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Another World Transcript Tuesday 9/14/04

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Rachel: Hi, honey.

Matt: Mom.

Rachel: I'm glad to see somebody who isn't bringing me more work.

Matt: Mom, why are you still working? Mac has been cleared of the Marsten murder.

Rachel: He still has to be reinstated by the board.

Matt: He's still head of the company, though, isn't he?

Rachel: Of course he is. It's just a technicality. You seem upset. Are you worried about Mac?

Matt: No, I'm not worried about Mac. Mom, I want to know the real reason why you don't want me to see Josie.

Rachel: I already told you. You're too young.

Matt: Is it because Mitch was in love with Jason Frame's sister?

Rachel: Who told you that?

Matt: Liz Matthews.

Rachel: She had no right to tell you that.

Matt: She didn't mean to tell me.

Rachel: That's no excuse.

Matt: I'm glad she did. Just because you're angry at the Frames for something that happened years ago doesn't mean that you can run my life for me.

Rachel: It's much more complicated than that.

Matt: What is it, then?

Rachel: You're right, it happened many years ago, and it really doesn't matter now.

Matt: It matters to me and Josie, and I want to know about it right now.

Cass: Hmm. Hmm. Hmm.

Nicole: I knew that would make you quit. Cass, we've really got to cut down on our --

Cass: That's only going to start me.

Nicole: Oh, stop. We do, we have to cut down on our overhead here.

Cass: Mm-hmm.

Nicole: Look at this. We are spending more than we take in.

Cass: Mm-hmm.

Nicole: You know? And we are going to get ourselves in deep trouble if we don't --

Cass: Uh-huh.

Nicole: It's ridiculous.

Cass: Yeah.

[Doorbell rings]

Nicole: Cass, you should be doing -- oh, great.

Cass: What?

Nicole: This might be just what we need.

Cass: Company? Now?

Nicole: No, Caroline Stafford. She is a very wealthy art dealer.

Cass: Oh, a threesome.

Nicole: No.

[Knock on door]

Nicole: Grow up.

Cass: No!

Nicole: Caroline.

Caroline: Hey.

Nicole: Hello.

Caroline: I hope I'm not late for my fitting.

Nicole: No, you are right on time. I would like you to meet my partner. Cass Winthrop, Ms. Caroline Stafford.

Cass: How do you do?

Caroline: Oh, my friend Evan Bates at Cory Publishing has told me all about you.

Cass: Not all, I hope.

Caroline: Well, he says you're a very skillful lawyer.

Cass: That's very kind of him. I appreciate that.

Nicole: Caroline runs a very successful art gallery in Chicago.

Cass: Oh.

Caroline: In fact, I'm about to open one here soon in Bay City.

Cass: Well -- we could use some artwork around here, actually.

Nicole: No, Cass. Weren't we just talking about that --?

Cass: I'm afraid that I'm --

Caroline: Well, maybe --

Cass: I'm a bit of an amateur when it comes to art, though.

Caroline: Oh, well, I'm sure that's about it. That would be the only thing.

Cass: Well, that's not for me to say.

Caroline: Listen, after I've done my fitting, why don't we have a bit of a discussion about what would be appropriate here? Unless you want to do it now? I mean, why don't you come upstairs? We can have a chat whilst I'm having my fitting. If you don't mind, of course.

Cass: Oh, no. No. That's fine with me. Let's go upstairs. Excuse us.

Nicole: Have fun.

Evan: Oh, Amanda, I'm sorry to keep you waiting.

Amanda: What's this?

Evan: It looks like a check.

Amanda: Yes, it is -- a personal check signed by my mother.

Evan: So it is.

Amanda: Would you mind explaining this to me?

Evan: Yeah, I'm afraid I would.

Amanda: Well, I'm sorry, but I have to insist. Why would my mother write a check for $50,000 to Caroline Stafford’s art gallery?

Evan: It's -- it's a loan.

Amanda: My mother is loaning $50,000 to Caroline Stafford’s gallery?

Evan: Well, Caroline plans on opening a branch of her Chicago gallery right here in Bay City.

Amanda: I don't think I like this.

Evan: Well, it's perfectly legitimate. Cass Winthrop drew up the papers for your mother and I've co-signed the loan.

Amanda: My mother hardly knows Caroline.

Evan: Well, she knows that she's a successful art dealer.

Amanda: Mm-hmm, who just happens to be interested in my husband's paintings?

Evan: Well, she feels and she really believes that he has original and genuine talent.

Amanda: Ah, but would she feel that way if my mother hadn't have loaned her $50,000?

Evan: I would think you'd have more faith in your husband's work.

Amanda: That's not the point.

Evan: Well, the point is that Caroline knows that she can sell Sam’s paintings.

Amanda: Can't she sell them at her Chicago gallery?

Evan: Well, eventually, she will, but right now at this moment she just feels that Sam is more marketable right here in Bay City.

Amanda: Because he happens to be the son-in-law of Mac and Rachel Cory.

Evan: Look, some of their friends are well-known art collectors.

Amanda: Right. So Caroline thinks that my parents' friends will be buying these as a favor to them.

Evan: If they do -- and I'm sure they will -- it will be because they admire his work.

Amanda: Give the check back.

Evan: She's only trying to pave the way for Sam.

Amanda: Sam would be furious if he knew that the only reason he has an exhibit is because my mother loaned his dealer the money.

Evan: Well, now, would he prefer that his work sit in your loft and just collect dust?

Amanda: His work will get shown without having to bribe someone to do it.

Evan: Oh, sure -- by dragging it from gallery to gallery?

Amanda: He would rather do that than have my mother finance him.

Evan: You know, your mother is an artist. She has compassion. She understands when someone new needs a new patron.

Amanda: This is exactly the type of deal-making that Sam hates about the art world.

Evan: Well, young lady, whether you like it or not, art is a business, and any new artist would give his soul to have Caroline Stafford represent them.

Amanda: Sam's soul is not for sale.

Evan: Well, then he is a most exceptional person.

Amanda: Yes, he is, and Caroline Stafford will learn that as soon as Sam finds out about this.

Evan: But does he have to know?

Amanda: This is his career, not mine, not yours, and not Ms. Stafford’s.

Evan: Ok. You just have it your way.

Amanda: Sam is a very proud man.

Evan: Well, it's too bad if that pride keeps him from ever being a success.

Amanda: He'll be a success, on his own.

Evan: Not if he squanders his talent here day after day.

Amanda: He'll make it with the strength of his talent.

Evan: How, if no one ever buys his paintings?

Vicky: Ah, that's enough. Don't want to overwater you, little fellow. Oh, good afternoon, George. See, now, George is a very proper plant and you have to talk to him like that, but once you're born, you'll realize that.

[Knock on door]

Vicky: Yes. Oh. What a surprise.

John: A surprise that an uncle visits his niece?

Vicky: No law against it, I guess.

John: Well, I've had warmer welcomes than that.

Vicky: I'm not feeling that great.

John: Yeah, so I hear.

Vicky: Oh, yeah?

John: Michael called me from Washington. He asked me to check up on you.

Vicky: Oh, so you came over here to gloat?

John: To gloat? About what?

Vicky: Oh, just the fact that Jamie got me pregnant.

John: Jamie what?

Vicky: You didn't know?

John: No, I didn’t.

Vicky: Oh, I guess I just assumed that Michael told you.

John: I see Jamie almost every day at Jason’s. He never said a word.

Vicky: Yeah, well, it's not exactly something a guy brags about if he doesn't want to marry the mother.

John: Oh. Vicky, I'm sorry.

Vicky: So you were right all along, huh?

John: About what?

Vicky: Oh, I'm the kind of person you thought I was.

John: Vicky, I've never had a poor opinion of you.

Vicky: Uh-huh, even after what I did to you and dad?

John: That was all in the past. I think you ought to be concerned about the future.

Vicky: Now, that I am.

John: What are you going to do?

Vicky: I'm going to have my baby.

John: Without a father?

Vicky: Looks like it.

John: You sure that's what you want?

Vicky: I've always wanted a baby. Just not under these circumstances.

John: Well, Michael and Donna have told me how good you are with Mikey.

Vicky: Really?

John: Mm-hmm. The kid needs love. You've got a lot to give.

Vicky: Thank you.

John: So, I guess this makes me a great-uncle, doesn't it?

Vicky: Oh, yeah! I never really thought about it, but I guess you are.

John: Great-uncle John -- God, I feel old.

Vicky: Hey, how's Mikey doing at grandmas?

John: Well, she wasn't feeling well, so he's staying with Sharlene until Donna and Michael get back from Washington.

Vicky: Oh. I should go over and see him.

John: Well, I could take you over there. I'm on my way.

Vicky: Oh, no, thanks. I've got some stuff to do, but I'll stop by later.

John: Ok. Do you need anything?

Vicky: No. No, thanks. I'm fine.

John: Vicky, would it be all right if I just stopped in and said hello every now and then?

Vicky: Anytime. Thanks, thanks.

John: So long.

Vicky: Bye, John. Well, now, Freud, that was pretty nice. Would you like to explain that one, huh?

Rachel: Sit down.

Matt: I'm fine where I am.

Rachel: I had always hoped you would never find out what happened between Janice Frame and this family.

Matt: Mom, if you don't tell me, I'm just going to find out from somebody else.

Rachel: All right, then I guess you better hear it from me. It's not a pleasant story.

Matt: It can't be if you still hate the Frames because of it.

Rachel: I don't hate them. I don't trust them. And this could change how you feel about your father and me.

Matt: I don't think that's going to happen, Mom.

Rachel: You're too young, you know? I don't think you're going to be able to --

Matt: Would you stop treating me like a kid! Just tell me.

Rachel: All right. Sit down. I really don't know where to begin.

Matt: Like you always say to me, start at the beginning.

Rachel: This happened before you were born.

Matt: Go on.

Rachel: You know that Mac and I were divorced.

Matt: Yes. Jamie told me years ago.

Rachel: Janice Frame was the one that broke up our marriage, and Mac married her.

Matt: You're kidding me.

Rachel: I wish I were. But before Janice married Mac and while she was married to him, Janice and Mitch were lovers. Do you still want me to go on with this story?

Matt: Yes.

Rachel: It gets worse. Janice was a very complicated woman. She was very beautiful, but she was ambitious and unscrupulous.

Matt: Go on, mom.

Rachel: She wanted Mac’s money, but she didn't want Mac.

Matt: I don't follow.

Rachel: She concocted a plot to murder Mac.

Matt: Janice wanted to murder Mac?

Rachel: She wanted Mitch --

Matt: She wanted Mitch to what, Mom?

Rachel: I wish Liz hadn't told you this. You're not going to be able to handle this.

Matt: Just tell me what they wanted to do.

Rachel: She wanted Mitch and she wanted money, so they planned this together.

Matt: I can't believe this.

Rachel: It was Janice’s plan. Mitch had no idea the extent of her plan until it was too late. She -- she was poisoning Mac slowly.

Matt: Dad wanted to kill Mac?

Rachel: He couldn't go through with it. I found out about it. He helped me stop her.

Matt: No, I don't believe this. How long ago was this?

Rachel: Many years ago, before you were born.

Matt: That means you and Mitch -- how could you? How could you -- you knew! How could you?

Rachel: I didn't want to.

Matt: You mean he forced you?

Rachel: No. I had to try and save Mac.

Matt: How?

Rachel: I didn't know where Mac was. Mitch knew, so I used Mitch to find Mac.

Matt: That's why I was born.

Rachel: Out of all that anguish, I got a baby that meant more to me than anything.

Matt: I got to get out of here.

Rachel: Matthew, this doesn't change anything! I love you and I've always loved you very much!

Matt: Oh, just stop it!

Rachel: I need to talk to Mitch Blake right away. He's got to be somewhere at "Brava." Well, send somebody to find him. Tell him it's urgent that he call Mrs. Cory right away. I'm at home. I will come in -- I know I'm late. I will be there shortly. No, I can't talk to Liz.

Amanda: Mom, we have to talk right now.

Rachel: I can't talk to you right now. I'm in the middle of a crisis with Matthew.

Amanda: Are you still on his back about Josie?

Rachel: Don't you use that tone with me.

Amanda: Josie is just fine for him right now.

Rachel: I don't care about Josie right now.

Amanda: Oh, great! Then we can talk about the check that you wrote to Caroline Stafford’s art gallery.

Rachel: How did you find out about that?

Amanda: Never mind. I did.

Rachel: Well, we'll have to wait to talk about that.

Amanda: I can't wait! When am I supposed to tell Sam about this?

Rachel: Don't tell him anything.

Amanda: Funny -- Evan suggested the same thing to me.

Rachel: Is Evan the one that told you about this?

Amanda: I forced it out of him after I saw the check on his desk. $50,000?

Rachel: I wanted to help Sam.

Amanda: That's what Evan was trying to explain to me.

Rachel: Sam is a good artist. He's going unrecognized.

Amanda: You can't buy him a career, Mom!

Rachel: I know that. If anybody buys his canvases, it will be based on their merit. They have to be seen first, you know?

Amanda: Sam is not going to agree.

Rachel: Well, convince him.

Amanda: I don't trust Caroline Stafford.

Rachel: Caroline Stafford is a perfectly reputable art dealer, and Cass will make sure that nothing goes wrong.

Amanda: Mom, Sam still is not going to go for this.

Rachel: Honey, I can't talk to you about this. We'll have to discuss this some other time.

Amanda: All right, but we still have to talk about Vicky.

Donna: This is wonderful news! Oh, I am so happy you have finally set the date. So, have you picked out a church yet?

Nicole: Oh, no, no. It's not a church, Donna. Cass and I are getting married at the racetrack.

Donna: You're what?

Nicole: Yeah. It's a double wedding at the track with Mitch and Felicia.

Donna: Oh. Great, right. Of course. I should have known it would be one of Felicia’s crazy ideas.

Nicole: Now, stop it, Donna. Whatever problems you have right now with Felicia, she is still my friend, all right?

Donna: I know, I know, and she is still mine, too. Well, anyway, back to you and Cass -- oh, I am so glad that you've set the date. I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen at all.

Nicole: I know. So was I.

Donna: Listen, the reason I'm calling is I need you to do me a favor.

Nicole: Oh? What is it?

Donna: I need you to go out to the farm and check on Mikey. I'm beginning to get worried. I haven't heard anything from anyone in several days.

Nicole: Ok, sure. Well, I'll call Clara as soon as I'm --

Donna: Well, no, actually, you'd be talking to Sharlene Watts.

Nicole: Oh, really? Why?

Donna: Well, John talked with Clara and evidently she's not feeling well, or she just couldn't keep up with Mikey.

Nicole: Oh. Oh, Donna, wait. You want me to go out to the Frame place.

Donna: Well, yes. Is there a problem with that?

Nicole: Well, I really don't want to run in to Jason Frame.

Donna: Oh. Right. Well, maybe he won't be there. Please, Nicole? I really need you to do this for me.

Nicole: All right, all right.

Donna: Oh, good. Thanks.

Nicole: No, wait -- how's it going in Washington, Donna?

Donna: Actually, I think everything is going very well, but I will tell you all about that when I get back, and I also want to hear all the details about this rather peculiar wedding you're planning.

Nicole: Ok.

Donna: All right? Bye-bye.

Nicole: All right. Bye.

Cass: Great news.

Nicole: Huh?

Cass: Great news.

Nicole: Caroline's left?

Cass: No.

Nicole: No?

Cass: She's still upstairs trying on clothes.

Nicole: Oh.

Cass: But she did order six dresses from your spring line.

Nicole: Oh, swell.

Cass: "Swell." Didn't you hear what I just said? She's gaga over your designs.

Nicole: No, I think she's gaga over you.

Cass: Well, I hope so. The lady has money to burn.

Nicole: Well, make sure she doesn't burn it on you.

Cass: I should be so lucky. Hey, hey, come on, I'm just joking. Smile.

Nicole: Hey, no. Don't try to make me laugh. I'm mad at you, all right?

Cass: Yeah?

Nicole: Yeah.

Cass: You're mad at me?

Nicole: Yeah.

Cass: I'm mad about you. Give me your neck.

[Cass growls]

Nicole: Hey, Cass, stop it. Come on.

Cass: What? What?

Nicole: Well, don't you think she's beautiful?

Cass: Ugliest woman I've ever seen in my entire life.

Nicole: You are such a liar.

Cass: Nicole?

Nicole: What?

Cass: My only interest in Caroline Stafford is purely business.

Nicole: What business? Huh?

Cass: I'm just -- I'm looking into her art gallery's finances.

Nicole: Oh, yeah? What for?

Cass: A little legal matter.

Nicole: Oh. She's your client already?

Cass: No. I'm checking her out for someone else.

Nicole: Oh, yeah? Who?

Cass: I'm not at liberty to tell you.

Nicole: Come on. I'm your fiancée.

Cass: Which makes me the luckiest guy in the world. I better get back upstairs. How do you like that for evasive action?

Nicole: Cass --

Cass: Bye.

John: Hey. Busy?

Sharlene: Hey, John. No, come on in. You know me.

John: Where's Mikey?

Sharlene: He's back with your mother. She's feeling a lot better.

John: Oh, well, that's great.

Sharlene: Yeah. You ought to call her.

John: Well, I've been meaning to, but we've been so crazy out at the site. Of course, Jason’s been no help at all.

Sharlene: Yeah, well, he's had a lot on his mind lately.

John: Oh?

Sharlene: Why don't you pop on over to Clara’s?

John: Come with me.

Sharlene: Well, I've got -- I got a roast in the oven, but I'll walk you part way.

John: Ok.

Sharlene: Just let me tell Josie. Jos? Josie, honey, I'm going to be gone for a few minutes.

Josie: Ok, mama.

Matt: Josie? Josie? Josie.

Josie: Matthew.

Matt: I need to talk to you. Can we go somewhere?

Josie: We can talk here. My mom just left.

Matt: Ok. I'm sorry to barge in. I just didn't know where to go. I need to talk to somebody --

Josie: Matthew, calm down.

Matt: And I just wanted --

Josie: Calm down. Sit down. I'll get you something.

Matt: No, no.

Josie: What's wrong?

Matt: It's my dad.

Josie: Mac?

Matt: No, Mitch, my real dad. I want to choke -- listen, your mom never told you anything about Aunt Janice?

Josie: Well, no, not really. She died before I was born. Does this have something to do with what you told me about Aunt Janice and Mitch having -- having an affair?

Matt: Yeah, well, it's a lot worse than that.

Josie: I don't understand, Matt.

Matt: No, I don't want to talk about it. I don't want to even think about it.

Josie: Oh, Matt.

Matt: That's why I was born, Josie. That's why I was born -- what some people call a love child -- that's why I was born.

Josie: Matthew, Mitch and Rachel do love you.

Matt: Oh, no. See, I always wondered why he didn't marry my mother back then. But I know he doesn't give a damn for us.

Josie: Oh, you don't know that.

Matt: No, I do know that.

Josie: What does Mitch say?

Matt: I don't care what Mitch says.

Josie: Well, have you talked to him?

Matt: No, I -- I'm not even go-- I'm not going to talk to him.

Josie: Matthew, you should talk to him.

Matt: Yeah? What good would that do, Josie?

Josie: Look, Matthew, I've only met Mitch a few times, but I can see that he cares about you.

Matt: I don't believe that anymore.

Josie: Come on. At least give him a chance. Hear his side of the story.

Matt: All right. Maybe there were some reasons, maybe mom left out something.

Josie: Yeah. Talk to him.

Matt: Ok, but he better have the answers I want to hear.

Rachel: I don't want to discuss Vicky Hudson today.

Amanda: Why are you so angry?

Rachel: I just don't want to discuss this, all right?

Amanda: Well, when shall we discuss it -- after your grandchild is born? That's what Vicky’s carrying, Mom, is your grandchild -- as much a part of you as Alli is. He's Alli’s cousin.

Rachel: "He"?

Amanda: Well, I'm hoping it's going to be a boy.

Rachel: Did Vicky put that idea in your head?

Amanda: No, mom. Vicky doesn't do things like that.

Rachel: Oh, don't be naive. She's doing this to get Jamie.

Amanda: It was an accident.

Rachel: Oh, you really are naive.

Amanda: I know Vicky better than you do.

Rachel: I know her as well as I want to.

Amanda: She's had a very rough childhood -- no parents, no money. She's had to fend for herself.

Rachel: Well, she's fending very nicely on her grandfather's money.

Amanda: Look, you may think that she's tough, but she's insecure, money or no money.

Rachel: Oh, so she's doing this to Jamie so that she can be more secure?

Amanda: She never forced Jamie to go to bed with her.

Rachel: I wouldn't be too sure about that.

Amanda: That's a terrible thing to say.

Rachel: Look, honey, I don't trust her, ok? I just don't trust her.

Amanda: Well, maybe you would if you got to know her.

Rachel: Oh --

Amanda: Would you come visit her with me?

Rachel: Amanda, I'm having a rough day, ok? I really don't want to do that.

Amanda: Why? What happened?

Rachel: I don't want to go into it.

Amanda: Well, maybe I can help.

Rachel: You can't help.

Amanda: Well, I'm sorry. I wouldn't have brought Vicky up except that I feel sorry for her.

Rachel: She has a family, Amanda.

Amanda: Well, this baby is part of our family, too. It's Jamie’s first child.

Rachel: Yes, it is.

Amanda: So why not welcome it into the family by going to visit its mother?

Sharlene: Did you check my roast?

Josie: What?

Sharlene: What's the matter?

Josie: Nothing.

Sharlene: Then why that look on your face? Was Matthew here?

Josie: Why do you ask?

Sharlene: Well, since I didn't get a no, I'll assume he was. You two have a fight?

Josie: No.

Sharlene: Then why are you upset?

Josie: Matthew wouldn't want me to talk about it, mama. It's -- it's personal.

Sharlene: Ok.

Josie: Mama, what do you know about Matthew’s mom and Mitch Blake?

Sharlene: Why do you ask that?

Josie: Well, Matthew’s really upset about something and I just thought maybe you might know if it's true.

Sharlene: Know if what's true?

Josie: That Matthew’s mom having him was -- was an accident?

Sharlene: Who told him that?

Josie: She did.

Sharlene: Well, that's a terrible thing for a mother to say. Look, Josie, I don't think you should get involved in this.

Josie: Mama, if Matthew’s upset, I'm involved.

Sharlene: Yes, but this is something Matthew’s going to have to deal with himself.

Josie: Oh. Oh, mama, you should have seen him. He's so upset with his father.

Sharlene: Yeah, so you've got to let them work it out.

Josie: I can't just stand by and do nothing. I want to help.

Sharlene: Matthew's got to sort out his own feelings.

Josie: Isn't there anything I can do?

Sharlene: Yeah, there's something you can do. You can listen, be a good ear. That's what he's going to need now more than anything.

[Cass whistles]

Cass: She's trying on evening dresses now.

Nicole: Oh? Which ones?

Cass: All I remember is the red.

Nicole: Cass, you hate the red. You said it was shapeless.

Cass: Not on Caroline.

Nicole: Really? I hadn't noticed that she had an especially good figure.

Cass: Are you blind? How could you not notice?

Nicole: Maybe because I pay more attention to a person's mind, unlike some people that I know.

Cass: Oh, yeah, sure. I notice that every night when we turn out the lights.

Nicole: Don't try to divert me.

Cass: Am I trying to divert you?

Nicole: I just don't think that you have to flirt with every pretty girl you meet right in front of me.

Cass: Would you rather I do it behind you?

Nicole: You probably do.

Cass: Nicole?

Nicole: What?

Cass: How would you like it if men never flirted with you?

Nicole: I wouldn't care.

Cass: Oh, baloney. Nicole?

Nicole: Cass?

Cass: It's natural for men to flatter beautiful women and admire them.

Nicole: Oh?

Cass: And it's only natural for a man to want to marry the woman he loves.

Nicole: A little flattery fixes everything, right?

Cass: Doesn't it, though?

Nicole: Hmm.

Cass: What do I have to say to you to make you stop being so insecure?

Nicole: Hey, I'm not insecure. You can flirt all you want.

Cass: Oh, I can?

Nicole: Yeah.

Cass: Oh.

Nicole: As long as the only woman that you flirt with is me. Ok?

John: Nicole?

Nicole: John.

John: We've got a big problem.

Nicole: Oh, what's wrong?

John: I've just been out to the Frame farm and at my mom's looking for Mikey. He's disappeared.

Caroline: Nicole, you're going to bankrupt me. I want the whole line.

Cass: I'm sorry. Nicole's not here right now.

Caroline: Oh.

Cass: She had an emergency.

Caroline: What a shame. What are we going to do?

Cass: Oh, I don't know. It is distressing, but we could always discuss artwork here in the salon.

Caroline: Well, I suppose we could do that.

Cass: What do you think of the sculpture right over here in this corner?

Caroline: Well, I have a lovely nude.

Cass: Excuse me?

Caroline: At my art gallery.

Cass: Oh. Yes. Well, I'd like to see that.

Caroline: Oh. Any time. But, actually, I have something else that I really need.

Cass: Measurements.

Caroline: What?

Cass: Of the walls in the salon -- measurements.

Caroline: Well, I guess I'll need those, as well, but actually, it's another business. I need a lawyer.

Cass: Well, perhaps I could recommend someone to you.

Caroline: Well, I was thinking of you to represent me.

Cass: I'm afraid that's impossible.

Caroline: Why not?

Cass: I have a very heavy workload right now.

Caroline: Listen, I could really make it worth your while.

Cass: Yes, I'll bet you could.

[Doorbell rings]

Cass: But you -- doorbell.

Caroline: Oh.

Cass: Evan, hi.

Caroline: Hello, Evan.

Evan: Hey. You're late.

Caroline: What for?

Evan: You don't remember -- we had a lunch date.

Caroline: Oh, sorry. It skipped my mind. I mean, we were having such an interesting conversation.

Evan: Oh, really? About what?

Cass: Well, would you believe nu-- artwork for the salon, actually.

Evan: Well, that's funny. I had you pictured as the gambling type.

Cass: Art is as much of a gamble as anything these days.

Evan: I think the odds are a little different.

Caroline: Cass is right. I mean, art is a gamble, and he needs a little guidance so that he'll understand the game. Come on, let's go.

Cass: Nice to meet you.

Caroline: Bye-bye.

Cass: You two have fun.

Vicky: Well, I'd rather be having chocolates, but, you know --

Amanda: So, are you feeling better?

Vicky: Yeah, much better, actually.

Amanda: Well, you look great.

Vicky: Thanks! I'm even getting a little stomach. Mommy's becoming a mommy!

Amanda: Oh! Look at that.

Vicky: I never thought I would smile.

Amanda: Well, the second trimester is definitely the best.

Vicky: Yeah?

Amanda: And that's when the hormones all decide to get their act together.

Vicky: Oh, yeah. Well, it's about time. Could you open that, please?

Amanda: Sure. And it's also the first time that you're going to feel the baby move.

Vicky: I can't wait. Amanda, I am getting to be so excited about pregnancy. It's great.

Amanda: Well, you won't be telling me that in your eighth month.

Vicky: Ah. I don't want to hear about it.

Amanda: Don't worry. It'll all be worth it when they put that baby in your arms.

Vicky: Well, I hope it looks like Jamie.

Amanda: Oh, speaking of which, I have some good news.

Vicky: Really? What?

Amanda: I talked mom into coming over to visit later.

Vicky: Your mother's coming over here?

Amanda: Yeah, to see you.

Vicky: Amanda, I can't take another visit from your mom!

Amanda: This will be a friendly one.

Vicky: Oh, yeah? Right!

Amanda: Well, the last one was just made on impulse. This is going to be different.

Vicky: Oh, Amanda, I'm no less pregnant than I was when she came last time!

Amanda: I'm trying to get her to accept that. See, I know when she just gets to know you --

Vicky: That she'll loathe me!

Amanda: No, she'll realize how wrong she is. Trust me.

Vicky: Oh, what am I going to say to her?

Amanda: I'll tell you what -- I'll bring Alli over. That always makes things easier.

Vicky: Oh, good. Yeah, she'll calm things down for me a little bit.

Amanda: Babies have a calming effect on my mother, so --

Vicky: Yeah, every baby except mine.

Amanda: Don't worry about that. We'll work it out. Between your baby and mine, we will change my mother's mind about you.

Rachel's voice: Vicky, I really do understand.

Vicky: Understand what?

Rachel: The lengths to which a woman can go to entrap a man.

Vicky: Now, wait a minute, Mrs. Cory. I --

Rachel: It's particularly easy, isn't it, when the man is trusting and kind like Jamie?

Vicky: I have no complaints about Jamie.

Rachel: That's nice. But now you're dealing with me, and I'm not so trusting. I know all the lies a woman can tell.

Vicky: I don't know what you're talking about.

Rachel: Well, then, let me make myself clear. You think you know all the angles, but I've used some angles that you would never dream of. Honey, if this baby isn't Jamie’s, I'll find out about it. And if you hurt Jamie, you will regret it.

Sharlene: Mikey's missing?

John: He's not at Clara’s.

Sharlene: Oh, well, this is all my fault!

John: Sharlene --

Sharlene: I promised that I would look after him --

John: Sharlene, calm down.

Nicole: Do you think that maybe he got lost in the woods somewhere?

John: No. My mother's caretaker already has some people searching over there. Now, when you took him back over to my mother's, did --

Sharlene: I didn't take him back.

John: Well, who did?

Sharlene: One of Clara’s neighbors.

John: Who?

Sharlene: I don't know!

Nicole: Oh, what do you mean, you don't know?

Sharlene: I wasn't -- I wasn't there! Josie was -- Josie! Josie, come down here right now, honey!

Nicole: Oh, John, how could something like this happen?

Josie: What's wrong?

Sharlene: Josie, Mikey is missing.

Josie: Missing? Well, what about Clara?

Sharlene: He never arrived at Clara’s.

John: Who was the woman that you gave him to?

Josie: Well, I didn’t. Matthew did.

Sharlene: Oh, sweetheart, but Matthew told you that one of Clara’s neighbors met them and took Mikey back.

Josie: That's right.

Sharlene: Ok.

John: Well, who was the neighbor?

Sharlene: Who, honey?

Josie: She never told Matthew her name, but she knew Mikey, and Matthew said that Mikey liked her a lot.

John: What did she look like?

Josie: Well, Matthew said that -- she had dark hair.

John: Anything else?

Josie: Um -- wait. He said that -- that she was pretty and that she had kind of a southern accent and that she used to baby-sit for Mikey a lot.

Sharlene: No.

Nicole: What? You know who it is?

John: It has to be Chris.

Nicole: Shouldn't John be back from Chris' apartment by now?

Sharlene: What? Oh, I'm sorry. I just can't get over that I never called Clara.

Nicole: Oh, I should have done that, too.

Sharlene: No. I will never forgive myself if anything happens to Mikey.

Nicole: Why would Chris take him like this? You don't think she would hurt him, do you?

Sharlene: Oh, no. No, no, I doubt that.

Nicole: You know, she used to baby-sit for Mikey. Donna and Michael trusted her.

Sharlene: Yeah, but she caused some problems, too.

Nicole: What kind of problems?

Sharlene: Things happened between her and Michael -- and John, too.

Nicole: Oh, that's right. John was seeing her.

Sharlene: Yeah. They had a lot in common. John was in Vietnam with her husband.

Nicole: Oh, I didn't know that.

Sharlene: He was killed by a mine, and Chris has just never gotten over that.

Nicole: You mean she's emotionally unstable?

Sharlene: Nicole, it looks that way.

Nicole: Oh, no. Well, then who knows what she might do to Mikey?

Sharlene: No, no. She wouldn't harm him. I know that.

Nicole: But then why -- Sharlene, why would she take him like this?

Sharlene: Chris also lost a baby in Vietnam.

Nicole: Oh, no.

[Car approaches]

Sharlene: Is that John's car?

Nicole: It sounds like it, doesn't it?

[Car door shuts]

Nicole: Yeah, he's back. John, did you find him?

Sharlene: She wasn't there?

John: The superintendent said that she had left.

Nicole: Well, left for where?

John: He didn't know -- only that she wasn't coming back.

Nicole: Well, she could have taken him anywhere.

Sharlene: Well, did he ever see Mikey with her?

John: No, no. She just left a note.

Sharlene: Well, what do we do now?

John: There's only one thing we can do -- call the police. But, first, I've got to call Michael and Donna.

Mitch: What are you doing?

Matt: We are going to talk right now!

Mitch: I'm trying to develop some film!

Matt: I don't care about your film!

Mitch: What is going on? What's wrong with you? Do you want to tell me what's wrong?

Matt: No, see, you're going to tell me. You're going to tell me how you can look Mac, Mom, and me in the face after what you've done to us.

Mitch: What have I done to you?

Matt: You're going to tell me the truth, all right?

Mitch: I haven't lied to you.

Matt: You haven't lied to me, but you haven't told me everything!

Mitch: Everything about what?

Matt: Janice Frame, for starters, all right?

Mitch: Who told you about Janice frame?

Matt: Liz Matthews.

Mitch: Great. I should have known.

Matt: And then mom told me the rest.

Mitch: About Janice?

Matt: Yeah. I wouldn't let her off the hook until she did.

Mitch: So what did she say?

Matt: She said that you and Janice planned to kill Mac and that she thought the only way she could get your help was if she --

Mitch: She shouldn't have told you that.

Matt: Yeah, but she did tell me that. And now I want an explanation from you right now.

Mitch: I don't know that I can give you an explanation.

Matt: You have to give me an explanation! How could you even think of murdering a man who has been more a father to me than you'll ever be?

Mitch: It seems like you've already found out more than you should know.

Matt: I'm giving you a chance to tell your side.

Mitch: Are you sure you want to hear it?

Matt: Help me understand.

Mitch: I don't know that I can help you understand, because I'm not sure that I understand what went on myself.

Matt: It's true what mom told me, then.

Mitch: Well, depending on what she said, yes.

Matt: How could you do that?

Mitch: Because I'm not the same person now that I was then.

Matt: Oh, that's an excuse?

Mitch: No, it's not an excuse! You know, things were different. My life was different. You know, I just got by -- on drifting by on charm or luck or -- or being with a beautiful woman.

Matt: Janice Frame.

Mitch: Yeah. Yeah, she was very seductive, very ambitious, and very demented, but I didn't know that in the beginning.

Matt: Mom said Janice married Mac for his money.

Mitch: Yes, yes, she married him for his money, and at the time, I went along with it.

Matt: Even as far as murdering Mac?

Mitch: No, no, I didn't mean to get involved in that.

Matt: "Didn't mean to get involved"? You were involved!

Mitch: I couldn't get out of it! She was going to go to the police. I met your mom and I fell in love with her.

Matt: Fell in love with her?

Mitch: Ok, ok. Ok, so it wasn't love, I don't know what it was, but I just know that I wanted her, and I wanted her to want me.

Matt: So it's true?

Mitch: What? That she was with me to save Mac? Yeah, that's true. That she slept with me to save Mac?

Matt: How could you do that?

Mitch: Look, I know it's all so senseless now. I know that.

Matt: "Senseless now"? That's -- that's when she got pregnant with me.

Mitch: Yeah. Yes, and we tried to live with each other, and it didn't work out. She was always in love with Mac.

Matt: No wonder -- he's a better man than you'll ever be.

Mitch: Look, you said you wanted to hear the truth.

Matt: Yes, and I heard the truth. And I know the truth about you now, and I don't have to see you again.

Mitch: Matthew, that was a long time ago. I'm telling you I'm not the same person.

Matt: People don't change that fast!

Mitch: I -- I have. Mac, your mom accepted it.

Matt: You know, if I was Mac, I wouldn't even be in the same room as you.

Mitch: He's a very generous man.

Matt: You're right, he is. And I am proud to be his son.

Mitch: My son.

Matt: No, not anymore.

Vicky: Hmm --

Amanda: She looks so peaceful when she's sleeping.

Vicky: Yeah. I wish I could crawl into that bassinet with her.

Amanda: You are nervous.

Vicky: Yeah, well, you know, your mom hasn't shown up yet. Maybe she's not going to come by.

Amanda: Mom doesn't go back on her word.

Vicky: Great. Well, this time, I wouldn't mind --

[Knock on door]

Vicky: Oh.

Amanda: Aha! There she is!

Vicky: Ok.

Amanda: Hi, mom.

Rachel: Hello. Sorry I'm late. Hello, Vicky.

Vicky: Hello, Mrs. Cory. Can I get you anything? Some coffee, tea?

Rachel: I'm really tired. I would just like to get to the point of this visit.

Amanda: Mom?

Rachel: You asked for this meeting, and you were right. We need to get things out in the open.

Vicky: Right. Please come in.

Rachel: First of all, I'd like to apologize for some of the things I said the last time I was here.

Vicky: I understand. I know you were angry.

Rachel: It doesn't excuse some of the things I said.

Vicky: Mrs. Cory, I love Jamie very much, and I never meant to hurt him.

Rachel: Yes, well, you have hurt him. Yes, I agree. Very much.

Rachel: And I think she is better suited to him than you are. Her to marry Jamie.

Vicky: Yes, I have. I just don't understand what exactly it is that you have against me.

Rachel: I told you that the last time. I look at you and what you're doing and I see myself at your age.

Vicky: What does that mean?

Rachel: I don't want to go into specifics. I just find it ironic that we're having this conversation.

Vicky: Why is that?

Rachel: I don't know how much you think of the future, Vicky.

Vicky: Oh, I do. But right now I just try to get through day by day.

Rachel: Yeah, well, the decisions you make today are going to affect your future whether you'd like them to or not.

Vicky: What are you trying to say?

Rachel: If you continue with this -- trying to get Jamie to marry you because of the baby -- you will make yourself miserable and that will affect the baby and Jamie.

Vicky: So what exactly do you propose that I do?

Rachel: Let Jamie marry Lisa. She's the woman he loves.

Nicole: Well, I'll call Donna, then.

John: No, no. Nicole, let me talk to Michael. He'll know how to break the news to her.

Nicole: Oh, she's going to be devastated.

John: Look, we'll find Mikey. We just all have to keep our heads about us.

John: Yeah, Michael Hudson’s room, please.

[Phone rings]

Donna: Hello?

John: Donna.

Donna: John? Well, this is a surprise.

John: Listen, is Mike there?

Donna: No, actually, he isn’t. He's with Senator Adams, and I have to tell you, it looks like the senator is really going to help us speed up Mikey’s adoption. Isn't that wonderful? I mean, John, this means that no one will ever be able to take him away from us again. Are you still there?

John: Yeah, yeah, I'm here.

Donna: What is it? Something's wrong, isn't it?

John: Donna, would you have Mike give me a call as soon as he gets back?

Donna: This has to do with Mikey. Something's happened to him.

John: Donna --

Donna: Would you tell me!

John: Donna!

Donna: No! You tell me what has happened to Mikey.

John: He's disappeared.

Donna: He's disappeared? What do you mean?

John: We think that Chris has kidnapped him.

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