General Hospital Transcript Tuesday 2/12/02
>> Previously on "General Hospital" --
Ned: I'm getting the distinct impression that you no longer have the upper hand.
Edward: I don’t.
Jax: I'm trying to stop Sonny.
Andy: Cop's got to play by the rules.
Carly: I know how you feel, Zander, and we are best friends.
Taggert: Mind if I ask you a few questions?
Roy: Turn yourself in. If you don't, I'll have to do it for you.
Elton: Now, then, 10:00 -- a late petit dejeuner with Jean François of Gautier. Ooh, 11:30 -- Helga of the Düsseldorf chain.
Laura: My, my. Aren't we entertaining this morning?
Elton: Well, you know, I'm just trying to butter you up for this next one.
Laura: Which is?
Elton: Well, it seems that Luke sent you another e-mail. Evidently, Ainsley said you were a little less than receptive to the last one.
Laura: By the way, how's your back?
Elton: Oh, much better. Thank you for asking. My yogi's done wonders with my lower chakra, although I have sworn off the cha-cha for the next three months.
Laura: Well, that's good. Although Ainsley tried his best, you are irreplaceable.
Elton: Well, I'm so happy you noticed. And I assume you won't fire me for asking, but what about this e-mail?
Laura: Delete it.
Elton: Oh, really? Sure you don't want me to read it just out of curiosity?
Laura: Fine, fine, fine. Let's get it over with.
Elton: "Lft hnd by sst pt 6'S." I don't know why Luke doesn't enjoy using his vowels. I thought a hard copy might help you decipher it.
Elton: You're welcome. I could e-mail him if you like. Any message?
Laura: Oh, boy, do I have a message for him.
Carly: Morning, everybody.
Elton: Well, good morning.
Carly: Have I come at a bad time?
Zander: She's not here.
Jax: Well, I can see that. Any idea when she'll be back?
Zander: She had some business to take care of.
Jax: Well, I guess she's finally made her decision about the carpet, huh? She only changed her mind about nine times.
Zander: Maybe she wants to make sure you get your money's worth.
Zander: Want to leave a message for her?
Jax: No. No. You know, I'm actually glad you and I have a moment alone. There's something I wanted to run by you in private. Something you might be able to help me with.
Ned: You saved me a trip. I was heading over to your hotel room.
Skye: Well, I'd love to stay and trade insults with you, but I'm off to visit Grandfather.
Ned: Oh. Well, then, this is perfect timing.
Skye: What would this be?
Ned: This would be your opportunity to put your money where your mouth is. You said grandfather could be C.E.O. again. So you just sign this and you can make it official.
Skye: Grandfather is imagining things. Understandable given that he's recovering from bypass surgery, Ned. What's your excuse?
Ned: Well, I had a feeling that you wouldn't do it out of the goodness of your heart, so I'm going to give you a little incentive.
Melissa: You know, you're a really patient person. I like that about you. Some people just can't let something sit, you know? They rush for some answer or decision, but you -- you know how to let something just be.
Roy: But not always. Not this time. I mean, I don't want to force this. I don't want this to be happening. But if you won't confess to helping those patients die, I'll have to turn you in.
Melissa: See, I don't think you're going to do that because you just said it yourself -- I'm helping these patients, Roy, and these patients are terminal. You know, they're suffering terribly. It's not like they have any chance to survive, and all I do is relieve their pain.
Roy: Sweetie, there's another word for that. The law would call this --
Melissa: I don't care what the law says! Forget about it. What about what's right? What about allowing people to die with dignity? What about the fact that I did what other people are afraid to do, which is to give these poor people freedom and peace? I thought you would understand this.
Roy: Well, I -- I do understand that it was compassion that led you to make this choice.
Melissa: Roy, if you loved me, you would not do this.
Roy: I do love you. You didn't have the right to decide who lived or died.
Melissa: Please --
Roy: You don't have that right!
Melissa: I'm begging you; please don't do this to me. Please, I am begging you!
Taggert: I know this is tough, Elizabeth. But try and remember. Try to tell me what happened. How did the accident happen?
Nikolas: A little soon to be grilling Elizabeth, don't you think, Lieutenant? She's barely out of surgery. You know, Lucky told me to back off for doing the same thing to her. I'm sorry to jump at you, but I just don't think she's up to it.
Lucky: Well, you're absolutely right, Nikolas.
Elizabeth: Guys, I'm okay.
Taggert: Okay. Just take your time. Try to tell me what you do remember. Maybe the rest will just fall into place.
Elizabeth: Um -- I -- I remember --
Taggert: What? What do you remember?
Elizabeth: Oh, my God. I remember getting into the car.
Elizabeth: So we got in. I know we had our seat belts on.
Elizabeth: We started driving. It was dark.
Nikolas: Can I ask why we are putting her through this? Lieutenant, you know what happened. There was an eyewitness at the scene who saw the whole thing.
Taggert: How do you know that?
Nikolas: It's simple, okay? I called and I spoke with Det. Capelli. I asked how the investigation was proceeding and what happened to the other driver. He gave me an update. No big deal.
Elizabeth: Wait, what did happen to the other driver?
Taggert: The other driver is Sonny's little sister, Courtney Matthews.
Elizabeth: Oh, God. Is she okay?
Taggert: She's fine. She's fine. Excuse me a second. Listen, I'm going to want to hear Elizabeth’s side of this event, okay? Now, she's going to need quiet to concentrate. Now, I'm going to ask the both of you to step outside.
Lucky: You want me here, you say the word. All right?
Taggert: Elizabeth, what you remember is very important, okay? I would not be putting you through this otherwise.
Elizabeth: I know, and I understand. I want to help.
Gia: Elizabeth. Oh, thank God you're okay.
Melissa: I love you so much. And I know what this is costing you. I mean, here you make a decision to sign up with Mac and walk on the side of the law, and I'm forcing you to make a decision between your conscience and me, and I hate it.
Roy: So do I.
Melissa: So I'm not going to ask you to make that choice. I believe that I was morally right to end those poor people's suffering, but I also understand that I acted outside of the law. And until the law and the medical community decide that they should let people live their lives the way they want to live them up until the very end, I promise you that I will never cross that line again, Roy. It's not worth jeopardizing my career and -- and jeopardizing the life that we've built, and I -- I just love you too much to make you a part of this.
Roy: I love you, too, with all my heart.
Melissa: So I understand that I can't work with terminal patients anymore and I'm -- I'm going to ask to be transferred to a different floor and then we can finally go on with -- with the life that we deserve.
Amy: Oh. Hi.
Roy: Oh, hi, Amy.
Amy: I'm looking for --
Roy: We're sort of in the middle of something here right now.
Roy: Excuse us.
Melissa: Roy, I love you. I love you, and I swear -- I swear on my love for you that this is over for me. Is this over for you?
Amy: Hey, Bob.
Amy: If I were you, I would stay out of the chapel.
Bobbie: Why is that?
Amy: Well, I kind of sort of think there's trouble in paradise.
Bobbie: Who are you referring to?
Amy: Roy and Melissa.
Bobbie: Oh, my God.
Ned: Sign this paper and Grandfather will assume his role as C.E.O.
Skye: I've decided to make Grandfather head janitor of E.L.Q. instead. Or better yet, Ned, maybe I should keep that position open for you since you are so talented at cleaning up after the family's messes.
Ned: Remember I mentioned "incentive"?
Skye: Oh. You don't have anything that I want.
Ned: Has Jax ever told you how long he and I have been friends? We're very close, especially when something serious happens. We listen to each other very carefully.
Skye: Why would I care what you and Jax discuss?
Ned: I heard all about your preemptive strike -- you telling Jax how Grandfather was so doped up after his surgery that he imagined that you were fabricating threats from Sonny. Jax will listen to me when I point out something that he already knows -- Sonny doesn't threaten women. He seduces them. He gets them hooked on drugs. He causes nervous breakdowns. But one thing he takes great pride in is never physically harming women. And I don't think he would make that exception for you, although he'd be tempted. So if Jax just thinks about this for five seconds, he'll know that I'm right. And he'll know that you've been playing him for a fool, and I don't think he'll appreciate that. So sign the papers like a good girl. Otherwise, I will take whatever fantasy you have dancing in your head about you and Jax and I will send it down around you in ruins.
Zander: So what can I help you with? Want help with a big corporate takeover? Or maybe I can give you some advice on what hot stocks to buy up.
Jax: No, there's something much closer to home and something I could really use your help on. Quid pro quo, of course -- one thing in return for another?
Zander: Yeah, I know what it means.
Zander: You got nothing I want.
Jax: You haven't heard my offer.
Zander: I don't need to.
Jax: You know, Zander, you and I are not as different as you think.
Zander: Man, I must've missed that. Maybe it's the billion-dollar bank account.
Jax: We both know it's better to be in control of your own destiny instead of having to rely on someone else. You know, that means you have to play everything their way.
Zander: Ah, you mean like you financing Carly's club, putting her in your debt? You mean that kind of control?
Jax: No. No, you see, Carly came to me. There's a big difference. She allowed herself to get too dependent on Sonny, so I'm just giving her a way to get out from under his control.
Zander: No. No, you get to throw it in Sonny's face that you are bankrolling his ex-wife when she won't let him help her, and that turns you on. That is your quid pro -- whatever.
Jax: Zander, if I was going to use Carly, it would be much more effective if I slept with her. No, there's a better way to get back at Sonny. Like someone who works for him. Someone on the inside. Someone who knows what he has done and knows how to prove it. Someone like you, Zander.
Carly: Wow. Another sales award. Business must be booming.
Laura: Yes. And since I'm sure you're not here to congratulate me on how well I'm doing without you, why don't you just get on with it, okay?
Carly: Oh, see, but actually, I am. I have moved on with my life and I'm about to open a hot new club, something this town desperately needs. And I came to invite you personally and the entire Deception family to attend.
Laura: I see.
Carly: Is that a yes?
Laura: I don't know. Is this club something you really want to be doing?
Carly: Are you feeling guilty, Laura, about buying back my shares of deception from Sonny for $1?
Laura: No, not even a little bit.
Carly: Well, I thought that just in case you were, maybe you'd want to make it up to me by entertaining the buyer from Gautier and all his gorgeous French models at my club.
Laura: Is that all you want, Carly?
Carly: Look, we both know that I was furious about having Deception yanked out from under me. But actually, in the long run, it has turned out to be the best thing.
Laura: Oh. I'm glad.
Carly: You wouldn't just be saying that, would you?
Laura: Carly, if you've found something you really like to do, then I wish you success. And if you have really moved on in life, I am deliriously happy.
Elton: Excuse me. Sorry to interrupt.
Laura: What is it?
Elton: There was another message waiting for me at my desk when I got back.
Laura: Don't tell me.
Elton: Yes, it's from Luke.
Laura: Oh, God, he's infuriating!
Elton: Ahem. "Lft hnd by hs bty dvs I's." Sounds like I've had a lot of dental work, doesn't it?
Laura: God, he's driving me crazy!
Carly: Don't pretend this comes as a surprise. The man is not normal.
Laura: You know something? A lot of people would've said the same thing about you and Sonny.
Carly: And they would've been right. But it didn't matter to me what the world thought of Sonny because I was going to be with him no matter what. Because I know him in a way that no one else does. You see, I understand that kind of connection, Laura.
Laura: Well, I guess that's something that we actually have in common.
Carly: The difference is it's not past tense for you. I'll see you at the opening.
Zander: Get out of here.
Jax: $5 million, Zander. That is a lot of freedom. And not just from Sonny. From the Quartermaines, as well. I know they've moved Emily from place to place, making her inaccessible, while they fill her head with garbage about you. And what were you able to do to fight back? Huh? Nothing. You're standing here shipping boxes for Sonny's ex-wife with no hope of getting what you want. I am offering you the means to get Emily back and take control of your own life. And don't tell me that doesn't interest you just a little bit.
Zander: Keep talking.
Gia: I feel so terrible you got hurt.
Nikolas: It wasn't your fault, all right? We know that.
Elizabeth: I'm going to be okay.
Lucky: You know, I can just go ahead and get rid of all these people for you.
Taggert: What I'm going to need right now is for you to step outside with Nikolas and Lucky, okay?
Gia: Marcus, I am not leaving her.
Taggert: Gia, I'm not asking you, I'm telling you, all right? This is official police business.
Roy: I will never turn my back on you. I'm going to stick by you through this. I'll hire Scott Baldwin to represent you, help him mount the -- the best legal defense money can buy.
Melissa: What are you saying?
Roy: Baby, I truly believe that you wanted to help those people. But the fact remains that you ended their lives, and now you've got to go to the police.
Melissa: Or what?
Roy: Or you -- please don't make me do this.
Melissa: Why are you doing this to me? Why? Are you trying to make up for all the crimes that you've ever committed? All the lies you've ever told? Is that it? I mean, suddenly you decide that you're going to start over and everybody else has to live by your standards of law and order? What about the law? You know? The law said that Leo was guilty, right? I think you and I both know that he was just a mixed-up kid who trusted the wrong person. Oh, God. Is that what I've done? Have I trusted the wrong person? Is that it? Am I so incredibly stupid that I have misjudged you twice?
Melissa: If you loved me, you wouldn't do this to me.
Roy: You exercised a power that did not belong to you and you know that you have to answer for it.
Melissa: And you promised me you loved me, and you promised me a life, and now you're taking it away from me! You have that same look on your face that you had in the courtroom in Chicago, and I don't even know what that means. What is that look? What does that look mean? Is that remorse? Is it guilt? Is it love? I don't know. Maybe that's just the look you get on your face when you're about to betray someone who trusts you! Is this a special look for me, that you save just for me? That's the look you have on your face when you're about to do something that you just claim that you hate so much. You're a liar. You're a snitch. You're a hypocrite.
Bobbie: You are a killer.
Melissa: You're the one who started all this, aren't you, Bobbie? What'd you do? Did you go to Roy with a list of grievances both real and imagined, or did you just make a list of all the mistakes I've ever made? Or are you just trying to pay me back for stealing someone that you thought belonged to you?
Roy: I'm the one who went to Bobbie. She didn't want to believe it. She told me you were a gifted nurse, that you saved people's lives, didn't take them.
Melissa: Okay. If that's true, then would you please explain to him, you know, what we have to deal with every day, the kind of pain and suffering. He's not a nurse. He doesn't understand this -- this pain and suffering that we deal with every -- Bobbie, you're a nurse, okay? Now, honestly, haven't you ever wanted to help some of these terminal patients? Haven't you ever wanted to relieve some of their suffering and their pain?
Bobbie: Yes. Yes, I have felt that way, but it's up to God or the patient to decide. It's not up to you or me.
Melissa: Okay. Well, I don't know. Then you just must be a lot stronger than I am, I guess, or a lot more professional or a lot more detached. Because for me, I can't watch these people suffering day after day, knowing that it's only going to get worse for them and do absolutely nothing to lift a finger. I mean, I don't know, Bobbie. Maybe you never think about the bigger question. Maybe you never think about what it really, really means to be a caregiver. And you -- all this talk about being a good person. When are you doing the right thing and when are you just hiding behind the law?
Roy: Please don't do this.
Melissa: And why did you come to Chicago? I had a life there. I had some peace there. And you're the one who brought Roy into my life. Why didn't you just leave me alone? Why don't you both just leave me alone? Don't you dare stand there and judge me now.
Roy: Go get Alan please, or Mac. Now.
Gia: Marcus, you said you came here as my brother. Now all of a sudden it's official police investigation?
Lucky: Yeah, why are you making such a big deal about this anyway? There's nothing that Elizabeth can tell you that Gia can’t.
Taggert: Gia, all I want is the truth, all right? It's my job to get it. Now, I may not always like what I find out, but I swore to uphold the law and I intend to do that.
Gia: Even if it means hurting people in the process?
Bobbie: Lt. Taggert? You need to come with me.
Taggert: I'm in the middle of an investigation --
Bobbie: We have a situation and it's someone on staff.
Taggert: Unless it's an emergency --
bobbie: It is an emergency. I'll explain on the way.
Taggert: This isn't over.
Skye: Poor Ned. The shadow of the former gatekeeper he once was.
Ned: You don't think I can make Jax see who and what you really are? Oh, he'll listen to me, and that will be the last time you ever see him.
Skye: Ooh. My, my. Chasing after Alexis' little sister has certainly put the fire back in your eyes, huh, Ned? Tell me, are you doing this all for little Kristina’s benefit? Is this because she doesn't like me?
Ned: Oh, here come the insults, trying to throw me off track. But guess what -- this time it's not going to work. Just sign the papers.
Skye: No way. You and Grandfather are not calling the shots here. Jax may be a good friend of yours, but he and I share a very special relationship now. We also share a secret about Grandfather -- the one that made him change his mind about tossing me and A.J. into prison? Yeah, you may have noticed how quickly he backed out of that misguided little caper.
Ned: You're bluffing.
Skye: Try me, and it'll be Grandfather who ends up in prison. You know, why don't we pretend this little encounter never happened, shall we, cousin? It might make it all a little more comfortable for all of us. Especially Grandfather. Just remember, I'm the one calling the shots.
Ned: We'll see.
Jax: Any information you give me about Sonny of course stays between us.
Zander: Why would you lay out $5 million to put Sonny out of commission?
Jax: He's hurt a lot of people I care about. Now he's singled out someone that I promised to protect.
Jax: Never mind about the details. Let's just focus on what this kind of money can do for you. It'll give you the resources to find Emily, take her anywhere you want to go. Make things right. This will change your life, Zander. Think about it. Do we have a deal?
Zander: All right, Jax, I'll do my best.
Skye: Oh, thank you so much. My dear friend Jax is going to be so thrilled with his surprise.
Man: It's my pleasure.
Skye: And what is your name?
Man: Henry Martin.
Skye: Oh. Oh --
Henry: Henry, at your service.
Skye: I just want to tell the owner what a fabulous job you're doing, Henry. You are a gentleman and a credit to this hotel.
Henry: Thank you, Ms. Quartermaine. Well, I certainly hope everything comes off exactly the way you want it.
Skye: From your lips to -- oh. All righty, I don't expect any help on this one.
Jax: You understand you won't see any money until you've provided me with information that turns out to be accurate, that leads to his arrest and conviction.
Zander: I got it. We're not operating on the honor system.
Jax: As long as you understand the ground rules.
Zander: Hey, Jax? Listen, I don't want you think that I'm -- I'd do this --
Jax: Zander, Sonny's a career criminal. He's hurt everyone he touches, including you. $5 million is a bargain if you can do the job. Trust me. You'd be doing the world a favor, so don't feel bad about it, okay?
Carly: You pathetic piece of slime. After all that Sonny has done for you, this is how you repay him, by selling out? I don't want you in my club; I don't want to look at you. Now get out! Get out and once you hit that door you can keep on walking, get your sorry butt out of town! Otherwise, you're going to deal with me. What the hell are you grinning at?
Zander: You. You're pretty when you're mad.
Carly: I will go to Sonny with this. I will call him right now.
Zander: Well, you'll have to beat me to it.
Carly: What -- what, you mean you're going to tell Sonny about this?
Zander: You bet your sweet life.
Carly: You have no intention of going through with this.
Zander: Oh, yes, I do.
Nikolas: Elizabeth okay?
Lucky: I'll check. Hey, do me a favor. Try to keep him away from her. At least until she's a bit stronger, okay?
Nikolas: Okay, I'll call my attorneys and see if they can back him off without making a big deal out of this. All right?
Lucky: All right. Thank you.
Nikolas: Yeah. Listen, I need you to get Lucky out of there so I can have some time alone with Elizabeth. All right?
Melissa: Does this seem vaguely familiar to you? You know, all of a sudden you find yourself in the position again to send a person who loves you and trusts you to jail. It's so weird. I mean, is that where you think I belong, really, for showing these poor people some compassion? You think I belong in prison?
Taggert: Well, that depends on what you've done.
Melissa: Lt. Taggert.
Taggert: Ms. Bedford.
Melissa: I think this is the time for my confession. There was Ida Mercer. She had terminal cancer. That was in Chicago. 1993, I gave her 40 cc's of morphine. And Geoffrey Barnes. He had leukemia. That was 1994. I gave him the same dosage. David Rubinoff --
Roy: Melissa, stop.
Melissa: David Rubinoff had lung cancer. That was 1994, also. And Elliot Stimson had A.L.S. That was in --
Taggert: Ms. Bedford, I should advise you that you have the right --
melissa: 1996. And there was Alex Whittaker.
Taggert: You have the right to have an attorney present.
Melissa: He had pancreatic cancer, that was 1998.
Roy: I guess she doesn't want --
Taggert: The U.S. Constitution gives you the right to remain silent, Melissa. I suggest that you use it.
Melissa: Joseph Agronsky. Joseph Agronsky -- he had a stroke and cardiac complications. That was in 1998. You know, the only person who had any family at all, that was Geoffrey Barnes. I sat with him, and so he left me some money and his lake house, and his children, who wouldn't even bother to come and see him and who actually said they wish he'd just hurry up and die, they -- they had me investigated, and I was exonerated. And I know that Geoffrey Barnes is up in heaven right now thanking me for what I did.
Roy: Baby, this is neither the time nor the place.
Melissa: At General Hospital, there was Helen Granger. That was November 2001, and Helen had throat and lung cancer. She was all alone in the world and she would lie in her bed with sores all over her back because she refused to get out of bed. She was oh, so busy cursing herself for smoking all those cigarettes for all those years. And then when they finally took her larynx out and she couldn't speak anymore, she would beg and plead with her eyes, and I -- I knew exactly what she wanted even though she couldn't speak. The final was dear, sweet, kind, funny -- funny Genevieve Holt. She had leukemia and that was just in January 2002. She was all alone in the world. She had no one, nobody, no thing, no money, no insurance, no friends. Nothing. And I refused to watch her writhing in pain anymore. I absolutely refused. So I decided that I was going to take the power that I had. I was going to take the power of mercy -- you understand that, don't you? -- And let these poor people go to a better place. What are we going to do here? What -- what are you going to do? Are you going to tell me that I've done something wrong? Are you going to arrest me, Lieutenant?
Melissa: Go ahead.
Taggert: You have the right to have an attorney present. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed you by the courts. You understand these rights as I've said them to you? Let's go.
Skye: Come on, come on. Enough with this business stuff. Don't you have any personal files in here? Something on Edward?
Zander: It works like this -- I make the deal with Jax, then I go to Sonny. I tell him about Jax's offer. That way I buy Sonny some time. He can check out everybody else in his organization.
Carly: Other people who may have gotten the same offer?
Zander: People who might be inclined to take Jax up on his offer, yes.
Carly: You mean that all the people in Sonny's organization aren't as loyal as you are?
Zander: It is possible.
Carly: Oh, or as sharp as you to use that scam to actually flush out the real traitors?
Zander: Well, it could lead to nowhere, but it could bring some interesting people out of the woodwork.
Carly: And in the meantime, you just string Jax along.
Zander: Unless you have a problem with me using your friend like that.
Carly: No, it's funny how people you think are your friends turn out to be different than you thought.
Zander: Yeah? Yeah? Well, take me, for instance.
Zander: I mean, first you thought I was -- and I quote -- a "pathetic piece of slime."
Carly: Oh --
Zander: But instead --
Carly: You are a brilliant -- the world's most brilliant actor.
Zander: Or con man.
Carly: Oh, actor. Because you are going to make Jax believe that you are really a traitor and that you will sell Sonny out.
Zander: For five million bucks.
Carly: When the truth is you're going to make sure no one else can. It's pure genius! Oh!
Gia: Hi. Can I talk to you for a minute?
Gia: The police said that they need my registration, but it's still in my glove box. Would you mind going with me to get it? I'm just a little creeped out seeing my car all mangled up.
Lucky: Yeah. Sure. Do you think it's all right to be living Elizabeth alone, though?
Gia: Yeah, I think -- I think alone is what she needs. I just wish all this police business was finished, you know? I mean, she doesn't need any hassles until she's feeling better.
Lucky: You've got that right. Let's go.
Nikolas: Hey. How you feeling?
Laura: This is not really your style, is it?
Elton: Well, I picked it up at a photo shoot down the hall. It's for protection.
Laura: Protection? From me? What, do you think I'm going to throw something at you?
Elton: It's possible. You have been a little snappy lately. And there's another e-mail here from Luke.
Laura: Okay. Okay, let's hear it.
Elton: Ahem. "Lft hnd by sts 9 clk."
Laura: Oh, my God.
Elton: What? What is it?
Laura: Oh, my God. What if this is real?
Luke: What, are we going to a hanging? Or maybe I get to face the firing squad, huh? What do you say? Which one? What'll it be? What'll it be?
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Elizabeth: I think I yelled something at Gia.
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