GH Transcript Thursday, July 20, 2023

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gladys: Let me go! For the last time, I asked you not to touch me! Uhh! Sasha…why?

[ Breathing shakily ] Why, sasha? Oh, my god! Cody! Sasha, everything — everything is okay. Just drop the knife. Stay away! Please, sasha.

[ Weakly ] Sasha. No! Stay away!

[ Sniffles ]

[ Knife tapping ] What are you doing? What do you think I’m doing? If you’re worried about anything that’s going to happen here, just know that I’m here for you. Everyone in this place knows that you’re “here for me” after that ridiculous display that you put on for nina yesterday. That’S… any man with eyes would want you. And just so you know, our attraction to one another may just end up saving our lives. Nina: Are you two sure you want a double date?

[ Chuckles ] I’m sorry. I think you might have the wrong visitor. Oh, on the contrary, you’re exactly who I wanted to see. Kristina. Well, I’m glad you’re here. I was just leaving. No, don’t leave on account of me. I’ll go. No, no. No one is going anywhere until the two of you talk. Mom, why did they make us leave? It’s just protocol, honey. She — she needs the room to — to be able to do her job. Tj is on his way. Oh. Curtis, just — I mean, he seems so out of it right now. Um, is that normal? Is he going to be able to talk once they remove the tube from his mouth? Trina, honey — please, please, please, mom, tell me he’s going to be okay. Everyone, get back! Sasha, just drop the knife! No, no, I can’t let him hurt anyone else. You’re gonna have to do better than that.

[ Inhales deeply ] Gladys: No!

I am so sorry that we’re late. I was just trying to find some information on curtis’ condition. Oh. How is he?

[ Sighs ] Oh, we haven’t heard yet. Oh. I just feel so badly for trina. She’s just now starting to get to know him a-as her father, right? Yeah. And it’s probably really difficult for portia and for tj. Sounds like you’re pretty close to your colleagues. Uh, what, at G.H.? Yeah. They’ve been very welcoming to me. Including britt? ‘Cause I-I remember seeing you at the memorial. Yeah. Britt and i were friends. From what I heard, she trusted you. She did. I’m starting to think that maybe you don’T.

[ Breathes sharply ] It’s clear that you both —

[ Exhales deeply ] …Have very specific points of view here, but neither of you are actually listening to each other, so it’s not going to help. Molly, why don’t you tell kristina a little bit of what we were talking about today, and you will listen. And then, kristina, you will tell molly exactly what you were thinking when you suggested that you would be a good surrogate for her and tj’s baby. That’s lovely, sam, but I tried — well, try again. Mr. Ashford is off the ventilator and his vitals are stable. I’ve paged dr. Barnsdall. Thank you. Can we see him? Uh, yes, but no more than two at a time. Appreciate it.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Exhales deeply ] Why don’t you and, uh, trina go first? Sure. Come on, trina. Come on. Ready? That’s great news. He’s not out of the woods just yet. But what the nurse said about his vitals, that’s a good thing, right? He has his family here with him. I’ve heard that having people around who love you can make a big difference. Dr. Robinson, I promise you that I’m not going to let my family connections harm trina or your family ever again. Do you really think that that’s a promise that you can keep, spencer? Welcome back, curtis.

[ Monitor beeping ] You okay? Y-you need anything?

[ Curtis breathes sharply ]

[ Weakly ] I need… what? What you need? I need my daughter. Do I know you? Oh, no, no. But I know who you are. Uh, sorry — who you were. I read everything there is to know about your early time in port charles. You’ve had quite the journey. Clearly, you’re no longer the young lady who first came to town. Well, I wish other people could see it that way, um, mr…? Renault. Please call me cyrus. Maybe I can see you for who you are now because I’m a fellow pilgrim on the same journey, trying to change hearts and minds. Look, if you’re into some kind of religious thing, I don’t — oh, oh, no, esme…

[Chuckles] I’m not trying to convert you. Okay. [ Chuckles ] But I think you and i face the same dilemma. We were on the wrong path before, and now that we’ve changed, people are skeptical of our sincerity. Oh, exactly. Yeah. People keep telling me I’ve done all of these terrible things, and then they look at me and assume I’m as horrible as my mother and father. I completely understand. My family suffers because of their connection to me and my sordid past. I want it to end. That’s why I sought you out. I-I don’t understand. Your blessed child is a part of my family. Sasha, no! Stop! Maxie, you don’t understand. I can’t let him hurt anyone else! Cody has not hurt anybody! Cody? No! No! No, it — it was — it was cyrus! I saw cyrus!

[ Breathing shakily ]

[ Gasps ]

[ Breathing heavily ] Call 911! Cody! Oh, my god!

[ Inhales deeply ] Oh, my god! What have I done?!

Sasha: [ Voice breaking ] How could I do that? How could I do that to cody? I thought he was… e-ev– everything will be okay. We know you didn’t mean to hurt him. I wouldn’T. I would never… no, no, no. None of this is your fault. Um, gladys is going to stay with you. I need to — need to handle something.

[ Exhales deeply ]

[ Crying ] What is wrong with me? Don’T… why would I do that? Don’t worry. It’ll be okay. We’re going to fix everything.

[ Sniffles ] What would brando think?

[ Footsteps approaching ] Detective bennett: Sasha corbin? Yes. How is cody? Bad shape. From what I’ve been told, you’re responsible. No matter how mad we get, how much we fight, we love each other. We’re sisters. That’s never going to change. Now talk. Please. Sam, this is — please. Okay, I, uh… I will admit that I am not always the most self-aware person, but when I thought of offering to be a surrogate, it’s only because I wanted to help you and tj.

[ Chuckles ] Okay, I might have… overreacted when you came to the hospital, but tj and I are still trying to deal with the fact that we can’t have a baby. And curtis got shot and almost died. And it was — it was just all too much. I get that. A-and I was trying to be sympathetic and sensitive. But, molly, you lashed out at me with so much anger and hatred.

[ Cellphone ringing ] I gotta get this. You two talk. Thank you.

[ Ringing continues, stops ] You said I always try to make myself the center of attention. Is that really how you see me? I was hurt… and upset, and I wanted to hurt you. But why? No, dante’s not here, maxie. What’s up? I’m at the metro court pool. Cody has been stabbed! Wait. What?

[ Monitor beep ing ]What happened? You don’t remember? Son…

[ Exhales sharply ] You were shot.

[ Whispers indistinctly ] Who? Pcpd is trying to figure all that out. They think the bullet wasn’t meant for you.

[ Sighs softly ] Any leads? No, no, no, no, no. You are a patient, not a cop.

[ Beeping continues ] Mom will tie you to this bed herself if you try to help with the investigation.

[ Chuckles ] Portia. Where’s portia? Tj: How’s uncle curtis? His vitals are stable. Okay. Trina and marshall are in there with him right now. The nurse said two people at a time. Right. Has dr. Barnsdall seen him since he regained consciousness? He’s been paged. Okay. You were in the operating room with curtis. You know that there were complications. What if there are residual effects? Who ava spends time with is her business. Who avery spends time with is my business. I-I think, if I may… what? …I think what sonny is trying to say is that we would love an opportunity to get to know you better. A-absolutely. I-it’s not a problem. I mean, ava’s been very clear about how much you love avery, and it’s only natural that you would want to get to know any man who is potentially going to be in her mother’s life. Well, I appreciate that. Does austin have anything to do with you trying to look for a new nanny for avery or anything? Ava: No. No, absolutely not. Pilar has been negligent lately. Avery’s well-being is my only concern. So you started looking already? Is that — is that what’s going on here? Gordon: Dr. Gatlin-holt. Yeah. Hi. I don’t — you are…? Gordon stevens. I was a patient of yours. Oh, okay. Nice to see you again. Maybe not so nice once you hear what I have to say. My god. I should have realized. You’re a cassadine.

[ Laughing ] Oh, no, no. Thankfully, I’m not. Any transgression I’ve committed would pale in comparison to that family. I’m the only fallen angel in my lineage. My siblings are absolutely above reproach. You have first hand knowledge of my sister’s fine character. Your sister? Your son’s grandmother, mayor laura collins. Laura is your — yes. She’s my beloved sister. Which makes sweet little ace my family. Never say that name again, renault. I’m all the family that my daughter and my grandson need. Where are you going?

Do you understand how important it was for me to have tj’s baby? My own body betrayed me. Do you know what that feels like? What it’s like to…

[Sniffles] …To worry that I’m letting tj down?

[ Voice breaking ] How it feels when no degree of focus and hard work can accomplish a dream that I long for?

[ Footsteps approaching ] Sorry, girls. I have to go. Is everything okay? I hope so. Um, there’s mint chocolate chip ice cream in the freezer or vodka — take your pick.

[ Door closes ] Mom is outside. Want me to send her in? And then go. Go eat. Get some rest. Someone told me you would want me to take care of myself. Someone smart. I’m so glad you’re back.

[ Chuckles softly ]

[ Monitor beeping ]

[ Door opens, closes ]

[ Exhales deeply ] So… you feeling okay? I feel strange, pop. Like — like something happened. Doctors almost lost you in the operating room. Well, then, that explains it. Explains what? Why I was with mom and tommy. We were just making conversation, heather. Make it somewhere else.

[ Chuckles ] My daughter’s here to see me. Well, you might want to be more punctual.

[ Laughs ] I hope we can do this again sometime, esme. You should never talk to other inmates, especially cyrus. He’s dangerous. Hm. Unlike you?

[ Chuckles ]

[ Inhales deeply ] I was so thrilled when they told me that you wanted to see me. You look beautiful. Motherhood becomes you. That ace is so big now,

[Chuckles] Huh? You got any pictures? No. Um…

[ Chuckles ] I can’t believe that I’m actually here. I swore to myself that… I would never let you see me again or meet ace. Yeah, I understand. You know, I made a couple of mistakes [Chuckles] But I am so glad that you’re giving me a second chance. No, that’s not why I’m here. I still think you’re the same vile, reprehensible person. But you’re the only one who can give me the information that I need. You know I’d do anything for you, esme. Why did you abandon me? Wha– mr. Stevens, perhaps you didn’t notice, but we’re — we’re — we’re having lunch here. Maybe y-you could find a more appropriate time to discuss whatever health concerns you have. Apologies, but what I need is immediate attention right now. Okay, yeah. It’s — it’s, uh, it’s not a problem. Why don’t — why don’t we find a place where we can chat? -Great. -Please excuse us. It’s the high price of doing business as a doctor. You’re always on call, right?

[ Scoffs ] The nerve of that guy

[Chuckles] Right? Yeah. Interrupting us like that. Yeah, well, I guess we’re both involved with men who are in high demand. Huh. [ Chuckles ] Well, you — you always come first with me ’cause we got no secrets. What about you, ava, and austin? Any secrets?

[ Police radio chatter ] You’re being charged with assault with a deadly weapon. You better hope he makes it. I would never hurt cody. Gladys: Okay, okay. Detective. Look, she doesn’t belong in jail. You can see she’s not well. Ms. Jones, I know you were married to a good cop. So you can see how convenient this act is. No, wait. I-it’s not an act.

[ Radio chatter continues ] Look. See? She’s on antidepressants. You know the effect they can have on people. It’s true. Sasha gilmore has a very well-documented history of mental breaks following the death of her infant son. And you know this because…? I was interviewing her earlier for crimson about her recovery.

[ Sighs ] You lost your baby, miss gilmore? Liam… he left us. Then brando. Who’s brando? My son. Her…husband. Her dead husband.

What the hell was that, man? You — you can’t do that. You can’t just confront me in a restaurant. You take it up with your cousin. He gave me no choice. What’s mason done now? It’s what he hasn’t done. He hasn’t paid for my services. So you and nina have no secrets, huh? Well, that’s got to be a first for you, sonny. Well, austin — I — we, um…like a little mystery. So that means you don’t know much about the guy —

[ Stammers ] That is not what ava said. No, I — I just want to know if he can handle himself. And because, look, that gordon guy, he seemed a-a bit hostile, so… austin knows what he’s doing. Well, didn’t he face down the quartermaines? Yes. Austin demanded his birthright. The quartermaines strong-armed him, and he just decided it wasn’t worth the fight to be a part of that particular clan. Their sense of entitlement has no limits. I mean, michael isn’t that way, though.

[ Clears throat ] I’ll be right back.

[ Exhales deeply ]

[ Sighs ] This is going great. What was she like? Tough. But loving. It felt like home. I bet she was still beautiful.

[ Monitor beeping ] You said you were — you — you were there with tommy, too? Yeah, but I didn’t see him. I could feel him. I’m still trying to process, pop.

[ Breathes deeply ] But it felt — it felt realer than a dream. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of, son. I miss her, too, pop. You were happy there, weren’t you?

[ Sighs ]

[ Beeping continues ]

[ Voice breaking ] But you came back. You came back for us. Why? I came back for the same reason you did, pop. I came back for my child. Thank you for coming. It made such a difference having you here. Oh, anytime. I’ll always be there for you. That means even if you have to hang out with my mom in waiting rooms? Well, the only exceptions are in fine print.

[ Laughs ] So, um, what were you and my mom talking about before I walked in on you earlier? Portia: If you really

care for trina the way that you say that you do and you are stuck with esme, I mean, wouldn’t the selfless, mature thing to do be to just let trina go? Uh, we were talking ab out putting family first. Mm. Yeah. Yeah. That’s definitely something that your mom does, huh?

[ Sighs ] She’s a fighter. There’s nothing she wouldn’t do to protect the people she loves. Sweetheart, from the very first moment that you were born, I loved you so much. But I’d already made some mistakes in my life that would have so complicated things for you, and I just wanted you to have the best life possible. That’s what a mother wants for her baby. Even if it means that she’s got to make the ultimate sacrifice to make that happen. You really believe that, don’t you? It’s true. It was all worth it to protect you. Oh, no, no, no, no. Going around town and murdering people with a hook does not qualify as an act of love. Look, I-I might have been a little overzealous, but I saw those people as a threat to my daughter. I had to protect you the way that you would protect ace. Oh, no, I am raising ace. You abandoned me. No. I made a sacrifice for you. And now, y-you’re doing what you have to do for your baby. No, I am nothing like you.

[ Softly ] Sweetheart. That’s why you’re here, isn’t it? You finally realized just how much we have in common. I never meant for you to overhear me talking about being your surrogate. And it’s possible that I may have been a bit too impulsive that night. That night?

[ Chuckles ] Alright. Most nights. But you know that about me. Okay, so you should also know that I would never think that just because I can have a baby naturally and you…can’t that that makes me some kind of hero. I just thought if I could give my sister, my little sister what she so desperately wants, then I want to do that. But you didn’t even ask me… if that’s what I wanted. Fair. And I know you meant to help me, but I-I should have been the first person you talked to about it. I know you have a big heart, krissy, but… but I also have a big mouth. And sometimes when I get excited about something, I have a tendency to… word vomit. Yeah. The kids at the shelter are so lucky. They’re so lucky to have you. But I’m your sister. I’m — I’m not some stranger you’re trying to get off the street. Someone to see you, mr. Bell. Hey. Thank you. Ouch. Did you set a new record for stitches? The procedure has become all too familiar. Well, from what I was told, the amount of blood at the pool, I mean, I-I thought you might be lucky to make it here alive. You and me both. How’d you know I was here? No, that’s not how this is going to work. You’re not asking the questions — I am.

[ Sighs ] How much trouble are you in this time?

[ Exhales deeply ] For once, I’m not in any trouble. But sasha is.

Detective bennett: We need to do a psych evaluation. I’ll call ahead. They’ll be waiting for you at G.H. Cuff her. Wait, wait. Are — are handcuffs really necessary? Yeah.

[ Police radio chatter ] Everything’s going to be okay, sasha. I-I-I-I’ll come with you. You can’t ride in the car with her. Mirandize her on the way.

[ Sighs ] You should probably clean up before you head to the hospital.

[ Radio chatter continues ] Sasha stabbed you? That doesn’t make any sense. You’re telling me. She would never hurt anyone.

[ Slurps ] I thought exactly the same thing until she stuck a bar knife into my side at the pool, called me cyrus. Cyrus — cyrus renault? He terrorized her a couple years ago. Do I look like the guy? No, not — not remotely. And besides, he’s been in pentonville for a while now.

[ Sighs ] I could see in her eyes something was off. And right before that, she got accused of — of shoplifting. Oh, wow. I guess her recovery has hit a setback.

[ Monitor beeping ] I’m sorry that you’ve had so much to deal with lately. I know that greenland wasn’t exactly a picnic… spencer. …A-and since you’ve gotten back, you’ve had to — spencer. I’m fine. I just feel like I keep letting you down. I just need to know. Do I make your life better or… just harder?

[ Monitor beeping ] You scared me.

[ Sighs ] I thought I was going to lose you.

[ Door closes ] Thought I was going to lose you.

[ Beeping continues ] Nothing matters now but you getting better.

[ Weakly ] Yeah. Dr. Nephew.

[ Laughs ] See, dr. Barnsdall. He even has his bad sense of humor back. Dr. Barnsdall: You look and sound good, mr. Ashford. But I’d still like to do a few routine tests.

[ Beeping continues ] What kind of tests? You are my little sister. But you have always had your life so much more put together than mine. Y-you just have this ability to work hard, figure things out, and accomplish it. Y-you never — you never needed me.

[ Chuckles softly ] That’s not true. Yeah, it is true. And it’s okay. You have comforted me and counseled me more times than I can count. And… I just thought that finally I might be able to help you. Maybe you actually needed me this time… and I could really help you in a meaningful way. All I ever need… is for you to be my big sister. Maybe the old esme who came to port charles was a bit like you. But I am not that person anymore. And I would never hurt anyone. And I would never abandon my child the way that you abandoned me. No. I knew that if ryan and I raised you, there was no way you could flourish. Ah, well, I didn’t exactly “flourish” with the prince family, so… they were stable and they had money. They gave you the traditional upbringing you deserved. Well, then, why did I tell everyone that they were cold and withheld any emotion they might have had for me? Well, that’s what you remember? N-no, but I — that’s what spencer cassadine’s been telling you, isn’t it? He has been good to me. Spencer loves ace —

[ Scoffs ] Ace is his half-brother, and he’s half cassadine. That’s all that spencer cares about! And he’s willing to just ignore the rest of ace’s bloodline. Hey, bloodline does not determine who we turn out to be. Sweetheart…

[ Breathes deeply ] …I know that ryan and i had our faults, but maybe what we gave you, what the princes gave you… helped you to become the wonderful woman that you are today. Ace is never going to know anything about my parents, real or adoptive. Spencer and I have decided that we will co-parent him and raise ace to be his own person.

[ Scoffs ]

[ Laughs ] You and ace and that pampered punk as a fairy tale family. Hey, well, any family is better than mine, so… yeah, and how does that fairy tale end

[Scoffs] When spencer finds out exactly what happened to your adoptive parents? I’m the last guy on earth that would ever defend my cousin. I know mason. I-I know exactly who that guy is. But he pays his debts. Oh, he did pay me for the service I did at general hospital, but I did some extra — no, no, no, stop. The bottom line is, he’s ducking me, and I want my money now! Well, then, talk to my cousin, ’cause it’s got nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with you because you’re in on it with him. I know that… and you know that. We’re done here. Don’t you ever contact me again. Tell me, doc… how difficult is it for a doctor to operate with a broken arm? Sonny: You break him… …I’ll break you.

Do you know who I am? I do. Okay, then you know I’m a nice guy unless you do something I don’t like. And I don’t like what you’re doing right now. So you apologize to my friend austin. Ah, he doesn’t have to. Hey. Now. I’m very sorry, dr. Gatlin-holt. You can go now. Thank you, sir. Uh, thank you. Uh. Look…

[ Chuckles ] So, patients don’t always understand that doctors — we’re just people. We’re just human beings. We can’t — we can’t help everybody with everything, and so sometimes they get angry and they act out. I didn’t know the medical profession was so hazardous. Well, you know, I mean, I made it this far, so I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing. You want to go back to the ladies? Yeah, definitely. My adoptive parents died in an accident. Yeah, well, accidents “happen.” Same way that that bartender oz haggerty’s overdose “happened.” Are you saying that I had something to do with my parents’ deaths?

[ Sighs ] Look, never mind. Th– th– that’s all in the past. I shouldn’t have brought that up. You know, no. I’m sorry — you are just trying to get in my head, and it was obviously a mistake to come here, so… no. The mistake is caring what people think about you. You don’t need spencer’s family. Yeah, except I do. I do. If I want any chance of living down the things that people have said I’ve done. Honey. I promise you, the people in port charles don’t forget, and they don’t forgive. Do you know why I named you esme? Because it means “to love.” And I love you. And I accept you exactly how you are. Yeah, for whatever that’s worth. It’s worth a lot. ‘Cause I just may be the only person in the whole world who will ever feel that way. So…

[ Sighs ] …From now on, no matter how good I think my intentions are, I’m not going to assume anything. I will wait for people to tell me what they need. And I promise to lean on my big sister a little more often. So now that I’m not assuming what you want or need, I do have an important question for you. Already? Mm-hmm. Mint chocolate chip or vodka? Both. Oh. Done. We both know what I’m picking.

[ Chuckles ] Uh, and, molly… that offer that I never officially made… still stands. Vodka. No, no, no, whoa. What do you think you’re doing? I need to check on sasha. That is not just a scratch you have right there.

[ Sighs, chuckles ] You ever been thrown from an unbroken colt?

[ Monitor beeping ] This is nothing. Look, I need to at least try and see if I can help sasha.

[ Breathes sharply ] I don’t think there’s much you can do right now.

[ Elevator bell dings ]

[ Elevator doors open ] I am so glad that we’re doing this.

[ Clears throat ] Aren’t you, sonny? Talk to my cousin, ’cause it’s got nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with you

because you’re in on it

with him. Yeah, I feel like I know… a lot more about you, austin. If you’re asking me if I regret being with you —

[ Cellphone ringing ] Sorry. Let me turn this off. No. Answer it. I’m with you right now. Anything else can wait. It could be about your baby brother.

[ Ringing continues ]

[ Breathes deeply ] I’m in the middle of something right now. I-I just need to talk to you about something, spencer. Is ace okay? Yeah, he’s fine. Um, I’ve just been doing some digging about my past and had some questions about my adopted parents. Can you remember if I, um —

I’m not doing this

right now. I’ll see you back at the apartment. Everything okay? I only care about if you and I are okay. Are we? If you’re asking me if it’S…been easy, it — it hasn’t been. Well, look, I know that things have been complicated with me and with my family, and I know that I’ve screwed up, but I feel like I’m doing better, and, trina, I promise you — spencer. It’s not just you, and you know that. Life hasn’t been easy for either one of us. Yeah, and I feel like we deserve a break. And I know that we got one w-with curtis waking up, and I’m so thankful, so grateful that he did. Yeah, maybe things will be a little easier for us for a while. Yeah. Whatever happens, we’re going to face it together, okay? Okay. Alright. So just close your eyes…

[ Monitor beeping ] …And just respond when you feel something. Yeah. Yeah. Mm-hmm. Yes.

[ Beeping continues ]

[ Breathes deeply ]

[ Beeping continues ] Uncle curtis, what do you feel? I don’t feel anything. I can’t feel anything.

[ Beeping continues ]

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