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Another World Transcript Thursday 9/2/04

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[Phone rings]

Liz: I'll have Mrs. Cory call you the minute she gets back. Thank you very much. Hello.

Rick: Hi. I'd like to speak to Liz Matthews, please.

Liz: I am Liz Matthews.

Rick: You're Mac Cory’s secretary, right?

Liz: No. Executive assistant, if you don't mind. Mr. Cory isn't in today.

Rick: Well, actually, I want to talk to you.

Liz: Oh? How can I help you?

Rick: Detective Graham.

Liz: Graham? Detective Graham? You're the one who's been harassing Mac Cory.

Rick: It depends on how you look at it.

Liz: Well, that's the way I look at it. I'm very busy.

Rick: Look, I need you to verify a few statements for me.

Liz: About what?

Rick: About the whereabouts of Mr. Cory on the day Drew Marsten disappeared.

Michael: So, the senator's office called, confirmed our meeting, and we're all set.

Donna: Good. Good.

Michael: Are you listening to me?

Donna: I'm all packed, Michael.

Michael: Donna, you still want to adopt Mikey, don't you?

Donna: Did I say I didn't?

Michael: Well, it's very important that we present a united front to Senator Adams.

Donna: Yeah, I know that.

Michael: Especially since we're asking him to bypass normal adoption channels to help us adopt Mikey in an election year.

Donna: This is a bad time.

Michael: The human resources board could take Mikey away from us at any time.

Donna: I know that, but I am worried about Victoria. What if she needs me while I'm gone?

Michael: She's got Marley.

Donna: Victoria is pregnant. She needs her mother at a time like this.

Michael: Are you backing out on this trip?

Donna: No, it's -- it's just that Victoria has been so upset. I mean, if one more thing hap-- wait. What if Jamie and Lisa elope?

Michael: They're not going to elope.

Donna: No, this would devastate Victoria. I mean, she --

Michael: Donna, they're not going to elope.

Donna: Lisa would do anything. You don't know --

Michael: The engagement is off, Donna.

Donna: What?

Michael: They're not getting married.

Donna: Well -- ooh, this certainly changes things.

Vicky: What a difference a day makes oh, Ms. Hudson, you've got a certain glow about you today. Or should I say the future, Ms. James frame?

[Knock on door]

Vicky: Well, there's daddy, sweetheart. Jamie, you're early.

Jamie: You said it was ok to come by.

Vicky: Yes, it is.

Jamie: How are you feeling?

Vicky: Great! I've been feeling great.

Jamie: I can tell.

Vicky: Oh?

Jamie: Oh, you look healthy.

Vicky: Yeah. See what it does to obey your doctor? So, you said it was important over the phone.

Jamie: Yes, yes. It's about Lisa. There's been some changes.

Vicky: Oh, don't you think you should be talking to her about those?

Jamie: Well, these changes affect us.

Liz: I have no desire to discuss Drew Marsten with you.

Rick: Well, this is about statements Mr. Cory made.

Liz: If Mr. Cory made those statements, you can be sure they're true.

Rick: Look, all I need --

Liz: Charging a man like Mac Cory with murder -- it is ridiculous!

Rick: I'm doing my job.

Liz: Well, not a very good job of it, are you? You haven't even produced a body.

Rick: Well, we have evidence.

Liz: Oh? All you have is a district attorney trying to get reelected by slandering Mac Cory, and I won't be a party to it!

Rick: Mrs. Matthews, it's always wise to cooperate with the police.

Liz: I will not cooperate with the police. You can arrest me!

Julie Ann: Well, hey, hey. What's going on?

Rick: Who are you?

Julie Ann: Julie Ann Edwards.

Rick: Do you work here?

Liz: Yes, she works here! Don't pay any attention to him, Julie Ann.

Rick: Hi. I'm Rick Graham. I am investigating the Marsten murder, and that lady is not making it easy.

Julie Ann: I'm not surprised. She's worked for Mac Cory for years.

Rick: Oh, a loyal soldier?

Julie Ann: For your information, everyone at "Brava" is loyal to Mac Cory.

Rick: Oh, they're going to have to be, because he's in deep trouble.

Julie Ann: If you knew Mac, you'd realize that he's not the kind of man that would commit murder.

Rick: Anybody can commit murder if they're provoked enough.

Julie Ann: Not Mac.

[Door closes]

Liz: I told you I wouldn't talk to you.

Rick: All right. All right. I need Mr. Cory's appointment book.

Liz: Why?

Rick: I need to check appointments on the days leading up to Marsten’s disappearance.

Liz: No!

Rick: Mrs. Matthews, I --

Liz: Only Mac Cory can authorize that, and I told you, he is not here.

Rick: Well, I have a search warrant.

Liz: Oh, just put that thing away.

Julie Ann: Liz, Liz, if he has a warrant, you have to give him what he wants.

Liz: They'll use it against Mac.

Julie Ann: Mac has nothing hide.

Liz: Oh, of course, you're right. All right. But I want you to know, detective Graham, I am doing this under duress.

[Door opens and closes]

Rick: Thank you.

Julie Ann: I'm only cooperating because I believe in Mac’s innocence.

Rick: Obviously. Listen, maybe you could answer a few questions for me.

[Door opens and closes]

Liz: You give me the dates, I'll read you the appointments.

Rick: I'm taking that with me.

Liz: You can't!

Rick: This is evidence, lady.

Liz: You tricked me. I am not going to forget your face, young man.

Julie Ann: Do you really have to take the appointment book?

Rick: Well, who knows? Maybe there's something in here to clear your boss. But I doubt it.

Julie Ann: Mac is innocent.

Rick: Since you're so sure of that, how about answering a few questions about him?

Julie Ann: Well, I was --

Rick: I mean, it really could help clear things up for me.

Julie Ann: I was just going to lunch.

Rick: You know, I'm kind of hungry, too. I could go with you. I mean, if you really want to help your boss --

Julie Ann: Well, I guess if it'll clear his name -- ok.

Donna: Who told you the engagement was off?

Michael: Felicia.

Donna: Well, then, it must be true.

Michael: She seemed very, very upset, Donna.

Donna: Yeah, I'm sure she -- she was. Listen, I've got to go tell Victoria.

Michael: Wait a minute. Where are you going?

Donna: I said I have to tell Victoria. She has a right to know.

Michael: Donna, the way this town works, she probably already knows by now.

Donna: Fine. Then obviously, she needs my advice.

Michael: Advice about what?

Donna: Getting Jamie to marry her.

Michael: Hah! I knew it. No, you don't, Donna.

Donna: Do you want her child to be born out of wedlock?

Michael: Donna, I want you to not get involved in this.

Donna: I am her mother. I am just concerned about her welfare.

Michael: Well, between you and Rachel, she's got enough motherly concern about her welfare. I think it's time these kids work this out for themselves.

Donna: You know, you're really being very callous about all this.

Michael: I am not being callous.

Donna: Yes, you are. She is your daughter, too, and she's in this predicament.

Michael: Donna -- and I trust her enough to trust her judgment in this without our interference.

Donna: Fine. What if Jamie refuses to marry her? What are you going to do?

Michael: Donna, I can't make Jamie do something he doesn't want to do.

Donna: But, Michael, he --

Michael: Donna, you can't, either!

Donna: He just can't abandon her.

Michael: Don't push this, Donna. People do not like to be pushed.

Donna: I am just trying to help.

Michael: Fine. Then help me convince Senator Adams to let us adopt Mikey.

Donna: Michael --

Michael: Donna, I need your help. Help me.

Donna: All right. All right, I know you're right. I'm sorry. I don't want to argue.

Michael: Does this mean you're going to stay out of Victoria’s personal life?

Donna: Um -- at least until we get back from Washington.

Michael: Donna --

Donna: Michael --

Michael: Ugh. I got some loose ends to take care of.

Donna: All right.

Michael: I'll see you in a little while.

Donna: Yes, you will.

Donna: Oh. I wonder if a big wedding would be appropriate. Hmm?

Bridget: Pardon me, Ms. Donna, did you say something to me?

Donna: Oh, Bridget, no, no, I didn’t. I just haven't felt this good in weeks, that's all.

Bridget: Oh, yes, I know. You've been very sad lately.

Donna: I know, I know. We've -- we've had some problems, but -- well, I'm sorry I haven't told you about them sooner, but -- well, I can tell you that now. I know you're going to be upset. Victoria's pregnant.

Bridget: Oh, is she, now?

Donna: Yes. Jamie's the father, and I've been so worried because of his engagement to Lisa, but now the engagement's been broken. It's called off.

Bridget: Oh! Thank heaven! Now Victoria can bring up her baby with Dr. Frame's help.

Donna: Bridget, you knew?

Vicky: Oh, Jamie, I'm so sorry to hear that.

Jamie: Yeah, well, I should have seen it coming.

Vicky: So, tell me what happened.

Jamie: Well, that wouldn't really be very fair to Lisa.

Vicky: No, no, of course it wouldn’t. Jamie, do you want to go to a movie with me today?

Jamie: I've got things to do.

Vicky: Oh, of course. Well, you see, the only reason I mentioned it is because I'm feeling really great and I've been cramped up in this place for so long. It's just --

Jamie: I'm really glad you're feeling better.

Vicky: Yeah. Yeah, I am. I even told Marley to go home.

Jamie: Well, are you sure you'll be all right living here alone?

Vicky: It gets kind of lonely.

Jamie: Well, then, maybe you should move back in with Donna and Michael.

Vicky: No, I'm fine. As long as certain people don't come barging in here and accusing me of certain things, I'll be fine.

Jamie: I apologize for my mother's insinuations. She was just trying to help me, not hurt you.

Vicky: I realize that now.

Jamie: And I've told my family to stop interfering.

Vicky: Ok. So, you said there was going to be a change of plans?

Jamie: Yeah. Yeah. When Lisa broke off our engagement --

Vicky: Lisa broke it off?

Jamie: Yes.

Vicky: I thought --

Jamie: Well, how could you think I'd break it off? I love Lisa.

Vicky: I really don't need to hear this right now.

Jamie: Vicky, it's better for both of us if I'm honest with you about my feelings.

Vicky: Yeah, well, I've always thought complete honesty was overrated.

Jamie: I wanted you to know this breakup doesn't change things between us.

Vicky: So how do I fit into your plans, Jamie?

Jamie: I --

Vicky: Or are you too worried about Lisa to think about that side, huh?

Jamie: I told you, I want to help with the baby.

Vicky: Oh, well, please don't let us inconvenience you.

Jamie: And I want a say in raising my child. Vicky, it would make things a lot easier if we could be friends.

Vicky: Well, you always were a friend, Jamie.

Jamie: I still am.

Vicky: I'd really like to be alone now.

Liz: These photos add a whole new dimension to the campaign.

Mitch: Yeah? What's that?

Liz: Excitement.

Mitch: Well, thank you. Would you please have Rachel let me know which of those photos she wants for the article?

Liz: I'll make sure she sees them when she gets back.

Mitch: Thanks.

Matt: Hey, dad, you got a minute?

Mitch: Sure. What's up?

Matt: Something weird is going on.

Mitch: What do you mean?

Matt: Well, I think Jason Frame is up to something.

Mitch: Well, that wouldn't surprise me.

Matt: No, this might have to do with Cory Publishing.

Mitch: What are you talking about?

Matt: Josie said he's been getting all these strange phone calls day and night.

Mitch: Does that have something to do with Cory?

Matt: Well, she overheard one of the phone calls where he mentioned Cory Publishing. Now, when she asked him about it, he said that he might be doing some construction for the company.

Mitch: Well, that seems kind of unlikely, doesn't it? I mean, the way your mom feels about the Frames?

Matt: Right, that's what I was thinking, and Josie also said that he's been throwing all this money around lately. I thought with the takeover, I should mention it to someone.

Mitch: Why haven't you mentioned it to Mac?

Matt: I did. He wasn't very interested.

Mitch: Yeah, well, I guess he has a lot on his mind with the trial.

Matt: Yeah, well, you know, I don't know. I don't know Jason Frame all that well.

Mitch: Well, I do. Look, don't worry about it. I'll see what I can find out.

Matt: Ok. Thanks. You know, I didn't know who else to turn to and --

Mitch: What do you mean? You can talk to me.

Matt: Yeah, sure.

Donna: Victoria told you she was pregnant?

Bridget: Well, she mentioned it, yes.

Donna: When?

Bridget: When?

Donna: Yes. When?

Bridget: Well, I can't recall --

Donna: Bridget --

Bridget: Well, it was a very long time ago. I --

Donna: How long ago?

Bridget: I'll make you a cup of tea.

Donna: Bridget, you stay right here. How long ago did she tell you?

Bridget: Well, it was a few weeks.

Donna: A few weeks? And you didn't tell me?

Bridget: But I couldn't! Victoria swore me to secrecy!

Donna: What difference does that make? I mean, I just can't believe that she would tell you before she would tell me.

Bridget: Oh, I'm sorry, Miss Donna. You see, but when Victoria first told me about the baby --

Donna: No, wait a minute. You mean she just sat you down and just told you, just like that?

Bridget: Well, yes.

Donna: I can't believe this. I mean, I knew something was wrong, and I had been trying to get her to tell me for weeks, and she just wouldn’t.

Bridget: Yes, but you see, I -- I don't think she wanted to hurt you.

Donna: So she told you.

Bridget: But you know Ms. Victoria and I -- we've always been so close. Oh, I mean, you see --

Donna: Yes, I know. You raised her, and she thinks of you as more of a mother than she does me.

Bridget: Oh, that's not true. Victoria loves you.

Donna: Well, obviously, not enough to confide in me. But then again, that's my fault.

Bridget: Oh, no.

Donna: No. No, I haven't given her the kind of guidance that a mother should. But I am going to change all that.

Bridget: What are you going to do?

Donna: I'm going to see my daughter.

Bridget: But you're catch a plane --

Donna: I will be back, Bridget, and -- please, just tell Michael -- I do care. Just don't tell him that I've gone to see Victoria because I rather promised that I wouldn't do that, at least until I got back.

Bridget: Well, maybe it's better if you didn't --

Donna: Bridget! I am Victoria’s mother, not you! And, you know, I think it's time that both of you remembered that.

Bridget: Oh, dear. Oh, dear, dear.

Michael: Donna and I will be in Washington for just a couple of days.

Mary: And Bridget will take care of Mikey.

Michael: Yes, Bridget will. That is, if the human services board doesn't mind.

Mary: I will explain to them that I know her and that I think she'll do a fabulous job looking out for him.

Michael: Oh, good, because, you know, we'd hate to ruffle some feathers.

Mary: I know you think they're overly strict, but they're really only looking out for his welfare.

Michael: Donna and I have proven that we will be wonderful parents to Mikey.

Mary: Yes, you have, you have, and you're a good boy to tell me about your trip, and that's going to go in your favor.

Michael: Well, Mary, I haven't quite told you everything about --

Marley: Oh, Michael, I'm so glad you're here. Wait until you hear the news.

Jake: Break out the champagne!

Mary: What happened?

Jake: Well, I just got off the phone with my new producer.

Michael: Did you get that job that Marley told me about?

Marley: Yes! It just came through the other day.

Jake: Yes, you are looking at their newest documentary filmmaker.

Marley: And their best.

Jake: Mm-hmm.

Michael: That's wonderful! Congratulations!

Jake: Thanks, buddy.

Marley: They want him to start his first documentary as soon as possible.

Mary: About what?

Jake: About anything I decide.

Marley: As long as it concerns a social cause that's affecting Bay City.

Jake: Yeah. Hey, I was thinking, Mary, maybe you can give me some ideas.

Mary: Oh, my gosh. There's so many things you could choose from. There's homelessness. There's crime. There's lack of low-cost housing. There's --

Michael: Pollution. River pollution.

Jake: Well, whatever it is, I want to make sure that my films make a difference.

Marley: And they will. It'll be terrific.

Jake: My biggest fan.

Marley: I thought you were going to Washington with Donna today.

Michael: We are, but we're catching a later flight.

Marley: Well, who will be taking care of Mikey?

Michael: Bridget.

Marley: Well, would you mind if we would help her out?

Michael: No. I tell you what, why don't you call Bridget? I don't think she'd mind if you took Mikey off her hands from time to time.

Marley: Oh, terrific!

Jake: Marley --

Marley: I would love that!

Michael: As a matter of fact, I tell you what -- why don't you stay at the apartment while Donna and I are away?

Marley: Terrific idea. I think I'm going to go pack, ok?

Michael: Great.

Jake: I really wish you wouldn't have done that.

Michael: Why? Are you concerned about what Donna would say?

Jake: No. It's not Donna. It's Marley. After everything she went through with Vicky, this is the last thing she needs.

Julie Ann: And at Christmastime, Mac throws this great big Christmas party for all his employees.

Rick: Tax write-off.

Julie Ann: Mac treats us like we're part of the family, and he'll do anything for his family.

Rick: Even murder?

Julie Ann: What is wrong with you?

Rick: I'm just doing my job.

Julie Ann: And your job is hounding a good and decent man like Mac Cory?

Rick: No. It's seeing that justice is done.

Julie Ann: In this country, everyone is innocent until proven guilty.

Rick: Well, everyone is also equal under the law, no matter who he is.

Julie Ann: You're assuming that because Mac is rich he thinks he can get away with murder.

Rick: I've seen far too often that there's one kind of justice for the rich and another for the rest of us.

Julie Ann: Sure, that can happen, but Mac isn't that kind of man.

Rick: Even the best of men change under pressure.

Julie Ann: Mac isn't asking for special treatment.

Rick: Ok. Ok. I mean, you're Mac Cory’s biggest fan.

Julie Ann: After his family.

Rick: Yeah. His family -- tell me, how's his wife taking all this?

Julie Ann: Rachel -- she knows he's innocent, of course.

Rick: Of course. His daughter?

Julie Ann: Amanda.

Rick: Yeah, the one married to that hotheaded Sam --

Julie Ann: Sam is very nice.

Rick: Amazing.

Julie Ann: What?

Rick: How nice this entire family is, how they look out for each other.

Julie Ann: What are you getting at?

Rick: This takeover Marsten was planning -- it would have affected the entire Cory family, right?

Julie Ann: Well, yeah.

Rick: So if Mac didn't kill Marsten, maybe some other member of his nice family did.

Michael: Well, wait a minute. Did Victoria and Marley have a fight?

Jake: No. They've never been closer since Marley stayed there.

Mary: You guys want to talk about this privately? Because I have things I could do inside.

Michael: No.

Jake: No. No, actually, I could use some professional advice from you. It's about Marley’s infertility problem. I mean, at least I think it is.

Michael: Wait a minute. I told her that she could go to any specialist she wanted to and that I'd take care of it.

Jake: Michael, she's not calling anybody. She refuses to deal with the problem.

Mary: Ooh. And she insisted on staying with Vicky.

Michael: Well, that was only temporary. I mean, Vicky wasn't feeling well.

Jake: Michael, she'd still be there if Vicky didn't ask her to come back here. I mean, the fact is she's acting like this is her baby.

Michael: Well, then maybe spending some time with Mikey might be good.

Jake: No! It would only make it worse and she'd pretend like Mikey was her baby, too.

Michael: Well, what do you think? You're the psychologist.

Mary: I have to agree with Jake.

Michael: Well, then, Marley’s not supposed to see Mikey at all?

Mary: No, no. She can see him, but I just think to be responsible for him she could be spending a lot more time with him, she could get a lot more attached, and it could just cause all sorts of new problems.

Michael: Well, like what?

Mary: Depression, for one, which is not unknown among women in her situation.

Michael: I remember Donna went through that after the miscarriage.

Mary: And I think that Marley is particularly vulnerable right now.

Michael: Ok, I tell you what. I'll just tell her that I changed my mind. That's all --

Jake: No, Michael, Michael, let me talk to her, all right?

Michael: Ok. Fine. Mary, do you have some free time this afternoon?

Mary: I have to be back at the office in an hour and five minutes. Why?

Michael: I'd like it if you stopped by and talk with Donna and me for a little while about this trip to Washington.

Mary: Ok.

Michael: Yeah? Jake, see you later. Keep me posted on Marley, ok?

Jake: Right. Michael, I just want to tell you that it's -- it's really good to be able to talk out family problems now.

Michael: Yeah, for me, too.

Jake: Thanks, man. Bye, Mary.

Mary: Bye.

Marley: Sweetheart, I'm all packed. I think I might have packed too much. I didn't know exactly what you wanted.

Jake: Marley --

Marley: What?

Jake: We're not going to go, after all.

Donna: I'm sorry to have barged in.

Vicky: Bridget already warned me.

Donna: Do you know she is impossible sometimes?

Vicky: Yeah, well at least she knows when to mind her own business.

Donna: Well, that's because you tell her your business, unlike me. You don't confide in your mother.

Vicky: Well, you find out everything anyway, don't you?

Donna: That is not the point -- look, I'm not here to argue.

Vicky: What, did you come to do my cleaning again?

Donna: No. No, I came to tell you some wonderful news about Jamie and Lisa. They have called off their engagement.

Vicky: Old news, Mother.

Donna: You already heard? How?

Vicky: Jamie told me.

Donna: He called you?

Vicky: No, came by, live and in person.

Donna: Oh, honey, that's wonderful! This means that --

Vicky: That doesn't mean anything.

Donna: Honey, he broke off their engagement.

Vicky: She broke it off, Mother. Jamie is still very much in love with Lisa.

Donna: He told you that?

Vicky: Yeah. Sure made my day.

Donna: Well, what about you and the baby?

Vicky: Oh, I'm sure he'll breeze in now and then in between visits to Lisa.

Donna: You cannot let him go back to her.

Vicky: Well, I cannot force him to marry me, either.

Donna: Yes, you can. You are carrying his child.

Vicky: No -- that is exactly the type of answer I would expect from you.

Donna: Honey, he has an obligation to you.

Vicky: That's a wonderfully romantic way to get married. "Jamie, you owe me."

Donna: You can deal with the romance after you have the ring on your finger.

Vicky: He does not love me.

Donna: Honey, there are ways of getting a man to fall in love with you.

Vicky: If I trick Jamie into marrying me, then he's going to despise me forever.

Donna: If you would just listen to me --

Vicky: I am not interested in your tricks! I'll win Jamie over my own way.

Donna: Well, then, you are going to fight for him -- good.

Vicky: No, he'll come to me, and I will convince him that I can make him happier than Lisa ever could.

Donna: Right, right. And just keep mentioning how important it is for a baby to have both of its parents.

Vicky: Well, no one knows that better than I do!

Donna: Victoria, honey, I -- I thought you understood. I didn't even know you were born. I didn't want to give you away.

Vicky: I'm just saying that I want my baby to grow up in a happy home.

Donna: Because you didn’t. Honey, I would have given anything --

Vicky: Well, it's too late, isn't it? You're just always too late.

Donna: Please don't say that.

Vicky: But it is not too late for me to bring up my child luckier than I was. Now, if you don't mind -- 

Marley: Well, I don't understand why Michael changed his mind.

Jake: Actually, it was my idea.

Marley: Why?

Jake: Marley, Mikey is not your baby, and neither is Vicky.

Marley: I know that, Jake.

Jake: Sometimes I don't think you do.

Marley: What are you talking about?

Jake: We just barely got back together and you moved in over at Vicky’s.

Marley: No, that's because Vicky was sick. The first few months of pregnancy can be very difficult, Jake.

Jake: And Mikey?

Marley: You know I love children.

Jake: Why don't you have one of our own?

Marley: Because I can’t.

Jake: That is one doctor's opinion. There are others, Marley.

Marley: Well, I don't want to see any other doctors.

Jake: Why?

Marley: Do we have to talk about this?

Jake: Yes, we do, sweetheart. Don't you see what you're doing to yourself, keeping all this in, hiding from your problems?

Marley: I am not hiding. I have accepted this.

Jake: No, you haven’t. What you've done is you've turned your love and your longing to have a child on to Mikey and Vicky’s baby.

Marley: That is not true. I'm concerned about Victoria. Victoria's my sister.

Jake: Marley, she is pregnant, not you.

Marley: Well, don't you think I want to be? Jake, don't you think I want a child more than anything in this world?

Jake: Yes, I know you do. But you need to have a child of your own that you can love, not someone else's, honey.

Marley: Jake -- why did this happen to me? This isn't fair.

Jake: Marley, it's going to be all right. You'll see. There are other doctors.

Marley: And what if they all say the same thing?

Jake: If they all say the same thing, then we will deal with it just like we deal with everything else.

Marley: We've been through so much already.

Jake: And we are still together.

Marley: Well, I guess that means something.

Jake: It means our marriage is strong and that it will stay strong and that nothing will ever happen to us.

Michael: Well, I thought it was possible, myself, but I actually wasn't quite sure, so --

Mary: So you're still working.

Michael: I am still --

Bridget: Mr. Michael --

Michael: Yes. Bridget, what?

Bridget: It's my mother. I have to go and see her.

Mary: What's the matter? What happened?

Bridget: It's her heart. Oh, I know I said I'd stay with Mikey --

Michael: No, no, no, Bridget. Look, I tell you what. I'll make your plane reservations, all right? Just go pack. Get ready to go.

Bridget: I have to go to the bank.

Michael: No, no, no. I'll take care of that too, all right? Just pack.

Bridget: Oh, bless you, Mr. Michael! Bless you!

Mary: Oh. I hope her mother's going to be all right.

Michael: So do I. Her mother's very elderly, but I guess Bridget will take care of her.

Mary: Well, gosh, you're going to have to find some other arrangements for Mikey.

Michael: Yeah, I am, aren't I?

Mary: Of course, Donna could stay.

Michael: No, I need Donna with me.

Mary: Michael, on a business trip?

Michael: Mary, you know how frustrated I've been with how long the adoption of Mikey’s taking.

Mary: I warned you, the board was going to be very thorough.

Michael: The board is dragging their feet.

Mary: Does this trip have something to do with the adoption?

Michael: I made an appointment with Senator Adams to try to cut through some of the red tape.

Mary: Oh, Michael -- oh, Michael -- Michael, the board is not going to be happy when they hear that.

Michael: Mary, at this point I don't care what the board thinks.

Mary: I know you're frustrated, I understand that, but if you would just be patient a little while longer --

Michael: Patient while the board figures out some other reason why we can't adopt Mikey.

Mary: If they find out you're going behind their back, they may not need another reason.

Michael: Well, who's going to tell them, Mary?

Mary: I -- uh --

Michael: Are you going to tell them?

Mary: I am supposed to tell them everything that happens. Well --

Michael: I don't want to lose Mikey.

Mary: Then you be very, very careful that you don't do anything to mess up your own chances.

Liz: Rachel will decide on the photos in the morning.

Mitch: That'll be good. By any chance, has she mentioned a project with Frame construction?

Liz: No. Of course, Rachel loathes Jason Frame. Why?

Mitch: It's just something I heard.

Liz: Oh, I haven’t. But we've been so busy with the -- oh, wait a minute.

Mitch: What?

Liz: Rachel put Evan Bates in charge of new construction. You could ask him.

Mitch: I'll do that.

Liz: Well, he's in Chicago with Rachel at the conference. They'll be back late this evening.

Mitch: Thanks. It's probably nothing, anyway.

Liz: Whatever.

Jamie: Hi, Mitch. Have you seen mom?

Mitch: She's in Chicago.

Jamie: Oh, ok. Say, Mitch, actually, I'm glad I ran into you. You got a minute?

Mitch: Sure.

Jamie: Have you seen -- have you seen Lisa?

Mitch: Yeah. She's with Felicia.

Jamie: I know, I know. I guess you heard that we broke up.

Mitch: Sorry.

Jamie: How is she?

Mitch: Well, she's ok, considering.

Jamie: Has she said anything?

Mitch: She talks to Felicia.

Jamie: Right. Ok, thanks.

Mitch: While we're at it, there is something I would like to talk to you about.

Mitch: Look, I don't mean to be butting into your business.

Jamie: If you're talking about Lisa, Mitch --

Mitch: Well, I'm talking about Lisa as well as your situation.

Jamie: Felicia told you about Vicky.

Mitch: Yeah.

Jamie: Well, listen, you can tell Felicia for me that I love Lisa and I want to marry her.

Mitch: Look, I'm sure you do, and I'm sure she is the right woman for you. It's just --

Jamie: Just what?

Mitch: Look, Jamie, I have a good idea of what you're going through. I have an idea of some of the decisions you're trying to make.

Jamie: Are you referring what happened with you and Matthew?

Mitch: I made a lot of decisions I regretted.

Jamie: Mitch, that was a completely different situation.

Mitch: Yes. In some ways, it was.

Jamie: Mitch, you put my mother through a lot of pain, and I'd really rather not discuss that, ok?

Mitch: Jamie, you think it was easy for me? Look, all I'm saying is I don't want to see you make the same mistakes that I made.

Jamie: I have every intention of helping to raise my child.

Mitch: Well, just make sure that Vicky feels the same way.

Jamie: Well, she can't stop me from seeing my child.

Mitch: And if you marry Lisa?

Jamie: I won't let that make a difference.

Mitch: It could.

Jamie: It won’t.

Mitch: I hope not. Like I said, I didn't mean to butt into your business.

Jamie: Well, I appreciate the advice, anyway.

Michael: Well -- oh, that's true, but -- I tell you what -- why don't we bring him right over? You're a lifesaver, Mom. Thanks. Ok, bye. Well, Donna, my mom's going to take care of Mikey.

Donna: Fine.

Michael: Don't you want to know why?

Donna: Why?

Michael: Bridget's mother is sick. She's gone to take care of her.

Donna: Oh, I see.

Michael: Honey, where have you been?

Donna: Out.

Michael: Talking with Victoria.

Donna: Did Bridget tell you, too?

Michael: No, no. Just a guess, judging by the look on your face.

Donna: Why don't I ever listen to you?

Michael: You know, I've asked myself that question many times. Come on, tell me what happened.

Donna: It's just that once again I have proven that I am a failure as a mother.

Michael: Oh, Donna, that's not true.

Donna: Victoria trusts Bridget more than she does me.

Michael: Bridget raised Victoria. They're very close.

Donna: Well, I raised Marley, and we're not close.

Michael: Marley confides in you.

Donna: She put me out of her life the minute she got married.

Michael: Well, you had something to do with that, too, don't forget.

Donna: Thank you. Thank you for reminding me. Anyway, I feel like both of my daughters look at me as some kind of meddlesome stranger.

Michael: Donna, they're grown up. They want to make their own decisions.

Donna: No. No, Victoria’s right, and you are right. All I ever seem to do is make matters worse.

Michael: Donna, honey, you give advice to them because you love them. They know that.

Donna: Well, they hate me.

Michael: No, they don’t. Look, I haven't done so well in the mistake department, myself.

Donna: Maybe not, but you always end up doing the right thing.

Michael: Donna, there isn't a parent alive who doesn't wish they could go back and fix the mistakes they've made. Donna, you and I have a second chance, now.

Donna: We do?

Michael: Sure, with Mikey. Donna, if we adopt Mikey, we can be the parents that we always wanted to be.

Donna: We could. Could we? We really do have a second chance here.

Michael: Absolutely.

Donna: You know, you are so sensible. Hmm.

Michael: True. You don't find me boring, do you? Hmm?

Donna: Are you kidding? I think you are the most exciting, the most wonderful man I know. In fact, that reminds me -- I think I'm going to go upstairs and put a few little goodies in my suitcase.

Michael: Hello, Washington. Well -- ok.

Donna: I am going to do the right thing this time, Michael. I promise.

Matt: What are you doing here?

Jamie: Oh, hi, Matthew. Who? Me? Nothing.

Matt: You look a little down.

Jamie: Yeah.

Matt: You know, I still don't know why you called off those wedding plans. I thought you two were crazy about each other.

Jamie: We are.

Matt: I don't get it, then.

Jamie: Well, I might as well tell you, Matthew. You'll find out from someone else if I don’t. I got Vicky Hudson pregnant.

Matt: What? I don't believe it.

Jamie: Believe it.

Matt: Well, how? Not -- I know how. I mean -- what, you're a doctor. You're supposed to know about these things.

Jamie: Well, God, I guess doctors are human, too, Matthew.

Matt: Well, what are you going to do?

Jamie: Good question.

Matt: Are you going to marry Vicky?

Jamie: I'm in love with Lisa. I want to marry Lisa.

Matt: Well, then, do it.

Jamie: I have a responsibility to the baby, too, Matthew.

Matt: Ok, so why can't you do both?

Jamie: Because I doubt that Vicky or Lisa would go along with the arrangements.

Matt: You have a right to see your own kid, don't you?

Jamie: Yeah, well, fathers don't always have a big say in that, Matthew, as we both know.

Matt: Yeah, well, Mitch could have seen me if he wanted to.

Jamie: It wasn't as simple as all that, Matthew, and you know it.

Matt: Yeah, maybe.

Jamie: You know, I talked to Mitch earlier, and he encouraged me to help raise my child.

Matt: He should talk.

Jamie: And he also told me how much he regrets not being around more when --

Matt: Yeah, sure.

Jamie: Matthew, I know how tough it is growing up without a father.

Matt: Look, your father was around.

Jamie: Stephen Frame was in and out of my life like a yo-yo. If it wasn't for Mac, I'd be -- I'd probably be more --

Matt: All right, right. Mac's a good guy.

Jamie: He's the best. But he's not our real father.

Matt: I don't see how that makes much difference now.

Jamie: Matthew, as you grow older, it does. There are times when I wish I had known my father a lot better. You still have that chance with Mitch.

Matt: Oh, I got studying to do.

Jamie: Matthew --

Matt: I don't want to talk about this!

Jake: Hope you don't mind me barging in on you like this.

Vicky: Yeah, you're a big-shot film director. You can do whatever you want.

Jake: How are you feeling?

Vicky: Oh, I've seen better days.

Jake: Stomach still bothering you?

Vicky: Yeah, but this time it's not because of the baby. Jamie stopped by.

Jake: It's what you wanted him to do.

Vicky: Every time I open the door I'm hoping it's going to be Jamie’s face there, and he always manages to shatter my illusions.

Jake: Oh, what's he up to now?

Vicky: Same old story. Telling me not to get any bright ideas about our future because he's still very much in love with Lisa.

Jake: He just broke off the engagement with Lisa.

Vicky: She broke off the engagement, Jake. He still loves her very much.

Jake: Wait a minute. The guy is going to take responsibility for this baby, Vicky.

Vicky: Well, he insists on helping bring up this kid, and where the baby goes, I go.

Jake: How come you still care about this jerk?

Vicky: Jake, I happen to be in love with this jerk.

Jake: You just said he still loves Lisa, Vicky.

Vicky: You know, I think that he keeps running back to Lisa to cover his real feelings for me.

Jake: Oh, come on, Vicky!

Vicky: I'm serious, Jake. When we're together, I feel it. I can't really describe it, but I know he wants to be with me.

Jake: Well, if you're sure about that, we'll just have to -- you'll just have to spend some more time with him.

Vicky: Yeah, right. Well, short of tying him up, I don't really know how.

Jake: I know.

Vicky: How?

Jake: This documentary I'm working on has to do with social issues here in Bay City.

Vicky: Oh, what are you going to do, do it on unwed mothers?

Jake: Police. It would require me to work very closely with their public relations person.

Vicky: Which is Lisa?

Jake: And filming sometimes takes long, long hours.

Vicky: Which might just happen to coincide with Jamie’s day off!

Jake: At which time he would have to come over and check on the baby.

Vicky: And his mother, who would be sweet and motherly with each visit. Ooh, it's sneaky. Ha! I love it! I love it! Oh, Jake, you're a wonder.

Jake: Well, filmmakers have to be creative, you know.

Vicky: This may be your biggest project yet -- making Mrs. Jamie Frame out of me. Ha!

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