ATWT Update Wednesday 11/30/05

As the World Turns Update Wednesday 11/30/05

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At the farm, Holden continues to badger Lily about marrying Keith, saying she made a deal with the devil. Keith found Luke his new kidney. Of course, Lily denies it, remarking on how absurd that sounds. Then Holden demands to know more, because every time she tells him she is going to marry Keith, the less and less he believes it. She says she can not help what he believes. He remarks, “No, you can’t, and I believe with all my heart that Keith was somehow involved in the surgery, and this sham of an engagement is payback."

Dusty and Meg are shopping and they exchange some lively banter about romantic settings and gilded mirrors: he wants one, she doesn’t. Just imagine Emma visiting them and seeing it over their bed. She points out that they’ve only shopped for one room–the bedroom—which he points out is the most important. So they will eat in bed? He gives her a kiss before he dashes off to put their stuff in the car, and then it’s on to kitchen stuff.

Paul and Emily round the corner, and with a rather knowing, satisfied look he tells Meg that Christmas is coming early this year. Emily chimes in that it looks like everyone is getting what they want for the holidays. (Not for Jennifer; what a low blow!)

Jennifer is standing outside Iris’s door and hears the baby cry and sees no one around to tend to it. She calls out Gwen’s name, but again no answer. She pulls her scarf out, wraps it around her hand, pounds on the glass pane and breaks it. She reaches inside to open the door.. She unstraps Billy and picks him up and comforts him; all is all right.

Hal looks over the papers Jack brought in—clippings all about how Rose D’Angelo was poisoned. He tells him and Carly he knows he lifted these from Iris and it will do no good if he can’t show them to a judge. Carly argues this will prove that Iris and Stan had set Will up, and Jack says maybe they can use it to lean on Stan and Iris. He certainly couldn’t just leave it there and let her destroy it after the fact. Hal is irate. So, what, he let Iris catch him at her house? And he doesn’t even want to hear what Carly was doing with Stan! Jack says they need to move on this. Hal says Will is his son and he wants him out of that psych ward as of yesterday. Jack asks if they are going to be get bogged down in procedure, or are they going to be creative? Hal announces he doesn’t care how he got his hands on the stuff. Forget protocol; they will find some way to use it.

Will and Gwen stand on opposite sides of the paned door with their fingers pressed together. Barbara asks the doctor if her son can't be moved to a regular room, since he’s only there for evaluation. The doctor tells her this is where they will be doing the evaluation, then they will make a decision about whether they need to make a change. Gwen speaks up and asks if she can go in. Barbara is adamant: of course not! She then makes a snide remark about Gwen to the doctor that this is her son’s latest rescue cause. Gwen looks to the doctor and says that all she wants is a couple of minutes; she won’t make trouble. He complies, saying that Will seems much calmer when she is there; a short visit might be beneficial. Barbara is outraged and says she won’t allow it. The doctor ignores that and opens the door and tells Gwen five minutes, and keep it low key. Barbara stands with her mouth literally open, not believing this, but then she snarks at the doctor for what he’s doing; he tells her she needs to respect his decision and step aside. She states to him she hopes he knows the consequences. Whatever setback her son suffers will be on his hands.

Will and Gwen go into each other’s arms and he tells her not to talk, just hold him.

Barbara continues to berate the doctor. Just spare her the psychobabble, she insists; that girl is part of the problem, not the solution. Will asks Gwen if she’s talked to Jack. She says no, but he called Will’s dad and had some news for him. She thought it was about Iris and Stan. Will worries that the only trail she left probably leads right to him.

Hal tells whomever he is on the phone with that he wants it by morning, no excuses. He then tells Jack that things are rolling; they are going through the back door on this, and he’s putting out an APB on Iris and Stan. Carly is sorry about Will. Hal says it looks like every time the kid gets a break, something knocks him down. Carly offers that at least he’s not alone this time; he and Gwen seem pretty tight. When Jack tells him it was Gwen who went to Carly, Hal says he needs to thank her, not to mention the two of them. If someone hadn’t been looking out for Will… The truth is, he had been so busy with his issues with Emily, he had dropped the ball. Carly says she doesn’t believe that, but Hal says it’s been a real juggling act and most days he can’t keep all the balls in the air. Carly states that he is the best father. Jack tells him they are going to get Will out of that hospital; all he has to do is take it from here. Hal replies, "Take what?" They never had this conversation; just be careful. Jack tells Carly they had better move fast before, unofficially, they run out of time. They leave Hal at the table alone.

Rather sarcastically, Meg asks Emily if she asked them to comment on her life. She tries to walk off, but they follow. Paul pops off that she and Dusty seem very close and he is very happy for her. Meg wonders if she is supposed to say the same to them. Emily says that would be nice, considering she and Paul are getting married. He grins that he’ll send her an invitation to the big day. Without hesitating, she says she is sure she is going to be busy, but she has one question: is Jennifer happy for the two of them too? Or has she completely forgotten how it feels to be happy?

Meanwhile, Jennifer is holding Billy, whom she occasionally calls Johnny. She coos to him, giving him the teething ring and calling him a really good boy.

Outside, Lily continues to deny Holden's suspected reasons for her marrying Keith. They were happy in Mexico before, and Holden even refused to accept it then. Holden tells her she may have been happy with him for a while, but she doesn’t look happy at all now; just tell Keith the future is off the table. Lily does have a very pained expression on her face, but she looks at him and says he has to believe her; this is the right thing for their family. Holden says nothing is right about using their son’s life to force his mother into marriage. She lies that no one is forcing her. Holden continues and she tells him to let it go. He tells her he knows her, he sees the truth in her eyes; just stand up to the guy and tell him to get the hell out of her life.

Like a bad penny, guess who shows up? Keith, who tells Holden he can forget that. He walks over to Lily and tells Holden to look at that ring on her finger; it means she’s going to be his wife, and Holden needs to accept the fact that it’s over.

Gwen tells Will that her mother has done a lot of things for money, but she’s always worked alone. She can’t believe she got that loser Stan involved on this one. Will says he should have seen it coming; Iris couldn’t stand him. Gwen says they both let their guard down. They were counting the days to their future, with just her and him and Billy. Her phone rings and she thinks it’s Carly and then tells Will she has to leave to go get Billy at Iris’s. She hates leaving Will, but he doesn’t see it that way. She needs to make sure Billy is safe. She says she’s really not leaving him, not ever. He’s been her hero (he perks up and smiles) and not to let this place take him from her. If the walls shut in, close his eyes and think of this… And she gives him a big kiss. Embarrassed, she tells him she loves him, and Billy loves him too. She promises she will get him out of there; she’ll be back. He grins that he’s not going anywhere.

Arms folded, Mother Hen is right outside the door and asks what he said. Gwen says he will be fine as long as they can get him out of there. Barbara tells her she just doesn’t get it, does she? He’s here so he doesn’t have to go to prison! They spar more as Barbara continues on her, saying if she really wants to help Will she should go back in there and tell him goodbye, and walk away. Gwen asks why she can’t just believe in her son. Barbara remarks that she believes deeply in her son, but he suffered a complete psychotic breakdown just a couple of years ago, and just stop her if she’s talking over Gwen’s head. Gwen points out that Will is NOT crazy. Barbara barks at her that she does NOT know that; does she know that he is fully recovered? Gwen tells her he did NOT poison her mother. Barbara grabs her by the arm and tells her she expects too much of Will. She expects him to fix her sorry life. He just swooped in and rescued her. She accuses Gwen’s life of just being ask and take, and as long as she’s here, the fantasy of him being her savior won’t end. If she really cares for her son, Barbara insists, she'll encourage him to cooperate with his doctors.

Gwen keeps saying he doesn’t need a doctor, he just needs them to give him a little credit. He’s not stupid. It makes no sense that he would use the same poison he used before. But Barbara rants that you can never predict what someone with his history will or won’t do. Gwen tearfully tells Barbara that she knows Barbara loves Will, but so does she. He doesn’t need to see them fighting, he needs hope. Doesn’t she want to give him that? Doesn’t she want him to know she’s on his side?

At the garage, Stan and Iris are bickering over his involvement with Carly. The fuel pump is shot and she tells the mechanic to fix it, and the brake line. She tells him to be a doll and patch it up so they can get out of there. Burt tells her she needs more than a patch. Stan is yakking his head off about how he knew it wasn’t a cell phone but a wire, so that’s why he hung around and kept an eye on her and saw her with her kid. Burt tells her he doesn’t know how many more miles are on this transmission. She gushes that it just needs a good pair of hands, and Burt replies, "And $1500 in parts and labor." Stan thinks that is a rip-off. Burt tells him to take it someplace else. Iris sweet-talks him more but he’s still not buying. Maybe if they come back with cash, he’ll see what he can do. If not, they are out of luck.

Paul tells Meg that Jennifer is doing just fine. She still has a ways to go, and Emily chimes in that Meg didn’t seem to be too preoccupied with Jennifer’s happiness when she was with Dusty a few minutes ago. Meg admits that sometimes she forgets what a rotten thing she did to her, but then she sees the two of them and hates herself all over again. Paul crows that it’s a little late to grow a conscience (like he’d know!). Emily snarks not to worry, with Dusty she won’t need one. Dusty walks up and asks what is going on. Emily replies that they're just catching up, and Dusty replies not to let him keep them.

They walk off and Dusty tells Meg to remind him not to invite them to their housewarming. She seems surprised that they’d have a house warming. He says they are happy, so why not show it? He kisses her; there is no response, so he asks what the problem is. She says she is the problem.

Jennifer is feeding Billy when Gwen comes in. She notices the glass on the floor and asks Jen why she broke in and what she is doing with her baby..

Meg sits, and while she is still rather down, she tells Dusty it must be all the Christmas music in the stores–makes her sentimental. He asks if she’s sure it wasn’t Paul; he’s not a big fan of his. She says she noticed. He asks if she wants to call it a night, and she declines. He asks her what she wants, and she replies him. He tells her she has him, he’ll even wrap himself up in a bow if that helps. He asks if she is having fun, or is it the move? She says, “No, not us. Never us. Dusty, you make me so happy, like I can do anything, be anything.” He tells her she is perfect just the way she is, so what is it? She tells him these are just tears of joy; can’t he tell? He asks her to do him a favor: stay away from Paul Ryan.

Paul and Emily sit for a drink and she remarks she’d like to buy some duct tape so she could tape and seal Meg’s mouth shut. Paul agrees; her doubts and Jennifer’s meltdowns every time she sees a baby are a bad combo. Emily can’t believe that Meg would be the type to be eaten up with guilt, but if it’s a contest between keeping Dusty or helping Jennifer, Meg will pick Dusty, hands down. So shall they order a drink and toast to that? He tells her to wait. Even if Dusty keeps Meg from talking, it won’t keep Jen from missing her son. So let’s see how they can help. What’s the best way to get over a tough time? She quips, "An affair! No, a distraction, a new interest, something fun." Paul says, “Exactly, it’s time for me to rip a page right out of Barbara Ryan’s playbook."

Jen fills Gwen in. No one answered the door, she explains, so she broke in. Gwen asks about Billy, and Jen assures her he’s fine. Gwen says she must look like a lame excuse for a mother, but she was with Will. Jen knows she thought her mother was with Billy. She offers to go. Gwen thanks her for taking good care of Billy. Then she tells Jen that she can hang around until Billy goes to sleep, but Jen feels she should go and tells Gwen how lucky she is—he’s a very sweet baby.

Barbara visits Will and they have another confrontation as he tells her he doesn’t need her help. She makes a comment that he was doing so well, until… He finishes: until he met Gwen. He lashes out that before her, he was only trying to keep track of who was married to whom and for how long in this family. She urges him to tell his doctors about Emily and his dad, and how she used his own brother to do it. He tells her this is not about Emily and Paul, and she still doesn’t get it. The one person who makes him feel like he has a life is on her hit list! She wonders what Gwen said about her. Will remarks that she doesn’t play those games; she doesn’t talk behind Barbara’s back, or manipulate. Barbara offers that she is not there to manipulate him; she is scared to death for him. He wonders if this is about Rose. If so, they need to get into it. She wants to call the doctor; he says no, just the two of them. She had told him over and over how Rose would destroy Paul and take him away from Will and the family. Barbara admits she was wrong. Will adds that's because she did not know her crazy son would try to fix the problem. She tells him he is NOT crazy. Then fine, just tell the doctor and get him out of there. She tells him she can not let him give up. He says he’ll never give up. He’s not that kid anymore, and he’d never hurt anyone. She knows that he wouldn't by choice, never by choice. He tells her to forget everything; Gwen is talking to Carly and she’s going to get the truth. Barbara snarks that Carly wouldn’t know the truth if she tripped over it, but maybe they do have some information; even still, it wouldn’t hurt for Will to talk to the doctors as long as he’s here. He lashes out again, asking why can’t she have faith in him; he doesn’t need a shrink. He tells her to just go. Reluctantly, she does.

Keith asks Lily if Holden is giving her a hard time about the divorce. Holden says the divorce is not the problem, although he needs one favor: a few more days to explain it to the kids. Keith tells him to have some pride, but Holden comments that it’s been tough, like a rollercoaster ride—together, apart, together… Is this funny to Keith? Keith admits it is, a little bit. Holden states it is NOT funny to Luke.. He was blindsided by this engagement. Keith comments that kids are stronger than people think. Holden interjects that he isn’t just any kid, but their kid, and this was still one part of their lives that was none of his business, so why doesn’t he get lost; he’d like to finish the conversation with his wife. Keith asks Lily if she is okay with that. She replies yes. He points to Holden and tells him he needs to move on, and the kids need to move on. To Lily, he says he’s going to see J.J. and he’ll have his phone on.

She faces him and asks if he wants to talk to the kids before or after she signs the papers. He tells her there won’t be a divorce—not now, not ever. He walks back inside and she follows and asks why he is doing this. He asks for her to tell him the truth, and he’ll back off. She can’t pull this off; it’ll destroy her. She pleads, saying she won’t let it. He thinks that is a strange way for her to be talking about her future marriage. She tells him that is not fair, him twisting everything around. But Holden vows that it is Keith who wants this divorce and this marriage, not Lily. Lily defies him and tells him he can’t stop them. He takes her by the left hand and says no matter whose ring she wears, it won’t change what’s in their hearts. She doesn’t have to honor the deal when Keith is taking advantage of her like this. She states he just must let her go. He remarks that this is wrong, everything about this is wrong. Their lives changed when they got back from Mexico. Looking into his eyes, she tells him she is sorry. He tells her that nothing she has said, not one word, has convinced him that she loves this guy. She says then there is nothing more for them to say to each other. She walks out.

At Iris’s, Carly and Jack hear Gwen’s side of the story of Iris leaving the baby there. Jack tells her he’ll get someone to fix the window. Carly apologizes; she tried to work on Stan, but he must have tipped Iris off. They all know the truth now, but what if they can’t find Iris or can’t prove anything? Gwen feels like she should be helping to find Iris, but Carly tells her to stay there and take care of Billy. “You have fought Iris your entire life. Today it’s your big sister’s turn.”

Iris is forking over all the money she has, even that stashed down in her you-know-what! Stan crabs that that even includes his life's savings. She remarks that if he wants to get out of Dodge, it costs. He believes he’ll stay. She says fine, they’ll both stay. She’ll just say they had a fight and he spiked her juice. He says she’s crazy. She argues that they have a chance on the road, and Gwen will be too happy to be rid of her to look for her. Burt tells her just a few more minutes and the car will be on the road.

Will is doing push-ups in his cell when the doctor and Barbara come in. Will says he told her to leave. The doctor says it’s important to discuss conflict. Would he like him to restrict her visits? Suddenly Will is interested; he can restrict her visits? He has a choice? Barbara loudly objects, but Will asks the doctor to restrict her. He doesn’t hear voices in his head, there’s no confusion. He’s angry, but they would be, too, to be locked in a padded cell. He asks the doctor to please escort her out, and the doctor does.

Gwen holds Billy and tells him that she won’t leave him again, but she had to help Will, like he was always helping them.

Keith comes back and asks Holden where Lily is. Holden stands up to him and says she doesn’t want this divorce or this marriage. Keith tells him he’d better face reality here: Lily doesn’t want him. Holden says he knows more about Lily than Keith could learn in a lifetime. Keith adds, "But she has made up her mind." Holden vows he’d better get used to him being around, or there would be a fight on his hands.

Paul tells Emily they have something to celebrate after all. He just got hold of Jen’s friend in France, and she had invited her there for the holidays. Emily asks, "But what if she won’t go?" Paul quips, "And why would she stick around here? For the forced holiday cheer, the endless carols playing in the mall and the joy of sharing figgy pudding with Barbara?" Emily scoffs at "figgy what?" He laughs; actually, Barbara likes fruitcake. He reminds Emily that the best reason is that there will be no babies, no reminders. No babies in Paris in the fast lane. He thinks the best thing that could happen to Jen is for her to skip Christmas in Oakdale.

At the mall, Jennifer bumps into another shopper who tells her to watch out. She sits down and thinks of Billy but then has to duck out of sight when she sees Dusty and Meg come out of a store. They kiss several times; Jennifer cringes.

In the car, Iris looks at a map and tells Stan they should hit Canada in seven or eight hours, if they’re lucky. Stan says, "Let’s do it." Just at that moment, Jack opens the door and pulls him out, asking, “Going somewhere?” Carly knocks on the back window and Iris’s gig is up.

Emily asks Paul if there is such a thing as peace on Earth. He will settle for peace in Oakdale. He asks if she’d spoken to Hal and she replies no, too much aggravation. Speaking of aggravation, his phone rings and it’s Barbara pulling a guilt trip on him, demanding that he get over there and help his brother. He is in a psychiatric hospital, and if he doesn’t cooperate they’ll throw him back in jail. Paul says he’s on his way.

On a single, lonely bunk in his padded cell, Will lies. Gwen comes in and Will immediately asks about Billy. She shows him that she snuck him in. He tells her it feels so good when she’s in there. Anything from Carly and Jack? She tells him yes, Hal has his people out, and it won’t be long now. He tells her when they are there, he feels like he can handle anything, even this place. She gives him a kiss on the neck and they hug, clinging to each other with Billy between..

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