>> Previously on "General Hospital" --
Sarah: I won't do this to my sister.
Lucky: Elizabeth will never know about this.
A.J.: I'd like to introduce my new wife.
Sonny: I want this clean, quick, and over without a trace, Benny.
Alexis: You gave the order, didn't you? You're going to have A.J. Killed.
Sarah’s voice: We can't keep doing this, Lucky. It's not fair to Elizabeth. I won't do this to my sister. Whatever this thing is between you and me, we know it would be wrong to hurt Elizabeth. It would break her heart if she knew about this.
Elizabeth: You can do this.
Lucky: Elizabeth. Hi.
Elizabeth: You're home.
Lucky: Yeah. Yeah, I was just getting ready to call you.
Elizabeth: I was worried.
Lucky: I'm sorry. Sorry I ran out like that last night.
Elizabeth: It was a bad night for everybody.
Lucky: Yeah. I can't believe I've let all these negatives get backed up.
Elizabeth: Are you sorting them out?
Lucky: I'm just trying to decide what to keep.
Elizabeth: Looks like you've got your room under control, too.
Lucky: Yeah, I just -- you know, everything's been crazy lately. I just needed to get some order, you know?
Elizabeth: So you came back here after you left Luke’s?
Lucky: Eventually. Are those from Eli's?
Elizabeth: How could you tell?
Lucky: Are you kidding me? I used to dream about those. It's been forever since we shared some.
Elizabeth: We used to live on them, remember?
Elizabeth: Here, help yourself.
Lucky: Thank you.
Elizabeth: So, you came back here after you left Luke’s last night or --
Lucky: Well, actually, I went to Jake’s first, had a couple of beers, but don't worry, I didn't drive.
Elizabeth: Oh, because I was looking everywhere for you. So was Sarah.
Lucky: Yeah, well, when Nikolas showed up there, I just lost it. I had to get out of there.
Elizabeth: I understand.
Lucky: Here, have some ribs, huh?
Elizabeth: You didn't happen to run into Sarah last night, did you?
Lila: Welcome to the Quartermaines, dear.
Courtney: Thank you.
A.J.: I'd like to introduce my grandmother and the soul to our family.
Courtney: Mrs. Quartermaine, I have heard so much about you.
Edward: And every word is true.
Lila: Call me Lila, dear.
Courtney: Oh, it's a pleasure to meet you, Lila.
A.J.: I believe you've met everyone else.
Edward: So, welcome to you both and congratulations from all of us.
A.J.: Thank you. Don't all speak at once.
Monica: I don't really know what to say.
Alan: A.J.? Can I see you in the den for a minute?
A.J.: Sure. This will only take a second.
Janine: Courtney! Oh, congratulations, baby!
Edward: Reginald, you let her in?
Reginald: Well, this time, she said she's part of the family.
Monica: I don't believe this.
Janine: This is faboo. One big happy family.
A.J.: No argument here.
Edward: Reginald, how many times a day do we expect you to answer the door and you're nowhere to be found? And now when we would like for you to be somewhere else, you do answer the door and you let her in.
Reginald: Well, your grandson brought his new wife home. That's your -- that's his new wife's mother. I just figured Mrs. Quartermaine would want to meet her.
Lila: I would. Thank you, Reggie.
Edward: You are encouraging his insubordination, Lila.
Lila: Reginald is right, Edward. Now stop blustering and try to make yourself pleasant.
Edward: Oh, Lila, please -
Janine: Would you give me a hand? Could you? It's Reg, right?
Janine: Yeah? Will you take a photo of all of us? Like a family portrait? You know, first of many and all that. Okay, great. Eddie, you, you, you over here.
Lila: Keep your hands off my husband.
Janine: Yes, ma'am. You're fine there.
Edward: You are a treasure, my dear.
Janine: Dr. Quartermaine? You -- big boys in the back. Right over here. And, Dr. Monica -- oh, you got to lighten up. Come on. Now be happy for our kids. You look lovely. Newlyweds, over here. Right over here next to Lila, and I'll be on this side of Lila. Okay, everybody, say "Quartermaine."
Sonny: All right, bye.
Sonny: I thought you were going to try to get some sleep.
Alexis: Is this your polite way of asking me to leave? Believe me, Sonny, I'll be gone if I don't get some answers. What was in the briefcase that you handed to Benny?
Alexis: For services rendered? Did you order a hit on A.J. Quartermaine?
Sonny: You like working for me, Alexis. It's a challenge, it pays well, and I'm a lot more interesting than a bunch of stuffy executives. I wanted the best legal representative, and you agreed to do that, with certain conditions. One was that you wouldn't defend me against any kind of violent crime, and the other one was that you wouldn't be party to anything illegal. If I were you, I would stop asking questions you don't want the answer to.
Alexis: Do you think a smug, arrogant answer like that will make me behave like the rest of your minions? Unlike your minions, I have a bottom line, and what you say right now could be a deal breaker. It's your choice. Answer the question. Did you order a hit on A.J. Quartermaine?
Lucky: Why would I run into Sarah last night?
Elizabeth: Well, I sent her out looking for you.
Lucky: I just want last night to be over. Okay?
Elizabeth: So do I.
Lucky: I just want to start fresh.
Elizabeth: I wish it were that simple.
Lucky: What I did last night was wrong. Disappearing like that? Leaving you at Luke's. Will you give me a chance to make it up to you?
Elizabeth: Well, it wasn't your fault that Nikolas showed up.
Lucky: Yeah, well, I could have handled things a lot better. So why don't we just roll back the tape, start over?
Elizabeth: From where?
Lucky: How about that night I was looking up that island on the internet?
Elizabeth: Oh, and the place in the Caribbean?
Lucky: Nevis. Yeah, we were halfway there.
Elizabeth: Yeah, until I realized you were lying to me.
Lucky: I was trying to protect you, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth: Is that what you're doing now?
Lucky: Will you just give me a chance to make it up to you, hmm? Come on. Can you imagine that? Being out on the beach, just you and me. Nobody else around.
Elizabeth: Sounds wonderful.
Lucky: Then let's go.
Lucky: Yeah, I mean, all we have to do is plug in the time and dates and we're there.
Elizabeth: Well, I would have to check with my doctors to see if it was okay, and I have some test results I have to pick up.
Lucky: All right, well, then take care of that, and I'll work on the tickets.
Elizabeth: Okay, and -- but, you know, we should touch base with Sarah, and she just started her shift.
Lucky: Can you tell her that I'm okay?
Elizabeth: You know, she would feel a lot better if she could see you, Lucky. Unless, that's a problem.
Lucky: No. No, that's not a problem at all.
Alexis: I'd like to think that I know you, Sonny. That I know your faults and your limits. I know you're ambitious. I know you're calculating, and I know that you have a self-indulgent temper. But until now, I never thought that you were capable of taking human life.
Sonny: Then you're wrong. I've killed before. I shot Joe Scully, the man who got rid of my stepfather for me.
Alexis: That was self-defense.
Sonny: Oh, so you've been doing your research.
Alexis: I pulled your police file when I agreed to represent you the first time.
Sonny: Then you know Luke was the only witness. We were partners then, and he hates cops. He lies to them as a matter of principle.
Alexis: So you're saying that you are a murderer?
Sonny: What I'm saying is I used to sell papers on the street corner, and now I own 10 casinos in three different countries. Nobody gave me anything. I took it all. And what's mine, I keep, and that includes my family.
Alexis: Forget about your family and your self-serving excuses. There is no justification for murder.
Sonny: But self-defense is all right, though, if you're trying to save your own life --
Alexis: Courtney's life isn't at stake.
Sonny: But you've got to admit Courtney would be so much better off if A.J. disappeared.
Alexis: Is that some sort of a euphemism? Murder by any name is unacceptable. I'm not going to sit in judgment about what you've done because there are things in my past that I really wouldn't want examined too closely. But if A.J. Quartermaine dies, I'm done. I'm not your lawyer, and I'm sure as hell not your friend. I will see you the way the rest of the world sees you -- as a cold-hearted, conscienceless killer. Call off the hit, Sonny. Are you no better than your stepfather?
Courtney: A.J. gave me a beautiful wedding, Dr. Quartermaine. I wish you could have been there.
Alan: Please call me Alan, and I'm sorry that I wasn't there. So A.J. and I are going to have to have a little father-son chat after the fact. We're going to the den.
Monica: You have to order him around?
A.J.: Thanks for caring, Mom, but I'll be fine.
Courtney: I'm going with you.
Alan: No, you're not. This is private, a family tradition.
A.J.: Oh, really? Since when?
Alan: Since now.
A.J.: Okay. Don't worry, I'll be fine.
Edward: Now, don't you worry, my dear. A.J. and his father will straighten things out, hmm?
Courtney: I hope so.
Monica: Well, this must be very awkward for you.
Monica: You'll just have to be patient with us.
Monica: I mean, the last thing we expected was A.J. getting married.
Janine: Courtney gets like this when she's upset. Right, sweetie? Snap out of it.
Edward: Now, you leave this fine young woman alone.
Monica: And you stay out of it, Edward.
Edward: Janine? Could I see you, please --
Janine: In there?
Edward: Just for a moment, yes, please, mm-hmm.
Janine: Okay, Eddie.
Monica: You've obviously made quite an impression on Edward.
Courtney: I guess so.
Monica: Well, I hope this won't offend you, but that means that he wants something from you. It always does. And I know that A.J.'s probably told you lots about us, but, in any event, I hope you will give us a chance, no matter what turns out.
Monica: Well, if you don't want to have a conversation with me, that's fine. I have lots of things to do. I just want to welcome you to the family, for what that's worth.
Courtney: It's a little weird, that's all.
Monica: Well, Courtney, we're not all ogres, you know? Well, not all of the time, anyway.
Courtney: That's good to know.
Monica: And, actually, I've been rather impressed with your willingness to speak your mind and be very honest.
Monica: And I don't want to see anybody get hurt, especially not you.
Edward: This is the last time you will come barging into this house.
Janine: Come on, we're family now.
Edward: A.J. married Courtney, not her gold-digging mother.
Janine: All right, we definitely got off on the wrong foot. What do you say, Eddie, bygones?
Alan: You flat-out lied to me. I mean, did you believe any of it when you convinced me to let you stay in the hospital over night? When you talked to me about your feelings toward Courtney? And then you asked me to put my reputation on the line to help you escape?
A.J.: All right, who told you what was really going on? Ned? Alexis?
Alan: What difference does it make? You are using an innocent young woman.
A.J.: To get custody of my innocent son. You're damn right.
Alan: Oh, and you see nothing wrong in this?
A.J.: Dad, I told you that this was about Michael from the start, didn't I?
Alan: Well, that should have stopped me in my tracks right there.
A.J.: You don't even want him here, do you?
Alan: I arranged for a helicopter to land on the hospital! Is that not helping you?
A.J.: Look, I told you this was about Michael, did I not?
Alan: I never imagined --
A.J.: That I'd have the guts to go through with it?
Alan: That you would be foolish enough to provoke Sonny again.
Sarah: Hey, you two.
Elizabeth: I found Lucky. Safe and sound.
Sarah: That's great.
Lucky: And guess where we're going?
Sarah: Out to dinner?
Elizabeth: In Nevis.
Sarah: That island in the Caribbean?
Elizabeth: It's Lucky's idea.
Lucky: Yeah, we needed some time off.
Sarah: Well, that's the best idea I've heard in ages. You both have been through way too much.
Elizabeth: Especially after last night.
Sarah: Forget last night. We all need to get past Helena and Nikolas and everything else.
Lucky: Yeah, that's what Elizabeth and I want. We want to get back to the way that we were.
Elizabeth: And now that Helena’s gone, and Nikolas has shown his true colors, what could possibly get in our way?
Sarah: Nothing will, Elizabeth. Nothing, ever.
Elizabeth: Well, you know, I just need to get those test results and then we can leave.
Sarah: All right. Well, let me show you where they are.
Elizabeth: Is she a great sister, or what?
Lucky: Yep, yep, she's the best, and the sooner we get out of here, the sooner we hit the beach. All right.
Sarah: Let's go.
Elizabeth: Okay. So, Sarah --
Elizabeth: What's going on with you and Lucky?
Sonny: I gave Benny a briefcase of money. It could have been for a bank deposit. It could have been to buy Courtney a wedding present.
Alexis: Her husband's death.
Sonny: Well, everybody dies eventually. If A.J. gets in an accident or takes off to parts unknown, how is that my fault?
Alexis: Look, you're not going to answer me, are you?
Sonny: I told you what I could. Alexis, I'm sorry if it's not what you want to hear, but there are -- there are certain things I don't discuss for my protection and yours.
Alexis: That's worked very well for us -- no self-incrimination, every remark left open to interpretation, pithy conversations about friendship and trust that never go any further. What do I mean to you, Sonny? What does it mean that I'm asking you to stop this and that I will be out of your life forever if you don't? Everybody -- everybody has warned me about you, that you are not who you pretend to be, that you use friendship and you use compassion as tricks to manipulate people. Are you manipulating me? Because I find it so hard to believe that I could be so wrong about you. That when you told me all the ways that you've been hurt and got me to tell you all the things that I've never said to another living soul -- I'm just the best attorney that a lot of money and a few lies can buy.
Sonny: I value you, Alexis. I've told you how much. But there are things you don't get to know, choices I make that have nothing to do with you.
Alexis: If A.J. dies, you've made me a party to murder. I heard you. I know that you have intent. I know I should have gone straight to the police, but instead I tried to stop you myself because I trusted our friendship. I have put everything that I am on the line for you, and you cannot do this to me!
Edward: If you think for one moment I will forget anything that you've ever done --
Courtney: Mr. Quartermaine?
Edward: No, remember -- it's Edward, huh? And I was just telling your mother how young people are our future. Isn't that right, Janine, hmm?
Janine: Yeah, something like that, mm-hmm.
Edward: You know, Courtney, I really like your spirit. From that first night when you told all of us that your mother was a blatant fraud.
Courtney: I'd like that to be over and done.
Monica: Yes, I think that's a very good idea.
Janine: So do I. We're all family now, you know?
Edward: Don't push it.
Courtney: Hey, we all have secrets and we've all made mistakes.
Janine: That's right.
Courtney: I'd like to start over.
Edward: Why should you want to start over? You haven't done anything wrong, unlike other members of your family.
Janine: Okay, wait a second now, I've --
Monica: No, no, don't let him get to you.
Janine: He acts like nobody in this whole family has ever messed up at all.
Monica: We need to have a chat.
Edward: So, where do you and A.J. plan on living, dear, hmm?
Courtney: The Port Charles Hotel, I guess. I don't know. We haven't discussed it.
Edward: So, what about wedding presents? What do you need, huh?
Courtney: I have A.J. That's enough.
Monica: You seem -- you seem very happy about this marriage.
Janine: Well, yeah, why wouldn't I be? A.J.'s a great guy.
Monica: Well, this is, then, going to be rather awkward.
Janine: Monica, please don't say anything that implies my daughter's not good enough, okay?
Monica: No, what I am saying, Janine, is that A.J. married Courtney under false pretenses.
Janine: And what's that supposed to mean?
Monica: It means I need your help to avoid a real disaster here.
Alan: How many times do you think Sonny's going to let you provoke him?
A.J.: I'm not afraid of Sonny, Dad.
Alan: Well, you should be. You think that he's going to trade his sister for your son? That's lunacy.
A.J.: Only because it didn't work.
Alan: Well, it's never going to work. You burned his warehouse down. That didn't work. You married Carly. That didn't work. And now you're dragging me into it.
A.J.: Because I wanted Michael back in this house with our family.
Alan: You lied to me. You deliberately misled me.
A.J.: I told you I'd do anything, didn't I?
Alan: It took me years to put my career back together again, and I put it on the line to get you out of the hospital, and I would do it again if I trusted you. But you betrayed me, A.J. I'm not sure I'm ever going to forgive you. Mother.
Lila: I'm glad you're home.
A.J.: I don't know what you just heard, but I don't want you to worry, okay?
Lila: You're a better man than this, A.J.
A.J.: Thank you.
Lila: It's not too late to do the right thing.
Sarah: What's going on with me and Lucky? Why would you ask me that?
Elizabeth: Well, I tell you the two of us are taking off to the Caribbean, and there's no lecture? No warning about setting myself up to fail? And nothing about fooling myself?
Sarah: I'm past all that, Lizzie. You know that.
Elizabeth: Sometimes I just wonder, that's all.
Sarah: Lucky wants to be with you more than anything, Elizabeth. Nothing -- nothing can get in the way of that.
Elizabeth: Well, what ever would?
Sarah: Nothing. Especially now, like I just said.
Elizabeth: You know, he was pretty upset last night.
Sarah: I wish you found him.
Elizabeth: Yeah, so do I. But you couldn't find him? I mean, you looked everywhere?
Elizabeth: Yeah, it was pretty crazy last night. Things get mixed up, you know?
Sarah: No, I didn't find Lucky last night.
Janine: Can't you people leave anything alone?
Monica: I'm trying to help your daughter.
Janine: Oh, I think you're trying to ruin everything.
Monica: Doesn't it matter to you that A.J. doesn’t love her? That he's only using her to get to Sonny Corinthos?
Janine: So in other words, there has to be some reason that your rich son would marry my low-rent daughter. Is that what you mean, Monica?
Monica: No, it isn't what I mean.
Janine: Because I'll tell you, Courtney is the best thing that ever happened to A.J. Quartermaine.
Monica: And you don't care if she gets hurt?
Janine: I'm not even listening to this --
Monica: Well, you have no choice.
Janine: I'll tell you what I have a choice about -- if you try to ruin this marriage, I'm going to come after you.
Monica: If you think anybody -- anybody in this house is afraid of you, well, then you're even more pathetic than you look.
Janine: Well, here's the beautiful young bride now.
Courtney: So, what's up?
Monica: You tell me.
Janine: Okay. We're just talking about how we can help you because, you know, the first year of marriage can really be the most difficult.
Sonny: I said nothing that could be used against me in court. If you see me as a threat to A.J., then that's in your head, and I can't be held responsible.
Alexis: That's very, very impressive. Very good, Sonny. If I didn't know that you had never graduated high school, I'd think you were a lawyer. Is that all I am to you? A lawyer?
Sonny: You defend me, Alexis. You keep my secrets. You understand the things that I can't say. I started out admiring you, and then I liked you. And now I need you. It's plain and simple. I hate needing anything or anyone, but I need you.
Alexis: Then stop this. For yourself. For me.
Sonny: You got to understand I've been disrespected. If I don't remedy that, then I'll be seen as vulnerable, open for attack. I won't show weakness, Alexis. Not even for you.
Alexis: And I won't stand by a murderer.
A.J.: If Grandmother sent you --
Edward: She didn't.
A.J.: I think I'm going to bail on this whole situation -- send Courtney back to Sonny and deal with the consequences.
Edward: You want to stop now?
A.J.: I gave it my best shot, Grandfather. Sonny won. No surprise.
Edward: Oh, God, that is so like you.
A.J.: Oh, would you spare me the lecture?
Man: The hit's off, by order of Mr. Corinthos.
Second man: Guy lucked out. Don't even know it.
Sonny: That's right. Plans have changed. I -- don't ask me. Just -- they have their money. I don't want to hear from these people.
Sonny: Aren't you going to thank me?
Alexis: Thank you? Ahem. You should be on your hands and knees thanking me because not only did I save you from first-degree murder, I risked my career, my principles, and everything I value for you.
Alexis: I don't know.
Sonny: I think you do.
Elizabeth: Oh, you read my mind. Thank you.
Lucky: So what's up with the tests?
Elizabeth: Everything's fine. Tony says I'm good to go to the Caribbean immediately, if not sooner.
Lucky: That's great.
Elizabeth: Did you get the tickets?
Lucky: We're all set.
Elizabeth: Can you imagine? This time tomorrow, we'll be walking along the beach, watching the sunset, not a care in the world.
Lucky: It'll be the perfect chance for us to start over.
Lucky: That's weird.
Elizabeth: Oh. Don't tell me you have to work.
Lucky: No, no -- no, it's actually -- it's a job I have three weeks from now. It's nothing to worry about.
Elizabeth: Hmm. Well, then, I guess it's no problem.
Lucky: No, none at all.
Elizabeth: Good, except for the fact that I'm starving. Would you mind going to the cafeteria and getting me a chocolate doughnut?
Elizabeth: I think I got hooked on them when I was here.
Lucky: All right.
Elizabeth: Thank you.
Bobbie: Hi, Elizabeth.
Bobbie: You all right?
Elizabeth: I will be.
Bobbie: Oh, okay. You and Lucky seem to be doing better.
Elizabeth: It appears that way, doesn't it?
Bobbie: Yeah, well, he says you two have a real chance.
Elizabeth: Hmm. Well, Lucky says a lot of things these days.
Bobbie: Anything I can do?
Elizabeth: Actually, yes. Will you help me play a trick on my sister?
A.J.: You think I failed again. I don't want to hear it, okay?
Edward: What you did took great courage.
A.J.: You sure you have the right grandson?
Edward: It showed creativity, a sense of daring, and a willingness to go for the jugular, which is my kind of a scheme.
A.J.: Then why didn't it work?
Edward: It still can.
A.J.: Oh, come on, Grandfather. All I managed to do is provoke Sonny. I have absolutely nothing to show for it.
Edward: Nothing except that beautiful young woman in there to whom you are married. And if you are smart, you will stay that way.
A.J.: Why? Why bother?
Edward: Because every day and every night, Sonny will see you with his sister, and he'll wake up sometimes at 3:00 in the morning thinking about it, and he won't be able to go back to sleep, and he will picture her pulling closer to you and wrapping her life around yours, and there is nothing that he can do about it.
A.J.: I wouldn't be so sure about that.
Edward: A.J., you have a chance to ruin Sonny's life and get little Michael back, unless you'd rather not.
A.J.: I'll be lucky to live till dawn.
Edward: Oh, come on. If he hurts you, he hurts his sister. You'll be fine.
A.J.: All right, I'm not saying I agree with you, but let's hear the plan?
Edward: Just do everything I tell you to.
A.J.: Why doesn't that surprise me?
Edward: Now, look, imagine us working together as a family, hmm? Then picture yourself with little Michael, playing tag football and doing homework with him, watching that wonderful kid grow up, bringing him up as a Quartermaine and claiming your right as a father. And then picture life without Sonny Corinthos.
Sonny: You know what you are to me now? Someone who matters, someone I need too much to push away. What am I to you? I mean, what are we to each other? You're like a dance, Alexis, and I'm not talking about drunk on rum in Puerto Rico. You -- you -- you like to dance around me, and that's fine because I -- I like to dance with you, too. But not tonight. You forced me to choose, and I -- I chose you. I wonder, if the positions were reversed, would you choose me?
Sarah: How could you do this?
Lucky: What's the deal? You first.
Sarah: I thought we agreed not to come near each other for Elizabeth’s sake.
Lucky: Then why did you page me?
Sarah: Then why did you tell Bobbie to have me meet you up here?
Lucky: I didn't.
Sarah: Well, neither did I.
Lucky: Well, then who did?
Elizabeth: Did you ever think about asking me?
Edward: You want to hurt Sonny? This plan will do it.
A.J.: This could actually work.
Edward: As long as you do what I say.
A.J.: I can manage that as long as I get what I want.
Edward: Why are we standing here?
A.J.: Well, let's go break the news to my new bride.
Edward: Mm-hmm. Ha-ha. Now, the moment –
Janine: I'm so happy for you, baby.
Courtney: Thanks, Mom.
Janine: You know, I've dreamed of this for years.
Courtney: A.J.'s family hates me.
Janine: No, they don't.
Courtney: Well, they hate that he married me.
Janine: Honey, they're just in shock. After all the mistakes he's made, he finally did something right.
Courtney: Do you think that I did the right thing?
Janine: Yes, I do. Oh, sweetie.
Courtney: I'll see you soon.
Janine: Yes, you will. I love you.
Courtney: I was looking for A.J.
Monica: Courtney, we know how difficult this is for you.
Alan: I'm sorry. You're a -- you're a lovely and gracious young woman.
A.J.: Sorry it took so long.
Courtney: That's okay. Are you all right?
A.J.: Oh, I'm great.
Edward: A.J. and I have an announcement to make.
A.J.: Thanks to Grandfather's kind invitation, Courtney and I are moving in.
Courtney: Like, to live?
A.J.: Yeah. It's great, don't you think?
Edward: That's my boy. Ha-ha.
Sonny: You're a great lawyer and a great friend. We can keep it that way, or we can just keep dancing indefinitely. All you got to do is walk out.
>> On the next "General Hospital" --
Courtney: We're moving in with your family?
A.J.: It's a great idea, don't you think?
Alan: He didn't ask you, either?
Edward: I invited them.
Jax: You don't have to do this alone.
Skye: I think I can take it from here.
Elizabeth: My boyfriend and my sister are liars.