GH Transcript Thursday, May 11, 2023

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I recall you saying you felt you owed me for helping to get chase reinstated, and you were wondering when I was gonna ask you to pay up.

Right, you accused me of being just like my father, only thinking in terms of money and stock market shenanigans.

Yeah, well, relax. I’m not gonna ask you for money or stock. But I have thought of something that you can do for me that will settle the account.

I really do wanna pay you back, okay? But right now just isn’t the right time. With willow’s life literally hanging on by a thread and michael needing our love and support, everyone is distracted. It’s not the right time for me to take on a new project.

Exactly. The family is distracted. It is the perfect time for you to do something without attracting unwanted attention from our nearest and dearest. And lucky for you, I know exactly how you’re gonna do it.

You want me to take your place at the home & heart shopping channel? Go back on the very same show where I had a nervous breakdown on national tv?

Okay, I wouldn’t be asking, but I have this stupid sinus infection. And you’re the only person who could step in at a moment’s notice and tell the world about the wonders of our beauty breakthrough, the deceptor!

What about lucy?

The whole world thought she was dead. And knowing lucy, she would feel the need to explain that she wasn’t really dead, she was being held captive by victor cassadine, she’d make the whole thing about herself, and the product would get lost. No. No, gladys. It has to be sasha. [Sighs] My last appearance was a literal nightmare. I hallucinated liam, which almost cost us the company, not to mention the toll it took on my mental health. Besides, I can’t even imagine that home & heart would want me back on the air. I’m sorry, maxie, but the answer–

sasha gilmore, if you say no– okay, I will forgive you. I will. But there is one person who never will.

Your usual, ms. Wu: The house mocktail with a twist of lime.

Kind of you to remember, my dear. Oh, as for my private party?

Yes, I had instructions to reserve the back room for your nephew’s birthday party.

Excellent. Then everything’s being taken care of.

Well, not everything. I mean, you still need someone who knows his way around a deck of cards.


Thank you. Good to see ya.



Yes! He’s back.

Good to be back.


Aw. And here I wondered if anyone cared that I was finally back to work.

Oh, here. I care. I especially care, because these, my friend, these are for you. Have at it!


So how’s it feel?

Honestly, it kind of feels like I never left. Wait. Why aren’t you at gh?

Well, I was, but willow’s in isolation now, and honestly, there’s only so many times I can tell michael it’s gonna be okay.

How’s willow doing?

She’s weak, but everyone’s optimistic because drew’s back with obrecht.

The bone marrow transplant’s gonna work. It has to.

I know how much willow means to you, so here’s hoping. In the meantime, I’m gonna distract myself by digging into this case.

Is there anything I can do to help?

Yeah, those.

[Somber music]

[Sighs] Things look pretty bad for your friend cody.

Well, yeah, you know, sometimes things aren’t always what they seem.

Oh, sweetheart, you finally made it home.


And we have you to thank for that.

Oh, it wasn’t just me. We–it took a whole team to make this happen.

Yeah, it took all of us.

Mom, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for curtis and laura and all the others, but most especially, I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for spencer.

[Suspenseful music]


[Dramatic music]

I think I can speak for everyone when I say that the only thing that matters is that trina’s home safely.

Yeah, curtis is right. You’re safe, and so are all the other people that could have been hurt if victor had his way.

Well, the good thing is that uncle victor didn’t get his way.

Amen to that. And now it’s time to focus on the living, starting with my sweet little grandson, who will hopefully be growing up in a much better world. But first and foremost, we need to check him out and make sure that he didn’t suffer any injuries during his captivity or his rescue.

Oh, oh, of course. Let me take you to pediatrics?

Oh, that’s okay, portia. They’re waiting for us.



Do you want me to come with you?

Thanks, but I think that me and my grandmother can handle this. I think it’s probably best that you be with your family right now.

Now, despite everything that spencer’s baby brother has gone through, he is far too young to understand anything that’s happening, so I think he’s gonna be fine.


But you, on the other hand, I need to make sure that my little baby girl is all right.

I’m fine, really. But there’s one thing that I need.


I need to talk to my dad.

[Suspenseful music]

There is someone who won’t forgive me for not going back on home & heart? Are you talking about valentin or some of the other deception investors? I embarrassed them once, and I won’t risk another meltdown on air.

Okay, sasha, if you don’t get back on that horse or bicycle, or whatever metaphor you wanna use, the only person who’s never gonna forgive you is you! The last time you were at home & heart, you were in a really bad place. And I saw you get through that. I know that you are stronger now than you ever have been before. I wouldn’t be asking you to do this if I didn’t fully believe that. Let’s be real. You’re not just another partner in this company. You are the face of deception. And sadly, it is true that some people get a twisted thrill out of watching others fall down. But you know what people love even more? A redemption story. There’s not a woman out there who didn’t feel your pain, and they wanna see that you’ve come back from that. You absolutely cannot say no.

Maybe sasha can’t say no, but I can.

[Dramatic music]

This is yours for the taking.

If that’s supposed to be your calling card, it should be a joker. As for tonight’s poker game, your presence won’t be required.

Since when?

My guests enjoy playing for high stakes, not with known common criminals. Not only were you foolish enough to steal a bracelet at the nurses’ ball, you made it worse by getting caught.

I’m innocent.

Yeah, for your sake, I hope that’s true. Prison can be so confining. Regardless, didn’t you recently tell me you wanted out of the game?

Yes, I did, but, you know, times change, okay? Defense attorneys don’t come cheap. So come on, have a heart. Let me play for my usual cut.

You may dream big, but at the end of the day, you’re just a petty thief. And there’s just no room at the table for that.

Look, I know that cody is your friend, but do you really buy that someone planted a bracelet in his pocket?

Ever since I’ve known him, cody’s found trouble. I mean, he’d tell you that trouble finds him. But when he landed in town last year, I thought maybe he left all that behind. It looks like maybe he’s still working angles whenever he can. However, this friendship with sasha, it seems legit. And why would he steal her mother-in-law’s bracelet? What, hide it in his coat pocket? It’s ridiculous.

Wasn’t cody friends with britt westbourne? Didn’t that involve some jewelry too?

Yes, but sometimes people do the wrong things for the right reasons. I know I get that, and I’m thinking you’re familiar with that concept as well.

Helping chase get his badge back is worth any price, okay? How much do you want to make us even?

I want you to go back to work at deception– the sooner, the better.


[Laughs] You want me to get my old job back?

Why wouldn’t you? You didn’t burn any bridges when you left, did you?

No, of course not. Those women are all my friends, but… I only started working there in the first place to help maxie. I was pretending to be bailey lou’s mother, and the only way that maxie could see her child was when I brought her to daycare at work.

And when maxie got her child back, you stayed at deception, correct?

I did. I liked working there– you know, the people, the products. But that is not what I wanna do with my life, okay? My passion is in music, or do you not remember telling me as a kid not to follow in my dear old dad’s footsteps when he was singing as eddie maine? You know, it’s a good thing I didn’t take your advice, because not only have i reclaimed the rights to my songs, but all these opportunities are opening up for me now, you know, to produce music and–and rep musicians.

Uh-huh. Well, you can write all the songs you want after you do this for me.

What part of “I quit” is unclear to you?

Un-quit. Tell maxie that you, uh– you miss working with her. Make nice to sasha. And, god forbid, flatter lucy coe. Tell her you wanna learn from her.

This doesn’t make any sense. Why do you care if I work at a cosmetics company? What are you really after, huh?

[Suspenseful music]

I want you to be a standout employee. I want you to make yourself indispensable.

I always try and do that.

And while you’re at it, keep your eyes open. I want you to find out what’s happening at research and development.

Research and development?

I don’t wanna know what the next hot thing for summer is. I don’t wanna know what’s gonna sell in the fall. I wanna know what’s down the pipeline.

I don’t get it. [Laughing] You don’t care about elq, and all of a sudden, you’re all into the cosmetics biz?

Let’s just say I’m curious. From time to time, I will check in with you, and you’ll tell me what the next big thing is. You can do that for me, can’t you, after what I did for chase? Does that sound like a fair deal to you?

What it sounds like is corporate espionage. Are you asking me to be your personal spy?

Sure, I made my share of mistakes, but stealing expensive jewelry isn’t one of them.

That’s good.

[Chuckles] It’s also good to have you back where you belong.

Well, I didn’t do it on my own. I had help.

Right. Right, so you and brook lynn–

you know, if you would have asked me before the nurses’ ball, I would have said no way.

Uh-huh. But then she did that thing where she stood up to her dirtbag ex-manager?

Saved me the trouble from smacking the guy again, not that I would have.

No, no. You’d never. Never.

It’s like you said with cody. Sometimes a person does the wrong thing for the right reason.

– You vouch for me, the other players will come around.

What keeps the poker games running smoothly and profitably is avoiding the curious eyes of authorities. And yet you expect me to allow a common jewel thief to sit down at the table? How could I explain that to my guests? How could I retain their trust?

You can tell them the truth.

And what is that?

That I’m not a thief. I was framed.

I’m sorry, maxie, but I can’t let you use my daughter-in-law to sell some newfangled beauty product, not when her mental health is at stake.

Gladys, thank you for standing up for me, but I know that maxie only means well.

Well, maybe if it was a different show or at a different studio, but to go back to the same place where you had your breakdown? I won’t agree to that.

You’re actually kind of proving my point, gladys. It is sasha’s well-being that I’m thinking about, and she needs to face her fears by doing the same show.

Oh, and what if she’s not ready?

Isn’t that for sasha to decide?

Maxie, are you sure there is no one else to make this presentation?

You and I are the only ones that have been following the deceptor since its planning stages. Nobody knows how to sell it like we do. I wish I were up to the challenge, but my sinuses are holding me back. But you’re up for it. I know you are.

Maybe you’re right. Maybe the only way to conquer my fear is to face it.

You asked if it’s up to sasha to decide. Legally, it is up to me, and I won’t let her do it.

[Suspenseful music]

Are you sure that you don’t need to see a doctor or–

no, it’s just cuts and bruises. Really should have seen the other guy.

[Laughs] I wasn’t only afraid for trina. If anything had happened to you…


I don’t know–

it’s over.

Is it, curtis?

Hi, it’s laura. Listen, we’re all here at the hospital. I think you’d really wanna be here.

I promise you, little brother, this exam is not going to hurt.



How’s he doing?

He’s good. I was just telling them that when you used to take me to the doctor… [Laughs] You told me that if I was good, then I would get a lollipop. And I don’t know, I still wish that things were that simple.

Yeah, they’re not that simple because things change, but some things never do.

Okay, so it’s just the two of us. You need to tell me something about this spencer boy?

No, no, no. This isn’t– this isn’t about spencer. This is about you and me. And I wanted to tell you first what I’ve decided because it could impact you more than anyone else.

Okay. So what are you deciding?

I changed my mind. I wanna take the dna test and learn the truth.

[Suspenseful music]

I wanna be absolutely clear. No matter what that test results say, you’re always gonna be my dad.

Like I’d ever let you forget that.

Dad, I’m serious.

Yeah, I know. I know. I just was– just trying to make it easier for you. Um…

[Sighs] But can I ask you why you changed your mind? [Sighs heavily] Because of the last few days and everything I’ve been through. When things were at their worst, I saw how spencer loved his little brother, and it reminded me that there’s nothing more important than family. And that’s when I made the decision that if I made it through, that I wasn’t gonna let secrets come between me and my family ever again.

Like your mom did.

20 years ago, my mom swept things under the rug because she was afraid to face the truth. And one day, in the future, hopefully, I’ll forgive her. But I’m not repeating her mistake. We all need answers, and I’m the only one that can get them.

When you walked through the door, my heart, it just– it skipped a beat because I wasn’t sure…

[Voice breaking] You know, just the thought that I might never see you again.

I’m not gonna lie that there were times when I was out there that I just didn’t think that I was gonna–

excuse me. Curtis ashford?

Who wants to know?

My name is hursley. I’m an agent with the wsb.

I was already debriefed in greenland.

Yes, but not by me. Can I ask you to join me for some additional questions?

[Uneasy music]

Okay, let’s get it over with.

Why plant me back at deception? Oh, don’t tell me you want my employee discount for wrinkle cream?

I don’t have wrinkles. I have character. The only interest I have in cosmetics is lining my pockets with green. You can have all the music you want, but this way, you can also have health insurance. Sounds like a win-win to me.

No, not a chance. I don’t know what you’re actually up to, grandmother, but music is my life. [Cackles] Oh, so you’re telling me that chase has no part in it? Honey, you called me in tears. You begged me to help you because the board was about to deny his request for reinstatement.

Yes, and I have repeatedly expressed my gratitude for your help.

Well, that help, much like that shiny badge, comes at a price, or are you deluded enough to think that that little speech you gave the board single-handedly convinced them to give chase another chance? Ooh, I wonder how chase would react if he knew that he owed his badge not to you, but to me and the very expensive strings I had to pull.

Brook lynn never would have gotten mixed up with linc brown again if she hadn’t been trying to help me get my badge back.

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

Don’t you have a lot of work to do?

Ah-ha, yeah. I actually do. I wanna start digging into that sec case and see what they got on drew and carly. Do you know the entire quartermaine family, my mother included, believe that ned was behind it? I guess I’m not convinced. But then again, I wasn’t convinced when they found a stolen bracelet in cody’s pocket either.

Gladys corbin set me up, okay? She knows that I’m onto the scam that she’s running, trying to bilk her–her daughter-in-law. So she’s trying to discredit me before I blow her and her plan out of the water.

Cody, I simply don’t care.

Okay, look, and I respect your point of view, but I’ve been a regular in that backroom poker game for a while now. So suddenly, if I’m a no-show, the other players are gonna start asking questions.

Such as?

Why was a petty thief allowed in the game to begin with?

Gladys, it is not up to you to let sasha do anything. She’s a grown woman with a mind of her own.

I know that. But it’s also my responsibility not just as her court-appointed guardian, but also as a member of her family.

So what you’re really saying is, you’re worried you’re gonna lose money because sasha could have another meltdown?

That’s a low blow, maxie.

[Scoffs] Okay, you’re talking about her facing her fears. What if those fears are too strong for her right now? What if she cracks again, and we can’t pick up the pieces?

You’re right, gladys. You do have a say. But my friends and partners at deception have stood by me, and I am ready to return the favor and start living my life again.

[Warm music]

Thanks, grandmother. Orange, too. I like orange. [Laughs] This brings back memories. I just wanna get the all-clear from the doctor so that we can go home.

I know.

Which I know means more time around esme, and I haven’t even told her that we’re back in town yet. But I know that she has every right to be here because she is ace’s mom.

Yes, and I knew that you were gonna feel that way. So I hope you don’t mind, but–

you hope that I don’t mind what?

Where’s my baby?

[Gasps] Here you go.


[Soft music]



Oh, you would be so proud of your son. He was just as brave, if not braver, than everyone on the “haunted star,” right?

We all made sure that he was safe and warm.

And by we, you mean you and laura, right?

Yes, the two of us helped, but trina also did a lot.

Oh, well, tell her that I owe her a huge thank-you, especially after all the things people say I did to hurt her. I–

if you knew trina, you’d know that she’d never take it out on ace.

I am just glad that the nightmare is over and that victor cassadine is–

is dead. It’s really okay to say it. The world is a better place without him.


Hi, everybody. I’m here to examine ace. Right, so, esme, you’re his mom, so you can stay. But mayor collins and mr. Cassadine…

[Clicks tongue] Let’s go.


[Whispers indistinctly]

[Sighs] So it’s been three months since my whole world turned upside down and I found out that it might be possible… that curtis–oh–

oh, I get it. I get it. You wanna know.

Want to? No. But I feel like I need to know. If curtis is my biological father, that means that I’m related to stella and that marshall would be my grandfather.

Hey, you know what? I appreciate you sharing your decision with me. You know, that’s very kind. That’s who portia and me raised you to be. But you know, just with that said, you don’t need my permission.

Yeah, maybe not, but I would like your blessing.

You have it, baby girl. Today, tomorrow, forever.

[Pensive music]

And I agree with you. Secrets tear families apart.

[Sighs] So you go learn whatever you need to learn, okay? But if you think that these results, whatever they are, are gonna change how I feel about you or me being your dad–

oh, never, ever.

So wsb agent wants to talk with me alone. Is this where you get rid of me to close the book on victor cassadine?

We don’t play those games anymore.

I’m sure. So if you don’t wanna silence me, what exactly do you want?

The bureau was very impressed with the way you handled yourself amid all the chaos in greenland, even if you went rogue in doing it.

Well, I tell you what, I would do the same thing all over again if it meant saving someone I love. Call it reckless if you want to.

We call it initiative.

Agent hursley, I’ve been around the block a few times. And I know that if you’re looking into me, you already did research into my background. So you know it wasn’t all pretty.

We know you were a damn good cop before– well, let’s just say you made some bad choices. But that was a long time ago, and the bottom line is, we can use a man like you.

I already have a job. I assume the wsb already knows that.

The bureau can’t be everywhere at all times. We need assets in the field– strictly off the books, of course, but ready and able to help when needed. So what do you think?

That is the sasha gilmore that I know and love. And I’m not the only one. Your one appearance on home & heart made quite the impression.

I bet.

Not in a bad way, sasha. People sympathized with you. They’ve been following you ever since. They will be rooting for you.

That’s nice to hear. If I can just find a way to look into that camera again and think about the people watching as my friends, as people who have problems, just like I do, then maybe I can help them as well as help myself.

Have I ever told you that you’re my hero? And there’s nobody else I would rather–

[Sneezes] [Groans] The last thing I want is to hold you back. If you really think you’re ready for this, I won’t stand in your way.

Thank you, gladys. [Groans] I just hope you don’t regret it later.

[Soft music]



[Door shutting]

Okay, fine. I can admit that you may have made the review board more receptive to giving chase his job back, but chase also proved that he deserved to be reinstated.

I agree. Chase is a straight shooter. Exactly my point. How do you think he’s gonna react when he finds out you went behind his back to me? Better yet, let’s find out. [Scoffs] You’re bluffing.

Am I? As luck would have it, I have him on speed dial.


[Phone rings] What, who’s calling you?

I don’t know. I don’t recognize the number.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Hold on. Maybe it’s that anonymous sec source.

This is detective chase. How can I help you?

Detective chase, this is tracy quartermaine. Our paths crossed at michael and willow’s wedding, remember?

[Suspenseful music]

There was a part of me that enjoyed all the action in greenland. Who wouldn’t wanna kick ass and take names, especially when the name is cassadine?

So I can tell my superiors we can count on you?

I’m not saying that exactly, see, because there’s still a part of me that enjoys working at my nightclub, listening to live music, and making sure that my customers are okay, and letting someone else be the tough guy.

I’ll take that as a maybe. There’s no need to give me a definitive answer right now.

[Phone chiming]

I just texted you my private number. Think about it, and give me a call, because that nightclub of yours may seem a little tame after saving the planet.

Do not overplay your hand with me. The guests at my table trust me.

No doubt. But you’ll still have a lot of explaining to do. Don’t you think the better play is to double down on your faith in me?

Don’t listen to him. [Chuckles] What’s the matter, gladys? Guilty conscience?

I don’t know what pack of lies cody’s been feeding you, but the man was caught with his hand in the cookie jar, so to speak. If you’re as smart as I think you are, you’ll get rid of him.

You’re half right, gladys, because I was thinking about getting rid of both of you.

Yes, of course I remember you, ms. Quartermaine.

Well, aren’t you sweet, detective chase?

So what can I do for ya?

My granddaughter told me that you just got reinstated. Congratulations.

Yeah, well, actually, I owe your granddaughter for standing up for me.

Ah, yes. Well, she’s nothing if not loyal. Since I’m back in town for a while, I’ve decided I wanna take a greater interest in the community. Shall we have lunch?


I’ll be in touch.

[Suspenseful music]

Your mom’s married to ned, right? So you speak quartermaine? What the hell was that about?

So what’s it gonna be? Are you gonna take the deal, or am I gonna take the lunch?

I didn’t mean to hurt my mother-in-law’s feelings, but I can’t depend on gladys forever. Sooner or later, I have to take charge of my own life, my own choices, my own mistakes.

Well, the biggest mistake would be trusting gladys more than you trust yourself. I’m not at all saying that gladys doesn’t care about you, but she seems to think of you as– as some sort of victim, someone who needs protecting.

And how do you think of me?

Besides the fact that you are completely gorgeous, I see you as strong, capable, someone who has grown leaps and bounds this past year and is ready to take on the world again. But before you step in front of those cameras, the only thing that really matters is if you feel the same way.

Is my little boy gonna be all right?

Well, considering he survived an adventure on the high seas and narrowly escaped an international incident, I’d say he’s doing all right. But he could really use one thing.

Well, please tell me.

His mom.

Hi, ace.

[Somber music]

Trina and taggert still up in your office?

Yes. Is everything okay?

Nothing I can’t handle.

[Elevator dinging]


Hey, why don’t I just take off?

No, no, stay. I told this to my dad, and I wanted you to both hear this from me so that we could stop asking questions and start living like a family again. And in order to do that, I wanna get a dna test.

[Suspenseful music]

How’s ace?

Your little brother? He’s doing great.

Oh, good.

Ready to go home.

Home, as in all of us going back to living at my grandmother’s place, assuming that’s still okay with you.

You know, normally I don’t like to speak for kevin, but this is one time I can say with real confidence that we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Thank you, doctor.


After you, my dear.

Why do you think brook lynn’s grandmother wants to have lunch with me?

Well, if it was anyone else, I’d say she probably just wants to talk about you and her granddaughter. But it’s tracy quartermaine, so I bet she’s got another agenda.

You think I should stay away?

You could, or you could be a detective and go out to lunch.

Just remember, detective chase is only a phone call away.

That won’t be necessary. Just as always, you win. When do you want me to start working back at deception?

How do I feel about going back on the cameras at home & heart? Honestly, part of me wants to run and hide. But I won’t give in to that fear. Even if I fail–

which you won’T.

Thank you. But I won’t know until I try.

Wait, so you’re in?

I’m in.

[Both laugh]


It’s his fault.

It’s her fault.

Consider yourselves warned, both of you. Now, cody, if you can play your cards tonight like you’ve played them with me, you can have a place at the table.

Thank you. You won’t regret it. [Clears throat] I haven’t forgotten about you, gladys. You, too, have a place at the table. Who knows? Maybe your luck will change.

[Soft music playing]

I wish that I had never put you in this position in the first place, but I’m so proud of you for wanting to know the truth.

Yeah, I second that.

Thank you. That means a lot to me.

[Elevator dinging]

[Sighs] The doctor gave ace the thumbs-up that he’s healthy, so all of us are gonna take him home now to grandmother’S.

Okay. I’m glad your little brother is okay.

[Somber music]

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