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how’s josslyn? Nikolas cassadine is a self-absorbed jerk. There’s no question about that. Fortunately, everything at wyndemere was a false alarm. Josslyn’s fine. I’m glad I went, but I’m sorry I missed the meeting. So did you guys come to a conclusion? It’s a good thing you did miss it. It gave me a chance to see exactly where we stand with the five families. Okay, where is that? We’re in trouble. The first time I saw you, I knew you were someone special.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, please. The first time you saw me, I was running into the savoy covered in fake blood. Exactly — I saw you drenched in blood and I thought, “wow, that is someone who I have to get to know better.” Well, how’s that going for you? What I know, I like… and I’d like to know more. Nikolas [Sighs] You are my son, but you are a father now — you’re a parent. And tonight, you chose to terrorize your own son to make a point. I honestly believed that spencer was ava’s stalker. A-and if he could do those horrible things to us — you were going to give him a taste of his own medicine.

[ Sighs ] My worst fears are coming true. What’s that? That you are finally becoming a cassadine through and through. Portia: This is unspeakably cruel. Who would set your car on fire and leave your daughter’s id badge? Honey, I’m so sorry you’re going through this. If you need something to help you sleep, I can prescribe something f– no, no. Absolutely not. I need to stay alert. I can’t afford to let my guard down at all. You have a bodyguard. A lot of good that did me tonight. There is a psychopath out there. Someone is leaving reminders of the daughter I lost and threatening the one I’ve got left. Would you like to see our signature drink menu? No, I like my misery straight up. A double whiskey, neat.

[ Indistinct conversations ] We’re not on the run

anymore, jason.

Things are

different now.

Yeah, I know. And if I need to pretend

to get through it,

if that helps me,

then that’s what I’m gonna do.


[ Scoffs ]

That is so you.

[ Chuckles ]

To just listen

and absorb and accept.

[ Chuckles,

claps hands ]

I’ve missed that. Amy: So, I’m having this long, involved conversation with pirate, and I’m doing his voice.

[ Light laughter ] You’re talking to your dog? Deanna: She talks for her dog. Oh. Please tell me no one can hear you. Amy: I left the door-cam app open, and the delivery guy heard every word. So, I open the door, and, of course, pirate is standing right next to me. And the guy acts all disappointed and says, “isn’t he a little small to be a pirate? I was expecting a german shepherd.”

[ Laughter ] The families think that we’re isolated and that we’re vulnerable. Are we? We’re definitely isolated. But we’re nowhere near as vulnerable as they want to believe, and we can use that. How? Well, we let them think they’re winning, that we’ll do anything to avoid conflict because we’re not strong enough to keep what’s ours. How do we convince them?

[ Sighs ] We get married. As soon as we can schedule it.

Psst! Psst! All good okay, I understand getting married because of mob politics. That’s why I married sonny the first time. Right, so you couldn’t testify against him. That’s why I married him the fourth time. Although, sonny was lying. He was just trying to stop me from marrying jax. But that’s not the point. Okay, so, what — what’s the point? The point is, I thought we were getting married to show the families that we’re a united front, that they can’t divide and conquer us. And now you’re telling me we’re doing it to make them think that we’re weak?

[ Sighs ] We’re doing it to comply with their ultimatum. Which is? Which is to marry you… …or eliminate you. They ordered you to kill me? I would never let that happen. Why name your dog “pirate”? Amy: He has a dark patch of fur over one eye. Also, it sounds dark and romantic and adventurous, even though he mostly resembles a dust mop.

[ Laughter ] Well, this is definitely the party table.

[ Laughs ] Dr. Westbourne. We’re all off the clock, so “britt’s” fine. Since when? Bobbie. It’s great to have you back on staff. It’s still “nurse spencer.” Right. Well [Sighs] It’s good to see you all letting off some steam.

[ Chuckles ] Relaxation after a hard day at gh is chief of staff approved. We know. Chief terry is the one who suggested this outing. Co-chief terry. You know, it’s really nice having someone in a position of authority treat the staff like people and not flunkies. No one could ever mistake you for a flunky, nurse baldwin. Everything about you screams… competent. I think the word you’re looking for is “gifted.” Well , getting the competentand the gifted together was definitely a great idea. Thanks. I felt we could all use some time where we didn’t have to think about work. I hear you. I have definitely had a day myself.

[ Clears throat ] Epiphany, I haven’t had an opportunity to welcome you back. Was it hard to leave a sandy beach to return to gh?

[ Laughs ] Not as hard as being demoted from head nurse. But I guess you know a little something about how that feels now. Indeed I do. Well, you all enjoy your evening. Amy: What was that? Epiphany: The nerve. Portia, I’m so sorry I snapped at you. I know you’re trying to help. Ava, listen to me. You have nothing to apologize for. You had your car set on fire by some psychopath who planted kiki’s badge there. On top of everything else that you’ve been going through, frankly, I-I think it’s a miracle that you are handling things as well as you are.

[ Sighs ] Which is not at all. I disagree.

[ Knock on door ] Come in. Hi, dr. Collins. Hi — hi, kevin. Ava, I’m glad you’re still here. You okay? Well, my car was set on fire. Yeah, nikolas told me. I spoke to the firemen, and they’re certain that it was done on purpose. Luckily, the car was the only casualty — that and my nerves, of course. What about you and laura? Tell me that you got to wyndemere before nikolas did anything stupid. I am a cassadine, mother. I can’t change that. I’m not talking about your dna. I’m talking about the kind of man you’re becoming. You know, when I think back to the man who raised spencer — my god, you never left his bedside when he was so horribly burned in that fire. That’s the nikolas that I know. That’s — that’s still me. And I want to believe that — I really, really do, but… I’m losing faith in you.

[ Sighs ] I’ve seen little glimmers of that man, but it seems to me every time you take one step forward into the light, you take two giant steps backwards into darkness. I like you, too.

[ Laughs ] Are you sure? Anyway, you’re not as bad as I thought at first… victor. Oh, come on. I have done my penance for that. Walking around with “kick me” in sunscreen on my back.

[ Laughs ] Shouldn’t you rejoin your family? Your grandmother looked really worried about you. Not just yet. Can’t we just stay out here? In a perfect world, we could stay out here all night, but… oh, no, no, no, no, no. No “buts.” Come on, take it back. But I’m not offering you advice, okay? Okay, even if it comes out sounding like that.

[ Sighs ] There was a time where I wasn’t really getting along with my mom and I didn’t want to talk to her. But a friend told me I should at least hear her out. I thought that was ava. Ava said something similar, but my friend said it first. Your friend sounds like a real punk.

[ Chuckles ] Whatever. Well, I’m not here to tell you what to do. I’m not sure many people can. No, nobody tells spencer cassadine what to do. Except his grandmother?

[ Chuckles ] Except his grandmother.

[ Laughs ] Well, I just want you to know… that you’re not alone, and I’m here if you need me. Actually, I was starting to think that… if you go with me, I might actually be able to face my father. Esme: Not so fast. Just where do you think you’re going without me?

So, t-tell me what happened at wyndemere. Please, uh — uh, tell me that you and laura were able to talk some sense into nikolas. Unfortunately, nikolas had set his plan into motion long before laura and I arrived. Oh, no. What did he do? You know, right now, I’m really more concerned about how you’re feeling. It’s that bad, huh? Like I said, why don’t we just focus on you? Ava, you’ve been under severe and persistent stress. And you are managing to bear up under that stress very well. But it’s taking a toll. I’m just — it’s so confusing, you know? For a while, the threat, it — it seemed to have passed. But now… and it isn’t just the car, kevin. They also left this. What kind of monster taunts someone with the memory of their murdered daughter? Oh, my god, your face. So, I guess you two know each other. You might say that. So, spence, who’s your friend? Esme, I’d like — I’d like to introduce you to trina robinson. Trina, meet esme prince. The girlfriend. I’m sure he’s told you all about me. Laura: Ever since you got back to port charles, I’ve been trying to guide you down a better path.

[ Sighs ] But you’re not listening to me. I am. You didn’t listen to me when I told you not to get involved with cyrus renault. I returned his mother. You traded her for what you wanted. Alexis’ safety. My point is, you were willing to use a fragile old woman to your advantage. Because she was better off as carly and jason’s hostage? She was safe there. She was happy. Ah, that’s one hell of a rationalization. What? From a man who pretended to stab his own child — and who apparently doesn’t see anything wrong with it. The fact that you are willing to plot against your own son for any reason makes me think I should stop trying to save you. It’s already too late.

[ Indistinct conversations ] After that warm welcome, I figured you could use another. Oh, a pity shot?

[ Scoffs ] By the way, thanks for having my back back there. What was i supposed to say? What can I get you? Uh, let’s do six german chocolate cake shots for the table, and we’ll have two of what she was having. Uh, anything that I drink goes on my tab. Anything you say.

[ Laughter ] I wonder what terry and britt are talking about. Oh, that would be none of our business, amy. Oh. I respectfully disagree. I mean, terry and britt are co-chiefs. How they handle each other directly affects our — our work environment. Thank you. Look, I will treat dr. Westbourne respectfully when we’re in the hospital. And when we’re not at the hospital? Oh, I won’t be pulling any punches.

[ Laughter ] That’s what I want to hear. Okay, but has anyone told you that while you were gone, cyrus renault tried to have britt killed? And jason morgan saved her life. And in the process, got shot himself, and britt saved his life. Well, I heard something about that, but I figured that, you know, britt’s role had been greatly exaggerated. Well, not according to my daughter. Carly confirmed britt did save jason’s life. Mm, maybe people can change. I gotta say, seeing you like this is really taking the fun out of watching you suffer. Sorry to disappoint. Actually, you should be proud of yourself. You went up to a table full of people you’ve alienated and tried to connect with them. That was a good thing. If you saw me making an effort, why didn’t you invite me to join you? They would have accepted it coming from you. The gh staff is clearly team terry. Because it wasn’t my invitation to extend. You and i are a team now, but I can’t make people like you.

I have to ask… given what happened tonight with kiki’s badge, do you still believe that my brother is behind this somehow? Do you?

[ Sighs ] Since we found out he was communicating with people outside prison… …I don’t know. But ever since he was diagnosed as a locked-in… then I would say no. No way. But I have to admit that there are similarities between ryan’s mo and what’s happening to you. Well, one thing I do know is that whoever is stalking me, it cannot — it cannot be spencer. That’s another thing this stalker’s good at — turning your lives upside down, making you doubt each other. Please, kevin. Please tell me that whatever nikolas did tonight, he hasn’t ruined his relationship with his son. Trina: Well, your boyfriend spence wasn’t kidding when he said tonight would be full of some big surprises. Nice to meet you, esme. And, no, he has not mentioned you. Well, spence, thanks for throwing this big party. It was definitely unforgettable. Nice meeting you, esme prince — the girlfriend. And you, trina. Any friend of spence’S. Wait. You never told trina you had a girlfriend? So, are you excited for jason and carly’s wedding? Well, actually, I’m more surprised than anything, but now that I’ve had a minute to get used to the idea, I’m happy for them.

[ Laughs ] I’m still stuck on “surprised.” I’ve known these two for years, and there was never the slightest indication that they were anything but friends. Yeah, well, you were never involved with jason.

[ Both chuckle ] Guys, jason and i are ancient history. I mean, yes, we have jake together, and we’re just friends. I’m just making an observation. By all means, observe away. Epiphany: Mm-hmm. Carly will always come first in jason’s life. She wouldn’t have it any other way. And honestly, jason wouldn’t either. But it used to make me so frustrated. I’d want him to just stand up to her and — and let her figure out her own disastrous life and stay out of his. Sorry, bobbie. Oh, don’t apologize. There have been so many times in carly’s life when it has been a disaster — by her own making. But, well, whenever she would turn to jason for help, he was there to give it to her. And, in all fairness, she did the same for him. Yeah, that’s true. I mean, carly and i have never been friends, but I’m the first to admit she has always been loyal to jason. Your stint as solo chief of staff wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Far from it. And I’m supposed to apologize for keeping my eye on the bottom line? That’s the job. This isn’t about numbers. You know that. This is about how you deal with people — especially bobbie spencer. I had nothing to do with her or monica getting fired. That was all cyrus. Oh, and taking epiphany off the floor and cutting elizabeth’s hours to almost nothing. Was that cyrus, too? He ordered me to. And when he was gone… did you make it right? You would think so many people who were chummy with sonny corinthos would understand what it’s like to do things you don’t want to do under duress. It’s no secret you don’t get along with epiphany or elizabeth — or pretty much anyone, for that matter. Don’t be disappointed when you dig up what you planted. Fine. I’m awful. And things need to change. But how am I supposed to change things when everyone’s against me? Epiphany looked right through me. Because you went out of your way to humiliate, belittle, and demote her — and several people she cares about — on your first day. Okay. [ Scoffs ] So, this cold-shoulder business, it’s all on me. Yes, it is. Right. So, I guess getting invited to the cool kids’ table is impossible. Nothing’s impossible. But if you want their respect, you’re gonna have to earn it. I can see that you’ve changed, but that doesn’t mean the situation has. You burned some pretty big bridges. It’s gonna take time to rebuild them.

[ Indistinct conversations ] Surprise! I don’t want you to be afraid, okay?

[ Laughs ] The five families are never gonna touch you. But you have a right to know what was said. Which was what, exactly? Their position is, unless or until we get married, you’re a civilian who could flip and give evidence to the feds. I would never do that. I know. I know. It was just an excuse. They made the demand to see how I would react. And you told them what they wanted to hear. I told them that we would get married as soon as we can arrange it. And this just proves that any negotiations — honest negotiations — are a waste of time. The families are not interested in cooperating.

[ Sighs ] They believe sonny’s territory is wide open, and you’re the key, which you are. But threatening you… …is the worst mistake they ever made. And they’re gonna pay.

I mean, we don’t even have towait till the wedding. I can move now. I could probably get to vincent novak tonight, and it would be a relief to get rid of that guy, anyway. But waiting is the smart move. Moving quickly, there’s — there’s always a risk. So yeah. We should set the date, send out the invitations, and give them time to set whatever they’re planning in motion. Okay, well, you know how this works. You’ve obviously thought a lot about it, so we’re gonna do what you said. We’re gonna — we’re gonna set the date, and we’re gonna make them think that they’re winning. All right, so, we have to do something soon, right? Really soon?

[ Sighs ] Come on. Stupid calendar app isn’t working.

[ Sighs ] Carly — can you just tell me — is any part of this wedding gonna be about us?

[ Sighs ] Terry said you wanted to see me? Uh, yes, I did. Are you sure? Because you seem surprised. I — I am surprised. Um, I just didn’t expect you would actually come over. Well, I’m here, and, uh, I’d like to get back to my friends. So, what is it?

[ Sighs ] Um… I’m really sorry for how I treated you. It was self-serving and callous and… and dishonest, conniving, nasty, and low-down. Wow. Don’t hold back.

[ Laughs ] Oh, trust, there’s plenty more where that came from. I was gonna tell my friends all about you. When? Tonight. What stopped you? You know, I definitely sensed some tension. What happened? It’d take too long to get into. What about you? When’d you get here? What have you been up to? Tailing the demon bride. Oh, you were following ava. I got curious about the wicked stepmother, so I went to check her out at her gallery. I wasn’t there long before ava rushed off, frantic, so I followed her from the gallery to the hospital. When I got there, I overheard your father telling ava that he was faking a trip to dubai so he could trick you. And you didn’t think to call or text or give me any kind of heads-up? Almost. But then I overheard ava asking your grandmother to head over to wyndemere, and that’s when I got my beautiful, brilliant brainwave. What brainwave? To set ava’s car on fire. You what?!

[ Sighs ] Nikolas and spencer will need some time to heal from this.

[ Door opens ] Ava? Oh, my gosh. Hey, hi. I was so worried. Aww. Are you okay? Yeah, I’m okay — really. I’m just a little shaken up, that’s all. “Shaken up”? Your car was burned. Mm-hmm. Well, I wasn’t in it at the time, right? So I guess it was just meant to scare me. Scare you?

[ Scoffs ] That is so messed up. I know. I totally agree. So, I heard that there was some drama at wyndemere.

[ Laughs ] Well, nothing exploded. Mr. Cassadine came to spencer’s party determined to teach spencer a lesson but ended up taking things way too far. I don’t know if spencer is ever gonna be able to forgive his father. Like, for the time being? No, like ever. What the hell did nikolas do? I’m sorry, ava. The police officer really needs to take your statement now. Oh. Yeah. Sure, okay. Well, thanks for checking on me — both of you. Please don’t give up on me. Please give me a reason not to. Look, I realize I’ve made terrible choices, but I want to do better. I want to do better by you, by ava, by spencer, by everyone. And I think it’s lovely that you want to do better by me, and I’m sure ava feels the same way, but we’re adults. Spencer is still a kid. He’s not even 20 yet. And you have broken his heart time and again. You literally attacked him. How — how do you make that better? What steps are you willing to take?

[ Sighs ] ‘Cause I’m afraid you’re way past the point where your promises have any meaning. One more terrible choice and you could lose everything — and everyone who’s close to you. I thought you had plans tonight, sweetie. I did. I heard about ava, and I just wanted to check on her. Oh, well, fortunately, she’s gonna be just fine. So, where were you? I was at a party at wyndemere. Wait, you were there? I heard ava ask dr. Collins if he got there “in time.” What in the world happened tonight at wyndemere?

By all means, unleash. Let me have it. Okay. But you better get comfortable, because this is gonna take some time. Great. Fire way. I hurt people, so I deserve everything that’s coming to me. How am I supposed to enjoy tearing into you when you’re getting all contrite like this? I’m sure once you draw blood, you’ll get a taste for more. So, come on! Let me have it. Okay, dr. Westbourne. I’ll say this. Losing my position as head nurse wasn’t only about the title. Yeah, I worked hard to get there. But it was losing contact with the patients that broke my heart. You’re so gifted with patients. I’m really happy monica reinstated you. I regret I didn’t do it first. And as far as hearts go, contrary to popular belief, I have one, and I understand what it feels like to have it broken. Well… I’m sorry to hear that. And since I’m still in the throes of my own heartbreak, I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone. Well, since we are sharing… [ Laughs ] Is that what we’re doing? Because if it is, I don’t like it. Look. I may never convince you. But I am not the person I was. At least, I’m trying not to be. You know, when I — when I was in cabo, I heard that you tried to take down renault and that you risked your life for jason morgan, who I consider to be a friend. Also, terry says that you’re not…all bad. A ringing endorsement.

[ Laughs ]

[ Chuckles ] As for me… I’m gonna need a second opinion. That’s fair. You’re the one who torched ava’s car? To save you.

[ Scoffs ] Something had to happen to ava while you weren’t around to prove that you weren’t involved, even though we both know you’re up to your eyeballs in it. I appreciate that you are trying to cover for me. But torching the woman’s car? I mean, this has gone way too far. Are you sure? Your father pretended he was dead for three years, and then he chose that awful woman over you. Don’t you want ava to pay? Mom, it was so awful. Spencer was so hurt. Well, I think the word you’re looking for is “traumatized.” Poor spencer.

[ Stammers, sighs ] He must have felt so betrayed. Not that I haven’t disappointed my own child. What? Mom, no, no. Just no. What happened between you and curtis, “a,” is none of my business, and “b,” is nothing compared to pretend-stabbing your kid. I don’t even know if there’s a word for that. Yeah, there is a word for it. It’s “assault.” Grabbing someone, hitting them with a blunt object. If anyone says it’s a crime what nikolas cassadine did to his son, they actually mean that literally. Yeah, well, as a parent, you’re doing light years better than he is. Thank you. I appreciate that. Any time. Finish your statement? Yeah. For all the good it did. It just doesn’t make any sense to me. The threats, the stalking. It all stopped when nikolas and i filed for divorce. Why would this person start up again? They’re getting everything they want! Something about all of this feels off. But if we can figure out what that is, it might lead us to whoever’s doing this. You know, nikolas came to visit me at the gallery. Could you have been seen? Yeah, I mean, if I’m under constant surveillance. Which would then mean that I’m not safe anywhere. I’m not safe at my place of business, not where I sleep, not — obviously not in my car, which I don’t even have anymore. And god, kevin, where am I supposed to go? Is there any place left where this psychopath can’t get to me? You’re right. If I’m gonna redeem myself, make amends, I need to start with spencer. Oh, nikolas — I know you said that I should — I should let him come to me, but I need to find my son. Here I am. Spencer, I can’t even begin to tell you how sorry I am, how much I regret — grandmother, I’d like you to meet my girlfriend, esme prince. Oh. Charmed. It’s very nice to meet you. I wish it were under better circumstances. I-I didn’t even know you were seeing someone. Why would you, when, clearly, you don’t know anything about me? Spencer, would you like to have some time alone with your dad? Huh? Oh, no, that’s okay. I have nothing to say to him.

Oh!Oh! Oh!Oh! Oh, honey, this must be some mistake, ’cause we didn’t order these. I know. Courtesy of the lady at the bar. Oh. Well, girls, what do you think? Should we send them back? I mean, she didn’t have to do this. She knows it’ll take a hell of a lot more than a round of shots to inspire our loyalty. To gh. To gh!To gh! To gh!To gh! -Whoo! -[ Laughs ] Here we go!

[ All chattering ] Whoo! Ooh, I’m saving mine. Deanna: I’m not drinking mine.

[ Laughter, cheering ] -It’s good! Mmm! -Mmm! Vodka. I still can’t believe that nikolas cassadine pretended to stab his own son. Yeah, it was awful. The whole night was just… awful. Honey, what’s wrong? Are you okay? It’s not a big deal. I-it shouldn’t be a big deal. Just forget it. Trina, you know you can tell me anything, right? So, come on. Talk to me. What’s wrong? It turns out spencer… spencer has a girlfriend. Oh, honey. You may not have anything to say to your father tonight, and that’s perfectly understandable. But tomorrow, you mi– on second thought, I do have something to say. I wish you had never come back. And yes, grandmother, I do mean that. I sincerely hope that you won’t mean it forever. All right, I-it’s clear that nothing is going to be resolved here tonight. If you’re on your way out, esme and I will take the launch with you. Okay. Spencer, I want to tell you that I– I can’t stay here one more minute.

[ Sighs ] Nikolas. It didn’t have to be like this. Ava: Whoever is doing this, they have proven time and time again that they can get to me, that they can get to avery, no matter how many bodyguards, no matter how advanced the security system. I know it seems that way. “Seems that way”? The authorities can protect you, ava. No, no, no. I cannot trust in that. I can’t rely on the authorities. I can’t believe it’s come to this, but I cannot risk avery’s safety. I have to get the hell out of port charles, but I have to do it alone. I’m not expecting hearts and flowers or anything like that — I’m not. I just, um — I mean… [ Sighs ] People are really wishing us well — josslyn, my mom, your mom. Well, your mom’s wishing you well. She just tolerates me. But all these people we love, I mean, they think they’re coming to a joyous celebration. And really, it’s just a show for the five families. Okay, our — our wedding is not just a show. You just saidthat, uh, we — yeah, I said the five families have to be dealt with, yes. But it’s still gonna be us up there getting married. I’m actually really nervous about that. I mean, not about the wedding, really. More about after the ceremony, you know? And what’s it gonna be like when we’re married? I mean, when I married sonny the last time you were gone — but before that, all the way back to my first marriage to aj — I mean, I always knew I had you as my best friend and that you’d always be there for me. I mean, if something went wrong and the marriage ended, you would be there, and you were. And now, this time, the marriage is to you. And, w– you’re — you’re my safety net, and I’m marrying my safety net, and I’m really kind of freaking out here. I’m still gonna be your safety net. And I’m counting on you to be mine.

[ Laughs ] You don’t — you don’t need a safety net. But I need you to stand by me. No matter what. I’ll always stand by you no matter what. Okay.

[ Inhales deeply ] Uh, then we’ll just, you know, figure the rest out. You keep saying that, though, you know? I know, but I don’t — I don’t know what’s gonna happen when — when we get married. Nobody who gets married knows, right? I mean, all we can do is — is hope for the best and just trust each other. We’ve got that trust thing down. Yeah, so I need you to remember that — you know, when you start to freak out. I count to 10. You count to 10. Okay, let’s pick a date.

[ Laughs ] Let’s pick a date. Okay.

[ Sighs ] How’s september 17th? September 17th. That works for me.

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