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Another World Transcript Monday 9/12/05

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I am Mr. McKinnon's private secretary. Thank you. Yes, I'll hold. Yes. Thank you. Oh, oh. Hey -- oh! Oh, no, hello? Hello? I'm fine. No, I just was with something. Oh, good. All right, then it was deposited and it's shown up on the computer? Excellent. All right, thanks so much. Uh-huh. Have a lovely day.

[Door opens]

Donna: Hi, partner. Although I've seen you look better.

Jake: Thank you.

Donna: Did you have a rough night?

Jake: Donna, we have to talk.

Donna: All right.

Jake: I mean, I donít even know how to tell you this.

Donna: Tell me what? Is something wrong?

Jake: I -- I donít even know how it could have happened.

Donna: Jake, just say it.

Jake: After we left last night, someone broke in and stole your money.

Derek: Stacey.

Stacey: Hi. Oh, this feels good.

Derek: Anybody see you come up?

Stacey: No. I was careful.

Derek: Well, Cal's been pretty good at blending in, and the cops will be using at least two plainclothes.

Stacey: Well, I came up the way you told me to.

Derek: Good.

Stacey: Ok, and I'll leave that way, too.

Derek: That's good. God, I hate this, you know, sneaking around.

Stacey: I know, but it's better than not getting to see each other at all.

Derek: Damn cal!

Stacey: Well, just try not to think about him.

Derek: I got to think about him. I canít forget about him. I got to stay one step ahead of him. If you slip up with Cal, he'll cut you dead.

Stacey: Look, I've got some more bad news for you. It's about the court date.

Derek: Oh, great. What now?

Stacey: I had no luck in getting it delayed.

Derek: Ok, yeah, well, I canít sit around here waiting for something to happen, and I wonít.

Stacey: So what are you thinking?

Derek: I've come up with a new way to find the swan.

Sam: Amanda, should we take two small bags or one big one?

Amanda: One big one should be fine.

Sam: Yeah, we're not going to need that much.

Amanda: Well, it might get cold at night, you know?

Sam: Oh, not if we're next to the fireplace or under the covers of the canopy bed.

Amanda: Well, what about going to dinner at the fabulous Oak Tree inn restaurant that you were raving about? We're going to need clothes for that, you know.

Sam: No, we're not, not if we have it delivered to our room.

Amanda: Why didnít I think of that?

Sam: Because you're not as smart as I am. See?

Amanda: When do we leave?

Sam: Anytime.

Amanda: Anytime?

Sam: Yeah.

Amanda: Oh, you donít waste a second, do you?

Sam: Are you kidding? Second honeymoons are nothing to be nonchalant about.

Amanda: I love you.

Sam: I love you, too. Let's go.

Amanda: Wait a second. Mom did this.

Sam: Yeah, I know.

Amanda: She wants that red swan back so badly.

Sam: Your parents -- they were really something together. You know that?

Amanda: Yeah, and I just took it for granted, you know? I mean, I just thought that all husbands and wives were like that.

Sam: If only that was true.

Amanda: It is -- at least when it comes to us.

Sam: Yeah, and it's going to get better all the time.

Amanda: Promise?

Sam: Hey, baby, you count on it, ok?

Rachel: Hello, Vicky.

Vicky: Hi. I'm here to see Steven.

Rachel: Yes, Hilda told me. I didnít realize it was your day for him.

Vicky: It's not. I just needed to see him. I'll go get him.

Rachel: Jamie will be down in a minute.

Vicky: I really donít care to see Jamie.

Jamie: But I want to see you.

Stacey: You've got a new plan?

Derek: Yeah.

Stacey: Well, what is it?

Derek: I haven't figured it all out yet.

Stacey: Ok, so just fill me in on how it's supposed to work.

Derek: No, Stacey.

Stacey: Why not?

Derek: Because it may not pan out and I donít want you to get your hopes up.

Stacey: Is that all?

Derek: What else would it be?

Stacey: I know you, Derek, and I also know that you're not above withholding information from me so that you can handle it on your own.

Derek: Stacey --

Stacey: We are in this together, all the way.

Derek: All the way, yeah.

Stacey: Donít you forget that.

Derek: You wonít let me.

Stacey: That's right, I wonít.

Derek: I wonít hold anything back from you.

Stacey: Good. Then tell me the plan.

Derek: Meet me back here at 2:00 and I'll fill you in on everything then.

Stacey: Ok.

Derek: Ok?

Stacey: 2:00?

Derek: Yeah.

Stacey: All right.

Derek: You ought to get going now.

Stacey: Ok. Ok.

Derek: Go out the way I showed you.

Stacey: Right.

Derek: Come on. Keep your head down and donít walk too fast.

Stacey: No.

Derek: What do you mean, no?

Stacey: No, I donít want to go.

Derek: Stacey --

Stacey: I hate leaving you.

Derek: We're going to find the red swan, and then we can be together.

Stacey: Ok.

Derek: Yeah?

Stacey: That's what I wanted to hear.

Derek: And it's going to happen real soon. I know it.

Sam: Well. Look who's here -- Evan.

Amanda: Evan?

Evan: Yeah, I really didnít mean to interrupt.

Amanda: What's going on?

Evan: Hilda told me I could find you in the studio.

Sam: That woman doesn't know how to keep a secret.

Evan: Listen, I need you to look over some papers before you go away, but if you're too busy --

Sam: No, no, no, no. Evan, as a matter of fact, your timing is impeccable, as usual. Amanda, why donít you go ahead and sign the papers. I'm going to go to the car and load it.

Amanda: That's fine.

Sam: As a matter of fact, if the Oak Tree inn turns out as well as I think --

Amanda: Yes?

Sam: Maybe we should spend our third, fourth, fifth, eighth honeymoon there.

Amanda: You got a deal.

Sam: Yeah. See you. See ya, Eva.

Evan: Yeah, have a good time.

Sam: Hey, how can we not?

Evan: Well, look this over. If you think it's acceptable, sign it.

Amanda: Fine. Evan, look, I wanted to thank you for agreeing to this vacation.

Evan: It's no big deal, Amanda.

Amanda: Well, it is to me.

Evan: Well, you've earned your time off.

Amanda: Look, it's just with all the -- you know, the awkwardness between us lately, you could have made it difficult.

Evan: Just forget about it.

Amanda: I'm not going to forget about it.

Evan: Go on your vacation.

Amanda: I'm leaving you with a lot of work.

Evan: I can manage.

Amanda: You shouldnít have to. I should be there.

Evan: But you canít be, can you?

Amanda: It's just we have a deadline, you know, and I'm just not sure this is right.

Evan: You're not sure if this is right? Or maybe you're just not sure if you want to go away with Sam.

Rachel: Well, I have some errands to run.

Vicky: I'm in a hurry, and I really have nothing to say to you.

Jamie: Vicky, I wanted to apologize for last night. It should never have happened.

Vicky: I'm sure my lawyer will agree.

Jamie: Your lawyer?

Vicky: Attempted rape. That should be enough for the judge to change your tune, wouldnít you think?

Jamie: That's not what happened, and you know it.

Vicky: Oh?

Jamie: Donít you dare try to pull that on me, Vicky. You're the one who invited me over. You're the one who hired the detective. You're the one who planned the big seduction.

Vicky: Defensive, aren't we?

Jamie: I'm just trying to suggest that you take a very serious look at what happened last night before you do something that you might regret.

Vicky: I remember what happened last night vividly. Control used to be your forte, Jamie. What happened?

Jamie: I'd say we were both a little out of control last night.

Vicky: I'm going to see Steven.

Jamie: Not yet you're not.

Donna: My money?

Jake: Yes.

Donna: Gone?

Jake: Stolen.

Donna: Who?

Jake: I donít know who, Donna. Whoever scum broke in the door and took the money, I have no idea.

Donna: I canít believe this.

Jake: I'm sorry.

Donna: "Sorry"? $25,000 later and you're sorry?

Jake: I donít know what else to say.

Donna: Jake, you were going to put it in a safe place.

Jake: I thought I had, Donna. Listen, I will accept full responsibility for this, all right?

Donna: It's too late for responsibility. The money is gone, Jake. I know that you think I'm rich, but $25,000?

Jake: Is a lot of money, yes, I know.

Donna: You know, I -- you canít expect me to just overlook this.

Jake: I understand.

Donna: Oh. What's that?

Jake: I've been saving up some money for the last year. It -- it was for Marley and me. It -- it's yours.

Donna: Mine? Why?

Jake: It's $5,000.

Donna: $5,000?

Jake: Yeah, I thought I could offer it to you as a down payment.

Donna: Oh. Oh.

Jake: I mean, we could work up a payment schedule. I donít know what my month's note is right now, but as soon as I figure it out --

Donna: Wait --

Jake: No, Donna, that is the best I can do right now, all right?

Donna: You mean that you're actually planning to pay me back?

Jake: I'm not just planning on paying you back. I'm going to pay you back.

Vicky: Is this going to be a repeat of what happened last night?

Jamie: Vicky, let's not let this thing escalate. I'm not proud of the way I behaved last night. I doubt if you are, either. We said a lot of very ugly things to each other.

Vicky: I'm going to see Steven.

Jamie: It's Steven that I'm thinking of right now. I donít want him growing up hearing his parents exchanging charges and countercharges. I donít want him growing up feeling tension every time we're in the same room together. We have got to get past last night. We have got to get past every fight we've ever had. We've got to get past the pain we've caused each other.

Vicky: I donít have to do anything.

Jamie: Fine. But I know you agree with me, because I know how deeply you love Steven. It's the one thing about you I am sure of.

Vicky: You mean that?

Jamie: Yes. And I know that you know I love Steven. It's incredible, really. He brings out the best and the clearest and the most unselfish parts of us.

Vicky: May I go see him now?

Jamie: Yes, you may go see him now, but while you're up there, think about what another ugly court case will do to all of us.

Amanda: Of course I want to go away with Sam.

Evan: Then why are you making it such a problem?

Amanda: Because I'm worried about "Brava."

Evan: I said I can handle "Brava."

Amanda: What you say and what you do are usually -- never mind.

Evan: Good, then why donít you go enjoy yourself and have a nice time?

Amanda: I will.

Evan: That sounds so convincing.

Amanda: Look, I just felt guilty.

Evan: Well, there's no reason to be.

Amanda: I canít help it.

Evan: Amanda, you can save your guilt trip for somebody who cares.

Amanda: What, now you're angry with me?

Evan: Well, because you're making this whole thing so complicated. It's just a stupid vacation. Go and enjoy it.

Amanda: Fine. That's what intended to do.

Rachel: I thought you'd be gone by now.

Amanda: No. We're almost packed.

Rachel: Evan, I hope you haven't given her some work to do. This is her holiday.

Evan: No, it's just some papers I needed her signature on, that's all.

Rachel: Well, I'll take care of that. I donít want you to think of anything except enjoying this time off with your husband. Now, you better get going. Sam has brought the suitcases down. He's saying goodbye to Alli.

Amanda: Ok. I guess I'll see you both in a couple of days, then. Mom, look, if anything happens with Alli, if she's upset or if she's sick --

Rachel: Alli is going to be spoiled to death before you get back. Now, scoot.

Amanda: Ok, ok, I'm going. Bye.

Rachel: Bye, honey. Have a good time.

Evan: Well, that's in your hands now. I'll see you back at the office.

Rachel: Evan, we're going to have to talk about Amanda.

Evan: Rachel, I have a whole lot of things on my mind.

Rachel: This canít wait.

Evan: All right, it sounds serious.

Rachel: Yes. It's very serious. I've been hoping that this situation would resolve itself. Obviously, it's not going to.

Evan: "This situation"?

Rachel: Your infatuation with Amanda?

Evan: It's not an infatuation.

Rachel: Whatever it is, Evan, it's got to stop.

Evan: You know, I really donít think it's your --

Rachel: Are you going to say it's none of my business?

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

Rachel: What were you going to say?

Evan: Never mind. I donít think you'd understand.

Rachel: Oh, you think I've never been in love with somebody that I oughtn't be in love with? You think I've never been obsessed by the wrong person?

Evan: It's funny, but you make it sound so foolish.

Rachel: It's worse than foolish, Evan. It's destructive, and it's got to stop.

Evan: Forget it.

Rachel: I canít forget this. We're talking about my daughter here. You canít have her, Evan. She's another man's wife, she loves him, and they have a child together.

Evan: Well, I know that.

Rachel: Then stop treating this as though it were some innocent high-school crush. She is a woman with responsibilities, a family, Evan. Your pursuit of her is dangerous and immoral.

Evan: That's a good point, Rachel. Advice well taken.

Rachel: All right, I'll see you at the office.

Evan: Sure.

[Phone rings]

Evan: Hello. The Oak Inn? Oh, yes, yes. This is Sam Fowler. Hi. No, I'm sorry, but I do have to give up my room at the inn. No, I'm sure. I want my reservation canceled. Thanks.

Jamie: Now, I know I must be interrupting your lunch.

Stacey: No, you're not interrupting my lunch.

Jamie: Well, then I'm interrupting your work.

Stacey: Believe me, my work is the last thing on my mind right now. Come on. Sit down.

Jamie: No, sitting down is the last thing on my mind right now. I'd rather pace, if you donít mind.

Stacey: Ok. Well, I'm all paced out, so I'm going to sit, if you donít mind.

Jamie: What are you pacing for?

Stacey: Oh --

Jamie: Derek.

Stacey: Yeah. His court date's coming up really soon.

Jamie: And you're worried.

Stacey: Of course I'm worried. Derek doesn't have a strong alibi. I haven't got much of a defense, and coupled with an aggressive D.A., anything could happen.

Jamie: Well, Stace, for what's it worth, although my family seems to be on the other side because the swan belongs to my mother, I am behind you all the way, and Derek.

Stacey: Thanks. It does mean something to me. I appreciate it.

Jamie: You obviously really care for him, so -- although a part of me actually really wishes that it weren't so.

Stacey: Hey, hey, you want to switch places? I'll pace, you sit?

Jamie: No, I think I really must be going now.

Stacey: Wait a second. You came by to talk to me.

Jamie: Yeah, but I think I was overreacting, so let's just forget about it, ok?

Stacey: Was this about Vicky? Come on. You can talk to me about this.

Jamie: Well, something happened last night. I donít know if I really can talk about it.

Stacey: Hey, Jamie, I'm your lawyer. You can tell me anything.

Jamie: Ok. I'll make it brief. I -- Vicky and I went out last night. She invited me, and halfway through the evening, I discovered that she had hired a private detective to follow us.

Stacey: She what?

Jamie: Yeah, but that's not the important part. I lost the detective, but then I took her to the old mill.

Stacey: Why?

Jamie: I donít really know. I guess I just -- I was furious at her, and I guess I wanted to be in control for once.

Stacey: So, what happened?

Jamie: I wanted to make love to her. And we had a terrible fight. And I guess things got a little out of control.

Stacey: Did you hurt her?

Jamie: Not really. Maybe a -- maybe a bruise, but she accused me of trying to rape her.

Stacey: Oh. It just sounds like a Vicky tactic, that's all. How bad did it get? Did you rip her clothing?

Jamie: I donít know. I donít think so.

Stacey: Did you hold her down in any way?

Jamie: No, no, I didnít do that.

Stacey: Did she run away?

Jamie: No, no, I left first, but -- but I do think I scared her. I didnít mean to.

Stacey: Now, look, Jamie, I know you and I know you couldn't come close to raping somebody. And frankly, I think Vicky was probably pretending she was a lot more scared than she was.

Jamie: Well, she hinted about going to her lawyer and telling the judge.

Stacey: Even Vicky isnít that stupid. She wouldnít do something like that. She's got to know a charge like that is going to backfire on her. But you were right to tell me what happened. And if we so much as hear a peep out of her lawyer, we will hit back so hard and fast it'll make their heads spin, ok? Now, I think what you have to do is you got to go home and stop thinking about this, ok?

Jamie: I hope you're right.

Stacey: Yeah, I think you should try to get her out of your system.

Jamie: Well, believe me, I'm trying.

Stacey: You know what I think?

Jamie: What?

Stacey: And I've said this before, but you have to go out and start meeting other women.

Jamie: Oh, right. I'm really, really not up to that right now, Stacey.

Stacey: You really -- you want to get her out of your system, right?

Jamie: Yeah, I have to get her out of my system.

Stacey: Ok, then I will look in my address book here.

Jamie: Yes?

Stacey: There will be plenty of women who would kill to go out with you.

Jamie: Yeah? Name one.

Stacey: Give me a minute here. Start with the as.

Jamie: I'm in no hurry, believe me.

Stacey: Ok. Oh, excuse me.

Woman: Hi, Ms. Winthrop.

Stacey: Hi. Natalie, right?

Natalie: Right.

Stacey: You're here for --

Natalie: I have to pick up some papers for Mr. Winthrop to bring back to --

Stacey: Oh, right. Sure, sure, sure. Come on in. Come on. Let's see -- papers.

Vicky: Now, do you know what he did with those beans? He threw them down on the ground and up came a great big beanstalk. And do you know what he did? Just like Steven would do? He climbed right up there, and once he climbed up right into the sky, there was a great big mansion. And inside that mansion was a big old mean giant. And do you know what Jack did? He got scared and he ran home to his mommy, just like where you're going to be, honey. You're going to be home with your mommy and we're going to be together and you're going to be in your room and I'm going to put you to sleep there every night, because I love you and you'll be back with me. Time for the nap. Ok. We'll go down and do a nap. Ok, sweetheart. There you go. Want to finish this?

Sam: He asleep?

Vicky: Shh, shh. Yeah, he's a little tired. Do you think he needs another blanket?

Sam: No, it's warm enough in this room.

Vicky: Ok. It's funny what a child does to a home, isnít it?

Sam: What do you mean?

Vicky: Well, they just turn every room into a nursery.

Sam: Yeah. So how you doing?

Vicky: Oh. I'm handling things.

Sam: Good.

Vicky: How about you? Everything ok?

Sam: Yeah, it's getting better. We're going to go out to the Oak Tee inn here in a couple of minutes.

Vicky: Oh, good. That's a terrific place. Jamie and I were there once.

Sam: Yeah. We had a heck of a time getting reservations. We were lucky.

Vicky: Well, I hope it hasn't changed like everything else. Oh.

Amanda: You know, Alli and grandma are so wrapped up in playing this is the way the lady rides clip, clop, clip, clop she doesn't even know that we're leaving.

Sam: Yeah, I know.

[Amanda laughs]

Sam: It's kind of hard on the ego, huh?

Amanda: Well, yeah, a little bit. I didnít know that this was your day for visiting Steven.

Vicky: It's not. Donít worry, I was leaving soon.

Amanda: I heard you and Jamie had dinner together last night.

Vicky: I would put Steven in the nursery, but I donít want to wake him up again.

Amanda: It's all right. Donít worry. We'll send Hilda in. We never leave him alone.

Vicky: Oh, I'm sure there's always a servant around.

Amanda: So what is going on with you and Jamie?

Vicky: I suggest you ask him, Amanda.

Sam: Ahem.

Vicky: Sam, bye.

Sam: See you.

Vicky: Have a good time.

Sam: Thanks.

Amanda: Goodbye to you, too, Vicky.

Sam: Now, why -- why did you ask her how things were going between her and Jamie?

Amanda: Because I just wanted to know.

Sam: They're allowed some privacy, Amanda.

Amanda: I donít want to see my brother trapped into little dinners with her.

Sam: And it's none of your business.

Amanda: I donít want to see him hurt again.

Sam: Oh, please. He's a big boy.

Amanda: I hate when you say that.

Sam: I hate it when you get so protective of him.

Amanda: He's my brother. I'm going to be protective of him.

Sam: Yeah, and she's his wife.

Amanda: Not anymore.

Sam: They're not divorced yet, Amanda.

Amanda: I wish they were. Boy, do I wish they were.

Sam: I thought you and Vicky were getting along again.

Amanda: Well, that lasted for about 30 seconds.

Sam: Because you donít give her the benefit of the doubt.

Amanda: After what she did to Jamie, why should -- why should I give her the benefit of the doubt?

Sam: Hold on, Amanda, Amanda, Amanda, all right, look, this is -- why are we fighting about Vicky, all right? This is our second honeymoon -- canopy bed, fireplace --

Sam and Amanda: Canopy bed.

Sam: Yeah.

Amanda: Ok. Let's go.

Sam: Definitely. You got it?

Amanda: Yeah.

Sam: Good.

Amanda: You all right?

Evan: Well, I thought you two would be gone by now.

Amanda: We were just leaving.

Evan: Is there a problem?

Sam: Nope, no problem. Ahem. Ready?

Amanda: Sure.

Sam: See ya, Eva.

Evan: Yep.

Amanda: Thanks again for everything.

Evan: You're very welcome.

Man: Special orders generally take about a week, so give us a call then.

Derek: Hello?

Man: Yes. May I help you?

Derek: Gee, I hope so. I'm looking for a book that has to do with birds in art.

Man: Birds?

Derek: Well, the use of bird imagery.

Man: Oh. I think I can find something that might help. Any particular bird?

Derek: Yeah, what I'm really interested in is swans.

Rachel: Why on earth would you want a book about swans?

Man: Excuse me. I'll get those books for you.

Derek: Hello, Mrs. Cory.

Rachel: Mr. Dane.

Derek: You remember me?

Rachel: Of course I do. I met you at the law office.

Derek: That's right.

Rachel: Right before the red swan was stolen.

Derek: Yes.

Rachel: You haven't answered my question.

Derek: What was that?

Rachel: Why are you reading up on red swans?

Derek: I need to know all I can about your red swan, Mrs. Cory, which is probably why you're here.

Rachel: It's not my red swan any longer. Somebody took it.

Derek: I want to find it. I want to give it back to you and clear my name.

Rachel: That's really why you're here?

Derek: You heard that I was arrested.

Rachel: Yes.

Derek: The police think I took it.

Rachel: Yes, I know that.

Derek: I did not take it. I swear it.

Rachel: Cass and Stacey believe you're innocent.

Derek: What do you think?

Rachel: That there could be several possibilities.

Man: I'm afraid I'm not very well versed in your interest.

Derek: I'll check this one first here.

Man: It's the imagery of birds in the 19th-century art. I'm acquainted with this one. A lovely text, quite gripping in its way.

Derek: Thanks a lot.

Man: Mm-hmm. Yes, you're quite welcome.

Derek: There.

Rachel: The red swan.

Derek: Yeah. Ok, I know what I need. I have to go now, but I want you to know something first.

Rachel: What?

Derek: I'm not really good with words, but your red swan has changed everything for me.

Rachel: I'm sorry you were arrested without enough evidence.

Derek: I know, that's not what I mean. It's changed my life in a good way, because I've had to face a lot of things. I'm not really explaining this right, but it's like -- it's like the search for your red swan has given me a new beginning. Do you know what I mean?

Rachel: Yes, I think I do.

Jake: Ok, then there's the house.

Donna: The house?

Jake: Yeah, I can -- I can call Uncle Vince and see about getting cashed out.

Donna: Oh, yeah.

Jake: And there's my motorcycle. It's in good shape. It ought to bring some good bucks. My stereo --

Donna: Jake, Jake --

Jake: And my record collection, it's --

Donna: Jake --

Jake: What?

Donna: Wait --

Jake: For what?

Donna: Well, donít you think that there are other ways that you could pay this back?

Jake: How, Donna?

Donna: Well, I donít know.

Jake: There is no other way to pay you back.

Donna: Well, let's think, let's think.

Jake: Listen, you had enough faith in me to put the money up to back me in this business. I'm not just going to cop out on you.

Donna: It wouldnít be copping out.

Jake: I pay my debts.

Donna: I know you do, but I donít see any reason for you to do anything rash.

Jake: Rash? Who's being rash? I'm just trying to pay you back!

Donna: You're being rash. I mean, I donít have to have this money paid back immediately.

Jake: Well, when did you need this money paid back?

Donna: Not for some time.

Jake: Something's wrong here.

Donna: What?

Jake: I am getting the strangest feeling that I am being had.

Donna: How?

Jake: Oh, I donít know. Maybe, Donna, you're wanting to get back at me.

Donna: For what?

Jake: For the way I got you as a partner in this business in the first place.

Donna: Oh, you mean -- well, the way you blackmailed me.

Jake: I admit my methods were crude.

Donna: Not to mention criminal.

Jake: But I was desperate. If I would have come to you legitimately, Donna --

Donna: Now, you donít know what I would have done. You -- you just donít know. I might have surprised you.

Jake: I do know one thing. Now we need each other.

Donna: I need you?

Jake: In fact, I May be the most important person that's ever walked in your life.

Donna: Have you lost your mind?

Jake: Think about it, think about it.

Donna: I donít have to think about it.

Jake: Underneath it all, we're a lot alike. We both go after something. We donít care a whole hell of a lot how we get it. That's not necessarily a bad trait. A little word of advice, Donna. Donít try to pull anything on me. You see, I make a much better ally than I do an enemy.

[Door opens and closes]

Jamie: Ahem.

Stacey: Oh. Excuse me. I didnít mean to be rude. Dr. Jamie Frame, Natalie. Natalie, Dr. Jamie Frame.

Natalie: How do you do?

Jamie: A pleasure to meet you.

Stacey: Listen, I canít find these papers anywhere. I'm going to check in Cass' office. I'll be right back.

Jamie: Well, we might as well relax. I've seen Cass' office, and she might not return till Thursday.

Natalie: Well, I better call my people at work, tell them to send provisions. What kind of doctor are you?

Jamie: Medicine.

Natalie: A healer?

Jamie: I try, yeah.

Natalie: I thought about med school, but something else came along.

Jamie: A husband and family, right?

Natalie: Poverty. My folks ran into financial problems. I had to drop out of school and help them out.

Jamie: Oh, that's too bad that you had to stay home and help.

Natalie: I can always go back to school.

Jamie: Yeah.

Natalie: There's no statute of limitations on learning.

Jamie: No, no.

Natalie: I checked with my congressman.

Jamie: That's a smart move.

Natalie: And now I have a great job. I'm moving into a terrific new apartment.

Jamie: Sounds like a busy schedule.

Natalie: It's not all that busy.

Stacey: I got them! I donít believe this. I donít know how I found them. It must have been blind luck --

Natalie: Terrific.

Stacey: But there they are.

Natalie: Thanks a lot.

Stacey: You're welcome.

Natalie: Hope to see you again, Dr. Frame.

Jamie: Same here.

Stacey: Ok, so, where were we? I think it was the old telephone book.

Jamie: Stacey, donít bother.

Stacey: Let's see what we got here.

Jamie: I canít tell you how hopelessly awkward I felt.

Stacey: Mary Nichols --

Jamie: No. Well, that wasn't even a first date.

Stacey: Very pretty, but married. Look, Jamie, you have to go out with people. The longer you put this off, the more uncomfortable you're going to get. Believe me, I know. Now, let's see.

Jamie: Well, how about Natalie?

Stacey: Natalie?

Jamie: Yeah, Natalie.

Stacey: No. Let's just stick to the book. Trinny Hudson --

Jamie: No, she seems nice and bright.

Stacey: Oh, come on, she --

Jamie: And the ice is already broken, or at least cracked a bit.

Stacey: She's Michael Hudson's secretary.

Jamie: So what?

Stacey: Michael Hudson?

Jamie: So what difference does that make?

Stacey: Dating somebody who is even remotely connected to Vicky, you're asking for trouble.

Woman: Find what you're looking for?

Rachel: I beg your pardon?

Woman: Swans are remarkable creatures, aren't they?

Rachel: How do you know I'm reading about a swan?

Woman: Oh, reading over shoulders -- bad habit of mine.

Rachel: But you weren't behind me.

Woman: I've been here for some time.

Rachel: I guess I didnít notice.

Woman: Oh, not many people notice little old ladies. That's one of the few rewards of getting older. You can be invisible, if you want to be.

Rachel: I suppose so.

Woman: That's a lovely one, isnít it?

Rachel: I had one just like it.

Woman: And you lost it? Well, you did say "had." What happened to it?

Rachel: Someone stole it.

Woman: Maybe there's another somewhere.

Rachel: No, I wouldnít want another one. Mine had a lot of meaning for me.

Woman: But swans always swim in pairs. They mate for life, you know.

Rachel: Yes, I know that.

Woman: Faithful, true to their loved ones. I've always thought it must be so very sad for the swan that's left behind when the other one passes.

Rachel: It is.

Woman: That's why the myth is so comforting, donít you think?

Rachel: Which myth is that? There's so many about swans.

Woman: Oh, this is the best one of all. Many people think that before a swan dies he or she chooses a new mate for the one that's left behind.

Rachel: I've never heard that before.

Woman: That's the ultimate unselfish gesture, donít you think? To want the one you loved to love again with the right partner.

Rachel: But I donít want anyone else. There's only one right person. Anyway, it's only a myth.

Woman: A myth is truth in disguise. Was he very loving and unselfish?

Rachel: Yes. Who?

Woman: Your husband. Isnít he the one who gave you the red swan?

Rachel: Yes, but --

Woman: You're luckier than you know, my dear.

Rachel: Well, wait a minute.

Woman: I have others to help.

Donna: Hello. How are you? I'd like this taken care of, please.

Woman: You're not Jake McKinnon.

Donna: I'm very flattered you noticed.

Woman: I'm afraid there's nothing I can do.

Donna: Oh, you donít understand. I'm the one that put the money into this account, and I made a mistake and I have to get it back out again.

Woman: Without McKinnon's approval, that's impossible. Sorry.

Donna: But it's my money.

Woman: It makes no difference. Without Jake McKinnon's ok, the money stays in his account.

[Vicky hums]

Vicky: Oh, God.

Evan: Well, I thought you'd be thrilled to see me.

Vicky: What do you want?

Evan: That's no way to greet a friend, Vicky.

Vicky: Our friendship ended last week.

Evan: Oh, that was just a little misunderstanding.

Vicky: I hate you.

Evan: Well, that's ok. I mean, it's over as far as I'm concerned.

Vicky: Well, I'm happy for you. You can leave now.

Evan: No, no, I want to stay and I want to find out how it's going. How is that gripping saga unfolding?

Vicky: You know, Evan, my life is not some game for your amusement.

Evan: Vicky, I'm being serious. How is that quest going for Jamie?

Vicky: I donít want Jamie. I want his son.

Evan: That's not the way I read it.

Vicky: Well, you read it wrong.

Evan: Did something happen to ruffle your feathers?

Vicky: Jamie tried to rape me.

Evan: Vicky, I find that very hard to believe.

Vicky: It's the truth, Evan.

Evan: Did you try to seduce him and it failed? That feels good. You want to do it again?

Woman: Thank you very much.

Sam: Hi. I'm Sam Fowler.

Amanda: The Sam Fowler.

Sam: And this is the Mrs. Fowler.

Amanda: I hope we have one of the rooms overlooking the lake.

Sam: Yeah.

Woman: Well, I'm afraid you donít have anything.

Sam: What?

Woman: There must be some mistake.

Amanda: I donít understand.

Woman: Well, Mr. Fowler canceled his reservation.

Sam: Whoa! No, I didnít.

Amanda: Why would he do that?

Sam: Yeah.

Amanda: We've been planning this as our second honeymoon.

Sam: You better check your records. There's got to be some kind of mistake.

Woman: All right. It's a confirmed cancellation. I'm sorry.

Amanda: How could something like this happen?

Sam: Evan. How else?

Amanda: What?

Vicky: You can leave now.

Evan: Vicky, if he hurt you, I want to know. What happened?

Vicky: That's not your business. I shouldnít have told you, Evan.

Evan: There's laws against things like that. I just find it very hard to believe that Jamie would do something like that.

Vicky: Yeah, so does everyone else.

Evan: Do you want to talk about it?

Vicky: No. I donít want to talk, and I really donít want company right now.

Evan: Ok, then I'll leave. But if you would like me to, I would love to pay him a call.

Vicky: Thanks. But I fight my own battles.

Evan: You sure do.

Evan: You pack quite a wallop, too.


Stacey: Oh.

Derek: Anybody follow you?

Stacey: No. I was careful.

Derek: You canít keep doing this.

Stacey: Donít be angry with me.

Derek: How can I be angry with you?

Stacey: So where were you? Did you start your plan?

Derek: I ran into Rachel Cory.

Stacey: Where?

Derek: At a bookstore.

Stacey: Did she say anything?

Derek: You know, it's kind of a surprise. You know, she wasn't real friendly, but we spoke.

Stacey: Mm-hmm. Well, about what?

Derek: She seems to think that I'm innocent.

Stacey: Really?

Derek: Yeah. She didnít actually say it, but I got this feeling, not that it's going to do me a lot of good with the police, though.

Stacey: So what were you doing at a bookstore?

Derek: Research.

Stacey: On what?

Derek: On Rachel Coryís swan. You know, they had this book there, and it listed all these experts on bird imagery and art, and there's one guy, Dr. Jasper. He's the expert on swans.

Stacey: Well, is he still alive?

Derek: Well, I went to the library to check him out, and, yeah, not only is he alive, but a couple years ago he wrote a whole article on this particular red swan.

Stacey: Well, then we've got to track him down.

Derek: I did that, and he lives less than an hour away from here, and I set up a time to meet with him.

Stacey: You have been busy.

Derek: He could give us a lead on where the red swan might be.

Stacey: Well, we shall soon see.

Derek: What do you mean, "We"? You're not thinking of coming along with me, are you?

Stacey: Hey, we're in this together.

Derek: Together.

Rachel: Excuse me.

Man: Yes? Oh, yes, you were here before.

Rachel: Well, actually, I never left.

Man: It's a lovely way to pass the day, isnít it? Among so many ideas, so much brilliance.

Rachel: I was wondering if I could speak to the other salesperson.

Man: "The other"?

Rachel: Yes, she was just helping me just now.

Man: There is no other salesperson here.

Rachel: Yes, that little lady with blond hair.

Man: I'm afraid there's a misunderstanding.

Rachel: She was just helping me, just now.

Man: This place doesn't do well enough to afford two salespeople. I'm it, the one and only. There's no lady with blond hair here. Excuse me.

[Bell rings]

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