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natalie, this is thinly sourced. This is unpublishable. This is dangerously close to libel. Should ask gregory to help with it? No, you shouldn’t ask him. He’s not available to — to help you. And it’s not his job to help you. Can you please, natalie, fix this and get it back to me before it lands us in court?

[ Sighs ] Well, that wasn’t uncomfortable. Yeah, well, I don’t have time to be nice. What’s up?

[ Chuckles ] Dinner plans — you, me, port charles grill? Oh! I’m sorry. I f-forgot. I’m sorry. Well, that’s not like you. What’s up? Hi. Uh, gregory chase. I was wondering if dr. Park was available right now. And if not, I need to make an appointment with him at his earliest convenience. Well, you already have an appointment with him next month, professor chase. Yeah, I know, I know. But I’m experiencing some new symptoms, and others are worsening. Dad? Trina. How are you? I’m okay. I have no idea how to act around you. Hey, thanks for letting me stay with you and kevin, grandmother. Uncle sonny’s place is getting crowded. Yeah, we’re happy to help. We like having you and charlotte at the apartment. Yeah. And how lucky is it, too, that there’s an extra room for the baby? It’s a perfect solution to all of esme’s problems. Spencer, don’t get too far ahead of yourself here, okay? Because esme may hate this idea. Why should she? She should want what’s best for her son.

[ Footsteps approaching ] No better place than staying with his family. Laura, I-I thought we agreed that you could visit me and ace, but he can’T. I’m just gonna have a sauvignon blanc. Okay, johnny? Nina, I’m glad I found you. Has something happened to sonny?

[ Playing chords ] Working on a new song?

[ Sighs ] So far I’ve got about three verses on regret. It’s garbage. Brook lynn quartermaine does not create garbage. You’re just being nice. I’m being honest. I love your songs. I love a lot of things when it comes to you. Like spending time with you, talking to you. Really? Yeah, and I miss that, brook lynn. I miss us. I miss us, too. Then why don’t we do something about it? Chase, wait. There’s something you don’t know.

[ Sighs ] Terry. The ethics committee is still meeting? How long is it gonna take them to decide whether I can still work? Portia’s in there now speaking on your behalf. We want her to take a long time. But, really, what can she say to convince the committee that I’m not a liability to G.H. Or my patients? No one thinks you’re a liability.

[ Sighs ] Ah. It’s okay. How’d it go?

We broke up for a reason. You didn’t tell me that dante asked you to write a letter to the ccrb, and then you held off writing it until after the board made their decision. Why should you forgive that? I mean, I-I was invested in your singing career. Okay, I-I put that ahead of you wanting to be reinstated as a cop. I betrayed your trust. But you finally wrote your letter of support, and now the ccrb is reconsidering their decision. Does that mean you forgive me? It’s gonna take a long time for me to trust you again. But I’m willing to try. Are you? You just spent the afternoon with willow. That must have been hard. What does that have to do with us? Oh, let’s face it, chase. Okay, you and willow have quite the history. You’re emotionally all over the place, and now you’re — you’re coming in here, you’re wanting to take life with both hands, and — and I’m around. Whoa. You are more than just around. Okay? You are in my head constantly. I can’t stop thinking about you, about what we had. And I want it back. Don’t you? Nothing’s happened to sonny, so far as I’m aware. Is there a reason for your concern? Well, you’re the police commissioner.

[ Chuckles ] Okay? So I just — I-I just automatically thought that there was an accident, but, yes, I overreacted. You can blame it on, you know, the stress and worried about willow, everything going on in my life. And if you ask my staff at crimson and at the metro court, they’ll — they’ll all say that, you know, I’m — I’ve been on edge and I’m always thinking about the — uh, did you want to ask me something? Forget it. You seem like you have a lot on your mind. Wait. Are you on duty? No. Then order a drink. Talk to me.

[ Sighs ] It’s about curtis. I… I hoped you could tell me… is he okay? Well, for whatever it’s worth, uh, I don’t know how to act around you, either. Does that help? A little. Um, I-I still haven’t come to a decision about getting a dna test. I’ve been really busy with, like, school and stuff. You take all the time you need with school… and stuff. Thanks. I mean, it’s really weird running into you. I feel like I used to see my family all the time. And ever since the wedding, I’ve basically been by myself. How’s that been? Sometimes good. Sometimes not so great. You haven’t seen your mother since she told you the truth? Just once. But it didn’t really go well. Have you seen her? A few times. I gotta be honest — I just can’t seem to… forgive her? Me, too. The committee seemed very open-minded about my support of you. Could you tell which way they were leaning? It was very formal. They were asking me questions about your history here, so I spoke on your professionalism and how you take care with each and every one of your patients, your knowledge and skill as a nurse. And they said they’ve already spoken with finn and frida navarro. Oh, they also said that they got some letters from patrick drake, uh, robin scorpio-drake, griffin munro… and epiphany. They didn’t say they received anything from her. But my union rep said they reached out to her. Maybe epiphany hasn’t turned in her letter. Well, what is the committee gonna think? Epiphany was my mentor. In a lot of ways, she still is. If they don’t know that she supports me, I don’t see how I have a chance. It appears that several of my reporters have forgotten how to check facts and clear legal. Perhaps they are missing the calm influence and guidance of professor chase. Perhaps you are, too. Which is why I wanted him on my editorial board. But that ship has sailed. Change the subject, please. Hmm. Did you confront gregory about why he no longer teaches at pcu? Yes, I confronted him, and I sure as hell wish I didn’T. Hey, finn, I didn’t see you there. Yeah, no, the ethics committee is almost done with their meeting. I was just on my way up to see if they made a decision. Elizabeth will be glad you came. Of course. Thank you for your help. Do you still need a — uh, directions? No. No. My — my son knows the way. Yeah. It’s nice to see you, too, esme. Hi, handsome! How you doing today? I missed you.

[ Smooches ]

[ Laura chuckles ] What is he doing here? Esme, we have wonderful news for you and the baby. Really? Well, that would be a change. After careful consideration, da scorpio has agreed to drop the charges against you, esme. You’re gonna be released from spring ridge. The da could still refile the charges at a later time, but you can raise your son outside of prison. Hello! Earth to esme. Did you hear me? Uh, I did. Um… but it doesn’t matter. Why not? Because ace and i aren’t leaving. Oh, esme. Wait — ah.

Before the wedding, I felt like my mom and i could talk to each other about anything. I mean, we fought before, but she’d just tell me that it’s — it’s part of the mother/daughter contract. I just never thought she would keep a huge secret from me, that she doesn’t know if my dad is my father… or you. When me and your mother reconnected here in port charles, she promised me that there’d be no more secrets. So she blindsided me, too. What bothers me most is that she didn’t trust me. When marshall was first diagnosed, he didn’t trust that my mother could handle his illness. My brother and I, we were — we were young, and I knew he was protecting us, but… those years were lost. But you and marshall are close now, right? Yeah. But that sure is a long time without a father. At least you’re talking. Yeah, we’re talking. Trina, you have every right to be upset with your mother. I can’t help but wonder, how long are you gonna go without talking to your mom? The committee is not out to get you on a technicality. A missing letter of support from my mentor isn’t a technicality. It’s a red flag.

[ Sighs ] Isn’t epiphany on her campus visit at johns hopkins? Yes, that’s right. That’s the school that she got accepted to. She’s probably meeting with her professors, shadowing a resident. I-I mean, it makes perfect sense that she wouldn’t have a chance to write the letter for you yet. She might not even have gotten the request. Yeah, right, I didn’t even think about that. Okay, thanks. I’m gonna go grab some coffee, get some air. You want anything? I’m good, thanks. I’m fine. Keep positive thoughts, okay? Thanks.

[ Exhales sharply ] You know, as nervous as I am for myself and my future, I am so happy for epiphany. And I’m not surprised one bit that she got into johns hopkins. She’s the best nurse I know. And she’s gonna make such a great doctor. It’s really an inspiration that she had the courage to follow her dream, and now it’s coming true. Gives a person reason to hope, right? Diane: What did you find out? Did something happen at the university? I don’t think it’s my place to say. Alexis, clearly, something is upsetting you. When last we spoke about gregory, he was an asset that you wanted for the invader. You weren’t gonna take no for an answer. So is that no longer the case? It’s not about

the invader anymore. It’s about his well-being. What about his well-being? I don’t know what it is, but I think there’s something wrong. And I think… he may have a drinking problem. I mean, that might be the reason he’s no longer working at pcu. Finn: Hey, look who I found. Hi. I hope nothing serious brought you in. No, no, I just — I wanted to wish you luck with the ethics committee. I’ll be rooting for you. Well, thank you. You know, when everyone started finding out that I helped nikolas keep esme captive, I-I just assumed people would turn their backs on me. I just can’t believe how giving my friends have been. Nikolas put you in an impossible situation. And you came forward, despite the potential consequences, even after I tried to convince you otherwise. Yeah, part of me thinks I should have listened. Esme, this is

very good news. This is crazy. Esme, spring ridge is a prison. It’s not a motel. You can’t simply decide to extend your stay. I think I understand why you might be feeling nervous about this. All — all I’ve ever known is life in a hospital and — and prison. Ace and I have no — no family, no friends, no money. Wh– where are we supposed to go? Esme, you don’t have to worry. I-I’ve made arrangements for you to stay above kelly’S. It’s a local coffee shop in town. My former sister-in-law owns it, esme, and there’s a room available for you. And I’m willing to cover your rent while you find work. You would do that for me? Yes. You have a difficult transition ahead, and grandmother and I want to make sure that it’s smooth. Is that true? Is that the only reason your grandson wants to help me? Spencer wants what’s best for the baby, esme. And is there enough space for me and ace in this room? Don’t minimize what I did. I was selfish. I didn’t want you returning to the pcpd. But I realize it’s about more than that. You needed my help to take linc down so that he didn’t have the power to harass or control any other artist. Blaze only puts up with him because she didn’t want him to ruin her career, as do other singer/songwriters that he manages. He had to be stopped. You wanted to protect the other women so that linc didn’t mess with their heads or destroy their self-confidence. And that is brave, brook lynn. Chase, you are so wrong about me.

Do you have any proof thatgregory has a drinking problem or that the pcu fired him because of it? No. It’s just that I-I ran into him at the metro court, and he was slurring his words. He was stumbling. He was using the wall to hold himself up. Maybe he’d been overserved. That’s been known to happen. It was 11:00 in the morning, and the bartender hadn’t served him anything. Well, then, he probably wasn’t drunk. Maybe he came in that way. Okay, clearly, you are worried. I get it. But one unsteady morning does not an alcoholic make. It’s the culmination of things. He’s been hiding something really important from me for months. He lost his job at pcu, and then he’s — he’s wobbly at 11:00 in the morning? Counselor, you are engaging in wild speculation. There could be a thousand reasons, a thousand explanations. But if you are right and he does have a drinking problem, you are uniquely qualified to help him. Who knows better than me, right? Nobody. But now the question is, is gregory going to confide in you, considering he knows you went behind his back, contacted the dean at pcu to check up on him? Yeah, good chance gregory is never gonna confide in me about anything ever again. Which is why I’m wondering if I should reach out to someone else who can help him. You did the right thing. You did the honorable thing. I regret trying to talk you out of it.

[ Sighs ] You weren’t the only one. Scott thought I was crazy. But once I decided to go through with it, I couldn’t have asked for a better advocate. And, honestly, no matter what happens, it’s better than carrying around a guilty secret.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Oh. The ethics committee is ready for me. I got you. Okay. Okay. Oh, there’s a particularly anxious patient I want to check on. I want to make sure mrs. Walsh is good to go in the event I don’t work here anymore. It’s not gonna come to that. Here’s hoping. Don’t worry, son. Elizabeth will be fine. I mean, look at her — confident, composed, thinking about her patients, even now. Yeah. Yeah, that’s her. You know, but, dad, there’s a part of me that wants to rush into that conference room again and continue to defend her. You don’t think elizabeth would appreciate it? I think she would think I was being overprotective, so I’m doing something different this time. What’s that? Listening. Listening to her. Following her lead. Obstinance was always a dominant trait in our family. You’re proving that change is possible.

[ Chuckles ] I’m trying. Too early to determine the results. Esme, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. Okay? We’re just here making the offer so you can have the opportunity to build a life for yourself and for your child. By sticking me and ace in a room above some coffee shop? No, unfortunately, there isn’t enough space for both you and the baby, but that’s okay because he can stay with grandmother and myself just while you get settled. You are not separating me from my baby. Esme, no, I just want what’s best for my brother. You understand that? No, no, no. Y-you’re not gonna take my baby away from me. There we go.

[ Stammers ] Losing your memory has not changed you much. What does that mean? It means that the old esme put her own desires and self-interest above everything else. And now here we are, hand in hand, trying to offer you help and support. And having just admitted you have zero resources of your own, you’re shoving it away. You’re putting your own desires and self-interest above everyone else’s, including your own son’s right now. I want to be with you, chase. I didn’t know you can miss someone as much as I’ve missed you. I just want to run into your arms and have you hold me forever. Then why can’t you? I’m not brave, chase. Far from it. And I’d be lying to let you think that I was. What are you talking about?

[ Sighs ] Do you remember I agreed to write a dozen commercial jingles for linc in exchange for him giving me my original songs back? Yes. Never happened. But you got your songs back. Because I signed a non-disclosure agreement. I can’t talk about what linc did to me. And if blaze or some other woman comes forward, I can’t corroborate what they say. I sold out. Well, curtis is still processing what happened to him. You know, he went from being very, very angry to very, very angry and sad. You haven’t been in touch with him? Has tj? I don’t know about tj, but I have been trying to stay away from curtis. Before the wedding, I suspected he might be trina’s father. And you didn’t tell him? I admitted I knew when he confronted me after the wedding. But before then… I was told it wasn’t my place. By whom? Portia. She accused me of meddling in their relationship so I could get curtis back. Well, portia put you in a terrible position. Well, by not saying anything, I did the one thing that destroyed our marriage. I kept another secret from him. But this time, you didn’t have the responsibility to tell him. Your marriage was over for, what, two years? You moved on, jordan. You have moved on from curtis, haven’t you? I can’t even think about forgiving my mom. I’m not saying you gotta forgive her. Hell, in my experience, I know it’s not that simple. I’m still angry at the years I lost away from my father. But at the same time, I’m so thankful for the time that we have together. Marshall and i are stronger because we were able to overcome the distance between us. I can’t believe you’re the one saying this.

[ Laughs ] I can’t believe I’m the one saying this, either. Look, I wanted to be with your mother because… I loved her, but I also loved and wanted to be a part of her family. Despite the grief I-I gave you… I wanted you to be part of my family, too.

[ Sighs ] Trina, do not let what happened come between you and your mom.

[ Footsteps approaching ]

Trina: Mom!

[ Sighs ] I didn’t want to interrupt you two. I know you must have a lot to talk about. Um… uh, this wasn’t planned. We just ran into each other and started talking. I’m glad. I hope the same can be true for — for you and me. Now’s not a good time. I, um… I have to go. Yeah, but, trina, you haven’t ordered. Yeah, um, spencer — he just, um, texted me, so I told him I’d go meet him. Bye.

[ Sighs ] Well, I came to grab some coffee. It’s gonna be a really long night tonight at the hospital. Well, I hope that coffee helps. How’s, uh, marshall doing? Um… I know he was so nervous about his meeting with the geneticist. How did it go? Well, I’d tell you if I could. You’ll have to ask marshall. That information’s private. Marshall is family.

We’re family. At least I hope we still are. Curtis and i are through. I’ve moved on. Mm. That means you’re dating? Moving on doesn’t mean moving on to someone else.

[ Chuckles ] Yeah, that’s true, but it helps. Do you know what’s been going on in port charles lately? I work 24/7. I’ll be lucky if my phone doesn’t start blowing up with more emergencies. I mean, I’d love to date my pillow, but I don’t even have time to sleep. Yeah. I think I touched a nerve, didn’t I? So you don’t want a relationship? I don’t know. The end of my marriage to curtis… I never knew I could hurt so much. What curtis and I had before things went wrong was… special, once in a lifetime, you know? I can’t imagine that I’ll ever feel that way again. I’m sorry. I may have moved on, but I still love curtis. I always will. What do you mean, tell someone about gregory? Who are you going to tell? What are you going to tell? You don’t know that gregory is dealing with an alcohol problem. He could argue that you are spreading unfounded rumor. Diane, I’m not gonna say that he was fired from pcu. Well, then what are you going to say? I’m gonna tell them that I’m worried and tell them why. I know that look. I know when you’ve made up your mind. Okay, let’s, um… let’s reschedule dinner for another night. Diane, I’m sorry I forgot. I really am. And I love you, and I appreciate your advice. My advice was to stay out of gregory’s business, but that’s gone the way of the dinosaur. He’s my friend. I know he’s a good man. I wanted him to work here not only because he is a damn good writer with a really unique point of view, but he’s my cheerleader here. He’s my supporter. He’s also my honest appraiser. He makes me better at my job here. He’s truly a good friend, and I want to do the same for him. Friends need to know when to step back. What if this were you and me? What are you talking about? What if you were witnessing me about to get hit by a car? Wouldn’t you try to protect me? I absolutely would. Especially if the situations were even remotely similar, but they’re not. And deep down, you know that. I admire your ability to embrace change I might be able to learn a thing or two from you. Oh? Does this have something to do with what happened between you and alexis? No, no. That’s a relationship that can’t be salvaged. I may be obstinate, but… alexis takes it to a whole other level. Woman will do anything to get her way. Oh.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Excuse me. Something wrong?

[ Ringing continues ] Well, in the spirit of full disclosure, speak of the devil. Do you even know how to take care of a newborn? Have you ever fed a baby? Changed one? Rocked him to sleep? If you had, you wouldn’t dare suggest that a mother be separated from her infant child. We don’t want to separate you from your child, esme. All I’m saying, honey, is that I think when you’re released from spring ridge, you’re gonna find out very quickly how hard it is to take care of a baby all by yourself. Um… it’s okay, hon. We want to support you. We do. That’s why we came here today to make this offer. But I think what we should have done is include you in the planning. So, look, let’s do that right now, okay? You tell me — how can we best support you and ace? Tell us what you need. You’re not gonna like it. At all.

Why is alexis calling you? I don’t know. Uh, been friends a long — long time. Um, it might not — it might not even be about you. Yeah, you’re right. I jumped to a conclusion. Listen, I-I’ll let alexis know I’m not taking sides. Unless that’s what you want. No, no, no. We’re all grown-ups here. There’s no reason to act like children in the schoolyard.

[ Sighs ] Listen, I’m gonna go. Uh… let me know how it goes with elizabeth. Yeah, I’ll, uh… I’ll see you, dad. I don’t have answers for you. I wish I did. But what happened between us is still too fresh and so painful. I haven’t been able to face aunt stella either. I’m so sorry to hear that. But, curtis, whether you like it or not, we’re married. And don’t you think that we should try to work this out together? I am so sorry that I hid the truth from you. But I’m just not really sure that distance is the answer here. Maybe we could, um… maybe we could try counseling. You don’t get to set the terms. You lied to me over and over again. What do you think? I’m just gonna walk into some therapist’s office and say, “give me communication strategies”? Then I’ll wait. Curtis, I’ll do whatever it takes, whatever you want me to do. Whatever you want me to do to earn your trust back is what I’ll do. But I want to fight. I want to fight for our marriage. But if what you’re telling me is that it’s hopeless and there’s no chance for us, then I’ll listen. Is there hope for us, curtis? I’m afraid it’s more complicated than that. Is it? Curtis. Just tell me if our love for one another is strong enough to get us through this. You still have feelings for curtis? Still? Always. But there’s a difference between love and being in love. Curtis and i were family. There’s a part of us that will always love each other, no matter what happens. That wasn’t a yes or no. Ah.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Oh, oh, see? What did I tell you about work? I need to make a call. Okay, yeah, I have to run off, too. Jordan, if you’re worried about curtis, talk to him. I’m sure he would appreciate it. Good advice. Thank you.

[ Chuckles ] Hey. Elizabeth: Hi. How’d it go? Well, I think I averted a mini meltdown, so mrs. Walsh gave me this as a thank-you.

[ Chuckles ] What? I’m impressed. I’m impressed by you. And I think the committee will be, too. Do you mind telling me what you said to them? Oh, uh, yeah. Well, at first I was really, really nervous. But then I looked around the room and I realized this is about the health and safety of our patients. It’s not about me. So as clearly as I could, I explained why I helped nikolas and why I treated esme at wyndemere. You know, I’ve told the story many times. It never gets easier. But the more I tell it, the less it haunts me. Because you’re taking responsibility. On your terms, not nik’s or anyone else’S. And no matter what happens, you should be proud. You sold out? Chase, I am so — this wasn’t about stopping linc or protecting other women. This was about you getting your songs back. God, I am such an idiot. Chase, no. I — yes, it was to get my songs back, but it was also a way to get rid of linc. And for you to — to go back to being a cop. Brook lynn, would you stop? Just stop. I’m done with your excuses. I was trying to help you, give you what you wanted. If that were true, why wouldn’t you just tell me sooner?

Not that long ago, you were the woman I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. And now that trust is broken. And I don’t think our love can fix that.

[ Voice breaking ] It can. If you just give it a chance. If you just remember what we mean to each other. Cur… trina, hi. I was in the neighborhood. I wanted to see if the baby settled in okay. Come in. Things didn’t go exactly the way that I hoped that they would. We love our new room, don’t we, ace? Yeah. What’s that? Tell me, brook lynn, if you signed that non-disclosure agreement so that I could stop singing and I could be a cop, if you were so convinced that you were doing the right thing, that you were doing it for me, then why wouldn’t you just tell me? Why make up some story about writing advertising jingles for linc? I’ll tell you why. Because you knew I would be angry and you knew that what you did was wrong. But you were right about one thing. You’re not the person I thought you were. There you go. Much better. You addressed the issues. Legal signed off. Natalie, would you mind taking it down to rewrite? ‘Cause that story should have been run. Thanks. Um, I have your keys. You called finn. I know you’re upset. I — after I specifically asked you not to discuss what’s happening in my life with finn or chase. Thank you for your faith in me. But I’m still scared. What if I get fired? What if this is the end of my time here at general hospital? She’s here. Mm.

[ Door closes ] My part is finished. The committee’s making their decision. Scotch, neat.

[ Sighs ]

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