GH Transcript Tuesday, April 5, 2022

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Sonny: I’m not asking you for any specifics.

Dante: Okay.

Sonny: I just — when you look into Esme, I just want you to tell me, you know, maybe —

Dante: Okay, but you know I can’t say anything, right?

Sonny: I’m not asking you to.

Dante: Okay, good.

Sonny: But just when you do look, I want you to see the whole picture. You know what I mean?

Dante: Yeah.

Sonny: Hey! Look who we’ve got there. What’s this getup? The wedding already happened?

Brando: Yeah. What’s happening, Sonny?

Sonny: [ Laughs ] Alright. Look at this newlywed.

Dante: Newlywed. I heard. Congratulations. Where was my invite, by the way?

Brando: Ah, it was a short list, Dante.

Sonny: [ Laughs ]

Dante: So, what are you doing? That doesn’t exactly look like gym attire.

Brando: Yeah, no, I’m, uh — I’m actually heading to The Savoy. Big day for my wife.

Sasha: How great did you look ringing the opening bell on Wall Street today, Lucy?

Lucy: Well, now, now, we all looked great, but we also looked gorgeous and powerful and successful. Though I do admit I looked pretty spectacular ringing that bell.

Maxie: I think we looked even better flying home. How great was it one of our investors loaned us their private plane?

Brook Lynn: Unbelievable. Thank you so much, you guys, for including me on the trip and letting me stand up there with you guys when you rang the bell. You guys are a really big deal.

Maxie: We are a big deal. I know you’re not a partner, but nobody would know how fabulous deception is if it wasn’t for you.

Lucy: Exactly. That makes you invaluable.

Maxie: One of the many reasons.

Sasha: It’s been a rough year, ladies, but through it all, we stayed committed to Deception.

Maxie: And now we reap the rewards.

[ All chuckle ]

[ Clattering in distance ]

[ Switch clicks ]

Elizabeth: What do you want?

Man in Shadows: Don’t forget me.

Elizabeth: Who are you? [ Exhales slowly ] Okay. [ Sighs ] Okay, it’s just… one hell of a dream.

Scott: So, why are we eating here instead of Wyndemere? You know how I like that brisk boat ride out there and, you know, the fresh orange juice and the frittatas?

Ava: I stayed in town last night.

Scott: Oh. Is there trouble on Spoon Island?

Ava: Trouble with a capital “E.”

Spencer: Good morning. I was just about to bring this up to your room. How you feeling?

Esme: Tired.

Spencer: You want any breakfast?

Esme: No food. Just…coffee?

Spencer: The usual? Cream and two sugars?

Esme: It’s nice of you to still wait on me, especially now that we know I’m not pregnant after all.

Laura: You know, Finn, I just wanted to say that Elizabeth means a great deal to me, and I’m very glad that she has you in her life, especially with what she and the boys are going through right now.

Finn: Oh, I’m — I’m helping her as much as she’ll let me. Of course, Elizabeth’s first reaction is to try to do everything on her own.

Aiden: Mom, I can’t find my P.E. Clothes.

Elizabeth: Uh, check the folded stack in the laundry room.

Jake: Mom? What are you doing?

Jake: It happened again?

Elizabeth: Jake, don’t.

Jake: “Don’t forget me”?

Elizabeth: I don’t want you to worry about this. No, I’m not a kid anymore. I should know when someone broke in.

Aiden: Someone broke in again?

Elizabeth: I-I-I don’t know what happened. Hopefully, the police will be able to tell us.

Jake: And if they can’t?

Elizabeth: I’ll handle it.

Jake: By yourself?

Elizabeth: I will do anything to protect you and your brothers, even if I have to do it alone.

Jake: But you don’t have to.

Elizabeth: No, wait, wait. Who are you calling?

Ava: My husband has not only invited his son to live with us at Wyndemere, he’s also seen fit to invite Spencer’s now ex-girlfriend.

Scott: The famous Esme?

Ava: You’ve met her?

Scott: No, but my client, Trina, has given me an earful.

Ava: Well, right now, at this very moment, Esme is likely propping her feet up on my furniture and nibbling your fancy frittatas. And best part — she may be nibbling for two.

Scott: Wait a minute. Are you saying that Esme is having a little baby Cassadine?

Laura: What? Oh, for the love of God, please tell me I’ve misheard you.

Esme: Spence, I have a confession to make.

Spencer: What’s that?

Esme: Last night, when the pregnancy test came up negative, I was worried you would kick me out.

Spencer: I told you that I wouldn’t. I know, but that was before we knew the truth, and then once we found out, I —

Esme: I guess I just got scared. Maybe this was a mistake. Maybe I should just leave and take my chances on the mainland with Sonny.

Nikolas: Why would you need to go anywhere?

Brando: Deception’s going public today, so they’re, um, you know, throwing a launch party at the savoy and gonna watch how the stock performs. The celebration’s all day. You — you two should stop in.

Dante: Wow, man, that — that is huge news.

Sonny: You — you must be proud of Sasha.

Brando: Yeah. Man, I, uh — I can’t tell you. And more than anything, I’m just happy to see something good happen for her after all that’s happened. Sasha deserves it.

Nina: Wow. This is an amazing party. How does it feel?

Sasha: Surreal. But good surreal.

Nina: Yeah? Well, get used to it because I have a feeling this is just the beginning.

Felicia: There she is.

Maxie: Hi.

Anna: Aww, so proud. Oh, my gosh.

Maxie: I didn’t do it all on my own.

Anna: Yeah, but no one else here is Felicia’s daughter.

Felicia: Or Anna’s goddaughter, so we don’t care about them quite as much.

Anna: No, taking a company public is a big deal.

Felicia: Yeah, you went from assistant at Crimson to an equity partnership in a company on the New York Stock Exchange. Maxie, I’m in awe.

Anna: Yeah, I’m British. We don’t do awe, but on this occasion —

Felicia: She’s awe. She’s awe.

Anna: [ Laughs ]

Maxie: Well, in that case, to awe.

Felicia: Cheers.

Curtis: Well, I’m honored that you chose The Savoy to launch your IPO.

Gladys: Mm. Well, now, we have a very select group. Uh, with the exception of Brando, almost all of our guests are here.

Brook Lynn: Why is Selina Wu crashing our event?

Gladys: She isn’t crashing. She’s on the list.

Selina: What an auspicious occasion.

Brook Lynn: Ms. Wu, what an honor. How is it that you’re here with us on the guest list?

Selina: All major investors were invited, so here I am.

Curtis: Are you saying that you bought a stake in deception?

Selina: Almost from the beginning. It only took a little patience. When I see a good investment, I go for it.

Laura: Are you saying that Esme is pregnant?

Ava: Mm, only a possibility. At least, that’s what I gathered before I walked out on Nikolas.

Laura: You walked out on Nikolas? What?

Ava: Well, I said either Esme had to go or I did. She’s there, and I’m here, so…

Laura: Oh, my god. What is he thinking?

Ava: I have no idea. But, please, feel free to get all the gory details from your son.

Laura: Believe me, I will.

Scott: I-I kinda almost feel sorry for Nikolas.

Ava: I don’t. Okay, so let’s discuss why I asked you here.

Scott: Okay, well, fire away.

Ava: As my lawyer, I need you to tell me… what am I entitled to if I walk away from my marriage?

Scott: [ Sighs ]

Nikolas: All things considered, you’re better off here.

Esme: Well, the thing is, it turns out I am not pregnant after all.

Nikolas: Well, I won’t tell you how to feel, but I do believe that’s for the best.

Esme: Since I’m no longer carrying Spence’s child, there really is no reason for me to stay.

Spencer: The invitation to stay here still stands.

Nikolas: Esme, I saw how rattled you were yesterday. You deserve to feel safe.

Esme: Thank you so much. I cannot tell you how terrifying that encounter with Sonny was. If you and your uncle victor hadn’t come along —

Nikolas: Well, we did. You’re safe. That’s all that matters.

Spencer: I’m not sure what Uncle Sonny’s intent was, Esme, but I would never let anyone hurt you.

Esme: Really? Despite everything, you still care enough to protect me?

Spencer: And I always will.

Finn: Hey, you okay?

Elizabeth: Yeah.

Finn: I’m so sorry. I shouldn’t have left you alone last night.

Elizabeth: Don’t apologize. You deserve a nice dinner with your family.

Finn: Hey, you’re my family, too. All of you. Thank you for calling, Jake.

Jake: Thanks for coming.

Finn: So tell me what happened.

Elizabeth: [ Sighs ] It was the weirdest thing. Laura left, and I went to go upstairs. The lights went out. And I thought I saw someone.

Aiden: You saw who broke into our house?

Elizabeth: I only thought I did, ’cause the next thing I know, I was — it was morning, and I was speaking up on the couch.

Finn: Who do you think you saw?

Elizabeth: I couldn’t make out a face, but the person said, “Don’t forget me.” And then when I woke up, “Don’t forget me” was painted on a piece of artwork on the drafting table. It was still wet. Finn, what if they don’t catch this guy?

Aiden: Is there a way to check for fingerprints?

Jake: Or trace the type of paint?

Finn: Exactly. Smart boys. Alright, now that we have a lead, we need to call in reinforcements.

Sonny: Sasha’s been through a lot, but, you — you know, you deserve to be happy, too.

Brando: I am. I am. I-I mean, look, I-I know what people are saying, that Sasha and I eloped because we needed to distract ourselves from grieving our son.

Sonny: Right.

Brando: You know, m-my own mother thinks all this is too soon.

Sonny: Let me tell you something about your mother. Gladys has a lot of opinions, but the only ones that matter are yours and Sasha.

Brando: Yeah. You know, and for a while, I thought my mom was right, that Sasha and I wouldn’t have a future without Liam.

Sonny: Listen to me. Couples have cracked under a lot less.

Dante: And you know what? No one can tell how they’re gonna react when they’re faced with something unthinkable like that. And you guys have — you guys are there for each other. You’re getting each other through it. It’s great.

Sonny: You guys bring out each other’s strength. That’s a beautiful thing.

Brando: Yeah, I mean, I would love to think that, but, um, you know, Sasha, she’s strong all on her own. You know, at first, I was afraid that she was gonna be in denial, but it turns out I was wrong. Sasha’s just doing it her way.

Lucy: Ms. Wu, oh, we are just so pleased, um, to welcome you to the Deception family, a-and we’re just delighted that you are here today to share in our special celebration. [ Chuckles ]

Selina: The pleasure’s all mine, Ms. Coe.

Lucy: Oh, well, thank you so much. Um, if you will excuse us a minute, I’m gonna take my cohorts, and we’re going to go huddle and mingle. Uh, pardon us.

Curtis: Ms. Wu, you are full of surprises.

Selina: I told you before, call me Selina. And you shouldn’t be surprised that I have varied interests. My grandfather always told me, “Only an unwise farmer plants a single crop.”

Curtis: Your grandfather’s very insightful. In fact, last time you were here, you shared his favorite fable.

Selina: Mm, which begs the question — the money tree I gave you — is it flourishing?

Lucy: Okay, did anybody know that Ms. Wu was buying up shares of Deception?

Maxie: No, absolutely not. She must have invested under a shell corporation.

Brook Lynn: Well, now that the stock is being traded publicly, anyone who can afford it can buy in, including lady gangsters.

Maxie: Wow. You, like, always know the best thing to say.

Brook Lynn: Fine. Well, let’s look on the bright side. If the biggest surprise of the day is Ms. Wu being an investor, then the rest of the day should be pretty seamless.

Maxie: Speaking of surprises, I, um, have someone meeting me here.

Felicia: Oh, my god. Look. The stock is going up.

Anna: And up.

Brook Lynn: What?

[ Chuckles ]

Anna: That’s good.

Austin: Hey, big shot. You look nice. Thank you. Do me a favor. Don’t forget about all the little people who helped you on the way up.

Maxie: I’m sorry. Wait. Who are you?

Austin: Would you, uh… would you allow me to remind you?

Sonny: You know, my dad…he really liked Sasha. He called a “Spitfire.”

[ All chuckle ]

Brando: Yeah. You know, Mike, uh — Mike — Mike really would’ve got a kick out of the fact that Sasha proposed to me.

Dante: She did?

Sonny: What?

Brando: Yeah.

Sonny: She did?

Brando: Yeah.

Sonny: You know what?

Dante: What?

Sonny: The way you and Sam are heading…

[ Cellphone rings ]

Sonny: …She’s gonna be proposing to you.

Dante: Oh.

[ Laughs ]

Dante: Look at that. That is literally saved by the bell. Falconeri.

Brando: Look, I got to head out, so, um, I am literally late for the party.

Sonny: Alright, tell everybody I said, you know… have a good time.

Brando: Yeah, will do.

Sonny: Yeah.

Brando: And, uh, Sonny, I-I know I tell you this all the time, but I really appreciate everything you’ve done for me.

Sonny: You’re my family.

Brando: It’s more than just being related, though. You’ve really been there for me, so if I can ever repay the favor, I’d be honored.

Sonny: Yeah, I’ll keep that in mind. Go. Your wife’s waiting.

Brando: Okay. I’m going. I’m going. I’ll see you all there?

[ Laughs ]

Felicia: Congratulations.

Lucy: [ Sighs ] Thank you. But, oh, oh, for what? I mean, I have no idea. Of course I have an idea. Please. I just love hearing it.

Felicia: For bringing your dream company to life, for taking it public, and ringing the bell on the New York Stock Exchange. And choosing the right outfit to ring it in.

Lucy: Oh, well, thank you very much for all of the above. I have to tell you, it was harder to pick this ensemble than running an entire company and creating it.

Felicia: Oh, but you made the perfect choice.

Lucy: Thank you. Thank you, my friend. Thank you.

Felicia: Yeah.

Curtis: Oh, the money tree is thriving, Ms. Wu.

Selina: As could our partnership. Have you given any more thought to my proposition?

Curtis: I have… and have not changed my mind.

Selina: If you won’t let me host poker games in your back room, there are plenty of other establishments who will.

Curtis: Wonderful. Then I encourage you to pursue one of them. I have made my position abundantly clear.

Selina: Why do I still feel there’s a chance of bringing you on my side?

Brook Lynn: How long has this been going on?

Maxie: Um, not long. It’s new.

Brook Lynn: Like five minutes ago new? Because that’s the only acceptable amount of time to justify you not telling me that you’re dating my arch nemesis.

Austin: Your arch nemesis?

Brook Lynn: Yeah.

Austin: You think so highly of me.

Maxie: I was going to tell you.

Brook Lynn: You know what? I get it. You don’t owe me anything.

Austin: Okay, I think your friend just made us all about her.

Maxie: She’s hurting. She probably thinks I was intentionally hiding this from her.

Austin: Are you? ‘Cause if I’m your dirty little secret, I’m kind of okay with that. It’s kinda hot.

Maxie: You are part of the problem. If you two hadn’t been and remained so antagonistic with each other, I would’ve felt more comfortable telling Brook Lynn about us.

Austin: What can I do to make this right?

Maxie: You can go make peace with her.

Austin: Oh, anything but that.

Dante: Uh, you okay?

Sonny: Yeah, yeah. Why wouldn’t I be?

Dante: Well, I know you’re happy for Brando, but that’s — that’s got to bring some stuff up.

Sonny: Oh, because my marriage failed, you think I can’t be happy for anybody else?

Dante: No. I mean, you should —

Sonny: No, no, wait. But you should know as well as I do, there is life after divorce.

Dante: [ Sighs ] I do know that.

Sonny: Okay. You ready to box?

Dante: I’d love to, but I got to go to work. That was a work call.

Sonny: [ Chuckles ] Okay.

Dante: You’ll have to find someone else.

Sonny: Don’t worry about it. I will find somebody else. Somebody better than you.

[ Both laugh ]

Dante: Come here.

Sonny: Alright.

Dante: Love you.

Sonny: Love you, too, man.

Dante: I’ll see you later.

Sonny: Bye.

Dante: Don’t get knocked out!

Sonny: [ Laughs ]

Esme: Why don’t we, um, spend the day together like we used to?

Spencer: I can’t. I have plans. I’ll, uh — I’ll talk to you later. Father.

Nikolas: Spencer’s transition back to civilian life may take time.

Esme: That’s kind of you. But we both know spence isn’t struggling with being home. He’s struggling with me being in his home.

Nikolas: [ Sighs ]

Laura: Sorry to interrupt.

Nikolas: Mother, I wasn’t expecting you.

Laura: Yeah, I-I see that. Um, I ran into your wife, and I thought that I might stop by.

Nikolas: You saw Ava? How is she?

Laura: Maybe you should ask where she is.

Nikolas: Okay. Where?

Laura: Charlie’s. Meeting with her lawyer.

Scott: Let me understand this. You’re throwing in the towel with Nikolas ‘cause of an unwanted houseguest?

Ava: Esme has taken up residence in my home against my wishes. Can you blame me for walking out?

Scott: Well, is it really about Esme, or are you just looking for a way out?

Brando: What’d I miss, wife?

Sasha: Stock is trading well, husband.

Brando: Yeah?

Sasha: Where have you been?

Brando: I just ran into Sonny and Dante at the gym. They send their congratulations about the company and about us.

Gladys: Brando. [ Gasps ] Oh, they’re lovely. But flowers are unnecessary since I’ve already forgiven you for eloping and leaving me behind. So, really, you shouldn’t have.

Brando: Oh, good, good. Because, uh, I-I didn’t. These are for Sasha.

Sasha: Aww. For you.

Brando: Very gracious, unlike some.

Nikolas: Ava’s seeing a lawyer? About what?

Laura: I can’t speak to that. [ Sighs ] I, uh — I did hear that the Cassadine family might be expanding?

Esme: That’s what I thought, but, um…false alarm.

Nikolas: Did you speak with Ava?

Esme: If you’ll, um, excuse me…

[ Door closes ]

Laura: Thank God she’s not pregnant. At least we avoided that catastrophe.

Nikolas: Mother…

Laura: [ Sighs ]

Nikolas: …Was Ava okay?

Laura: She told me that she walked out on you.

Nikolas: [ Scoffs ] We argued. I told Esme she could stay here without running it by Ava.

Laura: Why would you do that?

Nikolas: Esme needed a safe haven because Sonny’s been intimidating her. He had words with her over this sex tape that’s been making the rounds.

Laura: Yeah, well, Sonny’s not the only one who thinks that Esme is responsible for that. Cam and Joss both think that Esme framed Trina Robinson. And then there’s your wife. Now, if Esme should be afraid of anyone, she should be afraid of Ava.

Nikolas: I’m sorry that Ava’s upset, but I won’t let anything happen to Esme.

Laura: Why are you being so protective of her all of a sudden?

Sonny: Hold on.

Spencer: Hello, Uncle Sonny.

Sonny: How you doing?

Spencer: I’m alright.

Sonny: Oh, man.

Spencer: There you go.

Sonny: You want to hold the bag?

Spencer: Mm-hmm.

Sonny: [ Breathing heavily ] It’s good to see you out of Spring Ridge. How does it feel being a free man?

Spencer: It’s been more complicated than I thought it would be.

Sonny: Yeah, you know, I know how it feels to be away for so long and to come back, trying to get your life on track. You’re gonna do it.

Spencer: Yeah, a lot happened the month that I was inside.

Sonny: You mean when Cameron and Josslyn were taped having sex in my cabin and now that tape has leaked out?

Spencer: Like that.

Sonny: You know what? Now we’re on the subject, we need to discuss your girlfriend, Esme. There’s a lot of things we need to talk about.

Spencer: Yeah, you’re damn right we do. Starting with why you thought it was okay to scare the hell out of her.

Nina: Hey, Curtis. Fantastic party. Hi.

Selina: Hi.

Curtis: Oh, um, Nina Reeves, editor-in-chief crimson. Ms. Selina Wu, entrepreneur.

Selina: It’s good to meet you, Ms. Reeves. I’ve long been a fan of your magazine.

Curtis: You have?

Selina: Of course. How is one to be taken seriously in business if one has no sense of trends or style? Wouldn’t you agree, Ms. Reeves?

Nina: I certainly would. Um, Ms. Wu, I think we have a mutual acquaintance — Sonny Corinthos.

Selina: Yes, Mr. Corinthos has proved to be a valuable friend, and one can never have too many of those. A pleasure to meet you.

Nina: [ Exhales sharply ] What was that?

Curtis: Trouble.

Felicia: Imagine. I used to be so bored with stocks and bonds.

Anna: You think that you and mac are gonna start investing now?

Felicia: Oh, no, no, no. Too risky.

Anna: Says the woman who went to Switzerland on her own to rescue her daughter.

Felicia: [ Chuckles ] Some risks are worth taking. Anna, I’m telling you, I can’t wait to see Victor Cassadine get his.

Anna: I know. Me, too. Tomorrow, we get the bad guy. Today, we…

Felicia: Celebrate.

Anna: Yeah, we do celebrate. Yes.

Felicia: Cheers.

Anna: [ Chuckles ]

Dante: Was the new alarm system armed?

Elizabeth: I disarmed it. The boys kept forgetting and setting it off.

Finn: Patrols are still driving by, right?

Dante: Yeah, they are, but they didn’t report any unusual activity last night.

Aiden: Shouldn’t we call Cam and let him know it happened again?

Jake: No, you heard mom. He’s got enough to deal with right now.

Aiden: Like what?

Jake: Like college stuff. Like girlfriend stuff. Do you want almond milk or regular?

Aiden: I want to feel safe in our house again.

Elizabeth: The dream was bad enough, but now… what if the reason I heard that person in my dream was because… they were right here, standing over me while I slept? Someone was in my house again.

Dante: Yeah, it sounds like it, and that someone is getting bolder.

Maxie: Brando, hey, looking sharp.

Sasha: Yes, he is.

Brando: Thank you, ladies. Likewise.

Lucy: Thank you. I was thinking. Um, today is so special, and I thought maybe the Face of Deception should also be the Voice of Deception.

Sasha: I’m not sure I understand.

Lucy: Well, since everybody’s here, all the guests have arrived and settled in, I would love it if you would perhaps say a few words, make a speech?

Maxie: Yeah, that’s a great idea.

Scott: For reasons that defy logic, you’re in love with Nikolas, and for more obvious reasons, Nikolas is in love with you. He’s crazy about you.

Ava: That’s certainly one way to look at it.

Scott: So, okay, he screws up a few times. Why pull that ripcord?

Ava: Okay, so calling you may have been a bit brash.

Scott: Okay, well, let’s take love out of the equation. I suggest that you hang on to your marital property. Plant your flag.

Ava: Well, Scotty, as always, you have been invaluable. I know exactly what I need to do.

Nikolas: I’m only invested in Esme insofar as she affects spencer.

Laura: Well, now that we know she’s not pregnant and they’re not a couple anymore, she doesn’t affect spencer, and she doesn’t need to be here.

Nikolas: I can’t leave her at Sonny’s mercy.

Laura: [ Sighs ] I seriously doubt that she’s in any real danger from Sonny Corinthos.

Nikolas: If I send Esme away and anything happens to her for any reason, Spencer will feel guilty for the rest of his life. Surely we don’t want that.

Laura: No, you’re right. We don’t want that. But we don’t want your wife to leave you, do we?

Nikolas: It was a rapidly evolving situation. When Spencer found out Esme might be pregnant, do you know who he confided in first?

Laura: Not victor.

Nikolas: You got it on the first guess. Now do you understand why I stepped in so quickly? It seemed like the best solution for everyone involved.

Laura: Did you tell Ava?

Nikolas: She was out the door before I could get that far.

Laura: Okay. Alright, well, maybe I can talk to her later. But don’t you think you should be a little more proactive about salvaging your own marriage?

Nikolas: You’re right. I’ll get right on it. Will you excuse me?

Laura: Mm-hmm.

[ Door opens ]

Esme: There’s some sun today. I’ll go read this outside.

Laura: Not before you hear what I have to say.

Sonny: Esme and I had a chat.

Spencer: In other words, you intimidated her?

Sonny: You’re gonna talk to me about intimidation after you just did time for terrorizing your stepmother and using my daughter Avery as a pawn?

Spencer: Yeah, I’ve made mistakes.

Sonny: And you’re still making them. You’re — you’re defending Esme after what she did to Cameron and Josslyn, even Trina.

Spencer: I don’t believe — I don’t believe that she did any of those things.

Sonny: Okay, well, let’s say it wasn’t Trina. Was it you?

Spencer: Oh, come on. You know that I would never do anything like that to her.

Sonny: Okay, then.

Spencer: Well, you should know that we’ve granted Esme sanctuary on Spoon Island to keep her safe — from you.

Sonny: You think I-I would hurt Esme?

Spencer: No, but she is afraid.

Sonny: Alright, what — what did she exactly say that went down between us?

Spencer: That if my father and uncle victor hadn’t shown up, she doesn’t know what would have happened.

Sonny: Okay, here’s what went down. I was just convincing her to own up to what she did. Victor and Nikolas came, and then she had all these waterworks. Like, it was, like, a bunch of crying and tears everywhere.

Spencer: I don’t think that you would ever physically harm Esme. Okay? I know that. And even if her fears are a little bit unwarranted, I can’t turn my back on her.

Sonny: Okay, h-h-here’s what I want to say to you, okay? Your loyalty should be to the people who have been by your side. You are backing the wrong horse.

Austin: So, how’s Leo?

Brook Lynn: He’s really good. Thanks.

Austin: Awesome. Cards on the table.

Brook Lynn: Okay, so —

Austin: Forgive me. Ladies first.

Brook Lynn: Okay, I don’t like you.

Austin: Great. Can’t come as a surprise that the feeling’s mutual.

Brook Lynn: No, it doesn’t.

Austin: Awesome.

Brook Lynn: Okay, but I do like Maxie.

Austin: So do I.

Brook Lynn: And putting our issues aside, I’ve seen you be a really good friend to her.

Austin: And I’ve seen you be a really good friend to her. So we have that in common. But the thing that we also have in common is that people like Leo, Bailey, they seem to be getting hurt when you and I are gunning for one another. So are you thinking what I’m thinking?

Brook Lynn: Cease-fire.

Austin: Deal.

Brook Lynn: Okay.

Austin: Would you be doing this if I wasn’t with Maxie?

Brook Lynn: Hell no.

Maxie: I love your dress, Mom. It’s great.

Felicia: Thank you.

Brook Lynn: He makes you happy?

Maxie: So far.

Brook Lynn: That’s all I care about.

Felicia: Same here.

Maxie: You like him, right, Mom?

Felicia: So far.

Dante: I’ll have this, uh, checked for prints, and then we’ll have to have you come down and have you prints done, as well, so we can exclude you.

Elizabeth: Yeah, okay, I’ll do that.

Dante: Hey, uh, in the meantime [Sighs] you know, your house has been accessed multiple times with new locks and keys. It might be an idea for you to stay somewhere else — at least until we find this person.

Elizabeth: I can’t do that to my boys. This is their home. They have been through enough.

Finn: You can all stay with me.

Elizabeth: What? No. Finn, you — you don’t even have enough space.

Finn: We’ll camp out. We’ll make it fun.

Elizabeth: [ Sighs ]

Dante: I-I’ll leave you guys to it, okay?

Finn: Yeah.

Dante: And I’ll let you know if I hear anything, alright?

Finn: Thanks, Dante.

Dante: Yeah, of course.

Finn: Okay. Maybe you’re right. Maybe my — maybe my place is not ideal. Uh, okay, how about I book a hotel for you on the boys?

Elizabeth: No, I can’t let you do that. I guess I can ask Laura if the boys can stay with her.

Finn: Okay. Okay, uh, where would you be?

Elizabeth: Far enough away to keep you all safe.

[ Glass clinking ]

Lucy: Hello, everyone. Thank you. Can we gather up a little bit? I just really want to thank you all for being here to celebrate Deception going public today. [ Chuckles ]

[ Applause ]

Lucy: And to commemorate this special occasion, a few words from the Face of Deception, Sasha Gilmore.

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

Sasha: No dream can be realized without hard work, and I work with some of the most dedicated women in the world. Lucy Coe, our founder…

Maxie: Whoo!

Sasha: …Maxie Jones…

[ Cheers and applause ]

Sasha: …And Brook Lynn Quartermaine…

[ Cheers and applause ]

Sasha: …And I think that they would agree this success couldn’t happen without the people standing in this room — the investors, Deception staff, friends and family, as well as those who are… …t hose who, uh, can only be here with us in spirit. To Deception.

Croud: To Deception. To Deception. To Deception. To Deception.

[ Cheers and applause ]

Spencer: You keep telling me that I need to grow up, that I need to protect, not punish the people who love me.

Sonny: Yeah, but Esme is not on that list. I don’t know what game Esme’s playing. I’m trying to figure it out, but I do know it’s all about Esme, and she’s gonna use you and whoever else to get what she wants.

Spencer: That is your opinion, but that’s not how I see her.

Sonny: Alright, if that’s what you think, look, you don’t know Esme like you think you do, and she’s just gonna use you, Spencer.

Spencer: I think I should get going.

Sonny: Alright, be careful, because, you know, I-I-I have made some choices in my life that have — that have hurt so many people that I love.

Spencer: Yeah.

Sonny: And I don’t know if I can get that back. And you are, um, dangerously close to walking in my shoes. Welcome home, nephew.

Laura: I certainly hope you had nothing to do with this video of Josslyn and Cameron.

Esme: Of course I didn’t. Why won’t anyone believe me?

Nikolas: We just have to let the police investigation run its course. In the meantime, I’m keeping an open mind.

Laura: My son has extended his hospitality to you. I hope you won’t betray that trust.

Ava: We already know the answer to that.

Selina: A lovely speech. Are you an investor, Mr. Ashford?

Curtis: Oh, I don’t discuss my portfolio, Ms. Wu, but I’m sure you made a bundle on your shares of Deception. Seems you won’t need to host poker here anymore.

Selina: I’ll be the judge of what I need. And if you agree to my terms, I’ll provide whatever it is that you need.

Maxie: It’s going up again.

Sasha: Nina, what — what does this mean?

Nina: It means that you’re…

Brook Lynn: Insanely rich.

Gladys: That means we are, too.

[ Both chuckle ]

Finn: I was thinking you could stay with me and Violet.

Elizabeth: I can’t. Look at what’s happening. This insanity isn’t about the house. It’s just the place that it’s happening. My family is being targeted, and I don’t know why. And I’m not gonna put my boys or you and Violet at risk. So the best thing is for me to just stay by myself.

Finn: Stay where? Here?

Elizabeth: It doesn’t seem to matter where I go, so I’m just gonna stay put.

Finn: I’m gonna take the boys to school, alright? And then when I get back, we’re gonna talk about this.

Elizabeth: No, Finn, I’ve made up my mind. No one is going to run me out of the house I shared with my husband.

Aiden: I love spending time with grandma, but leaving mom here by herself?

Jake: It’ll be okay. Mom’s tough. And Dante will catch the person who’s doing this.

Aiden: He hasn’t yet. Someone keeps sneaking into our house without getting caught. How does a person do that? Unless… what if it’s not a person at all?

Jake: Of course it’s a person. How else would you explain what happened with mom’s ring and the portrait in Franco’s art studio?

Aiden: Jake… what if it’s Franco?

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Anna: You have my attention.

Nikolas (to Ava): Is that an ultimatum?

Sam (to Dante): We’ve uncovered something.

Victor (to Laura): What exactly did I say that upset you so much?

Esme (to Spencer): … don’t think there’s a path forward for us?

Curtis (to Drew): We’re gonna have to fight like hell until it’s over.

Stella (to Marshall): I need to know this will not blow up in my face.

Sonny: What if I say no?

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