Mike Chooses Courtney
Courtney betrays Sonny by calling the cops on him and siding with his enemy, Alcazar. Mike calls Sonny and attacks him for how he is treating his sister. April 16, 2004.
Sonny: You said on the phone it was urgent. What's going on?
Mike: You had an argument with Courtney.
Sonny: It wasn't an argument.
Mike: Well, you said you wanted to have nothing to do with her, and you never wanted to see her again.
Sonny: Yeah, yeah, that's right.
Mike: Look, Sonny, I don't care what you do to me. You can be angry with me for the rest of your life. Fine. Go ahead. What's done is done, and I will accept the consequences. But Courtney deserves better than . . .
Sonny: Ok, you know what? This is none of your business, Mike. You can't always keep . . .
Mike: Of course it is my . . .
Sonny: How? Why?
Mike: It's my business. I am Courtney's father. And I am your father, too, like it or not. Look, here's your chance. Please, apologize to your sister.
Courtney: Dad, just leave it alone.
Mike: Look, you are Sonny's sister. He has no right to treat you --
Sonny: I don't have a sister, Mike. You walked out on me and my mother. What you did after that . . . what children you fathered . . . your problem.
Mike: You know something? I have eaten a lot of dirt in my time for my failures as a husband and a father, but Courtney is not responsible for it.
Sonny: I wouldn't even know Courtney if I didn't let you hang around. I used to think a father matters. But I shouldn't even have bothered because you're faithless, disloyal . . . whatever else you are.
Mike: And what? What, you're better? Shacking up with Sam? You stand here raking me over the coals for leaving my wife and my kid. What do you think you just did? How long did it take you to walk away from Carly and crawl into bed with Sam?
Sonny: I don't want to hear about it!
Mike: No, no, no . . . you have the nerve to call Courtney disloyal, and you can't see the double standard staring you in the face. You have a choice. You can either accept your responsibilities as a husband, a father, and a brother, or you can run. Now, what's it going to be? You have the nerve to call Courtney disloyal and you can't see the double standard staring you in the face? You have a choice. You can accept your responsibility as a husband, a father, and a brother or you can run!
Sonny: I don't run, Mike! I'm not a coward like you.
Mike: That's right. That's right. You're a different kind of coward. You drive away everyone who loves you before they can hurt you by leaving on their own. And now you're doing the same thing to your little sister.
Sonny: I don't have a sister, I already told you that.
Courtney: Oh, trust me, there is a lot of times I wish I didn't have a brother, either, Sonny, but that's not something we get to decide.
Sonny: You want to show us how it's done? Or how to make everything all right?
Mike: Hey, I just want you to think . . .
Sonny: Come on!
Mike: About what you're . . .
Sonny: Show me! Show me how to be a good father, a real family man. Choose between me and her because you can't have both.
Mike: Don't be ridiculous.
Sonny: Come on! Take a stand for once in your life! Which one do you want?
Sonny: What's wrong, can't make up your mind?
Courtney: Will you please stop?
Sonny: Come on, Mike. You called me over here. Don't waste my time. Which kid do you want?
Courtney: Sonny, you're being unfair.
Sonny: Make a choice!
Courtney: Quit yelling at Dad.
Sonny: "Dad," "Dad." You hear that, Dad? Whose Dad are you?
Courtney: Leave him alone.
Sonny: You crawled into my life . . .
Courtney: Sonny . . .
Sonny: Years ago whining for a second chance, begging to be my father. Well, be a father. Show her what it means to be loyal. Help her understand the cost of betrayal. You choose me, you'll have the son you always wanted. All your dreams will come true. What's it going to be?
Mike: And what if I did choose you? How could you live? How could you find an excuse for all the pain that you've caused? Yeah, I could've been a better father. There's no question I made mistakes and you've suffered for them. You know what, Sonny? In the here and now, you could be a better son, a better husband, and you should sure as hell be a lot better father. Look at you. Just look at you disrespecting me and you're ignoring your sister. And all the time, we're pretending your girlfriend isn't standing right over there. And all the while, you have two very healthy sons who would give the world to be with you right now. You dwell in the past. You look for reasons to feel betrayed. You deliberately hurt your sister and everyone else in this world who loves you most.
Sonny: You're stalling, Mike. You afraid to make a choice? Go ahead, run. It's what you do, it's what you're good at.
Courtney: Damn it, Sonny. Why can't you see that he loves you? Why do you have to punish him for it?
Mike: And Courtney loves you, too. But she has a mind and a heart of her own. And you don't respect that. You don't respect her. You never did. You can't even try to see her side of this. So fine. I'll make you happy. I'll do one good thing for you in my life. I choose Courtney.
Sonny: I'm not surprised you picked Courtney. She'll be grateful and she'll expect nothing from you.
Mike: And am I supposed to be sorry?
Sonny: The one thing, you know, that you managed to do that I could never do is to get my pathetic old man off my back. Thank you.