THE MYSTERY ISLAND
The show opened with Angel on the phone telling someone that they had more than repaid their debt to her. When Sonny came in, she ended the phone conversation abruptly. He asked her point blank, "Who are you?" but Angel never answered the question. She tried to make small talk and asked Sonny to tell her about how his family passed the 4th of July holiday. Sonny shared stories of him and Mike fishing, but when he began to get melancholy, she quickly changed the subject. Their conversation was interrupted when Mike showed up. Even though Angel denied knowing Sony, Mike told her he knew she was lying. When Mike called her bluff and told her he'd seen his son's wedding ring there, Sonny finally came out and confronted his father. Mike made Sonny aware of the fact that Carly was falling apart over AJ's custody suit and the fact that her husband had left her. Even though Sonny told Mike that he had arranged for Michael and Letticia to have protection, Mike begged his son to forgive his wife. Sonny merely glared back at Mike and said nothing.
Alexis came and told Carly about the new court date in the custody case. Carly lashed out at Alexis, demanding that she do something to stop AJ Alexis reminded Carly that she was actually on her side this time, but that there was nothing to be done at this point. She then offered to go for a walk with Carly so they could enjoy the festivities in the park. Carly wasn't exactly thrilled, but she decided that it beat staying home alone.
The park was a buzz with 4th of July festivities. The Q's enjoyed their upscale picnic, complete with servants, while AJ taunted Skye with veiled threats. Just as the other family members were calling AJ's bluff, a better target came along! Carly and Alexis came upon the ritzy picnic. Although Alexis tried to drag Carly away, AJ and Carly fired volley after volley at each other, with AJ definitely getting the upper hand. When he threw up the fact that Sonny had dumped her like everyone else in her life, Carly was devastated and ran away, weeping. Later on in the day, AJ told Skye that they could both possibly get what they wanted.
Meanwhile, on the sidelines, Alexis and Ned did an encore of their duet, "My family's weirder than yours." Chloe tried to convince both of them to call a holiday truce. Instead of stopping, Ned asked Alexis if she planned to spend the rest of her life cleaning up Sonny's mess.
On the other side of the park, Nikolas met Helena. He asked her to tell him more about Stavros. When Helena questioned his curiosity, he told her that he wanted to believe that there was some good that had come out of his twisted family. Helena then proceeded to make her favorite son out to be larger than life while she put down Stefan. She told Nikolas that he should be proud that he was so much like his father. Nikolas told psycho-granny that he'd think about their conversation and would be in touch.
While skulking around the park, Stavros ran into his sons girlfriend again. He charmed her into accepting his help with her photos for the upcoming performance in the park for She-Daisie. As they sat together, he got her to open up about Nikolas and his true feelings about the Cassadines. When he realized that Nikolas had no intention of returning to his family, Stavros had to stifle his anger. He later caught up with his mother and told her that Nikolas was toying with her. She disagreed with Stavros feeling that her grandson was sincere.
Back at the hospital, Emily freaked out when she discovered that Zander was carrying a gun. He finally told her about the threat Sorel's man had made against her life. Emily begged him to tell Sonny or the police, but Zander said he could handle this himself. He then opened up to Emily, admitting that an incident in his past had made his wary of guns. He refused to tell her anything more about it. Emily pointed out to him the legal ramifications of getting busted with a gun, but he told her he was willing to face the risk for her. Little did they know that right outside of her door, Sorel was on the phone with his man (the guard!), telling him to kill the teens immediately. After getting rid of the other partner, the fake guard went into Emily's room and drew his gun. The teens froze in fear.
The show closed with a freaked out Carly wandering through the park, alone. Stavros, who had just discovered her relationship to Luke, approached her, oozing charm from every pore. He offered her comfort and whatever she needed. Carly, of course, couldn't resist the temptation to flirt back and asked him if he wanted to drive her home or just sleep with her. Stavros laughed and told her she could choose whatever she wanted!
Friday, July 6, 2001
Today, Ned showed us all over again why all four of his marriages failed. He went into a total Quartermaine tirade about Alexis and her relationship/feelings for Sonny. He insinuated that her real agenda as far as Sonny was concerned was personal - not professional. She asked him, "When did you become so narrow-minded and judgmental?" Ned responded that he believed it was her judgment that was cloudy - not his. After defending her position for the millionth time, she told Ned he was silly, and stalked away.
Meanwhile, Stavros grabbed Carly and passionately kissed her until she was able to break away and slap his face. Although he kept acting as if she really wanted him, Carly was totally outraged and repulsed by what had just happened. Of course, he vanished into thin air the minute Alexis showed up, but she felt his evil vibe and told Carly they had to leave immediately. After tracking her wayward son again, Helena chastised Stavros for behaving so recklessly. "Mother - I've been asleep far too long already."
AJ struck a deal with Skye. He was willing to destroy Emily's letter in return for help in his custody battle. At first, Skye was reluctant to help, but AJ won her over by talking about his hopes and dreams of a future with his son. "I don't want him to grow up like you," he said to Skye. When she was insulted by that comment, he explained that he meant no harm. What he was trying to say was that he didn't want Michael to resent him the way she had resented Alan and Rae Cummings. Skye put her suspicions aside, and agreed to help him.
Sonny flatly refused to leave for Carly's sake. When asked him why he was more interested in staying there with Angel, a woman he barely knew, Sonny responded with, "She respects my privacy. She doesn't scream and whale, and ask me to give her things I can't give her." He finally agreed that he would at least consider returning to Port Charles, but he insisted that their marriage was over. Mike questioned Sonny trusting Angel, but Sonny reminded Mike that it was her who found him stabbed and dying. He felt that Angel had proven herself to be caring, and that was good enough. After Mike left, Sonny was looking for something to read and came across Angel's photo album. When she walked into the room and saw this she accused him of snooping. Sonny apologized and offered to play a game of truth. His questions were typical and anything but probing. She, by comparison, zinged him with a pointblank question about his intentions as far as Carly was concerned.
Zander immediately began to negotiate with Harry, Sorel's gunman. While he distracted Harry, Emily attempted to press her call button for help. Harry spotted her and took aim at her. Zander then convinced Harry to spare Emily. In the hallway, Zander jumped Harry just as Ned showed up. Together, they were able to get the gun away from Harry. Another bodyguard rushed in to help cuff Harry. When a man dressed as a nurse showed up, Zander asked him to call the police. When he went to check on Emily, he found her crying on the floor and called for help. Alan came in found his daughter hysterical. He calmed her down by telling her he was encouraged that she'd had the strength to get out of the bed at all! As Ned and Zander talked out in the hall, Zander realized what he needed to do to keep his lover safe. He rounded up Alan and Monica and begged them to send Emily away.
SOREL'S HOTEL ROOM
The gangster went ballistic when he found out that Harry had botched the job. When the man we had seen at the hospital dressed as a nurse, showed up and defended Harry, Sorel killed him! Knowing that the cops were closing in, Sorel left - and not a moment too soon. Taggert missed the mobster by minutes and couldn't hide his frustration when he found nothing but a dead man.
Mike went back to the Penthouse to check on Carly. Although he didn't tell her that he had seen Sonny, Mike told her that he believed Sonny would come home. He did warn her though, that his son just might not come back to her. When he tried to assure Carly that Sonny would take care of her and Michael, she wanted to be a wife, not a responsibility. As he was leaving, Mike warned her to keep her head up. When Carly heard someone at the door, she thought it was Sonny. Instead, it was none other than her husband's enemy - Sorel!