GH Transcript Thursday, December 29, 2022

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[ Dance music plays ] Mm! Ooh, excuse me. Hi. [ Laughs ] Wait, finn? Finn. Oh. Did elizabeth talk you into this? Uh, sorry. This is so not your scene. Elizabeth must have dragged you here. Where is she? Here’s the list of stuff that esme is gonna need in the coming weeks. I’ll take care of it. And i will take care of her. I really appreciate all you’re doing. I’m not doing this for you.

[ Doorbell rings ] Mother. Happy new year. It’s not a good time. I’m sorry to hear that.

[ Footsteps approaching ] Spencer, sorry. Were you waiting long? Definitely worth the wait. You look beautiful. Thanks. You, too. Well, you know.

[ Chuckles ] So you all set to do this? Be seen together to generate buzz? Let’s start with a selfie. Yeah. We can post throughout the night and drive esme crazy. Hopefully we can make her jealous enough to become reckless. Well, one look at you and mission accomplished. Say “it’s on and poppin’.”

[ Laughs ]

[ Camera shutter clicks ] Nice.

[ Person coughing ] That’s cute. Spencer. When kristina told me she saw you at christmas, I said, “that’s impossible, because my — my nephew wouldn’t show up in port charles without coming to see me.”

[ Bells tolling ] It’s just me. It’s just me.

[ Sighs ] Why’d you want to see me? Sonny’s cutting a deal. With who? People he’ll regret doing business with. Oh. It’s you. Kinda overdressed for nursing a prisoner, aren’t you? How are you feeling?

[ Scoffs ] Like you care.

[ Door locking ] You know, you and your baby have been on my mind constantly these days. I’ve sacrificed a lot to keep us all safe. Well, if that’s true, it’s not too late. Help me get out of here so — if not for my sake, then for the baby.

[ Dance music playing ]

[ Laughs ] Ah. Happy birthday to me.

[ Gasps, sighs ] Thank you, brad.

[ Squeals ] He has nothing on mein scotty.

[ Laughs ] Excuse me. Hey. Fashionably late, I see. I wanted to make an entrance. And that you did, girl. That ensemble is smoking! That’s the plan. Um, nice job on the waiters.

[ Laughs ] By the way. I know that was your contribution. You know it. What’s a party without hunky, half-nude servers, huh? Yes. [ Laughs ] And, maxie, everything looks gorgeous and stunning. Take a sip. It’s prosecco, not champagne. You know me well. Hi. You look great. Thank you. Hey, brad. Austin. And you, my goodness. I know you’re my boss, but can I say “wow?” Uh, you can tonight. Thank you. Alright. Well, then, wow.

[ Laughs ] Alright, well, brad and i are gonna go check on some other surprises we have up our sleeves.

[ Chuckles ] They’ve gone to so much trouble. Yeah, well, they love you. They want to make you happy. So you should consider how they’re gonna feel when they figure out that this was their last opportunity.

uncle sonny, I — I am sorry. I had planned on coming by to say thank you for looking out for me while I was in pentonville. I truly appreciated it. It’s just that so much has happened since I’ve been out. Relax, spencer. I’m just happy to see you.

[ Spencer and sonny laugh ] Hopefully, I won’t need any more favors from you. I’ll hold you to that. I was sorry to hear about your friend, officer cabrera. Yeah, I heard he was a good man. He was a very good man. Too good. Rory was there for trina when she needed support. He was. Well, um, we’re gonna go inside. Yeah? Um, we’ll see you later, okay?

[ Sighs ] Thank you for what you said about rory and for helping me bring his killer to justice. I’d do anything for you. You know that. But this isn’t all just for you. I’m the one who brought esme to port charles, which makes it my responsibility to rid this city of her forever.

[ Dance music plays ] Looks like, uh, britt went all out, huh? Yeah, it’S… [Clears throat] It’s something. I appreciate you coming out with me. You know, this is a bit more lively than our new year’s eve last year. You don’t have to thank me. You know why? Hmm? Because I like being by your side. Thank you. It’s just important for me to be there for britt. You know, maxie, britt, and I, we made a sister pact, and we’ve been close ever since. I want to be there for her. I just want more time with her. Listen. Huntington’s is like alzheimer’S. It’s a no-joke disease, and you’re gonna have a rough road ahead. I have something to say, and please just hear me out, alright? I-I don’t think it’s a good idea, this whole running away thing. Austin, I swear, if you start hounding me, I will throw you overboard.

[ Scoffs ] And to be clear, I-I’m not running away. I am making a graceful exit. There’s still time. To rethink that. Not much. In 4 hours, when the countdown begins and the topless hotties are topping off drinks, I will slip away with a one-way ticket to destiny. You look like you’re solo, too. Where’s, uh — where’s my buddy, yuri? He’s sick. It’s adorable how even the biggest, strongest men become babies when they catch the sniffles. [ Laughs ] It’s a good thing yuri knows a doctor. Yeah, I should bill him, I suppose. Hmm. It is nice, though, to have someone to take care of, and to be taken care of in return. Oh, look, I know that you prefer that I call before I come over, but to be honest, I didn’t want to give you the opportunity to come up with an excuse not to talk to me. About what? I spoke with your uncle. Victor. What did he say? No, cyrus. I went to visit him at pentonville.

[ Chuckles ] What possessed you to do that? He said that he had some information about our family, and, well, I guess it just got me to wondering what else I don’t know. About cyrus? About you. You told me that you betrayed all the people you loved the most. Can you tell me exactly what you meant by that? You care so much for this baby, and yet you won’t do a thing to help me, even though you know I didn’t hurt anyone. Maybe you didn’t kill anyone, but you’ve hurt a lot of people, my son included. Oh. So this is revenge, after all. It’s not. The way I see it, you have two options — you can either stay in this tower, or you can face prosecution for the slew of crimes you’ll be charged with if I turn you in. Well, there is a third option. Set me free so I can leave town and raise my baby. And why would I do that? It wasn’t that long ago that you threatened a hunger strike and refused to take your prenatal vitamins. Because I’m desperate. Can’t you see that? Elizabeth, I swear I will take care of this baby, but I-I need to be free so we can be safe. On the run, no family or resources, constantly looking over your shoulder — how is that any safer than a roof over your head, nutritious meals, and consistent care? Because I won’t have to live with the fear that nikolas will kill me as soon as I give birth.

Go just now? Oh, no, don’t pay any attention to me. Hey. What are you — it’s a celebration, and I refuse to be a buzzkill. You can tell me anything, you know that. Where’d you go? It’s — oh, my god.

[ Laughs ] What? Just thinking about my — I was thinking about my brother, I was thinking about nelle, and how I don’t get to see wiley anymore. And my family is very small, and the thought of losing britt maybe in a few years is… just… I get it. I lost my dad. I lost brando. Now I can’t see michael. I can’t see wiley. And now michael is going to have another child, and what now? Yeah. Am I gonna be able to see that child? Probably not, right? Well, you have to pay a really big price, having me in your life, don’t you?

[ Siren blaring ]

[ Laughs ] Hello, beauties!

[ Cheers and applause ] Oh, I am simply gagging on the fabulosity! You are all so hot, I may have smoke inhalation. Is there a doctor in the house? Yes, there is, and she loves to dance.

[ Woman squealing ]

[ Laughter ]

I wanted you ava and I have — we’ve been struggling for months. It’S… no, come on, now. It’s not about ava. That’s not a reason that spencer would turn his back on you. Look, your son just got out of prison. That should matter to you. You should be spending time with him tonight, working on your relationship with him. But where is he? Do you know? Do you care? Of course I care. Then what have you done to alienate him? You keep worrying that nikolas is gonna harm you, but I’m telling you, that’s not his plan. That’s not the plan he shared with you. Lie back.

[ Sighs ] You know, maybe you’re judging nikolas based on your own standards.

[ Equipment beeps ] But you’re wrong about him. And wrong about me, too. I’m not gonna let anything happen to you.

[ Heartbeat through sonogram ] Strong heartbeat. Okay. Um… are you in any discomfort? Any pain? No. Any the other concerns? Yes. What if there are complications? So far, your pregnancy is progressing typically. Yeah, so far, but I mean, I’ve only seen one ultrasound since I found out I was pregnant, and then there’s been nothing since. I know this isn’t ideal, but I have assisted in a lot of births — three of my own. You don’t have to worry. Women have been giving birth since the dawn of time. Y-you talk like I’m a patient in a maternity ward. I’m not. I’m — I’m a prisoner. You’re right, I have hurt people — people who did not deserve it, especially cam. But what if you’re hurting my baby by helping nikolas? Can you live with that, nurse baldwin? Sonny met with a representative from pikeman security group. Pikeman, they’re — they’re military contractors. They do everything from weapon design to manufacturing and logistics and private squads of soldiers. What do they want from sonny? They want to move their product through port charles, and they want sonny to facilitate. Pikeman is paying sonny to help them smuggle military weapons? That’s as illegal as it gets.

whoo! Mommy is parched. I’m gonna get a drink. Britt: Okay. [ Laughs ] B-r-B. Oh. Oh, my god! Where did you get her?! Are you surprised? Am I ever? Ugh, I love it all. I love it. You two. I’m never gonna forget this, for as long as I live.

[ Laughs ] Okay, so good you asked. I mean, it’s probably just a mole, but yeah, I’d — I’d get it checked out. Hey. On the clock, dr. Gatlin-holt? Always. I mean, you know how it is if you point out you’re a doctor. That ends once you lose your license. I haven’t always been your biggest fan. Really? Hadn’t noticed. But you’ve been a good friend to my daughter. I’m grateful. Thank you for saying that. It’s been a real pleasure, you know, getting to know britt. I hope it continues. She needs her friends now. So, finn, is elizabeth showing up later, or…? I’M…really not sure.

[ Scoffs ] She’s been so hard to pin down lately. I might have to page her at G.H. Just to catch up.

[ Chuckles ] Um, is she okay, or…? I would be the wrong guy to ask. Please help me get away so I-I can be free and raise my baby in peace. I was right. You do care about this child. I don’t know if I’m mom material. I can be selfish and willful. But I do know that even if neither of us is innocent, this baby is, and I want to give him or her a better start in life than I had. I asked nikolas to order a portable ultrasound machine, so the next time I visit, we can do that scan and maybe give you a picture of your baby. And what if it shows something bad? We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it — if we come to it, but again, I don’t want you to worry. Why worry when life is so wonderful? Have fun at your party. Nikolas: I’ve let spencer down so many times. Yeah, that doesn’t explain why he would have such a big reaction to you having been unfaithful to ava. Spencer is disappointed. Okay? I set such a poor example. Unless it’s not the fact that you had an affair, but who you had the affair with. Who is she? Mother, I don’t want to discuss this. I don’t really want to discuss it either, but this has affected our whole family, so I’d like to know. Elizabeth: I’m leaving now. Laura. Hi. Hi. Didn’t realize you had company. Yeah, that makes two of us. You look beautiful. Thank you. I am going to britt westbourne’s party. And I’m late, so I better go. Oh, well, stay safe. Have fun. Uh, maybe we can get together soon. We have a lot of catching up to do. Yeah. Yeah, I’d like that. Okay. Goodnight. Happy new year. Yeah, same to you. Thanks for… stopping by. Please tell me it’s not elizabeth. The pikeman rep, a guy named hume, handed sonny a briefcase full of cash just for showing up. So sonny draws a line on running drugs, but he’s willing to help ship weapons of war. There’s two reasons people want ship under cloak of darkness — either what they’re moving is dirty or what they’re moving is being supplied to dirty people. In this case, both. This deal is extremely lucrative for sonny, but also extremely dicey. This is it. This is how we bring sonny down. This isn’t like busting sonny on rico violations. Pikeman had contractors in afghanistan. They’re heavy hitters. Just think twice before messing with them. Are you backing out? The other day, you were worried. You didn’t want to get too close to donna. Oh, um, yeah. I was just having a moment. You know, I didn’t mean to be so maudlin. Right. But I — I’ve been thinking about that — uh, what you said — and you didn’t want to latch on in order to fill a void. Yeah. It’s actually kind of embarrassing, like, that whole conversation. Yeah, but isn’t that what loved ones are supposed to do for us? Fill that space inside of us when we lose somebody or feel alone? Yeah, I suppose so. That’s what you did for me. That’s what you do for me. So what I want you to do is I want you to latch on to me, donna, and avery. You’ve got more family than you know. Yeah.

Tonight, you’re mine

You cheated on ava with elizabeth?! I said I don’t want to discuss it. Well, it’s too late. You’ve already confirmed it. Do you have any idea how fragile elizabeth is right now? Mother, it’s over. It doesn’t matter if it’s over. The damage has been done.

[ Sighs ] No wonder spencer is so upset. My god, she’s family. Her sons are his cousins. What were you thinking?! You know elizabeth and i have a past. And it should have stayed in the past. I mean, I thought the two of you were just friends. Does finn know?

[ Sighs ] Elizabeth and I hate that we hurt finn and ava. That’s why we want to keep it quiet. We don’t want to cause any more pain. Well… no one will hear anything from me.

[ Sighs ] Nikolas, don’t kid yourself. Secrets like this are impossible to keep. I’m not looking for a way out. Well, good, because I need updates on every step of this partnership between pikeman and sonny, and I’m talking names, dates, shipping container numbers, bills of lading, all of it. I-I just want to be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Any evidence we get against sonny will also be evidence against pikeman. Who even knows how many laws they’re breaking by shipping this stuff, and if they connect it back to us… it could get messy. You didn’t forget a single detail of that special meal I told you about. You…

[Laughing] You remembered everything. I listen. You don’t have to feel alone, esme. Join me?

[ Dance music plays in distance ] Oh, thanks, but no one’s watching us now. Well… can’t I be a friend while at the same time being a gentleman? There you go. With all due respect to ava, I do think that esme is the likeliest suspect. Okay, boss.

[ Laughs ] All due respect to ava? That must have been some talk you guys had. Ava and I are never going to like each other. But she cares about you, and i know that you care about her, so that I can respect. That’s decent. Spencer, um, I have something to clear up. At my party, I said we weren’t friends. I recall. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it. I – I was — I was upset a-and hurt. I’m glad to hear it. Not that you were hurt and upset, but that we can still be friends. Trina, I don’t have many of those. You have me, joss, and cam, and britt. That’s respectable. Yeah, well, that might be the first time that I’ve heard the word “respectable” applied to me. First time for everything. Hmm. I really am grateful. Especially since I hurt you all, britt included. She means a lot to you, huh? She was always there for me as a kid. And she stuck by my side, from my bratty juvenile shenanigans to the wreck of things that I’ve made since I got back. And britt and I have a lot in common, and somehow we both tend to push away the people in our lives that we so desperately need.

[ Dance music plays ]

You won’t come down

you won’t come

[ Laughter ] Be careful. Don’t overdo it. Ugh! Isn’t that what tonight is for? I’m happy to see you enjoying yourself, but you can’t get over-tired. It takes a toll. Mutter, stop worrying! But I am your mutter. It’s my job to worry about you. No, not tonight. Tonight, your job is to have fun. Please. It’s important to me.

[ Chuckles ] I’m so happy you have scott. Life will never be dull with him.

[ Laughter ]

You won’t come hey. [ Laughs ] Aunt liesl. And britt. Wow, you look amazing! You look cover-worthy. Oh. [ Chuckles ] Great party. How you doing? All is well, thank you. Excuse me, my scotty needs me. Please tell me that you’re having the time of your life. Oh, I am! So you don’t need to look at me like that. [ Laughs ] Like what? Like I’m the walking dead. Okay, so, what’s going on? Elizabeth and I, uh,

[Sighs] We broke up. W-what?! Elizabeth didn’t breathe a word. I’m not exactly surprised. It was sudden. I don’t understand! What happened?!

You won’t come down

[ Paper crumples ] It pains me that I disappointed you again. No. It’s okay. I — I’m just really worried about spencer. You know, he just got out of prison, and he’s coming home to all of this chaos. I’ll be a better father going forward. If he gives you the opportunity. You know, spencer can’t completely distance himself from me. I mean, spencer’s release is contingent on being in victor’s custody, and victor insists on staying at wyndemere. Wait a minute. Are you saying that spencer is legally in victor’s custody? I mean, does it matter? Yes. Oh, my god! Yes! It matters! Victor only acts in his own self interest. Don’t you see? Sooner or later, he-he’s gonna use spencer. Oh, my god. I can’t let that happen. I can’T. Wa-wait, what are you planning to do? I don’t know, but whatever it takes. No. Mother, you are no match for victor. Leave it alone.

You don’t have to pretend.My mother told me she told you. You know, w-we just never know how much time we have in life. Look at jason. I mean… what matters is what we do with the time we have. Yeah, how we spend our time, who we spend our time with. Britt, this party was a great idea. You know what? Jason would want to see you getting all you can out of life. Got anything you want to tell me? Maybe one or two. Ladies, gents, them/theys, and anyone else here to slay, tonight is about honoring that other infamous queen bee, the M.D. With the b-day, dr. Britt westbourne!

[ Cheers and applause ] Now, britt’s partner-in-wine, brad, tells me that when they’re not busy reading red carpet fashion for filth or murdering mimosas,

[Laughs] Their favorite pastime is dusting their karaoke competition. Well, girl, we have a mic. We have a stage. We just need two showboats willing to serve. Brad and britt, without further ado, come through!

[ Cheers and applause ] Make some noise for brad and the britch! For you and you.

[ Cheers and applause ] What are we gonna sing? Oh, it’s handled. Ah!

[ Up-tempo music plays ] Let’s go, britt. No pause. Like a warrior that fights and wins the battle I know the taste of victory though I went through some nights consumed by the shadows I was crippled emotionally both: Hmmm somehow I made it through the heartache yes, I did oh I escaped oh-oh I found my way out of the darkness I kept my faith I know you did kept my faith when the river was deep, I didn’t falter when the mountain was high, I still believed when the valley was low, it didn’t stop me, no, no I knew you were waiting I knew you were waiting for me oh-oh with an endless desire, I kept on searching sure in time our eyes would meet and like a bridge that’s on fire, the hurt is over one touch and… you set me free no, I don’t regret a single moment no, I don’t I know you don’t looking back, uh when I think of all those disappointments I just laugh I know you do I just laugh when the river was deep, I didn’t falter when the mountain was high, I still believed when the valley was low, it didn’t stop me, oh I knew you were waiting I knew you were waiting for me so we were drawn together through destiny ooh, boy I know this love we share was meant to be oh h background singers: Knew you were waiting ooh, yeah knew you were waiting I knew you were waiting knew you were waiting for me oh, when th

Background singers: It didn’t stop me no, it didn’t stop me, no knew you were waiting britt and brad: I knew you were waiting for me I didn’t falter I still believed oh, I still believed background singers: It didn’t stop me no, it didn’t stop me no knew you were waiting someday, some place someway, somehow for me I didn’t falter when the valley was low I still believed I believed, I believed it didn’t stop me together: I knew you were waiting I knew you were waiting for me

[ Cheers and applause ] Why did I find out from finn that the two of you broke up? Explain yourself, missy.

[ Cheers and applause continue ]

[ Scoffs ] Emcee: Alright! Thank you, my dear. Let’s hear it one more time for the britch and brad! Brad and the britch! Yes!

[ Cheers and applause ] Okay, boys, show the birthday girl whatcha got. Ooh!

[ Applause ] Don’t worry, gal pal, we all know how much you hate the birthday song. But there is one tradition we must insist on. Mm-hmm. Brad and maxie: Make a wish. Oh…

[ Chuckles ]

[ Laughs ]

[ Sighs ]

[ Mouthing ]

[ Laughs ] Okay. Look, just get the evidence against sonny, and I’ll make sure to get it into the right hands without implicating either one of us. When we expose sonny, he’ll have a target on his back with the law and with pikeman. He might be better off in custody. Well, if he’s convicted of the charges he’d be facing, he’ll be in prison for a very long time — possibly forever. You prepared for that? Look, I always knew what sonny was capable of. And torturing you was a new low. But this — running weapons with a back-channel military organization? I mean, he’s not the father that I knew. I don’t want him near my family. So to answer your question… forever’s fine with me. For my sake, don’t antagonize victor. He can accuse me of terrible things. Does he have proof? I can’t get into it. Then I can’t help you. What do you mean? I — it — look, it’s not just about you. I am also very worried about spencer. If you know something, you should tell me. I can’t! Why?! Has victor threatened you?

[ Scoffs ] No one is at risk if we play his game. But if you take down victor, you take me down. Leave him alone or you will lose your son. Mmm! That steak was delicious. Sorry you couldn’t join me. It’s alright. I’m glad you enjoyed it. You know what? To kindness found in the most unexpected places. Hm! Oh, oh!

[ Coughing ] It’s all right. Oh. Um, I got it.

[ Coughing ] Okay.

[ Coughing continues ]

[ Sighs ] Demetrius, thank you. This meant more to me than you will ever know. Happy new year.

[ Speaks in native language ] Esme.

[ Door opens ]

[ Door closes ]

[ Sighs ] And happy new year to us, ace. We should head inside. Five more minutes. Nobody will see us out here together. We’re on the deck. Well, the buzz could be that we stole some time alone. I mean, they might assume I got emotional and needed air. Yeah, and I came out to the deck to check on you. And I leaned on you for comfort. And some…combination of the heightened emotions and the twinkling lights… yeah, and the waves and stars. And your warmth as you held me. Brought back all those old feelings. The ones we never acted on. And it felt like we were the only two people on earth.

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