GH Transcript Wednesday 2/18/04

General Hospital Transcript Wednesday 2/18/04

Provided by Suzanne

Proofread by Brian

(Missed the first couple of seconds)

Ric: Did he try to kill you at the Port Charles hotel?

Jason: Am I free to go?

Ric: You know, if you go after Capelli on your own, Jason, it's murder with special circumstances. You're free to go.

Andy: Did you warn Morgan to stay away from me?

Ric: Yeah, for all the good it did. You're a dead man. Thank you.

Andy: What is it?

Ric: Brian Beck's dead.

Courtney: I can't believe that you're really gone. I'm so sorry, Brian.

Skye: Monica. Hi.

Monica: Oh, you're back already?

Skye: Yeah, I just went home to change. How's Edward doing?

Monica: Stable, but the next 24 hours are critical. All we can do is keep him calm and wait.

Luke: Well, don't worry about Edward. Crusty old bastards like that never die.

Justus: There may be a way to protect the family from liability in the fire.

Tracy: Ooh. You may be as brilliant as they all say.

Justus: We have to prove that Edward made a series of incompetent and erratic decisions months before the fire started.

Tracy: We claim he's crazy?

Edward: Not on your life.

Emily: Nikolas? Please -- please answer me. Make a sound. Anything, Nikolas.

Lucky: Em? Come on, you need some rest.

Emily: Is there any sign of Nikolas?

Lucky: The official search for any survivors has been called off.

Emily: I don't care if the firefighters stop. We'll keep looking for him ourselves.

Lucky: I don't want to believe it either, Em. He was my brother. But we have to face the fact that Nikolas is gone.

Andy: Ric --

Ric: Hmm?

Andy: If Morgan was threatening me, that's grounds to arrest him.

Ric: Oh, Jason doesn't openly threaten anybody.

Andy: Well, he's going to try and take me out.

Ric: Yeah, and probably succeed. From what I understand, Morgan's very good at killing people.

Andy: Look, if you have reason to believe a murder's about to take --

Ric: I have reason to believe that you tried to kill Morgan by cuffing him to a pipe during a fire and leaving him there to burn.

Andy: Look, we both know you didn't want him to come out of that building.

Ric: Evidence suggested that he shot a cop. I needed for you to keep him safe until I could question him further. You should have followed procedure.

Andy: Look, Baldwin wouldn't have had a problem with the way I handled things.

Ric: Well, Baldwin isn't here anymore and I'm the D.A. Now and I don't like crooked cops.

Andy: You're using me as bait. If Morgan kills me, then you can prosecute him for murder one?

Ric: That sounds a little paranoid, detective. You think maybe you need a little time off?

Andy: No, what I need is Morgan out of circulation.

Ric: Hey, there's nothing that I can do. Unless I can bring him on something legitimate, my hands are tied.

[Door opens]

Alan: Courtney. Hi. I didn't expect to see you here. Have you seen Jason?

Courtney: No. As far as I know, he's still being held for Brian's shooting.

Alan: That's ridiculous. Why would Jason shoot somebody in the middle of a fire?

Courtney: Oh, Dr. Quartermaine, what are they going to do with Brian's body now?

Alan: Well, we haven't been able to locate his family, so if nobody claims the body, we just turn it over to the state.

Monica: Oh.

Jason: Oh, hey. How's Emily doing?

Monica: Well, she's still in denial. They haven't found Nikolas, and she insisted on going back to the hotel and going through the wreckage. Your father and I tried to discourage her. But actually, it was Elizabeth that convinced us that that would be the only way Emily would know that and accept that he's gone.

Jason: Yeah. Have you seen Courtney?

Monica: Oh, she may have left the hospital. She was with Detective Beck when he died.

Jason: I didn't know Brian was dead.

Skye: Do you realize how lucky we are to survive that fire? They haven't even found Nikolas' body. He was your wife's son. You aren't going to say anything?

Luke: I got nothing to say.

Skye: Well, at least Edward's still alive. My God, he looked so fragile. I can't stand the old coot half the time, but that doesn't mean I want him to die.

Edward: I ignored that electrician's warning, and I am responsible for the fire.

Tracy: Oh, daddy, think about it, please. The civil suits alone will break E.L.Q.

Edward: Tracy, it's a matter of principle.

Tracy: Principles are something you cannot afford right now, daddy, unless you're planning on bringing the whole family down with you. We will be penniless. Is that ok? Bankrupt? Mother's a strong woman, but I don't --

Edward: Now, listen. You leave your poor mother out of this. I need a minute to think this over. Justus?

Justus: Believe it or not, she's right.

Edward: All right. Say that I go along with this scheme of yours. Who's going to think that I'm senile?

[Edward laughs]

Edward: Oh. All right. Well, then tell me what to do.

Justus: You can't talk to anyone, especially not the press. I'll need time to research precedents of mental incompetence.

Tracy: Daddy, just think of it as a savvy business ploy. You've worked your fair share of angles over the years, haven't you?

Edward: Which is why I know that you're doing the same thing to me.

Tracy: I just want one opportunity to prove to you that I'm worthy to follow in your footsteps. Daddy, let me protect this family. Once I do, you'll never doubt me again.

Emily: I still can't believe this is happening. I keep -- I keep waiting to wake up next to Nikolas.

Lucky: I can't believe it, either.

Emily: Last night before the fire started, we toasted our future.

Lucky: Emily, Nikolas wanted to spend his whole life with you.

Emily: And when I was afraid my cancer was terminal, it never even occurred to me that Nikolas would go first.

Lucky: I'll take you home.

Emily: If I leave, it means that I believe he's dead, and I don't want to. I don't want to feel this hole inside of me and know that I'm never going to -- I'm never going to see him again or have him hold me.

Lucky: Oh, Em, I'm so sorry.

Emily: You know, if I had just stayed there, you know, when that roof collapsed, then I would have been able to help him down, you know? If I had just been there, then I could have gotten him out.

Lucky: Emily, you did what he wanted.

Emily: I should have never left him.

Lucky: He wanted you safe. That's all that mattered to him.

Ned: Hey.

Emily: Hey.

Ned: Oh, Em.

[Emily sobs]

Ned: I'm so sorry. And, Lucky, I'm very sorry for your loss.

Lucky: Thanks.

Ned: Listen, I'm going home. I want you to come home with me, take a shower, and get some sleep. Ok?

Emily: If I leave, I'm going to Wyndemere.

Ned: Ok. But I hate to tell you about something. There may be some reporters outside, and they may want to ask you some questions. So --

Emily: Why would reporters want to talk to me?

Reporter: Miss Quartermaine?

[Ned sighs]

Reporter: My condolences. Evidence suggests that your grandfather was responsible for the fire that killed your fiance. Any comment?

Emily: My grandfather?

Ned: I talked to the press last night, ok? I made it very clear, this investigation is still ongoing.

Reporter: But initial reports indicate that the fire was started because of faulty wiring and that Edward Quartermaine was aware of the danger. He's facing charges of criminal negligence.

Emily: You're wrong. My grandfather didn't have anything to do with the fire that killed Nikolas.

Coleman: Helena Cassadine.

Helena: How did you get in here? You're intruding on a private moment.

Coleman: Ah, don't wet your pants. I found something I think might be of interest to you -- the treasure that they auctioned off last night when the hotel caught fire?

Helena: You have my grandson's treasure?

Coleman: Look, here's the deal -- I'm here to sell it back to you, ok? I thought it might be of some sentimental value.

Helena: First, prove you have it.

Coleman: You recognize that? Huh?

Helena: I'll give you $100,000.

Coleman: That seems a little skimpy.

Helena: 200,000, and I'll also let you live.

Coleman: 200 grand works for me. Hmm. Tight fit.

Helena: Bring the rest of the treasure here tonight.

Coleman: Oh, I'll see you at 9:00 tonight.

Helena: Mister --

Coleman: Oh, it's just Coleman, kind of like Cher.

Helena: Coleman? How would you like to double your finder's fee?

Coleman: Well, that depends on what you want me to do.

Helena: I want you to kill Edward Quartermaine.

Alexis: You'll have to kill me first. If you so much as enter General Hospital, let alone the I.C.U., I will have you arrested for attempted murder.

Coleman: Chill. I'm not going to kill anybody. I'm a lover, not a fighter.

Helena: You don't belong here.

Alexis: You are so predictable. As soon as there's death and destruction, there you are in the middle of it, foaming at the mouth.

Helena: It's called revenge. Edward Quartermaine practically murdered my grandson.

Alexis: I can assure you Nikolas doesn't want you to avenge him.

Helena: That's why you've never been a true Cassadine. Family means nothing to you.

Alexis: Nikolas means something to me. He's the only one with honor. He's the only who would stand up to his father, to Stefan, and to you.

Helena: Get out.

Alexis: I'm afraid you'll have to leave, because from now on I'm running this family.

Emily: How could you blame my grandfather for this? He was trapped in that fire like the rest of us.

Ned: The fire was a horrible, horrible tragedy, and how it started is still under investigation, but I can assure you that the Quartermaine family is doing everything it can to address the situation.

Reporter: If the allegations prove true, it could spell the end of E.L.Q.

Ned: We have no further comment at this time, so please leave.

Lucky: You heard the man. Move it.

Reporter: Again, my condolences.

Emily: How could he come up with such a lie?

Lucky: The fire spread through the electrical system, which was probably overloaded by extra security for the treasure.

Emily: And my grandfather knew?

Ned: Grandfather is in the hospital right now.

Lucky: Em, he had a heart attack while I was arresting him for criminal negligence.

Fireman: Excuse me. Mr. Ashton?

Ned: Yeah. I'll be right back. I've got to speak to the fire investigator. I'll be right back.

Lucky: Come on, let me take you to Wyndemere.

Emily: No. I need to see my grandfather first.

Skye: I hear you're fighting with Tracy already -- a sure sign that you're feeling better.

Edward: Hmm. I'm spouting gibberish. Haven't you heard? I lost my mind months ago.

Skye: Hmm. Justus did tell me about the plan to make it look like you lost your mind months ago.

Edward: Mm-hmm.

Skye: Can I be honest here?

Edward: That would be refreshing.

[Edward chuckles]

Skye: I can't believe you're going along with this.

Edward: Skye, I have no choice. I will not leave my family with a legacy of debt.

Skye: Edward, please, don't talk about yourself in the past tense, ok?

[Edward chuckles]

Edward: You know, dear, having you here -- it only makes me more confident of my choices.

Skye: Well, good.

Edward: Uh-uh. That's why I'm leaving you control of the company.

Monica: Emily --

Emily: Oh, mom.

Monica: Oh, my God.

Emily: I'm so glad you're here. I need to find grandfather.

Monica: Are you ok? No, no -- do you want to get changed first?

Emily: No, I just -- I need to see him now.

Monica: Well, all right, honey. You're sure you're ok?

Emily: Yeah.

Monica: Ok.

Luke: You still on hero duty, cowboy? I got to tell you, you wear it well.

Lucky: From what I hear, you stepped up, too, stopping a panic in the Versailles room.

Luke: Oh, that was a scam. I just wanted to make sure I was the first one off the roof.

Lucky: Yeah, whatever you say.

Luke: Any word on Nikolas?

Lucky: They haven't found his body yet. But the 16th floor has been gutted, and they're saying he's -- there's no way he could have lived.

Lucky: Now I have to tell Lulu that her -- her big brother, my big brother -- you know, when we first met, I -- I never thought I'd be able to call him that. But now I can't imagine it any other way. You, dad, can you say you're sorry?

Luke: I don't want to fight with you, man.

Lucky: Neither do I. I'm just curious, you know. Now that Nikolas is gone, I mean, can you understand Nikolas was more than just his -- you know, just a last name? He was a good son to mom. And he saved Lulu's life. You know, he tried over and over to make peace with you. And the best you could manage was to ignore he even existed. You always judged Nikolas because of where he came from, not for who he was.

Luke: You really are your mother's son when it comes to this stuff. It hit you hard. Me? I'm a simpler man. I didn't kill Nikolas, and I'm grateful for that. But I can't join you in your grief.

Skye: Maybe Justus is right. Maybe you are going senile.

Edward: No, no, no. On the contrary, I changed my will just before the auction. Huh? You are my sole heir, after Lila, of course.

Skye: But you don't even like me.

Edward: Hmm. But, you see, you are smart and you are devious and you know that family matters.

Skye: But I'm not even a real Quartermaine.

Edward: No, but you've always wanted to be one. You even fought to be one. And you know something? You will value my name and my legacy far more than my own children will.

Skye: Edward, I'm touched. Really, I am, but it's an empty gesture. Tracy will claim that you changed your will or you were losing your mind and she'll have it invalidated.

Edward: Shh, shh, shh, shh. You let me handle Tracy, hmm? All I need to know is that this will stay between you and me, hmm?

Monica: Guess who I brought.

Edward: Oh, Emily.

Skye: Oh -- I'll I leave you alone.

Edward: All right, dear.

Skye: Emily, I'm so sorry for your loss.

[Pager beeps]

Monica: Oh. Em, I've got to take this. I'll be back, ok?

Emily: Ok.

Edward: Oh, Emily, I can't tell you how grateful I am that you're safe.

Emily: You must be a whole lot happier now that Nikolas is gone.

Edward: No, Emily, now, you know that I opposed your engagement to Nikolas, but I --

Emily: That hotel was a firetrap, and you knew it! You could have stopped what happened! Nikolas died because of you!

Edward: Emily, I am sorry, dear, but everything I did was for the good of the family.

Emily: What is good, grandfather, about pitting your children against each other --

Edward: I didn't --

Emily: And lying and blackmailing and bullying?

Edward: Oh, please --

Emily: What Nikolas and I had comes along once in a lifetime! I loved him, grandfather. And now he is gone because of you --

Edward: No --

Emily: Because he trusted you! He agreed to split the treasure, to auction it in your hotel --

Edward: No --

Emily: Using your security! Why didn't you warn Nikolas he was risking his life?

[Edward coughs]

Emily: Why didn't you warn any of us?

[Monitor alarm]

Edward: Emily -- help me! Oh, God! Help! Oh! Help!

Emily: Help! Somebody, help!

Edward: Help me! Uh -- uh --

Courtney: I remember you telling me where Karen and Henry were buried and thought you'd want to be near them, near your home. And now you can all be together, the way it should be -- husband and wife and child.

Courtney: How'd you find me?

Jason: Alan told me that you were making arrangements for Brian.

Courtney: The police let you go.

Jason: No evidence.

Courtney: Did you kill Brian?

Jason: No, I didn't.

Courtney: But you were going to, though, weren't you? And that's why you were in the hotel.

Alexis: Sorry I'm late. Thank you for meeting me here.

Luke: Well, sure. Cameron was a friend. I owe him this much.

Alexis: Well, you didn't exactly welcome his help.

Luke: Well, neither did you, as I recall.

Alexis: You and I are beyond help, and I admittedly don't do well accepting it.

Luke: I think he came close to figuring out what makes you tick, and it scared the hell out of you.

Alexis: Did he tell you that?

Luke: No. Just a wild guess. He could be an annoying nag, but he was damn good at what he did.

Alexis: Yes, he was.

Luke: So are you ready to do this?

Alexis: No, but someone has to identify Cameron's body, and you and I are all he has left.

Jason: Let me take you home.

Courtney: Brian was my friend. Somebody has to stay here.

Jason: That's fine. Then I'll wait.

Courtney: No, Jason, not when you're relieved that he's dead.

Jason: What are you talking about? I don't understand this. You went to the fire to find me. When I came out of the hotel, we had --

Courtney: Yeah, that was the happiest moment of my life. I love you, Jason, but Brian didn't deserve to die.

Jason: Maybe he didn't. But Brian and I are on opposite sides.

Courtney: Brian was just doing his job. And if you ask me, it is a hell of a lot better to swear to protect innocent people than it is to make more money than you can spend by smuggling and doing God knows what else. We dug Brian's grave together, Jason, you and me. God, this story always ends with blood and guns.

[Jason sighs]

Courtney: And someday you're going to die that way, too. Sonny is going to stand up at your funeral and he's going to say that you were a loyal friend who died with honor. Well, I don't think that it's honorable, and I can't watch.

Justus: You've had a setback.

Edward: Emily was here. She's heartbroken. She says that I killed Nikolas. And she's right. My granddaughter hates me.

Justus: Emily doesn't hate you. She stuck around until she knew you were ok. You're no killer, Edward. At worst, you were shortsighted to the point of negligence.

[Knock on door]

Edward: Hmm. District Attorney Lansing. What brings you here?

Ric: Mr. Quartermaine, I'm sorry to disturb you. I know you're not feeling well. I'm just following up on some allegations that you were criminally negligent in the Port Charles Hotel fire.

Luke: Are we waiting for something?

Alexis: I was kind of hoping Zander might walk through the door.

Luke: Natasha, Zander is either dead or he used the fire as a cover for his escape.

Alexis: Cameron insisted on calling him Alexander all the time. I don't know what the hell was wrong with both of them, quite frankly. They loved each other very much. They just didn't tell each other that. I don't know what they were waiting for. It used to make me want to tear my hair out, they were both so stubborn. They did come close, every now and then, to connecting the way a father and son should connect, but they didn't do it.

Luke: I understand that.

Alexis: I don't get this. I don't get -- I don't get this. I don't get how somebody who dedicated his life to helping other people would end up all alone.

Luke: Well, it's easy. He worked on it.

Alexis: At first, I didn't understand his obsession with helping me with my daughter, but I know that it's because he didn't want me to be without my daughter any more than he ever wanted to be without his son.

Luke: You're kidding yourself. He tried to help you because he was in love with you.

Courtney: Brian missed his family every day. And that's how I'm going to miss you.

Jason: You really think I'm going to die? And you don't want to see it? Is that what you're saying?

Courtney: Maybe I'm wrong. You know, I hope I am. I hope that you live to be an old man, Jason, and I hope that you are happy. But I can't -- I can't do this anymore. I can't -- I can't be a part of your life. I have to make a life of my own.

Jason: No, I don't know what you want from me!

Courtney: There is nothing -- I don't know. God, Jason, just -- being together costs us both too --

Jason: But we're not together.

Courtney: And we're not apart either, because I couldn't let go. You know, I kept thinking that something was going to change. And it did, Jason. A man died because he got caught between us, and I can't let that happen again! I can't! I can't.

Alexis: What are you going to do?

Luke: Cameron was a good man. He deserves at least an attempt at a decent memorial. Hi. It's me. Lucas Lorenzo Spencer. Well, what can you say about Cameron Lewis except that he was as crazy as most of his patients? Which is probably why he was a good doctor. He -- he was an honest man, and he told it like it was. He'd been to some dark places in himself, and he wasn't afraid of those places in other people. He knew what made seemingly intelligent people trash their own lives. Dr. Lewis died saving my son, probably because he couldn't save his own. He made mistakes, like everybody, but he did what he could to fix what he had broken. He was a good man, an honest man. I don't really believe that the dead can hear me or see me. But just in case I'm wrong, thanks, Cameron. You were a good friend.

Luke: Oh, hi.

Skye: That was some speech.

Luke: Well, he deserved some kind of memorial. He was a good guy.

Skye: So are you. Underneath all that cynicism lies a good and compassionate heart.

Luke: Have you been drinking?

Skye: Stone-cold sober and able to see what's right in front of me.

Luke: Oh, Red.

Skye: You know that kiss that never happened? Well, it meant something to me. And I think it meant something to you, too.

[Footsteps]

Emily: Nikolas.

Helena: Why are you still here?

Emily: This is my -- this is my home. Nikolas and I lived here together.

Helena: Oh, you -- you are the reason that my grandson is dead.

Emily: No, don't -- don't say that. Nikolas loved me.

Helena: So he died in your place? He stayed by your side when he could have made his way down the stairs? No, he gave you his ticket on the helicopter, and you claim you loved him? You left him there to die.

Emily: No.

Helena: Oh -- get out. I don't want any trace of you in this house.

Emily: Nikolas was my life. This was our home. I'm not going anywhere!

Ric: Well, unfortunately, the electrician died in the fire.

Edward: Hmm.

Ric: But the superintendent signed a deposition stating that you were warned about the electrical system before the security grid was installed?

Justus: Is this an official questioning, Mr. Lansing?

Ric: Mr. Ward, please --

Edward: Oh, no, no, no, no. The superintendent was right. O'mally warned me about that, said it needed repairs, and I had him repair it immediately.

Ric: Mr. Quartermaine, the system was never upgraded.

Edward: The hell is wasn't. It cost me a fortune to do it.

Ric: Mr. Quartermaine, I think maybe you're mistaken here.

Edward: No, you see, I remember we did it just before my anniversary party. Mm-hmm, and Lila had those lights put on the trees that blink, and we danced all night.

Ric: I'm -- I'm sorry. I don't mean to be indelicate here --

Edward: Well --

Ric: But when exactly was this? As far as I know, Mrs. Quartermaine is confined to a wheelchair.

Edward: What?

Justus: I think that's enough. My grandfather's obviously been through quite an ordeal.

Edward: No, no, no.

Justus: He's not himself.

Edward: No, no, I'm fine. Why would you say that about Lila?

Ric: How long has he been suffering these lapses?

Justus: I don't know. I've only been back in Port Charles a couple of months.

Edward: What lapses? I'm perfectly fine. What do you want?

Ric: Then you admit to criminal negligence?

Edward: Huh?

Tracy: There's no question my father will be judged incompetent.

Jen: Then why do you need me?

Tracy: Because I want complete and permanent control of my family and its holdings, and I need your legal expertise in order to accomplish that.

Jen: Well, Justus Ward is already working on the case. He's one of the best.

Tracy: I need you to be better.

Jen: I don't come cheap.

Tracy: Not a problem.

Jen: Well, I'll have to have the funds wired directly into my account if you want to put me on retainer.

Tracy: Done. And with your help I will have complete control of E.L.Q. Before my father's out of the hospital.

Courtney: I know you're with your family, Brian, and I know you're happy. I promise to try and do what you asked and be happy, too.

[Footsteps]

Man: Mrs. Morgan, I need you to come with me.

Courtney: Leave me alone.

Man: I have something that might persuade you. Oh! Oh!

Courtney: What do you want from me? Who sent you?

Man: Oh! Open it!

Jason: Emily?

Andy: I'm here to finish what I started.

>> On the next "General Hospital" --

Louise: You saved my life, and I'm giving you a gift.

Alexis: Did you tell sonny that he was Kristina's father?

Michael: Who are you, and why are you touching my daddy's face?

Andy: You tried to kill me, and I shot you in self-defense.

Jason: You kill me and Sonny will hunt you down.

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