GH Transcript Thursday 4/4/02


General Hospital Transcript Thursday 4/4/02

Provided by Suzanne
Proofread by Kathy

>>> Previously on "General Hospital" --

A.J.: You want me to run and hide from Sonny?

Monica: A.J., please don't do this.

Taggert: You're under arrest.

Carly: It wasn't Sonny. It was me.

Skye: Oh, please.

Jax: I understand that you want someone to pay for what happened to you, but I'm not going to let you lie.

Elizabeth: You ran the red light. You're guilty, and so is Nikolas.

Gia: Nikolas just watched his fiancée and a really close friend go through a major car wreck, and now he's dealing with Helena's escape. Is that not enough for you?

Elizabeth: You're lying.

Gia: And you're being unbelievably judgmental for a change. Look, why can't you show Nikolas a little compassion for everything that he's done for you?

Elizabeth: Wait, if you're referring to asking me, Lucky, and Sarah to move into Wyndemere, that's pretty obvious it was about damage control.

Gia: That's not true. Nikolas and I happen to care about you and Lucky. God, Elizabeth, we are your friends.

Elizabeth: Friends don't lie.

Gia: Who's lying? Look, there was a witness, remember? She saw Courtney run that light.

Elizabeth: Oh, my God. The witness. That's why you're so concerned about Nikolas.

Gia: Don't be ridiculous.

Elizabeth: Nikolas did something to that witness to cover this up, didn't he?

Nikolas: What's taking Gia and Elizabeth so long?

Sarah: Well, that's an age-old secret that the women of the world decided --

Nikolas: Here.

Sarah: Signed a pact to never disclose.

Nikolas: Look, Sarah, I want you to do me a favor. Okay, Elizabeth is one of the best friends I have, and she's been through a lot this past year. If there's something she needs and you know about it, I want you to tell me, okay? Because I know she won't, all right?

Sarah: Well, I'll try, but there's nothing I can tell you that Elizabeth wouldn't herself.

Nikolas: It's just that everything she's been through has been my fault.

Sarah: Your fault?

Nikolas: The family's -- same thing.

Sarah: Not exactly. Look, I feel for you, Nikolas.

Nikolas: Let's go sit down.

Sarah: I understand what it's like knowing that your grandmother is out there somewhere.

Nikolas: Well, hopefully, I'll never see her again.

Gia: Elizabeth, you really need to calm down. I mean, think about what you're saying.

Elizabeth: I know exactly what I'm saying. You and Nikolas framed Sonny's sister for running a red light and nearly killing me.

Gia: No, we didn't.

Elizabeth: And you know what else I'm saying? You have been through some pretty weird stuff to cover this up, and you know what? I'm done.

Gia: Elizabeth, wait, please.

Elizabeth: You know what? God, I don't even -- I don't even want to look at you right now. You know, if you can't admit to running the red light, that's fine. I'm going to go tell your brother what happened myself.

Gia: I -- I can't let you do that.

[Edward groans]

Mike: You make a sound, and by the time help arrives, the damage is going to be done. Now, you listen to me, listen to me. I'm going to remove my hand, and you're going to tell me exactly where my daughter is. Now, I don't want to hurt you, but for the first time in my life, I am desperate enough to be as dangerous as my son.

Dara: We are on the record. I'm assistant District Attorney Dara Jensen. Also present is Alexis Davis, legal counsel for Michael Corinthos Jr. Will you both please state your name and your address for the record?

Skye: Skye Chandler Quartermaine, 1420 Quartz Lane, Port Charles Hotel, Ninth floor, Port Charles, New York.

Alexis: Alexis Davis, Harbor View Towers, Penthouse Two, Port Charles, New York.

Dara: Ms. Quartermaine, would you please describe the events that took place March 25, 2002. Ms. Quartermaine, would you like for me to have Mr. Corinthos escorted from the squad room if his presence is distracting to you?

Skye: I'm not the least bit intimidated by Mr. Corinthos.

Dara: Can you recall the events of March 25?

Skye: Yes. I couldn't forget them if I tried. I was locked in a filthy, freezing boat shed. I managed to get out through a trap door in the floor which led to the water. I nearly drowned trying to swim to safety, then I lost consciousness and nearly died of hypothermia.

Dara: Can you tell us who did this to you?

Skye: Yes, I absolutely can.

Alan: My mistake isn't this new policy. My mistake was allowing the staff to think that it was open for discussion. It is not. From now on, any nurse that shows up here not wearing the described uniform will be sent home that day without pay. End of discussion.

Bobbie: Alan, we'll lose some of our best nurses.

Alan: And I also think that from now on, within the confines of this hospital, you should call me Dr. Quartermaine. Any other questions?

Bobbie: Yes, Dr. Quartermaine. Exactly what is it you are hoping to achieve?

Monica: Total control and absolute obedience and complete order. In his world, he would like to be treated with respect, and everyone should behave the way he wants them to. That's unlike the chaos that's going on in his family.

Mike: Now, let's make this quick and painless. You give me a name, an address of a hotel, a town, and I am gone.

Edward: I was about to pour myself a brandy. Would you like one?

Mike: I only want to know where A.J. has taken Courtney.

Edward: I don't know. I wish I did. And, given what has just transpired, now, you may not want a drink, but I do. Well, you see, the truth is, mike, that you will never find a more empathetic ear than mine when it comes to a parent's frustration at not being able to curb a child's reckless behavior --

Mike: I didn't come here for the Quartermaine family history. I just want to know where A.J. has taken my daughter.

Edward: I'm just suggesting, Mike, that maybe you're overreacting, huh? Now, I don't wish to appear insensitive, but Courtney's whereabouts were a mystery to you for years, weren't they? Now, I'm not passing judgment. Don't get me wrong. Given my family history, I am in no position. The truth is, though, that a child who grows up with a single parent often grows up like that parent. And in Courtney's case, that would be Janine, and a child raised by Janine could very well profit by some time spent with a boy like A.J. to show him that --

Mike: You mention --

Edward: Oh, God!

Mike: You mention my daughter's name one more time, and the next thing you're going to swallow is your teeth.

Carly: Skye didn't see anything. What is she going to say? She didn't see me when I locked her in.

Jax: I know.

Carly: She's going to lie.

Jax: I have no idea.

Skye: Before I could even turn around, the door was slammed shut and I was locked in the boat shed. Now, I knew how angry Sonny was from his earlier visit. All I could thing was, "I'm going to be murdered." First, he tortured me for A.J. and Courtney's whereabouts, which I didn't know and I still don't. Then when he realized that, he'd probably have to have me killed so I wouldn't go to the police. I didn't know when that door was going to be thrown open. The more I waited, the more frightened I became. So I searched the place and I managed to find a trap door in the floor. But, you see, the shed was built over water, so that would mean that I'd have to go in the water, which was like ice, and I'm not exactly a good swimmer, especially in street clothes. But the water was freezing, and I -- my muscles started cramping up and I kept going under, and I was swallowing lake water and it was --

Dara: Take your time. When exactly did you think Sonny Corinthos was responsible for you being locked in that shed?

Skye: I knew within minutes of the door slamming shut behind me.

Alexis: What gave you the impression that Mr. Corinthos was involved at all, Ms. Chandler? Did you see him? Did you hear him? Did you see anyone who worked for him?

Nikolas: Hey.

Kristina: I thought that was you.

Nikolas: How are you?

Kristina: Come here.

Nikolas: Yeah, Gia and Elizabeth are in the ladies' room.

Kristina: Oh.

Nikolas: Who are you looking for?

Kristina: An artist I'm trying to sign to L&B. She's a regional act, but I'm trying to get her to go national.

Nikolas: Great.

Kristina: And there she is. Wish me luck.

Nikolas: Good luck. If there's anything I can do to help, let me know.

Kristina: Okay. Nikolas, how conniving, deceptive, and totally insincere can you be?

Elizabeth: Get out of my way.

Gia: Not until you promise me that you won't hurt Nikolas.

Elizabeth: You know what? Nikolas is up to his neck in this cover-up. He's as guilty as you, maybe more.

Gia: Elizabeth, calm down.

Elizabeth: The two of you lied to everyone. You ran the red light, Gia. You caused the accident, and now Nikolas has paid people off?

Gia: No, you're confused.

Elizabeth: Oh, really? Oh, really? So if I'm so confused, why are you blocking the door? Why don't you just let me go find your brother and tell him, confused or not, that it's all come back to me.

Gia: Because my brother is already stressed out enough trying to track down Helena, and the last thing he needs is this weirdness from you.

Elizabeth: Nice try, Gia, but it's not working. Now, are you going to get out of my way, or am I going to have to move you myself?

Nikolas: Dom Perignon for the ladies, please? Thank you.

Woman: So how does a prince end up knowing an L&B rep who refuses to accept that I'm not signing with her company?

Nikolas: Well, this relentless woman here happens to be a close friend, not to mention a relative. And, you see, I used to work for L&B. You shouldn't underrate it, I'm telling you. It's a boutique company, yes, I -- thank you. I agree with that, but at the larger labels, you wind up spending half your time trying to get the people who supposedly work for you, you know, to give you a second thought. So I always say it's best to go with someone who really wants you. And I'm sure that, together, Kristina and I can make it work for you. Drink.

Gia: Elizabeth, you're confused.

Elizabeth: You know what? Just get out of my way.

Gia: You have had one trauma after another.

Elizabeth: Yeah, and I'm having another one right now because my friends have been lying to me for their own agenda. God, what is this? Cassadine brainwashing for the next generation, and I'm the test case?

Gia: No.

Elizabeth: Then admit you ran the red light and that you lied to the police and Nikolas has paid off witnesses. I can't believe I ever thought of you as my friend.

Gia: I am your friend.

Elizabeth: You came to this town lying, and you never stopped. You lied when you blackmailed Emily. You lied to your mother about being enrolled in Columbia. You lied to get the Deception job, which actually was quite fitting because if ever there was a face of Deception, it's yours. You lied to the police, you lied to me, and then you got Nikolas to lie for you?

Gia: That's not true.

Elizabeth: You know what? He would have never done any of this before he met you. You couldn't have met a more honest person. But you've really pulled him over, haven't you, Gia? You know what? Don't ever, ever call yourself my friend because it's not true, and my days of playing the fool are over.

Gia: Elizabeth, Elizabeth -- all right! I did it. Are you happy now?  I ran a light, okay? So shoot me. You know, I wasn't drunk. You would have never gotten in the car with me if I had been. You would have never let me drive. Look, we were arguing, and that's why I didn't notice the light. I turned my head to look at you. It was an accident. And the next thing I knew, you were unconscious and you looked like you were going to die, and my brother was there and assumed that Courtney was the one who ran the light. At that time I didn't remember, and by the time I did it had already snowballed. Look, I was scared, and I knew that Sonny could get his sister out of any real trouble. But if I took the blood-alcohol test and told the truth about running the light, I was afraid I would go to jail. And my brother was so focused that Courtney was the one at fault.

Elizabeth: Translation -- you lied to protect yourself.

Gia: Courtney got a ticket. Big deal.

Elizabeth: Oh, well, then let's go to the police if it's not a big deal.

Gia: Elizabeth, if I could take it back and change it, believe me, I would.

Elizabeth: But you can. You can. You see, we're just going to tell your brother the truth and let him sort it out, okay?

Gia: Elizabeth, do you care about Nikolas at all? Whatever you feel for me, he is one of your oldest and closest friends. He has put himself on the line for you and Lucky time and again. Look, if you want to hate me, fine. But if you storm out there and you start yelling at Nikolas about a cover-up, you can get him into a lot of trouble. After all that he has done for you and Lucky, is that how you want to repay him?

Woman: As a signing bonus, can I get a private tour of the Cassadine estate?

Nikolas: Well, I'll tell you what I will do. I will extend an invitation to a much larger celebration we're planning -- my wedding.

Woman: You're still getting married after meeting me? I'm crushed.

Nikolas: No, no, no, now, come on. You are beautiful and you're talented, I will admit that. But, please, will you come?

Kristina: Yes, yes, of course she'll come, and I'm going to make sure you get his autographed Ineval (?) magazines.

Nikolas: Listen, I'm going to get back to my table. It was a pleasure meeting you, and I hope to see you soon, all right?

Kristina: I'll come. I'm going to call you tomorrow, set you up at a meeting with Ned Ashton, all right?

Woman: Not before 1:00.

Kristina: No problem.

Nikolas: What?

Kristina: Very slick, nephew. Where'd you learn your technique, in prince training school?

Nikolas: You know, you sound like Uncle. "Prince" is just a meaningless title. I'm just a regular old guy.

Kristina: Right.

Elizabeth: Your grandmother must be so proud -- every bit the Cassadine heir.

Monica: Be patient. Alan's behavior is a case of overcompensation. You see, he feels he has no control over his children -- A.J. and Skye in particular.

Alan: I want to thank you so much for that completely inappropriate remark. I'm sure you won't mind if I return the gesture and wind up in one of your surgeries and just say whatever I feel like. The memo stands.

Monica: Could you leave us alone for a second?

Bobbie: Sure.

Monica: Thanks.

Bobbie: He's all yours.

Alan: How dare you usurp my authority.

Monica: Look, I know exactly how you feel, but micromanaging the nurses' staff is not going to take the pain and the frustration away. And that's why I bought us two seats on a flight to the Caribbean. We are going to go there because that's where A.J. has Courtney. The two of us are going to go down there and convince him to end this lunacy and bring the girl back.

Mike: Who the hell are you to tell me that that scum of a grandson of yours is doing my daughter a favor?

Edward: I didn't --

Mike: A.J. Is out for revenge against my son, and he's using my daughter to get it.

Edward: I wasn't suggesting --

Mike: Courtney -- Courtney is an innocent, trusting young woman. She's not some tramp who's latched on to a rich boy, trying to sleep her way to the top!

Ned: Mike! Let him go.

Carly: Listen, if both Sonny and I are arrested, I need you to go to my house, get Michael and Leticia, and take them to my mother's right away. Do not let the Quartermaines anywhere near my son.

Zander: Okay, okay, okay. It's all right.

Sonny: Yeah, if I'm not out of here in 30 minutes, go ahead and make the move on A.J.

Alexis: Did you see my client at the boat shed?

Skye: No.

Alexis: Did you hear my client at the boat shed?

Skye: No.

Alexis: Did you see anyone at the boat shed that you know to be an employee of my client?

Skye: No.

Alexis: Did you see anyone at all at the boat shed, Ms. Chandler?

Skye: No.

Alexis: You have no grounds to hold my client. I assume he's free to leave?

Dara: Correct.

Skye: No, you can't just let him walk out.

Dara: Ms. Quartermaine, I don't have anything to hold him on.

Skye: No! No, you can't. You can't let him walk away! You've got to lock this man up! He's going to kill my brother!

Jax: Hey. Hey, hey, hey.

Elizabeth: Does Helena realize how brilliantly you've mastered her basic techniques -- bribery, false accusation? Oh, and let's not forget the family favorite -- mind control.

Nikolas: Will you calm down, please?

Elizabeth: That's right, that's right. "Calm down, Elizabeth. Try and remember the accident, Elizabeth. Not as it happened, but as I say. Now, repeat after me -- the other car caused it. Gia's not to blame."

Nikolas: We can discuss this at --

Elizabeth: You know what, I'm not going anywhere with you and Gia.

Nikolas: Can we not do this here, please?

Elizabeth: I can't even trust you anymore, Nikolas. And I should have stuck with my first instincts about what kind of friend Gia would make.

Nikolas: Okay, Elizabeth, I am sorry you're upset. I truly am, but I will not stand here and let you speak to Gia that way. I'm not.

Elizabeth: Wait, wait a minute isn't that what started this to begin with? You protecting delicate, little Gia? You know, it's just too bad you didn't have your grandmother's magic rock to erase my memory of the accident for good.

Nikolas: Are you interested in hearing my side before you write me off?

Monica: Look, when I found out that Ned was working with Alexis, I refused to let him see the caller I.D. number on the phone. So the only person that knows where A.J. is is me and now you. We have to get to him before Sonny does.

Alan: You want to go chasing after A.J., you're going by yourself.

Monica: No, Alan, we have to go together. We have to present a united front.

Alan: He's not a high school boy anymore, Monica. He's a grown man. He's destructive. And if we keep rescuing him --

Monica: He's going to stay alive.

Alan: I'm not flying anywhere for A.J., period.

Monica: So -- so you're just going to bury him? Know you're going to be burying our marriage right alongside him.

Alan: Oh, so now our marriage depends on allowing you to dictate how I deal with my son?

Monica: Alan, you're not dealing with A.J. at all. You're washing your hands of him. My God, what if the family had bailed on you when you were stealing my jewelry to sell on the street for drugs, hmm?

Alan: You're right, Monica. You didn't bail on me. You cut me off at the knees and you let me sink to the bottom, and that was exactly what you were supposed to do. You made me face the consequences of my actions, and I thank God that you did. And that's exactly what I'm going to do for A.J.

Monica: Well, I slipped Tammy money for you. I made sure you stayed alive.

Alan: And I will make sure that A.J. has a place to live and food in his mouth. But if he wants to come back to this house, he's got to clean up the mess himself.

Monica: You know, I've listened to you complain about your father since the day I met you -- how emotionally unavailable he was, how judgmental he was. Well, I wouldn't have wasted my time if I had known that you were going to end up exactly like Edward.

[Door slams]

Edward: You have made one big mistake.

Mike: I just want to know where my daughter is.

Edward: You are in no position to make any demands of me after manhandling me like some thug. It's very easy to see where Sonny gets his criminal tendencies. And I'll tell you something, if that sweet little daughter of yours has any of those genetic deficiencies, then A.J. is the one who better look out.

Ned: Okay, okay. Mike, my grandfather doesn't have any idea where they are, and neither do I. And believe me, I would tell you. I have a daughter of my own.

Mike: You understand that if A.J. hurts my daughter --

Edward: Oh, I know, I know -- your gangster son will bury him in cement.

Mike: No, no, no, no. Sonny won't have to lift a finger. I will rip A.J. apart with my own bare hands.

Edward: I'll call 911 right now. Not going to put up with that.

Ned: No, you won't.

Edward: What are you doing?

Skye: You can't let him go! Who the hell do you --

Jax: Calm down.

Skye: You know what this man does! You know what will happen to my brother!

Taggert: Ms. Quartermaine, this won't solve anything.

Jax: Skye, Skye, look at me. It's over, okay? It's over.

Skye: A.J. didn't take your sister away. She wanted to get away from you. This man came to me and he told me that he wouldn't do anything to A.J. if I helped him get his sister back immediately. You know, that's a threat. I mean, what, you people have to wait until it's carried out before you do anything?

Taggert: Lady, lady, I understand how you feel, believe me. But apparently, we have no grounds.

Skye: No. No, no, you can't let him go! He's going to kill my brother!

Taggert: You have no proof.

Skye: He -- he held A.J. in a meat locker. He told you that himself.

Taggert: We can't hold a man on hearsay.

Jax: Skye, listen to me. It's over, okay? It's over.

Skye: You -- you talk the talk about Sonny being the worst menace in the whole world, and when I finally get a chance to put him away, you make me let him go so that he can go harm the only person in this whole world who has ever come through for me. You know what? Maybe none of you in this room really cares whether A.J. lives or dies, but I do, all right? You think he's heartless, but he has a heart. It's just been bruised and battered and beaten around his whole life. You've just given Sonny Corinthos, a known criminal, permission to destroy an innocent man. That's right, innocent. What -- what has A.J. ever done that could ever compare to the crimes that Sonny Corinthos has committed? Hmm? No, but Jax wouldn't let me lie. Would you? You wouldn't let me lie to put him away. I mean, God forbid -- God forbid I should tell lies about Sonny. No. No, you protect Carly and Sonny but not A.J. Oh, God, A.J. has a heart, and Sonny's going to stop it.

Sonny: Thank you.

Alexis: You're welcome.

Zander: Carly --

Carly: Sonny, wait.

Kristina: You want to tell me what's going on?

Gia: I made a mistake, unintentionally, and Nikolas tried to help me out of it. Elizabeth is overreacting because she's had a rough time of it lately.

Elizabeth: You know, all this time I thought you cared about me. You were there in the hospital the second I woke up. You insisted I move into Wyndemere to recover so that I could have everything I needed. But it wasn't about me. It was about protecting Gia and making sure that I remembered the accident exactly the way you wanted.

Nikolas: You know, if you truly believe that's all it was, you never knew me at all, Elizabeth.

Elizabeth: Well, maybe I didn't. Or maybe you changed. But either way, I can't stand knowing that you lied to me after everything we have been through.

Nikolas: Gia made a mistake. Okay, and she needed help, and I love her, so I stepped in to protect her. You're acting like I committed murder.

Elizabeth: I trusted you, and I always have. Do you not get what you've destroyed here? How much I needed at least one person in my life that I could trust?

Nikolas: Elizabeth, we both have lied for the people we love before, and we probably will do it again.

Elizabeth: Yeah, but we were in on those times together, Nikolas. I never thought you would lie to me.

Nikolas: Okay, okay, so what makes this so wrong is I lied. I know that. I'm sorry. You're disillusioned, your feelings are hurt. I get it, okay? But what about when we were lying to Gia, telling her that she was just a fling and it was you who I really wanted?

Elizabeth: Oh, come -- give me a break. That was completely different.

Nikolas: What do you mean it was different? Come -- what about when you were lying to Lucky about Jason, huh? You know what? I'm starting to see the picture here. If anyone ever needs to lie, we have to run it by you first, otherwise it's a bad thing. It's wrong. If Lucky gets hurt, there's no other choice. If Gia gets hurt, there's no other choice, but if you get hurt, there's no room for forgiveness! Well, let me tell you something, Elizabeth. We all make mistakes, okay? Some that we wish we could go back on and do all over again, but we can't. That's life. No one's perfect, not even you.

[Knock on door]

Alan: Come in.

Bobbie: Don't bite my head off, but I am about to distribute this memo and I just thought I would double-check.

Alan: You know what, I really think there's a better way for me to phrase that memo.

Bobbie: I think there probably is a softer way to say what you want said.

Alan: Are you just getting off work, or are you just getting started?

Bobbie: I'm right in the middle.

Alan: How about we just go and have a bite together and maybe we could discuss the memo?

Bobbie: Alan, I'm sorry, but I've been there and I've done that.

Edward: Do you so loathe your family that you've gotten yourself into some bizarre arrangement with Corinthos?

Ned: No, no, but I can empathize with a father's desire to protect his daughter.

Edward: You and I both know that that little girl is probably better off than she ever has been. And frankly, I hope that A.J. is having a wonderful time and will flaunt it in Sonny's face.

Ned: Grandfather, Mike is a parent who's obviously distressed about his child. Tell me something -- have you ever experienced that feeling regarding any of your children or grandchildren?

Edward: Oh, here we go. It's the "bad father" speech again. Could you tell me something I haven't heard, please? Please, please do.

Ned: Yes, I will tell you something. In spite of the fact that you trained A.J. and me from birth to see each other as natural enemies --

Edward: Oh, this is all sounding --

Ned: In spite of the fact --

Edward: Tediously familiar.

Ned: That you have conditioned us, I am worried about my cousin and what will happen to him. And if anything does, what will you do then?

Carly: Sonny, I --

Sonny: Carly, Carly, I'm sorry, I just don't have time right now. I got to get to my sister if it's not too late already.

Carly: Sonny, I was just trying to help.

Zander: Don't do it, Carly.

Carly: Let go of me, Zander.

Zander: Haven't you learned that pushing Sonny only makes things worse?

Carly: Zander, let go.

Zander: How many times can you make the same mistake, Carly? I told you not to do anything crazy, especially to Skye and you see how well that turned out. Now, I'm telling you, do not make this a bigger disaster than it already is.

Carly: You do not understand.

Zander: If you do not listen to me this time, it is the last piece of advice you will ever get from me.

Carly: Zander, please, I have to go to Sonny now.

Jax: Skye, listen to me. You were right to tell the truth instead of implicating Sonny.

Skye: Well, Jax, you've certainly taken your "knight in shining armor" routine to new and dizzying heights. In one fell swoop, you've managed not only to rescue Carly and Courtney, but Sonny himself.

Jax: Skye, you're exhausted. Let me just take you someplace. Just the two of us, okay? We'll get away from everything and everyone. We have the whole globe to choose from, so you name it. Wherever you want to go, we'll go. Hmm?

Nikolas: You know, it was fine with you when I broke up with Gia on Helena's orders. You know, I could do anything, anything, Elizabeth, as long as I was helping Lucky. Never mind what Gia went through, how she got her heart stomped on.

Elizabeth: You don't see a slight difference in the circumstances here?

Nikolas: Come on, Elizabeth. Courtney had Sonny and Alexis, and Gia only had me. I didn't do anything Sonny wouldn't have done.

Elizabeth: And what am I, collateral damage?

Nikolas: No, no, no. Look, sacrificing Gia wouldn't have taken your injuries away, okay? Look at me, please. Look at me. I love you, Elizabeth. I do. And there's -- look at me, please. There's not a thing in the world I wouldn't do for you, but I can't stand here and apologize for protecting the woman I love. I can't do that.

Elizabeth: Well, you can justify everything, can't you?

Nikolas: Elizabeth, please --

Elizabeth: You know what? I have heard your position, and now I'm leaving. And don't try to stop me or bend my mind to your will or lock me in your dungeon or anything else that would make Helena proud.

Nikolas: If you really think that I would have done or do anything like that, you've never known me at all.

Gia: What do you think she's going to do?

Nikolas: I don't know.

Bobbie: Alan, I recognize the look in your eyes. Monica doesn't understand you, and a couple of your kids are giving you hell. You are lonely and you need to unburden yourself to some kind, patient, endlessly understanding woman who will tell you that you are criminally underappreciated, your wife is wrong, and your kids don't know a saint when they see one. But right now I have problems of my own, not the least of which is there is a homicidal maniac on the loose who likes to target members of my family, I have a daughter of my own who is costing me sleep at night, and so you are going to have to find another shoulder to cry on because mine's booked.

Sonny: They missed Courtney and A.J. by less than a half-hour.

Alexis: How?

Sonny: I waited too long. I wanted to be there, you know, so Courtney wouldn't be frightened, and we were at the pcpd wasting your time, my time, everybody's time. Now I got to start the search all over again.

[Knock on door]

Sonny: Oh, man, this is just -- hey, it's not a good time right now. I got to --

Carly: Yeah, well, I've got something to say to you, and if you shut that door in my face, I will stand here and yell them from the hall.

Sonny: Okay, I've shut the door in your face once, just once. How many times have you gone against me and done exactly what I told you not to do?

Carly: A hell of a lot less times than you think.

Sonny: All right, come on in. Whatever. Say what you got to say.

Carly: Oh, Alexis, what a surprise. You know, Sonny and I have some things to discuss, so if you scurry on across the hall, you can think of excuses to come back.

Alexis: Let me know if you hear anything.

Sonny: Okay. Whoa, whoa, whoa. Alexis covered for you tonight.

Carly: She covered for you. I was willing to take responsibility for what I did, but you wouldn't let me. What kind of joke is this? I told the truth, and Alexis Davis, the pillar of honesty and moral integrity -- she lied because he asked you to. You'd do anything for him, wouldn't you?

Sonny: Where's Michael tonight?

Carly: He's at home with Leticia.

Sonny: Where would he be if you had gotten arrested? With me or your mother, or on his way out of the country so the Quartermaines don't grab him? If you can't thank Alexis for yourself, thank her for your son.

Carly: That's a cheap shot, Sonny.

Sonny: Well, but it's true. So go ahead. Thank her.

Skye: I have to make an appointment with Charles Cole.

Jax: I don't know what that is.

Skye: Charles Cole Funeral Home. You just made me sign A.J.'s death warrant.

Jax: Skye, come on, please. Let me just take you home.

Skye: Home? No, I've never really had a home, but once upon a time I had a brother.

Jax: Don't ignore what happened at the lake house between us. Okay, we got past all the anger and all the game-playing, Skye. We opened a door. So I'm asking you -- don't shut me out now.

Skye: It was nice while it lasted. It certainly didn't last long enough. The past 24 hours, you've moved on to save the next damsel in distress. It was lovely, though. The price was way too steep. It cost me my brother, the one person in this world who knows me and who loves me anyway. You know what they say -- if you can't afford it, don't take it to bed.

>> On the next "General Hospital" --

Alan: How can I keep making amends to you and still be the villain?

Gia: So, you think you can buy your way out of this?

Nikolas: If I have to, I will.

Luke: She was at Wyndemere. He helped her escape.

Lucky: You're joking, right?

Carly: Please get out of my way, okay?

Sonny: Wait, wait just a second.

Carly: No.

Sonny: Hold, hold, hold --

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