General Hospital Transcript Friday 5/16/80
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Richard: girls, girls. The music's off. The class is over. You did good.
Fantastic workout, Richard.
Well, you know, it was kind of a small class today, so we could really, you know, get up there and spread real great.
You have lost, all together now, 32 1/2 pounds.
And you know what? I am so proud of you.
I am, too. It's hard, but it's worth it. I feel so good, and I feel pretty for myself.
And for me, too.
You know, Richard, mom and I work out at home, too.
You work out at home? You mean you all work out at home when you're not here in class? Did everyone hear that?
I didn't hear a thing.
No. Yeah. Nothing. Have a thin day.
You sure you're all right?
Yeah, sure, Amy. It's just that it's gonna be a very difficult day for my mother.
I know that, but at least you're gonna be with her when she's getting her divorce.
You know, I'm really glad that she isn't moving out of the house.
Me too. Laura, do you have any idea why they've gone ahead with this divorce so soon? I mean, I don't want to pry, but...
Well, I guess they just realized that there was no turning back, you know--
I hope everybody hasn't gone. I want to tell everyone. Oh, Laura, I'm so glad that you're still here.
Guess what. My dad has given us the most fantastic wedding present.
Well, what is it?
A sailboat. Isn't it fabulous?
Yeah, it really is wonderful.
Oh, it's pure heaven...
Oh, it's wonderful.
Oh, we've just come back from the harbor. My dad took us down this morning to show it to us. Oh, I can't believe it.
How big is it?
It will accommodate quite a few people.
Can't wait for the maiden voyage. Laura, how about you and Scotty coming out for a sail with us?
Oh, well, that's very nice of you to think of us, but you--
Oh, come on. Let's plan it.
Well, uh...I'm gonna have to check with Scotty first.
Yes, of course. Try for weekend after next, ok?
Well, I'll have to see what Scotty's schedule is.
Well, if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna get dressed now. I'm meeting my mother this morning.
Jennifer, I'm so glad that you invited Laura sailing. She needs something really pleasant to think about now. She's so upset about her mother, you know?
Alice, I didn't expect you to be here today.
I figured I might as well. But I wanted you to take all the time you needed to spend with heather.
Yes, Dr. Webber, but I don't think that I will be going out to the sanitarium again anytime soon.
Why? What happened yesterday?
Heather wasn't remembering me or anything else when she said, "mama." She was talking about herself playing mama to that rag doll that she won't let go of.
Yeah, she just that there, rocking back and forth saying, "mama. Mama." Reassuringly like that. I guess that she thinks it's Steven Lars, if she can think at all.
Oh, I'm so sorry, but he was so hopeful yesterday.
Thank you, Dr. Webber. I know you're trying to help, but you weren't there, and you didn't see the way she still is. Oh. Oh, my goodness. I am so sorry. Here I am going on about my problems, and you have enough of your own today.
Oh, no. Now don't you dare worry about me.
No. Today is the day that you file for divorce.
Yeah, today's the big day. I guess we're both feeling kind of lost today.
Good morning, rose.
What can I get you? How about some French toast? Some bacon and eggs? Hotcakes?
No, thank you. Just some wheat toast and herb tea. That's what I'm in the market for.
Rick, you got to eat more than that.
Not today I don't. Just don't feel like it.
You feeling kind of down this morning?
Yes, I am. Very.
What is it, rick? Unless it's none of my business.
My wife's filing for divorce today. I can't quite understand the way I'm reacting to it.
I know you and Lesley have been separated for some time, but is divorce really the answer?
I'm afraid it's the only answer.
Well, I'm sorry to hear that. Your wife is such a lovely person.
She's the best.
Luke, what is this, some kind of a joke?
Did you know beforehand that Jennifer was gonna ask Scotty and me to go sailing with the two of you?
She had mentioned it to me casually, yeah.
Why didn't you put the idea down?
Laura, you are a big girl, and both of us know you know how to say no.
How can I say no when Scotty's probably gonna flip over the idea. He'll think it's wonderful.
There's no easy way out short of terminal seasickness.
She would only ask us again.
Yes, she would.
Then why didn't you tell her that you wanted to be alone with her on that boat, anything to keep this from happening?
Listen, if I put up some kind of objection like that, she's gonna get suspicious.
Maybe she already is.
Well, what do you want me to say to her? You want to say, "Jennifer, that's a lousy idea 'cause I love Laura"?
Don't say that to me, Luke. Don't ever say that--
Luke, I've been telling everybody about our fantastic wedding present. Everybody's so happy for us. Laura, when are you gonna ask Scotty about our sailing trip?
Um, I'll stop by the office on my way to my mother's.
Uh, I've got to go back to the powder room. I forgot my purse and my bags.
It's going to be a very exciting weekend.
Gonna be a picnic.
Well, it seems there's going to be a very romantic trip aboard daddy's wedding present. How are you gonna get out of it?
None of your business.
Well, I think this sailboat trip should be very interesting. I would like to be a little galley rat watching the developments.
I'd say you qualify.
Perhaps you'd like to come along and make a play for my husband.
No. I think I'd rather come along as a people watcher. It's going to be fascinating watching Jennifer watching Luke watching you, trying to figure out if there's something going on between you two.
I've had enough from you.
Laura, keep it down, ok? There are other people in here, and I don't want them to know the truth about you and Luke any more than you do.
Oh, Laura, I'm glad that you haven't left. I wanted to talk to you.
I have to get over to my mother's.
I know. That's what I wanted to talk to you about.
What is it?
I would like to go down to the courthouse with you and Lesley. I'd really like to.
I know you'd like to, but that's not really a good idea.
Amy, I don't think Laura's mother wants to turn this divorce hearing into a sideshow.
I wouldn't be doing that, Claudia.
I didn't mean it that way. I just don't think--I think she'd like to keep things simple and private.
Well, I guess you're right.
So why don't you come along with me to school, and let's stay out of grown-up affairs.
I don't want to go because I'm curious. I want to go because I care.
I know that, Amy, but it'll be a lot easier on my mother if there aren't any extra people around today, you know?
Ok. I don't know why you think I'm always trying to meddle into other people's business.
Why do I think the sun comes up...
Why, Dr. Webber...
Alice, Lesley tell you I was coming?
No, sir, but it's very good to see you.
I'll call her. She's upstairs.
No, she isn't. She's here. I went up to get my purse.
Could I fix you some tea?
No, you don't have to.
It's no trouble at all, sir.
That would be fine. Thank you. Well, um...
Is it upsetting to you that I'm here? Maybe I did the wrong thing.
No, no, not at all. No.
Is A... difficult, strange situation, isn't it?
You know, it may be a first. Husband and wife meeting amicably moments before the divorce.
Nice and simple and easy and fast. Howard is now saying 6 weeks to 3 months, depending on how crowded the court calendar is.
That is fast.
Lesley, this is a day that I never thought would ever happen.
Neither did I.
Hello, lee, Gail.
Good morning, counselor. Oh. Doesn't it sound wonderful?
Yeah, it sounds pretty good.
Yeah, I suppose now that you've passed the bar, you're just gonna get your old dad here and start a business on your own.
No. Now come on. I got him locked up.
Scotty, lee told me about Lesley filing for the divorce today.
Yeah. It's pretty rough news, isn't it?
Oh, it's awful. I just feel terrible about it.
I don't know, Gail. Maybe it's best under the circumstances.
How's Laura taking it? She seemed awfully subdued the other day when we were over at your apartment.
She's taking it all right, but her mother is gonna keep the house. That does give her a sense of family life.
I admire Lesley's strength. Staying there when she has so many memories about that house.
I think she's doing it for Rick's sake as well as for Laura's. She knows it would tear rick up, well, to have the house that was owned by his parents put up for sale. Here.
She's an amazing woman. I don't mean to keep you from your work. I just wanted you to know that I care about what's happening today.
I know you do, Gail. That's why you're such a special person. It's also why lee and I picked you out.
Oh, we did, did we?
Of course we did.
One thing for sure-- you're stuck with me, both of you.
It couldn't happen to 2 luckier guys. Listen, what you just handed me--is this the work for Mr. Smith?
Yes, that's it.
And speaking of lucky, that was some day when Mr. Smith decided to join your firm, wasn't it?
Having frank smith as a client is a real asset. He's getting more confidence in us every day. He's letting us in on more and more of his business dealings.
Oh. Having him on the board, that's going to be equally beneficial for general hospital.
Well, hello, Laura.
Hi. I'm awfully glad you could drop by.
I just came by to give Scotty the news.
Well, Mr. Smith gave Jennifer and Luke a wonderful wedding present--a big, beautiful sailboat.
Oh, what a lovely present.
Yes, and that's not all. Jennifer wanted us to go along on the maiden voyage. You know, take a sail on it.
You mean it?
Isn't that terrific?
Yeah. Well, uh, Jennifer suggested the week after next, but, of course, if you have to work for Mr. Smith, we don't want anything to interfere with that, do we?
I think once Mr. Smith finds out that that's what Jennifer wants, I think that's what Jennifer's gonna get, huh?
I agree with you. He's very happy to have his daughter engaged and, well, I think he wants her to enjoy every minute of it.
Yes, I guess you're right. Well, I've got to run. I'm gonna be spending most of the day with my mother.
Laura, we all feel so sorry about the divorce.
I know. Thank you for caring.
Gonna be a difficult day for all of us, and I know it's going to be especially difficult for Lesley.
I'm glad you're gonna be with her. It's gonna be a big help to her.
How can I really help her? She's giving up a man that she still loves.
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I had to leave early, Dan.
Yes, all that paperwork. I know. Leaving me with the dishes.
Did you break anything?
Of course not. I cleaned up all the trash, too.
All the trash? You make it sound as if Bobbie and I run a sloppy apartment.
I emptied the waste baskets.
Oh, Dan, thank you. That was awfully nice of you.
I happen to be a nice man.
I know you are.
I happen to be a man with the patience of job.
Who else would agree to a live-in arrangement that's also a live-out arrangement?
As I recall, it was your idea in the first place, yes?
Did you enjoy the Italian restaurant last night?
I loved it. I think I told you that at breakfast this morning and on the way home from dinner last night.
Between dinner and breakfast, that's the part I don't like. Going home to the metropolitan club to sleep. I'm gonna have to come up with a new scheme, one that'll make you decide to marry me.
I'm keeping it in mind, but--oh, Audrey and Steve.
Ah, good morning.
Good morning, good morning.
No messages, Steve. It's been very quiet so far.
Good. It's nice to have a little peace and quiet after so many emergencies.
Anything new on heather?
Well, yes. Jeff came by the house last night.
From your face, I guess it wasn't encouraging.
I'm afraid that Mrs. Grant took too much hope from that phone conversation she had with Dr. Kendrickson.
I thought heather spoke her first word. She said mama.
She did, but when Mrs. Grant went in to see her, she realized that heather was talking to a rag doll.
I'm sorry. I guess I don't understand.
She was playing mama to the doll, Jessie.
You mean she didn't say anything to her mother?
She didn't even recognize her, Dan. Now, Jeff says that Dr. Kendrickson hasn't changed his prognosis about heather.
Steve, if she said mama, she must relate in some way.
I agree with you that it means that she's cerebrating on some level.
As for any real improvement, Dr. Kendrickson doesn't hold out for much hope at the moment.
That's too bad. Hopes went so high so fast. Now they're dimming.
Diana Taylor came by the house last night, too. Wanted to know about heather.
She did? That's interesting. That's one lady who really should hate heather for what she did to her and the fix she had on Diana's little boy.
Well, it's tragic for Jeff and for heather.
And for Anne, too.
The person I feel most sorry for is Mrs. Grant. Her daughter in a sanitarium, perhaps lost to her forever. Jeff headed in another direction. The only real family life she's had lately has been with rick and Lesley, and that seems to be dissolving before her eyes, too.
I'm so...sorry that I failed you...
Lesley, please don't.
Don't what? Don't face facts?
We can't change the past.
No, but we can look at it and try and learn from where it went wrong. I think the first wrong really was that you should not have married me when you didn't have Monica out of your system.
I was hoping we could keep her out of the conversation.
I don't know how we can keep Monica out of any conversation when she's so much a part of what's happening with us today. That doesn't mean that I'm not aware that there was another wrong in there, rick. That was when I didn't tell you the truth about David Hamilton and that whole situation. Is that where it really started? Is that where it all began to fall apart for us?
I don't know, Lesley. I don't think it's possible to really pinpoint where a dream starts to fall apart.
It's ok, Alice. I'm here.
Hi, honey. Come in. Good morning, my girl.
So glad you're gonna be with your mother today. She's gonna need you a great deal. Bye.
Bye. Mother, you ok?
Oh, sure. We've just been having this really interesting conversation, discussing exactly when it was our marriage first began to fall apart. The thing is, I think I know exactly when it began. I'm afraid I've always known. And that was when I first lied to him about David Hamilton.
You did that for me. Did dad bring that up?
No. No, I brought it up. Truth time and all that. You know. Only learn from it, Laura. Don't ever, ever lie to Scotty, not about anything. Because I have learned that love can be very fragile.
Here you go. You're very quiet. I thought you wanted to talk.
I was gonna give you a lot of garbage about your sailboat and how you're really making it in the world.
Go ahead. I got a tough hide.
I'm finding that out. Luke, how does it feel to have sold your soul?
Well, I don't know, Barbara. I think I've forgotten. I think I sold my soul when I was 12 years old and you and I had nothing to eat and we were in an apartment that had no heat or no electricity, and I went out and I sold the groceries for supper. You know something? I didn't think about my soul for one second. In fact, once we had our little stomachs full, I knew I had done exactly what I had to do.
You always have.
That's right, and I don't feel guilty about it for a moment. Now, if that's selling out, then I've sold out completely.
Luke, I'm sorry that I needle you the way I do sometimes.
Aw, that's all right. Maybe I need it. I don't know.
I only do it because I get scared.
Well, I'm in a scary place. I'm sorry that you and ruby have been roped into it with me.
That's not your fault.
Why the hell should the two of you have to pay for being frightened the rest of your lives because of me?
I'm not worried about that. What is happening to you? Your whole life has become a nightmare. You are walking into a marriage with Jennifer, and I feel like there is absolutely nothing I can do to help you or to stop you--
No, there is nothing, all right?!
Laura has trapped you, and I hate the day that I ever that girl, because all she has done is destroy both of us.
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Jessie brewer, are you still the head nurse at this hospital?
Unless you know something that I don't.
In that case, could you come upstairs and go over some papers on the nurses' staff with Steve and me?
Soon as Bobbie gets here. Did you come all the way downstairs to ask me that?
I just couldn't stay away.
No, seriously, I wanted to talk about the heather situation. What's this going to mean to Anne and Jeff's plans?
I just don't know, Dan.
I got to thinking what it was gonna do to those two, having to wait to get married.
I'm sure they're both aware of the 5-year waiting period.
Yes, but all kidding aside, I know what it's doing to me being without you, Jessie.
I don't think this is the time or place to talk about that. Really, I don't.
Oh, the heck it isn't. I'll talk about my feelings anyplace, anytime. I'm really talking about Anne and Jeff.
I think Anne has a code, and I think Jeff will honor it.
You heard what she said here at the nurses' station. That was before she heard about heather.
She was teasing us.
On one level, yes, but I think she really approves of our so-called trial marriage. But if I had to wait 5 years for you, I'd blow my top. I can imagine what waiting is going to do to the two of them.
You're really concerned about them, aren't you?
I'm not all fun and jokes.
No, I know you're not.
No, I just saw some pretty terrific things happening when Jeremy was so ill. Anne's faith. Jeff's strength. It got me where I live seeing those 2 beautiful people, and I'd hate to have anything destroy what they have going for them.
You know something, Dan? I may marry you sooner than you think.
Rick, you have a couple of messages. Nothing urgent.
Steve and Audrey told us about what happened at the sanitarium.
Yeah. I want to talk to Jeff. Have either one of you seen him?
He called and said he was out of O.R., So he should be down for messages fairly soon.
Good. Thank you. Oh, there he is now.
Hey. Looks like we both have had some day, huh?
Yeah. Could you use a cup of tea and a spoonful of sympathy?
Sounds like a good idea.
Excellent. How you holding up?
I just keep thinking about Lesley on her way to court. How do you like that? Crazy the way I'm reacting, and I'm the one who's getting his freedom.
A courtroom can be pretty stark, but this is not gonna take long. It's gonna be very routine.
Howard, it's not gonna be for me.
Lesley, I just meant that since Rick's not contesting the divorce, it's a formality. It'll be over with in minutes.
I think that's the thing that bothers me the most. That a marriage that meant so much to me can be wiped away with so little effort. Leaves you feeling very empty inside.
I'm sorry. I know I said that I'd wait outside until you two had a chance to talk--
It's ok. Howard has pretty much explained everything to me. He's gonna be asking the questions, which is nice, and I'm to answer with yes or no.
Lesley, sometimes the judge might have a question or two of his own. Just answer him in the same manner.
Yes or no.
All the paperwork's already been done, and this is what we call a default prove up, which the judge has already seen a copy of. I will give him yours for rendering the divorce, then he's gonna hand it back to us.
My little souvenir until it's final.
It's all very civilized, getting a divorce. I've learned that. Uh, there is something I should warn you about. I'm going to have to say that rick was cruel.
It's just a legal formality establishing grounds for the divorce.
And it was actually our least severe choice. That's all. This is all wrong.
It's ok. It's gonna be ok.
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I would say you were at the sanitarium very late.
No, not really.
You sure look beat.
I didn't get much sleep.
Heather still didn't recognize you.
I didn't see her, rick.
You didn't see her?
No. Kendrickson thought it would be better if I stayed out of her room completely. The last time I saw her, they had to put her in restraints, remember?
Does that mean anything? Is that a breakthrough?
Oh, who knows? All I do know is that she didn't recognize her mother. And the only thing she relates to is that rag doll of hers, so that's no change at all. End of story.
Listen, what about you? You're looking a little haggard yourself.
I went by the house today.
Aw, come on, rick. What are you trying to do, punish yourself?
Maybe I am. Maybe that's exactly what I'm-- Jeff, I went over to see if I could help Lesley in some way to try and make things easier for her. I guess when something is at the end, no matter what you try to do, it doesn't seem to work--forget that. What about Kendrickson? I know last time, she at least said something. Isn't that a development? A positive reaction?
I think you're asking, what will I do if she needs me someday? Personally, I don't think I have any choice but to try and help her any way I can.
How does Anne feel about that?
She says she's willing to wait, do whatever I want. I think you have to hope that she, heather, shows at least some signs of improvement, and maybe you'll have a situation that's a little closer to something you can cope with.
Yeah. If... if I could help heather get well somehow, it certainly would change things. I mean, then the possibility of divorce rises... it's kind of a heck of a thought, isn't it? I could marry Anne that much sooner then.
In my book, it would certainly have some value, yes.
It all seems so simple, doesn't it, divorce?
Talking about yourself, or are you talking about me?
Well, I don't exactly see you shooting off skyrockets trying to get free of Lesley.
I don't think I could ever be that insensitive.
Big brother, I don't think you could if you tried. This divorce really hurts, doesn't it?
Yeah, it hurts a lot.
Ok, you are the petitioner, Dr. Webber?
You are seeking a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, is that correct?
That's indicated on the prove up under cruel and inhuman treatment, your honor.
This situation exists to a point where there is no remedy.
Are you asking for monetary support?
Can you support yourself?
Are minor children involved?
No. We... have no minor children.
Then all you're asking of this court is dissolution of your marriage?
Thank you, your honor. That's it. You can step down.
It's all over?
That's it, except for the final decree.
Did you know that it could take as little as 6 weeks? Isn't that wonderful how they can accommodate people these days?
This is yours.
My proof, yes. I'm gonna need this. It was over so quickly, I might not remember that it happened. Oh, my, that's so strange. That's what I have left of my marriage-- a piece of paper.
I've been training all year
Hi, Bobbie. I'm glad you're alone.
I know. I'm really sorry that I ran out on you like that. What can I do for you?
Look, it's about this sailing trip that Jennifer's shoving down everybody's throats. I'd like you to help me make it a bigger party.
So you and Laura don't have to be together so closely?
That little brain is working.
Well, it's a great idea, but I don't know what I'm gonna do about it. It's Jennifer's party.
All I want you to do is if I tell Jennifer I would like to take you along, I would like you be anxious and eager to go.
On a sailing trip? Are you kidding? It's fantastic.
I thought you wouldn't want to do it. Laura will be there.
Scotty will be there.
Oh, you devil.
I take after my big brother.
I heard that.
Here comes Laura.
Hi, Bobbie. Hi, Luke.
Hello, Dr. Webber.
There's a message from you-- for you from your husband, and he would like to know if you'll meet him in the cafeteria.
Is he there now?
Yes. He said he'd wait for you.
Why don't you go on ahead?
Aren't you gonna come with me?
Um... mom, wait a second. Now, don't you think dad is gonna want to talk to you alone?
I can handle it.
You can and you will.
What would I have done without you today?
You don't have to do without me. I wanted to do so much. Seemed all I could really do was to be there.
Oh. Just promise me you'll always just be there.
You know I will. Would go now? You're making me cry.
Why should you be any different?
Luke, hi. I'm glad I ran into you. You can give a message to Jennifer. I checked with Scotty, and we'd be delighted to join the two of you for sailing. Scotty's really looking forward to it, as you might've guessed.
You've been crying.
Yes, but don't get any ideas. It wasn't about us. It was because I was in court today with my mother, and it really wasn't easy watching her get a divorce.
I got it. I'm glad you came.
Well, now, I'll answer your first question even before you have to ask it. Yes, I got the divorce. It was fascinating. It was almost like--I got the feeling that the judge did this every hour on the hour, sort of an assembly line of canceled marriages.
Lesley, how are you really?
Oh, I'm just fine.
That's why your hands are shaking so badly, you can't open your milk.
I think you know that that's just a delayed reaction from stage fright because I'm sort of rusty in my court-appearance technique.
I didn't expect you so soon. You must've really gotten through very quickly.
It was rather speedy. It was kind of yes, no, yes, no, yes, no, granted.
Or that good, depending on how you look at it.
Lesley, there is nothing good about a divorce.
Now he tells me.
Don't do that, please.
I think the thing that got to me the most was how very easy it is to end a marriage.
I'm gonna worry about you.
No, you don't have to. I'm absolutely fine. I told you that. Hey, I'm the one that's even dating again, remember? Of course, it's only our old friend Howard Lansing, but I'm out there giving it a try. I'm even enjoying getting my feet...wet.
Lesley, don't. You are the last person in the world I would ever want to hurt. That's exactly what I've done.
That's the worst part, isn't it? Neither of us ever meant to hurt each other.
How can it happen this way? How can you wind up hurting the person you care about the most?
Luke, why are you still here? You hanging around so you can stare at Laura?
Will you button your lip?
I hate what she's doing to you. All she has to do is look at you with those weepy eyes, and you get all crazy.
I said, button your lip. In case you didn't know it, she was in court this morning. Dr. Webber got a divorce.
I'm sorry to hear that. I was hoping they'd be able to work things out.
Hello, Bobbie, Luke.
Laura around? I'm supposed to meet her here.
Yeah, she's over there in the lounge.
Scotty. Scotty, it was awful. It was just awful. My mother tried so hard to pretend everything was all right, but the look on her face was just awful.
I'm sorry. I really am sorry.
I couldn't stand to see her in that much pain. Please tell me that nothing like that is ever gonna happen to us.
Listen, I promise you that it will not.
Will you please tell me that our love and our marriage is strong enough to last through anything?
Of course it will.
It has to be. It has to be.
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