General Hospital Transcript
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I think everything is gonna be okay. I mean, you know, probably. I mean, yuri said he could fix this, right? Well, I hope so. I mean, these are not good people to make angry. Well, it’s not my fault. I just spoke my mind, and now they’re threatening ziti, and if we don’t figure out this misunderstanding, they’re gonna kill him. Okay. Alright. No one kills ziti. I’ll handle. Follow my lead. Hi. I’m so sorry I’m late. Is james ready to go? Oh, don’t worry about it, mom. Cody came and picked him up. He did? Yeah, and he’s gonna drop him off, so you don’t have to go to the quartermaines’. Well, that’s very thoughtful. Isn’t it? Mm-hmm. Even though it’s not as big of a drive as it would have been from our old place. Yeah. Well… this house is definitely a better fit for you and the kids all the way around. Mm. More new furniture? Don’t even get me started. Bad purchase? Oh, the worst. Just another tragic example of me trying to save money that ended up costing me more. What do you mean? Okay, so I needed to buy georgie a desk, and it’s 20% off if they ship it to you unassembled, so I figured I could put it together myself. Oh, I know where this is going. I tried, mom, I really did, but the only person who could put this thing together is a professional carpenter. I wanted to send it back, but it was on sale. So it’s probably not returnable. Just another good example of a stupid financial decision I’ve made. Hi, I’m alexis davis. I was here earlier. Yes, of course. You were having lunch with mayor collins. Right. I can’t find my phone. I’m hoping I left it here. Actually, you’re in luck. One was turned in to the bar. Oh! You can ask them about it. Thank you, thank you! Appreciate it. Thank you.
[ Sirens wailing in distance ]
[ Knocking ] Hey, thank you for coming on such short notice. Of course. It sounded urgent. Uh, what can I do for you?
[ Sighs ] I understand that my father and alexis told you that I was being sued for malpractice. They did. I mean, just the broad outlines, mind you, but I think I got a basic understanding of the case. Okay. On their recommendation… I’d like you to represent me. Yeah, well, uh, I thought that’s what this might be about. Will you take the case? Well, uh… before I agree, I need to be fully transparent. This case —
your case — gonna be a tough one to win. Uh-huh. Okay, well, I — I appreciate your honesty, and, uh, I’d like to be honest with you right now. I… I think I might’ve just made things worse. You know, your truck drives really well. Yeah, I can tell how much you enjoy driving it by how fast you took that last turn. Alright. You can unclench your jaw now. I got us here safe and sound, didn’t I? And don’t worry. I will take good care of your baby while I’m borrowing it. Okay, just remember — parking sticker goes on after the truck is detailed. Okay. Deal’s a deal. I’m getting your truck detailed, and you’re gonna come by the house so you can say goodbye to grandma gloria after you break this big case that you’re working on. Detective. Dante falconeri. We spoke earlier. Good to meet you in person, detective. Likewise. I’m requesting interdepartmental cooperation to investigate the murder of austin gatlin-holt. Okay. What do you need? I need to know that you don’t have a conflict of interest, detective. Two months ago, you shot the victim’s cousin — in my jurisdiction. Sonny, hi. Yeah. You made it here quickly. Well, it sounded urgent. Something tells me I’m about to get some bad news. Depends. On what? On your perspective. Some people might consider it good news. Austin gatlin-holt is dead. Dede clark, the attorney representing general hospital on the malpractice suit… she came here earlier today to interview me. Alright. Okay, I’m gonna stop you right there. Alright, the first thing you got to understand is you and the hospital, you’re not on the same side of this thing. That’s why you have separate attorneys. I’m learning. You’re the 10th person who’s told me that this week. Good. Because there’s a process here. It’s a strategy. See, the hospital’s got the deep pockets, not you. That’s why the hospital’s the one that the muldoon family wants to win the judgment against. But to do that, they got to prove that not only were you negligent, but that the hospital allowed and/or contributed to that negligence themselves. I understand. Yeah. I hope so, doc, ’cause at this point, general hospital’s first and probably their only defense is that you and you alone are responsible for the malpractice that led to mr. Muldoon’s death. Thank you so much. Can I get a club soda, please? Thanks. Claire: Well, this was a good start. I’m sorry that none of the surrogates you and tj originally interviewed are currently available, but I hope you’ll agree there are several other amazing candidates in here. This is great. Thank you. It’s encouraging to know how many options are waiting for us. Tj and I will discuss them all and get back to you. Take your time. It’s a big decision. When you’re ready, we’ll be here. Thank you. May I join you? I don’t understand. Why do you owe so much money? Because I’ve rung up a lot of credit card debt. Like, a lot. Well, how’d that happen? Well, in the beginning,
deception was doing great, and I was able to pay off every balance, every month on every card no problem. And then the lawsuit happened, and the deceptor was taken off the market. I could only afford the minimum payments. Oh, maxie, that’s how they get you. Mom, I know, but I didn’t have a choice. And I thought all of this would get resolved a lot faster, so I was just making the minimum payments, and I was still having to charge things every month. And now we’re living in this bigger, more expensive place. But the kids love it, so I can’t bring myself to regret it. I just feel like I’ve dug myself into a hole I’m not going to be able to get out of. So, you both know the plan? Yes. Yeah. Oh, no. That’s never a good question to walk in on. What plan? What’s — what’s going on? Your grandma’s in trouble. What? What kind of trouble? I-it’s just a misunderstanding. Hmm, she had a major difference of opinion with a woman who has close ties to the russian mob. Oh, my god. Grandma, what were you thinking?! We have to call uncle sonny.
[ Exhales sharply ] How certain are you that austin…? Very certain. How did he die? Maybe you should tell me. What are you implying? How the hell would I know? Well, you would know if you were there. I didn’t even know he was dead until you told me just now! You listen to me. If you killed austin, you need to tell me now. You had reason to suspect there was a kidnap victim being held in pautuck. We should have been your first call. Well, I didn’t have reason to suspect anything. I acted on a civilian tip. By the time I got there, the perp was about to throw another man down a cliff, so I didn’t have time to call anyone. You’ve been cleared by your department. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem with some defense attorney claiming that you had a conflict of interest and getting any evidence you uncover suppressed. Okay. So you want me to recuse myself? Not at this time. That may change once we get a suspect and start building a case. In the meantime, I need your help questioning the victim’s associates here in port charles.
[ Knocking ] Oh, detective chase. Good timing. This is detective briscoe from the pautuck pd where austin’s body was found. Nice to meet you. Welcome to port charles. Let me fill you in on what we have so far. Now, the property is rural. House is visible from the road. The neighbors saw the front door was wide open, so they went to investigate. They saw the body and immediately called us. Do you have an estimated time of death? A preliminary report is 24 to 48 hours prior to thanksgiving. How did he die? It’s pretty brutal. Two shots to the chest, close range. I told you, I didn’t kill austin. Why would I? I had no reason. We both know that’s not true. Oh, okay. Then you tell me. Why would I get rid of him? Austin played you, strung you along, pretended to be in love with you, lied to you, all the while… taking orders from cyrus. Yeah. Right. Right. He was working for cyrus. And wouldn’t that make it much more likely that cyrus killed him? Why don’t you go and question him? I don’t give a damn about cyrus. You’re the mother of my child. You’re no good to avery in prison. So if you killed austin, you’ve got to let me know, because the police have his body… …and every second we waste makes it harder for me to cover your tracks. I was just telling falconeri that I need help putting together a list of the victim’s known associates. Well, austin’s cousin mason is currently in the hospital, gh, uh, but he’s also been arrested for attempted murder and kidnapping. As soon as he’s well enough, he’s gonna be transferred to pentonville. He’s injured and handcuffed to the bed, and there’s a guard outside his door. It seems unlikely he’d be able to sneak out and murder his cousin, but I’d like confirmation of mason gatlin’s whereabouts the night in question, just in case. No sonny. We’ll handle. Problem…go away. Are you sure about that?
[ Doorbell rings ] Mr. Petrov is here. How do you know? Just stick to the plan. Alright.
[ Mouthing silently ]
[ Clears throat ]
[ Both speaking in russian ] Please. Mr. Petrov, this is brook lynn quartermaine and lois and gloria cerullo. Good women. Hello. Hi. Petrov: You! You are the crass loudmouth who upset my petra. You think — oh! Unh-unh. Didn’t expect to see you today. I was here having lunch earlier with laura. I left my phone here. I came back to retrieve it, and it looked like you were having an intense conversation. I was. I also noticed that when you saw me, you shut that folder really quickly, so I’m assuming that whatever it is, you’d like to keep it private. I just want you to know… that I love you and I’m here for you… and if you need to talk about anything… I do, actually. I’ve started looking for a new surrogate. It’s kind of absurd. There was no negligence! Not by me, not by the hospital. Mr. Muldoon had a tapeworm, and that’s what the test showed. The only way to know that he had cancer was if he did follow-up tests, and mr. Muldoon refused to do that. Okay. Doc, listen to me, alright? It’s one thing to be upset, but you never,
ever tell a grieving family — people who have lost a husband or a father — that their need for redress is absurd. The jury would hate you. That’S… that’s not what I meant. Okay? The last thing I want to do is downplay their pain. I mean, I grieved for this man when he died, but the gh lawyer implied that I should have been able to tell immediately that muldoon had cancer in addition to the tapeworm.
[ Knocking ] Good. You’re still here. And I’m assuming this is your lawyer. Martin grey. Dede clark. As long as you’re here, mr. Grey, I still have a few more questions for your client. Please, let’s all take a seat. Okay. Thank you for coming. I am sure that there is way we can handle this, uh… misunderstanding. I come here only because my beloved nephew used to take trombone lessons from you and he plays beautifully. Oh, that is so generous of you, uh, mr. Petrov. Um… I know my mother is very sorry for upsetting your wife. She’s very passionate about bingo, but she knows she went a little overboard. Overboard? All I asked her to do was lower her voice. What gloria means is that she apologizes. Why should I apologize? I’ve done nothing wrong.
[ Growls ] A wasted trip. I am leaving. No, no, no, you — you can’t go. Okay, well, what’s done is done. You have a lot of debt to pay off. What about deception? I mean, now that the lawsuit has been settled and the deceptor is a big success, won’t you be bringing a lot of money in from that? Eventually, yeah. But during the lawsuit,
deception went into debt, too. I mean, it’ll be months, maybe even years, before we’re not operating at a deficit and I’ll be making what I was. Well, you’ll get back there. I think so. But in the meantime, my kids are growing, getting older… and more expensive. It’s not their fault, obviously, but now we have after-school clubs and sports and tutors and braces soon. That’s not even mentioning the stuff that I need. Like what? Anything. Everything. Come on, mom, you know I’ve never been good at sticking to a budget or being frugal. And now it’s coming back to bite me in a big way. I think I’m in over my head, and… I don’t know what to do. I do apologize, ms. Clark, but we’re gonna have to decline your offer. My client won’t be answering any other questions until the deposition. Well, that is his right. But before dr. Finn puts anything on the record, we need to be crystal clear about what led to mr. Muldoon’s death. I tell you what, why don’t we save the obfuscation for the courtroom? We’re all well aware that it’s your job to shield the hospital from liability, try to place it solely on my client. That’s a bold accusation. Not at all. I’m just…politely suggesting you change your tactic, because if general hospital hired you to stab the good doctor here in the back… I can and will shift all the blame right back onto general hospital. Appreciate the info you’ve both given me. I’ll copy you on the coroner’s report when it’s in. That’s great. We’ll get that list of close contacts and associates of austin’s to you. Oh, that reminds me. I understand that the victim had family besides mason in port charles. Austin’s father, jimmy lee holt, was the illegitimate son of the late edward quartermaine. I’m familiar with the name. Quartermaines are a very influential family. People of their stature may not be happy with an illegitimate grandson showing up. How’d they feel about the victim? As far as I know, they didn’t associate with him much. And who did austin associate with? Who was he close to? The kidnapping victim, ava jerome. While I appreciate your willingness to cover up a murder you think I committed, I had nothing to do with austin’s death. I still don’t even know how the man died. His body was found by a neighbor in a house in pautuck… …shot twice at close range.
[ Exhales sharply ] Poor austin. That’s terrible. What was he doing in pautuck? He always told me that he — he was so happy to leave that place behind. I don’t know why he’d ever go back. Maybe the killer… lured him there. My mom’s alzheimer’s never changed how much we love hyou cannot leave yet. I still want to hear about how well your nephew plays the trombone. Why? Because I am a music manager, and one of my artists is about to go on tour, and we are putting together a brass section of talented musicians. We still need a trombonist. Who is this artist? Luke west and the stack seven.
[ Chuckles ] You do not say! I love luke west and the stacked seven. They’re very talented, yes?
[ Chuckles ] Yeah! They’re amazing. And I can guarantee your nephew a spot on tour if you could just find it in your heart to let go of this whole misunderstanding. It is no misunderstanding. But my nephew is the most important. He will make you cry with his beautiful music. Fine. No more bingo for her, and we forget this ever happened. Thank you so much! Is good, yeah? Very good! So, ma, what do you say? I’m impressed with this agency. They seem to know what they’re doing. I mean, all of these women look like they’d be really good candidates for your surrogate. I agree. It was a very positive meeting. But you’re still worried. Is it that obvious? Honey, it’s not that obvious to other people, but to me, I’m your mother. It’s my job to notice these things. You have been through a lot, and I really respect your resolve to keep fighting for what you want. And I know that — that tj and you will vet these women and you’ll find the perfect surrogate for you. That’s the problem. Tj has no idea that I’m doing this. No, mom. Absolutely not! I’m not gonna take your money. Maxie, you need the money, and this is just a little something to tide you over for now. Now, after I leave, I want you to go through all of your accounts and add up all your debt. When you have that, mac and I are going to look at our retirement portfolio, and then we can see what we can liquidate to get you the rest of the money. That’s really generous of you, but what part of “absolutely not” do you not understand? I’m not taking no for an answer. You need the money, and I’m not going to give you a choice. Mom, I am a grown woman. I got myself into this. It is my responsibility to get myself out. Not at 25% interest you can’T. Pautuck is a small town. A lot of farms, isolated homes. What are you getting at? Well, if somebody wanted to take out austin, that would be the place to do it. Much less risk of a witness seeing anything happen there than port charles, and even more private than… spoon island. I already told you I didn’t kill him. I’m not the one you need to worry about, ava. How — how are you gonna convince the cops that you’re innocent? What? Will i need to convince the cops? I mean, there won’t be any evidence that I did it ’cause I didn’t do it! Really? You and austin were associates. A lot of people saw you together. It’s not a stretch… that you guys could be lovers. How many times did you visit him in the hospital? People don’t forget that. What about the gallery? How many times did you —
[ Exhales sharply ] What? Why’d you do that? What happened at the gallery? I didn’t — well, I didn’t kill him there, if that’s what you’re implying. But austin did come to see me at the gallery. It was, um… a couple of days before thanksgiving. And that’s the last time I saw him, and he was very much alive. I, uh, need to speak with the patient. Oh, no, no. Get out! Go! Come on. What are you yelling about? What do you think?! You’re the cop who shot me! And for no good reason. No good reason? You tried to kill two people. Not how I remember it. Oh. Anyway, I don’t think I want to be alone with you. You might try to hurt me again. Help! Police brutality! Alright. You know, I don’t know if I want to be alone with you either, so can you two come in here, please, and be witnesses? Just, uh, stand over there. That’d be great. Hmm. Wanted to inform you that your cousin austin gatlin-holt… he’s been murdered. I think we’re losing sightof the bigger picture here. The goal is to fight the muldoons, not each other. Good! Then I’m sure you’ll agree there’s only one possible position for the hospital to take — the truth. That dr. Finn treated his patient in good faith and in accordance with all correct professional and medical standards. Well, I can’t — no, no. Let me finish. And that the hospital also complied with those same standards. Now, mr. Muldoon’s death was a tragedy, but an unforeseen one, one that couldn’t have been prevented by either dr. Finn
or the hospital. Well, I’m not at liberty to reveal the hospital’s position… …but i can say I’m looking forward to getting all my questions answered… when dr. Finn sits for his deposition. I can’t wait. Really. I’ll see you gentlemen there. Ma’am.
[ Exhales sharply ] Now I know why alexis speaks so highly of you. Uh, thank you for that. No, no, no, no, no, no. No, you don’T. It’s way too soon to start thanking me yet. You, sir, are in a pickle. Austin’s dead. How? Took two to the chest, close range. Whoever did it wanted to make sure. When did this happen? Just before thanksgiving in pautuck. You, um, got any suspects? Actually, that’s what I’m here to talk to you about. Do you know of anyone that wanted to kill your cousin? Oh, I don’t know everybody he was associated with. Yeah, but you knew most of them. You guys spent a lot of time together. Maybe you have information that’s important and you just don’t know what it is. Oh. And you want me to tell you? That’s up to you. You give me info that can help us catch and convict austin’s killer, that — that works out well for you. Really? And how so? You’re looking at spending a lot of time in prison, man. You want to make a deal or no? I don’t like to be told where and when I can bingo.
[ Chuckles nervously ] But — but you will stay clear of mrs. Petrov and st. Nicholas church, and then you can play anywhere, anytime, okay? Fine. I will never step foot in that place again. Not even for a funeral. Great! Thanks, ma. So, uh… we are good now? Yes, is good. Now you call luke west for nephew. Consider it done. Great. Well, all’s well that ends well. I’ll show you out. Yeah.
[ Gasps ] That was amazing! How did you know how to handle him? Well, music industry execs and russian mobsters, not so different, really. Oh! Oh, my baby!
[ Chuckles ] Oh! Tj wants to wait before looking for a new surrogate. He just isn’t ready to try again. He’s worried we’re just setting ourselves up for more heartbreak. How do you feel? I mean, I was devastated by the loss of our baby, too. I know you were, honey. And it’s not like I can’t see tj’s point. The thought of going through that again scares me, too. But? But… then I ran into dr. Navarro, and when I told her about the miscarriage, she was sympathetic, but she also made me feel hopeful. She said that there’s always a chance of miscarriage, but that surrogacy actually has quite a high success rate and that there are tons of good, loving people out there who longed to be parents and wouldn’t have the children they have today if it weren’t for surrogacy. It’s a wonderful, selfless thing to do. It is. It’s an amazing gift we’d be getting from our surrogate. And since the matching professional had already agreed to meet, I just decided the least I could do was speak with her again. Without telling tj. There are plenty of bingo places in brooklyn, ma, and if you ever find yourself within three blocks of st. Nicholas church, I want you to think of ziti and turn the other way.
[ Doorbell rings ] I’ll get it. Look at you, right on time. I try. Do I even want to know who that sketchy guy I just saw leaving was? Delivery guy.
[ Mouthing silently ] Mrs. Cerullo. Gloria. I thought we settled that. Gloria. Yeah. I just wanted to stop by and tell you what a pleasure it was to meet you. Oh! Thank you, but the pleasure was all mine. And you know, now that I have you here, there’s a few things I’d like to say to you about my granddaughter.
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into your laundry. U know, chase, you seem likea very nice young man. Thank you. Yes. You know, I raised four sons. And from experience, I have learned that… a lot of young men find a nice young woman and they think that she’s gonna wait for them forever. But sometimes that is not the case. You know, that is something to think about. Grandma, oh, gosh, do I love you. I wish you could stay longer, but I know you have to get back. Uh, uh, yeah, ma. Ma, come on. Brook lynn is — is right. Y-you better hurry or you’re gonna miss your bus. Yeah, and I got a bingo tournament to get to!
[ Chuckles nervously ] Ma… kidding, kidding… kidding. Here. Uh, allow me. Please. Oh, thank god, yuri. You’re here. My grandma’s ready to go, and, um, you’re gonna drive her to the bus station and wait with her until she gets on to the bus. I would never leave ms. Gloria until I know she is safely on her way home. Great. Oh, grandma, it was so great seeing you. Have a safe trip back. I love you. I will, I will, I will. I love you, mom. I’ll see you soon. Goodbye, baby. Yes. Goodbye. Pleasure to meet you. I have to plan my trip back, so I have one question for you, brook lynn. When are you and chase getting married?
[ Clears throat ] I know how horrible you feel about this, but there’s nothing to be ashamed of. It happens to a lot of people. Credit card debt is everywhere, and it’s insidious. The balance just keeps sneaking up on you. Yeah, it multiplies really fast. So stop it now before the matter gets any worse. Mom, no. That money is for you two. I can’t use it. Do you know how many times mac told me to put the max amount in my 401(k) every month? You guys did that and saved a lot so you could travel and enjoy yourselves. So, we can do both. Mac and I can do all those things that we planned
and we can help you now. Really? Yes! It’ll help you. Y-you’ll be able to pay off your credit card debt and stop your interest from compounding. And when deception starts making money again, you know, we could work out some kind of payment plan for you. I think we should take some time and think about if this is really the best solution, ’cause I don’t want to bail myself out at the expense of you and mac. I only took the meeting because I wanted to see if there were more eligible surrogate candidates available. I never expected there to be so many. Which makes it even harder. Because now I can see a path forward. Andrea wasn’t our only option. There might even be a better one out there for us. I’m just not sure I can convince tj. Sweetie, you know that I only want what’s best for you, right? I know. But just being able to talk to you about it helps. That’s what I’m here for. Honey… you really need to talk to tj about this. And if you want to go forward with the surrogate and have this baby, it has to be something that you both want. Since you are legally required to take part in this deposition, I need to prep you carefully beforehand. Of course.
[ Exhales sharply ] It’s vitally important that no matter what they ask you, you limit your answer solely to that question. I don’t want you expanding your answers to try to defend yourself, or offering up extra information might implicate you somehow. I’ll do what you ask. Clearly, you’re the expert here. If your deposition makes you look vulnerable in any way, it’s possible the hospital might try and offer the muldoon family a separate settlement. In other words, if they can buy their way out of trouble at a discount, they won’t hesitate to throw you under the bus. So…any idea who might have killed austin? Ava jerome. Ava? Really? Why her? Because they were involved in, um… not too legal activities… sleeping together. And, um… and you know my cousin was high strung and he had a big mouth. Austin never met a secret that he could keep. Maybe he said the wrong thing to the wrong somebody… …and ava had to shut him up permanently. Yeah. So I guess we’re done here, then. You tell them I helped you, okay? Oh, yeah. Yeah, I’ll get right on that. Hey, uh, forgot to mention. I just got word you’re being transferred to pentonville… tonight. You have a safe trip. Are you telling me nothing happened last time you saw austin at your gallery? Well…n– you’re hiding — not exactly nothing. You’re hiding something. Tell me what happened! I was angry with him. I was livid, actually, for leaving me to die at the hands of his demented cousin. That was his fault… and we fought about it. Okay, now we’re getting somewhere. Austin kept making excuses and giving me all of these reasons that he wasn’t responsible, but I wasn’t having it because, like you said… he was playing me all along. You know, the whole time… he probably knew that nikolas wasn’t really dead… and he was just using that to manipulate me, to get me to do what he wanted. You know what that sounds like to me? A motive for murder. Austin had no reason to keep that secret for you. How do you know that he didn’t go tell somebody just to get something out of it? I guess I don’T. Yeah, that’s right. You don’T. For all you know, he could have told everybody, including the cops. So whether you killed austin or not… …you could wind up as the prime suspect.
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