GH Transcript Tuesday, September 5, 2023

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Come on, corinthos. We’ve been sitting here all night.It doesn’t have to be this way if you’d just cooperate with us. All you have to do is answer a few questions. Let’s try this again. How about we start with simple “yes” or “no” questions? Do you think you could manage to do that? Have you ever done business with pikeman security group? Yes or no?

[ Exhales sharply ]

[ Door opens ] Michael. Hey. What are you doing here? Is everything okay? Uh, mom, there’s something I have to tell you, and it’s not good news. Oh. Is willow okay? You know, willow’s fine, and the kids are fine. It’s just, um… look, I had dinner last night at the metro court with willow and wiley. And the fbi showed up and arrested dad. I know. Lucy, I’m gonna need you to calm down. How am I supposed to calm down when I feel like deception is slipping through our fingertips? I know you want to fight tracy’s lawsuit against deception, claiming that the deceptor was her idea, but…I think we should consider settling. What?! Don’t even say that! I have put my blood, sweat, and tears into this company. I am never — do you hear me? I am never gonna give 75% of my beloved deception to tracy quartermaine. Are you really thinking this through clearly? What do you think I’m thinking? I’m thinking about it all the time, night and day. I can’t stop! Okay, okay! Then you know 25% of a viable company is a whole lot more than 100% of nothing. I’m sorry. We’re closed. Aw. You’re always open for me. What the hell are you doing here? Do people really buy this junk? ‘Cause I swear I could do that in my sleep. Really? So, you’re a thug and an artist, too, huh? Somebody wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning? I got to tell you, if it was me in that bed with you, I’d make damn sure that you woke up on the right side with a smile on your face every morning. Nikolas? Cassadine, you here?

[ Door opens ]

[ Breathing heavily ] Where you been? I went on a morning jog. A morning jog? For months you’ve been recovering from a traumatic head injury. You really — you think that’s a good idea? I feel pretty good. And my strength is almost back to normal. Right. And when it is, what are you gonna do? We need to talk. I got nothing to say to you, cyrus. I need to warn you. I know. You’ve told me already. Hell, damnation for eternity. I get it. I know! I’m talking about sonny corinthos. What about sonny? You’re no longer under his protection. What are — what are you talking about? Sonny can’t even protect himself. As of last night, he’s in federal custody.

[ Door opens ] Hey. Hey. You’re home.

[ Keys jingle ] Finally. I have missed you. I was really worried about you. Mm. Can I get you anything? A cup of coffee? Mnh-mnh. No? Just this. Okay.

[ Smooches ] Did you get any details on your father’s arrest? No. Not a thing. And I was at the fbi office all night. They’re being pretty tight-lipped, and they don’t want to tell the pcpd anything about that case. Why not? I don’t know. ‘Cause they can. Sam, this might be, like, the end of my father. No. Don’t say that, dante. I have seen sonny in tighter spots. And he always manages to beat the charges. Yeah. Yeah, but this time he doesn’t have a jason.

[ Footsteps approaching ] I want a full report of the evidence seized on the pier last night. On it. Agent wallace: Surely a man in your line of work has heard of pikeman. They’re a global contractor, furnishing arms and security equipment, among other things. Come on, corinthos. You’re an importer. If pikeman approached you to transfer arms to a third party, that would be a very lucrative payday for you. I’m a coffee importer. I’m not gonna say anything unless my attorney’s present.

So, that’s it? One little hearing doesn’t go our way and you just want to cave? I don’t like this any more than you do. Okay! Then why don’t you want to fight? I want to fight. I want to fight this. But it sounds like you just want to throw in the towel and give up everything, our whole lifetime of work. Lucy, first and foremost, I’m a mom…

[ Sighs ] …A single mom of three kids. And I just decided to move out of my two-bedroom apartment and into a house that is a lot more expensive. My financial future is tied to deception. I have to be practical. Okay. Okay, I get it. But I — I just think you’re jumping the gun, maybe. I need gummies. I didn’t bring my gummies today. Just when I needed them. Lucy…

[ Exhales heavily ] …We are up against tracy quartermaine. She is not some inexperienced grifter looking for a quick payday. Don’t I know that? Okay, good. Then you know how ruthless she is, that she’ll do anything to win. I’m not entirely sure I want to play that game. We already know she used brook lynn, her own granddaughter, as a corporate spy. Okay, I’ll give you that. You’re right. She’s greedy. She’s vindictive. But somehow I just don’t think that’s all there is to it. I think maybe, just maybe, she is deliberately trying to get back at me. Get back at you for what? You know, I really don’t see what you see in my cousin. Why are messing with him? Well, you don’t know what you’re missing with me. What I’m missing is my ex-husband’s corpse. You should have delivered it to me by now. Well, let me just run out to my car and get it.

[ Chuckles ] That’s just hilarious. Where is it? Look, the when and where of how we move nikolas’ body has got be worked out with the boss. Well, you’ve been working this out with the boss for weeks now, right? I mean, I don’t want to get caught moving it. Then I’d have to explain to the cops it was you that did him in. Whatever arrangements you have to make, make them. I did what you asked me to do. Now it’s time for you to honor the deal. You saved my life. That blow to my head put me in a coma, and I doubt I would have survived more than a day or two, much less had a full recovery, if it wasn’t for you. So, for that, I want to thank you. I do appreciate it. Sure. Happy to help. Look, I — I just want to clarify something. What’s there to clarify? It’s important. I just want —

[ Sighs ] You know ava never intended to kill you, right? It was just — it was an accident. Accident or not, I almost died. Right. Yeah. I understand that. Your condition was grave, and your recovery has been remarkable. You — remarkable. It’s just that now it’s time for ava to know about it. How did you — how did you hear about sonny? You know how it is in here. Word travels fast. I overheard some inmates say that sonny was pulled in by the feds and a shipment he was moving was confiscated. That does not sound like sonny. He’s too smart to get caught. Well, when it comes to the feds, they don’t mess around. Word is sonny is in violation of the national security act. You’re ex-military. You’re a smart guy. Put two and two together. Those are some serious charges. Don’t you agree? I mean, with jason gone, it did leave a giant hole in sonny’s organization, but he still has gabe, frank, dex, brick, I mean, a lot of other loyal people surrounding him. Not to mention diane, who will help him fight this. Yeah. But they didn’t come after him on rico charges or racketeering. It’s violations of the nsa. I mean, it’s pretty serious. If he gets convicted, he’s in jail for the rest of his life. I mean, this is the feds. They’re not — they’re not messing around. I know, but something just doesn’t feel right about this. Sonny is way too careful. He would never let something like this happen. How do you think it happened? Uh, someone snitched on him and went on the record. I mean, whoever it is, they gave the fbi what they needed to be able to haul him in finally. Okay. And who would do that?

[ Chuckles ] My dad’s made so many enemies over the years, who could tell? Or maybe it’s some low-level worker who saw something that they shouldn’t have seen. No, I don’t — I don’t think so. Sonny is way too loyal to his people. They would never turn on him like that. My gut is telling me that it’s one of his enemies from outside of his organization. Maybe. But who? How’d you hear about dad? What, did diane call you? No. I was at kelly’s last night and a regular from the docks came in and he saw the feds down there. And he heard the name corinthos. So I called sonny, but he didn’t pick up, and I wasn’t gonna leave that on a voicemail, so I called dex. Did he answer? Yes. Yes. And I told him to get the hell out of there. I don’t know if he got picked up or if he managed to escape, but I haven’t heard from him since. Have you? No, I haven’t either. Oh, michael. This isn’t good. Obviously, dex didn’t have enough time to warn me because I had no idea what was happening until I saw the feds walk off the elevator at the metro court. Okay. I need the truth. And I don’t want a cover story. Michael, if you changed your mind and you turned your father in to the feds, you need to tell me the truth right now.

good grief. Really? Who knows what tracy will take offense to? I really believe that woman is just in a perpetual state of unhappiness. You know, you can ask her family and they’ll tell you that woman is nothing but a big old sourpuss. And she is trying to inflict her nasty unhappiness on me and my friends and my associates. Okay, her motives don’t matter at this point. Her evidence does. Right, but I still think she might have something else up her sleeve. Let’s look at what we do know. Tracy is alleging that the concept and the design for the deceptor were her idea and that we stole them. But we know she’s a big, fat liar. We also know that tracy had brook lynn give her the proprietary information on how we developed the deceptor. Which has to be ’cause that is the only way tracy would be able to get her grubby little hands on my idea. But we don’t know what evidence tracy actually has to prove that the design of the deceptor was her idea and not yours and that she created it first. Well, I understand why you would suspect me of turning sonny over to the feds. I mean, willow did, too.

[ Sighs ] And wiley — wiley saw his grandfather being arrested by those agents, and he was really upset about it. Wiley shouldn’t have to see sonny arrested. Is he okay? Yeah, he is now. After we got him home and we tucked him into bed, we told him that his grandfather was gonna be okay. What did willow say to you? She asked me straight out if I was responsible for sonny’s arrest. And what did you tell her? The truth. I made the decision not to use the pikeman footage, and, in doing so, I let go of the whole idea of getting revenge against my father. You — you and willow made me realize that, by going after sonny, I’d be causing too much damage, especially to my siblings. You swear to me you had nothing to do with this? Yes. I swear. When I gave you the footage, that was the end of it. I smashed that flash drive right here in this kitchen, in front of josslyn. But are we sure we had the only copy? Dante, regardless of who could have turned him in, are you sure about the nsa charges? No. I mean, it’s all rumors right now. Like I said before, the feds are being completely tight-lipped about the whole thing. They don’t want to — they don’t want to involve the pcpd ’cause they’re worried sonny might have informants in the department. Well, you don’t think anyone suspects that you would warn sonny if you knew about it, do you? I don’t know. I mean, I got to admit, I don’t know… I’m glad I don’t have to answer that question. I don’t know what I would do with that information if I had it, but…I didn’T. I found out from my mother when she called me. Okay. Do you think diane can get him out of this? I don’t know. I honestly don’t know. The way this is going down, the feds are acting like they’re so confident in their case and they have all the evidence to back it up. Agent wallace: I have your file right here. You’ve been the target of multiple federal investigations. You know how this works, sonny. The only thing we want more than a lifetime conviction against you is evidence against who you’re working with. You want to tell me who that is? Seriously? Seriously?! The fbi doesn’t know that you don’t question anyone without counsel present? My client’s not gonna answer any more of your questions. He hasn’t answered any questions to begin with. Oh. The only thing he told us is that he imports coffee. Oh, not just coffee. The best coffee. I advise you to try it sometime. And you’re done with my client. Oh, I don’t think so. We can and will hold mr. Corinthos for 72 hours until his arraignment. He won’t make bail on an nsa violation. Maybe you should explain to your client the benefits of cooperating. Sorry I couldn’t get anything out of him. He’s good. We knew going into this thing that the guy was a pro. Well, it’s a damn good thing we have the evidence to back this up. Sonny corinthos isn’t getting away this time.

How tracy could have proof that she came up with the idea of the deceptor because it was mine. It was all mine. I came up with it. I’m — I mean, I did have encouragement from martin. But you know what? It wasn’t like all of a sudden it just came out, “okay, you go ahead and come up with “this revolutionary beauty wand that makes us all look younger.” That doesn’t mean tracy didn’t have the same idea. What?! No — oh, pooh. There’s no way she came up with the same idea that I had. Well, what about all those gazillionaires who are creating rockets that are going into space at the same time? It could just be out there in the ether? No, no. Okay. I will give you this. If one of our competitors, an actual cosmetic competitor, like erica kane with enchantment, came up with the idea, okay, maybe I would buy it. But no way did tracy come up with it. There’s not any way. I just — I think this is personal. She’s obviously got something because we’re standing here having this conversation. Okay. But since when did tracy ever care or know about anything beauty? Keep your shirt on. You’ll get your husband’s body all in good time. So you’ve been saying. Where is it?

[ Chuckles ] Look, I’ll figure out how to move it, and I’ll let you know. When? Soon. That —

[ Chuckles ] That’s not good enough. I want to know when. No more vague answers. We’ll be in touch. I promise. Yeah, this has been like a hell for ava. Believing that you were dead? It’s like living the torments of the damned. I’m sure. But I didn’t realize you and my ex-wife were so close. I mean, we’re…not. We’re not, really. I mean — well, then how do you know she was so tortured by my apparent death? We kind of went through this ordeal at spoon island ’cause we were there, you know, when heather webber and ryan chamberlain — they went on, like, this rampage. You know, heather — she stabbed me with, like, this big fishing hook. Like, “kcsh!” Like just — really? Yeah, it was really — it was super painful. What were you doing on the island to begin with? Oh, I just…stopped by. Stopped by? No one just drops by spoon island. You must have had a reason to go there. So, we meet again. Listen, cyrus, I appreciate the warning about sonny’s arrest. I really do. And I hope sonny finds a way to beat the charges like he’s done so many times in the past. But right now, all I want to do is I just want to find a book. Oh, before you do. I have something for you. Thank you for warning me last night. Where have you been? I’ve been laying low. I didn’t want to go home, so I spent the night in the q’s boathouse. Well, you should have called michael or me. We were worried. Dex, how did the feds get a copy of the pikeman footage? I mean, did you keep a backup? No, of course I didn’t keep a backup, okay? I downloaded the footage onto an encrypted flash drive that I gave to you. What about the original footage? I deleted it. Okay. Did you always keep the flash drive with you? Is there a chance that it could have been copied? That was your ticket out. It’s pretty useless now. This is the footage of sonny at the pikeman deal? Mm-hmm. Michael gave it to my mom. She could have traded this footage to the feds in exchange for them dropping the charges against her and drew. You risked your life to get that footage, and she destroyed it because protecting sonny was more important to her. 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 are you all doing here?

When the news broke that ryan and heather had escaped from spring ridge with esme, the rumors were swirling that esme was the hook killer, and ava was her first victim. So I went to check on her — ava — and it’s good that I did because, you know, they were all there. And you were hooked by heather trying to protect ava. Yes. We have that in common. We both almost died on spoon island. You may have very well saved ava’s life. Okay. Look…ava’s a — a really good person.

[ Chuckles ] I’m not sure everyone would agree with that statement. No. Come on. I mean, she’s made her mistakes, right? But who hasn’t? And…it’s really difficult for her right now. She — she blames herself for something that clearly isn’t true. So it’s time for you to go back to town, and it’s time for you to tell her that you’re alive. I made this in the prison shop. I’d like you to have it. It’s the least I could do after saving my life. Do you play? I know the game. I haven’t played in a while. I originally made it for myself. I was hoping to interest other inmates in playing, with very limited success. But now I’d like you to have it — for your own use, of course, but also in the hope that you would agree to play me. Chess is an excellent way to see how the opposing player’s mind works, things like, “are they impulsive or methodical? How far ahead can they think?” And best of all, you don’t have to like someone to play chess with them. And you may learn something worth knowing. What do you think sonny did to get the nsa to go after him? Oh, well, that’s hard to pinpoint because his organization is so complex. Do you think this could all be tied into the metro court shooting? I don’t know how it could be. But we can’t dismiss it, right? All I know is, if sonny goes down, it destabilizes port charles and leaves a gaping hole in my family. Yes, a lot of people would be hurt and suffer if your father went to prison. Yeah. Especially my family. I have been in these clothes for far too long. I’m gonna go have a shower. Okay. Go shower. Are you sure you don’t want a cup of coffee or breakfast, anything? Yeah. You know what? Coffee sounds good. Yeah? Okay. Yeah. I’ll brew you a pot. Go shower. Thanks. Mm-hmm.

[ Line ringing ] Ferncliff hospital. How may I help you? Hi. This is, uh, sam mccall. I have medical proxy over cody bell. I was just calling to see how he was doing today. Nurse:

Hi, ms. Mccall. Cody has been on a 24-hour watch since he was admitted. He hasn’t been left alone. He’s in good hands.

Try not to worry. Okay. Thank you so much. Um, I’ll call back later and — and see if I can get an update then. Bye. Damn it, cody.

[ Sighs ] You got to tone it down. You’re not gonna be able to get to sasha if they keep watching you. I have been worried all night about you. Why didn’t you return my calls or my texts? I know. I’m sorry. I went to that concert, remember? And then — and then I went out with some friends. You didn’t come home all night long. I know. I’m sorry. I stayed the night with lori. I came home as soon as I saw the texts and the calls. Josslyn, we talked about this. When I was hauled down to the pcpd, I told you you have to keep your phone on at all times in case I need you. Okay. Yeah. I promise it won’t happen again. But what the hell’s going on?

[ Sighs ] Okay, look, the fbi busted sonny last night for violations of nsa. Really? Why? Someone turned sonny in. Was it you?

I just know that tracy is doing all of this out of pure and total spite for me. It’s because I finally — I finally made deception such a huge success.

[ Breathes deeply ] First of all, excuse me? I’m pretty sure i had something to do with that success. Of course you did. Come on. That goes without saying. And sasha, too. You know, thinking about this, if sasha hadn’t had that unfortunate meltdown, we probably wouldn’t be in this situation. But now we have the deceptor. It’s our only moneymaker, and we need it. And now it’s tied up in court because of tracy for six months. And financially, maybe we could hold on, but only if we both agree that we’re gonna win this. I can’t go back…yet. Why not? I can’t go into details, but I’m in a volatile situation. Ohh, right? Sure, you are, because you knocked up your son’s girlfriend. Oh, and then you kept her prisoner in a tower at wyndemere. And I don’t know if anyone’s told you, so I’ll bring you up to speed. Elizabeth baldwin, your co-conspirator in all this — she made a spirited statement to the police department. That doesn’t surprise me. Elizabeth always ends up doing the right thing. Okay, yeah, yeah, yeah. I — okay, so — back to the original question. Why are you staying away from port charles? What is it? Are you afraid you’re gonna get arrested? Where was sonny arrested? At the metro court. I was there with willow and wiley when the feds showed up and arrested sonny for violations of the nsa. Now, do you know what that means? I-I think so. It’s really serious. Yes, very serious. And it could only mean that the feds had a copy of the pikeman footage. Now, do you have any idea how they could have gotten a hold of that?

[ Scoffs ] Not from me, michael. Okay, look, you were pretty determined to take him down even after I decided to back off. Yeah, I would have turned him in in an instant, but dex didn’t keep a copy of the footage, and he gave the only copy to you. Yes, and I gave it to mom. Yeah, and she destroyed it in this kitchen as I watched, so — alright, then what? What happened to the flash drive after it was destroyed? I took it.

After our little day in court,I did some research. I.P. Theft cases are really hard to win, but if you can prove it, they’re very lucrative. Yeah, well [Chuckles] That viper tracy thinks that she can. And if she can’t, she’ll just drag this out in court for as long as it takes. Yeah. Which makes deception just suffer. Tracy will risk destroying our company if she thinks she’s not going to beat us, which is why we can’t risk holding on if we’re just gonna lose in the end. Okay, stop. Am I correct in saying that you want to wave the white flag and just surrender everything to tracy? I know we both hate the idea of giving in to tracy, but… yes. Yes, okay? I think we should take her deal. No, no, no! I am not ready to do that. Lucy, financially speaking, we don’t have any time. I realize that. I realize that. I also realize this is not gonna be some walk in the park for us, but please give me time. I just know that I’ve got to figure out what proof tracy has that she had the idea of deceptor, and I know for a fact there is no way she can prove that she thought of the deceptor first. And how exactly are you gonna do that? Oh, no. No. I know that look. I’ll think of something. I promise you I will think of something. There are a number of issues that need to be worked out before I return to the land of the living. Yeah, no, I think I just mentioned two of the big ones. Austin, I’m eager to get back home. I really am. Cool. This decade? I can’t wait to see spencer, my mother, and my new son, ace. And I need to set things right with ava. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get out of these running clothes and take a shower. Sure.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Hey. Hello? E-everything alright? No. No, actually, everything is not alright. What the hell’s going on? What does that mean? I got to work this morning, and your creepy cousin was in my gallery. Not to buy art? No, no, he was most definitely not here to buy art. Well, then what did he want? Well, that’s the thing. Aside from just being a creeper, I have no idea. It’s like he was checking up on me. Yeah, he’s remarkably good at that. Well, I asked him again when I can expect to have nikolas’s body and he was vague again. He deflected, saying that he still had to work things out with the boss.

[ Breathes deeply ] Dex, what did you do with the flash drive? I intended to burn it. What do you mean, “intended”? Well, I should have burnt it. But I got derailed by work, so I ended up throwing it away in a public trash can. Oh, my god. What the hell were you thinking?! I looked at the fragments of the flash drive. It was totally destroyed. Yeah, you did smash it pretty hard. I don’t see how anyone could have gotten anything off of it. We’re not talking about anyone. We’re talking about the federal government. Dex, if you were being followed, someone could have seen you throw it into the trash can and the feds could have retrieved it. That’s right, and they have the technology and the resources to pull footage off of a damaged flash drive. And that footage could be all the feds need to slap those nsa charges on sonny. Okay, okay, we’re getting way too ahead of ourselves, alright? We don’t even know for sure if they have it. That flash drive would explain how the feds had enough evidence to arrest sonny and probably convict him. Our actions could keep sonny in prison for the rest of his life. Hey! Perfect timing. Hey. Look what I got. Oh, wow. Thank you. One coffee for you. Thanks.

[ Sighs ] Kind of always knew this day was coming. I hoped it wouldn’t, but, you know, knew it was coming. I guess the bright side is I wasn’t the one who had to bust my father. Oh, come on. That would be a heavy guilt for you to carry on your shoulders. Yeah. Being a cop is complicated. I guess, sam, I’m — I’m kind of conflicted here. I mean, I know the difference between right and wrong, but the difference can be inches or it can be miles, you know? Yeah. I mean, I’ve arrested bad people who were guilty who I knew would never see the inside of a jail cell. And conversely, I’ve arrested people who made terrible mistakes who ended up paying for it for the rest of their lives. You know, when I found out sonny was my father, I was like, you know, our moral codes couldn’t be more vastly different. But I got to know him and see the good in him and even to understand why he did some of the things that he did. And I’m thinking now, maybe we’re inches apart, not miles apart, you know? And on top of that, he is my father. So, what am I gonna do, right? You’re gonna be there for him. Yeah. We will all be there for him. Yeah. And I got to admit, part of me is hoping he beats the charges one more time. You know, sonny, I’m still seriously considering playing softball for the corinthos coffee team. But I hear carly has become one hell of a pitcher for kelly’S. That’s true. I’m not surprised. She’s wild. She might give you some competition this year. Of course, the team to beat is always general hospital. You know that elizabeth baldwin? She’s so nice and sweet when she takes care of patients in the hospital, but she’s brutal on the field. That’s why we need you — ’cause we could use a shortstop, center fielder. Okay. Okay. I’ll play center field. That way, at some point, I will be pitted against alexis and her invader team, which I both love and miss — a good alexis-diane matchup. Oh. Agent wallace, thanks for joining us. Oh. Hello. My client’s still not gonna answer any of your questions, unless you want to talk softball. Well, if mr. Corinthos isn’t going to cooperate, there’s no need to waste yours or our valuable time. Good. Sonny can return to his holding cell for 72 hours until his court arraignment. Cuffs? Are cuffs really necessary?

[ Handcuffs clinking ] Sorry, I’m sorry, but he is, um — he is correct. This case is going to be heard in the federal court of the northern district of new york. And these are federal nsa charges. I will not be able to get bail posted. Agent wallace, here’s the report you asked for on the raid on pier 55. Let’s see those photos. Jackpot.

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