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Another World Transcript Wednesday 9/15/04

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Sharlene: Careful, sweetheart.

Josie: I'm sorry, mama. Mama, if they don't find Mikey soon, does -- does that mean they might not ever find him?

Sharlene: Honey, I know what you're feeling. Come on, now, the best thing to do is just keep busy. John has been up all night long, and I am sure he's going to do something. Hey.

John: Hi. Sharlene, have you seen Jason?

Sharlene: No, he's out.

John: Ok, well, listen, if he or anybody else needs me, I'll be at the police station all day.

Sharlene: So you gave them a call?

John: No, no. Mike said that he's going to do that. He'll take care of it. I'm sure he's got everything under control.

[Knock on door]

John: Ok. Yeah?

Man: Hi. I need you to sign this.

John: What's this? Ok. There you go.

Man: Thanks.

John: Thanks a lot.

Sharlene: Who's it for?

John: It's for me, probably from the hospital board regarding money. You know, every time they need money, they --

Sharlene: What is it, John? What?

John: "This letter serves as formal notification that the contract between Frame Construction and Bay City general hospital is hereby terminated."

Marley: You eat too much.

Jake: Ok, I'll go to the hospital as soon as I get out of the police station, all right?

Marley: All right. Then I'll meet you there, ok?

Jake: No, there's no reason to make a bigger deal out of this than it already is. I'll go for the tests.

Vince: Well, look, why don't I -- I'm going to go wake up Mary, ok? She was up late last night with those case histories. See you.

Jake: See you, Vince.

Marley: Bye, Vince. You know, sweetheart, I don't mean to nag you about this.

Jake: You're not nagging me about this. This is important to both of us.

Marley: I know. I just know how difficult it could be to hear that we can't have a child.

Jake: They probably just botched the tests.

Marley: I --

Marley and Jake: I love you.

Jake: Now I know why I married you -- you're a great kisser. See you.

Marley: Get out of here. Bye.

Jake: Bye.

Marley: Oh. This might be too --

[Phone rings]

Marley: Hello, McKinnon residence.

John: Hello, this is john Hudson.

Marley: Oh, hello, John. It's Marley. How are you?

John: Uh, not good, Marley. Is Mary there?

Marley: No, I'm sorry she -- well, she's here, but she hasn't woken up yet. Could I have you call her back in an hour or so?

John: No, no. Just tell her that I will be there in less than an hour.

Marley: Ok, I will.

John: Marley, do me a favor, will you?

Marley: Sure.

John: Will you go over to your mother and father's house?

Marley: Well, John, they're still in Washington.

John: No, no. They should be back by the time you get there. They may need you. Mikey's missing.

Marley: What do you mean, Mikey's missing?

John: We think that someone has kidnapped him. Now, listen, Donna is really going to need somebody. So just tell Mike that I'll get to him as soon as I can.

Marley: Ok. Does Mary know about this?

John: Oh, my God. No, no. I didn't even think about that.

Marley: All right, I'll tell her.

John: No, no, don’t. That could jeopardize Mike's chances of adopting Mikey.

Marley: But what if she finds out before Michael --

John: Marley -- Marley, listen, let Mike tell her.

Marley: Ok, I will.

John: Look, we will find Mikey. Everything will be ok. Now, I can't talk anymore. Just get over to your parents' house for me, ok?

Marley: Yes, yes, I will. Bye-bye. Ok. Oh, I cannot believe this is happening.

Marley: Donna, it's Marley. I just found out about the news. It's 8:25, and I am on my way over right now. Goodbye.

Michael: Thanks a lot, Fred! I really appreciate the help! Donna, look, I'm going to listen to my messages and then I'm out of here, all right?

Donna: Michael, we just never should've left him. I mean, we shouldn't have asked the senator to try to pull strings!

Michael: Donna, don't talk like this.

Donna: No, Chris never would've taken Mikey!

Michael: Donna -- Donna, come here, sit down for a sec, all right? Honey, we can't blame ourselves, all right? We did what we thought was right. Right now we've got to stay strong and we've got to stay alert. We've got to be ready for anything, ok?

Donna: But do you think we should tell the police? I mean, could this ruin the possibility of adopting Mikey? I mean, will they not think we're fit?

Michael: Donna -- Donna, the important thing right now is finding Mikey, getting him back. I'm going to listen to these messages. Hold on.

Donna: All right.

[Answering machine beeps]

John's voice: Mike, it's John. Something's come up I have to take care of, and I'll be in touch as soon as I can.

Michael: He must've called after I was at the airport and called my machine.

[Answering machine beeps]

Marley's voice: Donna, it's Marley. I just heard the news. It's 8:25. I just heard. I'll be right over. Goodbye.

Michael: What a girl.

[Answering machine beeps]

Man's voice: This is Senator Adams' legislative aide. You missed your appointment with the senator after he went to considerable time and trouble to set it up for you. We may have trouble rescheduling. Please call.

Donna: I just -- I can't believe this is happening.

Michael: Donna, don't worry. Look, Marley’s on her way over here. I have to go to the police station. Are you going to be ok here alone?

Donna: Oh, Michael, what if we never see him again?

Lisa: Do you have any idea when she'll be getting that message?

Jake: Come on, Lisa.

Lisa: Well, when does she usually pick up her messages? Thank you. Jake, let's get one thing straight right here.

Jake: I know. You got a lot more things on your mind than this documentary.

Lisa: Well, at least you're aware.

Jake: I'm aware of a lot more than you give me credit for. Let's get to work, all right?

Rick: When's the last time anyone saw him?

Michael: Mid afternoon a couple of days ago.

Rick: Yeah, this is Graham. We got a possible kidnap. Contact the F.B.I. Why did you wait till now to report it?

Michael: John. John thought that either he could find the woman or that she'd bring him back.

Rick: Now, John's your brother?

Michael: Yes. I tried to find him and talk to him before I came here, but I couldn't locate him.

Rick: Ok, you said the boy was staying with your mother?

Michael: Yeah. She got the flu, though, and so he went to stay with some neighbors, some friends of ours at the neighboring farm.

Rick: Ok, what are their names?

Michael: Uh -- Sharlene Watts and her daughter, Josie. Look, the important thing is we find Chris Macaleer!

Rick: Ok, I'm on that now. Yeah, this is Graham. I need a rundown on a Christine Macaleer. That's capital m-c-, capital a-l-e-e-r. Yeah.

Jake: Look, Michael --

Michael: Hey, Jake.

Jake: I just heard. Is there anything I can do to help?

Michael: Just keep your eyes and ears open, man.

Jake: Right.

Rick: Ok, thanks a lot. Ok, we're checking. Now, that Macaleer woman -- wasn't she the one that got hurt when your house was broken into?

Michael: Yeah. We just found out recently she's very unstable.

Rick: Well, ok. We got prints on her from that incident. What I'm going to need now is a photograph of her and one of the boy.

Michael: All right, I've got both.

Lisa: The sergeant says the F.B.I. will have an agent in Chicago call you. But if there's no ransom note, there's --

Michael: Yeah, I know. Here's a photograph of the boy, and here's a -- it's not very good -- it's a newspaper clipping picture of her.

Rick: Hey, wait a minute, this is the woman with a harassment suit against your brother.

Michael: Well, that's all dropped now.

Rick: Ok, well, leave this with the Sarge for distribution. I want to talk to that Sharlene Watts.

Michael: All right, I'm going with you.

Rick: Ok, good. How many places has your brother checked?

Michael: As far as I know, he's been all over town.

Lisa: Where are you going?

Jake: I'm going to the Frame farm.

Lisa: Why?

Jake: We just got the central story on our documentary.

Lisa: Jake, these people are frantically worried. You can't just go over there!

Jake: Listen, are you going or not?

Lisa: You need Delaney’s permission to get -- tape an ongoing investigation.

Jake: Then you get it for me.

Lisa: He's not in!

Jake: Listen, I am going. You want to ride in my van? Come on.

Lisa: Delaney's going to blow his -- wait!

Mary: I don't understand. Why would the hospice board want to cancel your contract?

John: That's what I'm here to find out.

Mary: This is the first I'm hearing about this!

John: Look, they didn't even talk to us, Mary! No notification, nothing!

Mary: I wasn't in my office all day yesterday.

Vince: Well, maybe -- maybe it was money, you know, like a budget cutback or something like that.

Mary: Oh, no, no, that money was absolutely secure. You know, there was a special meeting of the hospice board yesterday, only I hadn't gotten the minutes yet, so --

John: Well, what was the meeting about?

Mary: I don't know. Why don't you come by my office this morning and we'll read the minutes together.

John: Look, Mary, I don't want to read the minutes! I need an explanation for my crew!

Mary: Ok --

Vince: Whoa, whoa, take it easy, John.

John: This is the first break some of these guys have had since 'Nam. What do I tell them?

Mary: Let me call my secretary. I'll see if she knows something.

Vince: Now, Jason doesn't know what happened?

John: No, he knows as little about this as I do.

Mary: Hi. It's Mary. I have a problem. Have we got the minutes from the special meeting of the hospice board yesterday? Perfect. Would you look through that for me, please, and see if there's anything in it about Frame Construction? She's looking at it right now. Yes, what? Really? Why? That's it, huh? Ok, thank you. Yeah, I'll -- I'll be in a little later.

John: Well, what did you find out?

Mary: Several members of the hospice board threatened to quit unless your contract was terminated.

John: Why?

Mary: It seems there was some personal antagonism toward Jason.

John: Because of what?

Mary: I don't know. The minutes didn't go into that.

John: Wait a minute, you mean to tell me that just because someone doesn't like Jason, my entire crew is out of work? Come on, that doesn't make any sense!

Mary: Sorry, John, I don't understand it at all.

John: Who is on this board, anyway?

Mary: Uh -- Grace Costigan -- uh -- Marjorie Wickman, Liz Matthews, Rachel Cory, Lucy McGinnis, I -- half a dozen others, but I don't know who voted against you.

John: Well, we'll damn well find out, won't we?

Matt: If I had just known who that lady was before I let Mikey go with her --

Josie: Matthew, come on, it's not your fault. You said Mikey knew her. He ran right into her arms.

Matt: Everything I do is wrong, Josie! Everything I do.

Josie: Did you find out more about your mom and dad?

Matt: Sure, right from the source himself -- my father, hard as it is for me to call him that.

Josie: You shouldn't judge him too quickly.

Matt: You know what he told me? He said I was born because -- I don't want to talk about it. I don't --

Josie: But, Matthew, you shouldn't keep it all bottled up inside. Maybe you should talk to him again.

Matt: No, no, no. I'm not talking to that man again.

Josie: Matthew.

Matt: Josie, you're all I care about. And you're all I've got.

Josie: Come on, Matt, let's go for a walk. We can talk where no one can hear us, ok?

Matt: My whole life has been some sort of lie, and everyone is lying to keep it that way.

Josie: Come on, come on.

Jason: Matthew and Josie?

Sharlene: Yep. Wonder what Rachel would say if she knew her son was here holding hands with Josie.

Jason: Who cares what Rachel Cory has to say about anything?

Sharlene: I just hope what you did to that family doesn't end up breaking Josie’s heart.

Jason: Oh, that's fine. You're going to blame me for everything, right?

Sharlene: Come on, Jason, I know what happened.

Jason: What happened between the Cory's and me will blow over. It was a business deal gone sour, that's all.

Sharlene: We both know better than that! You almost got Mac Cory sent to prison!

Jason: I am not in the mood for one of your lectures. Now, what I did, I did. It's done! Any word on Mikey?

John: Jason, what did you do to turn the hospice board against us?

Jason: What are you talking about?

John: They canceled our contract because of you, and I want to know why!

Jason: What are you talking about, I caused the contract to be canceled?

John: They dumped us!

Jason: They can't do that, John!

John: They sure as hell did, and you're the reason they gave! So what did you do?

Jason: I didn't do anything.

John: All right, look, Rachel Cory and Liz Matthews are both on the board. Could that have anything to do with this?

Jason: I didn't know they were on the board.

John: Apparently, they just recently joined it.

Jason: Well, Rachel just found a way to get at me, that's all.

John: Come on, Jason, there's got to be more to it than that!

Jason: Hey, I don't know if there's any more reason than that, ok? It happened.

John: All right, fine. I'll go and ask Rachel and Liz myself.

Jason: What are you looking at?

Sharlene: Why didn't you tell him?

Jason: You stay out of this.

Sharlene: He is your partner!

Jason: What does that have to do with anything?

Sharlene: Jason, you helped Drew Marsten set up Mac Cory on a murder charge!

Jason: Why don't you go back outside and say it real loud so everybody in the country can hear, huh?

Sharlene: That is why Rachel got the hospice board to drop the contract!

Jason: Hold it! What happened between the Cory’s and me is a secret, and it's going to be a secret. Now, every family has secrets. You got a good one. Now, Rachel Cory knows about secrets, too, so just don't push me!

Josie: Hi. Any word about Mikey?

Sharlene: No, honey, I haven't heard a word. Where's Matthew?

Josie: Oh, he -- he wanted to be by himself. Mama, he's so upset. He's shutting everyone out.

Sharlene: Including you?

Josie: Well, everybody but me. You know, first he found out about his mom and dad, and now with Mikey gone, nothing seems to make sense to him anymore, Mom.

Sharlene: Come on, honey. And you make things easier for him.

Josie: He's talking about moving out of his parents' house.

Sharlene: Oh, he shouldn't do anything rash.

Josie: I told him that. And if he does move out, his mom is just going to blame me.

Sharlene: Why would she blame you?

Josie: You know she doesn't want us to be even friends, let alone be together.

Sharlene: Listen, sweetheart, I will take care of Rachel if you look out for Matthew.

[Knock on door]

Michael: Sharlene, it's Michael.

Sharlene: Now what?

Michael: This is Detective Graham. We got to talk to you about Mikey.

Sharlene: Could -- could we go outside, then?

Michael: Sure. Look, when did you last see Mikey, Sharlene?

Sharlene: Well, actually, it was the day that I had to go into town on personal matters.

Rick: Well, who was looking after the boy?

Josie: I was.

Rick: You're Josie?

Josie: Yes.

Michael: Josie, did you see Chris when she took him?

Josie: No, no, Matthew did.

Rick: Matthew who?

Josie: Cory, but he's not here right now.

Michael: Well, just tell us what happened.

Josie: Well, my mom had to go into town, so she asked me to stay by the phone and -- we had promised to take Mikey to the duck pond, but I couldn't go, so -- so Matthew took him alone.

Sharlene: Excuse me, what -- what's going on here?

Jake: Look, Sharlene, would you mind if we got some footage during the questioning?

Lisa: Jake is making a documentary about the police department. If you wouldn't mind?

Sharlene: Well, all right, sure.

Lisa: Thank you.

Rick: Look, Josie, what time did Matt get back?

Josie: Well, he wasn't gone long. It was about 5:00 or so.

Michael: Did he say anything about Chris at all?

Josie: He just said that they had run into this lady who knew your mother really well. And -- and he was real friendly, you know?

Rick: Friendly towards the woman?

Josie: Well, yeah. Matthew said he felt that they knew each other really well.

Rick: Well, did she tell Matthew her name?

Josie: No.

Rick: Well, I'm going to have to question Matthew, too, then. Do you know where I could reach him?

Lisa: Did you get enough for an establishing shot yet?

Jake: I am way past that.

Lisa: Well, what are you doing?

Jake: This is my job, Lisa. Relax, all right?

Josie: So I don't know when he's going to be back.

Rick: Well, it's all right. I'll talk to him later.

Michael: I should've known she was dangerous.

Sharlene: Michael, we all should've paid more attention.

Rick: You know her, too?

Sharlene: Yes. She used to be out here very often when she worked for my brother.

Rick: Well, did she give you any hint that she was interested in the boy, I mean, fascinated by him in some way?

Sharlene: Well, I know she liked Mikey. I mean, everybody liked Mikey. But I only learned recently that she had her own little boy killed in Vietnam.

Michael: What?

Rick: You know, if we could get a professional evaluation of her mental condition, we could get the F.B.I. in on this sooner.

Sharlene: No, listen, Mary McKinnon might be able to help you with that. John said that Mary was going to try to counsel her. She is a psychologist at the hospital.

Michael: Oh, no.

Rick: What?

Michael: Well, Mary -- did anyone tell Mary McKinnon that Mikey was missing?

Sharlene: I don't think so. Maybe -- maybe John did. I --

Michael: No, no, John didn’t. I mean, there would've been a message from her when I got back from Washington. Look, if you'll excuse me, I've got to make sure that Mary doesn't find out from somebody else. This cold... my sinuses ache.

Lisa: You hoping to get pictures inside the house?

Jake: No, actually, I feel bad enough just being out here. I think I'm going to go in and apologize to Sharlene for intruding on her privacy.

Lisa: That's very considerate of you.

Jake: What's that supposed to mean?

Lisa: This documentary seems to be more important to you than human feelings.

Jake: Look, Lisa, just because I don't get tears in my eyes doesn't mean I don't feel as much as you. A lot of people very close to me are frantic because of this thing, all right?

Lisa: I'm sorry. I take it back.

Jake: Thank you.

Lisa: I just spoke to Sharlene and Josie. They think the documentary could be very helpful.

Jake: Yeah? Did they say how?

Lisa: Yeah. If we could get it on TV right away, maybe Chris would see it and bring Mikey back.

Jake: That's a good idea. It's just this thing won't be done for a couple of weeks.

Jason: What are you two doing here?

Lisa: We're with the police department. We were taking some footage for --

Jason: Yeah, yeah? Well, you got to have my permission to do that.

Lisa: Well, Captain Delaney will be talking to you.

Jason: Will be talking to me? I tell you, until he does, I want you off my property.

Jake: Chill out, Jason. We're just leaving, all right?

Jason: I don't want you turning this home into some kind of circus for TV audiences.

Jake: Listen, all we're trying to do is help Michael Hudson find his lost child, ok?

Jason: How's this going to help find Mikey? Where's Michael Hudson? I don't see him.

Lisa: He had to rush back to town.

Jason: Why don't you guys do the same thing, all right?

Lisa: As he just said, we're leaving.

Jason: Fine, let me have the tape.

Lisa: Jason, I will talk to Captain Delaney about your objections. If he instructs us not to use the tape, we'll --

Jason: You're not listening to what I said! I want the tape before you go.

Lisa: Jason, this isn't going to solve any problems.

Jason: Oh, you're such an expert on solving problems, like you solved your little problem with Jamie so well? Give me that --

Jake: Go back to the van, Lisa. We've got all the footage we need. You should really learn how to talk to people, you know that? And as they did say, you have a nice day, and try to make it pleasant for others.

Mary: Yes, but, Mrs. Costigan, there must've been a reason. I see. Well, I do thank you for your time. Goodbye. "We all felt that Jason Frame reflected badly upon the hospice as an institution."

Vince: Well, isn't that the same thing that what's-her-name said?

Mary: Almost word for word.

Vince: So the hospice board members all gave the same answer?

Mary: It's almost as though Liz Matthews and Rachel lined them all up and pushed through what they wanted.

Vince: Oh, can you assume that, hmm?

Mary: They're the only ones who knew Jason.

Vince: Hmm. So, goodbye, Frame Construction?

Mary: And John's men are out of a job.

Vince: You know, Jason is no angel, but is that any --

Mary: No, no. We would never have given that contract to Frame Construction if it weren't for John. Now it's going to delay the construction. Oh, boy, this is really a mess.

[Knock on door]

Vince: Oh --

Michael: Vince?

Vince: Oh, Michael!

Michael: Hi. How are you?

Vince: Fine.

Mary: Hi.

Michael: Mary.

Mary: Did you just get back?

Michael: No, we got back this morning.

Mary: Yeah? How did your meetings go?

Michael: The most important meeting was canceled.

Mary: Why? Problem?

Michael: Mary, Mikey’s disappeared.

Mary: What are you talking about?

Michael: Well, we left Mikey with my mom, and she got sick. To make a long story short, he wound up taking a walk with Matthew Cory, and they ran into Chris Macaleer.

Mary: And?

Michael: Mikey went running to Chris like she was a friend, and -- and she told Matthew that mom was feeling better and that she wanted him back, and so she took him.

Mary: When did this happen?

Michael: Wednesday afternoon.

Mary: And nobody told me about it until now?

Michael: Mary, no one even knew that Mikey wasn't with my mother until yesterday. John called me immediately in Washington, and I flew back as soon as I could.

Mary: But why didn't John call me?

Michael: I told John to keep a lid on it. He thought that maybe he could find them.

Mary: I am responsible to the board for Mikey’s welfare!

Michael: I know, I know, I know, and I should've had John call you. It's just that everything has been so chaotic since I left Washington.

Mary: And the human services board should have been notified immediately!

Michael: Well, Mary, we'll deal with them later!

Mary: Oh, boy, lots of luck!

Michael: Look, we will find Mikey. We will.

Vince: Now, wait, wait -- Mike, why don't you have a cup of coffee. Sit down.

Mary: Do you realize that John was here in this room this morning and he didn't say one word to me about this?

Vince: Honey, he just said he asked him not to say anything to anyone.

[Knock on door]

Rick: Hello. May I come in?

Mary: Hi, Rick. Yes, of course. Please do. Uh -- hi. I don't know if you've ever met my husband. Vince, this is detective Graham.

Rick: It's Rick.

Vince: Hi, Rick.

Mary: What can I do for you?

Rick: Well, Sharlene Watts tells me you know Christine Macaleer?

Mary: Uh -- not very well.

Rick: Well, what can you tell me about her, I mean, as far as her mental stability is concerned -- professionally speaking?

Mary: Well, I'd really only spoken with her once, so anything I would say would be a guess, but I think it's possible that she might be suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. She lost a husband and a child in Vietnam.

Rick: But that would've been some years ago.

Mary: It's a reaction that can take a while to occur.

Rick: I see. Maybe you could help me out here. Would you consider her legally insane?

Mary: Oh, I couldn't possibly give you a diagnosis at this point. The best I could do is another guess. I think maybe she's trying to bring her dead child back to life.

Michael: Look, I don't care what you have to do. You tell the F.B.I. anything to get them in on this case. We got to get Mikey back, because the longer he's away from us lessens our chances of ever finding him.

Josie: Mama, you think maybe Chris might be somewhere near here?

Sharlene: Well, I don't know her, honey. Not really.

John: I have been everywhere. Nobody knows anything.

Sharlene: Well, she wouldn't hurt him. I know that.

John: Let's hope not. Is Jason around?

Sharlene: No, he went out. He didn't say where he was going.

John: Sharlene, what do you suppose he did to make Rachel so mad at him?

Josie: Something about the new project?

John: What new project?

Josie: Well, I heard Uncle Jason on the phone a couple times talking about some construction bid for Cory Publishing.

John: No, that doesn't make any sense.

Sharlene: Well, if it was construction, you'd know about it, wouldn't you?

John: Of course. I know about all the new bids around here.

Sharlene: Well, then, honey, he must've been talking about something else.

John: Sharlene, what did he do?

Sharlene: You'll have to ask him, John.

John: I intend to. But you know why Rachel’s so mad at him, don't you?

Rick: Come on in, Matthew. We only have a little bit more to go over.

Lisa: Hi, Matt.

Matt: Hi.

Lisa: Hey, don't worry. Everything's going to be fine.

Matt: I wish I could go back and make it never happen.

Rick: Matthew, have a seat.

Matt: Could you stick around? I could use a friendly face nearby.

Lisa: Sure. Do you mind, Rick?

Rick: No.

Matt: Uh, they sent a patrol car over to get me, you know. I wonder what my mom would have said if she'd been there.

Rick: Matthew?

Matt: Yeah. Sorry.

Rick: Ok. Now, that woman who took Mikey with her -- had you ever seen her before?

Matt: Yes -- once at the Frame house.

Rick: Ok, now, what made you let Mikey go with her?

Matt: Well, he -- he was glad to see her. Uh -- he ran to her and gave her a big hug. He wanted to be with her more than with me.

Rick: Did he call her by name?

Matt: No. She knew his name, though.

Rick: Look, how old was she?

Matt: 30, 35, maybe more.

Rick: What was she wearing?

Matt: A blouse, dark slacks -- I didn't really notice. How could I be so stupid about this?

Rick: Don't be too hard on yourself. I mean, if Mikey ran right up to her, you didn't have any reason to think something was wrong.

Matt: Yeah, but I should have checked her out.

Lisa: It's not your fault, Matt.

Rick: Look, Lisa’s right. We're not responsible for the criminal actions of others. We have enough problems. Look, why don't I take you home?

Matt: No, no. Thank you, no. I'd rather not have my parents know that the cops were questioning me.

Lisa: I'll drive you home, ok? I could use a break anyway.

Rick: Thank you, Matthew.

Matt: Thank you.

Zack: I'll get copies of these made right away.

Michael: Good. Look, Zack, I want every available man you can find.

Zack: I don't know how many PIs I can come up with in Bay City. I mean, some of them --

Michael: Well, fine! Try Chicago! Zack, I want every available private investigator you can lay your hands on.

Zack: Look, I'll get right on it, ok?

Michael: Good.

Zack: Listen, did she mention about where she might have taken him? Do you have any idea?

Michael: I don't have the slightest idea.

Zack: Did she mention any kind of favorite place or --

Michael: No, nothing like that. Look, Zack, I have to go.

Zack: Look, Michael, where can I reach you?

Michael: I don't know. I'll be with the police. Some of the time I'll be with Donna. Look, why don't I call you every hour, all right?

Zack: Good. Listen, Michael, hang in there, ok? We'll find him somehow.

Michael: We'd better find him, Zack. We'd better.

John: Casey, I can't give you an answer to that. All I know is that it was canceled. I wouldn't blame any of the guys if they go out and start looking for other work. Yeah. Listen, have you seen Chris Macaleer around there the last couple days? Not at all?

Mary: Thank you.

Sharlene: You're welcome. Would you like something to go with it?

John: Yeah. Do me a favor -- get Bill on the phone, will you?

Mary: No, thanks. Ok, what I need now is exactly why Mikey wasn't in your care.

Sharlene: Well, as I told you, I had to go into town.

Mary: Yes, but why?

Sharlene: It was a personal matter.

Mary: Medical? Sharlene, the board is going to go through the roof when they find out what happened. And if I want to try to protect Michael, I've just got to have complete answers.

Sharlene: It was an emergency. Something came up and Jason -- he needed me.

Mary: Ok, so -- so we say, "family emergency required Mrs. Watts' presence."

Josie: I was here the whole time. Matthew and I had been playing with Mikey, and we just kept him with us.

Mary: I'm not blaming anyone. I'm really not, Josie. I just need as many facts as I can possibly get. Ok, so --

Josie: Well, I mean, I stayed here by the phone, and Matthew just took him off for a walk by himself.

Mary: Yes, I have that. And it was -- it was Mikey’s response to Chris that made him feel that she could be totally trusted. I have all of that. All righty, what I don't have is where you went exactly.

Sharlene: When I left?

Mary: Mm-hmm.

Sharlene: I told you, I went into town.

Mary: Yes, but where were you?

Sharlene: I was at the Cory’s'.

Mary: Oh, at Mac and Rachel’s. Ok. The more facts I can get, the better it's going to be.

John: Well, she hasn't talked to anybody on the crew. Nobody's seen her in the last couple days. I was hoping that she might have talked to one of the guys.

Mary: Was she on good terms with them?

Sharlene: Excuse me, Mary --

Mary: Yes?

Sharlene: But these reports that you're filling out -- they are not going to blame Michael?

Mary: I'm not sure.

John: Oh, come on, Mary, this is not his fault!

Mary: I don't think the human services board is going to agree with our point of view. I know they're not.

Sharlene: Where have you been?

Jason: Out.

Sharlene: More secrets, huh?

Jason: I just went for a walk, that's all, Sharlene.

Sharlene: You know, I have half a mind to tell John exactly what's happened so he'll know why Rachel is so mad, she canceled the contract.

Jason: You said you'd back me on this.

Sharlene: Provided you told the truth.

Jason: I told the truth. I told Mac Cory everything!

Sharlene: Yeah? You are lying to John!

Jason: Forget about John. I get this contract reinstated and everything will be just fine. There won't be any problems.

Sharlene: How in the world are you going to do that?

Jason: I don't know, but I'll find a way. Relax. We'll be all right.

Sharlene: Never mind about us. What about Mikey? I feel so responsible.

Jason: It's not your fault.

Sharlene: If I hadn't gone with you to the Cory’s', I'd have been here, and then -- and then Chris wouldn't have been able to get her hands on him!

Jason: Well, then I am just as responsible, aren't I?

Sharlene: You are so much more responsible than you are willing to admit!

Jason: Sharly, relax. We're going to be ok. We'll be just fine. Now, relax.

Sharlene: Boy, that is all you ever think about, isn't it?

Jason: What?

Sharlene: Yourself.

Jason: I said "we." I'm talking about our family.

Sharlene: Yeah, well, even family loyalty has its limits. Willis and Janice found that out. And you will, too, if you keep on this way.

Zack: Look, I need every available P.I. Yeah, Michael Hudson. Right,  Michael Hudson, so don't even think about the money.

[Knock on door]

Zack: Come in. So, how soon will you be in Bay City? Good. I'll see you then. John, how you doing?

John: Any word on Mikey?

Zack: Oh, nothing yet. I'm still hiring private investigators for Michael.

John: Oh, good. Everything seems to happen at the same time.

Zack: You got another problem?

John: My company was put out of business this morning.

Zack: Well, how'd that happen?

John: The hospice. The hospice board canceled our contract.

Zack: Why?

John: I don't know. Somebody on the board had it in for Jason.

Zack: Uh, I don't follow.

John: Yeah, well, welcome to the club. Look, I want you to interview somebody for me.

Zack: John, look, I'm swamped with this search here.

John: It's only one person.

Zack: Ok. Who?

John: Rachel Cory. Apparently, she's the one who used her clout to have our contract canceled.

Zack: That doesn't sound like Rachel.

John: Well, if I'm wrong, I'll apologize.

Zack: Ok, so, what do you want me to do?

John: Find out why they're after Jason. I mean, my whole crew is out of work, Zack!

Zack: Look, John, I sympathize with your problems, but what can I do?

John: Zack, I would go and -- I would try to take to take care of this myself, but with Mikey missing, I just don't have the time.

Zack: John, I can't help you.

John: Why?

Zack: Look, I represent the Cory’s, ok? Everything that I know is confidential. I'm sorry.

John: No, that's not it. Zack, you know something about Jason, don't you?

Zack: I can't say any more.

Singer: Looking for my destination nowhere near the journey's end I can see we're on this ship together just holding on 'cause help is on the way

Singers: Help is on the way all of the feelings inside me

Singer: And when it comes I know it's gonna guide me keep holding on

Singers: Holding on

Singer: 'Cause help is on the way

Singers: Help is on the way all of the feelings inside me

Michael: Donna? Zack is pulling in every private investigator he can to help us.

Donna: Oh, that's terrific news.

Michael: Honey -- aw. Have you gotten any sleep?

Donna: No.

Michael: Donna, Mikey’s going to need a rested mom when he comes back.

Donna: He will come back, Michael. He will come back!

Michael: Yes, he will. He will.

Donna: I can't believe -- we just never should have left him!

Michael: Honey --

[Doorbell rings]

Michael: Mary.

Mary: We have to talk.

Michael: Come on in.

Donna: Mary? Mary, is there any more news?

Mary: No. I'm sorry, no.

Michael: What'd you need to see us about?

Mary: Well, I've just come from the human services people.

Michael: And?

Mary: And they're very upset about Mikey being taken, naturally.

Michael: They're blaming us?

Mary: Yeah, probably. A little. But more importantly, they got word that you went over their heads to the senator to arrange for the adoption.

Michael: Who told them?

Mary: I don't know, and it doesn't matter because the damage is done.

Donna: What -- what do you mean? What are you saying?

Mary: When Mikey’s found, they may not want him returned to you.

Donna: No!

Marley: Oh --

Donna: No --

Mary: At least that's the -- that's the indication I'm getting right now. Maybe with a little bit of time --

Michael: Time? We don't have time. Mikey doesn't have time! Mary, don't these people understand what we're going through?

Jake: Did you get anything?

Lisa: A psychic response doesn't come just because you ask for it, Jake.

Jake: I know. I thought --

Lisa: It's not magic.

Jake: I'm sorry, Lisa. I just asked.

Lisa: I guess I'm disappointed.

Marley: May we come in?

Jake: Sure.

Lisa: Hi, Marley. Donna.

Jake: Sorry about Mikey.

Marley: She's been in the house all day, and we just wanted to come and make sure the police were doing everything they can.

Donna: Where is detective Graham? I was told he was on the case.

Lisa: Rick is searching on the north side of town. I'm sorry about what's happened. Would you like to sit down?

Donna: Come on, there's got to be something else that can be done here!

Marley: Now, Donna, I reminded you in the car, they cannot really concentrate on this search unless they have some sort of lead.

Jake: Michael's been out to the farm. He's talked to all the neighbors in the area, Donna.

Lisa: And pictures of Mikey and Chris have been distributed everywhere.

Jake: Yes.

Marley: So all we can do is hope.

Donna: No! Hope is not good enough!

Jake: I have an idea.

Donna: Oh, great. What, are you a detective now, too?

Jake: No, Donna, just listen to it, all right? I mean, Lisa came up with it earlier. She thinks we should get something on television right away.

Marley: What do you mean, sweetie?

Jake: Well, if I could shoot Donna pleading to Chris to bring Mikey back, it might -- it might --

Lisa: A plea from his mother.

Jake: Right. It'll be on all the evening news tonight.

Marley: Oh, it sounds like a terrific idea, Donna.

Jake: What do you think, Donna?

Donna: No -- no, I can’t.

Jake: Why not?

Donna: Because I know that I would break down, and I don't want Mikey to see me crying. That would make him afraid.

Michael: Donna!

Donna: Oh, Michael.

Michael: Donna, what -- what's wrong, honey?

Donna: They -- they want me to talk to Chris.

Jake: Tape a plea to Chris to bring Mikey back. It might work.

Michael: Donna, it might be a good idea.

Jake: Listen, I know you're so upset you can't even think, but it might work. I mean, if somebody has seen Chris or Mikey, they might see it on television, they would call us, and we'd get our first real clue.

Donna: Well, I don't -- I don't know what I would say.

Jake: We'd shoot it until we get it right.

Donna: Well -- well, just give me some time to pull myself together and figure out exactly what I should say, all right? Please? I will, but just later.

Michael: Ok, honey. We'll do it later.

Donna: Thanks.

Josie: Hi.

Matt: Hi.

Josie: Did detective Graham get in touch with you?

Matt: Yeah, a patrol car picked me up.

Josie: Did he ask you lots of questions?

Matt: Yeah. I don't think I was much help, though.

Josie: You don't know that. Have you talked to your mom?

Matt: No. Why?

Josie: Shouldn't you talk to her? I mean, you had that long talk with your dad.

Matt: No, I don't want to deal with it. Not after what happened to Mikey.

Josie: Matthew, you still blame yourself, don't you?

Matt: It's my fault! I -- I let that lady just walk up and take Mikey.

Josie: Matthew, it's not your fault! It's Uncle Jason’s fault!

Matt: Why do you say that?

Josie: Because he's the one that took mom away to go on some stupid, crazy errand!

Matt: Hey, hey, hey. Blaming Jason is not going to get Mikey back.

Josie: Blaming yourself isn't, either.

Matt: I'm so glad you're around.

Josie: Hey, let's go for a walk, ok?

Matt: All right.

Josie: Come on.

Jason: Don't make this out to be my fault, John.

John: Then tell me why the contract was canceled.

Jason: You want to know? Call Rachel Cory yourself!

John: Jason, we both know that Rachel is behind it, but you know why and I don’t.

Jason: She has been after me since the day I tried to take over Steven’s company --

John: Oh -- Sharlene, can you get through to this guy?

Sharlene: I'm afraid I'm not much better at it than you are.

John: Jason, I want a better excuse than Rachel’s always been after you.

Jason: There isn't any better one. That's the truth, right?

John: Then why did she wait till yesterday to convene the board to cancel our contract?

Jason: I don't know, John.

John: Yes, you do know! But I can't deal with this with one hand tied behind my back!

Jason: We get a lawyer and we fight her. That's --

John: With whose money? Wait a minute. What was this important errand the two of you went on the day that Mikey disappeared? Sharlene?

Jason: You happy now? Hmm?

Sharlene: Be quiet, both of you! There is a little boy out there, and we don't know if we're ever going to find him again, and all you can do is yell at each other about a stupid contract! Now help me clean this up.

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