GH Transcript Tuesday, March 7, 2023

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carly: Okay. Oh. Knock, knock. Well, this is a surprise. Hey. Hey. Mm! I didn’t see joss’ car outside. No. She’s out. And the girls are with my mom. I was just about to text you. Really? Yeah. Hmm. So we have the whole house to ourselves. We sure do.

[ Knock on door ] Yes. Yes. Come in. Hey. Portia. You, uh, you got a minute? Of course. Wow.

[ Chuckles softly ] We, uh, we’ve barely seen each other at the house. That’s on me. I’ve really been — I’ve been so busy with work. Yeah. Of course. That’s perfectly understandable. I’m on my way to an appointment. I’m getting the results of my genetics screening. Wow. Congratulations. That’S… oh, you must have so many questions. Yeah, I do. But the only thing I’m going to ask you about is… curtis.

[ Door closes, footsteps approaching ] Hi, curtis. Curtis? You okay? Alexis. Hi. I’m sorry. I didn’t even hear you. Must’ve been quite a meeting.

[ Exhales deeply ] Listen. I’m sorry. The wedding present is gonna be late ’cause I’ve been super busy and… save your money. Sorry? Where portia and I are headed, we’d probably just return it.

[ Elevator bell dings ] Oh. I don’t mean to… I was just looking for my aunt liesl. Ah. Well, you just missed her. Thank you. Uh, nina, wait. Will you, uh… will you give us a moment alone? How come you’re willing to give your ex-husband a pass? ‘Cause if he has something over on you, I could help you. You know that, r– austin: Hi. I’m so sorry to interrupt. But, ava, do you think I could speak to you for second? We’re kind of in the middle of something right now. No. It’s okay, sonny. Really. I-I have things to discuss with austin, okay? What about the situation with nikolas? No. There is no situation. He was just trying to hurt me. You know, he is absolutely no threat to our daughter. You sure? Yeah. Yeah, I’m sure. Forget I said anything. One too many martinis and… a thousand too many bad decisions.

[ Indistinct conversations ] Hmm. What was that all about? Ah, ava wouldn’t tell me. But she’s gonna.

[ Door closes ] Hey. Here. Here. Thank you. You okay? Yeah. Okay. Did you take it? I did. Okay. So? Are we having a baby?

Mnh-mnh. We have to wait. We have to wait at least until the brownies are done. What? They’re not even in the oven yet. Mm! No. No. I am a woman on a mission. Hm-mnh. Wow. I can’t even believe you’re baking. I know. Hey. Hey. These are for willow. She hasn’t had much of an appetite lately, but she does love my brownies. Well, that is a very noble cause. Yes. Well, also, too, it looks like liesl obrecht is going to be a match for willow to be a donor, and we need to celebrate. And what’s a celebration without brownies? You know what? Speaking of celebration, I’ve got something that I want to celebrate. Really? Mm-hmm. Us — openly, as a couple. No, we’re not having a baby. The test was negative. It’s funny. You know, I was just cruising along, not even thinking about having a baby. I mean, at least not yet. Then, all of a sudden, there could be a baby. And then it’s back to no baby all in a few minutes. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you as soon as I suspected it. No, no. It’s fine. It’s fine. T.J.? How do you feel about all of this? Well, I-it’s not like we were planning on starting a family, at least not until after I finished my residency. We would need a bigger place. We definitely haven’t saved for a baby, so… so…we’re relieved I’m not pregnant. Right? Alexis: You — you and portia are… yeah. You know what? It’s really a long story. I don’t really… care to repeat it. It’s okay. No worries. Let’s just say I’ll be attending more meetings than usual. Okay. Good. That’s what they’re there for. Yeah. Must have been quite a blow. I’ll be fine. Really. I’ll be fine. I’m not one to preach, but for what it’s worth, the serenity prayer does come in handy sometimes. It does. I don’t want to hold you from your meeting. You’re not holding me up from anything. There are plenty of meetings. I don’t want to be the reason you miss yours. I want you to come with me. Don’t be difficult. Come with me. I’m deeply troubled about this rift between you and curtis. Not only have I witnessed how devoted you were to each other, but…curtis and I, we… we wouldn’t have the relationship we do if it wasn’t for you. Thank you. And honestly, I couldn’t even tell you why I didn’t tell curtis that he might be trina’s father. Hey, portia… I don’t know. …Portia, you don’t have to justify your actions to me.

[ Exhales deeply ] It seemed to me like you were just about to tell sonny that nikolas is dead and the body’s missing. Mm. Why would you do something like that? I need help. And sonny is avery’s father, and he would do anything to protect her. And protecting her means protecting me. And if I’m protected, you’re protected. Olivia: If you want to stick your nose all up in ava’s business, you go right on ahead. Olivia. Huh? She’s avery’s mother. After what she’s been through with ryan chamberlain, she has every right to be spooked. Ava and austin seem pretty cozy at the moment. Why don’t you let him be her emotional support animal, okay? You got enough going on in your life right now. Michael: I’ll just, uh, set you up over here. Thank you. Okay. All right. So you, uh, you have your water, you have… I have my cellphone. …Your cellphone. Okay. Thank you. Mm-hmm. You sure about this? The minute nina becomes too much, I will send up a flare. Okay.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Uh…I won’t be far, okay? Okay. Uh, we just had a meeting with dr. Randolph and your aunt liesl. They are running more tests to make sure that it’s safe for her to donate, but, um, dr. Randolph is hopeful. Thank god. That’s what I wanted to… talk to you about. Where things stand. Okay. Yeah. Um… how are you? Uh, how are the kids? Is there anything that I can do… nina — nina… …to help you while you… nina, I’m willing to talk to you about my condition. The kids are off limits. I’m not going to tell you anything about them, and…you won’t ask. Are we clear?

[ Cellphone chimes ]

I’m not sure that my actions can even be justified. Certainly not anymore. And at the time? Curtis was out of my life for good, with no expectation of him coming back. And I was with marcus, and he had just come back from his — his assignment, a-and I found out I was pregnant. And we were so happy. We were overjoyed! A-and trina and marcus have this bond. It’s so sacred. It’s like I… it’s like I would do anything to protect it. Even at the expense of the bond you share with my son. It seemed to make perfect sense to me at the time. And you — you, of all people — I thought maybe… maybe you would be able to understand this. Portia, I walked away from my family ’cause I told myself that was the right thing to do for them. Everybody wants to protect their loved ones from hard truths. I’ve come to believe that’s a-a natural instinct and it shouldn’t be ignored. But maybe looking back on it all, that — that instinct, it shouldn’t always be trusted. T.J.: Relieved? Um, I-I don’T… I don’t know if I’d say that. But… it’s okay. You can tell me. I think we need to have a talk. You know, just sit down and — and — and really… T.J., You can tell me anything.

[ Door opens ] Except not right now. Turmoil is good on an empty stomach. H– hi! Hi.

[ Clears throat ] T.J., Mol. Hi. Hi. Uncle curtis. Happy anniversary, you two. Oh, thank you. Please, uh, sit down. Join us. Oh, no, no, no. We don’t want to interrupt. Uncle, please stay. We haven’t seen you since the wedding. You know what? I think I’m gonna order from the bar. Hey, t, can I holler at you for a second? Hey. Look. I, uh, I don’t have a lot of time. Willow’s downstairs. I want to get her home. I needed to give you a heads-up. I think sonny might be onto me. Nikolas is my responsibility. Don’t give anybody a reason to suspect you. And let me protect myself. Telling a guy like sonny corinthos is not gonna help us. In fact, it could get us both killed. Right? You’re right, olivia. I’m — I got a lot on my plate. So that’s why, um, I’m gonna need your help. In what way? Nina — ugh! Okay. No, no, no. No. The answer’s no. Okay. Just — can you just hear me out? Nina’s climbing the walls, right, worrying about this whole willow situation. You’re over at the quartermaines’, right? Could you just keep me posted on how she is? And you want to go public with our relationship? I take it that surprises you. Yeah. What happened to the whole “we’re at risk for being accused of insider trading” thing? Yeah, we’re at risk. Okay. Call me crazy, but I’m not really excited about going to prison. And if I’m being honest, I find this whole, like, being secret, like, not so bad.

[ Chuckles ] You’re enjoying the intrigue, huh? Having an illicit affair without actually betraying anybody. I am. Mm. I find it very sexy and exciting. Wow. I get that. But…enough time has passed since the stock purchase and the failed merger. I mean, it’s not as obvious to people that we were together when the information was exchanged. You’re such a romantic. Yeah. I’m just being realistic! I mean, the longer that we keep this a secret, this is what’s gonna happen. It increases our chances of getting caught. And if that happens, then it begs the question how long we’ve actually been together, which brings us back to insider trading. I think we’ve done a really good job of keeping this quiet. I really do. Only my kids and sonny know we’re together. And olivia. And none of them are gonna say anything. Trust me. No one is on to us. I won’t ask about the kids. Because if you do, this conversation is over. Okay. Please…go on. Understood. First about the… bone marrow transplant. While your aunt is a match, there are concerns about her fitness as a donor. Why? Be– because of her age? Bone marrow donors are ideally between 18 and 35 years of age, and your aunt is… over 35. But she’s as strong as an ox. It’s not her, um, physical fitness so much as her medical history they have to consider. And they also have to determine if there are any underlying issues that she might not know about. You know, willow, you’ve been talking about my aunt liesl. How are you?

For someone else to find out about us. It’s actually kind of a miracle that the secret has lasted as long as it has. Yeah, but since ned is the one who threatened to turn us in to the sec, won’t going public with our relationship blow him out of the water? Well, the only reason that ned threatened that was to keep michael and i out of elq, right? Yeah. Well, what’s changed? Well, ned was afraid that michael and i would push him out. So he teamed up with valentin. Valentin is now dead, and his shares were inherited by his daughter. But laura is the one handling her affairs. So this is actually — this is actually the perfect opportunity to regain control of valentin’s shares. Okay, but if we isolate ned, won’t he pull the trigger with the sec? Not if I bow out. I feel like I interrupted something big here. Oh. Um, it was almost something big. Is everything okay? Yeah. No. Everything’s fine. Mm. It’s just, um… T.J. And I thought that I might be pregnant.

[ Gasps ] I’m not. Aw. But, you know… gave you something to talk about, right? Yeah. Mm. I mean, it’s not like we were planning on having kids any time soon, you know? I mean, we’re so busy as it is. And then…you add a baby to the mix. Oh. Yeah. I mean, it’s exhausting, you know? And you work. So when you’re at work, you’d be thinking about the baby. And when you’re with the baby, you’d be thinking about all the things that you have to get done at work. With his schedule, you’re gonna be doing the night shift. Good luck with that, right? A-and the truth is, you got to keep your eye on them 24 hours a day, right? Because as small as they are, you can’t imagine how they could have such a long reach and fit almost anything into their mouth. I mean, you were a cross between an octopus and a dustbuster. It is. It is exhausting. I mean, sometimes you wonder how you get through the whole day, let alone 18 years. But — but on the other hand, it’s — it’s the best thing that could ever happen to you. I know something went down after molly and I left the reception. I’m not asking for details…

[ Sighs ] …But is there anything I can do for you? I appreciate the offer. Right now, I just want to focus on something — anything else. I hear that. Like, uh… well,like you. How are you and molly? Actually, it’s crazy. Molly and I are talking about having a baby. Yeah. Ah. Wow. So, any thoughts… on fatherhood? The reason why I’ve been burying myself in my work and…avoiding you… it’s because… I don’t want to have this conversation. Right. But now I’m actually thankful. I’m thankful that we did have it, because I-I thought I had ruined everything. Not just between me and curtis, but… between you and me as well. And — and now the fact that you’re saying that… you don’t hate me for what I’ve done… oh, no, no. …You’ve given me hope, you know? I could never hate you, portia. And after everything you’ve done for me — I never would’ve questioned my schizophrenia diagnosis if it wasn’t for you. That’s why I wanted to see you before I got my test results from the geneticist. To say thank you. I can’t imagine how you must be feeling right now. I…don’t have a lot of energy or an appetite. I have difficulty concentrating. Also, this is going to sound really shallow, but, um… my nails are really brittle. I always prefer it when they look nice. May I see? Oh. Not too long ago at crimson, we did a feature on nail art. Not hard-hitting journalism, I know. But some of that art is very intricate. Anyway, there was an artist who gave me a-a strengthening nail varnish recommendation. And, coincidentally enough, it’s from deception, and I have been using it all the time. Here you go. Thank you. If sonny were onto you, you’d be dead. No. Something’s changed. When sonny agreed to the pikeman deal, he said he wanted me involved. And then last night, he got an update of some sort, and he shut me out — literally went into his office with one of his guys and shut the door. That doesn’t mean he’s pushing you out. If he trusted me, I would be there. And this shipment is still your best chance to nail sonny to the wall. I hate to break this to you. There is absolutely nothing that you can do for willow and michael right now. I know that. But this distance is killing me, olivia. Then you go do something about it. Sonny was no fan of nikolas. If I tell him what I did and why, he — he will take care of things and make sure that avery doesn’t lose her mother. Ava, I-I just think it would be a huge mistake. What do you want me to do? Sit around and — and wait? Do nothing?! Your lady friend’s got a point, cuz. If she’s begging sonny corinthos for help… …you both must be in big trouble.

If ned stays in controlof elq with no threats and no challenges, he’s got no reason to turn us in. So as long as nobody else finds out about when our relationship actually started, we — I mean, we should be in the clear. Okay. Well, what about michael? I mean, he’s obviously not going to turn us in, but he has some serious and justified differences with ned about elq. Michael has other things on his mind way more important than business. The people that we care about, the people that we love, they’re way more important. Being with you… that’s made that crystal clear for me. That’s really sweet. But I can’t let you do this. You and T.J., You’ll be wonderful parents. You got everything going for you. You’re healthy. You’re — you’re smart. You’re successful. You have a great support system. But what about work? I raised two babies by working as a lawyer as a single mom, so I think you can manage. But what about T.J.? You’re right. He — he does work insane hours. Doctors have babies, too. I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy. Clearly. You’ll make it work. I think you would love being a mom. I did. I do. Are you and T.J. On the same page about having kids? I’m sorry, T.J. If you could ask me literally… anything else. I’m sorry. I didn’t realize. It’s just that we… we thought that molly might be pregnant. She’s not. But when we were waiting to find out — I’ve never had that feeling before. Having a baby with molly could be amazing. But, um, yeah, we — we can talk about something else. Oh! Forget what I said a minute ago, okay? You want to be a dad. That’s great news. I’m not so sure. Molly was freaked out. I mean, she has a five-year plan, right? And this is not in it. And the last thing I want to do is push her to have a baby when she doesn’t want to. And if she thinks that I do, she won’t want to disappoint me. So I just — I don’t know. Maybe I should just keep my feelings to myself. Portia: So tell me — how are you feeling about all of this? Well…not only do I not know what to expect. I don’t even know what to hope for. Mm. Either I have schizophrenia and I can congratulate myself for managing it so well for so long or… well, absolutely. Schizophrenia is a very difficult disease to manage. But on the other hand, what if I’m healthy? Everything I gave up — my wife, my…boys, a life with my family — all I sacrificed, all for nothing. You thought you were a threat to your family, and you protected your family. So in that vein, you’ve wasted nothing. Now all you need to do is move forward. Yeah. But how do I move forward?

[ Sighs ] Aside from the state of my nails… nina:

[ Chuckles ] …And the need to take a lot of naps, I’m doing okay. Better than okay. Michael is taking excellent care of me. Yeah. I can see how much he loves you. And…and I am so happy that you two have each other. And I’m really, really grateful that you chose to tell me all of this. So thank you. To be honest… …I didn’t want to. Your aunt liesl asked me to. Okay. W-what’s sonny’s attitude been towards you overall? I would have said good. Why? I was at pozzulo’s waiting for him. I…I didn’t have anything to do, so I-I got to poking around the kitchen. I-I found this recipe for chicken piccata, and I noticed we had the ingredients, so I-I decided to try to make it. You cook? I-I’m teaching myself. But when he got there, I asked him if he wanted some. He did, so we had dinner together. We talked — nothing about business, okay? He — he told who he got the recipe from — gloria cerullo. Okay. All right. Look, dex. Forget about the pikeman update. If — if sonny’s talking to you about his past, you got nothing to worry about. Mason, now’s just not a good time. Now, now, austin. Your cousin never shows up without a good reason. Oh, now, mason, I don’t know what you think you heard. Austin, you want to enlighten the lady? I-I was getting to that, yeah. Um…ava, mason has some concerns. Oh! Oh, no. I’m not concerned. I’m not even bothered. It’s like I was telling austin here. Wyndemere has some very impressive stables. I can see you spare no expense for your horses. Something about being around animals is… calming to a person — particularly when that animal is left behind… to rot. Olivia: Always a pleasure, sonny. Before you go back to running the place, I got one more thing, uh, and yes, it’s about nina. Ugh! What now? Can you just be nicer to her? This whole thing with willow is — is tearing apart. She’s running crimson, and she’s trying to prove herself at the metro court. Fine. Okay. Okay. I will be nicer to nina. But my first loyalty is to carly, and it always will be. I would not expect anything less. And not for nothing, but carly seems pretty happy these days. Yeah, I’ve noticed. Noticed what exactly?

You aren’t alone. I am gonna be there for you. Mm. And I know curtis would want to be there, too. He’s going to the appointment with you, isn’t he? Nah, nah. You know, I thought I’d wait and see what the results were. I didn’t want to bother him, anyway, not — not now. I know that curtis and i aren’t in the best of positions right now. But I know he would want to be there for his dad. Those are words I never thought I’d hear. And I’m hearing them in no small part now because of you. You two definitely started building that bridge yourself. Now, I got to go check on some patients. Oh. But — no, no, no. Why don’t you stay here? Take a second to yourself, maybe make a phone call. Have some privacy.

[ Door opens, closes ] T.J. And I have thought about having kids down the line, you know? But sooner than that? I mean, I-I don’t know what he thinks. Maybe that’s a conversation that you both should have. Well, we were kind of trying to. Okay. Got that.

[ Laughs ] That’s my cue to leave. My darling, I know how you like to plan things. But from one planner to another, plan to have your mind changed. That’s good advice. I do give good advice. If only I would listen to it. You know, when you think you’re the smartest person in the room all the time, you tend not to listen to your partner. Or in my case, a friend.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Oh, it’s your granddad. Tell him I said hi. Yeah. Hey, pop. What’s up? Marshall: Hey, son. I-I know you’re busy. But I would really appreciate it if you were here. I told you before. Sonny wants to be a mentor, a father figure. You making that dinner gave him that opportunity. That isn’t why I did it. I was genuinely interested to try the recipe. Okay. Yeah. It just happened, right? It was spur of the moment. Yeah. That’s why it worked. Look. Sonny… he didn’t last this long being stupid or naive. If you would’ve forced it, he would have noticed. So just keep doing what you’re doing, okay? You’re closer than you think. What — what about pikeman? Okay. Don’t — don’t — don’t push it. That’ll only make him suspicious. Let them choose to trust you. Hey, look. I got to get back downstairs to willow, all right? I hope she feels better. Yeah. We’re working on it. Liesl asked me to give you a chance. My aunt liesl, she didn’T… threaten to withhold her bone marrow if I didn’t make an effort with you? No. Oh. Thank god. She just explained how much my health matters to you, and I… wanted to respect that. It does matter. More than I can say.

[ Footsteps approaching ] Willow. You, uh, ready to go home? Sounds like heaven. Well, I have to… to get to the hotel. It’s, uh, it’s convention season.

[ Chuckles ] We won’t keep you. Okay. Hey. Thank you. Mason: This is fun, right?

I’m having fun. As a matter of fact, I think the three of us should socialize more often together. But how are we gonna stay in contact?

[ Snaps fingers ] We’ll exchange numbers. Ava… may I see your phone? Why don’t you just tell me your number? I’ll be sure to add you to my contacts. Nah. I’d rather take care of it myself. I wouldn’t want you to get the number wrong. Well, austin can give you my number. You can text me, and then I’ll have you. No. I’d rather take care of it here and now. Fine. Thank you. We both know that carly and drew have been spending a lot of time together. It’s just — it’s just too bad that they have to be so discreet. Now, how would you know about that? Okay. First of all — let me?

[ Sighs ] It’s too much. I can’t let you do this. You can’t give up on elq because of me. Look. My first priority is to protect us from the sec. But I got to tell you, giving ned control over elq, that’s actually a good strategy. Oh! You got to work on that whole romance thing. Oh, you want romance? Yeah. ‘Cause I’m willing to prove devotion. Really? How? I’ll do anything. Anything? Mm-hmm. I’ll even do the dishes. The dishes? Yeah. I’ll clear these dishes right here. You don’t have to do that. But I want to.

[ Gasps ]

I’m in your contacts. And I texted myself. So…I have your number, and you have mine. Goody. That way, when I call, you’ll answer. You all have a good evening. Thanks again for letting me use your office. And for everything else. Our conversation really was helpful to me. I-I really appreciate you letting me talk things out.

[ Laughs ] And your test results today — I hope they’re everything that you want them to be. Marshall? Tell me the truth. Do you think that there is any hope for curtis and me? Gregory, it’s me. I did not like how we left things. Can we talk? Having a baby, you know, it’s — it’s a big decision. The biggest. So I think we should, you know, sit down a-and talk and see how we both feel, go over the logistics, go over the finances — I want to have a baby. Me too.

[ Laughs ] How did it go with nina? Surprisingly well. I told her the kids were off limits, and…she agreed. The questions she did ask were…appropriate. And I got the sense that she really heard my answers. Well, I’m glad she didn’t try and pull anything and you feel that it went well. It did. But I’m not forgetting who nina is. Or what she’s done to our family. I’m so glad you stopped by tonight. Soon I’ll be able to spend any night you want. Be careful. I might take you up on that. In the meantime… there is something that you can do for me. Anything. I’d really love a brownie. A brownie? Yeah.

[ Laughing ] I’m not getting you a brownie! With, like, a glass of milk? Mnh-mnh. I know why carly and drew have to stay quiet. Because if certain people find out how long they’ve been together and what they have discussed, they’d have to deal with the consequences. Yeah. Mm-hmm. Only because my husband threatened to sic the sec on them. How’s that for romantic? Huh?

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