General Hospital Transcript
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So good to have you in studio. Lmost timefor you to face the music. Literally, unless you plan to not hold up your end of the bargain. Are you kidding me? Leo brought it. Yeah, big time. Thank you so much for being so supportive of my brother. He’s a good kid. Yeah, well, you’re pretty great, too. Chase! Do you like my party? Hey! Yes, it is very cool. That’s what I said. It’s a pretty big day for you. I mean, superstar performer, you’re the birthday guy, and it looks like you got a lot of presents. You’re still gonna sing, right? ‘Cause that’s my present from you. You kept your promise, leo. I’m gonna keep mine.
[ Chuckles ] Dante, can I steal sam for a minute, please? Yeah, I guess you can borrow her. Wait, I thought you guys weren’t talking. Yeah, well, I think the whole harmony thing puts life in perspective, right? What about you guys? Looks like you’re going strong. Yeah, we’re getting into a good groove. As much as I hate to disrupt that, do you have any information on esmé? I’m sorry ava doesn’t see you the way I do. And what way is that? As a shelter from the storm. Someone strong and decisive who can and should be able to make the right decisions as the head of his family. Yes, well…
[ Clears throat ] You know, ava’s a very independent woman. Wow. That is a generous description for how she treats you. And how would you describe it? Well, I mean, no offense, but… to me, she seems ungrateful. My friendship with trina is none of your concern. Yes, it is. Trina is not just my employee. She is much more than that. I know. Like a daughter. Yeah, as a matter of fact, she is. And I will always look out for her. Trina can take care of herself. She doesn’t need you to do it for her. Oh, well, thanks to you and esmé, trina needs all the help she can get. Trina has protectors that she doesn’t even know about. What the hell is that supposed to mean? You know, I think I may be the luckiest man alive because I am here at this fine establishment, on this fine day with the two — please don’t say finest. Sharpest, most beautiful, most exciting women that I know.
[ Laughing ] And lucky for us, you picked this place. I love the food here. Sasha, what are you thinking of ordering? Um… I don’t know. I’m not really hungry. Oh, we need fuel. Even though you two eloped and got married
not in the presence of your loved ones, we still have to plan your wedding reception. Sounds fun. Right, sash? Hey. Hey. Is willow okay? Yeah, she’s fine. She’s just, uh, tired. Yeah, I’ll bet. After everything that poor girl has been through this week. God, it’s a miracle she’s still standing. Yeah, I offered to go home with her, but she wanted us to stay and enjoy the party. Oh. Oh, this is from willow to leo. Oh, please thank her for me, will you? Yeah, of course. And thank you both for being here. Yeah, it’s leo’s birthday. Of course we’re here. We wouldn’t be anywhere else. Thank you. Make it quick, valentin. I need to get back to my son’s birthday party. I think you can spare a couple of minutes to discuss our imminent ouster from elq. I’m not the one who’s about to be voted out. You have a guarantee you’ll be voted in once I’m gone? Because from where I stand, you and I are in the same boat. And we need to work together to make sure we’re not cut loose and set adrift.
To confirmparts of esmé’s story. There was a private adoption in infancy, biological parents unknown. Adoptive parents come from old money, most of which was put into trust for their children. Children? Esmé has siblings? Yeah. They’re not in communication, though, I don’t think. No mysterious deaths, accidents, or prison sentences? Nothing. There’s not even a criminal record from europe. I don’t think there’s much to go on here. That could mean that she just hasn’t been caught yet. I mean, is there someone else you can talk to? Someone who knows esmé? You know what? Actually, yeah, I can think of one person. Thanks to you. I have tables to wait on, so instead of trying to manage my relationships, maybe try focusing on your own. Well, if only it were that simple. My relationship affects just nikolas and me. Your relationship with esmé affects countless others. Spencer, you have sided with a very disturbed young woman who has hurt a lot of people in this town, including — especially trina. So your warped entanglement with esmé is not just my business, it’s everybody’s! I don’t see it that way. Well, see it this way. You and your father may be snowed, but I’m gonna make sure that esmé pays for what she’s done. Mm-hmm. Well, if you’re finished, I have dirty dishes to collect, because as you’re always so happy to remind me, I don’t have a penny to my name. Prefacing a statement with “no offense” doesn’t mean you can say anything. I won’t allow you disrespect my wife. I’m sorry for overstepping. I only said what I did because it pains me how much ava disrespects you. You’re a good man, nikolas.
[ Voice breaking ] A man who goes out of his way to make people feel loved and cherished. How does ava not appreciate that? Because I certainly do. After all, it’s — it’s what you’ve done for me. Dante: So leo is making chase sing. Really? Yeah. Is chase the only one singing, or will there be others? I don’t know. You know, I mean, it’s leo’s birthday. He probably gets whatever he want. Well, it’s too bad I have this work thing I have to go to, so… oh. Otherwise, you’d stay here and you’d serenade me in front of all these people? I’ll serenade you if you want me to serenade you. Really? I kind of do now. But… just go and do what you got to do and hurry back. Okay. Yeah. You can tell me, leo, can’t you? What song did you ask chase to sing? I can’t tell anybody. Fine. That’s how it’s gonna be? You, spill. All will be revealed in due time. When’s due time, chase?
[ Laughter ] For us, it’s when the singing starts. Can we do that soon, mom? Dude, this is your party, so we’re on your timeline. Great! We need dad. Where is he? Just tell me why I’m here. What do you want? Word on the street is there’s a merger between elq and aurora brewing. You’ll have to ask michael and drew about that. Well, that’s why we’re talking. Looks to me like they have you on the outside looking in.
[ Laughing ] I’ll end this conversation by wishing you well, and in the interest of keeping peace, I won’t mention to michael and drew that you approached me. We’ll just keep this between us. Well, michael and drew are already making decisions without you. Do you have absolute faith that they’re not gonna put you out to pasture? Sasha? Sorry. What? You okay? You look a little pale. Sasha might have low blood sugar. Let me grab the waiter. It’s not your fault, sasha. What isn’t? The accident. Harmony ran into the road. There is no way that you could have stopped in time. None of this would have happened if I had been in control, so… yes, brando. Harmony’s death is my fault. I’m a mess. Lady — lady, you and your daughter-in-law already owe me a memory card. Don’t make me add a new shirt to the tab. Why the hell are you following us? Why the hell aren’t i talking to sasha? My deal is with her. Your deal? What deal? Uh-huh.
how difficult this is for you, but I really wish you would quit being so hard on yourself.
[ Exhales deeply ] What makes you think I’m being hard on myself? I guess I just know you. Better than anyone? Better than anyone. Felty: You don’t know about the deal? You mean the deal sasha doesn’t want my son to know about? That deal? Maybe. Which is why she sent me. It’s a little thing called discretion. Look into it. Oh, yeah. You running across the restaurant and grabbing me? That was real discreet. But now that we’re here, how about you give me my memory card? Keep your pants on, shutter rat. First, what’s in it for us? Leo was amazing today. He sure was. The theater program is really helping him out. Oh, maybe, but you and my dad are the ones here with leo, supporting him every day. Yes, it does take a village. But I got to say, one villager in particular really got leo through the end zone today. Yeah, leo’s really becoming attached to chase, huh? He’s not the only one. What? I don’t know what you mean. Yes, you do. And I’d say it’s about high time you made your move. Okay, let’s just drop the pretenses. I know you didn’t invite me here to rub in that I’m not the next ceo. No, absolutely not. And despite my admiration for your business acumen, you must know that I’ll always side with my family over you. Will you? Because there was a time where you felt your role at elq had value and was secure, but I am betting that that is not the case anymore. That would be a very risky bet. Which begs the question, is there something we can do so that we both get what we want? What if ned decides he doesn’t want to take the ceo position? No, he’ll take it. Ned’s a company man. He’ll always — he’ll always do what’s best for elq. What was that about? It’s my brother. He wants me to reconcile with my father. He’s been pretty insistent, but it’s not going to happen, so…
[ Sighs ] Look, I know things are tense, right? Look, I don’t want to talk about sonny, honestly. I’d rather just focus on the merger. Okay. Well, I mean, you know where we stand, right? You know what obstacles that we’re facing, so… it’s not enough just to have the family on board. We need investors to drive up aurora’s stock. You need investors? Count me in. We’ve said all there is to say. You sure about that? ‘Cause I just got here. Sam. Oh, my god. It’s so good to see you. I’m — I’m sorry. I thought that you were someone else. It’s okay. There goes the cassadine charm. I’ve missed it. Yeah, well, you’re a cassadine, too. Can i get you something? You can, actually. Okay. You want a burger? Coffee? No, no. I’d settle for a few answers. Traditionally, those require questions. Luckily, I have one. Okay, fire away. Okay, um… who is esmé? I’m sorry. I don’t understand. Esmé is my girlfriend. No, I mean, I know that. And aside from a few tiny, little details, that’s all anyone really knows. But you know her, right? I mean, you knew her in europe. You’ve been a couple for a little while now. Even though a lot of people think she set trina robinson up, you decided to stand by her. So I’m curious. Who is esmé prince really? I have no idea. After sonny threatened me, wyndemere became my safe haven. Hey. It still is. Except I-I’ve come to realize that I’m not safe even here, at least not from spence. What did spencer do? He violated my privacy. I found him going through my things. Why would he do that? Because he still doesn’t trust me, and it breaks my heart. Spencer shouldn’t have done that. He had no right. No. He didn’T.
[ Door opens, closes ] Just like ava has no right to tell you who can stay in your house. Well, well, well.
With open arms, huh? Yeah. I figured once they found out I wasn’t bailey’s father, they’d want nothing to do with me, but it’s just the opposite. It probably has something to do with how well I get along with leo. Dude, leo? What else would it be? Uh… I’m pretty sure it doesn’t really have that much to do with leo. I don’t know what you mean. Really? Why don’t you talk to brook lynn about it? Look, if you have feelings for chase, and you obviously do, I’m not the one you need to tell. He is. My takeover of elq was a power grab, absolutely. But I have grown to care about the company. Obviously, you do as well. It’s the family business. It’s your children’s birthright. But you and i both know that this merger with aurora is risky, it’s unnecessary, and it can seriously damage elq’s bottom line. I need to get back to the party. Absolutely. I hope leo enjoys himself. Give him my best. But you and i have to talk again. Hopefully before drew and michael freeze you out entirely. If sasha sent you, you should know the terms of the deal. Of course I know the terms of the deal, but I need to make sure you’ll honor them. Okay. Okay, fine. Deal stands. I’ll delete the incriminating photos, and sasha gets what she needs. Alright. I’ll give you the card. But first, I need to see what you promised sasha. Ava. You’re home. Yes. So is esmé, just like always. I heard that laura gave you the memo that you’re free to move about the city. And I would gladly go, but pcu has barred me from campus pending some title ix investigation. You’re banned? Yes, and there aren’t very many friendly places I can go. Oh, no. Oh, poor esmé. Truly, if only you hadn’t left a swath of destruction and broken lives in your wake. Ava. This conversation isn’t helping. Perhaps you’re right, darling. Perhaps it would help esmé to know that spencer just failed at his latest attempt to convince portia robinson that he’s not the worst thing to ever happen to her daughter. That is not fair. Spencer doesn’t owe trina or her horrible mother anything. Why was he even trying? Well, if I had to guess, I’d say that spencer still cares very much what trina and her decidedly not-horrible mother think of him. That’s ridiculous. He doesn’t believe trina’s innocent. Well, if that’s true, he is in the vast minority. Why are you asking about esmé, anyway? Because a lot of people think esmé is guilty, and if that can be proven, you can go down for this as an accomplice. I had nothing to do with that sex tape. I believe you. I think she orchestrated the sex tape and framed trina, and if she can do that, she can make a lot of people think that you were her accomplice. So for your own sake, spencer, tell me everything you know. I’m sorry, sam. I’m afraid I can’t help you. I’m sorry too, because your inability or refusal to help me is standing in the way of me helping tina. Sam. I will tell you. But I need your word as a cassadine that you’re not going to reveal your source. Cassadines lie and they cheat and they steal. Why can’t I just give you my word as me? That’s my point. You’re still a cassadine. You’re just one of the good ones. Okay. I give you my word as a cassadine. Okay. You want to know who esmé is? I’ll tell you. Esmé is a monster, and I am doing everything that I can to expose her.
you out,I can buy shares in aurora. I’ll just call my broker. Absolutely not. You just said you need investors. Yeah, but… then I should get on board. I believe in you, michael, and I believe in you. Well, it’s very generous of you, carly, but — hold up, are you actually gonna deny me a lucrative investment opportunity? Mom, you could have taken sonny to the cleaners in the divorce. You just walked away with the house. I don’t understand. What does not bankrupting sonny in the divorce have to do with anything? Do you think I can’t afford it? I can. I know. If you were risking sonny’s blood money, I would have no problem with you investing, but I can’t have you risking what’s yours. Naturally, ava’s protective of trina. After all, trina’s like a surrogate daughter to her. Since sonny has primary custody of avery, and after kiki’s death, it’s understandable. This is your one and only warning. You keep my daughters’ names out of your mouth, or I’ll make you sorry you ever drew breath. You’re trying to stop esmé? How? By gathering evidence against her so I can expose her as the true culprit behind joss and cam’s sex tape. Wait, wait, wait. I know the goals. Just tell me the method. Well, it’s easy. I’m pretending that I’m still in love with her so that I can dig up dirt in the meantime. Wow. What, you don’t think I can pull it off? Esmé trusts me. She doesn’t have anyone else. What I think is you need to stop whatever it is you’re doing and leave this up to the professionals. That’s why I decided to tell you, so that you could help me. And I appreciate any information that you’re willing to share with me. But, spencer, we cannot be partners in this. This is not a game. Okay, then at least let me be your eyes and ears. I just want to help trina, same as you. What? Okay. You’ve been letting everyone, including trina, think that you’ve been team esmé for weeks now. Yes. As your cover. Yes, so that I can get close to esmé and gather evidence. Even though it’s taken a massive toll on your friendships with joss, cam, and trina. Yes. Why are you — because if you’re willing to do all that, then you just may be a good cassadine, too. So tell me everything you know. Brook lynn is totally into you, man. You think so? Yeah. How do you not see that? It’s just the one time we kissed, she hightailed it out of the city. So I figured… yeah, why don’t you stop figuring things and just ask her what she wants? He’s so gentle with you and with leo. Not for nothing, he’s very easy on the eyes, if you know what I’m saying. Yes, olivia, I know what you’re saying. Basically, he’s your dreamboat. Don’t miss it.
[ Sighs ]
[ Laughs ] You’re right. About what? Everything. Well, maybe you better tell your dad that. He’s got his doubts. Anything exciting happen while I was gone? You’ll know when it happens. It’s a good thing you’re here. Your son is asking for chase to start singing. Oh, yeah. I’ll get my guitar. Wait, wait, before you go… you seem a little distracted. Oh, I just got a lot on my mind. Well, it’s too bad you don’t have a wife who’s loving and caring and supports you and you can lean on. Wait a minute.
[ Laughing ] Honestly, is everything okay? It will be, one way or another. Dad’s here! It’s time to sing! Okay. What song do you want to sing?
[ Whispering ] Brook lynn’s song. Really? Definitely. Alright. Felty: The memory card. Give me the camera. It’s an expensive piece of equipment. Okay, fine. Oof. No, no, not that — no. It goes in this one, this one. Okay, I see. I see. It goes in the one that fits. Yeah. Right. Okay. Ooh. Oh, I know that actress. She’s on the vampire show. People tell me I look like her twin. Okay. There it is. Okay, there. Gone. Great. Thanks. You’re a real prince. Now delete it from the internal memory. I’ll wait.
[ Sighs ] Sasha, I’m gonna ask you something, and I need you to tell me the truth. Okay. About what?
[ Sighs ] Do you still want a wedding reception? My mother insists that it will cheer you up, but if you want me to shut her down — I want it. You sure? Absolutely. Life is too short not to celebrate. Okay. You know what? Life’s also too short to wait for my mother any longer, so I’m gonna go check on her. No, I’ll go. I’ll go. She’s probably in the ladies’ room. Ma? Oh. Where were you? You want to know where I was? Fine, I’ll tell you. In fact, I think it’s time I tell brando everything, don’t you?
Hi, everyone. Hey. Thanks for coming to my birthday party. I’d like to introduce my friend chase.
[ Cheers ] He’s gonna sing! Yeah! Whoo! Oh, yeah. Alright. This song was written by one of leo’s favorite songwriters, and mine.
Read my mind so I don’t need to speak take my heart and let it bleed if you need a safe distance, there’s no such thing I need you here with me I know we’re gonna make it we were born to be together is it really complicated? All I want is forever all I want is forever tried to go it alone but my soul gets weary with miles to go before I sleep we are strong, you and me just like a train got to make fire to get the steam I know we’re gonna make it we were born to be together
maybe that is why trina was behaving so strangely that night, and why she couldn’t account for herself when joss and cam were being recorded. It certainly makes sense. Unfortunately, it may be impossible to prove. Whatever drug was in trina’s system is well out by now. Do you know who prescribed it? No, esmé took off the label. Okay, we’re looking at a dead end. It’s good work, though. There is something else, something that esmé got really weird about. Inside the box, there was correspondence between her and the nanny that raised her after her adoptive parents died. Why — why would she get worried about that? Well, because she always claimed that she lost contact with her. Okay, I’ll look into it. Do you know what the nanny’s name was? Maggie fitzgerald. Maggie fitzgerald. Okay. Alright, I’ve got somewhere to be. I just want to thank you so much for confiding in me. Yeah, sure. I just hope it’s enough information for you to make use of. Yeah, well, it’s definitely a good start. And as for esmé, she’s got a gift for doing damage and diverting blame. Just promise me you’ll be careful. I promise. Okay. Watch what you say. And watch your back. Ava, I don’t think esmé intended — I know exactly what esmé intended. All I meant is that I — I wish I had the kind of relationship you and trina have. I guess it’s my fault you’re the only one left in this house who trusts me. She cannot be trusted, and I want her gone. Yeah, you’ve made that quite clear. Evidently not clear enough, since she’s still here. So why don’t I make it absolutely crystal for you? Feel free to put esmé up at the metro court. Get her a studio, buy her a little cottage on the lake. I don’t care. But I will not share our home with her for one more moment! She’s a guest in my house. I’m sorry.
Your house? Well, if this is your house, then what am I? Am I a guest as well? Or am I your wife? Because I can’t be both. Forget about trusting esmé. Why can’t you trust me? I’m trying to do what’s best for all of us. You’re not married to all of us, nikolas. You’re married to me. At least for the moment. Gladys: I’m sorry, sasha. I can’t keep this from my boy any longer. I was playing bingo on my phone. What? You can win real money. Okay. And have you? Um…
[ Cellphone rings ] I will. I have to take this. Excuse me.
[ Ringing continues ] Thank you for running interference with that stalkerazzo. No problem. And thanks for covering with brando. Don’t thank me yet. Chase and ned: Is it really complicated? All I want is forever all I want is forever all I want is forever all I want is forever
[ Applause ] What do you think? Was that good? You happy?
Leo: That was great!
[ Laughing ] Brook lynn. What’s the matter? For the first time in a really, really long time… absolutely nothing. Oh. There you go. That’s it. Yeah.
You sounded incredible. I almost didn’t recognize the song, and I wrote it.
[ Both chuckle ] That’s why leo wanted me to sing it. He’s your biggest fan. Well, maybe second biggest. You were right. Hearing that song again inspired me. I told you so. I’m thinking — well, I’m hoping that other singers may find my songs and want to maybe — record them? Turn them into big hits? Yeah. I don’t want to get ahead of myself. No, then you’re gonna have a whole slew of grammys and you’re gonna win an oscar for a james bond theme song. Yes!
[ Clears throat ] Do you think that could happen? Damn right it will. Hey, little brother. I got to go. I just wanted to tell you one more time what an awesome job you did today reading that poem. That was amazing. Thanks, dante. Yeah. Of course. Where’s sam? Hey, I’m right here. You missed chase singing! Oh, I did? That’s a bummer. I can just tell dad to play another song, so that way you can sing. Oh, that’s a great idea. Wait, um… no, leo! Yeah, do that. Amazing. You get to serenade me after all. Did you get that thing done that you had to get done? Yeah, I may have a lead or two. I know your heart is in the right place, but what we need more than financial backing is just family support. Okay, well, you have that, for what it’s worth. It’s worth a lot. Although I’m not a quartermaine, thank god. Oh, no offense. None taken. None taken. But look, it’s great having you on our side. And drew and I are confident that now that the quartermaines are united, valentin doesn’t stand a chance. Martin, I just had a very interesting chat with ned quartermaine, and suffice to say, all is not lost. I think there’s a very good chance I could stay at the helm of elq after all. Look, chase, I’ve been thinking. I’ve been thinking, too. You have? Yeah. So now I’m thinking maybe we should go somewhere, talk about what we’ve been thinking about? Funny, I was about to suggest the same thing. Let’s go. Not without me. I have something to say, too. And it won’t wait. Sonny is having a problem with his car. I need to meet him at the garage. Yeah, yeah. Go help sonny. Gladys and i will be fine. Absolutely. We have lots and lots to talk about without you in our hair. Tell sonny hi from his favorite cousin. I am sure that he will love that. Bye-bye. Bye, mom.
[ Sighs ] I’ll see you at home? Okay. Love you. Love you, too.
[ Sighs ] What did felty have to say? He wanted his memory card back, so I gave it to him. And the photos of me? Deleted. Oh, thank god. I mean, not — not that they were a big deal. You know, I just certainly didn’t look my best.
[ Chuckles ] Sasha… if I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times. You can tell me anything. Yes, you did. And I have. Nikolas: Esmé, what are you doing? Leaving. I’m grateful for everything you’ve done for me, but it’s clear I’m in the way here. I’ve packed everything I can in this bag, and I’ll — I’ll send for the rest of my things later. Maybe there’s a room above kelly’s that’s still available. Hey, I am sorry. Had I known this is what you were planning, I would have saved you the trouble of having to unpack it all. Wait, you don’t mean… I opened my house to you and my son, and while I will be having a conversation with spencer about respecting your privacy, you are both still welcome. What about ava? I’ll make sure that my wife and i end up on the same page. Thank you. Spencer. A word? This will teach me to work a full shift. What could you possibly say that I would even remotely want to hear? Your trust fund. Would you like access to it? I’m listening. I will still hold the purse strings, but they will be much, much looser. How loose? I could arrange for a regular allowance. How does $10k a week sound? Okay. What’s the catch? You and esmé get out of wyndemere immediately, and you stay the hell out.
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