GH Transcript Friday 12/14/01


General Hospital Transcript Friday 12/14/01

By Suzanne
Proofread by Kathy

>> Previously on "General Hospital" --

Kristina: Ned wants to make me a rock star.

Alexis: Forget it.

Luke: Oh, I'm sorry. Excuse me.

Laura: I made it.

Jax: I'm not ready to fall in love with anyone.

Sonny: How I spend my time and with who is not your concern anymore.

Zander: Why can't the people we love just love us back?

Kristina: Where did that come from?

Alexis: I'm sorry. I should have been more tactful. I -- it just caught me by surprise.

Kristina: Look, I didn't expect you to flip over me singing at L&B, but, you know, I did think that you would give it at least a fair hearing.

Alexis: It's not my place to tell you what to do. I just think it's a mistake.

Kristina: Are you against me singing?

Alexis: I don't think it's a good idea for you.

Kristina: I won't know until I try. Look, I might wake up tomorrow morning and -- and think that I'm a terrible singer. I might think, "Oh, I should be an Italian chef."

Alexis: You're not a terrible singer. This has nothing to do with your talent. You're enormously talented. You sing beautifully. It's just that I -- I'm not quite sure why you're doing this.

Kristina: Why else would I be doing this?

Alexis: Ned.

Ned: Her name's Kristina, and I think she's got great potential. She's very commercial. She's young, she's sexy, she's smart. I'm finding material for her right now, and then we're going to cut the demo, and I'm going to send it over to you. How's that sound? All right, great. Thank you. Bye.

Edward: Dare I hope that Monica threw you out in time for you to miss the board meeting?

Skye: Oh, I assure you, Grandfather, I am still very much a member of this household.

Edward: Well, a man can dream, can't he?

Skye: Oh, but your dreams are too little, just like your imagination, which is probably why E.L.Q. is such a glaring underachievement.

Edward: E.L.Q. has done just fine, thank you very much.

Skye: Oh, yes, it's done remarkably well as your own personal weapon. You use it to batter people into your way of thinking and to control their lives. Well, as of today, all that changes.

Edward: Oh, contemplating another underhanded move, are we?

Skye: Wait and see. I've made a little addition to today's agenda. I have a proposition for the family, not the company.

Edward: What are you up to?

Skye: Ending your reign of terror and getting rid of Sonny once and for all.

Jax: Can I get a vodka martini?

Sonny: Once you and Carly get the club up and running, give me a call because I can give you a good price on some very good rum.

Jax: I think Carly and I will do just fine without your help.

Sonny: Well, I don't know. The size of the club Carly wants in that part of town -- you know, securing a liquor license might be a problem.

Jax: I'm assuming that's a threat.

Sonny: No, see, I'm concerned because Carly is starting to believe in this and I don't want her to get disappointed because you don't know how to handle the necessary paperwork.

Jax: Ahem. I know what I'm doing. The question here is why do you know so much about Carly's club? Unless, of course, you've got someone following her, reporting back to you.

Carly: Oh, thank you so much for all your help.

Zander: Jeez. So all this stuff's supposed to go on that tree?

Carly: Yep. On that tree and --

[Carly groans]

Carly: Everywhere else. Here. Oh, let me grab that. Thanks. Sorry. Thank you. You know that I -- normally every year I wait until Christmas Eve and I order a predecorated tree from Wyndham's. But last year, Sonny and I, we finally decorated our tree for the first time. We told Michael that the elves came and they did it when he was taking his nap. But this year, you know what? I promised him that we were going to do it together.

Zander: Well, I bet the kid will have a blast.

Carly: Yeah. Whoops. Hey, you know what? Hey, while you're here, you want to help me out just a little more?

Zander: What do you need?

Carly: Well, I want everything ready for Michael. I want the lights detangled and hung on the tree and the ladder up, the garland hung, and -- it's not going to take as long as it sounds, I promise.

Zander: Uh -- I canít.

Carly: Why not? Zander, what's wrong?

Luke: I'd just about given up on you.

Laura: I barely made it onboard.

Luke: What happened?

Laura: I just wasn't sure whether or not I should be here, but here I am.

Luke: You sure are. I love this look.

Laura: Oh, thanks. It probably isn't necessary, is it? I just thought maybe it would be better to be cautious.

Luke: Baby, your instincts are still pure gold. You haven't missed a beat. It is better that nobody knows who you really are -- or that you're so much more beautiful even under all that.


Laura: Well, we're on our way.

Luke: Any second thoughts?

Laura: No. Not a one.

Luke: Good. Let the games begin.

Laura: So, where do we start?

Luke: Okay. The target -- right over there at the rail.

Ellen: That must be Laura.

Vince: I thought he said she was a blonde.

Ellen: Well, she thinks she's here to break up a spy ring. Perhaps she's in disguise.

Vince: Time to convince her we are enemy agents.

Ellen: Let's make it really good for Lukeís sake.

Luke: Philip Hart, A.K.A. Vidal Valentine. Code name "Cupid."

Laura: "Cupid"?

Luke: Yeah, for his M.O. He leads women to destruction -- seduces them, uses them, then breaks their hearts.

Laura: Nice guy.

Luke: Yeah, you should never steal a woman's heart. Always let her give it away. That's what you told me.

Laura: And?

Luke: And what?

Laura: What's he up to?

Luke: Oh. Sorry. He's got a state-of-the-art microchip. He's going to deliver it to somebody on this boat. So our mission is to recover the microchip and identify the intended contact.

Laura: Okay. Identify and recover -- I've got it. Just give me a few minutes to get settled, okay? Where is my stateroom?

Luke: Oh, I'll show you. Hey, we can order in. I hear they have great stateroom service on this ship.

Laura: Wait a minute. How can you do that? You're supposed to keep your eye on Cupid.

Luke: Oh. Right. You're right.

Laura: Yeah. So, you know, just tell me where my stateroom is. I'm sure I can find it.

Luke: Okay. Palm deck, E-17. Tell the steward you're Mrs. Johnson.

Laura: And you are?

Luke: Mr. Johnson. I just thought it'd be easier that way. We've had a lot of luck with Lloyd and Lucy Johnson in the past, so I brought them out of retirement.

Laura: Why not? Okay. E --

Luke: 17.

Laura: 17 -- right, okay. All right.

Luke: It's a one-bedroom suite.

Laura: Well, I'm sure we have, you know, a sofa or something, right?

Luke: Oh, sure. There's all kinds of furniture.

Laura: Sure, so it'll be fine.

Luke: Yeah.

Laura: Sure. Okay. I'll see you back here.

Luke: Okay.

Kristina: Of course Ned is involved. He's head of l&b.

Alexis: Okay, so this provides you the opportunity to spend a lot of time together, and, knowing you, you're plotting something. You're probably figuring out some way that we can get back together.

[Kristina chuckles]

Kristina: Well, that thought never crossed my mind. Unless that's something that you want.

Alexis: Ned and I are through.

Kristina: Because of Sonny?

Alexis: This has nothing to do with Sonny. This has to do with Ned and me. It just didn't work.

Kristina: Okay, so, in that case, my intentions were strictly honorable. This has to do with me. It has nothing to do with you. Look, Alexis, Ned says that I have real talent. He says that I have my own musical style. And I thought to myself, "What the hell? I might as well do it. Take the leap."

Alexis: And all this happened while I was away?

Kristina: While you were unlocking new doors in Puerto Rico, I was unlocking some of my own in Port Charles. Do you understand?

Alexis: The picture is getting clearer every second.

Jax: Thanks.

Sonny: See, I have contacts -- city planners, code commissioners. They tell me things -- like when my wife's name is on an application. I hear things.

Jax: I see. Then you figure out how to use that information to your advantage?

Sonny: You of all people should know the importance of information since you always try to take advantage of it. That's what you're doing to Carly right now, isn't it?

Jax: Just seeing her out from under your thumb makes me very happy.

Sonny: Oh, so you want to rescue Carly now, huh? Is that it? Well, trust me, she doesn't need it. Maybe some other woman might, so why don't you take your knight in shining armor act on the road?

Jax: You made a mistake, Sonny. You underestimated Carly. She's a lot stronger than you gave her credit for.

Sonny: The only thing I don't give Carly credit for is having the brains to stay away from you.

Zander: Yeah, I've never been too big on Christmas.

Carly: Oh, no happy holiday memories for you?

Zander: Well, last year was almost good. Emily and I were walking out of the pcpd. Snow was falling. Everything was clean and perfect. I thought it was going to be my first real Christmas.

Carly: Yeah, but instead you ended up at G.H. with Sonny after the shooting at the pcpd.

Zander: Yeah. Yeah.

Carly: Hey, will you hand me those lights, will you? Hand it this way.

Zander: You know what? I'm -- I'm not going to be much help to you tonight. You know, I'm just -- I'm just going to go.

Carly: What -- why? What are you going to do? You going to go find another picture frame to smash? What?

Zander: Maybe -- look, I just -- I need to be alone, all right?

Carly: Oh, alone. I see. Alone or just away from me? Zander, will you just be honest? What is really bothering you?

Zander: I don't know what you mean.

Carly: Sure you don't. You're still hung up on what happened in your room, that kiss.

Skye: Jax.

Jax: Hello, Skye.

Skye: Thanks for meeting me on such short notice. I really wanted to talk to you before the board meeting today.

Jax: Well, you weren't exactly generous with details.

Skye: Well, I've talked first and thought later too many times. I've got way too much riding on this for me to get in my own way.

Jax: I'm impressed.

Skye: Well, you made an excellent point -- there are consequences to everything. I just want to make sure they're the right consequences this time.

Jax: It's an amicable goal.

Skye: Well, then, in the interest in full disclosure, there is something that I would like to discuss with you. Now, I know that you're the straight arrow and all that, but is it essential that your friends are saints as well?

Jax: I don't have a single saintly friend that I can think of. And when it comes to business, I've been known to be quite ruthless when I'm after something I want.

Skye: Well, then, in that case, I've got something planned for the board meeting today that I think you are really going to like.

Edward: Oh, good, Ned, you're here. I need your help. Is it asking too much for you to pay attention? This is very important.

Ned: What is it, Grandfather?

Edward: Need you ask? It's Skye, of course.

Ned: What a surprise.

Edward: She's mounting some mysterious offensive that she plans to unleash at the board meeting. Now, I know that she has Jax involved, and those two manipulators must be stopped, Ned. It's them against the family.

Ned: Skye is family, remember?

Edward: Not as far as I am concerned, and I know how you feel. And our only hope now is to stick together. Strength in numbers. We just cannot let Skye prevail.

Ned: So, what are you proposing, exactly?

Edward: Well, I want to teach her a lesson she won't forget. So, can I count on your vote?

Ned: My vote?

Edward: Mm-hmm.

Ned: We're a family, Grandfather, not votes. We're human beings who happen to be related. We have feelings. We have thoughts. We're not corporate assets.

Edward: This is the wrong time for you to stress your sentimental streak, Ned.

Ned: Why do I bother?

Edward: Wait -- now, the meeting, Ned. We need to --

Ned: I'll try and make it!

Alan: Where is everybody?

A.J.: It's still early. Um -- be prepared if I were you, okay?

Alan: I'm afraid to ask.

A.J.: Grandfather is going to try to get us to form a bloc against anything that Skye proposes. That puts you in the middle, Dad. Either you vote with your children or you vote with your father and Sonny, a known enemy to the family.

Alan: What makes you think I wouldn't be on Skye's side?

A.J.: Grandfather thinks that Skye is out to ruin E.L.Q., right?

Alan: Father thinks that Skye is out to ruin him.

A.J.: Yeah, well, aren't Grandfather and E.L.Q. the same thing?

Alan: So, what makes you think that the proposition that Skye is going to make isn't going to be good for everybody?

A.J.: I have a few calls to make. I'll see you in a few.

Alan: Well, I certainly don't have to guess whose side you're on.

Monica: I think you'd better leave the guessing to other people, especially when it comes to me.

Alan: Meaning?

Monica: Well, I have realized, really, how foolish it's been to try to fight you about Rae coming here at Christmas. If this is something you want so badly -- and obviously it is -- I'm not going to stand in your way. I'm not going to do anything childish. I'm not going to hurt anybody. I'm going to leave you and Rae and Skye to have free reign of the whole house and me not interfere at all.

Alan: Thank you. I can't tell you how much that means to me.

Monica: I don't give a damn how much it means to you because I'm not going to be here to find out. I'm leaving this afternoon. I'm going to spend the holidays with your other children, Jason and Emily.

Zander: This has nothing to do with, you know, what happened.

Carly: Will you -- will you just listen to yourself? You can't even talk about it without getting all weird. Okay, listen to me. For the last time, you were hurt, you were angry, and that is exactly what caused the kiss.

Zander: Will you stop saying it, please? Just --

Carly: What, "the kiss"? "Kiss"? Okay, kiss, kiss, kiss -- mmm -- kiss, kiss, okay -- all right, sky hasn't fallen. Nope. World has not come to an end. You know what your problem is? You haven't let go of this, and I have.

Zander: It's easier for you.

Carly: No, it's just easy, period.

Zander: Look, I -- I still feel bad about this, okay?

Carly: Okay, well, you shouldn't, all right? You should do that more often -- not with me, okay, but with other girls. Just lighten up and just have some fun.

Zander: Fun. All right, I got it.

†[Doorbell rings]

Sonny: What are you doing here?

[Music plays]

Vince: How's it going?

Luke: It's a little slow.

Ellen: First rule of undercover operation -- never make contact with your control in public.

Luke: Hi.

Laura: Hi. Did I miss anything?

Luke: No, but I sure have.

Laura: What do you mean?

Luke: You. That dress really works.

Laura: Thank you. Who's that crew member?

Luke: Oh, it's just some crew guy fixing the heat lamps.

Laura: Are you sure? Has he tried to move any closer to Cupid and his friend?

Luke: I don't know. Maybe we should check it out.

Laura: I don't want to be obvious.

Luke: We won't. We'll dance over.

Laura: Great. Just move really slowly. I wouldn't want to scare them off.

Luke: All right. We'll move as slowly as you like. I'll follow your lead. That's it -- just stare into my eyes. I want to make him think we can't see anything but each other. God -- every star in the sky is in your eyes right now. Fantastic. Let's just lean in, get real close, like we're about to --

[Music plays]

Luke: Summer of 1992. Canada.

Laura: The diner.

Luke: Do you remember the night we opened all the windows? We set each jukebox at every table to the same tune?

[Laura gasps]

Luke: They almost played in sync.

Laura: I remember. And we danced outside.

Luke: It was great.

Laura: Yeah. But that was us, not Lloyd and Lucy.

Luke: Apart from the wig, is there really any difference?

[Laura laughs]

Luke: What's wrong?

Laura: I just saw Cupid hand something to the crew member.

Luke: Are you sure?

Laura: Well, I was a little distracted, but they got pretty close to each other.

Luke: Maybe it was a tip.

Laura: Maybe it was a microchip.

Luke: You're right.

Laura: Hmm.

Luke: We'll dance over a little closer and listen in, huh?

Laura: Yeah. The crew member is leaving. I'm going to follow him.

Luke: No, no, I don't think that's a good --

Laura: No, I'll be fine. You keep an eye on him.

Luke: Oh. Cupid has just requivered his arrows and put down his bow.

Alan: Don't you realize how unreasonable you're being?

Monica: I am being perfectly reasonable. Jason is going to visit Emily at rehab. He promised to take her to the mountains, and I'm going to join them.

Alan: No, you're not.

Monica: You see? You see? This is exactly the problem. We both think we are doing something understandable, and it is. You want to see your daughter and her mother at Christmas, and I want to see my daughter.

Alan: It's our daughter. Isn't there anything I can say to make you rethink this?

Monica: Nothing.

Alan: I'm not going to give in to emotional blackmail.

Monica: It isn't blackmail, Alan. Me leaving is a solution to a problem -- which is a lot more than you came up with. I'm giving you what you want in a way that will cost me the least.

Alan: What I want is to be with you.

Monica: Well, you had your chance.

Alan: Look, I'm in a very awkward position, Monica. I invited Rae. I don't want to disappoint her or Skye.

Monica: You don't have to disappoint anybody, Alan. It doesn't matter that Skye could care less about Rae. The only reason she wants her here is that maybe there'll be another knockdown-drag out fight with the two of us.

Alan: Okay.

Monica: Well, I'm not going to give her the pleasure.

Alan: Just listen. Meet me halfway. I love you. I love my daughter. I want to please everyone.

Monica: Well, you canít.

Alan: Damn it, I want to spend Christmas with you!

Monica: And I would like you to spend Christmas with you, but the price is too high!

Alan: Okay, fine. I've made my feelings clear. You want to go? Go! Just leave me a proxy.

Monica: So you can vote with Skye? Like hell I will!

[Door slams]

Monica: Lila, I'm -- I -- I didn't know you were in here.

Lila: Well, what's wrong, dear?

Monica: I'd like to get my husband back!

Zander: I ran into Carly at Jakeís, and she asked me to help her out.

Carly: Wait. I needed some help carrying the Christmas decorations, so if Zander is neglecting his work at the warehouse, it's my fault, not his.

Sonny: I was just -- I was just asking. Since you're here, can you give me a hand?

Zander: Yeah.

Sonny: You understand why I asked? Right?

Zander: Yeah, I mean, you wanted Carly to think that you were surprised to see us together.

Sonny: Right. You've been good with Carly. I don't want her getting suspicious. I mean, you -- you keep looking out for her, okay?

Zander: Yeah. No problem.

Sonny: I -- I brought these. You might want to hide them --

Carly: Yeah, I'll just --

Sonny: From Michael.

Carly: I'll add them with all the others I've got stashed in the attic.

Sonny: All right.

Zander: I'll take them.

Carly: Thanks.

Zander: Yeah.

Carly: Hey, you know what? Take it easy on Zander, okay? He just -- Emily just broke up with him, and he found out that she has already moved on to someone else. Okay, it hurts when you love someone deeply and they can just move on so easily.

Sonny: Hey, you know what? Car-- car-- Carly?

Carly: Hmm?

Sonny: Zander's a good kid. Doesn't have a lot of friends. It's good that he has somebody like you in his corner. I also came by because I wanted to pick a time, you know, when we could take Michael to see Santa Claus.

Carly: Fine. Yeah. He -- he'd like that.

Sonny: But?

Carly: Look, do you still want to adopt him?

Alexis: I'm going to love and support you no matter what you want, what you do. I just want you to know that if you became an Italian chef, it would be very handy.

[Kristina chuckles]

Kristina: Okay, look, we'll compromise. I will go sing in the shower, and then I'll take you to get a fabulous Italian meal at the best restaurant in Port Charles.

Alexis: Good. Go shower.

Kristina: I will.

Alexis: I'll make a reservation at Portofino.

Kristina: Okay.

Alexis: Go, go, go. Hurry.

Kristina: I'm going. I'm going.

[Knock on door]

Ned: Hello. I didn't know you were back.

Alexis: Everything wrapped up sooner than expected.

Ned: Hmm. Well, I hope everything went smoothly with Sonny's business.

Alexis: Everything was fine.

Ned: Yeah. Well, is Kristina around? I have some music I want to show her.

Alexis: Yeah. She's upstairs. So I heard the -- the big news.

Ned: Yeah, I think Kristina has real potential as a singer.

Alexis: Yeah. It just sort of came right out of the blue, huh?

Ned: Yes, it did. Who knew? What are you getting at?

Alexis: I was just about to ask you that. What are you getting at with my sister?

Sonny: You know how I feel about Michael. Why would you think that I'd ever change my mind about wanting to adopt him?

Carly: Look, I'm thinking about him, Sonny. He loves you so much, and I don't want him to get hurt.

Sonny: Have I done something to make you think that I can't take care of him?

Carly: Look, okay. We are getting divorced.

Sonny: Yes.

Carly: You've moved on, and the truth is I don't -- I don't really see Alexis as being the most maternal person in the world. So, you know, she might have some problem with you being responsible for another woman's child.

Sonny: Oh. How many times do I got to tell you? Nothing went on between Alexis and me in Puerto Rico or anywhere else. She is not going to be Michaelís stepmother.

Carly: Right.

Sonny: Right. Okay, you know what? You can believe it or not, but I'm not going to keep explaining it. Yes, I still want to adopt Michael.

Carly: Okay.

Sonny: Okay?

Carly: Okay.

Sonny: Okay.

Zander: Sonny leave?

Carly: Yeah, thanks to me.

Zander: What happened?

Carly: I happened, okay? I did it again.

Alexis: Kristina wasn't planning a recording career, and then I go off to Puerto Rico despite everybody's objections, and then all of a sudden --

Ned: Hold -- hold on. You think this is all some -- what, a bizarre payback because you went off to Puerto Rico with Sonny?

Alexis: I'm very clear about how you feel about Sonny, and I think I -- hard not to come up with that inference.

Ned: Kristina is a free spirit with a big heart and a beautiful voice. She's also someone who's willing to take a chance and actually commit to something, even when it scares her. I think she would be very hurt by your suspicions, but I'll make sure that I don't mention it to her. Of course, the biggest irony is that we've chosen today to discuss this, today of all days -- unless you've forgotten.

Alexis: I haven't forgotten.

Kristina: What's today?

[Knock on door]

Ned: One for the record books.

Sonny: I'm sorry.

[Alexis sighs]

Sonny: Um -- can I speak to you for a second?

Alexis: What's going on?

Sonny: Uh -- I think Carly's reconsidering the adoption.

Alexis: I'm sorry. What do you want me to do?

Sonny: Nothing. I just -- I just wanted you to be aware that, you know, there could be a problem. I'll check in with you later.

Alexis: I have to go.

Ned: Somehow that makes perfect sense.

Alexis: Could I have a rain check, Kristina?

Kristina: Yeah, no big deal.

Alexis: I was wrong about what I said before. Apparently this is the day of the year that I act like a jerk.

Monica: Rae is coming for Christmas, Skye is gloating, and Alan has probably hired a photographer to take the family picture under the tree. And I know it's going to be awkward for Jason having me around, but he'll do it for Emily, so everybody gets what they want.

Lila: Except you.

Monica: You know, I -- I heard Alan talking to Rae one night on the phone, and -- and I know they were talking about Skye. But there was a tone in Alanís voice that he hasn't used with me in a long time.

Lila: Rae and Alan do share a child, dear.

Monica: Yeah, so, what's to prevent them from sharing some more things? Oh, I don't know, Lila. I feel threatened, I feel insecure, and I hate it. Whether or not anything is going on between Alan and Rae, I feel like there is, and it hurts. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I am talking about your son and -- and not saying very nice things. So I think it's just as well I do go away.

Lila: No, dear, not really.

Monica: You have a better solution?

Lila: My dear, if you want Alan, then perhaps you have to stop fighting with him and start fighting for him.

Edward: So, where's the redheaded swindler?

A.J.: Skye's out at the moment.

Edward: Don't look so smug. Whatever Skye is plotting is going to come right back and bite you on your rear end.

A.J.: No, it's going to come back and bite you in your rear end. You brought this on yourself.

Edward: No, I didn't.

A.J.: Yes, you did. You hurt people -- Skye, me, everyone around you. And by cheating on Grandmother, you've given Skye ammunition. And if she uses it to shoot you down, whose fault is that? Mm-hmm.

Edward: Oh, God.

Skye: Well, I've done all the legwork. All I have to do now is just wait for the pieces to fall into place. Oh. You see a hole in the plan, don't you? Oh, you -- you have to tell me. I don't want to walk into that board meeting and make a complete fool out of myself.

Jax: No. There's no holes, Skye. It's brilliant. Congratulations.

Skye: You really think so?

Jax: I wouldn't say it if I didn't mean it. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have to make some calls before the meeting so my people are ready.

Skye: Oh. Oh, no, no. I'm paying for these drinks. You can pay for the celebratory drinks afterwards.

Jax: Well, I'll see you at the meeting, then. You know, you're turning out to be a better friend than I thought.

Skye: That's the whole idea.

Carly: Do you see what I mean about lashing out? You leave the room for exactly five minutes and I say the one thing I know is going to hurt Sonny the most. Don't -- don't -- don't let me do this again, Zander. Don't let me get jealous and just act out. Okay, just keep reminding me that I am the one that let Sonny go.

Zander: If that's what you want.

Carly: You know, I -- I don't even know what I want anymore.

Zander: You okay?

Carly: Yeah, I'm fine. You know what? Maybe you should go. I -- now I need to be alone.

Zander: All right. I'll see you. Ahem.

Carly: Hey, Zander? We're going to keep looking out for each other, right?

Zander: Yeah, definitely.

[Doorbell rings]

Kristina: Please tell me that you and Alexis weren't fighting over me singing.

Ned: Alexis and I fight about nothing and about everything. But it's really my fault because I keep falling back into the same old pattern of wishing she was somebody different. Maybe I'm luckier than I know. You know, maybe it's better that I had an almost wedding rather than a real one that wouldn't have lasted. And by the way, that's -- that's not self-pity. That's just me taking a lousy stab at being positive.

Kristina: I think that you can do better.

Ned: Well, I think you're going to have to prove that to me.

Kristina: Well, I think I can prove that to you. Come on. Come on, come on.

Ned: What? Where are you taking me?

Kristina: I have a surprise for you. I'm going to show you.

Ned: Another surprise?

Kristina: Another surprise.

Ned: I don't know if I like your surprises.

Kristina: You need to learn.

Alan: Are we ready to start the meeting?

Edward: No, no. Ned isn't here. And where's Monica?

Alan: Monica, she's --

Monica: I'm right here.

Alan: I thought you were leaving.

Monica: Oh, no, no, no. I couldn't possibly leave now. There's too much to do before Christmas. Shall we?

A.J.: Hello, Grandfather.

Edward: Hello, A.J.

A.J.: You certainly have Grandfather on edge. You want to clue me in?

Skye: All in good time.

[Doorbell rings]

A.J.: It's for you.

Edward: Now, listen -- Skye is up to something, and I want your assurance that Janine is not going to come waltzing through that door into the board meeting.

Sonny: Janine's been handled.

Skye: If it isn't Mr. Corinthos. Good evening.

Sonny: Always a pleasure.

Skye: Well, you might not think that once the meeting's over. As a matter of fact, there are lots of surprises in store here -- for everyone.

Luke: Where have you been? I was getting worried.

Laura: Sorry. I finally cornered that crew member downstairs. And I'm not crazy. Cupid did hand him something.

Luke: What?

Laura: A request for the band.

Luke: How do you know that?

Laura: Well, I -- I distracted him with questions about lifeboat procedure and picked his pocket.

Luke: Ooh, great. You're amazing.

Laura: Yeah. Actually, the hard part was getting it back in his pocket. So, where is Cupid?

Luke: Um -- they're inside.

Laura: Oh? Well, why didn't you follow them? Come on. Let's go.

Luke: No, no -- hang on a second.

Laura: What's the matter?

Luke: Darling, there's something about this mission you don't know.

>> On the next "General Hospital" --

Alexis: This has to do with Sonny.

Carly: Well, there's a big surprise.

Skye: Each member of this family is going to have to decide whom they hate worse -- me or Sonny Corinthos.

Luke: The mission isn't exactly as I --

Laura: Oh, my --

Luke: What?

Laura: Don't look. This is it.

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