GH Transcript Wednesday, February 22, 2023

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Still nothing? Laura, I can assure you we’re doing everything we can. We have the island sealed off. Ryan won’t get away. If esme is ryan’s daughter, then he sees her as a possession, someone that belongs to him. It’s like an extension of himself. And we know that he’s obsessed with ava. He’ll do anything to hold her. I can’t wait here helplessly while ryan does his worst. We have got to make some kind of a move.

[ Grunting, breathing heavily ] Esme.

[ Crying ] -What? -Esme? Oh. Oh. Oh. Esme, keep your hands where I can see them. I can’T. It hurts. Oh, are you hurt? No, I’m in labor, I’m in labor, I’m in labor.

[ Gasping ] I’d appreciate it if you didn’t say anything to mama and daddy just yet. I want things to, um, you know, calm down just a little bit first. No, zeke, no, I don’t want you to come back. I’m, uh — I’m fine. I promise you, I’m fine. But thanks for not judging me. I love you, too. Yeah, yeah, I’ll, uh — I’ll give trina your love just as soon as I see her.

[ Knock on door ] Okay, I think that might be curtis. Let me call you back. Okay, bye. Just as I said, empty house.

[ Sighs ] Thank you for the coffee and the ride home. It’s quiet here without the boys. Mm-hmm.

[ Chuckles ] You, um, want a little company? We could watch a movie or play a little backgammon. You know I don’t play backgammon.

[ Chuckles ] Ah. Mm. And you don’t have to do this. Do what? Stick so close. You’re afraid that if I am alone, I’m going to start to think too much and maybe turn myself in tonight. How’s ava? Any word? Well, nothing so far. But the team searching the island for ryan all know that she’s still out there. She has a gun.

[ Monitor beeping ] I’m a little worried that the cops are going to mistake her for a threat and shoot at her. Try not to assume the worst. Mac is leading the team. He’ll make sure that ava’s safe. I thought esme’s parents were dead. Her adoptive parents are, but her nanny implied that her biological father was still alive, which would explain why she was so eager to volunteer at spring ridge and why she was so fascinated by ryan chamberlain. She’s known he was her father the whole time. But she couldn’t have known that heather webber was her mother. That’s one thing that I am absolutely sure of. She did not fake her desperation to find her mother. The baby’s coming? I’ll be here for the delivery. -Quiet. -Do you think she’s faking? Jordan: Looks pretty real to me. Let’s not chance it. I’m going to call for paramedics. Commissioner, we have reports of shots fired. Where? Northwest corner, spoon island woods. Ava and ryan. Maybe. Okay, I need you to take custody of the prisoner. You sure, commissioner? There’s a lot of woods to cover. Heather webber is the hook killer. I need to know she’s not going anywhere. Officer, you’re with me, and, bennet, call for paramedics. Copy that. Miss prince appears to be in labor. Dispatch, this is detective bennet. I need a medical transport dispatched immediately to spoon island, main house. A woman is in labor. My god, what is happening out there?

[ Crying ] I think it’s best to focus on what’s happening here. The contractions are coming fast.

[ Screams ] Oh.

[ Crying ] You’re right about one thing, ryan. Your life is in my hands. Till death do us part. Till death do us part.

[ Gun clicks ]

[ Gun clicking ] You’re not done with me yet.

You got me. I’m worried about you. You seemed to be enjoying the wedding, but your toast… you don’t like it? I told you it was beautiful, but it sounded wistful. Your celebration of portia and curtis’s beginning sounded a little bit like an ending for you.

[ Doorbell rings ] Oh, hi, elizabeth. Swung by, took a chance after the wedding. Yeah, well, here I am. What are you doing here? We have unfinished business, wouldn’t you say? Nice sweatshirt. It was a gift from trina. She gave one to curtis, too. She said we could wear it on the plane to our honeymoon. Sounds like trina. She’s thoughtful that way. Yeah, she is. And you can go ahead and say it. What can I say, portia? The trina is generous, giving, and loving, and that I don’t deserve her. Don’t worry. I feel the same way. When trina was still standing trial, I dangled the possibility of finding esme’s mother if she would exonerate trina, and she genuinely considered it. And she would not have done that if she had known that her mother was just a few miles away at d’archam. That must have been some bluff on your part. I was doing whatever I could to help you. I wonder how esme feels about heather seeking retribution in her name. Oh, you don’t know. Heather webber is not just esme’s mother. She’s the hook killer. Help her, for god’s sake. Keep back. Do you feel pain here? It’s more like pressure. Oh, god, here it comes again. We can’t wait for the paramedics.

[ Groaning ] Okay, honey. Esme, honey, do you think maybe you can make it to the launch? I’ve got to get you to general hospital right away. Esme, don’t listen to them. It’s a trap. She’s just trying to steal your baby and lock you up. The only one headed for lockup is you. Honey, all I’m thinking about is your health and your welfare, and that’s it. That’s my only priority.

[ Whimpers ] Kevin: Alright, come on, let’s try. Here we go. I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t, I can’t,I can’t, I can’T. Alright, alright, never mind, never mind. We don’t have time to get to G.H. This baby is coming now.

[ Breathing heavily ] I’m sure we’ll get word any minute that ava’s safe.

[ Monitor beeping ] Are you always this optimistic? Thank you. I hope for good outcomes. You had one yourself tonight. The doctors say that you are stable and in good condition. Somebody’s been sneaking around, asking the staff questions? Maybe. Mm-hmm. Mm. I’m so glad you’re okay. Ah, yeah. And you were really lucky. That’s me, super lucky. Remind me to buy that lottery ticket. I keep forgetting.

[ Chuckles ] I see your sense of humor’s still intact. Yeah, I got that. I got my sense of humor.

[ Sniffles ] Still have most of my teeth, so I got that come from me, which is nice. I think you have more than that. I’m lucky to have friends like you and ava. I mean, i was attacked by a psychotic maniac. Ava was frantic when she saw that you were hurt. I didn’t realize the two of you were so well-acquainted. Yeah, well, um, I… treated her… last summer when she was attacked, so, you know, now I know how she feels. Well, she survived the hook attack. She’ll survive tonight. She’d better. You see that? A little shoulder wound can’t come between us. You recall, I forgave you for that knife in the back. You’re passionate, ava. I understand those carnal impulses. That’s why I never gave up on you. That’s why I’ve always had hope, even when you married that imbecile. We’re alike, you and I. We belong together. No. You’ll see. No, no! Get away from me! Ava.

[ Grunts ]

[ Gunshot ]

Elizabeth, I thought we would finish our conversation. You know, unless you don’t want my help anymore. What? You’re not going to wait until morning?

[ Cellphone ringing ] It’s the hospital. Yeah, take it. Go yeah, okay. Yeah, it’s finn. Come in. So I guess he knows about these crimes that you committed. I don’t want him involved. He’s just being a friend. A friend — accessory after the fact. Hey, I’m sorry, I have to get to the hospital. They need a consult on another hook attack. Another one? Please do not make any rash decisions tonight. Thank you for the ride home. Any time. Tomorrow’s a new day. Things may look differently. Alright, alright, come on, elizabeth. Come on. Come on. Let’s — let’s get started here. No need. What? I’ve made my decision.

[ Sighs ] It had to be you.

[ Exhales sharply ] I — I tr– I tried to — I-I know. I know. I know. Suspect is down. Call ems, second unit. Anyone else hurt? No. I’m fine. Ava’s okay, more or less. He wouldn’t give up. He was never going to give up. He’s dead. You hear that? He’s gone. It’s over. Are you sure? I’m positive. What happened here? I shot him. Ava got off a shot. It hit him in the shoulder. Chamberlain kept approaching. I came on the scene, and I stopped him. Sounds justified. Ava, I’m going to need your statement later, but, first, I want you to get checked out at G.H. I don’t suppose you’ll go with her? No chance. I need you to… why didn’t you tell her that I — listen, listen. A lot has happened tonight, okay? Days to come, there’s going to be questions and determinations, but what’s most important is that he will take no more victims. Ryan chamberlain’s reign of terror has come to an end. It all fits perfectly. Heather orchestrating her transfer to spring ridge and the letter that the hook sent me, saying that she only struck those that “wronged me and mine.” So it wasn’t esme going after people close to me? It was her crazy mother avenging her by going after her enemies? You two were probably at the top of the list. Esme finally found her mother. And now they’re with ryan chamberlain and they’re having some warped version of a family reunion and they have ava with them. And my baby brother or sister. Here. Just put them on the table. Thank you. Oh, okay. Esme, I’m going to go wash up so I can examine you properly. I’m going to be right back. Wait, I’m delivering here? Now? What? Honey, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay. Kevin’s going to take really good care of you. Are you sure? Yes, I’m sure. He’s a doctor. Now, listen, is there something I can do for you? I don’t want her here. What? No. You don’t mean that, sweetheart. Detective, take the prisoner back to the mainland. The prisoner has a name. Sorry, mayor collins, but the launch is engaged. We’re waiting for it to return. Then wait in another room, please. You heard the mayor. Let’s go. A small-town politician does not have jurisdiction over the laws of nature. You know I deserve to be here as much as you do, mayor collins. Get out! She’s baby’s grandmother. So am I. Take her out now. Wait, what? I am more family than she will ever be to you, esme. I’m your — your mother.

[ Shrieks ]

You never really ever gave me much credit. You know that? Like when you were trying to hide your affair with curtis. Well, that’s because when you came back from your undercover assignment, we were actually trying to work on our marriage, and I didn’t want to jeopardize that. Do you have any idea why I was trying so hard, portia? Because I found out. I knew you weren’t happy, but I didn’t blame it all on you. I knew I was a part of it. I — [ Sighs ] I had no idea that you’d be this understanding. In my heart, I’d already forgiven you for the affair. I mean, seriously? Do you really think that I would’ve loved trina any less if I thought that she wasn’t mine? I was just afraid to test it. And as the years went on, the fear got worse, and I was worried that it would change the way that you two saw each other. I love the father that you are to trina. And she was always such a daddy’s girl. And how could I take that away from the two of you? Yeah, well, you never would’ve had to worry about that if you would’ve told me from the start. But you didn’T. Ava. Oh. I’m okay. I was so worried. I heard that heather webber and ryan chamberlain were at wyndemere. There’s no more danger. Ryan is dead.

[ Police radio chatter ] What about esme? Sorry, folks, orders are to get ms. Jerome to G.H. Immediately.

[ Police radio chatter continues ] If you want to go with them and make sure that ava’s okay — no. What about you? I know you’re worried about esme and the baby. I’ll call if I hear anything. I can’t just leave you. He’ll be fine. I’ll look out for him. Yeah, she’ll look after me. Go. Okay. Well, promise me that if you need anything — I’ll call. Okay, be careful. You, too. Take this, okay? Alright. It’s nice to see that you and trina have a nice friendship again. Yeah. Of all the nights to be on spoon island. Yeah, I had a reason to stop by. Ironically, it was about ryan. What was yours?

[ Monitor beeping ] I told you, I treated ava. Last year. A little late to do a follow-up house call. We have to move nikolas before elizabeth baldwin’s guilty conscience brings the cops here to spoon island! That island must be crawling with cops. It’s a good thing, right? The more the better. Uh, yeah. Sure. Hey, felicia. Hi. Dr. Gatlin-holt, I understand you had a run-in with the hook killer. Yeah, I sure did.

[ Chuckles ] But I’m here to tell the tale, so I’m guessing that there was no poison involved. Yeah, that’s what your blood work confirmed. I’m just here to check your vitals. Well, I should step out. Get to it.

[ Chuckles ] Felicia, thank you so much for looking out for me. I’m glad you’re okay. Your family’s had a long history with chamberlain. He posed a clear and constant threat. I know I should be breathing easy, but all I feel is a knot in my chest. To take a man’s life, even a man like chamberlain’s, is no easy thing for a police officer, mac.

[ Camera shutter clicking ] Not for a good one, like you. I did what I had to do. Is it callous to admit what bothers me most is the mountain of paperwork waiting? I’ll do the paperwork without complaint. Chamberlain made felicia’s life hell. He would’ve killed her tonight. Felicia and ava both. That’s a big win for the community. Heather webber’s crimes ensure she will never see the light of day again, but there’s still esme prince and what role, if any, she had in what played out tonight. And whether she’ll spend the night in a cell or a maternity ward. We’ve finally been reunited. We will never be parted again. This way. Wait, is this true? Would I lie to you?

[ Grunting ] Yes. This is not the time for this. Esme, try to calm down. No, I want to know, is this woman really my mother? Yes. Evidence suggests that heather webber gave birth to you. And I would do anything for you. Like commit mass murder?! Bit I did all of that for you, sweetheart. Don’t you see? Just to protect you. Don’t like these rich, small-minded people get into your head and come between us, darling. You are never meeting this baby, today or any day. Get out! No, you don’t mean that. And now we are leaving. Esme. You don’t mean that. I’m your mother. I will always be your mother. Sweetheart, I would give my whole life for you. You’re mine, and you will always be mine!

[ Crying ]

[ Groans ] You’re doing great, esme. Hang in there, sweetheart. You’re almost there.

[ Panting ] How far along? Second stage. The cervix is dilated. Contractions are regular.

[ Groans ] I can’T. I can’T. I’m not ready. I’m not ready. I’m not ready. I’m not ready. I’m not ready. Oh, honey, it’s okay. It’s okay, really. So many mothers felt that way. It’s okay. Will you stay with me, please? I’ll do you one better, okay? I’ll come right here behind you.

[ Groaning ] It’s alright. And you lay up right against me, okay? I’ve got you. Paramedic: She’s crowning. Another big push. Alright, here we go. Esme, deep breath. And push.

[ Grunts, screams ] Bear down. You know, if you would’ve told me when trina was born that there was a chance she wasn’t my daughter, you know, I would have been mad, I would’ve been angry, I would’ve been screaming, I would’ve been yelling, but I would’ve stopped long enough to hear what you had to say. Well, why aren’t you screaming at me? Why aren’t you yelling at me? Because I know that you have every right to. Because I would like to think that I’ve grown in time, that I can — that I can put myself in your shoes, that I can understand what you did and why you did it. But understanding it doesn’t make it hurt any less. Damn it, portia! So I wish you would’ve given me the chance to show you that my bond with trina is a lot more than dna. I mean, ever since she was born, in every way that counts, she was my daughter, but because you were dishonest, she is now questioning that.

[ Crying ] Which is exactly what I was trying to avoid. But all I’ve done is make it worse.

[ Crying ] Tell me, how is she? How’s trina doing? She’s in pain. She’s confused. Does she want to know who her real father is, whether it’s you or curtis? That didn’t come up, and I wasn’t going to push it. But let’s get one thing perfectly clear. I am trina’s dad. Point blank, period. Finn: What happened tonight? I’m not really sure. Eh, the cops will sort it out. I was unconscious for most of the time. But it’s not over, and I’m really worried about a friend.

[ Monitor beeping ] Yeah, I know the feeling. Excuse me, my phone has been destroyed, and I really need to make a few calls. Do you have a phone that I could use? Oh, never mind. Ava. Hi. Thank god. How’s austin? He’s — he’s doing okay. They ruled out the poison, and the wound isn’t what we feared. How are you doing? I’m good, I’m fine, physically. But jordan and mac, they wanted me to come here and get checked out, so — which was a good idea. Mac is okay? Yeah. What about ryan? Did he get away? He was coming at me, and… it was mac that stopped him. Felicia, ryan is dead. Oh, my god. Should I be nervous? You’re never speechless. So let me understand this.

[ Sighs ] You and nikolas held esme captive without medical attention. No, that’s where I came in. I gave the medical attention. And obstruction of justice. A police investigation was going on about esme. Okay, I know it was bad, but when you say it like that, it just sounds worse. You think? Yeah, I just need to know can you broker some sort of deal for me? I need to know, elizabeth… have you lost your mind? Update — ryan chamberlain is dead and esme prince’s whereabouts are still unknown. I’ll give you more details later. I wonder if laura will tell me any more about esme. Grandmother is on the island? They headed over there, she and kevin, right when you and trina arrived. Don’t worry. Mac and jordan aren’t going to let anything happen to them. Aunt alexis, I think that you would be doing everyone better if you were not here with me, so why don’t you go and then please, please, please update me if you hear anything? Are you sure? Yes, please go. Alright. Alright. Heather: No! Detective bennet: Go. No, my daughter needs me. She’s in labor! Esme’s in labor? Stay back, spencer. She needs her mother! You won’t be hearing from my lawyer. You were next. Get her to the station. Detective bennet: Come on.No, get your hands off me. Is esme having the baby right now? Last I heard. Commissioner, I realize that wyndemere is a crime scene, but I need to be on that island immediately. I’m so tired. Yes, of course you are, sweetheart. You’ve been through so much today, but you’re safe, honey. You’re safe, and you’re supported. And you’re almost there, esme. One more push should do it, okay? I need a few minutes. The baby needs to come — now. Oh, alright, honey, it’s time, and you can do this. Just summon all the strength in you. You’re going to meet your baby. One more big push, okay? When you’re ready. Big breath.

[ Grunts ] Attagirl. You can do it. You have more strength than you know.

[ Panting ] You can do it.

[ Grunts ] You can do it.

[ Baby crying ] Attagirl.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, my gosh.

[ Crying stops ] Is my baby okay?

Of course you’re trina’s dad. You raised that girl. You’ve always been there for her. Not always. I let her think I was dead, lied to her, thinking I was protecting her, but that deception hurt her. You’re not the only one who makes mistakes, portia. We both screwed up, thinking we’re doing the right thing at the right time. Trina’s the most important thing to both of us. You got that right. You got that. I remember how mad she was, how she didn’t want anything to do with me, but you just kept chipping away at her defenses… …encouraged her to hear me out. You’re a big reason why she gave me a second chance and forgave me, and I’m never going to forget that. Like I said, you’re a good father. You’re a good mother who made a terrible mistake.

[ Sniffles ] You still believe that? Oh, I’m pissed.

[ Chuckles ] I can’ t guarantee that thingswon’t be different, but, um… you, me, and trina, we’re, um — we’re family, and nothing or no one will ever change that. So the nurse said it shouldn’t be too much longer. Mm. You just have to fill this out and then name a new emergency contact. Ava… are you okay? I’m just thinking about the events of the day. Well, don’t feel guilty if you’re glad that ryan chamberlain’s dead. He and his daughter made your life a living hell. So when spencer’s efforts didn’t destroy my marriage… you ordered esme to seduce my husband, didn’t you?! Husbands come and go. You and I are forever. First, you took kiki. You murdered my daughter. And then you took nikolas, and you’ll keep doing it! You will keep taking unless somebody stops you! Ryan left an awful lot of carnage in his wake. Yeah. Well, I know that your divorce has been rough, but if you want, I’ll go and try to find nikolas. Oh. Thanks. But there’s nothing nikolas can do for me anymore. Ms. Prince will be admitted to the hospital under police custody, but she will not be separated from her child, correct? Got it. Grandmother. Yes? Are you okay? Yes. Is esme… you have a new little brother.

[ Sighs ]

[ Sighs ] Hey. Hey, uh, everything okay here? Mother and son doing well. How’s your team? Safe. Accounted for. Good. And ryan? Mac? Come with me. Just tell me. I had no choice, kevin. Ryan’s dead. It could’ve been felicia, it could’ve been ava, or anyone. Ryan wouldn’t be stopped.

[ Sighs ] Show me. Well, you’re right about one thing. I do underestimate you. Thank you for coming here and being so generous with me. I don’t like what you did, portia, but we share a child. And we always will. If you’re worried about trina, I can always find her. Good. Good, good, good, yes, ’cause she needs you. She needs you, especially now. Our daughter is unbelievably forgiving. I wish I shared your same hope. She’s also very strong-willed and… lately, she’s been putting up boundaries and setting limits, you know? That’s a good thing, isn’t it? Yeah, but what if this is too much for her to forgive? You didn’t see the way she was when she was confronting me and the things that she said to me. I’m just — I guess I’m just worried that I might have lost her forever. Do you want me to get you anything from the cafeteria while you wait? No. No, I’m fine. And it’s late. You should get home. Hey, what’s the matter? The long day just caught up. And it occurred to me that the hook has been caught. For the first time in a long time, I don’t have to worry about who’s hiding in the shadows. Seems like, today, everything just came to light. Hi, there. Hey. How’s dr. Gatlin-holt? Oh, I, uh — I have to write an order for my patient who — who will recover. Hmm. When he walks away from me, it usually means he’s troubled about something. I’m assuming it’s about that friend who could be an accessory to a felony? I am still concerned, and I think my friend’s made a decision. And you’re worried that that decision is going to ruin that friend’s life? At this point, it’s out of my hands. Aw, I can’t believe you let nikolas talk you into that cockamamie plan. And where is he now? He’s just somewhere, and he left you holding the bag? If you can’t help me, I’ll understand, but I can’t live with this guilt, and I have to mitigate the damage to the boys. Yeah, elizabeth, you’ve got to be there for the boys. I know. I’ve let them down so much lately. The only stability they have in their lives is cameron, and he’s just too young to shoulder all this responsibility. Yeah, and how is going to prison going to help them? Well, that’s what I’m hoping you can prevent. Oh, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah. No problem. Walk in the park for me. Okay, I know I’m asking a lot, but you’re practically the boys’ grandfather and the closest thing I have to a dad. Elizabeth, I will do everything in my power to get you out of this mess. That’s good enough for me.

[ Police radio chatter ]

[ Camera shutter clicking ]

[ Sighs ] I knew it. I could feel it. It’s real this time. Mac, are you… oh, okay. I’m fine. I’m fine. You’re safe now. Is it true? Is ryan really gone? At least it’s the end of a long nightmare for you. But he was still your brother. I hope you find the peace you never could in this life… …brother. He’s beautiful, isn’t he?

[ Baby crying ] He looks like a cassadine. Nikolas told me the truth. You’re not the father of my son, he is. Right. I just thought that since — the person I used to be sounds pretty messy. It’s no wonder you didn’t know who the father was. I’m not that person anymore, spencer, I promise you. I love your little brother, and I would do anything for him. I’ll come and check on you after you’re settled in in the hospital, but get some rest tonight, okay? Thank you. And stay warm. And, um, spencer, can you tell your father about the baby? I don’t know how to reach him. That makes two of us.

[ Door closes ] I’m sorry. Dr. Gatlin-holt is about to be moved. You’ll have to see him in the morning. But I need to talk to him. Well, he needs his rest. We’re here today to set the record straight about dupuytren’s contracture. Surgery is not your only treatment option.

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