GH Transcript Friday 1/30/04

General Hospital Transcript Friday 1/30/04

Provided by Suzanne

Proofread by Brian

Jason: Michael and Morgan are asleep. They don't seem very upset that Sonny and Carly -- you know, nothing's changed in that article since the last time you read it.

Courtney: Yeah, I know. It's still a lie.

Jason: Why are you torturing yourself?

Courtney: Because Zander didn't shoot Brian, I did. And I can't -- I can't let some innocent man die in some desperate gun battle with a bunch of trigger-happy cops. Oh, God, Jason, I have to confess.

Zander: If I die, you're coming with me.

Nikolas: Emily, Emily --

Emily: Stop -- Zander, this is crazy! You have to listen to reason. You don't want to do this!

Zander: No, I've wanted to kill your prince for a long time.

Emily: No! No, you don't mean that!

Nikolas: Emily --

Emily: You're just angry and scared. So run, get out of here before you ruin what's left of your life, Zander.

Nikolas: You want to kill me? Huh? Go ahead. If you're coward enough to shoot an unarmed man, I want Emily to see it. It's way past time she sees you for who you really are. Stay back.

Zander: Works for me.

Sam: I don't want to fight with you, Carly.

Carly: Too late. I asked you a question -- how long have you been sleeping with my husband?

Sam: Your husband made it very clear to me that his marriage to you was over.

Carly: Oh. Did he also make it very clear to you that when he takes you to bed; you are just standing in for someone else?

Sonny: Carly's one thing. You've earned her with your kidnapping, your stalking, and all your gifts and your freaky plan to turn some hooker into my dead wife. You even allowed me to come after you with a loaded gun. Well, you know what? All that should be rewarded. Take her. Use her. Marry her. Or don't. I don't give a damn. But you will never, ever get anywhere near my sons.

Lorenzo: Is this your version of asserting your power, separating a mother from her children? You want revenge, come after me. I'm the one you hate, the man who took what you love most.

Sonny: Is that what this has been all along, a fight with me you could actually win? Couldn't take my business, so you took my faithless wife? Huh? Not much of a triumph but, hey, you know what? Enjoy your victory. But Carlyís the last thing you take from me. My sons are off-limits to both of you.

Lorenzo: Carly is their mother.

Sonny: Well, she should've thought of that before I saw you guys sucking face!

Lorenzo: You know, you are the worst kind of hypocrite, Corinthos. You claim to be a principled man who lives by a code of honor, but instead of fighting me, you're willing to beat up on a woman and her children?

Sam: What's with the injured-wife routine? You betrayed your husband with another man, his worst enemy, if I've got my facts straight. Sonny's done with you, he's free. So am I. There is nothing left to say.

Carly: Ok, well, I wouldn't get all comfy and cozy with Sonny, if I were you. Has he bothered to mention Brenda yet? Because the two of you look enough alike to be sisters -- same height, same build, same dark hair -- although Brendaís was more stylish, but I'm sure that Sonny did not notice that difference in the dark.

Sam: Well, you are some nasty little bitch.

Carly: No, actually, I'm being pretty nice, and I imagine that the resemblance to Brenda was also the hook for Jax.

Sam: Ok, now you're stretching.

Carly: You'll probably have more time with Sonny than you did Jax because Sonny is a practical man. Brenda's gone. So am I. You'll do for now, but don't think that you're in it for the long haul, because you will lose Sonny just the same way that you lost out on Jax.

Sam: Oh, yeah? Why is that?

Carly: Because you're not Brenda. No one is. Brenda, the illusive ghost she is. She's incandescent. Oh, she is unattainable and unforgettable and Sonny and Jax, they have her so high up on a pedestal, you cannot see her until she comes back down and is in your face. And let me tell you something else -- she always comes back. Always. So, you may be sharing Sonny's bed right now, but just do yourself a favor and never forget that you are a substitute, and you always will be.

Jason: What about Michael and Morgan? You gave Carly your word that you would take care of them, and probably the reason that they're not upset is because they know that you're here. And as far as Morgan goes, you have been the one constant in his life.

Courtney: That's not true. I mean, they have you, Jason.

Jason: Well, yeah, sometimes, but mostly I'm working. You know, those kids need someone who's going to be here all the time. Look, they're not going to understand what's going on with their parents, why -- why Sonny won't let Carly into the house.

Courtney: But Sonny's angry right now. Maybe he'll come to his senses.

Jason: Then what happens to Michael and Morgan in the meantime?

Courtney: Please, Jason, don't make me feel any guiltier than I already do. I really couldn't live with myself if Zander got killed for something that I did.

Jason: I mean, I just -- I wish you would change your mind.

Courtney: Aren't you the one who's always saying that people have the right to make their own choices?

Jason: Look, I can't -- oh, I can't tell you not to turn yourself in. So Iím asking you. You were in that alley because of me. You fired that gun to save my life. Please don't do this.

Courtney: I have to.


Brian: Courtney?

Maxie: Sorry.

[Brian sighs]

Maxie: I didn't mean to wake you up.

Brian: Oh. Actually, I'm grateful. I was having a nightmare.

Maxie: I hate those.

Brian: Me, too.

Maxie: You're Detective Beck, right?

Brian: That's me.

Maxie: Mac Scorpio is my dad.

Brian: Then you must be Maxie.

Maxie: How did you know?

Brian: Because I'm a very good detective -- and Mac has pictures on his desk.

Maxie: Well -- um -- I brought you some new magazines. I know it gets a little boring in here.

Brian: Thanks. That's very thoughtful of you.

[Brian sighs]

Maxie: Can I ask you a question?

Brian: Sure.

Maxie: Are you absolutely sure it was Zander Smith who shot you?

Zander: Get out of the way, Emily! Get out of the way!

Emily: I don't understand what you think you're accomplishing, Zander. Do you think this is going to make me love you again?

Zander: None of this would've happened if you had stayed with me!

Emily: Nikolas, stay out of it!


[Jax screams]

[Gun jams]

Zander: Damn it! Damn it! Get away from me! Don't count on this thing jamming twice!

Jax: Come on, Zander. Zander, you don't want to kill anyone.

Zander: Haven't you heard? I already have!

Jax: Then get the hell out of here while you still have the chance.

Nikolas: I'll go call 911.

Emily: Are you all right?

Jax: Yeah, I seem to be all in one piece.

Emily: Oh, God. When that gun went off my heart stopped.

Jax: I think the first shot hit Zander, and the second one --

Emily: Thank God the gun jammed.

Jax: Yeah. Yeah, if it hadn't, I'd be dead.

Nikolas: Police are on their way.

Jax: Yeah.

Nikolas: Hey, was that enough for you? Do you need another demonstration? What will it take to finally convince you that Zanderís nothing but a killer, Emily?

Brian: Why are you so interested in my shooting?

Maxie: I know Zander, sort of. It's really hard for me to believe that he would shoot a policeman.

Brian: Well, desperate people do desperate things.

Maxie: Yeah, well, I was just thinking that maybe you just thought it was Zander and it was some other guy with dark hair? You know, like a case of mistaken identity and everybody's just wanting to believe that it's Zander because they hate him for other reasons.

Brian: For example?

Maxie: Ric Lansing. I know for a fact that he would love to see Zander in prison.

Ric: Really? Why would you think so?

Maxie: Um -- I was just telling Detective Beck that I know Zander a little.

Ric: How did I end up in this conversation?

Maxie: Well, Zander mentioned that you hate him because he once hooked up with Elizabeth.

Ric: Really? When was that exactly?

Maxie: I don't know. It was -- um -- a while ago, though. But I should really get back to work.

Michael: Any good stars out tonight?

Jason: Hey, you're supposed to be sleeping.

Michael: I canít. I miss mommy. When is she going to be back?

Jason: I -- I don't know, buddy.

Michael: Where's Aunt Courtney? Maybe she could sing to me.

Jason: Courtney -- she had to -- she had to leave. I'm not sure when she's going to be back, either.

Michael: I'm not a baby like Morgan. I know something really bad is going on here. Tell me. I can handle it.

Jason: I know you can. I know, I know you're a strong little guy and you can take care of -- take care of things, but --

[Jason sighs]

Jason: It's just -- Michael, it's not my place to tell you. It's something your parents are going to have to do when they decide the time is right.

Michael: What should I do till then?

Jason: Um -- well, just remember that -- that life is -- changes a little bit. Here, sit up there, ok? You know, sometimes people choose things that make everything different from what it was. People aren't perfect. Sometimes they make mistakes, sometimes they get angry. But you still love them. Because if they're yours, they matter more than anything.

[Knock on door]

Justus: Jason, how you doing?

Jason: Hey, Justus. Hey, come on. This is Michael. It's been a long time since you've seen him.

Justus: How you doing, Michael? Nice to see you.

Michael: Nice to see you, too.

Justus: You all right?

Michael: Yep.

Justus: Good.

Jason: All right, hey, why don't you -- why don't you go back to bed, ok?

Michael: Ok. I'll think about what you said.

Justus: I -- I got the paperwork for Sonny's signature.

Jason: What paperwork?

Justus: Sonny's petitioning for a court order against Carly, barring her from any contact with the children.

Lorenzo: Are you even thinking of your children, or is this all about your ego?

Sonny: Morgan doesn't know Carly enough yet to miss her and Michael, he's a tough kid; he's been separated from her before. It's not going to be easy, but he'll deal.

Lorenzo: Well, he won't have to, because there is no way in hell I'm going to stand by and watch Carly lose her kids.

Sonny: Well, I guess we're at a stalemate, aren't we? Because there's no way in hell Iím going to let her -- or especially you -- take them. Your boyfriend's waiting.

Carly: Oh, I'm not sure I can say the same thing about your girlfriend. Yeah, Sam and I, we had a little chat. I told her that -- that she means nothing to you, and she now knows that, and that she never will.

Jason: You know what? I just -- I need your legal opinion on a hypothetical situation.

Justus: Wait a minute, I must've been away a long time. Since when do you do hypothetical?

Jason: Ok, say a woman, she -- you know, she overhears a police officer arranging an ambush, ok, and she has good reason to believe that her husband might be killed. So she follows this cop. When she gets there, all hell breaks loose, a man goes down, his gun falls right at the woman's feet just as she notices a cop taking aim at her husband. So she picks up the gun, ok, she fires at the police officer solely to protect her husband --

Justus: And the hypothetical woman's hypothetical husband got her away and destroyed the hypothetical weapon. Did the cop live and I.D. a shooter, by any chance?

Jason: What if -- you know, what if the woman can't keep a secret? She came forward and she confesses. What happens?

Justus: With extenuating circumstances and a damn good lawyer, she's looking at 15 years, parole in seven -- that's best-case.

Jason: What's the worst?

Justus: She pulls life in prison.

Ric: Your official statement saying that Zander Smith was the shooter. We just need your signature. Something wrong, detective?

Brian: Zander Smith's a mobster, just like Jason Morgan, Sonny Corinthos. They prey on innocents; they bring violence into the lives of women and children. People like that killed my father and they didn't pay. People like that never pay. Now one of them will. I have no problem with that.

Ric: Good. Listen, I want you to rest up. Need you back at work, all right? The sooner the better. Waiting to see Brian?

Courtney: Yeah, I -- I saw that he wasn't alone. It looked like you were conducting official business.

Ric: No, it's just some paperwork. Brian just implicated Zander Smith in the shooting.

Lucky: Our suspect is Zander Smith, last seen wearing a dark suit. He is on foot suffering from a gunshot wound to the leg. He's also wanted in connection to an officer-involved shooting. He's armed -- I repeat, he is armed and should be considered extremely dangerous.

Emily: I'm so grateful neither one of you was hurt.

Nikolas: We could've been, and Jax almost was. You shouldn't have held me back, Emily. The two of us could've overpowered Zander and this whole thing would've been resolved without incident.

Lucky: Can somebody please fill me in? How are you involved in this?

Jax: I was walking by, I heard loud voices, and I saw that Zander was pointing a gun at Nikolas and Emily so I jumped him. When he struggled for the gun, it went off. I think it hit Zander. He managed to hold on to the gun and line up a second shot at me, and the gun jammed.

Lucky: You think he intended to kill you?

Jax: At the time, absolutely.

Lucky: Then our boy's facing two counts of attempted murder.

Sonny: My relationship with Sam is none of your business, Carly. Stay away from her.

Carly: You're not having a relationship. You're sleeping with Sam because she's a dead ringer for Brenda.

Sonny: Is that what you told her?

Carly: I felt she had a right to know.

Sonny: Really?

Carly: Mm-hmm.

Sonny: Well, you're wrong, as usual, because when I see Sam, I don't see Brenda. I see a beautiful, passionate woman who doesn't lie about who she is or what she wants. Nice change of pace, isn't it?

Carly: Hmm. Well, if she has any sense she will be gone by the time you get upstairs, and if she is dumb enough to stay, then she deserves the heart-stomping that she will eventually get with you. She's not good enough, Sonny. She's not going to be enough for you, because no one ever is. That hole inside of you is so deep and it is so embedded, no woman could ever hope to fill it up. She isn't going to be good enough. She's not going to be loyal enough, and she certainly will not be strong enough to ease your pain or to fix you in all the ways that you are broken. You are wrecked inside, Sonny, and eventually you wreck everyone around you. But not my children, Sonny. You will not do that to my boys.

Sonny: Forget about them. As of now, you have no children.

Carly: Don't you even try it. Michael and Morgan are mine. I carried them, I gave birth to them, and I love them more than anything in this world, and you --

Sonny: You don't love anybody but yourself and Alcazar.

Carly: Oh, you are so full of it.

Sonny: Kids are just something you can --

Carly: You --

Sonny: Hey, hey, hey, hey! Do me a favor, Al? Keep your slut away from me.

Carly: Oh, you sick -- you sick bastard! Let me go! You're sick!

Sonny: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

[Carly screams]

Sonny: Take hold of her.

Carly: Shut up! Pig! You fool -- let go!

Lorenzo: I'm sorry.

Brian: I'm glad you came back.

Courtney: I -- um -- I just saw Ric. He said that you signed a statement saying that Zander shot you?

Brian: You look upset. What's wrong?

Courtney: I just -- I don't know. I guess I thought there was -- it sounded like there was a lot going on that night, that's all. It's -- look, I have something I need to ask you.

Brian: Go ahead.

Courtney: When you went to that ambush, did you intend on killing Jason?

Brian: I was doing my job, Courtney. I'm a cop. I found multiple suspects in a gun battle, and according to procedure, I returned fire and my intention wasn't to kill anyone; it never is. But that doesn't mean there's not the occasional casualty. This time it happened to be me. Obviously, Zander was willing to kill me to avoid arrest.

Courtney: But you can't be sure that Zander pulled that trigger.

Brian: How do you know that? You weren't there, were you?

Nikolas: Zander's a loose cannon. He's been coming around Emily again, playing on her sympathies, asking for help. You need to get him in custody, Lucky.

Lucky: You know what? That's the idea, Nikolas.

Nikolas: He's wounded, he's on foot. How long do you think it'll take to bring him in?

Lucky: Not long. Zander -- he's burned every bridge he had. He's got nowhere to go and no one to help him.

Emily: I should warn you how Iíll probably be thanking you every time I see you for a while. You saved Nikolas' life and you risked your own to do it.

Jax: Oh, no. No, it's just -- I was, you know, in the right place at the right time kind of thing.

Emily: I'm so sorry for what Zander did. I -- I never believed, you know -- until tonight I didn't believe that Zander was capable of murder -- you know, a lot of things, but not murder.

Jax: Well, Emily, for what it's worth, I don't think he consciously tried to kill me. You know, I think he was so hyped on adrenaline that he pulled the trigger before he realized what he was doing.

Emily: Still, you're -- you're being incredibly generous, considering.

Jax: You know, usually, I risk my life as a matter of course. Tonight was different. I saw Zander point that gun right at me. I saw him pull the trigger and I knew that my life was over, and then it wasn't.

Emily: Well, coming that close to death gives you amazing clarity. You realize it's pointless to carry grudges or to dwell on the past. And that lies are a waste of time, and all you have is the very second you're in. And if you're lucky enough to love someone, you realize that's all that truly matters.

Carly: Uh --

[Carly sighs]

Carly: I owe you an apology.

Lorenzo: I can't imagine why.

Carly: I shouldn't have gone off like that.

Lorenzo: Apology not accepted. I'd rather have you stand up to Sonny than to let him roll all over you.

Carly: You can admit it. You've got to be happy that I'm fighting with Sonny.

Lorenzo: Well, it's not going to keep me up nights, but I -- I don't enjoy seeing you hurt.

Carly: Yeah, well, you can sleep well, because I will never, ever forgive him, and I will never go back to him, and -- oh -- Iíll never let him take my kids from me ever.

Lorenzo: Carly?

Lorenzo: You are the strongest woman I know. Your courage is remarkable, and you're going to need it to take Sonny on because he's going to be vicious and single-minded and cold. But you will win. I'll help you.

Carly: I know what you want from me, Lorenzo, but I cannot promise to love you.

Lorenzo: I'm not asking you to right now. I just want you to trust that Iíll make it better for you.

Carly: Yeah, I would like to believe that.

Lorenzo: Then let it happen. Ok?

Sonny: You're here.

Sam: Why, you expecting someone else?

Sonny: Nah. Um -- I know that you -- you ran into Carly.

Sam: Mm-hmm.

Sonny: Yeah.

Sam: It was more the other way around.

Sonny: Well, I'm glad you didn't pack up and leave. I'm sorry that you had to get pulled into something that has nothing to do with you.

Sam: Hey, Iím -- I'm sleeping with a married man. I never expected the wife to be too happy about it, ok?

Sonny: But Carlyís making a mockery out of our marriage, and she's my wife in a legal sense, but that's not going to be the case much longer.

Sam: Remind me never to make you angry, all right?

Sonny: Well, it's way beyond angry with Carly. I mean, she means nothing to me. My lawyer's going to deal with her. I'm just concerned about -- she said some stuff about Brenda, right?

Sam: Yeah, whatever, Brenda. I've -- I've been compared to Brenda so many times already. It's just that Carly --

[Sam sighs]

Sam: She seemed convinced that you were using me as a substitute.

Sonny: What do you think?

Sam: I don't know. I've been sitting here going over the time we spent together, trying to remember if you've ever expected me to be or act a certain way, or if -- I don't know -- if you seemed to be comparing me to someone else.

Sonny: Let me make -- let me make this easier for you, ok? You don't compare to Brenda in any way.

Carly: It's so hard to believe any of this is happening. I was so sure of my marriage to Sonny, and I was so convinced that you were this outsider trying to ruin my life. And now I --

Lorenzo: And now?

Carly: I don't know. It's like I'm looking at you for the first time, and you're not at all what I thought you were.

Lorenzo: No. I'm just a flawed man who loves you, and I realize that Iím responsible for a lot of the hurt you're feeling because I came after you. I relentlessly and selfishly tore your life apart. Carly, in my defense, I truly believe that I can make you happy. I still do. I love you. Not as some possession or something I want to change or control. For you. I'll prove it. And when I do, you'll love me back.

Carly: When you say things like that with such conviction, I almost believe it.

Lorenzo: I want you to. I'm going to give you everything you need, starting with your children. You'll have them back tonight.

Jason: I was waiting for the cops to call and tell me you'd been arrested.

Courtney: I couldn't do it. I tried. I went to the hospital intending to tell Brian everything, but all I could hear was you asking me not to. Look, Jason, I haven't been able to give you much of what you've asked of me. I couldn't give you a child. I couldn't stay with you forever like I promised on our wedding day. But I can give you this -- I won't confess to the shooting.

[Courtney sighs]

Jason: Thank you.

[Phone rings]

Jason: Hello?

Carly: Jase? Hey, it's -- it's me. Um -- I need you.

Jason: Carly, where are you?

Carly: Um -- I'm at the Port Charles hotel. Alcazar got me a room. It's number 425.

Jason: What's wrong?

Carly: Jase, I can't tell you this over the phone. Will you just please get here as soon as you can? Hurry, Jason, I need you.

Courtney: What's wrong with Carly?

Jason: I don't know. I don't know, she sounds upset. I got to get over there.

Sonny: You -- you resemble Brenda physically, and that's as far as it goes. Brenda was needy. You're terrified to need anybody. Brenda wanted commitment, you -- you're scared of that. Brenda wanted me to be better. You seem to take me as I am.

Sam: Did you love her?

Sonny: Yeah, yeah, yeah, I loved her. A long time ago. But when I look at you, I don't see Brenda. I see Samantha McCall and when Iím with you, Iím not thinking about anybody else.

Sonny: Now I got to ask you -- you thinking about somebody else when you're with me, or what?

Sam: No. When I am with you, there is nobody else.

Woman: Mr. Jacks. Nice to see you again.

Jax: Hi, Clarissa. You look as lovely as always.

Clarissa: Oh, thanks. And what can I do for you?

Jax: Sam McCall take a room here?

Clarissa: I'm not allowed to give out that information.

Jax: Oh, of course.

Clarissa: But if she has, I hope she knows how lucky she is to have you looking for her.

Jax: Can I take that as a yes? I don't expect you to divulge Ms. McCallís room number, but perhaps you could write it down for me.

Nikolas: Who are you calling?

Emily: I'm checking messages. Maybe Lucky called to say they found Zander.

Nikolas: And what if they didn't? And what if he disappeared somewhere and he's desperate for help and he leaves you a message? Then what?

Emily: Zander hates me. I'm the last person he'd contact.

Nikolas: Emily, he already did -- on the pier and everywhere else! And why -- why did you hold me back from helping Jax disarm him? Why'd you do that?

Emily: Because I didn't want you to get shot!

Nikolas: Em, I know -- why else?

Emily: Fine! I wanted Zander to get away, too! I want him to disappear so he can start a life somewhere else. I hate the thought of him being in prison and, yes, if I can help him I probably would!

Nikolas: He's using you! He's playing on your guilt! How can you not see that?

Emily: I don't care, Nikolas! There's good in Zander, and no one knows that better than me because he let me see it again and again. I loved him once, Nikolas. I'm sorry, but I don't want to see Zander die!

Nikolas: Yeah? Well, I do!

Maxie: Zander --

Ric: Maxie?

Maxie: Mr. Lansing.

Ric: Hi.

Maxie: Can I help you?

Ric: Yeah, just a couple of minutes of your time. I've been thinking about what you said before about, you know, how Zander said that I was angry with him because I found out about him and Elizabeth. When was that exactly? Couple of months? Four, maybe?

Maxie: Somewhere in there. Like, two or three.

Ric: Oh. You see, that's the part that's kind of confusing because I just found out about Zander and Elizabeth about two or three weeks ago. Why are you lying to me, Maxie? Do you know where Zander is?

Brian: Oh, God!

Zander: We both know I didn't shoot you. Why are you trying to frame me?

[Knock on door]

Jason: Carly?

Carly: Jason. Jason, I am so glad that you're here.

Jason: What -- what's wrong?

Carly: I am so scared and I need your help now, right now more than ever before because --

Jason: Ok -- ok, just calm -- ok, calm down. Now tell me what happened.

Carly: It's Sonny. He -- he is being so awful, and he is going to punish me for something that isn't even my fault, Jason. If that bullet had not gone into my head --

Jason: Carly -- Carly, I know all this, ok? This isn't news. If you're not hurt or you're threatened, what was so urgent for me to come over right away?

Carly: I am being threatened, Jason! I'm being threatened by Sonny! He is going to steal my kids, and you know that is wrong! Michael and Morgan belong with me.

Jason: You wanted me out of the penthouse. What the hell have you done?

Courtney: Get out or I will scream. Look, the guards will come in here and they will kill you.

Lorenzo: The guards have been incapacitated, I let myself in. Carly asked me to come get her children; that's exactly what I intend to do.

Jax: Hey.

Sam: Jax?

Jax: I know you're probably a little surprised that I'm here. I'm a little surprised at myself, actually.

Sam: Jax, there's something that --

Jax: The fact is I almost died tonight, Sam, and it made me realize that --

>> On the next "General Hospital" --

Skye: Put your chips on the table or get out.

Sam: I know what I'm doing.

Jax: Are you sure?

Jason: You sent Sonny's enemy to take away his children.

Courtney: You need to leave.

Ric: You've seen Zander Smith, haven't you?

Zander: Ric Lansing is making you do this.

Brian: You're right.

Carly: You are in for the fight of your life.

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