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Lena takes her concerns to Erica



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ALL MY CHILDREN

July 17, 2003


072
(Lena appearance)
030717
Last update: 12/23/03


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QUOTES
TRANSCRIPT
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Myrtle Fargate
Erica Kane
Kendall Hart
Lena Kundera (Olga Sosnovska)
Simone
Carlos Reyes




SYNOPSIS

Lena is at Myrtle's looking for Bianca and told that Bianca left with a suitcase earlier that day; Lena goes to Erica to tell her that her daughter is missing; Lena leaves a message for Bianca to phone home



RE-CAPS:

From The Official Site at ABC.com:
http://abc.go.com/daytime/allmychildren/episodes/2003-04/20030717.html

Simone and Carlos tell Lena that Bianca left Myrtle's with a suitcase. Lena goes to see Erica in her search for Bianca. Erica makes it clear that she will hold Lena responsible if anything happens to Bianca. Kendall goes to look for Bianca and almost discovers the clothing Bianca set fire to in the park. Lena leaves a loving message on Bianca's voicemail, stating that she wants to help her.

From About All My Children
http://allmychildren.about.com/cs/recaps/a/bl20030717h.htm

Lena learned of Biancaís disappearance. She went to see Erica, who told her if anything has happened to Bianca, she will hold her responsible for the rest of her life!

From Soap Slut
http://pub18.ezboard.com/fsoapslutfrm16.showMessage?topicID=91.topic

Smoan lets Lena into the boarding house. She tells the Hot, Polish, Dressed-to-the-Nines Fox that Bianca isnít there and in fact, left with the worldís oldest and largest suitcase in the free world...

Lena wears whatís becoming her usual perplexed expression as she goes to look for Bianca elsewhere. Smoan and Carloser resume their pointless conversation, only to be interrupted by a plunger-wielding, very pissed-off Maggie. She dragged that nasty thing all the way from SOS? Did she walk or did she actually get into her car, drive all the way over there and then drag it into the boarding house with her? Either way, itís just weird weird weird...

Myrtle reports that Baby Kane doesnít come downstairs to eat and stays in her room at all times. She fears an anorexia relapse. Erica balks at the notion. Kendall agrees with her but notes that Bianca has been behaving very strangely lately and while she may not be relapsing into anorexia, there is definitely something going on. The doorbell rings and Erica flings it open to reveal Lena...

Everyone at the penthouse gets their panties all in a twist when Lena reports that Bianca has moved out of the boarding house. Lena and Erica start sniping and pointing fingers at each other until Myrtle tells them to put the fangs away, itís not helping. Weird, I just noticed that Myrtle and Kendall are holding hands. Smoan better watch out, Kendall may be stealing her girlfriend. Now who will she drink spiked lemonade with while watching porn?

Kendall decides to go out and wear her stilettos down looking for Bianca. Myrtle goes to see if she can pump her boarders for any additional info. Erica takes the alone time with Lena as an opportunity to threaten her if anything happened to Bianca. Lena swears up and down that sheís done nothing this time to warrant Biancaís ire...

Erica and Lena finish their pointing fingers game and realize that Bianca wasnít letting either of them get close enough to tell what was really wrong with her...

Lena leaves a message on Biancaís voice mail, telling her how much she, her mother and sister are worried about her.





ALL GAY RE-CAP

This all gay recap is by C.K..
Read all the All Gay Re-caps at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TheAllGayRecap/.

Coming whenever C.K. sends it to me. I am looking so forward to it. A day without CK's recap is like a day without sunshine. I need my vitamin E, you know. We all do. Yes, I must contain my anticipation. But it's sooo hard.



PARODY

This parody is by LizzieT.

Carlos and Simone continued to talk at Myrtles.
Lizzie: Forget it. There's only so much I can take. I'm not getting the Carlos is hot bonus like the characters do. This bunch says the same thing every day anyway. I quit!
Producer: That's all right Lizzie. You can go on to the next scene.

Maggie and Henry also talked at Myrtles.
Lizzie: You hate me don't you?
Henry: Aw, come on. Recap this one. It might be my last scene. I've been written out you know.
Lizzie: Oh all right. One last time - but you'd better be gone after this.
Henry: Maggie, I want things to be the way they used to be. Can't we get back together?
Maggie: Forget it. You're history and I'm trying to salvage what's left of my character.
Henry: Do you really think fighting with Simone over Carlos is going to do it?
Maggie: Let's just say my resume is up to date.

Greenlee got better acquainted with the newbie.
Newbie: I can see in your eyes that you have known heartbreak.
Greenlee: You got that right. You should have seen the last newbie they tried to saddle me with. Talk about a nightmare.
Newbie: Perhaps I can make you forget him.
Greenlee: Forget who?
Newbie: Come away with me oh lovely one. I want to show you a statue.
Greenlee: You can show me anything you want. But I sprained my ankle.
Newbie: Then I will carry you.
Greenlee: Erica, eat your heart out!

Greenlee and the Newbie arrived at Stuart's gallery.
Newbie: I am glad that everything in Pine Valley seems to be within a two block radius. Greenlee: The guy I used to be stuck with has some of his artwork here at the gallery. I hope I don't run into him.
Newbie: This is the statue I want you to see. It will establish me as someone with taste as well as wealth.
Greenlee: It's lovely.
Newbie: Now excuse me while I disappear. It will establish me as someone mysterious as well as foreign.
Greenlee: I was wondering about that accent. I can't quite place it.
Newbie: That's deliberate. I don't want Lizzie to mock me.
Stuart: Here you go Greenlee. The mysterious newbie with an accent just bought you the statue.
Greenlee: Did you get his name?
Stuart: No but I liked him instantly. And I'm not just saying that to get the "newbie is hot" bonus either.
Greenlee: Do you think I'll ever see him again?
Stuart: Of course. It looks like they may have hired him just for you.

Meanwhile in the park.....
Kendall: I wish a mysterious newbie would come along and help me look in this trash can.
Newbie: You rang?
Kendall: Please please please tell me you won't turn out to be a slug.



QUOTES

Erica: I see. Of course not. Because, really, why does she have to say anything? It's perfectly clear what's causing her problems -- or, rather, who.
Lena: Yes, I was just thinking the same thing.

Erica: Lena, if anything has happened to Bianca, I will hold you responsible for the rest of your life.

Lena: I'm aware that you don't understand my feelings for Bianca, but I don't care. Quite frankly, neither does she.

Erica: Then why didn't she turn to you?

Lena: Why couldn't I tell Bianca was in pain? Erica, of course I could tell. Something was obviously terribly wrong.
Erica: And you never thought to ask her what?
Lena: Of course I asked her, but she wouldn't tell me. Should I have forced it out of her? Should I not have let her out of my sight until she told me? Yes! But I didn't know, and -- always, I have a feeling now that she can't completely trust me, so I just let it go.



TRANSCRIPT

Unverified in non-clip parts

***** (clip a) [Myrtle tells Erica she thinks something's wrong with Bianca (no Lena)]

Erica: It's actually more than I can say for mine. You know, I -- [amc030717a-inc starts] Iím having second thoughts about -- about the bodice.
[Doorbell rings]
Kendall: Oh. I can get that.
Erica: Thank you, thank you.
Myrtle: Oh, Kendall.
Kendall: Myrtle, come in.
Erica: Oh, Myrtle, good. I need a second pair of eyes. I need you to look at this. I mean, this morning I thought it was perfect --
Myrtle: Please --
Erica: And now I think that the bodice --
Myrtle: I can't talk about that now.
Erica: Oh. Ok, sure. Well, what is it?
Myrtle: Can we do this in private?
Erica: Oh, of course, yes. Linda, would you excuse us for just a moment?
Linda: I'm finished here. I'll just let myself out.
Erica: I see. All right. Well, thank you. Please have Olaf call me. Thanks.
Myrtle: Darling, I hate to worry you, but I cannot keep this inside myself a minute longer.
Erica: Well, what is it, Myrtle? Is it Bianca?
Myrtle: Yeah, Bianca. I think she's in bad trouble.

***** (clip b) [Simone tells Lena that Bianca has left the boarding house]

[amc030717b starts]
Lena: Hi. I'm here to see Bianca.
Simone: Oh, she's not here.
Lena: No?
Simone: No, she left just a few minutes ago.
Lena: Oh, I guess that's good. From what Myrtle has been telling me, she's been locked up in her room for days. So, where did she go, to the office?
Simone: I'm sorry. I think she left for good.

***** (clip c) [Lena knows that there's an explanation for Bianca's weird behavior]

[amc030717c starts]
Lena: She had a suitcase? How long ago did she leave?
Simone: Just a little while ago.
Lena: Did she say anything, like -- like where she was going or why? How did she seem to you?
Simone: Oh, she --
Carlos: She didn't say a word. She just -- she just left.
Lena: Oh. There must be a reasonable explanation for this.
Carlos: Do you want us to help you find her?
Simone: Oh, yeah.
Lena: No. No, thank you. I think I know what happened. Thank you.
[Lena leaves]
Simone: Ok. Gosh, that's sad. Lena just got out of jail, and I bet after all the mistakes and all the misunderstandings, she was really hoping for a nice, sweet, happy ending.

***** (clip d) [Lena asks Erica if she knows where Bianca is]

[amc030717d starts]
Erica: Well, Myrtle, what's wrong? Doesn't Bianca feel well?
Myrtle: No, no, no, she's not ill, not -- not physically, anyway.
Erica: Well, then, what is it?
Myrtle: Well --
Kendall: Oh, I -- I guess I should -- I should go.
Erica: Oh, no, no. Not -- not at all.
Myrtle: Yeah, come on. That's good. I think she needs as many family people around her as she possibly can at this moment.
Erica: Why do you say that?
Myrtle: Well, darling, I don't want to worry you, but you know how long I've loved her and known her, and I --
Erica: Yes, Myrtle, for heaven's sakes, please, just tell me what it is.
Myrtle: I think Bianca has stopped eating again.
Erica: Oh, no.
Myrtle: Yes.
Erica: No, no, no.
Myrtle: Yes.
Erica: No, that can't be. No, she can't have done that again. No. That's in the past.
Kendall: Well, Myrtle, why do you think Biancaís stopped eating?
Myrtle: Well, in the last three days, she has not touched one bite of anything Iíve prepared for her.
Erica: Well, maybe she's eating out.
Myrtle: Well, I would have thought so, but since she came to live in my house, we have breakfast together -- a nice little breakfast together, and every morning I pile her plate with a lot of food, and she knows exactly what Iím doing, and she eats it all, because she understands it and she's like a sweetheart. She doesn't want to upset me.
Erica: Hmm.
Myrtle: But for the last three days, I've had to go upstairs, knock on her bedroom door, and her voice is so faint and so far away, it's like listening to a -- a ghost.
Erica: No, Myrtle, how could you say that?
Myrtle: Darling, I -- I -- darling, it's just Iím so upset about the thing. I mean -- you know, she -- she won't come out of her room. She won't leave her room. Now, how is she going to feed herself?
Erica: Oh. Please, God, don't let this be. Please, don't let this be.
Kendall: Ok, ok, you know what? It doesn't do any good to jump to any conclusions. Now, I agree Biancaís been acting really weird lately, but that doesn't mean an eating disorder.
Erica: No, it doesn't.
Kendall: And she's been under a lot of stress lately, and now that things are getting better, maybe that will pass, but I do agree we do have to get to the bottom of this.
Myrtle: I just hate talking behind her back like this.
Erica: No, no, no, no, you did the right thing, absolutely, and --
[Doorbell rings]
Erica: And we have to respect her privacy --
Lena: Oh, Erica. I was wondering if you knew about Bianca.
Erica: No, I was just about to call you. Have you seen her?
Lena: No, I havenít. I was hoping maybe to find her here.
Erica: Kendall, you said that you thought that she was acting strangely. What did she say to you, exactly?
Kendall: Well, she was determined to say nothing at all.
Erica: I see. Of course not. Because, really, why does she have to say anything? It's perfectly clear what's causing her problems -- or, rather, who.
Lena: Yes, I was just thinking the same thing.

***** (clip e) [Lena and Erica start blaming the other for Bianca's erratic behavior]

[amc030717e starts]
Lena: Myrtle, when we spoke this morning on the phone, did you know that Bianca was moving out?
Myrtle and Erica: What?
Kendall: What are you saying?
Myrtle: What you talking about? I -- I left her -- when I left her, she was upstairs in her room.
Lena: I've just come back from there. Some of your boarders told me she left this morning with a suitcase.
Erica: Oh, no, no. This is much worse than we thought. I mean, where could she have gone? I'm going to call Jack. He's going to start a search.
Kendall: No -- no, wait, wait, Erica. No, you can't do that. You can't do that.
Erica: Of course I can. My child is in trouble.
Kendall: Listen, Erica, she's a grown woman. Yes, she's in trouble, but she's obviously dealing with it on her own.
Erica: Oh, she's dealing with it -- by packing her bags and leaving, by stopping eating?
Lena: What? She's not eating?
Erica: Yes. For your information, the woman that you have been putting through h*** for the past few months suffers from anorexia.
Lena: Oh, that's all over --
Erica: No, I'm afraid it's not. It can be controlled, but it is never "all over." And if she's suffering from it again, I blame you.
Lena: Erica, I have done nothing to hurt Bianca. In fact, for the first time, we actually had a chance to be happy once and for all.
Erica: And she's gone.
Lena: Well, you're the one who kept going on at her. You're the one who kept controlling her and judging her.
Myrtle: Lena --
Lena: If she's run away, you drove her to it.
Myrtle: You two have got to stop this. It's doing no good. Bianca is missing!
Erica: What are we going to do?
Myrtle: Darling, I -- I agree with you. We should not bring the police in. We don't have enough information, but we should start looking for Bianca.
Kendall: You know what? I'll go look for her right now. There's a million places she could be.
Erica: Yes, that's right. Please do that, Kendall.
Kendall: Ok, and you know what? You should stay here. Stay here in case she calls or comes by.
Erica: Of course.
Myrtle: Darling, Iíll go to my house. I'll see what the children have to say there. They might have more advanced information, and if I hear of anything at all, I'll call you on the phone, ok?
Erica: Yes, please do that. Please, thank you.
Myrtle: All right.
Erica: And do you know what? She's going to show up, I'm sure.
Myrtle: I know she is.
Erica: Yes.
Myrtle: I know.
Erica: Lena, if anything has happened to Bianca, I will hold you responsible for the rest of your life.

***** (clip f) [Erica reams Lena for all the hardship she's caused Bianca]

[amc030717f starts]
Lena: Erica, right now, I'm just as worried as you are.
Erica: Oh, don't you dare. Don't you dare compare your feelings for Bianca to mine.
Lena: I'm aware that you don't understand my feelings for Bianca, but I don't care. Quite frankly, neither does she.
Erica: Oh, I have said everything I have to say to you.
Lena: Good. Now it's my turn. Listen, Erica, whatever it is that's troubling Bianca, I did not cause it.
Erica: Lena, you have been playing with Biancaís emotions since the day that you met her, and, yes, she's a strong person, but how strong can a person be to withstand these months and months of humiliation and betrayal?
Lena: Erica, that's all over with, and if I wasn't confident that she had completely forgiven me, I wouldn't be here. I would have left.
Erica: But now she's the one who's gone.
Lena: Something happened.
Erica: And you have no idea what?
Lena: No. Listen, we were in the middle of planning a trip together to Europe. We'd never been more hopeful, and then --
Erica: And then what?
Lena: Then she spoke to you. Erica, what did you say to her?
Erica: Oh -- no, I do not need to share my conversation with you.
Lena: No, you don't, but you must know the power you have over your daughter.
Erica: Power to make her stop eating? Power to make her pack her bags and run away?
Lena: Not on purpose, no --
Erica: And what do you know about Bianca and me, anyhow? I almost died when she stopped eating. I would do anything for her, anything, even if that meant --
Lena: Allowing her to be with me?
Erica: All this supposed love you have for Bianca, what does this amount to, anyway?
Lena: It means everything to me. I had hoped to make Bianca feel the same way.
Erica: Then why didn't she turn to you?
Lena: I don't know.
Erica: And even if you didn't cause her pain, why didn't you see it? Why couldn't you see that she had stopped eating? And why couldn't you stop her from running away?

***** (clip g) [Lena and Erica discuss Bianca's anorexia]

[amc030717g starts]
Lena: Why couldn't I tell Bianca was in pain? Erica, of course I could tell. Something was obviously terribly wrong.
Erica: And you never thought to ask her what?
Lena: Of course I asked her, but she wouldn't tell me. Should I have forced it out of her? Should I not have let her out of my sight until she told me? Yes! But I didn't know, and -- always, I have a feeling now that she can't completely trust me, so I just let it go.
Erica: No point in blaming yourself. None of us knew it was this serious.
Lena: Erica, can I ask you -- when Bianca was younger when she wouldn't eat, what was that like?
Erica: It was our own personal hell. She had to be force-fed, and I had to agree to it, and -- but we were losing her, and the feeding tube was keeping her alive, but, still, to see the look on her face --
Lena: Erica, you did what had to be done. You kept her alive.
Erica: And then she was in a rehab center, and that took months. We had a family intervention, and I could tell that, you know, she didn't understand why we were doing this to her. It was a terrible, heartbreaking time.
Lena: I'm sure it was. I'm so sorry.
Erica: Well, did Bianca never tell you any of this?
Lena: She mentioned it once in passing and not very seriously.
Erica: No, of course not. Bianca wouldn't dwell on it. That's what she's like.
Lena: I was always aware of the progress she'd made.
Erica: Yes, of course you would be, wouldn't you, because you had to research your mark. Bianca has just come so far. She has lived through so much. She's conquered so much. How could this be happening?
Lena: Erica, I wish I knew.
Erica: Bianca's the only one who really knows.
Lena: When we find her, I'm going to make sure she understands that she never has to be alone again. Nothing is so terrible that she can't come to me and ask for my help.
Erica: All of us who love her have got to make her believe that.
Lena: Look, I will call you immediately if I hear from her.
Erica: So will I. Look, Lena -- I know that you want what's best for Bianca in your way, but I think that right now, it is so important to be completely honest.
Lena: Yes?
Erica: I want you to think about what you said before. After all you've done to her, can Bianca ever truly trust you again?

***** (clip h) [Kendall remembers about Bianca in the park while looking for her (no Lena)]

[amc030717h starts]
Kendall: Oh, hi. Excuse me. I'm looking for a girl, my sister. This was the last place that I saw her.
Man: What'd she look like?
Kendall: She's about 19 years old, really pretty. Big, dark eyes, kind of short, dark hair.
Man: No, I'm sorry. I didn't see anybody like that.
Kendall: Ok. Thank you anyway. Bianca, what the h*** is going on with you?
[Flashback to Bianca burning her clothes]
Kendall: Hey, you're going to burn yourself.
[Flashback ends]
Kendall: You were trying to burn something in that thing.
[She goes to look in the trash can]

***** (clip i) [Lena leaves a phone message to Bianca]

[amc030717i starts]
Lena: Bianca, I'm so worried about you, and so is your mother, and so is Kendall and Myrtle. See, there are so many people who love you. Don't shut us out. You don't have to do this alone, whatever this is. Please, Bianca, I want to help you. Let me. Just -- call me, ok?

***** (clip j) [Erica worries with Jack on the phone (no Lena)]

[amc030717j starts]
[Erica on the phone with Jack]
Erica: Yes, Jack, I know that it's only been a couple of hours, but if she's so upset that she's stopped eating -- yes, I know. I know that you're going to do everything in your power to bring her back. I know. No, you're right. I know. In all probability, she's going to be found and she's going to be fine. All right.
[she hangs up]
Erica: Please, God -- please bring her home safe and sound. Please. Oh, please God, take good care of my baby girl.



CLIPS

I have the following clips (incompletes are marked "inc"):
amc030714a.mpg (9.7m; 0:57) Myrtle tells Erica she thinks something's wrong with Bianca (no Lena)
amc030714b.mpg (3.5m; 0:21) Simone tells Lena that Bianca has left the boarding house
amc030714c.mpg (8.4m; 0:49) Lena knows that there's an explanation for Bianca's weird behavior
amc030714d.mpg (28.4m; 2:46) Lena asks Erica if she knows where Bianca is
amc030714e.mpg (21.7m; 2:07) Lena and Erica start blaming the other for Bianca's erratic behavior
amc030714f.mpg (20.6m; 2:01) Erica reams Lena for all the hardship she's caused Bianca
amc030714g.mpg (37.6m; 3:40) Lena and Erica discuss Bianca's anorexia
amc030714h.mpg (10.3; 1:00) Kendall remembers about Bianca in the park while looking for her (no Lena)
amc030714i.mpg (7.4m; 0:43) Lena leaves a phone message to Bianca
amc030714j.mpg (9.3m; 0:55) Erica worries with Jack on the phone (no Lena)



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