GH Transcript Monday, November 21, 2023

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alright, maxie, blowing up my phone. What do you need? Want ferdinand for another shoot or something? No, I need you. Look at these. Feast your eyes. Aren’t they gorgeous? Yeah, gorgeous. Diane, thank you so much for meeting me. I — but I — I know, I know, you’re juggling a lot of clients, and I just want to tell you how grateful I am that you even considered taking my case. Dr. Finn, we have to have a little chat. I brought everything that pertains to — I can’T. Nope, nope. Don’t want to see it. Can’t see it. Well, no, I really think these notes are crucial to my defense. I’m sure they are. I’m sure they are. But I guess I’ll just cut to the chase. I — I cannot possibly represent you. Jordan, thank you for coming by. Won’t you come in? Of course. What’s going on? Are you, um, thirsty? Curtis, I’m pretty sure you didn’t invite me over here for a tea party, so tell me, why am I here? Because you’re the only one who can understand what I discovered. Drew: Spying on your employees? What was that for? Just celebrating. Thanks for coming. Of course. Sit down. Please. Ordered you a drink. I’m fine. Are you? Just trying to find my footing, you know? How’s charlotte? She’s healing. Getting stronger every day. Hoping to have her home by thanksgiving. Thank god. Anna, I now know why she was targeting you.

[ Monitor beeping ] Nina. Hi, sweetheart. What’s that? Oh, it’s just a little something for a very special lady. You didn’t have to do that, nina. You being here is gift enough. No, it’s nothing. It’s just an excuse to see you, really. I hope you like it. Riding gloves. Yeah. They’re so soft. Thank you. I love them. Well, we’ll go riding again when you’re back on your feet. It feels like it’s been a lifetime since our last adventure. I would love that. You’re always so good to me. So me people are just nicebecause of papa, but you, I feel like you really care about me, just me being me. By “some people,” charlotte, do you mean anna? How the mighty have fallen. Tell me about this celebration. Does it have anything to do with you buying back your half of the metro court?

[ Chuckles ] Um, no. I mean, as tempting as it was, I couldn’t do it. I turned down her offer. Ah. So you decided to come to your restaurant, do a little people watching? I was just appreciating what I have. I went to the metro court today to turn down nina’s offer, and when I stepped off the elevator, I just — I had déj vu. And then I found myself staring into the dining area and I was watching the activity of the day and then I saw nina. Okay. It’s hard. You know, it’s hard watching her stand there where I used to stand, acting like she owned the place. And I know she does… …but

it’s hard watching herlive the life I used to live. Including your life with sonny as his wife? No. No, I-I don’t regret the divorce at all, and I want sonny to be happy, but watching nina enjoy the things that used to be mine? Ugh, god. And I know, I know this must sound awful to you. Doesn’t sound awful. It doesn’T. Carly, you sound human. Here. Read this. It explains everything. It’s from victor? What’s he doing writing to charlotte? It’s all in there. “It is with a heavy heart that I must write to you and share my concern about our family’s future. Anna has completely manipulated your father. She’s taken advantage of his infatuation with her. God knows her charms escaped me, but she’s used them to control your father. Her extensive training in espionage has afforded her the ability to mask who she really is. I tell you this. Anna devane is not who she seems. Do not trust her, not for a minute.” Anna always put on this act, pretending to be nice, but it was just a way to get closer to papa.

[ Sighs ] Charlotte, your grandmother, laura, told your papa and me that victor warned you about anna, that he said that she was dangerous? Because she is. Even though papa’s smart about everything else, she tricked him, and he can’t tell that she’s using him. Mr. Corinthos, I am sorry to disappoint you, but we don’t open till 5:00. That’s alright. I already ate lunch. You can go ahead and keep working while we talk. Oh, are we going to talk? I’m going to talk. You’re going to listen. Alright. You think you’re so slick. Father theresa? Mr. Clean? Doesn’t matter what part you play. We both know who you are. Get used to that mop, ’cause that’s the last job you’re going to have in port charles. And I’m going to make sure that. Well, then, I guess I better get back to it. Yeah, stay focused, cyrus, ’cause if I get a glimpse of your old crew or I hear a whisper that you’re back to your old tricks, I will shut you down… …permanently. So, tell me, what’s this new discovery? Meditation. Ah. You know, tj’s been telling me to try that. Well, it’s a great way to quiet the noise in your head and to slow down your thoughts and to just be still. Hm. That sounds profound. Oh, you’d be surprised at what comes from stillness. I had a sense memory of a case we worked on in baltimore. I don’t really remember the details, only how it felt. Following a lead, putting the clues together, connecting the dots, that spark when the answer comes, you know? Why the sudden reluctance? Hamilton, it’s very complicated. And trust me, under any other circumstances, I would be all in to represent you, especially since I don’t want to disappoint alexis. Then what’s holding you back? When alexis called me this morning, I was running around. I didn’t quite understand all of the details. And after she and I hung up, I got a call from the muldoons. The muldoons? Yes. The family that is suing you. Every shot is a masterpiece. I can’t stop thinking about our next deception campaign. Salvadore’s people are already on board. You’re sure about him? Uh, yeah. He can’t stop talking about how much camera chemistry you and sasha have. Listen, maxie, uh, I — I just — picture this, our next deception campaign. Think sophistication meets untamed allure. Untamed allure? Yeah. You in a tux but with a twist. Shirt slightly undone, showcasing rugged charm. Then there’s sasha opposite you, looking exquisite in a radiant ballgown. Think cowboy meets elegance. I can see it now. Stark desert landscape. The sunset’s painting the sky. Well, at least it’ll be a short shoot. Yeah, we’ll spend the whole day setting up for that moment. Listen, uh, good luck. I’m sure it’s going to be great. Whoever you get to stand next to sasha for that sunset, it’s going to look

[Clicks tongue] Cody, come on. It screams you. I’m sorry, maxie. No can do. I’m out. “She will use your father and lead him into danger. She will lead him to his death. My dear charlotte, you are the only one who can protect your father from anna devane.” God, what did he do? Victor put so much fear into a young person’s mind like that? She was just trying to protect you from me.

[Coughing] Laura finally got charlotte to open up. Really? Victor didn’t just write a letter. He visited her in boarding school. He filled her head with stories of — that you were a threat, your true motive was to ruin me, to put me in prison, or worse. So all of her actions were just a young girl desperately trying to save her father. Yeah. She thought by getting you out of port charles, she was keeping me out of harm’s way. Did she admit to everything? Burning my house or…? Why didn’t you tell anyone about victor’s warning? I didn’t think anyone would believe me.

[ Sighs ] That’s a lot for you to carry, isn’t it? Yeah. If you thought anna was a threat, what’d you do? You already know, don’t you? Grandma must’ve told you. Laura said that you wanted anna to leave port charles. Charlotte, will you tell me? What did you do to make anna want to go? That memory of you and i working together on that case, it was not just nostalgia. It was a wake-up call. From what? Not from. To. It reminded me of who I am deep down. I thought I had left the P.I. World behind me. Well, you were determined to find a new path. I just didn’t want to get pigeonholed. I mean, I was still doing that work, badge or no badge. Helping drew figure out where victor cassadine took trina and ace, that was a huge part of me. That’s who I am to the core. I live to uncover the truth, to seek justice. And you think you lost that part of yourself? Not lost. Just, um… sidetracked, especially after the shooting. You know, the pcpd hasn’t made any progress, and I can’t just sit here waiting for something to happen. I got to dig in, right? I got to take matters into my own hands and figure out who put me in this wheelchair. But to do that, I, uh… I need access to the police investigation. And that’s where I come in. You’re going to represent the family that’s suing me and general hospital for malpractice? Yes, I am, hamilton. The deceased, dennis muldoon, his father-in-law and i go way, way back. He was a client of mine before I was even truly established. The muldoons have me on retainer. Oh, that’s nice. So we should probably cut this chat a little short, considering we will soon be on adversarial sides in a courtroom. However, I do have some unsolicited advice for you. Oh, by all means. Okay, look, you may trust the higher-ups at general hospital, but trust me, when push comes to shove, the G.H. Lawyers will focus solely on the hospital’s reputation, not yours. You will be an afterthought. Alexis said the same thing. And alexis is right. I do wish you the very best of luck. Don’t let me interrupt. Diane, if you two need more time, I can wait at the bar. Hello, gregory. No, no, not at all. My business with dr. Finn is done for now. Yeah, that went well. Maxie: Come on, cody. I don’t understand why you’re being so obstinate. I will pay you. In fact, I have your last paycheck around here somewhere. Oh, see? Really? Look, I appreciate it, but… oh, wow, that, uh — that is a hefty sum. Yeah, and it’ll be heftier once you sign on as the male face of deception. I’m sorry, maxie, but this face has seen his last paycheck. I appreciate it. I really, really do. But I can’t do this. Boy, you’re difficult. Okay, fine. Fine. I’ll give you a signing bonus. Double what’s on that check. It’s not the money, maxie. It’s sasha. Sonny, I don’t imagine you’ll believe it, but this is me trying to start fresh. Every move I’ve made since my release has been by the book. This job is a genuine attempt to go straight. My past issues with you — water under the bridge. Well, that’s hard to believe, cyrus, after everything you did to set me up. I have no idea what you’re talking about. Well, maybe there’s too much bleach in your brain. Let me refresh your memory. Your boys, austin and mason, they blackmailed ava jerome, put a mole in my house. A mole? Yeah, my daughter’s nanny, betty. She did a perfect job. She did what she had to do. She got to the computer, she grabbed the information, and she brought the information to austin and austin brought it to you at pentonville. And then you gave it to the feds ’cause you thought it was going to take me down. Come on. Right? That is a hell of a story, sonny. Yeah, well, here’s the punch line. All the information betty stole… …was a lie. It was all a trap. And guess what? You walked right into it. I’m not going to keep dwelling on everything that nina did. I am going to move beyond the past. Well, that sounds very healthy to me. And look at everything I have — you. You’re back from pentonville. This amazing business that my mother gifted me with a major connection to my family history. My kids are healthy and happy. I have an amazing home. I have so many blessings. And you are so resilient, and you’re strong. And I got to be honest, your — your optimism inspires me. And I get that from you, because you always teach me to see the bright side, to focus on moving forward. But moving forward doesn’t mean that you put your guard down, right? It especially doesn’t mean that you let the people that hurt you have another shot. I know it’s a gray area. Jordan, I’m not asking for a free pass into the evidence locker. I’m just asking you if you could bend the rules just a little bit.

[ Sighs ] It’s a thin line, curtis. But given that you were the victim, the one directly affected, it seems to me you have the right to know what’s happening in the investigation. So you’re saying…? I’ll get you access to the statements, leads, evidence, the works, but — thank you, jordan. Thank you. Okay, hold on, hold on. Don’t go getting all grateful just yet. There is a catch. Hey, dad. See you, uh — see you brought a friend. How’s that working out? Oh, these things really do make you feel older.

[ Chuckles ] But it does provide a grounding, and I am a little steadier on my feet. That’s good. Stability is everything. Not to pry, but did something go awry with diane? Oh, that? No, that’s just some — some legal nonsense, you know? Of greater importance, violet had her first school debate. Ooh. Yeah. She and her team defended humans against robots as better helpers.

[ Chuckling ] What an age we live in. Right? Right? Violet pointed out that although robots might be better at following instructions, humans have intuition that we are able to sense when something’s off, we can adapt and provide comfort, and, more importantly, no batteries required.

[ Chuckles ] Sounds like violet’s talking about the difference between you and elizabeth.

[ Laughs ] That’s — that’s a good one. Son, as much as I enjoy talking about my intuitive granddaughter, it doesn’t take intuition to see that something is bothering you. Was it the meeting with diane? Yeah, dad, it didn’t go the way I had hoped. I never did anything to hurt anna. I was just trying to scare her. By doing what? Listen, everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. I have done some foolish things while I was upset. Do you remember… the article came out about anna being a double agent? Yeah, it was everywhere. One night [Sniffles] After I saw that article, I went to her house and

[Breathes shakily] Painted the word “murderer” on her door. And? And then, after the fire at her house, I got another idea, and [Sniffles] I went to her hotel. I snuck in with the keycard I borrowed from papa, and… …I messed up her stuff. I even wrote on her bathroom mirror with lipstick. And then, on halloween… …I was going to spray-paint another message in her apartment, but… but then she found me, and she had a gun.

[ Crying ] She shot me. Valentin: I haven’t discussed it with charlotte. I just know that she told laura that she was trying to drive you away. Ooh, well, she tried to terrorize me, really. She needs help. She needs professional help. I think she needs intensive deprogramming. Don’t you think so? But everything she did was to protect me. She wasn’t acting out of malice. It’s powerful conditioning. That can be fixed. Anna, have faith. As soon as she is on the road to healing, then the three of us can move forward together. Mm, I’m really not sure how that’s going to happen. Look, I don’t know if you heard maxie, but sasha said she doesn’t want to work with me anymore, okay? She was crystal clear. Once she understands how important — no, no, no, no, no. No way. No. I’m not going to let you force her into doing something she’s uncomfortable with. I would not do that… to sasha. This is just business. Yeah, well, it’s personal for sasha, okay? She’s been through hell. She was being used by gladys for months and then controlled by montague. She’s just now getting her life back in order, okay? She deserves to have her wishes respected. I’m not going to interfere with anything like that, okay? I already told you, I’m out. Maybe not. There’s a situation at the hospital that I’d rather not get into. It’s — it’s nothing to worry about, alright, especially with everything else on your plate. What, you mean my als? Son, while I can’t alter my condition. I can choose how I deal with it, like with this cane. Speaking of which, you should have seen violet’s face. She doesn’t think less of me because of it. In fact, she said she thought it makes me look like a dapper snowman.

[ Both laugh ] Classic violet. Finn, if you’re grappling with something, share it. I may not be able to provide an answer, but maybe it’ll give me a break from my own troubles. Okay, you asked for it. Yesterday, I got some unsettling news. You’re not sick, are you? No, nothing like that. It’s — it’s work. I was informed that I, along with G.H., Are being sued by the family of a former patient for malpractice. So what’s going on? You’re usually the one telling me to let things go. I’m just saying to be aware and stay on guard, that’s all. So you never told me what that kiss was celebrating. The fact that you’re free to show up out of the blue. That means I can kiss you whenever I want. Compared to a month ago, my life is so much better. Mine, too. Then w hat was that commentabout not letting people who hurt you do it again? Ned. He pushed me one step too far. You must’ve seen the headlines about my arrest. “Corinthos in hot water.” “Fbi brews trouble for coffee kingpin.” It was all basically a comedy of errors. You handed them watered-down espresso for that bogus data. You give me too much credit, sonny. You know, I was — I was actually in shock at how much credit they gave you. But you got your release, right? Yeah, because of my poor health, nothing else. Make sure you take good care of that precious health, ’cause it’s going to get a lot worse if you cross me. Anna, we can get through this. She wasn’t acting in her right mind. It wasn’t truly her. I don’t have a problem with her. But you’ve known since the night that my hotel suite was ransacked that your daughter was the one threatening me, and you said nothing. I was hoping — what? That you could manage it from behind the scenes like we did when we were agents in the field? You decided not to tell the woman you claim to love that instead of fearing professional assassins, I was merely facing a misguided teenager. I didn’t know how to handle it. No, because you have no faith in me. If you told me the truth from the start, then we could’ve talked about it, and we could have handled it ourselves. And you know what I wouldn’t have done? I would never have pulled a weapon that night. It’s because you don’t believe in me. You know why you don’t trust anyone? It’s because you yourself cannot be trusted. Nina: Other than the spray paint and the hotel, did you do anything else to try to frighten anna away? No. That’s all. I promise. Okay. Anna’s house — it was just the spray paint? Yes.

[ Monitor beeping ] Charlotte… this is me you’re talking to. Me. There is nothing that you could ever say or ever do to stop me from loving you. I will never stop loving you. But in order for us to make this right, sweetheart, you have to be honest with me right now. I know it’s hard. Did you have anything to do with the fire in anna’s house? Let’s just say ned’s back to his old self — as — as arrogant as ever. Wow, okay. What did he do? He stopped by aurora, and everything seemed fine at first until he found out that michael salvaged a deal for elq, and he kind of freaked out. Instead of being grateful for it, he said that michael had no authority to broker that deal. Even though he wasn’t around to do it himself? Exactly. Instead of thanking michael, he told — told him to keep his nose out of elq business. Wow. That’s unbelievable, but it sounds just like ned. It does. Proving once again that ned puts his pride, puts his ego ahead of what’s best for the company. What are you going to do about it? Curtis, you and I are both investigators at heart. I want to be right there in the trenches with you. Uh, aren’t you the deputy mayor? Because digging, you know, that could ruffle some feathers, and it could cause embarrassment to the whole city, which would make your life very difficult. Well, difficult is relative. I can handle the heat, and I’m happy to ruffle any feathers if it means putting the person who shot you behind bars for 20-to-life. So, alexis arranged for diane to represent you, only to discover that diane is representing the family suing you? Yeah. That’s pretty much the gist of it. You’ve always been an outstanding doctor. This is your first brush with a lawsuit, right? Yes. Do you believe the suit has merit? No. But sometimes in cases like this, grieving families have sway with the jury. Have you got your bases covered with malpractice insurance? I do, of course. If for some reason the jury favors the muldoons, then insurance would pay out the settlement. That’s a silver lining. At least you won’t be staring down the barrel of financial ruin. Yeah, I don’t know, dad. If the insurance company has to pay out because of this case, they’ll find a reason to drop me, and without malpractice insurance… you won’t be able to practice medicine. This lawsuit could be the end of my career. Wowwww…sha: Cody, I really appreciateyour willingness to step away from deception because of my feelings. But if maxie asked you to work with any other model, would you say yes? I… [ Sighs ] We’ve been pretty honest with each other so far, so don’t stop now. Okay. Yeah, yeah, if — if it was another model, I’d take the job. And, maxie, having cody as the male face of deception, it’s important for our brand, right? I mean, only if we want to be successful. Look, your chemistry was off the charts. It jumped through the screen at “home & heart.” These pictures capture it perfectly. Alright, but cody is right. Your wishes and comfort come first. Sometimes I get a little excited. No, no. You know what? I need to trust and pay attention to that excitement. If you think this is for the best, then I want to do it for the company. Sasha, are you sure? Really? I’m sure. Oh, my gosh. This is so amazing.

[ Squeals ] I promise it won’t be awkward. And no blind gossip pieces about your pairing. This is just business. Strictly professional. Finn, you’ve dedicated your life, you poured your heart and soul into medicine. You can’t let them take away your calling. If G.H. Or their lawyers won’t stand up for you, you have to stand up for yourself. That’s what I’m trying to do, dad. Listen, somebody doesn’t get stage iv cancer out of the blue. There had to have been signs, symptoms. I know from personal experience when I was diagnosed with als, there were countless warnings. I was just too stubborn to see them. I know that, dad, but — no, listen to me. If that patient was stage iv, then there had to have been indicators that were overlooked or — or ignored. Thanks, dad. For what? For believing in me. For always feeling the weight on my shoulders and trying to lighten the load. Always, son. Always. I never set fire to anna’s house, nina.

[ Monitor beeping ] I was just trying to get her to leave town to keep papa safe.

[ Crying ] You have to believe me. I do, I do. Come here. I do, I do, sweetheart. It’s okay. It’s okay. Everything’s going to be okay. You’re right. I am, at my core, untrustworthy. As soon as I learned about charlotte, my first instinct was to hide the truth. It’s called lying. To protect my daughter. But also maybe to protect our love. I’ve dreamed of a life with you forever. I just don’t have the faith. So I was afraid that you’d leave me once you found out. Maybe I’m afraid that you don’t love me the way I love you. I think you’ve always doubted us. I think you’re right.

[ Sighs, sniffles ] It’s never been about how much I love you. It’s just been this persistent mistrust that has created this chasm. Except that now your lies and secrecy ended up with me shooting an innocent kid. Charlotte will recover. Oh, what does that even mean? Does that make it okay? It doesn’t make it okay. It doesn’t absolve me. She’s never going to get over this trauma — ever. No matter how much deprogramming, it will never erase it. Every time she sees me, she will be reminded of that night. And I’m afraid that every time I see you, I’m just going to be forced to relive it. So I think that if I’m going to have any peace in my life… …I need to see you as little as possible. I’m sorry. Jordan, all I wanted was access to the police files. I can handle the rest alone. Besides, if I come up empty, it will have only been my time that I wasted. It was that memory of us investigating in baltimore that gave you this idea to begin with. That should be a clue that I’m right. We made a great team. We were a force. Mm-hmm. And closed a lot of tough cases, cases that stumped everyone else. We were unstoppable because we complemented each other’s strengths. I remember. So if we team up, we can get to the bottom of this faster together. What do you say? I say there’s no point in fighting you. Ah, yes, because you know I’m right. True that.

[ Chuckles ] Let’s get started. Okay, with ned back to throwing his weight around, what’s your next move? I’ll tell you what I’m not going to do. I’m not going to make any more rash decisions giving ned more ammo for his pals over at the sec so they can maneuver me back behind bars. Okay, so — so you do think ned is the one who tipped them off, not the fbi? I mean, the theory that they were targeting you to come after sonny, that obviously makes sense, but sometimes things just are what they are. There’s no grand conspiracy. Ned was even going to tell me something about the sec right before he started freaking out about michael and elq. Well, with everything you just told me, ned hasn’t changed one bit. Exactly. People act on raw emotions like anger and spite. And given ned’s ego and his obvious resentment towards me, it fits. He saw an opportunity for revenge, and he took it. Let me make myself clear, cyrus. You stay away from me, my family, and my business. And when I say my family, they’re all under my protection. Sasha gilmore, ava jerome, my ex-wife — you cross paths with them, you cross paths with me. Anything else? Yeah. Keep working on that mop. I got my eyes on you. Every hour of every day. You step over the line… I will make sure no one ever sees you again. I understand. One more thing. Lay off laura. Don’t show up at the city hall — it embarrasses her — or at her house. Now, look, laura… it’s her choice if she wants to see you. But just don’t — don’t go there uninvited. Are we clear? Oh, yeah. Glad we understand each other. Now, get back to work.

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