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Skye: The last time I saw you, you were kissing my grandfather good-bye outside his room at the Port Charles Hotel.
Alan: What is going on here?
Carly: I was not picking on your little sister. I had a problem with the guy sitting next to her.
Sonny: Who, Carly?
Carly: She was with A.J.
Sonny: A.J. Quartermaine was at Luke’s with my sister?
Carly: I didn't know that she was your sister. If I had, I would've called you on the spot.
Sonny: Did they come in together?
Carly: I don't know.
Carly: Look, I was there with Zander. I was trying to set him up with someone I know from P.C.U., and Luke’s was pretty crowded. You couldn't always see across the room. But I did look over at one point and see A.J., and he was sitting at a table with this college-age girl. He was doing that sincere act that he does. And you know me, I couldn't resist it. So I went over to him and I accused him of dating jailbait. And I said -- I don't know, I gave her a little advice of her own.
Sonny: How do you know they were on a date?
Carly: Maybe they weren't. Okay, all I know is that I saw them at a table for two and they seemed very focused on one another.
Carly: What is it?
Carly: What is it? Sonny?
Sonny: He swore he'd get back at me.
Courtney: What are you doing here?
A.J.: Just passing through.
Courtney: First that club, now the park. This is starting to feel like more than a coincidence.
A.J.: You think I'm following you?
Courtney: Are you?
A.J.: I'm a lot of things, but a stalker's not one of them.
Courtney: I didn't ask if you were a stalker. I asked if you were following me.
A.J.: No. Just passing through. It's been a -- it's been a rough week, you know? Could get worse. In fact, you know the -- the high point for my week was our conversation we had at Luke’s. Why do I have a feeling I'm no longer friend material? I'm not even sure I want to know what you've heard.
Courtney: I don't trust coincidences.
A.J.: Okay, you caught me.
Jax: Look, it's important that Skye gets this.
Ned: I already told you she's not here.
Jax: Are you still upset about what happened at the gym?
Jax: Are you irritated because I said that Kristina was Alexis without the baggage and that might be the reason why you're interested in her?
Ned: No, no, I'm not even thinking about that. Look, I came in here a few minutes before you got here. The house is empty, okay? Even the help's gone. There's no message on my voice mail. I called Monica, she didn't answer. Alan has nothing in his day planner. It's weird. This place feels like Pompeii, deserted and much too quiet.
Skye: If you're looking to blame someone for Grandfather's heart attack, you look at her. This was no accident.
Alan: Skye, stop this. Melissa is a good nurse. If she hadn't been there and given Grandfather C.P.R., he wouldn't even be --
Melissa: Skye, this whole thing is absurd.
Skye: You knew about Grandfather's heart condition, yet you were there in his hotel room, plying him with champagne, cheese blintzes, cigars.
Monica: I can't believe you are doing this when your grandfather is lying seriously ill in that room.
Skye: Well, ask Nurse Gold Digger if you don't believe me. Ask if she makes it a habit of going to patient's hotel rooms and kissing them good-bye when she leaves.
Melissa: I kissed him on the cheek. He was upset. I think he called me because he didn't want to be alone.
Skye: Well, at least you admit it.
Melissa: He had already had the cigars --
Skye: You're no fool. You come off all sweetness and light, but we've got your number, little nursey.
Melissa: Skye, when Edward recovers, he's going to explain everything that happened and you're going to be seen for the spiteful, vindictive liar that you really are. It did not happen the way she said.
Lila: Alan! Edward's looking worse. I'm frightened.
Alan: Don't try to talk, Father, please. Mother's here. She's outside the room.
Edward: Oh, she's -- she's scared, Alan. Make it okay.
Alan: I will. I promise, I'll tell her you're as stubborn and determined as ever and you'll go on fighting as long as you have to.
Monica: We'll switch him to a mask. He'll rest a lot easier.
Skye: You're not walking away from this.
Melissa: My only regret is that I left you alone with Edward, that I didn't follow my instincts and call hospital security.
Lila: What are they arguing about?
Reginald: I'm not sure.
Alan: All right, Skye -- Skye, Skye! That's enough. I don't want you upsetting my mother. I want you out of the hospital. I want you out of the house.
Skye: Fine. Don't believe me. But I'll be packed and gone before you get home.
Melissa: Look, I can't help it. Okay, I can't help it if your father likes me. I just -- I never asked for any of this. I --
Alan: I got to check on something. Let me know if my father's condition changes.
Amy: You know I will.
A.J.: I didn't know you'd be here in the park, okay? I was just taking a walk to clear my head, so bumping into you is an honest coincidence. But I admit I'm glad because I was hoping to see you again. I was worried about you.
Courtney: Why? You barely know me.
A.J.: True, but I know that you just found out that you have a brother who leads a complicated life, shall we say. You also found out that your father, who you were told was dead, is in fact alive. Relationships with dads can be difficult, even under the best circumstances. I know your father, so -- I don't know, I sort of know what you're dealing with.
Courtney: Everyone that I've spoken to said that my father is wonderful.
A.J.: True, Mike can be great. I hope you work things out with him. Families can be difficult. You get along with them and you think things are great, then bam. Look, work it out with your father while you can, Courtney, because time does run out, and you don't want to be left wishing you said things you didn't.
Courtney: We're not talking about me now. We're talking about you? Are -- are you regretting things that you've said to your father?
A.J.: My grandfather's in the hospital.
Courtney: The one I met?
A.J.: He could die. Doesn't want to see me. That's why, you know, I'm taking a walk here, you know? Just thinking about how I didn't work things out with him and was wondering if I still have a chance. And why am I telling you all of this?
Courtney: Sometimes it's easier to talk to a stranger.
Sonny: Yeah, yeah, do me a favor -- just look for Courtney, okay? Do whatever you can. But if you find her, call me. Don't approach her. You call me first. All right. Thanks for telling me about Courtney.
Carly: Okay. Hey, where are you going? What are you doing?
Sonny: Going to find him.
Carly: Okay, wait a minute, Sonny, I have more reason to hate A.J. than anyone, but before you go and go flying off the handle, you need to understand something.
Carly: Okay, I did not actually hear anything -- anything that he said to your sister. It is possible --
Sonny: All right.
Carly: It's possible that he didn't even know who she was, that he was just hitting on some cute girl.
Sonny: Okay, first of all, A.J. saw us together, okay? We were at the police station. She was brought in for some Quartermaine stuff. It was made very clear that she was my sister. A.J. is not with her by accident.
Carly: Okay, then I'm coming with you.
Carly: Sonny --
Carly: Sonny, A.J. hates you because of me, because you made sure that he could not take Michael, and now he wants to pay you back.
Sonny: I did what I had to do to protect Michael from A.J. You know how I am.
Carly: Okay, well, if you won't let me come with you, then what can I do?
Sonny: Just -- just stay out of it.
Carly: Okay, do you want me to lie and tell you that I will, or can you just accept the fact that I'm not going to sit back and watch A.J. use your sister to hurt you?
Sonny: Carly, listen, come here, come here. I don't want you to get hurt. Do you forget that this the guy who shoved you down the stairs, who killed our child? He insults you every chance that he gets, right?
Carly: I'm used to it.
Sonny: No, no. You shouldn't have to deal with that. Now, it would help me if you stay out of it. Okay?
Carly: Okay. Why don't I try and find Courtney for you then, instead? Hmm?
Sonny: All right, tell you what -- I gave her a lot of money to go shopping, right, so go to Wyndham's, wherever you think she might be. But if you do find her, let me be the one to tell her she can't trust that animal.
Carly: I won't approach. I'll call you.
Sonny: If he lays one finger on my sister -- one finger –
Jax: Was the door locked when you arrived?
Ned: Yes. Surgical floor nurses' station, please. Calling Skye?
Jax: Hey, that's me.
Ned: Where is everyone?
Skye: Grandfather had a heart attack.
Ned: When? How is he?
Skye: He's in serious but stable condition. Alan, Monica, and Grandmother are with him now at the hospital.
Ned: Well, I can see you're really torn up about it. So help me, if I find out you had anything to do with this -- Sally. Have you been here the whole time?
Sally: No, no, I went to the church to pray, but has there been any word?
Ned: I don't know anything.
Sally: Can I get you anything?
Jax: No, I think we're okay.
Sally: All right, then I'll make some coffee.
Jax: That was a lousy thing for Ned to say. I mean, the fact that Edward had a heart attack isn't your fault.
Skye: Yes, it was.
Melissa: Oh, Edward. What is it with men like you, huh? You have every possession in the whole world and you just can't get it straight with your own family. Why don't you just -- just open up your eyes, see how much you're loved? Why don't you just open up your heart and just show them how you feel?
Melissa: Instead, you're going to give all your possessions to a complete stranger. Why? Why me? Why me? What makes you think that you can adopt me, Edward? All of a sudden, you're supposed to be my favorite uncle, just because you're giving me your money? Oh, Edward. Please. You don't know how messy this could get for me. Okay? I just -- I just want to live a peaceful life. I don't think that's too much to ask.
Amy: Melissa? What are you doing?
Melissa: I was adjusting the gain.
Amy: Oh, okay. Well, I'm his nurse, so I'll take care of that, thank you.
Roy: Hey. What's wrong?
Alan: Dr. Benjamin? Alan Quartermaine here, General Hospital. You had a registered nurse working for you at Chicago Memorial from 1988 until last year named Melissa Bedford. Yes, well, she's working here for us in Port Charles. According to the file, she was somewhat involved in a police investigation and a formal complaint was lodged against her? 1999. That's right. So the case went before the hospital board, but it was dismissed? Look, something has happened here and I'm just a little bit curious. Can you tell me why this complaint was lodged against her in the first place?
Jax: Why would you think that Edward’s heart attack was your fault?
Skye: Ahem, were you here to see Ned or me?
Jax: Allied-London’s response to your proposal. They estimate the equipment cost at 120 million.
Skye: Let's see. Okay. At salvage, that would be 35.
Jax: Look, if Edward’s heart attack -- you know, if E.L.Q. contributed to that, then he should've given up the reins a long time ago. So where will you be staying tonight?
Skye: The hotel, and not just for the night. I'm here to pack. I will make sure that I get these to you right away.
Jax: Just forget about that for now, okay? Tell me what happened.
Skye: Before Edward had his heart attack, I was -- look, I'm on a bit of a time restraint here, okay? I have been ordered to vacate the premises before anyone gets back, and if Grandfather doesn't make it, well, then it's even more important that I not be here, so I will speak to you later.
Jax: Skye, wait.
Sally: Mr. Corinthos, please, if you would just wait a moment. Please, please, Mr. --
Sonny: Where's your brother?
Sally: I'm sorry.
Jax: That's all right.
Skye: Get the hell out of here.
Sonny: Tell me where your brother is. This doesn't concern you, big boy.
Jax: It does now.
Melissa: I was just adjusting the gain.
Roy: Amy told me that Skye was accusing you of trying to kill Edward. She was going on about seeing the two of you in his hotel room or something?
Ned: How is he?
Melissa: I'm sorry, his condition's unchanged.
Ned: Is Grandmother here?
Melissa: She was here, but I think she might be in the chapel.
Melissa: I rigged Joseph Sorel's monitor with every intention of going back there and killing him for what he did to my brother.
Roy: Melissa, half the people in this town wanted to kill Joe Sorel. Even Alan Quartermaine admitted he tampered with the guy's medication.
Melissa: But he's not under suspicion again.
Roy: And you are because you adjusted the gain on his machine? I don't see how that follows. Did Amy think it didn't need to be adjusted or something?
Melissa: I don't know. I didn't stick around long enough to find out. But the point is the way she looked at me because she heard Skye's tirade. And I know how accusations like this go. It can ruin your career, and my career's all I have!
Roy: That's not all you have.
Melissa: I wanted to be a nurse since I was 14 years old. I mean, I remember the moment when I -- when I realized what I wanted to do. And I know that I have other things in my life -- I know that -- but I'm talking about helping people get well and making a difference, being maybe the right person at the right place and, all of a sudden, you're the one factor why someone lived or died. I love that.
Roy: Okay, two words you should keep in mind -- Skye Chandler. What she said is a lie, right?
Roy: That's because Skye Chandler is a liar. Everybody knows that.
Melissa: But I didn't do anything wrong. I didn't. I should be trusted on any case. But I know how these false accusations, they take root, and then next thing you know, people are whispering about you and you can only work on certain cases, and that just doesn't work for a staff nurse. You become a liability for the hospital, Roy.
Roy: Okay. So take yourself off Edward’s case and make sure you don't go near his room.
Melissa: That implies that I did something wrong. God, this cannot be happening again.
Roy: What? That's the same thing you said New Year’s Eve. I didn't pursue it. I didn't want to push. But what? You know, when you think about it, you know a whole lot more about my life while we were apart than I know about yours. You know about the F.B.I., what I went through to get away from them. We've never really gotten into what was going on with you. I mean, I guess I sort of had it in my head for a while that you were in some sort of suspended animation. You know, living in the same place, working the same job, visiting Leo twice a week, and waiting for him to be released. Obviously, there was a whole lot more than that going on. Must have been new friends that you had, new relationships, connections you made. Maybe even a few mistakes. What happened in Chicago? And why can't it be happening again with Edward Quartermaine?
Alan: Was there any suspicion of criminal wrongdoing? Really? Listen, thank you very much, Dr. Benjamin. I appreciate your time.
Monica: Well, that obviously was Chicago Memorial, where Melissa Bedford used to work.
Monica: How did you happen to remember that a complaint was filed against her?
Alan: Just a gut feeling.
Monica: Is it relevant? What was the complaint?
Alan: You won't believe this.
A.J.: You know, I wish I would've worked things out with my grandfather, but I just -- I don't know, I was just too angry about he's treated me since I was born.
Courtney: Well, you still have a chance.
A.J.: You're right. Listen to me. I sound like I know that he's not going to make it through this.
Courtney: If he gets better, there's nothing in the way. I mean, not like --
A.J.: Like what? What, Courtney, is there something in the way of you working things out with your dad?
Courtney: My father -- he showed up where I'm staying. He wanted to see me.
A.J.: What'd you tell him?
Courtney: I was mad at him. Only a little mad, like a pie crust.
A.J.: That one you're going to have to explain to me.
Courtney: Okay, a pie crust is only a thin layer on top of filling. What matters is what's underneath. I'm mad at my dad, but underneath, all the other feelings that I have are so much stronger.
A.J.: Did you tell him that?
Courtney: Sonny walked in. And Sonny is not a pie crust. He's like a steel wall, God, I mean, all anger, all the way through. He talks to my dad like he's nothing. Maybe my dad deserves it. I don't know. I mean, he walked out on Sonny. He never tried to find me. But he feels really bad. He's sorry. You can see it in his face. Sonny doesn't care. If anything, Sonny gets even madder when my dad tries to apologize.
A.J.: When Sonny makes his mind up about something, you can't change it. But regardless -- regardless about how Sonny feels about Mike, the man is your father. A father -- a father should be in a child's life.
Courtney: That's the thing -- my dad was in my life when I was young. Eventually, I did find out that my mom and him weren't married, but it was like a real family. He came to all my school things and my games, and he loved to cook. Which was a good thing because my mom's idea of cooking was zapping a frozen dinner.
Courtney: Yeah. He was great at Thanksgiving. Every Thanksgiving, I really missed his stuffing.
A.J.: So --
Courtney: I don't know. I just can't believe that my mom lied to me about him being dead.
A.J.: Things were different for you than they were for Sonny.
Courtney: My mom, too. She doesn't want me to have anything to do with Mike. It's not like my father didn't stick around for us. We didn't stick around for him. He's the one who got deserted.
A.J.: What do you want?
Courtney: I feel like I deserve the chance to get to know him again.
A.J.: Listen to me -- you can make up your own decisions, okay? No one has a right to stop you from that, to run your life. No one can tell you who you can see and who you can’t. No one.
Jax: The lady asked you to leave.
Skye: I don't need you standing up to this thug for me, Jax.
Sonny: I'll leave as soon as you tell me where to find A.J.
Skye: I wouldn't give you the time of day, much less any information about my brother. But I can see he's got you good and riled up, so whatever it is that he's doing, it's having the desired effect.
Sonny: Well, you know what he's doing.
Jax: Back the hell off, Sonny.
Sonny: Where is he?
Jax: She told you she doesn't know.
Carly: Hey. I found Courtney.
Sonny: She all right?
Carly: Yeah. She's at the park, by the swings. But A.J.'s with her.
Sonny: All right. I'll be right there.
Ned: This was a hell of a stunt, Grandfather. Okay, but enough is enough. You've got my attention. If you want me back as the family gatekeeper, well, then I'll do it. Because things sure didn't go very well when I left it up to you. Do you remember when I was little, before Mother sent me off to boarding school and I used to sneak into your study in the middle of the afternoon? And you taught me how to check the stocks on the financial page. And then I'd sit on the floor and I'd make buildings out of the books and I'd listen to you on the telephone. And I remember hearing you yell at these people. And afterwards, when you'd hang up, and you would tell me that when -- that when I began working for you, the first day I came onboard, you were going to fire that incompetent. And it always made me feel so important and wanted, like there was something special waiting for me. You know, I never really saw my father growing up, but I didn't really miss him because I had you. To teach me, to scold me, to drive me crazy. To fly to Switzerland three times a year to come and visit me after Mother shipped me off to boarding school.
Ned: You and Grandmother raised me, and I don't think I've ever really thanked you for that. Because we were always too busy fighting each other, because that's the way you wanted it. That was the only way you knew how to show your love for me. But it's a waste of time, Grandfather. My God, it's such a waste of time. So maybe this -- maybe -- maybe this will be our wake-up call. And this family can now, oh, just see what we have in front of us and appreciate what we have.
Melissa: I -- I had a patient at Chicago General. A man about Edward’s age.
Alan: The man's name was Geoffrey Barnes. He was a terminal cancer patient.
Melissa: Geoffrey -- Mr. Barnes, he was in a lot of pain. One of the side effects of his pain medication was that he would have these just horrendous mood swings and he started alienating his family. It was just the medication talking, but -- well, that and the fact that he was facing the end of his life. It was just a complicated time. You know how I am. I really started to care and -- like, he was a big Chicago Bulls fan, you know, when Jordan was playing, and sometimes I'd stay after work and watch the games with him.
Alan: So Melissa was spending more and more time with this patient, until it actually became a personal friendship. And then the man died and the family was stunned to find out he had changed his will and named Melissa a beneficiary.
Monica: How much?
Alan: A sizable amount of money and a small house on the lake. The family was up in arms.
Melissa: They hired an attorney and brought me in front of the medical review board. They said that I manipulated Geoffrey, that I'd brainwashed him and took advantage of his illness.
Monica: Obviously, the board dismissed the charges.
Alan: They didn't find sufficient evidence of any criminal wrongdoing.
Monica: Melissa is an excellent nurse, but I don't like the way this looks. What do we do now?
Skye: This day just keeps getting better and better. Sonny Corinthos is just the icing on the cake. Look, I'd show you to the door, but I'd probably trip on my way there.
Jax: Would you stop running away?
Skye: I'm not. I'm here to pack, as ordered. But I will get these to you first thing tomorrow.
Jax: You know, you can drop this act.
Skye: It's no act, really. I've had a red-letter day. I love this day. First, I catch Nurse Bedford kissing my grandfather good-bye outside his hotel room and, when I call him on it, we proceed to have a knockdown-drag out fight, at which point I come home, only to be told to pack and leave by my father, which happened before they got the phone call about my grandfather's heart attack, which occurred after I said all those nasty things to him. I then go to the hospital to try to go to see him and I'm told that I can't go into his room and, basically, I should just stay out of the family's sight. And now Sonny Corinthos is after my brother? I mean, does it get any better?
Jax: Skye --
Skye: No, don’t. Just -- just leave, okay? I am not going to cry. I am not.
Alan: I have tried my very best to make up for all the years that we lost together. I have tried to be a really good father to you and reached out to you. But despite my very best efforts, I don't know you at all.
Skye: You don't want to? Is that what you're saying?
Alan: You aren't listening to me.
Monica: No, that's not what he is saying. He's trying to explain --
Skye: Well, congratulations, Monica. You finally managed to cut me out. Edward will be so pleased.
Roy: This is going to be all right, you know. Hey. What happened in Chicago is behind you.
Alan: We can't ignore the possibility, Monica.
Monica: Well, I don't know this man in Chicago, but Edward did not change his will because he was brainwashed or coerced. He changed it because he was lonely, Melissa was nice to him, and he felt abandoned by his family. We train our nurses to be kind to the patients. Melissa was not out to get Edward’s money. I think this is all Skye's hysteria.
Alan: Well, I would feel better if we ran a tox screen on father, that's for sure.
Alan: Dr. Quartermaine. Yes, my wife is here with me, thank you. It's Father. Code blue.
Skye: Leave me alone. Please.
Jax: Look, I know that you don't want anyone to see you emotional. It's okay to reach out to someone, Skye.
Courtney: Sonny, he's angry with my dad, but he's really been trying with me. He does have a tendency to give orders, but he's been nice, too. He gave me 300 bucks to go shopping with. That's more money than I have ever had at once. I know that must sound weird to a Quartermaine. You probably think I'm a crazy kid.
A.J.: Not at all. I don't think it's crazy wanting to know your father. In fact, I think the rest of the world's crazy and you may be the only normal person left. And I really want things to work out with your dad. That'll mean that there's hope for me yet. Well, there you have it. I sound as crazy as you now.
Courtney: When I was little, my dad, he used to come home and make a big fuss over me. He'd say that I was his little princess and I was locked in a tower, but never to give up because one day my prince would show up and rescue me.
A.J.: Your prince, huh?
>> On the next "General Hospital" --
Bobbie: You want something.
Scott: Why would you say something like that?
Jax: What do you want right now?
Skye: What I want, I can't have.
Jax: Yes, you can.
Alan: You are hereby relieved of your duties, not only on this unit but on the entire floor.
Sonny: No, no, no, I'll take it from here.