GH Transcript Monday, July 17, 2023

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[ Indistinct conversations ] Nice dress. Mm. When did you even have time to go shopping? I didn’T. I brought it with me. Do you always pack outfits like that for business trips? Hello. Excuse me. My name is lucy coe. I believe in always being prepared. And what exactly are you preparing for in that? Excuse me. You’re the one who told me to bring kind of glam, grieving-widow-type garb. That’s what this is. Well, the widow is done grieving. And maybe out for revenge on martin? Brook lynn: What is that noise? I don’t know. It sounds like…

[ Rattling, creaking ] …That. Do you think someone’s in there? Well, ghosts aren’t usually that loud, so yes.

[ Thud in distance ] Wait!

[ Metal clattering ] Damn you, ned! I got your message, but i thought we were having dinner. Why are we meeting here? Little change of plans. How would you like to go to a concert instead? Here? I really don’t think the plaza’s set up for that sort of thing.

[ Guitar strums, mid-tempo music plays ] Revenge?

Moi? I think you want to get back at martin for keeping secrets from you and for not asking you to marry him. Okay. Maybe I admit that if one jackson montgomery, this handsome, tall, debonair fella, wants to lavish attention on me, then, yeah, it does make me feel a teeny-tiny bit triumphant. I knew it. But, more importantly, I really want you to prove that my marty is not running some kind of scam on me, because then I can actually, maybe once and for all, live happily ever after, even if I don’t get to walk down the aisle. So, thusly, this dress is my tool to give you time to search his office. I think this dress could work to keep him occupied. Don’t you think? Well, if it doesn’t, it’s not for lack of trying.

[ Whispering ] Showtime. I’m so, so sorry that I am late. You wouldn’t believe the day that I have had. I almost canceled on you. Then you definitely need…that. Thank you. Mm! Mm! Oh, I heard about curtis getting shot. If you feel like you need to be at the hospital, I do not mind. Well, he’s out of surgery, but he’s still unconscious, and there’s nothing that any of us can do but just wait. And on top of all that, a major advertiser pulled out of this big ad campaign, and now sasha is in this weird legal trouble. So please, please tell me that you wanted to have a drink because you have good news to share with me. No can do. Oh. What happened? Mm. I had sex with austin. Offering myself up as bait is the best way for us to find out who shot curtis. Yeah, except for the part where you put yourself in danger. Well, it’s not exactly new territory for me, is it? Well, this is different. Whoever shot curtis used a stolen rifle from the wsb arsenal. Yeah, I know. Something’s off about that. I mean, it just doesn’t make sense that the bureau would want me dead. Is it possible somebody within the organization went rogue? Maybe. Gonna have to set a good trap for them. W– you — what? You — you’re really gonna do this? Yes! I’m not going to live under a constant threat. Okay. I get that. But — but there’s other ways of handling this. Your plan is a little… a little dangerous, a little reckless. I like it.

You had sex with austin? Surprise. Well, now I’m definitely glad I came tonight.

[ Chuckles ] I’m glad I could make your day. Okay. So, I know that you went to the nurses’ ball with him. But you haven’t talked about him since, so I just figured nothing came of it. Oh, quite the opposite, actually. Things have, um, definitely escalated. Well, obviously. How long has this been going on? Mm, well… we only just slept together for the first time. I’m a little confused here, because you’re acting like sleeping with a hot doctor is a problem. Isn’t it a good thing? There you are! I’ve been looking all over for you. Hi. Hi. Hi. Hi. My god, I missed you. Isn’t that brook lynn’s dad, who…hit his head and thinks he’s a rock star? Yeah. He, uh, goes by eddie maine now. Brook lynn’s uncle sonny has been keeping a close eye on him, but she’s on edge because of the shooting at the metro court last night. I said I’d help watch him and report anything alarming back to the doctors. And the pcpd is okay with this? Oh, strictly off-duty hours. Oh. Giving up your free time. That’s a big commitment. Oh, I don’t mind. It’s for brook lynn. She means a lot to you. She means everything to me. So, uh, I hope you don’t mind hanging out here instead of going to dinner. Not at all. I’m — I’m proud of you for helping brook lynn out. I’m sure it’s a big relief to her. She seemed so tense last night. Oh, that was all her grandmother tracy’s doing. What’s that harpy done now? Olivia! God! You scared me! What are you doing? Why are you throwing things? Why are you yelling about dad? Because I am looking for the supplies that we need to set up the games for the general hospital fundraiser picnic, and I cannot find them, and ned is not here to ask, and I — I can’t do this by myself! It’s okay. We’ll help with the picnic. It’s not just about the picnic. It’s every damn thing! It’s our whole life. Our entire life just — just stopped. Ned is supposed to be here beside me. I need my husband. I miss him. I miss him, too. Hey, mama q, we have a little situation here. Lucy, lucy, lucy. Look at you. You look absolutely ravishing in that dress. Mm. Well, thank you. You’re welcome. This old thing? I-I just didn’t even remember I had it. Hello. Hi, felicia. Good to see you again. Nice to see you, too, mr. Montgomery. No, no, no. Jack, please. My friends call me jack. Uh, w-would you like to join us? No. No. Um, she was just keeping me company while I was waiting. And now I have all the company I need, so… oh, my. …Ta, felicia. Ah, thank you. I have other plans. Okay. Good enough. You two have fun. All right. Enjoy. But not too much fun.

[ Laughs ] Shall we? Oh, please. I’d be delighted. Y-you’re not helping. I have to get out ahead of this, dante. And you know what? I don’t need anyone’s approval or permission in order to handle it the way I see fit. Okay. I’m not saying you do, but you really want to make yourself vulnerable to a potential, you know, rogue wsb agent?

[ Sighs ] Dante is right to be concerned. It is dangerous and reckless. But I think it’S… the only way to nail this bastard.

Do you guys hear it? I mean, this is crazy. That’s a crazy plan. It’s dangerous. Anna was a wsb agent for years. I trust she knows what she’s doing, dante. I’m not doubting her abil– I’m not doubting your abilities. Okay. I get your concern. But this is my choice. It’s just when — when someone’s trying to assassinate you, you usually don’t run

to the bullets. You run, you know, away from the bullets. Well, I have done that. Okay. May I remind you that I was in a safe house and it didn’t end up being very safe. I was shot there. And I am done running. Sonny: This plan gives anna the advantage. She lets the enemy come to her on her terms whenever she’s ready. Right. Instead of just laying there, waiting for someone to strike, you smoke them out. I-I’ve run ops like this before. I’m sure you’ve been a part of many successful operations, anna. But that was when you were with the wsb, when you had their resources. That’s not the case anymore. It’s all different now. Harpy? That’s a little harsh, don’t you think? You know, given what that woman has done, I think “harpy” is very generous. You weren’t this hostile toward her at dinner. Well, maybe that’s because she actually attempted to be pleasant last night, as opposed to some of my more recent interactions with her. She was almost civil. Huh. You think she was just pretending? I’m not sure. All I know is that tracy quartermaine does very few things that don’t serve her own agenda. I agree. But why are you saying that? Has she done something to you? Actually, she did something for me. Uh, brook lynn asked for her help after the ccrb first met and took away my badge, and she used her connections to get me a second meeting. You think she had an ulterior motive for doing that? Hey! You’re that singing detective, right? Uh — uh, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Arrest that man. My god! Honey, what happened?! When I got home, I saw that comet wasn’t in the stable. So I went looking for him. Found leo riding him. They were going pretty fast. Took a sharp turn. Leo lost his balance. Honey, are you all right? Yeah, I’m all right. But it does hurt. I checked him out. Some obvious, you know, cuts and bruises, but nothing too serious.

[ Sighs ] Sweetheart, you could have been killed. That horse is dangerous. Someone ought to give a call to the good people at elmer’S. Comet made sure not to step on me after I fell. It’s not his fault. You’re right. But you know you’re not supposed to do that. You can’t tell me what to do. You’re not my dad. So, should we get all the standard, boring questions out of the way? Uh, I have a feeling that you are never, ever boring. But, yes… oh, my. …If that gets us to all the fun parts, sure. Let’s go. Okay. Well, here we go. Can I have, uh, a bottle of the ’78 margaux, please? Thank you. That’s a rare bottle. I think you’re probably a rare woman. The owner — I handled his divorce a few years ago, and he felt so grateful that he kept some of his special stuff in stock just for me. Mm. Divorce. I really thought you were just a probate lawyer. No, I actually consider myself a generalist specializing in many things. Oh, do tell. Oh, wait. Sorry. W-where were we? What were we talking about? Oh, I think we were right at the point where I was asking as much as I could find out about you. So…where are you from? What do you do?

[ Laughs ] Okay. Home is port charles. Okay. And I run a very, very successful cosmetic company. Well, that’s ironic. Why is that? Well, I mean, you would still be beautiful without a stitch of makeup on. You know, I, uh, actually spent some time in port charles. Oh. Yeah. Still have a few friends there, in fact. You don’t happen to know… anna devane, do you? Uh, y-yo u know, I do.I know of her — that she is… thank you! …A big supporter of the — the nurses’ ball there. Your maiden name wouldn’t happen to be coe, would it? Wow. Such a very specific…guess. No. That’s a very educated guess. You see, I know exactly who you are and what you’re doing here.

Now what youmean or what you’re even saying. But now i am at a disadvantage ’cause you know a little bit about me, and I don’t even know what your hobbies may be. How do you unwind? I like to keep up to date on the business world. For instance, you say you’re from port charles and you run a very successful cosmetics business. Well, that must be deception, right? And that makes you the infamous lucy coe. You’re quite the detective, aren’t you? I just happen to know a lot about that world, you know? Your — your company’s been doing very well lately. Mm! Yes. Uh, thank you. That’s very true. I — I take it, though, you are not one of those men that get easily intimidated by a very successful woman, right?

[ Laughing ] No. No, not so intimidated anymore. But I will give you a warning. I don’t like being used. And what does that mean? I think I know exactly why you’re here. My ex-wife, erica kane, was quite famous for owning enchantment cosmetics. You were married to erica kane? Oh, come on. Don’t do that. Don’t do that. A-and that would explain why you’re here instead of grieving your late husband. Look, you should know that erica and I were divorced years ago, and she divested herself of enchantment a long, long time ago. Hey, you know what… jack? You couldn’t be more wrong about why I am here. The reason I’m here has absolutely nothing to do with the cosmetic business. Hey! Chase: You want me to arrest… time’s up, pete townshend. Uh, my name’s eddie maine. Who the hell are you? I’m the musician that’s gonna have you thrown in jail. Whoa! Everybody, calm down. Uh, tell me what’s going on. My name’s seth. Krueger? I’m here every day. Everyone in the buskers’ circle knows that this is my spot. He can’t just steal it. So go ahead. Arrest him. Uh, actually, I’m off duty. So? You lose your ability to protect the public when you’re off the clock? No, but this is a public place. It’s not illegal for him to be standing in this space. Unless you have a permit. Ugh. Permits aren’t very rock ‘n’ roll. Preach! Look, dude, uh, I’m sorry if I stole your territory. I’m new here. I’m just doing my thing, trying to get heard. This is a great spot. Hey. Hey, maybe we can share it, play a couple tunes together. Ugh. No way! I play grunge. I don’t need my songs ruined by your old-man sound.

[ Laughing ] Ohh. That’s good. Wait a minute. Isn’t grunge like 30 years old? ’90s nostalgia is huge right now. Well…I guess there’s only one way to settle this. We’ll have to play for it. Thank you so much for helping him out. Does he need a doctor? You want me to go with you to G.H.? No. No, no. Nothing’s broken. He just needs a little tlc from his mom. Okay, sweetie. I’m gonna take you up and get you all fixed up and feeling better, okay? Okay. Thank you. I’m so glad you were there to help leo. Who knows how much worse it could’ve been if he was by himself? That’s what we pay him for! Why didn’t you stop him? Stop it, grandmother. It’s not his job to be around all the time. Besides, we all know what’s really going on here. Leo is acting out because he misses dad. Obviously. My son is a fool, out god knows where, calling himself eddie maine, pretending to be a rock star while his whole family suffers. Actually, we do know where. Chase found dad busking at rice plaza. Busking? We’re quartermaines. We don’t busk. Eddie maine does. I’m, uh, I’m really sorry you guys are going through this. Is there anything I can do to help?

[ Sighs ] No. Because, as usual, there is only one person who can put things to right. Me. So, uh, what are you two talking about? We were talking about you! Ava’s been holding out on me. Well, you know our girl. She knows when to keep her mouth shut. Isn’t that right? Yeah. Yes. Of course. No. I — you know, I was waiting to tell nina because I wanted to be sure that this… thing between us was real. Feels real to me. Yeah. I think that ava and i have the potential of something very special. Well, I…am gonna go to the ladies’ room. I’ll just leave that there, and when I get back, I want to hear about how all of this happened. I’ve been an agent most of my life, right? My skills didn’t just evaporate because I was told I had to resign from the bureau. I didn’t say they did. I may not have access to any of their assets anymore, but I don’t need them. Don’t forget — I worked outside of the wsb. I feel capable of bringing in this person, whoever it is that’s after me, without them. So that’s it? You decided, and no talking you out of this? No. No, there isn’T. Okay. So that’s the plan. I got to meet nina. My offer still stands. If you need anything, just let me know. I’ll keep you posted. And for whatever it’s worth, my money… …is on anna. Uh, just so you know, my money’s on you, too. Why are you fighting me so hard? Because I care about you and i don’t want to see you get hurt. Someone almost killed curtis, and I feel responsible for that. And this is my life, and I’m going to handle it my way. Okay. So i f you insist on doing this,then we do it together.

No one tells me how to run my operations. But you’re not with the wsb anymore, and you’re not a cop. But I am. And I’ve done special ops, too. And I know that what you’re proposing is not a single-person operation. And you do, too. You need backup. So let me… let me be your backup. What? No. The pcpd would never agree to that. I guess, then, pcpd doesn’t know about it. I’m not gonna put your job in jeopardy. Really? That’s my life, my choice, right? I see what you did there. I’ve known you a long time, anna. Been by your side for… the wsb, the pcpd. Trust me enough to do that again. I’m giving you one last chance to back off before you humiliate yourself. Ah. Bold words from someone your age. I’ve been playing rock ‘n’ roll since you were in diapers. Fine. You really want to do this? Mm-hmm. Here’s how it’s gonna go. We trade off songs. Then the audience decides who gets to stay. What audience? Great! I’ll let you go first since this will be the last time you actually play on this spot.

[ Mid-tempo introduction plays ] Edward lawrence quartermaine ashton! Uh, my name is — I know what your name is! I gave it to you after 24 hours of labor! Excuse me, lady. We’re in the middle of something here. Oh, please go embarrass your parents someplace else. This has gone on long enough. I’m putting a stop to it right now. It’s a good thing lucy isn’t the only one who comes prepared. Oh, wow. I do love a man with a good… pour. I have a fine, steady hand.

[ Chuckles ] Do you like a man who likes to pair his margaux with, um, oysters on a half shell? Mm. Oysters. Now you’re talking.

[ Both laugh ]

[ Cellphone chimes ] Excuse me. You got to be kidding. Um…I’m sorry. I’m — I’m gonna have to cut our evening short. W– you’re l– you’re leaving? Yeah. I’ve got a-a client issue that I have to handle at the office. I’m so sorry to end our evening like this. Hmm! You know, um, it really would be such a shame to end this evening. I mean, this wine is absolutely delicious. It would be a shame to waste a beautiful night. You know, I-I think your client would understand, because I just feel like maybe something a little sweet, and it would definitely be worth your while. What are you doing here? Please tell me that you’re not following me around. Oh, please. No. Come on. I went to wyndemere to look for you, and your very friendly housekeeper told me where I could find you. Well, she’s definitely fired. Well, in her defense, she thought it was an emergency because I told her that it was an emergency. So, I heard from mason. I’m not interested in anything that weasel has to say. Yeah. Uh, h-he’s very pleased with how we set up avery’s nanny. How you set her up, you mean. Yeah. Okay. He’s not concerned with the details. He just wants somebody to work as a mole inside sonny’s house so he can get the information that he needs on sonny. And he wants this woman.

[ Cellphone beeps ] This — do you know — do you know this — this betty rutherford? No. But she’s the woman that mason wants to spy on sonny. No. No, I can’t do it. I told you. Going against sonny is risky enough. But I draw a hard line at letting a stranger I know nothing about into my daughter’s life. I can’T. So, mason thought you might respond this way, and so he told me what to say if you did respond this way. Okay. He said to tell you that ryan’s bar is a wonderful place. I don’t know what that means, but he said that you would know. Oh, I do. He’s threatening my mother.

Ryan’s bar is where my mother, delia, works. I have no idea how mason could have found her. She gave me up… for adoption. I mean, there aren’t even any public records tying us together. I’m so sorry. That’s a real low blow. But, you know, mason and — and everyone that he deals with, they play dirty. That’s why we don’t have a choice. We have to do what they say.

[ Sighs ] I can’t stand this. This is no picnic for me either. But, hey, we play along, and… I don’t know. Hopefully, it’ll be over soon. I’ll call mason as soon asyou give me the word. Hiya. Oh! Hiya, sonny. What are you doing here? Uh, nina asked me to meet her here. Do you, uh, want to join us? Okay. Never mind. Well, I’m glad you’re here, because we really should talk about pilar. Yeah. Well, you know, look, pilar has been with my family for years, and I had her, you know, take some time off. So that way, when she comes back from vacation, she’ll be a lot more focused. No, I — it’s gonna take a lot more than — than a vacation to restore my faith in her. Pilar obviously needs help, especially now, since she’s going back and forth between your place and carly’s place. That’s why I’ve decided that I’m — I’m going to be hiring my own nanny to take care of avery. That’s not gonna work for me. Cody: How’s leo doing? I mean, I bandaged up his leg, and I got him set up with his books and some cookies. And then he asked mewhen his dad was coming home. I don’t know what to tell him. I mean, I can patch up his little body, but… how am I supposed to fix his broken heart? You’re — you’re helping more than you know, mama Q. You’re a good mom. I just want this whole nightmare to be over. I want my husband back home, where he belongs. I’m gonna say this for the last time, lady. I am not your son, and you are not my mother. That’s a delusion. Eddie maine is not real. He doesn’t exist. It’s a fake name to go with a fake life. You are ned quartermai ne,former mayor of port charles, ceo, loving son, husband, father. That’s real.

[ Children shouting in distance ] I’m sorry if I’m hurting so many people. But even if what you’re saying is true… I don’t remember any of it. Then fake it! What? You’re living a pretend life. I know you can do it. So why don’t you just act like you care about the people who care about you and are heartbroken that you’ve deserted them? You’re asking me to be someone I’m not. Oh, my god. You are my son — my annoying, stubborn, smart, beautiful boy. And if you don’t remember that, I can get you the help that you need. And until then, allow me to fill in the gaps. You have a wife who loves you. You have a daughter who needs you. And yo u have a little boywho got hurt today because he was acting out because he misses you so much! You have a wonderful life. Look at me! You have a wonderful life. Just come back to it. Please come back to it! I’m sorry. I can’T. Gotcha. Let’s see what martin’s been hiding. Well, I guess I could stay a little longer. Mm. Well, I think that’s a very good idea. And I really do feel like something very sweet. How about…a souffl√©? A souffl√©? Mm. You know how long those take to make. You don’t say?

[ Chuckles ] You — you’re — you’re bad.

[ Laughs ] What’s wrong? Oh, nothing. I just — I-I found… I find it so fascinating that they have hummingbird cake on the menu, which is actually extremely rare. Huh. I never noticed that. I-I’m not very fond of it. You don’t like hummingbird cake? Are you kidding? Oh, my gosh. It– it’s so sweet. And it’s reliable and dependable… most of the time. I didn’t know you were so passionate about it. I’m sorry. Uh, no, no. I’m — I’m not. Um, no. It’s just my, um, my aunt charlene. Uh, she loves, loves hummingbird cake. In fact, she has her favorite secret recipe she loves. Oh, well, I am sure I would love, love your aunt charlene’S. You would. It’s amazing. I mean — wait. Listen. It has toasted almonds, and then she takes the nutmeg that enhances kind of the cinnamon… mmm. …And then this kind of tahitian vanilla. I don’t know what it does, but it brings out tropical flavors. And then the very best part. My favorite part is when she puts in — bourbon. Bourbon.

[ Chuckles softly ] How did you know? I really appreciate your offer of help. I-I really do. Well, good. Then say yes. No. You keep pointing out how dangerous this is. Right. Yeah. So the best chance you have of staying safe is — is for us to work together. You have a family. This isn’t just about physical safety. I saw how hard it was for you to overcome your ptsd and that you really struggled with that for a long time. And I don’t think I could live with myself if I felt responsible for you going through anything like that again. Okay? Well, I appreciate that, anna. I do. But, uh… I’m a grown man. And I take responsibility for all my choices. And, yeah, I went through hell and back with everything and — and the ptsd. And there were some days where I didn’t think I was gonna make it, but I did. And everything I went through then and since then… …has shown me how strong I am and what I’m capable of. And I’d be betraying the man I’ve become if I let you put yourself in harm’s way and I didn’t help you.

I know you don’t trust pilar at the moment. And, you know, I’m not thrilled with pilar right now. You know, she lost avery, and I can’t stop you from hiring who you want to hire to look after avery. But whoever you hire, I need to approve who’s in my daughter’s life. Everything okay? Yeah. Yeah. Well, that’s up to ava. Ava: Of course everything’s okay. Yes. Yes. I will contact you before I interview candidates. Good. So, um, I’ll be expecting your call. Okay. Uh, come on. Let’s go. Okay. What do you know about austin? Uh, I know that he’s a doctor. And I also know that he helped save maxie and bailey lou. And was– wasn’t he the one that found avery? Yeah, he did. And now him and ava, they’re dating. I always thought that he was a good guy. When did — when did this start, this relationship? Well, they went to the nurses’ ball together — why? Well, I mean, if he’s gonna be around my daughter, I’m gonna have to get to know him a little better. It would be great having someone with your experience have my back like that, but, um… …I have too many reservations about you risking your life for me. Well, you can have as many reservations as you want. You just have to accept. I’m sorry. What? All right. Look. Here’s the deal. I-I didn’t want to do this, but either you agree to us working together… or I go to robert and mac and tell them what you’re up to. Are you blackmailing me? Yeah, I totally am. But I’m also protecting you, ’cause they wouldn’t want you to do this on your own either. That’s a nice move. Yeah. I like my chess.

[ Laughs ] So what do you say? Partners? Partners. Okay. Enough of the pity party. I’m gonna get dinner started. Cody, you are welcome to stay. You’ve had a rough night. Just let me order some pizza. But it’s not thanksgiving. Oh, cooking soothes me. And I just —

[ Mid-tempo music playing ]

[ Music stops ]

[ Clears throat ] Show’s over. Nothing to see here. And if you gloat about ned — I wouldn’t dream of it. Believe me, I know all too well how easy it is for our children to push our buttons. But it doesn’t matter. We still do anything for them. What do you want, gregory? I’d like to have a few words with you about how you meddled in chase’s life. Jackpot.

[ Door opens ] Freeze. Put your hands where I can see ’em.

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