GH Transcript Friday 12/20/02



General Hospital Transcript Tuesday 12/20/02

Provided By Suzanne
Proofread by Kathy

>> Previously on "General Hospital" --

Luke: You're not real.

Summer: Because you made me up.

Scott: Why is Sonny after you?

Ida: I saw the Alcazar murder.

Alexis: Sonny had to have paid her off.

Felicia: Unless it's Jax.

Jax: Brenda and I will be at the tree-trimming party tonight. It's probably best for everyone if you aren't here.

Jason: We may not be leaving as soon as I thought. Brenda doesn't want to leave Jax, and I don't want to leave you.

Carly: Okay, all right, let's get this tree in here.

Jason: Okay.

Carly: All right, be careful. Ooh, be careful, be careful of the branches.

Jason: Okay, I got it.

Carly: You don't want to smash it.

Jason: I got it, I got it. Hold on. Turning it around.

Carly: Whoa, whoa, whoa -- hey, watch the --

Jason: Hmm.

Carly: Yeah.

Jason: All right, where do you want it?

Michael: The fireplace?

Carly: What do you think? Over there?

Michael: Yeah, yeah.

Carly: Over there.

Jason: Over there?

Michael: Over there. Yeah.

Jason: All right.

Michael: Fireplace.

Jason: Okay.

Carly: What do you think?

Michael: Yeah!

Carly: You did a good job.

Michael: It's awesome.

Carly: Yeah, it is. Look, and the top is so perfect for that star you've been making.

Michael: Oh, man, I'm still working on it!

Carly: You are? Well, go finish it. Go, go.

Jason: All right, get it out.

Carly: What?

Jason: Carly, get it out.

Carly: Well, you know what? I would just like to know what is so important that Alexis needed to talk to Sonny about right now.

Jason: You know what? I don't know.

Carly: What do you think, Jason? She wants Sonny to be blamed for Alcazar's murder, so she's probably got fabricated evidence.

Jason: Well, you'll know what Alexis had to say when Sonny comes back. He'll tell you.

Carly: Oh, you think? No, I'm not so sure. You know, I think that all depends on where I fit on the need-to-know list. What do you think my chances are right now?

Jason: If you want to drive yourself crazy, go ahead.

Carly: No, you know what I'd like to do, Jason? I would like for this whole mess with Alcazar to be over by Christmas so we can be happy and safe and be with the ones we love on the holidays. Wouldn't that be a nice change?

[Knock on door]

Carly: Okay. Hey, Courtney. Jason, look who's here. Come on in. Your ears must've been burning.

Courtney: Why? Were you talking about me?

Carly: Sort of. So --

Courtney: I come bearing cookies.

Carly: Ooh. Beautiful Christmas cookies. Michael loves them. Just enjoy yourself, make yourself comfortable.

Courtney: Wow. Where did that come from?

Jason: Thought I'd better make it good because it might be our last chance to kiss for a while.

A.J.: Huh.

Skye: Ah! Hail the would-be conquering hero. What are you waiting for, Christmas?

A.J.: You're drunk.

Skye: Not yet. Give me time. Speaking of which, how much more time are you going to need to put that little plan against Brenda into motion? I want her skinny little butt in jail yesterday.

A.J.: Skye, you know the old saying "patience is a virtue"? Our plan is a failure if Sonny and Jason don't go down, too, which means the setup has to be flawless, okay? And that requires meticulous attention to detail.

Skye: Which is precisely where Coleman says you're lacking.

A.J.: What the hell does Coleman know?

Coleman: Somebody mention my name?

Reginald: Whoa. Hello? You can't -- you can't just barge in here without telling me who you are.

Coleman: I'm sorry about that, pal. I assumed you'd be expecting me.

Reginald: Why would I?

Coleman: I'm Skye's date.

Jax: Are you sure you want to spend the night at the Quartermaines'?

Brenda: Yeah. I mean, I don't want to stay all night or anything, but they're my family.

Jax: All right, I tell you what -- why don't we just stay for the tree-lighting and then you and I will go and have our own private little Christmas celebration?

Brenda: Sit in front of the fire, get really drunk, and watch the snow?

[Jax chuckles]

Jax: Well, I hate to burst your bubble.

Brenda: So don't.

Jax: There is no snow falling tonight.

Brenda: Oh, you can work that out, right? Send for it. Do that snappy thing you do.

Jax: I'll send for it. I'll send a check.

Brenda: Do the snap.

Jax: All right, I'll see what I can do. All right, come on.

Brenda: All right.

Jax: Let it snow!

[Brenda gasps]

Brenda: Oh, my -- did you do that?

Jax: Didn't I tell you I took a crash course one time? You know, at the North Pole. Me and Santa, we're like this.

Brenda: My hero.

Scott: Now, could you repeat that? I just want to make sure I heard you right.

Ida: Brenda Barrett is the one I saw kill that Alcazar guy.

Scott: Are you sure about that?

Ida: Saw it with my own eyes. If that guy hadn't gone off the balcony, she would've stabbed him to death.

Scott: What took you so long to come forward?

Felicia: I can answer that.

Scott: You?

Felicia: She was paid off to leave town.

Scott: How do you know this?

Felicia: I know everything. I found her.

Scott: We'll talk about that later. Is that true? Were you paid off?

Ida: And keep my mouth shut.

Scott: By who?

Alexis: There's another eyewitness to Alcazar's murder. She's identified Brenda as the killer. She said someone paid her off, and I think it was you.

Sonny: So this is why you pulled me away from my family -- to accuse me of something I didn't do again? I don't know anything about a witness. I didn't bribe anybody. I didn't pay anybody off to leave town. Neither did Jason.

Alexis: I'm not surprised that you're denying it.

Sonny: Then why'd you ask? Where is this so-called witness?

Alexis: She's safe. She's mentioned that she's afraid of you because of your connection to Brenda.

Sonny: See, you overlook the obvious. You have blinders on when it comes to Jax.

Alexis: You're accusing Jax?

Sonny: Well, look at it from his point of view. He believes Brenda’s guilty. You got a so-called witness who places Brenda on Alcazar's balcony, who fingers Brenda as the killer. So Jax pays her to go away.

Alexis: If you did this, you can only stall for so long because the witness will be able to identify the person that paid her off.

Sonny: Well, she's not going to identify me because I didn't do anything. I had no motive. Unlike Mr. Wonderful, I think Brenda is innocent. I got to -- I got to spend some time with my family.

Luke: What exactly are you saying?

Summer: I'm saying the truth. I'm a fantasy. A sweet one, but a fantasy nonetheless.

Luke: No. No, I'm not delusional. I'm not. You're here. You're in this room.

Summer: I'm in your head, Luke.

Luke: Why are you doing this to me?

[Summer gasps]

Luke: If you're -- if you're not real, how can I hold you like this?

Summer: Let go.

Luke: How can I touch your skin and smell your perfume?

Summer: Just forget about me.

Luke: Look, I'm bleeding. You going to tell me I imagined this?

Luke: You scratch me, I bleed. It doesn't get any more real than that.

Summer: Let it go, Luke.

Luke: No.

Summer: Just keep away.

Luke: No, no, listen to me. You're nervous. Now, what are you afraid of? I can't hurt you because you don't even exist.

Summer: You need to move on with your life. Please, just tell these people whatever it is they want to hear -- for yourself, for me.

Luke: For you from what? The real world you're hiding from. That's what this is all about.

Summer: No.

Luke: Yes. Yes, it is, Summer. You won't show yourself because of that violent senator who's following you around, and it's okay with you if I'm just seen as some kind of raving lunatic!

Summer: Look, you're a really nice guy, okay? You treated me really well, so thank you, okay?

Luke: No. No! No! You have to return the favor. You have to get me out of here. Go to that doctor. Show yourself to him so that he'll spring me from this joint. If you do that, I swear I will make sure that you never have anything to fear.

Summer: You can't do that.

Luke: I can. No, I can. Laura, I can! Oh -- Laura!

Orderly: What's all the racket?

Luke: Please, tell me you saw the woman that just went around that corner.

Orderly: Right. I recognize you. You're the one who sees invisible chicks.

Luke: I take that as a no. Okay, okay. Take me to the rubber room, then, because I am tired. So tired. I need rest.

Orderly: Come on, buddy. Let's go.

Luke: Yeah. Ow.

Courtney: You know, I don't -- I don't know if I can sit across the room from you all night and pretend that we're not -- you know.

Jason: Yeah, well, I don't like it, either.

Courtney: Well, I guess it's best for now.

Michael: I finished!

Jason: You did? All right. That looks great.

Courtney: Oh, wow. That's beautiful!

Michael: See, it has five points -- one for each of us -- Jason, Courtney, Michael, Mommy, Daddy.

Courtney: You know what I think? I think Santa will be so impressed with that star, I'll bet he leaves you something extra special, something you didn't even ask for.

Michael: I forgot to write to Santa!

Jason: What?

Michael: Now he doesn't know what I want. Now it's too late.

Jason: No. No, it's not too late. We can e-mail him.

Michael: We can do that?

Jason: Yeah. You just tell me everything you want. I type it out. Where's your list? You got to go get your list?

Michael: I memorized it.

Jason: All right, let's go. Okay.

Carly: He's amazing with Michael, isn't he? He has been ever since he was born. Oh, he's going to make a great father one day. Ooh, and I'm thinking the two of you are going to make the most gorgeous kids.

Courtney: What a strange thing to say.

Carly: You think?

Courtney: Jason and I are both married, Carly.

Carly: Yeah, to the wrong people.

Courtney: Maybe -- maybe Michael wants a cookie.

Reginald: Listen, Skye, if you don't want this joker around, I can have him tossed out on the next garbage run.

Coleman: Hey. Easy on the insults, captain, okay? I'm a sensitive guy.

A.J.: Reginald, it's okay. I'll take care of our guest.

Reginald: Yeah, well, don't say I didn't warn you.

Coleman: Oh, boy. He's kind of insolent for a valet, isn't he?

A.J.: Butler. I got two words for you, and they're short ones so you'll understand them -- "get out."

Coleman: You know what? You need to lighten up, okay? I mean, you wouldn't want to cast suspicion on our little trio here, right?

Skye: What are you doing here?

Coleman: I got bored. You know what they say about idle minds, right? Huh? So, in the future, hey, remember to invite me to these things. You wouldn't want me all worried and mistrustful, you know, talkative -- yak, yak, yak.

A.J.: Hey, this is my family's home, Coleman.

Coleman: I know. Look how nice it is, huh? Jeez. You know, man, I have always wondered what it'd be like to grow up in a place like this, you know, surrounded by the best of everything and -- I just -- I somehow thought it'd make you better, you know, round out the edges and stuff and -- then I met you guys.

A.J.: Yeah. That's funny, all right. You know what? Get out or I'll call security.

Coleman: I wouldn't do that if I were you, okay? Not unless you want your entire family to know what you and your little sister here are up to, all right? I'm sure somebody would call the cops, and, in a pinch, there's always me, huh? Aw. Why the long face? Come on, cheer up. All right? I'm actually not bad company. And, besides, you're stuck with me.

Skye: All right, fine. Just -- stay. Don't embarrass me, though, okay?

A.J.: Hey, hey, hey. This is a mistake, Skye. Even Reggie’s right. Coleman doesn't belong here. Come on --

Lila: Doesn't everyone look splendid.

Coleman: Mrs. Quartermaine. Hey. I cannot tell you how much I've been looking forward to meeting you.

Lila: Who is this handsome young man?

Coleman: My name is Cole Ratcliffe, and I'm just honored to be a guest in your beautiful home tonight.

Lila: How kind.

Reginald: A little too slick if you ask me.

Lila: Pay no attention to Reginald. He's very protective.

Edward: Who is this man?

Lila: Oh, this is Mr. Ratcliffe, dear.

Coleman: Please call me Cole, Sir. I'm a new business associate of A.J. and Skye's.

Edward: Oh, A.J. and Skye -- that's -- that's fascinating. So, what kind of business would that be?

Scott: A name? Can you give me a name?

Ida: It was all very mysterious. I'm not even sure how the man knew I saw anything at all that night. Suddenly he was just there, a scary presence on the phone.

Scott: Did he ever give you a name?

Ida: No, of course not. Why would he?

Scott: Okay.

Felicia: How was the payoff handled?

Scott: What -- why are you here?

Felicia: Because I want to know the same thing as you. I want to know what she has to say.

Scott: Okay. Go on.

Ida: As I said, he called shortly after the murder. Said he knew I'd seen what happened to Alcazar and I had to be dealt with. Well, my heart almost stopped right there. I was already terrified. I recognized Brenda Barrett, and I -- I knew who she was connected to.

Scott: So Sonny Corinthos -- you mean that's who called you?

Ida: No, I told you -- he never said his name.

Scott: All right, okay. Go ahead.

Ida: I tried to tell him he was mistaken, I hadn't seen anything. He cut me off and said to meet him on the Elm Street Pier. He'd give me $100,000 to disappear and stay quiet.

Felicia: Well, obviously you met him.

Ida: Wouldn't you?

Felicia: What happened?

Scott: Do you mind?

Felicia: Sorry.

Scott: What happened?

Ida: Well, I got there first, and I waited. It was one of the most frightening moments of my life. For all I knew, this man was going to walk up behind me and shoot me. I heard a noise. I froze, scared to turn around. I asked, "is it you?" He said he had the money, that I should call a cab, go to the airport, and take the first plane out to wherever it was going. Said I shouldn't come back or ever breathe a word about the money or what I saw that night. He said the money was in small, unmarked bills, nontraceable. Suddenly, dead silence. It felt like I was alone, so I found the courage to turn. He was still there, staring at me. I just knew he meant to kill me.

Scott: Did you get a good enough look to make a positive I.D.?

Ida: Yeah.

[Christmas music plays]

Carly: Hey. All right, you know, if you promise to be very, very careful, I could let you start unwrapping the ornaments from the tissue paper.

Michael: I thought we were waiting for Daddy.

Carly: Well, you know what? We don't know when he's going to be home, and so we decided to get that Christmas tree up as soon as possible. You know what? I promise you that no matter how late it is, you and Daddy can hang the star together.

Michael: Okay.

Carly: Okay.

Courtney: He is so cute.

Jason: Yeah, he's a good kid.

Carly: Okay. All right, no matter how neat you are about this, every year you wrap them up so they don't get tangled, and every year they are tangled. You know what this is? This is hopeless. I can't do this.

Courtney: Oh, come on, nothing's hopeless, especially when you have me on your crew. Untangling lights is my specialty.

Carly: Great.

Jason: Well, we'll see about that. Let me help you.

Michael: Daddy!

Sonny: Hey. Hey.

Michael: We started without you.

Sonny: Yeah, I can see that. Everything looks great. Can you give -- I need to speak to Jason for a minute?

Michael: Okay.

Sonny: Okay. Keep it up, okay?

Jason: What's up?

Sonny: We got a problem. It's got to be dealt with tonight.

Jason: What is it?

Sonny: There's another eyewitness who claims she saw Brenda kill Alcazar.

Brenda: Hello.

Monica: Hello.

Brenda: Merry Christmas.

Monica: Merry Christmas to you.

Brenda: Lila, Merry Christmas.

Jax: Merry Christmas.

Lila: Oh.

Brenda: Want me to open it?

Lila: Please, dear. Oh, Brenda, it's beautiful. Thank you so much.

Brenda: You're welcome.

Lila: Oh, look.

Edward: Ahem. So, what sort of business are you involved in with my -- with my grandchildren?

Coleman: Oh, I'm sorry, Sir, I can't discuss it.

Edward: Why not?

Coleman: Superstitious. I never talk about a deal till it's done. But I'm fine if Skye or A.J. here wants to fill you in, though, if that's what they want to do.

A.J.: Nah.

Brenda: Merry Christmas.

Edward: What -- oh, thank you!

Brenda: How do you manage that?

Edward: Manage what, my dear?

Brenda: You're always the most compelling man in the room.

Edward: Oh, you have the most exquisite taste.

Brenda: Don't I?

Edward: You know, Skye --

Brenda: Hi.

Edward: You could learn a thing or two from this young girl here. You know, like how to treat me with the respect that I deserve.

Skye: But I always do, Grandfather.

A.J.: We're staying calm, remember?

Skye: Then get me away from that little tramp.

Brenda: Oh, you know what? There's no need --

Edward: No, no, no, no, no.

Coleman: You know what? Just --

Skye: Oh, get your hands off of me.

Coleman: Hey, that's not what you said the other night, okay?

Edward: Ned, I -- I need to see you.

Ned: This is supposed to be a party, Grandfather.

Edward: It may be your last unless you drop this ridiculous notion of pitting yourself against Sonny Corinthos.

Ned: You're not going to talk me out of it, so don't even try.

Edward: I know that you are still upset about Kristina’s death.

Ned: "Upset"? "Upset"?

Edward: Yes, we all are. She was a lovely girl. But please don't let your bitterness take E.L.Q. into bankruptcy or foreclosure or even something worse.

Ned: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let me give you some advice, and I suggest you take it. Nothing and no one is going to talk me out of this, so don't even try.

Alexis: Ned --

Ned: What?

Alexis: I wanted to wish you a merry Christmas.

Ned: Same to you.

Monica: And did you see the lovely ornament that Brenda gave Lila?

Alan: Yes, it's beautiful.

Lila: What is it they say in that wonderful old movie?

Coleman: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings."

Lila: Yeah, that's it.

Alan: Who are you?

Alexis: I found Ida.

Jax: Who?

Alexis: Ida?

Jax: I'm sorry. Is that supposed to mean something to me?

Alexis: You don't know, do you?

Jax: What's going on, Alexis?

Alexis: Felicia found a woman named Ida who claims she saw Brenda kill Alcazar.

Ida: I guess you're mad.

Felicia: I really wish you didn't take off like that.

Ida: You and that other lady made me nervous.

Felicia: Do you like D.A. Baldwin any better?

Scott: All right, look, I want -- Felicia, excuse me, please. Show you some mug shots, see if one of these guys tried to bribe you. How about this guy?

Ida: You don't listen, do you, Mr. Baldwin? That's Sonny Corinthos. I told you it's not him.

Scott: Just making sure.

Ida: I'm sure.

Scott: Okay. What about this guy?

Ida: That's him.

Scott: Are you sure?

Ida: Absolutely. I'll never forget those cold eyes. Are you going to kill me?

Jason: Just follow my instructions, everything will be okay.

Felicia: Do I get to see who she identified?

Scott: All right, show her. It's making sense now. It's all coming clear.

Felicia: Really? Or is this you stacking the deck like you did with Luke?

Jax: I'm sure it was Sonny. Bribery and blackmail are just his style.

Alexis: He says no.

Jax: Like he'd tell the truth?

Alexis: Like you have?

Jax: Whose side are you on?

Alexis: Listen to me. You can't protect Brenda anymore. She needs to turn herself in.

Jax: You believe that she killed Alcazar?

Alexis: No, and it's my job to prove that she didn't. I will represent her.

Jax: You know Scott will use Brenda to go after Sonny. So if you do represent her, you have to swear to me that you will represent only her.

Alexis: I swear.

Jax: Okay. And there's no other way out of this?

Alexis: I am obligated to report this witness to the police. I just came to warn you.

Jax: Well, I appreciate that.

Alexis: You need to go into another room and -- and tell her.

Jax: I'll tell her when the time's right.

Alexis: No, you need to tell her before we leave here tonight.

Jax: Hey.

Brenda: Hey.

Jason: There's a positive I.D. and a money trial?

Sonny: According to Alexis.

Jason: So Brenda’s in trouble. That's not good.

Sonny: Did you make the payoff?

Jason: I wouldn't do that without consulting you first.

Sonny: Okay. Baldwin's going to -- not going to waste any time. You can't waste any time, either. You need to get Brenda out of the country tonight.

Carly: Look at that. Look. No more cookies.

Michael: Yep.

Carly: What do you think? Maybe you could run in the kitchen and get some more?

Michael: Mm-hmm.

Carly: Okay.

Michael: Waiter time.

Carly: All right.

Courtney: So, any idea what's going on?

Carly: No, but it seem serious. It always is. Courtney, it's always like this. You could be doing something as mundane as picking up some takeout from Kelly’s, trimming the Christmas tree, and someone gets a phone call or someone comes in from a business meeting and, next thing you know, they're gone and it's anyone's guess when they're going to be back. They are not easy men to love.

[Phone rings]

Sonny: You know where Brenda is?

Jason: Yeah, she's at the Quartermaine'. I'll go get her right now.

Sonny: All right. Hello? I need to take this in -- in the kitchen, okay?

Carly: Okay. Go. Go. Hurry, go.

Courtney: Hey. You're leaving?

Jason: This is what I told you about.

Courtney: Brenda.

Jason: Yeah. I got to go, and I don't know when I'll be back.

Courtney: Well, I guess -- I guess that will be our last kiss for a while.

Courtney: Will you call?

Jason: I don't know if I can.

Courtney: Then just be safe, okay?

Bobbie: Oh, my God. Are you sure? Okay. I'll be right there.

Cameron: Something wrong?

Bobbie: It's Luke!

Cameron: I was just going to check on him.

Bobbie: He's not in his room! He's on the roof!

Cameron: What?

Bobbie: Let's go.

Orderly: I thought we had an understanding -- you were going to go back to your room nice and peaceful.

Luke: I changed my mind. Nut cases do that.

Guard: You have to come off the ledge, Mr. Spencer. You're going to fall.

Luke: Why don't you boys go back inside before you catch your death of cold?

Bobbie: Luke? Hey.

Luke: Hi, Barbara.

Bobbie: What are you doing?

Luke: Oh, I'm getting a little fresh air. It's kind of stuffy down there in the fruitcake ward.

Bobbie: Luke, don't do this.

Luke: Oh, it's okay, honey, I'm cool. In fact, I'm freezing. Why don't you go away and take all those professionals with you, hon?

Cameron: Do what he says, Bobbie. Go.

Bobbie: Are you insane?

Cameron: Yeah, I've been called that. Go.

Bobbie: I don't want to go. I don't want to leave him. What if he falls, or what if he jumps?

Cameron: He's not going to jump. You have to trust me on this.

Bobbie: Luke?

Luke: Hmm?

Bobbie: I love you.

Luke: I love you, too. It's okay. Go on. I'll talk to you. Bye-bye.

Bobbie: Okay. Hang on to that, all right?

Luke: Yeah. Bye.

Cameron: Hang on a second. Let me borrow your handcuffs. It's all right. I'm a doctor.

Luke: Oh, what do you want?

Cameron: Ahem. I just thought I'd hang around a little while.

Luke: Ah.

Cameron: Well, I can see why you like it here. Nice view.

Luke: She was here.

Cameron: Summer?

Luke: Down in the psych ward.

Cameron: In the psych ward? The secure, hall-monitored psych ward?

Luke: She's an amazing escape artist. Slips in and out of the cracks in my mind.

Cameron: How does that work?

Luke: I don't know, but that's where she is. She told me she's in my head.


Luke: So I guess you're not as much of a quack as I thought. Hey, doctor, answer me this. Considering the fact that all of this could just be another delusion, if I jump, will I die?

Cameron: No, you're not a leaper, Luke. You just -- you just want the attention. That's irritating but not irrational.

Luke: Just when I thought you were more than a waste of skin.

[Helicopter approaches]

Cameron: Oh, come on, Luke, I told you -- you're nothing new. And you repeat yourself, which makes my job that much easier. This is a Santa caper all over again with a few more bells and whistles. This time we got a fire engine and searchlights and -- whoa, look -- here comes the news copter. You're a regular breaking bulletin.

[Luke laughs]

Luke: Hello!

Cameron: Hey, it's Christmas, the season of brotherly love, goodwill toward men, phony togetherness. If you go, I go.

Felicia: You only showed Ida two pictures -- one of Sonny and one of Jason. You didn't show her one of Jax or an artist composite.

Scott: Ida I.D.'d Jason like that. The minute she saw him, positive I.D. That's all I need. You helped Alexis get Jax off. You got what you want. So get out of here, will you? I got things to do. All right, listen. Two arrest warrants -- one for Jason Morgan and one for Sonny Corinthos -- obstruction of justice, tampering with a witness, and accessory to murder.

Officer: Got it.

Scott: You know what? Three's a charm. Also an arrest for Brenda Barrett, murder one. Don't you just love Christmas?

Brenda: Ahem. Everything okay?

Jax: No. Another eyewitness has come forward naming you Alcazar's killer.

Brenda: No, that's impossible.

Jax: Even worse, someone paid them to leave town and keep their mouth shut.

Brenda: This is bad, isn't it?

Jax: Well, not necessarily. You see, Alexis hasn't told the police about the eyewitness, so there's still time to get the hell out of here.

Alan: Why are you doing this to yourself?

Skye: Maybe if I drink myself blind, I can erase the image of my husband fawning over that murderous witch.

Alan: I'm not referring to the alcohol.

Skye: Oh, really? I was so sure you were gearing up for that whole rah-rah A.A. thing.

Alan: If you knew that Brenda and Jax were going to be here, why stay? Why subject yourself to that kind of pain?

Skye: Excellent question. I've asked that myself. Maybe I don't want my husband to conveniently forget I'm alive. Or maybe I'm as self-destructive as everyone says. Or maybe there's a shred of something here called family and it's all I have left to hang on to.

Alan: I hate to see you tearing yourself apart like this, Skye.

Skye: I'm so sorry.

Alan: What about?

Skye: I've made so many mistakes, everything.

Alan: It's okay.

Coleman: Skye, there you are. Hey, Mrs. Quartermaine has been hinting we're about ready to light the tree.

Skye: Oh, oh.

Alan: How do you know my daughter?

Coleman: Let's just say fate threw her in my path, Sir.

Alan: Are you two seeing each other?

Coleman: We've spent some quality time together, right, Skye?

Skye: Right-o, Cole.

Alan: That's funny -- you don't even seem remotely like my daughter's type.

Coleman: Well, tastes change, Sir.

A.J.: Yeah, and let's change the subject, huh? What do you say we get to the tree? It's time to get the lights going. I want a good spot, anyway.

Alan: Do you really?

A.J.: Yeah.

Jax: Listen, we got to leave now, okay? I'll call ahead for the jet.

Brenda: Just give me a few more minutes.

Jax: Okay, but when I say go, we go.

Brenda: Okay.

Jax: Okay.

Edward: Oh, Lord.

Alan: Hello, Jason.

Luke: If I'm here to jump, what makes you think attaching yourself to me like a leech is going to make any difference? If I don't give a damn about my own life, I sure as hell don't care about yours.

Cameron: I know you don't. That is my point. What makes you think I have anything to live for? Boy, you must think Summer is some kind of couch potato to be home watching any of this. What if she's at the movies? What if she's with a john?

Luke: What if I chew my arm off and you drop dead?

Luke: I think this act of desperation worked. I think that's her. She's right there, Doctor.

Cameron: There you go, repeating yourself again. What kind of fool do you take me for?

Luke: Well, that's a subject for another day. Turn around. She's right there. Look at her. Look!

Carly: I know you can't discuss business in front of Courtney, but what did Alexis want and why did Jason have to run out of here without saying good-bye? Tell me, does all this involve Brenda?

Sonny: Guess what -- you know what it's time for?

Michael: What?

Sonny: To put that star on the tree, okay? Come over here.

Michael: Hang it up.

Sonny: You got it? Let's go. I'm going to walk you over, and we're going to get a head start --

Michael: On the holidays?

Sonny: Yes, sir.

Carly: Okay, be careful.

Sonny: Oh, boy.

Carly: Oh.

Sonny: What do you say?

Taggert: Michael Corinthos Jr., you’re under arrest.

Carly: For what?

Taggert: Tampering with evidence, bribing a material witness, accessory to murder.

Michael: No! You can't take my daddy!

Sonny: You couldn't wait, Taggert? You couldn't --

Taggert: I get the warrants, I execute them. Cuff him.

Sonny: It's Christmastime!

Carly: Come on. Come on, sweetie, let go.

Michael: No.

Carly: It's okay. Come on.

Michael: No!

Carly: It's okay, sweetie. Let go.

Taggert: Is Morgan here?

Courtney: Why? Are you going to arrest him, too?

Taggert: Is Morgan here?

Courtney: No.

Taggert: Then you'll have to do for now. Michael Corinthos Jr. --

Michael: No --

Taggert: You have the right to remain silent.

Michael: No, don't --

Taggert: If you give up this right, anything you say can and may be used against you in a Court of law.

Michael: You can't take my daddy!

Taggert: You have the right to have an attorney and for that attorney to be present --

Monica: Jason, you did come. Lila? Look who's here.

Lila: Jason. Oh, I knew you wouldn't disappoint me, my darling boy.

Jason: I'm -- I'm sorry I can't stay. I just -- I just need to talk to my wife.

Reginald: Okay, everybody, it's time for that tree-lighting ceremony.

Monica: Okay, everybody --

Jax: We have to leave now.

Monica: Help me with the countdown. 10 --

Jax: Jason must be here to take you away on Sonny's orders.

Monica and Alan: Nine, eight --

Alexis: Jason, if you're here to do what I think you're here to do, you're only going to make things worse.

Monica and Alan: Four, three, two, one.


Alan: Very good --

Edward: Oh, don't panic. It's just a circuit breaker, people.

Mac: Everyone freeze.

Alan: What is the meaning of this?

Mac: We're here to arrest Brenda Barrett for murder.

>> On the next "General Hospital" --

Luke: Just turn and look. What do you got to lose?

Cameron: Let's go.

Skye: Brenda and my husband are probably halfway to Canada by now.

Jax: Hurry up. They'll be searching the grounds soon.

Brenda: Ow!

Jax: You okay?

Michael: Let him go!

Sonny: I need a second with my son.

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