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Another World Transcript Thursday 11/24/05

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Matt: Ok, Grandma. When are you going to say it?

Ada: Say what?

Matt: Come on, that this is--

Matt and Ada: The most beautiful Christmas tree we have ever had.

Matt: And--

Ada: I've never seen so many presents in my whole life.

Matt: Good. Now it is officially Christmas.

Ada: Well, I hope so, because you've squeezed about every present you can get your hands on.

Josie: Matthew, that was from me!

Matt: Oh. I hope it wasn't Venetian glass.

Josie: [Laughs]

Jamie: Hey, Matthew, do you want to put some more logs in the fire?

Matt: Of course. Hold on, I'll get...

Jamie: Should've brought more of these in last night so they'd be drier.

Matt: Well...

Ada: Jamie, you're the cookie maven here. Come on and try these.

Jamie: Oh, right! Remember to save some of those for Steven, will you?

Ada: Are you kidding? I baked a whole separate batch just for him.

Jamie: You did? Thank you. You know, I really miss him. I wanted to see his face when he saw the Christmas tree.

Ada: Yeah, I miss him, too. But...listen. We have got to make this the happiest Christmas that all of us could ever have. Especially your mum.

Jamie: We will.

[Doorbell chimes]

Ada: Ok, ok, ok.

All: Merry Christmas!

Amanda: Everybody is really excited you're coming home.

Rachel: It's only been a couple of days.

Amanda: Well, I know, but it seems like forever.

Rachel: Well, I'm all packed. We have to remember to take the little tree.

Amanda: The tree is yours?

Rachel: Yes, it arrived last night.

Amanda: Oh, where did it come from?

Rachel: I have no idea.

Amanda: There was no card?

Rachel: No, just this.

Amanda: "Merry Christmas, happy new beginnings." Nobody knows who brought it?

Rachel: I'm sure I'll find out when I donít send a thank-you note.

Amanda: I'm sure you will. Are you ready to go?

Rachel: Oh, am I ever ready. I have been ready since I got here.

Amanda: Mom?

Rachel: Oh, you know, Grandma put Alli on the phone last night, and she is so excited about Christmas. Or at least I think that was what she was talking about.

Amanda: Mom, there's something that I wanted to tell you--

Rachel: Alliís all right, isnít she?

Amanda: Alliís fine. It's Sam.

Rachel: What's happened?

Amanda: He's moved out.

Felicia: No, no, this was my first book. You know, I never had a real Christmas. I had seen it, of course, on television and in the movies. You know, the great big tree and the family that sits around for a turkey dinner. I guess I went just a little overboard.

Mitch: In the book?

Felicia: Yeah. I had my heroine go from house to house. Every dinner was more grand than the last. I did 39 pages of this with incredible presents and bushels of mistletoe.

Mitch: Why haven't I ever read this?

Felicia: Honey, I only sold 8 copies. I burned the rest of the first edition.

Singer: Christmas Eve...

Mitch: Wait a minute...

Felicia: What?

Mitch: What--what is this? Wait a minute, wait a minute. There is one present that still remains, and it has your name on it. Santa was hiding it.

Felicia: Santa is a very tricky guy. Oh, Mitch.

Mitch: If you donít like it--

Felicia: I love it. It is so beautiful. You had it engraved! "Love forever..."

[Whispering] Mitch.

Iris: Ada, we just stopped by to give Rachel our best wishes.

Lucas: And to you, too, Ada. Merry Christmas.

Ada: Thank you. Rachel, isnít here.

Iris: Oh.

Jamie: Let me take your coat.

Iris: Jamie, merry Christmas. Thank you so much. Well, she is coming home today though, isnít she?

Ada: Yes, she is.

Vivien: Merry Christmas, Ada!

Ada: Merry Christmas, Vivien. Jamie! Catch. Is Hilda here? I brought her a little something.

Ada: Yes, she's in the kitchen.

Vivien: Aw, she has to work Christmas day too, huh? Catch! I am going to take this to her. I told her I'd help her work.

Iris: Do not worry, Ada. We're not planning to stay for dinner.

Josie: Iris, Lucas, I am so glad you're here.

Iris: Hi, darling!

Lucas: Ah, here's our cover girl.

Josie: Hi, Lucas.

Aunt Liz: Coryís, we're here! Merry, merry, merry--

Ada: Merry Christmas, Liz. Come on in. Merry Christmas, sweetheart.

Iris: Liz, you look beautiful.

Aunt Liz: Matthew! No hello, no merry Christmas?

Matt: Merry Christmas, Aunt Liz.

Olivia: Hi, Matthew.

Matt: Olivia.

Jamie: Grandma, am I wrong, or did it suddenly get a little more chilly in here?

Ada: You are not wrong.

Jamie: Did the merry go out of our Christmas or what?

Ada: Well, it'll come back as soon as Iris leaves.

Jamie: I hope so.

[Doorbell chimes] I'll get that.

Ada: Ok.

Jamie: Stacey!

Stacey: Hi, merry Christmas.

Jamie: Glad to see you.

Stacey: I brought this by for Steven.

Jamie: Oh, thank you! I'll open this with him when Vicky brings him back.

Stacey: Oh, he's with Vicky?

Jamie: Yeah, I took him over there last night.

Stacey: Do you feel good about it?

Jamie: Yes, I do.

Stacey: Good. I'm glad to hear it.

Jamie: Let me take your coat.

Stacey: Oh, thanks. All bundled up here. Did Cass come by?

Jamie: No, he didnít, but he's more than welcome to. And so are you, as a matter of fact. We have a rack of ribs the size of the state of Wyoming, and we would love to have you for dinner.

Stacey: Oh, well thanks.

Ada: Well Stacey, merry Christmas!

Stacey: Oh, hi--merry Christmas.

Ada: Hey, you, I need you to help me with the extra leaves. He'll be right back.

Jamie: Ok. Come on in, have some eggnog.

Stacey: Ok, thanks, yeah.

Staceyís voice: Why did you come through the window? Jamie would have let you in downstairs.

Derek: I donít need his permission to see you. I'm the one who should be taking care of you.

Stacey: No, but he is just trying to help.

Derek: I donít care. I donít want to spend another night apart from you. Do you love me?

Stacey: More than ever.

Derek: That's all I have to know.

Matt: Stacey! Welcome, welcome, welcome. Let me get you some eggnog. It's dynamite this year; I made it myself. Well, I made--I helped Hilda make it. Hold on a second.

Mitch: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Nothing has changed. Nothing is going to change. You know, whether you know it or not, I plan on loving you forever.

Felicia: Mitch, I go through all these Christmassy things. I am working so hard to pretend that everything is the same, but it's not.

Mitch: Felicia, come on--

Felicia: No, and the worst part is, is that the loneliness that I am feeling, I feel more of it when we're together.

Mitch: This is not what I want to happen.

Felicia: I know that.

Mitch: Felicia, canít--

Felicia: I believe you. I really do. Just like I believe that you do not want to feel the way you do about Rachel.

Mitch: Felicia, canít you--

[Phone rings] Hello?

Matt: Dad, you still there?

Mitch: Matthew, merry Christmas.

Matt: Yeah, Mom should be coming home any minute. You are coming over, aren't you?

Amanda: It was the day that you got hurt.

Rachel: Right after the fight in the office?

Amanda: Right. I went home and I waited for him. He came home and he packed his things, and he never listened to a word that I said.

Rachel: Where is he now?

Amanda: He's at the loft.

Rachel: Have you talked to him at all?

Amanda: Sure, I've tried. I have tried telling him that I really want to work on this marriage.

Rachel: Does he believe you?

Amanda: Why wouldnít he believe me? It's the truth. I know he'll be home tonight.

Rachel: Because it's Christmas?

Amanda: Is there a better reason?

Rachel: Honey, he has really been hurt.

Amanda: I know that, Mom. I know--please, donít make me feel any more guilty, all right?

Rachel: I'm sorry. I didnít mean to.

Amanda: I want him back. I will do anything. I will never see Evan again. I will quit my job if I have to.

John: Jingle bells jingle bells jingle all the year

Amanda: Oh!

John: What do you say you jump in the chair and let's get out of here?

Rachel: Donít make me laugh. That's great. You decorate your chairs?

Amanda: Aw, cute.

John: Well, no--only this chair. We call it the Christmas express. You ready to deck the halls?

Rachel: That is a lot of spirit, donít you think?

Amanda: Oh, definitely. Either that, or this man has been up way too long.

John: A little bit of both. C'mon, are you ready to go home? Hold this chair, would you?

Amanda: Sure.

John: I'll give you a hand here.

Rachel: Oh, ok, thanks.

John: Step back slowly.

Rachel: Easy.

John: There we go. All right, great.

Rachel: Thank you.

John: Good.

Rachel: Let us not forget my tree, ok?

Amanda: I'll get it.

Rachel: All right. And the bag?

Amanda: Yep.

John: I'll grab your bag.

Rachel: Well, this is going out in style, I should say.

John: It's the only way we do things around here.

Rachel: I can see that.

Amanda: Christmas style.

John: Here we go. Home sweet home for the holidays.

Ronnie: Oh, Mrs. Cory, are you leaving us already?

Ronnie: I'm trying to.

John: Can you believe this woman? She actually wants to go home and be with her family for the holidays.

Ronnie: Oh, shocking.

Amanda: Why, and the two of you seem to be perfectly happy here?

Rachel: I think that is dedication, actually.

Amanda: Maybe they like the turkey in the cafeteria.

Ronnie: John, she's on to us. She's figured us out.

John: Yeah, they figured it out. Yeah, there's no reason I want to be home with Sharleneís honey-baked ham and roast turkey--

Ronnie: Oh, stop. Stop before I scream.

John: ...Sausage stuffing.

Ronnie: Have you ever seen this side of him before?

Amanda: Well, seriously, though. How did the two of you get stuck here on Christmas Eve and Christmas day?

John: I canít speak for Ronnie, but listen, for me, I know what I did. I really got Santa Claus awfully angry at me when I was a kid.

Rachel: I'm afraid to ask how.

John: Donít be afraid. I am going to bore you with the entire story anyway. You see, when I was about 5 or 6 years old, Mike and I were standing on line to see Santa Claus, and he was a pretty good Santa Claus...

Ronnie: I think you better sit down. This could take a while.

John: He was giving each kid about, oh, 15 minutes or so. And then, when it came to my turn, I got up there and I looked at him and I thought, "Well, now, there's something strange about this man's face," and I reached up and grabbed his beard and pulled it right off.

Amanda: Oh, no. What did you do then?

John: He looked at me and he said, "kid, you touch my beard again, you little..." Before I knew it, there were two extraordinarily large elves grabbing me and giving me the bums' rush out of there.

Ronnie: At least they didnít beat you up?

John: Well, there were too many people standing around. C'mon, you want to get out of here?

Rachel: I want to get out of here!

John: Let's go! Let's get home.

Rachel: Ronnie, thank you. You were wonderful.

Ronnie: Merry Christmas.

Rachel: Merry Christmas.

Amanda: Bye, Ronnie. Do you have everything? Somebody got her bag?

Rachel: Who's got my bag?

John: I've got it.

Rachel: Here we go.

John: Here we go.

Rachel: Oh, boy.

[Phone rings]

Ronnie: Third floor nurse's station. No, I'm sorry. Mrs. Cory has just checked out. Is there a message?

[Phone goes dead]

Vivien: Welcome home, Mrs. Cory.

Rachel: Thank you, Vivien. Thank you for being here.

Ada: Oh, honey, merry Christmas!

Jamie: Her ribs, Grandma. No hugs, her ribs!

Ada: I know, I know.

Rachel: Plenty of kisses, though.

Amanda: Mom, how is this?

Rachel: Oh, it's perfect, sweetie.

Matt: Hey, there you are!

Rachel: Merry Christmas!

Matt: Gosh, it is good to see you.

Rachel: Good to see-- oh!--Let's go see the tree.

Matt: Oh, be careful. Her ribs--

Amanda: Any calls?

Matt: No, I'm sorry.

Iris: Rachel, you look very well.

Rachel: Thank you. Merry Christmas, Iris. Merry Christmas, Lucas.

Lucas: Merry Christmas, Rachel.

Rachel: I am glad to see you both here.

Iris: You are?

Rachel: Yes, I have been doing a lot of thinking.

Ada: Honey, come on, you have to sit down.

Rachel: I'm fine.

Ada: Jamieís orders. Come on.

Jamie: That's right.

Rachel: Excuse me. Oh, there is my precious little girl. Hi, honey.

Alli: A cookie.

Rachel: Yes, you can have your cookie. Hi, Olivia.

Aunt Liz: Oh, Rachel. It is so good to see you back home where you belong.

Rachel: Oh, thank you so much for that lovely bed jacket. That was very thoughtful.

Aunt Liz: If it's not the right color you can exchange it, you know.

Rachel: No, it was fine. It was perfect. Merry Christmas.

Aunt Liz: Merry Christmas to you.

Matt: Ok, here we go. A little nog for you, and for you.

Rachel: Thank you, honey.

Matt: You're welcome.

Amanda: No word from Sam, huh?

Ada: Not so far. I'm sorry, sweetheart.

Amanda: Grandma, what am I going to do?

Ada: Make it a wonderful Christmas for Alli.

Amanda: She doesn't even want to open up her stocking without her daddy here. How am I going to explain it if he doesn't show up at all?

[Doorbell chimes]

Jamie: So this is where you disappeared to.

Stacey: I hope you donít mind. I've always loved this room.

Jamie: Oh, so do I. So do I. Here, this is for you.

Stacey: Oh, thank you.

Jamie: You're welcome.

Stacey: So, was Vicky surprised that you let her have Steven?

Jamie: I'm sure she was. I was pretty surprised myself.

Stacey: You are a very forgiving person.

Jamie: Well, I'm trying to be. I know that Steven was--is missing his mother.

Stacey: You are a good man, Dr. Frame.

Jamie: Well, I have an attorney who keeps things in perspective for me.

Stacey: Yes, but you make all the decisions.

Jamie: Well, I haven't decided yet about the custody thing, but I think if I just keep focusing on what is right for Steven--you know?

Stacey: I am glad to hear you talking like this. I really am.

Jamie: So, you are going to spend dinner with us, right?

Stacey: Jamie--

Jamie: It would mean a lot to me.

Stacey: You know what--I canít.

Jamie: Why not?

Stacey: Because there is something I have to do.

Derek: Staceyís not at the office either.

Kyle: I figure she's got to be someplace.

Derek: Yeah, but where?

Kyle: I donít know. I figured you guys would do the whole Christmas bit, you know? The tree, the presents, the big dinner.

Derek: Yeah, well, I kind of figured on that, too. But things donít always work out, you know?

Kyle: That's for sure.

Derek: Yeah. I thought you were going over to the party at the settlement house tonight?

Kyle: Me?

Derek: Yeah.

Kyle: Give me a break. That's for people who believe in Santa Claus. I donít even believe in Christmas. What are you doing?

Derek: I canít have you talking like that, Kyle. Get your coat on. We are going to take off.

Kyle: Where, Derek? Are you nuts? It's snowing out there, you know!

Derek: Hey, we're going to go find Christmas. Ok?

Kyle: Oh, you're really going off the deep end now!

John: Where could she be?

Ronnie: Sharlene?

John: Yeah. I have tried her every 15 minutes since 8:00 this morning. I thought she might have been out at the barn, but that was a couple of hours ago.

Ronnie: I wouldnít worry, John. I'm sure everything's ok.

Group: We wish you a merry Christmas we wish you a merry Christmas

Ronnie: Those voices sound mighty familiar.

Group: ...And a happy New Year good tidings to you wherever you are good tidings for Christmas and a happy new year

Ronnie: What are ya'll doing here?

Esther: She didnít get it yet?

Zack: Ok, now wait a minute. Let's just give the woman a chance. Now, Ronnie dear, we want you to try and get the whole picture here, ok?

Ronnie: I think I'm being teased.

John: I think you deserve it.

Zack: Now, wait a minute. We're trying to explain this to you, and we want you to get the whole idea of what is going on here, ok? Now look...we arrive--your family, very good friend--your mom is carrying a basket of goodies, your brother is singing carols and lugging big bags with extravagant presents, and I am donned in all my gay apparel.

Reuben: Fa-la-la-la-la

Jesse: La-la-la-la

Zack: Now do you know what we're doing?

Ronnie: Well, since I could not make it home, you decided to bring Christmas to me.

Zack: By George, I think she's got it.

Reuben: Oh, she is good. She is good.

Zack: Bring on the food, mother!

Esther: Oh, my goodness. Who's hungry? That's what I want to know!

Zack: Well, I am. Let's roll.

Reuben: Me, too. I am starving.

Esther: You two are always starved. I'm interested in these people who have been working all night. Help yourself, doctor. Take a plate.

John: Oh, no, no, this is your family.

Ronnie: Oh, knock it off, Hudson. Mama, go ahead and pile the food on the man's plate.

Esther: Well, I hope you like cold stuffing.

John: Oh, yes. As a matter of fact, I do. That's the only way I eat it. It loses all its flavor when it's hot.

[Laughter]

Jesse: When do we open the gifts?

Ronnie: Gifts? No, wait a minute, I thought-- what have you done?

Reuben: Oh-oh. You know what that means, Jess, right? We ain't getting no presents.

Jesse: Well, that's all right. I'm in the spirit of giving this year.

Reuben: Oh, yeah, right. This morning he woke up first thing and said, "Oh, please, Santa, I've been a good boy. Please give me some gifts!"

[Laughter]

Jesse: Yeah, right. He said that this morning--Mr. Greedy!

Ronnie: Shut up, just shut up both of you. Let me open my presents.

Jesse: Ronnie Lawrence, now I did not raise you to talk like that.

Ronnie: I am just joking, mama. She still expects the 3 of us to fight like we did when we were kids.

Jesse: They still do, doctor. Donít let her fool you.

Jesse: Let's get on it. Mrs. Lawrence, tell me now, was Reuben the kind of kid that used to wait and see if Santa Claus...

[Indistinct chatter]

[Laughter]

John: Sharlene!

Sharlene: I have this terrible urge. I wonder if you can help me.

John: Sharlene, yeah.

Sharlene: I have this terrible urge to carry mistletoe around all day.

John: Oh-oh, that sounds serious.

Sharlene: It is very serious, because now I cannot stop myself from going like this. It's just--look at that.

John: Oh, boy. Oh, boy.

Sharlene: So I mean, it's like I'm out of control.

John: I know the feeling.

Sharlene: What do you prescribe, doctor?

John: Oh, well, in this case, I think that--well, you should always take two of these, and then if it is a real aggravating case, you should probably take a couple of these.

Sharlene: Ok. What else...

John: And then for home use, take one of these, and we'll call it a Christmas.

Sharlene: [Chuckling] (Woman) you are my sister, young, old, red, black, or white.

Derek: The first thing about Christmas is the tree. You got to have one.

Kyle: So let's grab one.

Derek: Hey, whoa, whoa. You donít grab. You scout around. You try to find the prettiest one. You try to find the best Christmas tree that there is.

Kyle: I'll go look.

Derek: Ok. Look, hey, you check around out back. I'll look over here. And take this, will you? And I'll meet you back here in a little bit.

Kyle: You got it.

Derek: Ok.

[Bells play Christmas song]

Stacey: Oh, I'm sorry.

Derek: Uh...I didnít--

Stacey: What?

Derek: How come you're down here? Huh?

Stacey: Well, this is where most of the lots for the Christmas trees are, and I was going to pick you up one.

Derek: You were?

Stacey: As a way of apologizing.

Derek: No! Hey--why would you have to apologize to me? I am the one that blew up, and I ruined Christmas! I'm sorry. Stacey, I'm--

Stacey: Hey, Christmas is a long way from being over, and you did not ruin anything.

Derek: I was calling around trying to track you down.

Stacey: Well, here I am. Do you want to go back to my loft? Courtney isnít there. I could make you dinner.

Derek: No, I canít.

Stacey: Oh, that--

Derek: I promised somebody a special day.

Stacey: Somebody?

Derek: Yeah.

Stacey: Um--no, that's none of my business.

Derek: No, no, Stacey, wait. It's not what you think. It wasn't--

Kyle: Hey, Derek!

Derek: What, Kyle, what?

Kyle: Hey, look what I got--guess what I got?

Derek: That's not bad.

Kyle: I got it for free!

Derek: Now, that I donít believe, Kyle.

Kyle: I swear. I got this tree for free.

Derek: How come? What's the catch?

Kyle: I donít now. The guy said he was the Christmas spirit. Stacey!

Stacey: Hi! Merry Christmas.

Derek: See, this is the fellow I was telling you about--the "someone." You want to join us?

Stacey: Oh, you try and stop me.

Derek: Good.

Stacey: Let's go, huh?

Derek: Ok.

Stacey: That's a beaut!

Derek: Right. When you got it, you got it. I'm not going to...

Mitch: You know, you have not said anything.

Felicia: About what?

Mitch: About Matthewís phone call.

Felicia: Well, what is there to say? He wants us to go over there, right?

Mitch: Yeah, but I did not say yes or no because I wanted to talk to you first.

Felicia: How can you say no? He is your son.

Mitch: Yeah, and he can come over here.

Felicia: Why should he?

Mitch: Because I get the feeling that you donít want to go over there, which I understand. Maybe it's best we stay away from the Coryís.

Felicia: I donít want to stay away from Rachel. What I want is that we all become friends again, like we used to.

Mitch: I would like that, too.

Felicia: But that's not possible, is it?

Mitch: Yeah--yes, it is possible. Look, we can just go over there and keep in mind that we're there to see Matthew, and that's all. What do you say?

Evan: Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey. Look at Alli. She is so pretty.

Amanda: Thank you.

[Alli makes sound]

Evan: Yes. How are you doing?

Amanda: Well, how do you think I'm doing? I'm trying to get my daughter to understand why her father is not here on Christmas.

Evan: Would you hold this for a second?

Amanda: Sure.

Evan: You wait right here.

Amanda: Hey, [Indistinct] Baby!

Evan: What we have here--

Amanda: Oh, look!

Evan: ...Is festive candy canes. One for Mommy, one for here--

Amanda: I get one too!

Evan: ...And you have the cookie, and you have that. How is that?

Amanda: [Laughing]

Evan: You want two candy canes?

Amanda: Wow! Look at that!

Amanda: Sam! Look, look, Daddy!

Sam: How is my girl? You're so pretty. Good to see you.

Amanda: She was really excited to see you.

Sam: 'Cause she knows I've got a present for her.

Amanda: Oh! He's got a present for you! Look, Alli, it is the biggest present in the world! Look at that!

Sam: Maybe we should go see what is in this for Alli.

Amanda: C'mon, let's go see what it is.

Sam: Merry Christmas, all.

All: Merry Christmas, Sam.

Sam: Rachel, it's good to see you home.

Rachel: It's good to see you home, too, Sam.

Ada: Well, Alli, what do you suppose is in this great big box?

[Oohing and ahhing]

Amanda: It's a teddy bear!

Alli: Yippee, bear!

All: Yeah!

Matt: Look at that.

Josie: I am.

Matt: Well, if you had any doubts before, Josie--

Josie: Matthew, she likes him. It's obvious.

Aunt Liz: Oh, Olivia, dear, it's time we called your father, you know.

Olivia: Already?

Aunt Liz: Oh, yes. It's already late afternoon in nice now. We promised him. You get your sister, come along. Merry Christmas.

Evan: Thank you.

Ada: Merry Christmas, Evan.

Josie: Merry Christmas, Evan.

Evan: Thank you.

Iris: Well, just a temporary setback, sweetie. Never mind, the day is young. Isnít she a darling?

Lucas: When I look at her, all I can think of is my little girl, and all that I missed.

Iris: I really cannot imagine you as a daddy, Lucas.

Lucas: If I had the chance, nothing would have come between me and my kid.

Ada: I'm glad Sam showed up.

Rachel: I knew he would.

Ada: It makes a happier Christmas.

Rachel: For everyone.

Ada: Yeah.

[Doorbell rings] Isnít everybody here? Who are we missing? Merry Chris--merry Christmas, guys!

Sharlene: This is amazing stuffing, Mrs. Lawrence.

Reuben: I'm going to get some more. Whoops! I'm going to get some more. Mm...and turkey!

Ronnie: Mama.

Esther: Oh, you want some turkey, honey?

Ronnie: No, I want to thank you and tell you have the biggest heart in the whole world.

Esther: Oh, boy, I guess I ought to cook for your friends more often.

Ronnie: You know what I'm talking about.

Esther: Well, have another piece of turkey.

Ronnie: No, will you listen to me? I want you to know I am very touched that you would do this and include Zack.

Esther: Well, actually it was his idea.

Ronnie: I should have known.

Esther: But I thought it was a real good one.

Ronnie: I know you did. I love you. Bless you. And I love you, too.

Zack: Now, what's that for?

Ronnie: Well, just because I love you for this.

Zack: Just for this?

Ronnie: And a few other things, too.

John: So, Zack, this was all your idea, huh?

Zack: Hey, I'm a creative guy.

John: Yeah, I guess so.

Sharlene: And a lucky guy.

Jesse: It was also Zackís idea to--

Zack: Before you start running off about everything, now--

Esther: Guess who talked Reuben into going to church with us? I donít want to point no fingers, but--

Esther: That's right, church.

Reuben: No, no, no, no, hold it. Ain't nobody have to talk me into going to church.

Ronnie: Oh, yeah, right. I guess you had your alarm clock set, and you were the first one to get up and go, "ok, everybody, let us go to church!"

Reuben: Nah, nah, nah. Now, fact be known, I kind of enjoy the Christmas service.

[Grumbling in background]

Reuben: I do! I mean, there ain't no lectures, it's just carols--what's not to like, you know what I mean? Now get that look off your face, Jesse.

Sharlene: This Christmas turned out to be a lot better than I thought it would.

John: You have no idea how relieved I am to see you.

Sharlene: Relieved? Why?

John: Because I called you every 15 minutes. I wanted to wish you a merry Christmas and see how your first night at the pelican club was.

Sharlene: Well, why didnít you?

John: Well, I did. Where were you?

Stacey: How long has Kyle been gone?

Derek: 10 minutes, 15.

Stacey: And the take-out place is only a couple of blocks from here?

Derek: What, are you afraid that the hot chocolate is not going to be hot any more?

Stacey: No, I want to make sure that this tree is ready by the time he gets back.

Derek: Well, I've never done this before. I hope I am doing it right.

Stacey: Never?

Derek: No.

Stacey: You have never had a Christmas tree?

Derek: This is my first.

Stacey: Derek!

Derek: Well, I like looking at them, though. When I was a kid I would go to downtown Chicago and look in the store windows, and they'd have all these scenes of happy families around Christmas trees.

Stacey: You never have to feel like you're on the outside again.

Derek: But I will.

Stacey: What?

Derek: Be on the outside.

Stacey: Why?

Derek: I canít become just a completely different person overnight.

Stacey: Oh, I donít want you to be a different person. I want you to be exactly who you are, and to feel as wonderful as I do right now.

Kyle: Oh, come on you guys.

Stacey: [Chuckles]

Derek: Did you ever hear of knocking, Kyle?

Kyle: You ever heard of doors, Derek?

Derek: Ohhhh.

Stacey: [laughs] Oh, my gosh. What do you got--enough hot chocolate to feed an army? Just enough for a couple of friends.

Derek: What friends?

Kyle: Come on, guys.

Stacey: Hello.

Derek: Hi.

Kyle: This is Avanti.

Stacey: Come on in. Merry Christmas.

Kyle: Warren, Manny.

Stacey: Hi.

Kyle: My buddy Brian.

Stacey: Hey, Brian. Come on in. What's your name?

Boy: [Indistinct].

Stacey: Great hat! Merry Christmas, red! Come on in.

Kyle: And there's more.

Stacey: Wow, wow. Are you guys all ready to celebrate Christmas? Huh? How about some hot chocolate? We'll take off your coats. Come on, off with the coats.

Derek: I think we can light the tree's lights now. What do you say, Stacey?

Stacey: All right, yeah.

Derek: Wow! Those lights make a pretty big difference.

Stacey: Look at that! C'mon!

Derek: Merry Christmas, Kyle.

Stacey: Merry Christmas, everyone.

Sharlene: I canít imagine why I missed your call.

John: I canít either. I tried 6 or 8 times at least.

Sharlene: Well, maybe I had already left for the hospital, John.

Esther: I hope you people are going to have some more of this turkey.

Ronnie: Yeah, mama cooked enough for everybody in this hospital.

Zack: Maybe not. I'm not through yet.

[Laughter]

John: No, no. You couldn't have left. It was earlier than that, around 8 or so.

Sharlene: Well, I canít believe it. I must have slept right through the phone ringing.

John: Sharlene, you have always been a light sleeper.

Sharlene: I was exhausted.

John: Well, how did your night go, anyway?

Sharlene: It went well, I think. It was a pretty quiet party.

John: Well, I just kept wishing that I was home with you, and we were together.

Sharlene: This is not quite how you pictured your first Christmas as a married man.

John: Oh, no. It's far from it.

Sharlene: I am going to make it up to you tonight.

John: Oh, yeah?

Sharlene: Mm-hmm. We are going to sit by that fire, we're going to sing carols, and...

John: Are Matt and Josie going to be home?

Sharlene: Mm-hmm. It will be perfect.

John: Yeah.

Josie: Ada, your cookies are going to be my downfall.

Ada: Oh, but what a way to go.

[Josie chuckles]

Lucas: Hi.

Josie: Great party, huh?

Lucas: I beg your pardon?

Josie: The Coryís. They really know how to celebrate.

Lucas: Oh, yeah, this is great. Great food. How about a cookie?

Josie: Oh, no, no, thank you. I am being very good. I am sticking to my diet.

Lucas: Are you crazy? It's Christmas.

Josie: Well, I have to lose 10 pounds before the promotional tour.

Lucas: Honey, I have seen a big change in the last couple of weeks even.

Josie: I know, I've gained two pounds.

Lucas: I mean a positive change. You are maturing. This confidence, this air of confidence, I mean it is fascinating to see you grow.

Josie: Fascinating?

Lucas: You have come a long way.

Josie: Well, if I have, it's because of you.

Lucas: No. All I've done is watched. And it is terrific. This promotional tour is going to be a big success.

Olivia: They seem to get along very well.

Matt: What is that supposed to mean?

Olivia: Nothing. Just that it looks like a very comfortable relationship.

Matt: Well, they are working together, Olivia.

Olivia: Now they're going to travel together, too.

Matt: So what?

Olivia: So I was wondering how you feel about Josie taking this trip without you.

Matt: Well, not that it is any of your business, Olivia, but I am fine with it. Really, I am. It's a modeling job.

Olivia: Well, good. I'm sure it is. Josie certainly has changed, though. She's a lot different from that kid you were chasing all over New York.

Matt: Well, we've all changed, Olivia. Excuse me, you know what I think? I think that we could use a little more fun and frivolity.

[Laughter]

Felicia: For the world in general?

Matt: Well, yes, but especially here. I mean, everyone is standing around acting serious. I think we should do something fun.

Mitch: Well, there is frivolity in the air, Matthew.

Matt: Not enough. Not enough!

Mitch: I'm going to get something to eat and maybe that will help start things, cheer things up. Can I get anyone anything?

Felicia: No. No, thank you.

Rachel: I think you're right. I think we do need a more livelier choice of music. Let's go and pick something.

Matt: 'Tis true. Let's go.

Rachel: You can pick.

Matt: Ok. No, you can pick.

Rachel: No, no, you can pick.

Matt: Ok, I'll pick.

Lucas: Are you having a good time?

Felicia: Yes. Why wouldnít I be? I mean, it is Christmas.

Lucas: Yeah.

Amanda: Good, we're alone.

Sam: So, what's up?

Amanda: I'm really glad that you showed up here.

Sam: I had to be here for Alli.

Amanda: I know. I'm just wondering what happens next.

Sam: I have no idea. Obviously, nothing has changed.

Amanda: I didnít invite Evan here.

Sam: He is here.

Amanda: I know, but that isnít because of me. He came here to deliver something to my mother. I told Mom this morning and now I'm going to tell you: I will do anything. I will quit my job at "Brava" if that is what you want. I will do anything--

Sam: That is not what I want, Amanda.

Amanda: Then what is?

Sam: I really donít think you have thought this through.

Amanda: What do I have to think about? I know how I feel. I will do anything for this marriage.

Ada: Come on, you guys. They're lighting the Yule log. Let's go.

Sam: I'll go gather up Alli.

Evan: So... quitting your job?

Amanda: How dare you!

Evan: It wonít work, Amanda. You canít change who you are, not even for Sam.

Amanda: Get out of my way.

Boy: This is really great, guys.

[Chattering]

Boy: Look at the lights. They're so pretty.

Girl: Best Christmas I ever had.

Boy: So come on, Brian.

Girl: So much to do.

Boy: Come on.

Derek: Kyle. Hey, Kyle. Come up here a minute.

Kyle: All right. You're doing great, guys. What is it?

Derek: Step into my office. Here.

Kyle: What is this?

Derek: It looks like a present.

Kyle: Yeah, I know that. But is it for me?

Derek: Read.

Kyle: "To my friend Kyle, from Derek."

Singer: Pa rum pum pum pum rum pum pum pum rum pum pum pum

Kyle: Oh, it's an art book!

Derek: Yeah.

Kyle: This is the best, Derek.

Derek: I'm glad you like it, man.

Kyle: But I didnít get you anything.

Derek: Oh, yes, you did. Hey, you let me have Christmas with you and your buddies. I have always spent Christmas by myself. So I wanted to thank you for that. Come on, man.

Stacey: Hey, I have an idea to make this a perfect Christmas: Caroling.

Derek: Well, we donít know that many carols--

Stacey: Ah, come on, now. You know "Silent Night," right?

Derek: Yeah.

Stacey: Ok, do you know "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing"?

Derek: Yeah, I guess so.

Stacey: "O Come, All Ye Faithful"?

Derek: Yeah.

Stacey: All right, then! That's more than enough. Come on. Hey, you guys, we're going to have an old-fashioned Christmas. How about going caroling?

All: Yay!

Stacey: Yeah, all right! Ok, put your hot chocolate down and get your coats on and let's get going. What do you say, baby doll? Huh?

Girl: Nothin'.

Stacey: Ok!

Derek: Stacey? Thanks.

Stacey: For what?

Derek: Being here with me on my first Christmas.

Stacey: Merry Christmas.

Singer: ...On my drum

Jamie: This is Macís bible, everyone. And as you know, every Christmas Mac used to read to us about the birth of Jesus. He used to pick a different gospel every year, and Mom and I feel it is a tradition that should be kept. So, from the gospel according to Matthew... "Now, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of Herod the king, behold, Wiseman from the east came to Jerusalem saying, 'where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and have come to worship him.' When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born."

Mitch: You ok?

Rachel: You startled me. Yes, I'm fine.

Mitch: I'm sure you have been thinking a lot about Mac today.

Rachel: Yes. Especially today. But nowadays the memories are mostly happy.

Mitch: Good. It is very good.

Rachel: Yeah, it is. I think now I am ready to get on with my life.

Mitch: You know, I noticed that you hadn't opened your present yet.

Rachel: Oh, I was going to.

Mitch: Oh, yes, "I was going to."

Rachel: [Laughing] I was!

Mitch: I wish you would.

Rachel: I will right now. Oh, Mitch.

Mitch: It is for keeping your journal.

Rachel: It is beautiful.

Mitch: I was hoping it would help with your journey, both forward and back to the beginning.

Rachel: It is a perfect gift. How is it that you always know exactly what I need? Thank you. I love it.

Jamie: "And when they were come unto the house, they saw the young child with his mother and fell down and worshipped him. And when they opened their treasures they presented unto him gifts: Gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

Ada: Thank you, Jamie.

Jamie: You're welcome. Merry Christmas, everyone.

Matt: Where are you going, Jamie?

Jamie: I am going to the hospital. I have a few patients I want to look in on. And I never got any seconds, Grandma, so please save me a plate.

Ada: You betcha. I'll see you later.

Jamie: Ok. Bye-bye.

All: Goodbye, Jamie.

Jamie: Would you put this away, Matthew?

Matt: Certainly.

Amanda: Look! What's this? Sam: Oh! It is your stocking.

Amanda: Oh, boy, it's Alliís! Sam: It is all full of stuff, too. You must have been a good girl this year. Let's go open it, find out what you got, ok?

Josie: Isnít it wonderful to see them back together again?

Olivia: Yes. It is wonderful. Nothing could make me happier.

Evan: Would you tell Rachel I said goodbye?

Ada: Why donít you tell her yourself? She'll be right back.

Evan: I think I really should be leaving.

Rachel: Everybody, could I have your attention please? First of all, I want to thank you all for being here. It meant a lot to me. The last few days I've spent a lot of time by myself. I've had a lot of time to think, and I've come to a number of conclusions.

Singer: O come, all ye faithful

Rachel: They'll have to wait.

[Laughter] We have visitors.

Singer: Joyful and triumphant o come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem come and behold him born the king of angels o come, let us adore him o come, let us adore him o come, let us adore him Christ the lord sing, choirs of angels sing in exultation o sing, all ye citizens of heaven above glory to God in the highest o come, let us adore him o come, let us adore him o come, let us adore him Christ the lord

[Cheering and applause]

Ronnie: Deck the halls with boughs of holly

Singer: Fa la la la la la la la la 'tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la la la la la don we now our gay apparel fa la la, la la la, la la la troll the ancient Yule tide carol fa la la la la, la la la la

[Cheering and applause]

[Scattered "merry Christmas"]

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