GH Transcript Friday, March 17, 2023

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king me. I’d like to crown you, alright. Fine. Here’s your “king me” crown. I think we have parcheesi. Oh.

[ Knock on door ]

[ Knock on door ] Laura: It’s laura. Welcome. Thank you.

[ Gasps ] Hey. Thank heaven. Lucy. Oh, lucy. Oh, it’s so good to see you. It’s so good to see you.

[ Both chuckle ] Okay. News from the outside world. Tell me there’s an end to this nightmare in sight. Please. It’s too risky. I could end up dead. That’s what happens when you bunk in with a cassadine.

[ Knock on door ] Come in. Oh, deputy mayor ashby. Hello. Ms. Miller, hi. I know I’m interrupting, but I think you’ll be glad I did. Okay. Why specifically am I glad to see you? Because I’m about to make your day.

[ Chuckles ] Thank you, doctor, for seeing me again at such short notice. I certainly understand why you’d want your issue to be resolved quickly. I imagine any man would.

[ Chuckles ] I read dr. Finn’s report, and, unfortunately, I agree with his assessment — your condition is likely irreversible. Victor: I know what you’ve done, laura. You’re a vindictive — you’re determined to strip me of my power and humiliate me in the process.

[ Chuckles ] Oh. You don’t need me for that. When your life falls apart, and it will, there will be more than me to blame. Mm. But you’re the one that will pay most dearly. My, uh — my family means everything to me, doctor. I recently lost my son, and the rest of the family is in crisis. I simply can’t afford to be distracted right now. I have to focus. I-I need to ensure my family’s survival. Nothing can jeopardize that. Nina: Of course, maxie.

Crimson always supports nurses’ ball. Just — if you need anything, you just ask me. That’s it. Hey, hey, wait. Give james a big hug from his aunt nina, okay? I love you. Bye.

[ Telephone thumps lightly ] Well, something happened that worried you enough to increase your security. I’m not worried. I’m handling it. Okay, well, if I knew the details, would i be worried? I take that as a yes. You said you didn’t want to know. I didn’t think I did, but… …now I’m not so sure.

[ Knock on door ] Phyllis! [ Gasps ] You’re back! Oh!

[ Chuckles ] Oh. I packed your ear drops,so if you start to hurt again, make sure… you, um, tell your dad, okay? Hey, frank. Uh, how’s it going? It’s going well. Evening, mrs. C. — Uh, ms. Spencer. Apologies. I’ll — I’ll get used to it, I promise. It’s okay. I’m sure you will. After you, ladies. Look who it is. Daddy! How you doing, sweetheart? I wasn’t expecting you. Yeah. Who are you expecting?

As a matter of fact, I do have a bit of an update. You do? Oh, this is so good. Okay. Just tell me it involves the word “victor,” and then any combination, like “incarcerated,” “incapacitated,” or “d-e-a — dead.” Ohh. Uh…where’s anna? She’s in the bedroom, trying to crack the code etched into the ice princess. Do you want me to get her? No, don’t interrupt her. You can always bring her up to speed later. Okay. So does this mean that I can finally go home? No. I’m sorry.

[ Sighs ] Come on. I mean, I am so grateful — you know I am — for being rescued and for just being alive. But come on. Tick, tock, people. Come on. I know. Well, on the bright side, i do think that we are starting to get to victor. Get to victor how?

[ Sighs ] I ran into your father last night at the metro court, and he was seething with rage. And he said that he “knew what I had done.” Did he get more specific? No. He said that — he said that I was determined to “strip him of his power,” and that I was “robbing him of his dignity in the process.” Okay, but — but it — it sounds like whatever you’re doing is working, so keep on doing what’s working. Well [Sighs] Victor is clearly fraying. He definitely believes that you’re all dead. He — he doesn’t seem to have any idea where nikolas is. Spencer is actually defying him by going to live with his uncle sonny. So he has lost control of his family.

[ Breathes deeply ] And it seems that he’s having some kind of a medical issue. What kind? Uh, the kind that makes a man realize he’s not as powerful as he used to be.

[ Chuckles ] Yeah. At any rate, I-I don’t think it’ll be much longer before we bring victor down for good. So you don’t have to be patient much longer, lucy. You know me. I don’t do patient. I am not patient. Come on. And — and the world right now needs lucy coe. So, just, uh, how are you going to make my day? By offering this office the chance to save time and effort, and the taxpayers of port charles and new york considerable expense. And I know, robert, that you are intent on streamlining this office.

[ Clicks ] So you’re going to want to hear my offer. Of course, if this is actually a bad time, I-I can s– ah, da-da-da. The deputy mayor and I are done. Right, eileen? Yes, for now. Good evening. Bye. I, uh, requested a copy of a file on holly sutton, with her accident at the cabin. The original, unredacted file. Go on. It may contain useful information on the necklace. And you’re certain you can get your hands on this file? I have strings I can pull. Then pull them. Now. How’s your ear? Much better. Her drops are in her bag if you need them. Who are you? Uh, that’s — his — his name is dex. He works for daddy. Dex, this is my daughter. Oh, hi. It’s very nice to meet you. Nice to meet you. Hello, ms. Spencer. Hi, dex. Do you live here? No, I’m just visiting. Yeah, we’re going to get some work done. Right, uh, dex? And he’s going to be staying here for a couple days, darling. In my room? No, I’m in the — the den.

[ Grunts softly ] Um, I was just on my way out to grab some things. I’ll, uh, be back soon. Nice to meet you. I guess you didn’t get my message. No, I didn’T.

[ Door closes ] What’s going on?

The nurses’ ball is always an event — the event — but this year, it happens to coincide with general hospital’s 60th anniversary. I know, I know, but it’s going to be televised this year so you can watch it. I don’t want to watch

[Chuckles] The nurses’ ball. I am the nurses’ ball. I have chaired every single nurses’ ball that ever was. I know, lucy, and each one of them has been magnificent. Thank you. But I want this one to be magnificent. Magnificent. And — and it just takes a certain type of expertise. There’s no substitute. I can assure you maxie has everything under control. Really? Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. Define “everything.” Go ahead. Spare no details. Okay. Okay. I know that she’s got financing from elq and also from aurora. Wow. Great. That’s super. Except those are quartermaine companies, and that family lives for the hospital. So really, they couldn’t refuse, could they? She is meeting with more sponsors tonight. Super, but she might run into a snag ’cause those sponsors can be pretty prickly. Maxie can handle it. I hope they do give her a hard time ’cause she’ll squeeze them for every cent and they’ll thank her for it. I just wish I could be there to see it. I need to be there to see it. No, you don’T. Because if you were, victor would know what we were up to, and he would go free, and he would make us all pay dearly.

[ Sighs ] So what you need to do is settle down, accept the situation, ’cause there’s nothing you can do about it. Phhht!

[ Scoffs ] Lucy. Uh, I know how hard this must be on you. But fortunately, I have something that might make you feel better. We can try to treat the symptoms, but it’s not guaranteed to work. Oh, anything you think worth trying, I’m ready and willing to put up a fight. We’ll start with a prescription. I’ll get it from the hospital pharmacy myself. I appreciate that.

[ Indistinct conversations, telephone rings in distance ]

[ Door closes ]

[ Knock on door ] Thank you for replying to my text. You indicated it was urgent. So… what couldn’t wait? I have reason to believe that laura and robert think I’m connected to you.

[ Sighs ] And what better way of disabusing them of that notion than to come looking for me in a well-populated, brightly lit building with security cameras around every corner? I am often at the hospital in the course of my official duties. Well, good for you. But do not contact me again unless you have something I can use against laura. Unless that’s why you’re here. I don’t have anything about that, but…

[Exhales deeply] …I do have this. This is my granddaughter, amelia grace.

[ Gasps ] Oh.

[ Chuckles ] Isn’t she a beauty? Yeah. Oh, my goodness. I love her already. Oh. Even though I’m not allowed to be around her. Willow still keeping you at arm’s length? Well, not — not exactly. It — it turns out that my aunt liesl is a viable bone marrow donor for willow, so she convinced willow to keep me updated about her health issues. Well, that’s wonderful. Yeah. It’s a start. Every other subject is off limits, including wiley and…amelia. Well, as you said, you made a start. If you respect her wishes, she’ll see you made the effort. And when she’s better — and I do mean “when” — she’ll let you in. Here’s to hoping.

[ Both laugh ] So, what’s sonny’s take on this? Well, sonny says pretty much the same thing. Though I think he’s trying to convince himself, too, because his… son, michael, doesn’t really want to be around him. Our children have formed a united front against us. You know, it’s a shame when families shut each other out. Yeah. In the meantime, it’s wonderful that you can rely on sonny. Well, can’t you?

[ Sighs ] Sonny: Alright. Donna’s in her room. Uh, the reason I called you is I want to talk to you about donna staying tonight. Oh, oh, okay. Sorry I missed your calls at the quartermaines’. I was helping plan the nurses’ ball with maxie, willow, and michael. How’s michael and willow holding up? Worried…but they’re holding it together. What’s going on? Why do you have two bodyguards and dex for protection? First of all, dex is not protecting me. I’m — I’m keeping an eye on him. Why? Dex: Sonny, get down!

[ Gunshot ] Stay down. That’s a sniper rifle.

[ Gunshot ] Crap!

[ Gunshots ] Boss. What are you doing? If he gets a clear shot, he’ll blow your head off. He can’t shoot if he’s ducking. There was an incident.

[ Keys jingling ]

[ Footstep in distance ][ Dramatic music plays ]

[ Gun cocks ]

Josslyn: Dex, is that you? Yeah. Yeah. Joss, you can’t just show up here without letting me know first. Okay? I-I thought you were… an intruder. I could have hurt you. I know. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. But I don’t know whether or not to text you. I don’t know if sonny will see it. And why are you staying with him? When did this happen? I’m sorry. Okay? I was going to reach out as soon as I got away from him. I just — I just hadn’t gotten the chance yet. How did you hurt yourself? What the hell is going on? Uh, right. In regards to my relationship with sonny, I’m just — just reevaluating things. I thought things were good between you and sonny. They were. They — they… they are. They are. It’s just… I thought I could separate sonny’s livelihood… from our relationship. And now I’m wondering if I was just fooling myself. Well, you knew exactly who sonny was when you encountered him in nixon falls. You knew before he did. I did. I heard all the stories about sonny corinthos — by reputation and in the news — that he was fearsome. He was a violent man. And then I got to know “mike.” Fell in love with mike. And then when sonny, you know, he regained his memory, it seemed like he really changed. Well, I don’t think you’re wrong about that. Yeah. Even when we went back to port charles, all the violence that I was warned about and the realities of sonny’s world, it just seemed theoretical. And so it was easy for me to move forward with sonny. Nina… what’s changed? It turns out that peace was only temporary. And now that peace… has broken. I just don’t think it’s a good idea for donna to stay here for a while. How bad is it? Uh, dex and i went to the warehouse. Uh. We weren’t alone. You okay? Yeah, I’m fine. Uh, dex got a little banged up. Nothing serious. I just wanted to keep him close while he’s on the mend. Who is it this time? Carly, it’s alright. You’re — you’re out of this now. Really? ‘Cause I feel like I’m right back in it. I have spoken with trina robinson about the criminal charges against esme prince. Well, um, you can assure her that we’re doing our level best to build an airtight case. Yes, but are you certain of a conviction? Why wouldn’t we be? Because esme now presents as a very sympathetic defendant.

[ Scoffs ] Come on. She’s about as sympathetic as an alligator chasing a pup. Not anymore. Now, she is a young mother who nearly died escaping captivity after being literally locked in a tower.

[ Sighs ] And, of course, she is professing traumatic memory loss. Esme is something like 6 or 7 fairy-tale princesses all rolled into one. You got a little rapunzel. You got little snow white. Anyway, all she has left in the world is this innocent little baby. So now esme is a traumatized, frightened young woman and a caring mother. What do you suggest I do? Drop the charges. Unless you have some sort of time machine that could take me back, way back before I got myself involved in all of this, I don’t think there’s much you can do for me. Is that so? Well, then, I guess you wouldn’t want this letter from martin after all, right?

[ Whispering ] Really? Oh, marty.

[ Smooches ] Oh, my goodness. Oh, I miss him so much. I think the feeling is mutual. Oh, thank you. Grazie.

Merci beaucoup. You’re welcome. Thank you. I-I-I love this.

[ Gasps ] You know what I’m going to do? I am going to take my letter, I’m going to run a very, very hot, hot bath, I’m going to grab my glass of wine, and I’m going to read every single word a thousand times my beloved wrote to me. Ta! Mwah!

[ Whispering ] Thank you. You’re welcome. So tell me, how are you, really? Fine.

[ Chuckles ] Lucy’s a lot. Yeah.

[ Laughs ]Even when you’re not trapped in a confined space with her. I do have anna. And, uh, I would endure anything to get rid of victor cassadine. Well, like I said, it’s not going to be much longer. You know, I-I can bring charlotte for a visit very soon, if you would like. No. Please don’T. That’s the last thing I want. Let’s see what you’ve found. I need your assurance that this will all be over before this blows back on me.

[ Sighs ] Once again, you forget how our arrangement works. I found it in the da’s office. Use it to achieve your goal quickly so I can end my involvement before I pay for this alliance with my freedom… or my life.

[ Sighs ] So… a necklace made from the ice princess still exists. And robert has it.

I appreciate the offer. I do. But given my father’s current agitated state… you don’t want to take the risk. I don’t want to take the risk. It was great that felicia brought her by, and I’m sure victor’s watching her. But it would do me a world of good to see her. Yeah, it would do you both good. She misses you terribly. Miss her right back. You make sure you tell her that the next time you see her, okay? Of course I will. I’m grateful to you and to kevin for everything you did to get her away from victor. I would do anything for charlotte. I know you would. Even if it means, by extension, helping me. Life is full of surprises. I was with sonny, and we were ambushed. And you got shot? Just creased.

[ Whispering ] Oh, my god. You know that I can’t stand that word. Look, it’s not like last time, okay? It bled a lot, but I didn’t even need stitches. Oh, great. Look, sonny just wants me to stay with him while I’m healing up. But your mom and donna came over, so I-I figured I should give them some space. I-I just came here to grab some things. I’m sorry I didn’t tell you sooner. Please say something. Take off your shirt. I know you’re worried about the kids. I’m worried about you, too. You saw security. Uh, I’m handling it. I’m — I’m going to take care of it. How’s that? I have a good team. You know most of them. Dex is new, but h-he’s doing excellent work. I’m going to find out what’s going on, and I’m going to stop it. I’d love to believe that. But we both know you can’t make that promise. All of a sudden, sonny is on high alert. He assigned protection to all his loved ones, including me. Well, do you feel safer with the bodyguard? Oddly enough, no. I mean, I’m really glad that there’s someone there to protect me, but I’m constantly on guard that something’s going to happen. Well, I can see where that would be unsettling, not just in the day-to-day, but in your relationship, too. To be fair to sonny, he has never tried to lie or hide the realities of his work. I thought if I didn’t know, then that would be a buffer between our relationship and his…organization. And now you’re realizing there is no buffer. There are — are sides of sonny I didn’t really ever know… that are starting to emerge. Now that you’re seeing those sides, you have to be honest with yourself. Is this a relationship you can sustain?

Well, knowing that you’re therefor charlotte and watching over her, taking care of her, that’s really everything to me. Yeah. I couldn’t do any of this without you, so, uh, thank you. Her safety, her future is one of the biggest reasons we have to stop victor. Yeah. My father’s obsessed with his family. Enriching it. Controlling it. Have you heard from nikolas? No. No, I haven’T. He, um — he vanished without a trace. I’m assuming that it was intentional. I guess he — he ran away. I don’t really know, but victor doesn’t seem to know. I’m sorry. I mean, no matter how old they are, there’s no hell like worrying about your child. Thank you. What makes matters a lot worse is victor now seems to be focusing even more on spencer and on spencer’s baby brother. Well, they got the name. They’re cassadine heirs. That means they factor into victor’s plans — whatever they are. So robert managed to retrieve the necklace from the fire and has been covering it up all this time. He went through a lot of trouble to make sure no one knew the ice princess survived. It’s almost as if he knew I was looking for it. That was my impression. Robert was convinced that you needed something from the ice princess, and so he was keeping its recovery a secret. Well, he and holly were always thick as thieves. I wonder… what else is in this file? Oh. I don’t know. Robert was still in the room when I snapped the picture. I couldn’t sit there and read it in front of him. But I do know… that the necklace is currently being stored in a secure evidence locker in the pcpd. I have to commend you, eileen. Excellent work.

[ Breathes sharply ] I hope that I can finally be done with all of this.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, well, why on earth would you be done? Because now you have everything you need to send your men into the pcpd to retrieve the diamond.

[ Chuckles ] Oh, eileen. Eileen. If only it were that simple. No, if I send my men in now to storm the pcpd, well, it’ll be a tip-off that I know. No, I’m afraid you’re going to have to retrieve the necklace for me. How am I supposed to get into the evidence locker at the pcpd? Well, as deputy mayor, I’m sure you have connections to find a-a graceful way to get in and retrieve the necklace. But they don’t give me — ohh. If you want this to be done with, you will bring me that necklace. Now, don’t fail me.

[ Door opens ] Understood. Why would we drop the charges against esme prince when we can prove everything that we’re going after her for? Is a jury going to care? Because if martin grey can whip up enough sympathy to get an acquittal, you will lose your one and only chance to bring esme to justice for her crimes. Why are you bringing this to me now? What’s in it for you, hmm? Robert. I’m crushed. Okay. Okay. In addition to trina, I also represent spencer cassadine. Now, esme is determined to keep her baby with her in prison. Well, spencer doesn’t want that for his little brother, and neither does trina. Look, I-I don’t give a damn what spencer wants. And as for trina, I respect her, but she’s not even in the video. I mean, what do I tell esme’s other victims? Josslyn and cameron both agree with trina. Right now they are only thinking of the baby.

[ Sighs ] Listen, of course they want justice, robert. But some say justice delayed is justice denied. Listen, the worst-case scenario would be for esme prince to walk away scot-free. Better to delay… bring the charges, try her… when she can no longer claim traumatic memory loss.

[ Sighs ] Look, um… you might be right, but I’m not convinced. Remember, robert, i defended trina. That young woman was dangerously close to going to prison because esme prince is a nasty, nasty piece of business. So as excited as I am about this proposal to you, believe me, it galls me to have to make it to you, just as I’m sure it galls you to have to consider it. Still…it might be best for all involved. Oh, you’re a smart man. Smart man. I mean, just ’cause we put the charges aside doesn’t mean to say we take our eyes off little esme for one second.

[ Breathes sharply ] All yours. Funny. Sorry, did you want me to autograph it? Shut up. Let me see the wound.

[ Groans ] Well, sonny’s doctor did a much better job than I did. Are you sure you want me to put this back — mm-hmm. Okay. Sonny’s doctor may have skills, but I’m telling you — he didn’t have half your bedside manner.

[ Moans ] Well, you know, I should thank the doctor for bringing you back to me in one piece. Actually, the person you should really be thanking is sonny. I love sonny. I know. I mean, he has been my rock. I don’t think I would have gotten through this past year without him. I’m sure he feels the same about you. We’re so good together. I know. You don’t have to convince me. I’ve seen you two together, both as “mike” and nina, and as nina and sonny. There’s a huge part of me that thinks that love is worth everything. I have a daughter now. Granddaughter. Grandchildren. It’s — it’s more than just me. And I’m not sure that I can wrap my brain around the idea of us being in constant danger. Not everyone was built for sonny’s world… and everything that comes along with loving him. Like carly was?

[ Sighs ] I don’t know what you want me to say, carly. You know how my world is. I do. Better than most. Then you know I’m going to do everything I can to protect the family. Your family needs more than your protection. They need you. I’m not going anywhere. I know you don’t want to go anywhere. I remember the last time I had to tell donna and avery that their daddy wasn’t coming home. I can’t go through that again.

you win. [ Chuckles ] As usual.

[ Laughs ] I’ll drop the charges against esme as long as I can talk to all the victims and, uh, well, get them on board. Thank you. I know this is not an easy decision to make. You made a compelling argument. Well… we can always refile the charges should “evil esme” resurface, and I get to keep my conviction rate. Everybody wins. For what it’s worth, I have no doubt that one day the justice system will hold esme accountable. I hope you’re right. In the meantime, I know a way we can both work off our frustration. What do you got in mind?

[ Laughs ] Well, have you ever… thrown a hatchet? Only in anger.

[ Chuckles ] Why don’t you join me at the hatchet range and you can show me what you’ve got? Although I will tell you, I am equally as lethal with an ax as I am with a brief. Killer miller strikes again.

[ Laughs ] Yeah, I need you to check on our dear miss sutton. Yeah, find out how far along she is on her road to recovery.

[ Door closes ] Back so soon? Not fast enough. So… victor buy it? Every word. He did have questions about the night holly sutton and the necklace supposedly went up in flames. I anticipated that. I’ve alerted the appropriate parties, so let’s move on to phase two.

[ Breathes deeply ] You know, there was a time, not all that long ago, where if somebody told me that you and I would be having a conversation like this…

[ Laughs ] United for a common cause. Well, if you and i can form an alliance… then anything’s possible. Victor has no idea what he’s up against. Lucy and anna and I are alive and working against him. And I hope you’re right. I hope things are falling apart for him. Yeah. Well, now that eileen is working for us, we finally have the upper hand. Won’t be long now. Sorry, um, why would I thank sonny when he’s the reason you got shot? We were checking the warehouse, getting ready for the pikeman shipment. There was an ambush. A sniper. I saw movement before the shot was fired, and I got sonny out of the way. Oh, so you saved sonny? We were pinned down, and that’s when tony —

[ Sighs ] You know tony? Yes. Yes. He’s, like, the most experienced bodyguard. He gave covering fire from the entrance so sonny could get away. Sonny left you? Look, sonny was the target. Okay? As soon as he got out, the op was blown.

[ Sighs ] The shooter should have broken off and left.

[ Scoffs ] Obviously, he didn’T. No. He took a shot at me, creased me… I got behind cover, but I wasn’t going to last long with a handgun against a rifle, okay? So I-I made a run for it. That’s when sonny came back, and he shot the sniper. And sonny probably saved my life. What? Nothing. Just almost sounds like you admire him. I know that was hell for you. And for the girls. It was hell for everybody. I’m not going to put you through that again. A bridge went out from under you. You didn’t choose that. It just happened. Things happen. You know, you can’t control everything, sonny. Yeah, I can’T. I know that. If I could control this, it wouldn’t be happening. The only thing I can do is take things as they come. As it is, I’m — I’m going to find out what’s going on, and I’m going to put a stop to it. Is there anything I can do? You just need to stay out of it. I can deal with anything as long as you and the girls are safe. Okay? Okay.

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