One Life to Live Transcript Friday 2/3/06
Proofread by Brandi
[Knock on door]
Nash: Hello? Is anybody in there?
Nash: I was worried sick.
Tess: Oh, Nash, I knew it. I knew you loved me. I knew Niki was wrong.
Nash: Of course I still love you, Jessica.
Tess: Jessica? No. No, you're in love with me, Tess.
Nash: Tess -- look, Tess, we -- we had some laughs. But the moment I met Jessica, it was no contest. She's good, she's sweet, I can trust her, and she's not a ghost. I need a real woman, and Jessica -- she's real. I'm sorry.
Tess: No! No, you love me, you love Tess!
Niki: Hate to say "I told you so," but -- I told you so.
Bo: Ok, this radius around town -- that's about as far as they could get on a tank a gas, so maybe Jess and Viki -- they could still be close.
Clint: You mean Niki and Tess.
Bo: Oh. But -- airport, train station, and a bus terminal -- they're within that radius.
Natalie: Bo, the bank just called. They said that neither one of them have used their credit cards and they will call if there any activity.
Clint: Well, if Niki wants to stay off the grid, she's going to be using nothing but cash.
Antonio: I got a state trooper buddy of mine who's checking some things out.
Nash: Hey. I asked around at Capricorn, no one has any idea where they went.
Bo: When you talked to Tess on the phone, did you hear any noise in the background that would indicate where they were?
Nash: No. And when I was talking to her, I thought I was talking to Jessica at first.
Bo: You sure we're dealing with Niki Smith?
Clint: Yeah, it's Niki, all right. Todd is being sentenced today and there's no way in the world Viki would miss that.
Evangeline: Oh, my God. What happened to you?
Todd: I'm a baby killer. So I'm not very popular around here.
Evangeline: You are not a baby killer.
Todd: Tell that to the judge. He's the one who's going to order the execution.
Evangeline: Not if I can help it. Todd, it's hard for me to fight for you if you're not going to fight for yourself.
Todd: Oh, I'm sorry. What exactly do I have to fight for again?
Dorian: Grab your purse! We're off for some retail therapy.
Blair: I'm not going anywhere today.
Dorian: Nonsense. It's exactly what the doctor ordered.
Spencer: Is that the breakfast I sent out -- for?
Dorian: I see you're already under a doctor's care.
Blair: Oh, come on, Dorian, just stop it.
Dorian: Spencer, you don't waste a second, do you? Would you mind giving me a moment with my niece?
Blair: One moment, please. Thanks.
Dorian: Did he spend the night here?
Bo: I'm going to have somebody check on this list of names.
Natalie: Did Tess ever say any place that she would want to run away to?
Nash: Well, the only place we ever dreamed about was the winery, but I got somebody to keep an eye on the place. I don't think she would go there right now. She wants to be as far away from me as she can.
Clint: Nash, what are you talking about? What happened?
Nash: Somehow Tess got the idea that I've got something for Jessica. Last time I called her, she hung up the phone, and if her cell phone's working, she's won't pick up.
Natalie: Wait a second. Now, I talked to Tess for all of two minutes and I could tell how much she was in love with you. Why all of a sudden would she think that you're in love with Jessica?
Antonio: Because maybe he is.
Niki: You talk in your sleep, kid -- dangerous habit when you got a secret. So I guess you get it now, huh? Little old winemaker's found himself somebody else to stomp the grapes with.
Tess: I'm getting out of here.
Niki: It snowed all night, you know. Door's probably frozen shut. So, I guess we're just stuck with each other, huh?
Tess: Do you ever just shut up?
Niki: What, do you think this is part of my master plan, huh? Trust me, I didn't bust out to be a hermit on some mountaintop, but you know what? Right now, we ain't got a hell of a choice.
Tess: I hate being cooped up, especially with you.
Niki: Well, get over it. You got to learn to roll with the punches, kid, especially if you want to stay in control. Look, we got everything we need right here -- we got a roof, we got a fire, we got tuna fish in the kitchen. Plus, we got a little something to warm the insides -- courtesy of whoever the hell lives here. If you're nice, I might share.
Tess: Oh -- no, thanks.
Niki: Right, I forgot -- you're pregnant. Last thing I ever wanted was a kid.
Tess: Oh, no kidding.
Niki: Look at this. I found cards, see? Hey, it'll keep us from killing each other. What's your game?
Tess: If I play with you, will you shut up?
Tess: Fine. Five-card stud.
Niki: You got it. Ok. So -- uh -- what you going to do with the kid now that you and daddy are, like, over?
Tess: I don't know, Niki. But I know I never want to see him again.
Niki: Look at this. Here we are -- getting along, playing cards, we're camping.
Tess: What do you want, Niki?
Todd: Did you see Blair?
Evangeline: Yeah, I saw her. I wanted her support with your appeal.
Todd: And? She's coming to the sentencing hearing, right? She's changed her mind, hasn't she?
Evangeline: Blair is -- uh -- well, she's -- she's angry, and she's confused. She's worried about her kids.
Todd: Hmm. I see. That's why she was here yesterday.
Evangeline: What did she say?
Todd: Uh -- she never made it into the room. She -- never said a word. But what she said to me is pretty clear. She was saying goodbye.
Dorian: Blair, this is a terrible mistake. What makes you think that Spencer is any better than Todd?
Blair: Shh, nothing is going on with Spencer and me.
Dorian: I don't call sex "nothing going on."
Blair: There wasn't sex, Dorian! He slept right here on the sofa. Look. Evidence -- pillow, blankets, sheets.
Dorian: Still too close for comfort, as far as I'm concerned. The man is a predator.
Blair: Oh, gosh. Look, I was a wreck last night. He gave me a sedative. I slept upstairs in my bedroom, he slept down here on the sofa, and I'm glad that he did. Do you have any idea what all this is doing to me?
Dorian: Honey, I know that this is very, very difficult for you, but in a way, you are much better off. Todd is a monster.
Blair: He is the man that I loved. He's the father of my children.
Dorian: And he's a baby killer.
Blair: And today I have to sit there in that courtroom and listen to a judge decide if Todd is going to die or spend the rest of his life in prison, so you know what? Will you forgive me if I don't give a damn what you think about somebody watching over me at night?
Dorian: I know this is very difficult for you.
Blair: Yeah. And why are you here, as always, making it worse for me?
Dorian: What? That is a terrible thing to say to me. I'm here because I really care about you, and don't shoot the messenger, but it's hard to say this to you -- especially on a day like today -- but you make your worst decisions when you're in pain.
Blair: Dorian, Spencer has been here for me. Why don't you get your mind out of the gutter, ok? I don't know what your big problems are with him, but I don't have them.
Dorian: I'll leave you alone, then, with your gentleman friend. Blair, will you please promise me something? That you will be very careful?
Blair: Well, I guess you heard some of that.
Spencer: Actually, I heard all of it. It's fairly obvious that Dorian is incapable of understanding that an adult man and an adult woman can be friends.
Blair: Well, to be honest, I think of you as more than just a friend.
Nash: I am not in love with Jessica.
Antonio: Oh, really?
Antonio: So then what did I walk in on the other day, and why did Viki think you were making a play for Jessica?
Nash: Jessica came in, she was upset. What, was I supposed to let her stand in the middle of the room crying? I --
Natalie: What did you do to her?
Nash: I held her.
Antonio: You son of a bitch.
Clint: All right, stop it. Now, none of this is helping us find jessie and her mother.
Clint: You two behave yourselves.
Dorian: Oh, Clint, may I come in?
Clint: What are you doing here?
Dorian: I just wanted to find out if you knew anything about Viki, but I can tell from your face you don't -- you haven't heard anything. Is there anything that I can do to help? Hello, Bo.
Bo: Hi. I got some of my people checking out Niki's old haunts.
Clint: Ok. We're looking into Niki's past, trying to get a clue as to where she's gone.
Dorian: Well, good. I -- I really do wish that there was something that I could do to help, just anything at all.
Clint: All right. Come on in.
Dorian: Thank you.
Nash: This is all just a misunderstanding. I will prove to Tess that I am still in love with her, all right?
Natalie: Well, we need to find her first. If she thinks she's got nothing to come back to, she's not going to be in any hurry to be found.
Niki: The thing is I've been at this a lot longer than you have. If you want to survive, kid, you got to get real, ok? Most important, you can't go anywhere without money -- which Viki's got by the bucketful, and, by the way, so does Jessica. Now, me, I got no marketable skills -- well, nothing legal, anyway -- and I sure as hell ain't going to hook up with some -- some loser guy just to earn my keep. But I'm expensive, I need Viki's bank account. See, that's how they get me every damn time! I reach for her bucks, and next thing you know, I'm back in the closet. And I'm sick of it! I want a permanent life! It means I got to get rid of Viki -- permanently.
Tess: Huh. Amen to that. You know, I'm stronger than Jessica will ever be. She's even afraid to live the life that she already has. You know, never rock the boat, always a good girl, always doing whatever everybody expects. Well, who needs that? Who needs it? You know, I would have such an incredible life if I wasn't always worried about when Jessica was going to pop out and ruin it, or my so-called family trying to shrink me off the planet. And now -- now that little bitch has turned Nash against me. Well, I'm not dead yet. And you know what? I am going to show him. I am going to get strong enough so I make sure that Jessica never comes out again, and I am going to go away, so he'll never see me or Jessica again.
Niki: Well, I just might know a way to get you just exactly what you want.
Todd: You are good. You will get me to stand up and fight no matter what, even if it means spending the rest of my life in this rat hole.
Evangeline: Uh-uh. No, I still believe you didn't do this, and I know a little girl who believes her father's innocent, too. So when you're finished feeling sorry for yourself, maybe you could start believing in yourself again.
Guard: Time to go, Manning.
Evangeline: See you at the courthouse, ok?
Blair: I think of you as my anchor. And I rely on you, and I know that I shouldn't, so I -- I thank you. Thank you for -- for keeping me going.
Spencer: You don't have to thank me. You don't even have to say anything.
Blair: Well --
Blair: I'll --
Spencer: Should I get it?
Blair: No, I'll get it. Hello?
Evangeline: Blair, it's Evangeline. Todd's sentencing hearing is due to start soon.
Blair: I know.
Evangeline: Look, Blair, I know you're hurt and angry right now, but we're talking about Todd's life. No matter what news he gets today, it's not going to be good, and he shouldn't have to face this alone. So are you going to be there for him? He needs you. Blair, are you still there?
Evangeline: Are you going to be there for Todd?
Blair: I'll be there.
Bo: Detective Morgan is going to call you if anything comes up, all right? I've got to get over to the court for Manning's sentencing. Mayor thinks this is going to turn into a circus, so -- I'll be in touch, all right?
Dorian: I'd better be going, too. And, please, if there's anything I can do to help, anything at all, let me know.
Clint: I will.
Dorian: Natalie. Antonio.
Antonio: Bye, Dorian.
Nash: So what now? We just sit and wait?
Antonio: "We" don't do anything. You take off and you let us handle it.
Nash: Ha! Yeah, that's not an option, all right? You can do what you want, but I'm going to find Tess.
Antonio: Look, Tess wants nothing to do with you. And when she comes back, when Jessica comes back, I want you nowhere near her. If she needs comforting, I'll take care of that.
Nash: I'm not into Jessica, all right? She's not -- well, she's not Tess.
Antonio: Tess isn't real.
Nash: You know, if you're so sure of this great love that you have with Jessica, why would anything that I do make any difference at all, huh?
Clint: Nash. Now, I know we're all on edge, but we have to work together in order to find them.
Antonio: They found Viki's car.
Niki: I told you I'd come up with a plan, and this one is pure genius.
Tess: I'm listening.
Niki: We go back to Llanview.
Tess: Are you nuts? I want to get as far away from that deathtrap as I can.
Niki: We're going to! We're both going to get away! But first, we got to get enough cash to set us up for the rest of our lives, see?
Tess: Keep talking.
Niki: Ok. We go back to Llanview, we tell everybody we're Jessica and Victoria, all right? We tell them we had this, like, knockdown-drag out up in this cabin, and then we had, like, the mother of all psychological breakthroughs, and Jessica and Viki -- they took over and -- bingo! -- We're integrated!
Tess: Yeah, yeah, they'll believe that.
Niki: Well, I'm still spinning the details, you know, but it can work. The thing is we got to be smart about it.
Tess: I've played Jessica before and I fooled everybody.
Niki: Right, ok, if this works, we are golden. Biggest problem is going to be getting Clint off our backs long enough to, you know, clean out the accounts, but then we're out of there! You live your life, I'll live mine.
Tess: No. No, Nash is going to be there.
Niki: Well, so will I. I'll keep you from getting soft.
Tess: Soft? Soft? Please. If I'm playing Jessica, and he even so much as makes a move on me, I will beat him so hard, harder than those hired thugs ever could've.
Niki: I don't know what you're talking about. You don't get mad, kid. You get even. You lead him on, you make sure he can't live without you.
Niki: You get him all twisted up, you know, and then you dump him. Then you send him a post card from some beach someplace, with you and baby dripping in cabana boys.
Tess: This could work.
Niki: You bet it could work. The only thing is, in order for it to work, I'm kind of going to need something from you.
Todd: Viki bailed on me, too, huh?
Evangeline: Well, they haven't let the spectators in yet.
Todd: Maybe she finally listened when I told her to forget about me.
Evangeline: Ok, Todd, I think u need to focus on what's happening here. You've read over the request for clemency statement I prepared, right?
Todd I can't do this without Blair.
Evangeline: She said she'd be here.
Todd: Yeah? Then where is she?
Blair: I put all these pictures of Todd away. I wanted to erase him from the house. All those hours of looking into those eyes, never once did I think a cold-blooded murderer was looking back at me. I guess that's why they get away with it. Murderers don't always look like murderers.
Spencer: Well, you won't be needing any more of this, Margaret. Because you won't be coming back. You're right. Murderers don't always look like murderers.
Todd: Come on, Blair, it's now or never.
Bailiff: All rise.
[Judge pounds gavel]
Judge: Be seated. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, you have already found the defendant, Todd Manning, guilty of two counts of murder in the first degree. The purpose of the hearing today is for both sides to offer evidence for you to consider during sentencing.
Dorian: Oh, Blair, darling. I -- I knew if I waited long enough, you'd show -- oh, hello, Spencer. Well, I'm sure we're all happy to -- we're here for you, so I'm going to go in and get us seats.
Blair: Well, I'm ready.
Spencer: Great. Just a second here. I got to take this, all right?
Spencer: Hello? Yeah, I -- I understand.
Blair: You have to go?
Spencer: Yeah, it's the hospital. I'm --
Blair: Ok, go. Look, I -- I just appreciate you getting me here. It was a help.
Spencer: Listen, I'll be back as soon as I can, all right? Just be strong. You've been through so much in your life already. You'll get through this.
Blair: Ok. Thanks.
Judge: There are only two sentencing provisions provided by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. You can recommend life in prison without possibility of parole, or you can recommend death.
Natalie: Do you think Mom and Jess are going to be ok?
Clint: Thank you. Yeah, I do.
Natalie: But you're still worried?
Clint: Well, parents have a habit of doing that, Natalie.
Natalie: You're worried about mom, too. And I can hear it in your voice just now – you really do still care about her.
Clint: Oh, yeah, of course I do.
Natalie: I don't -- I don't get it. You know, how -- how could you love someone with everything you've got, and then -- and feel betrayed and -- and hurt and kick them out of your life, maybe for good, maybe even hate them? And then one day just decide that -- that you can have those feelings back again, that you can love them again and have a relationship with them again?
Clint: We're not talking about Viki and me anymore, are we?
Natalie: I guess not.
Clint: So you want to know how you can find your way back to loving someone, huh?
Natalie: That pretty much covers it.
Clint: All right. Then my question to you is, which man are we talking about?
Trooper: Car was out here all night. It was buried under the snow when we found it.
Nash: Any sign of the women who were in it?
Trooper: No, but the door was open and there's no blood in the interior. My guess is they walked away.
Antonio: Are there any gas stations or convenience stores nearby?
Trooper: Nothing, for miles in any direction.
Nash: How about any houses or hunting camps? I mean --
Trooper: These roads get shut down all the time in the winter. There are a couple of summer cabins out in the woods there.
Antonio: All right. Can you get me a map, draw me up a list of all the cabins in a three-mile radius?
Trooper: I'll make some calls, but that's a long shot. The ice and snow hit hard last night and we still can't get anything up the west side of the mountain. And with these winds, we won't be able to get a search helicopter up here.
Antonio: All right. Thank you.
Nash: Now what?
Antonio: We keep looking.
Nash: We keep looking.
Tess: Ok, Niki, what do you need to know?
Niki: What makes you powerful?
Tess: You know, forget him. I make me powerful. It's my will to live.
Niki: Wrong. Bad answer! It's your secret, kid. Without it, you wouldn't even exist. Look, I was born when little Viki couldn't deal with something that blew her mind. Jessica needed you to deal with something that was probably just as bad, you know? That's the big secret that everybody's dying to know. And that's why you ain't talking -- because if they find out the secret, they're going to integrate you right out of existence. "Bye-bye, Tess."
Tess: Well, Viki's secret came out and you're still here.
Niki: Yeah, but that's because I know something about what happened to you. But it's enough for Viki to want to keep me around.
Tess: So, if I go, you go with me?
Niki: No, not if we don't let it happen! Look, I want to get rid of Viki for good, right, but in order to do that, I need ammo. You tell me the secret and we're cool. You get to stick around and I get rid of Victoria for good.
Clint: What's going on, and don't you tell me that you're ok. I know when my girls are feeling bad.
Natalie: You know -- I try so hard every day not to feel anything for John or Cristian, and then I just -- I feel -- one minute I feel scared and afraid, and the next minute, I'm -- I'm hurt and then I'm angry. And then I can remember what it -- what it felt like to love them. But it's just a lot easier to be angry. You know, I feel like maybe -- maybe they hurt me so much that I shouldn't just get over it.
Clint: Are you afraid that if you deal with these feelings, that you will actually have to make a choice?
Natalie: I can't.
Clint: You know, it's perfectly normal for you to feel angry, but people -- they have a great capacity for forgiving some horrible things.
Natalie: I don't know if I'm like those other people, Dad. I just don't think I can just get over it.
Clint: Well, time and distance -- that gives you some perspective. Natalie, don't you ever forget life is way too short for you not to spend time with the one you love the most.
Trooper: The chamber of commerce is putting together that list you asked for.
Trooper: Just call me if you need anything else.
Antonio: I will. Come on.
Nash: I'm not leaving here without Tess. She could be out there freezing to death. Her and the baby need me!
Antonio: And we'll find her, ok, but the two of us roaming in the woods accomplishes nothing. We need the map with the list of properties. Now, let's go.
Nash: Oh, Tess. Tess!
Niki: Look, we've already established you can't go out on your own, right? You show up in Llanview and pretend you're Jessica without me, they're going to, like, believe you for two seconds. The only way this is going to work is if we vouch for each other and the only way I'm helping you is if I got leverage to stick around. So, before we make a move, you got to tell me what I need to know.
Tess: You already know my secret.
Niki: No, kid, I don't know your secret, ok? I know what happened right up -- sort of when we got to the bar . That's about it. Oh, and you were, I don't know, in a corner and some -- ugh -- some guy was --
Tess: "Some guy?"
Niki: Yeah, some guy.
Tess: Some guy, at sleazeball, he --
Niki: What? Tell me, kid. You know you're dying to. My God, you've been -- you've been holding this in so long, you're going to blow.
Tess: I'm fine with it.
Niki: Bull! You're dying to tell somebody, kid. And I'm the only one you can tell -- that's if you want to stick around. Hey, I ain't going to use it to bring Jessica back.
Tess: Unless it suits you.
Niki: Think about it, ok? We can use this secret to destroy Viki for what she did to you. If she hadn't been so spineless, she could've saved you from whatever that guy did to you.
Tess: Then I wouldn't be here at all.
Niki: But you are -- we both are, right? And we want to stay that way. Look, if this secret makes you powerful, both of us knowing it makes us indestructible. What do you say, huh?
Judge: Mr. Hughes?
Hugh: The commonwealth has no formal statement, but as is customary, we do have a family member who would like to make sentencing recommendations.
Hugh: Margaret Cochran's sister, Ellen, would like to make a statement to the jury.
Ellen: My sister, Margaret, was a very troubled woman, but she was the only sister I had. I also lost a nephew, an innocent little baby who never got to see the light of day. I would've raised that child as my own. I would've loved that baby even if his father didn't. That man killed my sister and the baby that she loved more than anything in the world. How is it fair that he gets to live?
Ellen: Thank you.
Hugh: Nothing can ever make up for the loss of a life.
Hugh: But in this case, you must recommend death by lethal injection.
Judge: Ms. Williamson?
Evangeline: I also believe we live in a just society. But I believe that justice should be humane. Asking an eye for an eye makes us no better than the person we condemn and it gives the condemned no chance for redemption. Todd Manning has served this community. He published a daily newspaper, he raised two wonderful children. He has something to offer society, even from prison. And if you end his life, you end his potential to continue to do good, to earn our forgiveness. Margaret Cochran was ill, so ill that she threatened Todd Manning and his family repeatedly. If you convicted him because you believe he had a motive to protect his family, then you must also accept that he loves his children, Jack and Starr. And if you end his life, you also punish those children for as long as they live.
Judge: Would the defendant like to make a statement?
Judge: You may address the jury.
Todd: I'm innocent.
Judge: Is that all?
Judge: Be seated.
Natalie: Thanks, Dad. Thanks for listening.
Clint: Well, I think I did more talking than listening.
Natalie: Well, that's ok. I -- you know, I kind of missed out on all the teenage lectures. I could use them.
Clint: Well, there's plenty more where that came from.
Natalie: Thank you.
Clint: Oh. That's probably Nash and Antonio. Excuse me.
Natalie: Hey. Um -- call me when you get this. I've been doing a lot of thinking about everything, about what's really important. I need to see you.
Clint: So what happened? Did you get the map?
Antonio: The chamber of commerce files were a little outdated, but I got a buddy of mine who's looking into the property records now.
Nash: Hey, don't worry. If Tess and Niki are up there, we'll find them.
Tess: I'm not telling you squat. You're damn right this secret gives me power and I'm not going to share any of it with you.
Niki: Great. Just the thanks I get for sticking my neck out.
Tess: Right. Like you wouldn't sell me out the second I turned my back. This is your plan. You'd walk all over me to get what you want, and guess what -- I don't give a damn about you, either. So you can forget about this psycho sisterhood you have planned. I'm going to make my own plans.
Niki: Man, that must be some secret. Old Viki ain't going to know what hit her.
Judge: The jury has reached a decision.
Blair: Where's Spencer? He promised he'd be back already.
Spencer: I got here as fast as I could.
Judge: Will the defendant please stand? Todd Manning, having been found guilty by a jury of your peers for the murders of Margaret Cochran and her unborn child, it is the finding of this court that you be sentenced to death by lethal injection.
Margaret: It's time.
On the next "One Life to Live" --
Roxy: So who you going to choose -- Cristian or John?
Natalie: You came.
Kelly: I cannot believe they sentenced him to death.
Todd: I'm innocent. I swear on the lives of our children I'm innocent.
Margaret: I am going to have this baby now!
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