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Carly: Don’t! Shoo! Don’t you do that. You’re no fun. I’m tons of fun. But if you want french fries, you got to order them. No, I want information. About what? Your visit to pentonville.

[ Knock on door ] Oh. I come bearing gifts. Well, hello, ava.

[ Door closes ] Hi, I hope I’m not interrupting. Anyone with caffeine and sugar is definitely not an interruption. Thank you so much. You’re welcome. What brings you by? Well, I–I was at the gallery earlier and I saw trina. Mm. It’s been such a good distraction for her. I’m so grateful she has an outlet. I sure love having her back. But she, um — she gave me an update on curtis, and that’s the reason I came by. I know you have an awful lot to deal with, and I just — I just want to know if there’s anything I can do. Brent: You got it. Keep going. Almost there.

[ Breathing heavily ] You did it.

[ Exhales deeply ] Ahh.

[ Breathing hard ] Oh… phew. It’s not like I climbed mount everest or anything. Maybe not, but you made incredible progress and you should be proud of yourself. I’ll be proud of myself when I get out of here on my feet and go home.

[ Exhales deeply ] Alright, let’s go again. I think we should take a break. No way. Come on. Am I still going to be living with esme and ace at my grandmother’s house when she gets back? Uh… I-I don’t know. I honestly haven’t given it much thought. What kind of answer is that? No, I don’t mean to be flippant about it. It’s just that there’s been a lot going on, and I’ve been trying to make sure that my brother stays safe from esme as well as trying to be supportive of you. Yeah. I get it. Look, I never realized how much work went into taking care of a baby, and it is a lot, so it’s been difficult for me to think about, you know, practical, big picture things like where I’m going to be living as ace gets older. Look, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have brought it up. No, it’s okay. Don’t apologize. You have every right to ask the question. It’s just that I wish that I could give you a simple, straightforward answer. That’s the problem. There is no simple or straightforward answer. Oh, my god. This is a disaster. How? Just — just tell me, how could this have happened? Okay, you need to calm down. We don’t have all the facts yet. We have enough to know that deception is under direct attack. Someone is out to bring us down with malicious intent. I refuse — I refuse to let that happen.

[ Door closes ] We have to talk. Not now! Not now! Yes, now. I need to sell sasha’s deception stock, and I can’T. What the hell is going on? Mmm. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. I am not complaining, but what was that for? Just because. Hmm. Hey, I was wondering, uh… would you be down with doing me a favor? You don’t have to kiss me to get a favor. I know that. I wasn’t kissing you to get a favor. Mm-hmm. They’re two separate things. Okay. Would you mind going to check on cody at the quartermaines’? Sure. But he’s your friend, so why don’t you go? Because I think if I go and check on him, it’s going to make him act even crazier than he already is.

[ Crunching ] Sorry, bud. I just can’t do it. I can’t leave sasha just sitting there when I know she’s in trouble. I mean, I wouldn’t leave you with dangerous people. Not that I’m comparing sasha to a horse… or you to sasha. Although, if you think about it, you guys do have some similarities.

[ Horse whinnies in distance ] You’re both gorgeous. You’re both kind, sweet, make people happy. You both got a great head of hair. Mac: Cody, you in there? What the hell do you want?!

Do you remember when I told you that gladys slapped cody with a restraining order and he went nuts and threatened her in front of me and mac? Yeah, but I wouldn’t blame anyone for having a problem with gladys. And I don’t think that cody would ever hurt a woman. Okay, exactly. Wh-when he was acting like he was going to kill her, I knew it was an act. Did you call him on it? Yeah. Took him into the interrogation room. He’s chucking around papers and kicking over chairs, and I finally got him to admit that he just couldn’t get into ferncliff to see sasha. He’s trying to act crazy so that he can get himself committed. What’s the emergency? We need to prep a statement for social media, pronto. That can wait. I’m the one with the emergency! Zip it. Not until you tell me what’s going on with sasha’s stock. Why can’t I sell it? Oh, because sasha is a co-owner of deception. None of us can sell our stock because of that lawsuit. Lawsuit? What are you talking about? Intellectual property theft. Someone’s claiming that we stole the design for the deceptor. I was just checking on you. How are you doing? Oh, how am I doing? How do you think I’m doing? I got two cops on my tail, dante won’t stop texting me, and you — you’re here.

[ Laughs ] You both keep waiting for me to commit a crime. Maybe I already did. Maybe I hit gellhorn jewelers and hid another bracelet around here. Why don’t you check around? Go ahead and search. Or better yet, why don’t you just cuff me right now and take me in, officer? It’s so sweet of you to offer. It really is. And, yes, there is something that you can do for me. Just name it. You can tell me how trina’s really doing. I know that you two have a special connection, and I don’t want to pry, but I would absolutely love your opinion. How’s trina handling everything? I think under the circumstances, trina is doing remarkably well, and she has spencer, and I know he’s very supportive. He’s clearly helping her through this. Is he really? That’s hard to believe, is it?

[ Scoffs ] I know that trina has feelings for spencer, but it’s just so much more complicated now with esme and ace coming as a package deal. And I’m worried. I-I’m worried that it’s going to be too much for her to handle. Spencer is good for trina. He makes her so happy. She lit up when he came into the gallery. But where spencer goes, trouble follows, and it’s the same with the whole family, I mean — you don’t have to tell me about the cassadine family, right? But, portia, I think that you should give spencer a chance, for trina’s sake. The one thing that I want to make certain of is that my little brother feels secure. I do not want him to feel abandoned the way that I did by my father. But you’re not his father. I understand that. But while my father is god knows where, it’s kind of up to me to fill that void. I’m going to make sure that he feels safe. I’m going to make sure that he feels secure, and I’m going to make sure that he feels loved, because I never had those things. I was the kid who was stuck alone in a big house by myself. And sure, I had staff there to take care of me, but that’s no way to raise a child. My father was never there, and other kids, they had parents to tuck them in at night. And what did I have? I had… chandler. Who’s that? Chandler was my chauffeur. I mean, can you imagine that? I was eight years old. I was eight. And my best friend in the world was the guy who was driving me around town in a limousine. I have memories — we would pull up outside my school and I would see the other kids getting out of minivans and their mothers kissing them on the cheek, and I wished with every fiber of my being that that was me. All I wanted was to be a part of a real family. That’s so sad. And then my father pretended to be dead for three years. Who does that to their kid? Who? He abandoned me, and now he abandons my little brother. I’m really sorry, spencer — and I just — and I just wish… I wish I knew where he was. A big part of me wants to believe that he was forced out of port charles. Maybe on some level, that makes it easier to accept. Maybe he was. You know what your uncle victor was capable of. Maybe he did something to your dad to — no. My father left us. He left us. But you don’t know that. Why do you always assume the worst of him? Because it’s all he’s ever shown me. Why do you want to know about pentonville? You were there to visit drew. Yeah. How do you…? Dex told you? Yep. Okay. What do you want to know? If you saw gatlin-holt, and if he was there with anyone.

Jordan ashford, my pt, brent snyder. Are you curtis’s sister? Uh, jordan is my ex-wife. It’s a pleasure to meet you. Same here. I didn’t mean to interrupt. I’m glad you did. I was trying to get this guy to take a break. Well, brent, you must be good at what you do, because curtis is making great progress. He makes me look good. It’s all about how hard our patients are willing to work, and curtis is incredibly motivated. He might not be ready for a break, but I am. Nice to meet you, jordan. You’ve really come a long way with your physical therapy. You came all the way down here to check up on my progress? Actually, no. I have some news. Someone burned down anna’s house. If spencer wasn’t making trina happy, I would step in. But I hate to admit it — you’re right. For some reason, trina is able to look past all of the baggage that comes with spencer. So the only thing that I can really do is just be there for her if she needs me. And you have enough to deal with. When is curtis coming home? It’s not really a when. It’s more of an — of an if. At this point, I don’t — I just don’t really know where we stand. Oh, I’m so sorry. I — I hope I didn’t overstep. No, no, no, no, no. Um… of course I want curtis to come home as soon as he possibly can. It’s just that… I have no idea what he really wants. So you don’t know how much longer he’ll be in rehab? No, no, no. He’s — he’s dedicated to his physical therapy, but it’s about more than just his body healing. Um, the past couple times that I’ve visited him, it’s been tense, and he’s completely shut me out. And I just feel like I’m just walking on eggshells around him. If I compliment his progress, he sees that as pity. If I discuss anything else, it’s as if I’m, you know, avoiding the topic. I’m so sorry, portia. That must be very difficult. It is. So I just try to focus on the practical things in life, like getting the house ready. I’m just praying that curtis comes home. I don’t buy it. Excuse me? About your dad. You love him. You know there’s something good in there somewhere. I remember hearing a few happy stories, like when you were scared to get on a horse the first time, but your dad put you on his lap and told you that there was nothing to be scared of. And he sat with you on the horse for hours, until you felt comfortable. How do you do that? What? Find a way to talk me off a ledge. Or a tree.

[ Chuckles ] You’re right. I do love my father. And what if something bad did happen to him? Well? Yeah. Yeah, I saw gatlin-holt. I don’t know who he was visiting. Why? Why do you care? I don’t trust that guy, and neither should you. I mean, he’s nothing but trouble, carly. That makes sense. What do you mean? He’s seeing ava. She’s a magnet for trouble. You know, I just don’t know if I played it all entirely right with cody. How do you mean? Well, I shouldn’t have let him know that I knew what he was doing, ’cause then he just denied it and told me I was crazy and that either I had to lock him up or cut him loose. So you let him go? Well, yeah. Putting him in prison was going to be a worse idea, I think. What was mac’s take on it? Surprisingly, mac understood where he was coming from. I guess he had a similar situation with cody’s mother, dominique, when she was in a mental facility, because he broke in to try and get her out. Okay, well, that still doesn’t make it a good plan. No, cody rarely has good plans. My concern is that this guy is gonna get in there and he’s not going to be able to get out. You’ve had it out for me ever since the beginning, so why don’t we just get it over with and drag me down to the station? Cody… look, I’m sorry you feel that way, but it’s not true.

[ Scoffs ] I don’t think the worst of you. I know you have a good heart. It just really threw me when I found out you were dominique’s son. Why? I never even knew her. I wish you had. She was a very special person. She was kind and warm and gentle, but I always thought she was too trusting. Yeah. She sounds a lot like sasha. They had more in common than you realize. Dominique was also sent to a mental hospital.

I don’t care who ava’s seeing as long as it doesn’t affect avery. I just want to know if you picked up on anything when you saw gatlin-holt. Um, I just saw him walk through the visiting area. He didn’t even stop to visit with anyone. I just assumed he was taking care of a patient in the prison. Why would you say that? ‘Cause he had his doctor bag with him, and I just assumed he was going to the infirmary. I wish that I could offer you some words of wisdom, but unfortunately, I do not have the best track record when it comes to healthy relationships. And I’m not one to throw stones. To say that curtis and i were going through a rough patch before the shooting — yeah, that would be an understatement. He was just so hurt when I didn’t tell him that he could be trina’s father, and I don’t blame him. It almost destroyed our relationship, and we were actually making baby steps towards healing when he was shot. But even if we hadn’t faced all of those hurdles, even if we had been blissfully happy since the wedding, I still think that curtis would have reacted the same way in his situation. So you don’t think his hostility is about what happened before his injury? No, no. I think that this is about curtis. It’s about how vulnerable he feels. You know curtis. You know he’s very, very proud. And it’s as if he doesn’t want me to see him in that way. He doesn’t want me to see him in — in a wheelchair. I imagine that he doesn’t want to seem weak or helpless, right? But he isn’t helpless. Even if he has to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair, it’s not going to make me love him any less. And I’ve told him that. I’ve made it clear to him that I’m in this with him. I’m in it for the long haul, no matter what life throws at us. But he’s still keeping his distance. Yes. And it makes him pull away from me even more. You said someone burned down anna’s house, so you must have proof it was arson. So this is what we know so far — anna went for a late-night run sometime after 10:30. She thinks she was gone about 45 minutes. When she got home and saw the flames, she called the fire department, but by the time they arrived, the whole place was engulfed. So the arsonist was watching, waiting for her to leave. And at that late hour, they could have hid under the cover of darkness. No one would have even noticed them. Exactly. And clearly, they just wanted to send a message. Unlike the shooting at the metro court pool, they didn’t want to kill anna. Yeah, but, see, you have to prove that there was intent to kill. I mean, the bullet that hit me was a ricochet. So what’s your theory? Maybe the shooter wasn’t intending to hit their target. Like the fire, maybe they were just trying to send a message. And you were collateral damage. We don’t know if anything bad happened to your father. We just have to hope that your grandmother and kevin come back with answers. Yeah. Right. Okay, well, let’s get to work. I can help you hang these paintings for the art show. Do you know how much there is to do before we get to that stage? I have to check in every painting, log in all the artist information, and make the tombstones. The tombstones? That’s the little label that goes next to the artwork describing the piece. Oh, you have a lot to learn, so let’s get busy.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Um, she wants to know if I’m coming home for dinner. She? Esme? I don’t understand. Oh, we’ve been served. It’s a lawsuit filed for huge damages. And if that wasn’t bad enough, our deception stocks are frozen. Frozen? Frozen? Frozen. “Let it go.” The lawsuit claims that the design for the deceptor was stolen. Which it wasn’T. It was not. It was 100% my idea, with a little inspiration from marty, of course. But it was all mine. But who filed the lawsuit? We don’t know. The plaintiff is just listed as an llc. I don’t even know what those letters mean. It means we don’t know who’s suing us, gladys. Okay, well, then how — how are we going to get the ban on selling stock lifted?

[ Scoffs ] Gladys, you don’t seem to understand what’s going on here. We cannot sell our stocks. It’s a court order. Well, then un-order it! We have to do something! I need the damn money! I was in love with dominique, and I know she would have adored you. The crazy thing is, cody, I understand your instinct to want to rescue sasha. I tried to do the same thing with dominique, so I get where you’re coming from. Then why don’t you just back off and leave me alone? Because I can’t! For a short time, I thought you were my son. It was a feeling I’ve never had before — until it wasn’T. I have to look out for you. It’s what dominique would have wanted, okay? I’m here to help you, so please let me. Cody?

[ Door closes ] Where are you going?

I’m so sorry, portia. I just don’t know what more I could do. I’m trying to convince curtis that my love for him has nothing to do with whether he can walk or not. And of course, I am praying that he gets out of that wheelchair, but if he doesn’t, it just doesn’t change my love for him. You know, it may seem like curtis is trying to keep his distance from you, but I think that’s probably just a defense mechanism. He knows that he needs your support. He just doesn’t want the guilt that comes along with it. Yeah, but what does he have to feel guilty about? I’m the one — I’m the one that hurt him. I don’t want to play armchair psychologist here, but maybe he thinks that you’d be giving up your life to take care of him. But I wouldn’t be giving anything up. It would be — it would be challenging to adjust to a new reality, but I just feel like that’s what marriage is about — “in sickness and in health.” Yeah. I’m not the one you need to convince, though, right? You need to go and you need to tell curtis this. Tell him how you feel. I have tried. I have tried. He’s not listening to me. Well, then make him listen. Tell him again and again and again until he hears you! Because you know, curtis may not be able to admit it right now, but he really needs you. Any updates on the fire at anna devane’s house? Oh, great. Can you send me that file?

[ Knock on door ] Yeah. Okay, great. Thanks. Hey, valentin. Hey, dante. Charlotte should be down any second. Great. Listen, thank you for letting her stay here while laura’s out of town. Yeah, of course. She’s family, right? And rocco’s really enjoyed hanging out with her again. Good. I figured that it would be safer for her to be here than with me, and given what happened, looks like I was right. Yeah. Yeah. I’m sorry about all that, anna’s house burning down. I mean, where are you going to live now? Great, another one here to hassle me. What, did dante send you to do his dirty work? To hell with the both of you. That went well. I’m worried about cody. He’s just so combative. He won’t listen to reason. Yeah, I know. Dante told me about his meltdown at the pcpd. He totally lost control. He was paranoid and hostile. I’m doing my best to calm him down, but he just won’t listen to reason. You know, hopefully being here at the quartermaines’ will help him, and the horses will be a good distraction. Yeah, let’s hope so. Look, I have to head out, but keep me in the loop. Yeah. If cody needs anything, let me know. Yeah, of course. Certainly. Go ahead. Thanks. Mm-hmm.

[ Door closes ] You got rid of the cop. Great, now it’s your turn. There’s the door. No, no, no, no. Stop. Drop the act! I’m not going anywhere until you tell me what the hell is going on. Thanks for the information. Mm-hmm. How was your visit with drew? He’s hanging in there. He’s much better now that he’s out of solitary confinement. Thank you. Why was he there in the first place?

[ Sighs ] He was defending an inmate. Oh, that sounds like drew. Yeah, except that it was cyrus renault. Why would he want to protect that guy? I don’t know. I don’t understand it myself. But that’s why we got to get him out of there, sonny. I’m afraid the other inmates are going to want to retaliate. You don’t have to worry about book. Who’s book? Book’s a punk, and he’s not gonna bother drew again. That’s why dex was there. So she wants you to come home for dinner? Well, I would much rather stay here with you. Look, I get it. There’s a ton of things I have to do for this exhibit, so you just go home and have dinner with ace. Well, his dinner consists of a bottle. It’s really not much of a big — okay, alright. Thank you for understanding. You’re probably right.

I can’t believe you let mac think that you were actually having a nervous breakdown. Maybe I am. No, the timing is way too convenient, so you can drop the act. Tell me the real story. Sam — no. First, you try to go and see sasha, and that failed. And then suddenly, out of the blue, you want to put yourself in a straightjacket. You can’t con a con. I know a play when I see one. Then help me pull it off. Why do you need to sell sasha’s stock? Well, not all of it. It’s just that her medical bills are piling up. Well, doesn’t she have insurance? Well, of — of course, but the deductible is huge. The only way I can pay for it is to sell her stock. Gladys, it’s not gonna happen. But can’t — can’t you get the lawsuit thrown out? Obviously, our lawyer is working on that, and you just need to calm down. Okay, they need to work faster, ’cause I can’t wait. You’re gonna have to. Our hands are tied. It’s up to the court now. The plaintiff submitted their design process right along with ours.

[ Chuckles ] Talk about theft. How in the world did they get their hands on our designs? Which actually shouldn’t matter, should it? Because they were not stolen. It was all right from in here. But now our bestselling product is on ice, our stocks are tanking, and this is an absolute nightmare which gummies probably won’t fix. Yeah, well, we’re still figuring things out, but in the meantime, as far as charlotte is concerned — I mean, if she’s happy here, I don’t see any reason to uproot her. I mean, if that’s okay with you. Yeah, yeah, it’s fine. We love having her. How’s anna doing? Well, it’s an emotional time. She didn’t just lose her home, she lost all her possessions, I mean, things that meant something to her. And of course, that happened after her past was exposed. Yeah. She’s been through a lot. That’s weird timing, huh? The fire. It’s kind of suspect, when you think about it. I mean, whoever did it, they must have been surveilling the house, ’cause anna wasn’t there. You weren’t there. I heard you were at elq that night or something? Yeah, I had a minor emergency I had to take care of. Oh, no. I’m sorry. What kind of emergency would be at elq at that time of night? Papa!

Mon petite! I had a great day at camp. Great. I can’t wait to hear all about it. I hope you won’t be offended if I point out your ex-wife is one attractive lady.

[ Chuckles ] Why would I be offended? Jordan’s a beautiful woman. Is she a beautiful woman who happens to be single? I don’t keep tabs on my ex-wife. I hope she comes to visit again.

[ Chuckles ] For you or for me? Hey, I’m just looking out for my patients. It makes me happy when you guys have visitors. And should the opportunity present itself again, perhaps I can get to know jordan a little bit better. Oh, you don’t know jordan, but she’s — she’s a great lady. Very complicated. I can deal with complicated.

[ Cellphone chimes ] I need to check in with my supervisor. I’ll get you started as soon as I’m back. No rush. I know what to do. ‘Sup. Hey. What, is my form lacking? No, not at all. I…[ Sighs ] I was just wondering if I could ever get that far. Dr. Robinson, I was just here helping trina get set up for her art show. Oh, I see. So, how’s ace? He’s doing great. Good. Good. Those parenting classes with esme, they must really be helping. Oh, yeah. They’re really helping a lot. Okay, well, I will let you get back to work. Uh, enjoy your dinner. Sorry. [ Chuckles ] I didn’t mean to intrude. I-I just wanted to bring you dinner to celebrate your first week back at the gallery. No, it’s okay. I’m glad you’re here. I know you probably need a distraction with everything you and curtis are going through.

Alright, guilty as charged. But I have to get into ferncliff. It’s the only way I can help sasha. But that means getting yourself committed. Exactly. Oh, you must be really crazy if you think that that plan will work. Have you ever seen “one flew over the cuckoo’s nest”? Once you get in, it’s really hard to get out. Then help me. What, help you fake crazy? No. Help me get committed.

[ Laughs ] Yeah, no way. I told you about the cit program, right? The counselor in training program, yeah. And a bunch of my friends are doing it, too. Well, that’s great. I mean, you must be excited to see them after so much time away. You know what’s weird, papa? What? In some ways, my friends are so different, but in others, they’re exactly the same. Well, you’re still enjoying being with them, though, right? Yeah. But it’s hard at the end of the day, when I see them being picked up by their moms. You miss your mom? Dante took me to see her last week. [ Sighs ] I keep hoping she’s going to wake up, but she never changes. Go grab your backpack. I’m hungry. We’re gonna eat by the pool at the metro court. Dante, I really appreciate everything you’re doing for charlotte, but if you’re going to take her to see lulu, will you let me know? Because it’s very upsetting for her. It is upsetting for her, valentin, but lulu’s her mother, and charlotte asked me to take her to see her, and I’m going to do that every time without asking your permission. I’m ready for a cheeseburger. Great. Let’s go. Bye, dante. See you. Have a good time. Man, your determination, it’s impressive. I mean, I sit here and I wonder how long it would take me to get to your level, and then I think I’ll probably never get there. If you start comparing yourself to other disabled people in terms of what you can and can’t do, you’ll drive yourself crazy. Everyone’s situation is different. You have to learn what limits you can push past and which ones you have to accept. That’s easier said than done. You know, I’m still trying to wrap my brain around… you know. Look, do I have a different life than I expected? Sure. But it’s still my life, so despite the limitations, I’m gonna live it to the best of my ability. And you should, too. Well, everybody’s really pulling together for curtis. Stella is gonna stay in town, and poor n’neka, she’s overwhelmed at the savoy, so marshall is going to help out and look for a manager, you know, that’s gonna — that’s good. Yeah, help out until curtis gets on his — that’s really good. Until curtis is — is feeling better. Did you go to visit him today? I tried. Visiting hours were over? No, no. I drove there, but I didn’t make it out of the parking lot. I just…sat there.

[ Voice breaking ] I just sat there in the car for 20 minutes, looking at the building. But I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t — I couldn’t go in. And I wanted to see him. I wanted to see him so badly. But every time I visit, he pushes me away, and I just couldn’t go through that again. Maybe right now, curtis just needs space. Just let him go through his physical therapy, and he’ll come around. I’m not so sure about that. And I feel so utterly selfish. I mean, curtis is in a wheelchair, and I’m upset because he’s pushing me away? I want to be there. I want to be there for him so bad… but he doesn’t want me. I don’t know what to do. There are no easy answers. So how is dex? Why would you ask that? Because he’s dating my daughter, and I don’t want her dragged into some dangerous situation. Dex is smart. He knows how important josslyn is to me. He cares about her. He’s not going to let anything happen to her. Let’s hope so. I got to run. If you find out anything else as far as austin visiting pentonville, let me know. ‘Cause he gets under my skin, and I’m gonna find out why.

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