>> Previously on "General Hospital" --
Carly: Nobody is going to take you away from me.
Nikolas: We're going to get him back.
Elizabeth: So, what do we do first?
Nikolas: We steal the Ice Princess from Helena.
Stefan: Whatever's going on, I will find out.
Helena: I'm looking forward to the game. Jasper Jacks just may try to stand in our path.
Carly: You smarmy, little, two-faced tramp.
Angel: I have no desire to see or speak with you. That absurd little rant of yours at the hospital about me plotting with my father against Sonny is so far off base.
Carly: Oh, you're right. I was wrong. Sonny told me where he was the whole time he was gone. Here I thought you and your father were plotting to hurt Sonny. But, no, you were just trying to take away my husband.
Taggert: Where were you between midnight and 7:00 this morning?
Mac: When was the last time you saw Sorel alive?
Taggert: You know what? We can drag your sorry butt downtown, hold you for questioning 24 hours if that's what you want.
Sonny: You know, Mac, I'm not going to answer any questions without my attorney present, and my attorney is currently unavailable. So what do you want me to do here, Mac? You tell me --
Alexis: Will you stop harassing my client?
Gia: Whoa. What was that?
Lucky: If you don't know, I'm going to have to try again.
Gia: No, you just kissed me out of nowhere. What is going on with you?
Lucky: What's going on with me? Whatever you want. We can go out to Manhattan, check out a few clubs, get a suite overlooking Central Park, explore the possibilities until the money runs out. Or we could check out your suite and see where the rest of the night takes us.
Gia: You're serious?
Lucky: I'm so done with serious. I'm all about having fun right now. Listen, Gia. I like you. You like me. Now, give me one good reason why we shouldn't take this as far as it goes?
Elizabeth: So --
Nikolas: The key to Helena's room.
Elizabeth: How'd you get it?
Nikolas: Well, I convinced the concierge that he's going to be out of a job and kicked out of his union. Then I gave him a little money.
Elizabeth: Hmm. Excellent.
Nikolas: Elizabeth, listen to me. Sometimes I feel like I am getting way too good at this prince act. All I can say is we need to save Lucky soon. I'm starting to feel like my father.
Howard: Sir, table for one?
Stavros: Actually, it's two.
Elizabeth: You are nothing like your father. You're only acting like this to rescue Lucky from Helena. Hey, you had to give up Gia.
Nikolas: And break her heart in the process.
Elizabeth: And I had to watch Helena program Lucky to not love me anymore. But you know what? It's all going to be worth it if we can save him.
Nikolas: Well, to do that, we need the Ice Princess. Let's just hope it's in Helena's room.
Elizabeth: Right. So, when are we going to go search for it?
Nikolas: "We" are not. I am. You are going to wait right here.
Elizabeth: I think we need to rethink this.
[Key turns in lock]
Stefan: How many years will it take for you to learn, Mother? You don't have the power to destroy me. You never did.
Helena: I have no idea what you're babbling on about.
Stefan: Your recent trip to Windermere to smash the model ship.
Helena: A broken toy? Now I'm responsible when your playthings are dropped?
Stefan: I believe the term is "gas lighting," Mother. First Stavros' medallion surfaces. Then the broken ship. Then Gia Campbell arrives wearing a brooch with the symbol for Cassadine Island.
Helena: Stefan, why would I bother? You mean nothing to me, and this Gia Campbell means even less.
Stefan: That ship was an exact replica of one Stavros maliciously broke when we were children. And no matter how you may regard me, I still control the Cassadine estate. You couldn't remove me with your feeble attempts at murder, so what makes you think trying to drive me mad will be any more effective?
Helena: He's priceless. He is absolutely priceless.
Nikolas: Like I said, okay, I have to do this myself. It's too much of a risk involved --
Elizabeth: No, Nikolas, if I get caught, it --
Nikolas: I'm going to do this.
Stavros: Four minutes. How dare I be made to wait four minutes. Do you know who I am?
Howard: I'm terribly sorry. It took longer than expected to set up a table with your particular stipulations.
Stavros: What is your name?
Stavros: Howard -- do not anger me a second time.
Howard: Again, my deepest apologies. Right this way.
Elizabeth: Nikolas -- Nikolas, listen to me. I'm the one who should search Helena's room for the Ice Princess, okay?
Nikolas: No, absolutely not, Elizabeth. If someone is going to get caught, it has to be me, okay?
Elizabeth: Listen. One of us has to distract your grandmother and one of us has to search the room. Now, which job are you better suited for and at which would I be really lousy?
Nikolas: All right, fine, but we need a plan C.
Elizabeth: No. No, no, no. We don't have any time. Lucky doesn't have any time. We don't know where he is or what he's doing right now. He could be out there hurting himself or someone else, Nikolas, while we're debating who should distract your grandmother.
Nikolas: Elizabeth, like I said, okay, it's too big a risk, breaking into Helena's room.
Elizabeth: You know I would risk my life to save him.
Gia: I know exactly what you're feeling. You think if you jump into bed with the nearest warm body that you'll forget all about Elizabeth.
Lucky: No, this isn't about Elizabeth.
Gia: Don't think I haven't been tempted to dive into bed with the first hot guy --
Lucky: Oh, really?
Gia: Yeah, and there has been one, and he's gorgeous and charming and -- he gave me this for canceling on something that wasn't even a real date.
Lucky: Very nice.
Gia: Look, I could've slept with him, but it wouldn't have helped. Only time can do that and a little distance. And, Lucky, you can go out tonight and you can pick up the first girl you meet, but tomorrow morning when you wake up, you'll still be as unhappy as you are now.
Lucky: I'm not unhappy. I'm bored. I want to get out there on the edge again! I want to feel alive! But if you're not interested in that, fine. I guess I'm just going to have to go with plan A, then.
Gia: Which is what? To self-destruct?
Alexis: My client has made every effort to try to -- what are you doing here?
Mac: I'm back as police commissioner.
Alexis: Oh. Congratulations. Good for you. Now, the two of you know that you cannot detain or question my client unless, of course, you're planning on filing charges. And if that's the case, I need to know what they are.
Taggert: We're working on the Joseph Sorel murder.
Alexis: But my question is what charges are you filing?
Taggert: None at present.
Alexis: Oh, all right. Well, then, I guess we're finished here. Unless, of course, you want to add anything.
Alexis: And in the future, you have more questions, you need to call my office. And Mr. Corinthos will be happy to cooperate with you in any way, I'm sure, fully. But it has to be in the presence of legal counsel, but I know you already know that. And these attacks are a waste of taxpayers' money, and I'm sure you don't want any of that leaking out to the press.
Mac: Once we get the coroner's report, we'll be in touch.
Alexis: Okay. And, listen, on the way out, make sure you go by the D.A.'s office and tell them that you were here just on a persecution call. Thanks. I have no desire to know if you had anything to do with Sorel's death. Ow. I just need to know about what to expect here. How much, if any, evidence will lead to you?
Sonny: Well, the last thing I knew, you didn't want to be my attorney.
Alexis: Well, I'm now ready to -- to resume the job -- if you want.
Sonny: Uh -- no.
Angel: Where do you think you're going? Get out of my house.
Carly: I can't believe I actually sat in this room and I poured my heart out to you about Sonny.
Angel: You know what? No one asked you here. You barged right in, same as today. And let's get one thing clear -- you are not welcome here. My father just died.
Carly: Did you get a good laugh about it, Angel, hmm? What'd you think, I was just going to sit back and let you walk away with my husband?
Angel: Not for a minute.
Carly: Where did you spot him first, anyway? Was it in a newspaper or at the No Name? Or was it on one of your daddy's hit lists? Was it an instant obsession, or did it grow over time? Oh, and you know what? That bit about your daddy stabbing Sonny in the cemetery and how you just happened to be visiting -- oh, that was a good one.
Angel: Are you finished yet?
Carly: No. How long were you following me before you crashed into me in the parking lot? Huh? Sonny wouldn't tell you anything about me, so you had to go make up your own dirt?
Angel: I know you can't read a pregnancy test. Are you capable of getting anything right? I never met Sonny. I never even thought about him until I found him bleeding to death and brought him into my home and saved his life. If you think that I am trailing you, you are seriously paranoid. You know what? If I have to ask you again, I will call the police. Get out!
Carly: No, honey, you are the one that better disappear.
Angel: Or what?
Carly: I handled your father, and I will handle you, too.
Angel: What do you mean, you handled my father? What did you do?
Gia: Lucky, what is wrong with you? Does this have anything to do with Helena?
Lucky: I want to have some fun. Don't you remember when you came here last summer and you were lying to your mother and you had that part-time gig blackmailing?
Gia: That was not a good time in my life, all right? I was confused, like obviously you are now. Look, you're mad at Nikolas and Elizabeth, so you're acting out.
Lucky: Who cares about them?
Lucky: Oh. You must care about them. You're still hoping that Nikolas will change his mind and beg you to forgive him, right? Reality check, Gia -- Nikolas wants to be with Elizabeth. He's making no secret about that. In fact, I just saw them. They're together right now.
Elizabeth: If we can't break through to Lucky, only God knows how he'll end up.
Nikolas: It won't help Lucky if you get hurt.
Elizabeth: Nikolas, I looked at him in his eyes, and it was like a stranger looking back at me. I'm not just going to sit here and do nothing, okay? So give me five minutes before you call Helena.
Nikolas: Okay, wait a second. You tell me something -- if you get caught, what's going to be your excuse?
Elizabeth: I don't intend on getting caught. Guess it's a little normal, though, to be nervous, right?
Nikolas: You don't have to do this.
Elizabeth: Yeah, well, it's do this or go crazy worrying about Lucky, and I vote for this.
Nikolas: Elizabeth, you know Helena is dangerous.
Elizabeth: Yeah, well, I am fighting her with everything I've got. Give me the key.
Nikolas: So am I. Here.
Elizabeth: Thank you.
Elizabeth: Hi, Chloe.
Stavros: Well, I wanted you all to myself.
Chloe: I think you're just trying to avoid Nikolas Cassadine. I'm on to you, Mr. Cain.
Helena: I was referring to you.
Stefan: As "he"?
Helena: Well, you elicit an amused detachment, like -- well, like watching a cartoon. Oh, Stefan, do you really think that I would try to drive you insane when you're more than halfway there already? And it's no secret why -- Nikolas' change of heart has rattled your precariously feeble mind. When you -- when you look at Nikolas you are with whom you could never compete. Which you have led since birth has come back to haunt you, and no wonder you're imagining things. And it's pathetic that -- even for you -- that you would be so upset over, what, a broken toy?
Stefan: Two can play this game, Mother. How would you like it if I destroyed something of yours?
Helena: Don't touch that.
Stefan: As I said, two can play.
Helena: Well, you are very amusing. Perhaps you should take him to a psychiatrist. Or better yet, you know, you could really put yourself out of your misery by jumping off of a cliff. Hmm -- or even better -- why not throw yourself off of a 10th floor balcony?
Alexis: You're turning me down?
Sonny: You seem disappointed.
Alexis: If this your way of letting me know that I've been a little hard on you, let me just say this -- by you stepping, dancing around the law, I have come to understand that there are certain circumstances where you may not have any other choice. When you're dealing with people like Sorel and Helena, sometimes ethics and morals -- well, they could lead to negative consequences.
Sonny: Is that an apology?
Alexis: It's an explanation. It's a definition of terms.
Sonny: I know what ethics are. I even have some of my own. But they're not the same as yours. I respect you, but my lifestyle doesn't fit your standards. I can't hit a wall with you like I did during the Sorel trial when I took Zander off the street. I compromised our friendship. I cannot do that again. So I would rather get another lawyer than lose you as a friend.
Carly: I survived your father -- that is what I did. It wasn't much fun being his hostage, you know.
Angel: You also walked into his room in front of Sonny and me and ripped his respirator plug out of the wall. Did you go back last night and finish the job? And now you're threatening to handle me? Well, I am not on a respirator, and I am not afraid of you.
Carly: Yeah, well, you should be afraid of me, you twisted, little slut.
Carly: I gave this to Sonny. It is something personal to both of us.
Angel: It means nothing to him. He told me to throw it away.
Carly: You stole it, just like you are trying to steal my husband. What did you do? Did you slip it out of his pocket while he was too doped up to say no? Were you all dressed up in white to play nurse? And did you forget to change after Sonny left, or are you still dressing the part in hopes of something that is never, ever going to happen?
Angel: You know, if it weren't for me, Sonny would be dead right now. You are the reason he was alone in the cemetery that night.
Carly: Oh, right. Right. Your father -- he tries to blow up my family, and then when I try and save it, it is my fault. Is that it? Oh, your father -- when he tried to murder Sonny and stab him in the back -- you going to put that one on me? No, you are leaving out a few details, and you are really good at that because you sat here and you told me that you were involved with a complicated man.
Angel: And you told me not to let the complications get in the way. You told me I should go after him.
Carly: You know what? You haven't even seen complications yet.
Angel: You smashed your marriage to pieces and blame me! I did not keep Sonny here, okay? He wanted to be here. He was comfortable, at peace -- unlike at home. And when he finally did regain consciousness and I asked him if I should call his wife, he told me his wife was dead.
Alexis: You are a man who values your friends --
Alexis: And I am happy to be one of them, but --
Sonny: Good. Let's not screw that up.
Alexis: No, no, no, no, no. See, I wasn't finished yet.
Alexis: Because I would prefer right now to be your attorney as a distraction from my insane family. Even though I find your world morally repugnant, there is, strangely enough, a certain order to it, and I like that. You people have the ability to act in a rational/despicable manner. But more importantly, I need to know that the evils of Sorel and Helena can be fought against and ultimately defeated. I need to believe that your crimes will catch up with you. Not your crimes. I -- I didn't mean your crimes because it's my job -- it would be my job as your attorney to -- to ensure that your crimes would never be investigated or prosecuted or brought to justice in any way. It would be my job as your attorney to use my legal expertise to ensure that you remain free to practice your own personal brand of complete disregard --
Sonny: Do you ever breathe at all, or is it just --
Alexis: Criminal statutes of the State of New York, of sorts, and that's not really a career option that I've ever considered. But, you know, then again -- you know, compared to Helena, you're just a breath of fresh air.
Sonny: Okay, you know what? Can you just -- first of all, I don't have a conscience, okay? I have an accountant and possibly a lawyer, if you ever learn how to breathe.
Stefan: You know I won't jump off that balcony, Mother. But you'd like to throw me off, wouldn't you? That'd be repeating yourself. You did that to Katherine. I was strong enough to survive my hell of a childhood. I will fend off anything you send my way. In fact, I'll not only survive, I intend to prosper, to marry, have a family, and leave the past behind. I'll do all that and maintain control of the Cassadine estate. So if it is your intention to drive me insane, it won't work, no matter how many veiled threats you send my way in the guise of my brother's ghost.
Helena: Well, enjoy your delusions while you can.
Helena: Helena Cassadine. Nikolas, my darling. No. I have no plans, no definite plans. Wonderful. Dinner sounds terrific. Trill? That would be lovely. Yes. All right. I'll see you in just a minute.
Gia: Nikolas wants to be with Elizabeth, then I don't want to be with him. I -- I deserve better than to be second choice.
Lucky: Let me know when you actually believe that. You're so busted, Gia. You miss Nikolas so much, you can't even see straight.
Gia: I'm missing a fantasy. Nikolas isn't that person that I loved. That -- that person was honest and amazingly sensitive and he would've never treated me like this. I fell for a lie.
Lucky: All right. You know the best way to get over a rotten experience? It's to put as many experiences as you can between you and it.
Gia: And suddenly you're the expert at breaking up? I thought Elizabeth was your first girlfriend.
Lucky: Whatever Elizabeth was, she is with Nikolas now. Come on, let's do something. Let's do something insane. Let's live a little.
Gia: I am living. I have a great career, I'm suing Nikolas, and I'm starting to see someone else.
Lucky: Wait. Hold up a second. What? You're suing Nikolas?
Gia: Yes. I'm going to prove to him and his snobby family and the world at large that I cannot be casually dismissed.
Lucky: Huh. Suing Nikolas is just a pathetic attempt at trying to get his attention. It won't work. He's moved on. Hell, I don't even know if he ever cared about you to begin with.
Gia: Lucky, this better be your way of channeling hurt.
Lucky: Dream on. I know misery loves company, but you can't be more wrong. I was never that hung up over Elizabeth.
Lucky: Hey, it's just like you said -- Elizabeth was my first girlfriend. Now, I don't necessarily want to be with the same girl the rest of my life. How boring would that be? I really don't have a problem with Nikolas being with Elizabeth. Actually, it's kind of a relief. It's like there's this weight that's been lifted off my shoulders. Now any girl that I want to ask out or spend time with, wherever it goes, it's all good from there.
Gia: Okay, back to my first thought. I don't know who you are, but you are not Lucky Spencer. Is this something Helena's doing?
Nikolas: I'm glad I caught you.
Helena: Well, so am I. I was mired in something petty and trivial. Ah. Well, so nice to have dinner with my grandson. So thank you. Once again.
Helena: Well, it's nice to see you smile like this. You remind me of your father.
Chloe: Clearly you and Stefan are more than just business acquaintances. You told me to tell him that he would never be good enough, and it stopped him cold. How did you know?
Stavros: As I explained, I had Stefan researched. When you do business with someone, the first thing you do is explore their weaknesses -- what can be used to your advantage.
Chloe: That doesn't bode very well for your offer to invest in my company. "You'll never be good enough" is a phrase that Stefan heard a lot growing up. I know that because he let me read one of his childhood journals.
Stavros: He kept a journal. The mind reels with what they must've put in there.
Chloe: Listen, Lucien -- Stefan claims that he's never even heard of you, and yet you know things that he doesn't share with anyone. How? And why is it that you are so eager to hurt Stefan?
Stavros: I wonder if you can accept the truth.
Stavros: It's a sad story. Are you sure you want to hear it?
Chloe: I would like to hear the truth.
Stavros: Well, you'll never hear that from Stefan. When Stefan was a teenager, there was a beautiful peasant girl who was madly in love with him. But to him she was just a toy, a plaything, someone he wouldn't even talk to if he saw her on the street. But one night he got drunk, and so he took her sailing even though he knew there was a storm coming in. He lost control over the boat. It capsized. He didn't even try to save the poor peasant girl. He left her to drown. He woke up the next morning on the beach with a hangover and a missing boat and one unfortunate peasant girl. He never even reported the accident. Her body washed up on a neighboring island weeks later.
Chloe: How do you even know that that story is true?
Nikolas: I'm serious, Grandmother. Mind control could become increasingly useful. We could use it to get through the General Hospital board meetings faster. We could use it to even program Edward Quartermaine not to show up at all, or any of them. And, well, we could even make Uncle Stefan perform at next year's Nurse’s ball.
Nikolas: I can picture him doing that -- what's it called? -- The -- that Riverdance jig.
[Nikolas and Helena laugh]
Stavros: It was common knowledge in Greece that Stefan Cassadine was responsible for the death of an innocent girl. But if you want to know more about it, I'm sure you can have it researched yourself.
Chloe: No. The less I know, the better.
Stavros: Well, I know more about Stefan Cassadine's early adulthood, and none of it is pretty. For example, he slept with another man's wife. Now, I would like to believe that misdeeds are ultimately punished, that you cannot exploit and disrespect other people and get away with it forever.
Nikolas: Imagine what we could do to Luke Spencer.
Helena: Excuse me. Helena Cassadine. Well, now, how did you let Jasper Jacks get hold of Atlas Petroleum? Never mind. Unfortunately a business matter has come up that requires my personal attention.
Nikolas: Grandmother, we haven't even eaten yet.
Helena: Sweetheart, I'm sorry. It can't wait. This was delightful, though. Thank you.
Nikolas: Thank you.
Lucky: This has nothing to do with Helena. I'm officially starting a new life. No Elizabeth, no Nikolas, no depressing family. Just good times and adrenaline. No rules, no limitations. Just feeling alive.
Gia: Why are you pretending that Elizabeth was never important?
Lucky: I don't want to talk about Elizabeth. In fact, I don't want to talk at all. I have someplace I have to be.
Lucky: There's a drag race on the highway in about 15 minutes, and here's the best part -- I'm driving Nikolas' Jag. And the last 100 yards -- I'm going to take my hands off the wheel and I'm going to shut the lights out.
Gia: Lucky, are you trying to get yourself killed?
Lucky: You need to lighten up, Gia.
Taggert: Is it just me, or has Sonny got even more arrogant now that he's hired Alexis Davis to be his mouthpiece?
Mac: What I don't get is why would she work for Sonny? Alexis is smart, she's tough, but she's also very principled. I mean, why would she represent a guy she knows is a career criminal?
Taggert: I don't know. He's got her living across the hall. He's probably paying her a damn fortune. And, besides, he's probably protecting her from her crazy family. And now, thanks to her, Sonny's getting away with murder again.
Mac: Don't let your vendetta against Corinthos cloud your judgment, all right? It's way too early in this case to lock in on a single suspect.
Taggert: Mac, I'll play this any way you want, all right? I will follow up on every lead. I'll investigate every suspect. But at the end of the day, it's still going to point to Sonny killing Sorel.
Mac: Why now when he didn't before?
Taggert: Sorel never kidnapped his wife before. Look, I never knew the first Mrs. Corinthos. She was dead when I hit town. But I'll tell you what. I will never forget the first time I mentioned her name. I mean, Sonny -- he about lost it. He took off. He was on planet Pluto somewhere. It kills him that he couldn't protect his first wife, and there is no way in hell he's going to let Sorel threaten his second. Oh, yeah. Sonny killed Sorel. And if he didn't, he sent somebody else to do it. The question is how do we prove it?
Sonny: So, you want a little bit of water maybe?
Sonny: You fine? Feel better?
Alexis: Yeah. Thanks. Another reason why I need to represent you -- because who else is going to offer me water when I need it?
Sonny: Well, I do that anyway.
Alexis: No, you won't be able to because you'll be locked up because you will have inadequate legal representation.
Sonny: Okay. You know, if you really, really want to be my lawyer, then you got the job.
Alexis: Thank you so much.
Sonny: Okay. Are you going to be able to breathe? Because I got to be someplace.
Alexis: I'm fine. I'm fine.
Sonny: Are you sure?
Alexis: I'm sure.
Sonny: Sit down. Okay. I'll see you.
Alexis: Okay. You know, these aren't panic attacks. I think I just have a little bit of asthma or something, and I'm going to get it checked out.
Carly: Sonny gets angry and so do I, but we love each other. And our bond is so strong -- too strong for you or anyone else to break.
Angel: Any bond you had you broke when you betrayed Sonny. He has a code of loyalty, which is something you obviously don't understand. I accept Sonny for who and what he is, which is why we have a special relationship.
Carly: Oh, how special? You couldn't get him into bed, now, could you, no matter how hard you tried. Know why? Because Sonny is married to me. And you are right about one thing -- he does value loyalty, which is something you didn't show much of to your father, did you? And if you can betray your father, you can betray anyone. And don't even think that Sonny doesn't know that. You are a liar and a tramp, and you are as cheap as dirt and just as obvious. And there is no way you are going to be wrecking my life.
Gia: You're not going anywhere without me.
Elizabeth: Nikolas. You scared me half to death.
Nikolas: Elizabeth, Helena may be on her way up here.
Elizabeth: No, but I'm not finished yet. Okay, I've got --
Nikolas: There may not be -- there may not be time, okay?
Elizabeth: No, but I need to look for the Ice Princess, Nikolas, okay?
Nikolas: Elizabeth, no -- there's no time.
Elizabeth: Just chill out.
Mac: Here you go. The warrant has got to cover the warehouse, the penthouse, and all of his vehicles, including his boats.
Taggert: And phone records.
Taggert: Any recommendation on the --
Carly: I'm here to report a crime. Angel Sorel Ellis needs to be arrested.
>> On the next "General Hospital" --
Gia: Is there any way I can talk you out of this?
Lucky: Can you think of something better?
Jax: Perhaps we can help each other.
Carly: She is out to get my husband.
Angel: Carly is not stupid. Part of what she said is true.
Mac: I'd like to ask you some questions.