GH Transcript Wednesday, May 17, 2023

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[Soft dramatic music]

“My darling anna, back to work at elq. “But every day I wake up beside you is heaven. Love, valentin.” Mm.

[Knocking on door]

[Chuckles] Sorry about not calling first. I hope I’m not interrupting.

Uh, would it stop you anyway? It hasn’t before. [Chuckles]

No, probably not. Um, I really need your help.

How could i refuse you anything after what you did to bring victor down?

I hope that you mean that because I need a job.

Do you know how much I live for this?

Coffee and croissants?

Quality time with my husband. Mac? Mac, what happened to the romantic man that I married?

I’m sorry. I’ve left about a half a dozen messages for my brother, and robert hasn’t even bothered to text me back.

Well, robert’s had his hands full lately.

With what? Diane, would you mind joining us for a moment?

Of course. What’s it about?

My brother.

I’m expecting something from judge taylor’s office.


[Mumbles] No, there’s nothing here marked da scorpio.

Well, then I would expect a degree of initiative at this point, and you can go track it down. It’s important!

Hey, robert. Uh, what’s going on?

I put in for a warrant. It should be here by now.

Oh, well, maybe I can look into that for you. What’s the warrant for?

I’m pursuing a violation of the rico act.

Oh, racketeering, huh?

Well, I prefer to call it enterprise corruption.

Am I familiar with the location of the alleged operation?

You can hardly miss it. Got a big sign above the door which says “the savoy.”

[Cell phone chimes]

Welcome home, stranger. When’s the ticker tape parade in your honor?

The savoy’s closed, and all I want to do this morning is go over last night’s receipts.

So back to normal, is it? I can’t blame you, after what you’ve been through. The invader painted quite the vivid picture. But look at the bright side. You may be rewarded for your heroism, and I don’t mean a key to the city.

Then, what do you mean?

From what I understand, your reward might be a brave and beautiful daughter.

Oh, excuse me? Excuse me. Um, I’ve been wanting to take a dna test for an hour and 15 minutes.

I’m sorry for your wait. It shouldn’t be too much longer.

That’s what you said half an hour ago.

I’m sure that you can find a way to expedite the process. Trina is far too fine a person to mention this, but her mother actually works here at this hospital, dr. Portia robinson.

Look, I’m not looking for any special favors.

But we will take them, if you have them.

Let me see what I can do.

Thank you.

I don’t need you fighting my battles.

I thought that we agreed that we would fight for each other, back on the “haunted star”?

Good morning, portia. I came as soon as I could. You said that you wanted to talk about trina. Is she ok?

Yes. No, no, no, she’s fine.

Oh, good. I was so relieved that she came through that nightmare in greenland without so much as a scratch.

Yes. Yeah, by some miracle. And that’s why I asked you to meet me here today. I plan on keeping my daughter safe and sound.

Well, I’m all for that. How can I help?

That’s exactly what I wanted to hear.

Alexis, please come in. Thank you so much for coming over.

No problem.

I could use all the help I could get right now.

I understand. I brought this for ace.


I assume he might be a bit tired after the adventure in greenland?

Oh, no, he’s doing absolutely fine. It’s his mom who’s turning out to be quite a handful.

You don’t say.


Has her memory come back yet?

Uh, no, no. It’s not about that, not at all.


Come on, sit with me. You know, it’s just that… kevin and I have done everything we can to make her feel at home here, you know? And to be honest, I think that spencer has done the same thing. But it’s just– esme?

[Chuckles] Look who stopped by. It’s, uh, ace’s aunt alexis.

Uh, I’m sorry. This is a bad time. Ace and I were just leaving.

Where are you going?

I mean, does it matter? Anywhere but here.

[Dramatic music]

Esme, I -that’s it? -Yeah.

Living in an apartment with four adults and a baby doesn’t afford you much privacy. But you can’t just take off to parts unknown.

Yeah, well, why not? I mean, I have my baby. He’s all that matters to me. Plus the charges that were pending against me have been dropped, so what’s to stop me?

Ok, well to start with, where are you going? And how are you going to get there? Because you don’t have a car. And then, how will you pay for all of it?

I have a trust fund.

Which you don’t have access to. You remember that, right?

Right, because my trustees pulled the plug because of all of the things that people said, that I was a terrible person and so on. But I mean, they can’t keep my money from me forever, can they?

Well, it’s complicated.

But, why? I mean, I’m not the same person who did all of those bad things. So, I mean, they have to give me what’s mine, right?

[Sighs] Yes, esme. But in the meantime, you have to think about your baby, you know? You have to put his needs first. Can you do that?

We were fighting for our lives on the “haunted star.” Now, I’m just trying to take a dna test and make it to my afternoon classes, which I don’t know why it’s taking so long. All I gotta do is swab my cheek, and compare the dna with the dna test results with curtis and my dad. It’s not that big of a deal.

I think if curtis turns out to be your real dad, then yes, it is a big deal.

Correction. If that’s the case, curtis would be my biological father. No matter what that dna test result says, marcus taggert will always be my dad.

Look, I get it. You’re still facing the possibility that you could be curtis ashford’s daughter.

Where did you get the idea that trina and I have–

could be related by blood? It’s not exactly a state secret, especially if one knows people who know people at the gh lab.

Right, your nephew used to work there.

Did he? I have to say, trina robinson is a lovely young woman, also very brave, given everything she’s been through– being arrested, going on trial only to be acquitted. Not to mention the latest adventure you shared on the high seas. To learn that you’re her biological father would be a very happy ending to that story. Or perhaps you don’t want.

Trina thinks of you as such a wonderful mentor.

Well, I’d like to think we’re friends as well.

Mm-hmm. And that’s why I asked you to meet me here this morning. I want to see if maybe you could help me out with trina.

The two of you haven’t patched things up yet, huh?

Well, when she got back from greenland, I got a nice big hug.

[Laughs] And it was wonderful. But, um, after the initial reunion, things are still strained, I would say, between us. So she’s not really likely to listen to me or my input. And I am concerned at some of the choices that trina is making, and I think she’s gonna get into trouble.

Oh, well, I would love to help if I can. What–what choices are you referring to?

The one she made to be with spencer cassadine.

Mac, I’m sorry, but I don’t really keep tabs on robert. Outside of the courtroom, I don’t know what he does.

Well, would you tell me if you spoke with him this morning? I understand you two have been texting a lot with each other lately.

Um–oh! Oh, you mean about, like, a pending case?

Well, yes, of course. What else would I mean?

Why is the da’s office interested in curtis’s nightclub? It’s a legit operation.

I’m not accusing curtis of anything, except maybe a questionable choice of friends, one of them being selina wu.

So selina and curtis are in business together?

Our last venture proved fruitful to us both, did it not?

It certainly did.

Robert. Does the chief know about this?

Where’s my warrant?

I’m sorry, sir. The warrant’s not ready yet.

What kind of job are you looking for then, holly?

I’m thinking of getting back into the spy game. I was hoping you could put in a good word for me with the wsb.

What? That’s what got you involved with victor in the first place. Robert nearly lost his mind with grief, searching for you from here to monte carlo to wherever.

Happily, victor is dead.

Yes, but you and I both know that there are other people out there like him. Why would you want to put yourself through that? Not to mention, robert.

The last thing I want would be to hurt robert.

So stay out, stay safe. Really, I can assure you that the rush of espionage is not worth the downside.

I don’t want the job for the rush.

Well then, what?

I need the money.

Proper tea.


Thank you.

You’re welcome.

Yeah, I– I need money to help my son.

Oh, no. What, ethan’s in trouble again already?

Yeah. Yeah, my son has a bit of a robin hood complex.

He steals from the rich to give to the poor, actually.

Minus, as he puts it, a small commission.

Oh, I see. [Laughs]

Trouble is, some of the rich that he’s robbed aren’t very happy. They either want their money back, or they want him killed. So he’s gone back to australia. He knows the players there, the deep pockets. My son is as good with cards as anybody I’ve ever seen. He’s much better than me, and he’s better than his father. But if he makes enough to pay back the people who want to kill him–

he risks creating another loser who would want revenge.

If I don’t settle his debts, my beautiful son is a dead man walking.

Mac, this is really none of our business.

We’re talking about my brother.

Mac, let’s just say that robert has some issues he needs to work out.

What kind of issues?

If you want answers to those questions, you’re gonna have to ask your brother. Excuse me.

Ok, there is more to this story, and I’m gonna get some answers.

No, no, no. Mac, diane is right.

About what?

You need to talk to your brother. Ask robert what is going on.

Ace is my whole world. I mean, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for him. But I also need my freedom and my independence. And living in a place where people are constantly looking at me sideways and waiting for me to commit a crime– I mean, it’s suffocating.

All right, I can certainly appreciate that. But your life is going to get better, esme. I promise you that. You just have to be a little patient.

I have been patient. Look, I admit that you and kevin have been very generous to let me and ace live here for free. But that also means that spencer is constantly looking down at me, and making me second guess every decision that I make about my son. And when do I get to live my life on my own terms?

Esme, perhaps there’s a way to make that happen. That is, if you truly mean what you say.

To be perfectly clear, I don’t think that spencer is gonna follow in his great uncle’s footsteps. I don’t think he’s interested in world domination. To me, it seems like he follows in the footsteps of his father. Just like nikolas, spencer is entitled. He’s reckless. And what’s most concerning to me is the content of his– his character. Just like his father. I mean, what kind of man sleeps with his son’s girlfriend? A cassadine–someone who is entitled, spoiled, oblivious to consequences. And that’s why I’m so afraid for trina.

For what it’s worth, if nikolas didn’t come back to town for the birth of his own son, I don’t think he’s coming back at all. And so his influence over spencer is done.

It’s too late. He’s already had, what, 18, 19 years of bad parenting? The mold is set. The damage is done. Spencer is who he is, and he’s a danger to trina. She–

[Sighs] She throws all common sense out the window, which she never used to do. And she jumped on that damn boat and almost died. And I need your help to make trina see reason.

I understand what you’re saying, portia, I really do. And believe me, I have my own regrets about becoming involved with the cassadine family. But I love trina, and so I have to be honest with you. I think you’d be smarter to not move against spencer.

What the hell are you implying?

I’m not trying to suggest you wouldn’t be proud to call trina your daughter. The way I see it, it’s not who she is that is the issue. It is the strings that bind her to her mother that might be problematic, and do you really need that complication in your life right now?

Why don’t you just spit it out, selina? What are you driving at?

As I explained, I have access to the labs at gh. I can make that dna test result go any way you want.

Why would I tamper with dna test results? Because that’s just compounding one lie with another. Trina is a wonderful young woman that I love very much already.

All true. But you used to be a risk taker, a man who lived on the edge and liked it. Perhaps you felt that kind of rush again while playing the hero in greenland.


I’m sure the wsb was impressed you could do something that they couldn’T. And maybe you’d like more. And having a daughter might get in the way of that.

[Phone buzzing] That’s true, isn’t it? Then, why let anything or anyone tie you down?

Excuse me, the hostess told me you’re ava jerome. I have a delivery for you.

Oh. Thank you.

Have a nice day.

Thank you. Um, sorry.

I guess I’m just a little surprised. I’m surprised that you don’t want to support keeping trina away from spencer. I–I guess I just figured you of all people would understand what a wrecking ball that family is.

Yeah, well, I agree that the cassadine family can be bad news. And I–I don’t blame you for being concerned about trina’s decision to stick with spencer.

But you won’t help me make trina see the light of day?

[Scoffs] I’ve seen a different side of him. He’s changing and maturing. He took a very principled stand when it came to his baby brother. I understand why trina feels the way she does, and that’s why I can’t help you. If I have any advice at all, it would be for you to leave it alone, and let trina make her own decisions about her life.

I hope that curtis will always be in my life, no matter what the test results show.

Yeah. I wish I could say the same about esme.

I have to say, though, after dr. Gatlin-holt checked out ace and gave him the thumbs up, watching you walk out with laura and esme and ace, you kind of looked like A…

we were a family. Trust me, we’re not. I would give anything for esme to let go, and relinquish the responsibility of raising my brother to me.

I don’t know. Despite everything esme has done to me, I can’t help but feel for her. She doesn’t remember how she used to be or how she acted. And if you think about it, ace is all she’s got.

[Dramatic music]

Trina robinson, you’re a genius.

Thank you. What did I say?

Right now, ace is all esme has. She needs to open her eyes and expand her horizons, broaden her worldview. As long as she is solely focused on ace, she’s never gonna give him up.

Ok. That’s a good idea, but how?

Right, yeah. That’s the hard part, because somehow, we’re going to need to get her to come to that conclusion on her own.

I meant every single word of what I said. I want to stand on my own two feet, and I want to make my own choices. And I want to live where and how I want to live.

All right. What if I can make that happen?

You can help me get my hands on my trust fund?

I don’t think that’s what alexis means.

No, that isn’t what alexis means. I’m not offering you a free ride. I’m offering you a chance to earn that independence you crave.

And how would you do that, exactly?

I have an opening for a receptionist at the invader.

A job answering the phone.

I’m sorry, do you have a college degree or any work experience at all?


[Quietly] Not really.

Then, this seems like a very appropriate job for you to start. Unless, of course, all that talk about you standing on your own is just talk.

Look, this isn’t a fishing expedition. As the da, it’s my job to investigate any hint of criminal conspiracy.

All due respect, I thought we as cops did the investigating, and you guys did the prosecuting.

Let me give you a refresher course in the chain of command. I sit on top of it.

And the judge, who has to sign off on your warrant?

I’ll light a fire under that damn judge right now. I’m sick of waiting.

Come on, felicia, we’ve always been honest with each other. What do you know that I don’t?

[Cell phone ringing] What’s up, dante?

Uh, mac, hey. Calling you about your brother.

What about my brother? Thanks for calling, dante. Bye.

What is it?

That’s what I need to find out.

You’re not the only one who cares about ethan and would want to help him. Robert still regards him as the son he never had. I’m sure he would help in a heartbeat.

Oh, I–I know he would. But if I involved him in ethan’s not quite legal activities– I mean, he’s a respected district attorney. The scandal could bring him down, and I would never do that to him.

Robert still means that much to you, huh?

Yeah. From the moment I first realized that I loved robert, I always have and I always will.


So tell him about ethan, and then let him make the decision whether he gets involved or not.

Well, it’s not quite as simple as that. There are things that I don’t want robert to know, for his protection. And if I’m honest, for my own. It’s like what diane miller said.

Oh, wait. Sorry, you spoke to diane about robert?

Yeah. She asked me why I thought that things would work out between robert and me this time, when they never have before.

She has a point. But she also has a horse in the race.

Yeah, I’m keenly aware.

So what, you’re gonna drop out of the race, and let her win?

I barely know diane, but I get the impression that we’re alike in one way. We are both too proud and self-reliant to stoop to pulling out each other’s hair over a man, even if that man is robert scorpio.



But my point is, is that the last thing that I would want to do is hurt robert by damaging his reputation. And if I end up having to take another path to get the money I need for my son–

is there another path?

Well, there’s always another path. Sometimes, I’ve taken it and lived to regret it.

Yes. I remember.

So will you contact the bureau and help me get my foot in the door before it’s too late?

Well, holly, I have to be straight with you. You know, my influence over there is limited. They’ve replaced frisco because he refused to give the order for the airstrike over the island. And, um, I just got back from a thorough debriefing in london. And the new director is, uh– well, suffice to say he’s not really enamored with me or anyone associated with frisco.

Oh, I–I see.

But I still know some people.


I mean, I can make some calls. And I think I would be careful about taking that other path, if I was you.

Can you believe it? The judge won’t sign off on the war– warrant.

[Chuckles] Let me guess. Detective falconeri calls our baby brother, who makes a beeline for the station.

Detective falconeri was doing his job. It’s time to talk.

[Soft dramatic music]

You can forget about the warrant. The savoy is off limits.

Like hell, it is. Look, we both know that wu was a regular customer in there. And I have reason to believe that holly’s now got herself–

so holly’s in trouble again, and you’re her knight in shining armor riding to the rescue.

Mac, you know what she’s like. She’s her own worst enemy. Now, if I can just simply intervene–

intervene, and you’re gonna screw up all the surveillance that I put in place to get the goods on selina wu.

Why wasn’t i informed of this?

I’m telling you now. Stay out of it.

May I?


mac is really worried about his brother.

Well, I’m sorry about that, felicia. But I actually have to get through these notes before I head on over to court.

Don’t try so hard, diane. I know you care about robert.

Absolutely, I do. There’s a professional respect, yes.

Robert and i go way back, and holly is a very good friend of mine.

I’m–I’m more than aware you were with holly last night when she arrived at my table to have a frank discussion of present circumstances. And if I didn’t say it then, I want to thank you and alexis for allowing holly and i to have that conversation in private.

I’m not sure you fully understand the present circumstances. It’s time you did.

Trina loves you. She’s gonna come around. But I’ve also seen the way that she looks at spencer. I’ve heard the way she talks about him. She–she was already smitten before everything that happened in greenland. And I’m telling you, painting spencer in a bad light is just gonna make it more difficult for you to heal your relationship with trina.

I’m her mother. If I see her in a situation that’s bad for her, what–


I’m–I’m really just trying to give you the benefit of my regret. Portia, please don’t push your daughter away. Do better than I did.

Fortunately, my grandmother has a way with esme, so she can encourage her and help her begin to search for things that might fulfill her other than ace, and…

[Sighs] I really am self-absorbed. I’m sitting here going on and on about my problems, when you’re waiting to take a test that could literally change your whole life.

Look, firstly, I was happy for the distraction. And secondly, if you have problems, I wanna hear about them.

Well, I want to hear about your problems.


So I guess we’re stuck together?

Looks like.

Well, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Neither would I.

[Soft music]

Selina, if you’re offering to fix the dna test results, there must be something in it for you.

When did you become so cynical?

Why don’t you just admit it? You don’t give a damn if I’m trina’s father or if I’m not. You just like having something over me.

What else do I need? I already have our little game in the back room, payback for putting your father’s arrest record into your hands. Whether you like it or not, the two of us are joined at the hip.

For now. But hear me clearly. Do not do me any favors by doctoring those results. Oh. This is your tab from last night.

[Ominous music]

Did you put alexis up to this? Is this your way to keep me in town, by chaining me to a desk so I can never leave?

[Scoffs] You know, esme, some people might see it as an opportunity. I know I did when I was asked to answer phones for elq when I was your age.

[Baby crying over monitor]

Um, I should go check on ace. Just..

[Crying continues]

[Sighs] You know, it’s–it’s a great opportunity for her. She can put down roots. She can create a home for herself and for her son, with her son’s family’s assistance, of course.

So why do you look so worried?

I am worried, but not about esme. I’m actually worried about you.

Esme may not currently be able to remember all the terrible things that she’s done, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that she won’t revert to her old behavior.

I’m very well aware of that, which is why I was worried about her living here with you.

But what choice did I have, you know? She holds the fate of my grandchild in her hands.

I know that. I know that, which is why I think this was–

uh, alexis. Um, I thought about your offer.

There’s no rush. You could take your time.

Yeah, you don’t have to decide now.

Except I have decided. I’ll take it.

Excuse me, I’m having some tests done today. And my question is, how is the lab security system? I mean, how absolutely certain are you that no one can tamper with the dna test results? And what safeguards do you have in place?

Why all the questions?

Curtis, is something wrong?

Well, you know. You know I ask a lot of questions. I just want to make sure the results are gonna be accurate.

Thanks for your concern, but I haven’t even been tested yet.

It won’t be long now. And it will be accurate.

Sorry, I stuck my nose in.

It’s ok. You have a nice nose.

I wonder if it runs in the family.

I hope you don’t think I’m telling you how to parent because I’m not. I’m just–I’m hoping that you can learn from my mistakes.

I appreciate hearing your perspective. But I can’t stand by. I can’t lose trina.

So what are you doing to do?

I don’t know.

Robert and holly have 30 plus years of history, but that doesn’t mean that he’s ready to upend his life for her now. Whatever’s going on with you and robert, I know it–

there is nothing going on with me and robert, except a court date, which I have to keep.

You are the ultimate professional, diane. But I know the signs. You care about robert.

And holly sutton is the love of his life. End of story.

I have no interest in compromising the pcpd’s surveillance of wu.

Then, stay the hell out of it.

I can’t do that. Hey, where’s my warrant?

Tell the da he can wait till hell freezes over.

Ok, why don’t we just sit down and discuss this?

Screw the warrant.

[Dramatic music]

[Knocking on door]

Anna devane?

Uh, yes?

Just need a signature.

Oh, sure. Thank you. Mm-hmm, thank you.

Good, then I’ll tell her to expect you.

[Knocking on door] The starting salary is what it is, but you do get health care benefits and day care.

Wait, does that mean that ace can come to work with me? I won’t have to leave him with spencer and laura? Oh, my god, thank you. Thank you so much.

[Tender music]


Mom, um, we’re just waiting to get our dna tests.

Trina, just remember whatever happens, you’re not alone.

I’ll make sure of that.

Then, we’re all in agreement. Trina comes first. Always.

[Dramatic music]

Oh, right.



I can’t wait to tell ace mommy’s got her first job. This is our first step on our path to independence. Thank you.

Looks like I got myself a receptionist.


What’s that?

Uh, I don’t know. It was just delivered by messenger.

A messenger? That’s old school.

[Phone ringing]

It is, isn’t it? Oh, excuse me. Hi, anna.

Hey, laura. Did you by any chance just get an envelope delivered to you by messenger?

Yes, just this very moment. How’d you know?

Because I got one, too. It’s an invitation to the reading of victor’s will.

Robert and holly are my friends. I just want them to be happy.

Well then, felicia, there’s nothing left to say, is there?

Just this. Seeing robert with you and knowing his very complicated history with holly, I’m not so sure where their happiness lies.

Da scorpio. If you’re looking for curtis, he just left.

Actually, I’m looking for you.

Oh, really? What can I do for you?

What is the hold that you have over holly sutton?

I suggest you ask the lady herself.

[Ominous music]

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