General Hospital Transcript Friday 8/1/03
Proofread by Bri
>> Previously on "General Hospital" --
Courtney: I need some time alone.
Carly: How's Michael doing? Is he any better? Did you tell him I love him?
Faith: I am the best thing that's ever happened to you.
Emily: I can't tell you what you want to hear.
Nikolas: Then there's no reason for you to stay. She just left.
Zander: Why are you telling me this?
Nikolas: She's upset. She needs you.
Judge: Do you take this woman to be your lawfully wedded wife?
Judge: Nikolas, we can't complete the ceremony till you take your vows.
Lucky: Looks like there's no ceremony, so how about some cake?
Lydia: You can't do this. You agreed.
Nikolas: This is really the wedding you want? What you dreamed about as a little girl? We're conducting a business transaction. You're trading in a chance to choose a life of your own for a secure financial future and a lifetime with a man who doesn't love you.
Stefan: Nikolas, stop it. This is completely unacceptable.
Nikolas: No, I'm not going to lie to my bride on her wedding day and make promises I can't keep. She needs to be clear on what's happening here.
Lydia: I'm clear.
Nikolas: And that's fine with you?
Nikolas: Then I take you to be my wife from this day forward. I will respect you and provide you with every material comfort. I will fulfill my duties and obligations expected of me as your husband, so -- so help me, God.
Zander: Gia, I really wish you wouldn't go.
Gia: There's no way that I'm going to spend the night with you, Zander, knowing that every minute you're fighting some raging battle with yourself not to go after Emily.
Zander: No, Gia, look, I'm with you because I want to be with you, ok? Emily and I are over.
Gia: No, Zander, we're over. We never should've even started. The truth can't be rationalized away, Zander. There's no place in your heart for me. It belongs to Emily. It always will.
Faith: Why are we fighting when it feels so good to be close to you? God, it's a lot better than death. Did I tell you that I was willing to die for you? Yeah, I was. I pulled a gun on sonny. I ambushed him outside of Kelly's as he was taking a little stroll with the kid. I was going to avenge your death. I was going to make your greatest wish come true. I was going to make him pay with his life.
Ric: Why? Why -- why'd you put yourself at risk like that? You thought I was dead.
Faith: Why don't you get it? Why? Because I care about you. And you could care about me, too, if you just let yourself go there. Just stop shutting me out. Just grab this chance with me, ok? If we play our cards right, we might actually live to have a future together.
Jason: Surprised you how? Is everything ok?
Courtney: It's fine. I -- I didn't mean to make it sound --
Jason: Hey, buddy. Your dad's out on business. He'll be back soon. What's wrong?
Michael: I had a bad dream.
Jason: You want me to go back upstairs with you till you fall asleep?
Michael: Uh-uh. I'm afraid.
Jason: All right. Sit down there for a second, all right? You're afraid, or you don't want to miss anything? Yeah, see, you were like that when you were a baby, too. You hated to go to sleep. You would fight until your eyes couldn't stay open anymore. You know what I'd do after that?
Jason: I'd take you like this; I'd pick you up in the air. I'd bring you out here, and I'd talk to you.
Michael: About what?
Jason: Well, you know anything that came to mind. Cool stuff like pyramids and ancient runes, Seven Wonders of the World, oceans, all the countries I wanted to visit someday.
Michael: Where were my Mommy and Daddy?
Jason: Um -- your mom was -- she was out of town, and your daddy was on the island. For a while, I took care of you all by myself. And I promised you when you were too young to remember that I'd always be someone you can depend on.
Michael: Almost like a father.
Jason: Yeah, almost like a father.
Sonny: The baby going to be all right?
Carly: The baby's fine.
Sonny: Are you sure? Yeah?
Carly: I love you, Sonny. I need you.
Lorenzo: Time's up, Sonny. You have to leave now.
Sonny: What is --
Carly: What? What? You've got to be kidding me, right? I mean, sonny just got here. We haven't seen each other in months. Just give us a break, ok?
Sonny: Don't ask for any favors because we don't want to be indebted to the man. The man says it's over, it's over.
Carly: Fine. Um --
Sonny: What is that?
Carly: I wrote this. It's for Michael.
Sonny: A letter? That's sweet. He'll love that.
Carly: Tell him that I miss him --
Carly: And that I'm thinking about him all the time.
Sonny: It's going to be fine, ok? All you got to do is take care of yourself, all right? Take care of our baby, all right? Ok?
Carly: I'll be thinking of you and Michael all the time.
Sonny: We'll be together soon, ok? All right. Ok, bye.
Carly: Don't worry. Daddy's going to come back soon, just like he said, and he's going to take us home.
Jason: Hey. I think he's down for the night.
Courtney: Yeah, you knew exactly how to calm him down.
Jason: It's easy. The first year of his life, I either talked or I read him to sleep every night.
Courtney: Michael probably associates your voice with feeling loved and safe.
Jason: You know Michael is the first baby I ever held? He was so tiny. When he was born, I could almost fit him in one hand. But he was strong, a fighter like Carly. Even though the doctors thought he might die, Michael was so determined to live.
Courtney: I can't even imagine Carly leaving a newborn.
Jason: Yeah, it was a bad -- it was a bad time.
Courtney: Postpartum depression.
Jason: Carly couldn't even hold Michael. So she decided that she would do more harm than good if she stuck around.
Courtney: That must've been so mind-blowing for you, suddenly being responsible for a baby all by yourself.
Jason: It was great. I love Michael. I could watch that kid for hours. Even then, he was so smart. He was always looking around, checking things out. You know, he would get this surprised expression on his face whenever anything new happened. Like -- I remember the first time that he tasted bananas or the first time that he rolled over and the day that he took his first step. That was a fun day.
Courtney: So, what was his first word?
Jason: It was "daddy."
Courtney: So, do you ever miss those days?
Jason: You know, Michael was -- was kind of on loan to me, and that helped us out a lot. Both of us kind of needed each other. But he was never really mine. He was meant to be with Carly and sonny. And with everything that's happened since Carly was taken, you know, I realize that I don't even have a right to be a father.
Ric: No. Tell me what I missed here. When did you conceive this grand passion for me? Really, faith, I just don't understand because the way I remember it, our relationship was that we were reluctant allies against sonny. I never liked you. No offense, but I never pretended to. And as a matter of fact, I think I shot you a couple of times. Now, how does this make me irresistible?
Faith: You really want to know?
Ric: I got to confess to a morbid curiosity.
Faith: Well, sometimes that's enough. I like all the things about you that you are afraid to like in yourself -- the dark, dangerous, twisted parts. I like that I can't play you the way I've always been able to play men. You don't let me get away with anything. But most of all, I like that you are just like me -- the perennial outsider, damaged and envious. I like everything except the ever so fascinating ways that we are different.
Ric: So what you're saying is that we deserve each other, huh? Well, on that, I have to agree.
Zander: Gia -- look, I swear to you, I wasn't trying to use you.
Gia: I'm back at you. That's why I'm facing reality. I saw your face when he called and said that Emily might need you. You wanted to go out right then and there and find her. You still do, and you should.
Zander: No, Gia, there's no point, ok? Emily has made herself clear -- so clear that even I could get it. She loves Nikolas.
Gia: No, she loves the both of you. And you decide what you're going to do about it. Are you going to fight for Emily? Or maybe your pride's been hurt once too often, you want to leave her to Nikolas. Either way, it's up to you. As for me, I'm officially resigning as the rebound girl.
Zander: Gia, please -- I'm sorry.
Gia: You want to make it up to me? Figure out what you really want and commit to it.
Judge: By the power vested in me by the state of New York, I now pronounce you husband and wife. Nikolas, you may kiss your bride.
Nikolas: Now that that's done, we have some documents to sign. Your grandfather's will -- last page, I believe. Your signature.
Nikolas: Judge, if you'd make it official, please.
Nikolas: Thank you. I want you to take this. Consider it my wedding gift to you. After Lydia and I have a child, the financial future of the Cassadines will be assured.
Lucky: And all it cost was my brother's soul.
Stefan: Thank you, Nikolas. And now that business is concluded, we can move on to celebrating this joyous occasion. Champagne. Thank you. A little help would be appreciated, Alexis.
Alexis: You want me to make a toast? A toast. Sometimes good things can happen when you least expect them. Out of a difficult situation can come something else. To Nikolas, Lydia, the endless possibilities.
Stefan: To Nikolas, the future of this family. I've never been more proud of you than I am at this moment. And to Lydia, your lovely bride, the newest Cassadine.
Nikolas: As today's groom, I would like to acknowledge each of you. Judge Markham, thank you for your patience during what must have been one of the more bizarre ceremonies you've ever officiated. Lucky, my brother, thank you for having the class to attend an important event in my life even though you don't approve and for your support, both past and ongoing. Alexis. Alexis, thank you. Thank you for being such an oasis of sanity in my life -- although I'm not sure what that says about either one of us.
Nikolas: Oh -- Lydia, thank you for epitomizing grace under pressure. And good breeding will tell, and I'm sure I'll find a cause to appreciate it. Uncle, thank you for raising me, for loving me in your own way --
Stefan: It was my pleasure.
Nikolas: Please don't interrupt me on my big day. What I really want to thank you for are your good intentions, but I realize that they don't exist. I'm just an instrument for your own ambitions, a pawn for you to pressure and manipulate in the furtherance of your own ends. So thank you, thank you for showing me your true face and proving to me that I owe you nothing.
Zander: Hi. I got your message about Alexis, and I'm sorry I haven't been able to call you back.
Cameron: I realize you've been busy. The whole situation's kind of ludicrous, anyway.
Zander: Well, I'm glad for you. I mean, obviously you care about Alexis.
Cameron: I turned a blind eye while she ran around in drag and let you think I was gay to cover for her. That's not a healthy relationship, Zander. It's a complete and utter break with reality.
Zander: So you're mad at her?
Cameron: It's not worth discussing. Besides, you called me. You need something?
Zander: Well, I'm just -- I'm heading out of town, and I just wanted to say goodbye.
Cameron: Well, how long are you going to be gone?
Zander: Forever sounds good.
Ric: You scare me, Faith, you know, not because you're so lethal but because you are right. I am just like you. When I look at you, I realize all the things that people see when they look at me, and it just turns my blood cold.
Faith: That's not the effect I was going for.
Ric: Well, you'll do whatever it takes, right, Faith? Look, I'm not trying to judge you. I am in no position to do that. I have made some horrible mistakes on my own, I know. I mean, I just -- I got caught in this vicious cycle. One crime led to another, and then another crime on top of that to make up for the one before. The crimes just kept escalating, Fith, and the justifications became more and more convoluted until, finally, I find myself one night standing over Elizabeth with a pillow in my hand ready to smother her to death. This is my wife, faith. My wife. I'm trying to explain to her and to myself that I don't have a choice.
Faith: Maybe you didn't.
Ric: The hell I don't! I did have a choice! But I finally saw it. I could try to make amends.
Faith: God, you are kidding yourself again. Sonny and Carly will never accept amends for what you put them through.
Ric: Well, maybe not, but I can try. I am not going to die knowing that I could've made a choice and I didn't take that opportunity.
Faith: Why are you so sure you are going to die? \
Lorenzo: You need exercise; you're welcome to walk the deck.
Carly: Oh, really?
Lorenzo: Of course. I've told you the boat is at your disposal.
Carly: Yeah, well, I might take you up on that because I am feeling a little restless at the moment.
Lorenzo: Well, I'm sorry you found Sonny's visit so upsetting.
Carly: What I found upsetting was how quickly that it ended.
Lorenzo: And here I thought I was being the accommodating host.
Carly: Look, as far as captors go, you are a definite improvement over that psycho Ric. And I know that sonny had to make some horrible concession, and I am grateful for the visit. But what I just don't understand is, after all the trouble and after all the risk, why you couldn't let me have one hour alone with my husband?
Courtney: Why would you say that you have no right to be a father when you've already been such a wonderful one?
Jason: Is Carly still out there? Then I'm going to do whatever it takes to bring her home. And that means things can go wrong. Right now, I'm free to take that risk. I wouldn't be if I had a child. What I mean -- what I learned from Michael is that kids -- kids are wide open. They don't have defenses. You're their whole world. They love you unconditionally. They depend on you. And when a parent goes away and doesn't come back for whatever reason, something that started out pure gets wrecked. I mean, it happened to sonny. It happened to you. I won't do that to my kid. I won't stay here. I couldn't knowingly risk my life.
Courtney: So are you saying that you would stop working if we had a baby?
Jason: I'm just -- I'm just saying that we can't have one right now, at least not for a while. My job is to put myself on the line every day --
Jason: So Michael's father doesn't have to.
Sonny: Jase -- I put a tracking device on Alcazar's yacht. We have his location. It's time to bring Carly home.
Lorenzo: How did you and Sonny meet?
Carly: Through a mutual friend. Why?
Lorenzo: You've asked me a lot of questions about my past, and I've answered them. Doesn't that entitle me to know a little bit about yours?
Carly: All right, I'll give you the abridged version. I grew up in a rented dump in Florida. I was furious with my adopted mother, and I was jealous of my rich best friend. Once I found out who my biological mother was, I was hell-bent on ruining her life. That's why I went to Port Charles. I didn't want to make the world a better place. I just wanted to find a rich and powerful man and take him for all he was worth. No noble intentions, no goodness of heart or spirit. I was the complete polar opposite of your lost Sophie in every single respect.
Lorenzo: Are you saying you're using Sonny?
Carly: Are you insane? No one uses my husband. And those who try, they get chewed up and they get spit out and then they mysteriously disappear.
Lorenzo: So you love him?
Carly: He's everything to me.
Lorenzo: And the fact that he just happens to be rich and powerful is, what, an amazing coincidence?
Carly: It's a collateral benefit. Sonny and I weren't supposed to happen. He couldn't stand me, and the feeling was mutual.
Lorenzo: How do you cross that bridge?
Carly: Carefully. Painfully. See, Sonny and I -- we slept together for all the wrong reasons, and I wound up pregnant. And then it was a pretty specific hell for a while until something happened. And then we sort of just learned to love each other.
Lorenzo: Are you sure about that? Or are you and Sonny just making the best of a bad situation?
Courtney: Michael still asleep?
Sonny: Why? Is there a problem?
Courtney: No, he just -- he had a nightmare, but Jason calmed him down.
Sonny: Jason's great with Michael.
Courtney: Do you ever feel like you took something from Jason since he was Michael's father first?
Sonny: Where's this coming from?
Courtney: I don't know. It's just sometimes it's like Jason thinks that his life is less valuable than yours. And, Sonny, I mean, it would never even occur to him not to put it on the line for you or Carly.
Sonny: Ok, if you're asking me to leave him behind, I can't do that. I've got to get Carly away from Alcazar, and I need Jason's help to do that.
Courtney: No -- I know, I know. I'm not trying to interfere. Look, I guess I'm just asking for you to please just show some caution for Jason's sake since he won't do it for himself.
Sonny: I know this is hard for you to understand, but the reason Jason's valuable to me is because he isn't cautious. He doesn't second-guess, you know? His work comes naturally to him, and he's not going to leave that behind. I'm telling you this because I know. The best thing for you to do is let him go tonight, have a smile on your face, so that way he doesn't have to worry about you, ok?
Jason: Everything's ready.
Sonny: All right. All right.
Jason: I just -- I just realized that you didn't tell me about the surprise.
Courtney: It -- no, it can wait.
Jason: Ok. I'm going to bring Carly home.
Courtney: Ok. I love you.
Zander: Port Charles is where I met Emily. You know, it's where I found love, and my life changed here, you know? And I wanted -- I wanted to keep hanging on to that, and I just -- you know, you can only beat your head against a wall so many times before you get chronic migraines, so I'm done. I'm done. I'm leaving. And I just wanted to come and wish you well.
Cameron: Well, I know I long ago forfeit any right I had as a father to tell you what to do, but I'd like to make a professional observation if I could.
Zander: Yeah, sure.
Cameron: The biggest difference I see in the boy I knew in Florida and the man you've become is that you now have a sense of your own worth, and I'm betting that's because Emily loved you. She believed in you when no one else would, including your own father. She overlooked your failings and your flaws and honored what was good about you. Forgave your mistakes, took you back. Now I think it's your turn. You can either take a chance on being hurt and show Emily the kind of love she's shown you, or you can throw up your hands and walk away.
Zander: Where do you get off lecturing me? I mean, if this was your choice, you'd turn around and walk out in a heartbeat, and we both know that.
Cameron: No, I won't argue with that. But you're a better man than I am.
Nikolas: Emily, I'm serious. If you don't call me back, I'm going to come look for you.
Lydia: I thought you'd be in bed, but I'm thinking those can't be your pajamas.
Nikolas: I'm going out.
Lydia: No, Nikolas. Not on our wedding night. We don't get the full inheritance until we produce an heir. Make love to me.
Nikolas: Put your robe on, Lydia.
Lydia: Don't get all noble on me. Not tonight. You may not love me, but I know you're attracted to me, and I can work with that.
Nikolas: The night we slept together, I used you, ok? It was unfair to both of us, and I'm sorry that it happened.
Lydia: I'm not. We were good together, and sex is a necessary part in producing a child.
Nikolas: Look, I said my vows and I signed the will. That's about all the duty I can handle for one day.
Lydia: I'm your wife, Nikolas. I'm not going to sleep alone every night so you can stay faithful to your lost love, Emily.
Nikolas: I took pains to make myself clear when we made our vows. I don't love you. I won't pretend to. And at the moment, I have no intention of sleeping with you. If in the future that changes, you will be the first to know.
Lydia: Then how in the hell are we supposed to conceive a child?
Nikolas: We have five years before that particular deadline, and I mean to make the most of that reprieve. Now if you'll --
Lydia: You selfish pig.
Nikolas: You just remember that this selfish pig is now your husband because you wanted it that way.
Alexis: Hi. Can you please page dr. Lewis for me, please?
Cameron: That won't be necessary. What can I do for you, Alexis?
Alexis: I want you to help me.
Cameron: This is where I came in.
Alexis: It's not what you think.
Cameron: Forget it, Alexis. No more perjury. No more falsified psychiatric reports. No more covering for you while you run around in drag or whatever plot you've cooked up to subvert the legal system.
Alexis: It's nothing like that, believe me.
Cameron: It's always like that, Alexis. You and the entire Cassadine clan feel like you can manipulate whomever you please as long as it gets you what you want.
Alexis: Which is exactly why I'm here. I don't want to do to my daughter what Stefan is doing to Nikolas.
Cameron: What are you getting at?
Alexis: I want -- I want you to treat me. Literally, I want you to treat me. I want you to help me make sense of the chaos in my head so that I can be a good mother to Kristina instead of another screwed-up Cassadine.
Faith: Do you have a death wish, huh? You hope to look up from hell and rejoice if Elizabeth deigns to shed a tear for you? Or would you feel so much better if Sonny, standing over your cold, lifeless body, says, "oh, he found redemption in the end"?
Ric: Yeah, as a matter of fact, I just might.
Faith: No, you won't. You will be a corpse. You will feel nothing. I have seen enough death to know that. I am trying to fix this, ok? I am posing as a buyer for Alcazar's drugs. You want to know why? Because when the job is done, Sonny will owe me. You know what I'm going to demand as payment? Your freedom so we can leave. We can go. We can start a life. We'll go to Miami.
Ric: Give it up. I'm not going to Miami. I'm staying right here until my brother gets here, and then I'm going to go with him to Alcazar's compound and I am going to do whatever it takes to bring Carly home.
Lorenzo: I wouldn't do that. You need to work on your poker face. You tend to bite your lip when you're about to make a risky move. Better show a little caution, or I'm going to win.
Carly: I don't do caution. You're the one who wanted to play this game, anyway. I'm just being an obliging captive.
Lorenzo: Oh. Is that how you think of yourself? For a second there, I thought you were actually enjoying yourself.
Carly: I don't think you are sick and evil like Ric, but I do realize that you are conducting a business negotiation and, as much as I hate it, I'm the bargaining chip. And in some crazy way, it's civil. But my only focus is going home and being with my family. And when that day comes, believe me, I won't miss you or your boat one bit.
Lorenzo: How about if I take you for a walk on the deck. Outside is a little closer to freedom than the inside of this cabin.
Sonny: Whoa -
Lydia: You changed your mind?
Lucky: How did I know I'd find you alone on your wedding night?
Zander: Going somewhere?
Nikolas: Yeah, to look for Emily.
Zander: No, you're not. I'm going to look for Emily. Me, not you.
Courtney: Hey, kiddo, I thought you'd gone to sleep.
Michael: I did, but then I thought I heard Daddy, so I came down to check.
Courtney: Yeah, Sonny was here, but he had to leave again with Jason.
Michael: Can I sit with you?
Courtney: Yeah, you sure can. Come here. So, you want me to read to you? Jason said that used to help you sleep when you were little.
Michael: You think the new baby will like getting read to?
Courtney: I imagine so. I think everybody does.
Michael: Do you think he'll be lonely?
Courtney: No, never. Come on. Not with all of us here.
Michael: He might need a friend.
Courtney: What kind of friend?
Michael: Another baby.
Courtney: Well, one at a time, sweetie. I think you're going to have to wait for a second brother or sister.
Michael: Hey, you and Jason could have a baby. Mommy wants you to.
Courtney: And what about you?
Courtney: If Jason and I had a baby, it would be your cousin. Would you like that?
Michael: It'd be great. So how soon can you have it?
Courtney: Um -- well, sometimes babies come as a surprise. One could be here sooner than you think.
Jason: The crewmen were right. They told the truth. They're gone.
Sonny: Damn. Search the place. See if Carly left some kind of clue. I'll tell you what -- we just got to hope that Alcazar believes that Ric's dead and they're headed to that compound.
Jason: Sonny --
Carly: Of all the rotten tricks. You invite me for a stroll on the deck so you can shove me on a helicopter without so much as a fuss.
Lorenzo: It worked.
Carly: Was there a problem with the yacht? What was it, huh?
Lorenzo: Well, for one thing, your husband planted a tracking device on it. Don't worry, you didn't give anything away. I anticipated sonny would try to track the yacht. That's what I would have done myself. Besides, I always planned on moving you after the second visit. Everything's going according to schedule, Carly.
Lorenzo: I'll say it again -- you're a very resourceful woman. But false labor pains aren't going to fly, Carly, if you pardon the pun.
Carly: I'm not faking anything. Something's wrong.
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Stefan: Get away from her.
Ric: I know what I want, and I know how to get it.
Carly: My baby cannot be born right now. It's too soon. It will not survive.
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