GH Transcript Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Carly: Why did you threaten to blackball writers and photographers if they worked with nina on her new magazine? Nina tried to ruin both of our lives. The least I could do is return the favor. But we’ve already gotten our revenge. You fired nina, and you hired me as editor in chief of crimson magazine. You know it’s killing her to see me take her place! Yeah, until she bounced back as the editor of a new magazine. I had to shut her down. Why?! Why take the bait?! What is the benefit of one-upping nina? We already have everything that we want. Our happiness and our success is the best revenge. Why can’t you just ignore nina? Cody. What are you doing here? I thought you had to work at the quartermaines’ tonight. Ah, yeah, my plans changed. I mean, I would have let you know, but you said that you were staying in to watch a movie. Yeah, well, maxie and i had to blow off some steam after the day we had at work. A latte at the haven bistro wasn’t cutting it, so we decided to come here for a drink or two. Well, it looks like we had the same idea. What a fortuitous happenstance. Maxie: My mom took the kids for dinner and ice cream, so I thought I would take advantage of the free night and let loose a little bit. Well, this is perfect timing. You guys should join us. Uh, we would, but spinelli was just about to bail on me. What?! No! We just got here! Hey. Stay a little bit. We all had so much fun together at the hatchet range. I feel like we should keep that going. Maxie and I could both really use it. Definitely. Please stay. Slumber can wait. Good! Alright. Now that we’re all on the same page, ladies, you two need drinks. Sasha, would you mind helping me? Sure. Alright. Okay. I got maxie here like you asked. What tricks do you have up your sleeve? Dante: Alright, while we’re getting you mic’d up, why don’t we, uh, go over the plan one more time? Alright. So, you’re at pentonville to preach a sermon as a volunteer chaplain, okay? So, the arms dealer that we’re interested in, phillip o’neill, he is in protective custody, but we’ve made a deal with his guards to attend the sermon. So you’re gonna strike up a conversation with him. Wait, wait. I-I thought time was of the essence here. I’ve already agreed to your plan. Why are you talking to me like I’m an idiot? Eh, I don’t know. I think that it’s because you like to exploit loopholes, and I don’t want you to weasel out of what we’ve already agreed to. So while I may have made a deal with the devil, cyrus, I refuse to be damned. Sonny: I thought I was supposed to come here and question your guard who betrayed you, not take a scenic tour around the property. With everything that’s gone on recently, I prefer to be surrounded by security. And that’s easier on my estate. But don’t worry. Your patience is about to be rewarded. How so? I don’t imagine you care about my gardening. But I do all my best work here.

Even a day after we agreedto not engage with nina, she tried to sabotage your first issue as crimson’s editor in chief. Am I supposed to let her get away with that?! No. You’re supposed to have faith in me. Because I handled it. That magazine made it to the printer on time, despite nina’s dirty trick. That’s a testament to how good you are already at your job. It doesn’t excuse her from her behavior like… you want her out of our lives, but nina has made it very clear that she is not gonna disappear, no matter how badly we want that. So what?! Let her play her games! The only thing nina wants is a reaction from us. And the best way to fight her is to not give her that reaction. You don’t really believe that, do you, carly? I mean, she was in your office right here. She was gloating about her next strategy, how to take us down. I — doesn’t that infuriate you?! Yes, it infuriates me! It took everything in me not to smack her. But I know — and I have learned — that every time I stoop to nina’s level, it only causes more conflict. And come on. Sonny’s dumped her. Michael and willow don’t want her anywhere near them or their children. Nina is almost disconnected from everyone in my life — except you, apparently. She’s got a near-bottomless bank account. She’s got nothing else to lose. That is a dangerous combination. I did what I did to try to get her out of our lives quicker and to minimize the damage that she can cause in the meantime. You just want to humiliate her. That, too. Well, at least let me reassure you that I know what I’m doing today. After my sermon, mr. O’neill’s guards will delay returning him to his cell, allowing me the opportunity to enlighten him as to the healing power of confession and how it frees the soul. Okay. That’s a good start. But the goal is to get him to give up the name of whoever it is that he sold the wsb stolen cache of guns to. Y-you do realize that you’re asking me to betray my values and my sacred duties as a man of the cloth. Alright. You might want to dial it back just a little bit. I mean, you’re not even ordained yet, right? You know, there are people here at pentonville who actually see me as a chaplain, with all the responsibilities that that entails. Alright, so you believe that we all get closer to god by admitting our sins, right? I do. Okay. So that’s exactly what you’re doing for o’neill. You know, regardless of the motives, you are giving him an opportunity to change and to become a better person. That’s right. Look. O’neill isn’t talking to us. He’s not getting a plea deal or anything like that. He’s going away for a long time. We got him dead to rights on illegal weapons trafficking charges, okay? So nothing that we do today, the information that we will be getting, will not cause any more trouble for him. And this may help others. Oh, yeah. So much. Oh! 100%. I mean, he’s gonna be putting less people in harm’s way — innocent people like curtis ashford, who may never walk again because of the guns that o’neill sold. I mean, this will help a lot of innocent people, this confession we’re gonna get. The lord does work in mysterious ways. Mm-hmm. He does. Yeah. Okay. Uh, it’s time. You ready? I am. I just hope that my lord and my police commissioner remember my sacrifice. Curtis ashford’s warning that I might be targeted for assassination came just in the nick of time. How so?Between curtis’ information and the failed attack on me, I realized that I’m in greater danger than I thought. Well, that’s been made clear to us already. I immediately started asking questions and — wouldn’t you know — discovered that li here had just bought a new car, a luxury vehicle. I dug a little deeper and learned that he’d recently come into quite a large and unexplained sum of money. After some convincing…

[ Grunts ] …Li admitted that he’d made a deal to share my whereabouts, putting me in a very vulnerable position. My loyal men also recovered a gun that was in li’s possession. You don’t say. My people examined it closely. No serial number. But there was a marking on it. Let me guess. It’s another one of the missing guns that was stolen from the wsb. I will take that as a “yes”! You’ve been working for the people who took a shot at me… twice!

Okay, so, spinelli used to sing karaoke to maxie back when they were dating, so I figure what better way for them to remember their history than for him to serenade her again? Alright. That makes sense! Yep. You want to remind them of all the good times they had together as a couple. Smart. I’m impressed. Tracy is out of control. She’s trying to make all the decisions at deception. She thinks she knows better than me or brook lynn or anyone else who works there. You know she even suggested that I quit and go back to crimson? Not that I would ever do that. I’m completely committed to deception. Also, I just — I can’t give tracy that satisfaction. That’s — that’s egregious! I mean, without you, deception would crumble faster than if thanos snapped it out of existence. Thank you. You know, I-I am working really hard to make deception successful so we all benefit. Tracy’s just not making it easy. Here you go. Remember to put your song choices in early. Thank you. They have karaoke here now? Evidently, kristina just started it. Karaoke can’t help but remind me of our non-wedding.

[ Laughs ] Remember? How could I forget? I hope getting maxie and spinelli together here tonight works… without betraying girl code or telling you anything we’ve talked about. Yeah, yeah. No. I-I would never disclose the conversations spinelli and I have had, either. Right. No, no. We’re keeping our friends’ confidences. Yes. But we can have eyes. We do have eyes. Ah, I just keep my fingers crossed that a night of karaoke with spinelli will give maxie the clarity she needs on her feelings for him. Once the music starts, who knows what’ll happen.

[ Sighs ] I don’t want to fight with you. I really don’T. But I’m not gonna apologize for wanting justice for what nina did to me. And I thought you would actually back me up on this. I mean, you normally are the first person to want to get even with somebody that wrongs you. You’re right. Payback has been my go-to reaction for most of my life. If someone hurt me, I was gonna hurt ’em back twice as bad. But most of the time, that reaction has caused more conflict. And, drew… life is short. I mean, losing my mom so unexpectedly, I mean, that just brings it home all over again. And I am happy now. I’m so happy with you. We have such a great life. Isn’t that enough? I thought it would be. And it would have been… if I didn’t find out who turned us in to the sec. But I know. And I can’t pretend like it doesn’t affect me.

[ Sighs ] I-I just came back from pentonville… with so much rage. I mean, do you have any idea what that feels like to be — to be beaten within an inch of your life? I was lying on the floor of that shower, and I was in so much pain, I wished I was dead, but I was praying for somebody to come and save me. I’m so sorry that that happened to you. It was horrible. And then I was freed, and I had nothing to do with that anger. I had nowhere to direct it. I didn’t have anybody to blame… until I found out who sent me there. Oh, god. Seeing nina. It must be so hard every time. And every time I do, I feel the rage boiling inside of me. I think about how much time I lost with scout when I was in prison. I think about getting beaten and the pain and the recovery. So, yeah, sometimes I do feel like I’d like her to feel a little bit of that humiliation as payback. That’s true. Okay. I’m not asking you to forgive nina. I would never ask you to forgive her. But this anger, drew… it scares me. I-I mean, you — you haven’t been the same since you went to prison. I went to prison for… you can finish that sentence. You went to prison for me. I’m done playing games here. Tell me who hired you! Unfortunately, li seems to be quite loyal to his other employer. We haven’t been able to get a name out of him yet. Perhaps you can get him to be a little more forthcoming. Sonny can be

very persuasive. You’re working for people who are trying to have me killed. People who have put my family and people I care about in the crossfire of an assassin’s bullet. Whoever did this is gonna pay.

[ Grunts ] Hey! I usually have people that do this sort of business, but since your friends took a shot at me while my little girl was nearby… I need a more personal touch. Whoever did this is gonna suffer, I promise you that. And whoever’s helping them… is gonna suffer. Unless you give me a compelling reason… to spare you!

you’re gonna sing yet? Uh, no, no, no. Not me. Spinelli is the singer. Spinelli: Oh. Oh. I disagree. Um, I got to grab something. I got to check something out. I’ll be right back. Okay? Well, look, if you’re not gonna grace us with the dulcet tones of your voice, then I’m not gonna sing, either. What?! You can’t sit out just because of me. I know how much you love karaoke. I do. Okay, everyone. We’re gonna get started! So drink some liquid courage if you need it. And get ready for some great tunes. Your first singers tonight are cody bell and sasha gilmore! Whoo!

[ Applause ] Get up there, sasha! Don’t let me down. I hope you know what you’re doing. You trust me. Come on. I — you have never heard my less-than-stellar singing voice. You’ve never heard mine.

[ Up-tempo music plays ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

When I’m feeling down together:  Or when I’m feeling blue I know that I can call I can count on you

[ Laughs ]

Be so strange and unpredictable through thick and thin forever we’ll be friends ’cause you oh, you give me strength to push on through it’s true so true I will always stand by you stand by you alright. You… you, you stand by you you, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh stand by you I know we haven’t seen each other in a while no distance can keep us apart you’ve been so loyal from the start only you can say the words that make me laugh until I cry there’s not a thing that I would change I love just how we are ’cause you oh, you give me strength to push on through it’s true so true I will always stand by you stand by you, ooh, ooh you, ooh, ooh stand by you you, ooh, ooh, you, ooh, ooh stand by you ooh you, ooh stand by you, ooh, ooh ooh, ooh stand by you

[ Cheers and applause ]

Thanks… cyrus: When we confess our sins, we’re not punished, but rather rewarded for having the courage to bare our souls. With penance and absolution, our conscience is freed, and we’re able to step forward with a clear heart. I don’t see your lips moving… so I guess you’ve made your choice. What do you want? A description of the man who hired you to betray selina… and his name. He didn’t give me his name. Said it was better I didn’t know. Then I guess you’re out of luck. No! Listen to me. That man doesn’t matter anyway. He was just a go-between, working for who’s really in charge. That’s convenient, isn’t it? Hm! And you’re telling us you never met his boss? No. Never. Really? So let me guess. He never gave you his boss’s name. He didn’t trust me enough. Come on! But I overheard one of his phone calls. His boss goes by the name “stone.”

I can’t believe I justsang in front of people! I know. You really got into it. I know! I never thought I would like doing anything like that in front of a crowd, but it was so much fun performing with cody. I’m not surprised you had such a great time. You two make a good team. Looks like you’re having fun. Aren’t you glad you stayed? The night has been illuminating. Uh-huh. It seems like maxie’s enjoying herself, too. Maybe you can convince her to sing a duet with you after all. I know what you’re doing. Having a fun night out with my friends? Trying to get maximista and i to spend as much time together in the hopes that it will lead to something, but I’ve already told you I have no intention of pursuing my… unrequited feelings for her. Okay, well, what if it isn’t unrequited? What if she feels exactly the same way you do? What is wrong with you? Please stop. Let this go. I — alright. I-I’m just trying to help out. I didn’t ask for your help. A-and this is none of your business. Why do you care so much anyway? I just want you to be happy, man. Okay. Alright. Maybe I feel bad about how I treated you when I first came to town, too. Oh, when you were blackmailing me? I know. I know. I’m trying to be a better person. I feel like I owe you one. Well, then I release you from that debt. Okay, but that’s not the only reason. I mean, I care about maxie and her family. They mean a lot to me. And I see how much she likes you. I just want her to be happy. Yeah, that’s a touching tale, but you’re not that altruistic. You know what I think? I think you realize the longer you spend playing cupid with maxie and I, the more time you can spend with sasha. I mean, look, sasha is smart and fun. I’m not gonna deny that I like spending time with her, but… that’s not the reason I want you and maxie to get together. Tell yourself whatever you want. Just butt out of my love life. Fine. Okay, well, now that we have that settled… um, you know, I think I’m gonna actually head out. No, no, no, no, no. Wait. Wait a second. Where do you think you’re going? You’re not gonna sneak out before you sing, are you? I’m sorry. I didn’t mean that. I don’t feel like I went to prison for you. You did. You paid for my crime… by losing time with your family. And you almost died. And my life, basically, I don’t know, stay the same. I made a choice to cop a plea to protect you, yeah. I don’t regret that for a second. I would do the same thing in a heartbeat because I love you. I love you, too. That’s all that matters. Is it? I’m not so sure anymore. What does that mean? I understand… your desire for revenge against nina. I mean, if I had to go to pentonville and I found out it was because of her, I would feel the same way. I would want to kill her. Oh, nice to hear you acknowledge that. And I know that my situation was very different. I didn’t have it as bad. I lost some money and a business. And I want you to know that I really do understand and truly, truly appreciate your sacrifice. I know you do. But I can’t move on with my life unless nina is behind me. I don’t want to think about her anymore, I don’t want to argue with her anymore, and I don’t want to try and hurt her anymore because it always comes back to bite me. Nina suffers, but I suffer. And I don’t want to do that to myself anymore. I don’t want you to do that anymore. But I can’t make you feel the way I feel. It’s obvious that we’re not on the same page about nina. But we can just keep talking. We c-can figure things out as we move forward, how to deal with her. Drew! I want nina out of my life completely. And I don’t know if you can do that. I don’t know if you want to do that. I understand. And I want you to know that I — that I hear where you’re coming from. But I’m not just a passenger along for the ride in your life. I’m in this relationship just as much as you are and I get just as much say in how to handle nina as you do. Hello. I’m cyrus, the honorary chaplain here at pentonville. Phillip o’neill. I hadn’t seen you at any of our services. Wanted to introduce myself and, uh, see if there was anything I could do for you. I appreciate that. I think I’m good. I just only recently become incarcerated here. Well, I’m sorry you find yourself behind bars. As a former inmate, I know how disconcerting that can be. I didn’t realize a former felon could be a chaplain. Well, my journey has been an enlightening one. I, uh, spent years making all the wrong choices, and finally I allowed myself to listen to what god had been trying to tell me all along — that I was not beyond saving… if only I would trust in him to guide me. And now that I’ve been given a chance at redemption myself, I try to pay it forward by helping other lost souls. That’s quite a transformation. Yeah. Thank you for sharing. Well, it turns out this is my calling, helping others find a way forward when all seems lost. I can see something’s troubling you, brother. Maybe I can help. From your reaction, I gather that name means something to you. Yeah. Uh, it was somebody that I knew a long time ago. Very important to me. He’s gone now. Then it can’t be the same person who’s targeting us. But that name is also very important to somebody else that just arrived in port charles. I’m disappointed in you, anna. I thought we’d come to an understanding. Yeah. So did I. I don’t think I’m violating that in any way. If you will excuse me, my detective and i are in the middle of an operation. One that was never cleared by me. Imagine my surprise when I’m informed that phillip o’neill is not available for questioning tonight because he’s at a religious service. On your orders. Yes. Well, I stand by my decision. And may I remind you that this is my jurisdiction and o’neill is a possible witness. So I am at liberty to conduct my investigation any way I choose! You are not at liberty to keep the fbi in the dark, which is why I’m shutting this operation down!

to stop the attackson these mob figures. Yeah, I get that we all have a vested interest in solving this case, but it’s your methods I have a problem with. You’re trying to get my witness under a wire and extract information without looping me in. I can’t allow that. Oh, so you want to tank the entire investigation because your pride’s hurt? I have been working on this case for months. I have put everything into it. So I am not going to allow you to blow the whole thing because you got a bias toward sonny corinthos. O-kay! And there it is. That’s it, right? This whole vendetta you have against my father? Okay. Sonny has been targeted twice. It’s not a bias to try to find out who’s responsible. It’s literally our job. And o’neill is the best lead that both of our cases has. And the federal prosecutor couldn’t convince him to talk, so I have taken matters into my own hands. By acting without authority and going behind my back? Okay, but this could work! Why are you so ready to shut it down?! Stone was a kid I took in back in the ’90s. He was very, very important to me. He had a brother named john. After stone died, john had a son, named him stone in memory of his brother. John is a fed. I see. We never got along. I mean, matter of fact, he hated my guts. The only thing we had in common was stone. And after stone died, I… I hadn’t seen john in years until recently. And he still has it in for me. John is the agent investigating all the attacks on organized-crime figures. That seems like suspiciously convenient timing. Yeah. I feel the same way. So if whoever’s coming after us is named stone, that can’t just be a coincidence. It does raise a lot of pressing questions. And I want to get the answers. Damian spinelli, you are up! Go for it, buddy. Now’s your time to shine! Maxie: What are you waiting for? Get up there! You can do it, spinelli! We believe in you! Spinelli! Whoo!

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Soft ballad plays ] There’s something in the air tonight makes me want to run there’s something in the smiles tonight makes me feel alone just when I start to come undone they way I often do all of the lights just fade away and it all comes down to you it all comes down to you sometimes the world’s too much for me I think I’m gonna drown but you make me come alive whenever you’re around just when I start to come undone the way I often do all of the lights just fade away and it all comes down to you it all comes down to you it all comes down to you

[ Song ends ]

[ Cheers and applause ]

[ Whistles ]

[ Applause ] Should we? Yeah, definitely. Hey. It’s so hot in here. We’re gonna go get some fresh air. I don’t mean to make you feel that it’s my way or no way. You’re completely justified in wanting nina to pay for what she did to you. But not if it’s turning you into someone that the people you love don’t recognize. If nina accomplishes that, then she wins. Mnh. That’s the last thing that I want. I know. And I hate that this is where we are. When we talked about me taking the job at crimson, my condition was that it would end your war with nina. And you agreed. So consider this my first and last issue.

[ Door closes ] That was a beautiful song. Maybe should have gone with more of an up-tempo, you know, more of a crowd-pleaser. No, no. The slow song was perfect. It, uh, reminded me of how you’ve been singing “lullaby and good night” to bailey lu every night for the last two months. Two months. Wow. Time flies when you’re crashing in someone else’s abode.

[ Chuckles ] You’re not getting tired of that bedtime song? No. No. Never. I love hearing you sing to her. Almost as much as I love having you at the house and seeing you with the kids every day. They adore you. And we’re happy to have you. You’re the one who’s not been able to be in your own space for so long. Yeah. Repairs have progressed slower than expected.

[ Chuckles ] I don’t mind. If it didn’t mean your apartment would look like a scene from “avatar: The way of water,” I would say you should never leave. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to — no, no, no, no. Don’t take it back. I feel the same way. Living together the last couple months just — just felt so right. For me, too. You know there’s nothing I-I wouldn’t do for you. I’m here for what– whatever you need. Spinelli… when my life was falling apart, you were always there for me. I know I can count on you. Always. I mean, you’re — you’re one of my closest friends. You know, I actually… …consider you more than a friend. How so? This was fun. I’m really glad we did this. Me too. And I have to admit, as much as you always say that you regret your past, it’s really fun watching you scheme for a good cause. You’re very good at it. Well, it’s easy when you have a great accomplice. I have to go. Oh! Hey! I’ll see you at work tomorrow. We have to go! Okay. Bye. I told you everything you wanted to know! It’s not enough! But it’s all I have! You know everything I do! I swear! Please. Then you got one shot… to save your life. I’ll do anything. Anything? So, tell me what’s weighing you down, my son, that we might pray on it together and find you some peace. I’m worried about my safety. I haven’t slept in days, and I feel like there’s so many people in here out to get me. I just… after all the things I’ve done and… people I’m mixed up with… well, your past doesn’t need to define you. You can move forward in your life. It begins by telling the truth. So give yourself a chance, man. Tell me everything. I am lead agent on this case. I don’t have to explain my actions to you. I answer to a higher authority. I want us to work together. I am not the enemy here. My daughter thinks the world of you, and that is worth something to me. Personally, I don’t have a problem with you. Professionally? That’s a different story. You are standing in the way of me tracking down a large shipment of stolen guns and possibly stopping whoever’s murdering mob bosses from consolidating their power! This ends now, anna! Yeah, something just doesn’t feel right about this. I mean, it almost feels like y-you’re having a personal issue with anna or something. That’s a big accusation with no proof. I’ve got proof! We’ve come this far. I can’t believe you want to stop us from questioning this witness. Neither can I. Something else is going on here. You know, if you force me to shut down this operation, then my hands are tied. I’m gonna go to your supervisor and tell them that you’re not fit to investigate this case. So what’s it gonna be? It’s your choice.

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