GH Transcript Monday 2/3/03


General Hospital Transcript Monday 2/3/03

Provided by Suzanne
Proofread by Amelia

>> Previously on "General Hospital" --

Skye: I know after the way you defended me tonight, you'll never desert me.

Jax: You're right.

Brenda: I'm saying I don't feel well.

Jason: No, sign the paper.

[Carly screams]

Ned: Sending a shooter over to Kelly's in the middle of the day?

Cameron: Alexis?

Alexis: Alexis doesn't live here anymore.

Sonny: Nice to see you, Ned.

[Knock on door]

Cameron: Alexis? Open the door.

Alexis: Why doesn't he realize that Alexis doesn't live here anymore?

Cameron: Alexis, I know you're home. Open the door or I'll assume something's wrong.

[Knock]

Cameron: Open the door, Alexis, now. Alexis --

Alexis: What is the problem?

Cameron: I was concerned.

Alexis: Well, I was about to take a shower. If you feel a need to supervise that, then suit yourself.

[Knock on door]

Carly: Hey. Come on in.

Courtney: I just came over to see if you're all right.

Carly: Why wouldn't I be?

Courtney: I don't know. Maybe because somebody tried to kill your husband today?

Carly: It wasn't serious. It was just some guy firing blanks. Happens all the time. It's a joke.

[Carly laughs]

Courtney: You're amazing. I mean, it's like water off a duck's back to you.

Carly: Water off a what?

Courtney: It's just an old expression my mom used to say all the time. It just means that you don't let things bother you --

Carly: Yeah, I get it.

Courtney: I don't know. I wish I could be like that, Carly, but, honestly, when -- when I heard those shots fired from the basement, my heart just stopped cold. You know, and I tried to play it off like it happens all the time, but it was just an act.

Carly: You want to know something? It's an act with me, too.

Courtney: So you really were scared?

Carly: Yeah, I still am. Listen, if those bullets had been real in that gun, Sonny would be dead right now. But I know the dangers of his life and the life that we have together, so instead of freaking out as soon as it happens, I decided to try and remind myself that I have a lot to treasure. And then I freak out.

Courtney: You know, I don't -- I don't understand. I mean, Sonny has plenty of money. Why doesn't he just take you and Michael and go to the island and just -- I don't know -- live the rest of your lives safe and happy? Why can't he walk away?

Carly: And take Jason with us? And you and Mike and my mother and everybody else that we love and care about? It's a great fantasy, Courtney. I have had it myself so many times, but that's all it is. It's a fantasy. Jason and Sonny chose this life, and we chose them. So we just have to trust that they know how to handle every situation.

Sonny: Pardon me. I had a very interesting day, Ned.

Ned: What makes you think I care?

Sonny: I don't care if you care because I'm going to tell you about it anyway. I spent the afternoon with my wife in her new place of business, and out of nowhere, somebody opened fire on me.

Ned: Just another day in the office, huh?

Sonny: Yeah. Well, as you can see, I'm not dead, but I would have been if the gun wasn't shooting blanks. Whoever planned this made a serious error in judgment because, if I had been killed, I wouldn't be able to retaliate. But, as you can see, I'm alive and I'm angry because my wife got upset and I now have an enemy. I got to admit, I didn't see you coming.

Ned: Why wouldn't you be surprised? You've wreaked havoc on me and my family for years. And the Quartermaines are just as powerful in our world as you are in yours. Are you so arrogant that you thought I would never fight back?

Sonny: Well, I knew you hated me and you blame me for Kristina's death, but I didn't think you were desperate enough to step into my world. You're way in over your head here, Ned. This isn't kids playing in a school yard with water pistols and cap guns. You talk about your world? Let me tell you a little bit about mine. You pull out a weapon, you better make sure the other guy is not standing. Because as sure as you're still breathing, it'll come back to haunt you.

Jason: What? Please tell me you didn't just say what I heard you say. Please.

Brenda: I'm sorry. I'm not signing the annulment papers.

Jason: Are you on drugs right now?

Brenda: We're two people who are very committed to each other.

Jason: No, no, don't -- don't believe her. She is lying to you. She thinks I'm stupid. She wants to marry some other guy. She's crazy.

Brenda: Well, yes, that's all true, but -- we fight a lot. We -- we have really bad tempers. But the truth is the only person I really want to be married to is my husband.

Alexis: Did you find what you were looking for?

Cameron: Interesting things. Not very revealing.

Alexis: I'm sorry that it wasn't fun for you. If you'd like, you can leave now. As you can see, I'm fine.

Cameron: I followed you today.

Alexis: You did what?

Cameron: To your sister's memorial.

Alexis: Is nothing sacred to you at all? You know, just because you have those alphabet initials at the end of your name doesn't mean that you can root around in my life. I don't like being stalked.

Cameron: How about being investigated, or have you conveniently forgotten the little dossier you prepared on my personal life?

Alexis: I see. So this is payback?

Cameron: You could call it that. Or you could admit that your recent behavior has been cause for concern.

Alexis: I've been under a little stress lately, in case you haven't noticed.

Cameron: Losing time, finding yourself with things you don't remember buying, ending up in places without a clue how you got there --

Alexis: Cameron --

Cameron: Is that your definition of "fine"?

Alexis: What is it that you want?

Cameron: Can you tell me what you did today?

Alexis: Why should I? You know, don't you?

Cameron: Indulge me.

Alexis: Will it make you leave?

Cameron: You never know.

Alexis: I went to the cemetery to see my sister, which I do once a month without fail. I came here to accept the delivery of something that I bought -- and I remember buying it. Then I thought, wouldn't it be nice -- I have this one second to take a nice, hot, relaxing shower. And then I was interrupted by you. I went ahead and I took the shower anyway, which wasn't relaxing at all because I knew that you were down here rummaging through my things. I think that brings us up to date. Did I answer all your questions?

Cameron: Not even close, so I'm going to give you a choice.

Alexis: You're going to give me a choice?

Cameron: Mm-hmm. You can continue stonewalling, in which case I will continue following you day and night, wherever you go, or we can have dinner and I'll let you try to convince me you're as sane as you claim.

Sonny: You'd love to come after me on your own, man-to-man, but you're no street fighter. So you went looking for backup, somebody who's more comfortable with the messier side of things, somebody who understands my methods, who's not afraid to get her hands dirty. That's where Faith comes in. She hates me, too. She blames me for her husband's death. But she doesn't have the money to take me down. You two must have looked real good to each other. How am I doing so far, Ned?

Ned: I'm fascinated.

Sonny: Well, you know what? Not bad as plans go. But the problem is you don't have the guts for violence, and that's what it always comes down to. Somebody dies, somebody ends up in prison, looking over their shoulder, waiting for the other shoe to drop. You don't want that, do you, Ned?

Ned: Maybe you underestimate me.

Sonny: No, maybe you overestimate yourself. You thought by setting up a phony attempt on my life it would make me run to the table to open up negotiations on whatever you think you need from me. But you miscalculated because you know what you did? You gave away the one advantage you had. And you know what that is, Ned? The element of surprise.

Ned: You escaped prosecution for the murder of Alcazar by the skin of your teeth, so the last thing you want or need is to call attention to yourself. Remember that. So why don't you just take this warning in the spirit that it was intended, and that is Faith and I can hurt you unless you figure out a way to deal with us.

Sonny: You really want to do this, Ned? Hmm? Let me give you a warning -- get out of this as fast as you can. Otherwise, you're not going to have another opportunity.

Sonny: Big mistake, Faith. And you're not going to have a way out because this one's going to cost you.

Ned: Faith!

Ned: That was the sweetest double-cross I have ever seen.

Elton: This is just a scribble, of course, but it will give you some idea of the approach we can take.

Jax: Oh, this is very nice.

Elton: Thank you.

Jax: Why don't you just put a few -- you know, a few ideas together for us and present it to us when Brenda gets back.

Elton: Well, I'd be delighted to.

Jax: Fantastic.

Elton: Well, chow mein.

Jax: Take care. Bye-bye.

Elton: Hello.

Scott: How are you?

Elton: Fine, thank you.

Scott: I'm glad I found you. Saves me a phone call.

Jax: What can I do for you, Mr. Baldwin?

Scott: Well, I got a little piece of advice for you from me to you. You can put your white knight costume away until you need it again for Brenda because there's nothing you're going to pull out of that kangaroo pouch that's going to save Skye.

Brenda: Jason and I -- we -- we fight a lot.

Jason: This --

Brenda: We both have really bad tempers. And in the heat of the moment, I said that I wanted an annulment.

Jason: What --

Brenda: And you know men -- huge egos. So he's just pretending to go along with the annulment.

Jason: Yeah.

Brenda: But in his heart, I know that he really doesn't want to lose me, and I really don't want to lose him.

Jason: Yeah, that's nice. Judge, you want to know what I think?

Judge: Aren't you listening to your wife? It's clear how much she loves you.

Jason: Are you -- are you going to annul us or not?

Judge: If Mrs. Morgan refuses to sign the papers, there's nothing I can do.

Brenda: I -- I refuse to sign the papers.

Jason: Okay. That's just fine. Here you go. Sorry we wasted your time.

Judge: Mr. Morgan, you're a fortunate man.

Jason: Oh --

Judge: She's an extraordinary woman.

Brenda: Aw. Well, thank you.

Jason: That's really not the word I was looking for --

Brenda: That's very sweet of you to say.

Jason: Judge.

Brenda: All right, let's get our stuff together. If we hurry, we can catch the night flight.

Jason: Yeah, oh, that's really funny because I'm not taking you home --

Brenda: Why not?

Jason: Brenda. I'm taking you to Switzerland --

Brenda: No, you're not.

Jason: Like we originally agreed. I'm going to have you committed because you're out of your mind!

Brenda: Oh, are you upset?

Jason: Yeah, I'm a little upset!

Brenda: What are you upset about? You're in no hurry to marry anyone else, right? You won't even discuss your relationship with Courtney with me, so what's the problem?

Jason: Courtney has nothing to do with this! That's the problem! We were supposed to end this marriage because neither one of us want to be in it, and now, what, you're changing your mind? You're supposed to marry Jax. What happened to that?

Brenda: Jax is the reason why I need to stay married to you right now. 

Jason: Now you say you don't want to marry Jax? You don't --

Brenda: Yes, of course I want to marry Jax. I'm just --

Jason: What?

Brenda: Worried --

Jason: What am I missing here? What -- what's going on?

Brenda: I just don't know if it's the right time. I don't want to rush things.

Jason: What do you mean, the right -- why didn't you tell me before we got on a plane and flew all the way down here?

Brenda: Because I didn't know until I was sitting here with a pen in my hand! I didn't think about it! I mean, I was just sitting here, and I'm imagining that Jax and I are going to promise to spend the rest of our lives together, and I just know that something -- I just know something's going to go wrong.

Jason: Brenda, this is what you wanted. Why is it changing now?

Brenda: Because I don't know if it's the right time, and I just -- I feel like maybe Jax needs some more time. Maybe Skye does. I don't know, I just feel bad. You know, things are just moving too fast for me. I mean, don't you understand? I was gone for four years with this person. It's like my heart was asleep, you know? And now all of a sudden I'm here and my life's supposed to be good again, and I don't trust it at all, because every time I'm about to be happy, something always goes wrong every time. And I know now you're just going to make fun of me for saying this, but you're the only person who's never let me down. I know that as soon as I sign the papers you're not going to be my friend anymore. And I don't really have, you know, very many friends to discuss this with. I just need to sit still for a second before I make another big decision.

[Brenda sighs]

Brenda: Go ahead, make fun of me.

Jason: That is the first time you've actually made any sense. Now, why do you not think that Jax can understand this?

Brenda: Because Jax is going to think that I want to put the wedding off because of Sonny.

Jason: Are you?

Brenda: No. Of course not. I'm not a kid anymore, you know? I'm not naive. I don't have silly, hopeful dreams anymore. I know that Sonny and I aren't an option for each other. We both know that. Jax -- he gets jealous. He feels a little threatened. I mean, who could blame him? I've gone back and forth between them more than once.

Jason: Don't you ever get tired of holding that guy's hand through everything?

Brenda: No, I don't. He does the same for me. I'm sorry about all this. I am. If you just take me back to Port Charles, we can file for the annulment there.

Jason: It's going to take longer.

Brenda: I know. Exactly.

[Jason sighs]

Jason: All right, what are you going to tell Jax?

Brenda: I'm going to tell him the truth. I mean, I'll say that we were stranded here and -- ahem -- that it gave me time to think, and I realized that we should get the annulment back at home, where we know that it's legal. And give us all some more time. Can you do this for me or not? Please?

Jason: One condition.

Brenda: What?

Jason: That when we get in front of the judge in New York, you tell him, "I want an annulment --"

Brenda: Yes, of course!

Jason: "From this guy. I want this marriage to end."

Brenda: Of course I'm going to say that.

[Brenda laughs]

Brenda: You didn't really think that I was into you, did you?

Jason: What, is there a rule you can only be nice --

Brenda: Ew!

Jason: Nice for one minute? Is that the rule?

Brenda: I'm just saying --

Jason: [Mocks Brenda] "Oh, I was nice a minute ago."

Brenda: You didn't really believe that I was into you?

Jason: "Now I'm not nice again."

Brenda: I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I just --

Jason: [Normal voice] That's fine. Let's just --

Brenda: I didn't mean to not be nice. Everything's settled now, right?

Jason: Everything's settled. Let's go.

Brenda: Okay. Here.

Jason: Oh.

Brenda: I can carry that.

Jason: Yeah.

Brenda: Excuse me?

Jason: What's up?

Brenda: Can you at least pretend that I'm a girl? I can't carry this bag.

Jason: It's got wheels.

Jax: Skye and I may be divorced, but that doesn't mean I'm going to stand back and let you convict her of a crime that she didn't commit.

Scott: She's guilty as hell. She jumped into bed with Alcazar. Then she heard --

[Jax groans]

Scott: Brenda and Alcazar out there arguing. Brenda left, she went out, she pushed Alcazar off the balcony, and then she tried to pin it on Brenda. In the 11th hour when she sobered up and she came out of that alcoholic coma, she tried to clear Brenda without incriminating herself. But she blew it, so she's guilty as hell.

Jax: All right.

Scott: Order the conch chowder, I suggest --

Jax: Mm-hmm.

Scott: Well, there she is. Come clean, I'll make a deal.

Jax: You know what? Back away from her or I'm going to sue you for harassment.

Scott: Are you really that noble, or are you just guilty because you -- you dumped your lovely wife for your ex-girlfriend? Excuse me.

Skye: I hate that man.

Jax: Yeah.

Skye: He's such a pig.

Jax: I'd have to agree. But he does have a point.

Ned: Don't think it hasn't been stimulating, but this partnership is over.

Faith: That's it? You run for the door as soon as we get the first threat from Sonny?

Ned: I don't give a damn about Sonny. I want a partner I can trust. I get all the backstabbing I need from my family. I certainly don't need it from you.

Faith: Fine. You want honesty? I sent the gunman. I wanted to see what Sonny would do, and he reacted exactly as I hoped. In this business, it's about who's got the power, Ned. You make the opposition come to you, and that's exactly what we did. Sonny came in here making threats, handing out warnings.

Ned: And you think that's a good idea?

Faith: Yeah. He came with words, not weapons. That's the point.

Ned: And what if you'd been wrong? What if he sent one of his thugs to come and kill us?

Faith: He wouldn't. He's got a family -- pretty little wife, cute little boy. And this messy Alcazar business has sent his media profile through the roof. Feds, locals -- everybody's watching him. There has never been a better time to put pressure on Sonny, and we are perfectly positioned to do it. Now, are you going to help me take advantage of a moment we may never see again, or are you going to walk just when things are getting good?

Courtney: Hey.

Carly: Hey.

Sonny: Where's everybody going?

Carly: To the interior designer's.

Sonny: I don't get a chance to see my little sister?

Carly: Well, now you see her, now you don't.

Courtney: Hey --

Carly: Bye.

Courtney: Wait. Hi.

Sonny: Hi.

Courtney: Hey. How's it going?

Sonny: You look good.

Courtney: I'm fine.

Sonny: And I'm glad you're going along with the plans for the club because I checked into that shooting incident and it's a one-time thing. It's just not going to happen again, you know?

Carly: Good. Great.

Sonny: I know it scared you. And I'm glad that you stayed calm.

Courtney: Well, I'm trying. You know, it's kind of hard sometimes.

Sonny: I know.

[Knock on door]

Courtney: Do you want --

Carly: Grab it.

Courtney: Okay.

Carly: Hello.

Courtney: Hey.

Ric: Oh, an amazing coincidence. I was just thinking about you.

Sonny: So, Ric, you've been -- you've been thinking about my little sister?

Carly: Oh, great, the older, protective brother.

Ric: I was just thinking about the incident today at Kelly's and, you know, what a shock it must have been for Courtney. It's not every day that you hear your brother getting shot at by a gunman.

Sonny: Well, Courtney -- you know, as you can see, she's fine.

Carly: Yeah, Sonny took care of it and it's all fine, so -- we have to go now.

Courtney: I'm ready.

Carly: We're going to the interior designer's. Want to come along with us?

Sonny: Well, actually, I need a couple minutes with -- with Ric.

Carly: Oh, please don't yell at him for thinking about Courtney.

Courtney: Please don't.

Sonny: It's just business.

Carly: All right. Well, make sure it's your business because we have business together and I don't want you trying to steal him from me.

Sonny: Now, would I do that?

Courtney: Hey, listen -- I never had a chance to thank you. It meant so much to all of us that you were able to help get Jason and Brenda exonerated.

Ric: Oh, there's no thanks necessary. I was glad to help.

Carly: You ready?

Courtney: Mm-hmm.

Carly: Yeah.

Ric: What do you need?

Sonny: It's about my sister.

Ric: Look, Sonny, if I -- I meant no disrespect. All I was trying to say --

Sonny: I want a better life for Courtney -- you know, anything better than waiting tables at Kelly's. I want her away from the city and the things that happen around me. Get her a good college, you know, new life. Is that something you think you'd be able to arrange?

Ric: Yeah. Just so I'm clear here, you don't want Courtney nearby?

Sonny: It's too dangerous. I just -- I want Courtney as far away from Port Charles as possible.

Jax: Well, you know, Scott wasn't wrong. The reason I'm so determined to help you is because I want to make it up to you. I have to be honest -- I didn't handle the breakup very well, and for that I'm sorry. My intention was never to hurt you.

Skye: Well, then, you're light-years ahead of me because I wanted to hurt you. I regret that now. I wish I'd handled things differently. I don't know -- maybe been a little less reactionary. Well, at least we can say we've seen the worst of each other, right?

Jax: Well, hopefully we won't have to experience that again.

Skye: Yeah.

Jax: No, I wish you well, Skye. I really do. And like I said, I'll do anything I can to help you.

Skye: Well, thank you, Jax. That means a lot to me. So -- you and Brenda are getting married.

Jax: Yeah. She's actually in the Dominican Republic right now, getting an annulment with Jason.

Skye: I see. Well, I certainly hope things work out for you, you know --

Jax: Thanks.

Skye: The way they're meant to.

Jax: They usually do. Take care.

Skye: You, too.

Ned: You made a big mistake, and Sonny called it. You gave away the element of surprise. But you're also right about another thing, and that is Sonny will wait as long as possible before he resorts to violence, so we still have a window.

Faith: Are you saying we're still partners?

Ned: I went -- I went to a lot of trouble to put this plan in motion, and we still have a chance of bringing Sonny down, and I am not ready to cut my losses. So we're going to continue as partners. But if you ever -- if you ever make another move against Sonny behind my back, I will walk. I will walk, and I will take my money with me. And you can go up against him all by yourself. You'd also be wise to remember something -- I'm a Quartermaine. Sonny's going to go out of his way to avoid killing me. You, on the other had, are the widow of a mobster. You disappear, no one will blink an eye.

Alexis: As far as coerced therapy, that wasn't too bad.

Cameron: Yeah, I would think the grill would be a nice change of pace from the hospital cafeteria.

Alexis: This the part where you lecture me that I'm spending too much time at the hospital with my daughter?

Cameron: No, this is where I ask you why you're so hard on yourself. Anybody ever suggested that you slow down?

Alexis: My sister -- ha -- all the time, actually, even when I didn't want to hear it.

Cameron: That was brave of her.

Alexis: She was very brave.

Cameron: What else?

Alexis: Why do you want to talk about my sister now?

Cameron: I know the circumstances surrounding her death, I know how she died, who you blame for it. But I know very little about the woman herself.

Alexis: All right. She was the total opposite of me. She was everything that I am not. She was quirky and spontaneous, fun, trusting. She loved surprises. She believed in crystals and yoga and herbal tea and feng shui, and she was filled with joy and hope. She loved being alive. And now she's dead.

Cameron: Because of you. You don't come right out and say it, but I know you blame yourself for her death. Think you can tell me why?

Alexis: Well, you're wrong. I don't blame myself. I know exactly what happened. My sister went to Sonny Corinthos to tell him something in the warehouse the night that Luis Alcazar decided to blow it up. It was very simple cause and effect -- someone took an action, and my sister paid with her life.

Zander: Leave Alexis alone. Is he bothering you, grilling you about me? If he is, just tell him to back off and mind his own business.

Alexis: Why -- why would he grill me about you?

Cameron: What Alexander's trying to tell you in his own unique fashion is that he's my son.

Alexis: Zander is your son?

Cameron: That's right.

Alexis: Zander is your son, the one that ran away?

Zander: Oh, so he's told you about me.

Alexis: Oh, my God. Do you know that he's been in Port Charles for years, working for the mob? Do you know that -- do you know that he's been shot twice? Where the hell have you been all this time?

Cameron: It's a long story.

Alexis: Before you start dispensing advice about my family, oh, you really need to take care of your own. I'm sorry.

Cameron: You feel better now?

Zander: As a matter of fact, I do. Alexis happens to be a very good friend of mine, and I thought she should know the kind of jerk she was dealing with, and now she does.

Carly: Hey.

Sonny: Hey.

Carly: Ooh. So, how was your meeting?

Sonny: Good, good. You know, Ric could turn out to be useful.

Carly: I told you. Oh, we saw so many fabrics today. My head is spinning. And all of them are so beautiful. I don't even know how you decide. And I have the same problem with Club 101. Nothing's cheap, so it's, like, do you go with the French velvet and two days into opening watch someone throw up on it, or do you go with something less expensive and not so classy? I --

Sonny: You can do that all night, can't you?

Carly: Do what?

Sonny: Well, I mean, just go on and on about fabric like nothing's wrong.

Carly: Do you want me to say out loud what we both already know? Okay. You could have died today.

Sonny: But I didn't. And I know how hard this is for you, how brave you're being. And I'm grateful that you're -- you're strong and you don't give in to panic.

Carly: I'm becoming the perfect little mob wife. Imagine that.

Sonny: No, just the perfect wife for me. I just wish I could promise that this won't happen again.

Carly: All I need you to promise is that you will do your best to stay safe.

Sonny: I got to because I -- I got a life to show up for -- you, Michael, and now Courtney. But at least I'll be able to get her away safely.

Carly: "Away"? Where's Courtney going?

Courtney: Hey.

Elizabeth: Hello.

Courtney: Is my paycheck here?

Elizabeth: Mm-hmm.

Courtney: Thanks.

Elizabeth: Mm-hmm.

Coleman: What are you doing here, princess?

Skye: Well, what does it look like?

Coleman: Kelly's doesn't seem to be your style, you know? The food's good but definitely not five-star, and there's -- there's no wine list.

Skye: Well, that's exactly why I'm here -- so it doesn't tempt me.

Coleman: Well, well, well. So you're swearing off the booze, huh? Well, that's good. That's real good. Maybe that means you're taking the first few steps in getting your life back together.

Skye: Well, yeah. If that means cutting back on my self-destructive behavior, then that's a yes. And I'm starting with my association with you.

Ned: Excuse me. Excuse me. Wait.

Skye: First of all, I want to thank you. Sincerely, you have been very helpful -- almost been a friend, actually. You were there for me when I bottomed out, and I'm very grateful. But I'm bouncing back now, and, quite frankly, you don't fit into my plans.

Coleman: Well, I'm curious about your timing. I mean, you are the new suspect in Alcazar's murder. It's not like you have so many friends you can afford to turn your back on me.

Skye: All right. Cards on the table -- I still want Jax back, just like you said.

Coleman: And what about little miss Brenda? Huh? Remember her? The little hottie that Flapjacks dumped you for?

Skye: It's been a long, painful learning process, but I do know the rules of the game now. You see, I'm going to be the one thing that Jax can't resist -- a bona fide damsel in distress. He's going to pull out all the stops, which is going to give Brenda plenty of time to be tripped up by her one fatal weakness.

Coleman: And what is that?

Skye: She can't stay away from Sonny. Which means Jax is going to head straight back to me.

Brenda: Oh.

Jax: Perfect timing! How was the trip?

Brenda: My trip was horrible. Jason is the worst traveling companion --

Jax: Really?

Brenda: Ever. Ooh!

Jax: Good to see you. Well, you know, I have just the thing for you.

Brenda: You do?

Jax: I got some really nice champagne --

Brenda: Oh, good.

Jax: Here you go -- and a very, very special present.

Brenda: What is it?

Jax: Go ahead, open it. Here, I'll hold that.

Brenda: Um -- there's kind of something I wanted to discuss with you.

Jax: Oh, no, no, you must open this first to have any further conversation. Any dialogue exchange --

Brenda: Oh, really?

Jax: This must be opened, yes.

Brenda: It's that important?

Jax: Yes. Slip it out.

Brenda: Okay.

Jax: We're on our way. In a few weeks, we'll be husband and wife, finally -- and forever.

Sonny: I -- I asked Ric to look into out-of-state colleges for Courtney.

Carly: Really?

Sonny: Yeah. I mean, you know, from what I understand, she always got good grades. With Ric's connections and a nice donation, I'm sure we can get her into any, you know, college she wants to get into. She'll be able to study what she wants, be whatever she wants to be. She might even meet some decent gentleman who will treat her with respect and make her forget about A.J.

Carly: And have you mentioned any of this to Courtney?

Sonny: Well, the thing is --

Carly: Yes?

Sonny: No, I -- I just want to give her some time, you know. She needs to learn to trust -- you know, trust me a little better, and then she'll realize that what I want is best.

Carly: And what if Courtney doesn't think what you want is best? What if she doesn't want to go away to school?

Sonny: Well, why wouldn't she? You name one thing she can't bear to leave behind.

Courtney: Oh, my God. I didn't know you'd be back so soon.

Jason: Surprise.

Courtney: Oh, I am so glad you're here.

Jason: There's something that you need to know. Things didn't go the way I -- I planned or wanted.

Courtney: What happened?

Jason: It's more what didn't happen. Brenda and I are still married.

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Scott: Your voice does sound a lot like the murderer's voice.

Jax: Nothing will ever get in our way again.

Brenda: I think that we should wait.

Jason: This marriage is over. We don't have to hide when we're together. I'm telling Sonny tonight.

Ric: You at home?

Sonny: Yeah.

Ric: I'll be right there.

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