All My Children Best Lines Wednesday 1/26/11


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Jake: What kind?

Cara: Leukemia. I was diagnosed at age 8. I've had a couple of relapses through the years.

Jake: Wow. So you really were that little girl in the hospital?

Cara: I couldn't let her parents take away her hope.

Jake: So what you're saying to me is that you were sick when we met.

Cara: No. I had been in remission for years.

Jake: And you don't think that's the type of thing you should have told me?

Cara: I wanted to put it behind me, I guess.

Jake: You guess? We were married, Cara. Why would you keep something like that a secret?

Cara: Because I loved that you didn't know. For the first time in my life, I actually met someone who didn't freak out every time I sneezed, who didn't treat me like I was breakable. You looked at me, and you didn't see a sick person. You looked at me and you saw me, and I needed that. I lived for that.

Jake: This would explain why your brother is so overprotective.

Cara: Yeah, my father took off, and he became the man of the house, and that was pretty sad, because he was 12 years old.

Jake: Mm-hmm.

Cara: My mom worked all the time, so he was like my gatekeeper.

Jake: I get it.

Cara: When there were field trips, you know, or when the kids got to hang out at the playground, I was stuck inside staring out the widow, just kind of wondering what it was like to have a normal life. I might as well have been sitting inside a plastic bubble, because I really didn't get to experience anything.

Jake: Until Doctors Without Borders.

Cara: Until I met you. You know, my whole life I ached to see the world, to take chances, to go on adventures. After college, and even after med school, my family wanted me to settle down someplace safe and quiet, you know, just in case.

Jake: You showed them, right?

Cara: I did. When I took Dr. Finn's name, I was finally able to live. And then I met you, and I found my partner in crime.

Jake: You should've told your partner.

Cara: I didn't want you to start protecting me. I felt tough when I was with you. I felt alive. You embraced the world. You never ran from it, and you taught me to do the same. And I loved that about you. I loved that about us. And to this day, I can't let it go.

Jake: See, I'm having a hard time understanding you. I thought you said you were happy.

Cara: I was happy.

Jake: How do you go from loving your life all the way to jumping into a jeep, never looking back?

Cara: It's complicated.

Jake: I have time. Every single one of your answers -- it's almost like it's a non-answer, really.

Cara: I was happy, you know? I wanted more.

Jake: Yeah. We're the more generation. More of what, exactly?

Cara: More excitement, more adventure, you know? Yeah, you've been able to do whatever you wanted your whole life, and for me, it was just beginning, and I didn't want to give it up.

Jake: So we're in the middle of Sudan, it wasn't enough of an adventure for you?

Cara: I wanted to see everything, I wanted to do everything, and I didn't feel like I could do that unless I was on my own.

Jake: So it was me? I was holding you back? It's my fault?

Cara: No. You know what, though? Things worked out great, actually, if you think about it. Because if they hadn't played out the way they did, you never would've ended up back here.

Jake: Because I have a wife and a son?

Cara: Yes. And you have your brother -- he's here. And you have Krystal, and you have your nieces, and you have a nephew, and you've got this whole extended family.

Jake: Cara, we're not talking about my family right now. I love every single member of my family, and I know where my heart is supposed to be, but we're not talking about that right now.

Cara: No, we are talking about that right now, Jake, because that is the difference between us. When we both joined D.W.B., we did it because of the rush, right? For the heart-pumping thrill of saving lives, changing the world, and I think that that rush was just this pit stop for you, something that you needed to get out of your system before ending up where you are right now. Ok, but for me, that rush was my life. I wasn't on my way to someplace else. I was exactly where I was supposed to be, where you are right now. And it's because of you, by the way. Because you gave me that push, and I'll always be grateful for that.

Jake: What's next, then?

Cara: I don't know. I've got to get out of the country first, you know? But I tell you what. I can't wait to find out.

Jake: Right.

Cara: Um -- You remember this thing?

Jake: Vaguely. Isn't that some good luck thing you carried around?

Cara: Quetzal. It's a --

Jake: Right, it rhymed with "pretzel." I love pretzels.

Cara: Because it's about -- with you always, right? Always. If you look at this, it looks like the bird is -- it's growing out of the ground from his roots, but it's got these really beautiful wings. I feel like even though you were far away from home, you always had this strong pull to your roots. And for me, it's always been about the wings.

Cara: Hi.

Tad: Hey.

Cara: It's a great party.

Tad: Yeah. Terrific.

Cara: You don't need to worry, ok? The Martins always come back. Look at your brother.

Tad: I didn't get him anything.

Cara: Jake?

Tad: Damon. Here he is, leaving town, and I couldn't think of anything appropriate. How lame is that?

Cara: Uh, I actually -- I have something that you can give him. Here. It's for good luck.

Tad: It's beautiful.

Cara: It is, isn't it?

Tad: I -- Cara, I can't take this.

Cara: No. I got a million of them at home. Please. Yeah. And you know what? I think this would be great for Damon. He's a kid who has wings but didn't know he had roots until he met you.

Tad: I guess that's me, huh? I'm up. The world's a funny place. A year ago, I didn't even know you existed. And now the truth is I can't imagine my life without you in it. You are the most wonderful unlooked-for surprise I've ever gotten. The luckiest man alive. I love you, I'm so proud of you, and I don't give a damn what coast you're on.

Opal: Aw. That's right.

Damon: Um, I don't know what to say, everybody. This is really -- wow. Uh, I know I screwed up a lot when I first got here, um, so I just want to thank you all for giving me a second chance and a third chance and a fourth chance. I'll never forget it. I'll never forget any of you.

Scott: Damn. You and Annie sure do work late.

J.R.: What's your problem?

Scott: I have no problem.

J.R.: You swore that you were over Annie, yet you're going after her again. What's so funny? You surprised that she told me about it?

Scott: No, J.R. I'm surprised you bought it.

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