GH Transcript Tuesday, December 26, 2023

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oh, what a great christmas eve. It never gets old, seeing how magical it is for the kids. Yeah, I know. I feel exactly the same way. And this year was even more special for me ’cause I got to see ace see it all for the first time. Oh, yeah. Where does the time go? You’re telling me. Josslyn’s in college. When did that happen?

[ Laughs ] I know, it’s crazy. Great job. I-I think I enjoyed your reading more than the kids did. Oh. Well, thanks. Yeah. Rumor has it that you are the one, uh, funding the hospital festivities this year even more generously than before. Rumor has it. And a lady never reveals her sources. But thank you. It’s just a shame that nina wasn’t here to see it all. I remember the year that she headed up the committee to plan for the party, so obviously it means something to her. Yeah. You said she was coming. Yeah. Willow said she’s staying at the church for a little bit. She’ll be here. Nina: I’ve never come to confession before, father. But something has happened and I need help. I don’t know where else to turn. I hope it’s okay that I’m here. God is eager to help all his children. Go on. I acted out of spite, and it’s spiraling out of control. I knew the second after I did it that it was wrong, but I had no idea that it would hurt so many people this much. And who did you hurt? Well, people who may not be saints, but they didn’t deserve what happened to them because of me. Who are these people to you? Friends? Family? Does it matter? To truly advise you, I-I need more information. Just let go. Open your heart. God wants to hear everything. I don’t think that I’ve ever seen ace fall asleep that fast. He was out before his head hit the pillow. Well, he was probably exhausted from all the excitement from the christmas party. Yeah. He was just so happy being around all those people fussing over him. Not half as happy as I was. How did I get so lucky to be able to spend christmas eve with both you and my little brother? Oh, well, it was very generous of esme to let you have him for tonight. Yeah, maybe this is part of her whole… turning-over-a-new-leaf thing. Maybe. Or there could be another explanation. What do you mean? Maybe esme wasn’t being generous. Maybe she just had plans. Doing what? Maybe esme had a date. I’m calling to report a case of revenge porn. I know who uploaded the sex video of josslyn jacks and cameron webber. I refuse to take the blame for what you did to your supposed friends. That is enough. Let’s go! No! Spence, I’m not gonna stand for it anymore. Mark my words, trina. The next time you lie about me, there will be consequences. Esme: You’re doing all of this

[Laughing] Because you think that you can win trina over? I clear her name and she’s all yours? Oh. Who is delusional now, spence? You drove away your daughter just like you drove away nikolas. Only, the problem is, when you drove away kiki, she didn’t just skip town. You drove her to her death.

[ Growls ]

[ Yelps ] No matter what happens, no matter how scary it gets, just remember that I… …that mommy is with you. Womb to tomb.

[ Fire alarm beeping ] Maybe this wasn’t such a brilliant plan after all.

[ Breathing shakily ]

[ Cellphone rings ] Hello? Man: Ms. Jerome? This is crosby home security. We received an alarm signal on spoon island. We’ve alerted the pcpd, and they’ll be arriving shortly. Okay. Thank you. But that may be too late.

Police! Don’t move.

[ Breathing heavily ] Dante. Ava, what the hell are you doing here? Who would esme be on a date with? She doesn’t know that many people here. And the people that she does know, they’re all well aware of her history. Well, I mean, esme’s circle isn’t as small as it was. She’s got a new job, a new apartment. Maybe she met someone who only knows the “new” esme, like a coworker or a neighbor. And you think that she’s on a date with that person? It’s possible. Would that bother you if she was? No, no. Come on. No. Absolutely not. Esme’s a grown woman. She can do whatever she wants. I — the only thing that — if esme were to start dating, the only thing that I would worry about is how that person would treat ace. As long as they’re good to my little brother, then no, esme should feel free to go off and have a life of her own. Good answer. Especially if it affords us more nights like tonight where, you know, ace is asleep in the other room and you and I are all alone, got the place to ourselves. Oh. Whatever will we do? Yeah. I wonder what we’ll do.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Speak of the devil. Okay, I’m gonna get us something from the kitchen. Hello? Spencer, I’m so glad you picked up. There’s — there’s something I need to talk to you about. Something wrong?

Look, I get it.

This is your first night away from ace

after moving into the new place, and, um, you’re naturally

worried about it, but you don’t have to be. He had an amazing time at the party, and now he’s fast asleep in the other room, dreaming about all the presents that he’s gonna unwrap tomorrow, so… I’m glad, but… that’s not exactly what I’m — trina: Hey, I’m making eggnog. I like mine plain, but do you want a little bit of cinnamon in yours? You know, I think this is the first year I can remember being at this party without bobbie being here. It’s taking her so long to settle luke’s estate. I know. I thought she’d be home weeks ago. Yeah. Estates can be complicated. You know, knowing luke, I’m sure he left bobbie a few surprises. Well, I did talk to her earlier on the phone, and she sounded cheerful. But when isn’t she, right? She did say luke’s affairs are a mess, but she is making headway. Well, I guess we’ll hear all about it when she gets back. If I had one wish, father, I would turn back the clock. I would tell the truth. And I would undo all of the damage that I have done. This spiteful act, did it cost someone their life? No, not their life, but something almost as bad — his freedom. Someone went to prison because I reported him to the authorities when I didn’t have to. And he suffered. Terribly. And so did the people who love him. I’m also letting an innocent man take the blame for reporting that crime. ‘Cause I’m a coward. People were so angry with him when they should be angry with me. I understand. Go on. I wish I could change it, but it’s too late. I can’t make it right. It’s never too late. You really think so? Because I would do anything to fix it. Then you need to confess not only to me here in this confessional but to the people you hurt. I can’T. I wish I was strong enough to tell the truth. But if I tell my family what really happened, I could lose them. I could lose everything. If you don’t, the guilt will continue to eat away at your conscience. And it’ll destroy any chance you have at future happiness. The truth will always set you free. To be free of this worry, this pain. If only… anything is possible. Be courageous. Have the strength to right the wrongs you did. And remember, you don’t walk alone. God is always with you. God is with me. Thank you, father. I won’t forget. Neither will I.

What are you doing here, ava? I thought you and avery moved into nina’s place. Yeah, we did, but I haven’t sold wyndemere yet. This is still my property. Well, I guess I can’t stop you from wandering around your house with a loaded weapon. So you’re not taking me in, then, detective? For defending myself in my own home after a break-in? You defending yourself, or you, uh… you’re looking for an intruder to shoot? Carly: I could not get over watching those kids’ faces while you were reading. It was so adorable. They were all sucking on those candy canes. There you are. I am so, so sorry. What’s going on? Oh, my gosh, I can’t believe I missed everything. How did it go? Hi. Laura: Oh, it was absolutely amazing, due in no small part to your husband’s generosity. Yes. The man I married is pretty great. Did you take a lot of pictures? Uh, no, but took a great picture of donna. Can you send it to me? Sure. Laura: Oh, could I see? Oh, yeah. Oh, there are so many good ones. I was — I was so worried. Well, didn’t willow tell you where I was? Yeah, you were at the church, but I thought you’d be here sooner. Well, you didn’t have to worry. Frank drove me here. I felt totally protected and safe. Did you get everything you needed at the church? Yeah, I think so. Willow says you were thinking of nelle? Yes, nelle. And others. Look at that. This won’t take long, I promise. It’s fine. It sounds like there’s someone else there, so I’ll make this quick. I just wanted to tell you that — what is she calling about? I don’t know, just — this isn’t gonna take long, okay? Hey, esme, you still there? What do you want me to know? I just wanted to let you know that I am not gonna be picking up ace tonight. He can wake up with you on christmas morning, and I’ll pick him up later tomorrow. Really? Wow. Okay. Um, yeah. That’s great. I’d love to be able to celebrate ace’s first christmas morning with him. Uh, are you sure that you don’t want to take him home? Positive. Merry christmas. Merry christmas. Okay, what was all that about? I’m not sure, but I’m starting to wonder. Maybe esme does have a heart after all. Sonny, I really needed something tonight. And I found it at all saints. I-I left with a new understanding. About what?

[ Cellphone chimes ] Well, it m– it’s probably a bigger c– hold on, hold on, hold on. Uh, it’s ava. What? Something wrong? There’s been a-a break-in on spoon island. Carly: What? Laura: What? Tell her to call the police immediately. I’ll back it up right now. Well, the police already know. Dante’s there. Ava probably just wants me to go ’cause dante’s my son, and I can keep it unofficial. But you can’t do that. I might be able to help you. I should go with you. It’s not a — I don’t think it’s a big deal. No, I-I really want to go. It’s — it’s just that it was my son’s home. And if this break-in is somehow related to him in any way, you know, for some reason he might be back, I-I just want to be there. Okay. I understand, I understand. Um, can you tell donna I love her? Merry christmas. Yeah. Um, don’t worry. I’ll take care of avery. I wish I could go with you. No, no, no. It’s okay, but thank you for picking up avery. Yeah, of course, of course.

[ Sighs ] Um, I’m gonna go grab donna and go home. Hey, carly, can you wait one second? I have something to say to you. I stayed at the church today b-because I wanted to ask the priest for guidance… about you.

Ace didn’t even flinch when I stubbed my toe, and I said a word that my grandmother would definitely disapprove of. So I think it’s safe to say that he is out for the night.

[ Sighs ] Okay, well, um, I should get home because my mom is planning a whole breakfast and opening presents… no. No, no, no, no. …Tomorrow morning, and it’s sounding like it’s starting early. But don’t you think that, um — that’s a bad idea,

[Laughing] And you should just stay here, because it’s so much harder to be away from you, especially after our trip to new york. I know. I feel the same way. Something wrong? Um, no, I’m — I’m sorry. I’m just… I-I can’t stop thinking about something else. Oh. That’s just what every man wants to hear right after he kisses the woman that he loves. It’s esme. Of course it is. Do you really believe what you said about her? That she has a change of heart? I don’t know. I’d like to. She put my grandmother and ace first tonight. And I think that that’s a big step for her. It is. So, yeah, I-I’d really like to think that she’s turning a corner here and that she’s becoming a better person. But we can’t know that, so… don’t you think that we’ve talked enough about esme for one night? We’ve talked enough about esme for a lifetime. Okay. So then maybe we should just stop talking altogether, huh? Dante. Do you think I’d be reckless enough to go after a burglar all on my lonesome? You really want me to answer that?

[ Knock on door ] Excuse me. I have a visitor. Hey. Oh, sonny. Hi, laura. Hi. Uh, I decided to tag along with sonny. Yeah. Sure. Come on in, please. Great. Thanks. Hello, dante. Laura. Hey. Wow. Whoever did this wasn’t looking to hide themselves, were they? And everybody knows this place has a security system, so whoever did it was willing to risk being caught. Let me take you home. Let dante do his job. No. Absolutely not. I am not leaving here until I find out who broke in here. Why don’t dante and i take a look around and see if we can find anything? Uh, laura, I don’t think that’s a great idea. I mean, this is a crime scene. The house hasn’t been cleared yet. It’s not… you know, I used to live here, and my son owned the property for many years. I’m very familiar with this very large, very confusing home. I’m happy to show you around if that doesn’t, I don’t know, interfere with your procedure at all. Yeah, it would probably fall under some kind of gray area. Great. Then let’s do it. Let’s do it. Okay. Just — we don’t know if the house is empty. Please stay behind me. Sure. What was I thinking, almost telling you the truth? What? D-did I believe I would just open up and you’d forget about all the things that I did to trina, and, w-what, you would congratulate me, say, “oh, my gosh, that’s great news,” and you’d forget about trina and all the things that I did? And you, me, and ace would just have this — this happily ever after?

[ Crying ] You only care about her and — and protecting her. And if I told you I remembered what I did…

[ Doors opening, closing ]

[ Footsteps ] You think whoever broke in here is the same person who sent you photos of dead austin? It’s possible. There’s no way to know. I’m sure the intruder is long gone by now. You asked for guidance about me? I-I did. You know, carly, whenever we’re together, we’re always snapping at each other or we’re arguing. But since it’s christmas eve, and in the spirit of christmas eve, I thought it would be nice if we spent some time talking. Talking about what? Well, when I was sitting in church, I realized that after all the pain, after everything that I’ve been through in my life, I am so blessed right now to be able to spend christmas eve with my family. Never thought I’d be able to say that. With my daughter and her children… you’re a lucky lady. Yes, I am. I’m so thankful for all of my family. And you and I, we have a lot of them in common. Then I started thinking about you, carly, what you’ve been through this year — the accusations of insider trading and then, um, financial problems and drew going to prison — is there a point to this? Because I have to go get donna. There is. I’m sorry. Yes, there is a point. There is. I’m sorry. And I’m trying to ask for your forgiveness. Forgiveness for what?

There’s just — you know, carly, there’s something about the holidays that get you thinking about your life and everything in it, and all the people that have meant a lot to you and all the mistakes that you have made. The church tonight was beautiful. It was all decorated for christmas and it was so peaceful, and I just sat there. I sat there and i thought about my life, what I’ve been through, the good and the bad. I let myself think about nelle, my daughter. And I let myself grieve for what could have been. And I realized blaming you for nelle’s death, that’s what led me to seek revenge. My pain was so great, I wanted to hurt you. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t suffering alone. I’m aware of your need to lash out. Yeah, and it’s not pretty to realize that about myself, that it’s my need for revenge that drove me to hurt you by not telling you that sonny was alive in nixon falls. You’ve said this to me before, nina. I shifted tonight. Something shifted. I want to be a better person. I want to be the kind of mom that willow brags about. I want to be the kind of grandmother that wiley and amelia, they — they’re so proud of. And sitting in that church, maybe it was because I had this love around me, this support, this peace, I realized that there’s still a part of me that’s broken. I lie. There’s a part of me that still wants revenge for my daughter. That’s why I’m talking to you — I’m gonna stop you right there. I know what you’re gonna say. Anyone could have broken in here tonight. Maybe some kids playing a prank. On christmas eve, ava? Well, why not? There’s no neighbors on spoon island. And look at the break-in. It’s not exactly a professional job, right? Like something kids might do. It’s possible, but not only is there, you know, somebody out there sending you pictures of a dead guy, leaving a gun in your apartment, now he’s broken in here. So you think that would be kids or somebody playing mind games? I’m just so sick of the whole damn thing. Sick enough to do something reckless? That’s not gonna happen. ‘Cause I’m gonna do whatever I can to keep you safe. Well, thank you, sonny, but I think you know that I can protect myself. What if you’re not the real target? What if I am?

[ Indistinct talking in distance ] The turret door is open. I’m gonna go check it out. Not without me. Okay, but like I said, laura, please just stay behind me, okay? Sure. My skin has been so much smootherso much more hydrated. It’s olay!

Did you see anything? Nothing. I don’t know, maybe forensics can find something. Oh, yeah, I’m sure they can. I mean, this person wasn’t very concerned with hiding their footsteps. Well, whoever was here didn’t leave by jumping off the turret. But can we even be sure that the intruder was actually up here? It is possible that ava left that door open before she even moved out. No, I don’t think. I mean, it’s freezing out here. If ava had left the door open, it’d be colder in the sitting room, right? Someone must have left the door open more recently than that. You’re right. And it is cold. I’m going in. You know, I think I’m gonna go check on ava. She seemed really shaken up by this. Yeah. Okay. I’ll be down in a minute. Wait. The cops never found the gunman who put curtis in the wheelchair. Now, the target could have been anna, but it could have easily been me. So you think maybe whoever took that shot at the metro court pool is sending me pictures of dead austin and breaking into wyndemere? Could be, if it’s cyrus. So maybe cyrus is stalking me to get to you. I cannot rule anything out. Well, sonny, as much as I would love to blame you for my current situation, I do have enemies of my own. Whoever hurts you hurts avery. I cannot allow that. So that’s why I’m taking a personal interest in your security. You know? Yeah, it’s really not that hard to figure out what’s going on here. It isn’t? No. You went to church and you got caught up in the emotion of it all. Maybe it was the glow of the candles or the way the priest looked at you, I don’t know, but your guilty conscience started to get to you, and now you feel the need to apologize. Well, that’s part of it, but — but what’s really going on is that you feel that forgiveness is the last gift under the christmas tree, and you really, really want to open it and enjoy it… no, that isn’t — …which makes sense, because you’ve gotten everything else you’ve ever wanted, right? You got sonny, willow, your grandchildren, and the metro court. Yes, I admit that I have been very blessed this year. Great, well, at least you’re not going to insult me by pretending like you don’t see it. So why not feel entitled to ask for forgiveness, too? Well, I’m sorry to disappoint you, nina. You’re gonna have to seek redemption somewhere else.

Excuse me. Is there something wrong, father? I was supposed to hear a confession, and I was unavoidably delayed. Did you happen to see a woman waiting? As a matter of fact, there was someone here, but I — I saw her leave. Well, I’m sorry I missed her, but hopefully she’ll be back soon. Thanks for your help. You know, I-I’m curious. How do you do it, father? Do what? Well, when the lost come to you, struggling to unburden the heaviness from their souls, h-how do you help them? Sounds like you’re asking for someone in your own life or for yourself. You’re very perceptive. I am asking for someone I know, but I-it’s not me. I’m thinking about a friend who’s feeling lost and alone tonight. The holidays can often affect people in that way. Well, I felt that way a time or two myself. But tonight I want to help them, and I would appreciate any advice you might have how best to do that. Your friend is lucky to have you looking out for them. Confession is good for the soul. Merry christmas, my son. Merry christmas to you, father. Confession is good for the soul. But if nina doesn’t do what’s good for her soul, I might have to do it for her. Carly, carly, carly, please. It’s christmas eve. It’s a time that people are supposed to come together. And you still won’t give me an inch? I’ve given you more than an inch. I’ve given you more than a mile. I’ve invited you to family gatherings and stood there while wiley gives you a hug and a kiss, and I bit my tongue till it bled. And I tell myself over and over again that for his sake, I have to make things work. And then I remind myself that sonny’s happiness affects donna and avery, so I keep things pleasant. But that’s not good enough for you. You helped yourself to my husband and my hotel, and now you want my forgiveness on top of it? And you assume that you’re entitled to it, that a sappy smile and a saccharine speech is gonna give you everything that you want? You don’t get to demand forgiveness. It’s a gift, nina. And I’m not giving it to you. You know what? I’ve come to you with the best of intentions, and you’ve decided to stomp all over them. You’re not even listening to me. So much for peace on earth, goodwill to men. What do you want to do next, carly? You want to kick over that christmas tree? You’re unbelievable. You don’t get what you want, and you’re so put upon. Man, you love playing the victim. You know, I don’t want to fight with you. I didn’t come here to fight with you. I came here to try to make peace, to tell you my truth. I have been sincere. I’ve had a really long day. I want to grab my little girl and go home with my family and enjoy what’s left of christmas eve. Tell your mom that you couldn’t get a rideshare because of just all the holiday parties, and they were just all so busy, so you just had to stay just a little bit longer. Spencer, we’re trying to get my mom to like you, remember? Right? Mm-hmm. So keeping her daughter away from her on christmas eve… mm-hmm. …It’s not a good idea. That’s true. And I-I stayed longer than I planned. And I promised her and curtis that I’d open one present at midnight. Okay, fine, but if I had it my way, I would spend this entire holiday with you. Oh, how are you so sweet? Must be the spencer side of my dna.

[ Laughs ] Okay. What did I say about leaving? [ Laughs ] That it was a dumb idea.

[ Cellphone chimes ] That’s my car. Okay, well, fine. I’ll let you go. But as long as you promise that I get to see you in the morning. Well, yeah, I still got to give ace his present. Okay. Then it’s a date. Merry christmas, trina robinson. Merry christmas, spencer. I don’t even really know what I’m doing here. It’s not like you’re some great father who raised me from birth and it hurts to live without you. You’re about as far from that as possible. But I can’t tell anyone else that I’ve got my memories back. And somehow I think you and crazy heather webber are the only people who would understand me keeping it a secret. I mean, how — how messed is that? My parents would be the ones telling me to lie. And, you know, I guess it’s true, what they say, that christmas eve is the loneliest night of the year. Because here I am talking to a serial killer who just happens to be my dad. Talk about desperate. But why is it so hard? I mean, I-it should be easy to be a good person. I-I should want to take that path. But you never showed it to me. I had to learn it all on my own. And even then, it’s really only because I-I lost my memory. But I have made a good life here in port charles. I — I have a good job and an amazing child and my own apartment with — with ace’s stuff scattered all around the place. It really feels like home… …our home, and I’m happy. At least I think I am. I-it’s hard to know because that feeling is so, so new to me. But there is another path, too. The crooked one that you showed me, and… …it would be so easy to go back. But what if I don’t have a choice? Maybe it’s out of my control and I’m just supposed to be bad because it’s in my dna. That is the legacy you left me, dad. Dante: Recognize this? I don’t know, maybe. Do you think maybe it’s nikolas’? Uh, look, laura, I know you’ve been looking for him, but I don’t see anything that would indicate that nikolas was here. And this isn’t a man’s glove. This wouldn’t fit him. Yes, of course you’re right. Uh, I’m sorry. I’m not thinking rationally, am I? I, uh — I guess ’cause it’s his house. And I just thought that… maybe, uh… I don’t know. It’s okay. I understand. Uh, maybe someone with smaller hands. Maybe — maybe it’s ava’S. I don’t want or need your goons following me around, sonny. You know what it’s like trying to get anywhere with them in tow? Very well, actually. I can handle whatever this world throws at me and you know it. I always come out swinging. But sometimes you need a little help, ava. Just like the help you got from dante and dex when you were kidnapped by mason. You were grateful to them. You had to bring that up, huh? Maybe think of this — I have to do what I need to do. It’s not just about you. What do you have in mind? I don’t like this any more than you do, but avery will. Why? Until we figure out what’s going on… you’re living with me.

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