GH Transcript Thursday 12/11/03

General Hospital Transcript Tuesday 12/11/03

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Nikolas: Tell me what you have in mind.

Sam: Well, I'm a salvage expert and I understand you have a sunken freighter and I can bring up the pieces and we can sell them off for a 50/50 split. We're not going to be able to recoup the value of the ship, but we will make a lot of money -- if you're interested.

Nikolas: I've actually considered it. I'd have to see your vessel before I commit to anything. Where are you docked?

Sam: Pier 52. Can't miss it.

Nikolas: 52, ok. Say I meet you there in an hour?

Sam: All right. See you then.

Emily: Hmm, that was sudden. Do you think she's on the level?

Nikolas: I'm not even convinced she owns a ship.

Sam: Hi. It's Sam. I need a salvage boat fast.

Tracy: You back me, I swear you won't be disappointed.

Jax: I can see how passionate you are about taking over E.L.Q. and I respect that. I just don't think your family's a good investment right now.

Tracy: I don't want you to invest in my family. I want you invested in me.

Skye: Come on A.J., tell the truth. It's me here. Aren't you just a little bit upset that Tracyís been back, what, five minutes and already she's talking about having you removed as C.E.O.?

A.J.: You know, Skye, everyone has to come to terms with their own reality at some point. That's what I've done. I've never been good at being a Quartermaine. That's why Iím quitting E.L.Q. and resigning from this family.

Scott: Did you set Mr. Corinthos up? Did you conspire with the police to entrap him?

Lorenzo: No, I didn't.

Sonny: Sorry to interrupt, your honor.

[Gallery murmurs]

Sonny: I understand Iím on trial for attempted murder. I just thought I should be here to see it.

Judge: Mr. Corinthos, how nice that you could fit us into your schedule after all. Please, have a seat.

Sonny: Thank you, your honor.

Justus: Better late than never.

Sonny: Yeah.

Justus: Coming back to stand trial could sway the jury in our favor.

Sonny: Hey, if you think I'm just going to sit here and be silent, you're wrong. I'm taking the damn stand.

Justus: There's an old saying -- "The man who represents himself has a fool for a client." The same holds true for a defendant who takes the stand. It's a bad idea, Sonny. You're too --

Sonny: Guilty? Is that what you're trying to tell me? Is that what you mean?

Justus: Emotionally involved. Cross-examination is tricky by definition. You could be led into saying something that's damaging to our case.

Judge: We're waiting, Mr. Ward.

Justus: I apologize, your honor. The defense requests a recess so that I might have time to confer with my client.

Scott: I have no objection with that as long as he says his piece from his tight holding cell.

Judge: Your request is denied. This trial is already in progress. The defendant's delay in appearing will not alter its course. Continue with your witness, Mr. Baldwin.

Scott: Thank you, your honor. I'd like to get back to how you knew the defendant was on his way to kill you.

Justus: I object.

Scott: I'll rephrase. You had warning, is that correct?

Lorenzo: Yes.

Scott: Who gave you warning?

Lorenzo: Mrs. Corinthos.

Scott: Does that strike you as a little odd?

Lorenzo: No.

Scott: The defendant's own wife warning you -- that's perfectly natural behavior?

Lorenzo: I believe she did it out of love for me.

A.J.: All right, hey, you know, stop begging. It doesn't become you, really. It's pathetic.

Ned: What's this about, Junior?

A.J.: I failed. I admit it. I am handing you back E.L.Q. Happy?

Ned: Suspicious is more like it. You're not that noble.

A.J.: Ah. Screw nobility -- it doesn't pay the bills, which is predicated upon the success of E.L.Q. and if you can pull us out of the hole that Iíve dug, then my lifestyle does not have to suffer.

Ned: That sounds like something I might be able to believe.

Skye: E.L.Q. Is one thing, A.J.

A.J.: Uh-huh.

Skye: But you're talking about resigning from the family?

A.J.: I can't spend the rest of my life begging for acceptance from this family. I'm done.

Tracy: It's ironic when I think of it, because even though I despise the little weasel, of all my family, A.J. Is the one I have the most in common with.

Jax: How's that?

Tracy: We're the outsiders. A.J. isn't Jason and Iím not a man, which is what it takes around here to get consideration, especially at E.L.Q. That was reserved for my brother Alan, who couldn't care less or Jason, who chose Sonny's business or Ned, who's distracted on a good day. Even A.J., that pathetic weakling, got his chance. Of course he failed miserably, more than once. But even he had an open-door policy at E.L.Q. But to me, the door is closed and locked. Look, I don't want to discuss percentages with you or splits. You take the profits. Just stake me. Give me an opportunity to do what I -- I know I can do.

Jax: It's still all about winning Edwardís love, isn't it?

Tracy: Do you think Iím pathetic?

Jax: No, no. I understand. Not only am I touched by your plight, I almost buy it.

Tracy: "Almost"?

Jax: Hmm. Just having a little trouble with the part where you don't care about profits.

Tracy: Ok, 10% and I insist on a huge salary and every perk under the sun.

Jax: You see, now I am starting to buy it.

Tracy: Are we partners?

Coleman: We're closed! Look, man -- I guess I can make a little exception.

Sam: I hear you have a boat for sale.

Coleman: I'm selling it for a friend.

Sam: Well, I might be interested.

Coleman: Yeah, well, it ain't cheap, honey. It is in mint condition, ok?

Sam: "In mint condition"? Look, I checked her out and she needs a lot of work, but she'll do. How much you asking?

Coleman: 300,000.

[Sam scoffs]

Sam: That's a little steep, don't you think?

Coleman: It's the price, baby.

Sam: Oh, what, there's no room for negotiating here?

Coleman: Take it or leave it, Sammy.

Sam: All right, all right. How about payments? I'll give you 1,000 a month until I get the business going.

Coleman: You got a down payment?

Sam: No, but I --

Coleman: Well, no dice.

Sam: Come on, Coleman. Please cut me some slack, man. I need this boat tonight.

Coleman: Well, maybe we can work something out like on the barter system, maybe?

Sam: Maybe not. I will get you your money.

Alexis: I've gone over the additional reports. At the risk of thoroughly depressing you, the financial future looks bleak.

Nikolas: Well, something may have come up. Do you know a Sam McCall?

Alexis: No, I donít.

Nikolas: Well, she was -- she was just here suggesting that we go together salvaging the freighter.

Alexis: It's worth a try but you need to know it's just a temporary stopgap. We need cash now, so Iíve made a decision. We're selling the mausoleum.

Emily: You can't, Alexis.

Alexis: I can.

Emily: No, you can't just decide to sell someone's home without even asking.

Alexis: I did. The situation is too dire to ask permission before taking appropriate action. We're broke.

Scott: Do you still believe that your life is in danger?

Lorenzo: If Sonny Corinthos is released, he'll make an attempt to kill me within 48 hours.

Scott: Dead within 48 hours. No further questions.

Judge: Your witness, counselor.

Justus: You kidnapped the defendant's wife, is that correct?

Scott: Objection, your honor. Irrelevant.

Justus: Foundation. It was while holding the defendant's wife hostage that this witness developed his obsession for her.

Judge: I'll allow it.

Justus: Once Mrs. Corinthos was reunited with her husband, did you wish her well and go on your way?

Lorenzo: I've always wished her well.

Justus: That's not an answer. Did you respect the defendant's marriage and leave his wife alone?

Lorenzo: No.

Justus: You sent flowers.

Lorenzo: Yes.

Justus: Gifts.

Lorenzo: Yes.

Justus: In fact, you openly stated your intention to have Mrs. Corinthos for yourself.

Lorenzo: Yes, I did.

Justus: And you would've gone to any extreme to make this happen.

Lorenzo: Yes.

Justus: Up to and including making a woman over to look like Mr. Corinthos' dead wife Lily.

Lorenzo: That's right.

Justus: For what purpose, Mr. Alcazar?

Lorenzo: To unsettle Mr. Corinthos enough to leave his wife.

Justus: Giving you clear field to hold Mrs. Corinthos hostage --

Lorenzo: I never forced --

Justus: Yet again.

Lorenzo: Carly to return my love.

Justus: I have no further questions for this witness.

Judge: You may step down.

Lorenzo: But I am not finished. My intention was never to take Carly against her will or harm her in any way, unlike her husband who put a bullet in her head and sent her into a coma.

[Judge pounds gavel]

Judge: That's enough, Mr. Alcazar! You're out of order! You are instructed to disregard this witness' outburst. Step down. Call your next witness, Mr. Baldwin.

Scott: The prosecution calls Carly Corinthos.

Bailiff: Raise your right hand. Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?

Carly: I do.

Bailiff: Be seated.

Scott: Are you nervous, Mrs. Corinthos?

Carly: I'm fine.

Scott: Let me get you a glass of water.

Carly: I said Iím fine.

Justus: Your honor --

Judge: Move along, Mr. Baldwin.

Scott: The night in question, prior to the shooting, you -- you were with the defendant.

Carly: That's correct.

Scott: Where were you?

Carly: My husband owns an island near Puerto Rico.

Scott: His own island? Wow! He must make a lot of money in the coffee business.

Justus: Objection, your honor. You want to talk about irrelevant?

Judge: Sustained.

Scott: Sorry, your honor. It's a lovely picture -- husband and wife, reunited, on their own private island but you weren't there for romantic reasons.

Carly: I -- I don't understand your question.

Scott: You were there to patch things up, there -- marital problems, right?

Carly: We were there because I had just been released from the hospital.

Scott: But there were problems. What were they?

Justus: Objection. Leading the witness.

Judge: Sustained.

Scott: On the night Sonny left to go back to Port Charles, did he tell you that he was going after Alcazar?

Carly: No.

Scott: You knew it.

Carly: I thought it might be possible.

Scott: "Thought"? Was it like a -- like a thought like this, boom, went through your head, or did you -- you really were concerned, weren't you?

Carly: Look, I don't like not knowing where my husband is. I think that any wife understands and she wants to --

Scott: So concerned that you picked up the phone and you called Alcazar to warn him that Sonny was on his way! It's public record.

Carly: Yes.

Scott: What was this drive to warn Alcazar? What was it based on?

Carly: Sonny -- Sonny had -- had a feeling that Alcazar might be a threat.

Scott: Did you give him a reason to feel threatened?

Carly: No. No, I -- I said something irrational, something that -- an idea, a dream that I had when I was comatose.

Scott: Yeah, but it must have been real enough to him because, I mean, he went off to murder another man!

Justus: Objection. Calls for conclusion.

Judge: Sustained.

Scott: All right, let me offer this possible scenario and see if it has any merit whatsoever. You warned Lorenzo Alcazar because you have feelings for him. You wanted to protect him!

Carly: No, I wanted to protect Sonny. I told Lorenzo to leave town, but he didnít. I didn't want any of this to happen.

Scott: No, no, let me -- come on, do you or do you not have feelings for Lorenzo Alcazar?

Carly: I don't know.

Ned: First thing tomorrow morning, I need detailed reports from every subsidiary on my desk. Stay by the phone -- you'll be hearing from me. Well, you're about the last person I expected to see.

Sam: Sorry about no notice. I was just -- I was hoping to see A.J. I have a business proposition for him.

Ned: Well, you'll see me instead.

Sam: I have an opportunity to start a salvage operation. I even have my first client. I just don't have a boat -- actually, I don't have the money to buy a boat.

Ned: And why didn't you take this business opportunity to Jax?

Sam: I prefer backing from a neutral party, someone who actually believes I can deliver. Look, I only need 60 grand.

Ned: Only?

Sam: Ok, I figured this much. Thanks for your time.

Ned: Hold on.

Sam: What are you doing?

Ned: I'm making it out to cash.

Sam: You're going to loan me the money?

Ned: Unless you want to keep this as an autograph.

Sam: Ok --

Ned: There you go.

Sam: May I ask why?

Ned: I like it when Jax owes me.

Sam: No, no, no, no, no. I owe you and I promise you will not be sorry. I'll pay you back two times over.

Ned: Be careful -- I may hold you to that.

Sam: Ok. Thank you.

Tracy: Why are you everywhere and what are you doing here?

Sam: I'm a salvager and I just made a deal with E.L.Q.

Tracy: Are you insane? Tell me that isn't true. How much did she take us for?

Ned: Mother, I don't have to answer to you. I'm making the decisions now.

Tracy: Oh, right, I knew that. Well, ok, Mr. high and mighty C.E.O., Perhaps you can tell me why three Jakarta accounts have been cleaned out.

A.J.: You don't waste any time, do you, Ned?

Ned: What are you talking about?

A.J.: My personal accounts have been wiped out. What the hell is going on?

Scott: Do you have any doubt that had you not warned Lorenzo Alcazar about Sonny that he would be dead right now? Do you want me to repeat the question?

Carly: No.

Judge: Answer the question, Mrs. Corinthos.

Scott: Your husband went after Alcazar, and had you not stepped in, he would be dead!

Justus: Objection.

Scott: Is that true?

Justus: Calls for conjecture on the part of the witness.

Judge: Sustained! Wrap this up, Mr. Baldwin.

Scott: Why are you here, Mrs. Corinthos?

Carly: I am here to testify that my husband was set up. Lorenzo Alcazar called the police and arranged for them to ambush Sonny. It's kind of like what you're doing right now, Scott -- railroading him because you have a grudge against him --

Scott: And you have a history of bed hopping from one guy's bed to another! How many bastard children do you have around town right now?

Sonny: Hey, you know what?

Justus: Sit down, sit down.

Sonny: I swear if you keep --

Scott: Your lawyer's telling you to sit down!

Judge: Order!

Scott: You want to come after me right now?

Judge: Order! Your client is dangerously close to contempt.

Justus: And the D.A. is risking a lawsuit.

Judge: You've gone too far, Mr. Baldwin. Now, you may consult on this case, but you are not to utter another word in open court. Is that clear? You may cross-examine.

Justus: No further questions, your honor.

Judge: You may step down. Mr. Lansing, call your next witness.

Ric: The prosecution calls Michael Sonny Corinthos.

Sam: Where's Coleman?

Man: He's running an errand. Are you Sam?

Sam: Yeah, that's right -- Sam McCall.

Don: Don Boyle. Coleman tells me you're interested in buying my salvage boat.

Sam: Yeah. Ahem. Here's the down payment.

Don: See if this is good. You know, I'd rather have cash.

Sam: Well, you know, it's a check, it's all money, which is more than that boat has generated in the past four months being docked with no bite and you're paying taxes and upkeep and harbor fees and --

Don: Ok, I get the message, you know your stuff.

Sam: Thanks for noticing.

Don: And you know I bet you know about a few other things, too, don't you?

Sam: Where are my keys?

Don: Why don't you go ahead and call it a night? Lock up. What do I look like -- a sucker to you?

Sam: No.

Don: The check's no good! You trying to pull a fast one on me!

Sam: Listen, sir, there must be a mistake. I will just -- I will go and make sure everything is ok.

Don: You're not going anywhere.

Sam: What are you going to do? Huh? You going to beat me up?

Don: Well, it's going to be a shame to mess up a pretty little face like yours, but I can't let you get away from playing me for a fool. I got a reputation to keep up.

Sam: Get off!

Don: You're not going anywhere!

[Don yells]

Sam: No! No!

Jax: Buddy? Buddy, hey!

Ric: What line of work are you in?

Sonny: Import/export. I'm half owner of a coffee warehouse.

Ric: How does that innocuous occupation get you consistently set up --?

Justus: Objection.

Ric: I'll rephrase. Mr. Corinthos, isn't it true that Lorenzo Alcazar posed a threat to your import/export business?

Sonny: No.

Ric: So you weren't mad at him for professional reasons?

Sonny: No.

Ric: But you were indeed mad at him because he made it no secret that he was after your wife.

Sonny: Yes, that's correct.

Ric: So you were jealous.

Sonny: Yeah, yeah. I guess you could call it that.

Ric: So, Mr. Corinthos, when you left your wife on your island and returned to Port Charles, was it your intention to confront Lorenzo Alcazar?

Sonny: Yeah.

Ric: And for what purpose?

Sonny: To kill him.

[Gallery murmurs]

[Judge pounds gavel]

Ric: No more questions.

Edward: Hey. What's this nonsense about you resigning from this family?

Ned: You.

Edward: What about me?

Ned: And this wouldn't be the first time you tried something like this -- making it look like E.L.Q. is on the verge of collapse and then begging your heir du jour to come back and save the day.

Edward: Ned, are you on drugs?

Ned: This wouldn't have anything to do with Justus being back in town, would it?

Edward: Tracy, would you please translate for him?

Tracy: Accounts are being siphoned.

A.J.: Corporate and personal.

Ned: Drained -- as in not a cent left.

Edward: Are you accusing me of robbing my own company?

A.J.: All right, you know what? While you guys are all standing around yapping and pointing fingers at each other, ok, I'm going to get to the bottom of this.

Edward: Stop giving me that fisheye. I'm as shocked as you are!

Ned: We need to figure out what the hell's going on.

Edward: I'll go now.

Tracy: Hello! I have a brain!

Edward: Ok, ok, ok --

Tracy: Why am I always amazed?

Skye: You are some piece of work lady.

Tracy: Are you talking to me?

Skye: What, you show up and suddenly money starts disappearing? It's you, isn't it?

Sam: Hey, that's not bad for a guy in a designer suit. How'd you find me?

Jax: Ned told me he gave you a check that might bounce, so I checked which vessel was for sale and tracked down the broker and here I am. Looks like I came just in time, too. So you think there will be a "thank you" in the next sentence or are you going to yell at me because you could've, you know, handled the situation on your own?

Sam: I have gotten myself out of tighter situations.

Jax: Hey, you're welcome. Let's get out of here. Come on.

Judge: Mr. Ward, you may cross-examine.

Justus: I have only question for the witness. Why?

Sonny: Uh -- Carly is my wife. She -- she means everything to me. Out of nowhere, this -- this man comes along and he -- he holds her prisoner while she's carrying our child. He has no respect for our marriage, our family. For whatever reason, he decides he wants her. This sick individual changes a woman's face to make it look like my dead wifeís and then he -- he uses -- he uses her to make me doubt my own sanity. I'm going to tell you what happened now. I -- I walked into our new house. This man was standing over her. She was screaming. I didn't know what was going on -- I thought he was hurting her. So I shot him and the bullet went through him and it hit my wife and I looked down -- she was having a baby -- and I didn't know, you know. So I started delivering the baby. We've been wanting this -- we've been wanting this baby for a long time. And then I -- I looked up and I saw what I had done, what this man had driven me to do. After that, I sat there, I -- helpless, watching the woman that I love fight for her life and still, this man didn't have the -- the decency to stay away.

Scott: Make an objection. He's coming across way, way, way too --

Ric: Shh. Let him finish.

Scott: Oh, come on.

Sonny: After I shot my wife, I promised that I would never fire another gun. But this man, this predator did not stop. He just kept coming and coming. He was like a cancer under our skin. That's why.

Judge: You may step down.

Judge: Call your next witness.

Ric: Prosecution rests, your honor.

Judge: Mr. Ward, are you ready to begin your defense?

Justus: The defense rests. I'm prepared for closing argument.

Judge: Very well. Proceed.

Justus: You've already heard the best defense straight from my client's mouth -- the defense of self, of family, and of the woman he loves. I imagine when Sonny took the stand, you expected to hear about gangsters, revenge. Instead, you heard a love story, one I think we can all relate to. It's human nature to fight for what's yours and the truth is no one was killed on the night in question or even hurt. It was a trap. Lorenzo Alcazar was wearing a bulletproof vest, surrounded by police officers laying in wait, hoping the situation would get volatile enough for my client to be killed. Just one more deliberate act on the part of Alcazar to remove Sonny as an obstacle to the ultimate prize -- his wife. If you think that kind of effort is worthy of reward, you can send Sonny to jail, give Alcazar what he wants. Or you can recognize the truth of what happened -- that my client was manipulated into being in front of Alcazar's house that night with a gun in his hand. That's entrapment, ladies and gentlemen. There's only one verdict that makes any sense -- not guilty.

Emily: Why are you so quiet?

Nikolas: Huh? Oh. Come here. Come here. When you first fell in love with me, you know, I was this filthy rich Cassadine prince who could move mountains for you and now I'm just a guy who used to have it all.

Emily: You're still the only guy for me. You will always be my prince.

Nikolas: You get a kiss for that one. Well, listen, you -- you don't have to say that anymore. Ok, if this is a ride that you don't want to take, baby, then Iíll understand.

Emily: Look, I didn't come for money, so I'm not all that attached. I mean, it's nice to have, but I can live without it. I can't live without you.

Nikolas: I'm so in love with you.

Emily: Babe, don't worry. Hey, we'll get through this.

Nikolas: Ok.

Emily: We'll get through it all.

Nikolas: Hey, come here.

Ric: My esteemed colleague, Mr. Ward, has told you a very moving story, a story of love and of family. I was very touched by it, but that is not why we are here. We are here because a crime has been committed -- attempted premeditated murder. Sonny Corinthos left his wife on their island and returned to Port Charles for one reason and one reason only and that was to kill Lorenzo Alcazar. Now, Mr. Ward's compelling story aside, that's what this case is about. It is up to the 12 of you. You are the final arbiter. You must decide between fact and fiction. But before you do that, I ask you to consider one question -- if you -- if you acquit Sonny Corinthos today, how are you going to feel in a year, in a month, in a day if you open up your newspapers, you turn on your television sets and you see the image of Lorenzo Alcazar being zipped up in a body bag? Sonny Corinthos is guilty of attempted murder. That's all that matters here.

Judge: We will reconvene tomorrow morning at 10:00 A.M. You will receive instructions and then begin deliberations. This court is adjourned.

Bailiff: All rise.

Nikolas: So where's -- where's the salvage vessel?

Sam: Um -- you guys are really punctual. I never quite could get the hold of that, you know. I'm -- Iím either way too early or way too late. It just never really works out.

Nikolas: Why don't I save us all a lot of time here -- do you have a boat or not?

Jax: Looks like I came just in time.

Nikolas: What's that for?

Jax: For the christening. Oh, she's a beauty. Well, she will be once Sam touches up the red paint.

Nikolas: A bit smaller than I imagined.

Sam: Yeah. Yeah, yeah. That's just -- easy to handle, less to maintain. Why don't you guys go take a look -- yeah.

Nikolas: All right.

Sam: I don't know what to say.

Jax: You don't have to say anything. Just enjoy it.

[Phone rings]

Edward: Hello?

A.J.: Grandfather.

Edward: A.J., we were just talking about you.

A.J.: I solved your mystery. I found the man who stole your money.

Edward: The boy came through. I knew that you'd make me proud, A.J. Wait a minute -- I want to put you on the speaker. Hang on, hang on. Go ahead.

A.J.: First, you need to know the amount of money missing --

[A.J. Laughs]

A.J.: Is staggering. It will wipe E.L.Q. out.

Edward: Oh.

Tracy: For God's sakes, A.J., get to the point! Who's been stealing our money?

A.J.: Me. The money's gone and so am I. You Quartermaines have a sweet life. I certainly intend to.

Edward: A.J. --

A.J.: Lydia.

Lydia: I've been waiting for you. The hot tub's lonely without you.

A.J.: Come on, you have to admit this is a lot better than settling for some wannabe prince who's now broke living in some drafty castle.

Lydia: Yeah.

A.J.: Welcome.

Lorenzo: If that jury's been tampered with and gives him an acquittal, I want Corinthos killed.

Sonny: Hey, hey, hey, wait a minute.

>> On the next "General Hospital" --

Jax: You're fired.

Sam: You can't do that!

Jax: Sure I can.

Dillon: My mom got to you, didn't she?

Scott: The jury has a verdict.

Carly: Already?

Judge: Have you reached a verdict?

Forewoman: We have, your honor.

Judge: On the count of attempted murder --

Andy: I'll nail him in the hallway.

Lorenzo: Get it right this time.

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