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Another World Transcript Monday 9/26/05

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Cass: I was kind of surprised when you called.

Felicia: Why? Oh, you mean, because of that painting business?

Cass: I was the one who took it out of the storeroom and brought it back to the Coryís.

Felicia: Yeah, I know that.

Cass: Yeah, but the point is the painting wasn't supposed to be for sale in the first place. So when it appeared at the auction --

Felicia: You know what, honey? I donít want to talk about this, ok?

Cass: Yeah, but it kind of makes you wonder, though, doesn't it?

Felicia: About what?

Cass: Well, if Lucas would go to so much trouble to get a painting that wasn't for sale, what else would he do to get what he wanted?

Felicia: Cass, I donít want to talk about this.

Cass: Yeah, I caught that the first time, but still, doesn't it strike you as being kind of odd?

Felicia: What? That everything got twisted up so Lucas looks like the villain once again? No, I donít find that odd at all. I think that's pretty standard procedure around here.

Cass: So you still think he's basically a nice guy, huh?

Felicia: I know he's a nice guy. I keep telling everyone that, but no one will believe me.

Cass: That should tell you something.

Felicia: Stop it. I donít want to talk about this. I told you that.

Cass: Ok.

Felicia: Ok. Now, I think we should try and figure out how to celebrate.

Cass: Celebrate what?

Felicia: Your birthday.

Cass: Oh, no. Oh, I was hoping no one would remember.

Stacey: You going to put them around the edge?

Zack: All -- what, all of them?

Stacey: Well, I donít know. Nobody's going to count. Just make it look pretty, donít you think?

Zack: Well, I bet you Cass counts them.

Stacey: Hmm.

Reuben: Hey, isnít there a machine that blows up balloons?

Zack: Reuben Lawrence is running out of air?

Reuben: Yo, give me a break, man. I ain't got no hot air like you lawyers. Aah!

Stacey: Whoa!

Reuben: Oh!

Frankie: Hey. How you doing?

Stacey: Oh, hi, Frankie.

Frankie: What's going on?

Stacey: Glad you could come.

Frankie: Oh, it's Cass' birthday.

Stacey: Yeah.

Frankie: Listen, come here, I have to talk to you. This is real important, ok? Where is Cass? I have to talk to him about the body.

Stacey: The body?

Frankie: The body of work I have to do.

Stacey: Oh. Well, he'll be here any minute. Why donít you have some punch, and by the time you're finished drinking that --

Frankie: No, no, I canít, I canít. I mean, the last place I should be is at a party in Cass' honor, right?

Caroline: Why not, Frankie?

Frankie: Hi.

Stacey: Hi. Excuse me, I have to go hang this paper ball.

Caroline: Yes.

Stacey: You guys have some punch and have a ball.

Frankie: Yeah, excuse me.

Caroline: Donít go, Frankie.

Frankie: I have to, sorry.

Caroline: I found out some very interesting information.

Frankie: Oh, swell. Excuse me.

Caroline: It's about you.

Lucas: Sometimes I think Frankie has a brain like a sieve!

Josie: It's ok. I can come back tomorrow.

Lucas: No, I want you to have it now. Where did she put this thing?

Josie: Lucas, this tape -- it's all famous models?

Lucas: No, they're not all famous, but they're all good and they all have a distinct style of their own. Where is it?

Josie: The shoot went ok yesterday, didnít it?

Lucas: Oh, sure, it went great. That's why I want to keep the momentum going, ok?

Josie: Oh. Well, good. I mean, I'm always willing to learn. I'll watch it over and over and over and over.

Lucas: No, I donít want you to watch it over and over. I just want you to take a look at it, see that everyone has their own style. Your -- your major asset is your natural quality. Donít ever lose that. Ah, here it is.

[Doorbell rings]

Josie: Oh, thank you.

Lucas: Ok. Oh, Rachel, what brings you?

Rachel: Lucas, we have something we have to settle today.

[Door opens]

Sharlene: Hi.

John: Hi. What are you doing here?

Sharlene: I wanted to see you for a second. How'd it go this morning?

John: Well, I think it went ok. It's this afternoon that I'm worried about.

Sharlene: Oh, that's anatomy and physiology?

John: Yeah. I was just going over some notes on the nervous system.

Sharlene: Well, I think you're up to the challenge.

John: You know that if I donít pass this test, I donít practice in the United States? That's no residency, no doctoring --

Sharlene: Oh, come on, John. You knew everything last night.

John: Last night? Come on, that sounds like years ago.

Sharlene: Try to relax.

John: I donít think I could possibly remember any of it.

Sharlene: Are you relaxed?

John: I'm relaxed.

Sharlene: Relax, and think about maybe getting outside, getting something to eat.

John: Eat? What, food? You talking about food at a time like this?

Sharlene: Calm down. Calm down. You know as soon as they put that paper in front of you, you're going to know everything.

John: Well, I donít know. I knew everything, I donít remember anything now. Let's talk about something else. How about your day? How's your shopping going? Did you find the dress of your dreams?

Sharlene: I haven't even started yet. I'm meeting Josie.

John: You haven't started?

Sharlene: No. I'm meeting Josie at a salon in an hour.

John: At a salon?

Sharlene: At a salon --

John: Oh, how la-di-da.

Donna: Sharlene, hi. There you are.

John: Hi, Donna.

Donna: Hello.

Sharlene: Hi, Donna.

Donna: How are you?

Sharlene: What, you were looking for me?

Donna: Yes, I've been trying to track you down for over an hour.

Sharlene: What for?

Donna: I heard that you were going shopping for your wedding gown this afternoon --

Sharlene: Yeah.

Donna: And I wanted to help.

Sharlene: Ah, you wanted -- you wanted to help?

Donna: Of course I do.

Sharlene: Well, Donna, thank you so much, but I couldn't ask you to take up so much time.

Donna: Oh, donít be silly. Donít be silly.

Sharlene: But surely there are many things that you could be doing --

Donna: No, no, no, all of those things can wait. This is a very special time for you.

Sharlene: I know, but still --

Donna: And we're going to be -- what are we going to be? Sisters --

Sharlene: Sisters-in-law.

Donna: Sisters-in-law.

John: In-law.

Donna: Right. Isnít that exciting?

Sharlene: It certainly is, it really is. And that's -- but I -- still, I canít ask you to go to so much trouble.

Donna: Sharlene, I want to do this. Truly I do, all right? Now, have you made arrangements to see dresses?

John: You have to make arrangements to see a dress?

Sharlene: I am meeting Josie at a salon in just a little while.

Donna: Oh, good, perfect. Is your car in the lot?

Sharlene: Yeah, yes.

Donna: All right. Well, let's get started, then. All right?

Sharlene: All right.

Donna: John, goodbye.

John: Bye.

Donna: Nice to see you. Oh -- good luck on that thing you're doing this afternoon.

John: Oh, why, thank you, Donna.

Sharlene: Yeah, good luck on that -- that "thing" you're doing this afternoon.

John: Why, thank you, too.

Sharlene: I'll be thinking of you.

John: You better.

Donna: Sharlene?

Sharlene: I'm coming --

Donna: Come on!

Sharlene: Sis. So, what did I ever do to deserve this, huh?

John: You agreed to marry me.

Felicia: Are you insane? You want people to forget your birthday? Do you know how insulted I would be if you forgot my birthday?

Cass: I donít know, Felicia. I guess I'm just not up to it. It's been a long year.

Felicia: I know that, honey.

Cass: Your trial, Nicole, everything turned upside down.

Felicia: But things are going better now.

Cass: Not bad. I donít know. My life is really --

Felicia: Honey, things are really doing great.

Cass: Some days, yeah.

Felicia: I mean, look at your law firm. That's really starting to take off.

Cass: Yeah.

Felicia: And let us not forget that two gorgeous women are interested in you.

Cass: There you go. How do I deal with that?

Felicia: Are you telling me that Cass Winthrop is asking me how to deal with two gorgeous women? What's the matter with you? You got a fever?

Cass: You know what I'm talking about. I just canít commit to anyone right now.

Felicia: Well, honey, donít. Look --

Cass: What?

Felicia: You know what it's like? It's like riding a bicycle. It'll all come back to you, trust me.

Cass: Oh, it's like sex, huh?

Felicia: Exactly.

Cass: Aha. Ok.

Felicia: Nobody's asking you to walk down the aisle, are they?

Cass: Not exactly.

Felicia: Well, then have some fun with it.

Cass: I'll see what I can do.

Felicia: Good, good.

Cass: I got to get back to the office.

Felicia: Ok.

Cass: Zack set up this important meeting with some new clients, so --

Felicia: All right. One minute. I want to give you something. Just stand right there. Voila.

Cass: Oh, honey.

Felicia: Oh, come on.

Cass: Oh --

Felicia: Now, this is your birthday present, but I want you to open it when you're alone. I warn you.

Cass: You didnít have to do that. What?

Felicia: Are you nuts?

Cass: What?

Felicia: Of course I had to do it! You'd kill me if I forgot!

Cass: Instantly.

Felicia: All right. I love you --

Cass: I love you, too.

Felicia: You big jerk.

Cass: Thank you.

Felicia: You're welcome. Now, try and lighten up a little bit, will you?

Cass: I'll try.

Felicia: And stop whining.

Cass: Ok, I'll see you later.

Felicia: All right, honey.

Cass: Bye.

Felicia: Later.

[Phone rings]

Stacey: Hello?

Felicia: Hi. He just left.

Stacey: Great. Ok, thanks, Felicia. I'll see you soon.

Felicia: I'm on my way.

Stacey: Bye. Ok --

Caroline: Yeah, sure.

Frankie: This is a bad time for me. I have to get back to work.

Mitch: Hello, hello.

Caroline: Hi.

Frankie: Hi, Mitch, how you doing? So why donít I call you and we'll --

Stacey: Hi.

Mitch: Everything set?

Stacey: It better be. He's coming soon.

Reuben: All right. Well, everything's kicking now, huh?

Stacey: Ok, now, does everybody have a hiding spot?

Zack: I better move this cake before --

Frankie: You think I care about what you think you found out about me?

Caroline: Uh-huh.

Frankie: I work for Lucas now, that's it. So you can take your big, bad secret stuff and shove it.

Caroline: This isnít about Lucas.

Frankie: What?

Stacey: Did you guys hear? He's on his way.

Caroline: Oh.

Frankie: Well, it's really not that important anyway.

Stacey: What? What isnít?

Frankie: Uh, just tell him I'll call him next week if I remember, ok?

Stacey: Uh, would you excuse us for a minute, Caroline?

Caroline: Of course. Donít leave till we've had a chat, though, will you, Frankie?

Stacey: What is going on?

Frankie: Oh, who knows? The mind behind those big blue eyes is made out of poisoned Swiss cheese.

Stacey: I'm talking about you and Cass.

Frankie: What? Oh, nothing. Look, just tell him to call me. Tell him it's urgent, ok?

Stacey: Oh, but you donít want Caroline to know, right?

Frankie: No, I donít want anybody to know. Just tell him to call me.

Stacey: So is this about Lucas?

Frankie: Stacey, would you just tell him to call me?

Stacey: I have a right to know. Cass has been acting very strange.

Frankie: What's he been doing?

Stacey: Well, he's been asking me a lot of questions about Catherine, the woman who used to work for Lucas, the one you replaced?

Frankie: Yes, Catherine, right.

Stacey: So what's going on? You and Cass in some kind of trouble or what?

Lucas: Rachel, I didnít expect you. Come on in.

Rachel: Thank you.

Josie: Hi, Mrs. Cory.

Rachel: Oh, hello, Josie. How are you, sweetie?

Josie: I'm fine, how are you?

Rachel: Fine. I'm sorry if I'm interrupting something.

Josie: Oh, no, I'm just on my way out. I have to help my mom pick out her wedding dress.

Rachel: Oh, that sounds like fun.

Lucas: Say hello to your mom for me.

Josie: I will, and I'll watch this tonight.

Lucas: Ok. This young lady is going to be a smashing success, mark my words.

Rachel: Matthew is already very proud of her.

Josie: Well, I really should get going.

Rachel: All right.

Lucas: Ok.

Josie: Bye-bye.

Lucas: Bye-bye. I should tell you about the photo shoot with Matthew that --

Rachel: Lucas, I really want to straighten this out about the painting.

Lucas: All right.

Rachel: You switched the paintings. Amandaís portrait was not to be sold at the auction and you knew that.

Lucas: You know that I switched the paintings?

Rachel: Hilda figured it out. But you're right, I donít have any proof, and I really donít want to have any legal hassles about ownership of the painting.

Lucas: I donít either.

Rachel: Good. Then if you will accept this check that I've made out to you for the full amount --

Lucas: Rachel, I canít do that.

Rachel: Lucas, I'm serious. I really want to straighten this out about the painting.

Lucas: So do I, but bidding on that painting was my way of giving to homeless children. So why donít I just do this?

Rachel: You wanted the painting, Lucas.

Lucas: Yeah, I wanted the painting, but it was interesting, but not enough to get you upset. So here's the certificate of ownership. I'll just sign it over to you.

Rachel: I expected more of a fight than this, Lucas.

Lucas: I told you, I donít want to upset you.

Rachel: What about Iris?

Lucas: What about Iris?

Rachel: She's going to be upset.

Lucas: Let me be straight with you. Iris wanted that painting because she thought there was another will in it.

Rachel: Yeah, so she said.

Lucas: I'm sure if there was another will, she would've heard from your lawyers a long time ago.

Rachel: Yes. What made you both think that there was a will in the painting? The red swan, wasn't it?

Lucas: The red swan?

Rachel: You saw the red swan, Lucas. It was right underneath the lot number.

Lucas: Do you think that that portrait has something to do with the stolen sculpture?

Rachel: Donít you?

Lucas: I donít know. It's an interesting thought, though.

Rachel: Well, I guess I'll be going. There's a surprise party that I have to get to.

Lucas: Yes, I know -- Cass. Have fun.

Rachel: Felicia has been feeling that we're all misjudging you.

Lucas: Well, it's nice to have someone on your side.

Rachel: She thinks you're being led astray by Iris.

Lucas: Is that what you think?

Rachel: I canít imagine you being led astray by anyone, certainly not Iris.

Sharlene: Now, what I'm looking for is something --

Donna: We'd like to see something that's very elegant --

Sharlene: Traditional.

Donna: With a long train --

Sharlene: No, no, no train.

Donna: And a lot of lace, something going all the way --

Sharlene: No, not a lot of lace. I donít --

Donna: I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

Sharlene: It's all right.

Donna: Would you just show us a nice selection of the things that you have?

Woman: Of course.

Donna: Thank you.

Woman: I'll be right back.

Donna: All right. I'm sorry, I didnít mean to be so pushy.

Sharlene: No, Donna, not at all. I have -- thank you.

Donna: Here, let me help.

Sharlene: I have trouble describing what I'm looking for anyway.

Donna: Oh, I'm surprised you didnít have your own designer do the dress for you.

Sharlene: My own designer?

Donna: Well, you know, you'll never get satisfied with a dress unless you have a designer do it.

Sharlene: Donna, I could never afford my own designer. Careful.

Donna: Oh, how thoughtless of me. Well, you know, it wouldnít have mattered anyway. You would've had to call in months ago.

Sharlene: Well, I would've made it myself, but I donít have the time.

Donna: You what? You would've made your own wedding dress? Sharlene, you're just too much. Oh, no, no, no.

Sharlene: I donít think so.

Donna: This is much -- this is too virginal. It looks like a communion dress. How about something in off-white?

Woman: Yes. There's no need to wear white.

Donna: You know, do you have something in a champagne color?

Woman: Mm-hmm.

Sharlene: Excuse me.

Donna: Lovely. Thank you.

Sharlene: The bride would like white, only something just a little simpler, if you donít mind.

Woman: Ok.

Donna: I'm sorry. I'm just being too pushy again.

Sharlene: Donna, I am not proud of every minute of my life.

Donna: Sharlene, I donít mean to suggest that --

Sharlene: But I am not ashamed of it either. Now, if I like to wear white, I'll wear white.

Donna: And you should. You absolutely should.

Sharlene: The past is the past. My wedding is going to be a celebration of the future.

Donna: And I think that's a wonderful attitude, really. So -- isnít this fun?

Reuben: What's up? What's up? Hey, how's it going, man?

John: All right. I'm hanging in. How you doing?

Reuben: Oh, I'm cool, I'm cool.

John: Yeah?

Reuben: Yeah. So when you pass this test, does that mean I got to start calling you "doc"?

John: Well, we'll work something out. You didnít come all the way down here to wish me good luck, though, did you?

Reuben: No. Um, actually, I came down to see Tess.

John: Well, good, she's monitoring this exam.

Reuben: Yeah, I know, I know. Have you seen her?

John: As a matter of fact, I have. Yeah, she's right there.

Reuben: Who's the geek?

John: That's Marshall Reed, graduated first in his class in medical school.

Reuben: Yeah?

John: Yeah, took his internship at Johns Hopkins.

Reuben: Great.

John: What do you mean, "Great"?

Reuben: Well, how am I supposed to compete against that?

John: Ah. Well, I wouldnít worry about it. He's kind of full of himself, if you know what I mean?

Reuben: Oh, yeah?

John: Yeah.

Reuben: Oh. Maybe it's about time that Tess found that out.

John: Well, if I were you, I'd let her know.

Reuben: I think I shall. I'll see you, man.

Tess: Oh, Reuben. I want you to meet Marshall Reed. Marshall, this is Reuben Lawrence.

Reuben: What's up?

Marshall: How do you do?

Reuben: I do well. How about you?

Marshall: Very well, thank you.

Tess: Um, Marshall is doing his residency in internal medicine. He's specializing in endocrinology.

Reuben: Oh. So you want to be a doctor when you grow up?

Marshall: I'm already a doctor. I just need to take the boards to be certified.

Reuben: Oh. Well, what if you flunk?

Marshall: That's not very likely.

Reuben: You never know.

Marshall: What is it you do, Mr. Lawrence?

Reuben: Me? I'm -- I'm with Winthrop and Edwards.

Marshall: What's that?

Reuben: That is my law firm.

Marshall: You're an attorney?

John: Marshall? Uh, excuse me. Could I speak with you for a minute?

Marshall: Of course. Excuse me, wonít you?

Tess: Sure.

Reuben: No problem.

John: Sorry to bother you. I have a question about the endocrine system.

Reuben: So, um, what's going on for this afternoon? You want to go out or something?

Tess: I'm monitoring this test, remember?

Reuben: Oh, yeah, that's right, that's right. What about tonight? You want to go out to dinner or go out to a movie or go out dancing or --

Tess: You know what I'd really like to do?

Reuben: Name it, name it, it's yours.

Tess: I'd like to meet your family.

Frankie: Stacey, all this stuff is on a need-to-know basis, you know?

Stacey: What are you talking about? This isnít the C.I.A., Frankie.

Frankie: Stacey, just ask Cass to call me, all right?

Stacey: I have a right to know.

Frankie: I -- we canít really do this now, ok? Can we just --

Stacey: Yes, we can. He's my brother --

Frankie: Stacey, it's a bad time!

Stacey: Oh, hi.

Ronnie: Hi.

Stacey: Hi, welcome.

Ronnie: I'm not too late, am I?

Frankie: No, no, not at all.

Zack: No, not at all.

Ronnie: Hey. You know, this place looks great. But is Cass going to be surprised?

Zack: Well, we hope so. Have you seen Reuben?

Stacey: Oh, he went to pick Tess up for the party.

Zack: Oh, terrific. He was supposed to pick up ice.

Ronnie: Leave it up to my brother.

Stacey: Maybe he'll pick it up on the way back.

Rachel: Hey, guys, I made it.

Ronnie: Hi, Rachel.

Zack: Hey, Rachel. How you doing?

Rachel: How are you?

Zack: Good, good.

Mitch: We're still waiting. Can I take your coat?

Rachel: Yeah, sure.

[Stacey gasps]

Stacey: Felicia called 10 minutes ago. Cass should be here any second. Who brought the noisemakers?

Caroline: I was hoping you'd decide to stay at the party.

Frankie: I'm not staying for the party, and for the zillionth time, I am not working for Cass.

Caroline: Oh.

Frankie: So can you try and restrain yourself and stop dropping poisoned little hints to Lucas from now on?

Caroline: Let's be blunt, shall we?

Frankie: Oh, sure, why the hell not.

Caroline: I know that you're undercover, and I'm not interested in telling Lucas.

Frankie: Is that a fact?

Caroline: I'm not interested in Lucas; I'm interested in Cass -- and making sure that his feelings aren't hurt.

Frankie: Meaning?

Caroline: I did a little bit of private investigating about your original career, Frankie.

Frankie: Yeah? So?

Caroline: Chicago and all those men you climbed into bed with? Huh?

Frankie: That was just to get pictures for divorce cases. I wasn't really doing anything --

Caroline: Oh, really?

Frankie: How did you find out about that anyway, Caroline?

Caroline: I'm capable of doing a little bit of private investigating myself when I want to. I know it, and I can let Cass --

Stacey: He's here! You guys, he's here. Come on!

Caroline: Anytime I want to.

Stacey: Come on, everybody, hide. Shh, shh.

Stacey: Shh.

Cass: Hey, anybody here? I thought we had a big, important meeting.

All: Surprise!

Cass: What? Oh, no!

Stacey: Oh, yeah!

Cass: You guys!

Stacey: Hey.

Cass: Hey.

Stacey: Happy birthday, baby.

Zack: We got you.

Ronnie: Yeah, we really did.

Cass: You guys -- let me tell you, my face dropped down to about here.

Reuben: I mean, talking to my family is nobody's idea of a good time. Why donít we go to that new Al Pacino movie?

Tess: I'm serious, Reuben. I'm very close to my family.

Reuben: Well, yeah -- well, that's great for you, but --

Tess: And I feel like I donít really know a person until I know his family.

Reuben: Yeah, but there's an exception to every rule, Tess.

Tess: And I'd really like to know you better.

Reuben: Yeah? Well, all right, all right. I can work something out.

Tess: Great.

Reuben: That's if everybody's free. See, with my family, you never know.

Tess: Try.

Reuben: Right.

Marshall: So the real question becomes then, is there a deficiency in the pituitary hormones?

John: And the degree of the deficiency?

Marshall: Right.

John: Ok. I think I've got it now. Thank you very much. I really appreciate it.

Marshall: My pleasure. You know, I really admire you.

John: Me?

Marshall: Sure. Coming back after all these years, trying to pass the F.M.G. Things must've changed a lot since you practiced medicine overseas.

John: Well, yeah, I would say a few things have changed, you know, like the advent of anesthesia and antibiotics. I do try to keep my old saw sharpened up, though. Just reduces the pain level, you know?

Tess: All right, everyone, take your places, please.

Marshall: Well, good luck. See you later.

John: Thank you.

Tess: The afternoon session will begin in five minutes.

Cass: This is all your fault!

Stacey: Hey, now, come on, you old geezer.

Cass: My face was down -- what?

Felicia: Happy birthday, sucker.

Cass: You! You set this up with that meeting at your place.

Felicia: Well, maybe.

Cass: You know what?

Felicia: What?

Cass: She even gave me a present so I wouldnít get suspicious.

Felicia: Oh, here, give me that.

Rachel: Oh, you love it and you know it.

Cass: Do I have any choice?

Felicia: No.

Cass: No, of course not.

Caroline: Happy birthday, love.

Zack: Ok, everybody, everybody, we got punch over here --

Felicia: Oh, good.

Zack: We got food, let's party.

Cass: You knew about this whole thing, huh? Listen, let me just drop my things in my office and I'll be right back, ok?

Caroline: Well, hurry back.

Cass: Get us some punch, all right?

Caroline: Ok.

Felicia: I want some punch.

Cass: What are you doing here?

Frankie: Happy birthday. I'm sorry, I forgot. I would've brought you a gift or something.

Cass: Forget about that. Are you all right?

Frankie: Oh, sure.

Cass: I hate the fact that you're still working with Lucas.

Frankie: Look, we donít have time to argue about that now, Cass. Has Catherineís body been found?

Cass: Oh, so you're starting to believe that I really did see a body, huh?

Frankie: I spoke to her sister. She hasn't seen her since she left home two days ago.

Cass: She's not going to either.

Frankie: So, what, we call the cops?

Cass: We went over that. What am I going to say to them? That while I was stealing a painting I tripped over a corpse?

Frankie: No, I guess not.

Cass: And without a body, why would they listen to me anyway?

Frankie: Ok, listen, will you let me know the minute you hear something, ok?

Cass: Frankie, I donít want you going back there.

Felicia: Cass?

Caroline: They're calling for the birthday boy. Come on!

Felicia: Come on, no hiding in here, darling. Come on.

Caroline: Come on.

Felicia: Cake and presents, let's go.

Cass: Ok.

Felicia: Come on.

Cass: Cake and presents?

Felicia: Here he is. Yeah.

Rachel: Hey, here you go!

Cass: For moi? No. For moi?

Felicia: Yeah!

Caroline: And donít forget, Cass would be really heartbroken if he knew what you used to do. Play it smart.

Stacey: Blow, blow, blow, blow.

Cass: We need a song first.

Felicia: Ok.

Cass: One, two, three --

All: Happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday dear Cass happy birthday to you

Cass: To me should I blow them out now?

Felicia: Blow, blow, blow, blow, blow!

Lucas: Happy birthday, Cass.

Sharlene: Hmm. What do you think?

Donna: Uh, I really donít think that this mesh at the top is appropriate.

Josie: Well, I think it looks absolutely beautiful.

Sharlene: Well, hello there. I thought you'd gotten lost.

Donna: Hi, Josie.

Josie: Hi, Donna. No, I did not get lost. I went to see Lucas. He had a tape he wanted me to see.

Sharlene: Oh.

Josie: And guess what he said.

Sharlene: Hmm?

Josie: He said I was going to be a real success.

Donna: Isnít that wonderful!

Sharlene: Really? That's very nice.

Josie: Oh, and he also said to give you his best.

Sharlene: Thank you.

Donna: So your modeling career is really taking off, huh?

Josie: Yeah, yeah, it looks that way. I mean, they haven't decided yet, but I just might make the cover of the first issue of their new magazine.

Donna: Oh, that's wonderful.

Josie: Yeah, I'm pretty up about it.

Donna: Really? You know, I've always thought that Lucas was a very strange man. He's very mysterious. Donít you think so, Sharlene?

Sharlene: What? Oh -- yes, I guess so.

[Woman laughs]

Donna: I mean, there's something -- it's very dark. I've always like that quality in a man. You know, sinister and strong. Dangerous -- "dangerous" is the word that I'm looking for. It's almost as though when he looks at you, you donít know what's going to happen next. I mean, it's kind of -- it's a little bit frightening, but it's -- it's thrilling because he's so powerful and -- and masculine. It's kind of overwhelming, but -- I donít know him that well, actually. You know, there's a certain way that he looks at you. It's -- it's rather unsettling because you're not quite sure what he's thinking, and every time I see him -- sometimes he's in a sort of light mood, and the other times he's glowering and -- and you're almost afraid to speak to him because you donít know what going to say.

Josie: Mama? You ok? Hey, mama?

Sharlene: What -- yeah, yes. I was just thinking.

Donna: I wonder what this one would look like.

Josie: Well, I think they're all so beautiful.

[Josie gasps]

Josie: Mama, look at this one!

Sharlene: Oh, it's -- I -- I donít know.

Donna: Well, now, let's just stop. Let's just stop a minute because this isnít getting us anywhere. Sharlene, what kind of wedding do you and John want to have?

Josie: You talked about that, right, mama?

Donna: Now, Michael and I would love for you to have it at the country club.

Josie: That would be wonderful!

Donna: It's beautiful there and there's so much room for guests and --

Sharlene: But I wanted to have the reception at the -- in the barn.

Donna: The barn?

Josie: You still want to do that?

Sharlene: Sharlene, really. I mean, donít you think this is taking this rustic image just a little bit too far? I mean, all those cows and all of the little droppings and things.

Josie: Mama, if that's what you want, we can do that. We'll make it romantic. It'll be beautiful.

Donna: And the straw -- so many people are allergic to straw.

Sharlene: I donít want to hear about it!

Josie: Mama, what's the matter?

Sharlene: I'm sorry, this is my wedding! I'm -- I'm sorry.

Donna: I'm sorry.

Sharlene: I'm just not up for this today. No, Donna --

Donna: I'm sorry I'm dominating the conversation.

Sharlene: No, it's all right.

Donna: Please forgive me.

Sharlene: It's nobody's fault, Donna, really. I'm just -- I'm not up for picking out a wedding dress today.

Lucas: I brought a peace offering -- 1959 Dom Perignon, chilled.

Cass: How thoughtful.

Lucas: Did Rachel tell you that I signed over the portrait of Amanda this morning?

Cass: You did?

Lucas: So, as far as I'm concerned, it's all behind us. Do you have room for another guest?

Felicia: Well, now, that's the spirit. Why donít we open up the champagne?

Cass: I've never turned down a bottle of 1959 Dom in my life. Welcome to the party. Hey!

[Cheers]

Cass: You take the cake. Zack, you help me with the glasses --

Zack: Sounds good.

Cass: And we'll --

[All talking at once]

Zack: You're in for a treat, believe me.

Mitch: Let me get this right. You went and saw him by yourself?

Rachel: I was fine.

Mitch: Why didnít you call me?

Rachel: It was ok. He turned the painting over to me without even batting an eye.

Mitch: Right, right, I donít trust him.

Rachel: I know you donít. I think you're right, too. He pretended he didnít know about the red swan on the painting, but I know he did.

Mitch: Of course he did. Why else would he have made a bid on it?

Rachel: So I'm going up to the gallery tomorrow because I think there might be some more stuff there.

Mitch: Something that has to do with the red swan?

Rachel: Yeah, that's where Sam found the canvas. Maybe there are more photographs up there the way the one -- that we found behind the painting.

Mitch: Ok, if you want, I can drive you.

Rachel: No, no. No, thanks, you've done enough, ok?

Stacey: Cass, both your girlfriends are here.

Cass: Never mind about that. Shh, stop.

Stacey: What?

Cass: Did you see Frankie? Did she get out before Lucas saw her?

Stacey: I donít know. Last time I saw her, she was in the office with Caroline.

Cass: Keep Lucas busy, all right?

Stacey: Lucas.

Cass: Frankie, you here? Hey, Frankie?

Caroline: I thought I saw you come in here.

Cass: Hi. What -- what a surprise.

Caroline: Ah. Yeah.

Cass: I had no idea. I was totally surprised. I was just going to cancel an appointment that I have for this afternoon.

Caroline: Well, I'm glad we're in here alone so I can give you your present whilst we're alone.

Cass: Caroline, what is this?

Caroline: Open it later. I'm sure you're going to enjoy it.

Cass: Well, thank you. This sounds very intriguing.

Caroline: Hmm. Well, I'll be very happy to help you enjoy it.

Cass: Really?

Caroline: Hmm.

Cass: Well, I'll Ė

Frankie: He didnít see me. I know he didnít see me. He couldn't have seen me. He had those champagne bottles and -- and everybody was in the way. Yeah, I mean, he was looking at Cass anyway. Here -- looks like I've been here -- ugh -- working all day. Yeah, making notes, answering the phone, and --

[Phone rings]

[Frankie gasps]

Frankie: Uh, hello? Lucas' suite.

[Dial tone]

Frankie: Hello?

Sharlene: The door is still closed.

Josie: The exam must still be going on.

Sharlene: Well, I'm going to wait. I really want to be here when he gets out. Jos, you donít have to stick around, though. You really donít.

Josie: I want to. You know, I care, too.

Sharlene: I know you do. I know you do, and it means a lot, it does.

Josie: You know, mama, I was a little worried about you at the bridal shop. Is everything ok?

Sharlene: Jos, of course everything's fine. I was just -- I'm just sort of -- it's just so much to do.

Josie: Yeah, but you were a little tense. I was starting to think --

Sharlene: What?

Josie: That you were having second thoughts?

Sharlene: Oh, Josie, no. No, no, no, no. It's just that -- it's just that things pile up, you know? They just pile up. It has nothing to do with John. I love him, I know he loves me.

Josie: You know, I wouldnít have said this two months ago, but --

Sharlene: What?

Josie: You deserve to be happy. I mean that.

Sharlene: Oh, sweetheart.

Josie: Just remember all the bad times are behind us now. There's nothing but blue skies ahead.

Cass: Yes, yes, yes, I seem to recall this quite vividly.

Zack: Whoa.

Cass: I certainly recall the largest women's shoes in the world. Yeah, these are special ordered. Since when are you into publicly humiliating me?

Felicia: I told you to open this by yourself.

Cass: Yes, but they mixed all the presents up. I wasn't keeping track.

Felicia: It's from Krystal. I saved it.

Cass: Well, how thoughtful of you.

Felicia: Yes, I know.

Zack: From who?

Felicia: Krystal Lake.

Caroline: Why would Felicia give you a dress, Cass?

Rachel: It's a long story.

Cass: Well -- yes, it is a long story. I was in a bit of a jam with this loan shark.

Felicia: Yeah, you see, he came up with a very interesting and different way to disguise himself in a very, well, tough time.

Cass: A very tough time, about the toughest. I've always been creative. I think we can forget that chapter and move on to the next.

Caroline: I see.

Felicia: Yeah, yeah.

Zack: What else we got over there?

Stacey: Oh, that's mine!

Reuben: Yo, Ronnie, come here for a second?

Ronnie: Hey, Reuben -- Cass hasn't finished opening his presents yet.

Reuben: I know, I know. I just want to straighten some things out with you, all right? Um -- tonight you're busy, right? You're all tied up, right?

Ronnie: No, why?

Reuben: Yo, Zack, come here for a second? Uh, you're planning on asking my sister out, aren't you?

Zack: Well, Reuben, it's the middle of the week. She has to work tomorrow, and so do I.

Ronnie: What's going on, Reuben?

Reuben: It's really no big deal. See, Tess just wants to meet the family tonight. But if nobody can make it, I'll just tell her that nobody's --

Ronnie: No, no, that's terrific. I'd love to spend some time with her.

Reuben: You would?

Ronnie: Sure. Tonight would be great.

Zack: Yeah, why donít you just have them all out for dinner at a restaurant?

Reuben: Well, actually, that's what I was thinking about. But the problem is I ain't got no money, unless one of y'all can get me a loan.

Rachel: Be careful.

Zack: Well, um --

Ronnie: Uh, no, no. Why do you need money? I mean, we could do up a nice meal at mama's house.

Reuben: Oh, no, maybe you could. I mean, I ain't exactly on mama's favorite list.

Ronnie: Yeah, but if she wants to spend time with the family --

Reuben: I was thinking more along the lines of a nice restaurant. So, Zack, what do you say, huh? Like, a couple weeks' advance?

Zack: Reuben, I donít know if you're going about this the right way.

Reuben: What's wrong with sending a few folks to a nice restaurant?

Ronnie: You canít afford it.

Reuben: I can if Zack give me some money.

Zack: Listen, when I was in school, I didnít have two dimes to rub together, and I still managed to have a good time.

Reuben: Oh, yeah?

Zack: Yeah. I mean, we'd cook up a pot of chili and invite everybody over.

Reuben: You canít be serious, man.

Zack: Sure, I am.

Reuben: Zack -- I mean, she comes from a rich family. The girl's daddy owns a bank, and you want me to give her a bowl of chili?

Ronnie: Well, why not?

Reuben: Because her daddy owns a bank!

Zack: Reuben, you should stop trying to be something that you're not.

Reuben: Just listen to me, all right? Hear me out on this.

Zack: Excuse us, we are missing Cass' presents, ok?

Ronnie: Reuben, look, I'll bring the food. Just call her. We can have the dinner at your place.

Reuben: At a boarding house?

Cass: What is this here?

Felicia: I donít know.

Stacey: Oh, that came in the mail. I donít know who that's from.

Cass: There's no return address.

Felicia: That sounds a little mysterious.

Cass: Well, it's too big to be a bill, so --

Caroline: Well, what is it?

Zack: Yeah, who's it from?

Cass: I'll tell you in about two seconds.

[Rachel gasps]

Cass: Cecile.

Felicia: Oh, God.

Caroline: Who?

Rachel: Oh, I donít think you want to know.

Caroline: What?

Felicia: Uh, Cecile and Cass had -- what would you say? -- A few adventures together.

Caroline: Lovers, you mean?

Stacey: No, no, no, no, I wouldnít say that she's capable of love, exactly. Would you?

Felicia: No, it's kind of doubtful, yeah.

Rachel: Pretty, though. Blond.

Felicia: Yeah. Got a great body, as I recall.

Stacey: Hmm.

Rachel: Formerly my daughter-in-law, currently the queen of Tanquir.

Caroline: A queen? You're joking.

Felicia: I'm sure she loves lording it over the peasants.

Rachel: I'm surprised there hasn't been an uprising yet.

[Laughter]

Rachel: Get Cass to tell you about it.

Felicia: Really.

Caroline: Yeah, I certainly will.

Cecile: Oh, Cass. Have you ever had this much fun with anybody else?

Cass: Never.

Cecile: Good, good.

Cass: What about you?

Cecile: No, never.

Cass: And I've never, ever been so impatient for room service in my entire life.

Cecile: I know. You're on incredibly thin ice right now.

Cass: And you are the lowest, Cecile. They donít come any lower. You're giving the great dictator a run for his money.

Cecile: I've been too easy on you. Well, now I'm going to get tough.

Cass: Tough? You want to see tough? You want to turn this into a battle of wills? You got it, sweetheart. Eat with you? Forget it. As of now, I am on a hunger strike. Sleep with you? Never in a million years! Ok.

Cecile: Yes! Oh, darling -- whoo! Oh -- remember the good times, Cass, only the good times!

Cass: You're making a big mistake, Cecile! You're a bitch, Cecile!

Felicia: I think the only way you can really understand Cecile is to understand the word "self."

Caroline: Hmm.

Rachel: Yes, I would have to agree with that. What about you, Cass? Cass?

Cass: What? Oh, yeah, yeah, she really was something. But, you know, she never forgets my birthday. I wonder what her majesty is up to these days.

Frankie: Ugh. Hey, boss.

Lucas: Hi. I was just at Cass' surprise party. Weren't you invited?

Frankie: Birthday party?

Lucas: Yes.

Frankie: He has a birthday, huh? Didnít think they'd celebrate a day you crawl out from under a rock. Ugh! Can you find the files on the Japanese companies?

Lucas: No.

Frankie: I canít seem to understand your old assistant's filing system. What was her name again? Catherine?

Lucas: Yeah, Catherine. Catherine had a lot of failings, some of them a lot worse than her filing system.

Frankie: You wanted me to make copies of those files.

Lucas: Do the best you can.

Frankie: Well, I tried calling her, you know, to see if she could tell me, but her family doesn't seem to know where she is.

Lucas: Hmm. Well, if you get touch with her, you let me know.

Frankie: Sure.

Lucas: Ok. Seems as if she told Derek Dane and Stacey Winthrop that I was involved in some shady art dealings.

Frankie: Really?

Lucas: Yeah. So now Derek and Stacey are jawing it up to Bay City thinking I'm the biggest crook in the world.

Frankie: Oh, come on, boss, you're no crook.

Lucas: Yeah, right, you're the -- you're the last of my great supporters.

Frankie: Yeah.

Lucas: Hmm.

[Phone rings]

Frankie: Hello, Lucas' --

[Dial tone]

Frankie: This is so weird. This is the second time.

Lucas: Hey, it happens. We're having a little phone trouble.

Frankie: Really?

Lucas: Yeah. Well, it's 5:00. Time you went home.

Frankie: Well, no, boss, there's a ton of things I want to get done.

Lucas: No, you go right ahead. You enjoy yourself, relax, have a good time.

Frankie: No, boss, really, I would like very much to finish up --

Lucas: No, go right ahead. Good night.

Frankie: Ok, well, you're the boss.

Lucas: Thank you.

Frankie: So, uh --

Lucas: Good night.

Frankie: I'll see you.

Lucas: Yeah.

Frankie: So long.

Lucas: Call!

Lucas: This is Lucas. Is it done? I told you I wanted the red swan transformed, and I meant right away. I want to be able to have it right in this room if I choose to. That's right. I'm going to hide it in plain sight.

Felicia: I love it. Look at that face. Oh!

Stacey: Oh, God. That's the time that Cass insisted on wearing his new baseball cap and having his picture taken with nothing else on.

[Laughter]

Mitch: You donít mind embarrassing Cass on his birthday, do you?

Felicia: No.

Reuben: Hey, if you got a scrapbook like that of yours truly, burn it, ok?

Ronnie: Oh, no, no, I'm going to bring it along tonight.

Reuben: No way.

Felicia: Stacey, what is this picture?

Stacey: Oh, that's his 10th birthday party.

Ronnie: Oh, that's wonderful. What are they playing?

Stacey: They're playing poker, and he won $12 that day.

Caroline: Rachel --

Rachel: Hmm?

Caroline: Cecile -- when is she likely to be coming back to Bay City?

Rachel: Last I knew, she was being held political prisoner, but with Cecile you never know.

Felicia: Well, that's it, guys.

Zack: You know, I'm surprised we didnít get more static from the birthday boy.

Felicia: I know! Where is he?

Stacey: Where did he go?

Zack: Where you been, Cass?

Felicia: He has to be here.

Zack: Cass?

Felicia: Check in the office.

Caroline: Yoo-hoo!

Zack: Oh, let me see if he's hiding or not.

Felicia: Ok.

Reuben: Is he upstairs?

Felicia: What?

Mitch: We need to go.

Felicia: Oh, I know. I just want to say goodbye to Cass first.

Rachel: This was a terrific idea. Cass was dreading this birthday so much, but if we'd forgotten all about it, he would've been crushed.

Felicia: He would've. It was fun. It was like the old times.

Rachel: Yeah.

Felicia: Yeah, all of us being together again.

Caroline: Yes, it was lovely.

Stacey: It's just a lot of paper. I'll just get it all cleaned up and --

Rachel: Well, where is he?

Felicia: Where is he?

Caroline: I donít know.

Stacey: I donít know where the heck he is.

Rachel: Hey, Zack? Zack, what's the matter? He's not upset or anything, is he?

Zack: He's not there.

Felicia: What?

Rachel: What do you mean?

Stacey: You got to be kidding.

Zack: Birthday boy is nowhere to be found.

Felicia: You mean he left?

Frankie: What are you doing here?

Cass: I wanted to make sure you got out of my office ok.

Frankie: Well, sure. I climbed through the window.

Cass: That little, tiny window? It's not humanly possible to climb for a body -- well, you're skinny, so that's probably why you made it ok.

Frankie: Svelte.

Cass: I beg your pardon?

Frankie: I am not skinny. I'm svelte.

Cass: Well, whatever. So I guess Lucas didnít see you after all.

Frankie: That was the idea.

Cass: But you can imagine my astonishment when I saw you and Caroline standing side by side, real schmoozy. What was that all about?

Frankie: Nothing. Look, Cass, what are you doing here? Your party must still be going on.

Cass: So I left it.

Frankie: No kidding. Why?

Cass: I was worried about you.

Frankie: Hey, I'm cool. Go back to your party.

Cass: I donít want to.

Frankie: What's the matter? You hate birthdays?

Cass: No, I want to go out.

Frankie: So go.

Cass: With you.

Frankie: What are you, crazy?

Cass: Well, you know I am. It's my birthday, though, so that's what I want. So -- come on. Let's go out.

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