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Monday, March 19th

Posted by ReddFoxx , 19 March 2012 - - - - - - · 234 views

Monday, March 19th

Anna is having coffee with John at the estate.

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Anna: I know this was quite short notice, but I needed your expertise immediately.

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John: It's fine, my day was slow today and I always like to help out a friend.
Anna: You've probably already heard the news about McGregor.
John: That shocked the heck out of me. What's going on?
Anna: Apparently, it was some software error.
John: But you suspect otherwise.
Anna: Cassandra was the first to make the news public, she had the scoop. It just seems as if she had
some inside information.
John: Wouldn't be the first time.
Anna: She's committed corporate espionage before?
John: It's how she started in the corporate world.
Anna: Well, if she has a spy in McGregor, I need to find out who it is.
John: Spies are usually long gone after they deliver their information.
Anna: Makes sense, but I haven't a clue about who inside the company it could have been.
John: Low level staffers can do a lot more than you'd ever imagine, even temp workers.
Anna: And we have a lot of those.
John: My advice would be to have Yvette and Joseph keep everything very airtight right now, keep as much between them and board as possible.
Anna: Investors will want to know.
John: Secure communications over a secured network.
Anna: We already have that.
John: Not the kind I'm talking about. My firm has some special software that is made especially for this sort of situation.
Anna: All right, I'll tell Yvette to contact your firm.
John: We will get you squared away.
Anna: Thank you, we've never had to deal wit a spy before.
John: In this economy, it's more common. Everyone wants to make a quick buck.
Anna: When we find out who it is, they will be dealt with accordingly.

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Yvette and Joseph are discussing the selling of assets at McGregor, when Leonard walks in.

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Joseph: Afternoon, Leonard.

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Yvette: Yes, we were expecting you.

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Leonard: First things first, since some of our board members can't be present constantly throughout this crisis, they suggested that I
speak collectively for them.
Yvette: That's fine, just as long as we have clear communication.
Joseph: Here is the latest, we have liqudated seven stores already, plus several unused properties.
Yvette: And unfortunately, we are expanding into furloughs. We have to let a ton of people go just to free up the cash.
Leonard: Is that enough to fill the shortfall?
Joseph: Not just yet.
Leonard: I'll report that to the board.
Yvette: I'm sure you will.
Leonard: Just a word of caution, I've talked to some investors, they are growing more restless.
Joseph: That's not a big surprise. We are working on unloading the men's line next.
Leonard: Now that ought to fetch a pretty penny, that's a gold mine.
Yvette: That's why it's up for sale.
Joseph: We did get some good news today, the bankers granted us an extention.
Leonard: Yes, that's fantastic news.
Joseph: It still is uphill from here, though.
Leonard: I've got to go, but please keep the board apprised.
Yvette: Of course.

Leonard leaves.

Yvette: I think it was him that called Mom and let her know about this mess.
Joseph: Why would he do that?
Yvette: I have no idea, but he's been the most vocal since this happened.
Joseph: His family does own stock, he's probably just protecting their investment.
Yvette: Could be, but I still think he's a little sneaky.
Joseph: His uncle was a loyal board member and although he was abrasive at times, he was reliable.
Yvette: I don't know. At this point, I need to focus strictly on the shortfall.
Joseph: We are closing the gap, if we get lucky with the men's line sale, we are in the clear.
Yvette: The offers I am getting aren't quite enough.
Joseph: I do have one potential offer, but I don't know if you'll like that buyer.
Yvette: Who is it?
Joseph: George.
Yvette: Absolutely not, after all the trouble he caused us, I wouldn't trust him.
Joseph: He sounds like he's changed and besides, if he's willing to buy the line, it's a clean sale and we owe him nothing.
Yvette: You've got a point, I'm just very leery about everything now.
Joseph: Hey, I have my reservations too, but if it comes down to his offer being the one saves this company from falling apart, then we have to take it.
Yvette: I still cannot believe that this happened. Everything had been going so well.
Joseph: Let's keep it together and stay focused, we can't afford to miss a step here.
Yvette: It's just overwhelming, especially now that Mom knows.
Joseph: We had breakfast this morning, she wasn't pleased that we didn't inform her immediately.
Yvette: I got the same talking too.
Joseph: Motivation, that's all I see it as.

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Cassandra and George are at WNOV's studios.

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Cassandra: So, what do you think of my new station?

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George: You've done well fixing it up, but
Cassandra: There's a but.
George: I think you goals are all wrong.
Cassandra: Listen, I know that the McGregor story was to your liking, but is is news.
George: Which you have used to continue your games.
Cassandra: This goodie good act doesn't fit you
George: I grew up bitter and full of anger, hatred. It didn't feel good and I had to let go.
Cassandra: I'm not bitter and angry at all, I'm running a business and finally doing for myself.
George: I am glad you doing that, but I can tell you still are consumed with anger. I don't like to see that.
Cassandra: Call it what you like, it's your opinion.
George: When are you going to see what this is doing to you?
Cassandra: It's filling up my bank account, that's what it is doing.
George: You already ended up in trouble with the SEC over your antics, you may not be able to beat them again.
Cassandra: That is for me to worry about and trust me, I'm keeping my powder dry.
George: I guess that's the best I'll get from you.
Cassandra: Worrying about me is not something you need to be doing. Focus on what is going on with you.
George: I'm just afraid I'll end up implicated in something you've done.
Cassandra: You should have no fear of that.
George: Please, keep it like that.
Cassandra: Everything I'm doing now, I will own and very happily.

Sterling walks in.

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Sterling: Cassandra, some of our advertisers want more time, what should I tell them?
Cassandra: Give it to them, with the money they pay, it's a no brainer.
Sterling: Cool, I'll get back to them.

Sterling exits.

George: Your old partner in crime is helping out, now I know you're headed for trouble.
Cassandra: Like I said, you need not worry about me.


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Carol arrives at Yvette's office. Yvette's assistant shows her in.

Yvette: Good day, Carol.

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Carol: Likewise.
Yvette: I was a bit shocked at you wanting to make an offer on any of our assets, especially since
it would help save McGregor.
Carol: I see a lucrative buy and I go for it. I know how strong your men's line is and I'm confident I can make it stronger
under the Donahue banner.
Yvette: We are looking for the best offer, because it is such a gold mine.
Carol: I'm willing to offer you over market value, in fact, double.
Yvette: Seems you really want this.
Carol: Oh, yes.
Yvette: Double market value is good, but I do have to run this by the board.
Carol: Expected procedure. My bank is ready to cut a check within minutes of this deal being accepted.
Yvette: You definitely are well prepared to close a deal.
Carol: This is a rare opportunty, acting fast was something I didn't have to think about.
Yvette: It has it's risks for us, handing our best asset to our main competition could be suicide. But, our options are limited.
Carol: You know my offer, so I'm going to make my exit and let you sort things out.
Yvette: We'll get back to you soon.
Carol: Oh, I know.

Carol passes Joseph as she leaves.

Joseph: What's she doing here?
Yvette: She put an in offer for the mens line, double market value.
Joseph: Not hard to tell why she wants it so bad.
Yvette: Yep. So, what did the rest of the bankers say?
Joseph: Bad news.
Yvette: How bad?
Joseph: They've seized our main stores.
Yvette: No.
Joseph: And each day that they don't get a payment, there is a penalty.
Yvette: We can't cover that.
Joseph: I know, at this point, we'd have to have someone else buy into the company just to cover cash flow. We just
don't have enough to sell.
Yvette: Who?
Joseph: George offered to help.
Yvette: If he gets into this company, it's trouble.
Joseph: I'm afraid that he's the only one we can go to, no one else would be willing to buy into the company, he'd do so
just to protect the family company. I think he may be sincere
Yvette: Not long ago, he wanted to bring us down, now he wants to help? I'm not holding my breath.
Joseph: It's worth a shot. We can't lose what Mom and Dad worked so hard to build.

Yvette sighs and looks conflicted about what to do. Fade out.


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Monday, March 12th

Posted by ReddFoxx , 12 March 2012 - - - - - - · 117 views

Monday, March 12th

Anna rings the doorbell at Yvette and Chester's, Chester answers.

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Chester: Anna, this is a surprise. I didn't think you'd be back for a couple of more weeks.


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Anna: I figured I needed to come back quickly in light of what is happening with the company. It's good to see you, Chester.
Chester: You too. I'm guessing you want to speak with Yvette.
Anna: Yes, we do have some things to discuss.
Chester: She's out on the terrace.
Anna: Thank you.

Anna goes out to the terrace.

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Yvette: Mom, you're back.
Anna: Of course, the company is falling apart and I had to find out on television.
Yvette: I apologize for that, I had no idea that Cassandra was going to do that. How did you even know about her show?
Anna: Someone from the board called me.
Yvette: Great.
Anna: While Cassandra is a very vengeful person, I would expect nothing less than cheap tactics from her. But from you,
I expected to hear from the truth right away. Why didn't you tell me that the company had a shortfall?
Yvette: I only found out a few days ago myself and I did not want to burden you with this problem
while you and Dad are trying to get back on track.
Anna: Your father and I are getting there, you telling me the truth wouldn't effect that. I had to come home, it's the wrong time to be away,
especially when we may have to put up some of our own savings.
Yvette: You put me in charge and I felt I had to fix the issue.
Anna: That's all well and good, but I need to be clued in when there is a crisis. This is our family legacy, I want it preserved
for the next generation.
Yvette: And you can rest assured that Joseph and I are handling it.
Anna: It's a pretty large shortfall, what measures have you taken to cover it?
Yvette: Well, we sold off the stores we opened in the Upper Peninsula, as well as various assets.
We are also considering selling the in house Men's clothing line.
Anna: That's a big cash generator for us.
Yvette: I realize that, but I've been shopping it around and I can get a good price for it. We can always start
a new Men's line from scratch.
Anna: Will it be enough?
Yvette: Barely.
Anna: Fortunately, I think I can sink some of my savings into it and borrow against the estate.
Yvette: Wait a minute, borrowing against the estate should be off limits. That's the family home.
Anna: It might be the only way to get some cash quick.
Yvette: I'm just afraid of losing.
Anna: Listen, you've got what it takes, you just hit a roadblock. You can handle challenges.
Yvette: I thought I could, but this one is really throwing me for a loop.
Anna: You got to hold it together, that's why I put you in charge, because you have the strength.
Yvette: Thanks, Mom. It means a lot that you believe in me, but I'm still scared.
Anna: Well, not much can be done to avoid that, it's a human reaction.
Yvette: If we lose this company-
Anna: Don't even think about that.
Yvette: You're right, that doesn't even sound like me to be so defeatist. Tomorrow, I'm going to wheel and deal to keep McGregor from going under.
Anna: That's better.

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At Number 37, Andrew finds Cassandra at the bar.

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Cassandra: Well, look who is here.


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Andrew: That show of yours, I have to give it to you. I never thought anyone would bring tabloid style to the business world.
Cassandra: Drew, you know I'm an innovator.
Andrew: I call it spiteful.
Cassandra: You've obviously never heard of not attacking the messenger. I just reported the news, if you wanted to keep it
private, you should make sure McGregor is airtight when it comes to public relations.
Andrew: You've got beef with me, I get it, but I built that company for my family's security. Don't take it out on them.
Cassandra: You are confused, this is not personal.
Andrew: No?
Cassandra: I started my station and I needed a good story to get started, I found one and grabbed it.
Andrew: And in the process, you can get back at me.
Cassandra: I didn't cause McGregor to have a shortfall, you should ask your children about that.
Andrew: But you knew the investors would be sent into a panic by the information you put out.
Cassandra: In reality, they deserved to know the truth.
Andrew: That's what gets me, how did you know about the shortfall?
Cassandra: I have my sources.
Andrew: You've found a leak in the company.
Cassandra: Nothing of the sort, I came by the information honestly.
Andrew: That's the thing, you couldn't have come by it honestly. I may have been out of the corporate game for awhile, but
I know the privacy hasn't changed.
Cassandra: Perhaps it has. You don't tend to get good results when a home maker runs a corporation for years.
Andrew: Anna's a sharp lady, she ran McGregor like a professional.
Cassandra: We all tell our lies for the people we're caught up with.
Andrew: You are so bitter. Have you really been this way for over 40 years?
Cassandra: Look, why don't you go home and see if you can manage to repair your marriage or should I say, what you thought was your marriage.
Andrew: Have you signed those papers yet?
Cassandra: They are in the mail, obviously I want our long deceased marriage to be nullified as much as you do.
Andrew: Good, then we can both get on with our lives.
Cassandra: Now, if you'll excuse me, I'd like to finish my drink in solitude.

Andrew leaves.

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At Donahue, Carol is holding a meeting with Trish.

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Carol: We have a surplus.


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Trish: Yep, what do you want to do with it?
Carol: I was thinking of making a purchase, one that will yield big dividends.
Trish: Okay, I think that's feasible right now.
Carol: Yvette McGregor is putting out the word that McGregor's Men's Line is up for sale.
Trish: They must really be in trouble if they are going to let that go, it's made millions.
Carol: And it can do the same for us.

She hands Trish a folder.

Trish: You've got everything mapped out.
Carol: What we would do is give the brand a renewal of sorts.
Trish: And there is the added incentive of pulling off a coup against the McGregors.
Carol: That is not part of this, it's only a good opportunity.
Trish: But, you have to admit, it is a good one up in this rivalry.
Carol: It's barely even that anymore, McGregor is on the way down and Donahue is up.
Trish: Don't underestimate what they can do over there.
Carol: There's a difference between underestimating and simply know that we are more formidable.
Trish: I do feel bad about the troubles McGregor is having.
Carol: Of course you do, you've always been the compassionate one.
Trish: My son does work there and the company is his future.
Carol: He knows he has a place waiting for him here.
Trish: You always have a deeper motivation for everything, Mom.
Carol: None at all, but there is that added incentive of potentially having all my family running the company.
Trish: Do you think McGregor will sale to you?
Carol: They need the cash flow, they won't be turning down any offers.
Trish: Depends on where the offer comes from.
Carol: I think they are more shrewd than arrogant at this point. It takes a crisis to bring the high and mighty down a peg.
Trish: Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, there have got to be more than a few other interested parties.
Carol: I feel confident. Buying this line is the next step in being number one.

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At Number 37, George walks in. He sees Joseph at a table and goes over to him

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Joseph: Come to gloat?


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George: No, I want to clear a few things up about my mother's new show.
Joseph: It sent a real panic through our pool of investors.
George: I know and I want to be clear that I had nothing to do with that.
Joseph: And why is it that you needed to make that clear? Not long ago, you were ready to take control of the company.
George: That was then, this is now. I finally realized I have a family I know nothing about and fighting them was a waste of time.
Joseph: I'm not sure if you are serious, but I got to at least hear you out.
George: Now that I have a child, my perspective has changed.
Joseph: That does tend to happen. When JC was born, I looked at everything differently.
George: I was angry for years because I felt like our father didn't care anything about me, that wasn't true and
I'm finally past it.
Joseph: And you can believe that if Dad knew where you were at those years ago, he would have been right there for you.
George: Anyway, that's all in the past and thankfully I can finally move forward.
Joseph: Good for you.
George: Part of me was also sort of envious of how privileged the rest of you grew up.
Joseph: I thought your mother did decent financially when you were growing up.
George: I don't mean money, I'm talking about being part of a good family.
Joseph: We had our ups and downs.
George: Nothing like mine. I have an older brother, Vance, who my grandparents raised and when he did come to live with us, it was a mess. He ended up on drugs and just went away without a trace.
Joseph: That's rough, sorry to hear about that.
George: Yeah, I usually don't like to talk about it, but it's been such a long time and I'm just now dealing with it.
Joseph: I can understand.
George: And just to be fully honest, I also want to talk business.
Joseph: Really?
George: I heard that you are selling off some assets and I thought I would make some offers, just to keep some of them in the family.
Joseph: What is the catch?
George: None at all, I just have this need to help clean up my mother's messes.
Joseph: I think we'll be able to handle it, some good offers are already coming in.
George: I get there is probably not a lot of trust.
Joseph: It's a little shaky, but I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.
George: It takes a time, that's no problem for me.
Joseph: Took awhile to sink it, but it has really hit me that I have another brother.
George: The way I showed up was a shock.
Joseph: Like I said, I'll give you a chance.

They shake hands.

Joseph: Every other Friday, I play cards with Edmund and JC, we could use a fourth McGregor.
George: I think I'll take that invitation up, I'm not a bad card player.
Joseph: All right then, we'll see you.
George: Thanks.

George leaves.

Joseph: I guess time will tell if he's being sincere.

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Cassandra is at an office in somewhere undisclosed.

Cassandra: I really have to hand it to you, this work you did was amazing.

McGregor Board Member Leonard walks out of another room.

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Leonard: I never half do anything.
Cassandra: Your reputation preceeds you. I just hope the McGregors don't find out you
are backstabbing them.
Leonard: When my uncle passed away, he left his board seat to me, they trust his judgment. They won't be any the wiser.
Cassandra: Getting me classified company information was not hard, but I how exactly did you cause the shortfall in the first place?
Leonard: I planted a bug in the accounting software, one that can't be traced and looks just like one that the manufacturer had problems with in the past.
Cassandra: Per our agreement, you get a certified check. There will be more if you keep up the good work.

She hands him the check.

Leonard: Pleasure doing business with you.
Cassandra: The same here.

Cassandra and Leonard fist bump over their deal. Fade out.



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Saturday, June 25

Posted by ReddFoxx , 25 June 2011 - - - - - - · 138 views

(to allow for more regular episodes, Varied Lives will be posted on weekends mostly)

This episode was Co-written by S.T.E.A.M'S ML Cooks


Anna and Andrew are at a resort in Italy.

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Andrew: This is working out better than I thought it would.

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Anna: Yes, I feel like we are getting back to normal. As normal as is possible after everything that has happened.

Andrew: I know I keep apologizing, but I really am sorry for all those years that I wasn't around.

Anna: I'm trying not to dwell on that. At this point in our lives, we can't afford to be caught in the past.

Andrew: I know, it seems like that's all we were doing before we came here.

Anna: I just want to be sure that this is the right thing for the both of us.

Andrew: Which is why you haven't answered my question.

Anna: I really need time to think about it.

Andrew: Our first marriage was not valid because of all the mess with Cassandra and not filing the correct papers. I want to make that right.

Anna: And so do I, but before that can happen, we have to make sure the issue we have are settled.

Andrew: What it's going to take to do that?

Anna: We are almost there. When you first came back, I wanted nothing to do with you. Now, we are on a vacation and really talking things out.

Andrew: You know, you made me wait before you accepted my first proposal too.

Anna: Yes.

Andrew: I recall you saying that you had to be sure it was exactly the right thing for the both of us. Not just you, the both of us. It wasn't a selfish thing.

Anna: Marriage is a bond, you've got to take your time.

Andrew: And I respect you for that.

Anna: Thank you.

Andrew: I'm also very patient and can wait it out.

Anna: Oh, I know that well.

Andrew: Any chance we can work this out before we head home?

Anna: I think we need a little more time than that.

Andrew: I only say that because you know that we are going to probably have a lot of family issues to deal with.

Anna: Yes, there is never a quiet moment back home sometimes. I've learned to juggle, though. Over the years, I had to set aside time for me, while also being there for the family.

Andrew: If you can do that, so can I.

Anna: Hopefully, we'll have no drama when we get back.

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WNOV Television Studios

Cassandra walks onto a news desk like set as make up people, hairstylist, and reporters all bombard her. Sterling walks up to her.

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Sterling: Well Look at you. You are doing the big time now.

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Cassandra: Oh Shut up Hart. This is not what I had in mind.

Sterling: In the end it will be all worth it. So are you ready for your big debut? The new WNOV?”

Cassandra: Most Certainly.

Director: Ok People, off the set. Get into position. We have the two minute warning.

Cassandra reviews some of her cue cards. Some topics she is going to cover are the McGregors. She sits back and relishes in the fact that she is about to unleash her soft power to launch an attack on the McGregor’s. She then thinks back on the scene she had with her son a few days earlier. She remembers telling her son that she would not interfere with the McGregor’s.

She thinks to herself

“I’m not interfering. I’m just reporting on the issue. Big difference. George should be ok with that.

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Meanwhile at McGregor, the Exucutive office.

Yvette and Joseph take a seat at a table and turns on the TV.

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Yvette

“Ok remind me again what we are watching that is so important that couldn’t wait until our business crisis is over?”

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Joe

“Relax. We have to be in the know of business here in the city and Michigan. Rumor mill has it that someone bought the old WNOV and they are debuting their new programming today. It’s a new business show. I want to see if we make the cut.”

Joe turns the TV on and they are stunned to see Cassandra on the screen

Yvette

“I don’t believe this. Cassandra? Really come on. You better hope McGregor doesn’t make the cut. It’s no telling what that woman will say.”

Joe

“I just hope mother and father aren't watching this mess.” He turn the TV up.

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Back in Italy, Anna is addressing some postcards, when the phone rings.

Anna: Hello? Yes, this is Mrs. McGregor.

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Leonard: Yes, this is Leonard Underwood.

Anna: Leonard, I'm surprised to hear from you. Is something wrong?

Leonard: I would not have called you on your vacation if it wasn't urgent, but as a board member of McGregor, I'm very concerned about some of the things I've heard.

Anna: Like what?

Leonard: There seem to be some very big problems at McGregor and yesterday, we found out about them at the board meeting.

Anna: Yvette was supposed to keep me apprised of anything serious that was happening.

Leonard: I'm sure that she just didn't want to bother you on your vacation, but I felt I had to tell you.

Anna: Of course, thank you very much for calling, Leonard.

Leonard: It's no problem.

Andrew walks in as she hangs up.

Andrew: Is everything all right.

Anna: No, apparently there are some big problems at McGregor and no one was going to bother to tell me.

Andrew: You know that they probably didn't want to disturb us.
Anna: When I handed over control, I specifically told them to keep me up to date. I'm not CEO anymore, but I've got a lot of assets tied up in the company.

Anna boots up her laptop.

Andrew: Remember, we are supposed to be relaxing.

Anna: I'll relax when I see if the business media has picked up on this.

Anna does a Google News search for McGregor and a link to Cassandra's new station pops up as the first result.

Anna: What in the world?

Andrew: What is it?

Anna: You will not believe who bought the old WNOV station.

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WNOVI

Cassandra is sitting behind the news desk reading from the teleprompter.

“Hello Novi. Thank you for joining us today. I am Cassandra Lightner. Some of you may know me from the Lightner Corporation. I want to welcome you to Novi’s newest local access channel owned by me of course. And we are going to start things off by talking about local businesses. One in particular. It seems that things are not what they seem. I have all the latest details and gossip about... wait for it….( A Graphic come up with the McGregor office building with the text being McGregor being in big red letters so no one can miss it) Cassandra continues reading her script

“That’s right Novians. McGregor. They are spinning lies and I got the latest. Stay tuned and after our short message from our sponsors I’ll tell you who’s been sleeping on the job.”

Director

“Ok fade out! And Cut.”

Makeup and Hair people bombard Cassandra one more time. Sterling walks over to her as well

“You’re doing great babe.”

Cassandra

“I know. That’s what I do Hart. Great things.”

Sterling

“Well you keep delivering your brash delivery and the McGregor’s won’t know what them, again.”
Anna is watching a web stream of Cassandra's show.

Anna: This looks very bad.

Andrew: Cassandra's always been sneaky, that's never changed I see.

Anna: And she still isn't done trying to make problems for the company.

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McGregor

Yvette

“How in the hell does she know inside information here at McGregor!?”

Joe

“It seems we have a mole.”

Yvette

“It couldn’t be George. We hardly give him the time of day.”

Joe

“We have to do something. I’m going to call our attorney and see if I can order a cease and desist order.”

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WNOV

Director

“STAND BY! And were back in 3, 2 1-“

Cassandra

“Before the break I told you I had some inside information for you about McGregor.

Well it seems someone at McGregor actually was asleep on the job as a major error was found on the balance sheets. Now the company has to go public and are in the process of selling soft assets to raise capital. Since new owners Yvette and Joe took over a year ago from the found parent duo, Anna and Andrew, turmoil and upheavals has followed the next generation of owners. It seems McGregor is in serious trouble and is in danger of going in the red. Even possibly default to creditors and loans and there are now whispers of bankruptcy. Investors and Creditors beware; McGregor is hiding the truth from you.”

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McGregor

In a rage, Joe throws the TV onto the floor.

“This is war. She is going to pay for doing this. That snake just black listed us and exposed our dire financial straits.”

Yvette

“The better question is, how did she know all of this info? She has to have an insider.”

Then their secretary runs in

“Excuse me guys, the phone lines are blowing up with investors and creditors wanting out. What shall I tell them?”

Yvette

“We are about to lose McGregor.”

Joe

“Never. Call a company meeting immediately. We have to find out who this mole is.”


Cassandra steps off set to a phone call waiting for her.

Cassandra: I'm so glad you called. I really want to thank you for everything you are doing, it's a big help. You just keep up the good work and you'll be rewarded.

Cassandra hangs up.

Cassandra: The McGregors do not know just what has hit them.


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Tuesday, May 3rd

Posted by ReddFoxx , 03 May 2011 - - - - - - · 116 views

Varied Lives picks up one year from where it last left off.


Yvette is in the executive office organizing files when Joseph walks in.

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Joseph: Afternoon.

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Yvette: Joe, I'm glad you're here.

Joseph: Whenever you say that, you really need help.

Yvette: This company is headed for trouble if we don't make some cuts.

Joseph: Yep. And unlike the federal government, we can't just pretend to do it.

Yvette: That's why I want to get your perspective. Where are these cuts going to come from?

Joseph: Advertising is one budget that can stand to be cut. As a marketer, I know that makes you cringe, but it's necessary.

Yvette: Putting it down on my list. I have to agree with you.

Joseph: That will save a ton. I also think that cutting research and development some should be on the table. We aren't producing anything new at this time, we are spending heavily on R&D.

Yvette: That one I really agree with.

Joseph: And we'll need to lessen the burden more. I think we've got to go public again, being only privately held is not for us.

Yvette: It was a precautionary after what Lightner pulled.

Joseph: Yeah, I don't think he'll be doing that anymore, he's been trying to be a part of the family now.

Yvette: It's his mother that concerns me.

Joseph: She's sneaky, but I doubt she can maneuver that well anymore, now that the SEC is on her case.

Yvette: I don't know, Mom was very insistent on the company being privately held. Just family holding shares.

Joseph: She put us in charge so she and Dad could go off and work on their relationship. I wouldn't have suggested this unless it was entirely necessary.

Yvette: I've always wanted to be a decision maker and now I've got it, so I should be decisive.

Joseph: We'll be further in the clear if we do this.

Yvette: I'm still a little nervous about going public again.

Joseph: Don't worry, we're sharper now, no one that we don't want having a piece of this company is going to get it.

Yvette looks closer at a balance sheet.

Yvette: That is not good.

Joseph: What is it?

Yvette: These balance sheets show us with less money than we thought.

Joseph: That doesn't make any sense, if we had less money, we would have known before now.

Yvette: This is the latest balance sheet. There must have been an accounting error.

Joseph: If this is right, we are in bigger trouble than we thought.

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Cassandra is sitting down to lunch with George.

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George: I know you have a reason for asking me here.

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Cassandra: Can't I invite my son to lunch without a motive?

George: Ever since I was a kid, you've always taken me to lunch to spring something on me.

Cassandra: You are too paranoid sometimes.

George: Mother.

Cassandra: All right, I do have a small business idea.

George: There it is.

Cassandra: You can at least listen.

George: I suppose.

Cassandra: Rumor has it that McGregor is having a ton of financial problems.

George: I'll stop you right there.

Cassandra: You can at least let me finish.

George: I have no desire to hear about another scheme involving McGregor.

Cassandra: I'm only trying to help you make money.

George: No, you want money yourself.

Cassandra: I look out for you first.

George: If you were looking out for me, you'd know I don't want to go down this road. I'm trying to build some connection with my family and have some normalcy for once in my life.

Cassandra: You barely know these people, you don't know if they even want to know you. Your father has been out of the country for months now, not even trying to get to know you.

George: He calls me often and I very much understand that he's got problems to work out in his marriage right now, which is why he's away.

Cassandra: Whatever. From my viewpoint, no one in that family is all that interested in bridging any sort of connection with you.

George: You are trying to manipulate again.

Cassandra: I just don't want you to make a fool of yourself trying to be a part of this family. They are far to arrogant to ever welcome you into the fold.

George: After how they found out me and the things I did to get control of McGregor, they're going to be apprehensive.

Cassandra: Anyway, since you are not that connected, why not take this opportunity to further our company? Acquisitions are still lucrative for us.

George: No, it's off the table. Look, I know the McGregors aren't a big happy family with me yet, but I at least want to try. I have brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews. You know how much I've wanted that.

Cassandra: What about Vance?

George: After all the grief he caused, he's hardly a brother to me. And I didn't think you'd want him as a son.

Cassandra: Just an observation, there is nothing I dislike more than discussing the past.

George: Your dwelling on past events is what got us here.

Cassandra: It's all up to you, if you choose not to take my advice, I will not press it

George: And you won't go behind my back?

Cassandra: This new trust thing is important to me. I feel bad that I lied to you about your father and I won't deceive you again.

George: I just hope that I can believe you.

Cassandra: Well, I wish I had something to occupy my time and it would be the perfect project.

George: Mother.

Cassandra: But, you don't want me to do it, so I won't.

Cassandra rolls here eyes in frustration.

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Yvette is meeting with the board of McGregor.

Yvette: And that accounting error has put us in even further trouble.

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Alden: I don't understand, how did something like that happened?

Yvette: It was a new software the accounting department switched too, apparently some of the number were transposed.

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Leonard: If we don't have cash flow, we are out of business.

Yvette: We do have a cash flow, but it's far less than we need to pay back on creditors on schedule. We've signed very strict agreements that if one payment is late, we automatically pay high penalties. They were high risk loans and the payments are high, these banks don't want to get burned.

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Evelyn: All right, we can't panic, what assets does the company have that it can use to back up the shortfall?

Yvette: Not enough that can be liquidated quickly enough. We've got to come up with $19 million dollars within the next couple of weeks. Seeing as we aren't that big of a corporation, that's almost impossible.

Leonard: Point is, something like this should never have happened, that accounting department is supposed to be double checking these numbers before they are finalized.

Yvette: I know, but it since the oversight has been made and there is nothing that can be done, we can only move forward.

Leonard: When Anna was running this show, none of this happened.

Yvette: At this time, no one needs to start throwing around blame.

Leonard: It's just an observation.

Yvette: I realize that the transition from my mother's leadership to mine has been difficult for some, but it is how it is and we've got to work together regardless of any qualms.

Evelyn: She's right, being critical of the leadership won't get us anywhere. We need to start thinking long and hard.

Yvette: Thank you, Evelyn. As it stands, Joseph has formulated an emergency plan. Tomorrow we begin the process of liquidation on assets that can offer us immediate cash flow. It will only cover a fraction of the problem, but it's a start.

Leonard: Are we done?

Yvette: This meeting is adjourned.

Leonard leaves, shaking his head. Alden walks over to Yvette.

Alden: I know you were giving us the best case scenario version, which wasn't great itself. How bad is it really?

Yvette: If we default on any of these loans, we are done for.

Alden: Has it made it into press yet?

Yvette: No and I intend to keep it like that.

Alden: Good, because if it leaks, there is no telling what the creditors could do.

Alden leaves. Yvette sits down in a chair and sighs.


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Cassandra is reading a business journal on her iPAD, when Sterling Hart approaches her.

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Sterling: Lightner, long time, no see.

Cassandra: Hart, long time, no see and would like to keep it like that.

Sterling: You'd think we'd have a friendship bond over almost going to prison for business offenses.

Cassandra: That's not something I'd be ecstatic about.

Sterling: I'm more excited about the fact that I have more than once dodged incarceration.

Cassandra: We share cleverness in common.

Sterling: That's why I want to offer you an opportunity.

Cassandra: The word is no.

Sterling: When you hear my idea, you'll be saying sign me up.

Cassandra: I don't think I will, but hit me with it anyway.

Sterling: Some ambitious woman who thought she could be the next Oprah decided to buy the old WNOV station, but her venture failed pretty badly and left her with some debt.

Cassandra: Go on.

Sterling: She's selling that station now to cover her bills and her asking price isn't bad at all.

Cassandra: You can't afford it, I imagine.

Sterling: I've got some dough, but as you can guess, my cash flow hasn't been strong for a long time now.

Cassandra: What on earth would you do with a television station?

Sterling: I was thinking we could pull together one of those business channels with a stock ticker, business analysis and things like that.

Cassandra: There isn't a market for that.

Sterling: I have an idea that would make ours unique. You like gossip, there was never a time that I didn't see one of those gossip rags around the office years ago and you like to talk. What if you put on a talk show that was all about the business world and the latest in who is going broke, who is broke and is just flat busted.

Cassandra: You may be on to something.

Sterling: These days, controversial is in. There's no one doing a business show like that, you'd be breaking ground.

Cassandra: Maybe a reality show to supplement it.

Sterling: Now you are thinking big.

Cassandra: My sources tell me that McGregor had a huge accounting error, they could default on their loans. It could be our scoop.

Sterling: You got source inside McGregor?

Cassandra: I didn't say my sources were inside, but I have people who can find information and make things happen.

Sterling: Watch out, you don't want the SEC to come knocking again.

Cassandra: Don't worry, my powder is dry. Besides, George has tied my hands, I can't do a thing at the company and I am very bored.

Sterling: Anyway, this could be great for the both of us.

Cassandra: Just when I think I'm finished, you come up with something fantastic and I can get on my feet again.

Sterling: That's my job. Technically it isn't, 'cause I'm not getting paid, but it could be if this pans out.

Cassandra: Before I invest, I'd like to talk with this gentlewoman, see if her offer is actually fair.

Sterling: Sure, we can meet with her tonight.

Cassandra: Great, you set it up and then give me a buzz.

Sterling: You won't regret this.

Cassandra: I hope not.

Sterling: Hart and Lightner, back in action.

Cassandra and Sterling high five. Fade to black.


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Previews and News

Posted by ReddFoxx , 29 April 2011 - - - - - - · 113 views

After a very long hiatus, Varied Lives is back and better than before. Head Writer Phillip Connelly had this to say.

“The show will be coming from a fresher perspective. I am adhering to a single vision theory and letting the characters drive the story rather than the plot from now on. The progress of the stories will be in real time, meaning that the show's time line will pick up about one year from when the last episode aired. The show is definitely going to be more sleek, but still maintain the modern edge.”

When asked about specifics, the head writer had this to say.

Cassandra: “Cassandra is still trying to regain George's trust, as George is still trying to get over the fact that she lied about his father. Cassandra decides to take a new career path, which makes for more tension.”

Yvette: “Yvette is running McGregor Inc. now that Anna stepped aside to work on her relationship with Andrew. Yvette's approach to running the company is tough and unwavering, which will be a key element that makes the character a strong lead.”

Donahue Family: “Carol wants to take her family's business to the next level, but struggles with a slow moving economy. An unlikely alliance will form and that will take the rivalry with the McGregors to another level. Carol's children will also be involved in some entanglements of their own.”

George: “George is still trying to fit in with his new found family, but is still finding it difficult. His business practices may also take a turn, proving that he's more like his mother than he would like to admit. He'll also have to deal with other problems to deal with.”

Phelps Family: “Teri will be entangled with George mostly, but a new character will play a part in the story for added tension. The rest of the Phelps Family will be involved in a storyline that is to say the least, very shocking. Dark secrets will come to light and shake up the family.”

Other news:

The show is now two episodes a week, maybe more if storyline dictates it. The head writer said, "I'm aiming for basic storytelling with very character driven stories, I feel I can better do that with a short week."

There have been some recasts. The head writer stated that some roles were recast to coincide with the relaunch. “Some of the casting was never quite how I wanted it, now I am more satisfied.

Casting:

Phylicia Rashad joins the cast taking over the lead role of matriarch Anna McGregor. Other additions to the cast include Jada Pinkett-Smith as Trish Donahue-Dutcher and Daphne Duplaix as Lynette McGregor. Bow Wow is also joining the cast in the role of Hoover Phelps.


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#87 Friday, November 20th

Posted by ReddFoxx , 22 November 2009 - - - - - - · 45 views

George and Cassandra are still shocked at the site of Andrew.


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Cassandra: This can't be.

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Andrew: I can't tell you how many times I've heard that since I've been back.

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George: This makes no sense.
Andrew: It's a very long story and we've got a lot to talk about.
Cassandra: I need to sit down.

Cassandra sits down.

Cassandra: I thought you were gone forever, now you're standing at the door.
George: This can't be who I think it is.
Cassandra: I'd know your father anywhere and that's him.
George: It's not possible. We know that he died a long time ago.
Andrew: Like I told you, it's a long story, but I am Andrew McGregor. I held you when
you were just an infant, I know you couldn't possibly remember.
George: I don't know.
Cassandra: Let's hear what he has to say. I want to hear exactly why he left, without
so much as a word why.
Andrew: Now wait a minute, Cassandra. I think we both have some explaining to do to George. He
needs the truth from both his parents.
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At the police station, Edmund and Stephen are just coming out of questioning.

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Edmund: Thanks for coming so quickly.

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Stephen: I'm glad you caught me, I was just about to go to Chicago on business.
It wouldn't have good for you to be questioned without a lawyer.
Edmund: I don't get any of this, I never would have thought Christina would have been involved
in so many illegal things.
Stephen: Sometimes you think you know somebody.
Edmund: They think I had something to do with her dealings.
Stephen: They didn't accuse you of anything.
Edmund: Not in so many words, but it's obvious that I'm implicated. Christina
deals in stolen merchandise, I'm in the retail business.
Stephen: Stay calm.
Edmund: I can't. I just got Troy and Kevin back, what if this causes me to lose them?
Stephen: We'll handle this and it will all be fine.

Christina and her lawyer come out of the holding area.

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Christina: Well, I made bail.
Edmund: Yeah, I can see that.
Christina: I know how upset you must be right now.
Edmund: When were you planning on telling me the truth about you?
Christina: I never intended to get this involved with you again, but
when we started to get closer, I was afraid to say anything. I didn't even
think it was going to be a problem, all of that was behind me.
Edmund: That's not good enough.
Christina: Please, you have got to believe me.
Edmund: I can't even look at you right now. Because of you, I'm under a microscope.
Christina: I'll make sure you don't get pulled further into this, I already told them
you had nothing to do with this.
Edmund: Your word is no good with these people. I could be up on charges of haboring
a criminal and that is something that Leigh could use as grounds to take my kids from me.
Christina: If I could do this all over again, I would have told you everything, I probably
wouldn't have even come here.
Edmund: It's too late for that now.

Edmund leaves.

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Leigh and Norm are at her apartment discussing the case.

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Norm: Just talked to my sources and the plan is done.

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Leigh: You mean Christina was busted?
Norm: Yep, right at Edmund's house.
Leigh: The judge surely will see that as an improper environment for children.
Norm: I've petitioned the court on those grounds, we can get a hearing soon.
Leigh: Finally, I have the upper hand. At least I hope I do.
Norm: You do. The fact that the cops hauled Edmund in for questioning is extra security.
Leigh: Wait a minute? They hauled Edmund in too?
Norm: Is that a problem?
Leigh: All I wanted to do was get custody of my kids, I never wanted Edmund to be
in any real legal trouble.
Norm: Relax, it was just questioning.
Leigh: And things like that can lead to even more. I'm starting to think I went to far.
Norm: You can't turn back now.
Leigh: I've been so caught up in the case, I think I've forgotten this is really about the
kids.
Norm: It is, you want a chance to raise them yourself.
Leigh: Yes, but look at what I've resorted to. I may have gotten their father in
real legal trouble.
Norm: Trust me, he won't get in trouble.
Leigh: I don't want to risk it any further.
Norm: It's too late. What's done is done.
Leigh: And I'll have to live with the consequences.
Norm: Stop worrying. The only thing that is going to happen is what you've wanted to happen
and that's full custody of your kids.
Leigh: I've never been a saint and never will be, but I do have a conscience and sometimes
it speaks to me too late. What have a I done?

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Back at the Athletic Club, Andrew is trying to explain things to George and Cassandra.

George: So, you've been alive all these years? Who would have thought it.
Andrew: It was a long road to recovery for me.
Cassandra: That was you in that car I saw. I'm not crazy after all.
George: You seem to love secrets, don't you? You kept your past a secret and on top of that, you
kept it a secret you were alive.
Andrew: I can tell you've grown into very much your mother's son.
George: She was the only one there to raise me, so it makes sense.
Cassandra: And I think I did a fine job of that, raising a son without a father isn't easy.
Andrew: Don't play that game anymore. I'm sure you've told George a lot of things about me that
aren't fair.
George: You walked out without giving a thought about me.
Andrew: Is that what she told you?
George: It's the truth, isn't it?
Andrew: No. Your mother and I got a divorce, it turns out it wasn't valid, but nonetheless she knew we were finished.
I was supposed to be a part of your life.
George: Divorce?
Andrew: Of course, she didn't tell you. It seems like her goal was to make me out to be the villain.
You mother took you and moved away, I tried to find you, but I never succeeded.
Cassandra: The fact remains that you left me to marry someone else and started another family.
Andrew: I never forgot about my son, but I did move on with my like and you knew that I intended
to do that. And for the record, I didn't get involved with anyone until after the divorce.
George: Is all of this true, Mother?
Cassandra: Who are you going to believe? Me or the father who hasn't seen you since infancy?
George: I know how you can be, sometimes you have your own version of the truth to suit yourself.
Cassandra: What does it matter now? You grew up just fine without him.
George: I want the truth.
Cassandra: All right. After the divorce, I was angry and determined to raise you on my own, so I
took off. When you got older and started asking about your father, I was afraid that you would
want to go live with him because he become a business tycoon and could give you everything I couldn't, so I
told you he left us high and dry.
George: All about you, everything is about you. Do you know how terrible it feels to grow up thinking a parent
cares nothing about you?
Cassandra: I can't make any excuses, what I did was very stupid and selfish.
George: I can't figure you out, it's one thing after another with you. I find out you've done one thing and
try to let it go and then I found out something else you did.
Cassandra: If we can talk this out--
George: I can't deal with this right now, either of you.

George goes in the bedroom and closes the door.

Cassandra: Never thought I'd ever have to deal with you causing me grief again.
Andrew: Take some responsibility here, you didn't have to tell our son those lies.
Cassandra: You broke our home in the first place.
Andrew: That marriage wasn't going to work, had we stayed together, we would have both been miserable.
Cassandra: You didn't want to try.
Andrew: I'm not here to talk shoulda, coulda, wouldas with you.
Cassandra: The funny thing is, we are still married. That quickie divorce lawyer of yours never filed
the paperwork properly.
Andrew: I know that and I'm prepared to fix it.
Cassandra: You are, are you?
Andrew: I certainly am.
Cassandra: I suppose you want to make your marriage to the happy homemaker/CEO legit.
Andrew: You always did have a sharp tongue, it's gotten even sharper over the years.
Cassandra: I adapt over time, in this world you have to.
Andrew: I'll have my lawyer contact you soon about the divorce papers.
Cassandra: You do that as soon as possible.

Cassandra opens the door and Andrew leaves. Cassandra shuts the door behind him and takes a deep breath,
realizing her world just got more complicated.


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#86 Friday, November 6th

Posted by ReddFoxx , 06 November 2009 - - - - - - · 54 views
Varied Lives
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It's a bright morning and at the McGregor Estate, Anna is reading the newspaper in the kitchen. Andrew comes in the door with doughnuts and coffee.

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Andrew: Good morning.

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Anna: Morning.
Andrew: I went out and got your favorite muffins, I remembered that after all this time.
Anna: Thanks.
Andrew: I know it's trivial, but it's my way of saying I never forgot about you.
Anna: You know, I still can't bring myself to forgiveness just yet, but honestly I'm glad you are back.
Andrew: And even that's more than I really deserve. I know you've got a lot to hash out before you can even think
about forgiving me.
Anna: Why should I?
Andrew: For one, you haven't even listened to my entire part of the story.
Anna: I didn't feel it was necessary. You married me while you were still married to another woman and
had a child with that woman.
Andrew: I married Cassandra when I was young, we were in love and I thought it was right for me.
But, after awhile, I learned we didn't really fit with each other and we got a quickie divorce.
Anna: So you did divorce Cassandra?
Andrew: I found out later it wasn't valid.
Anna: You should have told me in the first place.
Andrew: You were raised so traditional, I didn't think you'd want a divorced man with a child.
Anna: So you just kept it from me.
Andrew: I'm sorry, I had fallen for you so hard, I didn't want to ruin it.
Anna: What about your other son? How do you explain ignoring your child for all those years?
Andrew: After the divorce I thought was valid, Cassandra moved and I could never find her.
I looked for them so I could at least try to support him.
Anna: Did you ever intend to tell me any of this?
Andrew: Many times, but I always pictured you storming out and leaving me.
Anna: I wouldn't have done that, I would have valued you telling me the truth.
Andrew: We've got so much to hash out.
Anna: You've got a lot to hash out yourself, with your children. Edmund is still so full of anger toward you
and you still haven't told your other son that you are alive yet. Right now, I think your children should be
your first priority. Even though I'm no fan of George's, I do think you owe him an explanation, you are his father
after all.
Andrew: It won't be easy for me, I have to get my mind clear.
Anna: Life isn't easy.
Andrew: Truer words were never spoken.
Anna: Then why haven't you done anything?
Andrew: I feel the pressure even more. I set a deadline for myself everyday and then a keep moving it up.
Anna: Seems that you would have learned that putting things off does no good.
Andrew: I know, but I've got to do this one step at a time.
Anna: When are you going to take that first step though?
Andrew: The sooner, the better.
Anna: Good.
Andrew: I think this is the most you've said to me for weeks.
Anna: I haven't really had much to say.
Andrew: Accept of course when you had to fill me in on all the drama with our children.
Anna: Welcome back to the real world.
Andrew: Guess I better get to work trying mend these fences.
Anna: More like build them back up.
Andrew: Here goes nothing.

Andrew leaves.

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Leigh anxiously waits for Norm at the CoffeeRoom. She finally sees him come in the front door and toward her.

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Leigh: Finally.

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Norm: Sorry to keep you waiting, but it took a bit of time.
Leigh: Did you meet with the feds?
Norm: I did. I gave them all of the information I was able to get about Christina and they think they have a case.
Leigh: The sooner she's arrested, the sooner I can get the courts to question Edmund's associations.
Norm: We don't know if they'll act at all, but I'm hoping there is a good chance they will.
Leigh: And they know where to find her?
Norm: Yep.
Leigh: I wish I knew more.
Norm: All they did was thank me for the information and that was it, no further details were disclosed.
Leigh: What if this falls through?
Norm: Be a little positive, won't you?
Leigh: I can't. I tried everything I could to get my kids before, but Edmund and his mother and all their
money were all there to block me.
Norm: That doesn't sound like the fighting spirit I've heard from you in the past.
Leigh: It's just that I'm tired of getting my hopes up and have them dashed.
Norm: Hey, think of it like this, for all we know, Christina could be getting busted right now and
Edmund being questioned about why he's so close to a criminal like her.
Leigh: When you've got money and resources like Edmund, you can avoid anything.
Norm: You can only buy yourself out of so much.
Leigh: I'm sorry if I sound pessimistic, but I like I said, I can't get my hopes up.
Norm: I promised you I'd help you get you kids back and that's what I'm going to do.
Leigh: Thank you, I don't know where I would have turned had I not had you.
Norm: I care about you, we were close at one time and I hope we can be close again.

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At Edmund's condo, Edmund is having breakfast with Christina.

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Christina: You haven't said more than two words since we got here, what's wrong?

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Edmund: Nothing's wrong.
Christina: It's about your father, isn't it?
Edmund: That has been on my mind a lot.
Christina: I can understand that, it's pretty hard to digest.
Edmund: My biggest problem is figuring out why he stayed away so long and let his family grieve.
I could never do that to my family, ever.
Christina: People do the wrong thing sometimes, but some of those times, they should be forgiven.
Edmund: You saying I should forgive my Father?
Christina: I'm giving you my viewpoint, it's up to you to make the decision.
Edmund: I don't know. Part of me is glad to have him back, because the family is back together again.
Christina: I know I wish I had a second chance with my father. He died when I was six years old.
Edmund: I'm sorry. You never told me that before.
Christina: It's not something I like to talk about.
Edmund: I'm sure I'm not going to be angry forever, but right now I just can't let go. My brother and sisters
have welcomed him back with no problem.
Christina: Under the circumstances, there wasn't a right or a wrong way to react, everyone is different.
Edmund: I suppose you're right. But, it is a new year and I want to start fresh, leave all the old behind.
I'm so glad I can leave that custody suit behind me.
Christina: So am I. You're a wonderful father, I can tell by just watching you with the kids.
Edmund: And, I'm glad that we found each other again. Hopefully this year, both of us have nowhere
but up to go.
Christina: I really hope for that too. Thank you for breakfast.
Edmund: No problem.
Christina: I've got some stuff I need to take care of now, so I gotta get going. I'll see you later though.
Edmund: All right.

Christina opens the door to leave and a federal agent is on the other side.

Agent: Are you Christina Davidson?
Christina: I am.
Agent: Miss Davidson, you are under arrest for dealing in stolen goods.

The agent handcuffs Christina.

Edmund: What is going on here?
Agent: And, Sir, are you Edmund McGregor?
Edmund: Yes, I am. Could you please tell me what is going on?
Agent: You'll need to come with us as well, for questioning.
Edmund: What for?
Agent: We just want to know if you have any information about Miss Davidson's activities.
Edmund: Okay, I'll cooperate, but I don't have any idea what's going on.

Edmund looks puzzled.


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At his Athletic Club suite, George is trying to get some work done when he's interrupted by a knock at the door.
He answers it and Cassandra is on the other side holding a bag.


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George: You're here early.

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Cassandra: I wanted to stop by and bring the baby some more things.
George: Mother, you've been bring him stuff since you found out about him. You're
going to spoil him.
Cassandra: This is my first grandchild, you can't blame me for getting a little carried away.
Where is he?
George: He's sleeping right now.
Cassandra: I think it's wonderful how you've rearranged your schedule so you have time to spend with your son. You've
got a good paternal instinct.
George: Teri and I both have made our schedules flexible so that both of us can spend enough time with him.
Cassandra: I'm proud of you, you stepped up to the plate. You know how to be a father despite not having one yourself.
George: Mother, I don't want to rehash all of that.
Cassandra: Just an observation.
George: Should I remind you about the trial you have coming up, partly because you couldn't let go of the past?
Cassandra: It just is very hard to let go, it still hurts.
George: I know it does and it bothers me too. But having a child now has given me a better outlook, the future
is more looking forth too, than rehashing the past.

Just then, there is a knock at door.

Cassandra: I'll get that.

Cassandra answers the door and gasps upon seeing Andrew.

George: Mother, what is it?

George goes over to the door, he is shocked to see Andrew, the father he had only seen in pictures.



This has been Varied Lives. Remember to tune into Point Palace and S.T.E.A.M.

Please join us next time for another episode of Varied Lives.


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Get Ready

Posted by ReddFoxx , 06 November 2009 - - - - - - · 53 views
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After a very long hiatus, Varied Lives will be returning to SON and SONOP.

"November is going to be a good month for Varied Lives and the stories are going to make up for the long hiatus." says the head writer.

So what can we expect to see? The head writer didn't drop many hints, other than that some characters that have been on the back burner will be moving to the front. "We'll be seeing some new character interactions, new friendships and of course, new rivalries."

And same as last year, Varied Lives will have a Thanksgiving Special that is a can't miss for viewers. Head Writer Phillip Connelly says, "This year, the special is going to be very character driven, but stories will be progressing greatly."

Varied Lives returns later on today. Get Ready.


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Previews and Casting Updates

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It's been a long hiatus for Varied Lives, but the Head Writer says that is about to change.

"I haven't had a whole lot of spare time to write, but now that I do, there will be more episodes" said Head Writer Phillip Connelly.

As for the storylines, Connelly is just dropping hints.

"All I can say is there won't be any disappointments for readers. There are some characters that will be moving
to the front burner."

In casting news, the role of Norm Donahue has been recast. Lamman Rucker will takeover the role starting in episode 86. The reasoning for the recast given is that the character is being further fleshed out and taking a different direction and a new face was wanted to go along with the changes.


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Thanksgiving Part Three

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Continued from the previous episode's final scene, everyone at the McGregor table is shocked.



Yvette: Dad?


Joseph: How is this possible?



Andrew: It's hard to explain, but.

Lynette gets up from her seat and goes over to Andrew.



Lynette: Is it really you?
Andrew: It really is.

Lynette hugs Andrew.

Lynette: I thought you were gone forever, Dad.
Andrew: I'm here now and I'm not going anywhere.

Lynette turns to Anna.

Lynette: Mom, how?
Anna: Your father survived the plane crash.

Yvette: That was 12 years ago.
Andrew: It's a long story.
Yvette: I don't really care about that, I'm just glad you came back to us.
Joseph: Dad, I don't know what to say. I never thought this could happen.
Andrew: Second chances, not everyone gets them, but fortunately we did.

Edmund is still sitting in disbelief.


Edmund: The surprises in this family just keep on coming. What else is there?

Andrew: Edmund, I realize that---
Edmund: Excuse me, I need some air.

Edmund goes out to the patio.

Anna: Edmund has been going through a rough patch, so this isn't easy for him. I'll go talk to him.

Anna goes to talk to Edmund.

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At Leigh's apartment, Norm is conducting the conference call.


Norm: Okay, Mac, what have you got for me.

Mac: (over speakerphone) Looks like what you thought was smoking gun was one afterall.
Norm: Details, details.
Mac: Well, it looks like Christina has some aliases for her black market dealings, including a very well known one that the feds really want, but the Feds have not made the connection that it's Christina. They still think she's laying low.
Norm: Could you fax me the files, you have the number to my law office.
Mac: I'll do that pronto.
Norm: Thank you, if you get anything else, contact me.
Mac: Sure, buddy.
Norm: Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Norm ends the call.


Leigh: I'm assuming what I just heard is good.
Norm: It is, now all we have to do is find a way to expose it without being too obvious.
Leigh: This could work out even better than we thought.
Norm: How?
Leigh: Well, Edmund is in the department store business, Christina is in ripped off merchandise, to me that would say that their association could also have something to do with shady business.
Norm: But it's not, they're just dating.
Leigh: Ah, but the courts might be persuaded to think it's more than that, if we can create an illusion of a connection.
Norm: I see your point, but I'm not seeing how we can do that.
Leigh: I'm just afraid mere association might not be enough to persuaded the judge to reverse custody.
Norm: Let's go with what we have and the explore other options if this doesn't work.
Leigh: All right, I trust you on this.
Norm: I'll be speaking with the feds after the holiday.
Leigh: It's a shame I have to go through all this drama just to have a chance at getting my sons back, but it's well worth the trouble.

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At the Phelps house, Teri has just has arrived.



John: You kept your word.


Teri: Home was calling me, when that happens you can't stay away.
John: We were just about to sit down and eat, you got here in just in time.
Teri: I do have to be honest, there is another reason I'm here.
John: It's not bad is it?
Teri: Not bad, just a little surprising.
John: Out with it.
Teri: Okay, I suppose it's better to come out with it straight.
John: I'm ready.
Teri: Have you have thought about what sort of grandfather you would be?
John: I'm going to be a grandfather?
Teri: Actually, you already are.

Teri peeks out the front door and gestures to George. George walks in holding Jonathan. John is surprised to see George.


George: Meet your new grandson, Jonathan.
John: Now you're the last person I expected to see. Teri, what is going on?
Teri: Now I know you and George have had some animosity, but--
John: Is he this baby's father?
Teri: Yes.
John: This is quite a surprise, but nonetheless, I'm overjoyed to have a grandchild.
Teri: Good.

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Back at the McGregor Estate

Joseph: Dad, I'm afraid I'm going to ramble on a bit, this still is all quite jarring.
Andrew: That's okay, I understand that.
Joseph: I wish you could see JC, he's grown up into such level-headed young man. He's having dinner with the Donahues right tonight, but you'll get to see him soon.
Andrew: Last time I saw him, he was about 10, right?
Joseph: Yeah, he's 22 now.
Andrew: The years really have passed. Yvette, how is your daughter.
Yvette: She's at the Academy in London, she's got the acting bug. She's doing great, though.
Andrew: I'm glad to hear she's doing well.
Lynette: And you've got a couple of grandchildren you've never met.
Andrew: That's wonderful, I have no doubt you and Jim are great parents.
Lynette: We tried. I don't want to get into all my problems right now, but things have changed quite a bit.
Andrew: I'm ready to get caught up to speed and I really want to meet those grandchildren.
Lynette: They're napping right now, I was just about to wake them for dinner when everything went topsy turvy.
Andrew: I know you all must have a lot of questions and pent up emotions, so I will understand if you don't want to move too fast.
Yvette: Let's not talk about that right now, let's just stay in this moment. Our family has one of it's pieces back.
Andrew: I'm worried about Edmund, he seemed really upset.
Joseph: Life hasn't been to kind to Edmund the past couple of years, he's been through a lot and on top of all that, this has got to be hard to digest.

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Back at the Phelps house, everyone is at the dinner table.

John: So, Teri, how did you and George meet?
Teri: At a fashion show, he was thinking of investing in a designer I was working for.
George: And you could say we hit it off right away.
Teri: I never actually liked the corporate type, but George ended up being an exception.


Den: What are your plans? I hope you and my new nephew will be sticking around awhile.
Teri: They aren't set just yet, but being home probably is best for me for awhile.
John: I know you might not like this idea, Teri, but I've left a spot open in the leadership at Phelps Motors, marketing.
Teri: Is that a job offer?
John: It is if you want it. I'm going back to the SEC, so you'll be working with your brothers.
Teri: I don't know, like I've said before, I'm not good in business.


Harry: If I can pipe in, I have to say that the position is suited for you, it's about advertising and websites. Being in the modeling industry, wouldn't you have picked up a thing or two about that?
Teri: Yes, I have, but I don't know how I could apply that to office work.
John: You're going to be putting together projects, working with people and constantly on the go, you can limit
your office work.Teri: I guess it could look good on my resume.
John: Is that a yes?
Teri: I'll take it. Sounds like a good opportunity while I'm taking a break from modeling.
John: Fantastic.
George: Looks like everything is just falling into place here.
John: Yes, I've got all my children in town and a new grandson, it's surreal.
George: And don't forget, your new job at the SEC, that's another thrilling thing.
John: Yeah, can't wait to get in there and bust those corporate crooks.
Teri: Please, not right now, let's have dinner in peace.
John: What? We're just discussing regulation.
Teri: I know where it was about to lead.
John: If it makes you uncomfortable, we'll stop, right, George?
George: Of course.

John: (thinking) What luck, I get someone like George Lightner permanently tied to my family.
George: (thinking) He's trying to be decent now, but I bet he still can't wait to nail me when he gets back in the SEC.

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Out on the patio of the McGregor estate, Anna and Edmund are talking.

Anna: So, you want to talk about it?
Edmund: It's just one thing after another.
Anna: Nothing seems normal anymore.
Edmund: You can say that again.
Anna: It was a shell shock to me too.
Edmund: It's all so confusing.
Anna: Some things don't always have an easy explanation, I know I don't have an easy one.
Edmund: If he was alive all this time, why did he wait so long to come back?
Anna: Pride, he didn't want anyone helping him through his injuries.
Edmund: Part of me is glad he's back and the other doesn't know what to think.
Anna: My reaction is a bit mixed too. I guess it's as normal a reaction one can have a situation like this.
Edmund: Everything that has happened this past year, my custody battle, us almost losing the company and now this, it takes a real toll to go through all that.
Anna: I know. I can't promise you it will all turn out okay, but if we try to get through this latest shock as a family, it won't be as bad.
Edmund: I don't know if it will work, but it sounds like it could work.
Anna: It never hurt to try.
Edmund: Easier said than done.
Anna: Hey, this isn't easy for me either.
Edmund: I know. Mom, if it wasn't for your talks, I don't know what I'd do sometimes.

Edmund hugs Anna. Fade to black.






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