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I just got off the phone with martin. Oh, did his office get the paperwork? They did, and I’ve been officialto the adoption petition, which means everything is on track for us both to become ace’s parents. Music to my ears.

[ Chuckles ]

[ Knock on door ] I’ll get it. Hello, sister. All right. Thanks for that. What do we got? Pentonville confirmed that they were relocating olivia jerome. Csi says that the, uh, transport van was sabotaged. The two guards were restrained, but unharmed. This is all just an overview. We’ll know more when we get the crime scene report. Okay. So far, sounds like a prison break gone wrong. Yeah, but with olivia jerome, nothing’s ever that simple. You didn’t have to come over. Well, you seemed a little frazzled when you bailed on lunch, not to mention vague. So I thought, why not meddle? You okay? Yeah. I’m just keeping an extra eye on danny. Danny. Why? Okay, I’m gonna tell you, and then you’re gonna tell me that I’m worried over nothing and nothing serious is going on with my kid. Sonny isn’t here. But you’re more than welcome to come in and wait for him. Okay. Uh, well, can you call him? Because he’s not picking up for me, so… I’m sure he’s just busy. Yes, but you’re avery’s mom, so he might not be

as busy for you. Maybe I can help. Why — why don’t you tell me what’s going on? No, no, ava, it’s really sonny that I need to speak to, and it’s very important. Okay. Well, like I said, y-you’re more than welcome to wait. Okay, well, do you know when he’ll be back?

[ Chuckles ] No, no. Not precisely, no. Okay, well, then I’m gonna go look for him. Thank you. Josslyn, wait. Don’t do that. You didn’t run. Haven’t even started packing. No point. You have at least one guard stationed nearby. You know where, ’cause you know how I operate. That’s why you’re carrying. You also know your only way out is through me. What are you gonna do, dex? You gonna take a shot? I

Nedto the ground rules? You’re supposed to call me before you come over. I know, but I was in the neighborhood, and I just wanted to say hello to my sister and, uh, my grand-nephew. Well, now’s not a good time. We’ve just put him down for his nap. Well, I promise this will just be a quick visit. I have another engagement immediately after. And yet he found time to stop by. One should always find time for family, don’t you think? Come in. Thank you.

[ Baby crying ] Uh, could I just have a glimpse of him? I’m afraid even a glimpse is out of the question. Naps are just so important at his age. It seems ace isn’t the only one in need of a nap. Yeah, well, don’t let us keep you from your next appointment. Uh, before I go, uh, have you been in touch with nikolas since he left for pentonville? I have. I-I know how hard this must be for you and ace. Thank you. And how have you taken to being ace’s temporary guardians? Yeah, well, I-I guess there’s no reason that I shouldn’t tell you. We are, uh — kevin and I have decided to legally adopt ace.

[ Laughs ] Oh, my god! That’s wonderful news. Congratulations. Well, thank you. I’m — I’m pleased that you’re so pleased, although I am a little bit surprised. B-but why would my happiness at your good fortune surprise you? Yeah, I suppose it shouldn’T. I can’t think of two better people to shepherd our little angel through this world. Oh, okay. I think there’s something we need to get clear right now. Ace’s adoption does not guarantee you a bigger role in his life, as a matter of fact, or any role. Why don’t I want to go look for sonny? You know where he is, don’t you? Sonny doesn’t apprise me of his movements. But you know what he’s doing. What I know is that it’s a waste of time to scour the city looking for him when the one place we know he’ll show up is here. And if what you have to say is so important, then stay. Can you just call me when he gets back here, please? Josslyn. You’re obviously very upset, and — and you can tell me. Has something happened?

[ Scoffs ] It’s personal. I see. So this must be about dex. Or michael. I don’t want to hurt you, sonny. But I’m not going down without a fight. If I wanted you dead, you’d be rotting in the ground right now, no matter what carly said. But you’re right about one thing. What’s that? You joined my organization under false pretenses, working for michael the whole time. My job was to protect you, and I did. You know too much about my business and about me. And all I know about you is I can’t trust you. So if you were in my position, dex, how would you handle this? I’ve got the crime scene report. Hmm? What do we know? Transport van, uh, hit a spike strip, blew out the tires. They pulled the van over. Then they were ambushed by two masked men. They tied up the guards and took olivia jerome. And shortly thereafter, they heard a gunshot. They freed themselves. One of them called for help. The other went into the woods in the direction of the gunshot and found… olivia’s body. Wow. That’s grim. Did we pick up the gunman’s trail yet? Not yet. I need to see the body.

Danny was drinking? Yeah.

Danny? I know. Would you be less surprised if it were rocco or scout? I couldn’t be more surprised. Wow. Danny? Mm-hmm. I never in a million years. I know. But here we are. Did you flip out? I would have flipped out. I have flipped out. Trouble kristina used to get into took years off my life. Actually, no. Really? I mean, I was angry, but I didn’t, like,

really raise my voice or give him a long lecture or anything. A short one? We just — we had, like, a good conversation about it. Good. It was actually quite mature — of me, not him. Did you ground him? Hell, yes, I grounded him. How long? Until he learns responsibility. So I guess you didn’t want to tie yourself down to a specific timeline? Well, I didn’t think of it that way, but I like the way you think. Let me see. Ah. I think somewhere between one month and forever sounds good. That’s reasonable. But we did. We got to a good place, mom. Okay. You ready for me to be honest with you? I don’t know. Is it something I’m gonna want to hear? I think so. I think what you did was very normal parenting. You do? Actually, it sounds like excellent parenting.

[ Sighs ] But you’re still bothered. Uh, well, taking the whole, “you’re grounded, but if this ever happens again and you find yourself in this position, you can call me or dante, and we’ll come get you, no questions asked” route is…normal course of action, right? Last time I checked. But danny is jason’s son, and he’s getting more and more like him every day. And jason was drawn to danger. What if danny is, too? Of course I will respect your wishes as ace’s adoptive mother. Good idea. But I must ask… you know, that was fast. …Why would you want to deprive him of family after he’s already lost so much? It’s because of how much he’s lost that I want you to keep your distance. I want him to have some kind of stability in his young life. But I would only bring stability. I would be a constant presence — well, as constant as you deem appropriate. No more, but certainly no less. Look, I-I appreciate your good intentions, I really do, but you just have to rest assured that ace has a lot of family who really love him. Yeah, I-I know that. And it gives me comfort. But it’s a family I dearly long to be part of. I-it’s one reason I stopped by today — to offer you whatever comfort I could after losing spencer and — and seeing nikolas go to prison. I-I care about you. Yes, I know. You keep telling me that. And you keep doubting. How long are you going to distrust me? God, I think I’ve proven by now that I-I’ve turned over a new leaf. Yeah. Look, cyrus, it just wasn’t that long ago that when you expressed your sympathy for somebody else’s misfortune, what you were really doing was rubbing their nose in it. You don’t deny that, do you? I do not. I own my misdeeds and carry the shame of them. Okay, okay. Well, the rest of us remember it. Okay. Okay? So if you would like us all to believe that you’ve turned over a new leaf, then it may take more than just your word. You know? You — you may have to forgive us our trespasses if we need more time — more time to forgive yours. Yeah, I understand. Okay. Which is why I asked you about nikolas. Not to rub your nose in it, but because I want you to know that I’ve arranged for nikolas to be protected in pentonville so that you can have the peace that comes from knowing he’ll be safe. This is exactly what I’m talking about. Really? How can you expect me to believe that you’ve turned over a new leaf when you’re offering to pull strings in prison? What makes you think this is about michael? Michael came by. And he confessed to sonny. I happened to overhear. Shocker. Now, come on. This can’t be the first you’re hearing of this. What did michael confess? He didn’t mention it. And I don’t think it occurred to sonny that you and dex are — you’re much too crazy about each other to keep secrets. Especially big secrets. Like the fact that michael hired dax first to spy on sonny and then to protect him. Fine. Yes, I knew.

[ Sighs ] That’s a heavy burden to carry. I empathize. If you’d like somebody to talk to… thank you, but I think I’ll just talk to my mom. Yeah, of course, but it looks like you need somebody to talk to right now. And since I’m here right now… ava, [Chuckles] Why do you care so much? I expected you to handle it the way you almost did. And in your opinion, what should I do now? If it were my call? Yeah. Start over. All the cards are on the table. I’m fresh out of secrets. And you know what? It feels good. Yes, if it were up to me, I would keep working for you. But I know that’s not possible. I’ve become a liability that you can’t afford. Perceptive, as usual. And for what it’s worth, I didn’t just learn about your business. I learned about you and the man you are. When michael hired me, this was just a job. But then I got to know you and your family. And I realized that you have a code and principles that guide you. I know you have no reason to believe me, but I wasn’t lying when I told you how much I admire you. Even now. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. Yeah. That’s olivia. Shot point blank in the back of the head. Olivia jerome was executed.

I have long since cut ties with the criminal element, those who kept me trapped in the dark, far from the lord’s love. Okay, then, if it’s not your henchmen who’d be looking after my son in jail, then who are you talking about? Oh, I found a-another group of men in prison, lost souls seeking redemption, just like me. Well-intentioned men living with the consequences of their mistakes. My mission is to provide them an example to live by, to offer counsel, to guide them through their sentences, and hope that they can turn their lives around in prison and out. Right. But they’re more inmates, criminals. You haven’t said they’re not dangerous. Well, of course they’re dangerous, laura. They wouldn’t very well be able to provide protection if they were meek little lambs. Yeah. Okay. Well, I guess I was just hoping that maybe — I don’t know — that maybe you’d bribed a few guards or something. With what? I have no riches to bribe anyone. Maybe with those hidden riches that you use to bribe people secretly.

[ Laughs ] If only I were half as colorful as I am in your imagination. Then you’d be wearing half an orange jumpsuit.

[ Laughs ] Oh, you are so funny. Look, all you need to know is that after my release, I never abandoned my flock, nor have I abandoned my cause. Uh-huh. What is your cause, cyrus? With the lord’s blessing, my flock is about to get bigger. This afternoon is the inaugural broadcast of my radio show. Soon — very soon, in fact — I will be spreading god’s word to everyone in port charles. It was valentine’s day. Dante and I decided to have a date night here at the house. He cooked for me. We thought all of the kids were in their rooms. And then there was a knock at the door just as we were about to get romantic, and dante opened the door and there was a cop with danny. Perspective. Danny is not the first teenager to sneak out of the house with his friends and wind up drinking. Mom, sneaking out is one thing, but sneaking out via a fire escape that’s suspended from the side of the building on — on a penthouse floor? Clearly, danny doesn’t have any fear of heights.

[ Laughs ] Yeah. Gee, I-I wonder who he takes after? I mean, what if danny hadn’t gotten caught and he would have tried to sneak back in the same way — up the building, mom? What if he slipped or lost his balance? Okay, you are right to be asking all these questions, and you are right to be extra vigilant. However, one incident is not a pattern necessarily. Okay. So this is normal teenage stuff? All I know is what kristina did to me.

[ Chuckles ] Kristina’s an angel right now compared to those things. Honey, I never raised a boy, so I have no idea what’s normal for boys. I get that all teenagers take chances. But what if danny’s hardwired to take bigger chances? And if so, how do I keep him safe? Because if he’s anything like his father, the more I try to control him, the harder he’s gonna fight to be free. All right. I debriefed the detectives who were on the scene. They found this nearby. Oh, yeah. Can I have a look? Oh, yeah. Find something? Yeah, see that marking right there? Mm-hmm. Wsb put it on all the guns they seize. That means whoever tried to kill sonny is also behind olivia jerome’s murder. You had a lot of potential, more than I’ve seen anyone have in a long time. You proved your abilities to me. But you reminded me that being capable and trustworthy don’t really go hand-in-hand. I wish I could just let you go, forget you ever existed. But you’re too big of a liability. I understand there’s a risk that your enemies might use me to get to you. But I was willing to take a bullet rather than give up carly and michael. You know I can hold up under pressure. I have kids to consider. You said yourself, I’m not gonna, you know, take chances when it comes to protecting my family. So what now? The only way I see it, you’re gonna have to disappear. I know I’m not your favorite person, but you still went out of your way to get spinelli and dex to find me when mason took me. Well, of course. And, you know, I did that for avery. You still did it. I owe you my life for that. So if there’s anything that I can ever do for you, no matter what it is, all you have to do is ask. You really mean that? Absolutely. Then please help me find sonny. Oh, josslyn, I told you, I don’t know where he is. Then call him or get the guards to summon him home. I really think it’s best if you just come — ava! Sonny is gonna kill dex, all right? You know that, and I know that. I need to speak to him before he does something drastic, okay? I might have helped, but dex is the one who rescued you. Okay? Twice. Once at the quartermaines’ when heather webber attacked you, and once in pautuck. You owe him your life twice over. Please help me protect him.

you expect me to let you kill me? I expect you to leave town. Leave? I’m gonna have frank take you to one of my safe houses until brick sets you up with a new identity — passport, driver’s license. And then once you’re gone, we’re gonna cover your tracks and set you up with money. What about josslyn? No. The way this works, brick and I are the only ones that have to know what’s going on. We bring josslyn into this, she’s gonna drive my enemies to you. But we know how to be careful. Okay. I know josslyn loves you. She loves her family, too. But we involve josslyn, it’s all for nothing! Then shoot me! It’s not worth it. Okay? Joss made my life worth living. Without her, you might as well finish me off now. I would absolutely help if I could. But you won’T. So everything you just said — if I ever need anything — that’s all crap. I-I meant every word. And I am aware of how unsparing sonny can be with those who cross him. But he didn’t cross him, ava. Literally the opposite. How many times did dex almost give sonny his life? And that counts for nothing. I know it seems unfair, but you know as well as I do that sonny can’t risk fairness when it comes to his family’s safety. So you’re saying there’s nothing I can do? Yes. You have a radio show? Who would put you on the air? Someone who sees the value in my message? No. Unh-unh. Something’s off here. Something is deeply off here. It saddens me that you still doubt my intentions. Ugh! Fortunately, the lord provides me strength to continue proving I’ve changed. I know I can never erase the terrible things I’ve done. But I can at least counteract them by putting some good in the world. That’s my purpose. Mm. But what is your motive? Dear sister, I can only hope one day you will believe the change I’m showing the world and accept the man I have become. I must take my leave. My debut is about 15 minutes away on kzpc-radio. I do hope you’ll tune in. It’s a miracle, but ace is still down. Then again, maybe he was trying to avoid our company. Laura? What did cyrus want? The same thing he always wants. My trust. I tried to shield scout and danny from jason’s life, and when I realized I couldn’t, I broke up with him. Sam, you — you seem to give your kids stability, despite all that. Mom, what if it wasn’t enough? Danny always wanted more time with his father. Jason was in and out of his life, and then all of a sudden it wasn’t enough. Danny took jason’s death really hard. And what if a way to feel close to his father, danny is trying to take the sort of chances that jason used to take? And if so, how long has this been building up in him, and why haven’t I seen it before? Listen to me. I understand how you feel. At some point, every parent does, one way or the other, but you did not cause this. Do you understand that? Yeah. Do you believe me? I want to. Whatever danny is going through, you will get him through this, because you are a wonderful mother. Olivia jerome’s long history with the mob certainly tracks with our gunman’s pattern — e leadS. Yeah, absolutely. Okay, so forensics needs to confirm that the bullet that killed jerome matches that gun. Yeah. Let’s see if they can put a rush on it. Oh, yeah. We need to act fast, because as soon as the feds are apprised of this development, then agent cates is gonna want to take over, and we all know how thrilled he was that we didn’t back off in the first place. Oh, whatever. It’s not like he could be any less cooperative. It’s not like he could.

[ Sighs ] You know, it’s common knowledge that there won’t be any tears shed over olivia. But those guards, — they could have been injured or worse. And curtis already got caught in the crossfire. Agent cates needs to understand we have to put a stop to this before any more innocent bystanders are hurt.

Thank you for the encouragement, mom, because I don’t feel like a good mom, much less a wonderful one. You know who thinks they’re wonderful moms? Terrible moms, that’s who.

[ Laughs ] So it’s good to doubt. Yeah, it’s like if you think you’re going crazy, the fact that you’ve asked that question means you’re way ahead of the game. That’s good to know.

[ Sighs ] In the meantime, just take it one step at a time, okay? This is just one incident. I know, but what if it was just the first? Then you will know if you see it escalate and you will do something about it. You will take care of him, just like you always have. And you’re not gonna have to do it alone, ’cause you got me, and you can always count on me. And together we will figure it out. Is that a deal? It’s a deal.

[ Cellphone rings ] Okay. That’s my phone.

[ Laughs ] Okay. Oh. It’s one of my reporters. Hey. What’s up? Mom? Is everything okay? Our best lead is the gun dealer philip o’neill. His lawyers want a deal, but the fbi isn’t biting. What, he’s still not talking? Dante: Yeah, which doesn’t make any sense. And then, like, this guy’s got a target on his back, don’t you think? I mean, he can id who he sold the guns to. Yeah, that is concerning. But interestingly, whoever it is that’s after organized crime figures, they waited until olivia was out of prison before they made their move. Right. Well, that just makes me think that whoever this is doesn’t have access to anyone on the inside. Okay, so then I think I’m gonna talk to agent cates and try to persuade him to keep o’neill at pentonville rather than moving him out of our reach. Do you think we can get something out of o’neill? You know, just because he’s not talking to law enforcement doesn’t mean he won’t talk to anyone. Well, I should have known better. Thank you, ava. This conversation was a big help. Josslyn, I-I didn’t mean to upset you. I just need someone to help me, ava. I love dex. I love him. Do you understand? I cannot and I will not give up on the people I love. I won’t do it. If I pull this trigger because you asked me to, I won’t be breaking josslyn’s heart. You will. I love her, and I never thought — I thought it would be beaten out of me and that it would never happen for me. But then it did then. Okay — and now — you know it’s the best thing for josslyn to leave town. My enemies are gonna be tracking you down for the rest of your life. You want to put her in danger? You want her to be the target? I can’t lose her, sonny. Okay, here’s the deal. You want to keep your life? You’re never gonna come back here again. You’re not gonna have any contact with anyone again. It’s up to you.

[ Cellphone rings ] I need an answer… now.

O’neill won’t talk to us, but he might talk to someone in pentonville. Plant an informant in his cell. Mm-hmm. Could work. I don’t know. It seems like a long shot, doesn’t it? I mean, given this guy’s line of work, you’d gotta think he’d be pretty tight-lipped, no matter who he’s talking to. Exactly. Right now, he’s probably even more surprised than we are that he’s still alive. There might be something he wants to get off his chest, just in case.We’d have to find someone who was good at extracting that kind of information, and also someone that robert would be willing to offer a deal to. So a lesser sentence in exchange for some information — I mean, that would be pretty good incentive. Yeah, but no one who poses a significant risk to the general public on release. Right. On top of finding this person and making a deal with the da’s office, the informant also has to establish some kind of trust with o’neill in order to make this work. That’s all gonna take time. Yeah, that’s time we don’t have. Yeah, well, until we think of something faster.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Something wrong? It’s from laura. What is it?

[ Static ] Cyrus: This is kzpc-radio. And welcome to “searching with cyrus.” You’re probably asking, what could I have in common with you? After all, I’m an ex-convict who was serving hard time in pentonville. But one thing I learned there is we are all prisoners. But if we give our burden to the lord, he will set us free. That’s why I’m here — to help you share that burden and give voice to your troubles so that you may live a life of peace. [ Baby crying ] I was once the most lost… I’ll get ace. I’ve heard enough of this that I can stand, anyway. …That god never gives up on any of us… why don’t you just turn that off? [ Sighs ] Oh, no. I’m going to listen to every word. I need to understand what cyrus is really saying. …Someone who knows what it is to… good luck with that. If I can find my way to a better place, so can you.

Where’s dex? I’m sorry, josslyn. He’s gone. No, I definitely intend to run it in the morning. I just want to be able to check it first before it goes to press. Mm-hmm. But I’m gonna have to call you back because there’s something I have to do first. Hi.

[ Knock on door ] Oh, alexis, hi. Are you looking for sonny? Actually, I’m here to see you.

[ Cellphone rings ] Do you need to get that? Um, [Chuckles] Pentonville. I’m sure it’s your darling nephew calling collect. Oh, I don’t think that it is. May I come in? Yeah, please. So is this a-a social call, or are we on the record here? I heard from one of my reporters, and I think julian would want you to hear it from someone that you know. Conjuring my late brother’s name. This can’t be good. Julian would want me to hear what? Your sister olivia is dead. Is that so? Huh. Well, then, I’m sorry for your loss. Are you really? ‘Cause after what she did to you, I think that you’re probably wondering what circle of hell she’s roasting in. I want to see him. That’s not possible. Where is he? What did you do to him? Dex is alive, but he’s not coming back to port charles. You’re a liar. He would never leave me. Dex did what he had to do, what was best for everyone.

[ Crying ] Not for me. Especially for you. He wanted me to give you this. I hate you! You’re a criminal and a liar, and I will never forgive you for this! I know.

[ Door closes ]

[ Sobbing ] Emily, tell everybody who’s on the show to day.

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