance here today of such an illustrious celebrity, I would like to use perhaps a longer piece of rope in your honor.

Felicia: Thank you.

[Laughter]

Oliver: Now, we have here a piece of rope, scissors that I will try to go very quickly, as I know you all have subways to catch.

[Laughter]

Oliver: I use that line in New York. I often forget where I am. Now --

[Laughter]

Oliver: If you would examine the scissors -- you have done so -- I will cut off one end of the rope and you see that I have a rope with only one end, but the miracle is not over. After I cut the other end off, I have a rope with two ends and only -- no ends, of course. I wanted to test you.

Cass: Certainly no split ends.

Oliver: No split ends, and in the center I have a center which I will cut, and now we have two pieces of rope. If you would hold the scissors for me for a moment.

Cass: Certainly.

Oliver: And -- oh, perhaps I could use them to cut off one end. And throw the other end away. And therefore, I have a rope with no ends and no center. Just a rope, eh?

Felicia: Oh!

[Music plays]

Oliver: I will draw the rope through my fingers and you will tell me to stop any time you feel the urge.

Cass: Stop.

Oliver: Oh -- good. Will you cut where you stopped? There. Very good. Now, we will need two pieces the same length for the experiment, two same at this end, not the same at this end. Even them, please.

Cass: Cut right here?

Oliver: Thank you very much, yes. Good -- oh, it looks like a dull afternoon, eh?

[Laughter]

Oliver: Now we have two pieces exactly the -- oh, perhaps you don't listen. See, difficult for me. Here.

Cass: Oh, I'm sorry.

Oliver: Even them up, please, and then --

Cass: Here again?

Oliver: I can continue this till the entire place is empty.

[Laughter]

Oliver: Oh, now -- oh, I see you don't listen. You see, the idea is we need two pieces the same length. If I were to do that --

Felicia: Oh, my!

[Music plays]

Oliver: Your name again?

Cass: Cass.

Oliver: Cass. You realize, Cass -- Cass or cash?

Cass: Mr. Winthrop.

Oliver: Cass. All right. You realize that if I have a rope with me, you may call me Mr. -- Never mind. If I have a rope with no ends, I can't tie them together, so I throw them away and I have a rope with no ends at all! Is it absurd?

Felicia: Oh!

[Music plays]

Cass: Watch your scissors. There we go.

Oliver: We will go right along, while they are pouring black coffee down the next act.

[Laughter]

Oliver: Now, I will tie -- fasten the rope this way. I don't trust you no more -- anymore.

Cass: No more?

Oliver: So I think I cut the rope with the crease in your pants, eh? And this means now that we have rope with -- oh. They are not the same length at all. Perhaps you hold that end, and I will even up the two by magic.

Felicia: Oh!

[Applause]

Oliver: The mobile knot, eh? And that eliminates the knot.

Cass: Wait a second -- I saw you tie that on there.

Oliver: Ah, yes, let us see here. Hmm. Perhaps now if the rope is thus, eh? And you to cut the rope in the center, how many ends would we have?

Cass: Oh, many, many. Four?

Oliver: Many, many ends. Too many perhaps, eh? And we have -- let's see, let's count them. We have one down and we have three up. Now we have two down and three up, and I think I have to begin again because I am totally confused.

[Laughter]

[Music plays]

Oliver: I start out of that one.

[Laughter]

Oliver: Now -- hmm. Once again, the trousers are still good.

Cass: Oh, good.

Oliver: If you will hold that end for me, please.

Cass: I'm getting very confused here.

Oliver: And I will hold this end. You don't need to hold that end. I don't trust you. If this end ever goes out of sight, I lose points with the magicians in the audience as I make the sliding switch and the -- ya-ha! You will hold your --

Cass: "Ya-ha" means "hold"?

Oliver: "Ya-ha" is from my country. Hold tightly and as I pull, you will stop at the knot -- oh, good. Would you blow? See flares, we take, and --

Felicia: Oh.

Oliver: The rope is restored into one piece and -- ah, you are suspicious, eh?

Cass: Hey!

Nicole: Oh!

Oliver: Thank you very much.

Felicia: Bravo!

[Music plays]

[Applause]

Oliver: Thank you very much.

Nicole: Bravo.

Oliver: Forgive me. Frog in my throat and I am from France.

[Laughter]

Oliver: Please, if you will resume your seat and we thank him for volunteering.

Cass: Thank you.

Oliver: You may keep this.

Cass: Oh, thank you.

Oliver: And next week, you will wonder why you bought such a big wick for your lighter.

[Laughter]

Oliver: You understand the humor?

Cass: Yes, I got it. Thank you.

Oliver: Touch of humor. Now, let us explain -- do you think perhaps I could have the honor of Miss Gallant's presence here?

Felicia: Oh, no, no.

Cass: Yes, yes!

[Cheers]

Felicia: Only if you promise not to saw me in half.

Oliver: Ah, no.

[Cass whistles]

Cass: Brava! Diva, diva!

Oliver: I would never -- I would never saw such a beautiful lady in half.

Felicia: Oh.

[Laughter]

Oliver: Perhaps lengthwise.

Felicia: Oh, yes.

Oliver: Now -- now. Please. I have here --

Felicia: What is that?

Oliver: This is an amulet from ancient Egypt.

Felicia: Ah, you're big with ancient, aren't you?

Oliver: You are very alert.

[Laughter]

Oliver: And may I now -- if we have a moment of silence, please? This is a rather serious experiment; I must ask you by law, permission -- permission to hypnotize you.

Felicia: Oh, no, no, no, no.

Cass: Oh, come on! Come on!

[Cheers]

[Cass whistles]

Oliver: All right, she has agreed.

Oliver: You are relaxing progressively. Deliciously relaxed. Sound of my voice has relaxed you, and you are traveling backwards in time. You are very, very relaxed.

Nicole: Oh. I'd call that relaxed.

Oliver: Can you hear me?

Felicia: Yes.

Oliver: You are a very beautiful woman.

Felicia: Thank you.

Oliver: What is your name?

Felicia: Fanny Grady.

John: You're still here?

Sharlene: Yeah. It's a beautiful day. I didn't want to waste it. How's Chris?

John: Something's wrong.

Sharlene: You said she was sick.

John: No, she's fine, physically.

Sharlene: But I thought that --

John: Yeah, I know, I know. It was all a ploy to get me out there.

Sharlene: I don't understand, John.

John: Another lie. Maybe all this has been a lie -- I don't know.

Sharlene: What did she say?

John: It's not what she said. I found the dress.

Sharlene: What?

John: The wedding dress that you had described -- I found it in her closet.

Sharlene: Oh, John.

John: It seemed old somehow. I --

Sharlene: What, old?

John: I should've known. You know, I should've realized right from the start.

Sharlene: What?

John: Chris has all of these secrets. I don't know what they're about, but I'm going to find out.

Sharlene: Where are you going?

John: I'm going to call a friend of mine, a guy I served with in 'Nam. He knew her half brother, Tony. Maybe I'll get some answers from him.

Amanda: Did I tell you what Alexandra did the other day? I gave her a bottle and she just -- sorry.

Rachel: What?

Amanda: Oh, for talking about baby bottles when --

Mac: Amanda, don't you ever apologize for that. There's nothing in the world I like more than talking about that beautiful baby.

Rachel: She's so precious.

Amanda: Yeah, something different happens with her every day. She's so quick!

Rachel: Well, she should be. Look at her parents.

Mac: Yeah.

Amanda: And her grandparents.

Mac: I was watching her last week while she was sleeping. All of a sudden she turned over, looked right at me. It was just like looking at you the first week you were back from the hospital all those years ago.

Rachel: Well, it wasn't all so many years ago.

Amanda: Thank you, Mom.

Mac: After all, that's what living is all about, isn't it? That's why we go on -- because a family means so much. Then something happens, it brings shame on a family, and --

Rachel: There isn't any shame, Mac.

Amanda: And nothing has happened.

Mac: Listen, there are a lot of envious people out there that want to bring Cory down and, in the process, hurt all the Cory's.

Rachel: Nobody can hurt us as long as we're together.

[Doorbell rings]

Amanda: I'll get that.

Amanda: Zack.

Zack: Oh, hi, Amanda. Is Mac here?

Amanda: Yes.

Mac: Right here, Zack. What's the decision?

Chris: Oh, Tony. Everything's been so rotten since you left. I miss you so much, Tony. I hated having to lie about you. "My half brother." I didn't know what else to say. I miss you so much, Tony. Oh, I miss you.

Zack: I don't believe I have to tell you this, Mac, but you've been indicted for the murder of Drew Marsten.

Oliver: Ok. Open your eyes. Hmm. How do you feel?

Felicia: Ok.

Oliver: Are you comfortable?

Felicia: Yes.

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