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so this is it, huh? This is how it has to be? You can go ahead and leave, because anybody who’s done what you’ve done would have already been gone. Dad, I know that you’re angry, but — no, you have no idea how I feel, michael. My own son set me up. Yes, and then I tried to protect you. P-protect me? From who? You? Yes. Okay. Why don’t you, uh, take a walk? Give us a minute here. Today he’s sorry and remorseful. Tomorrow, I make him mad, he’s calling the feds. Okay. Look. You know, that’s not who he really is, right? No, it’s not. I mean, he came very close to handing me over to the feds with a bow on. I didn’t see that coming. I didn’t either. But it’s a good thing he didn’t go through with it, right? Well, damage is done. You know what? I can’t trust him now. My own son. So I don’t — that’s — that — you know. Where do we go from there? He loves you, dad. He just wants to know that you’re okay. Judas does not have the right to know anything about me or my life. Okay, dad, this is not the way — dante. Whose side are you on? I’m sorry. Okay? I wish I could go back to port charles with you, but I have to keep moving and find some way to disappear. Don’t ask me to pretend to be okay with that. What do you want me to say? Sonny gave me one option that left me breathing. Look, I hate this, but I have grown to accept the things that I can’t change. Really, dex? Because it still feels like you’re taking sonny’s orders. If not for your mom, then I would be dead. Sonny was gonna have me killed just like we always knew he would if he found out the truth. That you’ve been protecting him?! That I started out spying on him. Sonny only gave me the option to leave because your mom wouldn’t back down. The least I owe her is to go. Just tell me the truth, dex. Would you have rather I never found you? Chase: What is this? I was just coming to find you to explain. The part about a “termination event” — not exactly a confidence builder. Chase, it’s not like that. Okay. Anybody who isn’t brook lynn and chase needs to get out of here. Let’s give them their privacy. Let them make their own decisions — for a change. The quartermaine lawyers sent chase a pre-nup as an e-mail attachment without any warning? That is so wrong! Yeah, my dad’s convinced it had to be a mix-up. Well, your dad is a very kind and forgiving person who probably doesn’t know the quartermaines well enough yet. With that family, anything’s possible. Yeah, we should have expected a few curveballs. However, to be fair, planning a wedding is unpredictable, no matter who the bride and groom are. There’s unpredictable, and then there’s the quartermaines. Odds were it was never gonna be dull.

[ Gasps ] Speaking of never being dull… hm? …Did you get yourself one of these? No. What is it? An invitation. To violet’s wedding. I swear on my life, I had no idea the lawyers were drawing up a pre-nup. I certainly didn’t ask for it. And it’s perfectly understandable if you did. It just would have been nice to have a little heads-up. For all of us. We both know who is behind the pre-nup e-mail. My grandmother’s not one for advanced warnings. Tracy already raised the subject. When we told her that we were getting engaged, the first thing she said was that we should sign a pre-nup. Okay. I expected the family lawyers to bring it up eventually, but I thought that they would have the decency to talk to me about it first before just attaching it to an e-mail and pressing “send”! Alright. Forget about the lawyers. Forget about the e-mails and the attachments and your grandmother. If only. Do you, brook lynn, want me to sign that agreement? How could you… sic your squad of lawyers on poor chase? I didn’T. There was a miscommunication between our attorneys. But any thinking person would know that there would be a prenuptial agreement in the offing. Well, it — it didn’t seem like brook lynn or chase were waiting for it. But you know what? This isn’t even about the pre-nup. It’s about how you are insinuating yourself into everything. When are you going to stop interfering in brook lynn’s life?

I hate how the simple fact that I love you and want to spend the rest of my life with you has turned into something so…complicated. Does it have to be?

[ Sighs ] It’s just… we’re about to make a huge commitment to each other. And you’re the only person I care about, but not exactly my grandmother’s number-one priority. Well, that’s fair. Tracy’s not my priority, either. Look. She’s just trying to protect the quartermaines. But it makes me furious because tracy should see that you’re about to become one of us. She should be welcoming you to the family with open arms. You know, maybe tracy has a point. As much as I want to marry you, and — and I do, there are parts of your world that I do not understand. Those are the parts that are in the fine print, and I don’t understand them, either. And that’s why you have all the lawyers. Listen. When I got that pre-nup, I flipped out a little. But then I calmed down. I thought about it rationally, and I had to admit… there is a chance that we might not make it. When you left ned and settled back into the outer boroughs, clearly you forgot what it is to be a quartermaine.

[ Sighs ] Yeah, it means paying for a bunch of lawyers’ summer houses and referring to bensonhurst as the hinterlands. But I am not referring to your precious company or your trust funds. I’m talking about my baby girl, your granddaughter, and all she wants to do is marry the love of her life. I’m not stopping her. No, no! You’re just running in front of her, setting up all these hurdles! This is supposed to be the happiest day of her life. But instead of you supporting and encouraging that happiness, so far, you’ve managed to extort her into betraying maxie, browbeat her into taking a job she doesn’t want to do, and then running her ragged in said job! And now — now you’re trying to control her wedding a-and write the fine print of her marriage? I’m a grandmother trying to protect my grandchild. Lila was ned’s grandmother, and she couldn’t have been kinder or more loving to me. Instead of ambushing me with a — with a pre-nup, she made my wedding possible. I almost called the whole thing off if she hadn’t offered me her wedding dress. And on top of that, she gave us a beautiful cruise around manhattan. Granted, that went a little sideways when we all almost drowned in dead horse bay, but my point is, lila wanted me to have the most beautiful wedding possible, and she did everything in her power to make it happen. I’m not my mother, and I am well aware that I will never measure up. But what I can offer, this family needs, and so does your daughter. Whether you like it or not, marriage is a contract, and one interloper can do a hell of a lot of damage.

[ Lois clearing throat ] “Interloper.” What an interesting way to refer to my son. Seeing you again is a gift. It killed me to leave port charles without saying goodbye to you. Well, you didn’t have a choice. Sonny forced you to leave. But nobody is stopping you from coming back to port charles. You’re free. You don’t work for him anymore. You know better. What, you think sonny will still have you killed? I know too much about his organization. I’m a liability. Sonny can’t touch you — for the same reason he couldn’t kill you in the pine barrens. My mom won’t let him. Michael won’t let him. Dante. Too many people know about you! If — if anything happens to you, sonny knows it’s just gonna come right back and bite him, alright? And he’s not gonna take that chance. We can beat him. We just have to call his bluff. If I come back and sonny does nothing, it makes him look weak. And that puts your whole family at risk. I’m not gonna do that to the people you love, and I sure as hell won’t do it to you. Dante: I’m on your side. But so is michael. Yeah, he wanted to get evidence he could use to incriminate you, and he probably got it. But he didn’t do anything with it. So you could say that you’re standing here a free man right now because of him. So y-you’re saying I should be grateful? No, I’m not at all. I say you should be hurt and pissed off. And I don’t blame you for any of it. But michael is family. So, like it or not, you’re gonna have to be civil one day. I have to be civil, dante? What’s — what’s the alternative? Are you gonna walk out of every room he walks into? This was — it wasn’t my doing! I’m headed out. Just please be careful. You do not get to say that to me. Dad, whether you believe it or not doesn’t change the fact that I care about you. And I don’t want you to do something you’ll regret just because of me. Anthony: This making you uncomfortable?Good.

I feel like this particular conversation is a private family matter, and I should be on my way. Tracy: Gregory, wait! I’M… I’m so sorry for my choice of words. I-I should have said… outsider? Infiltrator? Newcomer. Better. I’m hoping, after the wedding, “family” will be the term you choose to go with. Look… I’ve seen too much to be anything but a realist. I sincerely hope that my granddaughter and your son have a long and happy marriage. But not all marriages last. And it’s not something that you want to think about when you’re ordering flowers and french champagne, but somebody has to. Would it surprise you to hear that I agree? I know that tracy is just trying to do something nice for her granddaughter. That is a generous interpretation of this pre-nup. And I applaud the mental gymnastics that allowed you to stick that landing. Thank you very much. But I think there’s something brook lynn wants from tracy that is not an uninvited pre-nup or love-based bullying. Usually, brook lynn is really good at asking for what she wants. Yeah, I don’t know if she knows how to ask for this. Okay, maxie. Spill it. I think brook lynn wants to wear lila’s dress. Don’t say we might not work out. Don’t even think it! I’m just being practical. Sometimes things don’t work out, and we should be prepared. I wasn’t when I married willow, and it nearly crushed me. I thought I’d worked through the failure of my first marriage, but then I got this pre-nup, and it got me thinking. Thank you, tracy. Look. This is nothing like your wedding to willow. Chase, you have to see that. The rational side of me does. But in that moment, I thought I saw the whole picture when I married willow. How could you? You and sasha. Michael and willow. You were just good people pretending to be in relationships so you could help each other. You had no idea that willow had stopped pretending and actually fell in love with michael. If your feelings changed for me, you — you wouldn’t spare me, though, right? You’d — you’d tell me the truth, even if it hurt me. I will always tell you the truth. And I trust that you’ll forgive me for it. Thank you. Look, chase. The point is, by the time willow was ready to tell you that she actually loved michael, you were on your deathbed. She thought that marrying you was the right thing to do. And at that point, you were so sick that whatever vows you guys said to each other, what you were really saying was goodbye. Yeah. I have to admit — I-I don’t remember a lot from that moment in my life. Look. If you did, then you would know that there is no comparison between me and you now and you and willow then. Willow felt obligated to you. What we have is real. It is messy and imperfect and real. Look at me. I have never loved a man the way that I love you. I cannot wait to marry you. I am so excited for every single day of our future. But if you’re anxious or having second thoughts… no. Not a — not a second thought. Not with you. But if the wedding is too much, you’d — I cannot wait to celebrate. I cannot wait to see this brilliant, amazing, beautiful girl walk down the aisle and stand with me at the altar. I can’t wait to say our vows in front of our friends and family. I can’t wait to dance with you at the reception. I want that, too. And, yeah, maybe I’m a little nervous because, you know, I can’t see into the future. But I do know this. I love you so much. And even through all our ups and downs, we have always wanted the best for each other. That’ll never change. I just want to make you happy. Chase. No, no, no! Wait! Violet’s getting married?! She’s seven!

[ Chuckles ] We live — we live in the same house! How come I don’t know about any of this?! Do you want a paper bag to breathe into? It’s not funny. It’s a little funny. I mean, it’s early. She’s not even registered yet. I don’t think you’re helping. Okay. Alright. I’m sorry. I’m sure it must be a little bit of a shock at first. What do you mean, “at first”? Finn, this is a totally normal phase. Cameron had like a thousand crushes before he hit first grade. Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Did he ever make wedding invitations for any of them? Well, no, but he wasn’t as… industrious as violet is. Well, lucky you. He did have a crush on a cartoon character once. That was weird. Anyway, kids violet’s age, they like to look at the lives around them and model adult behavior. Well, we have been talking a lot about brook lynn and chase’s wedding around here. Yes. Yes. So she wanted to have one of her own to better understand it. I don’t think you have to worry about meeting the in-laws any time soon.

[ Chuckles ] Good. Good. I — I know I have a few years before violet dating is a reality, but I’m pretty sure I’m never gonna be ready. You have time to prepare yourself. Thank god. I am… I’m having enough trouble helping chase with his wedding. Just be there for him. Listen. Ask questions. It’s pretty much what you already do. It’s not that complicated. It’s the first time in history a wedding’s ever been described as “uncomplicated.” You want to talk about that? Why? If it’s so uncomplicated… well, maybe weddings are uncomplicated. But what about

our future? I’m just here to work out, sonny. That’s it. You call this keeping your distance? You’re the one that walked over here. You — you call hanging out with my ex-wife and my children keeping your distance? I call it lunch. I like the burgers at bobbie’S. You know why you walked in to bobbie’S. Because you wanted to get information out of carly. I’m gonna stop you right there. As much as we both hate this, and we both do, I’m trying to keep you alive. So, yeah, I talked to carly, and I will talk to your children. And I will talk to your bodyguards and your housekeepers and your barista and your doorman and your priest. I will talk to whomever I want, whenever I want. And until you get jurisdiction over the fbi or simply die of shame, there is nothing you can do to stop me.

Lynn, I told you.I don’t care about the money. I never thought you did, but did you even read this agreement? Not every word, but I skimmed it. I love you, but if you are going to be my husband, you have to swear to never sign an agreement that you haven’t read. And never take the first offer. Okay? What would I do without you? Look, I really do think that we should discuss a pre-nup, but not now, not like this, with all of these stressful circumstances. Our families are in the next room. We have a rack of dresses bearing down on us. I hope you didn’t fall in love with this dress. Not that you don’t look gorgeous in it, but, uh, I don’t want to risk the bad luck, and I’ve already seen it, so… this is definitely not my dress. I don’t even think any of those are. Did you ever see my mother’s wedding gown? No. I heard about it, though. It was regal and — and classic and a true one-of-a-kind. But the most important thing about the dress was that it was my great-grandmother lila’S. She let my mother borrow it. A-and the women in my family, they imbued it with their love and strength. Well, wouldn’t your mother let you wear the dress? In a heartbeat. But it’s not hers to offer. It’s tracy’S. And I’m not holding my breath. Of course, brook lynn wants to wear lila’s dress. It’s so beautiful. I want to wear that dress again. It — it really is occasion-specific, though. Yeah, but I got to make this happen for brook lynn. So — so you tell me, honestly, do you think it will help or hurt if I talk to tracy? Okay, that’s a tough one because tracy was very sensitive when the topic of the dress came up, and I-I don’t know if brook lynn would want you to get involved. Mnh. Tracy also might just say no because I’m the one asking. On the other hand, tracy does love brook lynn. Well, now that I know, I can’t just sit back. I gotta — I gotta — I gotta find a way to make it happen! Gregory: I have grown to appreciate the time-saving benefits of direct conversation over the past couple of years, which is not to say that I’m on board with your approach in this particular case. Once again, to be clear, the lawyers made the error. Yes. Noted. But I do think we should acknowledge the difficulties and uncertainties of marriage. A wedding is a joyous event. There’s no need to pretend that the road ahead will be nothing but unbridled bliss. If marriage was easy, it wouldn’t be cause for celebration, would it? Oh! Gregory! So glad you’re still here. We would really like for you to stay. And we promise we’ll behave ourselves. Don’t stop whatever you’re doing on my account, please. Can I take your coat? Thank you. Lois: Shall we? Gregory: Yeah. So, who are you gonna have on your arm at the wedding? Alexis davis. Oh! It’s always nice to have a friend at these events. A friend? Yes. A-a good friend. Which reminds me, I’ve been meaning to ask you. Who’s lucky enough to be your escort? Oh. Well… as a matter of fact, I… well, she hasn’t decided yet. She’s still fighting ’em all off, aren’t you, tracy? I have no doubt. Things between us have been going so well. It’s not like we’ve had much of a, um, you know, state of the union. I’ve been thinking the same thing. But I didn’t want to bring it up because then you might think that, you know something was wrong. Yeah. Understandable. But, like, right now might be a good time because, you know, we’re both happy. I’m assuming… we’re both happy…I hope… I’ve never been happier. Okay. [ Chuckles ] Okay. You had me worried there for a second. You have nothing to worry about. Neither do you. But watching chase and brook lynn get ready for their wedding, as happy as I am for them… it’s hard not to think about your own relationship. Exactly. Right. I’ll be the one to ask. Is marriage something that you think about it? Is that something that you want? Think about it, joss. If you could find me, so could someone else. I found you with spinelli’s help. That’s like getting help from the cia. Not just anybody is gonna be able to find you. I can’t take that chance. I need you to promise me that you won’t come looking for me again. I just don’t get it, dex. Because the last time we were together, we were working together to find a solution. And we still could. This is the solution. We just don’t like it. I’m sorry that I dragged you into this mess. I’m not some helpless victim here. I knew who you were pretty early on, and I chose to be with you over and over again. You are the best thing that ever happened to me. And that’s why I’m not gonna drag you down with me. Don’t do that. Don’t talk like this is over. You may want to give up, but I never will. Isn’t carrie’s birthday around now? Karen. You don’t get to call her cute, little pet names. Not in front of me, anyway. You know what? Listen. Okay. Okay. It is her birthday. I remember. Because, um, stone bought her this beautiful cake.

[ Scoffs ] And she was really touched. Save it for someone who can stand the sound of your voice. Relax, agent cates. Just seeing you again brings back so many memories, especially of your brother stone, who was a great kid. Funny, generous, incredibly brave. But you wouldn’t know nothing about that because you took off… when he needed you most. What is dad doing? Sonny: You know what? I take that back because you did visit him once. Stone was dying of aids, and you managed to take some time out of your busy schedule. And I guess you visited him for, like, one hour. You know nothing about me and my brother. What I do know is you didn’t take care of him! You didn’t take care of your brother! And you hate the air I breathe! And it didn’t matter to you that I sat by him, holding his hand, listening to his fears while you took off with karen living your best life! Then you cheated on her! She divorced you. You’re not only a bad husband. You’re a bad brother!

[ Grunts ] Whoa! Whoa! Back up! You wanna do that again? You wanna hit me?!

[ Shouts ] Stop. Stop.

Dante: What the hell are you thinking? What do you mean, what am I thinking? I didn’t raise my hand. He’s the one who lost his cool. Yeah, because you’re baiting the guy, okay? He’s trying to help you. Help me? What do you mean, he’s trying to help me? Don’t worry about it. He’s trying to help you. So am I. No, I just think you’re getting in the way right now. You just — stand — stand down, agent cates. You’re michael corinthos. Yeah. That’s right. Well, in case you haven’t noticed it, michael, your dad is losing it. He’s sloppy and out of control. Okay. The only punches I saw were coming from you. Well, if that’s all you saw, then you need to open your eyes. Sonny always brings out the best in people, doesn’t he? A-aren’t federal agents required to follow a code of behavior regardless of who they’re dealing with? Tell your dad to be careful. His luck is running out. Man, I’m lucky I’m a guy. No one cares what I’m wearing.

Almost no one. Look, if I have my dad and my brother there, and you’re standing by my side at the altar, it is gonna be the greatest moment of my life. You know what? You’re right. There are so many more important things about this wedding than whatever dress I decide to wear. No, I-I didn’t mean it like that, brook lynn. Let’s be honest. It’s gonna be your day, and you should be happy with every single part of it. Just another reason why I adore you.

[ Sighs ] My grandma loved her mother, lila. Everyone did. But let’s be honest. My grandmother can be prickly. Yeah, a little bit.

[ Chuckles ] Yeah. But lila loved her. Unconditionally. She was never afraid to tell her when she behaved badly. And she always believed in the best in her, you know? I think my grandmother really misses her, still grieves her. And I’m afraid that bringing up the dress will just bring up pain for her, a-and that’s the last thing I want to do. Tracy’s lucky to have a granddaughter who understands her as well as you do. Well, my grandmother and I, we speak the same language. We deserve each other — most of the time, as much as it pains me to admit it. Look, if you don’t run the risk of asking her for the wedding dress, you definitely won’t get it. And who knows — maybe she’ll — she’ll be open to the opportunity to give it to you. Maybe, but that’s a little dream that I am willing to let go of because a much bigger dream of mine is coming true. Are you sure? Should we tell them that the wedding’s still on? No. I think we should make ’em sweat a little while longer.

[ Chuckles ] Come on, tracy. Let’s make peace. Peace is not synonymous with unconditional surrender. I will make my terms very clear. We will come back to your terms. Um — sorry. Look, brook lynn and chase are independent people, but I know from experience that everyone needs help planning a wedding. People who didn’t rsvp will show up with guests. Those guests will most likely be exhausted children under the age of 5. Family members will think an open bar is a challenge. And people who weren’t asked will give speeches. It’s true. We got to be prepared for things to go sideways. That’s why we got to put our differences aside and be on the same page so that we can plan the perfect wedding for the perfect couple, just like lila did for me. I couldn’t agree more. That’s what I was trying to do. We know you were trying to do right by brook lynn. Um, and while legal advice is helpful, it’s neither borrowed nor blue. She’S…borrowing the company plane. And that is extremely generous. But I was talking about something maybe extremely meaningful, something that… maybe isn’t as easy for you to give. You can all exhale. Chase and I have sorted everything out, and we are going to discuss the agreement… with our lawyers. Look. I want to thank you. I know that all you want to do is protect your family. And that’s what I want, too. We’re so excited to welcome you into the family. Thank you. Well, should we get going, dad? You ready? Uh, indeed, I am. I am so looking forward to this wedding.

[ Lois chuckles ] Bye. Bye. Be sure to save a dance for me. Ooh! Hoo-hoo-hoo! Alright. Let’s go find you a dress.

I’m getting in the way? Of what? You getting beat up? Jagger should not be working this case. We go way back. Things that you don’t understand. Bad blood. I was trying to get him to hit me so they would send him back to washington and he would be away from me and this case. Okay. Look. Bad blood or not, this guy is trying to protect you, okay? And the fbi, they have better resources. The fbi doesn’t want to protect me! Yes, they do. No, they don’t! And jagger sure as hell doesn’t, either. He’s trying to pay me back for things that were settled years ago. Look, I’m telling you right now, okay? He’s either gonna get me shot and he’s gonna stand there and watch… or he’s gonna set me up for something worse. I don’t trust him at all! And neither should you! You think I don’t hate this? You don’t think this is tearing me up, too?! Nothing in my life prepared me for you. I don’t feel like I made a choice to love you. I just do. And I already know that I always will. It is because I love you that I’m doing this. Okay. Maybe you’re right. And maybe it’s too early for you to come back to port charles. But what if you came back in six months, a year? I’m not gonna ask you to wait around for a time that will never come. You have your whole life ahead of you. You’re gonna finish school, become an amazing doctor, and save lives — just like you did mine. None of that matters if you’re not there. You know I’m right. You can have a good life. But you have to let me go. Marriage? Hmm. You know, wedding, dancing, cake, lifetime commitment, all that stuff. I do like cake. I like cake.

[ Chuckles ] Anything else? I like our relationship… just the way it is. We have the luxury of time. I would kind of like to enjoy what we have right now. Why rush it? I feel the same way.

[ Exhales sharply ] What a relief. Oh. [ Chuckles ] I mean — I’m sorry. Please — please don’t take that the wrong way. I just — I’m — I’m pretty sure I have bad luck with weddings. You know, um, chase asked me to be his best man, and my response was… less than enthusiastic. I think I let him down.

[ Door opens ] All’s well that ends well. Seems there was a slight miscommunication. Brook lynn and i are good. Hey, that’s — that’s good news, right? Yeah. Hey, listen, bro, there’s something I wanted to say to you about — hold on. Uh, I’d like to go first. What? I’m sorry that I pressured you to be my best man. I-I can ask someone else. It’s not a big deal. Lois: To new beginnings. And to bows, lace, and ruffles — in moderation.

[ Laughter ] Brook lynn: Okay. Let’s do this. Okay. Ah. This one might be more exciting off the hanger. Brook lynn, um… I was — I was evasive with you earlier when we were talking about my mother’s dress. I miss my mother every single day.

[Voice breaking] And I regret… I so regret not wearing that dress when she offered it to me. So…I have come to understand that that dress… was never meant for me to wear. It was meant for me to share.

Oh. Is that…

[ Exhales sharply ] Make any alterations you like. The dress is yours. Brook lynn: How…

[ Exhales sharply ] You have no idea what this means to me. Thank you so much for the dress, for this incredible moment. Chase: So, for violet’s wedding, does my suit have to be as colorful as the invitation or can I squeak by with a black one? Hey, look, what I meant to say earlier, what I should have said earlier is… I’d be honored to be your best man. And I appreciate you letting me off the hook. But there’s no way I’m letting anyone else take my place. Oh. Okay. Don’t — don’t get emotional.

[ Cellphone rings ] Michael. Hi. Um, listen. Now’s not a good time. I can’t talk. No, no. This can’t wait. Look. I need you to do something for me. Michael. If you find dex, I need you to bring him back to port charles. And don’t take “no” for an answer. Look, history or no history, you are playing with fire, messing around with a federal agent like that. That’s alright. I can handle myself. Okay. I’m glad he walked away. Good to know. Yeah. You know what? I’m not gonna apologize to you for stopping a fight, okay? Okay. You know what? What’s gonna happen is gonna happen. Sooner or later, you’re gonna know the truth about jagger cates. Josslyn: Well, that was michael, and he said that I need to bring you back to port charles and not to take “no” for an answer. Why? I think sonny’s in trouble. And he needs you.

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