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Another World Transcript Thursday 1/6/05

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Josie: Matthew, I can’t. Because I'm grounded. You know why--because my mom walked in on us. I know we were only kissing, but she's really mad. I've never seen her so angry. I'll try. I promise. Bye.

Jason: Anything good on TV?

Josie: I don't know, and I don't care.

Jason: Sounds like one of us is an unhappy trooper.

Josie: I'm grounded.

Jason: I know, sweetheart. I know.

Josie: And Matthew just called me and he wants me to meet him at the Pelican club.

Jason: Well, that's no big loss, that's a dive.

Josie: That's not a dive, it's a great place. So, can I go?

Jason: Hey, you got a problem--you're grounded.

Josie: But you could give me permission.

Jason: You ask your mother.

Josie: She's out.

Jason: Well, then, too bad.

Josie: This is your chance, Uncle Jason. You could just let me out for a couple of hours, and I promise I'll stay home for the rest of my life.

Jason: Oh, Josie, come on.

Josie: Please, Uncle Jason, please.

Jason: The way you talk it's like it's life and death.

Josie: In a way, it is.

Bartender: Good evening, ladies.

Courtney: Hello.

Lisa: Hi.

Bartender: What will it be tonight?

Courtney: Club soda.

Lisa: Two.

Bartender: Lime?

Courtney: Yeah, why not? We're living dangerously.

Lisa: So, tell me about Zack.

Courtney: Counselor Edwards is not a one-woman man. At least not right now.

Lisa: He sees Ronnie, too?

Courtney: Mm-hmm. And I am tired of waiting for my turn in the rotation.

Lisa: Maybe you should tell him that.

Courtney: Oh, it's no point. No, the time has come for me to get back into circulation.

Bartender: Here you go.

Lisa: Thanks.

Courtney: You know, there are a lot of guys out there.

Lisa: Yeah.

Courtney: And a few are bound to come in here. Maybe a couple of them will be nice. Maybe one will be Mr. Right.

Lisa: Anything's possible, but I'm beginning to think Mr. Right doesn't exist.

Jake: Lisa.

Lisa: What do you want?

Jake: I need to talk to you.

Woman: Hello?

Nicole: Yes?

Woman: Oh, good.

Nicole: I'm sorry, the salon--

Woman: I was worried that there was not going to be anyone here.

Nicole: Well, no one should be here right now.

Woman: So, this is the salon.

Nicole: Yes, it is, but I'm sorry, we're closed. Maybe you can come back tomorrow--

Woman: Oh, no, no, I'm not here to shop. I'm looking for Cass. Is he around?

Nicole: No, he isn’t. Can I help?

Woman: Do you have a phone number for him?

Nicole: He's at work.

Woman: At this hour? Oh, I don't believe it.

Nicole: Sounds like you know him pretty well.

Woman: Well, I probably know him better than anyone in the world. In fact, I'm here to spend the night with him.

Nicole: You--you want to--

Woman: Wait a minute.

Nicole: No, you wait a minute.

Woman: You're Nicole.

Nicole: What do you mean, you're going to spend the night with him?

Woman: You're his fiancée.

Nicole: Damn right.

Woman: Of course.

Nicole: Then you know.

Woman: Well, sure, he told me all about you.

Nicole: I don't believe this.

Woman: What, he didn't tell you about me?

Nicole: No, he didn't say a word. I'm gonna kill him.

Woman: I'm his sister.

Nicole: What?

Woman: Stacey Winthrop.

Nicole: Stacey?

Stacey: I have been dying to meet you, Nicole.

Nicole: His sister.

[Laughs] Oh, I'm so embarrassed.

Stacey: Why? What do you mean?

Nicole: Well, I thought--

Stacey: Oh, no, don't worry about it.

Nicole: I'm sorry. Oh, please, please, come in. He didn't tell me you were coming.

Stacey: Well, that's because he didn't know.

Nicole: Oh, you mean this is a surprise?

Stacey: Yeah, unless, of course, he read my mind. Sometimes we have these kinds of long-distance premonitions about each other.

Nicole: Is that right?

Stacey: I don't know. You know, it's like when the telephone rings and you know that it's Cass, but then again, that could be because not many people are calling me these days, so it's probably him.

Nicole: That's not true. Now, what are you doing in Bay City? Are you going to stay, or is this a visit?

Stacey: Well, I'm looking for work.

Nicole: You are? As a lawyer?

Stacey: So he does talk about me.

Nicole: Of course he does. He's very proud of you.

Stacey: Yeah, well, I have a couple of interviews and if everything--

Ruben: Hello?

Nicole: Yes? Oh, hi, Ruben. Come on in.

Ruben: No, that's ok.

Nicole: Well, what is it?

Ruben: I just have to drop these files off for Mr. Winthrop.

Nicole: All right. Well, please come in and meet Cass' sister.

Stacey: Hi there. I'm Stacey Winthrop.

Ruben: Hi. I'm Ruben Lawrence.

Nicole: Ruben Lawrence. He works for Cass.

Stacey: Oh, in the new law firm.

Nicole: That's right.

Ruben: Right. You know, your brother--he's a good man.

Stacey: Well, yeah, I think so, too.

Ruben: He helped me out of a real jam.

Stacey: He did?

Ruben: Well, yeah, you know, and he did it just because he believed in me. There was nothing in it for him.

Stacey: Wait a second. Are we talking about the same Cass here?

Ruben: Yeah. Yeah, I'm sure we are. I better get going.

Nicole: All right, I'll give these to Cass, Ruben.

Ruben: Thanks. And it was nice meeting you, Ms. Winthrop.

Stacey: Same here. Oh, man, I never thought I'd see the day.

Nicole: What?

Stacey: Cass doing something for somebody for nothing?

Nicole: Oh, he loves his work, Stacey.

Stacey: Well, if you had seen him when we were in law school, all he bragged about was how he was going to milk big bucks out of some corporation someday.

Nicole: I've never seen him so happy.

Stacey: With his work?

Nicole: With his work.

Stacey: Nicole, you are going to have to tell me all about my brother.

Nicole: Oh, no.

Stacey: What? Oh, am I keeping you from something?

Nicole: Well, I almost forgot, I--my niece is getting married this Friday, and I promised her that I would do another fitting for her.

Stacey: Oh, no problem. Listen, I could just stay here if it's not a problem.

Nicole: Stacey, I really hate to leave you all alone.

Stacey: I'm used to it, believe me.

Nicole: Wait a minute. What am I thinking of? I'm meeting Cass at the Pelican later. Here, why don't you just come with me and I'll drop you off on the way.

Stacey: The Pelican?

Nicole: It's a jazz club. Oh, he's going to be so surprised.

Stacey: Well, he better be or I'll punch him out.

Nicole: He's bigger than you are, Stacey.

Stacey: Oh, that's right, I always forget that. You know, he was such a scrawny kid. He was scared to death of me.

Josie: I really wanted to see Matthew.

Jason: I get the picture, Josie.

Josie: So can I go?

Jason: You're putting me on the spot, you know.

Josie: But I won't be out long.

Jason: You keep saying that.

Josie: Two hours at the latest, I swear.

Jason: Josie, your mom was pretty firm about this.

Josie: But we weren't doing anything wrong. You know how Mama is.

Jason: You're right, I do.

Josie: Please, Uncle Jason? Please say yes.

Jason: I always have had a soft spot in my heart for young romance. Ok, why not? Go.

Josie: Oh, Uncle Jason, you're the best uncle ever!

Jason: Well, maybe one of the top 10.

Josie: Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Jason: Hey, it's two hours and you are back here.

Josie: I swear, I swear.

Jason: If you're going to be late, you call, you check in, you let me know.

Josie: I will, I will. Thank you, thank you!

Jason: All right.

Jason: Noah Grady. This is interesting.

[Knock on door]

Jason: Yeah?

Cass: Good evening, Jason.

Jason: Cass, you don't just barge in here.

Cass: We are going to talk about Vicky’s $250,000.

Jason: I am so tired of talking about that money.

Cass: So am I, Jason. So am I. That's why I'm not leaving until you agree to repay the entire amount--with interest.

Jake: Courtney, would you mind? I'd like to talk to Lisa alone just a moment, ok?

Courtney: Sure.

Lisa: You stay right here, Courtney.

Courtney: I have to go powder my nose anyway.

Jake: Thank you, Courtney.

Courtney: You're welcome.

Lisa: Make it quick, Jake.

Jake: Listen, Lisa, I may have--I may have overreacted when you showed up at Jamie’s.

Lisa: You may? You may have overreacted?

Jake: Ok, I was out of line, all right?

Lisa: You were dead wrong.

Jake: I was worried about Vicky.

Lisa: Is this an apology, or are you excusing yourself?

Jake: I'm sorry. Really.

Lisa: You don't have to worry about Vicky. It's over between Jamie and me and it has been for some time.

Jake: Lisa, Vicky and I go back a long, long time.

Lisa: And you care about her, right?

Jake: Yes.

Lisa: Like I care about Jamie and always will. But life goes on.

Jake: Right.

Lisa: Yours did, and you didn't miss a beat.

Jake: I missed a beat. I missed a lot of them.

Lisa: Well, I'm looking to the future.

Jake: Well, that's the best thing to do, I guess, huh?

Lisa: I accept your apology.

Jake: So, have you met anyone?

Lisa: What does that mean?

Jake: Guys, a guy.

Lisa: That is absolutely none of your business.

Jake: You're right. You're right.

Lisa: You really know how to lift my spirits, Jake.

Jake: I'm sorry.

Lisa: I'm tired of your apologies. I want you to leave.

Man: You McKinnon?

Jake: Yeah. You must be the manager.

Man: Yeah. My bartender tells me you want to talk to me about a job.

Jake: Right.

Lisa: So long, Jake. It's been swell.

Jake: Yeah, look, I got some bills stacked up. I understand the tips around this place are really good.

Man: Well, if you want to tend bar, you better have nobody waiting for you. It's going to take all of your nights.

Jake: Great.

Lisa: Do you want to get out of here?

Courtney: With a passion.

Lisa: I'll get the check.

Zack: What are you two beautiful ladies doing here all by yourselves? What is that supposed to mean?

Zack: Well, I just wondered--

Courtney: Do think two women can't have a terrific time unless there's a man around?

Zack: I didn't say--

Courtney: And we are having a great time. Aren't we, Lisa?

Lisa: Oh, sure, just dandy.

Zack: Dandy, huh? Well, would I spoil things if I joined you?

Courtney: No, but, see, we were just leaving--

Lisa: You know what? I just saw someone I know. So would you excuse me? It's nice to see you, Zack. I'll catch you later, Courtney.

Courtney: Lisa--

Courtney: Sure.

Zack: So, you two had a hell of an evening, huh?

Courtney: Yes. It's going right into my memoirs.

Zack: I'm sorry if I drove Lisa away.

Courtney: I think Ronnie must be still backstage.

Zack: I was looking for you.

Courtney: Oh?

Zack: I wanted to talk about us, about our relationship.

Courtney: I didn't know we had one.

Zack: Look, Courtney, I must have been kidding myself when I thought that I could be involved with both you and Ronnie at the same time.

Courtney: Just get to the point, Zack.

Zack: Look, I can't do it anymore, ok? It's not fair to anyone.

Courtney: I can guess where this is headed.

Zack: You are a wonderful and beautiful and bright--

Courtney: Just say what you have to say, ok, Zack?

Zack: I'm going to start seeing Ronnie exclusively.

Courtney: Fine.

Zack: I'm sorry.

Courtney: Look, I really have to go now, so--

Zack: Look, Courtney, wait. You are one hell of a lady. And I am glad that I know you.

Courtney: I'm glad to know you, too, Zack.

Zack: So can we still be friends?

Courtney: It's worth a try.

Man: That's a nasty habit.

Ruben: Duke?

Duke: What's happening, man?

Ruben: Watcha doing around here, man?

Duke: I was in the neighborhood. I figured I'd just drop by, you know.

Ruben: You look good, man.

Duke: Thanks, man. You got busted. Looks like you beat that rap.

Ruben: You know nothing can keep me down.

Duke: That's right, man, you always were good at slipping and sliding.

Ruben: Yeah, well, I'll check you out later, all right?

Duke: Hold on. I figure maybe we could do some talking.

Ruben: About what?

Duke: Are you interested in a little action?

Ruben: No, man, I've been taking it easy.

Duke: Are you getting fat and lazy on me?

Ruben: No, I'm just cooling and chilling, all right?

Duke: Yeah, well, I remember a time when there was nothing you wouldn't do, nothing you couldn't do. We had some hot times then, man. We had lots of extra cash.

Ruben: I'm on probation, all right, Duke?

Duke: Hey, man, who ain't?

Ruben: Look, I'm just taking it easy. I'm keeping clean, all right?

Duke: You're not going legitimate on me...

Ruben: No, man, I ain't saying that.

Duke: That's good because something real big is coming down. Something real--

Matt: So Thompson puts on his best professor voice, you know--

Jesse: Yeah, I can hear him now. Ahem.

[As Professor Thompson] "Young Mr. Cory--"

Matt: [As Professor Thompson] "Yes, let's take a look at Mr. Keats' exquisite 'Grecian urn.'"

Ruben: All right, look, we'll talk about it later, all right?

Duke: Why don't we talk about it now?

Matt: [Normal voice] Hey, look who's here.

Jesse: Hey, Ruben, what's up, man?

Duke: What's the matter, ain't you going to introduce me to your friends?

Jason: What's that?

Cass: A summons.

Jason: What does it mean?

Cass: I warned you about this, Jason. Vicky is suing you. All of your assets have been frozen.

Jason: You're kidding me.

Cass: You can't even spend a penny without explaining it to the court.

Jason: That's crazy. You keep it.

Cass: Speaking of which--

Jason: What?

Cass: You're to appear before the judge in two weeks.

Jason: For what?

Cass: To discuss repayment of the loan.

Jason: John, my partner is Vicky’s uncle. He's going to be hurt by that, too.

Cass: Actually, I took care of that quite nicely. You see, only your share of the business is affected.

Jason: It's a bloody joke.

Cass: No, it's not.

Jason: Jamie. Jamie is marrying Vicky. What about that, for crying out loud?

Cass: I took care of that, too. I had a nice talk with Jamie, and he now understands that you tricked Vicky into lending you that money.

Jason: I didn't trick Vicky into doing anything.

Cass: You had no intention of ever repaying her.

Jason: You don't know about my intentions, now, do you?

Cass: I'll let your record speak for itself, Jason. You know, I tried to be reasonable with you, even civil.

Jason: Oh, you acted like a jerk.

Cass: Coming from you, that's high praise indeed. I wrote you letters, dozens of letters. You can imagine how crushed I was when you didn't write back. Good night.

Jason: Hey, you want to be a pen pal? All right. Hey, I think maybe you and I--just you and me--could work something out. I could make it very worth your while.

Cass: Well, maybe I am being a little rash.

Jason: I thought you might see it my way.

Cass: You and I would enter into some kind of a private agreement?

Jason: Very private.

Cass: But nothing in writing.

Jason: Well, nothing except maybe my signature on a check.

Cass: But your bank account has been frozen.

Jason: Thanks to you. But I happen to have this little numbered account in the Bahamas. It's for kind of a tropical rainy day.

Cass: I see. Well, it's raining, all right.

Jason: How would that be?

Cass: I'd say Frame Construction is doing pretty well.

Jason: Doing good? I think it's doing great. We just need a break, that's all. Now, what about it?

Cass: I think we need one more zero, Jason.

Jason: That's a hard bargain. Do we have a deal?

Cass: We'll have a deal. That's what you'd drive if you were in my shoes.

Jason: Deal.

Cass: A very good deal.

Jason: I thought you'd see it my way.

Cass: Yes, I definitely see it your way. You're welcome, Jason. I'm sure Vicky will see it, too, very nicely. Yeah, this will do very nicely for a down payment on the payback.

Jason: You sleaze ball.

Cass: But, Jason, don't even think of stopping payment on this check, or I'll have all your property seized. I'll be back in a couple of weeks for the second installment. Oh, by the way, the summons still stands. We'll see you in court.

Ruben: Matt, Jesse, this is Duke.

Matt: Nice to meet you.

Duke: How you doing?

Ruben: Hey, why don't you guys meet me inside? I'll be in there in a minute, all right?

Matt: Yeah, Ronnie’s set should be starting soon.

Jesse: Yeah. We'll be inside.

Duke: College kids.

Ruben: They go to school, yeah.

Duke: Jesse's your brother, ain't he?

Ruben: How did you know that?

Duke: I know everything, man. See, because if you don't know things, that's how you get hurt.

Ruben: No. No, I want out of it, Duke.

Duke: Say what?

Ruben: You heard me, man.

Duke: You're saying to me you don't want to work for me no more?

Ruben: I'm saying that, and I mean it this time.

Duke: What is your problem, Holmes?

Ruben: I was this close to being put away, man. I don't want to do no time inside. I want to have a go at it out here. Do you have a problem with that, huh?

Duke: Yeah, I got a problem with it. That means I'm going to have to replace you, man.

Ruben: That shouldn't be too hard for you.

Duke: You know anybody that's interested?

Ruben: No, but I'll look out for you, all right?

Duke: How about your little brother?

Ruben: Come here, man. You forget that. You understand me?

Duke: Just thought he might be interested making a little extra cash--

Ruben: Let me tell you something, Duke. Better leave my brother alone. You hear me?

Zack: Hi.

Ronnie: I'm about to go on, Zack.

Zack: Well, are you going to dedicate your first song to me?

Ronnie: Why should I?

Zack: Why shouldn't you?

Ronnie: Give me 10 minutes, al.

Zack: I thought you kind of liked me.

Ronnie: I used to.

Zack: This is a joke, right?

Ronnie: Do you see me smiling?

Zack: What happened?

Ronnie: You know, if you're going to carry on with other women, do it where I can't watch you, ok?

Zack: Carry on?

Ronnie: Oh, please, don't try to act so damn innocent.

Zack: I am innocent.

Ronnie: I saw you and Courtney, Zack.

Zack: You--oh, that.

Ronnie: "Oh, that."

Zack: Look, I was just kissing her because I was--

Ronnie: Yeah, well, this better be good.

Zack: Because she and I have decided that we're no longer going to see one another.

Ronnie: What?

Zack: I told her I just wanted to see you from now on.

Ronnie: You... you mean you really--

Zack: Yeah, I mean I really.

Ronnie: I don't know what to say.

Zack: Don't say anything. Just go out there and sing.

Ronnie: You still want me to dedicate the first song to you?

Zack: I'd be honored. Ronnie? This is the first step in the right direction. Don't you think so?

Ronnie: I hope so.

Courtney: Well, at least now we know.

Lisa: It's about time.

Courtney: And I'm going to be very philosophical about this--after I eat all the ice cream in my refrigerator.

Lisa: Oh.

Courtney: I'll see you later.

Lisa: Ok, Courtney. Bye.

Lisa: I'd like a vodka martini.

Jake: Lisa.

Lisa: Oh, what now?

Jake: I wanted to tell you--

Lisa: You wanted to tell me that you never meant anything you ever said to me.

Jake: That's not what I was going to say.

Lisa: I'm sure it was something like that.

Jake: Why are you being like this?

Lisa: Because I'm sick of you.

Jake: Lisa, I--I didn't mean to hurt you.

Lisa: You never mean anything, do you? Well, I've lost the forgiving mood, Jake, so try me another time.

Jake: It's just--let me finish what I'm going to say, all right?

Lisa: It's just what?

Jake: I just want to see if we can all be friends. I mean, can't we at least try that?

Matt: Josie, hi.

Josie: I can't believe my uncle let me out of the house.

Matt: How did you talk him into it?

Josie: Well, it wasn't too hard.

Jesse: Josie could talk anybody into doing anything.

Josie: Well, I did have to beg and plead just a little bit.

Matt: It was worth it.

Jesse: Let's get a table.

Matt: Yeah.

Josie: Ok.

Matt: Excuse me, go ahead. Get away from her.

Lisa: Matt--

Jake: Why don't you just relax?

Matt: Hey, look, I'm telling you to get away from her, and I mean it.

Lisa: It's ok, Matt.

Matt: Why don't you just get lost, Jake?

Jake: Why don't you just relax, Matt, all right?

Lisa: Matt, Jake and I were just talking.

Matt: I don't want him bothering you, Lisa.

Jake: I certainly won't bother her anymore, especially now that I know she's got a teenage bodyguard watching out for her.

Matt: That guy is the most conceited, arrogant--

Lisa: Matt, I can take care of myself.

Matt: Why won't he just leave you alone?

Lisa: I appreciate your concern, but you have your own life.

Matt: You're part of my life, Lisa.

Lisa: Matt--

Matt: All my friends are part of my life.

Lisa: I know, but you have Josie.

Matt: So?

Lisa: She might misunderstand.

Matt: No, she's not like that.

Lisa: Matt, a woman likes to know she comes first, especially if she has a great guy like you.

Jesse: Hey, you ok?

Josie: Oh, yeah, I'm fine. So, what will we have?

Jesse: I don't know about you, but I'm starving. Ronnie said I could be here to hear her sing just as long as I stay far away from the bar.

Lisa: She keeps looking over here, Matt.

Matt: Lisa, she knows we're just friends.

Lisa: Go and be with Josie. I'm ok.

Matt: You're all alone.

Lisa: I want to be.

Matt: Ok, listen, if Jake--

Lisa: He won’t. Just go. Matt? Thanks.

Stacey: Hi there. I'm Stacey Winthrop. I don't know if you happen to know my brother Cass, but I was wondering--

Lisa: Cass. You're his sister?

Stacey: Yeah. You know him?

Lisa: Sure. My name is Lisa Grady.

Stacey: Lisa, nice to meet you.

Lisa: So, are you here to visit?

Stacey: Well, no, actually, I'm just sort of going along with things, and I'll figure it out from day to day.

Lisa: Well, it's a nice place.

Stacey: Oh, I know that, I used to live on Bay View Ave.

Lisa: Oh, well, then you must have a lot of friends here.

Stacey: Friends. I got friends, ex-lovers, enemies--the entire gamut.

Lisa: Do I know anybody?

Stacey: Maybe. Jamie Frame, Rachel Cory’s son? I guess everybody knows the Cory family.

Lisa: Jamie?

Stacey: Yeah, I was a little--a little? I was a lot engaged to him at one time.

Lisa: Small world.

Stacey: What do you mean by that?

Lisa: So was I.

Stacey: Wow, that is a coincidence. You said "was."

Lisa: Oh, he's marrying someone else on Friday. She's due to give birth to his baby in two months.

Stacey: Unbelievable.

Lisa: What?

Stacey: Did Jamie ever mention me?

Lisa: No, he didn’t.

Stacey: No. Well, I was pregnant when I was engaged to him, as well.

Lisa: You were?

Stacey: Yeah, but it wasn't his baby. So he was a little devastated by it.

Lisa: I can imagine.

Stacey: But I bet he'll make a terrific dad.

Lisa: Yeah. I'm beginning to understand why it means so much to him.

Stacey: Is she a good person? His fiancée, I mean.

Lisa: Depends on who you ask.

Stacey: Right. Stupid question.

Lisa: Well, she's changing, thanks to Jamie.

Stacey: Well, she's lucky to have him.

Lisa: Yeah. Best thing that could happen to anyone.

Stacey: You still a little hurt by it?

Lisa: I fought and I lost. I gave it my best shot, though.

Cass: Stacey!

Stacey: There he is!

Cass: Hey. Oh, what are you doing here?

Duke: I need me a real homeboy on this job. I need somebody that can be trusted. I can't be going out recruiting no new people.

Ruben: All right, all right, you won't have to, ok?

Duke: So you'll be my man?

Ruben: Yeah.

Duke: All right. This is going to be one of the sweetest deals to ever come down. You see--

Ruben: I got to go inside, ok?

Duke: I got to lay the thing out for you.

Ruben: It'll be cool, all right? I'll go around to your place.

Duke: When?

Ruben: I'll call you, all right?

Duke: Hey, man, well, in case you, you know, you forget, don't remember, slips your mind or something, I'll call you.

Ruben: I said don't worry about it, Duke, ok?

Duke: I never do.

Zack: Ruben.

Ruben: What were you doing? Were you spying on me?

Zack: No, just came to get some fresh air. But I heard what that guy said.

Ruben: Nothing. He didn't say nothing, man.

Zack: I'm worried about you, Ruben.

Ruben: Listen to me, man, I report to Mr. Winthrop, not you.

Zack: You keep it up, you're going to ruin your life.

Ruben: I ain't doing nothing, man.

Zack: Not only yours, your families. Think about Ronnie. Think about Jesse.

Ruben: Why don't you think about getting off of my case, ok?

Zack: Look, I've been where you're at. I know how it is to deal with guys like this.

Ruben: I ain't dealing with them.

Zack: I fought myself out of some pretty tight spots.

Ruben: That's what all you guys who made it say.

Zack: It's the truth.

Ruben: No, I know what the truth is, ok? The truth is you better get yours while you can because it's for sure they're going to get you.

Zack: Who, Ruben? Who's going to get you? What are you afraid of?

Ruben: Well, not you, Mr. Lawyer.

Zack: Please, Ruben, I want to help.

Ruben: No, I don't want nobody to help me, ok? I can take care of myself. I can take care of everything, man.

Zack: Ruben—

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Ronnie: On the day that you left me you said you had no regrets there's a bond between us that hasn't been broken yet and the feelings between us will never disappear how can you be far away? When your spirit's here you're still my man nothing can change it we still belong together you're still my man nothing can change it our love will last forever and the seasons of our love will always change, I know maybe that's the reason you felt you had to go but soon you'll be missing me darling, I know you well there's a magic we share together and no one can break that spell I'll wait for you the thought that keeps me going each day and suddenly you still love me I love you more than words can say you're still my man nothing can change it don't you know? You ought to know we belong together oh, you're still my man nothing can change it oh, baby ooh, darling you're in my heart forever because you're my man and without you there is no love at all you're my man

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Zack: You are singing better than ever.

Ronnie: I'm feeling better than ever.

Zack: Come sit with me, ok?

Ronnie: Ok.

Zack: You know, I was looking up at you and thinking about the Ronnie of a few months ago.

Ronnie: Yeah? What was she like?

Zack: It's hard to tell. She wouldn't let me get too close.

Ronnie: Well, I feel very comfortable with you.

Zack: Enough to let me get to know you a little better?

Ronnie: More than enough. One more question, though. Are you sure about Courtney?

Zack: She and I are friends. You and I are much more than that. What you are, what you have--it's special. God, listen to me. I mean, in court, I'm a very eloquent guy, but when it comes to telling a woman how deeply I feel about her--

Ronnie: You're doing fine, counselor.

Zack: Look, what I'm really trying to say is that I think you and I would be very good together. And I'd like to see a lot more of you.

Matt: Josie has been gone a long time, hasn't she?

Jesse: Maybe there's a line for the phone.

Matt: I hope she hasn't gotten in trouble with her mom or something.

Jesse: I wonder what happened to Ruben.

Matt: He probably went off with his friend, right?

Jesse: Duke's no friend.

Matt: Yeah, he did look kind of hostile.

Jesse: I don't like him. He's trouble. I like your friends, though, especially Josie.

Matt: She's great.

Jesse: Who's that other girl you were talking to?

Matt: Lisa. She's a friend.

Jesse: Seems to me you like her a lot.

Matt: Well, she's fantastic.

Jesse: Hey, you ok?

Josie: No.

Matt: Did you talk to your mom?

Josie: Yeah, we had a big fight. I've to go, Matt.

Matt: I'm sorry, Josie.

Josie: Hey, that's the way it goes.

Matt: Well, I'll drive you home.

Josie: No, I drove myself. Thanks.

Cass: You're crazy, you know that?

Stacey: I think it might run in the family.

Cass: You may be right.

Lisa: Well, I'll let you two catch up. Really nice to meet you, Stacey.

Stacey: Nice to meet you, too, Lisa. Take care.

Lisa: I'll see you later, Cass.

Cass: Ok, Lisa.

Lisa: Bye-bye.

Cass: Bye. Ok, who goes first?

Stacey: Oh, where do you start?

Cass: With an apology. I wasn't there for you when you needed me. I have a little trouble dealing with that. I'm sorry.

Stacey: Hey, I wasn't around when you lost Kathleen, so I guess we haven't exactly been rallying points for each other lately.

Cass: What is it about us?

Stacey: Oh, could be a combination of selfish, insensitive, egotistical--

Cass: We're also thoughtless and unfeeling and always looking out for number one.

Stacey: And we love each other, so I guess it really doesn't matter.

Cass: Would you like to talk about it?

Stacey: Yeah. In a way, it kind of helps. I just--I just wish you had seen Megan.

Cass: She looked great from the photographs you sent me.

Stacey: No, I mean, you know, really known her and touched her. My little baby. You know, she reminded me a lot of you. She had your little bit of that wacko sense of humor. She was really beautiful. Very loving. I don't want to really think about this right now.

Cass: Want to tell me about mark?

Stacey: Mark. Mark I married because I was pregnant with his baby, and it didn't work.

Cass: Well, I knew that was pretty much over by the time you left Bay City.

Stacey: Mark and I--we were never meant to be anyway. He was great with Megan. That's good because, you know, now they're both together.

Cass: You never told me how it happened.

Stacey: They had gone camping--actually, they were on their way to a campsite, and some drifter--I don't know whether he was drunk or he was on drugs or whatnot, but--well, his car hit theirs, and Megan died instantly and Mark died later at the hospital. That's basically all that they told me.

Cass: Why do things like that happen? I've asked myself that God knows how many times. I guess God is the only one who knows the answer.

Stacey: Is that how you got over Kathleen?

Cass: I never got over Kathleen. But after a long while, I realized that you just have to keep on keeping on.

Stacey: Very weird.

Cass: What?

Stacey: After it happened, I said the exact same thing. Just keep on keeping on.

Cass: Sure is tough, though.

Stacey: It ain't easy, that's for sure. You know, I think I probably could accept the fact that Megan was taken from me, but not the way it happened. The drifter--

Cass: What about him?

Stacey: The cops never caught him. They never saw him after the accident. Well, why don't we talk about something else?

Cass: And now for something completely different-- oo!

[Stacey laughs]

Stacey: How about old Nicole?

Cass: Nicole who?

Stacey: Nicole.

Cass: Did you meet her?

Stacey: I met her tonight.

Cass: You did?

Stacey: She seems pretty nice. Is she?

Cass: Yes, she's nice.

Stacey: Well, I'm going to be perfectly blunt here. What's going on with the two of you?

Cass: Well, I'll be perfectly blunt right back. She and I are...

Stacey: You're...yeah?

Cass: You know... I told you about us, didn't I?

Stacey: Is that all?

Cass: Isn't that enough?

Stacey: Well, you tell me.

Cass: You're wicked. You're worse than a prosecuting attorney.

Stacey: Don't think you're going to be tap-dancing your way out of this one, my friend.

Cass: All right, why don't we go try and find her and then you can see the two of us in action and examine the evidence for yourself.

Stacey: Terrific. Cass?

Cass: Yeah?

Stacey: I'm really happy to be here.

Cass: I'm happy you're here, too, Stace.

Stacey: ...Very large firm, very prestigious. If I had stayed there an extra couple years, they probably would have made me a partner.

Nicole: Well, what happened?

Stacey: I decided I didn't want to work in a large firm. You know, you go to law school and you think you're going to help people and you end up standing in line waiting for an office in the corner of the building.

Cass: You know, I got a great idea. Come on in.

Stacey: He's had a couple of great ideas. You notice that, Nicole?

Nicole: Yes, I certainly have.

Cass: It happens from time to time. Why don't you come in with us?

Stacey: What?

Cass: Zack has more work than he can handle. My practice is starting to pick up.

Stacey: Oh, Cass, I don't think so.

Cass: Why not?

Stacey: Well, for one reason, you and I don't get along.

Cass: So, when has that ever stopped us?

Stacey: Besides, I need to make a lot of money. I don't know if you can pay me enough.

Cass: Wait a second. You just said you want to help people.

Stacey: That doesn't mean I'm not greedy. I want to make tons of money for helping people.

Cass: Would you think about it?

Stacey: Yeah, I'll think about it, look over the offer.

Nicole: Before you make up your mind here, why don't we get you unpacked, all right?

Stacey: Are you guys certain that I can stay here? I mean, just for tonight.

Nicole: We have plenty of room.

Stacey: Ok, terrific. Then I'm going to go get my bags.

Cass: I'll help you.

Stacey: No, stay put. They're very light, and I'm very strong.

Cass: Heaven forbid anyone should help her.

Nicole: So, it's your sister.

Cass: Yeah. It's my sister. Listen, are you sure it's all right that she stays here?

Nicole: Of course it is.

Cass: I mean, we did talk about wanting to spend a little more time alone together.

Nicole: This is your family, Cass.

Cass: Yes, that's true.

Nicole: Besides, I'm anxious to get to know her.

Cass: I think the two of you will get along and become real good friends.

Nicole: Why not? We both have something very important in common.

Jason: You're back. A little late, 6 minutes. That's not too... Josie, what is it, honey?

Josie: It's Mama. We had a fight.

Jason: I was afraid of that. She found out. Where is she? I'll talk to her.

Josie: She left, Uncle Jason. I couldn't make her understand.

Jason: She'll come around. She will.

Josie: But I could lose Matthew.

Jason: What are you talking about?

Josie: Every time I try to grow up, she stops me. Why does she do that?

Jason: Probably because she loves you and she's trying to protect you. She doesn't want you growing up faster than you should.

Josie: She's wrong. She's so wrong. And she's going to make me lose Matthew. It's so unfair!

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