GH Transcript Tuesday, January 3, 2023

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[ Scoffs ]

[ Waves crashing ] So much for concierge service.

[ Shivers ]

[ Cellphone chimes ]

[ Scoffs ] 10 minutes out?

[ Sighs ]

[ Shivers ] 10 minutes until I say goodbye to port charles. Maxie: Well, that’s it. Mostly everyone went to go see the fireworks at pier 47. That was a good party, if I do say so myself. No broken glass, broken furniture — maybe a broken nail or two. Since britt waited a lifetime to have a birthday party, at least she had a good one. Yes, maxie. It was a wonderful party. I’m sure britta cherished every moment. Yeah, she seemed to. That’s why I’m kinda surprised she cut out early.

[ Scoffs ] I knew I was late, but I didn’t think I was that late. Now, I’m not complaining, but why are we back out here again? Weren’t you cold before? The more pda, the better, right? Again, I am not complaining.

[ Buoy bell ringing, waves crashing ] We were convincing with our act, weren’t we? Mm-hmm. Do you think people suspect we’re more than friends? Well, maxie certainly does. Did you see how she looked at us?

[ Chuckles ] And I saw a few double takes when we went inside. Me too. And the G.H. Crew was here. And my mom says they love to gossip, so I’m sure somebody will be spilling the tea about trina robinson getting close with the infamous, recently jailed spencer cassadine.

[ Laughs ] Along with that photo that ran in the invader of the two of us with my grandmother. Right. Yeah. The post you made of us from the party. And before you know it, people will think we’re a couple. Well, our interest is in a party of one — esme. This is why esme kept begging for a tree. She didn’t care about christmas. She just wanted a diversion so she could get away. Get away? Yeah. Esme set a fire. When I ran to put it out, she took off. Nikolas, where is she now? I have no idea. Mmm. Still too warm? No, it’s hot. Oh. Hence the name hot cocoa and not warm cocoa. Well, why couldn’t we have just gone back to our place and had warm cocoa in our kitchen?

[ Breathes sharply ] Uh, I could say that we were out of whipped cream or the cocoa packets we have is full of chemicals and really old. Or that, here at kelly’s, the new year’s double chocolate peppermint cocoa is the best. Hm. Um, or I just could be honest and tell you that I didn’t want to ring in the new year doing…dishes. Okay, just so you know, I didn’t want you ringing in the new year doing dishes, either. But I did want a — an excuse to get us back to the house so we could ring in the new year doing…other things. Why didn’t you say so… to begin with? Well, because, I don’t know. Just didn’t wanna — oh, what’s up, man? You got the night off? Happy new year. Same to you guys. How’s the — how’s the job — working for my father?

[ Grunts ]

[ Groans ]

[ Suspenseful music playing ] Oh! [ Breathing heavily ]

[ Gasps ]

Things are fine. That’s good. No, uh, residual friction? Why would there be? Dante.

[ Sighs ] Look, dex, I saw your wrists. They healed up? I’m good. Good. So, I know how you got those bruises. And michael was very specific when he told me what happened. Now, when I questioned you about it, you said that sonny wasn’t responsible. I just — do you want to change your story? ‘Cause there is time to do that if you want to. Sorry. Can’t help you. Guess I’ll skip the hot chocolate. Dante. Are you trying to build a case against your father? Oh, no! Man! I missed it.

[ Sighs ] That’s what happens when you show up later than late. I’m sorry. I thought I could kinda sneak in at the end of britt’s party. Looks like a good time was had by all. That it was. You and carly really missed out. Sorry, wh– what was that about carly? Like you, carly also arrived too late for the festivities. I’m surprised you didn’t run into her on the deck with the pier. Oh, yeah, no, I… can’t really speak for carly, but I was working. I was on a call with a couple of reporters trying to track down an important lead. Well, shame on you for working on new year’s eve.

[ Chuckles ] I know. I know. I really did, uh, intend to be here to celebrate britt. I wanted to — I wanted to tell her how much I admire her. She made a crucial difference when we were trying to escape cassadine island.

[ Breathes deeply ] She still here by any chance? She left. She left. Well, I’m sorry I missed her. But you gotta be so proud, liesl. You raised a brave and gallant lady.

[ Fireworks exploding ] Oh! I love fireworks.

[ Chuckles ] But not if they delay my boat.

[ Fireworks exploding ] Liesl: When you falter, I will be there to see that you soar again. That is my promise to you. You will not go through this alone. I will be by your side through everything.

Ich liebe dich, mama.

[ Chuckles ] I love you, too,

mein britta.

[ Air horn blowing ]

[ Fireworks exploding ] Wow. You can still see the fireworks from here. Maybe not up close, but still. Lucky us… we got the deck all to ourselves.

[ Fireworks exploding ] It’s too bad that britt’s not here. She was really having a blast in there, huh?

[ Chuckles ] I mean, how could she not? That party was fun. It was right up britt’s alley. It was outrageous. It was over the top. No apologies.

[ Chuckles ] I can see why you guys like each other. Yeah. When my father and britt were engaged, I was thrilled.

[ Fireworks exploding ] Britt seemed to me like the perfect stepmother. She wasn’t motherly by any stretch of the imagination, more like the world’s coolest friend. But she never talked down to me. She got me. She still does.

[ Buoy bell ringing, waves crashing ] Mm. In a way, I guess I’m glad that my father and britt never made it to the altar.

[ Fireworks exploding ] It would have hurt too much when…they inevitably broke up. You never expect anything good to last, do you? How can you have no idea where esme is? Because esme made her way to the turret and she jumped! She jumped? Yeah! She went into the water! And she did this to herself? She just dove off the turret? Elizabeth, I did not push esme. She spread her arms, and she pitched herself backward. She went into the water. I went down to the shore, and I searched. There’s no sign of her. I don’t know if esme drowned. Or — or she may be hiding on the island. Or — or maybe she made her way to the mainland. I don’t see how that’s possible. Well, she’s done it before and survived. Well, she wasn’t in her third trimester, and it wasn’t january. The harbor is freezing. I don’t see how she could possibly survive this.

[ Grunting ]

[ Gasping, panting ] Help! Help! Help!

[ Grunting continues ] Help!

[ Both shouting ] Oh. Oh. Oh!

[ Grunting ]

[ Groans ]

[ Shouts ]

[ Breathing heavily ] Back off, bitch!

[ Gasps ]

Hey. Hey. I got your text. Why are we here?

[ Whispers ] And what if someone sees us? No, no, no, we’re safe. Nobody’s around. I couldn’t ring in the new year without seeing you.

[ Breathes sharply ] Seeing you is the perfect way to celebrate. Seeing? Come on, we can do better than that. You know, josslyn wasn’t completely wrong about my father. I know, but joss has her reasons to be angry with sonny. They shouldn’t be your reasons. Right. And they’re not. They’re not. But I-I am struggling with knowing what he did to dex. It’s — it’s put a spotlight on the conflict I have around my father. That’s a fine line. I mean, you’ve been walking it for years. Why would you change your mind now? I-I look at chase, and I see how badly he wants his job back. And I remember being like that. You know? I feel for him. I wanted to be a cop long before I found out sonny was my father. I-I believed in the job. You know, I wanted to help people. I wanted to protect people. And, yeah, sure, there’s all sorts of crimes and criminals and mitigating circumstances and intolerance and injustice. But I — I feel like I’ve — I’ve found a way to use my discretion when I can, as long as it’s within the bounds of the law. I know you do. And that’s one of the reasons why I admire and respect you — because you are solid, dante. You define what it means to be a good cop. You’re strong. You’re fair. You’re compassionate. You’re not a bully with a badge. You just want justice. That’s what I’m wrestling with right now. Like, what does — what does justice look like when it’s applied to my father? It was very kind of drew to stop by. [ Chuckles ] I appreciated the things he said about my britta. He’s a good man and a brave one. He and britta stood up to peter on cassadine island. They saved my life. I try not to think about peter and the time I spent with him. Or all the harm he caused. But he did give me bailey lou. She is a joy and a miracle. And I can’t regret that. I understand. I curse the day I laid eyes on cesar faison. But I can’t regret the children I had with him. Nathan and britta were my saving grace. Thank you for giving my daughter this party. Britt threw herself the party. Brad and I — we just helped. I never realized she longed for a birthday party as a child. I wish I’d made better choices as a mother, found a way to keep nathan with me, given britta the love and support she deserved. I squandered so much time. And now nathan’s gone and britta’S… what about britt?

[ Shouting ]

[ Grunts ] Run!

[ Grunting ]

[ Metal clanking ]

[ Fabric tears ]

[ Shouts ]

[ Groans ]

[ Gasping, coughing ]

[ Groans ]

[ Screaming, struggling ]

[ Gunshot ] Aah!

[ Panting ] Shoot her again!

What is wrong with you?! Why didn’t you shoot her again? You okay? Did she hurt you? I’m fine, thanks.

[ Groans ]

[ Weakly ] Britt, you saved my life.

[ Gasping ] I couldn’t have gotten away if you hadn’t showed up. She would have killed me. Thank you. You’re welcome. But let’s face it — we’d both be toast if it wasn’t for this guy.

[ Breathing sharply ] Okay, I yelled at you, but I am so grateful. I just wish you would have done the world a favor and put an end to that psycho. It wasn’t a clear shot. I didn’t want to risk hitting you. Well, thanks for that.

[ Sighs ] Guess we should call the cops. Wait. Not so fast. S-sonny’s a-a-a criminal by profession. Yet he walks around with this air of respectability, importing coffee and funding hospital wings, and we all walk around like we don’t know who he really is, which is a mob boss. And it’s not like he’s some desperate criminal who’s gotta rob a store to survive. He chose this life. Yeah, sure, maybe — maybe circumstances kind of threw him into the criminal world in the first place, but — but he’s older, he’s wiser, he could have cut out and — and gone legit years ago, and he chose not to. Okay, it’s not only about greed, power, and ambition. Sonny can’t just resign from organized crime, dante. You know that. And, also, sonny fills some sort of a void. I think he’s a better alternative than anyone who might take his place.

[ Sighs ] And many have tried. And I would go after them and I would take them down just like I was eager to take down sonny when I first got to town. I understand where michael’s coming from right now — I really do, but over the years, you know, getting to know sonny, my father, I’ve come to love him and the — I can’t even fathom the thought — it keeps me up at night — of having to build a case against him one day. But isn’t that injustice? Isn’t that the definition of it — applying the law to some and not others? Isn’t that a betrayal to my oath, to my badge, to everything I supposedly stand for? Britta and I are in a much better place now. But for ye ars, I was –I was harsh and critical. I didn’t make her feel valued for the amazing person she is. We only ge t one childhood,and britta’s could have been…

…should have been better than it was. That’s my great shame. But that’s also in the past. I see the love you two share now. That’s what important, liesl.

[ Breathes deeply ] I’m so glad nathan married you. And I’m thankful my grandson has you as his mother. You’re everything to your children that I wasn’t to mine — warm, supportive, loving. You value them for who they are, not what they can achieve. Maybe it’s because it took me a while to get myself together. Of course I want to give my kids the world… but I want them to figure out how they define success. I want them to feel fulfilled and have purpose in their life. They have to figure out how to do that. All I can do is support them through their successes and failures and love them as they find their own path in life. Nathan would be so proud to hear you say that. I can see why he loved you so much.

[ Buoy bell ringing, waves crashing ] Do you remember where you were a year ago tonight? On the bridge with you. Yeah, I remember.

[ Chuckles ] I don’t think I could ever forget. That’s when — that’s when everything started to turn for me. How so? Well, you know, coming back was harder for me than I thought. Everywhere I looked was just a reminder of what I’d lost, what I couldn’t get back. But then…

[Inhales deeply] I wound up on the bridge, and there you were. Mm. Feeling pretty miserable, if I recall. Mm. For good reason. But talking to you that night — it was just so easy. And it was…so real. And I could… relax, be myself. And when I was looking into those gorgeous blue eyes, I saw that a future was possible. A positive future with hope and with some laughter, and that’s when I stopped being angry and I started looking forward. And then now, a year later, I’m still looking ahead. I still see such a positive future… …in those same beautiful eyes. Elizabeth: This is all our fault. We pushed esme to the brink. I wasn’t gonna kill her. She didn’t know that! I have no idea what you said to her, but obviously she was so desperate to escape, she was willing to risk her own life and the life of her child. Oh, my god, I have no idea all the names of the crimes I’ve committed. There’s kidnapping and false imprisonment and aiding and abetting and assaulting. Elizabeth! Elizabeth, stop. Hey. The crimes don’t matter because no one is ever going to know. I know that I have lived a life of privilege. I have had every material thing just for the asking. So I’m not expecting you to feel sorry for me. Don’t worry. I don’T.

[ Buoy bell ringing, waves crashing ] I’m not making excuses, trina. But my mother died the day I was born, and my father has been inconsistent. People have come and gone from my life, people who I’ve cared about and who I wanted to count on. And the only person who has stayed has been my grandmother, and she has been nothing short of wonderful. But aside from her, nothing good has ever really lasted. Just because it’s been that way up to this point doesn’t mean it’s gonna be that way forever. You could still find something good to hold on to.

[ Breathes sharply ] Well, when you say it… I almost believe it.

[ Door opens ]

[ Woman shivering ]

[ Shivering violently ]

Esme, where have you been? What happened?

[ Shivering ]

[ Groans ] Um… she’s freezing, but she has a pulse. Um… yeah, she’s breathing. She’s pregnant! Her lips are blue. I think that she has hypothermia. We need to get her to a hospital. Okay.

[ Grunts ]

[ Groans ] I still love nathan. I do n’t bring him up oftenbecause it hurts so much. But I think about him all the time. Nathan was such a calm presence. He was never jealous or vindictive or manipulative. He gave me such a feeling of security, one that I — I haven’t felt since. And you miss it? I miss him. Maybe that’s why I tried to rush to fill that void — you know, with peter and then with austin. Not that you could ever compare the two of them. I’m sorry you were let down, maxie. Peter presented himself as a good man, and you wanted to believe it. Austin seems like a good man, but he’s just not the man for you. And I hope you know, if I ever do find the right man… …t hat doesn’t mean I willever forget about nathan. I know, maxie.

[ Breathes sharply ] I am so grateful you and I are still in each other’s lives. And I, too, see nathan living on in our dreams.

[ Laughs ] Will you please stop beating yourself up over britt? All parents make mistakes, liesl. And you obviously [Sniffles] Made some good choices because britt is awesome. And I see how much she loves her mom. Have you ever covered upa crime that sonny’s committed? No. Never. I-I mean, maybe I’ve…

[Breathes deeply] Avoided asking certain questions I didn’t want to know the answers to. And the department, they — they know that cops are human and have conflicts of interest, right? Of course. Of course. And every cop has to bow out of a case if they know they do have a conflict. Have you ever done that? Every time when it’s a direct conflict of interest, yeah. So you’ve done your duty, and you will continue to do so. You’re not dishonoring your badge by [Breathes deeply] Loving your father. And the fact that you are worried about this right now just goes to show me what a decent and responsible cop you are. Thank you. No, I mean that. You have a way ofcanceling out the noise… …and helping me see things clearly. It’s a gift.

[ Chuckles ] One of many. Yeah.

[ Cellphone ringing ] I-I’m supposed to be off the clock. No, no, no. It must be important. Take it.

[ Ringing continues ] Falconeri.

[ Sighs ] Are you the one who reported a hook sighting? I didn’t just sight her, I fought off that maniac. Ma’am, we’ve had at least 10 hook sightings tonight. Stories in the invader have people jumping at shadows, you know? No shadow drops that. Nor did a shadow ruin my favorite bag!

[ Police radio chatter ] Notify csi and get them down asap. And secure the area. We can’t have any evidence compromised. Get some more uniforms here. Keep any strollers away, all right? This is a crime scene. Ma’am, what’s your name? Dr. Britt westbourne. Dr. Westbourne, can you tell me what happened? I was on my way back to the haunted star when I heard the sounds of a struggle. When I got here, I saw the hook was about to stab this young woman, so I whacked her with my bag. Wait, s-so there was another victim? Where is she? I don’t know what happened to her. By the time I drove the hook off, she was gone. I don’t know about you, but I could use a drink. Scotch okay? Yeah, sure.

[ Bottle opens, liquid pouring ] Ow.

[ Bottle thumps lightly ]

[ Sighs ] Thank you.

[ Breathes sharply ] Never had scotch before, have you? First time for everything.

[ Sighs ] Take it easy. You’re still coming down off the adrenaline. You saved britt’s life. And mine. I owe you. You don’t owe me anything, joss. God, I can’t believe you had britt cover for us. That maniac needs to be captured. We should have stayed and given the police a statement. Okay, and told them what? Can you identify the hook? No. They were wearing a mask. Probably because diane had seen their face. Right, and I only saw her from the side. So what good would our statements have been? Britt can stay and tell them about the mask. Britt didn’t shoot the hook. You did. Right. I did, with a gun sonny gave me.

No one knew esme was here except for us and demetrius. I’ll send demetrius back to greece immediately. It’ll be like none of this ever happened. I don’t know how I let myself get pulled into this. I agreed to take care of esme, and I didn’T. And I didn’t take her desperation seriously. And because of it, this happened. And now you want me to cover it up and pretend like none of this happened? It’s — no. No, nikolas. No more.[ Cellphone rings ] It’s the only way, elizabeth. Spencer. Hey. Sorry to bother you. Um… I thought you should know esme is back. She’s in custody.

Well, actually, she’s at G.H.,

Being treated for hypothermia,

but the police

have been notified,

and they’re on their way. Carly: You know what I remember about that night? Hm? I remember that it was the first time in months that I wasn’t hurting.

[ Buoy bell ringing, waves crashing ] That I wasn’t choking on anger or disappointment or everything that had happened with sonny. And I remember how good it was to see your smile and to hear your laugh. And I was so shocked that I was laughing, too, because…

[Sighs] …I never thought I was gonna be happy again. You know? Sonny broke my heart last year, and he broke what was left of our marriage, and he almost broke me. But I was able to come back to myself. And you were a large part of that. So, it all started last new year’s eve on that bridge. And I could never imaginethat we would be here right now. Hm. But I get to do now what I couldn’t do then. And what’s that? This. The police should know to be on the lookout for a woman with a gunshot wound in her arm. I don’t even know if I hit her, but if I did, she’s not gonna go to the hospital for treatment.

[ Sighs ] No, I guess not. Look… there is nothing we can tell the cops that will help them catch the hook. But they will confiscate the gun for which I have no license. And it can’t be traced as far as I know, which is also suspicious. What is that? The shell casing. I’m pretty sure from the trajectory that the bullet either went into the hook or into the water. So, either way, there’s no evidence a gun was ever fired. Nothing that can be tracked back to sonny. Right. You got to protect the boss at all costs. Because I don’t need problems with sonny, especially if it gets between you and me.

Happy birthday to you

happy birthday to you

happy birthday, dearest daughter

happy birthday to me

[ Noisemaker blows ]

Schatzi! You came back!

[ Both laugh ]

[ Buoy bell ringing, waves crashing ] I brought champagne. I can think of a lot of things I want right now. And champagne is one of them, just not at the top of the list. I’d like to see that list. I would really love to show you, but, you know, if we were somewhere…

[ Cork pops ] …More private and, um, heated…

[ Breathes sharply ] Let’s make that a new year’s resolution. Really? You know, new year’s resolutions are meant to be broken, but you’re really good at keeping promises, and I’m learning, so, okay.

[ Chuckles ] Let’s promise each other to meet somewhere private and warm… mm. Mm-hmm. …And really, really soon. That’s a promise. In the meantime…

[ Breathes sharply ] …To celebrating new year’S… mm. …You and me together — last year, this year, and many, many more to come.

[ Glasses clink ] Sam! Hey! Hey. How — mind if I join you? I’m waiting for my rideshare, but they can’t pick me up for another half an hour. Oh, congratulations. Mine is 45 minutes out. So I think you’ve got me beat by like 15 minutes. Oh, well, cancel. You can share mine. Let me guess — you and dante were celebrating, and he got called into work. Mm. The price of loving a dedicated cop. The baby’s not mine. I’m sure.

[ Sighs ] Okay. I wonder who the father could be. Hey, trina, spencer, you guys found esme prince, yeah?

[ Elevator bell dings ] Do you want to tell me what happened? Well, she found us. We were on the deck of the haunted star. Britt’s party had ended, and we were still hanging out and talking. And then we heard someone approaching. And then we looked up, and esme was standing there, soaking wet. Did she said anything? I mean, she just looked at us and passed out. How did you guys know to come down here? I called. Um… esme had attacked elizabeth a few weeks ago, and I thought that she should know that she didn’t have to worry anymore. What about you, nikolas? Elizabeth and I were together when she got the call. And I wanted to be here for my son.

[ Door opens, closes ] Hey, doctor,I’m detective falconeri. Can you tell me about esme prince’s condition? Miss prince is being treated for hypothermia. Otherwise, there are no signs of injury. She’s resting comfortably and should wake up any time. Okay, she’s a person of interest in an investigation. Can I see her, please? Certainly. Want to get something to drink? Yeah, maybe you should go with trina. I’ll text you if there’s any changes. I’d like to believe that you’re here out of concern for me, but I know that you always have an ulterior motive. So what is it? This is everything she had with her.

[ Monitor beeping ] She had this with her? Must have. We took everything off her and bagged it. It’s standard protocol. Thanks.

[ Beeping continues ]

[ Dramatic music plays ]

[ Door closes ] Miss prince.

[ Beeping continues ] Miss prince. Hi. I’m detective falconeri. We’ve met before. Can you tell me what happened to you?

[ Breathes shakily ] Sonny said I could guard you, but… other than that, I can’t go near you. And you’ll do everything sonny says. I’ll carry a gun for sonny. I’ll follow his orders when it comes to business. But…what’s happening between you and me is…personal. Well, that’s not the way you’ve been acting. I was trying to cover for you. Isn’t that what you wanted?

[ Sighs ] I thought so.

[ Mid-tempo music plays ] But I don’t know anymore. I mean, I could ha ve diedtonight if it wasn’t for britt. And you. And it’s just like you’re always there. When I got to the docks and you were on the ground, I…

[ Breathes deeply ] …Almost lost it. I thought you were wounded. I prayed you weren’t dying. I’m right here. I was afraid I’d never get to do this again. Do you…? Yes. We went down we went down with our heads down with our heads down we went down we went down to the ground oh, we tried, oh ooh-ooh-ooh eyes open, but I can’t see I’m walking toward you you pull me in your arms and fears go down

[ Breath ing heavily ]

[ Suspenseful music plays ] Aah! Damn.

[ Groans ]

[ Breathing heavily ] By the time my ride came…

[Sniffles] …I realized my reasons for leaving were less important than my reasons for staying.

[ Sniffles ] Especially… since my mutter is here.

[ Breathes deeply ] I am, and I always will be. No matter what. I will drink to that. Should we have a toast?

[ Chuckles ] To…my birthday. To the new year.

[ Sniffles ]

[ Breathes deeply ] And to us — mother and daughter.


[ Chuckles ] Take off your coat and stay awhile, hm?

[ Grunts softly, sniffles ]

[ Coughs, clears throat ]

[ Cough hoarsely, sniffles ] Britta… your dress is torn. Are you bleeding?!

[ Dramatic music plays ] Oh…

[ Sighs weakly ]

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