GH Transcript Thursday, September 16, 2021

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Hmm. Are you sure about this? Wait. No, no. I don’t — I don’t mean the wedding. I’ve rarely seen you so certain about anything. No, I’m referring to the… other matter. I’m sure. Then let fate take its course.

[ Sighs ] You look so handsome. Well… the bride is a very lucky woman. I think — I think I’m the lucky one. Oh, we disagree. That’s good. I mean, what’s a quartermaine wedding without a little conflict? That is true. That is true. So, you nervous?

[ Chuckles ] Who am I talking to? Of course you’re not nervous. I’m glad you’re here. You’re my son. Where else would I be? Oh.

[ Door opens ] Oh, you’re dazzling. Carly: [ Laughs ] Jason won’t know what hit him. You’re gonna take his breath away. Not that you will be able to tell. Oh, yes, I will.

[ Laughs ] Oh, that’s true. If anyone can read what jason’s feeling, it’s you. He can read me, too. So, no bridal jitters? No second thoughts? Nope. Because I happen to know you disappeared for a couple of hours this morning. I thought you might have a case of cold feet. No. I was feeling nostalgic. You know, I was remembering how jason and i first met and everything we’ve been through. Jason tracked me down, and we had a long talk. Oh, well, good. You can actually get jason to talk. Yes. If that’s not true love, I don’t know what is. Oh, true.

[ Laughs ] Well, I was late for the makeup artist, but josslyn helped me pull everything together. So how did I get such an amazing daughter? Circle of life. One day, they come into town, hell bent on destroying you, and then all of a sudden, you blink, and they don’t need you anymore. That’s not true. I’m always gonna need you. Oh. Josslyn: Alright. Well, maxie asked to deliver these, but I made her let me.

[ Laughs ] Are you ready? Okay. What do you think?

[ Sighs ] You are one beautiful bride. What grandma said.

[ Chuckles ] Hey! Maybe it’s time for a digital detox. Well, I was just waiting for you. Josslyn told me that your mom was in an accident. Is she okay? What happened? Thankfully, yes. I don’t want to get into it now, but let’s just say it’s been quite a day. Well, I’m happy to hear that she’s alright. Well, I’m also happy that you’re here. Joss has been so busy with her maid-of-honor duties, I’ve been at major risk of boredom. And now that I’m here? Well, it’s time to have some fun! Or we can be bored together. Sounds like a plan. Yeah. Stop shooting austin the evil eye. How else am I supposed to put a curse on him? Don’t you think a curse is a little extreme? The man is implying that there’s something wrong with my child. Who the hell does he think he is? A doctor? Okay, I need to go check on the bride. Can I trust you to be on your own for 10 minutes? I hope so, but realistically, there’s probably one or two people left in port charles that I have not yet unsettled. Hmm. What is olivia miffed at you about, anyway? She usually stays out of elq business. How do you know that? Because olivia often says, “elq? None of my business!” Yeah, that’s probably a pretty good clue. Olivia’s not upset at austin the quartermaine. She’s upset at austin the doctor. Oh, so this has to do with whatever you and ned were talking about after you found leo. Here’s what I’ll say — I can hardly blame olivia for being defensive. She just cares about her kid. Yeah, of course she does. So do I. Well, put your feet up, and I’ll bring you a slice of cake. Alright. You and the baby take it easy. I’ll see you soon. Bye. Vincent, you remember my son, brando, don’t you? Of course. A pleasure to see you again, brando. Mr. Novak. Wasn’t it kind of mr. Novak to bring me as a guest to my dear departed cousin’s widow’s wedding? Oh, my lord. What would sonny make of his wife moving on so soon after meeting his maker?

[ Nina coughing ] Nina, stop! I am not gonna let you go back in there. It’s too dangerous. Mike is still in there! We have to help him! Mike! Listen to him, nina! Listen to him! Stop! Stop! Mike! Stop! Please! Mike! Mike!

[ Wood creaking ]

[ Coughs ]

I’m so happy for you and carly. Yeah, we’re happy, too. Are you? Good? Good. I’m glad to hear it. When carly first approached me about marrying you, she seemed full of substantial misgivings. Yeah, she was afraid our marriage would ruin our friendship. It’s a little deeper than that. She was afraid that marrying you would be the first step toward her losing you, and I told her that was patently absurd. You did? Well, of course. With all the stunts that carly has pulled, all the plans that have gone wrong, all the messes that you have gotten her out of… if she hasn’t lost you by now, she never will. Oh, I’m sure mr. Novak has gotten to know sonny rather well over the years. Isn’t that right, sir? As well as one can know a respected colleague. Certainly well enough to know what was most important to sonny. The late mr. Corinthos always said there was nothing more important than family. Mm-hmm. And then wouldn’t you agree, mr. Novak, that he would want the two people he was closest to to find happiness with each other? Your son makes an excellent point. My boy is so loyal. Sonny valued that. I couldn’t place you when I saw you earlier, brando, with your lovely lady at the metro court, and then it occurred to me — cyrus renault’s driver. Isn’t that right? That is right, sir. I heard what renault did to you and your enchanting mother. An unscrupulous man. No honor. Well, then, you should also remember, mr. Novak, that if it hadn’t been for carly, cyrus would have killed both me and my enchanting mother. Don’t give carly all the credit. Jason deserves his share, as well. Jason? Renault was still trying to force carly to hand you over when jason came back at the risk of his own freedom. If he hadn’t had shot renault when he did, who knows what would have happened? True. Cyrus was a difficult man, as I’m sure you know. By the way, brando, if you’re looking for work, the novak organization appreciates dedicated men. That’s very generous, vincent. Well, considering we both barely escaped cyrus renault with our lives, I think it best if my dear mother and i steer clear of any association with my former line of work. I hope you understand, mr. Novak. Olivia: [ Sighs ] I’m just saying you went from zero to 60 with austin. And with good reason. Let us not forget that this guy was willing to take advantage of poor, sweet, innocent chase to his own ends. I mean, chase was practically dead. He could barely walk. His heart was broken into a million little pieces. Dr. Nice guy over here, he manipulates him into using his position as a guest in our home to dig through edward’s papers. That’s true. I know. But this isn’t about elq. And what if this little game that he’s playing with leo is — is just about jockeying for position in elq, huh? T-trying to ingratiate himself. Why would I take it on faith that this guy of all people does not have a hidden agenda? You shouldn’t, but you should also leave room for the possibility that he may be on to something. He’s not the only doctor in the sea. No, he’s not. But leo has a connection with him, and that should count for something.

[ Sighs ] Wow. That is quite a dress. Yeah, well, I don’t think anybody’s going to be looking at me. All eyes will be on the bride. Well, I’m not too sure about that because whenever you walk into a room, I find it almost impossible to look at anyone else. It’s almost showtime. Shouldn’t you be getting ready? Uh, what’s there to prepare? I mean, I just stand next to jason and he does all the work. Besides, after months of having to steal time with you, I don’t want to be rushed. Well, if I have my way, we have a lifetime ahead of us. Michael… do — do you really want to talk right now? I just — I want to make sure that you’re okay. About? I know that you’re happy for your mom, but you’ve got to be thinking of your father right now.

[ Chuckles ] Wow. You really do know me inside out, don’t you? I’ve been paying attention. Yeah, yeah. My dad has been on my mind a lot. But right now, I don’t — I don’t feel sad. I… actually, I… I don’t know. I feel like he’s with us. Nina: Go! We need to move you away from this area and get you to the clinic. No, I’m not going until I know mike is safe. I’m a nurse at the clinic. I’ll keep an eye on —

[ Coughs ] I’ll keep an eye on her. Ma’am, you don’t sound too good. Okay, we will move, but we want to stay close until we know our friend is safe. Fine. Fine. Just please follow me. Come on, let’s go. Let’s go. Let’s go.

[ Coughing ] I know you. Thank you… for loving me and always standing beside me. Always. And forever.

[ Footsteps approach ] Maxie: Okay. Josslyn, where’s the bouquet? I trusted you with it. You better not have lost it. Okay, wait, it’s right here. Oh, okay, good. Oh, the bride is a vision, the groom is dashing, and the chapel is full of love. Let’s get this show on the road. Really blew that. Ma, I told you I’m only pursuing legitimate business ventures now.

[ Scoffs ] You call stripping a legit business venture? I call that a paying job. Well, there are jobs that pay better. Okay, ma, stop. Look. First, you send carly and jason to try and hire me, and now novak? You of all people know what that world is like. Or do I need to remind you of the bullet wound you have to show for it? I’m just trying to set you up for success. You claim you want to move in with sasha and support her and your child? This is your chance. Vincent is clearly interested, and he’s a man with influence. I promised sasha that I would stay away from novak’s kind of influence.

[ Sighs ] Well, where is sasha, by the way? Her ob appointment didn’t go as smoothly as we hoped. Her blood pressure was a little elevated, so the doctor decided to place her on bed rest.

[ Gasps ] Oh, I’m sorry to hear that. Is the baby alright? Yeah, sasha and the baby are both fine. It’s just a precautionary measure to protect them both. Well, if there’s anything I can do… actually, there is. If you really are concerned about sasha’s blood pressure, then stop trying to get me a job in organized crime.

[ Sighs ] Buscema: Is it set? So there’s been no deviation from the plan? Let’s just say it will be a wedding to remember. Alright, let’s see if I’ve got this straight. The rather heavyset gentlemen — that’s vincent novak. The other gentleman is charles buscema. The very elegant woman is ms. Wu. I believe so. You believe so? You have hacked into every device they own, downloaded all their secrets. I can neither confirm nor deny. Right. Well, now that we’ve established a plausible level of deniability, let’s just you and I sit back and watch the two people I never thought would get married. I have to agree. I was surprised when I first heard of jason and carly wedding, but now, it seems inevitable. Oh. Don’t count your chickens. Looks like the groom’s mother is going to make one last attempt to talk him out of it.

[ Chuckles ] I noticed your lawyer is here. I wonder if she brought along a prenup for you two to sign. Oh, I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I should never have asked that. Look, I know it’s always gonna be not easy for you and carly, but she said you did show up and — and offer us your blessing, and that meant a lot to her. I would do anything for you, and you and carly seem genuinely happy. We are. And I noticed you’re also very magnanimous. You invited your brand-new cousin. Actually, I didn’T. You clean up nice. Dr. Quartermaine. Epiphany, good to see you. You know, carly is the most obstinate, high-maintenance woman that I’ve ever known. But the two of you together — it works. You deserve happiness, especially you, jason. You were always kind to my son, and you always had my back. You’ve always been good to me. Even when I shouldn’t have been. I’m not referring to anything specific here. Oh, I’m not listening. Mm-hmm. I’ll always have your back. And I know you’ll always shoot straight with me. Always. Good luck. With that bride of yours, you’re gonna need it.

[ Laughs ] Mr. Novak. Mr. Morgan. I heard there was another dustup with my nephew joey. Yeah, your nephew crashed my bachelor party. That boy is out of control, which is why I got him a one-way ticket to gdansk. I offer my sincere regrets if any offense was taken. That almost sounded like an apology.

[ Chuckles ] It almost was. Well, these things have a way of working themselves out. You can be sure of that. Maxie: Excuse me. Hi, everyone. If we could please be seated, the ceremony is about to begin.

[ Pachelbel’s “canon in ‘d’ major” plays ]

[ Wagner’s “bridal chorus” plays ]

[ Coughing ] Hey, you should let the paramedics check you out. What the hell happened in there? Who tied you up?

[ Coughing ] I’m told by my team there’s at least one person trapped inside. Yes, he’s in there! He pushed me out of the way when the ceiling collapsed, but he’s pinned under one of the beams! Other than the front two windows, what other entry points does the building have?

[ Coughing ] There’s a delivery entrance. Uh, y-you go and you turn left, that’ll get you to the barroom. It’s a little smoky in there, but it was clear enough when I got her out. Go! Any idea how the fire started? It was [Clears throat] Deliberately. An investigator will follow up. What’s the name of your friend? His name is… sonny, but he answers to “mike.” Please, you gotta help me. Please…come back.

[ Wagner’s “bridal chorus” plays ] Wait! Who are you? Come back!

Celebrate the wedding of caroline, known to her beloved as carly, and jason. The bride and groom are longtime friends, so rather than bearing witness to a new love, we gather here to affirm the latest chapter in their lives together. We will open with a reading from carly’s daughter, miss josslyn jacks.

[ Clears throat ] “Now you will feel no rain, for each of you will be shelter to the other. Now you will feel no cold, for each of you will be warmth to the other. Now there is no more loneliness, for each of you will be companions of the other. Now you are two bodies, but there is only one life before you. Go now to your dwelling place to enter into the days of your togetherness, and may your days be good and long upon the earth.”

[ Groans, sighs ] Mike: On your feet.

[ Grunting ] Who are you?

[ Laughs ] I think you already know, son. Yeah, I remember you. Yeah, of course you do. Who could forget a face like this?

[ Chuckles ] You helped me when I washed up… uh-huh. …And you gave me your jacket. Uh-huh. Good, good. That’s a good first step. So what — what else do you recall? It seemed like time stopped. Seemed? Well, it did. I mean — my watch. Yeah, yeah, I tell you, did you ever manage to get that, uh, working again? Yeah, I did. But I let the watch go. Uh-huh. Well, you let go of a lot. Yeah. What would lenny say about leaving loved ones behind? You know lenny? No, never met him. I don’t understand. You were in a bad way. I made sure you got to somewhere where I knew you’d be safe — to a brother in arms. I owe you a lot, you and lenny. You helped me survive and… come to nixon falls. Lenny was the reason — one of the reasons… …why I settled down here. Yeah, and t-that — and that’s beautiful.

[ Clears throat ] But it’s time to go home now. My team and I are doing everything we can to rescue your friend, but I’m sorry to say, the building’s likely a total loss.

[ Sobs ] We’ll keep you posted.

[ Indistinct conversations ] I am so sorry. This is my fault. It’s — it’s my fault. If I hadn’t lied to everybody, the tan-o wouldn’t be up in smoke and mike wouldn’t be inside. It hurts to lose the tan-o, but it’s brick and mortar. As for the lies, that discussion can wait. What matters is saving a man we both care about. Officer: Who owns the property? I do. The fire captain informed me that the fire was started intentionally. Can you tell me who may have wanted to torch the place? I can tell you exactly who set the fire. His name is peter august, and he is a wanted man.

[ Coughs ] The man showed up a couple days ago, calling himself peter sinclair. Peter august did this? When maxie came to visit me, peter followed her here, and then when he confronted me about where maxie was keeping the baby, he ran into sonny, and — and then peter used that information to blackmail me into helping him. So you knew that peter was out there stalking maxie, searching for their baby, and you didn’t tell anyone? For how long, nina? How long did you allow peter to operate unchecked? It wasn’t like that. You could have died! Phyllis, too! And all to keep sonny’s identity a secret? No, see, peter was threatening to kidnap james, and you know as well as I do that, as far as peter’s concerned, maxie’s other children are expendable. Yeah, all the more reason you should’ve let go of sonny! I was gonna do that exact thing, but I had another out — at least I thought I did. Who? Valentin? No. I sent peter off on a false lead. Aunt liesl was supposed to ambush him, get rid of him. You’re joking. You conspired with obrecht? Well, I didn’t ask her for details. I just knew that when she got done with peter, he would never hurt anyone ever again. Yeah, but how’d that work out? Yeah, it worked out great, thank you, the fire and the almost dying! I’m really proud of what I’ve accomplished, jax. Thanks for pointing that out. It really helps.

[ Police radio chatter ] Peter, he alluded to the fact that something happened to aunt liesl. Do you know anything about that, jax?

[ Sobbing ] Because… if I lose one more person that I love because of my actions… …I won’t be able to forgive myself. I now invite the bride and groom to share their vows with one another. Carly, um… we, uh — we know each other. We accept each other. We trust each other. There’s nobody I’d rather build a life and a future with. So this — your hand in mine — …starts the rest of our lives. Together. Nixon falls is my home. Uh-huh. The tan-o, my friends, nina. I’m happy here. I got everything I need. Yeah, I-I — I-I know something about, uh, you know, embracing life and love… yeah. …You know, after the slate’s been wiped clean. You know, I found that it’s possible t-t-to make new memories, you know, and — and, uh, find happiness, you know, [Laughing] Without all that baggage from the past. See, this guy gets it. First time I don’t have to justify my decisions to anyone, right? But another thing I’ve learned — you can’t turn away from your past, you know, your past, who you are. Not really. It’s working for me. You can’t turn away from who you are, and the past will always come to find you. And what if I don’t want to be found? I know, son. You like your life in — in nixon falls. Damn straight I do. Yeah. And you love being mike. Yeah. But there’s only one problem with that. Mike is dead.

obviously, I made terrible mistakes, but I’ve had my reasons, and I’m doing my damnedest to fix them now. Well, I just hope it’s not too late, because peter is still out there and that puts everyone we care about — pretty much everyone we know — in danger. Assigning blame, jax, doesn’t help anyone. Well, you’re right. Only one thing will work — getting the word out. Excuse me.

[ Coughs ]

[ Police radio chatter ] Phyllis. I know waiting for m– sonny, it’s — it’s torturous. Do you need anything? Do you want me to call a paramedic for you? It’s not me I’m worried about. Listen to yourself. Even now, you can’t decide what you want to call him. W-w-when… if — when he comes out, I am gonna tell him the truth. And if he doesn’t make it? No, I can’t think about that! You have to. Nina, if sonny dies in there, which man will you mourn? We were able to breach the building. What? D-did you find him? Unfortunately, the hallway was completely engulfed. There’s no way to reach the barroom. Exactly what does that mean? I don’t know why you’re pushing me like this. I — I’m — I’m — look, my life is good here. I’m fine.

[ Chuckles ] You can’t be fine until you know your past — you know who you are — and embrace it. Okay, and then once you — once you know “the facts,” you can move forward in any direction you choose, but you need to know. Close your eyes. Do you trust me? Goodbye, detective.

Right now, all I can think about

is how wrong it is

that you’re gone.

No more running, julian.

It ends right now.

[ Gunshot ] What the hell was that?

[ Chuckles ] Your past. Your life. And I’m supposed to embrace that guy, whoever I was — so much hurt, so much death because of me? You were also generous, you know, and — and — and — and loyal, and — and — at times, even heroic. I didn’t see a hero.

[ Laughs ] Well, uh… you will. Despite your flaws and your sins, you were — you were pretty damn proud of who you were. There’s no way I should have been. Yes. Yeah, you — you made some mistakes. Uh, no, I think they’re called crimes. I killed people. You did what you did to protect your family. Well, if my family were targeted because of me, then they’re better off without me. That is not for me to say, and it’s not for you to say, either. Those painful memories, they’re just part of your story. Why do you stop looking for the rest of the picture? Because I’ve already seen my past, and I don’t want this part of myself. So you — you think that the man you were has nothing to do with the man you think you are now? Hmm? How did “nixon falls mike” sniff out that con artist? How did he hustle the poker game or handle a gun with ease? The best parts of that mike, they come from who you really are. The protector, the friend come from who you really are. You said you know something about this. Yeah, something. What would you do? Ah, well, given the choice… …I would always choose to remember. I’d fight for everything I was.

[ Angelic music plays ] Jason, my dearest friend. When I met you years ago, playing pool at jake’s, there was an instant connection. And I couldn’t describe it then, and I still can’T. What I do know — this isn’t chance. This is a choice. And I choose to stand by you for the rest of our lives. My determination isn’t as quiet as yours, but it’s just as fierce. I cherish our past. I can’t wait to step into our future together.

The structure’s unsound. The back hallway is impassable. There’s no way to reach the barroom. No, my friend is in there. You have to get him out. I’m sorry, but we’re doing the best we can. There’s no way to reach him. Come on, pick up. Pick up. Carly and jason will light a remembrance candle, honoring those loved ones who cannot be here in body but are with us in spirit.

[ Cellphone vibrating ]

[ Sighs ] You may have found love in nixon falls, but you found it as someone else — as mike. Are you — are you saying the love I have’s not real? No, no, of course it’s real. But there’s real love in the world you chose to — to forget. A love that you had — you have for others, and then the love others have for you. Are you still willing to turn your back on what’s right in front of you? It’s up to you. Okay? Which home do you want to go to? You can die as mike, or you can live as the man you really are. Is she part of that life? The best and the brightest. Father reyes: This candle burns in memory of those we have loved and lost. Sonny: You’re my wife,

you’re my partner,

you’re the mother

of my children,

and I love you

and I always will.

I love you, too.

[ Fire roaring ] Carly!

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