GH Transcript Wednesday 5/12/04

General Hospital Transcript Wednesday 5/12/04

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Jax: Thanks for agreeing to meet me.  I know that you're in the middle of a trial.

Justus: We're in recess.  What do you need?

Jax: I need your legal services.

Justus:  Mine?  Why?

Jax: Because I think you're the man for the job.

Justus:  Look, I appreciate your vote of confidence, but I'm Sonny's attorney.  Now, to say the two of you don't get along would be a vast understatement.

Jax: Well, my interests don't conflict with Sonnyís.

Justus: Let me be the judge of that. Why don't you tell me what you need?

Jax: Sam McCall is pregnant. I believe that Iím the father, and I want a court order for a paternity test to be sure.

Sister Mary: And what about the mother?

Sam: Someone strong and loving like the father. Her focus needs to be on the children, and everything else should be secondary. A woman with a sense of humor, maybe even sort of a silly side.

Sister Mary: Mm-hmm.

Sam: A mom who enjoys laughing with her kids and who will kind of make her kids laugh, too, you know?

Sister Mary: That's a remarkably specific description. So much so, it is clear this family actually exists. Since you're obviously acquainted, why don't you call them and ask them to raise your child?

Sam: I'm sorry, but that's not possible because the family that I just described to you is already taken by the man I think got me pregnant.

Ric: Your honor, Mr. Corinthos and I are half brothers. We share an adversarial relationship at best. I'd like permission from the court to treat him as a hostile witness.

Judge: I'll grant the request.

Ric: Thank you, your honor. Furthermore, the witness has intimate knowledge of both the defendant and counsel. Mr. Corinthos, isn't it true that you had a sexual relationship with the woman sitting right over there?

Alexis: Objection, your honor, the sexual history of my witness has no relevance on this case.

Ric: No, no, no, it goes to his reliability of testimony.

Judge: I'll allow it.

Sonny: Well -- ahem -- I'm not exactly sure which one you're referring to. But I never had sex with Faith Rosco.

Ric: I see. Well, what about Ms. Davis?

Sonny: Well, yeah, once.

Ric: Mm-hmm. And that one night has had lasting consequences. Isn't that right, Mr. Corinthos?

Carly: I realize that as far as favors go, this is a big one, but you've always come through for me before, Jason. Please, please don't go after Sam.

Jason: I'm sorry. I can't do what you want.

Carly: Well, why? Because it's your job? Jason, will you put that aside for a minute and help me out?

Jason: You know, you're asking the impossible, Carly. I have to find Sam and bring her back.

Carly: Why?

Mary: You can't work for this man. He's an arms dealer.

Nikolas: Is that true?

Lorenzo: I think your wife has been discussing me with Emily Quartermaine.

Mary: It's common knowledge.

Nikolas: Look, I've already made it clear that I won't do anything illegal.

Lorenzo: You need to understand the player's motives. Emily's brother, Jason Morgan, works for my opposition. He took exception to my falling in love with a married woman who happens to be the wife of his best friend and employer. Now, I didn't plan on falling in love with this woman; it just happened. Sometimes things work out that way. Now, my actions may have been selfish and ill-advised, but they certainly were not illegal. My offer to you is exactly as I presented it. There is a position open within my organization for a courier. I think you are the man for the job. You want to discuss it with your wife; you can call me as soon as you reach your decision.

Mary: Thank God I found the truth out about him before you accepted the job offer.

Nikolas: What makes you think Iím not taking the job?

Alexis: I am asking the court to dismiss Mr. Corinthos as a witness. He is neither a partner nor does he have any interest in the Haunted Star. He is a patron that frequents it on occasion, so I think it's safe to assume that there is no testimony of his that could be relevant to this case. Mr. Lansing brought him in here as an attempt to intimidate me personally.

Ric: With all due respect, your honor, opposing counsel seems to think that the world revolves around her. Try to grasp this, ok -- we are not here to work through some sort of imaginary vendetta that you seem to think that I have against you. We are here to prosecute your client for money laundering, all right? I put Mr. Corinthos on the stand because he can knowledgeably speak to Mrs. Rosco's history of criminal activity.

Judge: Your motion is denied, Ms. Davis. Continue with the witness.

Ric: Thank you. Now, Mr. Corinthos, is it safe to say that after that one night of sex with Ms. Davis --

Alexis: Objection!

Ric: It has had lasting consequences?

Alexis: Your honor, counsel just got through saying that he wasn't interested in my personal life --

Ric: Your honor, how am I supposed to build a foundation if Ms. Davis keeps leaping to her feet, shrieking "objection" at every single question I ask?

Alexis: Objection to that, as well.

Judge: Objection overruled, but get to the point, Mr. Lansing.

Ric: Absolutely. I will try this a different way. Does defense counsel have a personal bias against you?

Sonny: Yes.

Ric: Ok. As a result of that one night?

Sonny: Uh -- yeah, well, yeah. Mainly that, yeah.

Ric: So since that ill-fated encounter, has Ms. Davis made it a point to publicly humiliate you or attack you in a public place?

Sonny: Yes, Ric, on several occasions.

Ric: All right, I would like to call the court's attention to the witness' last answer. When Ms. Davis begins her cross-examination, she will have conflicting motives -- to act on her client's behalf, most assuredly -- she is at least that much of a professional -- but she is also a woman scorned and is looking for an opportunity to lash out at the man who dumped her.

Alexis: This is outrageous. Objection!

Jax: If the D.N.A. tests prove that Iím the father of Samís baby, I want you to file for sole custody.

Justus: Wait a second. Aren't you getting way ahead of yourself here? Sam has been seeing Sonny for months now. He seems like a far more likely candidate for father.

Jax: No, no, it doesn't track, all right? Sonny's a married man who already has two children. Why would he make another with a woman like Sam?

Justus: "A woman like Sam"?

Jax: Yeah, she's -- you know; she's greedy and deceitful. She doesn't have any moral boundaries, which would make her perfect for Sonny if she wasn't carrying my child.

Justus: You haven't convinced me she is.

Jax: Think about this. Now, you know Sonny. His first instinct is always self-preservation. Why would he risk getting Sam pregnant? She would rip his life into pieces, and Sonny likes his life just fine the way it is. Now, Iím sure that he used protection. On the other hand, Sam and I didn't. Not my finest hour, but --

Justus: Now, look, all of this is just a theory.

Jax: I know, I know, but it's a compelling one and the timing's right because Sam disappeared right when I found out she was pregnant. Now, I am convinced that I am the baby's father, and if I am, I want that child as far away from Sonny and Sam as possible, but I need proof. Once I have it, Sonny will be irrelevant.

Courtney: Proof of what? And why -- why are you trying to cause more trouble with Sonny, Jax?

Sam: I imagine you don't approve of me knowing that are two men who could potentially be the father of my baby.

Sister Mary: No. It's not my place to judge. I would like to hear your story if you're willing to tell it. Maybe I can help you find a solution.

Sam: Sister, it's already been decided. Neither one of those men are an appropriate choice. The first man, who isn't married, basically despises me and regrets the day we ever met, and the married man I'm in love with, of course. I mean, he did -- does, I don't know -- care about me. It wasn't just some cheap fling. You know, he was honest with me and accepting of me and he allowed me into his life as much as he possibly could. But our little window has closed. He is back with his wife now; committed to his family again. That's the type of guy he is. There is nothing more important to him than his children.

Sister Mary: Do you believe this man would want your child?

Sam: Oh, what does it matter what anyone wants? I've made the decision. The best thing I can do for anyone, including this child, is to make a clean break.

Carly: Jason, will you please be the friend that you used to be to me?

Jason: I'm in a bad position, Carly. I wish you could respect that.

Carly: I do respect your position with Sonny. It's what I do, Jason, and I always end up on the short end. Jason, Iíve loved Sonny so much, and he has been the best and the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my life. And for every moment of joy that I had with him, there was one that matchable, was unspeakable pain. If it weren't for our children, I would be as far as away from him as possible. But I'm here and I'm asking you please not to bring Sam back because it would make it just one less thing that I have to deal with.

Mary: You can't be serious about working for Mr. Alcazar. He's dangerous and a criminal.

Nikolas: And he denies that.

Mary: Of course he would.

Nikolas: Would you just look at it logically for a second, please? Ok, if he wanted me to break the law, he'd have to tell me upfront. He wouldn't allow my ignorance to jeopardize a deal.

Mary: So let me get this straight -- arms dealing is ok as long as you're notified in advance?

Nikolas: You know, I don't know, but for some reason -- for some reason, you want to believe that Alcazar's a criminal. You've already made it up in your own mind that you don't like him, so you're using any excuse that you can to discourage me from working for him, and I don't --

Mary: I'm just trying to keep you safe.

Nikolas: No, what you're trying to do is keep me isolated in this cabin and dependent on you.

Mary: Connor --

Nikolas: I can't -- I can't live like this anymore, Mary. I'm literally -- I'm suffocating. I want to be out with the rest of the world, using my mind, connecting with other people. This life? This life I'm living right now? It doesn't fit with whoever the hell I am. It's too small! I'm sorry, Mary, but I was put on this earth to be more than just your husband.

Jason: Why do you think Sonny turned to Sam in the first place?

Carly: Because he jumped to the false conclusion that I was sleeping with Lorenzo, and if he hadn't done that, none of this would be happening.

Jason: You know, Carly, Iím not going to get into another argument with you about who's to blame for you and Sonny breaking up, ok? My point is Sonny turned to Sam because he was hurt. He thought his life with you was over, and instead of you trying to work it out, you went straight to Alcazar for payback.

Carly: Oh. So this is about blame --

Jason: No --

Carly: And of course it's my fault, Jason!

Jason: You're not hearing me, Carly! I'm saying, in Sonny's mind, you made a choice and it wasn't him. He won't open himself up again after that. So if you want Sonny back, you're the one who's going to have to take the chance and say so. Just tell him you love him and go from there.

Carly: So in other words, I'm supposed to put my heart on the line and ask him to break it?

Jason: Carly, it's your call. You know, one thing I do know for sure is that you're not going to get anywhere playing games. Just be honest with Sonny, and that'll open the door for him to be honest with you.

Jax: I'm not looking for any conflict with Sonny. As a matter, I try to avoid him altogether.

Courtney: Ok, Jax, I heard what you said about making Sonny irrelevant.

Jax: I was referring to some unfinished business with Sam, who's disappeared. I think Sonny sent her away. You wouldn't happen to know anything about that, would you?

Courtney: No, and I don't want to. If Samís gone, I hope she stays gone. Maybe it'll give Sonny the space he needs to focus on his wife and kids. Excuse me.

Jax: You know, that whole family is as annoying as hell.

Courtney: Hey.

Jen: Hey. There's a problem with your foundation.

Courtney: What's wrong?

Jen: The director of child welfare read Katie Griffithís article, ok, and now she's afraid that your foundation may be tainted because of your association with Sonny and Jason.

Courtney: Ok, well, then I will meet with her in person and I will assure her that that is not the case.

Jen: No, no, uh-uh. Actions are going to speak louder than words in this case, ok? Courtney, you need to find yourself a high-profile donor whose reputation is above reproach.  Then you need to slap their name on the board of directors right next to your own, ok? No pressure, Courtney, but you need to do this fast.

Jax: So will you take my case?

Justus: I have my reservations.

Jax: Because of Sonny?

Justus: He's my primary client, my number one priority.

Jax: So help him.

Justus: By helping you? That's a little obscure.

Jax: Not really. You prove that Iím the father of Samís baby and you'll save Sonny a hell of a surprise down the line. And if Iím not the father, I'm out of it.

Justus: Right. I'll get the paperwork started right away.

Jax: Great. In the meantime, Iíll find Sam and bring her back.

Sam: I have no plans to return to my old life. I'm going to have this baby, give it up for adoption, and move on.

Sister Mary: You're making life-altering decisions, not only for your child but for its father, too. You seem to be in love with one of these men. Don't you think he should be a part of your baby's future?

Sam: No. No, I think it's better if he never knows I was pregnant at all. It's not like we exactly planned this. The man I love has a family, and I'm not going to put myself or my child in the middle of it.

Sister Mary: What if it's what this man wants?

Sam: His wife wouldnít, ok? She hates the thought of me. You might be getting the impression that I am not all that popular. Well, it's true. She would take his kids and leave if she even knew I was pregnant.

Sister Mary: You can arrange for them to get the child without revealing paternity.

Sam: I couldn't take chance. Secrets like that are like land mines, primed to go off when they can do the worst amount of damage.

Sonny: There was no secrecy involved. Faith Rosco, she told me straight up that she bought into the Haunted Star for the purpose of -- ahem -- laundering money.

Ric: Mm-hmm. So did Ms. Rosco say whether Skye Quartermaine or Luke Spencer were complicit in this plan?

Sonny: Actually, she did not mention either of them, no.

Ric: Ok. Thank you. That's all I have, your honor.

Judge: Mr. Corinthos, you may step down.

Sonny: Thank you.

Judge: We'll take a brief recess before Ms. Davis begins cross-examination. Reconvene in 20 minutes.

[Judge pounds gavel]

Faith: Hey, your scary brilliance, were you awake just now or did you miss it, because Sonny just gave Ric everything he needs to get a conviction against me.

Alexis: Don't worry, I'll handle it.

Faith: Yeah, well, you'd better because I have no intention of going to jail because you were too distracted by Sonny to do your job.

Alexis: When you get back up there, Iím going to lead you into a way to retract your testimony.

Sonny: You want me to lie?

Alexis: I am offering you a way out, and I suggest that you take it or when you get back up there, I am going to have to rip you apart.

Edward: Ah. Jax! How nice of you to grace us with your presence.

Jax: I picked up an urgent message that Tracy wanted to see me.

Edward: Yes, well, I didn't think you'd respond to a summons from me, and since you're always asking "how high" every time Tracy says jump, I thought it was a surefire way to get you down here.

Jax: I'm in the middle of something important, Edward. What do you want?

Edward: All right, I'll make it brief. Any fool can see that you don't want to marry Tracy. You're certainly not in love with her. How could anybody be? You don't need her money. So the only reason I could see for this farce of a wedding would be blackmail. Now, tell me what she's holding over you and Iíll help you turn the tables.

Jax: Well, that's very generous, Edward. There's just one problem with that -- I don't trust you any more than I trust her.

Edward: Oh. Well, I'll hold the offer open for you. But I suggest you adjust your attitude, because my daughter is relentless when it comes to seeing something she wants, especially if it's wearing pants. You won't fend her off on your own.

Tracy: Daddy, why would Jax ever want to fend me off? We're soul mates on the road to a lifelong partnership. Aren't we, darling?

Jax: Don't be so sure.

Mary: I'm so sorry Iím -- I'm back late from my break. Thanks for covering.

Emily: Yeah, no problem. Is everything ok?

Mary: Yeah, that thing you told me about Mr. Alcazar -- it really threw me.

Emily: Mm-hmm.

Mary: Criminals shouldn't seem so nice and normal.

Emily: Some people are experts at hiding who they really are.

[Phone rings]

Emily: Excuse me.

Mary: I know why you're here.

Lorenzo: Really?

Mary: You want to tell Emily the truth about Nikolas.

Lorenzo: Well, that would be the fair and honest thing to do. Don't you agree?

Carly: Sam left town.

Courtney: Yeah, I know. Jax is out looking for her. Finally some good news.

Carly: I -- I thought so when Sonny said he had no intention of going after her. But either he changed his mind or he was lying from the start because he sent Jason to find her.

Courtney: Carly, Iím sorry. That's completely unfair.

Carly: You know, I don't even know what I feel. I don't, because it would be so much easier on the one hand if Sam did come back because she and Sonny could pick up where they left off, you know, and he and I could go back to being glorified roommates. We'd have the kids and their lives, but no real connection, you know, no chance of getting hurt again.

Courtney: No chance of falling back in love? Look, I hate to be the one to tell you this, Carly, but the way I see it, it's already happened. So the question is, are you going to tell Sonny?

Sonny: Come at me if you want, Alexis. Take your best shot. I got nothing to hide.

Alexis: We both know that isn't true.

Sonny: I'm not as fragile as you think I am. You're not going to break me or make me lose my cool. The best bet for you? Ask me some harmless questions; get me off the stand as soon as possible. You don't want to get me angry.

Jason: Hey.

Sonny: Hey. You find Sam?

Jason: Tracked her down to a convent in Costa Rica. Your jet's ready. As soon as you're done testifying, we can take off.

Sonny: No, no, it can't wait. Sam could change her mind, decide to move on. I need you to go there, bring her back if possible. If not, I will fly there as soon as I can. You understand?

Jason: Ok. There's something else. Carly figured out that Iíd be going after her.

Sonny: You didn't tell Carly that Samís pregnant?

Jason: No, but maybe you should.

Lorenzo: I'm sure you can appreciate the awkward position Iím in. You've accused me of being a criminal, of using Nikolas for my own sinister purposes. Well, the simplest way to prove you wrong would be to tell the truth, explain to Emily that her fiancť is alive, suffering from a head injury that erased his memory, and that he's living with you under the mistaken impression that he's your husband.

Mary: Why don't you just leave us alone? Nikolas doesn't miss his old life. He's happy with me.

Lorenzo: Oh, I doubt that. Nikolas is not your lost husband. He's an aristocrat, which is so far removed from a rank-and-file soldier, he may as well be from another planet. You need to understand Nikolas Cassadine will never, ever be happy in Connor Bishop's life.

Emily: You can save the gentleman act, Alcazar. I already told Mary the truth.

Lorenzo: The truth? Are you sure you know it?

Emily: Well, I know you're a dangerous criminal.

Lorenzo: I thought you were a more fair-minded person than that; not one to judge someone without even having a five-minute conversation with them.

Emily: Ok. What are you suggesting?

Lorenzo: Well, considering I'm about to make a sizable investment in L&B, maybe it would be good for you to form your own opinion of me irregardless of what Jason thinks. I would welcome the opportunity to speak on my own behalf.

Emily: I'm in the middle of my shift.

Lorenzo: So meet me when you get off. I think what I have to say will be of interest to you.

Edward: Hallelujah. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sparing us the embarrassment of another wedding between Tracy and some poor fool who can't stand the sight of her.

Tracy: Daddy, don't assume that the wedding's been canceled. Could you excuse us for a minute, please?

Edward: Ooh, she's sharpening up the old blackmail knife. Keep your guard up, stay strong, or you might end up at the altar from hell yet.

Jax: Thanks for the advice, Edward.

Tracy: Darling, I think you've had a memory lapse, but you know what, Iím going to refresh it. I want to remind you exactly what's at stake, which is Skyeís life, literally. You see, she killed a cop, and that makes her a prime candidate for lethal injection should someone turn her in, which I would be delighted to do, unless, of course, you marry me as you promised.

Jax: I'm not interested in your threats, Tracy. Something's come up that takes precedence.

Tracy: Over Skye?

Jax: If I get the confirmation that I'm looking for, my life's priorities will change drastically.

Courtney: Ok, Sonny -- he's committed to you and the boys. That means that you'll stay married unless you walk away. Is there any possibility of that?

Carly: I -- no.

Courtney: No? Well, then, you know, I don't see the harm in admitting to Sonny that you still love him. Maybe -- maybe that's all it will take for him to say that he still loves you, too.

Carly: It is not about whether we love each other or not. If we keep going back, we are going to repeat that same vicious, hurtful cycle. Seriously, Courtney, how many times can Sonny and I use our love as a weapon before we destroy each other for good? It's just best if things stay the way they are.

Courtney: Come on, Carly. I mean, the way things are now; it's a lie. How long do you think that you can live it?

Alexis: Have you ever made any sexual overtures toward Ms. Rosco?

Sonny: Not at all.

Alexis: Isn't it true that you once ripped the dress off her body?

Sonny: Well, it wasn't her dress. She was wearing my wife's dress. She knew better not to wear it.

Alexis: And you thought ripping the dress off her body was an appropriate response?

Sonny: Absolutely.

Alexis: Did it make you angry when Ms. Rosco had your wife's dress on?

Sonny: Absolutely.

Alexis: Do you have a problem with anger, Mr. Corinthos?

Sonny: Uh -- at times.

Alexis: Do you sometimes get so angry that you become irrational?

Sonny: No.

Alexis: Do you throw things?

Sonny: Um -- at times.

Alexis: Do you break things?

Sonny: Uh -- at times, yeah.

Alexis: Do you lose time?

Sonny: Time? Wait, I don't understand what you're saying.

Alexis: Do you sometimes get so angry that you don't know what you're doing or where you are?

Sonny: No, never.

Alexis: Have you ever lost your reason?

Sonny: Never.

Alexis: Are you claustrophobic, Mr. Corinthos?

Ric: Objection, your honor. This is the height of irrelevance. Whether or not the witness is a hot-tempered claustrophobic has no bearing on Ms. Rosco's defense. Ms. Davis is using this trial in order to mount a personal attack against Mr. Corinthos.

Judge: Sustained. Ms. Davis, keep your cross-examination relevant to the case or Iíll dismiss Mr. Corinthos.

Alexis: Of course, your honor. Do you have a vested interest in Mrs. Rosco going to prison?

Sonny: Not at all.

Alexis: She's a business competitor, isn't she?

Sonny: Not that I know, unless she's expanded her interests into coffee importing.

Alexis: Have you ever been arrested for RICO violations, Mr. Corinthos?

Sonny: Uh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, several times, but I've never been convicted because my lawyer always got me acquitted. She believed in my innocence. She always told me that I was a good and principled man.

Alexis: I have no further questions, your honor.

Faith: Exactly what case are you trying here, Alexis, because it sure as hell isn't mine.

Ric: Redirect, your honor. Mr. Corinthos, is this attorney who had such a strong belief in your innocence -- is she present in this courtroom?

Sonny: Alexis Davis, the counsel for the defense.

Ric: Thank you. That's all. Lona?

Jax: Well, Sam would've arrived sometime in the last 48 hours. Listen, just call me when you get a lead.

Courtney: This business with Sam must be important.

Jax: What brings you here?

Courtney: I need to speak with Lila. I'm setting up a foundation for underprivileged and abused children and, well, I need a high-profile donor with impeccable credentials to sit on the board.

Jax: Well, you can't do any better than Lila. I'm not sure about the money angle, though.

Courtney: Yeah, I realize that the Quartermaines have suffered a financial reversal, but at this point, the money is less important than Lilaís good name and reputation.

Tracy: Mrs. Morgan. I understand you'd like to see my mother. I'm sorry, it's not possible.

Courtney: Oh, well, I won't take up much of her time and I won't tire her --

Tracy: No, you won't because I don't want my mother disturbed, and especially not by the ex-wife of not one but two of her grandsons.

Jason: See, I traced Sam McCall to this convent, but it's possible she could be using another name, so I brought a picture.

Sister Mary: No, no, there's no need for the picture. Ms. McCall is here until she delivers.

Jason: I need to see her.

Sister Mary: Sam has decided on giving up the baby for adoption. I'll tell her she has a visitor. You see, Sam is determined to do what's best for the baby, but I don't really think giving it up is the right decision she will be able to live with. She tells me you're a very loving and committed parent. If you're willing to take the baby, she might be willing to give it to you.

Carly: Hey.

Sonny: Where are the boys?

Carly: They're upstairs napping. Michael still needs a lot of sleep.

Sonny: Yeah, poor kid. I'm going to make some spaghetti for him tonight. You know, it's his favorite.

Carly: Jason went to find Sam.

Sonny: Yeah, he -- he checked in with me before he left.

Carly: Did he also tell you that I asked him not to go and that Iíd rather Sam stay wherever she is?

Sonny: I realize this is not easy for you.

Carly: You seemed ok with letting Sam go. What changed?

Nikolas' voice: "I've gone for a walk. Please don't worry. I need a little time."

Lorenzo: Wasn't sure you'd come.

Emily: Right. Well, you made your point. You're now a major factor in Ned and Dillonís company; you and I are bound to cross paths, so I can see why you think that we should be on civil terms. But you caused Courtney to miscarry Jasonís baby, my niece or nephew, so Iím not inclined to want to be your friend.

Lorenzo: Well, I appreciate your candor and your honesty.

Emily: All right, what is it that you wanted to say?

Lorenzo: Whatever happens between Jason, Sonny, and I in our mutual pursuit of power and profit is just that -- between us. It doesn't mean I bear any personal animosity towards you or anyone else in your family. In fact, it occurred to me I may be in a position to help you.

Emily: Ok. How is that?

Lorenzo: I know you recently lost your fiancť, and I may be in a position --

Emily: Oh, wait. No, no, I am not going to stand here while you use Nikolas' death to your advantage, all right? Unless you can wave some magic wand and bring Nikolas back, there is absolutely no way that you can help me.

Alexis: The issue in question here is Faith's innocence or guilt, not my romantic life.

Ric: Well, if that's what you can call it. You seem to express attraction like some sort of 9-year-old schoolgirl, picking fights and throwing insults around. What happens when you reach your crescendo? Do you punch the object of your affection in the arm?

Alexis: Clearly, you're defensive about your impotence in the courtroom.

Ric: Oh.

Alexis: Otherwise, you wouldn't be overcompensating --

Ric: I see.

Alexis: By making personal attacks on me.

Ric: Here come the insults, right on cue.

Alexis: That's right.

Ric: Alexis, if you want to ask me out for a drink, why don't you just come right out like a big girl and ask me instead of resorting to school-yard tactics?

Alexis: I would rather die of thirst than ever have a drink with you.

Faith: You were flirting with her.

Ric: Hmm.

Faith: You're trying to get Alexis to like you.

Ric: Why would I do that?

Tracy: My dear Mrs. Morgan, I am the one that decides what causes get the benefit of the Quartermaine name, and your street urchin fund definitely does not qualify. Besides, it's probably just a front to launder money for your unsavory brother and your mentally challenged ex-husband.

Courtney: Ok, lady, you have no idea what you're talking about. I have every intention of helping these underprivileged kids expand their horizons, show them that somebody cares.

Tracy: Great. That's wonderful. Just know that you're going to be doing it without Quartermaine money. Capisce?

Jax: You know, the Quartermaine name has been somewhat compromised lately, and the family fortune isn't even close to what it used to be, so I think you could do a lot better.

Courtney: Yeah, well, I'm open to suggestions.

Jax: Well, you said that you needed someone with deep pockets, whose reputation is impeccable. Will I do?

Sonny: I made a commitment to our family, first and foremost. I promised Michael that he'd have a loving home with two parents, and I am not going to go back on that promise. But I just -- you know, I think for both of us, I think it's best that we were careful -- ahem -- you know, that we don't get into that same old dance. You know, attraction leads to sex, leads to love, and then it's anger and betrayal. I don't think we both want that, and the only way to avoid that is to just, you know, not get too close.

Carly: I agree.

Sonny: All right.

Carly: But you need Sam to do that?

[Sonny sighs]

Sonny: Things with Sam have gotten extremely complicated.

Carly: So make me understand, Sonny. Complicated how?

Sister Mary: The father of your child is waiting outside.

Sam: I don't want to see him.

Sister Mary: Are you afraid of him? Has he hurt you in any way?

Sam: No, no, it's nothing like that. I don't want to see -- I am in love with him, and that is exactly why I don't want to see him. If I see him right now, I may break down. Please, sister, don't --

Sister Mary: And ask for help? And actually consult with him about the future of your child? That's exactly what you have to do, Samantha. Adoptions work best when both the natural parents are in agreement. I'm going to send him in.

Sister Mary: She is extremely emotional. She needs you to really listen to her concerns.

Jason: I will. Don't even think about it.

>> On the next "General Hospital" --

Courtney: Why would you want to help me with my foundation?

Mary: Everything Iíve done, Iíve done out of love.

Sonny: There are issues between Sam and me that are unresolved.

Sam: I'm giving this child up for adoption.

Jason: No, you're not.

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