GH Transcript Wednesday, May 8, 2024

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[ Grunts ] Oh. Hi, jason. Agent cates came to see me about pikeman. You better come in. I wanted to be here when you got home from work, but I had to take the kids to school. Don’t leave me in suspense. How did anna take it when you told her you were quitting the force? Did she want you to give a notice of some sort, like a month? That seems kind of fair of you, yeah? Uh, sam, I… I didn’t resign. We should do this more often. I agree. Barely eating, and barely talking. So what’s up? I’m sorry.

[ Chuckles ] I know we’re supposed to be out for a nice lunch together. I’m just a million miles away. This has to do with your visit with heather. I take it it didn’t go well. Just the opposite. It went really well. And that’s why I’m troubled. Hey! What brings you by? I just wanted to say hi. Unless this is a bad time? No, it’s, uh, it’s a perfect time. I’m — I’m actually in between patients right now. Um, I’m surprised you have any free time at all, considering it’s almost your wedding day. Yeah. Yeah, we’re really in the home stretch. Yeah. How are you feeling? I’m excited. Yeah. I — I can’t wait for… brook lynn to walk down the aisle. I mean… yeah. There’s just one big problem. Only one? I really don’t want dad flying to coney island for the rehearsal dinner. The last thing I want is for him to be tired and wear himself out the day before the wedding. But how do I tell him that when I know how much he’s looking forward to it? You don’T. Thank you for helping me pick out all the rehearsal dinner gifts. I just hope everyone likes them. Oh, come on. Chase’s family is so gracious. They’re gonna love what we bought him. And even if they don’t like it, they’re never gonna tell us. Now, tracy on the other hand? Oh, please. I think tracy is secretly looking forward to coney island. She just won’t admit it to herself.

[ Chuckles ] No way. What way? Don’t be obvious, but that guy over there is that dirtbag fbi agent who tried to question danny without sam present. Oh, my god. That’s jagger cates! Brennan: Well, well, well. This day just got 100% better.

I haven’t seen jagger in years. You say he’s with the fbi? I cannot believe you know that jerk. Oh, that “jerk” happens to be a very nice man. Come on. Let’s go say hello. Ma, no! Jagger! [ Laughs ] It’s me! Lois cerullo. I can’t believe how long it’s been. Aww! Oh, it is so good to see you. Aww. You have not changed. Oh, well, you know what? I don’t even care if you’re being nice. I’m gonna take that compliment. Ma, don’t you care about what this guy did to danny? And I — I know that you know my daughter, brook lynn. We’ve met. Unfortunately, not under the best of circumstances. That’s putting it mildly. Actually, I’ve been meaning to find you, brook lynn. Miss quartermaine. And why would you want to see me again? You want to interrogate me too? Not at all. I owe you an apology. And…my thanks. Oh. Heather was so much more rational this time. She was more clear-headed than I have seen her in years. It was like I had a glimpse of the old heather from way back when. Well, that makes sense now that she’s getting the medical attention she needs. And I gave her a picture of ace, and, kevin… she was so grateful. It — it clearly meant so much to her. She loves that little boy. Of course she does. But honestly, who wouldn’t?

[ Sighs ] And then we talked… about esme. Did heather happen to say anything upsetting? Maybe about spencer? She did mention spencer, but it was actually just in the context of, uh, of her regrets. I don’t know. I just realized in talking to her that — that… despite all the crimes that she’s committed and her crazy outlook on life, she’s really just… another grieving mother who’s missing her child. Well, of course you can empathize with that. I do. Well, you see why I’m distracted? I am empathizing with a serial killer. I went into anna’s office to talk to her. I put my resignation letter on her desk, and… she refused to accept it. What exactly did anna say? She said that resigning from the force was not going to solve this conflict that I’m having. That was going to open the door to further overtures from sonny, that the boundaries would be gone. Without my badge, sonny would see no reason to have distance between me and his business. I mean, she basically said that… like, to get out of sonny’s orbit, I’d have to leave port charles. I’m not gonna do that. Okay? I’m not gonna run away. I just, uh, I got to thinking, and it kind of felt like I was… running away from my duty. I’m a cop, sam. It’s what I love to do. It’s kind of the only thing I’m good at. And, you know, it just means I can’t be on a case that sonny’s a part of. Like right now, he’s involved in some… criminal investigation, right? Can you say something? You’ve been… you’ve been quiet. Well, I just… I — I don’t want to say the wrong thing. You can’t say the wrong thing. I want to work through this with you, so just say… say whatever you want to say. I should have known better than to get my hopes up. What did cates say about pikeman? Well, um, he asked a lot of questions about the ties between pikeman and sonny and talked about that guy up in pentonville. Oh, jack brennan. Yeah, he talked about how brennan was the director of the wsb and the alleged head of pikeman. You know what the funny thing is, though? He didn’t — he didn’t even mention valentin. I don’t think cates or the fbi is aware that valentin’s involved. That’s interesting. Did you mention valentin to cates? No. No. My deal with the fbi is to take pikeman down. Listen, I don’t — I don’t trust cates. I’m not gonna give him any more information than I have to. Well, I can’t fault you there. Um, jason… …if we’re going to do this… I feel like we should have full transparency. I think I need to know what it is that the fbi is holding over you… and what evidence they have against carly. I don’t get many visitors. Certainly never expected you to show up. I’ve been thinking about you. Well, that’s encouraging. I’ve been thinking that you ed to me about who you were,

and you tried to abduct me from my own restaurant. I never had any intention of abducting you. You had zip ties. Yes, I did. And I can see how that might look. I apologize… if you got the wrong impression. But the zip ties are — were — standard in my profession, so I’ve always carried them. But I never had any intention of trying to harm you in any way with zip ties. They just happened to be in your pocket. And sadly, you jumped to the wrong conclusion and nearly took off my head with that tray…

[ Chuckles ] …But, to say, no hard feelings over here. Let’s just chalk it up to miscommunication. Let’S. I also remember that night that anna and dante came in with their guns drawn, and they arrested you. Now, um, it’s still a little blurry, but I think anna said something about you being involved with a company or an organization… named pikeman? Anna said a lot of things about me… but, uh, not all of them is true.

While you were talking, I was running through all these options in my head, and I’ve got to tell you, there are no easy answers. You’re right — we can’t leave port charles because it’s our home. Our families are here. We’re happy here. We are. And that thing about you being a cop, if you gave up your badge, yes, you would probably… get dragged in deeper into sonny’s business. Well, I don’t — we don’t know that, but we don’t want that. But, dante, when you told me that you wanted to give up your badge, I just — I had this… huge wave of relief come over me. It was like I could finally breathe for a second because I was able to get just this tiny…little glimpse into what our future could look like… if I didn’t have to worry every time you went to work and walked out that door. Look, I don’t think it’s safe for dad to be flying right now either. So, look, I’ll go to him, and… from a medical standpoint, I’ll break the news to him. No. I can’t let you do that. Look, it’s gonna be hard, but… I owe it to dad to have the conversation with him, especially after the huge effort he made to be a part of my wedding. Although, telling him he can’t be a part of the fun the night before…

[ Exhales sharply ] …It’s a hell of a way of saying thank you. Yeah. Look, I just… just be honest with him, bro. Alright? Just remind him that by staying home from the rehearsal dinner and resting, it — it ensures that he’ll be well enough to be there and to enjoy your actual wedding day. That’s true, but I don’t know if he’s gonna see it that way. Dad would never want you spending the most important day of your life worrying about him… and he’ll know that this will put your mind at ease. He’ll understand because you’ve always been the devoted son. Come on. You’re a good son, too, finn.

[ Chuckles softly ] We both know that’s not true. My arrest was purely political. Made a lot of enemies on my rise to director of the wsb. My rivals framed me just to get me out of the way. You were locked up because people were jealous of you? Mm-hmm. And there were also, uh, allegations — completely untrue, by the way — that I was “secretly” head of pikeman.

[ Scoffs ] As if one could secretly head up a major arms manufacturer. So here I sit, uh, the prisoner of my own ambition, one might say, framed for crimes that I did not commit so that someone else can run the wsb. That’s a sad story. It is sad, so I try not to dwell on it. Let’s talk about something else. Distract me from my misery. Tell me all about you. You… want to thank me? I was wrong to question danny without a parent present. It may have been technically legal, but I shouldn’t have done it. And you had every right to call me out, and I’m grateful that you stopped me from doing something I would have regretted. Well, that’s very nice of you to say. If you really mean it. Once I walked away, I realized how furious I would have been if somebody had questioned my son when he was danny’s age. You made me see that. You have a son? I do. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me. Aww. His name is stone. You named him after your brother? What a beautiful way to honor his memory. Thank you. I just wish they could have met. Well…this is perfect timing. I’ve got to go meet chase down at the station, so you guys can catch up. Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa! Hey, I thought we were having coffee. You never said anything about meeting chase earlier. I’m so sorry, ma. I completely forgot. If your daughter has to leave, please join me. Coffee’s on me. I would love that. Thank you so much for helping me shop, ma. You’re welcome. Agent cates. Bye! Oh, we have so much to catch up on. I need your word that you will not use anything… …that whatever I say stays between us. Of course. This is the fbi’s case. It’s not mine. I’m under no obligation to act on any information that you would give me. Not that I would anyway. Whatever you tell me is between us. You have my word. Okay. The fbi has a recording of carly… at a meeting with other heads of organized crime families… …saying that she is in charge of the corinthos organization and saying that she controls all the business that goes through the corinthos territory. Oh, well, I had no idea that carly was involved in the mob so deeply. She wasn’T. It’s when we thought sonny was dead. His business was completely under siege. We were doing everything we could to hold it together and look strong as possible. I was supposed to be at that meeting. But I had been shot, so carly went instead. Oh. Against your wishes, I’m sure. Yeah, I mean, I didn’t want her to go, but she didn’t have a choice. She had to protect herself. She had to protect her kids. She knew that any sign of weakness, someone from another family would try to eliminate her and target her kids. So carly’s best defense was to present herself as part of the mob. And the fbi has it all on tape.

I can’t deny a part of me will always want that. But, dante, a cop is who you are. It’s who you were when I fell in love with you, and I knew what I was getting myself into. And I can’t try to ask you to change or be something you’re not. Well, I got to say that’s a huge relief — I can’t ask you… to be another man. The only thing I can control… is my response to your choices. So… will you stay with me if I’m still a cop? Metallosis — cobalt poisoning — manifests differently in different patients. In heather’s case, it seems to have tipped her from transgressive behaviors to a pathology that led to rampage. Okay, so then what’s next? Is it right to just leave heather in prison for the rest of her life, to pay for crimes that were actually brought on by the metallosis? And on the other hand, what about all the victims, you know? And all of their loved ones, their loss? Their pain is still very real. Would it ever be appropriate to show heather leniency? Chase, you’re the reason why I have a relationship with dad today. You were tireless… when you were trying to reconcile the two of us. I wanted nothing to do with dad and you refused to accept that. I knew you’d regret it later. I do. I hurt him. I was so…stubborn and self-righteous at the time. I know you still feel guilty, but that was a long time ago. You and dad are — are good now. Don’t you think it’s time to leave it in the past? I lost so much precious time with him… …because of my pride and my anger. Time that I will never get back. Finn… you got to stop beating yourself up. Dad has always loved you… and he always will. Why don’t you call the fbi’s buff? You know, let them proceed against carly? She has an excellent lawyer. She may well have beat the charges. With no guarantee… I couldn’t take that risk. Man, at first, I thought it would just be three months, six months. But now I’m almost three years in. I’m just in too deep. Look, I don’t — I don’t want carly to know that all — all of this was to protect her. Why not? She’s a strong woman. I think she deserves to know what the fbi has on her. Because if she ever finds out, I know exactly what her reaction’s gonna be. She’s gonna try to save me. She’s gonna do something crazy… …wind up sending herself to prison. Before things went, uh, sideways… I really look forward to talking to you. So, let’s pretend we’re at your restaurant, and I’ve just ordered a coffee and some eggs… sunny side up. How has the world been treating you? Well, my daughter just had her first dance recital. Soccer girl? Yeah. Yeah, that’s the one. And she nailed her solo, so I’m a proud mom. That must be a good feeling. It is. Recently went through a breakup. That’s been tough. But I’m getting through it, you know? Mostly because my friend — my best friend — is back. And he was missing for two years, and now jason is back in port charles and all is right in my world. Jason morgan? He got a lot of news coverage, right? I mean, at first he was A…a fugitive and then he was exonerated? Or, at least, the charges were dropped. Is that…? Yeah, you can’t believe everything the news says, right?Yeah. I mean, jason didn’t do any of the things he was accused of. And enough to talk about me. Let’s get back to you. Oh, that’s right. You came here ’cause you want to know about… pikeman. Yeah. You sure you’re not involved with them? If I was, I’d have their fleet of lawyers working to secure my freedom instead of me paying my own little attorney out of my own little pocket. So it would mean nothing to you that the fbi is investigating pikeman?

That is such a hard choice for you to make. Carly’s safety versus you having to allow the people you love think that you were dead. I just weighed what I had to lose against what carly had to lose. Just came down to our kids, you know? I knew jake and danny would be okay because they have great moms and stable homes. But, donna, I mean… she’s just a kid. She needs her mom. It’s very admirable of you. There’s another reason. I chose to work for sonny. I chose to come back into this life knowing the potential consequences. Carly never chose that. Me and sonny pulled her in. I mean, carly went to that meeting, she had no criminal intent. She was just going to try to protect her family. You got carly into this. And it’s on me to get her out. You’re a charming woman, carly, but I — I just don’t see you being tight with law enforcement. How would you know who the fbi is investigated? Because I’m friends with an agent. John cates. Oh. Yeah. He comes into bobbie’s to eat sometimes. And you struck up… an acquaintance? We have people in common. You know, john is originally from port charles and has recently moved back. Why? To work a case against pikeman? Why the interest? You have a problem with john cates being in town? Should I have a problem? I’ve been talking your ear off. Enough about me. Tell me about you. I mean, how did you wind up at the fbi? Ugh. Um, well… after my first marriage to karen broke up, I was kind of reeling, and that’s when I joined the bureau. Hey. I was really sorry to hear about karen’s death. Thank you. It took me a while to make my peace with losing her. Aw. You know, they say… that the ones we love never really leave us. But you know what? Enough about that. Let’s talk about something happy. I want to hear about your son, stone.

[ Sighs ] Well, I mean, talk about time flying. He’s 21 now. Oh! Stone’s on the spectrum, so he lives in a group home outside of quantico. It’s the perfect place for him, and he’s really happy there. Aww, it’s got to be so hard for you, though, being so far away. It is. I wish I could see him more, but… this is the way it has to be for now, so there’s a lot of texts and a lot of video chats.

[ Chuckles ] Thank god for cellphones.

[ Chuckles ] And what about you? How’s it been coming back to port charles? I mean, so much has changed. I know, I know. You know, all of our old hangouts, they’re all gone, except for this place. But, you know, used to be kelly’S. Yeah. But, I mean, places aren’t the only thing that’s changed. We have, too. Well, I guess I should only speak for myself, but… I know I’ve changed. All the dreams I had when I was young, you know, turned out to either be wrong for me or… slipped through my fingers. I do believe that heather’s metallosis was a major factor in her crimes, but it’s impossible to say that was the only cause. But couldn’t there be some middle ground? I mean, at least from a legal point of view.

[ Exhales sharply ] Philosophically speaking, I believe that heather should have a shot at building a better life, but not with absolving her for everything she’s done.

[ Cellphone ringing ] Oh. That’s a hospital I need to take — oh, yeah, go ahead. I’m fine. Alright. I’ll be right back. Mm-hmm.

[ Exhales sharply ] Laura? Valentin. Hope you don’t mind if I impose. That depends. What is it about? Okay, it’s settled then, alright? I’ll go to dad, and I will talk to him about staying at home and resting during the rehearsal dinner, and you just focus on getting married and having the best day of your life, alright? Thank you, finn. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Well, hey, you remember that and be forgiving when I stumble through my best man speech. Okay.

[ Door opens, closes ]

What I know for sure is that I love you and we have a family and a life together.

[ Sighs heavily ] Is something like this worth… breaking up for? I mean, what I do? I would have to tell you and rocco to leave. I mean, what would be the point? To separate our children so they would be miserable apart while we’re still missing each other? So are you… you don’t want me to leave? It’s not like I would love you any less or be less afraid of your safety if we weren’t together. All I would lose is you. So I… I will just have to learn to live… with the fear. I’m sorry. I’m sorry that I’m making you feel that way. I hate it, and if I could… if I could take that fear away from you, I would. I know. And I’m really sorry that I gave you this false hope that I was gonna resign. Well, I — I can’t pretend that I’m not disappointed you know, I’m gonna have to… feel these emotions and just learn to work through it. W-whatever you need, however I can help you. Okay. I just… probably a little time so I can… yeah. …Process at all, you know? Whatever you need. I promise you, I will never take you for granted — you or what you’re sacrificing, okay? I love you. I love you. Hey, what are you doing here? I thought you were gonna spend the day with your mom. Yeah, well, she ran into a friend, so I came here to distract you from your very important work. Oh, well, I only just got here. I actually went to speak to finn, and he agreed to talk to dad about not coming to the rehearsal dinner. That was nice of him. Look, I’m really sad that gregory’s not gonna be there, but I do think it’s what’s best. And now he’ll be well rested for the actual wedding day. That’s the idea. You know, I thought that my mom was crazy for wanting to have the rehearsal dinner at coney island, but now that it’s here, I’m actually really excited. I can’t wait to show you all my favorite places and to have cotton candy with you on the boardwalk and to ride all the rides together. Yeah, we are gonna be so busy that we’re not gonna have time to have any pre-wedding jitters, which everyone keeps warning me about. I’ve been waiting for them to happen, but so far, nothing. Really? Because I am a total wreck. I totally get what you’re going through, because I feel it, too. Being back in port charles is… harder than I thought it would be. What’s that saying? “You can never really go home again”?

[ Chuckles ] Yeah. Ain’t that the truth? But, you know, listen, don’t get me wrong. The last few months I’ve spent here with my daughter before she gets married, starts a family, and doesn’t have as much time for her ma has been amazing. You know, it’s a gift I’m always gonna treasure. But it’s like you said, you know? Being back here is A… it’s a constant reminder of what my life was, what I thought it would be and how it actlly turned out. But, jagger… different is not necessarily bad. I thought you might like to hear how charlotte’s doing in switzerland. Oh, that would be lovely. I always love to hear about my granddaughter. Well, she’s busying herself with school. She’s checking in with me once or twice a week by text or phone. We actually video chatted the other day, and I saw her room, so… she’s thriving. Oh, I didn’t realize how much I needed to hear that! That’s so great. I mean, she sent me a couple of e-mails, but nothing on a regular basis. Well, she’s a teenager. We take what we can get. That’s true. Yeah, she did, uh, talk quite a bit about how much she missed that school of hers, so I’m glad that she’s happy to be back there. But do you think now that she’s in switzerland, she’ll be able to put everything that happened here in port charles behind her? Alright, say this does go according to plan… and you’re able to deliver john whatever the hell it is that he wants on pikeman. Do you think the fbi is going to hold up their side of the deal? I mean, with my experience with intelligence agencies, I say it’s very hard to believe that they would ever destroy that evidence. I mean, they might bury it for a time, but they will always have it to use against you and carly.

[ Sighs ] Look, I plan to honor my part of the deal and help the fbi take pikeman down, but after that, that’s it. I’m done. I have no intention of taking orders from john cates or the fbi for the rest of my life.

I feel so lucky to have you. I don’t know what I would have done if I’d lost you.

[ Telephone ringing in distance ]

[ Items clatter ]

[ Exhales sharply ] I know that we’ve put so much work into planning this wedding, but there’s still so much that could go wrong. I mean, what if — what if the flowers aren’t what we wanted? What if my dress gets ruined? That’s not gonna happen. Well, don’t be so sure! I read this post about this custom designer gown. The bride was about to put it on, and somebody had left a black felt pen open, and there was a big black blob in the middle of the dress! No! Did they postpone the wedding? Article didn’t say! Look, if that happens… god forbid! …Then you can get married in blue jeans. You can get married in a bathrobe. You can wear the dress, ink stains and all. I don’t care. It doesn’t matter to me. That is so sweet of you to say. But that’s impossible because our wedding day has to be perfect. But there is one thing that I am not nervous about, and that is marrying you. I cannot wait to be your wife. I can’t wait to be your husband. I shouldn’t kiss you in the squad room. No. You shouldn’T. It’d be a bad idea. The fbi made a deal with you, and they need to stick to it. And if they don’t, and if they continue to abuse their power, then, frankly, in my books, they are no better than pikeman. Yeah, but we have to take pikeman down first. It seems to me that the fbi are not onto valentin at all. But I still think he’s a key player in pikeman. And, luckily… he invited me out to dinner, and I accepted. And I think that that would be an opportunity for me to work him. Do you think he’ll give anything up? The date on the photo that dex gave you, it proves that valentin was here in port charles when there was the shooting at metro court. But he doesn’t know that he was caught in a lie, so he has no reason to have his guard up. I think if I… if I play it right… he could lead us to whoever is in charge of pikeman. I’m glad that charlotte’s happy back in school, but I can’t help but worry a little bit that it might be too soon, you know, for her to be so far from port charles and all of her family. Yeah, I was worried about that, too. But as it happens, I have a new business venture that’ll be taking me to switzerland quite often, so I can keep an eye on her. Oh! That should ease both of our minds. It does, actually. So what’s the new venture? Is it something for elq? Something for elq. See, I think you’re looking at this all wrong. I mean, you have achieved so much. Becoming an fbi agent? It’s so impressive! Do you like the work? For the most part, yeah. And even when I don’t, I can tell myself that I’M… …I’m accomplishing good things by enforcing the law, you know? Yeah.

[ Cellphone chimes ] Um, sorry. Uh, speaking of my job, I’m so sorry, but I have to make a phone call. Oh. Absolutely. You know what? You go save the world. And, listen, it was so great running into you, catching up. Mm-hmm. Oh! Hey. Don’t be a stranger. You’re neither. Okay. Yeah? Brennan’s got a visitor? What is carly spencer doing there? The only problem I have with this agent cates is that he still has his badge, his freedom, and most importantly… he gets to enjoy the pleasure of your company. Brennan. Time’s up. That’s my cue. Time flies when a beautiful woman comes to visit. I’m sure you could have done a lot worse to me that day than some zip ties. For whatever reason, you didn’T. Thank you. You visit really brightened up my day. Uh, maybe you could come back sometime? We’ll see. I’ll live in hope.

[ Footsteps retreating ] Watch your back, valentin.

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