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Evan: What is it?

Amanda: My stomach just fell to my feet.

Evan: What are you talking about?

Amanda: Ah, Evan, you know I thought this was a good idea at first, but I am starting to have second thoughts --

Evan: Would you relax, ok? I mean, my family wants me to be happy.

Amanda: But they don't want me to be happy.

Evan: Look, you'll like aunt Emma. She's funny, she cooks, she's a blast.

Amanda: Sharlene is coming home from the hospital soon, right? Why don't we do it then? Everybody will be together --

Evan: Wait a second. Remember what -- this is for me.

Amanda: I know, you're right.

Evan: Ok, so wipe that panicked look off your face. Aunt Emma knows how I feel towards you. Ok? She sees that you are scared, she is going to pick you apart in a second.

Amanda: Thanks for the encouragement.

Evan: Well, maybe this will help.

Emma: Welcome to the farm, Mrs. Fowler.

Iris: Vivian, is that Lucas?

Jake: Good afternoon, Iris.

Iris: Jake.

Jake: Vivian said I could wait here for you.

Iris: Oh, she did?

Jake: You have five minutes?

Iris: Frankly, no.

Jake: Just five minutes, really.

Iris: Jake, if you want to make an appointment with my secretary and pitch anything that you need to --

Jake: I am not here to pitch for "Sophisticate."

Iris: No?

Jake: This is private.

Iris: Well, what private business could I possibly have with you?

Jake: I need a partner.

Iris: For Visions?

Jake: Donna pulled out, remember?

Iris: So, what are you suggesting?

Jake: I'd like it to be you. What do you think?

Michael: Do you believe this?

Marley: How did they get Mikey's picture?

Michael: I think I know how. I think Stacey -- Stacey gave them the picture.

Marley: Would you want me find out for sure?

Michael: Could you?

Marley: Yes, I think so. I'll be back as soon as I can.

Michael: Thank you.

Stacey: What? What is it, counselor?

Cass: Whoa, we can cut out the formalities, little sister. What's next?

Donna: The front page?

Michael: Yes, the front page. Mikey's picture.

Donna: What if he sees it? What -- what if people start to recognize him? What this is going to do to him?

Vicky: Did Stacey have something to do with this?

Michael: Yeah, I think Stacey did have something to do with it.

Donna: Why would she do this to Mikey?

Michael: Donna, look, let's just be quiet, ok? We have reporters here. Let's let Cass handle this, all right?

Frankie: What happened?

Bailiff: All rise.

Judge: In the matter of Miller versus Hudson, case number 44765, I'm prepared to hear opening statements.

Evan: What are you making here? You're making enough food for the Chicago bears. Look at this!

Emma: Come on, I know how you can put it away. Now, you, on the other hand. I don't know. You look like you live on sprouts and seeds.

Evan: Mm-mmm, she eats rice cakes.

Emma: Ah ha.

Amanda: I brought this for you. I hope you like champagne.

Emma: Ooh, honey, it does give me kind of a terrible headache, but thank you anyway.

Amanda: It's beautiful here. John and Sharlene have really done a great job with everything.

Emma: Sure have.

Evan: Are you making that great fried chicken?

Emma: Of course.

Evan: You know, she won the big fry-off at the county fair.

Amanda: The fry-off?

Emma: Evan, don't go boring with all those little stories --

Evan: It is not boring! You did -- you won the fry-off.

Amanda: It's not boring me.

Emma: You are bored. Hey, I got mashed potatoes, and I got fried chicken, black-eyed peas, and gravy.

Amanda: All for lunch?

Emma: Well, I kind of save the heavy stuff for supper time. How are you feeling, Evan?

Evan: Oh, I'm -- I'm doing great, actually.

Emma: Good. Don't go exerting yourself.

Evan: Well, I wouldn't say this is exerting myself. Amanda has been taking real good care of me.

Emma: Ah ha.

Amanda: I was telling Evan how much I love the wheat fields when you drive up to the house.

Emma: Corn.

Amanda: What did I say?

Emma: Wheat, you said wheat. Honey, the soil is too dry out here for wheat. It always has been.

Evan: Emma, I want you to stop what you're doing right now.

Emma: Well, you want some lunch?

Evan: Yeah, but I want you to look at Amanda in the eyes when you talk to her.

Emma: Well, I am looking at her --

Evan: She knows we grow corn. She said wheat because you were making her nervous.

Emma: I -- me?

Amanda: It's ok.

Evan: No, it's not ok. Now, I know you want what's best for me.

Emma: I sure do.

Evan: And that's Amanda. So if you want me to spend more time with you, which is what I would like to do, I would like for you to be nice.

Emma: I'll be nice.

Evan: Thank you.

Emma: I'll be nice. Honey, I am sorry, it's just -- I mean, I worry about this guy, and I just -- he grew up with nothing -- nothing. I don't want to see him hurt anymore.

Amanda: Neither do I.

Emma: Good. You want to shuck some corn?

Amanda: Sure. I used to do it with my father all the time.

Emma: That's right, Mac used to love to roast his corn on the grill, right?

Amanda: Oh, yeah. We'd have it every night in summer.

Emma: God, that was a character. You know, you look -- you look just kind of like him, right -- right through here. Right through the eyes. Would you do me a favor, honey? I need a roasting pan, and it's right -- it's in the cabinet, right down that hall. Would you get it for me, please?

Amanda: Sure.

Emma: Thank you.

Amanda: Through here?

Emma: That's the way.

Evan: Thank you.

Josie: Hi.

Emma: Josie.

Josie: How are you feeling?

Evan: I feel great. How are you doing?

Josie: Good. Aunt Emma, I have to talk to you.

Emma: Sure, honey.

Josie: I don't have anyone else. Mom is in the hospital, Matthew won't even talk to me, and my -- well, my sister -- I need your help.

Emma: Anything I can do, doll.

Josie: Does Amanda say anything about me? Does she hate me as much as the rest of her family does?

Amanda: Hello, Josie.

Josie: Amanda. What are you doing here?

Judge: Ms. Winthrop, are you ready to begin?

Stacey: Yes, your honor. I am. Your honor, Eve and Toby Miller are not wealthy people. They aren't private school-educated. They don't own a car. They each work 45 to 50 hour weeks, and they have a modest savings account. And they pay their rent on time. They also have a 5-year-old son. And shortly before his second birthday, he was kidnapped. He was then abandoned and adopted by the Hudsons. The Hudsons conducted a thorough search for the child's parents, but they came up empty. The adoption was finalized, and Mikey Miller became Mikey Hudson. The Millers had to give up their search for their son, though they never gave up hope. And then one day, they saw their son on TV, and they traced him back to the Hudsons. Their son didn't remember them. He called the Hudsons Mommy and Daddy, and he looked at them as though they were strangers. And that is why we are here today. To try to bring a child back to the people who loved him first. Who saw him take his first step, who heard him speak his first words, who brought him home from the hospital when he was just a baby. The Hudsons loved Mikey, and they provided a safe home for him. But the adoption procedure cannot be binding in this instance. They never got the consent of the child's parents. And then when they did find out about it, they conspired to deny the Millers the right -- the court-approved right -- to see their own son. Your honor, Mikey Hudson is not an orphan. He has loving and healthy parents that just want him back. They want to put all of those years of agony behind them. And they take great comfort and joy in the knowledge that their child was never mistreated and that he came from a loving home. They are sorry about the pain that the Hudsons must be feeling. But what happened to the Millers is a tragedy, your honor. A tragedy that can be righted. The Millers can have their son back again. They have the right to have their son back again. Mikey and the Millers belong together. And it's their right, and it's our responsibility. Thank you.

Cass: Your honor, I understand the horror the Millers endured when their son was taken away from them. It's the child's great good fortune to have been found unharmed and to have then united with Donna and Michael Hudson. This child has no memory of his first 18 months. His home, as far as he is concerned, is here in Bay City. He has his own room, with his own things, and each night he goes to sleep in his own bed, tucked in by his adoptive parents, who love him as their own, as their child, their son. You will hear a prominent child psychologist tell us of the danger inherent in separating a child from the only family he has ever known. Counsel stated that the Millers have the right to raise their child. I would like to amend that statement slightly. They had the right. That right was forfeited when they left their child, their young son, unattended at home, and he was taken from them. There are certain things in life that merit a second chance. I would like to think that a child's welfare being jeopardized is not one of those things. You see, this story already has a happy ending. A child has a warm home with great comfort, privilege, and love. What the Millers want is to disrupt that family unit, to harm that child again -- that child they claim they love. To possibly expose him to even more neglect and abuse. I did not hear counsel say anything about the rights of little Michael Hudson. Frankly, I don't care what the Millers' rights are. I care about the child they lost through their own neglect. Mikey Hudson deserves to have two parents who love him and take care of him. He has that in the Hudsons. And our responsibility is to the child and to his best interests. Mikey Hudson has rights, too, and we are here to uphold them.

Judge: Ms. Winthrop, call your first witness.

Stacey: Your honor, I call Eve Miller.

Jake: I can't think of anyone that would make a better partner than you.

Iris: Why did Donna dump you, Jake?

Jake: She had her reasons, none of which had to do with our company or the way it was run.

Iris: Why should I believe that?

Jake: I guess you will just have to take my word for it.

Iris: Ha ha. But, you see, I don't have to do anything, Jake.

Jake: Visions could corner the market in this area. The possibility of expansion exists --

Iris: Why me? Why do you want my backing?

Jake: You're smart. You know a good deal when you see it. And I inherently work better with women.

[Phone buzzes]

Iris: Excuse me. Hmm. Yes, Clarence? Uh, yes, that's fine. You're new at this game, aren't you, Jake?

Jake: Yes.

Iris: I would need a complete financial history of the company, and of course I'd have to do extensive research before I would even consider investing. Hello, Marley.

Marley: Jake.

Jake: Hello.

Marley: Hi.

Iris: Well, it's obvious that you two didn't expect to run into each other.

Marley: No, no, we didn't.

Iris: Well, I know why Jake's here. What can I do for you?

Marley: I was wondering if you could help me, Iris.

Iris: Well, that is a disgraceful thing to do to a child.

Jake: What happened?

Marley: How does an article like this get printed?

Iris: It's easy.

Marley: Well, can't it be stopped?

Iris: Not unless what they have printed is untrue, no. It's something to do with the first amendment.

Jake: Has your mother seen this?

Marley: Yes. Iris, I wanted to know if you could do me a favor.

Iris: Well, that depends on what it is.

Marley: Well, I want to know who fed this rag this information. I also want to know if one of the Cory papers can print a rebuttal.

Stacey: Mrs. Miller, tell us what your visits were like with Mikey.

Eve: Well, they're mostly pretty short, but I always try to make the most out of any time I have with him. He is a very special child. He is smart and he isn't shy and he likes me. I know it. See, he doesn't know who I am. They didn't want me to tell him, and I understand that. So mostly we talk about his friends and his family. And I stare at him a lot. I try to memorize his face.

Stacey: Why do you do that?

Eve: Well, he was taken from me once. And I am always afraid that that could happen again, so I want to have his face in front of me always.

Stacey: So, tell us about the day that he was kidnapped.

Eve: Well, he had a little fever. So I couldn't take him outside. And it was rainy and cold. And the doctor had given me a prescription for him. But the drugstore wouldn't deliver. So I had to go out. And Toby was working a double shift at the plant. And I was scared for my baby.

Stacey: Was there no one to watch the baby?

Eve: No. So I did the only thing I could think of.. I left him. I told him where I was going, and I knew I could come back in 10 minutes. And I ran all the way there and all the way back. And when I got back, he was gone. And if I could have those 10 minutes back again -- [Sobs]

Stacey: It's all right. No further questions. Thank you, your honor.

Cass: Mrs. Miller?

Eve: Yes.

Cass: Are you all right?

Eve: Yes.

Cass: Can you continue?

Eve: Yes.

Cass: Fine. Isn't it true that you told the police and then your first attorney and then the Hudsons that your son was kidnapped by a psychologically disturbed babysitter? Mrs. Miller?

Eve: Yes.

Cass: So you lied.

Eve: I was ashamed.

Cass: The day you left Mikey unattended he was ill?

Eve: Yes.

Cass: And you went to the drugstore to get his medicine?

Eve: Yes.

Cass: Did you go anywhere else?

Eve: I --

Cass: Mrs. Miller, I must remind you that you are under oath. Didn't you live just a few blocks away from a bar called Gallagher's?

Eve: Yes, but --

Cass: Mrs. Miller, did you ever get to the drugstore that day?

Eve: After. I had to cash a check first.

Cass: And the staff at the local watering hole knew you well enough to do that --

Stacey: Objection!

Judge: Overruled.

Cass: Did you make it to the drugstore at all that day, Eve?

Eve: No, it took too long to cash the check, and I was worried about Mikey, so I ran home without the prescription --

Cass: Mrs. Miller, while you were at Gallagher's cashing your check, did you have a drink at the bar?

Stacey: Objection.

Judge: Overruled.

Cass: How often did you and your husband frequent Gallagher's?

Stacey: Your honor, this line of questioning has no bearing on the testimony that my --

Judge: I will allow it.

Cass: Eve, do you remember the oath you took just a few minutes ago?

Eve: Yes.

Cass: Do you feel that you have done what you swore you'd do? Have you told the whole truth here today?

Eve: I -- I was ashamed about leaving my son.

Cass: Were you at a bar --

Eve: But I had to get money to get medicine for him!

Cass: While your 18-month-old son was alone and then kidnapped?

Eve: Yes.

Cass: No further questions.

Stacey: Permission to redirect, your honor.

Judge: Proceed.

Stacey: Thank you. Mrs. Miller, did you go to Gallagher's to cash a check?

Eve: Yes.

Stacey: And did you have a drink while you were there?

Eve: No.

Stacey: Please tell me what you did upon returning home.

Eve: Well, I went straight to his room to check on him. And he wasn't in his crib. And I tried so hard to stay calm. I started calling for him. I said, "baby! Baby Mikey."

Stacey: It's ok.

Eve: And I looked and looked.

Stacey: It's all right, you don't have to go on.

Eve: We tried to find him, Toby and me. Our lives stopped after that day. I couldn't eat. I lost my job. I did something wrong. I made a mistake, and I have hated myself for it ever since.

Stacey: It's ok. No further questions, your honor.

Judge: We will take a 15 minute recess.

Bailiff: All rise.

Michael: I got a phone call I have to make. I got to see if our psychologist needs my jet to get here on time to testify. If you'll excuse me. Will you be all right?

Donna: Yeah.

Michael: Ok.

Donna: She didn't do very well, did she?

Cass: We'll see, Donna. We'll see. I have to speak to Stacey. Did you set up that interview?

Stacey: No, Cass, they called me. I didn't write that headline.

Cass: Well, what did you do?

Stacey: I gave them the facts on the case.

Cass: You hate that paper.

Stacey: Cass, that has nothing to --

Cass: And you gave that interview because you knew the sympathy vote would go to the poor birth parents whom you carefully portrayed as victims of the system.

Stacey: Well, they are.

Cass: The Hudsons are incensed and rightly so. You used Mikey to do it.

Stacey: I didn't give that picture to the newspaper, Cass.

Cass: I can't believe you did this. It does zero for your case, and the worst part is it runs the risk of Mikey finding out everything.

Stacey: Mikey is going to find out everything. When he goes to live with his real parents, then he will know who they are.

Cass: Did Eve tell you that she was at that bar?

Stacey: It doesn't matter.

Cass: You are pretty confident for somebody whose client doesn't level with anybody.

Stacey: All right, here is my list of witnesses. I don't want you to accuse me of not playing by the rules. Reuben.

Reuben: Yo. How's it going, Winthrop?

Cass: Reuben.

Stacey: I need to speak to you about something.

Reuben: All right, you got it.

Cass: She is going to call Jake McKinnon.

Michael: Oh, what's wrong with that? Weren't you?

Cass: Yeah. Why would she?

Amanda: It's ok, Emma. I will clean up. You did everything else.

Josie: Hi.

Amanda: Hi.

Josie: I am sorry about what I said before.

Amanda: It's ok.

Josie: How is Matthew?

Amanda: He's all right.

Josie: Really?

Amanda: Josie, I really don't think I should discuss Matthew.

Josie: I love him, Amanda.

Amanda: I know that.

Josie: Will you help me?

Amanda: With what?

Josie: I need him -- I need him to forgive me.

Amanda: Josie, I can't help you to do --

Josie: You could tell him how miserable I am. You could tell him that I have changed, and I am sorry.

Amanda: Josie, that's not --

Josie: He will listen to you, Amanda. He trusts your opinion.

Amanda: I can't tell my brother what to think.

Josie: No, but --

Amanda: You lied to him. You hurt him very badly.

Josie: Who are you to judge me? What about what you did to Sam?

Amanda: I think I've had enough of this conversation.

Josie: The whole town knows you cheated on your husband. And then you strung poor Evan along for months. You may not come from a place like this, but we both learned how to lie to the person we love. You are no different from me. You never have been.

Iris: Well, you're right.

Marley: Stacey did give this interview?

Iris: Yes, but she didn't want to be identified in the article.

Marley: Well, I know why.

Jake: Stacey had me subpoenaed.

Iris: You?

Marley: I don't understand this. I don't understand why Stacey is so determined to take Mikey away from my parents.

Iris: Well, I -- I don't know how else I can help you. I am sorry.

Marley: Oh, no, no.

Iris: But I can promise you that if Cory Publications cover this custody case, they will not sensationalize anything that your parents or little Mikey is going through.

Marley: Thank you. Well, Jake told me that he asked you to invest in his company.

Iris: Yes, yes, he did.

Jake: Yeah, she has nothing to lose.

Jake: But you will think about it, right?

Iris: Yes, I will think about it. But I am not sure that I want to take up where Donna left off.

Stacey: Your honor, I call Victoria Hudson to the stand.

Bailiff:: Do you promise to tell the whole truth, so help you god?

Vicky: I do.

Bailiff: State your name.

Vicky: Victoria Hudson.

Bailiff: Thank you.

Stacey: Your parents are Michael and Donna Hudson.

Vicky: Yes.

Stacey: Would you say that your parents have a good marriage?

Vicky: Define "good." I am sorry, I don't mean to be difficult. I just don't think I can answer that question.

Stacey: No need. I can be more specific.

Vicky: I'll bet.

Stacey: How many times have your parents been married and divorced to each other?

Vicky: I think they have been married three times.

Stacey: And haven't they been close to another divorce in the last several months?

Cass: Objection. The question calls for speculation on the part of the witness.

Judge: Restate your question, please.

Stacey: Your parents have been separated in the last few months.

Vicky: All I know for sure is that they are together now.

Stacey: I see. Neither of your parents has confided in you about the separation?

Cass: Your honor, I object. The witness is not a marriage counselor.

Judge: Sustained.

Stacey: Do you know Jake McKinnon?

Vicky: Yes.

Stacey: What's your relationship with him?

Vicky: He was married to my sister.

Stacey: I see. And then after he got a divorce from your sister, he went into a business partnership with your mother, is that correct?

Vicky: Yes.

Stacey: And your mother financed Jake McKinnon's company?

Cass: Your honor, I fail to see the connection here.

Stacey: Please allow me a few more questions, your honor, and I will make the connection.

Judge: Go on.

Stacey: Thank you. Does your mother still have a business partnership with Jake McKinnon?

Vicky: No.

Stacey: So they split up?

Vicky: You could say that.

Stacey: Did your mother tell you why she dished this partnership with Jake McKinnon? Ms. Hudson?

Stacey: Once again, Ms. Hudson, why did your mother dissolve her partnership with Jake McKinnon?

Cass: Objection. The witness cannot testify to her mother's motives.

Judge: Sustained.

Stacey: Did your mother explain her motive to you?

Vicky: Yes, she said she wanted to spend more time with her son, so she left the company.

Stacey: I see. So she decided two weeks prior to this hearing that she needed to spend some more time with her son.

Cass: Objection.

Stacey: Question withdrawn. Were you raised by your parents?

Cass: Objection. The question is irrelevant.

Stacey: The question is not irrelevant, your honor. The Hudsons claim that they can provide a better family life than the Millers. I feel that Donna Hudson's past history as a mother is therefore important, as well, relevant.

Judge: I will allow it.

Stacey: Thank you. Shall I repeat the question?

Vicky: It's no secret that I wasn't raised by my parents.

Stacey: Was your sister Marley raised by your parents?

Vicky: It wasn't their fault. My grandfather wouldn't allow it.

Stacey: Why not?

Vicky: Because he was furious. My parents weren't married when Marley and I were born.

Stacey: You are illegitimate.

Vicky: So? It doesn't mean they don't love me.

Judge: Ms. Hudson --

Vicky: They didn't even know about me until I was 18 years old.

Judge: Ms. Hudson, confine your answers to the question, please.

Stacey: Thank you, your honor. But your mother did know about Marley, and in fact, Marley grew up with your mother. Am I correct?

Vicky: Yes.

Stacey: And did she in fact acknowledge that Marley Love McKinnon is, in fact, her daughter?

Vicky: Yes.

Stacey: When?

Vicky: When she found out about me.

Stacey: After 18 years?

Vicky: She didn't have a choice.

Stacey: Why not?

Vicky: My grandfather.

Stacey: Your grandfather left town when you were small children.

Cass: Objection. The witness can't testify to events that occurred while she was living elsewhere.

Judge: Sustained.

Stacey: Ms. Hudson, would you say that you have a close relationship with your mother?

Vicky: I understood her. What happened wasn't her fault --

Stacey: A simple yes or no will do.

Vicky: No.

Stacey: Thank you. No further questions, your honor.

Judge: Your witness, counselor.

Cass: Thank you, your honor. Ms. Hudson, I would like you to tell us about your mother and about your relationship with her now.

Vicky: My mother and I -- we fight all the time. We fought the day we met, we fought yesterday, we fought today. I don't agree with all the choices she made, and I know for a fact she doesn't agree with all the choices I've made either. But no matter what I've done, my parents have shown me every day since I've met them that they love me. There is one thing that I'm sure of and that's that my parents would always go for the -- to the wall for me. Ah, we are different people. I don't go to them for approval, but I do go to them for support, and they've never let me down. They put us first, Marley, me, and Mikey. And I just hope that my son, Steven is half as lucky as I was with my two parents.

Cass: Thank you for your time. No further questions.

Judge: You may step down, Ms. Hudson.

Stacey: Your honor. I call Donna Love Hudson to the stand as an adverse witness.


[Gavel bangs]

Frankie: Is she up to this?

Cass: I hope so.

Donna: Donna Love Hudson.

Stacey: Mrs. Hudson, let's talk about the visits granted to Eve Miller by the court to see her son.

Donna: He's my son legally.

Stacey: Did you ever interfere with any of these visits?

Donna: Well, there --

Stacey: You were aware of the court order granting her permission to see her son, were you not?

Donna: Yes, but --

Stacey: And you deliberately defied that court order?

Donna: It was a misunderstanding.

Stacey: A misunderstanding? Oh, so, did you in fact tell Eve Miller that Mikey was too sick to have visitors?

Donna: Yes.

Stacey: And was he too sick?

Donna: Well, I may be a bit overprotective of him sometimes --

Judge: Answer the question, Mrs. Hudson.

Donna: No, he wasn't.

Stacey: Do you recognize this?

Donna: Yes.

Stacey: Let the court record show exhibit one, a copy of a check that was identified by the witness. Is this your check?

Donna: Yes.

Stacey: Your signature as well?

Donna: Yes.

Stacey: To whom is the check made out?

Donna: Eve Miller.

Stacey: Pardon me?

Donna: Eve Miller.

Stacey: Did you try to bribe Eve Miller with this check?

Cass: Objection!

Stacey: Mrs. Hudson, did you try to use your money to make Eve Miller give up her claim to her son?

Cass: Objection!

[Loud murmuring]

[Gavel bangs]

Iris: You should've called first, Josie.

Josie: Would you have seen me?

Iris: I don't have time to play games, dear.

Josie: I want to know when you are going to start booking me again.

Iris: Pardon me?

Josie: We have a contract.

Iris: Oh, I see. You haven't read the fine print. That contract protects me from any client who might risk the reputation of my company with some sick publicity ploy.

Josie: Why doesn't everyone just forget about that stupid thing? It's over.

Iris: That stupid thing ruined any credibility you might have ever had. Besides, it could've irreparably tarnished the image of my magazine. You'll never work for me again. And if there is any justice, I doubt if any self-respecting magazine will use you either.

Josie: I don't believe this. You are out to ruin me.

Iris: Oh, relax, darling. There are plenty of disreputable modeling agencies that will be only too happy to hire you, so all is not lost.

Josie: I thought we were friends.

Iris: So did I, but that was before you got famous and became a stereotype, darling.

Josie: You were the one that told me that if I worked really hard, I could have anything I wanted.

Iris: Yes, I did. I cared about you. I considered you to be my protégé. I had great hopes for you, and you paid me back by making a mockery of my kindness. You know what? It's really rather sad.

Josie: Iris, you've made mistakes. You even let your own father down.

Iris: That is none of your business!

Josie: Why can't you forgive me? What -- you wanted him to forgive you. Why can't you forgive me? Why can't you help me put the pieces of my life back together?

Iris: Because I'm not your mother. You mean nothing to me. You pushed me aside when Lucas took you under his wing. And you tried everything to -- to tear Lucas and I apart. You did it deliberately, and you'll not do it again. You blew it, darling. You had it all in your hand, and you just threw it away. Now, my advice to you is to just stop sniveling and look inside yourself for the answers. Don't you dare come to me if you get your act together because I want nothing to do with you. Nothing. I'm sure you know the way down.

Emma: Well, Josie sure did tear out of here with a purpose after you all talked.

Amanda: Yeah, she was upset.

Emma: Well, that girl always needed discipline. Sharlene just never could do it. But, I mean, she tried.

Amanda: Evan told me Sharlene is in the hospital.

Emma: Yes, she is. She's just tired. She needs some rest.

Amanda: I understand. Well, it must be awfully difficult. I mean, first Evan's accident and now Sharlene.

Emma: We're a thick-skinned clan. We'll get through it.

Amanda: I know how expensive hospital stays can be. I would like to help out.

Emma: Help?

Amanda: Sure, with the medical expenses.

Emma: What, do I look like I need charity?

Amanda: No, no --

Emma: Look --

Amanda: That's not what I meant.

Emma: You feel guilty because Evan got hurt and because you used him to break up your marriage. Listen, little girl, you just do your penance some place else.

Amanda: Mrs. Ordway, that is not at all what --

Emma: Listen to me. This family can't be bought, Amanda. Got it? I mean, I'm kind of surprised at you. I knew your father, and he was a man who knew a little something about pride, but I guess you just never paid any attention.

Evan: What happened?

Amanda: I just can't seem to do anything right.

Stacey: Please answer the question, Mrs. Hudson. Did you offer Eve Miller money to give up the rights to her own son?

Donna: Yes.

[Loud murmuring]

[Gavel bangs]

Donna: But it's not the way it sounds!

Stacey: Thank you. No further questions, your honor.

Judge: Quiet, please, quiet. This court room will be in recess until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, and if these outbursts continue, I'll have to close these court proceedings to the public.

Toby: What's your money getting you now?

Reuben: Don't -- chill out, man.

Donna: Excuse me.

Toby: If you think you're going to raise my son to be like you --

Eve: Toby, please, shut up!

Toby: You're dead wrong! See how smug you are when my son comes home.

Eve: Shut up!

Michael: Are you all right?

Donna: Yes. I'm sorry.

Cass: Don't you worry about it. I'll handle all of this, all right? Just get some rest.

Michael: Look, I got the car out back. We can avoid the crowds, all right? You just wait here for me. I'll be back.

Donna: Thank you for what you said.

Vicky: You're my mother.

Donna: I know, but I --

Vicky: Let's just not talk about it, ok? Do you want to see him?

Donna: No.

Vicky: Go through that door and go down three flights, and we'll meet Dad in the rush. You shouldn't have come here.

Jake: She is pretty upset.

Vicky: Come with me.

Jake: Since when did you two start liking each other again, Vicky?

Vicky: Who said I like her? I love her. She is my mother.

Jake: I'm going to talk to her.

Vicky: Jake, she is gone. I'll tell you what happened. Let's go get a bite to eat.

Donna: Hello, is this the fourth precinct? Hi, I can't give you my name, but I do have a tip for you. If you were to visit Sassy's tonight, say about 9:00, I think that you would find some very interesting things going on there. Yes, that's exactly what I mean.

Frankie: Brought you something.

Cass: What is that?

Frankie: Herbal tea.

Cass: What kind of herbs?

Frankie: Good ones. They'll help you sleep.

Cass: I don't think that's possible.

Frankie: Oh, you'll be fine tomorrow. You were fine today.

Cass: I hope so.

Frankie: Well, you established that Donna Hudson is a good, if unconventional, mother.

Cass: I hope so.

Frankie: Nothing wrong with being unconventional, counselor. You said that.

Cass: Listen, if you have wedding stuff to do, you don't have to hang out in the court with me all day tomorrow.

Frankie: Wedding stuff can wait. I'm not going to leave you on your own. I love you, and I am very, very proud of you.

Cass: Thanks. So why don't you kiss me again?

Frankie: What about your tea?

Cass: I'll drink it later.

Frankie: It's got an aphrodisiac in it.

Cass: Do I look like I need one?

Reuben: So you still want to get your hands on that video tape of Lucas'?

Stacey: You bet.

Reuben: Well, I may have an idea.

Stacey: I told you already. We can't steal it.

Reuben: Well, if you tell Lucas you want it, he's just gonna get suspicious. What are we gonna do?

Stacey: I don't know. But maybe if we sit tight, maybe Cass can't get the Hudsons out of the hole they dug for themselves, in which case we won't even need the tape.

Reuben: Yeah, right.

Vicky: I gave Mikey his bath. He's waiting for the two of you to tuck him in.

Michael: I'm so glad you decided to stay here with us tonight. Thank you.

Donna: I think we should turn on the news and see what kind of coverage they've --

Michael: Whoa-ho-ho! Are you sure you want to do that?

Donna: Yes, I think we ought to know what they are saying about this family --

Television Announcer: And there will be more details the morning after the school board votes. We have a shocking development to report concerning Eve Miller, she was just arrested for suspicion of prostitution at a bar called Sassy's. These pictures just in, as we see Mrs. Miller being led away by the police.

Michael: I don't believe this.

Vicky: Who could've tipped off the TV crew?

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