GH Transcript Thursday, August 31, 2023

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Dr. Jen hi!

[ Both chuckle ] Mm. I have been looking forward to the concert all day. It’s pretty soon, so I just need a couple more minutes. I need to go clean some coffee pots in the back. Joss. Joss. I’m really sorry. Oh, no. What? I just found out that I have to work tonight. Right, but you told me that sonny gave you the night off and that he didn’t need you. You know how it is with sonny. Things change. Ah! Counselor. Caught in the act of fleeing a crime. You caught me, copper. Indeed, I have. So who squealed? Who ratted me out? Oh, it was one of my spies — said that there’s this suspicious-looking redhead in the building, and here I am to investigate.

[ Laughs ]

[ Sighs ] Brook lynn! Brook lynn: Hey, buddy. You look sad. Do you need a hug? I’d love one. What’s wrong? Just having a really bad day. Well, it must have been a doozy. Aww. Ohh. Nikolas: When avery is gone… I guarantee you will feel an emptiness in your soul like I will, for the rest of your life. That’s a promise. And I’ll start now. Nikolas, I can’t let you take her. Don’t worry. I’ll tell avery you said goodbye.

[ Both grunt ]

[ Breathes sharply ]

[ Knock on door ] Hi. What a nice surprise. Summoned by you. You look great. Knock it off, austin. All I want from you are answers. -Aunt alexis. Hey. -Oh. Hey. -How are you doing? -I’m good. Well, it’s lovely to see you. To what do I owe the invite? I just wanted to check in on my favorite nephew to see how you’re feeling, how you’re doing. Since your grandmother and your father aren’t here, I’m the closest thing you’ve got to a parent. Lucky you.

[ Gasps ] Careful.

[ Chuckles ] Careful. You’re about two inches away from ending up in the water. If I were you, I’d, uh, watch your step. Well, who cares if I fall in? You know, really, I’ll just ruin my hair and my makeup maybe and maybe this beautiful dress, which I happen to like quite a bit. Doesn’t really matter, though. I’ve got a lot bigger problems. You know… I’m about to lose my company, and I feel utterly betrayed.

Lucy, now, listen. As fetching as the thought of you soaking wet in that dress may be… I’m a jealous man, and I don’t think I want to share that with the rest of the patrons here, so… fine. I will sit down. That’s my girl. Here you go. First things first. Now… uh, what are you drinking tonight? I do not feel like anything. Thank you. Uh, my young friend, do me a favor. Get this lovely lady a sea breeze, and I’ll have a whiskey and ginger, please.

[ Sighs ] Yeah. My dear, dear lucy. Is there anything I can do for you? No. Nothing. Don’t — don’t you get it? I am really, really, really upset. No, I — really upset. I understand. I’m sorry that the preliminary hearing didn’t go your way. But surely there must be some way to salvage what’s left. Yeah, well, that depends on you. I have to admit, it did not start out well, but it turns out that esme — and I can’t believe that I’m gonna say this — is actually good at her job. I’m shocked. No, I’m shocked. I mean, I knew she was smart. I knew she was motivated. I didn’t know that she was competent. And I think having ace there in the daycare is an added bonus because she can focus on her work and not… yeah, she mentioned what a big benefit it was to have him just right down the hallway. Yeah, it’s a benefit for me, too. I go in there all the time to get a boost because when I see that little rug rat, it makes me smile. Ace amazes me every day, and it’s difficult for me to remember that there was a time when I was very, very hurt, very, very angry with my father for getting esme pregnant. Babies make things better. I cannot imagine life without him. And I am very, very grateful that he is my little brother. I’m grateful every day that betty quit and hasn’t been heard from since. I hope that she’s at the bottom of the harbor somewhere. Yeah, you’d like that, wouldn’t you? No. From what I hear, she’s on vacation. Mexico. Well, a girl can dream. As long as she stays far away from avery and I never have to lay eyes on her again. Yeah, I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high about that. What is that supposed to mean? You know, mason wouldn’t have let her go anywhere unless she got the goods on sonny. So she must have given him the proof that he wanted about sonny’s business with this pikeman. Eh, ordinarily, that seems reasonable, I suppose, yeah. No, don’t do that. Don’t do that. Don’t give me that doublespeak! You know, the deal was, once “the boss” gets the information about sonny and pikeman, I was gonna get nikolas’ body back! So where is it? Really, robert? Hm? You’re not even gonna pretend that you were on your way somewhere else, like the records room or case management? That you’re really here to see little old me? Well, since you neglected to take me to the car show, I thought I would bring the car show to you. “Neglected.” That’s how you’re framing it? Okay. No. No neglect. You showed no interest, so I chose to take someone else. Well, and I-I chose to take your advice. I, uh, went out and bought a new car. Oh! So would you like to come for a drive in my new wheels?

[Laughing] Only if you promise to do this. It’s a deal! As much as I’d love to — and I would — I can’t right now. I’m here on behalf of drew cain. How’s he liking pentonville?

[Laughing] Oh, come on. He’s not liking pentonville. And let’s face it, robert — that judge handed down an overly harsh sentence on a pre-agreed-upon plea deal. Well, I’m not gonna argue with you on that one, but, um… what do you think you can do about it now? Brook lynn: Thanks, buddy. I’ll be okay. Leo, what are you doing with that? Oh, come on, mom. No. You remember what you asked me to make you for dinner? -Yeah. -Your favorite — manicotti. You don’t want to spoil your appetite, do you? -No. -Okay, then. March back to the kitchen and put that back. Oh, okay. Okay. Thanks, hon. Brook lynn, what’s wrong? What, did you and chase have a fight? No. No, no, no. Chase and I are fine. But I can’t say the same about my friends. I let them down in the worst possible way. I totally betrayed them. What do you mean? I’ll explain.

Betty’s gone. Never gonna be around avery ever again. Isn’t that enough for you? Hm, actually, no. I’d like to see her get what’s coming to her. Yeah, okay, I think maybe now’s the time for us to just kind of keep a low profile, you know? Not — not make any big waves. What, you think that I should just wait around for mason to want something else from me, knowing that he has the power to have me charged with murder?! I’m just…asking you to trust me right now, that’s all. Trust you? Yeah. I kept my part of the bargain. I paved the way for that psychopath betty to have access to sonny’s penthouse so she could spy on him. Now I want nikolas’ body back! Okay, well, w-what would you do with nikolas’s body if you did get it? I would do what I was originally gonna do, and I’d put him in the pine barrens! Really? God rest his soul. Okay. Fine. You know what? I-I will reach out to mason. I’ll send him a text and see if there’s a way that I can help. Good. But — tell him I want that corpse! Yeah, I gotta tell you, I think you can figure out a better place than the pine barrens. No, it’s perfect. It’s better than putting him somewhere around here. I mean, I-I thought about it, and I don’t think I could — I could live here knowing that his body was someplace on the island. Wait. What? And then it occurred to me I don’t really want to live in this house, period. Now, while I am very, very grateful to have ace in my life, I can never forget who esme was and what she did to me and what she did to my friends. That’s always going to be part of her past. I would never ask you to forget what she did. I certainly won’T. Though I would be remiss to say… look. She’s been a very good mom. She’s been a very good mom to ace. She appears to be, from what I’ve seen watching her with him in daycare. And… I’m just so, so glad that I get the opportunity to be in my brother’s life and that I get the chance to help raise him, even if it means living with esme. You are such a good guy. I’m so proud of you. I think if I can coexist with esme, I can do just about anything. Especially if it means giving ace the happy childhood that he deserves. You know who you sound like? I’m afraid that I know who you’re gonna say. You sound like your father when he was your age. Now, lucy, we talked about this, didn’t we? We decided that it was best if I was not involved in the lawsuit against — no. No, no, no, no. You decided.

You decided that. And you completely abandoned me. Oh, come on. Now, that is not fair. I-I-I explained that. Oh, good explanation. Valentin, huh? Valentin again? He needed you. Well, i needed you, too. And you know what? You’ve never completely explained why you can’t be involved in my lawsuit. You never had told me, but now I think I know. You do? Yeah. Remember we were having all that pillow talk and we were talking about my idea about getting the idea about the deceptor? You had an awful lot to say. Look at me! You tell me. Did you steal the idea of the deceptor from that scheming tracy quartermaine? Brook lynn asked me for a favor, and I did it for her. I needed your help, and you used that against me. And then I asked her for a favor in return. She obliged and didn’t like the outcome. Oh, my god! That is not what happened! You blackmailed me, your own granddaughter! Tracy, is this true? I’m actually here at carly’s behest to try and get drew’s case reopened. She seems to think that the judge had some sort of bias against drew, and I’m trying to prove it. Well, what can I do to help? Thank you for the offer, but I’m not even sure what I can do at this point. I’ve explained to carly that it’s within the judge’s purview to ignore the plea deal and hand down a harsher sentence. Hm. I doubt that carly went for that.

[ Chuckles ] We’re talking about carly. Of course she didn’T. Hence the bias angle. But let’s face it. Judge kim practically announced that he was sending a message to white-collar crime — “no more special treatment.” Well, bias is subjective — you know that — and unprovable. Yes, but it’s — it’s carly’s love for drew that’s fueling this. And I’m a friend, and as a friend, I told her I’d look into it.

[ Scoffs ] Look. I don’t know what you can do here, but, uh, good luck. I just wish there was some way to get concrete proof of judge kim’s bias against drew.

I have been tryingto explain to brook lynn, this is just business. Just business? Yes! That’s what I’ve been trying to teach you. Since when do you care about business again? You don’t even want to say the letters “elq.” -That’s all tracy cares about. -Stay out of this! Despite your reptilian exterior, I actually believed you cared about this family. I’m the glue that keeps this family together. Uh, except you were gone for over a year. Stay out of this! It’s my house! No, it is not your house! It’s monica’s house, alan’s biggest mistake! Are you done? No, I’m not. You need to learn how a quartermaine succeeds in business. You’re unbelievable. You put on this act like you care. You sang with us. You ate thanksgiving pizza with us. You mourned with us, celebrated births with us. And I always saw you as a strong, independent woman. Also calculating, conniving, and ruthless. Oh, my god! Don’t you have a lasagna to make?! Are you done? No! Out of everyone in this family, I believed in you. I always took your side. I thought you were misunderstood. Well, clearly, I was mistaken. I, uh… I think it’s gonna be an uphill battle for you to prove prejudice towards drew. Which is insane, considering the content of drew’s character. He saved liesl obrecht from victor cassadine just in time to save willow’s life, for heaven’s sakes. It’s not like he’s some sort of career criminal sitting around exploiting, you know, security codes. Hm. Drew is known for his integrity. That’s why I find it kind of weird that a judge would throw the book at him. So do I. And let’s face it — that book was kafka.

[ Both chuckle ] Hey. There is something you can do for me. If it’s within my reach, definitely. Considering drew’s heroics, could you ask the wsb to put in a good word for him? And that’s not within my reach. Why not? Let’s just say the bureau’s not gonna do anything to lift a finger to help anyone at my request. I get that you think this was your choice, but it wasn’T. So now I don’t have a mind of my own? No, that’s not what I’m saying. I-I’m saying that he’s changed our plans. Actually, he’s canceled them. Joss, I — look. I get that things change last minute, but we haven’t had any alone time together in like a week. I have to go. So go. Joss. Okay? It’ll happen. Okay? Things are just really intense right now. When are things not gonna be intense when it comes to sonny? Joss. I just wish that my mom hadn’t destroyed the flash drive. That was her decision to make, and there’s nothing we can do about it now. Right, but that was our one chance to turn sonny in to the feds, and we blew it. What?!

[ Scoffs ] I did not under any circumstances steal the idea for the deceptor from tracy quartermaine. Really? Okay. So how come every time I tried to give you credit for being my inspiration, you got all cagey on me? You know, even when we were talking around maxie and sasha, I would say that, and you would shut me down each and every time. Because I could not in good conscience take credit for something I didn’t do. The — the deceptor is genius. Tracy quartermaine. Please. That idea was 100% yours. Well, apparently now tracy is claiming it as her own, and she’s convinced the judge that — well, he decided we’d have a trial six months from now. Right. That gives your attorney half a year to prove that the case has no legal merit. No! Six months from now, deception will be kaput. Completely gone. We’ll be bankrupt. When you were a baby, your father gushed about you. So excited to have a son. And he wanted you to have the best of everything. I think maybe he went a little overboard because you were precocious and maybe a little bit… spoiled. Go ahead. No, no, no. That’s fine. You can say that. I was just gonna say maybe willful and indulged. Oh. Oh! You’re good at this. I bet you argued a good case in the courtroom. And there was just this sweetness about you. Just like your dad. The only reason I wanted dracula’s castle was to spite nikolas. To be honest with you, the place gives me the creeps. Oh, I-I’m so glad to hear you say that. I — yeah. Y-you never struck me as somebody that would like this goth decor. No, I don’T. It’s terrible. And now that nikolas is gone, why should I be stranded out here? I mean, this place is full of nothing but bad memories. And right over there, that’s where nikolas and I, we had our last fight, and — and he died. Why should I stay here?

[ Knock on door ] Good evening, ava. So, to what do I owe the invitation? Oh, it wasn’t an invitation. It’s a demand — for payment in full. I want what you promised me. Tein with 30 grams of protein. Keep it quilted means you keep it the usiness, o you? But how could you do this to brook lynn, of all people? I don’t want to hear a word out of you. Well, you’re going to. I mean, it’s one thing to be mean to the rest of us, tracy, but how could you do this to brook lynn, of all people? She is your granddaughter. I know who she is. Don’t you know how much she looks up to you? If you, of all people, do not have sway with the wsb, then who does? Well, I’m not at liberty to talk about bureau business, but I can tell you that they’re going through a house-cleaning process and…

[ Chuckles ] …I’m on the outs. Well, then, who’s on the ins? That remains to be seen. They’re not gonna lift a finger to help drew. They’re not gonna lend any assistance to help a hero?

[ Sighs ] Okay. Drew, laura, and curtis did the one thing in greenland that the bureau couldn’t do… and it embarrassed them.

[ Scoffs ] And on that note, well, they’d prefer to have drew where he is rather than help him find freedom. Lucy, come on. You make things sound so dire. Surely things can’t possibly be that bad.

[ Chuckles ] Actually, they kind of are. But you know what the worst part of this whole thing is? The lawsuit. Well, obviously the lawsuit. I feel — I just feel gutted. You know? I feel like I’ve been totally betrayed. By who? Brook lynn quartermaine. You know, we gave her a job, and she’s been masquerading this whole time as a team player, but really she’s been spying for tracy. She gave tracy documentation she needed for this horrible lawsuit. She’s willing to use her own granddaughter. I mean, that’s low, even for tracy quartermaine. Not really. Worst part, though, is now, to save deception, I have to give tracy 75% of the company. I was actually talking about this with trina the other day. How is trina? Trina’s wonderful. She is. She’s lovely. Yeah. Yeah. She’s been very concerned about her dad lately. I’m really sorry to hear about what happened to curtis. Yeah, uh, trina has been worried sick trying to get everything together so that he feels comfortable when he comes home. He just got out of rehab. I think that maybe it’s that focus on family that has allowed trina to be so supportive of me being with ace while esme is around. Especially because my father didn’t bother to stick around for him. You never miss an opportunity to go negative when it comes to your dad. Because that’s all he’s ever shown me. Have you ever thought that maybe one of the reasons is that, deep down, you still love your dad? I can see why you’re antsy. If it was me and it was my husband — or, sorry, ex-husband — whose corpse was on ice somewhere with a fatal head wound and my hair and dna all over him, I probably, too, would be…

[ Breathes sharply ] …Losing sleep. I kept my word, mason. I got betty the run of sonny’s penthouse, and she got the information that you wanted. I did my part. Now it’s time for you to do yours. If it was up to me, I would drop his body off tonight. But it’s not. Then call whoever you have to call and make it happen. Yeah. -I don’t think it’s that easy. -What? W-why not?! Because the powers that be decided. And they decided that you don’t get nikolas until after the situation is resolved. What? What situation?! Hey, maybe now’sa good time… just tell whoever you answer to… …to take a deep, calm, relaxed breath. …That I’ve done everything that they asked! What the hell do these people want?! Look. Just listen to austin. Relax. It’s all going down tonight.

Robert, are you suggesting that the wsb would actually manipulate circumstances to ensure that drew received the harshest sentence possible? Anything’s possible where the bureau’s concerned. Well, then, there could be a connection between the wsb and the judge in drew’s case.

[ Chuckles ] If such a relationship did exist, it’d be almost impossible to prove. I mean, as you know, the bureau does most of its work in the shadows. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Well, I, for one, am not at all opposed to looking at every single one of judge albert kim’s cases for the past four, maybe five years, seeing if there were other instances of overly harsh sentencing that could prove a precedent. Well, um… what specific instances are you looking for here? I’m just suggesting — suggesting, mind you — that said judge may or may not be receiving kickbacks for getting inconvenient individuals out of the way of, shall we say, powerful agencies. And if the wsb wanted drew cain out of the equation, pursuing an unrelated case could prove a perfect solution to their problem. You’re looking for instances where the judge handed down an overly harsh sentence? Bingo. Hey. I just got your text. What happened? Tracy happened. I had to get out of there. I cannot live with her for another minute. -Mom! -Hey. -Is brook lynn okay? -Uh… I saw her leave in her car. Yeah, she just needs a little time to herself. She’ll be fine. But she said she was having a really bad day. Should we do something? How about if we check in on her in a little while? Okay? -[ Sighs ] Promise? -I promise. I cross my heart. Well, tracy? What now, olivia? Don’t you feel the slightest bit sorry for what you did? For teaching her a valuable lesson? What? That you’ll do anything to get what you want? A lesson that she will remember and benefit from for the rest of her life. What exactly is it that you think you taught brook lynn? That nothing is free. If I hadn’t made her pay for the favor I did her, it wouldn’t have mattered as much. We’re done here. The launch is ready to take you back to the mainland. You and your cousin need to go — now. Don’t put me in the same category as this guy.

[ Scoffs ] You’re right. You can’T. I’m far more handsome and easygoing. Wouldn’t you agree, ava?

[ Laughs ] Definitely not. Oh. I’m wounded. Whatever is happening tonight, when it’s over, I want that body back. Do you understand me? Loud and clear. Look. I’ll pass your message along. I just can’t promise the boss will be receptive. Eh. Still feisty as ever. Whatever you have going on tonight, nothing to do with me. I’m out. Boss said. I don’t know about that. Still one more thing you have to do. Well, I’ll give you this much — tracy’s offer is appalling. 75%. That’s just highway robbery. Uh, yeah, it’s appalling. Tracy’s appalling. In fact, I would like to strangle her. Just wrench her tiny, little, scrawny neck! Yeah, but if, on the other hand, giving her what she wants keeps deception open for business, isn’t it practical to at least consider it? No! No, no, no. Do not even say that. I am not going to give one dime of my hard-earned money or one single share of the company that I worked so hard to build with my own two hands to that snobby, arrogant, entitled, selfish, spoiled heiress tracy quartermaine. I am not gonna — I’m not gonna do it. And she can just forget about it! You got yourself some strong feelings about tracy quartermaine. Yeah, well, you don’t know the half of it. You know, she actually at one time pretended to like me. Pretended to be my friend so I would use my 1% share of elq so she could be ceo above her nephew A.J. Alan always warned me about her. He said she’s a bad apple. Ha! She’s a lot worse than that. Mother quartermaine. I miss her, you know? She did not have one bad bone in her body, but she always knew how nasty and mean-spirited and dark tracy could be. You know what? I’m not doing it. I am not gonna let tracy win. I am going to fight her till the bitter end. But what happens if it costs you deception? If the — if the company goes bankrupt, what then? Well… I guess it’s a good thing I kept my realtor license. I don’t want to love my father. Oh, spencer, please don’t say that. No, it’s true. I don’t want to love him. And I don’t want to miss him. Because every time I think about him, it opens those floodgates, and all of those memories of bitter disappointment just start flooding back. Okay. So how about think — think of some of the good moments? Because there were good moments. Can’t you hold onto those? No, because it always comes back to how he prioritized ava and everybody else. And our entire relationship — none of it was real. It was an illusion that I had made up in my mind. It was not an illusion. It was very real. Your father has demons that he was not able to — to — to battle. And that happens. That happened to me. People have regrets. And — and all you can do is you learn from them and you move on. You are nothing like my father, alexis. He lost his way, spencer. Have you ever thought that maybe that’s the reason he ran away? Well, this isn’t exactly the first time that he’s done this, so please don’t e-expect me to forgive him. I’m not asking you to forgive him. I’m just asking you to try to understand him. I understand that me and my brother are doing perfectly fine without him. That’s what I understand. So what are you saying — you don’t want your father found? You don’t want your father back?

Dex, I’m so sorry for the way we left things. Um, just please be careful tonight. And whatever time you’re off, please come see me. I just miss you. I love you. This whole thing is my fault. Not entirely. I betrayed my friends, chase. And now deception is getting sued, and they might go bankrupt. You don’t know that. In six months, the case could fall apart and the judge might dismiss it. And if he doesn’t, then maxie, sasha, and lucy could lose everything they’ve worked so hard for. And that would all be on me, chase. No, it’s not. I’m the one who set this whole plan in motion. Everything is a mess because of me. And why? Because my hell of a grandmother really forced me to do it. I will never forgive her for this. Honestly, I don’t blame you. What tracy made you do is unforgivable. Can’t even look at her, let alone live under the same roof as her. I-I don’t know what I’m gonna do. You don’t have to go back there. What do you suggest? I rent a room on top of kelly’s? Actually, that’s not such a terrible idea. No. Move in with me. I know you, tracy quartermaine. There is something else that is driving you right now. I have seen it in your eyes ever since you got back. Oh, please spare me. You don’t know me as well as you think you do. But you know who does know you? Ned. And if he were here right now, he could get through to you. Well, he’s not, and we’re stuck with eddie maine, the busker. Diane. Look. You could be spinning your wheels for months trying to find a connection between this judge and the wsb. Yeah. But if there is a connection, I will find it. And the payoff could be substantial for drew. Well, if you do and you find a link, make sure it’s a solid one. To that, good sir, I say, “easy-peasy.”

[ Chuckles ] I just can’t imagine anyone challenging you in court. Well, you’ve done it, so you know that many have tried, many have failed, and everyone lives to regret it. I’ll keep that in mind.

[ Laughs ] Boy, I sure would like to know when and how, you know, tracy started snooping around deception. When did she get her claws in the deceptor? I don’t know how you’d find out something like that. Are you sure you didn’t come across any similar products that were in development when I started getting my idea about the deceptor?

[ Cellphone ringing ] You want to get that? Yeah. Hm. Ava jerome. Yeah, well, maybe you should take it. Hey, um, ava. This is certainly a surprise. Hi, lucy. I hope I’m not catching you at a bad time. No. Actually, I’m just sitting here. I’m out with martin, and we’ve been having a very, very important discussion. So, what can I do for you? Well, I just — I just wanted to know — do you still sell real estate?

[ Breathes sharply ] Um.

[ Chuckling ] Well, now, that depends on the listing. I want to sell wyndemere. Spoon island. It doesn’t matter if I want him back or not. Of course it matters, spencer. No. He abandoned ace just like he abandoned me. He ran away. And he won’t be back. Hey.

[ Keys jingling ] I’m back. Man: Hey. So… how are you feeling tonight? I’m feeling great. Thank you, doc. It’s kind of you to ask.

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