You're Like Alcohol To Me.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Jack and Carly agree to get back together, Liberty tells Parker she's sick and Dusty pushes Janet away.

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At Metro, Dusty tells Teri that she should talk to her sister. He breaks the news that Liberty has leukemia. She's shocked and wonders why Dusty knows all about this. She hopes that Janet has been talking to Jack. "A lot of marriages fall apart," Dusty says. Teri thinks they'll get back together as long as no one gets in the way.

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At the station, Jack calls Parker and offers to pick up his homework for him. He asks to speak to Carly. When Parker calls for her, she doesn't answer. Jack gets off the phone as Margo comes in. She knows that he was sleeping in the office. He wants to come back to work and claims that he is okay now. "Bull," she says. She tells him to get his life back together so he can come back and concentrate on his job.

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At home, Parker tells Carly that Jack called. She's uncomfortable when he tells her that Jack will be dropping off his homework.

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Janet is following her daughter to school. Liberty just wants to go back to normal. Janet worries and wants to tell the principal everything. Liberty doesn't want anyone to know because she doesn't want to be treated weirdly. Her mother thinks the people around her should know. "Then why haven't you told Jack?" Liberty asks. Janet agrees to think about telling him. When Janet walks off, she walks right into him. She almost tells him about her daughter, but stops herself. He tells her that he moved out of Carly's but he still has to get his life in order before he can go back to work. She avoids him and walks away.

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Liberty is walking down the hall with Mac. She worries about her test. "If I don't ace it, I'll die," Mac says. Liberty somehow doubts that and wanders off.

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Liberty goes to Carly's to see Parker. She asks him for the car keys so they can run off and do something crazy. He can barely move. "We'll have to do something crazy here," she declares as she starts kissing him. She asks him to go upstairs. He wonders what's wrong with her and offers to help her. "I have leukemia," she explains. Parker refuses to believe it but it's true. They hug and he tells her she won't die. "You're not going to be alone," he promises.

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Carly goes to her AA meeting. She tells them that she's been shaky since she kissed her ex-husband. Being with him made her feel like she was taking a drink again. It was familiar and warm, but she knows it could kill her. He's the love of her life and she knows he still loves her... but if they got together again and he left her again, she couldn't handle that without drinking again.

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Janet arrives at Metro. Dusty suggests that she talk to her sister. She can't do that now. He asks her if she's told Jack yet. Janet can't do that yet; talking about it will make it feel too real. She asks him for a hug. He doesn't budge. She wants them to still be friends. "You should talk to your husband," he says. She'd rather talk to him. He calls Teri in to talk to her sister and then slips out. The sisters sit down and Teri offers to help. Janet can't talk about it and leaves.

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Jack goes down to the water. He flashes back to Carly telling him that she loves him. "We've made so many mistakes," he muses. Carly surprises him. "Let's not make another one," she says. He asks why she has been avoiding him. She explains that she went to an AA meeting. "You're like alcohol to me," she explains. She can't kiss him or hang out with him anymore. He came there because he wanted to remember the woman who loved him and promised to always love him. "I lie a lot," she says... but she came to remember too. Being with him is suicidal and it scares her. Neither of them can walk away. She tells him to go home to Janet, her food and bed. "She doesn't want to be with me," he says. He tells Carly that he loves her and always will. He thinks they need to face this but she can't go through it again. Jack needs her; she is the only person who can save him. Carly can't tell him how she feels... so she kisses him and then pulls away. She tells him that he has to tell Janet it's over before they can go any further. It's what he wants. "We belong together. I could never leave you again," he says, promising to talk to Janet and then come back to her.

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Dusty takes Johnny to the hospital for a checkup. Liberty's doctor spots him and offers to tell him the latest about her. Dusty insist he's only a friend of the family and suggests that he talk to Janet. "Is Liberty going to die like my mommy?" Johnny asks.

Dusty takes Johnny out for ice cream and tries to reassure him. Margo comes in. Dusty corners her and they begin talking about how fast he runs through women. She suggests that he find someone special for his kid's sake.

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Liberty meets with her aunt and tells her that she broke the news to Parker. She's mad and scared. Even if she beats it, it will always being hanging over her. Teri tells her she'll be fine.

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Carly goes home and tells Parker how good and exciting life is. Her cheeriness gives him a headache so he hobbles upstairs. She orders a pizza and beer.

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When Jack arrives at the farm house, he finds Janet crying. "I'm so glad you're home. I need you so much!" Janet says, throwing her arms around him.

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Next on As The World Turns:

Dr. Oliver wants to operate on Noah immediately.

Jack flips out at Craig.

Janet tells Dusty that she and Jack are going to make their marriage work.

Carly realizes Jack didn't break up with Janet.

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