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Alexis: You let Kristina go off with Jax. You're letting me take control of all your money. What exactly are you thinking? What is going on with you and Stefan?
Gia: We can still help Elizabeth.
Lucky: Stay here, then.
Helena: I would like to propose a toast -- to your future.
Lucky: So, what's for dinner?
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Laura: This isnít a good time.
Alexis: Stefan told me to come to you if anything were to happen to him. Well, I'm not going to wait because if something is threatening him, I need to know about it now while I can still help.
Laura: it's just not my place to interfere between you and your brother.
Scott: Laura, come on, you're dodging the questions here.
Laura: You know, I really don't appreciate being cross-examined in my own living room, all right? I've said what I have to say. I'd like you both to leave.
Scott: Well, I'm not going anywhere until I talk to you. Now, come on. You got to trust me that far.
Laura: Will you excuse us for a minute?
Scott: Listen, all right? I'm sorry. I don't mean to gang up on you this way.
Laura: And I don't mean to shut you out, either. I am asking you to trust me on this.
Scott: Look, you're scared to death. I've known you a long time. I know when you're scared of something. Now, come on.
Laura: Scotty, I don't want to get you involved in this.
Scott: Oh, come on -- I am involved. I'm involved with you, you know? When you need me the most, all of a sudden you're putting up this wall here. This isn't any good, Laura. We've known each other since we were kids. If you can't trust me, then what? Then what? What am I doing in this relationship? Now, come on, you ask yourself this question here.
Jax: That's very thoughtful of you to get yourself locked up here. Itís a hell of a lot more convenient than visiting Death Row.
Stefan: What are you doing here? Where's the guard?
Jax: I don't need his help getting in here. I have other methods.
Stefan: Well, you wasted your efforts. I have nothing to say to you.
Jax: Then why trust me with your sisters' lives? You hate me, remember?
Stefan: And your point is?
Jax: What's dangerous enough to make you ask for my help? You know something, don't you, Cassadine? Well, I want to know what it is.
Stavros: You're disappointing me, Gia.
Gia: That's the last thing I want. I value your opinion, Lucien. That's why I told you about this whole crazy thing in the first place. Why would you accuse me of running a game on you?
Stavros: Well, when your actions don't match your words, what am I supposed to think?
Gia: I didnít tell Lucky anything except that Nikolas and Elizabeth were having dinner together on the yacht. I wanted Lucky to do something to break it up, but he couldn't care less when I told him, and he laughed in my face and took off. So now I not only look like a complete fool to Lucky but to you, too. I'm -- I am so embarrassed. You should be laughing in my face.
Stavros: No, no. No. it's such a pretty face. I would really like to help you get your mind off of Nikolas Cassadine. And I know exactly what to do.
Stavros: Let me take you back to your room.
Lucky: I'm sorry I'm late. Hope you didnít start without me.
Nikolas: You weren't invited.
Lucky: That's not like you, brother. Normally you have such terrific manners.
Nikolas: Well, it's customary to leave the ex-fiancť off the list.
Lucky: Oh, that hurts. Really. Can't even call me by my name. Can't even call me "brother," brother?
Elizabeth: Lucky, don't do this. It won't help anything.
Lucky: it'll help more than you realize. What are you doing here anyway? These people are dangerous.
Helena: Lucky, how sad to see you reduced to your father's level -- paranoid ravings and fits of jealousy?
Lucky: Really? Then why don't you help me? Why don't you offer your help, Helena? You've already done enough -- kidnap me, mess with my head, made it to where half the time I don't even know if it's real or if you put it there.
Nikolas: Well, you know what? You have a psychiatrist, so why don't you call him on your own time because we're busy here.
Lucky: There you go again, shoving me out the door. I thought princes were more polite than that. There's certainly enough food here for everyone to have some, right? Or are you afraid that it won't agree with me?
Nikolas: This food is too rich for peasants, brother. This meal requires everything you lack -- manners, breeding, intelligence. You're more than welcome to go scrub pots in the kitchen if you're inclined. Otherwise, leave. No one here is interested in your danger boy routine. Itís old, it's tired, and, quite frankly, Elizabeth and I have long since outgrown it. Haven't we?
Elizabeth: He's right, Lucky. You don't belong here.
Lucky: Neither do you. You see, they're planning to kill you.
Laura: I have to handle it in a very particular way.
Scott: Yeah, but you want to handle it without me.
Laura: Okay, look, you want to help me, right?
Laura: Okay, then help me by staying out of it.
Scott: Why? So you can go to Stefan? I mean, what the hell does he know? How is he going to help you?
Laura: it's just better if you don't know everything.
Scott: Yeah. Better for who?
Laura: I've made my decision. I'm going to ask you to respect it. Sorry. Scotty?
Alexis: Good. I'm glad you're back. Thought you might leave to avoid answering.
Laura: No. You know, it's just that I don't have that much to tell you, that's all.
Alexis: Okay, then. if you're not going to tell me anything, I'm going to have to assume the worst -- that his life is being threatened -- and I'm going to have to up his protection and get him into isolation by the morning.
Laura: No! You can't do that!
Alexis: I need to protect him, Laura.
Laura: Then leave him where he is!
Alexis: What are you planning? You going to break him out?
Laura: Yes, I am.
Stefan: You can wait as long as you like. There's nothing I can tell you.
Jax: You'd rather leave Alexis twisting in the wind? Well, there's something new. How many times has she defended you, risked her life for you? What does she get in return? Your silence when she's in danger. You know, Alexis should've cut you loose a long time ago.
Stefan: You have no right to speak of my ties with Alexis. You can't begin to understand what we endured at Helenaís hands.
Jax: I'm not here for an ancient history lesson. I need to know what Helenaís planning now. So far Kristina is still safe, but the second Helena finds out who she is, she'll be a target, too. You know, Alexis already cares more for her sister than she does for herself. Itís a concept you clearly don't understand.
Stefan: What the hell do you know about my feelings for Alexis? I only entrusted my sisters to you because I had no other choice.
Jax: You still donít. You know, in case you hadn't noticed, you're kind of locked up here. The only way you can help Alexis and Kristina is to tell me what you know.
Stefan: I can protect them myself. But you're right -- I can't do it from inside this cell. Now, you got in here undetected. I imagine you can get out the same way.
Jax: Whenever I want.
Stefan: Leave now. Take me with you. When I'm free, I'll tell you what you want to know.
Nikolas: You know how sick of you I am?
Lucky: Not as sick as Elizabeth's going to be if she eats any of this crap! This is all a setup.
Elizabeth: No, Lucky, you're confused.
Lucky: No, Nikolas and his grandmother want you dead. They're trying to punish you for helping me.
Helena: Lucky, I'm starting to worry about you -- seeing conspiracies where they don't even exist.
Lucky: Oh, you don't believe me? Why don't you prove it? Why don't you take a bite? Here, take 20. Why don't you try a little bit of everything on this plate and make sure you eat it with Elizabeth's fork and spoon. Or are poisoned apples more your style, huh? How about I cram one down your throat and see?
Nikolas: Why don't you get away from my grandmother?
Elizabeth: Nikolas, please. He doesn't understand what he's saying.
Lucky: The hell I don't! This food's poisoned.
Helena: Lucky, you are out of control.
Lucky: Don't you hate it when that happens? I mean it, Elizabeth! Don't touch anything they've given you tonight. Give me that.
Jax: At last, the truth behind your noble impulse to ask me to protect Alexis and Kristina. You want me to help you escape. You know, you're not only a liar and a psychopath, you're also very predictable. No, Mr. Cassadine, I am not going to free you. I'm going to use every shred of influence I have to make sure you're convicted of Chloe Morganís murder.
Stefan: Chloe is dead because she was caught in a crossfire. Now, Kristina and Alexis could be next. If you want to protect them, you will get me out of here. You can't help them without me. Itís the only way.
Alexis: Look, Laura, I'm not going to let Stefan become a fugitive. I would rather move him to Bentonville than have him lose his chance of an acquittal.
Laura: Okay. Then whatever happens to him will be on your head. Why can't you stay out of this? He doesn't want you involved in this.
Alexis: Laura, I'm already involved in this. I'm his attorney. I think like an attorney. I have a logical mind. I go element by element. The two of you were barely speaking to each other, and now you're each other's closest allies. You're answering all these inquiries with these vague disclaimers like "its better if you don't know." Better why? What is the common goal that you two have? Is it to protect Nikolas? Is it to battle him? Because I want those things, too. Laura, Stefan can't help you right now. I can. What is going on?
Laura: Be careful what you ask for.
Alexis: You're wasting valuable time that we don't have --
Laura: Fine, I won't waste any more time. I'll tell you. Stavros Cassadine is alive.
Gia: I like the idea of you in my room.
Stavros: Well, then, let's go. My car is right around the corner.
Gia: Well, I told you I'm busy tonight. I'm late for a poetry slam.
Stavros: Excuse me?
Gia: Yeah, a friend of mine -- part-time makeup artist, full-time poet -- well, he's having a slam up in his loft tonight over on Fourth, so --
Stavros: I had no idea you were a poet.
Gia: What can I say? Itís a hobby. Well, call me, okay? I'm sorry about the misunderstanding. Peace out.
Nikolas: Congratulations, Lucky. Once again you've managed to trash something that mattered to me. The dinnerís in ruins, so why don't you just go?
Lucky: Not without Elizabeth I donít.
Nikolas: She doesn't want you, man. She finally chose me. You know how long it's been since I've been waiting for that? For years, Lucky. For years I have played the good brother. I've put up with your insults and I've tried to make peace with the people who love you so they could be happy. But you know what? I did it out of duty because that's what I thought. But I finally realized the truth. I don't owe you anything. I never did.
Lucky: I'm not going to let you hurt Elizabeth.
Nikolas: Don't worry, Lucky. You've hurt her enough.
Nikolas: Let me tell you something else, brother. All the times that you tried to jump me -- huh? I let you win.
Elizabeth: Nikolas, stop. I don't want anyone hurt.
Nikolas: He's not, Elizabeth. He's just -- he's just unconscious. Tell me you understand why I did this. Tell me you do.
Elizabeth: Of course. Yeah, he made you do it. Lucky is very mixed up about everything right now.
Helena: Lucky is clearly not in his right mind, and I blame his father. Luke set this whole unhappy chain of events in motion. Where have you been? How did Lucky Spencer get aboard this yacht?
Man: I'm sorry, Madam.
Helena: I despise apologies, particularly from people who are overpaid not to make mistakes. Now, take care of young Mr. Spencer at once.
Man: Yes, Madam.
Nikolas: Don't hurt him. Leave him somewhere safe to wake up. That won't be a problem, will it?
Helena: I do not want Lucky injured. I care about him despite this unfortunate episode. You heard my grandson. Be careful.
Nikolas: Elizabeth, I'm sorry.
Elizabeth: Oh -- it's not your fault.
Nikolas: Ahem. Considering the food is on the floor and the glasses are in pieces, I think we should call it a night.
Helena: Nonsense, Nikolas. Why, you've successfully defended yourself. You don't want to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Don't you agree, Elizabeth?
Elizabeth: it's unfortunate what happened to Lucky. I -- I wish I had the answers. But I don't think we should allow his problems to ruin our plans for the future. I chose you, Nikolas, because I trust you. And I know in the end you'll have enough strength to give me exactly what I need. Nothing Lucky said tonight frightened me. I know the truth. You are my best friend. That's why it's so easy to love you.
Helena: Well -- such a moving declaration deserves a toast. Don't you think, Nikolas?
Nikolas: I'll pour the wine.
Helena: Well, I had no idea you could be so eloquent.
Elizabeth: Well, I'm learning from Nikolas. He has changed my perspective on so many things. Itís kind of like painting -- when I do a sketch over and over again and I can't quite capture the image. But the minute I change the angle, the truth is staring me in the face. Nikolas is my future.
Helena: Well, you have much more insight than I realized.
Elizabeth: Well, Nikolas can give me the love that I need. And I finally understand what that means now. It not about pearl rings or promises in snowy churches. it's this, tonight -- facing reality and seeing it through. Helena, you and I may never see eye to eye on things, but I do know that you love your grandson and you want nothing but the best for him. Well, so do I. So I guess, in a really odd way, that puts us on the same side.
Nikolas: Ahem. Well, I'll drink to that.
Nikolas: For you, Grandmother. And for you, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: Thank you.
Nikolas: On our special night.
Helena: What shall we toast? Happiness? Fulfillment of destiny?
Nikolas: I have a better idea, Grandmother. Elizabeth, you remember the dinners at Kellyís, that toast Emily used to make with the brownies? We'd take a bite of each other's and make a wish?
Nikolas: Can we do that tonight, you and me?
Elizabeth: Sounds perfect.
Nikolas: I'd sit at the table, and I'd watch you smiling at Lucky, and I'd think to myself how beautiful you are. Not because of your hair or your smile. Itís the love that made you beautiful, Elizabeth. It still does.
Elizabeth: I hope you know how much I love you and how happy I am to be here with you tonight.
Nikolas: I know.
Elizabeth: So, what was Emilyís toast? To friends forever?
Nikolas: More than friends.
Helena: What are you doing?
Nikolas: it's tradition, Grandmother.
Helena: What are you trying to accomplish?
Nikolas: I finish Elizabeth's and she finishes mine. Good luck, of course. Or should I call it good fortune? Luck in this room has an entirely different meaning. Elizabeth, would you like some more wine?
Elizabeth: No. No, my head is already spinning.
Nikolas: I'm actually not quite surprised. Cassadine dinners really aren't this exciting. We usually just sit around the dinner table discussing, you know, family history, which prince did what and why the dynasty is so important to continue on to the next generation. That was always my grandmother's favorite topic. Isnít it, Grandmother?
Helena: Nikolas -- Nikolas, are you feeling all right?
Nikolas: Just beginning to feel like the prince, Grandmother. You used to always tell me that I couldn't quite -- I don't know -- couldn't quite grasp it. What was it you always said -- the prince will always be alone. Even in a room full of people, the prince is always alone.
Elizabeth: Nikolas -- Nikolas --
Nikolas: I'm sorry. That was absolutely rude of me.
Elizabeth: No, no, I -- the room -- the room is spinning.
Nikolas: Okay, okay, okay. You need to sit down. Come on. Come on. Sit down.
Elizabeth: I don't think you understand. The room -- the room is spinning. My hands -- my hands -- I can't feel my hands. Nikolas, somethingís wrong.
Stavros: Could you two be any less discreet? Why didnít you leave him in a more public place?
Man: Madam gave specific instructions.
Stavros: Well, her instructions are now moot.
Man: But Madam --
Stavros: Are you still here? You're starting to really tick me off. Time to go, Gentlemen. I love that. Lucky? Lucky, Lucky?
Stavros: Time to wake up. You're in a wee bit of trouble, man. Hey, yep. it's me again. You know something? You're really, really starting to annoy me. You've become quite a pest. I think it's time I did something about that, don't you?
Alexis: Stavros Cassadine is alive?
Alexis: Stavros, Nikolas' father, Stefan's older brother --
Alexis: Who died in 1983 of a broken neck?
Alexis: Laura, you're saying that he survived that?
Laura: No, I'm not saying he survived it. I'm saying his body was cryogenically frozen.
Alexis: Do you honestly believe that?
Laura: Listen to me, please. Luke found a set of computer disks that Helena kept in a safe-deposit box in istanbul. He stole them. Eventually she stole them back, but he made a copy. Stefan and I managed to decipher them, and on them are detailed instructions about how to bring a cryogenically frozen body back to life.
Alexis: Helena planted those disks, Laura. She's got you on a wild-goose chase.
Laura: No --
Alexis: Can't you see that?
Laura: I saw him. I saw him -- I swear -- right outside my window. The first time he left a red rose on the front porch with the engagement ring that he gave me tucked inside it, and inside the house there was a picture of him and Nikolas and me, one that I didnít have. And then the second time he cut the power to the house and he broke in.
Alexis: It's Helena.
Laura: No, it's not. Itís Stavros. Stavros is the one who killed your friend Chloe. Remember the D.N.A.? The preliminary test made it seem like it was Stefan's D.N.A., and you said yourself -- remember? -- The only other possibility would be that it was a full-blood sibling.
Alexis: Laura, Stavros is dead.
Laura: He was. He was dead. I know that. But I think that Helena may have brought him back to life.
Stefan: You're too arrogant to understand what you're up against. That overconfidence will get you killed one day. Certainly won't protect Kristina or Alexis. Now, if you really want to help them, you will help me escape.
[Metal door closes]
Jax: You're going to be convicted of murder, Cassadine. You're going to rot in here until you die.
Stefan: I'm refusing the visitor.
Scott: Laura sent me. I'll yell when I'm done.
Guard: No problem.
Scott: Look, we haven't got a lot of time. Laura thinks I might be able to help. She --
Stefan: Liar. You know nothing.
Scott: You're right. She didnít send me. In fact, she did everything in her power to keep me away.
Stefan: She's doing you a favor. You have no idea what we're up against.
Scott: Yeah, well, I don't care about that. My job is to keep Laura safe, and that means protecting her from you if I have to.
Stefan: I am no threat to Laura. I am her best hope.
Scott: Ah -- well, then, she's even in worse trouble than I thought. Guard!
Nikolas: Easy, Elizabeth. Easy. Itís almost over.
Elizabeth: I'm so cold.
Nikolas: You'll be warm soon, somewhere where no one can hurt you.
Elizabeth: Nikolas, you're killing me.
Nikolas: There's no other choice, Elizabeth. It was the only -- only way. Itís okay, Elizabeth. I'm right here. I'm right here. Okay? Listen, just go to sleep, okay? Just go to sleep.
Helena: Nikolas -- Nikolas, you don't have to stay for this. I'll come and get you when it's finished.
Elizabeth: Nikolas --
Nikolas: Elizabeth? Elizabeth? No. Elizabeth, can you hear me? Elizabeth? Elizabeth!
Helena: She's gone.
Nikolas: You satisfied?
Helena: She was a traitor, Nikolas. Oh, she mightíve come to love you, but she'd always have Lucky Spencer in her heart. Itís better for everyone this way.
Nikolas: How did I know that you would say something like that?
Helena: A prince must learn to make difficult decisions, to deny his own happiness for the family. I know. I know how painful these lessons have been, what it's cost you. Oh, but, Nikolas -- look. Look what you have won. You're no longer the heir. You are the true Cassadine prince. The family, all its secrets, now belong to you.
Nikolas: I will hold you to that, Grandmother.
Helena: Good. You're here.
Nikolas: What are they doing here?
Helena: They're here to dispose of the body.
Gia: Excuse me. I'm Marcus Taggertís little sister.
Man: Andy Capelin. How can I help you?
Gia: Well, I've been waiting for him for a while. Do you know when he'll be back?
Andy: Could be a couple hours. He's out on a case.
Gia: Could you call him? Itís a matter of life and death.
Andy: Whose life? Somebody threatened you?
Gia: No, no, not me. Itís my pathetic archenemy. Look, she's having dinner on a yacht with my ex -- he's the prince of nothing -- and, well, his demented grandmother. Look, if somebody doesn't break up that party soon, she's not going to live through it.
Nikolas: No one is to touch Elizabeth.
Helena: Nikolas, you killed her. I don't expect you to dispose of her body.
Nikolas: I am no longer interested in what you expect, Grandmother. Leave.
Helena: Do as my -- do as the prince tells you.
Nikolas: And from now on, do not ask her permission to follow my orders.
Man: Yes, Sir.
Nikolas: You can leave, too.
Helena: That's not necessary.
Nikolas: it is to me. I loved her. Now I have to say good-bye. I promised Elizabeth that I would take her on her last sail, and I will.
Helena: I understand.
Nikolas: Do you, Grandmother? I am what you made me. I hope that pleases you.
Helena: You are what you were born to be, Nikolas. And, yes -- yes, I am very proud of you.
Alexis: These disks -- Laura, did you actually see them, or did Stefan tell you that he found them?
Laura: I saw them. I saw them. Detailed medical instructions.
Alexis: Which could've been for anything.
Laura: No. Stavros is alive. You've got to believe me because your life is in danger, too.
Alexis: Laura, I can't even begin to imagine what it would've been like to be married to Stavros, and I --
Laura: I'm not crazy!
Alexis: Then you're buying into Stefan's delusions because he is and has been obsessed with Stavros. He hasn't had any sleep; he's perilously close to a nervous breakdown --
Laura: I know.
Alexis: And Helena is gas lighting him.
Laura: I heard. I know about the priest in the confessional, the broken model ship, the voice that he heard in his sleep. But, look, you grew up with Stavros. Don't you recognize his sadistic little games?
Alexis: I have no idea what's going on with you, but I can't let you jeopardize my brother's defense.
Laura: You don't believe me. Oh, my God. Don't make things worse.
Alexis: Stefan will make things worse if he tries to escape. Now, I need to get more protection put on him.
Laura: No, Alexis, don't do that!
Stavros: You know, I know my mother had plans for you, my friend, but plans change. Besides, she's not in charge anymore. I am. Do you remember when I told you that you were too annoying to live? Well, guess what. I was serious. Say good night, Gracie!
Stavros: Oh, keep trying. Oh. Oh. Bye-bye. Bye, Lucky.
Jax: What are you up to, Mrs. Cassadine?
Laura: Could you leave us alone, please?
Guard: Yeah, take as long as you want. But expect interruptions. This guy gets a lot of visitors.
Laura: Oh, my God. What happened to you? What happened to your eye?
Stefan: No, no, no, no. Don't worry about it. it was just a scuffle with a couple of these guards here. Now, listen --
Laura: Stefan --
Stefan: Listen -- Scott Baldwin was here. He was trying to get information out of me. I thought at first that you'd told him something. Thank God you didnít.
Laura: He wants to help us.
Stefan: He has no idea how to deal with Stavros. I am our only chance. You know that.
Laura: I do know that. That's why I've got to break you out of jail tonight.
Stefan: You can arrange it so quickly?
Laura: I don't have any other choice. Whatever it is that you said to Alexis about putting your affairs in order has got her so upset that she's going to ask for extra security for you.
Stefan: Listen, you tell her to come here. I'll talk to her. I'll placate her somehow.
Laura: I -- I told her that Stavros is alive.
Stefan: Why did you do that, Laura?
Laura: I had to. She was grilling me. I thought maybe it would make her understand why I had to break you out of jail. I also felt like she should be able to protect herself. I'm sorry. I -- I hope I didnít make anything worse.
Helena: How I wish that you could've been there. Oh. You've missed so much of your son's life, and tonight was remarkable. Nikolas truly came into his own. He is finally the prince. But he's so like you -- so brave, nearly fearless. At one point Lucky Spencer came in. Nikolas had to knock him unconscious.
Stavros: Ah, yes, Lucky Spencer. I forgot to tell you, Mother. I ran into your henchmen leaving Lucky on the pier. Never one to let a golden opportunity go to waste, I sent your henchmen away, pushed Lucky into the water. He sank like a stone.
Helena: Stavros -- now, you know I have plans for Lucky.
Stavros: Plans change, Mother. Now, don't pout. Tell me more about my son.
Helena: Well, Nikolas did what he had to do. He understands the requirements of duty.
Stavros: Then I propose a toast, Mother -- to my son and his return to the family.
Helena: To Nikolas and the empire which will one day belong to him. Nikolas proved himself more than worthy.
Stavros: Yes. My son is worthy of the throne.
Nikolas: Elizabeth? Can you hear me? Please breathe for me. Please. You promised me, Elizabeth, that you could do this, that you would take the drug and that you were going to be okay. Elizabeth, you have to live. Not for me, but for Lucky. What would it be like if I got Lucky back and you weren't here waiting? Elizabeth, please wake up! Don't do this to me, please. Don't make me your killer, Elizabeth. Please wake up. Please.