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Katie is Called to California (April 20, 2000) 

Henry: I hope nobody expects you to go off to valley land and play private-duty nurse.

Katie: Of course, that's what my mother expects!

Henry: Well, hasn't someone told your mommy that you have a career now?!

Katie: Didn't you hear Margo, Henry? She's completely bedridden!

Henry: Right, and I deeply sympathize, Katie, but your mother has another daughter who is capable of fetching soup.

Katie: And Margo has two kids, a husband, and her own full-time job at the police force.

Henry: Cops are a dime a dozen, WOAK has only one all-star anchor girl. Okay? Don't bail on me. Not when your local career is peaking and your network career has yet to be launched.

Katie: This is none of your business, Henry!

Henry: Oh, contraire, darling. Have you forgotten who's in control here? You run off to California, I'm going to play that videotaped confession, Holden will find out how you lied and you cheated to get --

Katie: I am so sick of you threatening me, okay?! Play the tape, I dare you!

Henry: Oh, okay.


Holden: I need to talk to you for a minute.

Henry: Sure. There something the matter?

Holden: Yeah, you could say that. It's about Katie.

Henry: Oh, yeah, you know, she does look a little ragged lately, what with everything she's been through. Why don't I have her go to hair and makeup. They'll see if they can do some cosmetic magic --

Holden: No, Katie looks fine. I'm referring to the way you've been talking to her lately.

Henry: Excuse me?

Holden: I don't need you pressuring Katie into going places that she's not ready to go.

Henry: You know, Holden, I'd love to chat, but I've got about a million irons in the fire, so -

Holden: Bottom line, Henry, Katie has been through a lot lately, all right? She has just got into this position a few months ago. She needs some time to settle into things, okay?

Henry: Your point is?

Holden: The point is, Coleman, I do not need you buzzing around, planting ideas into her head about network positions. She has gone from intern to anchor in record speed. She needs a little time to breathe here.

Henry: Oh, Holden, gosh, if you only knew.

Holden: Why don't you enlighten me?

Henry: I'm not the one that's pressuring Katie. It's her family.

Holden: Her family? What are you talking about?

Henry: Listen, you didn't hear this from me, okay? But if you don't do something fast, Katie is gonna be on a one-way ticket to California, and you and I will be without our star anchor.

Holden: Why would Katie go to California?

Henry: Uh, you know, she should probably tell you when she gets back. Just pretend I didn't say anything, okay?

Holden: Henry, I don't have time to play games here. So, just tell me.

Henry: All right. Something about her mom. She fell and broke her hip, she's going to need 24-hour care for the next few months.

Holden: Well, is she going to be okay?

Henry: Listen, this is an important time for the station. Our numbers are up. But if we don't work to keep them that way, we're both going to look bad.

Holden: Henry, it's not my number one worry.

Henry: Holden, how's it going to look when we switch anchors, again? We forced Molly to resign, Katie goes off to California to play nursemaid. And we're the two dopes who are supposed to be calling the shots. Now, if I were you, I would make sure that Katie knows that her place is right here.

Holden: No, it's not.

Henry: That was sarcasm, right? Please, tell me you're joking.

Holden: Family is family, Henry.

Henry: Fine, let her go off and visit on the weekends.

Holden: We are talking about Katie's mother here. If Katie needs to go see her mother, then that's fine. I will give you a leave of absence, whatever she needs.

Henry: Whatever she -- what about what we need, Holden? We need her back there batting her eyelashes, and battling bad guys behind the desk, not off serving chicken soup.

Holden: You know what? I'm not going to try to stand here and explain this to you. Where is Katie now?

Henry: You got me.

Holden: Well, when she gets back, I'll talk to her then.

Henry: You know, I don't get this! You're just going to let Peretti walk out the door?

Holden: That's right. I'm going to let her do what she needs to do. And when she gets back, don't tell her that I know about Lyla. And thank you for telling me -- whatever your reasons might have been.

Henry: Sometimes I don't why I bother.


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