Fourth of July
The following scenes take place in Marlena's apartment after Austin has found Mike and Carrie
in bed together.
Mike: I'm sorry Austin found out before you had a chance to tell him...Carrie, do you think I want to sneak around? You are the woman I love. Whenever I think about my future...Whenever I allow myself to believe that I will finally be happy, you're there with me. We belong together...
Mike: No matter what you say, I know that you feel the same way. You showed me your true feelings last night.
Carrie turns at just stares at Mike.
Mike: You know what I remember most about last night? What I can't stop thinking about?
Carrie pauses slightly.
Carrie: I felt loved and safe...like I had come home.
Mike: We wanted to be together for such a long time, but we held back for Austin's sake and for Sami's sake and out of respect for your marriage and for your vows and our positions at the hospital and our concern about our families and friends, and what the hell - why don't we throw global warming while we're at it?! We were thinking about everything and everyone but ourselves. But last night, it was just us. It was finally just us and the feelings that we've fought for so long. It was love, and it was true and as deep as it gets.
Mike and Carrie are talking in the park after Will's custody hearing.
Mike: What about you? What about your feelings?
In the hospital after Sami's near-execution...Austin is at Sami's bedside, holding her hand. Carrie and Mike are standing off to the side.
Mike: It's so obvious how much Sami loves Austin. I don't think she ever stopped.
Mike turns to Carrie.
Mike: Well, maybe that's the way it's supposed to be. Austin with Sami, and you with me.
Carrie look up at him with a faint smile on her lips.
Mike and Carrie have left Austin and Sami behind and they are walking through the hospital. Carrie is frustrated, angry, and sad.
Mike: Can I help?
Mike: Then I'll go with you.
Carrie just stares at him.
Mike: I'm asking you to live with me.
Carrie takes Mike by the arm and leads him over to a corner.
Carrie: Mike, we can't move in together.
Mike just looks at Carrie.
The following scene takes place after Ali's lawsuit has been settled, and Mike surprises Carrie with flowers at her apartment.
Carrie: I think I finally understand what love is all about, too. Thanks to that marriage counselor.
Mike looks at Carrie lovingly and moves toward her.
He leans in and their lips meet tenderly.
Mike: I can't believe I have you in my arms and I am going to say this...But we need to talk.
Carrie looks at Mike for a few seconds until there is a knock at the door.
Carrie: That has got to be reporters. Maybe you should duck out of site, Mike.
Mike opens the door to find a man with a cart full of food for Carrie. He wheels it in.
Carrie: What is this?
She smiles at him tenderly.
Mike: So, you haven't really answered my question.
Mike leans in to kiss her, but decides not to - just to tease her.
Carrie: Austin stopped loving me.
He gives in and kisses her gently.
Mike: I asked if you could stop loving Austin.
Carrie stares at Mike for a few seconds, but then looks down.
Carrie: There will always be a part of me that will love him because of what we went through to be together.
Mike kisses Carrie with pure elation and joy. It rivals the kisses and looks from Green Mountain Lodge when Carrie told Mike that she loved him even then.
Mike: I think we need to celebrate. Would you like some champagne?
They clink glasses, smiling.
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