Mike Wants Sonny to Find Courtney

Mike wants Sonny to find Courtney. She is upset and just gotten in the car accident.  Sonny refuses and Mike gets angry. February 8, 2002.

Mike: Courtney? Honey, are you in there? Please, open up. It's your Dad. Courtney?

Alexis: What's going on?

Mike: Is Courtney with you?

Sonny: The cops told Courtney she could go, so she left.

Mike: Oh. And you didn't try to stop her?

Sonny: I turned around and she was gone.

Mike: Why didn't you go after her?

Sonny: On out? In the streets?

Mike: Yes, if you had to! Does it matter to you that your little sister was in a car accident tonight? Courtney is just a kid, Michael.

Sonny: She's 20 years old, Mike. Old enough to know not to walk through traffic or follow a stranger home.

Mike: You know, I can't believe that even you could shut down on your sister.

Sonny: I didn't shut down.

Mike: Michael, she disappointed you, but that . . .

Alexis: You know what? He wanted to send his men out after her, and I convinced him that that was counterproductive.

Mike: You know something? You were wrong.

Sonny: I’ve been through this. You’re supposed to take care of her. You’re a great father, Mike! Come on. Tell me what I got to do next, then.

Mike: What do you want . . .

Sonny: No, don't talk!

Mike: What about you? What is your excuse, my perfect son?

Sonny: Excuses are a waste of time. They don't fix anything or help anyone except the person making them. That's why you never stop.

Mike: I am trying to help your sister.

Sonny: Yeah, yeah? By putting her up in a hotel where A.J. Quartermaine lives? By letting her take the keys of a car you knew had no insurance? You were trying to play hero, Mike, like you play Daddy, like you play sorry. The words come out of your mouth, the tears are in your eyes, but nothing changes. I tried to tell that to Courtney. My mistake. She's not ready to see who you are, just like she wasn't ready to see who I am. So all I got to do now is wait and not make things any worse.

Mike: That is the most self-serving crap I have ever heard in my life. Courtney didn't do what you want, so you're bailing on her.

Alexis: Mike, Sonny gave her money and arranged for her to move in here. She didn't like where she was staying, so she wanted to live with you. He gave her money to move in with you, and tonight he did everything he could to extract her from the situation, which was, at least in part, caused by you.

Mike: Sonny needs to show Courtney that she matters. Show her now, Michael. Show her. Find her.

Sonny: Then what happens? She falls into my arms like the big brother that cares about her. Why don't you come with me? We'll go find her. She trusts you, right, Mike? You go ahead and tell her something that we're one big happy family. Is that the way it works? I don't hear you, Mike. You're the father. You're supposed to have the answer! So tell me what do for her. Whatever she needs, I’ll give it to her. Tell me!

Mike: I don't know.

Sonny: There it is. The truth for once. You don't have a clue what Courtney wants and neither do I. 

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Sonny: You remember the last time I saw you at the track? It would have been, what, six, seven years since my mother's funeral? We nodded. You went away and I never saw you again until you showed up here wanting to start over. You could have made it so easy. If you'd just brought Courtney with you, I’d have given you anything you wanted for my sister's sake. But then you lost track of her. She was gone like I was gone for years until you needed something. What is it you need from Courtney? Love? Forgiveness? Someone to believe you're a good father? Go find her, Mike. Tell her your lies. I am tired of warning her.

Mike: And why is that, Michael? Is that because Courtney dared to disagree with the great Sonny Corinthos?

Sonny: You can't tell anybody that their father is a spineless coward. They got to figure it out for themselves. But I will promise you something, Dad. When you break her heart and when she's finally learned about you, I will be there to pick up the pieces. I owe her that.

Mike: And what are you going to do for her now? Are you going to try to find her?

Sonny: No.

Mike: Well, damn you. You selfish . . .

Alexis: Mike . . .

Mike: Arrogant bastard.

Alexis: Mike, he honestly is just trying to do right by Courtney. She ran away because maybe she needs some time, and hunting her down is just going to make it worse.

Mike: You know something? I can see why you're his attorney, Alexis, because you tell him exactly what he wants to hear. And trust me, you earned your money tonight. I’m going to find my daughter.

Alexis: Mike, it may not . . .

Doorman: Mr. Corinthos.

Sonny: Something wrong?

Doorman: Someone left a note for you at the desk.

Sonny: All right, thank you.

Sonny: Did you see who left this?

Doorman: No, no, I stepped away from the desk for a cup of coffee. It was there when I came back.

Alexis: Thank you very much for bringing it up.

Sonny: Thanks. Is that Courtney's handwriting?

Mike: I don't know. I don't know.

Sonny: Do you know?

Alexis: It's possible.

Mike: Well, open it.

Sonny: "Sonny, I’m fried. I need some time to myself, so I’m going to go out of town for a while. Don't worry, I’ll be fine, and I’ll keep in touch. Tell my parents I’m okay. Courtney.”