GH Transcript Wednesday, May 31, 2023

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what’s in the box? Is it ticking? Digital detonators don’T. Yikes. I was just kidding. Even still, it is…light. Spencer, after everything we’ve been through with your uncle, you don’t need to open that. Mom, please. Call diane. Make the deal and testify against sonny. Josslyn, I don’t know how much of the conversation you heard — oh, my god. I heard enough. It’s a no-brainer. You don’t belong in prison. But sonny does. No, it’s just — I just wish you were here. You should be here, you know, with your daughter. Sonny, it’s very kind of you to say that. It’s true. Well, don’t worry. I’m not giving up. I’m gonna do whatever it takes to be with the people I love.

[ Breathing heavily ] I’m so gonna get fired! It’s not that bad. No, no, no, no. A-a-and on my first day. I — just — just take a breath. Take a breath.

[ Breathing heavily ] What is going on? Thank you. I’ll go get your lab results.

[ Elevator bell dings ] Taggert: Trina? Dna results? For trina? Trina decided that she wanted to know who her biological father was, so she had her dna tested against marcus’… and curtis’. And now the results are in. Marshall: What y’all waiting on? Get your butts over there to the hospital. Go ahead and be with trina. Come on. You’re right. I should get going. Sorry about dinner, dad. Oh, don’t worry about dinner. I’ll save you a bowl. Don’t worry about it. Just go. I can’t believe it. In minutes, I’ll find out if I’m gonna be a father.

Thanks for getting here so fast.You call and I come. That’s the way it is, and that’s the way it’s always gonna be. And besides, I wanted to have a little you and me time. Well, I only called curtis a few minutes ago, and the nurse just went to get the dna test results, so we should be good. How are you feeling?

[ Sighs ] I’m all over the place. Relieved that the wait is over. Terrified that the results won’t be what I was hoping. I hear that. Mostly, I’m worried about the future. I know we said nothing was gonna change — nothing is gonna change. Not between us. Yeah, I want — I want to believe that, but… it happens all the time. People think nothing’s gonna change, and then in a heartbeat, everything’s different. That’s people, not us. That’s what I keep telling myself, too. But it’s just not realistic. And the truth is, those results could change everything. Curtis, I just want you to know, no matter what those results say, we all love you, and we’re here for you. A-and your father and i would be happy to come with you if — if you want the support. Thank you, aunt stella. I appreciate it. Portia and i will be fine. Oh, I-I don’t think that trina would want me there. She’s your daughter. This is a potentially life-changing day for her. And whose fault is that? Trina called you. She didn’t call me. I-I think that speaks for itself, so I — portia, I know the two of you have some things you need to work through. But one day, trust me, she’s gonna look back and she’s gonna be glad her mama was there for her. Okay. And if — if either of you need anything — stella, stella, we’re gonna be here holding down the fort, just a phone call away.

[ Door closes ] Yes, sonny hurt me. He hurt all of us. And I’m not saying we forgive and we forget, but we move past it. We move on. What I won’t do, what I definitely won’t do is have someone else pay for my mistakes. I’m sorry to interrupt. Uh, I got to — I got to be somewhere. Can you tell willow that I’ll see her tomorrow? Will do. Alright. You gonna go see nina? Uh, yeah. Take care of yourself. See, he’s, uh — he’s still choosing nina over his own family. Okay. You know what? It’s his fiancéE. Mom, if you don’t make this deal and you actually go to prison, he gets donna full-time with nina. Why are you sacrificing yourself for him after everything he’s done? Alright, josslyn, josslyn, enough. This is mom’s choice, okay? We have to respect that. Oh, and you’d know all about making choices that hurt innocent people, wouldn’t you? I’m so sorry. I-I-I so screwed up. It’s hardly a disaster. Can one of you please tell me what’s going on? This is all my fau– not you. I-I just got like 5 million text messages in the last half-hour. What happened, and — and why are you here? I’m here because I was made aware of a minor snafu, and I thought I might be able to help put out some fires. Fires? Plural? It — it seems esme, uh, inadvertently forwarded an e-mail from a source to the global address book.

[ Gasps ] Opening us up to being scooped? Making our source vulnerable? It — it — it — it was an accident. I thought I was just gonna be answering phones. I’m trying to do everything that’s expected of me, but all I can think about is how ace is staying with people who are trying to take him from me, and I — as you can see, esme was already pretty frazzled by the time that e-mail came in. How bad is it? I worked with the staff to blunt the damage. Now everything’s handled. It’s all fine. Really. Really? Really? Really. Esme. I need to be able to count on you to handle sensitive information responsibly. Mm-hmm. But it’s your first day, so I’m going to trust that you can and that you will learn from your mistakes. Wait, so I’m not fired? Not today. But you never know what tomorrow will bring. Clock out. Clock out! Yes. Thank you. I’m so sorry. I promise you won’t regret this. Um, at least not more than you already do. Um… think she’ll show tomorrow? I’m calling a temp agency. I feel like I should at least know what it is. Everyone else’s gifts were innocuous enough. Ava: Open it or don’t, spencer. But whatever it is, don’t keep it. It’s up to you.

[ Knock on door ] Anna, you made it. Please. Hi. Yes. Come on in.Sorry. I got held up at G.H. That’s alright. Uh, this is victor’s executor. Anna devane. Jb brown, esquire. Oh, mr. Brown. Yes. I saw your name on the invitation to this — whatever — get-together. Do I even want to know what I missed? Uh, victor has found a way to be present from beyond the grave. Please take a seat. Thank you. Hi. I’ll open this later. Let’S…get this over with. Mr. Brown: Shall we continue? Please.

[ Computer beeps ]

And now for my other nephew, nikolas cassadine.

Victor: Or should I say…

Was nikolas invited to this? Does victor know where my son is?

…Prince nikolas mikhail stavrosovich cassadine. I’ll never forget how you came to my aid when I needed you. While your family mourned your death, we helped each other build new lives. Sadly, hard times have finally caught up with you. But when the going gets tough, you need a — a home away from home. I trust spencer will take good care of my gift to you until you return.

[ Computer beeps ]

[ Computer beeps ]

I’ve left perhaps the greatest gift of all to my formidable opponent, special agent anna devane. Oh, my dear anna, we’ve both been in this business long enough to know that eventually, our sins catch up with us. So I leave you… the truth. So, you think everything’s gonna change? Why? The only way nothing’s gonna change is if that test says you’re my biological father. And if not, I’m still your father. You’re still my daughter. I mean, there’s no test gonna tell us how we feel about each other. It’s not about what the test says. It’s about what blood says. I know we’re not gonna stop loving each other, but we’re both gonna have to live with the fact that I have another father, one who I’ve missed out on 20 years of getting to know. Oh. So, um, do you regret spending all of that time with me instead? Of course not. Then what’s the problem? If it turns out that curtis and I… I’m concerned the more I get to know curtis and his relatives and the closer I get with them… …the more I’ll hurt you. Okay. Can you explain to me what really happened with that e-mail that she sent to the entire planet? And — and what are we gonna do about the fallout? How did you manage that?

[ Sighs ] The editors were divided about the best way to handle the leak. So while the staff tried to reach you, and they did try… I was at my genocidal uncle’s will reading. I couldn’t take any calls. …I have had some experience with sources in the past. Fortunately, this one was communicating to us through an anonymous e-mail account, so… and we refused comment to anyone who called to follow up and, uh, legal watchdogged everything to ensure there was minimal damage to the invader. All in all, great way to spend an evening.

[ Sighs ] I appreciate that you came in to handle it. My pleasure. I must admit that I’m a little surprised to see you, in that you’ve been ghosting me. It’s very kind of you to come keep me company. Well, I thought that you would be, you know, worrying about willow, so here I am. Thank you. Yeah, I am. But I just keep thinking, if I stay away now, then I might be able to get her back later. But I don’t want to talk about this subject anymore. I want to talk about something happier. What do you have in mind? I do have something in mind, and that’s a little bit of a clue. I think I know what this is about. Yeah, so I have some ideas about our wedding, and I’d love to share them with you. Well, I’d be happy to look at them. I know you don’t really care about that. Well — grooms usually don’t care about things like this. You know what I care about? Spending my life with you. And knowing you care about that… is what keeps me going. What the hell is going on? Why don’t you go ahead and tell her, michael? Look, mom’s got enough on her plate right now that we can figure this out on our own, okay? Or you could just tell me.

[ Cellphone rings ] It’s pilar. I have to take this. If this isn’t over when I come back, I want to know. Look, josslyn, you can be as pissed off at me as you want. Oh, well, thank you, but I don’t need your permission. And I don’t want to be mad at you. But you — I know what I did. I’m just saying leave mom out of it. She’s got enough to worry about. She doesn’t need to be taking on anything else right now. Michael, I don’t want to drag mom into what you’re doing to dex, either. You know, maybe it’s a good thing you didn’t turn sonny in.

I’m sorry about going radio silent. I thought about reaching out, many times, actually. Why didn’t you?

[ Sighs ] When I was diagnosed with als, I-I — all I could think about was not wanting to be a burden to anyone. Even though you urged me to tell the truth, by telling you, I felt like I had dumped this massive burden on you. And then when I didn’t hear from you, I assumed I was right about that — that I scared you off. That is, until I got that last text message you sent. Gregory, the reason I didn’t contact you is because I was a-afraid that you would think I was disregarding your boundaries. And then I-I talked to my daughter. I didn’t tell her anything. No details. I — but she told me there’s a big difference between inserting yourself into someone’s life when you’re not wanted and — and just simply reaching out to let you know that I’m thinking about you. I convinced myself that I could go it alone. But then your text helped me realize I was wrong about that. And how much I need a friend. Eat this gumbo before it get cold.

[ Sighs ] I can’t even think about food right now. Don’t think. Just eat. As we speak, curtis, portia, and trina are going through something momentous, and they need the support of their family. We are supporting them, stella. W-w-we’re supporting them by giving them the room they need to deal with this issue, regardless of what happens. Then — then they gonna come back to us. Come to you. Curtis might come to you, but [Scoffs] My nephew wants nothing to do with me. He’s still upset that I ran away from his wedding. Ah, you may have — you may have run and hid, but at least you came back. Took you long enough. And here you are, letting my gumbo get cold. I-I appreciate what you’re trying to do. And I know you think curtis will forgive me. But I wasn’t there for him when he needed me the most. And I’m just afraid that I’ve — I’ve lost him forever. When I look at you, I see that little baby I used to hold in my hands and sing to sleep at night. I see that girl who demanded I take her training wheels off her bike and the same little girl whose skinned knee I was patching up when she crashed not even moments later.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Sighs ] When I look at, um, you, I see your whole life. The good, the bad. I see parts of your life that I wasn’t even a part of. Because you’re gonna be here. ‘Cause you’re always gonna be a part of my life, and I’m always gonna be a part of yours. So if, um — whew. Um… if you end up being another — part of another family, it doesn’t mean you’re not mine. Oh, come here. Anna: Alright, so that’s it? Victor wanted to taunt me one last time? Are we finished? Not quite.

[ Computer beeps ] Victor: Finally, to our illustrious mayor, laura collins. Oh, my dear, dear laura. If you’re watching this, it means you’ve won. You are the sole survivor of the great game we began all those decades ago. So I leave you… to live the rest of your life in peace with my respect and admiration, knowing that you were indeed a worthy adversary. Congratulations.

[ Computer beeps ] That concludes the reading of victor cassadine’s last will and testament. I leave you to your grief.

[ Coughs ] Thank you for everything, mr. Brown, and thank you again for coming to the apartment. I appreciate that a lot.

[ Sighs ] I’ll get the door for you. Bye-bye. So… so, spencer, what’s in the envelope? Oh, this? Yeah. This is a, uh… private family matter, and you’re no longer — spencer, I’d like to know what’s in it, too. Okay.

[ Clears throat ]

[ Sighs ] Well, it’s in russian. So, anybody? I think anna can speak russian. Anna. What?Can you read russian? Uh, yeah, a little. Why? Okay. Let me see. Oh, I-I don’t know. It’s like a deed to a property. Uh, right here — right here’s the address. See? I mean, I-I can’t — sorry, I — sorry I can’t be of much more help. Thank you, anna. Uh, could i get you something? I mean, I think we could all use a stiff drink at this point. I’m sorry, no, I — I have to get going, really. So, what do you think this, um, is about? This truth that you’ve inherited? Oh, I don’t know. It’s just a mind game, really, isn’t it? Victor’s attempt to get me to obsess about something, drive me to distraction? Whatever. Oh. That old song. I know it well. I’m not worried about it. Still, I don’t think any of us should take a gift from victor at face value, right? Yes, we know better. Yeah. Mm-hmm. Excuse me. Thank you. Thank you for coming. Oh, thank you, laura. Yeah. Bye. Take it easy, now. Yes. Okay, so why would victor leave nikolas property? Look, mom has to defend herself against the insider trading charges. And now that you’ve left dex hanging out to dry, she can. Look, joss, nothing is official. We don’t even know if the justice department is even going to make her an offer. Well, why does she have to wait? She can bring the offer to them. She could save herself and drew. Once, you know, you give her the smoking gun. Oh, come on, joss, you don’t mean — yes, I do mean the recording that dex risked his life to make. The one that makes sure sonny goes to prison for the rest of his life.

I’d like to set the date far enough away to give willow a chance to recover, just in case she wants to go. I know it’s a long shot. Whatever you want, we will do. Uh, that’s — I’ll be right back. Yeah? Oh. Hi. Anna, good to see you. Yeah. Nice to see you. You, too. I know you just got back from answering questions about greenland. We — we need to catch up. Yeah, I would like that. I’m sorry. I just — I have to do this. Oh. Oh, okay. You — you risked your life to save my aunt so she could save my daughter. And for that, I will be grateful to you forever. It — it was nothing. That’s — anna, it was everything. I had my reasons for not wanting to use that footage against sonny. Mm-hmm, and how do those reasons compare to our mother going to prison? Something that you have the power to stop. Give the video to mom and tell her to take it to the feds. Guys, look who I found. Tj: I was just coming to find you. I have an update about willow. Well, is the transplant finished? I looked up the address. It’s in chechnya.

[ Sighs ] Well, the cassadines are originally from russia, so maybe it’s an old home of theirs?

[ Sighs ] Is the will reading over? We just finished. Okay. What is this doing here? This is ace’s favorite blanket. Why — why doesn’t he have it? Where is he? He’s asleep, esme. You put him down without his blankie? God, I can’t leave him alone for a second. Can you believe her? You know, she just got ace back, and then she had to leave him again for work. Uh, it’s just hard on a mother. Anyway, victor said that nikolas had helped him. And we know that nikolas gave him shelter, and then victor returned that favor. Well, I got wyndemere in the divorce, so maybe victor is using this as a replacement? In chechnya? Well, it would guarantee I wouldn’t visit. I don’t know. He said, “when the going gets tough, you need a home away from home.” What are you thinking? I’m wondering if this is where nikolas has gone to hide. We’re still waiting. I hope it’s okay that — that I’m here. I can leave if you want. No, no, you — you should stay. I’m sorry. I should have — I should have called you. It’s okay. I was with curtis when you called. I know. I moved my things back in tonight. So have you two worked things out? One day at a time. Miss robinson. Here you are. Thank you. I guess it’s now or never.

It says that curtis is my biological father. Hey, you know what? Um, it’s okay, baby. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. It’s okay. I wanted to know the truth. And now I do. But, um, I want to make one thing clear. I care about you, curtis. I do. And I know we’re gonna need to figure out where we go from here. Whatever our relationship is, whatever — wherever it goes from here… …I just need you to know that I’m not looking for a replacement father. And I hope that you can accept that. Stella, you raised him to be loving and — and trusting and to have faith in his opinions and to hold himself and others to high standards. But you know what else you did? You raised him to be forgiving. As upset as he was with portia, he still decided to move back in here so he could work on his marriage. And it was her secret that you were holding. You were also holding my secret. Now, if he could forgive me and portia, he definitely can forgive you. You really think so? Oh, shoot, girl, I know so. Thank you for admitting that you need a friend. I need a friend. And I’m glad for friends. It’s mutual. And I promise that I’ll follow your lead regarding your illness. And I hope that you’ll just let me be a part of it while you’re going through it. Deal. Deal.

[ Chuckles ] Awesome. Thank you. And also thank you for stepping in to handle esmegate.

[ Scoffs ] It’s nice to feel useful. You miss it. Of course I do. Oh. I was expecting a little pushback, but go on. I-I really enjoyed volunteering here. Yeah, it was exciting and — and gave me some purpose. I missed it. And…you. Can I make an observation? Has my objection ever stopped you?

[ Chuckles ] I know you wanted this job, and you didn’t take it because you didn’t want people to know you were sick. Because if they did, they would think you wouldn’t be able to handle it. Tell me if I’m wrong. If victor had nikolas safely tucked away in chechnya, why mention it here? But if nikolas was aware of the place already, maybe he went there without victor knowing. Ace is sleeping soundly, with his blanket. If you’ll excuse me, grandmother. Esme, sit down. Um, no, thank you. I’ve been sitting all day, and it wasn’t exactly a very good day to begin with, so… okay. Whatever it is, please just tell me. We might know where nikolas is. W-where? Is he in port charles? No. No, no, not in port charles. But if this information is what I think it is, then it’s possible that nikolas is holed up in some remote part of chechnya. Or not. Laura, there’s no proof at all that he’s there. But it’s the best lead we’ve got. I mean, maybe we can find him and finally bring him home. Yes, willow’s bone marrow transplant is complete. Oh.

[ Laughs ] Thank god. So, uh — so what are the next steps? So, willow will remain in the hospital to give the donated bone marrow cells time to create new cells in her body. Now, that process is called engraftment, and it can take some time. How long? Every patient is unique. Sometimes as little as two weeks. On the outside, maybe six or more. Now, once engraftment has occurred, willow can go home, but we’ll still want to track her recovery in case complications arise. What kind of complications? Willow’s body is essentially rebuilding its immune system, so she’ll be highly susceptible to infection. We want to monitor that. Another possible major complication is graft-versus-host disease, which is when the patient’s body rejects the donated cells. Wow. That’s — that’s a lot to take in. Try not to worry. Willow is getting excellent care, and we’re optimistic that she’ll make a full recovery. Okay. How is willow? Receiving her bone marrow transplant thanks — thanks to you. I’m happy to hear that. You okay? Probably not. Agent anna devane. Anna: Yes. Can I help you? You…are under arrest.

I understand how you feel, laura. And even though things ended badly between us, I want nikolas back with his family. But you can’t go on some wild goose chase to chechnya. It’s dangerous. I’ve been worse places. You know that nikolas has managed to vanish more than once before. He would hide someplace where nobody would think to look, not on some old family property, right? I just don’t want you to set yourself up to be disappointed or shocked. Well, I appreciate that, ava, but, uh, I can’t just sit around here wondering, you know? I have to see for myself. If there’s even a chance that I can find nikolas, I have to take it. The doves I was gonna give to trina. Uncle victor saved them for me. But why? It’s true. I was afraid to take you up on the editorial board position. I didn’t want anyone to find out I was sick. Well, I didn’t tell anyone, and I’m not gonna tell anyone, so we’re over that hurdle. And…

[ Sighs ] …I wasn’t sure I was up to the job. Are you kidding me? You just proved to me and to the entire staff that you are more than capable of — of getting in the thick of things. And more importantly, you proved it to yourself. So… is that position on the board still open? It’s funny you should ask, because as luck would have it, I never got around to filling it. You know curtis means everything to me. I do. Thank you for being there for my sons when I couldn’t be. And I want to thank you for stepping up… when I wasn’t strong enough to face curtis myself. That’s what a family does. We help each other out. Yeah. When we’re at our best. And when we’re at our worst. That’s when we need the most help, right? Yeah. What I need right now is some of your gumbo. Ooh.

[ Laughs ] ‘Cause I’m hungry and it smells good. You ain’t said nothing there! Let’s partake. Let’S… why don’t you say it, stella? Come on. Oh, dear lord, thank you for our family. I understand. And I want you to know the last thing I would ever try to do is take your father’s place. I care about you a lot, trina, okay? So from here on out, I’ll just take your lead. I appreciate that. You could, um, do worse, having two dads. Especially one as good of a man as curtis. So, um, I’m — I’m just gonna leave you guys to — to work this out, okay?

[ Crying ] Okay, wait…

[ Elevator bell dings ]

[ Crying ] Tj, thank you so much. I’m just happy to finally deliver some good news. Uh, can I — can I see her? Of course. And if you need anything, let me know. Thank you. Thank you. Did you hear that? Yeah. Full recovery.

[ Laughs ] We have to be, you know, still careful, but — we will. We will. We’re gonna follow all the guidelines. And at the end of it, willow is gonna be okay. So whatever’s going on between you guys, just end it, okay? Because nothing’s more important than being here for each other as a family. You’re absolutely right, mom. We’re — we’re gonna do what’s best for the family. Right, michael? Anna: What is this about? I can’t say more until we’re in a secure location. Well, I have a right to know why I’m being arrested. Or I’m not going with you until I find out. I’m sure you’ve clocked the agents in position in this room. Yeah. I expect there’s a lot more of them stationed around the hotel to prevent any escape. And all of this is for me? I’m flattered. It would be best if you came voluntarily. But if not, we can do this the hard way. Anna, you want me to call diane for you? No. Thanks, I’m good. Well, I look forward to finding out whatever the truth is. You have the right to remain silent — I know my rights. Then by all means. .

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