INT. CORINTHOS LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
DANTE walks into SONNY's living room and sees Sonny and OLIVIA standing near the French door, kissing and holding each other passionately. They stop when he walks in. Olivia sees Dante's face contort in anger.
(hand to her mouth in shock)
No, it's not...
Dante charges towards Sonny, grabs him by the collar and pins him against the wall. He starts hitting him on the face repeatedly. Sonny is surprised but laughs his cruel little laugh.
What is this Dominic, did you want her for yourself?
Dante hits him harder and harder.
No, no, no!
You sick freak! She's my mother!
No! Dante, stop! He's your father!
Dante stops hitting Sonny. He still has a hold of his collar. Father and son look at each other, with the same stunned expression. They stare at each other's faces, and as Dante lets go of Sonny's collar, they both look to Olivia.
Dante? He's? What?
Olivia is distraught, in tears. She ignores Sonny and focuses on Dante.
Baby, he's your father. I wanted to tell you. I just... couldn't. I just wanted to keep you safe. You're my baby. I'm so sorry. I wanted to keep you safe.
Dante looks again at Sonny, confused. Sonny is still looking at Olivia, his mouth open, in shock.
Dante is behind the couch, Sonny is at the French door and Olivia is behind the chair. Dante's arms flail helplessly.
No, no, this can't be! What? How? No!
He swipes his arm over the console table and knocks down most of everything on it. He reaches for a tchotchke still left on the table, a marble ball, and throws it against the mirror behind Sonny's desk. The mirror cracks and the camera catches the reflection of the three in it.
Dante is trying to find something else to throw or knock down. He is waving his hands around and is crying. Unconsciously, his hands land on Olivia's coat, strewn over the back of the couch. It's a black wool winter pea coat. His eyes aren't focused on anything. He's enraged, crazy, crying. His hands are bloody from hitting Sonny. He picks up the coat and grabs fistfuls of it. The coat goes to his face and he smells his mother's perfume. He screams a primal scream and cries angrily. He throws the coat back down and runs out of the room and out of the house.
(crying after him)
Dante, please. I never wanted this to happen. Please, Dante. I love you baby.
As Dante rushes out, Sonny finally moves from where he's been frozen, tears welled up in his eyes. He wipes some blood from the corner of his mouth and feels the growing lump on his forehead where he was just repeatedly hit. He shrugs the mobster shrug, walks toward the liquor table, pours himself two fingers of scotch, and looks down at the glass. His shoulders weaken and he hiccups a soft cry. He shrugs his shoulders back up to the mobster shrug and pours two more fingers of scotch. He takes a stiff gulp of the drink. Olivia has collapsed on the couch and is weeping copiously, head in her hands.
INT. MAXI & LULU's APARTMENT FRONT ENTRANCE - NIGHT
LULU walks up to the front door of her apartment and finds Dante sitting on the floor, his head in his hands.
I've been trying to reach you. The day has just been crazy. Frederico screwed something up and Maxie...
She trails off when Dante looks up from the floor and she sees his swollen, tear-filled eyes.
Lulu lifts Dante to his feet, and rushes to open the door to let him in.
INT. MAXI & LULU'S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Dante and Lulu enter the apartment.
what happened? Are you...?
Dante's body is weak; he can barely walk.
I just.... He's my father. Sonny corinthos is my father. Can I please just stay....I don't care, I'll sleep on the couch. Please, can I just stay with you. Tonight?
Lulu's mouth opens in shock. She starts to say something but then takes a deep breath. She takes Dante's hand and leads him to the couch. She kisses his forehead and his eyes. Dante's face is red and swollen from crying but the anger is spent and he's calm. Her mouth lingers at the little mole on the left side of his nose. She holds his face close. A tear falls down his left cheek. She wipes it away and kisses the spot where it was. He moves her hair away from her face and brings her mouth down to his. They kiss, deeply, for a long time.
(rising and taking Dante's hand)
Come here...You're not staying on the couch.
She leads him to her bedroom.
INT. CORINTHOS LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Sonny is grimacing over his glass of scotch while Olivia sits on the couch, stunned.
So this is what you meant when you said you've seen the best in me...you've had the best of me? You've had the best of me and kept him from me all these years?
He chokes up and then throws his glass into the fireplace.
How could you keep my son away from me all these years, Olivia? How could you do that?
Olivia snaps out of her shock and quickly rises off the couch.
Sonny, what was I supposed to do? You were 17 years old and already a thug. Already mixed up with Joe Scully. I could see as clear as day the path you were taking. I couldn't bring a child into that! And, besides, you left me for Connie, remember? You didn't want me anyway. Look, I did whatever I could do, I spent my entire life, making sure that Dante stayed clear of the path you took. I kept my boy safe. And he was loved, by me, by my family. He became a beautiful man. You can see that, right? I saved him from you, Sonny.
Olivia trails off, thinking she's said too much, that she's hurt Sonny too much. She's hurt them all too much. She quickly gathers her coat and heads towards the door.
I have to find him. I have to make this right.
Sonny's head hangs low. He stumbles to the couch and collapses weakly. He wipes more blood from his face and stares at it. He's in his Dark Place.
INT. LULU'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Lulu and Dante settle into bed.
I'm sorry. I wanted our first time to be...special.
Lulu takes his face in her hands.
It is special. You're special. You're... It's okay.
She kisses him and they proceed to make beautifully choreographed love. The scene cuts away and comes back to them, still making love. It cuts away again and comes back again and they are still making love, Dante moving slowly on top of Lulu. When their eyes momentarily meet, her eyes sparkle with pleasure and she smiles a soft small smile. Dante's eyes are still full of pain but he sighs with relief as he sinks down into her. The scene cuts away again.
Lulu is asleep on the left side of the bed. She's wearing a t-shirt, her hair is tousled. Her right hand is woven into Dante's hair and her left hand is on his bare chest. He is propped up a little, awake, his eyes still red and hurt. He flashes back to a (heretofore unseen) vision of a young Olivia looking down at him with white light around her (ie she's looking down directly at the camera).
(in a hazy vision)
I'm so proud of you, my baby boy. You've made me so proud, becoming who you've become, despite not having a father around.
Dante blinks in pain.
Lulu wakes up, and, noticing that Dante is already awake, gets up in bed and pulls the covers up around her. She gazes at him.
So. Do you want to tell me what happened...?
Dante's left hand idly goes to Lulu's hair. He shrugs up a little more in bed.
I walked in on them. His hands all over her. This monster pawing at my mother. I just lost it. I wanted to kill him.
His eyes well up again as he remembers the rage.
Then she just said it. Just like that: he's your father.
He stops and gazes into the distance.
And now I'm thinking. It makes sense, you know? How weird she was when she found out I was working this case. I thought it was just because they had been friends way back when. But... It makes sense, right?
He turns to Lulu and sits up a little in bed. He looks directly at her.
Tell me. You know him and you know me. It makes sense, right? You see him in me, right?
(shaking head emphatically)
No. Dante, you know it takes more than biology to make a father. You said you had a perfectly normal childhood. You were loved, taken care of. No, Dante, there is none of Sonny in you!
She pauses, thinks, and gradually stops shaking her head.
No...I don't know...