Thursday Y&R Transcript 12/12/02

Y&R Transcript
Thursday 12/12/02--Canada; Friday 12/13/02--USA

By Suzanne


Richards: Let me summarize then, detective Weber. The thinner was found, obviously, in the pool house, where the fire started, and in the can itself. It was also found in the trunk of Mr. And Mrs. Abbott's car. It was found on the gardening gloves that were a perfect match to Mrs. Abbott's missing pair of gloves.

Weber: That's correct.

Richards: Were you able to ascertain where this paint thinner was purchased, detective?

Weber: The batch numbers, which included that particular can, corresponded to a shipment of two dozen cans delivered to smith's paint and hardware in mid-august of this year. By the time of the fire, six cans had been sold.

Richards: Were you able to determine the identity of the person who purchased this can of thinner?

Weber: We did an exhaustive review of hundreds of hours of security videotapes and were able to identify the buyers of all six cans sold by the time of the fire. Five were sold to males, professional painters, who were regular customers known to the store's register clerk. And one was sold to a tall, redhead female.

Richards: Let's show that tape to the jury. Shall we, detective?

Brad: Liv, I'm picking up a very strange vibe. Like there's something more going on here than I'm aware of.

Olivia: Did I say something to give you that idea?

Brad: Those remarks you just made about honesty -- how that's always been important to ash. You're keeping something from me, Liv. Why, after everything we've been through? What's going on? What is it you don't want me to know?

Victor: Well, look who's here. I'm sorry, darling. I didn't mean to startle you.

Ashley: That's okay.

Victor: Can I sit down?

Ashley: Sure. I guess I have a lot on my mind.

Victor: What's wrong?

Ashley: It's just been a rough one.

Victor: It's not physical, I hope.

Ashley: No.

Victor: Well, thank God for that. I guess you all are anticipating what is about to happen.

Ashley: What do you mean?

Victor: Well, today is the beginning of Phyllis' trial, isn't it?

Ashley: I'd forgotten. I got get over there.

Victor: Please sit down. What's the matter with you? Do you want to talk to me?

Ashley: Believe me -- there's nothing you could do to help.

[ Cell phone rings ]

victor: Sorry. Hello?

Olivia: Brad, I'm trying to deal with something, and I'm not doing too well.

Brad: Well, tell me about it. If you can't talk to me, Liv --

Olivia: Not now. When did you say colleen's leaving? Isn't it an hour or so? You need to go to her.

Brad: Yeah, I do. I'm worried about you.

Olivia: Please, brad. Colleen needs you.

Brad: I have a feeling you do, too. All right, I'll go. But this discussion isn't over. I'm not going to just drop it.

Paul: All right. We have about six -- we have about six tapes between that last tape that is in the machine on the date of the fire. Which means that if we have anything here, it's got to be on these tapes.

Lynne: Well, it has to be on one of those tapes, boss. Anything after the fire doesn't do us any good.

Paul: Yeah, right. Okay. All right. That saves us some time. Hey, Lynne! Don't poop out on me now. We're on the home stretch.

Richards: Here we see the money changing hands, the thinner being bagged and the redheaded woman in sunglasses taking her purchase and exiting the store. Now, detective Weber, did you attempt to learn more about the woman we just saw purchasing the paint thinner from the same batch as the can alleged to have been used to start the Abbott pool house fire?

Weber: Yes. Having focused our investigation on Mrs. Abbott, we showed a photograph of the defendant, along with photographs of five females of the same stature, build, skin tone and hair color to the store's clerk.

Richards: These photographs are marked exhibits five "a," "b," "c," "d," "e" and "f," your honor, for identification. Now, detective, what, if anything, did the store clerk say when you showed him these photographs?

Weber: He picked out exhibit five "c," the defendant's photograph.

Richards: Your witness.

Silva: I want to object to the last as hearsay.

Judge: Overruled.

Brad: Traci? Trace!

Traci: You made it. Ashley told me you were away on business.

Brad: I took an earlier flight. I didn't want to miss you.

Traci: You wanted to say good-bye to colleen, you mean.

Brad: I was hoping I wouldn't have to.

Traci: Brad, please, if you're here to fight some more about this --

brad: No, not fight. No -- Traci, we need to work together. Do what's best for our daughter.

Traci: Then we're going to have to agree to disagree on what that is.

Brad: Why can't you just open your mind?

Traci: Brad, I'm sorry! I feel for you. I really do. I know you've got regrets about the amount of participation you've had in colleen's life --

brad: That would all change.

Traci: If she were staying.

Brad: You won't even discuss it?

Traci: I wish that there was a different way to handle this, brad. But frankly, at this point, colleen wants to leave.

Brad: Because J.T. Dumped her.

Traci: And thank God he did! Or we would really be in a mess. Brad, she will get over the hurt.

Brad: Yeah, I believe she will with some TLC.

Traci: So you're gonna criticize me some more about boarding school.

Brad: Trace, what kind of kids get sent to a place like that? Troubled kids. Hardened kids. Kids whose families have given up on them. I am telling you, this is a mistake. A harmful one. An institution like that, it sends the wrong message. Colleen is gonna be in with the wrong kind of influence.

Traci: So your answer is to keep her here with J.T. Hellstrom because you think he's the right influence?

Brad: You're twisting my words.

Traci: I am not. I'm trying to show you how important this is and what's at stake.

Brad: Look, damn it -- Traci, I know what's at stake! She needs stability!

Traci: And she will get just that! At Lowood academy.

[ Brad sighs ]

brad: There is just no getting through to you, is there? For the record, I am completely and totally opposed to this!

Traci: Yes, you have made that very clear.

Brad: Why can't you see that there is another way to go about this? She --

Traci: Is that all you're bringing, honey?

Colleen: Mamie's sending the rest later. You came.

Brad: Of course I did.

Colleen: I'm glad. I guess.

Silva: Let's talk a little more about this videotaped evidence we've just seen, detective. Does it depict a clear frontal view of the woman's face?

Weber: No.

Silva: What it depicts is a redheaded woman, approximately the defendant's height and weight, isn't that right?

Weber: Yes.

Silva: Did you try to make an identification from this tape?

Weber: No.

Silva: Actually, let me correct myself -- you did try, but you couldn't do it. Isn't that right?

Weber: Yes.

Silva: That's why you had to take a picture of the defendant and show it to the store clerk, isn't that correct?

Weber: Yes.

Silva: Did you take along a picture of ms. Jenkins wearing a red wig?

Richards: Objection, your honor!

Judge: Is that a serious question, Mr. Silva?

Silva: Absolutely, your honor.

Judge: Overruled.

Weber: I saw no reason to.

Silva: So then you were not aware that, at one time, ms. Jenkins wore a disguise so that she would look like the defendant.

Weber: No.

Silva: And that she owned a red wig specifically purchased for that purpose?

Weber: Counsel, are you suggesting that ms. Jenkins set that fire herself?

Silva: I don't know, detective. Am I?

Traci: We have to leave for the airport in 20 minutes, honey. I'll be in the kitchen.

Brad: How you holding up?

Colleen: I wasn't sure if I was gonna see you before I left. Mom said you were out of town.

Brad: Nothing could have kept me away.

Colleen: I know you tried to talk her into letting me stay.

Brad: More than once, baby.

Colleen: Dad, please don't feel bad. You can't deal with her when she gets like this. Besides, I don't even care anymore. I just want to get away from this place.

Brad: I'm going to miss you so much.

Colleen: I'm gonna miss you, too.

Brad? I made you a promise to you, and I intend to keep it.

Colleen: That you would help me get through this? How can you if I won't -- ?

Brad: You just watch me. I'm gonna be the best father to you that I know how. I'm gonna call you. I'm gonna visit you. I'm gonna e-mail you. I'll be bugging you so much, you'll be yelling at me to stay away. There'll be no escape.

Colleen: Promise?

Brad: Yeah. With all my heart.

Colleen: You know, the best thing from all of this is that I feel closer to you now than I ever have.

Brad: Sweetheart.

Colleen: Great timing, huh?

Brad: I'm so sorry. I know you're hurting, and if I'd been more --

colleen: Daddy, please don't apologize. You couldn't have done anything. I told you that. Everyone warned me that it wouldn't work out, and I was stupid. I didn't want to listen. I really thought J.T. And I -- I was finally happy again, you know? Everything in my life was so incredibly perfect. Now, the thought of being anywhere near J.T -- I couldn't handle it, dad. I can't handle seeing him with another girl.

Brad: Is that what he told you? That there's someone else?

Colleen: I don't understand. How could I be so wrong? I thought he felt the same way as I did.

I look in your eyes and I see forever

place inside your heart

Brittany: So it's all over between you and colleen, huh? Too much of a hassle?

J.T.: Brittany, where the hell do you get this stuff? I've never said colleen was a hassle.

Brittany: But she was.

J.T.: Drop it, all right?

Brittany: Look, you've known for months that that girl was crazy about you. But the part you liked most about it was the way she fed your big ego.

J.T.: Are you saying I used her? Because that's a load of B.S., Brittany.

Brittany: You led her on, J.T. You let her get in all kinds of trouble because of you. And then when it backfired, you dumped her to save your own sorry carcass.

J.T.: No, Brittany. I ended it with her because I care about her. If we'd have kept seeing each other, it -- it would have just messed her life up even more. I couldn't take that.

Brittany: But you didn't tell her that. You lied, J.T. You said that you'd moved on with somebody else.

J.T.: It was the best thing to do.

Brittany: Lying to someone you love is never the best. I learned that the hard way. You need to tell colleen how you feel.

J.T.: I can't. I'm trying to do the right thing here, Brittany. I'm trying to stay away from her for her own sake.

Brittany: Well, if you believe that, then you're lying to yourself, not just colleen.

Victor: Sorry. Something I couldn't avoid.

Ashley: You're a busy man. I shouldn't be taking up your time.

Victor: Why shouldn't you be taking up my time? Unless you're talking about the agreement you and I had that I would keep my distance from you. Has my being out of the picture mollified your husband?

Ashley: It's difficult for me to talk to you about my husband, about my marriage.

Victor: He's treating you right, is he not?

Ashley: He's a prince.

Victor: You love him very much.

Ashley: I'm aware of that, especially now.

Victor: Why especially now?

Ashley: Because -- just because.

Victor: I don't mean to pry. Are the two of you having problems?

Ashley: Victor, it's not what you think.

Victor: Ashley -- something is wrong. What is it?

Judge: Detective Weber, if you would kindly avoid answering questions with a question, I think we'll do a better job of staying on track.

Weber: I wasn't told anything about a wig.

Silva: So you saw no reason to take ms. Jenkins' picture to be viewed along with all the other pictures?

Weber: No.

Silva: Now, about this paint thinner -- you're not saying with absolute certainty that the accelerant at the fire came from this particular can, are you?

Weber: No.

Silva: What about the paint thinner found in the trunk of the car? Where was that purchased?

Weber: I don't know.

Silva: The paint thinner found at the fire, where was that purchased?

Weber: Sir, I don't know.

Silva: When was it purchased?

Weber: I don't know.

Silva: Detective -- isn't that an awful lot of "I don't knows" to support the theory that Phyllis Abbott set this fire?

Brad: It's so painful, sweetheart. I know.

Colleen: I cared about J.T. So much, dad. How can I trust anyone again?

Brad: You will, baby. It just takes time.

Colleen: It must be time to go.

Traci: Good-bye, brad.

Brad: Have a safe flight.

Traci: Thank you.

Brad: I'll call you later to check in.

Traci: Okay. That'll be fine.

Brad: I love you, sweetheart.

Colleen: I love you, too.

Victor: Thank you. At the risk of repeating myself, something is very wrong.

Ashley: Brad and I are going through something. Well, at least I am. And I don't know what's gonna happen. I don't know what the fallout's gonna be.

Victor: That sounds very serious.

Ashley: It is. It's very, very serious.

Victor: Is there anything I can do? Anything that I can help?

Ashley: There's nothing anybody can do. I just have to have a talk with my husband. I'm gonna do that today. And a lot depends on that talk. So please wish me luck.

Victor: Once you've had that talk, will you tell me what this is all about? It's obviously very important to you.

Ashley: You have no idea. Thank you for your support. It means a lot to me -- now more than ever.

Silva: Let's talk about how unique this paint thinner is, detective. Do you know how many containers of it were sold in the Genoa city area within the last year alone?

Weber: I have no idea.

Silva: In the thousands?

Weber: I said, I have no idea, sir.

Silva: Do you know how many stores within the city limits sell this particular brand of paint thinner?

Weber: Several.

Silva: You know that because you had to go to quite a few stores before you found the one that sold this particular can, isn't that right?

Weber: Yes, sir.

Silva: And the thinner inside any other can of the same brand, regardless of the batch number or where it was sold, is made by the same formula. Isn't that right?

Weber: Yes.

Silva: And would look exactly the same in a crime lab analysis?

Weber: Yes.

Silva: Would it surprise you if I said 40 stores within a 100-mile radius of the Abbott home sell this brand of paint thinner?

Weber: No.

Silva: That's all, your honor.

Judge: Witness may step down. Your next witness, Mr. Richards?

Richards: Prosecution calls Diane Jenkins, your honor.

Diane: You understand that --

jack: You do whatever you have to do.

Brittany: Look, the only reason you backed off from colleen was because you were scared. If you don't tell her the truth, I'm warning you right now, you'll live to regret it. Believe me, I know.

J.T.: Look, even if I wanted to talk to her, it's too late. I heard from Caitlin that she's leaving today.

Brittany: When?

J.T.: All I know is her mom wants her out of here, away from me. What are you doing?

Brittany: Quiet. Mrs. Martinez? Hi. It's Brittany Hodges. No -- fine, thanks. Listen, is colleen there? I wanted to talk to her. Really? When does her flight leave? Well, I just wanted to say good-bye. Thanks, anyway. She just left for the airport 15 minutes ago. If you hurry, you can still get to her. What are you waiting for? Go!

Diane: We -- Mr. Abbott's son and I -- were staying at the pool house with the express permission -- well, actually, at Mr. Abbott's request.

Richards: And the reason for this rather unconventional living arrangement?

Diane: Our son had spent the first year of his life not knowing his father at all. And jack -- Mr. Abbott -- felt very strongly that he needed to spend some time with his son, get to know him and, most importantly, give Kyle a chance to bond with his father.

Richards: And how did Mrs. Abbott feel about this living arrangement?

Diane: She didn't like it.

Richards: You could expect a wife to have some problems with an ex-lover living on the same estate as her and her husband, could you not?

Diane: Certainly. Especially since I had a child by her husband.

Richards: Well, why would that make any difference?

Diane: Phyllis -- Mrs. Abbott isn't able to have children.

Judge: Is that a conclusion, ms. Jenkins?

Silva: We'll stipulate, your honor.

Richards: You say the defendant didn't like this living arrangement. Well, how did her dislike for the arrangement express itself?

Diane: She was very hostile.

Richards: How hostile?

Diane: Well, it was obvious that she wanted us out of there. And she said as much on many occasions.

Richards: How adamant was Mrs. Abbott about this?

Diane: Very. She made a lot of threats.

Richards: What kind of threats?

Diane: Well, you know, the "you better get out of here or else" type.

Richard: "Or else"? So these were vague threats, then?

Diane: Well -- they didn't seem vague at the time.

Richards: Is it fair to say that you were frightened of Mrs. Abbott?

Diane: More and more so as time went on. Phyllis isn't famous for her self-control. And it was very clear that she hated me with a passion.

Richards: Did you believe her capable of violence?

Diane: Absolutely.

Richards: And did there come a time where she actually directed violence at you?

Diane: She punched me once right in the face.

Richards: Well, did you threaten her? Had you hit her first?

Diane: No. We were having a verbal argument, and then all of a sudden, she belted me.

Richards: I see. What else happened?

Diane: I can't be certain, but she backed her car over me and broke my leg.

Richards: What can't you be certain about?

Diane: That it was intentional. I mean, she had to have seen me standing there. It's not like I popped up from nowhere. If I had been driving, I would have looked behind me and seen someone. But I can't be certain that she did.

Richards: So your leg was broken. You had been punched in the face. You were the object of hatred from the lady of the house. Now, ms. Jenkins, I must ask you this. Why did you stay? Wouldn't it have been easier and safer to move?

Diane: I stayed for my son, Mr. Richards. I stayed because both Mr. Abbott and I believed it would be best for our child to be near his father. My God, if I had known what that woman was capable of doing, I never would have gone on living there.

Paul: Wait a minute. Stop it. Stop it. Rewind. Play it back again, just that part. Wait.

Lynne: Is that her?

Paul: I don't know. Let it run. Hold on a second. That's it. That's her, isn't it?

Lynne: Whoa, whoa. Did you see that?

Paul: It's perfect. Okay, rewind it back to where the blue car passes, and then give me the tape. Hold on, jack. We are on our way. Lynne, can you run by the lab and get the report?

Lynne: Yeah. You got it, boss.

Paul: Okay, I'll meet you at the courthouse then, all right? This is perfect. Thanks.

Traci: Thank you.

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Traci: Well, let's see. Looks like our flight's on time, so that's good. We'll be back before dinner.

Colleen: Great.

Traci: Steve is gonna pick us up at the airport. He's really anxious to see you, sweetie. It's been a long time. Colleen, we're going to take this one step at a time, and everything is going to work out eventually. I promise. Well, let's see if you've got a window seat. Oh, no. Our seats aren't together. We're in different rows. You know what? Why don't you stay here? I'm gonna go talk to them and see if we can straighten this out. Okay, sweetie? Be right back.

Richards: Ms. Jenkins, I would like to direct your attention to the night of the fire. Now, you had suffered a broken leg when Mrs. Abbott hit you with her car.

Diane: Yes.

Richards: Then I can assume your leg was in the cast you are wearing now?

Diane: Yes.

Richards: And, of course, the defendant knew you were wearing a cast?

Diane: I was walking with a cane, as well.

Richards: What else did she know about your physical condition on the night of the fire?

Diane: She knew I was going to take a sleeping pill that night.

Richards: Well, how did Mrs. Abbott know that was your intention?

Diane: Because I told Mr. Abbott about it, and she was standing right there.

Richards: So, at the time of the fire, this woman, who had been openly hostile toward you, knew that you were or shortly would be more or less incapacitated.

Silva: Judge, he knows he can't summarize testimony like that.

Judge: Mr. Richards --

Richards: Sorry, your honor. I would like the jury to hear just a little bit more from ms. Jenkins about why you stayed in this home when you were subjected to such violence, hostility and scorn. It could be perceived as a case of you trying to aggravate a difficult situation, rubbing Mrs. Abbott's nose in the fact of this child. Foisting on her an intolerable emotional burden. Could that not be?

Diane: I wasn't trying to do that. I'll admit, I don't like Phyllis any more than she likes me, but my son needed his father, so I was prepared to make whatever personal sacrifices were necessary to allow them to be in contact, to bond, to begin sharing the things that fathers and sons should share. I am a woman of means, Mr. Richards. I'm not used to being treated like dirt. I could have stayed at the finest hotel in town. I chose, instead, to stay in this -- this cramped pool house with -- with a bathroom so small you can hardly turn around in it. To be forced to ask for permission to go into the kitchen and cook my son a meal. To put up with endless insults and abuse all because -- all because I believed, in the long run, that Kyle would grow up to be a more secure, well-adjusted man if he could just spend some time with his father. Does that make me a bad person?! Does it -- does it make me some -- some pest that you have to burn down your own home to try to get rid of?! All I wanted -- all I wanted was to raise a happy human being, and that crazy woman tried to kill me for it!

It's amazing how you can speak right to my heart without saying a word you can light up the dark

try as I may I could never explain what I hear when you don't say a thing

the smile on your face lets me know that you need me there's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me

the touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall

you say it best when you say nothing at all

all day long I can hear people talking about but when you hold me near you drown out the crowd

old Mr. Webster could never define what's being said between your heart and mine

the smile on your face lets me know that you need me there's a truth in your eyes saying you'll never leave me

the touch of your hand says you'll catch me if ever I fall

you say it best when you say nothing at all

colleen: Stop it, colleen. Stop it.

Judge: Mr. Silva, give the witness a moment to compose herself. Then you may cross-examine.

Diane: I'm okay.

Silva: Ms. Jenkins, I'd like to ask you a little bit about your history with Mr. Abbott. The two of you go back quite a few years, don't you?

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