>> Previously on "General Hospital" --
Luke: Will you marry me?
Laura: Yes, yes! Tonight!
Luke: Oh, baby! Oh, baby!
A.J.: Come on.
Skye: Everyone's turned against you, which is exactly what you deserve.
Gia: I'm not giving Nikolas up.
Taggert: I'll be back.
Lucky: I did this. Don't take it out on Sarah.
Elizabeth: This is so -- it's just so ugly! Ugh!
Jason: Elizabeth --
Elizabeth: Don't even tell me to calm down, okay?
Jason: No, take your best shot. Rip this thing up.
Elizabeth: God, how can I be such an idiot? How could I believe Lucky and Sarah, of all people? They both lied to me more than once, but did I think about that? Did I ever doubt them when they said they wouldn't get together? No, because I was too busy being a good sister for once in my life. God! God, what is wrong with me? Ugh.
Jason: You wanted to believe them.
Elizabeth: No, I am just -- I'm such an idiot.
Jason: No, you aren't.
Elizabeth: Oh, right. Oh, good little Elizabeth -- loyal girlfriend, understanding ex-girlfriend. I have done everything right. I have played by every rule, and look where it got me.
Courtney: Oh. Kisses. Kisses. Kisses.
A.J.: It's late.
Courtney: Oh. Did I wake you up?
A.J.: No. I can't sleep without you.
Courtney: Oh, yeah, right.
A.J.: I canít.
Courtney: Did you hear that, Rosie? All those years before I showed up, A.J. Quartermaine couldn't sleep a wink. Do you believe it, huh? Yeah, neither do I.
A.J.: I can't believe the way you stood up to my family.
Courtney: Yeah, well, if your mother ever slaps me again, she'll wish she hadnít.
A.J.: I've dreamed of walking away from my family. I just couldn't do it alone.
Courtney: You would have.
Courtney: Oh, he would have, huh, Rosie?
A.J.: Yeah, well, like I said, you're my family now. You're all I need.
[Knock on door]
Courtney: Mmm, don't answer it.
Courtney: Definitely don't answer it.
Edward: I know you're in there.
Courtney: Oh, just ignore him.
A.J.: Look, the sooner we let him in, the sooner he'll go away, okay?
Edward: Thank God you're all right.
A.J.: It's late.
Edward: I was so worried when you left the house, both of you.
A.J.: What do you want?
Edward: Well, Monica has behaved abominably, and so has Alan, and I couldn't let this day end with everybody being upset. Let me help you, A.J. I'm on your side.
Jax: So you had a good time at the arcade?
Skye: It was wonderful. Who knew?
Jax: Well, you know, you posted the highest score for Whack-a-Mole ever recorded in history.
Skye: Thank you very much. I had the perfect teacher and a lot of pent-up anger.
Jax: So you feel much better now?
Skye: Hmm, much. And very soon, so will you.
Jax: I don't think so.
Gia: What have you decided, Marcus?
Nikolas: That has to be the tape that Sharifa, the undercover cop, stole from me. I mean, it's the only evidence you do have against Gia.
Gia: And you're giving it back?
Nikolas: So then you have decided not to arrest her? Thank you very much.
Taggert: I came here to arrest you.
Laura: Are we in the right place?
Laura: Yeah, 4B.
Luke: Well, that's strange. You'd think here in Niagara Falls --
Laura: There'd be a line or something, right?
Luke: Yeah, it's Niagara Falls -- oh, well, these days, probably Las Vegas is the marriage capital of the world.
Laura: Yeah, I guess you're right.
Luke: Speaking of Vegas, maybe there's a marriage chapel back there at that motel we passed?
Laura: I think this will be a little bit more official, don't you?
Luke: Yeah, but they have heart-shaped Jacuzzis in every room.
Laura: Oh, let's save that for the honeymoon.
Luke: Is that coming soon, I hope?
Laura: With any luck at all.
Luke: Then let's go.
Laura: You think he's the judge?
Luke: Are you the judge?
Luke: Well, where is he?
Clerk: Judge Brandt is out to dinner.
Luke: Oh, well, can you marry us?
Luke: Anytime soon?
Clerk: By midnight if you fill out these forms now. There you go.
Luke: You want to?
Laura: I do.
Luke: I like that. She said, "I do." Let's keep that "I do"
Luke: "Father's name" -- I hated that bastard. I'm going to put George Washington, because he was the father of our country. And you? What about you?
Laura: Rick Webber, I guess.
Luke: Rick Webber. Let's see. "Mother's name" -- earth to bride. Hello.
Laura: Those kids look like they're in trouble.
Man: Do you want to spend the rest of your life with me?
Woman: Yes, more than anything, but --
Man: Our parents don't understand.
Woman: What are we going to tell them when we get back home?
Man: We'll say we love each other and we're going to spend the rest of our lives together. Isn't that what you want?
Laura: She looks really unhappy, Luke.
Luke: Mm-hmm. Well, love hurts.
Laura: But we can't let them start out their lives this way. They're just kids.
Luke: We don't even know these people.
Laura: I know, but I think we should talk to them. I'll talk to her and you can talk to him.
Luke: About what?
Laura: About getting married too soon!
Luke: Live and let live, bride. Marry and let marry.
Laura: Stop a disaster before it happens. Come on.
Skye: Oh, I knew this was going to happen. What? What, are you tired of me already? Is that it? Or maybe you have another fair damsel that you need to rescue. Is that it?
Jax: No, no, Skye, nothing like that.
Skye: So it's me, right? I'm too messed up. You don't want to handle that, right? Fine, I don't blame you. I understand.
Jax: No, you donít. You don't understand.
Skye: Well, come on. I know "get lost" when I hear it.
Jax: And who said anything about "gets lost"? We had a nice evening. I tried to make you feel better, that's all.
Jax: Okay, but you don't have to pay me back.
Skye: Is that what I was doing?
Jax: I don't know. You tell me.
Skye: Well, you know, you did go through a lot of extra trouble.
Jax: So you had to pay me back with sex? Is that what we're about?
Skye: Oh, come on, everything has a price. We both know that.
Jax: Yeah, but not making love. Not between us.
Skye: So, don't use making love as payback -- is that the idea?
Jax: Right. Can you do that?
Skye: Sure, I can.
Edward: I'd like a word with you, A.J.
Courtney: What do you want to discuss? How A.J.'s supposed to make me miserable so Sonny will trade me for Michael? It's crazy. A.J. would never do anything like that.
Edward: But you see, there's been a real misunderstanding.
A.J.: It's late.
Courtney: Why don't you just leave?
Edward: Not till I've had 10 minutes with my grandson.
Courtney: You don't have to do this.
A.J.: I know. I promise I'll get rid of him. Okay?
Courtney: Come on, Rosie. Come on.
Edward: She's got a lot of spunk, that one. But --
A.J.: Yes, she does.
Edward: But what kind of life is this, A.J., living in a hotel with that pretty wife of yours and an overpriced dog, without ever being able to see Michael? I know you are upset with the family, and you have every reason to be, but don't forget your plan. You can still get Michael back, and Courtney is your only hope.
Gia: You can't arrest Nikolas. He isn't even on that tape.
Taggert: Did I say tape? Go ahead. Open it.
Gia: Where did you get all this money?
Taggert: Oh, I don't know. Where do you think, Nikolas? Where does a poor cop like myself get that kind of cash, huh? Did I steal it? Take a payoff? Huh? Well, in case you're wondering, it's stolen. I had it checked.
Gia: And you're blaming it on Nikolas?
Taggert: That kind of cash shows up in my office, and I look like a dirty cop. I lose my career.
Gia: Marcus, are you saying that Nikolas planted this in your office?
Taggert: Tell her. Tell her, Nikolas.
Gia: You didn't.
Nikolas: I have no comment.
Nikolas: Look, nobody's getting arrested, all right?
Gia: You set up my brother?
Nikolas: Am I right, Lieutenant? Do you really want to try and prove that I set you up? I could drag you through the courts for years. You know that. And what about Gia? She's on the tape, whether you like it or not. Sharifa, your undercover cop, she knows about it. Come out in the courts, you know.
Taggert: Not necessarily.
Nikolas: You want to take that risk?
Gia: That's completely unfair.
Taggert: Gia, you can destroy the tape. I didn't make a copy.
Gia: Marcus, wait.
Taggert: Do you see now the kind of man that you're living with, the kind of man that you want to marry? Do you see Nikolas Cassadine for what he really is?
Edward: You need to convince Courtney to befriend her hoodlum brother. You know, collect some evidence against Corinthos -- a list of payoffs, shipping schedules -- anything incriminating.
A.J.: It won't work.
Edward: Of course, it'll work. We can send him to prison and bring Michael back home where he belongs.
A.J.: Courtney would never betray her brother.
Edward: Not even if you threaten to divorce her? A.J., that little girl is hopelessly in love with you, and why don't we just use it to our advantage, hmm? Who knows when she'll come to her senses?
A.J.: Get out.
Edward: What, you won't even try?
A.J.: I would never ask Courtney to do that. Go on.
Edward: A.J., am I not helping you ruin her father? Weren't you willing to exchange Courtney for Michael? Aren't you planning to destroy her? Oh, God, I had really high hopes for you, A.J. Your plan wasn't bad, but you just don't follow through. You never followed through with anything, but, A.J., there is still time left.
A.J.: I have nothing to say.
Edward: You left that house tonight and you swore never to come back and you told me and everyone else to go to hell.
A.J.: And I meant it.
Edward: I'm going to make a bargain with you, A.J. I want you to help me get Michael back. The reason we lost him in the first place was your drunken incompetence, and it is your responsibility to help me bring him home!
A.J.: Michael is my son! You understand that? My son, not yours. I will get him back, with no help from you, and I will raise him under my roof, not yours, and not our family.
Edward: And you'll fail.
A.J.: Don't count on it.
Edward: Why not? You always fail. And then there's this Courtney, this guttersnipe that you've fallen in love with?
A.J.: Oh, you know what --
Edward: Look, A.J., I have tried to work with you, but I realize now it's just a waste of time.
A.J.: Good night.
Edward: Good night to you, A.J., and enjoy your night because it may be the last good night that you'll ever have.
Courtney: So what did he want?
Man: What's she saying?
Luke: Oh, you know women.
Man: My dad sent you, didn't he?
Luke: Your dad?
Man: Yeah, my dad.
Woman: I love him.
Laura: I don't doubt that.
Woman: I'm old enough to get married.
Laura: Yes, okay, so, great. Get married, elope, if it's what you really want.
Woman: Everyone has last-minute jitters.
Laura: Probably, yeah.
Woman: And Pete really wants to get married now, immediately. He loves me so much.
Laura: But is this really the wedding that you want?
Woman: If I love him, it shouldn't make any difference.
Laura: Why not?
Woman: Girls have all kinds of crazy dreams.
Laura: Oh, I don't think it's a crazy dream to want a real wedding.
Woman: Marriage is only a formality, anyway.
Laura: Well, okay. Well, then, you should just go ahead and elope, get married in Niagara Falls, go home husband and wife. Very romantic, great stories for the grandkids.
Woman: That's right.
Laura: Mm-hmm, but then again, on the other hand, you will never know what it would feel like to have a real church wedding, surrounded by your family and smiling out at all your friends.
Woman: I never thought about it that way.
Laura: I didn't, either. Anyway, look, if you're having any second thoughts at all, why force yourself to do this? Why not hold out for what you really want? Don't let go of your dream.
Clerk: Hear ye, hear ye. Remove your feet from the furniture, Sir.
Luke: Oh, me? Oh, I'm sorry.
Clerk: All rise. Night court is now in session with the Honorable Steven Brandt presiding. All those with business before this court, draw nigh and be heard.
Luke: Okay, darling, draw nigh, draw nigh.
Elizabeth: Why didn't I listen to you? Why was I so willing to shut myself down just to be with Lucky? I signed my life over to him. I wasted years of waiting for Lucky to love me, and for what? To find him in bed with my sister?
Jason: At least now you know the truth.
Elizabeth: I wish I had gone away with you a long time ago, hopped on your bike and never looked back.
Jason: What do you want?
Elizabeth: I want you.
Elizabeth: Oh, wait, wait, wait. Wait, wait. You know what? I'm -- I'm sorry. I -- this is unfair. I should never have asked you to come back here.
Elizabeth: "Okay"? That's it? Just "okay"?
Jason: What do you want me to tell you?
Elizabeth: I have no idea. Oh, God. Oh, what is wrong with me?
Jason: Elizabeth, nothing. Nothing's wrong.
Elizabeth: Oh, so it's okay for me to drag you away from Kellyís and throw myself at you and then change my mind?
Elizabeth: Oh. How could you say that?
Jason: Well, because this isn't about me.
Elizabeth: And that's why it's so unfair.
Jason: What's unfair? No one's lying. We both know what's really going on.
Elizabeth: Yeah. I was just about to have sex with you because I'm furious with Lucky. Jason -- Jason, I would be too embarrassed to even look at you afterwards.
Elizabeth: Because. Because I would want it to be more. Jason, I care about you. And if we had sex or make love or whatever you want to call it, I would want it to mean something. I'm not going to have sex with you just to get back at Lucky. I'm not going to ruin what you and I have because I'm angry with him.
Jason: I understand.
Elizabeth: You do, don't you? This is so unfair.
Jason: Look, if having sex now would make you too embarrassed to ever speak to me again, then it's good we didnít.
Elizabeth: Thank you.
Jason: You can always change your mind again.
Judge: Then the marriage is off?
Pete: Looks that way.
Woman: I love Pete with all my heart. I want to marry him, just not here, not now.
Judge: And for this, I skipped dessert?
Woman: Thank you. All of you.
Luke: Thanks. Ahem.
Judge: The next happy couple.
Luke: Yes, Sir. We have our paperwork right here and everything. We're all ready to go.
Judge: Any reason why you shouldn't go through with this? And make it fast.
Luke: No, no.
Luke: Yes? You bailing?
Judge: Doesn't anyone know how to elope anymore?
Luke: Boy, that's a good question, Your Honor.
Judge: Whatever happened to fall in love, get married, think about it later, years later?
Laura: I'm just not ready.
Judge: Who is?
Luke: Your Honor, would you mind if we stepped outside, just have a little private conversation?
Clerk: That's against regulations. The judge decides when to leave the court.
Judge: Give it a rest, will you? We'll be back in five.
Luke: Thank you. What's the matter? What's wrong? The time? The place? Me? What?
[Knock on door]
Jax: Just a second.
Edward: I need your help.
Jax: Well, nice to see you, Edward.
Edward: Skip the niceties and just listen to me.
Jax: Oh, I never skip the niceties. Would you like some champagne or some brandy?
Edward: No, no, no. There's no time for that. We have some business to discuss.
Jax: At this hour?
Edward: It's about A.J.
Jax: Well, A.J.'s your problem, not mine.
Edward: I have to deal with him rather harshly, and I want you to keep Skye out of it.
Jax: Why would I do that?
Edward: Because Skye has a reputation for trying to save her brother, and just tell her not to bother.
Jax: Oh. What exactly do you have planned for A.J.?
Edward: That's not your concern. Just keep Skye away from it.
Jax: And what if I don't?
Edward: Then I'll come after her, too.
Jax: I don't recommend that, and I'm not making any promises either way.
Edward: In other words, what's in it for you, huh?
Jax: Something like that.
Edward: Well, if I don't have to go after her, I won't have to go after you, either.
Jax: Are you threatening me now, Edward?
Edward: Don't underestimate me, especially when it comes to my family.
Jax: Okay, fine, but it may cost you later.
Edward: I understand.
Jax: Good, then we have a deal. Have a nice night.
Skye: You liar. You double-crossing snake. How could you?
Taggert: You now understand the type of person Nikolas is? He was going to set me up for a felony conviction. If I hadn't found that money when I did --
Gia: I know. I know. It would have cost you your career.
Taggert: And destroyed our mother. I'm giving you this break on this tape, Gia, because these are the Cassadines and you are my sister. But I am still a good cop.
Gia: Yes, you are. It's all you ever wanted to be.
Taggert: You leave here with me now. I will take you back to the brownstone. I won't ask any questions. You can go to New York, you can live with me, you can live with mom, you can do --
Gia: Yeah, that will last about 3 1/2 minutes.
Taggert: Gia, I'm just trying to tell you, you have family, okay? You got choices, baby. He doesn't have to be one of them.
Gia: I understand.
Taggert: I'm just -- I'm just trying to -- I'm just trying to look out for you, okay?
Gia: I know.
Nikolas: I know this hurt you. I'm sorry. But it's over, you know? We can finally put this behind us, you know? This is --
Gia: No. You know what? Marcus is right.
Courtney: Edward wants me to betray Sonny?
A.J.: Just feed some information.
Courtney: And send my own brother to jail?
A.J.: And if you don't, I'm supposed to divorce you.
Courtney: That is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.
A.J.: That's what I tried to tell him.
Courtney: Like you would expect me to betray my own brother? What is wrong with your grandfather? I mean, doesn't he know that you would never do anything like that? You believed in me, A.J. You know, when everyone else was trying to use me, you took me in. You kept me safe. You're the only person in my life who didn't want anything from me. You know what? I've never met anyone like you.
A.J.: Look, stop. Please.
Courtney: What's wrong?
A.J.: I'm not the man you think I am. I never was.
Jax: Who do you think you're dealing with?
Skye: A lying opportunist who wants to hurt me.
Jax: Why would I want to hurt you?
Skye: Because you just agreed to keep me away from my own brother.
Jax: Yeah, the further, the better, if you ask me.
Skye: Do you really hate A.J. that much, enough to let Edward hurt him? To keep me from helping? What were you planning on doing, Jax? Tell me, locking me in a room somewhere? Sending me on a cruise around the world?
Jax: Skye, Skye, we just made love. Why would I come into the next room and make a deal with an old man to hurt you? Yeah. This little insecurity of yours, it's really getting old.
Skye: Yeah, well, I know what I heard.
Jax: And you believed it. Even after the night we've just had.
Skye: Then you were lying.
Jax: Well, technically, no. I mean, I don't really care what Edward does to A.J.
Skye: Yeah, well, I do, very much.
Jax: Exactly. That's the point. See, Edward needs to believe that I'm on his side. That's your best chance at helping A.J.
Skye: So you were scamming Edward?
Jax: Well, I was just trying to find out what he was up to, that's all.
Skye: So you can help me.
Jax: Right. Is that such a surprise to you? You love your brother. I understand that, even though he's far from perfect. Believe me; I understand that more than you know. Besides, Edward has hurt you enough, and I don't want to see that happen again.
Skye: Oh. I don't know what to say.
Jax: Well, if you like, I could tell you how to get everything you've ever dreamed of.
Skye: Oh, come on, I've heard that one before.
Jax: Yeah, but not from me.
Laura: Look, we'll probably only get married one more time, right?
Laura: Yeah. Well, I don't want to do it here. I mean, really, come on, I want to get married with our family and our friends around us, our children. We promised our daughter she could be the flower girl, remember?
Luke: Yeah, we promised her. She would be disappointed, wouldn't she?
Laura: Very. Let's get out of here.
Luke: Okay. Hey, Your Honor! We'll send you a wedding invitation.
Taggert: I took care of the situation.
Sharifa: You gave your sister a free ride.
Taggert: That's right.
Sharifa: And you expect me to do what, nothing about it? Okay, is that why you dragged me down here?
Sharifa: Well, I won't do it.
Taggert: What you going to do, turn me in?
Sharifa: You broke the law, Marcus.
Taggert: I made a judgment call.
Sharifa: And what if Nikolas hurts someone else, huh? Like your sister? You just blew off your chance to lock him up.
Taggert: Keep your voice down.
Sharifa: You just blew off your chance to lock him up.
Taggert: And you're going to keep quiet about it. You would not be a cop if I didn't cover for you at the academy. You owe me.
Sharifa: You're making a mistake.
Taggert: Maybe. Your career as an undercover cop for the PCPD is officially over. The paperwork transferring you back to Brooklyn is being filed first thing in the morning. The case is being closed for lack of evidence.
Sharifa: I hope you don't regret this.
Taggert: So do I.
Nikolas: Gia, Taggert was trying to make your life miserable, threatening to arrest you, trying to drag you away from me. And for what? So he can give back the tape? Tell me, what is that about? He obviously had no intention of charging you with anything, you know?
Gia: That doesn't give you the right to ruin his career.
Nikolas: Wait. Nobody's career got ruined.
Gia: Yeah, but it could have. You know, where did you even get all that stolen money?
Nikolas: Look, Gia, the point is, is your brother was trying to ruin your life, and I'm not going to let that happen. Nobody takes anything away from me.
Gia: You sound just like your father.
Nikolas: In the future, please do not compare me to my father.
Gia: Well, in the present, please do not tell me what to say.
Nikolas: I did this for you, you know?
Gia: Well, that justifies anything for you, doesn't it?
Nikolas: Can we go home and discuss this, please?
Gia: Yeah, but I'll drive myself, okay?
Jason: Are you staying?
Elizabeth: Yeah. I may paint all night.
Jason: Are you okay with everything?
Elizabeth: Do you remember that Christmas we spent here and that tree we decorated with paper chains? That was one of my favorite times, ever. I didn't have to pretend to be happy. I just was.
Jason: I can stay if you need me.
Elizabeth: No, I -- no. You know what? Painting by myself is -- I think it'll help clear my head, you know?
Jason: Do you still have that picture of the wind?
Elizabeth: Yes, but it isn't right.
Jason: Yeah, but it's mine.
Elizabeth: If you want it.
Elizabeth: Jason, do you ever think about what might have happened if I had ridden away with you that day?
Elizabeth: Why not?
Jason: Because you didn't.
Elizabeth: I'm really glad you're back.
Jason: Yeah, me, too. Good night.
Elizabeth: Good night.
A.J.: I'm not the man you believe I am. But I'd like to be, after I get even with Grandfather.
Courtney: Hey, you don't have to think --
A.J.: Once I get a stronghold on E.L.Q. --
Courtney: Hey, didn't we just walk away from that?
A.J.: Once I take control, Grandfather will never be able to hurt us again.
Edward: I want A.J. stripped clean, bankrupted, starting now.
Skye: So tell me, Mr. Jacks, how do I get everything that I've ever wanted?
Jax: You trust me.
Skye: Oh. I suspected something like that.
Jax: We'll make sure that Edward Quartermaine gets everything he deserves.
Skye: Well, works for me.
Jax: But don't lose your nerve, okay? No matter what happens.
Skye: Me? Lose my nerve? Who do you think you're dealing with?
Laura: So, now what?
Luke: I guess we're too late for Bobbieís party.
Laura: I bet you're real torn up about that, aren't you?
Luke: I am. You want to go look at Niagara Falls?
Laura: Hmm -- I think I'd rather go look at the heart-shaped Jacuzzis.
Luke: In the honeymoon suite.
Laura: Where else?
>> On the next "General Hospital" --
Elizabeth: I spent most of the night thinking about you.
Carly: I want to do things right this time.
Sonny: Yeah, me, too.
Alexis: It is the first time that I've talked about the pregnancy to anyone.
Edward: I wish it hadn't come to this, A.J. I'm just sick about it.