GHTranscript Wednesday 8/21/02


General Hospital Transcript Wednesday 8/21/02

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Proofread by Kathy

>> Previously on "General Hospital" --

Jason: I'm asking you not to risk your life for me. I don't want you to die.

Skye: I have the contract, you old fool.

Edward: I have copies.

Lucky: I didn't kill Rick Webber! I'd concentrate on Scott.

Alexis: Why don't you tell me what really happened here and exactly what you did?

Jason: Are you all right? Did he hurt you?

Coleman: Get him out of here, man. Make sure he doesn't come back inside.

Courtney: What are you doing here?

Jason: We'll talk about this outside. Come on.

Courtney: No. Sonny sent you, didn't he? Did he order you to sit around here all night and watch me?

Tony: The MRI's back. Still waiting on the cardiac enzymes and lytes.

Alan: What does it show?

Tony: Acute intracranial bleed. It's fortunate that you two were there and Edward was brought in quickly.

Alan: How's the motor function?

Tony: Significantly impaired at this point.

Monica: Meaning?

Tony: I can't tell you what the residual deficits will be.

A.J.: Speak English. How bad is it?

Tony: Uh -- your grandfather's in critical condition. We have him on a ventilator to assist his breathing. And other than that, all we can do is hope and wait.

Skye: But he'll be okay eventually, right?

Tony: Well, he could recover, but at this stage, the odds are against it, especially given Edward’s history of cardiac problems. Is there an advance directive on file?

Alan: No.

Tony: Well, I know this is a problem, but the family needs to consider how long you want to keep Edward alive using these kind of extreme measures, or -- or when it's time to let him go.

Scott: What I've done is conduct a murder investigation, and all the evidence right now points to Lucky Spencer killing Rick Webber.

Alexis: I'm referring to what happened more than 20 years ago. Something horrible. Obviously, something that you knew about and covered up, until Rick Webber came back and triggered something in Laura’s memory that she apparently repressed.

Scott: Repressed memory? What, are you a psychiatrist all of a sudden?

Alexis: Actually, I'm really interested in how you conveniently got appointed interim D.A., and now suddenly you're in control of this major felony investigation.

Scott: Well, you know what? You got to take that up with the mayor's office. But right now, I'm in the middle of a homicide, remember?

Alexis: Vividly.

Scott: And I'm just trying to help your client.

Alexis: You're undermining your own case.

Scott: No, what I'm doing is I'm trying to get to the truth. You know my history with Laura. I don't want to see one of her kids go to jail for murder. So I thought I'd, you know, come back by here and see if I missed anything.

Alexis: All right. Well, then, you know what? Let's just talk about this. This is a photograph of you, I believe, several years ago with what appears to be blood on your shirt. Do you care to explain that?

Courtney: Did Sonny send you? Because you don't strike me as the strip club type.

Coleman: You okay?

Courtney: I'm fine. Ready to get back to work.

Coleman: Hey, look, man, I appreciate the way you stepped in and handled that guy, but Daisy's got a show to do.

Jason: We need to finish this conversation.

Coleman: Only if you pay for it. Usually, a table dance is 50 bucks. In Daisy's case, it's 100.

Coleman: It's your call, sweetheart. If you don't want to dance for the gentleman, feel free to say no.

Courtney: No problem.

Courtney: Sit down, get ready for the show.

Scott: Well, congratulations. You got an old picture of me -- what appears to be some sort of a stain, like motor oil, you know, popsicle juice -- I used to love popsicles back then.

Alexis: Or maybe it's just proof that you were covering up a crime for decades.

Scott: Well, now, that's a huge leap. Is there a date on that picture?

Alexis: No.

Scott: So you got no date, you got nothing.

Alexis: I'm sure a competent investigator could work that out. You know, it was brought to my attention that you and Rick Webber -- there was a lot of tension between the two of you since he returned to town. Now, maybe that's because of the proposed hospital takeover or maybe it had something to do with the night that this picture was taken. Maybe he blackmailed you. I mean, if he did, that certainly would give you motive to kill him.

Scott: You think I'm going to fall for that? That is the oldest trick in the book. You know, you haven't got any evidence to get your client off, so what do you want to do? You want to shift the attention to somebody else. If I was in your shoes, I would do the same thing.

Alexis: You are doing the same thing to Lucky Spencer. You know damn well he didn't kill Rick Webber. It's a diversionary tactic. What are you hiding, Scott?

Scott: Uh -- nothing. I didn't like Rick Webber, but it's my job to find out who killed him. If Lucky didn't do it, then it was his father. Why do you think he's on the run?

Alexis: Who says that he is?

Scott: Well, let's see -- Lucky's in jail, he's covering, he's making up stories to protect his father.

Alexis: Luke's the perfect scapegoat for a D.A. who's trying to deflect attention from himself.

Scott: If that picture's all you got, you're in trouble. You're going to have to do a hell of a lot better than that. See you.

Alexis: Oh, I intend to.

Lila: Oh, thank you for coming, my dear.

Ned: I just spoke with the hospital. Alan and Monica are with Grandfather, and they're monitoring his condition around the clock. He hasn't regained consciousness, but he's a fighter, grandmother. I know he's going to make it.

Lila: Well, I want to believe that.

Ned: I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything, okay?

Lila: I'm grateful for your concern, my dear. But that's not why I asked you here. Someone needs to take care of E.L.Q.

Ned: You don't need to worry about this right now, okay?

Lila: It's what Grandfather would want.

Ned: You're right. Grandfather loves that company. He'd want it preserved at any cost. I know he thought that I'd always come back. I'm sorry. I didn't mean to refer to Grandfather in the past tense. It's not right. He's going to make it. He's tough. Hey, he recovered from his heart attack. He's going to make it through this, too, I know.

Petra: Excuse me, Mr. Ashton. I'm Petra, your grandfather's personal assistant. Mrs. Quartermaine asked me to bring your grandfather's papers here for you to review.

Lila: Please, darling. Do it for him.

Ned: Of course I will. I know how to run E.L.Q. I know how to use it to its best advantage -- for the good of this family, and maybe I'll even do some good for some -- for some other people, as well. So is this all there is?

Petra: Everything, including this latest contract, which Edward wanted me to put in his safe.

Ned: Okay, fine. Look, you know what? Just leave this over at the table. I'll get to it as soon as I call the hospital and check on Grandfather, okay?

Monica: Edward could still recover.

Alan: It's too soon to consider taking him off life support.

Monica: Yeah.

Jax: Tony seemed fairly certain.

Alan: Tony was wrong.

A.J.: Right now, it's about what's best for Grandfather.

Jax: Yeah, you have to consider what Edward would want.

Monica: You don't have a vote in this, Jax. You're not a member of the family -- your engagement to Skye not withstanding. As a matter of fact, you've been trying to get E.L.Q. from Edward for months. His stroke just saves you the trouble.

Jax: I have the utmost respect for Edward.

Alan: You have been hounding father, threatening to raid E.L.Q., and destroy his life's work. You're half the reason that Father's in this condition.

Skye: That's not fair.

Alan: Skye, you are not a doctor. You don't have any idea the effect that this battling could have on Father's condition.

Jax: Look, Edward loved every minute of his competition with me. He relishes a good fight.

Alan: This fight is why he's in intensive care.

Jax: I'm praying for Edward, and I hope that he lives.

[Alan sighs]

Jax: But if he doesn't, I know that he died happy in the thick of it, doing what he loves best.

A.J.: Are you okay?

Skye: Yeah, I'm just -- just worried about him.

Monica: Oh, please! Skye, you despise Edward. It was your idea to get Jax to take over E.L.Q.

Skye: That's not true.

Monica: And then of course he was to give the company back to you, but Jax, with his grand gestures, just didn't stop there with the takeover. No, he was the gift that kept on giving -- the takeover and then Jax could just hound Edward to the brink of death. I mean, his dying solves all of your problems.

Skye: Stop it!

Monica: You can have E.L.Q., worm your way into the family -- oh, boy, if Edward would just die!

Skye: Stop it, damn you! I didn't plan it like this!

Alan: What didn't you plan, Skye?

Skye: I never wanted Grandfather dead so I could go after the company. I don't give a damn about the company.

Monica: Oh? Since when?

Skye: Since I fell in love with Jax. Really, truly, deeply in love. Nothing else matters to me -- not money or business or revenge. This man actually loves me and respects me. He actually makes me respect myself. Do you know how hard that is for me? Look, I don't care about what happened between me and Grandfather in the past. I told him that. I don't want E.L.Q.

Monica: Well, good. Then you'll be pleased to know you have no chance of getting control of it. Lila has given that to Ned.

Skye: Ned?

Alan: She's planning to see him tonight and hand over father's papers.

Skye: Well, I stand here telling you I'm in love, and I get some smug response about paperwork. Well, I couldn't expect you to be happy for me, now, could I? Jax, thank you for being here, but I need a few minutes alone, okay?

Jax: Okay.

A.J.: At least one family member got what they wanted.

Monica: You may get what you want, too, A.J.

A.J.: For Grandfather to die? Why shouldn't I?

Alan: You can't mean that.

A.J.: After all the crap the old man's put me through? Why the hell not?

Alan: How dare you!

Jason: That's it. Sit down. You don't have to do this.

Courtney: It's what you paid for. My boss is watching.

Jason: No, I paid for your time. And I want to talk, that's all.

Courtney: You bought my time, say whatever you want.

Jason: I'm here to guard you.

Courtney: On Sonny's orders?

Jason: Yes.

Courtney: Oh, you know what? Just tell my brother thanks, but no thanks. I don't need his hired hit man watching out for me.

Jason: It's nonnegotiable, Courtney.

Courtney: Okay, you know what? There's no reason for you to be here. I don't need your help. I have a debt that I need to pay off. It's almost over. I've got everything under control, okay?

Jason: Well, what about that guy who grabbed you? Does that happen a lot?

Courtney: Sometimes the crowd gets a little rowdy. That's why we have bouncers.

Jason: Now you have two. The difference is I protect you only.

Courtney: What do you expect me to do, thank you?

Jason: I'm just trying to do my job. If you don't like it, you talk to Sonny.

Courtney: I have to make this look good for my boss.

Jason: Sonny wants me to guard you. If you refuse, he's going to come after Coleman, and he's going to shut this place down.

Courtney: Sonny can't do that. Coleman knows that A.J. was drunk when he crashed into the club. If I or Sonny gives him any trouble, he's going to -- he's going to send A.J. to jail.

Jason: Then I guess you have to let me do my job.

Courtney: That's blackmail.

Jason: Pretty much.

Courtney: Just so we're clear -- to keep A.J. out of jail, Sonny expects me to put up with you.

Scott: Taggert, what's going on with Nikolas? I think he's about to roll over on his brother.

Taggert: No, Nikolas isn't giving us anything we can use against his brother.

Scott: Well, you keep pushing, because Lucky is protecting Luke, and I don't think Nikolas will do that. Is that Webber’s personal effects?

Taggert: Yeah. Well, unless you're willing to arrest Nikolas, I have no leverage.

Scott: Yeah? Well, his girlfriend lied to the police, threaten to go after her.

Taggert: Wait a second -- you know you're talking about my sister. You realize that, right?

Scott: I'm sorry, Taggert. Do you want off this investigation?

Taggert: No, I just think you're pushing a little too hard on this case. It's clear what happened.

Scott: Where's the rest of Webber’s effects? There's something missing, huh? Who's been through this?

Taggert: I have no idea. I brought it up from an evidence room, I put it here for you to look at, just like you instructed.

Scott: No, wait -- I never instructed anybody to leave this box unattended here. Now, listen, if you're conflicted and confused because your sister's mixed up in this -- if you can't do the job, I will find someone that can, Taggert.

Taggert: Yes, Sir.

Scott: All right. Now, listen, there's a key to a bus locker, and it's missing. What the hell happened to it?

Gia: This is exactly what Alexis warned us not to do.

Nikolas: Look, Gia, I don't like this, either, okay? But we don't have a choice. I'm running out of time.

Gia: Well, there might be nothing in there.

Nikolas: Well, there's only one way to find out, right?

Gia: Nikolas, just wait. There's no way of telling what's in there. We have --

Nikolas: Gia, Gia, look, we don't have options. Scott Baldwin is out to nail every single one of us. I need answers. I understand if you don't want to be a part of it and you don't want to be here. You don't have to be, okay?

Gia: There is no way I am leaving you now. What is it?

Gia: God.

Lila: No. I will not allow what's happening with Edward to affect your plans with Alexis. I want your promise to move ahead with plans for your wedding.

Ned: Don't you worry. Alexis and I will -- we'll do exactly what we were planning to do. Why don't you get some rest? I've got a lot of work to catch up on, okay?

Reginald: On behalf of the staff, we'd like to thank you for stepping in like this.

Ned: Reginald, you don't work for E.L.Q.

Reginald: True, but whoever runs the company runs the family, and it's just a lot easier on everybody when it's you, so welcome back. Who knows? Otherwise, we could've gotten stuck with Skye or A.J.

Lila: Reginald, that'll be quite enough.

Reginald: Okay.

Skye: Ned.

Ned: Well, your timing couldn't be worse, as usual.

Skye: How's Grandmother?

Ned: Brave and hopeful. You know what? I have some work to do, so if you don't mind.

Skye: Oh, I'm sure she's putting up a brave front, but she must be -- she must be terrified underneath.

Ned: Yeah. Would you blame her? She's on the verge of losing the most precious thing in her life. How would you feel? Of course, the only difference is Grandmother's more concerned about making sure everyone's all right -- you know, that no plans are derailed, that the company's up and running. Wait a minute -- that's why you're here, right? The company?

Skye: Of course not!

Ned: Oh. You figured now is your chance. Grandfather's incapacitated, everyone's distracted. Here's your chance for a takeover. Well, guess what -- I'm taking over as C.E.O.

Skye: Well, bully for you, Ned. I don't want anything to do with the company. If I never see a balance sheet or a corporate account again, it'll be too soon. I'm starting over, starting an entirely new life without any room for any of this silliness in it.

Ned: Your heartfelt declarations are wasted on me. Go make them to Jax. And if he's foolish enough to believe you, then he deserves exactly what he gets.

Skye: You're not the least bit happy for me?

Ned: Skye, I can't think of one person whose life has been improved since the moment you arrived here. Let me show you to the door.

A.J.: Is your memory really that short? Grandfather made my life a living hell.

Alan: Well, what about you, A.J.? Don't you take any responsibility for your choices?

A.J.: Every choice I made, Grandfather deliberately undermined. He threw me and my wife out on the street. You expect me to forget that? When did he ever treat me like family, with any kind of respect? Like I even mattered?

Monica: Oh, fine. Fine. Your grandfather treated you badly. Well, guess what, A.J. -- he treated a lot of people badly and they're not standing there wishing him dead.

A.J.: Are you going to grieve, Mother? After all the times he insulted you, all the ways he damaged your children?

Alan: Except for Emily, all of our children are grown up. They have taken responsibility for their lives. Jason certainly has, Skye figured it out. What happened to you, A.J.? What are you going to do, spend the rest of your life blaming all of the choices on the injustice that you suffered at Grandfather's hands?

A.J.: You must know exactly how I feel. You suffered at his hands a lot longer than I did, and it shows.

Courtney: Show's over. You're off duty.

Jason: Not until I get you home.

Courtney: I've been making it home just fine all by myself for weeks.

Jason: I can follow you to the bus stop, follow the bus to your apartment, and wait outside until you get in, safely. Or I can give you a ride, which would save us both a lot of time. It'd be a lot easier. It's your choice.

Courtney: Let's just get something straight, okay? I have to deal with you thanks to Sonny. That's fine. So follow me around, stalk me, do whatever you want, but I don't want to see you or speak to you. When I walk through these doors, you don't exist because I don’t. I leave myself outside because it is the only way that I can get through this. It's horrible, okay, and it is even harder with you here. Just leave me alone.

Alan: A.J. was right. I grew up with the same anger, living in his shadow. He tried to control my life, and I hated him for it. I can't tell you how many times I wanted him to die. I prayed for him to die. And now, I'm just afraid that one of those prayers is floating around out there and he walked into one.

Monica: It doesn't work that way.

Alan: Oh, you tell me, Monica, how does it work? Aren't we accountable somehow?

Monica: Alan, your father's not just some old eccentric man, you know? He spent a lot of years doing terrible things to people, things that tore our family apart.

Alan: I know. But seeing him lying there, I -- I really believe in my heart that he's going to be able to make amends. I know. I know he's done so much damage. I know he's been wrong so many times in his life, but I don't want to lose him.

Ned: Witness statements, forensic reports -- you definitely need to find a new hobby.

Alexis: They're holding Lucky Spencer on Rick Webber’s murder -- no bail, no less -- and of course he's refusing to cooperate with his own defense, and to make it worse, Scott Baldwin is abusing his office and withholding evidence, and I know that look. I know that look without me even looking at you. It's look number 21, talking about the dangers of stress, the pitfalls of criminal law, and the detriments of late hours on expectant mothers.

Ned: Actually, I was going to make a comment -- favorably, by the way -- on your dedication.

Alexis: Hmm?

Ned: Yeah. I'm genuinely impressed with your passion for what you do.

Alexis: Really?

Ned: Mm-hmm.

Alexis: Oh. Why?

Ned: Gives you direction, substance, a goal.

Alexis: I've always been like this. Why are you suddenly appreciating it? What's wrong?

Ned: Well, Kristina, for one. She sort of drummed the whole idea of passion into my head. And then Grandmother -- I just spent some time with her, and her dedication to Grandfather is -- is really amazing. She loves him so much.

Alexis: I'm sure she was very happy to see you. I'm sure you helped her a lot.

Ned: Actually, it was the other way around. She seems to be dealing with this better than any of us, as usual. She asked me to take over E.L.Q.

Alexis: Oh. Oh. You agreed?

Ned: For now. She also made me promise that Grandfather's health wouldn't get in the way of our upcoming wedding.

Alexis: Of which you told her that there was no upcoming wedding because there -- there isn’t. Didn't you tell her that, Ned?

Ned: Actually, no.

Alexis: We are not getting married. That -- that's not even an option, so I -- what?

Ned: Just hear me out, okay? Now, look, I didn't step in and tell the world that I am your baby's father because of you. I did it for the child you're carrying, okay? Now, this child needs a father, and I may not be perfect, but I'm certainly a hell of a lot better than Sonny Corinthos. The thought of marrying you didn't even enter my mind until Grandmother, so I am going to do what I should've done a long time ago.

A.J.: I have spent my entire life trying to win your approval. It's been exhausting and it costs too much. Made me hate my brother. Made me an alcoholic. Ruined just about every relationship I've ever been in. Sent me down one self-destructive road after another. Bottom line -- looking for your approval made me hate myself and you. You were like an obsession, a habit. And you brought me nothing but heartache, misery, resentment, hatred. You also brought me to where I am today. You brought me to my wife. You made me survive, Grandfather. I wouldn't have ever been able to stand up to you if it weren't for that. I have you to thank for the one good thing I've ever had in my life.

Elizabeth: I'd say I'm surprised to find you here, but I was kind of hoping you would be.

Jason: Yeah, I come up here to think sometimes. I didn't realize you'd be here.

Elizabeth: I just needed a break and took a chance that you'd be here.

Jason: What if I wasn't?

Elizabeth: I guess I'd look at the lights and then I'd go home. Bad night? But you can't talk about it.

[Jason sighs]

Elizabeth: I know -- I'm not supposed to ask. Can you at least tell me if it's over, whatever it is?

Jason: Nothing's ever really over.

A.J.: Are you okay?

Courtney: I just heard what you said about me.

A.J.: I meant every word. No matter what he's done, I love him for bringing me to you. Come on.

Skye: You probably do deserve to die after what you did to me, you old coot, and to Jax. If only you would, I could stop looking over my shoulder, I could breathe, maybe even learn to live a real happy life. It wouldn't do any good. You'd still make it hard for me. I have your copy of the contract, but I'm sure there are others out there just waiting to get themselves into Jax's hands. But if you were out of the way –

Alexis: What are you talking about?

Ned: Brace yourself.

Alexis: I am braced. This isn't funny.

Ned: I couldn't agree more.

Alexis: You aren't -- I mean, you wouldn't -- you didn't -- you're not going to, are you? I mean --

Ned: Going to what?

Alexis: Ask me to marry you because that would be absurd. It would also make you some sort of a masochist. Really, I mean, not -- you know what you mean to me, and you know that I love you because I do and I always will and I -- you know how I feel about you. You'd be a fabulous influence on my child, but that doesn't mean that in any way, shape, or form that we should exchange vows or do anything of that nature whatsoever. You need to speak. You need to talk to me now, please.

Ned: I think the time for talking is over. You want to know what I should've done a long time ago? I should have upped your calcium intake. Now, I want you to drink this, all of it.

Nikolas: Here's your suit.

Lucky: Thank you.

Nikolas: I bought a couple of ties. I wasn't -- listen to me. I found a key in Rick’s personal effects.

Lucky: Mm-hmm.

Nikolas: Okay, it was a key to a bus station that has a locker there. I took the key out to the bus station and I found the locker.

Lucky: What was in it?

Nikolas: A human skull, man.

Lucky: Rick was carrying around a human skull?

Nikolas: Well, he obviously put it in the locker. Why else would he have the key, right?

Lucky: Man, I wonder if that's connected to what happened in the attic all those years ago.

Nikolas: You know what? I was thinking the same thing. If Rick -- if Rick and Scott are hiding something --

Lucky: They are, and that's it. That skull is proof of murder.

Jax: You know, I don't think he can hear whatever it is you were saying to him. You all right? I know, I know. I know what you're feeling.

Courtney: Do you need me to stay with you?

A.J.: No, I don't need to sit vigil with Grandfather. I've made my peace with him. I've acknowledged who he is and who I am, which is a big deal, and how we fit together, okay? I'm free of him, Courtney. I am. Because of you, he no longer has a hold on me. We're free. We are free. Finally.

[A.J. Sighs]

A.J.: Finally.

Jason: I didn't plan to end up here. I just started riding.

Elizabeth: Sometimes I'm afraid that you'll just ride away again, no good-byes. I'll just hear about it from Sonny. I'd miss you if you left. Would you miss me?

Jason: You know how I feel about you.

Elizabeth: That's just it -- I don’t. I don't think you ever really told me. You've saved my life. You've taken me riding. You've helped me, you've -- you've listened, you've cared. And now you're pushing me away. Tell me why again.

Jason: Because it's too dangerous to be around me.

Elizabeth: You keep saying that.

Jason: Elizabeth, it's the truth.

Elizabeth: So that's it? You're dangerous -- end of story?

Jason: I can't listen whenever you need me. And I can't be around whenever you want and then gone when you -- when you don't. I can't be the friend you thought I was.

>> On the next "General Hospital" --

Jax: We're getting married because we love each other.

Ned: I'm going to show Jax this contract.

Zander: Whoever this lady is that you're working for, Sonny got over her a long time ago.

Alcazar: Looks like you got me surrounded.

Sonny: I understand you have something I want.

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