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Jason: If you don't come clean with Sonny about staying gone on purpose after the accident, I'm going to.
Edward: I want you to help me get Michael back.
A.J.: I will get him back, with no help from you.
Alexis: Let go of my arm!
Dr. Caldwell: The baby's going to be fine.
Alexis: Well, I'd like to keep this to myself.
Elizabeth: Jason, I care about you. I'm not going to have sex with you just to get back at Lucky.
Elizabeth: Are you spying on me?
Jason: No. I was just on my way to Kellyís to grab some coffee.
Elizabeth: And you were out all night?
Elizabeth: Where'd you go?
Jason: Just up north.
Jason: How about you? Did you paint anything?
Elizabeth: Oh. No. No. I spent most of the night thinking about you.
Courtney: A.J.? A.J., where are you?
A.J.: Good morning.
Courtney: I woke up and you were gone.
A.J.: Oh, not gone, just not in bed.
Courtney: Oh, I'm sorry. I just -- after what happened last night with your family, I was worried about you.
A.J.: Hmm. I'm not going anywhere. Sooner or later, you're going to have to face it -- you're stuck with me.
A.J.: Me and the pooch.
Courtney: Yeah, well, "stuck" feels pretty good right now.
A.J.: Oh. You should have seen Rosie. She was so cute. I took her for a walk, right? You know that obnoxious doorman that works the morning shift?
Courtney: Yeah, the one who looks like Frankenstein.
A.J.: Exactly. She stole his hat and chewed a hole in it.
Courtney: Oh, no, Rosie!
Courtney: Bad girl.
A.J.: Oh, don't be too hard on her. He deserved it.
A.J.: I've never really been a dog person, you know, but I think I've been missing something. I mean, I watch Rosie with you, the way she looks at you. Such devotion, unconditional love -- that's how I feel about you right now.
Courtney: You are such a sweet man.
A.J.: Oh, I'm a changed man. I promise you that. For the first time in years, I can breathe. And I owe it all to you.
Courtney: Oh, what did I do?
A.J.: You saved my life, that's what you did. You're the best thing that's ever happened to me, Courtney. Come here.
A.J.: Come here. I've been doing some thinking.
A.J.: Well, we have this whole new life ahead of us and we get to decide what it'll be, what we want to make of it, where we'll live, what we'll do, whether we'll travel -- all of it.
Courtney: Sounds like a dream.
A.J.: We can start in Manhattan today, right now.
Courtney: Are you serious?
A.J.: I want you to know what's out there, what your choices are. I want you to see the best that life has to offer. I want you to see it all.
Courtney: Well, all I can say is, when can we leave?
A.J.: Right away. We'll have a little breakfast, pack, and get out of here.
[Knock on door]
A.J.: Oh. That must be the other little surprise I ordered. Taggert. What's this?
Taggert: This, A.J., is your personal nightmare.
A.J.: What? This -- this is impossible. There's got to be some sort of mistake here.
Carly: Hey. Yeah. Is Jason back? Well, did you knock on his door? Okay, fine, fine. Will you just tell him that Carly called? Yeah, he needs to call me. It's really important.
Sonny: Hey. Hey.
Sonny: You going somewhere?
Nurse: Dr. Meadows is running a little late. She'll be in any minute.
Alexis: Okay. Thanks.
Dr. Meadows: Hello.
Alexis: Oh, hi.
Dr. Meadows: Sorry I kept you waiting.
Alexis: No problem. Is everything okay?
Dr. Meadows: Oh, it's fine. I had an emergency C-section -- twins -- but the mother's doing well. Please sit down. How are you feeling? Or nothing one way or the other. I'm simply trying to determine what it is that you want to do.
Alexis: This is all very new to me.
Dr. Meadows: I understand.
Alexis: To answer your question, I haven't had much time to think about this at all because it's been a little overwhelming.
Dr. Meadows: Well, that's perfectly normal.
Alexis: In fact, this is the first time that I've talked about the pregnancy to anyone. That's not exactly true. I fell last night, so I went to the E.R. to make sure that the baby was okay, and they said that it was.
Dr. Meadows: I assume the pregnancy wasn't planned.
Alexis: No. There's so many women that I know that have tried and tried without any success. This seems sort of ironic when you think about it.
Dr. Meadows: And you're still unmarried?
Alexis: That's correct.
Dr. Meadows: The father -- where does he fit in all this?
Alexis: He doesn't know. And I've decided not to tell him.
Dr. Meadows: Really? Well, isn't that making a pretty big decision for someone else? Are you sure that's the right one?
Sonny: Since when do you walk out when I'm in the shower?
Carly: Oh, since I have a meeting with Michaelís teacher this morning?
Sonny: Can't you call and reschedule?
Carly: No, I canít.
Sonny: Come on. What's the big deal? It's only kindergarten.
Carly: Yeah. Okay.
Carly: Well, you know, it's -- it's not just that. I just -- I should go.
Sonny: No, no. Oh --oh --
Carly: Look, it's not that I want to.
Sonny: Then don't. Mm-hmm?
Carly: You know that I loved being with you last night.
Carly: It's what I want. You know that. But I just think, you know, things have been going really well lately.
Sonny: Yeah, well, so far I don't see the problem.
Carly: Yeah. See, that is just the point. I don't want there to be any problems.
Carly: You know, we're just -- we're finding our way back to each other. We don't need to rush anything.
Sonny: Yeah, I just want things to happen naturally, and there's no need to analyze things to death, right?
Carly: Yeah, exactly, exactly, okay? So we have a second chance. I don't want to make any mistakes. I want to just -- I want to do things right this time.
Sonny: Yeah, me, too. So why don't I go make some breakfast, right? And then we can have some dessert, you know?
Sonny: Hmm? What do you think?
Carly: Well --
Carly: No, Sonny. Please, I canít. I got to go. I got to go.
Sonny: You know what? You know what?
Carly: What? What? What?
Sonny: If you give me two minutes, I bet I can convince you to stay. What do you think?
Carly: Hmm, yes, I know you can. That's why I'm going, okay?
Sonny: But --
Carly: No. I will be back, okay?
Sonny: All right.
Carly: And I'll make it worth the wait. See you.
Elizabeth: I'm not sorry about last night.
Jason: That's good.
Elizabeth: Embarrassed, yes. I mean, we finally kiss and it's for the wrong reasons.
Jason: I'm not complaining.
Elizabeth: Well, maybe you should. Do you realize you make it a little too easy for people to take you for granted? I don't want to be like that.
Jason: You're not.
Elizabeth: Well, I did the last time you were home. I knew things weren't right between me and Lucky. I could feel it even then. But I couldn't say the words, I couldn't make the choice, so I kept coming back to you, and I don't want to do that this time. But I don't know how I feel about anything right now, and I definitely don't want to take it out on you.
Jason: Okay, okay, hold on. I went with you last night because I wanted to. Okay? And I stopped because you asked. And if I feel like I'm being jerked around at any time, I'll say something. Does that work for you?
A.J.: All right, Taggert. I don't know what you're trying to pull or who put you up to this, but --
Taggert: This is no joke, A.J.
A.J.: All right, fine. You know what? I will have my attorneys take a look at this and then I will get back to you.
Taggert: Maybe you didn't get down to the fine print. Don't worry. I'll save you the time. You are being charged under title 18, U.S. Code, Chapter 1931, 47, 95 -- embezzlement, fraud, conspiracy, and racketeering.
A.J.: "Racketeering"? What is this? Some sort of sick joke, Taggert?
Taggert: As a result of which, your assets are being frozen. Anything you own individually -- holding companies, D.B.A.s, corporations, joint ventures where you're the majority shareholder, bank accounts -- any and all personal and real property. Am I getting through to you, A.J.?
Courtney: Oh, wait. This is crazy. You can't just barge in and take away everything that somebody owns.
Taggert: You're right. I canít. But Uncle Sam here -- Agent Thompson?
Agent Thompson: Scott Thompson, Mr. Quartermaine. Department of Justice, Criminal Division. You're being investigated for embezzlement, fraud, and conspiracy pursuant to Title 18 as the lieutenant said. Your assets and those of your assigns are hereby seized by the federal government, pending the outcome of a preliminary hearing before a federal magistrate.
Taggert: You have exactly one hour to gather all your basic needs, subject to our approval, after which time you will be required to vacate the premises.
A.J.: This is just ludicrous, Taggert. Does that mean --
Taggert: It's all there in black and white, A.J.
A.J.: Yeah, well, speaking of which, I want to know, who filed this complaint? Huh?
Edward: That would be me.
A.J.: Yeah. Now it's starting to make some sense.
Edward: I wish it hadn't come to this, A.J. I'm just sick about it.
Elizabeth: So, we can be friends?
Jason: I thought we already were.
Elizabeth: And you can take me out on your bike?
Jason: Anytime you want.
Elizabeth: And if I start to babble about Lucky or Sarah, how much time I wasted holding on to the past, you'll tell me to shut up?
Jason: If that's what you want.
Elizabeth: It's exactly what I want. I spent a year of my life trying to go back in time, and that was more than enough. I am ready to take responsibility for my own self and try to figure out what works best for me.
Jason: Sounds like a plan.
Elizabeth: You know, it really helps to have you back home. Not to lean on, but for inspiration.
Jason: What is it? What does that mean?
Elizabeth: Well, I mean, you are the original anti-people-pleaser. I mean, you do what feels right, you don't second-guess yourself, nor do you care what anybody thinks.
Jason: I care what some people think. I got to check in with Sonny. See you later.
A.J.: Save the phony sympathy. It doesn't work. And as far as this complaint, it's a crock. It won't stick because I didn't do anything wrong, so, please, Taggert, you and your storm troopers, get out.
Edward: Ignoring the truth, A.J., won't make it go away. I have tried everything to get you to reason, and I've tried to get you to act in your best interests and the best interests of your family, but, no, you refuse to do what must be done, so I was forced to act.
Courtney: God, it's all lies. Don't you get it? A.J. didnít do anything except stand up to the rest of his miserable family. This is about revenge. They're trying to punish him.
Edward: Aw, such a touching display of loyalty. It breaks my heart to see you being dragged down with him, my dear.
Courtney: Yeah, that's impossible. You don't have a heart.
Edward: Oh, you're just hurt and disillusioned. And believe me, I know exactly how you feel because I've done all I can for A.J. I've given him all the help and encouragement I can, and he still continues to walk down a very dangerous, self-destructive path despite all my warnings.
Courtney: You mean he chose me over you.
Edward: And I feel certain that all of the evidence that I gave to the authorities is really just the tip of the iceberg.
A.J.: You're dreaming.
Courtney: He's lying!
Edward: There still may be a way out of this, A.J., if you would like to cooperate.
Courtney: You know, why don't you get your friends and get the hell out of here?
A.J.: Courtney. I'd like a few minutes with my grandfather -- alone.
Taggert: We'll be outside. You got a couple minutes.
A.J.: Trust me. I'll take care of this.
Edward: This is serious, A.J. You must realize that I mean business.
A.J.: Keep talking.
Carly: Have you seen Jason?
Elizabeth: This morning?
Carly: Yes. This morning. I need to find him. Do you know where he is?
Elizabeth: Uh -- not at this very moment.
Carly: Oh. My mistake. I guess Jason's not beating down a path to your door, is he?
Elizabeth: Actually, I was just with him a few minutes ago.
Carly: So where is he?
Elizabeth: Oh, come on. You know Jason. He's not real big on telling anyone where he's going next.
Carly: Okay, you know what? I need to find Jason, so if he said anything to you, you need to tell me right now.
Elizabeth: It was a private conversation.
Carly: Oh. Really?
Carly: Hmm. I bet I can repeat it verbatim -- [as Elizabeth] Oh, Jason, I'm so glad you're back now because now I can follow you around and tease you and play you off against Lucky. [Normal voice] Yeah. You know what? You'll never have the guts to go after what you want because underneath you're really afraid of Jason. He's a bit too dangerous for a sappy little girl like you.
Elizabeth: Obviously, it still bothers you that Jason and I are close. That's why you can't stand me so much, isn't it?
Carly: No, there's a thousand other reasons.
Elizabeth: Maybe, but none of them count like this one does. Why are you looking for Jason anyway? Are you hoping he'll bail you out of your latest disaster? That's it, isn't it? You screwed up and you want Jason to save you. Why should he?
Carly: Hey, you know what? You will never understand what Jason and I have. Now, tell me where he is before I smack your little whiny face.
Elizabeth: Try it.
Zander: Whoa, whoa, hey, hey, hey. Leave her alone.
Sonny: That was fast.
Jason: Yeah, I was on my way to Kellyís when you called. What's up?
Sonny: Carly just left. She was telling me some lie about some conference she had with Michaelís teacher. Something's got her all wound up, and if it's because of me and Alexis, I got to tell you, you know, only time's going to fix that. But if it's something else, I need to know about it. Did you find out where she stayed, where she was going?
Jason: Yeah, I think so.
Sonny: Tell me what happened to her.
Zander: Hey. The hell is wrong with you?
Carly: Nothing. Why -- why would you automatically assume that this is my fault?
Elizabeth: Maybe because you were attacking me like you were some kind of lunatic?
Carly: Oh, honey, you will know when I attack you.
Zander: Hey, why are you going after Elizabeth?
Carly: Because she deserves it. Anyway, what are you, her protector? Miss Goody Two-Shoes protector all of a sudden?
Zander: Carly, just back off, okay? You were out of line.
Carly: No, all I want is an answer. Now, where the hell did Jason go?
Elizabeth: He went to Sonny's.
Zander: Carly, what's this about?
Carly: I just have to find Jason, that's all.
Jason: I checked out a bunch of summer cabins.
Jason: Some people with a place about 300 yards from the lake said they'd found their kitchen window broken and some stuff missing. They thought it was a vagrant. But the cabin matches Carly's description perfectly.
Sonny: What about the lead the bartender gave you?
Jason: Right. Someone saw Carly in a diner in Sycamore Bend. She bought a chili dog and cheese fries and paid for them with probably some change she took from the cabin.
Sonny: Cay has the worst eating habits of anybody I know. I keep telling her it's a miracle she's still alive. Sycamore Bend is, what, about 10 miles from here?
Jason: It's 15 around the lake. It's a lot shorter by water.
Sonny: Okay, so Carly must have been in that lake the night of the accident hours, thinking she was going to drown.
Jason: She's okay.
Sonny: Yeah. Yeah. That's all that matters to me. The night of the accident, I -- when I found out that it was her car in the lake and she had disappeared, it was like standing in a long hallway, you know. Only one way to walk, the door at the end, trap door to nothing, where she wasn't coming back, where I was just going to keep on missing her, where I would see too late how much she means to me and I would try to bargain with God and he wouldn't -- he wouldn't listen. But he did, you know? I mean, she -- she lived through that accident. When I saw her at that church, I got to tell you, I thought I was losing my mind. And then when I -- when I held her and I knew she was real, I promised myself I wasn't going to look back at all the things we did wrong. As long as, you know, nothing came out of her past to hurt her, I didn't care what she did, where she was. I mean, you know, I'm in no position to criticize.
Jason: You know, all Carly did was -- was find her way back to you?
Sonny: Yeah. We're going to have a life together, you know, a family. Maybe even have another child. Things I wouldn't allow myself to even want or think about before. We can have them now, together.
Alexis: I don't think I'm very good with children. I mean, I like them. I just don't know that they like me. And I have to admit that I'm one of those people that when they hear kids screaming in a restaurant, I wonder why the parents aren't controlling them. And I work. That's what I do. I work. I'm not what you call maternal.
Dr. Meadows: Listen, I've got a news flash for you. Even the most patient parent in the world gets irritated at the sound of a kid screaming after a full day's work.
Alexis: You sound like the voice of experience.
Dr. Meadows: Well, I'm someone who always loved children, you know. I can't imagine my le without them. But, once again, I am not advocating anything. I just want you to know the facts so that you can make an informed decision. I've given you a complete checkup. Your health is good. And so far, the pregnancy appears normal.
Dr. Meadows: There's a higher rate of complications in labor in your age group, also an increase in genetic defects like Downís syndrome, which you should be tested for. Equally as important, there are emotional concerns. Apparently, you've developed a pattern of independence, and that's going to have to change. If there's any question in your mind whether to terminate, you need to start thinking seriously about it right now. Perhaps you'd like to discuss it with the father.
Alexis: No. He's involved with someone else. This is my decision. It's my future. It's my baby. My child.
Edward: You have to know that I am absolutely committed to getting Michael back, whatever the cost.
A.J.: And I'm not?
Edward: No, not from all appearances, the way you've mishandled things. I really doubt it. And I am through coddling you, A.J. Now, look, I want to make you a very simple business proposition. Either you help me regain custody of Michael -- and that means doing everything I say, following my instructions to the letter -- or you're going to find yourself out on the street without a penny. You've been disinherited, and anything that I couldn't take myself, I've made sure that the government can seize.
A.J.: And this is all to get Michael?
Edward: Oh, as far as I am concerned, Michael is the only worthwhile thing you have ever done, and that was by accident.
A.J.: I'm not going to bargain with my son.
Edward: You're in no position to. You're not in control of Michael. You've signed him away twice. Please, please. Spare me the endless litany of excuses. Now, you may say that Sonny Corinthos is an immoral thug, but at least he is efficient. It got you to back down.
A.J.: Oh, so now you're resorting to his tactics?
Edward: I learned a long time ago that money is far more persuasive than force. So let me make my proposition very clear to you. Either you work with me to regain custody of little Michael, or you're going to be left without a penny. Now, this is a one-time negotiation, A.J. You turn me down and you won't see one dime of Quartermaine money until you are standing on my front doorstep with full custody of little Michael. I don't see that you'll do that if you can't afford a lawyer.
A.J.: When you say "help you," you mean --
Edward: I mean exploit every resource at your command, and, of course, that means Sonny's younger sister.
A.J.: You want me to use my wife. Is that it?
Edward: That was your intention from the start, A.J. I'm just giving you the incentive to follow it through.
Taggert: Time's up.
A.J.: I'm sorry.
Edward: My grandson has something to say, Lieutenant. A.J.?
A.J.: This isn't easy for me to admit. I've made a mistake. I forgot who I was, forgot what I owed my family. Fortunately, Grandfather reminded me.
Edward: You stumbled, A.J. Just a momentary lapse, that's all.
A.J.: Well, I want to make this right, Grandfather. So here it is. Do your worst. Tell all the lies you want about me. Take your money, your legacy, and the family you think you built and go to hell. There it is. We are officially broke. Grandfather's made sure I don't have a dime to my name.
Courtney: It doesn't matter.
Edward: Oh, yes, it does, my dear. You'll find out to your sorrow.
A.J.: Well, let's get out of here and get you dressed.
Edward: A.J., you're going to regret this, and soon, too.
Elizabeth: Thanks for trying to help.
Zander: Yeah -- it's no problem.
Elizabeth: I appreciate the thought, but it really wasn't necessary. I can deal with Carly.
Zander: I know. I know. So tell me -- what's -- what's the deal with Carly and Jason?
Elizabeth: Oh, I -- I have no idea. As far as I can see, she uses him every chance she gets, and he lets her. Maybe I shouldn't have said anything. I know you're friends with Carly. I'm sorry.
Zander: No. You know what? Actually, that's why I need to hear. Please. Go ahead.
Elizabeth: Well, that's just it. I mean, Jason would do anything for Carly and she knows it. She counts on it. I think it scares her to want him or to need him so much, and that's why she's crazy possessive of him. I think in Carly's own little twisted way, she really loves Sonny. But she can't stand to see Jason with another woman. She practically drove his first girlfriend out of town. And she's hated me ever since she's realized that Jason and I were friends.
Zander: Hmm. He's that important to her, huh?
Elizabeth: Carly seems to think that Jason belongs to her. It's like -- well, it's like she wants both of them -- Jason and Sonny.
Zander: Yeah, Carly can be a little selfish that way.
Elizabeth: So you sound surprised.
Zander: Well, sometimes I think I miss the obvious. You ever feel like everything's getting away from you, like everything you thought you knew, everything you based your life on suddenly turned out to be totally wrong?
Elizabeth: Yeah, you just described my life.
Zander: Yeah. Mine, too. I've spent way too long trying to live by other people's rules, trying to be somebody I'm not. That's over.
Elizabeth: Wait, Zander, wait.
Zander: You know what? I'm tired of waiting, Elizabeth, okay? For a year, I have done exactly what everyone else wanted. That's over.
Elizabeth: Okay, I -- I think it's great. Go for it, but not this very minute, okay? Just calm down, and before you go anywhere, think things through.
Zander: Elizabeth, I'm tired of thinking. It's time that I actually do something. Excuse me.
Sonny: So, did Benny fill you in on the situation earlier?
Jason: With Morales, he said it was working okay.
Sonny: Yeah. Well, so far. But I have some questions. I might need you to go down there and check out a few things. You ever deal with Morales?
Sonny: Good, then he won't see it coming.
Jason: All right. What do you want me to do?
Sonny: Well, I mean, maybe nothing. Depends on how honest he's been with me, you know. I'll know better when the next shipment lands. Unless that's too late for you to wait.
Sonny: Well, I'm just asking because, you know, you might take off again, and --
Jason: No, no --
Sonny: Oh, okay.
Jason: I'm -- I'm done --
Sonny: All right.
Jason: Traveling for a while. Yeah, I miss things here, working with you and -- and watching Michael grow up.
Jason: No, don't get me wrong. Traveling is okay, but then I started to think about the people back here and if they needed me or if they were okay.
Sonny: Why'd it take you so long to come back?
Jason: I was doing what you said.
Jason: Seeing what was out there, figuring out where -- where I wanted to be. And everything's here -- the people I love, the life I want. And when I got that call about Carly, I just -- I knew that it was time to come home.
Sonny: Well, you know what? I'm glad you're back.
Jason: So how's the coffee business doing?
Sonny: Well, I mean, basically, since it's something we just started to have a business to put on our tax return, it's making a hell of a lot of money.
Sonny: You know what? I got to -- Alexis should see this. I got to --
Jason: Well --
Sonny: Oh, no, no. You know what? Do me a favor. If Carly asks, make it clear that I'm over there on business.
Jason: Oh, yeah. Thanks for leaving me to deal with her.
Alexis: Hi. How you doing? Ooh, she's cute. All right, listen up. Here's the deal. Ahem. You need to know that this is -- it's not going to be "Leave it to Beaver." This is not even going to be "The Brady Bunch." I will promise that it will be something on the family channel. I don't know what. I -- I don't know what I'm doing right now, but you -- but you need to know that I'm very capable and I'm a -- I'm a very quick study. You also need to know, boy or girl, that you will not be playing with toy guns in this house, no matter who your father is. Is being a mobster genetic?
[Knock on door]
Courtney: Hey, cheer up. Come on, think about this as an adventure.
A.J.: Well, you know, it's not exactly the kind I wanted to give you.
Courtney: This could still be a good thing. You were wonderful back there.
A.J.: You say that now.
Courtney: Hey, you stood up for yourself, for us. You should feel good about that.
A.J.: Well, I'd feel a lot better if I would have grabbed a wad of cash when I made my big exit. I don't carry cash on me. I don't even have enough to buy you a hotdog.
Courtney: Shh. Don't say that in front of Rosie. Anyway, I think I have some cash.
A.J.: I'm surprised the old man didn't hire someone to mug us when we left the hotel. The old man didn't miss a trick.
Courtney: We'll figure something out.
A.J.: Yeah, we will.
Sonny: You all right?
Alexis: You keep asking me that.
Sonny: Yeah, I know. You keep saying you're fine. I know you're not. I can see it.
Carly: Jason. Hey, are -- are you and Sonny having a meeting or something?
Jason: He's across the hall. No, he's just getting a contract checked.
Carly: Um -- so did you -- did you tell him about the situation?
Jason: I told Sonny I found the place you stayed while you were gone. But I couldn't tell him that you got your memory back and that you stayed away to punish him for sleeping with Alexis.
Jason: So everything I said backs up your story.
Carly: Oh, God. Jason, thank you. Thank you so much.
Jason: No, no, no, Carly, don't thank me. Just listen. He loves you. You love him. As long as I've known you, you've been telling me what you want, and this is it.
Jason: So don't screw it up.
Carly: I wonít. I know what I have and I know who gave it to me. God, thank you. Thank you.
Alexis: Is there a problem with the contracts that I can help you with?
Sonny: No, no, they can wait. Something's not right with you. And you know what? Whatever it is, I can help you.
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A.J.: We've got a situation. I'm on my way over.
Kristina: What's on your mind?
Ned: Your sister.
Sonny: I want to help.
Alexis: Then back off.
Sonny: Are you in some kind of trouble?
Zander: You know, you're really something. You know that?