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Monday, March 15, 2010

Barbara spies Vienna and Henry together, and the three of them share an awkward conversation.  Henry is obviously torn and tells Vienna that they should take things slow, and keeps finding excuses to talk to Barbara.

Today’s episode was directed by Ellen Wheeler and written by Leslie Nipkow.


Transcripts from TVMegasite

Barbara: Barbara, you've never been a coward. Don't start now. Vienna! What an unexpected surprise.


Vienna: No. I'm just tired of traveling. I just want to be at home with my Henry. You know, I never thought I would want to stay in one place with one man, but being away from this man changed my outlook on everything.

Barbara: How wonderful.

Vienna: Yes, and I missed you so much when I was away from you, but I just couldn't bear watching how your father's money had changed you.

Henry: Maybe we should discuss this in private.

Barbara: It's quite all right, Henry.

Vienna: You know, I really thought I'd lost you, but when Katie called and told me that you were donating away your entire inheritance to the hospital to build a new wing, I was --

Barbara: You're doing what?

Henry: I can explain that.

Vienna: What is there to explain? You went crazy when you found out that James Stenbeck was your father. Quite frankly, who wouldn't be? But now you're doing everything to make up for it, and I think its wonderful.

Henry: Would you stop it? Oh, stop it. You're embarrassing me.

Vienna: No! Oh, my love, I'm sorry, but it's the truth, and, you know, I -- I was able to let go of my own anger, and I forgave you for sleeping with Barbara.

Henry: Really? I didn't know that. That's -- that's good.

Vienna: And I forgave Barbara, too. It wasn't your fault that Henry had sex with you.

Barbara: Really? Whose fault was it?

Vienna: Well, isn't it obvious? His mother forced him into it.

Henry: I don't think she forced me into it.

Vienna: She made you so turned around that you didn't know what you were doing.

Barbara: He hardly needed a road map.

Vienna: Oh, he must have. Otherwise, he would never have wound up on top of you. Oh, well. To new beginnings.


Henry: Well, this has been fun. I'm sure we have things to do, though. We have things to do?

Barbara: I'm in no rush.

Henry: You're not?

Barbara: No.

Vienna: Relax, Henry. We're celebrating. Where's the waiter? I want to have more champagne. This is delicious.

Barbara: Well, Henry must agree. That's what, two, three glasses for you? Does philanthropy make you nervous, Henry?

Henry: No. I think Katie may have exaggerated how much money I'm actually giving away.

Vienna: What do you mean?

Henry: I mean, it happened so fast. Liebchen, you know, I got to know who my father was. Really, it was almost too late.

Vienna: Well, I, for one, am glad you didn't know him, because if you did, we might never have met.

Barbara: I disagree. I think if James had died before Henry knew --

Vienna: We might never have split up.

Barbara: A lot of things might never have happened, but i don't believe that life is better lived in ignorance.

Henry: Knowing James has given me many wonderful things --

Vienna: And now you're going to use those millions of wonderful things to save lives.

Henry: Yeah, well, but it's the only thing I have left of my father. I'm not sure I'm ready to give that up.

Vienna: Oh, that is a beautiful sentiment, my love, but there's no reason to hold on to anything that has to do with James Stenbeck. I mean, everything that man has ever touched is old, sick, and corrupt.

Henry: No, not everything! No!

Vienna: You know, I think Henry was right. We should go. I want to go up stairs and get settled back into our room.

Henry: Our room?

Vienna: Yes, since it's been so long since you and I've been alone together.

Barbara: You do realize that Henry thought you were never coming back, don't you?

Vienna: Excuse me?

Barbara: I mean, I know you tend to take Henry for granted, but do you realize that he's a very desirable man? Did you just think that he was going to wait for you?

Henry: Oh, come on! I'm not that desirable!

Barbara: Aren't you even curious who might have been spending time in Henry's room while you were gone?

Vienna: Okay. Is there something the two of you want to tell me? Hmm?

Barbara: No. No, no, no. What Henry and I had was nothing, a mere dalliance. Right, Henry? It's over, right?

Henry: I don't know what to say.

Barbara: You've already said enough. I'm gonna let you two lovebirds get reacquainted.

Vienna: Oh, thank god. I never thought she was gonna leave. So, are you ready to re-christen our suite?

Henry: Yeah. Why don't you go first and get started without me, hmm?

Vienna: Something wrong?

Henry: No, no. It's just, if I knew you were coming, I would have had a nice bottle of wine waiting for you upstairs.

Vienna: Okay. Well, why don't you stop by in the kitchen on your way back and see if the pastry chef has some leftover whipped cream.

[ Henry laughs ]


Henry: Barbara, Barbara, wait.

Barbara: Henry, go back to the hotel. Vienna is waiting for you.

Henry: I had no idea she was gonna be there. This is all Katie's doing. It was a complete surprise.

Barbara: To me, too.

Henry: Listen. Listen to me. I just -- thank you. Thank you for being so classy. You could have told Vienna about our --

Barbara: Our dalliance.

Henry: It's more than that, and you know it.

Barbara: Well, I thought I did, but apparently I was wrong.

Henry: How can you say that?

Barbara: You know what? It's really okay. You don't have to let me down easy. I understand. I'm a grown-up. Because Vienna is stunning and exotic and beautiful and young, and she obviously loves you very much, so you got your life back. Enjoy it.

Henry: I don't know what kind of guy you think I am, Barbara. [ Cellphone ringing ] Damn it.

Barbara: Better answer that. You don't want to give Vienna the wrong idea.

Henry: It's the right -- [ Ringing continues ] Just hold on, okay? [ Henry sighs ] Hello?

Vienna: Henry, where are you? I miss you.

Henry: I'll be right there. It's not what you think.

Barbara: It's exactly what I think, and you know what? It really is okay, because you know what? It was just one of those things, and it's done. You don't owe me a thing. So, let's not ruin it by pretending it was more than it was, all right?

Henry: Wow.

Vienna: Lose something?

Henry: What?

Vienna: The wine.

Henry: The wine? Yes. Uh, the wine. Yeah. They didn't -- they didn't have the right vintage.

Vienna: Out of all the bottles they have downstairs, you couldn't find one you liked?

Henry: Well, you know, I wanted something special. Uh, you know, nothing's too good for my liebchen.

Vienna: Well, in that case, you can give me the match for this. Real diamonds. I know that.

Henry: It's -- it's not -- it's not what you think.

Vienna: Really? Because I know it's not yours, and Geneva swift, she wore paste.

Henry: Look, Vienna --

Vienna: Okay, Henry, stop. I really don't want to know.

Henry: You don't?

Vienna: No. We've been apart, and Barbara was right. There was no reason for you to think that I was coming back. So, it was your right to play the field, and trust me, Henry, I really did try to forget you. I threw myself into the task. I met dozens of super-sexy, hot, handsome millionaires.

Henry: Dozens?

Vienna: Dozens. Oh, yeah, at least. But none of them could hold a candle to you.

Henry: What size candle are we talking here? A taper? Pillar? Votive?

Vienna: Oh, who cares? What's important is the flame.

Henry: Is that a polite way of saying that I'm --

Vienna: Don't speak. Shh.

Henry: Yeah, but it's been a while. Don't you think we should at least talk about this?

Vienna: Shut up. Shut up. Don't forget Mrs. Collier. I won't.

Vienna: What's wrong?

Henry: Nothing. Nothing. It's just that this -- this is so sudden, and I thought you were gone forever, and then the elevator doors opened. There you were.

Vienna: Here I am.

Henry: Yes, and a lot has happened in that time. I'm not the same guy that I was.

Vienna: I know you're not. The old Henry would never have donated his entire fortune to the hospital. He would have tried to keep it for himself. But you're not. You are giving it away. You're building a new wing.

Henry: About that.

Vienna: You know what? That shows how far you've come. I would never have come back for the old Henry. You know, for him, the money meant more than I did.

Henry: That's -- that's not true. I just wanted the money to give you the life that you deserve.

Vienna: But don't you get it? I don't need, like, special vintage or diamonds or millions of dollars in the bank. Those things just doesn't mean that much to me as you do. You know, from now on, I just -- I want to follow my heart.

Henry: I want to follow my heart, too, and it's telling me that we need to toast. We need to toast to our reunion.

Vienna: So, where are you going?

Henry: I am going to the wine cellar, and I am going to be back before you miss me. Mwah! Come on, Barbara. Please pick up.


[ Henry sighs ]

Henry: What's going on?

Vienna: Good afternoon, Mr. Big, powerful, hedge-fund manager. I am your new secretary, and I am here to take dic-tation.

Henry: I thought you wanted to drink wine and talk about my newfound virtue.

Vienna: Oops. Let me pick that up.

Henry: No, no.

[ Vienna laughing ]

Henry: Stop it.

Vienna: Oh, but, Mr. Coleman, you are my boss!

Henry: Vienna, no. I mean it. I mean it. No.

Vienna: Did you just say "no" to me?


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