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Kristina: I was wrong about everything.
Jennifer: Why are you here?
Laura: Because I want to marry him again!
Luke: You want to marry me again?
Skye: Find something?
Jax: No, nothing at all. You might have dropped this while you were faking Skye’s kidnapping.
Laura: Luke, can we deal with first things first here? Jennifer is planning to have us killed at dawn, and judging from the tone in her voice, I'd say she's serious.
Luke: Well, that's a good reason for you to answer my question right away.
Laura: Ugh. Come on. You know, these guys have killed before, and they're not going to have a problem pulling the trigger. I'm just hoping that Elton got my note over to Roy and that he's on his way over here right now with a whole bunch of F.B.I. agents.
Luke: Let's just forget Roy and all his questionable associations for a second. Curiosity's going to kill me faster than these goons. Now, tell me the truth. When you said to Jennifer that you wanted to marry me again, did you mean it?
Melissa: I said I didn't want any visitors. Especially you. I've said everything I ever have to say to you, Roy.
Roy: Well, I haven't said what I have to say to you. Like it or not.
Kristina: Oh! Oh --
Felicia: Hey, Alexis.
Felicia: Is Ned around?
Kristina: Oh, my God. Oh, my God.
A.J.: Jax, I don't have time for this. Why don't you go play games someplace else, huh?
Jax: Are you denying that this is your cuff link? I mean, yeah, perhaps it belongs to someone else with the initials "A.J.Q."?
A.J.: Where do you get off barging into my home to question me? Now, I have plans this evening. If you don't mind --
Skye: You know, hold everything, jax. Thanks to Sonny Corinthos, I was abducted this evening, and all you can do is accuse me and my brother of staging it? Now, you know what I've been through. How can you even begin to think to make accusations like that?
Jax: You know, I've done my best to trust you, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Now I see I should have listened to my instinct and cut you loose months ago. You know, you can settle this. Did you fake your own kidnapping or not?
A.J.: Skye, that accusation doesn't deserve a response. For your information, I've been here all evening and most of the day, and, as you can see, this sweater doesn't have French cuffs.
Skye: You know, Jax, I really thought that you and I had reached a mutual level of respect. What? You're telling me you never trusted me? When were you going to tell me that?
A.J.: I know when I lost this. It was when Corinthos threw me in a meat locker a few months ago. I must not have got the invitation because I wasn't quite dressed for the occasion, Jax. Are you okay? So help me, if Sonny hurt you --
Skye: Maybe it is time for the truth.
Melissa: This is hard for me, you know. Ahem. Seeing you standing there, so convinced that you did the right thing. You're looking at me like I'm some poor, deluded creature, with pity in your eyes. You used to look at me with such love. Suffice to say that you're making the unthinkable worse. Why don't you do us both a favor and leave.
Roy: No. Baby, I do love you. With all my heart. And I intend to stand by you through this, no matter what. I've already checked with some contacts about your situation. If you will plead guilty to a lesser charge, the D.A. will probably agree to a deal. You'll be looking at a sentence of maybe as little as three to five years.
Melissa: I did the right thing. You have no idea what's it like to watch people get smaller and smaller and more feeble, unable to live with any dignity, in chronic pain, screaming out at night, and knowing that even morphine isn't going to help them. Do you remember how small and shallow it felt to say "sorry," you know, about Leo? When, really, you felt so rotten and so feeble that "sorry" didn't even begin to encompass how you felt. Can you imagine what it feels like to say "sorry" to somebody who knows exactly what they're saying when they beg you to help them?
Roy: Melissa, you need to be thinking about helping yourself right now. If you let this go to trial, you're going to lose. You'll wind up doing the kind of hard time that could destroy a person. We're talking a minimum of 15 years. I know what that's like. If you take the plea, you can do your time in a minimum-security prison, 36 months tops. I'll help you get through it. I will visit you every week. I'm not going to let go of us.
Melissa: There is no "us." It's over. Finished.
Laura: There's got to be a way out of here.
Luke: Okay, if you won't admit that you meant it when you told Jennifer you wanted to marry me again, will you at least tell me what it was you said in the motel room in Beecher's Corners.
Laura: You were there.
Luke: Not after I left, I wasn't! What did you say? You want me to say I'm sorry? Because I am. You know, I'm sorry I left like that. You said you needed space, and I thought I was giving it to you. But it was stupid and childish of me to leave without saying good-bye, and I deeply regret it. Can you forgive me enough to tell me what it was you said after I left?
Laura: You know, I know this may sound a little bit weird, but Jennifer’s guys are kind of old, and, you know, they've been out there a really long time. It is possible that they just kind of fell asleep.
Luke: Okay. Well, if you won't answer me, then I'm forced to guess. And when I guess, I usually take the optimistic side, which means that I think what you said was you would marry me again. Am I right?
Laura: Yes. I said I'd marry you again.
Felicia: Sorry. We can leave.
Ned: No. No, no, you're here. What can I do for you?
Alexis: I just wanted to see Kristina for a minute.
Felicia: And I need to talk to you about a case I'm working on.
Ned: Well, can we do it tomorrow?
Felicia: Well, unfortunately, I'm on a tight schedule. I'm really sorry. I know I'm imposing at a bad time.
Kristina: No, no, no, no. It's okay. It's okay. I'll go talk to Alexis in the control booth.
Ned: Okay. Come on in here, Felicia.
Felicia: I'm sorry for walking in. I guess I should have called first.
Ned: It's all right.
Felicia: Please tell me Alexis already knew about --
Ned: Yeah, yeah. She knows all about it.
Felicia: Oh. I see. I know it's none of my business, but Alexis is a friend of mine -- through Chloe, mostly. And because it's what I think Chloe would want, I need to tell you that I want you to be sensitive to Alexis' feelings because what she says and she how acts doesn't necessarily reflect what's going on in the inside.
Ned: Mm-hmm. Yes, well, I'll keep that in mind.
Felicia: Well, and I'll mind my own business. I'm here, actually, because I'm working on a case about a record promoter? His name is Lance Anderson, A.K.A. Fred Trumbull?
Ned: So that explains the outfit.
Ned: Which is very flattering, by the way.
Felicia: Well, thank you.
Ned: Yes, Anderson. He's your basic bottom-feeding thief. So who has he cheated this time?
Felicia: Well, Ned, I'm not at liberty to say. I just need your advice on some real numbers on concert tour.
Ned: Oh, you mean, like the gate versus the outflow?
Alexis: I tried to be discreet and back out, but --
Kristina: Okay, look, I'm mortified enough, so can we just drop it? And thank you for not mentioning the window. What did you want to see me about?
Alexis: I wanted to talk to you about moving out of the penthouse. I realize that I thought it was a bad idea when you brought it up, and I have given it some thought, and I think probably it's a good idea. So if you find someplace that you would like to move to, just let me know and we can contact them.
Kristina: Alexis, this is exactly what I was afraid of. This is exactly why I didn't want to get involved with Ned.
Alexis: Kristina --
Kristina: I didn't want to hurt you.
Alexis: I'm not hurt, all right?
Kristina: There's no way that you're not hurt.
Alexis: Kristina, stop it, okay?
A.J.: From the beginning, I told my sister that if she let her dealings with you get personal, you'd chew her up and spit her out. You're a player. White knight? Just a means to an end. Like corporate shark, fun-loving playboy. You will use any means necessary to get what you want, like E.L.Q. Except my sister took you seriously. She thought you meant it when you told her you'd rescue her. So who's the liar in this room, Jax? Yeah.
Skye: You're right, A.J. I should have called the police.
A.J.: How were you able to call anyone?
Skye: Sonny's men didn't search me. They just threw me in this abandoned meat locker and just locked the door.
A.J.: Well, just thank God you weren't trapped in there any longer.
Skye: I didn't want to call the police. You know, half of them are on Sonny's payroll, anyway. Don't worry, Jax. I won't be calling you again.
A.J.: Jax, you ever been grabbed by Sonny's goons? At first, you think you're going to go for a boat ride, be fitted for cement shoes. And then you're half relieved when you get thrown into a meat locker. But then you realize, wait a minute, you're in a perfect place for them to kill someone. They kept coming in and ordering me to sign away my rights to my son. And when I'd refuse, I'd think "This is it." I mean, am I going to disappear? Am I going to vanish without a trace, like all the others who disagreed with Sonny Corinthos? So that's how I lost this, okay? When they were forcing me to sign away my rights to Michael. And, Skye, I'm sorry you had to see that place, let alone be locked in there like I was.
Skye: Jax doesn't believe you, A.J. Sonny told Alexis that he doesn't hurt women, and, well, Alexis told Jax, and we all know there isn't a more honest man walking on this earth than Sonny Corinthos.
A.J.: Where are you going?
Skye: Take a shower and throw away these clothes. I've been looking everywhere for this.
A.J.: Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
Jax: Why do I get the feeling that you and I aren't finished with this?
A.J.: I guess you heard that. I apologize. I never meant for you to hear those things about your brother. It's my fault.
Courtney: I can't stay here anymore.
Roy: You are my favorite person in the history of the world, you know? You're just the greatest person. I think that you've been under a lot of pressure for a while now. Ever since your brother was arrested and sent to prison.
Melissa: I'm not crazy. And I'm not exactly depressed, either. I just -- well, the right thing to do isn't always the most legal. You should know that.
Roy: Yeah, I do. Okay, I'll give you that. I've already talked to Scotty Baldwin. He's a little unorthodox, but he's a great attorney. He's agreed to represent you.
Melissa: Now, that would be crazy. You know, for me to hire the attorney you want me to have? I have my own attorney. Believe it or not, he has a pretty good track record in cases like this, and, Roy, unlike you, he listened to me. And he did some research, and he found that if you present the facts to a jury, that often they not only see your good intentions, but they realize you were just doing what the patients wanted, anyway.
Roy: No, no. Okay, okay. I get that. But, you know, I've heard of cases where people have won a single mercy killing trial where there was one death involved. Does this lawyer know how many people we're talking about with you?
Melissa: I don't want your help. I don't want it. Just forget about me. I want you out of my life. And I'm going to Chicago tomorrow, anyway.
Melissa: The state of Illinois has some prior claims against me for alleged crimes that I committed while I was still there, so this is goodbye. Not nearly as dramatic as when I was dragged away from you at my brother's trial, but somewhat ironic, nonetheless. At this point, Roy, the only thing I regret is ever having met you. So just get out of my life.
Roy: Melissa --
Melissa: I never want to see you ever again.
Roy: Please, please --
Roy: I couldn't let you keep deciding who would live and who would die. Couldn't let you do that. Look, I'm going to make a couple of phone calls, and just don't do anything. I'll come back later today.
Luke: Now, let me try and understand this. You said, yes, you would marry me again in Beecher's Corners. But when you said yes, did you mean yes, you would marry me then, but since then you've changed your mind and you don't want to marry me anymore? Or did you say yes, you would marry then, and you mean yes, you would still marry now? Because it all comes down to right here and now.
Laura: What it meant was then, yes, I wanted to marry you, and that, yes, I did -- yes, I do love you. I do. And you know what? I was just trying to take a little time, that's all, you know, to work up the courage to say that again. And then all of my risk-tasking, all of my passion, just gets wasted. It just falls on deaf ears because I pulled back the curtain and you're gone!
Ned: So Vicki, she knows everything that goes on over at the amphitheater, so she will give you an exact counting of the gate numbers. And you can just use those to prove that your client's been cheated.
Felicia: Okay. Thanks, Ned.
Ned: You're welcome.
Ned: I'll walk you out.
Felicia: All right.
Ned: Uh --
Felicia: What? Something wrong?
Ned: Look, your disguise, it's very effective. I mean, basically you're, like, you know, the most gorgeous groupie that ever, you know, walked the face of the earth. So what I'm saying is just be careful, all right? There's a lot of guys out there in the rock 'n' world that are completely out of control. So don't drink anything out of --
Felicia: From any open containers or accept any recreational stimulants.
Ned: I guess you already know that.
Felicia: Yeah, I do. But thank you for caring. And thank you for the phone number.
Ned: You're welcome.
Alexis: Kristina, please --
Kristina: No, no, no. I am sorry. I knew this would hurt you.
Alexis: I'm not hurt.
Kristina: I should have followed my instincts. I saw the look on your face.
Alexis: I was embarrassed. It was very awkward. I expected to see the two of you working together, and, instead, you -- look, it's fine. It is fine. Ned and I are not in a relationship anymore. You two are free agents, free to do whatever you want. Stop worrying about me.
Kristina: This isn't anything serious.
Alexis: Kristina, I don't want to get in the way of something that you want. My relationship with Ned is over.
Ned: Kristina, would you mind leaving Alexis and me alone for just a little while?
Courtney: I've got to get out of here.
Courtney: Because my brother is dangerous, and he hates you. What happens if he finds out that I'm staying there? He will not care how nice you have been to me. He will hurt you first and ask questions later -- literally. Won't he?
A.J.: Courtney, he won't find out.
Courtney: We don't know that. A.J., he took your child. What is he going to do next time, huh? Look, I grew up in casino towns. I have heard about men like Sonny all my life. I have a friend whose father accidentally hit a little boy who ran out in the middle of the street. That boy's father was in the mob, all right? The day of the boy's funeral? My friend's dad disappeared. I'm putting you in danger by being here.
A.J.: Courtney, Sonny hasn't killed or maimed me yet, okay?
Courtney: No, but he has put you in a meat locker and taken away your child. You know, I'm out of here.
[Knock on door]
Skye: You're the last person I want to see tonight.
Jax: Well, too bad.
Skye: I've had more than enough of men pushing me around for one day. Get out.
Jax: Not until I know the truth.
Skye: I already told you the truth, and you refuse to believe me. What more is there to say? Unless, of course, you've come to apologize.
Jax: Don't you ever get tired of sabotaging yourself? You know, A.J. was the picture of moral outrage, which is suspicious in itself. Not to mention the fact that Sonny would never have survived as long as he has by being stupid enough to let his captives keep their cell phones. And never mind the pantyhose excuse because I'm sure that was just the first lie that popped into your head. You would have been better off just keeping your mouth shut and just thinking of something better. You know, frankly, I'm insulted because you're treating me like a fool. And I don't deserve that.
Skye: If you've already made up your mind that A.J. and I are lying, then just go. I mean, do you think that I could come up with such a lamebrain scheme as to have A.J. throw me in a refrigerator with a cell phone and then say that Sonny did it? Don't you think I would have picked a different location? Not the same one that Sonny held A.J. hostage in! Or maybe you don't even believe that he held A.J. hostage. Maybe you think that A.J. just willingly signed away all the rights to his son without being threatened in some extreme way.
Jax: Skye, I'm going to put this to you one last time. If I find out you've been lying to me, you and I are finished. Now, I want to know the truth from you. If you're capable of telling it. Who locked you in the meat locker?
A.J.: Courtney, you know that I would never stop you from doing what you feel is right. And if you told me that you were ready to go because you felt comfortable moving on to wherever it is you decide, I would support that. But you're telling me you want to leave because you're afraid for me. I have a problem with that.
Courtney: He could hurt you, A.J. Or worse.
A.J.: I'm so used to enemies, okay? I've had more than I can count. I'm also used to losing battles. But what I'm not used to being is a decent guy, you know? I didn't have an agenda. I offered you a place to stay because you needed space from your family. I'm just doing what I think is right. And do you know how rare that is for me? So, look, if you were telling me you wanted to leave because you were ready, fine, but don't run away because of Sonny or what he might do. I refuse to live my life in fear of your brother, and I'd hate to see you live in fear of him, too. I'd feel a whole lot better, knowing that I did everything I could to protect you. No matter what the risk. Okay, that's the end of my speech. The decision's yours.
Alexis: Strangely enough, this is one of the few times in my life that I don't know what to say.
Ned: Well, I would just like to apologize for putting you in such an awkward situation.
Alexis: "Awkward" seems to be the word of the night. So, in keeping in that vein, I'm going to ask you an awkward question. And I'd like you to be honest.
Ned: Have I ever not been?
Alexis: I don't want my sister's heart broken, so is this just a fun fling for you or is this for real?
Roy: We're closed.
Felicia: Well, it's a little bit early, isn't it?
Roy: Well, it's kind of a slow night.
Felicia: I was supposed to be meeting a contact, but either you ran him off or he's just a no-show.
Roy: Well, nobody's been in here asking after you.
Felicia: Maybe he thought better of passing along the information.
Roy: Yeah, maybe.
Felicia: Are you all right?
Roy: I think I need to get back to you on that one.
Felicia: Sorry to hear about your friend Melissa. Sometimes it helps to talk about things.
Roy: Yeah, probably not now, though.
Felicia: Well, it's an open invitation.
Luke: I made a terrible mistake in Beecher's Corners. I thought you didn't want me. And I couldn't face it, so I jumped on a freight train just to avoid hearing you say, "No, Luke, I won't marry you again. You had your chance, and you blew it." I promise, I'll make hundreds of mistakes from now on. But running out on you will not be one of them.
Ned: Kristina and I are taking whatever this is at a very slow, cautious pace. I can tell you that my feelings for her are honest. I mean, I'm not just -- well, I am having a lot of fun. But I certainly don't have any kind of hidden agenda. And despite what anyone might think, it's not about you. I know Jax seems to have this theory that Kristina is you without the baggage.
Alexis: Jax said that? That's sweet.
Ned: Jax is wrong. Kristina is very much her own person. I mean, she has just as much baggage as the rest of us. Does Kristina rearrange everything in your house?
Ned: Yeah. Same here. She's trying to change my world. And I don't know if I'm ready for someone to turn my life upside down again. Or maybe I am. I don't know. I don't know if I'm ready to fall in love again. I know that I would never, ever purposefully hurt her. Is that good enough?
Alexis: Good enough. Ahem. I mean, she is, you know, my sister.
Ned: I know. She adores you.
Alexis: Well, ahem, if I didn't feel awkward enough before, I certainly feel awkward now, so I'm going to just slip out.
Kristina: What'd you and Alexis talk about?
Ned: Oh, nothing you haven't already heard.
Ned: She says that she's fine that you and I are dating, even though we both admit that it's a little awkward. And she swears that she's not hurt, and I believe her.
Kristina: Do you believe her?
Ned: Yes, I do. I think we are both going forward. We're not going back. Actually, she has more of a concern for you. She wanted to make sure that my intentions were honest.
Kristina: Right. Speaking of awkward.
Ned: Well, I told her that they were. You seem a little upset.
Kristina: Well, usually when I do the whole whipped cream thing, I don't end up with an audience. I'm going to go. Let you get back to work.
Ned: See you -- I'll call you tomorrow.
Ned: Good night.
Skye: All I owe you is a sincere thank you for getting me out of that meat locker. As to how I got there, well, it already seems like you've made up your mind, so whatever I have to say is just beside the point, isn't it? What if -- what if I was lying? Would that make a difference?
Jax: That's not good enough, Skye. You and I both know what the truth is. But you're not willing to cop to it.
Skye: You're going to believe whatever you want to believe. I don't crawl to anyone. And I certainly don't crawl to beg to be forgiven or believed.
Skye: So good night.
Courtney: You really mean all this stuff, don't you?
A.J.: Courtney, I have been straight with you every step of the way. You don't have to believe me now, but in time you'll find out I'm telling the truth.
Courtney: You know, you can't hide me out here forever.
A.J.: Well, that was never the plan. No, I just, you know, I just wanted to give you the time and luxury to think about what it is you want, you know? Who you are. Where you want to be.
Courtney: Well, first thing on my list is making sure that you aren't hurt because of me.
A.J.: Well, then, this is going to have to remain our secret. Which, come to think of it, gives you something very big to hold over my head. Now, you see how I get myself in these situations?
Courtney: So, what do you want in life?
A.J.: I've been a very lonely guy. Having you around -- it's been very good for me. Especially since I like you, you know? And I admire you. You have a great future ahead of you, you know? You just needed a sanctuary from the pressure your family was putting on you. And possibly a friend. I'd like to be that. I'm on your side, you know.
Courtney: Thank you.
Courtney: I'll see you in the morning.
A.J.: Yeah. And thank you. Seriously, having you around has made me feel more alive than I have felt in years.
Courtney: Good night.
A.J.: Good night.
Felicia: You want me to help you clean up?
Roy: No, you know, I think it's better if I do it myself. But if anybody comes in here asking for you, I'll make sure I get a number.
Felicia: Well, if you change your mind about talking to someone --
Roy: Thank you, Felicia. I appreciate that.
Felicia: Do you want me to lock this?
Roy: Yeah, would you, please?
Elton: Oh! Oh, wait a minute. Hold on, hold on. Is Mr. DiLucca here? Oh, thank God! There you are! I've been leaving messages for you right and left! Haven't you gotten any of them?
Roy: I've been kind of busy.
Elton: Don't you know? Laura needs you. Or maybe Luke needs you. Or maybe they both need you by now -- God, I don't know. Oh, Luke’s been leaving the most ridiculous messages for Laura. Well, I mean, his messages are always ridiculous, but this has really been too much, so she went to go and find him.
Roy: Where is he?
Elton: I don't know! Oh, but she said it's very important that I give you this. Oh, I've come in this place three times looking for you. I even spoke to the bartender. I said, "It’s a matter of life and death." And do you know what his resp-- what did she say?
Roy: She said that Luke’s in trouble, and I need to get there. I'm probably already late because I was supposed to be there yesterday. What's new? It's the same old same old. Oh, hell. Would you mind closing this place up for me?
Elton: No! No, go. Just go!
Roy: Thanks a lot.
Laura: Well, they are planning to come in here and execute us, remember?
Luke: Oh, that.
Luke: I have a plan.
Laura: You do?
Laura: Ooh. Would you like to share it with your fiancée?
Luke: Oh, "fiancée." That sounds so much nicer than "ex-wife." Yeah, I'll share it with my fiancée. Here, pull up a bunk. Okay, look, the way I figure it, here's the plan. Right after --
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Roy: I don't know who told you about this, but you should stay out of it.
Felicia: Stay out of what?
Laura: We got to get out of here.
Luke: Yeah, we have a plan.
A.J.: I thought you were room service.
Sonny: This won't take long.
A.J.: What can I do for you?
Gia: It's wrong. Everything is terribly wrong.