GH Transcript Thursday, August 3, 2023

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 I need to speakwith dr. Gatlin-holt right away. I’m sorry, but dr. Gatlin-holt’s with a patient. Would you like to leave a message? No, no. This message needs to be delivered in person.

[ Whistling ] Oh. That’s right. Stab wound. Maybe no lifting today. What are you doing in the stables? Leo’s not the only q who likes horses. Okay, yeah, well, liking them’s one thing, but you’re feeding stance. You gunning for my job?

[ Laughing ] No, not at all. I’m just taking a break from work, hiding out from my granny tracy and my dad, who’s now known as the hard-partying rock and roller eddie maine. Oh. Oh. Hello. Good afternoon. Oh. It’s afternoon already? If you didn’t stay out all night, you wouldn’t miss half the morning. Well, well, I don’t see that changing anytime soon. But I do appreciate you, uh, making me that, um… oh. What did leo call that egg thing you made? Anyway, it was great. It really, uh, hit the spot. Frittata. Yeah, used to be your favorite. Ned’s favorite. Oh, no, uh, move the plate of cookies more to the side of the table so it’s closer to the counselor from the surrogacy matching group. Yeah. Perfect. Yeah. Good? Okay. Alright. Yeah, I can’t believe they agreed to come to our home instead of us going to their office. I’m grateful they did. I just — I can’t believe that this is happening so quickly. Just so long as they don’t think we’re entitled for asking them to come here. Uh…

[ Chuckles ] Hello. It’s not entitled. It’s called extenuating circumstances. I just — I really want this first meeting to go well. So do I, since it’s our first step to having a family. Joss, wow. For all the years that cameron worked here, and even for the brief time that I worked here, I never pictured you wearing a kelly’s apron. Why not? It’s a good gig. My mom owns the place now. I’m just helping her out. So are you giving up on pre-med? Did I say that? No. My career path doesn’t have to change.

[ Scoffs ] I’m just helping her out. Oh, okay. Fair enough. So what are you guys doing here? Did esme already quit her job at the invader? Of course not. I am just on my lunch break and thought I’d spend a little time with ace away from daycare.

[ Gasps ] Oh, my god. Is that my cute little baby ace cousin? Hi! Oh, look at you. You are so adorable. Oh, my god. Spencer, you were right. He is so cute. I cannot believe it has taken me so long to meet you. Yes. Hi. I’m kristina. I’m your cousin. It’s so nice to meet you. Aww. Hey, trina. Hi. Um, I don’t mean to bother you, but, um, sonny sent me here to check on how curtis was doing. But the nurses won’t tell me anything since I’m not family, so maybe you could. Um, yeah, I-I can’t tell you much, really. Oh, is he with the doctors now? No. But, um, curtis, my dad, he’S… he’s refusing to see me. Mr. Ashford. Hi, um, I’m dr. Gatlin-holt, and, uh, according to your chart, you — you’ve turned away your physical therapist. I didn’t feel like going. I see. Do you mind? Um, maybe you want to go tomorrow, ’cause, uh, it’s a very important component of your recovery. Yeah? Okay, I don’t know if anyone has explained this to you, but when you leave here, you are going to go to a rehabilitation facility. So do you have any questions for me while we’re here? No. Okay. Well, if that changes, just let a nurse know. And I’m more than happy to circle back. Okay? Curtis: This condition can’t be cured. Curtis: Look, if I’m never going to walk again… you’re not going to remodel our home. What you’re going to do… is let me go. I don’t want to see you again. I’m the one that’s living this! If you really want to help… you’ll walk out that door right now and you won’t look back.

Cody, can you please come and sit? You look like you’re about to fall over. Yeah. Yeah, maybe I did overdo it coming to work too soon, but, hey, somebody’s got to feed these horses. It’s already been taken care of. Look, what do you need? Can I get you some water? No, I really prefer beer. Tell you what. Grab yourself one, too. Hate to drink alone. Water it is. Beer. Yep. Yep, that hurts.

[ Sighs ] So, how bad did sasha hurt you? Water, please? Thank you. You know I’m not the shy, retiring type. Uh, is anyone shy in the quartermaine family? Of course not. But what I mean is, you didn’t answer my question. How badly did sasha hurt you? It’s nothing I can’t handle. And definitely nothing bad enough that she should get sent to ferncliff. That night that you brought the ravioli over to sonny’s place? I did, uh — I did try some of that. Mm? It was delicious. Have you ever thought about becoming a chef? Well, I do co-own a restaurant, and I give the chef notes on his menu sometimes. That’s enough for me. No, I get more satisfaction out of cooking for my — my family and loved ones. Have you always been a good cook?

[ Chuckling ] Oh, no. No, no, I remember when I was a teenager in bensonhurst. My nona was always dying for me to learn her recipes. I was always too busy to let her teach me. Busy, uh, with school? I bet you were a cheerleader. Ha!

[ Laughing ] Me? Shoot, no. No, no, no, no, no, I was more of a, uh — a wild child, you know? After school, the only thing i wanted to do was cause trouble. Flat and sparkling. It’s good to give her a choice. Okay. You don’t think we’re over-thinking this, do you? Of course we are. It’s what we do best.

[ Knock on door ] That must be her. Okay, let’s knock this out of the park. Hi, I’m claire brown. You must be the surrogacy matching professional. Yes, that’s me. Hi, I’m tj. We’ve been expecting you. Please come in. And thank you so much for coming to our home. This is my partner, molly. Hi, molly. I was happy to accommodate. How are you feeling? Oh, much better, thank you. Glad to hear it. Uh, please, have a seat. Is this your first meeting with a surrogacy specialist? Yes, uh, we just recently found out that, um, I’m unable to have a baby on my own. No need for either of you to be nervous. I’ve done this process with hundreds of couples. And don’t be afraid to ask me anything. In my line of work, I find that the only bad question is the unasked one. Got it. Understood. So, um, where do we start? I’ll start with the basics of what hiring a surrogate will be like and find out what your preferences are. So the first thing to consider is, are you interested in a gestational surrogate or a traditional surrogate? How you doing, curtis? How do you think? I spoke to portia, and she — auntie? I know what you’re going to say. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself, curtis. Get on with your life. God never gives us more than we can handle.” That’s not what I was going to say at all. Honestly don’t know what to say except I am sorry, baby. I’m so, so sorry. I-I shouldn’t have said anything. I’m sorry. Why? I barely know you, and I just shared way too much information. Look, you’re joss’ best friend, and I know joss is busy right now helping her mom at kelly’s, so maybe you could consider me her proxy. Look, if you want me to leave, I will. But if you need someone to talk to, I hope you’d feel comfortable sharing whatever you would normally want to share with joss with me. Well, we can take a shot at it, because I really need to talk about this, and I need to talk about it with someone who isn’t family. I definitely qualify. The doctors think that it’s a possibility that curtis may never walk again. I knew that was a possibility, but I-I hoped it wouldn’t be the case. I’m really sorry, trina. That’s not even the worst part. Ever since curtis found out that he may never walk again… he’s refusing to see me. He is just the absolute cutest. Well, enjoy your day with your son. Well, well, well, josslyn, welcome to life behind the counter. Maybe you should think about putting in an application for charlie’s, hmm? I’d rather stick pins in my eyes. Charlie’s is not that bad. It’s the same thing as kelly’s, just with alcohol. Right, but that’s where sonny tends to go with nina, so hard pass. Okay. Josslyn and kristina don’t seem to like each other very much. What’s their deal? Ava: Oh, finally. No, no, no. Now, now, take it easy. I know you’ve been ignoring me. You’ve been ignoring my calls. You’ve been ignoring my texts. So I had to come here and track you down in person, because I need to know. What the hell is going on? I have not been avoiding your calls or your texts. I’m a doctor. I’ve been very busy. I have a lot of patients to care for. Well, you have one less patient to worry about now that gordon stevens was found dead in an alley right here, right outside the hospital.

I heard what happened to gordon. It’s very unfortunate. Unfortunate? A heart attack is unfortunate. Two bullets to the chest is murder. Yeah, no, I-I went over this with detective chase, just so you know. And I told him that I didn’t know anything about gordon’s death, which was not a lie, because I did know who gordon was, but I really don’t know anything about his death. Oh, my god. You killed him, didn’t you? Auntie…I’m sorry. What do you — what do you have to be sorry about? Because, clearly, I upset you with my outburst. Curtis, please. You haven’t done anything wrong. That bullet wasn’t meant for you. You were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. None of this is your fault. But, unfortunately, it is your reality now. And that’s why I am here. I’m here to help you in any way that I can. There’s nothing you can do. There’s nothing anyone can do. There, my dear nephew, I’m going to have to disagree with you. Because you have a family that loves you. A family whose love is as strong as any army. An army that will support you, care for you, and guide you through this unfortunate circumstance. “Unfortunate circumstance”? Auntie, I can’t walk! I can’t run. I can’t dance. I’m not the person I was a week ago. I’m not the man I was. And I never will be again. Now, that — that’s my future. After I found out that curtis might be my biological father, I had no interest in getting a dna test. Marcus taggert would always be my dad, the man who raised me, no matter what a dna test said. So what changed your mind? Curtis was so brave in greenland, and he literally risked his life to save mine. So I thought the least I could do was take a dna test. And it turned out that curtis was my biological father. And it changed things. How so? Things got weird between me and my dad. But it also got weird between curtis and me, because he was no longer just the man married to my mom. Like, he wasn’t just my stepdad. I had to look at him differently. I had to look at him like we’re father and daughter. And then it slowly got less weird, and we started bonding. Until I just…pulled away. Hey, esme, if you have something to ask me, please ask me, not spencer. Okay, then. Josslyn, what’s the deal with you and kristina? Why don’t you two like each other? Oh, well, the answer is simple, and it’s none of your business. Come on, josslyn. Don’t be like that, okay? It’s not like it’s a state secret. Kristina is team sonny, and she’s team carly. Sure. In my opinion, I just think if you’re team sonny, then you’re a bit misguided. Look, I wasn’t trying to provoke josslyn there. I hope that you know that. I just like kristina. What’s up, buddy?

[ Ace fussing ] Look, I just like kristina. She treats me like a human being, which is a refreshing change. I’m gonna go take him back to daycare, okay? I’ll see you later. So, I know I wasn’t there. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but sasha grabbed a knife off of a bar and stabbed you with it. Yes, that is all true. But sasha was terrified. Of you? No. No, she didn’t even know it was me. She kept calling me cyrus. Look, I know that you’re friends with sasha. She’s my friend, too. But if she was hallucinating, thinking that you were someone else, I mean, that is an argument for ferncliff. Cody, she lost touch with reality and became violent. And this isn’t the first time that she’s been violent. She smashed the windshield of that reporter’s car. Yeah, that reporter that was aggressively provoking her. Look… maybe ferncliff is the best place for her. No. I refuse to believe that. If I have it right, a gestational surrogate is a person not related to the fetus because they didn’t provide the egg. Yes, that’s correct. In your case, it would be a donor egg fertilized with tj’s sperm impregnated through ivf. Whereas the traditional surrogate is a surrogate that provides the egg and is genetically related to the fetus. Right again. I have several traditional surrogates who are willing to supply the egg and be fertilized through iui. So, that’s the first question. Do you have plans to secure a donor egg?

[ Door unlocks ] Oh, my god! Josslyn is such a bitch…

I did not kill gordon. I couldn’t do something like that. I thought you knew me better than that. Well, I don’T. As a matter of fact, now that I think about it, I really know…next to nothing about you. How can you say that? We’ve had sex. We scratched an itch. Mm. That’s all. And just ’cause we “know” each other doesn’t mean we know each other. Um, after everything we’ve been through, I’d say that we do. In fact, I’m gonna go so far as to say you know me, well, I mean, better than anybody’s known me in a long time. Everything we’ve been through? Like what? Like you helping me cover up my husband’s death? Okay, that was just bad luck that I showed up at wyndemere right after you killed your husband. And you begged me to help you hide the body. Well, it’s too bad that your help came with a side of mason.

[ Cellphone beeps ] You know, he was just a nuisance at first, but now he’s got that — that psycho betty watching my child. You know, I hate that mason followed me that night and that you got dragged into his world. But that’s the way it is. But, ava, understand something, okay? Mason, the people that mason works for, those are the people that hurt people, people like gordon. I could never do anything like that. I got to go. Okay, but hurry back, though, because I still have questions, and I’d like some answers. Okay.

[ Door opens ]

[ Door closes ] No. No. None of this tracks. I mean, sasha kept it together when the producers of home & heart were trying to sabotage her by playing crying baby noises into her earpiece. Yes. Okay. You are right. Sasha showed a lot of courage that day. But, of course, she did get a little assist from you when you threatened to run in front of the camera naked if they didn’t stop the sabotage, which, by the way, I gotta ask you — would you really have done that? Got naked on live tv?

[ Chuckles ] What do you think? Wow, that is admirable that you would have done that to help sasha. See, that’s my point. How does the same woman who kept it together under incredible pressure just suddenly become a delusional train wreck in under a month? You were a wild child? Which means what, exactly? You skipped school and went to the mall? The mall?

[ Laughs ] That’s for babies. That’s middle school. No, no, no, no. By the time we were in high school, me and my best friend, lois, who you also might remember, we — we gave our poor mothers every gray hair they had on their head, I swear. We were — we were smoking. We were running around with older boys. We were sneaking into nightclubs with our ginormous bangs and our little skirts about the size of a belt. Good lord. Sounds like you were a good time. Never would have guessed. Mm, well… I got pregnant. Had to give up my partying days to raise my son. Claire, this is my sister, kristina. Kristina, this is claire brown. She’s, um, a matching professional who will hopefully be matching tj and me with a surrogate so we can have a baby. Oh! Wow. That’s — oh, my gosh! That’s amazing. That — molly and tj are — they are gonna be incredible parents. They are. Do you know that — that they’re a doctor and a lawyer? I mean, the ultimate power couple, right? Yes. I read their application before the meeting. Duh. Of course you did. So you don’t need me to tell you anything else about them. Uh, yeah, I’m going to — I’ll text you later. Um, and it was so lovely to meet you, really. Um, and — and they are — they’re — they’re just so, so great. So, okay! Bye.

[ Whispering ] What?

[ Sighing ] Oh.

[ Sighs ] Uh, I-I’m sorry for the interruption. Where were we? Some couples choose to use a donor egg from a family member so that they’ll share the same family dna. Is that a possibility for you? No. No. Uh, we’re interested in a traditional surrogacy using the surrogate’s egg. So, you think I could get a chocolate milkshake on the house? Of course. I’ll get you the shake. For double the price. Oh. So, that was awkward with esme before, right? Yeah. Isn’t everything awkward with esme? I’m sorry that I blabbed about your issues with kristina to esme. I-I didn’t mean to. It’s okay. Don’t worry about it.

[ Sighs ] Well… before esme left, she told me that kristina was the only person who made her feel like a real human being, and… I hate to say it, but I kind of felt sorry for her. You don’t have to tell me anything you don’t want to. But if you and curtis were starting to bond, why did you suddenly push him away? Because he did something I disapproved of, and I pushed him away. So the fragile bond that we were building, I broke it. And now when he needs me, he won’t let me help him. I don’t know, trina. I think you might be wrong about this one.

Ah! Okay, gordon stevens. Let’s see what your problem with austin was. So, you’ll be leaving here tomorrow, and you’ll be spending a few weeks at the rehabilitation facility. But after that, it’s very important that you continue your rehab at home. Although I’m sure dr. Robinson’s already explained all of this to you. Doc, I’ll — I’ll take it from here. Alright.

[ Door closes ] I don’t think I can do this, auntie. Curtis byron ashford, you have had a lifetime of hardships and struggles, more than any one man should have to bear. And I have watched you triumph over each and every one of them. This is different. You’re right. It is. Thanks. Look, I know the reason that you moved in with esme was to protect ace, and I respect that. But even though esme has lost her memory, I haven’T. I haven’t forgotten what she did to trina, me, and cameron. So it’s just really weird for me to be around her like that. It isn’t for you? It’s really not as hard as it used to be. But that’s just because of ace. My first priority was and still is trina. So why aren’t you with her right now? Well, that sounds like a tragedy to me. How so? Well, you were forced to give up your party-girl days to be a mom. It’s tragic. Absolutely not. No. My son dante is an absolutely amazing man. Well, you saw him last night. He’s the one that brought you here. Not that you’d remember it. You don’t really expect me to believe that you don’t miss your wild party days? Well, sure. I mean, once in a while. But do I regret giving up partying to raise my son? Absolutely not. I wouldn’t trade my son for anything in the entire world. You said that sasha was violent before when she attacked that sleazy reporter’s windshield and smashed it. But, I mean, sasha was on drugs back then, right? Yeah, she was. But then she got clean. Is it possible that she relapsed and she was on drugs again at the pool? I mean, the way she was acting, you know, thinking that I was cyrus renault, if I didn’t know anything about sasha and she was a total stranger, I would’ve completely assumed that she was high as a kite. You think sasha fell off the wagon? Maybe she didn’t know she was drugged. What if someone spiked her drink? Look, I know that you are trying to find any possible way to explain sasha’s behavior, but she has a history of mental illness. And if we deny that, we’re not helping her. Okay, well, maybe she wasn’t drugged, but something happened to derail her. And I’d bet anything it started with gladys.

Well, you’ve answered all the questions I needed answering. It’s now time for me to put together a list of potential surrogate candidates for you to interview. That’s it? It just — it seems way easier than I thought. So, going forward, the issue will be finding a surrogate that you most feel comfortable with. Thank you so much. We are excited to take the next step. Yeah. Nice meeting both of you. You seem to have a very good grasp on what you want, which will make this process go smoothly. I’ll walk you out. Have a nice day. Tj: You, too. Thank you again.

[ Exhales deeply ] Well, um, what do you think? I think it’s lucky I’m in this boot, or I might have jumped off the couch and tackled kristina for being inappropriate. Which would have disqualified us from claire’s service. Yeah. Your sister has a real gift for showing up at the exact wrong moment. I don’t know. Maybe she showed up at just the right time. With everything going on with curtis, I’m trying to be respectful, keep my distance away from trina and her family. But why? Spencer, trina just found out that curtis isn’t her stepdad, but her biological father. He’s just been shot. He could be paralyzed for the rest of his life. I mean, if I was in her position, I wouldn’t want my boyfriend to keep his distance from me. Well, portia has recently graduated in her feelings about me. What does that mean? It means that she has gone from vocally disapproving of me to outright telling trina that she doesn’t want me anywhere near her. Well, it’s a big world out there. Maybe just spend time with trina far away from portia. Well, that’s certainly one idea. But you’ve also got others. Like, I don’t know, maybe instead of dumping your beautiful baby brother off at daycare, you could grab him and his mom and head to the park. I know for me, when I was overseas in the military, and one of my buddies would get seriously injured, the hardest part was watching them isolate themselves from the rest of us. But after a while, you start to get it. I mean, our job in the military is literally to protect people. So if you get injured and you lose your ability to be a protector, it’s gotta mess with your head. And for curtis, I mean, he’s no longer just this guy who’s married to your mom. He’s your actual biological father. It’s gotta kill him that he can’t be your protector. Yeah, but I’m not a little girl. Curtis doesn’t have to protect me. That doesn’t matter to me. Maybe not. But I gotta guess that it matters to curtis. Look, gladys used to work as my assistant, so I can agree she’s not the best worker, but I still think she has sasha’s back. Why are you so suspicious of gladys? She’s sold brando’s garage without telling sasha. Okay, yes, sasha was initially upset, but then gladys explained that there were just too many daily reminders about brando. No, no, no, no, no. That was just a cover story. Gladys cannot be trusted. She framed me for stealing that bracelet at the nurses’ ball. Look, I can believe that gladys tried to frame you. But I have been around long enough to know that she truly loves sasha. And that’s good enough for me. Oh, wow. Okay. I have been away from work long enough, and hiding from granny, so I gotta go. I’ll see you later. Alright. Austin: Ava, what are you doing? Those are patient files. They’re very private. You can’t do this. This, i would have you arrested for. Mm, I don’t think so. Besides, a dead guy doesn’t need privacy. But that’s the funny thing. Gordon stevens? He is nowhere to be found in your files, which means he was never your patient at all. So start talking, austin. Who was gordon stevens to you?

So in your wild days… uh-huh. …You know, before you got knocked up, what clubs did you use to hang out in?

[ Chuckling ] That was a long time ago. And you don’t remember any of the names of the clubs?

[ Sighs ] Look, if it was happening, lois and I were there. The peppermint lounge, private eyes, hurrah, area, of course studio 54, xenon.

[ Sighs ] So, how did you get in? Did you have fake ids? Fake ids, that’s for amateurs. We made friends with all the bouncers.

[ Clicks tongue ]

[ Chuckles ] Nice. Hi. Um, I have a friend who’s staying at your facility. I was hoping to get the, uh, visiting hours? Um, yes. Her name is sasha gilmore. My name? Um, cody bell. What — what do you mean, I’m not on the list? Did sasha get to create her visitors list?

[ Scoffs ] No, no, no. No, no, of course. Of course gladys corbin made the list. Thank you. You know, before today, I was really torn about whether we should ask kristina to donate an egg, because at least the baby would be biologically related to me. That makes sense. But after kristina’s barge-in earlier, I realized that it would just make everything so much more fraught, because you know kristina would feel entitled to give her opinion on every parenting decision we made. Yeah. And because of that, and a million other reasons, I just — I think it would be better if we use the surrogate’s egg. Molly… no matter what, you are going to be the mom of our baby. I agree. And I’m — I’m feeling so much more confident after meeting with claire. I know she’s gonna find us the perfect woman to carry our baby. Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm. And just think — a year from now, our baby could be on this couch with us! With us.

[ Chuckling ] Spencer actually has plans with trina this afternoon. Well, uh, I-I do know that my mom’s out of town, so I don’t think it’d be a big deal for esme to take the afternoon off. And I am sure that baby ace would much rather be outside, maybe in a park, instead of in a stuffy daycare, right? Yeah, it is a beautiful day. So I think that I’m gonna go catch up with esme and my brother. Good choice. Mm. Sorry. So if you were me, what would you do? I would let curtis know that you’re here for him, and then give him space. So sitting here for hours isn’t the way to go? I’ll walk you out.

[ Breathing shakily ]

[ Crying ] Ava, the next time you have a question for me, please just ask, okay? You don’t need to rummage through my patients’ files. Okay, fine. But tell me, this gordon stevens. Did mason force you to treat him? Yes. And did mason have anything to do with gordon confronting you in front of nina and sonny and everybody else at the port charles grill? I-I don’t think so. Wait, hold on a second. Did you say something to sonny? Did you talk with sonny? I didn’T. Ava! Sonny already didn’t trust me that night, and now that I’ve got a dead patient in an alleyway, he — he’s never gonna let me around avery again. Sonny’s gonna — sonny isn’t gonna do anything. Because I told him that you helped me. That I helped you what? Ava… did you tell sonny that you killed nikolas?

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