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hello. Tj? Hey. Portia. Looks like you got a lot on your mind, huh? Yeah, I was, uh, caught up in my thoughts. A-are you on break or are you just getting off work? Honey, you k now you don’thave to do that with me, right? Do what? Change the subject.

[ Scoffs ] I can tell that something’s wrong. You want to talk to me about it? I might have made a huge mistake with molly. Mom, it is very generous for you and mac to offer to bail me out of credit-card debt. You’re our daughter. Of course we want to help. Mac and I are fully confident that you will be back on your financial feet in no time. The deceptor will be flying off the shelves, and deception will make a historic comeback. Maybe I can hang on until it does. Maxie! Or I can take out a partial loan, okay? You guys don’t have to completely bail me out. Ugh! On the other hand, if someone could just assemble this desk, I would be eternally grateful. Would you like me to ask mac to come over and put it together for you?

[ Door opens ] Guess what! What? What? I saddled own pony today!

[ Gasps ] You did? All by yourself?! Cody helped. Cody is the coolest! Call me crazy, but that was actually kind of fun. -What? Grocery shopping? -Yeah! I know. But watching you move around with maximum efficiency. You knew exactly what you wanted, and you knew exactly which aisle to get it. Yeah, well, when I feel like wandering, I go to the farmer’s market, but for staples, I am in and out. Yeah. So you’re telling me that all this is only gonna last you three days? Mm. Wow. Teenage boys. Well, and scout. She can hold her own. Trust me. Westwood? That’s where i went. I loved westwood academy! Are you guys thinking of sending scout there? Well, um, drew is pushing it, and scout really wants to please her dad. Nina. You know where sonny is? I haven’t seen sonny since he left the penthouse this morning. Why? Is willow and the kids — are they alright? Yeah, no. They’re fine. Sonny asked me to meet him here. Oh, I’m sure he’ll be here soon. If you want to sit at one of the tables, you’re more than welcome to. Sonny: Oh, great! You both are here. Hey. There are a few things that, uh, we need to settle. Welcome home, ms. Jerome. Thank you, giles. All your mail from today is on the desk. Thank you, giles. I’ll look at it later. Can I make you a martini?

[ Sighs ] No. No. Thank you. I’m surprisingly not in the mood. Very well. I’ll be down the hall if you need me. Thank you, giles. Sonny: Austin gatlin-holt

is dead.

You listen to me. If you killed austin… you need to tell me — now.

[ Doorbell rings ]

[ Door opens ] Dante: Hey. Detective falconeri here to see ava jerome. Hi, cody. Felicia. Maxie. Cody. James says he saddled his own pony today. He did. He also aced all of his riding lessons, too. I told you, mom. Cody said I was a natural with the horses. I sure did. Uh, yeah. He’s — he’s come a long way since his first lesson with me. Haven’t you, buddy? A really long way. My riding lessons are my favorite part of the week. I look forward to them more than recess. I knew that you were a jack of all trades, but it looks like you’ve gone from horse-riding instructor to handyman. Cody fixed comet’s stable door really fast, and I told him that georgie’s desk was back in the box because we didn’t know how to put it together. What? Cody, I am so sorry james put you on the spot like that. You do not need to assemble georgie’s desk, but thank you. Cody said he’s going to help me put it together. No, he’s not, james. I’m gonna send the desk back. Are you sure? ‘Cause I’d really like the opportunity to show off my handyman skills. Was that the blender I heard? Yeah. I thought we should try the new protein powder that I bought, and I did. And — chocolate. Strawberry. Strawberry. Come on. Chocolate! Okay. Thank you. You’re welcome. That’s really good! Nicely done. Mmm. It is good. You know the other place that has really good smoothies? The snack bar at westwood academy. Funny, that. I don’t know if you remember, but… I really enjoyed my time there. I think… I think in hindsight it would have been better to just stay there through 12th instead of transferring to madison. Yeah, you used to talk about westwood a lot. It was a lot of fun, and I still keep in touch with a lot of the girls from there. It’s a great school, and the teachers are so invested, you know? They really care. Why do you think it might not be a good fit for scout? Well, ’cause she’s thriving where she is right now. Okay. What if she thrives even more at westwood? All girls. They have a great swim team. I know. Drew has, um, told me about all that. I just — I don’t think that he realizes, like, scout had a really tough time when he was in prison. She would ask me every single day if he was gonna be okay. And school, it’s a bright spot for scout. She likes her teachers. She likes her friends. And I just — I don’t want to take her away from all that. Mm. I mean, especially in the middle of the year. Drew wants her to start westwood in january. And I don’t know. It just can be really tough on a kid. And it’s not fair. Okay. Okay what? Just — just say “no,” then. It’s as easy as that. I’m not sure that I should. Giles: Excuse me, ms. Jerome. Detective falconeri is here to see you. I can see that, giles. Thank you. Hello, ava. I assume you’re here on official business. Best to keep my wits about me, eh? What can I do for you? Answer some questions. Go for it. When’s the last time you saw austin gatlin-holt? Molly! Hi! Come. Hang out. Hi, willow. Hello, amelia! I don’t want to intrude. Oh, please. Don’t be silly. It’s no intrusion at all. No. The more the merrier. What, uh, brings you out this afternoon? It’s a gorgeous autumn day. How many more of these do we have before it gets cold? Winter is right around the corner. And with the lake-effect winds, it’ll be colder sooner than we realize. Yeah. Have a seat, please. Okay. Hello, amelia! Look at you! She is so precious. Thank you. Yeah, we were just enjoying some mother-daughter bonding. The service that matched us with andrea contacted molly about looking at other potential surrogates. Okay, and how do you feel about that? It’s too soon. I am still processing the miscarriage. I can’t even imagine investing in the prospect of another baby this quickly. Well, okay. What about molly? How does she feel? Molly’s ready to meet with the matching professional and look at other possible surrogates. Have you told molly how you’re feeling about the whole thing or…? I asked her to put it on hold for now, but… maybe that was a mistake? It’s just such a time-consuming and complicated process. Do you think trying again so soon — that that would be rushing it? Actually I don’T. Well, christmas is just around the corner, and I was — you’re probably busy with a lot of family obligations. Am I right? Yeah, yeah. I know. Between mom and josslyn and bringing the kids to the quartermaines’ and then just having enough time with just me, willow, and the kids, it’s — yeah, we’re fully — fully booked. Yeah, that’s what I thought. We have a busy schedule, too. But I was thinking maybe you and willow and the kids could spend time with me and nina — as a family. When you’re ready to begin treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia, why are you asking me about austin? Because austin’s dead. I’m so sorry to hear about the doctor’s passing. Well, you don’t seem that sorry

or surprised to hear about it. Did you already know? So, what are these questions that you came all the way out here to ask me? Because I’d like to get on with my afternoon.

[ Scoffs ] You know, ava, you’re showing a remarkable lack of curiosity. Well, you know… curiosity killed the cat. Don’t you want to know how he died? I imagine you’re gonna tell me. Well, I imagine you already know. I’ll have to talk to willow. I figured that. That’s why I’m, you know — I’m approaching you now. So, you have any — any plans for christmas yet? Uh, you know, nothing — nothing definitive yet, but, um, I mean, I know wiley’s really excited about santa claus. I know willow wants to make christmas morning a really big deal for him, so… I know carly’s gonna want to carry on the tradition of you coming over for christmas breakfast. And the q’s are gonna, you know, do their traditional gathering on christmas day, so we were thinking maybe you can come over for christmas eve. You know, everybody can see you. You’d make everybody happy. I think that’s a great compromise, sonny. Yeah, I mean, you know, the kids will open up their christmas presents from grandma and grandpa. We can make our own traditions, you know? And I’ll even cook. Big salad. Ravioli like the one that.. you used to love. Wait. Is it your ravioli recipe? No, no. It was mrs. Cerullo’S. But not — lois doesn’t even know the recipe.

[ Laughs ] But if you come early, bring wiley, he can come in the kitchen, help me cook like you used to. If I’ve learned anything in my life…

[ Chuckles ] …From, um, keeping trina’s paternity a secret for as long as I did… to curtis’s shooting… it’s that life is too short. Don’t postpone your joy. Don’t postpone happiness. And you can’t sit around and wait for somebody to come knocking on your door, either, to make all your dreams come true. But if you and molly —

[ Sighs ] You two want to have a baby, right? There is never, ever gonna be the perfect time that you are guaranteed that everything’s gonna work out exactly the way you want to. It just doesn’t work like that. You got to take a leap of faith. Yeah, but we’re both still mourning the miscarriage. Yeah, no, I get it. I-I get that. You’re gonna have to find another surrogate. You’re gonna have to go through the whole process again, and it’s gonna take time, maybe even months. So why — why subject ourselves to that kind of stress? You’re always gonna have stress, tj. You got stress now, being a doctor. And I know molly’s got all kinds of stress being an A.D.A. But time… mnh-mnh. Time waits for no one. And it plays by its own rules… rules that you can’T… and, honestly, you won’t change. Since I went back to work at G.H. And michael’s running aurora, amelia has been spending a lot of time in the q’s nursery. And wiley’s in school full-time now? Can you believe it? If I’m not careful, I will blink, and it’ll be amelia’s turn. So we thought we would take full advantage of my day off and hang out in the park together while we have the chance. And here I am, intruding on your special day together. No, no. Not at all. Molly, I wanted you to join us. Michael and I were talking this morning about how fast she’s growing. I mean, I loved every stage of watching wiley grow up, but there is something about this time when they’re still babies…

[ Amelia fusses ] …That I want to take in every moment, every smile, every laugh, and just…

[ Amelia fusses ] …Really, really live in the moment with her. She’s a sweet, little angel. Would you like to hold her? Huh. How long have you been tracking our car’s value with carvana?Just, like, 7 months. Should we sell it? We hold… I’m glad you decided to go forward with james’ riding lessons. He’s really taken to cody. Yeah. Don’t tell cody I said this, but he’s kind of terrific.

[ Chuckles ] Yeah. Mom! Come on! Me and cody put georgie’s desk together! Maxie: Okay. It sounds like you impressed james with your handiwork. He — he did it all himself. Oh, sure he did.

[ Laughs ] I’m impressed, too. Well, it was — it was no big deal, really. I wasn’t just referring to the desk, though. It was really lovely of you to put that together for maxie. What I meant was, is all the attention that you’ve been giving to james, teaching him how to ride and how to tie knots… and now assembling a desk.

[ Chuckles ] Well… I really like him a lot. He’s a — he’s a great kid. And he — he does have a way with horses. He doesn’t just want to ride them. He wants to get to know them. He’s got a real understanding of them. That’s gonna lead to a great connection. He’s gonna become an awesome rider someday. Mm. Well, I am quite the horse woman myself. I grew up on a hacienda in texas that my grandmother and I both ran. Really? We had some really wonderful, wonderful horses. So it runs in my family. Oh. Okay. Wow. I am impressed. I tried for two hours to assemble that thing and got nowhere. Georgie’s gonna love it. Thank you. Yeah, we did an awesome job, cody. We sure did. Ow!

[ Felicia laughs ] Are you gonna tell drew how you really feel about westwood academy? I’m really torn over it. Sam, scout is your daughter. You can and you should do whatever is best for her. I know that drew is a good dad, but sometimes mother’s intuition knows best, right? If you don’t think that this is a good fit for scout, then just say so. I want to parent with drew amicably, and I want to respect what he thinks is best for scout, and if that’s going to westwood academy, then… I don’t know. Maybe I should just agree. After all, he’s been through so much. Yeah. How’s he doing physically since the assault? Well, he seems like he’s recovering, but I can tell that he’s in a lot of pain. I keep finding him trying to hide it from me or trying to cover it up. I just don’t want drew to feel even more shut out of scout’s life than he already has. She adores her dad. She will do anything for him. Even if she doesn’t want to go? She doesn’T. She already told me. Well, sam, there you go.

[ Sighs ] I know. I know. Scout deserves to have her opinion considered, but she is way too young to be choosing what school she needs to go to. In the end, it’s between drew and me. But wh at unsettles me is the wayhe just decided this for her. There was no discussion, no debate. Literally went just like that. Sam, let’s face it. There are a lot of gaps in scout’s childhood where her father was missing, and I think now he’s trying to make up for that time. I don’t know. There’s something different about drew. I didn’t see it at first, and I can’t quite put my finger on it, but something about him has changed. Thank you for letting me hold amelia. So amazing. She’s such a blessing. She really is a miracle, considering everything she went through to get here. How many weeks pregnant were you when you had to have a c-section? 36. I heard from tj that your — your surrogate miscarried. I am so sorry. Yeah. There are support groups at G.H. That specialize in this kind of loss. If you ever need me to point you in the direction of one or… you can talk to me. Anytime. Thank you, willow, for being so understanding. And thank you for being so open and generous with amelia. Of course. No, really. I mean, you could have easily scurried away the second you saw me thinking the sight of a baby would upset me too much, but you didn’T. Well, I-I think it depends on the person, but when I learned that my son had died, I found tremendous comfort in holding wiley. It helped me on my road to healing. I thought maybe it would help you to hold amelia. It does. Can I ask you a personal question? No subject is off the table between us. After what happened with your first child, did you ever think that maybe you didn’t want to try again? Having the whole family gathered at our place for christmas eve? It sounds too good to be true. So, I want to hear about these fabled ravioli. And why haven’t I had them? Because I-I only make them on christmas ’cause — very special. Oh. Okay. Well, I can’t wait. And is it truly 100% homemade or are you secretly buying the dough pre-made? All authentic. Made from scratch. You know those big raviolis? You got to cut them with a water glass? Put ricotta cheese in there… mmm! …And some secret ingredients. Years of asking gloria for the recipe. She would never give me the recipe. Finally, she gave me the recipe, and I cannot make it as good as hers.

[ Sonny and nina laugh ] I’ll be right back. Excuse me. What the hell are you trying to pull? Using sonny to get around me? Why are you here? I thought you’d want to know right away. We heard from pikeman. I’ve got another side job for us. You do? Alright. Well, what is it? The cabinet in the kitchen is loose. Let’s go take a look at it. Alright, boss. Wait. No, james. That’s enough. Cody’s already done plenty for us. It’s no big deal. I’m sure big james and I can fix it. This one. We can. And when we’re done, we can take a look at the garage door

and the front door. They both squeak. And can you build me a treehouse? There’s a huge tree in the backyard, and that would be perfect. James. [ Sighs ] Come here. If cody does everything on your list, he’s gonna be here all night. That would be so cool if he did spend the night. Can you? You can sleep in my room. I have two sleeping bags, and they’re both “star wars.” Grandma bought them both. Didn’t you? And grandpa. Cody has a job he has to go do. He needs to go back to the quartermaine stables to take care of comet and the other horses. No. This isn’t fair. Grandpa’s at work, and if cody leaves, that means I’m the only boy. Even the turtles are girls. I wish cody was my brother. If you came all the way out here to spoon island to inform me of austin’s death, well, you’ve done your civic duty. You can go now. I can’t, actually. I’m here on behalf of the pautuck pd. They’ve got questions for you. Why pautuck? That’s where austin died. Or was murdered. Two shots to the chest. Close range. Whoever did it wasn’t messing around. But because he lived and worked in port charles, the pautuck pd thinks that the killer is here. There’s a whole big city full of people out there, detective, and yet you’re questioning me. Well, you know, none of them knew austin quite as well as you did. Austin had a lot of associates. Have you spoken with the quartermaines? How about maxie jones? How about all the people that he worked with at the hospital? How about none of those people were kidnapped by austin’s cousin mason? But you were, ava. Wait, wait, wait, sam. Of course he’s changed. You did when you were in pentonville. A-and michael, he was a shell of himself at first. Maybe sending scout to westwood is drew’s way of proving to himself that he can provide better opportunities for his daughter. You never really know, sam. I know. I know. You could be right. It’s why I don’t know if I should fight drew on this. Then don’T. I mean, look, maybe scout is gonna be as happy as I was at westwood. Or maybe she won’t be. I-I just — I don’t know what’s best for her. Hume came in person, walked into the restaurant, and asked to see you. What’d you tell him? I sent him away pretty quickly, but before he left, he told me to give you this message. He needs to see you. He’ll meet you wherever you want. I didn’t put sonny up to anything, michael. You should know your father well enough to understand that he is not so easily manipulated. Wiley and amelia are his grandchildren, so of course he wants to see his grandchildren for christmas. Can’t you see your whole plan to police my access to my daughter and my grandchildren is not gonna work? We are family. Our lives intersect on too many levels for you to continue this vendetta against me. Yeah, my mom is family, too, and her life intersects with mine and willow’s on just as many levels, but that didn’t stop you from turning her in to the sec, did it? I have done everything that you have wanted me to do. I offered to sell my half of the hotel back to carly, and she refused. What more do you want? What do I want? What I want… is to expose you in front of the whole world so they can see what kind of a liar you really are. The only reason I’m not doing that is because I know how much it would hurt my father and willow. So I’m keeping silent for them. For them. Not you. But you benefit. Okay? So it’s gonna cost you. What if I’m not willing to pay? You two want to tell me what I just missed? I always knew I wanted more children. Where did you find the courage after losing your first? It’s different for everyone. You may feel the same way I did or it may take you a while to decide. But when I realized I was pregnant with amelia and then was diagnosed with leukemia, I was advised to terminate my pregnancy so that I could start chemo right away. But despite the health risks involved, you kept the pregnancy. In my mind, there was no alternative. I even went as far as keeping my diagnosis a secret from michael, something I will always regret. I should have shared everything with him. It’s not fair to shut the person you love out of a life-altering decision. Kayaking is my thing. I always wanted a brother, but you know what? What? Even though I think cody would make an excellent brother, we’re gonna settle for him being our friend, okay? Cody would be an awesome brother. We could play video games until midnight every night. But not on school nights. Alright. Uh, that should do it. No more squeaking. Now I can sneak candy without my mom hearing the door open. Is that why you wanted that cabinet fixed? Cody, let’s go take a look at the garage door now. Um, hey, I’m sorry, but I really got to get back to the stables and bed down the horses. Aww. Can’t you stay for dinner? Well, uh, you wouldn’t want comet to be uncomfortable in his bed tonight, would you? No. Hey. I’m sorry. I really do have to go. I’ll walk you out. Come with us, mom. Okay. Thank you, cody. I’ll see you later, felicia. You’re not my dad, mac. What? Are you sure? Yeah. It’s not a match. May I see that? Mac: What’s the point of dragging it out, felicia? Looking at the paper’s not gonna change what it says. Cody’s not my son. When’s the last time you saw or spoke to austin? Two days before thanksgiving. Where? He came by my gallery to see me. We spoke. He left. You got proof? Yes. We have security cameras at the gallery, so you’ll be able to see austin leaving through the front entrance. What time did you leave the gallery? I was working late. It must have been… sometime after midnight. Hm. And your security footage will back up you leaving the gallery at the time you say you did? Unfortunately, no. Why not? I locked the front door after austin left, and then I went to the back room to do inventory, and I… left out the back. You mean there’s no security cameras at the back door? We’ve been having trouble with those cameras. They’ve been shut off for weeks. We’re in the process of upgrading them now. So basically you’re saying that you cannot prove that you were at the gallery past midnight? Thank you for your time, ava. I imagine the pautuck pd will have more questions for you at a later date. I’ll be sure to have my lawyer with me. Might be a good idea. I’m trying to take the temperature down between you two. The reason I wanted to have this discussion today was to make plans for christmas. I leave for five minutes… and there’s tension. No, no. No? No, babe. There’s no tension. It’S… I was — I was just quizzing michael about what he was going to get wiley for christmas. That’s it. And I-I just don’t want us to duplicate gifts. Speaking of which, I want to get wiley tickets to a yankee game next summer. You, me, and wiley sitting behind home plate. We’d take the jet. What do you think? That’s a great idea. I never really thought about giving wiley yankee tickets, so, yeah. Feel free to. I just want to create family memories with you and wiley, right? Well, yeah, I have to talk it over with willow, but, um… hope I see you at christmas.

[ Sighs ] You okay? You know what? Why don’t I take care of your patients for the rest of the day? You can just go home. No, no. I think being at work actually helps. Thank you for your time and your advice. You really always know what to say. If only I could take my own advice, right? We’re our own worst critics. You’re doing fine. Tj. Good luck. Whatever you and molly decide. Well, obviously you and michael got past all that. I’ve never seen two people more in love. We’re very lucky. You’re in remission. You and michael have two beautiful children. You even have your birth mother in your life as a bonus. How are things with you and nina now? Actually, we are getting along better than I ever dreamed possible. That’s so great to hear! And the kids, they adore nina. She brought them over these gifts on thanksgiving. She got wiley this robot that he still can’t put down and a stuffed kitten for amelia. And if I know michael the way I think I do, he’s still holding a grudge against nina? Yeah, he just can’t seem to let go of his anger at her. Well, when michael makes up his mind, it’s hard to change it. Don’t get me wrong. I respect michael’s right to his feelings. But I wish that he would just see nina for who she is now, instead of focusing on what she’s done in the past.

[ Exhales sharply ] Oh.

[ Door opens ] Ohh! I really hate going out to wyndemere. Between the cold, foggy boat ride to spoon island… and, uh, its inhabitants… not a good time. You okay? Just have a lot on my mind. Yeah? What is it? What’s going on? I think drew and i may have hit our first co-parenting snag. And I don’t know what to do about it. Hey. There’s my two favorite girls. Hey, amelia. Come here.

[ Laughs ]

[ Grunts ] So how’s she liking the park? She loves it. I pointed out a few squirrels to her. She was smiling. You just missed molly. She sat with us for a bit and hung out. How’s she doing? She’s still dealing with her surrogate’s miscarriage. Helped her to see amelia, though. That’s good. I understand what molly’s going through right now. Hopefully she and tj will figure out how they want to proceed. Where have you been? I tried to reach you at your office, but then your assistant said you were out, and then you weren’t picking up your cell. That’s why I sent you a couple text messages. Um, yeah, I just had a meeting outside of work. Someone needed to be, uh, straightened out. I’m okay. I’m better than okay. I-I just worry about you. Why? Why? You know, the prospect of having the whole family over at our place for christmas eve, having this legendary ravioli and a beautiful set table… some christmas carols. It’S… family I always wanted. It’s perfect. Listen. Um… I know michael — you guys — it’s still tense. And I’m sorry about that. You don’t have anything to apologize to me for when it comes to michael. Yes, I do. Because he’s my son. I-I know he doesn’t make it easy. It’s taken him a long time to get right with me, and I still feel there’s, like, A… the relationship is fragile. I just want you to know that I appreciate you being patient with him. Molly: Thank you for

letting me hold amelia. So amazing. She’s such a blessing. I even went as far as keeping my diagnosis a secret from michael, something I will always regret. I should have shared everything with him. It’s not fair to shut the person you love out of a life-altering decision.

[ Sobbing ] Oh, my god. Molls!

[ Sobbing ] Hey, hey. What happened? Oh. Come here. I’m never gonna be a mom! Oh, molls. It’s okay.

[ Sobbing ]

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