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Skye: It's not easy being like you, you know. You got to cut me some slack here.
Jax: Hey, I don't see why.
Courtney: You are such a control freak!
Sonny: Just trying to protect my family, okay?
Laura: I do want to get married again. I do, I do, I do.
Luke: She wants time, she wants space.
Luke: She's going to get it.
Laura: Did you hear me?
Laura: Bobbie? Bobbie?
Bobbie: Laura, hi. Oh -- is everything all right?
Laura: No, not by a long shot. And I'll bet you know why, don't you?
Bobbie: Well, I can probably guess. Why don't you calm down and tell me where you've been and what's going on.
Laura: Why don't I calm down? How long have you know me? Just tell me where your brother is.
Skye: Don't get me wrong. I'm no fan of Sonny's little sister. She's got a big mouth.
A.J.: Courtney didn't know what she was doing, Skye.
Skye: Oh, please. You don't announce in the middle of a crowded restaurant that your mother's a fraud and don't expect some kind of fallout.
A.J.: She was angry and confused.
Skye: Well, let her be confused on her own time. She nearly blew everything out of the water that I worked so hard for.
A.J.: You'll bounce back. You always do. And don't worry about Courtney. From now on, she's my project.
Skye: A.J., I don't like the sound of that. What are you planning?
A.J.: You remember when I told you that some day I'd get the chance to get even with Corinthos? That'd I'd find something that he cares about and take it away from him? That day has come. And that something is a pretty little blonde who happens to be Sonny's sister.
Skye: A.J., this is a 20-year-old kid we're talking about. What are you planning to do to her?
Jax: Hey, hold it right there. What are you doing here?
Sonny: I'm asking you to leave, Alexis.
Alexis: You broke my vase and slammed my door.
Sonny: I need some time alone to think. Can you get that?
Alexis: I get it. I think you think way too much as it is. Maybe you should try talking about it, getting it out in the open for something, you know, different.
Sonny: Okay. You know what? I know you mean well, and I appreciate everything you've done, I really do, but I just need some time right now --
Alexis: Listen, you say we're friends, let's be friends.
Sonny: Okay, you want to be my friend? Then you -- you need to leave.
Alexis: Look, your sister made a clumsy attempt at trying to get you and your father to sit down together today. She did it by ambushing you and it stunk. It's not business as usual.
Sonny: I'll deal with it. And by the way --
Alexis: And don't act like it's not affecting you.
Sonny: It --
Alexis: Oh --
Sonny: Of course it's affected me.
Alexis: Talk about it, Sonny.
Sonny: Okay. You want to talk about it, I'm tired of people who screw you over and walk back in your life with faded old pictures and useless explanations, whining about their problems like that's going to make everything okay.
Alexis: Is that what you think Mike did with Courtney?
Sonny: He tried to work her for her sympathy, okay? Told her he wanted to start over. Mike knows damn well that he's given me that same speech a hundred times. What did he think I -- did he think I was just going to sit there and listen and not warn Courtney? Not that it would have done any good anyway because she's -- she wants to believe in Mike. She's waiting for him to break her heart. I don't need this. I don't need them.
Alexis: Yes, you do. That's the whole damn trouble.
Sonny: There are people I care about and people I can do without. I don't need anybody.
Alexis: I think the person that you're angriest at is yourself.
Sonny: Good night, Alexis.
Alexis: I'm so sorry. I don't think you realized the responsibility in accepting me as your friend because it comes with obligations and entitlements. And one of them is that when I want to help you, you have to let me help you.
Sonny: Alexis, I'm handling it.
Alexis: You think so?
Alexis: I think it's fair to say that you have trust issues. You had them with you wife, and now you find that your father has kept a big secret.
Sonny: Well, wow. That wouldn't be the first time, now, would it?
Alexis: Well, you see? That makes it even worse.
Alexis: And while you may be mad at him, you're angrier at yourself because you wanted to trust him. And yet, you knew that he would let you down, and he did.
Sonny: Well, you've just made my point. Needing anybody, especially your family, is a trap.
Alexis: You're right.
Alexis: When you're right, you're right.
Alexis: I mean, it would be a lot easier if we didn't need anybody, because that way, nobody could hurt you and you wouldn't have to feel anything at all, which really wouldn't be living, I guess. It's okay to need someone.
Janine: What do you want?
Mike: I know you can't stand me and with good reason. I was wrong to gamble away all of our money, but you were just as wrong to tell Courtney I was dead.
Janine: Mike, we've been through all this, and there is really no point in our going through it again.
Mike: There is --
Mike: Janine, because there is one thing -- one thing that we can agree on. We both love Courtney.
Janine: You think I don't know what you're doing. You're making up with Courtney to try to score points with your other kid, Sonny --
Janine: The rich man. Yeah, because he's cut you out. And Courtney is your way back in. You're a user and you're desperate. And that is the worst combination, Mike. Would you please go away and leave us alone?
Mike: Don't get self-righteous with me, Janine. You made plenty of mistakes yourself.
Janine: Yeah, like opening that door just now. I didn't bail on two different families.
Mike: And I can't go back and fix what I did, but I love my kids. Sonny may not need me or want me, but I can still do something good for my daughter. Now, I tend bar at a little joint across town. I don't make much. But once in a while, the tips are pretty good. My point is that I want to contribute something. Whatever I can. And I thought, Janine, that maybe -- just maybe we could work together for Courtney. Help with her education, get her started -- whatever she needs.
Janine: You want to contribute? That's fine. That's great. Here. It's a list of every cent of mine that you've gambled away, down to the last penny, with interest. There it is. Proof of the deadbeat that you are, right there staring you in the face.
Mike: And you don't think that I kept the same kind of list up here in my own head? Why do you think I'm here? I'm trying to make up for it.
Janine: Who do you think you're kidding? You are the same man. And you are not going to burn me or Courtney ever again.
Mike: I am doing this for Courtney.
Janine: Well, she doesn't need you now.
Mike: That is not for you to say.
Janine: I will never forget what you did to us. I will never forget all my sleepless nights. I wrote it down and I promised myself that I would not let my daughter make the same mistake I did. Fall for a bum, a loser with dreams in his eyes who would just leave her in the dust with nothing.
A.J.: No, no, no. Don't get me wrong, Skye. I'm not going to do anything to Courtney. I'm going to do something for her -- give her exactly what she's looking for.
Skye: Which is?
A.J.: A prince. Every good fairy tale has one.
Skye: Oh, yes --
Skye: The prince. Hmm. Very good, excellent. But get back to me when you get back to the real world.
A.J.: Oh, this is real. I mapped it all out. What does a prince do? Rescues his princess, slays her dragons, rescues her from the dark tower, makes all of her dreams come true, which, in this case, is laying the wealth of the kingdom at her feet. Doesn't hurt to have a well-appointed castle, either.
Skye: I don't know, A.J. This Courtney strikes me as a babe in the woods.
A.J.: Very astute. Sonny gave her $300. That was the most money she's ever held. Ain't that a kick in the head?
Skye: No, if you're going to use some poor girl to get back at Sonny, you deserve a kick in the head.
A.J.: Hmm? Get serious. I'll be the best thing that ever happened to her. She's got a brother who's a violent thug, a mother who deals cards at a casino and a part-time blackmailer. Her father nearly drove them into the poorhouse with a gambling problem. Hell, to her, I am a prince.
Skye: Yeah, well, money's fine, but what's Courtney going to do when she realizes that you don't give a damn about her?
A.J.: She'll be too dazzled to notice. Sure, it's going to take some doing. You know, I got to map it all out, put all the pieces of the puzzle together. But I'm going to make it happen. She's got stars in her eyes. Every woman wants a prince. Even you.
Skye: Yeah. Well, I just blew it with mine. Look, A.J., I don't know. About this plan, I really don't --
A.J.: Back it up. What you just said. You're really in love with Jax?
Courtney: I wasn't doing anything. I -- I never saw a boat like this up close before. I was just trying to get a better look, that's all. If you're going to call the cops or sue me, just get it over with.
Jax: Why don't you just come out where I can see you? You again.
Courtney: You again.
Courtney: How come I keep running into you?
Jax: Well, this is my yacht, so -- well, technically, you ran into me, but as far as I know, it was a coincidence at the Port Charles Hotel.
Courtney: I'm really starting to dislike that place.
Jax: Well, I don't blame you. You had a pretty rough night by the look of you. And I heard what Skye Quartermaine said to you about her grandfather.
Courtney: I thought Mr. Quartermaine had a right to know the truth about my mother.
Courtney: I was honestly trying to help. I didn't mean to give him a heart attack.
Jax: No, no -- no, you didn't give Edward Quartermaine a heart attack, believe me. I've known him for a very long time and there is a history of heart problems there.
Courtney: Then why did that Skye -- whoever say that it was my fault?
Jax: Well, it's just the kind of person she is.
Courtney: Seems to be the way that it goes in this town.
Jax: Not always.
Courtney: I'm going to take off. That is, unless you want me to stick around while you call the cops.
Jax: No, no. I'll be happy to let you go, forget this ever happened. But you have to do something for me first.
Bobbie: I have no idea where Luke is.
Laura: You haven't heard from him? Why am I not surprised?
Bobbie: But I'd like to help. What happened?
Laura: Well, let's see. I took off on a motorcycle, no less --
Laura: In search of him, when all of a sudden it hits me -- idiot. Why am I chasing after him when he is the one who left me?
Bobbie: He left you?
Laura: Yeah, he left me. What else is new, right? When things get tough, Luke goes off in search of an adventure.
Bobbie: Luke is Luke.
Laura: What was he thinking, Bobbie? He whisked me off to a very, very romantic part of our past. And he whispers a few of the right things. And poof -- everything that was ever bad between us is supposed to just disappear. All -- all the reasons that we got divorced, they're supposed to just go up in smoke, and I'm supposed to just fall right into his arms. I don't think so.
Bobbie: Oh, Laura.
Laura: So, you know, when things don't go exactly Luke�s way, what does he do? He runs off and leaves me. So you know what? That's it. Forget it. I will never go after Luke again.
Scott: That's the best news I've heard all day.
Skye: Love is for suckers, A.J. Love doesn't last. It hurts. Love is a losing proposition with lousy odds, and it is certainly not why I'm going after Jasper Jacks.
A.J.: Hey, you were the one that said you blew it with your prince.
Skye: Ha. It's a figure of speech, okay? I have got a much bigger plan in mind, and I was making progress. Oh, yeah, Jax and I were getting closer. He actually thought that I was devastated when Grandfather had his heart attack and dear old dad kicked me out of the house.
A.J.: You were devastated, Skye. The most believable lies always have some truth to them. But you were just using all that stuff that the family's been dumping on you, and it got to Jax because it was real.
Skye: Yeah, well, unfortunately, it got a little too real. I ran into Sonny's little sister and read her the riot act, and, well, suffice it to say, I lost a lot of ground with prince Jax.
A.J.: If Jax is just a mark, what do you care?
Skye: The man isn't stupid, A.J. He has certain standards, you know? Good manners, kindness towards the weak and innocent, and all that stuff. And, I mean, he will put up with a certain amount of ruthlessness in business, but when it comes to his associates and friends, he wants them to be kinder, gentler people in their private lives.
A.J.: I see ere that could be difficult for you, Skye. So then why bother faking it? I mean, if this is not about love, then what? What's the big plan?
Skye: Well, there's certain things that I like, too, A.J. I like cashmere and the feel of satin sheets. I like to eat pastries at Alain Ducasse in the south of France. And I like to have a rich, sexy man by my side who's also powerful, as in the "I can ruin you with a single phone call" kind of powerful. Hmm. Jax has that. I mean, with him by my side, think about how much fun I could have sticking it to my ever-loving family.
A.J.: Sounds good, as far as it goes.
A.J.: Watch out for your heart.
Courtney: What -- what, do you want to search me or something? Look here. I didn't take anything.
Jax: I didn't say that.
Courtney: Okay, then I'm going to leave.
Jax: Not yet.
Courtney: All you know about me is that I wasn't dressed well enough to get into that restaurant New Year�s Eve and that I ticked off that Skye woman.
Jax: I also know you're friends with Alexis Davis.
Courtney: You know her?
Jax: Yep. Alexis and I have been friends for a long time.
Courtney: Well, if you're such good friends with Alexis, then you must know my brother. Sonny Corinthos?
Jax: Yes, I know Sonny.
Courtney: I take it you don't like him.
Jax: You know, you really shouldn't be walking around down here by yourself at night, so all I want to do is just call you a cab and make sure you get home safe.
Courtney: I don't need your help. I'm 20. So if you're not going to press charges, I'll find my own way home.
Alexis: Risking heartache is certainly a lot better than the alternative, which is just cutting yourself off.
Sonny: You know what? Don't take this the wrong way, but that's questionable advice coming from you.
Sonny: Well, you're the one who bolted from the altar, right? And you've had a pretty good life for yourself -- alone. You don't need anybody.
Alexis: I -- do, too --
Sonny: Uh-huh, uh-huh.
Alexis: Need people.
Alexis: People who need people are the luckiest people in the world. I need my brother, my sister, I need Nikolas.
Sonny: And none of the baggage that I'm handling.
Alexis: You know, you are not the only person who gets to be complicated.
Sonny: Well, what do you want me to do? You want me to let it all slide and act like -- like nothing happened?
Alexis: No. No, I --
Sonny: I don't understand what you want me to do.
Alexis: I want you to do just the opposite. I want you to feel it, acknowledge it, let it in. Experience it. If you get -- I was going to say "get mad," but, you see, you've already done that. You did that in the restaurant, you did that in my apartment, remember --
Alexis: When you slammed the door and broke my vase. Okay, fine, break something. If you'd like, I could break it because I really enjoy breaking things.
Alexis: He smiles. God, you make me work so hard. Pain in the butt.
Sonny: That girl, my sister, she's -- she's brave. I mean, she's trying her best, but she's stuck in a bad situation. She's got a mother who, you know, did everything she could have to hold things together, including blackmail. And then she has a father who was never there for her. He can't be trusted or relied on. How do you explain that to yourself? The father, you know, you looked up to and loved cares more about a game than he does his own family. You know how fast that makes you grow up, what it makes you see, the things that you carry around with you every damned day?
Alexis: Courtney's not the only one.
Sonny: I've known Mike for years. Courtney just found out. I mean, you should have seen her when she realized that he was alive, but he never bothered to come looking for her. A light went up in her eyes, and I don't ever want that light to be gone.
Alexis: So then tell her that. Tell her that you understand what she's going through. You know, she has no idea who you are behind the face that you put on to the rest of the world. So show her. Talk to your sister.
Sonny: I've tried talking to her, but, you know, I can barely get two words out of her.
Alexis: You know, she's got to come up for air sometime. Just try again and then try again because she's your sister.
Sonny: I got to -- I got to go. I got to -- I got a shipment to clean up, and I got things to do, but I appreciate this.
Alexis: Okay, so if you need anything else, you'll let me know.
Courtney: Sorry. I forgot my key.
Alexis: Why don't you ask Sonny? He's got a key.
Courtney: I didn't mind waiting.
Alexis: Come on in.
Alexis: You okay?
Courtney: I'd be fine if everyone around here would stop treating me like I'm 4 years old. I went for a walk, that's all.
Alexis: Okay. Just asking.
Courtney: Sorry. Again. I ran into someone who knows you. By the way, he knows Sonny, too. When I told him I was Sonny's sister, everything got all tense and weird. Don't you get tired of that?
Alexis: People have a lot of misconceptions about your brother. That happens when you're in a powerful position.
Courtney: When you're dangerous, you mean?
Alexis: What did this person tell you?
Courtney: No one had to tell me anything. What Sonny wants goes. It didn't take me long to figure that out. What I don't understand is why. What gives Sonny the right to make the rules?
Alexis: Because he's concerned about you.
Courtney: So I'm only allowed to like the people that Sonny likes? He doesn't want to see my father, so I can't, either? Sonny is making all these decisions about my life when he has no idea what I want or what I need. He has no right!
Alexis: Courtney, he has every right.
Mike: It's a lot of money.
Janine: Yeah. A lot to pay for. Starting with my life savings. Then all the cash advances on the credit cards till they were maxed out, of course. And then I started listing some of the things that I couldn't give Courtney because you left me so deep in debt. For example, a couple years ago, she won an award in school for academic excellence. She was the top of her class. She earned this trip to Washington, D.C., with some of her friends, and she was beside herself, she was so excited. Thing is, it cost $200, you know, for hotel and transportation. And I didn't have $200, so she couldn't go. And she told her friends -- I heard her -- she said, "Oh, it doesn't matter," "whatever, whatever." I also heard her cry herself to sleep every night for a week, and all I could do was just write it down. See? "$200." It's right here with all the other stuff. So please don't come in here with all of your dreams and your promises that you can't deliver.
Mike: Courtney invited me to dinner. She needs something from me whether you like it or not.
Janine: I will tell you what Courtney needs, okay? She needs promises kept, she needs security, and she needs money. And I have been drumming that into her head all of this time. I am not going to let her fall in love with a bum like you when it is too easy to fall in love with a rich man.
Skye: Ahoy, there. I closed the London deal today. Made us a fairly tidy sum of money, if I do say so myself.
Skye: Look, about what happened at the Grill earlier --
Jax: No, we've said all we need to say about it, so, if you don't mind, I'm about to cast off.
Skye: Well, at least let me apologize. I was awful to that little girl. I admit it. I'm sorry.
Jax: Because you did it or because I caught you? Look, I understand fear, Skye, and worry and blowing up at a complete stranger because it's easier than facing the fact that you might lose someone you love. But telling that girl that Edward�s heart attack was her fault -- that wasn't misplaced fear or frustration. It was plain old garden-variety viciousness, and it's very unattractive.
Skye: Look, I warned you in Louisiana what a mess I was. But I meant it when I said that I wanted you to help me become a better person. Well, here I was thinking you were this knight on a white horse, someone who really did care. I guess I was wrong.
Jax: Yeah, I guess you were.
Skye: Why are you so willing to write me off, hmm? Am I too much of a challenge?
Bobbie: I'll be upstairs if you need me.
Scott: So, Luke gooped you up again, huh?
Laura: Feel free to say, "I told you so."
Scott: I derive no pleasure from this.
Laura: I know you don't. You've been incredibly generous with me, and I just don't want to give you the wrong idea.
Scott: Well, listen, I don't know -- don't worry, Laura. I'm not going to jump back on your merry-go-round. I learned my lesson. Now, I know that you say you're done with Luke and whatever, but as sure as I'm standing here, you will find a reason to chase after him again, no matter what he's done, and that's okay with me because I've been doing a lot of thinking since you turned my proposal down.
Laura: I'm sorry I hurt you.
Scott: No, it was the best thing for me. You see, I didn't want to win here because, you know, you couldn't get Luke back or whatever. It'd be like default. I don't want that. I want a girl that is crazy about me, that thinks, you know, I'm the best thing since canned beer, you know? That is looking in the same direction that I'm looking. That's what, you know, I want. You know?
Laura: I know. That's what I told you that day in the park.
Laura: I want what's best for you, and I know you want the same for me.
Scott: I do want what's best for you. I just wish that one of us knew what that was.
Laura: Yeah, I should go. Bye.
Skye: Am I too difficult? I must be. Too much of a holy terror for you to waste your time on anyway. No, your energy's much better spent, maybe, putting it into people a little less complicated or, better yet, into those little electronic gadgets or whatever the hell that thing is.
Jax: This is an ultrasonic depth sounder. It's especially important in unfamiliar water.
Skye: Sounds fascinating.
Jax: Yes, not to mention useful. See, it lets you know when you're entering shallow waters. Lets you know if there are any submerged obstacles up ahead. Lets you know of any danger.
Skye: How convenient.
Jax: I don't mind risks, Skye. You know, the unexpected obstacles now and then, but I'm not destructive. I don't like to destroy things beyond repair. See, it's not fun to wreck a beautiful ship in shallow water and to associate yourself with people who are too selfish or manipulative to get out of their own way.
Jax: Look, I've seen women in trouble, real trouble. And you're right, you know? I have this thing about me. I just can't stand by and do nothing. But I'm not in the habit of saving people from themselves. And you have this thing about you, this need to get over on people. It's something you're going to have to work out for yourself. Now, if you'll excuse me, I really want to cast off.
Janine: So if you really want to contribute to Courtney's future, why don't you just fork over the $198,000 that you owe her and stay out of her life.
Mike: Courtney is my daughter.
Janine: Yeah, when it's convenient.
Mike: Come hell or high water, Janine, I will be a part of her life.
Janine: Oh, well, since we all know how good you are at seeing things through, I really have nothing to worry about, do I? Okay, bye! Yeah, hurry up, Mike. You might be able to catch some backroom card game.
A.J.: Hello, Janine.
Janine: Does nobody call before they stop by in this town? What do you want with me now?
A.J.: Actually, I'm here about your daughter.
Janine: Uh �
Courtney: Sonny doesn't even know me.
Alexis: That's because you won't let him.
Courtney: Why should I? I've seen how he operates. Look what he did to my father tonight.
Alexis: You know, Mike is Sonny's father, too.
Courtney: So why did Sonny treat him like dirt? Why did he have to hurt him like that?
Alexis: Let me give you a little perspective on what hurts. When Sonny was a little boy, his stepfather used to lock him in a closet while he beat his mother. Sonny blamed himself for not being able to protect his mother. This all happened after Mike abandoned him and disappeared. Sonny was also beaten when he was a little boy. That hurts. Sonny knows that your life was difficult when Mike left, but what you need to understand is that his was a lot worse. He is dealing with a hurt that you can't and never should be able to understand. This is why his relationship with Mike is so difficult and so complicated, and if you knew that ahead of time, I'm sure you would have had second thoughts about trying to set both of them up. Courtney, this isn't just about you. This is about Sonny, too.
Courtney: Why didn't he tell me any of this?
Alexis: Because he has trouble trusting people and because he wanted to protect you.
Courtney: But I'm his sister.
[Knock on door]
Bobbie: I'm sorry, Scott. I know how that must have hurt.
Scott: No, no, no. You know, it's okay. I'm -- I'm over Laura. And by the way, my date with Alexis, that was a joke, so from now on, there's no going back. I'm going forward.
Laura: I promised myself I would not use this number. I lied.
Laura: Yeah, Luke, it's Laura. Don't worry about the kids. They're fine, but I'm not, so get your sorry butt home now!
A.J.: Actually, we met completely by accident. I didn't know that Courtney was Sonny's sister. In fact, I didn't even know he had a sister.
Janine: Welcome to the club, pretty boy.
A.J.: Yeah, well, when Sonny found us together, he wasn't too happy about it. I really enjoyed meeting your daughter, and I'd like to think that I helped her, talking with her, you know? I understand what a difficult position she's in. Anyway, I just wanted to come by, you know, and just -- I wanted to offer whatever help I can give.
Janine: And why would you do that?
A.J.: Because I like her.
Sonny: You all right?
Courtney: Fine. Are you?
Courtney: I'll see you in the morning.
Alexis: Night, Sonny.
Sonny: You know, I still don't need anybody, you know? But I'm glad that you're my friend.
>> On the next "General Hospital" --
Gia: Are you still speaking to me?
Lucky: We're fine, buddy. I promise.
Nikolas: I'm not so sure about that.
Skye: Do you care about Grandfather at all?
Kristina: Did you think that I slept with Ned?
Courtney: Can we start over one more time?