GH Transcript Monday, May 16, 2022

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Curtis: Well, I love coming home to this sight.

Portia: What, me in my scrubs?

Curtis: No. Beautiful you in our living room.

Portia: Oh, I wish we could spend all day doing this.

Curtis: So do I. But, unfortunately, there is this thing called life.

Portia: Don’t I know it.

Trina. Hi.

Ava: Hi. Thanks for letting me crash your mother-daughter lunch. I’m glad that Portia was okay with it.

Trina. Yeah, totally.

Ava: I wanted to bring Avery with me, too, but she’s with her father, so… I know that look. What’s wrong?

Trina. I’m about to be expelled.

Esmé: Hi, my love. Guess what.

Spencer:  What?

Esmé: I have a giant surprise for you.

Ned: Leo, I’m sure Chase will be here any minute.

Leo: But it’s almost time to start. What if he doesn’t come? Like at my adoption party.

Brook Lynn: Okay. Remember what Chase and I told you that day? That if he can’t be here, other people will cover for him.

Leo: Like whale pods.

Olivia:  Yeah. Exactly. Honey, that is a great analogy. You know what? I will cover for Chase. I will sit right in the front. I promise you, you can give your poem right to me.

Leo: That won’t work.

Olivia:  Why not, honey?

Leo: Because that’s not the way I practiced it.

Felicia: It’s so nice to get together just us girls.

Anna: Why do we ever invite the men?

Felicia: Well, Mac is fun to look at.

Anna: Hmm, even with a baby-crazed gleam in his eye?

Felicia: For your information, that topic has not been brought up since you and I talked about it last.

Anna: That’s a relief.

Felicia: Yeah. Now that I am no longer the focus of conversation, start talkin’, missy.

Anna: About?

Felicia: What’s the latest with your on-again/off-again paramour?

Ned:¬† Tell me how you’re feeling.

Leo: Shaky.

Ned:  Mm-hmm. Remember what Dr. Newman told you to do?  Deep breaths. In through the nose, out through the mouth.

Olivia:¬† And, honey, this — this could help you focus. Right?

Leo: I don’t need that. I need Chase.

Brook Lynn:¬† Says who? You’re gonna do great all on your own, Leo.

Leo: I’m not going up there without him.

Chase: Oh, it’s a good thing I’m here, then.

Leo: [ Gasps ]

Chase: Hey. I’m sorry, I got stuck in traffic, but I would have ran here if I had to.

Leo: And left your car?

Chase: If that’s what it took, yeah.

Leo: I’m so glad you’re here.

Brook Lynn: [ Sighs ]

Sam: Sonny, Drew.

Hey, Sam

Hey, willow.

Sonny:  So I hear scout has a painting on display.

Sam: [ Chuckles ] I don’t even know what it is.

Drew: Wait, you haven’t had a preview?

Sam: No, she said it was all very top secret.

Drew: Oh, man, it’s amazing. It’s a sight to be seen. Come on, I’ll show you.

Willow: Hey, Sonny, um… thank you for the flowers you sent. That was really thoughtful.

Sonny: How are you holding up?

Willow: It’s been…difficult, but Michael and Wiley are getting me through it.

Sonny: If you need anything, you know I’m always here for you.

Michael: Willow will never need anything from you.

Anna: There’s nothing to talk about.

Felicia: Oh, no?

Anna: No.

Felicia: New Year’s Eve, The Savoy, you, Valentin with your hands and your lips all over each other?

Anna: You weren’t even there.

Felicia: Yeah, other people were, and I heard all about it. But since then, there’s been no action, so to speak.

Anna: Well, there was plenty of action, which resulted in him having to recuperate out of town. I mean, Valentin’s only been back a couple of weeks.

Felicia: He’s back? Why am I just learning about this now?

Anna: Because, like I said, there’s nothing to tell. Well, he came to my house and we talked. And he kissed me. And I haven’t seen him since. [ Chuckles ]

Valentin: Hello.

Felicia: Speak of the devil.

Valentin: Don’t you ladies light up a garden? Must be my lucky day.

Anna: [ Chuckles ]

Willow: I was just thanking Sonny for the flowers.

Dante: You, uh, here to see Avery?

Sonny: Yeah, I’m here to see Avery’s dance performance, and then we’re going to have a little lunch.

Dante: Nice. Yeah. Leo’s reciting a poem.

Sonny: I guess we got a family full of performers today, huh?

Willow: Come on, Michael. Let’s go find seats.

Dante: [ Sighs ] You gonna stick around?

Sonny: Yeah, ’cause I’m not going to leave ’cause my son doesn’t want me here.

Olivia:  Thank you so much for being here. It absolutely means the world to Leo.

Chase:¬† I wouldn’t have missed it.

Ned:  We better go if we want to get a good seat.

Olivia:¬† You know what? Um, I think I’m gonna hang back. I’m gonna hang back, okay?

Leo: Mom, I’m okay.

Olivia: Are you sure?

Leo: Yep.

Olivia: I am so proud of you. You’re gonna knock ’em dead, yeah?

Leo: Okay.

Brook Lynn: Save us seats, okay?  Wow. It is a really good turnout.

Leo: There are a lot of people here.

Chase:¬† I know. Isn’t it awesome?

Leo: Not if I mess up, it’s not.

Esm√©: I’ve arranged for us to have a picnic by the water and ride horses through the grounds. Doesn’t that sound romantic? And I know you had your own special surprise for us, but — and I’m not trying to step on that, but I just thought this could be a little, uh…foreplay. You know, you, me, alone, no interruptions.

Nikolas: Except for mine. Sorry.

Esm√©: Oh, don’t apologize. Spence and I were just heading out for the afternoon.

Spencer: It’s really sweet that you went to all the trouble, Esm√©, but I can’t go anywhere with you.

Trina: The Title IX report from PCU. A one-stop shop for all the findings into the investigation into Joss and Cam’s sex tape.

Ava:¬† So this is what the school will use to determine whether you’re guilty or not?

Trina: I have 10 days to review it, and then they’ll make their decision. And if they decide that I’m responsible, I’ll most likely be expelled.

Ava: Well, no, no, no. I mean, they would reverse that when you’re found not guilty in court.

Trina: If I’m found not guilty.

Ava: You will be.

Trina: And no, actually, the court verdict has no bearing on the university’s investigation.

Ava: Well, that’s ludicrous.

Trina: Those are the rules. And PCU can still kick me out of the school, which is the least of my problems if I’m sent to prison.

Ava: Trina.

Trina: What am I gonna do?

Curtis: Why are you here? I thought you’d be working.

Portia: Well, I wanted to take Trina to lunch, to hopefully take her mind off of everything. So I just needed to come home to change. And I’m late, so…

Curtis: Oh, go, go, go, go. Okay. But wait, wait, whoa.

Portia: What are you doing here? Is — is everything okay?

Curtis: I’m sure we’ll soon find out.

Portia: Okay. I’m gonna let you go ahead and be mysterious right now, but just please — you’ll explain everything later, right?

Curtis: Everything.

Portia: Okay.

[ Doorbell rings ]

Chase: Leo, no matter what happens, we are all so proud of you. Okay? And you’ve been practicing your trick, right? When you recite your poem, you are performing just for me.

Brook Lynn: And, you know, I get stage fright a lot, too, but it just goes away when I start singing.

Leo: I’m not singing.

Brook Lynn: You’re up.

Chase: Okay. How’s this? I will make you a deal. If you recite your poem today, later, at your birthday party, you can pick any song and I’ll sing it in front of everybody.

Leo: Any song?

Chase: Yep.

Leo: Even “Fly Me to the Moon”?

Chase: [ Chuckles ] What do you know about Frank Sinatra?

Leo: Well, Mom sings it to me all the time.

Chase: Okay, well, I’ll sing anything you want, but you have to do your part. Deal?

Leo: Deal.

Sonny: I’m not gonna let Michael chase me out of here. Olivia’s my friend, your mother. I’m — I’m here to support Leo.

Dante: He’s — he’s still pretty angry.

Sonny: Yeah, I know he is. I noticed.

Dante: [ Sighs ] I’m trying to get him to talk to you. It hasn’t worked so far, but I’m thinking — I don’t know, maybe you got to be the one to make the first move.

Sonny: Dante, what happens next is up to Michael. Your brother said some pretty tough things that he can’t take back. If he wants to apologize, he comes to me. Then we’re gonna work it out.

Dante: I agree with you, if things were kind of cooling off a little bit, but they’re not, and I’m — I’m worried that in the meantime, more damage can be done.

Sam: Hey. Hey. Let’s find our seats.

Sonny:¬† Yeah. You guys go ahead. I’ll see you after.

Dante: Alright.

Willow: I swear, Michael, Sonny was just offering his condolences about my — about Harmony.

Michael: The flowers were sent to you, so I didn’t say anything, but my father’s barely noticed any of us since he’s gotten back from Nixon Falls. And all of a sudden, now he’s showing his concern?

Willow: You don’t think it was sincere?

Michael: I think he feels badly for you, but I also think he’s trying to get one over on me.

Willow: Do you want to leave?

Michael: No, no, I’m — I’m with my family. Unlike my father, who threw his away.

Felicia: Hello, Valentin.

Valentin: Hello, Felicia. I was on my way to my room, and I thought I would stop by and say hello.

Anna:  Hello.

[ Cellphone rings ]

Valentin: Sorry I haven’t been in touch.

Anna: Oh, no need to explain. Excuse me. I have to take this. Anna Devane.

Felicia: Join me?

Valentin: I would love to. So, how have you been?

Felicia: Great. Except I heard that you kissed my friend and then ghosted her.

Valentin: I believe I’ve apologized.

Felicia: Oh, you can do better than that. Going off the radar whenever you and Anna get close? [ Clicks tongue ] Unacceptable.

Valentin: Is that how it looks?

Felicia: That’s how it is. So tell me, Valentin, how serious are you about Anna?

Ava: Well, at least Josslyn and Cam both went on record saying they know you didn’t do it. I mean, that’s got to be helpful, right?

Trina: It still doesn’t look good. The burden of proof is lower in these cases.

Ava: Trina, try to think positive. You know, pessimism will get you nowhere.

Trina: I call it realism.

Ava: Nobody has found you responsible. Right? And they may not. I mean, there’s every chance in the world that this coordinator person will see what your friends, your family, and countless others see — that you are innocent.

Trina: Thank you. But you all know me. To the Title IX coordinator, I’m just another random troublemaker.

Spencer: I have to go into Kelly’s.

Esm√©: And I love that you’re so dedicated to your job, but it’s your day off.

Spencer: Well, Cam texted, and one of the other servers called in sick, so he needs me to cover.

Esm√©: Oh, there are plenty of other people who can cover for you, aren’t there? I mean, come on, Spence. You’ve been working so hard lately, both at Kelly’s and at the gallery. You deserve to take a day to yourself. You know, spend time with loved ones.

Spencer: I’m sorry. I really need to go.

Nikolas:¬† Esm√©…

Curtis: Thank you for coming.

Stella: Did you think I wouldn’t?¬† This is obviously more than a social visit.

Curtis: Why obviously?

Stella: I could tell by your voice when you called. So what can I do for you?

Curtis: I’m sure this, uh — this won’t be the easiest thing to hear.

Stella: I notice Marshall hasn’t been around lately. Does this have something to do with him?

Curtis: Marshall left town. He’s not coming back.

Stella: Why did he leave?

Curtis: We had an argument. He wasn’t being honest with me.

Stella: [ Sighs ] I really thought your father would open up more the more you got to know him.

Curtis: I thought he would open up more the more he got to know us. I’m not talking about what — what he held back on. I’m talking about the lies. The lies — letting us believe that he was in witness protection all those years or that he suddenly went underground because he got on the wrong side of the wrong people or that he had no choice but to abandon his family. But see, now I finally know that wasn’t the case.

Stella: Curtis, how do you know all this?

Principal Adair: Excuse me, everyone. I am so glad you could join us for what promises to be a wonderful showcase of our students’ many talents.

Sam:  You and Sonny looked pretty intense. Everything okay?

Dante:  Yeah, not really.

Drew:  This seat taken?

Ned:¬† It’s all yours.

Drew: Ah, thanks, thanks. You both must be so proud of Leo.

Olivia: We — we are. We truly are.

Drew: It’s really nice, I got to say, that family can come together and celebrate like this.

Olivia: Yeah.

Ned:¬† In the spirit of family, I’d like to sit down with you and Michael and have a more in-depth discussion about ELQ’s future.

Olivia: Are you really talking business right now?

Drew: Absolutely. Michael and I have been talking, and we’ve got a proposition for you.

Ned: I look forward to hearing it.

Principal Adair: And for our first performance, please welcome to the stage Leo Quartermaine…

Olivia: He’s up, he’s up.

Principal Adair: …Who will be reciting “The Only Me” by Pat Mora.

[ Applause ]

Esm√©: All I wanted was for us to get back to where we were, but that’s impossible when Spence keeps throwing up these walls. And I-I suppose I should just accept it. Right? He’s no longer into me. Move on. But… oh, god, the thought of giving up on him? I know Spence and I don’t always agree. What couple does? But I never imagined that those differences would be what drove him away. We were a team. And then one little argument, and poof. It’s all gone. Do you know what that’s like?

Nikolas: [ Chuckles lightly ] Yeah. I do.

Trina: I am so ready for the day I do not have to think about Esm√© Prince ever again. All the damage she’s done to me, Joss, Cam, you?

Ava: Yeah, well, Esm√©’s transgressions against me are very well known. And in the past, apparently. Or so I’ve been assured.

Trina: So things are better with you and Nikolas?

Ava: No. But it has nothing to do with Esm√©. No, it doesn’t. Nikolas and I are grown-ups. If it doesn’t work out, that’s on us. Trina, your loyalty means so much to me. And you know you always have mine.

Trina: I know.

Ava: But dealing with Nikolas and Esmé is my job. Yours is to focus on yourself. Keep your chin up, okay?

Trina: Okay.

Spencer: Dr. Robinson.

Portia: [ Scoffs ] Of course you’re working today.

Spencer: How’s Trina?

Portia: Excuse me? No, no, Trina’s none of your business. My daughter — off limits to you.

Stella: You accessed Marshall’s arrest record? How did you manage that? Forget I asked. But why?

Curtis: What do you mean why?

Stella: I thought you were done snooping in your father’s past.

Curtis: I was, but he kept hinting about danger, and I was not gonna let any harm happen to you or anybody else in my family.

Stella: [ Sighs ]

Curtis: So I needed to know the rest of the story.

Stella: I wish it hadn’t come to that.

Curtis: Me, too. As it turns out, Marshall didn’t run afoul of the mob. He got arrested in a protest that got out of control. He wasn’t tried. He didn’t go to jail. Instead, he was remanded to a mental institution. When I talked to Marshall about it, he shut down and refused to talk about that part of his life. You know, the night you had your panic attack, I noticed you and Marshall had your heads together. And it does not escape me that you didn’t ask what I learned and you don’t at all seem surprised about it. You know more about what happened to Marshall than you’re letting on.

Stella: Yes. Yes.

Curtis: Why did you lie to me about it?

Leo: “Spinning through space for eons, our earth — oceans, rivers, mountains, glaciers, tigers, parrots, redwoods — evolving wonders. And our vast array, generations of humans — all shapes, colors, languages. Can I be the only me? Our earth: So much beauty, hate, goodness, greed. ‘Study. Cool the climate,’ advises my teacher. ‘Grow peace.’ Can I be the only me, become all my unique complexity?

[ Chase clapping ]

[ Applause ]

Valentin: I’m very fond of Anna.

Felicia: Well, you better prove it or move on because Anna is the best of the best. And if you hurt her…

Valentin: I’ll have to answer to you?

Felicia: Bingo.

Anna: Guess who that was.


Anna: Agent Beeman from Tahiti.

Felicia: The one that arrested Jennifer smith.

Valentin: Jennifer smith?

Anna: Yeah. The bureau took her into custody not only for stealing the Ice Princess, but also for causing the cable car accident that killed Luke. Apparently, they have solid evidence, and Beeman says that she’s gonna spend the rest of her life in Steinmauer.

Felicia: Did you tell him that you don’t think she’s guilty?

Valentin: Why do you think she’s not guilty?

Anna: Because there’s a missing piece.

Felicia: French naval captain.

Valentin: [ French accent ] This chair, is it taken?

Jennifer claims that she was with this captain in Tahiti, and the WSB, they haven’t had any luck in finding him.

Valentin: I think I might be able to help.

Esm√©: Spence doesn’t trust me because I followed him into his vendetta against Ava. Meanwhile, I only did those things because I was so devoted to him. Does that make me sound weak, that I just blindly did whatever he wanted?

Nikolas: It sounds like love.

Esm√©: Now it’s the very thing tearing us apart.

Nikolas: You know, trust is a tricky thing. And believe me, I know that better than anyone.

Esmé: Oh, my god. I am so sorry.

Nikolas: Why?

Esm√©: Here I am going on about my problems when yours with Ava are so much more significant. I-I didn’t mean to dredge up a painful subject for you. I-I wasn’t thinking.

Nikolas: That doesn’t sound like you.

Spencer: I am very sorry for what Trina and your family are going through. I hope that this is all over soon.

Portia: This will never be over for Trina. Her name for the rest of eternity will be attached to this horrible act. Not to mention an arrest record that’s gonna follow her around forever. And, oh, yeah, she’s about to get kicked out of school, too. And that’s the lesser of two evils, considering the other option is prison time.

Spencer:I know how hard this is for you.

Portia: You have no idea. I mean, look at you. You were actually guilty. And your family bought you a slap on the wrist.

Spencer:I did go to prison.

Portia: Oh, please, don’t even. No. Minimum security prison for 30 days. Don’t even start with me. But now you’re back. You’re here. You got your trust fund, you got your island, and you got your family name, which apparently gets you out of anything. Trina doesn’t have that. Do you understand this? This is ruining her life. Do you get it? It’s all because of you. It’s because of you and your awful girlfriend.

Ava: So do you think we should — we should order or will your mom be here soon?

Trina: Mm, I haven’t heard from her. Maybe she got caught up at work.

Portia: You’re like this human wrecking ball in Trina’s life.

Ava: Not at work.

Portia: [ Speaking indistinctly ] And you want to know what? Trina vouched for you time and time and time again. And what did it get her? Nothing! Oh, wait, wait. No, no, no. It did get her something. Heartache, misery, a tainted future. Lucky her.

Ava: You. Inside.

Trina: What did you say to him?

Curtis: So all those times… all those times you said, “Let it go, Curtis. Wait for Marshall to come to you,” you knew that he abandoned his family for no reason?

Stella: I’m so sorry, Curtis.

Curtis: That’s it? You’re “sorry, Curtis”? How long have you known?

Stella: Well, I mean, if you’re asking me if I knew, if I was in on this from the beginning, the answer is no. I didn’t find out until Marshall had already gone.

Curtis: So when Mom got sick and you came to help us?

Stella: Yes. I knew.

Curtis: You, Aunt Stella, the pillar of honesty, you’ve been lying to me my whole life. You lied to Tommy his whole life. You watched us cry and grieve over a man who’s still alive.

Stella: It hurts something fierce, Curtis. Knowing th– seeing you and Tommy grow up without a father, knowing how much you needed him, how much you — you missed him. I hated every second of it. Then when you told me how you and Tommy stopped asking about Marshall because you saw how it affected us, that broke my heart and I wanted to confess right then.

Curtis: Then why didn’t you?

Stella: Because the man came back wanting a relationship with you. And once I saw you warming to a relationship with him, I didn’t want to get in the way of that.

Curtis: My f– this is unreal.

Stella: Baby, listen, if there — if there’s anything else, any other questions that you have for me now, I will do my best to answer them.

Curtis: I’m sorry, Aunt Stella. It might be too late. I don’t know how I’m meant to believe anything you say.

Valentin: Why don’t you let me take you to dinner? We can discuss the case or not. What are you doing tomorrow night?

Anna: I have plans.

Valentin: Well, cancel them.

Anna: I can’t cancel them.

Valentin: Well, then I’ll come over after. Do you still have the Pauillac blend of Bordeaux?

Felicia: Oh, we drank that at our last get-together, didn’t we?

Anna: Yeah. I told you it wouldn’t last.

Valentin: Hope you let it breathe.

Anna: Didn’t need it.

Valentin: Well, then, if not tomorrow night, the night after or any night you choose, I’ll bring something posh and even more expensive.

Anna: I’ll tell you what. I’ll check my dance card and let you know.

Valentin: By all means.

Esm√©: I know I seem confident, but… before I met Spence, I was a mess. Mourning the loss of my parents all alone, no friends to speak of.

Nikolas: Must have been difficult.

Esm√©: It was awful. And I know this may sound disingenuous, confiding my problems with my boyfriend to his father, but… that’s not all you are to me. You’re also the man who rescued me from Sonny, the man who took me in when no one else would, even though it cost him. You know, you and Spencer being here just brought some things to the surface, that’s all. I don’t see how Ava doesn’t get it.

Nikolas: Get what?

Esm√©: That the one thing you care about most is doing what’s best for your family.

Nikolas: Doesn’t mean I’m always successful.

Esm√©: And of course you’ve made mistakes. Everyone does. But your intentions, y-y– you care about your family and would do anything for them. I mean, honestly, who could ask for more?

Portia:¬† I couldn’t hold it in anymore. I mean, he’s so spoiled and entitled, and it’s —

Trina:  Mom.

Portia:  [ Sighs ] He deserved it. He deserved every word and more.

Trina:¬† Well, I mean, he’s heard it all coming from me. Might as well hear it from you, too.

Portia:¬† You’re not mad at me, are you?

Trina:¬† What? I’m grateful. Thank you for having my back.

Portia:  Oh, god, always, baby girl. Always.

Trina:  I mean, why was Spencer even here? Cam told me today was his day off. Otherwise, I would have picked a different restaurant.

Portia:¬† It’s fine. It doesn’t matter. I just hope it doesn’t ruin our time, our lunch.

Trina:  It was already ruined. I got the Title IX report.

Portia:  Oh, my god. What did it say?

Ava: Portia and I are trying to keep Trina’s mind off the hell that you and Esm√© have inflicted on her. You being here certainly doesn’t help.

Spencer: I picked up an extra shift.

Ava: Well, unpick it up.

Spencer: This isn’t the gallery, Ava. You have no authority over me here, so leave me the hell alone.

Olivia:  I am so, so proud of you. Do you know that?

Dante: Buddy, you were incredible, man.

Sam:  Yeah, it was really, really great.

Willow: Yeah. “The only me” is one of my favorites.

Leo: It is?

Willow: I used to read to my students all the time for inspiration.

Leo:  Cool.

Chase: You were amazing, dude. [ Laughs ] Oh!

Leo: I used your trick.

Brook Lynn: And it did the trick.  You were so good. Aww.

Sonny: Hey, buddy. You know how hard it is to get on the stage and do that? [ Laughs ]

Brook Lynn: You excited for your birthday party?

Olivia:¬† Okay, and that’s my cue. We’re gonna see you at the hotel, right?

Dante: We’re right behind you.

Olivia:  Okay. Leo, wait up!

Brook Lynn: We should probably go.

Sam: Find me when you’re ready to leave.

Dante: Yeah, of course.

Sonny: So when you said that the damage is already done, you know, while I’ll be waiting for an apology, what — what did you mean by that? Like, is — is Michael planning something?

Michael: We’ll have a more formal conversation about this later, but we wanted to fill you in ASAP. We’ve been looking at the corporate structure of the merger, and we can offer you COO.

Ned: Chief Operating Officer is an administrative position. More about nuts and bolts, not long-term vision.

Drew: You’ll be perfect for this, Ned. With your expertise, you’re gonna be able to seamlessly implement the wide scope of the changes.

Ned: And my lack of media experience?

Michael: Well, we might — we might bring in someone, if needed, to focus more on that side.

Ned: Ha! So I wouldn’t even be the only COO.

Drew: To be determined. ‘Look, if that happens, we’ll make sure that that position is lower than yours.

Michael: So what do you think?

Ned: I think… you’ve given me a lot to consider. I’ll see you at the Metro Court.

Drew: That went well.

Stella: Baby, I love you more than anything in this world. And I am so deeply sorry for causing you this pain. That was never what I wanted. Please tell me you believe that. In the time that I spent with Marshall since he’s come back, I’ve seen how much he loves you. After 40 years, baby. All that time, all that life. It would be so easy for him to just stay away, but he couldn’t. I know what you’re thinking, honey. I know what you’re thinking. “If he loved me so much, then why did he leave me in the first place?” But right or wrong, Marshall truly believed he was giving you what you needed.

Curtis: How? How, Aunt Stella? How could being away from us be what we needed? He left his wife. He left his two — or did he? Aunt Stella… …did Mom know?

Stella: It was Marshall’s decision to let you and Tommy think he was dead, but… your mother agreed to it.

Curtis: [ Sighs ]

Stella:God, I hated keeping that secret. I hated it! But your parents thought that they were doing what was best, and I had to respect that. If I could go back, baby, if I could have told you sooner… I would’ve spared you this hurt. [ Sobbing ] Oh, god, I’m so sorry. Oh, god.

Curtis: Aunt Stella.

Curtis: I love you, Aunt Stella. That’s never gonna change. But… I just don’t understand why. There was no jail time. There were no ties to the mob. Hell, I don’t even know how long he was in the mental institution. So why the decision to pretend to be dead?

Stella: That part? That’s not my story to tell. That’s your father’s.

Curtis: Then I need to find him.

Dante: I think the best course of action is to talk to Michael before things escalate.

Sonny: Is that code for “watch your back”?

Dante: It’s a heads-up. Take care of yourself, okay, Dad?

Sonny: Yeah.

Leo: Wow! My kid party was cool, but this party is even cooler.

Ned and Olivia: [ Both laugh ]

Ned: Because you are a cool kid, Leo.

Leo: Where did all the balloons come from?

Ned: Well, you can thank your mom. She made it all happen.

Leo: Thanks, mom!

Olivia: [ Laughs ] Oh, you’re welcome. I love you, honey. Happy birthday.

Leo: I want to see the balloons.

Olivia: Go for it.

Ned:  [ Chuckles ]

[ Cellphone rings ]

Ned: I, um… I should probably take this before the singing starts. Is it alright if I step out for just a minute?

Olivia: Do your thing. Sure.

Ned: Okay. I won’t be long.

Brook Lynn: You realize it’s almost time for you to face the music. Literally, unless you plan to not hold up your end of the bargain.

Chase: Are you kidding me? Leo brought it today.

Brook Lynn: Oh, big time. Thank you so much for being so supportive of my brother.

Chase: Oh, he’s a good kid.

Brook Lynn: Yeah, well, you’re pretty great, too.

Michael: Ned was a little noncommittal about the COO offer.

Drew: You think?

Michael: Yeah. But no one cares more about ELQ than Ned does, and I’m sure when push comes to shove, he’ll do — he’ll do what’s right for the company.

Ned: You wanted to meet? Here I am.

Ava: Spencer, stay away from Trina or I will make sure you regret it.

Spencer: I am not the enemy here.

Trina: Hey, um, so, my mom and I are gonna go eat somewhere else. You still want in?

Ava: No. You know what? I-I’ll take a rain check, but have a good time.

Trina: Okay, thank you.

Spencer: Trina —

Ava: What did I just say?

Spencer: Trina, I’m… I’m really sorry. I didn’t mean to upset your mom or you.

Trina: You don’t mean to do anything, do you, Spencer?

Ava: Is there a reason you just can’t seem to leave that girl in peace?

Esm√©: I think that’s why I feel so comfortable with you. Because I trust in your intentions. You make me feel safe.

Nikolas: [ Chuckles ] That’s kind of you, but believe me, not everyone approves of my methods.

Esm√©: Like Ava? I’m sorry that Ava can’t see you the way I do.

Nikolas: What way is that?

On the next “General Hospital” —

Chase (to Brook Lynn): All will be revealed in due time.

Ava: He is in the vast minority

Esmé (to Nikolas): How does Ava not appreciate that?

Gladys: What’s in it for us?

Sasha (to Brando): Harmony’s death is my fault.

Carly (to Drew and Michael): You need investors? Count me in.

Valentin (to Ned): Is there something we can do so that we both get what we want?

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