GH Transcript Thursday, March 31, 2022

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Sam: [ Sigh ]

Carly: Thanks for dragging me here.

Sam: Oh, well, at least it wasn’t kicking and screaming.

Carly: Almost. But I really needed to come, you know, so I could just clear my mind.

Sam: Good.

Carly: So.

Sam: Hopefully you can have some serenity in here.

Carly: [ Chuckles ] Yeah, hope so. Well, so much for that.

Esme: I keep playing it over and over in my head. If you and Victor hadn’t shown up when you did, who knows what Sonny would have done to me.

Spencer: I still can’t believe that my uncle had you kidnapped.

Esme: Really? Because here I was betting you thought I deserved it.

Scott: So, here’s what happens today. You enter your plea. The ADA will recommend bail. Of course, I will argue against that as to why you should be free. Then the judge will decide whether or not there is bail and how much.

Trina: And my plea is “not guilty.”

Scott: Bingo.

Portia: Sounds easy enough, right?

Curtis: You’ll be out of here before you know it.

Female Reporter: Well.

Alexis: Well, we’re trending. I mean, I knew this would do well locally, but the wires picked it up and it has gone national. I mean, it’s huge.

Female reporter: [ Chuckles ]

Josslyn: Did you see the article?

Cameron: It’s hard not to. I feel like it’s everywhere.

Josslyn: Yeah. That’s probably ‘cause it is. How do you feel about that?

Willow: We just do not want this to escalate.

Michael: Uh, yeah, for a lot of reasons. The main one being that my family had enough to deal with right now. Their focus should be on Josslyn. But I know we’re just worried that the charges could hurt us if Nina petitions for visitation.

Diane: Oh, they can. And they will.

Nina: [ Sighs ]

Maxie: Do you want to take a different class?

Nina: No.

Maxie: Are you sure?

Nina: I won’t be scared off, Maxie. Not by Carly or anyone else. Come on.

Maxie: Okay.

Carly: I hate that I run into Nina everywhere I go. It’s like that game at the carnival when you whack the mole and it pops up in another hole.

Sam: Okay, Okay. Look, we can leave if you want–

Carly: Oh, hell, no. I’m not leaving. I’m staying right here.

Sam: Really?

Carly: I’m not gonna let that bitch run me out of here.

Spencer: Of course I don’t think that you deserve to be kidnapped.

Esme: I don’t know. Your track record of siding with other people lately over me lately is pretty strong.

Spencer: I love my Uncle Sonny, but do I always condone his actions? No.

Esme: [ Sighing ] He was so angry, and…threatening.

Nikolas: Well, considering he believes you took that video of Josslyn and Cameron, I’m not surprised.

Esme: What else has to happen for people to believe it wasn’t me? The police made an arrest.

Nikolas: Have you heard the latest?

Spencer: I went to see Trina at the PCPD.

Esme: [ Scoffs ] Of course you did. So while I was being hauled off by some goon to face the wrath of your beloved uncle, you were professing your undying devotion to Trina?

Spencer: Actually, that’s not what—

Esme: No, no, no. That’s just great, Spence. I hope you two are very happy tog–

Spencer: Esme.

Esme: What?!

Spencer: If you’d let me get a word in, you’d know I told Trina that I believe you.

Molly: Curtis. Hi.

Curtis: Molly. Hey. I, um—I was wondering if you were gonna be the ADA on this case.

Molly: Well, I’m–I’m working under ADA Arden, but yes.

Curtis: Mm.

Molly: I hope this isn’t too awkward, me prosecuting Portia’s daughter.

Curtis: No, you, uh – you’re doing your job. I get it.

Molly: Between you and me, I was surprised when I found out Trina was the defendant. She seems like such a good person.

Curtis: She is. That’s why I have faith that justice will prevail. I’m gonna get back in there. Good seeing you.

Molly: Yeah, of course. You too.

Curtis: Alright.

Molly: [ Sighs ]

Scott: So, I, uh, heard that there’s a possible plea deal coming. I spoke to my man in the DA’s office, but nothing’s been decided yet. Oh, damn.

ADA Arden: Mr. Baldwin.

Scott: Mr. Arden. Uh, what’s going on? I though Ms. Lansing-Davis was prosecuting this case.

ADA Arden: Yes, I’m sure you were counting on that. Molly is second chair on this trial. I’ll be prosecuting. Unless your client chooses to take the deal I’m about to offer.

[ Dramatic music ]

Nina: Hey! Why do you keep staring at them?

Maxie: Do you feel it? You could cut the tension in here with a knife. I’m very thankful we don’t have any of those, by the way, because the last thing we need right now are weapons.

Nina: Would you please try and relax?

Maxie: Well, that’s the idea. But this is beyond cringey.

Nina: For who?

Maxie: Me.

Nina: Oh, I am so sorry, Maxie. I’ve often thought about how difficult this is for you.

Maxie: Point taken. Okay. Change of topic.

Nina: Please.

Maxie: How is visitation going with Wiley? I’ve been so busy with the Deception IPO that I think I’ve lost track of what’s going on.

Nina: Well, my goal is to avoid involving the courts.

Maxie: Oh, so Michael and Willow are letting you visit with Wiley?

Nina: Not quite, but I may have found someone who can change that.

Alexis: Hi.

Harmony: HI. I hope you don’t mind that I just dropped by. Things felt a little unsettled this morning.

Alexis: Yeah, when you forgot to tell me that you had already been in my house indoctrinating my daughter.

Harmony: Yeah. Alexis, I’m so sorry for what I did to Kristina and—and for not telling you. Especially after you’ve been so kind to let me into your home. So, uh…if you want me to leave…

Alexis: I understand that your past has been problematic. But in the present, you need to be forthright from now on, okay?

Harmony: Okay.

Alexis: Because that way, it’s fine. You can stay in the house until you find someplace that’s right for you.

Harmony: I hope it won’t take that long. And as soon as I save up for a deposit, I’m gonna be out of your hair, I promise. Thank you.

Alexis: It’s a good thing I’m feeling generous today.

Harmony: [ Sighs ] I take it the article was a success?

Alexis: Actually, it was. I think I might be finding my groove back in my second act. I haven’t felt this good since before I fell off the wagon.

Harmony: I’m just so happy that, you know, it seems like your troubles are a thing of the past. Finally.

Alexis: And why do I have the feeling that yours aren’t?

Michael: I was defending my sister. Right? Do you really think a judge is gonna hold that against me?

Diane: Depends on the judge. But worrying about it at this juncture is premature. Nina has yet to file a petition for visitation.

Michael: I just – I want to be prepared in case she does.

Diane: Okay. Um…Nina’s counsel could use the assault charge to argue that Nina will provide a more stabilizing influence for Wiley.

Michael: What?

Diane: Considering that you are prone to punching reporters and defense attorneys.

Willow: Scott never pressed charges for that.

Michael: Right, and look, we – we have piles of evidence that proves that Nina is – is anything but stable.

Diane: Okay. Could also use it to impugn your character – casting Nina in an even more sympathetic light.

Michael: My character?

Diane: Mm-hmm.

Michael: Okay, Nina let everybody believe that my father was dead. What – What rational person would have sympathy for her after that?

Diane: Michael, Willow. This is all moot.

Willow: It is?

Diane: Mm-hmm. Because I have a plan to make it all go away.

Carly: [ Sighs ] It’s not working. Every time I close my eyes, I see Josslyn’s face.

Sam: You know, after you showed me that article, I reread it. And I am super impressed with Joss and Cam’s bravery.

Carly: Right? Me too. Yeah. And a lot of credit goes to your mom. Yeah, I mean, that article really struck a chord with people. It’s trending everywhere.

Sam: Is that a good thing?

Carly: Yes and no. I mean, it’s great because it’s telling Joss and Cam’s side of the story, but…

Sam: But so many people are reading Joss and Cam’s side of the story.

Carly: Yeah. I mean, it’s just shining a bigger spotlight on Josslyn and Cam, so when are they gonna be able to get back to their normal lives?

Sam: Have you talked to Joss about it?

Carly: She was asleep when I left for work this morning, but she texted me and she sounds great. She sounds strong.

Sam: Wow. Like mother, like daughter.

Carly: [ Chuckles ]

Sam: She’s gonna be okay, Carly.

Carly: She is.

Cameron: Is it just me, or does it feel like we’re living under a microscope?

Josslyn: Oh, it’s not just you. My phone’s been blowing up.

Cameron: Reporters asking for follow-up statements?

Josslyn: Oh, yeah. And I think I’ve decided to never leave the house again. Not until this whole thing dies down.

Cameron: I could say “I told you so”…

Josslyn: Oh, but you won’t?

Cameron: Look. This is exactly why I didn’t want to do the interview.

Josslyn: No, I still think that the good outweighs the bad. Oh, how’d that thing at school go? Did you get the issue resolved with the registrar?

Cameron: Yeah. Yeah, I mean, it was — it was weird to be back in public.

Josslyn: Yeah, I bet.

Cameron: All those people whispering and staring.

Josslyn: Oh, I made myself stop reading all comments on social media. It’s insane. I mean, after all of our transparency, people still think that they know our experience better than we do. It’s messed up.

Cameron: Yeah. There was a few good moments, though. Yeah, this, um — this girl came up to me on campus.

Josslyn: What girl? I need a name.

Cameron: [ Chuckles ] No, she — she said that she admired us for speaking out. Apparently, that makes me a feminist.

Josslyn: I did see a handful of comments saying they respected us for calling attention to the issue. Some women even said that they might want to share their stories.

Cameron: That’s really cool.

Josslyn: Yeah. [ Sighs ]

Cameron: So, I guess… …I’m not huge on the extra attention that we’ve been getting. But in the end, I think we made the right decision.

Josslyn: Well, I think it’s my turn to say “I told you so.”

Cameron: It’s still hard, okay?

Josslyn: Yes, I know. I know. But maybe if we just focus on the specks of positive and we try to ignore all or most of the negative, you know, things will get easier.

Cameron: Mm. I’m game.

Josslyn: I mean, now that the article’s out, there’s nothing really to brace ourselves for. You know? We took a lot of control back.

Cameron: [ Inhales deeply ] This will not define us for the rest of our lives.

Josslyn: We won’t let it.

Diane: We should try offering something to Smoltz in exchange for dropping the charges.

Michael: Like?

Diane: Like you or someone close to you providing information for one of his stories.

Michael: Yeah, I mean, I’d be down for that. Mm-hmm. As long as the piece isn’t damaging to my family.

Diane: Well, of course not. So, let me brainstorm with Alexis. We’ll see what bait we can dangle to Smoltz. I’ll be in touch.

Michael: Thanks, Diane. Look, I’m sorry.

Willow: Why?

Michael: [ Sighs ] For jeopardizing our ability to block Nina from Wiley.

Willow: You don’t know that, Michael.

Michael: Well, it’s a pretty good assumption.

Willow: And even if you have, there’s zero reason to apologize. I love that you stood up for Josslyn. The fact that you’re protective of your family is one of the things that made me fall for you.

Michael: One of the things? You’re saying there’s — there’s — there’s more?

Willow: Many.

Michael: Oh, yeah? I’d — I’d love to hear.

Willow: Oh, what, like a list?

Michael: Whatever form suits you.

Willow: Okay. How much time do you have?

Michael: For you? Forever.

Harmony: I’m gonna go see Willow and Michael, and I’ve been thinking a lot about Nina’s request.

Alexis: To — to convince Michael and Willow to allow her visitation.

Harmony: Yeah. I’ve decided to help her.

Alexis: And I advised you not to do that. So why — why are you entertaining that?

Harmony: [ Sighs ] I don’t know. I just — I… I just felt bad for Nina. She’s had so much loss, and — and if I can help her by being kind, I mean, shouldn’t I?

Alexis: That’s very generous. Not smart, but generous.

Harmony: [ Sighs ] I just don’t want Willow to hate me.

Alexis: Willow is not gonna hate you. She’s not gonna like it, but she’s not gonna hate you. This is not gonna tank your relationship with her.

Harmony: I hope you’re right.

Alexis: You need to have some faith in your daughter.

Harmony: Mm. Thanks for listening.

Alexis: Anytime.

Harmony: And, Alexis… I’m really happy for you that you’ve got your life back on track. It must feel good.

Alexis: It does. It feels really good.

Esme: I…didn’t think you had it in you to stand up to Trina. And I’m glad you did, but I can’t forget all the horrible things you said, Spence.

Nikolas: It’s been a rough day. Maybe you should save this conversation for later, when everyone’s had a chance to regroup.

Esme: It’s no use, Mr. Cassadine. No matter how much time Spence takes, he’s made it clear that he’ll always believe the worst in me. Excuse me. I feel sick. Um…

Nikolas: You should try being a little gentler, given that she might be pregnant.

Spencer: How did you know that?

Nikolas: Victor told me. He’s worried about you — and Esme.

Spencer: You seem pretty concerned about Esme, too.

Nikolas: I’m more worried about you. Whatever else is between us, you’re my son, and I want to help you.

Spencer: Esme insisted that she was innocent. Swore that Trina wasn’t who she seemed. For so long, I trusted Esme over everyone else. I don’t know why I didn’t this time.

Nikolas: Well, that’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? You’ve developed feelings for Trina.

Scott: Well, let’s hear it. What’s the deal you have for my client?

Ada Arden: If Ms. Robinson pleads guilty to the misdemeanor charge of cyber sexual harassment, we’ll drop the felony charge of unlawful surveillance and we’ll recommend to the judge three years of probation with a fine of $1,000. This way, Trina avoids jail time.

Curtis: Um, there’s no guarantee that the judge won’t decide to give Trina jail time anyway.

ADA Arden: That’s the risk you take.

Trina: What do you think?

Scott: I think that the DA’s office can take this deal and shove it.

Molly: Trina, it’s a good deal. If you’re convicted of a felony, you could spend time in a higher-security prison. Not to mention, you’ll lose certain civil rights.

Scott: Okay. Okay. Now I need to confer with my client.

ADA Arden: Do it fast. DA Scorpio is being overly generous with this offer. It won’t be on the table for long.

Portia: Yeah, I don’t know about this. If Trina pleads guilty, it’s gonna be on her record for the rest of her life. And let’s not forget, she’s innocent. She did not do what she’s being accused of doing. Mr. Baldwin, that has to count for something, right?

Curtis: Of course it does.

Scott: Trina, it’s your decision. What do you want to do?

Trina: If I take the plea deal, I may not have to go to jail.

Portia: “May” — may being the operative word. I don’t like it. I don’t like it at all.

Curtis: I don’t like it, either. On the other hand, if the judge does sentence you to jail time, it would be a minimum-security prison.

Portia: Where she’ll be serving time for a crime that she didn’t do.

Curtis: I know.

Scott: Well, u-unfortunately, that’s not the way it works. She could be spending a year in Pentonville.

Portia: No. No. No way.

Trina: But if I plead not guilty and I’m found guilty for a felony, that’s even more jail time.

Scott: Well, that could be 2 to 5 years and/or probation, but time likely served in Pentonville.

Trina: Why’d you say to shove the deal?

Scott: Well, because that’s the way prosecutors work. They want to get a conviction. They don’t want to go to trial. It costs too much money and time, and they don’t know how the outcome is gonna be, so they start tacking on all these other charges. Then they present this shiny deal and it looks good in comparison. Now, I’ve seen all the evidence, and it’s not airtight, and I can almost guarantee you that the jury will come back with a “not guilty.”

Trina: “Almost.”

Scott: Well, that’s the rub, kid.

Curtis: Look, Trina. Let’s not think about this in terms of guarantees, okay? I want you to think about what you feel comfortable with and the outcome that you can live with.

Cameron: I can’t believe they found the phone in Trina’s backpack.

Josslyn: I don’t care what they found, because Trina would never do that to us. But I know somebody who would.

Cameron: Esme.

Josslyn: She’s good. She’s good. I’ll give her that. She framed Trina perfectly. Oh, I could — I could literally kill her.

Cameron: Please don’t. I cannot bear to have you serving jail time.

Josslyn: Can you imagine how scared Trina must be? She’s all by herself. She’s accused of something she didn’t do. The look on her face when they arrested her — I-I can’t get it out of my head, Cam.

Cameron: Isn’t her arraignment today? We should go.

Josslyn: Are — are you sure? I mean, there’ll be reporters everywhere.

Cameron: We can deal with that. Our friend is more important.

Josslyn: I’ll drive.

Willow: [ Yawns ]

Michael: I saw that.

Willow: Sorry. I was up late studying. [ Sighs ]

Michael: [ Groans lightly ] Come on. Are you, um — are you okay? If you need to go to get checked out, we can always reschedule with your mom.

Willow: [ Chuckles ] The only medicine I need is more iced tea.

Michael: Uh, and food.

Willow: Don’t worry. I learned my lesson. No more skipping meals for this girl. I am taking much better care of myself.

Michael: Okay, well, good, because I don’t know what I’d do if anything happened to you, so don’t make me find out.

Willow: I won’t. Hey, mom.

Harmony: Hi, sweetheart. Mm! Hey, Michael.

Michael: Hey. Look, I, uh — I just wanted to thank you for helping Willow out the other night. I-I’m grateful you were able to help her when I couldn’t.

Harmony: Yeah, of course. I would do anything for my daughter.

Sam: I’m in fear of Scout growing up.

Carly: It’s hard, right? I mean, you want to teach them to be mindful of all the dangers in the world, but at the same time, you want to encourage them to be open and fearless. It’s just… [ Sighs ]

Sam: I know, talk about walking a tightrope.

Carly: Totally.

Sam: I want Scout to be smart with her choices, but I don’t want to scare her.

Carly: You would think with all the progress that we’ve made, we wouldn’t have to worry about that. But just ask Josslyn. I mean, it’s like society has found new ways to be cruel.

Sam: Oh, well, if Scout can be half as tough as Joss… then I’ll be a happy mom.

Carly: Hey, you don’t have anything to worry about. And you’re a great mom.

Maxie: You asked Harmony to help you with Wiley?

Nina: Yeah. I mean, she’s Willow’s mother.

Maxie: Yeah, and from what I understand, not on the best terms with her.

Nina: No, but that’s changing. It is. Harmony and Willow are working on repairing their relationship.

Maxie: Okay, do you really think Harmony lobbying on your behalf is the best idea? It seems a bit risky to ask her to go against her own kid.

Nina: Yeah, Maxie, I’ve thought about all of that. But I am running out of options. If Harmony doesn’t come through for me, then I’m afraid my only choice is go the legal route.

Nikolas: You’re going through really complicated stuff. I mean, have you even had a chance to process what a pregnancy would mean?

Spencer: It means I would be a father. We do not know if Esme is even pregnant yet, okay? So…

Nikolas: Well, this is what I know. Esme is afraid and alone, and when I drove her back from Sonny’s office, she was shaking the whole time. And that can’t be good for a baby.

Spencer: If there is a baby. God, there’s just been so much hurt and distrust between us, right?

Nikolas: Yeah, I understand that, okay? And I’m not — I’m not even saying that you two should get back together. But I do think you need to find a way to navigate this.

Spencer: I’m open to suggestions.

Diane: The article was phenomenal. I’m so proud of Josslyn.

Alexis: And Cameron.

Diane: And you. Nicely done, Ms. Editor-in-Chief.

Alexis: It was a labor of love.

Diane: I can tell.

Alexis: Did you come all the way over here to tell me how great I am? I’m not complaining.

Diane: No. Actually, I need your help. You got a minute for your bestie?

Trina: Am I allowed to go to the hallway? Just to clear my mind for a minute.

Curtis: Can she go stretch her legs for a minute?

Officer: Yeah, I’ll take her.

Portia: Oh, okay. Come on, sweetie.

Trina: Um, I love you, and I appreciate you so much for being here, but…

Portia: You just — you want to be alone right now?

Trina: Or as alone as I can be.

Officer: It’ll be like I’m invisible.

Trina: Is that okay with you?

Portia: Of course. Whatever you need.

Trina: Okay. Thank you.

Portia: What is going on right now? Plea deals, prison time? The only thing Trina should have to worry about as a freshman is where she’s going to spring break. Not dealing with all this.

Curtis: I know. But everything will be fine because she has you. And I am absolutely here for you in any way you need me.

Portia: I love you.

Curtis: I love you, too, baby. We got this.

Josslyn: Trina!

Cameron: Hey, do you need some extra company?

Trina: What are you guys doing here?

Josslyn: Where else would we be?

Trina: I just thought you guys want to keep a low profile.

Cameron: Not today.

Willow: I keep telling myself there’s no reason to worry since Nina hasn’t filed a petition yet. But it’s hard not to.

Harmony: Well, do you think maybe Nina’s changed her mind about taking you to court? That she’s realized that being at odds with you is just not the best strategy?

Michael: Well, I’m not counting on it. Nina feels that it’s the only way to see Wiley. It’s just a matter of time.

Harmony: It’s so awful thinking about him in the middle of all this, his family fighting over him.

Willow: We hate it, too. And of course, we’ll shield him as much as possible.

Harmony: Yeah, but, you know, he’s growing up. He’s picking up on everything now.

Willow: Basically a human sponge.

Harmony: Who, if Nina is awarded visitation, he’s gonna be the one to feel the resentment between the people that he loves.

Michael: Yeah, well, that’s just, uh, something we’ll have to deal with as it comes.

Harmony: Or… or not, maybe. Listen, like, what — what if you granted Nina informal visitation and you could control the terms, and — and Wiley would be protected from all that fighting? What?

Michael: I don’t know. It sounds like you want Nina to see Wiley.

Willow: Do you?

Instructor: Okay, class is gonna start in just a few minutes, so make sure you have enough water. It’s gonna get hot in here.

Carly: Yeah.

Sam: Okay.

[ Laughter ]

Nina: Carly, uh… I-I heard about what Josslyn’s going through, and I’m really sorry. It’s horrible, but the good news is, Josslyn is tough, so if anyone can handle it, she can.

Maxie: That wasn’t terrible.

Nina: It was not terrible, was it? Hey, maybe there’s another way, huh? I haven’t tried talking to Carly about Wiley again.

Maxie: There’s a reason for that.

Nina: Well, I know my odds are not great, but for Wiley’s sake, I have to try to keep it out of the courts, right? I mean, what kind of grandmother would I be if I didn’t try everything?

Maxie: Okay. Just be careful. Everything is still so raw for Carly. You don’t want to make things worse.

Nina: Oh, and can things get worse?

Maxie: Yes.

Nina: Here I go.

Maxie: This is a bad idea.

Nina: Uh, Carly… wish me luck.

Maxie: No. Abort. Abort.

Nina: I’d like to talk to you about Wiley.

Trina: So, taking the deal and pleading guilty is probably my best chance of avoiding jail time.

Josslyn: But you’re not guilty.

Trina: I know. A-and the thought of saying I did this awful thing when I didn’t is just… and not to mention, a guilty verdict will be on my record forever.

Cameron: But if pleading guilty prevents you from doing any jail time, the people that matter know that you’re innocent.

Josslyn: I get that line of thinking. Okay, playing it safe.

Cameron: But you disagree?

Josslyn: Yeah. I think you should fight it.

Trina: Really?

Josslyn: Trina, you didn’t do it. And I’ll testify to that.

Cameron: Me, as well.

Trina: Thank you. But I-I don’t know how that’ll counter the evidence.

Josslyn: Planted evidence.

Trina: It’s still enough to convince some people. And if those people are on the jury…

Josslyn: Well, we’re here for you. Okay? No matter what you decide.

Officer: Time to head back in.

Cameron: You got this.

Bailiff: All rise. The honorable Judge Oliver young presiding.

Spencer: How are you feeling?

Esme: You don’t have to act like you care.

Spencer: I do care. I want to make sure you’re okay.

Esme: My stomach’s not feeling so great. Um, I think I’ll just head back to my room at Kely’s. And hopefully this time, no one grabs me and shoves me in a car.

Nikolas: Sonny won’t bother you anymore.

Esme: You don’t know that. I-I mean, it’s not like he doesn’t have access to the rooms. His ex-mother-in-law owns the building. If Sonny wants me, he can get to me at any time.

Spencer: Father, would it be alright if Esme stayed at Wyndemere? I’ll move in, too.

Esme: Really? You would do that?

Spencer: That way, you won’t be alone. And we can figure out next steps. If you give the okay.

Diane: This is about your reporter, Smoltz.

Alexis: Smoltz is not my reporter.

Diane: Well, Smoltz does freelance for the invader, yes?

Alexis: From time to time.

Diane: I’m trying to entice him to drop the charges against Michael.

Alexis: Yeah, he came running over here to report about that incident.

Diane: Personally, I think Michael was justified.

Alexis: I’m sure he was.

Diane: Except he did punch the man, and he did it right in front of the police commissioner.

Alexis: So Michael’s best chances are, then, if the charges get dropped.

Diane: Precisely. So I’m thinking, is there something, is there some bait that we can dangle in front of Smoltz? Perhaps a juicy story for which either Michael or one of the Quartermaines could be the source.

Alexis: What I can tell you about our little friend is he’s got a big, huge ego and he’s very greedy. And he hates me because I rejected his version of Josslyn and Cameron’s story and gave it to a responsible reporter to handle it appropriately.

Diane: For which Josslyn and Cameron and their respective families, I’m sure, are eternally grateful.

Alexis: It’s also very unlikely that I can convince Smoltz of anything. I’m sorry.

Diane: Don’t be. Your instinct to deny that bottom-feeder the story was spot-on. I will simply have to think of a different strategy.

Alexis: You always do.

Diane: [ Chuckles ]

Harmony: I was just thinking about what’s best for the whole family, you know? No long, drawn-out court battle for you, and Wiley would just get another grandmother who loves him.

Willow: I’m sorry. I’m con– I’m confused. [ Scoffs ] You know the pain Nina inflicted on Wiley. On Wiley’s entire extended family.

Harmony: I understand.

Michael: I don’t — I don’t think you do, Harmony, ’cause how could you ever trust Nina again? Not only because of what she pulled with my father, but the things that she said to Wiley.

Willow: Mom, did Nina ask you to lobby on her behalf?

Harmony: Y-yes. Yeah. Nina approached me and asked me —

Willow: A-and you agreed?

Michael: I don’t believe this.

Willow: To try and co-opt my own mother…

Michael: Yeah, nothing’s too low for Nina, she’s proven that.

Willow: Did she actually think it would work? Did you?

Harmony: Oh, my loyalty is to you, Willow, not Nina.

Michael: That’s kind of questionable at this point.

Harmony: I’m sorry if you guys think that I acted otherwise. I just — she just — Nina got me thinking, you know, that what would be in the best interest for Wiley is that if you could just settle this amongst yourselves, that’s all.

Willow: I know what this is really about.

Carly: I am not chatting with you about my grandson…

Nina: Our grandson.

Carly: …As if you didn’t throw a huge grenade in our life.

Nina: Well, Carly, I was hoping that we could maybe work together when necessary, like we did with Gladys when she was upset about Sasha and Brando.

Carly: That was a very special circumstance.

Nina: No, it wasn’t that different than this. We found a way to coexist, right? Due to our shared concern for Sasha. Can’t we do the same for Wiley?

Carly: No.

Nina: We can’t put our personal problems aside for that little boy? Why not?

Carly: Oh. [ Scoffs ] Well, let’s see. Because Sasha’s life wasn’t turned upside down because you kept her grandfather from her family. So save your concern, because you didn’t have any when you lied to Sonny or when you made a scene at his funeral or when you told Wiley that Nelle was his real mommy. So stop, Nina. Leave me and my family alone.

Nina: You can’t deny that we share a grandson.

Carly: Oh, the way you denied that Sonny had a wife and children?

Nina: Wiley is the only part of my daughter left out there in the world. You will not keep me from him. I will be in his life. And I am sorry if you and Michael have a problem with that.

Carly: Oh, my god, look at you! You are such the victim. Acting as if Michael and I are the issue, that we did this. You did this to yourself.

Judge Young: The defendant will rise. One count of cyber sexual harassment. One count of unlawful surveillance in the second degree. How does the defendant plead?

Nikolas: There’s certainly more security at Wyndemere than my mother’s, let alone Kelly’s. And… you feel safe there? Give the two of you a chance to figure things out with both proximity and space, should you need it.

Spencer: So, is that a yes?

Esme: Wait, I… I need to make sure that this is actually what you want, because if you’re not comfortable —

Spencer: It was my idea, remember? I wouldn’t have offered if I didn’t want to.

Esme: Okay.

Nikolas: [ Chuckles ] All eyes on me, huh?

Spencer: It is your home.

Nikolas: And I’m happy to share it. I think it’s what’s best for both of you right now.

Esme: Then it’s settled. Spence and I will move in.

Carly: You could have had a role in Wiley’s life. But at every turn, you made choices that put you at odds with Wiley’s family. So if you’re looking for someone to blame, go find a mirror.

Nina: It’s not about blame, Carly. It’s about this little boy. And nothing and no one will stop me from fighting for him.

Carly: Do you hear yourself? I mean, you’re not talking about Wiley like he’s a person with emotions and needs. You’re not even thinking about what’s best for Wiley. This is about you and your need to stay connected to your dead daughter. And you want to use Wiley to make you happy. You don’t give a damn about how it affects him. I do.

Nina: I’m leaving.

Maxie: Okay. I knew this was going to happen.

Carly: I hate her. I hate her. And I’m trying not to engage, but I hate Nina.

Sam: Stop. First of all, Nina is the one who engaged. You stuck up for yourself, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Carly: Yeah. Thank you.

Sam: And as an added bonus, you got Nina to leave. Now we get to breathe and relax and enjoy ourselves.

Carly: Huh. Well, that is a plus.

Willow: You have sympathy for Nina. And I get it. I’m sure it hits close to home, makes you think of all the time we lost.

Harmony: Yeah. Yes, it does. Um, you know, being separated from your child — I wouldn’t — I wouldn’t wish that on anyone.

Michael: But I mean, you — you do understand, though, that this situation is — is different.

Willow: I have thought about Nina’s perspective, mom, from pretty much every possible angle, but our first concern is what’s best for Wiley.

Michael: Yeah, and Nina isn’t it. But we — we can’t — we can’t reach an agreement with her.

Harmony: Understood. Truly. I won’t bring it up again. I’m sorry.

Willow: Don’t be. I had compassion for Nina, too. Once upon a time, at least.

Michael: Well, must be genetic. Chuckles ]

Unknown Man: Been a long time, Ms. Davis.

Alexis: It’s you.

On the next “General Hospital” —

Spencer (to Esme): Why haven’t you taken that home pregnancy test yet?

Ava (to Joss and Cam): I know it’s difficult for you to trust me, but this time you’re gonna have to.

Scott: I’m gonna have to hear you say it.

Alexis: Oh, I never forget a face.

Nina (to Harmony): Michael and Willow want a fight, they’ll get a fight.

Brick (to Sonny): My brother, that’s not for you.

Trina: I plead…

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