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#72 Friday, July 4th
Jim is back in Novi, his parents have driven him and the kids home.
Jim: You really didn't have to drive us home.
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Eleanor: Just thought we'd help you out as much as possible.
After everything that has happened, we thought the last thing you wanted to do was take a long drive.
Jim: I appreciate the concern, but I'll be fine.
Eleanor: I think we should talk.
Elliot: I'll take the kids upstairs so you can talk.
Elliot takes the kids upstairs.
Jim: Look, I know it seems like I'm a little on edge, but it's nothing to get alarmed about.
Eleanor: I'm going to ask you something and I hope you answer me honestly.
Jim: Of course.
Eleanor: Have you started drinking again?
Jim: No, how could you even think that?
Eleanor: You were always great at hiding it, but I eventually was able to figure it out anyway.
Jim: This is absurd.
Eleanor: Remember, you have two children to think about. Don't let something push you
so far over the edge that you destroy your life and can't be there for them.
Jim: Believe me, I know that.
Eleanor: I just hope if you have a problem, you'll tell it before it's too late.
Just then Lynette walks in the front door. Jim looks at her and scoffs.
Leigh as at the Donahue Ranch with Norm.
Leigh: So how's the rest of the plan coming on along?
Norm: It's moving along.
Leigh: How long before we can drop the bomb?
Norm: Patience. We don't even know how far Edmund and Christina's relationship will go.
Leigh: He was having coffee with her at his place this morning, I'd say it's going nicely so far.
Norm: It's still not time.
Leigh: I can't wait. A few tabloid headlines about Edmund being caught up with a black market ring leader and I'm sure the courts will question his judgment.
Norm: It's not a sure thing.
Leigh: What do you mean?
Norm: Remember, the McGregors hold a lot of clout around here, who knows what the judge could rule?
Leigh: Okay, I don't need the negativity from you right now.
Norm: Only trying to keep things realistic, as you should.
Leigh: You're right, I'm sorry I snapped at you. I take this very seriously.
Norm: I know. I wouldn't be doing this if getting your kids didn't mean so much to you.
Leigh: I want the opportunity to raise them the way I think they should be raised.
Norm: You might be a schemer, but you certainly are sincere. I like that about you, always have.
George is at the CoffeeRoom, Cassandra walks in holding the newspaper.
Cassandra: What are we going to do about this new annoyance Anna has sent out to do her bidding.
George: He's not that big of a problem, he's all talk.
Cassandra: I think you are underestimating him, he seemed serious.
George: I'm not worried, I've steamrolled right over guys like him.
Cassandra: Maybe I should handle him, I think I'm a better match to go up against him.
George: You taught me everything I know, you think I can't take this on?
Cassandra: That's not what I'm saying, I just think it would be better for me to deal with him.
George: You have a tendency to make things worse sometimes.
George: Like when you didn't tell me about your whole little savings and loan fiasco, that almost cost us a lot.
Cassandra: That's not fair, it was years ago and I didn't think you needed to know.
George; Right, because it was so insignifcant.
Cassandra: Well, that has nothing to do with this, this is a completely different situation.
George: Mother, please let me take care of this. It's all just a stalling tactic by McGregor, it means nothing.
There's no who can stand in our way now.
Jim: If you are here to try to justify your actions some more, I don't want to hear it.
Lynette: I'm not, I was wondering you had come home yet and came to check on you and the kids.
Jim: Nice, you took time from your affair to come check in.
Lynette: I've tried to apologize.
Eleanor: An apology doesn't undo the damage.
Jim: Mom, don't start anything.
Eleanor: I want to talk to Lynette, privately.
Jim: I don't know if that's such a great idea.
Eleanor: I have some things I need to say.
Jim: All right.
Jim goes into the kitchen.
Eleanor: I really expected better of you.
Lynette: Could you try to understand that I feel horrible about this?
Eleanor: Are you asking me to feel sorry for you?
Lynette: Of course not.
Eleanor: Good, because if you were, I'd think you were insane.
Lynette: It's all very unfortunate.
Eleanor: My son is really on the edge right now, I think he might have started drinking again.
Lynette: My god.
Eleanor: For your children's sake, you better hope that he hasn't.
Lynette: I was afraid this would happen.
Eleanor: He told you about his drinking problem?
Lynette: A few years ago.
Eleanor: So you knew that this could push him over the edge, but you went ahead and hurt him anyway?
Lynette: No, I tried to make the marriage work to avoid hurting him.
Eleanor: You knew it wasn't going to work out, yet you lied and created false hope, only to then destroy
him. That was an incredibly reckless thing to do.
Lynette: I realize that now.
Eleanor: You know, I never imagined you of all people would do this, but I guess I was wrong. I really don't understand where your logic was, I just don't.
Aaron and Roberta walk into her law office.
Roberta: A lot of information about shareholders and shareholder agreements is here. Andrew had me archive it years ago.
Aaron: What about the company charter?
Roberta: I think I have a copy here. Andrew structured this company well to avoid takeovers, but Lightner found a loophole.
Aaron: I'd like to look over it.
Roberta looks in a file cabinet and pulls a folder.
Roberta: Here it is.
Aaron: Thank you. Looks pretty standard.
Roberta: I assume this is the first place the family looked when the company was taken over, but
there's not much in there that could help.
Aaron: It appears not.
Roberta: Another course of action is probably going to be your best bet.
Aaron: Do you know anything about Lightner's internal structure, things like their board, shareholders?
Roberta: Not in detail, since I've never worked with them.
Aaron: I've got some research to do then. I'll contact you if I find what I'm looking for.
Roberta: What are you looking for?
Aaron: The key to everything.
Aaron steps outside and makes a call on his cell phone.
Aaron: Nothing new yet, but I'm working on it. I'm on my way over now.