GH Transcript Monday 12/21/09

General Hospital Transcript Monday 12/21/09


Provided By Suzanne
Proofread By Kathy

Rebecca: I’ve decided to leave Port Charles.

Lucky: Just like that?

Rebecca: Yeah. Yeah. Sorry. I know it seems sudden.

Lucky: Maybe you should think this through a little bit more.

Rebecca: No. I've overstayed my welcome, Lucky. It's time for me to go.

Lucky: Rebecca, look. I'm sorry that things didn't work out between you and Nikolas, but that's no reason to leave. And the Quartermaines were Emily’s family. They've become yours. They'd miss you. We'd miss you.

Sonny: You claim to love Michael. Now's your chance to prove it. Use your influence to get the case on Claudia's murder closed.

Jax: Oh, that would work out very well for you, wouldn't it?

Sonny: Michael was protecting his sister and his mother. Josslyn wouldn't even be alive today if it wasn't for Michael.

Jax: Well, Michael isn't the number one suspect, Sonny. You are.

Sonny: But they're questioning him. I could handle the pressure. Michael can’t. If you want to act in Michael's best interest, like you claim, you need to step up now.

Dominic: So Franco digs up Claudia's body and leaves her bracelet here for you to find. Why?

Jason: More games. I got to find Franco before he pushes this too far.

Carly: I saw it first.

Franco: Oh--

Carly: Excuse me, sir? Hello?

Franco: I beg to differ. When I showed up, you were nowhere in sight.

Carly: No, you were behind the tree. I've been standing here the whole time. It's my tree.

Franco: There's only one way to solve this.

Carly: Yes. You can let me have the tree.

Franco: No. We flip for it.

Carly: Okay.

Franco: See? Tails, heads, ordinary quarter. Call it.

Carly: You call it.

Franco: Tails.

Carly: I'll call it. Tails. Well, look at that, a 2-sided quarter. Hmm. Who would think?

Franco: Oh, what kind of example is that to set for your daughter, cheating like that?

Carly: I didn't cheat. Her name's Josslyn. Never too young to learn how to spot a con.

Franco: She's so beautiful.

Carly: Thank you. My husband thinks she looks just like me.

[Franco sighs]

Carly: You okay?

Franco: Yeah.

Nikolas: Again, I'm sorry for the way I treated you. I'm not proud of it, by any means.

Rebecca: This isn't about you. It's about me and what I've realized listening to the three of you talk about your history.

Lucky: We didn't mean to exclude you.

Rebecca: You had a history with my sister. Emily was a part of your lives, and all this time, I thought that I came to Port Charles because of your money. But now, I see that it was because of the sister that I never knew. And I'm not going to bore you with my childhood, but I always felt different, like I didn't fit in. And I guess I was searching for roots of some kind--I don't know, clues to who I was and where I came from. Heh.

Nikolas: Rebecca, we projected a lot of Emily onto you, and it wasn't fair.

Rebecca: Everyone did, Nikolas. It's okay. It was only natural. I felt it from the Quartermaines, too. You all assumed that Emily and I were alike, or that we had some deep, secret connection because we were twins. But I didn't really know my sister until tonight.

Lucky: We probably said too much.

Rebecca: No. Lucky, you were speaking from the heart about the connection that all four of you shared. You were loyal friends who supported each other through good times and bad, and Emily wasn't a saint on a pedestal. [Laughs] Yeah. She was a real flesh and blood person who could do wrong and make mistakes by the ton. Listening to you has really helped me see my sister more clearly, and now that I've gotten what I came for, I can leave.

Lucky: What about family, friends, a job at the hospital?

[Rebecca laughs]

Rebecca: I appreciate that you want me to stay, Lucky. I really do. But I need to build my own life, and I need to do this for myself.


[Woman vocalizing]

Lisa: He's suffering from pneumothorax.

Robin: Okay. I'm going to put a chest tube. Hold on.

[Ronnie grunts]

Robin: Aah! Ugh. I'm cut. I can't risk blood-on-blood contact with the patients.

Steve: It's okay. I got it.

[Ronnie grunts and coughs]

Jax: You fought me every step of the way, and now, you're asking for my help.

Sonny: If you had just come forward when you found out that Claudia was working with Jerry--

Jax: Why? So you could have killed her yourself?

Sonny: Oh, don't pull that moral crap with me. You didn't say anything to protect your brother.

Jax: I was protecting Carly and the baby, and don't even compare yourself to me with all the damage you've done to people, the damage you've single-handedly--

Sonny: We're talking about this right now! You going to help Michael?

Jax: It's too late, Sonny.

Sonny: No, it's not too late!

Jax: It is too late! I couldn't help him even if I wanted to because you destroyed all the evidence.

Sonny: Get the investigation buried because you have connections. That's what I'm asking you. Use them.

Jax: Listen to me. If I call in favors now, it will send up red flags, especially to Lucky, who already thinks that Michael knows more than he's saying. It was your idea, you know. You're going to have to live with this, Sonny. The only way for this investigation to go away is for you to ride it out and hope that your cover-up sticks.

Sonny: And the cops focus on me, 'cause that's exactly what you want. You're going to ride this thing until the end, right, as long as I get put in prison?

Franco: I'm sorry. This is embarrassing. You can take the tree. Merry Christmas.

Carly: Wait, wait, wait. You can have the tree. I mean, if it's that important to you, it's okay.

Franco: Tree? No, it's not that. I--forget it. You have a beautiful daughter. Don't ever take that for granted.

Carly: Why would I?

Franco: Well, we always think the good things will last forever. We don't ever think they'll hold us down. They can go in a heartbeat.

Carly: Is that what happened to you?

Franco: Her name was Lauren. Best thing in my life.

Carly: Your wife?

Franco: No. My daughter. My wife was a bitch.

Carly: Well, I mean, marriage is hard, and kids can make it that much harder, but I think it's worth it.

Franco: Never forget that. Always treat people with respect, especially when they invite you into their home and open up to you. When they allow you to share their dreams and secrets, when they prepare food and drink for you, or at least buy stuff, when all they want is a connection, don't ever treat them like they're something you scraped off the bottom of your shoe.

Carly: Why do I get the feeling you're not talking about your wife anymore?

Franco: Say hi to your friend. Tell him he knows where to find me.

Carly: Who? Who?


Jason: That tag keeps showing up--first, outside the alley near Sonny's office.

Dominic: Yeah, I noticed that, too. I thought it was gang-related or something, so I had Spinelli look into it. He came up with nothing.

Jason: Seems to be Franco's signature.

Dominic: Well, I think you were right. This guy's definitely taunting you.

Jason: This guy's been playing me all along, waiting for me to see the tag, warning me that he's been here for months.

Dominic: Well, it's clear this whack job definitely has a death wish.

Jason: I don't think so. Franco's after something.

Lucky: Any regrets?

Nikolas: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Plenty. But I understand why Rebecca needed to leave.

Elizabeth: As much as she tried to fit in, she was always going to feel like an outsider.

Lucky: Maybe if she would have just given it a little more time--

Elizabeth: That's a moot point now. She's made up her mind.

Lucky: Don't shed too many tears.

Nikolas: No, she's right. Rebecca needed to move. And as much as I wish her well, you have to admit, things were getting a little weird around here.

Lucky: Yeah, it was--she was hurt. She wanted to hurt you back. She obviously had some sort of agenda with me here tonight, but she couldn't go through with it, in the end. I think that says something about her.

Nikolas: Yeah. I guess we should be grateful for small favors, huh?

Lucky: I'm actually kind of surprised.

Nikolas: Why?

Lucky: Well, it's just, you and Rebecca had something real for a while there. All of a sudden, it just changed. It was just gone. I still can't figure out what happened--

Elizabeth: It's getting late. We got to get to the Christmas tree lot before it closes.

Lucky: That's Elizabeth’s polite way of telling me to drop it. Hey, you want to come look at Christmas trees with us?

Nikolas: No, no. Thanks. I'm--

Lucky: You sure? A little Christmas cheer?

Nikolas: Yeah, I'm just going to head home. No, no. I'm fine.

Lucky: All right.

Nikolas: You guys have fun.

Lucky: Listen, Nikolas. I know the holidays can get kind of lonely without Emily, but you've got Spencer, and we're here for you, okay? And the right woman's going to come along.

Nikolas: Thanks.

Lucky: All right.

[Nikolas sighs]

[Monitor beeping]

Steve: All right. Take him to ICU. You okay?

Robin: Yeah. Thank you for stepping in. Right now, I'm sure you're probably wondering why I suddenly backed off.

Steve: I read the files on all the staff. There's no need to explain.

Robin: I have nothing to hide. I'm HIV-positive, and my viral load is virtually undetectable. I take every precaution that I can, obviously, but...anyway, I apologize for not mentioning it myself. Not a good way of approaching the subject.

Steve: There's a lot of irrational concern around your condition. Believe me, I witnessed it first-hand while running an ER In Memphis. So I assure you, I will be your biggest advocate.

Robin: Thank you. I appreciate that.

Patrick: I heard there was a problem. Are you okay?

Robin: I'm fine. I got cut, but the patient wasn't affected. Dr. Webber took over, and he knows I'm HIV-positive.

Patrick: Robin's an excellent doctor. HIV doesn't impede her job whatsoever.

Steve: Exactly what I just told her.

Patrick: You sure you're okay?

Robin: Fine.

Jax: There you are. Sorry I'm late.

Carly: Hey.

Jax: Helping Mommy pick out a tree, huh?

Carly: We found the one.

Jax: You did?

Carly: We did. I've been guarding it with my life. Where have you been?

Jax: Oh, Sonny called me over for a cup of holiday cheer and to wish me the best for the new season.

Carly: And you guys, like, hooked arms and went Christmas caroling?

Jax: Yes. It was very nice. I won't bore you with the details.

Carly: I don't want to hear them. I know we're far from perfect, but our family's together, and that's all that counts. Funny how a stranger can make you see things clearly.

Jax: What stranger?

Carly: Nothing. [Laughs] Nothing. I, uh... I just can't believe how close I came to leaving you, and that would have really ruined everything for Josslyn and the boys and us, and...

Jax: It didn't happen, okay? We got through it, and now, we're stronger than ever.

Jason: I'm going to check in with Spinelli, see if he made any progress in tracking down Franco.

Dominic: All right. What do you want me to do?

Jason: I want you to check the place, make sure I didn't miss anything.

Dominic: Why? I doubt you did.

Jason: I've made too many mistakes with this guy. I can't afford to make any more. He left me that bracelet because he knew I would show up here. Now, I don't think he's going to come back here tonight, but if he does, you shoot him on sight.

Dominic: You're sure about that?

Jason: Yeah. I want this over with.

Dominic: Claudia's body is out there somewhere with who knows how much evidence. This guy, I'm guessing, left himself a trail of bread crumbs in case he meets up with an accident.

Jason: I know. But the longer this goes, the worse it's going to get. I should have killed him when I had the chance.

Lucky: You sure this will work?

Elizabeth: Last year, Cameron spent 3 hours running around this place trying to pick a tree. This year, you and I will pick 2 or 3, and he can make the final selection.

Lucky: Yeah. The best-laid plans.

Elizabeth: Oh, jeez. Don't let him see this one. [Giggles]

Lucky: Why not?

Elizabeth: Well, because it's all bare on this side. Don't you remember the tree he picked last year because he felt sorry for it?

Lucky: All we had to do was just turn the bare side to face the wall. No one was any the wiser.

Luke: Hey. Ho, ho, ho, y'all. Getting with the spirit of the season, are you?

Lucky: Hey. What are you doing here? Picking out a Christmas tree?

Luke: Yeah. I was. I thought I might put one in the Haunted Star, you know, decorate it. People love Christmas. Why fight it?

Lucky: I suppose you're going to tell me you have ornaments in there, huh?

Luke: Now, you celebrate your way, and I'll celebrate mine.

Lucky: Hold on a second there, Ebenezer. What have we got?


Luke: How'd that get there?

Lucky: Cuban. You buying contraband cigars at the Christmas tree lot now?

Luke: Well, a guy's got to go where Castro tells him to go, you know, Officer? Am I in danger of being arrested?

Lisa: When were you going to tell me Robin's HIV-positive?

Patrick: What does it matter? You're not at risk.

Lisa: That's not the point.

Patrick: Then what is?

Lisa: I get that Robin is still subjected to a whole lot of garbage from ignorant, small-minded people. I'm not judging her. But I can't believe you choose to keep quiet about something so huge in your life.

Patrick: Robin isn't sick, Lisa. We lead a very normal life.

Lisa: Except for the precautions you have to take while having sex, assuming you do have sex, and the baby wasn't born in vitro.

Patrick: I'm not going to talk to you about this.

Lisa: Suddenly, you're shy about sex?

Patrick: No, because it's none of your business. Whether I take precautions with my wife when we have sex, and how often we do it, has nothing to do with you. I'm never going to sleep with you again, so it doesn't matter.

Lisa: Okay. I get that I was out of line.

Patrick: Look. I understand that it's a big adjustment. Seeing Robin live with HIV, especially when she was pregnant, is a very enlightening experience. It's made me love her and admire her even more. She handles HIV with grace and dignity and not the slightest bit of self-pity. The adjustments that I have to make for my life to be with Robin, they're worth it.

[Monitor beeping]

Franco: Hay. Did I wake you? Good. You look like hell. Didn't I tell you to keep your eyes open? All right, listen. I got this idea. Tell me what you think. Oh--I guess you can't talk 'cause your mouth is rigged up like that. [Chuckles] Too bad. I'm sure you had things to say. If you were an artist, you could draw the cops a picture. Hey! Hey! Don't bail on me yet. Here's the deal--he refused to engage. That's not cool. So I force his hand and make it so he can't say no. I make Jason choose. Hmm?

Lulu: How's he doing?

Franco: Not good.

[Alarm buzzing and monitor beeping]

Franco: Not good.

Sam: You're okay. What happened?

Jason: Uh, Franco wasn't at the studio, but he left something for me to find.

Sam: Oh, God. Not Claudia?

Jason: Her bracelet. Claudia was wearing it the night she died.

Sam: Okay. In case there was any doubt that Franco had her body...

Jason: You find anything on Franco, like where he is?

Spinelli: No. His whereabouts are still unknown, but I have more distressing news. I set up a program in the PCPD mainframe to alert me to any information about the Joey Limbo killings, which, in turn, flagged communication between Detective Lucky Spencer and the Paris--

Jason: Okay. Can you just get to the point, please?

Sam: Franco isn't just a creepy artist with a death fetish. He may be a serial killer.

Lisa: Mr. Crandall's chart.

Robin: Oh. Thank you.

Lisa: I'm not even sure how to say this, so I'm just going to come right out and tell you that I--

Robin: No, you know, I'm sorry. I owe you an apology. I should have told you. It's just, sometimes, it's really hard to bring up. You know? "Hi, nice to meet you. I'm HIV-positive." And then, if you don't say anything, it seems like you're ashamed or hiding something.

Lisa: Well, it's awkward for me, too. If I act all P.C. and say it's no big deal, you wouldn't believe me. And if I say you should have said something earlier, I run the risk of sounding judgmental.

Robin: To be perfectly honest with you, I feel like it's nobody's business.

Lisa: Do you tell your patients?

Robin: Yes. And sometimes, they ask for another doctor. It hurts, but it's their prerogative.

Lisa: I'm sorry.

Robin: So, you've been in surgery with me. Now that you know, how do you feel about it?

Lisa: Well, I certainly don't regret working with you.

Robin: But...

Lisa: I'm still processing the whole thing, what it means to you and for Patrick. I mean, he was the most selfish, self-centered man on the planet back in college.

Robin: Yep. That's pretty much how he was when I met him.

[Lisa chuckles]

Lisa: Talk about a 180.

Robin: Yeah. It wasn't just for him. It was like that for me, too. I had completely given up on the idea of ever having a serious relationship ever again. Having a child? Forget about it. Thank God... Patrick helped me to be wrong about both of those things.

Tracy: It's crooked.

Monica: Oh, it's fine.

Tracy: No, it's not. It's falling off the tree. Alice did that to drive me crazy.

Edward: Well, Alice isn't here, so you'll just have to live with it.

Tracy: I won’t.

Monica: No, don't you dare touch that tree.

Tracy: Move, Monica.

Monica: No. It is perfect. I won't let you touch that--

Tracy: You don't have a choice!

Monica: I do. This happens to be my house, my chair, my tree.

Tracy: It's your crappy CDs, your disgusting garland, and your repulsive fruitcake!

Monica: Okay!

Tracy: Oh, my!

Monica: Fix the damn star. With any luck, the tree is going to fall on you.

Edward: Oh, hello, Rebecca. Come on in and join the festivities.

Monica: Why didn't you say anything?

Rebecca: Because I was watching you fight. You do it because you love each other, even though you'd probably choke on the actual words. I'm going to miss it.

Edward: What do you mean?

Rebecca: I've decided to accept Monica’s offer to go to Paris.

Edward: Oh, I think that's a wonderful idea. You deserve a nice vacation.

Rebecca: Actually, I'm going to live in Paris.

Edward: France? That's the first I've heard about it. Monica, what the hell were you thinking?

Monica: I'm thinking it will be a wonderful experience for Rebecca. She'll be able to travel. She'll study. And she'll pursue her own interests.

Tracy: Oh, thrilling. Get packing.

Edward: You can do it just as well here, can't you, dear?

Tracy: Now, now, now, Daddy. It's Monica’s house. If Monica insists, who are we to object?

Monica: Tracy! Tracy. Look, Rebecca has been living here to fill a void left by Emily, and that hasn't been fair.

Edward: Well, no. She is a fine young lady in her own right.

Monica: Who deserves to fulfill her own dreams.

Edward: But she can do it just as well here, can't you, dear?

Rebecca: I need to get away from Port Charles and from Nikolas.

Edward: Nikolas. God, I might have known. I will not allow that arrogant, self-centered scoundrel to drive you away.

Steve: All right. Yep. Should do it.

[Monitor beeping]

[Steve sighs]

Steve: How did you become Mr. Dimestico's guardian angel?

Lulu: Oh, no. I'm just a friend of a friend, and I d—

Spinelli: Approximately 6 months after Franco immigrated to France, he had his first exhibit of staged crime scene photographs. Shortly thereafter, a killing took place near one of Franco's art installations, including the twisted positions of the body.

[Jason sighs]

Jason: Did the cops question him?

Spinelli: Yes, and it appears he enjoyed taunting them. But they were unable to tie him to the crime. Subsequently, 3 other killings have taken place that echo Franco's artwork.

Jason: Have the killings ever come first?

Spinelli: No. The art always precedes the actual crime.

[Jason sighs]

Jason: Okay, you know what? See if the Paris police reported finding a graffiti tag, co77x, anywhere near the killings.

Sam: This guy is seriously psychotic. He can't separate art from reality.

Spinelli: Actually, the Jackal believes he is well aware of the difference.

[Keys clacking]

Carly: Hey.

Sonny: Hey.

Carly: Thanks for coming.

Sonny: Where's Jax?

Carly: He's not here. I know you guys had an argument earlier, and I don't feel like watching part 2 of the Sonny-Jax show. So it's just me.

Sonny: Good. What's up?

Carly: Well, I just want to go over the holidays with you, you know, who gets the kids on what day.

Sonny: I'll do whatever you want.

Carly: That was easy.

Sonny: Well, you love Christmas, and for me, it's pretty much, you know, what it is. What are you looking for?

Carly: My mom got Josslyn this really adorable hat, and I can't find it anywhere.

Lucky: You staying in town for Christmas?

Luke: I haven't really decided yet. You know me, Mr. Cynical, all those scenes of domestic bliss just make me wonder what it is that's bubbling under the surface.

Elizabeth: We need to pick up the kids from daycare. Meet me at the car?

Lucky: Yeah. Yeah.

Luke: Bye.

Elizabeth: Bye.

Lucky: So, uh, did you call Mom, wish her a Happy Birthday?

Luke: I'm sure she can get through a birthday without hearing from me.

Lucky: Well, um, have a good evening. I'll see you soon.

Luke: Yeah. Happy tree-buying, huh?

Lucky: Hey, uh, save one of those cigars for me, will you?

Luke: You got it, cowboy.

Edward: No, no, no. I will not allow Nikolas Cassadine to cost me another granddaughter--

Monica: Enough, Edward.

Rebecca: You can't blame Nikolas for what happened to Emily.

Monica: No. He suffered just as much as all of us. He still is, as a matter of fact.

Rebecca: Emily had a very full life with you and with Nikolas and all of her friends. She led me to this home, and she gave me the gift of all of you. So I never knew her, but I'm always going to be very grateful.

Tracy: I bet you will.

Rebecca: I've grown to love all of you--even Tracy, just a little.

Tracy: Well, if you think that's going to earn you a little extra traveling money, think again.

Edward: We love you too, dear.

Rebecca: Thank you, Grandfather. I hope you can understand that instead of taking Emily’s place that I need to find my own way and discover who I am and what I want.

Monica: I'm going to miss you.

Edward: Mm-hmm. We all will.

Tracy: Oh, don't look at me.

Rebecca: I hope you're okay with me leaving before Christmas. And now that I've made my decision, I really need to act on it.

Monica: Oh, are you sure? Because we'd love to have you for the holidays.

Rebecca: No. If I stay in town, I'll be tempted to do something that I'll regret.

Edward: You know, don't worry, my dear. In the meantime, you're going to come to your senses.

Tracy: Oh, Daddy, please. We have to honor Rebecca’s decision.

Monica: And actually, I think you have made the right choice.

Rebecca: Thank you, Monica. And thank you for the opportunity. Now, I have to go hand in my resignation at the hospital.


Monica: I’m going to miss you.

Lisa: Hi.

Patrick: Hey.

[Lisa chuckles]

Lisa: I thought you were prepping for surgery.

Patrick: I was, but the patient spiked a fever, so I put it off till tomorrow.

Lisa: And you decided to go shopping for a Christmas tree.

Patrick: Yeah.

Lisa: Oh, another wild night on the town.

[Patrick and Lisa laugh]

Patrick: Oh, I don't find excitement, Lisa. It finds me.

Lisa: Oh, really?

Patrick: Yes.

Lisa: Uh-huh. Heh. Where's Robin?

Patrick: She should be on her way. Yeah. Wouldn't be the holidays if we didn't have our traditional battle over what tree to bring home.

Lisa: Mm-hmm. That's kind of lame. No offense. [Laughs]

Patrick: Well, Robin's a perfectionist, and I'm insanely stubborn. We basically make it hell for anybody within earshot. But at the end, we find a great pleasure in knowing that we didn't kill each other.

[Lisa laughs]

Lisa: Wow. I can feel the love. If anybody told me how to pick a Christmas tree, I would eviscerate them.

Patrick: Okay. I'll try anyway. What are you looking for?

Lisa: Oh, as long as I can smell pine needles on Christmas, I'm happy.

Patrick: Wow. Way to set the bar high. You not going home to Texas?

Lisa: Oh, my parents, they're on a world cruise.

Patrick: Well, that's too bad.

Lisa: No, really, they earned it. My father, he just retired from the bank, and with this year's financial meltdown, you know, he deserves a rest. Besides, I'm just as happy to be working, let all you family types open presents with the kiddies.

Patrick: Well, us family types appreciate it. And Emma was just a newborn last year, so I'm looking forward to her running around and rip the wrapping paper off all those presents.

Lisa: Used to be you couldn't wait to get out of town. [Laughs] Preferably sandy, bikini-clad, hot. [Chuckles] My, how times have changed.

Sonny: You have plans with Michael and Morgan tonight?

Carly: No. Nothing in particular. Why?

Sonny: Well, I was thinking of having them over, you know, with Kristina, and I'd cook them a nice holiday dinner.

Carly: That's nice. I can send them over.

Sonny: And you probably want them here for Christmas Day to spend, you know, time with the baby girl, right? I'm cool with that.

Carly: I appreciate that. What are you going to do for Christmas?

Sonny: I just--I'll be at my house.

Carly: You're going to be by yourself?

Sonny: Well, I mean--

Carly: Are you kidding me? Why don't you come up here for dinner, if you want?

Sonny: With Jax at the head of the table? That sounds fantastic. Just hide all the knives, and I'll be over in 2 seconds.

Carly: Remember how much fun we used to have getting ready for Christmas?

Sonny: Yep. Boys would get all excited.

Carly: Do you remember that Christmas?

Sonny: Yeah, where you kept me up till 3 in the morning wrapping presents?

Carly: Hey, we chatted away. It was fun.

Sonny: Yeah. You chatted away, and I slowed you down.

Carly: You enjoyed the company.

Sonny: Yes. You always made Christmas very special.

Carly: Well, I couldn't have done it without you.

Sonny: Well, you sure did your part--eating Santa’s snacks.

Carly: That was the best part.

[Sonny laughs]

Carly: I'm serious, you know. If you're going to be lonely, you're more than welcome to come here.

Sonny: No, no. Look, you know, my present to you this Christmas is you spend time with your family.

Dominic: Searched that whole studio. Came up with nothing.

Spinelli: Meanwhile, we also have unsettling news. Franco was questioned in regards to 4 murders in France.

Jason: It's got to be Franco. This is a game to him. He does his artwork of a murder scene. He goes out and kills somebody to match up with it.

Spinelli: Thus daring the police to apprehend him.

Sam: Maybe that's why Franco came to you. He got tired of the French police and wanted a bigger challenge.

[Jason sighs]

Jason: How do I get ahead of this guy?

[Cell phone rings]

Dominic: Excuse me. Yeah?

Lulu: Hey, where have you been? You friend Ronnie was injured by a hit-and-run.

Dominic: Well, is he okay?

Lulu: He's alive, but barely. I think the graffiti guy did it and came back to finish the job.

Dominic: Yeah. I'll be right there. Franco's at the hospital.

Patrick: It's perfect.

Robin: It's exactly what I wanted.

Patrick: Robin, you got to be kidding me. We're not putting that little tree in our house when there's this nice, big, elegant tree right in front of us.

Robin: It's ostentatious, or it's pretentious. Or both.

Patrick: It's elegant. And we finally have a living room with ceilings high enough to put a nice big, strong tree with a little muscle on it--

Robin: Oh, great. Really? Really? Strong? We're going to bring testosterone into this? Well, I think that this fine, little tree would look great on the coffee table, and--

Patrick: We're not putting it on the coffee table.

Robin: It's potted so we don't have to take another innocent life.

Patrick: Then what would you call the Christmas turkey?

Robin: Oh! [Laughs] This is what I deal with, Lisa.

Lisa: Hmm. No. This is a family dispute. I'm heading to work. Good luck to both of you.

Patrick: Have a good night.

Robin: Thank you.

Lisa: You're welcome.

Patrick: Okay. Seriously.

Robin: But no, seriously, how do you expect me to decorate this behemoth?

Patrick: That's what you have me for. Shortcakes, you, on my shoulders, will put the star on top.

Robin: Or we can take the small one, and we can plant it in the garden after the holidays.

Patrick: We can mulch the big one and make a vegetable garden for Emma, because it's all about her. I want her to have a nice tree that we can decorate. I want it to feel like a fairy tale for her.

Robin: Really? So this is about Emma? That is just playing dirty. Well, I suppose it doesn't matter that, uh--yeah, statistics show that the bigger the tree is, the more likely a toddler is to pull it on top of themselves--

Patrick: No, no, no. You're not--now, that's playing dirty.

[Robin scoffs]

Robin: Okay, fine. We'll do it for Emma. She'll love the ginormous tree.

Patrick: Okay, fine. It's a little big. But that--way too small. Somewhere on this lot, Goldilocks, there's a tree just right.

Robin: Good thing they're open till midnight. [Sighs]

Steve: Well, judging by your evaluations, the hospital's going to miss you.

Robin: Thank you. I've enjoyed the job.

Steve: Good luck on your new venture.

[Rebecca chuckles]

Rebecca: Oh, how sweet. You've come for a special good-bye. Hmm.

Elizabeth: Not really. But I understand how you feel--

Rebecca: Look, take your smug attitude and shove it, you hypocritical, two-timing snake. My one consolation is that secrets always come out in the end. I just wish I could be here when Lucky finds out that you're sleeping with his brother.

Carly: Look who wanted tons of attention. She didn't want to be upstairs by herself, did you?

Sonny: Hey, Josslyn.

Carly: Come say hi to Sonny.

Sonny: How you doing?

Carly: Okay.

Sonny: Hi.

[Carly chuckles]

Sonny: You think I can hold her?

Carly: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. There you go. Ohh.

Sonny: HI. You're so beautiful. Yeah.

[Carly chuckles]

Sonny: She's just--look at those hands. Hi.

Carly: She smiles a lot, too. Don't you, baby?

Sonny: She has a grip like iron, like Morgan did.

Carly: And Michael. She's just staring at you. Look! She's smiling at you! [Laughs]

Sonny: A real charmer. I feel sorry for all the boys in this town. 18 years from now, they're not going to know what hit them. [Gasps] You're going to be just like your mama--strong, independent, a force to be reckoned with.

[Carly chuckles]

Sonny: Hi.

Carly: New life is so amazing, isn't it?

Sonny: Yeah.

[Josslyn babbles]

Carly: All the hopes and dreams that lay ahead.

Sonny: Kind of humbles a man.

Carly: Makes you feel grateful.

[Josslyn babbles]

Carly: She's talking to you.

[Sonny laughs]

Carly: Whatever else happens-- Michael, Morgan, Kristina, and Josslyn, they're all safe and well and healthy. And for that, we need to count our blessings.

Sonny: Amen.

[Josslyn babbles]

[Sonny coos]

[Josslyn babbles]

[Carly laughs]

[Josslyn babbles]

[Sonny coos]

[Monitor beeping]

Lulu: Hey. Hey, don't worry. You're okay. I just called your friend Dominic, and he's on his way in.

[Indistinct clatter]

Lulu: What's that? You want to write something? You want to write something right now? Here.

Dominic: What happened? What happened? Did you see Franco?

Lulu: Uh, yeah. A man was in here when I came in. I didn't recognize him. I guess it is Franco. I'm sorry.

Dominic: No, no. That's okay.

Jason: "You choose." Choose what?

Man: Uh, sorry. We're closed. Private party.

Franco: Yeah, I know. You're turning them away at the door, aren't you?

Man: Hey, you want food, try Kelly’s down the street, just up from the pier.

Franco: I'm not hungry. I'll wait. I got a package for Jason Morgan, one that I don't think he's going to want to miss.

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