GH Transcript Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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[ Siren wailing ] It’s so frustrating! That’s four days with nothing.

[ Sighs ] I wouldn’t say nothing, darling. We now know the building in question is victor’s stronghold. Yeah, but there’s no feasible way in. And to add insult to impenetrability, we don’t even know that that’s exactly where lucy’s being held. The whole damn thing is just a giant waste of time.

[ Sighs ] Well, look on the bright side. There’s a bright side? Yeah. We’re in paris, and we’re together. That’s from wiley. And also… he sent a kiss for his little sister. How is our little smoocher doing? He’s fine. He’s just worried about his mama. I hate that I just collapsed in front of him. He must have been so scared. You know what? I’m sure he’s gonna feel a lot better the moment that he meets his little sister. Did you tell wiley the baby’s coming early? Not yet. But I-I do think we need to fill him in. Make him part of bringing the baby home so he doesn’t feel left out. I agree. We’ll do all of that… when the baby comes. Right. Which — which — which has to happen before you can receive the bone marrow transplant. So if nina does turn out to be a match… nina. …Then you can be induced as soon as tomorrow. I could… …except I’m not willing to do that. What — what — what are you saying? I don’t want to deliver early. I want the baby to come when she’s ready. Even if it costs you your life? Morning, richie. Don’t worry. It’s just me. I promise you, we will not be disturbed. Oh! Alone at last. Do I have to? I’ve been cuffed so long, my wrist is sore. Sorry. Those are my instructions. Can’t you just wait until my lawyer gets here? You can put them on me when the two of you escort me to court for my hearing.

[ Knock on door ] Hey, maybe that’s your lawyer now. Oh, don’t you look lovely, my dear. And so good to see you up and about. Who are you? Hmm? Oh, right. Uh, you can call me uncle victor. I can’t believe willow has been battling leukemia all this time and didn’t tell anyone. I get it. Illness is a deeply private thing. Fair enough. Anyway, now we know, which means we can be here for willow and michael. Right? Right. Nina reeves. Listen, I need to confirm that I am a bone marrow donor match with willow tait. I have no idea why it’s taking so long. It was a cheek swab for a preliminary screening. Okay, then can you put me on a, I don’t know, a priority list? I’m trying to save my — if you could just call me when you get the results, I would appreciate it. Thank you very much. Thank you for pulling me off the ledge. I’m glad I could help. Well, what — what time did you get to bed? Like 4:30-ish. I’m not sure. My mind is just racing. I have a daughter! I have a daughter! Willow is my daughter. Nelle had a twin. I have another chance at being a mother. That’s great. I’m — I’m happy for you. And my bone marrow… is gonna save her.

[ Coughing/sneezing ]

[ Door knocking ]

Valentin: I think this might help. Oh, god. Thank you so much.

De rien. Mm. What are you hoping to learn by looking at the map again? Just looking for something that we might have missed. Okay, so let’s run it one more time. Well, the building is under constant surveillance. 24 hours. Naturally. And the shifts are staggered, which means that no two posts change guard at the same time. There’s always someone on watch. Right. So that means that we can’t attach ourselves to an arriving group and just slip inside. I don’t think we’ve exhausted all our options. No? You don’t? Well, there’s always a variable, a fatal flaw. So we’ll find a weakness in victor’s defenses, and we’ll exploit them. And go in and rescue lucy. And she’ll more than likely be unharmed. Oh, god.

[ Sighs ] Ohh. That’s supposed to make me feel better but it doesn’t, because I got her involved in this. And if anything happens to her… sir, you can’t be in here. Well, I assure you, I have no ill intent. I have to ask you to leave. Officer, um, I know it’s against procedure or whatever, but as you know, I have no memory of who I am or what I’ve done. And this man may have some answers that could help me. So if you could just… give us a few minutes, please? Two minutes, but the door stays open. Thank you. Well played, esme. I wasn’t playing him. I just told him what I wanted. So, um, you’re my uncle? No one told me I had family. Well, perhaps my introduction was a bit misleading. My name is victor cassadine, and you are carrying the next cassadine heir. So you’re here for the baby, not me. Well, right now, the two of you are more than a bit inseparable. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Apparently, I’m not a very good person. Apparently. So your memory is still a blank? It’s not gonna make it ring any faster, nina. Yeah, I know. I just can’t help it. I can’t help it because I just — sonny, I just feel like this amazing gift has been dropped in my lap, and it can all go away just as quickly. I have… hey. I have a daughter. I have a daughter. One that I didn’t know about. She’s in the hospital fighting for her life — a life that she doesn’t want me to be a part of. But my bone marrow is gonna save her. My bone marrow is gonna save her. Nina, nina, listen to me, okay? Willow is as thrown by this news as you are. Everybody’s just trying to wrap their head around, you know, you being willow’s mother. Except for carly. Because she’s known for months, almost a year. She didn’t tell us. She just sat and watched willow and i tear into each other about wiley, and she didn’t say a word. I will never forgive that. Dr. Randolph has been very clear that you have to deliver the baby before you can receive the transplant. And you need the transplant to live. Yes. She has been very clear. Willow, you’re eight months pregnant. You’re far enough along that — that the baby — having it now will pose minimal risk. Premature babies can have health problems that affect their entire lives. I’m stable right now. If we wait another week or two, it can make all the difference in the quality of our daughter’s life. The longer you wait, the more the leukemia will progress and the less likely that — that the transplant will work. Come on, please, willow.

[ Sighs ] I don’t want to risk your life any more than we already have. You mean more than I already have. No, “we.” Always, always we. Look, I don’t want our children to grow up without a mother. I don’t even want to imagine life without you.

Someone’s feeling frisky this morning. Our daughter is still in police custody. And I told you that I would take care of that. What are you so nervous about? As soon as someone else gets hooked while esme’s still in custody, the cops will have to let her go. And yet no one has died since she’s been arrested. What’s the hold up? Well, I may have had a little snag. Just a teeny, weeny bump in the road. My favorite friendly security guard, dietrich, got fired for stealing. You’ve got to be kidding. I know, right? Good help is hard to find these days. The point is, I no longer have easy access in and out of spring ridge right now. Bummer! Yeah. Look, the only reason I know my own name is because someone told it to me. And now I could go to prison for something that I don’t even know if I did or not. Well, what does your attorney have to say about your potential incarceration? Mr. Grey says that if I can remember where I’ve been the past few months, then I might be able to prove that I’m not the killer. But given that everything people say I did, I’m starting to think that it might be better if I never remember who I used to be. I mean… revenge porn? Oh, well, I’m not one to judge. I don’t know. That seems pretty judge-worthy. The sooner you stop caring about what other people think, my dear, the freer you and your conscience will be. Right. Well, um… I think our two minutes are up. So if there’s anything specific you wanted to ask me… no, I’m — I’m only here because I’m worried about you. You mean the baby. Well, you, the baby, the future. What are your plans once you leave this hospital? My immediate plans are going to court and then…who knows? I’m just hoping that I won’t end up in prison. Well, mr. Cassadine, you’re here. I shall have a talk with my sister, the mayor, about that. Esme, is this man bothering you? Not at all, um… so are we headed to the courthouse now or…? No, not yet. I thought we’d have a moment to strategize before your arraignment. I wonder, mr. Grey, how much strategy is actually required to get a pregnant woman with amnesia out on bail? The police think I’ve killed three people. Yes, I know. Indeed they do. But they have no physical evidence tying you to any of those crimes, esme. Isn’t that right, mr. Grey? Mr. Cassadine, I’d like a word in the hall with you alone, if I may. Esme, I’ll be right back. I’ll be in touch, my dear. Mr. Cassadine, what do you want? I am merely looking out for my family, mr. Grey. Esme is the mother of my great niece or nephew. And as such, I want to do anything I can to help her. Well, if that’s the case, then why don’t you just stay away? Because the last thing my client needs right now is to be seen in the company of an unrepentant sociopath such as yourself. You are forgetting yourself, mr. Grey. Well, you’re just gonna have to forgive me. Fact is, I might remember my manners better if I wasn’t worried sick about my poor lucy. Actually, between you and me, I’m concerned I might not be doing my best by my clients because I haven’t been able to think straight since lucy disappeared. You mean since anna devane shot lucy. Well, no, that’s the thing, isn’t it? They never did find lucy’s body. Just like your nephew. Twice. Imagine that. And while hope remains alive, the uncertainty that I may never see lucy again — well, that does no one any good, does it? Least of all, my clients. Why don’t you speak plainly, mr. Grey? How do you think the fate of the unfortunate ms. Coe has anything to do with esme prince, hmm? I’m afraid if I can’t focus on esme’s case, that poor girl is gonna wind up having her baby behind bars… in pentonville. I knew carly hated me. But even at her worst, I didn’t think that she was capable of doing this to me again, that she could keep me from — not once but twice — my children, sonny. First nelle, then — then willow. I am mad as hell at carly right now because I don’t care what she felt about you, she had no right to hide the fact that you’re willow’s mother. I’m beyond mad. I didn’t think anything could hurt as much as finding out that nelle was my daughter only after she was dead. But this… to knowingly keep me… from my living daughter. She sat by and watched me and willow turn our relationship into this toxic thing. She didn’t say anything. She didn’t say anything. And then I heard willow say… that this doesn’t change anything between us. Do you understand it just rips my heart out of my body? She just… sit down. Come here. She said that she thinks so little of me, sonny, that she wanted to know what I wanted in return for my bone marrow. I’d give her my life. Listen. Okay? Willow now has to figure out what’s going on. But things would’ve been different… yeah. …If we knew that we were mother and child, she was my daughter. If carly would have told me, I wouldn’t have ever acted that way. I wouldn’t have pushed so hard to try to get wiley. It just would have happened. What if by me trying so desperately to hold on to my grandson… …what if that’s what makes me lose wiley… and willow? And the baby. We’re gonna get through this. You understand me?

[ Sobbing ] Mr. Corinthos, how can I help you? I need to talk to dr. Randolph right now. She’s in a consultation right now, but I’ll tell her the moment she’s available. Thanks. Mm-hmm. There he is. Hey, chase, sasha. How are you doing? You hanging in there? I’m trying. Michael, did something happen with willow? Has she gotten worse? No, no, she’s — she’s stable. Oh, thank god. No, the biggest danger that willow’s facing right now is herself. What do you mean? I know — I know I shouldn’t be arguing with willow right now, that she needs to save her strength to fight this thing. But she is not listening to reason. You know, why don’t you and i go for a walk? Get some fresh air. Yeah. Yeah. You two go do that, and I’ll go sit with willow. I don’t want to leave. Then maybe just a lap around the floor, get the blood pumping. Okay, yeah, I can do that. Call me if you — if anything, you know, happens. Promise. I know your dad is worried… about both of us. But I promise you, sweetheart, I’m going to protect you as long as I possibly can. And I will always, always put you first.

You’re making a not so subtle threat to undermine your own client’s case in return for a little quid pro quo. Mr. Cassadine, that is an appalling insinuation. I would never. Well, I was hoping you’d say that. The point I’m making is that sooner or later, everybody’s luck runs out. And when they find lucy, the wsb is gonna know exactly what happened to her that night on the docks. Oh, I’m sure they will… if they find her. Well, here’s hoping. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I really must be getting to court. You know, there’s one thing we can agree on, mr. Cassadine. It behooves us all to do everything we can to see justice served. Mm. I’m sorry you were without charlotte for christmas. Yeah. That hurt. Yeah. But we were able to get a message to laura on christmas day, so charlotte knows that I’m all right. I’m grateful for that. I think laura’s changing her opinion of you. No, I wouldn’t say that. I think she’s tolerating me for charlotte’s sake. And that’s a victory in itself. I feel it’s more than that. I think that she’s — she’s giving you credit for good intentions. Well, let’s not go crazy.

[ Knock on door ] You expecting someone? I don’t know.

[ Speaks french ]

[ Speaks french ]


Bonjour, madame.


[ Gasps ] Lucy. Lucy. Can I come in? Yes, please. Have you seen michael? He’s with chase. I’m glad someone he has someone to talk to. So I…assume you know. I know about the leukemia, and I know that you delayed treatment because of your pregnancy. I think it was a brave choice. I would have done anything to save liam if I could. I knew you’d understand. But michael doesn’t? Michael: I mean, you know willow. She’s always putting everyone else’s needs before her own. Yeah, I remember. And now we have a potential donor. You do? That’s great. Yeah. Yeah. If it doesn’t fall through, like the last one. And if willow doesn’t delay the transplant for too long. You know how relatives are supposed to make the best donors? Well, I’ve been searching for my birth mother. Oh, my god. You found her? We did. Right here in port charles. How is that not good news? According to a dna test, my birth mother… is nina. I just, uh, want you to know things aren’t as bad as it seems. Optimism looks really good on you. The lab is gonna call you and tell you that you’re a viable donor for willow. The transplant is gonna save her life. And when she’s healthy, she’s gonna realize that… …she deserves you for a mother. You can’t promise that. Oh, yes, I can. Really? How? Well, because last night, I talked to michael, and he opened up a little bit. I mean, not like it used to be, but it’s [Sighs] More than we’ve talked in a whole year. That’s wonderful. And I saw the son that I thought that I had lost forever. And — and there’s something I realized. That… as long as there’s life… …there’s always hope.

Nina… the most selfish, vindictive, manipulative person I know, the woman I fought to keep from wiley. That’s my mom. I know that you and nina don’t get along. “Don’t get along”? Sasha, that woman hated me from the moment we met. In fact, she hated me before she walked into my classroom. When I was charlotte’s teacher, she was convinced I had it in for charlotte. She would not accept that charlotte was acting out. Nina is very protective of the people she loves. Nina is toxic. It is literally horrifying to think that we are related. I was better off with harmony.

[ Chuckles ] Willow… are you thinking of refusing the transplant because nina is the donor? Esme going to prison wasn’t part of my plan. Well, good, because that would have been a terrible plan. I need her free. If my daughter can’t — our daughter. If our daughter can’t move without police surveillance, then how was she supposed to help me reunite with ava? Ava?! I don’t give a damn about ava! I am not doing this for ava! I am doing this for me and my baby girl. My steven lars was ripped of my arms when he was a child! Franco had to grow up without me. Esme is my last chance. Then don’t blow it. Stab someone. Anyone. As long as esme’s alibi is unshakable. And make sure you include details that only the police would know. We don’t want them to think that there’s a copycat. Don’t tell me how to do my job. I’ve waited my whole life to have a relationship with my daughter, with my esme. No, you haven’T. And now that I’m this close, just within touching distance of her, you really think I’m gonna let the cops lock her away somewhere where I don’t get a chance to see her? And what about her baby? Prison is no place for a child. That’s our grandchild. Yes, better to leave the baby on the doorstep of some convent. Oh, come on. I did the best I could. And it’s no fair anyway. You’ve already gotten a chance to see her. You’ve gotten a chance to spend time with her. I’ve never even had a chance to speak with her. She probably doesn’t even know my name. She doesn’T. She will, and I will be a part of her life. Dream big or go home. Oh, ryan! I’ve lived this long without my daughter, just wondering where she is, just waiting for a glimpse of my baby girl. And now we’re back in fantasyland. You mark my words. I will set my daughter free if it is the last thing I do. Great! How?

[ Exhales sharply ] The only way I can… by busting out of here. You know, sonny, I hated my mother. I was convinced that she was cruel and self-absorbed. You’re two for two. Yeah, I was just an extension of herself. Then I have to ask myself, what if willow describes me that way — cruel… and self-absorbed? She’d be wrong. Maybe she’s not. You know, I don’t — I don’t know your mother too well, but it’s pretty obvious she didn’t understand love and family. Well, she had a firm grasp of inheritance law. When your mother took your children away from you, she broke you. Just like deke broke me. We have a hole inside of us. Our souls were ripped out from people we thought that we could trust. You’ve hurt people, right? Yeah, I’ve hurt people. That’s because we feel too much. We love too much. We fight too hard… …because we react quickly. We drive the people we love away. We’re too much. Well, you’re not too much for me. Well, you’re not too much for me either.

[ Laughing ]

[ Laughs ]


Au revoir.

Au revoir. Ahh. That, by the way, was the son of one of victor’s bodyguards. I gathered. God. Could espionage be any more adorable? Okay, so now we know lucy is in the building. She’s still fighting. As long as there’s breath in her body, there’s two things she’ll never do — shut up or give up. And we’re certainly not giving up on lucy. No. So what do we do? Alright. So we can’t go in the front way because there’s too much foot traffic. And we can’t go in the back way because there are too many cameras and motion sensors. So, we… so… we parkour across the rooftops and rappel from above? No. Maybe we perform a reverse shawshank and pop up from the sewers? Not the sewers. The catacombs. Nina claims there are no strings attached. You don’t believe her? How can I? Let’s — let’s just say it all works out. Nina’s bone marrow saves my life. You don’t think she would try to leverage that into time with wiley or my daughter? So even after all this, the kids will still be off limits to nina? Nina is still the same person she was when she dragged me and michael into court seeking visitation with wiley, the same person who badgered and manipulated, who tried to convince michael I was having an affair with tj. Willow, she could also be your best chance at survival. I won’t refuse the transplant because of nina. I just want to wait as long as possible to give my daughter the best chance at a healthy life. And I would expect nothing less from my friend. Your guard/doorman got himself canned for stealing. How do you expect to get out without his help? Oh. Getting out’s easy. It’s getting back in that’s the tricky part. Are you saying you could leave here any time you want? Absolutely. How? With this. Oh.

[ Laughing ] Nice craftsmanship. Sometimes you say the sweetest things. Here’s what I’m gonna do. Okay. I’m gonna take a guard hostage, break out. I will hook that smug little josslyn jacks once and for all. And esme’s exonerated. And then she and the baby and i can go on the run together. Oh, that’s good. And what about me? Well, I don’t know. You can come if you want, I suppose. But we’re leaving now. You mean today? Yeah. Why not? Because, heather, we need a real plan, not just stab and run. Oh, unclench, will you? Loosen up. Improvise. Live in the moment. I don’t think you’ve thought this through. You know what? Okay, fine. I’ll do the hard work. I’m used to it. Don’t worry, handsome. We’ll send you a postcard. Oh. Nina is willow’s mom? Yeah. Yeah. Wow. I can see how that would be a lot to deal with. Nina’s been a wrecking ball for willow from the get-go. Okay, but now that nina’s lost her case to get visitation with wiley, things have calmed down, right? Look, nina accused willow of cheating… on me with tj. Because in her eyes, comforting a friend who has cancer and cheating are too — too impossible to tell apart. Alright. Um, I don’t even know what to say to that. I mean, willow — willow is the most generous, open-hearted person in the world and she despises nina. Now, how bad do you have to be for willow to hate you? I mean, nina — she — she wants things, but she doesn’t want to earn them. And she has no idea what’s best for wiley. Do you think that maybe willow is willing to risk her own life for her daughter’s sake to prove that she’s not like nina? I don’t know. I don’t think that’s it. I mean, willow always puts everyone else’s needs before her own, right? I mean, she was even willing to go to jail to protect wiley from shiloh. I mean, her loyalty is one of the things I love the most about her and it’S… it’s why her family needs her.

oh, god. Well, there’s another brilliant idea just shot to hell because victor’s stronghold is not accessible by the catacombs. Now, hold on, hold on. I mean, that might be all the official data, but there are plenty of catacombs that are left unmapped. There might be one or two that lead directly where we want to go. Oh, so what are we supposed to do? Just find an underground passage that may or may not be structurally sound, explore it blindly, and hope that it winds up in the basement of victor’s fancy parisian fortress? No. No? We don’t have to do it ourselves. There are plenty of people that have already done so. Illegally. Unofficially. Okay. And as it happens, I just might know somebody. Why am I not surprised? But you are impressed, though, right, because otherwise, why am I doing this? No, I’m very impressed. You’re very impressive. In fact, I think you’re amazing. Let’s go get lucy out of there. Gavin. How’s our guest? Any sign of trouble? Good. Well, stay alert and double security. I haven’t been able to locate anna or valentin, and they just might be headed your way.

[ Footsteps approaching ] When I first came to town, I was pretending to be nina’s daughter, which makes me your fake sister.

[ Both laughing ] Finally, a little good news. Uh-oh. What are you two up to? I’ll let willow fill you in. Anytime you want to talk… back at you. That goes for you, too. I know. You’re back. Yeah. Here I am. You okay? I’m sorry for arguing with you. Sorry for arguing with you like that. I’m sorry, too… for letting you think that I abandoned our family. I promise you… I do not want to die. I know. And I-I know it’s ultimately up to you to decide if you want to delay the birth, so… thank you for saying that… because I have thought about it. And if dr. Randolph says it’s too risky to delay the transplant, then, yes, we can bring our daughter into the world a little early. Thank god. I love you. I love you, too. Of course, none of this matters if nina’s not a match. Sonny. I’m a potential donor match. I told you there’s still hope. You couldn’t resist saying “I told you so,” could you? No, ’cause I like to be right. So what do you want to do? You want to go? You want to… well, I have to go to — I have to go to gh and get a blood test. I’m one step closer to saving my daughter’s life. Do you want me to go with you? I wouldn’t have it any other way. Ohh… what would I do without you? You’re not gonna have to find out.

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