>> Previously on "General Hospital" --
Jax: I just got a call from one of my divers. They believe they've found Carly’s body.
Lucky: They found a body over at the crash site. They're looking for a positive I.D. I need to get over to my Aunt Bobbie’s house.
Bobbie: I want my daughter back.
Zander: Carly's not coming back through that door again. I'm never going to see her again.
[Unzips body bag]
Luke: Bobbie's in a bad way. No matter what I do, I can't break through her denial.
Laura: Well, don't try to talk her out of what she's feeling. I think grief is -- is very difficult, and it hits everybody differently.
Luke: I was convinced that this was just another scam Carly was pulling for attention, but now they said they have D.N.A. evidence.
Luke: Bobbie won't accept it, though. She won't talk, she won't listen. She just refuses to deal with it.
Laura: It's too soon, Luke. Maybe she just can't do that right now.
Luke: Well, how long do we wait? I don't know how to get through to her, you know? I mean, I've always been able to, but this is different.
Laura: You did the best you could. It's okay.
Luke: Sweetheart, she won't listen to me. I was sort of hoping maybe you could break through and talk to her. You know, sort of mother to mother?
Laura: I don't know if I can do that. How does one mother tell another that she has to bury her own child?
Skye: Jax, are you okay? Of course you're not. I'm sorry. I'm not very good at this. You know, the whole way over here on my drive, I -- I kept trying to think of something to say, something to -- to offer that -- that could make it better, but I couldn't come up with anything.
Jax: It's not up to you to make it better.
Skye: I just hate seeing you like this, that's all.
Jax: You know, I've known Carly for a long time. We've got a lot of history. Her and I being friends -- I mean, you know, that's pretty recent. I don't even know how it happened.
Skye: Well, you have this sometimes annoying habit of not giving up on people. You force them to reveal themselves to you, and in the end, they end up liking themselves better than they ever would have thought. Some more willingly than others.
Jax: You know, I was -- I was bored when Carly came to me with the idea to open up the club and me financing it. I -- I thought I may as well just sit back and watch her try to make a go of it. I didn't give her a snowball's chance in actually succeeding. But she did. And she surprised me. And she surprised Sonny. But I think mostly she surprised herself. You want to hear something truly appalling? Ever since the news hit that it may have been Carly's car that went into the lake, business at the club has gone through the roof. Attendance is almost up 35%. I mean, how morbid is that? People are lining up at the chance that Carly might be dead. So I made a decision. I'm going to close the club.
Skye: Jax, no, you can't do that.
Mike: I thought you might be here.
Sonny: It's not a good time right now.
Mike: Yeah, well, not for any of us. I --
Mike: I can't believe that Carly's gone.
Sonny: Don't do that right now, okay? I just -- I'm not really in the mood.
Mike: You know, Carly -- Carly was really proud of this place. I used to come by in the afternoons while it was under construction, and she'd -- she'd walked me through and she said that this was her own personal declaration of independence for -- it was her answer for anyone who ever wrote her off.
Sonny: She wanted me here opening night. She was standing right there smiling at me. She was very proud of herself.
Mike: Yeah. Yeah, well, she -- she wasn't a quiet, understated person. She wanted something big and splashy, and she pulled it off. And it mattered to her that you were here to see it. You mattered to her.
Sonny: Why is she gone, Mike? How did we get here?
Zander: They're all going to get together -- Sonny, Mike, mom, your friends, and everybody. They're going to have this -- they're going to have this big service. They're going to tell stories and give speeches. They're going to talk about you and the way you were, and I can't be part of that. God, Carly. Why'd you have to do this? Huh? Why'd -- why'd you have to do this? Why couldn't you just come to me and tell me the truth? Tell me what really happened? I'd -- if you'd have told me what really happened and just told me you needed me to hold you, I'd have done it. I'd have done anything for you. But I can't -- I can't do -- I can't do this public thing. I just can't. I mean, you know -- they wouldn't understand. So -- I guess I'm -- I'm here to say bye to you.
Bobbie: Well, I would appreciate it if you didn't look like that. Look, I know I sound crazy and I know you think I'm acting the same way.
Laura: No. Uh-uh, we don't think that at all.
Bobbie: It is what you're thinking. And maybe you're right. But I just can't make myself think about a funeral right now.
Bobbie: And I know I have things I have to do. I have arrangements to make and responsibilities and I -- they don't seem real to me. So I -- I gather myself up and I walk over to the phone, but I can't pick it up.
Luke: Well, that's okay, darling. You'll do it when you can, when you're ready.
Bobbie: Has Sonny called?
Laura: Uh -- yes, as a matter of fact, he has. Elton took the message, and he said that he wanted to have the service at Queen of the Angels, if that's all right with you.
Bobbie: Sure, that's fine. Whatever he wants is fine. Carly wouldn't care, and she'd want Sonny to have whatever he needs to get through this.
Luke: Okay. Well, then I'll -- I'll take care of that, all right?
Bobbie: Thank you.
Luke: I'll call you.
Bobbie: All right.
Bobbie: Laura, you and I both know what it's like to bury a child.
Laura: Bobbie, I'm so sorry. My heart is just bleeding for you. No woman should ever, ever deal with --
Bobbie: No, no, no, you don't understand what I'm trying to say. This thing -- what's happening with Carly -- it's not the same as it was with B.J. I don't feel it. I don't feel it here in my heart.
Laura: Bobbie -- are you sure that you're not just, you know, protecting yourself?
Bobbie: I am not in denial. I'm not. It's not that I'm not accepting it. It's that I don't feel there's anything to accept. It's not real. I don't believe it. I haven't said anything to Michael yet, either.
Laura: You know, acceptance really does take time, Bobbie. It doesn't happen to you overnight.
Bobbie: Laura, when B.J. died, as much as I didn't want to believe it, I knew she was gone. I said goodbye to her, and I felt her move on.
Bobbie: And there was a moment -- there was a single certain moment when I knew she left. That hasn't happened with Carly. I don't feel anything. So I just -- I'm asking myself why? Why? Is it because -- is it because I didn't raise Carly? You know, for a long time, we weren't very close.
Laura: You were close. You were very, very close. You were connected in the most profound way.
Bobbie: Then why don't I feel the loss?
Laura: Well, Bobbie, maybe you just -- you can't let yourself do that right now. It's okay. It's okay. Don't -- don't judge anything you're feeling right now. Don't do that. Let the people who love you take care of you right now, okay? Come here, baby. Oh. All of our arms are around you right now.
Jax: I don't want the club open without Carly.
Skye: Well, shutting that club down would be a big mistake.
Jax: The way these vultures are circling, you expect me to condone that, Skye? Forget it.
Skye: That will pass, Jax. Come on, people move on. They always do. I -- I really think that Carly would want you to keep this club open.
Jax: Based on what?
Skye: Based on my personal observation, okay? And for whatever reason, Carly felt like she had to make a statement. And it was a long time coming, so it had to be loud and emphatic and unmistakable. Something that nobody would miss. Something that would say, "This is going to make up for all my mistakes, all my humiliations." Something defining, something that would say to the world, "This is who I am now." That thing, Jax, was her club. Clearly, she threw everything that she had into it. And as much as I hate to admit it, Carly pulled it off. She wouldn't want that club shut down to a monument to the past. No, she would want those lights on, the music blaring, the drinks flowing, people dancing on table tops. It would be a way of saying that no one's keeping her down, not even now. Keeping that club open would be a fitting tribute. I really believe that. An act of affirmation. An act of life.
Mike: Sonny, don't do this to yourself. Carly's death was an accident. No one was to blame. And before it happened, she was finally happy. I mean, she -- she was proud of her accomplishments, and she deserved to be. I mean, she had something that she -- she built from the ground up. I mean, it was hers -- every detail, every light fixture, the music.
Sonny: I know, Mike. I asked Zander to watch out for her. I said it was to keep her safe, but the truth is, I divorced her and couldn't let go.
Mike: Carly was Michael’s mother. You two were always going to be connected. And you know how -- how impulsive she was. Sometimes she was her own worst enemy, so you were right to protect her.
Sonny: She kissed somebody and told me about it. She wanted to see what I'd do, and I -- I lost it because I couldn't see her with anyone else. But I could not say the words. I could not say I missed her. Could not ask her to come back. I would not forgive her. So -- the bottom line is I did this to her.
Mike: It's a two-way street, Sonny. Yes, you were partly responsible for what was going on between you two, but so was Carly. She made her choices, just like you did. And what happened was a terrible, terrible thing. But it was an accident.
Sonny: Stop talking about things you don't understand, Mike.
Mike: Well, I understand you. I know that when people who you love die, you punish yourself. You didn't put Carly in that car. You didn't drive Carly off that bluff. She didn't die because you couldn't forgive her.
Sonny: You warned me to stop pushing her away, just like you warned me about Courtney and yourself.
Mike: Yes, but I am --
Sonny: So I don't understand what you're saying.
Mike: I'm taking care of Courtney like you asked. A.J. can't stand it, but I've become a part of her life and I'm staying close. But as far as Carly's concerned --
Sonny: I drove her to this! Let's not fool anybody here. She knew I trusted Alexis more than her, and it made her crazy. I wouldn't forgive Carly, and I wouldn't trust her.
Mike: And you were right not to trust her.
Zander: What could I have said differently? What could I have done? I don't know. I don't know. Nothing seems to change anything. You know?
Zander: I'll never forget who you were, Carly. I'll never forget who you were to me.
Zander: I'm so sorry.
Guard: Who let you in? No one's supposed to be in here.
Zander: You don't understand. I know her, okay? She can --
Guard: I'm sorry, there are no exceptions.
Zander: No, okay? She couldn't stand to be by herself, all right? I'm not leaving her alone here! Back off!
Guard: There are rules.
Luke: The hell with your rules! Cut the kid some slack.
Laura: You know, Bobbie, I don't think that you should go through all of her things right now. Okay? All you really have to do is pick out a dress and maybe there's something you'd like her to have with her.
Bobbie: Jason gave her this. She told me about it once. She wanted to give him a Christmas present, and she didn't know what to get him because he doesn't need anything. So she got him a key chain with his name on it. And then about a year later, when she showed up on his doorstep pregnant with Michael, he gave her a key to his penthouse on a key chain with her name on it -- her real name. Caroline. She said that Jason gave her the first place she ever truly belonged, the first place she ever felt really safe. And she saved that key chain to remind her. She said it was the most precious thing she'd ever been given.
Laura: Well, that sounds good. Shall we take it with us?
Bobbie: What's this?
Bobbie: This is a letter Carly wrote to me.
Mike: I loved Carly. You know that. But -- but you're rewriting history. She set you up with the F.B.I. Carly always acted first and worried about the consequences later. Yeah, she was sorry. She was sorry for hurting you. But you had every reason in the world not to trust her.
Sonny: Stop making excuses for me, Mike, because that's not going to work here.
Mike: You always do this. You always do this.
Sonny: Well, I mean, what do you want me to do?
Mike: Listen to yourself. You always -- you always look back at things in black and white.
Mike: You punish yourself because you haven't been able to accomplish the impossible.
Sonny: What's so impossible about trusting Carly? I sure as hell expected her to trust me.
Mike: Just be fair to yourself. Was Carly changing her life? Huh?
Mike: Was she making serious changes? Yes. And you were happy for her because she was important to you, because she was a part of you. But that doesn't mean that she should automatically be forgiven. She had to earn your trust back, Sonny. You had no reason to accept on blind faith that Carly wasn't going to pull some crazy stunt again any more than you could believe that I was not going to let gambling run my life again. And that is the hard lesson of life that you've been taught here. That people you love can and will fail you over and over. But I'm still hoping that there's one person that you can forgive, starting today.
Jax: You have a point, Skye. Closing down Carly's club would be a mistake.
Skye: Well, I have no right to speak for her, but I -- I truly believe Carly would thank you.
Jax: You know, underneath that beautiful, truly remarkable facade lies a generous and caring person.
Skye: Let's not get carried away.
Jax: No, by opening yourself up, you opened my eyes. For that I'm truly grateful.
Skye: Could we change the subject? All of this self-examination is making me a little uncomfortable.
Jax: Yeah, but you did it anyway, for Carly's sake. That means a lot to me.
Skye: It's not me. I don't know, it's this house. Whenever I'm here, it just has this way of making everything seem so much less complicated.
Jax: Yeah. I feel that, too, when I'm here.
Skye: Personally, I've never liked the idea of the country, but -- I don't know -- this place feels different. Everything I'm dealing with, my family, it just makes it all seem so very far away.
Jax: Then I have a proposition for you.
Laura: What does it say?
Bobbie: It's a letter to me for Mother's Day.
Bobbie: "Dear Mama, Despite the fact that I've been totally caught up in my own life and everything that's going on -- what else is new? -- I did manage to actually go out and buy you a Mother's Day gift. But this year, I wanted to do something more. I'm not sure whether it's what's happening in the world or just in my own life -- probably both -- but more and more I'm coming to realize just how precious life is and how quickly time slips by. I have the terrible habit of taking for granted the things that mean the most to me. The simplest things are sometimes the hardest because they're the easiest to overlook. And I want you to know I don't take you for granted. Especially now, being a mother myself. Despite everything I've done and all the hard times I've given you, you've continued to love me, and I'm more grateful than I can say. You're always there with advice or criticism or comfort. And no matter what the problem, you always have a sympathetic ear. You're a safe place for me, and I truly believe that's a big part of what love is."
Bobbie: "I realize the risk I'm running by putting this down in black and white, but I figure next time I tell you what you can do with your worthless advice, you can pull out this letter as exhibit A, proof that I love, need, and appreciate you so. Happy Mother's Day, Mama. I love you. Carly."
Laura: It's okay. It's okay.
Jax: You know, this place has been a refuge for me. When the world is closing in, it's a place to come and just think or just be. I like to share that with you. So whenever you need to get away, whenever you need to just be alone or whatever, I want this place to be available to you.
Skye: Jax, I -- I couldn't. I'd just be in your way.
Jax: Well, I wouldn't have offered if I thought you were in my way.
Skye: I appreciated the thought and everything. Really, I'm grateful. I just --
Jax: Okay, you know, this is just -- you know, I'm just offering it to you -- it's an option.
Skye: I just don't know if it's a good idea, that's all.
Jax: Why not? I mean, too much beauty? You think you might actually enjoy yourself? Instead of trying to think of a way to decline, why don't you just say "Thank you"?
Skye: Thank you.
Jax: Was that so hard?
Jax: Come here.
Luke: Leave the kid alone. He's just paying his respects.
Guard: Yeah, he's not supposed to be in here. It's against regulations.
Luke: Regulations are made to be broken. He ain't going anywhere, okay? Neither am I.
Guard: You can talk to my boss.
Luke: Good idea.
Zander: Thanks. I just -- I didn't want her left alone, you know.
Luke: I understand. Why don't you take a little break -- go have a walk, get some air, maybe a cup of coffee. I'll stay with her.
Zander: All right. All right, thanks. You know, I just -- I wanted her treated with respect. That was important to her.
Luke: I know. I'll be here when you get back.
Luke: Go ahead.
Laura: Bobbie, don't you want to keep that?
Bobbie: No, I couldn't. I mean, I'm not sure that Carly actually intends to go through with giving that to me, so I'm going to leave it for her to decide.
Laura: Look, why don't we just pick out the dress.
Bobbie: Oh, yeah.
Bobbie: Sonny took her to the Caribbean after she lost their baby, and she wore this the first time they got married. She said it was her lucky dress.
Laura: Oh, I think that one is really gorgeous.
Bobbie: Yeah. She wore this to the opening of her club. That was one of the proudest moments of her life.
Laura: Okay. Well, then why don't I just take this one over to the funeral parlor for you?
Laura: Okay. I'll wait downstairs for you, all right?
Bobbie: Carly, Carly.
Mike: You expect people to fail you, and that's why you fight so hard to push them away. And I am a big part of that lesson. I am the reason that you learned to guard your emotions so closely, and I am the reason that you find it almost impossible to trust.
Mike: That is why you couldn't reach out to Carly sooner. And it's why you have such a hard time forgiving other people when they have crossed you. But the person you have to forgive first is yourself, Sonny.
Mike: Forgive yourself, Sonny.
Sonny: All right, Mike.
>> On the next "General Hospital" --
Gia: What are you doing at Nikolas' computer?
Monica: You're not going anywhere near that funeral.
Kristina: Working instead of going to Carly's funeral?
Alexis: I think that would be best, yeah.
Kristina: Best for who?
Sonny: I wanted to take care of Carly. I never wanted anything I did to hurt her.